ENERGY CRISIS ................................................................................................... 2
BUILD A THOUGHT BANK .......................................................................................... 3
THE ESSAY CONTEST ................................................................................................. 5
YOUTH PAGE .................................................................................................................. 6
UFO's INTERNATIONAL .............................................................................................. 8
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING .................................................................................... 8
poet’s corner .......................................................................................................... 10
world report ........................................................................................................... 11
Book reviews ............................................................................................................ 15
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ......................................................................................... 16
A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH .............................................................................. 17
Bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 18
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EDITOR ........................................................................................... Dr.
DANIEL W. FRY
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VOLUME XIX MARCH 1973 NUMBER
Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
To the relatively calm and impartial observer, it
frequently appears that the world of man is in a constant state of crisis.
Unlike the conquering hero who marches resolutely from victory to victory,
humanity seems to wander aimlessly and almost blindly, from crisis to crisis.
Repeated reference to "the perilous times in which we live," can be
found in virtually every political oration since the dawn of recorded history!
Although the nature of the crises change with time, one or more of them have
always been upon us, and dire predictions of impending doom inevitably result
from the sudden realization of whatever crises are currently making themselves
Somehow, our world civilization has managed to survive
Military Crises, Political Crises, Economic and Social Crises, each of which
seemed to threaten its doom.
The three most often discussed, and shuddered at, crises
of today are the population explosion, world pollution and the energy crisis.
All three of these are, of course, somewhat related to each other, but the most
peculiar aspect of the situation is that they are so often considered to be
unavoidable hazards which will destroy civilization unless some new means can
be found to circumvent or to surmount them. The truth is that, in practically
every case of world crisis, man himself makes the decisions
which result in the crisis, or he simply neglects to make
the decisions necessary to avert it until the pressure of the crisis forces
those decisions upon him. The population explosion, for example, is not as an
earthquake or a tidal wave which man can do nothing to prevent, and so must simply
try to survive. Since it requires the cooperation of at least two persons to
bring each new child into the world, it should be obvious that the process can
be discontinued whenever the necessity becomes sufficiently acute.
Both the pollution crisis and the energy crisis are the
predictable and inevitable results of the over-competitive nature of our
civilization and our economy. Manufacturers dump their wastes in lakes, rivers
and oceans because, if they were to process the waste instead of dumping it, the
final cost of their product would be two or three percent higher than that of
their competitors who are dumping their waste. Consequently, the public would
buy only the lower priced product, and the company which processed its waste
would soon be in bankruptcy.
In considering the energy crisis we must remember that
nature offers many forms of available, and almost unlimited energy. (Dutch
windmills ground corn, and sailing ships plied the seven seas centuries before
the advent of fossil fuels or electric power.) Our present problem stems from
the fact that some forms of energy require a greater investment than others in
order to make them salable and deliverable to the public. Because of price
competition, we can use (at any one time) only those forms which are the least
costly. When world production of fossil fuels eventually does begin to diminish
(which, unfortunately, may be farther in the future than now estimated), we may
then begin to direct our attention to the non-polluting sources such as Solar Energy,
Geothermal Energy, Tidal Energy, etc., all of which can readily be adapted to
man's use, although perhaps at a slightly higher initial investment.
Before we become panic-stricken over the impending energy
crisis, it might be well to remember several things. First, that our Sun
delivers to this earth, every day, energy equal to more than twelve quadrillion
kilowatt hours, or about four million kilowatt hours for each and every human
being now living on this planet. Second, that the silicon crystal can convert
solar energy directly into electrical energy, with no moving parts and nothing
to wear out or deteriorate.- Third, that the element silicon is one of the
cheapest and most plentiful elements on the surface c of the earth.
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Radiation is a fact of life. Nuclear radiation could
destroy our Universe in seconds, we agree.
But there is a more powerful radiation, that of Thought:
Thought exerted as Blessing, a real transfer of unlimited power.
So why don't we, men and women of Good-Will, build a
Blessing Bank, a world-wide Thought Bank of Good Will and Compassion?
