TABLE OF CONTENTS
AND PEACE ......................................................................................... 2
WE ARE INTERPENDENT ........................................................................................... 7
poet’s corner .......................................................................................................... 8
BLOCK NEWS FROM TONOPAH .............................................................................. 9
UFO DEPARTMENT ...................................................................................................... 10
FOR GREATER UNDERSTANDING: ........................................................................ 15
ROSES FOR KAY ........................................................................................................... 18
Bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 18
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EDITOR .................................................................................................. DANIEL
ASST. EDITOR .............................................................................. margaret
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VOLUME XXI MARCH 1976 NUMBER
Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
On January 26th, 1955 at the American Legion sponsored
banquet at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur
delivered an oration which the newsmen who reported it said was, "probably
the most important speech which has been delivered during this century."
In spite of its great importance comparatively little coverage was given to it
in other parts of the country.
Because we agree with the statement of newsmen concerning
the vital importance of this speech, and because we believe everyone should
have the opportunity to study it, we are taking the liberty of reprinting the
greater portion of that speech in this issue. We hope that you will give it the
careful consideration which we feel that it deserves.
That famous barrack room ballard apparently counts on us,
those old soldiers who have escaped the carnage of the battlefield, to find the
fountain of youth. And indeed, we might if we only understood what the poet
said, that youth is not entirely a time of life-it is a state of mind.
It is not wholly a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips or
supple knees. It is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor
of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life. It means a
temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, of an appetite for
adventure over love of ease.
Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years.
People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but
to give up interest wrinkles the soul.
Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair-these are
the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to
dust. Whatever your years, there is in every being's heart the love of wonder,
the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what
next, and the joy and the game of life. You are as young as your faith, as old
as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young
as your hope, as old as your despair.
In the central place of every heart there is a recording
chamber; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so
long you are young. When the wires are all down and your heart is covered with
the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then-and then, indeed, as the
ballad says, you just fade, away.
History Of Man's Wars
Many in this brilliant audience were my comrades-in-arms
in the days of used-to-be. They have known war in all its horror and, as
veterans, hope against its recurrence. How, we ask ourselves, did such an
institution become so integrated with man's life and civilization? How has it
grown to be the most vital factor in our existence? It started in a modest
enough way as a sort of gladiatorial method of settling disputes between
conflicting tribes. One of the oldest and most classical examples is the
Biblical story of David and Goliath. Each of the two contesting groups selected
its champion. They fought, and based upon the outcome an agreement resulted.
Then, as time went on, small professional groups known as armies replaced the
individual champions. These groups fought in some obscure corner of the world,
and victory or defeat was accepted as the basis of an en-during peace. From
then on, down through the ages, the constant record is an increase in the
character and strength of the forces with the rate of increase always
accelerating. From a small percentage' of the populace it finally engulfed all,
It is now the nation in arms. With-in the span of my own life I have witnessed
this evolution. At the turn of the century, when I entered the army, the target
was one enemy casualty at the end of a rifle or bayonet or sword. Then came the
machine-gun designed to kill by the dozen. After that, the heavy artillery
raining death upon the hundreds. Then the aerial bomb to strike by the
thousands-followed by the atom explosion to reach the hundreds of thousands.
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Now Destruction is in Millions
Now, electronics and other processes of science have
raised the destructive potential to encompass millions. With restless hands we
work feverishly in dark laboratories to find the means to destroy all with one
blow. But, this very triumph of scientific annihilation-this very success of
invention-has destroyed the possibility of war being a medium of practical
settlement of international differences. The enormous destruction to both sides
of closely matched opponents makes it impossible for the winner to translate it
into anything but his own disaster.
The second World War, even with its now antiquated armaments,
clearly demonstrated that the victor had to bear in large part the very
injuries inflicted on his foe. Our own country spent billions of dollars and
untold energy to heal the wounds of Germany and Japan. War has become a
Frankenstein to destroy both sides. No longer is it the weapon of adventure
whereby a short cut to international power and wealth-a place in the sun-can be
gained. If you lose, you are annihilated. If you win, you stand only to lose.
