Arrival, Westworld and the Flipside

Watching the film "Arrival" this past weekend, I felt oddly like I was watching a chapter out of "Flipside: A Tourist's Guide on How to Navigate the Afterlife."

Mind you, I'm not a UFO-ologist, nor have I focused any of my research into this field (but at the same time am aware of it, and did read John Mack PhD's study at Harvard to get my mind around the phenomenon.)

When I first came upon Michael Newton's work, I was startled to find that 10% of the people coming to see him claimed under deep hypnosis that they had "off world" experience.  He coined a phrase for these folks "hybrid" which doesn't really explain the phenomenon, as it implies some "neither here nor there" experience.  

But either ten percent of his clients were coming to him because he was vibrating some frequency that was calling them (ala "Close Encounters") or it was just random sampling that ten percent of his 7000 clients over 30 years claimed that they "normally" incarnated on another planet.

Michael Newton and Morrin Bass (hypnotherapist from NYC)

It's a bit of a brain freeze for anyone.  "Wait... what?"  

But if one approaches this research with a non-judgmental position, it allows the information to be examined from a non-judgmental pov.  "Either these people are making these stories up, or they are not.  If they are, then it's not worth bothering to examine them. If they aren't, then what are they saying, and is it "consistent"?

When writing "Flipside" Scott De Tamble mentioned a case that he'd run across where a fellow claimed that he "normally incarnated" on another planet.  I printed that chapter in the book under the heading "Over the Rainbow."  I took the person out to lunch, to see if I could "poke holes" in his experience.  

By that I mean, I'm a skeptic in the true sense of the word - I don't believe in any prevailing school of thought, but am open to the data.  In this case, after hearing this really wild story, I was surprised to find a mild mannered fellow from the Bay Area, who was making his living as a gardener.  Later, I followed up with him, and now he works in hospice care.

Heptapods by a blogger

But what to make of his story?  He claimed the planet he came from was in a star cluster which I was able to find in the classification he claimed he was from. He said that the physical world he was from was "gaseous and cloudy" and that the physical body was more like the heptapods described in the film "Arrival."  He drew me a picture of what came to mind - it was a bit like shorter version of the creatures depicted in the film, but the same kind of gaseous atmosphere.  He said his planet was way more advanced than this one - but that he "and about 200 explorers" were "already here." He said that he and his co-workers are here to help "elevate the consciousness of the planet."

He said that there already is a "ship" that is in orbit around the earth, but that it isn't visible. He said that he and his co-workers convene up there on the ship to share the work.  He said that many people are working in media - in film, tv and music fields to help "usher in this new era." 

(Note: That's not to say that all of these "visitors" here on the planet are only from one particular planet.  If one examines the various reports in Newton's published works, it's rare to find two folks with the same "off world" tale.  This fellow in "Flipside" said he had about 200 of his pals from his planet here - the math tells us that there must be many others who've had experience in a variety of places.) 

 When asked "why are so many off-worlders coming here?" the answer is often a variation "to help the planet with its shift in consciousness." Despite the common terms in new age/UFO circles of Pleiadians and Lemurians (and greys, blues, etc) these folks are generally not in my research of hypnosis sessions. (Only one has mentioned Pleiades so far...) That doesn't mean they aren't "from there" - it just means I've yet to be able to get a consistent report that is replicable.)

Internet drawing similar to the description
in "Flipside"
Again - I'm not claiming this to be accurate or a prediction of anything - but he did say "an ET like event will occur in the next 5-7 years."  That was back in 2011.  Do the math.

Now - was he talking about a film about such an event?  Perhaps.  Was he offering wishful thinking? Perhaps. 

But as I watched the film Arrival unfold, I had the feeling this was pretty similar to how such an event might take place.  From studying his session and interviewing him, the best I could discern was that their arrival would allow us to "communicate without words" and to "use the natural ability we already have to communicate with thought." It would also help usher in a "advancement in awareness."

Finally (on this topic) the other day I met a fan of my books who said "his guide told him he'd meet me this very day."  What can I say to that but "Oh, cool!"? (Hi John, yes, I'm talking about you.)

