This is part 2 of Julius Evola‘s essay on the “New Spirit Movement”, the German branch of the New Thought Movement. It consists mostly of exercises gleaned from the writings of that movement. Perhaps someone will try some of these and report back.
We don’t think it is without interest to reproduce some samples of the exercises used in the New Spirit Alliance. The following are found in Die Giest sei Fuhrer.
Upon awakening in the morning, get dressed quickly. Turn to the East, extending the arms toward the Sun, draw seven complete breaths, breathing with the formula: “Primordial creative force, fill me up.” Feel the force as it floods you. Then cross your arms on your chest and say, or think, intensely: “I am one with infinite life, its force fills me, today I will have full dominion over myself, I have its force. I am, I will, I can.” Then say this formula in the same position: “I send thoughts of love, peace, and harmony to the entire world, may all beings be happy and blessed.”
Another formula that is concerned more with the breath is found in Schmidt. Here the ancient Hindu doctrine of prana is understood, i.e., the mystical energy of life carried by the air.
The air contains powerful forces that I introduce while breathing in. I draw these forces consciously. They flood my entire body and make me healthy, vital, free! They make me energetic and healthy! The forces restore me and animate me. I feel vital, energetic, healthy.”
While exhaling, mentally and consciously chase away all the waste that has accumulated in your body, and at the same time, all the evil dispositions and impressions, negative and destructive thoughts. Think and feel: “I breath, I am free … free! I feel free – I am conscious, I breathe. Cosmic forces flood me and unite me to the Divine!”
The repetitions, naturally, are made with the aim of autosuggestion. And now a formula for calm and inner silence. It follows exercises by which the complete relaxation of the body and every tension, almost to the point of no longer feeling it, are first stimulated. Again, from Schmidt:
The external world has disappeared. I am alone, deeply in myself … I am silent, I am calm. I think and I feel that I am completely calm. Tranquility and calm are in me. Everything is calm rhythmic proportion, cosmic harmony, infinite peace.
I am calm
Calm as though in a distant abandoned tomb.
Calm as though in the base to a clear transparent mountain lake.
Calm as though in a city underneath the heat of the summer sun, calm, tranquil, desolate, without noise, in anticipation of the freshness of the evening.
Finally we translate a collective formula used by the Stuttgart group which was published in Die weisse Fahne.
Rise up in me, you Conqueror of Death! Light of Christ! Infinite splendor of my soul!
You are! You dare! You burn up! In my soul. Light of Christ in me, I adore you!
In me was your Golgotha! In me is your Resurrection! Your eternal life lives in me! In me your paradise blooms! In me your liberation rejoices. In me your victory exults! In me your ancient flame shines.
The Victor rises again!
You bring me back to the lost Father. You gave back the Father in me, who is also the Father of your original generation.
Your Father is also in me! Om! I am!
You, Lord, have risen again in me! New Spirit!
Ardent Spirit, resplendent with the original Light! Holy Spirit!
You who secures everything. You who hears everything. You breathe the world. You, the generator of the new Spirit. You the adsorbing Principal, to be bursting, the wise end, you, again the only Principle. You, the Everything and the Nothing, you, the One in Everything.
You, the eternally active spiritual presence! Rising again!
Heaven jumps in me. The most sacred veil tears asunder in me. Your Light erupts from it. Your dawn Light of Eternity.
In front of me, in me, every night! Ancient Light, jubilant victory of the resurrection in me! Om! Victory! Victory! Victory! Om! Christ, you are the new spirit of Resurrection in me! Om! Peace! Peace! Peace is with us all! Om!
As you see, it is all rather well constructed in suggestive and intensely charged emotions in order to lead to a state of mystical exhilaration, not without certain character of virility.
What is interesting is to notice the scientific and, we would say, secular elements in the background, with which all the various means are syncretistically gathered in order to produce experiences, which are of value essentially from their practical efficacy. In other words, technique, in place of faith, and inner facts to acquire from pure individual experience, without dogmatic and profane “interpretations”, with an eye simply on their pragmatic “truth” for those who demand a sense of exaltation of liberation of vital energy. Reaching to the foundation in this direction, one can expect that one day religion, as well as theology itself, will become an experimental science, certainly an upheaval, not lacking interest, that leads us back to a proper view of mystical and traditional esoterism.
These and similar movements are therefore observed with curiosity, as signs of the times. To the critic, for now it is more opportune to replace the watchful gaze that deepens the new themes that could begin to speak out in them.