The Spiritual Signiﬁcance of UFOsA lecture by Don Elkins Copyright © 2008 L/L ResearchLecture by Don Elkins
, given at Jefferson Community College
April 21, 1981(Please note that this is a transcription of the cassette recording, â
œThe Spiritual Signiﬁcance of UFOs, which can be ordered from L/L Research. You canread about this cassetteL/LResearch.com.)
This lecture was offered by Donald Tully Elkins just four months after the beginning of L/L Research’s contact with those of Ra. The reader can seea bit of the Ra slant on things in his presentation. However the concepts which the Ra group enunciated so well are present also in many other, earlierConfederation channelings which our research group had been collecting since the mid-ﬁfties and creating in our own group since 1962.Don was thoroughly grounded in the entire range of UFO research, up to but not including the multitude of conspiracy theories, which he did not feel hadmuch impact on the area he quickly became convinced was the richest vein of ore in this area of research: the spiritually or metaphysically oriented UFOmessages and their implications.This speech was given to an audience of seven, including myself, and was recorded on a cheap tape recorder which was placed on the ﬂoor close to Don ashe spoke in the large, nearly empty lecture theater. The recording was corrupted in places by interference from a radio station which broadcast its signalfrom the top of a high-rise building in the same downtown Louisville neighborhood as the college. An advantage of reading this text version over listeningto the recording is that the reader does not have to ﬁlter Don’s voice out from the music which inadvertently accompanies his words from time to time!I have often wished I had recorded Don’s talks more often. He gave multitudes of them, and I never tired of listening to him, for he was a born storytellerand a man of great charm, wit and articulateness. However, Don was a relatively young man, born in 1930 and at this time only 51. No one could guess thatwe would lose his voice so soon. Don died only three years later.At the time, Don was a bit concerned that his audience was so small, and in the Ra sessions, you can ﬁnd this question to the Ra group concerning this issuein Session 48, which was recorded on April 22, 1981. Don asked:My lecture yesterday was attended by only a few. If this had occurred during a UFO ﬂap, many more would have attended. Since Orionentities causethe ﬂaps, what is Orion’s reward for visibility, in that they actually create greater opportunities for the dissemination of information such as this informationat those times?The Ra group replied:This assumption is incorrect. The ﬂaps cause many fears among your peoples, many speakings, understandings concerning plots, cover-ups, mutilations,killings and other negative impressions. Even those supposedly positive reports which gain public awareness speak of doom. You may understand yourself as one who will be in the minority due to the understanding which you wish to share, if we may use that misnomer.We perceive there is a further point we may posit at this time. The audience brought about by Orion-type publicity is not seeded by seniority of vibration toa great extent. The audiences receiving teach/learnings without stimulus from publicity will be more greatly oriented towards illumination. Therefore,forget you the counting.In [any] event, we have sold hundreds of recordings of this talk, and the text’s presence on our web site will make it available literally to millions more. Thecounting has taken care of itself!
What I’m going to do is ﬁrst tell you what is known about UFOs.I’ve been at this business for a long time. I got interested in UFOs in 1948. Maybe some of you remember Tom Mantell, who was killed ﬂying an F-51because a UFO was sighted ﬂying near Fort Knox. I was a student pilot in the Elkins Mantell Flying Schoolat Bowman Fieldwhen he got killed. So
I was greatly interested in UFOs starting in 1948. I didnâ
™t really get to devote much time to research in that area, and related areas, until 1955.In1955 I really went to it and I’ve been researching the subject ever since.This phenomenon has been reported since the early 50’s. The scientiﬁc community in general looked at most of the reports of people being taken on boardUFOs in the early 50’s as reports of kooks or nuts because they were just too anomalistic for the reports to come anywhere close to ﬁtting into the scientiﬁcview of reality that everyone had then and most people have now.The scientiﬁc view of reality has changed quite a bit for the people who have been deeply into UFO studies. For instance, Dr. Heynek, who was hired bythe Air Force in 1948 to study UFOs, went in as a total skeptic. He thought that UFOs were probably weather balloons, mistaken Venus sightings, andthings like that. At the time he ﬁnished his work with the Air Force in 1968, he was totally changed in his opinion. I know this because I talked to himseveral times. In fact, the last time I talked to him was about two weeks ago, in Chicago.Currently he has a completely different view of the physical universe, brought about by his investigation of the UFO phenomenon. Most of the people whohave been investigating UFO phenomena deeply, that is, really putting some time into discovering what is available in hard data, hard evidence, have