UFOs: Space Flight, Ether And The Speed of Light

Ufos-Spaceflight-Ether-main-4-postby Meade Layne

The following paragraphs are intended as the shortest possible synopsis of the factors involved. The supporting data and reasoning are extensive and can be found in the various publications of Borderland Science Research.

The aeroforms (flying discs, “saucers”, and UFOs) are best understood with respect to their origin and nature as being EMERGENTS: that is, they emerge onto our plane of perception from a space time frame of reference which is different from ours. This process may also be described as a conversion of energy and a change of vibratory rates.

That this is so, is obviously suggested by the phenomena themselves; since physical matter, as we know it, could not withstand the speed, temperature, and strain imposed by the observed operations of the discs and other forms. This does not conflict with the apparent composition of the ‘landed’ discs.

When the energy conversion takes place, the aeroform becomes visible and tangible. It appears to be and definitely is what we call solid substance, and so remains until the vibratory rate is again converted. The “steel” of the landed disc is an etheric steel and its copper is etheric copper – since the prototypes of all our metals exist in etheric matter; nevertheless chemical analysis has shown certain radical differences. The conversion process amounts to materialization and dematerialization (“mat and demat”). “Demat” on our plane of perception would be “mat” for any consciousness functioning on the etheric level, and vice versa.

Just as there is a spectrum of sound and of color (ending in sounds we cannot hear and colors we cannot see), so there is also a spectrum of tangibility, ending in forms of matter which are too dense to be touched. The ordinary matter of our plane is a rarefaction, and the interspaces between the nucleus and the electrons are relatively enormous. The extremely dense matter of the ethers passes through earth substance freely, and almost without friction. But if the vibratory rate of an etheric object is slowed down, it becomes less dense and enters our field of perception.

With reference to our use of the word density: this word is used in different senses by physicists and demands definition, for which we cannot here take space.

Etheric matter on account of its density is subject to the play of many subtle forces, including the energic activity of thought. Any form or object of which the mind can conceive can be brought into existence by mental action, and controlled by the same means. Etheric objects are in every way as “real” as those of our own world. And there is abundant experimental evidence for the control of “mind over matter” on our own plane of perception.

The foregoing paragraph applies also to the bodies of Etherian people. Our own bodies are truly made by our minds; we identify ourselves with them and control them. The Etherian makes his own body in a somewhat similar way, but quickly and easily, and makes it in any size and form he chooses. By the same principle, he can produce the form of a sphere, a cylinder, a cube, a disc or ‘saucer’ – and any desired vibrations of color and sound.

Whether the Etherian people are “human” or not, depends entirely on one’s definition of the word human. So far as we know, they are not excarnate humans and have not lived on our planet, though often visiting it. It is a cardinal mistake to assume that their bodies, and the other ships created by them are necessarily the same as we have seen them, when they withdraw to their own planes of existence. It is a cardinal mistake to assume that they are all of the same kind and ‘race’, or of the same moral character and evolutionary development.

The ‘vehicle’ of an Etherian (whether his body or his ‘ship’) is thus essentially a thought-form (as our own bodies are also) – and a thought-form can be ‘positioned’ anywhere. The problems of space travel as we conceive them, do not exist for him – as aforementioned. By altering his vibratory rates the Disc Etherian penetrates our seas and the substance of our globe as easily as he does our atmosphere. All the aeroforms pass through each other (on occasion), and through our dwellings at will, and are (and probably always have been) invisibly present in varying numbers.

The Etherians themselves (or entities purporting to be such) have given the following account: That the first step in constructing the huge space craft (“mother ships” and others) is to isolate a cube of space (or ether) to the required vibration frequency. This etheric substance is then given the desired form, and the proper equipment is placed within it, according to its proposed station and operation … This work is done mainly by mental means: The Etherians make use of machines and apparatus, but these also are etheric constructs.

