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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)

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