This book is an exact transcript from tape recordings of
twenty-six sessions of an experiment designed to communicate with an
extraterrestrial being. We started the experiment in 1962 and
refined the process for nineteen years. In 1981 the experimental
results of our efforts changed profoundly in quality and precision.
This book is simply a report of the beginning of this latter phase
of our work.
Since our experimental work began, and even before we officially
formed a research group, there was considerable confusion about the
nature of our research. I would like to state that I consider my
point of view to be purely scientific. Many readers of this material
have used as a basis for its evaluation a previously assumed
philosophical bias which has ranged from what I would call
objectively scientific to subjectively theological. It is not the
purpose of our research group to attempt to do anything other than
make experimental data available. Each reader will undoubtedly reach
his own unique conclusion about the meaning of this body of data.
In recent years there has been much controversy about phenomena that
were apparently incompatible with accepted methods of scientific
research. This included such things as UFOs, mental metal-bending,
psychic surgery, and many other seemingly miraculous happenings.
To prove or disprove any of these alleged phenomena is certainly not
properly the task of the casual observer. However, most of the
public opinion that has been generated with respect to these events
seems to be the product of quick and superficial investigation.
After almost thirty years of research and experimentation in the
area of so-called paranormal phenomena, I must recommend extreme
caution in reaching a conclusion. If it is possible to make money,
gain notoriety, or have fun from perpetrating a hoax, then someone
usually does it. Consequently, paranormal or psychic areas are prime
targets for the trickster, and the careful researcher usually has to
observe copious amounts of “garbage” data in order to find a
possible imbedded gem of truth. This is especially true of
Philippine psychic surgery and the large area of spirit
communication in general.
It seems to me that the presently accepted scientific paradigm is
less than adequate. It is my opinion that our present natural
philosophy is a very special case of a much more general case yet to
be unveiled. It is my hope that our research is in the direction of
this discovery. After assimilating several million words of alleged
extraterrestrial communication, it is also my opinion that this book
and the subsequent volumes of the Ra material contain the most
useful information that I have discovered. As a result of all of
this delving into the rather confusing subjects of UFOlogy and
parapsychology, I, of course, have formed my current opinion of how
things “really are.”
This opinion may change at any time as I become
aware of future information. This book is not intended to be a
treatise of my opinion, so I will not attempt to defend its
validity. The following is the best guess I can make about what we
think we are doing. Only time will tell as to the accuracy of this
Our research group uses what I prefer to call “tuned trance
telepathy” to communicate with an extraterrestrial race called Ra.
We use the English language because it is known by Ra. In fact, Ra
knows more of it than I do.
Ra landed on Earth about 11,000 years ago as a sort of
extraterrestrial missionary with the objective of helping Earthman
with his mental evolution. Failing in this attempt, Ra retreated
from the Earth’s surface but continued to monitor activities closely
on this planet. For this reason Ra is highly informed about our
history, languages, etc.
Probably the most difficult thing to understand about Ra is its
nature. Ra is a sixth-density social memory complex. Since Earth is
near the end of the third-density cycle of evolution, this means
that Ra is three evolutionary cycles ahead of us. In other words,
Ra’s present state of evolution is millions of years in advance of
Earthman’s. It is not surprising that Ra had difficulty
communicating with Earthman 11,000 years ago. The same problem still
exists in our present “enlightened” time.
At this writing we have completed over 100 sessions of experimental
communications with Ra. This approximate 300,000 words of
information has suggested to me a possibly more adequate scientific
paradigm. Only time and future will serve to validate and expand
UFOlogy is a large subject. A reasonable amount of background
material would swell this introduction to book length. Therefore,
the remainder of this introduction does not attempt to cover every
portion of this diverse and growing field of study but is instead an
accounting of some of the pertinent parts of our research from our
beginnings to the present day and the Ra contact. I’ve asked my
long-time research associate, Carla L. Rueckert, to tell our story.
Carla L. Rueckert:
I first met Don Elkins in 1962. To me he was a
fascinating character, an unusual combination of a college professor
and psychic researcher. He had done well over 200 hypnotic age
regressions, probing past the birth experience and investigating the
possibility that reincarnation might not be just possible but the
way things really are.
In 1962 I joined an experiment that Don had created in order to
start to test a hypothesis which he had developed with the help of
Harold Price, an engineer for Ford Motor Company. Price had
acquainted Don with some information which Don found quite
interesting. Its source was allegedly extraterrestrial. Its content
was largely metaphysical and seemed to be in line with all that Don
had learned up to that point. Within this material instructions were
given for creating the means whereby to generate further material
from this same source without the necessity of actual physical
contact with extraterrestrials.
Don’s hypothesis was that this phenomenon might be reproducible; so,
he invited a dozen of his engineering students to join in an
experiment with the objective of achieving some sort of telepathic
contact with a source similar to that of the Detroit group’s. I was
the thirteenth member, having become interested in the project
though a friend of mine. In those early days of contact attempts,
with Don attempting strenuously to keep the situation controlled,
months went by with what seemed to be remarkable but puzzling
results. As we sat “meditating,” according to the instructions,
everyone in the group except me began to make strange noises with
their mouths. For my part, my main difficulty during those first six
months was keeping a straight face and not laughing as the sessions
gradually became a raucous symphony of guttural clicks, slurps, and
The nature of the experiment changed drastically when the group was
visited by a contactee from Detroit. The contactee sat down with the
group and almost immediately was contacted apparently by telepathic
impression saying: “Why don’t you speak the thoughts that are on
your minds? We are attempting to use you as instruments of
communication, but you are all blocked through fear that you will
not be speaking the proper words.” Through this instrument, Walter
Rogers of Detroit, Michigan, the group was instructed to refrain
from analysis, to speak the thoughts and to analyze the
communication only after it had been completed.