No longer does it possess the chance of the winner of a duel-it contains rather
the germs of double suicide. Science has clearly outmoded it as a feasible
The great question is-does this mean that war can now be
outlawed from the world? If so, it would mark the greatest advance in
civilization since the Sermon on the Mount. It would lift at one stroke the
darkest shadow which has engulfed mankind from the beginning. It would not only
remove fear and bring security-it would not only create new moral and spiritual
values-it would produce an economic wave of prosperity that would raise the
world's standard of living beyond anything ever dreamed of by man. The hundreds
of billions of dollars now spent in mutual preparedness could conceivably
abolish poverty from the face of the globe.
Would Reduce Nations' Woes
It would accomplish even more than this; it would at one
stroke reduce the international tensions that seem so insurmountable now to
matters of more probable solution. For instance, the complex problems of German
re-armament, of preventive war, of satellite dominance by major powers, of
universal military service, of unconscionable taxation, of nuclear development
for industry, of freer ex-change of goods and people, of foreign aid and,
indeed, of all issues involving the application of armed force. It would reduce
immeasurably the power of leaders of government and thus render more
pre-carious totalitarian or autocratic rule. The growing and dangerous
control by an individual over the masses-the socialistic
and paternal trends resulting there from is largely by virtue of his influence
to induce war or to maintain peace. Abolish this threat and the position of
chief magistrate falls into a more proper civic perspective. You will say at
once that although the abolition of war has been the dream of man for
centuries, every proposition to that end has been promptly discarded as
impossible and fantastic. Every cynic, every pessimist, every adventurer, every
swashbuckler in the world has always disclaimed its feasibility. But that was before
the science of the past decade made mass destruction a reality. The argument
then was that human character has never reached a theological development which
would permit the application of pure idealism. In the last two thou-sand years
its rate of change has been deplorably slow compared to that of the arts and
sciences. But now the tremendous and present evolution of nuclear and other
potentials of destruction has suddenly taken the problem away from its primary
consideration as a moral and spiritual question, and brought it abreast of
Decision Now is Before the Masses
It is no longer an ethical equation to be pondered solely
by learned philosophers and ecclesiastics, but a hard core one for the decision
of the masses, whose survival is the issue. This is as true of the Soviet side
of the world as the free side-as true behind the Iron Curtain as in front of
it. The ordinary people of the world, whether free or slave, are all in
agreement of this solution; and this perhaps is the only thing in the world
they do agree upon. But it is the most vital and determinate of all. The
leaders are the laggards. The disease of power seems to confuse and befuddle
them. They have not even approached the basic problem, much less evolved a
working formula to implement the public demand. They debate and turmoil over a
hundred issues-they bring us to the verge of despair or raise our hopes to
Utopian heights over the corollary misunderstandings that stem from the threat
of war-but never in the chancelleries of the world or the halls of the United
Nations is the real problem raised. Never do they dare to state the bald truth,
that the next great advance in the evolution of civilization cannot take place
until war is abolished. It may take another cataclysm of destruction to prove
to them this simple truth. But, strange as it may seem, it is known now by all
common men. It is the one issue upon which both sides can agree, for it is the
one issue upon which both sides will profit equally.
Self Interest Keeps Truth
It is now no longer convincing to argue, whether true or
not, that we cannot trust the other side-that one maverick can destroy the
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herd. It would no longer be a matter depending upon
trust-the self-interest of each nation outlawing war would keep it true to
And there is no influence so potent and powerful as
It would not necessarily require international inspection
of relative armaments the public opinion of every part of the world would be
the great denominator which would ensure the issue-each nation would so profit
that it could not fail eventually to comply. This would not, of course, mean
the abandonment of all armed forces, but it would reduce them to the simpler
problems of internal order and international police. It would not mean Utopia
at one fell stroke, but it would mean that the great roadblock now existing to
development of the human race would have been cleared. The present tensions
with their threat of national annihilation are kept alive by two great
The one, a complete belief on the part of the Soviet world
that the capitalist countries are preparing to attack them; that sooner or
later we intend to strike. And the other, a complete belief on the part of the
capitalistic countries that the Soviets are preparing to attack us; that sooner
or later they intend to strike.
Both are wrong. Each side, so far as the masses are
concerned, is equally desirous of peace. For either side war with the other
would mean nothing but disaster. Both equally dread it. But the constant
acceleration of preparation may well, without specific intent, ultimately
produce a spontaneous combustion.
