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John Jacob Williamson and the Society of Metaphysicians

Postby nate » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:11 am

Another odd little 'ping' which has come my way, which possibly doesn't directly connect to Townsend Brown, but does paint more of the picture of a scene of 'WW2 radio instructors' with 'mystical and revelatory experiences', is a little British group called the Society of Metaphysicians.

With the sad passing of the Founder President John Jacob Williamson in 2012, some 11 years after the death of his dear friend and colleague Alan Mayne in 2001, we find it necessary to take a new look at the workings of the Society which was John’s life’s work.

In order to ensure that the Society’s work is not lost the Council has agreed that the papers and lessons written from 1946 to 2001 may be published on this website along with any other vital publications which contribute to shaping the philosophy and understanding of Neo Metaphysics.

The first of these are now available under the Publications link. Other papers and letters will follow as they are assessed for usefulness, and as soon as they can be converted into modern technology: A slow and painstaking task.

Please Register on our Forum so that we can keep alive the community that made the Society what it was.

It all began with mystical and revelatory experiences in the life of John J. J. Williamson, from his early boyhood onwards. During World War 2, John Williamson was a radio instructor in the RAF at Cranwell in Lincolnshire. From June 1944 to March 1946, he also lectured to his colleagues on "the new metaphysics" : which much later became known as neometaphysics: These lectures, which were later published in three booklets as "The Cranwell Lectures", constituted the first formal presentation of neometaphysics.

As a result of the interest generated in the lectures, the Society of Metaphysicians was founded in 1944. In August 1947, a few of the members set up the Headquarters of the Society at Archers' Court, Hastings in Sussex and formed a small community there.

The Society gradually expanded and the community conducted social businesses to supplement its incomes and resources. The main line of social business at this stage was the running of Archers' Court as a guest house, especially during the summer season.

Alan Mayne first visited Archers' Court in 1958, and immediately joined the Society. He was appointed its Director of Research in 1959. Soon afterwards, the Society's guest house business was terminated, and much of Archers' Court was converted into flats, the income from which was to help finance the Society.

New Publications will eventually include the ‘Azelda scripts’ These are a series of six texts or ‘Bells’ as they are known, which were passed on by a spirit naming herself as Azelda, through a medium and recorded by Oliver Fox and his colleague. These can be seen as the Spiritual background to Neo Metaphysics.

The content of 'Neometaphysics' itself seems similar to many other 'channelled' types of works, in that it claims to describe 'universal principles' behind everything in the cosmos. ... %20All.pdf

The Cranwell Lectures were delivered by the author during the Second World War at the R.A.F College, Cranwell, Lincolnshire as the result of a challenge from his fellow-instructors. In an exchange of views with his colleagues, he revealed that he had experiences many transcendental 'things'. and found that an introduction to and examination of such experiences would be very interesting to his colleagues. This began his attempt, not only to restate the nature of these experiences, but also to show that they were consistent with science and indeed of infinite extent and potentiality, and to produce a general system, the new metaphysics, which would have PRACTICAL VALUE and PRACTICAL APPLICATION to ALL aspects of life.
The first three lectures were given to about twenty people – professional teachers, scientists, technical instructors – at a spare lecture-hut in the camp; the next four were given in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, at the 'living-out' home of the author and a colleague; the remainder were 'written up' and issued as duplicated sheets, rather than delivered verbally. The whole series took place from 22nd June 1944 to March 1946.

As a result of the considerable interest that these lectures aroused, the Society of Metaphysicians was founded at Sleaford on 12th August 1944. About fifty student members joined at that time; though some of them took part in specialist seances based on the New metaphysics (most of these sittings gave wonderful results –see the Occult Society reports), most of them forgot the Society and its principles after their demobilization in 1946. The remaining 'few' carried the inspiration further into practical activity by directly applying the principles revealed to the search and formation of a community centre at Archers' Court, Hastings, in 1947. The story of this community and its fight to sustain and develop the Society will be told in another booklet. It is a story of great importance, because it gives firm support to the principles and methods needed for achieving the manifestation of spiritual science in human affairs, without which there is NO HOPE WHATSOEVER FOR HAPPINESS AN FULFILMENT ON THIS PLANET; also because it shows what kinds of problems are met and what sort of opposition must be overcome, in order to carry through such work.

