The Sad Death of Marion Sunderland
the Green Stone Sale
- A Response from Andrew Collins
Thursday, 2 March 2006
It was with great
sadness that I learnt a few weeks ago of the death of Marion Sunderland,
one of the key players in the Green Stone story. She had been ill for
some years, but still her passing was expressed by a sense of loss by
all involved in the subject. She did much to promote the story during
her lifetime, lecturing all over the world, and holding up the Green
Stone as evidence of her words. Marion will be remembered as the person
who continued to dedicate her life to the Green Stone even after many
others had fallen by the wayside.
It was with equal
regret that I learned just four days after her funeral that Gaynor Sunderland
and her partner Andy Roberts, the well-known UFO writer and researcher,
had put the Green Stone, the casket it was found in, and other questing
items previously belonging to Marion, up for sale to the highest bidder.
I learned this from a third party by email, and at first thought the
whole thing was a joke.
'The Green Stone
for sale', yeah, pull the other one.
However, I contacted Andy Roberts, who was handling the sale, and discovered that this was indeed correct. He also made it clear that if the proposed sale did not raise what he described as a 'reasonable offer' he and Gaynor would withdraw the sale and 'bury the lot' to confuse 'baffled archaeologists' and 'contemporary questers' in years to come. They gave until 11 March as a deadline for bids, and made it known that they had already received an offer of £5500.
Andy Roberts then
announced that the highest bid for the Green Stone had risen from £5500
to £7000, an increase of £1500. By the way, there was no
way that we could verify these bids, since this was a closed auction
with no information being released regarding bidders or offers made.
However, Andy did say that he and Gaynor might not necessarily sell
to the highest bidder since they would have liked to see the Green Stone
remain within the questing community. This provided a unique situation
in that if we were unable to raise the required cash by 11 March, then
it was possible that a lower bid by us could be accepted. Indeed, there
was some indication in postings from Andy Roberts on psychicqiesting.com
that he and Gaynor actually hoped that we would be successful in our
I was feeling slightly
more hopeful that the future of the Green Stone could be secured. However,
I was unsure about the prospect of greater success, especially in the
knowledge that two years previously someone approached occult art dealer
Ben Fernee of Caduceus Books offering him the Green Stone for purchase.
Ben, to his credit, refused to have anything to do with it as there
would inevitably be pressing questions regarding its legal ownership
Green Stone Sold
Then finally on Thursday,
2nd March I received an email from a friend saying that there was a
posting on psychicquesting.com from Andy Roberts in which he pointed
out that the Green Stone had the previous night been sold to an anonymous
bidder, and the matter was now closed. This was nine days before 11
March, the final deadline for bids, meaning that we were not even given
a chance to match the amount put on the table by this anonymous bidder.
It is important to
point out that Andy Roberts was fully aware that I was in the process
of putting together a bid, and that monies were to be collected via
the Green Stone Appeal on psychicquesting.com right up to deadline.
What is more, we had exchanged emails on various occasions relating
to the sale, and yet I was not informed of this quick sale before its
completion. The whole thing has been like some kind of bizarre poker
game, with moves and counter moves taking place on a more or less daily
basis. Any bid we might have put in too early is likely to have been
matched immediately. Everybody knows that you wait until the last minute
to make your bid, watching carefully what everyone else is doing. Now
we won't even be given a chance to do that.
To start with, Simon Nugent at psychicquesting.com will be returning forthwith all monies to those who pledged their £50 over the past couple of weeks. Secondly, life goes on, and nothing changes in the questing camp. At the end of the day it is the events which led to the finding of the Green Stone that are important and not the artefacts. These led Graham, myself and most of those involved on to even greater things, and this process continues today. Both Graham and I have written a number of historical books which were inspired by the events that took place in 1979, and very shortly you will see the full significance of the symbolism behind the Green Stone story when I announce details of my new book in May.
The Green Stone is
not about a tiny piece of polished agate, or even a battered brass casket,
neither of which would have had any real monetary value outside of this
subject. They were meant as trinkets, telling us that we had achieved
something very special indeed, and that we could now move on to the
next level. I find psychic artefacts every year. In fact, just last
year we were led to recover a green stone egg from a churchyard in Kent.
This, we were told, was destined to do the same job as the existing
Green Stone. Its age or monetary value is irrelevant. It was probably
machined the previous year in some mine somewhere in the world. It's
what it represents that is important, for immediately after finding
it we took it to Giza where it featured in an important meditational
sketch, the fruits of which led us to a previously unknown structure
on the plateau that instantly becomes the most likely candidate for
an entrance to the so-called Hall of Records (it's a long story, I'll
explain all in the book). The green stone egg can now be more or less
discarded, since it's job has been done.
The original Green Stone has also done its job. It did that back in 1981 after Graham and I took to a series of power sites along the Michael Line, from Dorchester in Oxfordshire to Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, on the so-called Lights of Knowledge quest. In the future many other artefacts will be located with equal purpose, and that is the way of psychic questing. They are tools to be used, or simply trinkets to let you know that none of this is simply all in your head.
I have been amazed at the manner in which the questing community has been drawn together by this Green Stone sale debacle. Everyone has pulled together in such a way as to ensure that its legacy is secured for the future. Thus we should be celebrating and not commiserating at this time. All is not lost as I had feared, for I now realise that interest in the Green Stone and psychic questing as a whole is very strong indeed. Moreover, that in the future it will support further conferences and one-off events.
The Quest Continues
More than this is
the fact that the Green Stone story still has magic in it, just as it
did back in 1979. On Monday, 20th February our good friends Caroline
Wise and Mick Staley received a fortuitous apport at their home just
after my wife Sue conducted a meditation at our own home featuring the
Green Stone. It began when Caroline's mobile showed that Sue's own mobile
was calling her, an impossibility since she was still in meditation.
Not knowing this, Caroline attempted to answer the call, but heard nothing.
At that same moment she heard the front door open and someone walk into
the hallway. Thinking it was Mick returning from work, she went to the
door to find the hallway empty and the door still closed.
Caroline rang Sue, who let the phone go on to answerphone. On opening
her eyes, Sue listened to the message, and hearing that it was Caroline,
rang her back immediately. It was as she explained what had just happened
that Caroline heard something heavy drop on to the floor behind the
sofa, and on looking, with Sue still hanging on the telephone, she noticed
a multi-faceted black crystal on the ground. Next to this curious black
object lay a £50 note, which was the exact amount those members
of psychicquesting.com were being asked to contribute to the fund. The
black stone and £50 note had not been there two days beforehand
when the sofa was last pulled out for cleaning.
That night a psychic session was inevitably hijacked by Green Stone concerns. Caroline's black crystal was linked with the black guardian stone originally said to have been contained in the casket when the Green Stone was found. This manifested in various forms, most particularly as a Puritan priest with a wide-brimmed hat who answered to the name of Pastor John. What is more, on two occasions - the first when this priestly figure was being described - the resulting digital audio WAV files recording the session displayed clear EVP (electronic voice phenomena), the second one being three seconds in length and featuring a sentence of five words.
It leaves me to thank
everybody in the would-be consortium - you know who you are - and Simon
Nugent and everyone at psychicquesting.com for caring so much. Also
Alex for informing me. It will not be forgotten.