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1. The Soul's Code : In Search of Character and Calling
by James Hillman
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Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
Publisher: Warner Books
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Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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In this new look at the age-old themes of heart, spirit and soul, Hillman provides a highly accessible path to realization through an extensive array of examples. He urges his listeners to discover the "blueprints" particular to their own individual lives, certain that there is more to life than can be explained by genetics or environment. This audio offers an inspirational, postive approach to life. Simultaneous hardcover release from Random House. 2 cassettes. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A book about biographies, especially one's own
This book is as much about the search for character and calling as it is an elucidation of Hillman's neo-Jungian/neo-Platonist theory of psychology, termed the 'acron' theory. It is a very readable book, with a lot of biographical anecdotes from the lives of such a broad spectrum of famous personages as Churchill, Josephine Baker, and Yehudi Manheim. Because of this it is a joy to read, and succeeds in invoking a sense of one's own life story as an unfolding drama. One, moreover, that is seperate from the individual ego, and demands its outward manifestation at all costs. This is a well crafted book, and although sometimes quite theoretical, it never loses touch with the beauty of the biographical stories it invokes, and, in a larger sense, the drama of the individual soul desperate to bring its given talent into fruition. If you've never read Hillman this is a very good place to start. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars a refreshing antidote to reductionist, mainstream psychology
I am on my second reading of this book, having read it once a couple of years ago and let the ideas percolate in the back of my mind. It is one of the most liberating books I have ever read. As an adult survivor of child abuse, I was in therapy for over 16 years and never felt that mainstream psychologists have any idea of just how powerful our soul's nature is. A system of healing which leaves out our spiritual energies-- and our ability to transform our realities into the stuff of myth--is an impotent system, at least if you are someone whose roots run very deep. I made little progress in my own healing until I began working on the spiritual and soul aspects of my life. Hillman writes that we are not as shaped by the horrors of our early upbringing as we are told by psychotherapists. What an inspiration for transcending the past! Unlike authors such as Carolyn Myss, he offers this teaching in a way that does not blame people for their anger about the past. He simply offers a way beyond the anger and other self-imposed limits, cheerfully and graciously. The detractors of this book state that it is not scientific enough. Of course it is not scientific--it's about bringing the energies of the invisible into your life. You don't have to do reductionist studies of the principles involved to have them change your way of thinking about yourself... I recommend this book to anyone who is tired of the dry, sterile approach to healing offered by professional counselors who have not themselves explored the "realms beyond" and therefore cannot teach us how to experience them for our benefit.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a superb Book!
If your searching for something, looking for some direction, feel lost or depressed, this is a great book to read. It really provides a context from which to view you life from and COULD be all you need to get you back in the groove.

One does not have to agree with everything James Hillman covers in this study of character as vocation. I found the chapter on "The Bad Seed" particularly iffy; it seems as if imaginal psychology has not yet found a way to explain creatures like Hitler, to whom the epithet "human" hardly applies, or the fatal attraction they exert on others (read Elias Cannetti's "Crowds and Power" for that). However, I have always found his books challenging in that they shake one's most profound beliefs and prejudices about the nature of the psyche. And, given the current prevalence of "victim theory," it is absolutely necessary to have someone remind us that we have a free will, that the soul is sovereign, and that we cannot go around blaming fate, God, the devil or society for the negative aspects of our lives. I found that message in the Seth books by Jane Roberts many years ago. All in all, an important book for those who have left Freudian and Lacanian systems of thought, and have accepted imagination as the soul's predominant mode of knowledge.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good ideas, bad execution
I was ready to like what Hillman had to say. The idea that we each have a calling -- some marriage of talent, interest and drive toward a specific destiny -- appeals to me. In fact, I liked many of Hillman's concepts (importance of beauty, the parental fallacy, over-medication of our youth, abandoning the 'invisibles,' having a vision for your children).

However, the execution was attrocious. Whenever I knew anything about the studies that Hillman was quoting, I found them to be twisted out of context. I showed the section on beauty to a friend who is writing a dissertation on aesthetics, and he (my friend) pointed out a number of mistakes. (For instance, Hillman quotes Thomas Aquinas saying that beauty arrests motion. What Aquinas actually says is that it is impossible to see true beauty in the world. He says that pure beauty is only present in God, the unmoved mover. So, while to see God would be to see a lack of motion, Hillman is really stretching Aquinas's words to use this philosphy to say that taking time for beautiful things would slow down our fast-paced lives and bring us inner peace.)

Also, I wanted more detail for some of his ideas. He never really tells us how to grow down or "feed" our individual daimon. In the final analysis, I would have liked better research, more focus on how to implement his principles, and perhaps less sarcasm about any other theory that doesn't agree with his. ... Read more

2. How to Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Classics in Anthroposophy)
by Rudolf Steiner, Christopher Bamford
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Catlog: Book (1994-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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In this classic account of the Western esoteric path of initiation, Steiner leads the student from the cultivation of reverence and inner tranquility to the development of inner life through the stages of preparation, illumination, and initiation. Practical exercises in inner and outer observation and moral development are described.

By patiently and persistently following these suggestions, new "organs" of soul and spirit begin to form, revealing the contours of higher worlds that had been concealed from us. Here, Rudolf Steiner is available as teacher, counselor, and friend. His advice is practical, clear, and powerful. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Manual for Living in this World
Even if one is not interested in knowing about and experiencing higher worlds, this book is a great guide to living, full of wisdom and insight. A true spiritual path is also a path toward becoming a mature human being, which may not be terribly exciting to people seeking spiritual fireworks or wanting to promote egoistic aims. This path is one of selflessness and the strengthening of attention; both needed in an self-centered world suffering from an ever increasing attention deficit disorder. Steiner only speaks of what he has experienced personally. He is not a guru and expects no one to take his word for the truth of what he says. He encourages one to be open minded, try the exercises with patience and consistency(harder than one might think)and verify the truth for one's self.

1-0 out of 5 stars glittery feel-good, ego-flattering, metaphysical fairy tales
Like Blavatsky and Bailey, twisted scripture, lies and theosophical racism paraded within the modern myth of "spiritual evolution" about sums it up.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Five Basic Books
Steiner's written authorship was limited to a handful of written works and this one is the most accessible and thought-provoking.

With 1000's of lectures some available in book form (catalogued in German with English editions secondary), Steiner himself pointed out that his written works were intended for a reading audience, whereas the lectures were in the oral tradition, originally not intended for print and largely contextual within the time, place and attendence.

This is a great place to start to learn more about this spiritual Da Vinci. It focuses on his spiritual philosphy with supporting excercises. His Theosophy is transitional in that it bridges his roots in Theosophy with his founding of Anthroposophy. His Philsophy of Freedom is helpful in understanding his development. For Steiner the man, see his Autobiography.

From there the inquirer is encouraged to study his lectures as supplements to his basic books.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most accessible of Steiner's works...
I've read a vast assortment of Steiner's books and lecture series, but this book is far and away the best. There's really more information in Outline of Esoteric Science, but it's not nearly as easy to read and incorporate as How to Know Higher Worlds. This book is an invaluable aid in understanding the place of humanity in our universe.