Men of Good-Will are required to create Thought Forms,
armed with homing devices to seek their own throughout the world. To be
effective, these thoughts must be provided with a frame, a symbol, a matrix
around which like thoughts may cluster.
A useful symbol is a circle. Begin with one small circle,
enclosing thoughts of Peace, Happiness and Prosperity for your most immediate
environment, which is composed of the furnishings of your own mind. Create next
a larger circle enclosing the first, building into it strong thought for Peace,
Happiness and Prosperity for your family, for the environment of your home.
Again, enclose these circles with a still larger one,
postulating Peace, Happiness and Prosperity for your own town, your community.
A still larger circle sends out thought forms of P-H-P for your state, your
country. Continue with concentric circles enclosing Space Ship Earth in the
magic of your thoughts of Impersonal Good Will. You continue building into
Infinity with these concentric circles as you will them to go forth mightily.
For thoughts are things, they are vibratory things, they
are always equipped with homing devices. They are vibrations carrying a shape,
embodying a color.
If a man's thoughts are directly connected with someone
else, the resultant thought form moves toward that person and discharges itself
in his aura, provided that there is in the recipient some compatible element to
the arrowed thought, otherwise it is repelled. Thus a thought of love and
desire to protect, directed strongly toward some beloved object, creates a form
which goes to the person thought of and remains with him as a shielding and
protecting agent. Thus we may create veritable guardian angels round those we
An evil thought, projected with malice, striking an aura
of unsympathetic material, can only rebound from it and strike its projector,
he, having in himself similar material to that of the thought form, is thrown
into responsive vibration and suffers the destructive effects he had intended
to cause another.
However, our thought form of concentric circles is in the
class of Blessings ..... impersonal, armed with selfless compassion and
good-will, a living creature of beautiful luminosity, homing toward a magnetic
center of such thoughts, taking upon itself sympathic vibrations that
strengthen and give longevity, as it travels to its attractive center.
These thoughts are in contrast to the average self-centered
thought which clings to its creator, so that each man travels through Space
en-closed within a prisoning cage of his own building, surrounded by a mass of
the forces created by his habitual thought.
But our habitual thought of Prosperity, Happiness and
Peace is not earthbound, it soars and picks up strength and joins its kind to
remain as a Blessing of continued power.
The resources of this Thought Bank may be directed to key
men and women of peace, makers of happiness and prosperity, fighters against
hunger and disease and despair, men who deal in courage and calmness and
kindness, for only impersonal Good Will is world-powerful.
Begin tonight, in a moment of calm. Think Peace, Happiness
and Prosperity. Visualize concentric circles enclosing these thoughts of
good-will and compassion for yourself, your family, your state, your country,
our Solar System and the Universe Beyond. Build your circles of golden light,
bonding in them a Blessing to Mankind, to Space Ship Earth, to the Universe,
and SEND THEM FORTH IN THEIR MIGHT!
Iris B. Busken
Winners have been selected from the entries received in
the Under-standing Contest for "proposals" to be considered by a
World Congress, "to determine the Areas of Mutual Agreement in the Social
First Prize- $50.00 - Bill Stevens, Eugene,
Second Prize 25.00 - Mrs. Dorothy Stevens, Los
Third Prize- 10.00 - Mrs. Georgia Martin, Chula
Fourth Prize- 5.00 - Mrs. Juliana Lewis, El
Fifth Prize- 5.00 - Mr. Carl Pernigotti,
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Sixth Prize- 5.00 - Mr. Theodore G. Hullett,
San Francisco, Calif.
Insufficient scripts were received to award the additional
prizes offered. Prize Winning Essays will appear from time to time in the
Understanding Magazine. Here is the first, by Bill Stevens:
1. If every human being needs certain resources in
order to survive, it is better to share these resources than it is to destroy
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2. Fulfilling the basic survival needs (for air,
food and water, as an example) of one person is of a higher priority than
providing luxuries for another person.
3. Skills (scientific, technical, mental, communications,
diplomatic, interpersonal relations, manual, artistic and educational, etc.)
are valuable human resources. It is better to promote than to oppose the
learning, sharing and constructive use of such skills.
4. If information and knowledge are valuable human
resources, it is best to promote their sharing and use whenever possible.
