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are not of earth.
Somewhere in the dusty archives of philosophy, there is an
old but seldom told tale of a minister who had been appointed to a newly formed
church. He came to the church with a glowing reputation for sound and appealing
sermons, and his first one for the new congregation seemed to fulfill all
expectations. A bit of wonder developed among the congregation, however, when,
on the second Sunday, the Minister delivered exactly the same sermon as in the
previous week. When the third Sunday came and he gave the same sermon for the
third time, several members of the church complained to one of the Deacons.
"It was a wonderful sermon the first time," they said, "and not
too bad the second time, but the third time was just too much! Can it be that
it is the only sermon he knows? If so we had better be looking for a new
When the Deacon reported the complaints to the minister,
he replied, "Don't worry about it, I'll explain everything from the pulpit
next Sunday." There was considerable curiosity among the Deacons as well
as the church members as to what possible explanation the minister could have,
and the coming Sunday was awaited with some impatience. When it arrived, the
minister took the pulpit and explained in these words-"Friends and Church
members, it has come to my attention that some of you have complained about my
giving the same sermon three times. You
have said that you were tired of that sermon, and would
like to go on to something else. Let me assure you, therefore, that I am just
as tired of that sermon as you are, and I would very much like to go on to
something else. Consequently, the very moment that I can see any evidence that
you have taken the first sermon to heart and begun to practice it, I will be
most happy to go on to the next. Unfortunately, I have not yet seen any such
evidence and so, whether I like it or not, and whether you like it or not, I
will have to continue with the first!" Whereupon he proceeded to deliver
the same sermon for the fourth time.
The story does not say how long the persistent minister
remained with his congregation, or whether its members ever began to practice
the advice given in his sermon, but it does illustrate a point that is seldom
Upon several occasions, your editor has heard some
otherwise knowledgeable person say that "Christianity Has Failed."
Each time he hears this statement, he wonders how it can have failed when it
has never been tried? It is true that millions of people throughout the world
now pay lip service to the name of Christianity. Huge and ornate churches and
cathedrals are built at tremendous cost in money and labor so that people can
meet within their walls to worship the Christ and to listen to his advice; but
how many, after leaving the church, even think of adopting the advice they have
been given? "It is more blessed to give than to receive?" Perish the
thought! The merchant must give as little as possible and get as much as
possible if he is to be successful in business. "Blessed are the meek, for
they shall inherit the Earth?" Among the millions of aggressive go-getters
who are constantly grasping with both hands at everything not firmly nailed
down, who really believes that the meek will ever inherit any earth except the
six feet they get when they are buried?
"Love and forgive your enemies? Do good to those who
attack you?" Any military man who followed this advice would certainly be
tried for treason by a court-martial (as a number of P.O.Ws., lately returned
from North Vietnam, can testify).
For 2,000 years Christianity has been worshipped as an
ideal pattern of life, without any genuine and concerted attempt ever having
been made to follow it. Perhaps in another 2,000 years, if civilization lasts
that long, a small area of the Earth may be set aside as a testing ground for
the basic principles of Christianity. An area where all of the advice and
teachings of Jesus will be care-
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fully followed to determine their ultimate effect upon man
and his society.
Only after such a test will we really know the full
potential of Christianity as a philosophy and as a pattern of life.
Annual Amazement! Dry old seeds, seemingly dead and gone
for months in the ground, suddenly reappear in green shoots. Spring and summer
periods of the growth cycle bring me gifts in feelings about that spiral
miracle, renewal. (Last year's squash seeds, long since composted, spring up
unbidden in our vegetable garden, turning into a rich harvest.) I am surprised
by fresh, new life! And I wonder at my own place within such hard-to-believe but
Life manifests in varying forms but seems connected by
similarities. I feel that man, the seed, and the butterfly have much in common.
They tell me that in each there is earthy Growth; Waiting; Change.
"Of the Earth, before returning to the sky?! Is this
right?" we cry.
Look at the seed, the nut, the butterfly!
Into this life an awareness we bring
Within us are those sunrise wings! ...
Let us claim our winged heritage!
