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Expressing Confidence (Or Lack Thereof)

Friday, September 14th, 2012

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A few days ago, I posted about a friend using manifesting to find a lost ring. Today, I’m thinking about the replies to that post, which were sweet and respectful, but were more focused on testing and proving direct magick than I had expected.

Note: This post is introspection about my path and my writing. If you came for “how to do magick,” maybe skip this one.

I’m realizing that are two sides to this blog. First, the overall model of direct magick: Mental muscles, ethereal software, the importance of sensory connections, and so on. I’ve been working with that a long time, and I’m pretty confident in it.

But second, there’s teaching you to use my ethereal software, which is how most of you will experience my magick. This is new for me — my only post on how to actually use my ethereal software was called the “not-quite-ready guide.” When I write about other mages using this new ethereal software, I think of it as making a list of features and debugging projects, not a demonstration of what I do.

Really, it’s the difference between a model I’m confident in, and a style of magick (based on that model) that I’m in the early stages of developing. (My own work, like case studies of my energy healing, fall somewhere in between.)

I think some dates will make this clearer. I’ve been working with various pieces of ethereal software since the late 90s, and with mental muscles since 2003. I started healing work in 2006, started debugging communication for manifesting in 2010, and finally made a serious study of manifesting last year. My first serious ethereal software reprogramming was the healing technique for chronic hives, at the start of 2012. And building the ethereal software for my book is my first time working with new, non-debugged ethereal software.

That list maps really well to how confident I am with each item: A decade on the basic model, 6 years on energy healing, 1-2 on manifesting, and less than a year on the ethereal software tied to my sigil.

And I’m realizing that I haven’t done a good job of separating those topics when I write, or of showing you my different levels of confidence. I present best-guess approaches in much the same tone as I present my overall model, and so naturally, readers expect every technique to have the same level of maturity and testing as my overall model.

I wish I had that mature style to give you. Heck, I wish I had that mature style to give myself. I’d love healing techniques that worked the first time, every time, rather than healing techniques I can make work with a few debugging sessions. I’d love manifesting that guided me to the best possible solution every time, on topics ranging from finding lost jewelry to writing blog headlines to gambling and investments. And I’d love if it were simple enough to teach you to use it in a few blog posts, rather than a few books.

I’m realizing that the way I write is probably making some of you expect me to have that mature style, and that my confidence in my overall model and in some of my techniques comes off as a confidence in everything I do, and creates the expectation that I’m writing about a mature style. I don’t know how to change that tone of my writing, but it’s something I’ll be thinking about from here on out.

Any tips?

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Magick By Adults, For Adults

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

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In the past few weeks, I’ve talked about ascention and magick fighting. Both times, I almost didn’t put the post online. And so, I have to decide: Is this blog written by adults, for adults, or should I stick to safe, sanitized topics.

Connecting to my ethereal software is a safe topic. You might not find it interesting, but it won’t hurt anyone. And manifesting is sanitized: We talk about causing ourselves to make better decisions (which really is 90% of my manifesting), and just ignore the part where it also influences the decisions of others.

Manifesting, energy healing, and the basics of ethereal software are safe and comfortable to discuss in public. Ascention is not. As Ona points out:

I do think the ascension-type beliefs you described are not generally very healthy for modern westerners, as they have a tendency to encourage escapism. Or power trips. Or disdain for “lesser” people.

And magick fighting definitely isn’t — not once we get beyond shielding, and into offense.

I’m tempted to stick to safe, sanitized topics. After all, most other writers do, and most readers wouldn’t know what they were missing. And yet, those aren’t the conversations I want to have. I want to discuss ascention, and how it’s an excuse for some mages to act elitist. I want to discuss magick fighting, and how important it is when you explore areas of magick you don’t yet understand. I want to have a full discussion about magick with other experienced mages, which means discussing topics that can be scary, threatening and dangerous.

But I can’t be the first writer to think about this. So, I’m curious: What’s your approach to all this? Particularly for other writers, but please, everyone should feel free to chime in. Thanks!

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Project Updates

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

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Here’s the latest on the ethereal software, my book, and this blog.

