April 6, 2008 by Korshi

Part 1 The Starchildren

The skull you see above this post was found in Mexico, 60 or 70 years ago by an American girl, in a cave near her village. It was found along with the rest of its skeleton, which once belonged to a child approximately 5 years old; beside it were the remains of an adult woman. The American girl kept these remains until her recent death, and they passed along until they reached the hands of a couple, also American.

The skull has is obviously deformed, with a cranial capacity larger than that of an adult (1600cc, 200cc larger than a fully-grown adult’s).[1] The back of the skull is flattened, and the optic nerve is at the base of the eye-socket instead of at the back, and seems to lack frontal sinuses. It is a strange skull, and to one group, The Starchild Foundation, it is clearly one of three things: “ (1) a pure alien Gray type; (2) a Gray-human hybrid; or (3) the most bizarre human deformity since The Elephant Man.” If it turned out to be either of the former, this skull could well turn out to be the most amazing discovery of our times; Lloyd Pye, an “alternative” knowledge expert, and the lead figure of the Starchild foundation, arranged for DNA testing.

The skulls have been dated to about 900 years ago; and mitochondrial DNA testing shows that the woman with whom the Starchild is buried is not its mother. But as to whether its an alien, or alien hybrid, the kid has normal X and Y chromosomes, indicating that he was probably fully human, and a boy. But where does that leave the alien-like head? [2]

A child with hyrocephaly

The most obvious solution is hydrocephaly, a condition where cerebrospinal fluid builds up inside the brain. In children, where the bones of the skull have not yet fused, this results in the skull enlarging dramatically, altering not only its size but also the position of the eyes and nose. So does this explain it? Not quite. Lloyd Pye points out that there is a dramatic difference between a hydrocephalic skull, where the expansion is uniform, and the Starchild skill, with its odd, pointed shape.[3]

The answer is to be found in another collection of weird skulls. I first found out about these through one of Erich Von Daniken’s books. All over the world, from Egypt to Peru, to Australia to North America, strange, elongated or heart shaped skulls have been found. Described variously as the remnants of long-lost hominids, antediluvian giants or alien hybrids like the Starchild, I used to think they were well-made fakes. Turns out they’re very real.

A living example of head-binding

As demonstrated by hydrocephaly, the skulls of infants are very pliable. Certain ancient societies figured out that by binding or tying boards onto their heads, children could be grown, like bonsai kittens, into eerily alien-like shapes. The Mayans are the most well-known examples, with their flattened foreheads, but others, all over the world, practiced more or-less dramatic examples, a practice that continues in some places into the present day.[4] Tellingly, the Choctaw and other Native American peoples in the region where the skull was found practised head-binding. Even more tellingly, the woman buried with the Starchild had a cradle-board flattened head.[5]

Lloyd Pye and his Starchild

Individually, neither cradle-boarding nor hydrocephaly can explain the Starchild; together, they do make a very convincing case, despite Lloyd Pye’s somewhat disingenuous claims to the contrary. Now if only he would stop playing with the poor kid’s skull…

The comet Kohoutek

Part 2 Starseeds

That might have be the end of that, but for the fact that the unusual Hydrocephalic skull of an ancient Amerindian has found itself the poster-boy for a movement of equally alien, but less visually dramatic, origins. The origins of the Starseed movement, alive and flourishing online as any google search will tell you, seem to date back to 1973, when Timothy Leary, psychologist and counterculture icon, received a psychic vision; possibly with the help of other four other telepaths in Folsom Prison where he was incarcerated on a charge of possession of illegal drugs. His piece describing his vision is heavily symbolic, a rush of revelations and musings, almost undecipherable; the gist seems to be that the coming of the comet Kahoutek symbolised the potential opening of a New Age.

