Further Reading From My Bookshelf

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•    ‘The Life You Were Born To Live’ by Dan Millman. With the help of numerology getting to know our predestined pathway through life. A must on every Aquarian age bookshelf.

•    ‘The Brain’s Way Of Healing’ by Norman Doidge. A book about one of the many astonishing new ways of healing our whole being. A fascinating read and fine addition to every Aquarian age bookshelf.

• ‘Depression – the Way out of your Prison’ by Dr. Dorothy Rowe
• ‘Beyond Fear’ by Dr. Dorothy Rowe
• ‘The Courage to Live’ by Dr. Dorothy Rowe

The first book is my all time favourite because reading it, many years ago, truly was a life-changing experience for me. However, there were no bright flashes of enlightening, but a gradually awakening understanding within me that we always have choices in life; and that we do not have to put up with circumstances that are no longer right for us and possibly never were.

Over some time, this led me into the realisation that this freedom of choice brings with it the responsibility of acting on our knowledge and learning to choose wisely. To me, the greatest beauty and attraction of Dr. Rowe’s writings always has been that she does not come across as one of those ‘oh, so spiritual’ writers. If anything, she is the opposite. Her writings are in a class of their own; although they are of a deeply spiritual nature, she insists on telling her readers that this is not so. And she is right; on the surface of things, her books are not spiritual ones. It’s hard to explain, but if you have never read any of her works, you really have missed out on something.

• ‘The Art of Effortless Living – Simple Techniques for healing, mind, body and spirit’ by Dr. Ingrid Bacci. As the author points out, it is a book about finding inner guidance by opening the door to our unconscious Higher Self. This is the most important thing we can do in our lives and it is the only way we can learn to live without conflict. To open the door we have to believe that this Higher Self exists and is available to us, and that we have to ask it, so that it may speak to us. Disbelief slams the door shut, while belief opens it. The goal of this book is to offer the reader a comprehensive, practical and pleasurable map of the journey into becoming more fully ourselves and of helping us to find the healing that we and our world so desperately need.

• ‘Effortless Pain Relief – Especially from Chronic Pain’ by Dr. Ingrid Bacci, a worthy companion to and extension of the above mentioned book. For further information on these books, as well as free articles about Dr. Bacci’s work, please go to www.ingridbacci.com

• 'Fear-Less Now: A Manual for Healing and Self-Empowerment in a World of Crisis' by Dr. Ingrid Bacci.

• ‘Anam Cara’ by John O’Donohue.

• ‘The Spirit of the Valley – Androgyny and Chinese Thought’ by Sukie Colegrave.

• ‘What do Women Want’ by Luise Eichenbaum and Susie Orbach.

• ‘The Poisonwood Bible’ by Barbara Kingsolver.

• ‘Home Coming – Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child’ by John Bradshaw. ‘Three things are striking about inner child work,’ the author says about his work. [They are] ‘The speed with which people change when they do this work; the depth of that change; and the power and creativity that result when the wounds from the past are healed.’

• ‘The Medicine Woman’ Tarot by Carol Bridges. The cards are beautiful and they are accompanied by ‘The Medicine Woman Inner Guidebook’. This Tarot is dedicated to the development of the wisdom of the feminine, in both women and men. It is based on the Native American Tradition and contains deep wisdom and insights. I use this Tarot occasionally for family, friends and myself. After having taken an important decision, I find it helpful to consult with my Tarot. Before I do, I follow Carol Bridge’s advice and ask the Angels of North, East, South and West for their inspiration, guidance and protection, and that all I need to know may come into my conscious awareness. The Tarot usually confirms the decision, but if that is not the case, it is a good idea to see whether something important might have been overlooked.

• ‘Many Mansions’ by Gina Cerminara – i.e. ‘My Father’s House has many mansions’

• ‘I Fly Out with Bright Feathers – the Quest of a Novice Healer’ by Allegra Taylor. This is a funny and light-hearted book about all manner of healing methods that are being used in our world.

• ‘We Are All Doing Time’ by Bo Lozoff

• ‘Just Another Spiritual Book' by Bo Lozoff

• ‘Feel the Fear and do it Anyway’ by Susan Jeffers – the title explains it all.

• ‘Heal your Body’ by Louise L. Hay – ditto

• ‘Opening Doors Within’ by Eileen Caddy, in her own words ‘a book of spiritual values – love, joy, peace, gratitude and unity.’

• ‘The Path To Love’ by Deepak Chopra. ‘Spiritual lessons for creating the love you need [in your life].’ His advice in difficult situations is to tell ourselves: ‘Nobody ever solved a situation by panicking; no-one ever solved a situation by refusing to hear new answers; no one ever solved a situation by shutting down.’

• ‘Today Is a Good Day To Die’ by Lorna St. Aubyn

• ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran, 1883-1931, the Lebanese/American Poet. Gibran’s literary and artistic output was influenced by the Bible, Friedrich Nietzsche, and William Blake. His writings in both languages, which deal with such themes as love, death, nature, and a longing for the homeland, are full of lyrical outpourings and are expressive of Gibran’s deeply religious and mystic nature and I just love them.

• ‘The Treasured Writings of Kahlil Gibran’.

• ‘Testament – the Bible and History’ by John Romer, who says: ‘The Bible has had more influence upon Western civilisation than any other book. So splendid are its phrases that many have taken them to be the unmediated word of God. Since its texts were gathered together, the book has been venerated and enshrined, execrated and burned. But whether we are believers or not, the Bible still remains [part of] our heritage, [and is one of] the lynchpin[s] of modern civilisation. It has provided the West with a sense of the sacred and our sense of historical destiny.’