After that night a month had not gone by before half the group had
begun to produce information. By the time a year had passed, all in
the group except me were able to receive transmissions. The speech
was slow and difficult at first because each individual wanted a
precise impression of each and every word, and, in many cases,
wanted to be completely controlled for fear of making an error in
transmission. Nevertheless, this was an exciting time for the
original group of students who began this strange experiment.
In January of 1970 I left my position as school librarian of a
thirteen-grade private school here in Louisville and went to work
for Don full time. By this time he was convinced that the great
mystery of being could best be investigated by research into
techniques for contacting extraterrestrial intelligences and was
determined to intensify his efforts in this area.
During this period, Don worked on many peripheral areas of UFO
research, always trying to “put the puzzle pieces together.” One of
the great puzzle pieces for us was the question of how UFOs could
materialize and dematerialize. The phenomenon seemed to posit a
physics which we had not yet grasped and a being capable of using
this physics. Don had gone to many seances by himself before I
joined him in his research and had very systematically crossed each
name off his list. He was looking for a materialization
manifestation, not one he could prove to anyone else, but one which
he, himself, could believe. It was his feeling that the
materializations which seances manifest were perhaps of the same or
similar nature as the materializations of UFOs. Therefore, his
reasoning went, viewing personally the mechanism of a
materialization and a dematerialization in a seance would enable him
to hypothesize more accurately concerning UFOs.
In 1971, after I had been on several fruitless materialization
medium searches with Don, we went to a seance held by the Reverend
James Tingley of Toledo, a minister of the Spiritualist church.
We went to see Reverend Tingley’s demonstrations four times. Before
the first time, Don had casually examined Reverend Tingley’s modest
meeting place inside and out. It was built of concrete blocks, like
a garage. There were no gadgets either inside or outside the
building. I did not know that Don was doing this. I merely sat and
waited for the demonstration to begin.
This last point is an important one when talking about psychic
research of any kind. Don has always said that one of my assets as a
research associate is my great gullibility. Almost anyone can play a
joke on me because I do not catch on quickly.
I have a way of taking
things as they come and accepting them at face value and only
afterwards analyzing what has occurred. This gullibility is a vital
factor in obtaining good results in paranormal research. A desire
for proof will inevitably lead to null results and voided
experiments. An open mind, one willing to be gullible, leads its
possessor to a kind of subjective and personal certainty which does
not equal proof as it cannot be systematically reproduced in others.
However, this subjective knowing is a central part of the spiritual
evolution to which Ra speaks so compellingly in this volume and
which we have researched for many years now.
The seance began, as do all the seances I have attended, with the
repetition of the Lord’s Prayer and the singing of hymns such as
“Rock of Ages” and “I Walked in the Garden.” There were
approximately twenty-six people in this bare room, sitting on
straight chairs in an oval circle. Reverend Tingley had retired
behind a simple curtain and was also seated on a folding chair. Of
the occurrences of the first seance, perhaps the most interesting to
me was the appearance of a rather solid ghost known as “Sister.” She
wished to speak to me and to thank me for helping Don. Since I had
never had a close friend that was a nun, I was quite puzzled. It was
not until much later, when Don was flying us home, that he jogged my
memory, and I realized that his mother, who had died before I met
her, was known in the family as “Sister.”
Both in that seance, and in the following seance, when Don and I
were called up, we could see the ghost-like figures of the
materialized spirits quite clearly. I, with impaired night vision,
could still make out features, but Don could see even the strands of
hair on each entity.
During the second seance an especially inspiring “Master” appeared
suddenly and the room grew very cold. He gave us an inspirational
message and then told us that he would touch us so that we would
know that he was real. He did so, with enough force to bruise my
arm. Then he told us that he would walk through us so that we would
know that he was not of this density. This he did, and it is
certainly an interesting sensation to watch this occur. Lifting his
arms, he blessed all those in the room, walked back through us, and
pooled down in a small pool on the floor and was gone.
In 1974 Don decided that it was time for me to become a more serious
student of the art of channeling. He argued that twelve years of
sitting and listening to inspirational messages were enough, and
that it was time for me to take some responsibility for those
“cosmic sermonettes,” as Brad Steiger has called them, that I so
enjoyed. We began a series of daily meetings designed to work
intensively on my mental tuning. Many of those who were coming to
our meditations on Sunday nights heard about the daily meetings and
also came, and within three months we generated about a dozen new
During the process of these intensive meditations we instituted our
long-standing habit of keeping the tape recorder going whenever we
started a session. Using some of the large body of material that our
own group had collected, I put together an unpublished manuscript,
Voices of the Gods, which systematically offered the
extraterrestrial viewpoint as recorded by our group meetings. In
1976, when Don and I began to write Secrets of the UFO, (published
by a private printing and available by mail) this unpublished
manuscript was of great help.
During this period one other thing occurred that was synchronistic.
Don and I, who had officially gone into partnership as L/L Research
in 1970, had written an unpublished book titled The Crucifixion of
Esmeralda Sweetwater in 1968.
In 1974, Andrija Puharich published a book with Doubleday titled
URI. The book is the narrative of Dr. Puharich’s investigation of
Uri Geller and their unexpected communication with extraterrestrial
intelligences. The form of contact was quite novel in that first
some object like an ashtray would levitate, signaling Dr. Puharich
to load his cassette tape recorder. The recorder’s buttons would
then be depressed by some invisible force and the machine would
record. On playback, a message from an extraterrestrial source would
be present. Don was impressed by the large number of correlations
between these messages and our own research.
