Introducing Charles Henry
This is essay #1 in the Charles Henry Mystical Teaching Series
I was sent in vision several nights ago to a special university, the same place where a year ago I saw the ropes with wings hanging from the ceiling, and the large rope to God hanging in the chapel that was hooked horizontally and had to be shaken free.
This time I was greeted by a group of administrators and professors. My parents and Hillary were with me and everyone was celebrating that I had been admitted as a new student.
At the end of the tour, the head person announced that they wanted me to meet their most distinguished professor. An old man walked forward and shook my hand. I asked him what his scholarly subject was and he replied, “I am the foremost authority on Charles Henry.” I was so shocked to hear that he knew about one of the most influential thinkers in my life, that I immediately burst into tears. Upon seeing that I knew of Charles Henry and was so moved by this news, the old professor also burst into tears. We wept uncontrollably with surprise, wonder, and gratitude until I was shaking with ecstatic fervor.
I woke up and came back to myself, excited about my forthcoming studies as a student of mystery. I immediately knew that a whole new series of spiritual teachings are on their way. Thank you! To God be the glory!
More About Charles Henry
Charles Henry first came into my life many years ago via a mystical encounter with one of Henry’s books. We tell the story in our book, Climbing the Rope to God. Here is the excerpt:
A few years after my first mystical illumination at age 19, I was browsing in the Arizona State University library and a book literally flew off the rack and nearly struck me on the head. I picked it up and found that it was a handmade book placed there by an anonymous donor: a translation of a treatise by a nineteenth century eccentric scholar from Paris named Charles Henry. Initially a librarian and later a director of a laboratory at the Sorbonne in Paris, Henry proposed that what he called “vibratory energy” is the creative force behind artistic expression, and that an artist can use specific know-how about vibrations to evoke “dynamically expansive” experiences. When art is appropriately attuned to the rhythms of life, it becomes an effective medium for spreading joy.
Extending this perspective to mysticism, Henry regarded the latter as the “deployment of biopsychic energy according to cosmic laws” and that mystical experience could be activated by a “therapy” capable of re-establishing “autoregulation to the biopsychic resonator.”[i] He dreamed of a future form of transformative experience (articulated in his Essai de Generalization de la Théorie de Raynonnement) that would go past art as we know it and be a new kind of therapy or multisensory “bath,” where the participant would experience a “total harmonic keyboard for the human body” based upon the principles of contrast, rhythm, and measure.
This “therapy” would aim to “provoke the equivalent of an excitation of the complete nervous field, analogous to the sensation of the physiological white . . . [and] would appear to define that which literature and current language understand by the word ‘love.’” Henry added, “the excitation of music and the appropriate locomotion, combined with that of a young perseverant, determines the nervous exaltation well known by the dervishes.”[ii]
Henry concluded that “there is fundamentally only one therapy”[iii] and it requires a plunge into mystical light and love. Reading Henry’s words deeply resonated with what I had experienced that first night in the chapel. His vision became a recurring dream for me, as I would often envision creating a special room where people could be immersed in that same luminous spiritual energy that had transformed my life. For decades I called this dreamt place “the room” and later named it the “Life Force Theatre.” Hillary and I now call this mystical space “the big room” to connote a context vast enough to host the ultimate transformative experience. Sacred Ecstatics was created to foster “big room therapy” with its sacred vibration, whole body awakening, and reception of immeasurable love.
Charles Henry stumbled upon important truths about the multisensory, vibrational nature of mystical experience, but fell short of realizing that exciting and uniting all the senses into the mystical light of love requires a source of inspiration beyond the human sphere. Any attempt to achieve the highest mystical experience will fail without an authentic hookup to divinity—a rope to God. There is simply no way to find your way to a full immersion in the mystical light without cultivating a personal, intimate relationship with the divine creator, the ultimate source of the vibration that resonates love and sets your whole life on fire.
-Bradford Keeney & Hillary Keeney, May 11, 2017
[i] José A. Argüelles, Charles Henry and the Formation of a Psychophysical Aesthetic Chicago (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1972), 24–25.
[ii] Ibid., 155-156.
[iii] Ibid., 156.