August 2011 Blog Posts (10)

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Added by Paulo Baptista on August 31, 2011 at 10:22am — No Comments

Anger: Tale of a Recovering Sociopath


Just want to take a minute and introduce myself properly to the group.  I did not always feel like I do today.  I will not bore everyone with too many details, let us just say that my anger was born during my preteen/ teenage years.  Hating the whole concept of "God" and anyone who tried to control me, whether physically or emotionally.  I set off on my path…


Added by David on August 29, 2011 at 11:54pm — 2 Comments

Threefold gunas in psychology: how the ancients had it right

Recently I discovered how the ancient concept of the gunas (sattva, rajas, tamas or balance/harmony, activity, inertia) can be applied to psychological processes. My work on the self-help introduction involved study of material that immensely helped me to integrate these concepts into the decision making process.


Attached you will find a study on the gunas, seen here as qualities of mind, expressed…


Added by Martin Euser on August 28, 2011 at 7:08am — 8 Comments

Jack the Ripper and Black Magic-- new book examines TS connection to Ripper case


I just noticed this new title from McFarland on Google Books.  It includes 35 mentions of Blavatsky due to the suspicion that has fallen on one individual who was associated with the TS.

Added by K. Paul Johnson on August 27, 2011 at 6:51am — 16 Comments

Interview on "A Mystery of a People" (Melungeons) for North Carolina Public Radio

For most of a decade I took a break from subjects related to esotericism, and focused on my own family history and that of mixed ancestry groups and communities of the US Southeast.  For five years I've been involved with the board of the Melungeon Heritage Association, planning and organizing annual scholarly conferences.  The week after our fifteenth annual gathering, the first in the Carolinas, I was interviewed in Durham along with filmmaker Julie Williams Dixon about…


Added by K. Paul Johnson on August 19, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Celebrating Art Magic, working on Ghost Land

Hi everyone, I'm back after a hiatus of several months, absorbed in various work that I'll post about over time.  The Church of Light convention and history preconference were delightful, and my research on the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor's history well received.  But Emma Hardinge Britten, and Marc Demarest as her biographer, were the stars of the preconference and returning her major works to print is worth celebrating not just for CofL members or Spiritualists and occult historians but…


Added by K. Paul Johnson on August 18, 2011 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Arnaud Desjardins: Cultural Bridge-builder

Arnaud Desjardins: Cultural Bridge-builder Toward the East Moves On

Rene Wadlow


            Arnaud Desjardins (1925-2011) was a leading figure in introducing the broader French public to the philosophies and religious practices of Asia.  His films devoted to Tibetan Buddhist leaders, Indian religious teachers, Japanese Zen philosophers, and Afghan Sufis were widely shown on French television in the 1960s and early 1970s when…


Added by Rene Wadlow on August 18, 2011 at 8:52am — No Comments

"The aim of occultism is identically the same as that which is expressed in more or less imperfect language in every exoteric religion. It is union with the Divine. This can only be accomplished in o…

"The aim of occultism is identically the same as that which is expressed in more or less imperfect language in every exoteric religion. It is union with the Divine. This can only be accomplished in one way, and that is by working with and for the Divine purpose in creation, and since that purpose is good and not evil, is life and not death, is unity and not division, we can only progress according to the energy we exert on the side of those forces which make for righteousness. "


Added by Stuci Firme on August 15, 2011 at 6:27am — 1 Comment

Grounding Our Thoughts

Grounding Our Thoughts


What is grounding? How does one acquire and maintain it during our daily lives?  Most people are familiar with the term "grounding" when dealing with electricity.  We will use the simple example of a lightning rod.  The lightning rod is attached to the house in order to…


Added by David on August 10, 2011 at 12:59am — 2 Comments

Overcome and Shine



"It is your spiritual perception, and ability to create love and balance wherever you go and with whom ever you meet. Living in harmony with all life is a high level of consciousness, and shows that you have achieved a state of Unconditional Love. That Dear Ones is your goal, and you will get there and merge with…


Added by David on August 10, 2011 at 12:58am — No Comments

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