George King in 1959

In August 2012 a blog was posted by the BBC’s Adam Curtis regarding a programme made in 1959 by the BBC called ‘Mars and Venus speak to Earth’, which was a studio interview with a man called George King. The half hour programme included the presenter, along with two professionals on hand – a Cambridge University astronomer, Dr. Dewhurst, and a Jungian psychiatrist who remained anonymous – to make their assessments of Mr. King.

Curtis’ blog included a video of the programme, but here’s what he actually says in his blog:

To celebrate today’s successful landing on Mars I thought I would show a film of a man who claimed to have got to Mars a long time ago. He did this back in the late 1950s by communicating telepathically with the beings who inhabited the Red Planet. He also claimed that his mother went there on a UFO. And what’s more the BBC took him very seriously.

He was called George King. He was a London taxi driver who back in 1956 had a strange experience. He was washing the dishes when he heard a voice which said:

Prepare yourself. You are about to become the voice of Interplanetary Parliament.

As a result, George King founded the Aetherius Society – which still exists today. His aim was to spread the messages that he received from what he called The Space People.

In 1959 the BBC made a half hour programme about Mr King, his strange cosmic experiences and his ideas. It is one of the most wonderful, odd and touching films I have ever found in the BBC archives.

George King is allowed in the programme to describe what happened to him at length – and the interviewer takes him completely seriously. The result is extraordinary – Mr King tells how the space people have given him a name – they call him “Mental Channel No. 1”, how he has met people from Mars, Venus and Saturn and has “telepathic rapport” with them.

The interviewer then asks for proof that he really has met these people. George King says that his mother has proved it. She did this, he says, by being picked up by a UFO and then travelling through space to meet one of the people who regularly communicates with him.

So that proves that – he says.

And they then play the tape recording of his mother describing her interplanetary flight.

And then it gets weirder. The interviewer asks George King to contact – and channel – one of these beings. And he agrees. What then happens is just brilliant.

The film begins, appropriately, with Mars speaking to Earth. It ends – as all good programmes did in those days – with a Jungian consultant psychiatrist assessing George King’s claims.

Extracts of this 1959 programme crop up here and there on YouTube and elsewhere, and of course they are usually  as a source of amusement in one way or another. But however the quality and content of that programme are perceived today, it is clear that at one time the world did have an interest in this strange man George King.

Television was relatively new and seemingly naïve at the time, and you could argue that programmes were produced about any old subject going. But in 1959 the UFO phenomenon was at its height in the media and the public’s imagination. The Cold War was in full swing, and since 1945 we had proved that we were capable of completely annihilating our planet – the constant threat of nuclear war hung over us. And since the mid 1940’s the so-called ‘flying saucers’ had grabbed media attention and were making front page news. So, a man claiming to be a ‘contactee’ of beings from other worlds – who were able to fly through space in vehicles beyond our comprehension – was naturally of some interest to TV.

The aim of cult leaders and charlatan gurus is to acquire a devoted following, which often leads to fame and fortune – sometimes to a dazzling degree. But the obvious, glaring question is: if George King was a deluded cult leader of a so-called ‘UFO religion’, claiming to be the ‘channel’ through which beings from other worlds communicated to Earth, then why did he pass up his best possible opportunity – a slot on prime-time television – to draw in as many potential followers as possible?

During the interview, the presenter asks George King if he would be able to go into trance so that one of these people from space could speak through him. He agrees, and prepares to go into trance by covering up his eyes with what appear to be blacked-out eye patches, and then carrying out some deep breathing. After a few moments his head suddenly jerks back, his throat clears and a ‘voice’ with a polished English accent greets us with ‘Good evening, my dear friends’. The presenter asks who is addressing, and the voice says he is ‘known as Aetherius’. The Presenter asks where he is from, and ‘Aetherius’ says he is ‘from Venus’, and he goes on to say that he has been ‘visiting Earth for 18,000,000 years’. He also says that ‘Earth faces a certain situation, which can be described as a dangerous one, because of atomic experimentation and deviation from the spiritual laws’.

Then it gets interesting.

Presenter: Is there one single message that you would like to give us this evening? I’m afraid it must be brief – you’ll understand that.

 Aetherius: Yes. I would like to say this: if you are a Christian, then live the laws as laid down by Jesus. If you are a Buddhist, live the laws as laid down by Buddha. If you are a Hindu, then be the best Hindu. This procedure is the one true way for men of Earth to save themselves from their lower aspects.

Presenter: Thank you Aetherius very much indeed.

 Aetherius: Goodnight.

The couple of minutes that follow were somewhat bizarre and a little uncomfortable, as the presenter immediately turns to the two experts to discuss, while the camera remains on George King as his head slumps back, and then drops forward, as in a state of collapse. The other three politely ignore this strange behaviour and continue their discussion – the camera alternating between the on-going discussion and George King, who clearly seems to be in some anguish. He eventually regains his composure and is again attentive to the discussion. An accomplished act? Or a phenomenally momentous event?

The point is, if George King was a deluded crackpot or charlatan, there are many alternative announcements he could have made (as the ‘voice’ of Aetherius) to exploit his big TV moment and attract a mass following e.g. ‘Listen to George King – only he can save you. We plan to attack Earth and weed out all those who do not heed George King and they will perish’. Indeed it was impressive enough to have been invited by the BBC onto a television programme whose sole topic was him and his claims; he had a blank canvas and could have said anything he liked to draw in gullible followers.

But if you consider, with only a few moments window in which to give an important message to the world, surely the words of ‘Aetherius’ could not have been more profound. Imagine if you were a concerned outsider looking in on a world which, in just the first half of the 20th century, had suffered the deaths of around 150,000,000 people through two world wars and numerous other conflicts, and was now entering yet another stand-off, with weapons capable of causing Armageddon, what few words of advice would you offer to such a struggling, savage and bloodthirsty race?

If ‘Aetherius’ was an advanced being from another world with technology and knowledge beyond our comprehension, why would he use these few moments to focus on some of our major religions and their followers? And there is no suggestion in the message that people should quit their religion and their beliefs – despite the fact that they have been corrupted, misunderstood and fought over for centuries. In truth, when we look closely at the major religions, all have fundamentally similar teachings: love, tolerance, understanding, compassion, peace. The ‘voice’ simply says be the best you can and follow the precepts of your teachings in order to transcend the negative, destructive tendencies inherent in mankind; the ‘lower aspects’ such as hate, jealousy, greed and so on. If all followers of religion, indeed all people, were to do that, wouldn’t the world be a much better place?

George King was clearly not looking for popularity. To make such extraordinary claims in front of an intellectual, scientific panel, is asking for a tough time – opening himself up to ridicule. Adam Curtis says ‘George King is allowed to explain at length what happened to him’ – for a man to explain such experiences fully, surely it would take hours, but George King had minutes – not much of an ‘allowance’ then. His answers were very brief and to the point, without emotion, and with an air of detachment. He made no attempt to defend himself or contest in any way the comments made by the two guests – in fact he placed himself directly in the firing line. In the eyes of most people this would seem crazy – he must have been crackers. So why did he bother?

If George King was a crackpot cult leader pretending to act out a trance state in an attempt to entice devotees, what was the point of deferring to mainstream religions and making an appeal to their followers? Any religious leader could have done that. And isn’t it odd how the collective brain power of the intellectuals sitting opposite George King in the studio managed to overlook this most crucial point? If the ‘voice of Aetherius’ was really an extraterrestrial intelligence speaking through a medium, then this message had to be the main purpose of George King’s appearance on the programme. Or, there was no purpose, and George King really was crazy and deluded. It’s one or the other. But then we could make the point that extra-terrestrials and spaceships don’t exist – as all men of science and rational thinkers would agree – so it had to be all a hoax. But more on that point later.

Adam Curtis, like many others before him, had an easy time deriding claims that, on the surface, seem utterly ridiculous in the light of our present scientific dogma, and worthy of some light-hearted ribbing. But, as is always the case, we berate anything we don’t understand or fear. Perhaps the claims of George King might have been more credible if he had been a politician, a TV celebrity, or an Oxford University professor. I think not. Whatever his background, any claims outside of scientific understanding are always met with disparagement.

There are so many deluded people in the world peddling all kinds of claims and theories, we would be fools if we believed them all, and it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff – most of us simply don’t have the time, or the inclination. So we label it all as absurd, laugh at it, then forget about it. But making an assessment of George King in the way Adam Curtis did, is like dropping in to the cinema to watch three seconds of a film, and then leaving, thinking you know what that film was all about. In one sense Curtis wasn’t wrong to take such an approach – on the face of it the whole thing does seem utterly absurd. But let’s take a closer look to see how cranky, if at all, George King really was.

To our conditioned thinking, George King simply falls into one of two categories: a crackpot crank, of which there are many – or a super-human beyond our comprehension, of which there are virtually none. Two famous quotations come to mind here:  E.F. Schumacher’s “Cranks cause revolutions” and Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s “When you’re one step ahead of the crowd, you’re a genius. When you’re two steps ahead, you’re a crackpot”.

Looking more closely at the story of this man George King, it soon becomes clear that it is a truly colossal and enigmatic one which can’t be told simply and chronologically; attempting to explain one part of it throws up another ten questions. And the assertions he made challenge much of what we think we know about ourselves, our beliefs, our world, and indeed the cosmos. Listening to some of the hundreds of talks and lectures given by him throughout his life – often on subjects which have remained misunderstood or inexplicable for centuries – one could be in no doubt as to his knowledge and ability to present such difficult subjects rationally and comprehensibly; though I have found from experience that the magnitude of the subject matter can take some time to sink in – listening carefully again and again becomes essential, and seems to throw up evermore information. He knew only too well that much of the information he imparted would be difficult for many people to swallow, which is probably why he often remarked that people shouldn’t take his word for things, but find out for themselves. Following that advice, I found it necessary to investigate other fields of inquiry for verification of his assertions – rather than simply taking the word of this man, I wanted some proof, or corroboration from other sources. And to my amazement, I always found it. Everything checked out.

This man George King did indeed work as a taxi driver at one time to support himself financially as a young man living in London; this fact is often used by those intent on mockery – particularly the British press – because the juxtaposition of taxi driver and ‘voice of Inter-Planetary Parliament’ works nicely to get a laugh. This London taxi driver had also worked as a farm hand in his youth; he saw active service with the London fire brigade during the blitz; he was a crew member of a boat involved in the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940; worked for an oil company after the war; raced motorcycles and cars in hill-climb events; he worked as a chauffeur, and also had a spell as a test-driver for Jaguar cars, as his abilities as a driver were considered to be outstanding.

But these worldly capabilities have little or nothing to do with his extra-ordinary claims which attracted the critical interest in the first place. The scientists and the media have all missed the crucial point – have made a monumental oversight. In fact the entire world has virtually walked by this giant mountain without even noticing it. The extra-terrestrial aspect is really only the tip of the iceberg – it is the spiritual and mystical which lie at the base of this entire story, and without these everything concerned with George King’s claims has little credibility.  It explains how this Englishman pursued an ancient and precarious path more common to certain aspirants of the East, and which ultimately led to abilities way beyond the comprehension of our so-called modern, 21st century world. But the words spiritual and mystical are a turn-off for most people in western society today,  harking back to some hippy ethos, or the modern-day so-called new age pick-and-mix philosophy; the religious see spiritual as heretical, and science sees it as meaningless fairy tales – unscientific. But the difference between George King and other spiritual teachers is that he regarded it all as scientific – metaphysical; just a different branch of science and philosophy that we are all yet to get properly acquainted with.

What Science Doesn’t Yet Understand About The Human Body

Science has done so much for our understanding of the human body, of that there is no doubt. But, because of its restrictive approach in determining what it regards as pseudo-science, it remains ignorant about many as yet undetectable elements of the human body, which mysticism has known of for thousands of years; the greatest secrets are yet to be discovered by ‘conventional’ science, and they will remain secret if scientists persist in maintaining such a blinkered approach.

Consciousness is a hotly debated topic among scientists and philosophers, and has been for a very long time. But still, nobody can pin it down. Though with the theories of Quantum Physics science has edged closer to an understanding of it. In the brilliant book ‘Space-Time and Beyond’ first published in 1975 (a favourite of theoretical physicist Professor Jim Al-Khalili) Bob Toben and Fred Alan Wolf speculate with theoretical physicists – using simple hand-drawn diagrams – on the nature of consciousness and try ‘to connect the wisdom of thousands of years of spiritual thought with the most recent theories of quantum physics… to reach toward an explanation of the unexplainable’. Bob Toben says in his foreword: ‘Paths are opening that will allow us to break out of our circle of limited awareness. Consciousness is the totality beyond space-time – what may in essence be the real “I”. We have come to know that consciousness and energy are one; that all of space-time is constructed by consciousness; that our normal perception of reality is a composite of an indefinite number of universes in which we coexist; and that what we perceive as ourselves is only the localized  projection of the totality of our true selves’.

The bottom line here is – and science is fully aware of this – that what we perceive as reality is simply an illusion; ancient knowledge which is now corroborated by quantum theory. Yet science still will not accept the ancient wisdom of mysticism, even though physicist Professor Brian Cox remarked on a recent TV programme that ‘scientists are interested in mysticism’. And why? Because science and mysticism now overlap in many ways. And yet, we talk of these two branches as separate, when in truth they are one – both scientific.

And so, rather than remain in ignorance like Adam Curtis and so many before him, it is crucial to shed light on the background of Dr. George King, and to understand something of what this term ‘Master of Yoga’ actually means – it is the basis of the whole story.

Chakras Image 3

The illustration shown above is an 18th century scroll from Rajasthan. It depicts certain aspects of the human body which are invisible to the human eye, yet have been known of for thousands of years. But to most of us this fact means nothing, we would just dismiss it as fantasy. The fact is, these are some of the most important aspects to understand when we begin the quest to find out who we are, what we are, what we’re doing here, and ultimately, where we’re going. And every human on Earth is faced with these questions at some point.

Ancient writings such as the Upanishads and the Vedas – colossal and complex texts from India – were sacred manuals for spiritual aspirants in pursuit of certain mystical goals. The painting is an illustration of what in Sanskrit is known as the ‘Chakras’ – a term which is quite common in the west today in most new age and spiritual terminology – you don’t have to look far today to find a modern diagram depicting the Chakras amongst the mass of mind, body, spirit sections in bookshops. But not one single book will explain exactly what these Chakras are and what their purpose is.


In fact the concept of Chakras was first introduced to the West in the early 20th century by Sir John Woodroffe, a translator of ancient Sanskrit texts, and also by the Theosophists from that era, such as Charles LeadBeater, Madame Blavatsky and Alice Bailey. But these explanations are always excruciatingly verbose – none of them, not even the ancient texts themselves, give a clearer explanation than that of Dr. George King. Modern descriptions are academic, but that of Dr. George King’s was evidently empirical.

Dr. King explained that these seven Chakras are the main psychic centres of the human body, but by no means the only psychic centres. In a lecture devoted to the subject he said:

If they were visible to the human eye they would look a bit like large flowers, such as the Lotus, extending on stems from the spinal column. They are in truth vortices of energy – like whirlpools. The centres look like water containing many colours, swirling down a plug hole, but moving at tremendous velocity. These vortices exist within the aura, or auric envelope of man – the subtle counter-part of the physical body. All living things – even all things – have an aura, a subtle counter-part, like an energy field which is still physical, but of much finer matter that we can’t see it, and is often termed the astral body.

The purpose of these Chakras, or psychic centres, is the exchange of energies; everything is a form of energy, and everything is Mind or consciousness. Psychologists think that the brain is the Mind – but Mind is something out there – is everything – the brain is simply a translating instrument for this information. Scientists may ask how Mind gets from out there all around us into the brain, apart from the usual physical senses; the ancient Yogi’s knew that it was through the psychic centres. But over thousands of years these psychic centres have become virtually blocked up in normal man, and there is only a trickle of energy getting through; enough to sustain us at the basic functioning level, but little more.

We have two physical bodies – the physical and the auric. And two nervous systems – the physical and the subtle. There is no English term for the subtle nervous system, so we use the Sanskrit word Nadis, and there are around 242,000 of these subtle nerves in the auric counterpart of the body.

It is important to note here that even today, scientists simply cannot understand ‘mind’ – they think that the brain is responsible for everything, though they have observed that ‘bits of mind’ exist in other parts of the body, such as the viscera, where certain thoughts or reactions seem to come from. And they are under the illusion that they may one day come across some deep, hidden part of the brain which is responsible for how we are able to stand back and observe our own mind thinking and creating thoughts.

People who demonstrate certain ‘supernatural’ or psychic abilities, such as seeing discarnate entities, may have certain centres functioning better than most people, for various reasons. And when we sense something intuitively, or receive great inspiration from seemingly nowhere, this can be the result of a centre operating more than usual. But overall, mankind is closed to these aspects. George King said:

It is the birthright of man that the ‘subtle eyes’ of man be opened up, and to those who begin to open the psychic centres, there is a whole new world of information and activity available. In essence it is about opening these centres and controlling the energy that flows in and out of them. If these floodgates are working fully and correctly, Man can see the subtle planes; if a person is ailing; if he will ail; what he was in past lives. The Seer has all the vortices of power, or Chakras, working correctly and in unison, and can tap all levels of Mind.

