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TITLEConfessions of a Child of the Half-Light
AUTHOR 1Jack McLean
DATE_THIS2022
PUB_THISn.p.
CITY_THISOttawa
ABSTRACTPhilosophical essays; recollections of 'Abdu'l-Bahá by Laura Dreyfus Barney, Curtis Kelsey, and other Europeans; recollections of Shoghi Effendi by ten individuals; dreams and visions; eulogies of the author's parents; travel teaching across Russia.
NOTES Mirrored with permission from jack-mclean.com.
TAGS- `Abdu'l-Bahá,; - Philosophy; Allan Raynor; Canada; Curtis Kelsey; Daoud Toeg; Dreams and visions; Etobicoke, ON; Joyce Devlin; Kyiv, Ukraine; Laura Clifford Barney; Laura Davis; Lviv, Ukraine; Moscow, Russia; Mozhan Khadem; Munir Bahá'í; Mysticism; Ottawa, ON; Roger White; Russia; Salt Spring Island, BC; Shamsi Sedaghat; Shoghi Effendi, Life of (documents); Soul; Soviet Union; Tips and suggestions; Toronto, ON; Travel Teaching; Ukraine; Winnifred Harvey; Zikrullah Khadem
 
CONTENT

Summary contents (see book below)

Confessions of a Child of the Half-Light has passed Bahá'í review, but I did not submit it to any Bahá'í publisher because I don't think they would be interested in such an atypical book that is a medley of mostly unrelated chapters. Here is a summary of the book's content by chapter:
  1. Abdu'l-Bahá: Remembering the Master. The revisited 1967 Paris interview with Laura Dreyfus Barney; the old Frenchman who met Abdu'l-Bahá; highlights reported by Curtis Kelsey of his visit with the Master.
  2. Shoghi Effendi: Remembering the Guardian. Memories of 8 Bahá'ís of my acquaintance who made the pilgrimage during the ministry of Shoghi Effendi.
  3. Teaching the Faith, Magic Moments, Meeting Great Souls. Autobiographical.
  4. Essays and Reflections. 21 essays on a variety of topics, both sacred and secular.
  5. Mysticism: Experiencing the Transcendent. To examine mystical experiences by Bahá'ís, there must be personal testimony. Here are grouped under the following headings, mystical experiences of mine that began in childhood: 1. Being in the Presence 2. Visions 3. Clairvoyance 4. Clairaudience 5. Dreams
  6. The Book of Eighteen. Aphorisms and pensees of my own invention grouped under 18 topics.
  7. Family Matters. Reminiscences of my English grandparents, Jessie and Will Halsted; sayings of parents and grandparents; eulogies for my parents.
  8. Travel Teaching in the Former Soviet Union and the Ukraine (1990).
"Confessions" in the title does not refer to the confessions of sins, but to the more antiquated meaning of the word as religious and spiritual convictions and beliefs.

