The world of Eclectic Medicine and of Emerson reinventing Thomas Taylor to inspire Americans had come to an end, although it would see rebirths in places like the Philosophical Research Society and movements like the New Age of the 1980s.
I spoke with the legendary playwright Jean-Claude to find out what he’s carting between the country and the city these days, why flowers always seem to be staring at him, and how he leverages spiritual technologies, so that even getting a new haircut can lead to sharp insights.
We know that a good story, told with assurance and a sanguine nod, is an entryway to a complex house. Generations can pass inside, each new teller in turn captivated by the intricacies of its construction.
Living Energy Farm uses no gasoline, no diesel, and no grid
electricity. The project is being built inexpensively so that people may
live comfortably, support themselves economically, and do so in a
manner that is easily replicated by others.
He begins to talk of Black Magic and Curses in Morocco, travelling with
Medicine Men up the Amazon, and Astral Projection and Dream Control. I
realise that for Burroughs all this is utterly real, the “Magical
Universe” in fact.
Christianity remains the most acceptable religion in America, but American Metaphysical Religion has
intersected and in many ways transformed Christian belief and practice.
The brothers Guthrie are an excellent example of this.