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March 25, 2010

Did You Ever Dance With The Devil In The Pale Moonlight?

Filed under: Magick — Tags: , , — kukaimikkyo @ 6:11 pm

(This is an older work of mine.)

An Introduction to Post-Modern Magick

Black magick. Voodoo & hoodoo. Pacts with the Devil & all the darkest evilest malevolence spewed forth from the bowels of Hell. Furies unleashed on your enemies. Enemies crushed like insects. The neighborhood virgin who wouldn’t give you any time on any day, now she is your personal love toy. All through the power of the Lord of Flies! Now stand up from your seat, walk to the television & turn off the Vincent Price horror film you’ve been watching.lol Lets get real, shall we? Twisted Evil

A. Easy Enlightenment is a Lie

What I have described is the fantasy of magick. A celluloid dream that you might as well abandon now. Instead I want to discuss the reality of magick- in practice. Comparatively, you might find it all quite banal. It also involves a great deal of work spread over years of practice. This is true in all cases I know of- even the Beast Crowley practiced years before he discovered his own magical synthesis. This means, if you want to advance in magick, you must be dedicated & work with some aspect of the Great Work everyday.

B. A Definition of Magick

I. DEFINITION.

MAGICK is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.

(Illustration: It is my Will to inform the World of certain facts within my knowledge. I therefore take “magical weapons”, pen, ink, and paper; I write “incantations”—these sentences—in the “magical language” i.e. that which is understood by the people I wish to instruct; I call forth “spirits”, such as printers, publishers, booksellers, and so forth, and constrain them to convey my message to those people. The composition and distribution of this book is thus an act of MAGICK by which I cause Change to take place in conformity with my Will.[1])

[1.] By “intentional” I mean “willed”. But even unintentional acts so-seeming are not truly so. Thus, breathing is an act of the Will-to-Live.

– Aleister Crowley

Magick in Theory and Practice

C. A Daily Series of Prayers

Below are a series of prayers written by Aleister Crowley. It follows Egyptian religion in its symbolism and the Godforms. I personally recommend this practice to the beginner as a first practice. Each prayer can be done in a minute or two, and if in public it can be performed mentally- so no one need know you are doing it. ( No reason to draw attention to yourself.) Now for those of you who believe this is easy to do, I offer you a challenge. Make yourself a time period ( 2 weeks to a month is perfect) and dedicate yourself to doing this practice four times every day without exception. This means no matter what is going on or what your sleep patterns are. You will learn how little discipline you probably actually have & how much you can have.

Liber Resh vel Heliossub figura CC
Publication in class D
0. These are the adorations to be performed by aspirants to the A.·. A.·.
*Let him greet the Sun at dawn, facing East, giving the sign of his grade.[Sign of Enterer, then Elemental Sign] And let him say in a loud voice:
Hail unto Thee who art Ra in Thy rising, even unto Thee who art Ra in Thy strength, who travellest over the Heavens in Thy bark at the Uprising of the Sun.
Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm.
Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Night!

*Also at Noon, let him greet the Sun, facing South, giving the sign of his grade. And let him say in a loud voice:
Hail unto Thee who art Ahathoor in Thy triumphing, even unto Thee who art Ahathoor in Thy beauty, who travellest over the heavens in thy bark at the Mid-course of the Sun.
Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm.
Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Morning!

*Also, at Sunset, let him greet the Sun, facing West, giving the sign of his grade. And let him say in a loud voice:
Hail unto Thee who art Tum in Thy setting, even unto Thee who art Tum in Thy joy, who travellest over the Heavens in Thy bark at the Down-going of the Sun.
Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm.
Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Day!

*Lastly, at Midnight, let him greet the Sun, facing North, giving the sign of his grade, and let him say in a loud voice:
Hail unto thee who art Khephra in Thy hiding, even unto Thee who art Khephra in Thy silence, who travellest over the heavens in Thy bark at the Midnight Hour of the Sun.
Tahuti standeth in His splendour at the prow, and Ra-Hoor abideth at the helm.
Hail unto Thee from the Abodes of Evening.

*And after each of these invocations thou shalt give the sign of silence, and afterward thou shalt perform the adoration that is taught thee by thy Superior. And then do thou compose Thyself to holy meditation.

