Common steps and sub-activities

Magic contemplation

Here are some thoughts from Aleister Crowley on what to do to contemplate.

From Yoga for Yahoos – Crowley

We have seen that the Yogic process is implicit in every phenomenon of existence. All that we have to do is to extend it consciously to the process of thought.

We have seen that thought cannot exist without continual change; all that we have to do is to prevent change occurring. All change is conditioned by time and space and other categories; any existing object must be susceptible of description by means of a system of coordinate axes.

On the 'terrasse' of the Cafe des Deux Magots it was once necessary to proclaim the entire doctrine of Yoga in the fewest possible words 'with a shout, and with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God.' St. Paul's First Epistle to the Thessalonians, the Fourth Chapter and the Sixteenth Verse. I did so.

'Sit still. Stop thinking. Shut up. Get out!'

The first two of these instructions comprise the whole of the technique of Yoga.

The last two are of a sublimity which it would be improper to expound in this present elementary stage.

The injunction 'Sit still' is intended to include the inhibition of all bodily stimuli capable of creating movement in consciousness. The injunction 'Stop thinking' is the extension of this to all mental stimuli. It is unnecessary to discuss here whether the latter can exist apart from the former.

As in a number of his techniques there is not a great deal of help in how you do this, only a few coded pointers………….

Aleister Crowley – Book of Lies

MOME RATHS 2

The early bird catches the worm; and the twelve-year-old prostitute attracts the ambassador.
Neglect not the dawn-meditation!

The first plovers’ eggs fetch the highest prices; the flower of virginity is esteemed by the pandar.
Neglect not the dawn-meditation!

Early to bed and early to rise
Makes a man healthy and wealthy and wise:
But late to watch and early to pray
Brings him across The Abyss, they say.
Neglect not the dawn-meditation!

Aleister Crowley – Book of Lies

THE DUCK-BILLED PLATYPUS

Dirt is matter in the wrong place.
Thought is mind in the wrong place.
Matter is mind; so thought is dirt.
Thus argued he, the Wise One, not mindful that all place is wrong.
For not until the PLACE is perfected by a T saith he PLACET.

The Rose uncrucified droppeth its petals; without the Rose the Cross is a dry stick.
Worship then the Rosy Cross, and the Mystery of the Two-in-One.

And worship Him that swore by His holy T that One
should not be One except in so far as it is Two.
I am glad that LAYLAH is afar; no doubt clouds love.

Notes
Placet is a fictional planet that appeared in the Science Fiction story Placet is a Crazy Place by Fredric Brown.  Placet is composed of both ordinary and heavy matter. The core is made of the collapsed, heavy matter, giving the planet a gravity three-fourths that of Earth. Bird-like animals made of heavy matter fly through the earth above the heavy matter core.
Placet revolves faster than the speed of sound in a figure eight pattern around two stars, Half way between them is a field where light slows to the speed of sound. This field also affects the brains of human beings, resulting in extremely vivid visual hallucinations. The sense of touch is unaffected by the hallucinations

The Rosy Cross is a symbol largely associated with Christian Rosenkreuz, alchemist and founder of the Rosicrucian Order.  It was used by the Golden Dawn movement of which Crowley was a member.  Loosely speaking it represents  " the human body and the rose represents the individual's unfolding consciousness”

The reference to Laylah refers to the merging of consciousness and will with the Higher spirit – unity again – the two into one.