Over the past month or so I had a couple people ask me about the work of Franz Bardon's Initiation into Hermetics or IIH from here on out. These are tough questions to answer to be honest with you. I have found through the few years I worked on the exercises, that there are many ways one can go about these steps each as individual as the person. So I try and choose my words very carefully, to say the wrong answer is to rob someone the opportunity of self discovery and eventually self mastery! A heavy burden indeed. Now for those unfamiliar with Franz's works I wrote a blog some time back about IIH and Bardon. In a nutshell Franz's wrote a book which attempts to teach the initiate from the bottom up how to become a master magician. At the time it was an amazing work because most occult manuals were not as clear or as explanatory as his was. Still to this day I would say it is possibly the most complete and certainly a very valuable system to work. He simply goes into detail about so many exercises and bridges them together to make a system that with a little creativity and a lot of dedication will bring you a long way.
So why am I wasting your time talking about this today? Well kids I have decided to give a overview and suggestions for each step in IIH. I will respect the copyright info of Bardon and Merkur publishing by not divulging the actual exercises, but I will give general advice and suggestions as well as my personal thoughts on what is going on in each step.
If you think this is not your cup of tea, well ignore the next 11 blogs I write. You may wish to stick around, you never know where you might find a gem or two even if you do not work Bardon's system. It truly does have many aspects that are useful within any system; which, I think was the real purpose of Sir Franz Bardon.
So this is your warning, over the next few weeks expect Theory, speculation and a Bardon centered way of thinking. In other words ***LOOK OUT... OPINIONS ARE COMING YOUR WAY!!!***
Opinions are not facts or make something someway. I may not even agree with the opinions I state in my current view of life and the occult, however I will approach it from a Franz Bardon memmetic structure. If you disagree, good, fine, excellent. I just ask you consider it in a intelligent manner and ask your self "Is this of value?" "Does this help me in some way?" "Would this be a more effective or less effective view than one I currently have?" and finally for those of you working IIH...."Should I do what he says or make my own way through this?" And that is the most important consideration to ponder on.
So, the next blog we shall begin. Hope you will come along. It is on it's way!
Theory section IIH pt.2
Bardon gives 14 subjects in his theory section. Each one should be read, re-read, meditated on and then read again for even beginning practice. Not for memorization purposes but in order to get a good idea of what each concept has to do with magic, self and the world. Bardon is giving a working model of the universe from which the student can order and catogorize nearly anything in the universe.
The elemental section is truly wonderful, to this day I still map out things in my head by the elements. Once one understands the elements and how they effect the person or universe it seems as if one can truly understand nearly every occurance presented to you. I sometimes think of "The Matrix" in which the elements and what is "encoded" in each elemental attribute appears like the green computer script cascading down everything, giving it form and function. Magic is knowing the script and transforming it to fit your intent, manipulating the code.
Karma is one of the things Bardon speaks on. He does a good job of making one consider what Karma really is. In essence it boils down to cause and effect. You cause an effect, that is karma. Every cause creates an effect. He also leaves off my invoking the readers common sense and logic in the matter. In other words he is asking you to truly consider what cause/effect-karma is. Another importnat thing he mentions is that development is under cause/effect. This is important for the student about to under take the work of IIH. William Mistelle puts it real well when he says that working the Bardon system draws all of the lifes Karma in a small amount of time. Consider this, IIH *causes* the initiate to experience and deal wth an entire lifes deeds so they can evolve or develop into something higher. Starting IIH is like saying to the universe "Hit me!". Trust me, you get tested and things fly at you as fast as you work the system. Divine Providence wants to make sure you are prepared to be what you want to be. Do not take that anthropamorphism to seriously, in truth you are just putting your spiritual development on high. So the things that would have occured to you in 10 years time happen in 1 or 2 years. You either stand and deliver or falter. I will talk more on this later and the personal effects it causes someone on the path.
Bardon also goes into diet and asceticism (harsh treatment of the body, fasting, inflicting pain on ones self) he really does well here in banishing ignorance and deplorable practices to ones self as un-needed and unreasonable. He basiclly states to treat your self well, and keep yourself healthy. Now, a fast or selective diet can be a good thing in moderation. I have fasted and it taught me many things about myself and body. Bardon was reputed of having only eaten differently for one operation and it was not a long time either. This would seem to stem from the idea that man is to be a reflection of the divine and of the universe. If this is true there is no need to inflict torments or pain on the body, it should be cared for and treated with respect "as a brother" I beleive he states somewhere in that section.
Truth, Religion & God. Possibly my favorites in the theory section. Truth he points out is an individual thing which should necer be thrust upon another unprepared or unwanting to hear your version or perceptions. These exercises will open up vistas of reality and about life that few ever consider or even give a rats donkey about! But to you they will seem like collosal things which should be shared with every man, woman and child. To state it simply, to impart the truth on one who is unwilling or not ready is like lying to them. To share turths with fellows and peers can be a great blessing. In this same vain Bardon treats Religion. Whatever you view as the highest, purest and greatest is for you the image of divine. Again what is it to try and convert another to your image of the divine? We look upon the same mystery and come out of it with different perspectives, neither false to ones development but awesome and wonderful to our own selves. It behooves no one to convert or coherse another to believe what we do, in truth this is the same as the truth section but valuable for focusing on this one dimension of life.
I must again state the value of contemplation and re-reading the Theory section. It illuminates a great deal on what one is going to do later as well as a key for understanding whatever problem is in front of the initiate.
Once one has gotten a thourogh understanding of the Theory section it is time to move on to the practice of Step 1.
But before this one should at the cover of IIH. Bardon claims this is the true first key of the tarot "The Magician". It is of course different from nearly other representation of the 1st card of the Tarot. However, it is a valauble key to ponder and meditate on. If one is conversant with Yoga then they will see some intresting images or hermeticist will see a powerful image of the universe. Either way I suggest a sort of controlled day dream in which one steps into the card and speaks with a person or image within the card. This does much in discovering your inner thoughts about the work ahead as well as your current magical development.
Well thats all for the theory section, I may bring up things from the theory section later on but that is another time.
IIH part 3 step 1
We now begin the actual practice of IIH. One of the earliest goofs in practice is the idea that the three sections are to be completed one after the other. For each and every step the spirit, soul and body exercises are to be worked on simultaneously. Now, within each section of spirit, soul and body they have subsections which must be completed by succesion. This is a very wonderful idea Bardon used. Each aspect of your being must be trained and developed or one will lag behind and eventually bring down the whole. Below I break down each section.
