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We have now touched upon some of the principal changes which would be introduced into a man’s world when he gained etheric sight; and it must always be remembered that in most cases a corresponding change would at the same time clirvoyance brought about in his other senses also, so that he would be capable of hearing, and perhaps even of feeling, more than most of those around him.
Some few there will perhaps be who can see farther than ordinary at both ends, and these will almost certainly be what we call sensitive people – susceptible in fact to a great range of vibrations than are most men of the present day. It is possible to make sight enormously clearer by passing outside of the constant disturbances of the earth’s atmosphere, and it is also not difficult to learn how to put on an exceedingly high magnifying power, so that [Page 73] even by ordinary clairvoyance a good deal of very interesting astronomical knowledge may be gained.
There are however, certain practical difficulties in the way of using these etheric vibrations for that is, of course, what they are as the medium by means of which one may see anything taking place at a distance. Therefore it is to a greater or less extent open to every one of us and it is well worth our while to make some attempt in that direction, for the addition to our usefulness which success would bring is almost incalculable.
Here we have at once the keynote, the principal factor of the change; the man is looking at everything from an absolutely new point of view, entirely outside of anything that he has ever imagined before. It was exceedingly good for them, but it is rarely that such an opportunity comes.
Now what is the rationale of c.w.lleadbeater kind of clairvoyance? Not only does he see the astral part of the object at which he looks, which before was wholly hidden from him; not only does he see much more of its physical constitution than he did before, but even what was visible to him before is now seen much more clearly and truly.
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In the case of another subdivision of them the solitary case has been the seeing of an apparition most commonly of some friend or relative at the point of death. It is quite possible and easy for the man who can raise his consciousness to the buddhic cw.leadbeater to pass to any other globe belonging to our chain of worlds, but that is outside our present subject.
His previous progress may not have been such as to make this for him the easiest or most desirable road; but at any rate he is in the hands of one who is perfectly competent to be his guide in spiritual development, and he rests in perfect contentment that the way along which he is taken will be that which is the best way for him. We are constantly assured in Theosophical literature that all these higher faculties are presently to be the heritage of mankind in general – that the capacity of clairvoyance, for example, lies latent in every one, and those in whom it already manifests itself are simply in that one particular a little in advance of the rest of us.
If the man sought be a stranger to the seeker, the latter will need something connected with him to act as a clue – a photograph, a letter written by him, an article which has belonged to him, and is impregnated with his personal magnetism; any of these would do in the hands c.w.leadbeated a practiced seer.
None of these are plans of clairvoyant development which can be unreservedly recommended for trial by every one. So will he draw round him pure and helpful entities clairvvoyance he moves onward, and will himself c.w.ladbeater sunlight on those in suffering or in sorrow.
In connection with this astral-current form of clairvoyance, as with others, we find that there are some [Page 59] psychics who are unable to use it except when under the influence of mesmerism. The unfolding of the higher consciousness is one of the possibilities which lie open to humanity at the stage which it has now reached. The appearance of animate objects is also considerably altered for the man who has increased his visual powers to this extent.
In that time she heard the bridge clock strike two, and a while after said: That is its great and crowning advantage; it leads a man towards these powers which he so ardently desires; but the rate at which he can move along that road depends upon the degree of his previous development in that particular way in other lives, and therefore no one can guarantee him a certain result in a certain time; yet while he is working his way onward, every step which he takes is so far an improvement, and even though he should work for the whole of his life without winning astral sight, he would c.w.lleadbeater be mentally and morally and even physically the better for having tried.
We must give it some work to do, instead of just letting it play clairvoywnce as it will, drawing into itself all those thoughts which are not ours, which we really do not want at all. In any case, as I have said, this method is not clairvoyant at all, but magical; and it is mentioned here only in order that the reader may not become confused in the endeavour to classify cases of its use under some of the following headings.
In many other ways a man who fully possesses this faculty may be of use to the living as well as to the dead; but this side of the subject I have already written in my little book on Invisible Helpers.
Some have more in one direction, and some in another, according to the line along which each has worked most in past lives. That effort will not immediately bring a result, in all probability; but if we make it every day in our regular meditation, the time will certainly come when it will meet with full success. Consequently he has, to a certain extent, the use of his physical powers even while he is examining the distant scene; for example, his voice would usually still be under his control, so that he could describe what he saw even while he was in the act of making his observations.
This method does not necessarily involve the possession of any psychic faculty at all on the part of the experimenter; he need only know how to induce some denizen of the astral world to undertake the investigation for him.
Perhaps for the first time in their lives they all of them simultaneously forgot themselves altogether, and were lifted right out of themselves by a high emotion.
Having made such an image, our thought would then run along some such line as this:. Anyone who allows his mind to wander is thereby making things not quite so easy for those around him. And so on with a strong effort to realise those qualities in Him.
C.w.leqdbeater appear to be connected with the sympathetic system, not with the cerebro-spinal. He is the incarnation of love, of power, of wisdom.
We are living all the while surrounded by a vast sea of mingled air and ether, the latter interpenetrating the former, as it does all physical matter; and it is chiefly by means of vibrations in that vast sea of matter that impressions reach us from the outside.
Clairvoyance by C. W. Leadbeater
It is true that a type of clairvoyance may be developed along these lines, but too often at the cost of ruin both physical and mental. Clairaudience is perhaps less frequently associated with this type of clairvoyance than with the last, but its place is to some extent taken by a kind of mental perception of the thoughts and intentions of those who are seen.
I would therefore venture deferentially to suggest that, c.w.leadbeatrr Madame Blavatsky clairvoyanec as she did, she had in mind etheric vision and not astral, and that the extreme applicability of the phrase to this other and higher faculty, of which she was not at the moment thinking, did not occur to c.w.lleadbeater. I am addressing myself to the better-instructed class who know that clairvoyance exists, and are sufficiently interested c.w.leadbater the subject to be glad of information as to its methods and possibilities; and I would assure them that what I write is the result of much careful study and experiment, and that though some of the powers clairvoynce I shall have to describe may seem new and wonderful to them, I mention no single one of which I have not myself seen examples.
We have defined this as a mere opening of etheric or astral sight, which enables the possessor to see whatever may be present around him on corresponding levels, but is not usually accompanied by the power of seeing anything at a great distance or of reading either the past or the future.
It is not always an easy time for us now, for we have in modern civilization hopelessly disarranged our day, clairvoyznce that noon is no longer its middle point, as it should be.
Still, there the thing is, and it is an earnest of greater things to come – of further powers still awaiting development. On a certain occasion some people came to Madame Blavatsky, and asked her upon what they should meditate; she threw a matchbox down on the table, and said: Some account of its marvelous faculty, its ineffable bliss, its c.w.leadbeater opportunities for learning and for work, is given in the sixth [The Devachanic Plane] of our Theosophical clzirvoyance, and to that the student may be referred.
The development, either entire or partial, of any one of these faculties would come under our definition of clairvoyance – the power to c.w.leadbexter what is hidden from ordinary physical sight. If the first of these changes has taken place, the second is of little importance, since the Ego, the true [Page 23] man, will be able to profit by the information to be obtained upon that plane, even though he may not have the satisfaction of bringing through any remembrance of it into his waking c.w.leeadbeater down here.
Anyone wishing to gain some idea as to how the thought-forms present themselves to x.w.leadbeater vision may satisfy themselves to some extent by examining the illustrations accompanying Mrs.
Then we certainly shall succeed. There has always been a great Brotherhood of the men who know, and they have always been ready to teach their lore to the right man, for it is for that very purpose that they have taken the trouble to acquire it, in order that they may be able to guide and help.
This is a development that must take years, you will say.