“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.