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William Leonard Pickard Has a Book Out! The Rose of Paracelsus!!!


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#221 PoorEdgarDerby

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 01:30 PM

Farewell, Side Street, your comments were sensitive and most insightful.
 
We shall miss you.
 
Today Amazon released the second revision of The Rose, with many (corrected) edits.
 
The second revision is issued with gratitude to Brother David Steindl-Rast OSB of Gut Aich Priory in Salzburg, Austria.
 
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Posted 23 October 2018 - 06:10 AM

Good to hear you, bernhohl. We all seem to have enjoyed the summer. Presently you and I may be the only discussants, but let's try to evoke SideStreet, who has a very good command of the material.

Just a note to say that the parallel (live) discussion on The Rose has been continuing with the Psychedelic Society of Durham University (UK), with Leonard responding by speakerphone to Q&As from the students there. That most recent (4th) session included a Cambridge theologian. See the Society's FB page for details. One can listen in by Skype. Instructions also available here on request. The 5th and final Q&A may be in October.

Many of the Durham students have recorded excerpts from The Rose for the intro podcast to the audio distribution of the entire work, at one chapter per month or so, which begins this winter. There are quite some prominent psychiatrists and spiritual leaders reading on the podcasts, I understand.

We'd best stay head of them!

Comments on Chapter 11 next weekend here, and each weekend thereafter..

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Posted 20 July 2019 - 12:55 PM

Hi there,

Sorry to have been away, but there is exciting news.

A four-hour podcast of reading from The Rose of Paracelsus - On Secret and Sacraments is now online at:


The podcast has readers from the ages of 19 to 93, from the U.K., U.S., Germany, Austria and France. The well-loved theologian and Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast reads from Gut Aich Priory in Salzberg (see his TED talk on gratitude, with 6M views). British psychiatrist Ben Sessa MD reads, as does NYC psychiatrist and drug policy speaker Julie Holland, MD, and bioethicist Nese Devenot from Case Western School of Medicine. It's very well done, and produced by sisters Kat and Alexa Lakey. Enjoy. Post to your lists!
 



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Posted 29 October 2019 - 04:03 PM

The Rose - post 1
Hello all, my first post to this forum, I joined this community to participate in this discussion.

First a bit of gratitude to those who have contributed to this conversation over the past few years. At the time of this post I have been reading The Rose a chapter a day and reading your thoughts along the way.

I believe I first heard of The Rose from a podcast, but can’t say for sure. Either way it is now in my life.

I am reading the second revised advanced readers version.

Before diving into the prose and emotion of the text, I’d like to float a thought regarding a small component of “the mystery”. One part of the story that piques my interest (which may be addressed later in the story) is when and by whom William is contacted to initially meet with Crimson in San Francisco.

When was he noticed by The Six?
When was he contacted to meet with Crimson?
How was he accepted to such a prestigious institution with his checkered past?

Here is my current... guess of events. During his time at the monastary he was noticed by someone there and referred to The Six as a potential candidate. They saw his temperament with Helen the woman he nursed through hospice, how he was moved by her death, and how it motivated him to apply back to graduate school to help the world. I think a silent hand of influence helped him get accepted to Harvard.

On page 74 William references returning from San Francisco with his vetting with Crimson. I’m assuming this means that he traveled from Massachusetts to California, during his first semester at HKS.

Based on how secluded he was at the monastary, I don’t think it is very likely he got tapped to meet one of the six while he was still a practicing monk. I’m guessing he was contacted at Harvard. But he was noticed at the monastery.

I think that the Abbess of the monastery contacted Crimson (who I believe was also a former monk there as his hands are described to be gentle enough for calligraphy, one of the arts that the monks practice) and with the Six’s influence they were able to secure William a place at HKS and then contacted him while he was at HKS.
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Posted 08 November 2019 - 06:02 PM

Most interesting thoughts, Mycophiliac. I will return with some thoughts soon.

 

For you and others interested, vid pods now being produced for the upcoming readings of The Rose:

 



Listen on Soundcloud.com
 



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Posted 22 January 2020 - 09:42 PM

Welcome to the Topia series of comments and analyses on The Rose. Devoted readers might enjoy the new (and fond) review by theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli in the leading Italian Newspaper Corriere della Sera posted on Sunday January 19, 2020 in the Culture Section and "La Lettura" - I hope to locate a translation and will post it here.

But to the comments from the reader ("The Rose - Post 1"), whose questions I will restate and try to answer from my multiple readings of the text:

Question 1: "When was he noticed by the Six?"

The recent poster reflects that Leonard (not William, he goes by his second name) was observed by the Abbess of Zen Center, who then contacted the Six. Certainly the Abbess lived through the Sixties, and was conversant with a wide variety of monks and students in the Bay Area, and could have easily known Crimson (Abbess Blanche Hartman, cited in the acknowledgements, has passed away).

Later in the narrative, Leonard mentions his work on future drugs and international organizations as the route by which the Six became aware of him ("I became aware of them, and they of me." - the page number will be provided in another posting)

Yet, further in the text, there is some light on how the Six first became aware of Leonard. While describing his work on future drugs and international organizations as a grad student, he refers to the Six first noticing his research ("I became aware of them, and they of me." - page number will be posted after my next reading). Still reeling from his night with Crimson, he thereafter "firmly decides" to investigate the Six. (p. 65, "It was then I firmly decided to investigate such visionary states through the appointment at Harvard Medical School, secondary to a study of the economics and methods of the Six.")

