Originally published Apr 06, 2014
UPDATE: 6/14/18 On the mystic path, connection with High Self and practices that develop your access to divine light and your own divinity are central to progress and growth. Practices such as the one shared below are the backbone of natural and innate spiritual development that can unfold over an entire lifetime. As well, the practice of working with a tower of light and becoming familiar with energy in this form will serve you in many ways in your magickal growth, as towers of light can be used in various ways that are incredibly empowering. This will be discussed further in upcoming educational materials.
The Tower of Light is an energy working technique that involves connecting with your higher self, running energies through your energy system, cleansing, healing, and shielding.
I was spending some time with an old friend of mine. She’s not deeply into the occult, but is open to it and supportive to my practice. I’ve gotten her conjure oils and candles, and cast a few hoodoo spells with her before, using candle magick, oils, intention, energy, and prayers.
We had decided to cast some candle magick together during a visit.
It was one of these occasions when I decided to open the casting with some cleansing energy work to better empower the spell and connect us both directly with our divine selves for the casting.
I stood with her and guided us both through the “Tower of Light” meditation, which I had originally found in the work of Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips - Psychic Self-Defense & Well-Being
My friend is very smart. Ever since that day she has been running this energy by practicing this meditation on a near daily basis, and she has reported to me that at times it is the single thread which kept her holding on in a several month period of difficulty after the next which otherwise could have potentially broken her. In essence, it had become her lifeline. All it took was being walked through the meditation one time, and she just *knew* it was something she would practice daily and call upon when needed, without knowing all the finer details behind the meaning of what she is doing when practicing this technique, and all the benefits it is having on her.
The simplicity of this exercise can be deceptive. Once practiced a few times, it is an exercise you can easily complete nearly effortlessly, anywhere you are, taking only moments - yet its effects are very profound.
I’ll share a summation of some of what is discussed in the book in regards to the benefits and effects of practicing this powerful energy working technique.
It’s a certainty that the prime defense against any kind of spiritual or energetic assault is a strong and well-fortified aura. The authors quote from “The Triumph of Light” which they later refer to as being from Volume IV of The Magickal Philosophy: “When the psyche is infused with energy of a high spiritual vibration, the aura… becomes a protective barrier which effectively excludes all external Yetziratic [astral] forces of a lower vibration than its own.”
They then later emphasize this concept: “Your aura too, with right thinking and practice, has the power to prevent absolutely the approach of non-material entities without your leave! Whether you are awake or asleep, no astral vampire, no incubus or succubus or other non-material intruder can pierce the “shield” of a well-developed psychic aura.
“Destructive, nerve-sapping “atmospheres” also will be deflected from you by this natural defense.”
I can attest to that through my own practice of this energy working technique, called the Tower of Light. It raises your frequency and fills your aura with a powerful divine light and connection to your higher self, and becomes a pure and natural defense against intruders. If you work with spirits and entities, that’s fine, as they have been given your permission to enter your shielded aura. It’s those who try to sneak in without permission, including human psychic and magickal attacks, that this technique provides a very effective defense against.
If your aura is weak, unhealthy, unshielded, which it may well be if you don’t consciously pratice any energetic technique to cleanse it, care for it, and fill it up with higher frequency energy, regular practise of this exercise will dramatically change things for you, as it will cleanse, heal, and strengthen your aura and provide you with a new, natural and divine shielding and protection.
The other excellent ‘side-effect’ of this working is through consistent practice you are developing and strengthening your own connection with your Higher Self. This is one of the reasons why practicing this exercise can feel so comforting and energizing during difficult times, and help smooth the path before you. If this were the only benefit, it would be worth practicing this exercise to strengthen the pathways of these natural benefits.
Now to the exercise, quoting directly from the book:
The Tower of Light (Regular Method)
- Breathe deeply and evenly (Keep this up throughout the practice).
- Progressively relax your whole body…
- Stand erect without stiffness, arms at sides. (In making practical use of this method, you may not always find it possible or reasonable to stand. If you are walking, walk upright, evenly, calmly, arms swinging loosely at the sides. If you are seated sit with spine erect, feet parallel and firmly planted, hands palm down on the thighs. In either case, proceed with what follows just as if you were standing. But when doing your customary practice you should ALWAYS stand, unless prevented by serious health reasons.)
- Visualize all about you a long ellipsoid of intense bright blue light. It extends to about 9 inches beyond the surface of your body all around, and to about 16 inches above your head and below floor level at your feet. (Your psychic aura is much more extensive than that, and is usually visualized in silver; but for defense purposes you need it to be blue, and it is easier to create the conditions you need in this smaller compass.)
- When you can visualize (or simply be aware of) this well-defined field of intense bright blue light entirely surrounding you, visualize within the summit of that aura, slightly above (not touching) your head, a globe of brilliant white light.
- Concentrate your attention on this globe, so that it becomes brighter, glowing white like burning magnesium… You are making this image to represent the Light of your Higher Self, which is truly there…
- Be aware of these two images: the intense bright blue ellipsoid in which you are entirely contained, and the effulgent white globe over your head, occupying the apex of the auric shape.
- Aware of the brilliant globe over your head, aspire to the highest good you are capable of conceiving; realizing, though this globe is a visualized symbol, it represents a part of true Divine Force.
- When you feel ready, see that dazzling globe sending down glittering white light. This light, filled with silver sparkles, floods your aura and at the same time completely permeates you, coursing vibrantly through you.
- The outer shell of your aura remains sharply defined as an ellipsoid of intense bright blue, all filled now with the living, vibrant, sparkling white light.
