Clairvoyance without understanding and logic has no value

Finding these thoughts of Steiner at this time is very heartening to me. The work I am currently doing which will be presented in my upcoming books aim to clothe my baby steps into clairvoyance in a very approachable and hopefully enlightening manner. Conversing with the beloved dead, with angels, should not be for the chosen few. Anyone with a sincere desire and a bit of discipline should be able to make that connection. But to what purpose? As the kabbalists would say…for Tikkun Olam. For the reparation of the world. Nothing less. Wishing you the happiest of holiday seasons.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

However much a clairvoyant may be able to investigate and see in the spiritual world, what he sees is of no value to him and to others so long as he is unable to bring it down into the ordinary sphere of men, and to express it in thought that can be grasped by sound logic and a natural feeling for truth. The clairvoyant must in fact first understand the matter himself if it is to be of any use to him. Its value begins where the possibility of logical proof begins. […] Picture to yourselves a man who has perhaps made quite exceptional discoveries in the spiritual world through purely clairvoyant observation, but who has neglected to clothe these observations in language suited to the ordinary sense of truth of any age. Do you know what would happen to him? All his discoveries would be wiped out after death!…

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Redefining Death

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For over a year I spent studying one on one with Dr. Raymond Moody, by phone or at his home. I learned so very much from this brilliant, gentle and funny man. From ancient Greek philosophy to the logic of nonsense to the use of a psychomanteum as a vehicle to address grief, he shared generously of his vast store of knowledge and expertise as a medical doctor, doctor of philosophy, and forensic psychiatrist.

And yet…after 50 years of research into near death and shared death experiences, reincarnation…virtually all things surrounding death…he never concluded that consciousness survives death. I cannot now give you the very lengthy definition he used for death…but… it came to the idea of complete annihilation. Period. Zilch. The end. Forever. All work in the field of life after death attempted to explain the paradox of…life…after…death. The phrase is nonsensical.

I suggested something to him that I am not sure he appreciated. I suggested that the very definition was wrong…was predicated on a falsity. I suggested that the definition of death needed to be redefined. I mean…who got to stipulate what death was? And when? Certainly, the ancient Egyptians and other cultures had a vastly different view of death. “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” In any case, after all these years and all this study, it just might be time to redefine death.

With that I invite you today to register for Dr. Moody’s free webinar, “I’m Convinced.” It kicks off the opening of his new online school, The University of Heaven. With his colleague, Lisa Smartt, they will be offering courses of study in many facets of the death. There will be many of the top people in the field of consciousness as guest teachers. And finally, after more than 50 years in the field, Dr. Moody will address his conclusion on whether consciousness does indeed survive what we call death.

For those of you, like me, who have been avid readers and admirers of his work since the beginning, this is a momentous occasion. Dr. Moody is an incomparable teacher, mentor…and friend. I hope you will join “us” this coming Tuesday, October 30th at 7pm ET.

 

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

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It is no coincidence that the title of this blog post is one of Dr. Seuss’ book titles. Dr. Seuss is one of the most brilliant writers of nonsense, in its purest and most classical form. We have done a great disservice to the word and the entire body of writing and thought that pertains to nonsense, or more accurately, unintelligible thought.

This is something I am studying with Dr. Raymond Moody. He is developing his logic of nonsense as a bridge between science and spirituality and also as the way we might actually be able to speak about life after death with any veracity. No doubt Dr. Moody’s work is on the leading edge and therefore not many yet understand its value. However, I am honored to be one who is happy to travel this road with him and will report back to you my findings.

When I think back, it was a Dr. Seuss book, “Horton Hears a Who” that first gave me a glimpse of cosmic consciousness. Read in my early 20s, R and I literally felt our minds exploding with the concept of worlds within worlds within worlds. So I can vouch for the value of nonsense as a vehicle of transcendence.

Perhaps my background in professional theatre also laid the groundwork for my acceptance of nonsense as a valuable tool for communication. Most certainly my mystical and occult studies are rife with what would be considered nonsense…so I find myself rather comfortable with Dr. Moody’s contentions. It is still hard work the mind must do…but I am not in totally unfamiliar territory.

It has been my feeling that part of my work with the Community of Spirits is to discover the synthesis between Rudolf Steiner and Raymond Moody’s work. So in a delightful bit of synchronicity, I read in Steiner’s small book “Reincarnation and Karma” where he basically states that much of what he talks about is considered nonsense to most people. By Dr. Moody’s definition, it is nonsense, and that is NOT a bad thing. Later Steiner relates a conversation where a gentleman quite familiar with Steiner’s work says to him that everything Steiner reports is perfectly logical to his mind and he saw no reason why it was necessary to access the supersensible worlds in the manner Steiner advocates. Logic alone should be the pathway. To this Steiner replies that while he must use language to describe his supersensible experiences and he does so as logically as possible, it is impossible to enter the supersensible world though logic. I got chills reading this…as there was the confirmation I needed that indeed Dr. Steiner and Dr. Moody’s work will weave together.

While that is the major focus of my work, I will also, with Dr. Moody’s tutelage explore more deeply the ancient Greek’s relationships with and oracles of the dead. I will go to his home in November to experience and explore his Psychomanteum, inspired by the ancient techniques used for 2500 years at the Oracle of the Dead in Ephyra Greece. This technique is one of bringing the dead to us, not something I am positive Dr. Steiner would approve of but one I will explore nevertheless.

Along with Steiner’s work, I will also work with techniques, perhaps some Kabbalistic or Shamanic in nature, where I will attempt going across the threshold to where the dead reside. Oh the places you’ll go!

That is where I am at and where I am heading. It’s all open to intuitive guidance so things can and will change as I make my way. I invite you most warmly to come along!

Finally, I want to leave you with a quote from Steiner that I think it appropriate to our task:

“Spiritual science requires a more thorough, intensive kind of thinking than most modern academics are capable of accomplishing. And the fear of having to learn something, of developing a greater capacity, is what creates a hindrance to them doing so. The fear of difficult ideas and concepts erects obstacles for them.”

Do we dare?