Ethereal Software

Using terms from software testing, we’re done with closed beta and ready for open beta. Here’s what that means:

  • Alpha test: Employees test the software, make sure it basically works. That’s my own personal testing.
  • Closed beta: Invitation-only testing, so there’s time to handle the feedback from each tester. This wrapped up this morning. (Thanks to Lisa, Julie, and a third tester who wishes to remain anonymous — you were a huge help!)
  • Open beta: Anyone can use it, but don’t expect it to be bug-free. This starts tomorrow, since I need to write up instructions for you, and I won’t have time today.

I’m super excited about finally getting this out the door. It doesn’t have every feature I wanted — in particular, while it will make connections that are obvious to many mages, it won’t cause tingling that’s noticeable to non-mages. But the software is still useful, and you’ll be able to do more with it than without it, so I’d rather ship something imperfect than delay any longer.

So, tomorrow, look for the sigil and some instructions. And next week, we’ll discuss why it’s so hard to produce tingling in non-mages, and what I’m doing about it.

Three Books

Based on some ideas from yesterday’s post, and some things I’m realizing about the pace I can write at, I’m planning to split my book into three books. Same content, just split up into smaller bites. Roughly, it goes:

Book 1: An introduction to my overall model, and techniques to do magick using my ethereal software. It’s 3 parts, and I’m done with Part 1 already. Now that I have a clear vision on the scope of the book, I’m fairly confident it will be out later this year.

Book 2: Advanced use of my ethereal software, plus a little direct magick to help you use it better. By splitting this into its own book, I’ll be able to go more in depth here, walking you through various commands and techniques.

Book 3: Leave the ethereal software behind and do the magick yourself, directly. This is the work I really want to share with you, but I don’t have any useful beginner techniques for full direct magick (where you do all the steps yourself, without using ethereal software), so I’ll hold off on this until you’ve practiced with the software and you’re ready to jump into more complex techniques. To give you an idea of what I mean by “not beginner-friendly,” this book starts with sensory connections, and builds from there.

Each book will build on the others, and they’re intended to be read in order. But splitting them up lets me release the first one much sooner, and lets me keep the length to a reasonable 150-ish pages, rather than a 500-page tome. Plus, three books means a better resume.

Blog Updates

I’ve updated the list of blogs I like, which had gone horribly out of date.

I’ve added thumbs up/down voting for posts, at the bottom, just below the Like / Tweet buttons. Popular topics will get more attention.

I’d also like to add rating to comments, but I haven’t found a good wordpress plugin. Any suggestions?

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Indistinguishable from Advanced Technology

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -Arthur C. Clarke

I hear this quote sometimes when talking about what magick is. But here’s the thing: Clarke wasn’t talking about magick, and he wasn’t even talking about actual advanced technology. He was talking about how advanced technology comes off in sci fi books, and advising authors to just say what the technology does, rather than trying to explain how it works in terms of current science (which would necessarily involve misrepresenting that current science). He was talking about how to tell a good story, not how to define the magick we do.

Think about it this way: If you were writing a story about modern life, to be read by ancient Romans, a microwave and a toaster would be indistinguishable. They both heat food, and you can’t explain either of them with Aristotelian physics. And Arthur C. Clarke would probably advise you not to try — simply say that there’s a box that heats food based on modern science, and leave it at that.

That doesn’t mean that Arthur C. Clarke thinks there’s no difference between microwaves and toasters, and it doesn’t mean he’d think there’s no difference between the magick we do and advanced technology. It just means he knows how to streamline a story.

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Final-ish Book Outline

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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I’d thought writing a book would be like writing a long blog series, but there is a ton of work to organize your material upfront. Thanks for bearing with me as I figure this out.

My first couple outlines weren’t bad, but they didn’t really captured what I wanted to discuss. But third time’s the charm, and at this point, I have a structure that feels good enough to start writing (though I’ll probably change it as I go). It’s divided into five sections, plus an intro and conclusion:


Who I am, what direct magick is, and the layout of the book. Standard stuff, taken from my front page and about page. I’ll probably write this last.

