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Secrets of the UFO - Excerpt

By Don Elkins with Carla L. Rueckert

A ufologist is a detective who is exploring the single largest mystery of our time. As he wends his way through the elaborate maze of red herrings, misinformation, cover-ups, fanatics, skeptics, true believers and nonbelievers, he may well find that his most valuable ally in his search is a good sense of humor. Or, as Groucho Marx said, “Either he’s dead or my watch has stopped!”

This volume is a summary of 25 years of the philosophical study that preceded the Ra contact. We began with a good look at the UFO contactee phenomena, more especially its metaphysical aspects. The progression from physical sightings to metaphysical implications is traced. That gets us into weird areas like telepathy, wanderers, psychic surgery, materialization mediums, ghosts and Bigfoot. A good deal of channeled information from our early archives found its way into the book as we took on the nature of man and reality, and where all this is headed. This is not a new work, but it holds its own, as Don was a man far ahead of his time. This is a good book to start out with if you have not read extensively in the area of UFO contact phenomena. It’s a great introduction to the Ra material.

Chapter One


The information in this book is either nonsense or it is the most centrally important thing that you could possibly learn. It is allegedly the answer to the strange riddle of the UFO’s. The information contained herein is not speculation or theory, but a condensation and edited arrangement of received communications from the UFOs. The obvious weakness of this contactee information is that evidential proof of its validity is not obtainable. Its strength lies in its sheer bulk and in the similarity of messages produced by sources widely scattered around the world. The last 25 years have produced millions of words of these communications allegedly originating within the UFOs.

Approximately 15 million people in the U. S. have reported seeing UFOs, more than 2000 contact cases have been reported, and about 700 landings have left trace evidence. There is no longer any real doubt that UFOs exist. The question is: who are they? And why are they here? It is quite possible that understanding them is the most important endeavor which we can undertake.

There are thousands of people around the world who are quite certain that they know at least some of the answers to the riddles of these elusive manifestations.

How did these people acquire the needed information? Their answer—one which many find hard to believe—is that they have been in contact with the occupants of the UFOs. There has been a widespread and growing pattern of people who claim contact with UFOs since the early ‘50s. At this point, the claims are so widespread that they constitute a pseudo-secret subculture, a sort of underground group, all over earth. I say pseudo-secret because even though many of these contactees tell their stories, the information is of a type that our culture does not easily accept. The insiders in this underground all seem to be getting approximately the same information, and they can be found in many places both in the United States and all over the world.

They are not all wide-eyed cultists, three steps in front of the men in white coats, nor are they little old ladies fresh from the medium’s parlor. Primarily, contactees are normal people of average intelligence and background. Each year produces more of them. Few of these people receive or desire publicity.

I’ve been studying paranormal phenomenon for 25 years, and for the past 14 years I’ve specialized in unraveling the contactee riddle. You will find in reading through this book that it requires some background in paranormal studies. The first three chapters of the book are intended to function as a synopsis of this background, and the bibliography is available to those who wish to pursue this field in greater depth. A great deal of apparently unrelated material begins to substantively add to the evidence available in the UFO contactee literature, once this mountain of contactee data is condensed. I am now in a position to make such a condensation, and this analysis of the contactee story turns into an explanation of the nature, purpose, origin, and ultimate objective of at least one large group of UFOs.

The entire situation regarding the contactees reminds me of something which the late Dr. James E. McDonald said to Congress in 1968. He was reporting to the House Committee on Aeronautics and Astronautics on his conclusions regarding UFOs. He described a situation in northern France years ago, where many peasants reported stones falling from the sky. Since the reporters were “dumb” and “unscientific,” they were ignored at first. Finally a scientist took the reports seriously and investigated the thing fully. Thus was born the science of meteoritics. Dr. McDonald suggested to Congress that in dealing with UFO reports, we now face a “very similar situation in science. We have tended to ignore it because it didn’t make any sense. It definitely defies any explanation, and hence the situation has evolved where we can’t get going because we aren’t already going.”

Consider the case of Travis Walton of Snowflake, Arizona, taken aboard a UFO on November 5, 1975, in plain sight of six witnesses. The witnesses were given lie detector tests. All tests showed the witnesses were telling the truth. Travis himself showed up five days later. He was twelve miles from the place he had been taken on board. He had a story to tell that involved his waking up inside the ship and finding several very odd-looking creatures examining him, as well as four perfectly normal-looking human types.

Now, these details are pretty solid. Dr. James Harder, director of Research for the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization, personally investigated the case and stated that he felt there was no hoax involved. The lie detector tests given to the witnesses support the data. All indications are that this contact is authentic.

In spite of this, the news coverage was so conditioned by the old ridicule lid of the 1950s that few Americans found out about it until months after the occurrence.

Various UFO research groups such as APRO and MUFON (for complete listings, see bibliography) put out many reports, such as that of the Travis Walton case, which the national press passes by. And so the underground becomes more and more certain that UFOs are real and are communicating with us, while the cultural community as a whole continues to not know much of the important data.

This gap in knowledge was at one time at least in great part attributable to the U. S. government’s handling of investigations into the phenomena. In the late 1940s and early ’50s, when the sightings and stories were gaining momentum, the Air Force, like almost everyone else, was mystified. In addition, they were responsible for the safety of American skies. They were embarrassed and concerned about these unidentified flying objects. These were the days of backyard bomb shelters; the national feeling was that Russia might well launch a nuclear attack. So it is quite understandable that the Air Force was extremely upset about their inability to explain the phenomena. The result was that the UFO phenomena was brushed off, officially, as being a ridiculous fantasy. In this atmosphere, the reliable witness was liable to refrain from reporting his UFO experience, because it might damage his reputation. Dr. J. Allen Hynek spoke about this problem in 1953:

... nothing constructive is accomplished ... for science in the long run—by mere ridicule and the implication that sightings are the products of “birdbrains” and “intellectual flyweights,” ... Ridicule is not part of the scientific method and people should not be taught that it is.

In countries where UFO sighting information has been as freely distributed as any other news, there is a much more energetic feeling among the general populace about the significance of UFOs.

There is a basic problem encountered by those trying to use the scientific method to investigate UFOs. When one begins to investigate a new phenomenon, he needs to start from some aspect of the phenomenon which is linked to present theory. The UFO phenomena does not easily “compute” on the calculators of our present system of physical measurements and predictive judgment. I think that it is this reason more than any other which discourages most scientists and keeps even interested men from undertaking active investigation. Ufology is a frustrating discipline to a scientist. Since it is already unfashionable to be a UFO investigator, this frustration completes the decision, and only the most daring of the scientific community will link their names with UFO studies. This set of circumstances is also true of the whole field of paranormal research, of course, of which UFOs is properly a part.

It has been my personal experience that many of the researchers in ufology will, while appearing most conservative for the record, confide in sympathetic company their more esoteric theories. Some of the more experienced of these people are truly daring the outer limits of knowledge in general. I think it’s high time that these outer limits be made more generally known.

I’ve been at this pursuit of UFO understanding for over 25 years now. I’ve tried to maintain a totally open-minded approach to the study, considering no piece of evidence too small or too ridiculous to consider. The theory which has gradually emerged from this approach may seem a bit wild or absurd, but it is dealing with a wild and absurd bunch of data. The one thing that recommends the theory is that almost all reports which come in day by day seem to fit into it very well. One thing to remember: almost everything which we now accept as normal in our present technology would have been considered a wild and absurd impossibility a scant 100 years ago. We do not know how many millennia ahead of our present understanding the UFOs might be.

I have chosen not to abide within the approved scientific method of verification of accepted data within the boundaries of currently accepted scientific opinion because this method has proven a tool ineffectual in dealing with this phenomena. I make the assumption that the reason for this lack is that the system is set up to investigate the present level of reality within our technological and scientific nexus of thought. I make the further assumption that the nexus of thinking or technology which underlies the UFO manifestations may not have any close connection to our present Earthman’s philosophy of reality. History is replete with examples of the events in which reality itself proved unconformable with the current scientific or philosophical thinking. I think it is happening again. We thought that the Earth was flat at one time. Less than 400 years ago, Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for suggesting that the Earth revolved around the sun. Now, again, there really does seem to be a growing amount of evidence pointing to the existence of a totally different type of reality than is generally appreciated by our philosophy.

If you ask anyone you meet on the street whether he believes UFOs are real, over half will answer, yes, they probably are. Most people have a lively interest in the subject and when a case is covered in their newspaper, read it and ponder it. But because most UFO cases are not covered in newspapers, the general public does not receive a great percentage of the very prevalent UFO contact information. The lack of coverage is not the only reason that many UFO cases go unreported. There are other reasons:

  1. The person who is contacted by the UFO is afraid to tell about his experience, because he fears ridicule.
  2. The contactee has no knowledge of UFO investigating organizations, and receives only incredulity from the people to whom he does tell his story. He would like to share his experience but does not feel he will be believed.
  3. The contactee may not remember his contact experience consciously, because of a memory block affected by the UFOnauts.

UFO researchers have found these three causes for “silent” contactees to prevail again and again, and it is theorized that a large percentage of contact cases are never discovered by investigators. The pioneer ufologist, Dr. J. Allen Hynek, has estimated that around the world there are about 100 UFO sightings every day, though most of these remain unreported.

But there are still an incredible number of cases that we do know about. There is at present such a tremendous number of well-documented cases of contact with UFO occupants that Dr. Hynek has stated that it’s high time we stopped looking for eggs, and started making the omelet. The problem is, of course, that these eggs are so weird that we’re afraid to crack them open to make the omelet. This book is intended as an attempt to make this omelet, even if its taste is offensively pungent to some theorists’ palates.

But before I begin, I would like to look at just a few “eggs” with you. I want you to get an idea of just how strange these eggs really are. So I’ve taken a sample of some fifteen cases, all of them UFO sightings which include a close contact with the UFO occupants. These few cases are taken from the many which are reported by the investigating organizations such as APRO, MUFON, and FLYING SAUCER REVIEW. Look in the Bibliography at the back of the book for a list of these information sources complete with addresses. I will not bore you with the well-known cases of the 1950s. This is a small sampling of more recent cases, in order to establish how common these UFO contact reports are, and to give you the flavor of the concoction these “eggs” are going to make.

