THOUGHTS FROM THE SPIRITUAL DIARY OF MELITA ..................................... 3
TYPES OF CHANNELING ............................................................................................ 5
THE AREA OF MUTUAL AGREEMENT .................................................................... 7
ARGUMENT AND DISCUSSION ................................................................................. 8
PEACE .............................................................................................................................. 9
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING .................................................................................... 11
THOUGHT JEWELS ...................................................................................................... 15
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ......................................................................................... 16
CONSIDER THE CONCEPT ........................................................................................ 16
book reviews ............................................................................................................ 17
Bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 18
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are not of earth.
The continuing shrinkage of the U. S. dollar, both at home
and abroad, is of growing concern to our political leaders, our economic
leaders, and most of the rest of us. The country's top financial experts are
scurrying to meetings with the financial experts of other countries, to discuss
the situation, and to issue hopeful bulletins of early recovery, which none of
them actually believe. Remedies will be compounded which may ease or
temporarily conceal the symptoms of the continuing decline, but it is
exceedingly unlikely that any steps will, or can, be taken to deal with the
cause, which is not peculiar to the U. S., but is common to most world
To understand the real problem, one must go back to the
use of metal as a medium of exchange. The chosen metals, usually gold, silver
and copper, were fashioned into disks of a certain size and weight. The value
of the coin was determined largely by the kind and the amount of metal it
contained. The metal had intrinsic and tangible value because it was useful for
many things other than money.
The system worked quite well. Almost everyone had a few
coins to jingle in his pocket, and the miser had a bag or two hidden in his
closet. The principal drawback was that the coins could be bulky, if one had
too many, and might wear holes in the pockets. To solve
this problem, some people, who wanted to start what they called the Federal
Reserve System, suggested that most of the bulky coins be stored at the place
where they were made, and that ownership certificates be issued for the coins
retained in the mint. The certificates, being only small bits of printed paper,
could be folded neatly in the wallet. Also, a single certificate could show
ownership of a number of coins. The certificates were not, nor were they
intended to be, money. They simply indicated who owned the coins held in the
This system also worked fairly well until the operators of
the system noticed that hardly anyone came in to claim the coins to which his
certificate entitled him. Consequently, it was decided that it was foolish to
waste all that expensive silver and gold by making it into dollars and double
eagles when they could simply print the certificates which said they had, and
no one would be the wiser. (The more than half billion silver certificates that
were printed and distributed without any silver dollars having been minted to
validate them, was probably the largest single fraud in the history of finance,
and the most successful, since very few complained and they were simply
ignored.) The silver certificates were then quietly collected, as they
circulated through the banks, and "Nothing Certificates" were issued
in their place.
When the U. S. went off the "Gold Standard,"
(defaulted on its promise to pay), the first deadly blow was struck at public
confidence in our money system. When, in the sixties, the Treasury defaulted on
its promise to pay, even in silver, money lost all connection with tangible
reality. It became a mysterious etheric "something" controlled and
manipulated by a few persons who seem to think they know what they are doing,
although certainly no one else does. (The Treasury Department has lately been
selling, at public auction, silver dollars which it never owned, but which, in
fact, belong to those who still hold certificates of the Treasury's specific
and solemn, but worthless, promise to pay.)
It is gradually being realized that all money in the U. S.
today, even our coins, are counterfeit, in the sense that it will not be
redeemed by the maker for anything except another piece of paper, when
the first one wears out.
Only the law distinguishes today, between the printing
press money of the banks, and that printed by the citizen in his own basement.
Money, like water, constantly seeks, and eventually finds its true level. It is
not likely that our currency will prove an exception to this universal law.
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has generously offered to contribute a series of articles to the Understanding
Magazine, based upon her SPIRITUAL DIARY. This is the first. About MELITA: She
is married, has a family, a gardener's "green thumb," sews, and
"enjoys the pursuit of knowledge of all kinds, particularly the psychic.
