For December, 1965
ROOM AT THE INN ................................................................................................. 2
SIGNPOSTS FOR THE FUTURE ................................................................................ 3
CHRISTMAS-SHOULD WE EXCHANGE GIFTS? ................................................... 4
ATOMS OF ENERGY OR IMMORTAL SOUL ............................................................ 5
WORKSHOP NOTES ..................................................................................................... 6
MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE ...................................................................................... 8
PEACE PROGRAMS ..................................................................................................... 12
SIGHTING AT MYRTLE CREEK, OREGON .............................................................. 13
Book reviews ............................................................................................................ 13
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ......................................................................................... 14
WORD PICTURE ............................................................................................................ 15
Bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 17
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EDITOR ........................................................................................... Dr.
DANIEL W. FRY
asst. editor ........................................................................... kerttu
circulation manager ........................................................... edna
staff artist ................................................................................... gus
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Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
"And she brought forth her first born Son, and
wrapped him is swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger because there was no
room at the Inn."
How many times have these simple words been used at the
beginning of the Christmas story!
All of the story of the birth, life and ministry of Jesus
of Nazareth is one of extreme simplicity and of constant rejection. Born to
parents without lands or wealth, there was no room for Him in the caste system
of society which prevailed during His life. Because He preached giving rather
than getting, there was no room for Him in the marts of trade or in the halls
of the money changers. Because He preached humility and condemned arrogance, He
was shunned by the ruling classes. Because He said, "thou shalt love thine
enemy," He was despised and denounced by those in military service.
Wherever He went, the answer was the same, "there is no room in our
society for any one with such ideals and philosophy. Today, a large portion of
the people of the world spend many hours of their time, and much of their money
each year, to celebrate the birth of this simple Man, and the God-given
philosophy which is now preached everywhere, even though as yet, it is seldom
put into practice. To-
day the manger (which was in a grotto carved from rock) is
surmounted by a magnificent cathedral to commemorate the hotly spot which is
now known to Christians as the "Center of the World.'' All of the places
where Jesus walked and taught are now dotted with monuments to His memory.
Mankind has found room for Jesus in cathedrals, in statuary and in monuments.
It only remains for man to find room in his heart for the simple but divine
truths which Jesus taught, in the coming Christmas season. While we rush about all
our annual struggle to complete those tasks and duties which have came to be
traditional at Christmas time, let us hope that we may find time to clear a
space in our hearts for the Coming of tile One who was laid in a manger because
there was no room in the Inn.
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Are dreams signposts for the future? From earliest
recorded history, man has wondered. While many have scoffed, many have believed
and written of their beliefs.
The Old Testament is full of allusions to dreams. Who has
not heard of Joseph and his success in interpreting his own dreams! And of the
great fame he won interpreting for others? No less a person than the great
Julius Caesar was forewarned when his wife Calpurnia related her dream in
terror. But he shrugged off her concern. And strode forth to his death.
In our dreams, we may be constantly projecting ourselves
into the future. Perhaps only the powerfully emotional or tragic prophecies are
strong enough to pierce through to the conscious mind.
At the turn of the century, a young Army bride, while
napping, saw her husband fall clown tile shaft of a mine, saw him carried unconscious
to the surface. So vivid was tile picture that she rose immediately and
traveled many miles on horseback to an isolated spot where her husband had
camped with a small surveying unit. The surprise of tile men was evident as
well as apprehensive. But good news awaited her. Her husband had gained
consciousness only minutes before her arrival, after falling exactly as she had
seen in her dream.
Romylia Howard, a young San Diego woman, dreamed she was
hit by a truck at one of the main intersections downtown. Four months later, in
July, 1964, she was. This was not her first experience
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in foreseeing future events. Has she a special power? Or
is it just that the barrier between her subconscious and conscious is less
Carl Justav Jung, student of Freud and one of the most
respected scientists of his time, has written extensively concerning his
experiences with dreams and memories.
He feels, as the dream above would seemingly indicate,
that part of our mind is not subject to the laws of space and time. Stimuli
from other as-yet-undiscovered sources are constantly Mattering at our
unconscious. In sleep, when our conscious mind relaxes its guard, these clues
to future events call pierce beyond the barrier set up by our reason.
