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This is part of An Initiation into Direct Magick – Book 1.
This chapter covers three Direct Magick techniques to help strengthen your ethereal muscles.
First is an energy meditation, to build and move energy in your body. This is the same exercise you’ll find in many systems of magick, so if you already know it, feel free to skip ahead.
Second is mental posture, a way to engage your ethereal muscles any time, at will. This is a core Direct Magick technique, and we’ll use it in everything else we do.
Third is an improved communication technique, to help you send your intent to ethereal software. This is another technique we’ll use everywhere, and that may help your other magick, too.
Once you’ve learned these techniques, we’ll cover energy healing, manifesting, and shielding with Direct Magick.
This section is an example energy meditation.
If you haven’t worked with energy before, practice it for 5-10 minutes a day until it becomes easy to build energy. This will probably take 2-4 weeks. See “Success,” below, for how to recognize energy.
If you already work with energy, skip this section, and just use whatever visualization speaks to you.
We’ll represent energy with a glowing mist. If that doesn’t speak to you, try fire, water, stars, or anything else. The point is to communicate your intent to your unconscious, so use whatever images speak to you.
Begin by sitting comfortably. Focus on your breathing. With each breath in, imagine a white glowing mist entering your lungs. Imagine it leaving its incandescence in your lungs, so you exhale a dim mist. Do this for several minutes. If you’re feeling adventurous, try moving the glow to different parts of your body, so you can feel the energy move.
(I like to imagine this like I’m watching myself from the outside, like watching a movie of myself.)
When you’re done, release the energy. (This is called “grounding.”) Imagine breathing the light back out into the room. Alternately, imagine the light leaving your body into the ground. Either works well — use whatever images speak to you. Start by grounding for a full minute. Later, once you can feel the energy, just ground until the feeling dissipates.
If you don’t ground, you may get a headache. If that happens, just ground, then rest for a few minutes to half an hour.
Feel free to modify the visualization. The point is to communicate your intent to your unconscious, so use whatever images speak to you.
Aside: What About Non-Visual People?
What if you’re blind, or otherwise don’t like visual images? How can you do an energy meditation?
Instead of imagining how the energy looks, imagine how it might feel to have energetic mist enter your lungs. Or how it would sound, or taste. Use whichever senses are most active when you imagine your day.
If you want more ideas, you can find excellent reader comments at magickofthought.com/2012/04/visualization-for-the-blind/#comments
It’s hard to say how energy will feel for you. Every energy is different, and every person is different, so your energy might not feel like my energy. But here are some common sensations:
- Energy sometimes makes your skin tingle, like when someone almost touches you.
- Energy sometimes fills your body with warmth from the inside, like drinking hot tea on a cold day.
- It’s easier to feel energy as it moves and changes, so move the energy through your body.
How can you be sure you’re feeling energy, not placebo? Like with the obvious connections, you’re going to work with a friend. This time, you’ll need a friend who’s also experienced with energy, because it takes some skill to feel energy.
First, practice with energy yourself until it’s easy to feel it and move it in your body. Then meet with your friend, touch them, send your energy into your hands, then visualize it moving out your hands into them. Verify that they feel the energy.
Now you’re ready to test. Touch them, and either send energy or don’t send it. Don’t tell the — have them tell you if they felt the energy. To be more thorough, blindfold them, so they don’t just notice subtle changes in your body. Keep track of successes and failures — a few failures are to be expected, and accuracy over 50% means you’re detecting the energy.
For more reader comments on energy meditations (and my replies), see magickofthought.com/2010/07/how-to-begin-magick-for-complete-novices/#comments
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