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Note: This will be my new front page. Please give me feedback. Are any spots confusing, dull, or otherwise need work? Any spelling or grammar errors? I know, asking the internet for grammar feedback just this once is like asking piranhas to nibble just a little, but I think everyone here can handle it.
The title will be my new tagline (below “Magick of Thought.”) Other taglines I considered: Magick the Hard Way. Pushing the Frontiers of Magick. Magick so Effective… or Magick so Amazing… instead of Magick so Useful. Again, feedback is much appreciated.
Why Isn’t Magick Respected?
We can blame science, the media, universities, or dozens of other things. But really, the answer is simple: Magick isn’t respected because it’s not a mature field yet.
How can you tell it’s not a mature field? Lots of ways: We study ancient magick because it’s just as effective as modern magick, which means we haven’t advanced modern magick very far. Our measurements are subjective and hard to reproduce (there’s no magick-o-meter). Most experiments are case studies, without anything to eliminate placebo or coincidence.
But the big one, for me, is that we’re amazed when magick works at all, even though we aren’t producing genuinely amazing results.
Genuinely Amazing Results
“Wait a minute,” you say. “I can influence the physical world with magick. That’s pretty amazing.”
Yes, it is. And that’s the problem: Most magick is amazing whenever it produces any results, because we expected nothing, and got enough to demonstrate that magick is real. That’s the opposite of a mature field.
Genuinely amazing results are something else entirely: Results so effective that they would be amazing even if they came from medicine, engineering, or any other modern science. Results amazing for themselves, not simply because they’re unexpected. That’s the bar we need to set.
What would “genuinely amazing” magick look like? Well, I’m not there yet — if I were, you’d be reading this on CNN, not on my blog. But let me give you a few examples that look promising, extrapolated from results I’m getting right now:
Autoimmune Diseases: I’ve had success with healing techniques for a friend’s chronic hives. The same underlying physiology is behind other autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. With a decade of focused research, we might develop healing techniques for a variety of autoimmune disorders.
Nerve damage: I’ve had two friends with spinal injuries, suffering from numbness and reduced mobility in their legs. One was in her 30s and already required a walker. After a healing session focusing on their nerves, both reported improved feeling and mobility — one for 24 hours, the other for a week. (Their slipped disks continued pressing on the nerves, causing more damage.) With a decade of focused research, we might develop longer-lasting results, possibly in conjunction with surgery (performed by doctors), and develop healing techniques for brain injuries.
Consciousness integration: We all have unconscious desires and urges. They often get stuck at the age they were formed, becoming unhealthy for our adult selves. Consciousness integration lets your conscious mind talk to those unconscious parts, show them who you are as an adult, and get them to work with you instead of sabotaging you. I’ve done it for myself, and it’s like a year of personal growth in a weekend. Friends and clients also reported much better results than simply meditating to explore their unconscious. This technique is mostly developed, and I’m ready to think about marketing it.
Note: These are ambitious research goals based on my current capabilities. Like all research, not all ideas will pan out.
Direct Magick: Magick the Hard Way
Genuinely amazing magick is hard. To get amazing results, you’ll need some hard-to-learn skills.
Direct magick is magick the hard way. It builds on top of any style of magick you already practice — Reiki, Hermetics, energy work, psychic intuitions, etc — by making your mental muscles* conscious. Then, instead of just sending out your intent, we’ll explore what happens in your mind, and in external magickal forces, to actually change the world. In other words, direct magick dives into aspects of magick that most styles never discuss openly.
*Mental muscles = The parts of your mind that respond to visualizations / rituals and drive magick.
I’ve tried to make learning direct magick as gentle as possible. My guide walks you through skills in the right order, shows you the exercises to learn them, and helps you test yourself to make sure you’re learning each step correctly. But make no mistake: Even with a guide, direct magick is challenging, and if you just want the easy results, there are easier ways to get there.
So, why learn direct magick? Because there are some places you can only go after learning those hard-to-learn skills. Because you want to explore more of magick than the easy path allows. And because growing magick into a respected field is worth the work.
This blog is about developing magick so amazing, they can’t ignore you. No one ever said it would be easy.
- What direct magick is, in a minute or less.
- What mages actually do (not what’s in movies). [Note: I’ll probably rewrite that post.]
- The major moving parts of direct magick. [Note: Replace with series coming out next week.]
- The step by step guide to learning direct magick. [Note: Will be replaced with the book.]
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