Huffington Post] For centuries, writers in the science fiction genre have put into words concepts that when viewed at first blush, appear to be set in a framework of fantasy. Is it possible these concepts are so real, yet our mind has no relational context other than through the use of metaphoric analogy?
Could explorers into alternative planes of
consciousness be describing their spiritual and mystical journeys in a
way where these experiences could best be understood by others?
recent weeks I had the pleasure of interviewing Scott Mandelker, Ph.D.
Scott has an M.A. in Integral Counseling and a Ph.D. in East-West
Psychology from CIIS in San Francisco. His dissertation was the basis of
his first book, From Elsewhere: Being ET in America,
using an ethnographic and qualitative approach focused on 'the
subculture of people' who come to know they are "wanderers" or "from
During the introduction and overview of his academic
credentials, Dr. Mandelker gave a brief story of how he became
interested in his line of work. It seems he had a kind of existential
crisis early on in life, and was driven to discover, what he called, "a
way forward or a place in this world" -- realizing only later that his
experiences were quite characteristic of the group he later studied,
those who may be called "wanderers."
To learn more of what the premise of being "from elsewhere" is all about, you may wish to visit his sites, where Dr. Mandelker explains his work in great detail.
In my interview,
we considered the idea that there are two veils that limit our
comprehension of reality -- veils greatly affecting our understanding of
self and the way of self-actualization. Living in a narrow space within
a kind of enclosure by the veils, we try to garner knowledge of the
world around us in an attempt to learn and become well-adapted humans.
Scott refers to these two veils as "the Social Matrix" and "the Cosmic
To the metaphysical newcomer, these concepts may sound
confusing or even overwhelming. So let's us take a step back and begin
by explaining how the term "Matrix" is being utilized.
In Dr. Mandelker's interpretation of the Law Of One
(five volumes of channeled work also known as The Ra Material) -- which
he has studied for over thirty years -- the Cosmic Matrix is also
referred to as "the veil of forgetting", and was designed by what Ra
calls, "the One Infinite Creator" or the Logos. But the purpose of this
in-built limitation to human experience was to stimulate soul evolution
-- and not to harm us in any way.
In this kind of "spiritual
forgetting" we are faced with an irritant, like a catalyst or accelerant
for personal seeking and development. According to this view, before
birth and prior to arriving on the physical plane, we knew the lessons
and personal challenges that we'd set forth as a kind of 'life
curriculum' for personal development. And after we depart the physical
world, we once again reconcile with a broader spiritual knowing,
including how we faced those predetermined lessons. Read More