In my study of Anthropology it is clear that so called primitive thought patterns have a profound similarity to modern scientific thought.
Quartz crystal resonators.
Sympathetic Magic was a term coined by anthropologists when they first started to investigate “primitive” religions. It was meant to describe the processes and thought patterns of these ancient religions.
It is divided into two basic parts, that of Imitative Magic and Contagious Magic.
Imitative magic described the process of creating magic by imitating with actions and rituals the thing desired. For example, allowing a new person into the tribe by performing a ceremony imitating the actions of birth. Christian Baptism also falls into this category because the new birth is signalled by the water just as the physical birth is signalled by the breaking of water.
Contagious Magic was brought about by the use of an actual item to “rub off” onto the new item. For example, a sample of hair was attached to an effigy of a person to create a voodoo doll. Without this hair sample the voodoo doll was worthless. Similarly, in Christianity, relics were used to impart the goodness of the saint.
We can already see that the notion of Sympathetic Magic is not limited to just so-called “primitive” religions but also encompasses more allegedly evolved religions like Christianity. The early anthropologists who tended to view other “primitive” religions paternalistically were themselves Christian practitioners who also demonstrated the same Sympathetic Magic in their own private religions.
An analysis of all religions reveals the same thought pattern.
Sigmund Freud recognised these practices as a symptom of all religions, big or small, and saw such thought as representative of unevolved human thought that reached back to the time when men were still pre-humans. He related it to the schizophrenic mind and saw it as a useless and childish method of thought. Only later in life in his famous essay “Moses and Monotheism” did he reluctantly bridge the gap between his own theories and his Judaic religious roots. Judaism like all other religions makes extensive use of Sympathetic Magical thought.
The principle that users of Sympathetic Magic utilise can best be described as “Like Attracts Like”. This term has been used extensively to try to lay hold of an elusive concept that is practiced worldwide by all of humanity.
Most superstitions have at their root a “like attracts like” principle. For example, a successful golfer often has a “lucky” jacket or hat he refuses to part with. The “lucky hat” was worn when a tournament was won. Its lucky quality derives from this association. If it was lucky once it will bring luck again. It will “attract” the same luck.
Controlling luck depends on such a principle.
Every day millions of people from different cultures and from different religions practice the same thing: from the punter who bets on a horse because of a lucky co-incidence to the most sincere Christian who consumes a piece of bread on Sunday.
Upon analysis they all depend on the idea of like-attracts-like.
Conventional science does not believe in such a principle operating like a physical law in the universe. It cannot, they say, be proven scientifically.
New Age philosophers often cite the principle as proof of their ideas. The classic argument of New Age philosophers is the ability of crystals to reverberate their qualities into human consciousness.
The scientific principle of Sympathetic Resonance does seem to be a plausible go-between between the two philosophies of Rational Scientific Thought and New Age Thought.
Sympathetic Resonance claims with verifiable experiments and innumerable practical applications such as mobile phones and television that like will indeed attract like. A tiny crystal inside a mobile phone reverberates with a certain wavelength to bring us a message.
Sympathetic Resonance agrees with Sympathetic Magic in its principle of “like attracts like”. One thing can affect another when involving the physical issue of similarity.
Other human events and characteristics seem to be equally affected by this principle.
The notion of the theatre itself is based on the fact that the imitation of human emotions and predicaments reverberate with the viewer to conjure up emotions and ideas in the audience. Theatre itself literally evolved up out of man’s first attempts to control the hunt and to initiate others: all using the most “primitive” forms of like-attracts-like sympathetic magical principles.
Theatre was itself, and still is, magical. The movies use both sympathetic resonance and sympathetic magic to work both the machinery and the actors. The cinema today is often described as “magic’
GRAVITY: Science can still not explain the commonplace physical force of gravity: all they really know is that it is an expression of a principle they reject as unscientific. That is, it is like-attracts-like on a scale that runs the Universe! For no good reason, atoms and matter attract other atoms and pieces of matter. All scientific chemical reactions ultimately rely on such principles be they gravitational or electrical.
It seems that once we begin to look with unprejudiced eyes at our human world this elusive principle can be observed everywhere.