From our present dwelling-place, we cry out (a Latin root
of 'claim') in spiritual hunger, reaching for our real home. Thus we reclaim or
'call back' this Kingdom, and awaken to it being within us.
Being humble and of the ground before returning skyward,
man grows in awareness during physical life, the caterpillar crawls then
changes within his earthy house, and the seed absorbs and grows underground.
'Humble' is by nature an earthy word, coming from the Latin 'humus' and Greek
words for 'earth' and 'on the ground.' But 'ground' has a Greek root-'To touch
slightly'-that tells the whole story. That is, we aren't bound to our present
form or place, and the "end" of one form doesn't mean the end of the
life that fills it. Growing and changing, we therefore sprout into new skins,
yet always within our sky home. (It interested me that 'sky' is from the Latin
word 'skin'-or, that which surrounds, protects, i.e., the place within us that
we can turn to, and to which we are returning). Having come into this ground of
experience, there is much to
absorb, i.e., water, minerals, etc., and these earthy
periods of waiting involve activity of growing, inner changing. When I'm
waiting I'm not static, I'm expecting; I'm learning-a word from the Latin root
'to furrow,' involving the earthy, productive work of tilling the ground. We
gather strength, it seems, from this soil-experience to feed our inner shapes
that will eventually support us: i.e., the plant's cellular material enabling
it to grow skyward; the caterpillar’s inner resources changing the crawling
form into a creature of the sky; man's growing and joyful awareness of
Wholeness with himself, and all Life (i.e., God). These events have led me to
feel that where there is the least movement evident, the most wondrous
life-work is often taking place; even though the growth process can't be seen,
it's cycling us toward our 'sky.'
Man has abilities of the sky as well as of the earth-and I
think we're provided examples of this. Consider the butterfly's transforming
cycle. And the samaras, those winged maple seeds that some of us probably
played with as children. Did you ever see these flying seeds come spinning down
in their spiral flight? They're also called 'Keys.'
Watching these 'Keys,' I feel that we, too, are samaras.
We have wings to carry on our Life through changing forms. We grow within a
tree; we develop those waiting wings; then the wind guides us to soil for
further life-experience. To let go and trust Life (or God's guidance) is the
Key to our next step-to fly, carrying and expanding the inner Life that we
really are, to the next place on our journey home.
It has seemed to me that one of our "natural
laws" is that the first step of departure is the first step of return.
'Depart' also contains the essence of 'return.' We can realize our quality of
return, I think, when we remember that despite the apparent "always
for-ward" motion of our lives and the idea that progress leads away from
an original point, we're also taught that light travels in a circle; that
everything, were it sent into space, would pass itself in returning to the
place of origin. So as samaras, when we let go our tree we're not flying away
from our source but toward it in spiraling patterns of growth.
When I let go of my tree, my will, I can become aware of
Divine Guidance; of God's abundance and Love working in my Life; of His
"kingdom within" or that sky which contains us. Thus I actually gain,
with Divine timing, those things I let go, whether it be security, possessions,
loved ones, or life itself. As I consider these samaras
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flying into soil to grow and fly again, I find fresh
meaning in the words of Jesus: "to lose (i.e., release) your life is to
gain it," 'gain' in its French derivation meaning 'to till' or to work and
learn in the earth.
After pondering these earth-sky thoughts, I came upon a
verse I'd never seen before. It was exciting to read! To quote in part, "
. . . the seed which you sow, is not quickened, except it die ... that which
you sow is not that body that shall be, but the bare grain; it is sown a
natural body; it is raised a spiritual body ... And as we have borne the image
of the earthy we shall also bear the image of the heavenly ... Behold, I tell
you a mystery; we shall not all die, but we shall all be changed." You can
read the rest in 1 Corinthians, 35-38, 44, 51.
The altered consciousness as experienced under the
influence of alcohol, marijuana, and LSD is a consciousness stripped of
analytical judgment. If this is a break with reality, where does reality end
and fantasy begin?
The experience of LSD is likened to the plastic world of
the psychotic, but "psychotic" is just a name for minds that venture
be-yond the limits of accepted consciousness. Thus, by conventional standards
the strange marchers have drifted from reality.
