TABLE OF CONTENTS
IS RELATIVE ............................................................................................... 2
HOW LISTENING MAY CHANGE YOUR LIFE ......................................................... 3
NOT YET READY ............................................................................................................ 4
TREES-A RENEWABLE NATURAL RESOURCE .................................................. 6
NEWS FROM INDIA ....................................................................................................... 8
TO PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING ............................................................................ 8
UFOs INTERNATIONAL ............................................................................................... 9
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING .................................................................................... 11
Poet’s Corner .......................................................................................................... 13
The Lesson .............................................................................................................................................................. 13
THE SPIRIT OF ASTRONAUTS ............................................................................................................................. 14
Book reviews ............................................................................................................ 17
Bulletin Board ........................................................................................................ 19
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ASST. EDITOR ............................................................................ kerttu
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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.
An early Greek philosopher and cynic named Diogenes, is
credited with having spent a considerable portion of his life searching the
world for a truly honest man. Failing to find one in his daytime search, he
haunted the streets by night carrying the lantern of 'Truth' which he hoped
would illuminate the face of honesty if he should encounter it.
When he first met Alexander, King of Macedonia, and the
latter introduced himself by saying, "I am Alexander the Great!"
Diogenes replied, "And I am Diogenes the Cynic!"
The apparent failure of Diogene's search for honesty was
probably the result of his failure, philosopher though he was, to recognize
that honesty like space, time, energy and motion, is a purely relative term,
difficult to analyze and almost impossible to define with any precision. A
number of stage plays and at least one motion picture have been written and
produced to illustrate the fact that anyone who told the exact truth, as he saw
it, upon all occasions, would very quickly alienate himself from all human
society, and inevitably fail in any business or profession in which he might
To deal with this problem of social relationship we have
evolved two basically different types of lies. The 'Little white lie,' and the
'Big black lie.' We define the little white lie as an untruth intended only to
assist in maintaining amicable relations with the deceived, without causing
him, or her, any real harm or loss. The big black lie is one specifically
created and employed for the purpose of exploiting the
credulity of the victim. There are times, however, when it is very difficult to
determine where the one ends and the other starts.
To the politician, of course, the 'Truth' is whatever he
believes the public expects, or would like him to say. Such truth serves the
purpose of the moment, but seldom has any significant relationship to fact.
Unfortunately, the little white lies of the politician,
the statesman and the economist may become cumulative and, if persisted in, can
cause great damage to the confidence, the morale, and ultimately to the economy
of the entire nation. During the past decade, and especially since the
Watergate epidemic, the U.S. citizen has become very sensitive to the
statements of those whom he employs to serve him. When a large percentage of
those statements prove to be without foundation, the public cannot help but
feel that their representatives are either totally dishonest or woefully
incompetent, and either assumption can be very damaging to the national welfare
The stubborn refusal of our top officials and economists
to admit that the U.S. economy was in a serious recession, even after they, and
every thinking citizen in the country knew it was; the present refusal to admit
that the recession has become a depression, even though it obviously has, the
ridiculous underestimates of the rate of inflation and unemployment; the
downward manipulation of the Cost of Living Index, all have frightened thinking
people more than the actual events themselves.
The people of the U.S. can face up to any reality with a
considerable amount of courage and poise so long as they know the true
situation and are confident that their leaders actually know what they are
doing. It is to be hoped therefore that in the coming year, the reports of our
national leaders, both in Government and in economics will reflect a little
more in the way of fart and perhaps a little less of the currently popular
brand of 'Truth.'
One of the things researchers have been studying of late
is the difference between seeing and hearing. Most often we don't notice much
difference between these two things. But think, for instance, of the fact that
we often say "I see" when we mean "I understand" but we'd
feel odd if someone said "I hear" when we knew they meant that they
understood what you were getting at. Interestingly enough, there are pro-found
differences between what we do when we see and when we hear. For many of us in
this culture, we rely upon sight more than we do upon hearing. We know how to
look and see, and how to distinguish the
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things we can see; but not that many people are able to
rely upon hearing as a means of getting around-with the exception of people who
are blind, perhaps.
Think of how our sight organs function. Some of the
characteristics of seeing seem to be these: we see things "out there"
on an objective plane; when we look at something, we can usually move around it
and gain different perspectives on a thing; we can look at a thing without ever
touching it or having contact with it; and when we look at a thing, we have to
force ourselves to pay attention to it if we want to observe it. One of the
interesting results of relying on seeing as a means for get-ting around in life
is that we often like to look at people while we're talking with them.