The exercises here begin the long glorious work of controling your thoughts. Or, as I like to think of it quieting the monkey in front of the cave. Let us say you were trying to enter the cave of insight but they had a boulder in front of it. Next to the boulder sat a wild monkey. As you attempted to open the cave the monkey goes nuts! It chatters, it screams, it dances, anything to get your attention away from moving that boulder and on the scared little monkey. These exercises teach you how to gag that annoying little oaf and get to moving that boulder.
Do not think that once you have succeded in each of the sub section of thought control that you may put them on the way side and forget them! Use these exercises any chance you can. They pay off later on in step 5 and in step 8 and beyond with evocation.
Thought Control is the watching or silent observation of thought. This exercise disengages the initiate from the thoughts they are recieving. Thats right I said recieving. In truth your real mind is empty and void, silent. Depending on your elemental makeup as well as your development you will recieve thoughts from the mental plane of a certain type and order. An analogy would be a radio. Depending on your channel you have set determines the information it will play. You may balk at this idea but I ask you only to practice the exercises and see for your self.
Thought discipline is to be used all the time. Here Bardon wants you to keep your thoughts on the things you are doing. From work, school, home, recreation, even day dreaming! Keep your mind in order. Now relaxation and recreation are important, you should set some time aside just to let the mind wander and play. As long as you are in charge of when it does that, all is well. Now once you get pretty good at that Bardon asks that you retain a single thought in your mind. This in truth can be a train of thought or any concept which you desire. One simply focuses in on the concept and represses or denies any thought not in some way related to the original chosen. If you do not know what to pick, guess what? The theory section is full of things on which to focus on! Just pick a theory, focus on the material and allow the thoughts to come. Unless of course the thoughts that come are about your laundry or bananas (damn monkey).
Vacancy of mind is the clearing of all thoughts. When one enters this state it is rather profound. There are varying layers to this state as well. At first you will attain a sense that you are holding the thoughts off, as if locked outside a door. Then the monkey gets a little tired and fewer thoughts show up. Finally you think no thoughts for several minutes (oh shit I just thought, damit it, again, crap, agh!!!!) That monkey is sneaky my friends, watch out! Eventully you attai na state where no "thoughts" come at all. Then, you percieve the coming of thoughts, you sense them like Spider Man senses bad guys. These are pre-thoughts. They are powerful yet subtle things which you should learn about and spend time with before delving deeper into Vacany of Mind or VOM as we Bardonist say when we get together and hobknob. These pre-thoughts will teach you much about the nature of mind and perception. Don't dilly daddle to long, rmemeber the real point is to be vacant of all thought. When you finally reach this state be prepared to experience true peace and clarity. This will last long after the exercise is done with and you will have powerful intuitions about life, nature and people from this.
In this section we take a long hard look at our selves. This section is especially aided by the exercises in thought control due to the fact you are really begininng to look within yourself possibly more than ever before. Bardon asks that we list every defect, fault, sin, weakness and failing in every possibly manner it appears. My gods, that hurts! Trust me go buy some Blue Bell ice cream or whatever treat you like and after each session give your self some love when you have moments of cruel, cold clairity about your self. If we were just rolling in our own mud then I would say to hell with this! However, this exercise is beyond valuable. From this you will attain a self knowing that builds a potent force within. What if Superman never realized Kryptonite could kill him? He would not do to well. Hell he might even have a kryptonite earing and just thing he was a sickly normal guy. But no, he stays away from kryptonite and because of this he has super-human power. Now I am not saying once you get rid of your faults you can fly and bend steel, or even date journalist who always seem to get in trouble, All I am saying is we gain power just by knowing what our faults are!
We also gather together all of our strengths, talents, abilities, and good qualities. This can be harder than the faults sometimes. We so shy away from what makes us sepcial and wonderful because we think we will embarass our selves or people will think we are to "pridefull". Be honest, take a good clear look at what makes you wonderful and what makes you foul.
We now catogorize each trait into a elemental heading. This can be difficult if you have not really studied the theory section and meditated on what the elemental qualities are.
Now you may wonder why Fuhrer Bardon would be so cruel as to make you do this, what the hell does this have to do with magic anyway? Well kids the more positive and balanced your astral and mental bodies are the more balanced and healthy your physical body will become, the easier it will be to control the elements, to do the senses exercise, to control volts, to percieve and work with spirits, to invoke divinity, to meditate, shoot, to just be a more effective human being!
Don't fret, I have up my sleeve an ace that will help you banish those negative attributes and develop your positive aspects in a effective and easier way. But that is another step ;-)
This section covers valuable exercise which will keep you active and full of life energy. It also alludes to the magic of the eucharist or transmutating your food into powerful attributes and qualities. As nearly the whole section is practice and it is pretty straight forward I see no need to waste your eyesight on going over it.
So we come to the end of step 1. Befor emoving on in practice you may wish to really review your notes to see how far you have come and possibly addess some things which you may have looked over. I would again read the theory section with new eyes and return to the image on the front of the book for a daydream meet and greet with all the images inside the tarot card. You may be suprised how much comes to you know compared to before. Heck, give your monkey a banana. Poor bastard is probably worn out.
till part 4, step 2
part 4 IIH step 2
Ok, on to step 2. Bardon starts out with a discussion on auto-suggestion and describes the methods of slipping in commands through the conscious mind into the sub-conscious or unconscious mind ( A term I now disagree with do to reading a few NLP books the sub-conscious is anything but sub or un, heck it may be better than normal consciousness) at any rate I would like to mention a certain thing Bardon does in IIH that the initiate usually does not get until they have completed the exercise. IIH is cyclical. What starts out simple builds in a cycle like fashion getting more complex and deep. To not let the cat out of the bag I will make off hand comments so those really looking may find them. Here is my first and maybe last obvious hint: read secrets of the subconscious in step 2 and then flip a few pages to step 5. Now there is a building up between those two sections but compare how what you may be doing in step 2 will be in some way related to step 5 and even further in step 6 spirit section. Back to suggestion. As you will read a little later in the spirit section I do not think *forcing* a suggestion is the best way to go. The more conscious attention you place on the suggestion the less it enters your subconscious. Suggestion does not mean beating down the door. Gently, passively slide it under the crack in the door. If lava cannot go through a rock it goes around it, eventually wearing it down and melting it, adding the mass to its power. Moving on.
