I once saw the richly talented Shirley Maclaine in her one woman show at London’s Dominion theatre. Gay men have consistently relished the appeal of Shirley Maclaine - actor, writer, singer and truth-seeker extroardinaire.
Now well into her seventies, Maclaine has hung up her dancing shoes and resides in New Mexico, whose landscape she finds congenial to meditation, or “sageing” as she calls it. She admits even her friends think her “wacky”, but her memoirs are an energy blast as she recalls former lives in Atlantis, and discusses star-beings …..and that means extraterrestrials, not showbiz pals! So, just open your mind as we welcome this very special guest aboard.
Maclaine adopts a range of beliefs from Jungian synchronicity ( coincidences we experience in life which inspire us with a heightened sense of personal relevance), unorthodox methods of healing, to New Age theories concerning UFOs, threats to democracy, and possible warnings from ancient history that might affect our planet’s welfare. She believes that a variety of alien beings have been visiting Earth from the dim and distant past (the familiar large-eyed, dome headed Greys of abductee reserch among them) shaping human history, and even altering our DNA.
Central to her understanding is the significance of the date 21 December,2012, the much discussed time when the Mayan calendar ends, when she sees the birth of a new human consciousness taking place. For those looking to more esoteric sources, it appears that there is a growing acceleration of events and awareness towards this point. Current scandals rapidly engulfing our own politicians, News International, the police, and financial crises shaking Eurozone countries make me feel that more is going on here than is apparent on the surface.
Maclaine believes the time for cover-ups in political or religious life is over, the people are mature enough to deal with the truth and we should be trusted with it, while also taking more stock of personal responsibility. Getting back in touch with our spiritual roots makes for a saner, healthier world.
In his book, A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle similarly speaks of a new consciousness arising, the anchoring of which needs individuals who are “frequency-holders”, and Maclaine “seeking a little bit of clarity” in her secluded desert dwelling seems to fit the bill.
Video footage shows Maclaine at her zany best when delivering a Distinguished Achievement Award to singer and black activist Jenifer Lewis at a LA Gay and Lesbian Convention in 2007, with great wit and vitality managing to send up her own other-worldly preoccupations.
I’ve long believed that being gay is a kind of cosmic privilege, a difference that makes us more open to what human life has to offer, as long as we can rise above merely carnal interests. If something profound like a purging and healing process is taking place in the near future, we may be well-placed to recieve it. It may not be anything spectacular, it may be as quiet as the sunrise, but to have a date with the universe would be a special event indeed.
Synchronistic events which many people may experience, and the findings of quantum physics which are more generally accessible, reinforce our understanding of the interconnectedness of life and events. How we think and act as gay humans affects everything and everyone else in some way.
In my last job as a business protection officer for a well-known department store, I was in the CCTV room watching a female shoplifter who had been apprehended and was being interviewed in the store detective’s office. The woman was opening her bag to reveal items she hadn’t paid for, and suddenly for a few moments I saw her on the screen assume the shape of an alien with a bulbous head, an image I had stored in my mind of a creature from the sci-fi film, This Island Earth. Then, as I contiued to look, she was herself again.
The significance of this occurrence which had never happened to me before, is that what was in my mind suddenly became real and outside of me. If we lived in a material world that was outside and quite separate from our imagination and consciousness, there is no way that I could have altered the picture on a CCTV camera, with startling effect. Not that anyone standing beside me would have seen the woman transfigured - the image was the work of my mental processes alone - but it was an illustration of how our minds contribute to what we call the real world.
It’s one thing to have meetings with Presidents and highly-placed people in many fields as Maclaine has done, but personal experience has a stamp of authority like no other, and this is what drives her on to investigate further, and to publicly share her conclusions. It’s akin to being gay and bringing everything we are out into the open.
By John Hartley.
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