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The hardest part of working with someone new isn’t explaining your unique terms, like “ethereal software.” No, the hardest part is locating terms you both know, but use slightly differently.
[In the modern world,] what kind of “energy” do you think is needed most in order to gain magickal competence, let alone mastery?
With my meaning for “energy,” this question doesn’t really make sense. When that happens, it’s tempting to explain why the other person is wrong. But really, it’s just that we use different metaphors to explain the phenomenon. And if you explore that disagreement properly, it’s a great chance to learn.
So today, I’m going to explain what I mean by energy, and by kind / type / signature of energy. Not that my definition is right and others are wrong, but it’s useful to know my meaning when you’re reading this blog.
I think words refer to things we’ve experienced, and often, the best way to define a word is to reference a shared experience. So, when I talk about energy, I’m thinking of that magical thing that makes you feel tingly.
For some of you, it might feel like warmth, or mild pressure, or something else. And some energy won’t feel like anything at all. But at least we have a shared experience to know what we mean by “energy,” so we can generalize from there.
By the way, here I’m talking about magical energy. (Or magick::energy, for those of you that remember my scoping post. You can say my definition is mike::magick::energy.) You can pretty much assume that if I talk about energy without specifying physics or biology or magick, that’s what I’m talking about.
What’s an Energy “Signature”?
“Signature” is the term I use for the type, or kind, of energy. I’m not entirely enamored the term, just as I’m not entirely enamored with the term “energy.” But it’s the one I’ve been using for years, and I’m going to keep it for now.
The signature of energy determines what magickal structures, or portions of those structures, the energy activates. That, in turn, determines how the cells and nerves respond to the energy (both for energy healing and for emotions), and a bunch of other things. The way I think about it is, the magickal structure has a signature, and it’s activated by energy with the corresponding signature.
What determines a structure’s signature, and which energies correspond to it? I don’t really have an answer. At this point, signatures are kind of arbitrary, like words: There’s nothing inherent about a given sound vibration that makes it refer to dogs, but as long we all use the word in the same way, it all works. Here, a particular word (the air vibrations) correspond to a particular signature, and you can think of the set of all signatures as a language.
So we can talk about “Tendon anti-inflammation energy” and “A nerve anti-pain signature” (also anti-itch and others). It doesn’t mean that the energy knows you intend it to reduce inflammation, any more than air vibrations know they refer to a four-legged barking animal. It just means that tendon cells generally respond to signature X by reducing inflammation, so as a shorthand, we can call that energy “tendon anti-inflammation.”
In this model, it doesn’t make sense to talk about “the energy of childhood playfulness,” or “the energy of insight.” I can certainly imagine using those “energies” as a metaphor when you’re encouraging people to be more playful or insightful, but I wouldn’t say there’s an actual magical energy associated with those ideas.
Well, maybe that’s not entirely accurate. You could make an energy that produces feelings of insight or playfulness in the brains of most normal humans, and then reasonably call it the “energy of insight.” It might even make a person more insightful, though that’s just speculation at this point. Now, I don’t know how closely this maps to what people mean when they talk about these metaphoric energies, but it is something new to explore, which is always exciting.
I’m extra excited because, when I started writing this, I didn’t realize you could define these metaphoric energies like this. And finding new things is awesome.
So, I guess I’ll end with a question, rather than an answer. If you view energies in that metaphoric way, how do you use them?If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.