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New Thought Movement and the (DVD) The Secret has much merit but both fall short on practical advice and cautionary warnings. The magick community also has its problems and misunderstandings with the true nature of phenomena. The cornerstone of this lens is the teachings of Franz Bardon and his disciple, Rawn Clark.
There is a lack of understanding or explanation as to why magic works in much of the mainstream literature I have read! Once you clearly understand WHY it works, you then are en route to incorporate and perform magic yourself. Ceremonial magic, while it is an important facet of the whole, is not as important as many sources make you believe. Ceremonies, costumes, etc. are like a crutch, placing the practitioner into altered states. A trance can be achieved without any costume or hocus-pocus.
True magic is not obvious yet consistent. That is the beauty of it! You operate under the radar and everybody thinks you are just lucky or blessed, while you are making everything happen. This way you avoid attention and negative consequences or unwarranted animosity or envy.
People come to you for a good show and if you want to show off, by all means try - good luck. True, transcendental magic is not like that. You do not want to show off and do not want attention. You do things for others and a little for yourself.
Magical thinking is only partial of the whole - there are the vibrations of letters, colors and sounds can and will work with your mental effort in tandem. Also there are utterances of words and magical speech to learn.
Our non-Physical Extensions
Some of the ancients (Hindu) describe this as a septenary existence, where they count the seven=fold existence of everything there is. The Cabbalists count these layers of existence as nine, but for the sake of simplicity I just use 3 layers – mental, astral, and physical. Since the demarcation from one level to another is murky, the numbers we pick are not important.
The three worlds or “planes” are as follows: the mental plane is the highest reality, save for the undivided akasha, and is the true and eternal ego. Where the akasha is in a sense the world of ideas, it is the mental plane that sets these ideas in motion. The astral plane is the next one down and contains the archetypes of the physical world and to some extent the vital energy behind it; the physical world is the lowest of the planes and requires little explanation. Each of these worlds forms a matrix for the world below it. Since humans also have three bodies corresponding to their presence in each of the three worlds, severing the link between any two of these bodies will cause the dissolution of the lower forms (or death) . Such things as astral projection are still possible as they only involve loosening the hold between the bodies.
It is important to point out that we often think the source of all is the physical and that somehow this extends out to the higher spheres. The reality is the exact opposite. Our nervous system and biology is controlled and affected by our “doppelganger” at the mental layer. To be able to do extraordinary things, we must have these three/nine/seven layers in synch – perfect harmony.
In order to heal or be healed, we must first be effective on the mental level and if successful, the result will automatically be propagated down to the physical.
According to the Qabalah, Infinity (Oneness) is a very important concept. The undivided infinity of being (Atziluth) multiplies itself by another order of infinity and causes the infinity of specified, non-sequentialized meaning (Briah) . In this state, Unitary being experiences the whole infinite variety of specific meanings, but without sequence or order. This is the archetypal, symbolic ocean, in which each drop reflects the whole and the whole is mirrored in each drop. It is chaos of potentiality in which all things are not only possible, but also probable and actual.
This infinity of random meaning (Briah) multiplies itself by another order of infinity and causes the infinity of sequence and relationship (Yetzirah) . This is the realm of symbol, of order, logic, emotion, and thought — the realm where one thing leads to another. This is also the realm of time, the essence of which is sequence.
This infinity of sequentialized meaning (Yetzirah) multiplies itself by another order of infinity and causes the infinity of spatial relationship (Assiah) and our familiar physical realm.
The first multiplication of The One Self — the transition from the Atziluthic Unity of being, to the Braitic infinity of non-sequentialized meaning – is described in the Genesis, chapter one, creation story. The second transition, from the Briatic infinity to the sequentialized Yetziratic infinity, is the topic of the Sepher Yetzirah. Thus the S.Y. is very orderly and systematic in its presentation and closely examines the structure of time (“eternity”) .
Lastly, your invisible selves must be in harmony in order to work with the elemental forces. Your physical is only ONE aspect of it. The invisible is ALWAYS more important. On a certain, mental level, time and space do not exist. In addition, all possible events are not only possible but actual and probable, as nothing is yet final, sequential.
In our so called "reality", much of that we think as actual and final event is in reality, just a perception based possibility of one in the trillion of permutations of the whole. What finally "happens" is based on individual and collective visualization, ideas, current and old thoughts and karmic balance of positive and negative individual or group Karma. Nothing is by chance or happenstance, at least not the way most people think of it.
Akasha, the fabric of the Universe has traces of the karmic information. Everything is choreographed to perfection. But to a certain extent, you (the initiated magician) can alter and change it. You can also create! Conjour up things from nothing. In fact, that is easier than altering karmically defined future events. In the old days the rainmaker or the soothsayer was often killed when his/hers prediction or effort was not realized, but many times the desired outcome - rain was karmically not possible that time.
For example, on the mental level, where there is no sequence of time-based events, any possibility of the cards in a shuffled deck is probable… so a true magician can "invoke" any cards. The low level thinker (neophyte) , who is stuck in the trap of time/space fabric of this Universe, cannot see that as a probability. But ANYTHING is possible when imagined and acted out on the mental body, which then automatically gets pushed (propagated) to the physical realm and becomes, final and "REAL".
This is the true philosopher's stone, the true empowerment.
Rawn Clark, Franz Bardon
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