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In preparing this series of lessons for students of Western lands, I
have been compelled to proceed along lines exactly opposite to those
which I would have chosen had these lessons been for students in
India. This because of the diametrically opposite mental attitudes of
the students of these two several lands.

The student in India expects the teacher to state positively the
principles involved, and the methods whereby these principles may
be manifested, together with frequent illustrations (generally in the
nature of fables or parables), serving to link the new knowledge to
some already known thing. The Hindu student never expects or demands
anything in the nature of “proof” of the teachers statements
of principle or method; in fact, he would regard it as an insult to the
teacher to ask for the same. Consequently, he does not look for, or ask,
specific instances or illustrations in the nature of scientific evidence
or proof of the principles taught. He may ask for more information,
but solely for the purpose of bringing out some point which he has not
grasped; but he avoids as a pestilence any question seeming to indicate
argument, doubt of what is being taught him, or of the nature of
a demand for proof or evidence.

The Western student, on the other hand, is accustomed to maintaining
the skeptical attitude of mind—the scientific attitude of doubt
and demand for proof—and the teacher so understands it. Both are
accustomed to illustrations bringing out the principles involved, but
these illustrations must not be fanciful or figurative—they must be actual
cases, well authenticated and vouched for as evidence. In short,
the Western teacher is expected to actually “prove” to his students his
principles and methods, before he may expect them to be accepted.
This, of course, not from any real doubt or suspicion of the veracity or
ability of the teacher, but merely because the Western mind expects
to question, and be questioned, in this way in the process of teaching and learning.

Consequently, in this series of lessons, I have sought to follow the
Western method rather than the Hindu. So far as is possible, I have
avoided the flat positive statement of principles and methods, and
have sought to prove each step of the teaching. Of course, I have been
compelled to assume the existence of certain fundamental principles,
in order to avoid long and technical metaphysical and philosophical
discussions. I have also had to content myself with the positive
flat assertion of the existence of the Astral Plane, Akashic Records,
Prana, etc., which are fundamental postulates of Hindu philosophy
and occult science—for these are established solely by the experience
of those who are able to function on the higher planes themselves.
But, beyond this I have sought to prove by direct and positive evidence
(adapted to the Western mind) every step of my teaching and methods.

In offering this scientific proof, I have purposely omitted (except
in a few instances) all mention of occult or psychic phenomena occurring
in India, and have confined myself to instances occurring in
Western lands to Western persons. Moreover, I have avoided quoting
and citing Hindu authorities, and have, instead, quoted and cited
from authorities well known and respected in Western lands, such
as the Society for Psychical Research, and the prominent scientists
interested in the work of the said society. In this way I have sought to
furnish the Western student with examples, cases, and illustrations
familiar to him, and easily referred to. Had I cited Indian cases, I
might be accused of offering proof that could not be easily verified;
and quoting persons unknown to my readers. There is a wealth of
such cases and illustration in India, naturally, but these as a rule are
traditional and not available in printed form; and these would not
likely be very satisfactory to the Western student.

I must, however, positively and firmly state that while these cases
and illustrations, these quotations and citations, are purely Western,
the principles they illustrate and prove are among the oldest known
to Hindu occult science and philosophy. In fact, having been accepted
as proved truth in India, for centuries past, there is very little
demand for further proof thereof on the part of the Hindus. In
the Western world, however, these things are comparatively new, and
must be proved and attested accordingly. So, as I have said, I have
cut the cloth of my instruction to conform with the pattern favored
for the Western garment of knowledge. So far as the illustrations and
cases, the quotations and citations are concerned—these are purely
Western and familiar to the student. But, when it comes to the principles
themselves, this is another matter—I must be pardoned for stating
that these are the outgrowth of Hindu thought and investigation,
and that he who would discover their roots must dig around the tree
of the Wisdom of the East, which has stood the storms and winds of
thousands of years. But the branches of this mighty tree are widespreading,
and there is room for many Western students to rest in its
shade and shelter.
