Reproduced below is a ritual exercise taken from the magical practices of the UR Group. The purpose of the ritual is to bring awareness to the Central Fire , the ignis centrum terrae, within the initiate. According to the authors this constitutes “one of the first and fundamental operations in the initiatic art: the transferring of the sense of the Self into the region of the heart.”
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The ritual mentioned here is connected with the practice of breathing, which is executed according to the formula 2n (inspiration), n (retention), 2n (expiration), n (retention) in an early phase; and 2n, 4n, 2n, n in a later phase. The ritual can be performed in the first phase, too. This will be discussed later on. For now it is enough to know the meaning of the spirit, assumed in concentration and in silence, which, as an animating and sustaining essence of man, is symbolized by breath. Breath is necessary to bodily life, just as fire is indispensable to any form of physical life, hence “the breath of fire” in various symbolism…
Lying down, after achieving the perfect rhythm of breathing in the above-mentioned phases, so that this organic function may continue with absolute spontaneity and without requiring any particular attention, one descends to the roots of being through “concentration” and “silence”. When one reaches the supreme phase and frees the spirit, this is realized as a small flame burning in one’s heart. The body must be experienced as pervaded by a wave of subtle warmth, flowing through the veins and nerves. The flame burns, stating ” I AM!” The heart will feel as if it is burning and will be dissolved in the element of magical Fire.
In this process, the greatest difficulty (if “difficulty” is the most adequate term in relation to such act of the spirit) consists in the consciousness’s, the spirit’s, or the Self’s descent into the heart. In fact, we are very accustomed to feel and to experience ourselves in the brain. Someone may even feel himself in a sense organ, when the perception is of such an intensity and violence that it attracts every attention toward a given point of the body. Thus, one momentarily feels like sinking, wherever the sensation of pain or pleasure has arisen. The process of descent into the heart is analogous to this, although none of those sensations is felt. Let us recall the spirit’s “sense of infinity and unconditional freedom,” which is the last state of ritual silence. There should be no difficulty there in operating perfectly, causing the spirit to concentrate and to coagulate anywhere it wills. However, the habit of the consciousness tied to an organ like the brain is such that the spirit is almost automatically attracted wherever it finds its habitual dwelling place. it is therefore necessary, in this case, to realize and to feel oneself as a mass of light consistency that descends from the brain, through the centers of the larynx and pharynx, down to the heart, slowly, following an ideal rather than a physical line, gently and effortlessly. The spontaneity itself is actualized in the magical action and in its most perfect and complete form.
As warm and vaguely bright silence (the body, as the spirit determines itself, acquires a bituminous consistency, the limits of which cannot be determined in space), the spirit becomse denser, brighter, warmer. Despite the absence of the perception of bodily space, the spirit is aware of finding its place in it (a wave of warm, fluctuating light). The body becomes denser as the spirit turns toward the heart (a conscious act:”I am in the heart, I fell it, I live it”). One becomes aware of it as a new wonderful immensity, of which few people are aware: it is no longer restricted to the usual physical limitation, extending its igneous mass to the utmost darkness.
And now a clarification that needs to be deeply understood: man’s life is ordinarily such that his action does not assign to itself its own objects, but rather receives them through the physical senses, as being imposed on it by them. So, in reality, man comes to depend on everything that is external and extraneous to him, on everything that is not himself. Not even the complex functioning of nervous reflexes is sufficient to affirm his own true freedom.
From this state of affairs derives the fundamental notion of impurity, which, according to the classical rituals of various initiatory systems, must be resolved into the original purity of the burning of the secret flame, before the neophyte can acquire the knowledge and use of magical power. The fire of the spirit is thus intially directed to the catharsis of those dark elements that until now have ruled uncontested; to burn in the supreme act of a perfect “knowledge” everything that is “ignorance”; to penetrate into the bowels of the “Earth” and to purify “metals” from various drosses; “Gold”, which through the help of “Sulfur” raises the inferior elements up to its dignity; Sperm, which mingled with the menstruum of the Whore, generates the Divine Child.
Ritually speaking, once the spirit has been established in the heart (which appears as an igneous mass), waves and bright flashes surface in the consciousness, beyond the boundaries of darkness, as symbols and mediums of the formless passive life. In the heart the spirit creates a small flame, turning its essence into the latter’s essence. Let the flame burn, by itself, without any other support that its own wonderful power – a light shining in the red cavity of the heart.
This is a timeless moment.
Then, let the flame-spirit-consciousness grow by itself, slowly and gradually growing bigger and more intense, more tenacious, alive, and vivid, harder than a diamond…
More and more.
Let it burn and consume beyond the limits of the heart, expanding until it pervades the entire bodily nature, dissolving into itself.
The purification of the elements is thus fulfilled, and the spirit gradually acquires the immediate control, the conscious perception of each organ, of each smallest part of the physical body.
Having reached and fixed the last state, one needs to proceed backward and return to normal consciousness, following the spontaneous succession of phases, analogous to the previous ones, until one gets to the form of a small flame in the heart. Then suddenly end the ritual, remaining in this state.
After some time it will be easy to move rapidly to the heart and to arouse a flame in it. this flame will eventually remain burning as an inner act throughout the day; it will also be easy, starting from the heart, to penetrate any part of the body and to live in its complex functions. Thus, consciousness, once definitely reinstated in its natural seat, wil be able to experience states that are very different from the past habitual ones, and to operate in consequence, realizing what has been expressed in the symbols of the inextinguishable flame.
The ritual should be performed in the middle of the day, when the sun is at its zenith.
Luce. Opus Magicum:Fire in Introduction to Magic, ed. Julius Evola and the UR Group