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One of the immortal statements made by the Insuperable Detective, Sherlock Holmes, was this: “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?” This statement may be accurate in the conventional sense. However, I have observed that the following is also an accurate statement: All “truth” is relative to all other truth. Indeed, in the history of humanity have we observed that “One man’s truth is another man’s heresy”. Illusions, delusions, truth, reality, opinion, facts, history, fantasy and fiction all share an indivisible common denominator: The point of view of each individual. Therefore, reality may be nothing more than a subjective experience! You may discover a new “reality” in this adventure of a singularly ingenious investigation conducted by Sherlock Sherrinford Holmes, and his brother Mycroft Spencer Holmes.

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Human beings are too frail of body and feeble of intellect to fathom the blatant effects of Evil in the world. For Evil, is that quality which Mankind is the least willing to acknowledge and challenge!

Sherlock-Holmes-My-Life_cover300None are so deadly as the villain who remains unseen and unchallenged. It is by our own failure to reveal their sordid intentions and fight vigorously against their covert actions that the parasites are given permission to drain the blood of individuals and nations.

Count Dracula, and his kindred spirits, may be considered to be “evil” from the point of view of mankind. However, apart from the prejudice of the human victims who do not desire to serve as food for others who drink their blood, the vampire can not be considered to be anything other than an immortal spiritual being, attempting to persist and survive in a quasi-corporeal form.

I esteem that there is only one principle difference between a human being who eats a roasted chicken or pork or beef, and a vampire who drinks the living blood of a human being. That is, that the vampire, by consuming the living blood, derives a more sustainable form of energy than the man who eats the dead flesh of an animal.

The man who eats dead meat lives 65 years, his own spirit is confined inside a fragile piece of flesh, with little or no self-awareness regarding his potential capabilities as a spiritual entity. Whereas, the vampire, consuming only the living blood of its victim, maintains an extreme spiritual power and ability, as well as physical strength and longevity which borders upon immortality!

Who is to say which condition is more or less desirable? There seems to me to be absolutely no limit to the inanity and credulity of the human race. Homo Sapiens! Homo idioticus!

Yet, it is entirely understandable that men do not trouble themselves with grotesque speculations as to the nature of life beyond the grave. They have enough to do in this world. Life is a beautiful thing. The man who appreciates its beauties enjoys a sufficient understanding of life without dabbling in religions or spiritualism.

Religion is a fraud which have been exposed a hundred times and yet priests continue to find fresh crowds of foolish devotees whose insane credulity and superstitious prejudice make them impervious to all rational arguments. One can only leave them to seek destinations of their singular Fates, which they have been predetermined for them.

Unless we practice eternal vigilance against these vampires, we will continue to be afflicted and effected by the contagion of their parasitical insanity. The vitality of every civilization which has crumbled into disrepair and dust was drained of life by these diabolical beings!

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A biography of Sherlock Holmes, with a Foreword by Mycroft Homes

“To readers of the accounts of my investigatory cases:

“I have undertaken to commit this autobiographical revelation of the factual events of my life to writing, at the suggestion and encouragement of my best friend in the world, my brother Mycroft Holmes.”

The written record of my adventures as conveyed by Dr. John Hamish Watson, rather than myself, as you will read herein, are a fallacious perversion of the reality of my own identity and activities.”

You may recall that, at the end of the first published story of my detectives adventures, A Study in Scarlet, Watson was so impressed by my elegant handling of the case, and so incensed by Scotland Yard’s claiming full credit for its solution, that he exclaimed: “Your merits should be publicly recognized. You should publish an account of the case.  If you won’t, I will for you.”

Owing to my utter disinterest in self-proclamation, and my propensity toward the incessant pursuit of new mysteries to solve, my response to this proposal was, “You may do what you like, Doctor.”

Hence, Watson proceeded to write the story, which was represented as “a reprint from the reminiscences of John H. Watson”, or so I was led to assume.  None of the facts you will read herein have ever been surmised, supposed and imagined with respect to any of my adventures.  Indeed, the nature and identity of the dramatis personae on the stage of the intrigue I relate to you now have never before been revealed.

