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War Letters From The Living Dead Man


Introduction

LETTER

 I.

The Return of "X"
II. A Dweller on the Threshold
III. An Assurance
IV. The Way of Understanding
V. Astral Monsters
VI. The Archduke
VII. The "Chosen People"
VIII. Spectres of the Congo
IX. Unseen Guardians
X. One Day as a Thousand Years
XI. Many Tongues
XII. The Beautiful Being
XIII. The Body of Humanity
XIV. The Foeman Within
XV. Listening in Brussels
XVI. The Sixth Race
XVII. An American on Guard
XVIII. A Master of Compassion
XIX. The Rose-Veiled Stranger
XX. Above the Battlefields
XXI. A Soul in Purgatory
XXII. Peace Propaganda
XXIII. The Mystery of Desire
XXIV. The Scales of Justice
XXV. For Love's Sake
XXVI. A Master of Mind
XXVII. Invisible Enemies
XXVIII. The Glory of War
XXIX. A Friend of "X"
XXX. The Rose and the Cross
XXXI. A Serbian Magician
XXXII. Judas and Typhon
XXXIII. Crowns of Straw
XXXIV. The Sylph and the Father
XXXV. Behind the Dark Veil
XXXVI. The "Lusitania"
XXXVII. Veiled Prophecies
XXXVIII. Advice to a Scribe
XXXIX. One of These Little Ones
XL. The Height and the Depth
XLI. A Conclave of Masters
XLII. A Lesson in the Kabala
XLIII. The Second Coming
XLIV. Poison Gases
XLV. The Superman
XLVI. The Entering Wedge
XLVII. The New Brotherhood
XLVIII. In the Crucible
XLIX. Black Magic in America
L. Things to Remember


 

 

 

LETTER XLIX

 

BLACK MAGIC IN AMERICA 

            You have seen pretty clearly the methods employed by the evil forces to balk progress, to destroy the work of centuries, to destroy the workers for the future, and to frighten away those who seek to interfere with this maliciousness.
            Notice that none of this is constructive work. It is all destructive, tearing down. Wars of construction have been engineered by angels; but this is not a war of construction.
            Now let me tell you a few of the things against which the new race in America will have to guard itself. As always where the forces of progress are strong, the opposition is strong. I have written enough about the good influences of this new birth; but I want to give a few warnings, to analyze a few influences which are of a destructive character.

            There is developing in America a great group of people who seek to gain control of the desire-nature and the will of others, that they may use them for their own purposes. These people are not all in one place, they are not organized into one body but into many bodies, and some of them are working quite independently. But in the astral world, and in the language of us who work in that world, they are known as a “group.”
            They teach to those that will pay them, either in money or in service, certain rules for controlling the mind of self and of others. They teach the rudiments of astral knowledge to the many, and they teach more advanced principles to the few. Some of their teachings are true, some of their teachings are false; but there are few among them who undertake any real discipline of character with their students. As one profound teacher has said, for every step in psychic development, three steps should be taken in the development of character.
            I need not name those who are most criminally active in teaching the formulas of black magic to men and women who are utterly unfit to be trusted with that knowledge.

            The question will naturally arise in the mind of the reader, What is black magic? I think I have given a similar definition before, but you may restate it thus:
            Black magic is an attempt to gain control over the will or the astral or the mind of one’s fellows, through means other than the normal physical or the legitimate mental influence by word or pen; be it through the use of elementals of nature, artificial elementals, or one’s own mental or elemental nature.
            Black magic may be deliberately used to influence, or black magic may be deliberately used to injure; and its votaries often employ the substances of the body of the victim, through which to gain sympathetic control of his astral and etheric nature.
            I want to say to those who think it smart or amusing to fool with these things: Beware of any man or of any woman who by normal or abnormal means seeks to get possession of the fluids of your body, especially the blood and the other vital fluids.
            I shall not go into detail here. Those who accept my warning owe me no thanks; those who disregard my warning do so at their own peril.

            It gives me no amusement thus to thrust myself between the evil forces and their victims. By so doing I draw down upon myself the rage of those forces that I thwart so far as I can.
            Be it so! I am competent to deal with them. And I want here to notify anyone who thinks to destroy my work, or to destroy those who with self-abnegation and selfless courage are helping me in the work of trying to save my country from the forces of hell which are now ravaging Europe—I want to notify any evil magician who is interested in this matter, that if he gets in the way of my resolve it will be he who will suffer and not I.
            The ring which I and the Masters draw round our workers can be passed with evil intent only at the peril of the one who passes.
            This is no threat to use evil magic. We do not use evil magic. But we know how to deflect a malicious current from its chosen victim, so that it returns with overwhelming force upon its own source.
            And I also want to say to those who in their ignorance or wantonness allow themselves to be used as catspaws to draw the devil’s chestnuts from the fire, that fire will burn, and that the devil’s hot chestnuts stick to the fingers.
            This is an unpleasant subject. I will now leave it.

            Let me talk to those who are ignorant of these matters, and most people are ignorant—even those who have “studied psychism.”
            Many an innocent (or half-innocent) soul has been driven nearly insane by the pressure of the evil thoughts of others, by the will-driven thoughts of others.
            Let me advise such not further to weaken themselves by fear, but to strengthen themselves by prayer.
            I have said that there is a god and a devil in every one of you. Turn to the god for protection from the devil. If there were no devil in you, the devils of others could not harm you. Remember that.
            Set your own devil to serve your own god.
            If you want to use signs and symbols, meditate on the cross of Christ. The cross of Christ is profound enough for a lifetime’s meditation.
            Do not use evil magic to protect yourself against evil magic. Call on the god within to send evil back to its source.

            Protect yourself before sleep by prayer to your god for protection. The evil workers can sometimes reach your soul in sleep when they cannot reach you while awake. The child’s prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep,” is more potent than a magician’s spells.
            Childish, you say? Yes, but I am writing now for those who are children in these things, be they seven or seventy.
            Of all countries on earth, America is the most abysmally ignorant of the dangers of evil magic. Be willing to be children until you acquire adult knowledge of these subjects.
            “I am in no danger, for I understand these things,” is often said with self-gratulation by these who are in the very grip of the evil forces. Truly, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

            If you want an added protection, my children, guard your own evil passions and resentful thoughts, your jealous emotions and unkind criticism of others. The devils ride on waves of anger and resentment.

            Beware also of temptations, remembering that young souls are tempted through their faults, greater souls through their virtues.
            Be not deceived into saying there is no evil. Evil is—so long as good is.
            “Beyond good and evil” is a state to which few of you can aspire, and you have no conception of it. But “beyond good and evil” is a mighty slogan for the temptation and bewilderment of vain souls.
            When you are really beyond good and evil you will not gossip about your neighbors, nor envy them their charm or possessions, nor try to use them for your own ends, nor worry lest some evil person shall do you harm, nor twist your faults till they seem virtues, nor deceive yourself as to your motives.
            Examine yourselves, my children. Look for your faults. If you can find no fault in yourself, hang your harp on the nearest willow, for your progress is at an end.
            Man progresses through recognizing his faults, through transmuting them and transcending them. If you are perfect, this world is no place for you.
            “Beyond good and evil,” indeed!

            Judge not, that ye be not judged. But do not flirt with the devil to prove that you judge him not.
            Yes, all men are your brothers, even bad men. Attend to your own affairs, and leave the issue with God.
            This much to you, dear children of the world, from my vantage place above your passions.

 July 25.

Letter L

LETTER XLVIII