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As this article is being written thousands of monks, nuns and priests from various religions are reciting to themselves the prayers and petitions of their daily “offices.”  Many of them are on their knees with their heads bowed and their eyes closed, their brows deeply creased from years of deep concentration, poring over the same old, rote prayers they long ago memorized and now recite almost mechanically from heart.  After centuries of modification to the human lifestyle; after decades of rapid technological development; after the presentation of hundreds of new speculative theories on “life, the universe, and everything”, one is forced to ask: Why are these cloistered men and women still doing this?  Why do we still have monks and nuns?  Is there a valid reason for these vocations to continue? Is this merely the retention of some superstitious way of life that has somehow managed to slip through a medieval crack in the wall of time?

Where is Truth?:

The proliferation of “religions”

As this article is being written someone, somewhere, is putting together the latest encyclopedia of world religions that will contain the names and descriptions of thousands of faiths being practiced today.  In the time it takes for this person to complete and publish their encyclopedia, scores of new religions will be invented–too late to make the final cut. Questions:  Where did all of these “religions” come from?  Are all of them credible religions, or are some the devious invention of fraudulent minds?  How does one separate the fact from the fiction when making a decision to participate in something as important as one’s personal spiritual journey?

The credibility of “mass information”

As this article is being written a new spirit is sweeping over this earth.  It is the insidious spirit of a dangerous form of self-imposed naivety.  An enticing spirit that compels us to accept for truth anything and everything we read in the newspaper, see on TV, hear in church, ingest at the university, receive in the mail … simply because it’s there … with no thought of questioning the credibility of the source.

Whatever is politically correct; whatever is espoused by certain celebrities and sports figures; whatever our politicians tell us; whatever is “hip, in and groovy” at the time … these are our latest mantras, proving the depth of gullibility we have fallen to as a culture.

The nebulous boundary between right and wrong

Over the past fifty or so years there has been a complete flip-flop in nearly every ethical, moral, religious, political or spiritual belief.  What used to be “right” fifty years ago is now “wrong” and what used to be “wrong” is now “right.”  Good and evil have become confused as well.  Principles we once were willing to die for now seem “ho-hum” at best to most folks, and God forbid if we actually ever really believe in ANYTHING AT ALL … and all mainly because we simply do not take the time to research what we read, see and hear, before buying into it and making it a part of our own personal belief system.  We have become, quite frankly, a bit spoiled by the massive amounts of information and misinformation permeating every form of popular media and we believe our time to be far too valuable to even consider the possibility that much of what we are being fed is incorrect.

The retelling of old stories

In recent years scores of books have been written on various subjects of a highly controversial, if not inflammatory, nature.  You will no doubt recognize some of these titles:  The Da Vinci Code, The Orion Mystery, The Sirius Mystery, The Stargate Conspiracy, The Templar Revelation, Moses and Akhenaten, and dozens more.  Each of these books reveals a new slant on an old story.  The new slant being that the old story is not as it appears to be; that what our culture has been taught about a specific historical event or person is, in all probability incorrect, and the correct information is radically different than anything we could ever imagine.

The Sirius Mystery

Take for instance The Sirius Mystery – mentioned in an article in this month’s journal. In this example, the author, Robert Temple, proposes that the earth was visited by a superior race of alien beings from the Sirius system of stars located in the constellation of Canis Major.  This visitation took place between 7,000 and 10,000 years ago.  Many amazing things resulted from the visitation, not the least of which was the erection of the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt, which have hidden chambers and vents inside that align with these stars in the heavens.

The Orion Mystery

In The Orion Mystery, by Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert, a similar theme is given, this time concerning the Orion System.  The Orion Mystery reveals that the Pyramids were aligned perfectly with the stars in the Orion system, and they were done so for a reason.  The reason being of a spiritual/worship nature, in that they provided “the pharaohs a gateway to the stars.”  Among other things, this theory flies in the face of most of the presumptions from contemporary Egyptologists who profess the ancient Egyptians to have been sun worshippers.

The Da Vinci Code

It is doubtful that there is a living soul on earth that has not heard of the Da Vinci Code that espouses, perhaps, the most controversial theory of all.  In a nutshell, the author, Dan Brown, implies that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene who bore His child – the true “Holy Grail” – and that many of the beliefs Christians have cherished dearly for 2,000 years (concerning the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus) are false beliefs.  But just because the author “says so,” and just because his book is a runaway best seller, does that make it all true?  One of the problems with our contemporary society, is that the gullibility of the common person seems to have increased over the past few years, to the point where just about anything in print is now accepted as gospel truth without any investigation into its validity. A principle function of The Bliss-Parsons Institute is to either validate the legitimacy of such works as these, or to expose them for their shallow research, revealing any deceitful, hidden motivations for their existence.