When the ‘ship’ is completed, it is placed by mental means (‘teleportation’) in any desired location (as, say, in the vicinity of our earth). So far, neither the ship nor any of these operations would be visible to us. But, if the frequency of the etheric matter is then converted to other specific rates, the ship will (or may) become visible and tangible to our senses. But there is NO “crossing of space” involved at any time. There is simply a change of location – and this is equivalent to a change of frequency or a conversion of vibratory rates.

This last principle cannot be reiterated too often. It is basic to any understanding of the whole mass of the aeroform phenomena.

These huge craft (to call them such) may be miles in dimension, or even of planetary size. Under what conditions these huge objects, hanging hundreds of miles overhead, are converted to a frequency rate perceptible to us, is, of course, unknown. But discs and other forms, discharged by mother ships, are obviously so converted, in order to operate under gravitational and magnetic conditions peculiar to our planet. Or, it may be a part of the over-all plan that these objects be made visible and tangible to us, as part of the education of the earth people.

Referring to the concept of “emergence”, it may be helpful to quote the following illustration: Suppose we have a series of concentric balls, one within another like the “Chinese eggs”. Call the central ball, No. 1, and the others Nos. 2 – 3 – 4, etc. For any given point on, say, the 6th ball, there will be a corresponding spot on both the inside and the outside of ball No. 5 and of ball No. 7 – and so on all the other balls also. Consider that each ball has its own vibration rate. Then if you wish to move any object on (say) ball 6 and place it on ball 5 or 7, you simply change its vibration rate accordingly. The object then will be located in a new place. It will not have to “pass over” any intervening space – it simply comes into existence in a new location. A change of frequency is equivalent to a change of location.

Such a statement as “I am here” means simply that I am “tuned in” to objects, sounds and colors, etc., of my surroundings. If this receptivity were altered so that “I tuned out”, the environment would disappear, but would be replaced by a different one. This would be a space-time operation and a change of location without transit of space.

Contemporary distrust of the concept of the ether is unjustified and must be left to physicists who are not indoctrinated with the literature of their own subject matter.

So far, as of this day and age, the whole mass of material on aeroforms, with some exceptions, has not produced an over-all interpretation which is at once intelligible science and sound metaphysics. Yet the interpretation reported by us and here summarized is steadily gaining ground, and we bespeak its thoughtful consideration on its own merits. It will, in the future, be expanded and altered in its details but is basically correct.


One of the principal difficulties in trying to make the “4-D” or Etheric interpretation of the discs understandable, is the idee fixee that the ether (aether) is an outmoded hypothesis. The explanation for this attitude, of course, lies in the whole history of the subject matter. But it would be easy to show, by numerous quotations, that the ether is as much a reality and logical necessity today as are protons and electrons. Note the following brief examples:

“The real electron, the part that acts, is the surrounding ether which is outside its geometric boundary; and the electron theory is the science of the properties of the ether…” (C. W. Richardson in Electron Theory of Matter).

“It may be found that the ether is, after all, what is fundamental and that electrons and hydrogen nuclei are merely states of strain in the ether”. (Bertrand Russell, in A.B.C. of Atoms).

“The foremost men of the age accept the ether, not as a vague dream but as a real entity”. (Tydal, in Light & Electricity).

It is possible that an electron is a kind of disturbance in the ether, most intense at one spot … It is equally possible that a hydrogen nucleus may be explained in a similar way”. (Russell, op. cit.)

Eddington, as is well known, says emphatically that we cannot dispense with the ether, and that in trying to do so we have to attribute properties to the interspaces and represent them by ‘a host of symbols’. The phrase ’empty space’ is meaningless and the old problem of actic in distans is still unconquered.

Now referring to the explanation we favor, that there is no “crossing of space” measured in light years, by the aeroforms, we refer again to Russell, who remarks that the process by which an electron changes its orbit is inexplicable – since it happens instantaneously contrary to all known physical laws. “Perhaps”, (he says) “there is NO intervening space …” In like manner the ether ships emerge from one into another frequency, and thereby appear in a different place. There is no ’empty space’ to cross, and hence no time required for transit.


