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This is part of An Initiation into Direct Magick – Book 1.
Most systems of magick start with an energy meditation. It gets your energy flowing, and engages the parts of your mind that build and direct energy (your ethereal muscles). For example:
- As you breathe in, imagine breathing a glowing white mist into your lungs.
- As you breathe out, imagine the white mist spreading to the rest of your body.
- When you’re done with the energy, imagine the white mist leaving your body.
Let’s talk about what’s going on in the mage’s mind and body, using the language of direct magick.
When the mage visualizes, they send their intent to their unconscious, where that intent is (hopefully) picked up by their ethereal muscles. The muscles create that energy, move it around following the mage’s intent, and then release that energy when the mage went to the final step of the visualization.
(For now, let’s assume the ethereal muscles were paying attention, and the visualization communicated, “Create energy in my lungs and body.”)
Two important items:
First, the particulars of the visualization don’t matter. They merely communicate intent to the mage’s ethereal muscles. Visualizing white vs red mist, visualizing fire vs water, visualizing something totally different, all that matters is how those images speak to you. If your mind associates white mist with healing and red mist with passion, you’ll probably produce the corresponding types of energy. But there’s no reason to believe your mind will respond the same way mine does, because visualization is all about communicating intent within your own mind.
Second, you can only ask for things your ethereal muscles know how to do. Think about it this way: If you ask a short order cook to construct an airplane, he probably can’t do it. Asking more clearly won’t help. He knows what you want, he just can’t make it happen. Similarly, you can visualize flying, your ethereal muscles can hear your intent, but unless they know how to do it (and they don’t), and you will still be affected by gravity. Visualization communicates intent, nothing more.
But, it is possible to train your ethereal muscles to do magick they can’t do yet. In fact, that’s much of the point of Direct Magick.
It’s also possible to get assistance from external forces, which we call ethereal software. The rest of this chapter gives examples of that.
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