I watched a seminar by Brigit Esselmont, creator of Biddy Tarot, and I’ve had the video sitting on my desktop for the longest time, thinking “I will rewatch it and make some notes”. Well, here they are. All the information and credits go to Brigit Esselmont.
Why learn how to read the tarot
Tarot puts your intuition on speed dial
Tarot helps you make better decisions with greater clarity
Tarot helps you create the life that you want to live
Reasons why Tarot readings are confusing or inaccurate
Rushing the reading (not diving deep into the story behind the cards)
Asking the wrong questions (questions that don’t help the querent!)
Not interpreting the story in the cards (sticking to the surface-level interpretation)
How to create powerful and accurate readings
Create the space. Physically, mentally and emotionally. Like how I don’t like to read when I’m tired. Dress up for it, if you can! Banish the area, burn some incense.
Get to the heart of the question. What exactly would answer the question? What would help the person?
Choose the spread. Decide if you’re going to read 2 cards, 3 cards or a full-blown Celtic Cross.
Shuffle the deck. Put your energy into it. Bring the universal order into your hands.
Read the cards and interpret the story. First, intuitively look and interpret the cards. Write it down. If the cards were a movie, what kind of movie would it be?
Answer the question asked. Don’t forget the person is looking for answers.
Reflect, and ask for feedback. Take a photo, write down the cards you got and your interpretation.
There’s also a very good document with 10 questions you could ask before the reading. Perhaps the querent is not sure what they need to know, see if one of these might help! https://biddytarot.com/10questions
Let’s not forget to say Thank You Very Much! To Brigit Esselmont for all the quality information she’s put out there for people to learn from.
I listened to a podcast recently (I believe it was an episode of the Occulture podcast) and they were talking about this book and Rudolf Steiner. I decided to read it and see what it was all about.
A misleading title
First of all, the book is called “Developing Supersensible Perception” but the content does not really cover the acquisition of these powers. It is mostly a theoretical volume than a practical one, with no exercises or practices outlined. It could be considered an attempt at explaining scientifically the existence of a universe beyond our known universe, existing outside of time and space, limited by the smallest dimensions in our physical universe, the Planck length and Planck time.
In summary, this book contains some scientific basis to defend the existence of other universes, and explain their identity and the way they interact with our universe. It is not a practical guide in any way, so I find the title is misleading.
Chapter 1. Five Approaches to Supersensible Perception
Rudolf Steiner and higher worlds. Interacting with other-worldly hierarchies. The Akashic records, opening one’s inner eye. The higher self and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Five ways to develop the higher self: Acquisition by birth, acquisition by drugs, acquisition by prayer, acquisition by psychophysical exercises, acquisition by meditation.
Chapter 2. Activating and Cultivating Supersensible Perception
Three categories of thinking: Imaginative, active, and intuitive. Three ways of learning: Through the inner activity, through a teacher, through an image or book.
Chapter 3. The Four Domains of the Human Being
The physical, etheric, astral, and ego domains. Physics of the four domains. Steiner, Proclus, Patanjali. The astral resides within the blood circulatory system and the etheric within the nervous system, in a 90-degree angle geometry.
Chapter 4. Conditions for Supersensible Perception
The importance of the environment. Inner seclusion. “When you attain to the region of tears, then know that your mind has left the prison of this world“.
Chapter 5. My Journey from Physics to Metaphysics
Author’s experiences with LSD. A light in the forest. Floating Bodhisattvas of China. Tuning the mind to high-pitched frequencies. Reading the Yoga sutras, ayahuasca, and tuning by healing nanobots.
Chapter 6. Indian Tantra and Supersensible Perception
Tantra shastra, mantra, yantra, chakra, samadhi and kundalini. Yoga as the “union of the individual self with the transcendent Self”. Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi. The Mysterious Kundalini by Vasant Rele.
Chapter 7. The Cosmology of Consciousness.
Max Planck, Planck length and time. Holoflux theory of consciousness. Implicate and explicate order. The Ouroboros. David Chalmers and the hard problem of consciousness. Archibald Wheeler and information theory as the basis of existence. Susan Pocket and consciousness as the electromagnetic field itself. Karl Pribram, the Fourier transform. Space-time domain and frequency domain. Existence of a feedback loop between the two domains. Cosmology and the implicate order.
From here on, the book takes a detour and becomes a very dense, hard-to-follow salad of names, theories, and mathematical constants and equations. Being that the title of the book is “Developing Supersensible Perception” and not “Theories about the nature of Consciousness”, I found the latest chapters very hard to follow and I simply skimmed through them without caring too much about the details of what was written. Here’s an example page that illustrates the problem with the second half of the book:
There are no practical exercises, there’s really no explanation as to how one should proceed about developing this supersensible perception, other than perhaps the idea of silencing the mind which can be extracted from some of the quotes by Patanjali or Steiner. For me, only the first four chapters of the book are useful. The rest of the chapters should be moved to a separate book, and the title should probably be changed to “Introduction to Supersensible Perception”.
My Personal Rating: 4/10
This book is an answer to the question “what are some scientific theories or arguments that I can use to defend the claim that there exists a separate universe, from which spirits come, or which could explain the phenomenon of consciousness?” I don’t think I will read it again, because the particular details of how consciousness integrates with our current scientific models really don’t interest me, I was looking for more practical guidance on these subjects, not scientific speculation.
