I wanted to share something that so far I haven’t encountered anyone speaking about (that I know).
It is the Via Nocturna.
It is a broad term for practices and tools that some magicians (like myself) use to achieve certain states of mind,ungrounding, energy rising, achieving trance states, opening the gates to Hell (inner and outer), communing with darkness as well as getting closer to our Shadow form.
Done in certain ways, it can allow us to quickly-within a few minutes- (and with very few tools) achieve a higher state of mind, ungrounding us as well as letting us connect to primal raw untamed forces (within us and outside). As they say, as Above so Below.
Via Nocturna can be extreme or mild, and the grade of the technique is not directly proportional to results. It could be staying in a dangerous area of your city, unarmed. It can be walking alone in a forest overnight, without any type of supplies. It can be having some temperature due to a cold, or suffering pain from a wound. It can also be playing horror games that provoke us a raised heart rate. Basically anything attached to agitation, fear, anxiety and/or stress and that is outside of control.
In my opinion, approaching this technique trying to be cold blooded is detrimental, now that the lack of control, the Chaos is what is bringing all the benefits in here.
For safety reasons, I recommend to stick to safe indoor/outdoor techniques.
In doing that, we are performing this technique without emotional attachments, previous trauma or psychological associations (if we associate a forest with having been lost and broken something in the past, we could en up reviving this situation and enhancing psychological trauma, which will not help in our magical practice) but each one to its own.
I need to give a small precaution. As with some LHP practices, this technique can be dangerous to the human psyche, worsen some psychiatric diseases, enhance suicidal states, delusional states or make you revive past trauma, so use on your own peril.
The following technique is an example that done prior to a ritual can enhance your energy, ungrounding and powering you up efficiently, with the benefit of being a short cut for some Qliphothic, Chtonic, Chaotic and Primal workings. You just need 2-10 minutes.
I have my own technique and ways to perform my own vision of the Via Nocturna. Sometimes I modify them according to the ritual I am gonna do and the aims I have.
I mainly use it as a way to connect to the Dragon, the raw primal forces of the world.
Example/Basic Technique (that I normally use):
Listen to the music (horror dark ambient music like this piece work very well).
Close your eyes. You can use painful stimuli (if you cut yourself a bit, it helps- It doesn’t need to be deep, just to hurt you. It could even be pressing the skin with a pen deeply-).
Imagine yourself being blindfolded, tied, and with a knife going through all your body.
You can visualize, taste, smell, ear and “see” how Pain is, astrally, both in your body and within the air you breathe, burning you as you breathe.
It sounds masochistic, but here the emphasis of this technique (and hence why I believe it is super powerful by itself) is about the lack of judgement about the pain. We are not attaching it to emotions, situations or trauma. We just awake inner survival mechanisms. As above so below. The current of primal forces open themselves for us to explore.
There is also the endocrine factors, like the changes in cortisol and the links related to some magical theories that some people like to work with, so this broad term for the use of these techniques can be of a lot of use for different practices.
I hope you like it, you use it, create your own, and let me know how it went.