1. Introduction:

A couple of years ago I stumbled on a book entitled “True Life Encounters – Explaining Unexplained Natural Phenomena” by an Australian author named Keith Tutt. The book is a compendium of unexplained paranormal experiences of one kind or another.

As I read the book, I began to toss it over in my head and a suggestion occurred to me that our Theosophical teachings could explain many of these otherwise inexplicable phenomena.

In my understanding, Theosophy is based on the precept that our universe is based on the manifestation of spirit as it involves itself in matter and then after having reached it’s nadir of involution, returns to itself through a process of spiritual evolution. This process takes aeons in time. Instinsic to this process is the fact that life is a mutual learning experience, both for spirit and for the forms in which it manifests.

Spirit manifests through seven cosmic principles. Listed in increasing order of materiality, these are:-

1. The supreme monad or root, called Paramatman, from which emanate the other principles.

2. Akasa, the origin of cosmic soul.

3. Mahat, or Cosmic Mind.

4. Cosmic Kama, the desire or impelling force of the universe.

5. Cosmic Jiva, or vitality.

6. The Stula Sarira, or physical universe. 1

Each unit of consciousness (monad) undertakes a dynamic learning experience within the context of these principles as it pursues its involution into matter and its evolution back to spirit throughout the aeons of its development.

There are seven Jewels of Wisdom in Theosophy which explain the process of learning and development which ultimately leads to spiritual reunion. I will briefly discuss these before embarking on my attempted explanations of the “unexplained” phenomena.

These first of these jewels is Reincarnation. This is the endless cycle of re-embodiment undertaken by all living things. This is necessary to absorb all that must be learned in our journeys through the universe.

The second is the law of Karma. This is the law of cause and effect which is inherent in the universe. This law ensures that every decision we make will have an effect on the universe surrounding us and that we will need to learn from, and live with, each and every effect of our decisions.

The third jewel is the concept of the interpenetrating spheres of consciousness. These are the manifestation of the seven cosmic principles mentioned above. Our whole being is sensitive to each of these levels, but our physical body is not immediately aware of this. Herein lies the explanation for much of the unexplained phenomena which I will discuss shortly.

The fourth jewel describes the process of involution into matter and evolution back to spirit. Inherent in this are the Rounds and Races of manifestation. This has an immediate relevance to what I will say this afternoon about archaeological anomalies.

The fifth, sixth and seventh jewels are those of Swabhava, the Right and Left Hand Paths, and the Atma Vidya. Other than perhaps for the concept of Swabhava, these have no immediate relevance to what I will say this afternoon.

I will now refer to Tutt’s book and discuss the ways in which I feel that these

Theosophical principles can explain the otherwise “inexplicable”.

2. Reincarnation.

Tutt refers to both experimental investigation of reincarnation and also to the welter of anecdotal evidence available. To quote:

1) Experimental evidence (page 29).

2) Anecdotal evidence (page 31).

I have spoken about reincarnation before, and I don’t want to bore you with the details again, but here again is clear evidence of its existence. Our understanding of the Theosophical principles helps us to see where it fits in to the grand universal design and this understanding provides a clear indication of why reincarnation is a necessary element of our spiritual development.

3. Karma:

We don’t have to look very far for manifestations of the law of Karma. They are all around us, at every point in time. I wonder if this law doesn’t explain a lot of the unusual coincidences which we experience in life from time to time.

Tutt refers to a number of these in his book and I’m sure we can, after a moment’s reflection, think of innumerable experiences in our own lives. To quote a couple of the author’s examples:

(Falby & Smith – page 209)

(Anthony Hopkins – page 209)

The law of Karma would explain both these apparently coincidental outcomes quite easily.

4. Spheres of Consciousness:

As I mentioned earlier, this concept explains most of the unexplained phenomena discussed by Tutt. I will elaborate on this now and give examples from his writings. Before I do however, a brief excursion into the Astral Plane is needed. Again, I acknowledge my debt of gratitude to Henry Edge for his discussions on this topic.

The Astral Plane is the connecting link between the higher world of the spirit and the lower world of the body. It is another world, related to a different set of senses in man and characterised by different relations of space, time and other qualities. It is the medium through which the spiritual plane can influence the material plane using the energy of thought transference – because the vibrations and energies of thought inhere in the ultra physical form of matter which composes the astral plane. As the storehouse of all the world’s thoughts, the astral plane contains the germs of all that is to be on the physical plane and the records of all that has happened there. Our emotions are also stored within the astral and can colour the quality of our reactions and behaviour.

An understanding of the existence of the Astral Plane helps us to comprehend most of Tutt’s otherwise mystifying phenomena. Because most of these can be explained by thought transference – the power of mind over matter.

4.1: The Astral Plane:

– Levitation.

(Lord Home, page 2.)

Note that this was as Blavatsky’s time. Allude to her observations in “Isis Unveiled”. – the Indian Rope Trick.

I would suggest that levitation could be explained by the subject placing his/her consciousness at a higher vibrational level, with the attraction of these higher vibrations overcoming the counter-balancing tug of the law of gravity. This would then cause the body to appear to levitate.

– Psychokenesis:

(Miraslaw Magola, pp. 14/15).