This short book relates some of the experiences of a woman called Mary de la Mont. She married a Lama in secret, bewitched by his charm and power. She was told by the Lama that he and she had been lovers in previous lives. As man and woman, or vice-versa, they have loved each other through many different incarnations.
I loved him then, not as a man, but as the emblem of goodness and love: and now love and goodness are myths to me for ever.
She recounts strange experiences she lived and strange wisdom she obtained from the Lama. Strange rituals involving old mummified Lamas sucking the life force from young maidens. She tells stories of curses and threats by other Lamas who wanted to prevent her from writing what she had seen. One thing to mention here is that the book’s subtitle is “A tale of fictitious people faithfully recounting strange rites still practiced by this cult“. So it is quite possible that part, if not all, of the book, is just fiction. Certainly, she mentions being threatened many times, but here is the book she was told not to write, and it doesn’t seem like it would have been difficult to get rid of her if they had really wanted to.
Chapter I – In an underground temple. Secret tunnels under the pagodas. The narrator meets the Lama and falls in love. A recounting of a ritual where the narrator was made to remember many old memories and lives. She gets pregnant, but all her babies died during birth.
Chapter II – Magic. The science of breath. Some actions must be carried out at the moment the breath is coming out of one specific nostril (this seems like nonsensical superstition to me). The narrator was taught how to make gold and other metals. The curse of the yogini. “Knowledge would teach, but wisdom is always silent“. Early details of the life of the Lama, meeting his guru in a cave.
Chapter III – The Gala Lama. The narrator remembers a time when she was given tea with butter, and her not drinking the butter and asking for milk causes the Lama to compare the butter with spirituality. The Lama tells the narrator that he doesn’t want to lose her but as an Indian wife, her position is always lower than his. Meeting the Gala Lama, the master of his husband. Of her, the Gala Lama says “use her for the elixir of life and give me to drink”. The Lama tells Gala Lama that she is already his wife, to which Gala Lama responds that he has forced him into death.
Chapter IV – X.Y.Z. The narrator meets the chief pupil of the Lama, which she simply identifies as X.Y.Z. He is said to be “hundreds of years old” and alive thanks to the “elixir of life he steals from women“. The narrator tells us that this is why she wrote the book, to “warn those who like me…have fallen at the feet of powerful men with strange powers“. The Lama had prophesied that she would be the father of the Messiah. Hail storms summoned by the power of X.Y.Z.
Chapter V – Past births. The Lama tells the narrator “remember“. She recalls past lives together. In a lifetime she was a Brahmin boy, and he was a maiden seduced by the boy. Many other births after this. Always together, “seducer or seduced“. The Lama asks her how to win her. She answers “ignoring me after first giving me the warmest of love“.
Chapter VI – The Kaula Circle. More threats from X.Y.Z. She goes to India to be treated for sickness. Details of the circle rituals in which participants were intoxicated and their essence was absorbed. A disciple of X.Y.Z. that goes by 666, who also has a pupil. Evocation of spirits who take the life force of X.Y.Z.
Chapter VII – The Maharaja of X. A certain Maharaja who had multiple wives and was famous for the orgies he organized. He was learning the secret of the elixir of youth. He married a particularly beautiful girl, whose parents, after learning of the Maharaja’s orgies, moved her to kill him and then herself.
Chapter VIII – The End. “Man is not a small thing in the universe. This is the grandest thought my philosophy has given me“. The book ends in a somewhat unexpected Christian tone. “God lies in the sweet, tender, simple things of life-and He is the resurrected man-the Christ“.
The narrator changes to Jean de Graeme, the executor of madame La Mont’s will. He tells of different people who came to him trying to recover the manuscript that she wrote. After she died, all the gold she had made turned into an unidentified, worthless metal. The narrator receives the visit of Hari Nur, a Sadhu that had heard about the manuscript of madame La Mont’s memories. He offers to translate other manuscripts in exchange for money. He also begged the narrator to give him the papers from madame La Mont. At one point, even X.Y.Z. visited him (or at least he was identified as such by the narrator). He tells the narrator that he has already read the manuscript using clairvoyance. Of the content, he says that she “was very unwise, and you who intend to publish her ravings are even more unwise“. He talks about the evil in man, and how it should be used. “Suppression of vice is a bad business: so we allow it its fullest expression“.
Part III – The Science of Breath
This part I found absolutely useless. It starts as a normal treatise on breathing, but soon it gets too much into the realm of the fantastic and superstitious – not that the rest of the book shies away from such type of fiction, but things like “If a question is asked in even letters when the moon breath is working, the answer will be favorable” or “If a person is to die within a short time, i.e., one day, he cannot see his tongue“.
This book succeeded in making me more interested in learning about Kaula and weird magical practices. I have heard of entities who steal the life force from humans, and while this book doesn’t particularly teach much about this, it is a nice story set up in a world where all these weird things happen. But, did they really? Is it possible to find out more? I have recently been reading about John Chang and the secrets of Mo Pai, and wonder if there are truly secret masters with amazing superhuman powers and whether it would be a cause worth my time to throw myself into the quest to find these superhuman masters.
Overall, I think this book is a pretty good read, a solid 7/10. It’s short enough that the lack of a more intricate storyline doesn’t get boring, and it can be consumed as an appetizer for other books by the same author. It doesn’t really contain much in regards to secrets, though.
I have been studying the Bible with the Jehova’s Witnesses for some years now, and I grew interested in learning about the historical development of the book; particularly I wanted to know whether it was a reliable manuscript or not. In search of these answers, I stumbled upon this book, Misquoting Jesus.
