Call of Isis
8. Channels of Power.
was Good Friday; and I wanted our house party to be aware of this. We
had a cheerful girl cousin staying
from Hertfordshire, and were having a good
time enjoying the spring weather. But on this day I felt awareness of
had died through faith in their particular
ideals. I am one of those people who insist on sharing their moods with
So I determined to find a means of doing so!
That evening we were sitting round the blaze of an open wood fire in the
Alexander was in his big chair; Valentine was
in hers. Deirdre, my niece, and the cousin were present. I decided this
a moment to share my own feelings ... I did
not say anything; but left the room and returned with Yogananda's
of a Yogi.'
Somehow I interrupted the
general laughter and amusing stories. I began reading aloud the account
of Therése Neumann's trance visitations every
Good Friday; and commented that doubtless this had repeated itself
today. Yogananda described seeing Therése
lying in deep trance, pouring with blood from brow, hands and feet.
put himself into sympathetic psychic rapport,
and saw that Therése was witnessing the Passion of Christ. Having
the attention of my audience, I went on to
read that the nail marks that appeared on Therése's hands were square,
and Yogananda pointed out that this was like
the square nails used in the East ...
However my reading was
interrupted by Valentine, who suddenly
uttered a sharp cry, clapped one hand over the other and shot out of the
Afterwards she explained what had happened. She said she
could not have explained in front of the cousin. As I described
the hand stigmata of Therése, she became
aware of a sharp piercing on the palm of her right hand. It hurt. She
me the marks. Sure enough, in the centre of
the palm were four clear cut red pricks, in the shape of a square. These
lasted for about a fortnight, and then
gradually faded out, one by one.
As in the case of the mystery
of the bent
latch-key, we have a demonstration of the
influence of the mind on physical matter. But the mind - this
combination of thought,
feeling and imagination does not operate on
its own on the body. This is why so many efforts at healing through
The mind operates through the medium of an
etheric power network upon physical matter.
What is this power?
may well ask a scientist to define the nature
of electricity. He can tell about the properties of electricity - but
electricity is. And as 'power' and its area
of activity, the ether are as yet unproven, one must fall back upon the
experience of oneself and others.
called this Force 'Odic Fluid.' Mesmer, disastrously for
his scientific reputation, described it as
'animal magnetism'. Yogis name it Kundalini, Shakti force, a form of
I used to call it 'electric-like power' until
a doctor told me that it was not electric. Many esotericists use the
word 'magnetic', but this apparently is not
an acceptable term for scientists, Another doctor told me it was Cosmic
Fire - but he was an esotericist. So in our
family we used the handy word Vril,' from Bulwer Lytton's novel, 'The
Coming Race'. His feminine Gy-ei were
particularly good at utilizing it.
To the trance psychic, it
that our apparently solid earth material is
built upon an invisible network, like a spider's web, formed of
channels of force. Our own bodies have a
complicated individual pattern of this web, working through certain
inter-connected with all other beings and
things. Indeed one might suppose that the universe is composed of a
complicated spider's web, that yet is formed
of one single strand.
Some occult students have seen glimpses
of this web. To me it has appeared as either
silver or gold. On one occasion I had a vision of silver 'power' flowing
through the head of a white-silver Being with
whom I associated the name 'Isis'. The power came through the top of
the head, in two places, in the form of two
great spreading antlers like those of a Royal stag. This may be the
one feels in brow and throat, and at the top
of the head.
The gold power I have seen around the head of two
who looked like Indian God and Goddess. The
figures were made of sunlike gold light. Around each head was a network
Power that reminded me of the Phoenix
head-dress of China. This form of channelled power was not in two
streams, as with the
two silver branches. It was in the form of a
gold mesh with intersecting lines of power. I have since then seen a
formation portrayed as headdress on an Indian
dancer performing the role of Siva, God of this type of force.
feel that possibly this gold power is that
which one feels in the heart, solar plexus and in the spine. Possibly
of power is reflected in the physical form
through the sympathetic nervous system; the other through the
For the greater is mirrored forth in the
lesser, and a lower level is a microcosm of a permeating higher sphere.
is interesting to note the social attitude in Homo Sapiens towards the
lunar and the solar areas of being. The sphere
of the psychic, the passive, is treated as
atavistic, domain of women, peasants and gypsies! The field of the
is respected as belonging to the theurgic
power of the Master, who commands the elements.
this planet is directed to suppressing the
old instinctive human psychism, and to developing the rational
practical techniques. I discovered this for
myself when I wished to retreat to the psychic passive level, in order
combine this with the magical sphere.
can easily test this for oneself. Shut one's eyes. Can one see vividly
in pictures? It is pretty certain that if one
habitually sees in pictures one is not clever at passing examinations!
education - with a few exceptions - teach
very young children to change from seeing in pictures, eidetic imagery,
in words. The little television set in our
brains is short-circuited early on in our scholastic life, and a
comes in with brain-washing insistence. One
is taught to think in abstract terms, as this is 'higher'. I am reminded
of some visitors to the Castle, who walked
round our rooms and turned all the objects therein into figures: Pounds
There are others who turn a book into a
'title', and humans into statistics. Our feelings are classified into
terms. One is not shy; one is introverted:
not many-sided, but rather schizophrenic. And so forth This doubtless
us to adjust, to structure ourselves into a
society which provides us with a flat in a high-rise block, and provides
through a numbered form. Human terms are
translated into scientific jargon. We are no longer old: we are Senior
We cannot be poor any more, we are
'under-privileged.' These are not basically kindly euphemisms. They are
Before we computerize
ourselves out of existence, we should take a look at what we have lost.
in this area of living we may not take two
steps forward without one step backwards. We have lost vision. We cannot
majority of humanity who are in another
sphere - 'dead,' We cannot see Gods or angels. We cannot hear the music
the spheres. And these limitations, ever
diminishing our range of consciousness, are also affecting our physical
spiritually blind soon find they need even
stronger spectacles. It is remarkable to note the growing number of
glasses. We cannot hear the music of heaven,
so are growing physically deaf. The sound of the cricket and the bat are
heard by us. As for our sense of touch - we
can feel neither healing being given to us, nor know when healing has
There are those who, faced with the
monotony of office and factory life, take refuge in day-dreaming and
They retreat to the psychic realm of the
moon, and are classed as maladjusted. Thousands of young people take
and, rather than live a de-humanized
existence in a machine-dominated world ruled by the computer mind - opt
out of it all.
They try to form an alternative society where
art, nature and the psychic once again play a true part.
retreat to childhood, however beautiful, is
not a sufficient solution. There must be an innate desire to comprehend
the development of Homo Sapiens; and then,
not to run away from intellect, but to combine it with the heritage of
of instinct. Otherwise one can walk around in
a dream, unsuccessful in both spheres of day and night.
the synthesizing agent is 'Vril', Solar
Power. And this is as it should be, for the Heart Centre commands the
body, head to foot. It is through the etheric
centres that healing can be channelled through from the psychic sphere
physical body. And the practical man, the
scientist, respects that which definitely affects the physical fields -
field. The New Elysium needs to manifest on
earth, rather than to be banished from earth. For earth is not impure.
It is the
material used in transmutation, the evolution
of mind through form.
When we discover that this power flows
the universal web, we realize that we may
transform not only ourselves but those about us, and our surroundings.
is only effective when voluntarily accepted,
and harmonizes with the universal symphony of life. What creature will
refuse love? All nature responds to creative
Understanding this, we are ready to work actively
the sphere of the sun. We need to learn to
bring through that which we have imagined into actual physical
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