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I talk too much. I have as far back as I can remember.

As early as age 11 I remember lamenting this problem.

I hate it when people talk too much, when this happens to me I zone out. I start thinking about other things, and I have been close with others who suffer from this same weakness as me.

Repeatedly throughout my life I am reminded of this problem.

One month, in my weird Christian days, I even attempted a one month vow of silence. It did not go well. I had a lot of drama in my life back then.

Now I see the need again.

Constantly reminded by contact with my Augoiedes (HGA, Dameon, inner genius), who speaks to me of a penetrating silence. A kind of silence which creates a psychic vacuum giving the communication of others to you.

I know one of the reasons I talk too much is because I feel others don’t talk enough.

One anxiety I find worse than that of being talked at by some motormouth like me who goes on and on, is the anxiety caused by someone who sits there silently and contributes nothing to our shared presence.

I am told that there is a Native American tradition of the silent greeting where the people sit and enjoy each other’s presence while speaking.

I am quite sure that most people who disturb me with their silence are not so enlightened, rather there seems to be a strong cowardice among people to even have thoughts, much less share them.

There is a quote from Mark Twain that says:

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
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This seems to be a common maxim followed by many.
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So where does that leave the jabberjaws, the chatterbox, with the burden of providing the entertainment for the stupid psychic vampire you are now stuck with. Of course, only to find yourself being ignored and considering yourself the “fool” who has removed “all doubt.”
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Now is the time of my Vishuddha Chakra.
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This is the Throat Chakra. The Chakras are about channeling energy, specifically the Kundalini energy, which deserves its own post and my own experiences are still at a novice level.
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The energy of my Vishuddha is constantly wasted.
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In vision work with my Chakras my Augoiedes reveals to me a future where I am silent. And light pours out of the mouths of my loved ones.
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I can imagine this may sound a little arrogant. But please understand that my ideas and beliefs are constructive out of a collaborative journey with my loved ones and I don’t have any message which they have not help build themselves.
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I want to give them energy.
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Not take it away through excessive talking.
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So what do I do about the shy and the silent? Good question. In practice I haven’t pulled anything off yet. I still regularly find myself in the hellish nightmare of jabbing my jaws and no one has been listening for quite some time.
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I recently told my best friend at a party that I just provide monologues in case someone might be bored.
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He has since called my behavior in this way “monologuetastic.”
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That shit has got to stop.
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I am beginning a regimen of Vishuddha meditation to help me overcome this.
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I need to be concise. I need to not unleash so much momentum to fill voids of silence. The real secret here, what can make silence penetrating, what can make it truly a form of conversation is that you use it to listen and observe.
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When I am in the presence of some deer in the headlights type, those who are so afraid to make conversation, I will listen with my eyes. I will read them. I will attempt to scan them with my Ajna chakra. My third eye. They will be naked and exposed before me. This should relieve some of my anxiety, and save me from opening the vortex of words so easily generated by my Ruach (the conscious mind in the Qabalah).
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Sorry I am getting a little left-hand pathish, but all the New Ageyness associated with the chakras brings it out in me.
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I also believe that in the True Will (see Thelema) there are often things which are not easy. Which require that the magician domesticate some aspect of their energy to serve the Magician’s Neshamah (the higher consciousness in the Qabalah) not just his
Ruach (the conscious intellect in the Quabalah).
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I deliberately use the ∴M∴ M∴ M ∴ of the Mysteria Mystica Maxima.

I do so in deference and awe to the supremacy of the Law of Thelema.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Memes are by definition units of human information which can be and are being replicated with slight permutations, these permutations of memetic information compete for higher amplifications of reproduction. These memes, which include religions, schemas, political beliefs, fads, quirks, cliches, and many other manifestations of human consciousness.

So for the most part imagine ideas and fads competing for reproductive output, and like viruses which attach to cells, memes attach to us and our computers.

