May 19, 1871|
|Died||May 19, 1963(aged 92)|
Walter Bowman Russell (May 19, 1871 – May 19, 1963) was an American polymath known for his achievements as a painter, sculptor, author and builder and less well known as a natural philosopher and for his unified theory in physics and cosmogony. He posited that the universe was founded on a unifying principle of rhythmic balanced interchange. This physical theory, laid out primarily in his books The Secret of Light (1947) and The Message of the Divine Iliad (1948–49), has not been accepted by mainstream scientists. Russell asserted that this was mainly due to a difference in the assumptions made about the existence of mind and matter; Russell assumes the existence of mind as cause while he believes that scientists in general assume the existence of mind as effect. Russell was also proficient in philosophy, music, ice skating, and was a professor at the institution he founded, the University of Science and Philosophy (USP). He believed mediocrity is self-inflicted and genius is self-bestowed. The content of his public lectures and his writing about living philosophy place him firmly in the New Thought Movement.
In 1963, Walter Cronkite in the national television evening news, commenting on Russell's death, referred to him as "... the Leonardo da Vinci of our time." After Russell died - which the Russells referred to as being "refolded" - his wife Lao Russell kept USP going successfully until she herself died in 1988.
Born in Boston on May 19, 1871, Russell left formal schooling at the age of nine (ten in some accounts) in order to help support his family. At age thirteen he became a church organist. He paid his own way through Massachusetts Normal School of Art. His jobs included: art editor at Collier's Magazine, portrait painter, author and lecturer, architect (Hotel des Artists (rumored involvement), West 67th St., New York; Alwyn Court at 58th and Seventh Avenue; a Gothic studio opposite the Museum of Natural History on 79th St.), sculptor (including busts of Mark Twain, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Thomas Alva Edison, etc.).
In 1894 Russell married his first wife Helen Andrews, with whom he had two daughters.
Russell also studied physics, and in his latter scientific period he advocated the transmission or acquisition of energy from what he referred to as the 'fabric of space'.
His Swannanoa estate was the setting for his University of Science and Philosophy from the late 1940s to the early 1990s. He lived there with his second wife Lao Russell until May 19, 1963, and she continued his work at the University until May 5, 1988, upon her death.
Born Daisy Cook in England, and later known as Daisy Stebbing, Lao Russell (November 1904 – May 5, 1988) emigrated to the United States in the 1930s, where she marketed her own beauty products, such as Beautipon, a breast enhancement cream, and Slimcream, a breast reduction cream. She advertised these in publications such as Popular Songs magazine, buying small classified ads. She was an admirer of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science. Her relationship with Walter Russell began in 1946, when she read The Man Who Tapped The Secrets Of The Universe and looked him up, eventually leading to Russell's remarriage "...and who shall deny that her simple philosophy tapped the secret of the universe." Students at the University were not restricted to a study of Walter Russell scientific theories; they could also seek enlightenment in the works of Lao Russell on such topics as love, sex and reincarnation.
Walter Russell presented theories on the "fundamental principles of energy dynamics," the nature of matter, the progression of the evolution of matter, and the depiction of the universe as a continuously changing, creating effort sustained by the systematic work effort of the energy of light. His depictions of universal laws were a nonstandard cosmology. Students of his work today call it "Russelian science."
Russell portrayed the principles of the unity of universal law in a way that he believed brought many mainstream theories into direct conflict, or incompleteness, such as some of the principles of Isaac Newton e.g. weight as Russell explains: "... Weight should be measured dually as temperature is. It should have an above and below zero... " He presented a view of the periodic table of elements that led him to the prediction of the existence of plutonium and the two isotopes of hydrogen, deuterium and tritium[unreliable source?] which were known in theory but as yet undiscovered in nature, (as well as elements which are still undiscovered in nature) e. g. the inert gases 'alphanon', 'betanon' and 'gammanon'[unreliable source?] as well as the creation of heavy water.[unreliable source?] Russell's periodic table has not been adopted by mainstream chemistry. However, in 1923, Charles Steinmetz of General Electric was able to corroborate the existence of some of the predicted transuranium elements by direct experimentation in a laboratory, which helped to usher in the Atomic Age in 1945.[unreliable source?]
