The Audio Files
The Chakra Lecture presented here was probably recorded around 1976. I have a set of audio cassettes I know were recorded on June 1 and 3, 1976, but their sound is monaural and noisy, and some parts are unplayable due to loss of lubrication and scrape flutter. The tapes digitized here do not have any dates, and while they cover much of the same material, they are clearly from a different presentation at a different time.
Each file is available in two MP3 quality levels. The “VBRj” versions (variable bit rate 80 -120K, joint stereo) are less than half the size of the 128K full stereo versions, but are not quite as intelligible. All files are Copyright 2016 Loren Amelang, licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0: Attribution (BY), Non-commercial (NC), Share-alike (SA). (Details at Creative Commons.)
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The High Quality Files
First Chakra (24.5 MB, 26:50)
Second Chakra (15.9 MB, 17:27)
Third Chakra (21.1 MB, 23:04)
Fourth Chakra (11.4 MB, 12:32)
Fifth Chakra (13.7 MB, 14:58)
Sixth Chakra (15.1 MB, 16:36)
Seventh Chakra (12.9 MB, 14:10)
Mid-Lecture_Q+A (9.14 MB, 9:59)
The Compact Size Files
First Chakra (11.5 MB, 26:50)
Second Chakra (7.46 MB, 17:27)
Third Chakra (9.85 MB, 23:04)
Fourth Chakra (5.34 MB, 12:32)
Fifth Chakra (6.54 MB, 14:58)
Sixth Chakra (7.03 MB, 16:36)
Seventh Chakra (6.01 MB, 14:10)
Mid-Lecture_Q+A (4.26 MB, 9:59)
The Text Files
The text transcript of Michael's Chakra Lecture was initially transcribed by Jade Schefer, one of Michael's early students, who remained close to him for the rest of his life and taught his material to her own students. Parts of it were taken from other tapes than the ones digitized here, so the text may not match the audio exactly. That file was edited and formatted for web and pdf by Loren Amelang.
Both versions of the text are Copyright 2016 Loren Amelang, licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0: Attribution (BY), Non-commercial (NC), Share-alike (SA). (Details at Creative Commons.)
Transcript as a web page (129KB)
Transcript as an archival pdf file (224KB)
Links to Michael
There are two more recent people named Michael Symonds all over the web now, Professor Michael E Symonds from The School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, author of “Adipose Tissue Biology”, and Michael Sean Symonds, author, Personal Growth Facilitator, and Meditation Instructor with the Chopra Centre for Well Being, Carlsbad, California.
The Stanford Daily:
The Stanford Daily, Volume 170, Issue 19, 21 October 1976 PDF Issue PDF (20.89 MB)
Today Lecture. Training Professional Psychics - Raising Psychics for Fun and Profit. By Michael Symonds. Tresidder Union Lounge. Stanford. 8 p.m.
Berkeley High School, Berkeley, CA
Class of 1967
Michael Ernest Symonds
Born: July 5, 1949
Died: December 30, 1988
Find A Grave:
Michael E. Symonds
Burial: Sunset View Cemetery, El Cerrito
Contra Costa County, California, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 37.90788, -122.28745
Find A Grave Memorial# 137791655
And some of his students
(Scroll down to "Sat, October 8, 2005 - 1:08 PM" for my favorite bit of BPI history.)
BPI was a very different place back then. It had not become franchised yet and so there were not nearly as many students. Lewis was clearly the guru and whatever Lewis said, went. I decided to train with Michael Symonds and David Rosenbloom, from the very first BPI class (1974-75) who left the school to pursue their own integration of the BPI material.
My clairvoyant training came from Michael Symonds in the form of very small classes of hand-picked students. You see, Michael was very particular; not everyone could join. Mr. Symonds was in Lewis Bostwick’s very first class (anyone here remember Scorch the fireman?) and he strongly disagreed with Lewis’ plans to market the psychic technology for the masses. Michael felt that Lewis was making a big mistake.
This disagreeement eventually led to Michael leaving Lewis to create his own version of that training, a version that stripped away all the dogma while focussing on the techniques. Michael also chose to bypass that whole psuedo-spiritual posturing to the “Supreme Being” that later became a silent crux point in BPI training.
It’s been twenty years since I have sat down and read an aura and though I don’t have any reason to return to that use of my sensitivites, I am grateful for the training and the chance to meet Lewis Bostwick in person, especially under such unique and utterly amusing circumstances. Lewis found it amusing. I found it amusing. But I have yet to meet anyone studying with BPI who, after sharing my story, found it amusing at all.
[The “amusing” part concerns “As the Worm Turns” (a psychic soap opera), featuring a school called H.I.P. (Holistic Institute for Psychism), a satire on the exploding metaphysical marketplace in Berkeley circa 1979, staged in SF at Studio Eremos (Project Artaud).]
Some of his friends
James R. Lewis:
The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects, and New Religions by James R. Lewis
Michael is mentioned as part of the Bay Area “Illuminati" of the 1970’s: