True Occult Knowledge Gives You Practical
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Astral Colors and Thought Forms
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Chapter I. What Is the Human Aura
The subtle, invisible emanation radiating from every individual.
An ethereal radiation
. The egg-shaped human nebula. Psychic
atmosphere sensed by everyone, but seen by but few. The clairvoyant
vision. The phosphorescent flame, and luminous cloud.
The colors in the aura and what they mean. Effect
states, emotion and passion, upon its aura. The human aura
is a very important and interesting phase of every personality.
The finer forces, the most powerful.
Chapter II. The Prana Aura
Prana, the Vital Force, Life Essence. How it affects the
human aura. Health Aura. Physical Aura. Health Magnetism.
Peculiar appearance of Prana Aura. How animals follow trails of
Prana Aura particles. The tiny electric sparks, and vibratory movements.
How one may perceive the vibrations of Prana Aura.
Interesting experiments. Seeing Prana Aura by ordinary vision.
Prana Aura and Magnetic Healing.
Chapter III. The Astral Colors
Each mental or emotional state has its own astral hue, tint,
shade or color. The Primary Colors, Red, Blue and Yellow. The
Secondary Colors, Green, Orange and Purple. The combinations
of Olive, Russet and Citrine. Black and White, and how formed.
Key to the Astral Colors. Red the Physical Color; Blue, the
Spiritual; Yellow, the Mental. White and Black the two poles
of Spirituality. Rainbow astral colors. Whirlpools of flame.
Flashes of astral light. A wonderful phenomena. Practice will
enable almost everyone to perceive plainly the outlines of the
Chapter IV. The Astral Colors (Continued)
Interpretations of the Astral Color Group. The Red Group.
The varying reds of vitality and health; the shades of love; high
and low; the crimson of sensuality; the scarlet plane of anger
and passion. The Yellow Group of Orange, and the Pride of Intellect.
The Golden Yellow of Intellectual Attainment. The
haloes of the great teachers. The lemon hue of inferior intellect.
The Green Group. The high and low greens. The green of love
of nature. The green of Altruism. The green of sympathy. The
dull green of insincerity and deceit. The ruddy green of Jealousy
and malice. The Blue Group. The great souls of the spiritual and
religious emotions. The Brown Group. The Gray Group. Black
Group. White Group. The Great White light.
Chapter V. The Aura Kaleidoscope
What the astral body is composed of. Also the etheric double.
The ever changing clouds of aura coloring. Placid scenes and
furious storms of the Aura. Opalescent effects. The pearly color
of the etheric substance. The Aura of mental activity. The
Aura of reverie or sleep. The Aura of anger and passion. The
Aura of hate. The Aura of love. The Aura of churches, prisons,
hospitals and places of vice. The Aura of character and of
passing feeling. Astral atmospheres of buildings and places.
Collective and composite auras. A key to some great and deep
occult teachings, and esoteric mysteries. How the trained occultist
is able to ascertain the character, and tendencies of a person.
Chapter VI. Thought Form
What a Thought Form is and what it is made of. How Thought
Forms are created. How Thought Forms travel. How Thought
Forms affect persons. Why some Thought Forms are semi-living,
elemental forces. Various forms and classes of Thought Forms.
Full description of their character, appearance and effect. Thought
Form whirls and swirls. Rotation Thought Forms. Thought
Form whirlpools. Explosive Thought Forms. Thought Form
bombs. Octopus Thought Form. How Thought Forms are projected
and why they travel. A wonderful study of a fascinating
Chapter VII. Psychic Influence of Color
Action and Re-action. Effect of Color on Mental States and
Emotions. How certain tints affect persons favorably and unfavorably.
The calming effect of restful greens. "Seeing Red."
Gloomy Black. Depressing Grays. Angry Reds. Soothing Blues.
Illuminating Yellows. The Psychology of Color. Healing Effect
of Colors. The principles of Healing by Colors. Effect of color
upon character and morals. Color in Child Life. Interesting and
instructive information and teaching.
Chapter VIII. Auric Magnetism
Human Magnetism. The Auric Reservoir of Magnetism. Magnetic
Healing, how caused and why it occurs. Use of its hands.
Flow of etheric force. New Methods of Magnetic Healing. Use
of Auric Colors. Analysis and Full Explanation. Absent treatment
by Auric Color Vibration. Tables of Auric Healing Colors,
showing effect on Nervous System, Blood and Organs. Helpful
suggestion in Auric Color Healing. How to Treat yourself and
others by this method. Healing by the Great White Light.
Chapter IX. Developing the Aura
How to build up a strong, positive Aura. How to flood the
Aura with the right vibration. How to influence the color in the
Aura. "Holding the Thought." Reflecting Color States. Principles
of Occult Color Re-action. Self-analysis. Self-Treatment
for Character and Qualities. Effect of visualizing colors.
How to get the keynote of Color vibrations. The Key of Success.
Chapter X. The Protective Aura
A forbidden subject plainly discussed. Need of Occult protection.
How to change the Aura so that it will repel physical contagion
and psychic attacks. How to Guard the body by Auric
Colors. How to energize and illumine the mind, so as to protect
against mental influences. The protective Golden Aura. How
to protect your emotional nature from undesirable vibrations. The
Great Auric Circle of Protection. The oldest occultist's instructions
regarding building up of the protective Aura. How to fill
the aura with vibrations of health and physical strength. How
to protect yourself from the low passions and feelings of others.
The Aura of great moral teachers. How those in ignorance of
occult laws have been led from the moral path. The Auric Circle
of Protection. The crumbs of teaching scattered through this book,
other than those concerning the Aura. Those for whom these
teachings are intended will recognize and appreciate them. A
shelter for soul, mind and body against psychic influence. An
infallible Armor against all force of attack. The Great White
Light. Words from the Master.
WHAT IS THE HUMAN AURA?
The above question is frequently asked
the student of occultism by some one
who has heard the term but who is
unfamiliar with its meaning. Simple as the
question may seem, it is by no means easy
to answer it, plainly and clearly in a few
words, unless the hearer already has a general
acquaintance with the subject of occult
science. Let us commence at the beginning,
and consider the question from the point of
view of the person who has just heard the
term for the first time.
The dictionaries define the word aura as:
"Any subtle, invisible emanation or exhalation."
The English authorities, as a rule, attribute
the origin of the word to a Latin term
meaning "air," but the Hindu authorities insist
that it had its origin in the Sanscrit root
Ar, meaning the spoke of a wheel, the significance
being perceived when we remember the
fact that the human aura radiates from the
body of the individual in a manner similar to
the radiation of the spokes of a wheel from
the hub thereof. The Sanscrit origin of the
term is the one preferred by occultists, although
it will be seen that the idea of an
aerial emanation, indicated by the Latin root,
is not foreign to the real significance of the
Be the real origin of the term what it may,
the idea of the human aura is one upon which
all occultists are in full agreement and harmony,
and the mention of which is found in
all works upon the general subject of occultism.
So we shall begin by a consideration of
the main conception thereof, as held by all
advanced occultists, ancient and modern, omitting
little points of theoretical variance between
the different schools.
Briefly, then, the human aura may be described
as a fine, ethereal radiation or emanation
surrounding each and every living human
being. It extends from two to three feet, in
all directions, from the body. It assumes an
oval shape—a great egg-shaped nebula surrounding
the body on all sides for a distance
of two or three feet. This aura is sometimes
referred to, in ordinary terms, as the "psychic
atmosphere" of a person, or as his "magnetic
This atmosphere or aura is apparent to a
large percentage of persons in the sense of
the psychic awareness generally called "feeling,"
though the term is not a clear one. The
majority of persons are more or less aware
of that subtle something about the personality
of others, which can be sensed or felt in a
clear though unusual way when the other
persons are near by, even though they may
be out of the range of the vision. Being outside
of the ordinary range of the five senses,
we are apt to feel that there is something
queer or uncanny about these feelings of projected
personality. But every person, deep in
his heart, knows them to be realities and admits
their effect upon his impressions regarding
the persons from whom they emanate.
Even small children, infants even, perceive
this influence, and respond to it in the matter
of likes and dislikes.
But, human testimony regarding the existence
and character of the human aura does not
stop with the reports of the psychic senses to
which we have just referred. There are
many individuals of the race—a far greater
percentage than is generally imagined—who
have the gift of psychic sight more or less developed.
Many persons have quite a well-developed
power of this kind, who do not
mention it to their acquaintances for fear of
ridicule, or of being thought "queer." In addition
to these persons, there are here and
there to be found well-developed, clear-sighted,
or truly clairvoyant persons, whose powers of
psychic perception are as highly developed as
are the ordinary senses of the average individual.
And, the reports of these persons, far
apart in time and space though they may be,
have always agreed on the main points of
psychic phenomena, particularly in regards to
the human aura.
To the highly developed clairvoyant vision,
every human being is seen as surrounded by
the egg-shaped aura of two or three feet in
depth, more dense and thick in the portion
nearest the body, and then gradually becoming
more tenuous, thin and indistinct as the
distance from the body is increased. By the
psychic perception, the aura is seen as a
luminous cloud—a phosphorescent flame—deep
and dense around the centre and then
gradually shading into indistinctness toward
the edges. As a matter of fact, as all developed
occultists know, the aura really extends
very much further than even the best clairvoyant
vision can perceive it, and its psychic
influence is perceptible at quite a distance in
many cases. In this respect it is like any
flame on the physical plane—it gradually fades
into indistinctness, its rays persisting far beyond
the reach of the vision, as may be proved
by means of chemical apparatus, etc.
