Magic vs Mystic

Divine Soul, Animal Soul, Trick or Treat

“It is comparatively easy to learn the trick of spells and the methods of using the subtler, but still material, forces of physical nature: the powers of the animal soul,in man are soon awakened, the forces which his love, his hate, his passion, can call into operation, are readily developed. But this is Black Magic—Sorcery. For it is the motive, and the motive alone, which makes any exercise of power become black, malignant, or white, beneficent Magic. It is impossible to employ spiritual forces if there is the slightest tinge of selfishness remaining in the operator. For unless the intention is entirely unalloyed, the spiritual will transform into the psychic, act on the astral plane, and dire results may be produced by it. … The powers and forces of spirit lend themselves only to the perfectly pure in heart—and this is DIVINE MAGIC.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

Powers of the Animal Soul

Spiritual writers and spiritual schools often oppose Blavatsky believing that she was not really spiritual, but more into magic, and possibly black magic. The above quote indicates otherwise and I think a bit of synchronicity may have been involved in my finding this quote as I explored her writings on my Kindle just a few days before Halloween—a day in which people tend to pay more attention then usual to magic, even if it is just to make fun of it.

There is an incredible amount of spiritual and esoteric knowledge found in the quote, so lets start studying it.

When Blavatsky warns against using “spells” or “Tricks” of magic to get what we want, she warns that by doing so we awaken the powers of the “animal soul.” This is the same soul that I call the “mundane soul” and it is not the same as the Divine Soul. When spiritual schools like Cosolargy ask you to develop “your soul,” it means the Divine Soul, not the mundane or animal soul. And as Ms. Blavatsky says, it is by your intent that we know which you are working on and working from.

When you try to control matter, to use magic to win the lottery, to control others, to make a red light turn green, and so no, you are invoking the powers of the animal soul.

Powers of the Divine Soul

The Divine Soul, or Spiritual Soul is not that much different from the animal or mundane, but operates on a very different level. Because of that, its goals are very different. While the animal soul is primarily concerned with matter and with controlling it, collecting it, making money with it, the Divine Soul wants only to transform it. The Divine Soul wants to be in a spiritual world, not one if matter. It is like a fish out of water on the material plane. So once it is awakened, it visits the spiritual realms regularly and tries to reconnect with them. In doing so, it is also working on God’s Plan to convert the entire universe of matter back into its original spiritual state. This is a power far greater than that of picking winning numbers or changing a traffic light (a dangerous thing to do, by the way).

The Power of Attraction has become a popular buzz phrase in recent years, but what you attract needs to be considered wisely. We also need to consider the price of using such powers because nothing is free on the material plane. So go ahead and use the power of attraction, but use it to become more spiritual, not more materialistic; use it to satisfy need, not greed.

Trick or Treat

The powers of darkness love to trick us and confuse us with regard to what is spiritual and what isn’t. It really isn’t that complicated, however. If its purpose is material benefit or psychic development, it is from the mundane soul and is not spiritual. This does not necessarily mean it is evil since we all have to survive on this level while we strive to reach a higher one, but if we get into it too deeply, especially if they succeed in making us believe we are becoming spiritual by developing such abilities, we become lost in it and may never truly develop our spiritual side. So don’t be tricked by the promises of treats that are superficial and temporary. Go for the real treat which is permanent spiritual life through development of the Divine Soul.

matrix of matter, spacetime, Believing is seeing

Explore the Extraordinary, Explore the Spiritual

“All of us spend so much of our time in a world of the mundane and minutia, bogged down in the everyday grind, isolated and disconnected in our closeted lives, that we lose sight of the breathtaking extraordinariness of our existence. So step out from the ordinary … and get used to the extraordinary.
“Reach out and recapture the wonderment that absorbed your childhood, that filled every waking moment with sheer fascination of new discoveries, however simple …Then immerse yourself in anything that uplifts and inspires you, that reminds you of the extraordinary potential and raw power of the human spirit and moves you to your very soul. … And then remind yourself of the astonishing order and design underlying all life.”
~Elizabeth Brown in “Dowsing the Ultimate Guide for the 21st Century”.

The Mundane World

Most of us certainly don’t thing of our day-to-day life as mundane, yet it is for nearly all of us. We do the same things over and over, work at the same job, listen to the same music, have the same hobbies, and so on. Often the only time we change is any significant way is when either circumstances for us too, such as when a flood destroys our home and we are forced to move elsewhere, or when some crisis happens that causes us to rethink matters, such as when a relative or friend dies.

In my case, it was after my younger brother died. Partly, it made me realize that I really was mortal, something we generally avoid thinking about. And when I looked around me at what I and most others did as our regular lives, I found it lacking in significance. I had been involved to a small degree in spiritual studies before his death, but it was only after that I became serious about it. Nothing makes you stop and think about the afterlife more than death. Continue reading “Explore the Extraordinary, Explore the Spiritual”

Pilgrimage of Enlightenment

Pilgrimage: A Quest for Enlightenment

“The pilgrimage idea, the outgoing quest, appears in mystical literature under two different aspects. One is the search for the ‘Hidden Treasure which desires to be found.’ Such is the ‘Quest of the Grail’ when regarded in its mystic aspect as an allegory of the adventures of the soul. The other is the long, hard journey towards a known and definite goal or state. Such are Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ and Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’; each in their manner faithful descriptions of the Mystic Way. The goal of the quest—the Empyrean of Dante, the Beatific Vision of fulfillment of love—is often called Jerusalem by the Christian mystics; natural enough since that city was for the medieval mid the supreme end of pilgrimage.” ~Evelyn Underhill

The Pilgrimage

Actually, I don’t think many modern seekers of wisdom and enlightenment think of themselves as pilgrims. They think of it more as students learning lessons rather than travelers on a journey. They understand that the mystic’s ‘journey’ is not one of moving from one physical place to another, but rather one of moving from one state-of-mind to another, from one condition of spirit and soul to another. It is a spiritual kind of self-improvement where done properly, one looks within as well as without. Still, the concept of the pilgrim makes a good allegory or metaphor for this “journey”. Continue reading “Pilgrimage: A Quest for Enlightenment”

expanding consciousness, Thought echos

Soul Development and the Lotus Flower

“The development [of the Soul] proceeds in the following manner. The student must apply himself with care and attention to certain functions of the soul hitherto exercised by him in a careless and inattentive manner. There are eight such functions. The first is the way in which ideas and conceptions are acquired. In this respect people usually allow themselves to be led by chance alone. … As long as this is the case, the sixteen petals of the lotus flower remain ineffective. It is only when the student begins to take his self-education in hand, in this respect, that the petals become effective. The second of these is functions is concerned with the control of resolution. The student must not resolve upon even the most trifling act without well-founded and thoughtful consideration. Thoughtless and meaningless actions should be foreign to his nature.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Soul Development

The development of the soul is mostly a matter of awakening what is already there. Nonetheless, care must be taken in awakening the soul and gradually realizing its potential. There are a number of things you can do to aid that process, and an equal number of things you can do to hinder it. Mr. Steiner says there are eight “functions” you need to control in this regard, other writers come up with a different number, but most agree on what need to be done. Continue reading “Soul Development and the Lotus Flower”