The roots of critical thinking and scientific analysts is, quite rightly, attributed to the work and ideas of the Ancient Greek philosophers.
Without them we would not have developed many of our sciences nor advanced forms of mathematics and trigonometry that we use in every facet of our daily lives.
However this emphasis upon ration and reason – and the way it is used to portray the Greeks in a singular light, that has led studies of the Greek philosophers to become so dry and academic. Most Greek studies now only has the effect of dulling the senses and imagination of those who might want to study their thoughts and ideas.
The Light of the West
Those who feel that they have suffered greatly from the dry and inspirational way in which Greek philosophy has been presented to them by our academic institutions may well find their interest in the subject reinvigorated by a new book by spiritual writer Linda Johnsen.
In Lost Masters she attempts to o rediscover the missing pieces within the world of Ancient Greece that are least well-understood – the most important being the subject of mysticism.
Johnsen explains how, whilst digging deeper into the Greek historians, she became amazed by how closely aspects of the Ancient Greek world are reflected in other spiritual philosophies in the East; areas such as India.
Likewise she also identified Eastern thought and ideas within the Greek tradition.
Throughout her book Johnsen approaches the works of both well, and lesser-known, Greek luminaries: from Orpheus in c.750-700BCE through to Procrustean c.410-485CE.
Each one that she comments upon reflect one area of philosophical expertise or another.
Within it she also offers a different take from usual on the ideas and influences of our better known philosophers; such as Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle and Iamblichus.
Long dead names from a forgotten past? Not a chance – at least that is if Johnsen is successful in resurrecting their hidden knowledge.
As she says in her introduction to her book,
“I believe the time has come to resurrect the ancient Greek masters, to hear again their perennial wisdom, and to live once more the ageless truths of the active spiritual life they embodied.”
Reading Lost Masters feels as little like discovering that all that which you thought was dead and irrelevant within modern spirituality does in fact contains more life, light and vibrancy than that found within many so-called contemporary spiritual ideas.
Delightfully written and cleverly constructed it is clearly a publication that the writer intended should avoid the dryness that characterised her own academic studies. The result is that Lost Masters breathes a welcome new wind into Western path esotericism. For that we all are potentially much better off.
A deeply enjoyable read from start to finish Lost Masters is definitely a publication that will be enjoyed by all truth-seekers – no matter what their spiritual disposition happens to be.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it unreservedly.