Sunday, July 27, 2008

My First Astral Experience

I was reading over another's blog about astral projection and it reminded me of my first full astral projection. Back in 2005 I was already pretty skilled in mental projection or scrying in the spirit vision as the Golden Dawn calls it via pathworking. I always got a very strong bi-location sensation and always learned things I didn't know from the experiences. So those who say it is only imagination are wrong. Regardless I wanted more. I craved the full on really real experience of an out of body experience such as the likes of Monroe and Bruce write about. Sources agree that on a long enough time line that mental projection leads to astral projection step by step, but I was impatient. Besides I wasn't even entirely sure projection as I wanted was even real or possible, but I was going to try.

I had read all the books and internet postings I could and tried a variety of techniques and tips without success, but night after night I kept trying. Finally deciding Bruce's "Rope Technique" was the one to concentrate my efforts upon.

Then one night I had gone through the projection routine. I was pulling and climbing the rope and had been for some time, when suddenly I heard a rumbling sound like a semi truck driving down the road. In fact that is what I thought it was at first, then the rumbling sound started coming from me and my body started shaking like I was in an earthquake. I felt like those bars on your stereo that bounce up and down as the music plays. The last thought in my head was, "This is it!". When all of a sudden my feet flew up into the air and my entire body pivoted about my head as my body swung 90 degrees with my feet straight up into the air and me standing on my head!

I instantly panicked as I was upside down and completely blind. I wildly swung my arms around desperately trying to grab a hold of something, anything, so I could pull myself upright, but I was unable to see or feel anything around me even though the headboard of the bed and the wall should have been right there next to me.

Then just as suddenly as it had happened I found myself back in my body. It was over. The entire experience had lasted maybe 30 seconds.

Not the most flattering story but it proved to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that astral projection was real. That the experience itself is real, not imagination, no dream like qualities, real. Just as real as me typing this now.

Feel free to laugh at my expense, I don't mind. It was one of the highlights of my magical career at that point and gave me the fortitude to continue my attempts. Without it I probably would have decided that the stories and books were exaggerations and the hour of sleep a night I was losing just wasn't worth it.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Goal Magick

Goal Magick is the most powerful form of magick that exists. Having goals and sitting down to generate goals results in real magical results. Goals force you to determine what you want and sometimes more importantly, what you do not want. Goals force you to determine where you currently are in relation to where you want to be. Goals are the driving force that pushes you forward to achieve what you want, instead of just floating along through life.

Crowley defined magick as; "Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will". So by definition, goals are magical. Further, a magician is someone who sees the world around him and changes it to suit himself. If you are not causing real change, how can you call yourself a magican?

I am always surprised by a lot of people I see in the occult community that seem to think inaction is the sign of a great adept. They will banish and meditate every single day, endlessly study texts and debate them with others, yet never actually do anything. Their lives and situations will be awful and yet they bear it as a badge of honor instead of shame, as if they more they can bear means they are more spiritually advanced rather than a coward or a weakling who is unable to change their lives for the better. A great hermetic treasure puts it best so I will leave it at that:

"The possession of Knowledge, unless accompanied by a manifestation and expression in Action, is like the hoarding of precious metals-a vain and foolish thing. Knowledge, like Wealth, is intended for Use. The Law of Use is Universal, and he who violates it suffers by reason of his conflict with natural forces." -Hermetic Axioms, chapter XV of the Kybalion

Goal Magick done correct must apply the wisdom and powers of the sphinx: TO KNOW, TO DARE, TO WILL, TO KEEP SILENCE

You have to know your will if you are ever going to do it. You have to know yourself, your motivations, your dreams. What do you want? It cannot be anymore simpler or get more powerful than that.

A guest named Keith418 on a popular podcast Thelema Coast To Coast once said; "People like to talk about their will all the time, but never want to sully it with specifics." He is correct and if you come up with goals you are going to have to get into specifics.

You have to dare to change the world around you. Part of this process of using goal magick is to see the world the way it is. Then dare to imagine and dream of a world you create and not the one around you, the one that just happens to you. People are often afraid of change. They do not want to rock the boat. Putting up with their crappy lives and situations is easier than dealing with the anxiety of the unknown of what might happen if things begin to change. It sounds silly, but if you begin to examine your own life and motivations then you will see these fears and hangups hiding where you never suspected before. They hold you back.

There is nothing more fundamental to being a magican than knowing what you actually want, dreaming of a world where it is possible, then actually going out to do it. To will that situation or world into existence. You must act.

Finally you must be silent about your work. If all you do is go around bragging about the things you have done and are planning to do, then you are wasting all the available energy you could be putting toward your goal. You are talking instead of acting. If you are truely focused upon this your magical act, then you will not have time to talk.