Fellows keeping an eye on us.
We had coffee and I asked him why he thought he was drawn to this research.  He told me about a UFO event that happened when he was 25 years old.  He and a friend were walking out to their car, when he saw "an object in the distance that I thought was a bird."  The bird came closer until he realized it was a space craft.  It hovered over him and both he and his friend "lost sense of time."

Based on my premise that there is no such thing as "lost time" - time exists, your mind records everything that happens to you, whether you're in a coma, asleep, or on an operating table, and your consciousness is able to access all of it - it's just your conscious mind may have a partition keeping that information from your mind - I believe all of our memory is accessible, if you look for it.

So I asked him a series of questions.  First I asked him to "freeze a frame of time" just prior to the ship's arrival.  What did it look like?  

He described the outside of the ship, first from his point of view on the ground, then closer, as I asked him to take the leap in his mind up to the outer skin of the ship.  He described pretty much exactly what the outer skin on the ship in the film "Arrival."  (He's in his 50's now, so this event happened decades ago.)  

It was dark, almost the color of charcoal, and not a smooth surface, but similar to that in the film.  (I haven't asked him if he's seen the film yet, but will.)

Then I asked how many people were in the ship.  He said "I don't know."  I said "Well, just shift your focus into the ship - is it a crowd of people, alot of people?" 

He said "It's only three."  I asked "Are they male, female or something else?"  He said "I sense female."  I said "Okay, try to focus on the lead person on the ship - ask them "What are you doing here? Are you here to deliver something, like a message, or were you just passing by?"  He said "They're here to find me."

I said "Well that makes sense.  People see ships all the time, and it seems random, but why would someone travel across the universe for a random sight seeing excursion?"  He said it seemed there was some form of portal, or time travel element involved.  I asked "Specifically what are they here to do with you. Pass along a message?"  He said "Activation."  I said "Like a machine, like turning on a machine?"  He said "Yes."

I think at this point he closed his eyes and I said "Don't close your eyes. We're just having coffee here in a shop.  Don't try to focus too hard on it.  Just whatever comes to your mind."  He nodded.

I said "So what kind of work do you do when you're activated?"  He said "It has to do with alignment of energy. Something to do with the energy of the earth." (I'm paraphrasing, I wasn't filming this, so it's the best I can recall.)

I told him that I'd heard that before from multiple sources.  Pete Smith (head of the Newton Institute) told me (in "Its a Wonderful Afterlife" about a client who claimed that in his sleep he was helping align the energy of the planet, and that's what he'd come here from another planet to do.)  I heard similar accounts and report them in "It's a Wonderful Afterlife."

So I asked "When do you do this kind of work?  Is it while you're conscious, are you affecting people around you on some subtle level?"  He said "No, it's when I'm asleep."

(Note: If you think about it for a moment - we spend a third of our lives asleep. About a third anyway.  And we assume that nothing is happening while we are asleep, aside from snoring and dreams perhaps.  But perhaps the etheric body is busy doing other tasks.  I don't know - all I can report is what people say.)

So "aligning the earth..."  "a shift in consciousness..."  "We call that the "quickening" over here (said via a spirit guide while someone was under deep hypnosis.)  All terms that refer to some form of a "shift" in consciousness.

All I can observe is the repetition of these reports, and their consistency.  

When I interviewed Pete Smith in Australia about the work of the Newton Institute, I asked him about the 10% figure.  As he notes in the interview, "the figure has risen to 30%."  That's thirty percent of the cases that the hypnotherapists trained by the Newton institute are reporting worldwide (they have 200 practitioners in countries around the world) that 3 out of every ten people that come in to have a "past life regression followed by a between life examination" report having had "off world" experience.  

It's not always the same place or planet. It's not just one star system. It's not even only in this realm, or this universe.  People claim they've had lifetimes on water planets, on gaseous planets, on earth like planets that aren't even in this universe.  They describe the same life/death/return to soul group journey - those who incarnate elsewhere have the same kind of guidance, councils, classrooms, etc.  

