Wren-Lewis Archive

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This list comprises articles by Professor John Wren-Lewis and Dr. Ann Faraday

The Dazzling Dark, John Wren-Lewis – ANear-Death Experience Opens the Door to a permanent transformation.

Variety - the Spice of Enlightenment,  – a letter from John Wren-Lewis to  “What is Enlightenment” magazine.

Conversations with the Down-Under Mystic  An informal interview with John Wren-Lewis by Dan Sutera Originally published by The Self-Knowledge Symposium Foundation based on the three universities of North Carolina, USA. 

Communication Tongued with Fire, John Wren-Lewis Personal Reflections on the Eternity-Vision of T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets

Beyond Lucidity - A Personal Report , Ann Faraday - A personal report by Ann Faraday. My purpose in writing this note is to describe a very unusual sleep-experience of my own in October 1985  which casts new light on some of these issues discussed in Lucidity Letter such as the range of meanings which can be attached to the term 'lucidity', and possible relationships between lucid dreaming and meditation.

Adam, Eve and Agatha Christie: Detective Stories, etc..., John Wren-Lewis "................ the extraordinary success of this rather ordinary well-made play is it­self something of a mystery, and the de­tective in me has been stimulated to investigate. In so doing, I've been led into some rather deep waters of the human psyche, regions where psychol­ogy overlaps with anthropology and even theology – bringing some surprising insights about the underlying forces that make detective sto­ries so fascinating, especially, it seems, to people with religious interests."

Mellow Dramas in Paradise, Ann Faraday reviews contemporary teachers of Advaita, in particular Poonjaji and those claiming to be teaching with his endorsement and blessing.

Dying to Live,Professor John Wren-Lewis on Susan Blackmore’s book Dying to Live: Science and the Near Death Experience (Harper Collins 1993)

Joy Without a Cause Rediscovering an Edwardian English GiantA contemporary commentary on G. K. Chesterton by John Wren-Lewis.“Spike is best,” said the old man, opening his blue eyes blazing, “it sticks out”. That expresses the essence of my new consciousness better than a hundred theological terms—the discovery that things can be delightful even when the logic of ordinary life says they’re horrible, because their delight consists simply in the fact that they are what they are.

Fearless,  A movie masterpiece about transcendence. John Wren-Lewis reviews the film in the light of his own experience. “The wreckage we see in the film's opening shots is gruesome enough, but because Max is meant to be discovering progressively more in these flashbacks about what happened in the crash itself, each rerun shows progressively more of the howling destruction going on all around him as the plane breaks up, with no punches pulled and no detail spared. Yet far from aggravating fear of dying, the final effect is the absolute reverse. Weir has pulled of the incredible achievement of enabling viewers actually to feel for themselves how at such moments human consciousness can transcend fear, and indeed mortality itself, by moving out of time.”

A Mystical Awakening, John Wren-Lewis John's autobiographical articlewritten for inclusion in Our Childhood’s Pattern, edited by Monica Furlong (London, Mowbrays 1995)

Scepticism & Love - The Essential Mystical Counterpoint, John Wren-Lewis   In  the year 1994 I had the very odd experience of finding myself quoted in new books by two authors who both claimed me as an ally yet seemed to be in total disagreement with each other.

Unblocking a malfunction in consciousness, John Wren-Lewis – The hypothesis I've come up with is that the block which cuts off so-called normal human consciousness from its roots in that other, impersonal consciousness, is some kind of inflation or hyperactivity of the psychological survival-system.  

The Little Book of Life and Death by D. E. Harding with a Foreword by Ram Dass. New York & London: Arkana. 1988, 15Opp. Book Review by John Wren-Lewis  

Dream Lucidity and Near-Death Experience: A Personal Report by John Wren-Lewis

By Computer & Spacecraft to God & Eternity, John Wren-Lewis — Essay-review of the The Physics of Immortality: Modern Cosmology, God and the Resurrection of the Dead by Frank Tipler. Macmillan, 1994. If you want to know what a real “new paradigm” scientific worldview might look like, as contrasted with the old-hat pseudo-scientific worldviews which often currently sail under the “new paradigm” flag, read this book by the professor of physics at Tulane University in New Orleans.

The Implications of Near-Death Experiences for Understanding Posttraumatic Growth, John Wren-Lewis – Comment on piece by Tedeschi and Calhoun in Psychological Enquiry (Vol. 15, No. 1, 2004

The Serpent Rising: A Journey of Spiritual Seduction by Mary Garden (Sid Harta Publishers, Melbourne; Second Edition 2003).  Reviewed by Ann Faraday.

Articles by John Wren-Lewis available from the Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

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Death Knell of the Guru System?: Perfectionism Versus Enlightenment

Journal of Humanistic Psychology Spring 1994 34: 46-61,

Abstract: This article proposes a radically new approach to the much discussed question of the relationship between claims to spiritual enlightenment and ethical behavior recently rekindled by disclosures of what seems to have been very unenlightened conduct in the private life of J. Krishnamurti, the one modern teacher most people assumed to be above such frailties. The approach is based on the author's personal experience of a lasting shift of consciousness following a close encounter with death in 1983, which leads him to contend that the transformation of which Krishnamurti spoke was not a change in personality but an opening of "depth-perspective" in the moment that puts all human feelings into new proportion in relation to actual enjoyment of eternity. The surest way to prevent such a change is to pursue spiritual development in the hope of achieving some ideal condition, which means that idealization of spiritual teachers is a trap not only for gullible seekers, as often maintained by skeptical psychologists, but even more for the teachers themselves. Krishnamurti saw this more clearly than most, yet seems to have been unable to avoid the trap. The need now is to abandon the whole master system in favor of a genuine experimental approach to spirituality with full up-front admission of failures as an essential requirement not only for any real research, but also for maintaining enlightenment itself.


Flesh-and-blood Buddha or Stained-Glass Saint? a Response to Gopal

Abstract: The purpose of this response is to point out that Gopal (1995), in his reflections on my article, has (a) uncritically accepted the word of Krishnamurti's devotees as "more reliable" than the testimony of someone who could have known him much more closely, (b) misrepresented my article as an attack on Krishnamurti when it was plainly a defense, (c) attributed views to me that are the opposite of those I stated, and (d) proposed an assessment of spiritual progress that is clearly at variance with the very teaching by Krishnamurti that he quotes in support of it. A more sympathetic reading of Krishnamurti's life and work than mine would be hard to find.


1 December 2019