What did I learn from this book: No, you can’t trust the Bible as a book that was written by God and preserved in its original form.
Not to say there is not wisdom in the Bible, but it is clear that the book and the manuscripts from which it originated passed from hand to hand, from scribe to editor, to copier, to translator. And while most of them probably tried to preserve the message as accurately as possible, some of them were more interested in making sure that the message was not in collusion with what they or their congregation believed.
Bart D. Ehrman goes over the historical development of some of the different versions of the Bible, from the early Christians of the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE, to the late scholars of the 17th and 18th centuries. He discusses the nature of the variations between different editions, and speculates on how some of them might have come to be introduced in the process of copying. He doesn’t barrage the reader with his own judgement, he simply presents the evidence and pretty much leaves you to draw your own conclusions.
Personally, after reading this book I find less ground to accept the Bible as the word of god. I knew many hands had touched and manipulated the documents, and it is clear that most scholars agree that this was the case, and this book helped me give my arguments some solid foundation. How could we really expect to understand the Bible as the word of god, when we don’t even know what the original “word of god” looked like?
You could of course claim that the wisdom of the book pervades every single translation and every variation, but Ehrman I believe presents a very solid position against Christian fundamentalism. Especially when dealing with people like the Jehova’s Witnesses, who so insistingly claim to be the only ones who are not misinterpreting scripture (although they clearly are), it is good to have a good counterargument against not just the additional doctrine that the group has overlaid on top of the scripture (which they will use to confuse you) but actually to dig deep into the origin of the book they claim to follow so strictly.
It is a fascinating book, that is not religious but not secular at the same time. It’s a neutral exposition of the facts. I enjoyed reading it quite a bit.
While listening to a podcast about the electromagnetic brain (Earth Ancients – Shelli Joye: The Electromagnetic Brain) I heard again the name of Rudolf Steiner, and I decided to check what bibliography was available online of his. I ended up downloading a few titles, one of which was this piece I’m reviewing here, Occult Significance of Blood.
Taking as a starting point Faust from Goethe, Steiner tries to unravel the meaning of the scene where Mephistopheles asks Faust to sign the contract with his blood. “Blood is a very special fluid”, the demon says. And on we go.
Steiner considers that the axiom “as above, so below” expresses the idea that the physical world is a manifestation of a higher world with similar rules, and he tries to explain how the body of man is generated by the spiritual bodies. The physical body is generated by the “etheric body, which he possesses in common with the vegetable kingdom”. The etheric body is either created or developed (it’s not clear to me from the text) by the third body, the astral body. It takes care of “lifting up the life-substance to the plane of feeling”. So it is the astral body that gives you an inner experience of being alive.
It is said then that the lower animals and plants have a different form of consciousness, one that is more let’s say open to the universe but closed to the internal experiences. As such, animals can perceive the macro cosmos playing in their own bones, and they can -probably- perceive things that humans can’t. But humans have a richer internal life, and from this, we have developed our ego.
“Blood is, therefore, an expression of the individualized etheric body (…) The blood vessels, together with the heart, are the expression of the transformed etheric body”
Then, how is blood important? “Blood absorbs those pictures of the outside world which the brain has formed within”. Through oxygen, he claims, blood is able of extracting these images and building up the human body. Blood is open to the outer world through the intake of oxygen. “In the blood lies the principle for the development of the ego”. It is unclear how this process takes place, how does the blood acquire these images, and how are they transformed into a physical body.
There is one paragraph about sleep, in which Steiner says that “man sinks into unconsciousness”. As he awakens, “his blood adds to its constructive forces the pictures produced by the brain and the senses”. Why would this process stop during sleep? Nothing apparently unusual happens to the blood during our sleep. Maybe blood pressure drops and the sympathetic nervous system relaxes. Is that how the images stop being absorbed by the blood? Again, the text is very unclear in its scientific explanations. Very much seems to be just speculation based on esoteric knowledge.
Then Steiner goes into elaborating how mankind lost this base consciousness when the blood of humans was mixed with the blood of foreigners. That is, as long as you only fuck people who are somewhat related to you, you can keep having this far-reaching consciousness. But when you “mix your blood” with foreigners, then you lose this primitive consciousness and develop a more internalized, egotistical experience of your own life. We would be bordering racism here if he didn’t consider this evolutionary step a positive thing (which I assume he does, as he calls it “the birth of the external understanding, the birth of the intellect”.
The Ego is born from blood
Blood absorbs images from the brain and transforms them into the physical body
Mixing of blood caused humanity to lose one form of universal consciousness and develop a more localized, personal experience of the self
I understand the argument, but I don’t quite understand how does blood come to be the seat of the ego consciousness. I didn’t find this text illuminating, rather it confused me at times with all the talk about higher bodies and lower bodies. I think the occult sciences need not be confusing unnecessarily, and perhaps this is my stupidity talking, but I found the whole article more confusing than anything else.
Here’s a book I read last month which turned out to be slightly different from what I expected.
Kali Kaula (Jan Fries)
What did I expect: You know, the book isn’t half bad. I just was expecting some more…crude? Perhaps more like an “Initiation into Hermetics” of Tantra. Instead, it turned out to be more like an encyclopedia of Tantra. Educational and useful, I should say. But I wanted something a bit more practical.
The book opens with a historical overview of Hinduism, covering the Vedas, the drug Soma and other principles of Vedic culture. Then it moves onto the Upanishads, Buddhism, and some talk on Saiva, Visnu, and Shakti worship. The historical details of these movements are interesting, to understand how for example modern Buddhism is a movement that comes from a very long evolutionary line and has adapted things that came before.
