Alien Signals in the
Excerpts From the personal memoirs of
The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on
invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain.
Its ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the
material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature to human
This is the difficult task of the inventor who is often
misunderstood and unrewarded. But he finds ample compensation in the
pleasing exercises of his powers and in the knowledge of being one
of that exceptionally privileged class without whom the race would
have long ago perished in the bitter struggle against pitiless
elements. Speaking for myself, I have already had more than my full
measure of this exquisite enjoyment; so much, that for many years my
life was little short of continuous rapture.
I am credited with being one of the hardest workers and perhaps I
am, if thought is the equivalent of labor, for I have devoted to it
almost all of my waking hours. But if work is interpreted to be a
definite performance in a specified time according to a rigid rule,
then I may be the worst of idlers.
Every effort under compulsion demands a sacrifice of life-energy. I
never paid such a price. On the contrary, I have thrived on my
thoughts. In attempting to give a connected and faithful account of
my activities in this story of my life, I must dwell, however
reluctantly, on the impressions of my youth and the circumstances
and events which have been instrumental in determining my career.
Our first endeavors are purely instinctive promptings of an
imagination vivid and undisciplined. As we grow older, reason
asserts itself and we become more and more systematic and designing.
But those early impulses, though not immediately productive, are of
the greatest moment and may shape our very destinies.
Indeed, I feel now that had I understood and cultivated instead of
suppressing them, I would have added substantial value to my bequest
to the world. But not until I had attained manhood did I realize
that I was an inventor. This was due to a number of causes.
In the first place I had a brother who was gifted to an
extraordinary degree; one of those rare phenomena of mentality which
biological investigation has failed to explain. His premature and
unexpected death left my parents disconsolate.
We owned a horse which had been presented to us by a dear friend. It
was a magnificent animal of Arabian breed, possessed of almost human
intelligence, and was cared for and petted by the whole family,
having on one occasion saved my dear father's life under remarkable
My father had been called one winter night to perform an urgent duty
and while crossing the mountains, infested by wolves, the horse
became frightened and ran away, throwing him violently to the
It arrived home bleeding and exhausted, but after the alarm was
sounded, immediately dashed off again, returning to the spot, and
before the searching party were far on the way they were met by my
father, who had recovered consciousness and remounted, not realizing
that he had been lying in the snow for several hours.
This horse was responsible for my brother's injuries from which he
died. I witnessed the tragic scene and although so many years have
elapsed since, my visual impression of it has lost none of its
The recollection of his attainments made every effort of mine seem
dull in comparison. Anything I did that was creditable merely caused
my parents to feel their loss more keenly. So I grew up with little
confidence in myself. But I was far from being considered a stupid
boy, if I am to judge from an incident of which I still have a
One day the Aldermen were passing through a street where I was
playing with other boys. The oldest of these venerable gentlemen, a
wealthy citizen, paused to give a silver piece to each of us. Coming
to me, he suddenly stopped and commanded, "Look in my eyes."
I met his gaze, my hand outstretched to receive the much valued
coin, when to my dismay, he said,
"No, not much; you can get nothing
from me. You are too smart."
My mother descended from one of the
oldest families in the country and a line of inventors. Both her
father and grandfather originated numerous implements for household,
agricultural and other uses. She was a truly great woman, of rare
skill, courage and fortitude. I owe so much to her good graces and
inventive mind that I can still today see her wonderful features
etched upon my mind.
The Inner Mind Made Real
In my boyhood I suffered from a peculiar affliction due to the
appearance of images, often accompanied by strong flashes of light,
which marred the sight of real objects and interfered with my
thoughts and action. They were pictures of things and scenes which I
had really seen, never of those imagined.
When a word was spoken to me the image of the object it designated
would present itself vividly to my vision and sometimes I was quite
unable to distinguish whether what I saw was tangible or not.
This caused me great discomfort and anxiety. None of the students of
psychology or physiology whom I have consulted, could ever explain
satisfactorily these phenomenon.
They seem to have been unique although I was probably predisposed as
I know that my brother experienced a similar trouble. The theory I
have formulated is that the images were the result of a reflex
action from the brain on the retina under great excitation. They
certainly were not hallucinations such as are produced in diseased
and anguished minds, for in other respects I was normal and
To give an idea of my distress, suppose that I had witnessed a
funeral or some such nerve-wracking spectacle. Then, inevitably, in
the stillness of night, a vivid picture of the scene would thrust
itself before my eyes and persist despite all my efforts to banish
it from my innermost being.