Date: 1963
Place: Fern Creek, Ky.
Investigators: Col. Verne Yahne, Ky. Air National Guard; D.T. Elkins, Independent Investigator

Four young boys, aged 5 to 12, observed a disc-shaped craft as it landed behind a small woods near where they were playing. A humanoid clad in a space suit, about four feet tall, emerged from the woods. Two of the boys threw dirt clods at the entity to provoke it into some action. The entity then shot them with a small black rod, producing a tingling sensation and slight pain. When the boys were individually questioned, all four stories matched. The description of the humanoid which they gave matched information in NICAP files of more than 200 other sightings in the Ohio River Valley area in considerable and exact detail.

The boys’ mother stated that she got a “message in her head” (telepathic) to call the University of Louisville shortly after she called the National Guard to report the sighting.

Small footprints and clear landing marks were found. A day later, two unidentified men visited the landing site and eradicated the landing evidence. Although they stated that they were from the University of Louisville, this was checked out and found to be untrue.

Date: 1965, and continuing, to the present.
Place: Spain
Investigators: Antonio Ribera and Rafael Farriols, both ufologists in Spain.

A planet called UMMO began contacting various people in Spain in 1965. The people were well-respected and educated: a writer, an engineer, a lawyer, etc. The contacts would be by telephone, and the contactee was invited to ask questions of the Ummites. Later, a report answering the question would come in the mail.

These reports were signed with a thumbprint bearing a distinctive mark much like the alchemical symbol for Uranus, an “H” with a shorter vertical line through the bar. The contactees were told that the Ummo craft would be at a certain place on a certain date. The craft showed up on schedule and pictures were taken of it. On the bottom of the craft there is the cross-barred “H” symbol.

The reports have continued to come in through the intervening years, and speak on many technical subjects, such as physics and biology. The “Ummo” words which are used in these reports, when collected together and considered, form a self-consistent language structure. They say that they are from a planet which revolves around a star which they have tentatively identified as being our “Wolf 424,” and that they were first attracted to our solar system by a radio signal which was sent from Earth in 1934. They gave the frequency of the signal (413.44 megacycles). Between the ages of 14 and 16 the vocal chords of the children become sclerosed and for this reason most of the adult inhabitants of Ummo are unable to talk and must use telepathy.

These Ummo reports are an exceptionally interesting instance of UFO contact, and they continue at the present time. FLYING SAUCER REVIEW occasionally updates this continuing story.

Date: May 4-9, 1969
Place: Bebedouro, Brazil
Investigator: Hulvio B. Aleixo of CICOANI, a research group of Belo Horizante, Brazil.

Jose Antonio da Silva, a 24-year-old soldier of excellent personal character and reputation, was abducted by small, red-bearded humanoids who forcibly took him aboard their craft. During his confinement aboard their strange vessel, a fair, tall, human-looking being appeared to him, though the smaller aliens did not seem to be able to see him. This being warned da Silva of a danger which involved the whole of mankind which might be avoided if man on Earth changed his ways. Da Silva was told that intervention by unknown beings, and possible calamities, might be involved.

Twelve days after his abduction, da Silva was awakened by a sudden urge to go outside. He did so and saw three of the red-bearded aliens, who had apparently summoned him telepathically. He quickly re-entered his house and locked the door against them, for he felt that part of the danger to come might involve them.

Date: Summer, 1973
Places: All over Pennsylvania
Investigator: Stan Gordon, MUFON State Director

Because this is a report of 118 separate contacts with unknown creatures, the date and place have to be generalized. These reports vary somewhat but have the primary details more or less in common. The salient feature of these cases is the creature or creatures who are sighted. They are hairy, ape-like beings with glowing eyes and apparent ears, large noses, fang-like teeth, and the long arms of an ape. Where Gordon was able to take footprint casts, the print was a large and three-toed track. The sightings were, in the majority, in wooded areas or near rural or small-town homes. During the sighting, animals would be still, but before and after a sighting, both animals and small children acted as though they were quite disturbed, cows huddling, dogs barking, children crying all night. These creatures have been sighted often in connection with UFO sightings, have been seen entering and leaving UFOs, and on occasion a telepathic communication from a source connected with the creatures has been reported. In three of these encounters, a creature has been shot. One was shot with a 30-06 (see Case Number 6). Another was shot with a 16 ga. shotgun at close range, and the third with a .38 pistol. The latter two creatures both disappeared in a flash of light, like a photo-flash bulb going off, on being shot.

Date: 10-11-73
Place: Pascagoula, Mississippi
Investigators: Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Chairman of the Dept. of Astronomy, Northwestern University; Director, Center for UFO Studies; Dr. James A. Harder, Prof. of Civil Engineering, University of California; Director of Research, APRO.

Charles Hickson, age 45, and 18-year-old Calvin Parker were fishing when an oblong, blue-gray craft 35 to 40 feet long descended and hovered near them. The craft made a “zipping” noise. A door appeared in the craft and three humanoids or robots came out and approached the two men. Like their craft, these entities did not touch the ground but moved just above it, proceeding without moving their legs. The entities were short and had elephant-hide skin, slits for eyes, and pincer-like hands.

When Parker saw the entities approach, he passed out. Hickson was paralyzed, but was able to continue observing what happened. Two of the entities picked up Hickson by his arms and carried him inside the ship. When he was picked up, Hickson lost all feeling, including that of weight. He was taken to a bare, brightly-lit room. He could not see where the light came from. The entities placed him in a reclining position, still “floating” in air, and an eye-like instrument scanned back and forth across his body with thoroughness, as if it were examining or photographing him. This episode lasted somewhere between 15 and 40 minutes, Hickson is not at all sure about the time. After the examination was over, the entities left Hickson alone for a while, and then “floated” him back to where they had picked him up on the river bank.

About an hour later, the two shaken fishermen went to the sheriff’s office to report their story. They were interrogated exhaustively and afterwards were left alone, in a “bugged” room. The recording of their conversation at that time reveals that both men were quite frightened by their experience, the emotional trauma having been so great to Parker that, after Hickson left the room, he began to pray. Ultimately he suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of this experience.

Hickson, though plagued with nightmares, and continuing feelings of terror about the experience, came through it better, and was able to work with investigators who wished to ascertain the truth about his experience. A 2 1/2 hour lie detector test, given by a highly skeptical polygraph operator, revealed that Hickson was telling the truth. When Dr. Harder used the technique of time regression hypnosis on Hickson, he too felt that Hickson was telling the truth about the experience, for he said “a strong feeling of terror is practically impossible to fake under hypnosis.”

Date: 10-25-73
Place: Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Investigator: Berthold Eric Schwarz, M.D., Consultant, Brain Wave Laboratory, Essex Co. Hospital Center, Cedar Grove, New Jersey, Consultant to FLYING SAUCER REVIEW.

This case is perhaps the most interesting and many-faceted of the 188 Pennsylvania creature sightings included in Case Number 4. It began at nine o’clock at night, when a young farmer, called Stephen Pulaski in the report given in FLYING SAUCER REVIEW, and at least fifteen other witnesses saw a bright red ball hovering over a field near them. Stephen grabbed a 30.06 rifle, and he and two ten-year old neighbor boys went to investigate it. Stephen’s auto headlights dimmed as he neared the object, and as the object descended towards the field, Stephen’s German Shepherd, back at the house, became very disturbed. The object was now bright white, and appeared to be about 100 feet in diameter. It was buzzing much like a lawnmower would.

They stood watching the object on the ground, and then the neighbor boys saw something walking along by the fence. Stephen thought it looked like two bears, and he fired a tracer bullet over the “bears” heads. The creatures were very tall, one 7 feet, the other over 8 feet tall. These measurements were easier than usual to get because the entities were silhouetted against the fence and so could be accurately judged. They were hairy and long-armed, with greenish-yellow eyes. They made a noise like a baby whining. A smell like “burning rubber” was present. Stephen, realizing that these creatures were not bears and that they were coming nearer to him, fired over the entities’ heads once more and, when they kept on coming, fired directly at the larger creature.

When the creature was hit, the glowing 150 ft. diameter object disappeared from the field, instantaneously, and the motor noise stopped. The two creatures turned around and walked back towards the woods. In the field where the object had been was a glowing area about 150 feet in diameter, which was gone by the next morning. While it was still there, a State Trooper who came to investigate the story went up to within 200 yards of it, then stopped, went back to call in the UFO researcher Stan Gordon. The Trooper felt that Stephen was so disturbed that it was better that he be watched-and Stephen wouldn’t go near the glowing area.

It was 2 a.m. when Stan Gordon’s Study Group team and Stephen and his father went back to the landing site. The animals were acting scared, and Stephen’s dog was tracking something which no one could see at the edge of the woods. Suddenly Stephen began rubbing his head and face and looking as though he were about to faint. Several people approached him, but he threw them off, growling like an animal and flailing his arms. His own dog ran towards him and Stephen attacked the dog. Two of the investigators also experienced some feelings of lightheartedness and difficulty in breathing at this point.

Stephen continued running around, growling and swinging his arms, and then collapsed in a manured area, face-down. He lay there for a time, then began to come to himself, and said, “Get away from me. It’s here. Get back.” Sulfur-like odor was noticed. Stephen and the group got away from the area, but Stephen kept mumbling that he would protect the group. He said he saw a man in a black hat and cloak, who told Stephen, “If Man doesn’t straighten up, the end is near.” The man also told Stephen, “There is a man here now, who can save the world.” Needless to say, the investigators present felt quite concerned about Stephen’s health, and it was here that Dr. Schwarz was called in. Dr. Schwarz’s subsequent psychiatric study of Stephen yielded results that he feels point clearly to the incident having occurred just as reported, for indeed it would be terrifying for a man such as Stephen, used to a very practical and realistic type of life, to shoot and hit an 8-foot antagonist which then was not harmed in any way. The numerous other witnesses to the various phases of the incident also bear out its having happened. Who was the man in black, and what do the predictions about Mankind really mean? That is a matter for interpretation. But that Stephen had the experience has been thoroughly documented.

