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The New Oxford Annotated Bible With Apocrypha

The New Oxford Annotated Bible With Apocrypha The New Oxford Annotated Bible With Apocrypha

Students, professors and general readers alike have relied upon The Oxford Annotated Bible for essential scholarship and guidance to the world of the Bible for nearly four decades. Now a new editorial board and team of contributors have completely updated this classic work. The result is a volume which maintains and extends the excellence the Annotated's users have come to expect, bringing new insights, information, and approaches to bear upon the understanding of the text of the Bible.

The new edition includes a full index to all of the study material (not just to the annotations), and one that is keyed to page numbers, not to citations. And, to make certain points in the text clearer for the reader, there are approximately 40 in-text, line drawing maps and diagrams.

With the best of the Annotated's traditional strengths, and the augmentation of new information and new approaches represented in current scholarship, the Third Edition will serve as the reader's and student's constant resource for a new century.

About the Author

Michael Coogan is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, and director of publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum. Carol Newsom is at Candler School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia.

Paperback: 2180 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; College edition (January 25, 2001)

The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament Volume One
The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament Volume One The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament: Apocrypha

The most esteemed body of books left out of the Bible, the Old Testament Apocrypha is of interest to historians, religious scholars, and ordinary laypeople alike. For more than 70 years this version, edited by R.H. Charles, has been the definitive critical edition. Out of print for years, Apocryphile Press is proud to make it available once more to scholars and the curious.

Paperback: 700 pages
Publisher: Apocryphile Press (November 1, 2004)

The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, Volume Two
The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, Volume Two The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament, Volume Two

Of all the books left out of the Bible, only the Apocrypha rivals the Pseudepigrapha in popularity and importance. This edition of the Pseudepigrapha was edited by R. H. Charles and was the definitive critical edition for over 70 years.

Paperback: 800 pages
Publisher: Apocryphile Press (November 1, 2004)

The Urantia Book
The Urantia Book The Urantia Book


Love is truly contagious and eternally creative. (p. 2018) “Devote your life to proving that love is the greatest thing in the world.” (p. 2047) “Love is the ancestor of all spiritual goodness, the essence of the true and the beautiful.” (p. 2047) The Father’s love can become real to mortal man only by passing through that man’s personality as he in turn bestows this love upon his fellows. (p. 1289) The secret of a better civilization is bound up in the Master’s teachings of the brotherhood of man, the good will of love and mutual trust. (p. 2065)


Prayer is not a technique of escape from conflict but rather a stimulus to growth in the very face of conflict. (p. 1002) The sincerity of any prayer is the assurance of its being heard. … (p. 1639) God answers man’s prayer by giving him an increased revelation of truth, an enhanced appreciation of beauty, and an augmented concept of goodness. (p. 1002) …Never forget that the sincere prayer of faith is a mighty force for the promotion of personal happiness, individual self-control, social harmony, moral progress, and spiritual attainment. (p. 999)


There is a great and glorious purpose in the march of the universes through space. All of your mortal struggling is not in vain. (p. 364) Mortals only learn wisdom by experiencing tribulation. (p. 556)


The angels of all orders are distinct personalities and are highly individualized. (p. 285) Angels....are fully cognizant of your moral struggles and spiritual difficulties. They love human beings, and only good can result from your efforts to understand and love them. (p. 419)

Our Divine Destiny

If you are a willing learner, if you want to attain spirit levels and reach divine heights, if you sincerely desire to reach the eternal goal, then the divine Spirit will gently and lovingly lead you along the pathway of sonship and spiritual progress. (p. 381) …They who know that God is enthroned in the human heart are destined to become like him—immortal. (p. 1449) God is not only the determiner of destiny; he is man’s eternal destination. (p. 67)


Almost everything of lasting value in civilization has its roots in the family. (p. 765) The family is man’s greatest purely human achievement. ... (p. 939)


…Faith will expand the mind, ennoble the soul, reinforce the personality, augment the happiness, deepen the spirit perception, and enhance the power to love and be loved. (p. 1766) “Now, mistake not, my Father will ever respond to the faintest flicker of faith.” (p. 1733)


The story of man’s ascent from seaweed to the lordship of earthly creation is indeed a romance of biologic struggle and mind survival. (p. 731) 2,500,000,000 years ago… Urantia was a well developed sphere about one tenth its present mass. … (p. 658) 1,000,000,000 years ago is the date of the actual beginning of Urantia [Earth] history. (p. 660) 450,000,000 years ago the transition from vegetable to animal life occurred. (p. 669) From the year A.D. 1934 back to the birth of the first two human beings is just 993,419 years. (p. 707) About five hundred thousand years ago…there were almost one-half billion primitive human beings on earth. … (p. 741) Adam and Eve arrived on Urantia, from the year A.D. 1934, 37,848 years ago. (p. 828)

From the Inside Flap

What’s Inside?

Parts I and II

God, the inhabited universes, life after death, angels and other beings, the war in heaven.

Part III

The history of the world, science and evolution, Adam and Eve, development of civilization, marriage and family, personal spiritual growth.