Now think of sound and hearing. Close your eyes, and just
listen. You become somewhat disoriented, because with hearing it is hard to
always figure out exactly where the sound is, you can't always objectify the
sound as you can when you look at an object. Then again, sounds seem to envelop
you, surround you-they don't just stand off the way things you look at do.
Furthermore, sounds seem to intrude on you and don't stay in place; it's as if
sounds were global in some sense. And finally, sounds don't wait for you like
things you look at do. You can choose to look at something or not, but a sound
doesn't ask your per-mission: it just comes at you.
Try an experiment. Spend some time talking to someone
looking at them all the time. Then turn around and put your back to them, and
close your eyes and continue the conversation. You will feel very differently
about yourself, the person, and the whole conversation. The difference seems to
be that whereas when you're looking at someone and talking to them, you
"objectify" them; while when you listen with-out looking, you "subjectify"
them-you 'hear' more of what they say when you're not looking at them. You feel
more relaxed. You are more able to feel into someone when you listen.
So shut your eyes, and open your ears, and listen. And you
will feel many different things, and have many different thoughts and
experiences than those you normally have when you look more than you listen.
D. ARTHUR KELLY
The soft humming became increasingly irritating, thus
disturbing my peaceful and well-deserved sleep. As I descended the stairs into
the back yard, from where the sound seemed to emanate, I was more than
Wiping the sleep from my eyes, I could barely discern the
spectacle appearing before me. Emerging from a large metallic object was a
small creature, unlike any being that I had ever encountered. To my surprise,
he was capable of speaking perfect English, and he
immediately began to insure me of his amiable intentions.
Being assured that no hostility was forthcoming, I invited
the visitor inside for a late-night cup of coffee. During this period I was
able to ascertain the following facts. The strange creature's name was Zoltan,
and he came from the planet Venus. His purpose in being here was to examine
earth life, prior to possible visits by his superiors to create a cultural
exchange between the two worlds. I eagerly answered the questions that he began
to direct to me about Earth life styles and customs.
His first question concerned politics and our government.
I explained about the Congress, Cabinet Members, the Presidency, and State and
local government officials, their functions, and procedures of election. He
seemed to be unusually concerned with my mention of political corruption and
His next question involved crime. Instead of bending his
ear again, I allowed him to browse through last evening's newspaper. As he
alternately frowned or faintly chuckled, I attempted to change the subject.
"Why do you want to know about such things?" I asked.
"Because," he said, "we are trying to
determine whether or not the time is right for us to give earth people the
benefit of our advanced technology and cultural attainments. It must be
determined if your world is capable of utilizing this knowledge for
constructive purposes only. Abuse of such knowledge could be
Then the conversation began to revolve around war, bigotry
and the hunger problems in some parts of our world. Zoltan began to shake his
head in disbelief. He thumbed through several books briefly, and then rose to
I queried, "But Zoltan is there anything else you
need for your evaluation?" He stopped short of the door and turned. After
a few moments he said, "No, but in fact, there is something more I feel
compelled to state." Then, with just the faintest hint of a smile, he said
... "You earthlings are incredible. You seem to tolerate hunger, poverty,
pain, pollution, political corruption, bigotry and crime without any action
other than complaints. Such a society is not yet ready for, nor worthy of, our
assistance. Maybe, when you are able to help yourselves, we will be back. Until
then, try to correct these defects."
"Wait just a minute," I cried. "We humans
aren't that bad!"
He replied, "Think about it this way. If I had to
remain here, I would be discriminated against. I would be persecuted and forced
into poverty. I would be shamed and disgraced. I would be degraded. My question
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this ... Why?"
"Because you are different, I guess. Because you look
different and think differently than the rest of us. Because your cultural
views are foreign to us."
"Exactly," he answered. "And, with such an
attitude, you are not yet ready for the knowledge that we possess-since it is
unlikely that it could be put to proper use. When your civilization matures, we
will be back." With these words, and a subtle salutation, he returned to
his craft and sped off into the night.
I stood there for a moment, glancing skyward, thinking
about what he had said. Suddenly, I realized that he was right. We are not yet
ready. We have a long way to go before we are able to obliterate injustice and
prejudice. A long way to go before we achieve a true humanity, one with the
Slowly I made my way upstairs, still not fully
comprehending the events that had just taken place, I fell into a restless
Upon awakening the next morning, my wife immediately
inquired as to the commotion of the previous evening. I thought carefully for a
minute and replied, "it was just a salesman. A salesman selling some-thing
that we can't afford just yet; something for which we are not yet ready, But-one
of these days ........!
PERRY A. JOHNSON
In these times of deep concern over man's wasteful use of
his natural resources, across our desk has come a report that is both
re-assuring as well as interesting.
