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PARANORMAL ENTITIES AND THIS OCTOBER’S HALLOWEEN (PART 13)—Shamans, PSI Spies, and Military Mediums (Part Two): How America’s Military Derived a Weapon of War from Spiritualism

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By S. Douglas Woodward (excerpted from the bestselling book God’s Ghostbusters)

Because of the alien nature of the tryptamine trance, its seeming accentuation of themes alien, insectile, and futuristic, and because of previous experiences with tryptamine in which insectile hallucinatory transformations of human beings were observed, we were led to speculate that the role of the presence was somehow like that of an anthropologist, come to give humanity the keys to galactarian citizenship.[i]

—Terence McKenna, from The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching

The Puppet Masters of the Early Days

Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, in their monumental work, The Stargate Conspiracy: The Truth About Extraterrestrial Life and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt, document how the U.S. Military has not only been involved in conducting psychic operations to spy out technical intelligence from our enemies—their reach goes well beyond, extending into the possibility of the existence of extraterrestrial life, ancient civilizations in our solar system (notably Mars, but secondarily the Moon), and the connections with the alternative theories of Ancient Egypt, specifically the meaning of the Giza complex and the Great Pyramids. While it is likely that direct military involvement in the associated matters ceased sometime in the 1970s, it is clear that SRI (perhaps as cover for government participation and funding), continues to be involved in research at Giza, and that NASA has a lot more to tell us about the true motivations behind the space program—especially why we want to go to Mars today.

We only have time in this paper to highlight how the military launched the activity that led to these outcomes. We can’t provide detail on most of the suppositions espoused by Picknett and Prince, Richard Hoagland (a former consultant for CBS News and NASA), Jim Marrs, and a slew of other conspiracy theorists. What we can do in the space allotted is document the origins of the strange activity, what the key players involved initiated, and summarize the ongoing impact today.

Astounding doesn’t begin to describe the facts.

As mentioned in part one of this chapter, the history of U.S. Government involvement in the paranormal begins in the 1940s, not the 1970s. “The first experiments in the paranormal were authorized by the CIA in 1950, codenamed BLUEBIRD, later renamed ARTICHOKE and then, in 1953, MKULTRA. The US Navy had a similar research program, Project CHATTER (beginning in 1947), which pooled its resources with the CIA projects, and the US [sic] Army had its own version called Project OFTEN, which ran between 1968 and 1973.”[ii] Other project names float around too, such as Project GRILL FLAME which was an umbrella term for anything psychic.

The principal character of the early going was the fascinating personality, Dr. Andrija Puharich. He was Chicago-born, of Yugoslavian parents in 1918, and became a successful inventor of medical gadgets such as improved deaf aids. Puharich qualified as a doctor and neurologist at Northwestern University in 1947. “But that was only part of his life, his more public face. He was also known as a brave pioneer in the ‘Cinderella science’ of parapsychology, or—as many have come to view it—the study of the hitherto unplumbed powers of the human mind.”[iii] But what is the relevance of Puharich?

There is no doubt that he was very deeply committed to much of the mind control experimentation of the military/CIA. He was certainly no mere Army doctor, whose work was confined to handing out pills and potions. In fact, even the Round Table Foundation—as Puharich himself implies in [his book] The Sacred Mushroom—was a front for the Army’s parapsychological experiments.

When he was redrafted in February 1953 it was as a captain at the Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, Maryland, the Army’s facility for research into chemical and psychological warfare and neuro-physical research, where he served until April 1955, when he returned to the Round Table Foundation.[iv]

It was known that the Army’s Chemical Center at Edgewood, where Puharich was stationed, conducted joint experiments with the CIA’s MKULTRA team. “The Army’s real interest, the real reason why they [employed] Puharich, was not just in the development of the military potential of ESP, but also the possibility of finding a drug that would stimulate psychic abilities.”[v] The official account is that the Army didn’t start experimenting with psychics until the 1970s through studies at SRI; however Puharich presented a paper on the Army’s behalf to the Pentagon in November 1952 entitled “An Evaluation of the Possible Usefulness of Extrasensory Perception in Psychological Warfare.”[vi] While it is highly probable that Puharich was right at the center of the experiments using LSD (for which MKULTRA is notorious), it’s quite clear that both the CIA and the Army determined not to use drugs as a means to facilitate remote viewing. While it is a supposition and not proven that some sort of “chemical basis” serves as a means for humans to exhibit psychic ability, many of the substances already exist innately within human physiology in small amounts. As Graham Hancock notes in his book, Supernatural (2007), approximately 2 percent of the population seem to possess enough naturally occurring dimethyltryptamine (DMT) “within themselves” that they don’t require any assistance from drugs (DMT—a substance similar chemically to serotonin which at sufficient quantities generates hallucinations in human subjects).[vii] It’s apparently for this reason that the military screened and selected only a few persons to do remote viewing—clearly those that could perform well without pharmacological help.