Part IV

The life and teachings of Jesus including the missing years. AND MUCH MORE…


God, …God is the source and destiny of all that is good and beautiful and true. (p. 1431) If you truly want to find God, that desire is in itself evidence that you have already found him. (p. 1440) When man goes in partnership with God, great things may, and do, happen. (p. 1467)

The Origin of Human Life, The universe is not an accident... (p. 53) The universe of universes is the work of God and the dwelling place of his diverse creatures. (p. 21) The evolutionary planets are the spheres of human origin…Urantia [Earth] is your starting point. … (p. 1225) In God, man lives, moves, and has his being. (p. 22)

The Purpose of Life, There is in the mind of God a plan which embraces every creature of all his vast domains, and this plan is an eternal purpose of boundless opportunity, unlimited progress, and endless life. (p. 365) This new gospel of the kingdom… presents a new and exalted goal of destiny, a supreme life purpose. (p. 1778)

Jesus, The religion of Jesus is the most dynamic influence ever to activate the human race. (p. 1091) What an awakening the world would experience if it could only see Jesus as he really lived on earth and know, firsthand, his life-giving teachings! (p. 2083)

Science, Science, guided by wisdom, may become man’s great social liberator. (p. 909) Mortal man is not an evolutionary accident. There is a precise system, a universal law, which determines the unfolding of the planetary life plan on the spheres of space. (p. 560)

Life after Death, God’s love is universal… He is “not willing that any should perish.” (p. 39) Your short sojourn on Urantia [Earth]…is only a single link, the very first in the long chain that is to stretch across universes and through the eternal ages. (p. 435) …Death is only the beginning of an endless career of adventure, an everlasting life of anticipation, an eternal voyage of discovery. (p. 159)

About the Author

The text of The Urantia Book was provided by one or more anonymous contributors working with a small staff which provided editorial and administrative support during the book's creation. The book bears no particular credentials (from a human viewpoint), relying instead on the power and beauty of the writing itself to persuade the reader of its authenticity.

Leather Bound: 2097 pages
Publisher: Urantia Foundation; Box Lea edition (August 25, 2015)

The Apocryphal New Testament: A Collection of Apocryphal Christian Literature in an English Translation

The Apocryphal New Testament: A Collection of Apocryphal Christian Literature in an English Translation The Apocryphal New Testament: A Collection of Apocryphal Christian Literature in an English Translation

From the Back Cover This collection of apocryphal texts supersedes the best-selling edition by M. R. James, which was originally published in 1924, and regularly reprinted. Several new texts have come to light since 1924 and the textual base for some of the apocrypha previously translated by James is now more secure, as in several cases there are recently published critical editions available. Although a modest appendix to James's edition was added in 1953, no thorough revision has previously been undertaken. In this volume, J. K. Elliott presents new translations of the texts and has provided each of them with a short introduction and bibliography directed to those who wish to pursue further the issues raised in the texts, or to consult the critical editions, other versions, or general studies. The translations are in modern English, in contrast to James's deliberate imitation of the language of the Authorized Version. The collection is designed to give readers the most important and famous of the Christian apocrypha, together with a select sample of gnostic texts. Full translations of the earliest texts are printed.

About the Author

J. K. Elliott (Editor)

Paperback: 774 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Paperback Edition edition (December 22, 2005)

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English

From Library Journal

This one-volume translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls joins those of Florentino Garcia Martinez (The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated, Eerdman's, 1996) and Michael Wise and others (The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation, LJ 12/96) and is the latest edition of The Dead Sea Scrolls in English, first published in 1962. In a 90-page introduction, Vermes (emeritus, Jewish studies, Wolfson Coll., Oxford) briefly summarizes the 50-year history of scrolls research. He presents an overview of the sectarian community associated with the scrolls (whom he identifies as the Essenes), its history, and its beliefs. Though dubbed "complete" (the preface explains that "meaningless scraps or badly damaged manuscript sections are not inflicted on the reader"), Vermes's translation is generally the most selective of the three. This sometimes saves the reader from the possible frustration of line upon line of brackets and ellipses, but it gives a limited idea of the extent of the textual material available. However, the translation is good and has stood as the standard for many years. As with Bibles, libraries should have more than one version of the Dead Sea Scrolls.?Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib. Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Hardcover: 648 pages
Publisher: Allen Lane / The Penguin Press; 1st edition (July 1, 1997)

The Gnostic Scriptures: A New Translation with Annotations and Introductions (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library)

The Gnostic Scriptures: A New Translation with Annotations and Introductions (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) The Gnostic Scriptures: A New Translation with Annotations and Introductions (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library)

"Bentley Layton's "The Gnostic Scriptures is the one indispensable book for the understanding of Gnosis and Gnosticism. No other translations are within light-years of Layton's in eloquence, pathos, and accuracy, while no other commentaries match his as an introduction to this perpetually relevant religious stance. Layton is particularly brilliant in his appreciation of Valentinus, the central Gnostic visionary, whose "Gospel of Truth is marvelously served in this translation." --Harold Bloom, author of "The Book of J and "The Western Canon

"Bentley Layton's "The Gnostic Scriptures" is the one indispensable book for the understanding of Gnosis and Gnosticism. No other translations are within light-years of Layton's in eloquence, pathos, and accuracy, while no other commentaries match his as an introduction to this perpetually relevant religious stance. Layton is particularly brilliant in his appreciation of Valentinus, the central Gnostic visionary, whose "Gospel of Truth" is marvelously served in this translation." --Harold Bloom, author of "The Book of J" and "The Western Canon"

About the Author:

Bentley Layton was educated at Harvard University and taught for five years in Jerusalem at the Ecole biblique et archeologique francaise. He worked in Cairo with UNESCO Technical Subcommittee to reconstruct the Coptic Gnostic manuscripts of Nag Hammadi and then taught at Yale University, where he was appointed to the Goff Professorship of Religious Studies. He is the recipient of fellowships from American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Guggenheim Foundation and past President of the International Association of Coptic Studies.

