For September, 1970

THOUGHTS FROM SWEDEN   …………….             2

OPEN SESAME!   …….             3

WHAT IT IS TO UNDERSTAND   ………….             5


UFOS INTERNATIONAL   ………..             8

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING   ……………             9

world report   …………..             9

NEW SOULS   ………….             12

book reviews   ……             14

Poet’s corner   ………….             15

bulletin board   ………..             16

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asst. editor …………….  kerttu campbell

circulation manager ……..  edna basmajian

staff artist …………..  gus tanasale

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VOLUME XV                               SEPTEMBER, 1970                                 NUMBER 9

Dedicated to the propagation of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who are not of earth.


The vast panoramas of rugged and still primitive beauty in Sweden are all that the tourist agencies claim for them, and more. Man and nature seem to work well together in this country, 75% of which is still covered by forests and lakes. (More than 90,000 of them.) It is likely to be a long time before Sweden runs out of recreation areas, although it must be admitted that a large percentage of Swedes go to other countries for their recreation.

Sweden almost certainly leads the world in at least two areas of human progress. The first area is that of Social Security, and the second is the area of Social Studies. Security has been the watchword and the political slogan of the Social Democratic party which has been in power continuously since 1936, and which seems likely to continue so for some time to come. The efforts of this party have resulted in the evolution of a “Welfare State” which has for years been the envy and the model for other socialist governments.

Now however, a new revolution in thinking is beginning to manifest itself and a new national goal is emerging. By what may, or may not be a coincidence, this goal is identical with that which is now being advocated in the United States, although the new concept is derived from two somewhat different points of view.

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Since the day when the United States declared itself to be a sovereign and independent nation, freedom has been the watchword of all Americans. The possibility that freedom might be lost has, at times become almost a national phobia, although we have, at the same time, surrendered, more or less willingly, large areas of our freedom in exchange for convenience or security.

Today the concept of Equality is rapidly replacing that of freedom in America, and security in Sweden, as a national goal. Simply to be free or secure is no longer sufficient. There must also be equality of opportunity, equality of status and of human dignity. Much of the strife and dissent in the United States, and to a smaller degree in Sweden, results from the determination and the struggle of minority groups to achieve opportunities and dignity equal to that of the majority groups. If this equality and dignity is to be achieved however, there must be a substantial increase in the overall level of human understanding. To reach this level we must establish better means and better habits of communication, and we must also discover more points of identification and more areas of mutual agreement with our fellowmen.

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A few years ago, I stepped into the world of psychic phenomena. It was while I was in confusion, darting in all directions, that a strange thing happened to me; an incident of such importance that my whole life was changed.

I attended a party, and was a little amused to see a lady reading hands. There is always one at every party. She told me a few things that could have applied to any individual in the room. I leaned across and took her hand, as I wanted to put an end to the nonsense. I did not know, at the time, that a great door had swung open. I was already in the future!

I studied the mass of intricate lines interwoven with crosses and stars. It seemed as if a mist had been torn apart by living pictures. I told this lady a tale of life, of her characteristics sprinkled with their strengths and weaknesses.

She turned quite pale and murmured, “I didn’t know you read hands?”

“I don’t,” I snapped, “so you see it is a lot of nonsense.”

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I shall always remember her face when she retorted, “I think you have something you don’t know you possess.” I did-I had a tiger by the tail!

My mother is a very proper and charming woman; she is rather proud of my abilities in the business world, and of the few “choice” poems I enclose with my weekly letter. I have never told her of my jaunt into the field of handreading. It would shock her tremendously. I can almost hear her say, “you mean-gypsy handreading?”

The gypsies came in the spring, delightful brown people with handmade, colorful paper flowers and mats. I shall always remember one serene-faced woman who asked me to show my hand to her. My mother whisked me through the doorway with a spank of disapproval; yet, I was always drawn to them-the gypsies and their brown-eyed children. The gypsy camp, although forbidden, gave me a feeling of great freedom and a zest for life.

I believe there is a validity in the way the gypsies read hands. Surrounded by mystery, these vibrant people have discovered a code. I don’t think, however, we have to be gypsies and wear golden ear-rings to read hands. I do feel that I did stumble on this code a few years ago; a code not governed by Black Magic nor, in any way, conflicting with my religious ideas. It is a very simple truth.

The brainwaves. the heartbeats; the people we really are, down de ;p ; the tragedies of our failures and the fires of our spirits write their stories across our hands-the left hands.

