"This too shall pass" Magic: black vs white (Tape 39)
The idea of a reality, what is real, is a subject of considerable necessity to think about. We generally have been taught to believe and accept that everything that we could touch, that we could see, that we could handle in any way, (in other words, that could respond to the senses), is "real." Anything that was not capable of being sensed directly by the senses was considered "unreal."
Then, of course, there are agreements between people on certain ideas, and they have agreed that certain ideas are facts. So these are considered to be a "reality." That actually is only agreement. Basically all the sensing is only an agreement.
In the idea of the schools only that which is real is that which can bring about things. It is always considered to be invisible. In fact, even the person is considered to be invisible, and that one can see the outward tools which I, X uses, and the body is considered to be a tool and is not real because it is considered to be an event. It has a beginning, and it has an end. A human body has a beginning. It originates as a small baby. The baby goes out of existence, and a child is in existence. The child exists for a while and goes out of existence. Then there is an adolescent, and in a little while the adolescent goes out of existence. There's an adult, and then the young adult goes out of existence. There is a middle-aged person, and the middle-aged person goes out of existence. An old man or an old woman is around, and then they depart. So it is considered to be an event.
A tree originates from an acorn in the ground with the soil and the sunlight which exists for a certain number of years, and then ceases to exist. That is considered to be an event. So all the things that can be sensed are considered to be events.
Now, this is not to be accepted, agreed to, or rejected; it is something to experiment with - that that which is real is that which interprets the senses, that sees events, evaluates events, experiences events, so that which is real is that which experiences and recognizes the events. In this way, one has a different sense of reality.
The whole idea of the school is that there will be a new man. A new man sees differently first, and seeing differently has a new attitude. Having a different attitude, he has a different behavior. Having all these he has a different state of being. He has an entirely different concept, or experiencing, or inward sensing of I - that inner sense of comprehension that sees the relationships of situations, events and things. All of these he begins to see differently. So a transformation has taken place. A new man has been born from the old man who saw things of the senses as real, and all other things as unreal, has been completely reversed. Consequently, there is a starting place.
So let's start with beginning to see and experiment as an attempted way of seeing things. Now, we are not going to accept this. We are going to find out for self. We are going to see if something comes into being and then goes out of being, and that it was an event. We'll take a watch for an example. It was a bunch of assorted pieces of metal from here, there and else where. Before that, it was ore. The ore ceased to exist as ore to make the metal. Then it was an event for it to be ore. Then it was in ingot form possibly. Then the ingot went out of existence, and then it began to be molded into specific parts so the ingot was an event. The various parts of the watch are put together; and only until they are assembled, is it a watch. Then it begins the event of being a watch. Sometime or other it is disintegrated - it wears out, is broken apart in falls or accidents, or what have you. It goes out of existence as a watch; and that event as a watch is over. Now there is a new event as junk. Then that goes out of existence too. The complete cycle has been made. So as one begins to observe events, one has a different sense entirely about them. One has a different state or attitude about events.
It is told in a story that a certain great man, a king we suppose, asked all of his counselors to make him a ring with an insignia or an inscription on it that when he was too high or overly delighted with his ability, his powers, and the comforts of everything--or if he might begin to be vain and think he had done all of this; he wanted the ring to remind him that any time he was sad or down in the dumps, he wanted it to remind him so he could be back to a more serene state. So his wise counselors tried all they could, and they finally found a man who said he could give that formula. So they engraved on the ring "this too will pass."
As long as one sees that everything is an event, one doesn't have a false expectation that this will always be the case, and then obviously, when it is not, (because all events are very limited, even the longest one), then he would not be disappointed, feel hurt, and start on the vicious cycle. But by being aware that "this too will pass," one sees that everything is an event, and that events only come to pass away, then one doesn't begin to be identified with the things of the senses. One knows that they are there. They may be useful, they may be interesting, and they may be uncomfortable. But whatever the situation, this too will pass away.
As one observes and sees reality as a series of events, one is liberated very decidedly. One is much more conscious of suggestions because they seem to suggest that everything is going to be permanent, and that unless one makes very great plans, one will be in a permanent unpleasant state or that one will lose some desirable state because something will happen, or that evil is always present. But if the person who sees that all are events, is not identified with these various events, then he is much less suggestible.
Suggestions lead us to the ideas of magic which the ancients had. There were two brands of magic. The persons who were interested in magic went in two different directions. One wanted to rule other people, to rule all things, and to control events. He wasn't free to experience them - he wanted to control. He was under the influence of mammon - that the whole purpose of living was to gain pleasure and escape pain on all levels, and he wanted power in order to achieve this. The greatest power to achieve this control over people is suggestion and how to use it. A man with any kind of qualifications, either a man controlled by black magic or by mammon, can learn all the arts of suggestion. It doesn't evolve him; it only puts him more in bondage because that which he controls, also controls him. But he doesn't believe that. So the greatest temptation that a person beginning to know about the human mind, is to be a black magician and use it to control because it is so easy. One feels one attains very quickly.
