I Pray All Is Well With Everyone Tonight…And Your Hearts And Minds Are Full Of Love, Joy, And Compassion…For All Your Brothers And Sisters In Spirit. And No Matter The Negative Circumstances, Appearances…Or Even Opinions Of The Outer World…Always Maintain Your Focus On Your Own Inner World…And Be Not Discouraged! For Within Every Man And Woman Is Their “Mighty I AM Presence”…And That “Presence” Is Love And Light…That “Presence” Is Power! And As Long As We Believe In That Mighty Power Within Us…We Never Need To Fear Any Of Those Aforementioned Influences! Amen…
Give Thanks And Praises For Love And Life…
And Y’all Be Love…
“The word “magic” is out of fashion, though its spirit was never more widely diffused than at the present time. Thanks to the gradual debasement of the verbal currency, it suggests to the ordinary reader the production of optical illusions and other parlour tricks. It has dragged with it in its fall the terrific verb “to conjure,” which, forgetting that it once undertook to compel the spirits of men and angels, is now content to produce rabbits from top-hats. These facts would have little importance, were it not that modern occultists – annoyed, one supposes, by this abuse of their ancient title – constantly arrogate to their tenets and practices the name of “Mystical Science.”
Vaughan, in his rather supercilious survey of the mystics, classed all forms of white magic, alchemy, and occult philosophy as “theurgic mysticism,” and, on the other side of the shield, the occultists display an increasing eagerness to claim the mystics as masters in their school. Even the “three-fold way” of mysticism has been adopted by them and re-labelled “Probation, Enlightenment, Initiation.”
In our search for the characteristics of mysticism we have already marked the boundary which separates it from magic – and tried to define the true nature and intention of occult philosophy. We saw that it represented the instinctive human “desire to know more”, applied to supra-sensible things. For good or ill this desire, and the occult sciences and magic arts which express it, have haunted humanity from the earliest times. No student of man can neglect their investigation, however distasteful to his intelligence their superficial absurdities may be.
The starting-point of all magic, and of all magical religion – the best and purest of occult activities – is, as in mysticism, man’s inextinguishable conviction that there are other planes of being than those which his senses report to him; and its proceedings represent the intellectual and individualistic results of this conviction – his craving for the hidden knowledge. It is, in the eyes of those who really practice it, a moyen de parvenir – not the performance of illicit tricks, but a serious attempt to solve the riddle of the world.
Its result, according to a modern writer upon occult philosophy, “comprises an actual, positive, and realizable knowledge concerning the worlds which we denominate invisible, because they transcend the imperfect and rudimentary faculties of a partially developed humanity, and concerning the latent potentialities which constitute – by the fact of their latency – the interior man. In more strictly philosophical language, the Hermetic science is a method of transcending the phenomenal world, and attaining to the reality which is behind phenomena.”
Magic, in its uncorrupted form, claims to be a practical, intellectual, highly individualistic science; working towards the declared end of enlarging the sphere on which the human will can work, and obtaining experimental knowledge of planes of being, usually regarded as transcendental. It is the last descendant of a long line of teaching – the whole teaching, in fact, of the mysteries of Egypt and Greece – which offered to initiate man into a certain secret knowledge and understanding of things.
“In every man,” says a modern occultist, “there are latent faculties by means of which he can acquire for himself knowledge of the higher worlds. As long as the human race has existed there have always been schools in which those who possessed these higher faculties gave instruction to those who were in search of them. Such are called the occult schools, and the instruction which is imparted therein, is called esoteric science, or the occult teaching.””
Mysticism, by Evelyn Underhill, 1911