“”History”, says Du Potet, the prince of French mesmerists, “keeps but too well the sad records of sorcery. These facts were but too real, and lent themselves but too readily to dreadful malpractices of the art, to monstrous abuse!…But how did I come to find out that art? Where did I learn it? In my thoughts? No; it is nature herself which discovered to me the secret.
And how? By producing before my own eyes, without waiting for me to search for it, indisputable facts of sorcery and magic…What is, after all, somnabulistic sleep? A result of the potency of magic.
And what is it which determines these attractions, these sudden impulses, these raving epidemics, rages, antipathies, crises – these convulsions which you can make durable?…what is it which determines them, if not the very principle we employ, the agent so decidedly well known to the ancients?
What you call nervous fluid or magnetism, the men of old called occult power, or the potency of the soul, subjection, MAGIC!””
H. P. Blavatsky