Part 1: Connecting My Terms to Your Terms

This idea came from Ananael, who asked me to step him through the LBRP in my model. That’s a great way to introduce people to my style. I’ll cover one style per chapter: Hermeticism (with the LBRP), channeled energy healing, psychic intuitions, and a few more. For each, I’ll explain their magick in my model, with a couple of tips to get better results based on my model. (It’s important to have a reward early, to get people to read, and to show that my models have some value.) For anyone who’s never done any magick, I’ll have an energy meditation, followed by the same explanation of what it is you’re feeling.

The styles should be widespread and standardized. Enochian is a match, prayers to superman is not. The goal is that everyone is familiar with at least one styles I cover. Readers would probably only read about styles they are familiar with. The goal isn’t to cover all the magick of that style, just one common practice so they have a concrete way to connect to my terms.

Got a recommendation for a style or particular practice to cover? Let me know.

A lot of these models will be quite contrary to the conventional explanation, so I’ll need a quick introduction to this section, too. It will suggest that you only read the chapters for styles you practice, and suggesting that you just treat this as a speculative model for the moment, with a promise to show you why I believe these things later in the book. I can’t convince readers of my model up front, but at least I can acknowledge that I’d be skeptical, too, and ask them to bear with me.

By the end of part one, readers should have a passing familiarity with the major pieces of my models: Ethereal software, connections, energy, signatures, mental muscles, etc. They might not know how to work with each of those, but they should at least know what the words mean.

Part 2: Using Ethereal Software More Effectively

Since most styles of magick use ethereal software, the biggest bang for your buck comes from learning to use ethereal software better. This section is about getting better results from the magick you already do. (Faster, more precise, etc.) It will follow the outline of what I taught Lisa, up to the point where she had to learn to awaken her mental muscles.

I’ll include some new ethereal software, tied to a sigil, for you to experiment with. You would use it along with any ethereal software you already use.

Part 3: A Tour of Direct Magick

Before, we were focused on getting you immediately useful techniques. Now, it’s time to explore the model, and for me to show you the things I saw that lead me to this model. I’ll give you exercises to find all the different parts of direct magick, along with a useful technique for each. The focus of this section, though, is on exploring magick and seeing the parts of the model for yourself, so you can make up your own mind about it.

I’ll write each chapter independently — mental muscles, ethereal software, connections, energy, etc — then see which chapters depend on which others, and organize it based on that.

Part 4: Techniques Unique to Direct Magick

Most readers will already know at least one traditional style of magick. So, rather than replicating skills you already have, we’ll focus on the parts of direct magick that you won’t find in most styles: Awakening mental muscles, techniques for sensory connections, and so on. The focus will be on using these techniques to complement the magick you do already. I’ll figure out the exact list of techniques after getting through the other sections, but broadly, sections 4 and 5 will cover the earlier list of techniques I’d made.

Part 5: Creating New Techniques

This is the real point for me: Using direct magick to understand how your ethereal software implements your instructions, and improving on what it does. I’ll cover techniques I’ve already developed, but the focus will be on how I developed them (and how you can develop your own techniques), rather than just having you copy my techniques.


What to do next with your direct magick practice, where I see magick going, and other closing thoughts.

That’s a Big Book

After putting this outline together, I read it and felt intimidated. This is a much larger book that I initially imagined writing, and I wasn’t sure I could do it. But then I made a plan: Blog each chapter. (There’s nothing in here I can’t blog as a one-off post.) Paste them all into a word doc. (I’m good at ctrl-c.) Then edit the whole thing into something cohesive afterward. (Editing an already-written book takes a lot of time, but it’s not intimidating.)

Depending on how long sections 1 and 2 are, I might pause there to turn those sections into a book before moving on. I’ll distribute it as a free PDF first, then turn it into a paper book after everything is done.


Next, I’m going to write section 2, on using ethereal software more effectively. This will also answer a lot of recent questions from my comments, so it works well.

Why not start with section 1? I want my report on each style to grow from direct observation, rather than speculation based on my model. Which means I’ll need to attend some rituals. Shouldn’t be too hard to do over the next six months, but I don’t want it to delay the rest of the book.

