“The prodigies accomplished by the priests of theurgical magic are so well authenticated, and the evidence – if human testimony is worth anything at all – is so overwhelming, that, rather than confess that the Pagan theurgists far out-rivaled the Christians in miracles, Sir David Brewster piously concedes to the former the greatest proficiency in physics, and everything that pertains to natural philosophy.
Science finds herself in a very disagreeable dilemma. She must either confess that the ancient physicists were superior in knowledge to her modern representatives, or that there exists something in nature beyond physical science, and that spirit possesses powers of which our philosophers never dreamed.
“The mistake we make in some science we have especially cultivated”, says Bulwer-Lytton, “is often only to be seen by the light of a separate science as especially cultivated by another.”
Nothing can be easier accounted for than the highest possibilities of magic. By the radiant light of the universal magnetic ocean, whose electric waves bind the cosmos together, and in their ceaseless motion penetrate every atom and molecule of the boundless creation, the disciples of mesmerism – howbeit insufficient their various experiments – intuitionally perceive the alpha and omega of the great mystery.
Alone, the study of this agent, which is the divine breath, can unlock the secrets of psychology and physiology, of cosmical and spiritual phenomena.”
H. P. Blavatsky