The Empty Gaze The empty gaze is a slightly more radical version of the wide gaze. In the wide gaze, though you are paying attention to the full degrees of vision before you, your eyes will still naturally focus on am object in front of you. The empty gaze is exactly like the degree gaze except that you will be focusing your eyes on empty space rather than letting your vision rest on a physical object. To accomplish this, hold your finger an arms length in front of you and focus your eyes upon it.
Now withdraw your finger, but keep your eyes focused on the space where your finger was. Your eyes will want to focus on whatever objects were directly behind your finger, but you must keep your vision focused on empty space. Now, start to pay attention to the whole of your gaze as you did previously, and you will see that your perception shifts even easier than it did before.
Because your eyes are not focused on a physical object, you will find that the astral and psychic perceptions will move closer to the center of your vision and not be as difficult to perceive. It will take a bit of work to be able to do this gaze, because the muscles in your eyes have the habit of focusing on physical objects. It may even hurt a bit, but with practice it will become second nature.
In time, you will be able to shift your gaze easily whenever you want to, a useful skill when you are visiting a power spot, or for scanning someones aura before a healing. Dimensional Gazing This gaze is more of a mental trick than an actual manipulation of the eyes. It is performed by taking in as much scenery in front of you as you did in the wide gaze. You dont have to worry about where your eyes are focused, just allow them to relax and take in the scene before you.
Imagine that everything you are seeing in front of you is actually happening on a twodimensional surface like a television screen. You can even try to mentally peel back the two-dimensional surface, folding down a corner so that you perceive what lies beyond it. The mind is used to perceiving space in three dimensions only. By using this gaze you are forcing the mind to perceive its usual input in only two dimensions, leaving the third dimension a vacuum to be filled by that which normally is not perceived.
Practice this method often and you will find that it pays off fairly quickly in an increased perception of astral and spiritual phenomenon. If you use this gaze while looking at a scrying device like a mirror, you can consider that the mirror is a hole in the two dimensional surface, which will allow images to surface all the more readily.
Overlooking Just as the breath can be used to effect the mind and body of the practitioner or be projected outward to effect the world, so to can the gaze. The most famous example of this is of course the Malocchio, the Evil Eye. Belief in the Evil Eye is as widespread as it is ancient, existing in cultures all over the world, and extending back all the way to ancient Sumeria.
Generally speaking the Evil Eye is given involuntarily by someone who is especially envious or furious and possesses the gift for malifica. The overwhelming spite actually overflows the channels of the subtle body and flows out through the gaze toward the target.
Of course the Evil Eye is not always given involuntarily. In England, the practice of delivering a cursed gaze was called Overlooking, Eye-biting, or Owl-blinking. The mode of delivery is essentially the same: one allows oneself to become overwhelmed with emotional force and delivers this through the gaze. The real trick to it is contained in the phrase overlooking itself. You are looking over or through the normal physical appearance of the person and into their soul, where the intent of your gaze is translated as surely as a laser reading a compact disk.
It is literally a piercing gaze. Of course the basic technique of overlooking need not be contained to malicious intent. Love and lust can also be projected in your gaze. As long as the emotion is strong and primal it can be projected by overlooking. The Fascination Gaze The fascination gaze is somewhat like overlooking except that you are not looking to pierce a person, but draw them into you.
This is what happens when people describe being lost in someones eyes. Like a fly in a spiders web they have been surrounded by the emotion of the person with whom they locked eyes. Working with gazes is a bit hard to describe in print, but in general you want to fascinate yourself with your subject. Take in every inch and allow your mind to become obsessed with the target. You actually have to fascinate yourself in order to use this gaze. Once you are sufficiently obsessed just mentally draw the target in with your eyes. Lock eyes for a moment and feel their gaze. Draw it in with yours.
Do not think. FEEL what you want to project. The gazes project emotion, not thought. You may be able to open someone up to telepathic suggestion using this gaze, but for the most part you want to convey emotion. Directional Gazing Lastly, I want to talk about directional gazing. Both occult tradition and modern psychology attribute certain qualities to looking in different directions. For instance, according to the Hevajra Tantra,2 the gaze for overthrowing a person is to look straight at their third eye in an angry gaze, while you focus the eyes toward the left while the target or image of the target is on the left.