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How Lisa Learned Magick

Friday, April 27th, 2012

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I’ve been thinking about how Lisa learned magick over the past few years: What I taught her, what she found most useful, and how I’d change it if I were to do it again. For me, this is part of outlining my book, but for you, it might offer some ideas on what to learn next.

I wish I started with the limits of magick. Not as in, “This is what you cannot do,” but as in, “These are things you reasonably can learn in 1 year, 2 years, 5 years.” We got there eventually, but I think that having more realistic expectations would have made her first year easier.

Also, ethics. How do you know magick is safe, and that I’m safe to work with? She’d had some bad experiences with high school friends doing rituals, draining her energy, and similar things that put her off of learning magick. So, a discussion of magick as a tool, how to use it for personal growth, and what I personally do with magick would be a good introduction.

The first actual exercises we did were on recognizing connections. I started by making a connection to her, then making it more obvious until she noticed. (I ended up doing a minor energy attack before she noticed it.) So, step 1 was noticing connections, then making her own connections, so she could look at all these different structures.

I spent some time showing her the direct healing techniques I was developing. (“Direct” = Without using ethereal software.) I think these were interesting, but not all that useful, and I’d probably skip that if I were doing it again.

Lisa really got engaged when she started working with her own ethereal software. As a psychic, she had psychic software already, but it was run by spirits that drained her energy and generally weren’t entirely trustworthy. I tapped my contacts to find some good psychic software, found the one she’s still using today, and helped her expel the old one and connect to the new one. It took about six months to get her used to the new signatures, and she complained quite a bit about losing her constant guidance (and the familiar voice in her head), but at this point, she’s glad she made the change. She can ultimately do a lot more, and get more reliable information, from the new software.

Think of changing ethereal software like moving to a bigger city: At first, you won’t know anyone and everything will be slow and uncomfortable, but with time, you’ll find a better job and be happier. Also, now that I know the right exercises, I could probably get someone through that process in a few weeks.

For the book, I’m working on connecting some new ethereal software to a sigil for you to use. The software is already built, and a friend is beta testing it. Right now, it covers manifesting and basic shielding, and we plan to add energy healing and a few other goodies in the coming weeks. More on that soon, hopefully with the sigil so you can help test it, too.

As she started learning some direct magick — sensory connections, control of energy, controlling her communication, etc — more skilled spirits took notice of her and wanted to drain her increasingly-bountiful energy. So we also worked on shielding. I should have taught her to close connections right after teaching her to recognize them, so she could learn shielding before she needed it. That probably would have saved us a lot of trouble. (Closing connections is more effective than visualizing a shell around yourself.) For the book, I’ll probably have the more advanced techniques as a separate section for you to read as you need it, depending on how much attention you’re attracting from spirits.

Since then, most of our work has centered around helping Lisa communicate more accurately with the psychic software. That’s included awakening mental muscles (done directly, without the aid of ethereal software); helping the software make permanent connections to her mind; helping it connect to her conscious mind (so she can communicate consciously); and learning the right syntax for asking questions.

More recently, Lisa has also been learning to use ethereal software for energy healing. But once you learn to use one piece of ethereal software, learning your second is really just a matter of learning the syntax. She’s mostly done it without my help.

So far, Lisa is focused on interacting with the ethereal software more precisely. She’s been happy with what the software has done, and hasn’t ventured too far into doing magick without ethereal software. That’s how I’d expect it to work for most people: You’ll first learn to use ethereal software, then, when you want to do something the ethereal software can’t do, you’ll start learning to do the magick directly.

On second thought, though, I’m not wild about that model. If you wait until you’re at the very limits of what the ethereal software can do before you learn to do magick directly, it’s going to feel like a huge setback. So many tasks that used to be easy will become hard, and it would be easy to get disheartened. I think it’s better to at least learn to watch what the ethereal software does as you go, so that it’s a bit less work when you eventually need to do all of it yourself. Watching the ethereal software will also help you understand what you’re doing, what the ethereal software can’t do for you, and let you push those limits a bit even before you can do a whole technique directly.