Life is an interstellar communication network. Life is disseminated through the galaxies in the form of nucleotide templates. These “seeds” land on planets, are activated by solar radiation. and evolve nervous systems. The bodies which house and transport nervous systems and the reproductive seeds are constructed in response to the atmospheric and gravitational characteristics of the host planet, the crumbling rock upon which we momentarily rest.[6]

He was probably talking loosely about Panspermia, the hypothesis that life could have been brought here from space, tiny bacteria living in meteors which would crash into planets like our own and then bloom into life, evolving over time into the complex eco-systems we see today. But between 1973 and today, others have interpreted this passage differently. Although the specific beliefs of those who think they are Starseeds, and those who work with them vary considerably, a rough background might look something like this:

the Comet Kahoutek in 1973, and the Hale-Bopp Comet in 1995. These two comets were a symbol which was used by the Oneself to depict the arrival of The Star Children onto the Earth Plane. They depicted for us, in physical space, the opening of an Energy Gate (Kahoutek), and a closing (Hale-Bopp), which announced to us that something very special had been completed in the unfolding of Earth’s Master Plan.

Something very similar happened with the appearance of a bright star which shined over the birthplace of Jesus, as witnessed by The Magi (wise men, astrologers, magicians). These mystical researchers knew how to read the physical environment, so they could see the deeper implications of what was happening. Our “Star Kids” came to us over a period of years, in overlapping generations, riding the Golden Ray of Cosmic Christ Consciousness. They are Generations X, Y, and Z………….and they carry within them the seeds (Multidimensional Software and Concepts) of Meta-Human Consciousness.

A “Star Child,” by this criteria, would be defined as someone who was carried in through the Kahoutek-Hale-Bopp Energy Stream………….would be most likely a member of Generation X, Y, or Z………..or someone who has had a significant energy “upgrade” experience to reconnect them to this source. They could also have such an upgrade by experiencing a one-on-one encounter with some being or beings who exist beyond the boundaries of our human “box.” [7]

Living among us, then are potential saviours, beings possessing alien spirits, DNA or every hyper-DNA, depending on who you believe.

So if you are a Starseed, how do you know? Well, chances are you won’t remember; you were born into a place (earth) which is “very dense, high in negative ego.” There are many tests and descriptions online; they have their differences, and their overlaps.

Some features are stereotypically “New Age”:

Do you enjoy thunderstorms?
Do you occasionally (or, more often) sleep in the nude?
Are you an avid reader?
Do you have a special fascination for pyramids?
Do you have a special fascination for mushrooms?
Does the word Atlantis ring some sort of bell in your memory?
Is the thought that you might contain genes from aliens seem positive?

Others go down a more supernatural route, pushing the Christ-parallels with miraculous events surrounding the Starchild:

The child’s birth was notable for there being a strange presence or figure in the delivery room. or an aura (glow) noted around the child or their crib.

Sometimes, when the child goes by an amber sodium-vapor-plasma streetlight, the light goes out, particularly if the child is emotionally charged

The child exhibits mental telepathy (silent mind-to-mind communication).

The child engages in actions, rituals or ceremonies of their own design which are intended to impart healing to a person, an animal, a plant, or a particular place on the Earth. = 1. [If the child has brought a completely-dead animal, plant, person, or ecological area back to life by such healing, then the score for this question = 5.][9]

The writer of the last question is a bit of a world-weary cynic; apparently performing a full, honest-to-goodness resurrection only gets you 5 points out of the 12 you need to qualify as a Starchild.

The most common pattern of questions, however, suggest a poignant feeling of alienation expressed by most starseeds:

You will have a feeling of un-belonging for much of your life. You will have noticed that siblings and children in other families have a “belonging” with their family that you don’t have. Somehow “fitting in” is something that never happens to you unless you find other Starseed. Then you will suddenly you feel “got” or understood and it feels wonderful.[10]

You like to escape into flights of creative fantasy and will build whole “ideal worlds” in your head. You are also drawn to the hallucinogenic experience to enhance this[11]

The child mentioned recalling his/her “other parents” out among the stars, or expressed a longing to go back to his/her “real home” out in the cosmos.[12]

You find yourself detaching from your old identity and are dissociating from your old way of life