To attract the gaze should be upward to the right with the person on the right. Other tantric teachings say that to project wrath you should look upward with your head slightly bowed. To project calm look slightly downward. To favor analytical qualities gaze toward the left, to favor wisdom and emotion.
Play with the directions of your gaze and see what qualities it evokes. There will be more about watching the gazes of others in the chapter on Influencing and Persuasion. Gestures The use of magickal gestures is another universal aspect of the art magickal. Be it one of the many mudras of Buddhist and Hindu magick, the Corrguineacht3 of Ireland, to the Mano Fico and Mano Cornuto of Italy, or the Golden Dawns Sign of the Enterer, the coordination of the body with the movement of energy and will is a universal way of making magick.
However, even while the physical gesture is well known, there are subtle mental keys and processes that do not get passed down. The following are some of the gestures that I find most useful in my magick, and which will be referenced in latter chapters of the book. The Gesture of Offering Anyone that has ever attended an offering ceremony has surely noticed that the spirits dont usually clean up after themselves. Unless they are left out for the poor or the animals, food and other sacrificial materials are still there when the spirits are finished taking their essence.
Even burnt offerings leave behind the ash, therefore we can assume that it is not the Level 3 physical substance that the spirits draw sustenance from, but something at the more subtle Level 2. Although I do still believe in the power and efficacy of physical substances, you can use the following gesture to make a quick offering in a pinch. The gesture of offering is performed by rubbing the hands together to bring the vital force into the palms then laying the palms up as if you are holding a plate of food.
You can also face the palms forward if it feels appropriate. As the heat leaves the hands visualize clouds of offering emanating from your palms. Will the force to take on the shape of whatever is most desired by the entities that you are offering to. The Universal Center The universal centering is as much of a meditation as it is a gesture. Its simplicity and ease of practice should not take away from its power.
It is a quick and efficient method of identifying with diety and putting you into a position of spiritual power and authority. It is as powerful as any invocation at doing so. Sit or stand with your back straight. Make a fist with your left hand and place it over your heart. Cover it with your right hand and apply about five pounds of pressure to bring the vital energies of the body into the central channel near the heart. Perform the vase breath and consider your heart to be the very center of your being. Close your eyes and consider that your heart is the very center of the universe.
Do not imagine that you are somewhere else, but that you are the center around which all creation revolves. Just as our perception that the sun revolves around the Earth is destroyed by taking a larger perspective from space, consider that from the ultimate perspective the whole cosmos revolves around the seed of spirit in the heart. Do not think that you are fooling yourself in this.
You are in fact revealing a spiritual, if not cosmological truth. With practice, you might feel the heart center vibrate with lifethe physical manifestation of the awakened logos. If you utter a divine name, such as IAO after this gesture, you will find it possesses an added punch. The Rending of Space If you know about ceremonial magick you are probably already familiar with the gesture known as Rending the Veil. The following gesture is similar, but extends into three dimensions.
It was taught to me by a mystic who studied with everyone from Sufis to Yaqui Indians. I do not know where exactly she received the instruction, but it has become a staple of my practice. Begin by performing the Universal Centering Gesture as described previously. This exercise places you mentally at the center of the cosmos, where it is at its most subtle.
Rub your palms together to bring the force into the hands. Place your palms together as if in a gesture of prayer and than insert them into the space in front of you. Now slowly separate the palms and part the space in front of you. You should actually feel the pressure on the back of your hands from the resistance. Once you have parted your hands far enough apart side to side, turn one palm up and the other down. Now split space in that direction, moving one up and one down. Once your hands are far apart vertically, turn one palm to face forward and another to face behind you.
Again, split space. You should end up with one palm raised upward and facing forward and another lowered facing behind you. What you are doing here is acknowledging three dimensions of space. Once you have done this you can mentally continue to the split in all directions. This gesture is used to make the physical space around you more subtle and malleable. It is quite useful to perform before invocations or evocations, or during just about any rite where you need to. Send a message to the subtle realms. It has also been used as a way of distorting normal perception of oneself, so that one can project a glamour, an idealized perception that you want people to see.