5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Although I have not yet fully completed this book, I have to say this has to be one of the greatest books ever written! "How to know higher worlds" has drastically changed the way I consider myself and the world around me. This book is a must have for those searching to enrich their inner (and somewhat outer) lives. Steiner introduces many basic esoteric priciples and clears up a lot of the stigma revolving around modern occultism. This book is a fantastic basis for the beggining occultist to take their first steps into the spiritual world. Most of the books content involves conditioning of the spiritual senses and occult philosophies. So, if you are seriously considering awakening yourself to the spiritual world, Steiner is a fantastic stepping stone and this book is a definite must have. ... Read more

3. Anthroposophy in Everyday Life
by Rudolf Steiner
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Catlog: Book (1995-09-01)
Publisher: Anthroposophic Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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These are four of Rudolf Steiner’s best-loved lectures. In-cluded are “Practical Training in Thought,” “Overcoming Nervousness,” “Facing Karma,” and “The Four Temperaments.” With its many practical exercises, mantras, and meditations, this book is a fundamental introduction for anyone entering the path of inner development. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of his easier books to understand!
I've read several of his books, this is one of my favorite ones. Very insightful, comprehensive and full of useful advice. I've reread this one several times. Simply one of the best! ... Read more

4. The Chakras (Quest Book)
by Charles Webster, Leadbeater
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Catlog: Book (1972-06-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A clairvoyant examines the spiritual force centers in our body. With 10 color plates. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A good first read on the spiritual topic of the chakras.
This book is important as a Western account of what is essentially an Eastern concept. The chakras are very important energy centres in humans, and are used in meditation and in cognition of the inner worlds. Leadbeater's book is fairly easy to read, and has really good colour illustrations which have since been often quoted and reproduced many times over the last 70 years. This book was written in the 1920s when the subject was little known in the Western world. Much of the material was obviously obtained from Hinduism, as the chakras are easy to see illustrated in temples in India. I must say I prefer Dr Hiroshi Motoyama's more comprehensive and recent book, but Leadbeater really did pave the way with this one. I recommend it and give it five stars in the historical and useful context. It's a great introduction to the subject.

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent monograph on the Chakras.
Classic book by the highly qualified clairvoyant Charles W. Leadbeater. He writes about the Chakra and Kundalini system and how it relates to man. ... Read more

5. Intuitive Thinking As a Spiritual Path : A Philosophy of Freedom
by Rudolf Steiner
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Catlog: Book (1995-10-01)
Publisher: Steiner Books
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Of all of his works, Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path is the one that Steiner himself believed would have the longest life and the greatest spiritual and cultural consequences. It was written as a phenomenological account of the "results of observing the human soul according to the methods of natural science.

This seminal work asserts that free spiritual activity - understood as the human ability to think and act independently of physical nature - is the suitable path for human beings today to gain true knowledge of themselves and of the universe. This is not merely a philosophical volume, but rather a warm, heart-oriented guide to the practice and experience of living thinking.

Readers will not find abstract philosophy here, but a step-by-step account of how a person may come to experience living, intuitive thinking - "the conscious experience of a purely spiritual content."

During the past hundred years since it was written, many have tried to discover this "new thinking" that could help us understand the various spiritual, ecological, social, political, and philosophical issues facing us. But only Rudolf Steiner laid out a path that leads from ordinary thinking to the level of pure spiritual activity - intuitive thinking - in which we become co-creators and co-redeemers of the world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What kind of review?
Are there words to be found for this book? I wish courage to all those who want to give it a try and read it. Life gets different after the experience...

5-0 out of 5 stars A Philosophy of Spiritual Activity
This is a new translation of Rudolf Steiner's most important work. It has an especially good introduction by Gertrude Hughes Reif. However, I preferred the two older titles: "Philosophy of Freedom" and "Philosophy of Spiritual Activity" because the significance of the experience of the book comes across better for me with those titles. This is not a book that can be "read" in the usual sense. It must be worked on because it forces you to think about your own thinking. Through this difficult process you yourself discover your spiritual self, your "I" being. This book should be the most important book of the last 100 years, but it hasn't been because there are not many people who want to discover themselves. That is too fearful and difficult. It is much easier to be asleep or to belong to a religion or to have a guru. For anyone who is brave and courageous about "Know Thyself!" this is THE book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ever wondered how you KNOW anything?
Perhaps one of the most significant questions you can ask in your life: How can I know anything? How can I feel sure that what I hold as the basis for reality has any reality at all? These and other significant life questions are worked through in this remarkable philosophical work. Be prepared to do your own work as you follow the intuitive path that has been carefully outlined by Rudolf Steiner. The careful reader will find few books more deeply satisfying. I have returned to re-read it many times. ... Read more

6. Theosophy : An Introduction to the Spiritual Processes in Human Life and in the Cosmos
by Rudolf Steiner
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Catlog: Book (1994-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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1910. Contents: The Constitution of the Human Being; Reembodiment of the Spirit and Destiny; The Three Worlds; The Path of Knowledge. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Much Needed Wisdom for American Culture
The wisdom in this book is exactly what is needed in America today. In this book, Steiner takes care to scientifically explain his knowledge of human spiritual existence, as he himself has observed it. It is a great help in bridging the gap, so prominent in our culture, between science and spirituality. It is a little difficult to get through in terms of its ease of readability, but don't let that hinder you. The book is written that way on purpose so that as you work through it (re-reading sentences sometimes more than twice) it expands your mind to allow it to accept more complex concepts. I recommend it for everyone.

This work by Steiner covers the fundamentals of spirituality and mankind's place in the cosmos. Chapter One deals with the essential nature of the human being as body, soul and spirit, beginning with the physical bodily nature and concluding with the higher spiritual aspects of our being. The picture that emerges is one of the human being in an evolving process of becoming, where the agent of transformation is the "I". Chapter Two covers destiny and the reincarnation of the human spirit, while Chapter Three discusses other dimensions of consciousness like the soul world, the spirit world and their connection with the physical world and includes with a section on thought forms and the human aura. These worlds are not to be considered spatially, but are states of consciousness, qualitative spaces of inner relationship. Chapter Four discusses the individual's spiritual path and encourages the acquisition of spiritual knowledge with the emphasis on thinking and proving truth for oneself. Steiner sees the first step in this path of knowledge as the assimilation of scientific spiritual concepts. He asks the reader not to "believe" what he says, but to "think" it. It is not a question of belief but of experience. Here his thoughts correspond with those of Jung as explained in Stephan Hoeller's great book The Gnostic Jung And The Seven Sermons To The Dead - that mankind has a need of religious experience, not of belief. Unlike a major portion of Eastern thought which believes in the dissolution of individuality, Steiner's view is that spiritual growth does not take place at the expense of individuality, but through its enhancement. A similar idea can be found in Thomas Troward's beautiful book The Creative Process In The Individual. I would also like to recommend the following works for those interested in spirituality: Cosmic Consciousness by R M Bucke and The Varieties Of Religious Experience by William James. Theosophy is a thought-provoking book that ought to be studied rather than read. The book concludes with a thorough index and a short biography and photograph of Rudolf Steiner. It has stimulated my interest to investigate his other works.

5-0 out of 5 stars Occultists you need to read this
This book accomplishes admirably a view of the world that is not only "new age" but lucid and coherent. He gets around some of the knottier problems of the theology of the soul in very intersting ways. This book is so close to what I have been slowly discovering, that it helped me remove some of the blocks I had concerning spiritual principles. As always verify the truth of this stuff for yourself. But, if you are a beginning occult student who is looking for someone who is trying to help you, this book is a great place to start.

4-0 out of 5 stars From the Mineral Body to the Spirit Self
There are strong marks of the German philosophical tradition in this text, which was originally published in 1910 and revised a number of times until its last version in 1922. Steiner's approach to what he calls "Theosophy" is less baroque than that of either Blavatsky or Besant, although his general conceptual structures have strong family resemblances to their work. His basic model of the human being is triadic with the physical body (emerging out of the ancient mineral domains) being the lowest, the soul body being the middle and mutually connecting dimension, and the spirit body being the eternal and post-personal dimension. He stresses a kind of epistemological or experiential model in which the whole triadic self moves through reincarnations to gain as much knowledge of the real non-subjective world as is possible. Throughout, the concern is with helping the physical self find its way past the delusions of incomplete sense experience into those forms of sense awareness that are open to the occult world. The soul is personal in nature and has the difficult task of bringing consciousness into the body while simultaneously allowing the spirit into both its own consciousness and into its vehicle the body. The soul gives human beings the possibility of finding the depth-sensations behind things (not in a supernatural realm but right here and now). This soul is the center of our experience of the "I" and moves with us after the death of the body. However, the soul is not ultimate and can be defined as the locus where the spiritual world manifests itself in individuals. When we develop the "spiritual eye" we are in a position to go beyond our subjective perceptual distortions and the maya producing desires that twist the real into unreal shapes. There is a strong sense of realism and of German-style vitalism in the book, as well as a theory of knowledge that is deeply Kantian, namely, that our finite categories shape just how we experience things in "this" world." Unlike Kant, however, we have access to things as they really are but only through a kind of seeing that must correspond to the nature of what is seen. Steiner laces the book with helpful, if rather stock, analogies that help the reader to envision the spiritual journey into the increasingly real and eternal laws of the world. This book is a little dense-pack at the beginning, especially where he deals with the causal relations among body, soul, and spirit, but overall it is more readable than much of the literature that usually comes out under the name "Theosophy." Steiner's writing has an almost earthy tone when compared to the air-like quality of, say, Blavatsky. One feels more grounded in, and appreciative of, the world of sensation and pain and pleasure. Above all, this book is deeply commited to the ideal of spiritual growth and is far less elitist than many tomes of its kind. Steiner clearly believed that most people could access the spiritual realm by acquiring the right kind of discipline in the task of thinking. This book is very well worth reading as an overview that also contains some very well argued positions, in particular, concerning the various dimensions of the archetypes.

