Guide to starting your own religion

Urbana in Fall334I grew up in Champaign-Urbana in the 1960s when it became a hotbed of counterculture activity. You won’t find much of that today, unfortunately, and the University and town seem like a foreign land almost, despite the fact my beloved cannabis plant has a very long and storied history in the town (more on that later).

Many people have read my conspiracy theories and how I think a web of secret societies often pulls strings from behind curtains, and they love my analysis of the black magic sorcery going on inside the central banks of the world, but when I veered off into suggesting a possible solution to our religion problem was to start manifesting our own corruption-free religions, I may have surprised a few. Actually, I think most everybody makes up their own form of spirituality these days, only some attempts are more effective than others. Starting your own religion is pretty simple really, no more difficult than starting your own garage band, and in fact, music and religion work hand-in-glove and always have. So do mathematics and religion.

Around 1966, the Turks Head, in Champaign (founded by Steven Simon) became the center of energy of the counterculture revolution in Central Illinois. Two people went there and landed, both older brothers of close friends. These had to be two of the most enlightened teens in town. Of course, the establishment came down hard on early revolutionaries. Don was threatened with the dreaded electroshock therapy, a polite term for torture, but ended up being shipped off to some Summerhill-like retreat for problem kids that may have been an MKULTRA op for mind experiments. Which makes me wonder if Summerhill was an op. The designated path leading to what looks the Garden of Eden is often a mirror trick leading in the opposite direction.

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Magic Candle Operator’s Manual

Please don’t leave lit candles unattended. And don’t light up all your candles the second they arrive. Take some time to prep the set.

There are three choices: You can leave them as they are and display the candles as art and aromatherapy, you can use them for your major ceremonies, or you can use them as a tool for meditation. When the Temple Dragons conduct a candle ceremony, a different dragon lights each candle, and the first one is typically lit by the High Priestess or High Priest, a role that shifts around constantly so that everyone gets a chance to wear the big hat.

Most of what follows is for those wanting to use the candles for meditation, so feel free to ignore or develop your own operation’s manual.

Name each candle and let that name build a bridge between candle and chakra.

Start with the bass note, the red candle, and work your way up to the tallest candle or start with the green candle, the heart chakra.

First, take a cheap ballpoint pen and trace a line over the paper symbols. Press hard enough to leave a faint impression on the wax. Be sure and trace the circle that surrounds each symbol as well. Creativity is certainly encouraged and you are encouraged to invent your own symbols.

After the symbols have been transferred to the candles, gouge a hole where you want to place each gemstone.

The candles should be placed on an altar in the following order, from left to right: red, yellow, blue, white, purple/indigo, green, orange. If you are going to light all candles at the same time I suggest lighting them in the following order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white.

Each candle, symbol, scent and stone should be explored individually long before you think of firing up all seven cylinders at once.

After lighting a candle, wait until a pool of molten wax forms a circle around the flame and then hover over it for a few seconds to fully inhale the scent vapor while staring into the pool of colored wax, being careful not to burn your hair. Back away when you feel the blast of heat from the flame.

Don’t allow any contaminated items such as petroleum products on your altar. Water is a very powerful purification tool, especially spring water harvested recently from the earth.

Drink as much as possible and make the drinking of it a ritual event and keep some on the altar in a glass you can drink from during your improvisational ceremonies.

Play a drum or musical instrument, sing and dance in front of your altar. The batteries (gemstones) will store that joyful energy. Use a chime, gong or bell with your candle ceremonies.

If you are having trouble jump-starting your set, I suggest downloading the book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, which is from 1937 and in the public domain and can be obtained free from various websites in pdf form. Just read the book into your set until you start getting a sense of the power of your own mind.

Your chakra centers emit energies, some of which are telepathic in nature, but our auras have become clogged or even shut down entirely through the disconnection from the natural world of vibrations. If used in a reverential manner, these candles may help restore some of those telepathic energies, while enhancing creativity and injecting a spirit of fun into all your ceremonies.

The Rainbow Menorah

Candles are my new art medium. I sort of stumbled into ceremonial magic by accident when I started producing the first 420 ceremonies outside of Marin County in the 1990s. At the Cannabis Cup, I first used an elegant taper in cut-glass crystal until that fateful day when Alex Grey came to the Temple with a vision of the seven lights of cannabis. Later that night, I walked by a small shop and saw some colored pillar candles just the size and shape I’d been looking for. From that moment on, we did all ceremonies with seven rainbow-colored candles. At first, they were all the same size, placed on Soma’s candelabra so they formed a pyramid. Later, after 622 lost Soma’s candelabra, we started cutting the candles down to form the pyramid without a stand. And that’s when we started carving and painting sigils on them.

Recently, however, I decided to make my own ceremonial candles rather than continuing to buy cheap candles composed of toxic petroleum wax. Without a doubt, these handmade candles I’m now crafting are the most effective meditation tools I’ve ever encountered in my 40 years of organizing counterculture ceremonies. I don’t know exactly how or why they work so well, I just know the magic is very real. Most candles today are scented with the cheapest synthetics available but I only use natural plant oils and always the best quality. The scents I favor include some of the most expensive on the market, like rose, jasmine and frankincense.

You can add seven semi-precious stones as I like each candle to be embedded with a stone matching the energy of the chakra it represents. The stones can be saved and used to decorate future ceremonial candles or can be set into jewelry. That way a part of the energy from your ceremonies is kept intact forever. I think of these stones as the batteries.

The science and arts of aromatherapy, gem therapy, and color therapy all converge in these beautiful works of art.