15 October 1996
People as Stargates
an alternative perspective on human relationships
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The prevailing scientific metaphor obliges us to conceive of stars as
amongst the most distant objects. Even to escape the gravity well of the
planet Earth is a major task only open to those with major resources --
NASA, the ESA, and the like. Then there is the view favoured by those who
see the planet as subject to visits by UFOs and extraterrestrials --including
belief that many key people are from distant planets, solar systems or
galaxies. Being from such a distant place often then acquires a flavour
of one-upmanship amongst some communities.
There may be many possible other views, but one that is intriguing to
reflect upon is that people may themselves be "stargates".
The conventional view sees people as possibly travelling to distant
planets sometime in the distant future, or as from such distant places
in disguise (or in some reincarnated form). These suppose fairly conventional
understandings of how that which constitutes an individual is associated
with its earthly envelope. They assume that the significance of a distant
location is somewhat analogous to the objective significance of this planet.
These assumptions may not be as significant as we would like to assume.
The future may discover otherwise -- physics may itself only be correct
as a limit condition and as such is poorly adapted to subtleties of psychic
dimensions that may remain to be articulated. And in a special sense, we
may already know otherwise -- engaging in activities to which science is
not yet able to give credence.
How then might a person be a stargate? What is a stargate?
Suppose that a holistic organization of the universe were to be taken
seriously. What might this mean? It could mean that every distant physical
body was in some way "represented" on this planet. How might this work?
Suppose this "representation" was not so much physical as psycho-physical
-- namely involving non-physical dimensions. Modern physics is very free
with its need to have up to 11 dimensions to explain matters beyond the
Within some such broader framework, each person, through their psycho-physical
makeup (how they perceived and dimensioned their universe), might then
carry a unique patterning "keyed" in some way to distant stellar bodies.
Each stellar body might be considered as defined uniquely by the configuration
of stellar bodies surrounding it. This configuration could be understood
as a key. Such a key might be reflected in the psycho-physical patterning
of a single individual -- surrounded on this planet by others holding other
patterns keyed in each case to other stellar bodies.
What might "keyed" mean in this context?
Some of the language describing these phenomena might seem to be borrowed
from the language of astrologers, and astrology might be happy to buy into
the following interpretation. Justifying astrological perspectives is not
the intention, although there may be insights to be gained from some of
those perspectives at some stage.
The point that merits reflection in relation to "keyed" lies in the
experience of how one encounters another individual. One can gain a sense
of a quite unique configuration of forces or energies that constitutes
that individual's universe. One can, to some extent, look into that person's
universe. This process may be tantamount to using the person as a stargate.
If each of us is effectively bonded to a distant stellar body, then
much of our individual daily experience on this planet is interpreted through
the configuration of forces conditioned by the bond particular to each
of us. We may be psychically as close to such apparently distant parts
as being a "hair's breadth away"; we may have much of our being there.
We may each of us be seeing and experiencing this world as "aliens". When
we encounter another person we meet as stargates -- each pulling or distorting
the significance of the encounter in terms of the psycho-physics of distant
parts of the universe.
Of course the question is much more complex. Many encounters are fruitless.
We meet mechanically as might robots. Then the stargates, or one of them,
are closed. As the significance (or energy) of the encounter builds up,
the psycho-physical space surrounding those involved becomes distorted
out of its Newtonian limit condition. "Falling" in love describes a common
experience -- one possible result of the encounter between stargates. "Fascination"
describes a more tentative encounter and the more limited distortion of
So some experiences of a person as a stargate may lead to "transportation"
-- people may have a sense of being transported to another place. Some
people may be experienced as significant because one senses that they could
possibly "transport" one to another place.
The argument here is that through our variety of experience in encountering
people we already have a working knowledge, however crude, of how stargates
may work. We may already have a real sense of the psycho-physics of distant
parts of our galaxy, and even of our universe. The reality of this sense
may be more than physicists can ever hope to offer.
This perspective is not anthropomorphic. The number of bodies in, the
universe far exceeds the number of humans on the planet. It probably exceeds
the number of living bodies, insects and bacteria included. Could a dog,
a bird or a dolphin be a stargate too? Why might distant stellar bodies
not be reflected into animals and plants, in some way, according to this
argument? What happens during a significant encounter between human and
The existence of different species may relate far more closely to the
organization of the universe than we care to assume. For example, it may
be that it is the stellar bodies of this galaxy that are reflected into
the human species. Whilst those of other, more distant, galaxies are reflected
into other species. Those reflected into the "least evolved", may simply
be from those galaxies which are most distant.
This would of course suggest that there are parts of the universe where
crustacean-type patterns would emerge in some way as a higher order than
mammals and humans. And to some degree we, as individuals, may have our
experience conditioned by the dynamics of that alternative ecological arrangement.
It may be that the psycho-physics of stargates is augmented in some
way by the manner in which people work in groups -- especially during effective
dialogue. Maybe it is as a group that stargates can be more effectively
"opened" -- what are the transformative moments in groups that really work?
Clearly those exploring magical traditions have projected their imaginings
onto such possibilities of exploring alternative "worlds". And what might
all this imply about a sustainable community?
Of course the above are mere speculations. But they may have the merit
of being more intriguing than the mechanistic explanations on offer from
science -- which has little to say above experiences such as "falling"
in love, except in terms of hormones (biologists) and projections (psychologists).
And if such speculations suggest lines of inquiry regarding sustainable
community -- this might achieve more than improvement in the quality of
Astrologers would of course delight in projecting their understandings
onto such a frame. But more interesting is the situation in which fundamental
physicists find themselves --given the increasing rapprochement between
their concerns and those of researchers into consciousness, notably in
the light of Eastern understandings. Physicists have the wildest theories,
give themselves the privilege of having them, and are unable to foresee
the possible implications for individual experience. For a physicist and
for an astronomer, the sun still "rises", despite their supposedly richer
understanding. And yet, for a physicist, 11 dimensions are currently required
to describe the complexities of the reality within which we live: the 4
of space-time in all its awesome extension, and 7 others all "tightly curled
up"). How elegant it would be if these 7 were in some way associated with
the 7 human psycho-social dimensions as intuited by various traditions!
The above hypothesis is far less bizarre and extravagant than some theories
on offer from physicists. It has the merit of focusing on individual experience
-- and honouring it in a non-elitist manner. The methodology of physicists
requires that they deny the merits and significance of individual subjective
experience -- however often they may fall in love.
People may therefore already be able to travel the universe in a most
important sense, and many may be engaged in doing so -- whilst physicists
reinforce an expectation that we are all dependent on their ability to
develop faster than light travel sometime in the future. Within you, or
in collaboration with others, you may have a more powerful manipulator
of psycho-physical space than all the particle accelerators and cyclo-synchrotrons
put together. You may be being deprived of that awareness by the emphasis
of the scientific establishment on the cost and dangers of such gadgetry
and the sophistication required to operate them safely! Note the embarrassment
relating to cold fusion -- maybe we can all do surprising things "at room
Beware of your next encounter -- it may take you somewhere unexpected.
Enjoy the universe!