The Magic of Blessing – A Talk by Da Free John (Adi Da Samraj)


Magic of Blessing
A Talk by Da
Free John (Adi Da Samraj)

Shamanism and


1981 The Laughing Man Institute

order to awaken to wisdom, we must cease to be children. To
cease to be a child is to cease to be parented both in
ordinary human terms and in spiritual terms. In order to
realize God one must cease to be a childish characters and
stop interpreting God as a parent. We must transcend in our
ecstasy the logic or idea of God as the parental Creator of
the universe. This is a paradoxical instruction, because it
seems obvious that God is somehow responsible for all of
this. But in what sense responsible? We can understand this
paradox only when we transcend ourselves and the logic of
our independence.

When people pray, for instance,
without the ecstasy of God-Communion, prayer tends to be
merely a conversation with God in which their own desire,
their own limited state of knowledge and experience, and
their own suffering become the basis for prayer. When people
talk with God in this conventional way of prayer, they
always ask God for favors as one would ask favors of a
parent. Yet those who devote themselves to such prayer do
see some kinds of results in their lives. Why is that? Is
God a kind of floating parent who is attracted to you if you
say the right words with the right pronunciation and perform
the right ritual? Is God waiting for the right signals? Does
God then listen in and, so long as you are morally good,
give you the result? Why does praying work at

I suggest that it works because God
is. God is All Pervading. God is the Condition of all of
this. And wherever we make an opening in our lives to permit
the Divine to enter into any aspect of our existence, the
Divine Force is immediately felt there. It is not that God
is a universal, parental personality who hears all your
conventional prayers. Rather, God is the Universal Reality
and Presence. If prayer is at all a kind of opening, an
intention to direct available energy to specific aspects of
existence, that Force or Presence will move into those areas
of existence to the degree and with the potency that
represents the force of your praying, the quality of your

Thus, even conventional praying
offered with a little force tends to produce results, even
though the Law of sacrifice whereby such results are
produced is not understood. The results of such prayer do
not occur for the reasons the one who prays thinks they
occur! They occur because of the Law, not because God is the
kind of separate, superior, being proposed,in conventional
religious thought. Prayer is magical in the highest sense,
–as a technique of association with the Divine. Therefore,
whenever we enter into such association-bodily,
“psychically, emotionally, mentally – we make room for the
Presence that is All-Pervading and always present to move
in, empower, and influence whatever we offer it.

All authentic magicians understand
this principle of opening the body-mind to the Universal
Force. Having made room for that Force, they use the powers
of the mind to direct it. Once you have opened yourself to
the Universal Force of Life, it will tend to produce effects
according to your intention. The body-mind itself is the
technique of our association with the Divine. How we
associate with the Divine determines the kinds of
results-the experiences, knowledge, presumptions, and
wisdom-that are generated in the life of prayer. One could
produce negative effects using the Universal Force, but the
effects apparently generated by our relationship to that
Force are determined by our state of mind and body, by our
existence altogether.

Therefore, it is not God who is
causing our experience, you see. It is rather our technique,
the body-mind, that is causing it. Prayer, or the spiritual
process, is a way of making conscious use of the same Law
that is otherwise creating conventional lifetimes, disturbed
states, and all kinds of experience and knowledge, In the
spiritual process, however, we make conscious use of the
affair of our lifetime. We make the body-mind a conscious
technique of association with the Divine through ecstasy.
Therefore, not only do we realize changes at the level of
our knowledge and experience, but we realize the Divine
itself through self-transcendence. Ultimately that which was
our technique, the body-mind, is itself transcended, and
only the Divine is realized. This life that we think has
been created by God ceases to be our condition altogether.
It is utterly dissolved in realization of the Divine and is
no longer effective as a self-limiting process.

The process of true prayer depends
on your maturing to the point that you are always making use
of the Law of Divine association, not as a child depends on
the parent but as the devotee relates to the Universal
Reality. You know that all of this arising world has not
been caused by you. You did not produce this universe
through an act of your conscious mind. Then how does it
arise? It is arising through a greater Power than your own
capacity to think and suggest changes. Therefore, you are
obviously dependent on that Reality, whatever It is, however
It may ultimately be described. You are dependent on That.
This fact may not be doubted, except by someone who is
crazy! Obviously, all of this depends on a Process and a
Power that are senior to our own limited functions. We must
awaken to faith in that Power, even though we cannot know
what That is. It is Mysterious to us. Then we must grow, on
the basis of that awakening, into more profound realization
of surrender and therefore greater wisdom about the nature
of this Divine Reality.

