Richard J. Boylan, Ph.D.
1996, rev. 2003
A synopsis of Star
Visitor theology is presented, synthesized from information
communicated by Star Visitors to humans during close encounters.
These are the extraterrestrial races actually visiting the Earth,
and may apply to other member cultures of their interstellar
political-cultural alliance, sometimes labeled the Interstellar
Federation. This synopsis draws from a database constructed from
1989-present by Richard Boylan, research behavioral scientist
and cultural anthropologist with graduate training in theology and
philosophy. This database comes from in-depth debriefings of more
than 180 experiencers. Those data provide the foundation for this
analysis of the Star Visitors' theological views.
The following theological
topics are discussed: the Star Visitors' acknowledgment of, and
ideas about, God; whether intelligent life is hierarchical or
egalitarian; the Visitors' spiritual mission; whether Visitors are
spiritual gurus; the Visitors' role in human development; the Star
Visitors, Avatars and religious inspiration; Visitor views on death
and judgment versus reincarnation; sin and the existence of evil;
Creation and evolution; whether Redemption is universal; and the
Star Visitors' ideas about God's family. The presentation concludes
with an examination of possible human reactions to the Star
Visitors' spiritual cultures.
This synopsis is
constructed from data from more than 180 in-depth interview
debriefings with experiencers of Star Visitor contact (Boylan,
1994). The analysis and synthesis are the author's best distillation
of that data.
It should be borne in mind
that it is the nature of extraterrestrial communications that, in
the overwhelming majority of instances, Star Visitors communicate
with humans by telepathic transfer of mental images or concepts,
rather than by words or speech. Thus, there inherently is some human
interpretation of the mental impressions transmitted by a Star
Visitor. Nevertheless, certain core Star Visitor concepts, upon
which this synopsis is based, are consistently reported by many
different experiencers, lending confidence to the analysis and
The Star Visitors' spiritual mission
Are Star Visitors spiritual gurus?
Star Visitors' role in human development
Star Visitors, the Avatars, and religious
Death and judgment versus reincarnation
"Sin" and the existence of evil
The Godhead, Creation and evolution
Jesus and Redemption
Return to Temas / Misticismo
The Star Visitor races who
have commented on the concept of "God" in answer to experiencers'
questions, or who have brought the subject up themselves, uniformly
affirm that they, too accept the reality of what Earthlings call
God. However, the God they affirm is not the anthropomorphic or
patriarchal figure of many Earth religions, but more of a Supreme
Source [not ET vocabulary] -- a transcendent matrix of
Consciousness, which underlies everything, and is that which gives
essence and specificity to everything, which in turn is a partial
manifestation of the Supreme Source.
In more experiential terms, the Star Visitors have taken experiencers
and shown them "God." The experiencers typically described being in
the presence of intense, overwhelmingly brilliant light from which
emanates incredibly intense love, such that the experiencer feels
lost in the infinite love. The Visitors typically do not make
extended commentary about "God", but either assure the experiencer
that they too accept "God". Or they seem to let the direct
experience of God speak for itself. The Visitors have, when
confronted with human confusion about whether they are gods,
emphatically clarified that they are not God.
The issue of the visiting
Star Visitor races' intellectual, cultural, genetic, technological
and spiritual superiority, while not specifically a theological
topic, bears discussing, because of the metaphysical implications.
The average member of the Star Visitor races appears to manifest
considerably higher intellectual capability than the average human.
Such superiority may be partly due to education, culture, genetic
engineering, or natural selection. Yet most Star Visitors consider
humans as equals in the sense of being a fellow sentient, conscious
intelligent life form.
Most of the Star Visitor
races appear to be genetically advanced, as measured by more
developed mental processes, sensory acuteness, parapsychological
abilities, immune system robustness, reported longevity, and
sophisticated nutritional processes. And without question, all Star
Visitor cultures are more technologically advanced than we are.
Their very ability to jump across vast interstellar space and/or
dimensions is but one example of Visitor technological superiority.
Culturally, the Star Visitor races uniformly appear more advanced,
as measured by the complex yet harmoniously interdependent
functioning of their societies, absence of initiation of aggression,
absence of warlike activities, the presence of altruistic concern
for the Earth, its ecosystems and for humankind, the general absence
of patronizing attitudes toward the more primitive human culture,
and the Visitors holding to elevated philosophical and moral
principles (Boylan, 1996).
