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Unarius is a non-profit organization founded
in 1954 in Los Angeles, California and headquartered in El Cajon, California. The organization
purports to advance a new “interdimensional science of life” based upon “fourth-dimensional”
physics principles. It is recorded that in 2003–4 Unarius centers existed in Canada,
New Zealand, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and in various locations in the United States.
Membership figures are unknown. Unarius is an acronym for “Universal Articulate
Interdimensional Understanding of Science”. The founder, and subsequent “channels” and
“sub-channels”, have written books filled with channeled dissertations from alleged
advanced intelligent beings that exist on higher frequency planes. Over 100 volumes
have been published since 1954.==History==
The group was founded in February 1954 in Los Angeles, California by Ernest L. Norman
(1904–1971) and his wife Ruth E. Norman (1900–1993).From the period of 1954–1971,
when Ernest Norman still controlled the organization, the organization defined “the mission” as
the explanation and promotion of an interdimensional science of life in the books he wrote. He
said that he had channeled the material via his psychic connections with extraterrestrial
intelligences. Between 1972–1993, while Ruth Norman guided
it, the organization experienced renewed growth and public awareness. “The mission” became
bringing Unarius to the masses. Ruth Norman granted interviews, appeared on Late Night
with David Letterman and The David Susskind Show and kept very up-to-date technologically
with a video production studio built in the late 1970s, when such equipment was still
in its infancy. Unarius video productions began appearing on Public-access television
cable TV stations all over the United States. In 2000, Diana Tumminia stated that in several
cities in Southern California, the local public access channels carried weekly showings of
Unarian films.Unarius has been featured in countless newspaper and magazine articles
as well as radio and television spots.After Ruth Norman’s death in 1993, Charles Louis
Spiegel (also known as Antares) became director, a post he retained until his death in December
22, 1999. Since Ruth Norman’s death in 1993, the organization has struggled, particularly
since 2001, when a space-fleet landing predicted by Charles Spiegel in 1980 failed to occur.Unariuns
believe in immortality of the soul, and that all people have reincarnated many times. They
also believe that our solar system was once inhabited by ancient interplanetary civilizations.
The aliens are said to be “human beings” who have lived on Earth and on other planets outside
our solar system. They are said to be more advanced than humans, spiritually and scientifically.While
the group seems to have similarity to the Aetherius Society or to Raëlism, as they
emphasize “space brothers” who will come from the stars in 33 spaceships to improve humanity,
these beliefs are not held by all Unariuns and in fact, are discounted by many as contradictory
to true Unariun principles. In his book, The Truth About Mars, Ernest
Norman claimed that the Chinese evolved from ancient interstellar migrants who began colonizing
Mars a million years ago. They are reported to have returned to Mars, where they live
in underground cities, after being attacked by natives of the Earth. A group which had
become separated did not return with them and this group branched off and formed the
various Asian racial genotypes.==Founders==
Ernest Norman claimed to have been a child prodigy, having read all his father’s (a physician
from Scandinavia) books eagerly, self-educating himself alongside his formal schooling. He
also claimed that as a child, he performed to family, neighbors and teachers unexpected
feats such as moving a heavy rabbit hutch using Archimedean principles and small logs,
building radios and winning arguments with parents and teachers at an early age. According
to Unarius, Ernest Norman was a scientist, and an aeronautical engineer from whom the
idea of the television tube was stolen.Claiming to possess psychic ability, he began his metaphysical
career reading palms and also claimed to have told women of their loved one’s whereabouts
and often deaths during the World War II years of 1942–1945. When this practice of describing
fatalities allegedly lowered morale at war plants where he worked, he left and started
to give lectures of his own philosophy in theosophical churches during the mid to late
1940s. Previous to meeting Ruth and the beginning of their mission, Ernest Norman gave psychic
readings at spiritualist churches.Ruth Norman was the oldest of eight children, born in
1900. She took many jobs early on to help support her family, and worked as a fruit
packer, and at other various jobs, including as a live-in maid. Her first marriage produced
a daughter. After this she worked at many jobs including store clerk, nanny, short-order
cook, waitress, ran a real estate office and eventually owned and managed some property.
