The Invisible College
Subtitled: What a Group of Scientists has Discovered about UFO Influences on the Human Race.
(A Dutton Paperback) 1976
The relevance of this book on UFO's to students of hermetic philosophy, I believe, is great. Firstly, because the author in approaching a controversial and contemporary "occult" subject, does so with great balance and objectivity.
Secondly, the overall understanding needed to objectify the UFO phenomenon is similar to that which is needed to penetrate hermetic philosophy.
Thirdly, it may well be that the UFO phenomenon is not divorced from hermetic laws although being contradictory to modern physics.
Fourthly, the variety of psychic and spiritual
experiences of many UFO percipients, both during and subsequent to UFO
encounters, are very reminiscent of the experiences described by initiates of occult and Spiritual societies.
Again, it may well be that the UFO phenomenon is itself
acting as an initiator for humanity as a whole today,
in that the author sees the UFO as a means through
which man's concepts are being re-arranged, causing
a shift in our belief patterns or raising of
But, the most interesting part of the phenomenon is
the way and means the UFO is able to control and condition human belief.
The author believes and
offers much evidence tha like a thermostat, UFO's
may serve to stabilize the
relationship between man's
conscious needs and the
evolving complexities of
the world which he must
He feels that it constitutes both a physical entity with mass, inertia, volume etc., which we can measure and a window toward another mode of reality for at least some of the percipients.
On analysis of many hundreds of UFO encounters and thorough examination of physical descriptions of crafts, occupants, etc., plus examination of all psychic components associated, a particular pattern did emerge.
This was the appearance of a built-in contradiction associated with sightings. Even when very well witnessed encounters occurred, a characteristic feature was a constant factor of absurdity that leads to a rejection of the story by the official layers of society (i.e. government, military, police, etc.) and an absorption at a deep unconscious level of the symbols conveyed by the encounter.
Alongside the clear reporting of cold, clear, factual data by witnesses, are absurd statements by little green men in silver suits; predictions partly true and partly ridiculous; random manipulation of thoughts and time/space orientation of witnesses; total conversion to mystical or religious faith of some witnesses; encounters with angels and/or demons, etc. - all coming from the same witnesses who reported clear factual data also.
Paradoxical situations such as these can have a definite mystical effect. If you strive to convey a truth that lies beyond the semantic level made possible by your audience's language, you must construct apparent contradictions in terms of ordinary meaning. For example, a case occured in France in 1954 when the UFO occupant asked the witness, "What time is it?". The witness replied, "It's 2.30", only to be bluntly told, "You lie, it is 4 o'clock." this story has a symbolic meaning beyond the apparent contradiction of the dialogue. Could it be that the true meaning of the dialogue is, "Time is not what you think it is", or "Any measure of time can only be relative"?
The next question was about space, and again was absurd. "Am I in Italy or Germany?" asked the UFO pilot. What scientist would take such a story seriously? What public official would risk his reputation by reacting in earnest? Even a priest night avoid it, for fear of demons! In fact, some witnesses have thought they saw demons because the creature had the unpredictability and mischievousness associated with popular conceptions of the devil.
If you wanted to by-pass the intelligentsia and the church, remain undetectable to the military system and leave undisturbed the political and administrative levels of a society, and at the same time implant deep within that society far-reaching doubts concerning its basic philosophical tenets, this is exactly how you would have to act. At the same time, of course, such a process would have to provide its own explanation to make ultimate detection impossible. In other words, it would have to project an image just beyond the belief structure of the target society.
Thus, the author rejects both the ideas of the believers ("Visitors from another planet") as being naive, and the assumptions of the skeptics ("hogwash and hallucinations").
The author's view represents that of a group of scientists from several countries who see themselves as approaching the phenomenon from a truly unbiased and objective viewpoint, and certainly this book seems to do this more than the vast majority of "sensational" UFO books before it.
Thus the UFO is seen to represent part of a complex control system which is manipulating our consciousness. At the same time, this manipulation is not necessarily seen as being alien or sinister or even recent in our times.
The form of the phenomenon (flying crafts with weird occupants) is of secondary importance.
