For June, 1978
THE WORLD .................................................................................................. 2
MEXICO'S BAFFLING OLMECS ................................................................................. 3
SCIENTISTS LOOK AT ESP ........................................................................................ 5
book reviews ............................................................................................................ 8
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING .................................................................................... 9
Bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 10
CLASSIFIED DEPARTMENT ....................................................................................... 11
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EDITOR ........................................................................................... Dr.
DANIEL W. FRY
asst. editor ........................................................................... kerttu
circulation manager ........................................................... edna
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Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
There are many of the simple truths of life which
require periodic restatement and explanation if they are to serve their
purpose. We attempt to bring, at least the more important of these to the
attention of our readers at least once in each decade.
Most of the members of those organizations which are
devoted to the improvement of Man's lot, and to the uplifting of his
consciousness, occasionally experience a rather depressing sense of futility
and in-adequacy. it seems that their plans and their work are all to no avail
in achieving their goals. They become convinced that the apathy and the inertia
of the world is so tremendous that no individual or group can bring about any
change or have any effect upon its thinking.
I have often wondered how many of these people have ever
watched a pair of tug boats tow a giant ocean liner out of the harbor. When the
tiny tugs come chugging up to the mammoth bulk of the liner, they appear almost
as two flies approaching an elephant. It seems very conceited of the two tugs
to think that they could ever move such a tremendous mass.
When the towing lines have been drawn into place, foam
begins to spurt from the stern of each of the tugs as their tiny propellers
the water. The observer watches the ship for what
seems a long time, and nothing happens. Just as he is coming to the conclusion
that the effort is hopeless however, his eyes detect a minute and almost
indistinguishable motion. The great ship is actually beginning to move! As the
tug's engines continue to labor, the ship, slowly but surely, gathers speed and
is eventually escorted out of the harbor to the open sea, where its own giant
engines may safely be put to work and the ship is soon moving safely and
rapidly toward its distant port.
The task of Understanding is much the same. The
impatient re-former who is determined to change the world at a single stroke,
comes charging headlong against the inertia and apathy of that world, and
receives only a bruised head in payment for his efforts. The more impatient and
emotional of today's youth could well take a lesson from the tug boat, for it
is not the impact of violence, but rather the patient, but constant and
unyielding tug which will move the world and mould the destiny of man.
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MEXICO'S BAFFLING OLMECS
Mexico's shadowy archeological past holds many
perplexing and un-solved mysteries. Ancient civilizations, Toltec, Mixtec,
Aztec and Maya, have all left monumental and tangible evidence of their history
Scattered throughout the Republic are the colossal
remnants of their vast and complex empires. At Tula, huge stone monoliths,
reminiscent of Babylonian sculpture, stand in mute splendor. In Yucatan and the
highlands of central Mexico, huge pyramids, some partially restored, dot the
Much is known of these sometimes savage Indians - their
customs, laws and convoluted religious ceremonies. Archeologists, working
patiently, have given remarkably complete histories of the rise of the Middle
American nations, with but one exception.
In the murky depths of Mexico's rich history a
civilization of extra-ordinary talent has left tantalizing reminders of its
The Olmecs, Mexico's giants of the pre-classic age,
are an enigma. Flourishing and expanding throughout Eastern and Central Mexico,
these fantastic hewers of stone were contemporary with Rames II, the conquests
of Alexander the Great and the birth of Christ.
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Their artifacts, skillfully rendered in hard stone,
have shaken the conventional archeological theory of simultaneous development.
Briefly stated, it is this: Given time and similar environmental climates,
widely separated peoples will evolve similar art, religious and architectural
forms without concourse with their neighbors. The classic cited ex-ample of
this is the pyramid. Found in many parts of the world, and most spectacularly
in Egypt and Mexico, the pyramid is the simplest way to build a tall structure.
