Reflections of the Moon
Retrospections on Earth, Mankind, and War
From Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell
Compiled by Carol Mersch
A collection of poignant insights and harsh observations from the files of the extraordinary
and controversial Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell.
On January 31, 1971, Edgar Mitchell embarked on a journey into outer space that resulted
in his becoming the sixth man to walk on the Moon. As he hurtled earthward through the
abyss between the two worlds, he became engulfed by a profound sensation – a sense of
universal connectedness. He intuitively sensed that his presence and that of the planet
in the window were all part of a deliberate universal process – and that the glittering
cosmos itself was somehow conscious. The experience was so overwhelming that Mitchell
knew his life would never be the same.
His perspectives of life on earth, the useless ravages of war, and our individual power to
make a difference have changed little since his historic walk on the surface of another world.
You will find in these pages a selection of profound observations gleaned from a voyager who
has journeyed far beyond the ordinary reaches of space and mind.
"As tiny as our physical bodies are on the scale of the universe, our minds can reach out to become
one with all that is."
– Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell
Praise for Reflections of the Moon
An Astronaut Ahead of His Time
I recently published a science fiction book that portrays an astronaut very much like Edgar
Mitchell as its starting point. It is easy to dismiss Mitchell's acknowledgement of life
outside of Earth and his feelings of oneness with the universe as fiction, but maybe it's
just that Mitchell is a bit braver than many of his fellow astronauts with the "right stuff."
Let's face it, there are veiled statements from other astronauts about encounters with UFOs
and even veiled references to alien objects on the Moon. Mitchell is the only one brave
enough to speak openly. I did extensive research for a non-fiction book I wrote on what we
should consider when it comes to first encounters with extraterrestrials, and Mitchell's
statements stand up well along with those of scientists from SETI.
There's a certain simple eloquence to Mitchell's prose. What I like about this book is that
the material is organized. Rather than having to sort through hundreds of quotes to find how
Mitchell feels about a certain subject, I can turn to the appropriate section. That saves lots
of time. I suspect people will come to honor Mitchell far more in the future when much of what
he says proves to be correct. At that time, this book will become even more valuable.
~ Stan Schatt, futurist, technologist, and novelist.
Carol Mersch, a long-time friend and confidant of Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is an Oklahoma author
and journalist specializing in narrative non-fiction. She has published eight books and numerous articles
which she authored and co-compiled with others in areas of space exploration, law enforcement, and spirituality.
Her close friendship with Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell led her to develop The Apostles of Apollo: The
Journey of the Bibles to the Moon (Pen-L Publishing, 2010), for which she was accepted into the Mayborn
Literary Guild, and The Space Less Traveled (Pen-L Publishing, 2013), a book of quotations gleaned from her
years of companionship with Mitchell. In 2013, her literary document "Religion, Space Exploration and Secular
Society" was accepted by Taylor & Frances, a national consortium in the UK offering document subscription
services used by museums, libraries, and universities, including the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.
Prior to this, Mersch was instrumental in publishing several books, including The Seamless Bible (Destiny Image,
2004), a chronological presentation of the King James Bible and The Seamless Gospels (Destiny Inage, 2005),
Coming Home: For Those who Serve and Those who Wait (Elm Hill Books, 2004), a devotional/journal for US troops,
Year of Promise, a 365-day devotional/journal (iUniverse Publishing, 2011), and The Heart of a Cop: Stories of
Personal Faith from the Line of Duty (Clovercroft Publishing, 2016). Her latest book, Undaunted: The Unflinching
Faith, Audacity and Ultimate Betrayal of an American Legend (Pen-L Publishing), chronicling the life of ordained
Presbyterian pastor and NASA Chaplain Reverend John Stout, was released in September 2019.
For more information see www.carolmersch.com.
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