Date: 10-28-73
Place: Bahia Blanca, Argentina
Investigator: Liria D. Jauregui, APRO Investigator

Very early in the morning, truck driver Dionisio Llanca had a flat tire and pulled off the road in an isolated area. As he set up the jack to change the tire, he saw lights in the distance, but thought little of them until, as they approached, they suddenly changed to a brilliant blue. When Llanca tried to get up and look for the source of this odd light he found he was apparently paralyzed and could not move. He was able to see, however, as a dome-topped disc came to rest, hovering just above the ground near the truck. On the ground by the craft were three humanoid entities, two men and a woman. They had long blond hair and elongated eyes, and wore silver, one-piece suits with high boots, no helmets, no weapons.

After the entities had talked among themselves, one of them lifted Llanca by the neck of his sweater. Llanca was desperately frightened, but the man put a small black box against his left index finger and instantly he began to relax. In a few seconds, he was unconscious.

The next morning he awakened on the roadside and made his way back to civilization. He told his story and investigation was undertaken, but although competent doctors used hypnotherapy and truth serum with Llanca, he could not remember a portion of his experiences aboard the craft. He was able to tell the investigators that these entities had been contacting people on Earth “since 1950,” and that their purpose was to discover whether Earthmen could live in their world. He described the interior of the ship, and said that he went into the ship not by stairs or a ramp, but on a ray of light. But he reported that the beings did not want him to remember some of his experience aboard their craft, and he would not be able to. The message that came from him after intense probing for information was this, “I have a message from the beings in the craft but I can’t tell you what it is. No matter what you or any other Earth scientists do, there will remain the memory lapse while I was on the ship.”

The medical personnel working on this case agree with this statement, and feel that to probe any deeper in Llanca’s subconscious for this experience might damage his health. But they feel that his experience was, though unbelievable, quite real.

Date: 1-7-74
Place: Warneton, Belgium
Investigators: Mssrs. Bazin Sr. and Jr., Mr. Bigorne, Mr. Boidin, MUFON investigators.

An anonymous witness driving along the French-Belgian border experienced engine failure. His lights and radio also went out. At this point he saw a landed UFO about 160 yards away across a field. The 30-foot wide craft was shaped like a World War I British helmet and was glowing a patchy orange, with white light coming from beneath it. Two entities were walking slowly and stiffly toward the witness. Both were about 4 feet tall, with grayish skin, round eyes, a rudimentary nose, and a slit-like, lipless mouth. They wore helmets and metallic gray coverall-type uniforms. One had an object in his hand shaped like a short, thick ruler with a pointed tip. He was aiming it at the car.

When the beings came to within 12 feet of the car, one of them opened and closed his mouth and the witness felt a slight shock at the back of his head and heard a low-pitched, modulated sound. Then the entities turned about and reboarded their craft, which began pulsating an electric-blue glow. Its tripod legs withdrew, it rose and hovered momentarily, then rapidly ascended at a 60-degree angle. As the witness prepared to leave the site, another car drove up; its driver had also seen the UFO and the beings.

Date: Easter Sunday, 1974
Place: Bardstown, Ky.
Investigators: Lawrence Allison and D. T. Elkins.

A boy in his late teens was driving alone at night and wondering why he was doing so-he had almost compulsively gone out to take the ride and had no purpose in mind-when a man appeared beside him in the car. He asked the startled boy if he remembered him, which he did not.

Then suddenly he was inside a large room, he and his car. The “passenger” welcomed him aboard, and proceeded to show the boy around the craft.

After the tour was completed, the guide, who looked like a normal Earth man and was casually dressed in a shirt and blue jeans, asked him to get back into his car. The boy did so and found himself suddenly back on the road.

Investigations to find more details of this encounter are continuing.

Date: 4-10-74
Place: Whitehouse, Ohio
Investigators: Earl Neff and Larry Moyers, MUFON field investigators.

“Sam” (an alias) had spent an evening with a friend who claimed to be a contactee of the UFOs. During this meeting, he had asked the contactee for proof of the UFO’s reality. On the way home from work the next night, shortly after midnight, his car’s engine and light died. As he got out of the car he noticed another car stop behind him. A very prosperous-looking, gray-haired man got out of the car and came over to him. This normal looking human then offered Sam “proof,” by dematerializing a rock with a small hand-held implement. Then he told Sam to “save his marriage,” and promised that he would be contacted again.

Date: 5-26-74
Place: Mitchell Caverns, California.
Investigator: Idabel Epperson, MUFON field investigator.

This witness had seen UFOs several times in the past. One evening he was awakened in his camper by a humming sound and pulsating lights. He tried to call his family, but was immobilized. He saw four pinwheels of odd-shaped colored lights, red, orange, yellow, and blue-green. He awoke the next morning with bloodshot eyes and an aching body. It was two hours later than his usual rising time.

He had impressions of having been inside a UFO, but a memory lapse blocked out details. At a later date, under hypnosis, he recalled being inside the craft and described a row of gyroscopes along an inner wall. “The pinwheels of colored lights energized these to form an artificial gravity field.” He had seen eight men, normal-looking, seven of them dressed in maroon “foil-like” uniforms, the eighth clad in a soft, pale-blue outfit. He saw a view screen which was showing a close-up view of Saturn, a control panel, and three recliner-type chairs. The entities examined his eyes with a magnifying glass. The witness says that he expects to receive further contacts from these entities.

Date: 9-3-74
Place: Duxbury, Mass.
Investigator: John Giambrone, MUFON field investigator.

One day, early in the morning, this very reluctant woman witnessed a red pulsating UFO at treetop level, and two light beams which shone across the bog caused her car to die, while the radio gave out static. Not long after this incident, the woman got a telepathic message to drive her car down a certain road, which she did. Again the radio and engine quit, but this time four small humanoids appeared, moving rapidly towards her, each astride a small vehicle that looked like a roto-tiller but moving rapidly above rather than on the ground. One of the entities approached her car and telepathically asked her to open the door, but when she did not comply, all four doors flew open anyway. The entity examined her and touched her on the nape of the neck with a small implement which left five small puncture marks. She was told that they have thousands of ships which have been visiting Earth for many years. They have a mother ship nearby, she was told, and their home planet is called “Omnius” or “Omnigus.” They have examined many people, not all of them voluntarily. She was asked not to touch them because of possible contamination and was warned that she would have severe headaches for several weeks after this contact. These entities were four to five feet tall, had helmets on which concealed their faces but through which small, shiny eyes could be seen. They were dressed in uniforms, the belts of which featured an emblem with vertical wavy lines.

This witness was terrified by this encounter and has refused to allow any investigation by any group. The details given here were supplied to MUFON in strict anonymity by her husband. This woman denies to any questioner that the event ever occurred.

Date: 10-25-74
Place: Medicine Bow National Park, Wyoming
Investigators: Dr. Leo Sprinkle, Prof. of Psychology, University of Wyoming, Investigator for APRO and MUFON; Rick Kenyon and Robert Nantkes, MUFON field investigators, and Frank Bourke, National Star investigator.

Carl Higdon was hunting elk in the northern area of the park. He fired at one, but saw his bullet leave the rifle in slow motion and drop to the snow about 50 feet away. Feeling a tingle, he turned and saw a humanoid entity over six feet tall standing nearby. The entity wore a black jumpsuit with a wide belt, upon which was a six-pointed star and a yellow emblem. The entity had bristle-like, straight hair standing straight out from his head, small eyes, no eyebrows or chin, bow-legged, long-armed, and with rod-like manipulators instead of hands. He might have had hands but Higdon never saw them.

The entity approached Higdon and asked if he was hungry, and flipped him a little bunch of pills, which Higdon swallowed. (Perhaps the entity felt that Higdon would not be hunting unless he needed food.)

The entity pointed at Higdon, and suddenly Higdon found himself within a transparent, cubical “craft” in company with two UFOnauts and five elk. They told him they were on their way to their home planet some 163,000 light years away, and shortly they were there. They had put a helmet with wires sticking out of it on Higdon’s head. He saw a tall, Seattle space-needle-type building and a type of sunlight which was very intense and made his eyes water. The entities told him that our sun does the same thing to their eyes.

The next thing Higdon remembers is being back in the park, about 21/2hours having elapsed since the first sight of the entity. He was cold, disoriented, and nearly hysterical. His truck was not where he had left it; he found it about three miles away, stuck in a mud hole. From here he sent out a distress call over his CB radio, and the Sheriff picked him up at midnight. By now, Higdon was in a state of panic and near nervous exhaustion, shouting, “They took my elk!” They took him to the hospital and checked him over; oddly, his blood tests showed a very rich supply of vitamins-those food pellets must have been nutritive-and old TB scars on his lungs had disappeared!

Later investigation found that Higdon’s wife and two others had seen a red-green-white flashing light moving back and forth across this area. When Dr. Sprinkle used time-regression hypnosis on Higdon, he found out more about his experience. Higdon was able to recall that other “Earth people” had been present, and he said that the aliens had come to Earth to hunt and fish for food.

Date: 8-13-75
Place: Alamogordo, New Mexico

Staff Sgt. Charles L. Moody, a 32-year-old Air Force man, was parked near Holloman Air Force Base in the desert, watching for a predicted meteor shower, at about 1:20 a.m., when suddenly like a flash, an object appeared, dropping from the sky about 300 feet away. It stopped about 25 feet above the desert floor and “wobbled” for a while, then glided toward Moody. As it came closer, Moody could see that it was a disc-shaped craft which glowed a dull, metallic gray. It was 40 to 50 feet across and 18 to 25 feet high, with three globes showing on its underside.

The terrified Moody leapt back into his car and tried to escape, but his month-old battery was completely dead. Then the craft halted again, about 50 feet away, and Moody began to hear a high-pitched voice, and to see shadowy figures through a window which had appeared in the craft. Quoting the ENQUIRER report: “Suddenly an odd glow enveloped my car, and I felt numb all over.” Immediately after the experience, this numb feeling was the last thing Moody remembered before coming to, sitting in the car, and watching the craft leave, shooting straight up. But in time, the memory of the hour and 20 minutes he’d “lost” came back to him.

