Starseeds, Cosmic Consciousness and the Galactic Generations ~ Part 1

August 11, 2012 § 22 Comments

By Tai Carmen

Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can. Because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. ~ Carl Sagan 

We are stardust ~ billion year old carbon. We are golden ~ caught in the devil’s bargain. And we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden. ~ Joni Mitchell

Long before man went to the moon, he looked up at the stars and pondered his place in the cosmos.

Many a soul has looked up to the shimmering panorama of the night sky and felt a kinship, perhaps with a certain star or constellation. Many experience a sense of longing, as if some key to their existence might be hidden there.

It’s not just a poetic line. In a very real way we are made of stardust.

All the elements necessary to create life — carbon, nitrogen, iron, to name a few–were first forged in the nuclear furnace of a stellar explosion. And so every atom in the human body came, originally, from a dying star, propelled outward into the universe.

Countless books, movies, songs and legends reflect our sense of kinship with these burning bodies of celestial light, so seemingly different from our own bodies of flesh and bone…From radio hits about being “all made of stars” to Native American oral traditions, which describe human origins and helpers from the heavens.

In the past century, we have witnessed a renaissance of human thought, now aided by the information age. At the same time, we have seen an incredible amount of bloodshed and suffering. Is it getting better or getting worse? Apocalyptic prophesies abound. But so does talk of an awakening.

Over the past half century, connected with this idea of awakening, the terms “Starseed,” “Starborn,” and “Star Children” have become a part of the fringe cultural dialogue.

The idea has formed within this multi-generational conversation that some souls are “not from here.” Many mystically inclined would argue that none of us are spiritually “from here,” and the starseed concept is compatible with this idea. The theory goes that these souls, the starseeds, have incarnated more often in other solar systems; that earth is not their home planet.

According to Scott Mandleker, Ph.D., author of From Elsewhere: Being ET in America, recurring themes among starseed identified individuals include feeling alien to contemporary human culture; disconnection from, and even disgust with, accepted norms…a deep spiritual longing and the sense that, not only is there more to life than meets the eye, but that they have a mission to fulfill. The word “mission” seems to be a trigger word for starseeds almost without exception. Many have had extra-dimensional or ESP encounters, which have affirmed their sense of differentness and sensitivity.

There is usually a strong connection with nature and the stars, an interest in space, science fiction, other worlds, ancient cultures, environmentalism and human potential…perhaps even homesickness for a place they’ve never known in this life.

Many starseeds feel they have chosen to forget their other worldly origins in order to grow up on human terms and blend into the culture — though most feel the intention was to eventually “wake up” to their true calling as paradigm-pushers and ‘spiritual beings having a human experience,’ (as the Pierre Teilhard de Chardin quote goes.)

Though in some rare cases, starseeds feel they’ve been exiled to earth, the majority feel their intergalactic mission stems from the compassionate desire to help nudge humanity onto the path of its destined awakening.

Starseeds, without fail, intuit the civilizations from which they’ve come have moved beyond earth’s current state of divisive turmoil into a phase beyond war, disconnection and bloodshed. For this reason, starseeds invariably find themselves looking to serve humanity, choosing vocations which center around healing, teaching, human potential, the arts, environmental assistance and social outreach.

Most feel their own path of awakening, their spiritual journey, is of utmost importance in order to truly live the new paradigm they wish to exemplify.

Though the stuff of science fiction, and many would say wishful thinking, the phenomenon has been felt by so many isolated individuals, unprompted  — only later to be united by a website, a conversation, or a book — that it truly deserves some investigation by the open minded among us. And it could be science fiction itself is a product of productive starseed types, exploring inner worlds which lead them inevitably to worlds beyond their own.

The most common take on this intuitive knowledge is that these interstellar souls have come as artists, visionaries, dreamers and pioneers of thought to assist in humanity’s impending rebirth, to act as midwives through the inevitable labor pains.

Psychedelic icon Timothy Leary may have been the first to use the word “Starseed” in his short work, “Starseed: Transmissions from Folsom Prison.” 

He penned “Starseeed” while serving time on charges of marijuana possession, for which he was issued a 95 year sentence — an unheard of amount of time for the crime committed. While officially held on drug charges, at the hearing the judge remarked: “If he is allowed to travel freely, he will speak publicly and spread his ideas.” (Jesse Walker, “The Acid Guru’s Long Strange Trip.”)

President Richard Nixon had earlier labeled Leary “the most dangerous man in America.” (“Tim Leary, Pied Piper of Psychedelic 60’s.”) To have the president of the United States call a pacifist author-philosopher by this title should tell you something about the repressive state of affairs in which free thinkers find themselves.

Yet the irrepressible psychedelic spiritualist continued his work from jail, writing in 1973:

This signal is being transmitted from a cell in Folsom Prison, which is the Black Hole of American society […] Some cosmologists suggest that Black Holes […] may be passageways to another universe, just as the manholes in Paris lead to a world beneath the street. Well, the maximum security prision is a fine place from which to scane the universe […]

“Out here, beyond good and evil, one sees America in pain, injured nervous systems propelling robot-bodies in repitiuous, aimless motion along paths labeled rights and wrong…”

Yet Leary remained fiery with optimism:

“The entire universe is gently, rhythmically, joyously vibrating. Cosmic intercourse. This is a message of hope and interstellar love from the Black Hole. Irrepressible optimism. Yes, it is true that repressive pessimists now control planetary politics. This is a larval phase.”

