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Review – Ancient Astronauts: The Gods from Planet X (2 DVD set)

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Title: Ancient Astronauts: The Gods from Planet X (2 DVD)
Genre: UFO, Aliens, Conspiracy
Production Company: Reality Films

Remember Erich von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods? Maybe I’m dating myself, but when I was a kid that was a big book. And even though it created quite a controversy (to include one instance of admitted fakery), it did forward a pioneering theory that just never went away.

The theory is based on the belief that many of the ancient gods and goddesses represented in world myth are, in fact, high tech visitors from outer space. Moreover, von Däniken furnished what he believed was solid empirical evidence for his, at that time, far out ideas.

Ancient Astronauts: The Gods from Planet X follows suit by backing its speculative theories with recent empirical evidence stemming from NASA and the rest of the international Space Science community.

The DVD covers two main speakers at the 2008 Central Coast Science-UFO Symposium, along with another unspecified conference in 2007. Jason Martell speaks for about 75% of the two DVD set, with the late Tom van Flandern filling in the remaining time.

Both speakers are outstanding, even if you don’t agree with everything they say. And disagreement is no big deal at this symposium, as noted at the outset by the emcee.

I found the symposium’s easygoing atmosphere refreshing. Martell and van Flandern are both well known in the field. Martell leans more toward getting his message out through mainstream TV networks, while van Flandern enjoyed many academic distinctions during his lifetime. So it’s a good combo, to be sure.

Visually the presentations are engaging, sometimes utterly fascinating. For those interested in ancient Sumerian lore and iconography, this is the DVD to get. Even if you’re not convinced by the arguments, the background material, alone, is enough to warrant giving this film serious attention.

As for myself, in the grand scheme of things it probably doesn’t really matter if I agree, disagree or partly agree with the far-ranging theories outlined in Ancient Astronauts. My guess about planet seeding, human origins, ancient technologies and cataclysms is just about as good as anyone else’s.

Having said that, I do have reservations with the film’s likening of the interstellar “heavens” to the idea of “everlasting heaven.” This is an old beef of mine and, I believe, an important one.

Martell makes the valid point that depictions of winged humanoid figures in the ancient world could simply represent the power of flight. That is, the ancients didn’t see birdmen per se. Instead, Martell says they probably superimposed their natural worldview onto observed craft that they just weren’t equipped to understand—i.e. highly sophisticated ETs and UFOs.

Be that as it may, a similar dynamic could be attributed to Martell’s research. He seems to equate all things heavenly to easily recognizable phenomena, such as the observable cosmos. But what about that other mysterious factor, namely, the indwelling of the spirit?

Just because Martell doesn’t appear to have had genuine mystical experiences doesn’t mean that many others haven’t. In fact, the experience of an entirely different realm called heaven – not the observable heavens – is widely written about by mystics. So why is this data largely ignored by both of this DVD’s presenters?

What I do find commendable about this film, however, is its questioning of the arguably narrow interpretations of some scholars when it comes to the meaning of ancient Middle Eastern terms like Anunnaki and Nibiru. Today, we have the updated notions of ETs and Planet X.

Planet X is a hypothetical planet, replete with a long elliptical orbit that periodically wobbles – and possibly collides with – other bodies in our solar system.

Perhaps the greatest contribution to knowledge that Ancient Astronauts makes is its invitation to reconsider the essential mysteries embedded in the development of our solar system, our planet and our species.

From the riddle of the Baghdad Battery to the still contested speed of gravity, this film makes you think. It may, as I believe, fall short when it comes to the true meaning of heaven. But it doesn’t claim to have all the answers. And if Martell and his associates are as open-minded as they seem to be, they might someday come around to appreciating that ancient astronauts and heaven (as a realm beyond, above and also immanent within the cosmos) could happily coexist.


See a review of the companion volume, Ancient Astronauts: Our Extraterrestrial Legacy (2 DVD set)


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One thought on “Review – Ancient Astronauts: The Gods from Planet X (2 DVD set)

  1. In my experience, the gods of old are not about to arrive here on spaceships or Planet X or Nibiru because they’re already here.

    These ‘gods’ of the old scriptures, such as the Anunnaki, the Fae, the Tuatha da Danaan, the Vedic Asuras etc, are the intradimensional (not extraterrestrial) beings known as the spirits. They were known by many different names in different cultures. The Mystery religions of the late Neolithic period in Egypt and the Middle East turned them into ‘gods’ with human form, just to give them an identity that people could relate to and this includes the Anunnaki.

    They are benign beings that live alongside us here ~ they are already here, but in other dimensions, and the shaman contacts them through trance for guidance and information.
    They are quite easy to make contact with, through shamanic techniques.

    What is shamanism?

    Shamanism is a technique through which we can contact intradimensional beings, known to our ancestors for hundreds of thousands of years as the spirits. Shamanism eventually morphed into the Mystery religions and then was driven completetely underground by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the 4th century CE.

    Shamanism, or shamanic healing, is making a comeback today and I’ve been a practising shaman for a number of years.

    So what is a shaman and what does a shaman do?

    A shaman is someone who crosses into other dimensions where he obtains information, guidance and healing from the benevolent entities that he meets in those dimensions. These entities have been given many names throughout history — devas, spirits and gods to name but a few. The shaman then brings this information, guidance and healing that he gleans from these entities back to his tribe or community.

    The shaman crosses into other dimensions while in a trance state. This is what’s known as the shamanic journey. It is not a physical journey. The shaman’s physical body does not go on a journey. If you saw a shaman crossing into another dimension, all you would see is his body prone on the floor looking like someone who’s asleep — except for the occasional twitch as power surges through him.

    The trance state is also known to scientists as the theta state. They have found that if a person is exposed to a certain rhythm (between 4 and 7 beats per second), their brain will enter the theta state. This is why shamans use drums, and the beating of the drum is the usual, classical way that a shaman enters a trance — although there are many other ways, including the ingestion of psychotropic herbs (datura and ayuhasca, to name just two).

    I hope this helps….


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