Ronnie Pontiac

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The Eclectic Life of Alexander Wilder: Alchemical Generals, Isis Unveiled, and Early American Holistic Medicine

Alexander Wilder, pioneer of holistic medicine, helped Madame Blavatsky finish her classic book Isis Unveiled.  As a young man he was a member of the notorious Oneida cult.  As a politician and journalist he fought against slavery then helped kick Boss Tweed out of New York.  He lectured at the famous New England Transcendentalist Concord … Continue reading

The Platonist on Sunset Blvd.

Part 1: Hiram K. Jones the Western Wonder On Sunset Boulevard, across the street just east of the Whisky a Go Go, is a store named Hippocampus where since it opened in 1967 people have found oddities, curiosities and treasures.  Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, or Janis Joplin probably wandered in when it was new.  By … Continue reading

The Maestro and the Boy: The Kindness of Manly P. Hall

Mystical philosopher Manly Palmer Hall wasn’t my grandfather, yet he was.  Both my grandfathers had been killed in a war, but fate provided a friend who gave me all the grandfatherly gifts of wisdom and opportunity anyone could hope for.  I was there when this photo was taken in the PRS vault; my girlfriend and … Continue reading

Mr. X’s Floating Trumpet, Houdini and the Witch of Lime Street: Scandalous Psychic Adventures of the Roaring 20s

An ancient Chinese dialect from a barely literate psychic was only one of the inexplicable happenings.  These events didn’t occur in the 19th century in some rural town.  They happened in 1927 in New York City.   Dr. Neville Whymant, linguistics professor at both London University and Oxford, formerly of Tokyo University and Peking University, didn’t … Continue reading

The Intelligencers and the Fifth Moon of Jupiter: Alchemy in the American Colonies

Puritan alchemists founded America; sounds like bad fiction but it’s fact.  As befits a young republic, the history of the earliest origins of American Metaphysical Religion amounts to a long list of extraordinary characters, daring experiments, and unlikely friendships.  We’ll meet alchemists who persecuted witches, alchemists who were governors, and several alchemists who served as … Continue reading

Orpheus and Counterculture

Rodin’s Orpheus and Eurydice Vegetarian, non-violent, a singer and string strummer, a poet, a broken hearted lover, traveller to other worlds, not just on the first tour bus in western history, the Argo, but also beyond death, to the world of gods and ghosts.  Straights snickered that he was not only effeminate but the first … Continue reading

The Unobstructed Way

If life after death is a fact, wouldn’t our favorite activities somehow unconsciously resemble it?  Wouldn’t we symbolize the truth over and over again, remembering but not recognizing that we’re remembering? We love to become motionless consciousness.  Consuming experiences vicariously, like the dead observing the living, we watch movies or TV shows, feeling the tension … Continue reading

The Individual is Immortal: Betty’s Messages from the Afterlife

Hitler’s blitzkrieg had overrun Poland.  Stewart’s wife Betty, his best friend for so many years of adventure, had died only months before.  He was convinced of her survival.  The sense of her presence, as intimate and unique as the scent of her hair, comforted him daily.  He described the experience in detail in a last … Continue reading

Across the Unknown: Advanced Instruction of the Invisibles

Their approach is self consciously American.  Consistently witty, they simultaneously accept and reject all explanations of the phenomena, because the right words for what really happened probably don’t exist yet.  They focus on providing sane and simple practices any one can experiment with.  I found in Across the Unknown such a provocative collection of exercises … Continue reading

Attention is Existence: Instruction from the Invisibles

“The world is run as it is to demonstrate individual responsibility!”      The Betty Book By popular demand this blog and the next will explore the belief system the Invisibles, that is, the spirits, gave to Stewart Edward White through the mediumship of his wife Betty, and after her death, through the mediumship of their friend … Continue reading