|Testimony of Astrologers
The Southland is home to one of the
great astrologers of the United States. Known to his followers as
"Doc" Andersen, he operates out of a shack-like office along
the highway in Rossville, Georgia. But this unpretentious outward
appearance bears no relationship to his importance in the area of the
Agreeing to an interview about the
tongues manifestation, "Doc" observed that he is convinced the
tongues are "definitely supernatural. These people go into this
state and speak without knowing how or why," he pointed out,
"and I believe most certainly that this is godly. It is most
certainly not ungodly! The gift of tongues—I don't believe it
can be evil. You bet your life—I believe it's all good!"
When I pressed for an answer to my
question as to the power behind the strange utterances he retorted,
"They are vibrations directly from God. I don't believe it is evil.
You hear a lot of people talking about being possessed, but I don't
believe that people can be possessed. A person can be evil but not
possessed. Talking in tongues is definitely the Holy Spirit moving
Evaluating the worldwide tongues
movement from his comfortable gilded armchair, he concluded,
"Tongues are good for people because they are bringing all faiths
closer together, and whatever brings people closer together has to be
A representative of the psychic
research fraction, Hugh Lynn Cacey, was also found willing to submit his
views on the subject. Son of the late famed psychic Edgar Cacey, Hugh
Lynn heads the Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc., formed
to study his father's supernatural legacy.
He volunteered, "I have taped the
phenomena for years and have researched it from the psychic angle, and
it has several different possibilities.
"The first possibility, of course,
is pure hysteria, where religious people think themselves into a state
of hysteria. But there is also the possibility of it being godly, or of
an entity possessing someone; a case where the individual functions as a
medium for an unknown entity.
"There is also the
possibility," he continued, "that this is a kind of 'speeded
up' mystical experience vocalized, and it becomes a higher form of
communication with God or whatever you call it.
"At this point you ask, of course,
the question, 'Does it do anything to people? Does it make them better
people, or does it just produce confusion or bewilderment?' There is,
however, definitely evidence that it is psychic, and by this I
mean that it may be a retroactive kind of thing, a sort of primitive
memory bank that is in operation.
"Some organizations like the
Spiritual Frontiers Fellowship have endeavored to bring psychic
phenomena into the Christian churches. I seriously consider the
possibility that the gift of tongues is one of those spirit
manifestations that is being brought into the church in general.
"It will be instrumental in
bringing unity to a divided church!"
For fear of being repetitious I will
eliminate most of the other psychic witnesses I interviewed; yet David
Bubar will have to be included, as his views are typical, not only of
the clairvoyant mediums, but also of that new breed of psychicologist,
the psychiresearchers whose aim it is to bring the academic field of
psychic research into the nation's classrooms.
Relaxing in his Memphis home, David
sorted out his thoughts on the subject, finally vocalizing them into the
"I ask, Could not the speaking in
tongues be a case of tapping into a high spiritual dimension where this
language is spoken?" he thought aloud while trying to sort out the
various options open to him. "And is it perhaps that this happening
is triggered by a 'high' spiritual experience?
"I don't want to call it hysteria,
but it is close to it. Their high experience brings them in tune with
the intelligences of other dimensions.
"Since their experience is an
'electrical happening' to start with, it allowed them to slip right into
another dimension. It might very well be a holy dimension, for all I
know. I can't discern that. Those who have 'linked up' claim to be
better because of it—not worse." Then he added seriously, "I
don't have to speak in tongues, because I always live in this spiritual
high. To me, the idea of speaking in tongues is simply tapping into
knowledge that has been stored in another dimension. But—and this I
want to emphasize—we attract
that which we are!
"I don't talk to Satan," he
added rather wishfully, "I have no contact with him at all. I only
talk to God, and because of my positive attitude I doubt that I am even
tempted by Satan ….
"Can spirit power really operate
the gift of tongues, you ask? Yes, it is undoubtedly spirit power; but I
am convinced it is Holy Spirit power. It is not a depraved thing. You
simply cannot get down on a low level where the untrained spirits work
and come away with something that is high and spiritual.
"Not having had the experience
personally, I don't want to be guilty of calling today's manifestation a
counterfeit. If you want to say, however, that the tongues speakers are
receiving their ability to speak from their direct contact with
beings in other dimensions, then you are undoubtedly correct."