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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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#223 PoorEdgarDerby



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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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#225 PoorEdgarDerby



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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:


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