Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ask Me Anything: Ritual Work

Question 1: How do you take time to practice ritual, given all of the ordinary daily task that we humans have? 

First of all, I don't watch television. That is a big help. Also, I do not have children and that is a big help as well. But even those were issues, I'm not sure that life would be all that different unless they were young kids. A LBRP, BRH and a middle pillar really take how long? Maybe 15 minutes. All one has to give up is 1/2 of one TV show. It isn't all that much. If you throw in two short meditations a day you're up to 45 minutes. That is only 3/4 of the time spent watching one hour long drama. It is simply a matter of priorities.

 Question 2: Do you find it useful to “Internalize” ritual (so that you’re outwardly walking down the street but inwardly doing something else entirely)? 

I've done that and yes I find it helpful as an aid to developing and maintaining concentration.  It is also helpful to feel how the rituals/meditations work in different environments. I don't do it as often as I should. I will take this as a handy reminder.

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Wolf said...

Hello Frater,

could you share your experience with mastering astral projection? As I understand you use book of Mark Stavish.

I'm asking because I'm in the middle of the same task. I had many lucid dream projections before, but I was a little disappointed by them, mainly because of lack of control. Now I'm working on techniques described by Ophiel in his book. It has 4 great systems of astral projection.

Thank you.

Jack Faust said...

These are great!

HilbertAstronaut said...

Thanks so much for the answers!

Now that it's lighter earlier in the morning, i've found myself wanting to get up earlier. That helps a lot with finding time for ritual work. (i don't have a TV either, but i still don't often get my priorities straight ;-) .)

Internalizing ritual or meditation is something that i've tended to see more in an exoteric-religious context. There's a great example of internal ritual worked out on paper, by Fr. Teilhard de Chardin, called "La Messe sur le Monde" (The Mass on the World):

He wrote it since he was out doing science in the desert in Inner Mongolia, which probably made it hard to have ritual space.