This is really interesting.
I have been fascinated for some time concerning the mechanics behind the incense. I had asked EA at one point what his thoughts were on using a bucket on a tripod, suspended several feet above the triangle, filled with water and dry ice to produce a suitable “vapor” for the use in evocation.
His reply was that he doubted it. I did try it, but at the time I had very little experience, so I had nothing to compare it with.
At any rate - Bardon’s take on the incense is that the censor and smoke itself represents materialization. Bardon takes the stance that symbolism is just as important as the actual mechanics behind it. Which, in a sense is an aspect of the mechanics in and of itself.
But as far as the incense goes - he points out that in the burning of incense, an atmosphere is created which simulates the realm of whichever entity is being evoked. So he recommends using the plants and incenses that produce a vibratory environment similar to the entities home environment. He also recommends “room impregnation”, or filling the ritual chamber or temple with the specific vibration through meditation and energy manipulation as well.
In fact, Bardon compares the evocation of an entity without properly preparing the room via impregnation and using the correct vibrational incenses to calling a fish out of water.
I’m sure there are deeper mysteries concerning how it actually produces some base for the process of manifestation, however, I found this an interesting addendum to the mystery of incense.
The alchemical point of view seems to be in alignment with this as well.
Definitely some interesting shit.
Come to think of it - I wonder if fully understanding this would shed a bit more light on manifesting desires - the principle has to be the same. I mean, EA’s manifestation ritual proves that the concepts are similar at even the most intimate and detailed levels.
Kitari - crazy story about the “Vanishing Tom” heh