29260Re: Dottie as HPB
- Oct 1, 2006Dottie wrote plaintively,
I've heard pronouncements from all your 'intellectual'
buddies, of which you are one obviously but see
yourself somehow separate from them in some way, and
you as well even before when you brought this up to me
on the side. And what I've learned is that you cats
are the ones doing most of the projection while
postulizing it is the others. I've watched it over and
A thousand pardons for my failure to recognize that you have as robust
an Intellectual Soul as the rest of your male "intellectual buddies."
I acknowledge now that you are "one of the guys," and perhaps it was
a condescending sexism on my part that pressed me to focus only on
your Sentient Soul proclivities. I'm sorry I excluded you from our club.
Your plaintive response above touched my heart and brought up the
memory picture of when we first met in person. That is of critical
importance now for the new revelation I just received about you.
We go back well over two years ago to the Spring of 2004 when Obadiah
Harris, President of PRS (Philosophical Research Society) in Los
Angeles, asked me to teach a series of ten weekly classes on Rudolf
Steiner and Anthroposophy at this center of Manly Palmer Hall's life's
work. (Please visit http://www.prs.org/ )
So each Saturday morning, I would hold the class in the upper room, a
2nd floor classroom adjacent to the famous occult library that Manly
Hall had built in 1934. I don't know if you remember, Dottie, but for
me, dominating the room was the presence of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky,
because of the giant 6' by 4' portrait of her that hung on the wall in
the far left front of the classroom.
It was an imposing portrait and before every class, as I was preparing
the blackboard, I would pause to acknowledge her presence and often
weave her into the class topic and the discussion of anthroposophy. I
was told that Manly Palmer Hall had a special attraction to HPB,
because he himself actually believed that he was the reincarnation of
her! And that is why this portrait held such a special place in this
classroom, where Manly taught smaller classes when he wasn't lecturing
in the big auditorium. (She died in 1891 in London; Manly was born ten
years later in Canada.)
And so, this powerful presence of HPB in a classroom where I was
teaching about Rudolf Steiner and anthroposophy became a deep riddle
that I felt I needed to experience over time before anything would
reveal itself. Gradually, I began to focus on the terrible fate she
had to endure, according to Rudolf Steiner, that fate being thrown
into "occult imprisonment."
He [Steiner] claims that she was put in "occult prison" by Western
occult brotherhoods so that her clairvoyance would be thrown in on
itself and hence illusory. Further, that in her later years she was
abandoned by the Masters who had guided her, and instead guided by
impersonators. He says, "... the necessity of understanding the
Christ-impulse was hidden from H.P. Blavatsky."
And so I began to feel on occasion that I was perhaps part of the
"anthroposophical prison outreach movement," only in this case, I was
lecturing at an "occult penitentiary," a one-woman prison for HPB.
(Or was it I who was really in prison? Hard to tell when there are no
physical bars or stones around you!)
At any rate, Dottie, back to our meeting. It was either my last or
next to last class in May 2004 that you attended and afterwards you
gave me your business card. Having recognized your name from the
Steiner Internet since the year 2000, I was delighted and astonished
to finally meet you in person.
And now that I remember that meeting, I was also struck by the rather
close physical resemblance between you and HPB. You are of the same
body type and possess similar piercing eyes and knowing gaze that
gestures out in both a needy and defiant way. You also seem to be
"occultly imprisoned" at times yourself, Dottie, desperate to break
out and achieve that inner occult freedom, so I think it would be
worth your while looking into the life of HPB.
Here's a short wiki bio of her:
I must of course, ask you the $64,000 question: do you enjoy smoking
Anyway, I do believe that you are on a path of initiation whereby you
are focused very keenly on bringing out the Christology of
anthroposophy, in a way that would work to redeem HPB from her occult
Now I am not claiming that you are the actual reincarnation of HPB,
but I am saying that you may express what Jeffrey Mishlove taught in
that very same room at PRS at a seminar last year. He calls it
"Synchronistic Archetypal Resonance." (SAR). Rather than actual
reincarnation, a person may so identify with a past figure that he or
she actually takes on the characteristics of that ancient figure and
this resemblance includes family members as well. It may be more of a
"sympathetic resonance" along the lines of what Rupert Sheldrake calls
the "morphogenetic field," which is his amalgam of what we call the
etheric and astral bodies and realms.
Read this page to show how Jeffrey Mishlove dismisses the claim by Dr.
Walt Semkiw, that he, Jeffrey, is the actual reincarnation of William
James. Instead, Jeffrey invokes the more Jungianly palatable SAR
principle to justify these family and past life resemblances some of
which are quite startling.
So, Dottie, again, my apologies for somehow marginalizing you into the
Sentient Soul realm. If, indeed you are HPB, I would be extremely
embarrassed to know that I had denigrated your Intellectual Soul
prowess. Damn, that Secret Doctrine was quite a book! But hey, what
do you expect from a bunch of goofy guys with those silly and oft
times hysterical female etheric bodies?
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