A Brief Introduction to Magic2.5 Practicing Spellwork
Why are some days bring depression and others a sense of supreme victory?
Let this question steep into your mind because the answer lies close to it. Pain is an inward decision about exterior circumstances. When we truly understand the source of pain and its roots, we find victory, the landscape of our mind shifts and re-orients around this perspective to realize triumph out of depressing circumstances.
The magician uses their spells, symbols and mantras to induce a state of trance in their own mind, speaking poetry and rituals to it to harmonize it with the highest expression of what it can be in any moment. This power lets them face life’s situations with supreme intuition as they learn the art of shapeshifting their soul (or however you describe the essence of our being – our unique signature of consciousness). Magic is an act of clearing our heads and creating space to reach deep inside our sub-conscious; Bringing those instinctive reactions to the surface so that they may be studied and molded into ‘higher vibrational’ responses, responses which aren’t swayed by our fears, pursuant to our highest good. This forms the basis of a more divine form of instinct to take root, giving us supreme clairvoyance and decision-making abilities.
The Outcome of Magic
As an example, think about a time you felt so clear in the head, life just made sense and you plowed through it with confidence and the utmost certainty of who you were. But eventually the feeling fades and things get cloudy again. Keeping this state active all the time requires being extremely in tune with ourselves, using magical language to lead us back to it when things get cloudy. You must understand that these moments of “feeling on top of the world” come when we are in tune with our highest self. This highest self is so nebulous that it can only be understood with metaphors, like this one:
The feelingof waking up on Saturday morning, you sit on the patio with your hot cup of coffee, the smell of fresh cut grass filling the air, imagining the possibilities for adventure the day could hold.
When we’re focused on the wrong things, we miss the beautiful things like this. Magical study brings the learner close to sacred symbols of balance, like the yin and the yang. And through learning different variations of this paradox, they gain greater wisdom to ground their perspective in the natural law and see things as they truly are. Anything “sacred” refers to the golden ratio or other patterns that occur across nature, psychology, or systems. I have learned a handful of sacred principles in the last few years of being aware of them. But even though these laws are pervasive each of us has different encounters with them, and therefore understands them in a slightly different way. Whatever those principles mean to you is sacred. And working magic is doing physical acts which embody the sacred so that your mind is brought into alignment with them.
Think of Magic Like..
Magic is just creative expression. It’s having a hard conversation you don’t know how to address. It’s seeing hidden wounds in a stranger’s eyes and knowing how to help. It’s standing up to a violent attacker and knowing exactly what to say to pacify their rage. It’s the feeling of ecstasy when you stand up too fast and get lightheaded.
You mean like drugs?
I don’t do drugs
I am drugsDali
Drugs that synchronize our emotions, above and below, to be exactly tuned to create the response we envision.
A Use Case for Magic
Many of us have personal struggles at work. This can be in the form of difficult people or big, bleeding problems that we don’t know how to tackle. Mine was in the form of being on a team where I didn’t know how to contribute. Every time I expressed an idea, I got blank stares.
Our objective was to change the company culture and I felt like some of us on the team had different visions for what that meant. Recognizing how the fundamental divide was creating many instances of ‘talking past each other’ in our daily conversations, I would use my big words and colorful metaphors to share how these opposing perspectives were, at a very high level, the same. This sort of thinking was helpful for me, because I think in patterns and tend to understand them in abstract ways. But this blue sky thinking wasn’t particularly helpful to the people on the ground, entrenched on their side of the fence. My detached perspective let me see both sides but this philosophical position didn’t mean anything to my teammates because I wasn’t translating it to what they cared about.
If we were discussing how to train new members, some camps who were distinguished in the old culture wanted to rely on the traditional process and onboarding documents. The younger members, who saw this culture change as a more radical shift from the stale ways of the past, wanted to write their own principles into this onboarding. Obviously, both are important: new must evolve out of the old. A new process must show continuity with what people trust works today. In my head was a sermon revolving around this paradox, an illustration of the necessary balance between yin and yang to move us forward.
But I had no words to tangibly demonstrate how both camps could get what they wanted from using the opposing force – the senior folks wanted respect for the heritage that raised them up and the younger folks desired room to grow from it. At the root of it was a personal struggle for recognition, a need for safety. And I was describing the happy end state without personifying it with each individual’s struggle. This is giving advice without empathy, looking at answers without seeing the humans those answers benefit. The vision in my head was missing the people in it, an imagined “city on a hill” with no citizens. In my state of struggle, I was pushing to understand with my head instead of my heart and realized I needed to draw attention to the energy center anchoring my individual to the collective: the heart chakra. Here’s what I did to anchor my being in love and purge the blockages preventing me from opening up my being to it. Let me narrate you through my spellwork.
A General Recipe
1. Create Space
Draw a circle to demarcate my space for my work. A boundary to let in only of thoughts of my best nature pursuit to my highest self, barricading out all the stresses and fears of the day. I fix my intentions on using this quiet place to go deeper into myself to resolve the inner conflicts and align myself with that ethereal form of universal love: awareness of my connectedness to all things. That is the intention I plant in this space.