Imagine an entire society of psychotics. The standards are
lost when manmade rationale is twisted into madman irrational, when
introspection is forgotten. When the "sane" judge the others
"insane," they use standards of reasoning-from their own reason-able
minds-to say that another human cannot function. Maybe we're all mad.
Sanity can be expressed only in degrees, because no one
can live without relief from responsibility. Day-dreaming and rationalization,
for example, are escapes. Sanity can't be defined as living in full accord with
reality (an impossibility), but the ability and stability to mesh your desires
and fantasies with the demands and restrictions of society.
Reality is grounded in the physical universe of three
stable dimensions and scientific principles. But science can't explain
phenomena like ESP, clairvoyance, telepathy, telekinesis, and other curiosities
that seem to contradict natural law. Someday the existence of parapsychological
powers may be proven-but in the meantime, do we
accept them as reality? They are neither factual nor
If the phenomena are disproven, their existence is called
unreal, and believers are called mad. But if the same phenomena later are
concretely proven, the irrational, "mad," believers are once again
declared sane; and the imaginary concept is proven fact. Buck Rogers had a
science fiction dreamland of jet-propulsion belts and spacecrafts that are now
common scientific actuality. Fantasy be-came reality.
Reality dwells on mathematical and scientific principles.
It is based on fact. But what is fact? It's intangible, because often it's
consumed in a cycle of hypothesis, revelation and proof, general acceptance,
and disproof. Ptolemy's geocentric theory stood for 13 centuries until a
16th-century astronomer proposed the heliocentric theory. Was Copernicus mad
for believing that 1300 years of mankind had been wrong? We can also question Columbus'
sanity in defying what had been known by the entire flat world. In both cases,
undisputed fact was later declared fictitious. Reality became fantasy.
To a blind man, reality is darkness; to a deaf man,
silence; but both are fooled by imperception. We all may be deceived-led from
full awareness-by decay or misuse of our powers, including perhaps the wisdom
to understand terms like God, Life, and Reality. We can see only a small
section of the light spectrum; similarly, we may perceive only a small portion
of existence itself.
If reality is undifferentiated existence, why do some men
find a world of joy while others rot in realities of despair and condemnation?
No simple definition of reality grasps the meaning and meaninglessness of every
man's world, with its confrontations, escapes, and fantasies.
Think of reality as a faceted, irregular object spinning
on a thread. Each man finds or creates his own reality, viewing its asymmetric,
changing form in his own way, finding it glassy and smooth or sharp and
cutting, and interpreting and forming his own life in terms of himself.
♦ ♦ ♦
Love serves, because It is the nature of Love to give, and
It is not concerned with, nor does it expect, acknowledgment of Its gifts . . .
Just try to become the Love that does not wish to possess, for then Love is
Godfrey Ray King
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(Edited from report in SALINA (Kansas) JOURNAL,
May 13, 1973)
The National Enquirer offered $50,000 to the first person
to prove a UFO came from outer space and was not a natural phenomenon. The
paper assembled what it termed a Blue Ribbon panel to examine reports of UFO
sightings. The panel agreed that none of the more than 1000 claims merited the
$50,000 award, but 4 panel members voted for the payment of $5,000 to the Durel
Johnson family for their report of the sighting near Delphos, Kansas, in
It happened thus: Ronnie Johnson, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Durel Johnson, saw an object shaped like a toadstool which hovered near the
barn. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson saw it from a greater distance. The object left
behind a mysterious "glowing ring" in the soil, which ring has thus
far defied explanation. The ring still glows faintly at times, and nothing will
grow in the soil except toadstools.
The panel awarded the $5,000 because the case supplied
"the most scientifically valuable evidence," even though it did not
prove UFOs to be extra-terrestrial. Dr. J. Allen Hynek explained the award.
"The panel chose the Johnson case because of the great number of
individual items of 'strangeness' involved, which remain unexplained even after
a long series of chemical, optical, electronic and other physical tests carried
out by 11 university and private laboratories.
"Among the facts that make the case of great
scientific interest are: the sighting of the luminous object itself,"
clearly observed by the Johnson family; and "the presence at the landing
site of a ring of soil of altered chemical composition, extending more than a
foot below the surface.