Hand Gestures The above gestures are all fairly simple physical gestures with a lot of mental and energetic processes going on behind them. Some gestures work exactly the opposite way, they are complex physically, with almost no deliberate mental and energetic work happening at the time of their implementation.
Just like the lewd flipping the bird to a driver that cuts you off, the gesture does the work because it is an anchor to certain powers established by tradition or prior magick. Tibetans for instance use lots of gestures to represent specific types of offerings: flowers, water, light, and so on. These arent based on energetic patterns, but on making the hand look like the thing represented. The hand looks like what it represents, and thus invokes that power automatically by grace of tradition. Other hand gestures do not physically represent what they attempt to project, but are themselves ways of manipulating energy by connecting channels in the fingers in specific ways.
Meditators for instance very often place their hands in a Samadhi Mudra with left hand palm-up on the lap, right hand palm-up on top of that one, and the two thumbs joined tip to tip. This cultivates deep insight. The Gyan Mudra, made with the hands on or extended past the knees, the index and thumb joined tip to tip and the other three fingers extended, cultivates sharp awareness and intellectual process. We dont have room here to make a comprehensive list of gestures, but you should study them further, and experiment with using them in different rituals.
You can also create gestures of your own to represent certain ideas and ritually seal these gestures by consecrating them as you might a talisman. They will possess both the psychological anchor in the mind to what they represent and the energetic key. We will talk more about gestures and anchors later in the book. Triangle of Manifestation One hand gesture that deserves special mention here is the Triangle of Manifestation.
This is performed by holding the hands out side by side, palm facing each other, and touching the tips of the index fingers and thumbs of one hand to the index and thumb of the other, creating a triangle of space between the two hands. The triangle is the archetypal symbol for manifestation because it represents the union of two giving birth to another. It also represents the three dimensions of space necessary for the universe to exist. The triangle is also a symbol that can be used to trap spirits and energy. In both the Goetia and the Tantric Phurba rituals, the triangle is used as a place to hold unruly spirits so that they can be dealt with.
To use the gesture you can capture an image in the triangle and project will and energy into the hands, realeasing it into the triangle. You can mentally visualize symbols appearing in the triangle that empower any image with in. Often you will feel a sudden lightness in the hands when power sent to the hands is transferred to object within it. A very useful gesture. Policemen, firemen, and even computer programmers have to practice what they do regularly to keep their skills sharp. Any vocation worth anything has a skill set that must be learned, developed, and maintained by regular exercises and practice.
Sorcery is no different. In fact, because magick relies upon subtle senses and skills that most of humanity doesnt even acknowledge the existence of, it takes quite a lot of training, study, and practice to do it well. In Chapter 2, we spoke about the various levels of reality and how they come together to make magick.
In this chapter I will present some exercises that you should incorporate into regular practice to strengthen your body and mind as it exists in the three levels, and to increase your ability to channel the powers that you will handle in your work as a Sorcerer. Meditation If I had to give up all magickal and spiritual disciplines except one, I would happily ditch every invocation, spell, and exercise that I know in favor of simple meditation.
Meditation is the key to the system of magick in this book, and will assist you in any other systems of magick or spirituality that you will ever engage in. Indeed it will assist and enhance just about any human endeavor whatsoever. I cannot stress its importance enough. Why is meditation so important? Because, whether you realize it or not, 99 percent of everything that you think and everything you do is not a result of your own conscious choice, but a mechanistic and programmed response. We like to believe that everything we think and do emanates from our own conscious will, but it is not true.
Almost all thought and action is really just a reaction triggered by innumerable changing factors. Even most of what we consider the self is just layers upon layers of programming and habit. Consider for a moment how different your thoughts and actions and, indeed, your self would be if you were given a frontal lobotomy.