Her 'mission'-if any, she says, "is to help dispel misinformation and fear
of the paranormal."
In addition to her many writings, MELITA lectures and does
research for the purpose of obtaining information on the scientific aspects of
the psychic. Her articles will cover such subjects as ESP, trance, regression
techniques, yoga, meditation, etc.
Since I was very small, I've kept a kind of diary. It
hasn't been the kind of diary in which one writes every day, recording ordinary
events, putting down passing trivia. It's been what I have come to call my
"Spiritual diary." Sometimes months went by without an entry, and
sometimes one entry covered many pages-but always, it had to do with something
on a higher level than that of earth.
I would like to share some of the entries I have made over
the years with you. Perhaps some of them have been like unto experiences you
have had, and certainly they have been helpful to me, offering solace and
guidance and instruction, so they can only be considered-in a
Leafing through the pages with their sometimes neatly
written, some-times hurried notes, looking back over the years of this present
life experience, I project myself in memory to the times and places of the
writings. One of them gave me rather a shock, for I have spent years in tracing
all the known methods of Spiritual healing, traveling far to meet
"healers," listening to learned lecturers. But this entry was made
when I was 14 years into this incarnation, and it covers the entire subject. It
says, "There is nothing to be healed but my own sometimes erroneous
perceptions." Consider: if we are aware that the Creator of this
magnificent Universe is the all-pervading Principle of Good, then there can be
no opposite; whatever we observe that appears to be less than perfect,
or ill, or hurt, or ugly, can only be a sort of blind spot
in our own perceptions-and so, the thought I was given at that point in my ongoing
was correct. I don't need the instruction of materia medica, nor the counsel of
those who have discovered the various ways of curing certain specific ailments;
all I need is to KNOW-"There is nothing to be healed but my own sometimes
On another subject, at a much later date, I received from
the Consciousness with which we are all linked, "Fear not, it is I."
This at the time was a riddle, for I was in a foreign country, faced with a
situation that brought out the very most of endurance in me; I found myself
responsible for the safety and the physical comfort and care of several people,
and I had not even the knowledge of the language of the country in which I was
stranded. Yet they, and I, were led safely out, and blessed with all that we
needed. The writing at that very disturbing time said, "Fear not, it is
I." "I" always means "God" to me, and so, I had to
give much thought to that experience; at last it dawned upon me that all I had
come through had been a series of encounters with God. For there IS naught
else. I had learned. I had been tested (not for God's in-formation, for He
already knows; but for my own, to show me my weak spots)-and I had come through
it. And what if I had not? What if I had failed? "Fear not, it is I."
Even if I had had to lay down my life, it would only have been the physical
consciousness I'd lost, and certainly not my LIFE. But the lesson was well
learned, and the test was passed.
There have been scores of entries, some of them referring
to specific human experiences, and some general. I find one entry in the
Spiritual Diary that was made at a time of great upliftment, great
exhilaration, and I felt-as I recall-very far beyond ordinary human life that
day. I had had a meditation in which the heavens had almost literally opened
up, and I had-so to speak-sat at the base of the Throne. And the writing that
day said: ". . . lest ye become as a little child." I had to be as a
little child, and give as freely as a little child does, of the mighty and
wondrous blessing I had received-I had to be simple and plain, and give to the
world whatever it was that I had to give, as a little child gives, or it was
only a beautiful experience, shared with no one, doing no good except to me.
And so I set about to try to give of whatever I had, where-ever it was needed.
In the giving, over the years, I have discovered one basic and overriding
truth: it is impossible to give of myself, without receiving in magnified
measure, a flood of returning good-and the greater the gift, the more
inundating the return.
Many discoveries have come to me, through intuition and
higher-than-human logic; many of them deal with specific subjects, and some
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of them have to do with everyday affairs. But ever and
always, the un-changing truth that underlies them is, God Is.