"This ring of soil and the bark of surrounding trees
glowed brightly for several days. Also, the ring of soil differed markedly from
its immediate surroundings, not only in chemical composition but in appearance.
"The soil was dried out and powdery. For more than a
year after the sighting, this soil would not accept water, nor could any-thing
be grown on it." Soil samples have stumped laboratory re-searchers, Dr.
Hynek said. Tests are still being conducted.
The panel told the National Enquirer that it has carefully
investigated the possibility of a hoax but the members are satisfied the
Delphos sighting was real.
The Johnsons, naturally, were pleased with the award.
It was another Good Convention despite the fact that the
wire services publicized it with ridicule and the program, as printed, in no
way resembled the actual presentations. Those who have travelled across country
each year to attend our gatherings assured us they would come again!
Even the weather cooperated. It had been a scorcher the
day be-fore the Convention opened, but the three-day event was most comfortable
under cloudy skies, with even a quick summer shower thrown in one day. Of
course, our guests thus missed some of the beauty of this scenic valley under
clear blue skies.
There was beauty within and without us. The Registration
room was adorned with lovely water color paintings, the tables with flowers and
smiling faces, naturally. Among the staff and guests were bright, beautiful
long gowns, adding a special grace to the setting. There was also music,
instrumental and vocal. Truly it was an atmosphere of Love and Light.
Though last minute cancellations by speakers made mock of
the printed schedules, and the substitutions covered different areas of
understanding than planned, still each was fed according to his needs - even
physically one noontime at the organic food, wheat grass demonstration. We
merely enjoyed the unplanned and unexpected.
The program, as it flowed from hour to hour, covered a
wide spectrum of subjects in keeping with our purpose "To Examine All
Things." There was science, mysticism, health, psychic phenomena,
spiritual attainment guides, akashic record demonstrations, and much, much
more. The sessions closed with the presentation of the movie, "Alan's
Message to Men of Earth."
The services of our enlightened speakers-literature,
readings, counseling, healing-were used by many for personal growth and
understanding. There was also the informal communication between the teachers
Thanks are due to all who made our Fourth Annual
Understanding Convention such a meaningful experience for so many. We invite
you, now, to be with us at the next Convention to share this unique, uplighting
He who learns and learns, and yet does not what he knows,
is like the man who plows and plows yet never sows.
SEPTEMBER 1973 9
My quarter is also Paris. Not the aristocratic district of
the diplomats around Etoile, not the noisy Larin district filled with students,
and neither the exciting district of the pseudo-artists and painters of St. Germain
de Pres. Right up in the north of Paris, where workers and middle-class people
live, I have erected my tent, near the famous cemetery Pere Lachaise.
Here no signs tell of famous names, only now and again a
small plate, always decorated with flowers, reminding us the more vividly of
the executions carried on by the German Gestapo, and giving us to understand
those whom the French cannot forget, in the memories of the past.
From the terrace of my cafe I can see the old Fort Romainville,
where, not so long ago, women were confined, and Drancy, where the Jews were
brought to await deportation to concentration camps. This is also history, the
living bitter history of my quarter.
Meagre grass grows on the old Glacis. Lovers have
stretched themselves into the grass, looking dreamily into a grey sky. Over all
women knitting and children enjoying their little freedom. The quietness and
peace is sometimes interrupted by the noise of an aeroplane circling over the
nearby town of Bourget.
Small pathways lead through meagre patches of dusty
meadows. At the feet, arises quite unexpectedly, a large town with factories,
gas tanks and high chimney stacks-the north of Paris with its industrial
plants. Dark smoke clouds lie over the whole district and envelope the town in
a dark haze. One feels the busy hurrying of thousands of industrious hands. In
the distance the Cathedrale of St. Denis, the channel of Ourq, the new large
churchyard of Pantin. On the horizon, the outline of Montmarte and Eiffelturm,
appearing in a haze, giving an impression of deep sadness.
The landscape before the gates of Paris reveals small
pathways of lilacs and low houses with small front gardens where still bloom
wild roses and convoluvulos. On a small tree before the entrance to the Metro
(underground) is the inscription "Tree of Freedom," and beside it a
small basin in which small fishes are the delight of the City children.
