Former English department head at Illinois Wesleyan University, Meade Layne left the academic world in the 1940s to pursue a career in parapsychology. In 1945, he founded Borderland Sciences Research Associates (BSRA), an “association of persons interested in ‘borderland’ facts and happenings…facts and events which orthodox or official science cannot or will not investigate.”
To this end, Layne teamed up with psychic medium Mark Probert (the “Telegnostic from San Diego”) in efforts to establish interstellar contact. Probert was among a handful of San Diegans who—while waiting to view a meteor shower on October 9th, 1946—observed the passage of a strange structure in the sky. With the craft still in view, Probert phoned Layne, who encouraged him to establish telepathic communication with this weird flying machine. 1
After the sighting, Probert told a local reporter:
“The strange machine is called the Kareeta. It is attracted at this time because the earth is emitting a column of light which makes it easier to approach. The machine is powered by people possessing a very advanced knowledge of anti-gravity forces. It has 10,000 parts, a small but very powerful motor operating by electricity, and moving the wings, and an outer structure of light balsam wood, coated with an alloy. The people are nonaggressive and have been trying to contact the earth for many years. They have very light bodies. They fear to land, but would be willing to meet a committee of scientists at an isolated spot, or on a mountain top.” 2
Probert channeled The Inner Circle, a group of ascended masters who were in contact with entities known as the Ethereans who visited Earth in Ether Ships from the fourth dimension. The Ethereans—according to Probert—were able to “mat” and “demat” (materialize and dematerialize) as a means to enter and depart the Earth plane by lowering or raising their vibrational levels. Ether Ships, as would be expected, came from a place called Etheria which was “Along side, inside, outside of our world.” All of this is explained (more or less!) in Meade Layne’s The Ether Ship Mystery And Its Solution (1950).
Layne was among the first—if not the first—to propose the interdimensional theory when most contactees were content with Venusians sporting long, blond hair and mouthing syrupy New Age platitudes. It wasn’t until a couple of decades later that the interdimensional theory started to gain traction from cutting edge ufologists like Jacques Vallee and John Keel.
1 Tumminia, Diana G., 2007. Alien Worlds: Social and Religious Dimensions of Extraterrestrial Contact. Syracuse University Press.
2 Layne, Meade. 1972. The Coming of the Guardians. BSRA.