You find your ego desperately trying to hold on to the old ways of doing things

You are experiencing discomfort… like your whole world falling apart [13]

Feel free to follow the links at the bottom of this post to find out if you are, in fact, a Starseed. But if the answer is yes, if you are an alien being, or some sort of hyrid, sent to live out an exile on this lonely planet, what next? You are here on a mission:

Wanderers are described as beings who have evolved to a point of physical and spiritual maturity, which compels them to compassionately reach their hands out to any entities in the universe who call for help. Ra further states that these individuals are from all reaches of the infinite creation. And they are bound together by a common and very singular purpose; to serve those in need.[14]

The obvious parallel here is to the concept of the Bodhisattva within the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism; like these beings, the Starseeds are higher entities who descent into the world of gross matter to help beings on a lower plane of consciousness, motivated by pure compassion. It’s one of the most beautiful concepts in Buddhism, and one that has been widely adopted by New Age movements. As we’ve seen in earlier posts, there’s been a temptation recently for people to try to translate metaphysical ideas into a scientistic form that they find more plausible; gods become aliens, heaven is becomes outer space. Richard Boylan, a Star Kid researcher, mentions Jesus, Moses, Buddha and the Baha’u’llah as Avatars sent by Star Visitors.[15] And in recasting religion as science, we can also recast science as saviour:

Humanity once had a healthy balance to future-fear. In the 30s & 40s, humanity held a high future-hope for 2000 becoming the Utopia-era created by advanced technology and science. Decade by decade the utopia hope has faded away. Now, I honestly believe that hope has replaced utopia with images of wastelands. The belief in science and technology has been replaced with blame – and yet, science/technology are just inanimate tools … There is still plenty of time to learn to use those tools correctly – as the first photographs of this planet taken by astronauts, awakened a planetary perception, a world-view of ecology – I believe, an even more evolved perception, a Universe-view of life, will be achieved once existence of our cosmic visitors becomes accepted and understood.[16]

So where does the Starseed idea’s appeal come from? Originally, the people diagnosed as ‘Starseeds’ were literally children; and the phenomenon is a variation on the Indigo Children movement which you can read about on Wikipedia. Children have always seemed uncanny, wonderful and wise beyond their years to their parents; seeing them as alien saviours is an understandable conceit.

The specifics also represent an attempt to engage with modern youth in a way that is at least sincere, if not particularly sceptical. Here is Daniel Jacob’s description of Starseed society, which he sees on centred on a love of Gangsta Rap:

Each “gansta” has an inner-circle, and each member of that circle forms another circle, and so on. It is government by the locals, and distant politics and social manipulations only make sense if they connect to what is happening inside the immediate circle. It isn’t isolationism, really. It’s simply called FOCUS.

The ancient edict of Pagan Society was found in this simple law: “Do what you will, harm none.” Gangstas of today cannot yet adhere completely to this law, because the society in which they live is still very hostile and invested in property, principle, and prejudice. Indeed, their whole concept of themselves is incomplete, though it contains many helpful clues about what is to come. [17]

A more insightful point, though, can be found a few paragraphs earlier:

Ask a “Star Child” what she wants to be when she grows up. Her answer? “I dunno.”

A lack of direction is a widely observed feature of Generation Y; whether it’s real or not is up for debate, but I tend to think there’s some truth in it. I don’t think it stems from our cosmic mission; it’s more a product of the rootlessness, the celebrity culture and media overload of the modern world. As Tyler Durden puts it in Fight Club “We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact.” [19]

Returning for a moment to the Indigo Children, I should probably mention that an important factor in parents seeing their offspring as Indigos or Starseeds is a refusal to accept diagnosis of ADD or Learning Difficulties; they show the same dislike of psychiatry and its materialistic reductionism that L. Ron Hubbard and the Scientologists like to play on. One common aspect of Starseed quizzes addresses this:

The child is misunderstood by the school system, mislabeled “Attention Deficit Disorder” or “Learning Disability” (because s/he is bored, under-challenged, or put off by the “normal” children’s learning pace); or mislabeled “Hyperactivity Disorder” (because of fidgetiness in the classroom out of boredom, or because of their thoughts directed to more challenging subjects, or because the child is highly focused on a topic of interest and perseveres much longer than is considered “normal”); or mislabeled “Learning Disabled” (because s/he sees and points out the connections between the subject being taught and other subjects, (such as history-math-science-art connections) when the teacher only wants to hear about the one subject being taught.) [20]

All this doesn’t yet address the large number of adults who retroactively identify as starseeds (and if you’re too old to be a Starseed, you can still be Star-awakened according to Star Theology). The answer, I think, is in the prevailing theme of alienation found in the quizzes. The themes of feeling different from those around you, from your parents and friends is a feature of all of them, alongside vaguer symptoms involving high or low body temperature, weak or strong immune systems and other factors which allow any identity-seeking websurfer to find a correlation with their biography without too much hassle.

By identifying as a Starseed, or an Indigo Child, or a vampire, faery, anthropomorphic animal or whatever else, we can turn our fears of difference into positives; we can give a definite form to our vague sense of destiny; we ‘discover’ that we are not like others, we are better.

This feeling of alienation might be more common in the modern West than in the past (although there’s no real way of knowing) but it has always been there throughout history. Rather than trot out another reference to Gnosticism or Buddhism, the parallel I’d like to draw is with the idea the Catholic Saint Augustine expresses in the City of God. He describes Christians as peregrini, wanderers. They live in the world, but they are not of it; their true home is in the City of God, with their heavenly Father. Take away the specifics, and the language is eerily similar.

St Augustine and his mother, Monica

One Starseed describes his situation in a series of terse confessions:

I related very strongly to the book “E. T. 101.”

I’ve disengaged from my old identity and find myself detached from the human way of life.

I continue to have a very strong desire to serve humanity.

On July17, 1999, while in Miami on business, I was standing by the water next to my hotel. Towards dusk I saw an oval-shaped, white, stationary object in the sky. It hovered in place for about 45 seconds and then was lost behind moving clouds.[21]

Ultimately, his alien parents emulate the absent human ones they were meant to replace; playing a cruel game of hide and seek.

Believing you are an alien hybrid might be less healthy than recognising that some loneliness and displacement is an inescapable part of the human condition, which we all can face and overcome, but it is understandable. As one chatroom user put it “its a lonely life, being different.”

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3 thoughts on “Starkids

  1. Heresiarch says:

    The legacy of Leary’s extraterrestrialism gets contextualized HERE

  2. korshi says:

    Thanks for your link Heresiarch, not related to Starseeds per se, but a very interesting hypothesis. I’ll have to read your site some more to get my head around it, but your concept of stars and their systems as entire organisms reminds me of Olaf Stapledon- in the broad strokes at least.

    I don’t know if I agree with your comments about the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics- isn’t it fairer to say that some systems are more open than others, and the universe itself is ultimately a closed system? My understanding is that the evolving complexity of life on this planet comes at the cost of the sun’s breakdown, which will ultimately lead to its death, making our solar system, for most purposes, closed.

    You make some very interesting observations about psychedelics and their relationship to neoteny; the appreciation of everyday beauty is to me the ultimate goal of all art, and in a way religion.

    Linking hypothetical zero-g evolution to underwater evolution in mammals raises some interesting questions; water may not suspend gravity, but it would support the growth of a larger brain (although there are marine intelligence is pretty limited when you consider the amount of life to be found there, so it’s not a sufficient cause). My understanding was that the aquatic ape theory had been discredited by hominid fossil finds since its proposal, but I don’t know enough about it at this stage to make my own mind up.

    Timothy Leary sounds like a very interesting thinker; it’s a shame that his manner of phrasing left his ideas open to adoption by the type of Occultist New Age thinking he spoke out against.

  3. […] ready for Rapture 13 11 2009 Remember  back in this post when I compared Starseeds – aliens trapped in human bodies longing to return to the stars […]

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