To the highly developed clairvoyant vision,
the human aura is seen to be composed of all
the colors of the spectrum, the combinations
of colors differing in various persons, and
constantly shifting in the case of every person.
These colors reflect the mental (particularly
the emotional) states of the person in
whose aura they are manifested. Each mental
state has its own particular combination
formed from the few elementary colors which
represent the elementary mental conditions.
As the mind is ever shifting and changing its
states, it follows that there will ever be a
corresponding series of shifting changes in
the colors of the human aura.
The shades and colors of the aura present
an ever changing kaleidoscopic spectacle, of
wonderful beauty and most interesting character.
The trained occultist is able to read the
character of any person, as well as the nature
of his passing thoughts and feelings, by simply
studying the shifting colors of his aura.
To the developed occultist the mind and character
become as an open book, to be studied
carefully and intelligently.
Even the student of occultism, who has not
been able to develop the clairvoyant vision to
such a high degree, is soon able to develop the
sense of psychic perception whereby he is able
to at least "feel" the vibrations of the aura,
though he may not see the colors, and thus be
able to interpret the mental states which have
caused them. The principle is of course the
same, as the colors are but the outward appearance
of the vibrations themselves, just
as the ordinary colors on the physical plane
are merely the outward manifestation of vibration
But it must not be supposed that the human
aura is always perceived in the appearance of
a luminous cloud of ever-changing color.
When we say that such is its characteristic
appearance, we mean it in the same sense that
we describe the ocean as a calm, deep body of
greenish waters. We know, however, that at
times the ocean presents no such appearance,
but, instead, is seen as rising in great mountainous
waves, white capped, and threatening
the tiny vessels of men with its power. Or
again, we may define the word "flame" in the
sense of a steady bright stream of burning
gas, whereas, we know only too well, that the
word also indicates the great hot tongues of
fiery force that stream out from the windows
of a burning building, and lick to destruction
all with which it comes in contact.
So it is with the human aura. At times it
may be seen as a beautiful, calm, luminous atmosphere,
presenting the appearance of a
great opal under the rays of the sun. Again,
it blazes like the flames of a great furnace,
shooting forth great tongues of fire in this
direction and that, rising and falling in great
waves of emotional excitement, or passion, or
perhaps whirling like a great fiery maelstrom
toward its centre, or swirling in an outward
movement away from its centre. Again it
may be seen as projecting from its depths
smaller bodies or centres of mental vibration,
which like sparks from a furnace detach themselves
from the parent flame, and travel far
away in other directions—these are the projected
thought-forms of which all occultists
are fond of speaking and which make plain
many strange psychic occurrences.
So, it will be seen, the human aura is a very
important and interesting phase of the personality
of every individual. The psychic phase
of man is as much the man himself as is the
physical phase—the complete man being made
up of the two phases. Man invisible is as
much the real man as is man visible. As the
finer forms of nature are always the most
powerful, so is the psychic man more potent
than the physical man.
In this book, I speak of the human aura,
and its colors, as being perceived by astral or
clairvoyant vision, for this is the way in which
it is perceived and studied by the occultist.
The occult teaching is that, in the evolution
of the race, this astral vision will eventually
become the common property of every human
being—it so exists even now, and needs only
development to perfect it.
But modern physical science is today offering
corroborative proof (though the same is
not needed by the occultist who has the astral
vision) to the general public, of the existence
of the human aura. In Europe, especially, a
number of scientists have written on the subject
of the aura, and have described the result
of the experiments in which the aura has been
perceived, and even photographed, by means
of fluorescent screens, such as are used in
taking X-Ray photographs, etc. Leading
authorities in England, France, and still more
recently, in Germany, have reported the discovery
(!) of a nebulous, hazy, radio-active energy
or substance, around the body of human
beings. In short, they now claim that every
human being is radio-active, and that the
auric radiation may be registered and perceived
by means of a screen composed of certain
fluorescent material, interposed between
the eye of the observer, and the person observed.
This aura, so discovered (!) by the scientists,
is called by them the "human atmosphere,"
and is classified by them as similar to
the radiations of other radio-active substances,
radium, for instance. They have failed
to discover color in this atmosphere, however,
and know nothing, apparently, of the relation
between auric colors and mental and emotional
states, which are so familiar to every
advanced occultist. I mention this fact merely
as a matter of general interest and information
to the student, and not as indicating,
even in the slightest degree, any idea on my
part that the old occult teaching, and the observed
phenomena accompanying the same,
regarding the human aura, require any proof
or backing up on the part of material scientists.
On the contrary, I feel that material
science should feel flattered by the backing
up by occult science of the new discovery (!)
of the "human atmosphere." A little later on,
material science may also discover (!) the
auric colors, and announce the same to the
wondering world, as a new truth.
Many writers on the subject of the
human aura content themselves with
a description of the colors of the mental
or emotional aura, and omit almost any
reference whatsoever to the basic substance
or power of the aura. This is like the play of
Hamlet, with the character of Hamlet omitted,
for, unless we understand something concerning
the fundamental substance of which
the aura is composed, we cannot expect to
arrive at a clear understanding of the phenomena
which arises from and by reason of
the existence of this fundamental substance.
We might as well expect a student to understand
the principles of color, without having
been made acquainted with the principles of
The fundamental substance of which the
human aura is composed is none other than
that wonderful principle of nature of which
one reads so much in all occult writings, which
has been called by many names, but which is
perhaps best known under the Sanscrit term,
Prana, but which may be thought of as Vital
Essence, Life Power, etc.
It is not necessary in this book to go into
the general consideration of the nature and
character of Prana. It is sufficient for us to
consider it in its manifestation of Vital Force,
Life Essence, etc. In its broadest sense,
Prana really is the Principle of Energy in
Nature, but in its relation to living forms it is
the Vital Force which lies at the very basis
of manifested Life. It exists in all forms of
living things, from the most minute microscopic
form up to living creatures on higher
planes, as much higher than man as man is
higher than the simple microscopic life-forms.
It permeates them all, and renders possible all
life activity and functioning.
Prana is not the mind or the soul, but is
rather the force or energy through which the
soul manifests activity, and the mind manifests
thought. It is the steam that runs the
physical and mental machinery of life. It is
the substance of the human aura, and the
colors of mental states are manifested in that
substance, just as the colors of chemical
bodies are manifested in the substance of
water. But Prana is not material substance—it
is higher than mere matter, being the underlying
substance of Energy or Force in Nature.
While it is true, as we have seen, that all
auras are composed of the substance of Prana,
it is likewise true that there is a simple and
elementary form of auric substance to which
occultists have given the simple name of the
prana-aura in order to distinguish it from the
more complex forms and phases of the human
aura. The simplicity of the character of the
prana-aura causes it to be more readily sensed
or perceived than is possible in the case of
the more complex phases or forms of the aura.
For whereas it is only the more sensitive organisms
that can distinguish the finer vibrations
of the mental and emotional aura, and
only the clairvoyant sight which can discern
its presence by its colors, almost any person,
by a little careful experimenting, may become
aware of the presence of the prana-aura, not
only in the way of "feeling" it, but in many
cases of actually seeing it with the ordinary
vision rightly directed.
That which is known as the prana-aura is
of course the most simple form or phase of the
human aura. It is the form or phase which is
more closely bound up with the physical body,
and is less concerned with the mental states.
This fact has caused some writers to speak of
it as the "health aura," or "physical aura,"
both of which terms are fittingly applied as
we shall see, although we prefer the simpler
term we have used here, i. e., the prana-aura.
For the prana-aura does show the state of the
health of the individual radiating it, and it
also really contains physical power and magnetism
which may be, and is imparted to
The basic prana-aura is practically colorless,
that is to say, it is about the color of the clearest
water or a very clear diamond. By the clairvoyant
vision it is seen to be streaked or marked
by very minute, bristle-like lines, radiating
outward from the physical body of the individual,
in a manner very like "the quills upon the
fretful porcupine," as Shakespeare puts it.
In the case of excellent physical health, these
bristle-like streaks are stiff and brittle-looking,
whereas, if the general health of the person
be deficient these bristle-like radiations
seem to be more or less tangled, twisted, or
curly; and, in some cases present a drooping
appearance, and in extreme cases present the
appearance of soft, limp fur.
It may interest the student to know that
minute particles of this prana-aura, or vital
magnetism, is sloughed off the body in connection
with physical exhalations such as
scent, etc., and remain in existence for some
time after the person has passed from the particular
place at which they were cast off. In
fact, as all occultists know, it is these particles
of the prana-aura which serve to give
vitality to the "scent" of living creatures,
which enables dogs and other animals to trace
up the track of the person, or animal, for a
long time after the person has passed. It is
not alone the physical odor, which must be
very slight as you will see upon a moment's
consideration. It is really the presence of the
particles of the prana-aura which enables the
dog to distinguish the traces of one person
among that of thousands of others, and the
feat is as much psychical as physical.
Another peculiarity of the prana-aura is
that it is filled with a multitude of extremely
minute sparkling particles, resembling tiny
electric sparks, which are in constant motion.
These sparks, which are visible to persons of
only slightly developed psychic power, impart
a vibratory motion to the prana-aura which,
under certain conditions is plainly visible to
the average person. This vibratory movement
is akin to the movement of heated air arising
from a hot stove, or from the heated earth on
a mid-summer day.
If the student will close his eyes partially,
until he peers out from narrowed lids, and
then will closely observe some very healthy
person sitting in a dim light, he may perceive
this undulating, pulsing vibration extending
an inch or two from the surface of the body.
