It was January 15, 1981. I was 38. I had been a member of Don Elkins’ ET meditation group since 1962, nineteen years earlier. He and I had officially formed L/L Research in 1970. I had learned to channel in 1974, and had been working ever since to improve my skill at this craft of the telepathic reception of metaphysical concepts and the translation of them into words.

I had channeled a number of inner guides, angels, Confederation of Planets ET entities and anomalistic beings. I had grown to love the messages that I tended to get, especially from the ET entities. Their messages of love, light and unity were a Balm of Gilead in challenging times. (They still are!)

I had taught this craft numerous times, and this afternoon I was teaching an advanced student. Don Elkins was the third person sitting in the circle of seeking, acting as my battery. I finished my tuning process and opened my consciousness to receive a spirit. “Who comes in the name of Jesus the Christ to speak with us this day?” I asked.

“I am Ra,” was the response.

I did not like that response at all, since I recognized the name, Ra, as a god within Egyptian mythology, which is a body of lore quite mixed in polarity. However I challenged Ra three times in the name of Jesus, and three times, Ra replied, “Jesus is Lord.” That response qualified Ra to speak through me. I accepted the contact and launched into the thin air of the channeling process. The source calling itself Ra began,

“I have not spoken through this instrument before. We had to wait until she was precisely tuned, as we send a narrow-band vibration. We greet you in the love and in the light of our infinite Creator.

“We have watched your group. We have been called to your group, for you have a need for the diversity of experiences in channeling which go with a more intensive, or as you might call it, advanced approach to the system of studying the pattern of the illusions of your body, your mind, and your spirit, which you call seeking the truth. We hope to offer you a somewhat different slant upon the information which is always and ever the same.”

So it began.

This contact is undoubtedly the purest and clearest source which it has ever been our research group’s privilege to channel. Its 106 sessions stand as a uniquely powerful source of information and inspiration. It was first published by our group, L/L Research, as The Law of One, in Books One, Two and Three in the early 1980s, in an 8 ½ x 11“ format. Later it was republished under the title, The Ra Material, in four volumes, in a quality paperback format.

Fifteen years later, a fifth volume was published, The Law of One, Book Five, in which we made public the private material we had edited out of the first four volumes. Each fragment of channeled material is annotated by Jim McCarty and me. This constitutes the body of the Law of One as we received it. It is available session by session at In a full PDF version, it is available at

The contact with the Ra group ended with Don Elkins’ death in 1984. I was advised by Ra never to attempt to channel them without both Don and Jim as batteries. Both Ra and the members of our research group were aware of the punishing physical effect the narrow-band contact had on me – I weighed 80-something pounds for three years or so during the trance sessions, and received constant psychic greetings as well. I listened carefully to that advice and was never tempted to try to receive Ra or to do trance work again. I was and am thoroughly satisfied with the sessions as they are, with Don Elkins as Questioner, Jim McCarty as Scribe and me as Instrument.

Producing these sessions was one of the enduring delights of my life! It was the only time I ever saw Elkins happy. Outwardly a charming storyteller, a wonderfully apt teacher and a genial friend, he was at heart a total loner who felt that for the most part humans were simply insane. The cultural values of middle-class America meant nothing to him. He scorned marriage and children. He avoided most people. The Moody Blues song, “Melancholy Man,” which he loved, seemed to describe him well.

He lived to seek the truth, which he did with tremendous persistence and courage for over thirty years, using his scientific learning, wisdom and years of experience at paranormal research to deepen and widen his grasp of metaphysical principles. A physicist and engineer by training and profession, he came to the Ra sessions uniquely equipped to ask questions which had meaning to the serious seeker.

So what is the Law of One? In that first session, Ra said,

“We are those who are of the Law of One. In our vibration the polarities are harmonized; the complexities are simplified; the paradoxes have a solution. We are one. That is our nature and our purpose.”

Here are other statements of The Law of One:

“Consciousness is the microcosm of the Law of One.” (Session 4)

“Healing is but one distortion of the Law of One. To reach an undistorted understanding of that Law, it is not necessary to heal or to show any manifestation but only to exercise the discipline of understanding.” (Session 4)

“The Law of One, though beyond the limitation of name, as you call vibratory sound complexes, may be approximated by stating that all things are one, that there is no polarity, no right or wrong, no disharmony, but only identity. All is one, and that one is love/light, light/love, the Infinite Creator.” (Session 4)

“The Law of One is that there is no disharmony, no imperfection; that all is complete and whole and perfect.” (Session 4)

“The Law of One states simply that all things are one, that all beings are one. There are certain behaviors and thought-forms consonant with the understanding and practice of this Law. Those who, finishing a cycle of experience, demonstrate grades of distortion of that understanding of thought and action will be separated by their own choice into the vibratory distortion most comfortable to their mind/body/spirit complexes.” (Session 6)

“The Law of One blinks neither at the light nor the darkness, but is available for service to others and service to self. However, service to others results in service to self, thus preserving and further harmonizing the distortions of those entities seeking intelligent infinity through these disciplines.” (Session 7)

“To search the self is the beginning of seeking the Law of One.” (Session 11)

“We offer the Law of One, the solving of paradoxes, the balancing of love/light and light/love.” (Session 14)

“The Law of One is that all things are one Creator. Thus seeking the Creator is done not just in meditation and in the work of an adept but in the experiential nexus of each moment.” (Session 57)

“We came to your peoples to enunciate the Law of One. We wished to impress upon those who wished to learn of unity that in unity all paradoxes are resolved; all that is broken is healed; all that is forgotten is brought to light.” (Session 90)

“In truth there is no right or wrong. There is no polarity for all will be, as you would say, reconciled at some point in your dance through the mind/body/spirit complex which you amuse yourself by distorting in various ways at this time. This distortion is not in any case necessary. It is chosen by each of you as an alternative to understanding the complete unity of thought which binds all things. You are not speaking of similar or somewhat like entities or things. You are every thing, every being, every emotion, every event, every situation. You are unity. You are infinity. You are love/light, light/love. You are. This is the Law of One.” (Session 1)

This Law of One, as given by those of Ra through our group, presents a cosmogony, a cosmology, an ethic and a system of metaphysics that is completely self-consistent. Its simplicity is astonishing, yet its nature is such that everything I have read, before or since, of metaphysics, philosophy in general and religious thought fits somewhere into it. Further, it always fits into the Law of One in a way which is helpful in the study of that system of thought without denigrating it, excluding it from the truth or judging it as lacking. I have found it of tremendous help in my Christian walk. Others of a wide range of belief systems, or lack of them, have also reported finding the Law of One a helpful resource in their seeking.

When the Editor of Both Sides Now asked me to write an article on The Law of One, he was attempting to round out a special issue which he was publishing of my series of five articles on getting ready for 2012. He had almost two printed pages to fill when he had set those articles in type, and thought The Law of One would be an appropriate subject with which to fill those pages.

Eli, I apologize – but this will be a series of articles too! For there is more to say, by far, about the contact itself, about the initial principles or distortions of the Law of One and about how the Ra group sees us humans – or as they would say, mind/body/spirit complexes. But for now, I content myself with the powerful concept itself. We are everything. We are the Creator. The Creator is love. We are love.

I open my arms and embrace your spirit. May we always wend our way through experiences to restore our awareness of our fundamental beingness as love itself, in a creation made of love from the one, great, original Thought - unconditional love.