Copyright © 2010 by William R. Mistele. All rights reserved.
On Attaining Physical Immortality, Part I—
An Introduction to Bardon’s Breathing Exercises
I think of myself as a quiet person. I have a lot to get done and it takes me, at
times, decades just to solve basic problems. All the same, the subject matter
of this essay is on the side of the fantastic. It quickly enters into a world of
pure mythology and walks side by side with divine beings.
Last October I had a near-death experience. And as is befitting someone
like myself who can casually stole down the avenues of various akashic
realms, I was offered a “gift” to bring back from the Other Side and to share
with mankind. This gift is the secret of attaining physical immortality as well
as simply enhancing health.
It is not that I am presenting something new. It is all right there in
Bardon. I am just repackaging the material so it is a little more persuasive
and user friendly. On the other hand, much tradition and wisdom in the past
has been stand up comedy. In other words, this topic, like the practice of
magic itself, requires a sense of humor in order to retain one’s perspective.
To put it another way, Bardon’s breathing exercises are my weakest area of
practice. Let us see what I can make of them.
From the beginning, I had two problems in practicing Bardon’s breathing
exercises in the first three chapters of Initiation into Hermetics. The first
problem is that Bardon’s breathing exercises approach vitality as an
expression of fire and light.
We eat and metabolize food and then we do things. We are active. What
could be more obvious—life force, vitality, is something you accumulate and
then command to fulfill your purposes in life.
For example, Bardon says, You need to feel the pressure of the vital force
like compressed steam in yourself, and imagine the compressed vital power
coming out of your body like heat waves from a radiator.
And also, Through pulmonary and pore breathing of your entire body, you
inhale vital force, pressing it with all your imagination into your whole body
so that it becomes as it were dynamically radiant. Your body is something
like the radiant energy, an individual sun.
The pressure, the image of “compressed steam,” the “heat waves” and the
“radiant energy, an individual sun” are strong indications we are working
with vitality in terms of the element of fire.
I had too much fire in my aura and so for breathing exercises to work for
me I needed from the beginning to be able to balance the fiery vitality with
vitality in other forms. The on-line correspondence course on undine
empathy, which also describes undines’ modes of healing, is in part my
contribution to Bardon’s system. In solving a personal problem that arose
during the practice, I have gained new insights in magic and into humanity.
Although Bardon mentions healing with the magnetic fluid later on in IIH
and in his other books, from my perspective the entire human race is deficient
in the psychological and magical qualities of water. In my youth, I was
overexposed to individuals who had tremendous will power. There was
simply not enough water in these individuals’ auras to balance or to redirect
that power so it served the purposes of love.
Breath, being such a dynamically creative and intimate source of power in
the same moment, needed for me to be balanced and harmonious right from
the beginning. When I did Bardon’s breathing exercises, I felt I was going
down the wrong road.
The second personal and collective karmic problem I had with Bardon’s
breathing exercises is that they require a great deal of concentration to work
effectively. The exercises are not typical of any form of pranayama. They
are ninety-nine per cent a product of imagination. The same physical act of
breathing can be normal, accumulate energy, or direct energy in a great
variety of different ways. It is your imagination and concentration that
gather, focus, and transform the energy associated with the air that moves
into the body.
The problem I had here is the same that existed during the later years of
Atlantis. The mages were emphasizing the electrical aspect of will to an
immense degree. In doing so, without knowing it, they were increasing the
tension in their bodies such that they were gradually losing their ability to
I love the idea of shining bright like the sun when charged up with vitality.
My physical body, however, will not let me attain that goal until I first solve
the karmic problem the Atlanteans failed to address. Here is their problem:
they had great will when it comes to exploring science, technology, and
knowledge (sound familiar to our world?). But they had no sense of
They did not explore an awareness in which the mind—personal,
collective, and cosmic—is like a mirror: perfectly clear and detached, able to
behold the self and the universe without greed, ambition, fear, or distortion.
By contrast, the higher spirits of the sun who Bardon describes all embody a
cosmic emptiness inside. They reflect directly and are joined from within to
divinity. They can do this because within themselves they are perfectly
“empty.” It is within the emptiness, that pure akasha, that the highest light of
divinity is free to appear new, original, wild, and forever creative.
If you are going to shine like the sun with your life force, inherent in that
act is a joining with your opposite—the empty mirror that reflects all things
with perfect clarity.
To put it simply, Bardon’s beginning breathing exercises created too much
mental tension in my body. This problem could have been solved very easily
if someone had said to me, “Oh, you have that tension problem in your third
eye from doing the concentration exercises. Just imagine a vast, empty space
of pure nothingness around you and that you are that space. This will remove
the tension that requires a reference point, a “location” in space, in order to
exist. Remove all ego and all sense of personal identity, and the problem
comes to an end.”
That is basically a description of the cosmic letter U on the akashic level, a
three sense concentration that for me works pretty well just using the shiny
black color and a sense of penetrating through space and time. This
identification with emptiness, very Buddhist in nature, does nothing for
promoting the love and magnetism in water. But once I began working with
water, it made imagining I was a lake or a sea very easy.
With those two personal and collective karmic problems solved, I am now
ready to pursue the Bardon breathing exercises.
The idea of attaining physical immortality through Bardon’s breathing
exercises arises from several sources. In Bardon’s third book on the cosmic
language, he mentions in regard to the letter L on the physical level: “In the
material world, the quabbalist will gain perfect health, beauty, and harmony
and will become absolute master of his own vitality. This means being able
to give his body permanent youth and appeal.”
