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Walter Russell

January 8, 2016

“Genius is inherent of everyone” W. Russell



Walter Bowman Russell (May 19, 1871 – May 19, 1963) was an American painter of the Boston School and a sculptor, an illuminate, a natural philosopher, a musician, an author and a builder. His lectures and writing place him firmly in the New Thought Movement.[1]

To the New York Herald Tribune, Russell was “the modern Leonardo,” a Renaissance man for the twentieth century.


My personal favorite quote so far “Seek to be alone much to commune with Nature and be thus inspired by her mighty whisperings within your consciousness. Nature is a most jealous god, for she will not whisper her inspiring revelations to you unless you are absolutely alone with her.” – Walter Russell






In May 1921 Russell experienced a transformational revelatory event that he later described in a chapter called “The Story of My Illumining” in the 1950 edition of his Home Study Course. “During that period…I could perceive all motion,” and was newly “aware of all things.”[21] Russell used the terminology of Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke in his book Cosmic Consciousness [22] to explain the phenomenon of “cosmic illumination.” Later he wrote, “It will be remembered that no one who has ever had [the experience of illumination] has been able to explain it. I deem it my duty to the world to tell of it.”[23] What was revealed to Russell “in the Light” is the subject matter of The Divine Iliad”, published in two volumes in 1949.[24]

After five years of preparation, Russell was ready to challenge the field of theoretical physics with his new knowledge. He published The Universal One (1926) and The Russell Genero-Radiative Concept (1930) and defended his ideas in the pages of the New York Times in 1930-1931.[25]

From the debate with scientists came a tag-line for the Russell Cosmogony, the “Two-Way Universe” of gravitation and radiation. “Gravity and radiativity are opposite pressure conditions. They perpetually void themselves by giving to the other.”[26] The ideas are further developed in The Secret of Light (1947) and A New Concept of the Universe (1953). Russell’s Periodic Chart of the Elements (copyrighted in 1926) revealed the existence of new isotopes and elements (later known as Deuterium, Tritium, Neptunium, and Plutonium) and won him recognition for his contributions to science. The degree of Doctor of Science – not an honorary degree – from the American Academy of Sciences was conferred in 1941.[27] Russell’s work was never rejected by bona fide scientists, but essentially was ignored by the scientific community.[28] “This lack of engagement by scientists is the reason for the barely concealed bitterness one can read as a subtext in Walter Russell’s later letters.”[29] However, Russell was close to Nikola Tesla in the 1930s and apparently influenced Tesla’s views on the periodic table and radioactivity.[30] Russell wrote in 1954, “Tesla and I exchanged inspirations for many years.”


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