Its 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