Are these hints always available? Are we hampered from
fore-knowledge by our limited concept of time? Dr. Jung feels there is another
reality behind our accepted world. 'Facts' we assume immutable possibly relate
to another order of things not apparent to our educated, concept dependent upon
"here or there' and 'earlier or later.'
But he further cautious us not to accept information based
on dreams blindly, assuming its reliability. The hints may he subjective, the
result of wishful thinking, and bear no relation to another world with its
Let us, however, accept gratefully any hints we may
receive through dreams of from spontaneously generated ideas. We call act upon diem
in situations that will not disturb those around us. Presumably, we will not be
able to alter the course of events. Fore-knowledge may only bring an earlier
sorrow. But we may at least, appreciate the present and make sensible provision
for tile future.
Even so modern a specialist as J. B. Rhine Of Duke
University, after working on extra-sensory perception experiments, has
indicated that clairvoyance and precognition trust he accepted as proof that
our minds are not completely limited by time and space as we consciously know
It would seem only reasonable for us to accept clues to the
future as possibly valid, particularly if they appear through dreams when our
reasoning power is dormant. We call act upon these ]tints, not forgetting that.
our conscious mind may have interpreted these clues incorrectly.
- Marjorie Jean Campbell
Wait! Listen! Do not haste away. I have somewhat to tell.
You in your busy preparations for Christmas, have you no time for Me?
I am the One for Whom Christmas began so very long ago.
Remember? Or have you forgotten? No, you have not forgotten, not really. It is
merely that the story is old and you, not all, crave distraction from
things as they are; crave something new. And I am not something new.
I am old, old yet without age. I was old, when man was new. I was born and yet
not born in a stable. I did not die. I could not die for I was LIFE Itself. In
semblance I was born, in semblance I died, that man might be reborn; that man
need never die, and you and you, in commemoration of My birth, play with
I am not blaming you. Most men have not attained unto
soul-maturity. There are few who DO hear the need-cries rising above the
caroling of Christmas hells and the sounds of simulated joy in the tinseled
market places; but few hear the cries of people the world over for the
sustenance, the clothing, the shelter which the price of all the glittering
baubles could have given them. Are you among the few?
If it be a gift to lie, for Me upon My birthday, that you
would give, know yon not the gift that I would ask? Feed ye the hungry, clothe
and shelter the needy. Comfort the sorrowing. Be the father of tile fatherless.
Seek and find those who are lost and bring them to Me. The gift that I am
asking of you, my children, is the gift of yourself ; your self-offering.
But Christmas is no longer as it was meant to be: as it
was in the 'beginning; the joyous coming of tile simple folk and of wise folk
to bring gifts of those things which were their choicest possessions, not to
give to one another, where there is no need, but, to give to Me, for Me.
My arms are outstretched with the arms of the homeless
child, but you see Me not. My eyes watch in vain with those to whom assistance
does not come. My voice is in the voice of all those who are crying for help
the world over, but you hear it not, or if you do hear, you ask yourself,
"Did I not send a pittance to some good
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cause that begged it of me? That was my remembrance gift
to the new born Christ."
Then you turn to the glittering baubles for which you have
spent far more than a pittance. So it is. I do not decry merriment. I was often
in the midst of merriment, but could there not be one day, one self-giving day
that is just for Me? I am addressing the many who forget, not tile few who
You did wait and you did listen. NOW, WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Whatever you do for Me, in full measure and running over, my Children, I shall
be doing for you.
(Submitted by Dr. C. Nimmo, Oceanside, Calif. Author
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To those who are not convinced that there is a continuing
life after physical dissolution there are other helpful and consoling thoughts
to be considered. There are traits and attributes that are eternal in duality
and operation, attainable to those who consistently desire and work for them.
It is obvious that justice and kindness will bring their own reward to those
who practice the attitudes.
