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FTR #874 Update on Fascism and the New Age

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Von Braun and Fellow Adherents to the Age of Aquarius

Introduction: The gulf between Nazism and the so-called New Age might seem to be so wide as to be unbridgeable. Sadly, that is not the case. At the core of Nazi belief was occultism, drawing on Pan-Germanic mythology deriving from the Thule Society, ariosophy, elements of Hindu religious doctrine and more commonly recognizable belief systems such as astrology.

As a result, New Age sects and religion have frequently dovetailed with elements of Nazi and fascist philosophy. (For more about the Nazi/fascist/New Age connection, see–among other programs–FTR #’s 170172221 as well as L-2. The intimate relationship between elements of the intelligence community, mind control, cults and fascism are discussed in–among other programs–AFA #7Miscellaneous Archive Show M7, and FTR #291. The recent underground film “Thrive” is very much worth examining in this regard.)

In FTR #873, we examined how the Atlantis myth has fed directly into Nazi occultism and “polygenesis,” a key feature of scientific racism.

J.Z. Knight has built a successful organization by claiming to channel an ancient “Atlantean/Lemurian” Warrior named Ramtha. In addition to lubricating the spiritual cognition of her acolytes with copious amounts of wine, Knight/Ramtha has disseminated profoundly disparaging views of various groups: ” . . . During the 16 or so hours the students spend in a spiritual drinking game (students must drink every time Ramtha/Knight does), Knight will disparage Catholics, gay people, Mexicans, organic farmers, and Jews. . . . . Fuck God’s chosen people! I think they have earned enough cash to have paid their way out of the goddamned gas chambers by now,” she says as members of the audience snicker. There are also titters when she declares Mexicans “breed like rabbits” and are “poison,” that all gay men were once Catholic priests, and that organic farmers have questionable hygiene. . . .”

Knight/Ramtha’s views have found resonance on the Stormfront website, arguably the leading neo-Nazi and white supremacist website.

Next, we turn to examination of a major constellation in the New Age firmament–the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Based in Petaluma, California, the institute was co-founded by SS officer, Third Reich and NASA rocket scientist and Project Paperclip import Werner von Braun.

Another of the co-founders is former EXXON executive Paul Temple, who also is deeply involved with Abraham Vereide’s Fellowship Foundation.

In FTR #697, we examined the strong connections between Vereide’s group, the Third Reich and post-war Underground Reich-connected elements.

Next, we turn to yet another Third Reich alumnus who worked for NASA.

As the environment and the economy continue to suffer and deteriorate–and the human condition along with them–it may prove enlightening and very useful to weigh the implications of those who advocate belief in Space Aliens. One of them is Josef F. Blumrich.

Blumrich apparently worked for the Messerschmitt firm, much of that time working on the ME-110 fighter. Ultimately, he became an allied POW and went to work for NASA, the ultimate home of many of the Third Reich’s rocket personnel.

Could this be part of an attempt at preparing us for our “Nazi/Aryan/Brothers from Space/Angels from God”?

The second half of the program consists of a re-broadcst of FTR #170, dealing with “The Nine” and other aspects of polygenesis racial theory and “esoteric Nazism.”

Program Highlights Include: 

  • Werner von Braun’s recruiting of slave laborers to be worked to death at the V-2 rocket factory.
  • The notion that almost all of earth’s people evolved from “The Nine”–a group of space aliens who were also “the gods of Egypt.”
  • The Nine’s contention that black people did NOT evolve from The Nine–endorsing the notion of “polygenesis” and implying that they are inferior.
  • Areas of overlap between the New Age constellation grouped around The Nine and the intelligence community’s mind control programs.
  • The role of Russians inculcated with the philosophy of The Nine and the subversion of the U.S.S.R.

1. The gulf between Nazism and the so-called New Age might seem to be so wide as to be unbridgeable. Sadly, that is not the case. At the core of Nazi belief was occultism, drawing on Pan-Germanic mythology deriving from the Thule Society, ariosophy, elements of Hindu religious doctrine and more commonly recognizable belief systems such as astrology.

As a result, New Age sects and religion have frequently dovetailed with elements of Nazi and fascist philosophy. (For more about the Nazi/fascist/New Age connection, see–among other programs–FTR #’s 170172221 as well as L-2. The intimate relationship between elements of the intelligence community, mind control, cults and fascism are discussed in–among other programs–AFA #7Miscellaneous Archive Show M7, and FTR #291. The recent underground film “Thrive” is very much worth examining in this regard.)

Ancient Astronaut?

J.Z. Knight

J.Z. Knight has built a successful organization by claiming to channel an ancient “Atlantean/Lemurian” Warrior named Ramtha. In addition to lubricating the spiritual cognition of her acolytes with copious amounts of wine, Knight/Ramtha has disseminated profoundly disparaging views of various groups: ” . . . During the 16 or so hours the students spend in a spiritual drinking game (students must drink every time Ramtha/Knight does), Knight will disparage Catholics, gay people, Mexicans, organic farmers, and Jews. . . . . Fuck God’s chosen people! I think they have earned enough cash to have paid their way out of the goddamned gas chambers by now,” she says as members of the audience snicker. There are also titters when she declares Mexicans “breed like rabbits” and are “poison,” that all gay men were once Catholic priests, and that organic farmers have questionable hygiene. . . .”

