This book concerns a verse called The Arch of Heaven, the gist of which was transmitted to the author, who put it into his words.
In the name of the son of light The son of Maria Foster son of Brighd in Avalon, Keystone of the arch of heaven Who joins as one of the forks upholding the sky
His right hand His left hand, His the rainbow letters All in rich fermented milk. We will go in his name In all shapes of shapes In all colors of colors Upon the path of peace.
It is the son of light The son of Maria, saying ‘Ask in my name And peace shall be given unto you, Enter in my name And you shall in no wise be cast out.’
Do you see us here Oh son of light? Says the son of light: ‘I see!’
The author states it has three uses. As a prayer the verse can be used ‘for liberating those who are trapped after physical death.’ As a meditation, ‘it provides the means of attuning to deep spiritual forces and consciousness of liberation, redemption, beauty and harmony.’ As a ceremony, enables people to attune ‘a chosen space to compassionate spiritual forces.’ The author also touches on the afterlife and contact with entities from the otherworld.
Stewart says we must change ourselves by ‘spiritual disciplines such as meditation, theurgic ceremony, or other transformative spiritual arts and sciences.’ Easy to say, hard to do.Genuine self transformative transformation is a massive task, and barely touched on in this book. Each person forges his or her own path, in accordance with proven principles. The ancient sages said ‘Know Thyself.’ As William Blake observed, experience and wisdom do not come cheap, they are 'bought with the price of all that a man hath, his house, his wife, his children.'
R.J.Stewart's original sacro-magical work has enlivened the Western traditions over the last 40 years to its great benefit. As with many original practitioners of the mysteries, his published work is merely the tip of the iceberg of knowledge and wisdom, so it is especially gratifying to be able to share in its more practical aspects in this way. The Arch of Heaven is a practice that enables stray or lost souls and the replaying residues of deceased people to depart in peace. I've been using this practice since I first knew R.J. in the late seventies. It is simple and effective, and can be used by anyone of any spiritual tradition. I thoroughly recommend it.The book is short, direct and explanatory. it also has a contribution by Anastacia Nutt, who is an experienced priestess and ritualist, which supports the main text in a helpful and practial way.
Like many others no doubt, I came across the prayer/meditation called "The Arch of Heaven" in one of RJStewart's earlier books. I used it at a time of anxiety, and was moved and helped by the power and encouragement that came through the words.I am myself a Christian of esoteric interests, but as Stewart (who is not) says, the words "can be esoteric Christian, or another religion, or revival pagan. There is no conflict, other than in the mind of humanity." In this little book, Stewart describes how the prayer was given him, and he offers an interpretation as to its inner meaning, and then outlines a simple ritual with which the words may be recited to good effect. He himself received it while trying to release the trapped "spirit or memory-double" of a murder-victim, and the book concludes with some fascinating and thought-provoking reflections on our possible interactions with subtle realms. As anyone may know who has read other books by him, Stewart is equally critical of authoritarian religious (including theosophical) pronouncements on the one hand, and easternized new-agey dogma on the other. There is a lively, open, engaged, humane quality coming through his writing that inspires me to trust him; he seems a writer of, sometimes gruff, authenticity...only 100 pages long, but I think this little book is marvellous, a spiritual Oxo-cube, full of natural goodness.