The Veiled Pulse of Time

An Introduction to Biographical Cycles and Destiny

William Bryant

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  • Explores seven-, twelve- and thirty-year cycles in human lives to uncover common themes in our life stories
  • Helps us to understand the patterns in our own lives and biographies
  • Discusses issues of freedom and destiny, reincarnation and transformation

A fascinating insight into our life cycles, helping us to better understand ourselves and our biographies.

216 x 140 mm
Lindisfarne Books
Philosophy of Human Life
262 pages
Publication date:
21 Feb 2019
2nd edition


Our biography is our most precious, intimate possession, yet how much do we really know about ourselves? With a little work, we can discover in the unfolding of our biography the traces of a marvelous, cosmic patterning -- the cycles of our life.

In this fascinating book, Bryant argues that the seven-year cycle converts experience into psychological faculties; that the twelve-year cycle marks how self-awareness is translated into our life’s work; and that the thirty-year cycle marks a major turning point in life.

The Veiled Pulse of Time explores these cycles and discusses questions of freedom and destiny, transformation, reincarnation, and karma.


'Bryant writes with force and beauty. His deep insights into the elements of rhythm, the "time body", and the cycles in human life, combined with examples from biographies as diverse as Nehru, Marilyn Monroe and Leo Tolstoy, make for a book that cannot be put down until finished. An invaluable work for counsellors, educators and those who wonder about their destiny.'
-- Robert Sardello, author of Facing the World with Soul


William Bryant, born and raised in the West Country of England, has devoted his professional life to Waldorf education in South Africa, Europe and the United States as a teacher of children and adults.

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