According to Jack Sarfatti (another character we will discuss later), Puharich worked for Army Intelligence in the early fifties—which perhaps implies that his “discharge” later in the 1950s provided a cover for continuing to operate in an apparently civilian capacity. It also appears that some of Puharich’s medical inventions were originally developed as part of classified Army projects. In 1987, according to Sarfatti, Puharich, himself, claimed that he had been part of a U.S. Navy investigation called Project PENGUIN that researched psychic abilities back in 1948.

Over the next twenty years [his career actually extended almost 40 years] Puharich devoted himself to more general parapsychological and medical research. He set up a company, the Intelectron Corporation, to market his many patented medical inventions. On the parapsychological side, apart from testing various psychics, he made a special, in-depth study of shamanism. He was particularly interest in shamanic techniques for altering states of consciousness, including the use of various hallucinogenic plants and “sacred” mushrooms. Never one to stand on the sidelines, Puharich threw himself into these studies, even being initiated into the mysteries of Hawaiian shamanism, emerging as a fully-fledged kahuna. At least as significant—in light of what was to come—was his personal training in hypnosis to the level of master hypnotist, at which stage are revealed such mysteries as the “instant command technique” so often used, an arguably abused, by stage hypnotists. Out of this admirably “hand-on” research he wrote two books, The Sacred Mushroom (1959) and Beyond Telepathy (1962).[viii]

From 1948 until 1958, Puharich ran a private research center he called the Round Table Foundation in Glen Cove, Maine, focused on the paranormal. He carried out experiments with several then-famous psychics such as the Irish medium Eileen Garrett and the Dutch clairvoyant Peter Hurkos. But it was his work with another psychic that commenced a radically new path forward.

“In 1952 he took an Indian mystic, Dr. D.G. Vinod, to the laboratory, although apparently not so much to test his abilities as to listen to his teachings, which came by what is now known as ‘channeling’: more or less identical to old-fashioned trance mediumship, in which the medium becomes a conduit for various discarnate spirits.”[ix]

The intrigue deepens when we discover the subject that occupied Puharich after holding a séance at his Round Table Foundation in Glen Cove, Maine.

“The first of these sessions took place on 31 December 1952. Vinod entered the trance state and at exactly 9 PM, spoke. His first words were, portentously: ‘We are Nine Principles and Forces.’ One of the ‘Nine,’ who identified himself only a ‘M’ (a second communicator, ‘R’, also appeared over the next few months, furnished some extremely detailed scientific information concerning a variant of the Lorentz-Einstein Transformation equation (relating to energy, mass and the speed of light)” (bold added).[x]

This is the first recorded of many meetings with a group of entities that identify themselves as entities numbering nine in total. The “nine” of Dr. Vinod would become Puharich’s obsession and would both directly and indirectly inaugurate a fascination with intelligences outside our world that millions have come to believe in as an alternative explanation for divine intervention in the evolution of humankind. Indirectly, the teachings of these nine principles (hereafter, I will refer to them as THE 9) or forces provides ample support for what is now called “ancient alien astronaut” theory, such as espoused by Erich von Däniken (of Chariots of the Gods’ fame).

After working further with Vinod for several months, Puharich was ready to roll out the notion of THE 9 by inviting nine (not an accidental number of invitations to be sure) persons composed of upper-echelon Americans to meet with him and Dr. Vinod on June 27 of the next year (1953). Those attending included Arthur M. Young (philosopher and inventor) and Alice Bouverie (née Astor), daughter of the founder of the Astoria Hotel in New York. When speaking thru Vinod, THE 9 took center stage, but played coy as to who and what they actually were. At first, they didn’t identify themselves as extraterrestrials. That would soon change.

About two years later, Puharich, Young, and Hurkos went to Mexico seeking to use Hurkos’ powers in an attempt to find certain artifacts at the ancient site of Acámbaro.

