Understanding Volume 7 Number 9
For September, 1962
EDITOR ……. Dr. DANIEL W. FRY
asst. editor … cleve twitchell
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VOLUME VII SEPTEMBER, 1962 NUMBER 9
Dedicated to the propagation of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who are not of earth.
“Propaganda” is a term often used but not often understood. Many individuals unconsciously use it to describe an opinion with which they do not agree. For instance, statements made by Russians with which Americans do not agree are labeled “communist propaganda,” and American statements with which Russians do not agree are labeled “capitalist propaganda.”
Some time ago an organization known as the Institute for Propaganda Analysis clarified the subject by issuing a list of seven propaganda devices. It is particularly interesting to study this list with respect to various statements that are frequently made about or in opposition to New Age ideas.
Here they are:
1. Name Calling-call your opponent an objectionable name (such as “crackpot, cultist, fanatic, extremist, pinko,” etc.)
2. Glittering Generalities-make sweeping claims for or against something (Such as “There is no such thing as a flying saucer.”)
3. Transfer Device-attempt to identify your cause with something or someone highly respectable or honored. (Some examples: the little ditty “How do I know? The Bible tells me so,” or in a converse way “There’s nothing in the Bible about reincarnation.”)
4. Testimonials-get respected or well known people to speak out on your side. (This is a device so common that, it needs no examples. We all use it, and unfortunately we are forced to use it continually in order to impress people with the merits of whatever cause we are promoting.’)
5. Plain Folks-approach your subject from the “common man’s” point of view; decry “experts” and “outsiders.” (This is a device of which, unfortunately, individuals in the New Age field are sometimes guilty, especially when opposing such things as fluoridation of water supplies and usage of additives and preservatives in foods. It really isn’t necessary to ridicule experts who support such measures, because for every expert in favor of them there usually is an equally prominent expert who opposes them.)
6. Card Stacking-use half truths or innuendos that are difficult to refute without a lot of detail and documentation. (A well known example of this one is the “When are you going to stop beating your wife?” story. The charge is so ridiculous to the person at which it is directed that he ignores it, but repeated often enough, it convinces the neighborhood that he actually is beating his wife. Other examples are the questions sometimes hurled at flying saucer contactees “How many cocktails had you consumed before you saw this spaceship?”; the question “Why is your organization falling apart?” asked the leader of an organization that is prospering, or “Why aren’t you happy? ” when asked of a person who is perfectly happy. In the case of the latter question, the individual of whom it is asked usually looks unhappy at that precise moment because he or she finds the person asking the question annoying!
7. Bandwagon Technique-let it be known that “Everyone’s on our side.” (Examples: “Nobody believes in that sort of thing,” or “If I pull out, the whole organization will fold up.”)
When we study this list and reflect upon the statements that influence the people of earth in their decisions, we are forced to the conclusion that about 90 per cent of all arguments used fit these definitions of propaganda.
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(We consider the following significant because of its source. The information presented did not come from an occur or New Age group. It came from the London Daily Sketch, one of the world’s largest newspapers, which in turn adapted it from findings of a Church of England committee
The London Daily Sketch has published a step by step summary of what happens when human beings “die,” reports the publication “Voice Universal” in its June, July, August 1962 issue. The Daily Sketch findings, reported in booklet form, were based on the evidence of a scientist Dr. Robert. Crookall, D.Sc., formerly principal geologist to Her Majesty’s Geological Survey, who published his findings in books sponsored by the Churches’ Fellowship for Psychical Study.
The article in “Voice Universal” quotes from the Daily Sketch’s book the following steps involved in transition, as follows:
“1. In addition to his ordinary body, man has a psychical or soul body, and beyond that a spiritual body (Cp. the New Testament writings of St. Paul). These survive.
“2. As a man approaches natural death in his old age, his thoughts fly instinctively to friends already passed over, who can help him in the transition to the after-life.
“3. Near the moment of death, we experience a detailed review of our past earthly life (Cp. the well-known cases of drowning men rescued and brought back to physical consciousness).
