What did Father Paul Teach and Read?

Father Paul Blighton left us few original writings other than lessons adapted from a variety of sources which have since been edited numerous times. Although we are not certain of all that he read, we may assume his knowledge was broad as references to Church History, World History, the Early Church Fathers, Gnosticism, and World Religions was exceptional in his lectures and sermons.

As to where he obtained his intellectual knowledge, M. Timothy Harris (picture at right as a young man) reports:

"There were no written lessons in the beginning. Father Paul would teach using books he owned. Behind his desk was an entire book case filled with metaphysical, biblical, philosophical and historical books. Several times a week we would walk downtown together. Frequently, we would stop in a bookstore and he would point me to a bookshelf and would say 'pick a book, one you feel drawn to and he would purchase it for me.' "

We can also get an idea of some of Father Paul's reading and thought by looking at who he was associated with and what was available to read during the period he was alive. During the sixties, a tumultuous time, church dogmas and the very fabric of western society was being seriously challenged by new strains of intellectual and religious thought due to the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi texts, especially. In this period, Father Paul's known associates were teachers of various traditions: Hindu, Buddhist, Theosophist, Sufi, and so on. All of these teachers taught collectively that all pathways lead to God.

Sufi Murshid Samuel L. Lewis (in Sufi circles he was known as, Sufi Ahmed Murad Chisti) was one of the founders of the Holy Order of MANS (HOOM) and served as the Spiritual Director of the HOOM, until he passed over. A number of Father Paul's associates were invited to lecture Holy Order of MANS students on a variety of subjects and Murshid Sam was one of those. Over a ten-week period, before a gathering of the Holy Order of MANS in San Francisco, California, July 18 through September 19, 1970, he taught an entire series of lectures. These were "inspired by St. Paul's 'First Epistle to the Corinthians' " and were originally titled, "The Three Body Constitution of Man According to St. Paul". Thanks to the Sufi Ruhaniat International (copyright © 1956-2000) the lectures may be read at Gnostic.Org under the title: This Is The New Age, In Person.

While it is clear that Father Paul advocated education, he also stated in Gnostic fashion to many tthat , "The only wisdom you can gain is that which comes from within ...".

Father Paul also stated, "
... Many of the early church Fathers understood the intimate connection of the Christian church with the mystery schools of antiquity and the ones of their current day. Some of them, undoubtedly, were initiates themselves. Such men as Clement of Alexandria, and Origen, and Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, show in their writings a marked tendency to couch their teachings in terms of gnosticism or neo-platonism (both are types of mystery teachings). This cannot simply be ascribed to a tendency on their part to teach Christianity in terms of what was popular at the time. Origen was a frank admirer of Plotinus. Even the great Augustine followed the gnostic path for many years. Many Christian leaders of that time, who seemed to have forgotten the original connection of Christianity with the mysteries, became uneasy with the success of gnostic teachers and especially with their claim that they were heirs to the true Christian mystery.

After Constantine officially recognized the Christian faith by decree in the year 313, the Christian church began in earnest to purge all evidence of gnosticism or "emanationism" or the ancient mysteries from its doctrine. They did this so systematically and successfully that they themselves lost the full understanding of the true origins of their own priesthood and of their own doctrines.... Now in the light of truth, we can freely acknowledge our debt to the ancient sages of Egypt, Israel, Greece, and others before and after, who kept the flame of the Light burning in the darkest hours, without fear, for the truth of the Christos is universal and timeless and so is the priesthood that serves that Truth.".

The above excerpt is quoted from The Philosophy of Sacramental Initiation (Holy Order of MANS) pp.108-109
This book may have been edited. We don't know. Sorry, the book is not available to the public.

Exact reprint of the Original Version of G.R.S. Mead's
Pistis Sophia from Kessinger

Some of the Contents: Documents & General Literature of Gnosticism; Probable History of the Treatise; Jesus Hitherto Instructeth His Disciples Only up to the Region of the First Mystery; Treasure of Light; Confusion of the Powers & the Great Earthquake; Dismay of the Disciples; Jesus Addresseth Them; That John Was Elias in a Former Birth; Mystery of the Five Words on the Vesture; Sophia & Her Fellow-Powers Behold the Light.