5-0 out of 5 stars A difficult read, yet profound.
Reading this book was a challenge, even within the confinfes of a study group. I find myself going back to the book every couple of months as I make connections to my life and gain more understanding of the book. I find this book to be an essential part of my quest for self-actualization. Steiner uses the scientific method to explore and explain the various facets of the human being. His exploration of the modern topics of life, matter, feeling, thinking, the sensible and the supersensible, show that he was light years ahead of his time (1909?). If you are looking for the meaning of life, then this is the book to start with. If you wish to learn more about the Truth of thinking and cognition, the you need to buy his book The Philosophy of Freedom. ... Read more

7. The Masters and the Path
by C.W. Leadbeater
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The personalities, home life, nature, and powers of the Mahatmas. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful set of insights from a pioneer of the New Age.
CW Leadbeater (CWL) was one of those early Theosophists who has had a profound influence on New Age thinking and Spiritual Philosophies. Several of his books were "simply" written and can be considered as landmarks for introducing new (if not ancient) ideas into the West. The Masters and the Path was written some years after the time of CWL's "falling out" with parts of the Theosophical Society, and indeed many theosophists even today have not fully forgiven him.

However, CWL had a curious mixture of eccentric and profound spiritual qualities, and it was the latter that shone through in this particular book. What is timeless about this book is not (for once) portrayal of new aspects of knowledge as he did in his "Chakras", or "The Astral Plane" or "Man, Visible and Invisible", which were all good books. The Masters and the Path is the only book by CWL that gives a real insight into the man's spirituality, and his motives in his spiritual growth.

In my view, the energies driving this book, especially in its first half, show the author in a state close to initiation at some level. Hence, his sharing this part of himself is a priceless glimpse for any genuine student of the Path. Growth in understanding as distinct from growth in knowledge comes through this book.

It is now over 70 years since CWL's passing, and perhaps 80 years since he penned the words of this book. CWL will be remembered for his contraversy; his clairvoyance that was under scrutiny by sceptics, his misdemeanors and his "discovery" of Krishnamurti. However, I think this book above all of his others, shows his truest contribution to the Spiritual Cause.

5-0 out of 5 stars True Elightenment
This book contains a remarkable array of spiritual Truths, all dealt with in depth. It is a great work; invaluable for the true seeker of spiritual Wisdom. Each page and chapter contains priceless gems to meditate on and ponder. It deepened my own committment to God & the Path. Leadbeater writes eloquently yet understandably of the Spiritual Realms and the Higher Planes of existence,as well as of well-known Spiritual Masters and Teachers. It is inspiring and uplifting; giving hope to a troubled World of perfection to come. I recommend this book to all who seek to Know and Understand the Divine. ... Read more

8. Neurospeak: Transforms Your Body, While You Read!
by Robert Masters
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Catlog: Book (1995-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Addresses the nervous system through the written word to elicit changes in body and psyche. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars something missing
I've been to a Robert Masters seminar, which,(and I mean this in a very positive sense), was largely influenced by the Feldenkrais method. I was told then about his intention to take the concept to the next level: no movement at all. After the wonderful results at the seminar, I was excited to think that such effects could be had in an even simpler and easier manner. Unfortunately, this book just didn't 'do it' for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
This is an incredible book. Don't listen to that stupid first review.

1-0 out of 5 stars Cheap thrills and an invitation to Eastern religions
Save your money. Other than an invitation to try eastern religions, I found this book to be a complete waste of time. Yup, if you think about relaxing a part of your body, it'll relax. Deep breathing will relax you, and reading about these things will suggest that you do them.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Holy Grail of Self-Help Books
This may not be the only self-help book you ever need. But if you're like me and you've accumulated a lot of books over the years, but haven't managed to stick with the program, this is it! Getting results is not exactly as easy as reading a book. It's about as easy as reading a book and making a sandwich. Without needing discipline or faith or changing beliefs, I have already become more aware of how being in certain positions or making certain motions will cause strain resulting in aches and pains later. I can also count on being able to relax whenever I want and fall asleep when I need to.

It's hard to go into a great deal of detail about what's in the book because what you get out of it will be very personal. I can say that it's been an experience that I will never forget. There is a great deal more to be gained, I'm sure, as one reads the book/does the exercises (They're the same thing! You won't fall into the trap of reading the book and procrastinating on doing the exercises! ) but they're fun, pleasurable and produce undeniable results every time. There's no fear for letting this one sit on the shelf after getting frustrated or jaded. I may even go back through my library and see if I find something that's a bit more useful with my newfound perspective. If you're of a mystical bent, this is an excellent way to achieve an altered state that can serve as a launching pad for your magical journey. For the scientific type, there is no "spoon-bending" or anything else to be skeptical about. Only time-tested, well-researched method that you can test and evaluate for yourself. For the Leary/Wilson types, this is the most effective tool for getting practical benefits from fifth-circuit activation that I've ever come across. And believe me, I've looked, dude.

Bottom line, I highly reccomend it for anyone who posesses a human nervous system.

5-0 out of 5 stars want to Get High?
I have bought this book at least four times and I keep giving it away. I want everyone to read it! The simplest method for experiencing altered states and body transformation. A virtual drug on a page. ... Read more

9. Isis Unveiled (Volumes 1 and 2)
by H. P. Blavatsky
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Helena P. Blavatsky was a world traveler and fearless investigator of unexplained mysteries in cosmic and human nature. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction - but not the method itself
This book is an awe inspiring introduction to the largely ignored esoteric knowledge and history that weaves throughout human history. Blavatsky delivers to humanity a potent clue toward much that is unknown by common people. Those who have read her works develop a new appreciation and respect for mystical traditions the world over and gain more discriminatory thinking, as they are less likely to buy the mass illusion spun by our modern culture. Fortunately, the interested student doesnt have to stop there; previously, those who were inspired by Blavatsky and other such writers were left to struggle with learning how to incorporate such knowledge or discover how to access it themselves, and because she and all other true initiates were unable to reveal the direct and practical instruction that any student would require in order to enter the path, there were and are many who end in frustration, unable to access the experiences and knowledge they crave so much. This is a great tragedy, but it is no longer necessary. This all changed in 1950 when Samael Aun Weor began publishing his works. His works are not erudite, full of bibliographic references or in depth historical analysis: his works are entirely practical, as he was the first initiate duly authorized to reveal to humanity what had always previously been hidden. Thus his works are full of techniques and instruction that every student can use in order to discover in themselves the truths expressed by all the great teachers of humanity. Thus his teachings have spread so thick in the Spanish-speaking countries that you find small towns that don't even have a post office but they will have a Gnostic School. He was allowed to do so because this humanity has become so degenerated and caught in lies and deception that there is no other hope save to offer them a last chance by revealing the beauty of the Great Arcanum in order that some may redeem themselves of the suffering we are all trapped within. Try "The Doomed Aryan Race" or "The Mystery of the Golden Blossom." You can find his works at the Gnostic Institute zshop.

