Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
This essay is about symbols Inspired by a chat I have had via Facebook chat.
These insights are applicable on all kinds of archetypes and all other occult symbols. But also can be used on other things.
Concerning symbols there are different ways to read their meaning. The conceptual meaning is materialized in matter, in this case the symbol. Behind a symbol is an enormous reservoir of meanings developed over sometimes thousands of years. At the first glance it seems that a symbol is just a concept or image but that is not the case. Symbols can also represent energies that are developed by thoughts (thought forms) and repeated use for a certain purpose. Those thoughts can be emotions as well. Like for example the swastika. A symbol used in the east for positive purposes and later abused by the nazi’s .
To read symbols by its inner meaning one need to be in another state of mind, in a trance state so to speak. Observing symbols but also objects from this state of mind reveals many other worlds that there are hidden therein. Those trance states produce new images and experiences. It opens worlds that seem to be not ‘real’ but are real on the subtle levels of consciousness. To read this hidden images and experiences is the ‘occult’ menainf of that particular symbol.
The process can be reversed as well. A symbol, or item made by the magician can be charged by a certain energy the magician desire to charge it with. This can be done in different ways, the most common is by ritual. In a ritual the magican also enhance his/her consciousness and in this trance state the energy can be directed to the object. In this way amulets and talismans can be charged. Someone who is sensitive enough can feel those energies when heshe hold the object or look at it. A lay person most likely feels nothing consciously but unconsciously since the ‘sub conscious’ receive this energy without knowing it. And respond accordingly. The problem with the lay person is that his chitta of mind stuff is too agitated. This brings a lot of distortion and therefore one cannot see it clearly. Sometimes they say they feel attracted to a certain object or symbol without knowing why.
When the magician has the knack of charging its easy for him/her to charge objects. The connection with the higher levels of consciousness is established and easy to project. Nevertheless it takes many years of hard work and training to gain this ‘knack’. Its like playing a violin, at the start its very difficult but when one Is on a certain level one only have to keep in shape by practice in order to play the instrument. It looks like it takes no effort to play it. This is one of the problems nowdays that people have the impression that one can learn those things by reading a few book and after a couple of years. But we all accept that a concert violist should practice 6-8 hours a day. Out craft takes many hours of practice as well and on top of it its even more difficult since we are the object of the training. We are the ones that should reflect and work on ourselves in order to gain this ability. Which is a side effect of inner awakening. Its not a goal but one of the things that comes up when one trains humbly and with integrity without the lust of result.
This training to tap into this higher consciousness by magical training and meditation. This chance one perception and one becomes receptive. Then images are not just a concept any more or a paradigm. But beyond this. Meditation (calming the mind), visualization, skrying in the spirit vision, and inducing a trance state connect us to this level. Our rational filter (Ruach) our thinking mind, our hang-ups and thought habits limits our perception. We should go beyond that. As long we can’t do that we can’t perceive this hidden meaning. Our ego prevent this. As Gurdieff said we are asleep and we should wake up. In an ordinary state of mind we see the world like we look at it through a very small hole. Every time we make a step forward the hole becomes bigger. And then we have small glimpses of what is called illumination. Also we have to deal with our dark side so to speak. “Spectre” also prevent our progress. That is his job. So knowing what our dark side is and explore it is needed in order to work with it. It are the two sides of one coin. Overcoming ‘fear’ fear that is induced by Spectre is a big step forward. There are number of methods, Yoga, tantra, mediation, rituals etc what I said before. But when it comes to actually doing it people get scared and give up. Its is so close to ourselves that we are scared of it. We are not used to that. When we look at science, science looks outside. Project things outside ourselves. That is what we do in our education too. As long as we are not really involved we feel safe. This keeps us trapped in the matrix so to speak. But really coming in terms with ourselves, connect to our self, our True Self is very hard work and difficult for us, at the same time it is always there but we are not aware of it. We don’t reconise it and thus its called ‘being asleep’. The unity of the will, desire and belief as Grant calls it. Imagination and will are the keys to it. Shifting our awareness, obtain another state or altered state of consciousness.
Ultimately the process and accomplishment of the ‘Great Work’ is to obtain Unitiy, solve duality by crossing the ‘Abyss’. This awarenes from the ‘different point of view’ is what we should accomplish. The so called state between dreaming and dreamless sleep which Grant called the “Mauve zone” by the means of dream control. As Kenneth Grant wrote:
‘ The universe, as the word itself declares, is a single world. The duality of subject/object does not obtain in that state: ‘it is as it is. […] in the forefront of consciousness should be held firmly the awareness that all is seen or experienced is a manifestation of the Self, not ‘my’ -self or ‘your -self, or any specific self. Th eterm Self signifies only objective Consciousness; it is therefore without Subject, or it may be considered as pure subjectivity, There will be experieneced a gradual, in some cases a sudden, change of viewpoint, a sign that the centre of awarenessis shifting from the phenomenal to teh noumenal, from the world of appearance to its underlying reality. The Great Work consists in the stabilising of this state of awareness. All sense of difference will vanish, until the ultimae difference is finally abolished’. (Kenneth Grant, Outer gateways, p 151).
Love is the law, love under will.