The book is fascinating in its own right but it was especially
fascinating to us because of the incredible number of distinct and
compelling similarities between the characters in the real-life
journal of Dr. Puharich’s work with Uri and the supposedly fictional
characters in our book. We went to New York to meet Andrija after
phoning him, sharing our long-standing research with him and
comparing notes. As our genial host came out onto his front verandah
to welcome us, I stopped, amazed, to look at the house. Even the
house in which he lived in the country north of New York City was a
dead ringer for the house his fictional counterpart had owned in our
book. The identity was so close that I could not help but ask,
“Andrija, what happened to your peonies? When I wrote about your
house I saw your driveway circled with peony bushes.” Puharich
laughed, “Oh, those. I had those cut down three years ago.”
In 1976 we determined to attempt an introduction to the whole
spectrum of paranormal phenomena which are involved in the so-called
UFO contactee phenomenon. This phenomenon is not a simple one.
Rather, it demands a fairly comprehensive understanding and
awareness of several different fields of inquiry. Since The Ra
Material is a direct outgrowth of our continuous research with
“alleged” extraterrestrial entities, it seems appropriate here to
review some of the concepts put forward in that book in order that
the reader may have the proper introduction to the “mindset,” which
is most helpful for an understanding of this work.
The first thing to say about the UFO phenomenon is that it is
extraordinarily strange. The serious researcher, as he reads more
and more and does more and more field research, finds himself less
and less able to talk about the UFO phenomenon in a sensible and
“down to Earth” way. Well over half the people in the United States
have said in nationwide polls that they believe that UFOs are real,
and television series and motion pictures reflect the widespread
interest in this subject. Yet, there are few researchers who would
pretend to be able to understand the phenomenon completely. Dr. J.
Allen Hynek has called this quality of the research the “high
strangeness” factor and has linked the amount of high strangeness
with the probable validity of the case.
Some of the people who see UFOs have the experience of being unable
to account for a period of time after the encounter. The UFO is seen
and then the witness continues on with his or her daily routine. At
some point, it is noticed that a certain amount of time has been
lost that cannot be explained. Very often these same people report a
type of eye irritation, or conjunctivitis, and sometimes skin
problems. In extreme cases, a person who has lost time and seen a
UFO will develop a change of personality and find it necessary to
contact the aid of a psychologist or a psychiatrist for counseling.
Dr. R. Leo Sprinkle, professor of psychology at the University of
Wyoming, has been conducting yearly meetings of people who have
experienced this type and other types of “Close Encounters.”
It was in psychiatric therapy that one of the more famous of the UFO
contact cases, that of Betty and Barney Hill, was researched. The
Hills had seen a UFO and had lost some time but managed to reduce
the significance of these events in their minds enough to get on
with their daily lives. However both of them, over a period of
months, began experiencing nightmares and attacks of anxiety.
The psychiatrist to whom they went for help was one who often used
regressive hypnosis for therapeutic work. He worked with each of the
couple separately and found, to his amazement, that, when asked to
go back to the source of their distress, both Mr. and Mrs. Hill
related the story of being taken on board a UFO while on a drive,
medically examined, and returned to their car.
Don and I have, through the years, investigated quite a few
interesting cases; but, perhaps a description of one will suffice to
show some of the more outstanding strangenesses which are quite
commonly associated with what Dr. Hynek calls “Close Encounters of
the Third Kind.” In January 1977, merely eighteen or so hours after
our witness’s UFO experience, we were called by a friend of ours,
hypnotist Lawrence Allison. Lawrence had been contacted by the
witness’s mother, who was extraordinarily concerned about her boy.
We made an appointment with the witness, a nineteen-year-old high
school graduate employed as a truck driver.
He had seen a craft about forty feet long and ten feet tall, which
was the color of the setting sun, at very low altitude,
approximately 100 to 150 feet. The craft was so bright that it hurt
his eyes, yet he could not remove his gaze from it. He experienced a
good deal of fear and lost all sense of actually driving his car.
When he was directly underneath the UFO it suddenly sped away and
disappeared. When the boy arrived home, his mother was alarmed
because his eyes were entirely bloodshot. He was able to pinpoint
his time loss since he had left precisely when a television program
ended and since he noticed the time of this arrival home. He had
lost thirty-eight minutes of his life.
The young man wished to try regressive hypnosis to “find” his lost
time. We agreed; and, after a fairly lengthy hypnotic induction, the
proper state of concentration was achieved and the witness was moved
back to the point at which he was directly underneath the UFO.
Suddenly he was inside the ship in a circular room which seemed at
least twice as high as the entire ship had seemed from the outside.
He saw three objects, none of which looked human. One was black; one
was red; and one was white. All looked like some sort of machine.
Each entity seemed to have a personality, although none spoke to the
boy, and he endured a kind of physical examination. After the
examination was finished the machines merged into one and then
disappeared. The ship bounced and rocked briefly, and then the
witness was back in his car.
If you are interested in reading a full account of this case, it was
published in the Apro Bulletin, in Flying Saucer Review, in the
International UFO Reporter, and in the Mufon UFO News.
One of the most familiar aspects of close encounters is the
experience that our witness had of seemingly understanding what
aliens were thinking and feeling without any speech having taken
place. Telepathic communication has long been the subject of much
experimentation and, although there is much interesting research,
there has never been a definitive study proving good telepathic
communication. Consequently, the field of research into telepathy is
still definitely a fringe area of psychic research. However, anyone
who has ever known that the phone was going to ring, or has
experienced the knowledge of what someone was going to say before it
was said, has experienced at least a mild example of telepathy. Don
states that telepathic experiments between himself and Uri Geller
have been totally successful. However, since they were deliberately
not performed under rigorous scientific control, they could not be
included in any orthodox report. It is, in fact, our opinion that
the rigorous controls have a dampening effect on the outcome of any
experiment of this type.
