Understanding Volume 7 Number 2
For February, 1962
EDITOR ……. Dr. DANIEL W. FRY
asst. editor … cleve twitchell
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VOLUME VII FEBRUARY, 1962 NUMBER 2
Dedicated to the propagation of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who are not of earth.
During recent months inhabitants of the non-communist portions of the earth have been exposed to a lengthy argument, the two sides of which are perhaps best represented by the slogans: “I’d rather be dead than red” and “I’d rather be red than dead.” Many of those who subscribe to the first slogan are persons popularly known as anti-communists, persons who sincerely believe that communism is the embodiment of total evil and must therefore be fought at all costs. Under the “rather be dead than red” banner in the United States are such groups as the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade, the Minute Men and Minute Women and the much discussed John Birch Society, along with hundreds of other organizations.
On the other end of the scales are persons who periodically attack the anti-communists at “extremists,” persons who lean toward the “rather be red than dead” philosophy in spirit, whether or not they actually admit it. A majority of this group are persons who believe quite sincerely that the rules of democracy and equality for all men must be preserved, even if it means giving communists equal rights with non-communists. This group fears that the anti-communists
are violating democratic principles in their efforts to crush the enemy-communism.
In between these two groups lies the overwhelming majority, persons who agree partially with one side and partially with the other, or who do not think about the situation at all.
In viewing this predicament, it may become apparent to one familiar with New Age Groups that we do in fact have a small model of the non-communist world right here in our own field. There are those among us who actively support anti-communist organizations including the John Birch Society. There are an equal number of us who support those desiring to abolish anti-communist organizations and such legislative bodies as the U. S. House Un-American Activities Committee.
To some it might therefore appear that our New Age field is hopelessly divided. But let us think, is this really the case?
Could the diversity of political opinion present among New Age people not indicate that our movement transcends petty bounds and has the ability to capture the interest of persons from all areas of thought? Could it not also indicate a lesson for all of us to learn, that our seemingly conflicting loyalties are really not so far apart?
We should perhaps above all hold admiration for those who do not throw full support to one side or the other but rather see the good in both sides and support that good. Sometimes we are so busy fighting for the kind of social order we think best that we become lost in the tall grass surrounding our beliefs and fail to see the good points on the other side. Is it not the most basic lesson in understanding to be able to place oneself in the shoes of another and learn to understand how he thinks and why he feels as he does?
The controversial date of February 4, 1962, may already have passed into history when this issue of the magazine reaches its readers. Even though the day may have passed, however, the controversy, and the problems created by it, will still be with us.
A major conjunction of the planets is, historically, a time of sudden and sometimes violent change. Some of these changes are
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obvious from the moment they occur, while others are so subtle that their significance may not be fully appreciated until several years after the event. Also, the events do not necessarily occur on the exact day when the conjunction reaches maximum, but may be spread out over a period of several weeks before and after the day of maximum linearity. In fact it would appear that some of these changes may have already come about, and others will probably follow in quick succession.
The almost total political silence of the official organs and spokesmen of the Soviet Union during the last two weeks seems to indicate: that profound changes in the communist `line’ and strategy may be in the making. Whether these changes will be for the better or worse, remains to be seen.
At the present moment, the weather man appears determined to put most of the nation into cold storage for an indefinite period of time. Whether or not this fact has any connection with the approaching conjunction, will probably be a matter of controversy for some time to come.
Many people throughout the world have made predictions of dire calamities due to occur on Feb. 4. The nature of these calamities is as diverse as the natures of those who make the predictions. Some of these calamities may well come to pass, many others probably will not.
The prediction that, the western portion of the State of California. may slip off into the ocean will, we trust, turn out to be one of the latter group. Your editor is scheduled to lecture in Berkeley, Calif., on Feb. 4, and it would prove very inconvenient if he were forced to swim, either to or from the lecture.
Dan Fry plans to make a tour of the various Understanding units in the United States and Canada during February and March. Units wishing to have him come and lecture or visit are encouraged to write Dan at 2527 E. Cameron, West Covina, Calif. Dan plans to include a swing to the east coast and visit units throughout the eastern part of the U. S.