Such conflicts have left the work of Russell in obscurity. Robert Mayer claims this is because his cosmology, while complete in itself, would require upon its academic and scientific acceptance not only the upheaval of many scientific theories, but also matters such as the nature of God. Once, when asked how he acquired his scientific knowledge, he answered: "...I always looked for the Cause behind things and didn't fritter away my time analyzing Effect. All knowledge exists as Cause. It is simple. It is limited to Light of Mind and the electric wave of motion which records God's thinking in matter."
In 1974, in the preface to The Universal One, Lao Russell asserted that "...Dr. Russell's thought and awareness matured in expression and he clarified and rectified errors he felt that he had committed in his earlier writings."
Besides his scientific work, Russell also worked in an array of other fields, including the arts, architecture, business and writing. He was friend and advisor to Theodore Roosevelt and gave lectures about the connection between his universal principles and the applications of these principles to human life. The University of Science and Philosophy publishes his books and perpetuates his teachings.
Russell asserted that neither light nor heat flows from one point of space to another. He stated the same of electricity and magnetism; that neither is a flow varying as the inverse of the square of the distance according to Coulomb's Law, but a reproduction as the inverse of the cube of space:
"Light only seems to travel. It is but one more of the countless illusions caused by wave motion. Waves of the ocean seem to traverse the ocean but they only appear to do so, for waves are pistons in the universal engines, and pistons operate up and down. Wave pistons of light, or of the ocean, operate radially and spirally inward and outward, toward and away from gravity. Waves of light do not travel. They reproduce each other from wave field to wave field of space. The planes of zero curvature, which bound all wave fields, act as mirrors to reflect light from one field into another. This sets up an appearance of light as traveling, which is pure illusion.
"The sunlight we feel upon our bodies is not actual light from the sun. What actually is happening is that the sun is reproducing its own condition on the earth by extending the reproductions out through cold space into ever enlarging wave fields until those reproductions begin to converge again toward our center of gravity into ever smaller wave fields. The heat we feel and the light we see is dependent entirely upon the ability of the wave fields to reproduce the light and heat, and that ability is conditioned upon the amount of moisture in the atmosphere. If there were no moisture in the atmosphere, our bodies would carbonize from the heat thus reproduced. One cannot consistently think of that heat as direct rays of the sun, for that same sunlight was intensely cold during its reproduced journey through the immensely expanded wave fields of space between the sun and earth. The light and heat that appear to come from the star or sun have never left the star or sun. That which man sees as light and feels as heat is the reproduced counterpart of the light and heat that is its cause. The rate of vibration in a wave field depends upon its volume. Vibration in a wave field means the pulse of interchange between its compressed core and the space surrounding that core. A slow vibration in a large wave field would cool one’s body, or even freeze it, while fast pulsing interchange in extremely small wave fields could burn one’s body."
Lao and Walter Russell wrote the book Atomic Suicide? as a warning against the misuse of nuclear power through the proliferation of nuclear power plants. According to Walter Russell, the increasing heat and pressure generated on the planet by the increasing use of nuclear energy would eventually cause major global changes of a catastrophic nature.
Russell and the New Age
The term New Age in its contemporary sense can be traced back at least to 1888. Walter Russell spoke of "... this New Age philosophy of the spiritual re-awakening of man ... Man's purpose in this New Age is to acquire more and more knowledge ..." in his essay "Power Through Knowledge," which was published in 1944.
Russell accepted Richard Maurice Bucke's premise that not only the human body, but also human consciousness, had evolved in stages, that human consciousness periodically made iterative leaps, such as that from animal awareness to rational self-awareness, many millennia ago. Russell believed that humankind was on the brink of making another key, evolutionary leap in consciousness. The next cycle of human evolution, said Bucke, would be from rational self-consciousness to spiritual super-consciousness on the order of that experienced by sages, religious figures, and mystics of the past 2,500 years.
