Never Alone

As I sit in front of my computer, initiating my next blog, I listen to the study drone of the fan beside me, the only audible sound at the moment. There is no one else in the room with me. I am alone.

But then I begin to wonder.

Am I really?

Most healthy human beings have five senses which we use to perceive the world around us, and almost all believe in the notion that “what you see is what you get”.

But what if there is actually an entirely different world around us than that which we see on a regular basis?

I’m sure all of us, at least at one time in our lives, have had that peculiar sensation that someone is watching us, even when we were alone, as crazy as that may sound.

On rare occasions some of us might see something out of the corner of our eye, or feel an odd sensation, or even hear a brief voice in our ears. We usually think nothing of it and refer to it as “just our imagination”.

I personally believe there is a lot more to our world than we think.

But what?

Or who?

Recently, I was spending some time with an uncle of mine in the backyard of my home. We were talking about my father, his brother, who passed away about five years ago. He told me he was closer to my father than anyone else in the family.

He told me that if the dead really had the capabilities of communicating with the living, he would have received a signal from my father by now.

The sun had just gone down, and we sat under the newly visible stars on the concrete table, a place where my deceased father had sat many times when he’d been alive.

“Let’s see if we can communicate now,” I told my uncle. He paused and gave me an inquisitive look, uncertain as to whether I was joking or not.

“Come on Rob, only stupid people believe in that kind of stuff,” he said.

“Let’s give it a try,” I insisted.

I took an empty glass and placed it on the edge of the table.

“Let’s see if we can get my father to knock the glass off the table,” I suggested.

“Ready?” I began. “Father, if you can hear us, knock the glass off the edge.”

My uncle regarded me with suspicion, as I had anticipated, probably wondering if the only thing that had already gone off the edge was my sanity. He then said, “If it falls off the edge, you pick up the mess!”

“If it falls off the edge I think both of us will end up screaming and running into the house like little kids,” I said, finally putting a smile on his face.

We both remained silent for a moment. Then I repeated: “Come on Dad! If you’re here with us then knock the glass off the table!”

“This is insane!” my uncle insisted.

“Come on Dad! Do it! Do it!’

My uncle gave up resisting and suddenly joined in. “Come on brother! You can do it! Knock it off the table!”

The both of us fervently repeated the same words several times (Luckily the neighbors weren’t there to call the friendly men in white coats).

Nothing happened.

“I told you it’s not real. When you die you die! End of story,” my uncle said, slightly ashamed at his own participation in my improvised (and not so sophisticated) séance.

That night I went to bed with a cloud of disappointment floating around my head. I had some trouble sleeping. After a few hours of tossing and turning in the dark, I heard a sudden “plop” sound. Something had fallen to the floor.

I immediately stood up, turned on the light, and found my notebook, which probably weighs a little less than a pound, lying in the middle of the floor. It had fallen from the nightstand which stands against the wall, to a spot where the only way it could have landed is if an external force had pushed it. Something which could not be mathematically explained otherwise.

Was this a delayed reaction to my earlier attempts at communicating with the dead?

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I’m going to be perfectly honest. As previously mentioned in earlier writings, my intention with this blog is not to convince anyone of anything in particular. My only objective is for people to open their minds to the possibilities surrounding them and realize that not everything in nature is as simple and decipherable as it seems.

On the other hand, I myself tend to be skeptical of anything I hear or read which may be farfetched. I’ve watched the occasional TV show about supposed reality ghost hunters and categorize anything I see on television as extremely dubious, taking into consideration the capitalist nature of today’s entertainment sources which are on a perpetual hunt for ratings.

However, I don’t discard –at least not completely- things I hear from those that I know well and trust. An aunt of mine recently told me she believes something very strange is happening in her house because she often feels as if someone is suddenly lying on her bed even though there is no one there. Her husband, one of the most skeptical individuals I have ever met, is now also convinced that there is something inexplicable, and rather terrifying, in their home.

I have a cousin who has dedicated himself to communicating with the dead where he lives, in the state of Nevada, USA. He often teams up with a small group of individuals and spends the night in places (such as old hospitals and reformatories) which are widely believed to harbor the spirits of hundreds of people who have died in the same exact place.

He uses tools known as “dousing rods” (as often seen on the paranormal TV shows) and claims to have conversations with the dead whenever he visits these places.

