Following is an article I published in the spring 1998 issue of I Am Nation News, reprinted here in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, July 20, 1969.
There exists on our planet a small, rare fraternity of twelve men — and only twelve — who physically have stepped onto the surface of another world. And it has long been my dream, in my soul mission for the Federation of Planets, to meet one of these extraordinary explorers face-to-face.
I’m referring of course to the twelve Apollo astronauts who, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, walked on the moon. On January 27, 1998, my dream became a reality, indeed a life-changing event of soul significance. I met Apollo 14 astronaut and moonwalker Dr. Edgar Mitchell.
The occasion was a lecture that Dr. Mitchell gave in Key Biscayne, Florida, to promote his new book, The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut’s Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds. The lecture was sponsored by the local chapter of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a nonprofit research society that Mitchell founded in 1973, just after he left the astronaut corps.
Interestingly, our meeting took place almost twenty-five years to the day that Mark and Yolanda met briefly with Astronaut Mitchell in his Houston, Texas offices, in February 1973, during the early days of the forming of the Institute of Noetic Sciences.
The significance of this reunion, and the reason for my personal thrill at shaking hands with this man, lies in the knowledge of the vital role he and others like him have played in the spiritual evolution of our planet in these Latter Days. I refer everyone to the comprehensive information on the Earth’s space programs, such as via NASA and other agencies, that is published in our textbook Visitors From Other Planets. In interdimensional communications through Nada-Yolanda in the 1960s and early 1970s, the spiritual Hierarchy has revealed the fine-tuned coordination and synthesis that exist between the spiritual space program of the Federation of Planets and the Earth programs to explore outer space through manned and unmanned expeditions.
Let us therefore review some of this hierarchal information, recalibrating our spiritual perspective of the Earth’s space programs. Then we shall explore further some of Edgar Mitchell’s personal experiences and revelations while on the flight of Apollo 14, plus outline the vision quest he subsequently embarked upon as scientist and mystic. Finally, we shall cover some of his views on UFOs.
SPIRITUAL ROLE OF ASTRONAUTS
From the outset, the Hierarchy has made it clear that they view the interdimensional and physical space programs as one unified plan, though of opposite polarities, to help launch humankind into fourth dimensional or cosmic consciousness.
The purpose of the spiritual space program, under the auspices of the Federation of Planets of this solar system, has been to show man that life exists on other planes and planets beyond Earth. In addition, through Operation Landing Light, our space brothers and sisters have made constant, concerted efforts both to raise Earthman vibrationally into higher awareness and to give overt proof of their existence via mass sightings and landings for decades. An integral part of the Second Coming program, this interdimensional and interplanetary operation has landed sufficient light in our consciousness to lift us to a higher spiritual understanding of our role as cosmic citizens of the universe.
The Earth space programs, especially the manned spaceflights, have demonstrated our collective abilities as incarnated children of God to push the envelope of our physical and mental limitations, to “slip the surly bonds of Earth” in our vision quest to discover our true origin and purpose. Through the Earth space programs we have been forced to change our perspective. For those of us old enough to remember, who can forget the first breathtaking photos of the whole Earth, floating peacefully in space, beamed back by the Apollo astronauts? Who can forget seeing the first earthrise above the eery lunar landscape, as captured by the first manned moon mission, Apollo 8? Truly, from the utter silence of deep space, we were forced to view our world without political or racial boundaries. We began to see ourselves primarily as Earthlings.
So, by the combined efforts of the interdimensional and the physical space programs — via UFO sightings, inspirational guidance, and manned and unmanned spaceflights — the goal of making Earthman space conscious has been achieved. Slowly but surely the door has been opened to a new dimension of experience. We have been conditioned to accept life beyond Earth, and we expect to encounter our destiny amongst the stars.
In this quest to raise ourselves from our third dimensional, physical existence, the astronauts and cosmonauts, such as Edgar Mitchell, have performed not only as explorers of other realms but as channels to anchor higher spiritual vibrations on behalf of all of us collectively, when they travel beyond the veil of normal Earthly experience. Recall the biblical statement: “I, if I be lifted up, lift up all men unto me.” What is accomplished by one pioneer is accomplished simultaneously for all mankind.
