Great Minds Series

11 Volumes

Volume 1

Krishnamurti and the Psychological Revolution is an essay on the unique teaching of J. Krishnamurti. It starts with the question ‘What is Consciousness?’—and carefully proposes a holistic definition, after reviewing the various psychological and spiritual theories that deal with this subject. 

The author actually goes a step ahead and focuses on a more particular issue, a provocative question asked by K: “How to empty consciousness of its content?” When the author was part of a Krishnamurti circle in Switzerland back in 1986, he proposed to elucidate the matter with a keynote on the topic. An essay followed which was the core of the present book.

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Krishnamurti lectured that only a ‘psychological revolution’ can lead man to a transformation of thought and  taught that it was possible to ‘empty the content of consciousness’ on an individual level so as to completely renew and transform our thought and emotional patterns, and to free us from self-restrictive and limitative conditioning.

However, a careful examination of the question brought the author to the insight that consciousness cannot be emptied; what can be done instead is to integrate its content by the development of total awareness and vigilant attention. In other words, while the process of thought cannot be stopped, it is well possible to change the quality of our daily thoughts, of our self-talk and of our regard upon emotions. In this sense, it is true that, while we cannot change thought—because we need it for our cultural and technological progress—we can well change the thinker. And it is the latter what Krishnamurti meant by saying that we should ‘empty consciousness of its content.’

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Volume 2

Creative Genius is the author’s main publication on his more than thirty years of genius research. In this book, the author, applying the 4-quadrant IQ scheme commonly used in genius research, reviews and portrays the lives of five highly creative men: Leonardo da Vinci, Wilhelm Reich, Albert Einstein, Svjatoslav Richter and Keith Jarrett.

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One of the main signs of human genius is the capability to see the hidden connections between apparently separate phenomena, or to perceive phenomenon as a pattern, a Gestalt, a unique configuration of attributes that leads the observer to a unifying vision. 

This integrative nature of all genius, the life stories of the five men clearly show it: it’s the organic and systemic vision of life and living by Leonardo, the correct intuition Reich had about the underlying bioenergetic cause of schizophrenia, Einstein’s vision of the interconnections between space and time, Richter’s spontaneous perception of music in which is embedded a bird’s perspective of correct style and musical taste, and Jarrett’s unique integration of patterns of classical music with creative free-style improvisation.

The book is destined to broaden the reader’s awareness for apprehending a network of hidden connections that is spanning the whole gamut of human experience, from science to art, from from creative vision to tangible realization—to arrive at a comprehension of human potential, incarnated in genius, which is the highest realization of human complexity. The reason why most people cannot attain the level of human genius is not because genius is inborn—all research shows that it is not—but because they are not critical enough in the face of conformity pressure and the general solidifying framework of modern consumer culture that models citizens instead of accepting them as they are, in their full humanity. 

While the great lay public is the primary audience of the book, it may also be of interest for academic researchers, especially when their research is spanning the gamut of human consciousness, systems theory, quantum physics, genius research and complexity theory.

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Volume 3

Fritjof Capra and the Systems View of Life is a passionate study about the great contemporary physicist and a review of all of his published books, including extensive quotes.

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The author considers Fritjof Capra as one of the most important authors on new science and systems research. He found Capra’s ‘Tao of Physics’ in 1985, at a time when his life was in a complete reorientation. He compares the impact of the book on his psyche and his personal evolution with his discovery of the I Ching and Taoism, as well as the writings and psychoanalytic teaching of Françoise Dolto (1908-1988).

The author considers as genius Capra’s unique gift to formulate and explain complex scientific and philosophical insights and interrelations in a way that the educated reader can understand. He sees certain parallels in Capra’s life in the lives of Albert Einstein and Wilhelm Reich who, like him, were from Germanic origin and after their immigration to the United States only wrote and published in English. 