This is most likely the trickest section you will come to. Once you get past this one you will figure out what these sections are all about. Here Bardon starts teaching us to build up our senses. Imagining this or that, sight, sound, feel, taste, smell. If you don't realize what section you are in and superficially read the things he is saying you may just spend a lifetime developing these skills. Thankfully you are in the spirit section, in other words you are suppose to ***mentally**** see,hear,smell, feel and taste these things. They will not appear in HD color and sound quality. In fact if you have the same quality of experience as a day dream it may be to *advanced* for this exercise. He is not rying to get you to effect the astral or physical planes here, he is trying to get you to imagine it in your mind! Remember your only in step 2 here folks!
I have found that in stead of forcing something to appear in your mind it is better to *allow* it to come. In whatever way you find best *suggest* to yourself the sense you are working on is to come by itself. If you find it difficult to single out a single sense let it come naturally the way it will at first. Then try focusing on the single sense more and more until it stands alone. Now do not count the dual or triple sense experience in your alloted time amout for success. Do not be afraid to experience and play with the exercises. Remember Bardon is only giving you what is required to move on, he is not dictating *how* you get there or if you want to go the extra mile.
eeek! Possibly the most frightening and most desired section to skip. Do not fret! Read this section carefully, he does not want you to be a perfect angel at the end of this step! He wants you to work on your most vile problems which will bring your elemental equlibrium into balance. So let us say for the sake of simplicity you have the following problems: fire:15 water: 20 air:16 earth:17. where do we start? Well find the ones that effect you the most, and the most seriously. Water in this example would probably be the place to go. Try and bring it down to only 15 problems. Next earth, bring that down to 15, fianlly airbring that down to 15. You now are equilized in your black soul mirror! Now do the same thing but in reverse for your white soul mirror. Create qualities which you desire to strengthen or create and develop them.Once that is done guess what: technically you could move on! That is all Bardon is saying. Of course you will have to keep at them for the rest of your development, but for now that is enough to move on! Now before I told you I had an ace up my sleeve for this section. Here it is: http://www.emofree.com/LearnEFT.htm
Go there and download their free PDF which they will send to your email. I swear to you me and a friend of mine who practices Yoga, as well as having completed up to step 6 of Bardon 3 years ago both used this and it works wonders. It will not work for all of your problems, it will however destroy attachements and negative thought patterns as well as emotional control over many problems. It can even work in reverse (something you will understand after reading it) building stronger traits within you. Trust me, would I steer you wrong? Not only does it do all that but it helps you rate the emotional (read astral) potence of that trait within you.
Again many may wonder why they have to be balanced to do magic or rid themselves of negative qualities. I direct you to the theory of chakras and the blockages within them. My much-in-the-future book "The Book of Godforms" will have some extremely powerful exercises which not only banish these qualities but give you command over them to transform you into a god.Bardon in a different manner does the same thing here.
This section describes vital energy breath or at least the preliminary exercise of working with vital energy and body control. The breathing exercises for banishing qualities are quite excellent, definitely try them out and work diligently on them, adding emofree to the breathing exercise will create a significant transformation of your character. The breathing exercise is good for developing good qualities as well. Body control is something which you should place the highest value on. Spartans did extensive body control methods and they developed tremendous will power from that. As a teenager I learned some of their exercises and implimented them to learn patience and control of my mind and body. Let me tell you they pay off. Once completed you see how powerful a strong will can be and you develop a great self confidence as well as self awarness. It really pays off.
Bardon speaks on picking an asana. Any will do. If you can get into those wild poses of the yogi's then by all means do it. The egyptian pose will do quite well. It may be advantageous to also look up some mudras or hand locking positions as well, if you like.
Well thats it for this step! One question which always comes up which I failed to put into the step 1 blog is how long on average do these steps take. A couple years back Rawn Clark did a questionnaire on that exact question. here is the link, download the zip: http://www.abardoncompanion.com/Question/Links.html
Now you should never really think of this as a race. It is your development, your progress, there is no need to rush. There will never be some Bardon competition in which Bardonist from all over the world compete to see who can load an object with vital energy or an element the fastest or who can make the best volts. Won't happen. We as westerners have this time=money program which makes us want to do it and do it fast. Stop. Just do it well, this is the art of making yourself.
On average I would say it can take one person about 3-4 years to work every step. You will have some that go faster, some slower. I saw someone fly through it in a year only to take a signifigant amout of time on one of the final steps.
And to answer the final question possibly on some of your minds, what step am I on? Hahahaha. I will tell you this. For it is quite nebulous. I meet all the criteria for step 8, some of step 9 and 10 as well. I am no longer working the exact order which Bardon has given. I have tailored my own method, which sticks fairly close to his. You may even see how 8,9 and 10 sort of blend together as well. That should suffice I think
IIH step 3 (part5)
Step three starts with another introduction about the four pillars of magic. Bardon's words here are really inspiring and ring true. There is one in paticular which I would like to speak on and maybe try and sound like a hypocrite for. Silence. Silence is a powerful magical key which few really delve into or use properly. Bardon uses a certain phrase I will share here " Silence is might! The more you keep silent about your experiences and knowledge without seperating yourself from humanity, the more you will recieve a fountain of knowledge from this source." I will say this, he is not pulling your leg. When used properly you will discover something welling up within you, a power or feeling that begins to slip in certain knowings or inspirations. It is quite strange, as if some power source within is only activated by keeping your trap shut. Now this does not mean not talking to your magical brothers and sisters about magic or helping those on the path. This is not throwing your pearls before swine. This is also quite helpful when times are intolerant of magical workers. If you think that does not apply today then just realize a few decades back China decided it would banish the old ways and enter a new world, it killed and placed people in prison for such things as knowing how to make bows in the old way. Those who practiced tai chi got the same cold treatment. So am I a hypocrite for preaching silence? In some ways yes. All things have a place and time I guess will be my excuse.
Here again we practice exercises which develop our senses. Now instead of simple one sense exercises we go on two dual senses with eyes first closed and then open. Again these are done in the mind, however they should have your total attention. In other words your surroundings will not be the focus, your imaginings will. Now the eyes open eyes closed can present a minor problem, to overcome this adjust the lighting in your room with an oil lamp. Eventually raise the lighting to the point where you can just turn on the electric lighting and still imagine just as well.