L/L Research, which, since 1980, has been a subsidiary of the Rock
Creek Research and Development Labs, to this day holds weekly
meetings open to anyone who has read our books. We still tend to
insert the word “alleged” before the words “telepathic
communications from extraterrestrials” because we know full well
that there is no way of proving this basic concept. However, the
phenomenon certainly exists-millions of words in our own files and
many millions of words in other groups’ files attest to this fact.
Regardless of the more than occasional frustrations involved in
paranormal research, the serious researcher of the UFO phenomenon
needs to be persistent in his investigation of related phenomena,
such as mental metal-bending. The physics which Ra discusses, having
to do with the true nature of reality, posits the possibility of
action at a distance as a function of mind, specifically the will.
Uri Geller has been tested in several places around the world,
including the Stanford Research Laboratories, and an impressive list
of publications concerning the results of those tests exists, most
notably The Geller Papers and, as an offshoot of this metal-bending
phenomenon, The Iceland Papers.
One example which shows the close connection between UFOs and mental
metal-bending happened to us in July of 1977, after our book,
Secrets of the UFO, was published. We had been interviewed on a
local program and a woman in a nearby town had heard the broadcast
and was very interested in what we had to say since her son, a
normal fourteen-year-old boy, had had a UFO encounter. He had been
awakened by a whistling sound, went to the door, and saw a light so
bright that it temporarily blinded him. Again, as is often the case,
it was the same night that people nearby also saw lights in the sky.
The woman wrote us a letter, and Don immediately called and asked
her permission to speak to her son. After questioning the young man
to Don’s satisfaction, Don asked him to take a piece of silverware
and tell it to bend without touching it in any firm or forceful way.
The fourteen-year-old picked up a fork, did as Don suggested, and
the fork immediately bent nearly double.
The boy was so startled that he would not come back to the phone,
and his mother was unable to convince him that there was any value
in going further with the experiments. She had enough foresight to
realize that in the small town in which he lived any publicity that
might come to him on the subject of metal-bending would be to his
detriment, since the people of his small town would react in a most
Nevertheless, the link is there quite plainly. John Taylor,
professor of mathematics at Kings College, London, offered his book,
Superminds, to make his careful experimentations on metal-bending
available to the world. Taylor used only children, about fifty of
them, and for a great portion of his experiment he used metal and
plastic objects sealed in glass cylinders which had been closed by a
glass blower, so that the children could not actually touch the
objects without breaking the glass.
Under this controlled circumstance the children were still able to
bend and break multitudinous objects. As you read The Ra Material
you will begin to discover why it is mostly children that are able
to do these things, and what the ability to do this has to do with
the rest of the UFO message.
Since I am not a scientist, at this point I will turn the narrative
back to Don, whose background is more suited to this discussion.
A persistent question when considering psychic demonstrations
is: how does the paranormal event happen? The answer may well lie in
the area of occult theory, which is concerned with the existence of
After death an individual finds himself at one of these levels of
existence spoken of in connection with occult philosophy, the level
of being dependent on the spiritual nature or development of the
person at the time of his death. The cliche that covers this theory
is a heavenly “birds of a feather flock together.” When a ghost
materializes into our reality, it is from one of these levels that
he usually comes for his Earthly visit. In general, it is theorized
that a planet is a sort of spiritual distillery, with reincarnation
taking place into the physical world until the individual is
sufficiently developed in the spiritual sense that he can reach the
higher planes of existence, and is no longer in need of this
planet’s developmental lessons.
Most of this theory was developed as a result of reported contact
and communication with the inhabitants of these supposedly separate
realities. I have come to believe that these levels interpenetrate
with our physical space and mutually coexist, though with very
little awareness of each other. A simple analogy, to which I’ve
referred before, is to consider the actors in two different TV
shows, both receivable on the same set, but each show being
exclusive of the other. This seems to be what we experience in our
daily lives: one channel or density of existence, being totally
unaware of the myriad entities occupying other frequencies of our
physical space. The point of all this is that our reality is not
ultimate or singular; it is, in fact, our reality only at the
Many of the UFO reports display ample evidence that the object
sighted has its origin in one of these other realities or densities,
just as do the materialized ghosts. I would like to emphasize that
this does not in any way imply their unreality; rather, it displaces
the UFOs’ reality from ours. I’m saying the equivalent of: Channel 4
on the TV is equivalent to but displaced from Channel 3 on the same
If you were told to build a scale model of any atom using something
the size of a pea for the nucleus, it would be necessary to have an
area the size of a football stadium to contain even the innermost
orbital electrons. If the pea were placed at the center of the
fifty-yard line, a small cotton ball on the uppermost seat in the
stands could represent an electron of the atom.
There is very little
actual matter in physical matter. When you look at the stars in the
night sky, you would probably see something quite similar to what
you would see if you could stand on the nucleus of any atom of
“solid” material and look outward toward our environment. To
demonstrate an electron to you, a physicist will probably show you a
curved trace of one on a photographic plate. What he probably does
not tell you is that this is secondhand evidence. The electron
itself has never been seen; only its effect on a dense medium can be
recorded. It is possible, of course, to make accurate mathematical
calculations about what we call an electron.
