Prior to the reader going on to the main body of this article, I wanted to add a small addendum or warning. The meditation discussed and my musings therefrom are part of my Neophyte grade work from “Kabbalah Magic and the Great Work of Self Transformation” by Lyam Thomas Christopher. It would be my advice that if you are intending on undertaking similar Golden Dawn style initiation that you wait to read this until you have done so. If you are currently working through 0o=0 within a lodge system then of course seek the advice of your teacher. I gained a great deal from the prolonged effort and discipline it took to slowly eke out the ideas I have deduced over the close to 7 month period, in which I practised this meditation daily. Further, I think this method helps the Aspirant to integrate the ideas much more effectively. That being said, I can see the other side of the argument. I have by no means exhausted this illuminating prompt. It may be that the reader will simply be able to take this knowledge even further, thus gaining more than I did from the practice. After all “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants”, not that I am to be considered of any great metaphorical stature.
This meditation is to be performed at the conclusion of the Neophyte’s daily practise. The prompt is as follows “Let the Neophyte consider a point as defined in mathematics-having position but no magnitude-and let him note the ideas to which this gives rise. Concentrating their faculties on this, as a focus, let him endeavour to realize the immanence of the Divine throughout Nature, in all her aspects”. Now, this instruction initially seems quite ambiguous as to what you are actually concentrating your faculties upon. A small amount of research informed me that the form of meditation employed here is discursive. Discursive meditation is where the Aspirant considers and speculates upon the ideas arising from a prompt and whenever he finds the end of a train of thought they return to the prompt. In addition, I found it helpful to attempt to visualise the Point as a tiny mote of light. I have seen online that a certain popular youtube creator advocates that you stare at a point on the wall. I do not think this was the intended practise. I did, however, experiment with it on several occasions to no avail. I think it is important to not aim for perfection in this meditation, deny any thoughts of “what is the correct answer?”, it will only hinder you.
- The Point is a singularity reminiscent of the singularity hypothesised to have predated the Big Bang. In this way, it is related to the unity of all the universe. This is reflected in our day to day language in the phrase “brought to a point”.
- The Point lacking magnitude is liminal, for it exists within creation but encompasses no-thing. It is an intermediary between the negative existence of Ain Soph Aur and the created world. It, therefore, aligns with the magickal image associated with Kether (The Crown), the ancient bearded king whose form is only half visible.
- The Point has a position, but what is a position. It is the description of the relationship between two objects, as it is a relative concept. Therefore, from the creation of one we have two, that which is the Point and that which is not the Point. From these two we instantly gain a third, because that which is two begets the idea of unification of the two to make a one.
- The Point is the fundamental unit of geometry, indivisible, owing to its lack of magnitude (we cannot divide zero). Geometry being one of the languages by which we describe physical reality. This taken with the Point’s aforementioned liminal qualities render it an excellent candidate for the basic unit of creation, the prima materium, the first manifest thing by which all others are made manifest. We know that the Point immediately implies duality (that which is the Point and that which is not the Point) and so we can go on to say creation takes duality. separation or division.
- There is no limit to the number of Points we can place on the head of a pin. The Point is the infinite within the finite, all manifest things contain limitless Points. All pervading infinite oneness. Further, taking the Point as our prima materium we can see that creation itself is predicated upon the infinite.
- The Point has no physicality, it is intangible and yet we can describe and utilise it.
- To describe the position of the Point we require three axes, as we have the three Supernals (fig. 1A). These three axes correspond to the three mother letters of the Hebrew alphabet Shin (שׁ), Aleph (א), Mem (ם) (fig. 1B). Letters are the building blocks of language, the means by which we transmit and convey information to each other. The position of the Point is nothing but information on the Point’s relationship to another. “For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command” (Psalm 33:9).
- Each of the three axes has a polarity, two ends, thus we have six, and with the centre, the place of equilibrium, the Point itself, we have seven. The same number as the classical planets. Further, when drawn out we see the centre portion of the Tree of Life, with Tiphareth in the place of the Point, Divinity within creation (fig. 1C).
- Another term for the Sephirah is an Intelligence. What is intelligence or intellect? it is our ability to divide, the fidelity at which we can dissect a topic, our ability to say that this is this and not that. We can therefore see that as the Point descends the tree into the manifest it is divided from potentiality to the position it bears upon the axis. It then follows that creation is the iterative limitation, the reduction of potential.
- If the Point is the prima materium, the basic unit by which all things are created then it must also contain an aspect of consciousness, as that too is part of creation. When we consider our own consciousness, what defines it as different to another’s? it’s experience, place of birth, the body it inhabits, its position in the universe. When two Points occupy the same position they are the same Point, nothing else defines them. Through this, we can also note that creation and perception of creation are intrinsically linked.
The thoughts I’ve laid out above are by no means to be taken as holy writ. I am merely a late stage Neophyte and this is the sum total of the ideas I have journaled as I’ve progressed through this grade. Some of the thoughts I’ve had went on to be augmented by my reading, where this is the case I have tried to provide a reference. It is extremely likely that the ideas I have outlined are flawed and that when I come back to this piece some time from now I will completely disagree with what I have written. I will also add this is not every idea I had from performing this meditation, it is just the ones that had sufficient composition that I felt comfortable sharing them. Beyond this, I can wholly recommend this practise to anyone toying with the idea. It is a great way to build focus and mental discipline. It also demonstrated to me that even when you think you have exhausted a “point” of inquiry, it can have so much more to give. Persistence is rewarded.
- The Mystical Qabalah by Dion Fortune
- Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford… by Lon Milo DuQuette
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