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Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell
We Are One
The Power of The Conscious Mind
and Our Interconnection to All Things
Compiled by Carol Mersch
More than 100 billion people have walked the face of the Earth. Twelve have walked on the moon. One of those was Edgar Mitchell.
As tiny as our physical bodies are on the scale of the universe,
On January 31, 1971, Navy Captain Dr. Edgar Mitchell embarked on a journey into outer space, resulting in his becoming the sixth
man to walk on the moon. The Apollo 14 mission was NASA's third manned lunar landing. This historic journey ended safely nine
days later on February 9, 1971. It was an audacious time in the history of mankind. For Mitchell, however, the most extraordinary
journey was yet to come.
What he did not mentioned to NASA or the press was his transformative experience in the Apollo 14 command module during the long
journey back to earth. Up to this point, the astronauts had been busy, minute by minute. But now, in the quiet of the command
module, drifting silently in lunar orbit, he found himself gazing out the window at the celestial panorama unfolding before him.
Mitchell's upbringing had ingrained him with theories about religion and the Bible that eventually became too dogmatic for his
prying scientific mind. From his perspective, the Bible had been used more as a basis for war than peace, and one he could no
longer accept at face value. But his journey to the moon had molded his lack of belief into something new. "This is a sight that
bores deep into the soul and shakes the foundation of your being."
Mitchell had an awakening—a feeling that there was a greater being, a guiding hand, and that science and spirituality were
not two different dimensions of reality. They were, in fact, one and the same. This transforming experience sent him on a search
for what he now saw as a more likely truth: the presence of a cosmic conscience and order in the universe—a Divine Mind controlling
every fabric of our being, from our mental molecules to the vast empires of the universe.
His journey toward the intersection of science and spirituality would consume the rest of his life.
our minds can reach out to become one with all that is.
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 many 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) and A Bible on the Moon (Pen-L Publishing, 2022), 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 books, Undaunted: The Unflinching
Faith, Audacity and Ultimate Betrayal of an American Legend (Pen-L Publishing), and The Incredible Reverend Stout:
Presidents, Astronauts, and the woman he loved (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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