I don’t even call it that any more. I just call it “it”.
I thought a lot about writing about an experience I had when I had just started getting into such practices. The jhanas are where magick is most powerful. This experience concerned a vision I have written about before, and which you may have read about if you have been following this site carefully.
In mid-2009, while deep in jhana, I had a vision more clear than day, since visions don’t have blurriness. A woman’s arm came in from the left, wearing a silver bracelet with purple stones. It was like seeing something through my eyelids.
That night, my friend came over. The first thing she said to me was, “Do you like my bracelet?” The arm came in from the left. The silver bracelet with purple stones. It was the exact image from the vision.
When things like this happen the first time, there’s a kind of blood-runs-cold moment.
When they happen the second time, there’s nothing but a jaded eye-roll.
I ran back over this incident from five years ago a few times today, while incidentally practising the jhanas for my article. That incident was the first time my notion of linear time and causality had been seriously challenged.
Then, a completely different friend invited me to the pub. The first thing she said when I got there was, “Do you like my bracelet?” The arm came in from the left. The silver bracelet. It was such a vivid recreation of the previous incident that I literally hallucinated stones. I asked, “What colour are those stones?” She said, “There are no stones.” It was the loops in the bracelet with the skin showing through.
If you put these things in front of a materialist scientist, you get a complicated explanation invoking coincidence, selective attention, and confirmation bias (“What about all those times you spontaneously had visions of women’s arms wearing silver bracelets which then DIDN’T come true just hours later?”) This is offered as the simpler explanation, but in actuality significant mental gymnastics are required to maintain the materialist worldview.
My explanation? Consciousness is prime. Matter arises from consciousness, not the other way around. Anything that can occur in consciousness can (and does) become real — because “real” itself is occurring within consciousness.
Sometimes I wonder what would happen to the field of materialist science if they all gave magick a genuine try. But they would probably use it to create an even more resistant model of materialist science.