While it may have been John Williamson who had the 'revelatory experience', his colleague Alan Mayne has impressive credentials in the post-war British academic scene:

Member of the Society of Metaphysicians.
· Provisional Member; MP421 1st. July, 1958.
· Council Member and Chairman of the Department of Research 1958
· Full Member: 1997.

· Scholar of Winchester College (1941 - 1946) and New College, Oxford (1946 - 1951)
· BA Degree in Mathematics (1949).
· BSc. Research Degree in Mathematical Statistics (1951),
· M.A. (1953), Chartered Mathematician, Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications.
· Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), and Member of other Learned and Professional societies,
· Member of the Executive Committee for the Club of Rome (BricoR), the National Coordinating Committee of Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR), the Committee of the Official Statistics Group of the RSS, and e Programme Committee of the RSS.

Alan held the following university posts:
· Research Fellow, Electronic Computing Laboratory, University of Leeds, (1960-1961)
· Part time lecturer in Statistics, Department of Statistics, London School of Economics (1966 - 1968)
· Research Fellow, Transport Studies Group, University College, London ( 1969 -1979)
· Senior Research Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University College London (1979 -1981)

Alan’s authorship produced the following books:
· Into the 21st. Century. A Handbook for a Sustainable Future. 1991 (with Brian Burrows and Paul Newbury)
· Resources for the Future. An International Annotated Bibliography for the 21st. Century. (1991)
· From Politics Past to Politics Future: An Integrated Analysis of Current and Emergent Paradigms (1999)

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Re: John Jacob Williamson and the Society of Metaphysicians

Postby nate » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:34 am

An entry in the 'Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology', 2001, shows that Alan Mayne was indeed a practicing parapsychologist (as you'd guess from a strong statistics background), founding the Institute of Parascience in 1971. ... james-1927
Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology
COPYRIGHT 2001 The Gale Group Inc.

Mayne, Alan James (1927-)

British researcher and consultant. He was born November 29, 1927, at Cambridge, England, and studied at Oxford University (B.A., 1949; B.S., 1951; M.A., 1953). He held a variety of positions in industry, including work as scientific officer, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (1951-56); research statistician and consultant with A. C. Nielsen Co., Oxford (1956-59); and research fellow with Electronic Computing Laboratory, University of Leeds (1960-61). He edited The Scientist Speculates, an anthology, and wrote articles on mathematical statistics and operational research.

Mayne also studied parapsychological phenomena and published contributions in the Journal of the British Society of Dowsers. He acted as director of research for the Society of Metaphysicians (Archer's Court, Hastings, Sussex, England) and was president of the Institute of Parascience (Spryton, Lifton, Devon, England) on its foundation in 1971.


Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York: Paragon House, 1991.
Mayne, Alan James. "The Promotion of Research." Journal of the Society for Psychical Research 42 (1963).
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology. New York: Helix Press, 1964.

By 2001 it seems the Institute had renamed itself to the International Parascience Institute - but it seems now to be gone from memory. ... -institute

International Parascience Institute

Founded in 1971 in Devon, England, at the Institute of Parascience to investigate scientific aspects of parapsychology. The first president was Alan J. Mayne. Beginning with a mimeographed publication Parascience, the institute held symposia on experimental psi research and published Parascience Proceedings and Parascience Newsletter (1975). Subjects covered include psychical research and the theory of resonance, the macromechanics of psychokinesis, approaches to psi and methods of psi research, precognition, and mediumship. The institute is located at Cryndir, Nantmel, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 6EH, England.

Interestingly, searching for "International Parascience Institute" gets me only one page of hits on Google, which is pretty rare. One of those hits, however, shows an interesting link! ... id&id=1526

The Theodore Rockwell Papers document the life and career of Ted Rockwell, a member of the Manhattan Project, technical director for the U.S. Navy's nuclear propulsion initiative under Admiral H. G. Rickover, and co-founder of engineering firm MPR Associates, Inc. and nuclear advocacy group Radiation, Science, and Health, Inc. The collection includes correspondence, publications, research files, administrative documents, and memorabilia from his career. The collection also documents Rockwell's interest in parapsychology and includes extensive research materials on consciousness studies, telekinesis, dowsing, extraterrestrials, and other phenomena.