World Leaders Show Lack
I am sure that every Pundit in the world, every cynic and
hypocrite, every paid brainwasher, every egotist, every troublemaker, and many
others of entirely different mould, will tell you with mockery and ridicule
that this can be only a dream-that it is but the vague imaginings of a
visionary. But, as David Lloyd George once said in the House of Commons at the
crises of the first World War, "We must go on or we will go under."
And the great criticism we can make of the world leaders is their lack of a
plan which will enable us "to go on." All they propose merely
gravitates around but dares not face the real problem. They increase
preparedness by alliances, by distributing resources throughout the world, by
feverish activity, in developing new and deadlier weapons, by applying
conscription in times of peace-all of which is instantly matched by the prospective
opponent. We are told that this increases the chances of peace-which is
doubtful-and increases the chances of victory if war comes-which would be
incontestable if the other side did not increase in like proportion. Actually,
he truth is that the relative strength of the two change
little with the years. Action by one is promptly matched
by reaction from the other.
We are told we must go on indefinitely as at present-some
say 50 years or more. With what at the end? None say-there is no definite
objective. They but pass along to those that follow the search for a final
solution. And, at the end, the problem will be exactly the same as that which
we face now.
Must we live for generations under the killing punishment
of accelerating preparedness without an announced final purpose or, as an
alternative, suicidal war; and trifle in the meanwhile with corollary and
indeterminate theses-such as limitation of armament, restriction on the use of
nuclear power, adoption of new legal standards as pro-pounded at Nuremberg-all
of which are but palliatives and all of which in varying form have been tried
in the past with negligible results?
Dangerous doctrines, too, appear-doctrines which might
result in actual defeat; such doctrines as limited war, of enemy sanctuary, of
failure to protect our fighting men when captured, of national subversive and
sabotage agencies, of substitute for victory on the battle-field-all in the
name of peace.
Peace, indeed, can be obtained, at least temporarily, by
any nation if it is prepared to yield its freedom principles. But peace at any
price-peace with appeasement-peace which passes the dreadful finality to future
generations-is a peace of sham and shame which can end only in war or slavery.
I recall so vividly this problem when it faced the
Japanese in their new constitution. They are realists; and they are the only
ones that know by dreadful experience the fearful effects of mass annihilation.
They realize in their limited geographical area, caught up
in a sort of no-man's-land between two great ideologies, that to engage in
another war, whether on the winning or the losing side, would spell the
probable doom of their race. And their wise old prime minister, Shidehara, came
to me and urged that to save themselves they should abolish war as an
international instrument. When I agreed, he turned to me and said: "The
world will laugh and mock us as impractical visionaries, but a hundred years
from now we will be called prophets." Sooner or later the world, if it is
to survive, must reach this decision. The only question is, when? Must we fight
again before we learn? When will some great figure in power have sufficient
imagination and moral courage to. translate this universal wish-which is
rapidly be-coming a universal necessity-into actuality?
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Old Methods No Longer Suffice
We are in a new era. The old methods and solutions no
longer suffice. We must have new thoughts, new ideas, new concepts, just as did
our venerated forefathers when they faced a new world. We must break out of the
straight jacket of the past.
There must always be one to lead, and we should be that
one. We should now proclaim our readiness to abolish war in concert with the
great powers of the world. The result would be magical.
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Whatever we do or fail to do and say has such subtle and
far-reaching influence that we never can tell what the results will be. Our
shadows fall where we may never be. A deed or word may set in motion forces
that help or hinder the progress of the world by just so much. No act falls
fruitless; none can tell how vast its powers may be. We live with other men,
and to other men; we have no intercourse with others that does not tell on
them, as they are all the while influencing us. No man or woman of the humblest
station can really be strong, gentle, and pure and good, without the world
being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very
existence of that goodness.
