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The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe Hardcover – June, 1989
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Page 16: Despite not formally studying architecture,he was credited to have designed and build twenty million dollars worth of buildings in New York City such as: the Hotel des Artistes on West 67th street, the first Hotel Pierre occupying a whole Park Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets, Alwyn Court at 58th and Seventh Avenue, and the Gothic Studio opposite the Museum of Natural History on 79th street. Russell is also credited with the duplex studio apartment idea.
Page 17: He had been elected President of the Society of Arts and Sciences around the time that a medal was to be given out to Thomas Edison. He did a portrait sculpture for Thomas Edison and eventually portrait busts for other people stemming from the success of the Edison sculpture (page 18).
Walter Russell is also listed towards the end of the book as having been a guest at the White House, first as an official painter and then as an official sculptor.
There are little nuggets in this book that are memorable, like describing beauty as "perfection of rhythm, balanced perfection of rhythm. Everything in Nature is expressed by rhythmic waves of light. Every thought and action is a light-wave of thought and action.
It's one thing to just say poetic words attempting to sound smart. It's profound to truly become a master and speak of how you did it and see the world so others can learn from it. Imagine an Einstein that mastered art, not just bomb making.
The Man Who Tapped the Secrets of the Universe is one of these short and sweet titles. It is a bibliographical account of a brilliant man of this century - one Walter Russell - who appears to have been sadly overlooked as someone we all should know. I'm not against us keeping stats on and remembering always the world's greatest athletes - sports seem an important part of our lives for what they represent. But when we remember every great athlete without remembering the greatest spiritual pioneers, I wonder about priorities.
So much can be learned from the life of Walter Russell, and I believe he is one man we could teach about in schools in order to exemplify spiritual principles without preaching and persuading. A life is a much more powerful example than any words, and as we look at Mr. Russell's life, we can perceive how a different approach can bestow such a very different result! Probably my favorite example from within the book is when it tells of Russell taking a summer job as a bellboy, and startling himself by refusing his first tip. Tips were the primary income for bellboys, and the only real reason to take the job ... one would think. When he came to grips with his action, he decided he would refuse all tips from that point on, yet would work harder and offer more service to the guests than anyone else. The results are astounding, as he won the hearts of all the guests, including many wealthy ones who returned their support in other ways.
This kind of living brought Mr. Russell into quite influential company, and he commanded the respect of all as he began dominating a number of fields - from the sciences to the arts - that he entered into. His early theories on the universe are today being confirmed. And how did he become so dominant? The answer is as simple as a spiritual experience, which awakened him to the simple principles of the universe. It is from these principles that all else is derived, and living from these principles meant great success for Walter Russell, as I believe it would for anyone living them.
This book is really just an introduction to Walter Russell's ideas and philosophy (as well as an excellent account of all that he accomplished). If you tackle this little and inexpensive volume (my edition is about 55 pages minus many pictures), you may well find yourself wanting to pursue what Russell himself wrote - and there is plenty to be found. This is a book to try out, and to give away to others!