Memes were coined by the biologist Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene, and were described as units of culture which behave like viruses. Dawkins was postulating an argument often called “universal Darwinism” which basically argues that evolutionary rules of natural selection play out in all replecative/competitive systems. Its like a rule of energy. Its the 1st and 2nd Laws of Thermodynamics at play with anything that copies and competes.

These rules, which state whoever makes the most offspring survives, have been proven out scientifically in biology. These rules have also been scientifically studied as the source of much human behavior both by psychologists and economists. Evolutionary psychologist David M. Buss has concluded that most of our sexual tastes follow frighteningly predictable evolutionary patterns, and may even be the source of much of sexism and strife in our society. Stephen Pinker, Harvard Psychologist, and champion of the study of evolutionary and physiological theories of language carries these theories out to frightening reflections of homo sapien in all his splendor and horror as a mere evolutionary organism.

Our political beliefs, or sexual tastes, our economic behaviors have all been shown to have genetic predispositions. Our minds, or what we perceive as our mind is a biological organ containing within it two complex evolutionary systems. The one for your DNA and the one for your memes.

Our memes explode like a fungal colony on the substrate of our genes; making the broadcast/reception system known as the nervous system, usually understood to be the brain, but in the interest of simplicity I will refer to it as the brain.

Our brains are at a minimum the substrate for all human experience.  Vastly miniscule aspects of processing, remembering, understanding, and communicating these experiences have been mapped my neuroscientists.

The mind is a simple thing, is it not? It is merely us. Our very soul. Even the ignorant are conscious of this transcendent self awareness.

Its also a series of biological nodes of cell clusters communicating with each other in a hymn sung by DNA. Parts of your brain break, as in by stroke, and parts of your mind are broken. People who have a calcified amygdala maintain normal intelligence and personality but lose much of the ability for fear, anger and distrust. These people, while possibly sounding messianic, are constant victims of fraud. Apparently our fear/anger/distrust node fires a signal to the more thinking parts of the brain, called neocortex to alert us to deception.

More famously we have Broca’s area and Wernicke’s areas, left laterlaized regions of neocortex devoted to the making and understanding of language. People with Wernicke’s problems can’t understand language and produce meaningless gibberish. Stephen Pinker cites that a different part of the brain is devoted to profanity than the rest of the language processing system.

When one begins to contemplate these levels of complexity, simple ego, id, super-ego, unconscious models of the mind become barbarically simplistic. Unfortunately in the Occult scene ultra simplistic models of the mind are in play constantly. We need to develop a contemporary Hermetic/Alchemical model of the mind which does as the alchemists of history did, pushing the boundaries of science to higher heavens and deeper hells.

I am not saying there are not some fascinatingly transcendent psychadelic levels of reality at play in the mind. And possibly even sublime physics phenomena that would defy even the most capable of neuroscientists. The mind may truly represent some extremely fantastic business in the Universe. Things way beyond those I describe. But I submit to my fellow travelers in the Great Work, yes there may be a God, a soul, an afterlife, psychic phenomena, non-physical entites, etc., I am just confining my arguments for the ∴ Mind ∴ Meme ∴ Myth ∴ to what can be defended scientifically.

My system is not exclusive to theistic approaches, like so much of occultism, but can be easily applied by the atheist occultist (which I think represents a significant fraction of the Occult community).

But what I do describe, which is the modern neuroscientific model of the brain, is vast enough in its complexity, in its surreal implications for philosophy and the vastly strange implications for living a good life. It explains and beckons one to have transcendental, spiritual, and supranormal experiences.

My answer to theism is apotheosis, and in my call for apotheosis I join the theistic Occultists, gnostics, Yogis, and Sufis who do the same. Apotheosis is becoming God.  My appeal to all those who are persuaded by my ∴ Mind ∴ Meme ∴ Myth ∴ system of magick is that they set about in this approach as a way to become aware of their true wills, if they are so inclined to make contact with their Holy Guardian Angel (which is a fascinating construct, definitely rich in memes, and one I intend to articulate when I finally pursue my own Abremelin working).

