the Sphinx of
the nineteenth century
the most extraordinary woman of our century or any century
a grand and noble individuality
the most remarkable person
that this age has produced
the practical personiﬁcation
of charity and forgiveness
an oracle, a sphinx, a sybil
an Avatar, a holy incarnation
a great soul
THE PHENOMENON of the last 2000 years
|manifesting the energies
of an immortal
the restless power
of a rushing river
power and knowledge
that belong but to lions and sages
strength, unyielding as a rock
kind and generous
even to a fault
impulsive and energetic ...
carried into extremes
by noble impulses
neither wholly earthly
nor wholly divine
The Possible Human
Sedmitchka (Russian for Prodigy)
“I was an imp of Hell.”
Explorador (Romanian for Explorer)
“I was in search of the unknown.”
Diabolista (Italian for Medium)
“Spiritualism, in the hands of an adept, becomes Magic ...
In the hands of an inexperienced medium, Spiritualism becomes
Magus (Persian for Savant)
“There never was genius but was cracked.
And I am a genius - so Williams says at least.”
Interprete (German for Interpreter)
“I am but the humble interpreter of
the more or less veiled truths and symbols,
well known to all who have studied their Virgil
and their Horace, as well as their Ovid.”
Tulku (Tibetan for Vehicle)
“All that I can say is that someone positively inspires me ...
more than this: someone enters me.”
Chela (Hindi for Agent)
“All that I was then permitted to reveal was,
that there existed somewhere such great men ...
also that I was a Chela ...”
Hierophant (Greek for Apostle)
“In their eyes ... I am the chief priestess and Pythia.”
Khan (Mongolian for Potentate)
“Those wishing to destroy me cannot do so. I am in no danger.
Others ... have tried to bend me to their ideas, or to break me.
But I have the epidermis of a Tartar ...”
Aenigma (Latin for Enigma)
“This is an impenetrable mystery!
I - a psychological enigma, a puzzle for future generations, a Sphinx!”
Helel (Hebrew for Light Bearer)
“She was a torch ...” Henry Edge
“She was a messenger of Light ...” Alice Cleather
Phenomene (French for Phenomenon)
“It was tempting to see through and read such a phenomenon,
such a living ‘human document.’”
Baba (Russian for Grandmother, Hindi for Grandfather)
“H.P.B. was born so great an aristocrat as to be at ease in the highest society,
and so thorough a democratic altruist as to give cordial hospitality to the humblest caller.”
The Millennium Man
13 Lives of
The Millennial Man
“Facts are stubborn things.”
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
“ If we rightly understood its power (of the human spirit) ...
nothing would be impossible to us upon the earth.”
The Possible Human
“l’ll tell you what l think l am.
l think l’m what everybody can be.”
George Malley, the Phenomenon of the 1996 film, spoke these words to a neurosurgeon who was keen to operate on him and study his living brain. John Travolta played the friendly, wholesome auto mechanic whose life was suddenly changed when he “saw a flash of light” on the evening of his 38th birthday. George quickly developed unusual talents and abilities: like reading piles of library books each week, learning conversational Portuguese in a few minutes, predicting an earthquake, deciphering military codes, gathering information from his neighbors’ minds and moving objects with his own.
All these extraordinary talents caused interest and concern among his friends and fellow Californians. Unfortunately, they eventually were shown to be effects of an astrocytoma (malignant brain tumor) which prompted the surgeon to ask permission to open his skull and examine his brain. “You could be our greatest teacher.”
George brusquely responded to the Scientist, “I’m the possibility. l think you’ve got this desperate grasp on technology ... and this grasp on science, and ... you don’t have a hand left to grasp what’s important.
“If l had to choose between a tumor that got me here ... and some flash of light from an alien craft, l’d choose the tumor. l would, because it’s here, within us. What l’m talking about is the human spirit. That’s the challenge. That’s the voyage. That’s the expedition.”
George Malley died before his next birthday. Hopefully, he made an impression beyond his moments in the touching movie scenario. Maybe viewers got the hint that George Malley was an embodiment, if only for a few days, of The Possible Human. And more importantly, that “everybody can be.”
George Malley and the hero of this book are both representations of The Possible Human. One was a fabricated film role, the other a flesh-and-blood figure of the 19th century. The two had much in common as well as many differences, but mostly in degree.
Let’s briefly compare the movie’s George Malley and this book’s hero who used the nickname Jack Maloney in repartee among friends. Jack Maloney and George Malley. How do they relate?
George’s extraordinary abilities resulted from effects on his brain and a diseased one at that. Jack lived a full life, despite recurring ill-nesses, produced phenomena at will through an expansive mind, a wholeness of being, and a wide range of additional resources.
George prided himself in “taking on” stacks of books at the local library, reading and digesting them. Jack seemed to read whole libraries of books and also wrote thousands of pages of letters and articles, stories and books without the aid of typewriter, word proces-sor or computer.
George moved pencils and glasses with his insistent and persistent thoughts. Jack did the same and also materialized flowers and cups, books and portraits, and much more - willing them into sight.
George tapped into earthquake energies. Jack communicated with Intelligence and intelligences, elementaries and elementals, spirits and spooks in a host of ways.
George flashed across movie and video screens to the keen interest of viewers in a few recent years. Jack continues to stimulate and confuse seekers and students, thinking and creative minds more than a hundred years since leaving the world stage.
The Real Phenomenon has had a much wider influence than the reader might imagine until he/she reads these pages. Especially since our hero’s name is little known by the masses. (The genius Wolfgang Mozart was likewise little recognized beyond the world of musicians until the advent of the play and film Amadeus.) Jack has many stories - old and new - yet to be told and retold, travels to be recounted, his-tories to be reviewed, singular experiences to be recapitulated, and teachings to be resurrected.
Modern youth, raised on Harry Potter, may be interested to find that that boy wonder has nothing over our Phenomenon. Of possibly more extraordinary interest, the reader may be fascinated, even flum-moxed, to discover that, rivaling renowned savants and saviors of history, the greatest Phenomenon of the past thousand years and beyond was a WOMAN.