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Now that my ethereal software is out, I have a few projects:
- Write instructions so you know how to use it. This will happen as I write the books.
- Add and debug more features, like magick to help you with enlightenment. I’m going to leave the ethereal software in beta until this is done, which will probably take until I complete my second book, which will probably be sometime in the second half of 2013.
- Add the feature I couldn’t get into the beta: A tingling that even non-mages feel.
I’m going to do the projects in parallel. Writing instructions is a great task for when I’m magically exhausted, and most of the features I’d like to add, I can delegate. So, most of my time will be going to developing a connection that non-mages can feel, and I’m going to blog about it as I do it.
First, why bother? I have a few reasons:
- Right now, the ethereal software very gently attacks you to make you notice it. Kind of like a kid getting your attention by poking you. This is not ideal, and several users have said that, while very noticeable, it’s not entirely pleasant. If I could instead cause physical sensations by directly influencing nerves, I could develop a much more pleasant signal for the ethereal software to use.
- Second, I want to work with novices, who may not feel energy at all, even if it’s gently attacking them. And, while I don’t expect a tingle to convince hard-core skeptics, it will give a nice reassurance to most people, and it will also let me answer the question, “How do I know if I got the command right?” The answer will be: The tingle lets you know it’s working.
- And third, I expect this research to lead to better techniques to affect nerves and the brain, such as better energy healing, communicating telepathically with non-mages, and so on. In other words, I’m not going to spend a month learning to make people feel tingling so I can make people feel tingling; I’m going to spend a month learning how magick interacts with nerves, apply that to making people feel tingling, and also apply it to other techniques.
I’ve already been thinking about how to do this research, but I want to start at the very beginning: Why do mages feel energy, but non-mages do not? To answer that, I need to tell you about the magickal anatomy of nerves.
The Magickal Anatomy of Nerves
In order to share my research, I need to tell you some of the details of my model. Normally, I try to walk you through how to find all the things I’m talking about, so you can experience everything yourself. But a lot of this stuff is fairly advanced, so I can’t bring you along in that way. For this series, you’re going to just have to trust me.
Now, here’s the model, which I’ve used to develop a bunch of useful and effective techniques:
Most tissue has one energy layer, with one set of paths from the cells to the energy, and with all the energy being in the same pool. There may be multiple signatures in that pool, but they all mix together.
Nerves have two separate pools of energy, each with its own set of paths to the actual cells. One pool, which I call the “nerve layer” or “physical layer,” reflects the overall state of the nerve: How it responds to hormones and neurotransmitters, which nerves it’s connected to, and so on. For healing techniques for inflamed tissue, pain, anger, or any other healing technique that will last longer then a few seconds, you want the nerve layer.
The other pool, I call the “thought layer.” It reflects the passing second-to-second state of the nerve, as it signals thoughts and sensations. If you want to communicate ideas or read minds, you want the thought layer.
Both nerve layer and thought layer are energy layers, and each of them has connections to the actual nerve cell. And this is the critical part: You don’t feel the energy. Instead, you feel the changes to your nerve cells that are caused by the energy.
We’re going to talk a lot about these different layers this week, so even if you don’t understand every detail right now, you’ll get more practice with them. For now, just remember there are two energy layers, and that neither of them does anything unless the change makes its way to the actual cell.
Why Mages Feel Energy & Non-Mages Don’t
I got training in this last week, some simply going to tell you the answer:
Everyone has some very thin connections between the thought layer and their cells, but experienced mages have some additional, much thicker paths*. It is those thicker paths that let a change in energy cause in a sensation in the cell. In non-mages, those thin paths only synchronize one-way: They make the thought layer reflect what their nerves are doing, but they don’t push changes from the thought into the nerve cells.
*A path is a bundle of connections.
Have you ever heard that only experienced mages can see spirits? Or that it takes practice to channel messages? This is the underlying mechanic: You need to develop these thicker paths before the spirits can communicate with you effectively. And you need to develop them before you can feel energy.
Do some non-mages feel some types of energy? Yes, they do. But they don’t feel the types of energy that most spirits work with, and frankly, it’s difficult to tease out how much of the tingling that novices feel comes from the energy, and how much of it is purely psychological, caused by focusing on their breathing and their body as they do the visualizations. Maybe people respond differently to energy applied to the nerve layer vs energy applied to the thought layer, though? That’s one of the things I’ll be testing coming up.
Right now, I don’t have the answers. I have some good questions, and some good things to explore, and writing this post helped me think of a few more. We’ll discuss some of those approaches later this week.
By the way, for anyone who feels like this is way too advanced: I’m also writing chapters from Part 2 of my book, discussing how to get started with magick, and how to use my ethereal software to awaken more of your mental muscles. You’ll get some of those beginner-friendly posts this week, too.Other posts in this series:
- Magick Anyone Can Feel: Testing it Out (July 24, 2012)
- Magick Anyone Can Feel: First (Bad) Plans (July 21, 2012)
- Magick Anyone Can Feel: Why It's Hard (July 20, 2012)
- How We Cheat at Feeling Energy (July 11, 2012)
- Why Non-Mages Don't Feel Energy (July 9, 2012)