The key to understanding lies in the psychic effect it produces in its observers. Their lives are often deeply changed, and they develop unusual talents with which they may find it difficult to cope. Most of these effects are identical to that produced in witnesses of religious miracles and phenomena.
In fact, the type of manifestations occurring during the Fatima and Lourdes miracles of the blessed Virgin Mary (odour pillars of light, flashing colours, luminous clouds, etc.) seem identical with typical UFO phenomena.
All of this phenomena can manifest in various forms, dictated by the belief needs of the percipients.
In other words, there is probably no difference between UFO visitations, Virgin Mary, Krishna or Buddha visitations their effects on the percipients being similar if not identical.
Now, to ask the question, who or what is manipulating or controlling us and where do "they" come from?, assumes that "they" are separate from us. There is now much evidence to suggest that the phenomena is at least a part of the human psyche.
This does not mean that "it is all in our minds" or that these phenomena have no physical reality. But it does mean that we still have only a very faint knowledge of the human psyche.
A spiritual explanation of the phenomena could well be that a spiritual hierarchy of "great beings" (Wise Men, "Angels", masters, "Great White Brotherhood", etc.) has been using the UFO as one of many possible tools to trigger off an acceleration in the evolution of consciousness in mankind; to divert man from his present self-destructive materialism. Although "higher beings" can only interfere with human free-will to a small degree, this is one method that can be used?
Now, these "higher beings", again, should not be seen as separate from our psyche, in that they represent the higher evolutionary potential or ideal lying within each of us, and not merely alien benefactors of mankind.
Taking a religious example, a Christian or Hindu sees Jesus Christ or Krishna as dwelling within their hearts. Thus, if an apparition was to occur of the same or a related entity, a strong psychic evocation would occur.
This example doesn't completely explain many witness responses to UFO's but may help to illustrate the caution needed when dismissing UFO's as completely separate and alien even though the witness may be horrified at what may appear as an alien encounter.
Returning once again to the mechanism and nature of UFO encounters, the author draws on a number of analogies to illustrate his hypothesis.
Firstly, in order to enlarge on the built-in contradiction, absurdity or paradoxical nature of most UFO encounters, mention is made of a hypnotic and thought transference method known as the Confusion Technique When a person is distracted by the absurd or contradictory, and their mind is searching for meaning, they are extremely open to thought transference, to receiving psychic healing, etc. Whatever they receive by way of thought transference, of course becomes their thought, and they have no resistance to it ...
The author asks if this Confusion Technique is deliberately being used to effect change on a major scale.
Secondly, analogy is made to the work of Ferster & B.F. Skinner, "Patterns of Reinforcement", wherein findings concerning control
of behaviour and learning in animals (including Man) shows that drastic modification of behaviour can be achieved by selectively reinforcing certain actions (for instance by giving food to a pigeon only when he presses a certain lever). However, certain ways of reinforcing behaviour lead to better learning then others. If the training is too even and monotonous, the subject may stop in its development, or even return to an earlier state; the best schedule of reinforcement is one that combines periodicity with upredictability. Learning is then slow but continuous. It leads to the highest level of adaptation. And it is irreversible.
On analysis of the pattern of UFO activity between 1947 and 1962, just such a peridocity is clearly evident. Is this a schedule of reinforcement?
In summary, the author feels we are very close to understanding what UFO's are and what they do. As to their higher technological functioning, this is left for others to learn. The UFO technology may yet provide us with a basis for a higher technology which we certainly can use in the area of energy needs.
He has stated, the UFO is neither an object nor is it flying. They can dematerialize and they violate the laws of motion as we know them. The logic of the UFO is a meta-logic in the same sense as the relationship between physics and metaphysics. Its function appears to be the expansion of consciousness by subtle conditioning, and certainly UFO impact is vast although subtle and often unconscious, shifting our belief patterns towards greater acceptance of the metaphysical, ESP, astrology, Science fiction, reincarnation, clairvoyance, telepathy, the occult in general, etc.
The last two sentences of this thought-provoking book are "The solution lies where it always has been: within ourselves. We can reach it anytime we want."
- Don Foster
Other Recommended UFO Books:~
33" by Bruce Cathie
695" by Bruce Cathie
3. "The Pulse of
the Universe - Harmonic
288" by Bruce Cathie
(AH & AW Reed, London)