She had purchased a motel, run a restaurant, worked at a cannery and worked in numerous
other professions during her first fifty years. Both Ernest and Ruth had experiences in Spiritualism
before the UFO theme became common in the late 1940s. By the early 1950s, mystics at
a psychic convention she attended told her that she was being followed around by long-bearded
wise men carrying books and that she would help bring in these books in her future. This
same thing had been told to Ernest by other mystics at this same convention and when the
two met and later married. Books date their marriage to 1954, and their anniversary is
celebrated by Unarius on February 14. Tumminia states that their union brought forth their
“mission”.Within weeks, Ernest began to produce, by channeling, the first Unarius book, The
Voice of Venus. Ruth was later known within the group as both “Ioshanna” (1972–1979)
and “Uriel” (1980–1993).==Early years==
Ernest Norman became a “channeler”, the process by which he “wrote” his books. Unarian channeling
is a process of relaxed contemplation in which the practitioner closes the eyes and enters
into a composed state, allowing thoughts and images to flow freely, as he or she voices
“messages” received from a supposedly higher consciousness, or “other beings” which speak
to or through him or her. Coupling “channeling” with “past life” readings, the Normans developed
a devoted following. Ernest Norman’s first books contain themes
similar to those of other metaphysical American religions and early 1950s contactees. While
the Normans had dealings with other early contactee groups, initially Ernest Norman
concerned himself with the “spiritual nature” of planets and their supposed history. He
briefly mentioned flying saucers, saying that residents of more “spiritual” worlds were
concerned about Atomic testing and responded by making their spacecraft visible and increasing
contact with Earth people in order to attract attention.Ernest Norman claimed to receive
‘transmissions’ from Mars and Venus, the homes of ‘great teachers’ and Ascended
Masters who described their cities to him.Altogether, channeled descriptions of seven spiritual
planets including Venus, claimed to be ‘advanced teaching centers’, comprise the set of books
known as the “Pulse of Creation Series”.The Normans operated out of their home, and in
the 60s and early 70s, they moved to different cities in California, eventually settling
in Escondido. During that time, Norman and Ruth claimed past lives as Jesus and Mary
Magdalene respectively, as well as other famous people. In 1970, Norman channeled his prime
lesson book for a student of the science, “The Infinite Concept of Cosmic Creation”.The
formation of the mission in February, 1954 by Ernest and Ruth Norman, led to the publication
of the “Voice Series” of books. The first book, ‘Voice of Venus’ (1956), concerned
a a psychic trip to Venus and described the advanced wonders of that civilization. Now
known as ‘the Moderator’, he explained the existence of ‘healing wards’ on that
planet where troubled souls go to recuperate from traumatic experiences. He explained this
book was not channeled in the usual type of meditative, trance-like state or in a darkened
room, but spoken normally and recorded on tape. Norman generally held modern spiritualist
and theosophical movements and practices to be backwards and less enlightened. The work
describes communication from Mal-Var of Venus who gives a tour of the Venusian capital.
In the work, Venusians are described as having “energy bodies” and living in a higher vibratory
plane that would be invisible to a human were he to stand in the middle of the capital city
known as Azure. The planet Venus and its culture are said to be more spiritual than that of
the Earth and that more advanced Earth-dwellers visit and study on Venus when they sleep.
Healing wards for human suicides, alcoholics, the mentally impaired and similar human wreckage
exist in Azure and these souls are treated with positive energy and light to help them
reincarnate with greater integration.The Voice Series consists of seven books: The Voice of Venus
The Voice of Eros The Voice of Orion
The Voice of Hermes The Voice of Muse, Unarius & ElysiumThe seven
books describe the seven planes of Shamballa, which are claimed to exist outside the conventional
atomic spectrum and are spiritual or non-physical worlds. Each plane has a specialty in the
teaching of advanced principles, for the betterment of an individual’s progressive evolution from
life to life. The planes’ specialties are: Venus – Healing
Eros – Science Orion – Education
Hermes – Philosophy Muse – The Arts
Unarius – Leadership Elysium – DevotionThese books authored by
Ernest Norman, along with The Infinite Concept of Cosmic Creation, which were a series of
13 lectures given in 1956 and later compiled into book form with seven advanced lesson
courses, constitute the early teachings and beliefs of Unarius. The Voice Series books
are written with famous past Earth denizens acting as the tour guides for these various
planes.==Origin of name==
Unarius is an acronym which stands for “Universal Articulate Interdimensional Understanding
of Science”.==Classification as a religion==
Unarius, as an organization, is strongly opposed to its common classification as a religion.