At this time, Leary had begun receiving what he believed were telepathic messages from outer space, presumably the genesis for “Starseed.” He began to see man’s true means of spiritual transcendence as coming from the stars:

“[…].certainly the anticipation of ‘saucers’ transporting humanoid bodies is naive. It is more likely that extra-planetary contact will be received by the instrument which was designed over three and a half billion years ago to pick up electro-magnetic vibrations. The human nervous system itself […]

“This message of neurological resonance can be censored, imprisoned but cannot be crushed because it comes from within, from the DNA nucleus inside each cell, from the evolving nervous system. The Higher Intelligence has already stepped on planet earth and its script is writ within our bodies, emerging in every generation.” (  Click this link to read the full piece online.)

(He did end up getting an early release, after five years, and resumed his energetic career, this time with emphasis on man’s place within the cosmos.)

To take the Starseed Test, click here! (Normally, I don’t put much stock in these test, but this is a good one, composed by licensed psychologist Scott Mandleker, author of From Elsewhere: Being ET in Americawhich we’ll examine in the next installment of the Parallax starseed series.)

Click here for PART II

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§ 22 Responses to Starseeds, Cosmic Consciousness and the Galactic Generations ~ Part 1

  • batgurrl says:

    Tai – you take me back to when I was so sure that man needed cosmic uplifting. I believe he still does but most are not ready for being star dust. Technology has made for more inner being not necessarily the right kind where you reflect on life but rather where you dwell on self.

    However, there is hope for us all. We only need look to the heavens and be reminded that there is somthing greater than ourselves. Not sure what it is but we should accept everyone has a different path.

    Here’s to the stars and how they can inspire us.

    • Tai Carmen says:

      It’s true that many are not quite ready to let go of the old paradigm. But the new approach to living, where the soul’s needs are not dismissed, where meaning and purpose are addressed as more valuable than keeping up appearances and doing what we are told we are supposed to do…I really think it is creeping across the world, person by person, as these ideas become more accepted and common place. The simple truth of love….

      I think there are more of us who are living in this awareness than our fear-based news outlets would have us think. So take heart!

      You are right about the self-focus of much of today’s modern culture. It would really make an excellent post, so thank you very much for that! It is certainly a symptom of lostness, but I believe there is some good in it which might be able to grow into something less self absorbed and more world-aware…and that is the fact that if the self is TRULY explored, in the good way, as you mentioned first, then often that will lead to a universalizing of one’s awareness.

      Perhaps the inward turned can be nudged slightly in the right direction, so that the self-absorbed inner gaze becomes the fascinated, the humbled, the consciousness-expanding inward gaze. Here’s to hoping!

      And to the stars.

      Thank you for your kind words and for being part of the conversation. 🙂


  • Rob says:

    Yet again, you’ve written so eloquently. On the one hand, it’s so easy to get to that point where you realize how altruistic people can be and how connected we are – interbeing with each other and even the very stars, it’s easy to be at peace and free and realize how easy it could be for others. On the other hand people don’t really seem to want that just yet, not quite ready. There are still so many bloods to stop shedding, bellies to stop starving, and skins to stop leaving out in the cold. We have the technology and the potential to care, we can do these things. What’s frustrating is not knowing when or if we will.

    i’ll leave you 2 quotes from one of my favourite philosophers (sry, 1 is kinda long)

    “Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.”
    ― Alan Wilson Watts

    “It’s like you took a bottle of ink and you threw it at a wall. Smash! And all that ink spread. And in the middle, it’s dense, isn’t it? And as it gets out on the edge, the little droplets get finer and finer and make more complicated patterns, see? So in the same way, there was a big bang at the beginning of things and it spread. And you and I, sitting here in this room, as complicated human beings, are way, way out on the fringe of that bang. We are the complicated little patterns on the end of it. Very interesting. But so we define ourselves as being only that. If you think that you are only inside your skin, you define yourself as one very complicated little curlique, way out on the edge of that explosion. Way out in space, and way out in time. Billions of years ago, you were a big bang, but now you’re a complicated human being. And then we cut ourselves off, and don’t feel that we’re still the big bang. But you are. Depends how you define yourself. You are actually–if this is the way things started, if there was a big bang in the beginning– you’re not something that’s a result of the big bang. You’re not something that is a sort of puppet on the end of the process. You are still the process. You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are. When I meet you, I see not just what you define yourself as–Mr so-and- so, Ms so-and-so, Mrs so-and-so–I see every one of you as the primordial energy of the universe coming on at me in this particular way. I know I’m that, too. But we’ve learned to define ourselves as separate from it. ”
    ― Alan Wilson Watts


    • Tai Carmen says:

      Fantastic quotes, thank you! I love Alan Watts, but hadn’t necessarily read these exact excerpts. Gems, both!