It requires some little knack to recognize these
vibrations, but a little practice will often give
one the key; and after the first recognition, the
matter becomes easy.
Again, in the case of persons of active brains,
one may perceive this pulsating prana-aura
around the head of the person, particularly
when he is engaged in concentrated active
thought. A little practice will enable almost
any one to perceive faintly the dim outlines of
the prana-aura around his own fingers and
hand, by placing his hand against a black
background, in a dim light, and then gazing at
it with narrowed eye-lids, squinting if necessary.
Under these circumstances, after a little
practice, one will be apt to perceive a tiny
outlined aura, or radiation, or halo, of pale
yellowish light surrounding the hand.
By extending the fingers, fan shape, you
will perceive that each finger is showing its
own little outlined prana-aura. The stronger
the vital force, the plainer will be the perception
of the phenomenon. Often the prana-aura,
in these experiments, will appear like the
semi-luminous radiance surrounding a candle
flame or gas light. Under the best conditions,
the radiation will assume an almost phosphorescent
appearance. Remember, this is
simply a matter of trained ordinary sight,—not
This prana-aura is identical with human
magnetism, which is employed in ordinary
magnetic healing. That is to say it is the
outer manifestation of the wonderful pranic
force. It is felt when you shake hands, or
otherwise come in close physical contact with
a strongly magnetic person. On the other
hand it is what the weakly, human vampire-like
persons unconsciously, or consciously,
try to draw off from strong persons, if the
latter allow them so to do from want of knowledge
of self protection. Who has not met
persons of this kind, who seem to sap one's
very life force away from him? Remember,
then, that the prana-aura is the aura or radiation
of life force, or vital power, which is the
steam of your living activity, physical and
mental. It is the pouring out of the vital
"steam" which is running your vital machinery.
Its presence indicates Life—its absence Lifelessness
THE ASTRAL COLORS.
The term "astral," so frequently employed
by all occultists, is difficult to
explain or define except to those
have pursued a regular course of study in
occult science. For the purpose of the present
consideration, it is enough to say that over
and above the ordinary physical sense plane
there is another and more subtle plane,
known as the Astral Plane. Every human being
possesses the innate and inherent faculty
of sensing the things of this astral plane, by
means of an extension or enlargement of the
powers of the ordinary senses, so to speak.
But, in the majority of persons in the present
stage of development, these astral senses are
lying dormant, and only here and there do we
find individuals who are able to sense on the
astral plane, although in the course of evolution
the entire race will be able to do so, of
course. The colors of the human aura, mentioned
in the preceding two chapters, and
which arise from the various mental and emotional
states, belong to the phenomena of the
astral plane, and hence bear the name of "the
astral colors." Belonging to the astral plane,
and not to the ordinary physical plane, they
are perceived only by the senses functioning
on the astral plane, and are invisible to the
ordinary physical plane sight. But, to those
who have developed the astral sight, or clairvoyance,
these colors are as real as are the
ordinary colors to the average person, and
their phenomena have been as carefully recorded
by occult science as have the physical
plane colors by physical science. The fact
that to the ordinary physical senses they are
invisible, does not render them any the less
real. Remember, in this connection, that to
the blind man our physical colors do not exist.
And, for that matter, the ordinary colors do
not exist to "color blind" persons. The ordinary
physical plane person is simply "color
blind" to the astral colors—that's all.
On the astral plane each shade of mental or
emotional state has its corresponding astral
color, the latter manifesting when the form
appears. It follows then, of course, that when
once the occultist has the key to this color
correspondence, and thus is able to perceive
the astral colors by means of his astral vision,
he also is able to read the mental and emotional
states of any person within the range
of his vision, as easily as you are now reading
the printed words of this book.
Before proceeding to a consideration of the
list of astral colors in the human aura, I wish
to call your attention to a slight variation in
the case of the prana-aura, of which I have
spoken in our last chapter. I have stated
therein that the prana-aura is colorless like
a diamond or clear water. This is true in the
average case, but in the case of a person of
very strong physical vitality or virility, the
prana-aura takes on, at times, a faint warm
pink tinge, which is really a reflection from
the red astral color, of the meaning of which
color you shall now learn.
Like their physical plane counterparts, all
the astral colors are formed from three Primary
Colors, namely (1) Red; (2) Blue; and
(3) Yellow. From these three primary colors,
all other colors are formed. Following the
Primary Colors, we find what are known as
the Secondary Colors, namely: (1) Green, derived
from a combination of Yellow and Blue;
(2) Orange, formed from a combination of
Yellow and Red; and (3) Purple, formed
from a combination of Red and Blue. Further
combinations produce the other colors,
as for instance, Green and Purple form Olive;
Orange and Purple form Russet; Green and
Orange form Citrine.
Black is called an absence of color, while
White is really a harmonious blending of all
colors, strange as this may appear to one
who has not studied the subject. The blending
of the Primary Colors in varied proportions
produce what is known as the "hues" of
color. Adding white to the hues, we obtain
"tints;" while mixing Black produces "shades."
Strictly speaking Black and White are known
as "neutral" colors.
Now for the meaning of the astral colors—that
is, the explanation of the mental or emotional
state represented by each. I ask that
the student familiarize himself with the
meaning of the Primary Colors and their combinations.
A clear understanding of the key
of the astral colors is often an aid in the
development of astral sight.
KEY TO THE ASTRAL COLORS.
RED. Red represents the physical phase
of mentality. That is to say, it stands for
that part of the mental activities which are
concerned with physical life. It is manifested
by the vitality of the body, and in other hues,
tints and shades, is manifested by passions,
anger, physical cravings, etc. I shall describe
the various forms of Red manifestation, a
little later on.
BLUE. Blue represents the religious, or
spiritual, phase of mentality. That is to say,
it stands for that part of the mental activities
which are concerned with high ideals, altruism,
devotion, reverence, veneration, etc. It
is manifested, in its various hues, tints, and
shades, by all forms of religious feeling and
emotion, high and low, as we shall see as we
YELLOW. Yellow represents the intellectual
phase of mentality. That is to say, it
stands for that part of the mental activities
which are concerned with reasoning, analysis,
judgment, logical processes, induction, deduction,
synthesis, etc. In its various hues, tints
and shades, it is manifested by the various
forms of intellectual activity, high and low, as
we shall see as we proceed.
WHITE. White stands for what occultists
know as Pure Spirit, which is a very different
thing from the religious emotion of "spirituality,"
and which really is the essence of the
ALL that really is. Pure Spirit is the positive
pole of Being. We shall see the part
played by it in the astral colors, as we proceed.
BLACK. Black stands for the negative
pole of Being—the very negation of Pure
Spirit, and opposing it in every way. We
shall see the part played by it in the astral
colors as we proceed.
The various combinations of the three Astral
Primary Colors are formed in connection
with Black and White as well as by the blending
of the three themselves. These combinations,
of course, result from the shades of
mental and emotional activity manifested by
the individuality, of which they are the reflection
and the key.
The combinations and blending of the astral
colors, however, are numberless, and present
an almost infinite variety. Not only is the
blending caused by the mixing of the colors
themselves, in connection with black and
white, but in many cases the body of one
color is found to be streaked, striped, dotted
or clouded by other colors. At times there is
perceived the mixture of two antagonistic
color streams fighting against each other before
blending. Again we see the effect of one
color neutralizing another.
In some cases great black clouds obscure
the bright colors beneath, and then darken the
fierce glow of color, just as is often witnessed
in the case of a physical conflagration. Again,
we find great flashes of bright yellow, or red,
flaring across the field of the aura, showing
agitation or the conflict of intellect and passion.
The average student, who has not developed
the astral vision, is inclined to imagine that
the astral colors in the human aura present
the appearance of an egg-shaped rainbow, or
spectrum, or something of that sort. But this
is a great mistake. In the first place, the
astral colors are seldom at rest, for all mental
and emotional activity is the result of vibration,
change, and rhythmic motion. Consequently,
the colors of the aura present a
kaleidoscopic appearance, of constant change
of color, shape and grouping—a great electrical
display, so to speak, constantly shifting,
changing, and blending.
Great tongues of flamelike emanations project
themselves beyond the border of the aura,
under strong feeling or excitement, and great
vibratory whirls and swirls are manifested.
The sight is most fascinating, although somewhat
terrifying at first. Nature is wise in
bestowing the gift of astral vision only gradually
and by almost imperceptible stages of
advance. There are many unpleasant, as well
as pleasant, sights on the Astral Plane.
THE ASTRAL COLORS (Continued).
Remembering, always, the significance
of the three primary colors on
the astral plane, let us consider the
meaning of the combinations, shades, hues,
and tints of these colors.
THE RED GROUP. In this group of astral
colors seen in the human aura, we find
strongly in evidence the clear bright red shade,
similar to that of fresh, pure arterial blood as
it leaves the heart, filled with pure material
freshly oxygenated. This shade, in the aura,
indicates health, life-force, vigor, virility, etc.,
in pure and untainted form. The aura of a
healthy, strong child shows this shade of color
very plainly and strongly.
Strong, pure natural emotions, such as
friendship, love of companionship, love of physical
exercise, healthy clean sports, etc., are
manifested by a clear clean shade of red.
When these feelings become tainted with selfishness,
low motives, etc., the shade grows
darker and duller. Love of low companionship,
unclean sports, or selfish games, etc.,
produce an unpleasant muddy red shade.