Whatever happens in the world in which I live, I am a
center of calm. The hurricane may howl about me, but at its eye, at its center,
there is peace which passeth understanding-and I have come to think of this
"hurricane's eye" as the I Am, That I Am that is Eternal and Infinite
and my very own forever. As beauty is in the "I" of the beholder,
peace is within the I Am of the hurricane. This, too, is one of the entries in
my Spiritual diary.
I try to live by these thoughts, and by the one which was
given to me this day: "Be a bridge, be a beacon, be a fresh breeze blowing
through the litter-thoughts of human consciousness; do not attempt to show the
Way, but for a little while, try to BE the way." My life is dedicated to this,
and to you, my sister, my brother.
(With the Special Permission of the Mark-Age Meta
Center, Inc., 327 N. E. 20 Terrace, Miami, Florida 33137, publishers of MARK
AGE literature, we quote from their January 1973 MAIN booklet.)
1. Trance or Sleep Mediumship. The person
loses total conscious awareness and then speaks in this state, perhaps in
languages unknown and about subjects unfamiliar to the present personality
This information can come either from his or her own subconscious
memory bank, carried in the astral body, which is the sum total of past
incarnations; and/or from astral beings who control the body and the mind at
that time, wherein the medium vacates his or her own vehicle and allows this
2. Automatic Writing, Drawing or Music.
Forces from another level, from the subconscious memory, or from the super
conscious I AM Self take control over the hands and perform through them. The
person is usually conscious or semiconscious and cooperates with the process,
though not always understanding the material as it comes forth.
3. Clairaudience (clear hearing),
Clairvoyance (clear seeing), Clair-sentience (clear sensing or feeling). These
are our spiritual senses, be-yond the physical frequency range. Voices, visions,
information channeled from the astral, etheric or celestial planes can be
received without our conscious control or desire. They are spontaneous and
independent experiences and are not the result of the person's training.
4. Mental Telepathy or Thought Transference.
Specific words or ideas are projected through the brain apparatus of the
conscious medium or
channel, to be written or spoken. This usually occurs
after having experienced some of the prior three, as it is much more complex
and requires conscious training.
A highly developed channel can work cooperatively, but
with complete objectivity and impersonalness, with a master of the etheric or
with angelic beings of the celestial, so that control over the physical
mechanism is possible to the extent that exact words or inflections can be
This is the highest form of communication via channeling
in the evolvement of man on Earth now. Such channels are on the road to
complete Christ consciousness or mastery on the physical, for the process helps
to transmute them in body, mind and soul.
5. Space Beams. Extraterrestrial spacecraft
can use electromagnetic beams to transmit thought and words to, or physical
control over, those on Earth. Usually this occurs with those interested in
psychic and spiritual matters. But it also is occurring now to those with no
prior training or understanding. This can be traumatic if not understood, and
is one reason why information and education on these changing conditions in our
world during this Mark Age period and program are so essential.
Space beams usually are felt physically, such as: a helmet
or cap clamped on the top of the head, pressure across the forehead or at the
temples, a rod or beam from the head down through the spine, a sudden chill or
heat which turns off as though by a switch and' leaves no after-effect or
sensation. Healings have been known to occur in this manner.
6. Inspiration, Intuition or Hunches.
Specific or general information can be relayed to the conscious mind either through
the subconscious memory pattern (soul or past experiences), through the super
conscious (the I AM or high Self within), or from those of other planes and
This is the most common form of communication, which has
manifested in all forms of art; in many scientific discoveries, inspirations
and inventions; in abstract philosophies, religious theology and other
teachings; and in guiding each one of us in our individual growth and
Many masters have incarnated throughout Earth history to
implant new ideas and information to help build a bridge from mortal to
immortal experience for the entire race. These masters are not usually aware of
who they are or why they came. But they bring with them, and leave through
their works, higher energy forms for the gradual upliftment and transmutation
of Earth expression from the third dimensional
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(physical) into the fourth dimensional (spiritual)
7. I AM Consciousness. Direct knowing and
experiencing from the God Self within. The individual can communicate
consciously with all energy forms in the universe, thus knowing and seeing that
all things are part of the All, Which is the one and only God, Who is Creative
Energy in action.