Some people ask me: “Why do you read the left hand and not the right?”

I have found, through reading experience, the right hand shows the way we would like to appear to the world-our own little stage play; the left hand shows our true nature; our potential; our instabilities and lack of insecurity. Strangely enough, left-handed people still show the spirit-as I call it-in the left hand.

One Sunday afternoon, I was watching a travel film, and a native of a far-away island was interviewed regarding handreading. She said she read the left land and gave, roughly, the same explanation. The strange part of it was this: I came to my conclusion through trial and error; this lady had been reading hands since she was a little girl. Coincidence-or another link in the magic door?

To summarize: I believe, in the near future, a break-through wilt

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be made by this method, particularly in the medical and psychiatric fields. I believe that physicians will be able to diagnose ailments (especially heart trouble) and chronic diseases by studying the left hand; that psychiatrists will decode several mental disturbances and brain disorders.

The door is opening wide–I see beyond the horizon that mental retardation in infants will be instantly recognized by lines on the left hand.

This science-and I shall call it a science-can never be placed in the hands of the charlatan: its textbook will be a medical journal. Handreading is so delicate an art that only qualified persons will be allowed to participate. It came with the gypsies and, one day, it will be a great science.

Naturally, no handreader is allowed to diagnose illness, nor can the reader hint at such a thing, or she would be accused of practicing medicine. This also applies to the psychiatric field. No handreader has a scrap of status because all handreading is damned because of a few charlatans.

Astrology had to receive a court hearing before an astrologer was granted a license. Will this eventually touch the qualified hand-analyst? Will we be allowed to prove this science to a judge? Only then will vital research be instigated.

I believe in a future for handreading-so great, that it stuns the imagination of the loftiest sage. If we can accept the magic of past civilizations producing vital discoveries, can we not believe in the extraordinary light of the coming years?

Nature registers its progress-second by second, year by year. So do our hands change, illuminating this small graph of mind and body. The door is open-take my hand. It is an exciting world, this world of tomorrow.

Open Sesame! There are treasures beyond.

-Nobell Sandall

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Man has spent much time searching for Truth, as though it were a concept reducible to a blob one might find somewhere under a tree. This writer wonders how much longer we will continue in this manner. It’s time to stop approaching the need to know as though it were some

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thing outside ourselves. Ernest Holmes in his book, Science of Mind wrote that “what we are looking for, we are looking with!” That seems to make sense for the Truth Student of the New Age for it pinpoints the actual source of all experience. If we accept our “outer selves” as the manifestation of our “inner selves” (You are what you think!), we then recognize all expression has to exist in thought before we can externalize it. It follows, then, that the Truth we seek is already within us! Truth is indeed a very personal thing for each of us. The sum total of the way we see and do things is woven together in our consciousness to form an ever-expanding pattern of Self. This makes Truth so individual that I recognize that unless you can see all things from the same identical perspective, within the same identical environment of experience, you cannot hope to understand how I completely feel about what I know. Yet, isn’t that what we generally strive to do-to understand each other as though we really were each. other? I don’t think we can do that, therefore it is time for us to stop trying.

Perhaps we can realize how we gain Truth for ourselves by the following example: Imagine a lecturer lowering a large cardboard box painted a different color on each of its six sides into the midst of his audience. If he were to ask each person present the color of the box, the responses would vary according to the angle of view of the individual listeners. But all responses would be true! No two people in the room would have exactly the same perspective, for no two people can possibly view from identically the same eye position. Each would report in terms of his own personal, non-shareable perspective. So matter how close in position two or more people see the box, nor how much in agreement they may be as to general color tone, the separate viewing experiences will vary because of the variance in lighting, etc. This variance creates the individual’s own environment. Since we cannot share the identical eye position space, our bodies cannot share the identical environmental space and we cannot share an identical experience of Truth! For instance, for me spacecraft do not exist. I simply have never seen one. I have never been where they are supposed to have been. Just because I have never seen one I can’t say others haven’t. I must allow far the possibility that those who have seen spacecraft are viewing a segment of Truth from the other side of the Truth box, and-that their sightings are real, Truthful experiences for them. I