*Also it is better if in these adorations thou assume the God-form of Whom thou adorest, as if thou didst unite with Him in the adoration of That which is beyond Him.

*Thus shalt thou ever be mindful of the Great Work which thou hast undertaken to perform, and thus shalt thou be strengthened to pursue it unto the attainment of the Stone of the Wise, the Summum Bonum, True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness.

For Signs:

http://64.227.194.192/library/ceremonial/the_signs/index.html#Portal Passive

Feel free to adapt these rituals to your own theology, since my path is bound to be different than yours. Ironically, it is our individualism that unites us.

-Seti

February 22, 2010

Sufi Healing

Filed under: Sufism — Tags: , , — kukaimikkyo @ 9:25 am

This constitutes the bare bones daily practice of a member of the Sufi Healing Order. I thought I would share them here.

I. The Purification Breaths

“[Hazrat Inayat Khan] offered a practice he considered essential, a practice to be
done by all mureeds. In fact, it is a practice we can teach outside the Sufi Order,
as widely as possible. It is a practice for humanity at this time. It would be
wonderful if it could be widely known and generally practiced by all people.
It is the practice of the elemental breaths, a practice that connects us to the living
cosmos which surrounds us.”
~ Pir Zia Inayat Khan

Practices– Purification Breaths

This practice, commencing with a concentration on the elements earth, water, fire and air is a staple practice within the sufi tradition. Parallels to this practice can be found in spiritual traditions throughout the world. The version described here is thought to have its roots in the Greek mystery schools, and has thus been passed down from sufi teacher to student for thousands of years. For many the practice will have an uncanny familiarity. It leaves you with a sense of renewed energy and is an excellent daily ritual: perhaps the most balanced practice you could use. The purification with the elements begins as concentration and gradually deepens into a practice of contemplation. It is an excellent preparation for meditation. The practice is well suited to the early morning, and wonderful to do standing barefoot or sitting in contact with the earth. If doing the practice inside, stand or sit near an open window if possible.

Close the eyes. At first you will need five to ten minutes to focus on each of the four elements. After you have learned the practice, you may shorten the concentrations to five breaths for each element.

Start with some deep exhalations, pushing gently, slowly and as fully as possible, first out of the chest and then out of the abdomen. Exhale further and further, and then let your inhalation be completely natural, using no effort. A natural inhalation is very important, so that you do not strain your lungs or the muscles in your chest. Hold the breath for a moment after the inhalation. After a few rounds of exhalations and inhalations, begin with the breath of the earth element.

The Earth Element

The early Christian hermits, living alone years in the desert, used a concentration on the earth’s magnetism as a way of restoring their vitality during long vigils. Native American elders have said that the loss of a sense of relationship and communion with the earth is the main cause of psychological imbalance and physical illness.

Standing or sitting, feel yourself like a tree with roots extending firmly and deeply into the earth. Feel the great strength and magnetism of the earth. Breathe in through the nose and out through the nose, not forcing the breath in any way. Imagine drawing magnetism and healing power through the soles of your feet (if standing) or the bottom of your spine (if sitting). Commune with the earth, and consciously channel the earth’s magnetism to the parts of your body that are depleted.

Feel the healing power of the earth. You may have felt this in your feet while walking barefoot outdoors or in your hands when working in a garden.

Try to sense a subtle reality, a crystalline lattice-like structure, behind the denser aspects of the physical plane. Sense that, at this subtle level, the earth is not only a singular organism but is also connected to the solar system and part of a galaxy. In your connection to the earth, you are also connected to the moon, neighboring planets, the sun and distant stars.

On the inhalation, sense yourself as part of life, your body made of the substance of the earth and thus subject to the harmony and order of the natural world. As you exhale, release toxins or pollution back into the earth. Breath out your tiredness, disharmony and agitation.

Now concentrate on the magnetic field of your body. The body has a force field around it, similar to that of a magnet, as does the earth as a whole. Feel as though you are aligning your own magnetic field to the magnetic field of the earth, the way that iron filings align around a magnet. When magnetic power is weak, the iron filings are in disarray. When the power is strong, the filings align in symmetric, harmonic patterns. On each in-breath, feel the filings coming into order. On the exhalation, sense that your body gives forth a natural magnetism and harmonizes the atmosphere around you.

