By Lynne Hume
As Alice in Wonderland chanced on, cave entrances, tunnels, spirals and mirrors can shipping humans to unusual worlds the place whatever is feasible. Portals investigates how we circulation past the wide awake and actual global utilizing our senses, into different realities of the religious and the divine. Portals seems on the options used to change recognition practised through shamans, priests and different spiritual experts. those contain using medicinal drugs. in addition to drumming, chanting and meditation. The booklet offers a brand new, anthropologically-grounded point of view at the wide-ranging questions on the realities of human recognition and mystical, non secular and spiritual adventure.
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In order to ‘remember’ that which we know (but have forgotten), we need to invoke ‘recollection’ (zikr) of that which is in our deepest core. When the mind is emptied of all other thoughts, with God as the absolute focus, one is more likely to attain the goal of ‘remembering’ (Netton 2000: 35–9). This can be achieved by listening profoundly with the ‘ear of the heart’ to 32 • Portals music or poetry, engaging in recitation or other activities that lead to the same goal. One such recitation is: ‘God is with me; God watches me; God witnesses me’; and this is repeated over and over again each night until a ‘sweetness’ manifests in the heart (p.
Concentration on the task at hand is said to be crucial in any occult work as ‘the mind supplies the forms and channels through which the forces work, and the more deﬁnite the channel, the more control can be exercised over the forces ﬂowing therein’ (p. 139). Other sensory modalities – hearing, smell, taste and touch – can be enhanced with training techniques that are similar to those employed for image enhancement. Training for heightened audible sensitivity is done through the use of a gradually diminishing sound, and the projection of audible forms is assisted by using aids such as large seashells.
Entrances and Exits • 21 Indeed, the Kabbalah constitutes an integral part of Western esotericism. It is not so much the history of the ideas that form esoteric spirituality that is of interest here, but the common strands that tie such a large array of ideas together. Contemporary esoteric spiritualities, unlike the mainstream Western monotheistic religions, place little emphasis on belief, focusing more on the faculties of intuitive knowing, imagination, observation and personal experience. Antoine Faivre identiﬁes four fundamental intrinsic characteristics of modern Western esoteric spirituality: correspondences, living nature, imagination and mediation, and the experience of transmutation or metamorphosis (Faivre 1995: xv).