It is essential to life that these main psychic centres function to a small degree – if they didn’t, we wouldn’t exist. And there are many reasons why these centres are virtually blocked up. But how to claim our ‘birthright’ and open up these centres fully is a very big subject; through his own experiences of advanced Yoga techniques, George King was able to explain this aspect our being like few had ever done before him, and he did so in a matter-of-fact scientific way for modern people in a scientific age. But one final word about opening up these psychic centres more fully.

In 1953 Aldous Huxley – driven by his desire to understand human consciousness – experimented by taking a small amount of the drug mescalin, an experience he recounts in his 1954 essay The Doors of Perception; ‘when he opened his eyes he found everything, from a vase of flowers to the creases in his trousers, was completely transformed’. Huxley had a life-long interest in mysticism, and here he had discovered a life-changing mystical experience. Indeed I personally know individuals who have experienced the same perceptions with psilocybin mushrooms – or magic mushrooms – where the most mundane objects seem to come to life, and everything is experienced as if for the first time, with sizzling, vibrant magnificence – essentially glimpsing the reality that everything is in truth alive, even the inanimate; just as we now know scientifically that what we perceive as solid is in fact more empty space than matter, with all the atoms fizzing and jumping around within a field of energy. But I also know that over a period of regular ingesting of these mushrooms, some of the individuals became mentally troubled in their everyday lives, and were forced to take certain measures in order to return to normality.

In 2015 Graham Hancock published the book Divine Spark which is a collection of essays by different people regarding the use of psychedelic drugs as a way to understanding consciousness. And Hancock recounts his own experiences in South America with the brew ayahuasca. In the book Hancock advocates the controlled use of such psychedelics as a way to deeper spiritual experience; “I suspect the real breakthroughs in our understanding of consciousness are going to come from psychedelics” he says.

But the problem with all this psychedelic drug experimentation is that there is one colossal misunderstanding.

The belief is – as science would tell you – that the brain, or mind, is being altered – which is incorrect. The truth is that one or more of the psychic centres are being artificially stimulated and opened more than usual – it is simply that the brain is the interpreter of the information received through these centres; precisely what the Yogi experiences after years of arduous practises, and these experiences have been well documented throughout history – before we knew anything about the atomic structure of matter – and right up to recent times, including George King, as described in the next section below. The parallels that exist between our scientific observations in quantum physics and the descriptions recorded by the Yogi are one of the reasons why scientists have an interest in mysticism.

But the difference between the mystical experience of the Yogi and the drug-taker is that the Yogi has control, and has over many years trained and prepared his mind and body, and earned such experiences; trying to bypass the hurdles – the karmic walls – which need to be overcome before enjoying such experiences, is very dangerous and can ultimately lead to serious damage; “there are no short-cuts” as George King said. Just because ancient shamans took these substances to open up a porthole into other worlds does not mean it was the correct thing to do – it was very much the wrong thing to be doing. We have this quaint idea that because something was done in the past by ancient indigenous peoples, it must be wise. And Graham Hancock is making a huge mistake in advocating such folly. For someone to simply take a substance like DMT and have their consciousness blasted from their body into another dimension to encounter other beings is a dangerous practise; a sudden unprepared opening of a psychic centre in such a way can have serious adverse effects; it’s a shock for the unprepared. But it is also true that individuals can return from such an experience permanently changed in a way that it has opened up a portal of understanding taking them to new levels. But where they take it from there is the question, and repeating the experience may not prove equally beneficial; it really is a roll of the dice, completely uncontrolled.

Drugs have been a part of human culture for a very long time, and today society has a choice of recreational substances available as never before, with a demand as never before – and consequently an industry worth billions. We know something of the possible physical and mental damage of drug use, though many foolishly oppose this notion regarding the so-called softer substances.

However, there is another huge misunderstanding where the damage caused by drug use is concerned, and that is the effect they have on the subtle bodies of our structure. George King stated very clearly that drug use damages the etheric body – the aura – and prolonged use has devastating effects on this subtle part of our being. He said that when such damage is done, it will affect the individual not just in this lifetime, but also in two or three subsequent incarnations on this physical realm – a major subject I discuss more fully in my other article.


The Primal Energy and the whole purpose of life

The illustration of the 18th century scroll above also attempts to depict another fundamental aspect of the human body of which mainstream science still remains unaware, but which Dr. King termed ‘The Primal Energy’: the energy which animates life – the energy that operates constantly every moment of our life, yet all the while lies in an almost dormant state. But when released in its fullest form, has the potential to entirely transform, or destroy. There is no western name for this energy, but for centuries it has been known in Sanskrit as Kundalini.

The word itself translates as ‘coiled-up’, which is why it is often referred to in ancient writings as a snake or serpent. And it resides at the very base of the spine in every human being. Though as yet there have been no mainstream scientific endeavours to detect it, it manifests itself in our every movement – from the lifting of our little finger to running a marathon.

A huge amount has been said, and written about, this seemingly mysterious force over many centuries. But it’s only in the last hundred years or so that the West has become aware of it, and nowadays writings on the subject are ubiquitous and usually mislead. Some authors describe experiences that may well be genuine, but in truth are simply minor distractions and phenomena on the long arduous route to the summit – Enlightenment.

One particular well established organization is the Institute For Consciousness Research. Its website speaks with some authority on Kundalini, and stresses the point that this force needs to be scientifically studied. All very encouraging. But the bottom line is that this organization is based on the writings and experiences of Gopi Krishna – an Indian man who had remarkable experiences with the energy of Kundalini, and wrote at great length about these experiences in his book Kundalini – The Evolutionary Energy In Man; an excellent and often terrifying account of how wrong it can all go if procedures are not carried out correctly. This organization is yet another that believes it has the truth about Kundalini, and says on its website: ‘Gopi Krishna is widely recognized as having done more to advance our understanding of Kundalini than anyone else in modern times. He has put this amazing aspect of our nature in a logical, consistent and scientific light, and presented us with a new understanding of the goal of evolution, both as individuals and as a species’. This organization is somewhat misinformed, and bases itself on the experiences of a spiritual aspirant who did an excellent job in drawing the attention of the west to this unknown energy in man, but actually failed in his attempt to reach the summit, and failed to fully understand and explain Kundalini.

Regarding a full understanding and explanation of Kundalini, George King stands supreme – this may sound an exaggeration, but it is well-founded. And the Institute For Consciousness Research would do well to take note. Of all the books ever written, and information available across the internet today, there is no simpler or scientific an explanation of Kundalini than that given by Dr. George King. And this is what he says in a recorded lecture delivered in America in the 1970’s:

What is the significance of these? [the psychic centres] Why have this tremendous energy? Well, we know that we react to outside impulses through our nervous system – through our so-called senses. You may have also heard that there is such a thing as a sixth sense. Now, we have heard many, many times of cases of people having a sixth sense – something above the normal five senses. Well, there are a lot more senses than even a sixth sense. But I believe there are at least nine senses which man possesses. There are four more senses than normal materialistic man is aware of – at least that. And there are possibly more. We also know that in our lives we have before now become aware of things, possibly before they happen, possibly while they are happening in another part of the world. And we have had premonitions. We have even seen and spoken to people who have lived on earth and passed on. We have seen what are commonly called ghosts. We have spoken to such apparitions. We have also been aware, many times, of telepathy.

When mankind made a great cyclotron to split the atom, he was only copying a part of his body. Some of the wisest advice ever given to man at any time, was given by the ancients when they said that there is nothing outside; you cannot invent, or think into being, or bring into being any single invention, whether it’s a motor car, or a telephone exchange, a great ocean liner, or a, helicopter – not one single invention that is not a copy of one of the organs of your body. I defy you – I defy the whole of the world – to bring forth one invention that is not a copy of some internal bodily organ. You can’t do it – it isn’t possible for you.

A cyclotron is plain and simple a copy of the spinal column. And at the bottom of the spinal column there is an atom, or even two or three atoms of substance. And that substance is known by many names. We prefer the name, I think, Kundalini. Call it the serpent power, call it the primeval force – whatever you like, it doesn’t matter what you call it at all. And it’s there at the bottom of the spine, radiating energy which travels up through the spine – through the subtle nervous centres, as well as along the nerve sheaths. And it reacts with other energies coming into the body, and the result of this reaction is various physical movements. For instance, without using the power of Kundalini I could not speak, neither could I blink the eyes, neither could I swallow etc. Even though this is the case, in most men – in the vast majority – this is dormant.

If you got together one atom of substance – shall we say an atom of Radium. And supposing you could do this, and you left it for ten thousand years, it will continue radiating energy – radioactivity – for ten thousand years – two million years – until it has finished. And the result of this radiation would be lead. This is one way that scientists work out the age of the earth, by the way – by the lead deposits on the earth – the lead which at one time was Radium. And when all the radioactivity has been given off, it leaves this inert mass which we call lead. Supposing you released this energy – not over two million years, but in ten seconds – what would happen? You would have such a force that it would be tremendous.

The hydrogen bomb is a similar force to what we are talking about, only with the hydrogen bomb the rays which come off are deadly to mankind. With the atoms of this mysterious power called Kundalini, they are not deadly to mankind, but are the very life of mankind. Supposing that the Kundalini within your spine, instead of radiating for thousands of years, or even millions of years, which it will in one way or another – either in the physical or subtle spine – supposing the energy is released at once. And, unlike the hydrogen bomb, which is uncontrolled, supposing it released and controlled – what happens? Jesus, Buddha, Sankara, Patanjali, Confucious, and so on, and so on. The few Great Ones, standing, towering above the majority of mankind – millions of years ahead of the masses. The difference? A split up of these atoms and the control of resultant power released.

So we split these atoms and the Kundalini is raised up the spine. Again, what happens? As it comes through each psychic centre in turn, that centre comes into its own, and it begins to function. And great energy is drawn into the body, and pushed out from the body. Tremendous energies. Powers come: clairvoyance, psychometry, telepathy, projection, and so on, and so on. Then, it’s controlled again, and the powers are rejected, which they have to be – that’s the great temptation – and then again it’s risen to the next psychic centre,and the powers come higher still, and so on, until it reaches the Christ centre. And you can leave the earth whenever you wish. You are now a Great Master.

This is an unprecedented description of Kundalini which supersedes anything that has ever been said or written about it before. George King describes it – almost scientifically – from his own experience – arduous practises undertaken over many years – the result being his achievement of ‘Enlightenment’ – that grossly misunderstood word talked about by many but rarely understood. And the part about the energy being released in one go with the result being Masters like Jesus and others, will sound utterly bizarre to most people, and tantamount to gross heresy in the eyes of the Christian church. But I’ll explain that a little later. He goes on to say:

Kundalini herself is situated at the base of the spine, where the great magnetic vortex is. And to get up to the top it must travel through Sushumna – it cannot travel any other way. [George King once explained that ‘Sushumna’ (a sanskrit word) is an actual channel in the spine about 100th the thickness of a human hair which stretches the length of the spine from the base to the brain] As it comes up, it burns up certain wrong attributes of mankind. Because through here (the psychic centres) these are all brains – and through these vortexes of power, certain aspects of mind enter. Mind doesn’t just enter at the head, it enters at the psychic centres, which are different frequencies of mind. And as Kundalini comes up the spine, so your brain – this part of your brain (the head) becomes more sensitized, so that you can tune into higher frequencies of Mind. That’s why it gives you illumination.

It’s rather like having a wireless set in a huge box, and put just a few valves here, and a little circuit in this corner – all the rest of it you don’t bother with. And you plug it in and get the station two miles down the road, but no other station Then you start to experiment, and you begin to activate and use the rest of the cabinet – or if the cabinet has been used, you replace the dud valves. Get your soldering iron, join the circuits together, and soon, what have you? A huge great wireless set which will tune into Australia, China – and even hear the Russian opinion of the United States of America. There you have your wireless.

You see, it’s like the brain. Normal man is only using an infinitesimal portion of that tremendous, vibrant receiving set that he has up there. Why? Because he hasn’t activated the rest of the hundreds of millions of cells, and he can only do that by bringing Kundalini up. And when Kundalini comes up, in one way or another – through service – or any other way, it gives to man the whole of this great receiving set, so he can tune into the higher aspects of Mind – translate them and understand them.

That is the limitation of mankind you know. In this room now are all the answers to all our questions. Without bringing another thing into this room, there is all knowledge in the very space around us. What stops us getting it? Our receiving sets are not sensitive enough to tune into it and get it. That’s all that stops us. But if we raise Kundalini and activate the psychic centres, as she comes up, as I say, these basic centres – they activate and then they wilt, and gradually the whole of our energy is coming up higher and higher, until it fires the brain. And what happens? Then man becomes illumined. Why? Because he tunes into all the aspects of Mind, which is an energy of different frequencies outside of the physical body.

When you have this picture in your mind, that Mind substance is like the gas we breath – it’s all about, it’s everywhere – in fact it’s more that the gas we breath – it goes through everything – all mass; nothing could exist without it. It permeates all things, does this vast sea of Mind – and in it are all frequencies. And it’s up to mankind which frequency he tunes into. He can tune into the higher frequencies by the activation, in one way or another, of the psychic centres, because they are the trapdoors – the vortices of power, which allow the higher frequencies of Mind to enter.

This has got to be the most simply put and easily understandable description of the so-called mysterious aspects of Man ever given. It blows away in one go all the elaborating and deliberation of centuries to give us something that seems almost absurdly simple. In fact most seekers would probably dismiss it because it is so simple; mankind’s inherent inclination to complicate everything.

And then he continues:

That’s the theory of it. Now, how is it done? Well, there are many ways of doing this – numerous ways. In fact, all religion, without realizing it, leads to just this one thing, because there isn’t any greater truth than this. This is the basis of all religions. It’s the point where it’s going to go. The people who started the religions – if they were adepts in Yoga, like Jesus, for instance – they knew this. But their teachings have been horribly warped. The Buddha knew this, and so did the other great sages throughout the ages. And there are many other practises to. In fact all learning is a step towards this. All experience leads to this one culmination of mankind – to the true spiritual birth of Man. And there are many, many practises which lead to this – some of them extremely dangerous. Strangely enough those are the most potent practises. By dangerous I mean mentally dangerous – you can become mad – you can get incurable diseases, you can become paralysed for life.

What will happen when the Kundalini rises? You will feel like hell. When this great female force – referred to in the ancient books as the Goddess – when she starts to move, what she must do first, is to physically burn away the covering of the small opening in the spinal column. And when the covering – which has sealed her in – when she begins to burn this away, you will feel some of the greatest pain you have ever felt in your life. And you will have great heat. It will be like a physical white hot needle that has been pushed into the spine. You won’t be able to scream out because your speech will be gone. And then when this beginning has been started, what you will attempt to do – and if you don’t, woe betide you – is to control her rise, and when she gets to the Sex Centre, stop it. And you will have a sexual yearning like you have never dreamt possible within man – you will want to go stark raving mad. But, as well as this, you will see and become aware of many, many things around you. You will have a tremendous feeling for mankind. You will want to cry bitter tears. And you will know then what Jesus felt like when he wept tears of blood for mankind. Such will be your great compassion for mankind. – and you will feel it. And you won’t have any enemies in the world, as far as you are concerned, because virtually your Love – the sexual impulse – will be transmuted into something higher. And you will love the whole world in such a way that you will be greatly saddened by the way man is beating himself in the way that he is doing.

And then, after such experience as this, when she rises, either further at the same time, or at another time, through the Solar Plexus Centre, you will feel great powers. And you will have the powers – you will be able to see far. You will be able to expand your consciousness and become aware of many, many things that you were not aware of before. You will be able to, as it were, move within yourself, and see your own Aura. And move outside of yourself, and watch your body in a state of trance. When you move in the body again, you will do this and will become aware of the spine beginning to pulsate, and you will begin to shake. And it will be so bad that you will want to scream out, because the whole of your nerves – the whole of your brain matter – will be jarred by this tremendous vibration. And you’ll feel terrible, agonizing pain – from the waist down it will be numb – paralysed – be incapable of movement. Any of the illnesses which you’ve had in this part of the body will be brought up here, and they will be concentrated in the Solar Plexus. And you’ll wish to God you’d never heard of Kundalini, or trying to do it. But, the reward will be clairaudience. You will be able to hear people talking on other planes who have died – twenty, fifty, two hundred, two thousand years ago. And you’ll be able to cut out most of the conversation you’ll hear and tune into a particular one. And you will gradually become aware of the intersection of the planes – the physical plane intersecting with the so-called astral planes.