Deep under the earth rushes the underground traffic
through to the Centre of the mighty City, while here besides the Belleville and
Menilmontant street, already part of the main City, on small streets and
alleys people still dream about the past.
Also, this district, to which no tourist hurries, has its
poetry. A golden sunbeam brightens dark buildings, there smiles a young girl
with deep black hair, and over a glass of beer, an old man is dreaming of the
days of his youth, when on Sunday he used to go fishing ...
RODOLFO CALTOFEN SEGURA
We are hoping to hear more from you, and to communicate
with you. Please write and send your thoughts, poems, ideas, or any-thing you
would like to share with Understanding readers. We look forward to hearing from
The following are examples of some contributions we have
received or written.
There must be time
In each day
Where one can think
In a meditative way.
To get closer to one's self
And cool one's self out,
Meditation is the key
Without any doubt.
And one's mind of knowledge
Shall be a curse,
Put one's body at rest
To become one with the
DIANA GRUBIN, age 16
A glimmer of light
A rising sun
This is proof
That night is done.
The rooster crows
The darkness lifts
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The sun shines bright
And in, fog drifts.
The people awaken
Life seems gay
The world is ready
For a brand new day.
PETER BOHNERT, age 13
I have some friends
So far away,
They can't come back
Until they know
That all humanity
Can learn to be
As to love you and me.
CHARLOTTE PROCTER, age 16
(Please send your contributions to Valorie and Pete Bohnert,
c/o Understanding, Inc., P.O. Box #206, Merlin, Oregon 97532.)
(Through the kindness of Mr. Alfred Maske, a subscriber,
we offer you these sighting translations from the German UFO NACHRICHTEN.)
Crews of Two Planes Watch Flying Disc
(From UFO Nachricten, February 1973, there
translated from Il Tempo, Il Carriere del Pomeriggio, 9/25/72.)
During the night of September 23, 1972, the crew of an airplane en route from Guam to Hong Kong saw, over the China Sea, at 33,000
ft. altitude, a strange object moving at a tremendous speed. The mysterious
object radiated a bluish-white light," brighter than the brightest
planet." It was visible for about one minute, and was also seen by the
crew of another airplane.
"It moved too fast for an airplane or
satellite," said the commander of one crew.
Huge Flying Disc Over Italy
(Bulletino Alaya, 9/72. Translation in UFO Nachrichten,
On Sunday, the 2nd of July 1972, around 11:00 P.M., many
people watched a "star" coming down to earth. It
was near the coast street. During the approximately 15 minutes the object
needed to approach the viewers, the "star" became a huge flying disc,
with a dome on top and three spheres on the underside. Around the rim were searchlights,
which went on and off, periodically, illuminating the area below.
The dark disc, approximately 330 feet in diameter, circled
around the area, as if waiting for something. Suddenly, there were lights to
see below the ocean surface and the disc dived into the ocean and disappeared
right there. The distance from the coast line to the point where the disc dived
into the water was about 650 feet.
Many people saw all of this and started a hot discussion
at the scene. The newspapers were silent about the report, even though many
witnesses turned in information.
Four Times the Size of the Moon
(Free Press, Buenos Aires, Jan. 8, 1973. Translation from UFO Nachrichten. )
In the vacation village of El Alto, in the mountains of
the Catamanca Province, the people saw an UFO, approximately four times the
size of the moon disc. The flying object had the shape of a saucer, the rim was
glowing red, the inner part was illuminated with a bright white light. The
observers noticed windows. The flying saucer hovered about half an hour over
the village, and the people reported that the village was illuminated by the
saucer's light as at full moon. It disappeared in the direction of the
reservoir lake at Coyagasta.
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DON'T LOOK FOR CREDIT
A leader is best
When people barely know he
Not so good
When people obey and acclaim
Worse when they despise him.
But of a good leader
Who talks little
When his work is done
His aim fulfilled
They will say
"We did it
Lao-Tse (c. 565
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Minister Talked With Martians
Religion Editor, George R. Plagenz, of the Cleveland
Press, Ohio, on January 29, 1973, wrote a feature article on Rev. Victor
Zarley, who says he has been in communication with Martians.
