Gerald Heard is the most influential religious thinker you’ve never heard of.
Without Heard, some of the major spiritual developments of 20th-century America -- the introduction of Eastern mysticism, the development of the human potential movement and the spiritual use of psychedelic drugs -- might never have happened. And at least one skeptical California newspaperman named Don Lattin might never have sobered up, stopped using, and found a measure of serenity and faith.
All bear the fingerprints of Heard, who has been called “the godfather of New Age” -- an Englishman born at the end of the Victorian era who migrated to California and died here in relative obscurity.
Read it all.
Posted October 22, 2012 at 5:00 am
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