A large solid base, tapering to a point, is a basic primitive engineering
This theory, long the keystone of archeological
tenant, stands on somewhat shaky ground. The Olmecs, their origin unknown, have
un-leashed an archeological earthquake.
The Olmecs may have been in direct contact with Africa.
This heretical theory, long suspected and privately
discussed, has gained serious support. Olmec art is strikingly African in
appearance. The giant stone heads of La Venta, Vera Cruz, have marked Negroid
characteristics. The Mezcala sculpture of the Mixtla region has counterparts
that are being produced to this day in Ghana and the Republic of the Congo.
Simultaneous development or the first glimmer of what
archeologists have long suspected? The Middle Americas may have been the
crossroads of the Ancient World.
The magnificent Inca remains of Machu Picchu, Peru,
have given almost indisputable evidence of trade between the Orient and South
Middle American legends of a bearded white god whose
promised return had been predicted by Aztec astrologers, led to the downfall of
that warlike nation. Through one of the ironies of fate the predicted year of
return was 1519.
A bearded white man, certainly less than god-like,
arrived in 1519. It was Hernan Cortez. In an excess of religious zeal, monks
who followed Cortez burned the great Mayan library of Mani, and in so doing,
ended whatever hope scholars may have had of tracing the origin of the Middle
American races. With the burned bark codices have gone the answer as to the
origins of the puzzling Olmecs.
Speculation that the Olmecs may have been a colony of
the far roving Phoenicians has yet to be proved. Disputed Phoenician artifacts.
have been found throughout the western hemisphere,
with perhaps the strangest found in the most unlikely place - New Mexico!
Archeologists have, over the years, found more and more evidence that peoples
of the ancient world were not the isolated and unknowing creatures that they
were once believed to be. Regular concourse between the advanced civilizations
of Asia, Europe and Africa seems to have been an established, and flourishing,
Perhaps the most enlightening and encouraging aspect
of this problematical interchange is the fact that no epic struggles with
"outsiders" a. o found in middle American legend.
The Mexican government, fully cognizant of its rich
historical past, is making every effort to untangle the knotted threads of
early development. The profusion of archeological ruins makes a thorough study
a laborious and time consuming effort.
Until such time as their efforts uncover the secrets
of the Olmecs, we are left to speculate. Just as the pyramids were built,
patient stone on patient stone, so the story of these mysterious peoples comes
to light. ` It is hoped that it will prove that the interchanges of
the ancient world were done amicably. Even more hopefully, these cultural swaps
may have been done with the most important element in the forefront. They may
have been done with understanding.
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FOR YEARS scientists and others have been debating on
the merits of ESP. The debate isn't conclusive. Perception has not been
deter-mined. Tests have been ephemeral and mystifying as ever. No one is
ashamed to say they believe such a thing exists.
This observation comes from an authority on the poser.
In other words, Dr. Thelma S. Moss, assistant professor of medical psychology, USCA
school of medicine. She was responsible recently for gathering scientists and
schools to participate in a weekend symposium on ESP, sponsored by USCA's
Specialists in parapsychology, psychiatry and related
areas posed this fascinating question: Is telepathy evident in dreams? Can a
person predict a specific event? Can thought influence the growth of plants and
the healing of wounds?
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More than 600 persons in the audience, the majority of
whom admitted (by a show of hands) having experienced some form of ESP learned
that science is dealing seriously with the subject of haunted houses,
clairvoyance, telepathy and psychokinesis and is attempting to harness the
One of the stumbling blocks is that in order for ESP
to be brought to a level of practical application, it must be
laboratory-controlled and must fall into an ordered, accepted system of
In a series of experiments on the biological effects
of the "laying on of hands" in plants and animals, Dr. Bernard Grad,
a professor at McGill University in Canada, has determined that emotional
states can influence the materials you handle.
"If you think about it," he reflects,
"this sort of thing puts a tremendous responsibility on all of us on the
handling of children, on therapists in the handling of patients and even on the
housewife who thinks in anger of her husband while she is fixing his meals; she
might leave him with ulcers," he added in effect.