•    Just when I had started to set out the outlines of my new project 'The Patriarchy and Warmongering Through The Ages' in August 2013, my attention was drawn to ‘The Great Cosmic Mother – Rediscovering the Religions of the Earth’ by Monica Sjöö and Barbara Mor, first published in 1987, ten years after the discovery of Chiron. According to this source, the span of our race’s existence on the Earth plane, as far as we can tell, stretches over approx. 500,000 years. Of particular interest I found their comments about the change from matriarchal societies to patriarchal ones, which as far as we know, started about 6,000 years ago.

‘The Bronze Age marks a revolution in social organization. There was a break with the religion of the megalith builders. The Great Goddess still ruled, but no longer supreme. Her son/lover became more and more a dominating War God and Father God, taking over some of her functions and powers as his busy priests remade the old mythologies into his new image. In this they had the help of alphabets and script-writing invented by women of Goddess cultures. The transition from matriarchal to patriarchal organisation seems to have come about in Mesopotamia, as elsewhere, through the political-social revolt of the queen’s consort. She traditionally conferred executive powers on him by allowing him to adopt her names, robes, and sacred instruments and regalia. For example, the widespread custom of the king wearing artificial breasts and long robes, acting as sacred agent of the Goddess. The ‘crown’ on his head was the ‘crown of birth’ from the Goddess – as babies are still said to ‘crown’ at birth. When the king revolts against his sacred role, in order to exploit the secular power of the matriarchal domain, the Mother Goddess religion begins to be distorted. We see the rise of the Father God as secular male usurpation of social, political, and economic power as well as a rewriting of all the old mythologies.

‘With the decay of matriarchal cultures, the [women’s] mystery rites lost their pristine significance as female participation in a female universe. The relation of women worshippers to the young male God, grown from the Goddess’s infant son to an adolescent, to a War God, changes. The relation of son to Mother becomes misconstrued as that of a lover to a bride, then a dominating lord to a servant. And the wild women dance companions of the androgynous Dionysus are ‘legalised’ into submission, becoming weak and fawning followers of a macho-warrior Godhead – or [later] a crucified Christ who denies the Mother.’

I highly recommend the reading of ‘The Great Cosmic Mother – Rediscovering the Religions of the Earth’ by Monica Sjöö and Barbara Mor. Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of ‘The Colour Purple’ called it: ‘One of the most important books I ever read.’ A view I share entirely. The book is an education and its five hundred pages are well worth spending the time it takes reading them.

•    ‘The Colour Purple’ by Alice Walker, the book that won her the Pulitzer Prize. An intriguing and insightful window into the life of a young black woman. Expressed in letter form we journey with her through the torments facing her in the deep South of America. She suffers abuse at the hands of the man she refers to as her father and the easy-to-follow letter format of the novel allows us to easily enter her world. The novel’s purpose is to highlight and to celebrate the resilience and sisterhood of women. It is a womanist rather than feminist novel.

•    ‘We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For – Light In A Time of Darkness’ by Alice Walker. The book’s theme is how we can all do our share of changing our world for the better. Factual, brave, soulful and poetic, all at the same time, the author does not flinch from showing us the underside of today’s earthly realities. Racism, the oppression of women, mutilation, wars, extreme poverty, the destruction of the planet all controlled by media manipulation and mass hypnosis. It is by no means a persecution fantasy and Alice’s poetry adds a great deal to gently guide us, her readers, into a new perspective.

•    ‘You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down’ by Alice Walker.

•    ‘Mutant Message From Down Under’ by Marlo Morgan. A particularly interesting book because there’s much controversy about the origin of the information in this book, i.e. whether it’s fiction or fact. It is supposed to be the account of an American woman’s journey into the outback of Australia, where she goes on walkabout into the desert as a guest of those who call themselves the Real People. From them she learns a totally different way of life and of looking at the meaning of life itself. A refreshing alternative to our materialistic, dualistic and goal oriented Western cultures.

The controversy is not whether the book is fiction or not, although it is complete fiction and is sold under fiction. It is about the author’s untruthful claims that the contents of her book were true. The Aborigines took such offence at this book that they received a government grant to go to the US to openly challenge the claims made in the book. As a result, she said: ‘Oops! I’m sorry, I made it all up.’

Reading the book it is clear that Marlo never set foot in the Australian desert. There are no descriptions of it whatever. The people of the tribe who have invited her carry no belongings with them. In spite of this, whenever they stop and find some food, the prepare a coal fire. Where on Earth, in the middle of any desert, would you just conveniently find that? Apart from these things, it’s an excellent little book – not many pages. Well worth reading. I love reading about other countries, the scenery and the way other people live. If Marlo Morgan had read ‘Golden Soak’ by Hammond Innes before writing her ‘Mutant Message Down Under’, she might have done much better with a description of life in the Australian outback and especially the desert.

•    ‘Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future’ Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche’s philosophy is a testament to unflinching human endeavour in the face of adversity. ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ is a superb exposition of some of the central themes of his philosophy. He believed that the greatest products of human art and literature will necessarily be understandable only by the greatest of minds of the ones who strive to rise above the realities of our earthly existence. This book is at least as accessible as any other works by Nietzsche with its many passages of great humour. Yet the counter-point of Nietzsche’s own personal hates and the inner-anger that one senses beneath the surface of the meanings he tries to convey, create a wonderful insight into the psychology of a prophet who, for a very long time, was not only unrecognised in his own land, but also throughout the whole Western world.

