The spiritual/occult teachers write & preach the important ideas and exercises and the modern world rejects them, claiming that there is no scientific evidence to support these exercises.
But many years later, after many studies and observations, academics and scientists are able to prove the benefits and use of an exercise and they inform the masses of these exercises at conferences, psychology appointments and so on.
For instance: Meditation.
In the past, the Western world would look at Buddhists and other practitioners of meditation and would laugh and say that they are wasting their time sitting in one area for an extended amount of time.
But now, the Western world is at the feet of the occult teachers trying to soak up every wisdom from them.
Some of the exercises mentioned here have been ‘validated by science’, but some of them are yet to be.
There is no need to wait for ‘proof’, science lags behind the works of the occult wisdom.
By the time you are of old age, then they will find scientific evidence of some of the occult exercises.
With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s get into the 5 Powerful Occult Exercises.
In the book ‘Mental Fascination‘, the author William Walker mentions;
“Visualization, is simply the creation of a strong Mental Image of the thing desired, and perfecting it each until it becomes almost clear as an existing material thing. Then the Visualization tends to Materialize itself–that is, it begins to build around itself (the) actual material conditions corresponding with the mental framework.”
Visualisation can assist you in manifesting your desires, if you apply it properly and regularly.
Visualisation is very popular not only among students of the occult, but also widely used by people who are high achievers such as sportspeople and talented people.
“Creative visualization is a good example of how to use your imagination to help you create whatever you want to happen in your life. The technique has been around for a long time, has been well-researched, and its usefulness has been demonstrated” (Brenner, 2016).
“There are three requirements for creative visualization to be fully effective:
1.) the desire to create what you have decided to visualize
2.) the belief in what you have chosen to attain through your visualization and the certainty that you will attain it, and
3.) the acceptance of having whatever you have visualized as your goal” (Brenner, 2016).
William Walker Atkinson, the influencing force of the New Age Movement mentions the process of visualization in his book ‘Mental Fascination’ :
“Bring the Positive Imagination to see and feel the thing as actually existent. Then by constant practice and meditation the Mental Atmosphere becomes foremed, and the rest is all a matter of time. See yourself as you wish to be. See others as you wish them to be.”
There are many different many variations to the procedure of visualisation, the above ones are sufficient for the beginner, but we also advise our readers to pursue the works of Joseph Murphy, William Walker Atkinson and other occult authors to get the best description of visualization and its exercises.
How many people have been ruined by their thoughts ?
And how many people have become successful because of their thoughts ?
The level of thought control is the difference between a successful person and a miserable person.
“Through concentration a person is able to collect and hold his mental and physical energies at work.
A concentrated mind pays attention to thoughts, words, acts and plans.
He wastes his energies. If you work, think, talk and act aimlessly, and allow your brain to wander from your subject to foreign fields, you will not be able to concentrate.
The person who allows his mind to roam at will will never accomplish a great deal in the world.
You concentrate at the moment when you say, ‘I want to, I can, I will’” (Atkinson, 1908)
Thought Control is self explanatory.
Ignore thoughts of things you wish to stay away from (failure, poverty, illness) and concentrate on thoughts on things you wish to manifest (success, freedom, happiness).
In ‘Initiation into Hermetics’, we find Franz Bardon’s explanation of daily exercise helpful to the beginner:
“Take a seat in a comfortable chair or lie down on a settee. Relax the whole body, close your eyes and observe the train of your thoughts for five minutes, trying to retain it.
The main point is not to forget yourself, not to lose the train of thoughts, but to pursue it attentively”
The author advises the reader to start with this exercise and to add time to the exercise as the student becomes more confident.
“Having obtained a certain skill in this exercise, you may turn to the following one
The purpose will now be to hold onto a single thought or idea for a longer while, and to suppress any other thoughts associating and intruding with force on the mind.
Vigorously refuse all the other thoughts that have nothing to do with the thoughts being exercised.”
To conclude, we can apply thought control in two main ways:
- Focusing on one thought and refusing all other thoughts.
- Focusing on a train of thought without forgetting the thoughts.
And most importantly we must concentrate and focus on positive thoughts so as to attract positive circumstances in our lives.
And we must refrain from thinking deeply about anything negative, as we will attract negative circumstances if we do so.
This exercise uses psychological techniques to manifest desires.
Don’t be confused by the term ‘magick’.
‘Magick’ refers to the use of energy, natural forces and willpower in order to bring about change
Aleister Crowley, founder of Thelema (ideaology), differentiates between performance magic (card magic, mental tricks, sleight of hand) and magic that is used to bring about change in the world with the addition of a ‘k’ to the end of the word.
Sigil Magick is simply the use of symbols, the subconscious mind and your will in order to make changes to your reality.
In a sentence, the procedure consists of creating a unique symbol sourced from a statement of intention (‘I am wealthy’), then sending that symbol into the chaosphere or to your unconscious mind, then the sigil is considered to be charged and working to manifest your desire.
- First you must create the sigil.
In ‘Liber Null & Psychonaut: An introduction into chaos magic.’ by Peter J. Carroll, which is a primer on Chaos Magick, the process of creating a sigil is explained.
The author mentions three methods, but we will only refer to the first and most popular method:
The Word Method.
