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Well class, now we get to the real meat of psionics as magick. The last three lessons were nothing but the groundwork, the things that you need to know in order to function in this area, but now you will learn how to manipulate the energies of the universe itself and make things change not merely in conformity with will, but, much more important, change in conformity with your will.

In order to accomplish this, you will ultimately need to understand and use a number of tools, but the most basic one is the thoughtform, which has the advantage of needing only your mind to make and put into service. In fact, your mind is continuously making thoughtforms whether you want it to or not. Every time you think strongly about something, you put out a beam of energy which gathers more energy to itself and ultimately creates a thoughtform corresponding to what you put into the thought itself.

And you will have the advantage of reading this in the comfort of your own home, unlike your somewhat embarrassed teacher. (That was what my teacher and I were discussing when his wife walked in as I related in the first lesson of this course.)

There will not be as many exercises in this lesson because once you have the theory down, it is really very simple to make and use the thoughtform.

Now these thoughtforms have a life span which is determined by a number of factors and most of them only last for a very short time. In fact, if you were to imagine each thoughtform as a light bulb floating around you would see that most of them glow very briefly and flicker out, while some would last longer, burning dimmer only gradually and a very few would keep burning with the same brightness that they started with.

So the first thing that you have to remember about thoughtforms is that they last only so long as the energy in them can hold them together. As soon as that energy is dissipated, the thoughtform will collapse.

All thoughtforms that last, and thus are able to do work for you, have the following qualities:

A: They have a well defined shape. The shape does not have to be very complicated, a simple sphere will do, but it must be clear. For example, a number older writers on the subject of psychic development taught that if you wanted to send a message to another person, you should first visualize a tube extending from your mouth to that person's ear. This, of course, was a thoughtform designed specifically for the purpose of communication and it does work rather well. Try it.

It is actually a good idea to think about different shapes and what purpose they serve in the normal order of things. This way you will be able to prepare your thoughtforms much quicker.

B: They have a well defined function. You must never forget that thoughtforms have an intelligence that is rudimentary at best and thus cannot be expected to carry out a great number of different tasks. The only exception to this rule are the huge thoughtforms that are part of religious belief, taking the form of various gods.

C: They have names. A short-term thoughtform does not need to be named, but any thoughtform that you create and intend to keep around for a while certainly does. The name that you choose to give the thoughtform should relate in some way to the function of the thoughtform.

A thoughtform, whether it be of very short, or nearly permanent duration, is made up of the same basic stuff that permeates the entire cosmos. It forms a clump of energy that is programmable and can be used by the studious magician to create all manner of interesting phenomena. In my book, Psionic Power, I posited the concept of the Psion, a sub, sub, sub-atomic particle that is the basis of all matter. This particle is created when the energy of the universe, called etheric energy by some but in fact it has as many names as those who have written on it, becomes interfered with. Once that occurs, the clumping that results creates the Psion. Each Psion has polarity and it takes two Psions to make the most rudimentary form. Each time a Psion is added to the form, it unbalances the polarity and creates an instability. Furthermore, each group of Psions contains other pieces of information which interfere with the stability of the form. For that reason it is important, actually necessary, to realize that all thoughtforms, no matter how coherent or powerful, are inherently unstable and will come apart eventually, though in the case of Gods, they may take a very long time, in human terms at least, to do it.

For that reason, individuals working alone can create far more effective thoughtforms than those who work with groups and that fact comes as a surprise to many who have been led to believe that many people concentrating on the same thing can increase the power of their work.

Sorry, it just does not happen that way. Yes, groups can work to accomplish the same end, but they must either work as separate individuals or feed energy into one person who then creates the thoughtform. In fact, it is quite possible for a disaster to result when a group of people try to create a thoughtform.

So now I get to tell you one of my favorite stories. Once upon a time I was leading a group that was meeting in the library of the Theosophical Society headquarters in Wheaton, Illinois. I had the misfortune to have a couple of sceptics in the group who did not believe that anything could be created by the mind alone, so I had them do a little experiment.

I set a piece of paper down in the center of the circle of chairs and instructed everyone to see a blue sphere over the paper and just keep putting energy into the sphere, knowing that the instability of the energy would result in some phenomena, though it was impossible to predict what.

They did as they were told and as the experiment progressed I realized that this could be a real disaster as there were some rather valuable items in that room and any one of them could have been shattered. It has been known to happen.

Well, It was too late to stop, so I gritted my teeth and waited for the explosion.

In a matter of minutes, my expectations were realized, though not quite as badly as I feared. For the unstable thoughtform reached a point where it was almost clearly visible to the ordinary eye and then blew up as its basic instability caused it to reach critical mass.

Instantly, an electric shock ran around the circle and everyone jumped in turn, which caused almost as much laughter as puzzlement.

