The Method of the Lamp


The Method of the Lamp is a Connection Practice documented in the 'Demotic Magical Paprus. It involves staring at a light source with intention until a connection ("trance") is induced. whereby the individual pictures a sacred setting, like the birth of Jesus in a stable, and then imagines themselves in the setting. [1]

List of Connection Practices

Connection Practice > Affirmation of Compassion, Affirmation of Self, Cocooning, Connection Affirmation, Connection Visualization, Deprivation, Detachment, Drumming, Fasting, Flow Purification, Great Invocation, Holotropic Breathwork, Hypnotism, Hypoventilation, Intent, Intent to Connect, Meditation, Mysticism of the Historical Event, Poetry, Power Quest, Receptive Seeking, Relaxation, Spirit Canoe, The Method of the Lamp, The Way of the Hollow Bone, Vajra Breath, Visualization, Wicca, Writing, Yoga, Zazen

Notes

The method of staring at a lamp (light source) to induce connection is best accompanied by an intention statement of some sort, indicating the type of connection/contact one desire to establish. For example, from the paprus, "I pray thee to reveal The Demotic Magical Papryus of London and Leiden, dating from 225 C.E., teaches practitioners of The Method of the Lamp to use intent prior to practice. "When you desire to make inquiry of the lamp, fill your eyes with the ointment aforesaid, and then say "I pray thee. to reveal thyself here tonight, speak with me and give me the answer truly concerning the questions I ask of the. " Pronouncing the spell over the lamp, you will see a figure of a god standing behind the lamp and he speaks with you about your query." [2] thyself here tonight, speak with me and give me the answer truly concerning the questions I ask of thee." [3]

Muses suggest that "Aladdin's Magic Lamp" derives from the ancient Egyptian practice.[4]

Footnotes

  1. Muses, Charles. “Trance-Induction Techniques in Ancient Egypt.” In Consciousness and Reality: The Human Pivot Point, edited by Charles Muses and Arthur M Young, 9–17. New York: Discus Books, 1972.
  2. Muses, Charles. “Trance-Induction Techniques in Ancient Egypt.” In Consciousness and Reality: The Human Pivot Point, edited by Charles Muses and Arthur M Young, 9–17. New York: Discus Books, 1972. p. 11.
  3. Muses, Charles. “Trance-Induction Techniques in Ancient Egypt.” In Consciousness and Reality: The Human Pivot Point, edited by Charles Muses and Arthur M Young, 9–17. New York: Discus Books, 1972. p. 11.
  4. Muses, Charles. “Trance-Induction Techniques in Ancient Egypt.” In Consciousness and Reality: The Human Pivot Point, edited by Charles Muses and Arthur M Young, 9–17. New York: Discus Books, 1972.