Two beings had come from the craft, gliding rather than walking. They started to open the car door and Moody panicked, striking out at one of the aliens. Then, “the lights went out.” When he regained consciousness, he was on a table, and an alien was studying him. Moody was unable to move. The alien, which was hairless, large-skulled, with no eyebrows and round, large eyes, small nose, mouth, and ears, and thin lips, “spoke,” but with no lip movement. He asked if Moody was well, and told him he would release him from the paralysis if he promised not to strike out. Moody agreed, so the frail, five-foot tall being in the skin-tight white suit, with whitish-gray skin, touched Moody with a metal rod about seven inches long and half an inch thick. Instantly, Moody could move freely.

Moody asked if he could see the craft’s propulsion system, and the alien agreed, so they left the circular room in which the examining table was in, and went through an arched doorway and then into another room, which, Moody reported, seemed almost as large by itself as the whole craft had looked from the outside. It was as though the interior of the ship were larger than the outside. In this room, there were three other beings, one apparently a woman, floating about a quarter-inch above the floor. The leader told Moody to stand on a certain part of flooring, and as he did so it dropped, like an elevator, to a room below. Protruding up from the floor of this room were the top sides of the three globes he’d seen on the underside of the craft. The globes contained large crystals, on each side of which were rods which sloped in toward the crystal.

The aliens gave him other information too, says Moody. They said that this ship was a small observation craft from a much larger main craft which stayed 5,000 to 6,000 miles out in space. They also told Moody that they would be making themselves “known to mankind” within three years, though they plan only limited contact at first. These aliens belong to a league of races, which our human race may one day be invited to join-if they decide to accept us. But whatever happens, the aliens will never hurt us.

After this conversation, Moody was told to report to a medical facility, and he lost consciousness again, to wake up in his car. He watched the craft leave, then easily started his car and went home. Both his wife and his superior officer are convinced that the very conservative Sgt. Moody is telling the truth.

Date: 11-5-75
Place: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona
Investigators: Coral and Jim Lorenzen, Directors of APRO, Dr. James Harder, Dir. of Res., APRO.

Travis Walton and six other men had been working in the forest all day, thinning wood with chain saws. They were riding back to town at about six o’clock when they saw a yellowish glow ahead of them and to the right. The truck was on a right-hand curve, and it bumped along until suddenly it came to a clearing, where they had a very clear view of the object causing the glow. It was about 15 feet in diameter and 8 feet high, and was hovering about 15 feet above the ground, about 90 feet from their truck. They were able to estimate the size of the craft because it was hovering over a pile of slash and was about its size. The craft was glowing with a color “like a Coleman Lantern being lit.”

When Travis saw the object he asked the driver to stop; then without waiting for the truck to completely halt, he jumped out and walked quickly over to the pile of slash. The object gave off a beeping noise and began to oscillate around its vertical axis. There were other rumbling noises. Then a bright, narrow ray of greenish-blue light shot out from the craft and struck Walton. A bright, soundless flash surrounded Walton’s body and lifted him a foot into the air and backwards, with his head knocked back and his arms outflung. One of the other men saw Walton fall to the ground after this, but all were busy running from the scene.

They stopped about a quarter of a mile away, just as a light lifted up through the trees in the direction from which they had just come and streaked away. They decided to go back and find Walton. They were back at the landing site in 15 minutes, but could find no trace of the craft or of Walton. They finally gave up searching and went to the Sheriff’s office to report the incident and the missing Walton. The Sheriff noted later that these men were extremely upset, one even weeping. Later polygraph tests bore out that they were telling the truth about their experience.

In the next days, a thorough search, involving about 50 men, was made for Walton. After 2 days, the search was called off, and a missing persons report filed.

On November 11th, Travis Walton called his sister from a telephone booth in a nearby town. His voice was extremely weak. Her husband and her brother went to find Walton, and discovered him slumped on the floor of the booth from which he had called. He was twelve miles from the spot at which he had last been seen. He had a strange story to relate, and little by little the details were told. When he regained consciousness after being hit by the ray, he was lying on a table in a low-ceilinged room. There was apparatus resting on his lower chest. He had pains in his head and to a lesser extent all over his body. Around him stood three entities, about 5 feet tall, with large eyes, small noses, mouths, and ears, and no hair. They wore brown coveralls. Travis was panicked by the sight of these “human fetuses” and knocked the apparatus off his chest, striking out at the entities. The creatures calmly left the room, turning right out the doorway. Travis followed them, turning left. He went down the hall and into another room, which featured a transparent wall through which he could see what he thought were stars. He sat in a chair which had push buttons on its arm, and pushed one of the buttons. But the stars then started to move, so he left the buttons alone. A man in a blue outfit and transparent helmet came into the room and beckoned that Walton follow him. He did not answer his questions, but merely led him out of the craft, through an airlock, and down a ramp. He was now in a large enclosure in which several disc-shaped objects were parked. The air was fresher than before, the light brighter. His guide took him into another craft where he met three more humans, two men and a woman, who wore blue clothing but no helmets. They all closely resembled one another. At this point a mask, resembling an oxygen mask, was put over Walton’s face, and he lost consciousness.

When he regained his senses, he was lying on his back on a road. He felt the heat of a disc-shaped object which was rising into the sky above him, the doors on its bottom just closing. Walton recognized the road, walked unsteadily to the nearest phone, and called his sister. Six days had elapsed.

Tests performed immediately after Walton’s return show some dehydration but no malnutrition and no possibility of drug use. The lost time is blocked by a strong memory block, and APRO’s careful report stated that it might be months before further information about the lost time can be extracted from Walton’s subconscious.

This concludes our small sampling of contact cases. These few interesting cases make up only a tiny percentage of the well-documented contact cases, which now number over 2,000. This total increases almost daily. Over 2,000 reliable witnesses have reported contact not only with UFO’s but with their occupants. Trained investigators have found these stories to be given in good faith by credible people. Something is happening.

Chapter Two


Do a movie on Uri. Melanie is the one to do it. Work at it; it will come out at the right time. You are not to entrust anyone with the secret of our existence—no one.

This message was received at 2:00 p.m., April 14, 1972. It appeared as if by magic on Dr. Andrija Puharich’s cassette tape recorder, and was alleged to have been transmitted from a UFO. At 1:03 a.m. on August 27, 1972, the following was received in the same manner by Dr. Puharich:

One of our failures is that we cannot contact you directly. We can only talk to you through Uri’s power on the tape recorder. It is a shame for such a brilliant mind we cannot contact you directly. Maybe in time we shall be able to contact you directly ...

This afternoon we heard the movie script ... it is a brilliant movie but not the story we want. We want you to prepare the earth for our mass landing, a mass landing on earth. We landed in South America 3,000 years ago, and we must land again. We want you to tell our story, what you call the UFO experience. Use all the collected data and literature.

A.P.: How do we know which is the relevant or true data?

Research the data published. You will know what is correct. Write the movie script carefully, slowly, properly, and cleverly.

Six years earlier, in 1968, I had received essentially the same message, not on a tape recorder but by the direct mental process referred to by the source. I had been experimenting since 1962 with dozens of subjects, pursuing an investigation into the possibility of mental or telepathic contact with UFO sources. By August, 1972, when Dr. Puharich was being asked to prepare Earth for a mass landing by producing a movie on the subject, I was already in the middle of producing a motion picture. My reason for doing so: a UFO source had requested the same task of me.

The important part of this is that each of us had received the same information, totally independently, and allegedly from a UFO source. In fact, most of the information from the UFO source recorded in the book, URI, by Puharich, correlated with the telepathically received data I had accumulated as a result of my own experiments.

My own interest in the possibility of telepathic contact with UFO sources stemmed from my original study of the UFO literature of the 1950s. Most of the people who claimed contact with UFOs were considered charlatans or crackpots by the scientific community in general. It seemed to me, however, that this was the historically classic attitude of men of science toward genuinely new ideas.

This is true to this day, and was emphatically true then. The numerous contactees of the ‘50s, as well as many of the more recent contactees, seemed to have a common denominator: most of them claimed direct, mind-to-mind contact with the aliens, rather than verbal communication.

It was not hard to see why the scientific community would be sorely tempted to classify all UFO contacts in a lump under cultist claims because of the metaphysical or religious orientation of most of the messages. On the surface, such contacts seemed like highly imaginative science fiction stories, or like the creations of fanatic cultist groups seeking frantically for their new Messiah.

What the scientific community chose to overlook was the independence of many of the claims from other claims of contact, and the extreme degree of consistency in the content of the messages. This independence was a fact in several of my own contact experiments: the participants did not know when they started what their goal was or what they should expect to happen to them. The messages which they eventually produced were extremely consistent in content with other alleged UFO messages.

I have found increasing numbers of functioning contact groups around the country, in Canada and England, and elsewhere in the world. And in addition to the growing number of voluntary contacts, one can come across many sincerely told stories of involuntary contact.

An example of this which has been well documented is Herb Schirmer’s story. Schirmer, a highway patrolman in the midwest, reported sighting a flying saucer during a routine patrol in 1967. The Condon Committee heard of this and put him through time-regression hypnosis. Under hypnosis, Schirmer recounted contact with the UFOnauts themselves, rather than a simple sighting of a flying saucer. Repeated testing of Schirmer’s memory only proved that he sincerely believed that his story of contact with extraterrestrials was true. The Condon Committee people could not shake his faith in what he remembered of the UFOnauts.

Herb Schirmer’s story is told rather fully by an investigating reporter who seemed well versed in this area. He offered a list of general observations regarding the UFO contactees. Among his points was this one, concerning the way the contactee allegedly receives his messages from the UFOnauts:

While he is being interviewed or questioned, the contactee often seems to be listening to another “voice” or presence in the room. Often there are pauses in his conversation which last as long as forty-five seconds to a minute. After this pause, the answer to a query is given with great lucidity. In interview sessions wherein the contactee has been hypnotically regressed to the time of contact, he begins his entranced re-creation of the experience in “normal” hypnotic voice trance patterns. When he reaches the time when the “message” was relayed to him (usually after the mental and physical examination) his voice and manner changes, even under hypnotic trance and he recites, rather than recalls, the dogma which saucer people have relayed to him.