5. Words have power. It is better to use them to clarify communication
and promote understanding than to confuse people and create misunderstanding.
6. Interpersonal and inter-group communication is
essential to under-standing between people of our world. Therefore, communication
de-serves a high priority position in the allocation of our material, technical
and human resources.
7. Increasingly, individuals and groups affect
people on other parts of our common planet by their actions and decisions.
Therefore, mutual consideration and cooperation, prior to taking action, will
promote mutual understanding, and are of increasing priority among Earth's
8. People are most apt to respond with
understanding when pain, insecurity and threats are not being inflicted upon
them. Therefore, such actions should be minimized.
9. People have a human identity worthy of respect,
which transcends their changeable ideas and beliefs. We can accept and respect
them as human beings even when we disagree with their ideas and beliefs.
10. People need to feel useful and creative. It is
better to promote than to oppose outlets for their creative and useful energies
11. People need affectionate human contact. It is
better to allow for such contact, whenever possible, rather than to isolate
12. People need some times of quiet privacy. It is
best to allow for such private times.
13. People need space in which to move and exercise
their bodies. It is better to promote than to restrict such spaces.
♦ ♦ ♦
Truth needs no shouting.
Beauty no explanation.
Religion no sermons.
"Through Children's Eyes"
Sometimes kids are underestimated by older people.
"Oh, they don't know anything except race cars or dolls." I even
thought this about the primary grades below me. But we are wrong. (Way back
when, I was a smart kid! Thank you! Thank you! No applause, please. Thank you!)
But seriously, starting in the third grade I got interested in Understanding
and so I gave reports on flying saucers during the third, fourth, fifth and
sixth grades. Of course, I supplied enough information to let my fellow
students know about it because they didn't know that much about UFO's. Then came
sixth grade. (Not Bronson - sixth grade. No motor-cycles, sorry.) After I gave
a report on UFO's to my grade, I was asked to give it to the third graders. So
I said, "Oh, well, might as well try it again." So I gave the report.
Wow! (With 18 exclamation marks!) They were really interested. In the four
preceding years my classmates were sorta interested, but here these third
graders (I repeat: third graders!) were interested. They asked questions like mad!
Not kid stuff, like "Why don't they have feet or wings or tails?"
They asked intelligent and curious questions. Questions scientists are
pondering. Like "What are they made of? Where do they really come from?
Are they people like us?" Of course, we know answers to questions like
these. But these third graders didn't know. So I was really pleased. Instead of
my "sermon" going over like a lead balloon, it went over filled with helium!
So with these reports, five different ones in four years,
I grew in knowledge of UFO's and I was known as the local info source for UFO's
among the kids at school. I credit my mom for 7596 of my knowledge of UFO's.
The other 2596 I found out myself.
The kids at school started to get interested in UFO's and
several of them developed different theories about them. I decided to ask my
fellow students about UFO's and find out about their theories. I came up with a
lot of good answers. Of course, the first answer was from a future scientist
(one of my friends). He said they were gases and clouds. Well, what do ya do
except smile and write 'er down! The second one was also scientific, but a
different approach. He said from Russia or homemade models. By now, I felt like
I was a victim of pollution, that is, scientific pollution. Then I got a breath
of fresh air. My next answer was that they were from outer space, but, they
weren't in our image. So now I could breathe, but the punishment wasn't over,
yet. My next reply was that they were moon reflections. Oh, my gosh! Now I was
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again. But then, pure air .... one of my favorite
teachers, God bless her, believed in UFO's with the same ideas as we in
Understanding. The next
student said they were reflections of natural objects. The
smog came reeling in. But not for long, for the next student gave me a laugh.
He said "Garbage can lids with propellers." Oh my gosh! I can just
see garbage can lids taking over the earth! My last six replies were very
disappointing. Two said they were "figments of the imagination" and
the rest were: "clouds", "homemade models",
"experiments of government", and "from Russia". All of
these theories are from my fellow students of the seventh, eighth and ninth
Through these theories I must conclude that my generation
is growing swiftly in knowledge because now these grade levels are interested
in UFO's and this visitation of UFO's is attracting people, even kids. So I
think that the above opinions of kids should change (I'm doing it, too) because
our generation is coming through!