In fact, I believe it is a characteristic of the physical universe as well as our own human consciousness. It is so endemic to the way we as humans think and act that I believe it will be a very useful piece of the puzzle in the development of artificial intelligence. In terms of hardware it is already playing a vital role. Can it be also applied to software?
Magic or Science?
Can it be used for good or evil?
Yes, in both science, religion and common thought.
Adolph Hitler was known to have practiced magic in his quest for world domination. He explored all the New Age sciences and regularly practiced magic. Some of his efforts are still being analysed in my book “The Sin on the Cross”.
A proper analysis of all the New Age sciences and all the world religions shows an almost total reliance on Sympathetic Magical theory.
It’s application is fortunately related to a system of ethics involving the spiritual concept of Love. It may be applied to do evil but this will ultimately lead to the destruction of the evil practitioner.
With deeper meditation upon the nature of this principle and its relation to the entire universe we can see some of the mind of God at work: according to Tesla!
Evil will attract evil and good will attract good.
Tesla and Spiritual Resonance.
The Evolution of Innoculation
The standard historical summary of the evolution of inoculation is well known and accepted. Below is a quote taken from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Jenner) which I reproduce to refresh our memories:
"Variolation or inoculation was the method first used to immunize an individual against smallpox (Variola) with material taken from a patient or a recently variolated individual in the hope that a mild, but protective infection would result. The procedure was most commonly carried out by inserting/rubbing powdered smallpox scabs or fluid from pustules into superficial scratches made in the skin. The patient would develop pustules identical to those caused by naturally occurring smallpox, usually producing a less-severe disease than naturally-acquired smallpox.
The method was first used in China and the Middle East before it was introduced into England and North America in the 1720s in the face of some opposition. The method is no longer used today. It was replaced by smallpox vaccine, a safer alternative. This in turn paved the way for the development of the many vaccines now available."
Hair of the Dog That Bit You"
From the same Medieval period in history when primitive forms of inoculation were taking place comes the old cure for rabies: take a sample of the fur from the dog who bit the patient and mix it into a concoction so the patient can drink it!
As with many such "cures" there was a pervasive principle of finding the cure in the affliction that caused the illness at first. This can be traced back even further to the very start of man's history in the realms of "sympathetic magic" whereby the 'like attracts like principle' was used to cure or control just about anything that was out of man's control. It relates to a primitive kind of magical manipulation of what we term today as "sympathetic resonance".
in other words it was observed from nature that the cause and cure of affliction were somehow related.
This is the basis for both Homeopathy and modern inoculation! Modern inoculation evolved out of the same "like attracts like" principle which people now use as an excuse to debunk Homeopathy!!
So why is there a debunking of the Principle behind Homeopathy? I am not asking you the reader not to criticize the methods used by Homeopathy (ie one part of the disease per million parts of water etc) but I am expecting a rational appraisal of both the Principle and the Evolutionary precedents to this Principle.
Ask yourself, if you were in danger of contracting smallpox (without the availability of modern medicine) would you prefer to rub old smallpox scabs belonging to other dead people on your lesions, or would you prefer to drink a one part per million concoction?
Why the Detractors?
We must therefore ask ourselves: Why are there so many detractors of the Principle of homeopathic inoculation by people who practice and promote the same exact Principle!
Although the continued prosperity of large drug manufacturing corporations is an obvious reason, I wish only to mention it and put it aside for a moment in order to focus on another more sinister unethical reason.
There is a strong modern tendency to laugh at or debunk traditional cures and/or to ridicule any quasi "spiritual" or antiquated remedy; although this is slowly changing now that antibiotics are proving less successful. Hence we see old therapies (such as using leeches and maggots) making a comeback.
Acupuncture is the classic quasi spiritual cure that was once debunked widely as no medical reason could be found as to its efficacy. It was seen as unscientific due to its direct connection to "Chi" a mysterious "body energy" with spiritual connotations, but has now gained wide acceptance.