Paperback: 337 pages
Publisher: Independently published (January 9, 2018)




The Conspiracy Hypothesis*

Peter Holley
(Passed away in December 2004.)

*Hypothesis: Something that is taken to be true for purposes of argument or investigation.

The Vern Grimsley Affair  | In-Depth Timeline: "The 'Voice' of Strangers"  | Short Timeline  | The Real Rael & Clonaid  | ACIM: Lie Down With Dogs, Get Up With Fleas! |


It appears that after some initial interest in the late 1950s by the CIA's mind-control program, MKULTRA, that the National Security Agency (NSA) or someone operating in its behalf infiltrated the primary official URANTIA® organizations. They used "artificial telepathy" to make a beloved leader believe he was in contact with supernal beings and brought about his fall from grace. Another leader (now near-universally acknowledged within the movement to be the causative factor in the split-up, and since forcibly removed from his position of leadership) used this event, possibly at the instigation of "artificial telepathy", as a pretext to seize control of a primary organization and instigate policies which had a disastrous effect upon the movement, splitting it into two warring camps, as it were.

Meanwhile a channeling cult was being prepared to infect legitimate URANTIA Book study groups and turn them at least in part from direct study to the passive absorption of lessons on Urantia Book topics transmitted by "artificial telepathy" through channelers. This cult -- preying on The URANTIA Book study groups, converting some members and driving away others -- found its strongest support in a retired Marine Corps General who had become an official of one of the primary organizations, the one with the most influence on the study groups. This General had operational ties to the CIA.

The motives of the NSA appear to stem from legitimate, if wrongheaded, national security concerns, however its operation in the Urantia movement is in violation of the U.S. Constitution and of human rights in general. It is an unwarrented imposition of government into religion, and an ultimate invasion of the privacy of targeted individuals. It should be both uncovered and stopped, not necessarily in that order. Scientific testing is available and is needed to differentiate the true from the false wherever such phenomena manifest. Those who knowingly participate in this scam and further its unconstitutional aims -- regardless of motives and/or "orders" -- are criminals who should be brought to justice.



The purpose of the CIA's MKULTRA was to research and develop methods of covert control of unwitting people for exploitation by government defense and intelligence agencies. Drugs, hypnosis, electronics, and psychology (including parapsychology and the occult) were their basic research areas. Like any good scientists they thoroughly reviewed the historical documentation which related to their areas of interest. They farmed out experimental projects to a list of prestigious universities and to government agencies such as the National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Mental Health (these also funded their university contract work with grants).

The chief officers, MKULTRA Director Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, and his superior, Richard Helms, when their pernicious activities came to light, burned all the records (fortunately overlooking boxes of financial records that had been stored separately). They did what they could -- which was considerable -- to keep the general public and responsible government authorities from knowing what they were up to, as well as the precise reasons for it. Some things are generally understood, however. Gottlieb, Helms, and other knowledgeable officials were required to testify before Congress, many of them have been interviewed by writers, and some of the science which their researchers originated has been replicated outside of their curtain of secrecy. So there is information from fairly reliable sources. The waters, however, have been muddied by purposeful disinformation as well as by conspiracy theory fanaticism and paranoia. It is not always possible to know where to draw the line.

Although government mind-control projects were in operation as early as the 1940's (during which along with other things the Russian, drug-brainwash "show trials" were studied), MKULTRA, which both grew out of them and absorbed some of them, began operating about the time that the North Koreans were brainwashing POWs with a little help from their Chinese friends (1950s). And the Chinese techniques motivated them to do a little reverse engineering, that is, the Americans copied the Chinese methods. But they did not limit themselves to just that.

The Penetration of Off-Beat religions

Author Miles Copland states that when the CIA's Special Projects Division makes "connections with international religious groups for the purposes of aiding or supplementing espionage operations (it) is almost as touchy an issue as its association with criminal rings. To start with, Jewish and Catholic organizations are out. . . . Organizations stemming from other religions are fair game, however." And he quotes one CIA official as saying that before they "tie into a religious group it's got to be so offbeat that anyone in the agency who belongs to it may be fired as a security risk."

The records show that shortly before The URANTIA Book was published, the CIA began an extensive search for, and development of exceptionally-gifted persons exhibiting perfect esp performance (1952), and the following year MKULTRA planted at least one "very specialized observer" at seances, seeking a "broad surveillance of all individuals attending meetings". In studying the literature they would have undoubtedly encountered Dr. Sadler, who might be characterized as the "midwife" of The URANTIA Book had previously published writings debunking spiritualism. From them MKULTRA's analysts would have learned about the "contact personality" and might have been very interested.