As Bardon says these exercises are very important later on. For magics that require complete focus as well as developed senses. I have found playing around with this exercise is fun way to really master the practice. I would sometimes have coffee at a bookstore while having an imaginary conversation fully imagined in my head with various mythological creatures. Transform people you are talking to into other things or people using your imagination. You will be suprised how long it holds and how easy it is once you make it fun! Bardon recommends 5 mins and then you can move on. I trained in the fun method and would sometimes go for 25 minutes forgetting the time. This gave me more time to play around with the elemental breathing exercises.
Bardon gives the warning that if you have not balanced out your astral mirrors you will cause great harm to yourself. This is true. I learned this lesson in my days of practicing a certain form of tai chi called "Ling Kong Jing" or translated "the empty force". Basiclly it develops a strong charge of earth energy. This caused me an extreme decrease in sex drive, bouts of depression and meloncolly (and shit I am a capricorn already folks, do the math). After three years of practice I gave it up (I had started out only to do it for three years as an experiment) Luckily I discovered the lbrp and some other exercises that balanced me out a bit more. So be warned, take him seriously here! These energies start out subtle but grow in power.
For each element one starts out with just a few breaths and eventually working ones way up to no more than fourty. You are not to do any yogic breathing or paranayama type breath holding. As you normally breathe in a relaxed state should be the same as you breathe here. There ar numerous little tricks one could come up with here to make the exercises more potent but start out as he says to. One thing one can do right away is two take the element in physical form and place it before you, meditating on that for a while, tocuhing it if possible, smelling it and just really taking it in. For air I reccomend finding some light steam to let pass through your fingers. For fire a warm room or outside on a summer day, for water go dive in the ocean or a pool and just sink down. For earth if possible go into a cave, if not a cave play in the dirt, work with clay, rocks and wood. Really get an internal sense for each element as singular as possible. Also during the seasons or in daily life try and figure out what element rules the situation or day. This will take you a long way to mastering these exercises. Also do not be afraid to use the tattvas.
Vital energy! I tell you what folks I probably spent way to much time in step 3 just because I found it so powerful and varied in energy work and development. Your not suppose to have a favorite step but this was mine at the time. I really got into vital energy in a big way. That along with the element work I was doing really kept my blood oxygenated lol! I think I remember finally having to move on when a good friend (the one who does yoga) asked if I was *still* on step 3. The other two steps took me about 2 months each and this one was going about three to four months if I remember correctly. If that does not seem long to you just consider I was doing about an hour or two a day on exercises and possibly an hour or two on study everyday except one day a week I took off (which sometimes meant I only did one hour exercises) as well as having done previous magic work and tons of meditation. The Ling Kong Jing exercises required an *average* student to *stand* in a horse riding stance with harms held up to the sides for *at least* 1 hour!!! Oh, and I almost forgot, you had to have a vacancy of thought for that hour, followed by a sitting exercise for another half hour...EVERYDAY .Sometimes, and it was considered better if you did : twice a day! And I did that crazy shit for three years! So if I went a little fast it was because I had some of these things down already. There may be exercises for you which you breeze through, thats fine, just make sure you have it down. Just rmemeber the average step is only going to take you about 3 months anyway unless you have NEVER done any magical training what-so-ever. Then you can add a month or two to that estimate, or not. So anyway.....where was I, oh right, the body and vital energy. Just remember to keep up on previous exercise of body control, thought control as well as elemental soul mirror work.
Before moving on guess what you should do? That's right moonpie (hehe sorry Laura had to steal it) re-read the Theory section!
Till monday !
(part 5) Step 4 of IIH
Ok, step 4 is another awesome step which really goes a long way in expanding the students views on the universe as well as themselves.
Bardon reminds the student not to rush as well as to make sure *every* exercise which has gone before this one has been completed. By now one should have a praxis of most of the theory section and a new understanding of self, the elements and the world around themself.
The spirit section is all about transffering the consciousness of the initiate into objects, living beings and people. Remember this is just the consciousness and not your soul. You will most likely not get astral or emotional responses of any real order with these exercises. Again I had a lot of fun with these practices. I learned much about what consitutes consciousness and where consciousness resides in all things.
At first and for that matter some time, one is only *observing* the thoughts of the subject. They are not influencing them! Can you see why step 1 thought control is so vital in this step? Especially the vacany of mind, it allows you to silence your thoughts and simply observe the inner workings of other minds. Make a list of ascending order of things and people you wish to explore mentally. Don't go for people already passed on, at least for now, wait till you master the akasha to do that. This step also prepares one for the akasha in the next step. I leave it to the dilegent studnet to realize how through practice as some things just cannot be conveyed in words.
Bardon leaves off with a warning about evil practices with this exercise. It is possible to steal the mind of another individual and even steal the body of another if one masters this practice. However, if one wants success here one should enter this practice with a sense of higher love and learning, without which would cause many problems and blocks to the practice. Once mastered though one's experiements can broaden. There is a story of yogi's using a similar method to trnafer their minds when near death to another body, animal or human (eventually human though). Aparently the mystery to this practice is sealed in the sacred sound "HUM". I will leave it at that.
Here we begin to accumulate the elements into th ebody and then condense or compress that element into a specific body part. This is a powerful practice that should be done with care and attention to your astral equlibrium. It also will bring your body into a new level of vitality and health.
The secret to doing this exercise is to place ones focus or consciousness into that body area and *allow* the energy to go there. The energy will follow your intent. Simply focus your intent in that body part and it will flow there! No need to strain or force the energy, it will just flow like water.
Bardon then describes a meditation which will really improve your astral senses, abilities and health. In essence one places the element within their appropriate body section. I find doing this while meditating on how that area is related in physiology as well as symboliclly is a very good starting meditation. This meditation should be done at first (in my opinion) every other day, then once a week. You will notcie many positive things from this practice! I cannot praise it enough.
Bardon speaks on deepening the exercises spoken of before and one should do so. He then goes on to creating rituals for the elements. In other words when you enact the ritual the element projects as needed. One could use mudras, ones own creation or the method Bardon describes. I find that a silent intonation is good for mental projection, a whisper for astral and physical element projection should be signalled by a speaking voice. This will come in handy later as one does evocation where when calling the spirit to one of the three spheres one will mentally call, then astrally-whisper, and physically call-summon to the physical plane. This will provide that mental program now which will develop into a powerful rite later.
Bardon goes on to describe the various rites cults (not the bad cults necessarilly, magical lodges in other words) use in order to manipulate the elements. In other words all these books published today which give the rituals used in their lodges are the same thing one can use to project the elements. That is why I suggest mudras because they have been around for thousands of years and are geared to such thoughts as magical uses or elemental dispositions.