“4. In what is known as the pre-death coma, the dying man has already partially vacated his “mortal coil,” and may be observed to stand by it, conscious and happy. (The silver cord-see Book of Ecclesiastes-is not yet severed).
“5. No pain or fear is involved in the transition (though any illness of the physical body itself, such as cancer, may entail pain, from which death brings a welcome release).
“6. Many people do not realize for a time that they have in fact “died,” since they are aware of a greater sense of life than before (these are those who die a violent death and pass over instantaneously
- see the books of Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, C-in-C of Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain).
“7. The etheric double that leaves the body at death (as it also does, temporarily, in sleep) floats above it for awhile-” churchyard ghosts.”
“8. After transition friends are seen who have come to reorient the new arrival to his fresh surroundings (close relatives, if available).
“9 A period of 3 to 4 days intervenes while the etheric double is disintegrating, and after this there is a full recovery of conscious life (NB-this period can be shortened by cremation, which may take place not less than 12 hours after death. In the case of violent death, there is no intervening period-see above, and Lord Dowding’s books).
“10. The “next world” is not yet the paradise or heaven of the world scriptures, not purely spiritual, but intermediate and preparatory. (The soul bodies o f still-living persons can be seen, so that there is no abrupt change from earthly life).
“11 A second review of the past incarnation is now undergone emotional and responsible. (Cp. Biblical “Judgments,” the Egyptian and Tibetan Books of the Dead, etc., etc.).
“12. Each person goes to his own place, suited to him (Swedenborg in “Heaven and Hell” gave one well-known account of what happens, but this has been enlarged upon, and re-presented in a scientific way, by modern seers).
“One of the most important facts that needs to be widely publicized for the relief of the public at large is that there is no pain, either at death, or when the body is vacated violently and instantaneously. Time and again this was confirmed, e.g. `When my body bounded against the rocks I became unconscious, without experiencing any pain whatever.’ A doctor who fell 100 ft., and heard the noise when his head struck the corners of rocks, also said: `I felt no pain.’
“Space does not permit more than a few references to the wealth of illuminating evidence presented in this book. Major Tudor Pole, the well-known industrialist, archaeologist and writer, contributes two striking instances in one of which he tells how his life was
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saved by a visit from a Scottish doctor using his soul body while still alive in the flesh. After a broadcast appeal by the BBC, the doctor was traced, and the case proved beyond a shadow of doubt.
“The Church of England commute that reported favorably on the existence of discarnate spirits, survival, and the possibility of communication with our own world, had its findings suppressed by Dr. Cosmo Lang, but the Archbishop has made attempts to right this wrong since his own transition, and in our own day the Bishop of Southwark comments: `I have no patience with people who just write the whole thing off. I think the work the Churches’ Fellowship, for Psychical Study is important. Our job is to examine the evidence. The weakness of the Church has been its refusal to consider the evidence or discuss it.’ “
Through the fossils, scientists have learned that the Meta-sequoia or Dawn Redwood was at one time on the Pacific Coast along with the Sequoia sempervirens and the Sequoia gigantia. A last stand of these trees were discovered in the far interior of China by Dr. Ralph W. Chaney, University of California scientist, who with Milton Silverman, S.F. Chronicle scientist writer, made an expedition in 1948.
A few seedlings and many seeds were brought back to the United States. Seeds were distributed to interested people who have planted these seeds which grew into trees very fast. The wood is lighter in color than the other redwoods and the tree loses its needles in the winter time after a show of gorgeous gold color.
The tree which had been thought. extinct on the Pacific Coast can now again be grown since it also will grow from cuttings. N. Edwin Johnson of Santa Cruz has made several plantings of the Dawn, sharing the results of the first few seeds that he was given through the “cuttings” he now makes. One brought to Merlin recently will grow as will Merlin in the building; of the New Age idea of Creative Purpose.
Light Said “No Myth”
(From Siskiyou Daily News, Yreka, Calif., July 17, 1962)
MOUNT SHASTA-A Mount Shasta official who declines to allow his identity revealed, declares the mysterious light reported over mountaintops is no myth. He saw it recently over Mt. Eddy where it remained stationary for about 20 minutes, moved, returned to its original site, then disappeared.