The Water Element

The breath of the water element brings a sense of flow, of vitality and purity, and helps unleash creativity. It is also useful in breaking free from habitual thinking patterns, encouraging feelings of moving forward through life and flowing around obstacles rather than hitting them head on.

Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. You can imagine exhaling a fine stream of water through the mouth. You might imagine yourself immersed in a mountain stream. Feel the drops of water penetrating your cells, dripping off of your fingertips. Feel water reaching your chest and heart, helping to loosen any tightness and obstruction there. Feel energized and renewed, again focussing on those parts of the body that are in need of healing, and those that lack life energy and vibrancy.

Concentrate on the purity of a crystal clear lake or stream, high up in the mountains. Let yourself become the water, and let the qualities of purity, life energy and power flow into your immediate environment.

The Fire Element

The breath of the fire element is quickening. It sparks inspiration and is very useful when you feel drowsy and dull after a period of intense practice. Breath in through the mouth, hold the breath momentarily and then breathe out through the nose. On the inhalation, imagine fanning a fire in the solar plexus, the area in the center of your rib cage, with a bellows. Purse your lips and draw in a thin stream of air. As you draw in, visualize the embers of the fire glowing. Then hold the breath momentarily, and bring your attention up to the center of the heart chakra, a sensitive point found a few inches above the solar plexus. Exhale through the heart chakra, imagining that you are radiating golden sunlight.

On the inhalation, come in touch with your soul’s desire; your aspirations for spiritual awareness and understanding; your desire to be authentic; to make your life meaningful and worthwhile; to stand up for what you believe in. On the exhalation, radiate light as if from a miniature sun in your heart. Feel the light to be intense and golden.

Use the fire breath as a place of offering up the parts of yourself you would like to transform. Subject your self-doubt, cynicism, addictive patterns or resentments to the fire. Avoid making pledges you won’t keep. Simply clarify your intention and open yourself to the purification process.

Instead of using will power to change, the concentration on the fire element represents the action of life as a teacher, who activates and burns up what needs to be burned, a natural force of change and growth, by which your deeper nature emerges.

The Air Element

Breathe in through the mouth and out through the mouth. The breath of the air element relates to freedom, ecstasy and transcendence. Imagine yourself to be like a great eagle perched high on a mountain. Feel the wind ruffling your feathers, blowing through all your pores. Feel the coolness and freshness of the air. Soar upwards on the currents of air. On the inhalation, feel yourself buoyant and free, like a zephyr crossing a lake and lifting upwards. On the exhalation, allow yourself to reach out beyond the boundaries of the body. Let your being disperse with the wind, and let your consciousness reach out into the cosmos. Enjoy a sense of vastness and, if it helps, visualize vast landscapes, such as a mountain, canyon, or the starry night sky.

After you have completed the purification breaths, reflect upon the effect of all the elements taken together. While separately each of the breaths emphasizes different forces and qualities in one’s being, together the breaths bring about a sense of wholeness. Each element complements and moderates each other. According to your own makeup, you may feel the need to place more emphasis on one or another in order to attain greater balance.

II. Wazifa: The Healing Breaths

From a recent retreat I attended:

Ya Shafi ( pronounced “shah-fee”) = The Divine Healer
Ya Kafi ( pronounced “khah-fee”) = The Divine Remedy

Repeat 11x.

Standing preferably. Inhale Shafi, drawing the magnetism of the earth up through the soles of the feet, up through the chakras and then into the heart center. (Known as the “Qalb”)

Exhale Kafi, tuning into the energy of the cosmos that is flooding the crown chakra and into the Qalb.

Be aware of the energies meeting in the heart chakra-at the center of your chest.

After taking 11 breaths, draw the energy from the heart and into the hands & fingertips. (This should be familiar to anyone who practices Reiki) Hold the hands parallel to feel the energy between them. Then bring your fingertips to each chakra in turn, beginning with the root chakra at the base of the spine & working up to the third eye. At each position, inhale Shafi & exhale Kafi 1-3x. At the third eye position, very gently brush the temples & crown. Don’t use your physical fingers at this point, but visualize etheric fingers bringing healing magnetism to this area.