      I know what you mean about people not really being “there yet,” but as I said to Batgurrrl in the note above, I do believe it is happening, slowly but surely…awareness is spreading from person to person like the slow light of dawn seeping across the black sky. I do think so. And as another Parallax reader recently reminded me in this wonderful Oscare Wilde-ism:

      “A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

      And so we are still in the moonlight, our heads dancing with visions of dawn. Around us remains the darkness of the world. But with each sunrise in a human being’s heart, the world grows a little brighter.

      Thanks for weighing in and for those fantastic quotes! (I am a quote collector. :))

      On on,


  • Reblogged this on TropicalTruth and commented:
    Love this blog. Can’t wait to read part 2

  • Rami says:

    Would really like to get to know the author. There’s so much info out there. Love it.

    • Tai Carmen says:

      Click on “By: Tai Carmen” for autobiographical details and other works. 🙂


      Also, I'm currently writing an e-book in which I will share my story, some highlights from my journey as well as some of the themes from these posts expanded into more polished, detailed chapters.

      You can subscribe to Parallax by writing your email in the upper top right corner of the main page where its says "subscribe," and you will be alerted of the e-book's arrival, as well as future posts.

      Glad you've found this site of value. Always a thrill for me to hear. 🙂

      Journey well!

      Tai Carmen

  • LoLgical Nihilism says:

    Leary also had a connection to Crowley as an inspiration for his writing and psychedelic movment- R.A. Wilson wrote about that connection in one of his ‘Cosmic Trigger’ books, if you’re willing to take a look.

    Liked the blog though, nice 😛

    • Tai Carmen says:

      Thanks! I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed Cosmic Trigger. I haven’t read Crowley, but my impression has always been that I am put off by the dark image he cultivated. I know Robert Anton Wilson chalks his talk of baby sacrifice up to deliberately esoteric and even supposedly playful symbolism, but it sounds like R.A.W is really being generous with this interpretation.

      I don’t recall what R.A.W said about Leary and Crowley’s connection. Can you share the gist with us here? 🙂

      Appreciate your being part of the conversation!

      On on,


      • LoLgical Nihilism says:

        Right now i’m pulling this out of disinformations ‘the book of lies’, its an excerpt from the cosmic trigger, because i don’t have a hard copy myself, so I can’t be for sure that i’m getting all the gritty parts. But when they first started communicating, leary was in prison, in one of his letters to RAW, in a short bit leary said “Crowley… the coincidences-synchronicities between my life and his are embarrassing.”, RAW later compared a ‘transmission’ Leary received with the ‘channeling’ Crowley got for his ‘book of the law’.


  • I am new to this idea and am quite hesitant to leap in. I do find it to be entirely fascinating. The whole idea is wonderful but at this point my rigid scientific mind is having trouble accepting it. I’ll watch my inbox in anticipation for part two.

    I scored a 74 on the questionnaire and I thought I would score pretty high. I do want to contribute and I do feel quite different from the rest.

    I look forward to growing through this information, see you later TC 🙂

    • Tai Carmen says:

      Thank you so much for the kind words!

      I tend to look at the whole starseed idea with the Aristotelian approach of neither accepting nor rejecting, but simply entertaining the idea.

      I scored like 90 % on the test 🙂 and the truth is I have had thoughts along these lines for most of my life, and almost all of the experiences they mention, so it’s hard not to get swept up in the idea of it, which is admittedly, alluringly magical. At the same time I’m completely aware of the fact that from an objective point of view it appears very fanciful and more symbolic than anything else. Sensitive types feel alienated from society, and so identify with the idea of being ‘alien.’ It’s likely that these same kinds of people, being sensitive, would also be artistic and/or interested in imaginative concepts like other worlds and space…and who doesn’t identify strongly with nature?

      It’s certainly easy to rationalize away. But what’s interesting to me is how little many people do in fact identify with this portrait. I’ve had a few people take the test who just answered ‘no, no, no, no,’ even though they are quite sensitive, nature loving, artistic, etc.

      So it’s definitely interesting, and I appreciate your open mind. It’s also admittedly far fetched…but so is the universe, existence and everything!

      So it’s an interesting phenomenon to explore. 🙂

      On on!


  • Abigail says:

    Hello Tai! I’m so glad you wrote about this 🙂 Your article really lifted my spirits today. I’m really excited to check out Scott Mandelker’s book, especially after doing the test.

    I wrote something like a response + my own thoughts about starseeds here, if you’d like to read!:

    Change is happening. It’s really hard to see it sometimes, but things like these remind me how exciting it is to be on Earth right now.

    • Tai Carmen says:

      Abigail, I somehow missed responding to your sweet note ~ admittedly, this was now years ago, but I try to respond to everyone, so better late than never. I tried going to your link but it said “server not found.” Did you ever check out Scott Mandelker’s book? 🙂

  • Lauren says:

    Another awesome article ~ it seems you are always along the same track as I am… I find your posts very helpful in making me feel less alone.

  • Robert C says:

    Very interesting. Looking forward to Part 2!

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