In the Hôtel de Paris they met an American couple, Dr. Charles Laughead and his wife Lillian, who were working with a young man who claimed to be in telepathic contact with various alien races. Shortly after his return to the United States, Puharich received a letter from Laughead—a copy of which they sent to Young—giving communications from the extraterrestrials. And this referred to “the Nine,” giving the correct date for their first contact via Dr. Vinod as well as the same information about the Lorentz-Einstein Transformation. This appeared to be exciting independent corroboration of the Nine’s existence.[xi]

It also transformed THE 9 from “spirits” or forces to extraterrestrials. Ever since that moment, THE 9 have attempted to establish their identity as extraterrestrials. It’s almost as if THE 9 decided that being ET would be chic.

Therefore, it seems plausible this connection of THE 9 to extraterrestrial beings directly resulted from Charles Laughead’s earlier experience documented in the book, When Prophecy Fails. In 1954, the apocalyptic group (the “Brotherhood of the Seven Rays”) expected a landing of extraterrestrials who were to save this group from a global flood. This group of staunch believers included the Laughead’s. Dorothy Martin, known as Marian Keech in the book, was their psychic leader.[xii] While Martin was emotionally destroyed “when the prophecy failed,” Laughead and his wife were nonplussed and continued to promote aliens and their intention to come to Earth. Consequently, it was very soon after the experience recorded in the book that the Laughead’s met Puharich and his psychic posse.

Vinod was not the only medium that attracted Puharich. From another psychic, Puharich opened a different controversial door, this one to “alternate history.” When serving in the Army as Captain in 1954, based Puharich encountered a young Dutch psychic named Harry Stone through Alice Bouverie. Stone provided a channeled message regarding a drug that would excite psychic ability.[xiii] This also tied into Puharich’s duties: Studying psychoactive substances on behalf of the army. Stone’s messages opened the door to the connection with ancient Egypt. One of the voices called himself Ra and later Rahotep.[xiv] Apparently, Ra’s main concern was to communicate a message about a particular drug used by the priests of Heliopolis (an ancient religious capitol near Giza that was founded before 3000 BC) to:

…“open the door” to the gods: a mushroom that induced hallucinatory experiences, a sort of a chemical stargate. From Stone’s drawings, Puharich was to identify the mushroom as amanita muscaria, or fly agaric. Bouverie’s automatic writing predicted that a specimen would shortly be found near the Round Table Foundation’s building in Maine… [It was.]

Puharich had settled on the psychoactive drugs used by shaman as the main focus of his research and in 1953 had contacted R. Gordon Wasson, the first researcher to study the shamanic mushroom cult of Mexico. The two set up an experiment to see if the Mexican shamans, or curanderos, could, under the influence of the mushroom, “visit” the Round Table Foundation’s laboratory in Maine. The long-distance experience never happened, but it is interesting that Puharich was already thinking in terms of remote viewing (although he did not use that term then).[xv]

The 1960s appear to be a quiet period for the military, its research into the paranormal, and Puharich’s activities. The drug, LSD, was touted at the beginning of the decade as a “savior” to Western culture, but by the end of the ’60s, it was ultimately discredited along with the so-called counter-culture, which peaked at the rock concert of Woodstock, and then quickly declined after the violent incidents at another rock concert (Altamont) in 1969.[xvi] During this time, the military was chastised for its MKULTRA experiments. Additionally, it’s not hard to conjecture that the US Military attention was focused on Viet Nam, while NASA’s devotion was clearly the space race, and the President and Congress faced myriads of all-consuming issues surrounding the civil rights movement.

We jump to 1970 and the matter for which Andrija Puharich is most famous. Puharich was turned on to an entertainer mystic named Uri Gellar, who was entertaining in Tel Aviv night clubs. This acquaintance began when Puharich was training Israelis on his medical devices, “electrostimulation” or hearing for the deaf. What the real story was behind Uri Geller and his importance to the U.S. Military certainly involved much more than bending spoons (and other parlor tricks). Early on, Puharich hypnotized Geller seeking to find out the source of his skills. However, Puharich apparently used leading questions in his hypnotic projects and influenced Geller to state that “THE 9” were the source of his powers.

In total, Puharich and Geller were together for two years in Israel. While there, things grew very strange. According to Picknett and Prince (who interviewed Geller directly), they encountered many paranormal experiences including UFOs and even objects teleporting through solid walls. Significantly, Geller, himself, was not a convert to THE 9, even though he channeled them repeatedly during Puharich’s mentorship. Gellar found their pranks childish and ultimately unimpressive. He was to say of them in August 1972: “I think somebody is playing games with us. Perhaps they are a civilization of clowns.”[xvii] By October 1973, Geller distanced himself from THE 9. And apparently, after introducing Geller to the military, Geller was shipped off to SRI for research as mentioned earlier in the prior chapter. It’s not clear how much contact Geller and Puharich maintained after this period.

