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Editor’s Introduction to Cosmic Ships

What science rejects today, it accepts tomorrow. - Samael Aun Weor, The Perfect Matrimony: The Door to Enter into Intitiation (1950)

For more than fifty years, evidence has been accumulating that there is more to life in our corner of the universe than just fast food, taxes, and alcohol. From across the spectrum of society have come reports of ships in the sky, unexplained lights and movements, and strange occurrences. Military officers, government officials, police officers, astronauts, and common people from all walks of life and countries around the world have reported seeing ships that demonstrate abilities far beyond our level of technology. Yet, governments remain silent or deny any knowledge, while the media crucifies those who come forward with their experiences.

Skeptics claim that sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) or extraterrestrials are evidence of mass hysteria and collective delusion, of people seeing what they want to see. In many cases, this is undoubtedly true. Yet, such causes do not explain all cases and sightings. There are too many cases and too much evidence. This book is not a catalog of such cases, or an attempt to explain them. Moreover, this book is not an attempt to convince the skeptics. This book collects writings by Samael Aun Weor published in Spanish between 1950 and 1977. In 1950, Samael Aun Weor published his monumental first book, The Perfect Matrimony: The Door to Enter into Intitiation. It included a chapter about “flying saucers,” making him one of the first authors in the world (and likely the first in Spanish) to write about the appearance of strange craft in the skies of the world. That chapter was later extracted to form the basis of this book, Cosmic Ships.

In the decades since UFO sightings began to be widespread, the public has been subjected to an intense campaign from governments and media organizations intended to discredit and ridicule any and all information about extraterrestrials and unidentified flying objects. Their campaign has been a resounding success, and made more effective by the rapid spread of ridiculous “new age” theories and beliefs, and the abundance of very unbalanced people making a huge variety of outrageous claims about extraterrestrial life. The result of all of this is that now, anyone who affirms the existence of life on other planets is immediately suspected of being a “new age” buffoon, a crackpot. People everywhere chuckle at the idea of superior beings visiting this planet. Now, people hesitate before mentioning the subject. This is how effective the propaganda has been.

Nonetheless, illusions cannot withstand the presence of the facts, whether those illusions are created by narcissistic spiritualists, government agencies, or Hollywood. The facts demonstrate that something is happening on this planet that our governments and media organizations are not willing to discuss. The facts demonstrate that we are not the only conscious beings in the universe or on this planet. Such facts can be found in the hundreds of books and videos documenting sightings by reputable people of extraterrestrial ships and related events that have been happening for decades. Yet, such facts can also be acquired through our own experience, and not just by accident or fate. Truly, we cannot know the truth of anything unless we experience it for ourselves.

Gnosis, the term used by Samael Aun Weor to describe the root wisdom at the base of all existence, is a Greek word that means “knowledge acquired through experience.” Such knowledge is based on the facts of experience, not mere theory, supposition, or belief. His writings are based on facts he confirmed through his own experience. It is important to keep this distinction in mind, because nowadays, most of what we read was dreamed up by the writer or merely repeats what other writers said. The writings of Samael Aun Weor are different. He said,

...there are authors who write marvels, but when one looks at them, one realizes that they have not lived what they have written; they did not experience it in themselves, and that is why they are mistaken. I understand that one must write what one has directly experienced by oneself. For my part, I have proceeded in this way. - Tarot and Kabbalah (1977)

Samael Aun Weor wrote over seventy books and gave thousands of lectures about the practical, experiential way to fully develop all the potential of the human being. That is, he worked on behalf of humanity, in order to freely give everyone a solid introduction to the real method to transcend suffering and realize the purpose of our existence.

The basis of the Gnostic method is a very rigorous self-examination to discriminate between the illusions we have about ourselves and the actual facts. The undeniable proliferation of crackpots and boastful self-proclaimed “experts” (whether in science or spirituality) is caused by self-delusion. People are hypnotized by their self-projected illusions. People are willingly blind to the facts of their lives, and instead only want to see what gives them a sense of psychological security. The scientist only sees what supports his theories and his identity as a “scientist.” The religious one only sees what supports his beliefs. The worker only sees what makes his efforts seem virtuous and good. None of us are willing to see anything that contradicts our sense of self. We do not see the facts. Our perceptions are filtered.

The basis of Gnosis is to learn to see ourselves and our environment without any filters. This is the very definition of real science: to see what is actually there, without judgment, theory, definition, or explanation. The true Gnostic sees things as they are.

Naturally, everyone believes that they see things as they are. No one is willing to admit that they are completely asleep, unaware of reality. Yet, this is the truth. Only the one who is becoming aware that he is asleep is on the way to awakening.

In order to understand this book, you will need to adopt a new way of seeing. Instead of reading this book through the filters of what you have been told or believe, read it with an open mind, receptive to the idea that perhaps what you have been told is wrong. Perhaps we have been wrong about more than we imagine. Certainly, judging by the state of our world, we do not have much evidence to claim that we are all that bright. It is beneficial to open our hearts and minds to learn how we are mistaken, for the one who refuses to see his mistakes is condemned to repeat them.