Knight/Ramtha’s views have found resonance on the Stormfront website, arguably the leading neo-Nazi and white supremacist website. (It was founded by David Duke associate Don Black. Black, in turn, networks with Snowden Presidential candidate of choice Ron Paul.)

A major constellation in the New Age firmament is the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the next topic of discussion. Based in Petaluma, California, the institute was co-founded by SS officer, Third Reich and NASA rocket scientist and Project Paperclip import Werner von Braun. Another of the co-founders is former EXXON executive Paul Temple, who also is deeply involved with Abraham Vereide’s Fellowship Foundation. In FTR #697, we examined the strong connections between Vereide’s group, the Third Reich and post-war Underground Reich-connected elements.

 “Ramtha Riled” by Susy Buchanan; Intelligence Report [Southern Poverty Law Center]; Issue #154/Summer 2014.

It’s March 2011 at the Ramtha School of Enlightenment (RSE) in this rapidly growing town just outside of Olympia. Hundreds of truth seekers pack into a converted horse arena to hear a 35,000-year-old Lemurian warrior speak the wisdom of the ages. The crowd is yearning for super-consciousness and enlightenment; what they get is drunken ramblings peppered with curse words. There’s no Kool-Aid served, just red wine, bottles and bottles of it. Wine ceremonies, which have been going on at RSE since 1996, are significant because students believe wine grapes were brought to Earth by extraterrestrials 450,000 years ago.

The blonde on stage is J.Z. (for Judith Zebra) Knight, a 65-year-old former rodeo queen and cable TV saleswoman. The words coming from her mouth aren’t hers, the assembled crowd believes, but rather those of the ethereal being she channels, Ramtha the Enlightened One. Knight goes back and forth between herself and the supposedly channeled Ramtha.

During the 16 or so hours the students spend in a spiritual drinking game (students must drink every time Ramtha/Knight does), Knight will disparage Catholics, gay people, Mexicans, organic farmers, and Jews.

Fuck God’s chosen people! I think they have earned enough cash to have paid their way out of the goddamned gas chambers by now,” she says as members of the audience snicker. There are also titters when she declares Mexicans “breed like rabbits” and are “poison,” that all gay men were once Catholic priests, and that organic farmers have questionable hygiene. . . .

 . . . . The excerpts from that wine ceremony left Thurston County residents shocked and wondering if there was a more sinister side to their kooky neighborhood cult.

Was there a hate group lurking in “The Pride of the Prairie,” as Yelm calls itself? . . . .

. . . . She [Knight] began channeling Ramtha in public in 1979, presenting his wisdom nationally and internationally through workshops and retreats called “Ramtha Dialogues.” Early students included Shirley MacLaine (who broke off contact with Knight 30 years ago, a spokesman for the actress and author said), and, RSE officials say, actors Richard Chamberlain and Mike Farrell. Actress Salma Hayek and former “Dynasty” star Linda Evans are current students, they add.

That same year, she purchased an 80-acre ranch in Yelm, where she would breed Arabian horses for a time, build herself a 12,800-square-foot chateau, subsequently sell the horses, remodel the 15,000-square-foot horse arena, and open what would become RSE in 1989.

The location has significance that goes beyond cheap land. The region, according to RSE, was actually part of ancient Lemuria during Ramtha’s lifetime, before he migrated to Atlantis and freed his people from tyranny at the age of 14, then went on to conquer two-thirds of the world at the head of an army of 2.5 million. After being run through with a sword during battle, Ramtha sat on a rock and meditated for seven years, became enlightened, taught his body to vibrate at a high frequency and ascended, like Jesus, RSE’s website explains. . . .

. . . . . But Knight also teaches students to be sovereign, to hoard gold and prepare food and supplies to survive for two years after one of the natural disasters that she often predicts will hit the earth. Knight as Ramtha is also quoted on the neo-Nazi Web forum Stormfront, where her writings on the “New World Order” are much appreciated and quoted under headings such as “Jews were responsible for causing WW1 & 2.”

“It took a lot to get this country into the First World War, because no one wanted to get into it. And so the Graymen, owning most of the media … do you know what the media is? I have learned that term!” wrote “Ramtha” in 1999’s Ramtha: The White Book (which also carries an introduction by Knight). “The Graymen own them all; you know, the papers you read, the box you watch, the magazines you thumb through, the radio waves you listen to.”

In 2004, RSE students produced an infomercial for the school disguised as a documentary called “What the Bleep do we Know!?” The film grossed $10 million in the United States but was panned by critics. “New Age hooey disguised as a scientific documentary about quantum physics,” is how Jack Garner of the Rochester [N.Y.] Democrat and Chronicle summed it up.

Appearing in the film is Irishman Míceál Ledwith, a former monsignor in the Catholic Church, adviser to the pope, and president at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, an Irish seminary dating back to 1518.

Ledwith resigned abruptly in 1994 after allegations of pedophilia, which were later settled out of court, and was defrocked by the Vatican in 2005.

Ledwith, who is part of Knight’s inner circle and has been a student at RSE since 1989, can be seen in the full-length, 16-hour video of the 2011 wine ceremony, where he takes the stage with Knight about seven hours in, propping himself up on Ramtha’s ornate throne.