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The Jesus Mysteries

The Most Famous Man Who Never Lived (1)

Rays of Wisdom - Further Reading From My Bookshelf - The Jesus Mysteries

•    Towards the end of the year 2010 my attention was drawn to ‘The Jesus Mysteries – Was the Original Jesus a Pagan God?’ by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy and

•    ‘Jesus and the Lost Goddess – The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians’, its follow-up. Gnostics were the original Christians who, with the passing of time, were brutally suppressed by the literalists. The deeper we move into the Aquarian age, the age of truth, the more of the Gnostic knowledge will be returning to us.

•    And then, to my greatest delight, towards the end of the pandemic year 2020, I discovered another book by Freke and Gandy with the title ‘The Laughing Jesus – Religious Lies And Gnostic Wisdom.’ Resting safely in the knowledge that, with the help and will of God and the Angels, all things are possible and any condition can be healed, I hope and pray that our world’s present state will soon be reaching its natural – and yes, happy ending.

‘The Laughing Jesus’ first appeared in 2005. It follows from where Freke and Gandy’s first two books ended. All three books confirm the insights that, with the passing of time, one step after another came to me intuitively about the Bible and the Jesus legend. Unlike me, the authors were devoted Christians when they started looking for the truth behind the surface words of the Christian teachings.

‘The Jesus Mysteries’ was first published in 1999. ‘Jesus and the Lost Goddess’ followed in 2001 – in the middle of Pluto’s transit through Sagittarius. As pointed out in the chapter ‘Pluto in Capricorn’, the Plutonian energies engage us and our world in the process of breaking down and then rebuilding the structures on which we all depend in more truthful and satisfying ways. The purging and cleansing effect of Pluto’s energies bring to the surface of our individual and collective consciousness that which once was hidden from public view and knowledge. Sagittarius is concerned with vast themes like the higher and highest education, religions and philosophies of our world, including the people who practise them, and the dissemination of their ideas through broadcasting and publishing.

It is not surprising that a flurry of other publications of a similar nature to those of Freke and Gandy appeared during the time of Pluto’s transit through Sagittarius. I read several of them and with each one my inner guidance told me that they were a load of nonsense. However, when it came to Freke and Gandy’s books, it nodded – so to speak – and told me that all of it made a great deal of sense. Each new chapter confirmed that they were indeed telling the truth.

The Freke and Gandy books are an education that, in my view, should not be missed by anyone. By sharing their considerable gifts with us, the authors have presented us and our world with two serious scholarly and meticulously researched works of the highest calibre. My inner guidance tells me loud and clear that they are telling the truth. To me, they are eminently suited to do so the way it revealed itself to them hidden behind many of the surface words of the Bible, especially the life story of the Master Jesus.

It was a great joy for me to discover their work about six years after the creation of Rays of Wisdom and several decades since I first became aware of and felt drawn to looking for and writing down the truth behind the words of the sacred texts of the various religions of our world and Christianity in particular.

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The Jesus Mysteries (2)

The Most Famous Man Who Never Lived

The Great Cover-Up

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The following is an extract from Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy’s book ‘The Jesus Mysteries: ‘Our new account of the origins of Christianity only seemed improbable because it contradicted the received view. As we pushed further with our research, the traditional picture began to completely unravel all around us. We found ourselves embroiled in a world of schism and power struggles, of forged documents and false identities, of letters that had been edited and added to, and of the wholesale destruction of historical evidence.

‘We focused forensically on the few facts we could be confident of, as if we were detectives on the verge of cracking a sensational ‘whodunnit’, or perhaps more accurately as if we were uncovering an ancient and unacknowledged miscarriage of justice. For, time and again, when we critically examined what genuine evidence remained, we found that the history of Christianity bequeathed to us by the Roman Church was a gross distortion of the truth. Actually the evidence completely endorsed the Jesus Mysteries Thesis! It was becoming increasingly obvious that we had been deliberately deceived, that the Gnostics were indeed the original Christians, and that their anarchic mysticism had been hijacked by an authoritarian institution which had created from it a dogmatic religion – and then brutally enforced the greatest cover-up in history.

‘One of the major players in this cover-up operation was a character called Eusebius who, at the beginning of the fourth century, compiled from legends, fabrications and his own imagination the only early history of Christianity that still exists today. All subsequent histories have been forced to base themselves on Eusebius’ dubious claims, because there has been little other information to draw on. All those with a different perspective on Christianity were branded as heretics and eradicated. In this way falsehoods compiled in the fourth century have come down to us as established facts.

‘Eusebius was employed by the Roman Emperor Constantine, who made Christianity the state religion of the Empire and gave Literalist Christianity the power it needed to begin the final eradication of Paganism and Gnosticism. Constantine wanted ‘one God, one religion’ to consolidate his claim of ‘one Empire, one Emperor’. He oversaw the creation of the Nicene creed – the article of faith repeated in churches to this day – and Christians who refused to assent to this creed were banished from the Empire or otherwise silenced.

