STEP ONE. Do the Relaxation Ritual.
STEP TWO. Do the LBRP. When finished, stand behind your altar (if you have one) with your hands at your sides, eyes closed, steady relaxed breathing and, above all, try to get your mind into a still, quiet and calm state.
STEP THREE. Focus your attention just above the top of your head. As a result of the LBRP there should be a sphere of white brilliance at this point. If not, visualize it. Take your time. Regard this white brilliance with a sort of awe: it is the spatial equivalent to the vital core of your being, your higher self, your link with the Divine.
The result of this contemplation should be that the brilliance becomes even brighter. Now vibrate the God name, Eh-heh-yeh three or four times. The sphere should get brighter still.
STEP FOUR. Now visualize a slender beam of light descending from the brilliance through the center of your head, and stopping at the nape of your neck. Here the beam widens into a ball of light, although not as big as the one above. At this point you should be visualizing simultaneously the brilliant sphere above your head, the small ball of light at the base of your neck, and the beam of light connecting the two. Understand that this is the link between your conscious and your higher self, and the ball of light at your neck should grow in size and intensity. Vibrate the God name, Yud-Heh-Vahv-Heh El-oh-heem, three or four times.
STEP FIVE Keeping the above in mind, cause a beam of light to descend from the ball of light at your neck, go down your torso, and light up the solar plexus in the form of a sphere. Understand that this represents your consciousness, and the ball should increase in brightness and intensity. You may feel as if you are being warmed by an internal sun. Vibrate the God name Yud-Heh-Vahv-He El-oh-ah V'dah-aht three or four times.
STEP SIX. In the same manner, see the light descend to the area of the genitals and form a sphere. Here, regard yourself as master of your "lower" self. The God name to be vibrated three or four times is Shah-dai El Chai.
STEP SEVEN. Again the light should descend, here to form a sphere which encompasses both feet and the ground; that is, the sphere should be half above the ground, covering the feet, and half below the ground, under the feet. The God name to be vibrated three or four times is Ah-doh-nye Ha-ahr-etz.
STEP EIGHT. At this point there should be large spheres of light above the head, at the throat, at the solar plexus, at the groin and at the feet. Each sphere of light should be connected with the sphere above and below by a beam of light.
STEP NINE. Stay in this state for as long as you desire. Then, take a deep breath, and as you exhale, visualize the images fading and becoming invisible. They are still there, but they cannot now be seen. This completes the Middle Pillar Ritual.
STEP TEN. Remember the instructions on vibrating words. Each vibrated word should be done so that you can feel the appropriate area of the body vibrating.
STEP ELEVEN. If at any point you should have trouble or difficulty in forming a sphere of light or a beam of light, do NOT struggle for minutes on end until you break out in a sweat. Rather, stop where you are and complete Step Nine with the progress you have made. Several things could have caused the problem. They are usually mental in nature, either from conscious or unconscious sources. By repeating this ritual daily you will be able to eventually overcome any problem in a very natural, gentle manner. You will be a better, stronger, happier person for it.
STEP THIRTEEN. Record results, feelings, experiences, etc., in your ritual diary.
Note: It is after about two or three months of regular work that students start to report some unusual phenomenon. They may think that they are seeing, hearing, or even feeling strange... things! This is perfectly normal.
You have been working with what I call the "Astral Senses." The Astral Senses include the ability to see, hear, etc. on the higher planes (the planes will be discussed in a few lessons). Anything that you experience has always been there; only now, for the first time, you have opened your senses enough so that you can become aware of it. I first became aware of these things while watching a boring program on T.V. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a large serpent semed to come out of the floor and descend back into the floor about a foot away from its point of entry! A friend of mine calls these things "astral garbage." I call them "little nasties." They cannot harm you in any way.
Let me repeat that: Little Nasties cannot hurt you. They can be bothersome, however. Sometimes 111 think that somebody is looking over my shoulder and 111 spin around to see who it is only to find empty air! One time, while talking to a person at a party, I thought I saw an old friend walk by. I turned away suddenly from the person I was talking to in order to say hello to... a bush! When I turned back to
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the person I was talking with she gave me a strange look and quickly made an excuse to leave. Oh well... I did say that they could be bothersome.
Other people have told me of seeing friends who weren't there, as I did, and others have heard voices calling them. Some people see bright, sparkly spots floating through the air. You may never see them and still become a very successful magician. If you have seen them, or do see them in the future, don't worry. It's not a psychic attack and you are not going crazy. And they can't hurt you.
In fact, if you have the right attitude about Little Nasties, they can be sort of fun, especially at a boring party. In any event, don't be surprised when those little guys bring a little silliness, fun, and at times exasperation into your life.
In all honesty, I am not really sure what they are. In some cases they seem to be what are called "elementáis" (more on them in another lesson). In other cases, because you are working via visualization on the astral plane, you may, like a weird cosmic magnet, just be attracting meaningless astral junk. Little Nasties are not evil entities. Many children have "invisible playmates," and I believe that in many instances these are Little Nasties.
You will find a summary of the Middle Pillar Ritual on the next page.
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