“Fuck Jehovah,” Knight proclaims, speaking in Ramtha’s voice and outing Jesus as a fellow alien who came to this planet to basically teach the same things. From the same stage, Ledwith denounces the biblical God as “fickle, capricious, psychotic, neurotic, and insecure, and we are supposed to believe that he is the creator God.” Knight adds that God is a “psychotic, insecure son of a bitch,” which draws a chuckle from the former priest. Then they dance. . . .

2a. A major constellation in the New Age firmament is the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Based in Petaluma, California, the institute was co-founded by SS officer, Third Reich and NASA rocket scientist and Project Paperclip import Werner von Braun.

Another of the co-founders is former EXXON executive Paul Temple, who also is deeply involved with Abraham Vereide’s Fellowship Foundation.

In FTR #697, we examined the strong connections between Vereide’s group, the Third Reich and post-war Underground Reich-connected elements.

Adherents of the New Age would do well to consider with what they are engaging.

“Institute of Noetic Sciences;” Wikipedia.com

The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) is an American non-profit parapsychological[1] research institute. It was co-founded in 1973 by former astronaut Edgar Mitchell,[2][3][4] along with Wernher von Braun,[1] investor Paul N. Temple,[5] and others interested in purported paranormal phenomena,[1] in order to encourage and conduct research on noetic theory and human potentials.[6][7]
The institute conducts research on such topics such as spontaneous remission,[8][9] meditation,[8] consciousness, alternative healing practices, consciousness-based healthcare, spirituality, human potential, psychic abilities, psychokenesis[9] and survival of consciousness after bodily death.[10][11] . . .

2b. Further developing the nature of the founders of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, we highlight Werner von Braun’s membership in the SS.

“Werner von Braun;” OperationPaperclip.info

. . . . An OMGUS (Office of Military Government, United States) document dated April 23, 1947 states that von Braun joined the SS (Schutzstaffel) horseback riding school in 1933, then the Nazi Party on May 1, 1937 and became an officer in the SS from May 1940 to the end of the war. . . .

. . . .He began as an Untersturmführer (Second Lieutenant) and was promoted three times by Himmler, the last time in June 1943 to SS-Sturmbannführer (Wehrmacht Major). . . .

2c. An example of von Braun’s “Aquarian consciousness” may be gleaned from his role in procuring the slave laborers for the V-2 production lines:

Operation Paperclip  by Annie Jacobsen; HC Little, Brown and Company; Copyright 2014 by Anne M. Jacobsen; ISBN 978-0-316-22104-7; p. 16.

. . . . This time, Werner von Braun initiated the action himself. On August 15, 1944, von Braun wrote a letter to a Mittelwerk engineer, Albin Sawatzki, describing a new laboratory he wanted to set up inside the tunnels. Von Braun told Sawatzki that to expedite the process, he had taken it upon himself to procure slave laborers from the Buchenwald concentration camp. . . .

2d. Citizen von Braun certainly knew about the conditions in which his charges labored:

Operation Paperclip  by Annie Jacobsen; HC Little, Brown and Company; Copyright 2014 by Anne M. Jacobsen; ISBN 978-0-316-22104-7; p. 14.

. . . . The prisoners worked twelve-hour shifts, seven days a week, putting together V-weapons. By the end of the first two months there were eight thousand men living and working in this cramped underground space.  There was no fresh air in the tunnels, no ventilation system, no water, and very little light. ‘Blasting went on day and night and the dust after every blast was so thick that it was impossible to see five steps ahead,’ read one report. Laborers slept inside the tunnels on wood bunk beds. There were no washing facilities and no sanitation. Latrines were barrels cut in half. The workers suffered and died from starvation, dysentery, pleurisy, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and phlegmasia from beatings. The men were walking skeletons, skin stretched over bones. Some perished from ammonia burns to the lungs. Others died by being crushed from the weight of the rocket parts they were forced to carry. The dead were replaceable. Humans and machine parts went into the tunnels. Rockets and corpses came out. Workers who were slow on the production lines were beaten to death.  Insubordinates were garroted or hanged.  After the war, war crimes investigators determined that approximately half of the sixty thousand men eventually brought to Nordhausen were worked to death. . . .  .

2e. As mentioned above, another of the Institute’s co-founders is Paul N. Temple.

“Paul Nathaniel Temple, Jr.”; Wikipedia.com

Paul graduated from Princeton University in 1944 and Harvard Law School in 1948.[2] From 1954 to 1961 he was an international petroleum concessions negotiator for Exxon.[2] He and astronaut Edgar Mitchell co-founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1973.[citation needed] He has been a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences board of directors since 1973 and was the chairman from 1983 to 1999. He created the Temple Awards for Creative Altruism.[2][3] He helps fund The Fellowship Foundation, a secretive U.S.-based religious and political organization founded in 1935 by Methodist minister Abraham Vereide.[4][5] Paul N. Temple was an insider “core member” of the Fellowship Foundation and/or Institute for Christian Leadership since the 1940s. . . .

3. As the environment and the economy continue to suffer and deteriorate–and the human condition along with them–it may prove enlightening and very useful to weigh the implications of those who advocate belief in Space Aliens. One of them is Josef F. Blumrich.

Blumrich apparently worked for the Messerschmitt firm, much of that time working on the ME-110 fighter. Ultimately, he became an allied POW and went to work for NASA, the ultimate home of many of the Third Reich’s rocket personnel.

