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Concepts Relative to Initiation and Empowerment
Choronzon The Demon of The Abyss is called Choronzon.
The name, Choron-zon, can be said to derive from "Head-zone" (Corona = "head"). Buddhist monks refer to this phenomenon as Monkey-mind. Western metaphysicians and psychologists call it Roof-Brain Chatter.
Choronzon's function is dispersal. His nature is not that of a "common" demon, a simple, repressed, emotional trauma. No, his nature is conscious and universal.
This mighty, virtually uncontrollable, spirit is the voice in your head, your constant, never-ending, Internal Dialogue.
Constantly changing subjects, often uttering blasphemies and profanities, mutably commenting on both the mundane and the spiritual world, he is without mental focus or a fixed point of reference.
Choronzon is always with you daily in your head-zone. Oh well, it's only a little internal dialog. But, when you are attempting meditation practice (for example, Dharana concentrating on only one thing), then he can really rear up and become a problem.
Formally, for the initiate, Choronzon is encountered after "jumping" into The Abyss.
The only way to part the Veil of The Abyss is to jump. There are no bridges, pathways, or ropes. Actually, the momentum of rising through the Grades, or Rising on the Planes, propels one's purified Soul into The Abyss.
This momentum, combined with an invisible, subtle "pull" from the other side, is what makes crossing The Abyss possible assuming, of course, that the momentum (or the subtle connection) are not dispersed by the random, fragmentary consciousness of Choronzon, the monkey-mind.
If he be a magician, like our Great Grandfather Perdurabo, he will purposely evoke that demon to visible appearance inside a triangle placed just outside the magickal circle, and then he will withstand the efforts of Choronzon to distract his attention and disperse his resolve.
If he be a mystic, like our Great Ancestor Siddartha, he will attract that demon who produces internal visions of madness in his head, and then he will withstand the efforts of Mara to distract his attention and disperse his resolve.
By the time one reaches The Abyss, one's personal karma is supposed to have been worked off or burned away, but usually there is something left over. In fact, this "something," whether ideas, status, attachments, or preconceptions, will be rooted out and dispersed by Choronzon, for this is his function to perform the final purification. This is called the Death of the Ego, but the Ego is not completely destroyed. What is destroyed is that portion of the personality that limits the true self.
What must not be dispersed (destroyed) is that [part of the] personality which expands and liberates the true self. This is the portion of consciousness that must stand fast against the ravages of the Demon of Dispersion.
Crystallization The more we perform any action or reaction in the same manner, the more certain we are of its effects. The older we get, the more "set in our ways" we become. This is true of all the levels (physical, emotional, mental, and even spiritual).
Metaphysically, this is called Crystallization. Crystallization is not good, for it implies that we are locked into a set pattern, and we are therefore precluded from changes and the mutable process of expansion.
Cycles Everything in manifestation is subject to cycles, including individuals, groups, governments, civilizations, and the weather. The rate, duration, and precise timing of advance and decline, rise and fall, is tracked by numerous systems, including astrology, the I-Ching, numerology, farmer's almanacs, stock-market programs, and assorted calendars. The idea is to consult a system in order to determine one's present status, or more importantly, the future (refer to fortune telling).
Due to the complexity of cycles within cycles, most of these systems are actually not very precise yet, sometimes they can astound us with their accuracy. The big cycles include:
One Breath - The exhalation and inhalation of a single breath of Brahma, said by Hindus to be ±429,000,000,000,000 years; this represents the overall creation and destruction timespan of the Universe.
Equinoxes - Western metaphysicians and scientists know that there is a Precession of the Equinoxes, wherein the stellar backdrop of Earth advances one degree every 72 years. A Grand Equinox, marking the return of the same degree in the stellar backdrop, takes 25,920 years. One-twelfth (there being 12 signs or divisions)* of a Grand Equinox is 2160 years.
* The 12 signs of astrology/astronomy, as well as the 12 hours of the clock, are a part of the Mesopotamian 12:60 ratio calendar, whose motto is "Time is Money."
An Aeon is roughly proclaimed to be 2000 years, with a little left over for a transition period, where both the outgoing sign and the incoming sign overlap. Transition periods are particularly confusing as the old, outgoing (dying) sign principles are mixed-up with the new, incoming (advancing) sign principles.
Transition periods are always identified by an increase in communication (less separateness). The previous Aeon transition was marked by the expansion of The Roman Empire that resulted in new, high-tech roads that extended throughout the known world.
At the same time, in the Orient, the emperor Chin unified China for the first time through "the use of fire and the sword."
We find ourselves, right now in the middle of a transition period. The astrologers tell us that the Piscean Age is ending and the Aquarian Age is beginning. There can be little doubt that communication is dramatically increasing (refer to satellites, cell phones, and instant messaging). The western magickal tradition (A\ A\ ) tells us that we are leaving behind the Age of Osiris (the dying and resurrected god), that we are entering the Age of Horus (the warlord of the galaxy), and that the transition formally started on March 21, 1904.
Note the rapid invention (and expansion) of automobiles, telephones, radio, airplanes, and atomic energy since ±1904.