A shade of red, very near to crimson, is the
astral color of Love, but the tint and shade
varies greatly according to the nature of this
form of emotional feeling. A very high form
of love, which seeks the good of the loved one,
rather than the satisfaction of oneself, manifests
as a beautiful rose tint—one of the most
pleasing of the astral tints, by the way. Descending
in the scale, we find the crimson
shade becoming darker and duller, until we
descend to the plane of impure, sensual, coarse
passion, which is manifested by an ugly, dull,
muddy crimson of a repulsive appearance,
suggesting blood mixed with dirty earth or
A peculiar series of red shades are those
manifesting anger in its various forms, from
the vivid scarlet flashes of anger color, arising
from what may be called "righteous indignation,"
down the scale to the ugly flashes of
deep, dull red, betokening rage and uncontrolled
passion. The red of anger generally
shows itself in flashes, or great leaping flames,
often accompanied by a black background, in
the case of malicious hate, or by a dirty,
greenish background when the rage arises
from jealousy, or envy. The color of avarice
is a very ugly combination of dull, dark red,
and a dirty ugly green. If persons could see
their own astral colors accompanying these
undesirable mental states, the sight would
perhaps so disgust them with such states as
to work a cure. At any rate, they are most
disgusting and repulsive to the occultist who
beholds them in the human aura, and he often
wonders why they do not sicken the person
manifesting them—they often do just this
thing, to tell the truth.
THE YELLOW GROUP. In this group
of astral colors seen in the human aura we find
as many varieties as we do in the red group.
Yellow, denoting intellect, has many degrees
of shade and tint, and many degrees of clearness.
An interesting shade in this group is that
of Orange, which represents different forms
of "pride of intellect," intellectual ambition,
love of mastery by will, etc. The greater degree
of red in the astral orange color, the
greater the connection with the physical or
animal nature. Pride and love of power over
others, has much red in its astral color, while
love of intellectual mastery has much less red
in its composition.
Pure intellectual attainment, and the love
of the same, is manifested by a beautiful
clear golden yellow. Great teachers often
have this so strongly in evidence, that at times
their students have glimpses of a golden
"halo" around the head of the teacher. Teachers
of great spirituality have this "nimbus"
of golden yellow, with a border of beautiful
blue tint, strongly in evidence.
The paintings of the great spiritual teachers
of the race usually have this radiance pictured
as a "halo," showing a recognition of the
phenomenon on the part of the great artists.
Hoffman's celebrated painting of the Christ
in the Garden of Gethsemane shows this nimbus
so accurately depicted that the occultist
is convinced that this artist must have actually
witnessed a similar scene in the astral
light, so true to the astral facts are its details.
The images of the Buddha also show this
The rich golden shades of intellectual yellow
are comparatively rare, a sickly lemon
color being the only indication of intellectual
power and found in the aura of the great run
of persons. To the sight of the occultist, employing
his power of astral vision, a crowd of
persons will manifest here and there, at widely
separated points, the bright golden yellow of
the true intellect, appearing like scattered
lighted candles among a multitude of faintly
THE GREEN GROUP. This is a peculiar
group, consisting as of course it does of various
combinations of blues and yellows, tinted
and shaded by white or black. Even skilled
occultists find it very difficult to account for
the fact of certain green shades arising from
the spiritual blue and the intellectual yellow—this
is one of the most obscure points in the
whole subject of the astral colors, and none
but the most advanced occultists are able to
explain the "why" in some instances. To
those who are fond of analysis of this kind,
I will drop the following hint, which may
help them out in the matter, viz. The key is
found in the fact that Green lies in the centre
of the astral spectrum, and is a balance between
the two extremes, and is also influenced
by these two extremes in a startling manner.
A certain restful green denotes love of nature,
out of door life, travel in the country,
etc., and also, slightly differing in tint, the
love of home scenes, etc. Again, a clear beautiful
lighter tint of green indicates what may
be called sympathy, altruistic emotion, charity,
etc. Again, illustrating variety in this
group of astral colors, another shade of green
shows intellectual tolerance of the views of
others. Growing duller, this indicates tact,
diplomacy, ability to handle human nature, and
descending another degree or so blends into
insincerity, shiftiness, untruth, etc. There is
an ugly slate-colored green indicating low,
tricky deceit—this is a very common shade in
the colors of the average aura, I am sorry to
say. Finally, a particularly ugly, muddy,
murky green indicates jealousy and kindred
feelings, envious malice, etc.
THE BLUE GROUP. This interesting
group of astral colors represents the varying
forms and degrees of religious emotion, "spirituality,"
etc. The highest form of spiritual,
religious feeling and thought is represented
by a beautiful, rich, clear violet tint, while
the lower and more gross phases of religious
emotion and thought are represented by the
darker and duller hues, tints, and shades until
a deep, dark indigo is reached, so dark that it
can scarcely be distinguished from a bluish
black. This latter color, as might be expected,
indicates a low superstitious form of religion,
scarcely worthy of the latter name. Religion,
we must remember, has its low places as well
as its heights—its garden grows the rarest
flowers, and at the same time the vilest weeds.
High spiritual feelings—true spiritual unfoldment—is
indicated by a wonderfully clear
light blue, of an unusual tint, something akin
to the clear light blue of the sky on a cool
autumn afternoon, just before sunset. Even
when we witness an approach to this color in
Nature, we are inspired by an uplifting feeling
as if we were in the presence of higher
things, so true is the intuition regarding these
Morality, of a high degree, is indicated by
a series of beautiful shades of blue, always
of a clear inspiring tint. Religious feeling
ruled by fear, is indicated by a shade of bluish
gray. Purple denotes a love of form and ceremony,
particularly those connected with religious
offices or regal grandeur of a solemn
kind. Purple, naturally, was chosen as the
royal color in the olden days.
THE BROWN GROUP. The brown group
of astral colors represents desire for gain and
accumulation, ranging from the clear brown
of industrious accumulation, to the murky dull
browns of miserliness, greed and avarice.
There is a great range in this group of brown
shades, as may be imagined.
THE GRAY GROUP. The group of grays
represents a negative group of thought and
emotions. Gray represents fear, depression,
lack of courage, negativity, etc. This is an
undesirable and unpleasant group.
BLACK. Black, in the astral colors, stands
for hatred, malice, revenge, and "devilishness"
generally. It shades the brighter colors into
their lower aspects, and robs them of their
beauty. It stands for hate—also for gloom,
depression, pessimism, etc.
WHITE. White is the astral color of Pure
Spirit, as we have seen, and its presence raises
the degree of the other colors, and renders
them clearer. In fact, the perception of the
highest degree of Being known to the most
advanced occultist is manifested to the highest
adepts and masters in the form of "The Great
White Light," which transcends any light
ever witnessed by the sight of man on either
physical or astral plane—for it belongs to a
plane higher than either, and is absolute,
rather than a relative, white. The presence
of white among the astral colors of the human
aura, betokens a high degree of spiritual attainment
and unfoldment, and when seen permeating
the entire aura it is one of the Signs of
the Master—the token of Adeptship.
THE AURIC KALEIDOSCOPE.
As we have seen, the human aura is never
in a state of absolute rest or quiet.
Motion and change is ever manifested
by it. It has its periods of comparative calm,
of course, but even in this state there is a
pulsing, wave-like motion apparent. The
clouds of changing color fly over its surface,
and in its depth, like the fast driven fleecy
clouds over the summer sky, illumined by the
rays of the setting sun.
Again, fierce storms of mental activity, or
emotional stress, disturb its comparative calm,
and the wildest scenes are witnessed in the
aura by the observer. So intense are the vibrations
of some of these mental storms that
their effect is plainly felt by the average person,
though he is not able to distinguish the
colors or the great whirls and swirls of auric
substance accompanying them.
A person sunk in reverie, dream-states, or
sleep, presents an interesting auric kaleidoscope,
which possesses great beauty if the
person be normal and of average morality. In
such a case there is a cloudy-clearness (if the
term may be used) tinged with tints and
shades of varying colors, blending in strange
and interesting combinations, appearing gradually
from previous combinations, and sinking
gradually into new ones.
To the observer of the aura the term
"opalescent" instinctly presents itself, for
there is a striking resemblance to the opaline
peculiar play of colors of delicate tints and
shades in a body of pearly or milky hue.
Color shades into color, tint into tint, hue into
hue, as in the color scale of the spectrum of
which the rainbow is the most familiar example.
But the rainbow or spectrum lacks
the peculiar semi-transparency of the auric
colors, and also the constantly changing and
dissolving body of colors of the aura.
At this point, I wish to call your attention
to a phase of the aura which I purposely
passed over in the preceding chapters. I allude
to the phase of the aura which presents
the "pearly" appearance of the opalescent
body, which we have just noted. This appearance
is manifested neither by any of the mental
or emotional states, nor is it the prana-aura
or vital force which I have described in
a previous chapter. It is the manifestation
of what is known to occultists as "etheric substance,"
and is a very interesting feature of
the auric phenomena.
This etheric substance, which manifests
this peculiar radiance in the body of the aura,
composes that which is called by some occultists
"the astral body," but this latter term is
also employed in another sense, and I prefer
to use the term "etheric double" to indicate
what some others know as "the astral body."
Etheric substance is much finer form of substance
than that which composes the physical
body. It is really matter in a very high degree
of vibration—much higher than even the
ultra-gaseous matter of physical substance.
It may be sensed, ordinarily, only on the astral
plane, which is its own particular plane of activity.
