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pdfForum Data and Apocrypha
Appendix of The Sherman Diaries, Vol. 2
 
The Forumites
compiled by Saskia Praamsma
pdfHow the Papers Came Through
Chapter 8 of Sherman Diaries, Vol. 2
 
The 1942 Petition
Presented to Dr. Sadler by 48 Forumites
pdfForum Days
from How I Found the Urantia Book
 
533 Diversey Parkway
compiled by Saskia Praamsma
pdfChildhood at the Forum
by Mark Kulieke (SGH, August 1993)
 
pdf"I Remember the Forum"
Early HIFTUB stories with pictures
 
pdf"Until We Meet Again"
Compiled by Saskia Praamsma
 
pdfPlan for the Urantia Book Revelation
by Carolyn B. Kendall 
 
Major Growth Steps in the Urantia Movement by Meredith Sprunger
How I Found the Urantia Book
Compiled by Saskia Praamsma
My Own HIFTUB Story
by Saskia Praamsma
The Split - A Blessing in Disguise
by Saskia Praamsma
What is the IUA?
Descriptions from two official sources
No Urantia Church - Not Yet!
by Saskia Praamsma
onlineA History of the Urantia Papers
by Larry Mullins
 
Open Letter to Larry Mullins
from Niann Emerson Chase (2003)

 

Three Histories
by Matthew Rapaport
pdfSeparate Publishing of Part IV
Is Harry McMullan breaking copyright laws?
 
pdfThe Jesus-A New Revelation Debate
Readers' pro and con viewpoints
 
A Box of Chocolates
by Phil Geiger
The Value of an Accurate History
by Saskia Praamsma
HAROLD SHERMAN
Harry J. Loose
Mysterious Forumite and Sherman mentor
 
Harold and Martha Sherman
and their relation to the Urantia work
 
Part One: Book Publishing
Sherman's 1942 suggestions for Dr. Sadler
 
Part Two: Organizations
Sherman's 1942 suggestions for Dr. Sadler
The ARA Messages (1941-42)
Sherman's TA communications
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"Pipeline to God"—Chapter V of How To Know What to Believe by Harold Sherman
onlineRebuttal to "Pipeline to God"
Clyde Bedell's lengthy response
 
onlineResponse, "Pipeline"/HTKWTB
Meredith Sprunger's comments 
 
Editor's Note for Sherman Diaries
Saskia Praamsma
The Sherman Diaries
Editors, Saskia Praamsma, Matthew Block
pdf Letter from Ingo Swann
Friend of the Shermans shows appreciation
 
pdf Editorial, The Sherman Diaries
Review by Larry Mullins
 
Postscript to Urantia, The Great Cult Mystery Martin Gardner, 2008
Translation histories  
[English] The Italian Translation Project
[Italian] La Storia de Il Libro di Urantia
pdfJ.J. Benitez: J.J. The Baptist?
by Rosey Lieske and Olga Lopez
 
pdf Translations 2010
Urantia Foundation News
 
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SIR HUBERT WILKINS
HISTORICAL IMAGES
 

The ARA Messages
and Other Little Talks With Your Soul

Harold Sherman to Harry Loose
New York, March 12, 1941

Gradually, you are touching upon elements in me which have risen to the surface of consciousness from deep down within, giving me visions and impressions which I have copied in my “little black book.”


Martha Sherman to Harold Sherman
New York, May 17, 1941

Today came your second letter written en route with the additional inspirational suggestions. . . . I shall place them in our little black book.


Diary, Chicago, October 1, 1942
We devoted the entire a.m., Harold having developed an idea for a new book under the title “The Great Adventure of Your Soul,” to rereading the messages received from Ara while in California. . . .

In transcribing and compiling The Sherman Diaries, starting in 2000, I encountered the above mysterious references to a “little black book” containing psychic impressions as well as mention of “Ara” messages. These were not to be found among the Harold Sherman papers at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Knowing that the Shermans would not have disposed of this material, I asked their daughter, Marcia, at that time living in her parents’ home still containing many of their books and papers, to try to locate this “little black book.” Marcia had not heard of it before, but turned the house upside down and not long after phoned me, saying, “I found it!”

It was a small, black three-ring binder with Harold’s visions, dream impressions, and other inspirational messages typed up and neatly assembled in chronological order. Mostly it contained messages from Ara, the name of Harold’s “Comforter,” as he described it.

Not all the dreams referred to were found inside the black binder. Over the next few years Marcia would email me from time to time reporting yet another “lost” message or dream impression found between the pages of a book, or mixed in with a different stack of papers. These impressions and the contents of the “little black book” are presented in this volume.

The early dreams and impressions came to Harold in New York, starting in 1937, around the time of his ESP experiments with Sir Hubert Wilkins which resulted in their jointly published book, Thoughts Through Space (1942).

In 1941 the Shermans reconnected with a remarkable man named Harry J. Loose, living in California, who became their spiritual mentor. Through voluminous correspondence Loose taught them much about the universe and its Creator, the Great Intelligence; that a fragment of this God indwells each of us to guide and inspire us. Harold named his voice within “Ara.” In May 1941, still in New York, he began writing down his Ara inspirations, and after meeting Loose in person during a short trip to California later that month, the messages increased. When later that year a screenwriting job called the family to Hollywood where they visited Loose every Sunday, Harold produced the major portion of the Ara messages.

After learning from Loose about the Urantia revelation being received in Chicago, with which Loose had been associated in the early days, the Shermans joined the Forum and moved to Chicago in 1942 to study the material. The later messages and poems are heavily influenced by the Urantia teachings as well as World War II, which was going on during most of that time.

Diary, Chicago, October 1, 1942
Marginal note in Martha’s handwriting: During his reading of the Ara messages, a title for another book came to Harold’s mind, Little Talks with Your Soul. Harold felt that this could be inspirational in nature and partake of some of these rewritten messages.

For the subtitle I have chosen Harold Sherman’s own title idea, as it sums up the substance of this volume.
Saskia Praamsma               

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