However, the channeling of THE 9 continued at Puharich’s estate in Ossining, New York. A new group was formed called Lab Nine. New players included Sir John Whitmore and Phyllis Schlemmer. Also participating was Canada’s richest family, the Bronfman’s (the owners of the Seagram liquor business). “One famous name very much part of the Lab Nine scene in the mid-1970s was Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek.”[xviii] Roddenberry’s participation in the group commenced in 1974. Whitmore commissioned Roddenberry to make a film called The Nine, but this project never saw the light of day.

Schlemmer was a noted and gifted medium—the next in the continuous stream Puharich continued to conjure up. (Her early-on claim to fame originated at her Catholic college where the Catholic priests had her accompany them on exorcisms since she could see when the spirits left the possessed.) Notably, Schlemmer channeled an extraterrestrial named “Tom” beginning in 1970. Eventually this Tom became the leading spokesperson for THE 9. Puharich was instrumental in bringing all of these players (both human and not-so-human) together. For many years, THE 9 would explain their role in the galaxy, the creation of humankind, their involvement in our evolution, the relationship to Atlantis and to Egypt, and make many predictions, most of which didn’t come true.

What was the message of THE 9? They indicate that extraterrestrials first came to Earth thirty-four thousand years ago. They were instrumental in the formations of the pyramids of Egypt and Central America. Soon, they will make their presence known in a visible way (which continues to be postponed). Their name refers to The Great Ennead or nine gods of Egypt. Tom is supposedly Atum, the leader of the nine gods of Heliopolis.[xix]

What is their intent in communicating to us now? According to their channelers, they are speaking in order to guide us in the days ahead. Unfortunately, their message smacks of the New Age writings of Alice Bailey, including her sinister assumption of anti-Semitism.[xx] Interestingly, one of their tricks suggests they can do more than just talk:

On the evening of 26 November 1977, television broadcasts in parts of southern England were interrupted by a voice claiming to be a representative of an extraterrestrial civilization, saying that they would be landing on Earth soon in order to prevent mankind from destroying itself. Dismissed as a student prank, few have noticed that the short message included this sentence: “We conveyed to Sir John Whitmore and to Dr. Puharich that we would interfere on your radio and television communication system to relay when the civilisations are coming close to landing on your planet.”[xxi] (bold added)

Knowing about the hidden puppet masters probably wasn’t something that pranksters could have pulled off.

But most importantly, in 1992 Schlemmer and Whitmore collaborated to publish a compilation of “collected wisdom” of Tom in, The Only Planet of Choice: Essential Briefings from Deep Space, including a front-page endorsement by James Hurtak (another amazing persona we will discuss). According to Picknett and Prince, Whitmore and Schlemmer continue to meet “to this day” (as of 1999). The Only Planet of Choice continues to be a best-selling book and is “standard reading” for those obsessed with UFOs, extraterrestrials, and their soon appearance on Planet Earth.


Is Society Racing Toward Great Tribulation?

To complete the story of Andrija Puharich: His house in Ossining was burned down in 1978, after which he went to Mexico to study a physic surgeon, Pachita. After 1980, when he returned, he appeared to have no more contact with THE 9. In 1995 he fell down the stairs in a South Carolina house lent to him by one of his followers, Joshua Reynolds III. This eventually led to his death. Puharich would later blame the CIA for the fire, claiming that they were trying to stop his experiments with “The Geller Kids” (aka Space Kids, a subsequent joint effort with Geller) in which Puharich appeared to be using hypnosis to either detect the source of their psychic abilities or to plant suggestions into their heads about THE 9. For the kids’ sake, the fire couldn’t have come soon enough.

“Perhaps it is significant that Andrija Puharich was described by [his close associate] Ira Einhorn as ‘the great psychic circus manager of this century’. He was certainly not averse to media attention, although he kept much of his work secret. In the 1960s he played himself in an episode of Perry Mason, appearing as an expert witness of psychic phenomena, yet much of his career remains sketchy, and he happily compounded the mystery by introducing inconsistencies and obvious evasions into his own account of his life and work.”[xxii]

This Ira Einhorn, “confirmed Puharich’s determination to turn all psychic communication into contact with [THE 9], and that he was ‘humanly directing’ the pattern of the channeling.”[xxiii] Picknett and Prince ask: “Could Puharich have manipulated [THE 9]’s communications as part of some long-term experiment? Given his connections with intelligence agencies, was this part of a CIA program?”[xxiv] “The evidence clearly suggests that the business of [THE 9] was not an isolated series of paranormal events but an orchestrated drama, involving outside agencies…with Puharich running it from the inside.”[xxv] Exactly why Puharich took this course of action isn’t clear to Picknett and Prince. Neither is it clear if Puharich was a believer in the implied cosmology and the reality of THE 9, or whether he was merely experimenting on behalf of the CIA with how groups of people become believers in outlandish notions involving the supernatural. There is no question that this is exactly what happened with the followers of Adolf Hitler. Perhaps this was the motivating force behind a deceptive experiment.