Andrew H. Malcolm, writing for the New York Times (Jan.
20, 1975) tells of the "timber revolution" and of "test tube
trees." He notes that "chemists in clean white coats are on the verge
of creating test-tube trees, living growths with roots and needles created, not
naturally from seeds but, chemically from the cells of another tree."
Elsewhere scientists are experimenting with the
cross-breeding of trees for the "super tree," even as has been done
with corn and other crops. Helicopters scatter tons of colored seeds (to fool
the birds) for reforestation and men fertilize and thin the forests to yield a
better crop in fewer years. Meanwhile saw mills use computers and television to
effect the most efficient use of logs by cutting procedures.
All this activity, says one expert, is tremendously
significant for the future of this country because we are the "Saudi
Arabia of the timber world." Wood makes homes, paper, toys, exports,
jobs and profits!
The Forest Services has estimated than when Columbus
were about one billion acres of forests here. "After
almost 500 years of building, paving, burning, exporting and wasting" by
the nation, about 75% of that land is still tree-covered and about half still
available for commercial use.
Renewal has not always been the concern of the timber
interests, "but in recent years environmental threats and lawsuits have
combined with rising lumber and land prices and improved long-range planning to
focus greatly increased attention on renewal of the forests and the most
efficient use of existing timber."
The most dramatic step in this direction currently is the
research into "test tube trees." One such project is sponsored by the
Weyerhauser Company in Beaverton, Oregon. The goal is to grow superior Douglas Fir
trees from single cells without the time consuming and un-certain natural sequence
of seeds and pollination.
"The procedure operates on the theory that every
living cell has locked within itself the information to regenerate the larger
organism of which it is a part." The research objective is to provide the
best possible environment to trigger this regeneration.
Normally, when a superior tree variety is found,
scientists would have to wait years for the plant to mature and produce seeds
for new plantings. These superior seeds might then be pollinated by inferior
seed and product quality would be uncertain. By culturing individual cells,
how-ever, genetically identical offspring can be produced, even from an
immature plant, thus shortening the growth time span considerably as well as
assuring the desired quality. Such single cell research has been done with rice
and is being tried on sugar cane cells now.
"If successful, this technology will permit eventual
mass production of strong, fast-growing trees, highly resistant to certain
diseases and in-sects. When grown under progressive forestry techniques,
including thinning and fertilizing, it is estimated that these new trees will
produce more and better wood in perhaps 20 per cent less time. That means an
extra tree harvest every five forest generations."
Other tree experiments include "grafts of cone
producing tops of 50 year old, well formed Douglas firs onto the vibrant
bottoms of two year old trees." The cones, having been carefully
pollinated by seeds from trees with the most desirable qualities as to girth,
height, fast growth, adaptability to weather, altitude, etc., etc., produce
seeds which are then carefully cultured for some years before being planted
into a natural environment.
Already some of the super trees have produced offspring
that can adapt to environments up to 1000 miles from their original home, and
grow 20 inches per year, compared to the normal 5 inches per year.
There is, however, one latent danger-that in the future these
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trees might evidence some genetic weakness to some disease
or insect. (Hold the thought positive, here.)
From another article, in the same paper, we note the
importance of wood in our lives, not only as lumber and paper but "already
wood fibers go into facial makeup, bark becomes garden mulch, wood chemicals or
derivatives go into photographic films, blood plasmas, dynamite, rayon and
artificial vanilla. Wood fibers are also used to extend quantities of
We shall follow with interest the future results of
present scientific experimentations.
NEW DELHI, INDIA (Delayed) SPECIAL TO UNDERSTANDING MAGAZINE:
"HINDU SAINT GIVES HONORS FOR INTERNATIONAL
His Holiness, Swamiji, Hari Har Maharaj, today presented
Gold Medal-lions to Dr. and Mrs. Eugene E. Whitworth engraved with honors
almost identical to words used by Understanding International.
The medallions were presented to the Whitworths for many
years of consistent effort to promote better understanding between all
religions, and especially between Hindu religions and Christianity.
Dr. Whitworth has served on the Board of Directors of
Understanding, Inc. He is President of Great Western University, San Francisco,
California, of which Dr. Daniel W. Fry is Regional Vice-President. Mrs. Ruth
E. Whitworth is Corporate Secretary of Great Western University and has worked
closely with Understanding Units for many years. Her gold medallion is
inscribed: "Ruth E. Whitworth; Sacred Mother of International Peace."
According to the Secretary to His Holiness the term "Sacred Mother"
is one of very great honor since it has been given to only four women in Hindu
religious history. These women were consorts to Avatars (Great Spiritual
Beings). Dr. Whit-worth's medallion is inscribed: "Eugene E. Whitworth,
Crusader for International Understanding."