The Pistis Sophia is preserved in the Codex Askewianus and has been known to scholars for nearly two centuries. Jack Finegan writes (Hidden Records of the Life of Jesus, p. 298), "The text of Codex Askewianus is divided into four sections."

Certainly read by Father Paul. For further description see G.R.S. Mead. Jessika

The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Modern Library Classics)


Fathe Paul quoted Emerson often as one of his favorites... Jessika

See: Excerpt
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The definitive collection of Emerson's major speeches, essays, and poetry, The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson chronicles the life's work of a true "American Scholar."

As one of the architects of the transcendentalist movement, Emerson embraced a philosophy that championed the individual, emphasized independent thought, and prized "the splendid labyrinth of one's own perceptions." More than any writer of his time, he forged a style distinct from his European predecessors and embodied and defined what it meant to be an American. Matthew Arnold called Emerson's essays "the most important work done in prose."

From the Back Cover
"I was simmering, simmering, simmering. Emerson brought me to a boil."
--Walt Whitman

Hymn of Jesus: Echoes from the Gnosis
(Quest Miniature)
by G. R. S. Mead, G.R.S. Mead

Online version: G.R.S. Mead, The Hymn of Jesus: Echoes from the Gnosis

Gnostic Crucifixion by G.R.S. Mead

A Mithraic Ritual by G. R. S. Mead

Jacob Boehme

Boehme was the son of a farmer who lived the first part of his life as a shepherd and later became a shoemaker. He claimed that his writings reflect only what he was taught through the direct experience of God.

A truly giant figure in the spiritual tradition, he has greatly influenced Angelus Silesius, William Blake, John Milton, Isaac Newton, William Law and many others.

As the editor of this volume, Peter Erb, says, "The Way to Christ provides the best introduction to his thought and spirituality. A collection of nine separate treatises, its parts were written late in his career and reflect his final theological position, a position established not aside from his earlier work, but on it...The book was intended to serve as a meditation guide. Boehme believed that his writing had come from the Spirit. It was intended to direct his fellow-believers back to the Spirit as he had been directed."

Holy Kabbalah
by A.E. Waite

Kabbalah is the "occult" and "secret" tradition in Judaism. One of the most ancient wisdoms, its origins go far back into the distant past.

The Holy Kabbalah is a fascinating introduction to this world of mystery. Arthur Edward Waite was one of the few persons in the modern era to write a sensible and penetrating study of Kabbalah. Contemporary of such occultists as Eliphas Levi, Mme. Blavatsky, and Annie Besant, Waite unraveled the history and traditions of what generations have whispered about as Hebrew witchcraft. The very term Kabbalah was enough to strike fear into the heart of an orthodox believer.

In his introduction Kenneth Rexroth writes: "Kabbalism is the great poem of Judaism, a tree of symbolic jewels showing forth the doctrine of the universe as the vesture of Deity, of the community as the embodiment of Deity, and of love as the acting of God in man. Nobody knew this better than A. E. Waite".

Initiation into Hermetics

by Franz Bardon

Product Description:
Initiation into Hermetics provides step by step instruction in the form of practical exercises. These exercises lead to the development of body, soul and spirit. The result of the practical exercises is the development of occult abilities which can be of benefit to the student, in as far as he can change his existence for the better.

The great mystery of the Tetragrammaton, the key to the tetrapolar magnet, is explained. By reading the theoretical section many secrets are unveiled which were once only known to very few. The reader will receive first-hand knowledge about the principles of fire, air, water and earth, the positive and negative attributes of these elements, and how these elements affect the human body. The immutable law of cause and effect is explained, not only as it applies to human beings, but also how it applies to the elements. Detailed information is also given about the soul or the astral body, and how the four elements determine the temperament in a person.

Each step of the practical part of this book is divided into three parts: the magical spiritual or mental schooling, soul or astral schooling, and physical schooling. This allows the student to maintain a complete equilibrium. The student learns how to control all his mental faculties even to the point that he can control every thought. He will learn self-introspection, clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, astral and mental travel, control of the electric and magnetic fluids, and communication with the beings of the astral plane.