I also began to see visions of things that bore no resemblance to
reality. It was as if I was being shown ideas of some cosmic mind,
waiting to make real its conceptions.
If my explanation is correct, it should be possible to project on a
screen the image of any object one conceives and make it visible.
Such an advance would revolutionize all human relations. I am
convinced that this wonder can and will be accomplished in time to
I may add that I have devoted much thought to the solution of the
problem. I have managed to reflect such a picture, which I have seen
in my mind, to the mind of another person, in another room.
To free myself of these tormenting appearances, I tried to
concentrate my mind on something else I had seen, and in this way I
would often obtain temporary relief; but in order to get it I had to
conjure continuously new images.
It was not long before I found that I had exhausted all of those at
my command; my "reel" had run out as it were, because I had seen
little of the world -only objects in my home and the immediate
As I performed these mental operations for the second or third time,
in order to chase the appearances from my vision, the remedy
gradually lost all its force. Then instinctively commenced to make
excursions beyond the limits of the small world of which I had
knowledge, and I saw new scenes.
These were at first very blurred and indistinct, and would flit away
when I tried to concentrate my attention upon them. They gained in
strength and distinctness and finally assumed the concreteness of
I soon discovered that my best comfort was attained if I simply went
on in my vision further and further, getting new impressions all the
time, and so I began to travel; of course, in my mind. Every night,
(and sometimes during the day), when alone, I would start on my
journeys, see new places, cities and countries; live there, meet
people and make friendships and acquaintances and, however
unbelievable, it is a fact that they were just as dear to me as
those in actual life, and not a bit less intense in their
This I did constantly until I was about seventeen, when my thoughts
turned seriously to invention. Then I observed to my delight that I
could visualize with the greatest facility. I needed no models,
drawings or experiments. I could picture them all as real in my
Thus I have been led unconsciously to evolve what I consider a new
method of materializing inventive concepts and ideas, which is
radially opposite to the purely experimental and is in my opinion
ever so much more expeditious and efficient.
The moment one constructs a device to carry into practice a crude
idea, he finds himself unavoidably engrossed with the details of the
apparatus. As he goes on improving and reconstructing, his force of
concentration diminishes and he loses sight of the great underlying
Results may be obtained, but always at the sacrifice of quality. My
method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get an
idea, I start at once building it up in my imagination. I change the
construction, make improvements and operate the device in my mind.
It is absolutely immaterial to me whether I run my turbine in
thought or test it in my shop. I even note if it is out of balance.
There is no difference whatever; the results are the same.
In this way I am able to rapidly develop and perfect a conception
without touching anything. When I have gone so far as to embody in
the invention every possible improvement I can think of and see no
fault anywhere, I put into concrete form this final product of my
brain. Invariably my device works as I conceived that it should, and
the experiment comes out exactly as I planned it.
In twenty years there has not been a single exception. Why should it
be otherwise? Engineering, electrical and mechanical, is positive in
results. There is scarcely a subject that cannot be examined
beforehand, from the available theoretical and practical data.
The carrying out into practice of a crude idea as is being generally
done, is, I hold, nothing but a waste of energy, money, and time. My
early affliction had however, another compensation. The incessant
mental exertion developed my powers of observation and enabled me to
discover a truth of great importance.
I had noted that the appearance of images was always preceded by
actual vision of scenes under peculiar and generally very
exceptional conditions, and I was impelled on each occasion to
locate the original impulse.
After a while this effort grew to be almost automatic and I gained
great facility in connecting cause and effect. Soon I became aware,
to my surprise, that every thought I conceived was suggested by an
external impression. Not only this but all my actions were prompted
in a similar way.
In the course of time it became perfectly evident to me that I was
merely an automation endowed with power of movement responding to
the stimuli of the sense organs and thinking and acting accordingly.
