>> I am about eight years into Initiation into Hermetics and work at step 7 over a year now. I found the steps from 1 to 6 easy. Step 7 seems to me unconquerable. I love F. Bardon and the good vibes in this book but I can not see and have never read or heard of someone that got clairvoyant in just a few months. Other Authors like Samual Sagan or Boris Sacharow or Roy Davis of the Kriya Yoga tradition require at least 2 years practice in order to open the third eye. Bardon always admonishes not advance unless one has mastered the previous step. This means to me that you should completely master clairvoyance clairaudience and clairsentience before you go to step 8. If I had known how difficult it is I would have practised step 7 while starting off with step 1. Rawn, I would appreciate some advice from you? If some idea comes to your mind do not hesitate to let me know. <<
The Step Seven astral exercises are really an extension, or filling out, of the Step Six mental exercises. The essence of all the subtle senses is what I call the faculty of the "direct perception of essential meaning". The Step Six mental exercises are designed to instill this faculty (if it has not developed before then) and the Step Seven astral exercises are designed to hone the astral application of this faculty, through the astral senses specifically.
I recommend three things:
1) Go to http://www.ABardonCompanion.com/Archaeous-Links.html and examine my "Self-Healing Archaeous" audio series of Lessons (they're also available in text format).
2) Go to http://www.ABardonCompanion.com/Corresp-Links.html and examine those excerpts which deal with the subject of "essential meaning" and its "direct perception".
3) In light of the aforementioned, return to the Step Six mental exercises and reconsider their significance.
I think the root of your difficulty with the Step Seven astral exercises lies in your having incompletely understood the Step Six mental exercises. You might find pursuit of my Self-Healing Archaeous and the exercises in the direct perception of essential meaning, helpful in overcoming this difficulty.
My best to you,
:) Rawn Clark
19 Dec 2003