Getting Derailed (My Work July 8-15)

by Mike Sententia on July 16, 2012

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This week got eaten up by a surgery. Nothing too serious, and I’m mostly recovered by now, but it gobbled up most of my focus.

In the first half of the week, before I knew about the surgery, I planned my research for causing a tingle that even non-mages can feel. (That’s the work I told you about last week.) I’m used to developing techniques myself, solo, so I’m used to seeing all the moving pieces. In fact, that’s my normal cue that I’m on the right track. Here, I’m collaborating with spirits, so no one of us has all the needed skills, and I can’t see a full path to a solution. I can only see 1-2 steps ahead, which makes it hard to act confidently, which in turn makes it hard to act at all. (I’ll discuss this research more as I do it coming up.)

Then, on Tuesday, my dentist found a possible precancerous lesion. I had it removed Friday, along with my remaining two wisdom teeth. We found it very early, it was probably nothing, possibly precancerous, but pretty definitely not cancer, nothing to worry about, and so on — but it still left me unfocused.

In part, it was the anesthesia. See, when I have all those drugs in my system, none of my magick works right. It’s a whole different experience than waking up from sleep — it’s like my mind was shut down, and the psychic intuitions and feelings of energy and spirits and everything else aren’t there anymore. I imagine it’s how an artificial intelligence would feel about their power switch.

The surgery went fine, and I set up with spirits I know to handle my shielding and do some energy healing. Unlike last year’s surgery, where my magick was down for 1-2 days, here I was able to talk with spirits after only a few hours. And very quickly, my nausea, my cloudy-headed-ness, and my pain all decreased by a significant amount.

What changed since last surgery, about a year ago? Hard to say. I’ve been working on communication a lot since then, and I know more and better spirits than last time. But whatever it was, it makes me feel good, like I’ve accomplished something in the past year, and like I can still accomplish something even when I’m recovering from surgery. Sometimes, it’s the small victories that turn your day around.

And now, it’s time to get back to work. This post is the first real writing I’ve done since the surgery. (The posts this weekend were pre-written.) I want to resume my research, and my head is almost clear enough to do it. So, coming up soon, I’ll show you my plan for developing sensations that non-mages can feel, then blog as I do it.

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Dark Arckana July 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

The answer you were looking for was contained in your ordeal. “It’s a whole different experience than waking up from sleep — it’s like my mind was shut down, and the psychic intuitions and feelings of energy and spirits and everything else aren’t there anymore. I imagine it’s how an artificial intelligence would feel about their power switch.” ;)

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Simon July 17, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Hi Mike

glad to hear you’re recovered. I get that developing a connection that ‘non mages’ can recognize is something you’re focusing on right now. From my own selfish perspective what I really need from you are just a few pointers for what to do next with the e. software. I don’t necessarily have a problem fiddling about with it without instructions but feel it would be more productive and time effective if I did have some. In other words “stop all the other stuff you’re doing and get some blog posts out with some more basic user instructions!” :-)

OK..only half serious. In your own time. Meanwhile I am also loving the less-wrong.com blog that you link to. Before you know it I will be an initiated adept in Bayesian reasoning…

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Mike Sententia July 17, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Thanks. And don’t worry: Instructions for the ethereal software are coming. I’m currently working on the chapter on using it to awaken your mental muscles, which I hope to have out this weekend. Then the rest of this book is on using the ethereal software for basic healing and psychic intuitions.

Part of the slowness is, I’ll need to figure out the right sequence to learn things in. Before you can do psychic, you need to trigger it to connect to your mind. Before you can do that, you need to awaken your mental muscles. It’s a bit more complex than just a list of commands. But that’s all in the works, too.

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Simon July 18, 2012 at 1:30 AM

I don’t doubt it is more complex than that. Guess all I mean is that with the core blog readers maybe you don’t necessarily have to have that stuff worked out perfectly. You can go a bit more ‘guinea pig’ on us. After all you are talking to a bunch of people who don’t have a problem using something that might give them caffeine headaches at first…

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Mike Sententia July 18, 2012 at 8:19 AM

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