Assembling this book was the easy part – the hard part was writing the conclusion. Not only is We Are the Disclosure a goldmine of personal experiences and perspectives, but it is structured to allow easy comparison between them. This offers us two layers of analysis, which then triggers another stage of reflection. In addition, readers will be comparing their own experiences and evolving conclusions, whether consciously or otherwise. And these internal dynamics will continue developing until you find your reality has shifted from its starting point, perhaps markedly so. Having gone through this for the last 18 months, while working on both Meet the Hybrids and We Are the Disclosure, I’ve found that my conclusions are in a constant state of flux. So, after 14 weeks of attempting to analyze and summarize the learnings from Disclosure, one of the main conclusions I reached is that my definition of ‘conclusion’ has changed.
In our culture we often navigate an increasingly complex world through reliance on external expertise. But it has become clear to me that in this field the term ‘expert’ has little meaning, as every aspect of it is in some way opaque, and contested. All physical ‘evidence’ tends to get trapped in a loop, being accepted by some, rejected by others. Experiencer testimony is even more controversial. So how do we determine what we will accept? It seems almost every aspect of this subject compels us to look inward for guidance and understanding. Information either resonates with us or it does not. Tuning into this process helps develop our discernment, and teaches us more about ourselves. That is the most important expertise: the knowledge of our own nature. This is the deepest dive we will ever take, and the most rewarding.
Whether reflecting on our experiences or those of other people, this opens us up in a powerful, transformative way and accelerates our natural process of evolution. Yet it is still just our perspective, and we can only offer our humble, temporary opinion on the subject, making clear that it is a product of both our knowledge and our ignorance. My definition of ‘conclusion’ is therefore: a momentary sense of what is and what may be.
If we consider what we’ve learned in our personal journeys so far, we can see that there are few positions that last a lifetime. In The Science Delusion, Rupert Sheldrake talks about the inconstancy of the so-called constants, and the fact that this is all but ignored by the scientific establishment. The only true constant seems to be change, and this applies to every aspect of ourselves. Yet many people find an understanding, or an entire framework of understanding, and hold on to it as hard as they can. And in many ways this world suffers from too much certainty. People kill or die each day due to too much belief.
But while it is important to most of us that our core reality remain undisturbed, there will be times when each of us must adapt to a change of circumstances. This may be moderate and agreeable, or severe and terrifying. When discussing Disclosure, many use the analogy of a tornado hitting our home. Everything material which we held dear just turned to matchwood and got blown halfway across the state. The same can come through impacts on our health, or the end of a relationship. What we thought we had, or knew, just fell apart. It’s time to reevaluate.
The tornado analogy also represents the framework idea. Pursuing this subject, as broad and deep as it is, will destroy one framework after another as we endeavor to encapsulate and comprehend it. And, having compared dozens of different frameworks in this field, it is apparent that while there may be consensus on many things, each person tells a story of the development of their viewpoints over time, based on new experiences and information. All of this has had the effect of causing me to treat all information and experience as just that. It is no more a ‘true’ reflection of reality than anything else, and can only be filed along with the rest. A general picture naturally emerges, but it is just that. This field defies the scientific method in that it is rarely testable, and almost never repeatable – certainly at will. Therefore, we can only arrange the pieces in a way that makes sense at any given time.
So what then does something so at odds with our culture offer us? That is a huge question. My sense today is that individually it offers an expanded view of every facet of existence, including our own nature and abilities. I communicate with and observe thousands of people who are involved in this field in a wide variety of ways. We are all engaged in a personal unfolding which enriches ourselves and one another, even if that is through a difficult conflict of opinion.
Collectively, this subject places the human journey in a wider context, and it shows us more of who and what we are as a species. No matter how humanity was created or why, it seems we still have the capacity to choose, in every moment, which path we take, and whether we act for ourselves primarily, or for the good of others. Part of the awakening is to recognize our agency, and to actively create the world we wish to live in. The positive personal transformation that commonly results from contact experiences is perhaps the most important headline of the whole subject: this is changing us for the better. And little could be more important to life on Earth today than more humans becoming empowered agents of positive change. If more people concluded that, however briefly and no matter what the catalyst may be, the world would be a better place.
Western science has defined existence in a strongly materialist way, and it seems to have actively avoided a meaningful exploration of consciousness, let alone the nature of the soul. And given the cultural standing of scientists as the arbiters of truth, this has left people in our culture somewhat spiritually stranded. And that is no place to be in a third-dimensional world with material limits. If we breach those limits we die, so clearly the objective is to find a way of thinking and acting which operates within those limits. And the most efficient way to do that in any ethical sense, may be to collaboratively develop an inclusive, universal spirituality which recognizes our connectedness and interdependence, fosters freedom of expression and designs in conflict resolution. The message of many of those interviewed is that the beings they are connected with live in this way, and in some ways influence humans to do the same. The conclusion to the human story may well hinge on how quickly and to what extent we engage with all the positive, expanding elements that this subject offers us. But after 70 years, it is still the case that no authority is taking responsibility for moving this forward, so it remains the duty of those called to it. For the foreseeable future, we are the Disclosure.