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Letter Magic

Letter Magic

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Rudolf Sebottendorf's technique for inner alchemy. Includes a description of the use of the IAO mantra and mudras (hand gestures).
Rudolf Sebottendorf's technique for inner alchemy. Includes a description of the use of the IAO mantra and mudras (hand gestures).

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THE IAO FORMULA
Lots has been written about the so-called IAO formula, although it's not always easy todefine exactly what this means in a magical sense. The vowel combination
I-A-0 
playedan important role in late ancient gnosticism, and even Aleister Crowley liked to use it alot.'We don't want to get into the philosophical and symbolic meaning of the IAO for-mula just yet since personal experience and practice is much more important right now.Besides, we also want to prove that a majority of magical techniques will work automat-ically without a lot of ideological background knowledge or philosophical "facts" as longas the appropriate state of gnosis is reached.Instead of making a bunch of philosophical-mystical statements here, I'd rather in-troduce a practical exercise that I designed myself and explain it in detail.It's an energizing and protection exercise with effects similar to those of the KabbalisticCross, but not as complicated and in some ways even more effective. It's predominatelyused to "harden" the magician's aura, which in turn allows for optimal magicalprotection.
WORKING WITH THE IAO FORMULA
At first, the IAO formula should always be practiced while standing, but after awhile youshould try other positions as well.
The I Formula
Stand upright with your feet together; you can face the east if you like. With your eyesclosed (or half closed, if you're already experienced with this meditation technique), vi-brate the vowel I long and sustained: "Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilhhhhhh.'At the same time, imagine a vertical ray of light entering your body at the top of your head, traveling through your body and exiting at your feet, disappearing into thefloor. The current doesn't flow in any certaindirection; however, with a bit of practice itwill usually feel like it's flowing up and down at the same time in rhythm with yourbreath. This ray is a continuous current, so it's not like a single "lightning flash.' Feel thestrong flow of energy in your body. Often it will feel like a warm, prickling sensation or afeeling of power and might.
 
 
If you think you're up to it, try imagining this light ray in shimmering white rightfrom the start. If you have trouble doing this, just practice for a few weeks without visu-alizing the color, and then try again.This joins the macrocosm with the microcosm; the Chinese call this the "union of heaven and earth." It harmonizes your powers and creates a feeling of unison betweenyour "above" and "below." This part ofthe IAO formula also supports inspiration andopens the crown chakra to your universe of information.
The A Formula
Still standing upright with closed (or half-closed) eyes, spread your arms out to the sidesand vibrate the vowel A long and sustained: "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh.'At the same time, imagine a continual, horizontal current of energy penetrating yourbody horizontally and exiting from the left and right sides, shooting far out in both thedirections it came from. The current doesn't flow in any fixed direction; it actually feelslike it's moving from left to right and from right to left at the same time. Feel the strongflow of energy in your body. Often it will feel like a warm, prickling sensation or a feel-ing of power and might. If you think you're up to it, try imagining this light ray inshimmering red right from the start. If you have trouble doing this, just practice for a fewweeks without visualizing the color, and then try again.This joins the left and right sides, giving and taking, doing and enduring; the Chi-nese call this the "union of yin and yang. It activates your powers and creates a feeling of unison between your "right" and "left."This part of the IAO formula is also used forcreating and maintaining a spiritual and physical balance and opens
 
the hand chakras
to
your universe of information.This is inner centering and it's similar in function to that of the magical circle. Itconcentrates your powers and puts yourself in the center of your own cosmos.
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I
The O Formula
Still standing upright with closed (or half-closed) eyes, let your arms hang to the sides of your body and vibrate the vowel 0 long and sustained: "Oooooooooooooooooohhhhhh.At the same time, imagine a continual current of energy shaped as a double circle of about five feet in diameter that surrounds your body vertically and horizontally. Thecurrent doesn't flow in any fixed direction; it actually feels like it's rotating to the left andto the right from above and below at the same time. Feel the strong flow of energy sur-rounding your body. Often it will feel like a warm, prickling sensation just above yourskin or a feeling of power and might.If you think you're up to it, try imaginingthis circular current in shimmering blueright from the start. If you have trouble doing this, just practice for a few weeks withoutvisualizing the color and then try again. Now you can expand this double 0 circle to adiameter of about twenty feet regardless of how well you can visualize it at this stage.'This is inner centering and it's similar in function to that of the magical circle. Itconcentrates your powers and puts yourself in the center of your own cosmos.This part of the IAO formula is also used for creating and maintaining a spiritual andphysical balance and a sense of security and confidence, and it reduces your magicalvulnerability and makes you the master of your own universe of information.You don't need to vibrate the letters real loud, but you should try to do it as power-fully as possible. With a bit of practice, you'll find the exact method that's just right foryou (volume, pitch, length of vibration, etc.). The IAO formula is used for magicalprotection as well as for centering and storing energy. It can also be used effectivelyprior to healing operations. We also like to use it before and after the Lesser BanishingRitual of the Pentagram as well as after every strenuous magical operation that requiresa great deal of energy. Furthermore, it can be used when working with your magicaldouble or in magical operations for influencing others, and can be used by magicianswho prefer it over the Kabbalistic Cross and can be used in its place as well as in otherexercises for centering and storing energy. Plus, the IAO formula can be performedwithout risk at any time and as often as you want.
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