So do not expect to just create a thoughtform and then have it last forever without a little feeding and maintainence every now and then.

One other thing. A thoughtform should always be made for a concrete purpose, such as keeping the local police from giving your car a parking ticket. Abstract principles never make good thoughtforms.

Exercise 1. Go back to lesson 2 and look again at the last two exercises in that lesson. They were about the making of thoughtforms and thus for this exercise you should repeat those. Assuming that you are working alone, it is best to work nude. Begin with a period of meditation and then proceed with the visualizations necessary to create and charge the thoughtform.

Remember, when creating a thoughtform it is important to decide first what you want the thoughtform to achieve, then decide on the form it should have, the color, the name and the ultimate duration.

For each thoughtform you create, you should have a worksheet that will look like the following:

PURPOSE: NAME: SHAPE: COLOR:

INTENDED DURATION:

Exercise 2: Using the worksheet, set up the type of thoughtform you will use to protect your car from traffic cops. Now do not forget that you do not want your car to be invisible to them, because if it works you may find yourself being rammed by one as he chases somebody else. All you will want is to keep the infernal nuisances out of your way and if he should get broadsided by a speeding cement truck in the process it is no great loss.

Follow the procedure on the sheet. Write down everything pertinent concerning the thoughtform. For example, this is to be a protective thoughtform, so you would choose a protective shape, such as shield. Write that on the sheet and then decide on the name, let us say, Fuzzguard. After that pick a color, preferably a strong one like red or blue and after that how long you intend the thoughtform to last, in this case forever. Record everything. This way you will have a record of the thoughtform and everything you need in order to recharge it.

Once you have done this, create the thoughtform and imagine it in place over your car, there to remain as long as you own it.

Exercise 3: Create a thoughtform which will give you continuing prosperity. And do not object that the thoughtform is superfluous because you are prosperous now. Money is like breathe and pizza. It something no one can possibly have too much of. And you should remember that sudden reverses can hit anyone, so you should always be prepared to remove them before they hit you.

Again, use the worksheet to decide the parts of the thoughtform before you make it. Like the one protecting your driving record, this thoughtform is going to last for some time, so you should give a big charge and then make it a point to recharge it at least once a week. It is a good idea to pick a day for recharging the thoughtforms and mark that day on the calendar. Then you will never forget. More on this in a later exercise.

Exercise 4: Make a list of everything that you think a thoughtform will be of use to you in. Once you have done that, create a thoughtform to cover each individual item on the list.

These four exercises will take you a few days to accomplish and after you have completed them it will be time for you to consider the use that the very large, preexistent thoughtforms that hover over us might be put. These thoughtforms are the various ideas of the gods and goddesses of all of the worlds religions.

Consider this. For two thousand years the Christians, much as we dislike them, have been praying to their god and in doing so creating a thoughtform and energizing it. This thoughtform is nothing more than a vast power source which you may tap into whenever you want. The same is true of any other deity which has held sway for any length of time. Even those that have lost most of their followers still, by virtue of the thought put into them over the time they were in power, have a tremendous amount of free energy for you to draw upon.

And, at this moment, I can hear you raise an objection. You are wondering if for some reason the principal of ultimate instability has been overturned in the favor of these divinities.

Well, the answer is no, it has not been overturned. It has merely been significantly delayed by the fact that religions, by their tendency to personalize the divine, have created a huge coherence for the deity in question. Even the concept of Allah, which is supposed to be without an image, has taken an unconscious form in the mind of the good Moslem and thus has attained coherence.

The Christian god, complete with long white beard and robe, is, of course, a very easy one to use because his image has been forever solidified by the work of Michealangelo.

Now as we go on to later lessons, these thoughtforms will become of even greater use to you because you will have the advantage of the radionic equipment to work with, combined with the patterns which correspond to the gods you will be using. But for the purposes of this lesson, we will not be needing that.

Exercise 5: Make a trip to the local public library and begin looking at books on mythology. Remember that every god mentioned in those books still has a vast amount of energy available, even if his worship is no longer practiced. Study these deities well, learning their various qualities and what they were expected to do or not do for their worshipers. Do not make the mistake of ignoring their negative qualities as well. The Aztec deities are interesting, but they required human sacrifices (which can create some problems in using their energy) and, let us not forget, the Aztecs lost, not only badly, but embarrassingly, to a force greatly inferior to their own. Try to stick with the gods of winners.

Once you have pretty good idea what forces are out there available to you, make a list of the gods who seem to be of most use to you. This will become your personal pantheon, your collection of power batteries which you will be able to use in your work. Go back to the library and photocopy any pictures of paintings or sculptures of those gods that you can find. In the case of the Norse gods, comic books make a very good source. These pictures are not witness samples in the normal sense, as they only serve as a means of putting your own mind in touch with the energies, rather than directly linking you.