So one begins to practice suggestion whether that be auto suggestion or suggestion to others. He intends to control by suggestion, knowing that he is dealing with an invisible force. I always reports to X what it feels to be true, and X always operates upon what I reports as being true. So it is very easy to gain power over other people. Autosuggestion, or as it is some times called today, positive thinking, is an attempt to suggest from the conditioning to I (which is asleep in that case) to report to X that such and such is the case, when one really feels that it is not. It understands that not only does the awareness, the suggestible aspect of man, respond to exact words, but it also responds to certain sounds. You can make certain sounds on an organ and you will see people with tears in their eyes. Why? Because the sounds work by association, and the black magician is well aware of the association of the mind. Therefore, he is able to control people by suggesting things that will remind one of the state which he wishes to induce in his subject.
So the black magician controls self and others by increasing dependency. He has them depend on something. So if a man is conditioned to accept that he has good luck when he has a rabbit's foot, a certain coin, or that he has had certain events take place through the day, he is dependent upon this thing. He is dependent upon getting in a certain state. Maybe he is dependent upon having total quietness in order to get in the state he wants. So it increases the dependency, both of the operator and those who are operated upon. It certainly increases superstition, because as long as the man doesn't know what is happening and how it comes about or any sort of thing that has an association of power, he is subject to it.
In a certain area of the deep South, if a man came out of his house in the morning and saw two crossed chicken feet, feet cut off of a frying chicken, lying crossed on his door step or somewhere on his walkway to the street, the man would be in an utter state of panic because he knows that a black magician is practicing voodoo on him, and he feels that he has no chance because the black magician has marked him out. He is much like a member of the Mafia - he knows there's a contract out on him. There is no place to go where he can be safe, so he is in an utter state of panic and as long as this continues-- superstition increases. lt increases all manner of violence both psychic violence and physical violence, because the desire to control puts someone else in bondage. Anyone in bondage begins to be violent, and the one trying to hold the person in bondage is violent. So there is an increase in violence. Control produces a sense of slavery and a slave master. The slave master is under as much control as the slave is. The slave master has to be there to maintain his control so he can't leave his subject--his slave, so both the slave master and the slave are caught.
So we see very widespread indications of black magic. We ordinarily don't think of it as being such, but let's begin to observe forms of black magic. This will be our assignment for the next few days: to observe how many courses are taught on how to control other people. You might call it salesmanship under certain things. Certain ideas are called "leadership", but it is always based on the ability to suggest without the person knowing that the suggestion is being made. When there is the scientific practice of hypnosis, where the idea is to discover how the whole thing works, and to gain certain clues, it is called "overt hypnosis." A subject is willing to provide half of the experiment and an operator is willing to provide the other half of the experiment, and see what happens. The other kind is when the person operated upon, the subject, doesn't know he is being hypnotized; and in many cases the operator doesn't even know he's doing it. He is taught certain techniques to be used on all people he comes in contact with for the benefit of someone else. So he really doesn't know that he is being a hypnotist. This is called "covert hypnosis." In other words, it is covered up and hidden. It is behind the scenes. It sounds like logic and reason. It sounds like many other things.
So let's observe as much as we can where we see one person controlling another, many times without the controller knowing that he is doing the controlling. He calls it being a successful salesman, or having leadership ability, or many other things. He may call it instilling loyalty, or he may call it motivating people. There are all sorts of beautiful names for it, but it still comes out to control - one person controlling another. There is a great temptation to do it. Just so that you could be tempted if you want, we'll give you the most appropriate way in the world to do it. You see, you use the basic picture of man. You know that everyone wants pleasure and to escape pain on all levels, and you know the easiest methods to do it--both "A" and "B." So you complain for the person instead of complaining for self. You stick up for their rights. You tell them how different they are, that's appealing to decision number 5, and you tell them who is to blame for the reason they are in the state they are in. You will find that that person will do anything that you want.
WE POINT THIS OUT, NOT TO BE USED, BUT TO BE AWARE WHEN IT IS BEING USED ON YOU. In other words, be aware of "covert hypnosis." Somebody complains for you--tells you how you have been mistreated--how you are unfortunate--how you are discriminated against because of your sex, or your color, or your religion. They are doing much complaining for you and then they stick up for your rights, so that you can have exactly your way when you want it, or that you will be admired and respected. They will tell you how different you are; and that the only reason that you are being victimized, as they are saying, is because of some certain really wonderful attribute about you; and they will show you who or what the evil ones are that are doing it. If you will be aware of this, you will be aware of many incoming suggestions. We trust and pray that no one will use it to control another, but that one will use it to avoid being controlled by those who knowingly or unknowingly would control one.
All the control of the black magician is achieved by suggestion. It is very easy to be a black magician as we have just pointed out. MAY WE REMARK THAT THE BLACK MAGICIAN ALWAYS DIES FROM HIS OWN MAGIC! He is dead within and he dies without from his own magic. He has no desire to know self--to be aware. He is interested in control--the four dual basic urges.