And under the C-L letter combination he mentions, “Embodied in food and
drink, it increases vitality and health, and when food is permanently
impregnated with this formula, one will stop growing old.”
(See also my essays on letters L and C:
Letter C: lava.net/~pagios/letterc.htm
Letter L: lava.net/~pagios/cosmicletterl2.htm )
There are intriguing references to other letters as well such as the letter B:
“By mastering the letter B, he is given the power to remedy any disharmony
in the human body, that is, to cure any disease, and to charge analogous
But more important, let us return to the quote I offered earlier in its fuller
You need to feel the pressure of the vital force like compressed steam in
yourself, and imagine the compressed vital power coming out of your
body like heat waves from a radiator. With every breath the forces of
pressure and radiation increase, spreading out and strengthening by
meters. After repeated exercises you must be able to emit your
penetrating power even for miles. You must actually feel the pressure
and penetration of your rays. Practice makes perfect!
In my essay on the solar spirit Emedetz,
I describe a spirit who specializes in life force and vitality. If Emedetz were
present physically in a city, everyone in the city would feel healthier. He
emits “heat waves” of vitality “for miles” in all directions around him.
I conclude from my experience with Emedetz that Bardon in effect is
asking some of his students to reproduce in themselves the qualities and
powers of this great solar spirit. These spirits are divine beings. They are
certainly immortal. And they are united from within to divinity. Creativity
on this level is wild, original, and unique. From the point of view of
Emedetz, attaining physical immortality is a small beginning. There is much
more to be accomplished.
This Introduction to On Attaining Physical Immortality begins the process by
which I intend to expand upon and offer practical insights into exactly
how a student can use the breathing exercises to move from where he or
she is now step by step to these levels of divine energy that are present
and yet hidden within all of us.
There are also other interesting spirits who specialize in life force. For
example, see my comments on the earthzone spirit “Bileka” and “Romasara”
from my manuscript:
Bileka’s Inner Source of Inspiration: Life force and vitality are sacred. The
light of Divine Providence is within them and animates them. It is the nature
of Divine Providence to offer the energy you need to accomplish your
purposes. This supply of energy is limitless and immortality is one of its side
Romasara's Inner Source of Inspiration: The energy of God, without
beginning or end, self-originating, and beyond all understanding, can be
found within our bodies. It is within our breath. It is met in the perfection of
our health and vitality.
Romasara acts as a tour guide introducing students to an infinite sea of
vitality which is within our bodies and which extends throughout the
Levels of Health on a Scale of One to Ten
To present a quick yet concise definition of vitality in terms of how it
operates, we might consider health on a scale of one to ten from a magical
Zero is being dead, that is, having no vitality. This is not entirely correct.
Even dead people have vitality. It is just not based on bio-chemical energy.
Some dead people, such as masters from various traditions such as Swamis
or Taoist masters, manage to retain a higher level of vitality in their astral
bodies than many living people. We can say that they breathe energy from
the astral plane. Some of these individuals are quite capable of interacting
with our world.
And then there are beings on the astral plane, such as the kings and queens
of the various elements, who have far more vitality than almost all human
I have first hand reports from individuals who tell me things such as “When
I am asleep at night and on the astral plane, I feel far more alive than when I
am here in a body in this world. Human beings are half dead by comparison
to this experience.” But this is an individual who knows instinctively how to
draw energy directly from nature to energize her astral body.
Level one describes critical patients in a hospital.
Level two is health that is barely functional, just above being sick.
Level three is not feeling great but you make it through the day.
Level four is normal health for most people—fully functional in work, play,
sleep, and sex.
Psychic healers often live on level four along with other normal people.
They just happen to be able gather and send energy to others. This is a gift or
professional ability. They often do not take care of their own health very well
in spite of helping others with their health.
Level five are public figures who are dynamic and successful, carefully
maintaining a life style that maximizes their efforts and energy. Also,
personal trainers often have a radiant level of health and vitality. After all, if
you are in the gym all day and eating carefully as part of your job you will
tend to be in better shape than most others.
Level six are outstanding or exceptional athletes, “they walk and do not grow
weary; they run and do not faint.” Personal trainers or most figures in
exercise videos are not Olympic athletes and so do not rise to this level.
At this point, we can note that our scale has been shaped by observing
external makers of physical health. There are also other factors that produce
health that are not so easy to measure. These are easier to describe on the
Level seven are, for example, eighth don Aikido masters, your outstanding
Tai Chi Chuan masters, and remarkable yogis. Some only need to sleep three
hours a night. They are resistant to temperature changes. They do not feel
the cold or heat like other people do.
If it were possible to generalize, we could say that Bardon expects or
strongly suggests that his students within the first ten to fifteen years get up
to level seven—that is, have unusual abilities of some kind in regard to
feeling healthy. These are produced not through physical exercises of any
kind. This is not the same kind of fitness that belongs to Olympic athletes or
Rather, the capacity to generate excess vitality or life force becomes equal
or greater than these masters. Such abilities are, on this level, almost purely a
function of the individual’s mental and spiritual training. All the same, being
in outstanding physical shape is a kind of requisite for this kind of health and
vitality. Your life style has to become a study in self-mastery and discipline.
Health can be strengthened using internal exercises beginning at level two
or three. There only needs to be a minimum amount of extra vitality in one’s
body in order to begin using the mind and spirit to refine and strengthen it.
Even when sick, if you have the basic training, you can use mouth and body
breathing to reduce pain and accelerate your own healing process.