5-0 out of 5 stars The 'religion' of the 21st C.
I can only concur with the verdict of the other reviewers. Blavatsky - and 'Theosophy' generally - have been grossly under-rated and unfairly reviled in recent decades, frequently judged according to ill informed caricatures and distortions. Hence, there is a misleading preconception of Theosophy as occult 'hoo-hah,'or else a kind of 'cosmic porridge' and mish mash of all religion. But there are reasons for thinking that the basic principles of 'theosophy'must be the ultimate 'form' that any truly modern 'religion' will take - because it has had the courage and vision enabling it to perceive that there are no monopolies on the truth. Although fleshed out in encyclopaediac detail, 'Isis Unveiled' and 'The Secret Doctrine' both endeavour to make this point. On purely doctrinal terms, of course, nose against the page, one could spend an eternity - trying to figure out where the world's religious traditions truly converge. But by and large, organised or instutionalised religions have been loathe to relinquish their claim to monopolies on the truth. Blavatsky was very far-sighted in this respect, for her work prefigured the wider search for inter-faith understanding, which characterised the more promising features of religious renewal in the 20th c. Hence, Blavatsky's work has renewed significance and added meaning, at the beginning of a new century - and millennium. While fresh and lively thirty years ago, the search for spiritual alternatives and spirituality fit for a 'new age' has seen conservative reactions setting in. Doctrines once embraced by us - because of a perceived 'open-endedness' - have have since spawned some pretty rigid neo-orthodoxies, born of the the urge to make a fortress of the truth - and bolt the door shut against the rest of reality. Let's not forget the open-mindedness of people like the late D.T. Suzuki - who widened the spiritual horizons by exploring the dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity. Indeed, Suzuki even touched on the parallels between Buddhism - and certain aspects of Islam (i.e. Sufi teachings). Idries Shah spotted the parallels, even hazarding the claim that Zen was in fact inspired by Sufi influences, in part relying on old Chinese legends describing Bodhidharma as a Persian. In view of the Middle East crisis and those who forsee a 'clash of civilisations' - there is something to be said for Blavatsky's ideas, because the only answer is to keep widening the horizons. Come on guys! Let's get out of the religious closets - and live in the bare light of the truth! For all the detail heaped up in Blavatsky's writings, the ultimate point of it all - is to make us conscious of this central, underlying truth. We could make the 'New World' into another Alexandria, in which - rather than producing friction and tension, ethnic and religious diversity serve to richen the human spirit and community.As a multi-ethnic society, united in principle by a common constitution, the New World is - in embryo, a social and spiritual laboratory which could bring new light to the rest of the world. Blavatsky's vision spanned the ancient world and its mysteries, and also peered into the future - sensing seeds of potential. By no means a determinist, Blavatsky recognised that free will supervenes. The wisest expression of that 'free will' is actualise, spiritually, the potential latent in our age of intercultural and global awareness. Give Blavatsky the credit she rightly deserves. Our present economic policies do not work - and will not work, while governed by self-interest. What we really need is to is to see the 'global village' in a cosmic context.

5-0 out of 5 stars "There is no religion higher than Truth."
This is one of the few books that humble me when I contemplate it. Rather, Madam Blavatsky's knowlege and intellect humbles me. Take just about any "newly rediscovered" esoteric topic of any worth and you will most probably find it explained in considerable detail in either this work or _The Secret Docrine_. I am dismayed that so few people, or biliographies, give credit to Madam Blavatsky, or to the Theosophical Society that she founded. I guess we are just too "quaint" and "old-fashion" for the "New Age."
There is just too much encyclopedic knowlege here to simply read through from scratch. You need to work up to it. Try a introductory text like _Ocean of Theosophy_ by William Q. Judge. However, do not be afraid to pick up either volume and simply "browse." I still do this after all these years- and I am still surprised and amazed at what I find.
One further thing, there has been a considerable amount of character assassination against Madam Blavatsky in the last few years. The authors that have penned these attacks have no understanding of the matters that they address. First of all, no one was a stronger critic of seances than Madam Blavatsky. Secondly, the Society has always held that one should never charge money for spiritual matters. As for the ad hominem attacks that she was grossly obese, well, this is the lowest form of slander and doesn't deserve comment. Simply take a look at any of the surviving photographs to see the truth.
Concerning attacks on Theosophical concepts such as the "seven races" and "seven globes", just keep in mind that the perenial philosophy holds that the highest part of what makes up a person pre-exists on a higher plane- and will return there after we cross over. Just remember the old gnostic concept of "seven heavens." Literalism is a mistake in theosophy, just as it has proven in fundamentalist Christianity.

5-0 out of 5 stars isis unveiled
I first read this book some thirty years ago and have reread it often. Combine it with Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine, Alice Bailey's Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Manley Hall's Secret Teachings of All Ages, and Douglas Baker's Esoteric Astrology and Dictionary of Astrology and you have just about the sum total of western knowledge worth knowing. ... Read more

10. Edgar Cayce's Story of Jesus
by Jeffrey Furst
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1-0 out of 5 stars Read this book. You will like Jesus the Christ.
I am not a Christian the way your traditional doctrines define Christian. However, I do believe in The Christ. He is an amazing role model for us all. Knowing about his real story does not change that. It shouldn't change that. Cayce's information fills in many gaps left by the Bible. For those who choose to use the Bible as their only source, this book will scare them because it shakes the foundations upon which their faith is based.

Others of us will enjoy the Story; take comfort in it and perhaps become inspired by it.

If you are non-traditional Christian, a person brought up in a Structured and flawed church (as was I), a pagan, Witch, Spiritualist, atheist... Read this book You will like Jesus The Christ.

1-0 out of 5 stars Recommending the Bible instead, starting with John's gospel
I never bought a copy of this book but was provided an unsolicited copy by the author thirty years ago. I regarded it then, as I do now, as a serious challenge against, not a part of, historical bible-based Christianity. Since spiritism and necromancy are specifically identified and forbidden in the bible (Deuteronomy 18:10-13), it can be expected that a christ portrayed from such sources would also be in contradiction with the bible (fell in the garden of Eden, reincarnated numerous times, sat under eastern masters, etc.). These assertions may be intriguing to someone under the enticement of the occult, but to the orthodox Christian they are utter blasphemy against the Son of God. The book convinced me that Cayce functioned as a spiritist medium as defined in Deuteronomy 18 and that demonic spirits spoke these things through him.

Nowhere in the bible does the Spirit of God endeavor to fascinate anyone with the prospect of spiritual knowledge, rather he deals with issues of the conscience; the imperative of repentance and new birth, and the seriousness of death and final judgement. "And as it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgement" - Hebrews 9:27. Denying these things in favor of reincarnation is serious business as it glosses over personal accountability and the right of a holy God to judge wickedness.

Being a born-again Christian since 1967 and having advised the now-deceased author of my convictions in these matters, I would not recommend this book to anyone seeking Christ, but rather the gospel of John, then the rest of the bible. The true, living Lord Jesus is there. Seek him with your whole heart, keeping his words and you will find him. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" - John 3:16.

5-0 out of 5 stars This could be the most enlightening book you will ever read.
This is it. This is the most enlightening book I have ever read. The author excerpts from the voluminous information provided by Edgar Cayce the information pertinent to Jesus Christ. He compiles it into a single volume and tries to help you make sense of these bits and pieces given by Cayce over decades. I can't wait to read it again. But I warn you, this is not for everyone. You have to be prepared for what you will learn. The prerequisite is a belief beyond a shadow of a doubt that every word revealed through the Cayce "readings" came from the spiritual world. If you are not there yet, you are wasting your time with this book, you won't believe what you read. It is true that the teacher will teach when the student is ready. If you are on a personal Search for God I encourage you to read "There is a River" and other books about Cayce. Once you have read enough to become convinced of Cayce's incredible accuracy in diagnosing and prescribing remedies for otherwise incurable illnesses; once you become a believer, you are then ready to read this. Your reward will be an enlightened insight into the life (or dare I say plural and give some of it away) of Jesus Christ. Much of the information provided corroborates and further explains that which is in the Bible. Read them both and your Search for God will be blessed with the truth, the light, and the way. No one comes to the Father except through Him. Eat of His flesh, Drink of His blood, for he is truly the bread of life. The spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing. The words He has spoken to us are SPIRIT, and they are life (John,6).

