The Silver Lotus technique is a progressive visualization exercise that I began developing for my personal practice about 15 years ago. It has increased in complexity over time, and I have decided to document that process so that it might be a resource for others. A combination of several different exercises pirated from older traditions, a good deal of the material and basic ideas are likely to be familiar. If you are an experienced in occultism, energy work, meditation, and/or pranayama you might be easily able to utilize this technique immediately. If you are new to any meditative or magickal exercises, or if you are looking to “get back into the swing of things” with your practice, following the recommended course of application will be valuable to you. The Silver Lotus Technique requires strength in a few different areas. Working through the phases in succession will systematically increase your skill levels in focused breathing, silencing of the mind, visualization, sensating and directing personal energy.
For the first week of this process three aspects of magickal practice will be addressed.
- Preparation and mental commitment
- Basic breathing techniques
- Beginning Visualization
Preparation and Mental Commitment
Some of the most often dismissed aspects of magickal practice is preparation and mental commitment. They are often implied by starting a new practice or exploring a new technique but I feel it is very important to address these things from the beginning as doing so will help to fortify your resolve to follow through. It is common when results are not immediate to feel a sense of failure and/or to dismiss the benefits of the process because they are not immediately obvious. It is essential to mentally prepare for this feeling so that you can work past it if it does indeed arise. An effective method of mental preparation for me is to set a minimum time period to which I will commit to the practice regardless. This shifts the goal focus to a verifiable accomplishment which can increase motivation and help to diminish lust for results.
Magick is exciting. Starting a new exercise or practice is exciting. Often times this excitement wears off once we are down in the thick of doing the actual work. No one is a magician overnight, and it takes a good deal of effort and commitment to yourself in order to unlock deeper ability and understanding. Frustration often sabotages us when we feel like we are not where we should be and this can tempt us to give up. Make the focus of your practice your personal evolution. This includes ability to persevere, meet and exceed goals, patience, growth, and most importantly introspection into your own thought patterns (among other things). When you make this commitment to yourself, ability follows.
Preparation includes mental commitment as well as considering more mundane aspects of your life such as time, scheduling, and external environment. These factors, though seemingly more immediate, tend to be mitigated easier than the personal or mental ones. A very common excuse I often hear is “I’d love to but I just don’t have the time”. Recognize this for what it is. An excuse. While there is no specific amount of time you need to devote to this particular practice I have found that in the beginning 10-15 minutes is a good goal to shoot for. This amount of time can be found for almost anyone by observing your habits and looking for leisure time that could be utilized for development. For example Google tells me that in a 30 minute program there is an average of 8 minutes of commercial breaks. Double that for an hour long program and there is 16 minutes. While this exercise in particular cannot be done “only during commercials” as it requires a period of solid focus the example of commercials illustrates how much time we “lose” during our regular day. As you advance you will likely find yourself naturally devoting more time to your practice but also really enjoying that time.
Scheduling, while closely tied to the time factor should be recognized as a separate consideration. After you have found ways to make more time for yourself and an effort that will be personally rewarding it is helpful to then write that time into your daily schedule. Consider it an appointment, if you will. You know you can find the time but often in life we put off things of this nature for more “important” matters. I find it is helpful on weekends to consider my schedule for the following week and then plan when I will be devoting time to myself during each day. Life gets really busy sometimes and it is so easy to fall into patterns that we have to consider devoting time to magickal or evolutionary practices as a habit we must build.
For example I used to do my seated meditations in the morning and other exercises- ritual or study in the evenings. As I began to add new goals and practices to my life I found it worked better for my schedule to do my physical exercises in the morning, study or experimentation in the evening, and meditation at night after my son is in bed. This schedule is subject to change depending on my lifestyle at any given time, so instead of making it concrete in my mind I “schedule” or plan my time weekly. I find that the act of scheduling this time makes it feel more important to me on those days where I just want to have a glass of wine and relax.
Find the time, schedule it in.
Finally for preparation one should consider their external environment. While the experienced individual may not be as limited by their environment as the novice, it is still an important factor to consider. Find a space that you can sit quietly. Focus and concentration are your friends and being able to avoid distraction in the beginning will strengthen the foundation you will build on as you advance. Paying close attention to execution of technique will help to ingrain the process in your mind so that later it will become almost automatic.
For the Silver Lotus technique relaxation of the body and mind is an important aspect. Many people including myself find that aesthetics and environment can really help support any given working. If you are able to devote a particular space in your home to meditation and practice that is wonderful and you should take full advantage of this by filling this space with items that appeal to the spiritual part of yourself. Soft floor pillows and comfortable mats to sit on, beautiful or inspiring artwork, soft lighting or candles, incense or oils. All of these things are examples of how one can utilize aesthetics to create an environment that supports your practice.
I personally do not have such a dedicated space. This is probably true for most of us and that is okay. In someways it is even beneficial down the line because it means you will not have to regulate your practice to that dedicated space or break the heavy anchors between magical mind-frames and the location itself. I still utilize aesthetics most of the time however. I sit in the middle of my living room floor on a pillow I use only for meditation. I like to light incense and a tealight and these three items alone are extremely helpful in relaxation and focus for me. If I don’t have these items for whatever reason it doesn’t matter anymore. Over time I have shifted my physical anchors to a magickal mind-state from location to items to my physical self (that’s another article on its way lol).
When you are just getting started I firmly believe you should consider what effects you and utilize things that will support your endeavors. It is VERY important to recognize items and aesthetics as useful tools to aid your development. The items themselves have no concrete correlation on your level of attainment. They are tools only and not required, but very useful. I repeat, they are tools only. Don’t allow yourself to pwn yourself by linking your ability to practice with having these objects. If you run out of incense don’t use that as an excuse to skip your practice. It doesn’t matter. They are tools.
YOU are the source and the power behind your magick. Not what you surround yourself with.
Did I mention that things are only tools?
Very good then, moving on.