Before its dissolution by Henry VIII the Abbey was a group of buildings that facilitated prayer, meditation, service, but also served as a centre of deep learning. It was a self-contained autonomous zone for all facets of spirituality; a sepulchre of the soul, the Bodh Gaya, that inner temple that Christ urged his followers to keep spotless and without blemish. It was a space of reception – an enclosure of discovery – and in The Abbey Papers, celebrated teacher of the Western Mysteries, Gareth Knight, urges us to construct and inhabit such a place in which to seek those “inner horizons.”
In order to build the framework he connects with the same soular sources that gave his spiritual mentor Dion Fortune The Cosmic Doctrine and The Esoteric Philosophy of Love and Marriage. In his own words he was “zapped by a trio of inner communicators” – and what emanates from these remarkable spiritual architects is a series of teachings and practical meditations which were later entrusted to the Gareth Knight Group in order to construct an “Inner Abbey” for the magical expansion of both individual and group consciousness.
The book was first published in 2002 with the subtitle Inner Teachings Mediated and Skylight Press is pleased to reissue the work with an additional series of communications received by Knight’s daughter, the writer Rebecca Wilby, whilst working with the GK group. Her final chapter lends understanding to the opening sections, although through a stylistically different reception, and culminates with the Chapel of Remembrance ritual, a magical healing for war victims and those they leave behind. Taken as a whole, the work will serve to illustrate what Gareth Knight talks about in his recent autobiography, I Called It Magic, where he likens his connection to the inner planes to the obedience of a poet to his muse. It will also throw light on the magical machinations behind Rebecca Wilby’s play, This Wretched Splendour, and later novel, In Different Skies, both of which explore collective cultural memory and the need for absolution amid the lingering horrors of the First World War. Gareth Knight attests to the products of this shared experience, which range “from rituals at Hawkwood, plodding through Flanders mud, my playing Amazing Grace on a church carillon over the old battlefields, to theatrical performances on the London stage, and an esoteric novel…”
Now published together for the first time, these evocative scripts will enrich the would-be seeker in a number of ways; a devotional inspiration for some and a manual for personal magical work and mystical techniques for others. Each reader is given a set of blueprints by which they may formulate their own Inner Abbey and make peace with the opposing forces that swirl around it.
The Abbey Papers is available from various retail outlets such as Amazon, or direct from the Skylight Press website.