April 1974

A NEW CENTER FOR UNDERSTANDING   ………..             2

ABOUT REV. ENID S. SMITH, Ph.D.   ………….             5

OTHER PLACES-OTHER PEOPLE   ……………             6


UFOs INTERNATIONAL   ………..             10

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING   ……………             11

CONSIDER THE CONCEPT   …..             14

Book reviews   ……             15

A SHORT COURSE IN THINKING   ………             17

bulletin board   ………..             18

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asst. editor ……………   kerttu campbell

assoc. editor …………..   margaret little

circulation manager ………  clara A. ledbetter





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Volume XIX                                  APRIL 1974                                                Number 3


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


Understanding, Inc., will soon be celebrating the Grand Opening of its new Cultural Center in Tonopah, Arizona. The center consists of 55 acres of fine level land, facing on Indian School Road; a total of eight buildings, some of which are shown in the pictures on the following pages. Two deep wells with submerged pumps, pressure tanks, piping systems to each building, and many stand pipes for irrigation. There is also complete electrical service to each building. The Administration Building has nine bedrooms, a kitchen and a large assembly hall. In short, there is everything necessary for the creation of a large and efficient new center for research, as well as for the acquisition and the dissemination of knowledge, wisdom and understanding, both in philosophy and religion.

The Center was built several years ago, by the Rev. Dr. Enid S. Smith, in accordance with a dream she has had for many years, of an active and progressive college of Faith and Wisdom in Tonopah.

In her great generosity and complete trust in the purposes and the work of Understanding, Inc., she has deeded the entire property to us for our use and its development. It is a sacred trust which should in-spire and stimulate every member of Understanding to greater enthusiasm and efforts.

Dr. Smith has certainly done her part. It is now up to us to do ours,

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and to make the new center a living and growing testimony to her efforts, and to ours. Some steps have already been taken. Mr. Harlow

Merrick and his lovely wife have moved their mobile home to the center and, with some help from your editor, are getting a very large organic vegetable and herb garden under way. (You will hear, see and probably taste more of this in the next few months.)

Dr. Eugene Whitworth, President and director of Great Western University, has visited the facility, and is now planning to institute some formal class work for the University Students at the center. Religious services, open to the public, are being planned for each Sunday.

Research is being planned, and in fact is already under way in Solar Energy Conversion, and Electrical Energy Storage systems.

To fully and properly utilize the facilities and the land area of the center will, however, require a tremendous amount of coordinated effort by many persons, especially in the beginning. We therefore urgently request every member of Understanding Inc. to look into his heart, his goods and his wallet, to see if there is not some way in which he can contribute to the success of the new center. We will deeply appreciate any contribution, whether it is in the form of personal service, goods or materials, money, or just your prayers.

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(Brief excerpts from other write-ups)

Enid S. Smith, born in Boston, Massachusetts, is a well known woman nationally and internationally. An educator, writer, artist, lecturer, minister, missionary, a social and research worker, and at present, a retired college professor, she continues her writing, art work and ministry. She has won national honors and worked on national and international projects, receiving her preparation in many of the best universities in America and abroad, where she has lived, worked, and traveled extensively. Among her seven scholastic degrees, her Ph.D. was earned at Columbia University, New York City.

She has taught in several colleges through America, as well as in India, Burma and Hawaii, and has educated many worthy individuals, has founded schools and free lending libraries of spiritual and psychic books, and has conducted educational sociological, missionary and religious projects on both sides of the ocean.

As early as 1911, she began her foreign missionary work among the so-called Head Hunters of northwest India, under the Northern Baptists of America. Later, during her seven years in the Hawaiian Islands, she taught in the McKinley Senior High School, was the Dean of Girls, Chairman of the Social Hygiene Association for all the Hawaiian Islands and Chairman in charge of the Extra-Curricular Activities for all the Hawaiian Islands. What time was left was spent in graduate work, seminars in the University of Hawaii, studying under the wonderful professors from various nations. Later, because of the appreciation of her writings and careful research work for the Japanese, she was requested by the Psychical Research Society of Japan to furnish a list of the best psychic books for stocking the stores of Japan. This she did gladly, appreciating the confidence placed in her. Her work was often published in the public papers of Japan.