In 1947–48, Russell wrote: "This New Age is marking the dawn of a new world-thought. That new thought is a new cosmic concept of the value of man to man. The whole world is discovering that all mankind is one and that the unity of man is real – not just an abstract idea. Mankind is beginning to discover that the hurt of any man hurts every man, and, conversely, the uplift of any man uplifts every man" (Message of the Divine Iliad, vol. 2, p. 69). Russell's predictions about what the New Age would bring included "a marriage between religion and science" (MDI p 257). Russell appeared to believe that this "New Age" would begin in 1946, based on a vision he had in 1921.
The most extensive treatment of Russell's ideas are found in his book, A Course in Cosmic Consciousness. Russell's ideas have also been digested by others.
University of Science and Philosophy
The original idea was based on the Twilight Club, originating in 1870 with Herbert Spencer and Ralph Waldo Emerson and dedicated to the "upliftment of mankind." In 1921, it was reorganized and renamed "Society of Arts and Sciences" by Walter Russell, Edwin Markham and Thomas J. Watson Sr., Founder and Chairman of IBM.
- The Sea Children, 1901
- The Bending of the Twig, 1903
- The Age of Innocence, 1904
- The Universal One, 1926
- The Russell Genero-Radiative Concept or The Cyclic Theory of Continuous Motion, L. Middleditch Co., 1930
- The Secret of Light, 1st ed., 1947, 3rd ed., Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1994, ISBN 1-879605-44-9
- The Message of the Divine Iliad, vol. 1, 1948, vol. 2, 1949
- The Book of Early Whisperings, 1949
- The Home Study Course, (in cooperation with Lao Russell), 1st ed., 1950–52
- Scientific Answer to Human Relations, (in cooperation with Lao Russell), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1951
- A New Concept of the Universe, Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1953
- Atomic Suicide?, (in cooperation with Lao Russell), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1957
- The World Crisis: Its Explanation and Solution, (in cooperation with Lao Russell), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1958
- The One-World Purpose, (in cooperation with Lao Russell), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1960
Books published after his death:
- Think: The First Principle of Business Ethics, Univ of Science & Philosophy, 2nd ed., 2003, ISBN 1-879605-73-2
- Your Day and Night, (excerpt from The Message of the Divine Iliad), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1993, ISBN 1-879605-09-0
- The Sculptor Searches for Mark Twain's Immortality, (talk given 1934), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1991, ISBN 1-879605-31-7
- The Electric Nature of the Universe, (talk given 1936), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1991, ISBN 1-879605-00-7
- Space and the Hydrogen Age, (talk given 1939), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1989
- The Immortality of Man, (talk given 1944), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1991, ISBN 1-879605-33-3
- The Fifth Kingdom Man, (talk given 1946), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1991, ISBN 1-879605-01-5
- Genius Inherent In Everyone, (talk given 1946), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1994, ISBN 1-879605-36-8
- The Secret of Working Knowingly with God, (talk given 1946), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1993, ISBN 1-879605-38-4
- The Self Multiplication Principle, (talk given 1946), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1993, ISBN 1-879605-39-2
- The Meaning and Acquisition of Wealth, (talk given 1946), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1993, ISBN 1-879605-41-4
- The Dawn of a New Day in Human Relations, (talk given 1951), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1991, ISBN 1-879605-32-5
- Caring for Your Physical & Spiritual Health, (talk given 1951), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1994, ISBN 1-879605-40-6
- The Quest of the Grail, (unfinished manuscript), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1991, ISBN 1-879605-02-3
- Where Do I Go When I Die, (in cooperation with Lao Russell), (excerpts from other books), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1992, ISBN 1-879605-37-6
- The Electrifying Power of Man-Woman Balance, (in cooperation with Lao Russell), (is the same asThe One-World Purpose except 2 projects at the end of the book are missing), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1988
- Glenn Clark The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe, p. 13, Filiquarian Publishing LLC, 2008 ISBN 978-1-59986-584-3
- Glenn Clark The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe, p. 42, Filiquarian Publishing LLC, 2008 ISBN 978-1-59986-584-3
- Joan C. King Cellular Wisdom, pp. 244-5, Springer Science & Business, 2004 ISBN 978-1-58761-188-9
- Glenn Clark The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe, p. 11, Filiquarian Publishing LLC, 2008 ISBN 978-1-59986-584-3
- The Universal One
- Peter H. Thomas Windows of Opportunity, p. 42, LifePilot, 1984 ISBN 978-0-919493-33-9
- Charles S. Braden , "Spirits in Rebellion," 1963, p. 376.