(NOTE: The term vibrasonics refers to the upper stages of the sound spectrum or harmonic scale, beyond ultra-sonics. The word was coined by R. R. Russell, in his article in Flying Saucer Review (Lon.) for Nov.- Dec., 1955.*

(The following paragraphs are an Addendum to Borderland Science Research material relative to the phenomena of the aeroforms (UFOs). Mr. Russell’s substantial agreement with our Etheric interpretation is the result of his own independent investigation and study).

It is true that a few human beings (‘Earthians’) have entered the Discs and other aeroforms and have taken short rides in them. But no earthian has travelled in an aeroform in free space, or has visited the Moon, Mars, or Venus or any other planet while in his normal physical body.

Such flight into free space or within the solar system may be possible in theory at least, provided the physical body be pre-conditioned, by a time-measured dosage of high frequencies (ultra-sonic or ‘vibrasonic’).

Persons who have travelled for short distances in the neighborhood of the earth have been exposed to the ultrasonic frequency field which surrounds the craft in flight, and may have been conditioned without their own knowledge.

The high frequencies referred to are generated by small electronic devices. Many mechanisms are employed by the Etherians, (as by Earthians) merely as a matter of convenience but not from necessity.

True space flight, if achieved by a human even under the protection mentioned, would result in amnesia and serious physical disorders. The conditioning itself affects the blood stream and the bone marrow. Further, the ‘subconscious’ or unconscious mind of the human is deeply conditioned to all factors of earth life, and will be unable to accept the immense frequency changes, even though the conscious self may give consent.

The ultrasonic frequencies convert the aeroform and the bodies of persons inside them, to the frequency of light waves. Under these conditions, the Etherians retain full consciousness and full control of their ‘ship’, but no earth person could survive them, except by such preconditioning as has been mentioned; and even so it is doubtful that he could return to normal earth life.

Etherian craft in free space (or where desired) travel at the speed of light waves, or greater: there is no limit to the ‘speed of light’ in free space. This ‘travel’ is a matter of conversion of frequency rates and can be controlled by mind energy and by the use of ultrasonic (electronic) apparatus. These frequencies can act as a gravity screen or shield. This statement will be verified by earth scientists and it is unnecessary to point out its extreme importance.

Conversion to ultra-sonic frequencies affects all parts of the human body at the same instant and the Etherians experience no ill effects. They travel as conscious living light waves where the ‘crossing’ of inter-stellar distances is concerned. More correctly, there is no transit of space, but only the change of frequency which is equivalent to a change of location.

An aeroform at rest is surrounded by a super-sonic field; when in flight it produces an ultra-sonic or vibrasonic field. These craft pass easily through each other and through other objects, and can penetrate the sea and the seeming solidity of the earth, merely by converting their frequency rate as the situation may demand.


If the speed of light is, as Einstein contended, a maximum and a constant for the universe, then an ‘ether ship’ or any other object which attained this speed would have no dimensions, but an ‘infinite’ mass. If this is correct, it is obvious that any object or being attempting to ‘cross’ interstellar spaces would be held to a speed much below that of light. Since such distances are computed in light-years, the time required for such transit might run into centuries.

The scientifiction writers who love to dart about the stellar immensities with the joyous abandon of junebugs never openly admit that they are colliding with Professor Einstein’s mathematics – in addition to the meteorites, bolides or what-have-you.

The distance from our system to Arcturus, for example, is said to be about 32.6 light years – and a light-year is about 182,000 x 60 x 60 x 24 x 365 miles. Give your Sunday-supplement aeronaut even a third of the light-speed and see how long his trip would take him. On behalf of the science-fiction addicts at any rate, some way must be found to wiggle out of this.

But according to our various planetary visitors, who get here in no time at all even from “beyond the galaxies”, this wiggle or wriggle is a simple matter. They just don’t believe in Einstein – at least when he says that the ‘speed of light’ is a maximum. They are aware that to ‘be somewhere’ – in some given place – means to be ‘tuned in’ on the frequencies of that place. When you tune-in or tune out you respond to a different environment – as ‘any fool can plainly see’ – to quote Al Capps. Also, ‘you are where your consciousness is’ – if you’ll pardon the metaphysics.