The reason changes can occur in our
practical lives so mysteriously is that the so-called
physical universe is a psychic phenomenon. It is not merely
a collection of solid stuff. The apparent solidity of matter
is a dimension of our perception, but all material phenomena
are arising in a Universal Force and Being. The universe is
psychophysical in nature, not merely physical. If we can
surrender ourselves psycho-physically into that Mystery upon
which everything depends, then changes will begin to occur,
first in our personal state, but also in all of the
practical aspects of our daily lives. This is a Mystery that
only religious people can observe.

It is hard to imagine, if we think
about it conventionally, how an invisible, all-pervading
Reality could, for instance, make business deals work out
successfully without our ordinary effort. We find it
difficult to imagine that there is such an effective Power,
But having entered fully, psycho-physically, into the
disposition of surrender to That upon which everything
depends, we begin to observe how these changes mysteriously
occur. As we mature in this disposition, we begin to observe
more and more that the so-called physical world operates
like a psychic phenomenon.’ In dreams, changes in
environments can occur through a change of mind. Just so, a
change of mind at a much deeper level than the superficially
conscious verbal mind can change the direction and nature of
physical events in the waking state.

Through the devotional response to
the Divine Reality, we must become more and more sensitive
to this law of the psycho-physical nature of existence. We
must make creative use of our association with the Divine
through prayer, or the technique of psycho-physical
surrender in every area of our lives, not only surrendering
the whole body-mind, or total self, into ecstasy all at
once, but specifically surrendering particular aspects of
the body-mind, and of its relations and circumstances, to
that Reality.

Thus, in the disposition of
God-Communion you may call to mind your cat’s infected ear,
a business deal, anything. You put attention on that
circumstance and you release it, surrender it to the Divine
Reality. You acknowledge your dependence on the Divine. You
feel the force of God in that area of life, and in some
affirmative way you feel the change that you want to occur
and simply surrender the entire matter altogether. Once
prayer in that form is generated, it continues. It is not
just offered in that moment only. It is established as a
disposition. You may even repeat the act of prayer relative
to that specific dimension of life again and again, but the
prayer is essentially constant. Apart from the moments of
formal’ prayer, you go about your business. You act and
perform your role in life, and over time you observe that
changes are taking place in this area of life.

Some changes will occur immediately.
Others take time. But if we persist in prayerful association
with physical events, they will change. There is absolutely
no doubt about it. They will change! They will tend to
change in any case, but the changes may continue to be
negative because you have not released your negative
disposition toward them. But if you will release that
negative disposition and release the events themselves into
the Influence of God, events definitely will change. Through
the agency of the Divine, you can have an effect on every
aspect of experiential existence. Of course, to have such an
effect is not an end in itself. It is simply an extension of
the life of God-Communion, which is self transcending and
ultimately transcends the world altogether.

The Divine is altogether profound
here. God pervades all space. God is the Condition of
existence. God is the environment of existence. The Divine
is the environment in which we are aware of existence, and
all the conditions of knowledge and experience that arise
for us are modifications of the Divine that are determined
by our self-orientation, by the state of the body-mind, or
by the technique to which the body-mind is consciously or
unconsciously devoted. Through critical self-inspection,
based on hearing true wisdom, and through psychophysical
awakening to the real Divine Presence, we may transform the
body-mind into a conscious technique of self-transcending
Communion, or true prayer.

All must realize that a great Power
is available in such practice, not merely for our personal
and egoic purposes, but for the blessing of everyone. By Law
a great, All Pervading Power is available and can be
effective in our lives, collectively and individually. That
Power generates God-Realization, or salvation. Therefore, it
also generates all kinds of changes in the direction of
equanimity, or fullness in God. However, since it is All
Pervading, that same Power is also producing all the
negative effects of our existence. Why? Not because God is
intending to make us suffer, but by virtue of our
unconscious relationship to that Power. We are
self-possessed and we have accumulated tendencies in the
body-mind that are themselves producing negative effects and
modifications of the Universal Reality.