Continue this formulation for some time (as long as you can effectively concentrate upon it) seeing it as a living, moving reality. The brilliance flows down continually into you and around you - it is inexhaustible, for it is a part of the Source of All - and in your aura it continually circulates, effulgent and sparkling, reinforcing that hard, sharply-defined and brilliantly blue outer shell. Be aware of yourself, blissful and alert at the center of this glorious manifestation of Divine Power!
- Let it fade from your consciousness, knowing at the same time that IT HAS NOT FADED FROM REALITY.
“It should be evident to you that the more often and the more sincerely you practice this at leisure, when there is nothing to distress or distract you, the more readily and effectively you will be able to perform it at need. If you have difficulty with the visualization itself, you should try at odd moments to visualize some other and simpler object, making your mental image of it as sharp and clear as possible. Always remember, any willed visualization is a mental process, you are not trying to produce an optical illusion or an autonomous hallucination, but a symbol which represents something really existing, and which can induce its operation.” (Emphasis mine, as this sentence represents an underlying concept of natural magick).
A couple of helpful modifications of this technique can be used to cleanse, shield and protect your home, and to cleanse, bless and shield the aura of others. “From ancient times in various human societies, the blessing of a parent, teacher or elder sibling has been recognized as having a particular value, force and authority. The elder person can rightfully invoke the Light of his or her Higher Self to protect a younger person for whom he or she is responsible. As our spiritual nature develops, enlarging and strengthening our aura, so the number of people we can encompass within its benevolent power will increase…
“For a baby or a small animal, you should stand holding the little one in your arms while you perform the “Tower of Light.” In visualizing your auric shell, you will “see” this as enclosing both of you. Having completed step 8 of the formula, give the blessing by saying such words as, Let the beneficence of the Light be shed also upon… Conclude the formula with steps 9, 10, 11.
“For an older child, one adult or a large animal, you can stand or sit, give the recipient of the blessing a hug of real love and remain thus while you perform the “Tower of Light” (See your aura enclosing both of you. Give the blessing as above.
“For one adult, less familiarly, you can stand facing that person, holding both hands, arms down by sides, and perform the “Tower of Light” seeing your aura enclosing you both. Blessing as above.”
To use the Tower of Light to cleanse and shield your home, “while performing step 10 of the formula, go through the house - retaining awareness of your brilliant aura - place the palms of both your hands upon each of the doors and windows in turn and utter such words as, May this door be blessed for our comings and goings, and bar all harm from entering (or suitable words for a window). Then conclude the formula as normally, with step 11.”
Here is another version describing how to do the Tower of Light meditation:
THE TOWER OF LIGHT MEDITATION - Version 2
AT LIGHTHOUSE BOOKSTORE IN SUPERIOR, CO (4/13/07)
MELORA: Yes, and we are Melora, and we would like to talk you through a meditation called "The Tower of Light." This is one of the most delicious, and brief, meditations you can do to charge up your energy in the morning and to put a fully protective shield around yourself. Are you all willing to learn this? [All assent.] Good, and if you would, please, stand. Is there anyone here who's not particularly visual? It's more kinesthetic. [One person affirmed that she's more kinesthetic.] Okay. It's primarily visual, but you will probably be able to feel even more interesting things than the others.
Okay. Now please take some big, deep in-breaths as is comfortable for you. Don't force it. Make the out-breath go all the way out; the in-breath, all the way in. Let your arms dangle comfortably at your sides. We would like you to visualize a beautiful, blue light surrounding your body and permeating your body, so that it's about 9 inches out-in front and behind and all around-and about 16 inches above your head and about 16 inches below your feet. You'll find out the reason for this in a moment.
Feeling it is important too. One kind of channeling is also clairsentience--"clear sensing," and so try to feel that blue light and the frequency of that. It's not as dark as indigo. It will be your own particular frequency that you like and that will come to you naturally.
Are you all surrounded by that ellipsoid of blue light? Good.
Now, about 16 inches above your head, within that blue but not touching your crown, is a beautiful globe of brilliant white light that is like burning magnesium. Are you able to visualize this there? Now feel showering down out of that globe of white light (which happens to be your Higher Self) that globe, showering little specks of that burning magnesium all down into the center of this ellipsoid. Are some of you feeling that as well as seeing it? Good.
Now, out of that same white, burning-magnesium-type, light, beautiful silvery sparkles are showering down until they fill with those white snowflake-type particles the entire inside, so that only a blue outline surrounds that ellipsoid. Tell us when that is happening for you. That should be feeling pretty good right now. This is the power of Light. Know that this is protection. Know that this connects you directly with your Higher Self--and fills you and rejuvenates you with life force and, again, through a bi-directional communication with your Higher Self. Enjoy that for another moment. Then just let that fade from your vision and experience, knowing that it has not faded in reality.
When you can tear yourself away, please be seated again. Good, and we suggest you do this in the morning--if you remember: especially in the morning--and, if you wish, at night right before you go to sleep, surround yourself with this beautiful, exquisite energy. It's one of the most powerful protections you can do. [End of meditation.]
I highly recommend this exercise for everyone, it’s simple to learn and doesn’t take much time to do. It is one of the central foundations of a healthy spiritual life, providing necessary protection, connection with the divine, raising your frequencies, and enhancing your spiritual and psychic development.
I also recommend doing this exercise before doing any psychic exercises which involve contact with other entities, or as a cleansing exercise after doing psychic work for others or encountering negative energies which have effected you.