Gnosis and Its Role in Demonology

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“The key to creating magical change lies in the ability to manipulate consciousness. The most important of these techniques is the magical trance, or Gnosis. This is the focusing of attention upon a single point, be it an image, a sound, a thought or whatever. The mind becomes effectively silenced beyond this, allowing for the object of focus to have direct interface with the subconscious. Magic happens when we are ‘not looking,’ and conscious attention has been diverted. This allows our egoistic identifications and expectations of reality to be bypassed. In the same way that the individual who cannot draw or write has merely locked theirself into a belief that prevents them from merely doing what others find easy, because they do not worry about it and enjoy their own creativity, so has the individual who believes they are not magical.

Methods for obtaining Gnosis include the extremes of any emotion or sensation, such as those produced by ecstatic dance, physical or psychic agony, when the mind becomes paralysed by sorrow, falling in love, powerful sexual excitation, and orgasm. Alternatively meditative techniques which gradually and progressively silence all thought may be employed, such as in the various forms of yoga.

Some daemons are obviously more suited to one form of gnosis than to another. In works of invocation, for example, emotional daemons are commonly suited to the Gnosis produced by their very presence. The demon of Jealousy and the experience of Jealousy are one in the same. Therefore, one would not attempt to invoke the spirit of one’s own fear through a Gnosis brought about through the extremes of Laughter, or through methods that involve centring the self. Should the magician wish to banish this same spirit, however, these same methods of self centering and laughter may prove the very keys to success, since it is necessary to sever its association with one’s own consciousness. These same techniques might be employed to evoke the daemon of Jealousy, in order that its summoning may be based on a more objective and disconnected trance, allowing it to be effectively bound and questioned.” – The Neonomicon: Practical Daemonkeeping And Pragmatic Sorcery

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