Alper, Frank (1930– )
Frank Alper, Spiritualist channel and founder of the Arizona
Metaphysical Society, was born on January 22, 1930, in
Brooklyn, New York. Alper moved to Phoenix in 1970. He
founded the society three years later, and in 1979 he aligned
the society with the Church of Tzaddi, a Spiritualist denomination
headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.
Alper first emerged as a channel in 1975 and has subsequently
channeled many volumes of material from ‘‘Moses’’
and ‘‘the Christos.’’ However, he is most known for the three
volumes he channeled and published in 1982 as Exploring Atlantis.
According to Alper, one of the masters who periodically
spoke through him requested that he channel several sessions
on Atlantis. The several entities channeled during these sessions
claimed to have lived there. According to Alper’s volumes,
the Atlanteans were extraterrestrials. When their planet
became uninhabitable, they used their advanced technology to
come to Earth. They settled in Atlantis, but their island kingdom
was destroyed by a natural catastrophe following the tilting
of the Earth’s axis.
While Exploring Atlantis provided some interesting development
of thought about the ancient continent, the volumes especially
developed a new occult perspective on crystals. Alper described
Atlantis as a crystal-oriented culture that relied on a
power system based on natural symmetrical—flawless—crystals
said to concentrate massive amounts of energy. While these
crystals could absorb and store electrical energy to be used at
a later date, they were most useful in storing universal energy
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to be used for healing. Crystals of different shapes and colors
have different healing uses. During the 1980s crystal power became
the subject of numerous books and the starting point of
a debate on the power-storing capacity of crystals. Through the
early 1990s, the emphasis within the New Age community on
crystals has considerably waned in the face of a strong critique
of Alper’s theories.
Alper, Frank. Exploring Atlantis. 3 vols. Farmington, N.Y.
Coleman Publishing, 1982.
Webster, Sam. ‘‘Dr. Frank Alper Interview with a Metaphysician.’’
Whole Life Monthly (March 1987) 20–22.

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