In 1958 MKULTRA LSD supplier and running dog, Al Hubbard contacted Urantia movement inner circle habitué, Meredith Sprunger, for information about The URANTIA Book and the Urantia movement. Sprunger, however, does not remember the outcome if any. He was, however, impressed with Hubbard's credentials and associates, among whom were some of the elite of the psychedelic drug fraternity. (see letter at, [04/08/2018 - That link is no longer functioning, but you can read the letter here. ~GBA])

The "Voices" of Findhorn

Britain and Canada were partners with USA in the early mind-control studies -- in fact British Intelligence was thought to be its most important liaison. In 1951 the CIA induced Britain to begin its own experimental projects shortly before Eileen Caddy began hearing an inner voice which identified itself as "God". Her then-current husband, Andrew Combe, from whom Peter Caddy virtually stole her away -- who was, by the way, Caddy's own Royal Air Force (RAF) commander -- was a member of Moral Rearmament, into which the CIA had known ties. Circa 1956 Peter Caddy and Sheena Govan (ex-British Intelligence) isolated Eileen Caddy on the Scottish island of Mull. It is populated largely in the south by Duart Clan Maclean. Eileen was subjected to what appears to be nothing other than a classical (Chinese/Korean-type) brainwashing procedure -- isolation, sleep deprivation, prolonged maintenance of painful positions, ego-devastating disparagement, etc. -- and was possibly given drugs as well. This followed a previous, aborted, less intense episode which culminated in a suicide attempt by Eileen. Before the second, more intense procedure was performed Eileen refused to believe the "voice" was God apparently because her upbringing was strictly Protestant. Afterwards she accepted it.

The British military psychologists were at that time beginning to write the book on an infant field of research: personality testing and assessment. Whether Eileen scored high on tests or whether her husband just wanted to dump her is unknown. Also, before her first marriage, she and her brothers had run an inn catering to the RAF -- so she was a known entity. In any event it appears that she was picked for some reason, and then RAF Officer, Peter Caddy, procured and developed her, exploiting her marital dissatisfaction. And it was not long (1954) until she was beginning to hear an inter-cerebral "voice" which identified itself as "God". Peter encouraged her to listen and accept by regaling her with tales of his own purported spiritual contact years earlier in Jerusalem, when a "voice" -- so he claimed -- had spoken to him..

She was led by the "voice" and accompanied or encouraged by two female ex-members of British Intelligence (one, Sheena Govan, who was married to but separated from Peter Caddy, and the other, Dorothy Maclean, who had been a subordinate of Goven in British Intelligence, and was then-currently her "disciple") along with her husband, Peter, who had undertaken at least one secret wartime mission for his government. Working together they established (1962) the "spiritual" New Age community of Findhorn abutting an RAF reconnaissance base in Scotland. Directly adjoining the Findhorn property was a fenced area, marked secret, and guarded by dogs.

Later, in 1965, Peter Caddy would gate crash a New Age event where a majority of its leaders had gathered at the home of the nephew of a former wartime propagandist to announce the existence of Findhorn (admonishing them that while they were just "talking", he was "doing"). Present at this event was the former chief officer of British Air Intelligence. Ostensibly Caddy had no connection with the "New Agers" then.

That was the same year that A Course in Miracles (ACIM) channeler Helen Schucman began "a dramatic progression of waking dreams . . . culminating with her experiencing a Voice" while employed at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons Psychology Department, where expert brainwasher and hypnotist, Herbert Speigel, was her colleague. The head of Schucman's department was William Thetford, a former spy who would contract for a research grant from MKULTRA (Subproject 130) during the channeling of ACIM. Another of her colleagues (though apparently not at the University), who was also co-author with both her and Thetford of scientific papers on MKULTRA's chief psycholigist, John Gittinger's Personality Assessment System (PAS), David Saunders, was also an MKULTRA researcher who was mentioned in John Marks book, "The Search for the Manchurian Candidate".

And that was also the same year that then-future Urantia movement official, General (then Major) Duane Faw, was poised just over the horizon from the Dominican Republic with his combat-ready Marine amphibious unit, ready to go ashore and seize its government if need be during the CIA operation there. However, because of the way events fell out he was not used then. He also had been nearby and available in a similar capacity during the CIA's Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba four years earlier. President Kennedy, however, forbade overt USA intrusion.

One of the seminal "members" of the Findhorn community was a man named Robert O. Crombie (called "Roc"). Crombie had been a virtual hermit before Caddy took him under his wing. Then he and Peter Caddy traveled around Europe and during their trip Roc began to have what were called spiritual experiences, but which when described by writer Paul Hawkin (The Magic of Findhorn) read like nothing other than guided LSD trips during which he "saw" and communicated with "the great God Pan", a goat-like humanoid. Also, one of the ex-British Intelligence members, Dorothy Maclean (the same name as the Mull Island folk), began to "see" and communicate with garden fairies who purportedly caused giantism to manifest in Findhorn garden produce -- an effect similar to that documented around Chernobyl after the nuclear accident there released radioactive materials into the local environment. These peoples' purported "contacts" were taken seriously at Findhorn! And huge radishes were displayed as being evidence of authenticated spirituality!

