Okay, time to get -somewhat- serious with spiritual practices and daily habits. I’m gonna proceed with the studies from the book Initiation into Hermetics. As a first step, let’s review the book “Preliminary Practice for Franz Bardon’s Initiation into Hermetics”.
So, the system of magic taught by Bardon is highly practical. Apparently, he also wrote his books to match the energies of the first Tarot cards. So, something like this?:
The Magician = Initiation into Hermetics The High Priestess = Practice of Magical Evocation The Empress = Key to the True Quabbalah
Swami Vivekananda: Raja Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga
Apart from this, make sure to read all the books in Bardon’s curriculum at least once, just a cursory reading, to get the basic idea of the entire system in your head.
Know what you do, why, and when. Create a plan to track your results, and include the exercises in your daily schedule. Make a daily schedule if you have none, and find a good way to keep track of it.
Venture into the unknown: Make an effort to keep exploring new places and people. Keep learning languages, and make it into a weekly habit (Duolingo, Graded Readers)
Will yourself into success: practice strengthening your willpower, and go jogging twice per week. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
Keep silent: the best results are not shared with others but become public through your good work.
Your personal dedication:
A small exercise to improve: press each one of the four element chakras as described:
Fire: Press the point between your eyebrows. That is the Ajna Chakra, to train your will
Air: Press the point in the middle of your forehead. To train your visionary intuition
Water: Press the point right below your hairline. To train your intuitive feeling
Earth: Press the crown area. To train your higher consciousness
Other techniques for balancing your soul: homeopathy, Bach flowers, Acupuncture, and Pranic healing. You can also do the chakra exercises using all the chakras in the body, either from the feet chakra to the crown or vice versa.
Jog twice per week
Read the book “The Inner Structure of Tai Chi” by Mantak Chia
Try to have a balanced diet, and include strengthening exercises in your routine.
This is your time, your opportunity. Don’t waste it!
Described as “An extraordinary story about Johanna’s involvement in the occult and how she learned to distinguish between the beautiful side of evil and the true way of the Lord” I must have seen this book mentioned in another book related to ghosts and the occult that I read recently, called The Siren Call of Hungry Ghosts. In that book, we read the story of a group of people who came into contact with discarnate entities -spirits- via a medium. The author of the book starts talking to a spirit that claims to be an old girlfriend that he had when, in a previous life, both lived in Greece. She knows many things about him, and she seems to really love him and knows exactly what to tell him to make him feel good. Soon, his real-life relationship with his girlfriend gets cast aside and he starts to develop a closer relationship with the spirit, which calls herself Philippa. He asks the spirits to give him more information about their past lives, and they happily do so. However, when he actually tries to verify some of those facts, it turns out that they are either incomplete or altogether fake. Then, the spirits turn sour. They come up with all kinds of explanations as to why he was unable to verify their claims. They get angry. He finds out that most, if not all, of the historical and geographical information Philippa has given him is wrong. Heartbroken, he decides not to even confront her, and instead he just distances himself from the spirit sessions.
On a similar line then, we find “The Beautiful Side of Evil“. Of a much more religious preachy nature, the book relates the story of a woman who was able to feel spirits and sense ghosts ever since she was a kid. As an adult, she enrolls as the helper of a Mexican spiritual healer, Pachita. At first, it seems like they are only helping people, providing healing where regular medicine can’t. However, when she starts to question the nature of hers and Pachita’s powers, the spirits seem displeased. She gets attacked, she suffers moments of mental instability and only the help of a devoted Christian community manages to save her from going insane. The last third of the book went a little bit too Christian for my liking, and the message is clear: accept Jesus as your savior or suffer the consequences. Nothing else is good, all spiritism is evil…and get this: EVEN DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS IS EVIL.
Yes, that’s right. Here are the relevant mentions:
I’ve lost count of how many individuals, even while under severe demonic bondage, have said to me, “Oh, but I’ve never been involved in the occult! I just played around with the Ouija board a few times!” (or astrology, or tea-leaf reading, or rod-and-pendulum, or Dungeons and Dragons, or seances, or palmistry, or tarot cards, etc.)
Ouija boards are sold in almost every toy store – frequently next to “Dungeons and Dragons,” a game which is occultic to the core, whatever its devotees may believe.