Could this be part of an attempt at preparing us for our “Nazi/Aryan/Brothers from Space/Angels from God”?

“The Spaceships of Ezekiel“; Wikipedia.

The Spaceships of Ezekiel (1974) is a book by Josef F. Blumrich written while he was chief of NASA’s systems layout branch of the program development office at the Marshall Space Flight Center.In it he asserts that Ezekiel’s account in the Bible was not a description of a meeting with God in a prophetic vision, but a description of several encounters with ancient astronauts in a shuttlecraft from another planet.

Ezekiel was an Old Testament prophet who wrote about several visions he had in which he said God showed him the future and gave him various messages to deliver. Ezekiel describes seeing God riding in a chariot-like vehicle attended by angels. . . .

4. The second half of the program consists of a recap of FTR #170. The description for the program follows:

With the end of the millennium drawing near, it is increasingly important to be aware of possible political manipulation of people’s apocalyptic fears and hopes. In that context, a channeling cult called “The Nine” bears particular examination.

Purporting to be the “Ennead” (the nine gods of ancient Egypt), they have links to many different individuals and institutions including: Andrija Puharich (connected to the CIA’s mind control programs of the 50s and 60s), Russians associated with the Gorbachev regime in the former USSR, the Esalen Institute and numerous New Age organizations. This organization espouses a racist, ariosophist philosophy that maintains that all of the Earth’s peoples are descended from The Nine (and, consequently, superior) except for the black race (who are, consequently, inferior.)

With the New Age movement growing and with 42% of American college graduates believing that we have been visited by space aliens, the danger that the views of The Nine could achieve widespread acceptance and lead to genocide is not one that should be too readily cast aside. (It should be noted that there is convincing evidence that so-called UFOs are real, but do not come from outer space. Should they be deployed in conjunction with other types of secret technology, the views of The Nine could be reinforced in a very convincing way.)

As noted above, Andrija Puharich, whose organization has done much to promote The Nine, was involved with the CIA mind-control programs. Those programs were initiated from a research base developed by the Nazis in World War II.

The program concludes with a brief look at Savitri Devi, a post-war Nazi mystic who has achieved considerable influence in the New Age movement. (Recorded on 9/19/99.)

 

Discussion

5 comments for “FTR #874 Update on Fascism and the New Age”

  1. One of the concepts that repeatedly comes up in the ‘teachings’ of Ramtha is the idea that consciousness and energy are the driving forces creating reality. Basically, we’re all (or at least the Aryans) beings of divine consciousness and the universe exists as our consciousnesses’ cosmic collective tapestry/playground. Or something.

    So as the United States once again asks the question, “what am I thankful for?” as part of this year’s Thanksgiving Day festivities, it’s worth reminding ourselves that you can’t be thankful for anything without consciousness, so we should probably all be thankful for consciousness! But it’s also worth noting some recent research into the nature and origins of consciousness that actually points towards an origin of consciousness that’s sort of of opposite of Ramtha’s ‘teachings’ and really quite cool and amazing if true: Consciousness might simply be an emergent property in complex networks (like your brain) when enough of the various cognitive sub-modules start talking to each other. In other words, consciousness is sort of like the collective conversation between the neuronal neighborhoods of our brains. There’s probably something tucked away in all that to be thankful for:

    News@Vanderbilt

    Network theory sheds new light on origins of consciousness

    by Melanie Moran | Mar. 9, 2015, 1:00 PM

    here in your brain do you exist? Is your awareness of the world around you and of yourself as an individual the result of specific, focused changes in your brain, or does that awareness come from a broad network of neural activity? How does your brain produce awareness?

    Vanderbilt University researchers took a significant step toward answering these longstanding questions with a recent brain imaging study, in which they discovered global changes in how brain areas communicate with one another during awareness. Their findings, which were published March 9 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, challenge previous theories that hypothesized much more restricted changes were responsible for producing awareness.

    “Identifying the fingerprints of consciousness in humans would be a significant advancement for basic and medical research, let alone its philosophical implications on the underpinnings of the human experience,” said René Marois, professor and chair of psychology at Vanderbilt University and senior author of the study. “Many of the cognitive deficits observed in various neurological diseases may ultimately stem from changes in how information is communicated throughout the brain.”

    Using graph theory, a branch of mathematics concerned with explaining the interactive links between members of a complex network, such as social networks or flight routes, the researchers aimed to characterize how connections between the various parts of the brain were related to awareness.

    “With graph theory, one can ask questions about how efficiently the transportation networks in the United States and Europe are connected via transportation hubs like LaGuardia Airport in New York,” Douglass Godwin, graduate student and lead author on the research, said. “We can ask those same questions about brain networks and hubs of neural communication.”

    Modern theories of the neural basis of consciousness fall generally into two camps: focal and global. Focal theories contend there are specific areas of the brain that are critical for generating consciousness, while global theories argue consciousness arises from large-scale brain changes in activity. This study applied graph theory analysis to adjudicate between these theories.

    The researchers recruited 24 members of the university community to participate in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiment. While in the fMRI scanner, participants were asked to detect a disk that was briefly flashed on a screen. In each trial, participants responded whether they were able to detect the target disk and how much confidence they had in their answer. Experimenters then compared the results of the high-confidence trials during which the target was detected to the trials when it was missed by participants. These were treated as “aware” and “unaware” trials, respectively.

