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

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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