It is reasonable to assume that an Eternal God or Spirit
would be of a just and kind nature, and anyone endeavoring to emulate these
qualities would be in harmony with such an exalted Being. Having acquired a
similar nature during earth-life would insure these qualities being perpetuated
by their touching upon the lives of others. Simple goodness, as well as great
evil, is long remembered and thus carries an influence into following
The full impact of the power of goofiness is most realized
by those who have made it till important part of their lives and have
discovered the peace it Walt bring. It has an expanding and uplifting effect
upon tile individual so living, but the effect is never experienced by those
who Habitually think first of themselves.
The one who has made justice and kindness a standard by
which to live may know that his every thought and good deed will neither be
lost nor wasted, even though he may be convinced that death ends all -that he
will be only all atom of energy in a vast eternal universe, and swept into some
possible, accidental bit of life, or ray
of light in the cons to come. He may know that the lives
he has touched in his earth existence have been made easier and more pleasant.
He may know that because of his thoughtful consideration of others, he will be
remembered and loved, and the thoughts of many will be more gentle for his
having passed their way.
If thoughts are energy and energy is the stuff of which
all things and energy is the stuff of which all things are Made, never dying, Only
changing then that man's justice and goodness will be eternal. He may,
therefore, consider himself all immortal being, and this consideration may well
provide tile incentive for a life of service to others.
In the event that his understanding was in error and he
awakes on the "other side" very much alive and aware of himself, he
would find that he had made a substantial gain in spiritual development because
he cultivated a just and gentle nature. He would know that He had made many
things right and had blotted out the wrongs and errors of his past life by his
successful efforts to live up to his highest ideals.
Whether an atom of energy or an immortal soul, the kind
and just man is assured of a wondrous continuity.
-Esther W. Lowery
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To know Another we begin with Self. So it was that the
Workshop, of the Understanding, Inc. Annual Meeting on October 16th, commenced
with a short personal test. Each participant was requested to write three to
five reasons why he liked others and three to five reasons why he disliked
others. Individually then, each was to evaluate his answers: are the qualities
and attributes listed a reflection of one's own nature, what one desires to
emulate, what one lacks, etc? Such an analysis, honestly made, will reveal much
of Self as well as of others , for are we not reflected in all others, to a
greater or lesser degree? And, a study of our reactions to others can lead to
personal "repair work."
As a consideration toward a better understanding of others
mention was made of the need to include the effects of heredity, environment
and karma upon our lives, influences which are inadequately
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known yet significant as expressed by our individual
personalities. To accept a person for what he is, not what we would have him be,
is the lesson to learn. -None are perfect and thus none can judge another by
his imperfect self.
"Irritation is a two way street." So, we strive
to become peaceful within ourselves, knowing that as our auras touch others we
radiate to them that which we are. One member mentioned that whenever she was
irritated she paused to silently repeat "The Lord's Prayer" with
amazing results in the changed atmosphere of the relationship, Exoterically we
say "Count to Ten!"
"As a man thinketh, so he is" suggests a review
of our opinions of self. A nightly review of our day's thoughts and deeds, with
self-forgiveness for inadequacies, brings self-acceptance, a necessary
prerequisite for the acceptance of others. To know Self we defeat the efforts
of others to disparage or belittle us. This proposition was related to the mass
acceptance (with resentment) by minority groups of their alleged inferiority,
and the consequent need for a, change in group consciousness through education
- to develop individual awareness of personal worth.
As we individually grow into a better understanding of
life and its Multitudinous relationships, we feel the need to communicate this
understanding to others. To be effective, understanding and Understanding, Inc.
must reach others. As our opinion, are still frequently considered “The Other
Side of tile Coin" it was recommended that our letters to editors, to
government officials, radio and Tv outlets, be based upon sound, factual data,
reflecting the basis of our "studied" views. Opinions on such
present day issues as fluoridation, spiritual education. extra-terrestrial
life, chemicals in food processing, juvenile delinquency, etc., should be
expressed. In writing to individual government representatives or to public
news media, it was suggested that the writer invite questions encourage
suggestions and that a contact address ho given, possibly P.O. Box 76, Merlin, Oregon.
