On the evening of 9 October 2016 Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) passed on to her next realm and adventure of consciousness, marking a monumental ‘before and after’ moment for those of us that loved her and were greatly bettered and better off via our connection to her work. We now find ourselves in the strange new reality of moving on in Time and Space without her physical presence. [Click here to read Aeon Centre of Cosmology's announcement]
I will forever be astounded by and grateful for all that Thea has illuminated in her lifetime regarding the mahayoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, the full range of the Supramental Descent, Vedic Cosmology, the Geometry of Time, Astrology and Unity Consciousness. The mission she was charged with came with great responsibility and she persevered and carried out her divine task amidst great resistance from old guards. She used all obstacles as fuel for her journey, utilizing everything in her path. Thanks to her fortitude in constructing her body of work, she has left an incredible legacy of unifying Gnosis for humanity, which I trust in the coming decades will be well-utilized in the uplifting of our world consciousness beyond its current mental-egoic predicament. She has transmitted a dynamic, holistic and integral Gnosis that grows in one's being as a seed of higher consciousness, continually breaking new ground and opening up new layers and vistas of realization. She has given the world invaluable keys regarding the progressive evolutionary adventure that we are living and has loudly resounded the call to the indwelling soul in each Individual to wake up and be “ALL IN” rather than continuing to sleep walk through the wonders of incarnation or looking for escape routes or transcendence.
She is greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
Below is her ‘Prayer for a New Way’ as found in her book The New Way - a study in the rise and establishment of a gnostic society, Volumes 1&2 (Aeon Books 1981).
I pray for a new way to come about, a way that will cause the barriers between nations and between individuals to fall away, —that we may come to the realisation of a new way.
I pray for peace and harmony and good will—above all, good will—among men. I pray for the emergence of a greater understanding and a breakthrough in the attitude of division, be this either political, social or religious. May all men be brought to the realisation that they are members of the one planetary family, regardless of color or creed, regardless of wealth or poverty.
I pray for prosperity, that each man and woman and child may have what is necessary to live in decency in this world, so that their passage on this planet will be a joy and signify a progress, —a spiritual and a material rise.
May each man come to enjoy the possibility of moving about as he wishes over the Earth, as his one home and the one home of all his brethren; and to express himself as he may like; and to know freedom in all things. But may this freedom be only for the expression of the highest part of himself. May all the ugliness of the old man fall away.
May the whole Earth come to realise the one goal, and to understand that no matter how contradictory the appearances may be, each of us is here for the realisation of the One Goal: to help the Earth to realise herself, though her ways are many and appear each one to offer a resistance to the other. Yet this resistance is merely to create the conditions needed for the realisation, the all-embracing Realisation.
Let each person see the cause within himself for the suffering and the agony of his Earth. Let him understand that the division in his being is productive of a division within his society. Let him heal this division, and then come to a new way in the collective body—that of true collaboration in a life of harmony, of positive growth, and of all that is true and good and real.
May all the forms of religion fall away—anything that seeks to pull this new light into the ways of the past: there is a way that is not religious, —may this be revealed.
May the new light shine forth with a brilliance such as has rarely
been seen in the history of the Earth, and may this be as a magnet which draws people to it and fills them with the thirst for Truth; and grant them the power to express this Truth in all the ways of life.
May we not seek miracles—let us rather have realisation. This is the solid way. Let us not see visions or lights or etheric forms . . . let us BE light, let us SEE IN UNDERSTANDING, let us be the ‘new seeing’.
Let the new way of Love manifest, the real way, that carries in it a power of transformation. Though we may not recognise it as Love, let it BE, in spite of us. Let Power indeed lend itself to Love, and these two will carry us forward on the glorious new way. Let each man and woman and child be touched by THE NEW WAY OF POWER AND LOVE.
But let us truly move forward to the New: let us not call the Old the New. Let the New come forth in spite of ourselves.
May the Power of Harmony, the Power of Truth and the Power of Love manifest, and may we become each day the purer instruments for this integral realisation.
© Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet 1981