By Dion Fortune
Briefly, during this exact collaboration of 2 magical practitioners and academics we're awarded with a important and updated textual content at the perform of formality magic "as it is". that's to assert, as a realistic, non secular, and psychic self-discipline, faraway from the lurid superstition and hypothesis which are the hallmark of its therapy in sensational journalism.
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He may find himself again in the eighteenth, seventeenth or even sixteenth century. Much depends on how long his comrades linger in this Illusory-world or state of subconscious memory. No arbitrary limit may be assigned to the periods to which these souls belong. Frequently however, they only go back two or three hundred years and then the traveller can find no picture of social life anterior to the sixteenth century. But he soon perceives that his Group is not confined to one nation. He may visit a settlement of Chinese, Indians, Greeks, Italians often divers races are gathered within the radiance of the one spirit.
But all have one characteristic in common, all are sublimated: that is to say, suffering, toil and sorrow are absent from each fantasy. Men, women and children bask in the satisfaction of earthly illusions which, through the imaginative processes, are satisfactorily fulfilled. The 38 absence of struggle and effort from such lives gives to them a dream-like quality. In many cases such a condition is suggestive, in its aspect, of the peaceful character of a still, summer day. This may be said to be particularly the case when the dream is fading.
In truth, we are the stuff of imagination. It is necessary, however, to discard the limited meaning of that word the meaning given to it in the dictionary. "The faculty of the mind for creating idealised pictures of things communicated by the senses," is indeed a paltry definition of the creative power which, in the highly evolved human being, can make a glory, not merely of earth life, but can envisage eternity in a phrase. The imagination of man, during his existence on the physical plane, is fed by the senses, stimulated by his group-soul;* the larger self of which he is a branch or shoot.
An Introduction to Ritual Magic by Dion Fortune