Detailed contents

    1. ‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ: REMEMBERING THE MASTER
      The Paris Interview with Laura Dreyfus Barney (1967)
      Her “Imperishable Service”
      The Interview
      The Old Frenchman who had met ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
      Memories of the Master: Highlights Reported by Curtis Kelsey
    2. SHOGHI EFFENDI: REMEMBERING THE GUARDIAN
      The Status of Pilgrim’s Notes Revisited
      Mr. Daoud Toeg, Baghdad, Iraq and Hull, Quebec
      Ms. Winnifred Harvey, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Hull, Haifa
      Mr. Munir Bahá’í
      Mrs. Laura Rumney Davis, Toronto, Ontario
      Ms. Joyce Frances Devlin, Burritts Rapids, Ontario
      Mr. Allan Raynor, Toronto, Canada
      Allan Raynor through Robert “Bob” Leblanc
      Mr. Mozhan Khádem, Son of the Hand of the Cause Mr. Zikrulláh Khádem
      The Iranian Pilgrim (Paris, France)
    3. TEACHING THE FAITH, MAGIC MOMENTS, MEETING GREAT SOULS
      Divine Foundations in Childhood: Five Bright Memories
      Our Spiritual Mother: Ruth Halsted Kern, “Auntie Ruthie”
      Faith of Our Fathers: Our Grandparents Jessie Fallon Halsted & William Henry Halsted
      The Devoted Servant of All: Violet Fallon Halsted, “Auntie Vi”
      My Elder Sister Mary Louise McLean, Mary Lou
      Early Youth and Declaration of Faith: Hand of the Cause of God, Mr. William Sears
      Teaching the Faith to the Presbyterian Minister Reverend W.
      A Bountiful Harvest: The McLean Firesides at 6 Emery Circle, Etobicoke
      Success in Teaching: My brother Stephen Stewart McLean
      The Declaration of Faith of my Father Allan James McLean (1969)
      The Steadfast Teachers and Pioneers Who Arose
      The Paris Years (1965-1968): Hands of the Cause, Outstanding Believers and Pioneers
      Marriage, Family Life, Teaching School
      Transition Years: Salt Spring Island, British Columbia (1997-1999)
      The Return to Ottawa (1999-2013)
      The Last Hand of the Cause and One of the Last Few Remaining Knights of Bahá’u’lláh
      Three Year Stay in Carleton Place (2013-2106): Second Return to Ottawa and Co-op Living (2016-)
      Fourteen Real Life Lessons and Recommendations
    4. ESSAYS AND REFLECTIONS
      “The Philosophic Mind”: Reflections on Wordsworth’s Ode at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century
      The Consumer Mass Market: Bridging the Gap Between the Secular and the Sacred
      Voices of Conscience
      Dichotomies are not Always False
      The Prophetic Call, the Voice of God and Divine Signs
      Actors and Acting Today: A Mixed Assessment
      The Scholars of the Second Bahá’í Century
      Mr. Roger White Poet and Dancer: What the Dream Revealed
      The Relevance of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle for Saving the Soul from Twenty-First Century Materialism
      The Soul and the Paradoxes of Human Existence in Light of Eternity
      A Modern Ballad: The Tragic Death of John Doe
      Recapitulation and Endurance in the Senior Years
      The Strange Paradox of Theology and Union with God
      The Simplicity and Complexity of Attaining Spiritual Freedom
      Correlating the Four Universal Material and Spiritual Phenomena of Nature and Spirit
      The Eternal Now, Attaining the Divine Presence, Discovering the Self and the Soul
      Why Love is Greater than Science, Why Science Needs Love, Why Love Needs Science
      The Messianic Secret Disclosed in the Garden of Riḍván:
      Contrast Between Cosmic Celebration and Historical Event
      Spiritual Capacity and What the Photographs of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Reveal
      The Degeneration of Morals, Broadcast News, Violence in Sports and Corporate Power
      The Creative Process: A Little Bit of Heaven, a Little Bit of Hell
    5. MYSTICISM: EXPERIENCING THE TRANSCENDENT
      The Place of Mysticism in Religion
      Five Types of Transcendental Experiences:
        I. BEING IN THE PRESENCE
          Falling on my Face Before the Glory of God
          What Happened Then: What I Learned from this Experience
          Hand of the Cause Mr. Zikrulláh Khádem Vehicles the Love of Shoghi Effendi
          After His Passing: In my Father’s Presence with my Mother
          Mother Keeps her Promise to Show me the Bliss of Heaven
          And the Heavens Opened: An Experience of Cosmic Happiness
          Resetting the Distressed Mind Through the Power of the Word of God
          Meeting Hand of the Cause Mr. Khádem in the Rose Garden of the Spirit
          Three Dreams: The Two Bábí Shaykhs, the Ark and the Lotus
          The Blessed Night of Peace 
        II. VISIONS
        III. CLAIRVOYANCE
        IV. CLAIRAUDIENCE
        V. DREAMS
    6. THE BOOK OF EIGHTEEN
      Sayings of various lengths, aphorisms, pensées
    7. FAMILY MATTERS
      My Grandparents William and Jessie Fallon Halsted
      Sayings of My Maternal Grandparents Halsted
      My Parents
      Eulogy for Allan James McLean (November 29, 1913-April 7, 1995)
      Scottish Tranquility (Allan James McLean 1913-1995)
      Eulogy for Joyce Mary Halsted McLean (July 14, 1920-November 28, 2001)
    8. TRAVEL TEACHING IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION AND UKRAINE (1990)
      Departure
      Moscow (5-8 August, 1990)
      On the Train from Moscow to Kyiv
      Kyiv
      Lyviv
      Homeward Bound
      See also To Russia with Love: Journal of a Member of the Quddus Team (2018).
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