isis unveiled: chapter chapter VIII (our place among infinities)

""Magic is based on the existence of a mixed world placed without, not within us; and which we can enter in communication by the use of certain arts and practices....An element existing in nature, unknown to most men, gets hold of a person and withers and breaks him down, as the fearful hurricane does a [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VIII (our place among infinities)

""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 [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VIII (our place among infinities)

""True science has no belief", says Dr. Fenwick, in Bulwer-Lytton's Strange Story' "true science knows but three states of mind: denial, conviction, and the vast interval between the two, which is not belief, but the suspension of judgment." Such, perhaps, was true science in Dr. Fenwick's days. But the true science of our modern times [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VIII (our place among infinities)

"But Dr. Elam thinks otherwise. On page 194 of his book, A Physician's Problems, he says that the cause of the rapid spread of certain epidemics of disease which he is noticing "remains a mystery"; but as regards the incendiarism he remarks that "in all this we find nothing mysterious", though the epidemic is strongly [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VIII (our place among infinities)

"Plato acknowledges man to be the toy of the element of necessity, which he enters upon in appearing in this world of matter; he is influenced by external causes, and these causes are daimonia, like that of Socrates. Happy is the man physically pure, for if his external soul (body) is pure, it will strengthen [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VIII (our place among infinities)

"We know", says Dr. Elam, "that certain pathological conditions have a tendency to become epidemic, influenced by causes not yet investigated....We see how strong is the tendency of opinion  once promulgated to run into an epidemic form - no opinion, no delusion, is too absurd to assume this collective character. We observe, also, how remarkably [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VIII (our place among infinities)

"Music is the combination and modulation of sounds, and sound is the effect produced by the vibration of the ether. Now, if the impulses communicated to the ether by the different planets may be likened to the tones produced by the different notes of a musical instrument, it is not difficult to conceive that the [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VIII (our place among infinities)

"In the presence of these striking phenomena science stands speechless; she does not even attempt to conjecture as to their cause, and naturally, for she has not yet learned to look outside of this ball of dirt upon which we live, and its heavy atmosphere, for the hidden influences which are affecting us day by [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VIII (our place among infinities)

"Again, the collective character of mental of phenomena is illustrated by an anomalous psychological condition invading ad dominating over thousands upon thousands, depriving them of everything but automatic action, and giving rise to the popular opinion of demoniacal possession, an opinion in some sense justified by the satanic passions, emotions, and acts which accompany the [...]

isis unveiled: chapter chapter VIII (our place among infinities)

"If the reader will recall what is said by the learned authors of the Unseen Universe, as to the positive effect produced upon the universal ether by so small a cause as the evolution of thought in a single human brain, how reasonable will it not appear that the terrific impulses imparted to this common [...]