A very traditional Thelema, I’m afraid. But I think the ∴ Mind ∴ Meme ∴ Myth ∴ system can be applied to any occult tradition easily enough.

The good life, or well being, is a huge part of my magickal work. It is my central motive in my most scientific of mindsets. A branch of psychology, which is very up to speed on contemporary neuroscience, called positive psychology has devoted itself to the study of mental health. Not the sickness of the mind, but what the mind is actually like when its thriving.

I have found that many of the practices prescribed in the lifestyle of the occultist including; meditation, journaling, gratefulness, transcendent experience, enriched meaning for experience, these all add up to the prescription of secular positive psychology.

So my desire as a scientfiically literate person was to pursue well being, the healthiest mental states. My desire as a student of arcane lore, secret society, ritual and magick, meditation and scrying, Tarot and tantra, is to manifest the greatest level of spiritual health. Though to my world view, both the spirit and mind live in the cytoplasmic universe of neurons.

I beg you brothers and sisters, consider your brain. Study it. Make it a part of your curriculum. Even if my understanding of the brain is dead wrong (which it could be), the question of the brain and its role in our human lives should be a top priority for all who wish to experience life on a deeper level.

The brain processes all sensory information emotionally before it allows the “rational” regions of the brain to even get a stab at a piece of sensory input. Your taste, sight, hearing, touch, etc. are all sent first to the limbic system, a mid brain series of structures which harmonize to make our emotions. So please understand; biologically speaking, first you feel then you think.

Memories are reconstructed every time, imagined. There is a whole book on this topic called The Seven Sins of Memory. This is why eye witness testimony is such an unreliable enterprise. And guess which part of the brain has the ultimate decision making for what gets remembered? Thats right; the limbic system. The emotional brain.

To put this in the terms of more simplistic, and antiquated theories of mind, the limbic system is like the unconscious(though all brain systems have unconscious properties) and the cortex is more like the ego. Though there are problems with this analogy, it might be helpful to some.

So on this complex processing sporulating organ in bloom we call the brain memes, which include the most moving works of art, and the deepest of philosophies, compete for dominance. The resources they need to replicate are merely the informational interplays of our biology. But this is still finite, we can’t spread every meme all the time.

Memes which are emotionally charged will have the most bang for their buck it seems to me.

The memetic system is vast and complex and poorly understood. But I work to educate myself as much as I can on contemporary meme science. But the most basic understanding of memes, and even contemplating that certain aspects of your thought life, your consciousness, are just the flow of informational energy as it follows normal universal laws of replication and competition.

Yet, we do have control in this strange system. We are capable of magick. We can inspire ourselves, we can reduce the impact of anxiety by cultivating a positive psychology. We can target outcomes, and behind the memetic chaos there seems to be the ever present will.

This will is a mystery to me. As it is to the Buddhist monk. Who is the observer behind our thoughts?

God. Perhaps. Our pre-incarnate eternal selves. Perhaps. Something far far stranger than we have yet dreamt of, that is where I place my bets.

The depths of our mind I think still have much to unlock in the realms  of science, and like in the days where alchemy preceded chemistry, I believe that modern occultists stand before a great opportunity to be on the forefront of psychology and neuroscience with their current work of perfecting their individual organism.

I really believe this is the stuff of the Aeon of Horus.

This is where I turn my attention to myth, the species of meme that humanity has used since time immemorial, to inspire itself to actualize its will. Myths need not be traditional to have their impact, comic book fans and chaos magicians have more than uncovered the deep mythic power of contemporary symbols. As a die hard star trek fan I can honestly say my Mr. Spock doll is a powerful talisman, as powerful as my figurines of Krishna, Kali, Ganesh, and Durga. And to my eyes Mr. Spock is a space saint in apotheosis.