Dr. and Mrs. Whitworth set the Hindu sacred scripture Bhagavad
Gita to modern American poetry, called The Song of God. For this the Hindus
consider them to be Master Yogis. They are invited to speak on Gita and Yoga
all over India, and are introduced as "Saints from America."
Understanding Press published the Whitworth's book on
extrasensory perception, called Diary Into the Unknown, edited by Dr. D. W.
Their efforts help spread the ideals of Understanding to
all people, as these inscriptions indicate.
At the Annual Business Meeting of Understanding, Inc. it
was recommended that we publish in the magazine suggestions for increasing
membership and spreading the concepts which are the basis of our organization: To
promote a better understanding among all peoples of earth, and of those not of
earth, to which end we examine all things.
The ideas which follow are applicable not only to our
organized Units but can be used by interested individuals to create new units
in their own localities (only 5 members needed to form a Unit) or simply by
individuals for the expansion of their own understanding.
1. Book Reviews: From time to time throughout the
year Units may wish to hold discussion groups regarding a book of particular
interest. Unit #37 of Buffalo, NY sponsors a Book Library for use of all
Understanding Members: Mr. Raymond Hutchings, Librarian, 83 Buffum Street, Buffalo,
N. Y. 14210.
2. Tape Exchange: This type of program could be
carried on with '' other Understanding Units, with individuals or organizations
in other countries. Advertisements could be placed in the newspapers of your city,
other cities, in foreign countries, seeking exchange of self-recorded tapes of
selected lectures given by experts in areas such as UFOs, Meta-physics,
Cultural Interests, etc,
3. Magazine Articles: Articles from the
Understanding Magazine, and/or others could be brought to meetings to be
discussed. New magazines might be reviewed as to their significance and
possible impact upon social attitudes, etc.
4. Group Contacts: Arrange to attend meetings of
other groups, as Unity, Baha'i, Science of Mind, etc., and invite their members
to your meetings.
5. Health Studies: This subject may be explored by
checking on organic gardening, having health food store lecturers, studying
various health restoring practices: medicine, chiropractic, naturopathy,
psychic healing, etc.
6. Current Events: All or part of the meeting could
be devoted to a discussion of current events as given in newspapers, magazine,
TV and radio. How might the principles of Understanding be applied?
7. Laboratory Evenings: Plan experiments in
telepathy, dowsing, psychometry, pendulums. Why not start a yoga class?
8. Friendship by Mail: Write to the postmaster of a
selected city in another country, requesting a notice be placed on the Bulletin
Board requesting an exchange of correspondence.
9. The Area of Mutual Agreement: Make a project out
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the applications of the Area of Mutual Agreement as they
relate to family, neighborhood, group situations, etc.
At Merlin we should very much like to have the feed-back
on any and all applications of these suggestions. Please write us-often!
Special Report, Jan. 1975, Yokohama, Japan)
THE DAILY YOMIURI, Jan. 18.1975
The pilot of an All Nippon Airways (ANA) plane saw
unidentified luminous objects flying in the sky over the Tohoku and Kanto
districts in the Pacific coastal areas of Honshu Wednesday evening.
The pilot, Toshiki Higuchi, 26, said he thought at the
time that what he saw was merely an optical illusion but that he learned that
many other people also had seen the unidentified flying objects.
Higuchi submitted a written report on the matter to the
head office of ANA Thursday.
Higuchi saw the flying objects for about 20 seconds
beginning at 6:08 pm Wednesday while his Tokyo-bound YS-11 plane from Hiroshima
was flying at an altitude of about 1,800 meters over Onjukumachi, Chiba-ken.
Higuchi was waiting for the control tower at Tokyo International
Airport to give him permission to land the plane.
The pilot was about to turn the plane to the right, when
he saw to the right front of the plane about 15 grayish blue luminous bodies
flying at an altitude 300 meters above the plane.
"Each of the luminous objects was as bright as a
20-watt electric bulb and measured about 50 centimeters in diameter,"
Higuchi said. "There were 15 or 16 of them. They were in two groups-the
first group consisting of 10 luminous bodies and the second group consisting of
five or six luminous bodies.
"The luminous bodies were inside something which
appeared to be a cloud. They emitted blue light. The 'cloud' was about 500
meters long. "I thought at first that the window glass of my plane was
clouded. So I wiped off the window glass but the luminous bodies were still
there. Then I thought that the light came from another plane which was flying
beyond a thin cloud. I looked at the radar screen and found there was no plane
flying beyond the cloud.
