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Question about Magickal Magnetism

To: alt.magick
From: (Tom Schuler)
Subject: Re: Question about Magickal Magnetism
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 97 23:46:02 GMT

In article <01bc786a$17da9a00$81b7b8c7@assassin>, "Face"  wrote:
>Gee,I wish some people would answer my questions.Im starting to think
>nobodies responding so I can waste lots of time looking for the possible
>solutions and then waste even more time choosing which one is
>true.Anyways...I was reading Eliphas Levi's "Transcendental Magic" and came
>upon the term "magnetism".What exactly is this?Is it manipulating your own
>and others behavior throught the manipulation of
>character,self-image,outward image and personality?Am I even close or have
>I lead myself to a dead end?

Levi may have been referring to Mesmer's concept of "animal magnetism".  There 
is a very distinct feeling that we get when we use our nervous system a 
certain way.  It feels like a tingly electrical field flowing like a fluid 
around us.   It gets called all kinds of things, depending on the context.  
Prana, magnetism, psychic energy, kundalini, ectoplasm, chi, orgone...

Mesmer, whose techniques later evolved into modern hypnotism, thought that 
this phenomenon was an actual magnetic field that all living organisms 
produced.  He developed all sorts of therapies in which he put people into 
metal boxes, hung magnets all around, and made "magnetic passes" with his 
hands, like people who work with auras do.

Mesmer was not correct about it being an actual magnetic field that could be 
manipulated effectively by magnets and electrical devices.  In fact, it has 
not been detected by any physical means and has not been shown to be an 
objectively measurable phenomenon.  However, the feeling is quite vivid and 

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