Now a secret method for creating your own rituals! First draw a tremendous amount of vital energy within ones body. Then accumulate it within the hand gesture (which should symbolically represent the element to *you*!!!) Now simply auto-suggest that when one perform the given exercise the stated result will occur. Next, draw the element into your astral form. Condense the element into the ritual gesture. Now imagine a minature archangel, lemental ruler or god of that element in the gesture. See them in the same pose and performing the same ritual gesture as you are with the desired outcome. Now whisper the formula you have chosen (if you so choose to use that method) and imagine they do the same with the desired effect occuring. Ask them to aid you in this ritual and to empower the rite. Now send the element away with the spirit. Practice, practice, practice!!!! It could take over four-hundred meditations to effect the physical plane automatically with the ritual. In other words one must charge the energetic battery of the ritual before it becomes effective.
Another secret method!!!!- This is the one I give in my book, one I discovered long after I did this exercise and worked the rituals here. Stay quite some time filled with the element you wish to master with a ritual. Try to fix in your mind every detail of how this energy is experienced. Now banish the element. Try simply by re-creating the experience you had while you were filled with the element. Repeat. I find this is a much more quick and easier method to work with and still follows the basic schemata of what Bardon intended. Eventually and quickly one just imagines the element into the body and wa-la done!!! This exercise can even grow stronger over time, when one begin evocation/invocation. Meging with a spirit or god will create an even more potent energetic signature to work with and re-create through ones imaginings!
I know, I know, I am too good to you ;-) lol.
See you tommorow!
(part6) Step 5 of IIH
In this step we learn how to move our minds or spirits into the center point of any object. This brings about a powerful trance state as well as affording us a means to load an object with whatever energy substance or intent we desire. This is accomplished due to the idea that the center point is the origin or the central matrix from which the physical object is created around. It is the program nexus or central control for the entire object or being. If this practice is mastered one could "re-write" the very nature of the object (this would be done once one masters step 10 and merges with divinity). The dis-placement of your mind to the central point brings on a powerful trance. It centers the mind within the body which allows a deeper meditation to unfold. I have also found that if one simply focuses on the center point while drawing elements or energies into the body one finds the concentration of that energy is stronger and it is easier to fill the body with that energy.
This section deals with further mastering the elements. Now we learn how to form them and control their shape when condensed. This is a very valuable exercise for further works in Bardon and in magic. Later when we condense the elements into fluid condensers or magical items one will need all the training from this section behind them and mastered. Also for creating elementries (something that if you read my blod a while back I had a tough time doing) this section is invaluable. One seperates condensing elements into shapes and creating elementries? What I have discovered from my own mistakes is that intent is always key, and not overdoing intent. In this step we just play with the elements as a child plays with clay. Later we inject intent into that energy to give it a drive or motivational force akin to Freud's Id (without all the different desires, just the one you give, and if allowed to exist to long self preservation) If one fills or thinks of to many intents then those intents compete with each other and cause the elementry to fail.
This step is also fun because you finally get a chance to prove these energies are not all in your head. I love the exercise where you transform the water's taste through the elements. Be careful though I found out that filling water with an element too much can cause the drinker to experience strong sense hallucinations. I once filled a glass of water with way to much fire energy and the drinker later on thought she saw someone walking in her house. The excess fire energy stimulated her psychic vision (fire=light=vision) which temporarily caused her to see things. Just a warning (great, now everyone will be drinking water to hallucinate lol)
Another fun section! Here we begin to use vital energy and the air element to move our fingers and hands. I have seen a few people (ok, myself included) trying to move other peoples fingers and hands with this exercise. Good luck, it is difficult. First off if you do this to yourself you accept what is going on. Another may be afraid, apprehensive or just try to counter your efforts in a test of wills-- and more often than not they will succeed. Just worry about moving your own fingers and hand for now, play elemental games later when you have plenty of experience and free time. This practice leads you to automatic writing and drawing as well as working with your guru or if you like HGA. This is where I finally started chatting with my HGA and learned many things. Be warned if you focus to much or crave a certain answer (even subconsciously) than this exercise will fail.
The main reason for this exercise beyond your first glimpses of other worldly beings is very important for evocation. Here we learn *once again* the value of VOM and observing your thoughts. By not focusing on a certain thought or desire and allowing other impressions to come in from else where you learn a most valuable skill in learning how to *hear* spirits. Without this preliminary step one would interject and contaminate the messages with ones own thoughts.
A good way to see if you are up to par for this exercise is to go speak with many different types of people. Just listen!!!!! Do not interupt them or wander off in your thoughts. For every occasion you do wander off or interject your opinion realize that if that was an evocation you would have just contaminated your message. Seriously, go try it.
Eventually, at the end of this step if one really goes to town and does what is required and then some you will be able to eventually set up a mental dialoge with you HGA or guru on a normal basis. You will learn their *way* of speaking and be able to use that in your daily life to answer questions or succeed in other ways. Also the more you work with your "guide" the more potent they become in your sphere of operation. After a few weeks my wife one time commented after an automatic writing session that I must have burned incense because it smelled so nice in the room. I had not burned insence it was my HGA.
Before moving on I would stress that you should have your elements in check and balanced. There should be no major conflicts within your elemental attributes or imbalances. If that is the case you should double time your work and get them under control. If not master of your elements than the next step will be very difficult if not impossible. You do not need to be perfect yet (lol) but balance is a must.
until tommorow gentle readers.
(part 7) Step 6 of IIH
We are now on step 6 of Initiation into Hermetics. Bardon introduces this step with a plea to be sure that before you start this step you should have of course mastered all previous steps. That is not to say that you should be able to turn water to wine, throw fire balls or other such amazing feats. A simple review of what he requires shows you that at no time does he expect that level of "mastery".
We begin this step with a deep meditation and pondering of the will, intellect, feeling and consciousness; their elemental residence and the fact that these belong to the spirit. One is required to understand in what ways these qualities are within the spirit, and they are then reflected or surrounded by their astral and physical counterparts.
We then practice the very intresting exercise of being conscious that the spirit lives within the soul or astral body and that both of these reside within the physical body. This can be a little tougher. In fact I think bardon is forcing the bodies into this mold instead of the initiate realizing that it is this way. Let me explain. I can easily feel my mind and spirit *within* and *around* the body. It is mu *opinion* that Bardon is doing the reverse, forcing the finer bodies within the course body. I am not saying to ignore what Bardon says here, I thought I should bring my experience to the table and let you experiment and decide for yourself. At the very least practice his method for a time and see what is gained or benifits you recieve from the practice. Later on in higher steps it does become quite useful especially in projecting the mental and physical bodies out. It also increases the over all dynamics of the magician because the magus has trained themself in being effective on all three planes at the same time. There is much more to this practice and the student would be well to delve deeply into study, meditation and practice in this step until it is mastered and comfortable.
