Passion, as mentioned in the previous discussion, is absolutely vital to spiritual growth, and practicing exercises contained in Initiation into Hermetics.
How could we do something, especially magic without a passion for it? Imagine having no passion for anything. If you have no passion, you have no life.
Practicing magic without passion is impossible, and it is expectations which kill passion.
A person who has expectations of himself, his wife, his job, his children, his life will only continue to suffer a quiet rage, because life will never turn out the way we expect. It’s a simple lesson, but might take lifetimes to learn.
But what is passion and why is it so vital to magic? Passion allows us to do things for years upon years, because we love doing them.
So passion is the love of doing.
Imagine we loved performing thought control exercises, or looked forward to breathing in the elements, or enjoyed transplanting consciousness. Also imagine we weren’t too bothered if the practice was successful or not, and we never looked for a result, because we enjoyed the doing of the exercises.
It’s easy to see how we could do something like that for our whole lives.
Now we understand how some masters can put in what seems superhuman amounts of time practicing spiritual exercises. Simply put, they love doing them. That’s the key to magic, and the foundation of all Bardons books.
If you love doing the exercises, you’ll never want to give up something you love.
Bardon had this passion. He loved doing exercises, he read every book available, he talked about magic constantly, he derived so much joy from magic.
But of course, that is not always the case. we are taught to have expectations, and taught to kill our joy. Taught maybe by people who are joyless themselves, and don’t wish anyone else to be happier than them lol!
But is it possible to love exercises which seem tough, and difficult to do? At first they seem a rigorous discipline, then a joyful exercise.
Reading, we can feel the enormous passion the Humble magician had for magic. His main concern at one stage was that he would not have enough time to complete all what he wished to do, after 27 years practice. That’s passion.
The first stage in developing a passion for magic, and spiritual exercises, is to quieten the mind. The more occupied the mind is, the more difficult an exercise becomes.
Once the mind becomes quiet, this quiet builds up. Then one can draw from the reserve of quietness. From this derives wonderful peaceful feelings from this beautiful stillness.
Now any time you concentrate, on a spiritual exercise, you tune in to this peace. The exercise itself becomes pleasurable, no matter what it happens to be. This work, stops being work, and becomes something we look forward to, something we love doing.
The upside to this is that the exercises themselves have taken a back seat. But because we build upon, and constantly draw from these pleasurable feelings of peace, we actually forget how many months or years we have been doing a particular exercise.
Imagine this maximum concentration on one exercise for long periods of time, and its easy to see how we could become a master of all the various steps.
One who finds this deep peaceful, calm, but quietly exciting inner joy though stillness, is joined to the spiritual world, and this world, helps the magician from now on.
Practically speaking, this inner silence develops when we make a habit of exercises. Even if the joy of silence is not our goal, it quietly arrives, without fuss. That is unless we have expectations!! Once the habit is formed, the silence follows, along with the quiet joy.
Passion is a love of doing, doing is be-ing experienced. Be-ing is the experience of heaven on earth. Practicing IIH is a heavenly experience for those not attached to results.
Instead of running around in circles, thinking this and that, we can become the circle itself.
That’s the secret of doing magic for 27 years or even 36 years at a time, and the meaning behind the phrase:
My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.