Messages from Dolores
posted June 2004
Dreaming to Some Purpose - Colin Wilson (pub
June 10th )
Many biographies are written to either praise or condemn the
subject and require a lot of research. Most autobiographies
on the other hand are written to bare one's soul and require
courage and what my Jewish friends would call Chutzpah! For
my money Colin Wilson’s autobiography has both, and to
add spice to the whole thing there are moments of high drama
and some great laughs. He has spared us nothing of the ups and
downs, highs and lows of his life, or, for that matter his strengths
and his flaws. He seems to attack life demanding that it gives
him reasons for living it to the full, when reading it I felt
he had lived several lives in the space of just one.
No one reading this ‘warts and all’ account of
the life of this extraordinary man can fail to be struck by
a) his self honesty and b) his sustained belief in his own ability
to succeed. Gifted with an inquiring mind that won’t let
up and an insatiable curiosity about the world around and within
him he has changed many lives with his books on a variety of
subjects so wide as to beggar belief. He was labelled one of
the ‘Angry young men’ of his generation, but I disagree.
He was not so much angry as determined to make the world sit
up and take notice of him. We live in an age when many are able
to go to university…and waste there time there. Here is
someone who should have had that chance and didn’t get
it, but who went on to prove that you don’t need a degree
In his autobiography he holds nothing back, nor would we want
him to do so, for by seeing how he sees himself we can see ourselves
more clearly. He holds up a mirror to the dark and light aspects
of his soul and… says it softly, revels in both sides
of his nature. He doesn’t like it when he is wrong, but
he will admit it. That alone is worth an epitaph!! He speaks
frankly of the struggle to keep an even financial keel throughout
his career. Contrary to public opinion writers seldom make enough
money to live on.
The book is packed with anecdotes about famous people, (there
are precious few he has not met) often with a tongue dipped
in a little vitriol, the book then veers off into amazing insights
into the works and minds of Husserl, Maslow, Gurdjieff, Ouspensky
and Jung, as well as those of Auden, Elliot, Isherwood and their
like. Along the way he has made enemies and trodden on toes
but one gets the feeling that such things will not cause any
loss of sleep. The human mind and its un-awakened potential
is a recurrent theme throughout the book and one he has pursued
most of his life, along the way taking in the Occult, Right
and Left Brain, Atlantis, Sacred Sites, Television series, and
University Lecture tours. Don’t forget the music, this
is a man who can listen to a recording and tell you not just
the name of the soloist, but who is conducting, and all without
looking at the label!
When I read his first book The Outsider I found I was not as
alone, or as crazy as I thought. For the first time I was able
to believe in my self. To write a book like this, you have to
know yourself very, very, well. To publish it you have to have
a lot of faith in yourself. Colin Wilson has both. In my workshop
and seminars I offer lists of writers I think will make my students
and supervisors think, not just superficially, but in depth.
Colin Wilson has always been in the top ten of that list which
will take you from Historical Biographies to the Paranormal,
from science fiction to hair raising trips through the minds
of serial killers and books on aspects of sex you never knew
This book is intelligent, caustic, enterprising, philosophical
when things go wrong, funny, occasionally sad, often heart warming,
daring and wise. It will at some points shock you, then make
you see the funny side of it. I revelled in it. Throughout the
whole book runs a golden thread, and her name is Joy Wilson.
Without Joy I suspect we would never have had as much of Colin
Wilson as we have been privileged to have. He writes of her
and her unfailing support with a quiet affection that hides
a deeper emotion.
A complex man who has lived a complex life. Read it, and when
you have finished ask yourself this. Have you lived as fully
as this man, and if not, why not? Get out there and buy it.
Jerry Knight, who passed into the Realm of Light
on June 11th 2004
There are some people you only have to meet once to recognise
and know you are in the company of someone you have known many
Jerry was one such person. He brought with him into any room,
any workshop a feeling of warmth, wisdom and old fashioned
courtesy. To work with him was an experience, to talk with
him was to
feel enfolded by his inner grace, to have known him was a blessing.
has left us with so many memories, let us treasure them and
There is an old story I would like to share with you that
was made to say about Jerry.
A man left this world and went to heaven, he was given a white
robe to wear adorned with just a very few pearls here and there.
As he walked the golden streets of heaven with an angelic guide
he noticed many wearing robes of great beauty, covered, encrusted
with precious stones, diamonds, rubies, saphires, emeralds,
He asked his guide:"I have tried to be a good man all
my life and hoped to be rewarded in Heaven. But my robe has
just a few pearls, while some here go dressed in garments covered
with gems. Why?"
The angel turned and smiled at him and said: "Every gem
on their garments covers the stain of a sin, a sin repented
and so hidden. You have led a good life, you do not need gems,
the few pearls on your robe tell everyone that you have few
sins to be forgiven".
Dear Jerry, I think that your robe may have just a very few,
very tiny pearls ... because you were human, and we must all
expect a few to
adorn our robes... but you, dear and much loved friend, will
the few who do not need a gem encrusted robe.
Rest in the Light, and know that you also rest in our thoughts
Dolores and SOL worldwide
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing
into the Summerlands of Lady Circe, the loving,wise, and charismatic
leader of many Covens on the Eastern Seaboard. Lord Orion of
Foxwood Temple in Laurel Maryland sent the news today.
She trained Lord Orion and through him many others came to
know her and work with her and under her guiding hand. Her heart
was always open and full of laughter. She always have words
of comfort, wisdom, and knowledge for those around her.
The world is darker for her passing, for every death, no matter
how small diminishes us all. But the legacy she leaves behind
and grow and others will take on the Light she lit for them.
To all of those who knew and loved her the SOL offers sympathy
in the loss of a great Lady, and we offer our love to comfort
you in your loss.
Dolores and Michael and SOL
Dolores and Michael and the SOL offer their sympathy to the
peoples of America on the passing of their former President
Ronald Reagan. He was a man who has left his mark upon history
and when he was called to the highest office in the land he
gave of his best. No man can do more than that. May the Light
enfold him and comfort those he has left behind.
Dolores and Michael and SOL
Many thanks to everyone who refrained from filling my desk
emails and letters while I was away. It made such a big difference
to return to a big back log. I had a wonderfully restful time
Scotland with Elizabeth Fox and we have begun work on the third
Ritual with Purpose.
Some news for you:
Herbie Brennan (author of Astral Doorways, Magical use of
Thought-forms, Faerie Wars)
Herbie's Faerie Wars has been voted the top seller for Teenage
reading in the USA. The sequel The Purple
Emperor is on its way... and the Third book is now being prepared.
Bloomsbury have been advertising it on the London Underground
and buses...and the first book is now out in paperback. See
Much love to everyone