MAGIC - White and Black Franz Hartmann

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Published: July 20th 2008

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MAGIC - White and Black  by  Franz Hartmann

MAGIC - White and Black by Franz Hartmann
July 20th 2008 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 331 pages | ISBN: | 10.52 Mb

a selection from the PREFACE TO THE FOURTH EDITION: This book was originally written for the purpose of disenchanting certain credulous inquirers, who fancied that the exercise of spiritual powers could be taught by teaching them certain incantationsMorea selection from the PREFACE TO THE FOURTH EDITION: This book was originally written for the purpose of disenchanting certain credulous inquirers, who fancied that the exercise of spiritual powers could be taught by teaching them certain incantations and formulas. It was to prove that spiritual powers must be developed before they can be exercised, and to explain the conditions necessary for their development.

Since the appearance of the previous edition, a little additional knowledge, gained by the experiences of my own inner life, has enabled me to make certain corrections- to sift out much of what was irrelevant, and to remodel a great deal of what was incorrectly expressed. Moreover in this edition an attempt has been made to answer the numerous questions which have been addressed to me by the readers of “Magic”. The most serious objection which has been made against this book has been on account of its title- but the causes which induced me to select such a title were suggested by the purpose for which the book was intended- nor would I at present be able to find one more appropriate for it, for “Magic” means that divine art or exercise of spiritual power by which the awakened spirit in man controls the invisible living elements in the soul-substance of the universe- but, above all, those in his own soul, which are the ones nearest to him.

If we desire to master any forces whatever, it is, above all, necessary to know what they are and how they originate, and as we have no better means to study the qualities of any internal forces, than by observing those which are active within ourselves, the perception of the processes going on within our own psychic organism, will be the means to accomplish our object.

The art Magic is the exercise of spiritual power, to be obtained by practising self-control, and this power cannot be acquired in any other way- nor is it possible to teach anyone how to exercise a power which he does not possess, because he has not developed it- we can only indicate the way in which the psychic powers latent in every human constitution may be developed. The constitutions of all men are fundamentally the same, and in each human being are contained magical powers germinally or in a latent condition- but they cannot be said to exist before they become active and manifest themselves, first interiorly, and afterwards in an outward direction.

It was not my object, in composing this book, to write merely a code of ethics, and thereby to increase the already existing pile of moral precepts, but to assist the student of Occultism in studying the elements of which his own soul is composed, and to learn to know his own psychical organism.

I want to give an impulse to the study of a science, which may be called the “anatomy and physiology of the soul”, which investigates the elements of which the organism of the soul is composed, and the source from which mans desires and emotions spring.

Physical science has advanced with great strides in the realm of superficial phenomena and external illusions, but the science of the real interior and invisible man is still very little known. The mechanical and chemical forces of nature have been made subservient to physical science. She has laid the yoke upon the neck of the giant Steam and chained Electricity to her triumphal chariot- she made mechanical motion, heat, and light, and magnetism the obedient slaves of men- she made discoveries which make man to a certain extent independent of the conditions imposed upon him by space and time- she succeeded in realising certain ideas and to put them into practical execution, ideas which a century ago were believed to belong merely to the realm of the fancies of the visionary and the dreamer.



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