Unarians consider their teaching or beliefs as a science and not a religion and assert
that they practice a science that teaches the ‘spiritual’ understanding of high energy-physics
and reincarnation.Saliba points out that Unarius lacks the main elements that one normally
associates with religion, e.g. a hierarchical structure, priests and clergy, initiation
rites, weekly services or ceremonies. Neither do the members offer prayers to God or higher
entities. Unarius feels more comfortable with the world ‘spiritual’, and admits that
its teachings are ‘spiritual’ and that human beings have a spiritual nature. Notwithstanding,
the beliefs of Unarius do satisfy many religious criteria in that spiritual reality is taught:
humans develop their spiritual potential over lifetimes; the concept of the Space Brothers
is basically a supernatural assumption as they seem different in kind, and are empirically
unprovable; it involves a western concept of good and evil and an eastern concept of
karma; higher entities are channeled; the texts read like sacred scriptures; its system
of beliefs can explain or dispel all phenomena, and thus satisfy all questions of meaning
for adherents.. Because of this many writers regard it as a religion.Ernest Norman presents
the case against religion in several books, most notably The Infinite Contact, copyrighted
in 1960, which describes in detail the origins of Christianity as rooted in Mithraism, Zoroastrianism
and assorted ancient belief structures. Norman agreed with Karl Marx that religions were
“the opium of the people”, and yet also claimed to realize that many individuals were still
at such a point in their evolution where religions still served a positive purpose and kept them
from harming their fellowmen. Unarius calls its content and activities teaching “interdimensional
science”.==Principles and beliefs==
Unarius was established to teach the ‘fourth-dimensional science’ aka “the Science of Life” which
incorporates harmonic frequencies, karma, reincarnation, past-life memories, channeling,
and an elaborate cosmology of ‘spiritual planets.’ Central tenets of the belief system
include contact with the ‘Space Brothers’ and a millenarian prophecy that predicts a
mass landing of starships.”The Science” asserts that everything is energy: atoms, higher knowledge,
our bodies and our experiences. This energy ‘vibrates in frequencies and wave forms’.
‘Understanding’ these vibrational energies allows contact with all things: higher intelligence,
the ‘advanced teaching centers’ and our ‘past lives’. By being ‘in tune with
spiritual frequencies’ we can heal ourselves of mental and physical illness.Saliba summarises
Unarian belief under four basic themes: [1] intelligent life on other planets/galaxies;
[2] an infinite creative intelligence (God); [3] that human beings are developing into
an advanced state of consciousness; [4] the millennial hope of the advent of a landing.
According to Unarius, the purpose of the research institution is “to awaken the individual to
previous life encounters, the clairvoyant aptitude of the mind, and the reality of one’s
spiritual connection.”Practicing Unariuns hold the following beliefs: Everything is energy.
Energy is never created or destroyed, it merely changes form.
You are energy and the energy that comprises you is never destroyed, it just changes form.
You, as a form of indestructible energy, possess a soul that has recorded data from past lives.
All that is currently happening to you has their origins in past lives and past actions.
To progress one must record more positive actions than negative actions.
Negative acts must be compensated for by positive acts.
