Originally appeared in Planet Jackson Hole

"I cannot understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones..."

- Nicola Tesla

Jackson Hole, WY - Every day we gladly update the apps on our phones and eagerly anticipate the launch of new technologies. Here are some recent discoveries, which invite us to update some long held beliefs about our relationship to the world, the cosmos and ourselves. It?s evolutionary to update beliefs; it brings us closer to being galactic citizens. And it?s fun to expand our horizons.

Our relationship to history

Old assumptions: History of civilization began about 5,500 years ago. History has a linear progression and therefore we are the most advanced.

New evidence: History is cyclical. Advanced civilizations have repeatedly been on this earth. There appear to be cycles of about 5,000 years during which civilizations rise and fall and disappear. We now have peer-reviewed science of technologically advanced civilizations in Peru, Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia, India and Africa, which pre-date the end of the last ice age, about 12,000 years ago. Further evidence suggests these repeating 5,000-year cycles of advanced civilizations may go back half a million years.

Our relationship to what is real

Old assumption: Only what we perceive with our five senses is real. Seeing is believing.

New evidence: The majority of what is possible and what is happening exists outside the visible light frequency. We are taking in a fraction of it and thinking it is everything. The visible portion makes up an incredibly small fraction of the total electromagnetic spectrum. Less than 1 percent of all light that reaches us is in the visible spectrum. By most estimates it comes out to about .0035 percent of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Because the human eye is incredibly limited in its range, we see only that one tiny fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Our relationship to the soul

Old assumption: The soul is in the body.

New concept: The body is in the energy field of the soul. The soul can link with this physical body to experience itself in this physical Earth reality. The consciousness of the soul is non-local, meaning it is not limited by time or space. Something like the cloud is to a computer, the soul records everything it has experienced wherever it has been, since creation. We are souls having a human experience. Being able to access the information in the soul could give us the equivalent of a cosmic internet. The physical body is the only temporary part, and like everything else, it recycles.

Our relationship to our body

Old assumption: We are separate from our bodies.

New evidence: Every cell responds and reacts to our every thought, belief, action and emotion. How many cells are listening to us and communicating among themselves? Latest calculation: 37.2 trillion. Our bodies are in a constant feedback loop with us.

Our relationship to the cosmos

Old assumptions: The Milky Way is only one of a limited number of galaxies. All galaxies are spirals. All stars and galaxies are separate from one another.

New evidence: Current research estimates there are 2 trillion galaxies in the observable region of the cosmos. This is in the observable universe; how much is beyond our ability to even ?view?? To date, spiral, elliptical, lenticular and other ?irregular? shaped galaxies have been documented. When we look at the stars they all seem to be separate. However, sophisticated telescopes probing the non-visible light spectra have revealed that all stars and galaxies are connected by what literally looks like a web of energy.

And now back home.

Our relationship to people we admire

Old concept: The attributes and accomplishments of our heroes and heroines are a cut above us and not within our capabilities.

New perspective: The attributes of people we admire are precisely the qualities we are intending to develop and/or refine and/or express in our own way in our lives. Yes! PJH