    Comparison of aware and unaware trials using conventional fMRI analyses that assess the amplitude of brain activity showed a pattern of results typical of similar studies, with only a few areas of the brain showing more activity during detection of the target than when participants missed seeing it. The present study, however, was interested not simply in what regions might be more activated with awareness, but how they communicate with one another.

    Unlike the focal results seen using more conventional analysis methods, the results via this network approach pointed toward a different conclusion. No one area or network of areas of the brain stood out as particularly more connected during awareness of the target; the whole brain appeared to become functionally more connected following reports of awareness.

    “We know there are numerous brain networks that control distinct cognitive functions such as attention, language and control, with each node of a network densely interconnected with other nodes of the same network, but not with other networks,” Marois said. “Consciousness appears to break down the modularity of these networks, as we observed a broad increase in functional connectivity between these networks with awareness.”

    The research suggests that consciousness is likely a product of this widespread communication, and that we can only report things that we have seen once they are being represented in the brain in this manner. Thus, no one part of the brain is truly the “seat of the soul,” as René Descartes once wrote in a hypothesis about the pineal gland, but rather, consciousness appears to be an emergent property of how information that needs to be acted upon gets propagated throughout the brain..

    “We take for granted how unified our experience of the world is. We don’t experience separate visual and auditory worlds, it’s all integrated into a single conscious experience,” Godwin said. “This widespread cross-network communication makes sense as a mechanism by which consciousness gets integrated into that singular world.”

    “No one area or network of areas of the brain stood out as particularly more connected during awareness of the target; the whole brain appeared to become functionally more connected following reports of awareness.”
    Pretty neat! And it’s exciting research not just because it might help us all learn more about what makes humanity tick, but it also points raises the fun question of just how widespread consciousness, on some level, is across all sorts of life forms all around us? Could plants be conscious on some level? Well, according to Ramtha, even a carrot is conscious and that’s why its hypocritical to be a vegetarian (and you all need to become self-actualized by overcoming fear or something) and while that’s clearly the rantings of a cult-leader, it does raise a fun Thanksgiving Day question: if we one day discover that our carrots are conscious, just how thankful should we be? After all, it’s not hard to imagine how awesome it would be if we could really communicate with dolphins and whales, but just imagine talking to your carrot! What fun! At that same time, conscious carrots sure would complicate our traditional relationship with them (albeit a complication humanity is quite familiar with). And just how thankful would the carrots be to us for first growing them (kind of nice) and then slicing and dicing and eating them (not so nice)?

    It’s all a reminder that while, Thanksgiving Day may have been started by a group of Pilgrims struggling to survive the elements on a new continent and getting some help for their native neighbors, as humanity’s knowledge base expands to include things like the study of the origins of consciousness perhaps the spirit of Thanksgiving Day shouldn’t just be a celebration of that which we are personally thankful for but also include asking the question of what all our non-human, yet possibly still conscious, fellow critters might be thankful for too. And what are they not at all thankful for that we have control over? Those are going to be increasingly relevant questions going forward, so we should probably ask them at least one day a year.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 26, 2015, 4:30 pm
  2. Appeals court upholds ruling for #Ramtha channeler #JZKnight https://t.co/4SefHL5uHp

    Posted by Shellmound | January 23, 2016, 11:15 pm
  3. https://vanwinkles.com/the-sordid-history-of-sleepytime-tea/

    Cults, Conspiracies and the Twisted History of Sleepytime Tea
    By Megan Giller • February 1, 2016

    Its calming combination of chamomile, spearmint and other herbs might seem benign, almost boring — the ideal formula for lulling you to sleep. But there’s a peculiar story lurking in your cup of Sleepytime tea, one that concerns involuntary trances, communication with aliens and a eugenics plot to eliminate the “inferior races” of our great nation.

    Before Sleepytime became the crown jewel of Celestial Seasonings, with 1.6 billion cups sold per year, before the company became the largest tea manufacturer in North America, the tea was nothing more than a dream in the heads of a few flowerchildren hiking up the Rocky Mountains in search of herbs.

    One of the friends, Mo Siegel, was serving an Asian herbal tea to customers in a local shop to much success in 1969. The concept that “tea” could be herbal was innovative in itself, since up until then, all tea in America and Great Britain was made of the plant Camellia sinensis. The group wanted to get into the business.

    On those first hikes, the team harvested enough herbs for 500 pounds of a blend they called Mo’s 36 Herb Tea, and the sleep-conjuring tea made of chamomille, spearmint and other herbs soon followed. In no time the friends were sauntering into the local bank to get a loan for their new business, “wearing jeans, smelling of herbs, and armed with Tupperware containers of Mo’s 36 and Sleepytime blends.” They called their company Celestial Seasonings, after co-founder Lucinda Ziesing’s flowername.

    But there might be another reason they named it “celestial.” Mo Siegel and John Hay, two of the founders, were avid believers in a new-age bible called The Urantia Book, which followers call “an epochal revelation authored solely by celestial beings.” The book touches upon everything from mind control to a eugenics plot to eliminate the “inferior races” of our great nation.