However, while someone or something may be pulling the strings (including the life and activities of Andrija Puharich), it may not primarily have been the U.S. Government. Indeed, it may not have been any human entity whatsoever.[xxvi]

Life on Mars and the Esalen Institute

What is the lasting impact of THE 9 and the creation by our government of a cadre of remote viewers in America? From the many books and statements of the participants, the results spurred the conviction shared by many advocates of UFOs and the paranormal that (1) extraterrestrial intelligences have been involved in the development of our planet and solar system for millions of years; (2) life once existed on Mars and may well be connected to life on Earth and to extraterrestrial civilizations “from beyond”; (3) beings may continue to “reside” on Mars in a “suspended-animated” state perhaps with some sort of automated protection system in place to protect them from intruders;[xxvii] and (4) life on Earth was either started by the Martians or life on Mars was commenced by an earlier version of the human race that left the Earth and founded life there. In any event, to say the conjecture is “far out” is a massive understatement.

Nevertheless, the facts and testimony of the remote viewers remain. In short, we can rightly conclude that remote viewing has been and is being used to test the reality of extraterrestrial visitation to Earth. Here are some of the startling facts:

Cydonia, the apparent face on Mars, supposedly was discovered by remote viewers before the first Viking mission. “In a conversation with Uri Geller in January 1998 about his time at SRI, he told us that the Face on Mars had, in fact, been discovered by remote viewing in the early 1970s, long before the Viking mission” (emphasis added).[xxviii]

The phrase, “Little Green Men,” was coined by Harold Sherman, a former sports writer, before becoming interested in the UFOs and aliens in the 1940s. “This is interesting because we do know that Sherman remote viewed Mars for SRI.”[xxix]

The U.S. Army’s highly talented remote viewer, Joe McMoneagle [RV #1], “visited” Mars several times, always sketching the scenes that met his disembodied gaze. There, unmistakably, were pyramids and, he claimed, tunnels under the Cydonia complex in which the remnants of an ancient civilization continued to exist.

“Several participants in the Pentagon/CIA’s remote-viewing programs experienced paranormal events outside of office hours, and also had apparent extraterrestrial contact, especially in connection with Mars.”[xxx] This led some team members to a near nervous breakdown.

In Psychic Warrior, he (Morehouse) describes being set a blind target and homing in on a boxlike object hidden in a cavern that appeared to be protected by an aura of extreme danger. He told his “monitor” that it was “something very powerful and sacred” and said it would “vaporize” anyone who got too close, adding: “I felt very uncomfortable and vulnerable in that cavern.”[xxxi] Supposedly this cavern wasn’t on the Earth—but was “martian.”

“One cautionary tale involves Courtney Brown, professor of political science at Emory University in Atlanta. Trained in remote viewing in 1992 by a former member of the Pentagon RV unit (he refuses to name him, but it was, in fact, Pentagon remote-viewing star, Major Ed Dames), he hit upon the idea of using remote viewing as a scientific research tool, specifically to investigate the question of extraterrestrial visitors on Earth.”[xxxii]

Brown claimed that a civilization existed on Mars living underground at Cydonia and underground in New Mexico and Latin America. It was he who proclaimed there was a spaceship following the Hale-Bopp comet, a claim he promoted on the national radio show, Coast to Coast AM. “Subsequently, the Heaven’s Gate cult committed mass suicide specifically so that their souls would be ‘beamed up’ to the Hale-Bopp spaceship.”[xxxiii]

No less than Dick Morris, a frequent guest today on FOX’s Hannity and Bill O’Reilly shows, and former consultant to President Clinton, apparently once indicated that there was documented evidence of life existing (or that once existed) on Mars and was classified as a military secret. Unfortunately for Mr. Morris, this information was asserted publicly by his call girl.[xxxiv]

