PROBATIONER GRADE: ADDITIONAL MEDITATIONS

     

Herein follows two sets of introductory yogic exercises necessary to properly introduce the Probationer to the art of self-discipline that eventually leads to self-realization. These exercises should be worked through in conjunction with the study and exercises included in Liber IV (Part 1) with any results or lack thereof duly recorded. 

Exercise One
Let the Probationer diligently attempt the practice of Asana (Liber IV, Part 1, Chapter I) and thereby acquire an understanding as to the difficulties of the body, and having achieved some small success with thy Asana, which is required for this exercise.

Let the Probationer reproduce or draw the seven lotus flowers into the Magick Record, putting only one flower on the front of a page and leaving the back of the page blank.

Let the Probationer assume a seated posture, ensuring the straightness of the spine and thereby aligning the middle pillar, placing the image of Muladhara at eye level, not more than three feet from the body, with sufficient lighting to see the details of the image.

Let thy focus be constant until the image is burned into the mind, then the eyes close retaining the image with perfect clarity.

Let the mental image be placed at the appropriate location and let this placing awaken the chakra.

Let the whole of the energy within the body and from the inhaled breath, flow to the Muladhara Chakra until it whirls with the �blazing flame� (The whirling energy creates an unmistakable psychological heat and this transcendental heat has been given many names, including: spiritual fire, non�heat, psychic heat, flaming breath, etc. � the message being communicated is �heat felt by the divine body�).

Let the same exercise be repeated for each chakra, one chakra per day (Muladhara is followed by Svadisthana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha, Ajina, then finishing with Sahasrara) placing them into their appropriate bodily locations.

On the eighth day, let the chakras be awakened and flamed, without using the images, starting at the base, working up to the crown.

Let the results be duly and accurately recorded for at least three days. The record should include any extreme or unusual changes to the general state of the Probationer both physically and psychologically.

Exercise Two
Let the Probationer diligently attempt the practices of Pranayama (Liber IV, Part 1, Chapter II) and thereby acquire an understanding as to the flow of energy through the body and its connection with the breath, and having achieved some small success with pranayama, which is required for this exercise.

Let the Probationer acquire a hand-drum, which should easily sit in the gap of the legs while sitting in the lotus position.

Let the Probationer strike ten beats on the drum while inhaling deeply through the nose. Holding the breath for five strikes. Releasing the breath for ten strikes. Let this continue for one hour.

When the 10�5�10 breath-count is accomplished with ease, other counts should be attempted.

The benefits become obvious as the smallest success is gained. The affects of this exercise upon the Probationer vary greatly and should be diligently and accurately recorded in the Magick Journal.

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Herein follows the introductory meditations necessary to properly introduce the Probationer to the understanding and training required before proceeding to the next grade These exercises should be worked through in conjunction with the study and exercises included in Liber IX, Liber VI (Chapter 5 & 6) and Liber CMXIII with any results or lack thereof duly recorded.

There are three principle methods the Probationer should know and have made some progress with, these are Soul Gaze, Eye of the Beholder, and Vibrations, which will now be dealt with.

Soul Gaze

Exercise One
Let the Probationer acquire a mirror, large enough to see the whole body when in a seated asana, and place it on a blank wall.

Let the lighting from lamp or candles radiate from behind and beside the Probationer and, preferably, the source of the light should not be visible in the mirror.

Let the incense be strong, but the smoke thin or let the scent be cast from vapors. Sandalwood or Lotus is preferable. Changing the scent will change the results. It is therefore advised to, if the need is visible, adapt the scent and target the exercise.

Let the Probationer be seated in thy asana facing the mirror, and let the distance be no more than three feet.

Let a timer be set to ring an alarm in thirty minutes.

Let the full visual concentration find and hold the left eye reflected in the mirror, and let not the almost instant rebellion of the mind distract the focus. If the focus is lost, reapply thyself without hesitation until the alarm sounds.

Let this exercise be repeated on a different day choosing the right eye, and let these be evenly alternated each time this exercise is repeated.

Let the record of the meditation include the number of times focus was broken and the time required to refocus.

Exercise Two
Let the Probationer find a partner, one with a strong constitution and some courage, to act in place of the mirror.

Let the lighting from lamp or candles radiate from beside the Probationer and partner with the source of the light not being visible.

Let the incense be strong, but the smoke thin or the scent cast from vapors. Sandalwood or Lavender is preferable.

Let the Probationer assume a suitable seated asana facing his or her partner, and let the distant between them be no more than three feet.

Let a timer be set to ring an alarm in thirty minutes.

Let the full visual concentration find and hold the left eye of the partner, and let not the almost instant rebellion of the mind distract the focus. If the focus is lost, reapply thyself without hesitation until the alarm sounds.

If this exercise is repeated with the same partner, alternate between the left and right eye.

Eye of the Beholder

Exercise One
Let the Probationer find or make an appropriate time to maintain three days of silence, understanding that no benefit will be gained if the three days does not include interaction with other people. People known and likely to be interacting with the Probationer should be informed of the exercise before it begins.

Let this exercise not be undertaken during a period of work, but rather at any other time, and let the time be spent proceeding as would be considered normal and not altering the Probationer�s typical endeavors.

Let the Probationer immediately end the exercise if speech is uttered and let the exercise be commenced on a different occasion.

Exercise Two
Let the Probationer remove the words �I�  and �no� from his or her speech for three days and nights.

Let the Probationer devise a humiliating or painful punishment for each offense, and let the punishment be administered instantly following the offense without explanation.

Let the method of punishment and the record of offenses be duly and accurately recorded in the Magick Journal..

Exercise Three
Let the Probationer eliminate all emotions from environmental events, see nothing that transpires as either good or bad, for three days. Whether late for an appointment, a missed opportunity, material gain, any type of accident, or any other event, reacting and dealing with all situations, but without the benefit or deficit of anger, pride, joy, or any other emotion. Most importantly, let the journal carefully record any emotional reactions, including the type of emotions, as the type of emotional reaction is a clear indicator of inner balance or lack thereof.

Vibrations

Exercise One
Let the Probationer find an old tree, preferably one with unique features or a tree that holds a fascination of some sort, and rest in a chosen asana facing the tree, ensuring the complete tree is in view.

Let the focus be the relative center of the tree and let the focus on the physical allow the mind to first clear then become receptive.

Let the Probationer note the visual changes, especially those occurring around the visible edges of the tree.

If the mind is open and receptive, the Probationer may acquire the �scent� of the tree. Complete success will allow the Probationer to feel what the tree feels and become attuned to the current state of the tree, including a perception of its history.

Exercise Two
Let the Probationer find an outside area, covered in grass with rich soil beneath, then lie down flat on his or her back with palms facing downward and resting on the grass.

Let the Probationer close their eyes and let the breath be slow and deep.

Let the body become heavy and sink into the earth.

Let the Probationer dwell in the ground, just beneath the surface until returning to the sense of self.

Let the record take special note of the feelings experienced during the meditation.

      


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