Pretty huge change right? Obviously that is very drastic, but how about if I fed you LSD? How much of what you would think and do is effected by that? How about a few martinis? How about a Red Bull? I drank a triple espresso about an hour before I wrote this sentence. Had I had a chamomile tea instead there is a very good chance that this paragraph would have come out differently.
What you had for breakfast, the quality of the air, your drive to work, how you are dressed, how you were raised, how many siblings you have, how popular you were in high school, the genetics you inherited from your parent, the random firing of synapses in the brainthese are just a few of the millions of factors that impact every moment of every day, and we all spend most of our time being pushed and pulled by them.
Causes and conditions have, from the moment we were born, programmed us to be certain ways, and most of the time we follow that programming as surely as a machine does. Thus the term Mechanistic Mind. When someone yells at us for instance, all that is physically happening is that someone is making vibrations in the air that we interpret as sound.
How we react to that sound should be our conscious choice, but if we are honest we will have to admit that its usually not. Its like someone shooting an arrow at your heart, but which falls short at your feet. Rather than leaving it there and walking away, you pick it up and plant it in your own chest. Imagine if you could simply leave it there and choose your next action consciously without being a slave to the push and pull of the mechanistic mind. Another example is to pretend that you come home to find a window in your house broken with a rock. You would probably be furious, and understandably so.
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Now imagine that you had won several million dollars before arriving home to find the broken window. Its probably not going ruin your day right? But why? The two are really unconnected and shouldnt have anything to do with each other, but because we act primarily from mechanistic reaction rather than conscious action our response is locked in by prior causes and conditions. The Russian mystic G. Gurdjieff used to call this the prison.
If you are in prison, your first duty should be to escape. But how? It helps to have others who also are working to escape, thus the need for spiritual communities, magickal orders, and the like. Even more important is outside help, especially if its from people who have themselves escaped the prison and can guide you out. This is where teachers and instruction comes into it, especially with regard to meditation.
Now let me clarify for a moment what I mean by meditation, because meditation can mean plenty of things. The word itself is defined only as to engage in mental exercise for spiritual purposes, which covers a lot of ground. So while technically kneeling in prayer, doing Tai Chi, or lying on the bed and listening to Enya could be considered meditation, they are not what I mean by meditation.
What I mean by meditation is process for alleviating the grasping at thoughts and cutting through mental distractions through single pointed focus. There are many methods for this. The one I teach below is called The Gate of Heka. The Gate of Heka Meditation Sit in a chair or on a cushion in you favorite asana1 with your back straight. Begin your session with the 9 purification breaths, releasing all tension and thoughts of the past, present, and future. Following that breathe slowly and naturally and relax. Focus your attention on the point in between your inhalation and exhalation.
The breath is like a pendulum swinging back and forth. The moment that a pendulum changes direction is a magickal moment. It is not moving this way or that, nor is it at rest. It is frozen in the eternal present. Similarly when the breath is neither inhaled nor exhaled nor held is a moment outside of time called the Gate of Heka. Heka means beyond in Greek. In this case the moment between breaths is like a gate, through which you can pass beyond normal consciousness. Focus your attention on this moment as you breathe. Dont stalk it like a cat stalks a mouse.
Enter into it. The past is a memory. The future is a projection. The present disappears before it can be grasped. Just allow the mind to be gently aware of every moment the breath changes direction.
Relax completely during the inhale and exhale. Let thoughts arise and set with no attachment. If you are like most people you will find that distractions arise nearly instantly. Once you recognize that you have left the meditation and are distracted with a train of thought, you should simply return to the breath without chastising or criticizing yourself. In fact you should have no expectation whatsoever about how well your meditation goes. Lust of result is the biggest obstacle to meditation.
Recognize that thoughts emanate from nothing and dissipate into nothing. Rest in the breath and in primordial awareness. In all likelihood you will, at first, spend most of your meditation session doing little but being distracted, recognizing it, and returning to the breath only to be distracted again. Many of my students that find themselves in this situation claim that they cant meditate and give up.
