The Meeting: May 7, 1958
Dr. Sadler was well aware of the curiosity of the ministerial team in the origin of the Urantia Papers, as well as their interest in the technique by which they were materialized. At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Sadler informed the ministers that although he was not permitted to tell what little he knew about the materialization of the Papers, there was nothing to prevent him from explaining the way the Papers were not materialized. He offered a paper that listed every imaginable form of subconscious mind or psychic activity. (See below). At the bottom of the paper was a note reading: “The technique of the reception of The Urantia Book in English in no way parallels or impinges upon any of the above phenomena of marginal consciousness.”
Dr. Sadler went on to explain that, as nearly as he could determine, the appearance of the Urantia Papers was associated with some form of superconscious — not subconscious — activity.
During the meeting, Dr. Sadler candidly discussed any questions the ministers asked him. However, he made it clear that he would not talk about two things: the name of the individual who was used in some undisclosed way for the materialization of the Papers, nor would he discuss the details of the materialization. Dr. Sadler explained that the small group, known as the “Contact Commission,” that had interfaced with the contact personality and the Revelators, had been required to take vows of secrecy about these subjects. Sadler was asked why these restrictions were imposed. He gave these reasons:
“. The main reason for not revealing the identity of the contact personality is that the revelators did not want any human being — any human name — ever to be associated with The Urantia Book. They wanted the Revelation to stand upon its own declarations and teachings. They are determined that future generations shall have the book wholly free from all mortal connections—they do not want a new St. Peter, St. Paul, Luther, Calvin or Wesley. The book does not even bear the imprint of the printer who brought the book into being.” [NOTE: A printer traditionally includes a small imprint of their identity on large publications. In this case, R.R. Donnelley & Sons was requested to waive this identification.]
“. There is much connected with the appearance of the Urantia Papers which no human being fully understands. No one really knows just how this revelation came to appear in written English. If anyone should tell all he really knows about this [sic] technique and methods employed throughout the years of getting this revelation, such a narration would satisfy no one — there is simply too much missing”
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