We may, if we choose, make the worst of one another. Every
one has his weak points; every one has his faults; we may make the worst of
these; we may fix our attention constantly upon these. But we may also make the
best of one another. We may forgive as we hope to be forgiven. We may put
ourselves in the place of others, and ask what we should wish to be done to us,
and thought of us, were we in their place. By loving what is lovable in those
around us, love will flow back from them to us, and life will become a pleasure
instead of a pain. We should help others when and where the help is needed. And
every word and deed of unselfish love, comes back in blessings on the giver;
the strong are to bear the burdens of the weak, and in bearing them will grow
stronger themselves. When love constrains one to give a cup of "cold
water" he is expressing divine love.
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers
connect us with our fellow men; and along those fibers, as sympathetic threads,
our actions run as causes, and come back to us as effect.
So interdependent are we that we are dependent upon others
to such an extent that each becomes an inseparable part of the other. It is a
physical impossibility to live completely isolated from other
lives. Therefore, how does my life affect those around me,
those who love me?
Confucius pointed out many years ago: When the heart is
set aright, the personal life is cultivated, when the personal life is
cultivated, then the family life is regulated. When the family is regulated,
the national life is orderly, and there is peace in the world.
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SUNRISE ON TRAVERSE BAY
I awoke again this morning
to face another day,
and found no one had taken
the sunrise from the Bay.
Last night I was down trodden
by another sad defeat,
but now I found this morning
God had a special treat.
For the sun came up with
no mortals held it down -
and only clouds could
as it went on its round.
The waters lapped the edges of
beauteous bay shores,
and made you realize
the grandeur of outdoors.
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And I am only one
with minor aches and pains,
and wondrous is the natural
where God in nature reigns.
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Congratulations to R. J. Richardson and Mrs. Lois Ayres,
Globe, AZ. who organized Understanding Unit #87 with seven charter members and
three have since joined. Bob Richardson is secretary, Norman Koolkin,
The Unit has already served as a channel of understanding
for one of the six men who were with Travis Walton when he disappeared from
their midst as they stood watching a spacecraft over Heber, AZ. Mike Rodgers
called Lois Ayres and talked for almost half an hour about their experience.
Lois reports that he sounded very convincing. Contact with Lois was made
through a visit to Snowflake by the founder and president of Understanding, D.
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THE FIRST WEDDING AT
THE FIRST CHURCH OF UNDERSTANDING
On December 6th, Miss Lisa Curtis and David Gillespie were
married as they stood before the cross at the First Church of Understanding by
the Reverend Brent Thompson. Lisa is the daughter of Mary Ellen Curtis, new
treasurer for Understanding Inc.
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April 23rd to 25th is a date to mark on your calendars!!
Understanding Inc. will host a convention at Tonopah, Az. on those dates.
Speakers will be invited to be present and to assist in reviewing the history
of UFO activity here on this planet. The gate donation has been kept to a
minimum so that all could participate who wished to do so. $2.00 per person for
each of the three days. Food will be provided by Understanding staff for
purchase. (The nearest restaurant is 23 miles!) Sleeping bags and space on the
55 acres of desert floor will accommodate up to a thousand persons. Other
sanitary facilities will be provided as necessary. For those whose idea of
camping is a nice clean bed and running hot and cold water, accommodations in
Buckeye, Good-year and Gila Bend are
available. The list of such accommodations will appear
complete with addresses and telephone number in the April issue of this
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'STRANGE CREATURES SEEN DURING UFO ENCOUNTER'
HOLBROOK, Ariz. (AP)-Travis Walton who is alleged to have
disappeared after being struck by a ray of light from an unidentified flying
object was "on a craft of some sort" and made contact with strange
creatures, his brother said Tuesday.
Duane Walton, 26, said he found Travis, 22, who now is in
hospital. However, he refused to say where.
Meanwhile, Navajo County sheriff Marlin Gillespie said
five men who claimed they had seen Travis Walton struck by a ray of light last
week in northeast Arizona passed a lie-detector test Tuesday. But Gillespie
said he still wants to speak with Walton himself.
The sheriff has described both brothers and their mother
as long-time students of UFOs. He also said he had not overlooked the possibility
that the story is a hoax.
Travis Walton disappeared last Wednesday. His six
companions said he left the truck they were riding in near Heber to pursue an
un-identified flying object in the woods.
The men said they were still in the truck about 25 yards
away when Walton was struck by "a ray of bluish light."
They said they drove off, frightened, but returned shortly
after-ward and found no trace of Walton.