The negative influences, however,
are not more powerful than true prayer. The transcendental
Force of the Divine in its unqualified potency is full,
positive, blissful. Negative developments of that Force do
not have the strength of free, infinite, Divine Power. Thus,
negative circumstances in our lives) including encounters
with negative people and negative; forces, provide a
circumstance of creative struggle whereby we must come to
understand that we cannot beg snuffed out or destroyed, that
a greater Power is available to us than any negative
circumstance represents, however strong it may

Our encounters with negative forces
and negative individuals can be difficult, but such
encounters serve us. The reactions they awaken in’ us are
expressions of our present psycho-physical technique that we
must over come. Merely to encounter difficulties does not
justify self-possessed frustration and the abandonment of
spiritual practice. Rather, we should accept the lessons
provided by difficulties and surrender the negativity in
ourselves that is stimulated by an encounter with what
frustrates us. That is one dimension of our dealing with
difficulties. The next dimension is positively to meet
negative conditions with the; disposition of surrender and,
through true prayer, to create an opening for the
transcendental Force, so that it may make

The black magician does this, you
see, but he is negatively self-possessed. Thus, he evokes
the Transcendental Presence and directs it with negative
intention. He does dark things with it. Many individuals
have so used the Force of Life; it is not that dark things
cannot be done. But black magic only; intensifies one’s
karmic bondage and the bondage of others We must not be
persuaded in this way. Knowing that this is so, we should
simply surrender, make the l body-mind a technique of
ecstasy, and in that transcendental disposition do white
magic. We must understand that this Power is available to
enlighten others and to transform their course of life. We
must realize that anything that appears negative in the
circumstances of our existence is itself simply a form of
God expressed through a negative karmic disability, and that
such disabilities do not have the force of a free and
capable being.

Our experience of frustration and
suppressive factors in the world has led us to develop the
karmic tendencies of self-possessed anger, sorrow, fear,
doubt, shame, and all the rest. And, through the
psycho-physical technique of reactive emotions, we also!
tend to encounter other people and situations that are
frustrating to us. We could turn that technique of reactive
emotions into a very dark force, if we applied it
consciously, which is what black magicians do. But if we can
transcend ourselves and our karma of reactive emotions and
enter into transcendental, ecstatic Communion with the
Divine, then we can do white magic.

The blessing of others is the
principle of white magic. We can bless all others and have
the same ultimate effect that we would seek through black
magic, which is to relieve ourselves of all of this
suffering. We can achieve the same result through blessing.
Through blessing, we create the opportunity through which
the spiritualizing, benign Force of the Divine may influence
the circumstances of antagonistic others and other
frustrating and suppressive circumstances as

We must realize that this Great
Power is real and available to us and that, as we grow in
the practice of God-Communion, we achieve more and more
individual and collective force with which to do positive
things. We must understand that this Great Power can make
great positive changes. Spiritual practitioners today must
not think that because we are relatively few we are
therefore weak. Even if there were a few hundred practicing
together and praying cooperatively, that would be a
sufficient number. Even a smaller number than that would be
sufficient to do white magic and have a greater effect than
the material efforts that great numbers may perform. You
have the capacity, by virtue of the Law of existence, the
pervasive Nature of the Divine Power, to make positive,
magical use of that Power in order to introduce the
enlightening influence and the power of change into all the
circumstances of existence.

If you doubt that Power, if you
remain possessed by reactive emotion and all the karmas of
your unconscious and subconscious mind, then your prayer and
sacramental activity will not be effective. You may pray and
pray, and yet you will still suffer and nothing will change,
and you start to wonder why. Eventually you will say that
all this religion is a lot of nonsense, and you will cease
to be a convert. But those who practice truly come into real
association with the Divine Power and can see it make real

The more profoundly we enter into
such Communion, therefore, the more profound will be this
realization of fullness, happiness, bliss. To the degree we
are fixed in limited conditions, we feel contracted,
unhappy, limited, confined, troubled, threatened, founded in
fear. Rather than work on those negative states by
confronting them and meditating on them, we should surrender
into the Condition of all of them and thereby allow that
great Condition to appear in the place of these
contractions, to break them up and to restore harmony,
openness, and a free flow where there are knots.