Various strata exist (outside of physical worlds) where beings of higher and lower nature
reside.These are the primary principles as explained by Norman in The Infinite Concept
of Cosmic Creation, Copyright 1956, 1960 Edition. For the practicing Unariun these are the most
important aspects of Unarius. Although the group is generally known for its predictions
regarding flying saucers landing on Earth, Ernest L. Norman stressed these scientific
core understandings as the key to personal development and mastery over material circumstances
and in one instance derided flying saucer chasers as just another manifestation of people
pursuing an “escape mechanism”.==The 1970s==
With the death of co-founder Ernest in 1971, the mission was continued by his wife and
partner Ruth. New Sub-Channels now authored the books with her. The two sub-channels,
Thomas Miller (Cosmon) and Louis Spiegel (Antares), are credited on a number of the organization’s
books starting in 1972.After a channeling revealed a lifetime lived in ancient Atlantis
with the name Ioshanna, she adopted the name Ioshanna during this period.Altogether she
claimed over 200 previous lives. Much of Unarian cosmology and lore revolves around the past
lives of Uriel.From 1954–1974, meetings were held in Ruth Norman’s home or at public
meeting facilities. In 1972, the channeled messages referred to “33 worlds of an interplanetary
confederation”. These worlds all had various problems and by communicating with Ioshanna,
many of their hang-ups were solved or on the way to resolution.Ruth became an exuberant
visionary, and with help rapidly increased the ‘messages from space’. In 1973, she
became known as ‘Uriel the Archangel’ said to be her ‘higher self’ and to stand
for Universal, Radiant Infinite Eternal Light.In November 1973, Uriel purchased 67 acres in
Jamul, California, for a proposed landing site for the Space Brothers.In 1974, in the
“Tesla Speaks” volumes, Uriel completely redefined the Unarian mission by introducing the concept
of the Interplanetary Confederation and the prophecy of a 33 vehicle spacefleet landing,
in which she began to play the role of cosmic emissary uniting the confederation. The media
joined in, the landing date was revised, and eventually pushed back to 2001. All unfulfilled
prophecies were explained as being a reliving of Unarian past lives in the Isis-Osiris cycle.In
1975, the organization moved its base from Glendale, California to El Cajon, California
where a store front center was opened. Unarius was also incorporated as a non-profit, tax-exempt,
educational foundation. In El Cajon, Uriel became well known for driving a blue 1969
Cadillac Coupe d’Ville adorned with airbrushed depictions of spaceships with a large metal
flying saucer on the roof; the car remains with Unarius and is driven every year in the
annual El Cajon Mother Goose Parade.In 1976, ‘past life’ therapy (called ‘psychic
group therapy’) became formalised as part of the curriculum, eventually became the main
activity of students, and was regarded as a healing practice. The content of Unarian
belief increased as these revelations evolved into collective biographies of members who
are believed to have acted under Uriel on Earth and many other planets throughout millennia.
Tumminia comments that this type of collective weaving of past-life narratives as a regular
practice of intersubjectivity may be unique to Unarius.Most Unariuns were skeptical about
the future predictions of a spacefleet landing, also channeled by Louis Spiegel. Many Unariuns
felt that these predictions undermined the original mission of Ernest Norman and a falling
out occurred. Circa 1980, Thomas Miller, the primary sub-channel, left the organization,
leaving Louis Spiegel as the only sub-channel. From this point forward, ever more activities
revolved around these predictions. Ruth Norman, now 80, participated less and less in the
goings on at the center and so Unariuns turned primarily to Louis Spiegel (aka “Antares”,
“Vaughn” and “Charles”) for guidance and instruction.In the early 1970s, a “Conclave of Light” celebration
was staged at the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego, California and repeated yearly at different
venues, and after 1975, at the Unarius center in El Cajon, California. Every October, they
stage their “Interplanetary Conclave of Light”, which will include a visit to the Jamul landing
site, the release of white doves, and 90 minutes of “mental communication with the Space Brothers.”In
the late 70s, Unarius started to make films and videos.==Schism==
Unarius generally has two types of students: the followers of Ernest Norman’s original
texts and works and those who believe in every channeling that occurred after his death.
