“Enq: But you will admit that Hypnotism does nothing so miraculous or wonderful as that?
Theo: On the contrary, it is a well-established fact that a Hypnotist can affect the brain of his subject so far as to produce an expression of his own thoughts, and even his words, through the organism of his subject; and although the phenomena attaching to this method of actual thought transference are as yet few in number, no one, I presume, will undertake to say how far their action may extend in the future, when the laws that govern their production are more scientifically established.
And so, if such results can be produced by the knowledge of the mere rudiments of Hypnotism, what can prevent the Adept in Psychic and Spiritual powers from producing results which, with your present limited knowledge of their laws, you are inclined to call “miraculous”?
Enq: Then why do not our physicians experiment and try if they could not do as much?
Theo: Because, first of all, they are not Adepts with a thorough understanding of the secrets and laws of psychic and spiritual realms, but materialists, afraid to step outside the narrow groove of matter; and, secondly, because they must fail at present, and indeed until they are brought to acknowledge that such powers are attainable.
Enq: And could they be taught?
Theo: Not unless they were first of all prepared, by having the materialistic dross they have accumulated in their brains swept away to the very last atom.”
H. P. Blavatsky