The Practice of Magical Evocation
by Franz Bardon

A new translation of Franz Bardon's second volume of The Holy Mysteries. In magical terms, the book is a practical guide to the proper evocation of and communication with spiritual, magical and divine entities. It is perhaps the only truly significant modern study of direct contact with the universal teachers -- the other major works in the field are products of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Reformation periods. But beyond that, there is a fascinating glimpse into a complete magical universe. Bardon outlines a totally new and original hierarchy of magic, from the spirits of the four elements to those of the various planets, and even to each degree of the zodiac. Included with the names and descriptions of the various entities are a collection of previously unknown magical sigils, as well as a true account of ancient astrology.

The Cloud upon the Sanctuary
by Karl Von Eckartshausen, Isabelle De Steiger, A. E. Waite, J.W. Brodie-Innes, Edward Dunning

Eckartshausen's Cloud Over the Sanctuary is an announcement to "those capable of light" that there is still a "Community of Light,:" or a wisdom school, where the sacred mysteries are kept. Rosicrucians, Martinists, Freemasons, and Theosophists-read this essential book!

The Secret Doctrine : The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy

by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky 1897. Continuously in print for over 100 years, the SD remains today the most comprehensive sourcebook of the esoteric tradition, outlining the fundamental tenets of the "Secret Doctrine of the Archaic Ages." Challenging, prophetic, and strikingly modern, it directly addresses the perennial questions: continuity of life after death, purpose of existence, good and evil, consciousness and substance, sexuality, karma, evolution, and human and planetary transformation. Based on the ancient Stanzas of Dzyan with corroborating testimony from over 1,200 sources, these volumes unfold the drama of cosmic and human evolution -- from the reawakening of the gods after a "Night of the Universe" to the ultimate reunion of cosmos with its divine source. Supplementary sections discuss relevant scientific issues as well as the mystery language of myths, symbols, and allegories, helping the reader decipher the often abstruse imagery of the world's sacred literature

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Blavatsky's first major work on theosophy, examining religion and science in the light of Western and Oriental ancient wisdom and occult and spiritualistic phenomena. Theosophical University Press Online Edition (print version also available). Electronic version ISBN 1-55700-135-9. This edition may be downloaded for off-line viewing without charge.



Off Site: The Middle Path: A Guide for Spiritual Unfoldment This book is a collection of some of the things Father Paul said on various subjects that have been collected and edited by his wife and co-director off the former Holy Order of MANS, Mother Ruth. The book along with several publications of the former HOOM is available through The Science of Man Church.

The Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God & the Beginnings of Christianity

by Hans Jonas

History of Dogma Excerpt by Harnack about Marcion (1901)

Father Paul mentioned Ouspensky in one of his sermons. Jessika

In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching
(Harvest Book)
by P. D. Uspenskii, Marianne Williamson, P. D. Ouspensky
first published 1945
A new edition of the groundbreaking spiritual treasure, with a foreword by bestselling author Marianne Williamson .Since its original publication in 1949, In Search of the Miraculous has been hailed as the most valuable and reliable documentation of G. I. Gurdjieff's thoughts and universal view. This historic and influential work is considered by many to be a primer of mystical thought as expressed through the Work, a combination of Eastern philosophies that had for centuries been passed on orally from teacher to student.

Gurdjieff's goal, to introduce the Work to the West, attracted many students, among them Ouspensky, an established mathematician, journalist, and, with the publication of In Search of the Miraculous, an eloquent and persuasive proselyte.Ouspensky describes Gurdjieff's teachings in fascinating and accessible detail, providing what has proven to be a stellar introduction to the universal view of both student and teacher. It goes without saying that In Search of the Miraculous has inspired great thinkers and writers of ensuing spiritual movements, including Marianne Williamson, the highly acclaimed author of A Return to Love and Illuminata. In a new and never-before-published foreword, Williamson shares the influence of Ouspensky's book and Gurdjieff's teachings on the New Thought movement and her own life, providing a contemporary look at an already timeless classic.