With regard to gods, it is most important to remember that the technomage does not worship, he uses. A deity, to the technomage is nothing more than a bundle of energy like everything else and thus can be used and controlled like anything else. Where the good, orthodox, Christian will take an attitude of reverence toward old Jehovah and approach him with fear and supplication, the good technomage will set up his instrument to the rate for the energy of Old Jehovah and draw upon that energy to serve his own ends. To the believer, what we do is utter blasphemy and thus we should not be surprised if the orthodox of any belief system dislike us, not that we are likely to lose any sleep over this.

Exercise 6: Pick the first god on your list. Study this deity carefully and decide what you would like to gain from the energy of this god. Now meditate on the deity.

Hold the image and name of the deity in your mind and visualize the energy from the deity coming into you and filling you. As you do this, bear the thought firmly in mind that it is you who are in control of this energy, not the energy in control of you. This is extremely important because while the energies I imagine you to be drawing on at this point are beneficial, the time will come in your work where you will draw from energy sources which have a strong malefic power as well. It is also good to remember that even the most beneficent deity has a dark side and thus you must be the one who will determine how this energy will manifest itself in your life.

This controlling aspect of the technique is what separates it from the usual form of magickal invocation, where the magician invokes the power of the deity and takes whatever comes to him, and hopes that it does not accidentally burn his house down around his ears.

Repeat this meditation every day for at least a week, longer if necessary, until you begin to see definite results in your life. You should not expect anything to happen after just one meditation, but you should not wait longer than one month either.

Exercise 7: Repeat the above exercise with every god on your list. This will give you a mental contact with the entire group that you may renew at any time you have need of the energy. It's sort of like putting gods in the bank.

Exercise 8: Now that you are used to working with the idea of gods as nothing but energy batteries, you can set about to create your own.

And at this point I can see some of my readers shake their heads or get a strange, wistful look as they vaguely remember something in a very funny de Mille movie about a group of drunken nomads trying that and getting Charleton Heston and the special effects unit very upset with them.

Well, yes, it is possible to create a god.

Some years ago a group of experimenters in Toronto (yes, they have experimenters in Canada who study other things than making the perfect hockey puck) sat down to hold a seance, the only difference is that they created the spirit with their own imaginations.

Essentially, the group decided that their spirit should be the ghost of an English Civil War cavalier (royalist) to whom they gave the name Phillip (why they did not name him Charles is beyond me). They wrote a relatively detailed, and somewhat romanticized, biography of him. One member of the group even went so far as to paint his portrait. But the important thing to remember in all this is that there never was such a person.

Anyway, they sat down to hold their seances and, to everyone's surprise, the group began to get answers to their questions by the usual spiritualist means, such as raps on the table and the table tipping. But that was not all, the created spirit took on a rather spirited existence of its own and one time when a member of the group managed to offend it, literally threw the table across the room. You can imagine the effect that that had on the sitters. If I had been there, there would have been no need of a door, I would have made my own as I went through the wall screaming "Feets don't fail me now!"

In case you are interested in pursuing this case further, it was the subject of a book entitled Conjuring Up Phillip, or in other editions, The Imaginary Ghost.

Which gets us back to the dreadful movie, which climaxes after Moses, having gone up the mountain with a headache comes back with two tablets and a prescription. The movie Israelites are capering around the Golden Calf and Moses, who still has his headache, causes the ground to open up under them and swallow them up, thus sparing them the pain of having to read the reviews.

But seriously, when I was little kid in Sunday school, in the benighted days before Flash Gordon freed me from such drudgery, I was told the biblical story, without the bad acting, and I was a bit puzzled. No, actually I was quite confused. Now I had to admit that the people of the Old Testament seemed to have been pretty damned stupid to wander for forty years around a strip of land that they could have crossed in a month if only they moved in a straight line and the thought that one could create a working god by casting it in gold, in the shape of a moo cow no less, was preposterous. Obviously these were low grade idiots and nothing they had to say then or in the future could possibly be of any use.

Well, I was probably right about that, but the idea of making the god was not as weird as it may sound.

Think about it. Every god that the human mind in its fevered imagination has conceived has been created by somebody. Some poor nut case had to sit down and think of what this god was like, what he had to do and how he expected to be paid for his services, for in the matter of the divine there was not supposed to be such a thing as a free lunch.

(By the way, if by now you are getting the idea that I don't have a lot of use for religion, any religion, you're right!)

And that fact being the case, combined with the Toronto experiment, leads to the obvious implication. Gods can be made as they are needed. And if that idea doesn't send the orthodox of any religion up the wall and over the battlements I don't know what will.

