The Door Marked Summer Hardcover – 1 Jun 1981
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Door Marked Summer
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As a slant on the paranormal, it's unusual. There are various I'm sure legitimate accounts of remarkable experiences, but there are no or few mentions of (what I think of as) the usual suspects (maybe Frederic Myers, Edgar Cayce, Jane Sherwood, Eileen Garrett etc.) and usual themes (e.g., reincarnation, planes in the afterlife, Akashic records, karma) and - and this is what surprised me - there are many references to black magic, to rituals that give access to "altered states of experience" (my term), to the demonstrated dangers of meddling with dark forces, to ancient groups (e.g., the Knights Templar and the Freemasons) that held secret knowledge. Bentine says that Stephen Ward (of Profumo infamy), but also e.g., Rasputin, Hitler, Hess, and Nietzsche dabbled in the "dark arts" and paid the price in one way or another.
I wasn't quite persuaded. Though Bentine was very critical of crass materialism, he seems too deeply rooted in matter, and didn't distance himself sufficiently from material interpretations of what's is/was going on. He both warns against dabbling which he says has great dangers and seems to be coming at things from a black magic or occult point of view. For example, he says Stephen Ward was into Satanism and that Wards house was so badly affected it had to be exorcised after his death.
It certainly gives you another side to a "zany comedian" and remains a very interesting read.
I can highly recommend it.
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