Next, we start with Tantra properly. Shiva, Shakti, Kundalini, all that. An exploration into the role of women in this system, animal worship, and sacrifices. We explore a few Tantric traditions such as the Aghoras, the Kapalikas, or the Kula movements. The book also explores the Wu people from China and some principles of their systems.
Next, the book covers the topic of Gurus, what it means to be a guru, what your relationship with your Guru should be like, etc. Some female saints are here mentioned, with a brief record of their lives.
The last part of the book covers the body in Tantra, including breathing, mudras, and mantras.
Now like I said, when I started reading this book, I had a different expectation of what it was going to be. I thought the book was going to contain more specific rituals and techniques for worshiping Kali, which is not at all what the text is about. That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy the book, because it was quite interesting, and probably before you get into Kali worship it might be beneficial to know where all of it came from and to learn about the evolution of Hinduism and Tantra.
There are some specific techniques and applications mentioned in the book, but the author doesn’t elaborate much. For example, there are a few pages towards the end which contain several mantras, but without more detail on the translation of the mantras, or what their purpose is supposed to be, or even how to pronounce them, I felt like it was actually quite useless for a practitioner to have this here. You will definitely learn what Tantra looks like, but it doesn’t strike me as a very good book for someone who already knows about these traditions and is looking for specific applications of this magic.
Would I recommend this book?
Probably, if someone asked me “Do you know of any books on the historical evolution of Tantra?” or “What is a good introductory book to Tantric magic?” then surely I would mention this book. It helped me put the different traditions into one single “plan”, that is, it helped me understand more about how ideas from the Vedas influenced the Upanishads and later Buddhist principles. I would definitely not call this “A manual of tantric magick” though.
I’ve known about Regardie for some time, and although I don’t consider myself a very avid reader of his books, I am aware of his close connection to institutions like the Golden Dawn, and Crowley himself. So, I decided to check his “final thoughts” to see what he had come to conclude at the end of his life about magic, humans and the esoteric.
What did I learn from this book?
Mostly I got references to other works. The book doesn’t go very deep into any specific axioms or techniques, but it mentions parts of the story of Regardie and the Golden Dawn that can serve as a starting point for further research. In my case, I found it interesting to read about Wilhelm Reich, and one of the next books I’ll read will probably be Wilhelm Reich in Hell, or The Murder of Christ. Also mentioned was the book Undoing Yourself by C. Hyatt, another one I added to my list.
One of the things I found useful is Regardie’s insistence on doing psychotherapy before doing actual magical work. The same thing I remember asking the Ayahuasca people in Barcelona, “how can I be sure that this won’t release any potentially negative aspects of my personality?” Don’t worry, they said. You don’t have any demons inside. I still to this day think that those people were absolutely stupid and unaware of the knowledge they were working with.
The main part of the book consists of an interview with Regardie by C. Hyatt, and the second half or so consists of introductions that Regardie wrote to other books. Those introductions, while interesting, didn’t provide much in terms of references or understanding. I would say 90% of the value of the book comes from Hyatt’s interview.
Would I recommend this book to other people?
Yes, at least the first part of it. Like I said, if nothing else, just for the amount of references and mentions to other authors and their works.
Speaking about the flesh: “Lastly, in order for it to be mastered, it must first be fulfilled and respected; no repression, no denial, no punishment, no nonsense. “
“The great mass of people are quite willing to drift along. They want no part or have no idea of voluntary forms of evolution, self-induced and self-devised.”
“So the point is, don’t bother looking for the Secret Chiefs. If you are going to be of any importance (…) they will somehow look you up.”
I don’t even remember how this book ended up in my Kindle library, but the book cover was captivating so I decided to read it. I am pretty sure the picture is fake, the proportions are a bit off. But here are my notes:
Talk about physics. Quantum mechanics. There isn’t really “matter”, only different energetic levels. Quotes about the nature of reality from Planck, Schopenhauer, Clarke. Siddhalaya. Notes on the book, translation and the so-called Masters. “If you desire the unseen essence passionately, and strive with dedication, then surely, perhaps in some moment when all the noise of the senses is stilled, you will find yourself one with true reality“. Introducing Lama Karpa, High lama of Siddhalaya. “Let each and every thought, image,word and action reflect what you most desire and nothing else.” Reminds me of something I read once about Milarepa, when he was given some food and then criticized for eating it straight away without praying or offering a song to his patron. He said something along the lines of “I do my praying and offerings in my inner spirit”. No need to share with the outside world, sometimes. “Let not your right know what your left one is doing” are the words attributed to Jesus Christ. God is found inside – not outside.
“There is no need to transform anything, only to recognize all that exists for what it really is“. We are already gods. We are already enlightened. How to reach this recognition? Stillness would seem to be a way. Stillness of the mind. “Only when the lake is still can its true depth be known. And only in that depth can the real be found“. Background of the practitioners. Story about retrieving some manuscripts. Kanji, “beyond [the author’s] ability to grasp.” The ultimate nature of reality. Call the siddha. Stopping a storm. “Energy is simply consciousness objectified. This is a key understanding“. You can stop the storm, but you believe you can’t. You know you can’t. A note on masters. “…a master is not…a teacher of information, but rather someone who facilitates another’s ability to access all the answers they require, on their own.” Reality is perception. All masters were once on the same level you’re standing on right now. A master shouldn’t tell you a lot, rather he should teach you how to find your own answers. I think about this now: my friends the Jehova’s Witnesses have never explained to me how am I supposed to live my life. I’ve been meeting with them for at least two years yet I feel they have never really explained to me the do’s and dont’s of their religion. A man is standing on an island shouting at the people on shore: Come here! Come here! And the people on shore replied: How?
