Return of the Dead
An Esoteric Essay Regarding Rites of Reanimation, Resurrection, and Reincarnation
As a philosopher of mind I have often written about my beliefs regarding Platonic and Cartesian dualism as it pertains to life, but now I would like to take some time to look at how this pertains to death in very specific ways. In regards to this, the relationship between the mortal body and the immortal soul is such that conjurations and incantations can be and have been used to control what happens after death. This can theoretically work in one of three different ways, two of which I have previously discussed specifically regarding the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama and the resurrection of Christ, among other things. Along with this, since it’s much easier to just show you what I mean with a diagram, I have also included a table as a visual aid:
According to my Theory of Thanatonics, if a corpse is raised from the dead without the use of a soul, and is instead controlled by an intelligent spell known as a servitor, then the resulting creature would not be reanimated in the sense that I’m describing. Think of a smart device with artificial intelligence and how easy it can be to personify something that seems to be alive, when in fact there is no psyche involved in the process. Subroutines run, but feelings are never felt. The same is true of the arcane directives in an enchanted corpse. In line with this, a body controlled by a servitor would just be the puppet of a spell-caster. It doesn’t become animated or reanimated. With a servitor zombie, there’s no “ghost in the machine”. So, I guess what I’m talking about might result from an attempted resurrection that gets diverted to a different dead body than the one from a caster’s former life. This isn’t a zombie, because the body actually comes back to life. In regards to this, the so-called Haitian “zombies” of urban legend are not really the living dead, they are just the living. That is to say, the sinister potion the witch doctors use just temporarily paralyzes people, so after they are pronounced dead and get buried, and then dig themselves out of their own shallow grave, they only think that they have returned from the dead. When, in fact, they never died in the first place. Think of it all this way, if a magus takes over the body of a living person then that is a case of possession, not reanimation. An inanimate object, like the body, can only ever be reanimated by an animate subject, like the soul. This goes from a discarnate state to that of an incarnate state during a successful rite of reanimation.
Simply put, resurrection is what Jesus did with Lazarus, as depicted in the image above. He was truly a master magus when it came to healing spells. Some classic and contemporary shamans are charlatans and most faith healers are frauds, but Jesus was a true medicine man. He was possibly the greatest genuine faith healer of all time. He raised the dead at least four times that we know of. There was Lazarus, the daughter of Jairus, the son of the widow of Nain, and of course himself. Meanwhile, there are those who put things like needles in their mouths and then suck on people’s heads and claim to have pulled out something that had been placed there through witchcraft. Whereas, others will cup bits of uncooked chicken parts in their hands, and with sleight-of-hand magic tricks make it look like they were pulling something out of one’s stomach. That’s not what Jesus did. The power of Christ could compel souls to come back from the afterlife and then he would restore their former vitality, giving them another chance at life. That’s what resurrection is, and he had a great mastery of the skill. The Gnostic Gospels of the Apostle Thomas even give clues as to how this was done. Of course, that’s just how Jesus did it. Another magick-user or miracle-worker might choose a different formula to follow. For instance, necromancers just do very brief resurrections that only last long enough for a person to answer a few questions, whereas faith healers can add years or even decades on to someone’s life by curing them or even bringing them back from the dead, thus giving them the chance to keep on living. This is one of the noblest ways to use magick, and it just goes to show how much empathy and compassion that Christ really had. Such is the way to cast successful resurrection spells.
In the case of reincarnation, it’s best for two magi to work in tandem with one other, whenever possible. This is what the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama have been doing for centuries. They spend their whole lives preparing for death because before it comes they pick a time and place to return, so when one of them dies the other one knows how to find them. So, when it comes time for the Dalai Lama to be reborn the monks are alerted and they begin to look for children born at the agreed-upon time in the predetermined area. Then, tests are conducted to determine which of those children is the right one. As an example, they will put out a few of the exact same hats, one of which had belonged to the Dalai Lama in his former life. The child who picks all, or at least most of the correct items is then taken to meet the Panchen Lama who questions them to determine if they are indeed the Dalai Lama. This obviously requires lots of manpower, which is why most powerful magi usually become important religious figures. It takes a network of true believers to make a spiritual community that is capable of achieving supernatural feats of this magnitude. Don’t get me wrong though, anyone with sufficient concentration and memory could choose who their new parents will be, thus giving them certain control over their destiny. Then, the issue becomes remembering who you were once your new body becomes about six or seven years old. Most people usually forget all of their past life memories by then, but if you can will yourself to reincarnate as someone specific then you can surely retain your former identity. Ultimately, that’s what it means to properly perform a reincarnation ritual.