By Colin Stanley
The 'Occult Trilogy' is the collective label utilized to Colin Wilson's 3 significant works at the occult: The Occult (1971); Mysteries: an research into the Occult, the mystical and the Supernatural (1978) and past the Occult (1988). They amounted to a enormous 1600 pages and feature spawned many different lesser works.
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Because the ‘muscles’ that could hold it are flabby and undeveloped. We only make use of these muscles involuntarily, when suddenly stirred by beauty or a sense of crisis…. ” (744). Wilson asserts that the next stage in human evolution will be the “deliberate development of this ‘muscle’ of the will, and a corresponding development of the sense of meaning” (745). He goes on to explain how concentration can be employed to convulse the ‘muscle’. Whilst listening to a favourite piece of music: “Instead of allowing the aesthetic experience to operate upon passive sensibilities, I made an effort to accelerate the process by concentration….
The third part, ‘Man’s Latent Powers’, looks at witchcraft, spiritualism and ghosts with a final chapter that discusses the metaphysical questions that arise out of occultism. “The thesis of this book is revolutionary …” Wilson declares on the first page of his Introduction (25*). Primitive man believed the world to be full of unseen forces whereas today our rational minds tell us that these forces existed only in his imagination. The problem, says Wilson, is that we have become “thinking pigmies” who have forgotten “the immense world of broader significance that stretches around [us]” (25).
Surrounded by a panorama of astonishing variety and richness, we live on the bottom rung of the ladder so that our view is restricted. Inevitably we become bored with the puny environment our vision extends to, like a child whose sense of wonder at a particular toy gradually drains away as the hours pass. ” (Dossor, 195) Professor Stanley Krippner, in his essay on Mysteries for the festschrift Around the Outsider, offers an interesting explanation for what he calls “Wilson’s mixture of skepticism and credulity” (Krippner, 163).
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