Level eight belongs to the range of masters like the former Swami Rama who
could stop his heart at will and then restart it or enter delta brain waves—a
state of deep, dreamless sleep—at a moment’s notice while still remaining
fully alert and conscious of his external environment. In other words, vitality
and health become subject to conscious volition and are maintained by a
massive reserve of light and spiritual energy that exists within the individual
on the inner planes. However, having this ability or gift does not mean the
individual will choose to use it.
Such individuals are already creative and active in a number of other
spiritual realms. They are not like someone who daydreams and so is only
partly aware of their surroundings. Rather, they are fully engaged here and
also fully engaged in the next world.
Consequently, when these individuals feel their work is done here on earth
and that they are no longer needed, they may simply move on. For example,
if their students stop asking them really good questions and if no student,
person, or spirit places a demand on them (that is, through force of will and
vision, binds them to a spiritual task to be fulfilled in our world, kind of like
saying, “I, speaking for Divine Providence, require your attention”), then
they may feel their services are no longer required on this level of
Somewhere between level eight and nine, an individual stops growing old
and attains physical immortality. The individual acquires an ability to
regenerate his body on a cellular level. Again, the Akashic awareness of the
individual is such that the physical body and metabolism respond directly to
the individual’s will and imagination. Or, as I mentioned earlier as an
example, in C-L formula in Bardon’s cosmic language, when food is
permanently impregnated with this formula, one will stop growing old.
At level nine, then, an individual has the full use of akasha, that is, of divine
consciousness to maintain his health. You are basically operating as a full-
fledge spirit of the earthzone who happens to be in physical incarnation, but
who retains his abilities as a divine being. Rising to this level, the individual
is no longer a human being. He has advanced beyond the characteristics that
define our species as Homo sapiens.
All the same, if you look very carefully you may be able to meet individuals
who are naturally gifted with siddhas or abilities that belong to this level.
They are in human form but their souls, that is, astral bodies, are of a
different race of beings. Whether they fully activate their natural gifts is
another question. Not having been born with an “owner’s manual,” they may
only know that they are in some way different from other people. Even for
them, it is necessary to practice in order to fully activate their inherent
What then is level ten? This too is an objective for Bardon. Again, it is After
repeated exercises, you must be able to emit your penetrating vital power
even for miles. As I pointed out earlier, this is precisely what a spirit like
Emedetz of the solar sphere would do if manifested on a physical level in our
world. Everyone for miles around would automatically feel healthier due to
the vitality his aura naturally transmits.
Level ten, then, is a level beyond attaining physical immortality. It offers
the quality and power of life force you need in order to fulfill various divine
All the same, these levels of health are not fixed. We all move up and
down. When crossing a street you may get hit by a Toyota Prius coming
from behind you with its silent engine and a driver briefly distracted by her
cell phone or text message. You can suddenly die from physical injuries. I
knew an Aikido master who was killed by a car while riding a bicycle. It
happens. Being protected in the physical world requires other skills than
those associated with health.
Also, like a Tai Chi Chuan or Aikido master, you have to exert an effort to
maintain your level of health, that is, you do not stop practicing. As one Tai
Chi Chuan master points out, if he lived in China it would be expected of him
that he regularly attend scrumptious banquets with mayors and notable public
figures in honor of his accomplishments and lineage. But the food would be
too greasy and rich to maintain his level of health.
Changes in life style and stress can lead to rapid reduction in levels of
vitality. And as Bardon mentions, you have to rigorously maintain your
practices to sustain some of these miraculous levels of health or siddhas as
they are sometimes called.
Breathing Exercises as Experiences with Energy
When you get your Bardon breathing exercises working well, they can act
like Tylenol. Imagine aches and pain on a scale of one to ten. If your pain
level is a four, you can bring it down two notches to a two just by sitting and
breathing vitality in and out. At this point, you have the beginning of the
Bardon breathing exercises working to the point where condensing the
energy or simply breathing reduces aches and pains, and balances and
increases your vitality. This is a really great accomplishment. You may not
be able to heal others at this point but you increase your daily performance
maybe ten to twenty per cent.
As you continue on with the exercises, you may notice that simply breathing
in and out may lead you to say to yourself, “Oh wow! That feels sooo good.”
At this point you find yourself with enough excess energy that it feels
completely natural to send others healing energy each day. It does not detract
in the least from your own ability to function. And, having worked through
the exercises and acquired the skills slowly, you have become conscious of
exactly how much vitality you have in excess to give away at any given
On the next level of development, you feel a sense of power as you breathe
in a few breaths. After even five breaths, you can sense your body is
radiating “waves of vitality.” This development greatly enhances your health
and the performance of your work related activities.
For some individuals, anything you can do within your own body you can
also do with 80% of the same efficiency within others’ bodies, even at a
distance. I met one woman at a Taoist seminar long ago who simply
practiced the meditations involving vitality in other individual’s bodies as
easily as if their bodies were her own body. This is the idea in healing at a
distance—you do the exact same exercise while placing your consciousness
in another’s body.
You have to understand that our world—our culture, our religions, our
psychological systems—are all completely and helplessly brain dead when it
comes to practicing even the most basic aspects involving transference of
consciousness. A serious Bardon student will have no difficulty in this area
simply because he or she makes personal observations, practices rigorously,
and relies on direct experience. In other words, vitality is like money—for a
small expenditure of energy, you can “wire” it to others around the world.
This does not mean you can go around radiating vitality and healing others
at will. You still have to maintain a carefully balanced lifestyle. It is always
easy when acquiring new levels of energy to overextend oneself. It is even
easy as Bardon suggests for those who regain a youthful level of vitality to
lose their wisdom as instincts and teenage drives again come into play. It is
up to you, under these circumstances, to reassess and to maintain your
commitments to your ideals.