Astronomers Find Strange New Star
PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 26, 1961 (UPI) -Three astronomers at the California Institute of Technology have found a strange star – so odd it may take a whole new study of high energy nuclear reactions to explain it.
Dr. Jesse Greenstein, Dr. Jun Jugaku and Dr. Wallace Sargent recently completed a spectroscopic analysis of the star called 3 Centauri A.
This is what they found:
-The stellar object, which is in a cluster of 100 to 200 normal stars about 3,500 trillion miles from earth, is about 20 million years old.
-It does not rotate, although its atmospheric temperature of 27,000 degrees is three times hotter than the sun. Hot stars usually rotate rapidly.
-The star is the first in which the rare isotope helium 3 and in which krypton, a product of atomic fission have been found with certainty.
-The atmosphere of 3 Centauri A has 10,000 times more of the very rare element gallium than normal, 100 times more phosphorus, 5 times more nitrogen and 4 times more iron. It is short on normal amounts of oxygen and helium. The star has five times the mass and radius of the earth’s sun.
-Although it is the same age and luminosity of the so–called magnetic stars-it has no magnetic field.
Sargent theorized it is possible that “the star’s gaseous atmosphere has structures similar to sunspots ..in which very powerful magnetic fields exist.”
Greenstein believes 3 Centauri A has so many composition peculiarities it will take a “whole new study of high energy nuclear reactions” to analyze the find.
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Do You Suppose There Are Invisible Animals?
(From “Small Worlds Around Us” column by Lynn M. Watkins, January 16, 1962)
We have reached a stage in our enlightenment where we must. admit there are still horizons we have not seen. Sooner or later some new technique may be discovered whereby man can penetrate the veil of invisibility and observe a host of things he never hitherto expected.
The microscope pierced a hole in the curtain; man peeked into the unknown. He observed the private life of many of the microbes. Even then, people who had never seen them hardly believed such things existed. At first they laughed and called the micro-hunter a crackpot.
The telescope pulled the curtain aside a little more, to let man see some of the far-away mysteries of the universe. Many of us have been apt to discredit. what the astronomer knows to be scientific fact. Many of us have labored under the supposition that what we hadn’t seen, did not exist. We are too apt to get the idea that those things we do not know about, are only figments of someone’s overactive imagination.
It’s a little difficult to comprehend that beneath the visual range of the microbes is another group of even smaller living things, ones that we have little knowledge of so far, the viruses. Possibly there are others more minute and more elusive; we mostly guess at what they are and how they operate.
Conversely, would it not be remotely possible that at the other end of this mysterious line there are larger animals, composed of fish, insects, birds or perhaps mammals, that are invisible?
Seems ridiculous, but the majority of people laughed when someone said they saw tiny, wriggling creatures, evidently alive, swimming in a drop of water. Air, supposedly fresh and clean, does however, contain many micro-organisms.
A fine cloth filter, waved in the air or carried aloft on the wings of a plane, traps many strange looking little “things.” The air is known to be saturated with spores of molds, bacteria and perhaps many lesser things that were hardly suspected to be there at all.
Through the efforts of Understanding Unit #37 in Buffalo, N. Y., a book rental library is now available. Books may be rented by writing to Understanding Book Lending Library, c/o Mrs. Marie Henderson, 71 Allendale Road, Buffalo 15, N. Y. All books will be available to members and friends on a rental basis, charges being 2 cents per day plus postage. The librarian will allow 3 days for mailing to you and end charges according to date of postmark on return.
All receipts over and above the cost of packaging and operation will be used to expand the library with additional books. New lists will be issued periodically as the book library grows. Donations of books will be greatly appreciated.
TITLE AND AUTHOR OF BOOKS AVAILABLE:
SHEPHERD OF SOULS, Mary Gorden Kemmis
FLYING SAUCERS FROM OUTER SPACE, Donald E. Keyhoe
THE LIGHT OF THE SEVEN STARS, Olive P. Kelly
THE TWELVE BLESSINGS, George King
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE, George King
LIFE ETERNAL, Lamas
CREATIVE POWER OF THE MIND, Christian D.