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have no choice but to allow for that. Also, I must allow for the possibility that one day-as my Spiritual Environment changes-I will be where they are and I, too, will find spacecraft in my perspective. So it must be with all things, not just spacecraft. Your experiences of Truth and my experiences of Truth, while segments of the whole Truth, are somehow so personal and dependent on our separate Spiritual eye position that it is impossible for another to “get in the way.” In the example of the painted box, there are as many direct paths of perspective as there are viewers. These paths do not cross nor blur each other. There is, however, conflict if one person tries to occupy the identical eye position and therefore must infringe on another’s environmental position. The younger generation calls this “getting into someone else’s bag” and they suggest we avoid doing this. I also suggest we avoid doing this because it is an impossible task. We must permit ourselves and others adequate viewing time and space to resolve the experiences we are each having. This is the only way we can ever hope to live together without conflict! This, to me, is understanding. Permitting the other person the validity of his own Truth experiences without having to attempt the impossible feat of sharing it completely. Understanding, then, is not a “thing” of itself as we have long thought, but is a result of the whole of humanity permitting its separate parts (us) to experience that portion of Truth, we need without interference. This is not an agreement to disagree, but is, instead, a willingness of each to allow for the growth of others in terms of what they, themselves, “see.”

-Jay Fair (Director Aquarian Study Groups, San Diego, Calif.)

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This land belongs to the Indians, spiritually. It is theirs-we are interlopers who came and now are living here, claiming possession. But we have never gained spiritual possession, even while keeping the real owners in subjection. They too, have lost possession through being so displaced and divided amongst themselves. However the Indian Spirit is still there and is at last being reawakened.

These people from the ancient past have been looking for a White Messenger from the East from time immemorial. It is in their visions, ‘carried down by legend and secret teaching, This made them easy

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prey to the hordes of intruders who came to possess the land and its abundance. The White Messenger was not amongst them.; only those unscrupulous ones were always in the majority, despoiling the wealth of animal life, and laying waste much of nature’s abundance.

After much suffering and misunderstanding the Indian Spirit is being revived and there are those now coming forward with the message from the East which is one of love and understanding amongst all peoples. It is the Message that is important, and it is coming forth through many channels-One Spirit, One Message-but finding expression through the minds and hearts of more than one individual, from many races.

This is as it should be, and is probably the correct interpretation of the second coming of Christ, in the hearts of humanity as a whole. If this is so, as many believe, He is already here and His influence is over the whale earth; a great spiritual urge which cannot and must not be given a name, because no name can contain its greatness, or find acceptance everywhere. It is in truth the Great White Messenger-white not because of being confined to any one race, but because of the wholeness and purity of the white spiritual light which contains within itself all the colors of the spectrum, each one beautiful in itself, but combining in one white spiritual light. It has nothing to do with the color of the skin, and is purely of the spirit.

William Willoya and Vinson Brown have written a book called Warriors of the Rainbow, beautifully illustrated by Indian artists, relating some of the prophetic dreams and visions of the Indian peoples in which they look forward to a time of peace and brotherhood, especially with their white conquerors. These come from many widely separated tribes with different language and culture. They are almost unanimous in their expectancy of a White Messenger from the East, all over the Americas. It forms a pattern.

While futile attempts to defend their land were made by the Indians, one tribe, the Hopis have always been a People of Peace. As a result they have been able to keep in purity their own religious beliefs, offering their knowledge and wisdom as their contribution to world peace.

We must seek out the truth, and find the meaning of these prophetic dreams, many of which have already come to pass. But they will not be complete until peace comes to all mankind. The reawakening of

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the Indian Spirit is so great a movement now, and is of such importance to the movement for peace and understanding we should be awake to the possibilities for us to right an old wrong. We could profit much ourselves by cooperating with this emerging beauty and vitality of expression. It will add richness and color to our own treasured store of knowledge, as well as be of great help to the Indians to value and preserve their own inherited traditions and religious beliefs. There is nothing else like it on the face of the earth. The same kernel of truth is there that we already love and cherish.

We need each other, and together we can welcome the White Messenger from the East-and work for peace for all mankind.

-Letha Reineman

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South America

(With thanks to our correspondent in Argentina we offer these translations of new items which appeared in the newspapers of Buenos Aires.)

La Razon, April 10, 1970-Rosario: A strange luminous object was watched by several people while it crossed the sky in the vicinity of Capitan Bermudez, situated at 18 km.. from Rosario, on National Route 11 leading to Santa Fe.