Part of the ongoing ridicule of old remedies and ideas comes from a strong superior atheist mentality, as many old remedies are connected to new age spiritual groups or religion. It is as if the powerful new atheist camp is saying that the new age or "spiritual" ideas have nothing whatsoever to offer society. However while doing so they are implicitly rejecting their own cherished atheist Principle of Evolution which clearly shows that one state of knowledge (or animal) evolves and changes into another unusually better adapted idea (or species).
So why discard and promote the exact same principle: Sheer human folly!
The ancient ideas and cures DO have many things to offer humanity by way of ethics and natural medicine. Ridiculing one's own history and roots is a foolish and disastrous road for any self respecting scientist or atheist to tread
Unexplained Natural Causes and Cures.
To add further to the mystery and debate there is a frequently occurring natural phenomena whereby venomous plants or species occur closely associated with their relevant cures.
Was this the source of some of early man's principle of "like attracts like", whereby causes and cures can be seen occurring together?
As seen with "maggot therapy", the fly's that bring disease also bring fly maggots which clean up the disease! This is the naturally occurring "like attracts like" principle.
Andrew Petrou (author) from Brisbane on November 16, 2017:
Yes this same phenomena pervades the universe. It is "switched on" all the time. It always functions in a variety of guises.
Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on November 16, 2017:
How about Telepathy as a sympathetic resonance? See:
Andrew Petrou (author) from Brisbane on November 13, 2017:
Please link it to your followers so we can build on it with the spiritually minded hubpages community.
There was a famous mathematician named Kurt Godël who actually had a theorem proving God's existence called the "God theorem"! Godel was the closest confidante of Einstein during the final years of Einstein's life.
Maurice Glaude from Mobile on November 12, 2017:
This is so well written it blows my mind. I've been trying to form into words the relation between imitative magic and modern day religions.
Andrew Petrou (author) from Brisbane on April 07, 2016:
I agree there is a lot wrong with many aspects of New Age stuff and a lot of it is to do with fashion,ego and also running small businesses that don't need much education.
Yves on April 07, 2016:
I will only add that there is a distinction between New Age (creating one's own reality) and the esoteric arts. I have never met a New Age person who has created their own reality unless they lie to themselves. On the other hand, the esoteric arts may be managed through care---with the knowledge that evil exists and that one cannot pick and choose the light over darkness. It is all there. That is the reality of life. Thus, the need to realize that protection comes from above. One cannot just decide that darkness does not exist. That is my point on speaking out against the New Age philosophy
Andrew Petrou (author) from Brisbane on April 07, 2016:
yes such phenomena are related to this principle.
Many new age ideas are dubious but many have also found their way into acceptance by science. For example scientists have recently found out that magnets can be used to treat certain illnesses. For years the same scientific community considered new age magnet therapy as quackery.
It might surprise many people to discover that certain indigenous cultures practiced "new age" methods for thousands of years. Using quartz crystals to aid psychic long distance communication for one.
For scientists to embrace certain ancient practices as "theirs" without acknowledging the indigenous religious roots is unethical and frankly racist.
Yves on April 07, 2016:
Oztinato, Regarding the idea of like-attracts-like, you stated that "Conventional science does not believe in such a principle operating like a physical law in the universe."
However, in quantum physics, "entangled particles remain connected so that actions performed on one affect the other, even when separated by great distances."
My question is this, do you not see this particle phenomenon as a "like attracts like" situation? Or is your observation about something entirely different, and I'm just not getting it. That being said, I believe New Age beliefs are foolish. Furthermore, they cause people to become self-absorbed and unrealistic or just passive---in blinding accepting bad as good----as far as I have observed.
Andrew Petrou (author) from Brisbane on September 08, 2015:
Thanks Damian! I try to write about things people need to know. Even if I get ripped off at least I know I've helped society.
Damian from Naples on September 08, 2015:
Oz ... This is fantastic. You are truly a gifted writer. Everything you reference here is indeed thought provoking. Very well done. Keep up the good work. Blessings always.
Andrew Petrou (author) from Brisbane on July 27, 2015:
Thanks Mel. A lot of people don't know that crystal tech is a major part of how mobile phones and other devices work.
Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on July 27, 2015:
Interesting thoughts. I agree that there is a common bond across all religions, as seen in the various rituals that we practice. I enjoy this kind of comparative mythology study. Great hub!