So, what these etheric people are really doing, is not discrediting Einstein, but making a masterly detour. They’re not talking about motion at all, nor about transit of space. They’re talking about being here and then being there.

And this seems to be the place to mention that there is no world-wide or science-wide agreement about the speed of light being a maximum. There is, in fact, what seems to be good evidence that radiesthetic energy is far ‘faster’. We got into this little essay on account of what lately appeared in the Metaphysical Digest (Vol. iii, No. 2); and here it is:

“The implications are vital. Once again we have found that, contrary to expectations, we have an effect that influences light, but is not light in the ordinary scientific sense. The speed of radiesthetic energy assessed by comparitive methods, came out at some 200,000 times that of normal light … Does not radiesthetic energy, psychic energy, thought energy, all transcend space-time as we know it by purely physical methods?”

In his book called Space Travel, Harold Goodwin remarks: “The Einsteinian conclusions are not entirely a matter of pure theory. When atomic particles are accelerated in the cyclotron, they do gain mass. Wouldn’t it be rather odd if one of them some day exceeded the speed of light?”

Yes, indeed, Mr. Goodwin – but the world seems to be full of very “odd” happenings.

Mr. Goodwin then goes on to remark that: “The constancy of the speed of light has been challenged recently. Some researchers have found cyclic changes within 14 miles per second and there seems to be daily variations. An European scientist who has studied the subject for over a quarter of a century, M. de Bray, says that the alleged constancy of light is unsupported by observation. Physicists generally do not accept this point of view. They feel that the variations are due to factors other than changes in the velocity of light itself. If there should be variations, however, relativity becomes as dead as the ether – which most scientists have also defended.

Too bad that Mr. Goodwin had to drag in that alleged demise of the ether ‘theory’ – since one could fill half this page with names of physicists who do not agree with him, and do agree with “it” subject, of course, to careful definition of the word ether and its derivatives.

However, Mr. Goodwin appears to approve of the concept of a space warp, which is said to change the geometry of the gravitational fields between celestial bodies. This would change the coordinates (position) of an object (say, a space-ship) and apparently avoids the idea of motion or transit, at least in ‘occupied’ space. So, it may be that the operations of etherian physicists will eventually be approved of by ‘earthian’ scientists also – which will be a great relief to all concerned.

I think I have said enough here, even in our school-boyish simplicity, to suggest that the concept of emergence, and of conversion of energy-frequencies in connection with the extraordinary phenomena of the aeroforms, is quite capable of serious scientific defense, even by ‘earthian’ physicists. A few well-chosen words from Bertrand Russell may give food for meditation:

“It may be found that the ether is, after all, what is fundamental, and that electrons and hydrogen nuclei are merely states of strain in the ether…It is possible that an electron is a kind of disturbance in the ether, most intense at one spot…It is equally possible that a hydrogen nucleus may be explained in a similar way…”

Referring to the explanation we offer, that there is no ‘crossing of space’ measured in light years, by the aeroforms, Russell remarks that the process by which an electron changes its orbit is inexplicable since it happens instantaneously, contrary to all known physical laws. “Perhaps” – he says – “there is NO intervening space…”

In like manner the ether ships emerge from one frequency into another, and thereby appear in a different place. There is no “empty space” to cross, and hence no time required for the transit.

Eddington, as is well known, says emphatically that we cannot dispense with the ether, and that in trying to do so we have to attribute properties to the interspaces and represent them by a ‘host of symbols’. The phrase ’empty space’ is meaningless and the old problem of ‘action at a distance’ is still unconquered.

As to space, which is bound up with time, it is not an objective entity at all, but a concept based on the idea of geometrical points. But it is used by writers in a half-dozen senses and in no-sense and nonsense, always without attempt at definition. Here, once again, discretion is the better part.

*All quotes from Russell are from The ABC of Atoms.

Excerpt from Coming Of The Guardians

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