Zarley is presently a minister of the Unity Church, which
he entered when the space people told him he would have to advance to a
"higher vibration" of thinking before he could enter their
"dimension of existence."
His story occurred 20 years ago in California. Zarley had
attended a lecture on Zen Buddhism by a woman who said it was possible, by
stilling the mind and centering the thoughts outside one's self (called
extension of consciousness), to tune in on people and places thousands of miles
Zarley had become interested in accounts of unidentified
flying objects, current in the 1950s, and after practicing "extension of
consciousness" decided to concentrate on contacting a flying saucer. He
"I made conscious contact with a space ship off the
coast of Rio de Janeiro. We communicated telepathically for several
minutes," said Zarley. The messages came to him in English, though he
acknowledges the space people weren't speaking English. "You know how it
is when we talk with animals" he explained. "We translate what the
animal is saying into our own language."
In doubts about his contact, he asked for proof. The
Martians promised to fly up to California and asked him to look out of his
window in 20 minutes. Twenty minutes later, looking out of his window, there
was a brilliant streak of light in the southern sky, going first to the left,
and then to the right, then left again, even as the Martians had promised.
Still doubtful, he asked the Martians to fly by his back
window once again. This time he had six or eight friends with him to check the
skies. The pilot repeated the pattern he used the first night and "we all
saw the same thing," said Zarley.
Rev. Zarley, 47, says UFOs were sighted frequently in the
'50s be-cause the space people were concerned about H-Bomb tests we were
conducting at the time. He adds, "They are humanitarians. They came to
protect us, or try to rescue us, in case our atomic testing split the earth's
crust along one of the weak fault lines in its surface."
The Role of Witch Doctors
(South African Digest, May 18, 1973)
witchdoctor is the "psychiatrist" of tribal medicine and should be
used to impart health education among Blacks, a symposium was told in Johannesburg.
"He could be our greatest ally in preventive health efforts in this
country," a medical officer told a meeting on health education in South
Earlier, Dr. J. C. Stoke, of the University of Rhodesia,
had urged that health education be tackled on the basis of the "ripple
effect." Efforts should be directed towards changing the health, habits
and beliefs of influential people in a particular community who would, in turn,
influence thousands of others.
Mr. L. L. M. Letlahaku, chief of demographic planning in
the Bophuthatswana Government Service, told the meeting that the witchdoctor
was for many years the only doctor his people knew. "I think that if we
educate him in the principles of preventive medicine and regard him as one of
the leaders of the community, he could become one of the key people in health
education. He should not be driven underground," he added.
Another delegate said that a doctor at a mission hospital
had told him that, after treatment, his patients went to a witchdoctor to apologies
for accepting "White medicine," and to ask him to excise the evil
spirit which caused the illness in the first place.
"If we pooh-pooh the skills of the witchdoctor we
insult 17 million people in South Africa. We need his co-operation," he
said. Preventive and promotive medicine is an important aspect of the
Government's new comprehensive health service based on satellite rural clinics
under the professional control of regional hospitals.
Pennsylvania Sightings Continue
(Eagle, Butler, Pa., March 29, 1973)
Several people in the Evans City area, including a local
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have reported sighting unidentified objects in the skies
for several hours on March 27th.
Eye-witness testimony by residents of May Lane, just south
of Evans City Heights, is backed by Evans City Police. Sgt. Andrew Urnowsky
described a triangular flying object, with flashing red and green lights. He
said the object resembled an airplane but there was no engine noise-only a
William J. Rice of May Lane said the object came so close
to him he could feel the suction. His mother-in-law was so frightened she ran
into the house.
People in the area said the "sky was full" of
flying objects-possibly a mother ship with her satellites.
Teletype reports from Warren on Monday told of several
per-sons seeing unidentified flying objects moving in a southeasterly
An Unnerving Experience
(Reading Times, Reading, Pa., March 30, 1973)
A 25-year-old carpet layer from Mohrsville, R. D. #1,
spoke with a nervous stutter as he described what he saw in the sky above the
Willow Creek area. "I don't believe in UFOs, but I know I saw something
tonight and whatever it was, it was awful scary," he said.
