Brief Biography  of Intellectual Development



Thomas Aquinas


Robert Assagioli: Psychosynthesis psychology. Italian




Jacob Bronowski: 1908-1974 English physicist, philosopher, poet, dramatist, and mathematician. Believed that different disciplines were different facets of the human imagination. Reached widest audience with “Ascent of Man” in 1974, which traced man’s attempt to control the environment


Giordano Bruno: 1548-1600: Italian philosopher, playwright, and theological reformer.

Espoused the new physics and astronomy ushered in by Copernicus. His bold and unorthodox views made him change residence frequently. Burned at the stake by the inquisition in Rome.


James Burke: Historian of science.



Ken Carey: Went “Back to the land” where he channeled  theStarseed Transmissions”,

from Raphael, during 1978-9. Jean Houston considers it a fine example of channeled



Thomas Carlyle:  1795-1881 (The Sage of Chelsea) Lashed out at the foundations of British daily life; its materialism, profit motive, and competitiveness, and insisted on the need for a spiritual rebirth.



Bernard of Clairvaux: 1090-1153. Christian saint, mystic, and doctor of the Western

church;  known as Doctor Mellifluous. Stressed that the mystical experience  cannot

be communicated by words. Sent to found new daughter house which was to become

famous as the Cistercian Abbey of Clairvaux.


William R. Corliss: Editor of “The Unfathomed Mind: A Handbook of Unusual Mental



St John of the Cross: Spanish Mystic, and acclaimed as one of the greatest poets of the Spanish Renaissance, he was a member of the Carmelite order, and a friend and confidant of St. Teresa of Avila. He was familiar with St Thomas Aquinas and Scholasticism. He is most famous for his “Dark Night of the Soul”, which was an inflowing and purging of the soul by God.


Duane Elgin: Author of  the book Voluntary Simplicity


Thomas Stearns Eliot: 1888-1965 Deeply influenced by French Symbolism, and preoccupied with the subject of Time that merges past and present in a world that is a wasteland that must be reborn. His most celebrated work is The Wasteland.  Also did The Four Quartets



Sir James Frazier: anthropologist. Wrote “The Golden Bough”. Much of his work has been discredited. Still, his concept of archetypes influenced  people such as Jung.


St Germain: Said to have incarnated as, among others, Roger Bacon in the 13th century,

Christopher Columbus (!), Sir Francis Bacon. A historical Compte de St. Germain circulated thru Europe in the 18th century.  The Compt tried to warn Louis XVI and Marie Antionette of  coming revolution. Count Cagliostro studied under the Compte.

The Compte was the inspiration for the formation of the Theosophical Society in 1875 by

the Masters Morya  and koot Hoomi, and Madame Blavatsky. In 1930 St Germain was said to have appeared again to Guy Ballard, who founded the I AM Religious Activity.



Sam Keen: Author of Fire in the Belly


Krishna: Eight avatar (or incarnation) of the god Vishnu


Krishnamurti: A spiritual  teacher who became great when he declined a position  as  Messiah of the Theosophists. 


Claude Levi-Strauss: Structural anthropologist: basic premise is that the relationships between the phenomena of kinship, myth, language, religion, and art are more important than the nature of each phenomena itself.


Jerre Leve: Right/Left brain research


John Lilly: Wrote “Center of the Cyclone” Established the Human Dolphin Foundation in 1981.


Paul McLean: Concept of triune brain; new built on old; neocortex built on limbic built on brainstem.


Bronislaw Malinowski: anthropologist


Ruth Montgomery in 1979, proposes the idea of “walk-ins” in her book Strangers Among Us: Enlightened Beings from a World to Come.


Sir Thomas More: 1478-1535. English statesman, humanist, author; friend of Erasmus and Colet. One of the most versatile and talented men of his age.  Became Chancellor under Henry VIII. Because he was a devout catholic, he refused to take an oath which acknowledged the King’s sovergnty over foreign rulers, including the pope. For this he was executed for treason.


Bridey Murphy: The Search for Bridey Murphey, in 1956, introduced past life exploration via hypnosis.


Michael Murphy: Co-founder of the Esalen Institute (with Richard Price). Author of  The Future of the Body.


William of Occam: 1285-13349: English scholastic and theologian, known as Doctor Invincibilis and Venerabilis Inceptor. Joined the Franciscans. He contested the temporal power of the pope and asserted that a king has independent authority in civil affairs. Famous for “Occam’s razor”


Paracelsus: medieval physician who wrote about earth magnetism, and realized it had enormous power over human life.


James Prescott: Sited evidence that sensory deprivation during formative period actually causes physiological damage to dendrites, which results in permanently warped “pleasure circuits in the brain


Jach Pursel: Begins to channel “Lazaris” in 1974.


Lord Raglan: anthropologist


Ramtha: An intelligence that purportedly lived as a human on earth, who learned to harness the power of mind and take his body into an unseen dimension of life, where he realizes unlimited joy, freedom, and life. he is now part of an unseen brotherhood who loves mankind greatly. Ramtha began being channeled by J.Z. Knight in 1977., Ms. Knight now lives  in an estate near Yelm, WA.


Jane Roberts: After experiments with a ouija board,  she began to channel Seth, in 1963.


Duns Scotus:



Soloman Snyder: Trained as psychiatrist and neuropharmacology.  Said to be brilliant.

Head of pharmcology lab at Johns Hopkins, and one of Candice Pert’s mentors


David Spangler: American mystic, writer, and visionary.  Met nonphysical entity John; worked with Findhorn group. Lived in San Francisco,  Madison Wisconsin, and Issaquah WA

Washington. Identified with “New Age, and considered a leading spokesperson for it.


Oswald Spengler:



Brian Swimme: Physicist and cosmologist. Working toward a synthesis of science and wisdom, or religion.  Believes our fundamental story of  the universe is flawed. Identifies Consumerism as a phantom Cosmology which is the dominant  faith in our nation


Gertrude Stein: American poet, novelist, and critic. Expatriate in Paris; the center of

a celebrated literary and artistic circle. Her literary work was intended to be a verbal

counterpart for cubism. Her home in Paris became a center for artists such as Picasso,

Juan Gris, Matisse, and Braque, and writers such as Hemingway and Fitzgerald.



Edmond Bordeaux Szekely: Founded Essene School in 1937 in San Deigo, which held that Jesus and the first Christians were Essenes; i.e. of a monastic order of Jews in Palestine that practiced ritual cleansing and communal  living around the time of Christ.





Lyall Watson proposes the “Hundredth Monkey” concept


Virginia Woolf: English novelist, critic and essayist. Hosted gatherings of

Cambridge artists and writers, which eventually was called the Bloomsbury

group, and included art critic Roger Fry and writer E.M. Forster.  Her writing

emphasized the psychological and stream of consciousness