We are happy to reissue Sir George Trevelyan’s trilogy, A Vision of the Aquarian Age, Operation Redemption, and Exploration into God.
After George transitioned in 1996, the British newspaper, the Times, obituary read,
“AN ELDER statesman of the New Age movement, Sir George Trevelyan saw the mission of his later years as an ‘exploration into God’. From the moment when in 1942 he first tagged along to a lecture given by one of Rudolph Steiner’s students – “I have no doubt”, he later said, “that this event in my life was staged by higher destiny, and that the time was ripe for a leap in consciousness” – he began to work towards the promotion of an alternative spirituality.”
These books are required reading for anyone looking for spiritual enlightenment, and we leave you with George’s original introduction here.
This book is a sequel to A Vision of the Aquarian Age first published by Coventure Books in 1977. In that volume discussion of the meaning and role of the Christ Impulse in our present age was somewhat deliberately suppressed for fear of drawing negative reactions in certain quarters. Many readers did however detect the omission, which stands like an empty hole in the argument of the book. In the present volume I have tried to set this right. My hope however is that this in no way makes the book sectarian in its nature. It is concerned with the holistic world-picture and its application to current problems, for axiomatically the Oneness Vision must touch and colour every aspect of our living.
It is concerned with the coming of the Light, the prospect of the redemption of mankind by the forces of higher intelligence in the living universe. This implies God ubiquitous and in action.
Furthermore it implies the Blakean conception of a spiritual sun behind the physical sun, the focus of operation of the Elohim, the highest beings of spiritual Light. The Lord of all these is known in esoteric knowledge as the Christos and by other names in other religions.
But all recognize this over-lighting source which can reach and be in personal touch with all souls of every race and creed, just as the physical sun warms all our bodies. Thus the concept of the Cosmic Christ is central to the holistic vision and this has little to do with any sectarian thinking in any particular church. It must be a vital strand of our world view, and my hope is that it will not be taken as narrow dogma.
I have also referred not infrequently to the thinking of Rudolf Steiner, since this is the approach which I personally found most meaningful and inspiring. Again my hope is that even for those who are not anthroposophists, these comments will help clarify basic issues in our dramatic time. Steiner achieved an intensification of intuitive thinking which enabled him to explore into the spiritual worlds in a manner consonant with scientific method, and to give us his findings in a great structure of clear thoughts which in no sense have a mediumistic character. Thus in our age of breakthrough, when spiritual knowledge is flooding from so many sources, the body of Steiner’s thinking may stand as a kind of touchstone which can prove of deep significance to many different movements concerned with the spiritual awakening of the New Age.
Ours is an age of dramatic and even sensational change. The great theme is that there can be no renewal without a dying process, no death without resurrection. Thus events in the coming two decades are likely to be apocalyptic in nature. This implies what I have called ‘Operation Redemption’, a supreme hope that tribulation and cleansing change are a prelude to a new dawn.
About the author
Sir George Trevelyan Bt (1906-1996) was an educational pioneer, a founding father of the New Age movement, furniture maker and visionary - a man with a mission to teach enlightenment in what he saw as a world of chaos and tumult.
In his youngest years, following parental example, Trevelyan had been an agnostic, but in 1942 he attended a lecture that revealed to him the spiritual dimension of the world. Thereafter his study of anthroposophy profoundly altered his view of life and laid the basis for much of his future work.
After World War II he became the Principal of a college of adult education in Shropshire where he spent 24 years. The college drew large and enthusiastic audiences for courses on subjects such as ‘Frontiers of Reality’ and ‘Spiritual Awakening’. Trevelyan attracted leading speakers and took an active part himself in almost all the courses.
When he retired in 1971, he founded the Wrekin Trust to continue this work. An educational charity, the Trust did not espouse any single doctrine or dogma; its purpose, rather, was to help people find the path most suited to them, organising conferences - including meetings of mystics and scientists, doctors and healers - on the holistic world view, introductory approaches to various disciplines and a curriculum for ongoing spiritual training. His inspiration was derived from the medieval concept of the university, which was concerned to find methods and systems of knowledge leading to union with the One - as revealed by the Latin word universus, meaning ‘turned to the one’.
Trevelyan invented ‘the network’, encouraging the setting up of small energy centres, which could draw strength from one another. Among those he helped to inspire were the Soil Association, the Findhorn Trust, the Teilhard de Chardin Society and the Essene Network. The last 15 years of his active life were spent in a ceaseless round of lecture tours and meetings. During his time he wrote three books: (sic) A Vision of the Aquarian Age (1977), Operation Redemption (1981) and Summons to a High Crusade (1985). He saw his later years as an Exploration into God, which was also the title of his last book, published in 1991.
Man as a spiritual being chose to use his intellect to render matter into its smallest condition and master it. The price we had to pay was the loss of vision of the subtler worlds of being and spirit. The question now is whether we can learn creatively to handle that freedom and work with the ocean of creative life.
Publisher: White Crow Books
Published March 2012
Size: 229 x 152 mm