Being a songwriter and bass player for seminal 70s rock bands
like Blondie and Iggy and the Stooges isn't a typical early
career choice for aspiring scholars, but it worked out
perfectly for Gary Lachman. Introduced to esoteric spiritual
philosophy and the occult during his tenure within the cultural
ferment of the underground music scene in New York, Lachman has
gone on to become a respected authority on the history of
consciousness, and Western esoteric spirituality and philosophy.
Since the year 2000, he as published a remarkable number of
books, from A Secret History of Consciousness in 2003,
In Search of P.D. Ouspensky in 2004, and the recently
published, Into the Interior: Discovering Swedenborg.
In this interview with WIE's Carter Phipps, Lachman
dives into his passion for 19th- and 20th-century esoteric
thinkers, such as Blavatsky, Krishnamurti, Gurdjieff, Ouspensky,
Jean Gebser and Rudolf Steiner. Embedded in the thinking and
writing of these great spiritual pioneers is the then nascent
scientific theory of evolution, and Phipps and Lachman follow
this evolutionary thread to their modern-day incarnations in literature, philosophy, paranormal phenomena, and the counterculture.
Recorded on: 10/2/2006
Evolution of Consciousness