(Aside from the notebook inexplicably tossing itself to the floor, I have had one other experience which I believe initiated my fascination with the unknown, read more about it here https://robertocguerra27.wordpress.com/2012/07/)

I have also met people in person who claim to have been born with a gift, those who can actually see (or at least believe they can) and feel the souls of the deceased all around them on a regular basis. One woman once told me that “spirits are everywhere, at all times”, a confession that didn’t help me sleep easy that night, I must admit.

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“What do they look like?” I had asked her. “It’s not like in the movies,” she said. “The things I see are difficult to explain to the average person. They’re more like shadows, but only in a strange way.”

Putting things into perspective, how many microorganisms are living all around us that we cannot see? These are forms of life that are only visible by way of specialized microscopes. They live on our bed sheets, in our hair, even on our skin and inside our bodies, but we’re normally completely unaware of their presence.

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There may also be things out there that cannot be seen even by way of modern technology, at least not yet.

And here I am, still sitting in my chair in front of the computer, listening to the drone of the fan, actually believing that I am completely alone.

How foolish of me.

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If you have had any personal experiences with the world beyond, I’d love to hear from you…….

 

 

 

 

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Are we all connected?

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Many belief systems insist that all living things are somehow connected, that our own actions and even our own thoughts produce reverberations at a universal level, though often too subtly to be consciously perceived by other human beings on Earth.

Which makes me think: What if we are somehow connected to places that are currently too far for us to even take into consideration? And if there is indeed an infinite amount of life similar to that on Earth on other planets yet to be discovered, are we connected to them as well?

Looking at it from a scientific point of view, there may be a great deal of evidence to validate this notion.

It’s pretty common for the average human to demonstrate at least some curiosity with regards to their family background. But how far back can we account for? To what depth can people of “Italian” ancestry inquire until they weren’t yet “Italians”? Where were your grandparents great grandparents great great grandparents (just keep going until you’re about to go crazy……) from?

As human beings, we can most likely trace our origins not to Italy or Germany or even China, but to central Africa, where the first anatomically modern Homo sapiens came into existence around 200,000 years ago.  But what about the days before that era?

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In the United States it’s very common to hear people say “I’m half Irish,” or “I’m a quarter German,” or “I’m three fourths Italian”.  When people ask me about my ethnic background, I usually tell them, with great pride and enthusiasm, that “I’m about seventy five percent water and eleven percent carbon”.

Truthfully, most of us consider ourselves separate from everything else. Historically, we believe we are the country that we live in (American, Mexican, Irish etc.), the race we belong to or even the planet we live on. We consider extraterrestrials as scary looking beings from outer space with green skin, beady eyes and about as tall as Elementary School children, never taking into consideration the fact that our origins, our very own biological components, did not necessarily originate on planet Earth but from the far reaches of the universe.

I recently read an article on Time Magazine (titled Aliens Among Us, by Jeffrey Kluger) about how certain meteors found on Earth have been found to contain amino acids and nucleobases, both of which assist in the formation of DNA and RNA, which can lead us to believe that life on this planet may have been the product of falling debris from an entirely different solar system, or somewhere even farther, a hypothesis known as panspermia.

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Some of this debris has been proven to come from other planets (as was the case with the Tissint meteorite found in Morocco in 2011 which was later proven to have come from Mars because of its chemistry and mineralogy), the possible results of earlier meteor collisions which caused the expulsion of rocks –some of which contain organic material- from a given planet’s surface and into outer space, some of which later made its way to Earth.

Many of these particles may have fallen to Earth from the distant reaches of the universe say, 4 billion years ago, or so, in a place perfectly apt for these once extraterrestrial components to evolve into bacteria and other forms of life, which eventually led to all things flourishing with life today, including all the animals in the animal kingdom, and we as humans are no exception to this astronomically extended family. 

The fact of the matter is, we’re all connected in one way or another, from the fish in the nearest lake to the roaches in our pantries, and, of course, all other human beings. Even Democrats and Republicans (whether you like it or not) are all connected. And it’s not just on our planet, the connections are everywhere. Who’s to say that our very same physical components haven’t also been spread out onto other planets in distant galaxies that we have not yet discovered, planets with similar conditions as ours? Wouldn’t it be strange to think that you might have a cousin, who is just as unaware of your existence as you are of his (or hers), living in a world that is a good twenty million light years away (or more, or less)?

I just hope I don’t some day end up having to send an expensive birthday gift to my fourteen trillionth cousin on planet Niburu a few gazillion miles south of Miami.