The physical world as symbols. Like words on a page, the objects we see in reality around us are not the information. They are symbols of the information. If you destroy a mathematics book, are you destroying mathematics? The realization of this fact and the ability to generate images with purpose is what grant us freedom. The potential of power and knowledge. Consciousness creates everything. Your imagination is your most great tool. Matter is energy in a frozen state. Fundamental understandings. Sari and Lemia. We are creators. “If you do not impose impeccable discipline on your thoughts…you can rely on them to be random and unruly.” There is no problem without solution. Civilization must be transmitted. Culture is taught to us. I wonder: Should we seek for god in those things which are natural, not transmitted? Is good not more accessible when you examine the moving of the tides, the evolution of the stars, than when you are reading the Bible or the Qoran? The masters don’t teach you the secrets of the universe.You will be disappointed if you think they do. Instead, they teach you the secrets of yourself. And in yourself you will find all the answers. Discard old ideas, reach for higher knowledge. As you grow, you leave your old clothes behind. Advanced understanding Use affirmations to detect and transform your deepest beliefs. “Consciousness is all-that-is. I am one with all consciousness; this is my unity with all that exists- hence I stand as one with the sum of all intelligence; this is my wisdom and knowledge. I am one with all consciousness; this is my unity with all that exists-hence I stand as one with the sum of all energy. This is my power.” Kalika-Khenmetaten. Before you acquire and manifest power you need to be aware that this power exists and is available to you. Utilizing etheric energy. The individual person is awareness. The body is a concentration of energy. This energy comes through the centers, known as the chakras. But they are no higher chakras, lower chakras. Each one has a purpose. The first sphere of awareness is physical, the second is the etheric and manasic levels. A visualization to gather energy:
Sit straight. Hands on your lap. Think about the sun above you. Breath in, five seconds. Breath out, ten seconds. Repeat 7 times. Now imagine the sun again. Move your consciousness up until you arrive inside the sun’s aura. Feel the energy of the sun filling you. Imagine yourself as pure light, pure energy. Now slowly return to your body, while still keeping this idea of being a being of light. Imagine yourself surrounded by a sphere of light, generated from this powerful energy. You are a sun. Hold this image in your mind. The important part is to see the light, feel the light, be filled with light, be surrounded by light.
Visualization practice. Through visualization you gather the energies necessary for your image to manifest. Focus on only one purpose at once. Factors that influence this technique: 1) Realization of the fact that images create your reality 2) Conscious and unconscious beliefs 3) Mastery of thoughts and inner images 4) Strength of your intention to create the reality desired 5) Creating the necessary conditions in the world to allow your idea to manifest 6) Available etheric power 7) Certainty of the success of the visualization process 8) Clarity of the thoughts and images 9) Consistency of these thoughts and images 10) Detachment from the result.
(I had a small insight. The step 10, detachment, creates a void. When you drop a big stone in the water, it displaces the water, but it soon rushes back to fill the void, because the energy levels had increased outside the empty space. Water is pushed to the side, but there is a reaction to push it back. Same with images. When you visualize, you create an image and feed it. When you detach yourself from it, it starts to starve. Desperate, it will start to look for places where it can go to feed itself. It will go to places or energetic levels which are most similar to its energetic imprint. Like a magnet. Then it will probably merge with those energetic levels, kinda like a little cell in agar.io merging with a bigger cell. How does that bring you closer to that result? You detached from it, how does it find you back? Maybe it doesn’t need your awareness to find you back? It if’s a visualization of yourself, then it already has your let’s say “energetic address”. It doesn’t need you to agree, it just manifests itself. I’m not sure. The first part makes some sense. )
You can visualize a movie screen, and then imagine that you are watching a video of yourself, doing what you want to do, or getting what you want to get. Imagine the angle, as if you were watching video that someone recorded with their cellphone’s. See yourself looking at the camera, smiling and waving in recognition. (Psychocybernetics would take this one step further and tell you to put yourself into the video, as the main character. See the guy holding the camera which recorded the video you just saw. Smile and wave at the camera. Now see around you, you have what you want. PS: Wine seems to make it easier for me to visualize things). Reflctions on the teachings. The goal is to awaken the adept from the dream of reality, to reality. But there is no dreamer: the dream is dreaming itself, distracted from itself by itself. Only consciousness is real and eternal: The consciousness of the living universe. Planck, Schrodinger, Einstein, Bohr, Pauli, Wheeler. “There is no matter as such” Max Planck. “In truth, there is only one mind” Schrodinger. “We inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening” Wheeler. Afterward to U.S. edition.
