Magic and the Kaballah by W.E. Butler

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Working with his patients, he found that all such subconscious impressions were under a constant pressure from forces which were entering the mind at its deepest levels. These forces were differentiations of a dynamic energy which was the sustain­ ing power of the whole personality, the elan lIitale of Berg­ son. This primary "thrust of life", was named "libido", and it was here that Freud made his most valuable and spec­ tacular discoveries. He claimed that the inflowing energy split up into three main streams, and that these streams were the forces behind the three "instincts" of self-preservation, sex, and herd.

Nd, a2 many others had done. that the region of the I lay below the threshold of consciousness, the A ""subconscious", was affected by every impressi by way of the five senses. All such impressiOtlS. iJ: 01this mental level. Since, however, there exists a cert2in code l many of these emotions and thoughts wae DOl to the conscious mind, and there came into cDs was termed the "endo-psychic censor". rcssi. tfecting the conscious self. It was a kind of 001 which, while it allowed all impressions to pus the depths of the subconscious, prevented tb those thoughts and emotions that were not aa:q personal consciousness.

It may also be given to ourselves. Which is the true service? In point of fact, all are legitimate ways of service; it is the priorities which really matter. In what order do we place our respective services? Let us start by con­ sidering the last one I have named, the service of the self. It is usual in many esoteric schools. more particularly those which are inclined towards the mystical rather than the true esoteric path, to despise and attempt to disregard the personal self and its requirements in a mistaken follow­ ing of certain mystical teachings.

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