Is There A Spiritual Reality Behind The UFO Phenomenon?
Written By: Jason V. Francis
Interview with Gerard Aartsen
By Jason V. Francis
Photo of a control cabin of a spaceship that landed in Italy in 1958 (Source: Alberto Perego, 1958)
Gerard Aartsen is an educator at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands. He is the author of "George Adamski: A Herald for the Space Brothers" (2010) and "Here to Help: UFOs and the Space Brothers" (2011). He has lectured about the Space Brothers in Europe, America, and the Philippines. Having been a student of the Ageless Wisdom teachings for over thirty years Mr. Aartsen is able to take a spiritual look at the UFO phenomenon. I had the privilege of interviewing Gerard Aartsen about why he believes the people behind the UFOs are our "Space Brothers" and their purpose in coming to Earth.
Jason Francis: Who are the Space Brothers?
Gerard Aartsen: The Space Brothers are the people from other planets in our solar system who come to Earth to assist us, not just humanity as a whole, but our elder brothers, the Masters of Wisdom in a major transition in consciousness, a realization or reawakening to the spiritual realities of life, to our real spiritual nature that we have lost sight of.
I am aware that there are many reports of people who claim to be in contact with people from outer space. A lot of people say that they come from out of this solar system because our science tells us the other planets in our system are uninhabited and even uninhabitable. According to the Ageless Wisdom Teachings, and this is the background from which I speak and write, life is universal. You cannot go anywhere where there is no life because life is the underlying principle of everything that exists. It's just that because we are so conditioned by life on the solid physical plane, and we do not have etheric vision, which is the ability to see the higher planes material reality above the dense physical, liquid and gaseous physical, that we take for granted that other planets are uninhabited. So most contactees say the space people in the UFOs must be from out of the solar system. However, based on my study and research of the Ageless Wisdom, I believe that the Space Brothers are from within our solar system.
They are here with their advanced technology and advanced ethics and morals to assist us mostly discretely and in the background. But they have begun to make themselves increasingly visible, even since the 1940s and 1950s. So it is becoming harder and harder for the authorities to deny their existence.
JF: What is the "Ageless Wisdom"?
GA: The Ageless Wisdom has been defined as "the means by which humanity is kept informed of its essential divinity and of its journey of evolution toward perfection." It is the sum total of mankind's spiritual tradition and the source from which all major religions have sprung.
JF: Could you tell us about your book "George Adamski: A Herald for the Space Brothers" (2010)?
GA: It's interesting because now that I have a book out I am invited to speak and give interviews. It seems that a lot of people have forgotten about George Adamski. In the 1950s he was one of the very first people to speak out about his contacts. He wrote a very famous book he coauthored with an Anglo-Irish gentleman, Desmond Leslie, called Flying Saucers Have Landed, which was published in 1953. It's mainly a historical overview, a study by Desmond Leslie, of the flying saucer phenomena.
Gerard Aartsen | George Adamski
When Desmond Leslie was looking for a publisher he heard about George Adamski's experience in the California desert in November 1952. George Adamski had written it up and was looking for a way to have his report published, which was included as the second part in the same book, Flying Saucers Have Landed. That's where he first became famous. Also, he had the most detailed photographs of flying saucers. Even until now because I really don't know about clearer or more detailed photographs of flying saucers.
After Adamski's fist encounter with someone who came out of the flying saucer that landed in the California desert in 1952, in 1953 he had further contacts and was taken aboard flying saucers that took him to mother ships—larger spacecraft that usually carried lots of people and numerous saucers or "scouts", as they are called. He spoke to the people on those mother ships and some of those people were revered even among the space people aboard those mother ships.
I think they could be compared to our Masters of Wisdom that we know about through people like Helena Blavatsky and Baird T. Spalding. He received a lot of serious and inspiring teachings about the nature of life. That became the topic and content of his second book Inside the Space Ships that was published in 1955. In the meantime he was lecturing, especially in the USA and Mexico at the time. He became world famous in fact because of his book. Flying Saucers Have Landed was translated into no less than ten languages. Mind you, this is the mid 1950s. Within a short number of years he was giving talks and by 1959 he was on a world tour that took him to South America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. He drew huge crowds that came to listen to him.
That really worried the authorities. They set in motion a campaign to discredit Adamski. It has been so effective that in the late 1950s and in the early 1960s until his death in 1965 he was generally seen as a hoax or a crackpot. The thing that I think he should be remembered and given credit for is the amazing teaching that he provided through his contacts with the space people. What I do in my book is find the parallels between those teachings and the teachings that have come to us through people like Alice Bailey and Helena Blavatsky that are known as the Ageless Wisdom teachings. It is so interesting to see that the space people actually have the same view of life as the great teachers on Earth.