"Meanwhile, the luminous bodies came between my plane
and a Japan Air Lines (JAL) jumbo jet plane which was circling about 1,200
meters above my plane. About half of the JAL plane looked dim be-cause of the
luminous bodies flying between that plane and my plane." The luminous bodies,
flying at a speed of about 370 kilometers per
hour, sped away in a south-southwesterly direction,
following a course leading to halfway between Oshima and Hachijojima islands.
Higuchi said that the luminous objects were nine
kilometers away from his plane when he spotted them and came to within about
1.8 kilometers at the closest.
Koichi Shimada, 19, a university student of Nakanoku,
informed The Yomiuri Shimbun Thursday that he had seen about 20 luminous
objects flying southeast in the direction of Tokyo shortly after 6 pm
Wednesday, while he was out walking with several friends.
JAL flight #122 (DC-8-61) bound for Tokyo from Osaka, and TDA
flight #203 (YS-11) bound for Sapporo from Tokyo also spotted these luminous
UFO Over Luedenscheid, Germany
(From the German
UFO-NACHRICHTEN, #216-17, Sept.-Oct. 1975, p. 10. Translated by A. Maske, Diamond
It was 5:30 pm on December 19th, 1973, when amateur
astronomer T. Rasel had just finished his Venus-observations that he saw a
relatively fast flying object coming from the south and passing over his
observation post, in the town of Luedenscheid, Germany.
It couldn't be a scheduled airline flight, because the
object flew on a route never before used by any airplane. A married couple
nearby, ac-companied by a friend, who watched the object through binoculars,
called T. Rasel's attention to the object. At 5:31 pm the object was over him
and suddenly stopped. This enabled Rasel to aim his telescope on the object and
observe the shape of it.
"I had the impression of a flattened Saturn-System
and it had lights, alternating flashing white and red," said T. Rasel.
This reminds us immediately of a disc. Then, at 5:32 pm, the object continued its flight and disappeared with high speed in a northerly
H. W. PElNIGER
Some Observations On Money
(The following observations were made by Richard Kieninger
in the Monthly Newsletter of the Lemuria Builders-the Stelle Group, which
promotes the concepts of The Ultimate Frontier. February 1971.)
People's concepts of money seem to be the result of
various prejudices rather than the result of their careful analysis of what it
really is. Money is symbolic to people: to some it is the symbol of power and
superiority over others; to some it represents security; to yet others it is
the root of evil. Until the Reformation, the accumulation of money
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was popularly considered anti-Christian. Even today the
subliminal fear that money brings woe and unhappiness is a widespread
misapprehension. Idealists frequently express their contempt for money because
the "wealthy class" allegedly manipulates the world with their money.
The first thing to be made perfectly clear about money is that in itself it can
do nothing! Only men can do things with it. Like electricity and fire, money is
a useful and essential tool of civilization. It must be channeled by men into
purposeful and constructive services. Used correctly money is a great,
beneficial tool, but used unwisely it can destroy as electricity and fire can.
Men's psychological, symbolic concepts about money are inherent in the
weaknesses and shortcomings of man himself through his cultural conditionings.
A man can destroy himself by way of abundance or poverty. How he manages money
and how he regards it are fodder for the psychoanalysts.
Money is not wealth! Money is a token which represents the
expenditure of human effort to produce something which can be used by man.
Wealth is that which can be used or consumed by man. Capital is the means of
production and the means of distributing it. Some examples of wealth are
consumables like food, clothing, buildings, automobiles and fuels. Capital is
machinery, trucks, railroads, factories and land.
The monetary token chosen to represent human effort is
immaterial so long as everyone agrees to it-be it sea shells, tobacco, gold or
printed paper. Money cannot create wealth; only men can create wealth. One
cannot eat or wear money; but money was contrived to buy those things. Money represents
energy expended by human beings in providing goods and services. The price in
dollars (or other tokens) of any item or service should ideally represent the
number of hours of human effort it took to accomplish the work.
A man working 40 hours a week in a factory may receive
$2.00 an hour for his services there. The wage paid may vary according to his
skill or other value to his employer and depend on the industry and its
location; but if he offers his services at a mutually agreed upon wage without
coercion of any sort by either employer or employee, that is the karmically
correct wage for both parties concerned. The forty hours of service supplied by
the worker to the employer is karmically balanced by the dollars paid to the
worker at the end of the week. The eighty dollars in wages received now
represents karmic credits for the 40 hours of energy expended by the worker.
The money is not the energy-the money merely represents the energy. Neither is
the money wealth; but it can purchase services and goods produced by the energy
of other workers. Money, then is the means by which human effort is exchanged
for consumables (wealth).
