Our purpose is to provide resources for spiritual seekers who are keenly interested in experiencing the ultimate reality, or God. Our equally important goal is to counteract the tide of bogus spiritual teachings and less-than-upstanding teachers that contribute to much of what might be at times characterized as the contemporary spiritual wasteland, which is frequently steeped in materialism or politics, and is far removed from the divine. We oppose the watering down of mysticism, the secularization of spirituality, and the intellectualization of the mystical experience, which is ineffable and wholly non-rational. We encourage aspirants to employ a discerning mentality by using discrimination and critical thinking in their spiritual searches. We take an eclectic and universal approach, expressing reverence and respect for all traditional mystical paths.
We reference the time-honored teachings from mystics of all religious traditions, especially Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism. Two of our main philosophical sources are the Christian mystical tradition and the principles of Vedanta, as well as additional sources both Eastern and Western. Two of our primary inspirations are Jesus of Nazareth and Sri Ramakrishna (1836-1886), who championed an all-inclusive religious approach. However, we do not promote any one church, nor do we proselytize. We also source modern philosophers, from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Søren Kierkegaard to Gerald Heard.
Since 2001, John Roger Barrie has served as literary executor of author, historian, and philosopher Gerald Heard (1889–1971), and the creator and publisher of geraldheard.com. He has overseen reissues of 17 classic Gerald Heard titles, both nonfiction and fiction. In addition, he served as a regional freelance writer and editor for many years.
For more than four decades Mr. Barrie has practiced spiritual disciplines from many different religious traditions and has studied with and received blessings from numerous spiritual teachers. Raised a Catholic, he has intentionally followed the spiritual path since 1974, branching out thereafter to embrace an interfaith approach that incorporates teachings from several spiritual paths, while actively maintaining his Christian roots. These paths include the universal principles of the Ramakrishna-Vedanta tradition, of which he is an authorized lay instructor, as sanctioned by Swami Swahananda (1921-2012). However, he does not promote himself as a spiritual preceptor (i.e., “guru”), preferring instead the more informal role of a continuing student of mysticism who enjoys sharing authentic spiritual teachings and resources with fellow wayfarers on the path.
Hailing from a background in Christian mysticism and interfaith mystical paths, and more then forty years of association with two distinguished lineages — the Ramakrishna-Vedanta line of succession and the legacy of Gerald Heard — Mr. Barrie’s decades-long emphasis on experiential spiritual realization and his firsthand familiarity with diverse spiritual traditions has imbued him with a fluent knowledgebase and practical approach when addressing the subtleties of the mystical path.
John Roger Barrie lives in Northern California with his wife.
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