Larson KNOW THYSELF, Richard Lynch
YOUTH OPEN THE DOOR, Eloise Mellor
FROM OUTER SPACE TO YOU, Howard Menger
MY TRIP TO MARS, THE MOON, AND VENUS, Buck Nelson
THE INFINITE CONTACT, Dr. Earnest L. Norman
THE VOICE OF HERMES, Dr. Earnest L. Norman
UNITY IN THE SPIRIT, Elsa Tudor Pierrefeu
GOD IS A GOOD GOD, Oral Roberts
A CALL AT DAWN, Kelvin Rowe
REPORT ON UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS, Ed. Ruppelt
BEHIND THE FLYING SAUCERS, Frank Scully
WHAT ARE YOU? Imelda Octavia Shanklin
KNOW YOUR OWN MIND, Harold Sherman
YE ARE GODS, Anna Lee Skarin
THE DIVINE CONSTITUTION, Charles Zachariah Smith
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THE TEACHINGS OF THE MYSTICS, Walter T. Stace
THE COMING GOLDEN AGE, Dr. F. W. Sumner
COMING OF THE GREAT WHITE CHIEF, Dorothy Thomas
WISDOM OF THE UNIVERSE, Hope Troxell
UNDERSTANDING YEARBOOK (1957, 1958, 1959)
THE COUNCIL OF SEVEN LIGHTS, George Van Tassel
THE COILED SERPENT, C. J. Van Vliet
DR. HOUSTON SPEAKING, Zelia M. Walters
HAVE WE LIVED BEFORE? Ernest C. Wilson
WHISPERS FROM ETERNITY, Paramahansa Yoganada
THEY KNEW TOO MUCH ABOUT FLYING SAUCERS, Grey Barker
MAN’S EMERGING MIND, Berrill
INTO THE CLOUDS, Brown
A HERMIT IN THE HIMALAYAS, Paul Brunton
ON THE THRESHOLD OF SPIRIT WORLD, Horatio Dresser
MUCUSLESS DIET HEALING SYSTEM, Prof. Arnold Ehret
IS ANOTHER WORLD WATCHING? Gerald Heard
THE HUMAN VENTURE, Gerald Heard
NO MATTER WHERE, Helen Hiett
THE ATOM CLOCK, Cornel Lengyel
UNSOUGHT VISITORS, Patrick Mahony
CHANGE YOUR LIFE THROUGH PRAYER, Stella T. Mann
THE MAN WITH TWO SHADOWS, Robin Maughan
THE GUIDEPOST ANTHOLOGY, Norman Vincent Peale
THE STELLAR MISSILES, Ed Earl Repp
MYSTIC REBELS, Harry Schnur
INSIDE THE SPACE SHIPS, George Adamski
I DOUBTED FLYING SAUCERS, Stan Layne
POWERS THAT BE, Alexander Cannon
FACTS FROM THE SPIRIT WORLD, B. F. Pearce
ALL ABOUT RADIATION (Gov’t. Pub. Nuclear Rad’n & Health)
THE SECRET OF THE SAUCERS, Orfeo Angelucci
SERMONETTES IN RHYME, Martha Baker
THE DESTINY OF THE NATIONS, Alice Bailey
THE SEARCH FOR BRIDEY MURPHY, Morey Bernstein
ABOARD A FLYING SAUCER, Truman Bethurum
LESSONS IN TRUTH, Emily J. Cady
THE WORLD WITHIN, Gina Cerminara
YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE THROUGH PSYCHIC POWER, Joanne Chase
MAN WHO TAPPED SECRETS OF UNIVERSE, Glen Clark
WHAT NEXT? by C. N.