In 1926 she was awarded a National Scholarship key, by the University of Southern California, and was the recipient of many other honors. She has taught for over 40 years, has written for 42 different magazines of various types, and in the early days, much of her work was syndicated. In 1942 her name was placed in the supplement of Who’s Who in America, and was nominated to be placed in the Who’s Who of the states in which she taught. She is in the Who’s Who in Education.

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(This is the first in a series of four articles on the “Orient Odyssey” of Understanding Member-MALENE ENGLESTAD-of Santa Monica, Calif. The 38-day trip was made during April and May 1973.)

A tour of the Orient and Asia attractively labeled: “Thirty-eight days of breathtaking, panoramic view that engulfs you with spectacular beauty . . . ” fascinated me and I was ready to go.

Somewhat during the past 4-5 years the world had changed: There were no nude beauties in Bali; Singapore instead of being a dirty dive was the cleanest city in the world; Manila reputed for crime and violence was fantastically peaceful at this time. However, at the accelerated rate of so-called progress that we witnessed and experienced that may be changed soon also. The Asian giant is waking up and its roll and stretch of first moments of awakening from a deep sleep is shaking the whole planet.


Enroute to Japan aboard Japan Airlines. There is a feeling of cleanliness, comfort and considerate service. A good omen. I have decided to expect the magic joy of each day and enjoy it to the fullest.

Our first stop TOKYO. Like all big, overcrowded cities of today it was an ocean of stucco buildings and your eyes tried in vain to find the beauty which Japanese art has awakened in you. Tenacity to tradition and the desire for beauty is seen in the rooftop gardens, here and there. Rather a hopeless effort in the bleak sooty atmosphere.

Our guide remarked: “Tokyo represents the Five-Cs . . . Construction, congestion, confusion, cohesion, and Coca-Cola signs.” The Imperial Palace with its 250 acres in the center of the city was like an oasis in a cement jungle and I hoped they never destroy that tiny remnant of past glory. Shopping in Tokyo is a delightful experience.

Driving through the narrow streets we found our Japanese bus drivers excellent; the freeways well kept with a view of crowded housing projects all around. Every balcony had bedding hanging out to air.

Symbolism in religion, in daily life prevalent. We saw “dummy” policemen here and there on street corners. To an American it would have no meaning but to a Japanese familiar to symbols it represents authority, a warning to good behavior. It was as good as a live policeman.

A two-hour train ride North from Tokyo brought us to NIKKO, a lively town nestled amongst lovely woodland and the site of the historic Toshogu Shrine. Here one found both Shintoism and Buddhism represented. The richly gilded and carved Yomeimon Gate with huge

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tassels hanging from a thick rope stretched across the top represented Shintoism. There are no creeds, no moral precepts, no philosophy in

Shintoism . . . just worship of nature and beauty. The ornate five-story monument was Buddhist, each story a symbol of earth, fire, water, wind and air. Buddhism delves into deeper meanings of life and has strict moral laws.

On our way to KYOTO, South from Tokyo, our first stop was in Kamakura, famous for the huge “Daibutsu,” a bronze image of Buddha cast over 700 years ago. Many climbed inside from the back where they found more steps to climb to the top.

Our second stop was in Miyanoshits, a charming town in the midst of Hakone National Park where I wrote the following: “Spring just peeping through. The trees still dreaming of their new garments and awaiting the magic touch of Spring.” It was April 20th.