Money has advantage over direct barter because fractional
values can be established. It avoids the problem of the man who wishes to buy
one apple but who might have only a calf to barter with. Money's greatest
advantage lies in its storability. Our worker, in the example above, who earned
eighty dollars a week might choose to budget a regular savings of ten dollars a
week. After ten years he could have five thousand dollars set aside to buy a
home, provide for his old age, or to invest in cap-ital so he can go into
business for himself. These savings thus represent his accumulated karmic
credits earned by his own personal expenditure of human effort but not yet
consumed by him. In the days before money, a crop of grain laid away in a barn
for future good was equivalent to money credits laid away in a bank. However,
money can be stored away for fifty years and be accumulated in huge sums to
provide future needs. A civilization which has the ambition to create more than
it consumes, so that there is always an excess laid away, can eventually
provide tremendous capital for greater efficiencies in production. Generation
builds upon generation until finally the great, great, great grand-children
enjoy an accumulated capital base per capita which allows them to enjoy plenty
and security. But money is only a tool whereas man is the power. A man in
control of large accumulations of money can direct the flow of this stored
energy so as to amplify his will far in excess of the labor energies of his
The years go by and life goes on
And man evolves, and learns,
and grows ...
But what man doesn't know . .
. doesn't know!!
The years go by, and wars are
And lost ... And won ...
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And lives are lost ... And
lives are born ...
And man evolves, and learns,
and grows ...
But what man doesn't know ...
He doesn't know the purpose.
He doesn't know the light.
The struggle deep within his
Demands a constant fight.
And man evolves, and learns,
and grows ...
Because he doesn't know ...
He never knows the others
Who think the same as he
He never has the time to care
He's too concerned with
"ME" Or "I". ..
He'll cheat and lie ...
And man evolves, and learns,
and grows ...
But what he doesn't know ...
He doesn't know the reason.
He doesn't seem to grasp.
And so he gasps ... And gasps
And once-again evolves, and
learns, and grows ...
So someday he might know ...
Americans, let us take pride
In astronauts exploring space;
They are the heroes that we
To give strong tonic to our
But even more transfer their
To every person's mind and
For from within, not from the
Must greater living get its start.
Oh, let the spirit of these
Move us to orbit much more
To stop disease, to heal deep
And wing goodwill around the
LEONARD S. GRAY
News items reveal the changing attitudes of the public in
many areas recently considered "far out." We read that Psychic
Healing is now being taught to nurses at the New York University Division of
Nurse Education. Dr. Martha Rogers, with the backing of the University
Chancellor, instituted the course in "the laying on of hands" after
having been cured by such a method. The technique has remarkable implications
for nursing and though presently being studied by only 130 graduate students,
it is expected to be part of the normal hospital routine in time.
And, a genuine Haitian voodoo priest is offering a college
course for credit in "Voodoo," at Fairleigh Dickinson University,
Madison, N. J. Dr. Aleandre Abraham is determined to show his students that
Voodoo is a religion not merely a practice of casting evil spells.
Dr. Abraham teaches "that doctors cure people by
using natural ways, whereas voodoo priest cure people by extra-natural ways, by
put-ting them in certain states in which a medical doctor cannot do."
The purpose of the course is to show the students
"that they can have more fun if they look at life more openly, and that
they should withhold judgment on unknown religions until they learn more about
Here is still another news note. At Fort Myers, Florida,
Hypnotist Robert C. Ward is conducting "tension relaxation" sessions
with the Sheriff's Department there. Hypnosis is used to relax the deputies so
that they may better cope with their jobs, and ward off migraine head-aches,
ulcers and premature old age. In addition to feeling more energetic and
pleasant, the men report that they can go home, leaving their jobs behind them,
and thus be "a better father and husband rather than as a tense police
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UFO In Area
SENTINEL, Jan. 3,1975)
A Carlyle woman told the Sentinel today that a "big,
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that "looked more like a planet than a UFO"
followed her car from the Tamalco boat docks in Bond County to Rte. 127 about 9:30 p.m. last night.
Debbie Jannett said that she first spotted the object near
the boat docks while returning to Carlyle from Tamalco.
"It lifted up into the sky and followed me,"
Mrs. Jannett said today. "It just lit up the whole sky. It was a big
yellow thing with orange around it."
She said the object was bigger than the Fairview Park
swimming pool but couldn't guess at an exact size.
"It followed me from the boat docks to a railroad
crossing," Mrs. Jannett said. "When I stopped at the tracks it
stopped, too, I locked my doors. I was scared of it."
The object had a definite round shape, Mrs. Jannett said.
