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A reader emails:
Do you think pendulums can be another way of activating etheric muscles for a beginner?
I can see why he asked: I talk about awakening ethereal muscles, other folks talk about using pendulums, and as a beginner, you don’t have a real model of how all these different pieces interact. So why not combine the two, and use a pendulum to awaken ethereal muscles?
Short answer is “no.” But if you’re like me, you want to know why.
What Pendulums Do
Imagine your unconscious mind knows something. Maybe a psychic intuition, maybe an ordinary intuition, maybe some other info that you don’t know how to get into your conscious mind. So you ask a question, then doing some action your unconscious mind can control, and watch for it. That’s where pendulums come in.
You hold the pendulum, and tiny movements of your hand move it clockwise or counterclockwise. You consciously focus on holding your hand steady, and your unconscious handles those tiny movements, producing a visible motion that hopefully represents its answer to your question.
In other words, a pendulum is a way for your unconscious to display information. (So do divining rods and similar devices that amplify small unconscious movements.)
Don’t believe me? I’ve heard people say that the energy in a chakra swirls clockwise or counterclockwise, and the pendulum is caught up by this energy. Why a pendulum would be moved by magickal energy when no other physical object is, I don’t know, but it’s easy to test: Tie your pendulum to a stand or a table or some other steady, inanimate object. See if it swings and changes direction and all that. (If you do, youtube it and post a link.)
Pendulums Won’t Alter Ethereal Muscles
Pendulums are physical objects. Ethereal anything (muscles, software, energy, etc) generally aren’t affected by the movements of physical objects. Sure, there are some special cases: Your ethereal muscles listen to your brain and respond to your thoughts, and you can tie ethereal software to an object or sigil. But in general, if you want to affect an ethereal X, you need some other ethereal Y that knows how to affect it.
That’s why the software for my book is programmed to awaken your ethereal muscles.
Pendulums might be useful for displaying information. If you’re having trouble consciously receiving messages from spirits or ethereal software, assign one meaning to clockwise, one to counterclockwise, and ask your question. This doesn’t help you differentiate between psychic vs normal intuitions, but it might be useful for beginners doing their first explorations.If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.