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But what if there is a lot more to this metaphysical mumbo jumbo than we dare to believe or attempt to comprehend? What if there really is one single source that is the origin of everything and anything we could ever imagine, that which has spread -either consciously or not- a countless amount of seeds throughout the entire universe? If so, where did this source come from? What is it (Yes, just another topic that religions and entire civilizations around the globe have killed each other over. Let’s keep this peaceful, shall we)?

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I’d like to hear your thoughts…..

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Nothing lasts forever

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I just returned from a family vacation in Cartagena, Colombia, a South American city that rests along the Caribbean Sea. As I sat on the balcony of my uncle’s seventh floor apartment which faces the sea, I observed as the waves crashed along the shore, so consistently, one after the other.  I began to wonder how long this natural occurrence had been taking place in this very same spot during the earth’s history. I also wondered for how much longer it would persist.

I began to ponder about how these shores might look after five hundred, a thousand, even five thousand years from now. How long will it take for the oceans to finally start devouring coastal cities as has been predicted by world renowned climatologists?

Or is it all just hype?

Is human civilization destined to thrive for eternity, as one would like to believe?

At an individual level, we would all like to believe that death is something too far away to have to reflect upon. Similarly, we prefer the notion that our species will live on forever, that our children will have children who will have children and so on and so on, perpetuating our genes for eternity.

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We want to believe that our city, region or country will always be there, that traditional weather patterns will always persist, that age long traditions will never fade away.

But if there is one rule I think we should all take into consideration, it’s the fact that nothing lasts forever.

Let’s put things into perspective. According to a large number of astrophysicists, the existence of the Universe (as we know it) began 13.7 billion years ago (which makes me wonder how things looked 13.8 billion years ago? That’s an entirely different topic, however). The Earth, our home, took form approximately 4.55 billion years ago and life on this planet began about 700 million years ago.  We Homo sapiens have only roamed the Earth for approximately 100,000 years, not nearly as long as the dinosaurs, who reigned for 180 million years, and only a millisecond in comparison to the supposed existence of everything.

But things don’t always last so long. The existence of something may end abruptly and unexpectedly, as we now know may have been the case with the dinosaurs that are believed to have been taken out by a fallen meteor which drastically altered the Earth’s climate.

The universe and the earth are much more turbulent and unpredictable than we dare to believe. Stars are constantly exploding into supernovas, something most of us aren’t aware of as we sit on the couch at home.

For many of us who work regular jobs, have families to worry about, funny TV shows to watch and plenty of beer to drink, things may seem relatively stagnant, only gradually evolving as we get older, and it is often difficult to imagine what we have only witnessed in movies.

Time seems to go by so slowly, and we rarely have either the time or the inclination to ponder about the major events, either at a terrestrial or universal level, that may take place in the near or distant future.

Major changes on our planet alone have been taking place since the Earth’s existence. Areas that were once covered in ice are now tropical paradises while places that were once high mountain tops are now resting deep under the ocean. Some of these occurrences have taken millions of years while others may have happened much more suddenly than we allow ourselves to believe. Humans have not been around long enough to notice many of these cycles.

So what will happen in the future? Will the 100,000 years we have spent dwelling the Earth come to a sudden end within the next three months, as many believers of the Mayan calendar prophecy suggest?

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Will the city of Cartagena be gradually swallowed up (along with all other coastal cities around the world) by rising sea levels as a result of manmade overconsumption and degradation of the environment? Or will the end come suddenly, not allowing a single living being to prepare for such an event?

Steven Hawking, a world renowned scientist and author, once claimed that he was surprised by the fact that the human race has managed to survive through the 20th century after so many turbulent events such as both World Wars, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the hostilities between the Soviet Union and the United States while both possessed (and still do) an appalling amount of nuclear weapons. He has also stated that he believes with near certainty that other forms of intelligent life exist in our Universe, a notion that has caused him to fear for mankind in the event that we were to ever come in contact with one of them.

Yes, we humans, as a short lived species so far, have already dodged a number of bullets, many of them produced by ourselves and aimed at ourselves. But even if we do become more aware of our own self destructive tendencies and learn to love one another and the planet we live on, ending the potential for new wars and human induced climatic catastrophes, there still remains an infinite number of external, more natural threats that will eventually lead to the end of an era, just as was the case with the dinosaurs, just as is the case with all the stars in the sky, just as is the case with all living things.

It is only the course of nature, and no matter how big or powerful, every candle will eventually fizz out.

The only question is whether it will be a gradual phenomenon in a distant future or something that may be come as an unexpected surprise…….

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