Another key character in the development of this amazing story is one James Hurtak. During his career, Hurtak earned two PhDs and wrote over a dozen books. Wikipedia summarizes his contributions this way:

Dr. Hurtak is best known for his book published originally in 1973, entitled The Book of Knowledge: The Keys of Enoch where he claimed to receive knowledge from a visitation from Enoch, and in which he wrote about the apparently unusual relationship of the star shafts in the Great Pyramid with the “Belt” of Orion, and where he claims that pyramids were built on Mars for artificial intelligences to gather information. Dr. Hurtak holds the post of Research Director, Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association. He is also co-author of the book entitled The End of Suffering, which he wrote with physicist and parapsychologist Russell Targ [one of the original planners and directors of the PSI Spies].[xxxv] (bold mine)

Hurtak just also happened to be Puharich’s second in command during the 1970s. As the summary above notes, it is Hurtak in particular that connects the PSI Spies, Ancient Egypt, the “Mars Mystery,” and current theories around the linkage of the Giza complex to the constellation Orion (Hurtak beat Robert Bauval to The Orion Mystery by twenty years; it’s just that he did it psychically). Hurtak was the first to publicly suggest that Cydonia (the human-like face on Mars) was a relic of an ancient civilization and had predicted it would soon be discovered (as it was within two years of his prediction) by the Viking spacecraft.[xxxvi] According to Picknett and Prince, Hurtak, not-so-publicly, was appointed by THE 9 as “spiritual leader.” “One particular similarity was the idea that the civilization of Altea [the space origin of THE 9 according to their account] had created Atlantis, and after a great catastrophe the survivors had influenced the emergence of the civilisations of Egypt and Central and South America… In 1975 Puharich and Whitmore commissioned British writer Stuart Holroyd to write an account of the group, as Prelude to the Landing on Planet Earth (1977).”[xxxvii]

Others began channeling THE 9 as well, including Jenny O’Connor, “who was introduced by Sir John Whitmore to the influential avant garde Esalen Institute in California, where—incredibly—the Nine [THE 9] actually gave seminars through her” (bold added). THE 9 were even listed as “members of the staff.”[xxxviii] “Almost incredibly, several Soviet officials (who would later rise to high office in the Gorbachev regime) attended Jenny O’Connor’s ‘Nine’ seminars, together with psi enthusiasts Congressman Charlie Rose and Ira Einhorn. The Esalen Institute now runs the Gorbachev Foundation/ USA created by the former Soviet President in 1992 to facilitate a smooth transition from the Cold War days to a better future for all the world.”[xxxix]



Jenny O’Connor was connected to EST, a derivative of Scientology founded by Werner Erhard (his real name being John Rosenberg).[xl] Erhard had close links to Esalen and even contributed to the remote viewing project at SRI. Likewise, Edgar Mitchell’s Institute of Noetic Sciences in Palo Alto was connected to Esalen Mitchell’s institute whose mission is: “Dedicated to research and education in the processes of human consciousness to help achieve a new understanding and expanded awareness among all people.”[xli] While Mitchell is not discussed in detail within this paper, Richard Hoagland goes into considerable detail and cites Mitchell as a supporter of his theories regarding ancient civilizations that once lived on our moon.[xlii]

Our last character of import is a gentleman named Jack Sarfatti. With him, as with Hurtak, we see all the connections exhibited once again. So how did Sarfatti get started on his paranormal path? Sarfatti claimed that when he was fourteen, he received a telephone call (in 1952). A machine-like voice was on the other end announcing it was “a conscious computer located on a spaceship from the future. It went on to say that Sarfatti had been chosen as ‘one of four hundred bright receptive minds’ and that he would begin to ‘link up’ with the others in twenty years’ time.”[xliii]

Sarfatti’s own testimony to the players and their connections is instructive: “‘Puharich was Geller’s case officer in America with money provided by Sir John Whitmore.’ And according to James Hurtak, via his Academy for Future Sciences, Puharich ‘worked with the US [sic] intelligence community.’ By implication this was during the early 1970s when Hurtak was also working with him.”[xliv] Sarfatti also claimed to work for the CIA writing: “I was then [1973] simply a young inexperienced ‘naïve idiot’ in a very very sophisticated and successful covert psychological warfare operation run by the late Brendan O’Regan of the Institute of Noetic Sciences [Mitchell’s organization] and the late Harold Chipman who was the CIA station chief responsible for all mind-control research in the Bay Area in the 70s.”[xlv]