What they dont realize is that they ARE meditating. They are training their minds to recognize when it is not acting according to their will, and bringing it back from distraction. The same meditation can be performed using just about anything as a focus. You can focus on the breath itself if that is easier than the moment between breaths. You can set up an image such as a yantra or statue to meditate upon. You can repeat a mantra and absorb your attention in that.
The possibilities are endless.
Pick a method that works for you and stick with it. In the end, all methods of meditation are only ways of entering contemplation: the open and empty primordial state of awareness. The method gives way to awareness and can be dropped in favor if luminous clarity. Like a lake whose waters have been still, all the clouds of dirt will settle and reveal the minds natural clarity.
Thoughts may arise within the field of awareness, but you will not feel overly attached or averse to any of them. Just as a mirror can reflect flowers or dog shit without attachment or aversion, your mind will be able to operate in the same way toward its contents. Do not shoot for long sessions right away.
Start with just 20 minutes in the morning right after you get up, and 20 minutes right before bed. These two 20 minute sessions should be tied together by lots of meditative moments throughout the day: a minute or so of focusing on the breath and cutting through distraction. This can be done anywhere at any time.
At your desk, in a restaurant, or on the toilet are all acceptable places. If you practice in this way, you will definitely see a difference in your life in a relatively short period of time. So why is this so important in Sorcery? Simple: being an effective Sorcerer is all about attaining your will.
First you have to know what your will is. If you are forever chasing after whims that are generated by advertisements, or continuing counter productive patterns of behavior, then you will never know your will, and thus never be a successful sorcerer. Furthermore, if you are going to speak with the spirits you will need to be able to cleanse your mind, just to give them room to speak.
Than you need to be able to recognize thoughts that stem from your own mind and those that are real communications. This is the kind of result that can only be attained by hard work and regular practice. Offerings The practice of making offerings comes in as a close second to meditation as far practices that I place importance upon. Some of the oldest and most powerful systems of magick and religion are literally built around nothing but the practice of making the right offerings to the right powers. If you get into the habit of making offerings regularly to the spirits and powers that be, not only will your sorcery will be more effective, but many other endeavors will receive an added boost, or seem aided by a helpful unseen hand.
The benefit of offerings is best explained in real world terms. If, however, I asked my coworker for the same loan, he would be a bit more likely to loan me the money because he knows me better and has an easy way to find me. He would, however, want to know a firm date to expect his re-payment. My best friend, however, would loan me the money no questions asked. In fact he would probably offer more money just to make sure I was covered. He wouldnt worry much about the date of re-payment because we have decades of history together and this would be just another example of the give and take between close friends.
By making offerings to the ruling powers, local spirits, and even to the land and sky you are building a relationship, just like a relationship between two people. The older and more firm your relationship with the universe, the. By serving the local spirits of your area you will gain allies that will not only respond when summoned, but act on your behalf of their own accord. When you start doing a spell the powers that be will be ready to respond with boons that can at times exceed expectations. Indeed there have been times when spirit familiars of mine have seemed to respond even to casual statements made in jest to friends of mine.
Thats how I learned how important it is that when you do get that friendly with spirit beings, you set up clear rules for your interaction.
On the other side of the coin, not all spirits are friendly. Some are naturally wrathful. Others act in retribution for actions that we take that have consequence in spiritual dimensions, such as polluting, building in power places, or even doing magick that is counter to the nature of the place where we do it. Offerings are a pacifying practice that protects by offering an olive branch to hostile spirits and elemental forces.
A large part of the Shamans role in traditional cultures deals with mending these harmful breaches, and smoothing out the relationship between this world and the next. By making offerings we are sending a signal to those forces that any breaches were accidental and that we are attempting to make reparations. As to what is offered, there are many types of offerings that can be made, both physical and emanated from the sorcerer in the astral. Though some rare and potent spirits will be able to devour the physical offerings, most beings feed upon the subtle essence of the physical offerings rather than the substance itself.
The exception to this are burnt substances of fumigation. There are many spirits who can take nourishment directly from the smoke produced by burnt herbs, plants, and woods. Even if one uses physical offerings such as cakes and alcohol one should multiply these offerings through force of will and see them filling infinite space and taking the shape of whatever is desired. Offerings need not be done ceremoniously or formally. You can also use the Gesture of Offering from the last chapter to emanate an offering of your own energy directly.