How much of all of this you will
realize, and how perfectly you will realize it, depends on
your response to this understanding and this possibility. It
can be said that God-Realization depends on Grace as well,
but Grace is That which you contact by making yourself
available. Therefore, you must be converted, turned about to
dependence on That which is infinitely powerful. Both this
conversion of self and the presence of Grace or free
Influence, must be present. Whatever you submit to that
Influence, that Condition, will begin to show the signs of
purification, change, release of energy, and release of

This submission to Grace is the
significance of unceasing and universal prayer, prayer that
never stops, that is directed to everything altogether, and
that does not stop short of blessing everything and
everyone. Our prayer must be universal; it must bless
everything, placing everything in the circumstance of Grace,
or the Divine Influence. It must be unceasing. It must
relate to all conditions and all beings, and it must be
profoundly heartfelt rather than mechanical. It must be
ecstatic. It must be done with full and free commitment of
the body, emotion, and attention.

We must persist in this universal
prayer. It is not that there is some Creator God who is
waiting for us to do some “right” ritual or believe some
conventional, “right” thing. There is only one universal
Law: that there is only God. Therefore, whatever is placed
in God, because there is only God, begins to show the signs
of, Divine Influence. Prayer works not because we say the
tight sequence of words given by one or another cult,! but
because we actually perform the process of surrender of self
and submission of things into the actual Divine Reality.
Salvation is God-Communion, or unity. with God, unobstructed
association with God. It is a process rather than a dogma
exclusive to a particular cult; It is a universal process
that can be entered into by all beings. Through true and
effective prayer we are transfigured. Likewise, in the act
of universal prayer we allow everything and everyone to be
transfigured and transformed by the Divine. This universal
prayer is the most auspicious magic. All other magic is
karmic and self-based and carries negative consequences on
one! level or another.

The more one prays simply in the
form of Communion, the more one can extend that form of
prayer into the magic of blessing that is effective.
Likewise, the more one engages in the magic of blessing, the
more one understands the mechanism of one’s psycho-physical
existence and therefore the more one is moved into ecstasy,
or God-Realization itself. Therefore, the complex, creative
process of living this Way of life throughout a lifetime
works on one level in the dynamics of experience, knowledge,
and change in this perceptual realm. On the other hand, that
process is constantly purifying and harmonizing our
self-state so that we are releasing the self-state itself
and making it obsolete in Divine intuition. The more wisdom
grows, the more transparent this world becomes. The! more
humor and freedom are alive as us, the wiser we

Ultimately, the necessity for a life
of this human kind, even in this relatively positive,
spiritual form, disappears. We are having this experience
because of the technique of our present association with the
Divine. If that technique were utterly transformed, we would
stop having this experience. We would enter into another
condition of existence altogether. We will persist in this
present development of self and experience until we
transcend the mechanics of our self-existence. Transcending
it means understanding oneself, entering into the process of
Communion, and, through right action, right association, and
the blessing of everything and everyone, purifying the
various levels of the psycho-physical self, releasing the
bondage of each aspect of the being. Through this process of
purification, the body-mind becomes intensely filled with
the spiritual Force and Consciousness of the

We must be purified through right
association with the Divine. Through such purification each
aspect of the being is brought into a condition of balance
or equanimity. We should be openhearted, open bodily,
surrendered to God, breathing evenly in both nostrils all
the time, breathing fully without contractions in any area
of the body-mind, without reactive emotions. If we can enter
into this whole bodily surrender, then each aspect of this
body-mind is purified-physically, emotionally, mentally. The
body-mind becomes simply an unobstructed, balanced
presentation to the Divine. Then the bodymind, you see,
becomes a pure, effective mechanism of Divine association
and provides the vehicle for ultimate self-transcendence as
well as an agency of positive influence in the world.

also see:

– (1978 unpublished

Prayer and Religious Magic

Enlighenment of the Whole Body

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