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How to tell which spirits to work with, and which forces to channel.
My question is … how to go about finding a system. I am stumped here. What systems are ok for anyone to use, and the same for contacting spirit. How do you know what spirits are safe and not malevolent?
Finding a System
You have 3 options:
- Use the systems of an established style of magick, like Thelema or Reiki. You would get those systems by performing a ritual of that style, or focusing on a symbol while you meditate. More details here.
- Ask spirits or other mages you work with for a recommendation. The spirits will know how to connect the system to you. If the mage (or psychic or healer) doesn’t, just ask them to do their normal practice, find the connection the system makes to their mind, and follow it back to the system.
- Some systems can recommend other systems if they work together. Kind of like Microsoft Office, if you’re in Word and want to make a pie chart it might recommend Excel. Just ask the system you use, and it will connect you to the other system in the suite.
Which Systems are Safe?
Like asking “what software is virus-free,” there’s no 100% accurate answer. Widely-used systems are probably safe (Reiki, Thelema, etc). Systems recommended by friends are probably safe. But now you’re passing up a lot of opportunities to explore.
Personally, I usually just try a system and see. An unsafe system will do 1 of 2 things:
- Drain your energy a bit. No big deal, just disconnect, remove all its connections to you, and you’re good to go.
- Connect draining or otherwise aggressive spirits to you. If you can defend yourself decently, they’ll usually give up and move on to easier prey. (See “Which Spirits are Save,” below).
Most things in magick can’t harm you too much. That’s not a fluffy-bunny “everything is sunshine and friendliness” thing, it’s the simple fact that most mages and spirits can’t affect the physical world very strongly. So going somewhere unsafe results in a headache, a lost week removing connections, or something else unpleasant but not actually that bad.
I was lucky that I didn’t know to be careful when I started, so I got used to exploring and the trouble it brings. Once you learn to defend yourself properly (not by visualizing an energy bubble, but by findind and closing connections), getting into trouble, and getting back out, stops being a big deal. And then you can explore a lot more of magick.
Which Spirits are Safe
Similar answer as for systems: If it’s a spirit associated with a widely-used style, it’s probably safe.
Most spirits drain a little energy (a fair price for their training, usually, though a real ally won’t drain you), but occasionally they want to keep draining long-term. In that case you’ll have to remove their connections and sometimes follow the connections back to the spirits to chase them off.
Spirit or System?
Spirits are sentient beings, like you or me, but without a body. Systems are intelligent but not sentient, like a computer program. How do you tell which you’re working with?
That’s tricky. Some systems, like Enochian, give you a vision of an Angel, to make it easier for people to grasp. Some systems are run by not-particularly-powerful spirits, but the system gives an awe-inspiring vision and energy signature, to impress users. Often, what followers refer to as “Gods” are just the system’s way of communicating information — how its interface is designed.
Don’t try to correct people. “That’s not a God, that’s just the system’s interface” won’t win you any friends.
So how to tell? If you can call on that thing whenever you want, by saying a word in Hebrew or writing a symbol, it’s probably a system. If anyone who knows those words and symbols can call it it, it’s pretty definitely a system. Would you serve anyone who says your Hebrew name? I sure wouldn’t.
With systems, work is a transaction. You make a request, possibly let it drain a bit of energy, and you’re done. Simple as buying books online.
Working with spirits is like working with people: You would start off collaborating on a shared interest, see if you like one another, and find other projects to work on too. A friend will usually respond when you call, but sometimes they’ll be busy. Sometimes, they’ll be focused on you, sometimes distracted. Where systems are always consistent (like computers), spirits vary from one session to the next (like people).If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.