And then you pull her further. And when she comes to the Heart Centre, all physical feeling from there down will be completely void. You will be still. You won’t be able to physically move because you are paralyzed. And when she come into the Heart Centre, the heart begins to pound – and it pounds the blood in the heart to such an extent that the tiny capillaries are swollen, and they press against the brain membrane. And you’ll wish again you’d never heard of it. But, you see, all the time, what are you doing? You are getting your Karmic pattern into a certain state. And your Karma demands that you suffer – a little pain for a long time, or a terrible, agonizing pain for a short time. And you’re beginning to manipulate Karma. And you put up with your throbbing head, and the fact that you’re losing your eyesight – the fact that you’ve lost your sense of smell, and you can’t swallow, even though your throat’s on fire – you put up with this. Although a lot of people get frightened here, and they struggle hard to put the Kundalini back, and they put it back too quickly, or they lodge too much in the Solar Plexus centre as it goes down, and they go mad. And this is where bravery is essential. You have to be brave to receive Enlightenment – which has never been said in the religions – this has not been mentioned before.

You now have the powers to move anywhere at will. You can levitate the physical body, and stand and watch it float around the room. And when you bring the Kundalini up to the Throat Centre, the heart stops beating – this is death – but conscious death. And you will have powers beyond your wildest imagination. You will have a feeling of compassion for mankind that you never dreamt possible. You will be able to tune in and become one with the great Cosmic symphony. And when you raise Kundalini further up, you will enter the gates of true Enlightenment, and become one with all things. And you will see your true relationship with all things.’

There’s no getting away from the fact that George King’s description here is pretty terrifying; it’s a far cry from the religious pursuits of the hymn-singers on a Sunday morning, and sounds more akin to the madmen who attempt to summit Mount Everest, or reach the South pole on foot. If it’s not madness, then it’s bravery that seems to be one of the basic requirements for such an endeavour, and George King talks at length about the necessity for bravery on the spiritual path in the book The Nine Freedoms.

Indeed there are many so-called gurus and spiritual movements offering their own versions of how devotees can take up the Yogic path – often a watered-down version of reality. George King often talked about the three main stages for the aspirant – concentration, contemplation and meditation. And his description of these words where the Yogic path is concerned are quite apart from what most people would imagine. Mastery of concentration for example is essential before the other two should be attempted, and in the old mystery schools of the East -which George King was referring to – mastery meant being able to concentrate solely on one thing to the exclusion of all else – a crack in the floor, a chip on the wall, a keyhole etc – for six, seven, eight hours at a time. Impossible, you might say. But this is what true aspirants – those with the utter determination, discipline and fortitude – did over many, many years to attempt to reach the summit.

But aside from those who take up this arduous struggle, what’s really important in the above extract from his lecture is that all experience of mankind ultimately leads to this one point – Enlightenment. He said many times that there is nothing outside of this. All experience of life, or lives – all religious or spiritual following – everything we do – ultimately leads to this point. People ask what the point of life here on Earth is. Why are we here? What’s the purpose? Atheists will tell you that ultimately there is no point. Most people never even consider it, until a time of struggle or crisis in their lives. But now we can answer anybody who poses this question. This is THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF LIFE – of many lives – to reach this point. But when we reach it – how quickly we get there – is up to us, each individual. And this is a huge subject, because there are many, many paths, methods, hurdles, and a great deal to understand – which come from lives of experience. But this article is not about the philosophies, although I deal with some aspects of the hidden difficulties and problems of the world in my other article (click here).

George King said that those who reach that exalted state of Enlightenment become a ‘knower’; someone who fully understands, appreciates and knows the truth about anything he decides to contemplate or meditate upon; for example any detail of historical events from any period could be accessed by tapping into the Akashic Record (a topic explained in a little more detail in my other blog) –  unlike the rest of us who have either second-hand received information or vague ideas. And this was evident with George King in the enormous breadth of knowledge he could impart on a huge range of topics, as if he had spent his entire life with his head in books – which of course he hadn’t the time to do. The Master of Yoga or Yogi Adept is also known for so-called supernatural abilities and phenomena which defy present-day scientific understanding – also evident with George King and testified by those who worked closely with him. It is historical fact that Indian Yogi’s were capable of all kinds of astonishing feats to defy the known laws of physics, and George King said that levitation, walking on water and passing through solid objects were all possible to those Yogi’s who expended efforts in those directions – but he also made it clear that such feats were unimportant. Many aspirants on the Yogic path have been easily distracted and drawn down these pointless diversions; a true Master has reached the point where he or she knows that the only direction to take is that of selfless service – helping mankind and his world.

Spiritual Enlightenment is often talked about glibly. The internet is full of simplistic notions of what it is and how it is achieved – often by people who claim to have achieved this state. But you can bet your bottom dollar that none of them have. True, they may have experienced certain phenomena outside of normality which are just part of the very early stages of the path. But the actual reaching the summit of the mountain is said to be indescribable, so how can one describe it? An individual attaining that state is altered forever, and returning back to the ordinary world would be a little like a university professor being forced to go back to kindergarten.

The most famous story of the attainment of Spiritual Enlightenment is of course that of Siddhartha Gautama – known as the Buddha – around 2,500 years ago. But even historians and theologians talk simplistically about Buddha ‘receiving’ Enlightenment while sitting under a tree meditating, knowing little or nothing of what this actually means. George King gives an even more detailed and poetic description of his experience of the attainment of Enlightenment and Cosmic Consciousness in the book The Nine Freedoms, but he says that Paramahansa Yogananda gave a superb description of his experience, which surpasses anything Shakespeare could have written on the subject, had he been in a position to do so.

Here is that description from the book The Nine Freedoms:

Deep breath. The tides of Universal Life Force were drawn in, to be directed along the singing nerve sheaths by concentrated mind and thrown down hard to the base of the spine, there to be risen by mind, which knew only one objective-that of complete Mastery over the latent Powers within. Powers, which just awaited the key, the chord, to bring them into active, vibrant movement. Tremendous effort-and then “She;’ this great mysterious Goddess-Kundalini, which all men strive to raise, did move. This time though, apparently easier and even more surely than “She” had before. It was as though “She;’ in Her grace, had decided that this was some Divine and auspicious occasion.

Gently at first, creeping almost like a snake, “She” came upwards and ever upwards. The burning sensation in the base of the spine, which had been felt many times before, was experienced this time, but as if the Gods Themselves were standing guard over the Adept, his detachment from the excruciating pain was even more complete than ever it had been before. “She” moved gently upwards and when “She” pierced the solar plexus centre, even though his eyes were closed to the world, he could see more surely than ever he had when those eyes were physically opened.

He struggled on and gradually moved Her through the solar plexus centre-climbing, creeping slowly, gently, yet as sure as the Light of the Sun, did he bring Her upwards. Great rivers of perspiration streamed down his face and neck even though he was so cold he could have wept. Though he could not move one leg, he shook as though afflicted with ague when his spine vibrated in sympathy with the tremendously powerful rising forces. When, after what seemed an age of shaking mental agony, in all Her grace “She” dwelt within the heart centre, his vision was extended. No longer was the world built of gross physical matter, but had a strangely subtle pattern which normal man could not appreciate. No longer did a colour stand alone, but was surrounded by musical tones which went resonating into the distance. Yet, those ears could hear them even to the farthest ends of this distance.

His vision was extended through the place he was in and beyond. It was as though he had all-seeing vision. Mysteries which had remained, to this day, like ancient charts lost beneath the ocean of forgetfulness came before his eyes and he saw, read and understood them.

Then, steadfast, not content with even this, he fervently fought for Her added grace to climb even further upwards.
And “She” came.

When “She” entered the throat centre, he sat immobile as one in physical death, yet pulsating with greater life than he had ever experienced before. As “She” entered and dwelt within the throat centre, “She” lent to this Her grace and Power and his world became one of sound as well as vision. A million sounds were appreciated. Those nerves within his body which were still alive, thrilled to the exotic, symphonic harmony of Nature-Itself. He felt, at that time, he was one with Nature; but was soon to find that this was just a small begining.

The great Power rose upwards. As though by the grace of some invisible, but merciful God, “She” rose, slowly, surely, creeping ever upwards, taking him into even higher realms than this. Then-all of a sudden-“She” emerged from the top of the spine and in a glorious flash, the Christ Centre was open. He began to know who he was and why he came. At this time, immobile, cold as if dead, he experienced even a greater life than most men have ever dreamed of and yet, in some strange way, was detached from it all. It was as though, he, a Light, was alone in the Universe. It was as though he, at this moment, was being probed by a radiant beam of exploring intelligence, so intense, so ancient, so wise, that It knew his every movement from his initial birth a million, million years ago until this day, aye, and even beyond that to some dim part of the future, so distant as to be beyond even his enhanced comprehension. The great Light shone apparently through him to almost, what was to the Adept, infinity and seemed, in some strange way, to return to him with the Wisdom of the Ages collected by its immense journey.

As the great Goddess of Power dwelt within this Chakra the Adept, in true deep Meditation, became a knower. He felt that this state, despite his complete aloneness-was the ultimate. He knew later that this feeling was but an expression of his ignorance, for suddenly, even as a great shock to him, this great Power reached to the upper most branch of the tree and then, gradually at first, but surely, the highest centre opened.

It was as though in a moment, he wore above his head a crown of indescribable magnificence!

A glorious brilliant flash of illumination came to him.
The Powers before were nothing in comparison with this. Oh God, he was going even further upwards.

His loneliness subsided, as a calm will stop the turbulence of the waves at sea and peace began-but not static peace, for in this was all movement. He began to stretch outwards as though he had immense arms which were embracing all things. His consciousness reached outwards-holding and gradually came the realization of oneness. No longer was he a Light in the wilderness as he had been before, but now he was an essential part, an intimate part, an inter-related part of all things. His consciousness soared above the environment, above the city in which his cold body sat immobile, around the city, around all things and all people and all environment: Soaring upwards and outwards, he was now in the full and complete realization that he was Life, which was manifesting in countless different ways in order to gain the experience necessary, the control demanded over matter itself. Here, in such an elevated state as this, came a deeper realization than ever before, of the interrelationship of all things, of the Life of all things. When he dwelt, for a moment, upon a rock, it sprang into vibrant life before his “Eye:” It breathed, it had feeling, it had disappointment. The rock, in some vague way, experienced passion, it had a Soul, a veritable Spiritual essence which linked it with him, with all. As the state became even more advanced, he felt as though he was above the world embracing it all, a part of it. Living with it in complete intimacy, knowing it, appreciating it, loving it as he had never felt Love before. He became one with that upon which his SuperConsciousness dwelt. He became detached from this oneness when he felt he should, in order to learn from the experience of detachment and attached when he wanted to in order to learn from the experience of attachment.

He became existent in timelessness.
He became vitally aware of the dimensions in which he existed and knew them-aye, all seven of them. He became as tiny as a molecule when he wanted to and yet bigger than a world when he wished. He looked down from his lofty position high above the Earth, appreciating Its great glory, Its Power, Its supreme Light; perceiving the limitations It had put upon Itself in order to allow lifestreams, like him, to gain the very experience which he was now living through in almost Godlike ecstasy. It was then, when this realization dawned, that he stopped short.

Here was the very Power which he had sought. Power beyond the wildest dreams, beyond the most imaginative conception of mere man; Power to know what secrets he wished; Power greater than that needed to move any mountain, anywhere, at any time. But yet, he stopped short as though strangely disappointed with himself. Beneath him, beneath the crust of Earth, within the Ancient Globe dwelt a greater Being than he or all men. A Being which had imposed upon Itself, crushing limitations, so that the mass of men could crawl through existence upon Its back in order to gain experience, knowledge and eventually – even Wisdom.

It was as though he had learned the great lesson brought about by striving for this, what was to him then, an ultimate state of being. The lesson of detachment from even the greatest states he learned and gradually he came back, becoming smaller and smaller with every true Spiritual desire. Gradually he crept away from his all powerful state -slowly diminishing, until again he became the lonely Light shining through Space. He dimmed this as he brought the Power of Kundalini downwards. As he descended the ladder from the lofty heights of Cosmic Consciousness, when Kundalini passed through the throat centre, he became aware again of the world of sonic vibrations. He was tempted to linger here, but the haunting vision of that wonderful Being, which was the Earth, suffering gross limitation to be the world, to be a sure home for crawling ignorant man who would be lost in Space without Her, caused him to leave the ecstasy of this sound plane and downwards came the Kundalini until he became aware again of his coarse physical structure and of his gross limitations, of his cold shivering body and stiff aching limbs.

And here is Paramahansa Yogananda’s description from his book Autobiography of a Yogi:

My body became immovably rooted; breath was drawn out of my lungs as if by some huge magnet. Soul and mind instantly lost their physical bondage, and streamed out like a fluid piercing light from my every pore. The flesh was as though dead, yet in my intense awareness I knew that never before had I been fully alive. My sense of identity was no longer narrowly confined to a body, but embraced the circumambient atoms. People on distant streets seemed to be moving gently over my own remote periphery. The roots of plants and trees appeared through a dim transparency of the soil; I discerned the inward flow of their sap.

The whole vicinity lay bare before me. My ordinary frontal vision was now changed to a vast spherical sight, simultaneously all-perceptive. Through the back of my head I saw men strolling far down Rai Ghat Road, and noticed also a white cow who was leisurely approaching. When she reached the space in front of the open ashram gate, I observed her with my two physical eyes. As she passed by, behind the brick wall, I saw her clearly still.

All objects within my panoramic gaze trembled and vibrated likw quick motion pictures. My body, Master’s, the pillared courtyard, ‘the furniture and floor, the trees and sunshine, occasionally became violently agitated, until all melted into a luminescent sea; even as sugar crystals, thrown into a glass of water, dissolve after being shaken. The unifying light alternated with materializations of form, the metamorphoses revealing the law of cause and effect in creation.

An oceanic joy broke upon calm endless shores of my soul. The Spirit of God, I realized, is exhaustless Bliss; His body is countless tissues of light. A swelling glory within me began to envelop towns, continents, the earth, solar and stellar systems, tenuous nebulae, and floating universes. The entire cosmos, gently luminous, like a city seen afar at night, glimmered within the infinitude of my being. The sharply etched global outlines faded somewhat at the farthest edges; there I could see a mellow radiance, ever-undiminished. It was indescribably subtle; the planetary pictures were formed of a grosser light.

The divine dispersion of rays poured from an Eternal Source, blazing into galaxies, transfigured with ineffable auras. Again and again I saw the creative beams condense into constellations, then resolve into sheets of transparent flame. By rhythmic reversion, sextillion worlds passed into diaphanous luster; fire became firmament.

I cognized the center of the empyrean as a point of intuitive perception in my heart. Irradiating splendor issued from my nucleus to every part of the universal structure. Blissful amrita, the nectar of immortality, pulsed through me with a quicksilverlike fluidity. The creative voice of God I heard resounding as Aum,° the vibration of the Cosmic Motor.

Suddenly the breath returned to my lungs. With a disappointment almost unbearable, I realized that my infinite immensity was lost. Once more I was limited to the humiliating cage of a body, not easily accommodative to the Spirit. Like a prodigal child, I had run, away from my macro-cosmic home and imprisoned myself in a narrow microcosm.


Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)


It has long been known among mystics that there are many paths and methods that lead ultimately to Spiritual Enlightenment. And the word ‘Yoga’ is usually associated with Spiritual Enlightenment, even though most people, particularly in the west, think of Yoga as a physical pursuit aimed at keeping the physical body healthy, supple and relaxed. This Sanskrit word actually translates as ‘Yoke’, and in Hinduism means harnessing oneself to ‘God’ – seeking ‘Union with God’. Therefore any path to knowledge of ‘God’ can be called Yoga, ( I elaborate on what is meant by ‘God’ in my other article – click here ) but Hinduism has many names for the different Yogic paths that may be taken by individual seekers. And those most known in the west today are:

Hatha Yoga: aimed at physical health and purification; Mantra Yoga: repetition of a holy mantra; Bhakti Yoga: devotion, love of God, surrender to the guru, Master, or chosen deity; Karma Yoga: selfless action; Jnana Yoga: the way of knowledge, leading to God through intellectual analysis; Raja Yoga: (the Royal Yoga) practise of certain steps as presented by the Great Master Patanjali; Kundalini Yoga: (Tantra Yoga) the full awakening of the energy at the base of the spine.

But, because ‘Yoga’ is an eastern word, most regard it as a purely eastern practise, when in actual fact it can be applied to anyone undertaking certain actions e.g. a Christian routinely attending church is practising Yoga; a Jew studying holy texts is practising Yoga; a Muslim praying in a mosque is practising Yoga; an atheist putting himself out in order to help others is practising Yoga. And ultimately, all this Yoga has but one aim – Spiritual Enlightenment. And apart from the main religions there are many spiritual teachers and writers such as Eckhart Tolle who have very important, even crucial, information for mankind – which is usually ancient wisdom expressed in a modern, easily accessible way which can help tremendously in understanding ourselves and how to overcome our failings, in order to make the climb upwards. But George King said that any spiritual teacher is just a sign post – a guide to help us find our way – they cannot make the climb for us.

The analogy of climbing a mountain is an appropriate one. George King stated that there are many routes to this state called Enlightenment – some very long and easier, others short but extremely hard, and even dangerous; the gentler, time-consuming path, or the sheer face straight to the summit, but with huge risk. When he talks of easier and longer, it is in terms of not just years and decades, but lifetimes – many incarnations (a subject I also discuss in my other article – click here); a relentless spiritual quest through subsequent lives, resulting in the stimulation and more natural, unforced rising of this primal energy at the base of the spine.

