THE VISIBLE AND THE INVISIBLE REALITY: EXPANSCIOUS CONSCIOUSNESS
THIS unusual book will confront and challenge conventional thinking and even our contemporary lifestyles.
It is a semi- autobiographical account of Helena Lettau’s physical and metaphysical journey into the super world of the mind and the subconscious.
It begins in Bern, Switzerland and now finds her at the other end of her world in a cottage on the banks of the Tamar River, in Tasmania.
The long narrative is episodic rather than continuous and there are many discontinuities and unexplained occurrences that may frustrate those who seek explanations for Lettau’s extraordinary healing gifts.
I presume the lack of structure comes with the territory. Her story begins with her childhood in a normal European household where the beginning of her special talents and sensitivities emerge. She develops a special affinity with animals sufficient at an early age to declare herself vegetarian. This caused some consternation within her immediate family. She was compliant but not repentant.
Catholicism created more questions than answers. Accounts of Jesus’s supernatural acts, however, left indelible impressions and seems the catalyst for her immersion into matters beyond cognition.
At every opportunity she read, met with, and interacted with those on a similar journey. Perhaps the most profound influence was the work of Austrian philosopher and social reformer Rudolf Steiner. He was dedicated to expanding knowledge of the human soul and the spirituality world. From these and other encounters the strength of her own powers became apparent. Tentatively at first in workshops with others and then independently she became aware of her personal capacities. They soon became widely acknowledged by others. Similarly in the field of hypnotherapy it was not a sudden flash of self realisation, rather it was a matter of learning her craft from the best teachers available. This became important in her work in curing addictions or addressing individual’s psychological problems. Lettau reveals much of herself when she explains “the characteristics of a good hypnotist are high levels of empathy, self confidence. acute levels of observation, patience, the ability to connect or contact and a melodious tone of voice”.
The extraordinary book is replete with anecdotes of her treatments and techniques with a recurring reference to the centrality of “Love and God” in our spiritual awakening. Readers will plunge into another world with Lettau. Don’t be dismissive. A dear friend of mine said to me “don’t put down what you are not up on”.
By Helena Lettau ( The book is available for $ 52 by phoning 6330 2044)