This is the second of the prize winning essays submitted
in our recent contest for proposals to be considered by an International
Congress "to determine the areas of mutual agreement in the social
sciences." It was written by Mrs. Dorothy Stevens of West Los Angeles, California.
1. It would promote understanding to narrow our
disputes to specific problems, rather than to attack national or personal
character and motivations.
2. All groups are made up of people, and people
are growing and changing. It would promote understanding to remember that group
judgments and generalizations have their limitations.
3. Individuals have to relate to expected
standards of behavior on personal, national and international levels. It is
important that the expected standards of behavior be as consistent as possible,
to avoid con-fusion and mistakes.
4. Appreciation encourages people to do their
best, and grow in their abilities.
5. Words are imperfect carriers of meaning,
especially when several languages are involved. When working out our differences,
it would pro-mote understanding if we first study to see whether they are
differences of word meaning or actual differences of belief.
6. It would promote understanding if we endeavor
to have a balanced consideration of all aspects of our world, our job, our
family, etc. to avoid over-emphasizing one aspect at the expense of others.
7. Everyone needs the opportunity for creative
8. The personal integrity of individuals in our
civilization is of great value. In making of laws (forced action) let us
remember our responsibility to the development of personal integrity through
the action of making choices and taking the responsibility for these choices.
9. When errors are made, most people appreciate
the opportunity to correct the error. Condemnation and blame do not encourage
10. When the decision is made that something is
important, enthusiasm seems to open the doorways of creative ideas and the
sharing of time and material.
(Editorial note: The mathematics of relativity do
not actually deny the existence of absolutes, but only point out that the
interaction of the various factors of nature may change the manner in which
they appear to the observer. The question is not whether a line which we
assumed to be straight would actually be so. - D. W. F.)
Everyone has heard of Einstein. He has come to be a symbol
of extremely high human intelligence. He set forth a theory, called Einstein's
Theory of Relativity, whose profound influence on modern thinking is embodied
in the popular notion, "There are no absolutes."
The origin of this concept goes back before Einstein's
time to earlier in the nineteenth century, when certain mathematicians
purportedly gave proof that certain Euclidian geometrical postulates were not
valid-notably, the parallel axiom, and the straight line axiom.
The straight line axiom states that a straight line can be
extended to an infinite length. The new theory claimed that a straight line
cannot be extended to an infinite length, without returning upon itself. Which
is the true statement? That is a very subtle question, requiring a lot of deep
thought to answer fairly. The fact is that neither statement can be logically
proven, since there is a limit to how far anyone might extend a straight line.
Therefore, it is a matter of conjecture whether the line would remain straight
forever, or whether it would begin to curve, eventually forming a circle.
However, since it is only a question of which fact is
logically preferable, and since the first is more consistent with experience,
careful analysis of the statement that a straight line must curve eventually
would lead us to conclude that it is merely an attempt to circumvent the
authority of the former axiom.
Another argument that was advanced against Euclidian
geometry states that it is impossible to draw any parallel to a given line.
This is also not consistent with experience. It would be true, if there were no
such thing as a straight line; but since there is such a thing, it is not true.
The proof or disproof of that does not lie within the
bounds of logic, but in the bounds of intuition. For, everything logical is
founded upon intuition. For instance, take the concept of a point in a plane.
It cannot be described or defined logically. It is merely accepted
intuitionally as a fact. Such facts are perceived intuitionally. If we deny our
ability to perceive them, we deny our ability to know anything, since all logic
is founded upon such facts. Thus, to say, "There are no absolutes,"
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same as to say that logic is not valid, and that we can
therefore know nothing.
This would also make it a delusion that we are too cold or
too hot, or that someone is stabbing us with a knife. By this method of
reasoning, in fact, we can hardly affirm the fact of our existence, since to
know that we exist would be to know something, and would therefore be an
Therefore, if one man trusts his intuition-that is, when
he is cold, he believes that he is cold, and is not the victim of
self-delusion-and gets into a discussion with another man who denies it, it
will be nothing but an argument with no valid purpose.
We might here go into a complex logical proof of the
necessity for the existence of a straight line; and then, from that, prove
again the possibility of drawing parallel lines. But why do that? Those who
accept the possibility of logical knowledge already acknowledge it; those who
do not believe that logical knowledge is possible would hardly be convinced by
a logical proof.
Thus, it is merely a question of creative discussion, or
worthless argument. If one is conversing with one who has enough sense to trust
his intuition, a constructive discussion is possible. If not, only a pointless
and wasteful-if not destructive-argument can result.
Peace is serenity. Peace is freedom. Peace is release from
the restricting boundaries of this earthly plane. Man was born with the
desperate desire to be reunited with that which created him. Peace is the
fulfillment of that constant quest.
Peace is judgment. Peace is brotherhood. Peace is
tolerance of man's imperfections. Peace is the ability to tap the source of
wisdom and knowl-edge, the stream of consciousness which flows around us,
surrounding us with the answers to our questions. Peace is possession of a
practical education, the tool with which we may unlock the secrets of the
Peace is the new morality. The old God is dead. The new
God lives in the hearts and minds of men. Man is God in that he is an integral
link in the chain of existence. Peace is acceptance of the role one plays in
the Creator's plan. Peace is selflessness. Peace is the realization that every
act and every deed has never-ending consequences. The pebble cast in the pool
broadcasts ever-widening circles of influence which reach out to far
Peace is perfection, in ourselves, in our world, and in
our universe. Peace is understanding one another. Peace is the all-forgiving,
over-powering, unrelenting disregard of self which culminates in the respect
and regard of each human being for the other.
Peace, my friends, is love ... MARY ROGERS
UFO's INTERNATIONAL Four Hour Mystery
(SUNDAY MERCURY, Birmingham, England, November
A sighting was reported at Beoley, near Redditch. A
housewife and a young farm worker claimed to have seen three lights hovering
about 600 feet in the air, over a belt of woodland for four hours.
Police from Henley-in-Arden visited the scene twice, and
two of the officers also saw these lights. The investigation continues.
The farm worker, 15 year old Keith Harris said that he
went to see the lights from the home of Mrs. Rita Tallis when she phoned him.
"They were like radiating lights and kept changing colour from red to
white and back again. They kept hovering backwards and forwards-disappearing
over the horizon and reappearing again.
"Sometimes they were travelling very quickly and at
other times quite slowly. We were watching them from the back garden and there
was absolutely no sound from them."
Keith said that the lights were most active early in the
evening, but they kept flying over the area for more than four hours. He added,
"I am certain they were not planes, otherwise we would have heard the
noise from the engines. I am quite satisfied that they were UFOs."
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OUT OF HIS OWN
Starved, man seeks,
Humbled, he shares,
Repentant, he declares,
Unworthy, he knows,
Trustworthy, he shows,
What things are wroght,
What things are taught –
What to him God is, he is!
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Is there any human being that doesn't have something to
say to us? Even the most case-hardened criminal, if we would but listen and
study his situation and value what he has to teach us, might help prevent the
crime that sent him to prison.
Allan A. Hunter
Expect A Miracle
(Mary McGrath, San Jose (Calif.) MERCURY, April
The automobile bumper sticker said: "Expect a
Miracle." Nothing else was on the sticker-no source to give a clue to its
meaning, no tag line to indicate an affiliation ...
Could it be that only a miracle can now make a difference?