In addition to the aforementioned personal letters,
Understanding Units should sponsor a variety or public lectures, not confined
to the UFOs nor metaphysical subjects, but covering all areas of human
relationships and beliefs. With respect to controversial issues it was
recognized that two speakers he invited to present objective,
unemotional data of both facets of a problem issue. We
seek to create understanding in an atmosphere that knows no issue is uni-dimensional
and that only through deep searching can answers be found.
As our contacts are made, either personally, through our
lectures, or through letters to the public, we should "plant a seed,"
"open a door," to start others thinking; in heretofore closed areas.
Use of the Understanding libraries - Unit and National- should be encouraged;
study of the Understanding magazine articles promoted; and participations in
understanding Study and Discussion Groups invited.
Although Understanding, Inc. has grown from the UFO
contact, and though its membership basically hold to the belief that
extraterrestrial life is visiting the environs of earth in spaceships, yet its
true purpose is to create total understanding, as given by Alan to Dan Fry. For,
only by the balanced development of the scientific, social and spiritual
foundations of civilization can man progress to as yet unknown states of
awareness, knowing peace and joy.
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As originally proposed by Executive Vice-President, Col.
Arthur J. Burks, and as voted upon at the Annual Meeting in October,
Understanding, Inc. now offers the following types of membership in its
organization to "promote a greater understanding among all peoples of earth,
and those not of earth."
1.) Associate Membership at Two Dollars per
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additional. This is primarily for those who "labor with hands and
brains" to keep alive the organization.
2.) Contributing Membership at Ten Dollars
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members of goodwill interested in providing; Headquarters with additional
3.) Sustaining Membership at Twenty-five
Dollars per year, including the magazine, for those interested in sustaining
costs of such programs of understanding as the magazine, Educational
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Resources, etc. as well as providing funds to contribute
toward expenses of President D. W. Fry for his many lecture tour, in behalf of
"understanding and Understanding, Inc."
4.) Life Membership at Five Hundred Dollars,
including the magazine. The funds from these memberships are, as Col. Burks
puts it, "To sustain Understanding Inc. `ambassadors' abroad, where those
who request visits by such ambassadors do not manage all expenses."
You believe in the tenets of a greater understanding but
are you. contributing to these ideals, either in hours of effort or dollars to
sustain the effort? We invite you to share with us our dedication and know the
inner joy of serving a cause higher than self.
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Flying Saucers in South Africa
(Topeka Daily Capital, Friday, September 17,
South Africa (AP) - South African police and scientists investigated Thursday
a report that a flying saucer-type object had landed on a main highway near
Pretoria, the country’s, administrative capital.
Two police officers reported seeing the flaming
"saucer," about 30 feet in diameter, shortly after midnight. One of them said the shiny copper-colored object resembled a giant spinning top.
The two men claimed that as they approached the object, it took off silently at
great speed with flames shooting out of its underside. Scientists who examined
the slot where the officers said they saw the object are reported to have found
a six-foot wide section of the tarred road had been badly burned.
UFO's in Finland
HELSINKI ( UPI )- - Mysterious ball and cigar –shaped objects
were seen in Finnish skies Friday night.
They flew northwards, trailing light behind them,
according to eye-witnesses who saw their 111 central and eastern Finland.
III the lead were 10 ball-shaped objects and behind them
came a cigar-shaped object, they said.
(Grants Pass Courier , Sept. 22, 1965)
JERUSALEM, Israeli Sector (A P)-The drug Thalidomide,
convicted of deforming babies, may will a reprieve as a treatment for sonic of
the reactions of leprosy.
Israel has about 200 lepers.
Specialists at Hansen Hospital here started using the
drug, a tranquilizer, to lesson the pains of lepers and allow them to sleep.
Doctors were surprised to find that some of the symptoms of leprosy, such as
efflorescence of the skin and inflammation of the eyes, tended to disappear ill
a few hours. No serious side effects were noted.
Thalidomide was developed by a German company. It was
withdrawn from general circulation after its effects on babies became known.
The pills used here are made by a Haifa company.
Mind Reading by Scientists
(By Darid R. Francis, New York Times, July 24,
NEW YORK-When do you think mind-reading will be
Two scientists at Rand Corporation, the West Coast
"think tank" asked 82 "experts" this question, among many
others in a study of long-range forecasting.