So to conclude, 73 words about an announcement: This has
been an introduction for the "Youth Page" which will be a UFO group
for young people of Understanding. You can write to us (My sister, Val, is in
on this too) giving us your ideas and we will get on the ball! Send your
letters to: Valorie and Pete Bohnert, P.O. Box 206, Merlin, Oregon 97532.
Pete Bohnert (13)
Reports from Canada
(Cosmos-Express, Jonquierre, Quebec, Vol. 1.
No. 6, September 1972)
Mr. R. H., a security guard in the city of Three Rivers, Quebec,
Canada, reports the following: On Sunday night, July 16th, at about 10:45 P.M., my brother-in-law and I were getting ready to go to work. As we stepped down
the front steps of our house, we noticed an object in the sky swinging to and
fro, at about 1/4 mile from us. It must have been 1500 to 2000 feet above the
hydro-tension lines, looking just like the full moon, of an orange color.
My brother-in-law ran back into the home to fetch our
field binoculars and we watched the object for about another ten minutes, with
our wives who had joined us.
While we were talking and wondering if it could have been
a helicopter, the thing suddenly disappeared. We didn't see it for about one
thereafter, when it reappeared, and this time it came much
closer to us, looking like the full moon and a half. Finally, the thing just
disappeared from sight, as if you had switched off a light switch ...
Mr. R. H. also said the object had a perfect shape of a
"flying saucer" and that the object did not change colours, and made
no sound whatsoever.
(This report appeared in La Presse (a provincial
newspaper) on July 26th.
Citizens residing in the Outaouais Valley have recently
proclaimed observing unidentified objects "almost every evening" this
past month. Many residents from nearby towns, situated south-west of Ottawa, Canada's
capitol, affirmed having seen the same objects early on the morning of July
25th. A housewife reported her observation of a red and green arrow-shaped
object that remained in view for over half-an-hour. Another citizen affirmed
having seen this same object, and the Provincial Police Bureau said they
received over half-dozen phone calls from other eye-witnesses.
These affirmation follow a series of other observations
taking place in the Campbell's Bay region of this province, where citizens
declared they witnessed the fourth "apparition" of a "very
intense orange light" . . . On each occasion the object was seen one hour
Life on Other Worlds
(Journal-News, Hamilton, Ohio, 11-29-1972
BOSTON (AP) - Will contacting life on other worlds change
man's image of himself for the better? Or will it destroy his initiative by
allowing him to depend on a superior intelligence, and possibly change his very
image of God?
These and other questions were considered by experts in
the sciences, social sciences, theology and communications who met last weekend
to consider the effects upon man if extraterrestrial life is contacted.
The symposium, sponsored by the national space agency and
Boston University Department of Astronomy, focused on the social and philosophical
implications of contacting other beings in space.
The experts agreed it was almost certain that human beings
are not alone in the galaxy and certainly not in the universe. But there were
varying views on when, if ever, contact might be made and what its implications
Prof. Carl E. Sagan, director of Cornell University's
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Planetary Studies, said technology has reached a stage
where man could detect another civilization as advanced as himself, although
the search may be prolonged.
Sagan said man is at a unique evolutionary period "in
which the old secure sense of where we are in the universe has eroded." He
said contact with extraterrestrial life could help man re-establish his
relation to other human beings and give mankind a new sense of where it fits
into the universe.
Anthropologist Ashley Montagu said man has done a bad job
of dealing with his fellow man and suggested that some housecleaning is needed
on earth before we contact another civilization or it contacts us.
"Some other forms of life are probably more
intelligent than we, which can explain why they haven't contacted us,"
Montagu said. "They may regard us as we would some forms of rabies or
"We should prepare for encountering beyond-earthers,"
Montagu continued, "and not wait until contact is made to do something
. Dr. Krister Stendahl, dean of the Harvard Divinity School
said discovery of life elsewhere would teach man that God's domain is larger
and would give him a better idea of his place in it.
Contacting other beings, Stendahl said, may help man to
stop viewing God in his own image, with all its limitations.