A report by Dr. Jule Eisenbud of the University of Colorado
de-scribed a transatlantic experiment with Gerald Croiset, the Dutch
clairvoyant. He related that Croiset was able to describe on January 6, 1969, the physical attributes and trivial happenings in the lives of two
subjects who were chosen at random from an audience of 100 persons at an
experiment in Denver on Jan. 23, 1969. He brought out a number of unknown
Could Croiset have prophesied the presence of those
persons at the meeting? Could they have been drawn to the meeting by some inexplicable
Dr. Thelma Moss, whose background includes a career in
acting and playwriting, described in detail six laboratory-controlled
experiments she conducted in ESP. One of her findings, contrary to most
recorded case histories, is that there's no difference between closely related
and nonrelated persons in successful thought transmissions and receptions.
She admits "this may be only a peculiarity of my
Dr. Moss compares experimenting and studying ESP to
studying volcanoes. First you find a volcano like the geyser Old Faithful which
gushes away at regular intervals. But, then, there are
very few Old Faithfuls in psychical research."
During a conference recess, Dr. Moss was asked what
makes humans more receptive or gifted to ESP. The symposium chairman said
"This is where all the research is now, but we still don't have all the
Is ESP inherited? Dr. Moss does not have a specific
answer but admits it does seem to run in families who have been known to be
receptive to thought transference.
Age has no bearing. Children very often experience
ESP. Women like to talk more about ESP phenomena than men, but men make equally
good transmitters and receivers. Rapport could be ESP.
Spiritual healing is one aspect of ESP which Dr. Moss
feels goes beyond the realm of mystical experience, of being in touch with the
universal energy source.
Is there any relevancy in the claim that some people
see visions of saints or happenings.
"I think it is very relevant," said Dr.
Moss. "I think it had to do with the type of thing persons like Croiset
experience. They see what-ever information they are getting in their own symbology.
Over a period of time and through repetition of this symbology they are able to
Can one equate the gifts of ESP with the sixth
sense-intuition more or less? "No. I think it's more like the seventh,
eighth or ninth sense. Probably everyone has it but it's like playing the
piano. Most everyone can play "chopsticks" but you have to work at it
to play a symphony," she maintains at length.
Are there any scientific applications of ESP?
"Absolutely not," she said. ESP is at the stage that electricity was
when Michael Faraday was experimenting idly with coils and electro-magnetic
bars. People were forever asking him what he was doing and he didn't know
One accepted fact is that thought knows no barriers-it
can transcend time, space and personality-and its manifestations are being
studied throughout the world.
Dr. Moss is of the undivided opinion that the best
over-all center of study in the United States today is the University of Virginia's
Division of Parapsychology. It is headed by Dr. Ian Stevenson, whose chief area
of study is reincarnation and associated studies.
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animals communicate. But we are learning fast and
discovering much that is fascinating about the way nonhuman ears report to
There are, in fact, many languages of animals, often
within a single species. Not all lions or jungle fowl or warthogs roar or
cackle or grunt exactly alike. There are differences in rendering, in pitch,
and in style that correspond closely to the difference in various languages and
dialects among human beings.
For instance, wild crows and herring gulls attract,
warn, threaten, or pass the time of day with their own kind by sounds that
correspond to a simple language. Yet such sounds are understood only by birds
reared in the same area.
We know for certain so far that the brain of any
animal heeds only a narrow selection of the sounds its ears pick up. Yet
whether these sounds have any meaning depends on both inborn, instinctive
reactions and on the creature's experience of the world.
Formerly, it was thought that animals talked only by
instinct. Now we know they learn a lot of their particular language much as
human babies pick up words and sentences by listening to their parents. And
that opens up whole new realms of research, impossible to imagine without
accepting the animal language theory.