This slower route to the summit was the path advocated by George King for the mass of mankind, because he knew only too well that most people do not have what it takes to attempt the shorter, harder route. But more importantly, he knew that the world is in such need of transformation that it’s now more necessary for people to expend energy in the service of others than to hide themselves away from the world in a personal quest for enlightenment. He often emphasized that the days of asceticism are over, because mankind has reached a point where his own existence is at stake, and that other factors are now determining what is necessary. He said that these are the most crucial times in our existence.

Karma is a subject I discuss at greater length in my other article (click here), but George King is probably the only Master who explained it in such an accessible way for all to grasp. One major point he often stressed was that this universal force could be manipulated by anyone. We all carry a certain amount of baggage with us – the negative karma accumulated over many lifetimes. Religious people believe they can be forgiven their wrong doings – their sins – by ‘God’, but they are gravely mistaken. People should forgive each other, but negative karma has to be burnt up within the individual, and George King explained that by expending energy in the unselfish service of others – in the many ways that can be done – is one sure way of burning up our negative karma – shedding our baggage. Not only does this help us, but it helps everybody else too.

However, that doesn’t include the usual help and attention given to friends and family, which is only to be expected in a normal human being. It means help to the stranger, and those we may not necessarily even like. In fact the more difficult we find it – the more resistance we may feel in carrying out an altruistic act – the greater the manipulation, the greater the burning up of negative Karma, although the motive has to be right, not selfish. This relates directly to the ascetic suffering in a cave, in the wilderness – going through austerity in order to burn up negative karma, and to focus on the goal of enlightenment.


St. Teresa of Avila by Rubens

Indeed there is plenty of evidence throughout history to illustrate individuals taking the longer path. The 16th century Roman Catholic Spanish mystic Saint Teresa of Avila is a prime example. The writings of this western Saint about her mystical experiences echo very much that of the eastern ascetic. But, just like the Yogi’s of the east, she experienced bodily levitation, to such a degree that she had to be physically held down by others during these ecstatic states. In those times there is no way she could have known about the practises of the Yogis and Swamis of the east and the paranormal phenomena that accompanied the advanced stages of their practises. It is clear that only through lifetimes of service, devotion and whatever else she may have done, this advanced stage in her evolution was the result of burning up negative karma to such a degree that she was moving ever closer to the ultimate goal of Enlightenment; though if you made this comparison to the Roman Catholic church, they would strongly deny a connection with one of ‘their Saints’ and the eastern Yogis.


Therese Neumann (1898 – 1962)

Therese Neumann of Bavaria is another example of a western Christian mystic displaying a phenomenon comparable to that of an eastern aspirant. Famous for the phenomenon of stigmata, she also developed the ability to live without food for most of her life, despite appearing to be well nourished; a well-known phenomenon among ascetics and swamis of the east, and one that has on occasion been observed by baffled western medics; writings about eastern ascetics describe nourishment coming from the pranic energy which exists all around us, and from a nectar which forms in the back of the throat. Paramahansa Yogananda visited Therese Neumann during his visit to Europe in the 1930’s and devoted an entire chapter to her in his famous book Autobiography of a Yogi.

George King explained that the longer, easier route to the summit may not be as attractive to spiritual aspirants eager to make headway, but it is a much surer way of reaching the ultimate goal of Enlightenment; Kundalini will rise in unforced fashion, in a more natural way. Although he encouraged all aspirants to seek the longer route, he didn’t discourage anyone from attempting the shorter route – it is their choice – but he did explain the very grave dangers involved; dangers which could not only physically and mentally disable a person in this life, but also for subsequent lives. And he had severe criticism for the self-styled guru’s who offer the seeker lessons in certain extreme practises such as Kundalini Yoga. He said that these individuals were committing a crime by not only misleading people, but also taking them down routes which put them in serious danger.

Indeed, many westerners are easily fooled and drawn in by the exotic, dark-skinned guru with the long flowing beard and robes; take Maharishi Mahesh for instance, who brought the so-called Transcendental Meditation technique to the west, and became the personal guru to the rich and famous. Transcendental Meditation may have become a positive, helpful practise for many westerners, and this little Indian guru evidently had some abilities, bringing considerable spiritual wisdom to thousands of people throughout the world over many years. But despite all this, and contrary to what his followers may have believed at the time, he was no Master; he had not reached the heights and attained the goal of Enlightenment, and a love of luxury was one his traits that betrayed this fact.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh was another famous Indian guru who brought a somewhat different message to hoards of spiritual seekers, which resulted in his amassing a personal fortune and a fleet of Rolls Royce cars; as a con-man trickster he was a true master.

Genuine Masters – Yogi Adepts – who have taken it upon themselves to try to educate the world – are rarely popular in their own time. Because, having reached the heights and seen it all as it really is, their message is sometimes very advanced for the times, a sobering one, and not always what the masses really want to hear. To be popular means offering a diffused, hazy version of reality that is more attractive to spiritual seekers. A genuine Yogi Master sees wealth and materialism for what it is, and has long relinquished all desires, likes and dislikes. His life is lived in a modest, even spartan fashion – his material needs are minimal because there are more important things to be concerned with.

Today, across the internet, there are plenty of guru’s offering the path to Enlightenment – in exchange for a large chunk of dollars. Take for example the so-called Kundalini Research Institute, which, like a school, takes its students through a set plan of stages in order to become teachers of Kundalini Yoga “as taught by Yogi Bhajan” – and who adopt the garb of the Indian Sikh.

An extract from the website description says: “In the ancient tradition that is yoga, Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® (note registered trade mark) is a householder path; that is, it has always been practiced by those with families and jobs as opposed to a renunciate’s path of celibacy and removal from society, which was the usual path of a yogi.” 

These are precisely the words that attract spiritual seekers in their hordes to a guru – a path with all the hard truths removed. Indeed Kundalini Yoga can be pursued by those with jobs and families, provided the time and space can be found to do so, but to hint that celibacy is unnecessary is a complete corruption of the facts – an out and out lie. This organization may be helping aspirants in their spiritual journey and teaching certain useful techniques, but to claim it is teaching Kundalini Yoga is actually fraudulent, because celibacy is a prerequisite for the practise of Kundalini Yoga – the very first, and probably the biggest hurdle on the long route to the summit.

Here is what George King had to say about it in a recorded lecture from the 1970’s:

Thousands of years ago the ancients recognized the fact that there was a fluid – they said it was in the spine – and they referred to this fluid in the Sanskrit term of Ojas. And they made a very definite statement based upon very definite findings; they said: whosoever does not control the flow of this fluid will not get Enlightenment. And this is quite categorical – it’s not may not get – it’s will not get. Undoubtedly, the first step, the first major step in all forms of Enlightenment, is a strict control of what we call the sex impulse.

You may say, well, could I be married and gain Enlightenment? The answer to this question is yes, you could providing you used sex, shall we put it that way, in its right place. Now, man likes to think of himself as being so much above the animals, but in his sex life, he isn’t above the animals – in fact he’s below them. Read any book on natural history that gives you some idea of the sex habits of animals, and you will find that they come together for procreation of the race. It’s a natural thing with them – it’s a natural instinct. And in fact in most animals – in most wild animals – it is one of the only reasons that they do it. In some domestic animals they seem to have copied man a little bit, and they seem to indulge in this for pleasure. But, however, the animals seem to put this in its rightful place. And we should do the same if we want to gain Enlightenment. And it’s purely and simply up to us as to how far we want to go in our metaphysics – whether we want to make them a practical thing, or leave them as just theory. This is the individual choice of every man, and it is his right of course to have a choice in this respect.

But I will say that somewhere down the line, you will be faced with this choice. And somewhere down the line, you will possibly have the strength and wisdom to make it correctly. And when you do, you will find that you will have greater experiences than you had before. Why is this? It’s no good just telling people that it’s best to do this, that or the other without trying to give them some reasonable explanation as to why it should be.

In the west, in our metaphysical studies, we seem to have omitted entirely the basis of all metaphysics – the basis of all metaphysical studies. In fact all physical action and all mental action is depicted by the ancient skeletal drawing of the man with the seven psychic centres in the spine. We can’t get away from this – this is the basis of all religion – all philosophical thought, and indeed all thought; it’s the beginning and our end on this earth; it’s the lowest of the low, and the highest of the high. So, we cannot hope to control the great power of Kundalini until we have controlled certain basic elements of ourselves – until we have learnt to control the certain lower centres. It is no good – and no man can do it successfully – trying to jump to the heart centre until he has the sex and the solar plexus centres controlled. If he does, somewhere down the line something will hold him back.

From a purely physical point of view, control of this fluid is extremely valuable. The average married man loses a tremendous amount of blood – more so in man than woman – by the secretion of this energy. It is equal to at least fifteen times its weight in pure blood alone – a tremendous dissipation of energy. Energy is not only lost by the man in this respect, it is also lost by the woman. The effect of such an energy dissipation is usually a feeling of more contentment and a feeling of greater relaxation after such intimacy. But this feeling of contentment and relaxation can be brought about in other ways which do not necessarily result in the wastage of so much blood equivalent. When a force like this is put upon the human body by the male or female – but especially the male – it means that certain glands, cells and so on – have to work overtime in order to make up this sudden blood deficiency. Those of us who have studied animals have seen some animals fall into a faint for a short time after intimacy has taken place. A common rabbit will fall over on its side and lay there gasping. Even a bull, which is a tremendously strong animal, will be very greatly affected by being put together with a dam in season. If it affects a strong wild animal to this extent, it affects also a man. And possibly mankind saps more of his energy in this way than almost any other single way.

During close contact between man and woman, if this is pure in every way during this contact, man gives to woman a certain energy. And the whole thing has a certain natural balance, even though both of them are extremely depleted in health. But if is for the best motive – that is the propagation of the race (and that should be the only possible motive and not for the relief of common passion) – then the effort is no doubt worth it; you are registering your willingness to help another soul into the classroom of this life, and also to stand by it, until such a time as it’s able to look after itself. And this in itself is something which, in our present evolution on this Earth, is necessary, and something which is good, and something which can be a spiritual undertaking. But that being the only motive.

Now, if sex was put in its place – the same place the common animal puts it in – the first thing we would notice of course, throughout the world, would be the tremendous drop in the crime rate. The next thing we would notice would be the tremendous drop in the sale of all potent medicines, iron tonics and what have you. And the next thing we would notice would be the sudden rise in health. We would notice some side effects, which would not be so good too. One would be, possibly, tremendously raised tempers, and so on. But after a time, these would be controlled, and then mankind – womankind – would get down to not only talking theoretically about metaphysics, as he is doing at the moment, but also some real, good, definite practise. He would then be able to have his great, deep, mystic states. I’ll go so far as to say this: not one in a million who has dissipated energy through sexual impulse has ever really experienced the deeper states of meditation. So therefore, if man was in this way as true as the animal is, he could be a greater person than he is.

The sex centre is the easiest centre through which normal man can operate. And he activates a part of Kundalini which stimulates the sex centre, and from there on we know what may happen. And the result is a great dissipation of energy; the motive? Base passion – uncontrolled. If a man, or woman, controls this basic centre and conveys Kundalini up to it and through it, such a person as that has great passion for mankind; has great feeling for his brothers; wants to serve them, help them, in every way. Such a person as that is capable of sending out great Love.

You can either dissipate the energy by uncontrolled sexual contact, or transmute it into a great, magnificent force or power. And that is what the Yogi tells us to do. He tells us not to kill it. If we control this psychic centre – if we try to raise that power upon a higher level, it will manifest as something great; it’s the beginning of the energy we call L-O-V-E.

One of the most important physical exercises ever devised for the world is to stand on one’s head. This is because of causing the Ojas, or vital life fluid – which naturally flows down the spine – to reverse its flow and begin to flow up the spine. And it begins to flow into and feed the brain cells; this is before it becomes the secretion. This is the power behind the contact. So if one can control this energy either by service, by prayer – this helps because one is beginning to elevate – lift, transmute passion into LOVE. The physical fluid if sent up the spine, can be transmuted into mental energy – so can its philosophical counterpart, if you wish to call it that. Basic emotion can be transmuted into pure LOVE.

And he goes on to say in another lecture connected with the same topic:

Control of sex – absolutely strictly. You have to make up your mind how far do I want to go. This is the question you must ask yourself. Nobody else can answer it. Nobody else can even ask it, because it’s your business and nobody else’s. How far do I want to go? If the answer is as far as I possibly can in this life, then no sex indulgence whatsoever. If the answer is, well, I just want to get a bit better than I am now, then strict moderation. And this is something which you must answer yourself. And don’t forget, this is the first rung of the ladder. Remember, a human is above the animal in as much as he should absolutely control all energy dissipation through intimacy. You might say, well, this is not fair on the opposite sex. Probably it isn’t. In a lot of ways it may not be fair. If you’re married, it may not be fair on your partner. I’m not saying that it is fair on your partner to suddenly change now when you hadn’t changed before. This is not fair on your partner, but it’s a question you must ask yourself. How far do I want to go? In fact, I would put it this way: do I want to start?

It’s very interesting how George King’s explanation not only reveals details which would not really be understood or accepted by science, but that it stands completely at odds with modern society’s approach to sexual activity – certainly in the west. With the medical world and the media advocating regular sexual relations as beneficial for the health, people in general would scoff at George King’s words on the matter.

The 20th century’s so-called sexual revolution – usually connected with 1960’s – saw the liberation from the hangover of the prudish Victorian era in the western world; a pendulum swing from one extreme to another, as is usually the case in society. And religion was partly to blame for sexual repression in society. But, unlike religion, the words of George King on this matter clearly have nothing to do with passing judgement, and reach much further and deeper than those of any religion. Essentially he his talking not simply about this one life, but about the many lives to come (a subject I discuss in greater detail in my other article), and very few people in the world can claim to actually think in this way. As for the spiritual aspirant – the yogic practitioner – if taken to heart, George King’s explanation might be taken as a foundation stone, crucial to an understanding of the long road to enlightenment.

In another recorded lecture George King mentions an incident from his time in London when a young man, who was a brilliant medium, drew large audiences with his display of psychic abilities. Although quite highly developed in his ability to use certain psychic centres to a considerable degree, he was also heavily indulgent in sexual activity. George King was aware of this fact and approached him after a performance one evening to warn him that if he continued along both paths, he would go mad. The young man laughed. Sadly, the man did indeed eventually go insane. This is an example of exerting the body in one way – opening it up to forces and energies of higher frequency – yet still engrossing it in the baser, materialistic, lower frequency energies; tearing it apart by trying to go in two directions at the same time. It would be interesting to hear the diagnosis of a medical doctor or psychoanalyst on such a case.

However, for those aspirants who have resolved to take the spiritual path, George King asserts in his writings that suppression of the baser desires, as practised by some eastern traditions in the past, is folly. Because, as any psychotherapist knows – anything forced to remain hidden simply returns with even greater intensity than before. George King gave certain visualization practises to deal with the thought patterns and ‘leakage of Ojas’ from the brain down the spine. But ultimately it is up to the individual on how to deal with baser thought patterns; obviously as individuals we are all so-very different. Understanding and knowledge is usually the key to begin with. Probably the most important consideration is that our physical is temporary – transient, impermanent – and therefore not actually real (a point I discuss in my other article). The indulgence of sexual activity binds us to the temporal – anchors us in the impermanent materialism of the basic senses, and prevents us from moving upwards to experience the higher senses and the vastness which most of us don’t believe exists beyond the basic world. A great little parable somebody once wrote to explain this says: ‘we all spend our lives splashing around in the little rock pool that is our whole world. Then one day we decide to climb up and peer over the edge, to find a vast ocean that we never knew existed was there all the time’.

It is said that the Buddha, probably during his early stages of meditation (en route to the summit) had visions of exquisitely erotic women dancing before his eyes, who then quickly became wizzened, wrinkled, old and frail; an illustration of the fact that the spiritual journey upward is a departure from the basic self, which fights so very hard to hold us in that state of simplistic ease and ignorance – hanging on to our basic desires – while the truth of our human condition is clearly shown to us by the higher part of our consciousness (again a matter I discuss more fully in my other article).

It is well documented that George King spent ten years of his life reaching the summit of Enlightenment and the stage which he called Cosmic Consciousness. And that he did so through eight to ten hours of yogic practises each day over a period of about ten years; this was during the years after world war II in his tiny flat in London’s Maida Vale. Those close to him wrote about his cutting loose from his small group of friends – which included his sister – with whom he regularly socialized, telling them that ‘they wouldn’t be seeing him for some time’. He of course held down full-time employment to support himself, like any man would; but to do so, and pursue his quest, was a monumental feat.

However, it is what all this finally lead to in 1954 that challenges the ideas and philosophies of even the most spiritually broad-minded. And regarding the world view in general, tends to put George King in the category of lunatic. His name is inextricably linked with the term extra-terrestrial and the UFO phenomenon, and this is the main reason why he has been regarded with such incredulity. And quite rightly so, because we all know that extra-terrestrials don’t exist, as far as we know. Or do they?