Apparently the question referred to the possibility of
using some machine to read a person's brain waves. It might be something like a
polygraph - popularly called the detector- but very much more sophisticated.
The results are more fascinating than science fiction.
Actually, they could prove to he just that.
As the two researchers admit, "The use of intuitive
forecasting as a basis for long-range forecasting is unavoidable."
Answering the above question, several of the experts
indicated that military projects aimed at mind-reading are already under way.
Most agreed that, technically, mind-reading eventually will be possible.
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With a "crash programme," half of the panelists
thought it would he possible within 40 years.
Some of the other forecasts as reported in News Front, a
magazine distributed to management follow:
With an all-out effort, domesticated porpoises could be
used for anti-submarine reconnaissance by 1970; laser beams or other directed
energy beams could destroy missiles by 1975; and the weather could be
manipulated for military purposes, also by 1975.
Predicted breakthrough, without crash programmes, include:
Biological agents to destroy an enemy's will to resist 1975.
Manned Mars and Venus fly-by -- 1978 .
Drugs to produce personality changes -- 1983.
Primitive forms of life created in the laboratory -1989.
Commercial ocean-bottom mining -1989.
Commercial global ballistic transport - 2000.
Automated voting (legislation by plebiscite)-2000
Facsimile newspapers printed in the home-2005.
Brain-computer link to enlarge man's intellect-2020.
Long-duration coma to permit a form of time travel-2050.
Limited control over the force of gravity-2050.
Sounds fantastic, but that is what. happened when a group
of scientists let their imagination polish up the crystal Ball.
(Grants Pass Courier, September 29, 165)
TOKYO (AP) - Communist China says it has discovered a
30-ton meteorite in the Gobi desert containing six "cosmic minerals."
The report, carried by the New China News Agency said the meteorite was the
third largest in the world. The agency said, chemical analysis of samples from
the meteorite ".how that its chemical composition is: 88.67 per cent of
iron, 9.27 per cent of nickel, and cobalt, phosphorns, silicon, sulphur, copper
and other elements.
(Grants Pass Courier, Sept. 29, 1965)
NAPLES, Italy- (AP)-The skeletonized remains of a man
about 40 and a boy of about 6 have been found, virtually intact, in two tombs
dating from the early 6th Century B.C.
Prof. Bernardo Yahannowski, acting superintendent of
announced the latest find at the newly discovered
necropolis at Vico Equense, near ancient Pompeii. He estimated the dates of the
Rockets Probing Sky Dust
(The Denver Post, Aug. lo. 1965)
WASHINGTON - (NANA) - Scientists of seven nations are
collecting in earth's extreme atmosphere samples of the dust between the
They are concerned with the particles-some of which are
known to be less than four millionths of an inch in diameter-which are
responsible for tile "nectilucent clouds" which appear in the far Arctic
and Antarctic during, summer months. These are accumulations of space dust. approximately
50 miles above the earth.
The project is under the direction of Dr. Robert Soberman
of the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory, who designed the "Venus
fly traps" used in the collecting.
The nose cone of a fly-trap rocket opens like one of the
weird flowers to expose four large "petals." These contain about 500
square inches of collecting surface.
The high altitude rockets are launched from the Churchill Research
Range in Canada. Participating nations, besides the United States and Canada,
are Australia, France, West Germany. Israel and Sweden.
(Grants Pass Courier, Sept. 15, 1963)
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP)-Scientists at Oak Ridge National
Laboratory say they have developed a new method of disposing of liquid
radioactive wastes fly burying them underground.
The new system is called hydraulic fracturing and entails
basically the blending of radioactive wastes, concrete, fly ash and other
additives and pumping the mixture into bedded shale formation 700 to 1,000 feet
(From Hamilton Times, New Zealand, July 24,
(Christian commentary by Presto John)
"Wanted: Young men and women for service on the
planet of Mars. Must be in good health because of unique atmospheric conditions.
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Candidates need to have a strong sense of vocation and be
convinced of the importance of taking the Gospel to all peoples."