This is a powerful practice here as well. If one has mastered the elements as one should up to this point then be prepared for some dramatic transformations in your life. If you have lagged behind in practice be prepared for trouble. This practice draws etheric energy(akasha) into the initiates soul. This along with the idea that one is master of the elements will create within you the ability to manipulate the elements as a child plays with toys. Both me and another practitioner marvled at how easy elemental exercises are when this step is completed. one can literally enter the akasha and simply command an element be loaded in a certain place, in a certain strength and whatever other desires one has for that element. It is master control of the elements. In fact entering the akasha and focusing on any cause or idea given enough willpower and faith will cause the event to happen. It may take longer than some other forms of magic such as evocation, but their is less collateral strangeness (sometimes evocation can cause strange experiences as reality shifts to conform to your will by way of the spirit) and it happens it a much more long lasting way.
The akasha has its dangers though! Be warned daydreaming or drifiting off into sleep is not recommended in the akasha. I don't know how familiar most of you are with my famous duck story, regardless here it is. One day I had a long day and was tired. I had to practice my exercises and I was working with the akasha. For some reason I drifited off in thought. For whatever reason I began to think about a duck. Well I began to transform into a duck, first mentally and I had begun to transform astrally. Luckily the astral is difficult to change and holds our very personality. Something deep down in my self-dom cried out to "wake up" and I did. Re-affirming my humanity and my personality. I still wonder to this day if I would have actually turned into a duck( Imagine my wifes suprise as she opened the door and saw a yellow duck on the bed, and no husband!)
Here you have graduated the body to no longer need further training. Bardon gives experiments which may be undertaken to master furhter magics later on. Namely elementry creation and what goes into accidentally created elementries, such as phantoms and schemata as well as larvae. Some light reading on Alexandra David-Neel would give you about the same info and a nice story to go along with it. I recommend trying a few of these experiements but remember they are not required. One can simply spend more time developing themselves further in previous exericses.
At this point the magician will most certainly look at the world in such a way he will feel a stranger in a strange land. You will understand inner motivations of yourself to such a degree that looking at others allows you a window into their soul, a window to see their greatness and desparity. You even at this point wield the power to manipulate their very soul and decisions. You will see the world in grander, broader terms. No longer black and white but a million shades and ecstatic colors. Worst of all you may feel supremely lonely. Few on earth understand where you are at now, even your brothers in magic may not glimpse some of the sublime qualities you are just now begining to see. Even if you broke silence and told them it only widens the gap between you and humanity. I think around this time most of us will go through a dark night of the soul, if not here, then a good chance of having it at step 8. That is why having your soul mirror in order is so vital! If you enter here with more darkness than light and little control over yourself you may be lucky and go through a deep depression. Not so lucky some minor insanity. Not so lucky, well you could turn into a duck.
My advice is re-affirm your humanity every chance you get. Have fun, enjoy life and those around you in it. If not ask yourself why do this work anyway?
(part 8) Step 7 of IIH
This section delves once again into the spirit working within the other bodies. Now we begin developing the spirit through previous exercises to strengthen certain attributes within ourselves. Now we are getting to the "perfection" zone. What is perfection for a human being? It is getting rid of all the bullshit in your life which bogs you down. Whatever denies you the ability to be in the here and now, what so ever clouds our vision of reality, prevents us from being who we truly are. Humanistic psychology would best define the terms of human perfection. Once we have banished all that keeps us from becoming who we really are or self actualizing than we are on the path of perfection. Your not trying to be holier than thou or a friggin saint. You are on the path of becoming ***YOU***. Take a while and ponder what that means (which should have been done in the soul mirror section). Anyway in this step we focus on raising our elemental attributes in our spirit to a balanced self actualized whole. Your feelings should be equal to your willpower, your intellect should be on par with your feelings, and your willpower should be balanced with your intellect. Now the exercises you should do to raise or balance off these qualities are the ones you have done in previous steps. These practices let us say for intellect would be meditating on sound for a period of time. This in itself does not grant you a astounding intellect. It develops your ability ***to learn*** and think. It is not like one day while practicing astral/spiritual listening a PHd is confered upon you. So, just keep that in mind.
In this section Bardon gives you several practices which develop your astral senses to a awesome degree. For each sense he gives you a formula which you can produce and use as a catalyist for further development. These formulas do not in themselves grant you astounding astral senses, they just help. One should have already come along way in their work with the senses. Now Bardon is a little tricky here when it comes to the actual practice. He tells you how to make the formula, where to put it and then a meditation to proceed with. The meditation will usually deal with an element or aspect of the element and then simply you focusing on how your astral sense is developing. While this is all well and good, it really is a piss poor way of testing your development. I discovered after a few sessions of doing as Bardon says one should jump right back into the sense exercises one did in previous steps. I had tremendous jumps in skill once I started doing that. This is when you may even "wow" yourself with how vivid you can create these astral scenes. It is truly amazing at times.
Oh, one of the ingredients is chamomile and another is eyebright for clairvoyance. I found eyebright at GNC for improved vision and chamomile at walmart in the tea section. Just a heads up.
One other practice I did on my own on this step was to at bed time draw in a decent amount of an element and condense it into the area you wish to develop. It should be a strong radiating presence. Now go to sleep. Not only will you have powerful dreams using that sense but it develops that sense a great deal. Just be sure to banish the element and at first do this once a week for each until you are sure you can handle the accumulation.
Here Bardon goes into the creation of the elementals and tulpas he spoke of in the previous step. He gives many methods of development and creation of each as well as their eventual destruction.
If you have some free time one thing extra you can practice is transfering your consciousness through the akasha into people you believe have elemental makeups you would like to develop. Let us say for willpower you pick a karate master who can brake concrete. Just enter their consciousness and examine their elemental make up, especially fire. Really pay attention to how their fire element feels and what thoughts arise from them. Stay in their element for a while until you think you have a good grasp of their firey nature. Now return to your mind and see if you can re-produce that aspect within yourself through your imagination. Keep at it and see what develops.
