HAROLD. W. PERCIVAL
life period : 1868 - present | place of birth : Barbados, BRITISH WEST INDIES
parents : Elizabeth Ann Taylor and James Percival
nationality : American | occupation : Theosophist and Writer
“ Being conscious of Consciousness reveals the
'unknown' to the one who has been so conscious.
Then it will be the duty of that one to make known
what he can of being conscious of Consciousness. ”
BOOKS BY THE MASTER
" Thinking and Destiny: With a Brief Account of the Descent of Man Into this Human World, & how He Will Return to the Eternal Order of Progression " …
" Man and Woman and Child … Masonry and Its Symbols in the Light of Thinking and Destiny Vol 1-2 " …
" The Esoteric Zodiac " … " The Word Volume 16 " … " A Reminiscence " … " Adepts, Masters & Mahatmas " …
" The Word Volume 7-12 " …" The Word Volume 1-8 " … " Helen Petrovna Blavatsky - A Reminiscence " ...
" Democracy is self-Government a Guide for Right Living in the New Age " ... " The Esoteric Zodiac "
Harold Waldwin Percival was born in Bridgetown, Barbados, British West Indies, on April 15, 1868, on a plantation owned by his parents. He was the third of four children, none of whom survived him. His English parents, Elizabeth Ann Taylor and James Percival, were devout Christians. Yet much of what he heard as a very young child did not seem reasonable, and there were no satisfactory answers to his many questions. He felt that there must be those who knew, and at a very early age determined that he would find the “Wise Ones” and learn from them. As years passed, his concept of the “Wise Ones” changed, but his purpose to gain Self-knowledge remained.
When Harold Percival was ten years old, his father died and his mother moved to the United States. He looked after his mother for about thirteen years , an avid reader, he was largely self-educated. In New York City Percival became interested in Theosophy and joined the Theosophical Society in 1892. That society split into factions after the death of William Q. Judge in 1896. Percival later organized the Theosophical Society Independent, which met to study the writings of Madame Blavatsky and Eastern “scriptures.”
Percival had the unique experience of being “conscious of Consciousness,” a potent spiritual and noetic enlightenment. He stated, “Being conscious of Consciousness reveals the ‘unknown’ to the one who has been so conscious. Then it will be the duty of that one to make known what he can of being conscious of Consciousness.” He stated that the value of that experience was that it enabled him to know about any subject by a mental process he called “real thinking.” Because these experiences revealed more than was contained in Theosophy, he wanted to write about them and share this knowledge with humanity.
Percival published a monthly magazine, The Word, which was dedicated to the brotherhood of humanity and had a worldwide circulation. Many eminent writers of the day contributed to the magazine and all of the issues contained an article by Percival as well. These early writings earned him a place in Who’s Who in America.
In 1912 he began to outline material for a book which would contain his complete system of thinking. Because his body had to be still while he thought, he dictated whenever assistance was available. In 1932 the first draft was completed; it was called The Law of Thought. He continued to work the manuscript over and over to clarify and edit it. He did not wish this to be a mystery book and was determined to clothe his work in accurately fitting words however long or great the effort. Its title was changed to Thinking and Destiny and finally printed in 1946.
This one-thousand-page masterpiece was produced over a period of thirty-four years. This system of thinking, which covers in exhaustive detail the subject of Man and his world, is not found in any other literature. Subsequently, in 1951, he published Man and Woman and Child and in 1952, Masonry and Its Symbols and Democracy Is Self-Government. The three smaller books are based on Thinking and Destiny and deal with selected subjects of importance in greater detail..
The Word Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1950 to make known to the people of the world all books written by Harold W. Percival and to insure that his legacy to humanity would be perpetuated. Percival assigned the copyrights for all of his books to The Word Foundation, Inc.
It has been stated that no one could meet Percival without feeling that they had met a truly remarkable human being of immense power and greatness. His works represent a towering accomplishment in addressing the true state, and potential, of the human. His contribution to humankind can have a far-reaching effect on our civilization and civilizations to come.