The Inner Life

 

The Inner LifeTheosophical Talks at Adyar, Vol. II, Chicago: The Rajput Press, 1911, Kessinger Publishing Reprint Facsimile Edition, 1942, (Quoted Edition)

The Inner Life is a door-opener to all worlds beyond the visible and the physical. It’s a book that talks about things you perhaps won’t think can be true if you have not done research about the author, Charles W. Leadbeater.

In fact, the insights of a clairvoyant into the reality of our universe are so strikingly different from what mainstream science and school wisdom tells you that you may doubt this book is written in a scientific intention? But when you read the first ten pages you will perhaps arrest your hurried judgment because of the truly scientific style of the author, a style that is so dry and unpretentious that it’s not easy to read for non-academic readers. This book has very little to do with the trials of theosophy. It’s the meticulously honest account of a psychic who looks beyond the fence of ordinary reality and who didn’t really care about being promoted to ‘popular status.’ Continue reading

Dreams

 

DreamsWhat they Are and How they are Caused, London: Theosophical Publishing Society, 1903, Kessinger Publishing Reprint Facsimile Edition (Quoted Edition)

Dreams: What they Are and How they are Caused is a highly useful booklet by Charles W. Leadbeater that explains why we dream and what the spiritual reasons are for dreaming.

Now, at a time when science was far from admitting anything beyond the five senses and when it was firmly believed that all sensations and emotions were processed in the brain, and when the luminous body was strictly denied in science, Leadbeater provided clairvoyant scientific explanations that today we know are true, but that at his time were considered as pure esoterism. Continue reading

The Astral Plane

 

The Astral PlaneIts Scenery, Inhabitants, and Phenomena, Kessinger Publishing Facsimile Edition, 1997, Originally Written in 1894

The Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants and Phenomena by Charles W. Leadbeater is a quite dumbfounding account of the astral world from the perspective of a highly-developed clairvoyant. Leadbeater was not a daydreamer and high-strung delusional, but possessed a scientific mind. Judging what he wrote from the perspective of the lesser developed ‘ordinary consciousness’ would be a pitfall of perception.

When I first came in touch with theosophy, thirty years ago, by reading Helena P. Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine and so much the more after December 1997, when I joined the Theosophical Society of Adyar in Germany e.V., I went to study the biographies of the notorious and more or less famous founders of theosophy, Blavatsky, Leadbeater, and Besant. With regard to Leadbeater this in-depth lectures reassured that he was not the high-strung and scandal-ridden Anglican bishop he was painted in the media, but a nobleman who made his life’s mission from his extraordinary gift of clairvoyance, by meticulously and systematically exploring its phenomena, building a scientific framework for explaining them in a verifiable manner. Continue reading

The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries

 

The Fairy Faith in Celtic CountriesLondon: Frowde, 1911, Minneola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 2002.

The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries is the final account of an immensely complex and long-standing research on fairy faith in Britain and Brittany, the French Bretagne. The research Dr. Evans-Wentz conducted on fairies was meticulous and scientific.

There was obviously an effort from the part of the researcher to somehow classify and objectivize the fairy world, and this was perhaps necessary at a time when holistic science was not yet born in the West and scientists had to give an appearance of ‘pedantic detachment.’

On the other hand, this old-fashioned pedantic, meticulous and detailed research approach is perhaps a good counterpoint to the hairy stories this book abounds of. Continue reading

The Chakras

 

The ChakrasCorrelations between Medical Science and Clairvoyant Observation, Shafica Karagulla, with Dora van Gelder Kunz, Wheaton: Quest Books, 1989.

This is an extraordinary book. I do research on the bioenergy since two decades, but I have not encountered so much information about such esoteric a subject in one single book. But I must warn the non-scientific reader: this isn’t a book for enhancing your general knowledge about the aura, and the chakras, and it is by no means a practical book, guidebook, or anything of the kind.

You got two medical practitioners here, one of which is a clairvoyant. The author herself, Shafica Karagulla, is the kind of traditional physician who writes with a lot of ‘faculty terms’, so to speak, using medical terminology all over the place. Further down, I’ll quote some examples. So think twice if you want to buy this book. For me personally, it was indispensable for my research. There are some elucidations in this book that I found earlier in my research, but only after studying tedious manuals and old hermetic writings.  Continue reading

Etheric Anatomy

 

Etheric AnatomyThe Three Selves and Astral Travel, With Cora Anderson, New York: Penguin Arkana, 1993, Albany, CA: Acorn Guild Press, 2004

Etheric Anatomy by Victor H. Anderson is a small booklet that really surprised me! It’s an account by people situated far from the mainstream. The book is precious for anybody who is researching the human aura, lucid dreaming, astral projection, or general pagan knowledge about the vital energy.

Let me first utter a word about what has been called ‘spiritual anatomy.’ Many cultural traditions contain an esoteric thread describing what might be referred to as the anatomy of the human soul. While the terminology might be esoteric and quite confusing, it’s in all traditions about the same thing, namely, that we are essentially made from a bioplasmatic energy that pervades the cosmos. Continue reading