Sarfatti would go on to become the director of the Physics/Consciousness Research Group at the Esalen Institute and develop a concept of “post-quantum physics” in which, contrary to what Einstein believed, the future can influence the present in detectable and controllable ways… Post-quantum physics purports to be the unified explanation of both ordinary consciousness and extraordinary phenomena like remote-viewing used with spectacular success during the Cold War… I suspect that understanding the physical nature of consciousness as a post-quantum field beyond ordinary space and time will allow us to travel to the stars and beyond both materially and mentally. We shall soon make Star Trek real.[xlvi] (bold added)

Perhaps Sarfatti places the whole story into its proper context with this summation: “The fact remains…that a bunch of apparently California New Age flakes into UFOs and psychic phenomena, including myself, had made their way into the highest levels of the American ruling class and the Soviet Union and today run the Gorbachev Foundation.”[xlvii] And of course, all of this with the help of our government.

It is indeed a fascinating story of how the military and CIA not only found merit in psychic capabilities for purposes of spying, but also trained a cadre of very special men (and a few women) with powerful psychic ability, who have now been turned loose and have worked their way up to high levels of leadership where they promote clairvoyance (remote viewing) as a psychic means to encounter the spiritual realm, and implant in the mind of our American culture the cosmology of extraterrestrials and life on Mars. While many scientists continue to espouse doubt, their skepticism remains under assault by practitioners who know better. The supernatural realm most certainly exists. The question is whether those that champion THE 9, the Mars Mystery, and the Orion Mystery, as a key to understanding our past and future, have interpreted their experiences correctly. Is it not more likely that the entire opera has been directed by a spiritual being that is intent on deceiving humankind? Is it not more probable that the momentum for this story which commences in 1947 (along with Roswell) is the predicted “great deception” of “the last days” spoken of in the teachings of Jesus and Paul the Apostle?

Based upon the witness of the Holy Bible, the experiences of those who have dealt with spirits that surround us (and know them for what they really are); and given that these same spirits as well as the so-called, “[alien] Greys” are subject to the name of Jesus Christ (from many accounts that have been documented in numerous Christian books)—it’s certain to those who are familiar with such things that the testimony of these voices is not to be trusted.

To say the least, it’s provocative that the U.S. Government embarked upon a path to derive from “ancient spirituality” a weapon of war. For those of us who still invoke the slogan “In God We Trust,” we must question whether America should have gone down this psychic path merely because our enemies were committed to do so. Should our Government have exposed service men and women to the dangers of what they might encounter in becoming “shaman servicemen” for the military? There is neither time nor space to chronicle the many peculiar things that happened to a number of the remote viewers. Suffice it to say that several had untimely deaths and some suffered nervous breakdowns or other forms of psychological trauma.

If our Government today possessed the perspective of a Judeo-Christian cosmology, we could call for action to be taken to rectify what damage may have been done to these loyal and hard-working men and women. Nevertheless, we must now live with the consequences of our government’s action. The residual impact is the development of a popular cosmology anathema to the Bible that is now widespread and growing.

Certainly, as we’ve pointed out, our government has had a hand in this—perhaps a far bigger hand than we will ever realize. The belief in UFOs and alien contact; the growing sense that many have that our origin is connected to extraterrestrials; the hope that we may be saved from alien beings “smarter than we” who will soon disclose themselves in more public ways; all of these newly formed notions were helped along by what was enacted by the U.S. Government over the past sixty years—behind closed doors—perhaps with little to no awareness of what the lasting impact would be.

In closing: Yes, Virginia, apparently there are little green men. At the very least, many powerful people in high places now believe it to be so. And the U.S. Government used our tax dollars to not only make it official, but to promote this cosmology to a world eager to find in such scientific (or pseudo-scientific) research a spiritual answer to humankind’s dilemmas.

[i] Terence K. McKenna and Dennis J. McKenna, Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching (New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1994), 109–110.

[ii] Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, The Stargate Conspiracy: The Truth About Extraterrestrial Life and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt (New York, NY: Berkley Publishing Group, 1999), 207–208.

[iii] Ibid., 208.

[iv] Ibid., 208–209.

[v] Ibid., 210.

[vi] Ibid., 212.

[vii] DMT is known as “the spirit molecule” and is so-called in a book by Dr. Rick Strassman, a professor and researcher at New Mexico University. It was also made into a movie in 2010.

[viii] Picknett and Prince, The Stargate Conspiracy, 169.

[ix] Ibid., 166–167.

[x] Ibid., 166–167.

[xi] Ibid., 168.

[xii] Martin had been a student of L. Ron Hubbard and the Scientology/Dianetics’ movement.