Putting aside the fact that no, Ouija boards are not sold in almost every toy store (I think I remember asking around in my city and never finding one), I found that statement to be extremely stupid. D&D is occultic to the core? How so? Because it takes place in a world of magic, wizards, and spells? I played D&D and other role-playing games with my friends, and I fail to see how they can be occultic. We never tried to talk to the dead, all we did was pretend like we were people who we weren’t. We were actors. Is acting occultic, then? This is the part of the book that just put me off. I absolutely despise most Christian denominations because they just blindly accept that their interpretation is the only one valid, their book is the only one that contains the truth, and they treat you as if you were ignorant, as if somehow you were the only one incapable of understanding those deep truths that they have received from God…only they did not receive anything from God. Human hands wrote the Bible. That’s the undeniable truth. Everything else is just our own addition.
So, personally, I enjoyed the first two-thirds of the book, but I really hated the last part. Whereas the author of “The Siren Call…” does actual research, and tries to verify the information he gets from the spirits, the author of “The Beautiful Side...” just meets up with some hardcore Christians that tell her that everything that’s not in the bible is literally satan, and that’s all. Both authors decided to stop interacting with these spirits when they realize that things aren’t as clear and clean as they were led to believe, but I prefer when people switch lanes for a real, valid reason. Going “I stopped having irrational faith on this thing, and started having irrational faith on this other thing“…just doesn’t cut it for me.
Overall: 3/5. Read it if you are curious about spirits, whether they are good or evil, and what plans they might have for the living, or even if you’re an occultist who wonders whether these practices are good for you or not. But don’t expect to find here much in terms of scientific explanations. It’s just “I saw this and that, and then I stopped working with spirits and started praying to Jesus Christ“. That’s the book, in a nutshell.
Far from being a short story, this is 150 pages of good Buddhism knowledge. Perhaps that’s nothing when you take into consideration the thousands of books and millions of pages of manuscripts, tantras, and sutras, so well, maybe it’s better not to complain about having to read a book that is actually shorter than 200 pages. I took those lines I highlighted while I was reading, and tried to put them together into something that could resemble a summary. But this is mostly intended to be a reminder of the book’s contents.
Violence has to be avoided
The self is responsible for all suffering
Death is an error that can be overcome
Old Buddhism is Hinayana. The second Buddhist period sees the rise of Mahayana. Finally, the third period with Tantra and Ch’an.
The First Five Hundred Years: 500 – 0 BC.
Monastic discipline (Vinaya) and Skandhaka, the document which contains some rules to regulate Buddhist life. The 250 rules of Pratimoksha, ecclesiastical offenses. Some of these include having a chair or bed made with legs higher than eight inches. The basic doctrines include a theory of salvation and a theory of the three jewels (the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha). Searching for security in the material world is futile. In fear of birth and death, Buddhists leave their home lives to attain salvation. To Buddhism, the root of all evil is not sin, but ignorance. They don’t care much to define Nirvana, but rather to realize it within themselves, through effort in meditation. Meditation, which:
Aims at a withdrawal of attention
Shifts attention to a subtler realm
Penetrates into the supra-sensory reality
Mindfulness leads to trance (samadhi) and then to wisdom (prajna). There is almost no limit to the total of different meditational methods reported during the first period.
As for the three jewels: Buddha is the enlightened one. His name was Gautama, or Siddharta (often called Sakyamuni). Tathagata is the spirit of Buddhism, the Dharma-body, or the Buddha nature. “Whoso sees the spiritual law, or Dharma, he sees me“. Buddha incarnated is not really important: what’s important is the Buddha nature. The seven Buddhas. The Boddhisatva theory. Maitreya, the future Buddha. Dharma is the subject of all teachings. It is the one ultimate reality, it is the teachings of the Buddha, and it is also the application of these teachings in our daily life, becoming righteousness or virtue. Sometimes, Dharmas -note the plural- are seen in Buddhist teachings, denoting the individual “things” that we perceive and that give origin to ignorance. Examples of these are the five Skandhas (form, feelings, perceptions, volitional impulses, and consciousness) which constitute the human personality. As per the Sangha (or Samgha) the real Samgha is the invisible church, the Aryans, the holy ones. Of all the Buddhist saints, the Arhats are the most highly prized.
