Association for the Understanding of Man
(AUM)
A nonprofit corporation founded in 1971 in Austin, Texas,
as a vehicle for the psychic activity of Ray Stanford. Stanford is
a trance medium who channels messages from the ‘‘Source,’’
believed to be his superconsciousness. Besides its more religious
activities, the association carried on a research program
in several areas. Project Starlight concerned itself with UFOs;
through it the short-lived Journal of Instrumented UFO Research
was issued. A research division concerned with parapsychology
was headed by Ray Stanford’s brother, Rex G. Stanford. AUM
was disbanded in the early 1980s.