I also personally advocate infusing mythic memes into all aspects of life.

Memes come in a vast array of forms and categories. The basic fundamental rules that define the myth are relative to its procreative ability. Mythic memes are unique in their procreative strength and their impact on humanity.

If one wants hard scientific evidence of the power of the mythic meme, behold the pyramids of Egypt, the Dome of the Rock, the city of Mecca, Stone Henge, etc.

But I also think that much of this is in play at Disney World, the San Diego Comic Con, Times Square, etc.

In my experience and observation, those who chose to see their own life as a heroic journey, those who embrace synchronicity as the universe communicating their path, those who through initiation and ritual magick become the age ascendant in the life they tread, these people do get more bang for their buck!

Part of  that experience is to generate energy, inspiration, and power from the infusion of mythic memes into our programming. We transform our experience of life, and these memes have an energy of their own to replicate. If your mythic manifestation is alluring, and communicates well, the memes themselves will begin to shape not only your outlook but your circumstances.

Memes are at play in the minds of humans, the processors of your computer, and perhaps in the communication patterns of non-human animals.

I just recently saw a documentary on the oldest sect of Indian Yogis, and these guys follow the same mantra patterns of bird song. According to the world’s leading Memeticist Dr. Susan Blackmore, birds may actually provide a biological animal model for memes.

Does that mean that I disregard the possibility of true alien beings, non physical entities, parallel universes, angels, demons, afterlife, and all these other occult matters. Not at all. I remain agnostic on most of these issues. But I am an experimental agnostic, and one possibility which could be listed along with the other explanations ranging from the existence of spiritual of alien intelligence, perhaps the memes have some kind of intelligence all their own.

Some kind of emergent collective intelligence. Some kind of reflection of a greater process which might echo the mantra of the ancient alchemist: “as above, so below.”

Scientifically speaking this is mere speculation: but perhaps there are qualities of consciousness in the interplay of memes, which move from human information processors, to machines, to who knows where else. Mycologist Paul Stamets believes there may be some sort of emergent consciousness present in mushroom colonies, who am I to say this does not exist among the memes?

In fact I do believe our own consciousness is already an example of such phenomena, precipitating as the byproduct of our gelatinous nervous system trying to use our organism in concert for replication. Our consciousness is an evolutionary accident. Our intellect a terrifying prospect.

An emergence of self awareness as a byproduct to other more basic processes.

Social psychologists show reliably and replicate often the evidence that the human organism is more attractive to negative information emotionally. This makes sense from an evolutionary perspective, the saber tooth tiger chasing you was more important than the beautiful sunset.

This is called the negativity bias, and is an important part of my work.

But we know that positive psychological information does in fact strengthen the individual. Well being breeds success, anxiety is a trap made of perpetual failure and ultimately physical decline. Mythic memecraft can transcend this for the individual, for those of us who do find inspiration to be a source of positive psychological energy.

In this way the Magician can use mythic memes to restructure their minds in accordance with their wills.

Love is the law. Love under will.

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Δένδρον is the greek word Dendron. It means tree. It is also where in neuroscience we derive the word dendrite which are the little pieces of neuron that are constantly growing and receding within one’s brain.

It is also my magickal motto, and at my next O.T.O. initiation, I will be asked to be known as Frater Δένδρον. Δένδρον is listed as my name in my talismanic copy of Liber AL vel Legis, and it is also listed as my name on my certificate of baptism from the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica.

When I began this project, my current travels in the Great Work, I had very little knowledge about the O.T.O., Aleister Crowley, Thelema, Qabalah, Hermetic Science, Gematria, the Chakras, and many things that people feel you must master utterly before you can take even the tiniest steps in the Great Work.