According to Mr. Jose Barrios, of 926 Gallini Street, Rosario, he happened to be at the sports club Juan Ortiz, at about 1:15 A. M. last Sunday, when he, together with several other people, saw a cigar shaped UFO proceed slowly from South to North over one of the islands in front of Capitan Bermudez. The odd flying object was very large, twice the size of a Comet plane, affirmed Mr. Barrios, was luminous at both extremities, but had no windows. After a few minutes it gathered speed and flew away, leaving a certain luminosity in the sky until it disappeared behind the islands of the River Parana.

La Nacion, May 16, 1970-Bahia Blanca: Bright, unidentified flying objects have once more been seen and photographed over Bahia Blanca. According to Mr. Hugo Taboada, photographer of the newspaper “La Nueva Provincia,” who in 1963 took one of the first photographs of an UFO in Argentina, this sighting took place at 7 P. M. on one

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of the first days of this month. Alerted by his wife that a luminous object was moving over the North-East sector of the town, he seized his camera, a Petri 7 S, and jumped into his car in order to find an open space, free from buildings, trees and telephone lines. He came to the same place where he took his first picture in 1963 and took five pictures. When developed they showed two identical continuous zigzagging forms (almost like twisting worms) which was due to a long exposure-3 seconds with a diaphragm of 2-8.

To the naked eye the two UFOs looked like rugby balls, with a reddish light at the rim. and white and blue in the centre. The light changed from great brightness to a milkish white with a pulsating rhythm. The objects were 25-30 degrees over the horizon, and visible for about half an hour, and then flew away slowly.

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The Home Perfect

There is a vision which I would share with .you. It is the glory of the home perfect.

Understanding runs out to meet you when you approach the door of the home perfect. The inhabitants thereof are slow to anger, plenteous in mercy, rich in sympathy, and crowned with the ageless insight of the heart. When the arms of understanding are about you the frustrations, fears and foibles of life lose their power to pauperize the soul. This is the glory of the home perfect.

A climate of compassion greets you as you cross the threshold of the home perfect. The very air is vibrant with the attuned resonance of soul-friends. Her dearest dream is that he shall meet in her a love that knows no limits. His highest hope is that she shall meet in him a devotion that fulfills her fondest expectations. Both delight to heal hurt places of the spirit. Both yearn to make life whole by cheery kindness, and by boundless buoyant care for all that ministers to the goodness and greatness of each. This is the glory of the home perfect.

A creative comradeship fills with its lilt and laughter every living room of the home perfect. Each is tutor to the other. Deep calls unto deep, and hears an answer; an answer more filled with meaning and imagination than ever it could have been if they two had not become one household. Each calls out from the other a best they scarce knew

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they possessed. Together they see more clearly and climb more surely than ever they could have seen or climbed alone. This is the glory of the home perfect.

In the place of communion at the heart-side a kneeling pair is the center of the home perfect. There is the keystone of a common faith a trust that holds aloft the arch of life twixt earth and heaven. They only who walk together in sweet, deep, strong communion can know the supreme joy and utter freedom of absolute, fear-less trust. They only have a confidence that caresses every frown until its furrows fade. They only have the secret of how to make daring dreams into living deeds-together; for they alone have made the loving heart of the Eternal the living inspiration of all their ways. This is the glory of the home perfect.

This is the vision I see before me. It will be yours-if you make it so, together. Then shall your hearts sing with joy through sunshine and through shadow; for then shall you have made your home-the home perfect,

-Dr. Henry David Gray

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world report

UFO Report by Heyerdahl’s Crewmen

(Arkansas Gazette, Little Rock, Ark., June 13, 1970)

CLEARWATER, Fla. (UPI)A radio message Friday from explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s papyrus boat Ra 2 said crewmen sighted an unidentified flying object on their voyage across the Atlantic Ocean toward Mexico.

The message, by shortwave radio from navigator Norman Baker, said the UFO moved across the horizon for several minutes and disappeared in “a bright orange flash.”

The North American Air Defense Command, headquartered at Colorado Springs, Col., said it doubted the UFO could have been connected with any space shot. An officer at NORAD suggested, “It might have been a meteor.”

Baker said the sighting was made Thursday morning as the Ra 2

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made good headway in a voyage that started last month from the

Moroccan port of Safi Heyerdahl is trying to prove that ancient Egyptians could have used papyrus boats to bring their culture to the Western Hemisphere centuries before Columbus landed.

One member of the crew, Ait Madani, spotted the UFO as he was at the helm of the vessel.

