A Friendship from Space By Gerard Aartsen We are no strangers to the concept of changing the appearance of things we hold dear and wish to protect from the attacks of our less sensitive – or sensible – fellows. Some things we know to harbour the truth because they lift up our hearts and our spirits beyond our ‘natural’ state, even if we can’t prove that they do so. When that happens, we don’t need external confirmation – we know, because the truth rings so loud in our soul. After all, Reality can’t be proven; it can only be experienced. So we could say that proof of something is necessary mostly for people who do not yet have the experience of that aspect of Reality. Something similar pertains when one reads Enrique Barrios’ book Ami, Child of the Stars that, disguised as a children’s story, explains the secrets of life and the universe. Better, reading it helps one experience the secrets of life and the universe, leaving the reader with the same sense of joy and oneness as, for instance, listening to Beethoven’s An die Freude (‘Ode to Joy’) – which, not co-incidentally, is a celebration of the brotherhood of man. Barrios wrote this book in response to an experience which he had in August 1985 and which he has never given details or answered questions about. He was suggested, it seems, to write about it “as if it were a children’s story, a fantasy … otherwise they will think you are a liar or crazy.” Indeed, apparently well aware of the problems that the current volume intends to counter, in the opening words of his book the author says his friend from space “warned me that few adults will understand this book, because for them it’s easier to believe in horror than in wonder. To avoid problems, he advised me to say that this is only a fairy tale. I’ll do as he said: this is a story for children, which means all of us.” Thereby in effect saying that the narrative device is just that – a narrative device. So Mr Barrios tells the story of the protagonist ‘Pete’ (‘Pedro’ in the original Spanish and ‘Jim’ in the second English edition), a 10-year-old boy, who sees a UFO disappear in the sea and what he thinks is a child come onto the beach. When asked for his name, the extraterrestrial tells Pete: “You can call me ‘Amigo’ for friend; because that’s what I am: a friend to all.” Pete decides to call his new friend Ami, short for the Spanish words ‘Amigo’ (friend) or ‘Amistad’ (friendship). Echoing the testimonies of other contactees, Ami tells Pete: “The human model is universal – head, trunk and extremities – but there are small variations on each world: height, skin, color, shape of the ears, small differences.” As they get to know each other, Pete surmises that his new friend is not a child, but rather an extraterrestrial of a small race. In an exchange that brims with the innocence of child-like simplicity, and as a result manages to stir one’s innermost being through wisdom and humour, Ami helps Pete to expand his understanding of life, while at the same time helping to increase his readers’ awareness. For example, while they go for an midnight stroll through Pete’s village, Ami remarks: “Look how the light falls on that vine… see those antennas outlined against the stars… Life has no purpose other than enjoyment, Pete. Make sure to pay attention to all that life offers… The wonder that each instant brings… The most profound meaning of life is found beyond thought…” In response, his terrestrial friend writes: “His words made me see things in a new way. It seemed incredible to me that this world was my own place, the everyday one, to which I hardly paid attention.” Speaking about God, Ami explains, “God doesn’t have a human appearance. He has no form at all. He is not a person like you or me. He is an Infinite Being, pure creative energy… pure love… Because of that, the universe is beautiful and good, it is marvellous.” Therefore, even the ‘evil’ people on this planet will become good someday, according to Ami. As Pete wondered why the people from space don’t act to avert catastrophe on Earth because of the pollution, the risk of nuclear war and the depletion of our natural resources, such as “landing a thousand ships and tell the world leaders not to make war”, Ami tells Pete that if there would be a mass landing, “thousands of people would die of shock. Remember all your movies about invaders? We are not inhumane, we wouldn’t want to cause something like that.” When asked why the extraterrestrials don’t take over the Earth to make us live in peace, Ami adds: “Human freedom is sacred. ‘To force’ does not exist in our vocabulary.” There is, however, a ‘plan of assistance’ that the space people “administer in doses, soft, subtly… very subtly” by allowing us to sight their ships shortly after the first atomic tests and explosions. “Later, we increased the frequency of the sightings. Soon we will let your people begin to film us.” One of the reasons why UFOs will allow themselves to be sighted, but refrain from entering into communication, according to Ami, is that many people on Earth are prone to idolatry: “We would be lacking in respect if we claimed to usurp God’s place before the misguided religion of those poor people… If they considered us brothers, which would be another story…” The ‘plan of assistance’ also involves lending “a hand in the birth of religions that lead to love…” According to Ami, the state of development of a planet depends on the number of its people who have more than a certain “amount of love”. At a certain point he shows Pete what that looks like in a man they are observing from Ami’s ship, through his advanced instruments: “The man appeared on another screen, but he looked almost transparent. In the middle of his chest shone a golden light…” At a certain point Ami asks Pete what part of his body he points to when he says ‘I’. As Pete is lost for an answer to Ami’s follow-up question why people point to their chest, Ami tells him: “Because that’s where you are, really, you. You are love and love is born in the chest… Only God is perfect, pure love, but we are a spark of divine love and we should try to approach that which we really are… We should try to be ourselves…” our true selves that is, “…that is freedom… There is no other freedom.” According to the age-old Wisdom teachings the heart chakra, which is the ‘spiritual heart’, or the heart of the wise man at the right side of the chest in the Bible, is where the human soul connects with its vehicle in the three worlds, the personality. The involvement of the space people with the developments on Earth seems to be an expression of a great measure of love in the cosmic brothers and sisters. As Ami explains, the Golden Rule of harmlessness that is expressed in every major religion on Earth is also a universal law: “The evolved worlds form a universal brotherhood; we are all brothers, from whatever corner of the cosmos, and all are free to come and go without hurting anyone. (…) There are no galactic wars, no violence among ourselves (…) There is no competition among us, no one wishes to be more than your brother, the only thing we all want is to enjoy life; but since we love, we derive our greatest joy from serving, helping others, being useful to them, and being useful we are joyful.” Ami, Child of the Stars, which was first published in English in 1989 and has been translated into many other languages, is no longer in print, but it can be found on the net as a free PDF which is fortunate because its message of brotherhood is perhaps of greater importance than ever in this time of planetary transition and transformation. As Ami assures his terrestrial friend: “If the people of Earth manage to survive, if they are able to overcome their mistrust, we will present ourselves from many corners of the universe to help them, to integrate into the cosmic brotherhood.” Adapted from the author’s latest book, Here to Help: UFOs and the Space Brothers, in which he makes compelling connections between many cases of contact between the space people and people on Earth, the Ageless Wisdom teaching, and evidence and testimonies that show the singularly benign intentions of the visitors from space, to assist humanity and the planet in this historical time of transition. Published December 2011, BGA Publications, Amsterdam, Holland. 200 pages. ISBN: 9789-08-15495-0-9. Gerard Aartsen has been a student of the Ageless Wisdom teaching for over 30 years. His research into the teachings of the Masters of Wisdom resulted in a comprehensive annotated catalogue which he has published online as “Our Elder Brothers Return: A History in Books (1875 – Present)”. The author is a long-standing co-worker of Share International, a worldwide network of groups affiliated with British esotericist Benjamin Creme who is the main source of information about the return of the World Teacher and the Masters of Wisdom now, at the dawn of a new cosmic cycle.