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A Treatise on Cosmic Fire: A Theory of Everything

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Back in the early noughties, I undertook doctoral studies in the School of Social Ecology at Western Sydney University and produced the world’s first PhD thesis on the teachings of theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Last year, peer-reviewed journal The Esoteric Quarterly encouraged me to...

Facebook, the Australian Government and Me

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“Thank you for reaching out. In response to Australian government legislation, Facebook restricts the posting of news links and all posts from news Pages in Australia. Globally, the posting and sharing of news links from Australian publications is restricted. We are working on restoring...

Alice Bailey and the Plan

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by Isobel Blackthorn In my previous articles https://isobelblackthorn.com/alice-bailey-articles/ I’ve explored some of the roots of the Alice Bailey conspiracy theory and attempted to show how the theory is unjustified by providing a taste of the meaning and intention behind the theosophist’s thinking. Here I focus...

More Conspiracy Thinking About Alice Bailey: The United Nations

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by Isobel Blackthorn For conspiracy thinkers in the 1950s and 60s, the United Nations exemplified not internationalism as Alice Bailey pictured the organisation, but totalitarianism. As if Hitler, Stalin, Franco and Mussolini were not bad enough, Chairman Mao Zedong implemented his own communist version of...

New World Order and Alice Bailey: What’s the Evidence?

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by Isobel Blackthorn Mother of the New Age movement Alice Bailey has been the bête noire of conspiracy thinkers for decades, helped along by Christian writer Constance Cumbey. See https://isobelblackthorn.com/2021/01/18/alice-bailey-and-the-new-world-order/ The tap root that anchors this conspiracy theory is the notion of a new...

ALICE BAILEY AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER

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by Isobel Blackthorn From Goodwill to Conspiracy Theory Alice Bailey devoted thirty years to the fulfilment of her mission to be the conduit for the latest outpouring of the Ageless Wisdom and establish a number of organizations that would help carry that mission of goodwill forward....

The Unlikely Occultist receives a Five Star Readers’ Favorite Badge!

the unlikely occultist receives a five star readers’ favorite badge!
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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers’ Favorite Shortly after her loving Aunt Hilary’s funeral, Heather faced a challenge at her job. At the State Library in Victoria, Australia, she was assigned the task of assessing a one-hundred box collection donated by the late Professor Foyle. She was...

The Transformative Process of Writing Fiction

the transformative process of writing fiction
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Benefits for Readers When reading, the suspension of ordinary awareness through engagement in a story world has enormous benefits of itself. Empathy, theory of mind and critical thinking are all enhanced. Reading relaxes you, de-stresses, takes you out of yourself and improves vocabulary and memory. Then...

Book Review: The Plot Against Heaven by Mark Kirkbride

book review: the plot against heaven by mark kirkbride
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About The plot against heaven Death doesn’t stand a chance against love. Hell-bent on confronting God after the death of wife Kate, Paul gate-crashes Heaven. With immigration problems and a wall, Heaven turns out to be nowhere near as welcoming as expected. Both Heaven and Hell...

Book Review: Cancer Daily Life by Carola Schmidt

book review: cancer daily life by carola schmidt
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About Cancer Daily Life Cancer Daily Life is a bittersweet collection of single and double-frame strips that only readers who are highly involved with the C world could relate to. It’s sometimes cute and sweet, sometimes acid, sometimes trivial, sometimes funny, just like daily life. It’s...