2. Sanctify Self
After announcing your intentions upon the space you desire to work in, you must turn inward, clearing your mind so that nothing obstructs the energies you want to channel. What you are about to do is hold an intention, a single vector of an idea, in your mind and watch it expand. Much like a seed germinating into a flower, your mind must be properly weeded for the sprout to have room to grow. There are a myriad of ways we can go about this but the end goal is to remove our mind from pains, worries, doubts, fears, and anything that would detract us from thinking clearly, with perfect harmony in our analytical and emotional faculties.
A simple way of grounding yourself to the balance found in nature is to recite the four archetypical elements and call in their various strengths:
East – Air – To Cleanse & Inspire
Air keeps us fresh. Breathe in fresh air. Clear out old thoughts and replace them with new inspiration. Let old limitations be swept away with the promise of new things coming to be, riding the wave.
South – Fire – To Energize & Protect
Fire changes all it touches. Let us ignite these new inspirations with blazes of passion. Boldly declare your new passion and let the sparks burn your old, stale self in effigy.
West – Water – To Strengthen & Bring Peace
Water bends but is never broken. Resisting but never unyielding. It twists and turns, conforming to bend around any force cutting into it. It plays Judo instead of boxing. Providing deftness to guide the energy of air’s inspiration and fire’s passion. It molds this new image until it fits just right and can slowly, but surely gather strength.
North – Earth – To Ground & Cleanse
Earth is real. The first three elements might describe an inward process leading to some revelation. Earth is the commitment to create metamorphosis from it. It is the perseverance to take our revelation and channel it into action. The ability to break down our enlightenment into terms others can understand and use. Earth is the foundation that all these elements must fold into. Without earth, there is no demonstration to others of our power.
This is a template for creating harmony in yourself. As you contemplate these archetypes and how they apply to you, you can craft your own poetic lines to remind yourself of these dimensions of power in case you are lacking in any one. These four frequencies form a chord of pure light, as you sing your own improvisation of that chord, your being vibrates at a higher level, and those lower-vibrational doubts, fear and worries fall off of you.
3. An idea sprouting
There’s a lot of activity, external embodiment, involved in the first two steps. But now that we have prepared space and self, aligning the outward to inward intentions and the inward to outward archetypes, we can enter into the trance. It’s almost as if we have created a metaphysical conduit from which a consciousness-expanding event can take place upon the intentions we planted.
I once went on stage to volunteer for a hypnotist’s act and it didn’t work at all. I felt so stupid standing in line, half faking it just to appease the audience for nearly 30 minutes. The hypnotist began what could be considered a guided meditation, settling our mind to some ‘happy place’, making us open to receiving his suggestions because they led to a further state of relaxation. As he went on, he massaged our minds into a state of openness so that all its commands, no matter how silly they became, would be received with trust that they would continue this feeling of bliss. I wasn’t easily hypnotized because I test things furiously before I trust them, like many of the skeptics I hope are reading this.
This need to test everything can certainly be a barrier to being in the moment. If during the course of the spell something does materialize, we may disrupt the experience by challenging whether it really was spontaneous or if we just wanted it to be. This is totally understandable and is also my biggest barrier for this work. When those doubts do interrupt your being-in-the-moment-ness of this exercise, simply move on to something else that causes inspiration and resume the creative flow you were experiencing. It may not be possible to switch off our analytical mind but it is possible to make it work to our advantage during this creative flow state.
One time, I was doing a meditation where the objective was to imagine yourself in your happy place, a fortress of solitude in the astral realm, in order to invite your spirit guides there to chat with. It goes something like sitting in your happy place, looking far off into the distance and imaging a light traveling down the path towards you. So I followed the steps and as soon as the image of a light far off into the distance came to me, my doubts of its authenticity challenged the picture. However, instead of focusing on whether or not it was “real”, I studied this light, focusing my analytical mind on discovering more about it. I let my curiosity overtake my doubt as I brought this mental image to focus.
Even though my mind may have projected this thought, it projected it in a visual form, and I realized there were details of it that I could explore. As the light grew closer, I asked myself questions like what color is the light? Is it a specific shape? Is there anything at its center? Where was it before being here?
Each of these questions fixated my attention on new details. As my mind became engaged in consuming the details produced by my imagination, absorbing the stream of consciousness became a more effortless loop, like the sucking end of a vacuum cleaner attaching to the blowing end. There became less and less room for mental interruptions and before I knew it, I was carried away in a mental journey of my own creation.
The first step plants the seeds of what sort of inspiration you want to create and the second step clears you inside to make it absent of interruptions and ready to receive this inspiration in a constructive way. More advanced spellwork can involve symbols and rituals around the outcomes you want. They become objects through which this stream of consciousness you open can be more clearly channeled. Things like incense, herbs, and sounds can enhance this third step to make the imagery more real.
In whatever way makes sense to you, this invocation of symbols and rituals bring your intention into focus. You understand it in new light and allow yourself to more fully embody it throughout your being. My request to better emulate love was answered not by some outward miracle, but a clearer definition of it in myself. The rest of the week I was more attuned to the needs of those around me, and my words took a different form. Relating my ideas to them so they could connect with them more easily. With much less effort, my ideas received much more recognition and I had the most productive week that I’ve had in months.
More Posts in this Chapter
Pursuing Perspective – Manifest
- Chapter I – Purpose
- Chapter II – Wisdom
- Chapter III – Clarity