Advertisements such as this have not appeared in our
newspapers - yet.
But they became an exciting possibility last week as the
world awaited the first photographs from Mars.
If it is found that humans exist on the planet, then
missionary bodies will doubtless immediately consider the possibility of
sharing with them the good of Jesus Christ.
On the other hand, the Martians may have further truths
about Christ to share with us. It is no new idea that the Son of God may have
been incarnate in other worlds than on earth.
What we learn oil other planets could well increase our
knowledge of the way God works.
We may learn some of the secrets of healing and thereby be
enabled to understand the way our Lord's miracles operated.
We may even learn the workings of God's laws as seen in
the Resurrection and Ascension.
"In me Father's house are many mansions," said
Jesus. Could these "mansions" include people with God-given souls on
Time alone will tell.
But whatever the future brings, this is an exciting time
for scientists and churchmen alike. The more we study the planets, the more we
become aware (in the words of Einstein) that at the back of the universe there
is "the workings of a great mind."
As an American Nobel Prize winner put it recently:
" Modern science of the real sort is slowly learning
to walk humbly with its God."
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At the Annual Meeting of Understanding, Inc. on October
16th, in Merlin, Oregon, it was resolved that Understanding, Inc., as an
International organization, institute an official research project for the year
1965-66. It was further resolved that the project be a study of Peace
organizations, National and International.
This study requires the cooperation of all the
Units as well as Members-at-Large, wherever they may be.
It involves writing to the various peace groups for their literature,
determining their specific purposes and approaches to peace, detailing their
accomplishments to date, and summarizing the research briefly, sending copies
of the literature and the summary to the Merlin office. Once the reports are
in, it is proposed that the material be worked into an article for the
Understanding magazine, for distribution to every member of our organization.
Please write to P.O. Box 76 Merlin, of your intention to
participate, indicating which group you prefer to study. We have many names
available. May we count on you?
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(This sighting account was given personally to your editors.)
October 24. 1965. Karen and Luanna called me to come to
the Union Station, where we observed two craft, approximately 100 feet in
diameter, in the distance. The craft were visible for about one to one and
one-half hours, until the fog commenced rolling into the valley. At about 11 P.M. they moved towards Day Creek, so I left, going to a friend's home near the
Joan, her 12 year old sister, and I decided to wall: up
the mountain to see what we could see from a higher level. Then I felt the urge
to go higher to see what would be visible on the other side. We then saw four
small scout ships in the valley, and as we watched one came toward us. As it came
closer and closer to within 15 feet of us it appeared to be 5-7 feet in
diameter, giving off light in two beams which formed a V from the ship.
As the craft turned the light hit and hurt the eyes of my
friends so that they had to turn away from it. It seemed for a time that the
little ship would fly directly over our heads, but instead it veered to the
left. Then all four scout ships ascended.
During this time the large craft were to the right, a few
miles away. hovering between some ridges.
As my friends were frightened we returned to the house. Mary
Root, Myrtle Creek, Ore.
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We Are Not Alone
(Walter Sullivan, McGraw Hill, 'New York, N.Y. $6.95)
Author Walter Sullivan is the Science Editor for the New
York Times, and has written several hooks, including a recent work concerning
his coverage of the International Geophysical Year. With such a background this
book-We Are Not Alone -- cannot be regarded as lust another
Mr. Sullivan offers the reader a tour of the universe,
showing the likelihood of our sharing it with other civilizations. He discusses
the historical background of our attempts to communicate with other worlds.
In the final chapter of this fascinating hook, Author
Sullivan con-templates the possible effects of intelligent beings who might
well shake the foundations of our religions and philosophies.
"The world desperately needs a global adventure to
rekindle the flame that burned so intently during the Renaissance, when new
Worlds were being discovered on our own planet and in the realms of science.
Within a generation or less we will vicariously tread the Moon and Mars, but
the possibility of ultimately `seeing' worlds in other solar systems, however
remote, is an awesome prospect.
"The realization that life is probably universal,
however thinly scattered through the universe, has meaning for all who
contemplate the cosmos and the mortality of man.
