Because current science has no plausible explanation for claims of telepathic phenomena, "telepathy" resides in the realm of metaphysics, and cannot itself technically be called a theory of telepathy since the varied explanations have various unbridgeable gaps to current science. The term "extrasensory communication" has had some use for describing telepathy, as using senses other than the 5 basic human senses, though because of the apparent logical paradox that a claimed "sense" may have no organ for its sensing, the term is often dismissed as misnomer. —Telepathy, Wikipedia
The compiler of The Book of Black Magic and of Pacts is not only the most ponderously platitudinous and priggishly prosaic of pretentiously pompous pork butchers of the language, but the most voluminously voluble. I cannot dig over the dreary deserts of his drivel in search of the passage which made me write to him. But it was an oracular obscurity which hinted that he knew of a Hidden Church withdrawn from the world in whose sanctuaries were preserved the true mysteries of initiation. This was one better than the Celtic Church; I immediately asked him for an introduction. He replied kindly and intelligibly, suggesting that I should read The Cloud upon the Sanctuary by Councillor von Eckartshausen. With this book I retired to Wastdale Head for the Easter vacation of 1898. —Chapter 14, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley
If it had not been for Waite, I doubt if, humanly speaking, I should ever have got in touch with the Great Order. —Aleister CrowleyISBN: 0-89254-084-2
Karl von Eckartshausen
Absolute truth does not exist for sensuous man; it exists only for interior and spiritual man who possesses a suitable sensorium; or, to speak more correctly, who possesses an interior organ to receive the absolute truth of the transcendental world, a spiritual faculty which cognises spiritual objects as objectively and naturally as the exterior senses perceive external phenomena.
This interior faculty of the man spiritual, this sensorium for the metaphysical world, is unfortunately not yet known to those who cognise only on the external, for it is a mystery of the kingdom of God.
The current incredulity towards everything which is not cognised objectively by our senses the current misconception of truths which are, of all, most important to man.
But how can this be otherwise? In order to see one must have eyes, to hear one must have ears. Every apparent object requires its appropriate senses. So also transcendental objects require their sensorium—and it is this sensorium which is closed in most men. Hence they judge the metaphysical world through the intelligence of their senses, even as the blind imagine colours and the deaf judge tones—without suitable senses.
There is an objective and substantial ground of reason, an objective and substantial motive for the will. These two together form the new principle of life, and morality is there essentially inherent. This pure substance of reason and will, re-uniting in us the Divine and the human, is Jesus Christ, the light of the world, who must enter into direct relationship with us, to be really recognised.
This real knowledge is actual faith, in which everything takes place in spirit and in truth.
We must therefore have a sensorium fitted for such communication, an organised and spiritual sensorium, a spiritual and interior faculty able to receive this light; but it is closed—as I have said—to most men by the incrustation of the senses.
Such an interior organ is the intuitive sense of the transcendental world, and until this intuitive sense is effective in us we can have no certainty of more lofty truths. This organism has been naturally inactive since the Fall, which regulated man to the world of physical sense. The gross matter which envelops the interior sensorium is a film which veils the internal eye, and prevents the exterior eye from seeing into spiritual realms. This same matter muffles our internal hearing, so that we are deaf to the sounds of the metaphysical world; it so paralyses our spiritual speech that we can scarcely stammer words of sacred import, words which we pronounced formerly, and by virtue of which we held authority over the elements and the external world.
IT IS NECESSARY, my dear brothers in the Lord, to give you a clear idea of the interior Church; of that illuminated Community of God which is scattered throughout the world, but which is governed by one truth and united in one spirit.
This enlightened community has existed since the first day of the world's creation, and its duration will be to the last day of time.
IT is necessary, my dear brothers, to give you a clear idea of the interior Order; of that illuminated community which is scattered throughout the world, but which is governed by one truth and united in one spirit.Links: Mystica | Skeptics Dictionary | Catholic Encyclopedia | Crystal Links
WSB Much more then that. "Nothing is true but everything is permitted", were his last words. Now this of course means that at a certain point everything is perceived as illusion and therefore everything is permitted. Also, the whole Assassination method was unique. You see he'd have someone planted; like there was a general about to organise a campaign against Hassan i Sabbah. An old gardener who worked in the garden for 10 years killed him with a scythe. One of Hassan i Sabbah's men. How he got the word to him nobody knows, but he did. Some sort of telepathy perhaps. Well I found the whole concept of Assassination on that basis very much er, very congenial. In other words to get out of this mess you've got to kill. Remove obstacles. (continue...)
Tentative and Incomplete Bulletin: "Emphatically we do not oppose telepathic research. In fact, telepathy properly used and understood could be the ultimate defense against any form of organized coercion or tyranny on the part of pressure groups or individual control addicts. We oppose, as we oppose atomic war, the use of such knowledge to control, coerce, debase, exploit or annihilate the individuality of another living creature. Telepathy is not, by its nature, a one-way process. To attempt to set up a one-way telepathic broadcast must be regarded as an unqualified evil...." (continue...)
MALANGA: Is ESP something that has helped you in your writing?
BURROUGHS: Yes, I think all writers are actually dealing in this area. If you're not to some extent telepathic, then you can't be a writer, at least not a novelist where you have to be able to get into someone else's mind and see experience and what that person feels. I think that telepathy, far from being a special ability confined to a few psychics is quite widespread and used every day in all walks of life. Watch two horse traders. You can see the figures taking shape . . . "Won't go above . . . won't go below." Card players pride themselves on the ability to block telepathy, the "poker face." Anybody who is good at anything uses ESP. (continue...)
The totalitarian party of the left is the Senders, whose members attempt to control everyone through mental telepathy, the greatest evil of all according to Burroughs. Again, Sending must lead to only one man in control of a brainwashed subhuman population. The ultimate Sender or villain of the myth is Salvador Hassan O'Leary, who plays all the villainous roles in the novel under various aliases. Senders are associated with addiction, the totalitarian Mayan civilization, the downward metamorphosis of man to insect, and the use of science for evil purposes--some of Burroughs's major themes. In fact, the Senders are identified as the ultimate enemy, and Sending seems to underlie all the evils of control. Sending is called an addiction (NL, P. 168), a cancer (NL, P. 155), and is finally identified as the Human Virus (NL, p. 168). (continue...)
(Caveat: If you dislike science, ethics, intellectual vomit and introductions of ideas that aren't wrapped up into nice logical conclusions, skip this entry.) (continue...)