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You will find many authors on this site, cheek by jowl for the first time, probably. Whether they would all have got on together is open to question. Insight is not always allied to tolerance in human beings. Each is a rascal in their own way, replete with their own demons; but that doesn’t mean they can’t inspire or shock, or even entertain us into sweet truth. They are gathered here because they have a track record of making strange sense. Lone voices in the wilderness, who gathered around them grateful hearts.
Allan Kardec   Allan Kardec
The figurehead of the Spiritist movement, Allan Kardec, was born Hippolyte Leon Denizard Rivail on 3 October 1804 in Lyon, France. He came from a long… more
Arthur Conan Doyle   Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was one of Britain’s most celebrated writers, with his invention of the ultimate detective, Sherlock Holmes, completely altering… more
Carl Wickland   Carl Wickland
Dr Carl A Wickland (1861-1945) was a member of the Chicago Medical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the chief psychiatrist… more
Casper Yost   Casper Yost
Casper Salathiel Yost was born in Sedalia, Missouri in 1864. Yost was employed as a reporter in 1881 at the age of just 17. He stayed for some months before… more
DD Home   DD Home
Daniel Dunglas Home is regarded by many as the greatest medium of all time. The term ‘psychic’ was coined as a description for his unique gifts and in… more
Dwight Goddard   Dwight Goddard
Dwight Goddard was a pioneer in the American Zen Buddhist movement. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1861. After graduating from college… more
Edward C Randall   Edward C Randall
Edward C Randall (1860-1935) was a prominent New York trial lawyer from Buffalo who served on the board of directors of a number of large corporations.… more
Ellen G White   Ellen G White
Ellen G White is one of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which was officially created in 1863. Although raised as a Methodist, the Adventist… more
Elsa Barker   Elsa Barker
Elsa Barker, American author and poet, was born in 1869 in Leicester Vermont, USA. Throughout her life, her poems and short stories were published in various… more
Emanuel Swedenborg   Emanuel Swedenborg
‘Voltaire said that the most extraordinary man in recorded history was Charles XII. I would disagree: the most extraordinary man – if we admit such superlatives… more
George Trevelyan   George Trevelyan
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… more
GK Chesterton   GK Chesterton
Standing six foot, four inches tall, and weighing 21 stone, GK Chesterton was a man of striking appearance; and all the more so for his chosen uniform… more
Guy Lyon Playfair   Guy Lyon Playfair
Guy Lyon Playfair was born in India and educated in England, obtaining a degree in modern languages from Cambridge University. He then spent many years… more
Helen Schucman   Helen Schucman
Dr Helen Schucman (July 14, 1909 to February 9, 1981) was a clinical and research psychologist. She held a tenured position of Associate Professor of Medical… more
Herman Hesse   Herman Hesse
He clashed with his parents when young; lived through three marriages, of which two were unhappy; became popular for his spiritual writing in the American… more
Howard Williams   Howard Williams
Howard Williams was born in 1837 in England and is best remembered for his groundbreaking book on vegetarianism, The Ethics of Diet. more
Jane Katra and Russell Targ   Jane Katra and Russell Targ
Jane Katra, PhD, has been a practicing spiritual healer for 37 years. She taught public health at the University of Oregon in the 1980s, and continues… more
Jesus of Nazareth   Jesus of Nazareth
Jesus of Nazareth – born Joshua bar Joseph – lived for 33 years in the first century AD, before he was executed by the Roman authorities on charges of… more
John E Mack   John E Mack
John Edward Mack, MD (4 Oct 1929 to 27 Sept 2004) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He received… more
Julian of Norwich   Julian of Norwich
Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich is the first book written in English by a woman. But the work is read now not for historical interest… more
Kahlil Gibran   Kahlil Gibran
Kahlil Gibran was born in Northern Lebanon on 6 January 1883. His mother, Kamila, came from a very religious background and he and his older half-brother… more
Leo Tolstoy   Leo Tolstoy
Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, better known as Leo Tolstoy, is rightly regarded as one of the greatest writers in the history of literature and his masterpieces,… more
Leon Denis   Leon Denis
Léon Denis (January 1, 1846 to March 12, 1927) became a Spiritist after reading Allan Kardec’s magnum Opus, The Spirits Book while he was a young man.… more
Lucius Seneca   Lucius Seneca
Lucius Annaneus Seneca was one of the great Roman Stoic thinkers and is one of only a few philosophers from that era whose work has remained popular in… more
