Interest in UFOs is understandably wide spread not only in North America,
but virtually world-wide. Contemplation of the possibility that there might
be life beyond the planet earth has existed for many centuries. This
interest has accelerated tremendously in the twentieth century.
In less than a century humankind has advanced from the brief flight of the Wright brother's Kitty Hawk to manned space flights orbiting the earth, to landings on the moon, and space probes to the planets in our solar system which have sent back pictures with incredible detail.
Pulp science fiction writings early found their way to cinema. As the art and technology of cinematography have advanced during this century, these advances have quickly found their way into science fiction spectaculars. Both movies and television have showcased and popularized the idea of a world beyond out planet. In light of this, it should surprise no one that large proportions of people in the industrially developed world believe that there may be life beyond this planet.
And, furthermore, fairly large numbers of people are at least willing to entertain the possibility that our planet has been visited by extraterrestrials. So wide spread is the idea that our planet may have been visited by creatures of otter space, it would be hard to argue that this constitutes prima facie evidence of some kind of extraterrestrial spirituality. But there clearly is a rationale for arguing that there is a spiritual dimension involved in the regular consumption of UFO literature, participation in UFO conventions, and belonging to UFO groups.
But how are we to sort this all out? We suggest a simple five-fold typology that permits classification of most persons who have some interest in UFOs.
First, there are literally tens of millions of persons who might be classified as casual believers in extraterrestrial life. Within this category there exists a wide array of beliefs ranging from persons who accept what they believe to the likelihood that their is life "out there" to persons who take for granted that extraterrestrial life exists. Their level of interest in UFO related news stories is not paraticularly high. They might be may be compared to the person who often reads their horoscope but attributes no signifiant meaning to the content.
A second group might be characterized as client believers. This group of persons ranges from individuals who frequently consume UFO magazines as a form of entertainment, to persons who take the whole UFO phenomenon pretty seriously. They watch the skies, attend UFO conventions, and some regularly participate in UFO audience cults.
A third group do indeed take the search of evidence of extraterestrial very seriously. These are people who are genuinely UFologists. The high status members of this category are those who can offer creditable accounts (in the eyes of their follow travelers) of contact with alien beings. They publish articles and books, lecture, organize conferences, and create web sites. Many among this category seek to legitimate their activity by claiming the mantle of science. Indeed, some follow methods of research they consider to be consistent with scientific methodology.
Whitley Strieber's is a good example of a person with exceptionally high status among UFologists. His book Communion became a best seller, and later was made into a movie, transforming him into an international Ufology icon. For the most part, those who have bonified academic scientific credentials do not accept this group as legitimate scholars. Scientists' skepticism regarding personal claims of UFologists is an important reason they do not generally accept the work of dedicated UFOlogists as legitimate research. For example, Strieber claims to have been abducted by aliens. This is not a claim that scientists are prepared to accept. At least not until a network television film crew captures an incident live. Even then, skepticism would likely remain until a blue ribbon commission had verified that authenticity of the filming.
A fourth group see themselves as co-participants with extraterrestrials in activities of cosmic significance. There special status may be the result of extraterrestrials having selected them to prepare earthlings for the arrival of these god-like creatures. Or, they may be agents to whom God has assigned responsibilities in the great cosmic scheme of things. These are the tiny bans of UFO cults. They do not all see themselves as "religious" groups. Indeed, some vigorously deny that they are religious in character. But they share a common perception of themselves as having a special role in human destiny on this planet.
We are talking here about a very small group of people. Gordon Melton's Encyclopedia of American Religions identifies twenty-six Flying Saucer Cults. Only a small proportion have developed a theology and/or escatology. Many lack a strong commitment to the proselytization of the "truth" of UFOs. Rather, they appear to be at best loosely organized audience cults.
The final group in our typology are the scientists who seek dispassionately seek to learn whether there is any evidence to support the hypothesis of life beyond earth. Like most groups of scientists, they are skeptical of anyone who may encroach upon their domain of inquiry and authority, especially those who make claims in the name of science. And, like other scientists, they would hope for the availability of greater resources to pursue their research agenda.
- First, Heaven's Gate was the only group, to our knowledge, with a tightly organized communal living arrangement. This has important implications for collective decisions;
- Second, not only did it have a substantially complex theology, it also had an elaborate escatology (a branch of theology concerned with the end-times) that pointed to their central role;
- Third, with the benefit of hindsight, it might appear that the activities of this group had been pointing to its tragic conclusion for years. However, a diary of one of the members details discussions of terrestrial exits from Southern California before the appearance of the Hale Bopp comet. This suggests the attibution of extraordinary meaning to an event (the appearance of the comet) that is not so terriably common, but a natural reoccuring event. If their theology provided an interpretation of the appearance of Hale Bopp that lead them down the path toward mass suicide, the suicides were not an inevitable outsome of the theology. They might just as well have ended up taking terrestrial leave for another country, or different part of the country as they had done on so many occasions.
There were other features that make Heaven's Gate unique. Urantia, another exterrestrial group (profiled on this site) released a statement to the press detailing the differences between themselves and the Heaven's Gate cult. Other groups did the same. In short, there were many aspects of Heaven's Gate that made them sufficiently different that the presumption of traits among cults is not warranted.