The etheric double, composed of this etheric
substance, is the exact counterpart of its physical
counterpart—the ordinary physical body
of the individual—although it is capable of
great expansion or shrinking in space. Like
the physical body it radiates an aura, and this
combining with the other forms of the auric
body, gives to it its peculiar pearly appearance,
which is the background of its opalescence
The etheric double explains the phenomenon
of spectral appearances or ghosts, for it persists
for a time after the death of the physical
body, and under some conditions becomes
visible to the ordinary sight. It sometimes is
projected from the physical body, and at
such times appears as an apparition of the
living, of which there are many cases recorded
by the societies investigating psychical subjects.
The etheric double, or astral body, is referred
to here, however, merely to explain
the peculiar pearly tint of the background, or
body, of the aura, in and through which the
mental and emotional auric colors play and
move. It may interest you, however, to know
that this phase of aura is always present
around and about a "ghost" or dematerialized
disembodied soul, or "spirit" as common usage
The aura of the wide-awake person is, of
course, far more active and more deeply colored
than is that of the person in reverie,
dream, or sleep. And, again the aura of the
person manifesting a high degree of mental
activity, or strong feeling or passion, is still
brighter and deeper than the ordinary person
performing his daily routine work. In the
state of anger, or love-passion, for instance,
the aura is violently disturbed, deep shades
of color whirling and swirling in the depths
and surface of the auric body. Lightning-like
flashes shoot forth and great bodies of
lurid smoky clouds fly on the surface. Looking
into the aura of a man wild with rage and
passion, is like peering into Inferno. The astral
plane, in the region of a lynching mob,
or other body of persons filled with rage,
becomes a frightful scene of auric radiation.
A person filled with the emotion of pure
love, fills his aura with the most beautiful
tints and shades of high rosy color, and to
behold the same is a pleasure fully appreciated
by the occultist. A church filled with persons
of a high devotional ideality, is also a beautiful
place, by reason of the mingling of auric
violet-blue vibrations of those therein assembled.
The atmosphere of a prison is most
depressing and presents a most unpleasant
appearance to one possessing the astral vision.
Likewise the astral atmosphere of an abode
of vice and passion, becomes really physically
nauseating to the occultist of high ideals and
taste. Such scenes on the astral plane are
avoided by all true occultists, except when the
call of duty leads them to visit them to give
aid and help.
There are two distinct features connected
with the auric coloring of every person. The
first is the coloring resulting from the more
habitual thoughts and feelings of the person—from
his character, in fact; while the second
is the coloring resulting from the particular
feelings, or thoughts, manifested by him at
that particular moment or time.
The color of the feeling of the moment soon
disappears and fades away, while the more
habitual feeling, bound up with his character,
causes its corresponding color to abide more
permanently, and thus to give a decided hue
to his general auric color appearance.
The trained occultist is, therefore, able to
ascertain not only the passing thoughts and
feelings of a person, but also to determine infallibly
his general character, tendencies, past
character and actions, and general nature,
simply from a careful examination and study
of the auric colors of the person in question.
As all occultists well know, every place,
dwelling, business place, church, courtroom—every
village, city, country, nation—has its
own collective aura, known as "astral atmosphere,"
which is simply but a combined reflection
of the individual auras of the human
units of which its body of inhabitants is made
up. These atmospheric vibrations are plainly
felt by many persons, and we are instinctively
attracted or repelled by reason thereof. But,
to the developed occultists, these places manifest
the auric colors, in the combinations arising
from the nature of the mentalities of the
persons dwelling in them.
Each place has its collective aura, just as
each person has his individual aura. The
astral plane presents a wonderful scene of
color by reason of this and similar causes.
The harmony of the color scheme, in some
cases, is marvellously beautiful; while the horrible
aspect of scenes resemble a nightmare
vision of the worst kind.
It is easy to understand why some of the
ancients who stumbled into glimpses of the
astral plane, while in dream-state or trance,
reported the vision of terrible hells of unquenchable
fire, fiery lakes of smoking brimstone,
etc., for such ideas would naturally
come to the mind of the uninformed person
who had peered into the astral plane in such
And, in the same way, the visions of heaven
reported by the saints, and others of high
spirituality, are explainable on the theory that
these persons had sensed some of the beautiful
scenes of the higher astral planes, filled with
the combined auric tints and hues of souls of
high development. The principle of auric
colors holds good on all the many planes of
being and existence—high as well as low.
I merely hint at a great occult truth in making
the above statements. The thoughtful will
be able to read between my lines. I have given
you a little key which will unlock the door
of many mysteries, if you will but use it
That interesting phase of occult phenomena,
known as "thought forms," is
so closely related to the general subject
of the human aura that a mention of one
must naturally lead to the thought of the other.
Thought-forms are built up of the very material
composing the aura, and manifest all of
the general characteristics thereof, even to the
auric colors. An understanding of the facts
of the human aura is necessary for a correct
understanding of the nature of the thought-forms
composed of the same substance.
A "thought form" is a peculiar manifestation
of mental activity on the astral plane. It
is more than a powerful disturbance in the
body of the human aura, although this is the
place of its embodiment or birth in the objective
world. It is formed in the following
manner: A person manifests a strong desire,
feeling or idea, which is naturally filled with
the dynamic force of his will. This sets up a
series of strong vibrations in the body of the
aura, which gradually resolve themselves into
a strong whirling centre of thought-force involved
in a mass of strongly cohesive auric
substance, and strongly charged with the
power of the prana of the person.
In some cases these thought forms survive
in the auric body for some little time, and then
gradually fade away. In other cases they
survive and maintain an almost independent
existence for some time, and exert a strong
influence upon other persons coming in the
presence of the person. Again, these thought
forms may be so strongly charged with prana,
and so imbued with the mental force of the
person, that they will actually be thrown off
and away from the aura itself, and travel in
space until they exhaust their initial energy—in
the meantime exerting an influence upon the
psychic aura of other persons.
A thought-form is more than merely a
strongly manifested thought—it really is such
a thought, but surrounded by a body of ethereal
substance, charged with prana, and even carrying
with it the vibration of the life energy of
its creator. It is a child of the mind of its
creator, and acquires a portion of his life-essence,
so to speak, which abides with it for
a longer or shorter time after its birth. In
extreme instances it becomes practically a
semi-living elemental force, of necessarily
comparatively short life.
To those who find it difficult to understand
how a thought-form can persist after separation
from the presence of the thinker, I would
say that the phenomena is similar to that of
light traveling in space, long after the star
which originated it has been destroyed. Or,
again, it is like the vibrations of heat remaining
in a room after the lamp or stove causing
it has been removed, or the fire in the grate
having died out. Or like the sound waves of
the drum-beat persisting after the beat itself
has ceased. It is all a matter of the persistence
Thought forms differ greatly one from the
other in the matter of shape and general appearance.
The most common and simple form
is that of an undulating wave, or series of tiny
waves, resembling the circles caused by the
dropping of a pebble into a still pond. Another
form is that of a tiny rotating bit of
cloud-like substance, sometimes whirling towards
a central point, like a whirlpool; and
sometimes swirling away from the central
point like the familiar "pin-wheel" fireworks
toy. Another form is akin the ring of smoke
projected from the coughing locomotive, or
the rounded lips of the cigar smoker, the movement
in this kind being a form of spiral
rotation. Other thought forms have the appearance
of swiftly rotating balls of cloudy
substance, often glowing with a faint phosphorescence.
Sometimes the thought form will appear as
a great slender jet, like steam ejected from
the spout of a tea-kettle, which is sometimes
broken up into a series of short, puffed-out
jets, each following the jet preceding it, and
traveling in a straight line. Sometimes the
thought form shoots forth like a streak of dim
light, almost resembling a beam of light flashed
from a mirror. Occasionally, it will twist its
way along like a long, slender corkscrew, or
auger, boring into space.
In cases of thought-forms sent forth by explosive
emotion, the thought form will actually
take the form of a bomb, which literally
explodes when it reaches the presence of the
person toward whom it is aimed. Every person
has experienced this feeling of a thought
bomb having been exploded in his near vicinity,
having been directed by a vigorous personality.
This form is frequently found in the thought
forms sent out by a strong, earnest, vigorous
There are strong thought forms which seem
to strive to push back the other person, so correctly
do they represent the idea and feeling
back of their manifestation. Others seem to
strive to wind around the other person, and
to try to literally drag him toward the first
person, this form often accompanying strong
appeal, persuasion, coaxing, etc., when accompanied
by strong desire. A particularly vigorous
form of this kind of thought form takes
on the appearance of a nebulous octopus, with
long, winding, clinging tentacles, striving to
wrap around the other person, and to draw
him toward the center.
The force of the feeling behind the manifestation
of the thought form will often travel
a long distance from the sender—in fact, in
cases of great power of concentration, space
seems to be no barrier to its passage. In striking
instances of thought transference, etc., it
will be found that thought forms play an
The variety of shapes of thought forms is
almost endless. Each combination of thought
and feeling creates its own form, and each individual
seems to have his own peculiarities
in this respect. The forms I have above described,
however, will serve as typical cases to
illustrate the more common classes of appearances.
The list, however, might be indefinitely
expanded from the experience of any experienced
occultist, and is not intended to be full
by any means. All varieties of geometrical
forms are found among the thought forms,
some of them being of remarkable beauty.
