Dion Fortune

Violet Firth
The scholar Andrew Radford noted that Fortune's "reactionary and highly heteronormative" view of "sacralised sexuality" should be seen as part of a wider tradition among esoteric currents, going back to the ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg and Andrew Jackson Davis and also being found in the work of occultists like Paschal Beverly Randolph and Ida Craddock. Fortune was among those who popularised the idea of a division between the left-hand path and right-hand path which had been introduced to Western esotericism by the Theosophist Helena Blavatsky.

Jack Parsons (rocket engineer)

Jack ParsonsJohn "Jack" Whiteside ParsonsParsons
Following his apparent success in doing so, Parsons recounted having an out-of-body experience invoked by Babalon, who astrally transported him to the biblical City of Chorazin, an experience he referred to as a "Black Pilgrimage". Accompanying Parsons' "Oath of the Abyss" was his own "Oath of the AntiChrist", which was witnessed by Wilfred Talbot Smith. In this oath, Parsons professed to embody an entity named Belarion Armillus Al Dajjal, the Antichrist "who am come to fulfill the law of the Beast 666 [Aleister Crowley]".

Christianity and Theosophy

In his book The Cross and the Grail: Esoteric Christianity for the 21st Century Ellwood wrote: "The Eastern Orthodox liturgy, a Catholic form of service, suggests the desire to make physically visible what is transpiring on the astral and mental planes by intentionally creating sacramental thought-forms that channel divine energy from the heart of God. The actual correspondence may not always be exact, since no human craft or art could completely reproduce the worlds of the inner planes; but the feeling of color, richness, and unity-in-diversity is there.

The Ancient Wisdom

In this book, Besant introduces and explains the Physical plane, Astral plane, Mental plane and other planes of existence. George Farthing has criticized the book, because Besant has introduced new terms like "Etheric body" into the theosophical literature, which were not used by Blavatsky or the theosophical Mahatmas. The Ancient Wisdom (1918) - book. George Farthing's criticism. Theosophy vs Neo-Theosophy - Principles of Man. Theosophy vs Neo-Theosophy - Atma. Theosophy vs Neo-Theosophy - Teaching on Lower Kingdoms Vs. "Group Souls". Theosophy vs Neo-Theosophy - Causal Body.

Robert Monroe

The Monroe Institutean instituteRobert Allan Monroe
Astral projection. Lucid dreaming. Out-of-body experience. Parapsychology. Brainwave synchronization. Binaural beats. Electroencephalography. Neurofeedback. Mind machine. Human enhancement. Intelligence amplification. Neural oscillations. Evoked potential. Event-related potential. Induced activity. Ongoing brain activity. Brainwave entrainment. Altered state of consciousness. Institut suisse des sciences noétiques. Hemi-Sync Website and other Monroe Products. The Monroe Institute. Monroe biography. The Monroe Institute Official YouTube Channel. Focus 10: Mind Awake/Body Asleep. TMI's Exploration 27 and the Healing/Regeneration Center Chapter 4. Monroe Institute Research Papers.


GnosticGnosticsGnostic Christianity
According to Ioan Culianu, gnosis is made possible through universal operations of the mind, which can be arrived at "anytime, anywhere". A similar suggestion has been made by Edward Conze, who suggested that the similarities between prajñā and sophia may be due to "the actual modalities of the human mind", which in certain conditions result in similar experiences. *, translated as * Kosack, Wolfgang: Geschichte der Gnosis in Antike, Urchristentum und Islam. Verlag Christoph Brunner, Basel 2014.

Advaita Vedanta

advaitaAdvaita VedāntaAdvaitin
It is the level of experience in which the mind constructs its own reality. Well-known examples of pratibhasika is the imaginary reality such as the "roaring of a lion" fabricated in dreams during one's sleep, and the perception of a rope in the dark as being a snake. 1) The first state is the waking state, in which we are aware of our daily world. This is the gross body. 2) The second state is the dreaming mind. This is the subtle body. 3) The third state is the state of deep sleep.