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not thoroughly believable
Using excerpts from Cayce's "readings" the author puts forth Cayce's intersting spin on Jesus and Christianity and provides a lot of detail on Jesus life that aren't found in the Bible. Much of what is in the "readings" is obtuse and unverifyable and it's all strung together in a style that renders it disjointed. Cayce goes into such detail, in some cases giving detailed appearences of various characters involved in Jesus' life that it seems legit and you want to believe him. But ultimately, after reading this book and some other Cayce material on the web, I came away thinking that Cayce's "readings" were just some weird manifestation of an extremely detailed "theory" that he had come up with on his own. For example, at one point we're told that Michael the Archangel actually speaks through Cayce. And yet what Michael says is obtuse and more or less meaningless. Why would Michael the Archangel bother speaking through him if he didn't have something remotely intelligible or meaningful to say? The book exercises your imagination, though.

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but disjointed
The author presents information from the Edgar Cayce "readings" which have to do with Jesus and who he was. Essentially, additional details are given about his birth, childhood, ministry, death and resurrection. Cayce's unique spin on the Christian message is blended in and it's very fascinating.

The trouble is that the book relies too much on the "readings" themselves which are somewhat obtuse, instead of just explaining to us what was meant and in what context it applies. The result is that the individual parts of the book don't really blend together into a whole and a lot of questions are left unanswered.

Nevertheless, it presents an interesting spin on Jesus and made me want to read more Cayce-related information. ... Read more

11. Thought Forms
by Annie Wood Besant, C. W. Leadbeater
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I own
If you're into symbolism, intuition, and exploring the human condition -- Thought Forms just might blow your mind. I can't guarantee it for you, but with my life experience the author's depiction of how clairvoyants see our thoughts and spirits acting seems very true. Probably the best book I own on the occult, believe it or not, the statements made with images are profound. If you have any tendency towards being a mystic this book will give you a charge, the content will connect.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Protean World of Thought Formation
There are a number of methods that we can use to clarify and describe something elusive. In my own work I combine phenomenology (which slowly and carefully works through the ways in which something shows itself) and transcendental arguments (which move from what is observed toward what may or must be presupposed to explain what is observed). Using these two methods together can produce a (hopefully) powerful strategy for bringing the more hidden or esoteric realm into the less hidden realm of common discourse and description. Even though they did not use this technical methodological language (especially since phenomenology was just being born in 1901), Besant and Leadbeater were certainly using the same dual approach. That is, in probing into the human aura and the thought forms that emerge within and through it, they carefully describe the data that clairvoyants almost universally report. Since both authors were themselves gifted in this area, they were in a position to evaluate what others had said about those phenomena that reside outside of the immediate boundaries of the human body. The transcendental strategy comes into play when they argue that the world must be set up as a series of more and more refined fields of energy that condense themselves in order to become relevant to the physical orders. Simply put, phenomenology describes what appears in clairvoyant seeing, while the transcendental argument tells us what the world must be like in order to explain just how thought forms got to be the way they are. Three traits emerge from the phenomenological description. Thought forms manifest: (1) color, (2) form, and, (3) variations in definiteness of outline. The correlation of color with mood and even quality of thought is well known in the literature. The form of the thought is correlated with its intention, while the outline is related to the thought's intensity of focus. For Besant and Leadbeater, thoughts are causal agents in the world of so-called physical matter and can act to alter the brain states that are mistakenly taken to be their source. The aura-entwined thought form is causally prior to the later brain state activity (to which it is often reduced). The social aspects of thought form activity are given their proper role and are sometimes manifest pathologically in what Wilhelm Reich called the "emotional plague." It is this plague ridden thought form that lies behind such phenomena as fascism and group psychosis. Of great value are the many color renditions of thought forms and their emotional correlaries. Each thought contains an emotion and vice versa. Musicians will be especially interested in the color plates that depict the energetic effects (pictured as manifesting themselves high above a church wherein the music was played on an organ) of the thought forms of the music of Mendelssohn, Gounod, and Wagner. Needless to say, the music of Wagner's Overture to "The Meistersingers" has the most powerful expression of the three. It broils 900 feet upwards in mountain-like crags with intense color fields of red, green, and purple. Before reading this book I would have laughed at such an idea, but now I am reasonably persuaded that Besant and Leadbeater got it right. John Algeo's introduction locates this text historically and conceptually and prepares the reader for the strange things that are to come. "Thought Forms" is more akin to the real thing than many of the fluff books that came later. This book would make an excellent text for a seminar on esoteric thought because of its combination of careful reflection and iconic representation.

3-0 out of 5 stars An interesting on thought forms
This book shows us a new dimension of our universe. It offers a theory on thought forms that we create every time we think. We create around us (astral plane and mental plane) some forms that affect us and people around us. If we have good thoughts we create pure forms and bad forms if not. Well this book describes differents forms that a medium could see and that is my main reproach. Somebody that has not this gift or who has not developed this power to be able to see in astral or mental plane can't verify this theory. Knowing that in theosophy you should verify before believing, there is a contradiction. So it is an interesting theory and that's all for most of us!

4-0 out of 5 stars Thought Forms
A must read book! It explains how powerful our thoughts really are and the effects they have on others. This book help me to understand why I have and "instant" like or dislike to individuals

5-0 out of 5 stars The most complete explanation of the root of theosophy.
This is the book for those individuals who have ever wondered why they and those close to them utter words and phrases at the same time or know what the other person is thinking before it is said. My analogy after reading the book is that we all trade thoughts much like a radio station. We recieve what we are programmed to or what we are in range of. I reccommend that this study be revitalized for the benefit of our future! ... Read more

12. Christianity As Mystical Fact
by Rudolf Steiner, Andrew Welburn
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The Western esoteric roots of Christianity. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Rudolf Steiner gave a series of lectures, which he rewrote and published as this book, Christianity As Mystical Fact. This important work marks a watershed in the development of Western esotericism and our deeper understanding of the roots, development, and meaning of Christianity.

In his autobiography, Steiner wrote of this work, "My intention was not simply to present the mystical content of Christianity. Rather, my aim was to describe its evolution from the ancient Mysteries to the Mystery of Golgotha in such a way as to reveal forces as work in this evolution that were not just earthly, historical forces, but spiritual, extra-earthly impulses. I wanted to show that the content presented in the ancient Mysteries took the form of ritualistic pictures of events occurring within the cosmos, events that were then transferred from the cosmos to the earth in the Mystery of Golgotha as a sense-perceptible fact accomplished on the plane of history."

Christianity As Mystical Fact is a fundamental book, both in Steiner's own development and that of Western esotericism and for our understanding of the Christ event. Here readers will find the evolutionary development from the ancient Mysteries through the great Greed philosophers to the events portrayed in the Gospels.

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5-0 out of 5 stars As good and prescient as Welburn asserted
I learned about this book while reading translator Andrew Welburn's excellent book The Beginnings of Christianity: Essene Mystery, Gnostic Revelation and the Christian Vision. These two books should be treated as a set. I was apprehensive about reading Steiner, not wanting anything to do with occult, psychic, or reincarnation ideas -- fortunately, none of these appear in this particular book.

Highly recommended to anyone who is interested in the original, esoteric forms of Christianity as a Jewish-styled version of the Hellenistic mystery-religion, as described in the book The Jesus Mysteries, by Freke and Gandy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Christianity's Place in the Spiritual Evolution of Humanity
"Christianity As a Mystical Fact and the Mysteries of Antiquity" is based on a series of lectures by Rudolph Steiner, a metaphysician Linda Goodman has described as unequaled before or since his time regarding all metaphysical writings. The purpose of this book, in calling Christianity a "mystical fact," is not to belittle this great religion but to reveal a new layer of meaning closer to its core than the layers most people know of today.

(I) The book opens with a piece entitled "Points of View". Here Steiner introduces the reader to "spiritual science," which investigates spiritual pheonomena the way natural scientists observe the physical world. In this book, the phenomenon to be investigated is the spiritual evolution of humankind.

(II) In "Mysteries and Mystery Wisdom", Steiner discusses the initiates and truth seekers of ancient civilizations. In each community, there were always two religions, the religion of the people and the "secret" religion. He describes rules, teachings and practices common to all these secret religions, with emphasis on the Ancient Greek Mysteries. Then he illustrates what mystics who achieved enlightenment experienced, quoting the likes of Heraclitus, Plutarch and Xenophanes.