Conclusion to Introductory Essay
I present this brief introduction for those who are interesting in following
some of the projects I am currently working on. To do justice to the topic, I
need to teach it and work closely with other individuals who can provide
feedback and insight into each step of the process.
The topic of health and vitality encompasses all branches of healing
including medicine as well as various esoteric practices. All the same, Bardon
is pursuing vitality not in terms of specific lineages or esoteric traditions but
as a universal and cosmic form of energy.
The exercises he presents are very clear and concise. And yet each of them
can be expanded to include volumes if we were to delineate individual’s
experiences and pursue many of their life enriching applications.
Below are a summary of Bardon’s practices with breathing from Initiation
into Hermetics. In all cases, it is invaluable to follow Bardon’s actual course
as presented in his book. At the same time, in order to focus on breathing, I
am limiting myself to this specific set of practices. I am not suggesting that a
student focus solely on breathing. I am suggesting that the breathing
exercises in themselves contain an immense wealth of wisdom and healing
power as Bardon himself mentions.
The breathing exercises, for example, involve drawing in, accumulating,
and dissolving vitality in all the bodies—physical/etheric, astral, mental, and
akashic. In many ways, Bardon’s other practices automatically take this into
If you practice breathing in the four elements, then you are enhancing astral
breathing. If you practice placing your mind in different parts of your body
as you breathe in, then you are strengthening the mental body and mental
breathing. If you practice affirmations as your breathe in such as “I am
master of my vitality. I radiate vitality in all directions around myself,” then
you are practicing the equivalent of placing a cause in akasha.
As I add to this basic introduction, I will be exploring the various nuances
and variations involved in the breathing exercises. I think it is helpful to
have a clear idea of where you are in the practice and to understand how to
sense directly the process through which you are developing your energy.
Notice the metaphysical nature of vitality and life force as Bardon discusses
and works with it in the following section as well as in his various books:
Vitality responds directly to imagination and concentration. You can gather
life force and vitality without even breathing—drawing it into your self or a
specific location just by “willing” or imagining it happening. This requires,
of course, familiarity with the basic exercises.
Life force can be stored outside of the body and used to enhance one’s
own and others’ health and performance. Any form of healing you
accomplish in your self can be accomplished in another person nearby or at a
Life force is a universal medium. It receives thoughts, ideas, feelings,
intentions, and can act to manifest various purposes and goals. Life force in
slightly different vibrations is present in each of the various bodies—
physical/etheric, astral, mental, and akashic. You greatly increase your
healing abilities by placing your consciousness directly in different parts of
your body and practicing breathing from those locations. There is an kind of
awareness that develops as you directly observe the interaction of the
physical body’s anatomy, its physiology and biochemistry, and the activity of
vitality and etheric energy. The air and vitality in breathing can be easily
transformed into any of the five elements—earth, air, fire, water, and akasha.
Bardon’s Breathing Practices, from Initiation into
Chapter One, Physical
All we need for our life, and what preserves our life, to wit, breathing and
food, is tetrapolar, four elements plus a fifth, the vital element or akasha
principle, as we have said in the theoretical part about the elements. But the
air we are breathing has a finer degree of density than the grossly material
food has. But according to the universal laws, both of them have the same
nature, being tetrapolar and serving to keep the body alive. Let us therefore
return to breathing.
If we put a thought, an idea or an image, no matter whether it s concrete or
abstract, in the air to be inhaled, it will take in the akashha principle of the air
concerned and convey it through the electric and magnetic fluids to the air
substance. This impregnated air will play a double role when it is conveyed
to the lungs through the blood vessels. In the first place, the material parts of
the elements are destined to preserve the body; secondly, the electromagnetic
fluid, charged with the idea or the image, will lead the electromagnetic air
colored with the idea from the bloodstream through the astral matrix to the
astral body, and from there to the immortal spirit through the reflective
And this is the solution of the secret of breathing from the magic point of
view. Consequently it is quite evident that it is not the quantity of inhaled air that
matters, but the quality respecting the idea impregnating the air substance.
Sit down comfortably, relax the whole body, and breathe in through the nose.
Imagine that with the inhaled air, health, tranquility, peace, success, or
everything you are aiming at, will pass into your body through the lungs and
the blood. The eidetic image of your idea must be so intense that the air you
are inspiring is so strongly impregnated with your desire that it has already
become reality. You should not allow the slightest doubt about this fact. To
avoid weakening, it will be enough to start with seven inhalations in the
morning as well as at night. Increase the number of breaths gradually to one
more in the morning and at night. Do not hurry or exaggerate, for everything
needs time. In any case, you should not proceed to the imagination of another
different desire before the first chosen one has been completely
accomplished. In a pupil endowed with talents of a high order, success will
manifest itself, at the earliest, after seven days, all depending on the degree of
imagination and aptitude. Some one else will need weeks, even moths for the
realization of his desires because the kind of desires will also play an
important role. It is therefore desirable not to form egotistic wishes to begin
with, but to confine them to the above-mentioned ones such as tranquility,
health, peace and success. Do not extend breathing exercises to more than
one-half hour. Later on, a standard ten minutes will do for you.
Chapter Two, Physical
The tasks of the magical training of the body according to Step I must be
retained and ought to become a daily habit, such as washing with cold water,
rubbing the body from head to toe, athletic exercises in the morning, magic
of water, conscious breathing and so forth. The second step training of the
body orders a change of the breathing exercises. In the previous step, we
have learned how to breathe consciously and convey the desire inhaled
together with the air (through the akasa principle) to the blood stream via the
lungs. In this chapter I am going to describe the conscious pore-breathing.