"When I got to Rte. 127 I looked around and it was
gone," she said. According to Mrs. Jannett, other cars traveling in the
opposite direction on the county line road separating Bond and Clinton Counties
slowed down and stopped, apparently to watch the object. Sheriff's Department
spokesmen in counties said they had received no reports of the sighting.
However, the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department said
today that a couple in that county reported seeing an object similar in color
when it "landed" in a woods near their property. Mr. and Mrs. James
Williams of rural Belleville told the sheriff's department that the object
appeared to be approximately 360 yards long and 50 feet wide. They said it
remained on the ground for five minutes and then rose into the atmosphere. The
Williams sighting occurred approximately ten minutes before Mrs. Jannett said
she first saw the object in Bond County.
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Grants Pass, Oregon Dec. 19, 1974)
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP)- The common water hyacinth,
regarded as a beautiful nuisance in most Southern states, can suck pollutants
from a city's drinking water and provide fuel to heat its homes, a biochemist
"We can recycle our own wastes with water
hyacinths," William Wolverton of the National Space Technology Laboratory
said Monday. Wolverton began looking into the water hyacinth's useful
properties as most states searched for ways to kill the vegetation, which
spreads like wildfire, clogging waterways and irritating fishermen.
"Water hyacinths are biologically perfect," said
Wolverton. "They're ideal for sucking pollutants out of the water because
they grow so fast and have a nice, big root system."
He said research showed that 2.5 acres of hyacinths is
capable of re-moving the following:
Every day, about 300 grams of cadmium or nickel, both of which
Every three days, more than 500 pounds of phenol, also called
carbolic acid, a toxic chemical derived from coal tar;
And every year, the nitrogen and phosphate from the human waste
of 800 to 1,000 people.
"Nitrogen and phosphates have been the big problem
for city sewage treatment plants," Wolverton said. "But the hyacinths
just eat them right up and grow faster."
There is a limit to the amount of metal each plant can
absorb. After they've eaten their fill, they are harvested and new hyacinths
quickly grow up to take their place.
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Earth Alone Has Intelligence
DAILY NEWS, Framingham, MA, Jan. 17, 1975)
STANFORD, Calif. (UPI)- After years of searching, Dr. Ronald
N. Bracewell has decided man is probably the only intelligent being in the
Milky Way galaxy. Now, he says, it's up to man to do the space populating.
Bracewell said his research has been concerned with tuning
in on any extraterrestrial life which may be trying to contact earth. And, he
said, various unexplained radio signals are inconclusive.
"If there are other intelligent beings in the galaxy,
some of them will be more advanced than we are," the electronics professor
said. "The question is why haven't they made their existence obvious to
us. They could easily do it."
Because no outer space residents have announced
themselves, he said, those on earth were probably the only ones in existence.
"I think that what nature's plan may be is to do a
good job of developing an intelligent being on earth and then let us colonize
our solar system and galaxy," Bracewell said.
Bracewell said it probably would take earth human beings
200,000 to 300,000 years to explore, populate and develop the solar system.
"That seems like a long time, but it is very much shorter than the three
million years it has taken man on earth to develop from primitive life,"
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G-ants Pass, Oregon, Jan. 16, 1975)
PEORIA, Ill. (AP)- Researchers here say they have created
a new corn
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flour with nearly as much protein as hamburger. They say
the product will soon be on the market.
It will be the first use of corn, the nation's largest
grain crop, as a protein fortifier, said Dr. George E. Inglett, a chemist with
the U.S. Agricultural Research Service.
Lauhoff Grain Co., of Danville, III., the nation's largest
dry corn miller, says it hopes to begin selling the flour within a year.
The flour is made from corn germ and could provide up to
five-sixths the protein of cooked hamburger, said Charles W. Blessin, a
research service chemist.
Blessin said he thinks the flour generally could sell for
a fraction of the cost of hamburger.
Donald Smith, vice president of production for Lauhoff,
said the flour will be sold to other food manufacturers for use in their
products but probably not directly to consumers.
The Secret Life of Plants
(The Secret Life of
Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, Hardbound, Harper &Row,
$8.95; Paperback, Avon, $1.95)
"There is nothing lovelier on this planet than a
flower nor more essential than a plant. Without green plants we would neither
breathe nor eat. . . . plants are living, breathing, communicating creatures
endowed with personality and the attributes of soul." So begins a most
fascinating book by two exceptional men, Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird.
The Secret Life of Plants delves into and explores the physical, emotional and
spiritual relations between plants and man.
In the chapter, "Plants and ESP," the
experiments of Cleve Backster concerning the famous lie detector tests on plants
are discussed. These experiments were an exciting breakthrough in the field of
plant-man relationship and it is exciting to read the developments and outcome
the work of Mr. Backster. Through his experiments, it was
found that a plant experiences pain, exhibits ESP with man, reacts to danger or
damage, has a form of memory and can exude a special communion or bond of
affinity with its owner, regardless of distance.
