Madame Blavatsky & the Spirit World

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky & Henry Steel Olcott

By RICHARD SMOLEY Séances. Mediums. Apparitions. And fraud. These are a few of the things that come to mind when the subject of Spiritualism comes up. Like so many things in the world of the occult, Spiritualism presents a dual face of mystery and deception. The minute one begins to believe, one comes across evidence suggesting that the whole thing may be a hoax. The minute one starts to think it’s a hoax, evidence appears to suggest there might be something to it after all. So also it must … [Read more...]

Reincarnation: The Eastern View

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By RICHARD SMOLEY Reincarnation has become an increasingly popular doctrine in the West. For example, polls taken in the US over the past couple of decades have shown that between 20 and 28 percent of the population believe in it. The figures for western Europe are similar. What explains the appeal of an idea that until recently was the province of a few occultists and eccentrics? Some of it can be explained by the appeal of Asian religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, to which … [Read more...]

Interview with a Time Traveller

Von Braschler

By FRANK JOSEPH— As someone who has personally known the author of Seven Secrets of Time Travel: Mystic Voyages of the Energy Body for more than twenty years, I can vouch for Von Braschler’s really profound comprehension of practical spirituality. Nowhere is this more apparent than in his latest book, which is not some New Age, airy-fairy attempt at wish-fulfilment.  Rather, from his grasp of classical philosophy and science, he has developed a convincing methodology for transcending time, … [Read more...]

Search for the Mind of God

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By LYNN PICKNETT & CLIVE PRINCE — Stephen Hawking famously ended his 1988 bestseller A Brief History of Time with the statement that, if and when physics finds its long-sought grand unified field theory “we would know the mind of God.”1 Although since then he has reportedly regretted the phrase, and famously announced in 2010 that “God did not create the universe,” his original statement was – knowingly or not – in fact simply a repetition of the underlying quest of the historical … [Read more...]

The Russian Occult Revival

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By LOUIS PROUD — Known in certain new age circles as the focus of the Aquarian age, Russia is currently undergoing a massive ‘occult revival’. Interest in paranormal phenomena, occultism and parapsychology has never been more prevalent. With the end of the communist system, which brought with it the elimination of censorship, the Russian people were no longer forced to repress their interests in spiritual and religious matters. This led to a ‘spiritual renaissance’ of sorts – which is very … [Read more...]

A Way to Live: The Path of Self-Knowledge

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By RICHARD SMOLEY — For all the scarcity in the world, one thing we never seem to be lacking is advice. We’re constantly deluged with exhortations of one sort or another – for diet, exercise, health, wealth, happiness, spiritual illumination. Of course these pieces of advice often conflict. The question then becomes, whose advice do we take? There are few, if any, sources of authority that have not been called into doubt: church, society, government, the media, even the grand edifice of … [Read more...]

Colin Wilson & the War Against Sleep

A young Colin Wilson pictured on his 1960 novel Ritual in the Dark.

By RICHARD SMOLEY — Colin Wilson passed away on 5 December 2013. A tribute to this life and examination of his work written by Colin Stanley appears in New Dawn 143 (March-April 2014). New Dawn Special Issue Vol 8 No 2 to be published in April 2014 contains an interview with Colin conducted by Australian writer Louis Proud. The following article was published in New Dawn on the occasion of Colin Wilson's 80th birthday in 2011.  Whether we agree with him or not, Colin Wilson has to be one of … [Read more...]

Onside with The Outsider: Colin Wilson at 80

Colin Wilson, British author, Goran Haven, Cornwall, 1984. Photo credit: Tom Ordelman

By LYNN PICKNETT & CLIVE PRINCE — Colin Wilson passed away on 5 December 2013. A tribute to this life and examination of his work written by Colin Stanley appears in New Dawn 143 (March-April 2014). New Dawn Special Issue Vol 8 No 2 to be published in April 2014 contains an interview with Colin conducted by Australian writer Louis Proud. The following article was published in New Dawn on the occasion of Colin Wilson's 80th birthday in 2011.  You know individuals have become icons when … [Read more...]

The Spiritual Dimensions of the Martial Arts

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BY ROBERT JAMES BURATTI — He who wishes to live in an oriental martial art, rather than to just practice it on a physical level, must so train his consciousness to attain a self-discipline that at last his conscious mind will merge into an identity with the very principle of life itself. – Maurice Zalle Amongst the usual loud and predictable offerings at the Australian cinema box office last summer, the Hollywood movie The Last Samurai emerged as an interesting alternative for many curious … [Read more...]

Secret Teachings Reborn: The Mysterious Life of Manly P. Hall

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By MITCH HOROWITZ — The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw an explosion of spiritual teachers and impresarios dealing in “secret wisdom.” Their ranks included hacks and frauds – as well as more than a few genuine scholars of esoteric traditions. Most have vanished from memory, their writings a historical footnote.  There exists one distinct figure, though, whose movement and teachings not only survived his passing but are even experiencing a revival in our day. His name is … [Read more...]