Studying ancient mystical civilizations is a way of understanding your modern nature, primarily, your spiritual nature in a deeper, more profound way. In the technology of modern life, as a group, we have lost our ability to be guided by spirit in natural ways. We have to work hard at rediscovering our connection to the Divine. In fact, it’s easy to recover your connection by reviewing some ancient practices and ideas.The ancient civilizations had direct connection to spirit. They had to have it. There were no emails, cell phones, televisions, or newscasts. Its’ more than valid that we have turned away from our communal efforts since technology took over. They had direct connections to all life and were open to experiences as a part of existence.The Dogon are an isolated African tribe, in Mali, who live along a 200-kilometre stretch of escarpment called the Cliffs of Bandiagara near Timbuktu. At the center of their religious teachings is knowledge about a star in the Sirius system, that is invisible to the eye and so difficult to observe, even through a telescope, that no photographs were taken of it until 1970. The Dogon say they received their knowledge by visitors to the earth from another star system. That star was named Sirius B.In addition to their knowledge of Sirius B, the Dogon mythology includes Saturn’s rings, and Jupiter’s four major moons. They have four calendars, for the Sun, Moon, Sirius, and Venus, and have long known that planets orbit the sun.The Dogon say their astronomical knowledge was given to them by the Nommos, amphibious beings sent to earth from Sirius for the benefit of mankind. The name comes from a Dogon word meaning “to make one drink,” and the Nommos are also called Masters of the Water, the Monitors, and the Teachers. They were saviors and spiritual guardians.While Dogon mythology is known only by a number of their priests, it was practiced by the population and is a complex system of knowledge. They not only followed the wisdom and guidance but they lived by it and survived because of it.In his fascinating book, “The Sirius Mystery,” Robert Temple compares Dogon drawings and artwork to actual astronomical placements and maps. In his side-to-side comparisons, they match up with exactitude.Why would this seem so farfetched today? It does primarily because of the wild portrayal of many of the ufologists. Stories abound about how clinical some UFO experiencers are. But ask yourself, why would this connect to all that is, be so outlandish?