I recognized this description of the contactees’ manner when speaking as messengers for alleged UFOnauts as being similar to the style of speaking used by all of the “telepathic receivers” that I had investigated. Another extremely apt description of this telepathic contact is found in John Fuller’s book, INTERRUPTED JOURNEY. Included in this volume is a great deal of directly transcribed and quoted material from the file of Betty and Barney Hill. They had gone to a psychiatrist with anxiety problems. The doctor had performed time regression hypnosis on both of them, and uncovered an alleged contact with the UFO people. When Barney was asked to recall the language used by the UFOnaut, Barney stated that the being did not speak to him by word, but told him what to do by the alien’s thoughts making his thoughts understand. When the psychiatrist asked Barney if this was some kind of mental telepathy, Barney said that he did not know the definition of the word “telepathy.” Yet he described its process quite well.

It seemed to me to be rather an exaggeration of scientific caution to declare, as so many did, that all of the people who claimed this telepathic communication were suffering from identical forms of mental aberration. The more appropriate response seemed to me to be to attempt to check this common denominator out.

For this reason, I set up a control group of people whose sanity and habitual veracity I could vouch for, and proceeded to expose them to conditions which allegedly would produce UFO contact. The instructions, of course, had come from an alleged UFO source which I had come across several times in my research.

Since 1962, I have worked with over 100 of these human guinea pigs who were successful in mentally receiving what I believe to be messages from UFOs.

The data collected through these telepathic receivers created a problem in evaluation. I had originally hoped to be able to extract material of a scientifically evidential nature from these experiments, but soon after the start of the experiment, I realized that rigorous analytical control was not possible. Telepathy itself is still proving extremely difficult to investigate scientifically, when the receiver and the sender both can be monitored exhaustively. And, needless to say, if we could put our hands on the UFO senders to test them, we would have our experiment’s end.

Yet it was possible to produce an unending supply of data. So I simply chose to generate a great deal of data, figuring that it was a mistake to expect material of this nature to fit any preconceived notion that I might have had.

After carrying on this experiment for over 13 years, I now feel that I can make the following statement: The information claimed to be received by numerous UFO contactees can be duplicated in a controlled situation.

For example, in numerous instances, I have been able to produce the telepathic contact in people who have no previous knowledge of UFO literature. In each case the message which they receive has correlated in its content to a very high degree with other UFO contactees’ messages. The results of this experiment indicate to me that we should take a very close look at this UFO contactee information. It is my belief that within this information is the key to creating a much more direct contact with the elusive UFO phenomenon.

When I work with Uri Geller, the results we achieve with telepathic experiments are remarkably good.

  My drawing Geller’s response  
  Geller’s drawing My response  

Many professional magicians have stated that Geller is actually a very clever trickster with no special mental ability. It seems that few of them have applied the scientific method of repeated experiment to determine his ability.

I found that, for my own edification, the most conclusive tests were those performed in a random fashion during the normal daily routine, completely unannounced. That is, Uri did not know that I was testing his telepathic ability as we carried on a normal conversation during the day. The result: for me, there is no doubt that Uri Geller is a first-class telepathic sender and receiver.

Telepathy is not a difficult technique to learn. I am convinced that it is a basic form of communication that our civilization has forgotten due to lack of use. It is analogous to the ability to do one-arm pushups. Anyone can do them, with enough practice and conditioning.

Most of us can show evidence of a telepathic “muscle,” since we’ve usually had experiences of starting to talk about a subject simultaneously with a close acquaintance.

Telepathic communication is very similar to radio communication. If you think of everyone having a radio transmitter and receiver in their brain, you have a close analogy. Our problem is to learn to tune this mental radio for clear transmission and reception. It is my theory that the UFO contactees are receiving, on often poorly tuned receivers, the powerful and accurately tuned signal of the UFO’s transmitter.

Learning to receive is very simple. It requires practice in making the mind a total blank. This is easier for some of us than others! One way to do this is to make a daily practice of sitting in a comfortable position and letting the conscious mind “run down” or become less active. Finally, short periods of consciousness with no thoughts can be achieved. This is the beginning to tuning the receiver, and is the condition necessary for the UFO contact experiment to succeed. Now this is still far from perfect tuning, but it can be sufficient if, as in the case of the UFOs, the transmitter is very strong.

It seems that language is no barrier to telepathic communication. For instance, a German sender may think, “messer,” meaning knife, and the American receiver will get the impression of a knife. The general contact of that communication will have been achieved, though perhaps nuances in meaning are lost. I believe this to be the case in most UFO contact communications, and accounts for the seemingly common nature of the language.

Once the subjects in my experiment were trained, it was necessary to attract the UFO transmitter. The most efficient way of doing this seemed to be a simple hand-off. The trained receiver was exposed to a contactee for a brief period, not long enough to dilute the evidential quality of the data which the new receiver might be expected to produce.

Since a study of this nature takes years to produce, and since most of the evidential quality is extracted slowly and cumulatively by the experimenter, it is difficult to prove to the casual observer the nature of the alleged contact. To most researchers, this evidence is simply not conclusive.

Since I have observed over 100 people go through this process and have read millions of words of contactee literature, both published and unpublished, I believe that I am now in a position to select the highly correlative material from the masses of communications. Moreover, the material in the body of this book is selected by me to best represent the material received from the large number of contactees whose material I have studied.

I have no way of vouching for 100% accuracy; however, I have tried to reduce my personal bias to a minimum by investigating as much material as I could find.

The answers you find here are the result of a careful selection from literally millions of words of alleged UFO communication spanning over 20 years and involving contactees both “silent” and published, as well as my own experimentally fabricated contactees.

I will make the following observations concerning the general nature of the alleged telepathic communications from UFOs:

  1. People who have had face-to-face encounters with UFOnauts report telepathic communication more often than any other form.
  2. Those who claim communication at a distance with a UFO source report that telepathic contact was used in an overwhelming majority of cases.
  3. The same general message permeates over 90% of the millions of words received by thousands of people around the world.
  4. I have been able to experimentally fabricate contactees who, with no prior background in UFO literature, produced the general UFO “doctrine” in detail.
  5. Most of my fabricated contactees who have seen a UFO have done so shortly after becoming contactees.
  6. There are over 100 contactees which have been fabricated in my group. Their backgrounds represent a general sampling of our society with educational levels ranging from grade-school to post-doctoral.
  7. Over 90% of these fabricated contactees experienced identical physical symptoms during the time of the contact.
  8. A single message would sometimes be delivered through a dozen contactees, a part through each one. Though the contactees were of different backgrounds and educational levels, the message would be uniform, of coherent continuity, and largely free from normal errors and hesitations of speech.
  9. Two of my fabricated contactees were given only one day of training before returning to their home some 600 miles away. Their progress was monitored by mail, and the result was still the same.
  10. I have found that some people can achieve the contact phenomenon simply by being hypnotized. No preparation or training is necessary for this type of contact. The content of messages received is the same as the great majority of all other contacts.
  11. It is not necessary for the fabricated contactees to believe in UFOs or the reality of the contact phenomena to produce the communications. One of my best hypnotic contactees has never believed, and still refuses to countenance, any part of the phenomenon, although her communications have in all cases been excellent and have matched in exact detail the bulk of other contactee material.
  12. Several of the contactees, particularly those with extensive training in the physical sciences, maintained a highly objective and somewhat skeptical attitude throughout the experiment and still produced excellent communications, precisely analogous to the bulk of material received.

The process of receiving contact is so simple that it is difficult to adequately describe it. Some people seem to have a terrific natural ability to receive this contact, and some almost none. To receive the contact it is only necessary that a person learn to clear his mind, by any process that seems to work, and then await the contact. I realize that this sounds much too simplistic to yield results. Yet this is the method, if you can call such a simple concept a method, which has produced in my own experimental work many contactees who have produced many thousands of words of standard contactee “doctrine.”

Chapter Three


In our culture there seems to be very little communication between science and religion, and yet the practitioners of both disciplines claim that their studies are fundamental to an understanding of basic truth. What emerges from the UFO communications is the attitude that there is a single valid approach to the complete understanding of the universe, and that this approach blends what we presently consider to be two separate disciplines and philosophies.

My personal bias, at least during the initial stages of my investigation, was wholly on the side of the scientific disciplines. As the investigation continued, however, I kept finding what seemed to be a religious or spiritual factor in the contact phenomena. My determined bias towards open-minded and impartial observation led me finally to acknowledge this factor as a genuine part of ufology. At present, I no longer regard this factor as separate from a scientific understanding of the phenomena. The seemingly religious content of the communications is seen as such because of our own cultural conditioning: we interpret these messages as religious. It is my belief that the foundation of a much more nearly absolute and true philosophy of natural phenomena is being made available through the UFO contacts. At present, our languages are inadequate to communicate anything but the first step in the evolution of our thinking. It will be necessary for us to make this first step, in order to begin to understand how to make the second.

Paranormal Phenomena

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to converse with some ghosts that materialized into our physical world and then vanished after our conversation. To many psychical researchers, this phenomenon, known as materialization due to ectoplasmic emission from a medium, is an established and accepted occurrence.

It is my belief that anyone following the rules and conditions laid down for this type of contact can achieve it, assuming that he is in the presence of a suitable materialization medium (an individual capable of producing ectoplasmic emissions.)

The most evidential of the ghosts which I saw and talked to was a tall, ghostly individual who grew solid before my eyes, carried on a conversation with me, and then to prove his ability to manifest in the physical world, slapped me and my companion, Carla, solidly on the arms. Then he slowly walked through us, while we watched closely. Thus in the space of a few seconds, he displayed both the properties of a perfectly solid substance and those of total absence of solidity.

