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


…because as Douglas has indicated many times and the experiments testify, like Zen Headlessness is not the pursuit of “ecstasy”, of getting out of one’s Self, however deserving and revealing a trial run or station on our historic way that may be, but of “enstasy,” of rather getting into one’s Self.

-George Schloss.


This section carries articles and correspondence by George Schloss. His writing is based primarily on the consequences of the experiments developed by Douglas Harding. Taking the progressive development of human consciousness as the framework for theological, philosophical and scientific enquiry, he demonstrates how many approaches get to a point where something of a different order, from whatever process brought them to the edge, is necessary before breakthrough can be achieved. In a series of case studies backed by extensive commentary George demonstrates how the Harding inspired experiments supply this need.


George Schloss (1922 - 2008).

Scan from The poetical works of Thomas Traherne.

I asked George for some background notes on his life and the reasons for setting out on this endeavour. In reply, he sent a letter he'd written to Richard Lang a letter he'd written to Richard Lang in 2002, to which I added his recent letter to me. This correspondence provides a useful introduction to headlessness as well as to George himself. Following George's death in 2008 we combined a number of tributes to George in NOWletter 137, January 2009.

Evolution of awareness. From Language of Silence - Volume 2 by George Schloss.

May 2022.

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Schloss Articles

Schloss Books, Articles and Correspondence.

George Schloss (1922 - 2008) A farewell tribute to George Schloss, dear friend and strong proponent of and commentator on the work of Douglas Harding. His later writing is collected in two volumes entitled The Language of Silence (see below), a self-publishing project in which George and I collaborated. The books are available as paperbacks from the usual places online and as an Ebook download from Lulu, see below.

Articles dealing with the significance and consequences of awakening to Capacitie. The essays and letters on this page were combined in two books published in February 2008 under the title The Language of Silence - Volume 1-Essays and Volume 2-Letters. Pending wider distribution, they can be previewed or downloaded from LULU Publishing or downloaded as PDF files from The Language of Silence links on this page. (See below).

Headlessness and the End of History, by George Schloss. This essay proposes that, “as a result of the availability of the experiments, we find our Self, both singly and collectively, in the unique position of possessing for the first time the potential, the conscious and concrete capacity to be both 'in' at the Creation and, at the same time (since the two go hand-in-hand), present at 'the end of history.' So, if these statements are true, and I believe they are, why aren’t the bells ringing?”

“To realize this instantaneous Now, to live in the present moment, taking no thought for the morrow or yesterday, must be my first concern, my second must be to find in this Now all my tomorrows and yesterdays.” -Douglas Harding. The Letters to Carl and Anne explore the consequences of this realization.


In his letters to Carl, which are listed below and included in the books referred to on this page, George Schloss expands on the claim that the experiments represent the end of history in the sense of revealing its ‘telos’, its ultimate purpose, rather than in the sense of writing ‘finis’ to human life on earth.

Letters to Carl numbered 1 to 17 from February 20, 2004 to July 6, 2004
Letters to Carl numbered 18 to 34 from August 16, 2004 to May 6, 2005.
Letters to Carl numbered 35 to 61 from May 17, 2005 to February 14, 2006.
Letters to Carl numbered 62 to 80 from February 24, 2006 to September 10, 2006.
Letters to Carl numbered 81 on from October 15, 2006 on.

Experiments. Notes on the experiments referred to in the correspondence.

Foursome Experiment Notes.

Introductory Commentary on the letters by Alan Mann.

Diagramatic summary of the letters by Alan Mann.

Questions & Answers. Alan Mann’s questions arising from the preparation of the summary and George’s replies.

All the letters are included in Volume 2 of George's book The Language of Silence. Both volumes are available here (note the first two pages are deliberatelly blank).
The Language of Silence - Volume 1.
The Language of Silence - Volume 2.

Volume 2 is also available as a paperback on LULU.

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