Spiritual Without Being Religious — Is It Possible?

Can one be spiritual without being religious and vice versa? An increasing population believes so. Here’s how and why the differentiation came into being. by Helen E. Williams, DreamcatcherReality.com Before we get down to deciding the relationship between religiousness and spirituality, it is important to define these terms. For the most part, different groups may have different definitions. There is ample room for debate around this topic. But to make matters simpler, we’ll use the theories set by one of the most distinguished philosophers of the decade, Ken Wilber, also known as the Einstein of Consciousness Research. According to some recent surveys conducted by different organizations, an increasing proportion of people regard themselves as “spiritual but not religious”. This difference stems from difference of opinions and perceptions about the truth. Here’s how Ken Wilber explains why this is possible. How True Is The Truth? There are two kinds of […] Read More

1890: Modern Apostles and Pseudo-Messiahs

There has probably never been a period within our recollection more given to the production of “great missions” and missionaries than the present. The movement began, apparently, about a hundred years ago. Before that, it would have been unsafe to make such claims as are common in the present day. But the revelators of that earlier time were few and far between compared to those who are to be found now, for they are legion. The influence of one or two was powerful; of others, whose beliefs were dangerously akin to a common form of lunacy – next to nothing. All will recognize a wide difference between Anne Lee, whose followers flourish at the present time, and Joanna Southcote, whose hallucination long ago, and in her own day, excited smiles from rational people. The venerable Shaker lady, the “Woman” of Revelation XII, taught some truths amid confused ideas as […] Read More

1889: On Pseudo-Theosophy

On Pseudo-Theosophy The more honesty a man has, the less he affects the air of a saint. The affectation of sanctity is a blotch on the face of devotion. – LAVATER The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself. – THALES SHALL WE WINNOW THE CORN, BUT FEED UPON THE CHAFF? The presiding genius in the Daily News Office runs amuck at LUCIFER in his issue of February 16th. He makes merry over the presumed distress of some theosophists who see in our serial novel, “The Talking Image of Urur” – by our colleague, Dr. F. Hartmann – an attempt to poke fun at the Theosophical Society. Thereupon, the witty editor quizzes “Madame Blavatsky” for observing that she “does not agree with the view” taken by some pessimists; and ends by expressing fear that “the misgivings that have been awakened will not easily be laid to rest.” […] Read More

1995: Concepts Underlying The New Age Culture Shift – From A Christian Perspective

By Willy Peterson These are among the multitudes of concepts that are important in the development of a New Age culture shift. Here is an explanation (or an excuse for such) of some of the post-modernist spin-offs of New Age philosophy. First understand that New Age is far too extensive in a comprehensive undertaking to do it justice in under a few thousand pages. So we are left with crass generalizations. Hopefully we do it adequately so as not to incorrectly characterize any particular facets of the movement. If you are already familiar with the terms, you can save time by glossing over the definitions. I like to think of new agers in two camps; social new agers who simply go along with the drift of social change, and true disciples of “light”, the New Age Proper, or students of the “Ageless Wisdom” taught by Alice Bailey. Yes, there […] Read More

1994: The Adventures of the Atoms:

A Cosmic Fantasy Inspired by the Stanzas of Dzyan For Children of All Ages By Grace Green Knoche Copyright © 1994 by Theosophical University Press. Electronic version ISBN 1-55700-158-8. All rights reserved. This edition may be downloaded for off-line viewing without charge. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted for commercial or other use in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of Theosophical University Press. Because of current limitations in ASCII character fonts, and for ease of searching, no diacritical marks appear in the electronic version of the text. TUP Online Menu — Theosophical University Press, publishing and distributing quality theosophical literature since 1886: PO Box C, Pasadena, CA 91109-7107 USA; e-mail: tupress@theosociety.org; voice: (626) 798-3378; fax: (626) 798-4749. Free printed catalog available on request. Visit the on-line TUP Catalog. NOTE: In 1930 my mother, Dr. […] Read More