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   OSCAR WILDE 1854-1900

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It is not what the eye perceives,
 but what the soul perceives that defines beauty.
I am not young enough to know everything. Extraordinary American women ~ Jane Addams

Son of a prominent Dublin surgeon and his wife, who cultivated artists and intellectuals at her weekly salons.

Oscar and his mother were severely challenged when his father was financially and socially disgraced.

His marriage to Constance Lloyd was disastrous and he largely ignored his two sons; though he wrote beautiful and enduring children's stories such as The Selfish Giant and The Happy Prince.

His exquisite wit and social satire in his plays marked him out as a literary genius.

Lady Windermere' Fan, directed by Shaun MacLoughlin with Stephanie Beacham as Mrs. Erlynne A Woman of No Importance directed by Shaun MacLoughlin with Anna Massey as Mrs. Arbuthnot and Ronald Pickup as Lord Illingworth

His most popular plays were Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband and The Importance of Being Earnest, all directed by Shaun MacLoughlin and produced by Robert Pierson for Penguin Audio

An Ideal Husband, directed by Shaun MacLoughlin with Derek Jacobi as Sir Robert Chiltern The Importance of Being Earnest directed by Shaun MacLoughlin with Miriam Margolyes as Lady Bracknell

His homosexual affair with Lord Alfred (Bosie) Douglas turned sour when he was convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years hard labour.   On his release he wrote The Ballad of Reading Goal.

PETER How are you Oscar?
WILDE Charming.
PETER How did you learn to write and speak so wittily?
WILDE As a boy I had the pleasure of making contact with my spirit guides.  I did a fair amount of Astral Projection, where I visited other areas and other lifetimes. My spirit guides taught me not to take physical life seriously.  Later I put them on the shelf for a while and became more involved with the flesh.
PETER In An Ideal Husband you wrote: "To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance".  Did you love yourself?
WILDE Not as I love myself now, in a state of unconditional love.  One can only love another person to the extent that one can love oneself.
PETER You once asserted that if there were an afterlife you would like to return as a flower, utterly without soul, but entirely beautiful.  How do you feel now?
WILDE Beauty, if it is taken as unconditional love, is the ultimate.  However I could not exist in any form without a soul.
PETER How do you view Keats' line, "Beauty is truth, truth, beauty - that is all ye know on Earth and all ye need to know"?
WILDE That is of the Earth - I have a view now from above.  I have a view from within.  I have a view from without.  I have a view from space.  I have a view from the magma of the Earth.  All is beauty because all has purpose, all has conviction, all has a life of its own, yet interconnected with all that is.  Keats was right in terms of the human view, but he was far short of the energy of the soul.
PETER Shortly before your death, you wrote: "People, who count their chickens before they are hatched, act wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them."
WILDE We should count most carefully the most prolific chickens, who are creating their own belief systems that have a negative effect.  I mean the terrorists, the fundamentalists, the dictators who want total control over the planet.
PETER What should we do about them?
WILDE The main thing you can do is to go beyond them in spiritual forms.

Toni comments: Oscar had the feel of an ancient child.  He was petulant, indifferent to criticism, took no responsibilty for his actions, and dismissed his life as Oscar Wilde as just one more experience for his soul.  I have the sense that he has not wholly completed reviewing his experiences as Oscar Wilde, which is why he has not reincarnated before now.

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