After reading that scientists now believe that there could be as many as 36 civilizations in our galaxy that we could come into contact with, I recalled a recent exchange with a scientist about how to go about such communication, and what I learned from the visitors about this.
We remain concentrated on radio. This is not because it’s the best form of communication, but because it’s the only one we can presently imagine might work. There are others, though, that that’s the subject of this journal.
Being a near light-speed system, radio is actually so slow that it cannot be considered, in interstellar terms, a means of communication at all. Rather, it is a means of identification. In other words, it is used either in setting up a transmission that identifies the sender or a receiver designed to capture such transmissions.
We do not have any organized transmission systems. On November 16th, 1974 we sent a signal at 2380 megahertz at a thousand kilowatts of power toward the globular star cluster Messier 13–which will reach its destination in 20,000 years.
One signal. 20,000 years. Sounds not very much like a plan.
In fact, the only signals that generally leave our immediate area are television signals. As Carl Sagan once pointed out, this means that the first transmission from our planet that is going to be detectable by others will be the television transmission of the 1936 Olympics. And then there’s 1950s television. In recent years, as the internet becomes more pervasive, we are actually transmitting less and less.
There is another way. Apparently the universe is full of light signals that contain photons that are quantum-entangled with photons on the home planets of the civilizations that send out these pulses. A correctly designed receiver can capture these photons and set up a rich and virtually instantaneous communications link. There are also other ways, using the body-mind system, to access entangled photons.
This can be done by placing the surface area of the electric field that is generated by the nervous system into superposition while at the same time adding intention to communicate. This is done by placing the attention on the surface area of the body while such intention is present in the mind.
The difficulty is that concentrating on the intention causes the attention to leave the body surface, with the result that the superposition collapses. Even when superposition is maintained long enough for communication to be established, the moment that visual information touches the optic nerve, the attention is automatically drawn to it, the superposition collapses and the information flow is broken.
This problem can only be solved with practice and experience. In fact, it takes a more disciplined consciousness than we are born with, but in our world at present there is little real knowledge about how to reach this state.
We are young. Our species only reached temporal intelligence and the self-awareness that comes with it a short time ago, around 300,000 years. Our mind is still exploring itself and the world around it. We have not yet found basic truth, in the sense that we don’t know who and what we are or the basis of creation. For us, this is all still speculation.
No firm ground, no firm mind.
But there is an alternative. It is to give up every single assumption that we have and live only in question. Superficially, this would seem to be a state of passivity, but it is actually a much more active mental state than the one we live in now, which is based on unsupported assumptions.
Working from a state of question, the mind ceases to try to relate incoming information to anything, or to immediately interpret it.
The nature of this method of transmission is such that it cannot work unless the receiving entity has a sufficiently disciplined consciousness to accept them. This is because they are based on photons and thus visual in nature. So the message first excites the visual cortex, causing the attention to perceive it as what most of us would think of as a hallucination or a dream image, or, if we are practitioners of one form of meditation or another, perhaps a third-eye vision.
This all makes it look very mysterious, as, one assumes, looking at a television would have been mysterious to somebody in, say, 1720. They would almost certainly have had to learn to see the image as something other than magic.
Communication with other species in our same physical level of reality is not magic. It is accomplished by turning the body/mind into a transceiver. It is not channeling. You will not find guides or angels or anything like that. What you will find are messages, some of them possible to decode, others beyond or knowledge.
There is a universal language. It is, essentially, mathematics. But it will be as difficult to interpret this math as it is to understand crop formations, for example. (These are sequential communications, by the way, and can only be read usefully as sentences, with each formation in the same place another “word” in a sentence that might be laid down over a period of years. Unfortunately, regarding these communications, the introduction of skillfully deployed fakes has caused interference.)
However, when it enters the being-body directly, there can be no question of fakery. You see it, you know it. As to what it actually says, we have a long way to go there. One thing, though: it will always draw you forward. You cannot perceive what you cannot understand, any more than a child can understand how an engine works. Later, though, the child will not only understand engines, if so inclined, he might end up designing better ones of his own.
We are such a child.