The Star Visitors demonstrate highly-developed spirituality, as
evidenced by the integration of spiritual awareness into their
cultures, the absence of formalistic religious practices, broad
compassionate attitude between cultures, and a highly-developed
culture of concern for souls' development across lifetimes.
3. The Star Visitors'
While the Visitors have
several missions which they are accomplishing by their
gradually-intensifying contact with the Earth, let us consider here
just their spiritual mission. Star Visitors have repeatedly
communicated to experiencers about the need to remember their (the
human's) origin. Often the "forgetful" human has been shown their
existence as a spark of consciousness preexisting before this
lifetime. In other instances, Visitors have shown humans previous
lifetimes, during which the human processed experiences which
offered the human the opportunity for spiritual development.
Often the Star Visitors have shown experiencers glimpses of a common
origin with one or other extraterrestrial race group. This suggests
cosmically broadened understandings of family, mutual concern and
cherishing across star systems and lifetimes. In the present, Star
Visitors typically demonstrate respect for Earthlings as fellow
conscious entities. The Star Visitors have done considerable
spiritual teaching during in-person encounters, touching on such
subjects as the nature of life, metaphysical understanding of the
nature of the cosmos, and a spiritually enlightened understanding of
the community of intelligent life forms.
4. Are Star Visitors
The sight of some Star
Visitors, especially the luminous and noncorporeal ones, have
prompted some humans who have come into their presence to consider
these Star Visitors god-like, and to ask if they should be
venerated. Uniformly the Star Visitors have quickly communicated to
the human that they are not God, indeed that they, too recognize a
supreme being. The Star Visitors express that they see their role
as, and indeed act as, catalysts and facilitators for growth in
human consciousness and awareness. As Dr. Carl Sagan was
reported to have said in a private remark, the Star Visitors are
here as "missionaries".
5. Star Visitors' role
in human development
The Star Visitors have
stated that they have been involved in human evolution since the
ancient past. This has included Visitor genetic engineering of
presumably terrestrial primate stock to advance the development of
human intelligence and consciousness. The Star Visitors have also
intervened culturally, to "engineer" human consciousness by directed
telepathic inspiration and by Visitor encounters with selected
humans. Such interventions may help solve the archeological mystery
of the Missing Link, and the cultural anthropology mystery of the
sudden arising of Sumerian and proto-African high cultures without
6. Star Visitors, the
Avatars, and religious inspiration
The Avatars (major world
religious leaders) are understood to include: Zoroaster
(Zoroastrianism), Lao-Tse (Taoism/proto-Confucianism), Moses
(Judaism), Krishna (Hinduism), Quan Yin (compassionate Confuciansm),
Buddha (Buddhism), White Buffalo Calf Woman/Guadalupe (Native
American spirituality), Quetzocoatl (Meso-American spirituality),
Yeshua ben Joseph/Jesus (reform-Judaism, Christianity), Mohammed
(Islam), and Bahá'u'lláh (Bahai).
shaman-experiencers have declared that Jesus was a Star-Man, and
that the Avatars are Star People. The Star Visitors have indicated
that the Avatars were sent to raise human spiritual consciousness,
and have alluded to Star Visitor involvement with them. Because of
the imprecision of communication, it is not clear whether the
Avatars were: humans consistently guided by Star Visitor
consciousnesses, humans with ensoulment by a soul which was Star
Visitor in a previous life, human-extraterrestrial hybrids, or Star
Visitors manifesting human appearance. None of the above scenarios
negates the role of the divine in religious inspiration, but rather
allows for the divine to manifest through Star Visitor
intermediaries. Just as the great religious books and doctrines were
not uttered by God directly, but proclaimed to humanity through
human intermediaries as well.
7. Death and judgment
Those Star Visitors
commenting on lifespan have unanimously spoken of Visitors and
humans as having had previous lifetimes, and, after death from their
current life, going on in many cases to successive lifetimes.
Besides affirming reincarnation, the Star Visitors have spoken about
individuals voluntarily and consciously choosing to re-ensoul in
another body and live another lifetime. The subsequent lifetime is
not necessarily on the same planet.
Thus, Star Visitors have
shown a human person , in some instances, the human's previous life
as a Star Visitor, or their subsequent life as in Star Visitor form.