What I did have was extensive knowledge of neo-paganism and LeVeyan Satanism from my adolescence. I practiced rituals from both traditions quite liberally and had my own coven more than once in both middle school and high school. I have extensive knowledge of Charismatic Christianity, which includes several mystical experiences such as speaking in tongues, being slain in the spirit, and a tradition in belief in the ability of the Christian to manifest the miraculous. In this time I served as a youth pastor, and diligently read the entire bible more than once. I was aware of some of the gnostic scriptures, such as the Gospel According to Thomas, and the Gospel According to Mary, and accepted them as part of my Christian faith. I had a brief conversion to Islam between Christianity and my long strident atheist phase (which I would argue I am still in). I rejected Islam due to the prominence of dogmatism and fundamentalism, but not before reading the Q’ran and learning about Rumi.

Then I got my neuroscience degree.

I will be the first to admit that I have a lot to learn. But I don’t agree with the tone of some of the people who have reached out to me. This tone is patronizing. This tone addresses me as I would address someone I was convinced had total ignorance. I wish people would take into consideration that whatever I may lack in skills in speaking Enochian, reading Runes, memorizing Liber 777, I do have a pretty contemporary understanding of how the brain works. I spent years doing social psychology experiments and molecular neuroscience experiments under the guidance of at least 4 well established and regularly published academic scientists. I went well beyond the demands of the undergraduate and was trying to make myself as attractive a graduate candidate as possible. This knowledge, more than any other, guides my work.

I welcome feedback, but while you may know everything about the hidden sephiroth, I know how your emotions process incoming perceptual information and influence memory storage. I know about several habits of human self-deception which are down right instinctual. I know how to trick the brain into doing more than it wants. And I see that there is much of this encoded in the ancient traditions of occultism.

During this period I was a militant atheist. Which I believe also informs my work. One must always have a stance of critical thinking, one must always doubt. One must always be able to question anything. This merely frees the magician to a greater range of understanding.

Also throughout my youth and into the present I have used psychedelic drugs. At present this consists primarily of psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, and salvia. I don’t use them that frequently, more like every few years or so.

When I was finishing college I went through a very rough divorce and sank into a powerful depression. I remembered that in my religious days I was more resistant to depression, and that had greater psychological resilience in general, and most important of all: I had tremendous level of energy to put into my creative projects (which I thought were divinely inspired). I wanted this back without compromising my reason, my skepticism, my need to not be gullible.

It began with meditation. I found two experts well respected in neuroscience: Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Riche Davidson. So I followed their meditation techniques, which only slightly deviate from traditional Zen and Tibetan meditation styles.

I did this for over a year.

In that time I met my current wife, we moved in together, I started my current dayjob (which if I wasn’t so ambitious I would call my career). I kept working on my meditation practice.

My dayjob is harrowing. Its known for being harrowing. I had a very hard time finding the self discipline to meditate on a daily basis, but I kept doing it sporradically.

Somewhere in the process I began to read punk rock books about meditation, and started hanging out with my artistic collaborator and good friend Thor Johnson. Thor is a psychadelic artist who works mostly with computers and music. He is also well versed in all kinds of esoterica, has his own hodgepodge of interesting spiritual backgrounds, and I consider him to be a powerful and well developed mage.

Thor was my first teacher in the Great Work, and he expanded my reading list and interests. It was around this time that I became aware of the O.T.O. mostly due to Thor’s description of O.T.O. parties he had been to. Or rather parties conducted by initiates.

I started listening to O.T.O. podcasts, and other kinds of strange stuff. While I still considered (and still consider) myself a skeptic, I was beginning to disagree with much of what could be thought of as a skeptical canon.

I began to experiment with ritual magick again, mostly based on the Santeria of my cultural background and the Satanism and neo-paganism I was already familiar with. I did not believe I was doing anything more than psychologically reshaping myself. I believed, and still believe, ritual magick is a kind of positive psychology using archetypal memes to influence our emotions which in turn influence the whole nervous system.

Then on the 4th of July, 2008 I had a mystical experience.