So the first thing you have to do is decide what you need this god for. It should be something that is beyond the work of an ordinary thoughtform. After all, a god is a being of some complexity and has both a good and an evil side. Even Allah, the Compassionate and Merciful, created insects and Shiites.

After you have some idea of the function of the deity, you should begin to create its mythology. Was it originally a human (or non-human) that got deified? Was it always a god? What various god things does it do. How does it expect to be paid for its services, with gestures of worship, or with certain prayers.

Some people working with this have even gone so far as to expect their god to desire sacrifices of various types, but that is not a very good idea because the neighbors may start to wonder where their children are disappearing to.

What you are doing in effect is creating an artificial personality, which is, after all, all that gods really are. Once you have done that, you have come up with an idea of how this god is supposed to look. Now that is not as difficult as it may seem. All that you have to do is go the local toy store and find an action figure or doll that fits the type of god you are creating. This will be the icon of the god, the idol if you will and it will remind you of what the god is like. Do not forget that when you worship the god, you are not worshipping the figure, but rather the energy field that you are creating.

Behold Cthulhu!

And on this matter of worship you have to do a bit of Orwellian doublethink, kind of like a politically correct neo-nazi claiming that she really is against censorship. On the one hand, this god is your creation. You made it and it would not exist without you and the energy that you put into it. On the other hand, because it is a god, you have to go through the motions of worshipping it even though you know that it is actually you that it should be worshipping as its creator. But gods tend to be a bit touchy about that sort of thing, so you must go through the actions that you have prescribed.

When you perform the act of worship, you are putting energy into the god-form that you have created. You are bringing the image of the god into mind, energizing its personality and making it powerful. It is for this reason that gods are the most powerful and effective of thoughtforms.

At this point I hope you have realized something that is very important. If you can create a god out of virtually nothing, and let us be honest, for all practical purposes that is what you have just done, then you should be able to realize how stupid a thing religion is. By the study of psionics, you should be able to rid yourself once and for all of the idea of divinity as something worthy of respect. A god, any god up to and including great Jehovah himself, is nothing more than a clump of energy and to worship, to reverence in any way such a clump makes about as much sense as worshipping a light bulb. Man was not made to serve god. God was made to serve man.

Likewise, you should at this point be free of any notion of fearing divine wrath or judgement. If you should come across a god who is likely to inflict such things upon you, simply create a more powerful god to wipe the floor with his face.

And as long as we have broached the subject of judgement, this is as good a time as any to get rid of the idea of Karma. Now, for those of you fortunate enough to have read my book Psionic Combat, and if you have not I highly reccommend it, know that I have little use for the concept of Karma. To put it mildly, I consider it nothing more than a psuedo-spiritual fraud designed to keep the masses under control and make the Brahmins rich. But I also recognize that some of my students are so unfortunate that they have learned to believe in the idea of Karma with such force that if they do something that they have taught as small children that they should not do, their own subconscious will create a thoughtform which will bring trouble upon them.

Fortunately, it is possible to create a thoughtform which will neutralize the effect of Karma, simply by designing and charging it. Once this is done, the student will need not fear the idea again, because any energies which it may energize will simply be blasted out of existence. Or, if you feel really nasty, create a thoughtform which will transfer the negative consequences of any action (even if in most cases there are no such consequences) to the neighbors and watch the fun.

Exercise 9: Now that you have created a number of thoughtforms and your own, personal deity, you have to be able to get back in touch with them. The god-form is very simple. The act of worship is sufficient. But the thoughtforms take a bit of work, but not too much provided you keep good records.

When you have need of a thoughtform, go to your file and pull the record sheet on it. Visualize the thoughtform and see the energy of the universe flowing into it, filling it like a bottle, charging it to the point of glowing. Remind the thoughtform of its purpose and then set it to work.

Exercise 10: When all of your thoughtforms have been made and charged, take your pendulum and the numerical part of the word chart and ask the pendulum to tell you the strength of each thoughtform as measured on a scale of 0 to 100, 0 being non existent and 100 being the most powerful it can possibly be. Make a notation for each thoughtform and use this as a guide to how often you must charge the thoughtforms. As each thoughtform will discharge at a different rate, test them regularly without extra charging to see how fast they discharge. Once you know this, you can create a schedule on the calendar to tell you what days each thoughtform should be charged, so that, for example, you will look at the calendar on May 31 and see that your antiAtheft thoughtform needs its weekly boost and the money bringer could use a shot as well. This will relieve you of having to charge each thoughtform every day, which can be real drudgery and yet make certain that none of them loose their power.

Well, now you know enough about thoughtforms to make your own, so get working because in a couple of lessons I will teach you how to make them even more powerful. This is just the beginning.

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