I am thrilled to bits as I have just received my printed copy of Mary Anne Atwood's A Suggestive Inquiry into the Hermetic Mystery, the 1918 edition, which comes with a 64-page introduction by Walter Leslie Wilsmhurst (who was obviously in awe of her).
Has anyone found any other source of Wilmshurst's edition?
There is a great deal of lore about the book, as Wilmshurst discusses in the introduction, namely that the author and her husband made an attempt to buy up all outstanding copies, believing that it came too close to revealing that which would be intemperate to reveal. If my understanding of the Method is correct, and this book does suggest a Method, I must concur in this assessment! This is dangerous stuff! The reason for danger is that attempting the Great Work should presuppose the completion of the Lesser Work, i.e. the sublimation of the ego, the purification of the physical and mental vehicles. Disaster awaits those who decipher and attempt to apply the Method without this necessary purification. Hence, throughout history, alchemy has veiled it's Methods from the unworthy.
Clearly Mary Anne Atwood (in 1850) must have felt strongly. To have produced such a book, one might assume, was a labour of love (not ego). Now (in 2019) we can only guess what made her change her mind. Was it as simple as "OMG! what have I done?" ?
Personally, I can only draw comparisions from other Gnostic areas.
1) In Lodge Lore, we are rightfully wary of sharing ritual prematurly. 2) In certain esoteric Yoga areas, premature exposure to the most powerful practices, without several years of preparation (of the ego, spirit and body) can cause harm. 3) In a certain Centre for Human Communication, I have witnessed the tutor (a lifelong friend) refusing to admit a student, who (the tutor explained) only wanted to gain power, not understanding.
Other simpler explanations abound. Like "pearls before swine" or "tools in the hands of fools".
The Ancient: sbs59: Were you suspended for non payment of dues? if so, square up and petition the lodge for a restatement vote. If your dues are current, your still a member. In this case, it is all about the Benjamins.
May 27, 2019 0:49:07 GMT