‘This ‘Christian’ Emperor then returned home from Nicaea and had his wife suffocated and his son murdered. He deliberately remained unbaptised until his deathbed so that he could continue his atrocities and still receive forgiveness of sins and a guaranteed place in heaven by being baptised at the last moment. Although he had his ‘spin doctor’ Eusebius compose a suitably obsequious biography for him, he was actually a monster – just like many Roman Emperors before him. Is it really at all surprising that a ‘history’ of the origins of Christianity created by an employee in the service of a Roman tyrant should turn out to be a pack of lies?

‘Elaine Pagels, one of the foremost academic authorities on early Christianity, writes: ‘It is the winners who write history – their way. No wonder, then, that the traditional accounts of the origins of Christianity first defined the terms (naming themselves ‘orthodox’ and their opponents ‘heretics’); then they proceeded to demonstrate – at least to their own satisfaction – that their triumph was historically inevitable, or, in religious terms, ‘guided by the Holy Spirit’. But the discoveries [of the Gnostic gospels] at Nag Hammadi reopen fundamental questions."

‘History is indeed written by the victors. The creation of an appropriate history has always been part of the arsenal of political manipulation. The Roman Church created a history of the triumph of Literalist Christianity in much the same partisan way that, two millennia later, Hollywood created tales of ‘cowboys and Indians’ to relate ‘how the West was won’ not ‘how the West was lost’. History is not simply related, it is created. Ideally, the motivation is to explain historical evidence and come to an accurate understanding of how the present has been created by the past. All too often, however, it is simply to glorify and justify the status quo. Such histories conceal as much as they reveal.

‘Daring to question a received history is not easy. It is difficult to believe that something which you have been told is true from childhood could actually be a product of falsification and fantasy. It must have been hard for those Russians brought up on tales of kindly ‘Uncle Joe’ Stalin to accept that he was actually responsible for the deaths of millions. It must have strained credibility when those opposing his regime claimed that he had in fact murdered litany of the heroes of the Russian revolution. It must have seemed ridiculous when they asserted that he had even had the images of his rivals removed from photographs and Completely fabricated historical events. Yet all these things are true.

‘It is easy to believe that something must be true because everyone else believes it. But the truth often only comes to light by daring to question the unquestionable, by doubting nations which are so commonly believed that they are taken for granted. The Jesus Mysteries Thesis is the product of such an openness of mind. When it first occurred to us, it seemed absurd and impossible. Now it seems obvious and ordinary. The Vatican was constructed on the site of an ancient Pagan sanctuary because the new is always built upon the old. In the same way Christianity itself has as its foundations the Pagan spirituality that preceded it. What is more plausible than to posit the gradual evolution of spiritual ideas, with Christianity emerging from the ancient Pagan Mysteries in a seamless historical continuum? It is only because the conventional history has been so widely believed for so long that this idea could be seen as heretical and shocking.

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The Jesus Mysteries (3)

The Most Famous Man Who Never Lived

Recovering Mystical Christianity

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‘As the final pieces of the puzzle were falling into place, we came across a small picture tucked away in the appendices of an old academic book. It was a drawing of a third-century CE amulet. We have used it as the cover of this book. It shows a crucified figure which most people would immediately recognise as Jesus. Yet the Greek words name the figure ‘Orpheus Bacchus’, one of the pseudonyms of Osiris-Dionysus. To the author of the book in which we found the picture, this amulet was an anomaly. Who could it have possibly belonged to? Was it a crucified Pagan deity or some sort of Gnostic synthesis of Paganism and Christianity? Either way it was deeply puzzling. For us, however, this amulet was perfectly understandable. It was an unexpected confirmation of the Jesus Mysteries Thesis. The image could be that of either Jesus or Osiris-Dionysus. To the initiated, these were both names for essentially the same figure.

‘The ‘chance’ discovery of this amulet made us feel as though the Universe itself was encouraging us to make our findings public. In different ways the Jesus Mysteries Thesis has been proposed by mystics and scholars for centuries, but has always ended up being ignored. It now felt like an idea whose moment had come. We did, however, have misgivings about writing this book. We knew that it would inevitably upset certain Christians, something which we had no desire to do. Certainly it has been hard to be constantly surrounded by lies and injustices without experiencing a certain amount of outrage at the negative misrepresentation of the Gnostics, and to ‘have become aware of the great riches of Pagan culture without feeling grief that they were so wantonly destroyed. Yet we do not have some sort of anti-Christian agenda. Far from it.

‘Those who have read our other works will know that our interest is not in further division, but in acknowledging the unity that lies at the heart of all spiritual traditions – and this present book is no exception. Early Literalist Christians mistakenly believed that the Jesus story was different from other stories of Osiris-Dionysus because Jesus alone had been a historical rather than a mythical figure. This has left Christians feeling that their faith is in opposition to all others – which it is not. We hope that by understanding its true origins in the ongoing evolution of a universal human spirituality, Christianity may be able to free itself from this self-imposed isolation.

‘While the Jesus Mysteries Thesis clearly rewrites history, we do not see it as undermining the Christian faith, but as suggesting that Christianity is in fact richer than we previously imagined. The Jesus story is a perennial myth with the power to impart the saving Gnosis which can transform each one of us into a Christ, not merely a history of events that happened to someone else 2,000 years ago. Belief in the Jesus story was originally the first step in Christian spirituality – the Outer Mysteries. Its significance was to be explained by an enlightened teacher when the seeker was spiritually ripe. These Inner Mysteries imparted a mystical knowledge of God beyond mere belief in dogmas.

