Case Study: A Reader’s Failed Manifesting

by Mike Sententia on September 11, 2012

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Yesterday, I told you about magick to find missing jewelry. What I didn’t tell you is that my reader never found her ring.

Yes, the manifesting failed. She looked for the ring, asked for guidance, looked again, and still, no ring. So, I dug into why, figuring I could either debug the ethereal software, or at least give her some advice about what to practice.

My first thought was that maybe she didn’t send the question properly — for example, maybe the software didn’t know which piece of jewelry she was looking for. Or maybe the ethereal software heard her fine, but wasn’t doing the manifesting properly. Or maybe it wasn’t delivering the results to her mind properly. I could solve any of those problems, but I had to know which it was first.

I connected to the ethereal software, asked it for the list of users (remember, I own my book’s ethereal software, so I have access to everything it does), and found her requests. The messages themselves were quite clear, and the software confirmed that it knew what she wanted. The problem, it said, was that her ring was not “within her zone of control,” which I took to mean that it’s not in her house. That is, she lost it somewhere around town, not anywhere she can find simply by looking.

Manifesting works by selecting a sequence of events that will lead to the desired outcome. But, if there is no such sequence of events — or if the sequence is so unlikely that the ethereal software can’t make it happen — then you don’t get any result. Which was the case here. The software tried to tell her that, but she’s not set up to receive conscious messages, so it just failed silently.

Failing silently is the default for most magick. You do your ritual or visualization, then you wait for the results. I don’t know of any style that tells you immediately whether the magick worked or not. So, this is no worse than any other style. But it’s no better, either, and frankly, failing silently is bad form, and it’s something we should change.

I’m telling you this for a few reasons. First, so you can see some of the challenges in developing user-friendly magick. Second, to give you an example of why manifestings sometimes fails, to help you debug your own magick. And third, so I have something to refer back to when I eventually get my ethereal software to stop failing silently.

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Ananael Qaa September 12, 2012 at 7:15 AM

I’m sorry to hear that this failed. I’ve been of the opinion for a long time that these sorts of clear-cut tests are much better in terms of objectively establishing the accuracy of your model than healing, which has to deal with the placebo effect, and consciousness integration, which is inherently subjective. It’s good to see you posting the results, though – in any scientific process you can hopefully learn as much from failure as you can from success.

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Mike Sententia September 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Thanks. I try to post results as I come by them, even when I’m not in a testing / debugging mode.

Late this year / early next year, I expect to develop my skills with manifesting (using already-debugged manifesting software), then debug my book’s ethereal software. When I do that, I’ll post a bunch of tests and refinements.

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Mike Sententia September 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

And a few more thoughts, inspired by some of the comments here. https://magickofthought.com/2012/09/expressing-confidence-or-lack-thereof/

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Ona September 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

It would surprise me if anyone had a system or ability in magick that worked all the time, in part because you aren’t the only willful creature in the universe who wants stuff and there are often complex circumstances involved (ie if the ring fell into the sea, finding it is going to require either a deep sea diver, a miraculous event in which a fish eats it and then washes up on shore, or the tide carrying it to shore, and to a shore where the ring owner will happen to walk… that’s a lot of moving parts. However, simply finding out where the ring was (via a dream or vision perhaps) would be satisfying to many people. That requires “receiving” skills, of course.

In any case, I just wanted to throw out an example of shielding for practical purposes. I was eating outside with a friend, and immediately several yellow jackets zoomed over and landed on her food. She waved them away and as soon as they moved a few feet away I activated the “Black Egg Shield,” – a sort of cloud/shield I’ve used to keep spirits away – to see if it would keep the bees away. Indeed for the next half hour they buzzed around but never came close to our plates, staying above our heads or off to the sides. Later I told my friend and she said she was simultaneously sending thoughts to the bees to go away and not bother the food (she’s an advanced yogi and does this sort of thing naturally). So no way to prove the bees didn’t just not feel like bothering us, but given how much they love to land on fruit and meat I was surprised they didn’t keep trying to land.

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Mike Sententia September 13, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Very cool about the bees. And good thought about the manifesting results: Having some info go back to the person might satisfy them, even if the manifesting can’t do exactly what they asked for. Thanks!

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Amonjin September 14, 2012 at 8:35 AM

I have to agree with Ananael Qaa. This types of test is easier to measure and validate.

I’m curious if you could perform another test in the same vain, this time a little more controlled.

You need three people including you. The premise is the same except instead of a lost object as the target can use an intentionally hidden object. One volunteer takes a piece of jewelry from another and hides it. The other connects to your magic and tries to manifest its location.

Also, the notion that the ring is not in her zone of control is of interest to me. Maybe you can rewrite the program to help isolate her memories of the last time she wore the ring to the first moment she no longer had it. In that capacity the spell can help her isolate points in time were the ring could have been lost. That way the spell is pointing her to several locations of possibility (increasing probability) rather than outlining a specific map for exact location (decreased probability). The ring is out of her control but her memories of where the ring has been is in her control.

Thoughts?

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Mike Sententia September 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Hi Amonjinn, I think having a friend hide an object is a great test for when I decide to test and debug this aspect of manifesting. It’s not a high priority on my list right now, but I hope to get there sometime next year.

On reprogramming: Some projects I do just to make an interesting blog post, but reprogramming is too big of a project for that. I do have a bunch of reprogramming tasks on my list, though, and I’ll post about them as I do them.

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