DAILY THEOSOPHY QUOTES
Thursday 15th January 2015
“In the ordinary man who has not been trained in practical
occultism or who has not the faculty by birth, the astral body cannot go more than a few feet from the physical one. It is a part of that physical, it sustains it and is incorporated in it just as the fibres of the mango are all through that fruit. But there are those who, by reason of practices pursued in former lives on the earth, have a power born with them of unconsciously sending out the astral body. These are mediums, some seers, and many hysterical, cataleptic, and scrofulous people. Those who have trained themselves by a long course of excessively hard discipline which reaches to the moral and mental nature and quite beyond the power of the average man of the day, can use the astral form at will, for they have gotten completely over the delusion that the physical body is a permanent part of them, and, besides, they have learned the chemical and electrical laws governing in this matter. In their case they act with knowledge and consciously; in the other cases the act is done without power to prevent it, or to bring it about at will, or to avoid the risks attendant on such use of potencies in nature of a high character.”
– William Q. Judge, The Ocean of Theosophy, p. 41-42
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See also: Who was William Quan Judge?, The Welcome Influence of William Q. Judge, Mysteries of the Astral Body, The “Etheric” Body Does Not Exist, 12 Things Theosophy Teaches, and The Sevenfold Nature of Man.