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This is part of An Initiation into Direct Magick – Book 1.
Like most skills, magick has an external part and an internal part.
Ethereal software is the external part of magick. It’s the outside force you channel that drives the changes in the world.
Ethereal muscles are the internal part of magick. They’re the parts of your mind that let you sense and use energy, connections, and the other building blocks of magick.
Last chapter, you got some ethereal software. We started there because it’s easier to give you the external part than to awaken the internal part. Now that you have it, let’s use that ethereal software to awaken your ethereal muscles.
While we’re at it, we’re also going to have the ethereal software learn its way around your mind, so it can communicate with you better.
Afterwards, we’ll strengthen your ethereal muscles, then start doing practical magick.
Aside: Why Isn’t This Automatic?
Most initiations include these same steps. Magickal forces connect to you, learn their way around your mind, and awaken your ethereal muscles. The adept might trigger these steps, or the ethereal software might do them automatically.
Why doesn’t Direct Magick make this automatic, too?
I certainly could have. I chose not to.
Part of my design philosophy with Direct Magick is to expose as much of the inner-workings of magick as possible. I want all the steps of this initiation to be explicit, conscious choices, so you’re aware of what’s going on and how it works. By letting you trigger this command, it forces us to discuss the changes that happen during an initiation. I think that’s a good thing.
How To Do It
The command is, “Prepare my mind to communicate with you.” Send it using the technique from the previous chapter.
The ethereal software will start awakening your ethereal muscles and learning its way around your mind. It’ll do what it can today, then do a bit more each time you practice magick. This awakening will happen over months or years, just like any strengthening process. It’ll happen as you do energy meditations, manifesting, energy healing, and other magick.
You’ll get the most improvement per minute of practice by doing a short session each day. Practice for 10 minutes, let the software do its thing, then repeat. This works better than one long session on the weekends.
You only need to give the command once. But as a beginner, it’s hard to be sure that your message went through, and there’s no harm in giving it again. So, I’d recommend repeating the command a few times over the next few weeks.
If you go more than a week without practicing, the software may think you’ve quit. When you’re ready to start again, just give the command again. Don’t worry, you’ll keep any progress you’ve made.
If you want stop this process for any reason, simply tell the ethereal software, “Stop and disconnect.”
Once you’ve given the command, you can rest, or you can go on to the next chapter and start strengthening your ethereal muscles.
Aside: What If You Already Practice Magick?
What if you already practice magick? Aren’t your ethereal muscles already awake?
There are lots of different ethereal muscles. Ones for building energy, others for noticing energy, still others for communicating with ethereal software. And there are many more.
Different systems of magick use different ethereal muscles. Sure, many are shared — just about everyone builds energy, for example. But your other system probably uses some muscles we won’t use in Direct Magick (at least for now), and vice versa.
(Also, the ethereal software we use in Direct Magick still needs to learn its way around your mind, no matter what else you do.)
So, even if you already practice magick, make sure to do this preparation. It’ll probably go much faster than for someone new to magick, but it’ll probably still do one or two important things.
Success: How to Know You Did It Right
I don’t have a simple answer here. Awakening your ethereal muscles sometimes doesn’t feel like anything. Often, it feels like energy. How can you tell if those sensations are awakening, or ordinary energy, or placebo? It’s a tricky problem, especially if you’re new to magick.
But I think it’s valuable to acknowledge tricky problems, even if we can’t solve them 100%.
For now, let’s make an assumption. Remember last chapter, when we created an “obvious connection”? If that worked, let’s assume this command worked, too. Just for now.
We’ll verify that assumption in Part 3 of this book, when you learn energy healing and manifesting. When you see those results, you’ll know everything is working.
What if that obvious connection didn’t work for you? Practice the energy meditation in the next chapter, then try the obvious connection again in a week or two. Hopefully, you’ll have enough ethereal muscles will awake to feel it then.
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