MANLY P HALL
“To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.” - Manly P Hall.
1901, Canada, a man committed to spreading the wisdom of the ancient civilisations into general public awareness was born, a man who believed in the importance of dispersing the message of enlightened living to the entire world; this man was Manly P Hall.
From a young age Hall showed an interest in the lost traditions of ancient cultures that sat outside of the mainstream history lessons and general consensus of idiomatic conscious thought. At the age of 18 he became a preacher of the church of the people in Los Angeles and soon came to realise his enigmatic ability to draw a crowd that opened their minds to his passionate display of shared knowledge. Starting with reincarnation, his first lecture lead to over 8,000 across his lifetime covering topics including but not limited to the golden verses of Hindu Gods, Christian mysticism, Helenistic Greek philosophy and the spiritual treasure that resided inside the individual soul.
A true seeker and lover of wisdom Hall travelled the world to expand his knowledge on the esoteric practices and historic wisdom that he eagerly wished to obtain and in turn relay onto the masses. His exploration across the globe allowed him to form a secure foundation to the monuments and philosophies of antiquity. Hall opened his mind in pro-indigenous form as he gathered pearls of wisdom from multiple aspects of ancient cultures and traditions, more interested in the sources of knowledge that most historians refused to consider; those of the esoteric, spiritual and mystically cabbalistic. Hall drew parallels between Masonic literature, Rosicrucian doctrines, alchemical transcripts, astrological works and arcane history. As he drank from the fountain of the esoteric he grew closer to the ideals of Plato, Buddha, St Paul and the pagan martyr Hypatia and shared with them the belief that the arcane knowledge that he was studying was the most precise medicine for the shadow of scientific progress and a materialistic world: pollution, congestion, crime, selfishness and stress. This hermetic wisdom would aptly combat a decline in ethical and moral standards that he saw in the world. Hall spent his life promoting the power of esoteric wisdom stating that it should be readily available for the general population, easily accessible and held high in popularity to allow the vast knowledge to grow in the flower of the individual mind; through this a great wave of enlightened individuals would support a well developed, sustainable and content society.
Hall authored over 150 books and essays in his life, one of the most notorious being ‘the teachings of all the ages,” which acts as a codex to the breadth of ancient occult and esoteric traditions of the world. It is known to be the magnum opus of his works and the ultimatum of hidden wisdom, arcane practices and ancient symbols. Within this book alone Hall covers cryptology, the Kaballah, Tarot, pyramids, the Zodiac, Pythagorean philosophy, Gemology, Hermes Trismegistus, the Hiramic legend, the Tree of the Sephiroth and mystical Christianity; inclusive of over 200 illustrations.
Manly P Hall acts as a keystone in the modern digestion of esoteric wisdom. Hall reminds us of the importance of spirituality, mysticism and abstract theory in world reliant on reductionism and anti-ontologism. As the modern world we live in draws ever closer to reason and rationality we must beware we do not lose sight of the vastness of wisdom that sits in the non-material worlds, the realm, the recondite, the waters of esoteric wisdom and the fire of arcane occultism. Natural philosophy and veiled hermetic mysticism outdate our modern idea of science by thousands of years, and the ancient civilisations that experienced great eras of golden age societies have their high regard for their grandeur wisdom, we have much to learn from them and Manly P Hall will always be the vessel that carried them forth into the modern public mind.