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But supposing we have sufficient c.wleadbeater to keep out those thoughts which we do not want, it yet remains to be considered how we shall think during these few minutes.
This first method is a purely intellectual one, a study to which I have already on several occasions had to refer, the study of the Fourth Dimension of space.
We have said nothing as yet as to the still more wonderful possibilities of clairvoyance upon the mental plane, nor indeed is it necessary that much should be said, as it is exceedingly improbable that the investigator will ever meet with any examples of it except among pupils properly trained on some of the very highest schools of Occultism.
If he will learn what there really is to be seen with astral and etheric sight, and what their respective limitations are, he will then have, as it were, a standard by which to measure the cases which he observes. The student of such a subject needs an inexhaustible fund of patience and steady perseverance, but if he goes on long enough he will begin dimly to discern order behind the chaos, and will gradually get some idea of the [Page 49] great laws under which the whole evolution is working.
But they were to be surrounded by his guards with drawn swords, and if one of them spilled one single drop of his water, that unfortunate was to be instantly beheaded then and there.
A wandering mind in such a group constitutes a break in the current. Astral sight, when it is cramped by being directed along what is practically a tube, is limited very much as physical sight would be under similar circumstances; though if possessed c.w.lleadbeater perfection it will still continue to c.w.leadebater, even at that distance, the auras, and therefore all the emotions and most of the thoughts of the people c.w.leavbeater observation.
Under this rather curious title I am grouping together the cases of all those people who definitely set themselves to see something, but have no idea what the something will be, and no control over the sight after the visions have begun – psychic Micawbers, who put themselves into a receptive condition, and then simply wait for something to turn up. It is simply a question of extending the power of receptivity until it includes the astral matter.
We have now touched upon some of the principal changes which would be introduced into a man’s world when he gained etheric sight; and it must always be remembered that in most cases a corresponding change would at the same time be brought about in his other senses also, so that he would be capable of hearing, and perhaps even of feeling, more than most of those around him. The etheric double in man is in exceedingly close relation to his nervous system, and any kind of action upon one of them speedily reacts on the other.
There are, however, others cases where the power of sight c.wleadbeater appeared and disappeared without apparent reference to the state of the physical health; but it seems probable that even in those, if they could have been observed closely enough, some alteration in the condition of the etheric double would have been noticed. If he has sufficient psychic energy to spare, he may drop altogether the telescope that he is using and manufacture an entirely new one for himself which will approach his objective somewhat differently; but this is not a course at all likely to be adopted in practice.
We have seen something of the alteration in the appearance of both animate and inanimate objects when viewed by one possessed of full clairvoyant sight as far as the astral plane is concerned; let us now consider what entirely new objects he clairvpyance see.
In nine cases out of ten, however, such partial clairvoyance will at the same time lack precision also – that it is to say,there will be a good deal of vague impression c.w.leadbeatsr inference about it, instead of the clear-cut definition and certainty of the trained man. It shall flow into me to the uttermost degree in which I am capable of receiving it. But for all that the relation of the astral particles one to another is far looser than is the case with their physical correspondences.
See how highly developed is the intellect in the great scientific man; yet perhaps he may have but little yet of the wonderful force which devotion gives.
In addition to astral entities he will see astral corpses – shades and shells in all stages of decay; but these need only be just mentioned here, as the reader desiring a further account of them will find it in our third Death – and After?
Before taking clairvoyancd drug, the man has set his mind strongly on the endeavour to train his astral senses into activity, and so as soon as he is free he tries to use his faculties, and with practice he succeeds to some extent.
He therefore sees what is going on in an adjoining room almost as though no intervening wall existed; he can describe with accuracy the contents of a locked box, or read a sealed letter; with a little practice he can find a given passage in a closed [Page 28] book.
Clairvoyance by C. W. Leadbeater
As a matter of fact there exist vibrations of every conceivable degree of rapidity, filling the whole vast space intervening between the slow sound waves and the swift light waves; nor is even that all, for there are undoubtedly vibrations slower than those of sound, and a whole infinity of them which are swifter than those know to us as light.
The appearance of animate objects is also considerably c.w.ledabeater for the man who has increased his visual powers to this extent. Fortunately concentration can be practised all day long, in the common affairs of everyday life.
If this faculty be c.w.leadneater in every man, as you say, how can I so develop myself as to bring it into motion, and so have direct access to all this knowledge of which you tell me? One widow Turner, who watched with her that night, says that her eyes were open and fixed, and her jaw fallen.
Among the former he will find here and there one wide awake and fully conscious, perhaps sent to bring him some message, or examining c.w.leadbeatre keenly to see what progress he is making; while the majority of his neighbours, when away from their physical bodies during sleep, will drift idly by, so wrapped up in their claidvoyance cogitations as to be practically unconscious of what is going on around them.
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I am not certain that the power to do this is within the reach of everyone, as he thinks, f.w.leadbeater it appears to me to require considerable mathematical ability; but I can cpairvoyance any rate bear witness that he tesseract or fourth-dimensional cube which he describes is a [Page 35] reality, for it is quite a familiar figure upon the astral plane.
There has always been a great Brotherhood of the men who know, and they have always been ready to teach their lore to the right man, for it is for that very purpose that they have taken the trouble to acquire it, in order that they may be able to guide and help.
Another great advantage which he gains is that whatever faculties he may acquire are definitely under his command and can be used fully and constantly when he needs them for his Theosophical work; whereas in the case of the untrained man such powers often byy themselves only very partially and spasmodically, and appear to come and go, as it were, at their own sweet will.
Essentially this form must be composed of the matter cairvoyance the mental plane, but in very many cases it would draw round itself matter of the astral plane also, and so would approach much nearer to visibility.
It must be remembered that the astral and [devachanic] mental planes of our earth are as definitely its own as its atmosphere, though they extend considerably further from it even in our three-dimensional space than does the physical air. Then, again, there are those who are only temporarily clairvoyant under certain special conditions. It is often asked whether under these circumstances a man sees always with this abnormal sight, or only when he wishes o do so.
If we wish to develop any higher faculty, we must begin by gaining control over this mind of ours. This is a case in which the psychic nature is already sensitive, but the consciousness is not yet capable of functioning in it amidst the manifold distractions of physical life.
What must it be for the scientifically-minded man to see taking place before his eyes so many of the processes of the secret [Page 69] chemistry of nature, or for the philosopher to have revealed to him so much more than ever before of the working of the great mysteries of life and death?
It is by the use of temporary visual machinery of inconceivable minuteness that the world of the infinitely little is so clearly seen; and in the same way or rather in the opposite way it is by temporarily enormously increasing the size of the machinery used that it becomes possible to increase the breadth of one’s view – in the physical sense as well as, let us hope, in the moral – far beyond anything that science has ever dreamt of as possible for man.
Here were hard city men, absolutely with tears in their eyes, shaking each other by the hand; while practically all the ladies were weeping unrestrainedly.