Astronaut Edgar Mitchell recently came by for a visit and tour of Fantasy of Flight. He was the sixth man to walk on the moon and the Lunar Module Pilot for the Apollo 14 mission. After successfully landing on the moon and departing, his job was basically done. On the trip back to Earth he sat in thought as the capsule rotated for cooling purposes from the suns rays.
While looking out the window, he saw the Earth, then the sun Sun, then the Moon . . . every three minutes . . . for three days. At some point, he had a very transformational and mystical experience which changed his whole perspective of life. As a direct influence from this experience, he founded the Institute for Noetic Sciences to study human consciousness.
But there’s somewhat of an interesting twist of synchronicity to our stories. When Edgar founded IONS in Petaluma, CA, he also found interested people to help support and realize his dream. As it turns out, and I didn’t know this until several years ago, the chairman of the Board of Directors for IONS for the first twenty years . . . was the lawyer that negotiated my famous geologist grandfather’s oil-royalty in Australia. It has been my grandfather’s generosity that has allowed me to share my passions and good fortune with others. Small world!
Edgar is also well known for his outspoken views on UFO’s and getting the government to disclose what they “really know” about them and alien life forms. While giving Edgar a tour through my offices, I couldn’t help but take a picture in front of one the doors where the bathrooms are located, of which there are four. One is for Ladies, one for Gentlemen, one for Angels, and one for Aliens. In my world, you just never know who might stop by!
Small world? Hey, maybe it’s a small Universe!