MY attention has been arrested by the address
delivered in the Adyar course by Dr. Daly and reported in the September Theosophist.
It is entitled "Clairvoyance."
Who are the teachers of clairvoyance, and those
who advise that it be practiced? In the main, the first are mediums, and any
investigator knows how little they know. Every one of them differs from every
other in his powers. The majority have only one sort of clairvoyance; here and
there are some who combine, at most, three classes of the faculty. Not a single
one is able to mentally see behind the image or idea perceived, and cannot say
in a given case whether the image seen is the object itself or the result of a
thought from another mind. For in these planes of perception the thoughts of
men become as objective as material objects are to our human eyes. It is true
that a clairvoyant can tell you that what is being thus perceived is not
apprehended by the physical eye, but beyond that he cannot go. Of this I have
had hundreds of examples. In 99 out of 100 instances the seer mistook the
thought from another mind for a clairvoyant perception of a living person or
The occult septenary scheme in nature with all its modifications produces multiple effects, and no mere clairvoyant is able to see the truth that underlies the simplest instance of clairvoyant perception. If a man moves from one chair to another, immediately hundreds of possibilities arise for the clairvoyant eye, and he alone who is a highly trained and philosophical seer - an adept, in short - can combine them all so as to arrive at true clear-perception. In the simple act described almost all the centres of force in the moving being go into operation, and each one produces its own peculiar effect in the astral light. At once the motion made and thoughts aroused elicit their own sound, color, motion in ether, amount of etheric light, symbolic picture, disturbance of elemental forces, and so on through the great catalogue. Did but one wink his eye, the same effects follow in due order. And the seer can perceive but that which attunes itself to his own development and personal peculiarities, all limited in force and degree.
What, may I ask, do clairvoyants know of the law
of prevention or encrustation which is acting always with many people? Nothing,
absolutely nothing. How do they explain those cases where, try as they will,
they cannot see anything whatever regarding certain things? Judging from human
nature and the sordidness of many schools of clairvoyance, are we not safe in
affirming that if there were any real or reliable clairvoyance about us
now-a-days among those who offer to teach it or take pay for it, long ago
fortunes would have been made by them, banks despoiled, lost articles found,
and friends more often reunited? Admitting that there have been sporadic
instances of success on these lines, does not the exception prove that true
clairvoyance is not understood or likely to be?