    In fact, the religious text is responsible for much more than the name of the company. In You’ve GOT to Read This Book! 55 People Tell the Story of the Book That Changed Their Life Siegel discloses that the ideals he gathered from The Urantia Book guided how he ran Celestial Seasonings from the beginning and provided a moral compass for himself and his employees. “I had wanted bold; I found bold,” he wrote. “I wanted spiritual adventure, and I was on the ride of my life. I was searching for truth and the book was loaded with it.”

    The Urantia Book, a 4.3-pound, 2,097-page tome, published first in 1955, is a modified Seventh-Day Adventist text supposedly communicated to an anonymous man in a trance by aliens. In reality, it was likely authored in the early 1900s by a psychiatrist named William Sadler who used it as a vessel for his racist ideas. (You can download the entire thing for free: Because the Urantia Foundation asserts that its authorship is superhuman, an Arizona court ruled in 1995 that it’s not protected by copyright and is, thus, in the public domain.)

    There are so many wild ideas in The Urantia Book that it’s hard to know where to start. “Lucifer, Satan, Melchizedek, Adam and Eve, and Jesus are all extra-terrestrial beings who have visited earth,” Mo Siegel, who is still intimately involved with The Urantia Book and the Urantia Book Fellowship, tells us in “The Twenty Most-Asked Questions”. In fact, Adam and Eve were brought to earth to “upstep the human race” (more on that later).

    The first three parts of The Urantia Book describe a complicated universe with invisible seraphim and spirit and semi-spirit beings of all sorts; the last part tells the story of Jesus’ entire life in detail, all 36 years. Though it has just a few thousand followers, the book has been translated into 20 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Croatian and Portuguese. There’s even a famous operatic cycle based on it, as well as at least four fantasy novels.

    “The Urantia Book itself does not represent a destructive cult,” said Rick Ross, a cult expert who helped in Waco with the Branch Davidians. “But some of its self-proclaimed prophets lead groups that can be seen as destructive cults.”

    The book also purports that there have been many, many sons of God like Jesus on many different planets, because there are a billion worlds. When evolution is complete, each of these worlds will have 100,000 local universes with 10 million inhabited planets. Our earth is called Urantia, and it’s number 606 in a planetary group named Satania, the headquarters of which is called Jerusem. When we die, we’re reincarnated from planet-to-planet, then finally to Paradise, where the Deity lives. There is a little piece of the Deity in each of us, called a Thought Adjuster.

    The Fellowship will tell you that it’s not a cult, but in The Urantia Book, the revelator named the Brilliant Evening Star of Nebadon calls for Urantians to replace Christianity with a “new cult” that will be the “true religion” of the future.

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    “The Urantia Book itself does not represent a destructive cult. But some of its self-proclaimed prophets lead groups that can be seen as destructive cults.”

    So how did this insightful book come to be? Well, there are many origin stories, but everyone seems to agree that it’s a “direct-voice” book, meaning that it wasn’t written by a human. Instead, aliens communicated the text directly to a person, or in the words of the Urantia Book Fellowship, “numerous supermortal personalities…made contact through the Thought Adjuster (indwelling spirit of God) of a particular human being on our world.”

    According to William Sadler, the leader of the movement, a “Divine Counselor” presented the ideas in a language called Uversa, which had to be translated into Salvington and then into Satania before it could be translated into English and communicated to a human being.

    The Urantia Book, a 4.3-pound, 2,097-page tome, published first in 1955, is a modified Seventh-Day Adventist text supposedly communicated to an anonymous man in a trance by aliens.

    The most accepted story, found in How to Know What to Believe by Harold Sherman, quoted and summarized in Martin Gardner’s Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery, is that around 1911, a man in Sadler’s apartment building began having fits and spells at night. Eventually he started speaking in other voices and revealed that he was “a student visitor on an observation trip here from a far distant planet.” William Sadler and his wife, Dr. Lena Sadler, had conversations with these voices for almost 10 years while their adopted daughter, Christy, took notes.

    In the 1920s a group of friends (eventually called the Forum) put together a list of 4,000 questions for these beings, and lo and behold, a few weeks later the sleeping man furiously wrote a manuscript that answered all of them.

    Along with later communications from the “revelators,” that manuscript became The Urantia Book. These “direct-trance” mediums were hugely popular in the second half of the 1800s, and apparently even the famed psychologist philosopher William James was lured by one. (In the 1990s many followers of The Urantia Book started to hear celestial voices of their own, though the Foundation hasn’t acknowledged that any are legitimate but, instead has done quite a bit to discredit them.)

    “Psychoanalysis, hypnotism, intensive comparison, fail to show that the written or spoken messages of this individual have origin in his own mind,” Sadler wrote in his 1929 book The Mind at Mischief: Tricks and Deceptions of the Subconscious and How to Cope With Them.

    The original human transmitter’s name is never revealed, but in Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery, from which much of the above is found, author Martin Gardner (who for many years wrote for Scientific American and other legitimate publications) makes the case that it was Sadler’s brother-in-law, Wilfred Custer Kellogg. Sadler had been duped by other channelers in the past, most notably Ellen White, the founder of Seventh-Day Adventism, but he believed his brother-in-law was the real thing.
    The Spell on Mo Siegel

    “I thought that was just the goofiest thing I’d ever heard,” Mo Siegel wrote of The Urantia Book in You’ve GOT to Read This Book: 55 People Tell the Story of the Book That Changed Their Life. “After I read it, I was not concerned about who had written it or how it had been written because it was so powerful.”