Five of the six men who voluntarily submitted to a
lie-detector test given Monday passed, Gillespie said.
"They were telling the truth, that they did see
something that they described as a UFO," he said. The test on the sixth
man was in-conclusive, the sheriff added.
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UFO SEEKERS HEADING EAST
LOS ANGELES (UPI)- A mysterious couple may be leading
their band of UFO seekers toward New England, according to a woman who says she
was part of the group for almost two months.
She also said the leaders of the group have collected
large sums of money from their followers and she worries about her friends who
are still with them.
"I was with the group from May 5 to June 30 when they
abandoned me in Flagstaff, Arizona," said Joan Culpepper, who described
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herself in an interview as a "teacher of metaphysics
and a practicing psychic."
The group's leaders left her because of her skepticism
about the trip to another world, she said, and have since warned her to be
quiet. The group, which first came to attention in Oregon, has been re-ported
since then in Colorado and Illinois, apparently moving East.
The two have been identified as Marshall Herff Applewhite
and Bonnie lu Trusdale Nettles, of Houston. Applewhite was wanted there last
year for car theft, but the charges have since been dropped.
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MYSTERIOUS UFO CULT TAKES WIFE,
LEAVES LONELINESS FOR LEONARD
(Burlington Free Press, Burlington, VT., 11/6/75)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)-Dr. C. A. Leonard says that in his
loneliness, the "four walls are closing in." Leonard was abandoned by
his wife of 34 years who joined a mysterious cult that promises paradise via
Leonard and his wife have three grown children. Her sudden
departure from their Vail, Colo., home last August left him in shock for over a
month, he said.
Leonard, 50, was reunited with his wife, Jackie, at a
recruiting rally the UFO cult held here last week. He was only able to talk
with her for about a half hour.
"I told her the door's always open to her," he
said, adding that his strongest hope is that the group will
"dissolve" before long and she will return home, "perhaps
stronger internally for this whole experience."
Leonard flew to California from Vail after his wife
invited him by phone to attend Human Individual Metamorphosis (HIM) sessions last
week. There have been reports from different parts of the country about people
giving up families and possessions to join HIM.
The couple's brief reunion occurred after the cult, led by
a man and woman known as "The Two," relaxed earlier bans against
converts communicating with loved ones. Mrs. Leonard invited her husband by
telephone to attend a meeting here.
Leonard, who described his marriage as "probably one
of the great ones," said in an interview that he decided not to use the
opportunity to coax his wife home.
"It's really been terribly lonely since she left.
Those four walls close in on you," said Leonard. "We worried for her
safety and well-being. I cried, and was mad at myself. It took a month anyway
be-fore I was out of shock."
However, Leonard said he thought his wife, a registered
nurse, looked healthy and happy. But then, he added, she always had been
religious and is experienced at transcendental meditation and yoga.
"She's reached these high levels of transcendence
through dedicated efforts-without any signs of insanity, of course,"
Leonard said. "She'll go through hardships for her own elevation."
"I've lived with Jackie for 34 years, and she's still
the most beautiful woman I've known," said Leonard. Then, with obvious
sorrow, he added, "There's always that chance I won't see her again."
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OUTER SPACE LIFE 'COMMON'
(The Vancouver Sun, 11/12/75)
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI)- A scientist trying to establish
contact with life on other planets said today research indicates it not only
exists but is "probably widespread."
Dr. John Billingham, chief of the biotechnology division
at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Ames Research Laboratory
in Mountain View, Calif., disclosed his conclusions half-way through a two-year
He said his search for intelligent extraterrestrial life
"now points to the fact that it should be very common, that it exists now
and is probably widespread in the universe."
Billihgham said he has been contacted by believers in
unidentified flying objects but gives little scientific validity to claims of
visits to and from other planets. He said, however, they were conceivable.
Billingham said his search, aided by other scientists, is
for "beings who have gotten to at least our level of science and
technology, and maybe ahead."
"We believe that in many places living creation has
gone not only as far as we, but much further-including many civilizations much
older than ours," he said in an interview.
"We're the youngest civilization that is able to
have been able to communicate for only 10 or 15 years
across the galaxy with radio telescopes.