HOW TO RELAX IN A BUSY WORLD, Floyd Corbin
CHRISTIAN HEALING, Charles Fillmore
TEACH US TO PRAY, Charles and Cora Fillmore
THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, Emmett Fox
ATOMS, GALAXIES AND UNDERSTANDING, Daniel W. Fry
THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND SAUCERS, Calvin C. Girvin
PHYSICAL AND PSYCHICAL RESEARCH, C. C. Gregory and Anita Kohsen
HOW BELIEF IN REBIRTH CAN ENRICH YOUR LIFE, Manly P. Hall
THE WAYS OF THE LONELY ONES, Manly P. Hall
THE FLYING SAUCERS ARE HERE, John P. Hoffman
SUCCESS UNLIMITED, William Hornaday
OVER THE THRESHOLD, Dana Howard
Here are the answers to the extra-sensory perception test conducted by Oklahoma City unit #44 on Friday, Jan. 19, 1962. Don’t forget to participate in the February test, on Friday, Feb. 16. For details see the January, 1962, issue of Understanding.
Central Standard Time-P.M.
10:00 to 10:05-Number used: 5 (five).
10:05 to 10:10-Color of disc: GREEN
10:10 to 10:15-Ball, block or hoop: Red block with yellow L on top side
10:15 to 10:20-Card was: Queen of Diamonds
10:20 to 10:25-Book or magazine was: UNDERSTANDING MAGAZINE-Vol. 2, No. 7. Date, July, 1957. Green trim
10 :25 to 10:30-Mystery object was: Cup & Saucer, white with gold trim
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The present advancement of technology in the current era is resulting in a cultural transformation, and a new philosophical interpretation of man’s place in the Universe. To reevaluate and assess this data would involve a complex combination of various studies of man. The growth and expansion of civilization has not only resulted in the present structure of modern technology, but in the deterioration of spiritual awareness and ethical motivation. The instant and rapid dispersal of information by means of our modern communication system has caused the disintegration of isolated groups of people and has increased social intercourse. But opposing ideologies have divided the world, the social contact has been violated, and Communism and Democracy vie for survival. The deadly game of war wages, and victory is a defeat for Mankind.
Ever since the evolution of modern man from the epoch of the Neanderthal and Zinjanthropus, early forms of man, to the present century, man has searched for both tools and weapons. Man now thinks himself civilized, but often his emotions are lethal and his thoughts barbaric. His tools are now products of his stream-lined technology and his sub-molecular physics. His weapons are the product of the same. The world is being propelled by his tools and weapons toward total destruction or endless progression. To survive Man must, assist his fellows, for man is an integrated family of cells, inter-dependent upon each other for their survival and welfare. War is the worst kind of contra-survival activity, peaceful collaboration is at spacious levels of pro-survival activity.
Man is now emerging into a new environment, both in his penetration into space, and in his discovery of psi phenomena. Here man approaches independent realities; here man’s mind is monitored by both sidereal and psychological time; here man discovers the creation and projection of mental space, and the extent and vastness of outer space. The current ominous conflict between nations assumes an apparent insignificance in the worlds of space. The subtle energy consumed in a stellar conflagration seems greater than man’s meager efforts. But man is a master, and the stars are the servants of his science.
Let us realize the reality of others’ viewpoints, feelings, and
thoughts and understand their reasons. Human behavior, whether rational or irrational, has causes which can be determined and understood. If we recognize our responsibility in assisting the survival and welfare of our fellow man, our benefits would be great. We must effectively communicate with our fellows at all levels as assistance to human relations. If we comply with universal law, man will emerge a galaxy of light. The effort will yield the results.
–William F. Hamilton
1112 Geranio Drive
BY WHICH THE WORLD CAN BE MADE A BETTER PLACE IN WHICH TO LIVE
(The following tied for fifth place in Understanding’s essay contest last gear.)
The average student of Understanding dreams of the ultimate goal-when real brotherhood will be established on a mass basis. Some dream of mass Saucer landings. Others, of the Saviour returned to earth. While these objectives are most worthwhile, the intervening days roll on in established patterns. And each day is a cell in the overall picture. We can never bring that day back. Likewise, each human soul sees the world through another human soul. All people are not up to the concept of mass Christianity. Such a person judges Christianity individually, by those whom he meets in his daily grind.
The writer is reminded of a small incident which occurred in a Safeway store, the universal Mecca for all, from perhaps a lone guest from another planet, to the ordinary man on the street from planet Earth.