Psychic researchers have for many years reported and photographed these ghostly materializations, but because of their inability to produce the phenomena at the demand of skeptical observers, little general interest has been developed in this research.

As we unravel more of the UFO mystery, we will discover the reason why the skeptical or “prove it to me” approach is quite often the defeating factor in paranormal investigations. I also noticed this same factor in evidence as I recently observed several hundred seemingly miraculous bare-handed surgical operations in the Philippines. I saw native “psychic surgeons” seemingly plunging their hands directly into the patients’ unanaesthetized bodies, pulling out all sorts of bloody parts while the patients remained perfectly conscious, watching the process and feeling no pain. The patients displayed no wounds or scars after the operation was completed. Here again the evidential quality of the operation witnessed was very dependent upon the attitude of the witness. It has been aptly stated that, with paranormal phenomena, “believing is seeing.”

There are many observers who attend demonstrations of paranormal phenomena and who conclude that what they have seen was all trickery. I’ve had a lot of experience in witnessing these demonstrations, have seen several hundred authentic ghosts materialize, have watched much psychic surgery and had minor operations performed on myself, and in every case I have noted a common factor. If skeptical observers were present, the phenomena either didn’t occur at all, or their quality was so poor that trickery would naturally be suspected.

Now the skeptical observer doesn’t like this facet of the phenomena at all and uses it as evidence of the fakery. His problem is that he doesn’t understand why he, as a skeptic, can’t be given evidential and inalienable proof of the reality of the phenomena. He absolutely cannot accept the necessity under the circumstance of his skepticism of taking the word of some “believer,” whom he usually considers deluded. The reason that this lack of proof must accompany skepticism will become evident as we further explore the UFO communications.

My own stance is a balanced one, I hope, that of the believer who is skeptical of tricksters among the real practitioners. There are many fraudulent mediums and many quack psychic surgeons. I have seen both practicing their trades and am aware of their methods. Yet their existence does nothing to compromise the reality of the paranormal phenomena generated by the real mediums and psychic surgeons.

A pertinent question when considering psychic demonstrations is: how does the paranormal event happen? The answer may well lie in the area of occult theory which is concerned with the existence of various “planes.”

The theosophists say that there are fourteen mental planes associated with this planet. After death, they say, an individual finds himself at one of these 14 levels of existence, the level being dependent on the spiritual nature or development of the person at the time of his death. The cliché that covers this theory is a heavenly “birds of a feather flock together.” When a ghost materializes into our reality, it is from one of these 14 levels that he usually comes for his earthly visit. In general, it is theorized that a planet is a sort of spiritual distillery, with reincarnation taking place into the physical world until the individual is sufficiently developed in the spiritual sense that he can reach the higher states of existence, and is no longer in need of this planet’s developmental lessons.

Most of this theory was developed as a result of reported contact and communication with the inhabitants of these supposedly separate realities.

The most satisfactory term I have come across for these different levels of reality is the word, “density.” I have come to believe that these densities interpenetrate with our physical space and mutually coexist, though with very little awareness of each other. A simple analogy, to which I’ve referred before, is to consider the actors in two different TV plays, both receivable on the same set, but each play being exclusive of the other. This seems to be what we experience in our daily lives: one channel or density of existence, being totally unaware of the myriad entities occupying other densities of our physical space. The point of all this is that our density or reality is not ultimate or singular; it is in fact our reality only at the present.

Many of the UFO reports display ample evidence that the object sighted has its origin in one of these other realities or densities, just as do the materialized ghosts. I would like to emphasize that this does not in any way imply their unreality; rather, it displaces the UFOs’ reality from ours. I’m saying the equivalent of: Channel 4 on the TV is equivalent to but displaced from channel 3 on the same TV.

If you were told to build a scale model of any atom using something the size of a pea for the nucleus, it would be necessary to have an area the size of a football stadium to contain even the innermost orbital electrons. If the pea were placed at the center of the 50-yard line, a small cotton ball on the uppermost seat in the stands could represent an electron of the atom. There is very little actual matter in physical matter. When you look at the stars in the night sky, you probably see something quite similar to what you would see if you could stand on the nucleus of any atom of “solid” material and look outward toward our environment. To demonstrate an electron to you, a physicist will probably show you a curved trace of one on a photographic plate. What he probably does not tell you is that this is second-hand evidence. The electron itself has never been seen, only its effect on a dense medium can be recorded. It is possible, of course, to make accurate mathematical calculations, about what we call an electron. For such work we must know some data on magnetic field strength, electron charge and velocity. But since a magnetic field is caused by moving charges, which in turn are empirically observed phenomena, we find that the entire mathematical camouflage obscures the fact that all we really know is that charged particles have effects on each other. We still don’t know what charged particles are, or why they create an action at a distance effect.

Senior scientists would be the first to agree that there is no such thing as an absolute scientific explanation of anything. Science is, rather, a method or tool of prediction, relating one or more observations to each other. In physics, this is usually done through the language of mathematics. Our scientific learning is a learning by observation and analysis of this observation. In the sense of penetrating the fundamental essences of things, we really do not understand anything at all.

A magnetic field is nothing but a mathematical method of expressing the relative motion between electrical fields. Electrical fields are complex mathematical interpretations of a totally empirical observation stated as Coulomb’s Law. In other words our forest of scientific knowledge and explanations is made up of trees about which we understand nothing except their effect, their existence.

Baba Ram Dass, formerly Dr. Richard Alpert of the Dept. of Psychology at Harvard University, met Sai Baba in India and was given a small medallion by that guru. Sai Baba held out his hand, a glow appeared in his palm, and the glow slowly solidified into the medallion. Dr. Alpert was amazed and commented to one of Sai Baba’s associates on this miracle of creation. “Oh, don’t be silly, he didn’t create that,” replied the devotee. He has a whole warehouse full of those things. He just transported it here mentally.” Sai Baba’s own attitude towards this sort of thing is that all is illusion, or maya.

This would seem to be a very accurate analysis of our physical world, which is most often apparent to mystics and atomic physicists. For an example of the mystical approach to our illusion, here is OAHSPE explaining about all the heavenly bodies which we cannot see, because they are outside of our illusion:

When a planet hath attained to so great age she no longer giveth forth light or heat to radiate upon herself, she cannot be seen in the heavens. Of which kinds of planets there are millions in the etherean firmament. Some of these move slower than any of the planets man can see. Some of these at times eclipse the sun, and are taken for sun-spots, although, perhaps, not a million miles from the earth.

To a person unfamiliar with the inner workings of modern science it may seem that modern man has his environment nicely under control and totally figured out. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The leaders of science who are researching the frontiers of modern theory argue among themselves, with their followers dissenting in droves behind them. As soon as a theory begins to receive wide acceptance as being a valid representation of physical laws, someone finds a discrepancy, and the theory has to be either modified or abandoned entirely. Perhaps the most well known example of this is Newton’s “F=MA.” This attained the status of a physical law before being found to be in error. It is not that this equation has not proven extremely useful: we have used it to design everything from a moon rocket to the television picture tube. But its accuracy fails when applied to atomic particle accelerators like the cyclotron. To make accurate predictions of particle trajectories it is necessary to make the relativistic correction formulated by Einstein. It is interesting to note that the reason for this correction is based on the fact that the speed of light is totally independent of the speed of its source.

If Newton had penetrated more deeply into the laws of motion he might have made this relativistic correction himself, and then stated that the velocity correction would always be of no consequence, since the velocity of light was so much greater than any speed attainable by man. This was very true in Newton’s day, but is definitely not the case now. We still tend to think of the velocity of light as a fantastic and unattainable speed, but with the advent of space flight, a new order of velocities has arrived. We have to change our thinking from our normal terrestrial concepts of velocities. Instead of thinking of the speed of light in terms of miles per second, think of it in terms of Earth diameters per second. The almost unimaginable 186,000 miles per second becomes an entirely thinkable 23 Earth diameters per second. Or we could think of the speed of light in terms of our solar system’s diameter and say that light would speed at about two diameters per day.

Einstein’s assertion that everything is relative is so apt that it has become a cliché of our culture. Let us continue being relativistic In considering the size of natural phenomena by considering the size of our galaxy. If you look up at the sky on a clear night, nearly all of the visible stars are in our own galaxy. Each of these stars is a sun like our own. A calculation of the ratio of the number of suns in our galaxy to the number of people on planet Earth discovers that there are 62 suns for each living person on Earth today: Earth’s population is close to 4 billion; and there are 250 billion stars in the Milky Way! it takes light over four years to get from Earth to even the nearest of these stars. To reach the most distant star in our own galaxy would take light 100,000 years.

These calculations are made using the assumption that light has a speed. This may be an erroneous assumption in the light of modern theory, but its apparent speed is a useful measuring tool, so we use it anyway.

So we have a creation in which we find ourselves which is so big that at a speed of 23 Earth diameters a second we must travel 100,000 years to cross our immediate backyard. That is a big backyard, and it would seem ample for even the most ambitious of celestial architects, but in truth this entire system of 250 billion stars is just one grain of sand on a very big beach. There are uncounted trillions of galaxies like ours, each with its own 250 billion stars, spread throughout what seems to be infinite space.

When you think of the mind boggling expanse of our creation, and the infantile state of our knowledge in relation to it, you begin to see the necessity for considering the strong probability that our present scientific approach to investigating these expanses is as primitive as the dugout canoe is in relation to the whole state of the art of Earthbound transport.

The most perplexing problem of science has always been finding a satisfactory explanation of what is called action at a distance. In other words, everyone knows that if you drop something it will fall, but no one knows precisely why. Many people know that electric charges push or pull on each other even if separated in a vacuum, but again no one knows why. Although the phenomena are quite different, the equations which describe the force of interaction are quite similar:

For gravitation: F=Gmm’/r2

For electrostatic interaction: F=Kqq’/r2

The attractive force between our planet and our sun is described by the gravitational equation. The attractive force between orbiting electrons and the atomic nucleus is described by the electrostatic interaction equation. Now each of these equations was determined experimentally. They are not apparently related in any way, and yet they both describe a situation in which attractive force falls off with the square of the distance of separation.