The Soul of Japan for me is contained in two famous symbols: Mt. Fuji and cherry blossoms. Timing has to be just right to see either. We were reminded that only 25 days out of the year one could have a glimpse of this sacred mountain. All were apprehensive while driving along the shores of Lake Hakone . . . And suddenly it was there . . . Magic. The red Shinto gate at its foot, the blue lake and snow-capped famous mountain all in post-card beauty.

Our bus took us to Atami where we boarded Japan’s super-express, the remote controlled “Bullet Train” for a 130-mile an hour ride to Kyoto. It was smooth, silent and fascinating.

And the beauty of the weeping cherry trees: At the Heien Shrine gardens they were exquisitely in bloom. Over a carpet of pink and white petals we walked. Here also is found the Nijo castle with its famous porches encircling the building called the “Singing Corridors.” What an ingenious and pleasant way to catch intruders as every step melodiously betrayed their presence.

That evening we feasted on the famous Kobe beef at the lovely Kamogawa Steak House where we sat on the floor with our feet dang-ling into a well and watched the meat being cooked right in front of us. My understanding is that not only the steer are fed beer, but it is poured over them and the bodies massaged with rice-straw brushes!

Our last stop in Japan was NARA, earliest capital of feudal Japan, a delightful town with its deer park; the Kasuga Shrine famous for its thousand stone lanterns; and the Todeiji Temple the largest wooden structure in the world housing the Nara Buddha. I see I have written in my notebook: “I want a Nara Buddha.” Unfortunately I missed buying one in Japan and the Indian Buddhas are fierce looking, and the Chinese ones too happy! In Hong Kong, end of our journey, I hoped to

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find the praying Buddha and was describing it to the salesman when I was surprised to hear him say: “You want the Saviour Buddha.”

In the Todeiji Temple there were many other statues, but two huge 18 foot ones attracted attention: One was the Recording Angel with scroll and pen in hand, fierce in judgement . . . The other, benevolent, was holding pagoda and sceptre waiting until all men became Buddhist: “Salvation of humanity through Buddha.”

Outwardly Japan seems modernized and very adaptable to new ideas. However innately they are still very traditional and disciplined. They are not inventive but are able to improve and being more conscientious and precise in their work the products are more perfect. Dressed in black suits the business men dominate the city scene. Success and wealth instead of making them careless and lazy has made them more than ever conscious of their innate strength expressed in their efficiency, cleanliness and gentleness.


“. . . the mind reaches out, clutching at the imponderable. “

-Golden Scripts, Ch. 86; V. 22

What makes us think? Is it because we can’t help ourselves, and must think, willy-nilly? Who can completely turn off his thoughts? Indeed, thought is strange, when one considers it. We go within through meditation to discover ourselves, and we reach out into the starry universe to understand our home.

A man has a problem and he thinks about it morning, noon and night. He lives, eats, breathes, and dreams it. The intensity of his desire leads him to a realm of ideas where he can find the ones that solve his problem. Singleness of purpose and persistence are required, and it could be so that inventors at widely separated places in the world have produced the same idea at the same time. All this would seem to involve effort, and it certainly does. Yet time after time inventors have said the idea was not theirs, it was “given” to them or “came” to them.

Perhaps it is the same with understanding. We think about something and try to understand it; we try to grasp the reality behind the appearance. When comprehension comes, it is as if understanding caught up with us, or we with it, as if we were suddenly surrounded by light and wonder why we did not see through the darkness before.

What, then, is the nature of thought? For one thing, thought has no limits. We may have limits, or think we have, but thought itself has none. When we really look at them, most of our limitations are self-imposed. Another characteristic of thought is its fleeting quality. Even

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if you have an extremely good memory, it is wise to have a pad and pencil handy at all times, and get that terrific idea down in detail as soon as possible. Ideas are as impermanent as soap bubbles unless they are translated into symbols on paper, tape or canvas.

How are we to stretch our capacity to encompass large, and ever larger ideas? By doing creative thinking persistently. What we do with the ideas retrieved from the wild blue yonder depends on our practicality, experience, and resources.