This man has tried to rationalize this object as being a reflected beam from a snow patch. This, he says, scarcely explains all phases, but he just doesn’t want to become involved in its discussion, and resultant theories.
“It’s no lost object of mine,” he finally exclaimed, as he went about his municipal chores.
No less than two men living in the Mount Shasta area have seen flying saucers but curtailed the story to but a few intimates.
Two Objects Move Ahead of Echo
(By the Associated Press, July 31, 1962)
Two objects passed just ahead of America’s Echo satellite last night. The sight was reported in Portland, Salem and Tacoma. Several reports said the objects moved much faster than Echo but were not as bright. One was said to be flickering, the other emitting a steady light.
Telephone calls jammed the switchboard of one Portland television station. Other media also reported receiving calls.
Most callers said the objects appeared to be satellites, but there was no official confirmation.
Echo is to appear in the Portland-Salem area again tonight at 8:27 p.m. standard time.
X-15 Pilot Reports Mysterious Object
EDWARDS AFB, Calif., June 17, 1962 (UPI)-Maj. Bob White flew the X-15 rocket plane to a record altitude of nearly 59 miles
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today-higher than man ever has flown before in a winged aircraft and reported he saw a mysterious object.
White said he saw “something like a piece of paper … we’ve never seen anything like this before,” as he re-entered the atmosphere. White qualified as America’s fifth astronaut and first. “winged astronaut” under Air Force regulations because he flew higher than 50 miles. He will be presented with astronaut wings Wednesday in Washington, D. C.
White at a press conference following his record altitude flight, said he experienced “no unusual discomfort” from five times the force of gravity.
He said he was puzzled about the foreign object he saw when he glanced to his left out of the cockpit. White said that to his knowledge no other X-15 pilot has seen such an object.
White said the paper-like object was gray in color and was visible for a full five seconds and moved along with the X-15. He said he would judge that it was about 30 or 40 feet from the plane.
Drought Disaster in New York
(United Press International story, July 17, 1962)
Ten New York counties were designated disaster areas today in a 10-week-old eastern drought that showed no signs of ending.
The drought spread throughout the Middle Atlantic states, drying crops and dropping streams to the lowest levels in years.
New York’s two U.S. senators asked federal aid to help water and feed livestock. An official of the New York Agriculture Department said the drought was the worst in that area in two generations.
Some New York farmers were said to be preparing to sell their cattle as a cutback measure.
The drought in at least one section of Pennsylvania was described by a climatologist as the worst since the turn of the century.
New Jersey, which began its fourth week without rain today, had five counties classified as drought disaster areas.
Twenty-two of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties were designated as drought disaster areas last Friday and Monday Gov. David Lawrence asked Agriculture Secretary Orville Freeman to add 17 more counties to the list.
South of the drought areas the problem was too much rain. A
14-county area of North Carolina was designated a weather disaster area after heavy rains caused damage estimated in the tens of millions of dollars to crops. Several South Carolina counties also received disaster area classification because of rain damage.
Virginia’s tobacco farmers reported crop damage from heavy rains.
(Add to the record the, fact that the west coast had one o f the coldest. springs ever and the picture shapes’ up as one of definite changes in weather on a mass basis. Atomic tests? Polar shift? What do you think? -The Editors.)
Science Uses Hypnotism to Guidance
NEW YORK, N. Y. (UPI), Feb. 22, 1962-If in the laboratory you can produce a reaction in a human being’s body by acting upon his mind, you can figure people must be constantly doing it to themselves since their minds are exposed to be acted upon by anything which happens to come along.
Dr. H. C. Bethune did it in his laboratory. He hypnotized a man who was so hungry his stomach was demonstrably in spasm. Bethune convinced the man there was a wonderfully delectable dinner in front of him and he was eating it. It was entirely a hallucination but his stomach contractions ceased.
