Its All in the Mind

IT’S ALL IN THE MIND

 

I was
beginning to get worried. A magazine run by a friend of mine was unusually
late. Knowing how annoying it is to receive such enquiries as “where is
it?” or “why is it late?”, I kept quiet. If there was anything I
could do, he would have contacted me. He didn’t, so I didn’t bother him.

 

I was just a
little bit worried. Of course nothing could have happened to him. He’s an
advanced Occultist, he wouldn’t let it happen. And if the fundies tried to
hassle him, they’d be up to their necks in law-suits before they knew what hit
them (and maybe a bot of Black Magick for good measure).

 

He was busy, that’s all. Still, it was unlike him to be late.

 

Seeking
reassurance, I got out my Tarot cards. They provided that assurance quite
adequately, and also an interesting indication of the mind’s connection with
the cards. My conscious, logical mind knew that my friend was fine, just busy.
It was the wayward subconscious that kept pushing up these insidious worries.
Then the right cards were selected to confirm what I really knew.

 

How were they
selected? It’s all in the mind. Like any other aid to clairvoyance. Picking the
right cards from a face-down pack may be more difficult than seeing the right
vision in a crystal, but the mind can do it. Our own minds have vastly greater
powers than many of us can comprehend. Accepting that those powers exist is the
first step and it is not easy. But you have to be aware of something before you
can use it. At that stage, maybe one could flip over the Atlantic in the astral
and check that he was OK. Or maybe one would not need to do so. At that stage,
such worries would not exist.

 

I still think
shuffling a pack of cards is a lot easier than zooming about in the astral. And
it gives the same result, so why do the job the hard way?

 

It’s all in the mind.

 

Taken from the Dark Lily Journal No 11, Society of
Dark Lily (London 1990).