A mathematical representation of an action at a distance effect is called a field, such as a gravitational or electric field. It was Albert Einstein’s foremost hope to find a single relation which would express the effect of both electric and gravitational phenomena; in fact, a theory which would unify the whole of physics, a unified field theory. Einstein believed that this was a creation of total order and that all physical phenomena were evolved from a single source:

Over the years Einstein and other mathematical physicists published many unified field theories, none of them successful. A famous one, put forth by Kaluza, recast the mathematics of relativity in a space of five dimensions instead of the customary four. Kaluza hoped ... that unification of gravitation and electromagnetism would follow by a suitable interpretation of the fifth dimension. Einstein took up Kaluza’s work, but once more no new physical understanding appeared. The most celebrated unified field theory, called the generalized theory of gravitation, was published by Einstein in 1945, and independently by Schrodinger at about the same time. By then Schrodinger was disillusioned by quantum mechanics, which he himself had helped to create. For some years both these eminent men believed that the new theory would solve the problems which they thought still beset fundamental physics.

The mathematics of the theory is very complicated, and it is necessary to use approximate methods. With these it was shown that the theory failed to satisfy the basic requirement that its field equations must determine the motion of electric charges present. This was enough to convince Schrodinger that the theory was useless. Einstein was not prepared to accept the approximate results: he maintained that the theory could be judged only if certain exact solutions of the generalized field equations were found. These exact solutions, he believed, would represent matter by pure field. This was the position he took up until his death.

This unified field theory, describing matter as pure field, has been accomplished now. It seems that the entire situation was analogous to the solution of a ponderously complex Chinese puzzle. If you can find the right key turns among so many wrong ones, the puzzle easily falls apart. Dewey B. Larson found the solution to this problem, and the puzzle not only fell apart, but revealed an elegantly adequate unified field theory rich in practical results. And, like a good Chinese puzzle, the solution was not complex, just unexpected. Instead of assuming five dimensions, Larson assumed six, and properly labeled them as the three dimensions of space and the three dimensions of time. He assumed that there is a three-dimensional co-ordinate time analogous to our observed three-dimensional space.

The result of this approach is that one can now calculate from the basic postulate of Larson’s theory any physical value within our physical universe, from sub-atomic to stellar. This long sought after unified field theory is different because we are not accustomed to thinking of time as being dimensionally analogous to space. We have thought of time as one-dimensional, as a stream moving in one direction. Yet once you get the hang of it, coordinate time is mathematically a more comfortable concept with which to deal. Professor Frank Meyer, of the Dept. of Physics at the University of Wisconsin, presently distributes a quarterly newsletter3 to scientists interested in Larson’s new theory which explores perplexing questions in physical theory using Larson’s approach. I was interested in testing Larson’s theory and made extensive calculations using his postulate. I became convinced that his theory is indeed a workable unified field theory. If you are personally interested in checking this theory for yourself, I recommend obtaining his work and checking it as I did.4

I had been pondering several interesting statements communicated through contactees by the alleged UFO source prior to discovering Larson’s work in the early ‘60s. Although the people who had received these communications knew nothing of the problems of modern physics, they were getting information which apparently was quite central to physical theory: first, they suggested that the problem with our science was that it did not recognize enough dimensions. Second, they stated that light does not move; light is. Larson’s theory posits six dimensions instead of the customary four, and finds the pure field, which Einstein believed would represent matter, to move outward from all points in space at unit velocity, or the velocity of light. Photons are created due to a vibratory displacement in space-time, the fabric of the field. Furthermore, the contactees were saying that consciousness creates vibration, this vibration being light. The vibratory displacements of space-time in Larson’s theory are the first physical manifestation, which is the photon or light. According to the UFO contacts, the UFOs lower their vibrations in order to enter our skies. The entire physical universe postulated by Larson is dependent on the rate of vibration and quantized rotations of the pure field of space-time.

The contactees were suggesting that time is not what we think it is. Larson suggests the same thing. The UFOs were said to move in time as we move in space. This would be entirely normal in Larson’s time-space portion of the universe.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the contactees were receiving the message that the creation is simple, all one thing. Larson’s theory is a mathematical statement of this unity.

The New Science Advocates is a group of scientists and philosophers currently promoting Larson’s theory. In a recent news release, they had this to say about Larson’s Reciprocal System of theory:

No previous theory comes anywhere near being a general theory in the true sense of the term. None of them is applicable to more than a relatively small part of physical science, and none is derived entirely from premises of a general nature. Everyone finds it necessary to make many assumptions specifically applicable to its restricted field of coverage. A theory of atomic structure makes assumptions about matter and about its basic forms; a theory of electrical phenomena makes assumptions about electricity and electric charges; a theory of quasars makes assumptions about quasars and about the radiation through which these objects make themselves known; and so on. Furthermore, all of these theories make use of a host of additional assumptions of a more general character that are embodied in the basic laws and principles of physics. But now we have a theory that makes no assumptions at all, other than those contained in the fundamental postulates as to the properties of space and time which define the theory. All conclusions, including those with respect to the basic physical laws and principles, are derived solely by deduction from those postulates, without invoking the aid of any supplementary or subsidiary assumptions, and without introducing anything from experience.

In our opinion, this totally unprecedented accomplishment is sufficient in itself to justify the most serious and painstaking study of the new theoretical structure ...

An interesting extension of Larson’s work is a conjecture which I have entertained that a more informed society might index events spatially rather than temporally. When IS talks with Puharich about time, it would seem that they do this, for they say that a certain event was planned hundreds of light-years ago.

The Metal-Bending Children

When Uri Geller performs on TV, mentally bending metal and fixing clocks, there are often many kids who try to duplicate Uri’s “tricks.” Sometimes the kids succeed. The number of children that can cause bends and breaks in metals and other materials just by wanting the break or bend to occur is increasing daily. John Taylor, professor of mathematics at Kings College, reports in his excellent book, SUPERMINDS, on the extensive tests run in England on several of these gifted children.

What physicists have never before considered worth investigating is now increasing at a very rapid rate. Action at a distance, apparently as a result of some type of mental activity, seems repeatedly the observed effect. If the Gellerizing children continue to increase in numbers and ability, the 1980’s will see such fantasies of TV as MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, I DREAM OF JEANNIE, and BEWITCHED becoming a part of reality.

So far, most of the ability shown by these children is in the area of bending and breaking materials. But there is some indication that they, like Geller and Matthew Manning, will develop other abilities as well.

With controlled, repeatable experiments like those conducted by Taylor and by the Stanford Research Institute in the United States, we begin to have good, solid data available for study. Gradually we are moving into a position from which we can begin to create a science of “magic,” for that which has been called magic through the ages is now being performed at an ever-increasing rate, primarily by children. In the future, we may even find this “magic” added to the curriculum of the sciences at universities. In point of fact, the present disciplines of chemistry, physics, etc., are still basically “magic” to us, since we are still in the position of having no ultimate explanation of causality.

Age Regression Hypnosis

During the past twenty years I have done several hundred age regressions, working with subjects from various walks of life. With very few exceptions, I have discovered that the reasonably good hypnotic subject can be helped to remember experiences which occurred before his or her birthdate into this present life. The large majority of these people remember lives which occurred prior to this life but identifiable as being in the recent historical past. I have had people who are in this life quite ignorant of a certain foreign language, who under hypnosis, while re-experiencing moments of a previous life, are able to speak that foreign tongue.

While there is no way to prove the theory of reincarnation, it is interesting to note that many researchers besides myself have reported many thousands of instances of these hypnotic regressions to previous lives. As one examines the mass of data which these regressions provide, one cannot help but note that the theory of reincarnation is a more substantively satisfactory explanation than some alternate theories, which attempt to be conservative and scientifically “safe.”

Such latter explanations of the data of a good age regression case take each confirmed fact gained in the hypnotic session and say, “The subject could conceivably have known this another way. The subject could be using telepathy. The subject could be clairvoyant.” The explanations offered in this way strike me rather as an instance of going around Robin Hood’s barn, when there is a broad and well-trodden path right through the forest. I say well-trodden, because three-quarters of the world’s population ascribe to religions which include reincarnation within their structure of religious beliefs.


The medium, a person who is able to act as a link with discarnate entities, is probably the most controversial of the common psychic types. I consider a good working knowledge of mediumship and its pitfalls essential to the study of alleged telepathic UFO contactees. As I have stated, there seem to be many planes or densities of existence, therefore it is not always possible to be sure of the source of a telepathic contact. A person visiting a medium for the purpose of communication with discarnate Uncle Herman may actually contact a residual portion of Uncle Herman’s consciousness, another entity claiming to be Uncle Herman, or in many cases the subconscious of the medium. I am certain that many mediums and UFO contactees never intend fraud, and do not themselves realize the fraudulent nature of what they “telepathically” receive. The dedicated researcher will attempt to achieve an attitude of unbiased discrimination, listening to everything with suspended disbelief, yet reserving final judgment until his data is ponderous in quantity and correlations are extensive.

(Real Magic, Not Prestidigitation)

W. E. Butler defines magic as “the art of effecting changes in consciousness at will.” Generally, events are thought of as magical if they defy all rational or “scientific” attempts to explain them. As a consequence, as our scientific philosophy has expanded our inclination to view natural events as magical has shrunk. We no longer consider thunderstorms to be of magical significance, because we know the physical mechanics which create the thunderstorm.

That is, we think we do. What we have really done with thunderstorms is to find our way back to the more basic puzzle of electrostatics.

Born into this world, we wake up in our crib and very slowly become aware of our surroundings. As long as these surrounding, these conditions of existence, remain the same, we are satisfied to call our environment “normal” reserving the label of “paranormal” for that which is contrary to the great body of our experience. That is, as long as we drop a stone and it continues to fall rather than float in air, we will accept that as the natural event and see a floating-in-air object that looks as though it should fall as supernatural.