The comprehension of man can and will grow if there is a rededication to truth, and no more acceptance of half-truths or out-right lies. Check things out for yourself; for instance, distinguish between fact and opinion. Fact may be verified; opinion may very well be erroneous. You have to discern the truth by reexamining all that you have been taught. A formidable task, indeed, but one to be undertaken if you do not wish to base your life, thought and activity on the shifting sands of misinformation.

Be satisfied with nothing less than truth on the highest level you can understand. Never be like the man in the early 1900’s who wanted to close the U.S. Patent Office because “Everything has been invented.” Throughout history each civilization has considered itself the acme of intelligent progress. Therefore, when new ideas are produced by the next generation, they often meet the resistance of skepticism and ridicule. There are more wonderful things to be discovered about ourselves and our world than we now know. New facts confront men as each generation seeks its own wisdom; each age lies in wait for the facts of the eternal.

It is no accident that a light is symbol for a bright idea. Ideas are light, and the Golden Scripts, Ch. 186, V. 18 says “Ignorance shall be scattered before the whirlwinds of radiance.


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We would willingly have others perfect, and yet we amend not our own faults.

We will have others severely corrected, and will not be corrected ourselves.

The large liberty of others displeaseth us; and yet we will not have our desires denied us.

We will have others kept under strict laws; but in no sort will our-selves be restrained.

And thus it appeareth how seldom we Wight our neighbors in the same balance with ourselves.

Thomas a Kempis

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“Golden Flying Saucer”

Both hands raised in blessing, “Almighty God” is depicted in a mural painted around the turn of the century by Russian artist P. E. Myassoyedov. This impressive mural dominates the dome of the famous Alexander Nevsky Memorial Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria. It includes above the left hand of “Almighty God” an unmistakable golden space ship.

Why should a U.F.O. be painted on the dome of the Cathedral? Yusuka J. Matsumura, Editor of UFO. News-CBA International took photographs of religious murals on three recent European trips. They are reproduced in UFO. News Vol. 5, No. 1, Winter, 1973, Special Issue. This publication is 21-3/8″ x 15-1/4″ and contains 6 profusely illustrated pages. Unfortunately, we could find no price for the publication. However, if you wish to order this issue, please address your request to U.F.O. Vews, Naka P.O. Box 12, Yokohama 232, Japan. “The cathedral which now attracts world’s attention,” says the U.F.O. News, “was built in memory of their gratitude and respect for those twenty thousand people of the country and friendly nation Russia who died in the liberation war in 1878 in order to set Bulgaria free from domination of the Empire of Osman Turkey for five hundred years. The name of the cathedral was dedicated to great Russian general Alexander Nevsky, a national hero of Russia, who protected Orthodox Church from its enemy.”

Two bright clouds (spaceships?) appearing above Christ on the cross are painted on the Decani Monastery wall in Yugoslavia. Two angels with eyes and ears covered are drawn between the two spaceships.

There is a 300-year-old mural painting of an ancient artificial sputnik-shaped object at the San Pietro Church at Montalcino, Provence of Toscana, in the center of Italy.

And a rocket-shaped flying object is found painted in the Bulgarian Cathedral Varna, at Varna on the Black Sea.

A flying saucer appears in a wall-painting of the Princely Church at Tirgoviste, Romania.

One page of the U.F.O. News, entitled “Christ Spaceship vs. Apollo Spaceship” shows pictures from icons and murals throughout Europe matched with pictures of an Apollo space rocket-a most interesting conception. Another lengthy article was titled: “New light on Christ Spaceship! Divine Vehicles in Transfiguration and above the Cross.” This issue of UFO. News is published in Japanese, but includes an English supplement. It contains almost 40 pictures.


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(Seaside POST News-Sentinel, July 26, 1972, Clint Porter)

In the struggle for survival we are taught that each man must rely on his own strength (live by his own ruthlessness). And we are told that if each individual thinks only of himself and his own welfare, that the welfare of society will be advanced.