(part 9) step 8 of IIH
On to step 8. This is a very involved step and in this step begins the possibility of bridging out to Bardon's other two works "The Practice of Magical Evocation" as well as "The Key to the True Kabbalah". One will not finish "The Key.." until one completes IIH in step 10. So, in reality one could spend quite a while on this step.
In this step we learn mental projection, or mental wandering. Bardon tells us that we should begin by studying ourselves in a mirror and memorize our image. This is a good way to start off. By mentally seeing your image outside your self it brings you one step closer to projection. Now simply transfer your consciousness into that image. If you are up on all your exercises this should not be difficult at all. One then observes their surroundings. You will most likely notice that your surroundings are different. This because it is a mental journey. A magician named Ophiel wrote a book in which he gives steps to astral projection, in it he tells you to memorize your surroundings, or memorize a path to an item which you have studied and "imagine" that journey from the comfort of your bed. Repeating this over and over will eventually cause you to project. So, for example sit in your bed. Now rise up and taking your time examine the room. Now walk over to an item. Pick it up, play with it, feel it, see if it makes noise, so on and so forth, really study it. Now go back and lay down. Imagine that you rise, seeing all that you saw and imagine repeating everything you just did. Eventually you will begin to notice the imagery becomes more and more vivid. One day you will just pop out. Continued work will bring even more vivid experiences. Just keep at it, when you succeed it is quite exciting!
Bardon goes on describing what is required next, which is of course extending the time you are out as well as traveling through time and space in your mental body. Remember, you are in the spirit section! Your are not astrally projecting just yet.
Bardon prefaces this step with a petition to the student to be sure they are of course prepared for this step, and that they will know this readiness by the fruit of living in the *now*. Dreaming about the past or future will waste your energy and create causes within the akasha that you may not like. At this point in your development, dwelling on things which cannot be helped is quite dangerous. In truth a magician at this level if depressed can create powerful forces of negativity to be unleased about him/her. So it is important to live in the now. If you remember what I said in my last blog this step can be dangerous for those who have not completely worked out their soul mirror. At this stage the inititate should be and know their true selves and have banished all traits which are not of that nature or cause negativity within themselves.
Moving on, Bardon describes working with the two fluids, the electric and magnetic. These two potent forces blend together to make the elements and all of creation. They are in truth two divine forces! Bardon gives two methods each for working with these energies and they should be practiced with great care and attention. Follow his directions carefully and do not rush!!!! These powers can be almost addictive in their use. They have a energy which can only be described through poetry. The electric fluid is as powerful as a burning sun and all that power is within your body. The magnetic fluid is as deep and influential as the sea or a thousand lovers and you to will control that force. Be safe!
Once mastered these two forces can heal, create powerful magical charges, destroy, manipulate, in truth they can do anything and only the gods can deny them, if they can!
In this step we learn the uses of magical mirrors and other tools we can use to explore the magical universe and help us in our magics. This section is another reason why this step can take a year or more! Of course one does not have to do all these things, they are experiements that will aid in the students learning and experience. Truly it is up to the student to progress here as they will and decide what they wish to do. I am still on this step like I told you before, but have worked on several other exercises in the next two steps. I was deeply intrested in evocation and working with spirits. At this time I am almost done with my experiments and will msot likely begin the Bardon exercises where I left off.
You will see a certain bridging of step 9 into step 10. That is no mistake, one needs only look at the basic idea of the practice compared to the tree of life. It is like going from Hochma to Kether. One is nearing god-hood. Now in my time playing in step 8 and dabbling in a great deal of practices of step 9 and 10 I took a long time in deciding what things I will do in step 10 once I got there. I would also recommend that you take a considerable amount of time reading over the next two steps and see where they go, how they connect and what you plan to do in them. They are not as laid out as the previous steps and should be considered a great deal.
So, the next two blogs about step 9 and 10 will be from the standpoint of what I have learned while doing some of the exercises as well as my plan for attack if you will, on step 10.
(part 10) Step 9 of IIH
Step 9's introduction discusses the weaknesses of other systems development of astral senses, namely clairvoyance. Bardon states that since most practices develop the senses by force (staring at a mirror, black ink, coffee, etc...) they create an imbalance in the elements leading to disease of the eyes, nervous disorders and the like. One should think on this. By forcing an astral sense and not letting it develop naturally there are in a sense stunting the true development of their abilities. An example of this would be teaching a child to be potty trained to young or to old. It creates a fixation which may lead to character flaws later in life and minor traumas. One should allow ones self time and be patient with your development. Never force what is not ready!
Bardon goes into the step by step processes of using the magic mirror in a variety of situations. If you can delve in depth which each practice. In this lies the secrets of the universe and allows you to glimpse where you will. At this time I am profiecent at reading the nearby astral plane and the spirit(s) that reside there. I can do this with great vividness, with or without a mirror. I have had my visions tesdted with another magician in the room and we both were able to see the same things in detail with no distortion. Now, viewing else where, I need some work there. That will be my next endeavor I plan on conquering. Bardon also mentions loading magic mirrors with elements, fluids and vital energy. This is a great practice which I have experiemented with frequently for a couple years now. One simply loads the mirror (from oneself if it is only to affect yourself, from the outside to affect others) with the desired trait and intent. The mirror then "reflects" that energy outward. This is wonderful to use in your home for health, peace or other things you may desire.
Here Bardon relates his way to astrally project. As I said in the previous blog mental projection will enventually develop into astral projection. One should experiemnt as they will to see if they prefer this method or to simply continue their previous practice. One thing Bardon mentions is of course the astral cord. I have never seen such a thing, however there are what Huna practitioners call "aka cords" to everything one touches in some form or the other. This I have seen. Whether or not this is what Bardon relates to as well as other writers is up to you.
Another very intresting thing Bardon brings up is how your physical body and astral body have a semi-elastic energy bond. Over time and perseverance one can stretch the astral cord further with each attempt, loosening the tight grip between your soul and body. Without which you would not get very far. I have experienced this to a decent degree. It is as if there really is a froce binding the body to soul and over time it does stretch. As always check your results before subscribing.
The next part of the astral section calls for you to develop and incorporate the 4 divine attributes within yourself. This is done, of course, as with all these exercises with the elements. As he says deep and penetrating meditation is called for with these qualities. I have come up with two methods of attack here. 1. If you so choose, working with the four archangels of the quarters to a great extent with develop these divine qualities within your mind. I recommend calling them and simply asking them to meditate with you on the quality you seek. This is a tract told to me by Sandalphon when I evoked her and asked her this.