Modern Man in Search of a Soul
(Harvest Book)
by Carl Gustav Jung


Man and His Symbols

by Carl Gustav Jung

Kybalion: A Study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece

by Three Initiates, The Three Initiates

Contents: Hermetic Philosophy; Seven Hermetic Principles; Mental Transmutation; The All; the Mental Universe; Divine Paradox; "The All" in All; Planes of Correspondence; Vibration; Polarity; Rhythm; Causation; Gender; Mental Gender; Hermetic Axioms. Was Paul Foster Case one of the "Three Initiates?"

The seven principles are found listed entirely in Father Paul's writings on Alchemy. Jessika

See the Online version:www.gnostic.org

The Science of Mind
. Holmes, Ernest.

These lessons are dedicated to that Truth which frees man from himself and sets him on a pathway of a new experience, which enables him to see through the mist to the Eternal and Changeless Reality.

Required reading for order members in the early days. Jessika

Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Supreme Council of the Thirty-Third Degree.
Richmond: L. H. Jenkins, Inc., 1919.
The work contains Lectures of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in that jurisdiction, and is especially intended to be read and studied by the brethren of that obedience, in connection with the rituals of the degrees. Meanings of symbols explained.

My teacher, Master M gave me this one to read. Jessika

Cosmic Consciousness
. Bucke, Richard Maurice M.D. New York: E. P. Dutton and Company, Inc., 1969.

A study in the evolution of the human mind. A classic investigation of the development of man's mystic relation to the infinite. In reviewing the mental and spiritual activity of the human race, Dr. Bucke discovers that a intervals certain individuals have appeared who are gifted with the power of transcendent realization - or Illumination.

One of the first books reccommended to me when I was a new student. Jessika

What Is Christianity? (Fortress Texts in Modern Theology)
by Adolf Von Harnack, Adolf Von Harnack, Thomas Bailey Saunders (1957)

The Principles of Higher Knowledge
by Karl Von Eckartshausen

Product Description:
Magic was originally published in 1788. Not too many books have that kind of staying power. The word "magic" in the title may be a deterrent to some, however contemporary practitioners have given the word magic another meaning. Magic is the highest knowledge that exists on our planet, because it teaches the metaphysical as well as the metapsychical laws on every plane of existence. In order to attain the necessary maturity it first requires a very particular preparatory training. This book belongs to the preparatory category of magic, giving the reader a wonderful insight into the symbols of magic, as understood by the heart, not the intellect. Numbers are one of the symbol forms bearing the truths of metaphysics; these explanations are found beginning on page 260.

North American students of metaphysics often suffer from a lack of historical background, just as many contemporary students do in regards to politics and history. This is potentially damaging in spirituality as in any other arena of the world. This book contains a concept of history as well as spiritual insight. It is important to see that what you have to grapple with spiritually is not new at all to humans, and is at best only tinted by the socio-political climate. Throughout this book clear explanations are given, and a very honest critique of man is also presented. Of great interest is this critique of man, which is no less applicable two hundred years ago.... Eckartshausen challenges the readers to find personal and divine meaning among the myriad of meaningless symbols cluttering their lives. This book is an excellent treatise on Western Magic, which speak refreshingly of the nature of material reality. Eckartshausen states that imagination is indeed reality, but it is reality that needs more attention to be manifested. He warns of charlatans, of evil and of misusing an elite knowledge gained through one's exploration. More importantly, he points the way to the path of a greater understanding of Nature and gives viable insights into miracles, energy, and universal laws.

For other links to books Father Paul
may have read ... (these were all popular with the transcendentalists, theosophists and those that followed) See:


Manly Palmer Hall

George Massey

G.R.S. Mead

Evelyn Underhill

Also See: Friends of Father Paul 1960's

Popular Era Reads that may soon
be out of print

Apochryphal Literature

For some of the Sermons of Father Paul See: Selected Sermons of Dr. E.W. Paul Blighton given to the Holy Order of MANS 1969 to 1974.

For some of the Lessons of Father Paul
See: Holy Order of MANS.Org
Please keep in mind that these lessons were written prior to 1968 and as with most spiritual teachings, they were founded on material that came before it. To keep the essential elements and transmission clear the verbiage has NOT been changed to the more modern inclusive language of today. In places where the “male” pronouns are used it was, and is, understood that females are included. The same understanding is used for “man” as meaning mankind or human beings." Quoted from the site.

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