The founding trustees were James Russell, Ada Phillips, Charles Harvey, John Addey and Tom Fripp.
The aim of the trust, as set out in its trust deed, is “to further the advancement of education by the teaching of the relationship between main’s knowledge of, beliefs about, the heavens and every aspect of his art science philosophy and religion.”
Throughout human history men and women have been absorbed in exploring and trying to understand the relationship between each individual and the whole of creation. This quest can be approached through the gateways of religious mysticism, theoretical physics, astrology, art, astronomy, transpersonal psychology, philosophy, sacred geometry, gaia theory etc.
Here is one voice from the world of mysticism, trying to find language to express the experience of deep connection to the whole of creation –
Suddenly, without any warning, at any time or place, with no apparent cause, it can happen.
All at once I found myself wrapped in a flame-coloured cloud. For an instant I thought of fire, an immense conflagration somewhere close by in that great city; the next, I knew that the fire was within myself. Directly afterwards there came upon me a sense of exultation, of immense joyousness accompanied or immediately followed by an intellectual illumination impossible to describe. Among other things, I did not merely come to believe, but I saw that the universe is not composed of dead matter, but is, on the contrary, a living Presence; I became conscious in myself of eternal life. It was not a conviction that I would have eternal life, but a consciousness that I possessed eternal life then; I saw that all men are immortal; that the cosmic order is such that without any peradventure all things work together for the good of each and all; that the foundation principle of the world, of all the words, is what we call love, and that the happiness of each and all is in the long run absolutely certain.
No matter which road is followed the same deepest questions must be faced – How is my life affected by Creation? How does my life in turn affect Creation?
At present the Urania Trust seeks to fulfil its purpose by offering its support through grants to individuals and organizations for publishing, translation, research and other work within this area of interest.