JF: Could you tell us about the Amicizia contact case that took place in Italy concurrent to Adamski's outreach in the US, that you mention in your new book "Here To Help: UFOs and the Space Brothers"? And are there other similar encounters?
GA: The Amicizia, or Friendship, Case in Italy was a case of mass contact between hundreds of Italians and space people who lived and worked in underground bases in Italy. Actually, similar contact cases seemed to be going on in other European countries at the same time. In Italy the Friendship Case started in 1956 and while in most contact cases people are invited on board extraterrestrial spacecraft, in this case they were invited into the underground bases of the space people. The case involved quite a number of well-known Italians too, such as university professors, one or two journalists, a painter and a consul, Alberto Perego. The true scale of Amicizia only became known through the account of psychologist Bruno Sammaciccia whose story was included in a book titled Mass Contacts by Stefano Breccia, which came out in 2009.
Space Brother / UFO pilot (Source Alberto Perego, 1963)
Apart from the fact that the various participants all talk about very human-looking space people, what stands out in this case for me is the focus that the space visitors put on the importance on right human relations – friendship and understanding as they called it. This coincides exactly with the stated aims of George Adamski's Get Acquainted Program, which he set up in 1957 on the suggestion of his space contacts. And given that we also know about branches of the Friendship community in South America since 1985, this points to a worldwide, sustained effort on the part of the space people to emphasize the importance of living by the Golden Rule that can also be found at the basis of every major religion.
JF: What is the general impression of the space people by those who have met them?
GA: It is interesting to see that in all the serious cases of contacts with space people that I have researched, some historical, some more recent, they are seen as morally far advanced compared to ourselves, working and living according to the highest ethical standards. This was reported not only by the early contactees of the 1950s, but also by the people in the Friendship case in Italy and South America, more recent contactees such as Giorgio Dibitonto from Italy and Carlos Diaz from Mexico, as well as by high-profile individuals who have testified about their encounters. When you look at it closely, it is astounding to find so many people talking about the goodness and wisdom of the people from space.
JF: The idea of beneficent Space Brothers stands in stark contrast to nasty "aliens" abducting and examining people. Do the Space Brothers abduct individuals?
GA: That's why it is so important to get this message out. I believe it also shows how effective the whole disinformation campaign has been ever since George Adamski became so well known in the 1950s. Unfortunately, there have been covert government operations with some secret agencies that even our administrations and presidents didn't know about, which have increasingly got their own way by giving the space visitors a bad name by depicting them as malicious: responsible for cattle mutilation, beaming people into their ships to have objects implanted into them and subjected to nasty experiments. None of that is true according to Benjamin Creme, who is in constant contact with one of the Masters of Wisdom.
You don't even need to believe the claim that he is in contact with a Master of Wisdom because if you go back through the stories of the early "contactees", none of them ever mentioned having been abducted. More interestingly, more recent testimony of people of high standing (dignitaries and officials), when they speak about their experiences with people from outer space, none of them talks about any of these nasty things.
For instance there have been other early contactees who never mentioned abductions. Pope John XXIII, also known as the "Good Pope", in the early 1960s had an experience in the garden of his summer castle—the Castel Gandolfo. There was a scout ship or saucer that landed at the south end of the garden. The Pope asked his assistant, who was there as well, to stay put as he went over. The assistant later related that he saw someone come out of the saucer. The Pope kneeled down and got up again and had a conversation for fifteen to twenty minutes. The Pope came back and told his assistant that our brothers are everywhere but sometimes we have difficulty recognizing them.
In 1997 there was the president [Kirsan Ilyumzhinov] of Kalmykia, a southern Russian state, who has been quite open about his experiences when he was invited into a cylindrical-shaped craft. It became headline news again just last year in the UK and he never talks about being "abducted". So it really shows how effective the military and government's cover up has been. And, of course, Hollywood has had its share in how extraterrestrials are depicted.
JF: Does the idea of people being "Space Brothers" enlarge upon the idea of a universal humanity that not only transcends national borders but also transcends our own world?
GA: Exactly. We are everywhere. The human experience is a universal experience because it is an essential stage in the evolution of consciousness. There may be slight differences between different races and populations on different planets just like there are differences between races on Earth, but they are relatively minor. There are no three-legged beings with just a giant head and one eye walking around or any other crazy depiction. The human experience, form and kingdom are a universal occurrence.
JF: What are the governments, militaries and other institutions and people of power around the world, who are "in the know" about the UFO issue and seeking to keep it covered up, frightened of when it comes to disclosure?
GA: The whole purpose of the cover up by the military and economic interests is to maintain their control over society. I mean, as soon as the general populace would know about alternative ways of living, of relating, ways that are not based on competition and greed for fear of ‘the other', but rather on empathy, sharing and justice for all, I am sure that would spell the end for the existing powers. Until now people have been led to believe that the only way to survive in this world is to fend for yourself, your own community, your own country. But it doesn't have to be that way, and the space people are living proof that there are other, more viable and more peaceful ways of living together as one human race.
JF: Some people think full disclosure will eventually be the governments of the world coming forward and admitting that we are indeed being visited by highly advanced civilizations from other planets. Other people have suggested that disclosure will be more gradual and organic; generations being brought up with information about UFOs on television and in print will eventually create an overall consensus that the phenomenon is real. What form do you think disclosure will take and do you anticipate it soon?
GA: To be sure, I think disclosure is no longer in the hands of our governments. They have been given the opportunity, especially in the 1950s, to announce to the world their knowledge of and contacts with the people from space, but have chosen to keep it to themselves for reasons of self-interest. At the same time, the space visitors are showing themselves more and more openly, with ever more spectacular and concrete sightings that cannot be explained away anymore. At the same time the world has now arrived at the point where the Masters of Wisdom, and the World Teacher as their head, are ready to emerge into full public view at this crucial stage of our evolution. Once this has happened, very soon now, the space people will be introduced by these, our Elder Brothers, and they will be landing openly for everyone to see and acknowledge.
JF: You have mentioned the Masters of Wisdom. Who exactly are the Masters of Wisdom and the World Teacher?
GA: The Masters of Wisdom are really the next kingdom in nature up from the human kingdom. We know through Darwin's work of the evolution of the physical form, with the vegetable kingdom having evolved out of the mineral kingdom; the animal kingdom evolved out of the vegetable kingdom; and the human kingdom evolved out of the animal kingdom. Our science and very often people generally think that it is all a mere accident on the scale of the universe where a number of chemicals mix together in a fortunate way and life became self-conscious. The Ageless Wisdom Teachings hold the opposite idea. They say that what is actually going on, because life is everywhere, is the evolution of consciousness and the evolution of the form only exists to facilitate the evolution of consciousness.
Mankind is sort of the midway station or clearinghouse of that consciousness. After it's involved itself all the way through the densest levels of matter, the evolution of form and the forces that lie beneath it, it works its way back up through the lower kingdoms into the human kingdom where literally matter and spirit meet, which is where self-consciousness comes from. And because we are only one stage in the whole evolution we are not the end station and the next station up from our level are the Masters of Wisdom. From our point of view they are perfected men and women like us but ahead of us in evolution.
You go through the evolution of consciousness that is available on this planet that takes you to that level of perfection after five major expansions of consciousness, which are really the final phases of the life of the human being on this planet. Those five phases were illustrated for us in the life of Jesus. Some books by Alice Bailey give a very vivid picture of that, but briefly: the birth of Jesus in the cave (the cave of the heart) is a symbol for the first initiation where you gain control over the lower physical nature; the Baptism in the river Jordan is the second initiation that indicates control over our emotional nature; the transfiguration on the mount if the third initiation that gives control over the mental nature; the fourth initiation (the crucifixion) signifies the final sacrifice of our complete lower nature for the soul and higher Life; and the fifth step is symbolized in Jesus' life by the resurrection, which signifies the raising back to our spiritual nature—the Spark of God out of the material world in which we have grown over many incarnations and cycles.
That is how you become, after the fifth initiation, a Master of Wisdom. That has been going on ever since mankind came into being on this planet. Once a person becomes a Master, some choose to stay on Earth to help the rest of us. And one comes back into the world from time-to-time. Others go onto higher ways of evolution.
The Master of all the Masters—who has manifested historically through Krishna and Jesus—is the World Teacher. There is always a World Teacher who is the head of the Hierarchy of Masters of Wisdom. Sometimes in Their own evolution they move up to higher ways of evolution to other cosmic realms. The present World Teacher, our eldest brother, is the oldest of our humanity.
Every cosmic cycle, roughly every 2,150 years, the solar system (therefore, our planet) comes into an energetic alignment with the next sign or constellation of the Zodiac. Whenever a New Age starts the World Teacher manifests Himself, but not always in person—2,000 years ago He manifested through His disciple Jesus and 5,000 years ago He manifested through His disciple Krishna. This time He has come Himself according to the information coming from Benjamin Creme. That makes this a historically unique point in time, not only because He comes Himself but also, as I said earlier, humanity as a whole is making a huge step forward in consciousness, a reawakening to our cosmic nature and cosmic brotherhood.
