Tim Wyatt, a regular contributor to Hermes is about to publish a new book called Secrets of Infinity – which he also mentions in the video interview on this website ‘Karmic Cycles in Current Times’. In the interview, he describes this small book (it has 20 pages plus covers) as the ‘Ladybird Book’ to his longer publication Cycles of Eternity which he published in December 2016, and is a brief – and bright – introduction to the Ageless Wisdom tradition.
Secrets of Infinity – 24 pages including covers, £4.00 plus p & p, available soon
Cycles of Eternity – 112 pages including covers, £10.00 plus p & p
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What is your aim in producing Secrets of Infinity and who is your target audience?
Most of my work involves making various attempts to explain key ideas in the Ageless Wisdom teachings in a clear, concise and contemporary way using modern language and incorporating appealing images. Many of the standard books on Theosophy and other esoteric traditions are often very verbose, obscure and sometimes difficult to read. I believe we need to use modern language to effectively communicate these challenging ideas to those who may be interested in them – especially younger people.
Secrets Of Infinity is a very simple overview of some of these key ideas which can be read in half an hour. It’s aimed at those who have spiritual aspirations but maybe have little or no knowledge of these crucially important ideas. In many ways, it’s a prequel to my previous book Cycles Of Eternity: An Overview of the Ageless Wisdom which goes into greater depth and detail.
My hope is that it will act as a stimulant or catalyst for spiritual seekers beginning their quest for deeper knowledge of themselves and the universe. I hope it will promote the view that neither religion nor science has these answers.
While Madame Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine is a timeless classic and indeed one of the most important books ever written, even abridgements of it can be daunting and confusing for the beginner – especially its language. But its ideas and assertions are world-changing. Her revival of Theosophy brought ideas such as karma and reincarnation to the West for the first time.
What further reading and/or viewing would you recommend for anyone who wishes to study this subject in more depth?
When I first resumed the serious study of the Ageless Wisdom some years ago, I personally found The Ocean Of Theosophy by William Q. Judge extremely helpful. Judge, of course, was one of the co-founders of The Theosophical Society with Madame Blavatsky. I also read many of the books by the key second-generation theosophists Annie Besant and Charles W. Leadbeater. Although these appear somewhat old-fashioned having been written more than a century ago, they are far easier to read.
To me, the author who perhaps did as much as any other in the first half of the twentieth century to explain and elaborate these ancient truths was the American theosophist Gottfried de Purucker. But there are many others who’ve brought vital insights about esoteric truths into the public domain such as Rudolf Steiner (who founded The Anthroposophical Society), the clairvoyant Geoffrey Hodson and Alice Bailey (although her writings are extremely challenging and not for the faint-hearted!)
In more recent times the English esotericist Dr Douglas Baker brought a fresh and vibrant approach to occult ideas and developed the emerging science of esoteric astrology and psychology. A combination of the New Age movement and the ascendency of the internet have produced a blizzard of online material, some of it fascinating but much of it rather questionable.
What else are you working on at the moment?
I’m always working on a number of projects at the same time because I often find I get bogged down in one and prefer to focus my attention on another. As well as writing regular articles for this magazine and other esoteric publications around the world I’m in the process of completing a rather large book called Everyone’s Book Of The Dead. I’ve been researching and writing this book for some years. It looks at all aspects of death, dying and re-birth down the ages and throughout most cultures but focuses very much on the Ageless Wisdom explanation which differs so radically from that of modern science and some religions. This should be published some time in the autumn.
I’ve also begun work on a book exploring the fascinating invisible world of nature-spirits, elementals and devas. This is something I’ve always found deeply interesting. Yes, I do believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden! And I always have. Perhaps this is because I was brought up in the Yorkshire village of Cottingley, which became famous a century ago when two girls photographed fairies they claimed to have seen in the woods. This attracted enormous attention and they made a film about it.
In addition to that I’m also revising another book which I’ve completed called Visions Of Maya, which essentially looks at various aspects of the modern world through the prism of Ageless Wisdom ideas. Finally, I’m revising the second edition of my novel Revoking The Reich, the true but highly elaborated story of how the Allies used magic and occult practices to defeat the Nazis during World War II.
Apart from these things I don’t do much.
What advice do you have for us at this time of challenge (apart from reading your thoughtful articles in Hermes!) and how does the Conovirus pandemic affect what we need to learn in the wider context of what is happening to our planet Earth, ecology, and matters highlighted by groups such as Extinction Rebellion? I see you start to address this on page 21 of Secrets of Infinity.
We’re running out of clichés to describe the momentous impact that Covid-19 is having on every single aspect of our lives and our world. Even early on in the crisis, positive changes to the way we behave began to emerge. People started talking to one another again. A fresh sense of co-operation rather than competition became evident. As the world suddenly went collectively to jail, pollution began to disappear from some of the worst-affected cities. The world became quieter. People began thinking about things in a new way and asking themselves whether they really needed to buy all that ‘stuff’.
Whatever else it may be, this virus may well act as some kind of spiritual accelerant and coax people to take a longer, deeper look inside themselves rather than always searching for those answers externally and from someone else.
This pandemic has affected virtually everyone on this planet. Millions will have died by the time it’s over. Many more have suffered from the fallout and are facing huge emotional turmoil and financial ruin. But when history is written, it will no doubt show that this unexpected event of 2020 was maybe one of the most important spiritual lessons ever foisted on humanity. My advice is that we should learn from it.