He hypnotized other persons and told them that intense heat was being directed against their ears. There was no directed heat at all, of course; just the same, their ears became hot and this was factually demonstrated with thermometers.
All this makes it reasonable to suppose Bethune has exposed in all nakedness the working parts of psychosomatics which gives untold millions of people endless trouble, to say nothing of the physicians they befuddle with their mind-induced physical ailments. The mind believes it’s body to be ill, you see, and the body accommodates with symptoms.
The best-known and most-studied examples of this are in certain skin diseases. The ugly eruptions are on the surface for anyone to see. No one could possibly dispute the physicalness of the ailment. Yet it has been proved that people can produce the symptoms with their minds.
Bethune was working in the main scientific stream of psychosomatic investigations in his laboratory at the University of Edinburgh,
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Scotland. A current theory is that “organ inferiority,” either inherited or acquired, is involved. This “inferior organ,” whether skin or stomach or some other part, becomes the target of misdirected emotional “high drive.”
Bethune and his associate, Dr. Cecil B. Kidd, applied his laboratory feats to four persons with plainly physical skin diseases which had persisted for years. Some had relatives given to the same diseases and one could suppose nothing could be more physical.
The four were hypnotized one by one. By suggestion made to them in their hypnotized states, the scientists endeavored to divert the emotional “high drive” away from the target, organ, the skin. They tried to do it by distorting the perceptions of the four of themselves In all four the “cure” worked-the skin eruptions cleared.
Now, these skin diseases have been “cured” by hypnotic suggestion before but the method has never shown consistent results. That is, it works in some but fails in most.. The scientists emphasized in reporting to the technical journal, The Lancet that they did note claim real cures.
“All these patients still have this underlying skin anomaly or organ inferiority which predisposes them to their own particular malady,” they said.
What they had done was to direct emotional “high drive” away from the target organ by inducing perceptual distortion under hypnosis. In their words, they exposed “a mechanism whereby psychological stresses can produce skin lesions in areas of somatic weakness.” It now remains to be seen if other scientists can exploit the mechanism.”
A member of Understanding who resides in Japan, would like to correspond with other members and friends throughout the world. Address: Yoshiwo Netsu; 2-212 Higashi-Tamachi; Suginami-Ku;: Tokyo; Japan.
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TITLE AND AUTHOR OF BOOKS AVAILABLE:
SHEPHERD OF SOULS, Mary Gorden Kemmis
FLYING SAUCERS FROM OUTER SPACE, Donald E. Keyhoe
THE LIGHT OF THE SEVEN STARS, Olive P. Kelly
THE TWELVE BLESSINGS, George King
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE, George King
LIFE ETERNAL, Lamas
CREATIVE POWER OF THE MIND, Christian D. Larson
KNOW THYSELF, Richard Lynch
YOUTH OPEN THE DOOR, Eloise Mellor
FROM OUTER SPACE TO YOU, Howard Menger
MY TRIP TO MARS, THE MOON, AND VENUS, Buck Nelson
THE INFINITE CONTACT, Dr. Earnest L. Norman
THE VOICE OF HERMES, Dr. Earnest L. Norman
UNITY IN THE SPIRIT, Elsa Tudor Pierrefeu
GOD IS A GOOD GOD, Oral Roberts
A CALL AT DAWN, Kelvin Rowe
REPORT ON UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS, Ed. Ruppelt
BEHIND THE FLYING SAUCERS, Frank Scully