The challenges of this case were the most difficult I ever faced in my career.  Indeed, the formidable combination of investigation skills, information gathering, and persistence required the considerable energies of both myself and my dear brother, Mycroft, together with a legion of agents from the Office of The Chancellor of The Exchequer, as well as the Secret Information Services (SIS), whose resources were engaged upon the matter for several years.”

“Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence.”

I invite you to join this escapade, if you will indulge me, into my ultimate adventure.  Moreover, I trust that posterity will inherit some small benefit from these observations upon the volatile process, distillation and residue of my life.”

Sherlock Holmes

Sussex Downs, England”

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— Excerpted from “An Open Letter from Sherlock Holmes”, published in the book, “Sherlock Holmes: My Life”

SHERLOCK HOLMES-MY LIFE, Chapter 3

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CHAPTER 3: THE CALABASH CONUNDRUM

The evening of my return from my visit with Dr. Dodgson I was warmly greeted by my companion, Dr. Watson, when he returned after his day spent attending patients at his office. I was looking forward to his return, as I wished to share my experiences and newly learned methodologies with him.

While I related the events of my recent visit with Professor Dodgson, I began searching for my favorite Calabash pipe so that I might enjoy smoking it while visiting with Watson. My discourse gradually deteriorated as my attention was more frantically drawn away from the discussion by my search.

Sherlock_Holmes-Sidney-Paget-o-001Eventually I paused my narrative altogether as it became evident that the pipe was nowhere to be found in our apartments.  I realized that I must have inadvertently left the pipe at the home of Mr. Dodgson, as I had not smoked it during my return trip, or since arriving in London.  However, I clearly recalled smoking it while visiting with him which had been only one day hence.

I continued and eventually concluded my discourse upon the various episodes of my visit while smoking a good old briar.  Watson was thoroughly interested to learn the outcome of my investigation into the validity, or fallaciousness, of the incident so recently reports about Dodgson in the Times.

I reported my findings to him, with which he seemed to be not the least bit surprised, though understandably irritated at the irresponsibility demonstrated by the press in reporting, as a matter as fact, events that were based solely upon speculation – a habitual reoccurrence which remains so popular with the masses.  This sort of sensationalized spittle had become, I regret to observe, a common method to sell newspapers.

The morning following Dr. Watson departed as was his routine, to attend the various ailments of his medical constituency.  As it was an unusually bright day, clear for the season in London, I determined to walk to the nearby telegraph office to send a message to Dodgson to inquire about my misplaced Calabash.

My telegram read as follows:

“C. Dodgson, Christ Church, Oxford. Left my Calabash pipe in your quarters on my visit. Please bring same with you on Sunday next to share supper with myself and Dr. Watson.  RSVP.  Yours, S. Holmes 221B Baker St., London Nw1”

The following day I received confirmation of his intention to dine with us on Sunday:

“S. Holmes, 221B Baker Street, London Nw1. Your Calabash I do possess, will dine with you on Sunday next. C. Dodgson.”

His poetic phrasing on his response was appropriate for a telegram, I thought, delighted to know that my pipe would soon be recovered and that I was to share an enjoyable meeting with my new friend once again.  This time, Watson would be in attendance.

In the afternoon of the Sunday following Mr. Dodgson arrived at our flat more than three hours later than I had expected, although not specific time had been set for his arrival.  I opened the door myself when I heard his foot upon the stair, anticipating his knock upon the door.

When I opened the door, Mr. Dodgson stood before me. However, he looked at me as though I were a stranger.  Then, without acknowledging my cordial greeting and the hand I had extended to shake his, he peered cautiously around the doorway, and with visible astonishment. He did not cross the threshold, but rather vacantly extended a small paper bundle toward me, which I presumed contained my pipe.

“Why, whatever is the matter Charles?”, I said. “You look as though you think someone may be going to attack you!  Please, please, come in my friend.  I am most pleased to see you again.”

Still hesitating, he looked at me at last and asked me a most peculiar question, which took me quite by surprise.

“Who are you, sir?”, he said.

“Why, you know perfectly well who I am Charles. I am Sherlock Holmes.  You have come all the way from Christ Church, at my invitation, to have supper with us and to return the Calabash pipe I left at your quarters when I visited you”, I said with genuine concern for his mental condition. I was sure that some ill had befallen him during his travel.  Or, perhaps a seizure, of which he had informed me that he had occasionally suffered.

