Russell, George William - The power of prayer
Type of Spiritual Experience
If we go beyond intuition and start to also consider the manipulation of the future, George Russell believed that it was possible to construct, via strong thoughts – so a form of perhaps unwitting prayer – the fate of yourself and perhaps more tragically those of others
He was obsessed with the idea that by thinking a scenario through to the end and using a real life couple to construct a story, he had ‘written their fate’ for them. He had written it as a fictional story with the intention of providing entertainment, and they had largely [without knowing the story] pretty well re-enacted what he had written.
There are two options here, both interesting.
The first is that Russell, by being a good observer of people and how things worked, was able to predict what would happen, simply by the nature of their activity and their attitude and their behaviour. This is not spiritual experience, although I suppose one might argue it is a type of wisdom, based on an ability to set up strong learnt models of how things pan out over time.
But there is the possibility that, by being close to these people, unwitting inter composer communication was taking place and indeed he was mapping out their fate for them entirely subliminally and in an unwitting way.
A description of the experience
AE – George Russell
The story teller suddenly realised that his own powerful imagination had been moulding the actions of another towards a tragic end