The evidence that proves we are not alone in the universe

This article began with a BBC film-maker poking fun at a man who claimed to have contact with people from Mars and Venus, but the main thrust of the article so far has been spiritual and mystical – the background to the man who made the claim. It’s interesting to note here that those with spiritual interests would never put the idea of extra-terrestrials together with spirituality, just as UFO enthusiasts would never consider their subject to be spiritual – the two subjects being mutually exclusive. But making that assumption is a huge mistake, and in the following paragraphs I’ll explain why. I’ll show all the necessary evidence to prove that extra-terrestrial activity around our planet is very real, that advanced intelligences live in our solar system and beyond, and explain the spiritual significance behind it all.

SETI (The Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence) is the collective term for the scientific search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, and costs the Americans around $2.5 million each year to run. And it has got to be the biggest joke in scientific history – even many scientists themselves believe it to be a pointless exercise, though not for the right reasons.

SETI has persisted for years in searching for distant radio signals from space while ignoring all the hard evidence which proves that intelligent life exists outside of our world; a bit like Christian Creationists believing the Earth to be only a few thousand years old despite the concrete evidence to the contrary. SETI, just like the rest of science, is a church, and no matter what inexplicable proof exists, they will only believe what they want to believe according to their doctrine. And the proof is the thousands upon thousands of inexplicable phenomena sighted in the skies around our planet over many years. Of course many reports of unusual sightings in the sky can be explained, and turn out to be nothing unusual. But without any doubt whatsoever there is an abundance of credible experiences from reliable witnesses – in some cases with supportive technological data – which cannot be explained as natural phenomena or terrestrial activity. And because science cannot yet explain any of it, it’s all ignored as if it didn’t even exist – unmentionable. And therefore, with all the necessary funding, SETI continues to happily and stupidly plod on.

In 2010 an investigative journalist called Leslie Kean published a book called UFOs – Generals, Pilots and Government officials go on the record. With no initial interest in the subject, she had received a series of reports on her desk which seemed to demand attention, and so a ten year long investigation ensued, with the publishing of the results in this book. Below is an extract from the introduction to that book:

Ten years ago, as an investigative reporter working for a California public radio station, I was suddenly confronted with a seemingly impossible reality. A colleague in Paris sent me an extraordinary new study by former high-ranking French officials documenting the existence of unidentified flying objects and exploring their potential impact on national security. Now known as the COMETA Report, this unprecedented white paper marked the first time in any country that a group of this size and stature had declared that UFOs – solid but as yet unexplained objects in the sky – constitute a real phenomenon warranting immediate international attention.

The distinguished COMETA authors-thirteen retired generals, scientists, and space experts working independently of the French government-had spent three years analysing military and pilot encounters with UFOs. In the cases they present, all conventional explanations of something natural or man-made had been eliminated by the authors and their associated teams of experts, and yet these objects were observed at close range by pilots, tracked on radar, and officially photographed. They achieved tremendous speeds and accelerations, made sharp, right angle turns in a flash, and could stop and stand still in mid-air, seeming to defy the laws of physics. What could this mean? Since some of the military officers on the COMETA panel were serving with the French Institute of Higher Studies for National Defence, a government financed strategic planning agency, their characterization of UFOs as a phenomenon with possible national security implications assumed a grave importance.

In their ninety-page report, written with objectivity, clarity, and logic, the authors explained that about 5 percent of sightings – those for which there is enough solid documentation to eliminate other possibilities-cannot be easily attributed to earthly sources, such as secret military exercises or natural phenomena. This 5 percent seem to be “completely unknown flying machines with exceptional performances that are guided by a natural or artificial intelligence.” In its startling conclusion, the authors state that “numerous manifestations observed by reliable witnesses could be the work of craft of extraterrestrial origin.” In fact, they wrote, the most logical explanation for these sightings is “the extraterrestrial hypothesis.”

This did not mean that they accepted this conclusion as fact or had any particular beliefs about it one way or the other. They made very clear that the nature and origin of the objects remain unknown. By “hypothesis,” the authors simply meant an unproven theory, a possible, plausible explanation that needed to be tested before it could be decided, but remained only a thesis until that happened. However, the conviction with which they put forth this theory as the “most likely” solution to the puzzle, since others had been ruled out in so many cases, was provocative. Official data about UFOs from around the world was accessible to the members of the group, and they were determined to respond rationally, avoiding prejudice. They did so without reserve.

Who were the people making these statements? Among them, all retired, were a four-star general, a three-star admiral, a Major General, and – the former head of the French equivalent of NASA. It was their credentials that made the report worthy of serious consideration. Other military officers, engineers, scientists, a national chief of police, and the head of a government agency studying the phenomenon completed the impressive contributing group. The study was not a government-sanctioned one, but was undertaken independently, and then presented to the highest levels of government in France.

The foreword states that the report “contributes toward stripping the phenomenon of UFOs of its irrational layer,” and indeed, the study achieved its goal. Yet the group arrived at a determination that most government officials and scientists in the United States would still consider far-fetched. Meanwhile, everyone agrees that if these UFOs were proven to be probes or vehicles from outside Earth, that would be a monumental development in human history, a milestone in the evolution of civilization. If there was even a slight possibility of such a discovery, I thought, it seemed well worth the effort for scientists to try to find out. And here was a highly respectable group from a sophisticated European country stating that such an outcome was a plausible and even likely expectation.

This explains why and how I first became interested in the issue of UFOs, the question of what we actually do and don’t know about them, and how we might find out more. The COMETA Report was a catalyst. As much as I may have wanted to, it was hard for me to let it go, to simply return to my regular work and set it aside. I kept wondering, could there really be technological objects flying around that are not man-made? Couldn’t these craft possibly be highly secret American constructions, or advanced military test craft from some other country? No, said the generals and the rest of the high-level French panel. Countries do not fly experimental aircraft repeatedly in foreign airspace without informing the host country and then lie about it later. As I dug deeper, I learned that these objects have appeared for decades in a variety of shapes and sizes, sometimes in flaps or “waves,” all over the globe, demonstrating capabilities beyond our scientific understanding. This was not a myth. And maybe, I thought, the French generals and their colleagues knew even more than they disclosed. ‘

Not only did all the members stand by the conclusion, they also urged international action. The writers recommended that France establish “sectorial cooperation agreements with interested European and foreign countries” on the matter of UFOs, and that the European Union undertake diplomatic action with the United States, “exerting useful pressure to clarify this crucial issue which must fall within the scope of political and strategic alliances.” The report, titled “UFOs and Defense: What Should We Prepare For?,” is most fundamentally a call to action, a request for preparedness in anticipation of future encounters with the unknown objects.

I had no idea where all this might lead-for me, for any government, or for our future. My French colleague called to follow up and explained that he had surreptitiously slipped me an advance English copy of the report, just translated. The news was being held for a later release, and so far the report had been published only in France. My friend knew that I was an open-minded freelance reporter with ties to many publishing outlets, and he wanted me to get a head start on the story rather than leave it to the conventional mainstream media, which rarely took UFOs seriously. “You are the only reporter in all of America to have the English version,” he told me excitedly over the phone from Paris. “It’s all yours. But don’t let anyone know where you got it.”

The challenge was both enticing and nerve-racking. Secretly, I started to look into the UFO subject more extensively, without telling any of my otherwise close colleagues at the radio station. I knew that I was exploring something most journalists considered ridiculous, or titillating at best, but otherwise irrelevant to the life-and-death struggles of human beings, issues that should be the focus of any responsible, progressive reporter. As the months passed and I became increasingly concerned’ about keeping my expanding interest quiet while producing and hosting a daily investigative news show, I began to feel as if I were covering up something shameful and forbidden, like the use of an illegal drug. In retrospect, the intensity of my worry and insecurity was overblown, but the taboo regarding UFOs had power over me, and it took a while before I felt armed with enough facts and insight to handle the attitudes of those I worked with so compatibly in every other respect.

This was not an easy subject to take on, and I understand why other journalists haven’t done so. At first, I felt burdened by what seemed to be almost insurmountable obstacles. The UFO story was journalistically elusive, contaminated by conspiracy theories, disinformation, and just plain sloppiness, all of which had to be carefully separated from the legitimate material. The questions raised by the UFO phenomenon were deeply disturbing to our accustomed ways of thinking. The subject carried a terrible stigma and was therefore a professional risk for those publicly engaged with it. But it also pointed to something possibly revolutionary, something that could challenge our entire worldview. Although frightening, that made it all the mor,e appealing to me, I have to confess. And the more I learned, the better I understood the validity of additional case studies and government documents shedding light on the UFO question. The aggregate data, the accumulation of evidence over decades, was utterly compelling and completely mystifying. Despite the problems, there was simply no way I could force myself to ignore it.

As it turned out, that unsolicited report from France radically changed the course of my career as a journalist in ways I never could have imagined at the time. UFOs became the focus of my professional life after the publication of my first story about them in the Boston Globe. The editor of the Globe’s Sunday Forum, a weekly news analysis section in which I had published previously, was apprehensive about covering the subject of UFOs. It understandably unnerved her, but after much discussion she was courageous enough to run my lengthy story. I was extremely nervous about “coming out of the closet” professionally as a reporter who-God forbid!-found this silly subject worthy of attention But I knew this was a scoop, and how could I resist? I broke the news of the COMETA report, just as my French colleague had requested six months before, and the stature of the generals and others authoring the report carried the day, exempting me from ridicule. I even included additional analysis based on revelatory information spelled out in official U.S. government documents pertaining to UFOs and national security, all of which backed up the French perspective. To my delight, the article was distributed through the New York Times wire service and picked up by newspapers across the country. Clearly, there was national interest.

People following the UFO subject were elated that at least one prestigious newspaper had taken the story seriously, and a congressional staffer even sent a complimenary letter to the Globe. I received numerous e-mails from witnesses to UFO events in response to the article, including a few pilots, who had so far never dared to come forward. My eyes were opened by this, and I had now crossed the point of no return.

The story carried that disquieting quote-printed in black and white, clear as the other stories of the day with which it oddly mingled-about “completely unknown flying machines with exceptional performances that are guided by a natural or artificial intelligence,” as described by the retired French officials. I naively thought this would have to generate some kind of news buzz, and that other journalists would eagerly jump in to pick up where I had left off. I knew there was disdain for UFOs in the culture, but I also knew that this was a breaking story passing muster with a leading mainstream paper. Amazingly, nothing happened. I had been exposed to another aspect of this strange world. It was the beginning of a rude awakening, a rite of passage into the perplexing reality that UFOs cannot be acknowledged at all, even as simply the unidentified flying objects that they are. It was as if everyone was pretending that they didn’t exist.

Ever since the Globe story solidified my interest and increased my confidence, I have been focused on investigating and coming to terms with this subject-a process that never ends. Fundamentally, after many years of research and in-depth interviews with key players, I have learned that UFOs are a genuine scientific mystery. There have been extraordinary UFO sightings occurring in America for more than sixty years, many by pilots and military personnel, and many yielding physical evidence. Volumes of case studies have been published by qualified researchers and scientists since the 1950s, documenting UFO incidents all over the globe and leaving a solid record begging for further analysis by contemporary scientists.

The most credible sources clearly recognized, and stated repeatedly, that we don’t yet know what the objects are – contrary to public assumptions that UFOs, by definition, are extraterrestrial spaceships. But I had to come to terms, over and over again, with the fact that these amazing, high-performance unidentified objects do exist, without question – just as the COMETA authors had unequivocally stated. There is enough data available to make this clear to anyone who decides to take the time to study it. Because that alone was so potentially explosive, I couldn’t quite understand the indifference it generated among those who took it seriously enough to rise above ridicule but who nonetheless remained blase and disinterested.

Eventually I came to realize-repeatedly, through the research and publication of my subsequent stories, each of which seemed like earth-shattering news to me then but was never enough to stimulate change-that the UFO story could not be properly told, nor could the taboo be overcome, through any one short news piece, no matter how many there were. I now believe that the only way to adequately convey the full story-to really break the news about the existence of UFOs and convey the impact of the material for the person so far unexposed to it is through a book such as this one, which includes some of the world’s best sources speaking in detail for themselves. Sound bites and short quotes cannot carry a story of this magnitude.

The chapters you are about to read will address the fundamental questions about UFOs that concern so many people. What do we really know about them? Is it actually possible that some of these objects are from outer space? Do pilots ever see them? How do governments and the military handle sightings? Why is there so much ridicule and denial about UFOs in America? The answers, on all counts, are nothing short of astonishing.

As any journalist would, I have relied on official sources, documents released through the Freedom of Information Act, corroborated case reports, physical evidence, and numerous interviews with military and aviation witnesses and government investigators from around the world. i’+e come to know many of these official witnesses personally, and have so doubt as to the credibility of their accounts, which are almost always corroborated by others. Some have conveyed information, and showed ow documents, that must remain off the record because of their sensiri~ity; and other such documents, provided by very trustworthy sources, cannot be verified or corroborated but are still valuable as background. I have also met, interviewed, and come to know numerous civilian witnesses over the years, regular people from all walks of life, who have impressed me with their sincere and clear accounts of amazing UFO iocidents. They, too, have made essential contributions to the search for understanding about the phenomenon.

My role here is to write as an objective observer, and as a guide. At the same time, I take a position in support of an effort to solve the many unresolved questions about UFOs, rather than ignoring them, and in support of the witnesses and experts who have come forward. In so doing, I’m directly and openly confronting irrational attitudes and misinformation. This means I’m practising a form of “advocacy journalism,” something that I’ve never objected to and that is the modus operandi for many investigative reporters who dig into a story to serve a greater cause. Tm not a “believer” in anything except respect for the facts, even when they don’t conform to our established world-view. The UFO issue is so unorthodox that even a straightforward, rational approach can seem as though it’s crossed a line into questionable territory. I’ve done my best to keep all this information clear, logical, and well-documented.

That is why much of this book consists of personal accounts from expert investigators and witnesses who will address the UFO issue directly, some for the first time. Through their words, readers will be given firsthand access to the material, and can arrive at their own informed conclusions.

These individuals from nine countries are highly trained men who were assigned the daunting job of confronting this phenomenon through intimate investigation, or who directly witnessed it, not by any choice of their own. Some of them have been given access to secret files, insider witnesses, and unfolding case investigations way beyond the reach of any journalist or anyone outside of their closed, privileged world. They are coming forward collectively here, to give all of us access, and to explain what they know about UFOs, in their professional capacity as pilots, government officials, and high-ranking military officers.

On a personal level, each one has been transformed in one way or another, sometimes drastically so, by this interaction with the “impossible.” They are all baffled and want answers to the same serious questions as the rest of us, but usually for their own reasons. Each one began his relationship to the UFO issue as a natural skeptic, and even though many are now retired from their official jobs investigating UFOs, most have not been able to disengage from the intense drive to want to find out what UFOs are. They remain involved in various ways. One is planning to teach a course on UFO history at a prominent university; another is contacted frequently by the media to be a spokesperson on the issue; a former NASA scientist heads a research group studying anomalous aerial phenomena; a former government investigator is often called via cell phone by nervous Air Force personnel observing strange phenomena in remote locations. So in this sense, these men are not really fully “retired.” And some are now captains working for commercial airlines.

I noticed that many, even the ones I came to know well, were hesitant to reveal the emotional aspect of their experiences dealing with UFOs. Some witnesses struggle for years with the impact of a mind-boggling close encounter. It was my job to nudge as much as I could from the minds of these reticent military men and Air Force pilots not prone to disclosing their fears. These are men oriented toward duty first, and the significance of their statements cannot be overemphasized. This courageous group is breaking a huge story for the world.

Over many years they have all discovered a great deal about UFOs, despite the phenomenon’s ability to remain unidentified even while making repeated, tantalizing appearances in so-called waves, or engaging in cat-and-mouse chases with Air Force pilots. The objects come and go, sometimes leaving a blip on radar, an image on film, or an imprint on the ground. This diverse group can provide as intimate and factual a look at this mysterious phenomenon as we can ever hope to acquire as outsiders.
None of these writers were privy to the others’ statements, nor, to my surprise, have any ever asked me what the other contributors were writing about. Even so, striking similarities exist, not only in their reports of the UFOs themselves, but also in their interpretations, attitudes, and ideas for future resolution. To me, this uniformity validates the worldwide nature of the phenomenon, and it also shows that when properly investigated, the same conclusions are drawn no matter where the investigation takes place.

There exists a universal curiosity, increasing over time, about the UFO mystery. I have seen it grow, and have observed an improvement in straightforward media coverage about UFOs since I began this study ten years ago. The more we learn, the more confounding it becomes. Still, many people continue to think the subject is based on fantasy or mistaken identity, or is some kind of a joke and therefore a waste of time. My deepest hope is that these people in particular will read through this entire book, sticking with it from beginning to end, and then draw a conclusion. We can all agree, I assume, that no one is entitled to dismiss a subject without knowing something about it.