Sects and their disputes
Buddhist sects remained in contact and thus were able to share principles and understand each other. The goal -of enlightenment- may be reached on different roads. Tensions between the elitists who want to keep the Dharma for a small number of Arhats, and those who wish to increase the salvation chances of the common people. As salvation depended on the awareness of certain mental processes, philosophy played an important role in Buddhism. The classification of knowledge, the problems of causality, time, the criteria of what is real and what is not… At this point, a scholar called Mahadeva called into question the holiness of the Arhats. Those who agreed with him separated into the called Mahasanghikas. Those who didn’t were called the Sthaviras, the elders. Buddha became an object of religious faith, more than just a human being. The earth Buddha became then a fictitious creature who was thought to have been sent by the transcendental Buddha to teach the world. The Mahasanghikas taught two important things: 1) that all thought is pure, and 2) that all worldly things are unreal, and that includes verbalized and conceptualized knowledge (even Buddhist knowledge).
The next separation was caused by the question of the person, or “pugdala” (“entity that reincarnates as an individual or person” – Wikipedia). The personalists or Vatsiputriyas claimed that apart from all the impersonal Dharmas, there is still a person that needs to be taken into consideration. “One person, when He is born in the world, is born for the weal of the many. Who is that one person? He is the Tathagata“. For them, the person is a reality in the ultimate sense. Neither identical to the skandhas, nor in the skandhas, nor outside of them.
The third split was caused by the doctrine of Katyayaniputra, who taught that not only present but also past and future events are all real (pan-realism).
What is the place of the common folk in the scheme of things? There are four avenues for them to increase their merit:
observe the five precepts
be devoted to the three treasures
be generous, especially to the monks
worship the relics of the Buddha
The monks, in return, increase the spiritual and material welfare of the community, and also the well-being of the country. Much of Buddhism’s success is owed to its good relationship with Asian rulers. Nevertheless, there was a precarious relationship with the laity, and this invited the development of Mahayana, and the idea that people are as important as dharmas. In the third period, monks were forced to become astrologers, doctors, weather changers, and other professions useful to laymen. “The story of Buddhism becomes unintelligible unless due weight is given to the desires of the dumb common people“.
Asoka, his son, and Buddhism in Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka). Close contact between Buddhists and rulers infused the latter with a sense of nationalism and led the monks to support national wars. Ceylon was home to the Theravadins.
The Second Period: AD 0 – 500
Mahayana, the great vehicle (Maha means big. Mahatma, Maha Kali). Demand for more equal rights for the laity, and fewer arhats. Mahayana Buddhism was able to travel outside India and was influenced by foreign ideas. The importance of the Sakyamuni Buddha was put aside, making room for the Buddha who is the embodiment of Dharma (the Dharmakaya). Among the Mahayana innovations we count:
shifting the ideal from the Arhat to the Bodhisattva, who remains in touch with the ordinary people.
giving compassion equal importance as wisdom. Paramita, the six “methods to go to the beyond”: giving, morality, patience, vigor, meditation, and wisdom.
a new pantheon of deities, composed of more-than-divine persons (Avalokitesvara, Manjusri, Samantabhadra), both mythical Buddhas as well as Bodhisattvas.
development of the idea of Skill-in-means (skillful means) the ability to bring out the potential in people through unusual ways.
a new ontological doctrine dealing with emptiness, suchness. Although the “beyond” is considered to be, well, beyond the grasp of intellectual and verbal comprehension
The Yogacarin school (“one whose practice is yoga” – Wikipedia) came up with the final formulation of the Three Bodies of the Buddha. The Dharmakaya is the absolute truth, and reality itself. The Sambhogakaya is the body in unearthly realms. The Nirmanakaya is the one that human beings see on earth, the physical incarnation of the Buddha.
Some of these doctrines were forbidden and esoteric, to the point where it becomes hard to distinguish between true Buddhist innovation and just esoteric knowledge being made available to the populace.
Hinayana developments in India
To hold its position, Hinayana adopted some of the Mahayana theories. They stressed more the idea of “emptiness”. Created the Abhidharma.