“Watson!”, I turned and shouted into the apartment. “Come here. Our guest has arrived, but something seems to be amiss with him.

“Don’t worry my friend Dr. Watson is within. He is a medical doctor and will give you any assistance you may need”, I said with cautious concern.

“Holmes?”, he said. “You cannot possible be Sherlock Holmes! You are an obvious imposter, sir!  I have just returned from a visit with the creator of the Sherlock Holmes character, Mr. Arthur Doyle, who has a medical practice at 1 Bush Villas in Elm Grove, Southsea.”, he told me.  “Therefore, you cannot possibly be a living person and a fictitious character simultaneously!”

I was singularly nonplused and stood back slightly from the threshold of the door in astonishment as this bizarre accusation.

“My dear fellow”, I said, with a growing certainly that the man was suffering a delirium of some sort, “are you quite alright? Please come in.  Sit down and let the good doctor have a look at you”.

“I assure you, sir, that I am quite alright. It is you whose behavior is in question here, not mine”, he asserted earnestly. “I ask you again — who are you?”, he demanded to know more emphatically than before.

As he seemed to be quite resolute in this accusation and made no sign of entering into the apartment I stepped forward on to the landing, beckoning Watson to follow me.

“Mr. Doyle is an author of some considerable renown”, continued Dr. Dodgson, insistently. “He explained to me that he created the character of the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, whom he modeled after a one of his former university professors, a Mr. Joseph Bell. Therefore, whoever you are, you are most certainly none other than a man who has presumed to capitalize upon the fictional figure of Sherlock Holmes by taking up residence at the very address in London attributed to be the fictitious address of the protagonist of his stories!”, he said with discernable agitation.

Without allowing me to respond he continued with his deluded accusations becoming increasing more agitated all the while.

“When you visited me at Christ Church, I was certain that you were Author Doyle himself, playing a mischievous prank on me. I immediately credited that he was acting out a characterization of the person of a fictional character from one of his own stories as a method of bringing greater authenticity to his writing. This I assumed, because no other logical explanation could possibly present itself.  However, when I received your telegram, I responded, not to the fictional address on Baker Street, but to Mr. Doyle’s real address 1 Bush Villas in Elm Grove, Southsea.”

“Dr. Doyle immediately responded to me by telegram, explaining that I had been duped by an imposter, and that he, in fact, although he was aware of my writing, had never met me in person. Furthermore, he explained, that to his knowledge, no one of his acquaintance resided at Baker Street. Indeed, he did not realize that a residence existed at this address.

After having received this rather alarming news, I determined to come around myself to investigate.”, he said. “Therefore, sir, I repeat my question to you once again: who are you?”, he concluded indignantly, withdrawing a pace from the threshold. “If I do not receive a satisfactory answer forthwith, I shall summon a constable to assist me in settling the matter!”

I cannot recall an incident in my entire life that was so utterly  confounding as this!  I was dumbfounded!  By this time Dr. Watson was standing beside me, just inside the door, having overheard the majority of the bizarre accusation leveled against me, and indeed Watson as well.  Watson, likewise, remained speechless, neither of us knowing what to make of this, or how to respond!

Watson and I glanced at each other, and then back on Mr. Dodgson, who remained impatiently awaiting a response outside the door.

After a few moments of casting about in my mind for a reply that would offer a reasonable resolution to the bizarre situation, I set upon a course that I hoped to expose more light on this mystery.

“This is not an encouraging opening for a conversation.”, I replied. “I hardly know, sir, just at present — at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”, I said, hoping to entice further information from my visitor.

“What do you mean by that?”, said the Mr. Dodgson sternly. “Explain yourself!’

” I am afraid, sir, that I cannot explain myself”, said I “because I am not myself, you see.”

“I do not see,” said Mr. Dodgson.

“I’m afraid I can’t put it to you more clearly,” I replied politely, “for I cannot understand it myself as yet; and being so many different people in a single day is very confusing”, I said stepping slowly away from the entrance as I spoke, and motioning our visitor with my hand to enter.