... Maybe things-war, dissension, struggles, peace-are in such a state of
turmoil that only a miracle can straighten them out. Obviously, those who
affixed such a sticker to their car think so.
To some it might seem a sort of doomsday idea that only
the intervention of powers beyond ourselves could possibly bring harmony out of
the chaos that covers the earth. After all, miracles are things that happen
when all rational efforts have failed, when all possible choices have been
exhausted. Miracles are what happen when you despair of anything happening at
all. They are the last hope of the desperate.
But the "expectation" of a miracle hardly seems
desperate at all ... expecting a miracle must surely be a sign of hope that
must be fulfilled. "Expect a miracle"-what a marvelous idea. What an
absolutely soul-exploding concept.
For, "expecting a miracle to happen" is almost a
guarantee that it will happen. You expect it to be there, and you live your
life accordingly. Why not take it as your personal motto? No matter what mess
your world is in, "expect a miracle" and it's bound to get better.
Of course, there is more to "expecting" a
miracle than merely stating the expectation. First, you begin to live it, then
to live it as though it had happened. You do nothing to impede its influence on
your future. You let down your defenses to allow it leg room. You become the
per-son to whom it can happen. Love and peace, harmony and contentment flow
into your life, and out of it into the lives of others.
In a way, you BECOME the miracle on its way to happening.
And, that may be the biggest miracle you can expect, after all I
there are many intelligent civilizations.
The fact there are 100 billion stars in our galaxy and a
billion other galaxies of probably comparable size persuades the scientists
that there are several billion planets suitable for civilization to be born and
flower. Many may be technologically equal to or far ahead of our own.
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Sugar From Wood
(DAILY COURIER, Grants Pass, Ore. February 27,
(UPI)-The Philippines can produce sugar from wood wastes left to rot in the
forests, according to scientists of the Forest Products Research and Industry
Development Commission. It may not be first class sugar, the scientists said,
but it's good enough for livestock industry use.
(DAILY COURIER, Grants Pass, Ore., 12-5-72)
MOSCOW (UPI) - A 23,000-year-old building made of mammoth
bones has been uncovered south of Minsk in Byelorussia, according to the Tass
Seeking Extraterrestrial Life
(MAIL TRIBUNE, Medford, Ore., 12-20-72, by Roscoe Drummond)
WASHINGTON - A combined team of Soviet and American
scientists is organizing a joint venture that unquestionably dwarfs anything
man has attempted in his 1 million years on this planet. These scientists are
concerting their skills and imaginations to contact extraterrestrial
civilization in distant space-billions or trillions of miles away.
They are convinced it is possible. They are convinced it
can be done. The team comprises the most qualified experts in both countries
and is drawn from nearly every intellectual discipline: astronomers,
physicists, computer scientists, sociologists, archaeologists, anthropologists,
The first international conference to explore the project,
held last year in the Soviet Union, examined the feasibility, techniques and
requirements to accomplish this startling goal.
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Present were the elite of the scientific world. They were
unanimous that the prospect of contacting extraterrestrial civilizations is
"sufficiently high to justify initiating a variety of well-formulated
This was not the vaguery of dreamers. It was the judgment
of doers. Almost to a man, the scientists are convinced that in distant space
Why is now the right time to begin a search for other civilizations in cosmos?
The U.S. and Soviet scientists recognize that only now does man have the
capabilities, the technologies and a full enough understanding of the universe
to justify trying.
What a challenge! What fun! Only those who fear knowledge
Flying Objects Unidentified
(SUN-GAZETTE, Williamsport, Penna. March 2,
STROUDSBURG, PA. (AP)-State police here have confirmed
re-ports by residents that strange objects with flashing lights have been seen
over the Pocono resort area.
Trooper Jeffrey Huntz, sent to the Sailers Lake area last
Thursday night after police received several phone calls from residents, said
he saw four of the objects pass overhead, all travelling west to east.
