Amplitude of Force
The following was originally posted on the KeelyNet BBS on 08/30/89 as
From "Dashed Against the Rock" by W. J. Colville, 1894
(heavily influenced if not written by John W. Keely)
Placed in the public domain on August 30, 1989
The amplitude of vibrations is directly increased or diminished by increasing
or diminishing the size or number of creative aggregates.
The human EGO, subject to the forces of love or hate, kindness or cruelty,
forgiveness or revenge, is according to circumstances ruled or dominated by
these forces in proportion to their intensity.
The intensity of a force is precisely proportionate to the number of units
vibrating at that particular pitch. For instance, let fear assail one, and
according to its intensity will be the effect; but let a crowd of men
experience fear, see the result in the augmentation of fear, though its source
be relatively insignificant.
A curtain in a theatre, for example, takes fire; one or two persons, cowardly
at heart, become afraid through the dominance of the purely animal instinct of
bodily preservation; there is actually no real danger, but these two or three
persons are sufficient to arouse the unreasoning dread which lies latent in
every breast, with perhaps a very few remarkable exceptions.
The fire burns nobody; but blind fear, which is extremely contagious among
people mutually sympathetic, by reason of the rapidity with which etheric
waves transmit all feeling, occasions a terrible panic, during which many
severe accidents and many instances of fierce cruelty occur, all because of
this sympathetic transfer of feeling starting from one or two augmented or
intensified fear-centres, each person being a centre emanating the feeling of
Were there no counteracting centres of influence in an audience, radiating
contrary feelings, the result of a panic would be the total bodily extinction
of a very large percentage of the assembled multitude.
Thus the human race is immersed in forces whose intensity is vast in
proportion to the number of EGOS adding each its quota to the already intense
vibration, tending either to love or hate, kindness or cruelty, timidity or
Those who intensify the force of cruelty in the place where they reside, may
be strengthening a murderer's hand to strike the deadly blow in a distant
land. This result is brought about through the agency of etheric waves, which
transmit forces with undiminished intensity even to uncalculated distances.
This phenomenon may be termed tran-sympathetic.
They who feel that force called love, which on higher planes is known as
sympathy, thrill with waves of force which are already strong, augmenting them
or increasing their intensity. They who indulge such sentiments and encourage
such forces may stop the falling hand on evil sped.
In order to protect ourselves effectually from becoming the dispensers or
propagators of deadly force, we must consciously and deliberately relate
ourselves by resolute determination, to awaken within us such centres only as
are concordantly sympathetic with all force radiating in the interest of
universal goodwill, thereby aiding the establishment of universal brotherhood.
All ye who feel a longing for a better life or nobler existence draw to
yourselves streams of force which they alone feel who have attuned their
bodies to the higher harmonies.
For a moment you feel as they who dwell perpetually in communion with higher
harmonies, living immersed in that higher force; they are the true
hierophants, and you, O neophytes, struggling to attain the goal which they
have reached, do not despair though at present you find yourselves unable to
maintain this high altitude for long together.
Though you fall many times, be not discouraged, for as yet your organisms and
all their centres of resonation are not yet concordant to the focalized
vibrations of the higher harmonies; being still related to the mass, you are
drawn again and again into the whirlpool of the vibrations which affect the
mass, for these you cannot yet resist. But know that you can change all this
rapidly or slowly as your purpose is steadily intense or vacillating.
With the cessation of your lower desires comes the cessation of the action
upon you of the lower forces; the resonating centres which formerly
distributed this force, no longer active, become latent and are absorbed back
to an embryonic condition.
Every man contains, developed or embryonic, all conditions of the Infinite;
therefore no height is too great to reach. Impossibility is a meaningless
word to the man who apprehends the fathomless contents of his own nature.
Thou comest here, O man, with the instrument thou hast graduated in thy many
past existences; how few of thy chord-settings, if thou are art numbered with
the many, respond to the higher harmonies! Universal unity or fraternity has
been absorbed to almost embryonic conditions by the prevalence of material
Charity has been rendered almost latent, that beautiful chord-setting found
even in the lowest forms of creation - LOVE, the dominant chord of the cycles.
Love has an amplitude of action in the brute which may well make the selfish
man ashamed, but until the crust of selfishness is broken through, the beauty
of love is obscured, and though it exists all about him, the poor blind
egotist has no eye to discern it.
The centres of love, brotherhood, charity, voice their music loud and clear,
yet the masses will not listen. I do not mean the immortal EGO when I say man
will not listen; I refer to the personality which is the resultant of all the
ages of action in this, now rapidly closing, cycle.
You who exist do-day, to-morrow would exist no longer in your present
personalities did you BUT DARE to yield to these higher harmonies. I say
YIELD because it is a yielding process for this personality. In a moment your
outer life would end, and you, the warrior, would enter peace.
The immortal EGO is an entity of which man can become thoroughly conscious
while here on earth, but to arrive at this consciousness necessitates the
entire abandonment of all the petty considerations involved in the transient
and subordinate EGO, which is the only self of which the un-enlightened man is
Let him who desires to reach this inner consciousness enter his inner
sanctuary, wherever that sanctuary may be; it matters not whether it be his
own chamber, the open field, the mountain top, the seashore, the stately
cathedral, or the humble village chapel. Let him realize fully the transient
character of his own personality and contrast therewith his eager longing to
know the immortal.
Let him concentrate his whole consciousness upon his personality, fully
arousing all his personal conditions as a distinct individual; then with all
the aspiration of which this personality is capable, let him beseech of the
immortal EGO - which is eternal and does not incarnate, but overshadows all
incarnations, waiting until one is formed capable of illumination, to whom it
may reveal itself - to consider him worthy of illumination, and according to
his preparedness to receive illumination will it then be granted.
He who asks this, knows not what he asks; for were the prayer answered, life
henceforth for such an one would be a weary round, as Hamlet says: "to-morrow
and to-morrow and to-morrow brings in this weary round of life"; for, having
seen the glory of this immortal EGO, all else seems so base, so commonplace
and mean, so inglorious, that oftentimes the personality has utterly collapsed
when thrown back from the radiant vision of this glorious immortal entity
possessed by all alike, though scarcely dreamed of by many save the very few
who, discontented with the ignorance and emptiness of terrene existence,
aspire to know the great reality of the supernal.
As the incarnations of every entity, passing through certain orders of
experience through numerous lives, inevitably culminate in this moment of
conscious realization of the immortal entity; the Buddha says: "All shall
reach the sunlit snows."
You who through your daily life move on unthinking, not caring, inactive,
inactive, you shall hear when your supplications reach this high entity, "Lo!
thou didst not even try, knowing that even thy failures were acceptable to
KeelyNet wishes to publicly thank Dan A. Davidson for allowing us access
to a photocopy of Colville's "Dashed Against the Rock".
Also read Gnosticism vs. Agnosticism