"No brims nor borders such as in a bowl we see my essence was Capacitie."


"What a world would this be,
were everything beloved as it ought to be!"

-Thomas Traherne. Centuries 2- 66.


This site provides information about the lives and work of people who I have found the most helpful in exploring the ‘perennial philosophy’ and an open archive of past issues of the monthly NOWletter. The NOWletter is a thirty- year record of meetings and written contributions from participants in our Sydney group.

In April 2022 we revamped the site with the intention of keeping it simple, clean, and easy to get around. Feel free to point out anything you find confusing. The site is compatible with common contemporary browsers. Much of the content is PDF files which which may be fiddly on small mobile devices.

My Name is Alan Mann. The site is maintained by my son Simon.

April 2022

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About Capacitie

Capacitie was the word used by Thomas Traherne to describe his essential being. Terms such as Original Nature, True Nature, First Nature, what we really are, Now, etc., are the more readily recognized contemporary equivalents. I chose Traherne's description because this site is the result of my interest in Traherne and what he has to say about Capacitie. It is an attempt to combine the strands of enquiry and activity which I have found to most fruitful in revealing Capacitie.

In addition to introductory information on Traherne and the Traherne Association. The main content of the site includes the current NOWletter, a periodic publication of material contributed by the readership, or articles in general about the matters in which we are interested. An archive of all issues we have produced since 1993, together with an index is included. The first edition was circulated in January '93 as an extension of the Dialogue meetings we started in Sydney following the 1991 visit to Australia of Douglas Harding and a follow-up meeting called by John Wren-Lewis to establish an ongoing community of interest in the work of Douglas and himself.

"To realize this instantaneous Now, to live in the present moment, taking no thought for to-morrow or yesterday - must be my first concern. And my second must be to find in this Now all my to-morrows and yesterdays."

-Douglas Harding.

There are two sections based on the work of specialists in the field, Douglas Harding and John Wren-Lewis. We include a page covering the work of George Schloss which deals with the significance of Harding's work in the context of the history of thought. The Schloss essays and letters are combined in Volumes 1 and 2 of The Language of Silence which can be purchased as a paperback or downloaded as PDF documents. Another section is dedicated to David Bohm inspired Dialogue.

The relevance of these sections to Capacitie is explained under the various headings. The site is under continuous construction with additional articles and links inserted as they come to hand plus the inclusion of the latest NOWletter every month or so. The various sections and sub-sections are accessed by clicking on the menu on the banner of the page.

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About me

Who am I and why I am doing this? I look upon the website as another strand in the enquiry referred to above, a form of participation in what Traherne called the Fellowship of the Mystery.

Alan & Margot Mann.

My name is Alan Mann, I am eighty-six, I was born in the north of England and spent most of my life here in Sydney with my wife Margot and, more recently, the families of our two children Simon and Katie. Margot is former English teacher and Yoga teacher, she is the NOWletter proof-reader, and lives a very busy life.

I am retired from work and, therefore, have time to play around with websites and all the other things which give rise to this enterprise. That is a part answer; the answer to the question of what I really, really am is what these pages are about.

You can contact me at: .

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There is no charge for the NOWletter which is posted to the website with a notification to the email addresses of subscribers. Contributions of reader letters and articles welcome. If you would like to receive a notification, please send an email with the word “subscribe” in the subject line to .

Your email address is for occasional notifications only, and you can un-subscribe at any time. It will not be shared with any other entities.

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Security & Privacy

The site is secure. You can check the lock on the address bar. In any case, we do not use passwords or ask for any personal data. We do not use cookies or have any advertising tracking.

This site includes links for viewing information on external sites, some of which are old and not secure. Links to such sites are marked to warn against entering any personal information.

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