Our skin has a double function, i.e., the breathing and the secretion.
Therefore we may consider the skin as a second piece of lungs and as a
second kidney of the body. Everybody will understand now, for which
important reason, we have recommended dry-brushing, rubbing, washing
with cold water and all the other directions. First of all, this was intended to
exonerate our lungs completely and our kidneys partially, and secondly to
stimulate the pores to greater activity. It is certainly superfluous to explain
how very profitable all this is for the health. From the magic point of view,
conscious pore breathing is of the utmost interest for us, and therefore we
shall immediately pass on to practice.
Sit down comfortably in an armchair or lie down on a sofa, and relax all your
muscles. Try to think that, with each inspiration, not only your lungs are
breathing, i.e., inhaling air, but the whole body is doing so. Be firmly
convinced that, together with your lungs, each single pore of your body
simultaneously receives vital power and conveys it to the body. You ought to
feel like a dry sponge which, when dipped into water, sucks it in greedily.
You must have the same feeling when breathing in. This way the vital power
will pass from the etheric principle and your surroundings to yourself.
According to his character, each individual will feel this entering of vital
power through the pores in a different manner. When, after a certain amount
of time and repeated exercises, you are skilled in inhaling through the lungs
and with the whole body simultaneously, connect the two breathing methods
to your desire-inhaling, i.e., breathing in health, success, peace, mastering of
passions, or whatever you need most urgently. The fulfillment of your desire
(imparted in the present and commandment moods) is to be realized not only
through the lungs and the bloodstream but through your whole body. If you
have attained a certain skill in this experiment, you may also influence
exhaling magically by imagining that, at each breathing out, you are secreting
the opposite to your desire such as weakness, failure, trouble, and so on. If
you have succeeded in exhaling and inhaling through your lungs and whole
body, this exercise is completed.
Chapter Three, Physical Level
The pore-breathing of the whole body now shall be limited to certain single
organs. The beginner must be enabled to allow any part of his body to breath
at will through the pores. One begins with the feet and finishes with the head.
The practice is as follows:
Sit in your usual position and close your eyes. Transfer yourself with your
consciousness into one of your legs. It will not matter whether you start with
the right or left leg. Imagine your leg, like the lungs, inhaling and exhaling
the vital force together with your pulmonary breath from the universe.
Consequently the vital power is inhaled (sucked in) from the universe and
exhaled (secreted) back into the universe. If you have succeeded in doing so,
after seven breaths, turn to the other leg. Having been successful herein as
well, start with your hands, taking one first, then the other hand in order to
breath, and later with both hands at the same time. If you have achieved the
desired result, let us step up to the next organs. Such as the genitals, bowels,
stomach, liver, lungs, heart, larynx and head.
The purpose of this exercise will be accomplished if you have got each organ
of your body, even your smallest, to do the breathing. This exercise is all the
ore important as it gives us the opportunity of controlling each part of the
body, charging it with vital power, healing and restoring it to life. If we have
managed to all this on our own person, it is not difficult to act on other bodies
by transference of consciousness, which fact consequently plays an important
part in the magnetic power transference in the magic art of healing. Please
pay the greatest attention to his exercise.
Another exercise of magic body training is the accumulation of vital power.
We have already learned how to inhale and exhale the vital power through
whole body pore breathing. Now let us pass on to the accumulation of vital
power. Its practice is as follows: Sit in your customary position and inhale the
vital force out of the universe into your body, through the lungs and the pores
of your whole body. This time, however, do not give back the vital power to
the universe, but keep it in your body. When breathing out, do not think about
anything at all, and breathe out the consumed air quite regularly and evenly.
With each new breath you feel how you are inhaling more and more vital
power, accumulating and storing it in your body.
You need to feel the pressure of the vital force like compressed steam in
yourself, and imagine the compressed vital power coming out of your body
like heat waves from a radiator. With every breath the forces of pressure and
radiation increase, spreading out and strengthening by meters. After
repeated exercises you must be able to emit your penetrating power even for
miles. You must actually feel the pressure and penetration of your rays.
Practice makes perfect! Begin by inhaling seven times and increasing by one
inspiration each day. Each single exercise should be limited to twenty
minutes at the most. These exercises have to be practiced mainly in such
tasks and experiments as require a great and intense expenditure of vital
force, say the treatment of sick people, telepathy, magnetizing of objects, and
so on. If the vital power is no longer wanted in this accumulated form, the
body must be brought back to its original tension, because it is not advisable
to walk about in everyday life in an over-dimensioned tension. It would
overstrain the nerves and cause nervous irritation, exhaustion and other bad
The experiment is broken of by giving the accumulated force back to the
universe through imagination while breathing out. By doing so you will
inhale pure air only, and breathe out the tension of the vital force until
attaining the sensation of equipoise. After a longer practice, the magician will
succeed in rendering the vital force to the universe at once, as it were in an
explosive manner similar to a bursting tire. This abrupt elimination should
not be practiced before your body has got a certain resisting power. Having
acquired a certain skill, you may go on to achieve the same experiment with
the single parts of the body, slowly and step by step. Mainly specialize on
your hands. Adepts do the same with their eyes, too; thus they can fascinate
and get under the spell of their will not only one individual, but a great
number of them, sometimes even crowds of people. A magician who can
manage all this with his hands is then known for having blessing hands. The
mystery of blessing or laying on of hands depends on this.
The exercise of this stage will have answered its purpose if you have learned
how to accumulate vital power not only in the whole body but in each single
part of it, and to emit the rays of this accumulated force directly to the
outside. When you master this exercise, the third stage of the magic physical
training will be completed.
