- George Van Tassel, contactee, who held
the first ongoing spacecraft conventions in the high desert at a place
called Giant Rock coined the term "channeling" to distinquish
this form of communication from that used by spirit mediums.
He likened this form of communication to television where different channels
convey information on different carrier frequencies. Channeling
was not telepathy and not what we now call remote viewing. George
was receptive to a beam of energy that was called a "tensor"
- This was very similar in principle to
microwave communication inducing audio signals in the human brain.
However, the tensor beam was more sophisticated according to Van and could
induce audio and visio signals so that Van could both see and hear the
source of the communication. Frequently this beam had to be tuned
as it could "heat up" various body parts if not properly
focused. When Van was ready he would indicate to the controller on
the other end (who seemed to be in a control room aboard a spacecraft)
that he was ready to switch modes so that the audio signal could now emanate through
his voice box and his voice would change in pitch and timber and sounded
like another personality. The speech was slow and deliberate.
- I have only witnessed 4 of these tensor-beam
channelers in my lifetime although many people claim to channel. This popular
channeling is usually just a person who, in a relaxed state, is getting
impressions from the subconscious and not actually hearing a voice
as if it came from a telephone speaker.
- As far as I know, despite phenomena witnessed
in conjunction with tensor-beam channeling, there has been no scientific
investigation revealing the operation and accuracy of this form of communication,
and this form of communication conveys a great deal of detail that can
be examined for accuracy. Sometimes languages other than English
have conveyed a message. Exact information (not philosophical ramblings)
are usually conveyed by this method including specific facts, numbers,
and data of many sorts. Here is the first message conveyed through
George Van Tassel in 1952 from a being calling himself Ashtar (not the
Ashtar Command or imitations) who claimed to be on board a patroling
space station. This first message was a warning that was typically
received by many early contactees of the 1950s. Shan was
their word for Earth. July 18, 1952
- Hail to you beings of Shan, I great you
in love and peace, my identity is Ashtar, commandant quadra sector, patrol
station Schare, all projections, all waves. Greetings, through The Council
of the Seven Lights, you have been brought here inspired with the inner
light to help your fellow man. You are mortals and other mortals can only
understand that which their fellow man can understand. The purpose of this
organization is, in a sense, to save mankind from himself. Some years ago
your time, your nuclear physicists penetrated the "Book of Knowledge";
they discovered how to explode the atom.
- Disgusting as the results have been,
that this force should be used for destruction, it is not compared to that
which can be. We have not been concerned with their explosion of plutonium
and UR 235, the Uranium mother element; this atom is an inert element.
We are concerned, however, with their attempt to explode the hydrogen element.
This element is life giving along with five other elements in the air you
breathe, in the water you drink, in the composition of your physical substance,
hydrogen. Their efforts in the field of science have been successful to
the extent that they are not content to rest on the laurels of a power
beyond their use, not content with the entire destruction of an entire
deity at a time. They must have something more destructive, they've got
- When they explode the hydrogen atom,
they shall extinguish life on this planet. They are tinkering with a formula
they do not comprehend. They are destroying a life giving element of the
Creative Intelligence. Our message to you is this: you shall advance to
your government all information we have trasmitted to you. You shall request
that your government shall immediately contact all other earth nations
regardless of political feelings. Many of your physicists, with an inner
perception development have refused to have anything to do with the explosion
of the hydrogen atom. The explosion of an atom of inert substances and
that of a living substance are two different things. We are not concerned
with their deliberate determination to extinguish humanity and turn this
planet into a cinder. Your materialism will disagree with our attempt to
warn mankind. Rest assured, they shall cease to explode life giving atoms,
or we shall eliminate all projects connected with such. Our missions are
peaceful, but this condition occurred before in this solar system and the
planet, Lucifer, was torn to bits. We are determined that it shall not
- The governments on the planet Shan have
conceded that we are of a higher intelligence, they must concede also that
we are of a higher authority. We so not have to enter their buildings to
know what they are doing. We have the formula they would like to use. It
is not meant for destruction. Your purpose here has been to build a receptivity
that we could communicate with your planet, for by the attraction of light
substances atoms, we patrol your universe. To your government and to your
people and through them to all governments and all people on the planet
of Shan, accept the warning as a blessing that mankind may survive. My
light, we shall remain in touch here at this cone of receptivity. My love,
I am Ashtar About George Van Tassel: Born March 12,
1910, in Jefferson, Van Tassel spent his childhood and much of his youth
in Ashtabula County. He had three brothers, Bob, Eugene and Jack. His father
Paul died while George was a child, and his mother Myrtle re-married to
Frank Hartwell. They had two children, Raymond, who died last year, and
Margaret Manyo, who lives in Seminole, Fla.
- Frank Hartwell was an insurance man and
the family fared well in the 1920s. They lived at 350 West Ave., Ashtabula.
Raymond, in a 1996 interview for the Plain Dealer, recalled his half-brother
as "the family thinker" who would read for hours and curl his
finger through his hair. Margaret Manyo recalls George as a "very,
very smart" boy. "George was, from the time he was a kid, always
inventing things," she said last week in a phone interview. "He
made a roller coaster from the top of the barn and a bob sled."
- George Van Tassel had a special fascination
with airplanes, which led him to obtain his pilot's license while still
a teenager. He dropped out of school after 10th grade and took a job at
Cleveland Municipal Airport. He hung around northeast Ohio until 1930,
and then left for California, where his uncle Glen Paine gave him a job
at his Santa Monica garage.
