Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Lord's prayer - A mystical magic outlook

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Our Father, Who art in heaven

In light of the most recent articles that I've been drafting, under the premise that all, or nearly all sacred texts relate to a process that involves accessing the unconscious (and subsequent manipulation of reality), here's one more...

...which leads us to a prayer taught to us by someone very special.

Contrary to popular belief, the oldest version known of the quasi-Aramaic Lord's Prayer is a translation from the original Greek, which I quote below. Note that is very similar to the current Bible translations.


Hallowed be thy Name,
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done,

Give us today our usual bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.

And do not guide us into temptation.

So be it truly.

A mystical literary model?

In my previous article, "we are all under a spell", I made an introductory explanation of a model that "imprints" ideas in the unconscious that will later manifest and the following fits right in.

The original cadence of text of the prayer which the Son of God taught may not yet be not be known but the cadence of the prayer itself, as we know it, seems to fit a model, a typical liturgical template of the first century, which in itself has a lot of "magic" (induction in the unconscious). Let's see:

1. Praise / Exalt / Worship

It is necessary that this part creates an emotional response.
It therefore has to be impressive causing an unquestionable greatness that surrounds the experience and consequently thereby stressing our smallness.

Historically, designating a figure "in heaven" with "all the glory" had an emotional impact far greater than in today’s society. It is therefore natural that the process of praying with these euphemisms can possibly effectively bear less fruit. However, note that the "kingdom of heaven" may be a way of referring to the higher (the unconscious) mind (and / or is an astrological reference although in the same context), and "glory" the creative power - something not covered in this specific article.

2. Thanks Giving

The state of gratitude inspires tranquility and absence of doubt about future results and about what is implanted in the mind (whether consciously or unconsciously). By giving thanks for a positive conclusion in the future, possible conflicting beliefs (questions) or "lack of faith" are avoided.

3. Confession

Admitting that there may be something incorrect  in our conduct which does not make us worthy  of the results we wish for is a way of eliminating guilt, which is nothing more than a conflicting belief standing in the way of truly accepting (and therefore believing) good results.

Confessions also attributes  the "entity" to whom we pray with the premises of forgiveness, which further contributes to a state of a serene mind and total absence of conflicting beliefs. This consequently allows the unconscious to be "imprinted" with a well resolved, non contradictory idea / belief, manifesting it accordingly.

4. Petition

There is obviously a request. That which is desired to be manifested.

This request is then consciously made after the first stages. By now there is direct access to the unconscious, without room for contradictory ideas to be implanted with the request (such as, for example, feeling not worthy).

5. Celebration

This doxology is necessary to strengthen the state of tranquility of the "unconscious" until it is once again barred by the conscious. In other words, it is a state of celebration expressed as thanks and praise which tranquilly leads into the normal waking state, in the reversed direction of the process, without impetuous emotions or space that generates conflicting ideas / concerns.

Ideally this effort would be more effective in an altered state of consciousness. This would require a simpler model, but the above does not cease to be a superb model of prayer because it contains real and effective psychological principles. 

Important note:

It is not difficult to conclude that there are many non-religious ceremonies these days that induce the mind in a receptive state, and in ignorance, can implant ideas or beliefs outside the will of the subject if he does not understand the process. Such "ceremonies" include e.g. concerts, galas, and sports competitions and other emotional events.

Pray this way (?) to Our Father

And here we are at the heart of the matter of this article, and please forgive how I digressed to get here but the context was needed. Having already established that the words fit a Liturgical Prayer / "magic" model and that the words themselves have not been doctored, there is still:

What is the purpose of pray if the unconscious does not perceive what is asked?
What metaphors are then expressed by this magnificent Prayer?

Prayer, in the context in which I explain basically summarizes the process of "Salvation" (to be addressed in another article) in an introductory way. So, here is a coarse mystical interpretation, to which each can give his own discount as it is merely a meditative interpretation of something that only an Adept (high magician) could teach:

Unconscious (Universe, Mind, true Self)

I recognize your (my) power
Allow me (to learn) to use it (salvation)
to materialize (create) that which I imagine.

(And for this)
Allow me to exist (learn / create) today (physically, in time)
Free me from compromises (mistaken beliefs / karma)
As I free those who I have compromised (beloved / forgiveness / correction)

And guide me not to use such power erroneously

So be it

I must stress that it is a mystical interpretation and not intended as blatant blasphemy. It is my (not so humble) opinion that it is one of the most powerful prayers in the universe, if well understood.

Hugs and Kisses,

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