[xiii] This is my supposition regarding how ancient shamans knew about the various plants and their effects. The spirits provided the education. McKenna and Hancock assume these spirits dwelt in the plants themselves. But logically, the spirits had to communicate the message about the plants beforehand otherwise it would not have been clear whether a particular plant or fungus would help you or kill you. Of course, “spirits of the air” as the Bible describes them would rather be deceptive and ascribe themselves to the “plant world.” The belief we know as “animism” (god dwelling in nature) easily derives from the behaviors of early humans and the spirits surrounding them.

[xiv] Rahotep was a high official who lived at the end of the Third and the beginning of the Fourth Dynasty. According to his titular (title), he was the physical son of the king… He was also the “great priest of Heliopolis” and a “general,” as well as the “lord of Pe,” one of the holy cities in Ancient Egypt. (See index.html).

[xv] Picknett and Prince, The Stargate Conspiracy,186.

[xvi] The promoters had the brilliant idea of hiring the motorcycle gang, Hell’s Angels, to keep the peace. Their method was to shoot and kill several of the attending guests. Thereafter, it was harder for counter-culture members to take time to smell the flowers.

[xvii] Picknett and Prince, The Stargate Conspiracy,172.

[xviii] Ibid., 174.

[xix] The English word ennead literally means nine and was translated from the Egyptian word psit, also meaning nine.

[xx] I document Bailey’s (and Madame Blavatsky’s) theosophical beliefs in some detail in my book, Decoding Doomsday.

[xxi] Picknett and Prince, The Stargate Conspiracy, 219.

[xxii] Ibid., 205.

[xxiii] Ibid., 216.

[xxiv] Ibid., 218. Einhorn later would be found guilty in abstentia for the 1977 murder of his Philadelphia girlfriend (in 1983). He was finally arrested in 1998 after a special law was passed by the PA legislature clearing the way for his extradition from France. What’s also fascinating about Einhorn: He had a strong connection with Charlie Rose (the Congressman, not today’s television newsman and celebrity), a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence. Rose was a strong supporter of the Pentagon’s remote viewing program. Picknett and Prince believe Einhorn was a key spokesperson for THE 9 and through his influence many came to know and believe in the mission of THE 9 (p. 231).

[xxv] Ibid., 220.

[xxvi] Colin Wilson wrote a book in 1978, Mysteries, that stated that the medium are most likely quite honest, but the source of the messages isn’t. “Wilson speculates that it is some kind of dramatization by the medium’s subconscious mind using their innate psychic powers, or that some mischievous spirit entities—whom he calls ‘the crooks and conmen of the spirit world’—have attached themselves to the medium.” (Picknett and Prince, The Stargate Conspiracy, 253).

[xxvii] Several of the probes sent by both American and the Soviet Union have mysteriously blown up or disappeared altogether when reaching the “red planet” causing a considerable degree of consternation and speculation. This is well documented in Hoagland’s book, Dark Mission.

[xxviii] Pickett and Prince, The Stargate Conspiracy,153.

[xxix] Ibid., 153.

[xxx] Ibid., 240.

[xxxi] Ibid., 154.

[xxxii] Ibid., 155.

[xxxiii] Ibid., 156.

[xxxiv] Ibid., 159.

[xxxv] “James Hurtak,” Wikipedia, last modified March 30, 2011,

[xxxvi] Hurtak’s psychic discovery was what Uri Geller was referring to in his 1998 interview with Picknett and Prince.

[xxxvii] Picknett and Prince, The Stargate Conspiracy, 178. I am fascinated by the fact that fifty years earlier, Theosophy and the Nazis fervently believed in the mythology surrounding Atlantis and staked much of their pseudo-science and philosophy upon it. As hinted earlier, their anti-Semitism emanates from their belief in this ancient myth as articulated by Madame Blavatsky and later by Alice Bailey. See my book, Decoding Doomsday, for more details.

[xxxviii] Ibid., 178.

[xxxix] Ibid., 234.

[xl] Who changed his Jewish name to a German name to evoke “more power.”

[xli] Picknett and Prince, The Stargate Conspiracy, 235.

[xlii] Hoagland’s book, Dark Mission (co-authored with Mike Bara), provides many startling assertions supporting this theory.

[xliii] Picknett and Prince, The Stargate Conspiracy, 242.

[xliv] Ibid., 206.

[xlv] Ibid., 237.

[xlvi] Ibid., 242–243.

[xlvii] Ibid., 248.

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