Question 2: "How was he contacted to meet Crimson?"

This is straightforward, answered in the first chapter, in which an elder woman approaches him while Leonard is visiting Point Reyes, and listening at the annual Hunter's Moon gathering of villagers to hear the "Piper on the Ridge" (the piper still plays each October, for those near San Francisco). See p. 16, the first paragraph of the book, "An unexpected apparition, she descended to sit beside me ... 'They are coming for you,' she said."

Question 3: How was he accepted to such a prestigious institution with such a checkered past?

Here, the Topia poster posits "a silent hand of influence" and indeed Leonard does allude to the invisible influence of his dead friend Helen, a nun at the monastery. However, he also notes transcripts from seven schools, the GRE taken in prison, and - certainly a good recommendation - being a Westinghouse (now Intel/Regeneron) Science Talent Search top 40 student (p. 59). As for his "checkered background," his experiences were valued by criminal justice and government sections at the Kennedy School, so his application certainly stood out from those with only undergraduate experience. At Harvard, no single officer or faculty  member can admit a student, all applications are reviewed by a committee.

One parallel is the recent admission of Michele Jones into a PhD program at NYU, well publicized by the NYT, wherein Michele served 20 years for infanticide and came directly from prison to NYU. Leonard, with a non-violent past, and recommendations from Sasha Shulgin among others, was an easy admission for HKS committees looking for diversity.

I must thank the other reader who posted these important questions. It took a bit of digging to answer them, but I hope the good dialogue continues on The Rose.

- PED



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Posted 30 January 2020 - 12:55 AM

If you don't know who he is just have a look here https://en.m.wikiped...Leonard_Pickard

His book, The Rose of Paracelsus On Secrets and Sacraments is about altered states of consciousness and possibly the next human form! I'm going to start reading a chapter a day and would really like to get a book group or conversation going on for this book.

So if you're interested in the book here's where you can buy it: http://www.amazon.co... and sacraments

So, I'll be starting a conversation on this book and I hope some of you will join me. One it would help Mr Pickard if we buy his book. He was sentenced to 30 years of prison. It greatly upsets me and who knows maybe buying his book will help with the legal fees? I do know I'm excited to read this 600 page monster of a beautiful book.

So can't wait to start a discussion. I also want to share this book is from Mr. Pickard to the reader. The whole endeavor is non for profit meaning he receives no sales from the book. I think that's a pretty amazing thing that he has done. Just wanted to add this fact when I should of said it sooner.

I had a book of his. 1000 pages 100 on each page. The image on the book was jesus skinned, arms outstreached. Years later I would learn who was behind that yarn. Apparently the image was a Alex Grey piece and had not been authorized to any one especially not on some clandestine CID. Really unfortunate that Grey felt that way because it was the most amazing piece of chemistry easily on the same level as Nick's famous sunshine.

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Posted 14 March 2020 - 01:38 PM

Looking forward to more or your postings, Chips101. I have made a close study of The Rose for some years, and hope to contribute as you go along. Here are some observations on your posting (after your sharing of the comment from MycoDani some years ago):

Regarding the "book" you had with "1000 pages 100 on each page" and image of Christ by Alex Grey: that was not an issue of Leonard's. Interestingly, Leonard did ask Alex for permission to use one of Alex's paintings as the first concept for a cover for The Rose, but Alex demurred (in that the image was already in use for his own publication). Leonard thereafter went with a variation on "Alchemica" by an artist in Trieste, Italy, combined with ancient hermetic scripts. That went very well, would you not agree? A detailed analysis of the extraordinary cover art on The Rose is in an interview by Henrik Dahl at Oak Tree Review ("A Sea of Radiance").

 

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Posted 15 March 2020 - 05:02 PM

I attended the Psychadelic Conference in Arizona(funny, where Pickard is imprisoned)....It was quite the turnout.   Don't worry Leonard, we hear your voice. We are continuing your work in spreading consciousness and I tell your story anytime I can.  The world is waking up to psychedelics.  It's going to erupt into psychology and psychotherapy.   Just wait......



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Posted 15 March 2020 - 05:03 PM

I attended the Psychadelic Conference in Arizona(funny, where Pickard is imprisoned)....It was quite the turnout.   Don't worry Leonard, we hear your voice. We are continuing your work in spreading consciousness and I tell your story anytime I can.  The world is waking up to psychedelics.  It's going to erupt into psychology and psychotherapy.   Just wait......



#231 Misfit

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Posted 16 March 2020 - 09:30 AM

I attended the Psychadelic Conference in Arizona(funny, where Pickard is imprisoned)....It was quite the turnout. Don't worry Leonard, we hear your voice. We are continuing your work in spreading consciousness and I tell your story anytime I can. The world is waking up to psychedelics. It's going to erupt into psychology and psychotherapy. Just wait......

Last years? I found out about it a month too late. I plan on attending this year though. Pretty steep ticket price, but it’s a week long.




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