I did LSD with my oldest friends in my home town of Lubbock, Texas. I spent the whole trip doing a series of drawings I called “Wizard Prison,” which are still one of my favorite pieces of art work. My car was destroyed in a flash flood and I returned to Dallas without a car. This was a kind of initiation if I have ever seen one.

Obviously more things happened then what I am describing, but I am focusing on key points.

It was at this time that I believe I became Δένδρον. It was at this time that the Psychonautical Order of Δένδρον was born.

At this point I will stop describing the birth of this idea and begin to describe the idea itself.

  • The Psychonautical Order of Δένδρον is a mystical order of Knights dedicated to the protection of the muses.
  • The muses are defined as memes which benefit humanity, each Knight of Dendron is entrusted with the muses that move her and she must see them spread and protected.
  • The Psychonautical Order of Δένδρον is fundamentally atheistic since it sees the memes as  the source of religions, transcendental practices, and other so called spiritual disciplines. We believe, as do traditional meme experts, that these things replicate and evolve according to Darwinistic principles.
  • The Psychonautical Order of Δένδρον does however consider consciousness to be a mostly open philosophical question, and believes that our understanding of sentience is primitive at best. Who knows what minds beyond our own are subject to the spread of memes, or even if their is some kind of mind within meme complexes themselves.
  • The Psychonautical Order of Δένδρον has high standards for membership, no one can apply, or join. One must be inducted with ink mixed with the blood of a current Knight of Δένδρον, by that Knight. At present there is only one Knight of Δένδρον and I have not inducted anyone. This is the third year I have called this my religion.
  • The Psychonautical Order of Δένδρον considers many memes to be Knights of Δένδρον. This includes the biblical Eve who is considered the first Knight of Δένδρον, and the fruit of the forbidden tree of knowledge the first muse.
  • The Knights of Δένδρον are a paramilitary religious order, and see their mission to protect and spread the muses as a jihad. Though we believe that memecraft, or art, is the most powerful weapon in this struggle and that violence is not a particularly effective technique.
  • A Knight of Δένδρον must have an AUM wall, or a psychological forcefield of positive psychology to protect her from psychic vampires and draining of energy in the trivium of ordinary life. A Knight of Δένδρον must be stronger than humans.
  • A Knight of Δένδρον is conscious of of energy flows and has a vampiric mouth upon their hands for both giving and taking energy as needed. This vampiric mouth exists in the psyche of the Knight, but is as essential as the AUM Wall.
  • A Knight of Δένδρον is free to disregard any images, memes or techniques prescribed by Δένδρον in favor of their own muses.

 

I have a lot more written than this, but these are key principles which I have been living by since I penned the idea.

I expect at some point I will induct other Knights of Δένδρον, I have already promised this to so many of my friends.

I have since joined the O.T.O. and consider Thelema also to be my religion. The way I balance this equation is that one need not be a Thelemite to be a Knight of Δένδρον, but Δένδρον is a Thelemite. So there will always be a relationship.

I consider it one of the first pangs of my True Will when I created this religion for myself, to answer a lack that I found since abandoning religion altogether. I also believe that my finding the O.T.O. and Thelema have been part of my work as a Knight of Δένδρον and have since become muses under my care.

At present Thelema comes first. But The Psychonautical Order of Δένδρον is  always there, always part of my work, always a filter by which I interpret the world. I decided that it was about time that I posted something about it here so that as questions arise about traditions and techniques I use I could point to something a little more thorough than just “I make a lot of stuff up.”

I have hundreds of pages written in my magickal record about the Psychonautical Order of Δένδρον. It has its own calendar, this month is called Krampus. It is the second month of the third year.

There are many magickal techniques that I have created solely for the Psychonautical Order of Δένδρον, though I continue my work in Thelema and Buddhist Meditation concurrently.

I hope this clarifies my approach a little.

This is a philosophy crucial to my True Will. Art and science in synthesis.