For such work we must
know some data on magnetic field strength, electron charge, and
velocity. But since a magnetic field is caused by moving charges,
which in turn are empirically observed phenomena, we find that the
entire mathematical camouflage obscures the fact that all we really
know is that charged particles have effects on each other. We still
don’t know what charged particles are, or why they create an
Senior scientists would be the first to agree that there is no such
thing as an absolute scientific explanation of anything. Science is,
rather, a method or tool of prediction, relating one or more
observations to each other. In physics, this is usually done through
the language of mathematics. Our scientific learning is a learning
by observation and analysis of this observation. In the sense of
penetrating the fundamental essences of things, we really do not
understand anything at all.
A magnetic field is nothing but a mathematical method of expressing
motion between electrical fields. Electrical fields are complex
mathematical interpretations of a totally empirical observation
stated as Coulomb’s Law. In other words, our forest of scientific
knowledge and explanations is made up of trees about which we
understand nothing except their effect, their existence.
To a person unfamiliar with the inner workings of modern science, it
may seem that modern man has his environment nicely under control
and totally figured out. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The leaders of science who are researching the frontiers of modern
theory argue among themselves continually. As soon as a theory
begins to receive wide acceptance as being a valid representation of
physical laws, someone finds a discrepancy, and the theory has to be
either modified or abandoned entirely. Perhaps the most well-known
example of this is Newton’s “F=MA.” This attained the status of a
physical law before being found to be in error. It is not that this
equation has not proven extremely useful: we have used it to design
everything from a moon rocket to the television picture tube; but
its accuracy fails when applied to atomic particle accelerators like
the cyclotron. To make accurate predictions of particle trajectories
it is necessary to make the relativistic correction formulated by
Einstein. It is interesting to note that this correction is based on
the fact that the speed of light is totally independent of the speed
of its source.
If Newton had penetrated more deeply into the laws of motion he
might have made this relativistic correction himself, and then
stated that the velocity correction would always be of no
consequence, since the velocity of light was so much greater than
any speed attainable by man. This was very true in Newton’s day, but
is definitely not the case now. We still tend to think of the
velocity of light as a fantastic and unattainable speed, but with
the advent of space flight, a new order of velocities has arrived.
We have to change our thinking from our normal terrestrial concepts
of velocities. Instead of thinking of the speed of light in terms of
miles per second, think of it in terms of Earth diameters per
second. The almost unimaginable 186,000 miles per second becomes an
entirely thinkable twenty-three Earth diameters per second; or, we
could think of the speed of light in terms of our solar systems’
diameter and say that light would speed at about two diameters per
Einstein’s assertion that everything is relative is so apt that it
has become a cliche of our culture. Let us continue being
relativistic in considering the size of natural phenomena by
considering the size of our galaxy. If you look up at the sky on a
clear night, nearly all of the visible stars are in our own galaxy.
Each of these stars is a sun like our own. A calculation of the
ratio of the number of suns in our galaxy to the number of people on
planet Earth discovers that there are sixty suns for each living
person on Earth today. It takes light over four years to get from
Earth to even the nearest of these stars. To reach the most distant
star in our own galaxy would take 100,000 light years.
These calculations are made using the assumption that light has a
speed. This may be an erroneous assumption in the face of new
theory, but its apparent speed is a useful measuring tool, so we use
So we have a creation in which we find ourselves which is so big
that at a speed of twenty-three Earth diameters a second we must
travel 100,000 years to cross our immediate backyard. That is a big
backyard, and it would seem ample for even the most ambitious of
celestial architects, but in truth this entire galaxy of over 200
billion stars is just one grain of sand on a very big beach. There
are uncounted trillions of galaxies like ours, each with its own
billions of stars, spread throughout what seems to be infinite
When you think of the mind-boggling expanse of our creation and the
infantile state of our knowledge in relation to it, you begin to see
the necessity for considering the strong probability that our
present scientific approach to investigating these expanses is as
primitive as the dugout canoe.
The most perplexing problem of science has always been finding a
satisfactory explanation of what is called action at a distance. In
other words, everyone knows that if you drop something it will fall,
but no one knows precisely why. Many people know that electric
charges push or pull on each other even if separated in a vacuum,
but again no one knows why.
Although the phenomena are quite
different, the equations which describe the force of interaction are
The attractive force between our planet and our sun is described by
the gravitational equation. The attractive force between orbiting
electrons and the atomic nucleus is described by the electrostatic
interaction equation. Now each of these equations was determined
experimentally. They are not apparently related in any way, and yet
they both describe a situation in which attractive force falls off
with the square of the distance of separation.
A mathematical representation of an action at a distance effect is
called a field, such as a gravitational or electric field. It was
Albert Einstein’s foremost hope to find a single relation which
would express the effect of both electric and gravitational
phenomena; in fact, a theory which would unify the whole of physics,
a unified field theory. Einstein believed that this was a creation
of total order and that all physical phenomena were evolved from a
This unified field theory, describing matter as pure field, has been
accomplished now. It seems that the entire situation was analogous
to the solution of a ponderously complex Chinese puzzle. If you can
find that the right key turns among so many wrong ones, the puzzle
easily falls apart. Dewey B. Larson found the solution to this
problem, and the puzzle not only fell apart, but revealed an
elegantly adequate unified field theory rich in practical results;
and, like a good Chinese puzzle, the solution was not complex, just
unexpected. Instead of assuming five dimensions, Larson assumed six,
and properly labeled them as the three dimensions of space and the
three dimensions of time. He assumed that there is a
three-dimensional coordinate time analogous to our observed
The result of this approach is that one can now calculate from the
basic postulate of Larson’s theory any physical value within our
physical universe, from sub-atomic to stellar. This
long-sought-after unified field theory is different because we are
accustomed to thinking of time as one-dimensional, as a stream
moving in one direction. Yet once you get the hang of it, coordinate
time is mathematically a more comfortable concept with which to
deal. Professor Frank Meyer of the Department of Physics at the
University of Wisconsin presently distributes a quarterly newsletter
to scientists interested in Larson’s new theory which explores
perplexing questions in physical theory using Larson’s approach. I
was interested in testing Larson’s theory and made extensive
calculations using his postulate. I became convinced that his theory
is indeed a workable unified field theory.