“However, I am quite certain that in solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backward.  That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one, but people do not practice it much.  In the everyday affairs of life it is more useful to reason forward, and so the other comes to be neglected. There are fifty who can reason synthetically for one who can reason analytically.”, I postulated, hoping that my attempt at applying scientific method to the problem would appeal to the rational sensibilities which Mr. Dodgson so famously possessed.

As I had hoped, Mr. Dodgson become somewhat less agitated than before at this remark. I therefore proceeded with my appeal to his rationality.

“This is indeed a three pipe problem, to be certain.”, I said. “I beg your kind indulgence for a few moments. Can we not discuss the matter over our supper, which our landlady has so sumptuously provided for us within? Surely, there is nothing to be gained by allowing it to be wasted.  And we share a common predicament in that neither of us has a solution to the enigma presented by the information you received from Mr. Doyle, nor by his strange accusations, would you not agree?”, I asked.

He looked somewhat less agitated by my logical posturing, but nonetheless, remained unwilling to enter into the apartment.

“Therefore, would you be kind enough to indulge me with answers to a few questions while we eat? We will leave the door standing open, so that you may depart at your discretion, should you deem it necessary”, I said, bowing toward the interior of our apartment while backing away from the door.

“During the interim, let us send to fetch a constable to be sent up who can verify the identities of both myself and Dr. Watson”, I said.

I rang for Mrs. Hudson to have my boy, Wiggins, of the Baker Street Irregulars, sent up.  I instructed Mr. Dodgson to dispatch the boy, in his own words, to seek out a constable and request that he immediately be brought to this address. He did so and the Wiggins sped off with a copper in hand for his trouble.

This seemed to reassure Dr. Dodgson, and he advanced tentatively to the door, peering in cautiously to inspect the interior. Seeing that the supper dishes were indeed set upon the table, with bread and butter, he entered cautiously.

“You can be assured that no harm will befall you here, as you and I have already become acquainted during my visit to your home.  Regardless of my actual identity, please allow me to repay you for the kindness of returning my pipe, by sitting down to supper with Dr. Watson and myself.”

This seemed to reassure him further. Dr. Watson took his coat and hat from him, as well as the package containing the pipe, as we seated ourselves at the table.

As Mr. Charles Dodgson, a.k.a Lewis Carroll, stepped cautiously into the room, he observed that the trappings of the apartment were unusually kept, even for two bachelors.

A considerable stack of letters were stuck to the center of the mantelpiece by a jack knife, beside which were a line of reference books, and a black and white ivory box. The letters “V.R.” were spelled in bullet holes on the wall opposite an arm chair. A table was used as an acid-charred bench of chemicals and chemistry paraphernalia, as well as for relics saved from various criminal investigations. Scientific charts were pinioned on the wall. Bundles of manuscripts were stacked in every corner which in no way appeared to be saved for burning in the fireplace, beside which a chair stood on either side. A lamp stood next to one of the chairs. There were also a side board and a shelf next to the another chair containing the American Encyclopedia.

Two broad windows overlooked the street. There were two bedrooms — one upstairs, and one downstairs. A large airy sitting room, contained the sofa, or settee, an arm chair, and of course, the table which was set for supper. A pipe rack stood within reach on the right of the sofa. The side board was empty.

On the wall was a framed picture of General Gordon with a corresponding bare space upon the opposite wall.  An  unframed picture of Henry Ward Beecher hung above the Encyclopedias.  My violin case leaned in a corner next to a coal scuttle containing pipes and tobacco.

After several long moments of surveying his surroundings our wary guest said, “Altogether these apartments do certainly look as though they could be those of the eccentric London detective, Sherlock Holmes. Certainly no one would contrive such a much lived-in and abused set of rooms as these merely to perpetrate a hoax. Nonetheless, I will require investigation into this queer situation before I am well satisfied that there is sensible meaning in it!”

“I assure you, my friend”, I replied, “we are of a single accord in that sentiment, would you not agree Watson?”.

“Most assuredly”, he said, in a puzzled tone, “most assuredly”.

“Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent”, I observed aloud, both for the benefit of myself and my companions.

I summoned Mrs. Hudson once again and requested that she bring up a bottle of brandy while we awaited the arrival of a constable. No sooner had the brandy been brought up and served the constable arrived with the boy sent to fetch him. He trudged up the steps, somewhat tediously, and propped himself against the door frame with his hand to catch his breath.

