Going Back A Bit In Time – Revisiting The Early Days Of UFOlogy And The Contactee Movement

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Though Tim Beckley believes his motivations should be seen as altruistic, to others they are controversial even appalling. There are still some purists in the field who believe that “contactee” is a dirty word. Yet all things considered, Beckley is doing the UFO community a huge service by reprinting hard to find books from the 1950s, books written by early UFO experiencers who were the first to claim contact with the aliens after the initial sighting by Kenneth Arnold in 1947 that started it all. Recently, Beckley has published “Two Golden Age of Flying Saucer Classics,” a volume that combines books by Dana Howard and Gloria Lee, two female contactees with stories to tell about friendly Space Brother entities and their good wishes for mankind. It is a given that we live in a more cynical time in which blonde-haired Venusians promising salvation for mankind by raising our collective vibration is a little harder to swallow. But the sincerity with which the two women made those claims and their heartfelt belief in the basic goodness of the universe and the overall grand design is still an uplifting message for UFO believers today, no matter how much the term “contactee” is greeted with scorn by many in the present day research community. As Regan Lee (no relation to Gloria) writes in her introduction to the new reprint edition, “They were messages of universal love, of care for the Earth, of banishing fears and greed, of striving to reach a higher vibration. Only when humanity does all of that will we be saved from ourselves. These messages are the messages of the space aliens – if they are space aliens – that have been given to contactees over and over. All the Earth’s ills and humanity’s woes are due to our own fears, mistrust and blindness to something greater than ourselves. We can only be raised up (literally, in saucers) when we raise our consciousness.” In the case of Dana Howard, whose book “Diane: She Came From Venus,” is first in the new edition, that cockeyed optimism is also expressed in refreshingly Biblically-tinged New Ageterms: “All over the world an auspicious new day is dawning. A triumphant spiritual victory is soon to be won. Many earthlings will live to see it emblazoned across the morning skies, commingled with the dazzling radiance of the sunrise. With trumpets and fanfare the New Age will be ushered in. When that wonderful day arrives, those from ON HIGH will descend earthward. They will help to release all the human family to a new octave in living. ‘And He shall send His angels with a great sound of the trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds.’” That last quote there is from Matthew, 24:31. A little further in Dana’s text, she quotes the Book of Hebrews, 1:14, “Are they not ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for those who shall be the heirs of salvation?” Dana freely sprinkles her book with the term “The New Age,” many decades before the dawning of the current movement as we know it. As publisher Beckley points out, the contactees of the 1950s were crucial to the formation of the New Age movement and the belief in benevolent Space Brothers continues to be its backbone. We are dealing with spiritual entities that Dana firmly contends are angelic, and their ubiquity in our current time is a harbinger of future glory for our planet and our species. What will the New Age be like? Or as Dana puts it, “How will we know when the great change comes? It will be obvious in many ways. A friendly spirit will prevail. People will grow more tolerant. There will be an attitude of helpfulness that has not existed before. The change will be apparent in almost every person we meet. One day it will encircle the Earth like a mammoth girdle. We will be drawn into a cognizant relationship with higher grades of consciousness. With the Venusian influence streaming in, we will be able to feel and enjoy these cooperative impulses. We will come to know this is the way the superior ones magnetize and impregnate the lesser orders of life.” For all intents and purposes, it would seemwe have a long way to go! Dana goes on to explain that her thinking has been greatly influenced by repeated telepathic contact with her Space Brother friends. “How can we make direct contact?” she writes. “It is not necessary that they come to us in person to impress us. Nor do they need words to make themselves known. Thoughts are things. They need only to project their thoughts through space. Thought is the agent of consciousness. We are bound together subjectively by the same invisible cord. Too, we are composed of the selfsame elements, one somewhat more rarified than the other. That is all. In other words: ‘All are part of one stupendous whole, whose body is nature, and God, the soul.’” The primary voice that Dana “hears” belongs to the beautiful DIANE. “Her melodious voice,” Dana writes, “vibrated through the vastness of the cosmos.” Dana had written an earlier book called “My Flight To Venus” in which she introduced the alien DIANE, who physically manifested before Dana on more than one occasion and appeared to be a perfect looking, beautiful woman. That is consistent with other contactee accounts as well, with the aliens typically exhibiting a uniform beauty and often a long blonde hairdo to match. When we say someone “looks like an angel,” it may be evidence of an unconscious “species memory” of having seen the