Madam Home   Madam Home
Julie de Gloumeline, also known as Madam Home, was Daniel Dunglas Home’s second wife; they were married in 1871. more
Marcus Aurelius   Marcus Aurelius
‘Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the… more
Meister Eckhart   Meister Eckhart
Meister Eckhart – theologian, psychologist, philosopher, mystic – has become more and more appreciated the longer he has been dead. In recent times, thinkers… more
Michael Cocks   Michael Cocks
Michael Cocks introduces himself: All my forebears were early immigrants into Canterbury, New Zealand, between 1840-60, one a Scottish farmer, another… more
Michael Tymn   Michael Tymn
A resident of Kailua, Hawaii, Michael E Tymn is vice-president of the Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies, Inc., and editor of the Academy’s… more
Paramahansa Yogananda   Paramahansa Yogananda
Paramahansa Yogananda is recognized as one of the greatest emissaries to the West of India’s ancient wisdom. His life and teachings continue to be a source… more
PD Ouspensky   PD Ouspensky
Piotr Demianovich Ouspensky was born in Russia in 1878. He was probably the most well known pupil of early twentieth-century spiritual teacher Georgei… more
Peter Fenwick   Peter Fenwick
Dr Peter Fenwick MB BChir (Cantab) DPM FRCPsych, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and a neuropsychiatrist with an international reputation.… more
Rebecca Ruter Springer   Rebecca Ruter Springer
Rebecca Ruter Springer was 29 when the American Civil War started in 1861. When the war ended five years later, 620,000 soldiers and countless civilians… more
Richard Maurice Bucke   Richard Maurice Bucke
Richard Maurice Bucke was born March 18, 1837, in Methwold, a village on the edge of the Norfolk fens, in England. When he was one year old, his father… more
Rudolf Steiner   Rudolf Steiner
Rudolf Steiner is both a mystic and an occultist. These two natures appear in him in perfect harmony. One could not say which of the two predominates over… more
Simon Parke   Simon Parke
Simon Parke was a priest in the Church of England for twenty years, before leaving for fresh adventures. He worked for three years in a supermarket, stacking… more
Sjoerd Bonting   Sjoerd Bonting
Sjoerd Bonting is a Dutch biochemist and an Anglican priest-theologian. After receiving a PhD in biochemistry at the University of Amsterdam (1952), he… more
Stafford Betty   Stafford Betty
Stafford Betty earned his PhD in theology from Fordham University, where he specialized in Asian religious thought and Sanskrit. Today he is a professor… more
Thomas à Kempis   Thomas à Kempis
The life of Thomas à Kempis was not outwardly remarkable. He was born in 1380 in the Lower Rhine region of Kempen, from where he gained his name. His paternal… more
Vincent Van Gogh   Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent shot himself at the age of 37, probably without having sold a picture. His brother Theo said he was his own enemy, and this was true; but he also… more
Viscount Adare   Viscount Adare
Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin, 4th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl KP PC (1841-1926), styled Viscount Adare between 1850 and 1871, was an Irish Peer. more
William Barrett   William Barrett
Sir William Fletcher Barrett (10 February 1844 to 26 May 1925) was one of the pioneers of psychical research. It was Barrett’s idea to form the Society… more
William Usborne Moore   William Usborne Moore
Vice-Admiral William Usborne Moore (c.1850-1918) was a retired British naval commander when he became a devoted psychical researcher in 1904. His books… more
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Although Mozart is one of the most famous names in Classic musical history, his renown stretches way beyond that genre and even music itself. Even though… more
WT Stead   WT Stead
Known to the general public primarily as a dedicated journalist, author, social reformer, and pacifist, William Thomas Stead was on his way to New York… more
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Ukraine War: A Story of Survival, Sacrifice, and Service – If charitable service to those in need is the ultimate in spirituality here in the physical life, this book most certainly deals with spiritual matters. The author, Amber Poole, an American woman and her husband, Paul, from Scotland but with Polish roots, operated an educational center in Poland when the Russians attacked Ukraine in 2022. As many Ukrainians fled to Poland, they turned their center into a home for as many as 40 refugees. The author kept a very interesting “war diary” over the first 18 months of the war, discussing everything from the cultural adjustments required by both the Polish and the Ukrainians to her own reactions and adjustments, as well as philosophical concerns and conflicts that often surfaced. In spite of the adversity and distress, she embraced the adversity. Read here
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