Isis Unveiled: chapter II (A Deeper Philosophy)

“No one can better treat his subject than does Schopenhauer in his Parerga. In this work he discusses at length animal magnetism, clairvoyance, sympathetic cures, seership, magic, omens, ghost-seeing, and other spiritual matters.

 
“All these manifestation,” he says, “are branches of one and the same tree, and furnish us with irrefutable proofs of the existence of a chain of beings which is based on quite a different order of things than that nature which has at its foundation laws of space, time and adaptability.

 
This order of things is far deeper, for it is the original and the direct one; in its presence the common law of nature, which are simply formal, are unavailing; therefore, under its immediate action neither time nor space can separate any longer the individuals, and the separation impendent on these forms presents no more insurmountable barriers for the intercourse of thoughts and the immediate action of the will.

 
In this manner changes may be wrought by quite a different course than the course of physical causality, i.e., through an action of the manifestation of the will exhibited in a peculiar way and outside the individual himself.

 
Therefore the peculiar character of all the aforesaid manifestations is the visio in distante et actio in distante (vision and action at a distant) in its relation to time as well as in its relation to space.

 
Such an action at a distance is just what constitutes the fundamental character of what is called magical; for such is the immediate action of our will, an an action liberated from the causal conditions of physical action, viz., contact.””

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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