The practical result of this was the art of "teleautomatics" which
has been so far carried out only in an imperfect manner. Its latent
possibilities will, however be eventually shown. I have been years
planning self-controlled automata and believe that mechanisms can be
produced which will act as if possessed of reason, to a limited
degree, and will create a revolution in many commercial and
I was about twelve years of age when I first succeeded in banishing
an image from my vision by willful effort, but I never had any
control over the flashes of light to which I have referred. They
were, perhaps, my strangest and [most] inexplicable experience.
They usually occurred when I found myself in a dangerous or
distressing situation or when I was greatly exhilarated. In some
instances I have seen all the air around me filled with tongues of
living flame. Their intensity, instead of diminishing, increased
with time and seemingly attained a maximum when I was about
twenty-five years old.
While in Paris in 1883, a prominent French manufacturer sent me an
invitation to a shooting expedition which I accepted. I had been
long confined to the factory and the fresh air had a wonderfully
invigorating effect on me.
On my return to the city that night, I felt a positive sensation
that my brain had caught fire. I was a light as though a small sun
was located in it and I passed the whole night applying cold
compressions to my tortured head.
Finally the flashes diminished in frequency and force but it took
more than three weeks before they wholly subsided. When a second
invitation was extended to me, my answer was an emphatic NO!
These luminous phenomena still manifest themselves from time to
time, as when anew idea opening up possibilities strikes me, but
they are no longer exciting, being of relatively small intensity.
When I close my eyes I invariably observe first, a background of
very dark and uniform blue, not unlike the sky on a clear but
In a few seconds this field becomes animated with innumerable
scintillating flakes of green, arranged in several layers and
advancing towards me. Then there appears, to the right, a beautiful
pattern of two systems of parallel and closely spaced lines, at
right angles to one another, in all sorts of colors with yellow,
green, and gold predominating.
Immediately thereafter, the lines grow brighter and the whole is
thickly sprinkled with dots of twinkling light. This picture moves
slowly across the field of vision and in about ten seconds vanishes
on the left, leaving behind a ground of rather unpleasant and inert
gray until the second phase is reached.
Every time, before falling asleep, images of persons or objects flit
before my view. When I see them I know I am about to lose
consciousness. If they are absent and refuse to come, it means a
During this period I contracted many strange likes, dislikes and
habits, some of which I can trace to external impressions while
others are unaccountable. I was fascinated with the glitter of
crystals, but pearls would almost give me a fit.
After finishing the studies at the Polytechnic Institute and
University, I had a complete nervous breakdown and, while the malady
lasted, I observed many phenomena, strange and unbelievable.
Nikola Tesla - Born July 9/10, 1856
From Tesla's own writings we can observe that he had a unique mental
capacity that few of his fellow human beings have ever hoped to
achieve. It is no wonder that when Tesla was faced with an event as
mind-shaking as the revelation that humans may not be alone in the
universe, he faced it head on.
Tesla's atypical way of facing and dealing with the unknown has lead
some to speculate that his true parentage may have originated from
beyond this planet. This suggestion is not new, in fact, Tesla once
confided to one of his personal assistants that he often felt that
he was a stranger to this world.
Tesla was from a family of Serbian origin. Born in the village of
Smiljan, Lika (Austria-Hungary) in what is now Croatia. Tesla's
father was an Orthodox priest; his mother was unschooled but highly
intelligent. A dreamer with a poetic touch, as he matured Tesla
added to these earlier qualities those of self-discipline and a
desire for precision.
Margaret Cheney, in her book:
Tesla: Man out of time (1981), noted
that Tesla as a child began to make original inventions. When he was
five, he built a small waterwheel quite unlike those he had seen in
the countryside. It was smooth, without paddles, yet it spun evenly
in the current. Years later he was to recall this fact when
designing his unique bladeless turbine.
Some of his other experiments were less successful. Once he perched
on the roof of the barn, clutching the family umbrella and
hyperventilating on the fresh mountain breeze until his body felt
light and the dizziness in his head convinced him he could fly.
Plunging to earth, he lay unconscious and was carried off to bed by
his mother. Tesla would later write that this incident was the
catalysis for his unusual visions.
In her book Return of the Dove, Margaret Storm states that Tesla was
not an earth man. On page 71 of her privately printed book, she says
that the space people related that a male child was born on board a
spaceship which was on a flight from Venus to the earth in July,
The little boy was called Nikola. The ship landed at midnight,
between July 9 and 10, in a remote mountain province in what is now
Croatia. There, according to prior arrangements, the child was
placed in the care of a good man and his wife, the Rev. Milutin and
Supposedly, the space people released
this information in 1947 to Arthur H. Matthews of Quebec, Canada.
