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Filis and the Environmental Crisis

To tell the truth, I am not sure either Filis Frederick or climate change is truly “controversial” among Baba-lovers. Still, because of the unusual nature of Filis’s visionary experiences, and the fact that some in the public are skeptical of climate change, I decided to place this piece in the Controversy Corner section. —Kendra


Climate Change, Meher Baba, and Filis’s Vision of the Future

by Clive Adams


(Photo by Cherie La Rosa Longo)


Over the last 15 years or so, I have been closely following the scientific reports and alerts regarding climate change, sea level rise, weather impacts, arctic ice melt, species extinction, ocean acidification and how all these things connect to human activity.


I started becoming environmentally aware, beginning with the first Earth Day in 1970-71. This was followed shortly thereafter by the two oil embargoes. This is when I began to realize something was seriously up with our planet and the environment. The near-miss with Three Mile Island was also a wake-up call, as was Chernobyl in Ukraine and now Fukushima.


Since Filis and I had these conversations in the early ’70’s, things have sped up and changed dramatically on our planet and disasters are an almost daily or weekly occurrence. I recall having many conversations with Filis Frederick about what she had seen in her visions regarding the future. We also talked about anything Meher Baba might have said on the subject. It is a long story to go into all aspects of this subject right now, but I will share a brief overview of what Filis used to share with me on the subject.


If my recollection is correct, Filis first started seeing what was going to happen in the future, when she was about 16 years of age [about 1932], during an intense illness, in which she was hospitalized for some weeks or months. At some point during the hospitalization, Filis was taken out of her body for two or three days and shown in vivid detail all the events of what would lead to and include World War II, down to specific dates, names of places, and major battles.


She also said she knew in advance, during the actual war that followed, when and what was going to happen, in great detail. Everything she was shown in her visions at the age of 16 came to pass as she had seen it in the out-of-body experience. She also stated that during World War II, she rarely got more than two hours’ sleep because she was taken out of her body each night to assist on various battlefields, with recently departed soldiers, killed in battle. There was apparently a shortage of guides on the other side to assist souls who had died in battle.


I used to ask Filis to share what she had seen during the postwar period and into the future. I asked her to repeat this part of her vision on more than one occasion. She said she had written it all down immediately after the three-day out-of-body experience, and at the time we were first discussing it, her notes and diaries on the subject were stored for safekeeping in an underground A-bomb-proof vault, along with many other important original manuscripts and documents which Meher Baba or the Mandali had sent to her over the years. This all became part of Filis’s famous Archive. Without access to Filis’s journals and notes, I can only give a superficial hint of what she told me and knew about the future.


Here is the gist of what I recall, from as far back as 45 years ago. Filis said she was flown (out of the body) over the United States and the continent of North America and shown what it would look like some years hence. She said the U.S. was pockmarked everywhere, with environmental disaster areas and dead zones and there were vast areas that had become uninhabitable and the land unusable.


She also was shown another, even more disturbing vision, of some kind of “path of destruction” which seemed to cross a section of our continent and which I asked her to explain in more detail, but all she would say is, “It was like a meteor or part of a comet had hit the U.S.” (Could it be something to do with the major high-intensity tornadoes we are now seeing hit every year?) I really felt she was purposely holding something back and in fact I came to know some years later that she wouldn’t even discuss the latter parts of the vision with anyone — for fear of upsetting people, I assume. On several occasions I pressed her to share more about the future, but other than small hints, she refused to add more details. For instance, she had seen the Golden Gate Bridge fall into the ocean. Lots of “insignificant” stuff like that! Yikes…


But there was one thing I do recall Filis sharing and it involved the last part of her three-day out-of-body experience. (Keep in mind that at the time she had the vision, she hadn’t yet heard of, nor met, Meher Baba.) She said that when the destruction on Earth had reached its height and the suffering in the world was also at its height, a World Teacher appeared, manifesting suddenly and universally, surrounded by many angels and people who at the time she couldn’t identify, but later came to recognize as Kitty, Margaret, Elizabeth, Norina, and the Eastern Mandali, etc.


Finally, I recall Filis saying, after the World Teacher appeared, He ushered in a new era of universal peace, cooperation, and love. Years later, when Filis came to know of Meher Baba, the face of the World Teacher she was shown in the vision was none other than face of Meher Baba. (No surprise there!)


Postscript: I strongly recommend everyone watch a nine-part Showtime series that began recently [April 13, 2014], called Years of Living Dangerously. The series is so well done, so timely, and so important, for the following reasons. Everyone on our planet must make an effort now to get up to speed on Climate Change and the fact that it is directly attributable to excess carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane emissions, caused primarily by human activities. This fact is now 100% irrefutable, and if you study the subject, you will begin to see what Filis’s vision was all about.