    Siegel, who is now the current president of the Urantia Foundation and hosts a weekly study group at his house, discovered The Urantia Book in 1969, the same year he started hiking up the Rockies for herbs. In fact, the text was a major reason he decided to found Celestial Seasonings.

    “The ideas [in The Urantia Book] were the inspiration for the uplifting quotes we print on the side of our tea boxes and on our teabag tags!”

    “After studying the teachings in The Urantia Book, I knew that it would feel selfish and wasteful to simply focus on material success,” he said. “So, as a young man, when I began thinking of what I could do to make a living, I immediately turned to the health food industry…The ideas [in The Urantia Book] were the inspiration for the uplifting quotes we print on the side of our tea boxes and on our teabag tags!”

    “Mo and John used it as a guiding principal and continually quoted from The Urantia Book,” Caroline MacDougall, the company’s fifth employee and the current founder and CEO of Teecino told Van Winkle’s. At staff meetings they would even use quotes to bolster their arguments. “It was a guide for making sure of the moral values that underlay the company at that time,” she added.

    But which morals?
    The Hate Within

    In The Twenty Most-Asked Questions about The Urantia Book, Siegel is careful to say that “all persons are equal in the sight of God” and that “race should become irrelevant.” But the text itself is weighed down with some of the most racist ideas I’ve read in a long time.

    For example, starting around 500,000 years ago, six colored races appeared on Urantia (i.e., earth): red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and indigo

    “The earlier races are somewhat superior to the later; the red man stands far above the indigo — black — race,” says Paper 51 of The Urantia Book, and “each succeeding evolutionary manifestation of a distinct group of mortals represents variation at the expense of the original endowment.” Furthermore, “The yellow race usually enslaves the green, while the blue man [which corresponds to Caucasians] subdues the indigo [black].”

    “[The Urantia Book] was a guide for making sure of the moral values that underlay the company at that time.”

    On every planet throughout every universe, fair-skinned, blue-eyed aliens named Adam and Eve appear to “upstep” the natives. When their progeny mate with the acceptable inhabitants of the planet, the “inferior stocks will be eliminated and there will be one purified race, one language, and one religion,” as Gardner explains it in Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery.

    But before that can happen, Paper 51 of The Urantia Book says, “the inferior and unfit are largely eliminated… it seems that you ought to be able to agree upon the biologic disfellowshiping of your more markedly unfit, defective, degenerate, and antisocial stocks.”

    This process happens on every planet when Adam and Eve appear. But on Urantia (i.e., earth), it didn’t go according to plan. Adam and Eve messed up. So, “having failed to achieve race harmonization by the Adamic technique,” Part II: The Local Universe section of book tells us, “you must now work out your planetary problem of race improvement by other and largely human methods of adaptation and control.”

    “Biologic renovation of the racial stocks — the selective elimination of inferior human strains,” Paper 70 of The Urantia Book says, will “tend to eradicate many mortal inequalities.”

    In fact, per the text, evil, in the form of illness and disease, exists because “unfit” peoples like “Australian natives and the Bushmen and Pygmies of Africa…these miserable remnants of the nonsocial peoples of ancient times” haven’t been eliminated. Eugenics is the way to correct this error.

    “Biologic renovation of the racial stocks — the selective elimination of inferior human strains,” Paper 70 of the Urantia Book says, will “tend to eradicate many mortal inequalities.”

    Compare that to Hitler’s words in Mein Kampf: “The demand that defective people be prevented from propagating equally defective offspring represents the most human act of mankind.”
    The Urantian Philosophy

    While Hitler didn’t have anything to do with writing The Urantia Book, William Sadler did. One of the most well-known psychiatrists of his era, Sadler got his start working for Dr. John H. Kellogg at the famous Battle Creek Sanitarium, which treated celebrities like the Rockefellers, Montgomery Ward and even Thomas Edison. Kellogg was a notorious eugenicist and founded the Race Betterment Foundation, whose goals were “to call attention to the dangers which threaten the race.”

    Influenced by Kellogg’s ideas, Sadler published three eugenicist books: Long Heads and Round Heads; or, What’s the Matter With Germany (1918), Racial Decadence: An Examination of the Causes of Racial Degeneration in the United States (1922) and The Truth About Heredity (1927). The Urantia Book echoes the ideas presented in these books, and in some cases, it reproduces the text word for word.
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    William Sadler, via WikiCommons

    In Racial Decadence, Sadler expresses, among other notions, that the “unfit” should be sterilized, that “morality is heredity” and that “some races are more moral than others.” And in The Truth About Heredity, Sadler writes that marriage between races “is to be deplored when one of the races would be inferior as compared with the other, which happens to be the biologic fact as concerns the White and Negro races in this country.”

    His wife, Lena Sadler, who was John Kellogg’s niece, had equally damning words. In a paper called “Is the Abnormal to Become Normal” delivered to the Illinois Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1932 and published in a collection called A Decade of Progress in Eugenics, she calls for a mandatory sterilization law and says that if we do not practice good eugenics, “ultimately this monster will grow to such hideous proportions that it will strike us down.”

    If we practice eugenics correctly, she continues, we’ll eliminate “at least 90 percent of crime, insanity, feeblemindedness, moronism, and abnormal sexuality, not to mention many other forms of defectiveness and degeneracy. Thus, within a century, our asylums, prisons, and state hospitals would be largely emptied of their present victims of human woe and misery.”

