1970, I purchased the Urantia
Book after my wife had heard that it was
a “high” (that’s ’60s jargon for
“mind-expanding”) book. At the time my
library included books by Carl Jung,
John Lilly, Aldous Huxley, Black Elk,
Carlos Castaneda, Lynn Andrews, C. S.
Lewis, and others. I put the UB on the
shelf with my other spiritual adventure
At this time I
did not believe in God, and had had no
religious training; but I had
experienced good, inexplicable magic in
my personal life and I loved
synchronicity. I liked to go to rock
music bars and power/spirit dance. While
dancing, I would sometimes steer myself
by imagining that I was moving
harmoniously with the presence of Jesus.
At this time I
had begun to wonder if Jesus was a
brujo, like Don Juan or Don Genero
of the Castaneda books. I started
reading the New Testament with this
question in mind, and I found evidence
of metaphysical events in Jesus’ life,
such as his turning water into wine and
creating the loaves and fishes. At this
time I noticed that the last part of the
Urantia Book was also about the life and
teachings of Jesus, and I started
reading to find out more.
I read only a
few pages of Part IV and found them to
be intelligently and coherently written.
I stopped, went to the front of the
book, and began to read there. During
that first reading I discovered that God
was real and had personal relationship
I truly thank
my guidance for leading me to God, the
First Source and Center of that good,
inexplicable magic and love. I’m very
thankful that the Urantia Book is here.
And I still like to dance, albeit more
socially most of the time.
David Bradley is author of
An Introduction to the Urantia