Silver Bracelets

The Universe.

I don’t even call it that any more. I just call it “it”.

I’ve spent 8 hours today writing a guide about the samatha jhanas. It’s only about half-finished.

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.

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4 Responses

  1. Rigz says:

    What is the exact account of this event from the “magick” perspective though?. I know you have said that consciousness is prime, but surely, your friends life exists, she bought a bracelet, and showed it to you. While she was doing this, you were doing something else here on earth. Do you think that you simply “tapped into” some sort of extravisual perception of it, or that just by having the vision you then created a new reality?

    Can you elaborate on this “consciousness is prime” point a bit? Perhaps I am too much of a materialist to get it

    • Illuminatus says:

      Hi Rigz,

      I’m using “magick” as a shortening of “Magick & The Powers”. Yes, I should have made that clear. “Magick” is what is known these days as “intention-manifestation”.

      The first event (the vision) was a premonition so falls under the powers. It was not consciously chosen; it just happened. Where visions come from depends on your worldview, and there are as many worldviews as there are people. I’m generally happy to say I don’t know. I slot question marks into my models all the time. I’m okay with uncertainty. That had to be cultivated, however. Humans hate uncertainty. Dawkinsian militant atheism and materialism can be seen as humans looking to science to plug their uncertainties, where others would use religion in the same way. It’s all the same basic urge, fulfilled in different ways. They have more in common than they realize.

      However, to practise magick, you NEED uncertainties. You need to have question marks all over your model, and exploit everyone else’s question marks. In fact, magick operates via question marks. I need to slip an intention through holes in my own model first, then through the holes in yours and everyone else’s. When it comes true, everyone’s got their own ideas about what happened, in line with their worldview. There is plausible deniability. It necessarily has to be done like this. You need to be able to have your own explanation as to why I got what I wanted, else I would not have got it. I call this “slipping through the cracks”. Intentions have to slip through the cracks (avoid everyone’s “NO” veto) to manifest. I talked a lot more about this here:

      To practise magick, you need to set up a chain of possible events that lead to your outcome. You need to leave plausible deniability in each link. However, you still make the chain lead DIRECTLY to your desired outcome. Here’s an example of one I did recently. I was thinking about some specific celebrity I’d like to meet (I’m not into celebrity-worship; this had an actual reason I won’t go into). I thought, “Well, my friend knows some celebrities. He’ll probably know her. And I’ll probably get the chance to meet her if I hang around with him at some point.” (I know from experience that events do align for you in this fashion. “Build it and they will come.”) So, the chain was complete. There were “probably”s left in each link (the question marks; the plausible deniability). You are playing the system — the odds seem low, but your unconscious still registers it as being possible, so it slips through the cracks of your own model. Once the unconscious is on board, it connects to the Universe (in fact it actually IS the Universe) and the order gets placed. It’s just a matter of time. Once I completed the chain like that, my friend phoned me literally just moments later. I told him I was just thinking about him, and told him what I’ve just told you. He said, “Oh yeah, I know her!”

      Now, I am not going to push this any further. I don’t care if I now actually meet her or not. It was just fun to play the game like this. I said all this to one of my best friends, a magick master with such power I used to call him by the nickname “Master of the Strands”, and he said, “Oh yeah, I’ve been doing that for years. It’s exactly how it works.” He used magick to rapidly rise through the ranks of the music business and now works with some of the biggest artists in the world.

      I realize that was a long tangential answer and I’ve forgotten what the question was.

      The second event (thinking about the first event; seeing the arm with the silver bracelet on it) triggered the manifestation of that actual event (which happened last night). I did not intentionally create that situation. I did not intentionally “place my order”, or play the system like in the above description. What happened here was, I was practising the samatha jhanas all day, so my concentration was high. So I saw the woman’s arm with the silver bracelet on extra-vividly at this time. This “placed the order” inadvertently and it showed up in my reality. You should be careful what you think about in these states. This is one reason why Buddhists are trained in practising “metta” (good will). It’s a safety thing as much as anything else.

      You are casting spells all the time. You can see any thought or visualization as an “intention”, even if you are not meaning to make it as a formal intention. The probability of your intention coming true depends on:

      – Its ability to slip through the cracks (or, conversely, actually align with everyone else’s expectations, which is the most common way things manifest)
      – The intensity of the emotion at the time of intention
      – The clarity of the intention/visualization (hence: concentration meditation is where magick is practised from)

      And perhaps you can factor in other supporting forces such as “God’s will” or “the Universe’s plan for me”, if that’s your thing. If it bolsters your belief, or is actually true, it will increase your probability.

      Note the bit about intensity of emotion. An interesting phenomenon here is the power of laughter. Joking about something is a remarkable, unexpectedly powerful way to make that thing come true. PPM itself started as a running joke between me and a friend, as described here: Treating intentions with humour is a great way to get them moving. I think it might be something to do with, by treating something as a joke, one does not attach one’s doubts (negative probability modifiers) to the intention. Fear and other nasties also don’t get attached when one is laughing, so you get a more preferable outcome.

      I might make this into its own post.

      • dwayne08 says:

        There’s a proverb in sanskrit that roughly translates into “God randomly chooses to make whatever you think happen throughout the day, so think good things”. My parents and grandparents always used to tell me that as a child, and me being the smartass I was always blew them off 🙂 Of course, once you get older, you realize that they are much wiser than you realized.

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