Is learning more important than practicing? Buddhaghosa, writer of the Visuddhimagga. Discord between the Mahavihara and the Abhayagirivihara. The latter were more open toward laymen. The Mahaviharas were more conservative.
Expansion into greater Asia
As a world religion, Buddhism was born in Gandhara, India. The Mahayanists were more successful missionaries, given their freedom in interpreting the scriptures. Medical missionaries were also responsible for a great number of conversions. The first large country to be penetrated by Buddhist thought was China. First as a religion of the non-Chinese, but by 500 it was well established throughout the whole of China, developing a state within a state. The Chinese Buddhists weren’t shy about quoting Lao Tzu or the Yellow Emperor. Rulers found the Buddhist priests more amiable than Taoist priests, as they relied on donations from wealthy laymen, and were not inciting rebellions like the Taoists were. Among the first works to be translated into Chinese we find the sutras on Prajnaparamita. The problem of being versus non-being, the emergence of the seven schools.
School of original non-being
Variations in the first school
School of the emptiness of matter
School of the non-being of mind
School of stored impressions
School of phenomenal illusions
School of causal combination
Kumarajiva, the Book of Chao. Buddhism and neo-Taoism. The Icchantikas (“deluded being who can never attain enlightenment” – Wikipedia) are forever excluded from Buddhahood. Achieving Buddhahood in an instant opposes Hindu thought regarding acquired learning. Meanwhile, popular faith concerns itself with rebirth in paradise. Be it Akshobhya’s in the east, Amitabha’s in the west, or Maitreya’s in the future. Founding of the Fellowship of the White Lotus, which would later evolve into Chung-t’u, or school of Pure Land.
The Third Period – AD 500 – 100
The emergence of Tantra. This is the last creative achievement of Buddhism, which enriched it with magical traditions. Mantras, mudras and mandalas were introduced. Systematized into Vajrayana, and the syncretist Kalacakra, with an emphasis on astrology. Whereas common people use magic to acquire power, Buddhists use it to free themselves from powers that are alien to their true being. No longer distant, Buddhahood is right now, “in this very body”. The ideal now is the Siddha. The ambiguous language of Tantra, and the visions of the yogins which they esteemed as more real than reality itself (which makes it difficult to research Buddhism historically).
The monastic system was weakened and spread into groups of self-sufficient Yogins. The wrathful deities, and their feminine counterparts. Cunda, Vasudhara, Usnisavijaya, Vajravarahi, Buddhalocana…dakinis, consorts of the Buddhas and their erotic rituals. The fivefold division of all cosmic forces, each one presided by one Tathagata: Vairocana, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, Amoghasiddhi. Clothing the highest into the form of the lower, shock therapy, the union of male and female in the ecstasy of love.
Royal patronage of Buddhism in Northern India would come to define its direction for the following centuries. The Buddhists developed their logic preceding the Hindus. Formulation of epistemological theories.
China and Korea
Between 500 and 800 AD were the most productive centuries for Chinese Buddhism. The eight indigenous schools. The Mi-Tsung, is the Chinese version of Tantra. The T’ien-t’ai school aimed at a syncretism of all Mahayana schools. The Pure Land school, and Amidism. O-mi-to-fo, and the legend of Sukhavativyuha. Kuan-yin, the Indian version of Avalokitesvara. The strength of Amidism lies in its democratic spirit: just chant the name and you will be free, all that is required is faith. The Ch’an school, and the introduction of working monks. “A day without work, a day without eating”. Practical realization, simplification of the approach to enlightenment. If you are cold, just burn a statue of the Buddha. Kill the Buddha if he gets in your way. “Strange words and stranger actions“. Buddhahood is achieved through instantaneous enlightenment.
Buddhists were becoming impatient with how long it took for Hinayana or Mahayana to produce any enlightened beings, so the Ch’ans worked for enlightenment “in this life”. After the Arhats, Pratyekabuddhas, Boddhisattvas, and Siddhas, we now have the Roshis. Cultivation through non-cultivation. “Only do ordinary things with no special effort“. “To eat all day yet not to swallow a grain of rice“. The great prosecution of 845.
In Tibet, Buddhism found resistance from the Bon religion. The prosecution of 863. Padmasambhava.