Nevertheless, each of these books, and dozens more just like them, has started a firestorm of heated arguments that are likely to continue for years. What is the common thread that binds these works together? What is it that really makes them all so controversial?  Simply put, each author has dared to journey into areas of several time-honored belief systems, completely sidestepping – and thereby offending – the professional guardians of those beliefs.

It may not be TRUE,

but …

In The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, lures the reader into conjectures and theories that not only ignore all past historical scholarship on the life of Jesus and his disciples, but present a wild, fabricated version of events and people, leading to a conclusion that is so far off the radar screen of believability, it is almost impossible to conceive of anyone ever buying this book, let alone turning it into a mega-bestseller.

In the Sirius Mystery, Robert Temple, proposes a not so new theory that aliens may have been responsible for bringing life to this planet. In the process he goes against the grain of the current teachings on Ancient Egypt, deeply offending the egos that comprise the Old Guard Egyptologist Club, and causing him a world of professional hurt in the process.

Every single one of these controversial books has been purchased with a very expensive professional price tag to those who wrote them.  But these authors are not fazed.  They continue to write them, glutting the popular pulp markets with often-unfounded conjecture that continues to fly in the face of current scholarship from the “experts” in the various fields.

… is that so bad?

We at The Bliss-Parsons Institute are forced to ask the question “is this so bad?” A thorough research of many of the most important discoveries in the fields of archaeology, history, science, astronomy, medicine and more, have been made not by the “experts” or the professors back at the university, but by amateurs whose sole passion was and is to, simply, discover something new.

Many of the leading journals in areas such as archaeology, astronomy and history, are produced and edited not by professionals with many initials at the end of their names, but by those excited and excitable amateurs who, although they have never earned a higher degree, have such a love for the field they have chosen, that their enthusiasm is worth far more than time spent in a classroom.  To these “explorers” the field is the classroom.

Lack of orthodoxy should not lead to lack of consideration

Does this automatically make these controversial books factual in every detail, and their authors absolute experts in these areas? Perhaps not.  However, it is the consensus of The Bliss-Parsons Institute that it is not only correct that their research be taken seriously, but that it is prudent to do so. It must be noted that several of these controversial authors are certainly not “amateurs” in the strictest sense of the word. Many have the professional pedigrees allowing them at least the right to present their case, even if the case they are presenting is a bit out of the norm, or off the beaten track of contemporary scholarship.

We must remember that throughout history many of our greatest scientists, philosophers, inventors and theologians, had been persecuted by the prejudices of their own day and age.  We have only to mention the case of Galileo who was considered not only an amateur by his own peers, but was imprisoned for his “radical” and highly controversial scientific discoveries that conflicted with religious beliefs of the time. Others not as fortunate as Galileo were put to death for mere conjecture in their chosen fields.

Have we not risen above all that? Why are we so afraid of asking different kinds of questions to age-old beliefs? Are we threatened by what we might learn from the new answers?  Or are we merely afraid the new answers would crush a few egos or remove a few unnecessary jobs from a tired old market?

We are not alone

On the planet Mars there is purportedly a desolate region referred to as the Cydonia Complex. Visible within this “complex” are several not so natural looking features that some believe are the constructions of intelligent beings. Here is to be found several (rather convincing) pyramid shapes and a large humanlike face seemingly carved out of the planet’s surface. One theory is that at one time Mars was inhabited by a race of individuals who were not only highly intelligent, but who brought their culture down to Earth some thousands of years ago. The pyramids on the surface of Mars are actually the precursors to the pyramids found in Egypt, and we humans are actually of Martian descent.

Is this really so hard to believe? In The Bliss-Parsons Institute home office there hangs a poster depicting the very center of the Milky Way Galaxy. The poster states that the star clouds in the photo contain only a fraction of the 400 billion stars in our galaxy. The photo is stunning. It is impossible to count the number of stars that are represented, but they are obviously in the millions. The poster is entitled, “Is Anybody Out There?” What a wonderful question that is! Have we become so enamored by our own seemingly rapid technological development that we believe we are the only inhabitants in this universe? When we consider that there are millions of galaxies, many larger than our own, it is ludicrous to suppose that we are alone. Why is it so hard for us to admit that there are not only “others” out there, but “they” could be far superior to us, and not so “far” out there as we might expect.

Is it not conceivable that at one time there was a civilization on the planet Mars? Maybe not just like ours, but living and breathing and walking around just like we do. There are even theories which state that the Martians are still there, only they have gone under the surface of their planet to avoid detection by our hostile race.

It may not be a FACT, but it may be TRUE

Just where is the line to be drawn between fact and fiction when the fact of today used to be the fiction of the past and the fiction of today just might become the fact of tomorrow?  Who is it that we are to trust in making the final judgment in regard to the questioning of religious doctrine, the proposals of alien civilizations, the experience of life after death, metaphysical conjectures of a thousand different natures, recent research in medicine, nutrition and health? Who among us has the credentials for determining validity in these areas?

