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

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The Conscious Universe

 

The Conscious UniverseThe Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena, San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1997.

In this well-written book, Dean Radin meticulously defines the scientific terms he is using for describing psychic phenomena. The following definitions are to be found on pages 14 and 15 of the book.

Telepathy

Information exchanged between two or more minds, without the use of the ordinary senses.

Clairvoyance

Information received from a distance, beyond the reach of the ordinary senses. A French term meaning ‘clear-seeing’. Also called ‘remote-viewing’.

Psychokinesis

Mental interaction with animate or inanimate matter. Experiments suggest that it is more accurate to think of psychokinesis as information flowing from mind to matter, rather than as the application of mental forces or powers. Also called ‘mind-matter interaction,’ ‘PK,’ and sometimes ‘telekinesis.’ Continue reading