Thought Control: discipline of
thoughts, & subordination of thoughts
By Franz Bardon Magic Mental Training
Take a seat in a comfortable chair or lie down on a settee. Relax
the whole body, close your eyes and observe the train of your
thoughts for five minutes, trying to retain it. At first, you will
find that there are rushing up to you thoughts concerning everyday
affairs, professional worries, and the like. Take the behaviour of
a silent observer toward these trains of thoughts, freely and
independently. According to the mentality and the mental situation
you happen to be in at the moment, this exercise will be more or
less easy for you. The main point is not to forget yourself, not
to lose the train of thoughts, but to pursue it attentively.
Beware of falling asleep while doing this exercise. If you begin
to feel tired, stop instantly and postpone the exercise to another
time, when you intend not to give in to tiredness. The Indians
sprinkle cold water on their faces or rub down the face and upper
part of their bodies to remain brisk and not waste precious time.
Some deep breathing before you begin will also prevent tiredness
and sleepiness. As time goes on, each disciple will find out such
little tricks by himself. This exercise of controlling thoughts
has to be undertaken in the morning and at night. It is to be
extended each day by one minute to allow the train of thoughts to
be pursued and controlled without the slightest digression for a
time of 10 minutes at least after a week's training.
This space of time is destined to the average man. If it should
not suffice, everyone can extend it according to his own
apperception. In any event, is advisable to proceed very
consciously, because it is of no use to hurry, development being
quite individual in men. On no account go further before the
preceding exercise is perfectly under control.
The attentive disciple will realize how, at the beginning,
thoughts rush on to him, how rapidly they pass before him so that
he will have difficulty to recollect the lot of manifold thoughts.
But from one exercise to the next, he will state that thoughts
come up less chaotic, moderating little by little, until at last
only a few thoughts emerge in his consciousness, arriving, as it
were, from a far distance.
The keenest attention ought to be given to this work of thought
control, as it is very important for magic development, a fact
that everyone will realize later on.
Providing that the mentioned exercise has been thoroughly worked
through and everyone has a complete command of it in practice, let
us pass over to the mental training Up to now we have learned to
control our thoughts. The next exercise will consist in not giving
way in our mind to thoughts obtruding themselves on our mind,
unwanted and obstinate. For instance, we must be able not to
occupy ourselves any longer with the tasks and worries of our
profession when we come home from work and return the family
circle and privacy. All thoughts not belonging to our privacy must
be set aside, and we ought to manage to become quite a different
personality instantly. And just the other way round: in our job,
all thoughts have to be concentrated in it exclusively, and we
must not allow them to digress or wander home, to private affairs,
This has to be practiced time and again until it has developed
into a habit. Above all, one ought to accustom oneself to achieve
whatever one does with full consciousness, whether in professional
work or in private, regardless whether the point is a big one or a
trifle. This exercise should be kept for a lifetime, because it is
sharpening the mind and strengthening the consciousness and the
Having obtained a certain skill in this exercise, you may turn to
the following one.
The purpose will now be to hold onto a single thought or idea for
a longer while, and to suppress any other thoughts associating and
obtruding with force on the mind.
Choose for this purpose any train of thoughts or ideation or a
suitable presentation according to your personal taste. Hold onto
his presentation with all your strength.
Vigorously refuse all the other thoughts that have nothing to do
with the thoughts being exercised. At first you probably will
succeed only for a few seconds, later on for minutes. You must
manage to concentrate on one single thought and follow it for
10 minutes at least.
If you succeed in doing to, you will be fit for a new exercise.
Let us then learn how to produce an absolute vacancy of mind. Lie
down comfortably on a bed or sofa or sit in an armchair and relax
your whole body. Close your eyes. Energetically dismiss any
thought coming upon you. Nothing at all is allowed to happen in
your mind; an absolute vacancy of mind must reign. Now hold on to
this stage of vacancy without digressing or forgetting. At first,
you will manage to do so for only a few seconds, but by practicing
it more often, you will surely succeed better at it. The purpose
of the exercise will be attained if you succeed in remaining in
this state for a full 10 minutes without losing your self- control
or even falling asleep.
Carefully enter your success, failure, duration of your exercises
and eventual disturbances into a magic notebook (See details under
the heading "Magic Soul Training"). Such a diary will be useful to
check your progress. The greater the scrupulousness you use in
doing so, the more easily you will undergo all the other
exercises. Prepare a working schedule for the coming day or week,
and most of all, indulge in self- criticism.
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