probably assume it is just another lamentation of the ongoing Corona pandemic
and all the problems caused by the forced quarantine most of us have to endure. Well,
you are in for a surprise, this is about an entirely different sort of
quarantine, a central theme in the Esoteric Tradition, what I use to call the
Alcatraz theory. The assertion that our planet is a sort of interplanetary
Alcatraz, a quarantined prison world where the scum and criminals of other
planets have been placed to work out their own destiny. An interesting point is that this claim was
also presented by several of the first generation UFO contactees.
The flying saucer model placed outside the Köping UFO exhibition 1978
During the Summer of 1978 UFO-Sweden arranged a
large UFO exhibition in Köping, a town in the middle of Sweden. This exhibition was also arranged for several years. The
inauguration speech in 1980 was delivered by Anders Gernandt, former member of the
Swedish Parliament och very interested in the UFO enigma. During the speech
Gernandt stated his belief that ”Earth is the Kumla-prison of the Universe”. He
was referring to Sweden´s largest prison facility at Kumla. This statement
probably raised a few eyebrows. Not many of the listeners were aware of the
history of the interplanetary Alcatraz idea, but it can be found referred to in the
most unlikely writings. Famous Swedish author August Strindberg wrote in En blå
bok (1913: ”… the earth is a prison for those who have committed crimes in
heaven, we are all rascals…” (Zones of the Spirits. A book of Thoughts, p.
Vestmanlands Läns Tidning, May 25, 1980
Moscow, summer 1933. Journalist and author Arthur Koestler
is relaxing at Café Metropoles. He has been sent to the Soviet Union to write
about Stalin´s first Five-Year-Plan. After a few Vodkas his mood changes and he
becomes painfully aware of the acute misery of human existence on this planet.
Instead of an article on the Five-Year-Plan he starts formulating a fantasy on
the Metropole´s napkins. This fantasy, a drama, was published as Twilight Bar
in 1945. Two interplanetary visitors, Alpha and Omega, suddenly arrive on Earth
with a mission to find the worst and most unhappy planet in the Universe. They
find it – Tellus. Alpha and Omega give the governments three days to change the
situation. If not, humanity will be wiped out and another civilization take its
place. The drama ends one hour before the three days have expired.
many references to Earth as a very special type of quarantined prison planet:
purgatorial world among the planets evolving intelligent life. Hate,
selfishness and cruelty rise from many parts of it like a dark mist.”
(Orfeo Angelucci, The Secret of the Saucers, p.24).
”I may tell you that to the entities of certain
other worlds Earth is regarded as ´the accursed planet´, the ´home of the
reprobate, fallen ones´. Others call your Earth the ´home of sorrows´. For Earth´s evolution is evolution through pain, sorrows, suffering and the illusion
of physical death. Belive me, all evolutions are not similar to Earth´s,
despite the present beliefs of your scientists.”
(Orfeo Angelucci, The Secret of the Saucers, p.43)
“…centuries ago, in a meeting among the
teachers of wisdom on many planets, it was decided to ship such selfish ones to
new planets capable of maintaining human life… Earth in our system was chosen
for the new home of these unruly ones from many planets inside and outside of
our system. These exiles were what you on Earth call trouble-makers.”
(George Adamski, Inside the Space Ships, p. 180).
this earth, as well as to some other worlds set aside for this purpose… These
guardians of space, our Brothers, are continually doing all they can in many ways
to benefit mankind, although they could do much more if this was not a
(Kelvin Rowe, A Call at Dawn, pp. 38, 60).
In the Esoteric Tradition this theme is often
mentioned and interested readers can find hundreds of quotes referring to the
Alactraz idea expressed in various contexts:
Alice Bailey, often refers in his books to “…the unhappy little planet
of suffering which we call the Earth” (Discipleship in the New Age, p.
649) or “…this planet of suffering, sorrow, pain and struggle”
(ibid. p. 385) and that this is part of a large experiment. We are also told
that “conditions of agony and of distress such as are found on our planet
are found in no such degree in any other scheme.” (A Treatise on Cosmic
Fire, p. 416).
explicit when writing about la condition humaine on this planet:
”Our planet (Terra) is the only planet in the solar
system where organic life is possible. On other planets, man’s lowest envelope
(49:5-7) is an aggregate envelope and not an organic one. As a rule there is
only one such planet in each solar system. That planet is in fact given a
special task. Organic life is the life that is the most unsuitable to
consciousness development. The organism is an envelope of suffering with its
potentials for disease, disablement, and general helplessness. It is to such
planets that monads are transferred from other planets, monads that have a
repulsive basic tendency and thus instinctive hatred, which renders evolution
so enormously difficult.
(Henry T. Laurency, Knowledge of Life Two, Conscious Development, 7.2.9).
solar system but also in the greater globe comprising seven solar systems.
Nowhere has such a mass of monads of repulsive basic tendency been gathered,
nowhere has the tendency to selfish individual character been so intense.
Nowhere has mankind incurred such a bad reaping by bad sowing. Our planet is
the star of sorrow in our cosmic globe.
(Henry T. Laurency, Knowledge of Life Two, Consciousness Development, 7.17.6).
part of the universe can be found in writings of authors perhaps not expected
to harbour such ”irrational” and heretic views. On November 17, 2013 British
author Doris Lessing died, aged 94, at her home in London. She was awarded the
Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007. Once asked what she considered her foremost
works she answered that it was the five novels collectively known as Canopus in
Argus: Archives, written between 1979-1983. This was a surprising answer to all
who were not aware of Doris Lessing´s profound interest in mysticism and
esoteric traditions, especially Sufism. That the Sufi tradition was an
important philosophy and the ideological basis of many of her later novels was
totally missed in the obituaries and articles in the Swedish press.
interstellar intervention with the aim to accelerate the biological and
cultural evolution of Earth (Shikasta). Early in Earth history
extraterrestrials from Canopus visited our planet and tried to civilize the the
primitive inhabitants with genetic engineering and cultural influence. After a
cosmic catastrophe contact is partially broken and another group arrives with
evil intentions, spreading violence, hate and destruction. Both groups
infiltrate their agents on Shikasta and the story is presented through the eyes
of George Sherban, a Canopus agent.
After Shikasta there were four more volumes in the
series. Anyone acquainted with the esoteric tradition will immediately
recognize ideas and themes from the Ancient Wisdom. Volume three, The Sirian
Experients, is especially interesting because of Doris Lessing´s preface:
“I think it is likely that our view of ourselves as a species on this
planet now is inaccurate, and will strike those who come after us as inadequate
as the world view of, let´s say, the inhabitants of New Guinea seems to us.
That our current view of ourselves as a species is wrong. That we know very
little about what is going on. That a great deal of what is going on is not
told to ordinary citizens, but remains the property of small castes and
In a further comment Doris Lessing´s interest in
both UFOs and the esoteric tradition becomes even more explicit: “I would
not be at all surprised to find out that this earth had been used for the
purposes of experiment by more advanced creatures… and that there might have
been a science in the past which we have forgotten… that we may be enslaved
in ways we know nothing about, befriended in ways we know nothing about… As
for UFOs, we may hardly disbelieve in what is so plentifully vouched for by so
many sound, responsible, sensible people, scientific and secular”.
The Alcatraz idea is
fascinating but not very comforting. In the Esoteric Tradition we are told that
evolution on this planet is especially tough but makes us specialists in
handling excessive and organized evil. We can if doing the right thing become a
sort of interplanetary Navy Seals or Special Operations Forces. Earth is a hard school and
not the nicest place to be stranded on. John Keel expressed it in his own
very special way: ”The earth is not inhabited. It is infested”