Weekly Comments Round-Up (June 30)

by Mike Sententia on June 30, 2012

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Once again, it’s time for you to do my job for me with your great, post-quality comments. This week, we have tips on selecting metaphors to convey majesty and wonder; research on heating the body with magick; the difference between magick and placebo; an example of how mystical experiences are isolating; tips on the Goetia; and quantum physics as a model of manifesting. As always, if you like a comment, click on the person’s name to visit their blog (if they have one).

Simon has a great comment on explaining magick using nature and biological metaphors, and how they can convey majesty and wonder better than computer metaphors. That’s something I’d never considered. (And reading new ideas in my comments is one of my favorite things about blogging.) We also discuss why we need metaphors in the first place.

On the post about heating my body with magick, WSA shared how this relates to Buddhism, actual published research, and chinese medicine, and also shared some potential applications for healing techniques for parasites and other problems, which I would love to explore some day.

Simon and I had a great discussion to wrap up the two posts on placebo, where he asks some tough questions and I clarify the difference between placebo and magick. Be sure to read all 4 comments (two from him, two from me).

When talking about how mystical experiences are isolating, Jennifer found an excellent example from the Washington Post. If you ever need an example of mainstream society dismissing mystical experiences, now you have it.

Lots of readers had good feedback and warnings about the Goetia, but Dark Arckana had some excellent, detailed tips. And if you’re considering exploring the Goetia, read the whole thread.

Ananael and had some great comments on quantum physics as a model for manifesting, and how it’s a mistake to suppose a physics-type energy as the mediating force behind magick. I disagree with his model, but he presents the ideas well, and they’re worth exploring because, even if you wind up disagreeing with them, you’ll wind up asking really good questions as you figure out why you disagree with them. (I’ll probably write more on this soon.)

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