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A Personal WATS Line to the God of Your Choice

August 16, 1987

Undated (AP) _ Exemplifying the do-your-own-thing spirit of the 1960s, believers in ″harmonic convergence″ greeted the dawn Sunday with Buddhist chants, pop music, their own versions of Indian rituals and heartfelt hugs. A few made sure to wear some flowers in their hair.

″The possibility is there now for anyone to receive a personal WATS line to their own god or goddess,″ said Bob Thibodeau, a psychic astrologer and owner of the Mayflower Book Shop in Berkley near Detroit.

″It’s a nice happening,″ said Anthony Rendina, who happened by a convergence at Goat Island near Niagara Falls. ″I wish I understood what it was all about.″

To believers, the two-day convergence was a time to synchronize with new vibrations and launch a period of cleansing to prepare the Earth for contact with alien intelligence in the 21st century.

They gathered at sites such as Chaco Canyon, N.M., Mount Shasta in California, at Enchanted Rock in Texas and Serpent Mound in Ohio, at Glastonbury, the English city of King Arthur, and at the massive Pyramid of the Sun in San Juan de Teotihuacan in Mexico.

A few camel drivers and tourist guides looked on curiously as a young man in white shorts and a glittering shawl danced near the pyramids at Giza, Egypt. ″I am God, I am God,″ he shouted.

″They’re not completely mad,″ tourist bus driver Nasser Said commented about the 40 convergers at Giza. ″They have different beliefs, but are very nice people who believe in peace.″

″It’s the possibility of people dropping their masks and saying hello, perhaps really able to be happy with no manipulation or fear,″ said Theo Hedding, who had come to Chaco Canyon from Cape Town, South Africa.

Some pilgrims had tears in their eyes as the sun rose behind Mount Shasta. Strangers hugged, friends held hands.

″Oh, I feel a tremendous energy from the universe - I’m inspired,″ cried a 37-year-old Portland, Ore. woman, who said her name was Tserling.

Mount Shasta district forest service ranger Ken Showalter estimated as many as 6,000 people were on the mountain, and license plates indicated some had come from New York, Massachusetts and Florida.

At one place on Mount Shasta, about 30 people formed a circle, threw their arms around each others’ shoulders and meditated. One woman shouted, ″Let’s have a hug,″ and they did.

Nearby, a few Buddhist practioners put their heads together and voiced the ″omm″ syllable used in attention-focusing exercises.

About 750 people who gathered at Terrapin Point on Goat Island, overlooking the American and Horseshoe Falls, stretched their arms toward the rising sun in an ″Iroquois purification ceremony.″

The convergence was popularized by Jose Arguelles, an art historian who wrote ″The Mayan Factor: The Path Beyond Technology.″

According to the theory, the convergence Sunday and Monday begins a period of cleansing which will last at least until 1992 to prepare the Earth for contact with alien intelligence in the 21st century.

Arguelles said he needed a minimum of 144,000 convergers Sunday ″to create a field of trust, to ground the new vibrational frequencies.″

At sunrise, Arguelles and his family put out a fire at a camp near Boulder to symbolize the end of the old cycle. Then he blew a conch shell 144 times.

″It’s everybody’s time to do what feels right and get in touch with the energies of the earth and the energies of the universe,″ he said.

″This is absolutely a fantastic vibrational time,″ said the Rev. Edward J. Moret, founder of Alpha Course for Psychic Development in New Haven, Conn. Moret, who planned to fast and meditate Sunday and Monday, cautioned that changes would most likely be gradual.

″As important as the fact that the Earth is changing is, the main point is that it’s people coming together,″ said Donna Sommers of The Balance Center in Branford, Conn. The center was sponsoring an afternoon of meditation, with potluck supper to follow.

Maria del Carmen Yamin said she had climbed to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun to greet the end of the ninth and last hell, a cycle that has lasted more than 5,000 years. She said sunrise Monday would mark the first day of the 13 heavens.

She looked for the return of the god Quetzalcoatl.

″We don’t expect his body, but rather a type of subtle energy, cosmic energy,″ she said.

″Everyone was doing their different rituals,″ said Rose Hughes of Washington, D.C., who wore a garland in her hair. One group atop the pyramid was chanting at dawn, she said, while another listened to a tape of Bette Midler singing ″The Rose.″

Oz, a witch from Albuquerque, led a prayer at Chaco Canyon, and some of the 1,500 celebrants joined hands, some raised hands, some droned, some chanted.

When the crush of reporters and photographers disturbed ceremonies in Central Park in New York, organizers said, ″We now invite the media to join with us in meditation.″ Most melted back into the crowd.

Penny Harper, who allowed she was ″a little spaced out″ after staying up all night on the roof of Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles, said she had channeled a ″beautiful philosophic message″ from ″Commander Ashtar,″ described as a captain of a spaceship fleet.

The message: Earthlings need to concentrate on personal, as opposed to technological, development, becoming ″more harmonious and less warlike.″

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