So Frater RO recently wrote up his brilliant work with a Pneuma Alalon to silence a pestering presence in his life. He followed this up with what he is appropriately terming an “enlightenment bomb” to help speed up that persons spiritual growth. Really good stuff. It seems however that several people objected on a number of levels, which more or less amount to:
1. How dare you effect the free will of another?
2. Who do you think you are? Only someone at Jesus’s level would have the knowlege to do that properly.
Lets take the second one first. I hear something similar in the Dharma community as well. If you use any of the Sadhanas for practical purposes, or god forbid actually claim to be getting any kind of result from your practice at all, someone will inevitably argue that that is the kind of thing reserved for great MahaSiddhas – not you. This has been a problem for a long time amongst people who want to wallow in spiritual trappings but not do anything that might actually effect change. In fact Milarepa’s students seeing the kinds of miracles that he could accomplish, once pestered him to tell them what Mahasiddha or God he was the incarnation of because surely he MUST be special to do the things he could do. He chided them because to think that only people born under special circumstances can accomplish great feats is to not have faith in the Vajrayanas power (or in our case, magic in general).
To put the argument back in Christian terms, I have always liked Athenasius’s description of Theosis “God became man to show man how to become god”. The whole idea is to become that kind of being! If you constantly reject that anyone real and tangible and human can make even the smallest stride towards that goal, than you are sort of saying you don’t buy into the whole thing at all. What you want are a group of dead saints to venerate as great, than go around dressing like them and preaching their word all the while refusing to accept that they are ultimately no different than you are.
So if we get rid of the idea that magical actions are only for beings that are fully enlightened or born as demigods, we are left with the basic moral question of whether it is ok to tamper with peoples lives and free will.
A lot of people consider any kind of magic that effects any other person in any way without their permission to be black magic.
In this I am always reminded of the quote from Victor Anderson, “White Magic is poetry, Black Magic is anything that actually works”.
Here is the thing folks: you extend far past your skin. There really is no inner and outer. You are not separate from other beings and they are not separate from you. When you do a real investigation to see where the boundaries of the self lie, you have a hard time finding them anywhere. Frater Sincerus Renatus reveals his fundamental misunderstanding when, during his critique of RO he states ”Shouldn’t spiritual development and psychic maturity mainly come (or originate) from within the person, and not from any outside influence?” No Good Frater, there is no shutting out the outside. Every moment of your life has been impacted by countless trillions of events and influences. At this moment the thoughts you are having are effected by: what you had for lunch today, what your regular diet is, where you live, how much money you have, how much money your parents have, how they raised you, whether you drank coffee or tea today, etc. The list is endless, and to be perfectly honest with you 99% of the time, these external factors don’t just effect your thoughts and decisions, they make them for you. Escaping the gravitational pull of these causes and conditions is the work of a lifetime, and while you can use meditation and other methods to cut through them somewhat, it helps if you can cultivate useful causes and conditions in the process.
Now one could argue that Frater RO could not possibly know every possible repercussions of his actions. That is true. That takes a level of clairvoyance that neither he nor I possess. But that is not a good argument for non-intervention. The reality is that no-one knows all the possible repercussions of ANY action. Take magic out of the equation for a moment. You might save someones life with CPR only to have them rape someone next month, do you let that possibility stop you from performing CPR? Of course not! You make a decision based on the facts you have, deal with whatever fallout you can, and know that there might be repricussions that you just will not have control over, or evem ever find out about.
In other words, its a messy world that you are a part of. Deal with it.
The difference between Frater RO’s actions and those of a normal person is that whatever information RO cannot see, or even gets wrong, is at least patially compensated for by his spiritual guidance. In general the HGA will give you a heads up if something is a disaster waiting to happen.
So, basically, what I am saying is shut yourself up and shut everything out and call yourself a mystic if that is what you want to be. If you are going to be a magician, someone who walks through the world making their inner illumination reflect outward through action, than get to it and stop being a hater.