Even the garden itself was hailed as a "miracle", growing as it did in a cold climate and purportedly unproductive soil. But Caddy had worked tons of seaweed compost into it, and it goes unremarked that later visitors included a grand niece of a former Prime Minister, who was herself a renowned expert gardener, another visitor was a man who bore the dubious title of "King of Compost". It must not be ruled out that they may have been employed as advisors before their public appearances at Findhorn. A buried heating system is not out of the question, either. And the Findhorn garden may have also been bathed with radiations from the airbase next-door.

Hawkin who visited Findhorn in the 1970s claimed that there was an energy field felt and commented upon by all members, which permeated the community, but which could not be felt across the road. He depicts it as not quite a "buzz". A "buzz" such as that has been associated with Channeling (see 1979, Ken Cory, below). There are other descriptions in his book that appear to be drug reactions. Hawkin, I should point out, was oblivious to anything but surface implications. And all of these phenomena were represented by Findhorn management to be "spiritual" or proof of genuine spiritual bona fides! He hardly questions that assertion.

It seems obvious for these and other reasons that Findhorn was the British mind-control experimental project which they had agreed with the CIA to undertake. It appears from what went on there that they were field testing mind-altering drugs and other agents (microwaves, focused energy fields?) as they were being researched and developed in the USA by MKULTRA. Some of the most obvious substances, according to Hawkin's descriptive writings, were marijuana derivatives, "love drug", and LSD. As early as 1957 the CIA had been using at least six drugs operationally -- a number which doubtlessly grew over time. Many more substances no doubt needed testing. Drugs represented the main thrust of MKULTRA research in those days by all accounts. And they scoured the world's tropical rain forests and pharmacopoeia for possibilities.

A religious community provides a number of distinct advantages for experimenting on human guinea pigs. It creates an isolated environment like a laboratory. And since it attracts relatively undiscriminating people (the others can be weeded out, like the hippies were at Findhorn, who might have been expected to know LSD from G-O-D) and who therefore cannot easily be seduced into accepting as "spiritual" whatever weird, drug- like symptoms happen to effect themselves and their consciousness. The seducer's job, apparently, belonged to Peter Caddy, and had been his from the beginning with Eileen -- both sexually and spiritually. After becoming her adulterous bedmate, he always helped her overcome her tendencies to disbelieve in the authenticity of the "voices". William Thetford played a similar role to ACIM channeler Helen Schucman in the 1960s. And General Dwane Faw was on hand to officially encourage and promote Teaching Mission channeling within the Urantia movement in the early 1990s.

"CIA Cults"

So, the USA, apparently following the British lead developed Jim Jones and the People's Temple, co-opting an already existing, more or less legitimate, non-mainstream church ministered to by the charismatic Jones. The CIA's fingerprints are all over the project, including the fact that some of the People's Temple members assassinated Congressman Leo Ryan (who was then-currently engaged in uncovering what he called "CIA cults") near Jonestown earlier in the day of the 1978 "massacre" (falsely called a "mass suicide", although that was one aspect of it), which terminated the experiment and "sacrificed" the lab animals -- who in this case happened to be human. It appears that Jonestown also provided field testing for MKULTRA mind-control drugs. See: Was Jonestown a CIA Medical Experiment? A Review of the Evidence, by Michael Meiers

Likewise there are intelligence community and Special Operations fingerprints all over David Koresh and the Branch Davidians. A web search will quickly lead to theories asserting that "Manchurian Candidate" assassins -- actually "sleepers" -- were being developed there. What must take place to turn a religious group which loved scriptural lessons and guitar music into people who will take up arms against their government, as they did in 1993 in a confrontation they had little rational hope of surviving? How much conditioning does it take for men to willingly give up their women, including wives, lovers, and even underage daughters (12 years old, I believe), to a religious leader's bed and agree to lead celibate lives themselves? A powerful lot!

Koresh, like Caddy, followed a "voice" which he believed to be "God". Its induction was carried out in Israel with all the earmarks of a method pioneered by the CIA, wherein spook kidnappers (probably operating out of vans or Winnebagos) used drugs and hypnosis to program false memories of alien abductions, if researchers of this aspect of ufology are correct. Koresh's experience differed only in that it fit a Biblical or Kabalic theme of some kind of supernal ufo. The whole Bible was apparently forced into his subconscious memory by a variation of "psychic driving", a procedure developed for MKULTRA circa 1957 by Dr. D. Ewen Cameron at Allen Memorial Hospital in Montreal in Canada, where he conducted unethical experiments on patients who had come to him for help. His goal was to break down existing behavior, produce a blank mind, and program new mental patterns by way of closed-loop audio transmissions. His patients were heavily drugged.