The author especially lauds Capra’s basically non-judgmental worldview and his ability to understand people from ultra-orthodox to very liberal with the same generosity and magnanimity. This can be seen, inter alia, in a lesser known volume, entitled ‘Uncommon Wisdom’ which is a recollection of conversations with remarkable people, a kaleidoscope of anecdotes from the lives of truly lively and communicative humans. Another noteworthy instance from Capra’s life is his long involvement in the counter culture and his meeting with most of the celebrities of that culture, as for example Timothy Leary, Stan Grof, Terence McKenna, Gregory Bateson, or Ronald David Laing and Thomas Szasz, the founders of the antipsychiatry movement.

The author especially notes Capra’s merit is to have introduced the systems view of life to scientific research, while he is not the originator of the idea, which was mainly developed by Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Ilya Prigogine, Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela. But Capra has carefully surveyed and summarized this important research that is generally difficult to grasp to the non-scientific reader, and has rendered the important idea accessible for the interested lay audience.

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Volume 4

Françoise Dolto and Child Psychoanalysis is a about one of the greatest psychoanalysts the world has known. The author interviewed Françoise Dolto in 1986, after having visited ‘La Maison Verte’ in Paris, a center Dr. Dolto had created for parents and children that mainly served to prepare children for greater lapses of time away from their parents and the early kindergarten experience. The interview took place in Dr. Dolto’s apartment at 260, rue Saint-Jacques, near the Panthéon, Paris. A long correspondence followed the meeting which was published, after Dr. Dolto’s death, with the author's permission, by Gallimard Publishers, Paris, in 2005. 

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The author reviews five of Françoise Dolto’s books, ‘La Cause des Enfants (1985),’ Psychanalyse et Pédiatrie (1971) and three volumes of Dolto’s professional seminar on child psychoanalysis, ‘Séminaire de Psychanalyse d’Enfants (1982, 1985, 1988).’ He tries to convey to the reader who is unfamiliar with psychoanalysis the basics for understanding the present book, and furthermore, stresses the uniqueness of Dr. Dolto’s approach to curing psychotic children—a feat that is unparalleled in human psychiatric history, for psychosis was always held as incurable.  

The book retraces the fascinating way Françoise Dolto got to become an authority not only in psychiatry and psychoanalysis in France, and worldwide, but also a public figure of great renown in France—while she is as good as unknown in the English speaking world. The motivation of the author was namely to break through this wall of silence and elucidate this particular audience about the genius of one of the greatest psychiatrists of our time, and of all times. He explains also the stress that Françoise Dolto put upon children developing autonomy and get emotionally detached from their parents with the liquidation of the Oedipus Complex, at the age of 5 to 7 years. Today, 27 years after her death, Dolto’s engagement for the emotional freedom of children is more important than ever in our claustrophobic modern society in which many children are raised into codependent partners for their emotionally immature and media-addicted parents. 

The volume comes with quotes from two of Dolto’s most well-known books, translated by the author, who grew up in a region bordering France that is bilingual German-French.

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Volume 5

Edward de Bono and the Mechanism of Mind is a study that features one of the greatest think tanks of our time.

Born in 1933 in Malta, he has been a training expert, corporate consultant, writer and philosopher of world renown for decades. He has been a corporate consultant for DuPont, Exxon, Shell, Ford, IBM, British Airways, Ciba-Geigy, Citibank—to name a few.

Unlike many other corporate training experts, Dr. de Bono went way beyond the job of a corporate trainer, and is to be considered a true business philosopher and conceptualist. His research on perception and the memory matrix of the human brain has had a decisive impact upon accelerated learning.

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Dr. de Bono is the creator of many creativity-boosting games and training programs, among them the concept of ‘lateral thinking’ and the ‘6 Thinking Hats’ brainstorming technique. In various countries, governments use his techniques in primary schools and high schools for boosting the creativity and learning skills of their students.

He has written numerous books with translations into 34 languages (all the major languages plus Hebrew, Arabic, Bahasa, Urdu, Slovene, Turkish etc), and has been invited to lecture in 52 countries around the world.

In 1995 the Malta Government awarded Edward de Bono the ‘Order of Merit.’ This is the highest award available and is limited to only twenty living persons. For many thousands, indeed millions, of people worldwide, Edward de Bono’s name has become a symbol of creativity and new thinking.

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Volume 6

Joseph Murphy and the Power of Your Subconscious Mind is a study that features one of the greatest selfhelp authors of our time.