(III) In "Greek Sages before Plato in the Light of Mystery Wisdom", Steiner delves deeper into Ancient Greek philosophy. By shedding the light of the mysteries on the writings of those who modern thinkers call the "Natural Philosophers", he reveals that these ancients studied not the physical world, but the spiritual world.

(IV) "Plato As a Mystic" is a part devoted entirely to Plato's teachings. First, Steiner describes Socrates as an initiate, drawing on the accounts in the "Phaedo", the "Timaeus", and the "Symposium". Then he takes apart a few Greek myths to show how their symbols correspond to mystery images. Finally, he introduces Philo, a Neoplatonist considered a reincarnation of Plato, to show how similar are Plato's path to cognition and Christians' path to Christ.

(V) "Mystery Wisdom and Myth" is a continuation of the previous part, with more analyses of Greek myths and philosophy. Here, Steiner also shows similarities between a parable attributed to Buddha and the Egyptian myth of Osiris.

(VI) In "Egyptian Mystery Wisdom", Steiner digs more deeply into the story of Osiris and the text of the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Then he reveals the parallels in the lives of Buddha and Jesus of Nazareth, proving that Buddhism is also a mystical fact. Unlike the Osiris myth and the story of Buddha, however, the life of Jesus takes the initiations further.

(VII) "The Gospels" examines the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John not as biographies of Jesus as a man, but as myths that speak of the "Mystery of Golgotha" the way the myths of Ancient Greece speak of the Ancient Mysteries. The Mysteries of Judaism are also touched here, because it was to a Jewish initiate that the Logos descended.

(VIII) In "The Miracle of the Raising of Lazarus", Steiner shows what is so special and significant about Lazarus' rising from the dead. (There is more on this in Steiner's "The Gospel of St. John".)

(IX) In "The Apocalypse of John", Steiner uncovers the meanings of the strange symbols in Revelations: the seven churches, the seven seals, the four horsemen, the four animals, etc.

(X) "Jesus and His Historical Background" gives some information on the Essenes and the Therapeutae, who initiated Jesus of Nazareth into the Mysteries. Describing their lifestyle and beliefs, Steiner explains their role in the spiritual evolution of humankind.

(XI) "The Essence of Christianity" is where Steiner finally explains how Christianity differs from the ancient secret religions and why Christian philosophy has rightly changed the world. He also shows how the earliest Christians, and many Gnostics were able to reconcile the Mystery of Golgotha with the Ancient Mysteries.

(XII) In "Christianity and Pagan Wisdom", Steiner compares Neoplatonism, the representative vessel of pagan wisdom, and Christianity, to show why Christianity is so important in relation to the ancient Mysteries.

(XIII) The book ends with "Augustine and the Church". As St. Augustine of Hippo was a pagan who was converted to Christianity, his convictions, quoted by Steiner, are a magnificent illustration of the transition from pagan spirituality to Christian spirituality. St. Augustine set a precedent for the approach to the Christ Mystery that most Catholics follow to this day. Steiner does not judge this path as right or wrong, but does explain why the Christ event has redeemed faith in mysticism.

As most of Steiner's illustrations involve Ancient Greek initiates and early Christian mystics, a background in history and philosophy will definitely make it easier to plod through this book. Fortunately, the reader can get away with information gleaned from the outlines in "Sophie's World" by Jostein Gaarder.

5-0 out of 5 stars New life into the old book
In this book, Steiner describes how Christianity evolved from earlier esoteric traditions such as the mystery schools, Egyptian and Eastern wisdom, and Greek philosophy.

Steiner interprets the life of Chrsit as a model for the path of an initiate. As examples, he offers elegant insights into parts of the gospels which have previously left me "in the dark." Some say that Steiner's approach to the Christianity has been continued by Joseph Campbell. If you like Campbell, you'll like this book.

This book has reinvigorated Christianity for me-- by showing me how it can be interpreted like a myth. Now I can look at the gospels in a new manner, and gain new insights from them.

I think that it helps to have a little background in Greek philosophy to read this book, but I don't think that its absolutely necessary. ... Read more

13. First Steps in Inner Development
by Rudolf Steiner
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Rudolf Steiner was a spiritual teacher who taught, above all, a way of spiritual knowledge - a path of inner development that reconnects the spirit in us with the spirit in the universe. This book brings together for the first time a series of fundamental lectures on how to begin on a path of practice. Presented by one of the great spiritual masters of the twentieth century, "First Steps in Inner Development" contains real wisdom and practicality in the form of exercises that develop the moral qualities and states of consciousness needed for true inner development.

But this is not just a book for beginners; Steiner also discusses more advanced practices and techniques for continued inner development. Wherever you are on a spiritual path - no matter what path you are on - this book will prove a reliable and helpful companion. ... Read more

14. Theosophy: A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Quest Book)
by Robert S. Ellwood
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15. The Secret Doctrine : The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy (Volumes 1 and 2)
by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
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1897. This rare third volume of the Secret Doctrine (virtually impossible to find) completes the papers left by H. P. B.It is a complete course on Occultism!Nothing is left out.Almost 100 chapters.Partial contents:One Key to all Sacred Books; The ABC of Magic; Chaldean Oracles; The Book of Hermes; Three Ways Open to the Adept; Names are Symbols; Characters of the Bible; The Book of Enoch; Hermetic and Kabalistic Doctrines; Numbers and Magic; Occult Weapons; The Duty of the True Occultist; Two Eternal Principles; St. Paul the real founder of Christianity; Apollonius no Fiction; Biographies of Initiates; Kabalistic Readings of Gospels; Magic in Antioch; The Septenary Sephira; Seven Keys to all Allegories; The Mystery of the Sun; Magical Statutes; Masonry and Jesuits; Mysteries and Masonry; Egyptian Initiation; Root of Races; Celestial Wheels; Christian Star Worship; Defense of Astrology; The Seven Rays; Secret Books; Tibetan Prophecies; Swedenborg; Occult Secrecy; and much more!Blavatsky was an occult master. If you are a serious mystical student, you'll need this rare and illuminating book. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The #1 referrence for the library of the Esotericist
This book is the compilation of a vast knowledge of the history of the races of humanity. It is occult, because this knowledge is not known to the young, material, modern scientists. It is knowledge that was inhereted from ancient Indo-Tibetan manuscripts and from the lips of Masters such as KH.: and M.:
This book is an invaluable supplement to the study of esotericism because all of the ancient religions were used to shed light and objectivity to the matters discussed. The description of the Manvantaras, Pralayas, the 7 Root and Sub races, the teachings on the duties of the Avatars (Vaivasvatas), the various clues on practicle occultism etc are keys for the student who is willing to knock on the door of the mysteries.
This book was one of many that clears the way for the teachings of VM Samael Aun Weor ( because within the books of the mentioned author, the Great Arcanum is exposed. Yet to find a book that is clearer and more practicle in this day and age in regards to the matters discussed in "The Secret Doctrine" find Samael Aun Weor's book entitled: "The Revolution of Beelzebub".

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth six stars, but complex and difficult.
This book was a startling and controversial spiritual landmark in 1888 when it first appeared. It covers cosmic, planetary, and human evolution, as well as science, religion, and mythology. It is based on the esoteric Stanzas of Dzyan, with reference data from over 1,200 sources. It was virtually the Bible for the early Theosophical Society, and has continued to be so even today in the 21st century. The work comprises three volumes: Cosmogenesis, Anthropogenesis and a further volume with index and bibliography adding immense value as a study tool. Cosmogenesis is the origin of the universe, while Anthropogenesis is the origin of humanity. In many countries around the world there are study groups dedicated to understanding this book. It is a compendium of nearly all religious and esoteric knowledge available at the time, but gathered psychically by the author. If you know about the life of the author (Blavatsky) the psychic guidance method seems the most plausible means of her obtaining the remarkable content for the Secret Doctrine.