In 1964 Cameron suddenly retired, apparently giving no reasons, and returned to his home in Scotland -- which, of course, was where Findhorn, which was just getting underway then, was and still is located

The modified technique used on Koresh apparently focused video directly into his eyes. After the "abduction" (a term which fails to express his willingness to participate in the fantasy) Koresh was left with the intra-cerebral "voice" which he believed was God's, and he had an eidetic memory of the entire Bible, which he experienced as if it were a movie. And, with those tools he wound up at Waco, killed by twin head-shots (an assination technique called "double-popping" by the Navy Seals, who cross train with FBI Hostage Rescue Teams, such as attacked the Branch Davadian compound), and his body burned (another Seal tactic is to set fires to destroy the evidence of their operations). The Waco crime scene was not protected but bulldozed shortly afterward. Little wonder conspiracy theorists have a hard time finding "smoking guns".

So we can see from all this that MKULTRA likely bent offbeat religions to its uses from the beginning ("spiritualism" arguably being one). Interestingly, in 1971 Eileen Caddy's "voice" was discontinued, and in the Urantia movement that same year Harry McMullan made initial contact between Vern Grimsley's Family of God Foundation (FOG) and Radio Free Europe (RFE) while in New York. It is known that RFE at that time was a CIA proprietary. Later Congress made the agency dissassociate itself from the propaganda broadcasters.

Artificial Telepathic "Voices"

During all the intervening years MKULTRA refined its technology and acquired some finesse. It seems to me undeniable that Vern Grimsley represented a project with a design similar to that of David Koresh. Both followed a "voice" of a purported supernal (plural in Vern's case) having an identity which accorded with each's own fixed beliefs. Likewise both put their people in a storm-fenced compound where they began stockpiling weapons and planning armed defense strategies, Vern's with the help of URANTIA Brotherhood (now Urantia Book Fellowship) Judicial Committee member, Teaching Mission proponent, and CIA operational-backgrounded Gen. Duane Faw (USMC, Ret.). And just like David Koresh's people, they began preparing to survive WW III or "Armageddon".

Also a current reader of The Urantia Book and active Urantia movement member told me privately and confidentially (so I will not reveal his name without permission) that ex-NSA officer, then-current-Foreign Service Officer, past-URANTIA Foundation Trustee, Neal Waldrop, told him in 1982-83 that an intelligence agency had been "mingling with the affairs of the Urantia movement" (the reader's words). But that it no longer was presently then. I suspect Waldrop referred to MKULTRA, but he could hardly be expected to admit to an ongoing NSA undercover mission in the movement in which he, himself, might have been a secret operative.

[State of "synthetic telepathy" Technology:] 1973 : An audiogram (computerized voice analogue) is pulsed on a 300Mhz to 3000Mhz microwave carrier through a soundproof barrier and is heard by Dr. Joseph Sharp at Walter Reed Army Hospital. (LEADING EDGE)

1974 : The spoken word of a hypnotist may be conveyed by modulated electromagnetic energy directly into subconscious parts of the brain. The subject cannot consciously control the information input." A monograph entitled "Psychotronics in Engineering" put out by the Joint Publications Research Service in "J.F. Schapitz proposes a project, later funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, showing how the Arlington, VA. repeats Schapitz's claim, adding the input "voices would program the subconscious mind without employing any technical devices for receiving or transcoding the messages...."(my italics) (LEADING EDGE)

1974 : The author of Microwave Auditory Effects and Applications, Dr. James Lin, notes that "the capacity of communicating directly with humans by pulsed microwaves is obviously not limited to the field of therapeutic medicine." (LEADING EDGE)

1974 : An Army Medical and Information Agency document, entitled, "Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation" discusses, among other things, the induction of voices inside the brain by use of signal modulation at very low power densities.(LEADING EDGE)

[NOTE: That, of course, was essentially identical with the Russian technology which surfaced in the public media (see Newsweek, Feb. 7, 1994) during the David Koresh standoff. Had it been used the telephone was the planned vector, and Charleton Heston would have provided the "voice of God"! We see here, however that it might well have been delivered via pulsed microwaves if necessary.]

1977: John Marks makes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for ORD files on "behavior research related to bio-electrics, electric or radio stimulation of the brain, electronic destruction of memory, stereotoxic surgery, psychosurgery, hypnotism, parapsychology, radiation, microwaves, and ultrasonics". The agency reports 130 cubic feet of material expected to contain pertinent documents. Marks already had 1,600 pages of documents declassified by the CIA.

1979: Ken Cory, whose channelings became the book Starseed Transmissions, writes that while channeling he hears "a low humming, an energy field. . . ." The messages he receives, he says, "came first in non-verbal form on waves or pulsations that carried the concise symbolic content of what I term 'meta-conceptual information'."

Except for the fact that the energy field (remember the so-called "energies" at Findhorn?) could no longer be heard by them by the late1980s, Cory's description bears a distinct similarity to the experience of Teaching Mission "transmitter/receivers", who describe what they hear as being just below the audible threshold. (channelers).

Change of Command

Vern would begin to hear his "voices" in1982. By this time, however MKULTRA was out of the picture, having been exposed and disgraced. Its files had been burned in 1973 by Richard Helms and Sidney Gottlieb, and both were retired. Most of its projects were transferred to the CIA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) researchers claim. Neal Waldrop's appearance on the scene and his activities by which he worked his way from bottom-level readership into an influential, top position in which any secret communications ("mandates" "instructions") would presumably be made available to him -- beginning the year following the file destruction -- suggest, however, that Urantia movement project was transferred to the National Security Agency (NSA). If this seems an unlikely agency, it should be considered that The URANTIA Book represents a "communications" medium. And there is reason to believe that NSA has had at least one undercover, but (like Waldrop) openly agency-backgrounded operative highly placed -- again like Waldrop -- in the ufology field, which also in a sense represents "communications". And both of these "communications" are either with or by "aliens".