Dr. George Wald, professor of biology at Harvard
University and a winner of the Nobel Prize in medicine, said he is convinced
there is life elsewhere in the galaxy, but doubts the possibility of man ever
Wald said the speed of light limits physical space travel
as well as the speed of radio communication. But even if contact is possible,
Wald said he finds the thought of it "terrifying".
♦ ♦ ♦
The solution to problems and tensions among world nations,
and to the impending dangers of war is a spiritual one - a firm conviction that
all religions and peoples should come together. This does not mean to give up
one's own religion or faith, but to live it and to practice the essence of
religion instead of hanging in the superficial rites and rituals which are as
different outwardly as the people on the face of this earth are in their
clothing and ways of life. The chief hope I see is the hunger for spiritual
"What is the meaning of
I asked an old, old man.
"Last week I found in the
ripe nut, rich, brown and
My grandson had held it in his
for long hours, to make it
To him, it was a beautiful
thing to polish
and to keep shining and hidden
on a secret shelf.
My granddaughter broke it open
with her heel,
ate the white meat, justifying
since meat, to her,
is the meaning of the nut.
My daughter, with the broom,
swept out the broken pieces of
reading into them the possible
of a decline and fall of
and the end of all order.
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I sit here in the sun and do
but I have been watching for
over an hour
a tiny golden spider
now tightening his miniature
inside the capacious security
of half a nutshell.
Perhaps that answers your
Jessie T. Ellison
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Herald, Wayne, Neb., 8-24-72
yd Moseys, who live north of Randolph, reported to the State Patrol Office at Norfolk
a mysterious bright light near their farm, early Sunday Morning, about 3:45 A.M.
They at first thought the light was a haystack on fire,
but then they said, "It kept going out and coming back".
An Oklahoma Sighting (News-Record, Miami, Okla., 9-19-72
A brilliant blue-white light of un-determined origin was
sighted over the Devil's Promenade, early today by Mr. and Mrs. George McWatters,
who live on a farm near the Spring River Indian Baptist Church.
Mr. McWatters reported he awoke about 5:30 or 6 and was in the kitchen when he first saw the light. . . he watched the light for several
minutes as it seemed to move slowly to the east, getting brighter all the time.
He then woke up his wife to come look at the light.
"It moved out just so far, and then seemed to be
hanging there, not too far above tree top level. It was the oddest color,
bluish green and white, and too bright to look directly at it for very
They watched the light until it vanished about 7 A.M. Mrs.
McWatters said that before the light vanished, two more lights, not as bright,
but of the same odd blue-white color, appeared. "We could see all three
together, then the two smaller ones vanished."
A check with the flight services office at the Joplin
Airport showed that no weather balloons were launched from there today, and
there were no reports either at the Joplin or Miami airports of aircraft flying
in that area this morning.
The Galactic Community
(The Independent, Richmond, Calif., 10-14-72)
VIENNA (UPI) - An American scientist said today
intelligent civilizations probably have existed in outer space for billions of
years and suggested they are trying to make Earth a member of the galactic
"In all likelihood intelligent civilizations have
existed in the galaxy for four or five billion years," said Bernard M.
Oliver of the Hewlett Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif.
Oliver made his remarks in a paper prepared for delivery
at the closing session of the 23rd International Astronautical Congress.
"It appears from our calculations that present day
technology is capable of mounting a very effective search for extraterrestrial
signals," Oliver said. "The question we must ask ourselves is: Is it
worth about half the cost of the Apollo program ($11 billion) to attempt such a
Oliver said the biggest barrier to making such an
expenditure was that man cannot guarantee success.
He said it was probable civilizations exist in outer space
"It seems very probable that many of these
civilizations have established interstellar contact.
"If so, then communication has been taking place
between civilizations for eons and beacons may well exist to help young races,
such as ourselves, to join this galactic community," Oliver said.
About 1,500 persons attended the weeklong meeting in the
downtown Hofburg Congress Center.
Delegates included Prof. Wernher von Braun, a key figure
in the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Apollo project.