I have done my best to distil from a huge mass of material some of the most compelling and essential facts. In this country, UFOs became a national issue in the late 1940’s, when there were many sightings of great public interest and concern that were covered widely by the media. The U.S. Air Force took the lead in addressing these events, complicated by the onset of the Cold War, attempting to explain away as many cases as possible in order to divert public attention from the mystery. Behind the scenes, the topic was of great concern at the highest levels, and the Air Force was not equipped to protect the public from an entirely unknown but apparently technological phenomenon that could come and go at will. In the early 1950’s, it established Project Blue Book, a small agency that received reports from citizens, investigated the reports, and offered explanations to the media and the public. Blue Book gradually solidified as largely a public relations effort intent on debunking UFO sightings. Hundreds of files accumulated, and the Air Force closed down the program in 1970, ending all official investigations – or so they said publicly – without having found an explanation for many shocking UFO incidents.

Regarding the difficulty with which most people have in accepting that this unbelievable, rules-of-physics-bending phenomenon actually exists, despite all the documented evidence, this is what Leslie Kean had to say:

There may still be that inclination to dismiss it all as foolishness or some kind of psychological aberration that no amount of evidence can change. Some readers might feel defiant or deeply alarmed. Simple curiosity and an open mind will temper these very natural reactions. Anyone who adventures into this strange realm goes through some level of internal struggle, as I did after discovering and researching the COMETA Report. Like everyone else, I was unnerved by all this, but also, as an investigative journalist, I soon became intrigued by its power and portentousness. As I’ve already described, I wanted to find out as much as I could about the UFO phenomenon-really find out if there was anything to it. And after a while I developed a kind of defiance-but this was not because of resistance to accepting UFOs as real. Instead, I was disturbed that something real was going on here and nobody seemed to be paying attention. Being naturally rebellious, I felt drawn to the challenge both to my own intellectual boundaries and to the limitations of conventional thinking. Awe and humility softened the more unnerving aspects of the discovery process, because the more I learned, the more convincing the whole thing became. Why should we assume we already understand everything there is to know, in our infancy here on this planet?

My evolution took years, involving much reading, discussion with veteran researchers, review of government documents, and interviews with retired military officials and UFO witnesses. I think that most of us willing to consider this subject, even without this level of intensity, come to a point of transition, a decisive moment when we cross our own deeply ingrained internal barrier. It isn’t easy. After all, we’re dealing with something so far ungraspable: the essential nature of the UFO. We have to come to terms with the recurring appearance of something absolutely unknown and unexplainable by science, something that operates as if it were outside the boundaries of our physical world but in it at the same time. To make it even more difficult, we’re burdened by the negativity and denial of the status quo that all of us have absorbed to one degree or another.

What follows is a short chapter from her book, which is an account of an actual incident experienced by Captain Ray Bowyer (a commercial airline pilot with Channel Islands Aurigny Air Services) and his passengers on 23rd April 2007. This sighting of two massive objects over the English Channel was also tracked by radar at the time, and officially reported to the Civil Aviation Authority. Captain Bowyer was given every support by his airline in the matter, and air traffic control released recorded information to journalists and researchers on request; consequently the whole incident made news around the world.

Captain Ray Bowyer:

There has always been a strong connection to flying in my family, and even though I initially trained as a production and research engineer, I always had a hankering to get airborne. So in 1985 I began to fly, and four years later I qualified as a commercial pilot. Since then, I have worked for many airlines in Britain, Europe, and the Middle East.

I spent ten years, beginning in 1999, with Aurigny Air Services, based in the Channel Islands, which lie between southern Great Britain and northern France. Aurigny flies between the three largest islands-Alderney, Jersey, and Guernsey-and western France and England. I have completed some 5,000 hours and 8,000 landings for Aurigny in Britten-Norman Trislander aircraft. Although very basic and rather noisy, these eighteen-seat, three-engined aeroplanes are strong and ideal for short-sector work into short runways such as those at Alderney, the most northerly and smallest of the islands serviced by the airline. The flight deck area of the Trislander is not separated from passengers – we all sit in essentially one open cabin. While piloting the aircraft, I can literally turn around and talk to the passenger behind me.

On April 23, 2007, my passengers and I witnessed multiple, as yet unidentified objects over these islands while crossing the English Channel. They were very, very large. The objects were picked up on radar in two locations, and one was witnessed by another pilot from a totally different vantage point.

At 4,000 feet on that afternoon, the visibility was very good-at least 100 miles all around-with a low-level haze layer underneath us up to 2,000 feet. We were on route from Southampton, England, to Alderney, which takes about forty minutes, cruising at 150 mph.

At first I saw one object that seemed close because of its apparent size, and I considered it to be only five or six miles distant. However, as time passed with the object remaining in view, even though I had flown twenty miles closer to it, it still appeared to be a good distance away.

When I first saw it, I thought, based on past experience, that this brilliant yellow light was a reflection of the sun from a commercial greenhouse in Guernsey, famous for its production of tomatoes. But in this case the relative motion of the aircraft in combination with the critical angle between the ground and the sun meant that such a reflection could not occur. Furthermore, there was sunlight from above as there was a layer of cloud at 10,000 feet covering the whole area. With this in mind, I reached for my binoculars while flying on’autopilot, and viewing it magnified ten times, found that this light emitting object had a definite shape: that of a thin cigar, or a CD viewed on edge with a slight incline. It was sharply defined, and pointed on both ends. The aspect ratio was approximately 15:1 and I could clearly see a dark band two-thirds of the way along from left to right while viewing it through the binoculars. ‘

As I drew nearer to the object, a second identical shape appeared beyond the first. Both objects were of a flattened disk shape with the same dark area to the right side. They were brilliant yellow with light emanating from them. I passed the information to Jersey air traffic control (ATC) and they initially said they had no contact. I pressed the point over the next few miles and the controller at Jersey, Paul Kelly, then said he had primary contacts south of Alderney. So here we were on a bright afternoon in May with two objects ahead getting closer and larger with no explanation as to what they were! I found myself astounded, but curious. At this point, the passengers began to notice the unusual things and to ask about them. I decided not to make any announcement over the intercom so as not to alarm anyone, but it was obvious that some were getting concerned. By now the two identical objects were easily visible without binoculars, the second one behind the closer one, with exactly the same characteristics albeit farther away.

ATC then informed me that there were two reflections from primary radar, both to the southwest of Alderney. This was beyond my destination, for which I was glad as the objects were becoming uncomfortably close. Their brilliance is difficult to describe, but I was able to look at this fantastic light without discomfort. They both seemed*to be stationary, but the radar traces later proved otherwise: they were actually moving away from each other at about 6 knots, one to the north, from the northern tip of Guernsey towards Casquettes lighthouse, the other moving south along the northwest coast of Guernsey. Due to the haze layer it is unlikely that the objects were visible from the ground; however, after the event BBC radio received one uncorroborated report that one had been seen by a tourist staying at a local hotel in Sark, close to the Casquettes lighthouse. Approaching the point to begin descent, twenty miles NNE of Alderney, I maintained an altitude of 4,000 feet to remain in good view of the objects. If they started to move off, I wanted to be able to take action to avoid them if at all possible.

Due to my close proximity, the dark area on the right of the nearest one now took on a different appearance at the boundary between the brilliant yellow and the dark vertical band. There appeared to be a pulsating boundary layer between the two differences in color, some sort of interface with sparkling blues, greens, and other hues strobing up and down about once every second or so. This was fascinating, but I was now well beyond our descent point and to be frank I was not too displeased to be landing.

My feelings at this time were mixed. The safety of the passengers is paramount and that always comes first, so to land was the priority. However, I was really intrigued with whatever was ahead of me, even though I was healthily trepidatious as well. If the aircraft had been empty, I would have gone a lot closer, perhaps overflown the nearest object to gather further information and satisfy my curiosity. However, I would never knowingly put passengers at risk. My last sight of the objects was whilst passing through 2,000 feet in the descent through the haze layer.

Throughout the whole encounter, which lasted fifteen minutes, there had been no interference with any of the aircraft systems or instruments, and radio communications were likewise unaffected.

Upon landing I asked if any of the passengers had seen anything unusual, without wishing to lead them, and told them if they had and should want to report it, to leave their name and number at the check-in desk. Passengers Kate and John Russell, sitting three rows behind me, went public with their sightings and their story is well documented. At least four other passengers saw the objects and the gentleman sitting behind me even borrowed the binoculars for a closer look.

I walked to our operations department to make an official report, as required by law, informing the powers that be that unidentified aircraft had been seen within controlled airspace where they certainly shouldn’t have been. I drew a brief sketch and this was sent to Jersey ATC and onward to both the Ministry of Defence and the Civil Aviation Authority in London. With that done, it was time to grab a quick cup of tea and return to Southampton with another load of passengers.

I was somewhat concerned at the thought of departing to the west toward where I had last seen the closest object, and although nothing was visible ahead whilst I lined up on the runway, I,was aware that I had lost contact with the pair only due to the haze layer. Thankfully, after passing above 2,000 feet, there was nothing to be seen.

It was then, on this trip back to Southampton, that I had time to take stock of how big the two objects actually were. While in Alderney, I had received confirmation of the radar traces from the controller who had reviewed the data. I was able to determine that I was approximately fifty-five miles away from the first object, not the ten miles or less that I had originally thought. Flying around Europe at night, one gets to know the size of towns and cities relative to specific ranges, putting a scale on places of known size, along with a known oblique angle from a distant viewpoint. I was able to apply this same reference to the unidentified objects, presuming that they were flattened discs; they of course appeared long and thin from my viewpoint from the side. Seeing a reasonably large town from fifty-five miles would have been comparable to the size of this object. It was at this point that its massive size became clear, and I estimated it to be up to a mile long.

On my subsequent return to Alderney from Southampton, I telephoned Jersey ATC and spoke to Paul Kelly, the duty controller who was in communication with me during the sighting. He informed me that a pilot from a second aircraft had described a sighting as “matching the description” of what I had seen. This was a great relief to me, as it confirmed that I alone was not bonkers!

Indeed, Captain Patrick Patterson, the pilot of a Blue Islands Jetstream aircraft inbound to Jersey from the Isle of Man, had witnessed the same thing as me, from twenty miles south above the tiny island of Sark. Some months later, I met with Captain Patterson and we exchanged views as to what we had seen. Although his sighting was only for one minute or so, his description was proof to me that we had seen the same thing, even though he saw only a single object, the second being in his six-o’clock position and therefore out of view.

The decluttered radar trace recorded at the time clearly shows two slow-moving objects appearing simultaneously and disappearing off the trace simultaneously. The traces begin and end at exactly the same time, not a minute apart or even ten seconds. The northernmost of the two objects ends up in its final moments transiting overhead of the Casquettes lighthouse. The radar also shows the Blue Island aircraft top left to bottom right and my aircraft top right to centre.

A lengthy report by a team of independent researchers (with which I partly disagree on some content) overall offers no evidence to explain the sighting, which confirms to me that two tangible objects did appear over the Channel Islands that day. This study goes into extraordinary detail and runs over 175 pages, with references to the weather, temperature inversions, military activity, surface shipping movements, and many other avenues of investigation. I do, however, have a significant point at which I have to disagree with the team, which is their dismissal of the radar traces as being returns probably from a cargo boat.

Why would the two traces start and stop in midocean, at exactly the same moment, when they should be seen leaving or returning to port? And the northern object ends up in its final moments transiting over the Casquettes lighthouse, the scene of many shipwrecks including the SS Stella in the late nineteenth century with great loss of life. With tides running to 8 knots in this area, this surely would be a most inappropriate, indeed foolhardy, place to navigate a cargo vessel!

Regardless of the controversy, and even though many sightings by pilots do not have multiple witnesses or radar tracking, I would still urge all aircrew to report whatever they see as soon as possible, and to stand up and be counted.

Air law stipulates quite clearly that if an operating crew of an aircraft sees another aircraft in a place that it should, not be, then at the earliest opportunity the whole scenario is to be reported to the relevant authority. In my case the British Civil Aviation Authority knew within twenty minutes of the sighting what was seen, as described in the flight log faxed directly to the relevant CAA office. The military was informed by Jersey air traffic control at the same time. This is not an option; it is an obligation that crews react in this manner.

Ever since I saw the two UFOs and reported them openly, I have been asked the one question that everyone wants answered on this subject: “So what did you see, then? What do you think it was?” In truth I still don’t have an answer that satisfies me.
There are a number of what-ifs to be considered. For example, what if it had been nighttime? Or if there had been no cloud layer between the ground and the massive objects? Their sheer brilliance would surely have been seen from hundreds of miles away by people on the ground and all overflying pilots. The surface of the sea and land would have been lit up as if by two mini-suns.

Also, four days later, there was an earthquake off the Kent coast some 200 miles away. Could they have been earthquake lights, a rare phenomenon coincident with earth tremors? Unlikely. These are not seen over water, since they are discharged directly from a fault line. And could one of them manifest as a stationary, brilliant, sharply defined object, with an exact duplicate some distance away? Highly doubtful.

Or, was the brilliance of the objects just an aside, since perhaps they were part of some secret experiment? I would be interested to know if an overflying military or government satellite had picked up this extraordinary power source or brilliant light, which would seem likely. In any case, the Ministry of Defence stated in writing that this was not a military exercise or anything belonging to them.

My conclusion for all that ask the question is simple: I believe that there were two solid craft working in unison that day, shown by the fact that their sortie was linked together in both time and space. What they were, I cannot answer. What they were doing, once again I cannot answer. What I will say is that for machines so huge that they are visible from 50-plus miles hence, from two independent sources and with radar evidence to support their provenance, I can only conclude that they were not from around here, and in that I mean they were not, can not, have been manufactured on Earth.

So, what’s next? Well, this case, like so many others, was closed before it even started, as far as the authorities are concerned. The British and French military showed their now customary “Not too worried, really” colors, since their respective airspaces were not under direct threat. II interpret this to mean “We see it, but there’s not a thing we can do to stop it or make it go away.”

I believe that what we witnessed that day, along with what many other pilots witness around the world on a regular basis, is known to the relevant authorities as something not originating on this planet, and this has been known for a very long time.

But what if the people of the world were informed of this? It could result in recrimination against government, religion, and authority, possibly large-scale civil unrest culminating in a new world order which might or might not be beneficial to the planet, or a myriad of other complicated and unpredictable scenarios. The authorities may do well to consider keeping the lid on Pandora’s box at this time.

On the other hand, I believe the time is coming when they will no longer be able to keep sweeping this issue under the mat. With improved technology available and with more sightings being faithfully recorded every day, the time is surely not far away. Soon they will have to confront the people with what is known. Depending on what they know, or what we might be able to learn once they do this, I suspect this might turn out to be the time when the human race will grow up. Forced to confront their own smallness in relation to Earth’s place in the universe, humans may at last face up to a future as a tiny fish in a big sea.

This whole episode has exposed a new world to me that I didn’t know existed. I’ve come to know a very unusual group of people who are fascinated with the subject of UFOs-an eclectic bunch of dedicated believers and dreamers, writers, skeptics, film-makers, witnesses, psychotherapists, former military officials, and all hues in between. Some of the people that I have met firmly believe in extraterrestrial intelligence; others insist on refuting any idea of a greater intelligence than the human mind. Either way, the beliefs are firmly held and vocally expressed in all forms of media. And a complete industry has emerged to service the hunger for knowledge surrounding this subject.

As for myself, life has returned pretty much to normal. I still give the occasional newspaper, TV, or radio interview, but here at home in Guernsey, the incident is mainly forgotten. People have other things on their minds now, and concern about something otherworldly when the mortgage payment is due falls firmly into second or third place. Regardless, the day may be coming when the whole human race will have to face the frightening reality that we are coexistent with others in this universe. In my view, we may be well advised to get along with this now, because, frankly, we have very little choice.

It’s interesting to note that even with credible evidence such as this account, there are still so many who remain sceptical, or in total denial; but then the even stranger phenomenon than UFOs is the impenetrable mental barrier that exists around peoples’ minds. Take for example Professor Richard Dawkins’ 2011 book The Magic Of Reality – an excellent book in many ways, explaining to the younger generation, as well as adults, the wonderful realities of nature, space, time, evolution etc. – why things are as they are, and why we should look at them scientifically and ignore the mythology. Fine. But he devotes an entire chapter to the question ‘Are we alone in the universe’, and relates to UFOs only in terms of weird cults and the even weirder ‘abductees’, making no reference whatsoever to the credible accounts by reliable eye-witnesses of actual objects in the skies making manoeuvres that broke the known laws of physics. But of course this would have upset his argument and the premise of his book. And the fact is, Professor Dawkins is well-known for eschewing evidence of any kind which undermines his beliefs.

The 2015 publication How UFOs Conquered The World – The History Of A Modern Myth by Dr. David Clarke, discusses the power of the human will to believe – in anything. And again, like Dawkins, to support his scepticism he dismisses out of hand any credible accounts, even stating that ‘radar, like the human senses, is subject to interpretation’. It would be interesting to see the reaction of he and Dawkins when confronted with a display of aerial antics by unidentifiable vehicles. But as Dr. Clarke asserts, beliefs can be very powerful; if a spacecraft were to land in his own garden, his belief that it didn’t happen would probably overrule the fact that it did.