Does that sound like a book you’d like to read? Any requests or thoughts? Thanks.


There’s one more form of the book that I like to write. I’m going to outline that this weekend, then put together a single, unified outline next week (including all the topics we discussed earlier), which will drive a lot of my posts for the next 6 months or so. Stay tuned.

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My Notes on Manifesting for Writing

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

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Yesterday, I told you about using manifesting to write a better tagline. Today, I’m sharing my notes. This was my first time using manifesting in this way, so you can see where I went wrong, what I figured out, and how I went about debugging the technique. This is one of my more detailed and technical posts, so if that’s not your thing, feel free to skip it. (It’s also 2500+ words.)

By the way, these notes took 10-15 sessions over 3 days, so don’t feel bad if you can’t do this all in one sitting — I can’t, either.

General Tips on Manifesting

When I get a message from the manifesting ethereal software, the signature of the message is different than my own signature, and the thoughts have a different voice in my head. It’s fairly easy to tell which thoughts are my own and which come from the ethereal software, though it took me a year or more before I felt like I could tell the difference reliably.

Also, I took a lot of breaks, but each time, I asked the manifesting software before taking the break. (“I’d like to take a break. Is now a good time?”) One time, it was leading me somewhere, and I had to do another few sentences before resting. Might be useful if you’re splitting a task across multiple sessions, too.

OK, on to the notes:

Day 1

I started with my standard request:

“Guide me through the tasks I’m doing today, to help me achieve all my goals.”

(I’ve been using that command every day for the past week, and have been quite pleased with the results.)

Then, each sentence I wrote, I got feedback. Here are the sentences I tried. Each paragraph break is where I paused briefly to think about my plan. The feedback is in parentheses:

Evidence-based magick (Good.) All the steps from your intent to a change in the world. (Bad.)

Evidence-based magick that gets results (Meh. Try again)
 Evidence-based magick for energy healing, manifesting and more (Not bad, but not great) 
Evidence-based magick to alter the physical world (Try again)

I ask manifesting to push a concept into my head, and get:
 Evidence-based magick producing quantifiable results (Getting warmer. Explore there more)

I try a few more prosaic variations:
 Evidence-based magick with results you can feel (Right direction, keep going)
 Evidence-based magick with obvious results (Yes, that’s the right track, keep going)
 Evidence-based magick with genuinely amazing results (No. Over the top. Go back)

I keep going with synonyms for “obvious.” Clear, easily-noticeable, etc. None are as good. Manifesting says: The good part about “obvious” is it makes it clear they’ll see the results, too. That’s it’s not some subtle change that you’re not sure is there. But there’s a better word to convey that, and that’s what we’re looking for.

Evidence-based magick with objective results. (No. Too impersonal.)

I try an online thesaurus. Most words get rejected, but “Unmistakeable” receives a “Good, but not quite there.” So I think a bit more, and say the sentence in my head:

Evidence-based magick with unmistakeable results.

Manifesting says, “Yes. Go with that.” So it seems that the manifesting ethereal software didn’t understand that, when I read “unmistakeable” from the thesaurus, I intended to put that word into the full sentence. Or maybe there were several possible ways I could use it, and the software wanted to make sure I picked the right one. Either way, it’s good to know.

Re-reading my notes as I wrote this post, the guidance around “obvious” really points toward “unmistakeable.” I hadn’t recalled it when I was looking in the thesaurus, but that’s a neat confirmation that the guidance really is steering me well.

Day 2

You (my readers) wrote tons of good comments, which made me want to write something better. I realized that I’d only started with a couple of options for the first half of the sentence, and manifesting* had guided me through the second half. What about going back, starting with the second half of the tagline, and letting manifesting optimize the first half?

*Yeah, I use it as a noun when I speak, as a shorthand for “the manifesting ethereal software.” If you’ve gotten this far into this post, you deserve to hear my normal voice when I talk about this stuff.

