Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dorris Van Tassel - A Contactee In The Background

In my latest book and several blog entries I have advanced the theory that some of the physical contactees of the 1950s (George Adamski, George Van Tassel, Orfeo Angelucci, Danile Fry, Howard Menger a.o.) were involved in a cultural influence test. An psychological and sociological experiment implemented by a group of benevolent aliens, earth based or extraterrestrial. This group, wherever they came from, had access to advanced “vimana” technology. The test was only partially successful, for several reasons, and was aborted in its public phase around 1960. Most contactees had only a limited role in the project, but there were a few with a more central co-ordinating mission. One of these contactees was Dorris Van Tassel.

Dorris and George Van Tassel

As several times before I have received excellent biographical help from Fortean researcher and author Joshua Blu Buhs. His blog From an Oblique Angle has not been updated since June 2017 as he is now writing a book on Forteans. Joshua has provided me with much biographical data on Dorris Van Tassel. A woman that has been described as ”mysterious” by other writers. That is certainly a correct description. She had very special and unique insights into the activities of the contactees of the 1950s.

Dorris Van Tassel was born Dorris Jane Andre in Richmond, California September 8, 1912. She later changed her middle name to Ione. Her father was Alfred Nyström, who had emigrated from Finland. Mother´s name was Grace Miller. As a young girl Dorris was a very skilled athlete and received several awards for her achievements. In 1938 she married William A. Andre and they had a daughter, Marie Andre, born in 1938.  Dorris studied Physical Therapy and she eventually opened a health clinic, Dorris Health Salon, in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California.

Dorris as a young athlete, upper row, middle

Ad in Sonoma West Times and News, Maarch 8, 1951

In Santa Rosa, Dorris was affiliated with the Meta-Physical Library and Workshop and in the beginning of the 1950s she developed an interest in UFOs. I have not been able to ascertain when her own UFO contacts began but it must have been in the early 1950s. Like journalist and esotericist Paul M. Vest she decided to help the group of space people who implemented an extensive cultural and psychological test in the U.S. by contacting ordinary citizens and suggesting various missions. Dorris became a sort of booking-agent for many of the early contactees. She arranged lectures for George Adamski, Daniel Fry, Truman Bethurum and other contactees. But she also occasionally lectured on flying saucers herself.

The Press Democrat, March 3, 1954

The Press Democrat, February 24, 1955

Dorris corresponded frequently with many contactees and people involved in the UFO movement. In a letter 1954 to George Adamski´s secretary Lucy McGinnis she mentioned having observed ”two disks leave mother craft on one occasion”. (Letter May 24, 1954). So far there has been very little published describing Dorris´ contacts but she gave a detailed account of her experiences at Daniel Fry´s Understanding Convention 1976. A short note of her lecture was published in Understanding magazine: ”Two women were a delightful part of the program. Dorris Van Tassel told the story of her contacts with space people, a fantastic story it was too. Until you have heard her, you´ve missed something.” (Understanding, vol. 21, no. 5, 1976, p. 6).

Dorris had married George Van Tassel after the death of his wife Eva in 1975. They had worked together for many years as contactees on various projects. This was mentioned by George Van Tassel in his magazine Proceedings 1974: ”We left Los Angeles on June 6th and arrived in Atlanta, Georgia on the same day. We rented a car in Atlanta and arried in Lakemont on that evening. I was accompanied on the trip by Dr. Dorris Andre, a research associate and a friend of my family for 20 years.” (Proceedings, vol. 10, no. 5, July-Sept 1974, p. 4).

Much of the work Dorris and George Van Tassel did together with the space people has only been hinted at in Proceedings and by friends of the couple whom I have corresponded with. Not much has reached the public. Like covert agents they used code words in contacs with the visitors and they had the means to know who was really in contact with the benevolent group of space people and who were impostors.

At times Dorris Van Tassel´s home functioned as a sort of safe house for both contactees and space people. One of her close friends told me how he reacted the first time he became aware of this: ”I remember the first time there was about 5 space people in Ms.Van Tassel's house talking with her as I quietly watched, and then suddenly one of the men turned , looked directly at me, smiled gently, and then very slowly turned to the kitchen room wall and walked right through the wall! I watched this very closely as he then came back in. Let me tell you , those kind of incidents have a very deep and troubling affect on our minds because we cannot comprehend it.” 
I asked my correspondent whether Dorris was aware of that these five men were space people: ”O yes, she knew them well. It was perfectly normal for her.” (Email February 26, 2012).

Dorris Van Tassel died on June 30, 1991. She was certainly a woman of mystery, involved in many behind the scenes activities with the visitors. Researching the history of the 1950s contactees is like opening Chinese boxes. You open one and find another box inside – with a still deeper mystery.  

