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Joyce Collin-Smith
Born
Joyce Yvonne Hartley

(1919-01-11)11 January 1919
Oxford, England
Died9 November 2010(2010-11-09) (aged 91)
Scarborough, England
NationalityUnited Kingdom
EducationOxford High School, England
Occupation
  • Author
  • Journalist
Relatives

Joyce Yvonne Collin-Smith (born Joyce Yvonne Hartley; 11 January 1919 – 9 November 2010), was an English author and journalist. Collin-Smith was also an astrologer and spiritual teacher. Known for her historical novels, she became The Oxford Times’ first woman reporter.

Early life and education

Joyce Yvonne Hartley was born on 11 January 1919 in Oxford, England. She was the daughter of Harold Osborne Hartley, editor of The Oxford Times, and Grace Sophia Hartley (née Horsefield). The majority of her male relations worked as journalists, since her ancestors became Quakers in the early 18th century.

Hartley attended Oxford High School on Belbroughton Road, Oxford.[1]

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Oxford

Oxford

Oxford is a city in England. It is the county town and only city of Oxfordshire. In 2020, its population was estimated at 151,584. It is 56 miles (90 km) north-west of London, 64 miles (103 km) south-east of Birmingham and 61 miles (98 km) north-east of Bristol. The city is home to the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world; it has buildings in every style of English architecture since late Anglo-Saxon. Oxford's industries include motor manufacturing, education, publishing, information technology and science.

The Oxford Times

The Oxford Times

The Oxford Times is a weekly newspaper, published each Thursday in Oxford, England. Originally a broadsheet, it switched to the compact format in 2008. The paper is published from a large production facility at Osney Mead, west Oxford, and is owned by Newsquest, the UK subsidiary of US-based Gannett Company.

Quakers

Quakers

Quakers are people who belong to a historically Protestant Christian set of denominations known formally as the Religious Society of Friends. Members of these movements are generally united by a belief in each human's ability to experience the light within or see "that of God in every one". Some profess a priesthood of all believers inspired by the First Epistle of Peter. They include those with evangelical, holiness, liberal, and traditional Quaker understandings of Christianity. There are also Nontheist Quakers, whose spiritual practice does not rely on the existence of God. To differing extents, the Friends avoid creeds and hierarchical structures. In 2017, there were approximately 377,557 adult Quakers, 49% of them in Africa.

Oxford High School, England

Oxford High School, England

Oxford High School is an independent day school for girls in Oxford, England. It was founded by the Girls' Day School Trust in 1875, making it the city's oldest girls' school.

Belbroughton Road

Belbroughton Road

Belbroughton Road is a residential road in the suburb of North Oxford, England. The road runs east from Banbury Road. At the other end is Oxford High School, a girls' school. South from the road about halfway along is Northmoor Road, where J. R. R. Tolkien lived for a while in the 1930s. At the eastern end is Charlbury Road.

Career

Spirituality

In the 1930s, Collin-Smith explored esotericism through her in-depth study of Rudolf Steiner. The idea of listening to God was of particular interest to her and she practiced this with Lutheran Frank Buchman, who founded of the Oxford Group. Collin-Smith was introduced to the ideas of the Fourth Way by philosopher George Gurdjieff, a close associate of Rodney Collin's. She applied herself to studying the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who personally introduced her to his practice of Transcendental Meditation.[2]

Writing

Collin-Smith's writings explored her ideas of spirituality, combining her ideas of traditional Western and Eastern philosophies with modern schools of thought. Her works included Call No Man Master (1988) and Of Fire & Music (2006).[3]

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Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner was an Austrian occultist, social reformer, architect, esotericist, and claimed clairvoyant. Steiner gained initial recognition at the end of the nineteenth century as a literary critic and published works including The Philosophy of Freedom. At the beginning of the twentieth century he founded an esoteric spiritual movement, anthroposophy, with roots in German idealist philosophy and theosophy. Many of his ideas are pseudoscientific. He was also prone to pseudohistory.

Frank Buchman

Frank Buchman

Franklin Nathaniel Daniel Buchman, best known as Frank Buchman, was an American Lutheran who founded the First Century Christian Fellowship in 1921 that was transformed under his leadership in 1938 into the Moral Re-Armament and became Initiatives of Change in 2001. As a leader of the Moral Re-Armament, he was decorated by the French and German governments for his contributions to Franco-German reconciliation after World War II.