All this would suggest that the U.S. government takes extraterrestials very seriously. In fact that is exactly what the man whom I believe was Waldrop's NICAP (National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomena) counterpart, Raymond E. Fowler, claimed: "My involvement [while an enlisted man in an Air Force Security unit which operated under the auspices of NSA] brought me in contact with information that indicated that the military took UFOs very seriously indeed." Fowler would in time become Chairman of NICAP and hold positions in both MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) and CUFOS (Center for UFO Studies), as well.

Vern was, as may be surmised from events, used by NSA to divide the Urantia movement, to take out Waldrop's potential competition, and to provide a stepping stone for Waldrop to attain his URANTIA Foundation Trusteeship. Before the decade was out the Teaching Mission would be developed providing numerous minds softened and made gullible by alpha state, ready to do the bidding of intra-cerebral voices or those who channeled the same. Perfect guinea pigs for the people who "transmit" to the channelers.

A Course In Miracles (ACIM)

ACIM presents a different picture. MKULTRA's fingerprints are all over it (see ACIM: Lie Down With Dogs, Get Up With Fleas!), but it provides no isolated group or groups which can be controlled. However, it is a fact that at its inception William Thetford tried to interest Edgar Cayce's son in it (he was given one of the first copies), which could have been an attempt to co-opt an established religious group. The Cayce sibling rejected ACIM as spurious, however.

For Manchurian Candidate-type "sleepers" -- people who could be programmed with tasks and put on hold -- MKULTRA needed people with split personalities, strong and often forgotten alter egos (invisible childhood friends, etc.). It apparently sought adults who were sexually abused as children (it is charged with sexually abusing children for this reason as well), who often develop split personalities to preserve their egos and to hide their primary ego from the trauma. These alter egos would be called forth under hypnosis, and programmed with various tasks, traditionally assassination, courier work, and (it is charged) whoring (the idea being to blackmail highly placed pedophiles and others). Whether this extremely dark side is true I cannot say, but the web abounds with information about it. And recovered memories provide a kind of documentation for it.

I have made NO close study of the ACIM material, but from what I have seen it appears to present teachings which if believed will conflict with reality and perhaps create unresolved conflicts within the mind. [NOTE: It's "scribe" Helen Schucman reportedly spent the last years of her life in a severe state of depression, see:, 2nd paragraph [This link doesn't work and I couldn't find the article, so I have no idea what the 2nd paragraph states. ~GBA]]. My guess is that if practiced, ACIM would cause a certain percentage of its followers to develop a split personality resulting from such conflicts, who then were to be exploited for MKULTRA's purposes. This hypothesis would need to be tested by determining if there is psychological evidence that such programmed conflicts would make a person more malleable. Also a catalogue of the ACIM teachings which disparage normal reality discriminations and/or offer alternatives for them which appear to be unreal should be compared with similar perceptions in the literature of abnormal psychology, if such can be found. The question to be asked is if abnormal personality states can be programmed by inculcating the symptomatic thinking of schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder in normal people. I believe there is evidence that it can be.


I would caution anyone who might undertake such research to understand that there exists an inordinate amount of paranoia within the mind control/non-lethal weaponry categories of theorists, and that such paranoia can be catching! It is therefore unwise to immerse oneself in the subject. It should be taken a little at a time and put on hold at the first sign of paranoia-type symptoms (irrational fear of a conspiracy seemingly directed at oneself -- "fear" being the keyword) .

There may or may not actually in fact be a conspiracy directed at the paranoid individual. That is what Freud meant when he said that even paranoids have enemies. It is not the logic of the paranoid which is flawed but the belief! To the extent that you believe the sick fantasy and give into it, it gets worse (more real-seeming); to the extent that you refuse to relate to it as being real and hold to what you really, deeply in your heart and soul know is true, it fades away. In order to get over it one must rely on spiritual resources and deep-seated knowledge of truth behind all contrary appearances. If necessary, objective tests should be carried out -- paranoid subjective reasoning proves nothing! Bach and other brands of flower essence homeopathic remedies for appropriate symptoms are recommended. Valerian root makes a good, short term(!) tranquilizer. Marijuana increases paranoia and alcohol will add depression. Supportive friends can help tremendously.

If you are truly a follower of Jesus, Jesus promises that if you are persecuted you will NOT be afraid. So fear is the real giveaway, since conspiracies can be real. If you are NOT a follower of Jesus, I would advise you to leave such areas of investigation alone and to concentrate on your spiritual growth entirely. Nothing is more important than that, although loyalty to friends and family is on the same plateau.


I can't know the real motives of an ultra-secret organization whose chief officers, when their pernicious activities came to light, burned all the records (overlooking, fortunately, boxes of financial records that had been stored separately). They did what they could -- which was considerable -- to keep the general public and responsible government authorities from knowing what they were up to, as well as the precise reasons for it.