The writer was on her daily shopping expedition. Tired from work, bent only on making her purchases and getting home. A wizened little man asked her where to find the broccoli. Said she, “It’s at the end of the line,” pointing to the far end of the vegetable display. He was groping his way around-when she noted the white cane …
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Spiritually embarrassed, the writer hastily took the man’s arm and led him to his desired destination. She told him about the size of the bundle, the price and noted that he was able to feel his way to the checking stand. His white cane was tipped with red-the insignia which denotes only the near blind.
She was reminded that this is the way a great many of us are near blind. We hasten about our daily chores, intent only on what concerns us. We are in the world of our own individual mind. We may occasionally perceive the need of another, but. we are tired, in a hurry. “Someone else will care for the situation,” we tell ourselves. “Let Charlie do it,” is the universal slogan. And that is the way the world is today. Too many “let Charlie do it ” We dream of the grandiose scale, while the small daily task of love passes unheeded. We’re tired, weary and discouraged with the Cold War, depressed with gouging prices, the frustration of facing the granite wall of misunderstanding, distrust, and the sword of Damocles.
But it behooves us to remember that the world is but the composite of individuals. The kindly deed sparks the beneficiary of that deed, thus causing his own light to spread out in a force field. Thought is THE world. Like chain reaction, the grateful heart reaches out to another. Soon, combustion takes place. This may be the long way around, but it is often the shortest way home. At least there is nothing to lose. We are not going to hasten the Golden Age by wishful thinking. We may as well work at it along the path. To give hope to even one weary traveler along the way has added one more impulse to a thought force which is part of the whole. The finest example is that, of daily, individual expression of brotherhood. It cost nothing but a few steps out of the way. The sacrifice of prearranged plans, and perhaps the efforts of a smile in the voice to another whose burdens are heavier than ours. From a bundle of broccoli to the Kingdom of Heaven is a long way, but as the Chinese say in substance, a journey of a million miles starts with the first step…
1709A Gough St.
San Francisco 9, Calif.
(Following is a report from the Cosmic Brotherhood Association of Japan on the recent visit of George Hunt Williamson to Japan. The first portion of the article is a reprint of a news report in the Mainichi Daily News, Aug. 28, 1961, translated from Japanese. -The Editors)
Dr. George Hunt Williamson, who arrived in Japan on August 16 at the invitation of the Cosmic Brotherhood Association (CBA) of Japan, lectured on “Mighty Sings and Wonders” before a capacity audience at the Asahi Kodo Hall in Tokyo Sunday (Aug. 27) afternoon.
The lecture-meeting was held in commemoration of Japanese edition of his book, “Other Tongues-Other Flesh.” He delivered the lecture after showing some 170 slides, illustrations which depict the arrival of UFO.
Dr. Williamson, who served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as radio director, said: “I firmly believe in the existence of UFO and the arrival of space people. We must inform this to all the peoples of the world. The Japanese people have had a great inheritance and the Japanese people originally came from outer space. So Japan has a most important role that is indicated by Japan’s present contributions to science and industry. Japan has a divine destiny to fulfill.”
Williamson, who has traveled around the world conducting expeditions, researches and has given lectures in many countries, said: “I have discovered that there is a wonderful `Plan of the Ages’ which has operated on earth down through time, and this divine plan is converging on our day and age.”
He pointed out: “I have never agreed with the materialist who says that `man is only an animal with the illusions of a soul’ and my research has convinced me that beyond any possibility of doubt there is a creative intelligence in the universe and the “Hand of God’ has actually reached down and become an instrument in the affairs of mankind.”
The author of many books (“Saucers Speak,” “UFO Confidential,”
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“Other Tongues-Other Flesh,” “Road in the Sky”, Secret Places of the Lion “) and other articles added: “There is abundant scientific evidence that this guiding `Hand’ has placed its visible `signature’ on the records and artifacts of all civilizations of the past and present. I also found that it is a fantastic legacy for mankind today that comes out of the very beginnings of humanity on earth. The implications of such a heritage are staggering. Actual scientific discoveries not only prove that there is a God, but also prove that this God is bringing His Divine Plan to a magnificent finale in our time.”
