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Courage is the criterion of belief. To back one horse and fancy another means willing one thing and believing another. Magic (faith) is simply a means of unifying Desire and Belief. The sub- conscious mind is employed to create your belief and unite it to a real desire. The cards will not confirm what is already knownI Believe in the cards. For the only requirements are a real desire to win, and a mind free of preconceived ideas. Accept the system suggested by the use of the cards. A superficial attitude or insincerity is a definite bias.
And from a section called "Mind to Mind and How", this section was touches upon what I was referring to earlier:
Consistent with other directions of abstract knowledge, the threshold of the occult is the market-place for the charlatan. Coinage 15 sometimes different - lies have a strange longevity and fecundity - truth becomes buried. Abstracts such as 'mind', 'thought', 'intellect' naturally have no exact definitions - to agree at all, we have had to resort to the Classics. Should I, as a God, fall into this cesspit of inexactitude? I too revert and rely on 'Delphic' me ans fo r my answers - there are as yet no final conclusions. But I assert that the most positive and exact evidence it is possible to repeat to others reposes in that lowest, most common denominator of occultism - 'fortune-telling', Be patient awhi le for you will be enlightened by what follows .
The means used and the way it happens are simple, the inverse of scientific. I use a traditional formula, created by instinctive guess and arbitrarily formed, not evolved by hypothesis and experiment. The law of sorcery is its own law, using sympathetic symbols. This logomachy was subsequently deduced from actual practice, using cards like an 'oracle', with the exponent as interpreter.
A slap in the face, that first sentence, reminding me how easy it is to become charlatan out of having a bad faith in one's own nature. The answer? A constant maintenance. A waxing and waning spiritual clarity, rather than a securely final plateau.
edit: an answer to what question? This one: how does one avoid mistaking a bad faith for good one? By means of some eternal audit?