Appendix to III
In the material world, he will persuade himself that he feels healthier, fitter
and sort of rejuvenated. His vital force will far surpass that of his fellow men
and he will achieve a great deal in everyday life by means of his emissive
power. For example, he will be able to free any room he is living in from
unfavorable influences. He will be able to treat sick persons successfully,
even at remote distances, because he can emit his rays for miles. Besides, his
emissive force allows him to charge objects with his desire. The scholar then
will find out for himself when and where he can best utilize his magical
faculties. But he should never forget that magic powers can be used for the
good as well as for egoistic purposes. Remember the quotation: “Thou shall
reap what thou hast sown”. Always let your final goal be to do noble things
and to make mankind better. The technique of magnetism presents all
possible variations, of which we are going to show you some.
Space Impregnation ~
Through pulmonary and pore breathing of your entire body, you inhale vital
force, pressing it with all your imagination into your whole body so that it
becomes as it were dynamically radiant. Your body is something like the
radiant energy, an individual sun. With every inhalation you enforce the
compressed vital power as well as the radiant energy, and fill the room you
live in. With the aid of this radiant power, the room must be literally sunlit.
With repeated and persistent exercise, it is even possible to illuminate the
room in darkness or at night to such a degree that objects can be perceived
not only by the experimenter by also by laymen, because it is possible in this
way to materialize the light of the vital force in the form of real daylight,
which properly speaking is a simple imagination exercise.
This phenomenon alone will not of course satisfy the magician, who knows
that vital force has a universal character, being not only the carrier of his
ideas, thoughts and desires, but also the realizer of his imagination, and that
he can attain all things through this vital power. As for realization, it depends
on the plastic imagination.
If the experimenter has filled his work room with his radiant energy, he ought
to imagine what he wishes to attain, e.g., that all astral or magic influences
existent in the room shall disappear and dissolve, or the magician shall feel
safe and sound in the room as well as all people coming in. Besides, the
magician may impregnate his rooms with the desire of being benefited in all
his works by inspiration, success, etc. Advanced magicians screen their
rooms from unwelcome people by rendering them restless and uncomfortable
as soon as they enter the room so that they leave, unwilling to remain in
there. Such a room is loaded or impregnated with protective or alarming
But it is possible to load any room in more subtle ways so that anyone who
enters the room without permission will feel sort of paralyzed and repelled.
You see, a magician is offered a lot of possibilities, and with the help of these
instructions, you can find out other methods.
The magician can give back the accumulated vital virtue to the universe,
when breathing out, leaving the radiant or illuminating force in the room only
with the aid of his imagination. But through this same imagination he can
also suggest the vital force from the universe directly to the room without
accumulating it by his physical power, especially if he ahs got some practice
in accumulating vital force. This way, he can impregnate a room even with
his own desires. Imagination combined with willpower and faith and firm
conviction knows no bounds. These experiments of the magician do not depend on
one definite room; he may impregnate two or more rooms at the same time, and load
an entire house with his vital force and radiant energy, according to the
aforesaid method. As imagination knows neither time nor space, he can do all
this at the remotest distance. As time goes on and his technique improves,
he will be able to load any room whatever and wherever. But with regard to
his ethical development, he will never make the wrong use of his faculties,
but do noble things only, and his power will be unlimited, for practice
Appendix to Step III
Let us deal with another specific property of the vital energy that is of
particular relevance for the magic work. As we have already seen, each
object, each animal, each human being, each form of ideas can be charged
with vital force and the corresponding desire of realization. The vital force,
however, has the property of accepting any -- also strangers’ -- ideas and
feelings, influencing or combining them. The concentrated vital force would
therefore soon mingle with other ideas, a fact that would reduce the effect of
the impregnated idea or even scuttle it if the magician did not provoke a
reinforced tension by frequent repetition, thus reviving the desire or the idea.
Bu this often means loss of time and is not very favorable to the final success.
The desired influence will persist only so far as the tension is effective in the
desired direction. Then the vital fore will dissolve, mingle with other
vibrations, and the effect fades away by and by. To prevent this, a magician
ought to be well acquainted with the laws of biomagnetism. The vital force
accepts not only an idea, concept, thought or feeling, but also time-ideas.
This law respecting this specific property of the vital virtue must be
considered when working with it, or later on with the elements. Therefore,
when impregnating desires with the aid of vital energy, remember time and
space. In magic work you have to consider the following rules above all:
Working in the akasha principle is timeless and spaceless; in the mental
sphere, you operate with time; in the astral sphere, you work with space
(shape, color); in the material world, you work with time and space
simultaneously. I am going to explain the functions of biomagnetism in the
light of some examples. With the help of your vital force, charge a room with
the desire that you feel well in it. Enthrall this force with the desire that, as
long as you live in the room, the influence should persist, continue renewing,
and keep doing so, even when you leave the room and are absent for some
time. Should anyone else enter your room ignoring that there is an
accumulation of vital force, he will feel very uncomfortable in your dwelling.
