First of all, rid your mind of all beliefs that there is some miraculous power inherent in the crystal as used by magicians. The crystal ball is simply an efficient instrument or device serving as a focal center in which to focus and concentrate your mental forces in the process of visualization. Regard the crystal ball in your work precisely as a scientist would regard the lens of his microscope or telescope. In your work, the crystal operates akin to a magnifying glass which in focusing the rays of the sun can generate enough heat to cause a fire; the crystal ball focuses the currents of the mental energy in a similar manner.
Secondly, remove any fantastic ceremonies from your crystal practices in visualization. It is true that some of the Hindu magicians surround their work with the crystal ball with mystical proceedings, but such are entirely psychological in nature; you do not need them. However, there does seem to be a sort of "polarization" of the crystal as the result of the mental energy directed
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toward it. Thus the crystal will tend to work better for the individual the longer he or she uses it. To this end, it is advised that you keep the crystal ball you use exclusively for your own work, and do not allow it to be used by others.
You may obtain a crystal ball at any supply house of magical apparatus. A solid glass ball three or four inches in diameter is fine. Be sure the glass is clear and free from flaws, as such are distracting.
Following are the rules for using the crystal effectively in your practice of visualization.
1 As much as possible, have the room in which you practice crystal visualization quiet and free from disturbing outside sights and sounds. Also, it is well to have it furnished simply, and remove all mirrors. The general color tone of the room should be subdued, and it should be comfortable in temperature. Have the room lighted in a low key when you practice; in other
words, use moderate lighting that is neither too bright or too dark. In placing the crystal in the room, arrange it so that the rays of light do not reach it directly, nor be reflected in or from it. The light source should always be from behind your back, and never in front of you.
2 The crystal ball may either rest on its stand, or unsupported on the table placed in front of you, or you may, if you prefer, hold it Yogi style in the palm of your hand. Many occultists favor having the crystal resting on a black velvet cushion, and have its immediate surroundings likewise in black.
3 In concentrating upon the crystal (the term gazing is used by the Seers), you should never strain or overly fatigue your eyes. Instead, you should maintain a calm, restful gaze. Remember, you are to gaze at the crystal, not to stare at it. Do not try to avoid blinking your eyes; be completely natural in the practice. Do not become impatient, excited, or anxious in learning the skill, and do not treat it as a game. You are learning to use a scientific instrument of the occult; be serious about it. You may also make two funnels of your hands, gazing through them at the crystal as you would through a pair of opera glasses. Yogis often advise this technique to initiates.
4 Perform your practice with the crystal ball when you are alone. Other persons present can be most disturbing. Solitude is an aid to concentration.
5 Acquire proficiency in using the crystal gradually, make your sessions no longer than ten minutes each, at the start. After a time, this period may be
increased to fifteen minutes. Later on, the period may be lengthened to thirty minutes, and so on. But, when the period-time of one hour is reached, you should impose the final time limit at that point. I do not advise sittings in crystal concentration for over one hour each for persons in the Occident.
6 Your success in using the crystal does not in any way depend upon your ability to see pictures "in" the crystal, as many seek in what is called "crystal gazing." This is not your purpose in this practice; your purpose is that of creating a clear, strong mental-picture in the focused and concentrated "mind"—not in the crystal. The mental-picture is to be seen in "the mind's eye," as it were, and not by the physical eye as a reflection in the crystal. The visualization is in "that which is the inner eye which is the bliss of solitude," as it is expressed in India. Visualization is difficult to some persons, while easy to others. There is a certain "knack" required to master the process, but this will come to all with practice and gradual development.
7 If you find you have difficulty in visualizing at first, you will do well to begin systematically to cultivate the ability of "seeing in the mind's eye"— using the crystal to accomplish this. Begin by trying to "see" in your imagination some simple object like a chair, table, or some other uncomplicated object with which you are familiar. Then proceed to more complex and difficult objects.
Rather than trying to create the object directly in the mind, go about it indirectly, by imagining that you are looking at a painted or printed picture of the object. As you advance on to more complicated objects, you can view them as if you were seeing such on a screen as an imaginary motion picture. Many students find this approach to visualizing helpful.
Another device that is useful in cultivating the ability of "seeing in the mind's eye" is to simply hold the thought of the thing, object, condition, or objective without actually trying to completely visualize it in picture form. Some people find this easier than forming mental-pictures. Many Hindu magicians use this method exclusively with excellent results, as in the last analysis a mental-picture is but "a thought made visible." In all cases, the crystal ball is used as the focal point of the thought idea.
8 Finally, in all practices of operations with the crystal ball you should observe the Yogi rule of "throwing the mind blank" before proceeding to visualize. The mental slate must be wiped off and cleaned, before any new drawing is placed upon it. The magicians express it in a variety of ways, such as: the mental lake must be still, before new ripples or waves of the vrittis are created in it; the mental metal must be rendered fluid, before it is poured into new molds; the old buildings must be torn down, and the ground cleared, before new buildings may be erected in the same area. This fundamental rule of oriental magic and /or psychic power must never be lost sight of.
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