I had been pondering several interesting statements communicated
through contactees by the alleged UFO source prior to discovering
Larson’s work in the early sixties. Although the people who had
received these communications knew nothing of the problems of modern
physics, they were getting information which apparently was quite
central to physical theory: first, they suggested that the problem
with our science was that it did not recognize enough dimensions.
Second, they stated that light does not move; light is. Larson’s
theory posits six dimensions instead of the customary four, and
finds the pure field, which Einstein believed would represent
matter, to move outward from all points in space at unit velocity,
or the velocity of light.
Photons are created due to a vibratory
displacement in space-time, the fabric of the field. Furthermore,
the contactees were saying that consciousness creates vibration,
this vibration being light. The vibratory displacements of
space-time in Larson’s theory are the first physical manifestation,
which is the photon or light. According to the UFO contactees, the
UFOs lower their vibrations in order to enter our skies. The entire
physical universe postulated by Larson is dependent on the rate of
vibration and quantized rotations of the pure field of space-time.
The contacteés were suggesting that time was not what we think it
is. Larson suggests the same thing. The UFOs were said to move in
time as we move in space. This would be entirely normal in Larson’s
time-space portion of the universe.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the contacteés were receiving
the message that the creation is simple, all one thing. Larson’s
theory is a mathematical statement of this unity.
For more information about Larsonian physics, contact the
International Society of Unified Science, a group of scientists and
philosophers currently promoting Larson’s theory. Their address is:
International Society of Unified Science, Frank H. Meyer, President,
1103 15th Ave., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55414.
What physicists have never before considered worth investigating is
now increasing at a very rapid rate. Action at a distance,
apparently as a result of some type of mental activity, seems
repeatedly the observed effect. When Uri Geller performs on TV,
mentally bending metal and fixing clocks, there are often many kids
who try to duplicate Uri’s “tricks.” Sometimes the kids succeed. The
number of children that can cause bends and breaks in metal and
other materials just by wanting the break or bend to occur is
increasing daily. As previously mentioned, John Taylor, professor of
mathematics at Kings College, reports in his excellent book,
Superminds, on the extensive tests run in England on several of
these gifted children. If the Gellerizing children continue to
increase in numbers and ability, the 1980s will see such fantasies
of TV as “My Favorite Martian,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” and
“Bewitched” becoming a part of reality.
With controlled, repeatable experiments like those conducted by
Taylor and by the Stanford Research Institute in the United States,
we begin to have good solid data available for study. Gradually we
are moving into a position from which we can begin to create a
science of “magic,” for that which has been called magic through the
ages is now being performed at an ever-increasing rate, primarily by
children. In the future, we may even find this “magic” added to the
curriculum of the sciences at universities. In point of fact, the
present disciplines of chemistry, physics, etc., are still basically
“magic” to us, since we are still in the position of having no
ultimate explanation of causality.
One of the concepts most central to the system of study which
comes out of research into the contactee messages offered by alleged
UFO contact is the concept of the immortality of our individual
consciousness. There is a long mystical tradition extending back far
beyond Biblical times, which posits a type of immortal soul. St.
Paul in his Epistles has distinguished between the human body and
the spiritual body. Long before St. Paul’s century, Egyptian priests
had the concept of the ka and posited that this ka, or spiritual
personality, existed after death and was the true repository of the
essence of consciousness of the person who had lived the life.
Egyptians, of course, made very elaborate arrangements for life
If life after death is posited as a probability, one may also posit
life before birth. Any mother who has more than one child will
testify to the undoubted fact that each child comes into his life or
incarnation already equipped with a personality which cannot be
explained by environment or heredity. After all the factors of both
have been accounted for, there remains a unique personality with
which the child seems to have been born. Each child has certain
fears which are not explainable in terms of the fears of the
parents. A child, for instance, may be terrified of a thunderstorm.
The rest of the family may be perfectly comfortable during such a
storm. Another child may be extraordinarily gifted at the playing of
an instrument when neither parent nor any relative as far back as
the parents can remember had musical ability.
This brings us back to the serious consideration of reincarnation.
According to the alleged UFO contact messages, reincarnation is one
of the most important concepts to be grasped, for through it the
universe functions in order to advance the evolution of mankind.
This evolution is seen to be not only physical but also
metaphysical, not only of the body but also of the spirit, and
incarnations are seen in this system of philosophy to be
opportunities for an individual to continue his evolution through
numerous and varied experiences.