‘Although many inspired Christian mystics throughout history have intuitively seen through to this deeper symbolic level of understanding, as a culture we have inherited only the Outer Mysteries of Christianity. We have kept the form, but lost the meaning. Our hope is that this book can play some small part in reclaiming the true mystical Christian inheritance.’

Chapters two and three are extracts from
‘The Jesus Mysteries – Was the Original Jesus a Pagan God?’
by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy

Recommended Reading:
•    ‘Christmas In The Age Of Truth’
•    ‘What Is The Age Of Aquarius?’
•    ‘The Aquarian Revelations’

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White Eagle Publications

‘The Book of Star Light’ – White Eagle Quotes. White Eagle’s words are as wise, beautiful, gentle, kind and loving as always.

‘The Gentle Brother – Words of Wisdom to all on the Spiritual Path’ White Eagle. I cannot think of a better introduction to this book than the quote on its back cover: ‘Never forget that you have within you this power, this light, generated by love; and that you have to train yourself through love towards God and humankind, to generate this light, this dynamic power. The light of the spirit can shine from your heart, from your whole body. The heart-centre of a person can be like a torch on a dark night, and can cast a beam into darkened highways.’

‘Morning Light – on the Spiritual Path – first in White Eagle’s Morning Light series. Good things come in small parcels is probably the most appropriate description for this series of four slim volumes. Like all W.E. books this one is filled with a wisdom that is so profound, so deep, kind and loving that it freely flows like a healing balm into one’s soul whenever one reads any of his teachings. It is something that by rights cannot be described, but has to be experienced.

‘Sunrise – In Love there is no Separation’ White Eagle. Volume two in the above mentioned series, a delightful little book – quite literally because it has only 61 pages. But what a treasure! It is supercharged with the most profound wisdom about life, death and the hereafter.  In his unique gentle and loving manner W.E. explains the great concepts of transfiguration and resurrection, as demonstrated by the Master Jesus in his life and which every soul must go through eventually. He talks in great detail about life in the world of spirit and shows us the importance of conducting our Earth lives in the right manner, i.e. ever more orientated towards the living spirit behind it.

‘Golden Harvest – How to transform your Life through Love’ White Eagle. Again I feel the best introduction to this book is the quote from its back cover: ‘Within you is the golden light of the Sun, and only you can release this radiation from within your own centre. Try to realise that within your heart-centre is the same blazing golden Sun, as the one you contemplate in your aspirations, and that this infinite source of power is within your own being.’

‘Wisdom from White Eagle’. I quote once more from the back cover: ‘The subjects covered in this book include the reality of invisible worlds, the Universal spirit, inner attunement and unfoldment, life on other planes of existence, Divine law, clairvoyance and how to develop the higher consciousness. While deeply informative, it also brings new hope.’

‘The Beautiful Road Home – Living in the Knowledge that you are Spirit’ White Eagle. Among the topics covered in this book is the question: ‘What is our world coming to?’ W.E. explains that wars are due to and part of international Karma. He talks about: surrendering our troubles to God; the soul; death; pain and suffering; the fear of war; the worship of the Great Mother of all Life; the power of thought and of love; a new Heaven and a new Earth; humankind’s descent into matter and many others.

‘Minesta’s Vision’ – A centenary Collection of Grace Cooke’s Writings. After careful consideration, I have placed this book after White Eagle’s, because I sense that she would not want to be honoured before him. Grace Cooke was the channel through whom W.E. worked and Minesta was the name he had given her. Actually, this is more a brochure than a book, but it certainly deserves to be mentioned here.

On the front cover is a picture of Minesta in her later days. She is still beautiful; the inner beauty of her soul shines especially through her eyes. They seem to look sad and also slightly amused at the human spectacle that she had to witness in her time. Thank you, Grace, you are still loved and appreciated for all the wonderful work you did on behalf of us all. Thanks be to God and the Angels, for bringing you to our world, for helping you to fulfil your predestined purpose and walk the path that had been allocated to you, by sharing your precious gifts with us all. You are not forgotten – you never will be.

‘Stella Polaris’, the magazine of the White Eagle Lodge. An enlightening bi-monthly read.

‘Altair’, the journal of the White Eagle School of Astrology. Warmly recommended tri-monthly read for those who are interested in astrology.

‘Illumination’ Volume 1 First published in 1937, it introduces itself as ‘a little book presenting the teaching of the White Brotherhood, as given through “W.E.”.’ This small volume is filled with White Eagle’s gentle wisdom that has become so familiar and dear to many throughout our world. It was sent to me by a when the editing of RJ2 was already at an advanced stage. What astonishes me most about this precious gift is that so much wisdom was already available somewhere in our world, just before and during the outbreak of World War Two. I enjoyed this book so much that I subsequently bought a whole collection of further W.E. books and started to work my way through them, one by one. Time and again, I have been amazed and delighted to find how well they complement my own writings, and how many confirmations of the inspiration that flowed through me the W.E. books contain. There now follows a brief revision of the ones I have managed to read thus far.

‘White Eagle on Reincarnation’ – a wonderful read, filled with White Eagle’s gentle wisdom.

‘Memories of Reincarnation’ by Grace Cooke, the spiritual medium through whom White Eagle worked. For two reasons this is an excellent companion book to the one above. The first is that it allows us some interesting insights into two ancient civilisations. And the second is that it also gives an idea of the evolutionary progress that is possible for a human soul and how this continues, throughout the ages.