Now and again, you can reinforce the density and power of your radiant
energy in your room by repeating the desire. If you live in a room influenced
in such a favorable way, the stored vital force will always exert a good
influence on your health, and consequently on your body. The vital force in
this room has the desire-vibration of the health. If, however, you intend to do
occult exercises in this room which have nothing to do with health, following
another thought vibration, you will not book the same good results as in an
unloaded room or in a room that you have charged with a desire responsive to
your idea. Therefore it is always advisable to load the room with the thought
vibrations corresponding to your respective work and experiments. So for
instance, you might charge a ring, a stone or any other object with the wish
that the person wearing it should be favored by fortune and success. Now
there are two possibilities of fixing and timing. The first method consists in
fixing the vital virtue on the stone or the metal with your imagination and
your concentrated wish, timing it so that the force shall remain forever in it,
drawing even further from the universe to bring fortune and success to the
person concerned as soon as she will wear the object. You may, of course,
load the object you choose for a short time only if you like, so that the
influence is broken off as soon as the purpose aimed at is attained. The
second possibility is called universal loading, which is operated in the same
way, including, however, the concentrated wish that as long a time as the
object (ring, stone, jewelry) exists, the bearer of it should be benefited by
fortune, success, etc. Such universal loadings performed by an adept will
keep their virtues and their effects for centuries. As we have learned from the
history of the Egyptian mummies, such fixed forces continue acting for
thousands of years. If a talisman or an object destined and individually
loaded for a definite person falls into the hands of someone else, he will not
experience the least influence. But if this object returns to the true owner, this
influence will go on acting.
Now let me describe another field where vital force is active, namely that of
healing magnetism. If a magician treats a sick person, no matter whether
personally by magnetic strokes or by putting on hands, or at a distance, i.e.,
by imagination and willpower, he must the law of time exactly if he wants to
be successful. The routine manner of magnetizing is as follows: The
magnetizer, with the aid of imagination, makes his vital force flow out of his
body, mostly from his hands, into the sick person. This method supposes the
magnetizer to be positively sound and to have a surplus of vital force, or else
he will bring danger into his own health. I am sorry to say that I have seen
bad cases where the magnetizer, by excessive transfers of his own vital force,
suffered such heavy damage to his health that he faced a complete nervous
breakdown, apart from other side effects such as diseases of the heart, and so
on. Such consequences are unavoidable if the magnetizer spends more force
than he is able to restore, especially if he is treating several patients at once.
This method presents another disadvantage, namely that the magnetizer uses
his own force to transfer his own psychic vibrations and character traits onto
the patient, influencing him indirectly in a psychic way too. Therefore, every
magnetizer is supposed and required to be of a noble character. Yet if a
magnetizer has a patient whose character properties are worse than his own,
he will indirectly draw the evil influences of the patient on himself, which is
disadvantageous for the magnetizer in any event. The magnetizer who,
however, has been trained in occultism does not give the patient all of the
vital force of his own body, but draws it from the universe and makes it
stream into the patient’s body directly through his hands, together with the
concentrated desire of health. With both methods, magnetizing has to be
repeated often if one wants a quicker success, for disharmony or diseases
suck in and consume the transferred force very rapidly and are greedy for a
further supply of force, so that the treatment has to be repeated soon to
prevent the state from getting worse. It is otherwise with the magician. The
patient feels relieved only when the magician has been psychically opened,
i.e., if he has accomplished a dynamic accumulation of vital force in his own
body and emits light rays of vital force. The magician can employ many
methods successfully, but he must always maintain the imagination combined
with the desire concentration, wishing that the patient gets better and better,
hour by hour, from day to day. Some methods will follow, the use of which
will help a magician in the treatment of diseases.
Above all, he must be well versed in the diagnosis of diseases and their
symptoms. He will gain this knowledge through a careful study of the
respective literature. Anatomical knowledge is absolutely indispensable. He
will not be so careless as to treat diseases necessitating a rapid chirurgical
intervention, or infectious diseases. But in such cases he will be able to
accelerate the healing process and contribute to soothing the pains, besides
the medical treatment. He can manage doing so even at a distance. It would
be very serviceable if physicians specialized in this field and, besides the
allopathic art, learned to employ the magic practice. Therefore the magician
should only treat such sick persons as are recommended for this kind of
treatment directly by a physician, or work together with a physician to avoid
being regarded as a quack or a charlatan. He should follow his calling from
pure love of his neighbors and not for the purpose of earning money or as a
means of enriching himself. Do not climb upwards on the credulities of
mankind. Hold on to the ideal of goodness, and blessing will not fail. Ideally
colored magicians will help sick persons without them knowing anything.
This kind of help is the most blissful. Let me add some of the most
conventional methods a magician can make use of without endangering his
health and nervous system.
Before approaching a sick person’s bed, do at least seven breaths through the
lungs and pores; accumulate an enormous amount of vital force, drawing it
from the universe into you body, and let this vital force shine like brightest
light of the sun. By repeated inhaling of the vital force, try to produce a
radiant energy of at least ten yards around your body, which corresponds to a
vital force of ten normal persons. You ought to feel as if your accumulated
vital force were lighting up like a sun. If you approach a patient with such a
radiance, he will instantly feel a relief, a sensation of ease, and if not afflicted
by too painful an illness, he will feel an immediate alleviation. You transfer
the accumulated radiant energy quite individually to the patient and it is up to
you to act as you like. A skilled magician needs no magic strokes nor laying
on of hands, all that being only auxiliary manipulations, supports for the
utterance of his will. He may keep his eyes open or closed during this
operation. If he wants, he may look straight at the patient, but he need not do
it directly. Here it is exclusively the imagination that is working. But during
the whole act of power transference, the magician may also sit with the
patient without contacting him personally. Imagine that the radiant energy
surrounding you will stream forth into the patient’s body and be pressed into
it, penetrating and illuminating all the pores of the sick person. Let your will
power order the compressed radiant energy to bring about the recovery of the
All the time you have to be absolutely convinced that the patient is feeling
better from one hour to the next, that he does look better every day, and you
must also order the radiant energy not to escape from the body before the
patient has fully recovered. Loading the body of a patient quantitatively with
the radiant energy which in a sound person means a range of one yard, you
will be able to bring about recovery in a surprisingly short time in proportion
to the kind of illness. Repeat the loading after a while; reinforce the tension
of the concentrated radiant energy, and you will be very surprised indeed at
noticing the wonderful success you have accomplished. First of all, the
radiant energy cannot escape because you fixed it, ordering of to renew itself
constantly. Secondly, you fixed the time so that the body should feel better
from hour to hour, from day to day, and thirdly, you have proportioned the
power to the space corresponding to the circumference of the body. At his
point, it should be recommended to fix the power of radiation at about one
yard outside the body, which is equal to the radiation of a normal human
being. With this method you have now fulfilled the main condition of the
material law of time and space.