This is an international UFO organization that claims to be dedicated to
world peace and enlightenment. In 1954, Sir King George was choosen to
found the Aetherius Society. Sir King George was a master at yoga, which
allowed him to gain control of a mystical power called Kundalini. He was
also taught how to gain telepathic communication with cosmic
In order for telepathy to occur, he was required to enter a "Positive Yogic Samadhic Trance" condition. It was in this type of highly elevated state of consciousness that he received messages from cosmic materials. He became the "Primary Terrestrial Mental Channel for the Cosmic Masters." All of the messages recieved by Sir King George were meticulously recorded for spiritual use.
These Cosmic Masters help mankind in several ways. Cosmic Masters send cosmic teachings through Sir King George. These teachings are considered "profound revelations...on the path towards Enlightenment." At certain times, Cosmic Masters send immense "spiritual energy" to Earth. These bursts of radiation are referred to as Spiritual Pushes. Any spiritualy minded person can use this energy for spiritual purposes.
The Aetherius Society believes that the human race is at a crossroad. One path, self inflicted by his own science and materialism, leads to damnation. The other, through the development of mankind's higher self and abiding by the Law of God, leads to a "New Age". The focus of the cosmic masters' teachings is on service. Service is the path to the "New Age." The following is part of a recorded teaching from Mars Sector 6:
"Serve - and the mighty power of kundalini will rise in natural, unforced fashion and open the chakra jewels in your higher bodies. In will pour inspiration and you will be standing on the verge of the initiation into Adeptship."The group also has a Cosmic Concept which explains its view of the Universe and mankind's role in it. According to this concept, when we master our lessons on Earth, we don't merge back with God, we move on. We continue along our journey back to God. We evolve, becoming closer to the "Spark of God" inside us. We leave the cycle of rebirth. We construct a more subtle and lasting body. From this point, there is a choice to be made.
--Mars Sector 6 from The Nine Freedoms
There will shortly come Another among you. He will stand tall among men with a shining countenance. This One will be attired in a single garment of the type now known to you. His shoes will be soft-topped, yet not made of the skin of animals. He will approach the Earth leaders. They will ask of Him, His credentials. He will produce these. His magic will be greater than any upon Earth - greater than the combined materialistic might of all the armies. And they who heed not His words, shall be removed from the Earth. This Rock is now Holy - and will remain so for as long as the World exists. Go ye forth and spread My Word throughout the World, so that all men of pure heart may prepare for His coming.To learn more about the Aetherius Society, visit the Aetherius Society Profile on this web site. You may also visit the Aetherius official homepage and/or their "Learning Links" page.
--A Lord of Karma
--November 23, 1958
Unarius Academy of Science
The Unarius Academy of Science, was founded by Dr. Ernest L. and Ruth E.
Norman in 1954. The group is a "nonprofit, educational and scientific
institution and a membership organization". The word Unarius stands for
UNiversal ARticulate Interdimensional
Understanding of Science.
The group teachs a corrective and preventive psychotherapy based on reincarnation, a curriculum of self-mastery which explains the interactive, and regenerative function of the mind and brain-body system. Unarius also attempts to explain the origin of atomic life within new interdimensional science. The group participates in an "inner directed study of the mind." Its purpose is to awaken the individual to previous life encounters, and the reality of one's spiritual connection.
As cosmic visionaries, the Normans are pioneers of logic and reason, in order to bring man to an understanding of the principle of evolutionary physics. The Unarius Academy also provides realistic models which answer man's desire to know of himself.
The importance it to the individual progress in his evolution, because society has regressed greatly over many hundreds of thousands of years. The Unarius curriculum is a `Science of Life,' which when applied, places the individual on a higher position in his spiritual evolution. "A progressive evolution is a 'must' if one is to survive - Spiritually!"
The Unarius Academy of Science prophesized that in the year 2001 Earth will be visited by the Muons of Planet Myton from the Pleiades on a mission of peace.Others on extraterrestrial planets in our galaxy realize danger to the evolutionary continuity of not only earth, but other planets. Man is not alone in the Universe and the landing of this spaceship will not be the last. It is a preparatory development to bring the natural evidence of life on other planets and of other civilizations to mankind on Earth. This preparation is the first stage in the alignment of 33 planets, of which Earth is thirty-third and final member, "forming an Interplanetary Confederation for the Spiritual Renaissance of Humankind on Earth."
This prophecy raises the question: Who are the Pleiadeans? The Pleiadeans are individuals living on seven planets called the Pleiadean Cluster of planets within the constellation of Taurus. The Uranius Academy's history mentions the Pleiadeans as a positive force who are "cosmic visionaries with an understanding of their spiritual identity". The Pleiadeans are "Space Brothers" who work for the benefit of humankind, by preparing to leave their home and remain on Earth during the development that will initiate a spiritual renaissance. The Pleiadeans will gain spiritual acceptance through the introduction of advanced devices to correct disease of the mind and the body. They will also give us information that will raise the "consciousness of humankind and our connection to other planets forming the Interplanetary Confederation". Another prophecy: A Pleiadean starship will land on a rising portion of Atlantis in the area of the Bermuda Triangle in the Caribbean Sea in the year 2001.