‘Jesus – Teacher And Healer – From White Eagle’s Teaching’. Another wonderful read and highly recommended. The following is the first paragraph of the book’s first chapter ‘Jesus The Christ’. It probably explains the purpose behind this book better than anything else could. ‘Whenever White Eagle spoke, he had a remarkable way of conveying more than just words. While talking very sim¬ply, he would seem to bring an awareness of what lay behind the words. He would not dogmatise. So often in his talks it would seem that his real purpose was first of all to give. He would bring a blessing. He would make his listeners feel that they too were part of a world of light, and of love, that was wider than that of everyday life – and yet not separate from it. In so much of his teaching he based what he had to say on the life and philosophy of Jesus; and it was perhaps when he spoke about the figure of Jesus that he seemed to have least concern with mental argument, but would above all, and simply, bring a quality of love to the heart. He would love. He would not try to persuade his earthly listeners to follow a particular line of thought. However, in the light that he brought one would realise that he was also speaking to what he would call the higher mind.’

‘The Light Bringer – The Ray of John and the Age of Intuition’ White Eagle. Another great read and warmly recommended, which introduces itself as follows: ‘The question of whether there is to be a new world teacher for the Aquarian Age, and who he or she will be, has fascinated men and women for a hundred years and more. Will the teacher manifest as a being in a human body? Will he or she be a teacher to be found in our own hearts? What will be the message of the new teacher? Will his or her coming be accompanied by great changes and cataclysms? Is the new teacher already here? In this fascinating book, which will open the heart as well as the mind, White Eagle not only seeks to answer these questions but to take our understanding further. He speaks of the Light which can shine through any human being and how it is brought to humanity. He also talks about our developing intuition, about how we can change within, and why we can watch changes in the world and the planet with faith and calm¬ness, knowing through inner assurance the wis¬dom of the plan. All life leads forward. Beyond the immediate change we can embrace is the promise that we may one day leave death right behind.’

‘The Living Word of St. John – White Eagle’s Interpretation of the Gospel’. To my mind, the extract I have chosen from one of its chapters is the best introduction that anyone could find for this book. When you extend what is being said in it to the whole of the book, you have before you not only its essence but also that of the whole of the message the world of spirit is bringing to our world, through White Eagle. Here it is:

‘The truths taught long ago by Jesus, and so beautifully written down by John, have to be known and lived. They have not been so lived except by a few saints. Even these saints were limited by the world of their day. Now we are coming to a new age, and these same teachings of John are going to found a new church, but not a church such as you know today. The church of St. John [as based upon the Gospel of St. John, the beloved disciple of the Master Jesus] will be built into people’s lives, into their hearts, into their souls.

Each person will [need to] learn to worship in his or her own temple – that is, in the sacred place of the heart. People will not live by physical values only, but by the light of their own spirit, and their own spirit will show them how to behave towards their companions. There will be no need then for social legislation. The foundations of the church of St John will be laid on pure spirit. The cathedral will be raised out of people’s lives. On Earth will come the spirit of perfect brotherhood. Then people will longer foolishly worship Mammon. The prince of this world will recede and fall away before the spirit of love and brotherhood. I AM THAT I AM; I AM the divine flame’, sayeth the Christ.’

• ‘White Eagle on The Great Spirit’

• ‘White Eagle on Divine Mother – The Feminine and The Mysteries’

• ‘White Eagle on Intuition – Initiation’

• ‘Heal Thyself – Your Key to Spiritual Healing and Health in Mind and Body’

• ‘Spiritual Unfoldment 1 – White Eagle. How to discover the Invisible Worlds and find the Source of Healing.’  To my mind, nothing can describe the aim of this work better than letting the following an extract from its last page speak: ‘So we would say that if you long for spiritual development, for unfoldment of spiritual vision, give yourself in service to heal the sick. The Christ through Jesus of Nazareth said: ‘Feed my lambs.’ Feed the sick souls of your companions, through spiritual service, spiritual healing. Thus, you will be serving selflessly not only present but future generations [and in that way also yourself, when you return to earthly life in future lifetimes]; you will [also] be helping God to create a better state of life for all people on Earth.’

• ‘Spiritual Unfoldment 2 – White Eagle. The Ministry of Angels and the Invisible World of Nature’. The same as with the previous book, I would like to let this one speak for itself, by quoting something from one of  its chapters, the one called ‘In Harmony with Life’: ‘Endeavour as you look on any physical form to look into that form and to the spirit [that dwells within it]. See it in the very roots of the trees, in the trunk, branches and the leaves. See the white light [within the physical form] rising as the sap rises. See this phenomenon taking place in the flowers and bushes and tress and all nature.

Look always for the spirit behind or within all form. Become en rapport with this God life in everything. Realise it [know that it is there] in the air you breathe, in the water you drink and bathe in; see it in the sky, in the winds, in the air; see it in the fire. Cultivate this inner gift [the ability of inner vision]; call it, if you like, imagination, but remember that imagination is the bridge which will take you across physical matter into the etheric and indeed into the celestial world. By using this gift, you can help yourselves and all humankind. It will [help you to] create harmony in you and beauty in your lives, for you will [then] have realms revealed to you, of which you know nothing at the present time.’

• ‘Spiritual Unfoldment 3 – White Eagle – The Way to the Inner Mysteries’. Again, nothing can explain the essence of this book better than the following quote from the chapter ‘The Ancient Mystery Schools’: ‘Today all are free to seek the mysteries. Once a man or a woman longs for wisdom, not out of curiosity or to satisfy a greedy mind, or for his or her own satisfaction, but that he or she may serve [God and humankind to relieve the ignorance and suffering of this world], then they set their feet upon a path which leads ultimately to enlightenment.