Part III: Additional Material Anthology
Foreword. Excerpts from different books. True experiences with a sorceress of the four portals. Zhang zhung culture. Miwoche and the B’on religion. (note to self: read the diamond sutra. Resume your Lamrim meditations). Table of contents. Kriyasakti. Materializing ice. “I held the ideal of tea in the Universal until it became formed to a lower vibration”. A game of spiritual hide and seek. A great master speaks, immense power of the ancients revealed. Table of contents. About the life of Kalika Khenmetaten. “Each man is already a prince, each woman a princess; they need only to bring that recognition into awareness to realize their inherent ability“. To use these powers, you need to know they exist, and now that they are available at your disposal. Encounters with the celestials, the living part of a timeless legend. Egypt. Earth’s first civilization: Antarctica, 55 million BC. Ancient civilizations. The author has included material from a fake news website about NASA finding ancient structures under the ice in Antarctica. Here’s an example:
“As of now we can only speculate as to what these features are, but the launching if ICESat-2 in 2018 could lead to other major discoveries“
I tried searching this quote online. 4 pages of results, most of which are websites linking the same article on worldnewsdailyreport.com that is no longer there. Very unreliable information.
“Extensive evidence supports the theory that an advanced, non-human species created a civilization including complex structures on the Antarctic continent approximately 55.5 million years ago“5
Evidence is lacking.
Excerpts from Quantum Consciousness, Psychokinetic and Extrasensory Powers. Nothing new or worth mentioning. Excerpt from A Chronicle of Power. Description of the village of Siddhalaya. Village that, as well as many other things in this book, appears mentioned nowhere else on the Internet. Nothing worth mentioning.
The latter part of the book was very disappointing. Quotes and excerpts from other books. In the end, here’s what I learned from this material:
Energy is caused by consciousness. This idea makes some sense. Imagine you want to move your arm. How do you do it? First, you need to be aware of what you want. Then, somehow, your brain creates the electrical impulses necessary to move the muscles. But consciousness comes first. So, different levels of consciousness might be able to originate different types of energies.
Accepting that these powers are real and at your disposal is one of the requisites to be able to use them. And even if you think you accept this fact, your brain might have its own ideas about how the universe works and what you’re capable of. You might need to work on your subconscious as well as your conscious.
Your brain is always at work. If you don’t make it work towards your spiritual ascension, it will work towards something else and hinder your growth. Make of every experience a spiritual experience.
Would I recommend this book to other people? No. Reading online reviews it seems these and other books by the same publishing house suffer from the same problems. Disjointed information, filling material, and unreliable sources. I’m not sure if I want to buy or read any more of the author’s books. Maybe the ones the publishers offer freely from time to time.
As a side note, all the pictures of “Staff” for this publisher are fake. Adds injury to insult.
Let me talk to you about two more books I read last month
Missing 411 – David Paulides
First of all, I read Missing 411 by David Paulides. I think the version I read was the “North America and Beyond…” book, there isn’t just one book about this 411 stuff.
What’s it all about? Well, in these books the author is compiling many cases of people disappearing under what he considers to be “strange circumstances”. Case after case fills the volumes, cases involving young children who disappear almost right in front of their parent’s noses, children who are sought for by hundreds of people, with no results. Children who sometimes reappear in places that had been searched, children that sometimes appear dead, laying on their face. Sometimes, adults disappear too. Experienced hunters, hikers, some with a history of mental problems or with some form of physical disability (old age, hearing problems, etc).
There is a huge amount of cases, and soon I came to feel a bit tired and exhausted from reading more or less the same story over and over. As a compilation, it is probably extremely valuable for the researcher that needs a good catalog of these cases through the years and the land of Northern America. For the reader looking to tie the loose ends on this phenomenon, it won’t come as useful really. I read around 100 pages, then skimmed ahead and saw that it was pretty much the same, so I didn’t finish it. I might have missed one or two important cases, but overall I’d say the first 50 pages are enough to make up your mind about whether or not you believe in this stuff. I do. So I put the book down.
The Search for Omm Sety
The second book I read was “The Search for Omm Sety”. This is the story of an English lady who fell on his head when he was young, and from this moment on she started having visions and memories about a past life she lived in Egypt as a temple girl in the city of Abydos. She apparently had very detailed knowledge about Egyptian life and helped archaeologists discover places that were covered with sand. I was drawn to this book because of something that the ghost of Seti I told this woman, and that is that he was able to come back and visit her thanks to some skills he acquired when he was alive, as a worshiper of Set.
This book seemed to reaffirm the possibility that some people have lived past lives, or if they don’t, at least that they seemed to be able to tap into the memory bank of those people who did live those lives. And the pharaoh Seti I talking about his power to come back from Amenti really intrigued me, me who believes that if we train hard enough when we are alive, we will be able to maintain our consciousness after we die. This was a lovely book, not so much about the old Egyptian lifestyle (which I wanted to read more of) but rather about the personal experiences of this woman who claimed to have been reincarnated.
I recommend Paulides’ book as a way to familiarize yourself with the missing people cases, and the second one if you like Egypt or are interested in reincarnation.
Notes for the book Egregores: The occult entities that watch over human destiny. Find it on amazon here.
1. Tibetan Buddhism and the Reality of the Egregore
Among religious traditions, it is Buddhism perhaps the one which has the most organized and down-to-earth approach to eggregores. Blavatsky. David-Neel. Curiously (for me at least) David-Neel’s trip to the east started when she came to sing in the Hanoi Opera House (es por ella que estoy en Hanoi? Me pregunto). My Journey To Lhasa. Tulpas and Tulkus. Magic and Mystery in Tibet. The Secret Oral Teachings in Tibetan Buddhist Sects. Tulpas are temporary visions, Tulkus tend to be more powerful and lasting (I think some reincarnated masters are known as tulkus as well. See for example Tulku Rinpoche). Initiation and Initiates in Tibet. The theory is that the constant worship and attention given to these tulpas and divinities give them real existence (of some sort). The Brihad Aranyakopanishad says whosoever worships a deity with the thought in his mind ‘He is another, another am I’ does not know; like a beast, he is used by the gods. As verily many beasts maintain a man, so every man maintains the gods.
