Francis Israel Regardie. But it was before the war, in the s, when Regardie took his ideas on therapy and combined them with magic in general, and the practice known as The Middle Pillar in particular. His first book to explore this topic was The Art of True Healing published in In he published The Middle Pillar, wherein the basic ideas presented were expanded upon, including references to Freudian and Jungian psychology and Chinese meditation practices involving the circulation of a chi, or a psycho-physical energy throughout the body.
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Francis Israel Regardie. But it was before the war, in the s, when Regardie took his ideas on therapy and combined them with magic in general, and the practice known as The Middle Pillar in particular.
His first book to explore this topic was The Art of True Healing published in In he published The Middle Pillar, wherein the basic ideas presented were expanded upon, including references to Freudian and Jungian psychology and Chinese meditation practices involving the circulation of a chi, or a psycho-physical energy throughout the body. In addition, it is in his book, The Middle Pillar, whose full title is — The Middle Pillar: A Co-Relation of the Principles of Analytical Psychology and the Elementary Techniques of Magic — wherein the link between The Middle Pillar practice and the Lesser Ritual of the Pentagram is most strongly made, and where Regardie sees ritual magic and its attendant visualization practices as not only a means of creating and sustaining health, but also as a means of destabilizing a weak or easily influenced personality.
Magic and Psycho-Somatic Healing In magic we are told there are a host of psychic centers within our body. Teachings state these centers have relationships with the nervous and endocrine systems, as well as symbolic relationships with stones, plants, animals, even planets, zodiacal signs, and invisible beings. Thus, these psychic centers are gateways to both external dimensions and phenomena, as well as inner, highly subjective states of consciousness.
The Middle Pillar uses five major centers which have a corresponding relationship to the Elements and to the five spheres on the central pillar of The Tree of Life. In general, esotericism sees illness as being a result of energy disruptions, wherein subtle energy imbalances results in symptoms of a physical or mental nature.
It is even the same for physical illness as some form of false belief in the mind of the patient, results in an emotional knot or complex that can manifest as a physical or mental illness or both. As such, all disease is seen as rooted in a malfunction of one or more of the psychic centers that regulate our energy flow, and thereby our consciousness.
If we can identify the centers involved and adjust their functioning, then we can restore health to the individual.
For this, we have the Middle Pillar, wherein, the mind becomes its own healer by synchronizing the thoughts, imagination, emotions, and body of the practitioner. The Middle Pillar allows us to work with five of the major psychic functions, or clusters, without having to have an extensive esoteric background. Now there is theory one needs to understand, but in its simplest practice, it has a healing effect of getting the client in-touch with their own body — something important in itself as the stronger the mental illness, the less aware many can be with their body and their environment.
Practice of the Middle Pillar also has a simultaneously relaxing, and yet stimulating effect as energy knots, or tensions in the mind and their corresponding relations in the body are made aware and released. This release of tension can create a tremendous feeling of exultation, joy, and physical arousal, and with it of course a sense of enthusiasm, wellness, and confidence.
The Client It was a Thursday around noontime, after having spent three hours earlier that morning as a guest on the radio show Coast to Coast C2C from 2AM until 5AM I was contacted by a friend of the family on their behalf.
He explained to me the situation and at the end asked me if there was anything I or anyone could do. As the family history unfolded it became clear to me that this was either a young man acting out, or a serious issue that standard psychiatric talk therapy and medication might not be able to address.
This is an intelligent, successful, high-income group of individuals who at their wits end were concerned that the client was experiencing some form of spirit attachment or worse, demonic assault or possession and were looking for someone to fix it.
It was only after getting background from people involved that I spoke with the client. Our client is a 16 year old male diagnosed with possible psychosis and on a daily regime of prescribed psychiatric medication. The young man is intelligent, creative, socially involved, sings in several choirs, and is popular. According to his mother he is very intellectual, as well as critical of others, and believes that the educational system is flawed, and therefore he should not have to participate, and can be snobbish about others at times.
However what makes his case different is that he is not the first person in the family to experience spontaneous and traumatic visions, nor the only one at times as a younger sibling was beginning to exhibit similar behaviors. He had neurological and educational tests all of which came back clean.
He participated in sleep studies and underwent testing for seven weeks at Yale Psychiatric hospital. His parents were strongly against medication, as was the client, but he begged for an increase in dosage if it would stop the visions. The Visions and The Meltdown His mother estimates that the first vision she remembers the client having was when he was around the age of three and that they escalated around the age of six. However, he was not the first in the family to have them, only his were the most sever.
There was the imaginary friend of his older sister who stopped appearing to her when her brother — the client — was born. His maternal uncle had visions as well. The snakes would come out of the walls and wrap themselves around people…. At this point he was starting to have walking dreams, like [multiple] dimensions concurrent[ly]. The visions included being engulfed in walls of flame or water while walking down the hallway at school.
Nightmares wherein beings and men in black would come and try to grab onto the boy, along with a recurring portal would open up on the wall opposite the foot of his bed and these same beings would try to pull him through it. The mysterious Lucy is a young girl who appears frequently in the visions but has no known existence to the client or his family members.
He states he remembers hardly any of the walk except for bits and pieces. In the hospital he stated that a woman was following him, she progressed through her life over a week and died.
Being the intelligent literary type that his is, he compared it to the rhyme about Solomon Grundy. Post-hospitalization his sleep habits were interfered with as he was continually haunted by the swirling vortex. He feels at times that he can look at things and taste them, or touch them and know what they smell like.
He states that he has all his senses connected with the other dimensions. Thus, dream work later also became part of the practice, and interpreting symbols. But it was the work with the Middle Pillar that allowed everything to come to a place of mental and emotional stability, health, and happiness for the young man, and his family.
He is his old self again. The images of spiraling vortexes are similar to cross-cultural descriptions of psychic centers when they are perceived in their various states of function. Snakes and foxes are also part of the archetypes of hidden knowledge coming to the surface.
Practices such as the Middle Pillar, under the guidance of someone experienced in them, can be powerful tools for bringing into conscious awareness of this inner energy, and directing it to its naturally creative — if not always understood — ends. It goes from being a demon to an angel — a true source of Light, Life, and Love in our lives. Lisiewski, Ph. We encourage you to subscribe to this blog to get all updates sent directly to your email in-box.
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The Middle Pillar Exercise: Its Use in Healing Psychological and Paranormal Illnesses
He received an expulsion notice giving him 24 hours to leave the country; Crowley was soon also ordered to leave. Clegg and J. Regardie wrote an angry letter back, calling Crowley "Alice" and describing him as "a contemptible bitch". Regardie later came to reject this understanding of alchemy, referring to it as "by far my worst book" and regretting having written it.
Middle Pillar Ritual by Israel Regardie
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