In these lessons I have referred occasionally to my two little books,
entitled “The Astral World,” and “The Human Aura,” respectively. To
those who are interested in these subjects, I recommend these little
books; they are sold at a nominal price, and contain much that will be
helpful to the student of Hindu Occult Science. They are not required,
however, to complete the understanding of the subjects treated upon
in these lessons, and are mentioned and recommended merely as
supplementary reading for the student who wishes to take little “side
excursions” away from the main trip covered in these lessons.
I trust that my students will find the pleasure and satisfaction in
studying these lessons that I have in writing them.

Table of Contents

The skeptical person who “believes only the evidence of his senses.”
The man who has much to say about “horse sense.” “Common
Sense” versus Uncommon Senses. The ordinary five senses are not
the only senses. The ordinary senses are not as infallible as many
think them. Illusions of the five physical senses. What is back of
the organs of physical sense. All senses an evolution of the sense
of feeling. How the mind receives the report of the senses. The
Real Knower behind the senses. What the unfolding of new senses
means to man. The super-physical senses. The Astral Senses. Man
has seven physical senses, instead of merely five. Each physical
sense has its astral sense counterpart. What the astral senses are.
Sensing on the astral plane. How the mind functions on the astral
plane, by means of the astral senses. The unfolding of the Astral
Senses opens up a new world of experience to man.
The two extra physical senses of man. The extra sense of “the
presence of other living things.” The “telepathic sense.” How man
may sense the presence of other living things apart from the operation
of his ordinary five physical senses. This power is strongly
developed in savages and barbarians, but has become atrophied in
most civilized men, by continued disuse. It is now vestigal in civilized
man, but may be developed by practice. Animals have this
extra sense highly developed, and it plays a very important part
in their protection from enemies; their capture of prey, etc. The
strange actions of dogs, horses, etc., explained. How the geese
saved Rome by reason of this sense. All hunters have experienced
evidences of the existence of this sense on the part of animals. The
physical telepathic sense. How it operates. Interesting instances
of its possession by animals, and savage tribes. Women possess it
strongly. The distinction between this form of thought-transference
and clairvoyance.
What “telepathy” means. The mental process by which one
“knows at a distance.” The sending and receiving of waves and currents
of thought and feeling. Thought vibrations, and how they are
caused. The part played by the cerebrum, cerebellum, and medulla
oblongata—the three brains of man. The part played by the solar
plexus and other great nervous centres. How thought messages
are received. How states of emotional excitement are transmitted
to others. The Pineal Gland: what it is, and what it does. The important
part it plays in telepathy and thought-transference. Mental
atmospheres. Psychic atmospheres of audiences, towns, houses,
stores, etc. Why you are not affected by all thought vibrations in
equal measure and strength. How thought vibrations are neutralized.
Affinities and repulsions between different thought vibrations.
Interesting facts concerning telepathy. Scientific explanations
of telepathy.
The important investigations of the Society for Psychical
Research. True telepathy and pseudo-telepathy; how they are distinguished
by scientists. Strict tests imposed in investigations. The
celebrated “Creery Experiments,” and how they were conducted.
The elaboration of the “guessing” game. Seventeen cards chosen
right, in straight succession. Precautions against fraud or collusion.
Two hundred and ten successes out of a possible three hundred and
eighty-two. Science pronounces the results as entirely beyond the
law of coincidences and mathematical probability; and that the
phenomena were genuine and real telepathy. Still more wonderful
tests. Telepathy an incontestable reality. “A psychic force transmitting
ideas and thoughts.” Interesting cases of spontaneous telepathy,
scientifically proven. Extracts from the scientific records. Cold
scientific reports read like a romance, and prove beyond doubt the
reality of this great field of phenomena.
What “Mind-Reading” is. The two phases of Mind-Reading.
Mind-Reading with physical contact; and without physical contact.
Why the scientific investigators make the distinction. Why
science has been over-cautious; and how it falls short of the full
understanding of contact Mind-Reading. How the thought-waves
flow along the nerves of the projector and recipient. Like telegraphy
over wires, as compared with the wireless method. How to learn
by actual experience, and not alone by reading books. How to experiment
for yourself; and how to obtain the best results in Mind-
Reading. The working principles of Mind-Reading stated. Full directions
and instruction given for the successful performance of
the interesting feats. This lesson is really a little manual of practical
instruction in Mind-Reading, and the higher phases of Thought-
Transference. The person carefully studying and applying the principles
taught therein should become very proficient in both private
and public manifestations.