In Galen Stoller's book "My Life After Life" he talks about meeting one such person in a classroom that he's attending.  And that person "who normally incarnates on another planet" showed Galen what he looks like, even takes him on a trip to his home planet to introduce him to his family.

Here's someone with off world experience.

Again. I'm not claiming that these reports are what they say they are.  I'm just reporting them.  I'm finding their consistencies, and when there are inconsistencies, reporting them as well.  

Where I find inconsistencies, is when people report "why" these events occur - and I find those reports subjective.  "I experienced this event" and so therefore everyone must experience it... (heaven, hell, libraries, etc)  But that isn't in the reporting.  What people consistently report is arenas, areas, places that one could characterize as libraries, or soul groups, or grassy fields for that matter - but not everyone sees them the same.  Some folks hear music, see dancing, experience unconditional love.  Others experience and see other things during these near death experiences, out of body events, or between life hypnosis.  Those differing opinions don't mean that they aren't happening... they appear to mean that everyone experiences them differently.

And I might add - I've never experienced or seen a previous lifetime where I had off world experience

So what about Westworld?

Sorry for the long post, but the film "Arrival" and the finale of "Westworld" are just on my mind.

West Bollywood World

I included in "Flipside" the past life regression of Michael Crichton

 Michael later claimed that he "must have made the entire experience up" but I point out that his description of what he saw and experienced were in line with what other people have seen while under hypnosis. (Read the excerpt above in the book "Travels") But when you examine the premise behind Westworld - not just that robots might become sentient - but that each lifetime has a similar arc that the lifetimes of the robots on Westworld experience.

During his past life regression he remembered being a gladiator in the Roman era. (One of the three worlds in his original movie "Westworld" in 1973 was Roman World - along with Medieval World and Westworld... some pretty bad costumes in the Medieval portion as I remember). It's like he was making his movie from the memory of being a previous human in a previous lifetime.  Kind of follows with regard to what the research shows.

Meaning we come here, we fight, we love, we die and then we come back and do it again.  Of course that's not part of this world - only the robots do that, and "the gods" are the humans that have created the robots.  But there's another metaphor at play here - a meta metaphor if you will - that the adventures of the robots is pretty much akin to what the "journey of souls" experience.

In the Westworld paradigm (and in many religions that believe in reincarnation) there's a all powerful hand at play.  People come back to suffer based on their previous lifetimes (karma) or they come to suffer to learn how to let go of suffering, or they experience difficulties based on some unseen, unknowable force (the Gods, or God).

God? Or Ford? Or Anthony?

But that's not what's in the research (and what is in the research, oddly enough).  People choose to come here based on a variety of factors, the primary one being "free will."  They can always say "no, I don't want to incarnate at this time."  There's no one to tell them they must or they have to, other than their loved ones who may impress upon them the importance of their presence. "I can only learn this lesson if you're there to help me."  Since we exist outside of this realm in a state of camaraderie, in a state of compassion and unconditional love, there's not many people who won't agree to a loved one's request. 

 Imagine if you will, your son or daughter asking you to accompany them on a difficult journey.  Most folks will say "Okay, I know it's going to be hard, more on you than me, but I will be there to experience this with you and help you through it."

Again, not my opinion, belief or philosophy with how things work. It's just in the reports.

In like form, in Westworld, the creatures come back to life, and live out scenarios that they learn from - and because they're learning the most from the difficult or painful lives, that's what gives them consciousness.  (As if consciousness was a form of compassion.)  Well, if you examine the consistent reports, people say that "God" or "heaven" is a state of unconditional love.  They claim that we come here to experience the loss of that love, so that we can learn lessons about it.

Aren't these the same masks from Game of Thrones?

So - is "Westworld" like "Arrival" some form of higher consciousness working its way into the public dialog so we can all become higher in our own vibration?  Some form of a tool shop that tinkers with the engrams of the brain so that we're less closed off from each other, or from the earth, so that we can elevate or graduate our conscious selves?  Worth thinking about.

"Stay tuned."

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