THE NEOPHYTE MEDITATION
Required as part of the curriculum for advancement to the Zelator Grade
1. Take Refuge.
1. First read the Dharma Wrapper essay and become proficient in taking refuge and dedicating merit. All practice sessions should begin with taking refuge and end with the dedication of merit.
2. Learn, regularly practice, and master the following simple technique of the Fourfold Breath:
a. Having taken Refuge, empty the lungs and remain thus while counting to four.
b. Inhale, counting to four so that you feel filled with breath to the throat.
c. Hold this breath while counting to four.
d. Exhale, counting to four till the lungs are empty. This Fourfold Breath technique should be practiced while you are composed in a basic posture or Asana, counting slowly or quickly until you obtain a suitable rhythm. This simple technique will help to still the body and quiet the mind.
3. Having acquired skill in the Four-fold Breath, concentration is to be cultivated. Make a white letter ‘A’ on a black background. Click here to download a PDF of the diagram. Hang this just beyond arm’s reach in front of you at eye level (if you are agitated lower it a bit, if sleepy raise it a bit). Set a timer and stare at it for two minutes letting the image fill your mind and crowd out all other thoughts. When your thoughts wander just bring them back to the image. Do not chase after your thoughts. Take a break for a minute and then concentrate for another two minutes for a total of five minutes’ practice. After you are comfortable with doing this once per day, do it twice per day. Once that is comfortable, extend the practice to ten minutes total, alternating between two minutes of concentration and one minute of rest.
4. Having attained this, consider a point as defined in mathematics—having position, but no magnitude. Concentrate your attention on it and see how long you can hold it there. Take note of any thoughts or feelings that arise during this simple meditation. This process of concentrating on a subject and then seeing what arises in the mind will be used extensively in these meditations. It teaches the fundamental skill that when practiced and calibrated will reveal the natures of the signatures we contemplate. These signatures and symbols become the roadmarks on your journey back to wholeness and integration with the Cosmos.
5. Having done the concentration on the Point for some time, next add to the contents of your mind, while holding the Point, the aspiration to realize the Immanence of the Divine Wisdom throughout Nature, in all Her aspects. Take note of any thoughts or feelings that arise during this meditation.
6. Learn the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram. Vigorous practice achieves quick success. Three times daily for thirty days will be required in Zelator. This is the principal rite of purification in our system.
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2. The Qabalistic Cross And Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram
Introduction to the Ritual
There is a much employed Ritual which utilizes the symbol of the Pentagram as a general means to banish and invoke the elemental forces. This Ritual is called the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram. However, it should not simply be regarded as a mere device to invoke or banish, for it is really the Stone of the Wise and incorporates within its structure a high magical formula of Self-Initiation. It is, to all intents and purposes, a Ritual of Self-Initiation. This ritual is given to the Neophyte of the Order as a means for him/her to come into contact with the invisible forces of Nature and to learn how to direct those elementary forces.
Please note that traditionally the name of the Hebrew God ‘Yahweh’ is used in the East. As many of our members are Pagan, we have a negative relationship with Yahweh, or none at all. However, we do know his Mother/Sister/Consort Asherah and as Her name is a Tetragrammaton ‘AShRH’ (Aleph-Shin-Resh-Heh) it serves well as a replacement. We leave the student to explore the Qabalah of Her Name.
1. Touching the forehead, say Ateh (Thou art)
2. Touching the breast, say Malkuth (The Kingdom)
3. Touching the right shoulder, say ve-Geburah. (And The Power)
4. Touching the left shoulder, say ve-Gedulah. (And the Glory)
5. Place the two palms of the hands together upon the breast, and say le-Olahm, (Forever)
6. Fingers pointing up, say Amen.
7. Advance to the East, trace the Pentagram with the proper weapon (Wand to invoke, Dagger to banish). Give the Sign of the Enterer saying (i.e., vibrating) Ashera imagining that your voice carried forward to the East of the Universe. Resuming standing position, catch the reflux by giving the Sign of Silence.
8. Turning to the South, the same, but say Adonai
9. Turning to the West, the same, but say Eheieh
10. Turning to the North, the same, but say Agla
11. Return to the East, completing the Circle, extend the arms in the form of a Cross, and say:
12. Before me Raphael;
13. Behind me Gabriel;
14. On my right hand, Michael;
15. On my left hand, Auriel;
16. Before me flames the Pentagram,
17. And in the Column shines the Six-rayed Star.
18. Repeat 1 through 6, the Qabalistic Cross. For Banishing use the same Ritual but reversing the direction of the lines of the Pentagram.
The Uses of the Pentagram Ritual
Opening and Closing any Magical Work The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram can be used to open and close any magical or mystical work, such as a ceremony or meditation.
As an Exorcism The Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram can be used by the Neophyte as a protection against impure magnetism, and as a practical form of exorcism, to eliminate obsessing or disturbing thoughts. In this the Neophyte should first formulate a mental image of the obsession or disturbing thought, then s/he should project the image outside of his/her Aura with the Sign of the Enterer (Sign of Horus)—sometimes called the Sign of Projection—and when the image is approximately three feet away, the Neophyte should give the Sign of Silence (Sign of Harpocrates) to prevent the image from returning unto him or her. With the image of the obsession or disturbing thought in the East, the Neophyte should then perform the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram to disintegrate the image, seeing it in his/her mindís eye dissolving on the further side of the Circle of Flame which is formulated in the Pentagram Ritual.
Sign of the Enterer (Horus) Sign of Silence (Harpocrates)
3. When done, dedicate the merit!
http://www.osogd.org/PDFs/LetterA.pdf (pdf noted above)