WHAT ARE YOU? Imelda Octavia Shanklin
KNOW YOUR OWN MIND, Harold Sherman
YE ARE GODS, Anna Lee Skarin
THE DIVINE CONSTITUTION, Charles Zachariah Smith
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THE TEACHINGS OF THE MYSTICS, Walter T. Stace
THE COMING GOLDEN AGE, Dr. F. W. Sumner
COMING OF THE GREAT WHITE CHIEF, Dorothy Thomas
WISDOM OF THE UNIVERSE, Hope Troxell
UNDERSTANDING YEARBOOK (1957, 1958, 1959)
THE COUNCIL OF SEVEN LIGHTS, George Van Tassel
THE COILED SERPENT, C. J. Van Vliet
DR. HOUSTON SPEAKING, Zelia M. Walters
HAVE WE LIVED BEFORE? Ernest C. Wilson
WHISPERS FROM ETERNITY, Paramahansa Yoganada
THEY KNEW TOO MUCH ABOUT FLYING SAUCERS, Grey Barker
MAN’S. EMERGING MIND, Berrill
INTO THE CLOUDS, Brown
A HERMIT IN THE HIMALAYAS, Paul Brunton
ON THE THRESHOLD OF SPIRIT WORLD, Horatio Dresser
MUCUSLESS DIET HEALING SYSTEM, Prof. Arnold Ehret
IS ANOTHER WORLD WATCHING? Gerald Heard
THE HUMAN VENTURE, Gerald Heard
NO MATTER WHERE, Helen Hiett
THE ATOM CLOCK, Cornel Lengyel
UNSOUGHT VISITORS, Patrick Mahony
CHANGE YOUR LIFE THROUGH PRAYER, Stella T. Mann
THE MAN WITH TWO SHADOWS, Robin Maughan
THE GUIDEPOST ANTHOLOGY, Norman Vincent Peale
THE STELLAR MISSILES, Ed Earl Repp
MYSTIC REBELS, Harry Schnur
INSIDE THE SPACE SHIPS, George Adamski
I DOUBTED FLYING SAUCERS, Stan Layne
POWERS THAT BE, Alexander Cannon
FACTS FROM THE SPIRIT WORLD, B. F. Pearce
ALL ABOUT RADIATION (Gov’t. Pub. Nuclear Rad’n & Health)
THE SECRET OF THE SAUCERS, Orfeo Angelucci
SERMONETTES IN RHYME, Martha Baker
THE DESTINY OF THE NATIONS, Alice Bailey
THE SEARCH FOR BRIDEY MURPHY, Morey Bernstein
ABOARD A FLYING SAUCER, Truman Bethurum
LESSONS IN TRUTH, Emily J. Cady
THE WORLD WITHIN, Gina Cerminara
YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE THROUGH PSYCHIC POWER, Joanne Chase
MAN WHO TAPPED SECRETS OF UNIVERSE, Glen Clark
WHAT NEXT? by C. N.
HOW TO RELAY IN A BUSY WORLD, Floyd Corbin
CHRISTIAN HEALING, Charles Fillmore
TEACH US TO PRAY, Charles and Cora Fillmore
THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, Emmett Fox
ATOMS, GALAXIES AND UNDERSTANDING, Daniel W. Fry
THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND SAUCERS, Calvin C. Girvin
PHYSICAL AND PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, C. C. Gregory and Anita Kohsen
HOW BELIEF IN REBIRTH CAN ENRICH YOUR LIFE, Manly P. Hall
THE WAYS OF THE LONELY ONES, Manly P. Hall
THE FLYING SAUCERS ARE HERE, John P. Hoffman
SUCCESS UNLIMITED, William Hornaday
OVER THE THRESHOLD, Dana Howard
MANY WONDERFUL THINGS, Robert Huffman & Irene Spect
UFO CONFIDENTIAL, George Hunt Williamson & John McCoy
HOW TO GAIN FREEDOM FROM ECONOMIC SLAVERY, Herbert C. Holdridge
THERE IS A RIVER, Thomas Sugrue
REINCARNATION, DeWitt Miller
THEY LIVE IN THE SKY, Trevor James
THY KINGDOM COME, DeWitt Lucas
THAT MAN MAY KNOW OF HEAVEN & HELL, G. H. Lowry
TO BE OR NOT TO BE; THAT IS THE QUESTION, John R.Richardson
THE SCIENCE OF BALANCE & RHYTHM, Newton Dillaway
THE HOLY SPIRIT, June Holloway
THE MOON IS INHABITED, Columbia Krebs
VISITING SPACEMEN, Columbia Krebs ASTARON, Part II, Claudas
EXCERPTS OF THE PROPHECIES FROM OTHER PLANETS CONCERNING OUR EARTH, Recorder, Thedra
VOICE OF VENUS, Ernest L. Norman
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ROAD IN THE SKY , George H. Williamson
THE RAMPA STORY, T. Lobsang Rampa
THE GREAT FLYING SAUCER HOAX, Carol E. Lorenzen
DIARY IN’T'O THE UNKNOWN, Eugene & Ruth Whitworth
OTHER TONGUES, OTHER FLESH, George H. Williamson
DEAD SEA SCROLLS, A Powell Davies
SECRET PLACES OF THE LION, George H. Williamson
Truth cannot be confined. It must expand in consciousness; it must always and ever find a wider periphery in the consciousness.