• When a soul, through this great longing and searching finds his or her path, then teaching and guidance come from the invisible. Having found his or her path the soul should remain true to it, [always] be true to the inner light. We suggest: follow the one, avoid the many; be true to your inner light [what you within your own heart know to be true], and the mysteries of the invisible worlds will be revealed to you in the degree that you are ready and will use the knowledge thus attained in selfless service. And remember, service can take many forms. You are not bound to this or that particular form of service, but you should obey the guidance of your heart [where your inner teacher dwells].’

• ‘Spiritual Unfoldment 4 – White Eagle – The Path to the Light’. Once more, may the book speak for itself with its message of peace and hope for us and our world: ‘You have been told many times of the great development which is coming on the Earth, [the Age of Aquarius which is taking us forward into the time] when life will be harmonious and beautiful, and when men and women will live together in the brotherhood of the spirit. But sometimes you are discouraged by what you see; you look upon the sufferings of humankind and feel indeed you are gazing upon another crucifixion of Christ. You must not be cast down, dear brethren, but look up, and endeavour to see the vast company of shining spirits, human and angelic, whose light is slowly penetrating the mists surrounding the Earth. Those unhappy conditions which distress you so much will pass. Remember they are working out a purpose in matter; and the day will come when you will be filled with joy and thanksgiving at the outworking of the Divine plan.’

Having worked my way through the above White Eagle books one by one – quite a few more are waiting to be read – all I can say that each one, in its own way, is as profound and deeply inspirational as all the others. They contain so much wisdom that I thoroughly recommend them to anyone.

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Astrology Books

• ‘Astrology for the New Age – An Intuitive Approach’ by Marcus Allen, for my liking is the best astrology book I have ever come across.

• ‘The Way of the Sun – Festivals of the Year’ White Eagle. I believe it has been re-published and is now available as ‘Festivals and Celebrations’. A good book for finding a better understanding of how the ancients celebrated all those feasts that for most people, these days, unfortunately have lost their true meaning. It is not really an astrological book, but fits very well into this part of my list.

• ‘The Labours of Hercules – An Astrological Interpretation’ by Alice A. Bailey

• ‘The Astrology of Karma – How our past, present and future lives are revealed by the birth chart’ by Pauline Stone

• ‘Saturn – A New Look at an Old Devil’ by Liz Greene

• ‘The Gods of Change – Pain, Crisis and the Transits of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto’ by Howard Sasportas

• ‘Chiron and the Healing Journey – An Astrological and Psychological Perspective’ by Melanie Reinhart

• ‘Moon Signs – Discover the Hidden Power of Your Emotions’ – by Sasha Fenton

• ‘Rising Signs – The Astrological Guide to the Image We Project’ by Sasha Fenton

• ‘Wisdom in the Stars’ by Joan Hodgson, former principal of the White Eagle School of Astrology. Warmly recommended to anyone who is interested in the Astro Files. Joan’s insights provide further valuable clues about the intended pathway of the human soul and spirit, as each one of works their predestined way through the zodiac on the great wheel of life.

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The God Of Surprises

• ‘God of Surprises’ by Gerard W. Hughes

For many years now I have been living my life completely intuitively. That is also how I choose my reading material and that means reading whatever I feel drawn to, at any given time. Invariably, it is something that helps me find a greater understanding of some situation in my own life or life in general. Thus it came about a very long time ago that ‘The God of Surprises’ by Gerard W. Hughes came my way. It is the most surprising book of spiritual guidance I have ever encountered.

Hughes writes about himself: ‘I am a Catholic, a priest and a Jesuit. Many people still think that Catholic priests, perhaps Jesuits especially, never suffer confusion, bewilderment or disillusion. I do.’ When Gerald Priestland says about the book: ‘One of the great books of spiritual guidance’, he is spot on. It is probably the most wonderful and genuinely enlightening book I have ever come across. There is such an incredible amount of ‘garbage literature’ on the market when it comes to spiritual books, that to read this one is most refreshing. It was first published in 1985 and my copy is from the twenty-ninth reprint in 1994.

Bearing in mind what was said in the preface, it clearly is the author’s job to at least try to keep his readers within the folds of his Church. It is only too understandable that he is trying to safe-guard the Church as an institution, true to his Jesuit background. I would not hold that against him or his book. But, it is only fair to mention that he suggests that big changes need to be made by both readers and Church. He does not spare them the fact that any valid changes can only come from within. Reader and Church alike, if they did follow his guidance, would stand to benefit enormously, for Gerard really does know what he is talking about.

As for myself, I do not find it difficult to discard and ignore the parts where he suggests that the Church, its rituals and all the paraphernalia that go with it, are essential – to them, no doubt they are. I just remind myself that he is a priest after all and one who must officially have been given permission by his Church and order to write this book. It is a peace making effort, a work of re-conciliation, well worthy of a read. Easy to see why this most unusual book has been so successful and that those who pay attention to it, one way or another can be sure to get a great deal of benefit from it. Clearly, some remarkable changes are coming from the direction of the Church herself. Having lived several years in Ireland, I know first hand that there is evidence of an astonishingly enlightened priesthood, especially among the young.