What Clairvoyance really is; and what it is not. The faculty of
acquiring super-normal knowledge of facts and happening at a distance,
or in past or future time, independent of the ordinary senses,
and independent of telepathic reading of the minds of others. The
different kinds of Clairvoyance described. What is Psychometry?
Clairvoyant en rapport relations on the astral plane, with distant,
past or future happenings and events; by means of a connecting material
link. How to obtain the psychic affinity or astral relation to
other things by means of a bit of stone, lock of hair, article of wearing
apparel, etc. Interesting instances of clairvoyant psychometry. How
to go about the work of psychometrizing. How to develop the power.
How to secure the best conditions; and what to do when you have
obtained them. Psychometry develops the occultist for still higher
clairvoyant powers.
The second great method of securing clairvoyant en rapport relations
with the astral plane. How the crystal, magic-mirror, etc.,
serves to focus the psychic energy of the clairvoyant person. The
crystal serves the purpose of a psychic microscope or telescope. How
crystals tend to become polarized to the vibrations of their owner.
Why crystals should be preserved for the personal use of their owners.
The use of crystals, or other forms of shining objects, by different
peoples in ancient and modern times. How they are employed
in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, South America, etc., by the
primitive tribes. Various substitutes for the crystal. Full directions
for Crystal Gazing. Complete instructions and warnings. All stages
described, from the first “milky mist” to the clearly defined “psychic
photograph.” The Astral Tube, and the part it plays in Crystal Gazing.
A complete little text-book of the subject.
The higher forms of Clairvoyance, and how they may be cultivated
and acquired. Trance conditions not essential to highest Clairvoyance,
although often connected therewith. In Clairvoyant Reverie, the
clairvoyant does not become unconscious; but merely “shuts out” the
outside world of sights and sounds. Shifting the consciousness from
the physical plane to the astral. Clairvoyant Reverie may be safely and
effectively induced by mental concentration alone. Artificial methods
dangerous, and not advised by best authorities. Abnormal conditions
not desirable. The “one pointed” mind. The Clairvoyant “day dream”
or “brown study.” False “psychic development.” Use of hypnotic drugs
strongly condemned. Scientific psychological methods stated and
taught. The laws of attention and concentration of the mind. How
Clairvoyance develops by this method. The true occult instruction
given fully.
What the Clairvoyant senses in Simple Clairvoyance. Perception
of the Aura, and Auric Emanations of others; Psychic Vibrations;
Astral Colors; Thought Currents, Waves and Vibrations, etc., are features
of Simple Clairvoyance. The beautiful kaleidoscopic spectacle of
the Auric changes. The Prana Aura, and its appearances. The Mental
and Emotional Aura, and its many interesting phases. Perception of
Astral Thought-Forms. Other Astral Phenomena. The Astral World,
and its Myriad Manifestations. Strange aspects of Astral Visioning.
“Seeing through a Brick-wall.” The X-Ray Vision. Reading from
closed books, sealed envelopes, etc., and how it is explainable. Seeing
into the depths of the earth, and the occult explanation thereof. The
Laws and Principles of this Extraordinary Power. Magnifying and
Diminishing Clairvoyant Vision. A wonderful field for experiment
opened out for the student.
The characteristics of Space Clairvoyance. The Astral Seeing of
Distant Scenes; and through intervening objects. Remarkable instances
of this power, well authenticated and established. Interesting
and instructive historical cases recorded and explained. Testimony
of the Society for Psychical Research concerning this phase of
Clairvoyance. The interesting case of W.T. Stead, the celebrated
English writer, who went down on the “Titanic.” The important testimony
of Swedenborg, the eminent religious teacher. Other wellauthenticated
cases happening to well-known persons. The evidence
collected by the Society for Psychical Research. Interesting German
case. Why so many cases of this kind happen when the person is on
his death-bed, or seriously ill. Why such experiences often occur
in dreams. Actual “appearance” of persons at a distance, and how
explained. Important and interesting facts recited in connection with
this phase of Clairvoyance.