The truth, which today man, as yet of limited spiritual understanding, can even comprehend is assuredly not all truth.
Pitiful indeed is the state of that man who builds a high, well-nigh insurmountable wall about the bit of Truth he is able to grasp in the infancy of his soul development. By so doing, he so stultifies his own further development. that thereafter, throughout his entire earth-life, he remains ever within that self-same enclosure; in that self-restrained soul-infancy.
Tear down your walls, ye people of God! Grow-widen-cease to restrict either yourselves or others!
Think ye that to ye alone bath Truth revealed itself?
Open wide the doors and the windows in thine understanding. Let in the wide sweep of the winds of purification; let all that clutters, that deters, be swept away.
Who lost thou think thou art, that thou shouldst believe thyself to have been selected above thy brethern for God’s self-revelation? To each one is revealed as much of God’s Truth as, at the moment, that one can not only comprehend but also assimilate, can build into his very being.
Of what. possible value to a man is mere erudition, if it be not used to enrich his life, to enoble, not only himself, but all, all whom he in any way contacts by transmuting it into soul-erudition.
I am not advising that one seek Truth in a variety of cults, each endeavoring to out-lure the other. Use cults, denominations, not as enclosures wherein you can abide, content to permit this or that self-appointed leader to do any thinking for thee-use cults and denominations
as pausing places on thy ever ascending climb toward the pinnacle of all Truth.
Follow that man-(if at your present stage of development you must be led)-follow that man who calls thee, not to an enclosure, but who leads thee to a hill-top, if, at present, that is as far as thou canst climb.
But even there he will not bid thee build for thyself a temple, an enclosure of any kind and therein abide. After thy rest for meditation and for assimilation of that Truth which thou hast to that point acquired, he, thy inspired, God-led teacher will lead thee to the mountain top and there he will leave thee-for by then thou wilt no longer need to be taught by man. Thou wilt have attained within thyself all the understanding of Truth that thou canst assimilate upon the earth plane.
Morongo, Valley, Calif.
Do you have a tape recorder? If you do, would you like to start “talking” with people around the United States and the rest of the world?
Below is a list of individuals who have tape recorders and who would like to hear from you on tape. If you’d like to get into tape “circulation” why don’t you send us your name and address and we’ll list you here too.
W. R. Coyne, 6544 Wilryan Ave., Minneapolis 24, Minn., U.S.A.
William Dyer, 30-22 Main, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
John F. Maxfield, P.O. Box 526, Ann Arbor, Mich., U.S.A.
Mrs. M. E. Nigl, 230 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa., U.S.A.
Charles O. Rhoades, 2856 N.W. 18 St., Okla. City 7, Okla., U.S.A.
M. A. Saxton, 3228 N. Syracuse, Baldwin Park, Calif., U.S.A.
Mrs. Alta Simpson, R. 2, Box 194, Perris, Calif., U.S.A.
Dr. Harrieta P. Steltz, 2450 Summit Dr., Santa Rosa, Calif., U.S.A.
Conny Tanasale, 3094 La Corona Ave., Altadena, Calif., U.S.A.
W. T. Vandenventer, 5050 Roseville Rd., N.Highlands, Calif., U.S.A.
Edwin A. Koupal, Sr., 5101 Ortega St., Sacramento 20, Calif., U.S.A.