"But don't ask me what they were," Huntz said.
"It was like a Christmas tree flying in the air." He said there was
no noise and believed the objects were flying at an altitude about. 1,500 feet
above ground level. Most had white lights, according to Huntz, but some had
One resident told police she and her neighbors spotted 39
objects between 7:25 and 10:45 P.M. Thursday.
The New York Air Traffic Control Center could not identify
the objects, saying they were flying too low. John Doster, chief of Federal
Aviation Authority district office at the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton airport,
said he had not been notified but believed the objects may have been military
airplanes. A spokesman at the Pentagon told the Allentown Morning Call that no
military aircraft were scheduled to fly over that area however.
(DAILY COURIER, Grants Pass, Ore. March 9,
NEW YORK (UPI)-Russian scientists are intensifying their
of psychic phenomena, according to Alexander Everett,
president of Mind Dynamics, an educational institution which teaches
self-improvement through the controlled use of alpha waves.
Everett made that point when speaking in New York on
Soviet efforts to utilize psychic energies. He was one of a small group of
American scientists and educators invited to Moscow last summer for a closed
international conference at the Russian Institute of Parapsychology. Russian
scientists reported on investigations of the psychic, its meaning and possible
Giants of the Amazon
(MONTREAL STAR, Montreal, Canada February 7,
BRASILIA-A Brazilian anthropologist has become the first
white man to meet the fierce giant warriors of a legendary lost Amazon tribe.
In a historic encounter, Claudio Villas Boas met the giant Indians of the
Kreen-Akrore tribe, some more than six feet six inches tall, at his jungle camp
at the Piexoto de Axeredo River in northern Mato Grosso state. The warriors,
feared by neighboring tribes for their use of clubs to crush the skulls of
enemies, handed over gifts of arrows and bows and were given steel axes, knives
and kettles by Villas Boas.
Villas Boas and his brother, Orlando, Brazil's foremost
Indian experts, have waited more than a year to make contact with one of the
lost Brazilian tribes.
By radio from deep within the Amazon jungle, Claudio told
what happened when 30 warriors walked into the white man's camp. Their heads
were shaved and black paint was daubed on their naked bodies. The
anthropologists embraced the giant tribesmen, one by one, then exchanged gifts.
After jabbering excitedly, in an unknown language, the
warriors slipped back into the jungle, but reappeared the following day for a
few minutes and exchanged gifts again.
Known for decades as the mysterious giants of the Amazon,
the Kreen-Akrore women, the same size as their men, are also famous for their
prowess in battle.
Heading Toward Disaster
(Philip Till in MAIL TRIBUNE, Medford, Ore.
October 11, 1972)
VIENNA (UPI)-Mankind is heading toward disaster and will
have to turn to the use of spaceships to survive, according to space scientist
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Werner von Braun.
Von Braun, speaking Tuesday at the 23rd International Astronautical
Congress, described Earth as "a solitary spaceship with an unknown
destination. It has 3.5 billion astronauts on board who are using up its
resources without taking steps to replace them.
"We are approaching a global catastrophe," the
scientist said. "We must do something for spaceship Earth."
He said man must turn to the use of space "otherwise
we will end in sudden disaster."
Von Braun said one way to head off the catastrophe was to
form a worldwide "food and nutrition management system" by launching
space satellites designed to find minerals and ore and keep track of pollution
He said satellites, by means of infrared photographs,
could detect crop diseases on Earth, and help in harvests.
Rain at Night
Von Braun said by the year 2000 "we may well be able
to influence the weather by satellite."
"It may be possible one day to make rain fall only in
the night to keep the farmers happy and let the sun shine all day to keep the
hotel owners happy."
Braun cited NASA's new Skylab project as a means of
helping earth-men keep their world safe from their own destruction.