The latter group is often blamed by the former for the ridicule and mockery the organization
has received by the general public since the early 1980s and more so in the Internet age
for the conversion of the group to a “flying saucer group.”==
The 1980s==The Unarius center reached its heyday in the
80s.The early eighties brought about the development of a video production studio and the marketing
of Unarius videos through public-access television cable TV channels all over the nation. From
a public relations standpoint, Unarius made big inroads during this period, with new centers
being opened up in the United States, Canada and Nigeria. During this period, the public
identity of the organization changed from one which was teaching a “metaphysical science
of life” to that of a “flying saucer group.” In 1984, Uriel declared Spiegel to have overcome
his past negative karma as the Fallen Angel, Satan, and renamed Him Antares. Subsequently,
he channeled elements of the millenarian prophecy, including a new planet Myton which would send
a spaceship in the year 2001 In 1984, Unarius also held its first annual Interplanetary
Confederation Day (later called the Conclave of Light), which commemorates the ‘union
of the planets under the guidance of Uriel’.Altogether, Uriel directed the organisation for two decades
and published over 80 books.Uriel broke her hip in 1988 and the next year her health began
to slip.==The 1990s==
Ruth Norman, after several falls and surgeries in the late eighties, had more limited physical
contact with the students and members but said she was “psychically” communicating with
them on a day-to-day basis. Uriel became bedridden, rarely visiting the
center herself, and let members know that her work was over. She died in 1993. Her death
disconfirmed a long-held prophecy that the landing would take place in her lifetime.
Her will stated that she would return with the Space Brothers in 2001. Louis Spiegel
assumed leadership in the organization. As director, Spiegel wrote many books on reincarnation
and consciousness. Unlike the Normans, he did not claim to have made ‘psychic/mental
voyages’ to other planets. He has been known to claim he’s channeling Uriel herself.After
Ruth’s death and into the 1990s, some long-term students left over disagreements with Antares.
These members wished to return focus to the original teachings of Ernest Norman and the
more scientific aspects of Unarius. Some students disputed the importance of Uriel and prophecies
concerning her.Spiegel died in December 1999, and in 2000, a board of directors formed to
guide the center. The board legitimated its cooperative authority through channeled messages,
in particular from Uriel and Antares, who are now ‘Space Brothers’. Channeling ‘explained’
that the Space Brothers are actually guiding the world invisibly and cannot become visible
until the world becomes less warlike. Routinisation of charisma in this organisation thus proceeded
smoothly, ‘channelled advice’ and the invocation of ‘past-life memories’ confirming the need
for cooperation.Students also left or became home-study students because they disagreed
with the channelings of Louis Spiegel, particularly one which claimed that it was time for Ruth,
then quite ill but still living, to return to the unseen world. This was in complete
opposition to previously expounded Unariun principle, wherein members, no matter how
far advanced, never engaged in interfering with or predicting future human activities.
Many Unariuns perceived this as a power-grab against Ruth Norman. In the belief system
of the school, this was related to a “negative reliving” of a previous existence, creating
false, negative messages.Ruth Norman has been criticized for her flamboyance and costumes
worn in later years. Alex Heard, in Apocalypse Pretty Soon: Travels In End-Time America ISBN
0-385-49852-7, quipped of her that she was, “a true American original who combined the
couture sensibilities of a drag queen with the joie de vivre of a Frisbee-chasing Irish
Setter.” Tumminia stated in the year 2000, that the
local public access channels carried weekly showings of Unarian films in several cities
in Southern California.==2001==
With 2001 having come and gone, and no space fleet landing having occurred, Unarius as
an organization demonstrates both a returning to its roots and the principles, books and
works of Ernest Norman, while simultaneously demonstrating a belief in a future landing
by extraterrestrials to assist humankind. With the passing of Louis Spiegel in late
1999, the organization has formed a small council which shares leadership and management
responsibilities.Unarius continues to be active both in the US and in several European countries.According
to Zeller, the millennial aspect of Unarius reverted to a more privatised rapture-oriented
mIllennialism after the death of Uriel. He stated that this more individualised approach
confirms the quasi-rapture orientation of Ernest Norman.==See also==
Aetherius Society Share International
New Age Theosophy

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