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Here is a day
A day that means all things-or nothing.
How will you take it?
As the summit of your life,
Or as the deepest pit that time can show?
Your’s is the choice!
And it depends not on what is now within your mind;
Rather on what has been in all the long years past.
What have you built into your life,
Of good or evil-Of Care and discipline
To give you strength?
Or has there been only sheer selfishness
And careless trifling with that spark of life
Given to you to cherish;
And to make into an angel or an imp–
To bless or curse you,
As you go your way unto the final end
That all things know?
But this remember
Our great Creator
(Or whatever gods there be)
Will at the last.
Welcome you home.
-Harold E. Roy
Ben Lomand, Calif.
My interest in “Flying Saucers” began this one cold October night, 1955, in New Jersey when I came out of the house to put refuse in the cans. For some reason the sky looked rather strange that night and I didn’t go back in the house right away, instead I was looking at the stars. All of a sudden I saw what looked like a star flare-up and then vanish and in its place there was a red light. My eyes followed this light from the north to about the north-east when it started to glow again like a star and stop about 45 degrees off the horizon. It remained stationary at this point for about five or ten minutes when it flared up again and disappeared into a red light again. At this point I was doubting my senses very badly and called my wife to verify what I saw. We both watched it move as a red light to another position, start glowing like before then remain hovering about 45 degrees above the horizon, disappear into a red light and move south of our house. It again did what I just mentioned with one big exception, and that was that it came directly over our house this time. As it went over us we could see three steady red lights in the form of a perfect triangle, then as it began to move away from us it started to glow like a bright star again and moved north where it again stopped at about 45 degrees.
It remained there for about ten minutes then it flared up and disappeared completely from sight, no red light this time. I gave thought to the possibility of regular aircraft, but they don’t have three steady red marking lights and the only kind of craft that can hover is a helicopter which I would have heard when it flew over the house. Even if it was a jet., if it were low enough to see a separation between the lights it would have been low enough to hear. Besides, jets have a white light in the nose and they blink. Since living in Phoenix I have seen jets fly over at an altitude so high that all the
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lights appeared as one and I could hear the sound of the jets as they went over.
We have also seen in Phoenix what we feel was a flying saucer. This was about 5:30, March 26th of this year on the Western horizon. It was oval in shape and the color of the sun. The sun had already set and this oval shaped object was moving away from us in almost. a straight line. If it wasn’t for power lines running horizontal to our sight we would not have realized it was moving. It was too far away to be an airplane and to have appeared as large as it did for the distance. We also thought it might have been a cloud but they don’t tilt at an angle, then straighten up again, then tilt again and disappear into the haze, or I should say above the haze, on the horizon.
Understanding in God,
– A Reader
Gratitude is the preventive of Pride and the foundation of Humility. It is the highest refinement of justice and, indeed, a stepping stone to love. Truly, one’s Spiritual Life begins with Gratitude to God. Many people have been accustomed to suppose that as long as their deeds conformed to the law, they have done all that can reasonably be expected of them, and that their thoughts and feelings are their individual business exclusively. But it is a Cosmic Truth that any outward act is but the sequel to a thought and that the type of thought which we allow to become firmly implanted in our minds will sooner or later find expression on the plane of action. True Love and Gratitude have taught that thoughts literally are things and that a wrong or negative thought is just as destructive an act as a wrong deed. For the kind of thought that we permit to occupy our mind manifests our choice of conduct. “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it. are the issues of Life.” We cannot rely upon ourselves and expect Spiritual Growth. The one thing for a person to do is pray regularly, especially at the actual time of temptation, and to place the responsibility for success fully upon God. To seek to demonstrate beyond one’s understanding is not Spiritual for Spiritual development is a matter of growth and he that believeth
shall not unwisely make haste. When one fixes his attention wholeheartedly upon Spiritual things, in the interim doing all that needs to be done in the society of life, and without pushing or allowing impatience to dominate him, he will be amazed to discover the pace at. which the soul has hastened! Things that are not worth having soon disappear under the action of Truth.