Skylab will orbit the Earth at an altitude of 270 miles
for eight months and have a three-man crew which will be exchanged at regular
American Acupuncture Journal
(TIME MAGAZINE, March 12, 1973)
Ever since American doctors returned from the People's
Republic of China with enthusiastic reports on the country's hospitals and
clinics, interest in Chinese medicine has increased enormously in the U.S.
Doctors at several major U.S. medical centers have organized programs to study
acupuncture, the Chinese technique of treating illness and inducing anesthesia
by inserting needles at certain points in the body. Politicians, public health
officials and hospital administrators are trying to learn more about how the
Chinese cope with disease and provide medical care. To help spread the word, a
group of American and European physicians has decided to publish, twice a year,
Journal of Chinese Medicine, which will, according
to its editor, Dr. Frederick Kao of the State University of New York's Downstate
Medical Center, "try to advance the cultural exchange of theories,
techniques and attitudes that should promote the development of medical
sciences in both East and West."
♦ ♦ ♦
Each one of us knows a busy, successful person. We may
wonder how they manage so many things in the course of one day. Their secret is
well-channeled energy. They have learned to focus all their attention on one
task at a time.
One also must be positive. One has to do something and one
has to commit oneself. Unrest leads to nothing. One must have the desire to
shape and direct one's purposes.
Learn to do your most important duties first, and learn to
say NO to distractions, for only then will your days be busy and successful,
with all things done easily and quietly.
Hunt for the good points in the other fellow. Remember, he
has to do the same in your case.
We must consider the possibilities of space science and
technology as related to religion and the social problems. This is not to say
that we expect to meet a flight of angels on the way to Mars. But I think it
well within the realm of possibility that science will find in space many clues
to the origin and functioning of the physical universe. In doing this, science
and technology may well reveal more about the creator through the creation.
I do not believe that science and religion are two
incompatible concepts. In fact I think they belong very closely together and
that some day they will consolidate their findings and man will be nearer to
Dr. Werner von
MAY 1973 17
Dear Dr. Fry:
In answer to your request concerning UFOs in Holland, I
would re-port that people here are aware of them. For, last year, three times
on television, long talks about UFOs, with pictures, were presented. We are
pleased about this! Whether or not the people believe in UFOs they have, at
least, heard about them!
Now and then there are pictures in the newspapers or
My husband, Cornelius Sypkens, an attorney, and I have
pictures as well as a small film of a moving UFO. It is very interesting to see
the "bals" under the saucer going in and out, when it is attracted
to, or going away from, the earth. People are very impressed by this short
When asked we give lectures in schools and private homes.
We bought a projector for the film so we can show it everywhere.
In 1957 we both saw UFOs for three days, while camping
along the river Moosel in Germany. At night we saw a big sun-like shining ball,
without noise, going over our heads. It came back for three nights in
September. The same year we saw the whole sky over Amsterdam lit up by colours
that suddenly changed from green to red, to green to red-and then five big
golden rays coming out of the clouds, going from one end to another. The paper
said: "It was Northern Lights" but that is not true. They were UFOs.
Many of our friends are telling us about UFOs over Holland.
I hope they will come soon to help our world.
MRS. W. C. SYPKENS-VAN
"Truth must be re-expressed in every era in ways
appropriate to the time and place. It would be useless for us to import
half-understood classical or oriental words from epochs, or they might prove
like Scrooge's undigested crumb of cheese and give us frightening dreams. It is
ideas, principles, that are important, and as long as men honestly search for
Truth, these will re-embody from age to age. The time may not be far away when
in our own fashion we shall once again greet Father Sun with the reverence he
deserves, and look upon the countless lives around us as fellow pilgrims on an
infinite journey from darkness into Light.
John P. Van Mater
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(Maria Rinchuiso, Lois van Paassen, Sandra Conlan and
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which they tell in One Life at a Time.
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readable ac-count of such laws as they affect our daily lives.
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number; and astrology, with zodiac aspects and tables of ascendants-a work book
for the reader.
MAY 1973 19
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