JF: Does this have anything to do with the "Age of Aquarius"?
GA: Yes. We have are moving into an ever-fuller alignment with the Constellation of Aquarius and out of the Constellation of Pisces. The mission of Jesus inaugurated the Age of Pisces. We are in a gradual movement into Aquarius that takes several hundred years until we get the strongest influence of that energy. We are now at a point where the waning energies of Pisces are as strong as the incoming energies of Aquarius. That is really the cause of the enormous political tensions in the world, which also work out on the economic level, and tensions in every field, including the religious.
JF: How do the Space Brothers and the Masters of Wisdom work with humanity?
GA: I do not claim any special knowledge or relationship with either the Masters of Wisdom or the Space Brothers. But based on my study and my research, what I do know is that the Masters of Wisdom who have stayed behind to guide us are always here to guide us and work in different fields of human endeavor as well as in fields we know nothing about. They guide us to make these steps in consciousness and protect us as much as possible.
The Space Brothers are here now to help alleviate natural disasters through their advanced technology. Ever since the invention of the atomic bomb they have worked tirelessly to neutralize the nuclear radiation that comes from all of our atomic testing and explosions and the nuclear power plants. A lot of the radiation our scientists think they can measure fairly well but the most important levels where nuclear radiation has the most destructive effects, which are the etheric levels of matter I mentioned before, our scientists cannot measure. That is also where nuclear radiation undermines our immune system and causes every greater instances of Alzheimer's in ever-younger people. Of course, our scientists don't know about that yet. One of the main tasks of our Space Brothers is to alleviate the problems we are causing ourselves due to our ignorance. They do a lot in that respect.
How exactly they work with the Masters, I do not know, but they are all in telepathic contact because they don't need speech or conferences in order to convey thoughts or concerns. They are constantly flying around our planet. According to Benjamin Creme they have also put a ring of light around our planet to keep it on its axis.
JF: You mentioned the incoming Aquarian Age. How exactly is the world going to change as we enter the Aquarian Age and what is our responsibility in it? You spoke about the Masters guiding mankind's evolution and the Space Brothers being here to help, but we are ultimately responsible for the world we create.
GA: Yes, you are absolutely right. The forces from the old age and new age are in sort of an equilibrium that causes that massive tension and conflict in the world. All of our institutions are outdated because they are formed through our response to those old energies. So those old structures no longer serve our needs. Our main responsibility at this point is to realize that we are one human family: we are not separate. We are linked not only by DNA but also by the fact that we only have this one planet that we (in our present form) can live on and get our sustenance from. And unless we come together and realize that we are one and act on that realization we will destroy ourselves.
The increasing conflict that we have seen and the old ways of trying to solve those conflicts by increasing the reign of market forces, greed and competition will only lead to further conflict. Of course, it will not take a whole lot to make further conflict final and altogether destructive of the planet and life because we have nuclear weapons.
The Masters are doing everything to help us to get to this realization. Once we have that realization we need to put it into practice. We need to make sure that we cooperate to share all of the food and resources, technological know-how, and the educational and health care resources so that everyone can live and prosper in peace and freedom, which should not be limited to the fortunate few who can afford it in the mostly western countries. That will be an expression of our real spiritual nature—one human family.
That is not going to happen overnight and all by itself and that is where the Masters, especially the World Teacher, are coming in. Based on the information from Benjamin Creme, He has come into the world in July 1977 to inaugurate the Age of Aquarius. He has been working until now mostly behind the scenes. He has taken some major initiatives and a lot has changed because of His influence and His energy and inspiration. The release of Nelson Mandela as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the East Bloc and the Soviet Union was inspired by the World Teacher—whose personal name is Maitreya (My-TRAY-uh).
So a lot has changed already but Maitreya hasn't made Himself known yet, but that moment is really very close. When that happens everybody will know and be aware of it. There have been several points since 1977 where there has been an opportunity for Him to come forward and speak to the world but somehow things got in the way. We are now at a point where He will no longer be stopped by our inaction or the inaction of the media. For instance in 1982 there was a major opportunity where the international media were asked to symbolically go and look for Him in London. He would have just come up to them and that would have set the whole thing in motion. The media did not respond in sufficient force and He had to take the long way to where we are now.
We are now at a point where in December 2008 four major and very large spacecraft (according to Benjamin Creme's Master) have been positioned around the planet as modern day "Stars of Bethlehem". On YouTube you will find dozens if not hundreds of clips by people from all over the world amazed at seeing this new star or very strange craft or light. And it is literally happening all over the world. And they will remain there until Maitreya has made Himself known to announce the start of His open appearances, which happened in January 2010 when Maitreya gave His first interview on an American television station as part of a panel of people who were asked for their views.