- Mayer, Robert A. (2007). The Intrigue of the Possible. AuthorHouse. p. 20. ISBN 1434308286.
When Russell died in the early 1960's...
- Cult Studies: Walter Russell by Richard Logan, p. 46
- Glenn Clark The Man Who Tapped The Secrets Of The Universe, p. 15, Macalester Park Publishing Co., 1976, The University of Science and Philosophy, 2006 ISBN 1-879605-07-4
- Glenn Clark The Man Who Tapped The Secrets Of The Universe, p. 16, Macalester Park Publishing Co., 1976, The University of Science and Philosophy, 2006 ISBN 1-879605-07-4
- Jessie K. Crum The Art Of Inner Listening, p. 67, Quest Books, 1975 ISBN 978-0-8356-0303-4
- Biography from walter-russell.de
- Anne Frederick Shenandoah, p. 114, Arcadia Publishing, 2000 ISBN 978-0-7385-0645-6
- Frank, Frank (1907). The Kingdom of Love. R.F. Fenno & Co. p. 50.
I can give no other explanation of my success than that I love my work.
- Cult Studies: Walter Russell by Richard Logan, p. 46
- Yoga Journal, Jul-Aug 1994, p. 127, Active Interest Media Inc., ISSN 0191-0965
- Walter Russell The Secret of Light, p. 181, University of Science and Philosophy, 1994 ISBN 978-1-879605-44-2
- Robert A. Mayer The Intrigue of the Possible, p. 21, AuthorHouse, 2007 ISBN 978-1-4343-0829-0
- Robert A. Mayer The Intrigue of the Possible, p. 20
- Robert A. Mayer The Intrigue of the Possible, p. 29, AuthorHouse, 2007 ISBN 978-1-4343-0829-0
- Robert C. Fulford Dr. Fulford's Touch of Life, p. 189, Simon & Schuster, 1997 ISBN 978-0-671-55601-3
- Peter H. Thomas Never Fight With A Pig, p. 35, LifePilot, 1991 ISBN 978-0-7715-9139-6
- Glenn Clark The Man Who Tapped The Secrets Of The Universe, p. 55, University of Science and Philosophy, 2006 ISBN 1-879605-07-4
- Steven E./Lee Beard/David Laughray Wake Up..., p. 11, 58 Micro LLC, 2006 ISBN 978-1-933063-02-7
- Russell, Walter The Secret of Light, p. 91, University of Science and Philosophy, University of Science and Philosophy, 1994, ISBN 1-879605-44-9 (originally published 1947)
- (The University of Science and Philosophy). "Power Through Knowledge", retrieved 2010-11-15
- Paul David Walker Unleashing Genius, p. 13, Morgan James Publishing, LLC, 2008 ISBN 978-1-60037-341-1
- Christopher Laszlo The Sustainable Company, p. 23, Island Press, 2003 ISBN 978-1-55963-836-4
- The Bending of the Twig by Walter Russell
- The Age of Innocence by Walter Russell
- Clark, Glenn, The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe, Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1989 ISBN 1-879605-07-4. 2013 Digital Edition
- Binder, Timothy A., In the Wave Lies the Secret of Creation, (contains a lot of unpublished drawings of Walter Russell), Univ of Science & Philosophy, 1995, ISBN 1-879605-45-7
- Hardy, Charles W., "A Worthy Messenger: The Life's Work of Walter Russell," 2011. ISBN 978-0-692-01400-4
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