I start by asking how I’m doing with this approach, and how important this is. Answer:

“You’re taking the right approach. This is fairly important, as it will determine how many serious mages start reading your blog regularly. You should continue exploring, and make a decision today (don’t go with the one yesterday). Your plan, to explore the first half then iterate, is a good one. (Then, after finding a better first half, explore the 2nd half again). But make the request more clear: ‘Guide me to find the first half that will work best with a new second half,’ rather than ‘Guide me to find the best solution,’ which is too direct and won’t work, since it will trigger the wrong part of the algorithm.”

This is a common theme in my manifesting, by the way: Ask for exactly what you want. The more precise the better. There’s an art to it, though, since if you ask for the wrong thing, you’re much better off asking vaguely and letting manifesting answer whatever version of your (bad) question will be most useful to you.

You’ll also notice that I’m getting much clearer messages. It’s hard to sort out how much is that this is the new command vs me being sharper in the morning vs just having more practice receiving the messages while I’m distracted by writing, but I think the practice had a lot to do with it.

After a rest, I started with the sentences:

Results-focused magick (Good. Better than “evidence-based,” because it’s more concrete.)
Road tested magick (This would be good for a broader audience, but worse for the mages you want to attract.)

I ask manifesting to push an idea into my thoughts again, and get: “Results effective magick.” Yes, it’s not English, but what’s happening is the manifesting ethereal software is pushing each concept into my thoughts, and my mind then turns each concept into a word. So now, I have to hunt down a proper sentence built of synonyms for that.

Do I want the word “results”? (No. You’ll use that at the end, for “creates [adjective] results.”)
Do I want the word “effective”? (No. You’ll want a straight synonym, though. Whereas you’ll use a similar concept for “results,” rather than a synonym.)

Before I go too much further down this path, I have two other big-picture questions:

I came up with another tack in the shower. What about “Rebooting magick”? (That’s a whole different search. Yes, there are better titles in this part of the search space. We should go over here.)

This tells me that manifesting isn’t considering every possible tagline when it guides my writing. It’s just considering refinements on what I’ve already suggested. Not surprising, given the computational complexity of manifesting, but neat to see it in action.

What about a bigger concept, like “Dare to disturb the universe”? (Yes, that’s what we’ll be doing with “rebooting magick.”)

So, rebooting magick. (Yes. Explore what that means, some of those words will be useful.)

That we’re making a new way to do magick, from scratch. (“From scratch” is not good.) And that it’s based on results, with simplified techniques. (“Simplified” is good.) Well, not that the techniques are simple, because they’re not. But the techniques are slimmed down. We toss out all the rituals and symbols to get to the core of what’s going on, of what forces are actually driving the magick. (“Forces actually driving the magick” is a good concept, explore there more.)

I mean that most magick explores how to use symbols and intents to send an overall request to these forces, whether they’re ethereal software or your mental muscles or some spirit, but with direct magick, you explore what steps the forces take to actualize that intent. (“Actualize that intent” is good. Though “actualize” is bad, replace that word. Now, start working on actual taglines.)

I start with something really long, just to see manifesting’s response to the concepts: Simplified magick, focused on how forces implement your requests, rather than on making requests. (Yes, more or less. We need a synonym for “simplified,” and a short description of the rest, necessarily less accurate but more to the point.)

Direct magick: Exploring how the forces you channel implement your intent. (Good, keep going.)

Exploring how your intent changes the world. (“Changes the world” is good. Makes it concrete. Keep going.)
What about “exploring”? (Meh, you’ll find better, or just cut the word.)

How intent changes the world. (Good. You’ve gotten most of the bad parts out. Now, re-add “rebooting magick” and you’ll wind up with something good.)

Rebooting magick: The steps connecting traditional magick to the change in the world. (Right idea. Add in “discarding rituals,” remove a lot of the description, boil it down.)

Rebooting magick: Discarding rituals, exploring what drives the changes. (Keep going.)

Rebooting magick: Discarding rituals, consciously driving the changes in the world. (Keep going.)

Rebooting magick: Discarding rituals, consciously directing each step. (Right direction with the ideas. You know the wordsmithing is no good, but keep going.)

Again, I try a long one to explore a bunch of concepts: Rebooting magick: Consciously building techniques, directly using the building blocks, instead of indirectly directing them with rituals. (“Consciously” is good. “Building blocks”  is bad, gets too much into the details, there’s nothing snappy there. Contrasting with rituals is good, but don’t hit it so hard. Just let it come naturally from what you actually do.)