The lesser cycles include:
One Lifetime For humans, this is ±75 years, barring "accidental" deaths and early-developed, fatal diseases. Oriental medicine tells us that each individual is endowed, through inherited "destiny" (DNA programming) with a given amount of "Life Force" (Jing Qi, the essence of kidney yin substance). When it is depleted, death ensues. It is impossible to increase or replenish this Qi, although it may be "supplemented" through proper diet, herbs, energetic exercises (Qi Gong, Tai Chi, etc.), emotional moderation, and meditative lifestyles - This is the basis for Taoist immortality (actually "longevity") practices.
Western medicine tells us that each individual is endowed, through inherited DNA programming, with a death hormone that is contained in the pituitary gland. It is "covered over" by various, other, protective hormones. At a given point, a neuro-transmitter signals the over-lying hormones to disperse (see Choronzon), exposing the death hormone and allowing it to circulate and trigger the immune system to begin attacking normal physiological systems.
Oh, that's just great! We're all walking time-bombs!
The particular system attacked is determined by inherited DNA programming, with the following, common possibilities: Alzheimer's syndrome, aneurysm, arthritis, cancer, heart attack, stroke, and various degenerative conditions. Western doctors pay attention to our family medical history because it indicates what probably (but not certainly) will happen to us.
Unless one is properly insured, the western medical establishment will take every penny and every asset of a terminally-ill patient, in order to prolong life for a few years, months, weeks, and even days.
The Stages of Life These include pre-natal, natal, infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood (known as "middle aged" - starting with physical decline), elderly ("retired" the so-called "golden years,") and ancient ("terminal" or geriatric). The Nei-Ching* tells us that women's stages are governed by the number 7 (years) and men's stages are governed by the number 8 (years).
* The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine (circa 2674 BC).
The Daily Grind An assortment of passing years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds. The Magister is able to overcome the awareness of these cycles, but (remember) only when functioning in his or her Light Body.
All of the above classifications are merely introductory to one important characteristic that is inherent in cycles:
Demons that have been controlled will rise again in a cyclic manner.
People often deal with a problem (demon) and gain control. Then, later, the problem recurs and they say, "Hey! What is this? I thought I dealt with this a long time ago." Most problems tend to "come around again" in the average person. For the initiate, most (previously) controlled demons will re-surface at each Grade level.
In order to progress to a higher stage in life, or to the next-higher Grade of initiation, a person must first demonstrate control of the present level. For example, a Neophyte 1° (at Earth the physical plane), must demonstrate internal control of his or her physical body. When that control is obtained, he or she automatically ascends to the next level (to Yesod, sphere of the Moon the astral plane). Then the process starts over at a higher level, with control of the astral (emotional) plane being required to advance to the next higher level. This is repeated up through all the levels. Here is an important point:
Control means 51%
Control means that one's consciousness is in the majority (more than 50%), and that one's pre-dispositions and repressed demons (representing lack of control) are in the minority. Control does not imply 100% mastery, except at the highest level. See how it works:
< This pyramid represents the entire Path of Initiation in three levels, or three degrees. These levels are designated as the personality (the lowest level), the soul, and the spirit (at the highest level) these are also the definitions of the outer order, the inner order, and the supernal order. (Several other degrees may be contained within each level, but that does not concern this example).
< First, one must gain control (51%+) over his or her personality; as shown in the gray area in the lowest level. Note that there is still a relatively large white (uncontrolled) area remaining in the bottom level. But this (51%+) control has been obtained, and he or she automatically ascends to the next level (to the Inner Order, sphere of the Soul the causal plane, the realm of the Solar Angel).
Next, one must gain control (51%+) over the middle level, the causal plane, plus (so that the middle pyramid might be balanced) a certain amount of the uncontrolled remainder of the bottom level. This uncontrolled remainder is represented in blue.> The blue area is what makes the person say, "Hey! What is this? I thought I dealt with this a long time ago." Then the problem (demon) must be dealt with again.
< Finally, one must gain full control (100%) over the upper level, the spiritual plane, plus (so that the whole pyramid becomes balanced) the rest of the uncontrolled remainder of the bottom level and the uncontrolled remainder of the middle level. This uncontrolled remainder of both of these lower levels is represented in pink. The pink area is what makes the person say (again), "Hey! What is this? I thought I dealt with this a long, long time ago." Then the problems (demons) must be dealt with yet another time.
Upon reaching the apex of the pyramid, and controlling all the formerly uncontrolled (repressed) areas, one finally attains full (100%) control. This is mastery. Mastery is only exhibited when the Adept is operating in his or her Light Body. At other times, the Adept is subject to the usual human conditions.
It was mentioned (above), "When control is obtained, he or she automatically ascends to the next level." This is the natural, internal, course of events. Initiation into the next higher level is not dependent on an external guru or initiator (although such beings might be synchronized with the advancement process).
It has been said that "An external initiation ceremony should be a reflection of that which has already occurred within the candidate." The term, should, is emphasized, for few initiators today follow that suggestion.
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