Demonstrate where you are. “Let your light so shine that others seeing your good works will glorify the Father.” These words are Truth. They are eternal. They are real and the light of life. Therefore, be grateful for who you are, what you are and cherish all good thoughts for of such “are the issues of Life.” Dwell not on past mistakes nor on the thoughts of tomorrow for the thoughts of tomorrow will take care of themselves. The past is but a guide for today. We live now, not yesterday or tomorrow, but now. We live in eternity here and now, right now! Therefore, live this moment to its fullest, for even as you read these words your mind is in tune with Truth and if nurtured this Truth will make you free. Free to demonstrate the Love, Gratitude and Humility that worlds are made of. Think of if! Claim it! Do it! For we are truly Sons and Daughters of the Infinite Creator and these eternal truths lie within us eagerly awaiting acceptance and demonstration to all mankind.
Be not dismayed regardless of your circumstances or social status. For these things pass away. They are temporary. It is a great, Cosmic Law that like attracts like. Therefore think well and you will act well. Think love and you will demonstrate love. Think God and you will soon be aware of your true destiny and may rest assured that as long as you try, however falteringly, to seek and do the Will of the Infinite Father, your destiny will be secure in that realm which we call the Kingdom of God. For God will give you what, you need! And truly, “As a Man thinketh, so he is.” Be not a hearer of the word only, but be a doer also. “Think and Grow Rich” are not mere words of praise. They are true. You will be far richer than thought possible and your rewards will be great. My “cup runneth over” for the peace and serenity obtained will surpass all understanding and it is a gift that the world cannot give nor take away. Only by your thoughts can you destroy it, for man is endowed with free agency to choose good or choose evil.
We know so very little and we must trust in Divine Truth to receive
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these Truths. Hear with your heart and your understanding
will be increased and evil will depart from you as surely as God lives. “.. . and when you receive these words, I exhort you to ask the Eternal Father in the name of Jesus Christ if they be true, and if you ask with real intent and purity of heart, He will manifest the Truth unto you by the Power of His Holy Spirit!” For as a man thinks, indeed, so he is.
-E. E. Bourne
1005 11th Street
Sacramento 14, Calif.
The contributions to the Merlin radio fund now total $662.06, an increase this month of $102. It has been surprising to note that almost all of the contributions have been $5 or more from a total of 85 people. A lot of people contributing 25 cents to $1 can build the radio station faster than relatively few with donations of $5 or more. If everyone who has heard Dan Fry speak were to contribute 25 cents Ave would have the most powerful radio station available.
Recent contributors include Elsa Chipman, Camino, Calif.; Mr. ,k Mrs. Fred Maupin, Los Angeles, Calif. ; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dachner, Oroville, Calif.; Harrieta Steltz, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Dorr Bothwell, Mendocino, Calif.; Peter Zawislak, Merlin, Ore.; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mosch, San Francisco, Calif.; Opal Michael, Oakland, Calif.; Rosalie Renfro, Seattle, Wash.
TEST CONDUCTED AT OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Aug. 17, 1962
10:00 to 10:05-Number, FOUR
10:05 to 10:10-Color of disc, RED
10:10 to 10:15-Ball, block or hoop, BALL
10:15 to 10:20-Card was, 10 (TEN) HEARTS
10:20 to 10:25-Book or magazine was, FATE MAGAZINE
10:25 to 10:30-Mystery object was, ALARM CLOCK
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Unit #25, sponsored a lecture by Rev. Frank E. Stranges during June. On Sept. 12 the unit plans to entertain Riley Crabb at Fellowship Hall in San Jose.
BUFFALO, N. Y., Unit. #37, elected officers recently. Paul Weast of 197 LaSalle Ave., Buffalo 14, was re-elected president; vice president LeVerne Griffith and recording secretary Lorraine Sterling also were re-elected, as well as chaplain Cora Prantner. New secretary-treasurer of the unit is Elizabeth Rappleye.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., Unit #44, entertained Roy Eugene Davis, metaphysical lecturer, during July.
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