“Madani said he watched it for several minutes as it moved from right to left about 20 to 30 degrees above the horizon to a point in the sky, then watched it descend,” Baker’s radio report said. “He said it was orange, much brighter than the moon, which they could observe at the same time.

“After descending to the horizon, or perhaps the other side of the horizon, he saw this flash, and then it disappeared.”

Something Else To Worry About

Medford (Ore.) Mail Tribune, June 22, 1970

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (UPI)-One of the world’s most vital, but least known natural resources is in danger of becoming seriously contaminated, according to an electronic scientist here.

The electromagnetic frequency spectrum, which spans transmission of everything from brain waves to cosmic rays, is being contaminated by electromagnetic interference to such an extent that most cities are virtually blanketed in an electromagnetic fog, according to Dr. Heinz Schlicke, chief electronics scientist of the Allen-Bradley Co.

This contamination of the spectrum, according to Schlicke, threatens disruption of automated production lines, weapons and communications systems, and medical and other equipment.

Strange Announcement

(La Razon, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

LENINGRAD: A strange announcement has been made in the Soviet Union today.

Scientists who had been investigating the polar zones of the country, found an ice-berg 250 meters high, which contains “cosmic dust and air-bubbles of ancient times,” says the report.

Capturing Clouds

(Christian Science Monitor, May 16, 1970)

British meteorologists would like to be able to capture a bit of cloud, preserve it, and then study its droplets at leisure.

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But that’s not so easy. And researchers at the Meteorological Office’s research center in Bracknell think they can achieve virtually the same objective by taking a three-dimensional “photograph” of a handful of cloud by use of holography-a technique for creating three-dimensional images with laser light.

The office now has an apparatus working in the laboratory whereby holograms can be made of simulated cloud streaming past the device. The office hopes to be able to mount this apparatus on an aircraft within a couple of years and take holograms of actual cloud samples. When working with images of natural clouds, meteorologists hope to gain new insight into precipitation processes and perhaps into means for controlling them.

Closer Look at Venus

(The New York Times, Friday, July 17, 1970)

A modification of the world’s largest radio telescope that would, in effect, bring Venus as close to the earth as the moon seems likely in view of provisional approval of the project by a House committee.

The plan is to convert a 1,000-foot-wide antenna that is suspended in a valley near Arecibo, P. R., into a radar 2,000 times more sensitive than any in existence.

The surface of Venus is invisible because the planet is perpetually enveloped in clouds. However, echoes obtained from it by earth-based radars have given hints of mountain ranges and other features on its torrid surface.

When the conversion is finished, the antenna is expected to produce images of the hidden surface of Venus as detailed as photographs of the moon taken from the earth.

Occult Boom Underway

(The Marietta, Ohio, Times, Friday, June 19, 1970-By Louis Cassels)

One of the most curious phenomena of contemporary American life is a tremendous upsurge of public interest in astrology, witchcraft, spiritualism and other occult arts.

“The present `occult boom’ seems to have tapped a hidden reservoir of the mind,” says Editorial Research Reports. “Classes in the history of witchcraft, sorcery and the black arts are being taught in many high schools and universities, and they are usually over-enrolled. “Bookstore shelves are laden with occult books, both sensational

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and academic. More than 1,200 daily newspapers in the United States publish columns on astrology.

“There is abundant evidence that millions of persons half-believe, are willing to believe, or do indeed believe in mysterious forces that are dismissed by science and most Western religions as superstition.”

The Rev. David H. C. Read, pastor of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York, says there is today a great “yearning for the transcendent,” particularly among young people who are in revolt against a secular and materialistic society.

Psychotherapist Ludwig B. Lefebre, writing in Psychology Today magazine, agrees that vast numbers of people are seeking ways “to get beyond themselves.” And most churches, he says, are not responding adequately to this hunger for “direct contact with a suprahuman agency.”

Irrelevant Research Criticized

New Rochelle (N. Y.) Standard Star, July 23, 1970-by Donald Forbes

LONDON (AP)-Eighty young scientists from Europe, America and Asia are demanding an end to “irrelevant” research and more emphasis on solving such problems as famine, pollution and the population explosion.

The group, in London for an international science seminar, said Tuesday that 90 per cent of the world’s scientists are “wasting their time” on experiments that are unimportant and sometimes even harmful to humanity.

The scientists, most of them under 30, suggested:

-More intensive research to spot possibly harmful long-term side effects from such things as drugs and pesticides.

-National research organizations that would guarantee the independence of science from industry.