It is at first grasp it is pure science and philosophy, but any occultist accepting my respect should be able to read between the lines. With a perspective even Dr. Wilson can’t share it. And see it. See how the seeds of Neshamah can be planted in the Ruach, and that this is so essential in order for humanity to evolve. To become enlightened. To mature. To ascend.

As an aspiring magus I must say that this is our sacred duty. To see the true will incarnate, the Aeon of Horus shines brightly, but the fire must spread or the species will die of its own ignorance.

So for years now I have practiced on and off some basic Zen and mindfulness meditation. Its efficacy is what has ultimately brought me to my personal investigation of occultism, and ritual magick.

Though for me the practice of just being aware of the breathing has been exceedingly difficult, and I have had a hard time developing a true daily practice.

I have found it much easier to get into this, Metta, or loving kindness meditation. A type of meditation used to bring compassion into awareness and focus on that. This is a guided meditation I have been using.

For the last couple of weeks this practice has been my main focus.

At the end of the day I am still an atheist. At best I am agnostic.

I acknowledge the scientific possibility for many universes, and my own study of the mind and brain leaves my jaw on the floor due the awe I feel for infinite possibilities.

The more I learn from philosophy the more I realize we are all but grasping imperfectly and that perceptions are colored by so many things that they are never fully perfect. Knowledge is a flavor in a vast unseen spectrum of more knowledge. We are lost.

I believe that I can’t say with certainty that there is a God, and to say that there is a God and call that act all by itself virtue is usually a misguided and primitive step backwards.

However I once intensely believed in God. I gave my life to this belief, I put my money where my mouth was. I allowed young people who were having family and financial problems to live at my house, making it look like a squat. I did this for years and called it ministry.

I had a bible study which met weekly, I had a church which was my benefactor and payed for my radical ministerial attempts to co-opt my local subculture.

I attended countless bible studies, retreats, prayer meetings.

And I  was trained in a way in prayer.

It is attributed to Aleister Crowley that he said “Invoke often, and enflame thyself in prayer.” Though finding the source is proving tricky.

I have been pondering this lately.

I have a mantra prayer I have written and repeat often, this seems to be the Catholic approach. I like it enough. But in the Assemblies of God, baptism of the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues style of Christianity I learned different approaches to prayer.

There is a prayer from the internal dialogue which can be thought of as talking to god. One can also see it as communicating with the Holy Guardian Angel. This can lead to imagination work, vision work, the body of light.

And these kind of uses of it have been demonstrated by the Charismatic Christian mainstream. They call it prophetic prayer.

I have also learned to truly try to channel my mind with god in compassion and will for positive outcomes in another person’s life. This was often done as we prayed for the “salvation” of our friends. What an aeon of Osiris nincompoopery!

Now I am more likely to pray for the actualization of my friends.

I believe that this is where the evolution of prayer is going for me. To truly use prayer as a vehicle for compassion. I have found a great Jon Kabat Zinn guided meditation which I think is perfect for this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM62BO640o

I believe that for me focusing my prayer on others for now will drive my development.
I have started to have this kind of conspiracy theory that God, the monotheist God, was created as a pythagorean alchemical equation by ancient hermetic magicians. That they wanted something to command all the awe of the natural world, all the potency of the polytheistic pantheon, and all the benevolence of the sages and saviors of mankind.
How wise were these ancient mysterians to attribute compassion, love, and well being to this God.
I can invoke this God as easily as any others. In fact if I have any true initiatory background to lend weight to my work it has to have been earned in blood sweat and tears from my Christian days.
I believe that compassion unlocks certain parts of the human psyche. That it allows one to see the best in themselves and find hidden energy by their willingness to actively care for others.
In this lies the true power of prayer.

I have been working with this self hypnosis video for a while now. They deleted the one from YouTube that I had so I found another one.

Feel free to try it. When I am successful I will write a post on it.