Introduction to the life of Geoffrey Hodson

Bill Keidan

Geoffrey Hodson was a kindly and dignified English gentleman of the old school who became self-illumined when he was in his young manhood, he continued to further expand his consciousness throughout his life. A brief autobiography of the formative part of his life may be read in The Light of the Sanctuary – The Occult Diary of Geoffrey Hodson (1988) pp.1-31 which he put down on the urgings of his wife, Sandra. He travelled the world three times in the course of his long international lecturing career for The Theosophical Society, but he ended up spending long periods of his time in Australia and New Zealand, eventually settling in Auckland and becoming a naturalised New Zealand Citizen.

            Much that is mentioned in this website may seem extraordinary to many people, especially if they have not had the benefit of a theosophical education in such matters. This information is supplied primarily for those who are searching for deeper explanations in life and to that extent have come to the stage where they are able to embrace a certain wider view of things. It is not contested  that it is perfectly possible to make progress and find spiritual truth in other areas of activity. I have chosen to be as direct as possible for the sake of clarity and also because the world of our present day is in desperate need of wisdom based systems that are able to explain meaning and purpose as well as inspire devotional application. The reader, however, should be aware that the information is offered non-dogmatically for consideration only and that nobody is required to accept it - let alone follow it - if it does not feel internally consistent with their own spiritual aspirations. 

            Because Mr. Hodson was multi-faceted in his abilities he was difficult to characterise precisely. He was without doubt an illumined occultist or gnostic seer, but he was also a mystic, a yogi, a healer, a philosopher and a humanitarian, as well as an inspiring speaker. For his own part he modestly referred to himself as a student of Theosophy (Theos - God, Sophia - Wisdom) which, in its purest form, he saw as an important means whereby human-kind can save itself from itself. He devoted most of his life to teaching this perennial philosophy and used his other abilities, particularly his expanded psychic and spiritual powers, to support that ideal. His advice to other students and potential teachers of the subject was simple, focussed and unambiguous: "Teach Theosophy, not your own ramblings or meanderings of it." Unlike most of his contemporaries who only had partial, theoretical, or incomplete experience of theosophical realities, he had realised these great truths and had applied them effectively in his own life. Yet, he carried that insight with the humility and reserve that befits a genuine teacher - refusing to flaunt his own personality - but quietly and systematically spreading the truth as he saw it and ever responding to requests to teach and help others. We now know something about the richness of his inner life, that he largely withheld from public gaze during his lifetime. This information is contained in three revealing posthumous books edited by his second wife Sandra assisted by a small group of friends (Light of the Sanctuary - The Occult Diary of Geoffrey Hodson,1988, The Yogic Ascent to Spiritual Heights, 1991, and Illuminations of The Mystery Tradition, 1992). These books will be referred to in this website as The Trilogy.

            If the teaching of the impersonal principles of Theosophy was Mr. Hodson’s main area of activity and his profession, in the time that he had left over from this responsible and demanding task he concentrated on a colossal amount of additional work which occupied him to the end of his long life. This included the writing of over fifty books, embodying insights mediated to him from both Angelic and (later found to be from) Adeptic sources, as well as from his own direct clairvoyant and yogic research. He also wrote almost two hundred journal articles, and made himself available when asked to be interviewed on radio or in the print media. Since, in the course of his lifetime he had made considerable progress in the practice of yoga, he found himself equipped with increasingly accurate abilities to research Nature’s hidden realms. He was relatively free of the limitations of time and space and was able to leave his physical body at will and in full awareness travel anywhere in the world and to the inner planes of consciousness. His abilities of clairvoyance and clairaudience were eventually developed to the degree of scientific tools, equipping him to make investigations of a very significant nature, many of which will probably stand as landmarks in the history of esoteric research. Some of the main areas of his research are summarised in the next section.

            Whilst freely making himself available to anyone, however humble, who sought his help and advice, many professional people were also drawn to him in order to seek information which would penetrate their own disciplines in a way that they were unable to do for themselves. An interesting and refreshing feature that he adopted in interactions with everyone who sought his advice was the refusal to accept monetary gain for his services. He felt that the quid pro quo is undesirable in the Spiritual Life, because it can weaken one’s powers of perception and in extreme cases cause them to be lost completely. Such an attitude only strengthened his reputation as an impartial philosopher and seeker for truth based upon moral and ethical imperatives.

Originally found online at: where it had disappeared in 2009. Published at KatinkaHesselink.Net in Juli 2009