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In a tiny, peaceful town in West Yorkshire, a county in England, you’ll find the Golden Lion pub. This little pub, located in Todmorden, is surrounded by picturesque rolling hills, stone cottages, and cobblestone streets. Although this sounds like the beginning of a children’s bedtime story, it most assuredly is not. This old-timey drinking house is the meeting place of a UFO society, known as the Aetherius Society.

Monthly UFO Society meetings…

Every month, like-minded people meet in the quaint Golden Lion pub to discuss their theories and beliefs on otherworldly life forms. Although there are many theories, everyone believes that we are not alone in this universe – there are other intelligent life forms here with us. Some even believe that they have walked among us! At these monthly meetings, they often host speakers that discuss their fields of expertise, be it life on mars or alien spacecraft.

Who are the Aetherius Society?

Founded by Dr. George King in the mid-1950s, the group believe that the purpose of life is to cooperate with our Cosmic Masters to help humanity to solve their Earthly problems and advance into the New Age. The group was founded after Dr. King claimed to have been in contacted by extraterrestrial intelligences, known as Cosmic Masters, in 1958. Dr. King himself served as the primary point of contact for the Cosmic Masters until his death in 1997, and it is through him that the alien overlords communicated with the Aetherius Society followers.

How is this possible?

Before founding the group, King was deeply involved in spiritual healing and was a member of various theosophically-based metaphysical groups, based in London. King was an avid follower of yoga and allegedly had mastered various disciplines such as gnani, kundalini, and bhakti. Through this practice, King is believed to have reached the stage of meditative consciousness, known as Samadhi. This is where, according to the Aetherius Society, that he developed psychic abilities.
In 1954, Dr. King claimed that whilst in this meditative trance, he heard a voice which told him “Prepare yourself! You are to become the voice of Interplanetary Parliament.” King who was working as a taxi driver at the time, was then visited by a world-famous (but unnamed) swami who instructed him to form a group that would dedicate themselves to saving the planet. The swami also provided further training in prayer, yoga, and meditation which enabled King to receive telepathic messages from Venus. King recorded the messages from this Cosmic Masters as they were channeled through him, and these recordings went on to form the core of the Aetherius Society and are largely used in their regular services.

The Belief System Of The Aetherius Society…

According to the teachings of the Aetherius Society, various religious figures actually came from different planets. Their belief system is essentially a mash-up of all major world religions, as each religious figure had different teachings to pass onto humanity. Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu, Krishna are all named as Cosmic masters who came to earth to pass on their wisdom, in a bid to help humanity solve their earthly problems. The UFO society regards these as Avatars, or the material manifestation of a divine being on earth. According to King’s teachings, Krishna is from Saturn, the home of a Cosmic Hierarchy or Interplanetary Council, whilst Buddha and Jesus are from Venus.

The Law of Karma…

The belief system of the Aetherius Society is heavily based on the ancient teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism. Followers of this UFO society believe that we are to be reincarnated after death, in a bid to learn and evolve in each of our lives. The ultimate goal is to reach a state of perfect and become a Master, continue evolving from there. This is extremely similar to the Buddhism teaching of traveling the eightfold path, with the goal of reaching enlightenment. Followers of this New Age religion believe that the Earth herself is a living entity but one that is of a much higher state of evolution and importance than humanity.

The Aetherius Society accepts and teaches alternative medicine, yoga, spiritual healing, and dowsing, like other New Age religions. The society, although not widely known, is a peaceful society without any major controversies or aggressive teachings. Their main concern is solving environmental and societal problems, which are believed to be symptoms of a larger spiritual problem. This larger problem is known as the spiritual energy crisis – a lack of spiritual energy on earth. The group regularly engages in “spiritual pushes” where they gather together to pray and meditate in a bid to draw spiritual energy, or Prana, from a secret spaceship which orbits Earth (this is shielded from earthly telescopes and radar).

Although a slightly bizarre mixture of ancient religions like Hinduism and Buddhism, The Aetherius Society, a religion with a small following is a largely peaceful group. Through love and respect for others and the environment around us, they aim to solve the earthly problems plaguing mankind for centuries, maybe their teachings aren’t so unorthodox after all? Or maybe it’s just another cult – who knows?