I’ve written an Introduction to Colin Wilson’s mind-and-other-organ-expanding novel The God of the Labyrinth, the third and last in his Gerard Sorme series, following Ritual in the Dark and The Sex Diary of Gerard Sorme. If you haven’t read these you are in for a treat. Wilson can make the telephone book exciting and his ability to analyse the mechanisms of higher consciousness while using the genre of the erotic novel to write gripping prose is nowhere more evident than in this page-turner from the early 70s. In the course of researching the life of eighteenth century philosopher-rake Esmond Donnelly Wilson’s alter-ego Sorme encounters nymphomaniacs, sadists, fetishists, pyromaniacs, sex gurus and a lot more. But the real heart of the book is Sorme’s quest for the secret powers of the mind and his search leads him to the mysterious secret society known as the Cult of the Phoenix. Great fun, great ideas, and enough steamy episodes to keep you up at night.
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My new book ,The Caretakers of the Cosmos, published by Floris Books, will be released on August 22 on both amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. It addresses the question of the meaning of human existence and develops themes I address in my earlier books A Secret History of Consciousness and The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus. In it I look at ideas about the human task of ‘repairing the universe’, as expressed in the Kabbalistic notion of tikkun and relate these to similar ideas in Hermeticism, and in the work of Swedenborg, Abraham Maslow, Colin Wilson, Iain McGilchrist, Rudolf Steiner,and philosophers such as Max Scheler, Nikolai Berdyaev, and Ernst Cassirer, among others. I will be posting excerpts from it in the coming months, so keep an eye out for them. And please, take care.
Here’s a link to a brief article on secret societies that I wrote for the Munich-based magazine Earnest & Algernon (obviously inspired by Oscar Wilde…)
Here’s a short piece on why Jung is important that I wrote for the Huffington Post.
Here are links to two recent interviews about Madame Blavatsky. One is with Erik Davis and Maja D’Aoust as part of their excellent Expanding Mind series. The other is with David Crumm at the interfaith website, Read the Spirit. Both are broad and open conversations about Blavatsky’s influence in the modern world.
Here is a long interview with me and the people at Mysterious Universe, a radio show broadcast from Australia, about Madame Blavatsky. As my readers might have recognized by now, I take the people I write about seriously enough to have a sense of humour about them, something HPB herself excelled in. Too often followers of spiritual teachers become defensive and sanctimonious if their gurus are spoken of in less than saintly terms. HPB encouraged a light hearted view of things, especially herself. As she told A.P. Sinnett, she was a hippopotamus.
Here’s an interview with me about Madame Blavatsky and other things on Miguel Connor’s Gnostic Radio show, Aeon Byte. The Einstein story is apocryphal, I’m sure. But I did hear that Stephen Hawking is a closet reader of Isis Unveiled, although I cannot reveal my sources…
Here is a review of my new book, Madame Blavatsky: The Mother of Modern Spirituality (Tarcher/Penguin 2012). I should perhaps point out that the reviewer is not a ‘mainstream’ Theosophist – if such a creature exists – and is part of a lively new breed interested in HPB’s life and work, but who are not convinced devotees. Precisely the kind of people, I would think, she would be interested in reaching.
Here is an excerpt from my new book, Madame Blavatsky: The Mother of Modern Spirituality, courtesy of the Reality Sandwich site. Take a bite.
An excellent new film about Swedenborg, Heaven, Hell, and Other Places, has recently been released by the Swedenborg Society. I’m interviewed in it and I contribute a short essay to the booklet. Swedenborg remains one of the best kept open secrets of the western inner tradition. This film explains why.