-More concentration on world hunger and overpopulation.

-Deeper consciousness among scientists of the moral aspects of their work.

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(With much discussion relative to the population explosion of today these words of Father Subramuniya of the Himalayan Academy seem relevant.)

Population explosion is a phrase more and more on everyone’s sub-conscious

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these days. There are those who tell us that if the earth’s present birth rate continues we will all smother to death elbow to elbow in another 100 years. “Be fruitful and multiply” somehow no longer carries the aura of enlightened sanctity that it did even fifty years ago. Just how many people is the earth going to hold.

To find an answer we have to look to the rather intricate facts of reincarnation. Even science is ready to contribute to these facts, known to the mystics, for the new perceptions of science into sub-atomic structures border on occult perception, and reach into the very arena where Soul and Consciousness come into being, inside the atom…

It is in the atom that the soul of man is contained. The atom that first appears in primitive physical forms, in the life of an amoeba, will one day be contained in man, but it must take on many forms in its evolution.

By the time the atom has created around itself a mature astral body, it is called man. He distinguishes himself in his first incarnations as a young soul. The astral-emotional body of the young soul expresses itself through the faculties of memory, reason, and material will, but as the astral body evolves, it becomes refined, to be eventually replaced by the new casual body or spiritual body which the soul-atom has now created around itself.

On the path, the slow disintegration of the astral body allows the person to perceive the soul for the first time as a Star, or Light. As, mind and emotions become controlled, he begins more and more to see the unreality of the world of form. After the birth of the Christos, the spiritual body, it too must enter the discipline of maturity before it fully replaces the astral body consciousness and complete Self-Realization allows the original Atom to return to the formless state.

In all of this evolutionary process in which the Atom attracts to itself new atom clusters, its appearance on the earth in a physical body depends on the mass vibratory rate of the earth’s consciousness at any time, just as the place of birth depends on the vibratory attraction between the souls of the parents and the descending Atom. Although that Atom is never entirely disconnected from the Earth vibration, it may be without a physical vehicle for a time if the conditions of the Earth are not ready for its physical return.

Thus Soul-Atoms are now in the process of entering human birth for the first time, passing quickly over from the animal kingdom to

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form the astral body of man. Other Soul-Atoms which have long since exhausted their astral body karma in terms of Earth time are returning for the New Age. They were the advanced beings of recent centuries. The Earth is now ready to receive them and to provide the experiences that will bring to birth and maturity the spiritual body -which is not subject to reincarnation.

It is therefore no explosive accident that increases population; merely the operation of the Law.

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book reviews

UFOS-OPERATION TROJAN HORSE, by John A. Keel-published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York $6.95

Mr. John A. Keel worked full time for four years to investigate and :research UFO events and reviewed more than 2,000 books, not to mention magazines and newspapers, in order to compile this unusual and startling book.

The reader is carefully led down pathways of detailed explanations .and factual examples of the patterns of the UFO phenomena.

The background effort of Mr. Keel is tremendous. He interpolates material from the many books he has researched with a finesse that provides a fast-moving and exciting journey. He has the literary ability to weave all segments of the “unusual,” not only UFO’s, but spiritualism, demonology, angelology and even theology, into a comprehensive, concise cosmic hoax!

To quote from Mr. Keel: “Whatever the UFOs are up to, they are doing it on a very large scale all over the earth, and it is inevitable

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that they should come into contact with some of us from time to time, either accidentally or by design. When such contacts do occur, they deliberately hand out ridiculous false information. They exploit our beliefs and hide safely behind the limited credulity of our scientists and governments. It is time that we got wise to this simple psychological trick. They’ve been pulling it on us for centuries. . . . Buried within the context of all the contactee’s messages there are clues to … a direct threat to us. Each contactee has been able to pass on a small fragment of the real truth. The endless descriptions of peaceful far-off worlds and shining cities of glass are only subterfuges…. Somebody somewhere is having a good laugh at our expense.”

The author goes to great lengths to convince us that “the UFO phenomenon is actually a staggering cosmic put-on; a joke perpetrated by invisible entities who have always delighted in frightening, confusing and misleading the human race…. The real UFO story must encompass all of the many manifestations being observed. It is a story of ghosts and phantoms and strange mental aberrations; of an invisible world which surrounds us and occasionally engulfs us; of prophets and prophecies, and gods and demons. It is a world of illusion and hallucination where the unreal seems very real, and where reality itself is distorted by strange forces which can seemingly manipulate space, time and physical matter-forces which are almost entirely beyond our powers of comprehension…. Many flying saucers seem to be nothing more than a disguise for some hidden phenomenon. They are like Trojan horses descending into our forests and farm fields, promising salvation and offering us the splendor of some great super civilization in the sky.”

