THE act of true intending is widely misunderstood, because there are hidden aspects of so-called intent consisting solely of desire for personal fulfillment.
Seducing the public to desire beauty, riches and power is the undisguised theme of thousands of self-help books written by money seeking modern gurus.
But there is a higher, purer and more unselfish level of intention in true occultism. It is the unseen power to bring to pass desired results without personal motives.
Success at this level requires a knowledge far beyond any kind of falsehood, and is based on knowledge of an innate spiritual force in man and nature. Those who practiced it in ancient times were the initiates, the wise ones called “Magi” — the source of the word “magic.”
Lynne McTaggart, author of The Intention Experiment, featured in Dan Brown’s Book – The Lost Symbol: “…human consciousness, as Noetic author Lynne McTaggart described it, was a substance outside the confines of the body. A highly ordered energy capable of changing the physical world.”
“Katherine (Solomon) had been fascinated by McTaggart’s book ‘The Intention Experiment’, and her global, Web-based study – theintentionexperiment.com— aimed at discovering how human intention could affect the world.”
— Dan Brown, “The Lost Symbol” (Random House, 2009)
A Force in Nature
It is relatively easy to learn tricks and spells, Mme. Blavatsky writes, “and the methods of using the subtler, but still material, forces of physical nature.”
The force of selfish human desire awakens darker powers, Theosophy says. Unless the motive is pure, destructive passions are often aroused, and even unconsciously will do harm to others and to nature.
In the article Practical Occultism, H. P. Blavatsky warns of this: “it is the motive alone which makes any exercise of power become black, malignant, or white, beneficent Magic,” she writes, “and unless the intention is entirely unalloyed…
“the spiritual will transform itself into the psychic, act on the astral plane, and dire results may be produced by it.”
“It is impossible to employ spiritual forces, she maintains, “if there is the slightest tinge of selfishness [or separateness] remaining in the operator.”
“Sow a Thought, Reap an Act;
Sow an Act, Reap a Habit;
Sow a Habit, Reap a Character;
Sow a Character, Reap a Destiny.”
“Cut asunder with the sword of spiritual knowledge,
this doubt which existeth in thy heart.”
– Krishna, (Bhagavad-Gita, Ch. IV)
Karma and Intent
Excerpts from Occultism
by H. P. Blavatsky
“The powers and forces of animal nature can equally be used by the selfish and revengeful, as by the unselfish and the all-forgiving.
“The powers and forces of spirit lend themselves only to the perfectly pure in heart, and this is DIVINE MAGIC.”
“In reality, there is no such thing as ‘Separateness’ — and the nearest approach to that selfish state, which the laws of life permit, is in the intent or motive.”
“It is an occult law, moreover, that no man can rise superior to his individual failings, without lifting, be it ever so little, the whole body of which he is an integral part. In the same way, no one can sin, nor suffer the effects of sin, alone.”
“True occultism or theosophy is the ‘great renunciation of SELF,’ unconditionally and absolutely, in thought as in action.”
“And, although it is the intention that decides primarily whether white or black magic is exercised, yet the results even of involuntary, unconscious sorcery cannot fail to be productive of bad karma.”
“It is altruism, not egoism even in its most legal and noble conception, that can lead the unit to merge its little self in the universal selves.
“It is to these needs and to this work that the true disciple of true occultism has to devote himself, if he would obtain theo-sophy, divine wisdom and knowledge.”
As with any spiritual work, controlling the thought-producing mind is the first step. The necessity of discerning reality from illusion, is taught in the Voice of the Silence.
And recognizing the false superiority of matter and form, sensing instead the energy and reality of consciousness.
“Having become indifferent to objects of perception,
the pupil must seek out the rajah of the senses, the Thought-Producer, he who awakes illusion.”
“The Mind is the great Slayer of the Real,” repeats the Voice: “Let the Disciple slay the Slayer”— because it is our minds that create our illusions.
Gradual awakenings are a hallmark of H. P. Blavatsky’s teachings in The Secret Doctrine. “As we rise in the scale of development we perceive that during the stages through which we have passed,” she writes, “we mistook shadows for realities.”
“… and the upward progress of the Ego is a series of progressive awakenings, each advance bringing with it the idea that now, at last, we have reached ‘reality.'”
“But only when we shall have reached the Absolute Consciousness, and blended our own with it, shall we be free from the delusions produced by illusion.”
Intent to Heal
Centers of Attraction
But what practical measures can we take to achieve freedom from delusion? An example of the popular idiom “be careful what you ask for” is the law of attraction, described first in the article Karma, by William Q. Judge:
Directing our mind to the physical world and desires, he warns, “a ‘fire’ or centre of attraction, is set up there, in order to feed and fatten it.”
“The energies of the whole upper plane [intentions] are drawn down and exhausted in supplying the need of energy which exists below due to the indulgence of sense gratification.”
If 0ur energy is centered instead in our highest intentions, “then all the needed energy goes there,” he says, “to result in increase of spirituality.”
“It must be remembered that Nature is all bountiful and withholds not her hand. The demand is made, and the supply will come.”
“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.”
~ Gautama Buddha
Wonderful presentation. Intention is a powerful energy.
Thanks for your comment. Namaste!
Wow this post was packed full of…. something I find nourishing. I just wonder; without dark, how would life renew? I think dark and light are void and that is why existence is always teetering on either side of perfection with the belief that it is all wrong, but the point is to continue onward. If all is light, we have no lines, no art, no experience. If all is life and nothing is death, we would have put an end to birth. I love the Blavatsky references. Have you read Occult Anatomy of Man by Manly Palmer Hall? It is quite nourishing as well!
According to The Secret Doctrine: “The essence of darkness being absolute light, Darkness is taken as the appropriate allegorical representation of the condition of the Universe during Pralaya, or the term of absolute rest, or non-being, as it appears to our finite minds. . . . According to the tenets of Eastern Occultism, DARKNESS is the one true actuality, the basis and the root of light, without which the latter could never manifest itself, nor even exist. Light is matter, and DARKNESS pure Spirit. Darkness, in its radical, metaphysical basis, is subjective and absolute light; while the latter in all its seeming effulgence and glory, is merely a mass of shadows, as it can never be eternal, and is simply an illusion, or Maya.” (SD 1:69-70)
Would it be accordingly accurate then to say; darkness is the creator of light… Or is it more accurate to say; darkness is the canvas/environment that lends the contrast for light to be? It seems like we only sense the differences, only perceive the motion (matter is an illusion of motion), and the contrast is the art of perception.
“Indeed, in the opinion of many Theosophists [the atom] is a far greater mystery than the soul,” Blavatsky said, “because some say they have seen that which may be soul; which looks like it—and no man has been, any time, so fortunate or unfortunate as to have seen an atom. … Nor has any scientist seen matter, or what they think is matter. “Spirit is matter on the seventh plane; matter is spirit – on the lowest point of its cyclic activity; and both – are MAYA [illusion] according to the occult teachings.” (SD 1:633)
My fiancé and I listened to the audio book a few months ago. Blavatsky has made it to our favorites list. I appreciate a mind free enough to make a statement like, “Nor has any scientist seen matter”, especially coming from a female in that time.
Agreed. Thanks for your comments and questions….Namaste!