– Thoughtography:

This is the phenomenon of impressing thought on photographic plates. I would suggest that thought energies can somehow be transmitted through the medium of the Astral Plane to be received on photographic plate which has a higher degree of sensitivity to light waves than our eyes. Again, to explemplify from Tutt, using the questionable case of Ted Serios.

(Ted Serios, page 18.)

– Psychometry:

This term describes the ability of psychically sensitive individuals to gain impressions of an individual from holding an object that the individual has handled frequently in the past.

(Eileen Garrett, page 21).

– Telepathy:

This is a form of thought transference from one mind to another without using the known senses. Again, to refer to Tutt’s writings:

(John Donne, page 36)

(Russian Plane Search, page 41)

By way of aside, G. de P. tells us in his “Esoteric Writings” that this sense of telepathy will be commonplace amongst sixth and seventh root-race man.

The next group of psychic phenomena can again be explained by an understanding of the Astral Plane. Earlier, I stated that the Astral Plane was a storehouse of everything that has happened and will happen in the world’s history.

– Dreams:

It has been said that when we dream, we are wandering through the Astral Plane. The Astral is composed of a number of sub-planes. These encompass all the levels of human endeavour from psychological instability and temptation to commit evil deeds, to the heights of artistic creativity and the ability to foresee the future.

Arguably, we can communicate with the spiritual hierarchy when we are asleep because our level of consciousness is to some degree liberated from the confines of our physical body.

There are many examples of dreams that could be explained by this notion of tapping into, or accessing information in, the Astral Plane.

Again, to quote examples from Tutt’s book:

(Creativity, page 48)

(Prognostication: page 56).

-Psychic Detectives:

Tutt describes a number of examples where psychic skills have been employed to crack the problem of bringing criminals to justice.

(Yorkshire Ripper, page 69)

Discuss the T.V. show on the Easy Street Murders (time permitting).

– Spiritual Healing:

Information in the Astral can be tapped for healing purposes, and Tutt gives many examples of this, e.g.:

(Edgar Cayce, page 77)

(Caroline Myers, page 80)

(Arigo, pp. 82-84).

4.2: Other Planes of Consciousness:

– Near Death Experiences:

Theosophy teaches that when we die we shed our physical body and that this returns to the earth from whence it came. Our astral sheath resiles to the Astral Plane to stay there until it too gradually decomposes whilst our spiritual self (Buddhi Manas) travels to Devachan or our Spirit Home. The length of our sojourn in Devachan depends to a large degree on the level of our spiritual aspirations.


Blavatsky tells us that the denizens of the higher planes of consciousness appear to us as dwellers in light. De Purucker affirms this in the Esoteric Teachings and also goes on to say that we humans appear as “beings in light” to those souls significantly less well developed than ourselves.

I suggest that near death experiences can be explained in terms of these concepts. Again, to quote from Tutt:

(Swedenborg, page 87). (Contrast with De. George Ritchie, page 90).

Note also Andy Horvat’s experience.

– Spontaneous Combustion:

This is a phenomenon that has puzzled observers for centuries. Tutt is no exception: Quotations: Maybell Andrews, page 225, Paul Hayes, page 231. This phenomenon may be explained by reference to Blavatsky’s discussions in her collective writings about the manner in which the seven cosmic principles enter our body. The universal pranas – enormously powerful forces of energy generating immense heat, enter our body at the base of the spine. These forces are stepped down (like an electrical transformer) to a tolerable level as they enter our body. It may be that a person will spontaneously combust if this process of transduction is interfered with in some way.

5: Hierarchies:

Theosophy teaches that each of the planes of consciousness is inhabited by its own dwellers. G. de P. tells us that the higher spiritual planes, in particular our heavenly plane, are inhabited by angels and that the Astral Plane is inhabited by its own unique citizenry as well. These citizens include among other things, Ondines, Salamanders, Elementals, and Fairies. True to form, Tutt can give examples of both of these alternative forms of life:

(Angels, page 172) (Fairies, page 180) 6: Involution and Evolution: When introducing today’s talk, I said that one of the seven jewels described the process of involution into Prima Materia and then evolution back to Spirit. Implicit in this is the doctrine of the Rounds and the Races occurring over the aeons of a manvantra of spiritual evolution. I would like to close my talk by referring to a couple of archaeological anomalies that may suggest that man has lived before on earth in a state of greater technological achievement than we now know and that he may wittingly or unwittingly have left his mark on the landscape as mute and enduring testimony of this. Mountains, page 247) 7: Conclusions: I have not addressed all the anomalies in Tutt’s book, nor have I referred to any other unusual phenomena reported in other sources, but it would seem that the tenets of Theosophy can explain a large number of paranormal or otherwise inexplicable phenomena. I welcome your comments and discussion.

Summary of Contents: 1. Introduction:

– The precepts of Theosophy, – The seven cosmic principles, – The seven jewels of wisdom, 2. Reincarnation. 3. Karma. 4. Spheres of consciousness: 4.1 The Astral Plane – Levitation – Psychokenesis – Thoughtography – Psychometry – Telepathy – Dreams – Psychic Detectives – Spiritual Healing 4.2 Other Planes of Consciousness: – Near Death Experiences. – Spontaneous Combustion. 5. Hierarchies 6. Involution and Evolution 7. Conclusion


1 G. de Puruker, “The Esoteric Tradition”, p. 952.

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