Joseph Murphy (1898-1981), born in Ireland, was a naturalized American author and New Thought minister, ordained in Divine Science and Religious Science.

He was born into a strictly Catholic school master family and was accepted as a Jesuit seminarian. However, by the time he reached his late teen years, he began to question the orthodoxy of the Jesuits and withdrew from the seminary, leaving his family for going to America, where he started a modest career as a pharmacist.

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Parallel to his job, he began to study all of the world’s religions, yet his concept of Christianity was non-traditional and he founded his own church in Los Angeles, becoming a proponent of the New Thought movement, whose founder, Ernest Holmes, became his mentor. Gradually his classes, his sermons and his radio programs became more and more widely known and his fame spread with publishing his first bestseller, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, in 1963. Over the years, he received several academic degrees, as a scientist, a theologian, and a Ph.D. as well. In his later years he also became a Fellow of the Andhra Research University of India.

After his first great publishing success, he wrote more than 30 other books that all become bestsellers. He died in 1981 and his wife, Dr. Jean Murphy, continued his ministry.

Dr. Murphy left a legacy that is highly important in our time of loss of soul in everyday life. His practical and yet deeply spiritual teaching, and prayer technique, called ‘Scientific Prayer’ has left a markstone in our time for those, who without wanting to join a fixated Credo, wish to live a spiritual life, do good to others, experience success, wealth and recognition, and create inner peace. 

The present book provides a bit for all tastes, offering a short biography, reviews of his most important books, quotes, comments and book excerpts, and a bonus essay by the author, entitled ‘Creative Prayer, the Miracle Road.’

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Volume 7

Joseph Campbell and the Lunar Bull is a study on the great genius of one of the most influential mythology scholars of our times. The review shows that the historical transition from matriarchy to patriarchy seems to never haven taken place on the level of the unconscious. In the contrary, it appears that the intrinsic symbolism of the soul level, the content of the collective unconscious, the level of spiritual visions is one of the matriarchal goddesses and cosmic energy holders, such as the Mythic Bull or Lunar Bull, and the Serpent.

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Joseph Campbell was not only one of the greatest scholars humanity has known but also a fighter for the true expression of individual soul values, autonomy, self-reliance and true democracy. He, as not many others, unveiled the hidden fascism in our Judeo-Christian root culture that traditionally murdered the out-group while preaching to love one’s neighbor, thereby representing one of the most hypocrite religious paradigms around the world. 

Campbell’s mythology research is today backed up by the insights of Carl Jung and researchers on shamanism and entheogens such as Ralph Metzner or Jeremy Narby, as well as reports of personal experiences with matriarchal gods and goddesses manifesting through the intake of entheogens such as Ayahuasca. What we can learn from embracing mythology, as this monograph shows, is to find solutions that are viable and durable because they are integrated in the landscape of soul, and our collective unconscious, and not just green table solutions that may temporarily appeal to our rational mind.

The illustrated volume presents a short biography, reviews of all of Campbell’s acclaimed books, quotes, and comments, as well as a bonus essay by Peter Fritz Walter, entitled 'The Lunar Bull’ which is puts a focus upon the spiritual significance of matriarchy.

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Volume 8

Terence McKenna and Ethnopharmacology is a study that features one of the most famous ‘psychedelic’ philosophers of our time.

Terence McKenna (1946—2000) has been studying the ontological foundations of shamanism and the ethnopharmacology of spiritual transformation for the past quarter century. 

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An innovative theoretician and spellbinding orator, McKenna emerged as a powerful voice for the psychedelic movement and the emergent societal tendency he calls ‘The Archaic Revival,’ title of one of his most popular books. 

Poetically dispensing enlightened social criticism and new theories of the fractal dynamics of time, he unraveled many aspects of the visionary lexicon. As Artist Alex Grey suggests, ‘In the twilight of human history, McKenna's prescription for salvation is just so crazy it might work.’