Well, we all know that this idea has long ago been outmoded, discredited, and proven untrue. The first truth about our individual lives is the indispensability of love to every human being. By “love” we mean relatedness to some treasured person or group, the feeling of belonging-ness to a large whole and of being of value to other men. The source of all the basic anxieties in human nature is a feeling of being alone and helpless in a hostile world, and the first compulsion of life is the weaving of a stable pattern of relationship between ourselves and our parents and all of those who in time take the place of our parents. Even science has taught us that we can only understand the universe in terms of relatedness, that things are nothing in themselves, in isolation, that even the atom has significance only in some pattern of organization. For example, carbon atoms form charcoal when related in one way and be-come diamonds when related in another. Whether in physics, chemistry, biology, or psychology, we find that isolation is what is impossible and that relationship is everything. A lone atom is a meaningless atom. A related atom is the building stone of nature.

We become what we are by a process of identification with others. Specifically, we are what our fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, uncles and aunts and cousins were before us. Modern psychology demonstrates that with the milk we drink, we not only ingest physical nutriment, but also swallow the patterns, ideals, reactions, and attitudes of those around us. In fact we digest our heroes and heroines and make their way of life a part of our own emotional substance. Of all the creatures on earth, man has the greatest power of imitation and identification with others. This power is responsible both for tragedy and for the glory of our existence.

Believe this: EVERY SAINT AND EVERY SINNER AFFECTS THOSE WHOM HE WILL NEVER SEE. Why? Because his words and his deeds stamp themselves upon the soft clay of human nature every-where. A boy catches the contagion of courage from his father, or receives the misery of fear from his mother. Read your literature. Ulysses’ son inherited from his warrior father a bravery that kept his land intact during his father’s wanderings. And, look at Ibsen’s “Ghost.” There is a study of a weak son too greatly influenced by his fear-ridden mother. There are doubtless instances of identification, good and bad,

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found in every dramatist. Modern psychology has shown that we all take other persons inside ourselves to make them part of our soul fabric. So, even though we understand that man cannot pull himself up by his boot straps, psychology shows us that we can make consistent and gratifying gains in the direction of love, warmth, and tolerance. The first step in making these valuable gains is to understand the nature of the barriers that keep us from a free and happy relationship with our neighbors, families, and friends.


Signals From Space

(Infinity News Letter, February 1974)

Signals from Space have been reported by the Soviet Union in recent months, and for that matter radio signals believed to have originated in outer space have been coming to us since 1899 . . . Reportedly radio operators listening to the 75-meter inter-national band picked up a two-and-a-half hour broadcast on August 3, 1958 that was allegedly from Necoma of Jupiter who spoke in his own language plus German, English, and Norwegian, warning his listeners that American atomic bomb tests could lead to world disaster. It would be hard to determine how long such messages have been reaching Earth, for our capability to receive them only goes back to 1899.

10 Mile High Saucer

(San Francisco [Calif.] Examiner, Feb. 1, 1974)

UPI, Paris-Pictures taken by scientists aboard a Concorde supersonic jet have kicked off a flying saucer debate in France.

Shot last June 30, as the Concorde tracked a solar eclipse over Africa, the pictures show a bright mushroom shaped object.

National television showed them to the public for the first time last night.

“Study of enlarged prints indicates the object was at an altitude higher than the 56,000 feet of the Concorde and had a diameter of at least 660 feet,” said Serge Koutchmy, an astrophysicist at the National Scientific Research Center.

Koutchmy and Claude Poher, an official of the national center of

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space studies, classed it as an unidentified flying object.

The L ‘Aurora newspaper said today,. “Many people are already convinced that in the African sky the Concorde passed an airship from Mars or somewhere else.”