For this reason in various ancient books on black magic, it says that the magician sold his soul to the devil. In other words, mammon is the devil and a man has to sell out and serve him 100%; and then he is a black magician if he knows the technique. He can sell out and not be a magician too. That's possibly even more pathetic, isn't it?
Now, the other people who understand the human being, recognize conditioning, and know how suggestion works, are interested in liberating self first, and then others from under this control of suggestion--from the control of association, and from all the other forms under which control or hypnosis comes upon them. They are called "white magicians". They are interested in liberation. They want to liberate first self, and then they will liberate others. In other words, they have to get the block out of their own eye so they can help get the specks out of other people's eyes.
You see the "black magician" still has a block in his eye; and he is going to "help" people by suggesting them into feeling good without removing the source of their stress. They, of course, come up with much worse conditions before very long.
The white magician liberates people from dependency because he gets them to see the self, to see what they are really struggling for--to question the four dual basic urges as being the purpose of living. To question the methods that's been used to achieve the four dual basic urges. It begins to be a liberation from dependency, from suggestion, from violence of all forms, from slavery of being controlled by suggestion both psychically and physically, and from all manner of conditioning. Most of all, he is interested in liberating the person from being controlled by suggestion.
We will never be beyond the point of being subject to suggestion, but we can be liberated from control of suggestion when we begin to see it. When one recognizes the method of the "black magician" to complain for one--to stick up for one's rights--to tell one how different one is--how important one is--and who is to blame, one recognizes the black magician.
Adolph Hitler some years ago was a master black magician. He complained for the German people. He stuck up for their rights--he told them they were very different from all other people-he told them that they were pure Aryans, whatever that may have meant--then he told them that the Jewish people and the other countries around about them (the Jews within Germany and the people around them) were the cause of all their trouble. He made them into a race of madmen, not because they were vicious - they were kind gentle people. But they were caught by suggestion. They were caught by the trick of the black magician who complained for them, stuck up for their rights, told them how different they were, told them who was to blame. One could have total power over the individual as Adolph Hitler had power over millions of individuals in Germany. The black magicians are called shamans in a certain language; and they are power seekers. They put people into bondage through suggestion, with the illusion of supposedly liberating them, and giving them great rewards in the future. All the shaman's control is gained by suggestion.
The white magician is usually called a teacher or an advanced student, and his whole business is to eliminate stress from the individual by not agreeing with him that he is a victim and giving him certain ideas to work with so that he can discover for himself the state he is in--and the way out. The white magicians carry the tools of the trade. This is why sometimes they were called builders, or sometimes called shepherds or sometimes called fishers because they carried the tools of the trade. They were the lamp--not the light. They were the lamp that supplied the light--but the light is one's own personal investigation.
So let's also see if we can observe some examples of white magic. We have looked to see where there are examples of black magic, but now we will look to see where there is teaching that puts a person in contact with the Inner Self, that that "self" may be understood, and thereby rendered inoperative by X--and that I and X then run the household. Certain ideas or tools can be given to one, but one must use them for oneself. One cannot have it done for one. There isn't any other way. But the tools can be supplied. The whole work of the teacher or the advanced student is to give material that if the student uses, they will be awake. They will be aware. They will be different people if they use it. They are no longer under the control of the black magician. It is sometimes considered to be very difficult and very dangerous to be a white magician. However, he has life everlasting! But the Way is not the way of ease and comfort. It is the way of work and an ever increasing challenge and responsibility.
So we will ask you to make two lines on your sheet. In one column you will observe examples of black magic--of black magicians. In the other, you will put instances of white magic. We are not talking about what you can read in a book. We are talking about what you may see in your everyday life.
Don't be too surprised if the column under the white magician is practically, if not entirely, blank at the end of the week. But look, and look very carefully. You may find someone who is liberating another by giving them certain tools to work with--not by doing the work for them.
In other words, the white magician is usually misunderstood. He doesn't give a lot of help. In fact, sometimes he is considered to be heartless and cold, because he is not "sentimental," because sentimentality [*see note for definition] is feeling sorry for a person; and it is putting them deeper in bondage. You know, sentimentality has a wonderful name; and if you will observe many gatherers of funds for great organizations, there is one or so every month that is gathering funds for a "dis-ease" of all things--you know, they are going to fight it-- "we're going to catch it and run it in a corner, and we'll build munitions, and we're going to run it off", and most of that is based on sentimentality, if you will observe. You will not find the white magician being sentimental.
Do observe if you can find some example of a white magician. You certainly won't have to look too hard to find many black magicians and his ideas of putting man under control. Look carefully because this looking may be one of the more valuable things you ever do. To be able to recognize the black magician is to prevent him from having power over you.
· Each of us has a different definition of sentimentality, so here's my teacher's definition plus…….
Sentimentality - Identifying with others as a victim
Compassion - Seeing an individual as an invited guest who always acts perfectly for the way he understands.