Acts of generosity like this, no matter how small, serve to build up a good relationship with the spiritual forces around your home and wherever you travel. If you do want to make a formal ritual offering, below is a ritual that is short enough to be done regularly. The physical support for the offerings will be some incense or a burnt wood such as juniper or sandalwood. If you are doing the rite outside you can add to this some water, tea, or whiskey to spill on the ground as a libation. Because you are making offerings to spirits that may initially be hostile to you, I recommend staying away from herbs that aid in the manifestation of spirits such as Dittany of Crete of Mullein.
I call the. If you want to make more elaborate physical offerings, especially ones directed at specific classes of spirits, be very careful in what you offer. Research the traditions carefully and then use that knowledge to make an appropriate offering. Then listen to the spirits, and see if they ask for something specific. Some offerings, like meat or musk to Nagas and salt to spirits of the dead, can actually offend a guest and make the ritual counter productive.
If you arent sure of what you are doing, stick to the gesture of offering, and simple substances such as incense and liquor. Rite of General Offering Take your incense and your libation if you have one, and arrange them on an altar or table. Dont light the incense yet. Hold your hands over the offerings forming the triangle of manifestation between your hands.
As you say this, consider that any impurities in the offerings are washed, blown, and burned away. Spirits of the firmament of earth and of ether Spirits of the dry land and of the flowing water Spirits of the whirling air and of the rushing fire Come! Phantoms of the dead the quick and inbetween To those whom I owe debt and who owes debt unto me Famulus and guardians who are bound unto me! Every dryad, sylph, and satyr who dwells within this place Every undine and salamander, every fey and gnomish spirit!
Every succubi and incubi, every spectre of ill will Come! All spirits who cause help or harm in response to human action! Come here according to your desires, be seated on the thrones Io evohe! Light the incense. Give the gesture of offering. Clouds of offerings, I give to you Food and drink and fumigation Enjoy! Let the offerings arise and pervade all space Let it take the form that is most desired Enjoy!
Friends and family from former lives I am grateful for your past kindness Enjoy! You who form obstacles as retribution Forgive offences made by mistake or delusion Enjoy! Guardians and familiars, be fulfilled Quickly realize my hopes and desires Enjoy! To each of you I offer inexhaustible treasures Delightful substance, and enjoyments.
You who would harm me, Partake of this feast and be at peace You who would help me Be fulfilled and accomplish that with which you are charged. After making this charge, you can either go directly on to the closing, or sit and try to commune with the forces invoked. Use some of the gazes to scan your surroundings. Honored guests of this temple, the window of our communion is closing Take your last taste of these enjoyments and go in peace.
Vacate the thrones of the feast and go forth unto your abodes and habitations as you desire Forever act as friends and helpers As you came in power, go in peace Ite Missa Est. Invocation Invocation is a specific type of prayer. Rather than praying for blessings, however, an invocation is focused on uniting your mind with the mind of a deity or power. At the ultimate level, there is no difference between the two. The invocation was originally used as an exorcism and invoked the Headless One. The Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley versions changed this to the Bornless One which, while not an accurate translation, I think strikes closer to the original meaning as the invocation calls upon the most ultimate and infinite divinity beyond all conception of space and time.
The individual is then identified as inseparable from that divinity, awakening the logos or divine spark within. The original can be found in PGM V The Crowley version can be found in his Liber Samekh. Apart from awakening the Divine within, it can also be used to attain what is known as the knowledge and conversation of your Holy Guardian Angel. This angel is a very special being about which there is much controversy. The term originates from the grimoire The Sacred Magick of Abramelin, which details an month operation to make contact with an angel that is specifically bound to you.
The nature of this angel is a hotly debated topic amongst occultists. Some see it as a sort of higher self. Others see it as a totally separate being. My own experience is that it is a bit of both. Once you attain the knowledge and conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, or as I like to call it, the AgathoDaimon good spirit , you can decide for yourself.
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