The June 30 eclipse swept across the heart of the African wilderness and the Concorde flew along its path to give French, American, and British scientists an 85-minute look at the phenomenon and the chance to photograph it.

The controversial object showed up on frames of a color film taken by one of the French scientists. He was shooting pictures of the moon’s shadow on the earth, the center said. The object was not noticed until the film was developed.

UFO Report

(Medford [Ore.] Mail Tribune, Jan. 10, 1974)

Madras (UPI)-Warm Springs Indian Reservation police told the Jefferson County sheriff’s office Wednesday its officers had sighted un-identified flying objects.

Patrolman Chris Still said he saw one at 1:30 a.m. and two at 2:15 a.m. Jim Macy, a tribal patrolman off duty, was with Still and saw the objects also.

Chief Jeff Sanders, who was called to the scene, said he thought the objects were stars. A number of reports of sightings of unidentified flying objects were made in Central Oregon during the weekend.

Caribbean Suffers Reduction of Sunlight

(Citizen Journal, Sat., Jan. 19, 1974, Columbus, Ohio)

Washington (UPI)-The Caribbean is experiencing a reduction of sun-light because of dust whipped up by hot desert winds blowing across parched grasslands of Africa which is crossing the Atlantic in increasing amounts, according to Government scientists.

The atmospheric dust layer seems to be suppressing the growth of cumulus clouds over the tropical Atlantic and may even affect the growth of tropical disturbances into hurricanes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says.

Concentrations of red brown dust in the summer and lesser amounts of black dust in the winter in the skies over Barbados in the West Indies have tripled since the beginning of the great African drought in 1968.

Medical Staff Uses Acupuncture

(Dallas Times Herald, Dec. 6, 1973, by Lana Henderson, Staff Writer)

Physicians at Southwestern Medical School are using acupuncture-

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along with other more conventional forms of treatment-for persons who have found no other relief from chronic pain.

The physicians performing the Oriental pain relieving technique, Drs. Jim Montgomery and P. Prithvi Raj, say they are pleased with their success. They quickly note, however, that it is only one small part in South-western’s 14-year-old pain clinic.

“We have managed to prove acupuncture is not all hocus-pocus, but it’s no universal panacea,” Montgomery said. “We know acupuncture will not work on everyone.”

The acupuncture project, kept secret more than a year, shows that 60 per cent of the patients had “good systematic relief.”

“We try new techniques,” Montgomery said, “because when a patient comes to us, we know he’s hurting.”

The acupuncture project at Southwestern, tried on an experimental basis when medical literature began recording some successes, was approached with skepticism by both physicians.

“We didn’t expect a person to get pain relief when we put needles into them,” Montgomery said. “From my medical knowledge, there is no reason it should work. But on some people, it does.”

For patients who respond to acupuncture treatments, Raj is creating a pocket-size stimulator that will allow patients to give acupuncture treatments on their own, without needles,


(Lemuria Builder, June 1971)

What’s It All About, Alfie?

by Benjamin Drell

To be perfect, a computer would have to be able to accurately answer all questions in the tiniest fraction of a second, producing all the’ necessary data for its computations from its memory banks. It would have to program itself, arrive at conclusions, remember these conclusions and also the steps by which it had derived them, and be ready to assimilate new data so that it could update itself in order to arrive at new conclusions. It would also need to be capable of imagination, but still able to discriminate between imagination and actual experience. Most important of all, it would have to be able to repair and maintain itself, and protect itself against injury.

One university professor has suggested that to build such a computer technicians would require the space of four buildings, each five stories high and occupying a full city block; that the electric power to operate it would be sufficient to light all of New York City; and that to prevent


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it from overheating it would be necessary to have the full water supply of Niagara Falls available. Such a computer, if it could be constructed

at all, and I doubt it could, would cost many billions of dollars and en-tail a huge amount of labor over a long period of time before it would be completed and considered the “marvel of the ages.”