    Lena Sadler’s speech was written nearly 100 years ago. Maybe things have changed for such modern-day followers of The Urantia Book as Mo Siegel?

    Unfortunately not.

    “Illness and disease result from evil and cause suffering,” Siegel writes in “The Twenty Most-Asked Questions” on The Urantia Book Fellowship website. “Unfortunately, several factors hinder progress toward the development of a disease-free world. The laws of genetics are immutable, and form the physical cornerstone of evolution. At the present time mankind loses about as much progress as it makes by ignoring eugenics.”

    Little information on the panel’s current activities could be found, and repeated attempts to reach Mo Siegel and the Urantia Foundation were met with resounding silence.

    The Fellowship is putting its money where its mouth is, too. In a 2010 email sent to “readers with advanced information and forward looking perspectives that are not suited for being posted on the website,” a follower named Martin Greenhut writes that the trustees have convened a panel on eugenics. He names all of the panel members, the most striking of which is Kermit Anderson, who at that time was the genetic screening program director at Kaiser Permanente in California and the author of much genetics research.

    Little information on the panel’s current activities could be found, and repeated attempts to reach both Mo Siegel and the Urantia Foundation were met with resounding silence.
    Celestial Seasonings Today

    So where does this leave Celestial Seasonings? The company also declined to comment for this piece, which means we don’t know if The Urantia Book still guides their business decisions. Most likely not: Siegel retired in 2002, and John Hay, the other Urantia Book believer and co-founder, left even earlier, in 1985, pushed out by Siegel’s desire to become a big company “like Coca-Cola,” Caroline MacDougall recalled. (Hay went on to be the CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery, WhiteDove Herbals, and more than a few technology companies.)

    Siegel got his wish: Since 2000, the company has been part of Hain Celestial Group, a massive multibillion-dollar corporation that also includes Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, Spectrum Nationals and Jason. Celestial pretty much invented an entire category that we now take for granted: natural health foods. And they do it well. HowGood, which rates packaged food products, told me that Celestial’s products receive a “great” rating, which means that in terms of social and environmental impact, according to HowGood, they’re 85 percent better than all of the food produced in the United States.

    Like any big company, though, over the years they’ve faced a few class-action lawsuits. The largest one is still ongoing: It accuses Celestial of falsely labeling products including Sleepytime Tea as “all natural” even though they allegedly contain pesticides. Propachlor, which is said to be in Sleepytime Kids Goodnight Grape Tea, is “a Bad Actor Chemical (meaning it is toxic, carcinogenic, or a known reproductive or developmental toxicant), a carcinogen and a developmental or reproductive toxin.” Hain has countered that it had teas tested by the National Food Lab, but there’s been some controversy about whether or not it is impartial, as the National Food Lab lists Celestial as one of its clients on its website, saying, “somewhere along the line, we have had a hand in their success.”

    That may be. And the same could be said for The Urantia Book and its racist celestial and not-so-celestial creators.

    *This article has been updated to reflect that Kermit Anderson is not deceased.

    Posted by Tiffany Sunderson | May 17, 2016, 1:41 pm
  4. Posted by Pixxare | May 20, 2016, 9:36 pm
  5. Interesting support for Donald Trump–

    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/guess-whos-a-big-trump-fan-ramtha-as-channeled-by-democratic-donor-jz-knight/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_left_1.1

    President Donald Trump is channeling a new source of support: winning over the 35,000-year-old warrior spirit named Ramtha.

    For years, JZ Knight, the Yelm, Thurston County, mystic who claims to channel Ramtha, has been a big Democratic donor, sending piles of money earned from her for-profit Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment.

    That caused embarrassment to the party when videos surfaced in 2012 of Knight/Ramtha making offensive comments about Mexicans, gays, Jews and Roman Catholics. After that flap, the state Democratic Party rid itself of $70,000 in Knight donations.

    But like Rust Belt manufacturing workers and other traditional Democratic constituencies, Ramtha apparently shifted allegiances when it came to last year’s presidential election.

    On Monday, Knight posted video excerpts of a Dec. 8 “prophetic vision” in which she declared in her Ramtha voice: “The greatest misjudgment of character came when you thought a woman should win this race.”

    In the Breitbart-worthy spiel, Ramtha/Knight, smoking a tobacco pipe, goes on to attack the Clinton Foundation and says the FBI was behind the leaking of Democratic Party documents to WikiLeaks. “It was never Russia,” she says.

    Ramtha cheers the new president: “That man is trumping deceit. He doesn’t smoke, he doesn’t do drugs, he does business!”

    As a kicker, Ramtha predicts Trump will receive the protection of UFOs while flying in his jet: “And the first time he looks out the window … when he sees two silver disks as escort, he is going to know it all — and this is a man who is not afraid — he is going to know it all.”

    Mike Wright, a Knight spokesman, said in an emailed statement that Knight continues to support Democratic candidates and causes in local and state elections.

    “She did not vote for candidate Trump but she sees what Ramtha describes as ‘purposeful good’ in his election,” the statement said. “Ramtha’s prophecies teaching from December 2016 provides a dynamic perspective of these dynamic times.” . . .

    Posted by Dave Emory | April 25, 2017, 10:49 pm

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