In considering the subject of projected
thought forms, moreover, it must be remembered
that they partake of, and manifest, the
same colors as does the aura itself, for they
are composed of the same material and are
charged with the same energy. But, note this
difference, that whereas the aura is energized
from the constant battery of the organism of
the individual, the thought form, on the contrary,
has at its service only the energy with
which it was charged when it was thrown off—being
a storage battery, as it were, which in
time expends all of its power and then is
Every thought form bears the same color
that it would possess if it had been retained in
the body of the aura itself. But, as a rule, the
colors are plainer, and less blended with others—this
because each thought form is the representation
of a single definite feeling or thought,
or group of same, instead of being a body of
widely differing mental vibrations. Thus the
thought form of anger will show its black and
red, with its characteristic flashes. The
thought form of passion will show forth its
appropriate auric colors and general characteristics.
The thought form of high ideal love
will show its beautiful form and harmonious
tinting, like a wonderful celestial flower from
the garden of some far off Paradise.
Many thought forms never leave the outer
limits of the aura, while others are projected
to great distances. Some sputter out as they
travel, and are disintegrated, while others continue
to glow like a piece of heated iron, for
many hours. Others persist for a long time,
with a faint phosphorescent glow. A careful
study of what has been said regarding the
characteristics of the various feelings and
emotions, as manifested in the auric body, will
give the student a very fair general idea of
what may be the appearance of any particular
variety of thought form, for a general principle
runs through the entire series of auric phenomena.
An understanding of the fundamental
principles will lead to an understanding of any
of the particular varieties of the manifestation
Finally, remember this: A thought form is
practically a bit of the detached aura of a
person, charged with a degree of his prana,
and energized with a degree of his life energy.
So, in a limited sense, it really is a projected
portion of his personality.
PSYCHIC INFLUENCE OF COLORS.
In all of Nature's wonderful processes we
find many evidences of that great principle
of Action and Reaction, which, like the forward
and backward swing of the pendulum,
changes cause into effect, and effect into cause,
in a never ending series. We find this principle
in effect in the psychic relation of mental states
and colors. That is to say, that just as we find
that certain mental and emotional states manifest
in vibrations causing particular auric astral
colors, so do we find that the presence of certain
colors on the physical plane will have a
decided psychic effect upon the mental and
emotional states of individuals subject to their
influence. And, as might be expected by the
thoughtful student, the particular astral colors
manifested in the aura by the presence of some
particular mental or emotional state exactly
correspond with the particular physical colors
which influence that particular mental or
Illustrating the statements in the preceding
paragraph, I would say that the continued
presence of red will be apt to set up emotional
vibrations of anger, passion, physical love, etc.,
or, in a different tint, the higher physical emotions.
Blue, of the right tint, will tend to
cause feelings of spirituality, religious emotion,
etc. Green is conducive to feelings of relaxation,
repose, quiet, etc. Black produces the
feeling of gloom and grief. And so on, each
color tends to produce emotional vibrations
similar to those which manifest that particular
color in the astral aura of the person. It is a
case of "give and take" along the entire scale
of color and emotions, according to the great
While the explanation of these facts is not
known to the average person, nevertheless
nearly everyone recognizes the subtle effect of
color and avoids certain colors, while seeking
certain others. There is not a single living
human being but who has experienced the
sense of rest, calm, repose, and calm inflow of
strength, when in a room decorated in quiet
shades of green. Nature, herself, has given
this particular shade to the grass and leaves of
trees and plants, so that the soothing effect of
the country scene is produced. The aura of a
person experiencing these feelings, and yielding
to them, will manifest precisely the tint or
shade of green which is shown on the grass
and leaves around him, so true is this natural
law of action and reaction.
The effect of scarlet upon animals, the bull
for instance, is well known—to use the familiar
term, it causes one to "see red." The sight
of the color of blood is apt to arouse feelings
of rage, or disgust, by reason of the same law.
The sight of the beautiful clear blue sky tends
to arouse feelings of reverence, awe or spirituality.
One can never think of this shade of
blue arousing rage; or red arouse feelings of
It is a well known fact that in insane
asylums, the use of red in decorations must be
avoided, while the proper shades of blue or
green are favored. On the other hand, the
use of a proper red, in certain cases, will tend
to arouse vitality and physical strength in a
patient. It is not by mere chance that the
life giving blood is a bright, rich red color
when it leaves the heart.
When one "feels blue" he does not have the
impression of a bright or soft blue—but he
really is almost conscious of the presence of
a dull bluish gray. And the presence of such
a color in one's surroundings, tends to cause
a feeling of depression. Everyone knows the
effect of a "gray day" in the Fall or Spring.
Again, who does not know the feeling of
mental exaltation coming from the sight of a
day filled with golden sunshine, or from a
golden sunset. We find proofs of this law of
Nature on all sides, every day of our lives. It
is an interesting subject, which will repay the
student for the expenditure of a little time and
thought upon it.
Speaking of the general class characteristics
of the three primary groups of colors, all occultists,
as well as many physiologists and
psychologists, are agreed on the following
fundamental propositions, viz.: that (1) Red
is exciting to the mind and emotions; (2)
Yellow is inspiring and elevating, and intellectually
stimulating; and (3) Blue is cool,
soothing, and calming. It is also universally
conceded that the right shades of green (combining
the qualities of blue and yellow in appropriate
proportions) is the ideal color of
rest and recuperation, followed by a stimulation
and new ambition. The reason for this
may be seen, when you consider the respective
qualities of blue and yellow which compose
It is interesting to note that the science of
medicine is now seriously considering the use
of colors in the treatment of disease, and the
best medical authorities investigating the subject
are verifying the teachings of the old
occultists, regarding the influence of colors on
mental states and physical conditions.
Dr. Edwin Babbitt, a pioneer in this line in
the Western world, gave the general principles
in a nutshell, when he laid down the following
rule: "There is a trianal series of graduations
in the peculiar potencies of colors, the center
and climax of electrical action, which cools the
nerves, being in violet; the climax of electrical
action, which is soothing to the vascular system,
being in blue; the climax of luminosity
being in yellow; and the climax of thermism
or heat being in red. This is not an imaginary
division of qualities, but a real one, the flamelike
red color having a principle of warmth in
itself; the blue and violet, a principle of cold
and electricity. Thus we have many styles of
chromatic action, including progression of
hues, of lights and shades, of fineness and
coarseness, of electrical power, luminous
power, thermal power, etc."
Read the above statement of Dr. Babbitt,
and then compare it with the occult teaching
regarding the astral colors, and you will perceive
the real basis of the science which the
good doctor sought to establish, and in which
cause he did such excellent pioneer work. The
result of his work is now being elaborated by
modern physicians in the great schools of
medicine, particularly on the Continent, in
Europe—England and America being somewhat
behind the times in this work.
The advanced occultist also finds much satisfaction
in the interest, on the part of physicians
and jurists, in the matter of the influence of
color upon the mental, moral and physical welfare
of the public. The effect of color upon
morality is being noticed by workers for human
welfare, occupying important offices.
The American journals report the case of a
judge in a large Western city in that country,
who insisted upon his courtroom being
decorated in light, cheerful tints, instead of in
the old, gloomy, depressing shades formerly
employed. This judge wisely remarked that
brightness led to right thinking, and darkness
to crooked thinking; also that his court, being
an uplift court, must have walls to correspond,
and that it was enough to turn any man into
a criminal to be compelled to sit in a dark,
dismal courtroom, day after day.
This good judge, who must have had some
acquaintance with the occult teachings, is
quoted as concluding as follows: "White,
cream, light yellow, and orange are the colors
which are the sanest. I might add light green,
for that is the predominant color in Nature;
black, brown and deep red are incentives to
crime—a man in anger sees red." Surely a
remarkable utterance from the bench!
The effect of color schemes upon the moral
and mental welfare of persons is being recognized
in the direction of providing brighter
color schemes in schools, hospitals, reformatories,
prisons, etc. The reports naturally
show the correctness of the underlying theory.
The color of a tiny flower has its effect upon
even the most hardened prisoner; while the
minds of children in school are quickened by
a touch of brightness here and there in the
room. It needs no argument to prove the
beneficial effect of the right kind of colors in
the sickroom, or hospital ward.
The prevailing theories, and practice, regarding
the employment of color in therapeutics
and human welfare work, are in the main
correct. But, I urge the study of the occult
significance of color, as mentioned in this book
in connection with the human aura and its
astral colors, as a sound basis for an intelligent,
thorough understanding of the real psychic
principles underlying the physical application
of the methods referred to. Go to the center
of the subject, and then work outward—that
is the true rule of the occultist, which might
well be followed by the non-occult general
The phenomenon of human magnetism
is too well recognized by the general
public, to require argument at this time.
Let the scientists dispute about it as much as
they please, down in the heart of nearly all of
the plain people of the race is the conviction
that there is such a thing. The occultists, of
course, are quite familiar with the wonderful
manifestations of this great natural force, and
with its effect upon the minds and bodies of
members of the race, and can afford to smile
at the attempts of some of the narrow minds
in the colleges to pooh-pooh the matter.
But the average person is not familiar with
the relation of this human magnetism to the
human aura. I think that the student should
familiarize himself with this fundamental relation,
in order to reason correctly on the subject
of human magnetism. Here is the fundamental
fact in a nutshell: The human aura is
the great storehouse, or reservoir, of human
magnetism, and is the source of all human magnetism
that is projected by the individual toward
other individuals. Just how human magnetism
is generated, is, of course, a far deeper
matter, but it is enough for our purpose at this
time to explain the fact of its storage and
In cases of magnetic healing, etc., the matter
is comparatively simple. In such instances the
healer by an effort of the will (sometimes unconsciously
applied) projects a supply of his
pranic aura vibrations into the body of his
patient, by way of the nervous system of the
patient, and also by means of what may be
called the induction of the aura itself.
