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Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

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Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

Scoundrel; actress; fraud; prophet; medium; harbinger of a new age – the debate rages on about this most unique Victorian lady. Personally, I have always been attracted to those that can shake things up a bit and to those that are comfortable in their own skin even when the world around them is not so comfortable. Madame Blavatsky is one of those people and I have always been fond of her.

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She was at the Eddy farm when the brothers were in their heyday. It was possibly there that she met the love of her life Henry Steel Olcott who was at the time investigating the Eddy phenomena.

According to a Wikipedia article, “In 1875, Blavatsky, Henry Steel Olcott, and William Quan Judge established a research and publishing institute called the Theosophical Society. Blavatsky defined Theosophy as “the archaic Wisdom-Religion, the esoteric doctrine once known in every ancient country having claims to civilization.” One of the main purposes of the Theosophical Society was “to form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of Humanity, without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or color.” Blavatsky saw herself as a missionary of this ancient knowledge.”

Olcott and Blavatsky settled in India in the later years of their lives. There they conducted what I would call seances. Blavatsky like many other mediums of history specialized not so much in contact with the loved ones of her sitters as contact with master teachers, ascended masters, or advanced spirit guides. It was from them that she received much of what she taught.

In another Wikipedia article, “Richard Hodgson was sent by the SPR in 1884 to India to investigate Helena Blavatsky and concluded that her claims of psychic power were fraudulent. Among the phenomena that Hodgson investigated was the supposed miraculous Theosophical letters from the Mahatmas which were said to magically appear over a four-year period in a cabinet in the Shrine Room at the Theosophical headquarters in Madres. Hodgson in his report wrote that the letters were frauds and had been written by Blavatsky herself who had put them in the cabinet from an opening in her bedroom located behind the Shrine room.”

Most of the world has accepted the Hodgson report as fact. I think this speaks to the gullibility of the world at large more than to the gullibility of the followers of Madame Blavatsky.

“In 1986, Vernon Harrison , a research worker of disputed documents, did a research on the Hodgson report. According to Harrison’s examination, the Hodgson Report is not a scientific study; it “is flawed and untrustworthy” and “should be read with great caution, if not disregarded. I cannot exonerate the SPR committee from blame for publishing this thoroughly bad report. They seem to have done little more than rubber-stamp Hodgson’s opinions; and no serious attempt was made to check his findings or even to read his report critically; if they had done so…the case would have been referred back for further study. Madame H. P. Blavatsky was the most important occultist ever to appear before the SPR for investigation; and never was opportunity so wasted…Whereas Hodgson was prepared to use any evidence, however trivial or questionable, to implicate HPB, he ignored all evidence that could be used in her favor. His report is riddled with slanted statements; conjecture advanced as fact or probable fact, uncorroborated testimony of unnamed witnesses, selection of evidence and downright falsity.”

Was Madame Blavatsky the genuine article or was she another of thousands of opportunistic frauds preying on the weak minded and vulnerable?

Is there a god or isn’t there?
Can we speak to the dead or can’t we?
Do we continue after death or do we cease to exist?

What do you think?

Much love,
David

Book Review: My Friend the Ouija Board by Virginia Kent Roberts

My Friend, the Ouija Board: A handbook for the safe and fun use of one of the most fascinating spiritual teaching tools by Virginia Kent Roberts was published by Brite Lite Books in 2003.

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On the page after her dedication page, Virginia quoted D.H. Lawrence as saying, “The dead don’t die. They look on and help.” This quote stands alone on an otherwise bland white page challenging many preconceived notions about life, the afterlife, and the role of the human spirit in each.

I’ve had an easier time acquiring historic books than this one but the extra effort was worth it.

In her introduction she said, “This book is an attempt to…put to rest the widely held belief that the Ouija board is an evil or dangerous tool.” Then she goes on to describe the many wonderful experiences she has had with the board including the spirit people, guides, friends, and relatives she has encountered. She has also used her board for obtaining information about her past lives, for what she calls “rescue work,” in which she helps an earth bound soul cross over, and for telepathic communication with living people.

Virginia bought her board at a flea market for $1.00 and this second hand board is the one she uses to this day.

Some Ouija users might be aghast that she is using a used board in the same way and for the same reason tarot readers want to use only decks they have touched – it’s about energy. But, I love examples that don’t play by the rules because they show us that rules are just that – rules. We weren’t made for rules, rules were made for us. While rules might be helpful for out guidance and education, we certainly should not be bound by them.

I supposed from her history that she is not a collector as I am but she is a very experienced user. The book is brief at only 55 pages but it is full of stories, instruction, and encouragement.

Virginia says that, “after so many years, I must tell you that my board has been a source of, above all, love.”

I loved the book for its positive energy and I would highly recommend it even though it is out of print and not so easy to get your hands on.

Much love,
David