The clairvoyant perception of the facts, events and happenings
of past time. There is no difference in the nature of this strange phenomenon,
whether the past time be but five minutes or else five thousand
years. How is it possible to “see” a thing that no longer exists?
The “just how” of this strange happening. Nothing could be perceived
if it had actually disappeared from existence. But nothing entirely
disappears in fact. On the astral plane are recorded all things, events
and happenings since the beginning of the present world-cycle. The
“Akashic Records;” or the “Astral Light;” constitute the great record
books of the past. The clairvoyant gaining access to these may read
the past like a book. Analogies in physical science. Interesting scientific
facts. What astronomy teaches on the subject. How the records of
the past are stored. How they are read by the clairvoyant. A fascinating
subject clearly presented and explained.
The clairvoyant power manifest in all forms of perception of
facts, happenings and events of future time. Explanation of Prophecy,
Prevision, Foretelling, Second-Sight, etc. These powers not supernatural;
but are merely the development of the clairvoyant faculties.
How may a thing be “seen” years before it really exists. Nothing could
be seen, unless it existed in some form, at least potential and latent.
Keen perception of the subconscious faculties. Subconscious reasoning
from cause to effect. Coming events cast their shadows before.
Fate vs. Free-Will. “Time is but a relative mode of regarding things.”
“Events may, in some sense, exist always, both past and future.” Time
like a moving-picture reel, containing the future scene at the present
moment, though out of sight. Analogy of dream-time. An Absolute
Consciousness in which past, present and future exist as a single
perception. A glimpse of a transcendental truth. How to acquire the
faculty of Future-Clairvoyance.
Many persons, in all times, in all lands, have possessed the gift
of looking into the future. Not a superstition, but a scientific fact.
The Investigations of the scientific bodies. The Society for Psychical
Research, and its reports on this phase of Clairvoyance. Interesting
case told by a leading Theosophist. Tragedy and Funeral foreseen by
Clairvoyant Prevision, or Second-Sight. Historical instances. George
Fox, the Quaker, and his Second-Sight. The prophecy of the Death
of Caesar. Biblical instances. The celebrated case of Cazotte, which
has become a matter of history. How Cazotte foretold the coming of
the French Revolution, including the fate of eminent personages present
at the time of the prophecy. A startling occurrence, well worthy
of careful study. The historical case of the assassination of Spencer
Perceval, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Other well-authenticated cases.
Symbolic visions. Irish and Scotch cases.
Astral visioning in Clairvoyance, and visioning by means of the
Astral Body. The difference between the two phases of clairvoyant
phenomena. The characteristics of Astral-Body traveling. How one
traveling in the Astral Body may “see all around him,” instead of
merely gazing at an astral picture. Limitations of Astral-Body visioning.
What the Astral-Body really is; and what it is like. How it
disengages itself from the physical body, and travels in space. Many
persons “travel in the astral” during ordinary sleep. Occult teachings
regarding Astral-Body traveling. How dying persons often travel
in the astral-body, before death. Many interesting cases cited, all
well-authenticated by scientific investigation. Society for Psychical
Research’s records and reports on such cases. Dangers of uninstructed
persons going out on the astral, except in dream state. “Fools rush
in where angels fear to tread.” A timely warning. A most important
and interesting subject.
Additional phases of Astral Phenomena. Projection of Thought-
Forms. Something between ordinary Clairvoyance and Astral-Body
perception. What a Thought-Form is. How it is created. What it does.
Where it goes. How a portion of one’s consciousness is projected in
a Thought-Form. Using a Thought-Form as at cut-post, or observation
point. How things appear when viewed from a Thought-Form.
A wonderful phase of occult phenomena. Advantages and disadvantages
of this form of clairvoyant visioning. Hindu Psychic Magic, and
how it is performed. Remarkable illusory effects produced by Hindu
Magicians. All is explained when the principle of the creation and
projection of Thought-Forms is understood. Why the Hindus excel in
this phase of occultism. An interesting description of Hindu Magic
feats. The power of concentrated “visualization.” The phenomena of
Levitation, or the moving of articles at a distance. The occult explanation
of this phenomenon. Natural explanation for so-called “supernatural”
The laws and principles underlying the power of one mind to influence
and affect another mind. More than ordinary telepathy. The
inductive power of mental vibrations. Everything is in vibration.
