Essential reading for everyone interested in the paranormal, this is the sequel to Colin Wilson’s bestselling The Occult and a classic in its own right, drawing on the author’s extraordinary first-hand investigations.
‘A major work … an extraordinary tour de force, [this book] will materially help to bring both sides (science and paranormal studies) together in a way which could lead to real and important advances in our view of the universe’ – New Scientist
First published in 1978, Mysteries of the Occult is the powerful and enlightening sequel to The Occult, continuing Colin Wilson’s investigations into the paranormal, the occult and the supernatural. The experience of his own panic attacks gave Wilson his insight into the concept of the ladder or hierarchy of selves with which we are all associated. In this book he fully explores this idea of multiple selves, explaining how our lower, childish selves are linked to depression and anxiety. The book offers an optimistic message to counteract our contemporary tendency towards pessimism and nihilism: purposeful activity will always allow us to call on our higher selves and bring concentration, control and a sense of meaning into life.
Wilson uses the concept of the multi-personality to explain a wide range of paranormal phenomenon, from dowsing and demonic possession to precognition and spoon-bending, and he analyses the work of all the big names in 20th-century supra-rational research (from T C Lethbridge to Margaret Murray to Carl Jung) from this perspective. The story ranges widely, from the stone circles to 1960s LSD adventures, and Wilson’s analysis is woven with hundreds of entertaining paranormal anecdotes and case studies taken from throughout history, including his own experiences of dowsing at the Merry Maidens stone circle and of visions and lucid dreaming.
Colin Wilson was a highly respected and erudite writer. He wrote many books, both fiction and non-fiction, on subjects such as the paranormal, the supernatural and philosophy, including The Outsider and Mysteries.