Excerpt from A Course of Instruction in the Development of Power Through Clairvoyance
There is not a mind so dull but it feels the ﬂash of an inner self, the divine spark that makes all men free and equal. This equality, to be sure, is not a matter of personal worth, from mental, physical or financial standpoints. But, in the words of the adept, Every soul is potentially divine. And it is this divinity that is inherent in all men that breaks forth in ﬂashes now and then, and the consciousness calls for Power, for Strength and for Freedom. It is right here that we find the fine dividing point between the philosopher and the fanatic. The first realizes that he must develop these powers in himself or others in accord with the mental ability, or the conscious ability, of the individual. He works along these lines and attains a certain point beyond which he cannot go. On the other hand, the fanatic dives hopelessly into his seances and expects to be put in harmony with all that exists. He is disappointed. He looks for something that does not exist; if he would find these things as his dreams tell him they are, he must die. He cannot be an angel and a denizen of this sphere all at the same time. There is a dividing line and that is called death.
Avoid trance states. If you hope to develop for the sake of witnessing the downfall of an enemy, you might as well stop right there. You cannot call upon the powers of your soul to stoop to the mean acts that do not even trouble the conscience. You must have a good purpose, an aim that is worthy, or the reaction of your evil intents will cause your psychic downfall. Like the Karma Yoga, who stops when he is so far developed to demonstrate his power; he never gets any farther. Take a care, or you will likewise fall!
With these points in view, I will lead you into the mysteries of this hidden power, pointing out to you the real things to be considered. In fact, the art of development is all dependent upon the details and not upon the few minutes' work of crystal gazing. That is where clairvoyance becomes an art.
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