2. If archangels are not your cup of tea, one could simply create four elemental tulpas that appear as elementals and exhibit the qualities you desire. Frequent and deep meditation should be used unti lthey exist in a very real way in the astral. This should take you into step 10 where you could then merge the tulpas together into one for your personal god.
3.Something you come up with.
4.Load your self with the element or the fluids. Meditate on those qualities and that they are transfering those to your astral being.
5. Something you come up with.
Here Bardon goes into how one can load the bodies of the sick with the fluids to heal them. He also goes into the practice of volting. a volt is a combination of the two fluids which when placed into the akasha releases a powerful causation. Truly, at this point once mastered only Divine Providence can dney the magician. I think else where Bardon mentions how Adam and Eve where banished from Eden for the mysteries related to volting and abusing this practice. Now Bardon was a x-tian and he was a magician. Whether he believed the story in the Bible or was making refrence to a symbolic sexual refrence I cannot say. Sex magic and volting can be seen as tied into one another, obviously. Either way it should tell you the high nature of that magic.
You may have noticed that as we have gone from about step 6 that the details get more vauge. This is because at this point the magician is capable of working this stuff out in their own manner and discretion. These blogs are more for consideration of the lower steps and seeing how they tie in and what is important. I wanted to show how earlier steps will be built upon and developed as you progress in a clear manner. Your experiences from step 5 & 6 and of course beyond will be much different than mine. If not then you should take a look at your practice.
One more to go! I will try to either get it out later tonight or some time tommorow.
(part 11) Step 10 of IIH
Bardon once again admonishes us to make sure every bit of our previous training is mastered. If not, he says we should catch up now and be ready to move on. As great as an acomplishment it is to finish this work one should be humble and realize that this is just the first tarot card, The Magician, and that to be a true master we would have to complete the other 20 initiations. That's right IIH is the starting point. Bardon only wrote two other works and wrote a few pages of a third. The rest is supposedly beyond the grasps of humanity. If one considers how many *have* completed this work in it's entirety than that statement does not seem to far fetched. Who knows in another couple hundred years mankind may look at the requirements of IIH and see them as elementry.
Here, Bardon gives a wonderfully written and thought provoking section on traveling to the elemental kingdoms. He tells us that we must first skry and view the inhabitants of each sphere before traveling there. Once we have grasped their shape and form we then project our spirits out of our bodies, transform our spirit into the shape and appearance of the elemental and then travel to their kingdom. From there we acquiesce to our surroundings and the energies present. We do not immediately engage the spirits or the surroundings we come upon. This is good advice. When projecting to different astral zones one should allow oneself to adjust to the setting and become comfortable there. Once we are truly ready we will be recognized by the spirits there. Again one should wait for the spirits to acknowledge your presence and speak to you first. This will prove your maturity to them and let them realize your ability and peacable nature. If you do not act according to the elemental worlds guidelines you get booted out, because you do not fit. Just as a fish is not accepted on land (but to be eaten). Just think how you would feel if a spirit showed up in your house and rushed you with questions, if you were master of your domain you would most likely banish it outright. If instead a peaceful being showed up and awaited your approval you would be far more hospitable.
Bardon also speaks on the character of each elemental spirit and it's manner. He also says that the initiate will come to realize that while each elemental is bound to it's element man is a combination of elements along with spirit. In this they will recognize you as a higher being, but also desire that power. You see man has the power within him to make elementals turly immortal. Our spirits are immortal because of ther composite nature, elementals on the other hand being singular live dramaticlly long live but eventually melt back into their element. We as humans hold the key to granting them immortality. One should meditate on this idea and come to their own realizations.
Bardon ends this section with how one should rise up and meet their guru or guardian angel. and speaks on how the mental development of the inititate is now in the guru's hands as well as noting that further spheres should be explored.
Here Bardon finishes what he spoke on in the previous section on meditating on the four divine attributes. In the previous section he mentions how one should be almost at the point of realization with them and that when this occurs one can move on to this step. He also mentions establishing the personal god.
The personal god is not actually god-head or true divinity. In essence it is the medium one uses to ascend to divinity. True god-head will be found in the ecstatic silence of the akasha and in the light. This exercise is to transform (or finish the transformation) of making the initiate into an avatar or god-man.
Hence, the personal god can be anything symboliclly. A light, a flame, a guru, a symbol, whatever lets you connect the image to god-hood. This is a seemingly easy statement, but for one who has not probed their inner nature or beliefs it will be a great hard-ship. For many x-tian trained minds an old guy in a robe will be the image, but what if you are no longer x-tian? The image is still there, should you use it? That is up to you. There is much to consider in these few simple sentences. I can tell you it does not matter what image you use as the day is long and that it only matters the belief and intent you place in the work that matters. Something inside may not buy it, that is when you need to do some soul searching. What will your personal god look like?
The rest is easy. I guess. One simply brings the four attributes of divinity together into one form and meditates on that. This is done until the image of the divinity can be seen bright and clear before you (hallucination wise, yes). Once that is accomplished one simply imagines that the divine form moves into your body and takes over your soul. You now are filled with the divine attributes and powers. Case closed...or is it?
At the very end of the soul section Bardon mentions communicating with other gods, divinities or higher intelligences. He says that once one can do that he can be effective as god in *every sphere* and not just simply a magician. Thats right, the work continues upward and onward. Rising through the spheres you advance in each domain up to working with the divinities there, from that point you merge with them and become a god in that sphere, and of course more of a potent divine force on earth. See many people have the conception that a god is all powerful and all knowing. Not so! This is a christelmew idea mainly. Gods in nearly every culture were masters over certain domains, with one main god. distant and unintrested above all. What Bardon is getting at is this, you expand your powers and domains by merging with various gods.
Here Bardon speaks on various powers and abilities one can attain through merging, and mastering of the elements.
More importantly Bardon comes to a unique and powerful conclusion that the imagination is the force called Kundalini! This is something one should really think about. If one knows anything about the hindu myths of kundalini then they will come to value the power of the imagination. I would recommend reading that final little piece of information in IIH several times, letting it sink it.
Well that is it kido's! I had a few little fun things planned but I decided to save them for a rainy day ;-)
Hope you enjoyed my little annotation series. I know I had fun going over my old notes and thinking about the achievements and foilbles that I made going through it. There are many things I left for the inititate to discover while working and by no means was this exhaustive. While I do not think I can ever recommend IIH to any one as it is a massive work and difficult I must say the benifits are quite worth it in the end.
Good magics to you all, thanks for reading!