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Candle of Vision: Inner Worlds of the Imagination
Discusses concepts that anticipated the modern human potential movement by half a century. Russell taught "creative visualization", and believed that the creative powers of imagination could become a passport to other worlds. This study of the true nature of visionary exploration will appeal to the artist and the poet, as well as the mystic.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 10th 1990 by Avery Publishing Group
(first published June 1974)
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"I tried to light the candle on my forehead to peer into every darkness in the belief that the external evidence of nature had no more exquisite architecture than the internal universe of being..." I'm quite sure that's the case, but there's only so much of this type of writing I can reasonably stand. Those whose interest lie in mysticism, theosophy, and metaphysics will undoubtably find this quite concise book to be a revelation as well as a confirmation of previously held beliefs. As far as th ...more
I find this impossible to rate because I feel I am just the wrong person for it. I loved descriptions of his visions, but I really didn't care for his attempts at understanding the world, himself, or anything at all, actually. Still, there are some beautiful passages in there, and the fact that I love his paintings probably helped me get through the chapters.
If you love mystical/visionary books (and I do!), then you will thoroughly enjoy this. I read it because it was quoted in "The Doors of Perception" by Aldous Huxley, so that should give you some perspective on what type of book it is. It's leagues ahead of its time and I found myself taking long breaks to contemplate the ideas discussed. Wonderful!
George William Russell (1867-1935), the Irish poet and theosophist who also wrote under the name Æ.More about George William Russell...