Gary Lachman is the author of twenty-one books on topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness to literary suicides, popular culture and the history of the occult. He has written a rock and roll memoir of the 1970s, biographies of Aleister Crowley, Rudolf Steiner, C. G. Jung, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Emanuel Swedenborg, P. D. Ouspensky, and Colin Wilson, histories of Hermeticism and the Western Inner Tradition, studies in existentialism and the philosophy of consciousness, and about the influence of esotericism on politics and society.
Here he explains how, at the age of 11 following the death of his father, Aleister Crowley decided to turn toward a path of darkness. He rebelled against his rigid upbringing in the Plymouth Brethren community. This wide-ranging discussion focuses on Crowley’s activities with the Order of the Golden Dawn and his later involvement with sexual magick and the O.T.O.; his writings on the philosophy, psychology, and ritual details of magick; and also his impact on rock and roll, film, literature, and contemporary esoteric culture.
New Thinking Allowed host, Jeffrey Mishlove, PhD, is author of The Roots of Consciousness, Psi Development Systems, and The PK Man. Between 1986 and 2002 he hosted and co-produced the original Thinking Allowed public television series. He is the recipient of the only doctoral diploma in “parapsychology” ever awarded by an accredited university (University of California, Berkeley, 1980).
(Recorded on February 6, 2018)
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