Magic Or Magnetism?
According to Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) …
“A miracle is the cosmetics of the actual experience. In the passenger seat, you can be a farmer. In the driver’s seat, you gotta be a scientist””
Baron Du Potet de Sennevoy (Magnetism and Magic, 1852, edited & translated by A.H.E. Lee, 1927) wrote …
“Every magnetic sign is also magical, for it contains within itself a germ which can bring light to others. Every magnetic sleep is magical: but nowadays those who can cause it do not know its real meaning. Indeed, we ought to substitute the word ‘Magism’ for ‘Magnetism.’ The presence of magic can soon be detected. During experiments we have only to notice the results of the first rapports set up between two nervous systems; it is clear that thoughts have begun to travel and can bear commands invisibly through clothes and flesh, and traverse walls and spaces. All healing without the usual medicines is due to a quickening force acting on matter: its mechanism has already been described. The discovery during sleep (or in the waking state, when magically aroused) of hidden objects is a result of the same power possessed by the soul acting from an external impulse. Seeing through opaque bodies or at a long distance can only be achieved by momentarily breaking the close relationship of spirit and matter: magical operation. Insensibility (to pain, etc.) is in the same category; produced magnetically, it differs entirely from anæsthesia (caused by drugs or other material). Thought transference, so far as it is known, belongs to Magic. Many magnetizers used Magic unconsciously. Freemasonry contains this knowledge, but is powerless, retaining nothing but the words, and so is ineffective. There are other ‘magicians’ who are mere ignoramuses, perhaps rogues as well: their confections of white of eggs, toads, etc., are useless. Our famous philosophers understand only the spoken word, whereas the first condition of magical operation is silence. Our priesthoods can perform no miracle, though they believe in God: they can pray, and that is all. Doctors, similarly, cannot ensure the efficacy of drugs: they can produce no sleep save by drugs. Those of ancient days were diviners and seers: those of to-day are mechanics. Nature cannot answer those who do not know how to summon her.
Re: breaking the close relationship of spirit and matter.
According to the same source …
“I take a glass of water. I will it to be no longer water, but wine, eau-de-vie, or even medicine, and it will produce the same effects as any of these agents would. Alas! one can poison people thus. Let evil-minded magnetists be warned that we know all they can do. Need the magnetized person sleep for the production of these results? Not at all: he may be wide-awake, in possession of his reason, and yet unable to resist this creation which people call ‘imaginary.'”
Does voodoo exist?
Voodoo is easily recognized in cultures that accept it.
Voodoo is just as real but unrecognizable in cultures denying its existence.