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Guardians and Invaders In The Esoteric Tradition

Readers of Time magazine October 20, 1986, probably raised a few eyebrows when confronted with statements made by Hafez Assad, former President of Syria. In an interview he was very open-minded about his long-standing, serious interest in UFOs. When asked about how an extraterrestrial power would solve the problems in the Middle East, Assad offered this wise, philosophical answer: ”Certainly it would be a big power, and we would expect it to be unbiased… It should offer advice to both sides, not deal with guns, planes or billions of dollars…”.

Syria has been very much in the news for several years now because of the terribly brutal proxy war going on. It is the focal point for a global conflict of almost apocalyptic dimensions where many cities have been reduced to rubble. When following this war in the media I am reminded of a strange and rather ominous prophecy allegedly coming from space people in 1969 and delivered to New Zealand ufologists Fred and Phyllis Dickeson.

The commentary on extraterrestrial intervention by Hafez Assad are interesting especially when compared with statements  found in The Esoteric Tradition. These are not the usual naive love and light messages found in many New Age channelings but rather realistic pronouncements about both guardians and invaders from other planets. Generally we are told that extraterrestrial help has been given several times in the past: ”Many great Beings from planetary and solar sources, and once or twice from cosmic sources, have at times lent Their aid and dwelt briefly upon our planet.” (Alice Bailey, Initiation, Human and Solar, p. 37, originally published 1922).

During the Second World War the forces of destruction was so close to get the upper hand that the planetary guardians (Hierarchy) asked for assistance from interplanetary guardians. And this assistance came in large numbers. What happened behind the scenes and details of the struggle is told in The Externalisation of the Hierarchy by Alice Bailey:
April 1935: "... the regenerative forces of Those extraplanetary Beings Who offer Their Help at this time." (p. 25)
April-May 1940: "Hovering today within the aura of our planet are certain great spiritual Forces and Entities, awaiting the opportunity to participate actively in the work of world redemption, re-adjustment and reconstruction.... the waiting extra-planetary Forces." (p. 222-223)
April 1943: "Certain great Energies of extra-planetary significance Who stand ready to intervene..." (p. 392).

Seen in this perspective the title of Meade Layne´s book, published in 1950, The Coming of the Guardians, is certainly very appropriate. Besides giving behind the scenes assistance to our planet during a critical period, a special group of these guardians made a cultural and psychological influence test and information effort in the 1950s, mainly in America. Involved in this test were in my estimation a.o. George Adamski, George Van Tassel, George Hunt Williamson, Orfeo Angelucci, Daniel Fry, Paul M.Vest and Howard Menger. The test was only partially successful as some of the contactees could not stand the strain of the contact and misinterpreted the information given. 

The object of the interplanetary guardians was first and foremost to prevent total destruction of the planet as mankind was now capable of such acts because of the discovery of nuclear energy and weapons. According to The Esoteric Tradition this had once happened before in our solar system when the planet between Mars and Jupiter had been totally destroyed by its inhabitants. On August 17, 1952 George Hunt Williamson and his group received the following message: ”We must now decide what to do about your planet Earth. Your bombs will destroy Universal balance. Your Hydrogen Bomb could make an asteroid belt out of you. This happened many years ago to planet of the fifth orbit. We knew what they were doing but we didn´t interfere. We cannot stand by and see another waste.” (George Hunt Williamson, The Saucers Speak, Neville Spearman 1963, p. 52).

Compare this with the information received by George Van Tassel on July 18, 1952: ”Your materialists will disagree with our attempt to warn mankind. Rest assured they shall cease to explode life giving atoms, or we shall eliminate all projects connected with such. Our missions are peaceful, but this condition occurred before in this solar system and the planet Lucifer was torn to bits. We are determined that it shall not happen again. The governments of the planet Shan have conceded that we are of a higher intelligence. They must concede also that we are of a higher authority.” (George Van Tassel, I Rode a Flying Saucer, 2nd ed. 1952, p. 32). Earth is called Shan by the space people.

George Van Tassel at Giant Rock

Information about planetary and interplanetary guardians is not difficult to find in The Esoteric Tradition and contactee literature. When it comes to invaders or evil extraterrestrials the issue becomes somewhat more complicated. Data on this problem is scarce in esoteric sources and in contactee and UFO literature hard to evaluate. Esotericist RileyCrabb made a commendable effort to study the problem of Cosmic Evil. In several booklets he compared esoteric and UFO data from many sources, not always very reliable. Crabb also made regular comments on planetary and interplanetary evil as editor of Round Robin – The Journal of Borderland Research 1959-1985.

