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Yes. And we, as teachers, need to keep that in mind.
I’ve believed you can cause harm with magick for quite some time. But it’s only recently that I’ve seen how to do it, using only techniques I’ve already learned and verified.
Remember when I did the healing work for Lisa’s hives? To do it, I influenced her neurotransmitters and immune-signalling chemicals, to break the feedback cycles. (At least, that’s the intent — let’s assume it worked for this post.) Well, what happens if you use that same magick to put those chemicals out of balance? I have no idea, but it can’t be good. And I didn’t see that harmful technique until months later, meaning there are probably others I haven’t seen at all yet.
There’s no way to teach meaningful healing techniques without also teaching how to hurt people in an essentially-undetectable way. (The harm is obvious, but can’t be traced back to you.) This is one of the main reasons for my recent interest in enlightenment*, and techniques for a practitioner to trigger personal growth.
*By “enlightenment,” I simply mean “Acting from a mature place, and not harming someone for petty reasons.” I understand that Buddhists and other practitioners have a more technical meaning, so let’s use a capitalized Enlightenment for that technical meaning.
My answer for myself is consciousness integration, which I’ll write about more coming up. But it’s advanced magick, requiring you to activate new thought paths in your mind. By the time you can do that, you can already hurt people. Maybe I can program consciousness integration into some ethereal software, so you don’t have to do the full technique yourself? Still, I’d like something the practitioner actually understands, instead of just a command they use.
Any ideas for teaching the personal-growth type of enlightenment? How about doing it in 3 months or less? And how do other teachers handle this healing-teaches-harming dilemma? Thanks for your input.If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.