L/L Research was founded in 1970 to disseminate the find ings of paranormal researcher Donald T. Elkins (1930-1984). The events that led up to the founding of L/L Research (the L/L standing for light/lines) began in 1962 when Elkins, a professor in Engineering at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, organized a group to gather for meditation and attempted contact with extraterrestrials. He had been given the idea through his contact with a UFO contactee group in Detroit. Different contacts were developed over the next year that became the basis of an early volume, Telepathy Data Collected by Extraterrestrial Communication (1963).
Over the years the working group went in and out of existence and changed personnel. In the meantime, Elkins developed a friendship with one of the original members of the group, Carla Rueckert (1943-), and in 1968 began to work with her in developing her channeling skills. Among their first joint projects was a novel, The Crucifixion of Esmerelda Sweet-water. In 1970 Rueckert left her job as a librarian to work full time for L/L Research. The first product of their work appeared in 1977 as a book, Secrets of the UFO.
In 1978, Elkins incorporated Rock Creek Research and Development Labs, a nonprofit corporation under which the work done by L/L Research was subsumed. In 1980, Elkins and Rueckert invited a third person, James McCarty (1947-), to join the L/L Research team. The three sat for the work for which L/L Research is most remembered, Rueckert's channeling of an entity named Ra.
Over the next few years, segments of the material were edited and published in four volumes collectively known as The Law of the One (1982-84). Ra is identified as a member of a group of extraterrestrials who came to Earth in ancient times. He worked with Ikhnoton, the Egyptian pharaoh who introduced monotheism. He also claimed to have built the pyramids as a place for channels to be purified and for people to learn to work with crystals. Ra also described the Confederation of Planets, the interstellar government consisting of 500 "planetary consciousness complexes." Jesus came to Earth as a member of the Confederation.
The Law of the One circulated through New Age and contactee groups and was reprinted commercially as a single volume in 1984, shortly before Elkins' death. Rueckert and McCarty continued Rock Creek Research and L/L Research, held weekly meditation sessions, and did further channeling, the content of which is published in a newsletter LIGHT/LINES. They also finally published the previously written novel, The Crucifixion of Esmerelda Sweetwater, in 1986. They were married in 1987. L/L Research can be contacted at P.O. Box 5195, Louisville, KY 40255-0195. It has an Internet site at http://www.llresearch.org/.
Elkins, Don T. Telepathy Data Collected by Extraterrestrial Communication. Clarksburg, W.Va.: Saucerian Press, 1963.
——, and Carla Rueckert. The Crucifixion of Esmerelda Sweetwater. Louisville, Ky.: L/L Research, 1984.
——. Secrets of the UFO. Louisville, Ky.: L/L Research, 1977.
——, Carla Rueckert, and James Allen McCarty. The Law of One. 4 vols. Louisville, Ky.: L/L Research, 1981-83. Reprint, Norfolk, Va.: Donning, 1984.