Space Heat Reflector
(Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore., 11-8-72)
MOSCOW (UPI) - A Soviet cosmonaut said here that man might
one day send a giant cosmic reflector into orbit to raise the temperature of
the earth's colder regions.
Maj. Gen. Vladimir A. Shatalov, a veteran of three space
flights and head of the Soviet cosmonaut training program, made the prediction
in the army newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star).
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The cosmonaut said the cosmic reflector, a kind of
artificial sun, could be put into space in a near-earth orbit.
"Being above the planet's surface, the structure,
with an area of one square kilometer (.38 square miles), could reflect the
sun's rays and direct them onto the earth's surface with a radius of more than
300 kilometers (186 miles)," Shatalov said.
He said when large settlements are created in near-earth
orbits, it will be possible to use them to create in outer space large power
systems to convert solar energy and transmit it back to earth to be turned into
UFO Believed Seen Near Cincinnati
(Prairie Grove (Ark.), Enterprise,
Oscar Nichols, who lives one and a half miles south of Cincinnati
on Hwy. 59, reported to the sheriff's office Saturday night that he had seen
what he believed to be an unidentified flying object.
"I know you'll think I'm crazy, but this thing had
red and white lights and fire shooting out the back," he said. "It
only took less than a minute to go from horizon to horizon."
The object was estimated to be about 35,000 feet, flying
north - north-east to south-southwest.
Authorities at Drake Field, contacted by Deputy Sheriff
Don Starbird, said they had no flights going in that direction and knew of
(The Independent, Richmond, Calif., 7-12-72)
DES MOINES, Iowa (UPI) - A Des Moines expert on
unidentified flying objects said Tuesday that the mysterious silver dust found
in three Iowa soybean fields over the weekend was left by invaders from other
William Atkinson, 34, a member of the Aerial Phenomena
Research Organization (APRO) of Tucson, Ariz., discounted a report by Iowa State
University that said the silver dust and craters were caused by lightning.
"These craters were definitely caused by spaceships
from intelligent beings from an alien world," said Atkinson, who is the
only Des Moines member of the 6,000-member APRO group.
The silver dust was discovered in soybean fields near Story
City, Gold-field and Laurens in the past three days.
"The thing that makes my hair stand up on my neck is
that the craters are all the same width and depth, and they are spaced about 50
miles apart," Atkinson said.
Electricity From Space
(Grit News Section, 10-15-72)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is
looking into the possibility of using large satellites to convert the energy of
the sun into what could be a boundless supply of electrical power.
The concept hinges on the use of large spacecraft in
synchronous orbits more than 22,000 miles above the earth. At that distance the
satellites would remain stationary over assigned areas.
Each satellite station would convert solar energy to
electric power, then beam it to a receiving station on earth.
NASA wants to compare this concept with other methods of
producing large amounts of power from solar energy.
The program will be managed by the Lewis Research Center
in Cleveland, a NASA facility.
To Speak Each Other's Languages
(Youngstown Vindicator, 10-25-72)
WASHINGTON (UPI) - The U.S. director of the Soviet-American
spaceflight scheduled for 1975 says the feared language problem may turn out to
be an advantage for the unique international project.
American and Soviet space pilots will undergo intensive
language training for two years before launch, and engineers on both sides
already are studying each other's technical vocabularies.
But Rocco A. Petrone, the American program director, said
the language difference is not a barrier and "in many ways it's an
"It forces people to be much clearer in their
communications," Petrone said in an interview.
"Because we're dealing with a group of people whose
culture, back-ground and engineering training are different, we try to be more
than clear - and he in turn with you - so that you understand there are no semantics
The objective of the mission is to prove that American and
Soviet spacecraft can rendezvous and dock in space for rescue purposes. The
venture also is seen as a first step toward future cooperative space missions.
"The purpose of the program is to demonstrate that we
can work together," Petrone said.
♦ ♦ ♦
We rarely fear what we clearly understand.
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The Seven Gates of Transcendental Consciousness
(This month, in lieu of the regular book review, we offer a review
in another media - that of music.)
(Wilburn Burchette, 33-1/3 LP Stereo recording. $6.95. Other
Dimensions, Inc., Box 15, Decorah, Iowa 52101.)
