Alan Chapman and Duncan Barford of The Baptist's Head and Open Enlightenment were kind enough to answer several questions I put to them.Did you formulate the Core Practice techniques immediately after attaining the Knowledge & Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel [K&C], or did it follow your successful crossing of the Abyss? ALAN: I attained the K&C using a free-form ritual technique, but I came to develop a simpler method based on Father Thomas Keating's centred prayer as I persisted in invoking the HGA through the years.The bare-bones Core Practice described in Alan's essay bears a strong resemblance to vipassana meditation, and Duncan has mentioned a long-standing interest in Buddhism. In your work, each of you pay homage to Daniel Ingram and his fantastic work. At what point did you pick up the links between wisdom traditions and decide to adopt vipassana into your regular practice? Read More
There are books aplenty on magic and its many side paths, but there are only a few of which I can truly say, ‘this is unique, this is something you must have on your shelf, this is a book you will turn to again and again.’- Dolores Ashcroft-NowickiAshcroft-Nowicki is right, this is just such a book and it’s very refreshing to see. What makes this book on Qabalistic magick so different? No lengthy tables of associations for the Spheres and Paths, no cross-pollination or paradigms, no Christianization; this book is about the Jewish Qabalah, rather than the altered form more popular in Western Magickal Traditions. Read More
The Qabbalistic hidden sephirah of Daath can be aligned with the throat area of Adam Kadmon whose spinal column is the trunk of the neural network of the multiverse world tree of knowledge around which the fire serpent winds as a bio-photon lightening strike of illumination. The serpent flashes up and down the tree constantly, being ones lightening strike of consciousness which assembles a world of a synchronicity mesh of a cooperative creative existence being ones experiential reality of fixative inertia.
One is usually unaware of this process of fixation, betwixt and between the mental piloting field of the branches that touch each and every star of far flung futures beckoning back and that of the past roots of matter calling to one through deepest memory. However one can shift the fixation of consciousness by becoming aware of Daath.
By becoming aware of ones inborn ability at Daath one can shift ones fixative awareness into assembling another synchronicity mesh of experiential phenomena by tuning into another reality. Daath is that of the reptilian brain stem at a physiological level and is the oldest part of the brain. It evolved more than five million years ago and inextricably links us all to our reptilian amphibious ancestors.
Because it resembles the entire brain of a reptile, it is often referred to as the reptilian brain. The brain stem determines the general level of alertness and warns the organism of important information. The brain stem also controls the basic handling of the bodily functions necessary for survival such as ones breathing and heart rate.
Located at the centre of the brain stem is a core of neural tissue that travels its full length known as the ‘Reticular Formation’, it contains a number of nuclei, which are part of the reticular activating system RAS. The RAS acts akin to a telephone bell, which alerts the cortex (the thinking area) about arriving information such as “visual stimulus on the way”. There are areas in the reptilian brain stem associated with ones sleeping processes known as the ‘Locus Coerulus’ being a small patch of dark cells which is thought to produce a secretion that initiates REM sleep in which we dream.
Should one be able to catch that point between waking and sleeping, where one is at the periphery of going into deep sleep, known technically as the hypnagogic state, one can gain conscious ingress into ones dreams. The technical term for ones egress out of ones dream between sleeping and waking is called the hypnapompic state. One will then have the sensation of being sucked into a void of a torsion tunnel as ones conscious awareness is introverted into that of the dreaming state via the captured hypnagogic state.
The experience of the void was known to the ancient Qabbalists as the experience of the Abyss over which Daath becomes as a bridge, being that of the pathway, which links the two sephirah of Tiphareth and Kether. The Hebrew letter associated with the pathway that links Tiphareth and Kether is ‘Gimel’ that means a ‘Camel’. The ancient Iranians associated the Camel with the Serpent Dragon, which the Qabbalists see as being the vehicle, which carries ones awareness over the desert of worlds and through the Abyss at Daath.
The Tarot card associated with the pathway of Gimel is that of Priestess of the ‘Silver Star’. The ‘Silver Star’ is associated with the star of Sirius. The image of the Priestess is depicted seated upon a throne between two pylons one ‘White’ the other ‘Black’ forming a gateway of a stargate. The two pylons are associated with the two main chains of nerves that are on either side of ones spinal column being that of the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system are the two parts of the Autonomic Nervous System. The Parasympathetic Nervous Systems nerve fibres emanate largely from the upper and lower part of the brain stem.
The two pylons on either side of the Priestess that form a gateway are called the pillars of severity and mercy. These two pillars one can be equate with dual aspects that the ancient Babylonian Goddess Ishtar whose nature was that of war and love and thereby the Priestess becomes as the ‘gate of Ishtar’. The priestess is the stargate into the Implicate Order of the dreaming mind and she is often depicted as being veiled representing the hypnagogic hymen veil.
The hypnagogic hymen veil acts as a filtering system. This filtering system, blocks off any conscious access at first by reflecting back ones confused emotive states. One will initially encounter a kind of white noise that tugs ones consciousness to either side of her veiled Yoni stargate of a captured internal wormhole due to ones emotional emphasis in relation to the pylons on either side of the Priestess.
The Priestess is also associated with the ancient Egyptian Goddess Isis whom represents the star Sirius and was artistically represented by effigies from Cyzicus, a city opposite Byzantium as a half woman and half Fish thereby indicating an amphibious nature of consciousness that she can bestow.