After this, if there is any part of your body experiencing pain, discomfort or disease- bring your hands to that area & continue the wazifa of Shafi/Kafi until you feel it is enough.

Relax.

-Kukai

January 30, 2010

Dropping The Melodrama

Filed under: General — Tags: — kukaimikkyo @ 7:41 am

Those who know me well, know how I love to play Devil’s Advocate. It’s pretty fun, and rather enlightening. Take any issue and flip it on its side, examine it, taste it, and even try to disprove it. As a philosopher, I had gone to college to learn these skills and they are useful. They teach you to think critically, and engage in an analysis of what you experience. After all, we’d like to think that we believe what is true. The last few years of my life have taught me otherwise.

I used to play all sides of the spiritual  fence. I was an Ashla Knight, a Dark Lord, a former Sufi Circle leader, an occultist, and so forth. My goal was non-duality, which is the transcendence of all opposites. I was seeking the state of what the great Sufi saint Mevlana Rumi described in a quatrain:

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing
there is a field.
I will meet you there.

That was, and still is, the ineffable goal.  The problem was that I started to believe the signposts were the goal. Or to put it another, cruder, way- I started to buy into my own bullshit. We all do this to a degree, but I discovered that I had bought into the melodrama hook, line and sinker.

Around this same time was when the bomb dropped. My wife Fran was diagnosed with Stage 2 or Stage 3 Breast Cancer. One doctor said one thing, another said another thing. Either way, I hit rock bottom. Of course, I never let Fran know a thing about it. I was Mr. Sunshine. As much as I believe in honesty and truth, there are times not to tell it. When the love of your life has cancer, and you’ve hit ground zero, thats the time to keep your big mouth shut. So, I keep the jokes flying.

That worked for a while, but not long enough. I tried every trick in my repertoire. I tried ritual, meditations, prayers, et al. It all fell short and felt empty. Online I talked a good game. I played the game of Jedi and Sith, but when the screen went off-so did the tenets. This wasn’t simple depression, this was the deepest fear I’ve ever felt. And when I felt it, I was not the Sith of my past- I did not draw any power from it. I was neither very Jedi about it either- despite the fact that I did acknowledge it as a fear. No, I simply stared at this ultimate fear and went numb.

As luck would have it, about this time I meet my present teacher. His name is Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche. Rinpoche is the abbot of Katog Mardo Tashi Choling in Eastern Tibet. He has been giving teachings in the United States since 2003. He holds the title of Khentrul which means that he thrice received the title of Khenpo (equivalent to a Doctor of Philosophy), making him a triple Khenpo. He has also been recognized by His Holiness Katog Moktza Rinpoche as a tulku (a reincarnate master) of Drubtop Namkha Gyamtso of Katog Monastery. Hence, the name “Khentrul” denotes one who is both a khenpo and a tulku. (Just in case you were curious about these crazy Tibetan names. lol) Strangely enough, he started a center in Lafayette, Louisiana where I live. Nobody builds a Tibetan Buddhist Center in Lafayette!

Since meeting him, I’ve started going to the Center and receiving teachings. I’ve taken Refuge Vows and am presently working on what are known as the Preliminary Practices. (Ngondro) These have helped me a lot, especially going to the center and practicing with others. I have a tendency to isolate, so if you’re going to isolate-you might as well isolate with a bunch of friends, right? lol

Now, this might sound like I am promoting Buddhism, or prosleytizing. Actually, I’m not. I don’t believe in a one size fits all theology. Buddhism is working for me, but it might just annoy the hell out of you. I have no idea. It merely helped me pull myself up and become a human being again. Someone who, while there is room for improvement, can look at the abyss without the abyss looking back.

One could wonder, of course, how this all connects to the Ashla path? Stay tuned.

Live long & prosper,

Kukai

January 29, 2010

Hello Rabbit!

Filed under: General — Tags: — kukaimikkyo @ 4:33 am

I’ll post something real tomorrow. For now, just stare at the blinking Vulcan* light and think logical thoughts. lol

* The symbol, for those of you not into Star Trek, is the IDIC. This means Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination. I like the symbol. I also like blinking lights. :-)

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