He does not use the name Maitreya when He appears on television because it is important that people want what He is advocating and not because of whom He may be. The expectation is that even though He has been fairly low-key until now, He will soon become more outspoken. This will increase in frequency and clarity, so-to-speak, until the day that it will be clear to everyone. The interviews have also now been taking place in Mexico. The plan is that it will happen next in Japan, then Europe and other countries. This will inspire the people to ask the media to bring this man forward and give Him a universal platform. Then He will make Himself known. That will be the Day of Declaration.
Maitreya will give us massive, undeniable experience that we are one human family. We will actually be able to feel it. His love will stream out and it will feel, as He has said, as if He embraced us. At the same time hundreds-of-thousands of miraculous healings will take place. While we see His face on television He will be giving us a message, but he will not speak. Everyone will hear His message inwardly. You will hear Him in English; I will hear him in Dutch; the French in French; and the Japanese in Japanese, etcetera.
That will help us get that realization, but not everybody will be convinced. A lot of people will start doubting right after the event. Though, Maitreya has said that enough people will be inspired to start moving and demand from their governments that justice be done, we change our structures, and we start cooperating internationally and give expression to that oneness by sharing all of the abundance of this planet.
JF: You said that a large number of people are going to unite behind Maitreya and call for freedom and justice, for their rights and a better world. Is this connected to the various peoples' movements we have been witnessing around the world?
GA: Absolutely, yes. That is exactly what is happening. We saw early chapters of that "people power" movement in 1986 in the Philippines. We saw dramatic scenes of the same thing happening in Europe 1989 and 1990. You may remember the scenes on television. For instance one day it was Hungary and the next day it would be Czechoslovakia and the day after another country. It was an incredible expression of people power. The same thing has now been inspired in the people in the Arab countries as well as the protest in Wisconsin and other states in the US where similar protests were staged. That is exactly what we are looking for.
JF: You mentioned a modern day "Stars of Bethlehem". Was the Norway Spiral one of these stars? It captured quite a bit of media attention around the world before being dismissed, which seemed like a stretch, as a Russian missile test.
GA: A failed Russian missile test, mind you! But I've never heard of Russian missiles that are designed to look like spectacular Chinese fireworks in case their launch fails. Again, the establishment has done the public a major disservice by trying to explain away this unprecedented celestial display. According to Benjamin Creme, this was the first of a major manifestation of the four ‘star'-like spacecraft that are positioned around the Earth, to alert the world to the imminent emergence of the World Teacher, Maitreya. We were told that many such manifestations would follow, in addition to regular sightings of the ‘stars' in various shapes and colors. Spiral UFO's, as they seem to be called now, have since been reported all over the world, and they are great signs of hope for mankind.
Photographs of the "star" taken 15 January 2012 in the Netherlands
JF: How long will Maitreya be with us as Head of the Spiritual Hierarchy of Masters?
GA: For the next 2,500 years He will be at the center of our lives. Anytime we come back into incarnation Maitreya will be at the center of our lives in this world. So will be a whole host of the Masters of Wisdom around the world; there are 14 Masters back in the world already. We cannot imagine the effect the energy They embody, the ideas that comes with that energy and the cosmic nature of that energy will have on the world. Maitreya and the Masters will be available for consultation and teaching.
JF: Looking at all of the contacts between people on Earth and those from other planets, is there a universal message that is common to all?
GA: Yes, the common denominator that I found through my research of the testimonies of many contactees over six decades is the Golden Rule. I summarized it in my new book as "Life is One, so live as one… or perish." We must recognize that we are one human family and act on that realization – that is the only way we can survive on this planet.
JF: Is there anything further you would like to add?
GA: The main message in my book is that people should look carefully for correspondences and parallels between the message from the space people and the Ageless Wisdom. If you look for those parallels you will see that the nature of the space people and UFOs cannot be other than beneficent. If you compare it with the teachings coming from our own elder brothers on this planet—the Masters of Wisdom—that can be found in the major religions, but more recently in much less colored form through disciples like Helena Blavatsky, Alice A. Bailey and Benjamin Creme, you will see that the teachings from space and those from our own elder brothers are the same. They both teach us that we are one unit on this planet just as the people are one unit on other planets. We live in a cosmic brotherhood. The fact that we have forgotten about it since the time of the destruction of Atlantis doesn't change that fact. What is happening now is all this talk about inter-dimensional portals, ascension and things like that all come down to the same thing: we are on the threshold of rediscovering our true selves. And when that happens we need to understand what is happening and put it in practice.
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