This consists of writing your statement of intention, then eliminating any repeating letters and lasting forming a symbol from the remaining letters.
The sigil does not need to be a work of art, however the more visually pleasing it is to look at, the easier the symbol can be ingrained into the subconscious which means better results with your sigil magick.
The last and most important step is releasing the sigil from your conscious mind to the subconscious mind or to the chaosphere.
There are many methods to do this, but those methods are either excitatory or inhibitory in nature.
The most common ways of activating a sigil is through sexual orgasm, burning the sigil and concentrating on it.
Before we finish the procedure for sigils we must need to mention one important factor that may affect the effectiveness of sigil magick.
You should never wait and keep remembering the sigil after you have released it.
You must release the sigil and completely forget about it.
Breath Work is a powerful technique used in order to alter emotions, alter mental states, bring amazing benefits to the body and the mind and other remarkable benefits.
Each breathing rhythm has its corresponding emotion or mental state.
A journal entry entitled, “Breathing rhythms and emotions” by I. Homma & Y. Masaoka explains this phenomena in detail:
“All subjects were tested for anxiety levels by using Spielberger’s State‐Trait anxiety Inventory. A positive correlation between trait scores and increase in respiratory frequency (f) was observed.”
Breath work is an essential tool in any neophyte of the arcane arts tool belt.
If you wish to learn the Science of Breath Work I will have to refer you to a Yogi and their corresponding works.
We will use extracts from William Walker Atkinson book, “The Hindu-Yogi Science Of Breath (A Complete Manual of the Oriental Breathing Philosophy of Physical, Mental, Psychic and Spiritual Development)” to explain the different methods of breathwork.
“One of the first lessons in the Yogi Science of Breath, Is to learn how to breathe through the nostrils, and to overcome the common practice of mouth-breathing.”
‘Civilised’ man with all his innovations and medication is still at a loss. He breathes from the mouth instead of the nose.
“Many of the diseases to which civilized man is subject are undoubtedly caused by this common habit of mouth-breathing.”
The journal entry, ‘Effects of Nasal or Oral Breathing on Anaerobic Power Output and Metabolic Responses’ attempts to prove the hypothesis that “nasal breathing would be more advantageous than oral breathing.”
“Nasal breathing filters large particles from the surrounding environment and may help to deliver air with fewer contaminants to the respiratory system. Additionally, nasal breathing increases the humidity of the inspired air and may make it more pleasurable to the lungs for utilization. Finally, because of its effect as a potent vasodilator, NO (Nitric Oxide) produced during nasal breathing could be beneficial during exercise.”
Get into the habit of breathing from the nose.
In my daily life, I breathe deeply from my nose every time I remember to. Additionally, to accustom myself to nose breathing, I try to keep my mouth shut and I naturally begin to breathe with my nose.
We will elucidate on different forms of breathwork techniques in a future article, however if you wish to learn more, we advise you to read William Walker Atkinsions take on the different Yoga breaths techniques.
Some of the different techniques he mentions are the:
- YOGI COMPLETE BREATH
- YOGI RHYTHMIC BREATHING
- YOGI PHYSIC BREATHING
- YOGI SPIRITUAL BREATHING
Meditation is the one of the most important technique in the realm of The Arcane Arts.
We will not explain much into meditation as we know most of our readers are acquainted with the benefits and the methods.
We will reference some great works into the science of mediation and add some additional remarks.
In all occult ideologies such as Thelema, Rosicrucianism, Hermeticism, Chaos Magick, etc, meditation is praised as the most essential.
In ‘Condensed Chaos’ by Phil Hine, the author mentions:
“The value of simple meditation practices, such as are found in Zen practice should not be discounted, as they can be a great help in developing body mind awareness, relaxation, and awareness of the immediate present.”
In Part 1 of Book IV by Aleister Crowely & Mary d’Este Sturges it is mentioned:
“The ultimate idea of meditation being to still the mind, it may be considered a useful preliminary to still consciousness of all the functions of the body”
That’s all meditation really is.
There are many different exercises for many different reasons, however we call our readers attention to most basic form.
- Get in a comfortable position. (Not too comfortable, you don’t want to sleep)
- Focus on one thing.
That could be focusing on one place on your body, for instance between your eyes. Or it could be focusing on a mantra/repeated statement. Or it can be focusing on the rhythm of the breath. Choose a basic thing and focus on it.
- Ignore intruding thoughts.
This is the difficult part.
The mind will yell at you, “I’m bored, let’s think about such and such”
You must reject those intrusive thoughts, but do not be mad if you have too many other thoughts.
That is simply how our minds are programmed. We are programmed to be constantly planning and thinking.
Meditation improves the individual’s will power and self-control. If you are able to meditate for five minutes a day, you will achieve extraordinary feats in your personal and work life.
We have explained one method of mediation but we advise our readers to read more into mediation as what i have mentioned is nothing compared to the universe of knowledge out there.
We want to make the point clear to our readers, that occult or magick is not working with the devils or spirits. It is simply using energy, emotions and willpower to influence changes in the world.
All of the techniques presented here are sourced from the occult but are backed by multitudes of scientific evidence.
To recap we mentioned Five Powerful Occult Techniques:
- Thought Control
- Sigil Magick
- Breath Work
These five techniques are enough for beginners to develop their personality, willpower and to manifest their wildest desires.