Freie Interessengemeinschaft für Grenzund
Geisteswissenschaften und UfologieStudien
The Freie Interessengemeinschaft für Grenz- und
Geisteswissenschaften und Ufologie-Studien (Free Community
of Interests in the Border and Spiritual Sciences and UFO
Studies) grew out of a metaphysical study group founded by
UFO contactee William Eduard ‘‘Billy’’ Meier (b. 1937) at his
home in the German-speaking section of western Switzerland.
It was to that study group in 1975 that Meier began to reveal
his lifetime of contacts with space beings and to whom he first
showed the photographs of flying saucers he had taken.
Through 1976, the European, especially in the Germanspeaking
countries, gave extensive coverage to Meiers’ claims
and many people interested in UFOs visited Meier. Toward the
end of the year, writers Lou Zinstaag and Timothy Good, took
copies of the Meier pictures to the United States where they
were researching a book, and gave then to contactee enthusiast
Wendelle Stevens. Impressed, he visited Switzerland in 1977
and began an investigation of Meier and his claims. His first
impressions confirmed, Stevens led in the formation of a publishing
company, Genesis III Productions, and began issuing
volumes drawn from Meier’s materials. Separating Meier from
other contactees were the many pictures that had so impressed
Stevens, and thus it was natural that the first book from Genesis
III was a large picture book featuring Meier’s pictures of the
‘‘beamships’’ that Meier claimed frequently visited near his
home. A second picture book followed and during the 1980s
some dozen books appeared from Genesis III.
The circulation of the Meier material led to the growth of
the Free Community in Europe and the emergence of an
American affiliate, the Semjase Silver Star Center, named for
Meier’s primary contact, Semjase, a beautiful space commander
from the Pleiades star system. The Free Community tries to
exist in that area where science and religion converge. Meier
makes claims concerning the objective reality of his flying saucer
contacts that include travels to outer space in a beamship
and numerous face-to-face meetings with various extraterrestrials.
On the other hand, most of the contacts have been in traditional
contactee fashion, via telepathy. The material conveyed
by Semjase and her colleagues also have a distinctly
religious message. Traditional religion is denounced for its
detrimental effect on humanity, but in its place the Pleiadians
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Freie Interessengemeinschaft für Grenz- . . .
advocate the following of the ‘‘Ten Bids,’’ the things which nature
bids us follow.
The universe is entering the Aquarian Age during which humanity
will experience a massive spiritual upheaval. Meier is
the herald of Truth, the one designated to spread Creation’s
Universal Laws. Creation is seen as the mass of Spiritual Energy
through the universe. The combination of pictures and spiritual
message has had a marked influence on the continuing New
Age movement with its emphasis on spiritual emergence. As
early as 1989, channelers in North America also began to claim
contact with the Pleiadians, most notably Barbara Marciniak.
At the same time, ufologists denounced Meier as a hoaxer,
though the several volumes demonstrating that fact have been
lost among the many books and videos supportive of his claims.
Elders, Lee J., Brit Nilsson-Elders, and Thomas K. Welch.
UFO . . . Contact from the Pleiades, Volume I. Phoenix, Ariz. Genesis
III Productions, 1979.
———. UFO . . . Contact from the Pleiades, Volume Two. Phoenix,
Ariz Genesis III Productions, 1983.
Kroff, Kal K. Spaceships of the Pleiades The Billy Meier Story.
Amherst, N.Y. Prometheus Press, 1995.
Meier, Eduard ‘‘Billy.’’ Decalogue or the Ten Bids. Alamogordo,
N. Mex. Semjase Silver Star Center, 1987.
———. The Psyche. Alamogordo, N. Mex. Semjase Silver
Star Center, [1986].