The star Sirius is commonly known as the Dog Star and the Dog is associated with the 13th Qabbalistic pathway of Gimel being the ‘guardian of the threshold’. The Dog is also that of the ancient Egyptian God Anubis. Anubis is the lord of mummification and embalming and especially that of the death trance. The Dog is also that of the ancient Greek three headed Dog of the underworld known as Cerberus and that of Dr John Dee’s Choronzon of the Enochian magickal system who is the intelligence of the veil of the Abyss. The Dog also represents the Mammalian brain of the Cerebellum, which resides atop of the reptilian brain stem and is the headquarters for the Autonomic Nervous System. Betwixt and between the hemispheres of the Cerebellum one will find the vestigial eye of the pineal gland, which is symbolically associated with the apple of knowledge for its elixir of serotonin determines the fine tuning of ones neural net. The pineal gland is activated by light, however the serotonin that it produces determines what ones nervous system tunes into. One of the methods employed in order to overcome this problem was to retreat into darkness such as that of a cave for example for initiation purposes so that to retune the nervous system. The other method employed besides that of hallucinogens was via engineered dreams.
At the point of capturing the unconscious automatic process via consciously accessing the hypnagogic state one will become aware that one is being carried along by a natural ongoing automatic mechanism as ones consciousness spirals through an internally caught stargate of a wormhole at Daath. Ones dreams are as storms of electrons imbued with bio-photon light and it is conjectured that at a sub-atomic level one can find mini wormholes whereby at the level of the dream ones introverted consciousness can access such mini wormholes into other realities.
The experience of consciously accessing ones dreams gives one an insight into the formula of the Tetragrammaton, which in the Hebrew is IHVH and in translation, Yod, He, Vau, He being the name of God.
When one gains conscious internal ingress via the hypnagogic veil one becomes as the fertilising seed point of the spermatozoic serpent of consciousness and that of the fiery ‘Yod’ of the energetic emotive charge. It is here that one encounters the Father whom calls out the ‘word’ into the void so that to split the Egg of the dream.
Then one is sucked into the hypnagogic Yoni portal of a wormhole at ‘He’, whereby one experiences the process of informational associative patterning. It is here that one encounters the Mother principle of the fertilized womb. The informational streams emanating from a myriad number of alternate realities existing in a myriad number of parallel universes that flow through the Yoni portal of the internal wormhole are spun into filtered associations of informational retrieval.
The spun informational streams then become as a vaginal star barrelled torsion tunnel upon ones energetic emotively charged ingress. The filtering of the informational streams emanating from a myriad number of worlds both past and future are filtered through ones internally imprinted symbolic interface of an emotively charged dialogue that one has with ones self.
The spun informational streams are then cohered and organized around ones emotive charge into an interference pattern, which is nailed down at ‘Vau’. It is here that the Son is at the midst of conditions crucified upon the cross of four directions whom squares a circle. At the greatest point of torsion one finds the informational streams are nailed down into an informational associative fractal dream domain of fixative inertia for one becomes as the ‘strange attractor’ nailed down to ones own fixation.
The ‘interference pattern’ of the fractal dream domain that one finds ones self within is that of the Implicate Order of the ‘mental’ dreaming reality. The symbolic information that one encounters within the dream is the distillation of encrypted symbol knots of information being the sum total of many associative minds.
One will find that the symbolic interface of the dream is somewhat akin to a mirrored bowl for it reflects back ones nailed down energetic emotive charge into an associative fractal pattern of symbolic triggers.
At a certain point one is then drawn out of the Implicate Order of the dreaming mind into that of the Explicate Order of ‘material’ reality via the hypnapompic yoni portal of a wormhole at ‘He’. What one will then experience at ‘He’ upon ones egress out of the Implicate Order of the dreaming mind is that of the phenomena of synchronicity within the Explicate Order of reality. It is at this point one will encounter the Daughter dancing the seven veils of illusion, which reflects back ones own self. One then finds that the trigger symbols of synchronicity experienced within ones Explicate Ordered reality will correlate with the internally experienced symbols of ones prior Implicate Ordered dream.
The synchronicities experienced within ones Explicate Ordered reality generate an energetic emotive charge of a Yod within ones self, which again is fed back into ones internal yoni portal of a wormhole, one then becomes aware that it is a continuous feed back loop of a serpentine lemniscate of phenomena.
One can look at the lemniscate as being two triangles on their sides facing each other, whose two points can be seen to touch. At each of the four cornered points around the figure one can place the Hebrew letters Yod, He, Vau, He. At the mid-point where the two points of the triangles meet can be found the hidden name of the deity.
At the mid-point of the lemniscate one becomes aware of the lightening flash of the serpent of seven seals that one feels as shimmering up and down ones spine constantly, which fixates ones consciousness into a chosen synchronicity mesh of an experiential reality. As one gains conscious ingress into the yoni portal of a wormhole at Daath one can consciously fixate ones consciousness into another lemniscate of an alternate ‘mental’ reality and thereby tune into a corresponding alternate ‘material’ reality.
The name of the deity is the ‘word’ that one consciously utters into the void as one is sucked into the Yoni portal of a wormhole at Daath into then consciously generating the phenomena of synchronicity. The word uttered will determine the nature of ones ingress into a fractal dream domain as well as the symbolic triggers reflected back at ones self within the Implicate Order of the dream. This in turn will determine the correlating symbolic expression of the phenomena of synchronicity experienced within ones Explicate Ordered reality whereby one will find ones own self as the deity sought for. One might also become aware that one be as a fallen Angel into the realm of inertia but it be just one of many worlds to explore when to win ones wings again as a World Walker.
© Mark Dunn 2005