"The Universe that lie. about us. visible only in the
privacy, the intimacy of night, is incomprehensibly vast. Yet the conclusion
that life exists across this vastness seems inescapable. We cannot yet be sure
whether or not it lies within reach, but in any ease we are a part of it; we
are not alone!"
- Florence Twitchell
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Dear Mr. Fry:
I am a member of your wonderful organization --
Understanding and would like to tell you how many wonderful friends through
correspondence, it has brought me.
People tell me which magazines interest them and I endeavor
to send them copies. For those who have asked for religious material Dr.
Vincent Peale has donated a box of back issues of "Guidepost." Other are
interested in scientific materials, or social problems, and seek information
from our magazines.
As I am retired and enjoy writing and receiving letters, I
am happy in this work. I had a lovely letter from Malaysia from a young Taoist
asking if l believed in reincarnation, UFO's, and would I please write her
about God. I felt this was quite a responsibility so I prayed for guidance . .
. I also write to a University Professor in Calcutta. India, and someone in Pakistan.
'My daughter and I have also seen an UFO. It was last
October on a. clear moonlit night. We were scanning the sky about 11 P.M. when we noticed a star which appeared to he moving, slowly, silently and fairly
high in the sky. Then it stopped, grew larger, twisted and turned several time.,
rapidly, first shaped like a quarter moon, half moon, quarter moon, and finally
became a flat, disk, the size of a small dinner plate. This sent out lovely
pastel iridescent lights of rainbow hues, then it became gold with horizontal
black hands, gradually becoming smaller and disappearing behind light clouds.
We watched it. for an hour and twenty minutes, with and without binoculars.
Would it be possible for you to come to Victoria to
lecture here? I am sure many would be interested as the books on this subject
are much in demand at our public library.
- Mrs. Ethel Shook
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There lives at this time in Judea, Jesus Christ, whom the
barbarians esteem as a prophet, but His followers love and adore Him as the
off-spring of the immortal God. He calls the dead from their graves and heals
all sorts of diseases with a word or a touch. He is a tall Man and well shaped,
of an amiable and reverend aspect. His hair of a color that can hardly be
matched, falling into graceful curls, waving about and very agreeably crouching
upon His shoulders, parted on the crown of the head, running as a stream to the
front after the manner of the Nazarites, His forehead high, large and imposing,
His cheeks a lovely red; nose and mouth formed with exquisite symmetry; His
beard thick and of a color suitable to the hair and parting in the middle like
a fork; His eyes bright blue, clear and serene; look innocent, dignified, manly
and mature, His hands and arms most delectable to behold.
He rebukes with majesty, counsels with mildness; His whole
address, whether in word or deed, being eloquent and grave. No man has seen Him
laugh, yet His manners are exceedingly pleasant, but He has wept frequently in
the presence of men.
He is temperate, modest and wise-A Man, for His
extraordinary beauty and divine perfections - surpassing the children of men in
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This is a purported word picture of our Blessed Lord,
written of Him while He was yet on Earth, and is on the civic records of the
Romans, who were in power in the Holy Land at that time, hence quite authentic
as a matter of history. This remarkable letter is supposed to have been written
to the Roman Senate by Publius Lentulus, then President in Judea, about A.D.
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"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace,
goodwill toward men." Luke 2:14.
Book Specials for the Holidays
For Christmas giving Merlin Publishing Company will offer
at special rates the following books: Dr. Fry's Atoms, Galaxies and
Understanding, soft bound $1.00, hardbound $2.00 a copy; Calvin Girvin's The
Night Has 1000 Saucers, soft bound at $1.00; Dr. E. E. Whitworth's Diary
Into the Unknown, hardbound $2.00 Marke Norman's Many Shall Be Called,
softbound $1.00; and Kelvin Rowe's Call at Dawn, hardbound $2.00.
Please order early as some title are in short supply. P.
O. Box 105, Merlin, Oregon 97532.
Subscriptions and Yearbooks
We remind you that gift subscriptions to Understanding magazine
may be ordered for your family, friends, libraries, schools, etc., for Two
Dollars a year during the month of December.