"So the point is that we've just emerged on a
statistical basis and therefore anybody we contact must be an older
civilization." Billingham, 45 and British-born, said his evidence of life
on other planets is circumstantial and he hopes to establish contact with
extra-terrestrial beings through larger and better radio telescopes.
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RUSSIANS STUDY PARTICLES FROM OUTER SPACE & REVEAL ...
NUCLEAR WAR DESTROYED AN ANCIENT PLANET-
SURVIVORS LANDED ON EARTH
(National Enquirer, 10/14/75)
by William Dick and Henry Gris in Moscow
Top Soviet scientists have revealed for the first
time-exclusively to The Enquirer- new evidence that a planet called Phaeton
once orbited the sun and was destroyed in a thermonuclear explosion set off by
an advanced race of humanoids.
The scientists analyzed glass-like particles called
tektites that fell to earth from outer space-and believe these particles shed
new light on the mysteries of Phaeton, which was a sister planet of earth
before its destruction.
Never before have leading Russian scientists agreed to
discuss their study of the tektites they found in Russia's Karakum Desert
earlier this year.
But The Enquirer has lifted the veil of secrecy and
secured exclusive interviews with top researchers.
Among their amazing theories were:
• A spectacular nuclear war destroyed all the inhabitants
of the planet-and only those who may have been away from Phaeton at the time in
space ships could possibly have survived.
• The survivors landed on earth-and probably inspired the
ancient legends of gods arriving in fiery chariots.
• The planet had an atmosphere much like our own-with
oceans and mountains similar to earth's.
• The Asteroid Belt that rings the sun is actually the
remains of the exploded planet.
Professor Evgeni Krinov, head of the Soviet Committee on
Meteorites, told The Enquirer: "Tektites travel to us from the area of the
Asteroid Belt-a ring of debris that circles the sun between the orbits of Mars
and Jupiter. According to a theory, asteroids circle the sun along the path
that Phaeton, which no longer exists, once followed.
"We believe that this planet disintegrated following
a thermonuclear explosion on its surface-and what remains are the asteroids."
Professor Felix Zigel, of the Institute of Aviation in Moscow, said the
explosion that formed the tektites must have been thermonuclear -because only
such a blast could generate the intense heat required to form tektites, a
combination of metals fused together into glass-like solids, about the size of
"What happened probably was a thermonuclear
catastrophe caused by a war between civilizations on Phaeton," Professor Zigel
said. "Nothing short of that could have produced such a disastrous
Fragments of Phaeton-the tektites-reached earth, said Dr. Zigel.
"But what bothered us was that none had ever been found in the Soviet
Union-although they've been discovered in Australia, the Philippines and in Czechoslovakia.
"But the new discovery changes everything," he
said. The tektites seem to have fallen in an arc pattern running from Australia
and the Philippines through the Soviet Union to Czechoslovakia. "This
indicated they all arrived at one time-the result of a single massive explosion
in space," commented Dr. Zigel. "If they had arrived at different
times, they would have been scattered all over earth because of the earth's
constantly changing position."
Professor Aleksander Kazantsev, who lectures on space at Moscow
"The destruction of Phaeton had to be total. The
civilization vanished." But he added that since their knowledge of
thermonuclear energy was so advanced, the Phaeton dwellers were also probably
very advanced space travelers-likely to have had astronauts in space at the
time of the explosion.
"These astronauts had no home to return to," he
said. "So they went to the planet whose conditions were nearest their
own-they went to earth.
"This could explain the origin of ancient legends
about gods arriving on earth aboard fiery chariots. Erich von Daniken claims to
have discovered traces of extraterrestrial visitors in many places on
Phaeton was named in the 1950s by a Russian scientist
after a Greek god, who legend says crashed in a fiery chariot.
One of NASA's top scientists, Dr. John O'Keefe, a
geophysicist and an expert on tektites, said it's a plausible theory to suggest
that Phaeton disintegrated and formed the Asteroid Belt.
He also agreed with Professor Zigel that thermonuclear explosions
could not be produced accidentally but would require "some intelligence at
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DREAMS TO SHARE
November 11, 1975
I want to share with you three dreams my wife wrote down
during a physical illness and shortly before she left her physical body. They
seem to tell about a preparation that's part of the process we call dying.