The impact of this book is so great that it should be an essential for anyone into the spiritual growth areas of today. Aside from theosophy, the work in this book is the starting point for all New Age philosophies. It grew out of a social climate of spiritualist seances and psychic phenomena, generalising all that was known then and integrating it in spectacular fashion. Many of the intelligencia of the day were influenced by this work, and wrote books on many aspects of this. It also led a prolonged Western excursion into the Eastern mysteries and religions.

The book adds depth and insights to so many religions and philosophies, and yet follows the edict, "there is no religion higher than truth". For example, it adds to Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Cabbala, Rosicrucianism, etc you name it! It also has a lot to say about the science of the late 19th century. Examples of modern New Age philosophies dependent either directly or indirectly on the Secret Doctrine are:- the Alice A Bailey schools including the University of the Seven Rays, Summit Lighthouse, the I AM movement, Steiner's Anthroposophy, Wicca, many yoga schools, healing energy techniques like Reiki, Shiatsu, etc. There is still much ambivalence even today about the Secret Doctrine and its writings and its esoteric traditions associated with the Himalayan Masters of Wisdom. The best way to resolve these issues is to read the book for yourself. It is a difficult book, even impossible for some students who may be surprised at how strange its language seems at times to those new to such things. But it was written not as a "suck it and see" book, but as a "live with me forever" book. I'm very pleased to recommend it to you.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of the New Age
This book, and H.P.B.'s spiritual movement introduced us to the New Age Aquiarius. Every watered down pseduo-esoteric and spiritual sect has its roots in what this book gives us. This book is profound and holds many great truths and today these groups don't give the layman a fair representation.

There are some misconceptions of H.P.B. found in this book. However, none of them are as bantant as the ones posted within these reviews. For example, the true essense of the seven races are often distored by those who don't really understand.

This book contains information for the person in Esoteric Kindergarden, misconceptions found in this book are transcended when in depth work begins.

H.P.B. said that her entire work is merely an introduction to something larger. That something larger is found with the works, writings, and life of Samael Aun Weor -- a man hardly known in the US, 25 years after his death.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Secret Doctrine - Almost
H.P Blavatsky, like most genuine masters, was completely misunderstood both by her enemies and her students. In this book, one of the most important texts produced by this humanity, she provides an introduction to our most important science: the science of awakening the consciousness. And though she draws an inconceivably vast portrait of our esoteric and "hidden" history and knowledge, she was not allowed to give the keys that unlock that knowledge. So many people who read this book become deeply discouraged, put off, confused or simply irritated. This is hardly a practical introduction to awakening. It is rather a deeply symbolic and allegorical text that outlines many of the more obscure and difficult to grasp aspects of occultism. That was her mission: to show Westerners that our arrogance is built on a false foundation, and we know nothing of the true nature of reality, both scientifically and spiritually. And she did that. But to enter the doors of that reality is another thing. Her descendents had mixed success precisely because many did not comprehend or accept the finer points of her teaching, thus they fell into arrogance, ignorance, or outright criminal behavior. She said that after her would come another who was to open the doors of occultism to all humanity, something she was not allowed to do. That person was Samael Aun Weor. Beginning in 1950, he wrote a series of books (over sixty) that provide all the essential keys that Blavatsky and her contemporaries were not allowed to reveal. Although he is unknown in the English language, his school has spread to every continent of the planet and has several million students. (Because English speakers are so intellectual and are responsible for the degeneration of every teaching that has come to them, the translations have been withheld for many years). Combining the writings of Blavatsky and Aun Weor brings any human being all the keys they need to experience for themselves what these great masters tried to explain to us. See "The Perfect Matrimony" by Samael Aun Weor, now available in English, and the books "Revolution of Beelzebub" and "Revolutionary Psychology." (available on at )

5-0 out of 5 stars "There is no religion higher than Truth."
This is one of the few books that humble me when I contemplate it. Rather, Madam Blavatsky's knowlege and intellect humbles me. Take just about any "newly rediscovered" esoteric topic of any worth and you will most probably find it explained in considerable detail in either this work or _Isis Unveiled_. I am dismayed that so few people, or biliographies, give credit to Madam Blavatsky, or to the Theosophical Society that she founded. I guess we are just too "quaint" and "old-fashion" for the "New Age."
There is just too much encyclopedic knowlege here to simply read through from scratch. You need to work up to it. Try a introductory text like _Ocean of Theosophy_ by William Q. Judge. However, do not be afraid to pick up either volume and simply "browse." I still do this after all these years- and I am still surprised and amazed at what I find.
One further thing, there has been a considerable amount of character assassination against Madam Blavatsky in the last few years. The authors that have penned these attacks have no understanding of the matters that they address. First of all, no one was a stronger critic of seances than Madam Blavatsky. Secondly, the Society has always held that one should never charge money for spiritual matters. As for the ad hominem attacks that she was grossly obese, well, this is the lowest form of slander and doesn't deserve comment. Simply take a look at any of the surviving photographs to see the truth.
Concerning attacks on Theosophical concepts such as the "seven races" and "seven globes", just keep in mind that the perenial philosophy holds that the highest part of what makes up a person pre-exists on a higher plane- and will return there after we cross over. Just remember the old gnostic concept of "seven heavens." Literalism is a mistake in theosophy, just as it has proven in fundamentalist Christianity. ... Read more

16. Jesus Christ, Sun of God: Ancient Cosmology and Early Christian Symbolism
by David Fideler
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The inner teachings of early Christianity and the numerical symbolism of ancient solar divinities. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A solid introduction to the Pagan-Christian connection.
Good first book on the Pagan-Christian connection by an interested a-religionist. A solid general introduction to the pagan sources of Christian ideas, followed by a detailed analysis of ancient Pagan-Christian numerology. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read in a long time.
It has become plainly obvious from the Christian commentary above that they do not like "secular scholars" revealing that Christian philosophy and theology is mostly built on Pagan ideas. The fact is that the above reviewers obviously missed the point of this book.

Fideler spends the first half of the book demonstrating that there is a deeply evolved amount of symbolism in the texts of the N.T. that started 500 years (give or take) before Christ's time (and likely farther back than that). Symbolism that is communicated in numerical metaphors, imagery, harmonics and in poetry and myth that express higher (ineffable?) concepts. With a fuller understanding of Logos, we understand why the "Word" is an inadequate translation and reinforces Plato's own observations on the problem with language. With Clement's symbols of the Dove and the New Song we see how old concepts such as Gematria became "modernized" under the Hellenistic church fathers - expressing new ideas in an ancient way.

One could take many things away from this book: a new appreciation for those Pagan philosophers the Catholic Church is not fond of, an appreciation for the similarities between scientific and mystical thought, or an understanding of the problems associated in literal interpretation of religious works. Fideler covers many things in this book - the only fault I find was that it wasn't twice as long!

3-0 out of 5 stars Missing the Jewish Element
This author asserts pagan backgrounds to many Christian concepts and images. But he overlooks the fact that many of these concepts were in Judaism before much of a pagan influence crept in.

It makes more sense to think that most of these came from the Judaism of Jesus, rather than the paganism of the surrounding culture.

5-0 out of 5 stars Christ As An Aryan Sun Myth. Great Book!
The Christ Myth was created by stealing stories from many different Pagan cultures: both Aryan Pagan and non-Aryan Pagan cultures.
The American Atheist group sold many books on the Christ Myth. There are a lot of books on Pagan Christianity.
Not much in this book is really new, however, the great thing about Jesus Christ: Sun of God is the info about the Christ Myth is in one place, so instead of reading dozens of book, you can read this one book and get almost all the info. So you save time and money by just buying one book.
The Christ Myth by Nicholas Carter is another good one.
Wyatt Kaldenberg

5-0 out of 5 stars An extremely important book
I cannot stop recommending this book to those who are truly interested in the origins of Christianity. David Fideler's book provides solid proof that Christianity is as much of a Greek religion as it is a Hebrew religion. Rather than the common view that Christianity was pure and Hermetically sealed from outside "pagan" influences, exactly the opposite turns out to be true: that Christianity was pagan from the very beginning, that Christianity was a retelling of "pagan" Mystery Teachings, such as the doctrine of the Logos, as taught by Heraclitis, Plato, and others. This is one of those rare books that is so condensed with useful information that every page seems to make you say, "Wow!" And the content has such a depth that the more times you read through the book, the more you get out of it.