Nordic-looking aliens over the course of many millennia. In any case, we have a deeply ingrained sense of what we expect an angel to look like and the Space Brothers may be a logical extension of that same ancient human experience. Along with the preaching about the world’s salvation, Dana also offers some adventuresome trips to other planets and to the ships themselves, discussing the various forms that teleportation by the aliens may involve while admitting to truly understanding very little of the science by which she is transported. As for Gloria Lee, her contact was a male alien identified simply as “J.W.,” who was said to have originated on Jupiter, which Regan Lee’s introduction says implies a more paternalistic relationship with the contactees. While we know more than 50 years later that neither Venus or Jupiter harbor any visible intelligent life, we must make allowances for the nearly childlike references to planets within our own solar system as being the point of origin for the voices Gloria and Dana heard. But it should be noted thatour planetary neighbors have a long history in the occult and spiritualist movements as beinginhabited. Mediums are also said to have traveled there – if not in the physical body then through astral projection. In Gloria’s case, the preferred method of contact is again telepathy, but she offers an interesting reason for why that is so: the aliens long ago physically evolved to a point where they no longer had vocal cords nor any need for them. When she reaches this conclusion, J.W. then approvingly tells her, “Now you’re thinking!” Gloria also contends that she is not the real author of her book, “Why We Are Here.” Although the original copyright was taken out in her name, the book is credited to “J.W., A being from Jupiter through the Instrumentation of Gloria Lee.” Gloria also says that all proceeds from the book will go to the “newly established Cosmon Research Foundation.” While she admits that she cannot prove the existence of J.W., “the fact a book was written is ample proof of an author and in all honesty, I DID NOT WRITE THIS BOOK! I feel no sense of the natural pride an author may have for his book. I’m pleased I was chosen to be the instrument through which the book was written, though I have doubted the choice to be spiritually and mentally equipped enough for such a book.” Gloria says she prayed throughout the “writing” of the book that she be an instrument only for the Truth with a capital “T,” and that once the book was finished she believed every word of it, with the qualifier, “if I can have faith in my instrument-ship.” There of course exists a great deal of “iffy-ness” to most books of this kind, and the question of belief quickly becomes similar to belief in other “religions.” The gods speak only to their prophets, and one must choose whether to believe those revelations as an act of faith and cannot demand any proof beyond the believer’s willingness to believe. In spite of her profound belief in the righteousness of her undertaking, Gloria’s story did not have a happy ending. Fired up with inspiration, she took her channeled designs of a space station platform along with her message of the coming salvation of the world by Space Beings to the United Nations. She was denied the opportunity to address the world body and subsequently began to sink into a deep depression, or as Regan Lee puts it, “Gloria Lee’s life energy began to slip away.” To protest her rejection by the United Nations, Gloria went to a hotel room and began a hunger strike to try to hammer her message home. She told her followers that when she entered the coma state, her consciousness would be taken over and released to higher realms. After more than two months of starvation, she was taken to a hospital where she died a day later. There are numerous possible explanations for the tragedy. Perhaps the voice of J.W. was simply a liar, or perhaps he wasn’t an alien at all but instead a human agent of the shadow government who was toying with a naïve believer. Such an agent may have chosen Gloria because of her husband’s involvement with airplane engineering projects. Some have suggested that J.W. was a demon masquerading as a creature of light and that this kind of deception is rife throughout the annals of UFO contact. (One need onlyreference our previous work, “Round Trip To Hell In A Flying Saucer: UFO Parasites, Alien ‘Soul Suckers’ and Invaders From Demonic Realms,” tolearn about the darker side of UFOlogy.) As in the case of the Heaven’s Gate suicides of 1997, something had gotten such a strong grip on Gloria’s consciousness that she was willing to die to fulfill her mission for whoever the entities were that created the voice of J.W. But the book that resulted from her telepathic contact with the voice from Jupiter is still readable as a fascinating lesson in the history and spiritual milieu of the time, as is Dana Howard’s cheerier take on the notion of contact with benevolent space beings. There is some kind of core solution to the mysteries presented by both women that still eludes us more than 50 years later, and reading what they actually put down on paper so long ago is still a vital link in the chain to our understanding of what it means to “speak” with aliens and what kind of world will follow in the wake of those conversations. [To read more by Sean Casteel, visit his website at www.seancasteel.com. Several of Casteel’s books are available for purchase there, as well as at Amazon.com]
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