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STEP  VI -- The Tetragrammaton, The Quabbalistic Fourfold Key:

In this Step, Bardon describes the basic rules of kabbalistic utterance concerning the first four keys.  Here is a short list of the basic rules of thumb:

Mental Effect:  In order to create an effect upon the mental plane, you must not give any shape or any time limit to your utterance.  You must utter quadrapolarly only in the mind-only mode.  Your intention must be absolutely clear.

Astral Effect:  In order to create an effect upon the astral plane, you must give a specific shape (i.e., spatial dimension) to your utterance.  It must have no time limitation imposed.  You must utter quadrapolarly in the mind+breath mode.  Your intention must be absolutely clear.

Physical Effect:  In order to create an effect upon the physical plane, you must give a specific shape and a time limit to your utterance.  You must utter quadrapolarly in the mind+breath+vocal vibration mode.  Your intention must be absolutely clear.

With the first, single-letter key, you must transfer your consciousness into your depth point, i.e., into the Akasha.  All work with the first key originates in the Akasha.  Whichever realm you want your effect to occur directly in, you simply follow the standard rule of thumb pertaining to that realm. 

For clarity's sake I will describe the utterance of the letter 'A' as a single-letter key.

To begin you must clearly define your intention and perceive its legality.  Then you transfer your consciousness into your depth point (the Akashic realm).  Then you utter the letter 'A' quadrapolarly, giving it a light blue color oscillation, a tonal oscillation of G, a feeling oscillation of 'ease', and a legality oscillation of #1.  If you desire this utterance to be effective directly upon the mental plane, then you must utter the 'A' in the mental-only mode , giving it neither shape nor specific duration.  If you desire a direct and immediate astral effect, then you utter the 'A' in the mind+breath whisper mode, giving it shape but no duration.  And if you desire a direct and immediate physical effect, you utter the letter 'A' in the mind+breath+vocal vibration mode, giving it both shape and duration.  You must build the density of your utterance and when you are satisfied, you must release it into the realm concerned.  It is at this point of release that the effect actually occurs.  When your utterance is complete, you must return to your normal waking consciousness and turn your attention elsewhere.

If you wish for an effect to be manifest directly into the astral or the physical realm, your utterance will by-pass the intermediate realms and occur directly in that realm, by simply following the appropriate rule of thumb.  You can also set up a mental effect that will eventually act as the cause for an astral and, ultimately, a physical effect if you so choose, but the immediate effect will occur in the mental realm.  The direct effect occurs in whichever realm you design your utterance to accommodate.  For example, if you insert your effect upon the astral realm, there will be no direct effect upon the physical realm, and within the Akashic and the mental realms, there will be a simultaneous causation created, but this will be spontaneous with the astral effect, and will not require reliance upon the natural descent of causation.

The disadvantage of the first key is that it requires a transference of consciousness into the Akasha.  The second, two-letter key, requires a transference into the mental realm and this is somewhat more convenient.  The third key requires that you transfer your consciousness into the astral realm and the fourth key requires no transference at all, and is thus the most convenient.

The mastery of each successive key further transforms you.  You cannot simply begin with the utterance of the fourth key, since the ability to create a direct causation of an effect upon the physical plane -- from within the physical plane -- requires a complete transformation of your being.  This is the ultimate integration of your own microcosm and the macrocosm.

The first key must be mastered completely before progressing to the next key.  This is a longer process than it sounds, for you must master the single key use of each letter (27), in the four planes (x4), thus you face 108 operations -- at least.  Often it will take more than just one attempt to master a letter, so I would multiply this by two at the very least (=216). 

With the second, third and fourth keys, you do not need to master all of the letter combinations that are possible.  The more the merrier, but the mastery of the first key will enable you to immediately master any combination you choose.  I suggest you work with at least twelve of the two-letter combinations and six of the three-letter combinations, before beginning work with the four-letter combinations.  Ultimately, the fourth key is the most advantageous, so you may end up mastering several of these, but this depends entirely upon your own specific set of needs and appointed tasks.

The rules for the use of the second, third and fourth keys are more complex than those of the first key.  This is a reflection of the greater number of options each of these keys present.

For example, with the second key, one can work in two manners.  The first  involves the projection of both letters into the mental realm or body and the second manner involves the projection of the first letter into the Akasha and the second letter into the mental realm.  Either operation is done with the consciousness firmly rooted in the mental realm.

Likewise the third key can be projected in its entirety into the astral realm, or the letters can be split by projecting the first letter into the mental realm, the second into the astral realm, and the third into the physical realm.  Or you may even group the letters into two plus one, and project the first two into the astral realm and only the last one into the physical realm, etc.  Each successive key presents with a significant increase in the number of options.

