THEOSOPHY, Vol. 16, No. 9, July, 1928
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WESTERN OCCULTISM(1)

[Part 9 of a 12-part series]

ONE may be very sure that anyone claiming Adeptship is not an Adept, and this in the very nature of things.

The question arises: how much is real, how much for effect, how much self-delusion? The imagination is the image-making power and may create a glorified image of oneself.

It must be known that there are pretenders to a knowledge of occult laws; for unfortunately no great amount of good can be given at any time, without opening the doors to an equal amount of evil. To use these powers rightly, a universal attitude must be held, and all actions based upon that universal nature. Everyone who moves along that universal line learns the operation of these laws.

We have to ask ourselves if we are ready to accept the responsibility which such a knowledge implies. Could we trust ourselves to have these laws imparted to us which are set in operation just by thinking and feeling?

One might find himself at a certain place where the very power in him would bring about brilliant results by which he would be dazzled. Then he might drift into an exercise of power simply because he possessed it, even with the idea that he would never use it except for good. But so long as there is a selfish thought or a selfish feeling, so long as a feeling of revenge, or only of irritation, can be engendered in him, he will be in danger -- because the same power that works good will work injury with equal strength.

The minor laws by which phenomena are produced on this plane are a small part of occult study in its universal aspect.

We would open the door to all powers by a daily and hourly and momentary living in accordance with the nature of the Self -- seeing that every other being is but an aspect of the Self, and acting so that every other being will be helped on its way. For we cannot go it alone.

Every other stands as a vicarious atonement for us -- an object lesson -- and if we have reached a point higher than that which is ordinarily reached by men, then all the more are we constrained to duty by them.

There is no pretence of personal virtue or knowledge in handing on for the benefit of others what one perceives to be good for them. A claim, even a thought of personal virtue, is detrimental -- because it is personal. The Egoic perceptions on this plane are limited by this very thing.


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