The mere presence of a person strongly
charged with prana, is often enough to cause
an overflow into the aura of other persons,
with a resulting feeling of new strength and
energy. By the use of the hands of the healer,
a heightened effect is produced, by reason of
certain properties inherent in the nervous system
of both healer and patient.
There is even a flow of etheric substance
from the aura of the healer to that of the patient,
in cases where the vitality of the latter
is very low. Many a healer has actually, and
literally, pumped his life force and etheric substance
into the body of his patient, when the
latter was sinking into the weakness which
precedes death, and has by so doing been able
to bring him back to life and strength. This
is practically akin to the transfusion of blood—except
that it is on the psychic plane instead
of the physical.
But the work of the magnetic healer does
not stop here, if he be well informed regarding
his science. The educated healer realizing
the potent effect of mental states upon physical
conditions—of mental vibrations upon the
physical nerve centers and organs of the body—endeavors
to arouse the proper mental vibrations
in the mind of his patient. Ordinarily,
he does this merely by holding in his mind the
corresponding desired mental state, and thus
arousing similar vibrations in the mind of the
patient. This of itself is a powerful weapon
of healing, and constitutes the essence of mental
healing as usually practiced. But there is
a possible improvement even upon this, as we
shall see in a moment.
The advanced occultist, realizing the law of
action and reaction in the matter of the auric
colors, turns the same to account in healing
work, as follows: He not only holds in his
mind the strong feeling and thought which he
wishes to transmit to the patient, but (fix this
in your mind) he also pictures in his imagination
the particular kind of color which corresponds
with the feeling or thought in question.
A moment's thought will show you that by
this course he practically multiplies the effect.
Not only do his own thought vibrations (1)
set up corresponding vibrations in the mind of
the patient, by the laws of thought transference,
but (2) his thought of the certain colors
will set up corresponding vibrations not only
(a) in his own aura, and thence (b) to that of
the patient, but will also (3) act directly upon
the aura of the patient and reproduce the colors
there, which (4) in turn will arouse corresponding
vibrations in the mind of the patient,
by the law of reaction.
The above may sound a little complicated at
first reading, but a little analysis will show
you that it is really quite a simple process,
acting strictly along the lines of Action and
Reaction, which law has been explained to you
in preceding chapters of this book. The vibrations
rebound from mind to aura, and from aura
to mind, in the patient, something like a billiard
ball flying from one side of the table to another,
or a tennis ball flying between the two
racquets over the net.
The principle herein mentioned may be employed
as well in what is called "absent treatment"
as in treatments where the patient is
present. By the laws of thought transference,
not only the thought but also the mental image
of the appropriate astral color, is transmitted
over space, and then, impinging on the mind
of the patient, is transmitted into helpful and
health-giving vibrations in his mind. The
healer of any school of mental or spiritual healing
will find this plan very helpful to him in
giving absent as well as present treatments. I
recommend it from years of personal experience,
as well as that of other advanced
Of course the fact that the ordinary healer is
not able to distinguish the finer shades of
astral color, by reason of his not having actually
perceived them manifested in the aura,
renders his employment of this method less
efficacious than that of the developed and
trained occultist. But, nevertheless, he will
find that, from the knowledge of the auric or
astral colors given in this little book, he will be
able to obtain quite satisfactory and marked
results in his practice. The following table,
committed to memory, will be of help to him
in the matter of employing the mental image
of the auric colors in his healing work.
TABLE OF HEALING COLORS.
- Cooling and soothing: Shades of violet, lavender, etc.
- Resting and invigorating effect: Grass greens.
- Inspiring and illuminating: Medium yellows, and orange.
- Stimulating and exciting: Reds (bright).
Blood and Organs—
- Cooling and soothing: Clear dark blues.
- Resting and invigorating: Grass greens.
- Inspiring and illuminating: Orange yellows.
- Stimulating and exciting: Bright reds.
The following additional suggestions will be
found helpful to the healer: In cases of impaired
physical vitality; also chilliness, lack of
bodily warmth, etc., bright, warm reds are indicated.
In cases of feverishness, overheated
blood, excessive blood pressure, inflammation,
etc., blue is indicated. Red has a tendency to
produce renewed and more active heart action;
while violets and lavenders tend to slow down
the too rapid beating of the heart. A nervous,
unstrung patient, may be treated by bathing
her, mentally, in a flood of violet or lavender
auric color; while a tired, used up, fatigued
person may be invigorated by flooding him
with bright reds, followed by bright, rich yellows,
finishing the treatment with a steady
flow of warm orange color.
To those who are sufficiently advanced in
occult philosophy, I would say that they
should remember the significance of the Great
White Light, and accordingly conclude their
treatment by an effort to indicate an approach
to that clear, pure white color in the aura—mentally,
of course. This will leave the patient
in an inspired, exalted, illuminated state of
mind and soul, which will be of great benefit
to him, and will also have the effect of reinvigorating
the healer by cosmic energy or
Everything that has been said in this chapter
regarding the use of color in magnetic treatments,
is equally applicable to cases of self-healing,
or self-treatment. Let the patient follow
the directions above given for the healer,
and then turn the healing current, or thought,
inward—and the result will be the same as if
he were treating another. The individual will
soon find that certain colors fit his requirements
better than others, in which case let him
follow such experience in preference to general
rules, for the intuition generally is the safest
guide in such cases. However, it will be found
that the individual experience will usually
agree with the tables given above, with slight
DEVELOPING THE AURA.
When it is remembered that the aura
of the individual affects and influences
other persons with whom he
comes in contact—and is, in fact, an important
part of his personality—it will be seen that it
is important that the individual take pains to
develop his aura in the direction of desirable
qualities, and to neutralize and weed out undesirable
ones. This becomes doubly true,
when it is also remembered that, according to
the law of action and reaction, the auric vibrations
react upon the mind of the individual,
thus intensifying and adding fuel to the original
mental states which called them forth.
From any point of view, it is seen to be an
important part of self development and character
building, to develop the aura according
to scientific occult principles.
In this work of aura development, there is
found to be two correlated phases, namely:
(1) the direct work of flooding the aura with
the best vibrations, by means of holding in the
mind clear, distinct and repeated mental pictures
of desirable ideas and feelings; and (2)
the added effect of mental images of the colors
corresponding to the ideas and feelings which
are deemed desirable and worthy of development.
The first of the above mentioned phases is
probably far more familiar to the average student,
than is the second. This from the fact
that the average student is apt to be more or
less familiar with the teachings of the numerous
schools or cults which agree in the axiom
that "holding the thought" tends to develop
the mind of the individual along the particular
lines of such thought.
This is a correct psychological principle, for
that matter, even when those practicing it do
not fully understand the underlying facts.
Mental faculties, like physical muscles, tend to
develop by exercise and use, and any faculty
may be developed and cultivated in this way.
Another teaching of these same schools is
that the character of the thoughts so "held"
by the individual, effects other persons with
whom he comes in contact, and, in a way attracts
to him objective things, persons, and
circumstances in harmony with such thoughts.
This also is in accordance with the best occult
teaching—from which, of course, it was originally
I heartily endorse the facts of these teachings,
and pronounce them fundamentally correct.
And, in this connection, I may say that every
healer may apply his own methods PLUS this
teaching regarding the aura, and thus obtain
greatly increased results.
By the faithful, persevering, holding in mind
of certain ideas and feelings, the individual
may flood his aura with the vibrations and
colors of such ideas and feelings, and thus
charge it with auric energy and power. By so
doing, he gains the benefit of the reaction upon
his own mind, and also secures the advantage
of the effect thereof upon other persons with
whom he comes in contact. In this way he
not only builds up his individual character
along desirable lines, but at the same time develops
a strong, positive, attractive "personality"
which affects others with whom he
comes in contact.
I do not consider it necessary to go into details
here regarding this phase of "holding the
thought," for, as I have said, the average student
is already familiar with the rules regarding
the same. In a nutshell, however, I will
say that each individual is largely the result
of the thoughts he has manifested, and the
feelings which he has harbored. Therefore,
the rule is to manifest and exercise the faculties
you would develop, and inhibit or refrain
from manifesting the ones you would restrain
or control. Again, to restrain an undesirable
faculty, develop and exercise its opposite—kill
out the negatives by developing the positives.
The mind produces thought; and yet, it
tends to grow from the particular portion of
its own product which you may choose to feed
to it—for it not only creates thought, but also
feeds upon it. So, finally, let it produce the
best kind of thought for you, and then throw
that back into the hopper, for it will use it to
grind out more of the same kind and grow
strong in so doing. That is the whole thing
in a nutshell.
The second phase of aura development (as
above classified), however, is not likely to be
familiar to the average student, for the reason
that it is not known outside of advanced occult
circles, and very little has been allowed to be
taught regarding it. But, the very reticence
regarding it is a proof of its importance, and
I strongly advise my students to give to it
the attention and practice that its importance
merits. The practice, thereof, however, is extremely
simple, and the principle of the practice,
moreover, is based solely upon the facts
of the relation of color and mental states, as
shown in the astral auric colors, as fully explained
in the preceding chapters of this book.
In order to intelligently practice the development
of the aura by means of flooding or
charging it with the vibrations of psychic
colors, it is first necessary that the student be
thoroughly familiar with the scale of colors
related to each set of mental states or
emotional feelings. This scale and its key is
found in a number of places in the preceding
The student should turn back the pages of
this book, and then carefully re-read and re-study
every word which has been said about
the relation of mental states and auric colors.