Anthropocentricsm – the belief that human beings are the most significant entity in the universe – is the prevalent view in our world today. Which means that any superior intelligence outside of our world simply cannot exist. And where UfOs are concerned this view is at the root of denial regarding individuals, science, governments and states. In 2008 two political scientists – Alexander Wendt of Ohio State University and Raymond Duvall of Minnesota University – published a 28-page academic paper entitled ‘Sovereignty and the UFO’ which dealt with this very matter. It can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF file here. This in depth study analyzes why – thus far and despite the evidence – the UFO phenomenon is regarded as a pseudo-science and not taken seriously by the establishment.

Photographic or moving footage of unidentified aerial phenomena usually generates controversy and much debate, for obvious reasons. But in 1999 a film documentary emerged called ‘The Secret NASA Transmissions – The Smoking Gun’ which was about a Canadian Cable TV editor called Martyn Stubbs who had spent years recording and analyzing the live video footage streamed back to earth from The International Space Station for the benefit of NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency. Stubbs was allowed to use one of his company’s satellite dishes to pick up the signal, which he said is actually possible with any domestic satellite dish. And what he discovered from the very beginning was startling.

In the interview he describes two phenomena – one is actual objects, often bright lights, sometimes curious shapes, moving through space, sometimes in large numbers – the other is flecks of coloured lights, barely visible to the naked eye, moving at tremendous speed, and active where there is some human activity happening around the space station. He explains that because of his trained eye from years of video and TV editing, he could spot this coloured light phenomena, and then to actually see it properly, he had to break the video footage down into fields – tiny fractions of seconds – which would clearly show the phenomena. He also explains that this phenomena was known of from as early as John Glenn’s flight through space in the 1960s when he too was aware of flecks of coloured light passing at great speed though the body of the craft. And at the time these were known as John Glenn’s fireflies, and they were actually believed to be live ‘critters’ in space.

Another bizarre moment in the film shows two astronauts carrying out work on the outside of the station when a small sphere comes into view close by, and just hovers there. One astronaut asks what it is – the other simply just tells him to ignore it. And the incident is never mentioned again.

Stubbs had to keep pinching himself to check that what he was seeing was real, and to get some sort of verification he managed to look at some of the footage that the Russians were receiving – it was exactly the same. Finally, he took his findings to scientists at Nebraska State University, some of whom gave him a frosty reception and went into a state of denial, and one who was patient and open-minded enough became so shocked and amazed that Stubbs had to almost hold his hand. Subsequently, the final documentary became the most watched ‘underground’ film among astronauts. The film can be viewed on Youtube here, But because it was produced by a small UFO magazine in the UK, the introduction is somewhat amateurish – it is the actual interview with Stubbs and the space footage which is well worth watching.

George King, in his 1959 BBC TV interview, claimed that the increasing widespread UFO activity was due to the fact that ‘space intelligences’ – those from elsewhere in our solar system – were deeply concerned about the proliferation of nuclear explosions throughout Earth; indeed this notion was picked up by many in those times. Hardly surprising when the U.S. and Soviet Russia carried out hundreds of test blasts from 1945 to 1963, when an agreement was made to curb testing and limit it to underground tests only. How very thoughtful of them. But with the cold war in full swing and the threat of nuclear war ever present, sceptics today remark that when humans are placed helplessly in perilous danger, all manner of beliefs surface in order to make some sense of the madness. Maybe so, but that certainly doesn’t alter the truth of actual recorded data for such aerial phenomena.

Here’s what Leslie Kean says in her book about the connection between nuclear activity and UFOs:

I would like to propose an intriguing hypothesis that is important to me personally. On my part, it has required some research that extends outside of France and into the United States. I believe that there is a connection between strategic nuclear power, the atomic bomb, and the presence of unidentified artificial objects in the sky. This is suggested by data collected over several decades. It could be part of the answer to the question of why UFOs have been present in our environment.

I find it very interesting that this association between the sensitive strategic sites and the overflights of “flying discs” was proposed within the American Air Force during the Cold War. Air Force intelligence noted that many sightings occurred over “sensitive installations.” According to one document, a meeting was held on February 16, 1949, in Los Alamos, New Mexico, that included Edward Teller, “the father of the H bomb.” Commander Richard Mandelkorn of the U.S. Navy wrote in his report on the meeting that “there is cause for concern of the continued occurrences of unexplainable phenomena of this nature in the vicinity of sensitive installations.” And an Army intelligence memo written a month earlier outlining different theories for these “extraordinary phenomena” stated almost the same thing: “It is felt that these incidents are of such great importance, especially as they are occurring in the vicinity of sensitive installations.” On April 28, 1949, Dr. Joseph Kaplan, member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, recommended a scientific investigation about the observed “unidentified aerial phenomena” and emphasized that “this was of extreme importance” because “these occurrences relate to the National Defense of the United States.”

Such historical documents enable us to understand the origins of the connection between UFOs and nuclear bases, and to see that this problem was taken very seriously by the military and governmental authorities. Most explicit was part of a report by George E. Valley, MIT physicist and radiation expert and member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, submitted to the Air Force Project Sign in 1949. Valley swept aside all the assumptions of known natural and artificial phenomena and advanced the hypothesis of extraterrestrial objects, specifically “space ships.” He states that any “extraterrestrial civilization” making these objects would have to be developed far in advance of ours. He goes on to write:

Such a civilization might observe that on Earth we now have atomic bombs and are fast developing rockets. In view of the past history of mankind, they should be alarmed. We should, therefore, expect at this time above all to behold such visitations. Since the acts of mankind most easily observed from a distance are A-bomb explosions, we should expect some relation to obtain between the time of A-bomb explosions, the time at which the space ships are seen, and the time required for such ships to arrive from and return to home base.

We have on record the number of explosions worldwide and tests both in the atmosphere until 1963 and underground from 1958 to 1995,, from the first explosion in the New Mexico desert in 1945 to the most recent in India in 1998, a total of just over 2,400 explosions (543 atmospheric tests and 1,876 underground explosions). By comparing nuclear tests to some 150 visual/radar UFO cases collected since 1947, we note that the curves are practically superimposed in time and that they coincide, with not more than a few months appearing between the number of explosions and one of the UFO appearances. This similarity in the two curves would suggest that the proven presence of UFOs is related to the nuclear strategic activity in the world. I base my hypothesis on my studies of official documents, the places and zones of UFO sightings, and remarks made by highly placed civilian and military persons involved in secret programs. There have been numerous instances of UFOs flying over or near strategic air command and other military bases in the United States, especially as documented during the 1960s.

In fact, flights of “green fireballs” and “flying discs” occurred over sensitive U.S. sites such as Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Kirtland AFB, Alamogordo, and Holloman AFB. The perimeters of Oak Ridge, Hanford, and Knoxville, where the materials intended for the nuclear bombs were produced, were also flown over. And other examples have been documented: Great Falls and Malmstrom AFB (Montana); Fairchild (Washington); Kincheloe, Wurtsmith, and Sawyer AFB (Michigan); Plattsburg (New York); Loring AFB (Maine); and Pease AFB (New Hampshire). Perhaps if there is some kind of monitoring going on, it manifests more strongly when there is a nuclear crisis situation on the planet. On March 16, 1967, at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, nearly twenty nuclear missiles were suddenly shut down while UFOs were in close proximity.

Something very extraordinary also occurred one year earlier at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota: On October 24, 1966, the Minuteman missile system was adversely affected during an afternoon while UFOs were sighted from the ground by multiple observers at three separate missile sites for over three hours, and two objects were tracked on radar. Communications and radio transmissions between various facilities monitoring the events were disrupted by static when the UFO came close to the site. At 4:49 p.m. the outside and interior security alarms of safety for the Oscar 7 missile silo were activated at the control desk located sixteen kilometers (ten miles) away. A security team was dispatched and discovered that not only was the fence open but the horizontal door closing the missile silo was also open. This reinforced-concrete door weighed nearly twenty tons and there were no tire tracks nor any record of a visit that could account for this.

This case puts in stark view some serious questions about the nature of this phenomenon that was responsible for: various ground and on-board radar echoes; the loss of the UHF transmissions; the simultaneous observation on the ground and from the air of this immense stationary luminous ball above the Oscar 7 zone; the alarm trigger; and the rising of the twenty-ton silo door. The main witnesses to this incident were located and interviewed years later, confirming these events. The Minot Air Force Base director of operations submitted a detailed report, released with the Air Force Project Blue Book files.

Unlike the Tehran case in 1976, where the Iranian military authorities did not know how to react in the presence of UFOs, the U.S. Air Force knew that it should not suddenly intervene by force above a Minuteman missile silo, but instead should remain as neutral as possible faced with this kind of situation.

I am fascinated with the possible correlation between nuclear activity, the location of nuclear weapon storage facilities, and the presence of UFOs. We can see on a graph the relationship between atomic explosions and visual/radar sightings, by looking at the similarity in the two curves. We can’t be certain why, but perhaps UFOs are “monitoring,” and this activity was heightened during times of dangerous nuclear activity on the planet.

After my many years studying the most important unexplained cases, I think we have reached a certain level of knowledge about UFOs. They seem to be artificial and controlled objects whose physical characteristics can be measured by our detection systems, radar in particular. They fall under a physics which is by far superior and more evolved than the one we have in our most technologically advanced countries, highlighted by the stationary and silent flights, the accelerations and speeds defying the laws of inertia, the effects on the electronic navigation or transmission systems of aircraft, and the electrical blackouts. These performances have been shown on radar. When military aircrafts are directly involved, these objects are able to anticipate and neutralize the maneuvers of the pilots assigned to security and defense missions, and some remarkable cases show the capacity of the UFOs to seemingly understand a particular situation or to anticipate intentions of escape or military neutralization. The UFO phenomenon is definitely related to something controlled and intelligent.

The only speculation that I allow myself to make about UFOs is that if they are artificial probes, they cannot be of terrestrial origin and consequently they must come from somewhere else. If extraterrestrial civilizations exist and have the capability to reach us, their motivation might be to monitor our planet because of the concerns raised by human behavior.

And here she cites one such incident:

On the morning of March 24, 1967, Air Force First Lieutenant Robert Salas, a missile launch officer, received a call from a frightened security guard reporting a glowing red, oval-shaped object hovering directly over the Oscar Flight Launch Control Center at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. With an “above Top Secret” clearance, Salas was stationed there as part of a team in charge of the missile sites and responsible for deploying the nuclear-tipped warhead missiles in the event of a war. Salas immediately went to wake up the crew commander, First Lieutenant Fred Meiwald, who was napping on his break. Then, within one minute of the phone call, the missiles started shutting down, one by one.

“They went into no-go while the UFO was overhead,” Salas says. “This means they were disabled, not launchable.” There were ten missiles at Oscar Flight, and Salas remembers losing all of them. The missiles were located five to ten miles from the control center where the UFO hovered, and were about a mile apart from one another with independent backup power sources. A week earlier, on the morning of March 16, 1967, about thirty-five miles away from Oscar Flight, UFOs had visited the Echo Flight facility as well, and all of its missiles went down, too. In total, twenty missiles were disabled within the span of a week.

A formerly classified Air Force telex states that “all ten missiles in Echo Flight at Malmstrom lost strat alert [strategic alert] within ten seconds of each other. … The fact that no apparent reason for the loss of ten missiles can be readily identified is cause for grave concern to this headquarters.” Salas learned from Boeing engineers years later that technicians checked every possible cause for ,the missile failures, but were not able to find any definitive explanation for what happened. At the time, it was suggested that the most likely cause would have been some kind of electromagnetic pulse directly injected into the equipment. Whatever force was involved had to penetrate sixty feet underground to do its damage.

In 1995, when Lieutenant Salas attempted to access government files about the incident, the Air Force sent him its reissue of its 1969 public statement-today’s “fact sheet”-that no UFO has ever given any indication of threat to our national security, with a letter stating that this statement still held true. Given his experience, and subsequent confirmation by other witnesses about the 1967 Malmstrom incident, Salas clearly disagrees with this national security assessment. “It is simply incorrect,” he says. “If you consider the fact that this UFO incident resulted in the loss of twenty missiles during the Cold War and the Vietnam War, this was a national security threat. The Air Force is not telling us the truth.” Salas is not the only former Air Force officer to take this position. Others-missile personnel, security police, radar operators, and pilots-have come forward with similar reports.

After the fall of communism is Russia many state files which had remained secret began to leak out – UFO incidents were among them. In a book about some of these files – published by UFO researcher and consultant Paul Stonehill, and former Director of Investigations of the British UFO Research Association Philip Mantle – there is a brief chapter concerning the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Here’s what it says:

On April 26, 1986, the planet’s worst nuclear power accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in the Ukraine. A series of operator errors and reactor design deficiencies produced a devastating steam explosion and fuel-core meltdown in Unit 4. Death-carrying radioactivity spread over parts of the USSR, contaminating the land and causing disease, mutations, and worse.

Few people remember that in their shameless attempt to conceal the cause of the disaster, the Soviet authorities tried to misinform the public through rumors that UFOs had caused the accident. Valery Iosifovich Krahovil, a researcher and author of numerous books and articles, had collected information about UFOs over Chernobyl, and in August of 1990 he located Mikhail A. Varitzky, a technician at the power station, who had lived in Chernobyl from the day it was built. The account Varitzky gave Krahovil seems to confirm the role of UFOs in reducing the radiation levels at Chernobyl.

On the night of the accident Varitzky was awoken by alarms, and, with another technician, Mikhail Samoilenko, he drove to the area of the power station. They arrived at Unit 4 at 4:15AM, by which time the reactor was ablaze, and the two technicians had no protective suits. Their faces were burning, and the technicians, aware of the dangers of

radiation, decided to turn back. Then, from their car, they observed a fiery sphere in the sky, approximately 26 feet in diameter. Its color was similar to brass, and it moved slowly. Two bright red rays shot out from the UFO and were directed at the reactor of Unit 4. The object was some 1000 feet away from the reactor. It hovered in the area for about three minutes. Then the rays vanished, and the UFO slowly moved away to the northwest, toward Byelorussia. The gauging device used by the technicians was checked when they returned to the base, it worked fine. But one thing is crucial: the first reading they took, just as the UFO appeared in the sky, was 3,000 milliroentgens/hour. After the rays, the readings showed 800 milliroentgens/hour. Three hours after the initial explosion a UFO had brought down the radiation level.

The Varitzky account does not diminish the brave work of those who fought the fires so heroically. Perhaps it reveals that mankind was given a hand in its hour of need. Others observed the UFO over Chernobyl, and there were eyewitnesses who drew sketches of UFOs over Chernobyl and Slavutich, the town where many nuclear scientists reside.

Subsequently, UFOs came back to Chernobyl. On September 16, 1989, when another problem occurred at Unit 4 (radioactive material escaped into the environment), Iva Naumovna Gospina, a doctor, observed a UFO at 8:20AM, a few hours after the accident. The object was amber-colored, elliptical, and she discerned its top and bottom parts. Krahovil has a photograph taken in October 1990 by Alexander Krymov, a scientist at the power station. The UFO in the photograph is a disc-like craft with visible supports which hovers over the apartment buildings where technicians reside.

A fire raged at Chernobyl’s Unit 2 on October 11, 1991, and five days later Vladimir Chevran, a reporter for Ekho Chernobylya newspaper, was taking photographs at the site. When the film was developed, one picture he had taken of the sky revealed an object very similar to the one Dr Gospina observed. The film has been authenticated by experts.

Despite the wealth of credible eye-witness accounts over the past few decades of this aerial phenomenon, it remains a problem for hard-boiled scientists and the establishment to accept and speak openly about because the phenomenon simply cannot be closely observed and tested in laboratory conditions – and this is what would be required for science to take it seriously – which would then mean that we would all take it seriously. However, there is another unexplained phenomenon which has been linked to possible extra-terrestrial sources, and that is the crop circle phenomenon.

Crop Circle

Milk Hill formation, Wiltshire, England. 12 August 2001

Inexplicable shapes in crops have been recorded as far back as the 16th century, but in the early 1990’s they exploded onto the front pages of the British tabloid media, with a diversity of speculation as to the source of this mystery. Until two elderly men called Doug Bower and Dave Chorley came forward and grabbed media attention by claiming that they had been out every night of every summer since 1978 constructing crop circles with ropes and wooden poles, initially as a bit of fun, and subsequently as a crusade to discredit those who believed the circles were something of significance. Of course this answered the questions of the sceptics, and as the tabloid reports diminished, crop circles were consigned to the hoax pile and largely forgotten. The mystery was over. But in truth, that was far from the case.

As the years rolled on the cases of crop circles actually increased, but more importantly, their designs grew ever larger, more complex, majestic and beautiful (the largest recorded being the Milk Hill formation shown above). Doug and Dave may well have had a hand in creating many patterns in the fields of England, as most probably were other pranksters, having fun ruining farmer’s crops. But, there are certain crucial facts which the press chose to omit from their reports, which make a clear distinction between circles created by pranksters, and those considered ‘authentic’.