“What’s this all about Mr. Holmes?”, he asked. “This young lad here came running up the street to tell me you were in need of immediate assistance. What appears to be the trouble?”

“Please come in. It is Constable Barrett, if my memory serves me correctly, is it not?”, I said, extending my arm to show the officer into the room.

“Yes, indeed, Mr. Holmes. I am Constable Barrett. I met you some time ago. I was with Inspector Lestrade when you were summoned to examine that bloody carpet I was guarding at the murder scene. I am sorry to say that I was foolish enough to let someone in, and leave them alone while they moved things in the room, before you arrived. You was the one that told Inspector Lestrade to take me into a the back room to make me confess that I had done it, which he did, quite vigorously, I might add.”

“Yes, indeed, I remember the case well. The Prime Minister, and Mr.  Hope, the Secretary of State for European Affairs, came to me regarding the matter of a document stolen from Mr. Hope’s dispatch box”, I replied.

“Indeed. That was the very case. Well, as I was saying, when Inspector Lestrade and I came back, I informed you that the unauthorized visitor was a young woman. She had fainted at the sight of the blood, and I went out to get some brandy to revive her, but she had left before I got back. You showed me a photograph of her that you already had in your possession. I recognize her in the photograph as the same person who  had been the visitor.”

“Yes, yes, my good fellow”, I said to the constable, as though to assure him that his oversight in the case had been forgiven.

“The case at hand is a also a matter of identity which you may be able to assist us in resolving. Our visitor here is Mr. Dodgson who has travelled from Oxford to share supper with us this afternoon. Would you kindly do us the courtesy of confirming the identity of myself and Dr. Watson to him?”

Constable Barrett blinked, looked first at me, then at Watson, and finally at Mr. Dodgson.

“Identity, sir?  I fear that I do not understand your question”, he said.

“Let me phrase the question more precisely, constable. Can you verify to this gentleman that I am, indeed, Sherlock Holmes, the consulting detective?”.

“Oh, most certainly sir. You can be as certain of that as I am standing here to tell you so, Mr. Dodgson. Mr. Holmes, here, is one of the finest assets we have at Scotland Yard.  As I have mentioned, I can attest to his identity and integrity. That is for certain”, he said bowing courteously to Dodgson.

“Have you any further questions to ask of the constable Mr. Dodgson?”, I asked.

Charles Dodgson looked blankly about himself, then around the room, and at the men awaiting his reply. He then arose to go into the bathroom where he examined his own face in the shaving mirror which hung upon the wall. Having satisfied himself as to the reality of his situation he finally replied, unsteadily, “No further questions”.

I thanked the constable for his prompt assistance. He doffed his hat and departed happily. The three of us finally sat down to eat the meal which Mrs. Hudson had so carefully prepared for us. I am quite certain that Mr. Dodgson felt as though he had been invited to attend a tea party not unlike the one at which Alice became tired of being bombarded with riddles, with the exception that he played the part of the March Hare, I was the Mad Hatter, and Mr. Watson was the Dormouse.

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“Just a politicians abuse the trust of their constituents to gain personal power and wealth, rather than to serve their electorate,  so does the myopic mind consider that wisdom or wealth might be had from a magic potion!  Indeed, the mythical Fountain of Youth could never be discovered by an explorer in the New World at the cost of murdering countless native inhabitants.  The proverbial ‘eye of the needle’ does not admit the soul of a wealthy or brutal man into Nirvana.

As with many other alchemists before me, I have conducted a continuing series of careful observations upon the effects of a vast variety of chemical combinations.  The purpose of these is to discover and perfect a solution which can be ingested or injected into the human body to enhance the ability to perceive, understand and operate at an elevated level, both physically and spiritually — the latter being of senior importance to the former.

Originally, I was introduced to the notion that chemical alteration of the human system might alter or enhance the ordinary state of awareness or ability, through my study of chemistry, or more correctly, alchemy.  Many a sage has dabbled seriously with attempts to transmute the soul of man to a more profound understanding of life through chemical manipulation.  No less a personage than Sir Isaac Newton himself, as Mr. Dodgson observed during our first visit, spent a considerable number of years in this quest.  What results he may have obtained are not known, although it goes without saying that the scientific accomplishments of the great man are virtually unparalleled in human history!