Vaśiṭva: control of natural forces. 1) trikālajñatvam: knowing the past, present and future. 2) advandvam: tolerance of heat, cold and other dualities. 3) para citta ādi abhijñatā: knowing the minds of others, etc. 4) agni arka ambu viṣa ādīnām pratiṣṭambhaḥ: checking the influence of fire, sun, water, poison, etc. 5) aparājayah: remaining unconquered by others. anūrmimattvam: Being undisturbed by hunger, thirst, and other bodily appetites. dūraśravaṇa: Hearing things far away. dūradarśanam: Seeing things far away. manojavah: Moving the body wherever thought goes (teleportation/astral projection). kāmarūpam: Assuming any form desired. parakāya praveśanam: Entering the bodies of others. svachanda

Life review

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Although rare, there are also a few accounts of life reviews or similar experiences without a near-death experience, such as during the simpler out-of-body experience or when under circumstances of intense threat or duress. The perception of time appears to be subjective and has been described as from lasting less than a few seconds to instantaneous. Accounts differ as to what phase of a near-death experience a review might take place in. Subjects frequently describe their experience as panoramic, 3-D or holographic.


ESSWE: European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism. Association for the Study of Esotericism. The Alchemy Website. – Adam McLean's online collections and academic discussion. Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Alchemy. Book of Secrets: Alchemy and the European Imagination, 1500–2000 – A digital exhibition from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Sleep paralysis

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The intruder and Incubus hallucinations highly correlate with one another, and moderately correlated with the third hallucination, vestibular-motor disorientation, also known as out-of-body experiences, which differ from the other two in not involving the threat-activated vigilance system. Several theories have been proposed to explain the hallucinations that may accompany sleep paralysis, but there is currently no research that supports a neurological model. A hyper-vigilant state created in the midbrain may further contribute to hallucinations. More specifically, the emergency response is activated in the brain when individuals wake up paralyzed and feel vulnerable to attack.

Aether (classical element)

Energy (esotericism). Etheric body. Etheric plane. Mana. Radiant energy.

P. D. Ouspensky

P.D. OuspenskyPeter Demianovich OuspenskyA New Model of the Universe: Principles of the Psychological Method in Its Application to Problems of Science, Religion and Art
This term is one of three high concepts of the material presented, along with "the esoteric method" which as he sums up (p. 76) depends on the first to derive the possibility of something beyond ordinary human effort entirely. In high concept terms: "The idea of esotericism ... holds that the very great majority of our ideas are not the product of evolution but the product of the degeneration of ideas which existed at some time or are still existing somewhere in much higher, purer and more complete forms."


parapsychologistparapsychologicalpsychical researcher
The Division of Perceptual Studies, a unit at the University of Virginia's Department of Psychiatric Medicine, studies the possibility of survival of consciousness after bodily death, near-death experiences, and out-of-body experiences. Gary Schwartz at the University of Arizona's Veritas Laboratory conducted laboratory investigations of mediums, criticized by scientific skeptics. Several private institutions, including the Institute of Noetic Sciences, conduct and promote parapsychological research.

Magic (supernatural)

He used the term "magic" to mean sympathetic magic, describing it as a practice relying on the magician's belief "that things act on each other at a distance through a secret sympathy", something which he described as "an invisible ether". He further divided this magic into two forms, the "homeopathic (imitative, mimetic)" and the "contagious". The former was the idea that "like produces like", or that the similarity between two objects could result in one influencing the other. The latter was based on the idea that contact between two objects allowed the two to continue to influence one another at a distance.

Magick (Thelema)

As such, the adept may use the Tree to determine a destination for astral travel, to choose which gods to invoke for what purposes, et cetera. It also plays an important role in modeling the spiritual journey, where the adept begins in Malkuth, which is the every-day material world of phenomena, with the ultimate goal being at Kether, the sphere of Unity with the All. A magical record is a journal or other source of documentation containing magical events, experiences, ideas, and any other information that the magician may see fit to add.

Involution (esoterism)

Esotericism. Etiology. Law of Complexity/Consciousness. Round (Theosophy).