Lash was laying carpet in a vacant office building, when
at about 8:30 P.M. he decided to take a cigarette break outside. "I saw
this bright light in the sky about 500 yards away and I assumed it was a plane.
But it just hovered in one place, so I thought it was a helicopter, but it
wasn't making a sound," he said.
"The bright light would, every once in a while, dim
and then, a few seconds later, it would reappear." Lash could not
determine its shape but noted it had red, green and white flashing lights.
"After about 10 minutes, another object appeared in
the sky and it maneuvered itself to a point directly below the first one. It
also began dimming its lights, and then, suddenly, I couldn't see it anymore.
It just disappeared."
Lash waited about an hour before he notified the police.
The township police officer was convinced that Lash had really seen something.
"He was really shaken up by whatever he saw," said Sgt. Rismiller.
"He was shaking and rubbing his hands together. There was no question that
he was really scared."
Hundreds See UFO Over Chicago
(National Tattler, June 24, 1973, by Tom
UFOs startled police and fire department officials in
several Chicago suburbs, on the far northwest side of the metropolitan area
near O'Hare International Airport, by flying low and slowly over the nation's
second largest city.
On Thursday, May 10, 1973, between 10 P.M. and 1 A.M., an unexplained series of lights and large triangular UFO were spotted by hundreds
of citizens and officials. Telephone calls swamped the dispatchers for the
Illinois State Police, Cook County Sheriff's police and police departments of
at least four suburban towns.
"We see thousands of aircraft a week in this area,
and the thing we saw May 10th was NOT a normal aircraft," said Capt. John
A. Mergens, of the Elk Grove village fire department. Hundreds of people
observed the phenomenal lights as they hovered and moved in unusual patterns,
but Sherril Eckersley (night dispatcher for the Elk Grove Fire Department) saw
more than lights-she saw the un-usual triangle-shaped vehicle from a distance
of two city blocks.
"It had one red, intense light which seemed to be the
headlight, but it was bright red. The two points of the triangle at the rear
were white oscillating lights. Between the three main lights were smaller
lights in a row, more like dome lights than anything else," she said. Miss
Eckersley said the UFO traveled very slowly-"about 30 miles per
hour," and at one point, less than two blocks away, it halted and hovered
silently in mid-air. "It didn't go up or down or backwards-it just stopped
. . . Then it started moving slowly to the west again."
Dear Dr. Fry:
I've been reading a book written by you, the title, in
Swedish, is Message from Space. I have a question to ask you: Is the book
telling the truth or is it just a science fiction story? It is quite important
for me to know.
I have several. times, both here in the north of Sweden
and in Spain, seen things in the air that I cannot explain. For example, last
year in June, while in Malaga, Spain, while out for fresh air on the terrace, I
saw a "star" about five times as large as the evening star. It stood
in the same position for some 30 minutes and then disappeared. The next
evening, as I was very curious, I searched
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for it. The same thing happened-suddenly it was there.
But, this time a small part of it fell down through the air.
This evening I observed the "star" for 45
minutes after which it disappeared, and I never saw it again.
I was not the only one to witness the "star."
The following day, three Germans, a Frenchman, a Dane and I discussed the
sighting. They had seen it also.
While I believe that people "not of earth"
exist, yet when I have told others of what I saw many just laugh. You feel very
help-less when no one believes you, especially, when in fact you are telling
the truth. But, never mind, I trust my own eyes, and I am sure that one day
everyone on earth will face the truth ...
Can you tell me, am I the one that's crazy or do these
(Miss Stadin would welcome letters confirming her
sightings. You may write to Understanding for her address, if interested.)
Getting Off the Wheel
(Getting Off the Wheel, by Louise F. Wyatt. Published
by Vantage Press, $3.95.)
This is a 92-page book of short discourses and poems
concerning a soul's evolutionary progress. Mrs. Wyatt shares her thoughts on
reincarnation with us in a simple and direct manner. She urges us to
"follow the Light and Trust in the Light" and goes on to explain that
"the Light is a creation of and gift from God Consciousness. L-I-G-H-T:
LIVING IN GOD'S HOLY THOUGHTS. When you live in His thoughts
and persevere to continuously function in His thoughts,
you cannot do otherwise but grow."