Once you have mastered the first key all of these thousands of options will be self-evident.


STEP  VII -- The First Key , The Simple Letters:

As I said previously, the first key is enacted from within one's own depth point -- the Akasha.  It is, as Bardon points out, best to employ this key only for the purpose of your own spiritual development.  If you use this key for another person or being, you will, since you are working from within your own depth point, be incurring the karmic debt (which is a consequence of any causation rooted in the Akasha) associated with the effect you are causing for this other person.  In other words, the karma is tied directly to you.  This is okay when you are working for yourself since this would be the case in the normal course of events, but when you work from within the Akasha for another person, you will be taking on a burden whose resolution you would not otherwise incur.  I warn you that this can quickly get out of hand.  It's like prescribing a second medication to counteract the negative side-effects of first, and then a third to counteract the negative effects of the second, etc., ad infinitum. 

If you wish to cause an effect upon your own mental, astral or physical body, then you will need to project the letter into your relevant body.  This sort of projection will be very familiar to anyone who has worked their way through IIH, so I will not elaborate further.

However, if you wish to create a causation within the Akasha itself, then you will not project -- you will only release it into the Akasha proper, without regard to its manifestation throughout the other planes.  In this case, just like when causing an effect on the mental plane, your utterance must be in the mind-only mode.

Bardon gives no specific order of exercises for mastery of the single key.  There are several options which will be self-evident by now, but here is what I recommend.

Begin with the utterance at the Akashic level and master each letter, one after the other, in this mode.  I suggest that you master all those with the (reduced) legality of #1, then those of #2, etc.  That would establish the following groups:  #1=A, , I , W.  #2=B, K, R.  #3=G, E, L, Sh.  #4=D, M, J.  #5=H, N.  #6=F, , S.  #7=Z, U, O.  #8=Ch, P.  #9=T, Y/, C.

Once each letter has been mastered in the Akasha, then move on to the mental projection of each letter in the same order.  Following this, master the astral projection of all the letters and then finally, the physical projection.

You could just as easily master the mental, astral and physical projection of an individual letter after you have mastered all 27 in the Akasha, but whatever you decide to do, it is best to master them all in the Akasha first.

You can, of course, master each letter in all four phases (Akasha, mental, astral and physical) individually before going on to do the same with the next letter, but in my opinion, this presents an uneven development -- remember, this work transforms you.  It is far better to layer this transformation and bring it forth in stages.

Bardon finishes out this Step with a description of the effectiveness of each of the single letters in all four of the pertinent realms.  It so happens that this list is the basis from which the guides to the two-, three and four-letter combinations derive.  So, I offer Chart #3, which abbreviates this list.



PART  III -- MAGIC  OF  FORMULAS

STEP  VIII -- The Twofold Key -- Double Letters:
STEP  IX -- The use of the Threefold Key:
STEP  X -- The use of the Fourfold Key:
STEP  XI -- Quabbalistic Use of Divine Names and Beings:
STEP  XII -- The Quabbalist as Absolute Master of the Microcosm and the Macrocosm:

I choose to not comment upon these Steps.  Primarily this is because anyone who makes it through the seventh Step of KTQ will definitely not need anything more than what Bardon gives.  Secondarily, the use of the letter combinations is often alluring to the unprepared person who may be tempted to experiment before they are ready to do so with safety and I have no wish to further encourage such an error.


Epilogue:

Bardon's epilogues are always a treat.  To a certain degree, he steps out of his role as sage teacher and reveals a side of himself otherwise hidden.  Yet even here he conveys a deep and profound sagacity.  I suppose it is impossible to fully separate the message from the man.

At any rate, I would like to leave you with the following brief quote from Bardon's epilogue:  "On earth every human being has two teachers: firstly, him- or herself and, secondly, fate.  What man is not able to achieve by his own diligence, practice, renunciation, pain, grief, etc., will be served up to him by disappointments and buffets of fate.  Life is a school, not an amusement fair."


Note of the Publisher (by Dieter Ruggeberg):

At the end of KTQ, the publisher adds a note warning the reader that KTQ "contains some mistakes, particularly concerning the relation of the Elements to some letters."  I must strongly disagree with this statement.  There are no errors as far as the Element-to-letter correspondences go.  There is one error regarding the anatomical correspondence to the letter 'Z', a few errors in the third and fourth key Steps, and in the Step XI material concerning the use of the 72-fold name.  But as Mr. Ruggeberg points out, the student should, in any event, first verify these things with a being of the zone girdling the earth before beginning practice.

My best to you,
   
   :) Rawn Clark
      June, 2001

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