The Raelian tradition is unique among UFO
groups in that it offers a creation story that ties it to the sacred books of
the monotheistic traditions. The core idea is that the ancient Hebrew concept
Elohim should have been translated as "those who came from the sky" rather than
"God." The Elohim come from another planet and are responsible for the creation
of life on this planet.
Claude Vorilhon was the person chosen by the
Elohim to bring the news of humankind's origins to the people of the planet
Earth. The Elohim gave him the name Rael and also assigned him the
responsibility of telling the news of the return of the Elohim.
In his book, The Final Message, Rael
tells of his first encounter with the Elohim extraterrestrials. On the morning
of December 13, 1973, Claude Vorilhon was driving to an office in Clermont-Ferrand,
France, where he worked as a journalist for a racing car magazine. However, he
felt compelled to drive past the office and visit a nearby volcano in Auvergne,
When he arrived at the volcano, called
Puy-de-Lassolas, Vorilhon parked his car and proceeded to make his way on foot
toward the center of the crater, so as to stretch his legs and take in some of
the cool, misty morning air. Upon reaching the top of the volcano, he obtained
the breathtaking view of the village of Clermont-Ferrand and reflected in
appreciation that thousands of years ago the crater had shot out streams of hot
molten lava. (The Final Message,pg. 19) After this reflection, Vorilhon
turned to leave and walked back down the slope of the volcano....
The Cult of Magna Mater, the Great Mother, is probably the oldest religion of all. The earliest stone-age sculptures depict the mother- goddess, and an idol found in Catal Hüyük, 6000 years old, depict her in the form she later became worshipped as Cybele in Phrygia, as a seated woman flanked by two leopards.The worship evolved through the millennia, but the goddess remained a symbol of the powerful female forces in the universe. Manydifferent interpretations appeared, and various cults have interacted and mixed ideas.Not much is known about her worship in ancient times, but in her incarnation as Cybele in ancient Phrygia she started the cult which would later evolve into the cult of Magna Mater in Rome.
As a small
child she was put out into the wilderness to die, but instead of
killing her the panthers and lions nurtured her, and she grew up into
an intelligent, beautiful and headstrong woman.
It is not impossible
that she was a child mage who was later deified. She invented pipes and
drums, and also magickal medicines which she used to heal sick children
and creatures on the Phrygian countryside. She became friend of not
only the animals and people, but also the satyrs and other supernatural
beings. She fell in love with prince Attis, but their love-story was
tragic; The intenselove of the divine Cybele was too much for the
mortal prince, and he went mad, castrated himself and died. Cybele,
driven mad by grief, roamed around to sound of pipes and drums seeking
her lost love.
The links between this
story and the cult of Inanna/Ishtar/Asherah are quite obvious, and both
cults influenced each other heavily. Attis was identified with Dumuzi
and Tammuz, other dead and resurrected gods. The cults were widespread,
and Ezekiel mentions the female worship of Tammuz in his lamentation
over the spread of paganism in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 8:14).
Around 200 BC the holy
black rock of the goddess was moved from the Phrygian city of Pessinos,
which had been the previous centre of her worship. Rome became the new
centre, and her cult grew. The romans identified Cybele with the Greek
Rhea, and called her Magna Mater, the Great Mother. The priests ofth......
This summer a prisoner in Virginia, Michael Lenz, was executed for murdering a fellow inmate in the name of Asatru, his adopted religion. Though most adherents of the pre-Christian, earth- and heritage-based faith are honorable, law-abiding citizens who don't advocate random violence, a small (about five percent) but media-magnetic group of them are white supremacists, many of them prisoners.Asatruar worship a pantheon of Norse gods like Odin and Thor and goddesses like Freya and Idun. The warrior archetype is honored, but in no way defines the religion, says Stephen McNallen, 57, founder of the Asatru Folk Assembly, a leading Asatru group.McNallen recently set the Asatru record straight, speaking to Beliefnet from hisCalifornia home about respecting our ancestors, balancing the warrior with the Mother, and how he starts everyday with a pot of tea and a well-fed cat in his lap.
What does "Asatru" mean?
I usually say that Asatru means, "Those true to the gods" or "The belief in the gods."
How would you sum up the core beliefs of Asatru?
Well, people are going to
give you different answers on that.
I believe that the core of Asatru
comes down to about three or four main points. First, we are related to
the holy powers [gods and goddesses], and our task is to evolve to
become more like them. Second, we are specially connected to our
ancestors, to our living kin, and to our descendants yet tocome—the
family line is a continuity that transcends time and space, and even
mortality. Third, by leading lives of power and wisdom, we evolve to a
higher level and this evolution gives us more choices in regards to an
afterlife. And finally, the way of our ancestors is the best way for
us, because we are the representatives of those ancestors in this
little slice of space and time.
How many Asatruars would you estimate there are in the U.S.?
Well, obviously no one
really knows because we’re not a very centralized outfit. There is no
Pope of Asatru and no Vatican. The estimate that I have heard is 10,000
What does a day in the life of an Asatruar look like? Are there daily or weekly rituals?
I can really only speakto
my personal pract......
Matt Feshbach believes he has super powers. He senses danger faster than most people. He appreciates beauty more deeply than he used to. He says he outperforms his peers in the money management industry.He heightened his powers of perception in 1995 when he went to Los Angeles and became the first and so far only "public" Scientologist to take a highly classified Scientology program called Super Power. Where in L.A. did he do this?"Just in Los Angeles," is all Feshbach will say. Super Power is that secret. Under wraps for decades, Super Power now is being prepped for its eventual rollout in Scientology's massivebuilding in downtown Clearwater.
That will be the only place worldwide where the program, much anticipated by Scientologists, will be offered.
A key aim of
Super Power is to enhance one's perceptions - and not just the five
senses we all know - hearing, sight, touch, taste and smell.
Scientology founder L. Ron
Hubbard taught that people have 57 "perceptics." They include an
ability to discern relative sizes, blood circulation, balance, compass
direction, temperature, gravity and an "awareness of importance,
Church officials won't
discuss specifics of Super Power. But Feshbach and another prominent
Clearwater Scientologist who, like Feshbach, is a major donor to Super
Power's building fund, provided some details in interviews with the St.
Petersburg Times. A group offormer Scientologists who worked for the
church on a campus in California where the program was in development
also described elements of it.
Super Power uses machines,
apparatus and specially designed rooms to exercise and enhance a
person's so-called perceptics. Those machines include an antigravity
simulator and a gyroscope-like apparatus that spins a person around
while blindfolded to improve perception of compass direction, said the
A video screen that moves
forward and backward while flashing images is used to hone a viewer's
ability to identify subliminal messages, they said.
Hubbard promised Super
Power would improve perceptions and "put the person into a new realm of
ability." He believed it would unlock abilities needed to spread
Scientology across the planet.