"One must add a word on spiritism, which is a sort of indiscriminate necromancy- one might prefer the word necrophilia- by amateurs. They make themselves perfectly passive, and, so far from employing any methods of protection, deliberately invite all and sundry spirits, demons, shells of the dead, all the excrement and filth of earth and hell, to squirt their slime over them...Devoid of every spark of the divine light which was his birthright, a prey before death to the ghastly tenants of the grave, the wretch... is a `nearly liquid mass of loathsome, of detestable putrescence.'
The student of this Holy Magick is most earnestly warned against frequenting their seances, or even admitting them to his presence."
Aleister Crowley, "Magick in Theory and Practice"
The essential issue in channeling, mediumship, spiritualism, or whatever you want to call it, is "Just exactly who or what is it you're talking to?" For instance, if you try to use a Ouija board, it's highly likely that you'll pick up the "all and sundry" described above, so this must be a condemned practice.
The spiritualists of the late 1800's seemed to assume that the ghosts of the dead would be worth talking to, since "they have no reason to lie" and "they gain wisdom/knowledge on the other side." Both of these assumptions are rather dubious. In those days, the mediums would also produce many strange phenomena, later determined in many instances to be faked.
More modern spiritualists, such as J.Z. Knight and Jane Roberts, don't go in for phenomena, they just talk funny. Some channelers won't even talk funny.
I am of the opinion that non-material beings may exist, and that it may be possible to contact them. From my own personal experience, I have not done so, except in dreams, and in one peculiar experience when I was feeling depressed and "something" tapped me on the shoulder, and I felt much better (I was totally alone in the room).
Where psychic powers are concerned, whether it be fortune-telling, healing, clairvoyance, or channeling, and money is also involved, I'm highly suspicious. I have not read Ramtha. I have read one of the Seth books and that which was in it that I didn't find silly, you could find elsewhere. (My warning to all who seek a teacher or guru: the information is available elsewhere.)
In dealing with non-material beings, the magician has the right and necessity to determine exactly who and what these beings are. Are they who they say they are? By consulting the appropriate texts, you will find methods to test these entities
If you want to invoke a non-material entity, invoke your Holy Guardian Angel. Why bother with anyone else?
Crowley's first wife Rose acted as a medium and from this came "The Book of the Law." She later became an alcoholic (I may have the chronology wrong, and there may not necessarily be a connection between the two events.)
Holy books are said to be insprired by God. Poets claim to be inspired.
Who really wrote this article?
In closing, I think another Crowley quote is apt:
"In this book is spoken of the sephiroth and the paths, of spirits and conjurations, of gods, spheres, planes, and many other things which may or may not exist. It is immaterial whether they exist or not. By doing certain things, certain results follow; students are most earnestly warned against attributing objective reality or philosophical validity to any of them."
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