The reason I brought this up is because each of us carries around one of these wonders perched more or less securely atop our necks. It is called the brain. It’s funny how people lackadaisically take this for granted; and yet they ask for proof that life has a purpose and a grand design.

Book reviews

We Are Not The First

(We Are Not The First, by Andrew Tomas, Bantam Paperbook, $1.25)

Recently magazine and newspaper articles, television documentaries, and the cinema have responded to our interest and presented the public with information on U.F.O.s, ancient civilizations, and unexplained phenomena of the past and present. Our imagination has been stimulated and we ask ourselves “Could this be true,-is it possible?” Now, if you are ready for a mental shaking up, a general clean sweep of collected cranium cobwebs, pick up Andrew Tomas’ book entitled We Are Not The First. Mr. Tomas, an Australian citizen, has done for us what most of us could not possibly do for ourselves. He has visited all parts of the world collecting data and information found in great museums, reviewed prehistoric legends, and according to the Bibliography, read more books on his subject than you or I could read in a lifetime. Yes, whatever your interest, science, religion, research, or archaeology, all facets of your mentality will be stimulated by the information Andrew Tomas has collected and presents in this most startling book.

Approach these new concepts with an open mind, for this is all the author expects of you. His aim is to show that ancient people possessed many scientific ideas we have today and to demonstrate that the technical skills of the man of prehistory have been greatly underestimated.

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Also, he seeks to prove that certain advanced ideas of the ancients on science and technology came from an unknown outside source. Research supports the probability of greater civilizations advanced to a degree impossible for us to imagine, a golden age with scientific know-how as commonplace as it is now. He uses folklore, legend, and mythology to attain information separating fact from fancy. Symbols and allegories take on a new meaning, and what at one time came to us as myths could be conceived in a new light as truth, not fiction. Traditions of India insist upon the reality of communication with other worlds during the golden age. Ancient Tibetans believed in and wrote about visitors from outer space. Rock paintings found in Russia and Australia suggest people outfitted for space travel. No satisfactory interpretation of the meaning of these rock paintings has been given. We read that electricity isn’t a new discovery. In 1938-1939, earthen-ware jars complete with gear necessary for a functioning battery were found near Baghdad. Despite the estimated age of 2000 years, by duplicating some of the old evaporated materials, these batteries were tested and they worked. In all probability computers aren’t a recent invention. Sixteen pages of pictorial evidence on a variety of subjects center the book. One shows bits of a mechanical device that has been determined to be parts of a computer dating back to ancient Greece. The last chapter of the book offers two possibilities as to why the ancient mysteries have practically vanished and were not recorded in history. What could have happened is presented with logic. Of two theories the author offers, you may choose one or the other, or reject all he has compiled, according to your convictions.

Twenty-six scientific and technological ideas are charted on two pages entitled “Rediscovery of Science.” Here we have dates when they made their first appearance followed by the more recent discoveries credited to such familiar men as Galileo, Copernicus, Kant, Einstein, and Jenner, to cite a few.

From all that Andrew Tomas has to offer, the interesting panorama of the past emerges to verify We Are Not The First.


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One must keep a balanced mind and be ready to investigate all matters with an open mind. By open mind is meant that state where one is not going to condemn and one is not going to believe unless there are reasonable grounds for either state.


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1.         Be honest with yourself-Avoid the temptation of self-delusion.

2.         Confront problems, don’t evade them-Growth comes through facing reality.

3.         Widen your interests-Stretch your mind by reading, conversation, listening.

4.         Write out the problem-Positive action depends on clear thinking. Writing helps.

5.         Keep first things first-Focus on the main issue; don’t be confused by non-essentials.

6.         Don’t oversimplify-If a problem is serious enough to bother you, it’s worth pondering.

7.         Get beyond faultfinding-People know what’s wrong. They want to know what to do about it.

8.         Keep an open mind-The best solution may not be your solution.

9.         Retain your sense of humor-Humor can reduce prejudice and put things in perspective.

10.       Develop insight-Listen for what the other person means, not merely what he says.

11.       Focus on the positive-Emphasize points of agreement while admit-ting differences.

12.       Pray for solutions-God is the Creator and Source of all good things, right desires and just works.


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How much wisdom there is in the mountain brook which, when it encounters obstacles, leaps and frolics, sparkles and glistens, gains momentum-and races on!