Hopefully this book will inspire more study along these lines, and certainly Fideler's book should be considered a classic amongst its field. I wish more people in mainstream Christianity had an open enough mind to allow themselves to read such books. ... Read more

17. The Key to Theosophy
by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
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1890. Being a Clear Exposition in the form of Question and Answer of the Ethics, Science, and Philosophy for the Study of Which the Theosophical Society has Been Founded with a Copious Glossary of General Theosophical Terms. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best historic Introduction to HPB' theosophy
Almost all expositions of Tibetan Buddhism that are current in the west, logical studies of mahdyamika, ethical studies of prajanaparamita, mantra and tankha practice from the Tantric or Varjayana presume upon an intimate knowledge of the arguments, psychology and metaphysics of a Buddhism as described in this work. Even Madame Blavatksy wrote in Key to Theosophy, a popular introduction to the context of her theosophy embodied in her magnum opus The Secret Doctrine, recommended that the Buddhism of Tsong-kha-pa would be an explanation to her own occultism. It took many years before any attempt was made to summarize or introduce even parts of this work. Not because the text was scarce but that the technical command of Tibetan scholastic language, logic, hermeneutics, and exegeses of Buddhist scripture were needed to approach this powerful work. The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path of Enlightenment is the first of a series of three projected volumes. In this first volume the reader is brought into basic Buddhist teachings as characterized in a Buddhist monastic setting, for people of little or middling capacity in religion to cultivate the awakening of Bodhichitta. The work is being expedited by a committee of exceptional Buddhist scholars and is being translated in a straightforward manner without commentary or cumbersome notes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary of Theosophy
'The Key to Theosophy' is a classic of Theosophical mysticism and esoteric doctrine. This book is a must-have for anyone seriously interested in philosophy or religion.

The name "Theosophy" is derived from the ancient Greek for "Divine Wisdom," and is used by the Theosophical Society (founded 1875) to describe a synthesis of philosophy, ancient spiritual mysticism and modern science.

But be aware that Theosophical works such as 'The Key to Theosophy' present a rather controversial view of the universe, and the reader should be prepared for a long process of in-depth study and consideration of ideas that do not follow the normal mainstream of traditional dogma.

The unorthodox philosophy contained in 'The Key to Theosophy' has been abused by such infamous figures as Adolf Hitler and others. But great personalities such as Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Mahatma (Mohandas) Ghandi have also been associated with Theosophical studies. This work is a classic among intellectuals of the 19th and 20th centuries.

'The Key to Theosophy' describes the Universe in terms of Pantheism (which refers to the intimate connection between Divinity and Nature, not "multiple gods" as is commonly misunderstood), and in this way, explains in logical terms a common set of fundamental principles behind many of the religions of the world. Theosophy shows the relationship of the Inner Essence of the soul of mankind to the Divine Source, and makes clear the "how" and "why" behind the Golden Rule and all the moral teachings of the various religions.

In light of the Theosophical explanations, traditional morals, ethics, and spirituality become more than a set of arbitrary dogmatic rules. For those who look closely, even such fundamental Christian principles as salvation and sacrifice become clear.

In addition to 'The Key to Theosophy,' other works of Helena Blavatsky, as well as William Q Judge, Annie Bessant, and Charles Ledbeater provide insight into this fascinating area of philosophy.

I would particularly recommend 'Man, Visible and Invisible,' 'Isis Unveiled,' 'Thought Forms,' 'The Hidden Side of Things,' and 'Golden Precepts.' ... Read more

18. Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions
by Frances Vaughan
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A psychotherapist maps the pitfalls of the spiritual path. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Get This Book
This is a great book by a person who understands psychology and spiritual paths. It is very readable, and puts interpretation on the reader. If you buy only one spiritual growth book this year, this is the book to buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ms. Vaughan does it again
Riding on the coat tails of the Inward Arc, this book takes shadow work to another level. Ms. Vaughan is by far the best in the field of transpersonal psychology. This is a must have book for ALL transpersonal psychologist and transpersonal psychology classes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Belongs Right Next to "The Road Less Travelled"
At least once a month a psychotherapy client or a student in a clinical psychology graduate program asks me what to read for a psychologically sophisticated approach to spirituality. Without hesitation I always tell them about Frances Vaughan's "Shadows of the Sacred," a work of such wisdom, warmth, and practicality that, after they read it, they'll probably want to see her for therapy. Vaughan's knowledge of both depth psychology and spiritual traditions is breathtaking. There's no wholly-headed New Age thinking here. This work belongs right next to Scott Peck's "The Road Less Travelled." It will be meaningful to men and women in all walks of life who are searching for the greater life they sense is possible.

5-0 out of 5 stars A guidebook that points out the potholes in the road !!
I think that religion is an attempt to explain why the world is the way it is in an oversimplified fashion, inherent with limitations. For a critical thinker, this oversimplified version is simply not satisfactory, so we search for universal truths to satisfy our need for greater understanding, but unfortunately there are many pitfalls possible on that search, and this book does a great job of pointing many of them out............a must read for anyone on such a path.....for me it was a great book to read after book I Conversations with Walsch....... ... Read more

19. Start Now!: A Book of Soul and Spiritual Exercises: Meditation Instructions, Meditations, Exercises, Verses for Living a Spiritual Year, Prayers for the Dead & Ot
by Rudolf Steiner, Christopher Bamford
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tart Now! offers an extensive and representative sample of Steiner’s spiritual instructions and meditative practices, including meditation instructions; mantric verses; daily, weekly and monthly practices for the development of soul qualities; karmic exercises and meditations for working with the dead, the angelic hierarchies and our guardian angel.

This is a unique volume in any language. No one serious about spiritual practice — whether beginner or advanced practitioner — should be without it! ... Read more

20. Isis Unveiled: Collected Writings/Boxed Set
by H.P. Blavatsky
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5-0 out of 5 stars A New Platonism meets Darwin and Christianity
I recommend this edition of "Isis Unveiled" as it has detailed endnotes from the editor that situate key textual references within their nineteenth century context. This edition also has an important historical introduction by its editor Boris de Zirkoff. That being said, it is important to note that these two volumes, purported to be dictated or inspired by disincarnate and incarnate personalities, contain a stunning wealth of historical, mythical, philosophical, and semi-scientific material. Blavatsky wrote the text to resurrect what she called the "Ancient Wisdom" during a period of scientific materialism on the one side and spiritualism, with its claims about the life of the dead, on the other. She wished to situate her theosophical perspective within an older Platonic tradition that would give due place to matter (an inferior but quite real position) and yet to the power of spirit to shape and transform matter. Her fight with Darwin did not entail a simple rejection, but rather left the field of physical evolution to him (and Wallace), while making room for a prior (temporally and ontologically) involution in which spirit encased itself more and more in matter. In her view, we have reached the deepest level of involution and are now on the cusp of a return back toward the light of spirit from which we have come. She posited an emanationist Platonic cosmology but one that tried, not always successfully, to honor the science of the nineteenth century. Yet she was also a master polemecist and took on the Christian theology of her time, with special hatred reserved for the missionaries working in India. Unlike the later Jung and Joseph Campbell, she did not see her Platonic archetypal patterns as occuring spontaneously in different cultural basins, but struggled to show (unconvincingly) that all culture derives from India, via Egypt and Greece, and that nothing in the Christian bible could not be found in better and purer form in Indian thought. In particular, she rejects traditional Christian teachings concerning the devil (whom she does not take too seriously as a personal being), the atonement, the uniqueness of Jesus, and the obsession with conversion. However, she posits a primitive and pure Christism of the true gnostic Jesus against the Christian empire which spent much of its time vilifying her work. Her dating of texts is certainly off the mark by the standards of today's scholarship, yet her attempts at finding parallels among religions has now become common coin. This monumental text can vex the reader many times, as Blavatsky makes absurd non-empirical claims, however, her primary philosophical intuitions are clearly on the mark for those among us who find Platonism and Neo-Platonism compelling perspectives. ... Read more

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