Professor Courtney Brown directs The Farsight Institute, whose mission, he says, is “to demonstrate scientifically to all of us that we humans are more than our physical bodies, and that life exists on both the physical and subspace (nonphysical) realms.” Brown is convinced that some of these mysterious entities with whom psychics make contact are here on planet Earth and that they are actually extraterrestrials (ETIs). He even claims to have made psychic contact with them himself.
Unfortunately, Dr. Brown is relying on his brand of “science” instead of the Bible and has fallen into serious error, which we will discuss in the next chapter. On an Art Bell radio program on November 19, 1996, Brown said: “In our view, what people really need is the truth about … the new scientific understanding of our composite nature … soul and body. Finally, people need to know that The Farsight Institute is dedicated to researching and teaching about our essential nature on the level of explorations into consciousness. … We are at a turning point in our human evolution. … Finally, one day nearly everyone will recognize that the great debate as to who we are and why we exist has been significantly resolved. This, indeed, is our mission.”
Here we have the new “scientific” idea that one must reach a “higher state of consciousness” in order to perceive things as they really are. Yet an altered state of consciousness allows demonic entities to take over and begin to operate the brain to create a universe of illusion. This was obviously a major problem of the “Heaven’s Gate” cult, 39 of whose members committed suicide together in Rancho Santa Fe, near San Diego, California, in late March 1997. They imagined they had received “transmissions” from the “next Level” which told them that it was time to “move on” in their evolutionary journey to perfection and that if they left their bodies behind they would be picked up by a giant UFO accompanying the comet Hale-Bopp.
Other UFO groups have been receiving similar data. Dr. Brown published on his website in late 1996 a statement titled “The Interdimensional Portal.” It declared that Scientific Remote Viewing “seemed to suggest that there is some type of interdimensional portal or gateway near Earth that is being used for transportation purposes.” Whether that statement served to encourage the Southern California cult to make themselves ready for “transport” through suicide will perhaps never be known.
These were highly intelligent people who had tried to follow “science” instead of the Bible in their dealings with what they thought were extraterrestrials. If they actually did receive psychic messages, the entities sending them must have been demons determined to destroy them.
Members of the cult believed that the kingdom they were seeking and to which they thought they were being transported by suicide was “an evolutionary level above human.” And they had been deceived into believing that Hale-Bopp’s approach to Earth signaled their time of departure. In their position paper on suicide published on their website we see once again the key role that evolution plays in the occult:
“The joy is that our Older Member [the reference is to their understanding of Jesus] in the Evolutionary Level Above Human (the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’) has made it clear to us that Hale-Bopp’s approach is the ‘marker’ we’ve been waiting for—the time for the arrival of the spacecraft from the Level Above Human to take us home to ‘their World’—in the literal Heavens.
“Our 22 years of classroom here on planet Earth is finally coming to conclusion —‘graduation’ from the Human Evolutionary Level. We are happily prepared to leave ‘this world.’ … If you study the material on this website you will hopefully understand our joy … [and] may even find your ‘boarding pass’ to leave with us during this brief ‘window.’
“We are so very thankful that we have been recipients of this opportunity to prepare for membership in Their Kingdom, and to experience Their boundless Caring and Nurturing.”
The obvious sincerity reflected above reveals the power of demonic entities to deceive, entities with whom this group had apparently been in communication through psychic means for more than 20 years. Even some former cult members still hold to its bizarre beliefs. When interviewed by CBS’s 60 Minutes, one former member, whose wife was among those who died, expressed regret that he hadn’t been there to “leave this world” with them. He told KQED-FM in San Francisco:
“I don’t think of them as dead. Well, the bodies, yes. But these are shells behind. I believe they are on a [space] craft somewhere. … To move into bodies that had been prepared for them … of a finer nature—androgynous, sexless. It’s an evolutionary step … I don’t consider it suicide.”