But in trying to fathom MKULTRA's real motives for developing ACIM and/or the Urantia movement we have to confine ourselves to their then-current (1960s-early 70s) and projected needs and abilities, including technologies. We need to find out what questions were important to them then.

A more pertinent aspect, however, is what the Intelligence Community may be doing now! And whatever that is, I think it would link up ACIM with the Urantia movement's Teaching Mission. If one looks at the history of something -- such as the CIA's mind control work -- and compares it to current needs, its evolution even into the future can often be discerned. There is a very great need for human guinea pigs for testing so-called "non-lethal weapons". Again, the web abounds with information (and disinformation) linking mind control and non-lethal weaponry together.

For testing who-knows-what-specific-technology it might be ideal to have your guinea pigs scattered around the country (or world), as they tend to be in both the Teaching Mission and ACIM instead of grouped where they can compare notes easily. It might also help if their minds can be made ready by repeated and prolonged use of alpha state (1990-2000s Teaching Mission) and/or mild to severe reality displacement (1960-70s ACIM).

Furthermore, with such a system, "assets" would be already "in place" as needed for various intelligence operations, as natives -- even locals -- in the determined locations of their missions. If their only "contact" with their handlers is "remote", and if they are consciously ignorant of their programming and/or retain amnesia after their exploits, then depending upon their reliability, you are approaching the ideal covert agent: less James Bond and more Sirhan Sirhan. If they will carry out armed resistance against duly constituted police forces in a democratic regime, and turn their wives and underage daughters over to a religious sexual predator, and force their children to drink cyanide-laced Kool Ade, and commit mass suicide to be transported after death to a comet-cum-spaceship, what would they NOT do?

People are not only willing to follow what they believe to be "God", but often they are equally afraid NOT to carry out such instructions. Perhaps Vern Grimsley put it best, he said about his "voices": "When they tell me to jump, I only ask 'How high?'" And bringing people to that point was precisely the goal of mind-control research from the start.


A Partial List of Sources

  1. Agee, Phillip; Inside the Company: CIA Diary
  2. Bamford, James; The Puzzle Palace: Inside the National Security Agency, America's Most Secret Intelligence Organization
  3. Buncher, Judith F. (Ed.); The CIA & the security debate, 1971-1975
  4. Caddy, Eileen; The Spirit of Findhorn
  5. Caston, Hoite C.; "Vern Grimsley Message Evaluation"
  6. Estabrooks, George H.; The Future of the Human Mind: A Study of the Potential Powers of the Brain
  7. Fowler, Raymond E.; The Andreasson Affair: The True Story of a Close Encounter of the Fourth Kind
  8. Grinspoon, Lester; Psychedelic Drugs Reconsider
  9. Hawken, Paul; Magic of Findhorn
  10. Klimo, Jon; Channeling: Investigations on Receiving Information from Paranormal Sources
  11. Lane, Mark; Plausible Denial: Was the CIA Involved in the Assassination of JFK?
  12. Lane, Mark; The Strongest Poison
  13. Lee, Martin A.; Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion
  14. Marks, John; The Search for the Manchurian Candidate: The CIA and Mind Control
  15. Meiers, Michal; Was Jonestown a CIA Medical Experiment? a Review of the Evidence
  16. Naipaul, Shiva; Journey to Nowhere: A New World Tragedy
  17. Reavis, Dick J., The Ashes of Waco : An Investigation
  18. Sadler, William S.; The Mind at Mischief
  19. Scheflin, Alan W.; The Mind Manipulators: A Non-fiction Account
  20. Taylor, James D. and Gallagher, Eugine V., Why Waco?: Cults and the Battle for Religious Freedom in America

Plus numerous internet websites.

The Vern Grimsley Affair  | In-Depth Timeline: "The 'Voice' of Strangers"  | Short Timeline  | The Real Rael & Clonaid  | ACIM: Lie Down With Dogs, Get Up With Fleas! |

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Some material presented will contain links, quotes, ideologies, etc., the contents of which should be understood to first, in their whole, reflect the views or opinions of their editors, and second, are used in my personal research as "fair use" sources only, and not espousement one way or the other. Researching for 'truth' leads one all over the place...a piece here, a piece there. As a researcher, I hunt, gather and disassemble resources, trying to put all the pieces into a coherent and logical whole. I encourage you to do the same. And please remember, these pages are only my effort to collect all the pieces I can find and see if they properly fit into the 'reality aggregate'.

Personal Position

Personal Position:
I've come to realize that 'truth' boils down to what we 'believe' the facts we've gathered point to. We only 'know' what we've 'experienced' firsthand. Everything else - what we read, what we watch, what we hear - is what someone else's gathered facts point to and 'they' 'believe' is 'truth', so that 'truth' seems to change in direct proportion to newly gathered facts divided by applied plausibility. Though I believe there is 'truth', until someone representing the celestial realm visibly appears and presents the heavenly records of Facts And Lies In The Order They Happened, I can't know for sure exactly what "the whole truth' on any given subject is, and what applies to me applies to everyone. Until then I'll continue to ask, "what does The Urantia Book say on the subject?"
~Gail Bird Allen

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