Newton, Isaac

A British mathematician, physicist, alchemist and Traveler. (1643-1727)

Early in 1727, the seventy-five-year-old Isaac Newton traveled from a rented house in the west of London to his principal residence in Leicester Fields. Newton was seriously ill and would die a few weeks later. He found it painful to move, but was determined to make the journey.

With the help of his niece’s husband, John Conduitt, the founder of modern science spent the next few days burning boxes of manuscripts and private papers. Many historians believe that Newton was burning evidence of his lifetime obsession with alchemy and Biblical prophecy, but much of this material has survived.

According to British researcher Morris Sutherland, Newton destroyed the papers that described his experiences  as a  Traveler. Newton had always believed this unusual power was the major source of his scientific creativity – "A Blessing from God." In the year before his death, Newton suddenly decided that "dark forces" had tempted him to leave his body.

Only one source of Newton’s Traveler experiences has survived, the so-called Dark Journal. It’s fairly easy to date the different entries in the journal by analyzing the style and size of Newton's handwriting. (Note: his handwriting was small, almost microscopic, when he was young. It became larger, fuller and more confident as he got older) Based on this standard, it seems clear that Isaac Newton "crossed over" at various times throughout his life.

In 1665, the Great Plague began in London and rapidly spread to other parts of England. Many people fled to the countryside, including the young Isaac Newton. The twenty-three-year-old fellow of Trinity College left Cambridge and traveled to his mother’s home in Woolsthorpe – where he stayed for two years.

During a period of "intense mental labor," Newton had his first Traveler experience in his mother's garden on August 5, 1665. The first entry in the journal describes how he was walking through the manor’s garden when "points of light left my body." Newton believed that he was "dead and offered up for judgment by the Holy Spirit" when his "living essence floated through the ether" and passed to the earth barrier – "a vast, barren wasteland with three suns."

Newton eventually came back to his "body of flesh" and five pages of the journal indicated his attempt to understand this experience. The second experience was in May of 1666 (no specific date) and, once gain, Newton crossed over the earth barrier.

After the young mathematician returned to his rooms at Cambridge in 1667, he spent a decade learning how to control the Traveler experience and systematically explored the four barriers. Newton felt that he was "touched by the power of God" and that the experience gave him insight into "a revealed truth."

Newton’s Traveler experiences allowed him to see creation from a completely different perspective and he wrote that "this cup of clear water" encouraged him to break off from the traditional Aristotelian vision of the world. Most of his major scientific theories were directly tied to Traveler experiences.

Apparently Newton has a "vision of dreadful evil" during his first attempt to enter one of the five realms. He stopped crossing over in 1667 and didn’t resume the experience until 1684. This time, he visited what he describes as "a white city on a hill" (this appears to be the first realm). Newton talked to "men and women of immense wisdom" and – upon returning to his rooms at Cambridge – started writing the Principia Mathematica that included his famous laws of motion and the first mathematical analysis of gravity.

After the 550-page Principia was published in 1687, Newton appeared to have a nervous breakdown.  He sent bizarre letters to his friends, John Locke and Samuel Pepys. It was during this period that he wrote "Dark Visions" on the eighty-eighth page of the journal – the final entry in the book.

Newton never shared this Traveler experiences with anyone, believing that they were his "contact with the Almighty." It was only during the final years of his life that he gave the small leather-bound journal to one of the few people who seemed to touch him emotionally – his niece, Catherine Barton.

The journal was passed on to Catherine’s daughter, Kitty, who eventually married the eldest son of the first Earl of Portsmouth. The Dark Journal became a obscure part of the massive Portsmouth collection of Newton's papers and was only catalogued when the papers were put up for auction.

During the sale period, photographs were taken of much of the collection – including photographs of manuscript pages of The Dark Journal. A member of the Tabula – economist Maynard Keynes – purchased all of Newton’s papers for Cambridge University, but the Journal disappeared during the transfer to the university library (Note: it is assumed that the book is now in the Tabula archive). Mitchell Grimes, a tutor working for the Earl of Portsmouth, saved the photographs and it was the discovery of these images in 1997 that gave researchers information about Newton's Traveler experiences.

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