On January 10, 1971, Dr. Hannibal, etheric space coordinator for the Western Hemisphere, channeled via Yolanda: “The man-in-space flights via Earthman’s endeavors are an upliftment of all men upon the Earth into a higher experience in physical embodiment, and an expansion into higher realms and within his own solar system; a creative, although called a scientific, endeavor. . . . He actually is breaking the barriers of his physical environment and body when he goes out into space. This is absolutely necessary for him to do in his physical body. It is not so important that he do it by mechanical means or through computer services, such as being demonstrated by other areas and other nations in their explorations into space.
“It is good, it is fine, it is lovely, as you might put it, to do these things via mechanics. But it is absolutely essential, in these Latter Days and in his ability to lift himself beyond his own physical body and his own limited consciousness of mortal being, that he do it in the physical sense of the word.
“He is bound to move out of his physical form, which is the third dimensional frequency, into his immortal form, his fourth dimensional frequency body; or the life form in which he is a son of God and has the powers of the Divine and the consciousness of a Sonship with the Father-Mother principle of life and creative form.”
In their pioneering punches into space, of course, the astronauts have not been alone. Not only have their achievements been made possible by the cooperative efforts of thousands upon thousands of individuals back on Earth, through ground-based space agencies, but they have been aided by numerous light workers who, acting as spiritual channels and grounding rods, have helped raise the frequency vibrations of the astronauts’ physical forms, as well as their mental-spiritual insights, before, during and after the spaceflights. Again, refer to many of Nada-Yolanda’s experiences as reported in Visitors From Other Planets.
On January 10, 1971, Mark and Yolanda visited NASA headquarters in Houston, during the final preparations of Edgar Mitchell and his Apollo 14 crew — Alan Shepard and Stu Roosa — who were at NASA that day. On that high-energy site, Dr. Hannibal channeled extensive information about the importance of the Earth’s space programs, subtle energies which naturally impacted the spiritual consciousnesses of those three astronauts prior to their launch.
Among his revelations, Dr. Hannibal stated: “A channel is like an astronaut in your space program. An astronaut is a channel through which mankind can be raised, too. In all the similar functions of these two aspects of life, you are brought to realize a change in frequency modulation for the entire Earth planet and all life form upon it. So, an astronaut is used to pave the way for others, but in essence and in spiritual evolution he in actuality is bringing about an acceleration of bodily functions and a higher rate of conscious acceptance for mankind in general. Similarly do we use channels on the Earth to test the ground and the atmosphere and the thought and psychic atmospheres of all that transpires during this changing of energy force from third into fourth dimensional frequency.”
Additionally, Dr. Hannibal indicated that the spiritual Hierarchy has vastly influenced, although has never interfered in, the man-in-space experimentations through higher plane guidance and the inspiration of new ideas and concepts.
That brings us, finally, to another significance of the Apollo moon shots. In the astral realms, the moon operates as a halfway station for souls leaving incarnation on Earth to rise to the higher planes and planets, and also for new waves of souls awaiting physical incarnation from the higher astral levels into Earth. As a way station for the exchange of energy and souls to and from Earth, it is a highly charged venue. So, during the Apollo missions, the astronauts were used as hieronic, or higher-plane energy, channels to bring back special astral influences and frequency rates in order to anchor new developments of the hierarchal plan on Earth. This hieronic function applies especially to those astronauts, such as Edgar Mitchell, who actually set foot on the lunar surface.
These higher astral frequencies, anchored during the Apollo moon missions and amplified also by light workers worldwide, have played a significant role in bringing about a greater alignment of the astral and physical dimensions on planet Earth with the etheric or Christ realms throughout the solar system. This has been essential to our spiritual evolution in the Second Coming program and to our rejoining eventually with the Federation of Planets of this solar system, as equal cosmic citizens.
One can certainly appreciate the spiritual charge I experienced when I shook hands and spoke with Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell. It was an exchange between hieronics channels; an inner recognition of one “space brother” with another, if you will, to serve the upliftment of Earthman. Truly, we give thanks to Spirit for the synthesis of both space programs, spiritual and physical, which in reality are one.
VISION QUEST OF EDGAR MITCHELL
Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell [photo below], who walked on the surface of the moon in February 1971, is a man with a mission. He sees himself as a modern-day shaman, on a vision quest to bring about a synthesis between science and religion.