Could Mr. Keel be on the right track? Is our planet being systematically manipulated by forces or entities from a space-time concept, into a “Dark Age of fear and superstition?” You are invited to peruse this exceptional book and decide for yourself. This writer has chosen to keep her head in the proverbial sand like an ostrich and continue to believe in the goodness of mankind and in the presence of a loving Universal Spirit.

-Flo Bohnert (Unit 1)

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Poet’s corner

What Is Happiness

Tho Pleasure and mirth may be easy to find

Happiness comes with peace of mind.

Pleasure you may welcome if it is earned,

But for escape it had better be spurned.

It is not a chance nor a passing mood

It is not a thing that may be pursued!

If you deserve it, it comes your way

Not in to-morrows but here and to-day.

Happiness is the result of a cause

It is one of God’s natural laws.

A life of sharing, a life of giving

That is the only, the true way of living.

We are small Gods, every one of us

We then must live lives with purpose

Are you now living creatively?

Why then my friend, there you have the key.

-Vivian Roberts Hultgren

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I Would Know My Brother

I tear down the walls of opinion

That separate my brother from me.

I set Him free

From projections of myself

So that I may see him as He is

I will not measure him with the yardstick of yesterday

For mayhap in the night

The Angel of Light

Revealed to him what He Is

And Tomorrow-He may be That.


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A New Book

Dr. Daniel W. Fry has written the story of the miraculous ministry of Evangelist Willard Fuller. Can God Fill Teeth is an account of it an almost continuous succession of miracles,” completely and precisely documented. The text gives the personal experiences of many who have been physically healed, as well as those who have experienced dental repairs, a more unusual experience in the spiritual realm.

Can God Fill Teeth has been published by CSA of Lakemont, Ga. Copies are priced at $2.50 and may be ordered from Willard Fuller, Box 975, Mountain View, Calif. 94040.

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Merlin Lectures Scheduled

Merlin Unit 1 of Understanding has scheduled the following two lectures to be given at the International Cultural Center of Understanding, 2200 Merlin-Galice Road, at 8 P. M.

On Wednesday, September 2nd, Mrs. Audrey Mason will speak on the life and work of Edgar Cayce.

On Wednesday, October 7th, Dr. Daniel W. Fry will give his well received Eastern lecture entitled: The Atlantean Fire Crystal.

Admittance is by donation.

Donations Still Needed

Many thanks to those whose donations have contributed to the furnishing of the International Cultural Center of Understanding. However, we are still in need of over $500 to completely pay for the equipment and furnishings that have been provided to make the Cultural Center both operational and attractive.

May we count on you to help clear our indebtedness? No contribution is too small-nor too large! Thank you for your generosity.

Unit 78 Reports

Mrs. Shirley Lewis, President of Unit 78 of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, called “The Cosmic Club of Understanding” writes

The Unit wishes to share the names of two speakers with other Units. We are privileged to have Abbie Randall, the author of You Can Have Pyschic Power, living in Ft. Lauderdale. It is a great experience to follow her lively conversation. At 87 she is flying around the country, always alert for something new. She’s a good example of what Understanding can do for one!

The Rev. Noel Street and his wife, Colleen, lectured here on saucers, healing and yoga. This team combines many worthwhile subjects, all of value to Understanding Units. They come from New Zealand and have lectured in London, Australia and many places in the States. Their approach is warm and sparkling, channeled for the instant need of the audience. Cannot recommend them too highly. They can be reached at P.O. Box 27, F D R New York, N. Y. 10022

Understanding Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of Understanding, Inc. will be held on the weekend of Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 at the International Cultural Center of Understanding, in Merlin.

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All members in good standing are invited to attend and to participate.

Bay Area Convention

At our press time deadline the date for the Annual Bay Area Convention was not set. If interested in receiving information on date, place, speakers, etc. please write to Mrs. Angela Kilsbry, 1265 Monterey Blvd., San Francisco, Calif. 94127

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A Call At Dawn

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Curve of Development

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Understanding, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the propagation of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth so that they may live in harmony and be better prepared psychologically and sociologically for the space age.

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