Enter the strange world of the Aetherius Society, via Mel Magazine:
In 1954, a London cabbie named George King received a telepathic communication from an extraterrestrial intelligence named Master Aetherius: “Prepare yourself! You are to become the voice of Interplanetary Parliament.” This message, delivered from the planet Venus, was the first of hundreds of similar communications King allegedly received over his lifetime — some telepathically, some while in a trance. In 1955, King’s experiences inspired him to found the Aetherius Society, a religious group “dedicated to spreading, and acting upon, the teachings of advanced extraterrestrial intelligences.”
King soon anointed himself as “Primary Terrestrial Mental Channel,” and devoted his life to cultivating the unorthodox theology of his religion. One of the core the beliefs of the Aetherius Society is that extraterrestrial life exists, and that aliens are highly evolved spiritual beings known as “Cosmic Masters.”
Occasionally, these extraterrestrials will take human form and visit us on earth, spreading spiritual guidance across the globe. Examples of Cosmic Masters include Buddha, Sri Krishna, Confucius and Jesus. The spiritual work of the Aetherius Society revolves around five “Cosmic Missions,” which are rituals designed to cooperate with these Cosmic Masters, and heal the world through prayer.
In 1959, King moved to Los Angeles to found the American headquarters of his movement, determined to spread his beliefs in “Gods From Space,” UFOs, spiritual healing and psychic powers. That same year, King appeared on a BBC talk show to discuss his new religion. During the program, King psychically channels the Master Aetherius, writhing theatrically as Aetherius “speaks” through him. Aetherius confirms that aliens travel the universe in flying saucers and that the earth faces a dangerous situation because of “deviation from spiritual laws” and “atomic experimentation.”
It may seem unfathomable that King’s ideas would gain traction, but looking at world history during this time suggests some reasons why his message may have resonated…
[continues at Mel Magazine]