How I Chose My Spirits

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Yvonne asks:

[The spirits you work with,] how do you know they are experts in what they do? And how do you know if they are evolved or enlightened beings whose interests are fully beneficent?

Let’s forget for a moment these are spirits. Let’s treat them like people, working in a field with no licensing or standards body. Which is really most of the business world.

For example, I do computer consulting. How do my clients know I’m an expert? They talk to me, my other clients, and other people in the field. And, while that’s not 100% certain knowledge, it’s good enough to let us work together.

Same with spirits: I trust them because I’ve worked with them, or because spirits I know vouch for them. When I call a spirit an expert at communication, or healing, or something else, it’s because a spirit I know vouches for them. The spirits I work with organize into groups or communities, and when that community has consistently steered me true in training and introductions, I trust them to decide who’s an expert.

Don’t have a community of spirits yet? There’s no simple recipe, just like there’s no recipe for making friends or finding business partners, but a few things to look for:

  • Can they communicate well?
  • Do their connections feel precise?
  • When they teach you a technique, does the technique work?

In other words, much the same thing you’d look for in a teacher, consultant, or anyone else you might work with.

What about “fully beneficent?” Well, I’ve worked with spirits in this community for years, and they seem like good folks. Helpful, never drained or otherwise harmed me, concerned with my growth as a person (see consciousness integration). I trust them for the same reasons I trust my friends.

I think that’s all we can ask for. I don’t even know how we’d tell if something is fully beneficent, or just 99% beneficent, or just good most of the time. I don’t know what we can observe that would let us tell the difference. It’s like calling something omnipotent after seeing it turn some people into pillars of salt — yes, that seems quite potent, but omnipotent? I don’t think that’s a sufficient test. Claims like that seem like wishful thinking or bragging on the part of the priests, rather than a real claim a person could make about a spirit, or a claim a spirit could credibly make about themselves. But claims like that have become popular in our culture, so I can see why Yvonne would ask about it.

Summary: Treat spirits like people. Work with them, decide who to trust, and accept that you can’t ever know 100%.

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4 Responses to “How I Chose My Spirits”

  1. Seth Burleigh says:

    Hey Mike,
    Have you ever found that high levels of certain minerals, like potassium (via taking something like potassium citrate), effects your magick abilities, turning them on/off. As another way of putting it, would high levels of potassium in your blood disable your ethereal muscles automatically?

    I ask becausepotassium and magnesium have something to do with nerve signalling, and tingles or whatever associated with magick might have something to do with various ratios of these minerals.

    • I’ve never studied this. But to take a guess: If you get enough of anything in your system that it impairs your ability to think, whether it’s drugs or minerals, that will probably affect your magick. But would potassium affect you more than, say, alcohol? I can’t really say, but probably not.

  2. Seth Burleigh says:

    Hmm, How about your medical operation which temporary disabled/permanently got rid of (seemed to) your ethereal muscles, that you mentioned in another post.

    Was there some sort of chemical which caused this disabling or temporary absence?

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