As we continue to explore the way of the astronaut, let us focus now on the revelations and experiences of Edgar Mitchell. On January 27, 1998, at his lecture in Key Biscayne, Florida, entitled “Healing the Rift Between Science and Religion,” he shared some of his ruminations, which are recorded also in his autobiography, The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut’s Journey Through the Material and Mystical Worlds.
As Mitchell describes it, “My life’s purpose, I now see, has been to reveal and interpret information, first in outer space, and now in inner space.” His experience as a scientist-astronaut, with a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics, plus his subsequent explorations of mysticism, give Dr. Mitchell a particular insight into the integration of science and spirituality.
Some readers may recall one aspect of Mitchell’s notoriety: unbeknownst to NASA officials, he conducted ESP experiments with telepathy during his lunar voyage. To pursue his budding interest in the paranormal, he had secretly organized these experiments, using randomly selected universal symbols and numbers, with several non-NASA colleagues. The results of these experiments, which were published in the June 1971 issue of the Journal of Parapsychology, proved statistically significant.
Now, what is of greater interest to us as light workers is the profound epiphany, or cosmic revelation, that Astronaut Mitchell experienced on the return flight of Apollo 14. Mitchell himself subsequently came to understand this life-changing episode as an experience of what the Hindus call samadhi, an intimate awareness of one’s interconnectedness with the “All That Is.” In our parlance, we would liken this to a light-body overshadowing, an expansion of cosmic consciousness, a union with the Godhead.
During the January 27th lecture, Dr. Mitchell held the audience spellbound when he recounted his Apollo 14 epiphany. I believe we all must have felt literally transported with him in time and space back to that moment. As he spoke, I became transfixed. A space beam was locked onto me magnetically, linking my mind with Mitchell’s, in order to unify us in purpose and to amplify the import of his spiritual experience. Via this hieronic beam, the brain wavelengths of each one of us in the audience of about 150 were synchronized and synthesized to implant this higher, spiritual vibration.
To recapture that feeling, we can turn to excerpts from his book. He relays that, since he was the lunar module pilot, once he and Alan Shepard had left the moon and rendezvoused with Stu Roosa in the command module, most of his responsibilities were completed. “I had time to relax in weightlessness,” he writes, “and contemplate that blue jewel-like home planet suspended in the velvety blackness from which we had come. What I saw out the window was all I had ever known, all I had ever loved and hated, longed for, all that I once thought had ever been and ever would be. It was all there suspended in the cosmos on that fragile little sphere. I experienced a grand epiphany accompanied by exhilaration. . . . From that moment, my life was irrevocably altered.
“What I experienced during that three-day trip home was nothing short of an overwhelming sense of universal connectedness. I actually felt what has been described as an ecstasy of unity. It occurred to me that the molecules of my body and the molecules of the spacecraft itself were manufactured long ago in the furnace of one of the ancient stars that burned in the heavens about me. And there was the sense that our presence as space travelers, and the existence of the universe itself, was not accidental but that there was an intelligent process at work. I perceived the universe as in some way conscious. The thought was so large it seemed at the time inexpressible.”
Later, Mitchell elaborates: “As I looked beyond the earth itself to the magnificence of the larger scene, there was a startling recognition that the nature of the universe was not as I had been taught. My understanding of the separate distinctness and the relative independence of movement of those cosmic bodies was shattered. There was an upwelling of fresh insight coupled with a feeling of ubiquitous harmony — a sense of interconnectedness with the celestial bodies surrounding our spacecraft. . . .
“I not only saw the connectedness, I felt it and experienced it sentiently. I was overwhelmed with the sensation of physically and mentally extending out into the cosmos. The restraints and boundaries of flesh and bone fell away.”
After returning to Earth, Edgar Mitchell knew he somehow had to integrate his life-altering change of consciousness. So, as an astronaut of inner space, he began to pore over esoteric philosophy, reviewing the mystical literature of all religious traditions, seeking to understand what had happened to him. He used his own consciousness, too, as a living laboratory, exploring meditation techniques in order to reproduce his experience of samadhi or mystical union. Over the years, he began to synthesize in his own mind a scientific understanding of spirituality and so-called paranormal activity.
After his moonwalk, Dr. Mitchell stayed with NASA for a time, assisting the lunar program as part of the backup team of Apollo 16, his last crew assignment. Then, in late 1972, as the Apollo moon shots were winding down (Apollo 17 was the last lunar mission), he left NASA to pursue his mystical and psychic studies full-time.