We wish to announce that Yearbooks for 1963 and 1964 are
now available, at Two Dollars each. Order from Understanding. P.O. Box 76,
Merlin. Ore. 97532.
It has been called to our attention that we erroneously
listed Merlin Publishing Company as the publisher rather than merely the distributor
of Dr. D. W. Fry's recent books. Credit for publication, including the
excellence of format, is due C.A.S., printers and publishers, of Lakemont, Ga. Our
apologies to H. Edwin O'Neal.
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God's Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree is the Tree of Life
And on It may be found
anything you may desire
If you but look around.
things of no account
But gifts of value rare
TRUTH and UNDERSTANDING
True gifts beyond compare.
GOD is not
here just one short day
But all the long year through
gifts and giving them
To folk, like me and you.
- Aleta O. Johnston
DECEMBER, 1965 19
Election of National Officers
We are happy to announce the following as New Officers and
Directors of Understanding, Inc.
President: Dr. Daniel W. Fry: Executive Vice President:
Col. Arthur J. Burks; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Dorothy Harper; Recording
Secretary, Mrs. Velma .lay, Treasurer, Mrs. Marcella Fortune; Membership
Chairman: Mrs. Elizabeth Nesbit.
International Director: Mr. Herb Peter, Canada, 1;
Northwestern Director, Mrs. Bonnie Miller, 21; Southwestern Director, Col.
Harry F. May, Unit 1; North Central Director, Mr. Harry Fleenor, 66 South central
Director, Mrs. Tahahlita Fry, 9; Midwestern Director, Rev. Steele Goodman, 46;
Northeastern Director, Mrs. Mary Basano 59; and Southeastern Director, Mrs.
Lucille F. Colyer, 62.
Mrs. Edna Basmajian continues to serve as Subscription
Chairman and Mrs. Esther Stilgcboner as Organizational Chairman.
Unit 7 of Orange, California, presented on November 7th
Michael X. Barton speaking on "U.F.O.'s and the Incredible Search for Dr.
Halsey." The story of the search for Dr. Halsey was well documented by
means of color slides.
Merlin Unit Number One
On November 4th the Merlin Unit sponsored a public lecture
in Grants Pass, presenting Dr. D. W. Fry. The subject was "The
Unpremeditated Pilgrimage" and included commentary
and colored slides of the Frys' recent trip to the British Isles, the Pyramids
and the Holy Land.
On November 10th the Unit Discussion Group presented Mrs.
Grace Graham in a study of Concert Therapy, illustrated by the art work of the
No December meeting is scheduled.
Unit 35 of Tacoma. Wash., was recently re-organized.
Officers elected included: Richard Kolb, President; Mrs. Charlotte McClain,
Vice President, and Lela Maxwell as Secretary-Treasurer. Meetings are to be
held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Swayze Library in Tacoma and
interested persons are invited.
Welcome to Two New Units
The Understanding family has recently added two new units.
Unit 70 has been organized in Chicago but neither name nor officers have yet
Unit 71 has been formed in San Bernardino, Calif.,
officers to be announced later.
We welcome our new members to the joys of receiving and
Unit 22 of Riverside, Calif., presented on October 25th,
Dr. Eugene Thomas. Thomas has written several books, one of which is Brotherhood
of Mt. Shasta. He is also the Managing Editor of Journal of Social
On November both the Unit presented Maid Bey, founder of
the Coptic Fellowship; and on November 22nd, Richard Kidder with "Films
and Sound" color and stereo.
Please check with President Caroline Nuckles (4715 Bain
St., Mira Loma, Calif.) for December program plans.
Timothy Green Beckley, Director of the Interplanetary News
Service, 3 Courtland Street, New Brunswick, N. J. 08901, offers to all our
readers a free booklet entitled "The Real Flying Saucer Story."
Although there is no charge for this interesting booklet,
assuredly postage would be most welcome.
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by Dr. Daniel W. Fry
Steps to the Stars (4th printing)
Curve of Development
Both softbound $1.50 each
Atoms, Galaxies and Understanding
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Merlin, Oregon 97532
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