It is a difficult thing to do, but try to imagine for a minute a state of total lack of experience with this world. Try to look at it as if for the first time. Without labeling them, look at the people, the animals, the birds and insects; at foliage and sky. Feel the wonder creeping in. Now, in your mind, back off from the surface of the planet Earth and see it as a totality, a ball in space with a thin cloak of swirling air around it. You and the billions of others who live on Earth stand on its surface, the soles of your feet pointing inward, towards the center of the ball; your heads pointing outward, towards space. As you hold this in your mind, perhaps magic seems not so limited on our “normal” world. I believe that in truth, we have only a tiny sliver of understanding of reality, if indeed we have any at all. When a child stares at a spoon and it curls up, or breaks, we somehow find this more amazing than the magic of our daily experience. Perhaps these “magical” new events are clues to the real nature of man.

The Mechanisms of Real Magic

Motion in our physical world is usually the result of a potential energy such as gravitational, chemical, or electrical. The magician also works with potential energies, within consciousness, in order to create motion or displacement in mind. The magician works with potentials in consciousness similar to the physical activity of storing electrical charges in a battery. Just as a battery has a positive and a negative pole, so does consciousness. Many call this positive-negative polarity good and evil. There is ample evidence that it is possible to create a large potential through the manipulation of consciousness, whether it is done by intentional magical manipulation or by political rhetoric or religious exhortation.

I would suggest that consciousness is more fundamental than physical matter. I find it hard to see even the possibility of physical matter creating consciousness. The magician, then, is working with the more fundamental of energy fields, to attain a more fundamental objective.

The objective of the magician is to obtain predictive and manipulative control of consciousness. The white magician clearly defines for himself the limits of this manipulation of consciousness: his objective is the development of his own consciousness. The black magician is less careful about what consciousness he wishes to be able to manipulate, and thus becomes interested in the “evil” aspects of control over others’ consciousness.

The white magician wants to develop his consciousness, for he knows that it is the only thing he will be able to carry with him through the physical death. His attitude towards this physical life is that its one purpose is to provide him with the catalytic effects of physical experience for use in the development of his thinking. He sees himself as a micro-consciousness dwelling within macro-consciousness, and attempts to consciously unite himself with all that there is, so that the microcosm is one with the macrocosm. To put it another way, he is attempting to achieve realization of union with his creator. The key to this attempt is control of consciousness. The more closely the magician approaches this goal of realized oneness with the creation, the more able he is to do seemingly magical things. He is tuning his mind to that of the Creator, and thereby displaying some of the abilities of creation.

The black magician has the reciprocal orientation in that he is attempting to achieve separation in mind rather than unification. He glorifies his own individuality and gains power by separating himself from all of creation and then declaring himself its master. Both white and black magical attitudes and practices are able to build high potentials in the field of consciousness, quite analogous to the creating of potential difference in electrical fields with positive and negative charges. Once a sufficient charge of consciousness has been stored, it may be used to create motion or change in consciousness, which in turn effects the physical world for what we call good or evil.

Because the essence of man is his consciousness, the true nature of man is perforce magical. All men have infinite potential to create whatever changes they may desire. But at present, man on Earth seems lacking in the knowledge of his true nature and the abilities of his mind. Most men fluctuate as a matter of daily habit between slightly good and slightly evil, building up a slight potential in one direction and discharging it, then swinging back a bit the other way. This puts him down in a “potential well” of thought. Since he is not polarizing steadily in either direction, he can do no magic. Those sufficiently polarized-like Jesus the Christ-perform this “magic” with no difficulty. Everyone does have the innate ability to do such magic. The beginning of the Gospel according to John in the Holy Bible contains this statement:

The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world ... to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

I am not in any way suggesting that the unity with God, or Creator, or the Christ, is only valid when approached through the doctrines of any particular religion, but the concept is clearly stated here.

When Jesus told his Disciples: “These things and more shall you do,” he intended that those who heard those words polarize their consciousness until they regained the natural abilities which we presently call miraculous.

Many of the UFO sources indicate that they feel that man on Earth has trouble recognizing in many instances the difference between positive and negative thought, and for that reason is vacillating between the two.

There are lots of people who have heard about or read a little of the UFO contactee literature, who dismiss it as being a series of ridiculous fantasies, like the French peasants reporting stones falling from the sky.

If a handful of people reported contact instead of thousands, and if the communications they reported varied widely in content instead of matching, then there would be a much poorer case for UFO contact. I have worked with teenagers who had no previous background at all in UFO research or literature who, after a very short training period were able to receive, in a telepathic manner, hours of communications of the exact type reported by UFO contactees. Comparison of this information with information obtained by other widely separated contactee sources over the past 20 years always results in the same conclusion: that the basic message content, no matter where or who the receiver was, is the same. Earlier I spoke of the UFO contactee picture as a kind of puzzle, and a fairly big one at that. Some of the pieces of this puzzle seem silly or even crazy when one first picks them up, but carefully pieced together, these contactee stories begin to form a recognizable pattern of UFO motive. I think this pattern is not easily recognized or understood for the same reason that Gellerized spoons are hard to accept, there is very little previous experience on which to base an analysis. But that the pattern exists is hard to deny. As ufologist Brad Steiger puts it:

For the past three years I have been conducting a serious study of certain contactees, whom I call “flying saucer missionaries,” and I have noted that a certain percentage of the information dispensed in their cosmic sermonettes has contained a good deal of accurate information and that certain predictions have been realized. In my opinion, many UFO researchers-and nearly all news media and orthodox scientists-have been too hasty in their assessments that the contactees’ messages are just so much nonsense and science-fiction-inspired pseudo-religious prattle. Although several of the contactees seem to parrot in a tedious manner a great amount of the same basic “message,” there may be important clues hidden for us in their fanciful distortions if only we were to work a bit harder to separate the cosmic wheat from the celestial chaff.

And long-time researcher, Professor J. H. Bruening of the University of Mississippi, has this to say about UFO phenomena, after studying it closely for 30 years:

UFO phenomena is a contrived paranormal event created for the benefit of the viewer with a specific stimulus content. This phenomena is a show-and-tell device precisely geared to the culture to which it is presented.

Note that all historical UFO sightings are always just slightly advanced for the viewers of the time. Medieval sightings were of a fully rigged sailing ship sailing along in the sky! The 1897 sightings looked like a Victorian science fiction book illustration and the crews were all reported as being dressed properly for 1890. Current sightings are “space ships” with astronauts as pilots dressed in space suits. Obviously neither a sailing ship fully rigged nor a Jules Verne ship could possibly travel through interplanetary space in those forms from another planet to the earth and back. They all were here in physical form to be sure and were reported as such, but they did not get here in that form by flying here.

This display is intentional and is a part of a controlled program of cultural diffusion of special forms of information into current earth civilizations. The information is, however, in coded form! It is not obvious at all but is mixed in with considerable “noise.” Not to be melodramatic but Toynbee has amply demonstrated that cultural advancement periodically is based on the productivity of a small number of creative people who are able to pick the signal out of the noise and come up with new conceptual patterns as described by Sorokin and Kroeber. It would appear that the last quarter of this century is such a time, and perhaps ... (the) ... Invisible College may be that group who can decode the signal and thereby extract the key information. I hope they can do this before the Russians do it. The coded data in fact contains considerable information in the fields of technology, culture, philosophy, religion and sociology. To paraphrase McLuhan the phenomena is the message. The whole pattern must be considered as a total thing and not examined in a Spencerian fashion. If a piecemeal approach is used the total pattern will be lost with a resulting loss of information.

The rest of the model (of the UFO phenomena’s meaning) is built around the proposals put forward as early as 1947 by the discussants in the Mark Probert group in California. I keep coming back to these ideas because they simply do in fact explain details of the UFO phenomena. (See THE COMING OF THE GUARDIANS, SEANCE REPORTS AND TRANSCRIPTS 1945-1960, ROUND ROBIN 1950-1960, Vista, Ca., The Borderland Science Research Association.)

This model is also found scattered around in a large part of published UFO data, especially in contactee reports, most of which seem to be true. The ones I have investigated do have a ring of truth about them. Now, the Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI) model which is an extrapolation of our civilization fails to account for either paranormal phenomena or for the reported engineering designs, while the continuous violation of the known laws of physics and aerodynamics eliminates the simple mechanical model of UFOs. The obvious limitations imposed on the use of a space vehicle of a mechanical sort by the sheer distance between solar systems again excludes the jet or ion-driven space ship as a possible model.

The model that does appear to fit the data is, incredibly enough, the one which is constructed around the concept of a multidimensional universe which contains technically advanced civilizations some of which have reached the capability of multidimensional travel. This travel is a space-time phenomenon where a change of frequency is equivalent to an instant change in location; i.e., they dematerialize “there” and materialize “here.” Once here the ship or vehicle operates as a physical object in our dimension. It can violate the laws of physics by partially dematerializing. Its physical appearance is determined by its mission, not by any engineering demands, and the crew may appear either as themselves or as manifesting a contrived appearance, again depending on the mission.

It would appear that what is considered as a change in frequency is that matter comprising other dimensions varies from our matter in that the distance from the electron shells to the nucleus is much lesser there than here. In a sense their matter is more “dense” than our matter is, so they expand their matter in order to materialize here and must hold it in this abnormal state in order to remain here. To return to their place they relax their energy field and immediately return. This difference in matter allows our mutual dimensions to normally coexist without interference except in some rare cases where a sort of splash-over takes place during which people and objects may appear or disappear suddenly.

The general cultural impact of the UFO phenomena through its persistent and deliberate performances has been to create a knowledge revolution of a dramatic sort in the general population. This gives the creative minority a really favorable social climate in which to work. In a sense the phenomena have created a demand for new ideas-now someone has to come up with them.

I have worked these ideas out in considerable detail and the more the concept is expanded the more it fits. You know the real problem in theory construction is timidity. We are all too often reluctant to move boldly into new domains and thus are unable to come to grips with intellectually explosive phenomena.

What I am saying, then, is that the UFO phenomena are forming a pattern, the heart of which is a structure of being and thinking, or a philosophy, which can begin now to be put together. The contactee messages especially gives important clues toward the construction of this philosophy. These cosmic sermonettes, as Steiger terms them, do yield a harvest: there is “cosmic wheat” among the “celestial chaff.”


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