So, in early 1973, Mitchell founded a nonprofit research organization, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, with the express purpose of funding scientific research to discover the modalities inherent to psychic, paranormal experience. To quote Mitchell, “It is becoming increasingly clear that the human mind and physical universe do not exist independently. Something as yet indefinable connects them. This connective link — between mind and matter, intelligence and intuition — is what Noetic Sciences is all about.”
Around the same time as the founding of the institute, Mitchell was introduced to the now-famous Israeli psychic Uri Geller [photo at right], who at the time was a young man being observed by Dr. Andrija Puharich, an American physician. Uri Geller had demonstrated phenomenal psychokinetic powers, being able to bend metal spoons and other objects with his mind while lightly stroking them with his finger.
After initial meetings and observations, Edgar Mitchell, under the auspices of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, arranged for rigorous scientific testing of Uri Geller at the prestigious Stanford Research Institute in California. The results of these experiments, conducted under the supervision of resident scientists Dr. Harold Puthoff and Russell Targ, proved valid and were widely reported to a still-skeptical world. Mitchell himself later briefed the then director of the CIA, George H. W. Bush. Since then, millions of people around the world have seen Uri Geller demonstrate his psychokinetic talents in person or on television or in film documentaries.*
From these humble beginnings, the Institute of Noetic Sciences has grown into a respected research foundation and educational institution that has a worldwide membership of more than 50,000.
During his captivating lecture of January 27th in Key Biscayne, Edgar Mitchell also offered his tantalizing views on the subject of UFOs. As he writes in The Way of the Explorer: “I’ve had no personal encounters with UFOs, although I wish I had so that I could speak from firsthand experience. I have, however, met with credible professionals within two governments who have testified to their own firsthand experiences with ‘close encounters’ during their official duties. A wealth of classified information on the subject resides in military and intelligence files, which, in my opinion, should be released to the public.”
Dr. Mitchell said he did not believe there was any smoking-gun evidence, just vast anecdotal evidence of the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrials. But he revealed that he is part of a group of individuals who have been contacting military personnel to obtain their stories of contacts with UFOs. Moreover, he stated flatly that this group has briefed the White House, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Congress regarding these matters, in an attempt to generate interest in initiating a congressional investigation. They want these military personnel to be free to come forward and relate their experiences, and they want the government files released.
In his research over the years, Dr. Mitchell has consulted respected ufologists such as the late Air Force Project Bluebook consultant and astronomer, Dr. J. Allen Hynek; astrophysicist, computer scientist, and preeminent author, Dr. Jacques Vallee; and Harvard psychiatrist and investigator of abduction phenomena, Dr. John Mack.
After the lecture, Edgar Mitchell autographed copies of his book, The Way of the Explorer. I had the pleasure of meeting him and shaking his hand. I reminded him of his brief meeting with Mark and Yolanda in Houston twenty-five years ago. Also, I asked him if NASA has a protocol in place for training astronauts on what to do if they make contact with extraterrestrials during a space mission. He replied that NASA had no such protocol while he was there, or even up through the Apollo-Soyuz flight of 1975, and he didn’t know if they had one now. But, he said, he would not be surprised if they did.
Promoting synthesis of the spiritual and physical space programs, we thank Spirit for Edgar Mitchell’s work to help take humanity beyond the veil of earthly thinking and into new realms of spirituality. As united light workers, we support one another’s missions, both to outer space and inner space, to bring enlightenment to planet Earth.
* At a lecture in Austin, Texas, in 1973, I personally witnessed Uri Geller perform these feats.
NASA Archives: (1) Ed White, first American spacewalker, 6/3/65. (2) Earthrise from Apollo 8 on 12/29/68. (3) F. Story Musgrave servicing Hubble Space Telescope, 12/9/93. (4) Edgar Mitchell on lunar surface, 2/6/71. (5) Earth’s moon. (6) Apollo 14 crew: Roosa, Shepard, Mitchell. (7) Galaxy Cluster MACS J0717, by Hubble Space Telescope.
Mark-Age Archives: (1) Edgar Mitchell at lecture and book-signing, 1/27/98. (2) Phillel in front of lunar landing module, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, 7/81.
Miscellaneous: Uri Geller (photo by Jonathan Bloom).