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We all know the tingling feeling of energy. I discussed it with a non-mage and an experienced psychic recently, then thought about it more today. I surprised each of them, including myself. Here are the observations:
1. Most tingles people feel are really proprioception, or focusing your attention on one spot in your body until you feel weird, or some other non-magickal process. Most of what teachers use to demonstrate energy tingles is really normal physiology. (Which I think is cheating.)
2. Novices often look for tingles to know they’re really doing magick. They think that not feeling tingles means they’re not engaging their mental muscles, which indeed, it may.
The problem is, you don’t feel tingles in response to all energy. Instead, you feel tingles when the energy you’re working with has the wrong signature. That is, you’re not feeling the energy itself, you’re feeling how much it shifts the signature of your body / shielding / connection / whatever you’re working with.
As you get better, you’ll learn to align your energy’s signature with what you’re working with, and you’ll stop feeling tingles. For some mages (including my experienced psychic friend), you may think the absence of tingles means you’re doing something wrong, when in fact, it means you’re improving.
3. The tingles aren’t actually your nerves responding to the energy. Rather, the tingles are your mental muscles projecting sensations into your brain. Really, it’s a way for your mental muscles to communicate with you.
As I’ve gotten better at aligning my signature to what I’m working with, my mental muscles have become more sensitive, so they produce tingles when I mis-align the signature just a little bit. But lately, this simply isn’t enough, and I rarely feel tingles anymore. So, the third idea, which surprised me: Could I tell my mental muscles to produce tingles in response to some other event, such as a communication message coming in? That seems quite useful.If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.