WILLIAMSON IN JAPAN-being his main purpose to research for ancient Japan, Williamson had visits to three parts of this country where he was able to discover many an important thing helping his scientific study about the past Earth through many kinds of proofs and evidences. That was arranged and accompanied by CBA. First part of them is of Ainu tribe in Hokkaido. They called at Ainu villages where they saw their interesting treasures and at the time they heard the legend of descent of Sky-God. Also, existing giant ainu in deep wood gave an idea snow-man in this land to Williamson and others. Second, it was nice trip in Kyushu where they could be touched with pure origin of Japanese. Mt. Kirishima and Mt. Aso, famous volcanoes are there. Japan has, her treasures in myth showing her real ancestors in past, and also she expects something in near future, which is possible, Williamson said. Third, sightseeing in Kyoto, Nara and Ise. Old shrines and refined temples in these areas clearly gave them fresh feeling, especially by the stone garden in Ryouanji temple, Kyoto, they were deeply moved really. Williamson and staff members of CBA had spent a night to see the Kabuki, one of the typical arts of Japan, when he got a strong impression different completely from western. At Sayouara Party held in Toyko, Sept. 22, Williamson said, “I have found the Japanese man to be a strong, strange and wonderful man … he is unique in the world, for he is a two-sided individual, yet he is a perfect man… a man compounded of cherry blossoms and iron!” He left Yokohama Sept 25 morning by ship for U. S.
The UFOs are here to wake us up, to lead us from destruction, and to show us the way to a glorious new life. The information received from Etherian (extra-terrestrial) sources provides tangible evidence that these indeed are the intentions of our space visitors, The mystics and spiritual leaders down through history have attempted to achieve the same goals, but have had very little success. Now the forces of Light must not fail.
The time is close at hand when the solar system will pass into a new region of space in which cosmic conditions are such as to revolutionize our entire way of life. There is evidence on all sides of tremendous changes that must take place to prepare this planet for its graduation. The principal change that must, take place is within the consciousness of every man.
Earthman, in his present moral and spiritual state, cannot enter this new cycle and will be destroyed should he attempt to do so. He must. raise his spiritual awareness to a point where he will be able to properly control the new mental energies that will shortly engulf this planet. If he does not, he must necessarily pass through the transition called death because his lower frequency mind will be unable to control the higher frequency mental energies pouring through it.
There is so much to be done and so little time to do it. Our spiritual leaders could not do it alone. The UFOs had to come to wake us up, to show us the radiant life that could be ours if we returned to be the image of God which we were originally intended to be.
The study of saucers is not the way to the attainment of higher consciousness. It only points the way, as a guidepost. One will not enter the New Age merely because one believes in and studies saucers. The important thing is to put the teachings of the Etherians and the great mystics of Earth into practice by living them.
The value of a good knowledge of the extra-terrestrial visitation should not be ignored however. If one truly leads a pure unselfish life of love and service to his fellow man, one does not need to know a thing about space ships or other planets. On the other hand, if one seeks the higher life and yet knows not the way, it would be
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well to look at this guidepost, to listen to the great pure philosophies of other worlds, to gaze in wonder and aspire to the glorious way of living on the higher realms. But after one has gathered the enthusiasm and knowledge to follow the higher path, one should cease merely marveling at the great perfection on other planes, and act to bring this perfection into manifestation. This is the great Path, whose full revealing is the primary mission of the UFOs.
–David E. Brigham
3440 Fulton Ave.,
# 7 Sacramento, Calif.
Civilization at the Crisis
Men of Earth, open your eyes
The truth must not be hidden by lies.
Your salvation is now nigh
To refuse truth is surely to die
The forces of unbalance have ruled too long
Continually interchanging right and wrong
Natural law will take its course
Correcting unbalance, ere it becomes worse.
Thundering cataclysms will come soon
To carry evil to its destined doom.
The only hope amid this strife
Is rhythmic balance of each man’s life.
Then, let earth quake and thunder roar
Purified man stands safe with God forevermore.
-David E. Brigham
Since about 1940, we have witnessed the corning of a great many space ships to our earth, and many witnesses have written hundreds of books about them and their occupants.