Refreshingly for a man of the cloth the author acknowledges God’s Universality instead of that of his church; he addresses himself to all religions. Bearing in mind that it is his job to market Churches, he does not insist that they should be either Christian or Catholic. That I find truly remarkable and does it not make a wonderful change for starters? As always, actions speak louder than words and the Churches seem to be demonstrating through their behaviour, especially on topics like ‘women for the priesthood, divorce, and birth control’, that they themselves are not paying sufficient notice to what people like Gerard Hughes have to contribute. Empty Church buildings are valid evidence that this is happening to their detriment. I wonder whether as yet it has dawned on any of the hierarchies within the belief systems of our world that, basically, people do not need them at all. Jesus Christ does not seem to have approved of churches either. The experts consider St. Paul to have been the founder of Christianity.

My feeling is that, if any of our religions would like to survive into the New Age, the first thing they have to come to terms with is that they need us more than we need them. So, on the strength of that, who is most in need of change? Be that as it may, I am sure that those readers who, with Gerard’s help, find their own way to the One, who lives within each and every one of us, will never look at God in the wrong way or be lost and confused again.

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The Lamsa Bible

• The last but by no means the least entry in my booklist is ‘The Holy Bible – translated by The Reverend Dr. George M. Lamsa. Lamsa was born 1892 in Mar Bishu, now the extreme east of Turkey; he died 1975. He was a native Aramaic speaker and translated the Aramaic Peshitta, which means literally ‘straight, simple, sincere and true’ into English versions of the Old and the New Testament. The translations are based on the nine surviving ancient original Aramaic texts, which have never been revised or tampered with. Lamsa spoke eight other languages and served as translator on numerous occasions for governments and important institutions and he spent more than thirty years on the translation of the New and Old Testaments.

Protected in a Living Time Capsule For Sixteen Centuries in the Mountains of Northern Mesopotamia, the Aramaic Bible, called the Peshitta in the Middle East, was translated into English, for the first time in 1933 and published as ‘The Holy Bible from Ancient Eastern Manuscripts’ in 1957. Having the Peshitta as a reference has made it possible to correct numerous spelling and contextual errors that crept into all later Translations of the Bible. Lamsa tell us that among the most consistent translation errors were those that involved the knowledge of the Holy Spirit and of the soul.

This very special Bible is among my most treasured possessions, in spite of the fact that not by any stretch of the imagination could anyone call me a Bible thumper. I have never lived on a constant diet of Bible studies, but just to hold this magnificent book in my hands feels like a rare privilege. Intuitively, I sense its warmth and I am aware of handling a sacred jewel; the same happens with White Eagle’s teachings. Compared to these two my King James Bible has a cold and neutral feeling.

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What Does Truth Mean To Me?

From ‘Communion’ in Stella Polaris December/January 2005/6: ‘Some people are always inspired unconsciously. They do not appear to use the physical brain, but seem to receive information without studying books. It flows through them like water through a channel. They learn how to give their confidence and trust to the Divine spirit and so get right to the heart of truth. It is very useful sometimes without having to pore over books. Nevertheless, we know the latter to be necessary because people want facts instead of inspiration, which is the result of attunement with simple and childlike trust to the Great Spirit, to God. ‘Take no thought what ye shall say,’ said the Master. Take no thought; what is to be said will be put into your mouth.’

‘Truth that flows into your heart can remain very calm. The wise person never argues about truth. There is no need. When you have truth, you have inner knowing. You all experience this at times: that certain inner knowing. We do not mean mental arrogance that is very sure of its cleverness, but that quiet inner knowing that never wants to argue. It just is true; it is God. You can be quite still and quite happy. If the other companions of your toils do not want to know your truth that does not matter. They also will receive truth in their own way. They will get inner knowledge in time.’

The way I interpret this is that White Eagle means that some people are always inspired unconsciously intuitively. They do not appear to use the physical brain, but seem to receive information without studying books. It flows through them like water through a channel. They learn or rather they have learnt how to give their confidence and trust to the Divine spirit. And so, for them, it is possible for them to get right to the heart of truth. This is very useful sometimes without having to pore over books. Nevertheless, we know the latter to be necessary because some people still want and need what to them appears to be facts or rather, they think they are dealing with facts because they are looking at something in print instead of inspiration that has come about through attunement with simple and childlike trust to the Great Spirit, to God. ‘Take no thought what ye shall say,’ said the Master. Take no thought, for what is to be said will be put into your mouth or your hand holding a pen or your fingers on the keyboard.

Truth that flows into your heart comes directly from God. Therefore, it is true and because you know that this is so, no matter what anyone says about it, you can afford to remain very calm. The wise person never argues about truth. They know that there is no need for doing this. Whenever you find truth you gain inner knowing. You all experience this at times. Out of this is born an inner knowingness. By this we do not mean mental arrogance that is very sure of its cleverness, but that quiet inner knowing that has no need for arguing, because its know that God’s Divine truth speaks for itself. They feel and know that it is true and that what they have found is good and right, because it has come from God. If that happens to you, you can remain peaceful and happy. If those around you do not want to know your truth  because they are unready for it, it does not matter. Leave them to it and know that in the fullness of time they too will receive their own truth, i.e. that which is truth to them. Each in their own way in the end will be guided to their own inner knowledge.

To me, White Eagle’s words are a clear indication that we all eventually reach the point when there no longer will be any need for them, even though at present we may still enjoy reading books and relying on. My own life has taught me that, the more one gains access to one’s own inner wisdom and truth, this is what happens. May the light of the Highest Star guide and protect and show each one of us how to find it.

With love and light,

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