Oh hey extraterrestrials how about that.


Series I is composed of correspondence to and from Ted Rockwell and spans his career at MPR Associates, Inc. through his retirement. This series is largely comprised of correspondence relating to Rockwell's two primary interests--nuclear power and parapsychology. Correspondents include friends, family, colleagues, journalists, policymakers, organizational representatives, and fellow parapsychology enthusiasts. Of particular note is correspondence with Jim Muckerheide (RSH, Inc. co-founder), William Wegner (Naval Reactors alum and colleague), and Teed Rockwell (son and coauthor). Subjects include Admiral Rickover and the development of the United States' nuclear navy, nuclear power and energy production in the United States and abroad, developments in parapsychology research, and Rockwell's participation in nuclear energy and parapsychology organizations and initiatives such as the American Nuclear Society, the Naval Reactors alumni group, the Parapsychological Association, and the National Institute for Discovery Science.

Series VIII is comprised of materials collected and generated by Rockwell pertaining to the field of parapsychology. Topics include conciousness studies; extrasensory perception; psychokinesis; healing (energy, faith, psychic, etc.); acupuncture, chiropractic, and Rolfing; homoeopathy, dietary supplementation, and herbal remedies; dowsing; energy manipulation; forecasting; time manipulation; and UFOs, alien abductions, and extraterrestrial life.

The series is comprised largely of promotional and informational materials from organizations in the field of parapsychology including interest and research groups, manufacturers and retailers, and educational programs. Organizations represented in this series include the Academy of Religion and Psychical Research, the Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies, the Institute for Noetic Sciences, the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, the Monroe Institute, and the Parapsychological Association. The series also reflects Rockwell's role as Vice President of the United States Psychotronic Association and advisory council member of the National Institue of Discovery Science. Personalities within the parapsychology community featured in the Rockwell Papers include Anne Gehman, Christopher Bird, Cleve Backster, Robert A. Nash, James Randi, Dean Radin, Robert Jahn, and Rhea White. Of particular note is an extensive collection of materials documenting Rockwell's friendship with Bruce and John Klingbeil, a father-son pair of faith healers and founders of Spindrift, Inc., a research group based out of Salem, Oregon. Materials include publication drafts, cassette tapes, and informational materials from Spindrift and the Grayhaven School of Christian Science Nursing, as well as correspondence addressing the Klingbeils' faith healing research and personal struggles within the First Church of Christ, Scientist, the publication of The Spindrift Papers, and the deaths and legacy of the two men.

Included in this series are correspondence, newsletters, serial publications, informational materials, and advertisements from numerous organizations and educational programs, and an extensive body of newsclippings. Also included is a dream journal kept by Rockwell from 1975-1976, a notebook recording experiments in psychokinesis conducted by Rockwell with celebrity psychic Anne Gehman, and a small collection of bent spoons. The series also includes records from Rockwell's robust publishing history focusing on the relationship between science and parapsychology.

It seems Ted Rockwell only died in 2013! At 91. And since at least the late 1970s he was on record as an advocate for both parapsychology and nuclear engineering.

He alone *might* explain why there's so often a distinctly 'Navy nuclear propulsion' flavour to the US arm of the post-WW2 'invisible college' on science and things paranormal.

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Re: John Jacob Williamson and the Society of Metaphysicians

Postby nate » Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:19 am


Trying to find any more references to what Alan Mayne's the 'International Parascience Institute' may have done, who should pop up but Colin Wilson and yet ANOTHER variant of the Philadelphia Experiment. From his 1978 (OF COURSE it would be 1978) book 'Mysteries': ... &lpg=PT161
It is worth mentioning that another version of the Philadelphia Experiment story, as reported (allegedly) by the Russians; it was told to the writer Robert Charroux by Professor Doru Todericiu, who claimed to have derived his information from behind the Iron Curtain. The Russian version asserts that the Americans were experimenting with a magnetic field in the shape of a Moebius Strip..

...and a submarine (not a destroyer) traced its course, turning over once in the course of every revolution. Some electronic device was then used to cut the field in two. At this point, the submarine vanished from Philadelphia, to reappear in Newport. The chief interest of this version (which is at least as preposterous as Allende's) is that, again, a powerful magnetic field is alleged to have been involved.

In the 1920s, Dr W E Boyd became convinced that high-frequency electric currents could increase man's telepathic powers, and he constructed a machine which he called an emanometer.

In recent years it has been revived again by Peter Maddock, head of the Parascience Institute, who presented a paper on Boyd's ideas and his own experiments to a Parascience conference held at City University, London, in August 1976. Maddock pointed out that Russian scientists seem to have stumbled upon the same discovery: in Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain, Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder mention that Russian scientists have improved telepathic communication and ESP by surrounding subjects with an artifician magnetic field. They also mention a report that a Washington electronics engineer told the Parapsychology Foundation that 'working with high frequency machines, my colleagues and I have found that we are on occasion telepathic'.

This is all in a fascinating discussion about the psychic theories of British archeologist and parapsychologist Thomas Charles Lethbridge, who died in 1971.

Lethbridge has an intriguing concept of 'mental whorls' which means something like 'planes of existence'. His 'second mental whorl' is probably the 'astral plane'. As Wilson quotes him, apparently from 'Legends of the Sons of God: A Fantasy' (1972)
If scientists could get rid of the mental block which prevents them from investigating a vast subject right under their noses, they could soon learn a great deal more than my wife and I are capable of doing. The block no longer seems to restrain scientists in America and Russia..

(oh, if only. But nope. The block came right back down hard and fast. Maybe it just wasn't the right time, though. There may be dangers to such research, after all.)

Let us assume that in a hundred years' time the block will have gone completely and what is now known as the 'odd' will have become a commonplace of bio-electronics. By then it will be possible, no doubt, to go to the second mental whorl at will, using some elaborate electronic machine to alter the vibrational rate.

I should imagine this would necessitate some kind of dynamo to produce a field of force around the experimenters, and this would be contained in a hemispherical type of housing. Having altered your personal bio-electronic field of force from that of your earth body to the vibrations of the next whorl, you would be in the timeless zone and could go backwards and forwards in time. It would probably be possible also to move the whole machine instantly in any direction by the power of thought. This hypothetical machine is not at all unlike what is reported of the flying saucers.

Thomas Charles Lethbridge (23 March 1901 – 30 September 1971), better known as T.C. Lethbridge, was an English archaeologist, parapsychologist, and explorer. A specialist in Anglo-Saxon archaeology, he served as honorary Keeper of Anglo-Saxon Antiquities at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology from 1923 to 1957, and over the course of his lifetime wrote twenty-four books on various subjects, becoming particularly well known for his advocacy of dowsing.

Born in Somerset to a wealthy family, Lethbridge was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, during the course of which he attended an expedition to Jan Mayen island, becoming part of the first group to successfully climb the Beerenberg. After a failed second expedition to the Arctic Circle, he became involved in archaeology. In his capacity as Keeper of Anglo-Saxon Antiquities at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Lethbridge carried out excavations at various sites around Britain. His claims regarding the existence of Iron Age hill figures on Wandlebury Hill in Cambridgeshire caused significant controversy within the archaeological community, with most archaeologists believing that Lethbridge had erroneously misidentified a natural feature. Lethbridge's methodology and theories were widely deemed unorthodox, and in turn he became increasingly critical of the archaeological profession.

After resigning from the university museum in 1957, Lethbridge moved with his wife to Branscombe, Devon. There he devoted himself to researching paranormal phenomena, publishing a string of books on the subject aimed at a popular rather than academic audience. Most of this involved his research into the use of pendulums for dowsing, although in other publications he championed the witch-cult hypothesis of Margaret Murray, articulated the Stone Tape theory as an explanation for ghost sightings, and argued that extraterrestrial species were involved in shaping human evolution; in this he came to embrace and perpetuate the esoteric ideas of the Earth mysteries movement. Although his work in parapsychology was derided and ignored as pseudo-scientific by the academic establishment, he attracted a cult following, and his work was posthumously championed by esotericists like Colin Wilson and Julian Cope. In 2011 he was made the subject of a biography by Terry Welbourn.

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Re: John Jacob Williamson and the Society of Metaphysicians

Postby Linda Brown » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:25 pm

Thank you so much Nate. This is fascinating material. I promise I will be paying closer attention and will have more comments later... My very best to you.
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