She then probably exited the correspondence first, quietly and after grappling with spiritual concerns, but in a sense Gestefeld had already quietly exited the teacher-student relationship: at least by 1886 she had chosen a theosophically inflected, esoteric Christian orientation over Eddy's unorthodox yet fully particularistic, revelatory Christianity.
An examination of Gestefeld's religiosity, which demonstrates the mysticism, this-worldliness, and altruism always comingling in tension at the heart of her faith, gives way to a discussion of her theosophically oriented eclecticism in contrast with Eddy's Christian particularism.
Through a developed body and mind (mind is used in the scientific sense here, not theosophically
, defined by Richard King as that part of us which is able to receive sensory experience and convert it into an idea with the means of responding in an organized fashion) comes pure spirit-based or spirit-informed psychological functioning.
Certainly the images and theosophical arguments discussed in this book are an important part of the story, yet some readers may be left wondering precisely how they connected to the less erudite and theosophically
inclined varieties of alchemy that we know also flourished in this same period.
Whether or not they were already theosophically
inclined, as inheritors of the legacy of New England Transcendentalism the Griffins were clearly aligned with the idealist wing represented by Emerson, who also believed that socio-political change was best effected through the transformation of thinking to be brought about by an intellectual and artistic elite.
Blotkamp's reading of Mondrian's landscape series and flower paintings of 1908-10 as theosophically
charged cycles of birth, decay, and renewal is utterly convincing, as is his dismissal of the cliche concerning the influence of Cubism on Mondrian's geometricizing style in the handful of canvases, directly alluding to theosophy, that he painted in 1911, shortly before he left for Paris.