Alien Signals in the Night
Arthur H. Matthews was an electrical engineer who from boyhood was
closely associated with Tesla. Matthews claimed that Tesla entrusted
him with many tasks, including the Tesla interplanetary
communications set that was first conceived in 1901, with the
objective of communicating with the planet Mars. Tesla had suggested
that he could transmit through the earth and air, great amounts of
power to distances of thousands of miles.
"I can easily bridge the gulf which
separates us from Mars, and send a message almost as easily as
Due to pressures of other research at
the time, the first working model was not built by Tesla until 1918.
In 1899, Nikola Tesla, with the aid of his financial backer,
set up at Colorado Springs an experimental laboratory
containing high voltage radio transmission equipment. The lab had a
200 ft. tower for transmission and reception of radio waves and the
best receiving equipment available at the time.
One night, when he was alone in the laboratory, Tesla observed what
he cautiously referred to as electrical actions which definitely
appeared to be intelligent signals. The changes were taking place
periodically and with such a clear suggestion of number and order
that they could not be traced to any cause then known to him.
Tesla elaborated on the subject of Talking With the Planets in
Collier's Weekly (March 1901):
"As I was improving my machines for
the production of intense electrical actions, I was also
perfecting the means for observing feeble efforts. One of the
most interesting results, and also one of great practical
importance, was the development of certain contrivances for
indicating at a distance of many hundred miles an approaching
storm, its direction, speed and distance traveled.
"It was in carrying on this work that for the first time I
discovered those mysterious effects which have elicited such
unusual interest. I had perfected the apparatus referred to so
far that from my laboratory in the Colorado mountains I could
feel the pulse of the globe, as it were, noting every electrical
change that occurred within a radius of eleven hundred miles.
"I can never forget the first sensations I experienced when it
dawned upon me that I had observed something possibly of
incalculable consequences to mankind. I felt as though I were
present at the birth of a new knowledge or the revelation of a
great truth... My first observations positively terrified me, as
there was present in them something mysterious, not to say
supernatural, and I was alone in my laboratory at night; but at
that time the idea of these disturbances being intelligently
controlled signals did not yet present itself to me.
"The changes I noted were taking place periodically and with
such a clear suggestion of number and order that they were not
traceable to any cause known to me. I was familiar, of course,
with such electrical disturbances as are produced by the sun,
Aurora Borealis, and earth currents, and I was as sure as I
could be of any fact that these variations were due to none of
"The nature of my experiments precluded the possibility of the
changes being produced by atmospheric disturbances, as has been
rashly asserted by some. It was sometime afterward when the
thought flashed upon my mind that the disturbances I had
observed might be due to an intelligent control.
"Although I could not at the time decipher their meaning, it was
impossible for me to think of them as having been entirely
accidental. The feeling is constantly growing on me that I had
been the first to hear the greeting of one planet to another. A
purpose was behind these electrical signals"
This incident was the first of many in
which Tesla intercepted what he felt were intelligent signals from
At the time, it was surmised by prominent scientists that
Mars would be a likely haven for intelligent life in our solar
system, and Tesla at first thought these signals may be originating
from the red planet. He would later change this viewpoint as he
became more adept at translating the mysterious signals. Near the
end of his life, Tesla had developed several inventions that
allegedly could send powerful amounts of energy to other planets.
In 1937, during one of his birthday press conferences, Tesla
"I have devoted much of my time over the years to the
perfecting of a new small and compact apparatus by which energy in
considerable amounts can now be flashed through interstellar space
to any distance without the slightest dispersion."
(New York Times,
July 11, 1937.)
Tesla never publicly revealed the technical details of his improved
transmitter, but in his 1937 announcement, he revealed a new formula
"The kinetic and potential energy of
a body is the result of motion and determined by the product of
its mass and the square of its velocity. Let the mass be
reduced, the energy is reduced by the same proportion. If it be
reduced to zero, the energy is likewise zero for any finite
(New York Sun, July 12, 1937, pg.