Also, the Visitors have shown a former Star Visitor reincarnating in
a human body to live a human lifetime. Indeed, some such "humanized"
Visitor consciousnesses have deliberately come to Earth as
missionaries, to aid in humanity's advancement. The degree of
consciousness and spiritual progress that a given soul/
consciousness makes in a given lifetime influences the possible
choices available for that soul to have in a subsequent lifetime.
There is no support in Star Visitor theology for the doctrine of
only a single lifetime, after which the soul is judged and assigned
a permanent fate.
8. "Sin" and the
existence of evil
Star Visitor commentators
have not dwelled on the idea of sin: they rather tend to portray bad
human actions as unwise, unenlightened choices. The focus is on the
human's learning to operate in a wiser fashion. The Star Visitors
are not moral relativists, however. If choices are bad enough, they
may try to influence humans to step in, or rarely will step in
themselves, to remedy the situation. The Star Visitors have scolded
many humans, including reportedly some governmental leaders, for bad
choices which have harmed the environment or caused great human
harm. The Star Visitors appear to think of evil as unenlightenment,
capable of improvement through growth in consciousness and
awareness. Sanctions are seen more as blocks to harm and as moral
lessons than as punishments.
9. The Godhead,
Creation and evolution
The available data is
ambiguous. Star Visitor telepathic messages have given indications
of both creation aspects and evolution aspects to the cosmos.
Perhaps the conundrum is clarified by knowing how the Star Visitors
understand the divine. God is understood as the Supreme Source, out
of which everything is manifested. The Supreme Source is that matrix
of Consciousness out of which all entities have their being. This
theology is somewhat akin to that which was expressed in the first
chapter of the Gospel of John. There John spoke about "the Word"
[Greek: logos], (God/Jesus). The Word is equivalent to the
principle which makes things be as they are. Everything exists with
its own character insofar as it participates to a greater or lesser
degree in some aspect of the supreme Word/Consciousness.
10. Jesus and Redemption
Jesus' role in humanity's
spiritual life must be understood in the context of what has already
been expressed about Star Visitor influence on humankind and the
Avatars. The Star Visitors consider Jesus's life of service to
others and self-sacrifice as an excelling example of living in
highly developed consciousness, as were his spiritual teachings,
moral guidance, and witnessing to high principles at the cost of his
life. From this perspective , "redemption" is not so much a washing
away of humans' sins, as it is strikingly setting a new and higher
standard of moral (high consciousness) behavior, and showing humans
the dark results of low-consciousness choices. Jesus left humans
free to chose, but emphatically pointed out the consequences of
those choices. That is largely what the Star Visitors do as well.
The Star Visitor civilizations which have evolved to the level of
interstellar travel and missionary work have not commented on their
own spiritual evolution. Whether some Visitor civilizations have had
a spiritual master like Jesus incarnate among them is not known from
available data. We have much yet to learn from our off-world
11. God's family
One of the key questions
of theology is relationship to God. Who is in God's family? How big
is that family? How varied? Our Star Visitors, by their very
appearing among us, and by their communicating sensitive spiritual
thoughts, demonstrate to us how wide and how varied God's family is.
It truly spans the universe, and encompasses conscious, intelligent
life in all its many forms. It may be reassuring to traditional
religionists to know that it is true throughout the galaxy and
beyond, that "wherever two or three are gathered", there the divine
is in the midst of them. The Star Visitors acknowledge the spiritual
preciousness of humans as sparks of the divine. Nevertheless,
different Star Visitor cultures vary in the way they express that
acknowledgment, in view of human transgressions against each other,
other creatures and the Earth (Boylan, 1992).
As humans face the task of
evaluating the visiting extraterrestrial spiritual cultures, let us
reflect on the lessons available from our own religious history. For
example, will Americans encountering visiting cosmic cultures be
that much different than the behavior of European colonists meeting
foreigners (e.g., Carib Indians on Hispaniola Island)? The Europeans
decided that the Caribs' religion was heathen and to be despised,
which "justified" forcibly imposing Christianity on the Caribs.
Perhaps the appropriate behavior for humans at the upcoming meetings
with Star Visitor representatives is the one suggested by Vatican
Observatory astronomer and Jesuit, Guy Consulmagno: "If we
were to make contact with other intelligent life, we'd have to tell
our own sacred story, listen to them tell theirs, and learn."
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Dr. Richard Boylan
is a behavioral scientist, certified clinical hypnotherapist,
university associate professor (emeritus), and researcher into Star
Visitor-human encounters. He is Executive Director of the Star Kids
Star Visitor theology