Rebooting magick: Consciously directing magick with thought. (“With thought” is good.)

Rebooting magick: Directing magick with thought. (Neat, but not there yet. Go back a few steps, you were closer before.)

Directing magick with thought rather than ritual. (No. “Directing” is the wrong word to start with. Return to “Rebooting magick,” you want that in there.)

Rebooting magick with thought rather than ritual. (No. Seriously, get out of this line and back to the earlier stuff.)

OK, I’ll get out of here. Just push the concepts into my mind again. Note: Some concepts were multi-word, so I put each concept in parentheses.

Rebooting magick: (Doing your magick) (with thought) (directly)

Rebooting magick: Altering the world directly with thought. (Close. Time for wordsmithing.) I ask for more details. (“Rebooting magick” is good, “directly with thought” is good, but the words are in the wrong position.)

As I think about this more, the sentence just doesn’t feel right. I say: “I don’t like where we wound up. I want you (the manifesting software) to cast a wider net, and search for a new point to optimize for. What did you wind up with?”

The manifesting software says: Rebooting magick to run from thought, directly.

I’m still not feeling it. Working with my manifesting trainer, I lay out what I’ve done so far, and explain that what I really want is to find something that’s globally near-optimal, with a lot of good options near it, so even if I can’t find that optimal answer, I can still find something close. After explaining this, without my trainer saying anything, I realize that my first move should have been explaining that to the manifesting software. So I do that while he watches.

The manifesting software says, “Accepted. Searching.” My trainer watches as it works, probably to check on the algorithm it’s using, and tells me that this is a much better query.

Manifesting: “Rebooting magick” is good. There are better options, but it’s good enough, near optimal, so we’ll go with it. “Unmistakeable results” is good, too, and you should have something like that in the title. Beyond that, you need a 2 or 3-word description of what you do. That’s what we need to craft, then the rest will fall into place. So, start thinking, and I’ll guide you.

I was initially surprised that manifesting recommended clauses I’d already been working with, but then I realized: I’m much more likely to get these clauses right (where “right” means “what the manifesting software intended to transmit”), so taglines based around those clauses would sensibly be favored. OK, time to test some sentences:

Altering the world with thought. (Too long. And too abstract. Not in the neighborhood of what’s good.)

Can you push the concepts into my mind? (Thought-guided magick.)

Rebooting Magick: Consciously-Directed Techniques with Unmistakeable Results. (Good, but not great. “Consciously-directed” is too wordy. “Techniques” is good, though.)

Rebooting Magick: Road Tested Techniques with Unmistakeable Results. (No. Needs to have more content, and be about thought.)
I ask, “Conscious thought or just thought?” (Conscious thought. “Consciously” is good, explore there.)

Rebooting Magick: Consciously Understanding Your Magick for Unmistakeable Results. (Keep going.)

Rebooting Magick: Consciously Designed Techniques for Unmistakeable Results. (Yes. That’s what to go with. Not 100% optimal, but close enough for your request.)

Since the manifesting software considered this request fulfilled, it disconnected. That ended my sessions for day 2.

Day 3

Day 3 was just refining the sentence from day 2. It was only a couple of sessions.

First question: Should “Rebooting Magick” be the title, replacing “Magick of Thought”? What about moving to (For long-term success, “Rebooting Magick” will be better. But short-term, keeping what you have will be better. I’d recommend to change it and move the blog, but you should do more manifesting first.)

Indeed. I’m really appreciating how important it is to ask a wide variety of questions, rather than just asking what you should do. So I ask: Will there be a better name to move to later, like after the book comes out? (Yes.)

And there you go. Before I did this sort of interactive manifesting, with the ethereal software giving me detailed feedback, I just assumed that it would figure out the right path and guide me down it. Now I know better. And so, if you’ve read this far and are on board with my techniques, a piece of advice: Even if you can’t get these detailed messages from manifesting, try asking a question multiple ways and see what things it guides you to do. I think you’ll be as surprised as I was during these sessions.