The first occurred last December (1974):
(1) . . . woke up with the most intense
feeling-as tho' it were still going on
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even while l wakened ... of a great and joyful
blessing-as tho' group of very loving people had had me in their midst and were
gently laying me down again
... a feeling that everything was ok, loved; I and
everything was full of light, sort of a pinkish rose, it was so strong, the
most real "unphysical" thing I've ever felt. My heart was
overflowing, and oh the whole thing lasted wonderful long moments after l awoke
. . . It was so complete, something very real sure was going on, I came away
with something I didn't have before, I'm sure . . . and encouraged feeling . .
. there were some purely happy loving "new (to me) dimension"
feelings going on.
And the other two occurred early in September; her most
recently recorded ones:
(2) l heard the words "Well, they took me by
the hand and led me over my head (or beyond my depth)". . . I saw a brief
picture of some people at a shore-line being led into water by gentle guides;
there was a definite 'guide" feeling -when you feel you're over your head
in a situation in life and that it's just too big-guidance is at work, helping
you through this lesson-like crossing a river. I felt such reassurance from it;
l was the people (person) being led, and there was comfort and new
encouragement ... The experience that feels too big is almost like a cleansing.
It acts as such, and we have our guides holding our hands. At least l felt it
so for me in my present situation. Also got the hint that a lot of this
taking-by-the-hand etc. happens during our sleep time.
(3) Two fellows were teaching me how to
"fly"-first, big leaps and bounds and slow floating etc. . . they'd
walk along ahead ... with me, they'd go ZAP! to "turn it on -so I could
have the power.
I tried but felt awkward and heavy, but on the return .
. . I said "But what do l do with my body-arms, legs, etc. How do I feel
them together as a unit yet not be conscious of them?"
Up front, one of them said casually, "It's the
same feeling as when you pray." i.e., total abandon, giving, joy,
forgetting of self ... and sure enough, I sort of thought about Jesus or prayed
... and then was leaping and bounding slowly, high up, feeling so fight, and
butterflies. . . I was grinning and joyful. . . I felt right, fun; . . . f had
feeling I had to keep myself down, had so much power even tho' I didn't really
understand it ... Being in that sort of power, anything could work out ... a
good feeling of being "taught" on the other side.
♦ ♦ ♦
It is surprising that man should suffer so much when
divine power dwells within him in full glory. Just as the sun can never see
darkness, man was not created to experience pain or suffering. Man experiences
agony and torment because he keeps his attention confined to the outer world.
He never bothers to plunge within.
TURN THE OTHER CHEEK
Many Scriptural passages have several
interpretations-literal, figurative, physical, metaphysical, historical and
spiritual. One such passage is "But whosoever shall smite thee on thy
right cheek, turn to him the other also."
I am sure that everyone understands the literal meaning,
which to some is either unrealistic, downright ridiculous, or confusing, at
best. But to focus simply on or debate the physical or literal aspect of cheek
turning is to lose sight of a great spiritual truth.
What does it mean spiritually to turn the other cheek? An
under-standing of this somewhat confusing, if not disconcerting, Biblical
advice can help you improve your personal, social and business relations. It
can help you to become a more accepted as well as a more accepting individual.
Let us start with a simple illustration. For years you and
your wife have "religiously" been voting the straight
"Universal" ticket at elections. This year your wife tells you she
will definitely vote for the "National Party" all down the line. This
comes to you as a great surprise and a shock. It is a slap on the right cheek.
What does it mean, then, to turn the other cheek? I feel
it means that you should ask your wife why she is switching to another party.
Her reason may come to you as another shock-a slap on the left cheek.
You see, your problem may be that you have been looking,
politically, in one fixed direction entirely too long. It might well be that,
figuratively, you do need your cheeks slapped to get you to turn your head in
another direction and see its advantages.
In the spiritual sense, then, to turn the other cheek
means to seek greater understanding and greater sensitivity to the feelings of
others. It does not mean, however, that you are obliged or required to give up
any beliefs which your conscience tells you are right and valid. You allow
others the right of conscience. ,
A father recently told me about his son who ran away from
home. The boy's rejection of the father was indeed a slap on the right cheek for
the man who always assumed a well-meaning, holier-than-thou and self-righteous
I knew the father quite well, so I felt free to answer his
"Why?" I suggested to the man that he might be too rigid, demanding, unrelenting
and even punitive. He wanted to dictate his son's companions, course of study,
career, social contacts and even his hair style.
