Thursday, May 26, 2016

Howard Menger and esotericism

In a 1979 lecture, Contactee rustling, Fortean author and journalist John Keel lamented the lack of serious investigation of the classic contactees: "In the 1950s, the government was very interested in the contactee phenomenon. The so-called "scientific" ufologists wouldn´t touch a contactee with a hundred-foot pole in those days, but the Air Force was very interested." (Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind, ed. by Andrew B. Colvin, 2013, p. 78). This unfortunate attitude among the early serious ufologists has resulted in a severe shortage of data and knowledge concerning the first generation contactees. Timothy Good has somewhat remedied the situation but his investigations began in the 1960s. Today research on the early contactees must rely on data in books, articles, correspondence and interviews.

My own investigations of Swedish physical contactee cases, a.o. the experiences of Richard Höglund and "Anna" to me indicated that aliens from somewhere operated on our planet. Partly because of this research I decided to take a second look at the controversial first generation American contactees and gathered as much data as possible to determine whether there was enough circumstantial empirical evidence to accept some of these old cases as valid contacts. I did find evidence or corraborating indications that five contactees were of interest in this respect: George Adamski, Orfeo Angelucci, Daniel Fry, George Van Tassel and Howard Menger.

Howard Menger 1922-2009

Today these classical contactees are all gone and part of ufological and cultural history. New data may of course emerge from time to time from relatives or archives but that will always remain secondary sources. Some years ago I decided to reread the books by these five contactees and also renewed my study of the basic tomes of the Esoteric Tradition: Blavatsky, Leadbeater, Bailey, Laurency. To my amazement I found that the philosophy presented by the five contactees almost exacly corresponded to esotericism, possibly with the exception of Van Tassel. This discovery became a sort of Eureka in my research and helped me formulate the Esoteric Intervention Theory in a new way. Especially when I also found indications that these contactees were involved in a carefully orchestrated test or experiment implemented by a benevolent group of visitors with advanced Vimana technology, earth-based, extraterrestrial or both.

As mainstream scientific ufologists are usually not erudite scholars of the Esoteric Tradition no one has so far made this kind of study and discovered the obvious and detailed similarities between the "space peoples" philosophy and esotericism. An exception is Riley Crabb, director of Borderland Sciences Research Foundation (BSRF) 1959-1985. In his first Round Robin editorial 1959 he wrote: ""Since coming to the mainland my lectures have been concerned with the problem of relating Flying Saucer data, and phenomena, to the teachings of the Mystery Schools. I believe you´ll agree this is no easy task. If I have one goal in life it is un uncompromising search for Truth, whatever that might be, and wherever it may lead."

Riley Crabb 1913- 1994

In my evaluation of the early contactees I have used the esoteric criterion as a sort of alternative veracity test. If there is circumstantial empirical evidence that the contacts were genuine and the philosophy presented correspond with esotericism then I regard it as a reasonable working hypothesis that the contactee was involved with emissaries from the planetary guardians (adepts) from our planet or from an extraterrestrial source. I am of course aware of that this a heretic viewpoint or theory not accepted by mainstream academics or "scientific" ufologists. An exception is Joscelyn Godwin, professor at Colgate University, New York who wrote in a letter to me October 9, 2015: "Your approach to the contact phenomenon may be the most significant step in ufology since Vallee´s and Keel´s works". 

Of the five American contactees Howard Menger is in my view the most interesting from an esoteric viewpoint. Here is a brief summary of esoteric philosophy as presented in his 1959 book From Outer Space to You:

Reincarnation: "People live in fear of death, when in truth there is no death. It is only a change from one condition to another." (p.53)
"All of us have lived through hundreds of incarnations on various worlds. Some of us have volunteered to come to this planet and be reborn in earth bodies." (p. 122)

Evolution of consciousness: "A man´s soul, as with the lower forms of life, such as dogs, cats, cows, horses etc., is the sum total of a process of evolvement of consciousness. Everything created has a consciousness, and the consciousness evolves to the soul point, where it expresses i higher forms..." (p. 175)

Esotericism, the science of the multiverse: "A few things I say will not conform to our orthodox religions. The occult sciences, however, do touch upon some of these subjects... Science asks for proof, but how can we prove something which is beyond our sciences?... But, somehow, out of these advanced ideas must come a science, a system of some kind... Such a science, a cosmic science, which will involve investigations in to the realm of other senses and dimensions, has already has its humble beginnings; but its patriarchs, like those ancient iconoclasts who announced the world was round and was not the center of the universe, have been prececuted." (p. 123)

Earth, a quarantined, prison world: "... Venus, for example: a veritable heaven compared to Earth... At the lecture I caught myself wondering if it was the soul of myself or Marla which had voluntarily cast itself once more into the hell of Earth." (p. 124)

Only Earth has organic physical life: "For instance, on Venus and Saturn the rate of vibration is much higher, and renders corporeal structures more tenous; and if an Earth man in physical body could go there he probably would not see some to the life forms which vibrates more rapidly than his own - no more than he can see the spiritual life forms in and around his own planet." (p. 126-127)

Levitation by sound waves: "Long before the time of the Conquistadores we made contact with the Aztecs. We helped these people in many ways... Some of the secrets had to do with the use of sound and light to produce power and run machinery... the discs were some sort of sonic instruments used for levitations when turned to the frequencies of individuals using them." (p. 33-34)

Vimanas, used by the Planetary Guardians: "There are also space craft, though of inferior design, which are built by people of this planet. These people are in communication and in service with people from other planets. They are people who possess a high spiritual understanding and have reached an awareness of natural law..." (p. 159)

These are only a few quotes from Howard Mengers book presenting the esoteric world- and lifeview. More can be found in Conny Menger´s book Song of Saturn

A detailed study of the books by George Adamski, Orfeo Angelucci, Daniel Fry and partly George Van Tassel will yield basically the same result. This is an indication that the Esoteric Intervention Theory can be regarded as a reasonable working hypothesis when studying these five contactees and their experiences.