October 10, 2007

Goin' to the dogs - Part II

What do Carlos Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan, the Golden Dawn's Cipher Manuscripts, and Peter Kelder's The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth (the book on which the "Five Tibetans" phenomenon is based) have in common? They have all had a major impact on the lives of many people, and they have all been attacked by their detractors -- not without reason -- as being frauds.

Yours Truly has been wandering the highways and byways of the Internet, whacking around in the underbrush with several search engines, and he has discovered some interesting things. Interesting, indeed! All is not as it seems! Are you surprised?

Who was Peter Kelder?

What were the mysterious circumstances of "his" book's publication in 1939? The revision in 1947? 1975? The "updated" version of 1985?

Where the heck do these exercises actually come from?

All these questions will be explored in "Goin' to the dogs - Part III." Coming soon.

(Note: I am, however, still faithfully doing the exercises every morning. I'm up to nine reps of each rite every morning. And feeling great!)


vero said...

So we're all waiting here for part III after this introduction!!!!

Theo Huffman said...

OK. I'll try not to keep you waiting too long.

vero said...


Indie said...

The first reason you feel better for doing the exercises is because your 'stale' Chi is moving and flowing again! Chi connects to the blood as an energetic force and can become trapped in small pockets within the body. Exercises such as this can help to break up the blockage and allow the blood to become revitalised.Thus a harmonising and tonic effect is experienced.

Hellibrarian said...

This was fun, Theo! Can't wait to see your conclusion about the mysterious book.

I had a similar experience recently, having been very impressed with what I thought was a memoir and then found out with a little research that most of it was fake. I'll probably blog about it soon.