Oxford Group

Oxford Group

The Oxford Group was a Christian organization founded by the American Lutheran minister Frank Buchman in 1921. Buchman believed that fear and selfishness were the root of all problems. Further, Buchman believed that the solution to living with fear and selfishness was to "surrender one's life over to God's plan".

Fourth Way

Fourth Way

The Fourth Way is an approach to self-development developed by George Gurdjieff over years of travel in the East. It combines and harmonizes what he saw as three established traditional "ways" or "schools": those of the body, the emotions, and the mind, or of fakirs, monks and yogis, respectively. Students often refer to the Fourth Way as "The Work", "Work on oneself", or "The System". The exact origins of some of Gurdjieff's teachings are unknown, but various sources have been suggested.

George Gurdjieff

George Gurdjieff

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff was an Armenian philosopher, mystic, spiritual teacher, and composer of Armenian and Greek descent, born in Alexandropol, Russian Empire. Gurdjieff taught that most humans do not possess a unified consciousness and thus live their lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep", but that it is possible to awaken to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential. Gurdjieff described a method attempting to do so, calling the discipline "The Work" or "the System". According to his principles and instructions, Gurdjieff's method for awakening one's consciousness unites the methods of the fakir, monk and yogi, and thus he referred to it as the "Fourth Way".

Rodney Collin

Rodney Collin

Rodney Collin was a British writer in the area of spiritual development. His work was heavily influenced by his teacher P. D. Ouspensky and, through him, G. I. Gurdjieff and their system of spiritual development.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was an Indian yoga guru known for developing and popularizing Transcendental Meditation (TM), and for being the leader and guru of a worldwide organization that has been characterized in multiple ways including as a new religious movement and as non-religious. He became known as Maharishi and Yogi as an adult.

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a form of silent mantra meditation advocated by the Transcendental Meditation movement. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi created the technique in India in the mid-1950s. Advocates of TM claim that the technique promotes a state of relaxed awareness, stress relief, and access to higher states of consciousness, as well as physiological benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.

Personal life

Collin-Smith met her husband, Richard Frederick Logan Collin-Smith, through his brother, the author Rodney George Collin-Smith (known as Rodney Collin), who was one of her first mentors. They married in 1948 in Paddington, London.[4]

Works

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Astrological Association of Great Britain

Astrological Association of Great Britain

The Astrological Association is a British astrological organisation. The Astrological Association of Great Britain (AA) was formed in London on 21 June 1958. Its founding members, notably John Addey and Roy Firebrace, were members of the Astrological Lodge of the Thesosophical Society. John Addey later become President of the AA. The AA produces three publications - the Astrological Journal, published six times a year, Correlation, published biannually, and the Medical Astrology Newsletter. In 2002 the AA said their membership was "something over a thousand".

W. H. Allen & Co.

W. H. Allen & Co.

William H. Allen and Company was a bookselling and publishing business in London, England, at first known for issuing works related to the British colonies. It operated from headquarters in Leadenhall Street, later moving to Waterloo Place. Early owners and staff included James P. Allen, William Ferneley Allen (d.1877), and William Houghton Allen.

Hodder & Stoughton

Hodder & Stoughton

Hodder & Stoughton is a British publishing house, now an imprint of Hachette.

Little, Brown and Company

Little, Brown and Company

Little, Brown and Company is an American publishing company founded in 1837 by Charles Coffin Little and James Brown in Boston. For close to two centuries it has published fiction and nonfiction by American authors. Early lists featured Emily Dickinson's poetry and Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Since 2006 Little, Brown and Company is a division of the Hachette Book Group.

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References
  1. ^ "Joyce Collin-Smith: Born to be a journalist". Oxford Mail. United Kingdom. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2022.
  2. ^ Joyce Collin-Smith on spaziointeriore.com
  3. ^ Joyce Yvonne COLLIN-SMITH obituary
  4. ^ Collin-Smith, Joyce (2003). "The Pathless Land". Joyce Collin-Smith. Phillips Computer Solutions. Retrieved 10 November 2022. brother-in-law, Rodney Collin

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