The Last One Thousand Years: AD 1000 – 1978
In India, Buddhism pretty much ended in 1200 due to Mohammedan invasions, much as it was also due to internal strife. Monks left the country, thanks to the international character of Buddhism, contributing in this way to its extinction. The creative impulse had ceased. The division between Hindus and Buddhists had diminished, and Buddhism no longer served a purpose as a separate entity. In Nepal, monks gave up celibacy, and lay Buddhism prevailed. In Burma, Theravada orthodoxy was preserved. Build a pagoda to acquire merits (with the consequence that the country is covered with them). In Laos, the story of Buddhism is shrouded in legend. In China, Amidism and Ch’an ousted all other schools. While the school of Ts’ao-tung stressed quiet sitting and silent meditation, the Lin-chi sect favored rudeness and the “shout and the stick” approach. Nembutsu. The Taiping rebellion.
In Korea, the government was entirely in the hands of the bonzes for long stretches of time, but that changed in 1392 with the change of dynasty. Confucianism gained the upper hand. In Japan, Buddhism reached its creative peak. During the Kamakura period, Amida and Zen schools became the two most prominent forms of Buddhism. The Yozo Nembutsu, the Jodo or Pure Land school. In this age of decay, traditional Buddhist morals are no longer effective, and we must rely on a higher power, that of the Buddha Amitabha. The nationalistic school was founded by Nichiren, who replaced the Nembutsu with the Namu Myoho Renge-kyo. As for the Zen schools, Dogen introduced Ts’ao-tung into Japan, insisting that a decadent age was no reason to aim at less than insight into the highest truth. Zazen is carried out as an absolutely pure religious exercise from which nothing is sought, and nothing is gained. All daily activities should be regarded as post-enlightenment exercises. Bushido, the way of the warrior. Mono-no-aware, sensitivity to beauty. After 1500, there was a revival of Confucianism and military Shintoism in Japan. Only the Zen sect showed signs of vitality.
In Tibet, Indian teachers were invited again after a revival in 1000. Atisa came in 1042. His seminal work, “Lamp illuminating the road to enlightenment“. Tsong-kha-pa, the formation of different Tibetan sects. The Bka-ijdam-pa (Kadampa). The bKa-rclyud-pa (Kaguypa) was founded by Marpa. Their monks were not saints, but human beings. The story of Mila-ras-pa, Tibet’s greatest saint and poet. Gtum-mo, magical heat. The shi-byed-pa, the Sa-skya-pa, the Nying-ma-pa. The latter came up with the concept of hidden treasures, or gter-ma. The biography of Padmasambhava was one of these discovered treasures, as well as the bar do thos grol. The six bardos of the Nyingmapas. The ceremony of gCod (Chod) to offer one’s body to greedy demons. They operate similarly to the left-hand tantra practitioners of India. Creating tutelary deities (yidams), controlling the occult body, and realizing the nature of one’s own mind. A well-rounded personality does not suppress lust, anger, etc., but puts them into their own place. Finally, only the Dge-lugs-pa were able to come out victorious over the Nyingmapas. This sect was founded by Tsongkhapa, the last great thinker of the Buddhist world.
Three great achievements: codification of the canon into two big collections (the Kanjur and the Tanjur). Production of a large quantity of indigenous literature. Lastly, the rooting of Buddhism in the life of people. Tulkus, lamaism. The violence of the fifth Dalai Lama, and the shutting off of the country after the 18th century.
In Mongolia, the Dalai Lama converted the Mongols in 1577 when he journeyed to meet Altan Chagan, ruler of the eastern Mongols to show him his magical powers, forcing rivers to run uphill. Shamanistic sacrifices were thereupon forbidden. The Mongols conquest of Iran meant they built many cultural centers in those lands.
The present situation
Buddhism is now just spending its energies on maintaining itself, having lost the initiative it once had. The Buddha Jayanti, the 2500th anniversary of Shakyamuni’s enlightenment. Prophecies mark this era as the time when monks “will be strong only in fighting and reproving“. Northern Buddhism is under communist control (Mongolia, China, Tibet, and then Southeast Asia), and Buddhism and communism seem to be perfect enemies for each other, although Mahayana Buddhism and Dialectical Materialism seem to be surprisingly close.