A Fear of Aliens
In the Tesla journals that he uncovered, Dale Alfrey noted that by
the 1920's Tesla had grown confident that he was able to make sense
of the strange radio broadcasts from space. However, soon
afterwards, Tesla began to expressed great concerns about beings
from other planets who had unsavory designs for planet Earth.
"The signals are too strong to have
traveled the great distances from Mars to Earth," wrote Tesla.
"So I am forced to admit to myself that the sources must come
from somewhere in nearby space or even the moon. I am certain
however, that the creatures that communicate with each other
every night are not from Mars, or possibly from any other planet
in our solar system."
Several years after Tesla announced his
reception of signals from space, Guglielmo Marconi also claimed to
have heard from an alien radio transmitter. However, Marconi was
just as quickly dismissed by his contemporaries, who claimed that he
had received interference from another radio station on Earth.
There is some public confirmation in the validity of the lost
journals and Tesla's belief in extraterrestrials and the importance
of communicating with them. As noted earlier, Arthur H. Mathews
claimed that Tesla had secretly developed the Teslascope for the
purpose of communicating with aliens. The late Dr.
interviewed Matthews for the Pyramid Guide, May-June & July-Aug.
1978. This interview revealed for the first time Matthews
connections to Tesla.
Arthur Matthews was born in England and his father was a laboratory
assistant to the noted physicist Lord Kelvin back in the 1890s.
Tesla came over to England to meet Kelvin... to convince him that
Alternating Current was more efficient than Direct Current. Kelvin
at that time opposed the AC movement.
In 1902, the Matthews family left England and immigrated to Canada.
When Matthews was 16 his father arranged for him to apprentice under
Tesla. He eventually worked for him and continued this alliance
until Tesla's death in 1943.
"It's not generally known, but Tesla
actually had two huge magnifying transmitters built in Canada,"
"I operated one of them. People
mostly know about the Colorado Springs transmitters and the
unfinished one on Long Island. I saw the two Canadian
transmitters. All the evidence is there."
Matthews stated that the Teslascope is
the thing Tesla invented to communicate with beings on other
planets. There's a diagram of the Teslascope in Matthews book,
Wall of Light.
"In principle, it takes in cosmic ray signals,"
"Eventually the signals are stepped
down to audio. Speak into one end, and the signal goes out the
other end as a cosmic ray emitter."
Matthews' diagrams of the Teslascope
make little electronic sense. No one has ever confirmed the reality
of the device. Matthews claims, however, that he built a model Tesla
Interplanetary Communications Set in 1947 and operated it
He suggested that due to the sets limited range, he was only able to
contact spacecraft operating near the earth. He had hoped to someday
build a set capable of communicating directly to the planets.
"Tesla had told me that beings from
other planets were already here," related Matthews. "He was very
afraid that they had been controlling man for thousands of years
and that we were simply test subjects for an experiment of
extremely long duration."
Matthews did not share in Tesla's
convictions that aliens may not have the Earth's best interests in
mind. His opinion was that if extraterrestrials were so advanced as
to be able to travel from solar system to solar system, then they
must also be socially advanced and peace-loving.
Matthews eagerness to continue experimenting with the Teslascope was
indicative of the early days of the so-called "modern UFO era." By
the 1950's, contactees such as George Adamski and Howard Menger were
writing books and lecturing to eager believers about the almost
god-like space brothers.
These UFO occupants claimed to be from almost every planet in the
solar system, with Venus and Mars being especially favored. The
space brothers preached a form of "New Age Space Religion," with
Utopian descriptions of their home worlds and denouncement of
mankind's warlike ways.
Tesla would certainly have felt vindicated by his earlier claims if
he had lived long enough to experience the modern UFO era. He
mentions in his journals his frustrating attempts to interest those
in the government or military about his theories. Apparently Tesla's
letters went unanswered - the question remains whether or not his
ideas were seriously considered or if he was thought of as simply a
Circumstantial evidence points to a certain amount of expectation by
the United States when the first UFOs were sighted during WWII. It
could be that Tesla's ideas had more impact, albeit secretly, than
Tesla ever imagined.
Nikola Tesla had suggested that he could transmit through the earth
and air, great amounts of power to distances of thousands of miles.
"I can easily bridge the gulf which
separates us from Mars, and send a message almost as easily as
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