The history of our planet describes the rise and fall of civilizations. Such history reflects the "war between darkness and light, between materialism and spirit posed against the backdrop of regressive and progressive evolution". Planets that were positively biased taught the principles that led to the development of the higher consciousness. Alternatively, the materially biased worlds emphasized the physical brain/body system. The purpose of life is to evolve all of its organisms. Therefore it is the responsibility and of each person to know of his cosmic structure. The Interplanetary Confederation is a larger wheel, a vortex of great power made up of 33 worlds and the billions of people who are attuned to a higher frequency. Such a consciousness extending the principle of love in action would mean the end of all war, poverty, and disease. All institutions that form the culture of society will reflect a new spiritual force in the realization that we are all brothers and sisters of the infinite under the guidance of advanced spiritual beings.
For a more detailed account of the Unarius Academy and its beliefs, we invite you to visit the Unarius Academy of Science Profile , on this site. You may also access their official homepage.
International Raelian Movement
The Raelian Movement claims that: it is highly beneficial to everyone, it
stands for the most basic of human rights, and the values are essential for
the survival of humanity. Annual two-week seminars teach these values, and a
philosophy of life based on the latest developments in science and
demystification of religion.
The seminars are run by recognized scientists, doctors, theologians and psychologists and through techniques of meditation, enable the 300-700 participants to create a marked improvement in their mental, emotional and physical well being.
Raelian values include:
This UFO organization was founded in the early 1950's by Dr. William S. Sadler. The group is commonly known for their Urantia Book, with over 2,000 pages of their history and beliefs.
To learn more about the Urantian Brotherhood, please visit the Urantian Profile on this web site. The most extensive on line resource for information on the Urantia Book my be found at the web site of the Fellowship for Readers of the Urantia Book.
UFOmind Paranormal Research Index
This site claims to be the "world's largest and best organized paranormal
website in the world." On the day we created this link, they claimed 1894
links to pages to off the site. We havn't counted them, but there are
clearly a lot of links. And, they are well organized with search engines to
help you locate what you are looking for. It is truly an impressive
accomplishment. By all means, go poke around on this site. Before you go,
make a bookmark. When you want to examine the spirital or religious
dimensions of UFOs, check out the materials on this
Heavensgate (There is also a
site on the UVA server.) This site was created by the once popular "Do"
of "Do and Ti" (formerly known as "Bo and Peep" ) and relays a detailed list
of ways by which the human population can strive to enter the Next Kingdom
Level Above Human. In addition to this, many of the fundamental concepts of
all UFO Cults are presented (with some variations of course). The basic
theme of this site is that of becoming one of the chosen few to enter the
Next Kingdom Level Above Human when the world is "spaded under" or when the
aliens decide that they no longer need our planet. The members of this cult
committed mass suicide on Wednesday, March 26,1997. The site is still fully
accessible, just as the members left
Heaven's Last Mission to This Civilization This link is of particular interest after the group's mass suicide. Heavensgate wrote a book detailing what will come to pass when the extra-terrestrials leave this planet to return to the Next Kingdom Level Above Human. They will take with them only those who have broken all ties with mammalian behavior.
Sociology 257-Heavensgate Profile This site was created after the mass suicide of the cult. It contains the group profile, a bibliography, links to developing news stories on the group, and a mirrored site of their official homepage. http://religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu/nrms/heavgateindex.html
Tens of thousands of people have written science fiction, and the number writing about science fiction isn't much smaller. Few have combined a knowledge of science fiction with an understanding of our cultural infatuation with space flight, science fiction and UFOs. William Sims Bainbridge, one of the most respected sociologists of religion in the world, has long been interested in these topics and has pursued an avocation of applying his considerable sociological knowledge to understanding these phenomena. Tucked away on a page he calls "The Question Factory" are many of his writings over the past quarter-of-a-century. This site is highly recommended as a gateway for broadening your understanding about how spaceflight and science fiction have shaped popular culture. One is only able to gleen insights as to the fundamental spiritual nature of interest in spaceflight
Homepage of the International
The Aetherius Society, founded in 1955, is an International Brotherhood devoted to world peace. This site explores it teachings and practices.
Unarius Academy of
The Unarius Academy of Science was founded by Ernest and Ruth Norman in 1954. The Normans have both passed on to the next level and left the group in the good hands of Dr. Charles L. Spiegel. The group predicts a landing of space people in 2001. Access to the teaching of the group are available throught this page.
Earthpages Earthpages dances around a lot of interesting topics relating to the spiritual dimensions of ETs and UFOs in delightful and provocative ways. Jung, paranormal, New Age, Angels, mysticism and a new twist on the Monroe Doctrine and the some of the topics that are tied to the world beyond our world. http://www.freeyellow.com:8080/members7/earthpages/
Invasion From Mars?
The Link Between Antichrist and Mars This page argues the proposition
that the the Cydonia region of Mars was not only been inhabited, but the
knowledge of this has been available to us for a long time in the
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