In 1993, McKenna wrote in ‘This World and its Double:’ It’s clearly a crisis of two things: of consciousness and conditioning. These are the two things that the psychedelics attack. We have the technological power, the engineering skills to save our planet, to cure disease, to feed the hungry, to end war. But we lack the intellectual vision, the ability to change our minds. We must decondition ourselves from 10,000 years of bad behavior. And, it's not easy.

The books comes with a bonus essay by Peter Fritz Walter, entitled ‘The Shamanic Method.’

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Volume 9

Charles Webster Leadbeater and the Inner Life is a study about one of the greatest and most gifted clairvoyants the world has seen.

As Leadbeater’s gift of clairvoyance is the center point of this study, two book reviews have been added that are of equal importance, Shafica Karagulla’s study ‘The Chakras’ (1989) which was done in collaboration with Dora van Gelder, and Dora van Gelder’s own first person report, ‘The Real Life of Fairies’ (1999). Both books were published by the Theosophical Publishing House in Wheaton (Quest Books) which also published all of Leadbeater’s writings.

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Clairvoyance is an extraordinary human gift, and according to the author of the present book, it should be recognized officially within modern science, for this would yield a wealth of information hitherto unknown to most of our scientists, while the lay public is perhaps more open to recognize such talents. In fact, polls in the United States have shown that 70% of the population believe in psychic powers, and only 30% are among the ’skeptics’ which is quite a revealing fact.

Leadbeater was not born with it, but, as the short biography reveals, learnt is through a very developed yogic master from India. This was different for Dora van Gelder who was a natural clairvoyant from childhood, who had an extraordinary speciality. The very reason why she published the book with Karagulla, an M.D., about the chakras, was that she had the unique ability to make a clairvoyant medical diagnosis, perhaps for the first time in modern history. While today such gifts are more widely known and accepted within our larger scientific paradigm, this was not the case yet at their lifetime.

The book comes with extensive book reviews and quotes, and comments, as well as illustrations.

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Volume 10

Alberto Villoldo and Healing the Luminous Body is a study about one of the greatest and most gifted Western shaman the world has seen. He has studied the healing practices of the Amazon and Inka shamans for more than 25 years. 

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While at San Francisco State University, he founded the ‘Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory’ to study how the mind creates psychosomatic health and disease, and it was with this research intention in mind that he left his orderly life and ventured into the Andes to find a knowledge that dates back thousands of years among native shamans and natural healers.

Villoldo directs the Four Winds Society, where he trains individuals throughout the world in the practice of energy medicine and soul retrieval. 

He has training centers in New England, California, the UK, Holland, and Park City, Utah. The author of the bestseller ‘Shaman, Healer, Sage,’ Villoldo now draws on his vast knowledge to bring us a practical and revolutionary way to discover the source of an original wound that may have occurred during childhood or in a former lifetime, and that derailed our destiny. He then shows us how to track forward along our time lines to find our best and highest future.

The book comes with extensive book reviews and quotes, and comments, as well as illustrations, and two bonus reviews of the books ‘Ayahuasca’ by Ralph Metzner and ‘The Cosmic Serpent’ by Jeremy Narby.

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Volume 11

Wilhelm Reich and the Function of the Orgasm is a study about one of the greatest authorities on the discovery of the bioenergy for modern science and medical science.

The author understands his engagement for Reich as a contribution to the rehabilitation of one of the greatest, but also one of the most misunderstood scientists of the 20th century.

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Reich’s Greatest Discoveries is a science essay about Wilhelm Reich's unique orgone research, a new branch of science that at present gains importance because it has shown us ways out of the ecological impasse.

Wilhelm Reich, as early as in 1945, achieved complete healing of a female schizophrenic patient using bioenergetic or, as Reich termed it, orgonotic treatment. 

Many know about the ground-breaking work of Ronald David Laing regarding the alternative treatment of schizophrenia. However, small is the number of individuals who have noticed that Wilhelm Reich’s research and mental health treatment approach by far preceded those much more well-known and acclaimed methods.

In fact, Reich achieved remarkable results with simply redirecting the patient’s orgonotic energy flow which has revolutionized the treatment of schizophrenia. 

The book comes with a bonus essay about Reich in German language as well as a review of Michel Odent’s book ‘The Functions of the Orgasms (2009).’

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