Is it not probable that his mental acuity, or indeed his phenomenal genius, could have been augmented by his experimentations in alchemy? Reportedly, the man invested a prodigious number of years into this science, yet never shared his findings with anyone.  For what purposes did he study alchemy, and for what reasons did he conceal his findings?

How is it that a single man can innovate and revolutionize so many fundamental understandings of nature and of the spirit within a single lifetime?  Arguably, his intelligence exceeded those of any other living man, before or since.  It is my own observation that the spiritual world permeates all that is material.  It is this spiritual essence from which intelligence, and life itself, is empowered.

There is nothing mystical or fanciful in this subject whatever.  It is a fact of simple observation, which is easily proven to even the dimmest mind.

To wit: when an organism is killed or dies of natural causes, is it not the absence of an unseen force of animation that causes the transition from life to death?  Conversely, when a life form is borne it is the animation of the physical form by the non-physical force that we call life.

Anyone who has witnessed the death of a human body — as I have many times during my career as a criminal investigator — or who has attended the birth of a child or animal, cannot deny the phenomenon of that transition from inanimate object, into a living, breathing, self-motivating life form.

My personal quest for a spiritual elixir consumed many hours over many years. I did not concern myself with the possibility of negative consequences from my experiments.  The reward of success, for me, far outweighed the risk of deleterious effects upon my own person or mental state.  I suspect that Sir Isaac Newton shared my own insatiable passion for this science.

My own methods are always meticulous and thorough.  My observations upon the behavior of various chemical concoctions upon my own state, whether positive or negative, are equally meticulous.  With each self-administered dose I gained a more certain knowledge of the effects upon my own perception, ability, and understandings of life, and the universe.

To say that I had already succeeded in transcending the commonplace life of the “normal” citizens of Earth would be a gross understatement.  However, all states of existence can only be measured relative to similar states.  To this degree I deemed that a few of my experiments proved vastly more successful than others.  It was these upon which I focused my entire scientific attention in order that I might refine and improve upon them.  In my inmost heart I believed I could succeed where others failed.  Now that I found myself overwhelmed by this bizarre set of circumstances I had a new opportunity to test myself.

As a general rule I discovered that the effect of any chemical upon the human body serves only one, singular purpose:  to drive out or release the spirit from the body.  The spirit, the soul, the invisible animating essence of all life forms, is the true source of intelligence, awareness, ability and volition.  Indeed, life is not possible in the absence of it!

When driven or released from the constraints of a frail, tiny biological organism, such as the human body, I have observed that I, as a spiritual essence, can travel, perceive, understand and transcend the state of relative misery I experience when confined inside a body.

I frequently float about the room for hours, observing the microcosmic  minutia of every object within the room.  Likewise, I have, occasionally, traversed across half of the planet!  Lingering upon the towering peaks of storm blown mountains, floating across the burning desert sands — perceiving the intense heat without injury or discomfort — or quietly absorbing the moistness of moss upon the bark of magnificent redwood trees in the rugged Northwest.

This, I am certain, has been the prize sought by so many masters of mathematics, alchemy, philosophy and mysticism who have trod upon this lonely path.  The transmutation of base metals into precious metals has never been the goal of an accomplished alchemist!  What is mere gold compared to this?  What Earthly price can be placed upon the value of the soul?  What is a lifetime or two or twelve thousand spent in human pain, grief, disappointment and death, when compared to the possibility of a transcendent state of ability and awareness?

Indeed, so far as my experiments have revealed to me, there is no greater prize than realizing the full potential of subjective experience as a living spirit.  Unfortunately, the chemical syringe has been my only gateway through the portal of time, space and perception which lies between painful reality of the body, and the joy of freedom from it.  My personal adventure — the adventure of adventures,  the investigation of the highest order – has been to discover a safe and permanent transition between the reality of the flesh and the immortality of the soul.”

— Excerpt from Chapter 11 – Alchemical Solutions – from the book SHERLOCK HOLMES: MY LIFE, by Lawrence R. Spencer.

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