But, because I also have reasonable doubts about the details I’m getting, I also registered It’s sensible insurance for $10, I figure.

So, what about changing the title to “Rebooting Magick” now, but leaving (No. If you’re going to change everything later, change it later, stick with short-term good for now.)

OK, so we’re just talking about the tagline. Let’s go through each word, changing forms. I’m thinking of “designed” vs “designing,” and things like that. (“Rebooting Magick” — stick with what you have. “Consciously Designed Techniques” — change it to the active form. “for Unmistakeable Results” — stick with what you have.)

So, we wind up with:

Rebooting Magick: Consciously Designing Techniques for Unmistakeable Results

And the manifesting software sends me a final note: (Still not entirely optimal, but closer than the other one, and well within your parameters for success.) Kind of a bummer, but I think what I learned about the difficulties of finding optimal solutions — or even good ones — is the most valuable part of these sessions.


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Manifesting for Better Writing

Friday, April 20th, 2012

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I just finished using manifesting to write a better tagline. I ended up with something better than I think I could have written on my own. Today, I’m going to tell you how I did it.

This post has two parts. In this post, I’ll show you the command I used, and a few items that surprised me from the session. Then, for anyone who wants to try this technique themselves, I’ll post all of my notes on this manifesting.

To everyone who commented and emailed me about that first tagline post: You helped motivate me to do this manifesting, and showed me the right questions to ask. Thanks!

By the way, the tagline is the sentence at the top of the page, below “Magick of Thought.” It’s one of the first thing new readers see, so it’s pretty important.

The Technique

I connected to the ethereal software I use for manifesting by thinking about manifesting and the software’s energy signature, then sent it this command:

“Guide me as I write my tagline for my blog, to write a tagline for success in all my goals. Focus on something near-optimal that has a lot of good options near it, so even if you can’t guide me to that optimal answer, I’ll be happy with something close.”

The ethereal software connected to my mind, read my thoughts as I wrote, and gave me feedback on each possible tagline. For example:

Me: Rebooting Magick: Consciously-Directed Techniques with Unmistakeable Results.

Feedback: Good, but not great. “Consciously-directed” is too wordy. “Techniques” is good, though.

This technique requires the ability to send detailed instructions one concept at a time, and it requires your mind to be fairly well-aligned to the ethereal software’s signature (2nd half of that post) so you can accurately receive the messages. It isn’t at the absolute edge of what I can do with manifesting, but it’s by no means a basic technique.

For an easier version, you could just ask the manifesting ethereal software to give you a good feeling when you’re on the right track, and a bad feeling when you’re going astray, which should be easier to receive.

Why Not Just Ask What to Write?

I’m not good enough with manifesting to simply ask for the words I should write. In fact, I don’t think that capability is even programmed into the ethereal software, because wordsmithing has so many variables, and is so language-dependent.

More specifically, as I went through the session, it became apparent that my example sentences determine which words and ideas the ethereal software even considered. If I started with “Evidence-Based Magick,” it guided me to a whole different set of sentences than if I started with “Rebooting Magick.” This means that the manifesting didn’t figure out the best possible option, but instead helped me make something slightly better based on what I already had. Which makes sense, given the computational complexity of manifesting.


I wound up with:

Rebooting Magick: Consciously Designing Techniques for Unmistakeable Results

Manifesting says it’s still not entirely optimal, but it’s well within my parameters for success. I’ll post my full notes soon. (Later today or tomorrow — they require some editing to be readable by anyone but me.)

A Faster Version

This manifesting totaled about 5 hours over 3 days. (10-15 sessions at 20-30 minutes each.) It’s probably more effort than it’s worth if you just want a better tagline, and it’s certainly impractical for everyday writing. But it was also great practice for manifesting, and I’m sure the skills will be useful later.

For something quicker, I’d write a draft, then use this technique to point out areas to delete or revise. Those areas could be at the scale of a section or a paragraph for a very early draft, or the scale of a sentence or a word for a final draft. I would specify that scale in the command I give to the ethereal software, then read the draft and receive feedback on each sentence as I go.

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