Crop circles created manually are always simple or crude, and the crop itself is always flattened to the floor – trampled on and effectively damaged. Or, the crop has been swept over and the stems bent or broken in order to make them lie flat – unlike the ‘authentic’ circles which have a regular, intricate weave pattern to the laid down stems. But more importantly there is a crucial point explained here by Cerealogist Andy Thomas in his 2002 book Vital Signs:

When, in 1990, eminent biophysicist William C Levengood, based in Michigan, USA, was first sent samples of circle-affected crop by Pat Delgado for analysis, his interest was instantly aroused by what he found, which could not, in his opinion, be attributable to human intervention. In the years since, aided by sometime colleagues John Burke and Nancy Talbott (operating as BIT – Burke, Levengood and Talbott), he has examined thousands of samples from many formations around the world and identified several uniform effects. 

Visually recognisable traits are grossly enlarged or elongated nodal joints (the `knuckles’ on corn-type plants) and the presence of ‘expulsion cavities’ in the same areas, where moisture seems to have exploded outwards leaving visible holes. But it’s the less obvious effects which most indicate the involvement of a non-human cause: At a cellular level, the nodal area is riddled with tiny perforations and the cell wall pits inside the bract tissues which encase the seed-heads are often abnormally swollen, causing the embryonic seeds in young plants to become notably stunted in growth or absent altogether. Surviving affected seeds planted on in germination trials show marked differences with control samples taken from just a few feet outside of a crop circle, going to extremes in both ways – either they don’t germinate at all or do so reluctantly, with noted inconsistencies of development, or they grow at a vastly increased rate. Experiments by others have shown some plants grown on in generations from circle-seed appear to flourish faster than controls, are more resistant to disease and give more yield, as if genetically altered. 

The Levengood effects are generally more noticeable with circles formed in immature plants (when still green and developing), but remain present in certain riper stems. Tests with mechanically flattened or trodden crop have failed to reproduce these observations, carried out under rigorous scientific protocols. Samples from a formation secretly (and controversially) created by a team led by prominent researchers Karen Douglas and Steve Alexander in 1995 to test the reliability of scientific analysis were examined by an unsuspecting Levengood and, tellingly, produced none of the above anomalous results. Other known man-made formations since investigated, made in a variety of circumstances (some as specific experiments) have failed to yield any notable differences from controls. Of all the many crop glyphs tested by BIT since work began, the majority have demonstrated the extraordinary effects defined by Levengood.

Other anomalies have been noted. There are some arguments about the significance of nodal bending, often found in circles, which is impossible to effect by physical pressure. It can occur as a result of ‘phototropism’, where fallen stems grow back up to the light from the node, but it is also seen in swathes which have clearly been specifically curved from the nodes to create certain shapes in the floor lay. Two Wiltshire pictograms in 1993 even appeared to show traces of meteorite dust inside, speculated by Levengood to have been drawn down from the upper atmosphere by one of the ion plasma tubes he believes plays a role in circle creation, although this line of inquiry was particularly challenged by cynics.

Debunkers, inevitably, have attacked the BIT results as naive and subjective, but have yet to provide any evidence to disprove the findings. Levengood, well-respected in his field, has tightened up his methods and protocols considerably in recent years (most denunciations are still based on minor deficiencies in his early work) and the observations remain consistent. Certainly his work has been taken seriously enough to feature as a published paper in a hard scientific journal Physiologia Plantarum in 1994, and even appeared in the British agricultural magazine Farmers Weekly in 1995. Levengood’s work and that which has followed from it is the nearest anyone has yet got to the long-sought and all-encompassing ‘litmus test’ which might be able to determine ‘scientifically’ beyond doubt which formations are man-made and which are not. 


In addition to this, most crop circles appear overnight, and the summer months in Britain provide few hours of dark cover for pranksters to secretly create such large and complex designs. And many have appeared after a night of heavy rain, making the ground soft and muddy – impossible for a group of people to avoid leaving a mass of footprints. But then not all circles occur overnight – there have been many instances of them appearing in broad daylight. One such example was a farmer who drove into the local town one morning, only to return a little later to find a huge design in one of his fields he had driven past only an hour earlier. And to add to the unearthly nature of the phenomenon, small globes of light have often been seen, and recorded, accompanying the phenomenon. Andy Thomas again:

 Time and again strange lights are seen either coming down from the sky into fields where glyphs are subsequently found, or spotted flitting around existing ones and the areas where they form. Many have seen these lights for themselves in a variety of circumstances, day and night. Of all the unusual effects which surround the circles, these are almost certainly the most documented.

This is no myth. There is enough video evidence and eyewitness testimony to show conclusively that such lights exist, whatever they may be. The luminosities tend to be a few feet or less across, amorphous and white, but variations have been witnessed, some coloured and others even seeming to have some kind of material structure within their radiance.

England has one of the highest records for crop circles over the years, and certain areas such as Wiltshire are particular hotspots, but the phenomenon is actually global, and not always confined to crops in fields. In fact there have been incidents where a design has appeared in Canada, on the thin ice of a frozen lake. But apart from the mystery of the makers behind the phenomenon, it is the magnificent, intriguing designs themselves which have become the interest among many scholars, writers and mathematicians. People such as writer, inventor and architect Michael Glickman have marvelled at the pure genius of the fractal geometry within the designs. he Sunday Telegraph art critic wrote “Whoever or whatever made them is an artist of genius – in its most literal sense: of that there can be no doubt”.

However, despite all this evidence for strange and wonderful patterns and their mysterious makers, you might well ask what is the point of it all? Why? Andy Thomas again:

As a small group of us sat, contemplating the object of our interest on a warm, hazy afternoon, we became aware of the buzz of fascination from other visitors who weren’t there for the same reasons. As they came and went, the picnickers and kite-flyers, even the children, were all being drawn like moths to the curve of the hill, which directly overlooked the motif. Nearly every conversation drifting on the breeze could be heard to have turned to speculation about the enigma below. People were talking, some on basic levels, others more complex, about ETs, the possibility of life elsewhere, their place in the Universe, even God. Why was that pattern there and what had made it? What did it mean? Even the more cynical observers sounded impressed despite themselves, admiring the perfect execution of the shapes before them.

We were struck then with the realisation that what we were witnessing was a microcosm of the overall effect crop circles have had on those across the globe lucky enough to come into contact with them. As the people on the hill were discovering, the presence of these patterns raises initial questions about their nature, which in turn lead to far more incisive questions about… well, everything. As our enquiries pass the many filter systems of our minds, what can and can’t be accepted by our logic begins to lead to unusual avenues of thought. Many, faced with the reality of the circles for the first time, are left with no choice but to dismiss the concept of their all being a joke, forced to consider other possibilities. But these possibilities then require reassessment of other precepts and conditions they may have grown up with, impressed on them by society. Before long, the inquirers begin to question everything they ever believed in and find themselves no longer able to function within normal parameters. Once the doors are opened, there’s no going back. People from all walks of life, sometimes with no previous interest in anything remotely ‘paranormal’, find their lives change, their needs, their friends. There is no archetypal ‘croppie’. What previously fulfilled them or covered holes in their existence suddenly seems hollow. After the crop circles, trivia becomes a happy distraction, but no longer enough to live for. Deeper waters have to be stirred.

All this from a few shapes of ‘flattened corn’? Yes. There are enough living examples who will testify to the truth of this, myself included. Whether this is what the phenomenon is supposed to achieve is irrelevant. It may be there is no,purpose to it at all, or the effect intended is something quite different. But this is the effect the circles are having, whatever their real source. They are, in their own way, changing the world. The way to global transition isn’t sweeping political decisions or enforced belief systems. Only alterations in individual hearts can make a real difference. The domino effect does the rest. Friends and relatives of those involved in the circles and other transformational phenomena cannot help but be touched in some way by the new insights of the first domino. Short of walking away, there’s no way they can’t in some way be influenced, even if unaware the circles are the cause.

The big E.T. question

You maybe thinking at this point ‘Okay, okay, so there’s plenty of credible evidence. If there is advanced extra-terrestrial life, where is it, where does it come from, and why don’t they just land and introduce themselves?’

In a recent BBC radio programme, physicist Professor Brian Cox and other members of the scientific panel said they would ‘welcome extra-terrestrials with open arms’, remarking it would be the greatest event in human history if such a thing were to take place. And that it is the question on the lips of all those interested in the cosmos – if they exist, why don’t they make contact?

Well, here’s the answer.

We may think that we live in an advanced world – relatively speaking. Compared to just two hundred years ago we now have electricity, motor cars, aeroplanes, computers, robots, space-rockets and scientific understanding that we could only have dreamed of back then. But, fundamentally, we are still exactly the same people as we were 10,000 years ago, with all the same personal and social problems – in some ways much worse – and with a long history of predominantly bloodshed and war. Ignorance, prejudice, greed, hatred and many other issues weigh this world down as they always have. Only a relative few manage to rise above all of these. So, if we consider that life from other worlds might be advanced scientifically – and if you accept all the above evidence, then it surely is – then might it not also be massively advanced spiritually? A point that nobody considers when discussing extra-terrestrial life, strangely.

The people of this world can fall apart over a financial crisis, as we experienced just a few years ago. Millions of people with religious beliefs believe their chosen religion has all the answers, and that everyone else is wrong – some even believe in destroying others who don’t conform to their beliefs. Greed and the divide between rich and poor becomes ever greater. Millions live and die in squalor while others enjoy excessive opulence and luxury, and so many spend their lives chasing such a goal. Corrupt governments and ruthless dictators inhibit the liberty of thousands, and barbaric violence and murder are committed somewhere on the planet every day. And we all still live with the possibility of nuclear war – the possibility that opposing countries have differing views, cannot see eye to eye, and so are willing to let the rest of the world suffer, or die, because of this. Added to this we pollute our world to the point of destruction because of all the aforementioned. Doesn’t sound so advanced when you consider these things, does it?

In his writings and lectures over the decades George King stated many times that the Karmic pattern of this world is the reason why open public contact with space intelligences would be impossible, so far; our negative Karmic pattern (I discuss Karma in my other article) is such that not only do we not deserve such an encounter, we have not yet earned the right to such advanced knowledge, and we would not be able to handle what a visit of this nature would entail. Our scientific understanding would be obliterated; we can get a tiny appreciation just by imagining what it would be like for a 21st century fighter pilot to land his jet on a 10th century battlefield and try to demonstrate its technological capabilities to the troops. And today’s world so engrossed in basic materialism would be turned upside down simply by the magnitude of such spiritually advanced intelligences; it would mean we would be required to change everything – the way we think and act, what we believe, how we behave. Change is difficult enough in our world at the best of times, and such a monumental event would be catastrophic – the massive social upheaval would be destructive. Could you see the oligarchs, mafia bosses, oil tycoons, property developers, hedge fund managers casino bankers and all the other uber-rich suddenly relinquishing their wealth, power and status for the benefit of the poor? Could you imagine the perpetual problems in Palestine, Israel, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Ukraine, Sudan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Afghanistan simply dissolving into peace? Or religious fundamentalists and militant atheists accepting that they’d got it all wrong? Not to mention the shock to the minds of the eminent scientists, philosophers, theologians, historians. Meltdown.

However, George King did state that this world is constantly visited by space intelligences who come here discreetly and covertly to carry out observations and small but important tasks, whatever they might be, in order to bring about certain results. In many cases such beings can be among us and we wouldn’t even know it. According to George King they are able to take on, or construct for themselves, a human physical structure – a structure on our material, physical dimension. It is all a question of consciousness and control of matter.

It is a fact that when we sleep, part of our consciousness can unconsciously split off and wander; we wake up and believe we have dreamed, but in many cases we have actually traveled, and sometimes visited other realms or dimensions. George King said that when we can remember a so-called dream that was in colour we should take note – the experience was real. Near death experiences always recount an individual being able to see themselves and others as from a viewpoint above, and recounting the people all that happened around their body while they were supposedly unconscious, before returning into their body; again a split of consciousness. Yogi Masters such as George King, and many others from history, ‘consciously’ split their consciousness in the deep trance state, and travel, sometimes away from this planet. It’s a vast subject which I can’t do justice to in such a brief article as this without sounding glib or credulous; perceiving the current scientific view that consciousness being simply an aspect of the physical brain is incorrect, and opening ourselves up to the metaphysics of consciousness, is the key to some understanding of it.

George King explained that the complete consciousness of advanced intelligence’s from outside this world is tremendously powerful, and confronted with such an individual in what he termed ‘Full Aspect’ could be potentially harmful to us; the energy emanating from such beings – spiritual energy – would be destructive, lethal. Which sounds ridiculous to us and counter to our limited understanding of what spiritual energy really means. But it is the reason why such beings, when visiting Earth by means of a constructed humanoid form, do so with only a small part of their consciousness inhabiting that form; they purposely split up their consciousness, probably reducing it to something akin to our own. Again, it’s one of those aspects of science, of reality, that mankind has yet to understand.

However, there have been a number of well-documented incidences of contacts between an individual from our world and one from another. One in particular which supposedly took place in 1950s London was connected to British royalty. Sir Peter Horsley, then equerry to Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, devoted an entire chapter to the event in his autobiography ‘Sounds from another room’. Being a decorated pilot from World War II, Horsley had friends who were high ranking officers in the Royal Air Force, and like Horsley had a deep interest in the UFO phenomenon – one of whom arranged for Horsley to meet a like minded Mrs Markham at a Chelsea flat one evening, where he was then introduced to a ‘Mr Janus’. A long discussion took place between the stranger and Horsley on subjects ranging from philosophy, to spacecraft, to atomic weapons, to a very unconventional perspective on God. Horsley describes the feeling of his mind being read by the uncommonly knowledgeable, eloquent man, who went on to request a meeting with Prince Philip – a request that couldn’t be met. Horsley returned to the venue some days afterwards, only to find the place empty, as if nobody had been there for a long time.

I’ve read that story many times, and though it sounds fascinating and credible in many ways, I’m always surprised how Horsley managed to recount everything that was said, and certain details of the conversation he recalls make me a little sceptical. But it’s certainly possible that an actual meeting between Horsley and a man from another world did take place. And the fact that ‘Mr Janus’ was so knowledgeable on matters evidently outside of the public domain, among other bizarre qualities, gives a ring of truth to the story; it’s also likely that Horsley embellished the account with his own version of the details. However, a very interesting fact regarding the story is that Prince Philip has always maintained an interest in the UFO phenomenon – so much so that he was one of the longest standing subscribers to the British UFO journal ‘Flying Saucer Review’ founded in 1955.

There are several well-known ‘contactee’ accounts which George King himself actually confirmed to be authentic, and one of the most famous cases is that of George Adamski.









(This is an article in progress with new material added regularly).



This blog is an attempt to elucidate one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual teachers of the 20th century, Dr. George King.

Because this spiritual teacher made so many seemingly bizarre claims, people tend to write him off as the crackpot founder of a UFO religion, without even studying his background. There have been so many weird cults over the past 50 years or so that we readily dismiss anything that doesn’t fit in with orthodox religions or scientific rationale, understandably so.

We’re told by the atheists that nothing exists beyond what we can either see or scientifically measure, and that life essentially has no meaning. The world religions tell us to believe in something that, to the modern-day mind seems absurd, but maintain it will save us from ourselves, even though they have fought for centuries, in one way or another, against each other and amongst themselves, simply over a disparity of belief systems. While the contemporary priests of materialism – the marketing men – tell us that the latest iphone will make our life complete – that is, until the next one comes onto the market.

Modern technology is both a hindrance and a help, and the internet is no exception. So much information is available at our fingertips, much of it useful, yet so much of it poorly researched, and published by individuals with little or no understanding of what they’re talking about – usually coming from a particular angle, and often with an axe to grind; the price we pay for a democratic system I suppose. But I make no complaints – after all, here I am able to present years of study to the world, at the stroke of a key.

So, any information available on the internet regarding this man George King is either scant and poorly explained, or ridiculing. It seems to be the standard reaction in people to ignore or belittle anything they don’t understand. And I would suggest that all those adopting this approach regarding Dr. George King simply haven’t made a thorough study of him and his work. Because if they had, they would soon realise that he was what eastern mysticism regards as a Master of Yoga in the true sense of the term, with all the strange, so-called supernatural phenomena that is part of such an individual. And that he was indeed a channel through which beings from other worlds outside of ours spoke, however crazy that may sound to our hard-boiled, materialistic minds. And that he also imparted the most advanced spiritual teachings and practices this world has ever seen; a reiteration to some degree of the teachings of Buddha, Jesus and others, but in addition, a whole mountain of information appropriate to the modern scientific world in which we now live.

Over the following instalments of this blog, I will explain what I have discovered over the past 20 years of my research into this man, and more importantly for the sceptics, what hard evidence exists to prove the claims and concepts made by him. And ultimately to show, despite the fact that his legacy is upheld by just a handful of individuals today, that yet another great spiritual teacher, arguably the greatest Master ever to grace this world – a conveyor of information crucial to tackling mankind’s present condition and future existence – has managed to slip through the fingers of a largely ignorant, apathetic world, with complete disregard.

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