As our planet is a form of interplanetary Alcatraz we have, besides the ”bad boys club” (planetary evil) also to contend with what in esotericism is called cosmic evil. Visitors from other planets who are dangerous and only wish to use this planet and people for their own purposes. There is a interesting comment about this menace in The Rays and the Initiations by Alice Bailey: ”… the place were another kind of evil dwells – an evil which is not indigenous to our planet, an evil with which it was never intended that men should deal.” (p. 753). This was one of the last messages given in 1949 by the Tibetan to Alice Bailey. Did he try to warn humanity of what was to come? Sometimes I have wondered whether I accidentally happened to uncover an aspect of cosmic evil in action in when researching and documenting the Swedish contactee Richard Höglund?

Some of the early contactees involved in the test with the benevolent visitors were warned about dangerous aliens also interacting with earth people. In 1956 Howard Menger was informed about ”a very powerful group on this planet, which possesses tremendous knowledge of technology, psychology, and most unfortunate of all, advanced brain therapy.” (Howard Menger, From Outer Space To You, p. 143). During the 1950s there was much hope and goodwill in the messages coming from UFO contactees. Daniel Fry formed the organization Understanding with around 70 local units and 10,000 members. George Adamski started International Get Acquainted Program (IGAP). But beginning in the 1960s disturbing UFO incidents began to be reported more frequently - abductions, cattle mutilations, Men In Black encounters etc. It certainly looked like someone was, and still is, pretty good at ”advanced brain therapy” for whatever reasons.

As a ufologist and esotericist it is extremely difficult to grasp the big picture when it comes to UFO experiences, claims and contacts since the 1950s. From various whistle blowers and some contactees it is stated that President Eisenhower had a meeting with the planetary guardians in 1954 and was given an offer of help and co-operation. This was rejected and later a meeting was arranged with a group of aliens who offered advanced technological information. In exchange they were allowed to abduct a small amount of humans and animals for study purposes. Soon the secret military and intelligence group that made the deal discovered they were deceived as the aliens abducted thousands of humans and animals. Since then a secret war has been waged behind the scenes. A war that it would be impossible to disclose to the public without causing panic. As for the truth regarding this scenario I can only say, interesting and scary – if true? The first claim that Eisenhower had a meeting with extraterrestrials in 1954 came from American occultist Gerald Light (Dr. Kappa) in a letter to Meade Layne. This unique, original letter is now in the custody of AFU.

In 2009 a most unusual and controversial book was published, Solomon Islands Mysteries by Marius Boirayon. The author presents a somewhat new slant to the alien conflict scenario. He claims to have discovered that a race of previously unknown giant hominoids and a dangerous extraterrestrial species live in bases below the Solomon Islands and that this is know by  secret intelligence groups: ”No-one can make me believe that certain ultra-secretive intelligence organizations within the United States, British and Australian governments do not know about the subterranean civilisations of the Solomon Islands, as I have overwhelming proof that they do”. (p. 282) Boirayon further states that the people that made the deal with the evil extraterrestrials has developed into a ”breakaway ultra-secret group”, a sort of ”worldwide club that have become more evil than good… It´s bad luck for them, as their sordid love-hate alliance will not last, and as we will se within the next decade, they picked the wrong side.” (pp. 304-306).

One of the researchers who became intensely fascinated by Solomon Islands Mysteries was Swedish psychiatrist and parapsychologist Dr. Nils-Olof Jacobson (1937-2017). Well-known for his book Liv efter döden (1971), English ed. Life Without Death (1974). He began searching for more data on the claims of Marius Boirayon and even succeeded in getting a letter to the editor published in Solomon Star News in June 2009. I corresponded with Nils-Olof Jacobson in 2010 about his research. He had received a short e-mail from Marius Boyraion who mentioned that he had been warned not to continue his research or contact other people with the same intent. Jacobson had also corresponded with Mr. James Baura, who had written an article on Solomon Islands Mysteries. Unfortunately not much new information on the mystery appeared because of these research efforts.

Nils-Olof Jacobson

To mainstream scientific ufologists these ideas and scenarios are simply myths and irrational conspiracy theories. Now suppose you, as a researcher, would find absolute and one hundred percent personal proof that there really is a secret war going on for this planet but you are unable to prove this publicly. What would you do? How would you react? Here a few options:
1. Join the fight, hopefully on the side of the Angels.
2. Try the mission impossible option of going public with your knowledge.
3. Write a novel and in fictional form present what you know.
4. Document your knowledge and preserve it in a safe-deposit box, to be published after your death.
5. Forget the whole thing and try to live a normal life.