The orientals account for physical mediumistic phenomena in a similar

way, though their terms are different. Instead of speaking of zoether,

or psychic force, they always employ the term "prana." In the oriental

philosophies "prana" is explained as a subtle form of energy permeating

the universe, but manifesting in a special form in the organism of the

human being. This subtle force, or prana, is held to be capable of being

transmitted from one organism to another, and is held to be the

energizing power by means of which many forms of occult or magic

phenomena are produced. Prana is very much akin to the "human magnetism"

of the western occultists, and the properties attributed to the latter

are really those which the orientals for centuries past have held to be

among the essential properties of prana; so, at the last, there is found

to be a practical agreement here between the oriental and the western

schools of occultism, respectively, in spite of their differing


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