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Gary Lachman | Holy Russia, Rudolf Steiner, & Cultural Spirits

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Gary Lachman is the author of twenty-one books on topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness to literary suicides, popular culture and the history of the occult. He has written a rock and roll memoir of the 1970s, biographies of Aleister Crowley, Rudolf Steiner, C. G. Jung, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Emanuel Swedenborg, P. D. Ouspensky, and Colin Wilson, histories of Hermeticism and the Western Inner Tradition, studies in existentialism and the philosophy of consciousness, and about the influence of esotericism on politics and society.

Today we talk mainly about his latest book, The Return of Holy Russia: Apocalyptic History, Mystical Awakening, and the Struggle for the Soul of the World.

Find Gary on Twitter @GaryLachman.


PLUS Content

  • The life and ideas of Rudolf Steiner.
  • Gary’s kids Waldorf experience.
  • Tapping into the Akashic record.
  • Prophetic dreams
  • Mystics and magicians in the Russian ruling class.
  • Rasputin.
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Just retrieved my Shar-pei from emergency surgery.  We are having a slumber party, facilitating healing and, checking out the new Higherside. Great guest and interview thus far, thank you all. #great #full


Good luck to your doggo.


Great show Greg, I liked your comment at the end about the Kindle, I have just read Ray Bradbury's book Fahrenheit 451, written in 1950's. I found it had significant relevance to now.  


What about that cemetery in Russia showing a robot with a limp human in it's mid section? Not to mention all the other statues


Can you site this reference you are speaking about?


Another great interview! I'm really glad that you had Lachman on the show – been a big fan of his for quite some time.




Great show Greg! I just got the 'Holy Russia' book and am getting into the early chapters.  The second hour was really juicy for me as I went to a Steiner school starting in 1960 and have been influenced by Rudolf my whole life even though I have had a love/hate relationship with a few anthroposophists (followers of Steiner), some of whom I have found to be overly dogmatic and puritanical. It was an interesting tid-bit to hear that Gary sent his two sons to a Waldorf school – I'm wondering if it was the same one I went to: Kings Langley in Hertfordshire?  Seems likely as it is near to where I understand Gary lives in north London.

BTW I live in the Amazon jungle of Peru where my wife and I have a small Waldorf educational project in the community of Sauce near the city of Tarapoto.  It is likely the only Waldorf project that has connections with the wonderful world of ayahuasca and amazonian plant spirit healing as we have a young Shipibo woman working with us who is learning to become a Waldorf teacher.  Her father is an accomplished Shipibo curandero.  See my blog  if you have any interest in this.  Also available is my autobiographical book 'Long Road to Chavin' by Martin Stevens ( 2018) about how I went from being a Steiner school student to introducing Waldorf education in remote areas of Peru, healing a grave medical condition with amazonian plants and much more.

Keep up the good work Greg.  I am an avid listener and Gary Lachman is one of my favorite authors.


Really enjoyed that and learned a lot, and seems like there is a lot more to learn! A new rabbit hole – thanks Greg and Gary! Greetings from south-west Scotland.


Refreshing ! More like this Greg, please. As much as I love plunging deep in to the rabbit hole, lately I’m thinking back to the david Goldberg's last words video… how a year back he talked about truthers being singled out and eliminated and now that the tracking and virus thing has come to pass the whole project zyphr thing he exposed really worries me ! it’s like a twisted prophecy is unfolding…. as always, great work but don’t let our demand bring you any danger, much love. Brilliant topic.


I had trouble payg attn.  The content and the speaker. I got a lil bored cuz it was kinda deep. I love the shows w Eric Dubay and Crrow777 and Steven D Kelly… they're great speakers and I get it much better,but only bec deep math science stuff I can't even kp focused


Good one. Just off the beaten path enough to be compelling but not too out of tune with typical THC shows. Russian esotericism seems like a deep, rich  rabbit hole that's probably overlooked more than it should be. Putting 'Holy Russia' on the long list of books to read.


As someone who has homeschooled with Steiner material,(not exclusively) and has had children in Waldorf schooling, it is VERY School dependant. You find that Steiner school parents expect and demand a much bigger say in the running of the schools, as a general thing, so, a school that Mr Gates has his fingers in would have his fingerprints all over it, and a Steiner school in San Diego won’t. Shop around! As far as “mainstream”, sit in a classroom schooling goes, it is the best set up to not punch out cookie cutter, wi-fi cooked sleepers.


Great Show, He is an extremely well researched guest.  There is definitely  a "there there" in regards to  pre- Soviet Russia.  Often what come to mind is the Edgar Cayce predictions.  Another thing is the very popular resurgence of the orthodox christian church.


All you have to do to realize that Lachman's ideas on identity politics as somehow selfish is total horse shit is: Hold the same mirror up to a Russian man, or any dude educated in the Abrahamic religions without some sort of balancing self inquiry process.  Just tell him he is "selfish" for wanting to pee standing up when he misses enough to make the toilet stink.  Or what about Christians for always referring to their god as "he". 

If your emotions, lifelong desires, identity, and hormonal inclinations (how good you feel in a testosterone or estrogen fueled body for example) indicate that your a different gender from your birth body, then you are.  It is un-helpful or oppressive to drag such people back let alone what they have had to endure: such as always being among the highest rates of homicide and suicide in the world.  His paradigm just doesn't fit.  He tried to mash people's identity to fit his book and he can't be more plainly wrong.

If there is somehow a little flower of inspiration growing in Russia (and there is), it will only give something that is not ultimately tyrannical after having receive the pollen of what we have learned from various groups of people.  They speak up not out of fad, but out of slightly less homicidal threat for daring to be respected and receive medical treatments which are not really all that radical compared with what Bail Gates has planned for all of us, not just the self-selected.

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