Daily Courier, Grants Pass, Ore., May 5, 1970
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI)-Some enterprising businessmen have
marked the age of Aquarius to the electronic era and are getting rich casting
horoscopes on computers.
Computerized horoscope companies-with names like Astroflash,
Zodiatronics and Time Pattners Research-have appeared in a dozen major U. S.
Astrology's mass of figures, computations and formulae
are perfectly suited for the meticulous logic of the computer.
"Astrology is based on solid scientific
facts-astronomical and mathematical data," explains Jean-Pierre Bacarat, a
former San Francisco computer consultant cashing in on the boom with his own
"Man has been studying the heavens for 3,000 years.
So today we have a wealth of data to work with," he said in an interview.
"With scientific tools such as computers it's easier to calculate
A skilled astrologer must often spend days in detailed
work to cast a single accurate horoscope. But Bacarat's leased IBM 360-50 and
Stromberg-Carlson graphics computer turn out more than 100 each week and are
capable of handling many times that number.
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Revelation for the New Age
(Revelation for the New Age, Anthony- Brooke,
Regency Press, 43 New Oxford St., London W. C. 1 ; $2.00)
Anthony Brooke of England, the author, is a world
traveler and lecturer who has wide contacts with religious, secular and
political leaders, with scientists, educators and specialists of various kinds,
as well as with the "ordinary man." While in Switzerland in 1951 he
experienced a spiritual illumination which underlies his dedication to and
vision of man's future. Revelation for the New Age, by popular request, is a compilation
of seven lectures and papers which present the philosophy that a "dramatic
breakthrough of spiritual values will sweep us all into a world-wide
cooperative community, and (that) these higher values, through the changed
consciousness of man, will rule the world" of the future.
If you have not had the privilege of hearing this
inspiring, enlightening speaker, here is your opportunity to learn of Anthony
Brooke's thesis of the nuclear, evolutionary spiritual breakthrough which is
already heralding the coming New Age. If you have heard his lectures, here is
your opportunity for an in-depth review and study of the rev-elations for the
future given through psychical and spiritual research, both scriptural and
You will be introduced to personalities who already
serve, in various
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parts of the world, as beacons of light for the New
Age: Dr. Sun Myung Moon of Korea; Pierre Feilhard de Chardin (The Phenoniena of
Man); Sri Aurobindo (The Ideal of Humanity) : and many others. You will , learn
of the efforts of organizations such as the Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship,
Society for Psychical Research, the Commonwealth of World Citizens, the
Universal Link Foundation, to list but a few, which work towards unity, and the
understanding of man in his total essence.
Interested in the Second Coming of Christ Jesus, in
the inner and outer manifests ion? In psychic surgery, in UFOs as relation to
this spiritual breakthrough? In the "translation" of Annalee Skarin
and its significance? All these subjects are covered, including the story of
our own Dr. Daniel W. Fry. In many instances names and addresses for further
contact are given.
The 92 pages of this volume will take time and thought
to fully appreciate and assimilate. But, as you read and study the revelations
offered by Anthony Brooke, you may become convinced of the need for your own
transformation, and agree that "There is no doubt that humanity will
triumph. For ourselves, as individual human beings, the question is whether and
in what degree we find ourselves receptive to the cosmic flow of power-the
cosmic evolution-that is upon us, and whether and to what degree we concern
ourselves with preparation for the transformation. Nothing else matters."
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(From a Palm Sunday Service, Unitarian. Universalist Church,
Binghamton, New York)
"We can rejoice I We can find cause for hope if
we put our ear to the ground; if we listen to the message of our youth who say
to us: get down to fundamentals; there must be CHANGE, fundamental change.
Margaret Mead, in the Saturday Review, points out why
we must learn from youth.