Egregores and politics: Dorje Shugden. The Kadampa school. Was Shugden a prisoner? Employing spirits to protect the sect, as spiritual slavery? Pharaohs are immortal through the worship and offerings of their disciples. Book The Search for Omm Sety, in which it is described that Pharaoh Seti lived in a spiritual realm, thanks to certain practices he mastered while he was alive. Maintaining the egregore of your ancestors. Familiar egregores.
Separating yourself from a group egregore. Even buddhists are not protected from falling into sectarianism (my buddhism is better than yours).
2. The hermetic Orderr of the Golden Dawn and Related Egregores
Human masters that achieve enlightenment and come back to guide adepts. The White Brotherhood. Occultism gave them new names, but they were already known as the Saints, or the Righteous Men of the Kabbalah, or the Hidden Imams, or the Immortal Xian Daoists, the Boddhisatvas in Tibet, etc. Some of them without enough spiritual strength might adhere to an egregore to be able to influence the physical.
The egregores described as the father of the Nephilim by Eliphas Levi. Book The Great Mystery. Mouni Sadhu. Meditations on the Tarot. For Sadhu, Egregores have a physical body that is the sum of the bodies of all the people who feed the egregore, as well as mental and astral bodies. The egregore is, then, the sum of all these elements. By destroying the followers, the egregore is fortified in the spiritual realms. Martyrs are benefitial for the egregore. Plures efficimur, quitiens metimur a vobis: semen est sanguis Christianorum. Because everything is connected, Sadhu encourages people to work with their own weak Kabbalah, their own symbols, prayers and rituals, in order to limit the influence these other egregores can have on your life.
Meditation is identification with an object of attention. When researching evil matters, beware of attracting evil to yourself. Robert Masters and his book Swimming Where Madmen Drown. While researching for Eros and Evil, he began to experience things that were similar to the topics he was researching. Similar experiences from James Wasserman and his Necronomicon edition.
Political currents as egregores – national socialism. Some people argue that all egregores are evil, because they are not the ultimate egregore, the egregore that is “not an egregore”: God. Tomberg, in Meditations on the Tarot, claims that all egregores must be evil, because they are thoughts that have been enfolded. Nothing good, he seems to claim, can come from enfoldment, but rather from radiation. The good energies would first radiate and put themselves at the disposal of the good entities, rather than come together to form a new creation.
To be silent means not to engender demons. One is only holy once “good and evil agree upon it”. Spiritual snobbery. People are not attracted to the truth, but rather to the fantastic. “Evil does not need to control everyone, it just needs to keep as many people as possible distracted from progressing on the path”. The Mind Parasites. If you influence the King, you don’t need to influence the entire Kingdom (I believe this is another reason in favour of power decentralization: if your president is corrupt, your whole country will suffer, because the power is in the hands of a few).
Zener cards, telepathy. Mind Control. 1) Telepathy works best when emotions are involved 2) Telepathic abilities vary from individual to individual 3) Distance, Time or Age are not a factor in expressing or experiencing telepathy. Robert Ambelain’s Practical Kabbalah. Studying these currents might cause a person to end up joining with it, even if they initially had no intention to. Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius de Loyola. Burning the members of the egregore is better than shedding their blood (as blood is the life). Secrecy is important, so that the high initiates can direct the egregore. Certain passive support is required.
Egregores fight each other in the spiritual planes. Politics and the Occult. A culture subjected to invisible tension and changes might eventually manifest them on the physical level. (“It’s only a movie” sometimes people say. Even works of fiction cause change). The Reenchantment of the World. Occult organizations are the most open about the existence and use of these egregores, but they appear in many other associations (politics, sports, celebritties).
4. Pop Culture and the Creation of Egregores
Jean Dubuis advocated a solitary path to minimize external influences. Jacques Vallee and Passport to Magonia. Multifaceted UFO phenomenon. Slenderman. “What I cannot do alone, many others can do for me”. Lightning the Eye of the Dragon. The I Ching and its power to predict the future. What we focus on, that is what we become. What our children focus on, our country will become. Julius Evola and his Revolt Against the Modern World. Evola used the term egregoroi to describe a spiritual elite. The Illuminati. Standing amid a world of ruins. Riding the tiger. Idols that replace spirituality. To die trying, or to die with the dissolution of the modern world. The Kali Yuga as an age of ignorance but also as an age of great potential for those who survive it. Mind games: The guide to Inner Space, a collective meditation to materialize a Group Spirit.
5. The Lovecraft Circle.
Lovecraft, the Cthulhu Mythos and the fictional Necronomicon. Kenneth Grant, who accompanied Crowley in his last years. Many of our most influential figures today are hardly historical (Padmasambhava, Jesus, King Solomon…) Could books also take a life of their own? Robert E. Howard and Conan the Barbarian. The Lovecraft Circle of writers. Howard related how the character of the Cimmerian just “grew up” in his mind, and how he felt not like as a creator, but rather a simple teller of a story which had actually occurred. Arthur Machen, a member of the Golden Dawn (although only for a short period of time). “The Bowman” a story written by Machen, took a life of its own. Relating the ghostly aparition of soldiers that protected the British men, soon there were reports of people who claimed to have seen exactly what the story was detailing. Through repetition of the story, a thoughtform appears to have been formed and given reality.