In an extraordinary recording, Wilburn Burchette presents
his own creation of "The Seven Gates of Transcendental
Consciousness". He is an accomplished guitarist, inventor of his own
instrument, the Impro Guitar. He also built and operates the special electronic
equipment, so imaginatively used.
This unusual record is designed to take you on a spiritual
journey through the Seven Gates of Transcendental Consciousness to the
Ultimate. To assist the listener on this inspiring journey, a colorful booklet,
with beautiful illustrations of each Gate, by Caren Caraway, is included. We
suggest that the booklet be perused and meditated upon before listening to the
To accompany each illustration is original poetry by Mr.
Burchette, who evidently has attained "Cosmic consciousness".
William Burchette, 32 years of age, has been searching,
ever since he was a young boy, for "a clearer understanding of the
universal vibrations that constitute sound, and then music. This search first
led him to the historic records of the music known to exist in Ancient Egypt.
He has probed the music of all ancient and modern cultures for the keys to this
mysterious and powerful vibratory force that we call 'music'."
This seeking led Burchette to the guitar, rather than the
guitar leading him to the metaphysical. "His musical genius is a
bi-product of this search because Wilburn came to the guitar as a scientist
comes to the microscope. The result is just as significant as a scientific
In his explanatory "Preparation for an Experience
Consciousness" Mr. Burchette says, "From the
dawn of time many great mystics, each in his own way..... have spoken to us of
the seven levels of awakening. They have tried to describe to us..... seven
degrees of consciousness, seven distinct levels of awareness; and they have
told us that if we could but ascend these seven levels of transcendental
consciousness, like so many mental steps ..... we would finally reach an
ultimate consciousness of God which transcends all knowing, a knowing beyond
knowing ..... a living reality which goes beyond all intellectual under-standing
and beyond all common perception. First, and of greatest importance, offer the
language of music ..... music of a kind that was understood and used in the
great ancient mysteries. I offer a raising of the vibrations, for I utilize
music as a flow of time, blending and inter-weaving with consciousness, a
combining of transcendental harmonies and vibrations which have the power to
convey direct and intense feeling, awareness beyond all words, time and space.
If you will but listen with the ear of your heart and absorb these vibrations
of time directly into your very being, I will give you an awareness of each
transcendental gate. Second, for the visualization of the soul, we otter the
brush of the painter. . . to help you find the correct feeling and key in the
music. And third, to further assist you. . . we offer as an aid to conscious
realization of the word of the poet. . ."
The music is intriguing, ethereal, mystical and exciting.
We are impressed with this recording and urge our readers to take this journey,
to follow this path that Mr. Burchette has created, and use the keys that he
offers us to open the Seven Gates. Then, when you have reached and entered the
SEVENTH GATE, Mr. Burchette suggests, and we agree, that you "turn, and go
back down the path, for there are friends who need your guidance."
Merlin Unit #1
Dear Dr. Fry:
On December 13th, 1972 a group of us went for a beach
outing at Port Charlotte, Florida. After enjoying a swim in the warm waters, we
assembled for lunch at 11:30.
Janette was lying on her back, looking straight up. At
about quarter to twelve she yelled, "Wilbur, there is a flying saucer up
there. My magazine was quickly discarded and my eyes scanned the sky in search
of the object. After inquiring "where", Janette pointed almost
overhead and a little south and west.
MARCH 1973 17
It was but a short distance then to the north side of the
cloud it was approaching, on its vertical edge, at a moderate speed. There were
scattered cumulus clouds and this one (cloud) seemed to be about two or three
times the size of a box car, at about a mile high.
The object was about an inch wide and six or eight inches
in length. Shortly before entering the cloud the object tilted, like a quick
eye wink, sending a brilliant sun reflection flash from its burnished surface -
like stainless steel or aluminum. There wasn't much time to study or carefully
observe it, but it seemed to be disc-shaped.
With best wishes,
♦ ♦ ♦
The proper business of living is to enjoy life. To enjoy
is to charge with joy - to put joy into, not to take it out from; to increase
joy and not to reduce it.