One of our precepts in the Understanding organization is
to "examine all things and cling to that which is true" for your own
soul's development. This very interesting book follows this same line of
reasoning for Mrs. Wyatt presents basic guidelines for the reader to follow,
but at the same time, assures us that the decision to follow these guide-lines
is entirely up to the individual.
The main portion of Getting Off the Wheel is devoted to
brief pass-ages pertaining to the way we should conduct our mental and
spiritual lives. In the discourse entitled "Freedom of Choice," Mrs.
Wyatt writes: "Sometimes trying to understand others gives us the
'illusion' of butting our head against a brick wall. The wall still stands, but
we walk away with quite a headache. We could avoid these 'headaches' if we
could accept the fact that others must each walk their own path, pick their own
flowers and mow their own lawns. If they choose to let their lawn become
overgrown-that is their choice. If they wish to use an outdated mower, that,
too, is their choice. Just send them the Light for their Highest Good."
In the discourse entitled "The Light and You,"
it says: "Know you are Love. Know that Love surrounds you. Our Soul are
the essence of God and God is Love; therefore our Souls are Love . . . We call
in the Light for help, and how it does help. Through the Holy Spirit we go from
what we are to what we want to be .... The Light moves you to greater heights
than you've known before; it sharpens your Spiritual Inner Awareness. It
belongs to you, and you belong to the Light .... If we flow with the Light we
will soon see what our proper direction Should be. Our life will take on
purpose. We will gain understanding of ourselves and others."
The last part of this book is made up of delightful
poetry, quickly read, but very meaningful and instructive.
Getting Off the Wheel is a very engrossing book which is
difficult to put down until it is completed. However, it is the type of book
that can be opened at random and read during brief moments. This book would
make an excellent gift for the newcomer to metaphysics as well as the person
who has studied many years.
This reviewer sincerely recommends this beautiful book,
which is written in today's language with a balanced combination of seriousness
and humor, to all who are on the Path.
Flo Bohnert Unit #
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Our Busy Buffalo Unit
Several letters from the Buffalo Unit tell of their busy
program, business and social. In May the Unit held its Annual Banquet and
Election of Officers. Their 1973-74 panel now includes: President, Marie Hale;
Vice-President, Rose Shatzel; Treasurer, Casimer Nowak; Recording Secretary,
Lois Dietrich; Corresponding Secretary, Eleanor Kazmierczak; Chaplain Robert Shatzel;
UFO Chairman, Norman Weis; and Librarian, Raymond Hutchings.
In July, at the home of the Tony Prantners, the Unit
shared a picnic and sing-a-long. August featured a special lecture meeting with
Swami Amar Jyoti of Poona, India as the guest speaker.
Found-Some 1959 Yearbooks!
Some copies of our 1959 Understanding Yearbooks, long
thought to be unavailable, turned up recently as we were reorganizing our
storage materials. Ten copies are now on hand to complete your files, on a
They are offered at $1 a volume, plus 25c for postage and
hand-ling. Do you need a copy? Write to our Merlin office now.
Prayer Chain International
We announce, with regret, that our Unit #80 of San Jose, California
has become inactive for the present.
They have sent to us their files and forms on their Prayer
Chain International activity asking that some other group or individual
continue this much-needed and worthy service.
If you, or your Unit, are interested, a line to Merlin
will provide the information needed. Many need your Help!
Buffalo Understanding Library
We remind our membership that many excellent UFO and New
Age books are available by mail from the Buffalo Unit Library. Librarian, Ray
Hutchings, announces that he is compiling an addition to the current booklist
to include the many recent gifts.
Do write him at: 2046 Sherman Ave., New York, 14111, for
the Booklist and start a new program of reading to expand your understanding.
Melita's Spiritual Diary
Plans do not always follow anticipations, so we ask your
indulgence for a broken promise. In our May issue we offered a series of
articles by Melita on her "Spiritual Diary." However, since the
publication of Melita's book-The Secret of Eternal Youth-her mail and pressures
for assistance have mounted, and writing time has become limited.
We still anticipate a continuation of the series sometime
in the future. Wait with us.
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