Fiction and reality at some point seem to come together.
6. The Egregore of the Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (AMORC)
Appeared in 1915. Manuscripts issued to loyal members, aimed to transform the reader through pathworking (pathworking = guided meditation). Harvey Spencer Lewis and his early mystical experiences. A warning on the fictional character of his revelations. “The real facts and TRUTH must be veiled and the FICTION exploited because fiction seemed more plausible than truth…TRUTH makes us free only when untruth has exhausted its power to enslave us”. The Cathedral of the soul or Celestial Sanctum, built using meditation and contemplation. Some magazines from the order had drawings of political figures and a word that the readers needed to meditate upon. For example, in February 1978 the drawing was of Queen Elizabeth, and the word was SCALE.
“No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third” Napoleon Hill. William S. Burroughs, The Third Mind. Burroughs claimed he was possessed by a third mind, an Ugly Spirit. Guru Yoga, “what would Jesus do?”. Thelema, “Do What Thou Wilt”. Chaos Magick, “Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted”. Goetic organizations.
7. Freeing Oneself from the Influence of Egregores.
What do we want to achieve by associating ourselves with an egregore? Do the goals of the egregore align with our own goals? “Know Thyself”. Each person needs to find their own reasons for staying or leaving the group. As emotions wane, so does our association with the related egregore. New Age, Steampunk, etc etc. All thesse groups have an egregore of the stereotypical member. Something that you can identify with, but also something that can be marketed.
Therapeutical Blasphemy. The Theosophical Enlighhtenment. Sangharakshita and the Priceless Jewel. Blasphemy should be done as a therapeutic measure, not out of spite or cynicism. The collective egregore might limit individual growth. Buddhist outer, inner and secret refuges. Similarities with deprogramming. Bringing demons to the light of consciousness. We take on the humanity’s sins like Jesus, to transform ourselves and the world as a whole. Symbolism of the cross. Spining left to banish. The Nature and Use of Rituals for Spiritual Attainment. The ritual of the cross as a way to switch from a state of nature to a state of grace.
Invader armies occupy themselves with destroying the symbols of the defeated. Fire is supposed to be most effective for this purpose. “And not even their names or signs remain”. Forgotten egregores might be easier to manipulate that live, active ones. Magical tools. It is the preparation of them, and not the tools in and of themselves, which give the magician power. Destroying them might also be like destroying an egregore, a liberating experience. Consciously joining a good egregore -though some consider all egregores to be harmful- might be better than letting yourself be dragged subconsciously by one. Think happy thoughts, lest some negative thoughts find your mind vacant and decide to rest on it. Do not be Distracted. Have defined forms in your consciousness. Exercise your body.
Deprogramming. Emotional pain. High school cheerleading as a cult. Military service. It is a difficult process. Suggestions: Place everything associated with the egregore away. Think about what would you do with your new space, or new time, or lack of friends (if the egregore was a social collective). Examine how you feel, what you think. Experience new things. Do things that were before frowned upon by the egregore (within reasonable limits). Seek other points of view.
Conclusion. Ideas and their consequences.
It’s important that we are aware of how much we are influenced and participate in one kind of egregore or another, through information bombardment. There is no good, there is no evil. These are constructs. It’s important to understand the power of suggestion.
Appendix I – Personal Accounts of Disengaging from an egregore.
Here a short story is told about a person who left a buddhist group after 27 years of involvement. (Quick thought about the buddhist monasteries I have visited. The more they build them, the bigger they get, the more I dislike them. A thought occurred to me: The more you put Buddha out into the world, the more he disappears from your heart). Buddhist extremism. If you’re not ready for the Buddhist dharma then you’re considered unworthy. The preconceptions around buddhism: it is not a religion, the native buddhists do it better, etc. Soldiers of dharma.
Another experience with egregores. An organization where higher members died before the age of 65. Blood diseases. Chest pain felt when the leader died. Many other members suffered health problems and had troubles later in life, probably due to their association with whatever organization this was (not specified).
Another experience with a secret society, ran by a Chief. This chief was the only person who was in touch with the “secret chiefs”. This chief had obtained his abilities as a medium after a psychotic break. Eventually the members they decided to contact the secret chiefs behind his back. But now, instead of having new imperators to put the school back in its tracks, they ended up with a second secretive group who held the exclusive right to access these chiefs.
Appendix II – Revivification of an Egregor
Reviving the Roman Empire using Mussolini. A meeting in the night. War in Italy. Nothing that seems worth mentioning.
This book teaches you that it is important to consider the power of ideas not just as human constructs, but actually as entities that gain power and some form of consciousness purely from the attention that people give to them. The abstract is gaining foot in the fight against the real, and more and more we see that people focus more attention on things that are illusory and not real (the idea of a country, of a super-star, of a social movement). Some people are exploiting this to their benefit, and in this era of easy and cheap flow of communication, it is worth spreading bad ideas purely to gather energy and resources from those weak of mind who are not aware of the existence of these entities. They float above us, like fisherman sitting on a boat, waiting for us to bite the hook.
It is important to make yourself aware of what egregores you’re part of, because most likely than not, you are. For example, you might think “people from my country are X”, and you might not be a nationalist, but you still have certain ideas about what it means to have been born where you were born. Challenge those ideas. Challenge the image of yourself. What would you never do? Is it really that bad if you did it only one time? What groups do you belong to? What do you identify as? WHO REALLY ARE YOU?
Only confronting your own demons you will cast light upon yourself
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