The current issue of New Dawn magazine has an interview with me by my good friend Richard Smoley. Richard is a fine writer and his many books include The Deal: A Guide to Radical and Complete Forgiveness, Supernatural: Writings on an Unknown History, Forbidden Faith: The Gnostic Legacy, and Inner Christianity, probably the best book on “esoteric Christianity” available today. We cover a lot of ground, much of it devoted to my new book The Secret Teachers of the Western World, out next month.
Recently I delivered the manuscript of my new book, The Secret Teachers of the Western World, to my publisher Tarcher/Penguin. The Secret Teachers of the Western World is an attempt to look at and understand the western esoteric tradition through the lens of split-brain psychology – via Iain McGilchrist’s fascinating work The Master and His Emissary, about the rivalry between our two cerebral hemispheres – and the “structures of consciousness” of the German-Swiss philosopher Jean Gebser. I’ve written about both in earlier books, McGilchrist in The Caretakers of the Cosmos and Gebser in A Secret History of Consciousness. I also reviewed McGilchrist’s book – you can find the review here – and have an essay on Gebser in Revolutionaries of the Soul. The book will be out later this year, and closer to publication I will post some excerpts here and on my blogs at the Daily Grail and Reality Sandwich websites. It’s the longest book I’ve done – just short of 200k words – and as you might suspect, it demanded a considerable amount of effort. I hope its readers find it worth it.
A writer is always pleased to see reviews of his books, even bad ones, as they at least suggest that someone is reading his work. But when you come across a review that actually understands what you are trying to do – well, one can be practically overjoyed. Here is an excellent review of my book The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus that I recently came across trawling through the net.