Although perhaps two-thirds of the world’s population embraces, or
is familiar with a religious system which posits reincarnation,
those of us of the Judeo-Christian culture are not as familiar with
this concept. Nevertheless, Don’s early investigations seemed to
indicate that reincarnation was a probability and that incarnations
contained situations, relationships, and lessons which were far more
easily understood in the light of knowledge of previous
One succinct example of this relationship, which some are fond of
calling karma, is that of a young boy (who requests that his name
not be used) who in this life had experienced such intense allergies
to all living things that he could not cut the grass, smell the
flowers, or, during the blooming season, spend much time at all
outside. Under hypnotic regression he experienced in detail a long
life in England. He had been a solitary man whose nature was such as
to avoid contact with any human being. He had inherited a fairly
large estate and he spent his life upon it. His one pleasure was the
very extensive garden that he maintained. In it he had his gardeners
plant all manner of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
After the life had been discussed, and while the lad was still in
trance, hypnotist Lawrence Allison asked the boy, as he often did,
to contact what is loosely referred to as his Higher Self. He had
the boy ask his Higher Self if the lesson of putting people first
and other things second had been learned. The Higher Self said that
indeed the lesson had been learned. The hypnotist then had the boy
ask the Higher Self if this allergy could be healed, since the
lesson had been learned and the allergy was no longer necessary. The
Higher Self agreed. The hypnotist then carefully brought the boy out
of the hypnotic state and walked over to his piano on which was
placed a magnolia.
As magnolia blossoms will do, it had dropped its
pollen on the polished surface of the piano, and the hypnotist
scraped the pollen onto his hand, took it over to the boy, and
deliberately blew the pollen directly at the boy’s nose. “How could
you do that to me!” exclaimed the boy. “You know how allergic I am.”
“Oh, really?” asked the hypnotist. “I don’t hear you sneezing.” The
boy remained cured of his allergy.
When we attempt to consider our relationship with the universe, we
begin to see that there is a great deal more in heaven and earth
than has been dreamt of in most philosophies. It is an unbelievably
gigantic universe, and if we have a true relationship to it we must,
ourselves, be more than, or other than, our daily lives seem to
encompass. In The Ra Material a good deal of information is
discussed concerning our true relationship with the universe, but it
is good to realize that we do have a long tradition of work upon
what may perhaps most simply be called the magical personality.
Magic is, of course, a much misused term and is mostly understood as
being the art of prestidigitation, or illusion. When one sees a
magician, one accepts the fact that one is seeing very skillfully
However, there is a study of the so-called magical personality which
suggests that there is a thread which runs through our daily lives
which we can grasp; and, using that thread, remove ourselves from
time to time into a framework of reference points in which we see
reality as being that of the spiritual body, that the personality
which exists from incarnation to incarnation and indeed “since
before the world was.” By working upon this magical personality, by
interiorizing experience, by accepting responsibility for all that
occurs, by carefully analyzing our reactions to all that occurs, and
by eventually coming to balance our reactions to all that occurs so
that our actions in our environment are generated within the self
and are no longer simple reactions to outward stimulus, we
strengthen the so-called magical personality until we are able to
have some small claim to “the art of causing changes in
consciousness at will.”
This is the classic definition of magic.
Each time that a person sustains an unfortunate situation and reacts
to it by not giving anger for anger or sadness for sadness but
instead offering compassion and comfort where none was expected, we
strengthen that thread of inner strength within us and we become
more and more associated with a life that is closely related to the
organic evolution of the universe.
It is some sense of the wholeness or organic nature of the universe
which best informs the student of the UFOs’ purposes in being here.
They have been here, by many accounts, for thousands of years; at
least UFOs have been mentioned, along with many other strange
sights, in the annals of all early histories including the Bible.
Modern-day interest in UFOs can probably be fairly accurately dated
from Kenneth Arnold’s historic sighting over Mt. Rainier in
Washington. Another early and historic sighting, also by an
extremely reliable witness, is coincidentally connected with Don
Elkins and so I would choose the Mantell case of January 7, 1948,
instead of the Kenneth Arnold case of June 24, 1947, for discussion.
Thomas Mantell had trained as a pilot and had flown missions in
Africa, Europe, and, most notably, D-Day. In 1947 he was out of the
Air Corps and had started the Elkins-Mantell Flying School on Bowman
Field in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1947 Don Elkins was a youthful
student in this school.
At about two o’clock in the afternoon on January 7, 1948, the
Kentucky State Police called Fort Knox and reported to the MPs there
that they had sighted a circular flying object moving rather quickly
in their area. The MPs called the commanding officer at Godman Field
at Fort Knox and through due process the flight service checked with
Wright Field in Ohio to see if there were any experimental aircraft
which could explain the sighting. Wright Field had none flying.
Meanwhile, the tower at Godman Field, Fort Knox, had already sighted
this disc-shaped object, both visually and on radar, and had made a
report which was relayed quickly to the commanding officer.
As it happened, four F-51s were in the area en route from Marietta,
Georgia, near Atlanta, to Louisville, Kentucky. Since they were
already airborne the commanding officer at Godman Field decided to
contact the lead pilot and request that he investigate the UFO. The
lead pilot was Captain Thomas Mantell.
Mantell was given a radar vector from Godman tower and moved towards
the UFO. He sighted the object and stated that it was traveling
slower than he was and that he would close to take a look. Then
Mantell informed the tower that the object was now above him, that
it appeared to be metallic, and that it was tremendous in size.
None of the F-51s, including Mantell’s, was equipped with oxygen.
The other pilots leveled off at 15,000 feet. Mantell kept climbing.
That was the last transmission from Captain Mantell. Minutes later
there was a telephone call stating that a plane had crashed. It was
Captain Mantell’s. His body lay near the wreckage.
I could spend the length of the book attempting to give you a
sketchy introduction to the thousands and thousands of sightings
like Captain Mantell’s that involve irrefutably puzzling and
concrete evidence of something highly strange occurring.
many radar sightings of UFOs. There is one volume, published by the
Center for UFO Studies in Evanston, Illinois, which deals solely
with the numerous physical traces that UFOs have left behind, either
by irradiating the soil, causing other changes in soil composition,
or leaving impressions in the ground. A computer set up by this same
organization to carry a program of information regarding UFOs
contains well over 80,000 reports; and some things become
startlingly clear by the use of “UFOCAT,” the computer. For
instance, it is now possible, if one measures a landing trace from a
UFO sighting, to find out from the computer what the probable
description of the UFO itself will be. Thus, in a way, the witness
is merely confirming what the computer already knows.