While using this method, the magician will notice that his radiant energy
which he transferred to the patient does not diminish, but keeps on lighting
up in the same intensive manner as before. This is to impute to the fact that
the vital power accumulated in the body renews itself automatically, similar
to communicating pipes, instantly replacing the radiated power. Therefore it
is obvious that a magician is able to treat hundreds of patients without ruining
his mental strength or his nerves.
A different method has to be used if the magician is pressing the vital power
directly into the patient’s body or into the sick part of the body, only by way
of the pores together wit the imagination of renewing itself constantly from
the universe, till the moment of complete recovery is reached. Here the
imagined desire of complete recovery is limited to tie and space as well. But
this method is only practiced with patients whose nervous system is not yet
wholly exhausted, and can consequently bear a certain pressure of the
accumulated vital power. With a well-trained magician, of course, the
accumulated vital power is, as it were, materialized already, meaning that it is
condensed material power that can be compared to electricity. This method,
in comparison with the others, is the most popular because it is very simple
and exceedingly effective.
A very peculiar method is to let the patient inhale one’s own radiant power
emanation with the help of the imagination. Presuming the patient to be able
to concentrate, he can do so himself; otherwise, the magician has to perform
the imagination instead of the patient. In practice the occurrence is as
follows: Your radiant energy is emitting up to a range of 10 yards. As you are
near the patient, he is actually swimming in the light of your radiation, which
has been impregnated with the desire of recovery. The patient on whom this
power has been concentrated will be firmly convinced that he is inhaling your
radiant energy with every breath, and will get well. He must imagine
intensely that he will go on feeling better and better, even when the magician
will no longer be near him. Presuming the patient to be unable to concentrate
or, in the case of sick children, you imagine yourself that with every
inhalation the patient accepts your own radiation of vital power, conveys it to
the blood, and will bring about a complete recovery. Here also you will have
to concentrate on the wish that the force inhaled by the patient should keep
on working positively in him. This has been an example of vital force
transference from the magician’s to another’s body by breathing.
We can rely on the word of the Bible, when our Lord Jesus Christ was
touched by a sick woman in the hope of recovery. Our Lord felt the
diminution of his vital power and he remarked to his disciples, “I have been
touched!” Working with vital power and magnetism, one has to consider time
and space. With a view to this fact, I have quoted several examples
concerning the treatment of diseases, and I could still mention quite a number
of methods for treating sick people from the magnetic standpoint. For
example, the magician is able to take up a connection with the mind of a
sleeping patient and to realize various methods of treatment in the patient’s
body. Apart from treating the sick with vital power, he can also cure them
magically with the help of the elements, magnetism, and electricity. The
detailed description of all the methods and possibilities of treatments would
certainly fill a very voluminous book. In this work I am only going to point
out single procedures of treatment with regard to time and space, that is
magnetism. High adepts and saints who have trained their imagination to
such perfection that all their imageries are realized immediately in all planes
do not need methods any more. Such people have only to express any kind of
desire and it will be realized at the very same moment.
Chapter Four, Physical Level
Introduction: The power of radiation has to be enforced, deepened and must
become more expansive, meaning more dynamic, which has to be
accomplished by imagination and deep meditation. The magician has to learn
the practical use of the radiant power for any purpose and in any situation. He
must reach such a degree of perfection that any desire that he is transplanting
into the radiant power is realized instantly. In this manner he will be able to
help suffering people in cases of illness and accidents, and thus bring great
blessing to himself.
Chapter Five, Physical Level
Introduction: The scholar can of course deepen the exercises to obtain a
better success. It is impossible to describe the entire practice of magic that a
scholar could master eventually, because it would require another volume.
Supposing the magician intends to enforce someone’s memory or any other
intellectual faculty with the help of an elemental, the procedure is as follows:
The magician imagines a universal ocean of light, from the luminous matter
of which he shapes an enormous ball of light, compressing and accumulating
it more and more with the help of his imagination until this ball has the size
of approximately 12-20 inches. By this accumulation of light, the ball has
become similar to a radiating sun. Now the magician impregnates this light
ball with the desire and the firm conviction that it will exhibit the same power
and quality as is supposed to revive and reinforce the desired mental faculty
such as memory, eloquence, etc., in the respective person. As soon as the
magician has shaped this mental sun or ball, he must give it a suitable name,
say Lucis or the like. Besides, he is fixing the time when this ball is to affect
the mental sphere of the person with terms like these: “You ought to work in
the mental sphere until the person concerned has attained the desired faculty
in such a way that this faculty has become a habit!” Having fixed the time,
the magician orders the elemental to dissolve in and return to the ocean of
light as soon as it has fulfilled its task. Expressing it magically, the birth and
death of the elemental are fixed in exactly the same manner as Man’s or any
other being’s fate is.