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The Flashing Sword

The Flashing Sword

by Mark Stavish, M.A. For The Wyoming Valley Society for Esoteric Studies Copyright 1999 Mark Stavish Introduction

The Technique of "The Flashing Sword" is among one of the most common methods known t qabalists, and yet, one of the least commented upon. Like many esoteric practices it lends itse to a great deal of sophistication, and can be introduced to beginning students as a practic mnemonic devise for learning the basics of the Tree of Life, up to a method for releasing th "Secret Fire" or Kundalini in each of us. The Flashing Sword

The Flashing Sword represents the original descent of Divine energy, or Mezla, during the act o creation. Once this act was accomplished, the energy began to rise back again, towards i original source, and this became known to qabalists as "The Rising Serpent". Together, they for a symbolic glyph of the entire creative process and are well known to hermetic students.

When this process of creation is imagined as part of ourselves, we take on the role of creato and created. The Lightning Flash of creation goes through us, and we become re-created on subtle and interior level. When this energy returns to its source, we are lifted ever so slight higher on the Path of Return. Our psychic centers, corresponding to the spheres on the Tree, a awakened and brought into harmony with each other, and we become the Adam Kadmon, o Original Human, before the so-called "Fall". In short, since are in our daily life already "Fallen", b performing this and other esoteric exercises, we take on the role of redeemer of ourselves an creation, or that of Christ. Version One

Visualize a sphere of light above your head. Make it so intense that its center point appears blac Concentrate on this sphere for several minutes. Watch it pulse and grow brighter, hotter, an more intense with each breath. Imagine a ray of light coming down from it piercing the top o your head, or crown area, where the skull bones come together. Feel the ray enter into th center of your head filling it with brilliant, intense light. Feel a ray of this light move over to th left temple, filling the entire left side of your skull, brain, and face with light. After a minute o two, imagine the ray of light moving over to the right temple, filling it with light. Meditate on th for a minute or two. Pause now, and visualize these three brilliant spheres of light, the crow left temple, and right temple, connected by three rays of light from their center points, formin a triangle, with a brilliant point of light in their center. Let grow and fuse into a single sphere o brilliant light.

Let a ray now pass down from right side, to your left shoulder. After a minute or so, let the ray o light continue towards your right shoulder. Then, to your heart area, below the sternum, an after a minute or so, to your left hip. The ray continues across to your right hip, and then to yo pubic bone. After a minute or two of meditation, it continues to the center of your feet. As 1/3


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you were standing in a brilliant ball of light. You can also imagine the energy continuing to th fiery center of the earth.

Each sphere should be brilliant, bright, warm, and vibrant. The lines connecting them should be brilliant blueish-white color, with sharp, clear edges.

You may end your meditation at this point, or if you feel the energy is too intense, a sense o drowsiness, or heaviness, withdraw the point of light from your feet and reverse the light, takin the spheres with you, back to Kether, and to the starting point above your head. Let that lig then fade to black.

After your acquire competency in this technique, add the Queens Color Scale to each spher Later, add geometric forms (polygons preferably) as well. Version Two

Perform the same as version one. Then, after reaching Malkooth, your feet, imagine a brillia green serpent, with red-gold highlights, and an intense sense of heat, rise up through eac sphere, taking its energy with it, all the way to Kether. Visualize its hood, like a cobra, fannin out and overshadowing you in its power, protection, and wisdom. Imagine both the downwa flow of mezla, the sword of light, and the upward power of the serpent combined. Hold th image and let it fade. If the energy is too intense, reverse the serpent back to Malkooth, and the the sword back to Kether. Version Three

Same as version one, but vibrate the names for each sphere, in order of highest to lowest (Divin Name-Archangel-Angelic-Mundane) for each sphere. Meditate on absorbing the energy of th sphere for a minute or two, then move on to the next. Version Four

Same as Version Three, but add the Rising Serpent, and vibrate the names from lowest to highe as you reach each sphere. Version Five

Same as Version One, but vibrate the names in special groupings. Giving one week to eac grouping. This method is taken from The Philosophers of Nature, "Fundamentals of Esotericis Course" and is based on the principles of alchemy.

Week One - Divine and Archangelic Names together. This is the Sulphur, or soul of the sphere.

Week Two - Angelic and Mundane Names together. This is the Salt, or material matrix of th sphere.

Week Three - Archangelic and Angelic Names together. This is the Mercury,or the energet component of the sphere, linking the Sulphur and the Salt, or spiritual and material expression of the sphere. Week Four - Vibrate Group One, then Group Two, and the Group Three together.
Version Six The following exercise is taken from The Philosophers of Nature Qabala Course, Lesson 64 2/3


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large mirror is required for this exercise. Candles are placed at foot and shoulder level. Th candles should not be visible in the mirror. The work area (oratory) should be dark. Perform fou square breathing. Imagine sphere of light above your head. Imagine it in the mirror. Feel penetrate your head. As you exhale, see and feel it fill your skull with light. See this in th mirror as well. Continue with the descent of light, seeing it reflected in the mirror. When yo reach Malkooth, see, feel, smell, all the images of the fertile earth. Feel as though the energ pours through you, vivifying your earth. Then, at that moment, feel the sudden upsurge o powerful, violent, volcano like energy rushing up, as if a tree were growing at sudden spee taking you with it in its branches. This force moves straight for your cranium. Now, the sma sphere above it, enlarges to enclose your entire head. around your face will be a brilliant whi halo. The allegory used is that your head is the Sun, and your feet the Earth. If you like, you ca also visualize the first Hebrew letter of the name of each sphere in the sphere during th descent. That is Kaph for Kether; Heh for Hod; Mem for Malkooth; etc.