- It was at that garage that Van Tassel
met Frank Critzer, a German immigrant trying to make a living in the desert
as a prospector. Van Tassel and his uncle befriended Critzer by repairing
his car and stocking him with food and money for his journey. Critzer promised
to cut them in on any future mining claims.
- George as a young man in California.
- A year or so later, Critzer wrote to
Van Tassel and invited him to the area he'd been mining. Van Tassel and
Paine drove to the remote location, where they discovered Critzer living
under "Giant Rock," reputed to be the world's largest boulder.
The granite stone and surrounding ground had been held as holy ground by
the Native Americans. The rock is about seven stories high and covers 5,800
square feet of ground. Critzer had excavated about 400 square feet of space
under the rock and lived in the cool cavern year-around.
- Nothing more appears to have come of
the visit. During World War II, Critzer came under suspicion as a German
spy and was killed in a botched law enforcement raid on his dwelling in
1942. All his possessions were removed by the government. The potential
of Giant Rock remained a latent hope in Van Tassel's mind for 15 years.
- Alien encounters
- During that time, Van Tassel established
a name for himself as a flight test engineer. He worked for both Lockheed
International and Douglas Aircraft in the 1930s. He spent the World War
II years flying with Howard Hughes. It is unknown if Hughes' eccentricity
and passion for eternal earthly life (Hughes wanted to be frozen until
someone could find the cure for whatever killed him) are what influenced
Van Tassel to move to the desert. But in 1947, he packed up his wife and
three daughters and moved them onto the land surrounding Giant Rock. "He
said he got tired of the rat race because California was growing so much,"
- Critzer had established an airfield at
Great Rock, and Van Tassel reopened the field and built a cafe there. Manyo
said Howard Hughes would fly into the airport on weekends just so he could
get a slice of the pie Van Tassel's wife made. The Van Tassel family lived
a hand-to-mouth existence off the land. Although they could have lived
in Critzer's former quarters, Van Tassel housed his family in tents. It
was 1960 before electricity arrived at their Giant Rock homestead.
- UFO Space Conventions held at Giant Rock
- The remote location and spiritual significance
of Giant Rock drew seekers to the dessert. Van Tassel believed the rock's
crystalline structure possessed great channeling power by virtue of its
piezo-electric characteristics. If there was communication from another
world waiting to be received, Giant Rock was the place to tap into it.
- Van Tassel and other believers began
a weekly meditation meeting under the rock. This eventually led to what
Van Tassel believed were alien contacts received through channeling. In
August of 1953, aliens from Venus invited Van Tassel to enter their spaceship.
During his visit, Van Tassel received instructions for a machine that could
rejuvenate human cells using the natural energy found in the atmosphere.
He called the device the "Integratron."
- Construction began the following year.
Manyo said George's brother Jack assisted him although he was not privy
to the revelation and plans. Van Tassel's literature describing the project
stated that the machine's purpose was "to recharge energy into living
cell structures, to bring about longer life with youthful energy."
He theorized that the body is an electrical device, and aging was a matter
of the cells running out of power. The Integratron, capable of collecting
up to 50,000 volts of static electricity from the air, would be a multi-frequency,
electrostatic charger for the human body.
- The 16-sided dome was built of wood and
concrete and held together by glue and gravity-electrically neutral materials.
The generating core was made of copper wire. Had it been placed into operation,
candidates would have walked through the building, essentially a huge air
capacitor, while wearing white outfits. The charges, distributed over a
wide range of frequencies, would affect every cell.
- Davidson said that for disillusioned
Americans of the mid-1950s, the Integratron became a Noah's Ark, "a
vehicle or vessel that could deliver a chosen lot of followers to a secure
place. It's the dream as old as mankind to live forever and have some control
in governing our time on earth."
- Van Tassel funded Integratron construction
by using Giant Rock as a focal point for UFO Space Conventions. The first
convention was held there in 1954. Thousands attended these events, drawn
by Van Tassel's charisma and the desert location. In 1959, conferences
led by Van Tassel attracted 11,000 followers.
- "He got huge donations," Manyo
said. "There were so many people who believed in that." She said
his project received much media attention, and he was a guest on many television
talk and commentary shows. Van Tassel also was a guest speaker at many
colleges and universities throughout the country as interest in UFOs heated
up in the `60s and `70s.
- Manyo visited the site many times and
went inside the Integratron, but she never attended a UFO convention. "I
didn't want to get near them," she said. "They had a lot of kooks
who came there, even my brother said there were some he couldn't stand.
When they started getting into drugs, then he quit holding them."
Nevertheless, Manyo said the family respected George's sincerity and his
alien communication stories. "It was so authentic the way he
would tell it," she said.
- Van Tassel wrote six books about his
out-of-this-world experiences, including "I Rode in a Flying Saucer."
And he started a non-sectarian, non-profit organization for religious and
scientific research, the College of Universal Wisdom.
- Construction of the Integratron proceeded
at a painfully slow pace, but in January 1978, "Proceedings,"
the quarterly publication of the College of Universal Wisdom, reported
that the device was 90 percent complete. True to his original occupation
as a test pilot, Van Tassel planned to be the first human to experience
the power of the Integratron. But three months later, "Proceedings"
carried a photo of George Van Tassel on its cover and his death notice
inside. Bill Hamilton AstroScience Research Network http://www.astrosciences.info/
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