What is Direct Magick?

by Mike Sententia on May 28, 2014

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This is part of An Initiation into Direct Magick – Book 1.

Magick comes from the mind, usually the unconscious. You can guide your unconscious with symbols, like in rituals, runes, and visualizations. You can guide it with temporary beliefs, like in Chaos Magick. And you can find other methods, too, like self-hypnosis.

Direct magick takes a new approach: We make those magick-driving parts conscious. It’s like using biofeedback to control your heartbeat.

Guiding magick consciously feels like moving your hand. When you type, you’re not visualizing your fingers, or believing you’ll press a key, you’re just typing. You think about your intent, but also about spelling, paragraphs, and metaphors. You feel the keys, the resistance as you press. You notice if a key sticks, and adjust for it. You can even learn to touch type, consciously guiding your fingers through new motions until they become automatic and unconscious. That’s what Direct Magick is like, only with connections and energy instead of a keyboard.

Other Features of Direct Magick

No Rituals: While compatible with ritual systems, Direct Magick itself doesn’t teach any rituals.

No Prescribed Religion: Like the sciences, Direct Magick is silent on matters of religion and spirituality. You can follow any path that speaks to you.

Works with Other Systems: You can practice other systems of magick alongside Direct Magick. Becoming more aware of the magick-driving parts of your mind might even help your other practices.

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George May 29, 2014 at 12:16 PM

When you type, you’re not visualizing your fingers, or believing you’ll press a key, you’re just typing.

Reminds me of this: I like the phrase from the Alexander Technique: “leave yourself alone and the right thing will do itself; the body co-ordinates itself”.

You intend to walk across the room; it just happens, you don’t control or influence all the individual motor parts etc. You just experience “walking across the room” happening, the weight of your body, the breeze as you stroll on. If the floor is sticky, you adjust for it…


Mike Sententia May 30, 2014 at 10:43 AM

I’m not familiar with Alexander Technique, but that’s an interesting quote.

Sometimes, though, the body doesn’t do the right thing by itself. If a person has never been trained to swim, don’t throw them in a 10-foot-deep pool and trust the right thing to just happen. Sometimes, you need to be aware of your body so you can learn new motions.


Mike Sententia June 27, 2014 at 9:04 AM

For anyone who reads this later, I expand on this conversation here: https://magickofthought.com/2014/06/magick-walking-and-golf


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