field of our sense experience has an absolutely ridiculous limitation;
while in the mind, if you think of someone or something, a city
or a place, you are there immediately, instantaneously, you see.
And you are there -it is not that you are not there, you are
there, and you can have so precise a mental contact that you
can have a conversation, ask questions and receive answers, on
condition that the other person is fairly sensitive. Why, this
is something which happens constantly, constantly. Only, you
must have a little knowledge, naturally, for otherwise you don't
even understand what is happening.
Even physically, with this,
with the eyes, the nose, the fingers, the mouth, the ears, oh, it is ridiculous!
One can develop these if one wants. One can succeed, for example, in hearing
something which occurs at a fairly great distance and hearing it physically,
not by another means than the physical, but one must have a control over his
senses and be able to prolong their vibrations sufficiently. One can see at a
distance also, and not by an occult vision. One can manage to stretch his vision,
and if he knows how to prolong the vibration of his nerves outside the organ,
he can prolong the contact, I don't say some kilometres away, no, but in a certain
area, say, for example, through a wall, which is considered something impossible;
one can see what is going on in a room which is separated from another by a wall.
But a very methodical practice is necessary. Yet this is possible, seeing, feeling,
hearing. If one wants to take the trouble, one can enlarge his field considerably.
But it asks for work, for perseverance, a kind of assiduous effort. Why, it has
even been found that one can develop other visual centres than the eye. It has
been tried out with people who, for some reason or other, have no vision in the
eye. One can develop other centres or another centre of vision,
by a continuous, methodical effort. Jules Romains has written a book about it.
He himself conducted experiments and obtained very conclusive results.
This means that we have a number of possibilities
which we let sleep within us, because we don't take the trouble to develop them
very much. We can do infinitely more than we actually do. But we take things
like that, as they come.