Mental vibrations are much higher in the scale than are physical vibrations.
What “induction” is. How a mental state, or an emotional
feeling, tends to induce a similar state in another mind. Many instances
cited. The different degrees of vibratory influence, and what
causes the difference. The contagious effect of a “strong feeling.” Why
a strong desire hag a dynamic effect in certain cases. The power of
visualization in Psychic Influence. The Attractive Power of Thought.
The effect of Mental Concentration. Focusing your Forces. Holding
the mind to a state of “one-pointedness.” Why the occultist controls
his imagination. Suggestions as to practice, and rules of development.
A few easily-mastered principles which give you the key to the whole
of this wonderful subject.
Psychic Influence exerted over others, when in their presence.
Different degrees of the influence. Possession of this power
by Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Julius Caesar, and
other great leaders of men. The ability to influence others is a sure
sign of the possession of this psychic power. The Three Underlying
Principles of Psychic Influence. The importance of strong desire to influence
and exert power. The importance of clear, positive mental pictures
of what effect you wish to produce. The importance of the firm
concentration of your mind on the subject. The creation of a positive
psychic atmosphere. The Positive Psychic Aura. How to project your
Psychic Power. The Psychic Struggle between two persons. How to
handle yourself in such conflicts of Psychic Power. How to Neutralize
the Psychic Power of others, and thus disarm them. The Occult Shield
of Defence. Valuable directions regarding practice and development
of Psychic Power. Scientific Exercises for Development. Important
Rules of Practice.
Psychic Influence over others, manifested when they are distant
from the person exerting the influence. Distance no obstacle. Psychic
Induction at Long-Range. How to create the en rapport condition
with the other person. How to protect yourself against such influence
at a distance. The Psychic Armor. Psychometric Method of producing
Distant En Rapport Condition. To proceed when the en rapport
condition is secured. The scientific explanation of the old tales about
sorcery, witchcraft, super-natural influence, etc. The effect of fear,
and belief, on the mind of the other person. The effect of Denial. The
secret of many strange cases made plain. Some typical cases. The
Master-Key which unlocks the doors of many Mysteries. Low forms
of Occultism, and how they may be defeated. Dangerous Teachings in
some quarters. Warnings against their use. The Astral Tube; how it is
erected, used and employed. A simple, plain explanation of a puzzling
occult manifestation. Self-Protection.
How psychic vibrations tend to attract to their creator other persons
vibrating along the same lines; and things having a relation
to the things thought of. Harmony and Inharmony in the Psychic
World. The Law of Psychic Attraction. The Law of Psychic Repulsion.
An important phase of Astral Phenomena. The Law works two ways.
It draws other persons and things to you; and you to other persons
and things. How the men of “big business” operate under this Law
of Attraction. How scheming exploiters of the public actually “treat
the public” by psychic means. The various forms of psychic influence
employed by persons of this kind. The Law of Attraction, and how it
works out in Business Life. The scientific facts behind the outward
appearance of things. Instances and examples of the working out of
these laws and principles. The Law of Psychic Attraction is as constant
and invariable as the great Law of Gravitation, or Magnetic
Attraction. The Co-Relation of Thoughts and Things. How we may
create our own environment by Psychic Influence.
The Psychic Principles underlying the many forms of psychic
or mental healing. Many theories—one set of principles. Psychic
Healing as old as the race. The Basic Principles of Psychic Healing.
The Physiological Principles involved. How the Astral Body is used in
Psychic Healing. Human Magnetism, and what it really is. All about
Prana. The Laying-on of Hands in Healing; and what is back of it.
What happens in Magnetic Healing. The Secret of Absent Healing.
Space no barrier in Psychic Healing. The Human Aura and Psychic
Healing. The Secret of Suggestive Therapeutics. The effect of the “affirmations”
of the healers. How the Healing Cults obtain good results.
Self-Healing by Psychic Power. Absent Healing by Psychic Power.
How to “treat” others by Absent Treatment. Valuable Instructions
and Practical Methods of Psychic Healing. The whole subject condensed,
and made plain, so that it may be applied by any person of
average intelligence. No fanciful theories; only plain, practical facts
for actual application.

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