"Today, the dissident young discover very rapidly
that the old solutions are no longer possible.. . These young dissidents
realize the critical need for immediate world action on problems that effect
whole world. What they want is, in some way to begin
all over again. They are ready to make way for something new by a kind of social
bulldozing. . . Awareness of the reality of the crisis and the sense the young
have that their elders do not understand the modern world, be-cause they do not
understand their children, has produced a kind of rebellion in which planned
reformation of the present system is almost inconceivable.
"Nevertheless, those who have no power also have
no routes to power except through those against whom they are rebelling. In the
end, it was men who gave the vote to women; and it will be the House of Lords
that votes to abolish the House of Lords-as also, in the final analysis,
nations will act to limit national sovereignty. Effective, rapid evolutionary
change, in which no one is guillotined or forced into exile, depends on the
cooperation of a large number of those in power with the dispossed who are
"It is the adults, who still believe that there
is a safe and socially approved road to a kind of life they have not
experienced, who react with the greatest anger and bitterness to the discovery
that what they had hoped for no longer exists for their children. . .
"Here we can take a cue from the young who seem
to want instant utopias. They say the future is now. This seems unreasonable
and impetuous, and in some of the demands they make it is unrealizable in
concrete detail; but here again I think, they give us the way to reshape our
For those of you who tremble, fear not, for the wheels
of change grind slowly in fact, even when the masses of youth are pounding on
the gates. Be grateful for their cries, for they may force us to listen and to
take off our blinkers for a real look at what we and our fore-fathers have
wrought. This is our hope; this is our salvation; to ex-amine each problem in
its most fundamental essence; to start over from the beginning. This is the
philosophy which underlies all the clothes-taking off, all the long, unkempt
hair, the ragged clothes, the bare feet-all that revolts those of us who take
two showers a day and never let our heels get run down. Don't let us be thrown
by the surface manifestations of the message. You need not grow a beard nor
come to church barefoot to understand you need only be willing to realize that
real solutions don't result from surface reform; lasting solutions begin at
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Closed On Fridays
Lack of attendance, unfortunately, makes it advisable
to close the Merlin Understanding Library for the present on Friday evenings.
The Library will continue to be open to the public on Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9 and on Saturdays 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
We encourage those in the area to come browse through
our large and varied selection of books, both orthodox and New Age.
A reader writes us: "I note that your book
reviewer has referred to the author of BREAKTHROUGH TO CREATIVITY as a man. Dr.
Shafica Karagula is a woman, a quite remarkable woman!" Our apologies to
Dr. Karagulia, and our thanks to our reader for noting the error.
Some interesting programs have recently been offered
by our Under-standing Units.
In April, at the new International Cultural Center of
Understanding, Merlin Unit 1 offered a program on Hatha Yoga. A young couple,
Jim and Pam Fernandez, gave a talk and demonstration, with audience
participation in the Yoga exercises.
In May the Merlin Unit featured Mrs. Robert Portus, a Graphanalyst,
in a talk (with guidelines) on Hand Writing Analysis. Emphasis was placed on
our ability to change ourselves by concentrated exercise to change our
The San Francisco Unit 11 in April presented Daniel Bleise,
D.D. in a lecture on "Parapsychology in Scripture," followed by a
Question and Answer period.
Offered at the April meeting of Unit 15 of Inglewood,
Calif., was discussion of the URANTIA BOOK by Miss Georgia Gecht. The lecture
was entitled: "Cosmography, Cosmology and Cosmogeny."
If you are not already on the mailing list of these
Units, write to Merlin and we shall arrange for you to receive lecture notices.
International Director Arrives in Merlin
We are pleased to announce that on April 18th, Bishop Imeh
Emmanuel, our International Director from Nigeria, arrived in Merlin. The
Bishop is a soft-spoken young man of the Ibibio tribe of Biafra, who heads two
churches in Lagos, Nigeria. As he speaks fluent English we enjoyed our visits
with him for the two weeks he spent in Merlin before going to California and Arizona.
Bishop Emmanuel will return to Merlin to participate in the June Dedication and
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