Modern warfare, Cambodia. Although the country was neutral during the Vietnam war, it was “bombed back into the Stone age“. In Japan, we have seen a growth of nationalistic Buddhism. It is doubtful whether capitalism has been more kind to the Buddhists than communism.
In the West, Buddhism was absorbed on three different levels: The philosophical, Schopenhauer, Blavatsky, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and abundant literature has been written about the similarities between eastern ideas and those of some of the modern European thinkers. On the historical level, Buddhist manuscripts and documents have attracted the attention of many scholars. On the sectarian level, many Buddhist communities have been formed, primarily in protestant countries. Figures like Alan Watts served as conduits for the spreading of a multiplicity of somewhat disorganized ideas. “How a drop of water could be prevented from ever drying up?”
The answer is: “by throwing it into the sea“.
It was definitely interesting to me to learn about the historical development of Buddhism. Of particular interest was the realization that Buddhism hasn’t been just “the words of the Buddha”, but that the tradition has grown, evolved, and transformed itself into many different things across the span of centuries. Like Christianism, Buddhism was once a well-guarded secret that only a few could understand, with fundamental teachings being written in a language very few people spoke (Sanskrit, whereas Christianism hid behind Latin words). Then, the common folk found a way to open it up, and thus came Mahayana (in Christianism, we got the New Testament).
One thing that is clear to me now is that Buddhism IS A RELIGION. Fine, it is a philosophical religion, and it involves much more debating and thinking about the ontological matter of our own existence, but in the end, you pray to divinities and hope to be reincarnated in another world (be it Samsara or it in a pure land). You wear a uniform (the orange robe) that differentiates you from those who don’t believe in your thing. And you see those others as unintelligent, or incomplete human beings. That’s pretty much what religion is.
Now that I have seen how complex Buddhism is, I have actually lost some faith in it. One of my criticisms of the Bible is how complicated it makes the message of the one -supposedly- true god. He couldn’t just forgive our sins in one swipe of his divine hand, no, he had to come up with an elaborate plan that required him to prepare a specific tribe from a specific location on the planet, and into this tribe, he sent the spirit of the first creature he ever created so that he could give up this very life and somehow fix things up. Why I really don’t know.
Anyway. I really recommend this book, especially if you want to understand Buddhism better. Before you start chanting all those nembutsus, you might want to know where it all came 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.
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 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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Here’s a book I had trouble putting down. I’m a sucker for strange ideas, crazy explanations of daily life events, and theories that border the insane.
John Keel is the author of the now-famous Mothman Prophecies, a book in which I first realized that there are very strange things taking place in our world. If only half of what Keel writes about is true, then it seems we are and have been visited by alien entities for an unclear purpose, entities whose reality, purpose, and modus operandi go against everything we would consider rational.
In the beginning, there was nothing. The spirit of god floated above the waters.
And then, Charles Fort wrote his Book of the Damned. Thousands of people across the world read about mysterious objects that fell from the sky, lights that accompanied volcanic activity, and the appearance of creatures that belonged in old mythological folklore, not in our highways and mountain deserts.
John Keel analyzes and develops Fort’s ideas, refining them even further: The strange, the oddities, are coming to our world, not from Jupiter, Alpha Centauri, or Zeta Reticuli. They are part of our world, simply existing in a separate dimension, a different vibration, or some kind of parallel earth that we can’t perceive because of our limited understanding. Isn’t the spectrum of visible light only a small fraction of the entire range of wavelengths that fly around at any given moment?
Ok, so here we have a clear example of how limited our understanding of the universe really is. If we only believed what we can see with our eyes, we would not know about x rays, infrared, radio signals…what other things can we not perceive from our human perspective? What is our brain really capable of, what is our collective brain network capable of?