MARCH 1976 17
Verbally, then, I smote the father's left cheek which he
willingly turned to me. The boy eventually came home, was given a loving and
prodigal-son-type welcome by his forgiving father, and in time they worked out
Mrs. Parsons complained to me some time ago about her
mother. The elder woman inherited $4,000 and immediately turned it over as a
love offering to a well-known faith healer of whom she was very fond. This bit
of generosity infuriated the daughter who felt that she had really been hit on
"We could have used that money to pay off some debts
or as the down payment on a new house," lamented Mrs. Parsons.
In effect, I told the irate daughter to turn the other
cheek. I suggested that she turn in thought to her mother's point of view.
"You may not believe in faith healing," I said.
"But your mother claims she has received many blessings from it. All your
mother did was to perform an act of gratitude; she should be commended and not
Turning the other cheek physically, mentally or
spiritually may hurt-even if it's just your pride. You might not readily be
able to accept another viewpoint. The thing to do then is to pray for greater
understanding and for help in overcoming stubbornness, rigidity and pride.
Years ago both the desirability and the painfulness of
turning the other cheek were driven home to me. I was very fond of symphony
music and purchased season tickets for myself and a friend.
At the first concert I noticed that my friend was a little
bored and restless. She nodded and napped. The night before the second con-cert
she phoned to tell me she was ill and could not go along. When it came time for
the third event her mother suddenly became sick.
Finally, I began to see her excuses as slaps in the face.
I decided I would turn the other cheek and "face the music" from her
point of view.
"I just don't like classical music," she told me
flatly and sharply. "The symphony bores me stiff. Why didn't you ask me
whether I was interested before you spent all that money on those
My trouble was that I was looking only in one
direction-toward my own interests and likes. It was helpful to have some one
"smite" me on both cheeks. I learned it does not pay to be overly presumptuous.
I learned that close friends have the right to share in the making of important
Did someone smite you today on the right cheek? Did your
prospective mate suddenly jilt you? Did a faithful customer suddenly cancel a
huge order? Did your broker give you a poor tip on the
stock market? Did your boss promote the other fellow?
You see, a slap on the cheek-a personal affront-can take
many forms. In any event, follow the Scriptural advice and "turn the other
cheek also. "
When you do that you reach out for greater understanding.
You lose nothing. You gain another point of view. You begin to see things in a
different light-perhaps the true light.
The ability or the willingness to turn the other cheek is
one of the secrets for success in business or personal and social affairs.
Turning the other cheek is, at once, an expression of love, tolerance and
forgiveness, an experience in understanding, and an expansion of one's
-RUSSELL J. FORNWALT
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For days and months and years Kerttu Campbell began and
ended her day with the innumerable minutia that are the lot of the assistant
editor of Understanding magazine. Kay completed each of those tasks with a love
and loyalty for Understanding and all it represents that will make finding a
replacement for her most difficult. So------Roses by the yardful to Kay who has
asked to be relieved from the double task of treasurer and assistant editor of
the magazine for health reasons.
On behalf of all the readers of Understanding and all
those who have received Kay's warm and gracious letter replies, the editor and
his Tonopah staff extend deepest appreciation to both Kay and Coleman Campbell.
(Coleman will be mailing out the magazine from Merlin for sometime yet.)
♦ ♦ ♦
A man of understanding sets his face toward wisdom.-Proverbs
♦ ♦ ♦
When a man reaches the end of his rope, he comes to
the beginning of God. -E. A. Gloeggler
♦ ♦ ♦
Nothing is so strong as gentleness,. nothing so
gentle as real strength. –unknown
♦ ♦ ♦
There are two ways a man can meet a difficulty:
either he can alter the difficulty or he can alter himself to meet it.
♦ ♦ ♦
We do not deal much in facts when we are
contemplating ourselves. -Mark Twain
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Mrs. Myers' address is 10526 Oak Drive, Auburn, Ca. 95603.
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