The Secret Life of Plants is a technical, detailed
treatise of various experiments conducted throughout the world. It is also a
beautiful meta-physical work on the soul life and expression of plants, and
reading it will awaken many people to the wonders of the universe with the
eternal life evident in all things, both animate and inanimate. The chapter
entitled "Plants Will Grow to Please You," tells how Luther Burbank
would get down on his knees and talk to his plants.
He felt that plants have over 20 sensory perceptions. Burbank
spoke of creating a vibration of love toward his plant-creations, and he often
took them into his confidence, asking them for help.
"The Wizard of Tuskegee,"-George Washington
Carver-is introduced and his achievements are well described. Carver said that
the secrets are in the plants to elicit them you have to love them enough.
Shortly before Carver's death, he said, "When I touch that flower, I am
touching infinity. It existed long before there were human beings on this earth
and will continue to exist for millions of years to come. Through the flower, I
talk to the Infinite, which is only a silent force. It is in the invisible
world. It is that still small voice that calls up the fairies."
We earnestly recommend this book to all students of life.
It opens vast new areas of thought to those who want to take the time to invest
in the knowledge of this book. Each chapter is exciting and unique, and
actually, are entities unto them self. Some other chapter titles are, "The
Harmonic Life of Plants," "Plants and Electromagnetism,"
"Force Fields, Humans and Plants," "Mystery of Plant and Human
Auras" and "Dowsing Plants for Health."
A thrilling book, advancing much food for thought, with
the result that we will think twice before stepping on a lawn, pulling a weed
or plucking fruit off of a tree.
-FLO BOHNERT, UNIT #1
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To get joy you must give it, to keep joy you must
scatter it. This statement sounds contradictory, but try following its truth
and you will prove it.
- SARAH L. SAWYER
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You cannot see the future because it is on a different
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From Unit #15 of Inglewood of California we have reports
of lectures on "Natural Healing" by Kay Beck; "The Riddle of
Reincarnation" by Jessica Madigan; and "The Potential of Education in
the New Age" by Peggy Shackleton.
Unit #37 of Buffalo, New York has sponsored Rev. Rowland
A. Henry in a lecture on "The Art and Science of Personal Magnetism,"
and Robert J. Shatzel (Unit President) in "You and the Infinite."
Merlin Unit #1 has had an evening of the "Psychic
Meditation Music" of Wilburn Burchette; a lecture on "Vivaxis"
by Catherine Greer, and on "Understanding the Silent Mind" by Ed Racey;
and an UFO session based upon the Galaxy tapes.
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Psychical Research Conference
The Florida Society for Psychical Research will host a PSI
INTER-NATIONAL, three-day conference, April 10, 11 and 12, at the Fort Harrison
Hotel, Clearwater, Florida.
Subjects to be covered by the panel of speakers include PSI
as it relates to Medicine, Anthropology, Geology, Religion, Business, etc.
Among the speakers will be Dr. William Tiller of Stanford University, CA; Jule Eisenbud,
M.D., Denver, CO; Christopher Bird (Secret Life of Plants) and many more.
Write to PSI International, 2837 1st Ave. North, St.
Petersburg, Florida 33713 for details.
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We wish to express our thanks and appreciation to those
who have contributed books to our Understanding Library:
To Nani Gopa Sen Gupta of Calcutta, India for ABC of
Dharma and Its Philosophy by Surenda Nath Sen Gupta. "The book is a logic
of spiritualism, in which the author discloses the real nature and mystery
To Oomoto of Kyoto-Fu, Japan for The Holy Scriptures of Oomoto
by Ofudesaki, Excerpts translated by Iwao P. Hino.
To the Exposition Press for The Tree of Knowledge, A Study
of the Evolution of Reason, by Fred S. Spier.
To Dorrance & Company for Discover the Real You by
Fred Feldman. To Louise Kidder Sparrow for her Basket of Pansies, a volume of
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New Phoenix UFO Club
United Fellowship of Outer Space is the name chosen for a
new UFO study club, formed January 5, 1975, in Phoenix, Arizona. The club plans
to bring speakers to the public each month, as well as provide other
activities, such as sky watching, a library for its members, tapes, etc.
The Club is seeking information on speakers in the field,
both the newcomers as well as the old timers, on all facets of the phenomenon.
Address correspondence to the club president, Dwight L. Bockman, 8227 North
39th Drive, Phoenix, AZ. 85021. The club will appreciate your correspondence.
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