I see that some of the answers already given to your question are themselves examples of a number of the problems that many skeptics are prone to. Many are ignorant of Stevenson’s work and of the field of parapsychology in general. Many have not bothered to investigate and many who do look into it usually so so in very cursor way and reject it using intellectual acrobatics that show the prejudice and superficiality of their approach. And they propose criticisms, the extreme weakness and inadequacies of which have already been thoroughly demonstrated by scholars who actually know the subject. So yes, the previous beliefs factor is a key part of the resistance. And we must keep in mind that the results of parapsychology challenge aspects of established religion and conservative science or. So the evidence of parapsychology does not sit well in the minds of the traditionally religious nor the minds of those who take science as a religion. These two categories are a large part of the population.
“The question is not how the phenomenon must be turned, twisted, narrowed, crippled so as to be explicable, at all costs, upon principles that we have once and for all resolved not to go beyond. The question is: ‘To what point must we enlarge our thought so that it shall be in proportion to the phenomenon.” (Schelling)
The Goddess flows fluidly through matter at the point of a flower.
It is in the lightness of the flower’s beings that pristine thoughts carry the clarity of paradise on Earth.
Between Heaven and Earth art becomes scripture, the celebration of eternity.
The Oracle now learns how art really works. With great courage she is called to her destiny…
Though most are unaware of it, Theosophy is actually woven into many aspects of modern society including not only the religious and philosophic but the cultural and artistic in many of its dimensions. To gain an impression of this read through this list of famous people who were members of the Theosophical Society and were also noted writers, architects, scientists, inventors, psychologists, painters, musicians, actors, politicians, feminists, and religious figures, etc:.
The list is partial, one of many omissions being David Bohm:
“Many theosophists will know of Bohm as a close associate of Krishnamurti, and also as a unique philosopher. However his primary role was as a quantum physicist.”
There is also a related item on Quora:
So the answer is that Theosophy continues to exercise a far reaching influence in today’s world. But what exactly are we talking about and what is its value?
First, let me say that there is much value in delving into theosophy. Though sometimes dismissed as another religion or amalgam of them, it is far more than that. Theosophy defines itself, not as a religion, but as the underlying principles from which the best aspects of all religions derive. So it is not religion in a formal sense but the essence of them. One Theosophical work delves into this in exploring the.
Broadly speaking, there are two different senses of the word “Theosophy.” On the one hand it is the particular body of teaching that derives from the founder of the Theosophical society,. But in the broader sense Theosophy means the “wisdom of God,” or spiritual wisdom wherever and in whatever form it is found which includes the best of religions, philosophies, the sciences and all aspects of life that pertain to the cultural evolution of humanity. These did not arise with H. P. Blavatsky but are part of the wisdom of the ages. In this sense Theosophy is “New Age” philosophy. These two sense of the word are elaborated here: ?
For some of the specifics of Theosophical teaching see this summary:and also , and .
The New Age philosophy I reference above is a modern phrase that is close in meaning to what is called the “Ageless Wisdom” and also not far from the meaning of:
“The Ageless Wisdom is called the “Golden Thread” that connects the inner, hidden teachings at the heart of the world’s religions, East and West. It’s often referred to as the “Perennial Philosophy” because it’s been present on earth in some form since the beginning of recorded history.”.
There is a Wikipedia article onthat contains a paragraph with the following good summary:
“Despite its highly eclectic nature, a number of beliefs commonly found within the New Age have been identified., the New Age typically adopts a belief in a form of divinity which imbues all of the universe, including human beings themselves. There is thus a strong emphasis on the spiritual authority of the self. This is accompanied by a common belief in a wide variety of semi-divine non-human entities, such as and , with whom humans can communicate, particularly through the form of . Typically viewing human history as being divided into a series of distinct ages, a common New Age belief is that whereas once humanity lived in an age of great technological advancement and spiritual wisdom, it has entered a period of spiritual degeneracy, which will be remedied through the establishment of a coming , from which the milieu gets its name. There is also a strong focus on healing, particularly using forms of , and an emphasis on a “New Age science” which seeks to unite science and spirituality.”
The newest evolution of this science and spirituality union can be seen here:
Original from Quora
The word “meditation” can be applied to thought, or more properly to inspired thought because the mind can very partially mirror and express that which is beyond and above it. But all meditation, in the deeper sense, is sourced in no-mind experience meaning it lives in that which is transcendent to the mind but which nevertheless can shape thought afterward.
Meditation evokes wonder, mystery, inspiration, thrill, amazement, joy, shock, upliftment.
Here are a few passages formulated following meditation and expressing something of the feel of it.
There! Ghost of light, arresting glimmer on the periphery of vision… Is that a magic mirror, a window, a door? If mirror, it does not reflect earth-light. If a window it might be a sacred landscape, a memory of ancient worlds or worlds not yet born.
It is close now, and clearly an opening door. I see through to a world, and within and beyond that another and another–bright worlds of the past and worlds of the future, infinite vistas of painful beauty. They sweep around and through me and I go to them. Their flow is joyous, commanding, where each paints the fiery core of things. And now a chorus of shining, ascending, voices. They fill me with open spaces; they engulf and overwhelm; I am with them, of them… I love and become through them.
Thought is poised between dimensions, dropping easily toward earth and more rarely deep into luminous reflections of other worlds. In thought is an opening door, a world of rainbow silences lovely as light, where then, when the veil wears thin, thoughts come with the lighting edge of fire. Where then, when the veil wears thin, the gleaming surfaces of objects dissolve to exquisite meanings. And in ready moments, mind glides quietly into the blue and into landscape of distant worlds, where with all drawn close to the eyes, the way is clear. And for company in and through all the glowing silences of lost spaces, are true friends, and love in the air all surrounding. And more sure than fine sun of cloudless day, interior radiance proves spirit well. So clear, pure, tremendous, the ethereal pressures of sacred things to be, mount within us, and mysterious shadows of ancient days crowd round us in night and day. See then the Life laid out, a clear and certain path, even to the most distant stars and times. And life as something far beyond our reach, proves illusion, for distance dissolves and new life fills the creative fires of each happy day.
Have you seen the white faces, the stars on wall of night? Calm they seem, and cold, cold as Arctic light; hot they seem, burning bright into my eyes. New fires bloom there, and stars that lived and died long before an eye could capture light. Behind my prison sight, the sky seems phantom cold, spatial void unbridgeable. But there is more fire than prison eyes can see. Have you seen the cold sky warm to luminous shadows, patterns of things to be? Have you heard the cold clear call, the songs of distant stars? Behind this bloom of lights, voices sing and whispered stories come of deeps beyond, and futures holy light.
Portions adapted from my writings:
The New Age philosophy is a modern phrase that is close in meaning to what is called the Ageless Wisdom and also not far from the meaning of Perennial philosophy. “The Ageless Wisdom is called the “Golden Thread” that connects the inner, hidden teachings at the heart of the world’s religions, East and West. It’s often referred to as the “Perennial Philosophy” because it’s been present on earth in some form since the beginning of recorded history.” Ageless Wisdom
There is a Wikipedia article on New Age – Wikipedia that contains the following good summary:
“Despite its highly eclectic nature, a number of beliefs commonly found within the New Age have been identified. Theologically, the New Age typically adopts a belief in a holistic form of divinity which imbues all of the universe, including human beings themselves. There is thus a strong emphasis on the spiritual authority of the self. This is accompanied by a common belief in a wide variety of semi-divine non-human entities, such as angels and masters, with whom humans can communicate, particularly through the form of channeling. Typically viewing human history as being divided into a series of distinct ages, a common New Age belief is that whereas once humanity lived in an age of great technological advancement and spiritual wisdom, it has entered a period of spiritual degeneracy, which will be remedied through the establishment of a coming Age of Aquarius, from which the milieu gets its name. There is also a strong focus on healing, particularly using forms of alternative medicine, and an emphasis on a “New Age science” which seeks to unite science and spirituality.”
In a more essential sense the new age philosophy has evolved as a result of the Ageless Wisdom, a term associated in modern times with three main schools (plus many minor off-shoots) that have come into the world during the last 130 years. They are, in order of appearance:
Theosophy (Blavatsky); under the impression of Masters Morya, Kuthumi, & Djwhal Khul. Given out between the late 1800s and early 1900s. Theosophical Society in America
Alice Bailey under the impress of Djwhal Khul. Given out from 1920 to 1950. Lucis Trust
Diverse: Below the above two are a wide diversity of teachings that are while expressing a real measure inspiration, are less comprehensive, less precise, and that often introduce some measure of error.
There are also many earlier precursors of these schools of which the most notable modern one is Transcendentalism. The modern or “New Age” expressions of the Ageless Wisdom are also associated to related schools of ancient times of which Platonism is a notable example.
It is a simple religion based on love and brotherhood—a religion that transcends all the little forms and human inventions and dispenses with the fake theology of hell and the fake vengeful God. It would be a religion that does not belong to any race, country or region and does not insist on the superiority of this or that prophet or idea. It is a religion of common sense and freedom of thought, a religion of compassion and benevolent action that recognizes the value of all life and all humanity.