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Happiness cannot exist, except when Love is pouring out. This is Life’s Law. When people are loving something or somebody, they are happy. Even a miser is happy, when he is loving his gold, because he is pouring out a feeling of Love to the thing he tries to hold. What he is really trying to hold is happiness, but he does not realize that the feeling of happiness is not contained in the gold, but is in the pouring out of Love from himself. In that outpouring he lets Life flow uninterruptedly and harmoniously.


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bulletin board

No Merlin Convention

After consideration of many factors, including gasoline shortages, it has been decided there will be NO Annual 1974 Understanding Convention in Merlin this coming June.

We look forward to meeting one another again in 1975.

Phoenix-Tonopah Unit #83

On January 11, 1974 at the home of AI and Arlene Peters, Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Daniel W. Fry presented an Understanding Charter to the newly formed Phoenix-Tonopah Unit #83.

Officers elected to serve are: Virginia Arnold, President; Helen Lichtwald, Vice-President; Joanne Hatfield, Secretary; Jerome Lichtwald, Board Member; and Rev. Dr. Enid S. Smith, Honorary Executive.

We welcome, to the Understanding family, Unit #83; and wish them well in their proposed programs, which include “Instruction and Experiments in the ministry of all dimensions such as physical, mental, spiritual, psychic, etheric, and social functions” by committee.

If you live in the area and wish to participate in Unit activities please write or call Arlene Peters, 2758 E. Winston St., Phoenix, AZ. 85040; telephone 276-7213.

A Prayer Chain

The Jersey Shore Metaphysical Center has instituted a Prayer Chain and invites you to “Call when you feel a need” for “We need a call to help.”

The Chain consists of the lead contact-in this case KHADINE KOESTER-who calls two others, who in turn each call two others, for

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six levels, reaching 64 people in all to create a prayer power of many praying together at a specific time daily.

If you or a friend is in need of help, please call Ms. Koester at 201-255-6552. We shall publish an address for mail in May issue.

New Center for UFO Studies

Dr. J. Allen Hynek has announced the founding of the new Center for UFO Studies and the nationwide TOLL FREE telephone number to make UFO sighting reports. The “Enterprise number” 800-621-7725 -has been established . . . Effective Dec. 1, 1973, the operator will re-quest the name and message, address of the person reporting the sighting. A UFO sighting report will be mailed to the “caller” for completion. If the caller desires to give a verbal report immediately, they will be given another telephone number to call (long distance toll charges paid by the caller) at which time their report will be recorded by the operator.



Dear God, good and positive power of force, whoever and whatever I call you, does it matter?

In my hour of emptiness and need, you are my only refuge!

There is little in, this physical world that seems real and honest to me, yet you have chosen that I exist here until my hungry soul shall leave this strange universe and sup with you in paradise at last.

Paradise? Alas, I have no visions of such a place, but if there, the truth be felt and known, then it shall be Paradise for me!

I am unsure of how to pray to you and there seems little that I should ask . .

I have, in many ways, been fulfilled and my life on earth has been blest with a seemingly healthy balance of joy and sorrow.

What is there left for me now? What is there left, that I might do to help those less fortunate than I? Those who have not yet experienced the light of your amazing grace.

I have realized the true value of giving. Guide me now, that I might give wisely where I am most needed.

Guide me now, in the direction of your righteous choosing, that I might realize my true destiny!

I pray today, as I have throughout my lifetime, in the name of goodness, truth, humanity and love.



20                                                  UNDERSTANDING

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