Brahmacharya is a term that is closely associated with celibacy, and restraint of the sexual impulses. It is a non-binding temporary, optional practice in the SigmaTropic System. But in a broad sense, the term Brahmacharya means “divine action”. We are putting aside our selfish notions and acting as an agent of the divine. In order to perceive this way, the selfish impulses of the ordinary mind have to stop for the moment.
Abstaining from sexual activity for a temporary period of time has many beneficial effects on the mind and the being of a meditator. First, they notice that in turning away from objects of the sense realm, the sense realm will actually get more rich, subtle, and enrapturing. There is an increase in energy that begins to be felt in the mind and body of a meditator who practices restraint. This increased energy is really just the energy that has always been there, but the basic impulses create so many thoughts and energetic mental activity, all based on a few basic desires, one of them being the desire to have sex and procreate. When this basic desire is seen clearly, it is easy to see how most of our mental activity and suffering stem from the basic desire to procreate. That’s natural and not something to be ashamed of. But there is a way that this nature can be corrupted.
When people engage in unrestrained sex and pornography in particular, then the mind learns from those experiences and craves more of those experiences. But the sexual impulse only grows stronger the more it is entertained. And it never is fully satisfied, you never really come to some permanent satisfaction with your partner or whatever sexual partners you have. You always want more. That’s natural and that’s craving. This basic craving is like the root of a tree, where lots of sub-roots branch off from this one larger root- all the sub-roots are also cut off by eliminating the base root. It’s the same way with desire and aversion in the sensual realm. We have to confront these desires head on in order to understand them. And for most normal people sex desire is pervasive. As Buddhists we are interested in the end of suffering. And as Buddhists we are aware that craving causes suffering. And that sex involves craving.
Therefore, we want to investigate the craving for sex and what kind of motivations come piled on top of that craving. Temporarily abstaining from sex is the only way to see this because it’s so engrained and familiar that most people ignore such things and instead take a sensation based, downstream approach to ending the suffering, when they should be working upstream. With that willingness to try, we begin to notice several things in a time dependent fashion. These effects get stronger and stronger the more diligently the meditator moves away from sensual thoughts and moves toward wholesomeness.
After about 1 week:
The man notices that he feels more energetic than he once felt, his mind is noticeably clearer and sharper, he doesn’t fatigue nearly as easily. He feels a sense of confidence.
After about a month:
The man notices that females and other males communicate with him through non-verbal pathways, and he has an ability to tune into these nonverbal cues with an unprecedented degree of clarity. If one is also an adept meditator than this effect is striking. The meditator is convinced he has some higher awareness that others do not possess, but he also gets a sense for how to manage his energy and his energetic field in such a way that there is a clear effect on other people.
After about 3 months:
Synchronous events and other flow-related events become increasingly common, and the meditator notices that with this pristine level of clarity and purity of mind, arrived at through renunciation, he can seemingly directly influence events in reality based on intention. He begins to see the boxes his thinking was previously bound to, begin to crumble. He is seemingly always in a blissful, fearless state of powerful confidence. This is the prerequisite mind state for my trainings on magick and interpersonal energetic exchange. These mind states only seem to be accessible with a renunciant mind. I have not discovered these magickal effects until I did the Brahmacharya experiment myself. I only teach what I know. And I know Magick because I am a practitioner of Magick.
Techniques such as visualization and deity yoga are especially suited for this level of development, and the mind begins to realize it’s untapped potential, magical experiences become insight experiences, and the meditator moves along into further levels of refinement. The magickal training specifically acknowledges the import of these practices, and the higher-level awareness tuning and empathic resonance ability that I teach, is only accessible from a refined state of mind. I did it this way, and I find my hypotheses about the influence of Brahmacharya on Magick and I come to the same conclusion. Brahmacharya seems to be a prerequisite for tuning into this higher perception. When the intention of the practitioner is to be an instrument of the divine (divine use of energy, Brahmacharya), they can rest assured in their intentions and simply let action flow because they have no internal conflicts. This wonderful state of mind is arrived at through deliberate practice that anyone can do.