Cultivation of Will

Introduction

The following exercise is based on descriptions in two of the Flying Rolls issued by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The main concept was given by V.H. Soror S.S.D.D. (Florence Farr) in Flying Roll No. II under the heading Three Suggestions on Will Power. Additional comments and suggestions where given by G.H. Frater D.D.C.F. (Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers) in Flying Roll No. VI, and simply entitled Concerning Flying Roll No. II.

Method

  1. Sit quietly in a comfortable position.
  2. Close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths, relaxing as you exhale.
  3. Imagine a centre of attraction, slightly above your head, with thoughts radiating out, like rays, in a vast globe.
  4. “To want or desire a thing is the first step in the exercise of Will.”
  5. Get a distinct image of the thing you desire.
  6. Elevate this image to the contemplation of Divine Light at the point slightly above the crown of your head.
  7. Imagine bringing down a ray from this point to the centre of your chest (approximately the location of your heart).
  8. Concentrate all your wandering rays of thought upon this image until you feel it to be one glowing scarlet ball of compacted force.
  9. Project this concentrated force onto the subject you wish to affect.
  10. Take a few moments to bring your attention

Qabalistic Symbolism

In Qabala, the point at the crown of the head is Kether. You may want to make the centre of attraction the actual crown of your head, rather than a point slightly above (see the note below regarding the location of the Sahasrara chakra). You bring down the ray from the Divine Light in Kether to Tiphereth, the heart. This follows the path of Gimel on the Tree of Life.

Hindu Yogic and Tantric (Shakta) Traditions

In Eastern traditions, the centre of attraction at the top of the head is the Sahasrara chakra (thousand petaled lotus). Some sources place the location at the top (crown) of head, while others locate it slightly above the top of the head, as in the exercise above. The point at the centre of the chest is the Anahata chakra, the heart chakra. Both the Sahasrara chakra and Kether relate to the Godhead, an archetypal union with God, often described as the Higher Self (the ‘Divine’ and ‘Highest’ part of your soul / consciousness). Anahata has been described as “following your heart” based on the guidance of your Higher Self. Additional teachings state that kalpa taru (the wish-fulfilling tree) is located here, symbolising your ability to manifest your desires. Compare this with the Indo-European etymology for will, which is said to derive from the root wel-, meaning “to wish.”

Further Information on the Will

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