He should know the mental correspondence of
the shades of red, yellow, and blue, so thoroughly
that the thought of one will bring the
idea of the other. He should be able to think
of the corresponding group of colors, the moment
he thinks of any particular mental state.
He should be thoroughly familiar with the
physical, mental, and spiritual effect of any of
the colors, and should moreover, test himself,
psychically, for the individual effects of certain
colors upon himself.
He should enter into this study with interest
and earnestness, and then by keeping his eyes
and ears open, he will perceive interesting
facts concerning the subject on every side in
his daily work and life. He will perceive
many proofs of the principle, and will soon
amass a stock of experiences illustrating each
color and its corresponding mental state. He
will be richly repaid for the work of such study,
which, in fact, will soon grow to be more like
pleasure than like work.
Having mastered this phase of the subject,
the student should give himself a thorough,
honest, self-examination and mental analysis.
He should write down a chart of his strong
points and his weak ones. He should check
off the traits which should be developed, and
those which should be restrained. He should
determine whether he needs development
along physical, mental, and spiritual lines, and
in what degree. Having made this chart of
himself, he should then apply the principles
of charging the aura with the color vibrations
indicated by his self diagnosis and prescription.
The last stage is quite simple, once one has
acquired the general idea back of it. It consists
simply in forming as clear a mental image
as possible of the color or colors desired, and
then projecting the vibrations into the aura by
the simple effort of the will. This does not
mean that one needs to clinch the fist or frown
the brow, in willing. Willing, in the occult
sense, may be said to consist of a COMMAND,
leaving the rest to the mechanism of the will
and mind. Take away the obstacle of Doubt
and Fear—then the Royal Command performs
the work of setting the will into operation.
This, by the way, is an important occult secret,
of wide application—try to master its all important
The mental imaging of colors may be materially
aided by concentration upon physical
material of the right color. By concentrating
the attention and vision upon a red flower, for
instance; or upon a bit of green leaf, in another
instance; one may be able to form a clear,
positive mental image of that particular color.
This accompanied by the willing, and demand,
that the vibrations of this color shall charge
the aura, will be found to accomplish the result.
Have something around you showing
the desirable colors, and your attention will
almost instinctively take up the impression
thereof, even though you may be thinking of,
or doing something else. Live as much as
possible in the idea and presence of the desirable
color, and you will get the habit of setting
up the mental image and vibration thereof. A
little practice and experience will soon give
you the idea, and enable you to get the best
results. Patience, perseverance, and sustained
earnest interest—that is the key of success.
THE PROTECTIVE AURA.
Among the very oldest of the teachings
of occultism, we find instructions regarding
the building up and maintenance
of the protective aura of the individual,
whereby he renders himself immune to undesirable
physical, mental, psychic or spiritual
influences. So important is this teaching, that
it is to be regretted that there has not been
more said on the subject by some of the
writers of recent years. The trouble with
many of these recent writers is that they seem
to wish to close their eyes to the unpleasant
facts of life, and to gaze only upon the pleasant
ones. But this is a mistake, for ignorance has
never been a virtue, and to shut one's eyes to
unpleasant facts does not always result in destroying
them. I consider any teaching unfinished
and inadequate which does not include
instruction along protective lines.
Physical auric protection consists in charging
the aura with vital magnetism and color,
which will tend to ward off not only the physical
contagion of ill persons, but, what is often
still more important, the contagion of their
mind and feelings.
The student who has really studied the preceding
chapters will at once realize that this
protection is afforded by filling the aura with
the vibrations of health and physical strength,
by means of the mental imaging of the life-preserving
reds, and the exercise of the mind
in the direction of thought of strength and
power. These two things will tend to greatly
increase the resistive aura of anyone, and enable
him to throw off disease influences which
The aura of the successful physician and
healer, in the presence of disease, will invariably
show the presence of the bright, positive
red in the aura, accompanied by the mental
vibrations of strength, power and confidence,
and the absence of fear. This in connection
with the Auric Circle, which shall be described
presently, will be of great value to healers,
physicians, nurses, etc., as well as to those
who are brought into intimate contact with
Of practically the same degree of importance,
is the charging of the aura with the
vibrations of mental protection, viz, the vibrations
of orange, yellow and similar colors.
These are the colors of intellect, you will remember,
and when the aura is charged and
flooded with them it acts as a protection
against the efforts of others to convince one
against his will, by sophistical arguments,
plausible reasoning, fallacious illustrations, etc.
It gives to one a sort of mental illumination,
quickening the perceptive faculties, and
brightening up the reasoning and judging
powers, and finally, giving a sharp edge to the
powers of repartee and answer.
If you will assume the right positive mental
attitude, and will flood your aura with the
vibrations of the mental orange-yellow, the
mental efforts of other persons will rebound
from your aura, or, to use another figure of
speech, will slip from it like water from the
back of the proverbial duck. It is well to carry
the mental image of your head being surrounded
by a golden aura or halo, at such
times—this will be found especially efficacious
as a protective helmet when you are assaulted
by the intellect or arguments of others.
And, again, there is a third form of protective
aura, namely protection of one's emotional
nature—and this is highly important, when one
remembers how frequently we are moved to
action by our emotions, rather than by our intellect
or reason. To guard one's emotions,
is to guard one's very inmost soul, so to speak.
If we can protect our feeling and emotional
side, we will be able to use our reasoning powers
and intellect far more effectively, as all
know by experience.
What color should we use in this form of
auric protection? Can anyone be in doubt
here, if he has read the preceding chapters?
What is the emotional protective color?—why,
blue, of course. Blue controls this part of the
mind or soul, and by raising ourselves into the
vibrations of positive blue, we leave behind us
the lower emotions and feelings, and are transported
into the higher realms of the soul where
these low vibrations and influences cannot follow
us. In the same way, the blue colored
aura will act as an armor to protect us from
the contagion of the low passions and feelings
If you are subjected to evil influences, or
contagion of those harboring low emotions and
desires, you will do well to acquire the art of
flooding your aura with the positive blue tints.
Make a study of bright, clear blues, and you
will instinctively select the one best suited for
your needs. Nature gives us this instinctive
knowledge, if we will but seek for it, and then
apply it when found. The aura of great moral
teachers, great priests and preachers, advanced
occultists, in fact all men of lofty ideals working
among those lower on the moral scale, are
always found to be charged with a beautiful,
clear blue, which acts as a protection to them
when they are unduly exposed to moral or
emotional contagion. Ignorance of the occult
laws have caused the downfall of many a great
moral teacher, who could have protected himself
in this way, in times of strong attack of
low vibrations, had he but known the truth.
The individual who knows this law, and who
applies it, is rendered absolutely immune from
evil contagion on the emotional plane of being.
THE GREAT AURIC CIRCLE.
But no occult instruction on this subject
would be complete without a reference to the
Great Auric Circle of Protection, which is a
shelter to the soul, mind, and body, against
outside psychic influences, directed, consciously
or unconsciously against the individual.
In these days of wide spread though imperfect,
knowledge of psychic phenomena, it
is especially important that one should be informed
as to this great shield of protection.
Omitting all reference to the philosophy underlying
it, it may be said that this Auric Circle
is formed by making the mental image, accompanied
by the demand of will, of the aura being
surrounded by a great band of PURE
CLEAR WHITE LIGHT. A little perseverance
will enable you to create this on the astral
plane, and, though (unless you have the astral
vision) you cannot see it actually, yet you will
actually FEEL its protective presence, so that
you will know that it is there guarding you.
This White Auric Circle will be an effective
and infallible armor against all forms of
psychic attack or influence, no matter from
whom it may emanate, or whether directed
consciously or unconsciously. It is a perfect
and absolute protection, and the knowledge of
its protective power should be sufficient to
drive fear from the heart of all who have
dreaded psychic influence, "malicious animal
magnetism" (so-called), or anything else of
the kind, by whatever name known. It is also
a protection against psychic vampirism, or
draining of magnetic strength.
The Auric Circle is, of course, really egg-shaped,
or oval, for it fringes the aura as the
shell cases the egg. See yourself, mentally,
as surrounded by this Great White Auric Circle
of Protection, and let the idea sink into
your consciousness. Realize its power over
the influences from outside, and rejoice in the
immunity it gives you.
The Auric Circle, however, will admit any
outside impressions that you really desire to
come to you, while shutting out the others.
That is, with this exception, that if your inner
soul recognizes that some of these desired influences
and impressions are apt to harm you
(though your reason and feeling know it not)
then will such impressions be denied admittance.
For the White Light is the radiation
of Spirit, which is higher than ordinary mind,
emotion, or body and is Master of All. And
its power, even though we can but imperfectly
represent it even mentally, is such that before
its energy, and in its presence, in the aura, all
lower vibrations are neutralized and disintegrated.
The highest and deepest occult teaching is
that the White Light must never be used for
purpose of attack or personal gain, but that it
may properly be used by anyone, at any time,
to protect against outside psychic influences
against which the soul protests. It is the
armor of the soul, and may well be employed
whenever or wherever the need arises.
Throughout the pages of this little book
have been scattered crumbs of teaching other
than those concerning the aura alone. Those
for whom these are intended will recognize
and appropriate them—the others will not see
them, and will pass them by. One attracts his
own to him. Much seed must fall on waste
places, in order that here and there a grain
will find lodgment in rich soil awaiting its
coming. True occult knowledge is practical
power and strength. Beware of prostituting
the higher teachings for selfish ends and
ignoble purposes. To guard and preserve your
own will is right; to seek to impose your will
upon that of another is wrong. Passive resistance
is often the strongest form of resistance—this
is quite different from non-resistance.