To deny their presence is to deny thousands of Government Records of their reality and stick one’s head in the sand. One book alone; written by a former air force official, cites at least 200 incidents of air force flyers’ observations, some of which were made at a thousand yards.
What is the meaning of all these observations? There must be some significance and a study of them reveals the truth. To arrive at the truth, we have to use our Bible and what are termed the New Revelations, particularly the book written in 1881, named the Oahspe, and which enlarges on the Bible of two thousand years ago. The Bible itself, asserts in several places, that in the last days “They shall all know me, from the least to the greatest.” In order for us to have some idea of the Father’s many, kingdoms, both material and heavenly, it was necessary that. the space ships be used. This age is so steeped in materialism that only a demonstration of space ships and their occupants, would awaken us from our deep sleep.
The result of the presence of space ships or the space books, has caused men to look up as never before. We have taken our eyes from earth for at least a few minutes a day. Those from other earths have dictated to various persons on our earth, a whole series of books dealing with their state of living, and which in many cases reveals a civilization far in advance of our own. If you do not give these books some attention, you are not only a skeptic, but you hold back the progress of universal unity, and the brotherhood of man, all arising in one Great Father of all.
On the other hand, if you read all the books now available, you will develop judgment and will find no mysteries in the Father’s universe. Books now available about the created heavens show, without mistake, that those who have arisen to enviable knowledge in the heavens have interplanetary interests and labors to perform. They labor endlessly to raise their fellows in universal understanding and brotherhood. These same books reveal that many who enter
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the heavens immediately after death of the physical body do so with skepticism and ignorance of the Fatherhood of the Creator and the brotherhood of men. They also have to be taught by their superior brothers.
They who cannot look above materialism are little superior to animals. But little by little, and in various ways, many are being awakened to appreciate the heavens. It will be done one way or another, for the Father has so willed that none of his children shall remain forever in darkness.
It is nothing to be proud of to say that we will not co-operate with circumstances as they come. Fact of the matter is we are sowing to the whirlwind of ignorance and will reap ignorance within ourselves. The heavens and the space ships are all one picture; be wise and put the picture together; many are doing this very thing. As usual, those that venture out into the unknown to solve the picture, meet with success. Man was intended to be an image of the Father, and this image he can be if he makes an attempt, and is not bound by too many preconceived ideas and plain errors.
–F. R. Brooks
Morongo Valley, Calif.
Sometimes something pretty wonderful comes to people who know very little. This morning when first entering my lovely aqua, beige, coral and frothy white curtained kitchen, the first thought was coffee and a cigarette. Now my real desire has been to be as altogether lovely as it is possible for a woman to be-inside and out – yet my first thought was for coffee and a cigarette! The breath of me must be so obnoxious to a non-smoker that it must be all he can do to get very close, and it must take all of his control to keep from fleeing … (Have you ever smelled an ash tray when it needs washing? Try it sometime.. . )
Now it was very early in the morning-the time when all is quiet, and do you know what came to me when I asked myself … “I really don’t. get any satisfaction out of smoking-my insides feel like an old end of smoked meat-my stomach is upset- I’m really tired of
smoking, WHY DO I DO IT? And then this came: “YOU HAVE GIVEN IT STRENGTH.” Because I know that I shouldn’t because I have been told by an excellent doctor that one day the “saturation point” is reached (if you smoke more, it’s sooner) and then the body can throw off the poison no more, and then cancer, or something else. Because I have given it, power-have thought about it, given it my attention, struggled with it, fought it, tried to overcome it, it has gained power with each thought. Thoughts are a form of energy, and when we direct thought toward something, with each one, thought’s “object” has been given power.
On Easter morning, I came to my breakfast table and sat, down to have a cigarette and you know what came to me then? “You come not to worship me but to destroy the temple.”
