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Then we certainly shall succeed. We cannot see beyond a certain distance, because the medium through which we are looking is not perfectly transparent.
Clairvoyance by C. W. Leadbeater
We may presume that if it were possible for a man to be isolated during his evolution from all but the gentlest outside influences, and to unfold from the beginning [Page 18] in perfectly regular and normal fashion, he would probably develop his senses in regular order also.
Before that came; we had to wait a long time for the procession. 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 will see. This paying of intentional astral visits seems very often to become possible when the principles are loosened at the approach of death for people who were unable to perform such a feat at any other time.
For them it opens up yet another new world, vaster far than all those beneath it- a world in which all that we can imagine of utmost glory and splendour is the commonplace of existence. The large nucleated ganglionic cells in this system contain a very large proportion of etheric matter, and are hence more easily affected by the coarser astral vibrations than are the cells in which the proportion is less.
Those to whom a certain amount of clairvoyant power has come occasionally only, and without any reference to their own wish, have often been hysterical or highly nervous persons, with whom the faculty was to a large [Page 47] extent one of the symptoms of a disease. She thought her to be in a fit, and doubted whether she were dead or alive. Then he instructed the courtiers each to take one and carry it; and his command was that they should walk, carrying this water, through the principal streets of the city.
For the purpose of this treatise we may, perhaps, define it as the power to see what is hidden from ordinary physical sight. Students often ask how this clairvoyant faculty will first be manifested in themselves – how they may know when they have reached the stage at which its first faint foreshadowings are beginning to be visible.
Of course that sounds paradoxical and impossible, and it is quite inexplicable to a mind not specially trained to grasp the idea; yet it is none the less absolutely true. The nurse apparently was more frightened by its appearance than its presence, for after this she was afraid to stay in the house, and so spent the rest of the time until six o’clock in walking up and down outside.
It is hardly possible altogether to exclude these latter faculties, for astral sight necessarily has considerably greater extension than physical, and fragmentary pictures of both past and future are often casually visible even to clairvoyants who do not know how to seek specially for them; but there is nevertheless a very real distinction between such incidental glimpses and the definite power of projection of the sight either in space or time.
Such impressions will still be received through the retina of the eye; of course they will affect its etheric rather than its solid matter, but we may nevertheless regard them as still appealing only to an organ specialized to receive them, and not to the whole surface of the etheric body.
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No detailed account of them can be attempted within the space at our disposal; for that the reader is referred to No. In both cases it is a matter perfectly well known to science that there are large numbers of vibrations both above and below these two sections, and that consequently there is much light that we cannot see, and there are many sounds to which our ears are deaf.
Others begin by becoming intermittently conscious of the brilliant colours and vibrations of the human aura; yet others find themselves with increasing frequency seeing and hearing something to which those around them are blind and deaf; others, again, see faces, landscapes, or coloured clouds floating before their eyes in the dark before they sink to rest; while perhaps the commonest experience of all is that of those who begin to recollect with greater and greater clearness what they have seen and heard on the other planes during sleep.
The first of these, though perfectly harmless and even useful, is not suited for every one, but the second is of universal application, and I have myself known both of them to be successful.
It is therefore not difficult for us to imagine that it might be possible for a man to develop this power, and thus in time to [Page 11] learn to see much that is invisible to his fellow-men, and hear much that is inaudible to them, since we know perfectly well that enormous numbers of these additional vibrations do exist, and are simply, as it were, awaiting recognition.
Glimpses in the Twilightpage But, it may be said, the mere fact that he is using astral sight ought to enable him to see it from all sides at once. On the other hand the sight is much fuller and more perfect; the man hears as well as sees everything which passes before him, and can move about freely at will within the very wide limits of the astral plane.
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.
This is a phrase [Page 55] frequently and rather loosely employed in some of our Theosophical literature to cover a considerable variety of phenomena, and among others that which I wish to explain. 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? One widow Turner, who watched with her that night, says that her eyes were open and fixed, and her jaw fallen.
So shall he remain master of himself, pure and clean and unselfish, using his new powers never for a personal end, but ever for the advancement and the succour of men his brothers, that they also, as they can, may learn to live the wider life, may learn to rise from amid the mists of ignorance and selfishness into the glorious sunlight of the peace of God.
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When we come to consider the additional facilities which it offers in the observation of animate objects we see still more clearly the advantages of the astral vision. But at any rate, since all particles in turn pass through each of them, it will be clear that it is thus possible for each in turn to evoke in all the particles of the body the power of receptivity to a certain set of vibrations, so that all the astral senses are equally active in all parts of the body.
I take it that that is really what is meant by the word meditation. When it does occur it means great possibilities. When we succeed we shall break through into a different world, a different way of looking at everything. As he looks at a person he will see him surrounded by the luminous mists of the astral aura, flashing with all sorts of brilliant colours, and constantly changing in hue and brilliancy with every variation of the person’s thoughts and feelings.
With deepest reverence we say to the Master:. The moment that the intentness of his thought fails the whole vision is gone, and he will have to construct a fresh thought-form before he can resume it. 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 manifest themselves only very partially and spasmodically, and appear to come and go, as it were, at their own sweet will.
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. And so on with a strong effort to realise those qualities in Him.
An exact and detailed explanation of the difference would lead us into rather recondite technicalities, but perhaps the general idea of the distinction between the two may be caught from an example taken from the very lowest plane of clairvoyance, in close contact with the denser physical.
He will be conscious of a far greater fulness in nature in many directions, but chiefly his attention will be attracted by the living denizens of this new world. There is any amount of evidence to be had on clqirvoyance subject by any one who cares to study it seriously. Turner put her hand upon her mouth, but could perceive no breath. Two pages later Mr. As before, I will begin by stating what is possible along this line for the fully-trained seer, and endeavouring to explain how his faculty works c.w.leadbrater under what limitations it acts.
This enables him to watch a creature burrowing underground, to distinguish a vein of coal or of metal if not too far below the surface, and so on. Now supposing that in addition to this he obtained the sight of the astral plane, what further changes would be observable?
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 and inference about it, instead of the clear-cut definition and certainty of the trained man.
Besant’s valuable article on “Thought Forms” in Lucifer of September She lent it to Miss Leslie, who saw a large square, old-fashioned red sofa covered with muslin, which she found in the next country-house she visited.
Both the drugs and the ceremonies are methods emphatically to be avoided by any one who wishes to approach clairvoyance from the higher side, and use it for his own progress and for the helping of others. One or other of those things we ought to be trying to do, and we must not let it become vague.
Hartlane, in the “Contemporary Science” series – or indeed almost any extensive collection of fairy stories. He can see and study at leisure all the other inhabitants of that plane, so that the great world of the nature-spirits of which the traditional fairy-land is but a very small part lies open before him, and even that of some of the lower devas.