Hungry lights in our skies
UFOs are not something new. Strange things in the sky have appeared in almost every age of our human evolution. The gods came on their chariots and demanded sacrifices. We are property, Fort said. The ancient Mayan gods, or the Sumerian gods, or the Chinese divine kings, all required from humans labor and gold. And blood. One of the things that have always intrigued me is the fact that sacrifices and pain were always part of religious worship. The film trilogy Matrix made the whole world think about this possibility: we are here only to provide a service to other entities. In the film, humans provided energy to the machines which kept them under a simulated reality. Conspiracy theories involving reptilians or “Illuminati” sometimes blame them for large-scale conflicts such as terrorist attacks and warfare. The attacks of September 11th are sometimes thought to be a sort of ritualized sacrifice, with an undetermined -to us- purpose. Some say that it was a blood sacrifice to make the gods happy, some others wonder whether the powers-that-be are not required, in exchange for power and wealth, to carry out periodical executions to feed the hunger for energy of some discarnate entity which supposedly they’re working for.
Yes, really. Religious stories from South America, Africa, or the Middle East always seem to involve this common theme: we are here to work for the gods. In ancient times, the gods walked around us. They were the giants of the bible, they guided the ancient peoples, taught them agriculture, astrology, the wisdom of the heavens. But they didn’t do it for free. Controversial author Zacharia Sitchin claims that his interpretation of the Sumerian texts reveals that the human race was genetically created by these gods, who demanded from us that we mined the gold that they required for their planets. In Colombia, Indians crafted jewelry from gold, elaborate necklaces, and rings that they later simply threw into the waters of Lake Guatavita. Why? For the gods, apparently.
Yes, my bad.
I would say the main ideas of this book are:
Ancient civilizations have existed, civilizations of which we have no clear knowledge and which possessed a degree of technological sophistication that we today would not attribute to them, given how far back in human history they existed.
All the records we can collect from these civilizations appear in our most ancient religious texts, which were written thousands of years after the actual facts, and by then these real entities were idolized as gods and worshipped as creators. Maybe they did engineer our species to serve a purpose, or maybe they simply used their knowledge to subdue humans and force them to labour in their behalf.
Parallel to this idea, we also have the idea that modern UFOs and ancient stories of burning trees and fire raining from the heavens have more in common than we think. Of a rather psychic and not physical nature, incidents of alien abduction, strange sea serpents or even mediumship have all in common with the sightings of the children from Fatima, or the visions from Moses and his burning bush. All through our history, the unknown has been visiting us with relative periodicity. And it adapts, it changes according to our needs. Before, it was the gods. Then, it was the fairies. Then, it become the UFOs. Soon, it will change again, reborn as a new fear emerges in our collective consciousness.
Would you recommend this book to other people?
Quite definitely. While I would not call myself a true believer, I have to admit that recently I have been exploring the theory that UFOs are coming from inside us, from inside our consciousness, perhaps messages from entities that belong to a different realm of existence, and which manifest through our physical brain, getting entangled in whatever thoughts we have as individuals and as a collective. We no longer see aliens that wear scuba suits, the alien has evolved alongside our society.
It makes more sense to me to believe that this phenomenon of UFOs and other oddities in our world come from the same world, but a separate plane, than the idea that the visitors come from different planets or galaxies altogether, that they decide to materialize in front of truckdriver Joe who is then subjected to inordinary medical examinations and sometimes even forced to procreate with female humanoids to spread our seed to the most distant corners of the cosmos.
If there is anything that I have to criticize is the final chapter where the author paints a very grim image of the present world – or as present as it was back in 1988. “People are shooting each other for parking spaces!” he says. It seems more dramatic than necessary, and the author failed to see the irony in his closing statements and the fact that he himself included some examples of failed doomsday prophecies that plague our historical archives. No, I don’t think we are that bad, mister Keel. I think in fact we are in a better position these days than we were 100, 1000, or 10.000 years ago.
That doesn’t discredit the theory of inter-dimensional psychic aliens, but it’s something that the book could have done without.
The book, as a series of sentences (probably good for google searches)
Charles Fort – Hochstetter syndrome – Pyramids around the world – Strange tools carved in ancient times – Ancient advanced races – Lightning from the gods – Animal mutilations – Are we a farm? – Cryptozoology and ufo sightings – How to serve man – Aliens own the earth – Artifacts left by the ancients – Wilhelm Reich – Missing historical records – Are we engineered? – Millenia-old stone carvings – Brainwashing and hypnosis – Seances and alternate realities – Drunk interdimensional travelers – The rise of new-age thinking – A doomsday message