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Readers of books still exist, so it is time to have a topic on the subject.

This first one was a gift to me The Descent of the Gods: The Mystical Writings of G.W. Russell-A.E.. Always admired this mystic, artist, thinker and worker for brotherhood. Since AE was a member of the TS and steeped in Theosophy, like many Irish in and around Dublin of the 1880s, the fact that this 770+pp book was compiled by two theosophists is proper.

The Iyers have a good 80pp Introduction to AE's life, writings and mysticism. This online shop, (unless you live in MI) just got several copies in good condition. It is in hardback, Colin Smythe 1988.

Check out their site - https://www.wizardsbookshelf.com

Contents of his best known mystic writing, Candle of Vision, which is the first text in the compilation.
CONTENTS

Preface

Retrospect
The Earth Breath
The Slave Of The Lamp
Meditation
The Many-Coloured Land
Analytic
The Mingling Of Natures
The Memory Of Earth
Imagination
Dreams
The Architecture Of Dream
Have Imaginations Body?
Intuition
The Language Of The Gods
Ancient Intuitions
Power
The Memory Of The Spirit
Celtic Cosmogony
The Celtic Imagination
Earth
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I think of earth as the floor of a cathedral where altar and Presence are
everywhere. This reverence came to me as a boy listening to the voice of
birds one coloured evening in summer, when suddenly birds and trees
and grass and tinted air and myself seemed but one mood or
companionship, and I felt a certitude that the same spirit was in all. A
little breaking of the barriers and being would mingle with being.
Whitman writes of the earth that it is rude and incomprehensible at first.
"But I swear to you," he cries, "that there are divine things well hidden."
Yet they are not so concealed that the lover [of Earth] may not discover them...

So the lover of Earth obtains his reward,
and little by little the veil is lifted of an inexhaustible
beauty and majesty. It may be he will be tranced in some spiritual
communion, or will find his being overflowing into the being of the
elements, or become aware that they are breathing their life into his own.

Or Earth may become on an instant all faery to him, and earth and air
resound with the music of its invisible people. Or the trees and rocks
may waver before his eyes and become transparent, revealing what
creatures were hidden from him by the curtain, and he will know as the
ancients did of dryad and hamadryad, of genii of wood and mountain.

Or earth may suddenly blaze about him with supernatural light in some
lonely spot amid the hills, and he will find he stands as the prophet in a
place that is holy ground, and he may breathe the intoxicating
exhalations as did the sibyls of old.

Or his love may hurry him away in dream to share in
deeper mysteries, and he may see the palace chambers
of nature where the wise ones dwell in secret, looking out over the
nations, breathing power into this man's heart or that man's brain, on
any who appear to their vision to wear the colour of truth.
From Candle of Vision, Earth chapter.
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Stephen C Meyer's latest big idea, in book form, is explored in this one hour interview with Peter Robinson:

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Cynical Theories is too dry & dull for many, but the content is clarity itself:

https://medium.com/curious/in-defense-o ... 5c226c797a
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Ten Global Trends

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An amazing, surprising and encouraging book, hope everyone reads it:

https://www.cato.org/books/ten-global-t ... hould-know
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A five minute review of Ten Global Trends:

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