However, this is an introduction to a book which consists of
transcripts of messages of a very precise nature having to do with
metaphysics, philosophy, and the plan of evolution, both physical
and spiritual, of man on Earth. Consequently, what I propose to do
is share with you some of the research material which our group has
collected through the years. Since all of these examples come from
the same group we never describe who the receiver may be as we feel
that it is the information that is important rather than the person
who is transmitting.
According to an entity called Hatonn who has spoken with our group
and several others for many years, the purpose in being here of at
least some of the UFOs that are seen in our skies at this time is
much like the purpose that we might have in sending aid to a
disaster-stricken or extremely impoverished country. It is a desire
to be of service.
We have been contacting people of planet Earth for many, many of
your years. We have been contacting at intervals of thousands of
years those who sought our aid. It is time for many of the people of
this planet to be contacted, for many now have the understanding and
the desire to seek something outside the physical illusion that has
for so many years involved the thinking of those of this planet. The
process we are stimulating is one which is self-generating. As more
and more of those who desire our contact receive it and pass it on
to others, then those who receive this passed-on information will
then themselves be able to reach a state of thinking and
understanding sufficiently in tune, shall I say, with our vibrations
in order to receive our contact.
For this, my friends, is how
contacts work. It is first necessary, if the entity is to be able to
receive our contact, for him to become of a certain vibration as a
result of his thinking. This is greatly speeded by involvement in
groups such as this. And then it is finally done through meditation.
In other words, the verbal communications given to the entity by the
channels such as this one create a system of thought and a desire
for spiritual awareness that raises his vibration.
We of the Confederation of Planets in the Service of the Infinite
Creator are very sorry that we cannot step upon your soil and teach
those of your people who desire our service. But, my friends, as we
have said before, this would be a very great disservice to those who
do not desire our service at this time, and we are afraid we would
have little effect in bringing understanding even to those who
desire it, for understanding, my friends, comes from within. We can
only guide. We can only suggest. We are attempting to do this in
such a way that the seeking of the individual will be stimulated to
turning his thinking inward, inward to that single source of love
and understanding, the Creator, that is part of us all, part of
everything that exists, for everything that exists, my friends, is
We are very privileged to have you join with us in this great
service at this time in the history of your planet. For this is a
very great time, a great transitional period, in which many of the
Earth’s people will be raised from their state of confusion to a
simple understanding: the love of their Creator.
Hatonn speaks of our desire to seek something outside the physical
illusion, What he talks about so persuasively is something that is
often referred to by members of what Ra calls the Confederation of
Planets in the Service of the Infinite Creator as “the original
thought.” This is another term for our word, “love,” but implies a
great deal more. It implies a unity that is so great that we do not
see each other simply as close friends, or brothers and sisters,
but, ideally, as the Creator; and, as we see each other and
ourselves as the Creator, we see one being. This concept is at the
very heart of telepathy and Hatonn talks about this concept and the
original thought in general:
At this time I am in a craft far above your place of dwelling. I am
at this time able to monitor your thoughts. This, my friends, might
seem to some of your peoples to be an infringement, but I can assure
you that it is not. Our capabilities of knowing the thinking of the
peoples of this planet Earth are not designed in any way to infringe
upon either their thinking or their activities. We do not consider
the knowledge of the thoughts of others to be an infringement for we
see these thoughts as our own. We see these thoughts as the thoughts
of the Creator.
My friends, it may seem to you that a thought of a nature other than
one of love and brotherhood might be a thought generated not of our
Creator. This is not possible, my friends. All thought that is
generated is generated by the Creator. All things that are generated
are generated by the Creator. He is all things and is in all places,
and all of the consciousness and all of the thought that exists is
the thought of our Creator. His infinite number of parts all have
free will, and all may generate in any way they choose. All of His
parts communicate with all of the creation, in His entire and
We are not attempting to change the thinking of our Creator. We are
only attempting to bring His ideas to some of the more isolated
parts for their inspection and appraisal. Isolated parts, I say, my
friends, and why should we consider these parts to be isolated? We
consider them isolated because from our point of view they have
chosen to wander far from the concept that we have found to permeate
most of the parts of the creation with which we are familiar. We
find, my friends, that man upon planet Earth in his experiences and
experiments has become isolated in his thinking and has divorced it
from that to which we are accustomed in the vast reaches of creation
which we have experienced.
I urge you, my friends, to remember what we have brought to you. The
next time that you are, shall we say, backed into a corner by the
circumstances which prevail within the illusion of your physical
existence, remember what you have learned and do not forget what you
have worked so hard to obtain. You will choose at any time to alter
your needs and desires from within the physical illusion to your
being within the creation of the Father. As long as your objectives
lie within this physical illusion it will be necessary for you to be
subject to the laws which prevail within this illusion. If your
desires can be altered by the application of what you are learning
and are lifted in the creation of the Infinite One, then, my
friends, you may have a great deal more ability to remove yourself
from the corners into which the illusion seems to back you.
To some who may read these words the concepts may seem to be a less
than practical and certainly overly idealistic method of discussing
what many have called the new age or the Age of Aquarius. It
certainly seems unlikely that an entire planet could go so wrong
philosophically and that beings supposedly more advanced than we
would care enough about us to attempt to help us.