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In my step-by-step guide to learning direct magick, I have beginners start with an energy meditation. I did it because, well, I didn’t know what else to do. But today, I was updating the energy meditation for my book, and I just feel like there should be a better answer for how to help beginners find their mental muscles.
What’s wrong with that energy meditation? Well, if the person doesn’t have any mental muscles engaged, I don’t think it will do anything at all. They won’t get any energy, they won’t get any practice using their mental muscles (because they’re not using them in the first place), and they’ll probably give up. Or maybe they won’t — it’s fairly easy to make someone feel tingles through proprioception, so with the right visualization, you could probably make a person feel tingles without any energy involved. Which means they’ll spend even more time trying to learn magick while all their mental muscles are still hibernating.
One alternative is to start with a traditional ritual, like the LBRP. Get that ritual’s ethereal software to connect to your mind, start awakening your mental muscles, and go from there. But I don’t do rituals myself, and it feels odd to tell a newcomer to direct magick to start by learning a traditional ritual.
I have a solution in mind: Program the ethereal software I’m shipping with my book to awaken a few mental muscles. You connect to it through the sigil, or possibly through a ritual, think or say a command, and it would help get your mental muscles online, like other ethereal software does.
But, my heart’s not set on that solution. So I want to open it up to you, dear readers: How would you get a newcomer started?If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.