Mount Shasta is one of those fabled, legendary locales where mysterious tales have been handed down since before time as we know it began. Like the Bermuda Triangle or Stonehenge, there is a magic associated with this mountain in Northern California that has mystified and enchanted not just the local Native-American populace but also thousands of a certain kind of believer-the kind that believes in miracles.
“The Mysteries of Mount Shasta,” hot off the presses from Timothy Green Beckley of Inner Light/Global Communications, is a wonderful anthology of many different kinds of writings that focus on the paranormal peak. It is divided into six sections that approach the story of Mount Shasta from a variety of perspectives.
“The Mysteries of Mount Shasta” also revisits some of the disappearances of the rich and famous. While most people generally agree that Jimmy Hoffa, for instance, was rubbed out by his own cohorts in organized crime, there is still an interesting follow-up story in his case. Over the years since Hoffa went missing in 1975, a succession of Mafia hit men have claimed it was they who did the job. Certainly they can’t all be telling the truth, but the reader will still enjoy the various scenarios by which the deed may have been done.
Which ties in with a chapter written by Timothy Cridland, who presents an overview of articles from the “Los Angeles Times,” going back all the way to the late 19th century, that demonstrate how seriously the straight press used to take stories of Mount Shasta, even when they involved paranormal elements like the ancient Lemurians (the Pacific Ocean equivalent of Atlantis) and bizarre alternate theories for the origin of mankind. Cridland also relates the story of traveling businessman Edward Lanser, whose 1932 article on his supernatural experiences while stopping near the mountain was also given a sympathetic treatment by the “Los Angeles Times.” Lanser was a well-known Southern California socialite, and would have nothing to gain by appearing “kooky” in the press.The opening section deals with some of the basic history of the mountain and how it came to attract such an awed following. Included is an introductory chapter by Tim Swartz that quite nicely sketches in the origins of belief in a psychic connection between mountain and the people who have lived on its slopes. He also talks about a repository of information on Mount Shasta which has been collected and archived by a university in Weed, California.
The second section of “The Mysteries of Mount Shasta” takes up the study of specifically occult takes on the subject. One of the more interesting is the chapter written by Dr. Wendy Lockwood, who tries to set the record straight on just who actually lives inside the mountain, hidden from the prying eyes of most of the world. Lockwood says it is the home of Enlightened Atlantean Masters, from whom there is much we can learn. There is also the story told by Guy Ballard about meeting a magnificent god-like figure in a white jeweled robe while visiting the mountain.
The metaphysical/spiritual realm is the subject of the third section, and includes contributions by a channeler called Zadessa and well-known psychic Diane Tessman, who speak of the mountain’s mysteries as prompted by their spirit guides. This kind of testimony from the other world is not easy to dismiss and may be an important aspect of understanding just what the Mount Shasta phenomenon is all about.
Timothy Green Beckley himself, the book’s overall editor, contributes a chapter to the section called “The Outer Space Connection,” in which he discusses local tales of long-haired, blonde Venusians who have come to live on or in Mount Shasta. One of Beckley’s friends and associates, Helen Spitzer, tells the story of how a UFO from another world restored her husband’s lost sight when they were visiting the mountain with a friend.
Included in the various myths that have grown up around Mount Shasta are stories of a city hidden inside the mountain called Telos, a paradise occupied by advanced beings who call the place home. Channelers Sharula and Dianne Robbins give the input of their spirit guides who have many fascinating details to offer about just what this American Shamballah is really all about.
The final section is called “Personal Experiences.” Filmmaker Poke Runyon tells the story of a visionary experience on the mountain that happened while he was making a movie on location there called “Beyond Lumeria.” Strange sounds and voices were heard by writer Emma Martinelli, and New Yorker Bleu Ocean relates a spooky confrontation with the unknown while he was growing up on Mount Shasta.
Pardon my resorting to cliché, but I think it is more than apparent that “Mysteries of Mount Shasta” may indeed tell you everything you wanted to know about the mountain but were afraid to ask. The paranormal ins and outs, the history and myths, are thoroughly covered by everyone from journalists to psychics to 19th century historians to 21st century experiencers. The way the book is neatly divided into sections makes it easy to peruse at one’s leisure, jumping from chapter to chapter whenever something strikes your fancy. And if reading “Mysteries of Mount Shasta” helps to affirm your belief in miracles, it’s a bargain at any price, right?