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The white magician works entirely through the greater Deva Builders, and through sound and numbers he blends their work, and thus influences the lesser Builders who form the substance of their bodies, and therefore of all that is.  He works through group centers and vital points of energy, and from thence produces, in substance, the desired results.  The dark brother works directly with substance itself, and with the lesser builders; He does not cooperate with the forces which emanate from Egoic levels.

Conditions for White Magic

In considering the factors requiring adjustment prior to undertaking the work of magic, we are dealing with that which is of eminently practical value.  Unless students of magic enter upon this pursuit fortified by pure motive, clean bodies, and high aspiration, they are foredoomed to disappointment and even to disaster.  All those who seek to work consciously with the forces of manifestation, and who endeavor to control the Energies of all that is seen, need the strong protection of purity.  This is a point which cannot be too strongly emphasized and urged, and hence the constant injunctions to self control, comprehension of the nature of man, and devotion to the cause of humanity.  

The pursuit of magical investigation is dangerous in three ways.  If a man's bodies are not sufficiently purified and their atomic vibration is not sufficiently high, he is in danger of over-stimulation when brought in contact with the forces of nature, and this inevitably entails the destruction and disintegration of one or other of his bodies.  At times it may entail the destruction of two or more, and when this is the case, it involves a definite setback to Egoic unfoldment, for it requires, in such cases, a much longer interval between incarnations, owing to the difficulty of assembling the needed materials in the sheaths.  

Further, unless a man is strengthened in his endeavor by right motive, he is liable to be led astray by the acquisition of power.  Knowledge of the laws of magic puts into the hands of the student powers which enable him to create, to acquire, and to control.  Such powers are fraught with menace to the unprepared and unready, for the student can, in this case, turn them to selfish ends, use them for his own temporal material advancement, and acquire in this way that which will feed the desires of the lower nature.  He takes, therefore, the first step towards the left hand path, and each life may see him progressing towards it with greater readiness, until (almost unconsciously) he will find himself in the ranks of the black masters.  Such a state of affairs can only be offset through the cultivation of altruism, sincere love of man, and a steady negation of all lower desire.  

The third danger which menaces the unwary student of magic lies in the fact that when he tampers with these forces and energies he is dealing with that which is akin to his own lower nature.  He, therefore, follows the line of least resistance; he augments these energies, thereby increasing their response to the lower and to the material aspects of his nature.  This he does at the expense of his higher nature, retarding its unfoldment and delaying his progress.  Incidentally also, he attracts the attention of those masters of the left hand path who are ever on the lookout for those who can be bent to their purposes, and he becomes (unwittingly at first), an agent on the side of evil.  

It will be apparent, therefore, that the student has need of the following qualities before he undertakes the arduous task of becoming a conscious Master of Magic:

Physical Purity:  This is a thing not easily to be acquired, but entailing many lives of strenuous effort.  Through abstinence, right continence, clean living, vegetarian diet, and rigid self-control, the man gradually raises the vibration of his physical atoms, builds a body of ever greater resistance and strength, and succeeds in "manifesting" forth in a sheath of greater refinement.  

Etheric Freedom:  This term does not convey all that I seek to impart, but it suffices for need of a better.  The student of magic who can safely undertake the enterprise, will have constructed an Etheric body of such a nature that vitality, or pranic force and energy, can circulate unimpeded; he will have formed an Etheric web of such tenuosity that it forms no barrier to consciousness.  This is all that can be said on this subject, owing to the danger involved, but it suffices for the conveyance of information to those who are beginning to know.  


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