Eduard Albert “Billy” Meier is a 80+ year old, one and a half armed, Swiss farmer. He was born in 1937 and he claims to have been in contact with extra-terrestrials named the “Plejaren” or, formerly known as, the “Pleiadians”.
His claims of extra-terrestrial contact were first published in the late 1970s/early 1980s. What made Meier different from previous UFO contactees is that his photographs were of, what appeared to be, structured craft rather than the blobs or streaks of light that were the most common types of UFO photographs up to that time.
In addition to publishing a series of photographs of multiple forms of alleged spacecraft, Meier also published information concerning metal samples, audio recordings, motion pictures, and prophecies. Supporters of Billy Meier say that these forms of evidence prove that Meier has been in contact with extra-terrestrials. However, the analysis of these forms of evidence on this website suggests that Meier has not been in contact with extra-terrestrials.
According to Meier’s own biographies he claims to have been arrested for assault, convicted, and sent to youth prison. Twice. The first was in 1951 and then again in 1953. After escaping from prison in 1953 he joined the French Foreign Legion. In 1955 he deserted from the French Foreign Legion, returned to Switzerland for prosecution, and was “institutionalized” for two years. After his release Meier began to travel throughout the Middle East as a day laborer. During these travels he claims to have engaged in the grave robbing of a site he claims to have been the tomb of Jesus Christ in 1963. Shortly afterwards he takes his first photos of “UFOs” while in India. In 1964 he is expelled from India on charges of vagrancy and shortly thereafter had his left arm amputated at the elbow because he was hanging it outside the window of a bus when the bus crashed. In 1967 he meets and marries Kalliope. In 1975 he founded the Freie Interessengemeinschaft fur Grenz- und Geisteswissenschaften und Ufologiestudien (aka Free Community of Interests for Fringe and Spiritual Sciences and Ufology), otherwise known as FIGU.
FIGU is the organization dedicated to the teachings of his alleged extra-terrestrial contacts, the Plejaren. Some people have described FIGU as a cult. I am not sure if FIGU fits the technical description of a cult, but it certainly has elements of an organized religious institution to it.
Membership into FIGU is a two-step process. First you need to be a “Passive Member” for at least two years. Passive Membership requires:
Subscription to Quarterly Newsletter: SFr. 75.00 ($98.00) If you live in Switzerland. The cost is higher in other parts of the world.
Annual Membership Fee: SFr. 30.00 ($39.00)
One-Time Application Fee: SFr. 30.00 ($39.00)
Mandatory Annual Contribution of 7% of One Month’s Salary.
Obligation to work 3 full days annually at the FIGU Center in Switzerland. For each work day not performed at the Center, a further contribution of SFr. 70.00 ($91.00)/per non-working day (with a total of SFr. 210.00 ($274.00) for 3 non-working days).
Must attend at least one Annual Passive Group General Assembly at FIGU in Switzerland.
That comes to a total of SFr. 345.00 ($450.00), plus Annual Contribution and travel to FIGU. That’s just for the “Passive Membership”. Here is what is required for Full Membership:
Minimum Annual Fee: SFr. 250.00 ($326.00)
Registration ID: SFr. 30.00 ($39.00)
Subscription To Quarterly Magazine: SFr. 204.00 ($266.00) If you live in Switzerland.
For an annual cost of SFr. 484.00 ($631.00)“the patronage is entitled to no say in FIGU matters, just to participate in core group of 49 - and to participate in the passive group-meetings. However, patrons have no voting rights.” [English Translation]
In the late 1980s/early 1990s, Billy Meier had pretty much stopped presenting physical evidence for his alleged extra-terrestrial contacts and instead concentrated on the “Spiritual Teachings” that were encompassed in his alleged discussions with the Plejaren in what have become known as the “Contact Notes”. These documents contained alleged prophecies and predictions, as well as a “philosophy of life” as professed by the Plejaren.
Meier claims that he is the only person who has been contacted by extra-terrestrials on Earth. He also claims to be the seventh incarnation of the “prophet” connecting Earth to the Plejaren. The first incarnation was Henoch around 11,000 years ago followed by Elijah around 2,800 years ago, then Isiah, Jeremiah, and Jmmanuel (aka Jesus Christ) around 2,000 years ago, and then Mohammed around 1,400 years ago. Yes, Billy Meier claims to be the reincarnation of both Jesus Christ and Mohammed. For more information regarding the Plejaren’s history of the universe please watch this video which includes information such as that the Earth started to be formed 646 Billion years ago and that there were originally 40,353,607 different human races in 343 different skin colors and that apes actually descended from human beings.
Since Meier is over 80 years old now there has been discussion about what will happen to FIGU once he dies. If Billy Meier is the only person ever contacted by extra-terrestrials then what are they supposed to do when he dies? The answer is that one of Billy Meier’s sons is going to take over. In an early edit of the movie “The Silent Revolution Of Truth” there was an interview with Meier’s son, Atlant Bieri, and Atlant discusses his future running of FIGU. This scene did not make it into the final edit of the movie, and Atlant is never identified as being one of Billy Meier’s sons in the final released version of the movie. I received this footage because I was interviewed for the movie and I required approval over how my interview footage was to be used in the movie and I was sent an early edit of the entire movie instead of just my section of the movie.
Here is a transcript of the scene:
Well, Billy will pass at some time, of course, and, uh, th, it, the word is that his successor would be Atlant Bieri. A young man who would be the quote un-quote leader of FIGU.  Does he even want th-the job, if there is such a thing, and ultimately each person has to become their own leader.
ATLANT BIERI (AKA ATLANT MEIER)
And I know my history in this place and my father. And now I somehows have to live with both in a way [possibly “anyway”].  Well, you see, when I arrived at [unintelligible, possibly “this”] I was really pressured about this whole thing.  How to deal with this, um, question of being the leader, the future leader of this society.  I often experienced that it was just my father who proposed an idea.  Of course, my father is a wise man.  For me, the ideal is discussion. What if my dad is not there anymore? What if Billy Meier has gone, ceased from the world? This day will come.  We had a strong argument about this and the result of the argument was that [laughs] I refused to be the leader of this society and  This was just a role I was given by my father.
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