When Filis first shared this vision, neither of us had the vocabulary or understanding to adequately express in words what she had seen. But Filis did refer to vast manmade environmental disasters, toxic waste sites, nuclear disasters, as well as natural calamities. These things she said were inevitable. At the time I was thinking, “This must be way in the future; it couldn’t happen in the foreseeable future.” Well, I was wrong about that. It is already happening on a global scale and the future is now upon us, and we Baba Lovers need to take whatever responsibility we can to become informed and inform others. Meher Baba isn’t going to save us, if we’re to be saved — we need to be the agents of the changes that must soon be made collectively, before it is too late. Either way, Baba is coming soon….


Clive Adams, May 5, 2014




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15 Responses to Filis and the Environmental Crisis

  • While attending UCLA I was asked by Filis to help her prepare her Archive for shipment to Radcliffe College which she had attended and where she wanted to bequeath her life’s legacy. I was privileged to spend hours each week handling telegrams she had received, rare photos, letters typed and signed by Mani or Adi K or Baba himself, pressed flowers, written manuscripts and (most impressively to me) alphabet boards Baba had used! Each of these things was catalogued and put in an individual Mylar sleeve so that both sides of each sheet or item could be viewed, an identifying tag was added to each sleeve. All this work was done at the kitchen table in Filis’ home (and Awakener office) in Manhattan Beach. New boxes of artifacts arrived from time to time, but I don’t recall or didn’t know where she had them stored.

    I do not recall seeing any part of the transcript of her vision, but I certainly heard many stories from her during my work on the archive and while traveling with her around California. Happy to share those memories, if you’d like to hear them. I do remember how she loved that original group of LA Baba Lovers drawn to meet weekly in her Livingroom (including you, Clive).

  • Jim says:

    Thank you so much Clive for this fascinating glimpse of our lovely Filis.

  • clive adams says:

    Hi Chris, Yes not a bad idea…You don’t want to be the cause of anything untoward occurring on the Golden Gate. But seriously, the amazing thing about the Climate Change scenario, based on current published reports and warnings, is how closely they are tracking various psychic and intuitive visions from decades past, including Filis’s big vision. Case in point, for example, is South Florida. Many intuitives have said for years that the Southern half of Florida would essentially be under water in the not to distant future and now the scientists are saying why, when and how that is likely to happen. So maybe there is some kind of inevitability about it all. Google the “I Am America Map” which was channeled some decades ago and you can see what I’m talking about. Gordon Michael Scallion also channeled a map showing America in the future, which is similar to the I am America map. I know this stuff is controversial in the Baba World but Filis and I used to discuss this kind of information and speculate as to how it fit in to Meher Baba’s Universal Plan! Jai Baba…Clive

  • Chris Maier says:

    Clive: What’s most disturbing about Filis’ visions is that their realization seems inevitable. Think I’ll cancel my planned stroll across the Golden gate bridge…

  • Marshall Hay says:

    Thank You old friend….. Phyllis was an inspiration and more…. Jai Baba

  • Mary Kay Hage says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Clive. I have respected and loved Filis since i moved to the LA area in 1978, but was never real close to her like many here in LA. Distance prohibited my attending her Monday night meetings regularly. Silly excuse looking at it now.
    Her vision was engrossing yet reaffirming for me.
    In Meher Baba,

  • Lorenzo Durham says:

    Excuse my misspelling of Filis’ name. I knew better -it’s just late in a long day. Jai Baba

  • Lorenzo Durham says:

    I med Phyllis at first in Myrtle Beach at the Center in the mid-to-late 1960’s. I subsequently moved to California and the Bay Area. I was involved in the music for most of the productions Murshida Duce set up documenting Meher Baba’s life -while there were still people [especially Mandali] around to verify everything that went into the scripts. Phyllis would always come up north from LA for each of these productions -often attending both performances. She always sat in the front row or very near that.
    At some point in each production, Meher Baba’s palpable energy would sweep into the room and usually ‘assume’ the character of the person portraying him…noted by those with ‘extra perceptions’. Phyllis could always tell you the second that she “saw” Baba move onto the stage and those who couldn’t ‘see’ could watch Phyllis and tell from her expressions and reactions. Phyllis and I often talked about these occurrences during each production. I was of an ilk to also be aware of Baba’s presence. Having worked on all but the last of these productions, this fact was sometimes discussed with those who ‘played’ Meher Baba in each production and, whether or not people could ‘see’ Him, there was a distinct change in how the performances went AFTER He appeared to step into the works directly. Yes, Phyllis was quite psychic…if you must apply a name… but she did not always talk openly about what she saw. She was a dear and wonderful person and is missed.

  • rafael villafane says:

    Thanks Clive, very interesting. i met Phyllis in CA around ’73. 🙂

    Jai Baba.

    • clive adams says:

      Hi Rafael, Glad you liked it. For some reason I am feeling like the time is right to share a bunch of Filis stories. Will have another one finished shortly which involves Filis and Malcolm Schloss and is a sort of treasure hunting lark…
      Jai Baba! Clive

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