In the years since Charles W. Leadbeater gave the informal talks at the Adyar, India headquarters of The Theosophical Society on which The Inner Life is based, popular interest in clairvoyance and other psychic phenomena had broadened and deepened around the world.
Yet Leadbeater himself, still recognized as one of the greatest clairvoyants of the twentieth century, described his gift in refreshingly straightforward terms. A clairvoyant, Leadbeater wrote, is simply a person who develops "the power to respond to another octave out of the stupendous gamut of possible vibrations" and so is enabled "to see more of the world...than those of more limited perception."
And what a world Leadbeater describes for us in these pages- a world of Master adepts and their pupils, untapped human powers and potentials, ancient mysteries, devas and nature spirits- in short, the unseen workings of the universe.
This classic survey of Theosophical thinking by the author of the perennial best-seller The Chakras is must reading for all serious students of esoteric thought.
Charles Webster Leadbeater (1847-1934), was Church of England clergyman until he joined the Theosophical Society in 1883. He spent some years in Sri Lanka working for the revival of Buddhism, and later became the Presiding Bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church, which seeks to combine the preservation of the Catholic sacraments with the widest measure of freedom of thought and interpretation of the scriptures. He was a highly developed clairvoyant and the author of over thirty books on the spiritual life and on the psychic nature of man. He unfolded and perfected his own psychic faculties under the guidance of his Adept teacher and in 1893 began his clairvoyant investigations, on occasion collaborating with Annie Besant, the second President of the Theosophical Society. His worldwide lectures presented a new viewpoint to thousands of people.