I have never been particularly “religious,” yet I know now what Jesus the Christ meant when he said the two commandments most important were to “Love the Lord thy God with all thy mind, and all thy soul, and all thy heart” for if we, like children, keep our Father in mind with all His boundless kindness, His natural gifts to mankind-we will add to His power in this weary world … Why are we so STUPID as to give our attention and our thought. energy to evil? Why do we read of accidents, crimes and disasters in our newspapers on the front pages. .. is our will being sold for money? Are we ourselves selling our birthright, the right of free choice as to thinking and acting, for a mess of pottage when we, by CHOICE, think and direct our attention to that which will destroy this gift of life which we have been given? For our own sakes, let’s tune our radio in to soul-satisfying things-let’s think of some kindness someone has done-some lovely thing in Nature; let’s obey the other commandment that Jesus gave us, to “love thy neighbor as thyself “-let’s see him and find out what. he needs that we can do something about-let’s visit him, take something to share with him, baby sit or talk with an older person in his household, help him in time of sickness or problems-let’s start right where we are. Why not? Why not strengthen that which we really like-listen to that which is of good report, see that which is altogether lovely, so that when we face ourselves honestly and look in the mirror of ourselves, we can say “YOU HAVE GIVEN STRENGTH TO IT.”
–An UNDERSTANDING Reader
FEBRUARY, 1962 19
Understanding has a new unit, #50, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is starting off with quite a large membership. President is Adale S. Vaughan, 925 E. Wells, Milwaukee 2, Wis. Other officers are Donald W. Bangs, vice-president; Carolyn J. Anich, secretary, and Margaret Straub, treasurer.
News of Other Units
EL MONTE, unit #1, had between 40 and 45 visitors at its Christmas party. Scott Brownell, president of the Elsinore, Calif., unit, led group carol singing. Dan Fry gave a talk. Presents were collected and later donated to needy families in the El Monte area. During January the unit heard a talk by Rev. Gene Albright on “How to Know or Measure Intercommunications From or With UFOs.”
SAN MATEO, unit #2, has moved to Nevada City, Calif. President John Barnes, his wife Celia and several others made the move. A number of the old members are retaining their affiliation with the unit in its new location.
VISTA, unit #4, entertained Riley Crabb, director of Borderland Science Research Associates, for a January lecture on “Farewell Flying Saucers, Welcome New Age Science.” The talk was illustrated with slides.
INGLEWOOD, unit #15, presented another program of tape recorded
messages from space beings at. its January lecture meeting. These programs have proved very popular.
RIVERSIDE, unit 22, helped a needy family as a Christmas project, providing the parents and six children with clothes, food and toys. Commented one of the unit members, “That is one of the fascinating facets of Understanding. There are so many angles so many channels through which to work.”
SAN JOSE, unit #25, heard a talk by Harold Freeman during January. His topic was “You and the New Age in 1962.”
BUFFALO (N. Y.), unit #37, would seem to have had an interesting experience in the “don’t speak too soon” department. The editors note that a letter was received a few weeks ago rejoicing over the fact that no snow had fallen in Buffalo. A few days after the letter arrived, we read in the newspapers that Buffalo had been buried under a 20-inch snowstorm!
On the more serious side, Buffalo unit has put out. another issue of its fine publication “Sounds in Space.” It contains a great deal of news and information. The unit has set up a book rental library for the whole organization of Understanding, Inc., with Marie Henderson acting as librarian.
OKLAHOMA CITY (Okla.), unit #44, is planning a project similar to the development project being undertaken by Dan Fry at Merlin, Ore. A corporation charter has been issued for a nonprofit corporation with three of its five incorporators members of the unit. Charles Rhoades, unit president, is temporary president of the new corporation. During January unit #44 heard talks by Arthur J. Burks on “How to Develop Yourself Spiritually and Psychically” and “How a New Age Center Can Effect Your Life” and by Peace Pilgrim on “There is a Way to Peace on Earth.”
TOLEDO (Ohio), unit #45, sponsored three lecturers recently, Laura Mundo Marxer, Durward Fairfield and Dana Howard. Tape recordings of other speakers have been played and letters from other units have been read.
SACRAMENTO, unit #46, has taken on the task of setting up a lecture bureau and speaker’s file, through the efforts of Gerald Cooper. Background information on speakers will be made available through this unit. Cooper can be contacted at 4331 Turnbridge Drive, Sacramento 23, Calif.
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