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This series is about seeing magick accurately, so you can see how it works, improve your skills, and learn new techniques quickly.
Today: How to see structures you aren’t looking for by broadening your connection’s signature.
If you haven’t read the rest of the series, start with the first post.
Why Use Broad Signatures?
Say you want to see how your mental muscles connect to your brain, so you can improve how quickly and accurately they respond to your thoughts. Each of those domains (your brain and your mental muscles) has a different small-scale signature. The connections will transition between the two, so you need a sensory connection with both signatures to see the connections between your mental muscles and your brain, or between any two domains.
A few other uses of cross-domain connections:
- How energy affects physical cells.
- How systems put thoughts into your mind.
- How energy healing at distance works.
How To Do It
Pick two domains you already work with that connect to one another, like a system and your mind, your mental muscles and your mind, or an energy healing system and your body.
Make two connections, one to each domain, viewing the smallest scale signature that’s easy for you. Feel how the signatures are similar and how they’re different. Then think about both signatures as you make a third connection.
To verify that the third connection has both signatures, connect it to one domain, look for paths to the other domain, and follow them. If you can follow those paths to the other domain, and look at the other domain with that 2-signature connection, you did it right.
If you have trouble, practice viewing signatures at a small scale more, then try this again.
Remember small-scale signatures and connections? The small-scale building blocks add up to large-scale signatures. You want to broaden with small-scale signatures, not large-scale ones. Here’s why:
First, a few details on broadening signatures. Say each large-scale signature is made of 4 building blocks, so large signature A is made of small signatures a, b, c, and d, and large signature Z is made of small signatures w, x, y, and z. If you combine large signatures A and Z, you get one new signature (AZ). But if you combine the small signatures, you get 4×4 = 16 new signatures (aw, ax, ay, az, bw, bx, and so on). I’ll call these “mixed signatures” because they mix the two domains’ signatures.
Cross-domain connections use those small mixed signatures. To see those connections at a small scale (which lets you see them more accurately), you must also have those small mixed signatures.
To broaden at a smaller signature like this, use the exercise above, but look at each of the two domains’ smaller-scale signatures. This will become easier as you practice viewing smaller scales and broadening signatures.
Sometimes, you won’t know what domain you’re looking for. Maybe you’re doing something new, using a new system, or working with a new person. When you don’t know what signature you’re looking for, you want to broaden your sensory connection’s signature generally.
Here’s how generally broad signatures work: Most domains share small-scale building blocks. By adding together building blocks from a lot of domains, you’ll usually wind up with a general signature that can connect to any other domain.
To do it, think about your sensory connection’s signature, plus the signature of one domain. Add them like we did before for the 2-domain signature. Repeat until you get a clear picture of the new domain.
Aligning to a Signature
Broadening a signature adds new signature building blocks. Some of them won’t be useful, making your connection harder to use. We’ll fix that by aligning its signature.
To align a signature: At the smallest signature scale you can use easily (not the absolute smallest you can use), feel which signatures connect to the structure you’re looking at, and which don’t. Just focus on which small-scale signatures are giving you feedback, and which don’t feel anything. The ones that don’t feel anything aren’t connecting. Tell the mental muscles that handle connections to get rid of those signatures that aren’t connecting.
Eliminating signatures will simplify your connection. To align even better, repeat the exercise at one or two scales smaller.
In general, if I say that you should “align to a signature,” I mean first broaden your signature generally, then align that broadened signature. You wouldn’t align without broadening first, because there are no building blocks to discard.
Aligning to signatures (after generally broadening) lets you accurately see new domains, which is the first step to working with them. That’s why it’s one of the core skills of direct magick. Even for domains you use a lot, aligning to the signature at a smaller scale can help you see them more clearly.
One thing to remember: Aligning to a new signature is tiring. Rest until you’re not mentally tired (a few hours or a day, usually), then do it again. After 2-3 times, you’ll find the new signatures much easier to use.
How to split your connection so it can see an entire area, not just a single point.Other posts in this series:
- How To See Magick Clearly (February 10, 2011)
- Sensory Connections - Step 1: Quiet Connections (February 24, 2011)
- Sensory Connections - Step 2: Seeing Smaller Connections (March 10, 2011)
- Sensory Connections - Step 3: Seeing New Signatures (March 16, 2011)
- Sensory Connections - Step 4: Seeing Areas (March 24, 2011)
- Finding Where Mind Meets Body (March 30, 2011)