In many of these areas there really are no “experts,” so whom do we look to?  What if the Robert Temples are our contemporary Galileos? Who can prove his theories incorrect. With such detailed scholarship and research behind the theories why not, at the very least, give them a public airing?

It is the policy of The Bliss-Parsons Institute to consider such possibilities as these with an open mind.  This is not to belittle more traditional forms of scholarship or current theory that has been held as “gospel truth” for decades.  Most long held views on more conventional subject matter, perhaps as much as 95%, will indeed hold true in the long run, but what about the other 5%? What true scientist, historian, theologian, archaeologist, metaphysician, philosopher, astronomer, or whoever, would not want to explore and investigate any and all possibilities, even when the possibilities might seem laughingly remote. If they do not prove accurate upon investigation, they can be discarded. The investigator can then move on to other exciting prospects.

Separating the wheat from the chaff

The Bliss-Parsons Institute recognizes that a serious problem has been plaguing the historical, metaphysical and scientific communities in recent years; the absolute avalanche of published material borders on the absurd. The so-called “New Age” or “New Thought” publishing market is gargantuan and is overflowing with books, articles, videos and whatever that have been compiled at great haste to take advantage of the latest fad. A careful perusal of these various works reveals in most cases superficial scholarship and research, and in many cases, outright fraudulent claims. Unfortunately, because of the nature of the subject matter, that it is after all “conjecture,” just about anything goes and nothing is covered under any current watchdog laws, nor would the Bliss-Parsons Institute wish for such laws to exist or to be utilized.

Our Policy

It is the policy of The Bliss-Parsons Institute to consider, and to open for debate, any theory, book, or conjecture of a credible nature that has been substantiated by, at least in part, accurate research. It is also the policy of The Bliss-Parsons Institute to dismiss any of the above that is of purely sensational nature and lacking in valid research. For the most part we believe that it is an easy task to distinguish between the sincere and the sensational.

It is also the policy of The Bliss-Parsons Institute to expose fraudulent claims in the areas of health, medicine, diet, and general physical well being, regardless of the source.  Many fantastic claims are being made by the rapidly expanding, so-called holistic health community that are, simply, inaccurate, unhealthy, and possibly dangerous to the consumer. On the other hand, the “recognized” medical community has issued several strong warnings as well as bans on many preventative, holistic products that do not deserve such condemnation. A main purpose for The Bliss-Parsons Institute is to sort out the fact from fiction, providing only credible research from both camps so that our members will have a shortcut to the information needed for the betterment of their own lives on all levels, physical, mental, spiritual, metaphysical and emotional.

Our Goal

The Bliss-Parsons Institute is an investigative research organism that serves as an open forum wherein both professionals and amateurs alike can come together in discussion and debate with the single-minded goal of delving deeper into Truth.  To accomplish this intent, The Bliss-Parsons Institute will provide an archive of the most updated thoughts, happenings, and research in several areas of physical, spiritual, metaphysical and paranormal exploration.

No subject is taboo for The Bliss-Parsons Institute. We are an Institute of explorers and discoverers. Subjects that have heretofore been treated with disdain or disbelief by the established communities will be treated seriously until such time that they are proven inaccurate or absurd … or they are substantiated as credible areas of discourse.

Our Method

We solicit discussion and research in all fields from archaeology to extraterrestrial terraforming; from modern medicine to shamanistic healing practices; from esoteric tools of higher awareness such as Astrology, the Qabala, Tarot, the Hermetic Principles … to the more “acceptable” methods of meditation, prayer, contemplation and solitude; from the Egyptian Pyramid Mysteries to the more contemporary offshoots of the ancient “secret societies;” from Native American beliefs to the ancient Druids.

We will also be looking closely at traditional religious practices and beliefs such as: Does the singing of gospel hymns affect our health and well-being? Are church “Sacraments” truly mystical in their nature and are they beneficial to society as a whole? Are the apparitions of the Virgin Mary and similar apparitions from different cultures fact or fiction?  What are the ritual practices of various religions and do they still hold a continuing relevance for today?

WRITERS AND MYSTICS SUCH AS: Thomas Merton, Paul Foster Case, Carl Sagan, Paramhansa Yogananda, DH Parsons, Elise R. Brion, Harvey Spencer Lewis, Dion Fortune, Billy Graham, Ted Andrews, Raven Grimassi, Henry David Thoreau, M.K. Gandhi, Teresa d’Avila, and a host of others, will be presented and discussed in detail.

Our Rule

Our single rule is that credible research prevails and political or religious bias (of an unreasonable nature) is absent from all discussion and/or research. For reasons of our own credibility, The Bliss-Parsons Institute founders and staff must reserve the sole and final say in these areas, and in all areas of a controversial nature.

Our Value

The value of The Bliss-Parsons Institute lies in our own determination to advance the cause of Higher Awareness upon this planet:

  • to reveal the Truths often concealed behind a facade of glitz and jargon
  • to expose the absurd,
  • and to celebrate the wonderful

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