♦ ♦ ♦
Nobody can possibly "drop out" of society. They
may find a more marginal place, but they'll still depend on the outside world
in some way.
Harmut Von Hentig
♦ ♦ ♦ "
ever occurred to you:
That other people may find it difficult to get on with you?
That you were young yourself once?
That others have a right to their own opinions?
That home is where you are to be at your best, not your worst?
That you can begin again?
That you might have tried harder?
H. L. Gee
Men do not just die at Easter, nor is this the only time
men muse about what happens when life's candle flickers-then goes out. The very
fact of living makes its own questions about death. If I had an appointed time
for birth and another day yet unknown for dying, then I must ask, "Why?
Why all the trouble? Where did I come from and where do I go? Is the valley of
the shadow a dead-end street or an open door?"
Inevitably every man must die. One day the insurance man
sells no more policies, the banker figures no more percentages, the preacher
writes and delivers his last sermon.
On the night before His crucifixion, Jesus knew that there
would be the cross. In talking about earthly death which would separate them,
He gave the clearest and most comforting statement regarding eternal life He
ever made during His ministry. "Let not your hearts be troubled; Believe
in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many rooms; if it were not
so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?"
But what of dying? Does it hurt? Is it unpleasant? Some
people are not as afraid of being dead as they are of dying. Doctors and
ministers, any who have had reason to observe those who have held consciousness
and reason to the last will affirm that death is a beautiful experience.
I have looked down into the faces of unnumbered dead. The
lifeless marble quality of their features for all the paint and powder and soft
lights saying, "I am a body and I no longer function." Time and time
again, I have said ". . . returned to the dust from whence it came,"
but in so doing, I have buried a body and not a life. I have buried a remnant
and not a soul ... the personality lives on.
At the transfiguration, Jesus talked with Elijah and
Moses. They had been dead for centuries. Not long ago, I spoke with a woman who
stepped into the valley of the shadow briefly. She said, "I talked with my
Are these words of scripture, these incidents from life as
we know and understand it, proofs that out there we live again, in perfect
peace, in perfect harmony, in perfect recognition and with perfect love? Of
course not. They are evidences. They are cracks in the veil.
What, perhaps, needs most the underline of emphasis is
this: One day you will stand before the throne of God-perhaps around you will
stand those you loved. Your soul will be clothed in a new body. Those things
which seemed once so important now seem trivial and irrelevant. Now the words
in 1 Corinthians 2:9 take on meaning, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared
for them that Love Him."
NEIL WYRICK, JR.
MARCH 1973 19
A Donation for the Cultural Center
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another annual donation, in the amount of One Hundred Dollars, from the Officers
and Membership of Unit #37 of Buffalo, New York, to the International Cultural
Center of Understanding. The donation will be used as payment on the piano,
still not wholly ours.
Thank you, Unit #37.
Request from Australia
Michael Hervey, of Australia, has written us as follows:
"My publishers have commissioned me to write another
volume dealing with UFO's, and I should appreciate hearing from any of your
readers who may have sighted anything of this nature, giving full details,
including dates, and other witnesses, if any. If they have any newspaper
clippings and UFO magazines they would be most welcome. The loan of authentic
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to: Michael Hervey, 5 Dick St., Henley N.S. W. 2111, Australia.
Busy Buffalo Unit
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on the busy schedule of lectures, meetings and social events of the Buffalo
group. In November the lecture was a "double feature" with both
George Van Tassel and Dr. Joseph Russell speaking the same night. "Then,
along came Dr. Daniel W. Fry, the same month."
December featured the Annual Christmas Party, at which
time Pres. Marie Hale was presented with a Life Membership by the Unit for her
years of dedicated service to Unit #37 and Understanding,
The 1973 programs already scheduled include Cloe Diroll
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Canada Unit # 1
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Recent programs included a taped recording of a lecture by
Rex Dutta, based on his book - FLYING SAUCER VIEWPOINT; and a travelogue by Mr.
and Mrs. Allan Clarke of their visit to Barbados, in the West Indies.
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after delivering 28 lectures and appearing on dozens of radio and TV programs.
It is good to have him home again!
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