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A fast guide to what direct magick is and why it matters.
In traditional styles of magick, you use a symbolic ritual or visualization to suggest your goal to your unconscious, which does… something to make that happen.
In direct magick, you learn to consciously engage those normally-unconscious parts of your mind. Same idea as learning to consciously control your heartbeat with biofeedback. I call those parts of your mind that drive magick “mental muscles.”
Once your mental muscles become conscious, you can see the actual steps they take to make magick happen. Usually, those steps don’t really relate to the the symbols you used to communicate the goal.
As you come to understand the inner-workings of magick, you’ll see new ways to use each part, and develop new techniques your unconscious wouldn’t think of on its own. It’s somewhere between a professional swimmer consciously thinking about her breathing technique, and an engineer consciously designing a new circuit board.
Once you’ve developed a good technique, you’ll practice it until it becomes unconscious. But like in sports and music, you don’t achieve unconscious mastery by practicing a bad technique a million times. You do it by first learning the proper technique consciously, and then practicing until it becomes automatic.
Why call it “direct magick?” Because you’re working with your mental muscles directly, instead of through symbols. Everything else flows from there.If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.