BOOK 4; PART 3, FRAGMENT/ TYPESCRIPT OF PP. 203-5 OF 'MAG'. 51 The technique of magick is
BOOK 4; PART 3, FRAGMENT/ TYPESCRIPT OF PP. 203-5 OF 'MAG'.
The technique of magick is just as important as that of mysticism, but here we have a very much more difficult problem, because the original unit of magick, the body of light, is already unfamiliar to the ordinary person. Nevertheless, this body must be developed and trained with exactly the same rigid discipline as the brain in the case of mysticism. The essence of the technique of magick is the development of the body of light, which must be extended to include all members of the orgasim, and indeed of the cosmos.
The important drill practices are:
1.The fortification of the body of light by the constant use of rituals, by assumption of God-forms, and by the right use of the Eucharist.
2.The purification and consecration and exaltation of that body by the use of rituals and invocation.
3.The education of that body by experience. It must learn to travel on every plane; to break down every obstacle which may confront it. This experience must be as systematic and rgular as possible; for it is no use merely to travel to the spheres of Jupiter and Venus, or even to explore the thirty Aethyrs, neglectin unattractive meridians.
The object is to possoss a body which is capable of doing easily any particular task that may lie before it. There must be no selection of special experience which appeals to one's immediate desire. One must go steadily through all the possible pylons.
Frater Perdurbo was very unfortunate in not having magical teachers to explain these things to him. He was rather encouraged in unscientific working. Very fortunate, on the other hand, was he to find a guru who instructed him in the proper principles of the technique of Yoga, and he, having sufficient sense to recognize the universal application of those principles, was able to some extent to repair his original defects. But even to this day, despite the fact that his original inclination is much stronger towards magick than towards mysticism, he is much less competent in magick. A trace of this can be seen even in his method of combining the two divisions of our science, for in that method he makes his concentration bear the cross of the work.
This is possibly an error, probably a defect, certainly an impurity of thought, and the root of it is to be found in his original bad discipline with regard to magick,
At the conclusion of this part of this book, one may sum up the matter in these words: There is no object whatever worthy of attainment but the regular development of the aspirant by steady scientific work; he should not attempt to run before he can walk; he should not wish to go somewhere until he knows for certain whither he wills to go.
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