The Basics of Magick
This is part of my Start Here series of posts aimed at teaching beginners the basics of the human hardware.
The most basic things to understand about magick are as follows:
1. You are already going towards the situations you either most want or are most conditioned towards.
So, the situations you intend via magick are basically already decided on some other level. In order to avoid situations you don’t want (but are highly conditioned towards), rather than focusing on that situation and trying to avoid it, instead simply think about alternative situations which you DO want. When you start going towards those, eventually the non-preferred situations will just fall away by themselves. The universe is just a giant habit in that sense, and habits can be cultivated or abandoned.
2. When visualizing the desired situation/outcome, the material elements of the visualization are largely irrelevant. Instead, it is the strength of the FEELING you are able to generate that determines whether or not it will materialize.
For example, do not think about money itself – instead picture vividly the FEELING you would get if you won or received money. Again, the material aspects of money are basically irrelevant. Picturing gold piling up in a vault (Aleister Crowley’s method for replenishing funds) is pointless unless you can also generate a strong feeling of wonder, novelty, bliss or excitement in direct connection to that image.
As a human, the primary substrate of your universe is EMOTION, and it is always this you must tune into strongly as your primary magickal method. Here is an excerpt from a post I wrote describing this method:
When I was winning thousands on the online slots, the one thing in common which made it happen every time – so, the difference between it working and it not – was the FEELING I generated while visualizing the win.
Luckily online slots usually play a “big win” sequence (coins flying out the screen, specific music playing, etc.) when you win beyond a certain threshold. I had the one from Bier Haus fairly well burned into my brain from previous wins, so while absorbed on the image of the reels I could then induce a mental replay of the “big win” sequence. The dopamine injection was tangible (meaning it literally felt like drugs squirting in my brain) and the “big win” sequence would play all by itself from start to finish with the music and everything. The kundalini stream would explode vertically up my spine during the “dopamine squirt” moment and would manifest as upward moving energy in my visual field – a literal visual stream – which would then morph into coins, gems, and fireworks. So, these were literal hallucinations, quite with an existence of their own. When I opened my eyes after this I would have afterimages of coins shooting out the screen, still playing in my visual field, along with other explosions of colour (typical “Arising & Passing Away” stuff) – and even, a couple of times, hand tracers following my hands if I moved them in front of my eyes, just like LSD. These were my most powerful magickal moments and demonstrate quite how strong my concentration was at this time.
My point here, other than reliving a fond memory, is that the stronger you make the FEELING, the more magick will work – and this is how magick actually happens IME. And you NEED to put the dopamine triggers into the visualization too (in the online slot case, the visuals and sounds coming from the computer plus the kind of deeper feeling of just being given loads of money, and the kind of “sick” inner delight that magick itself brings, the total wanton ecstatic masturbatory glee of creation).
3. The most powerful “precursor” emotions are: CURIOSITY and HUMOUR.
By “precursor”, I mean that they come BEFORE the application of serious magickal intent.
CURIOSITY is easy to understand in the sense that you go strongly toward situations you don’t have much experience of but which intrigue you. Curiosity is like a seed that gets planted and grows into a full experience further down the road. However it can often take months or years for the seed to sprout into the repetitive thoughts required to prompt serious magickal intent.
HUMOUR is a weird one in that it appears to slip an intention in through the back door, often accidentally. For example, I met up with Aldous several months ago and he asked me what I intended to do over winter. I interpreted it as a question about meditation practice (since thoughts about practice basically consume me all the time) and joked that I was going to hibernate down for the winter and find the Pure Land via jhana and hang out there. The next week, without consciously or formally intending it, each morning when I woke up and did my morning jhana while lying in bed, I began to pass right through the dream barrier and enter a lucid dream. This happened every morning for five days. The nimitta would be interpreted as a blazing sun and my mind would generate dreams of tropical islands or snow-covered arctic scenes, populated with new exotic species of animal, and filled with total bliss everywhere simultaneously (with bliss generated in its purest form in the dream state, free of the limitation of the body). These were possibly the most hedonic experiences I have had in my life and I began humorously referring to my bed as the “jhana machine”.
Humour is probably the most powerful magickal force I have encountered so far. It can be difficult to control for intentional use because humour is mostly spontaneous. In fact, it is the spontaneity which shows that humour is revealing the content of your unconscious. You should make mental notes of things you spontaneously start joking about, and notice that they then become highly likely to manifest. Make additional mental notes when they do manifest, as this reinforces your belief in the magickal process – and belief is a powerful (but not essential) magickal factor.
Finally, you can control humour’s magickal potential consciously by intentionally joking with friends about events you would like to see materialized. Your friends’ spontaneity and input will help the event materialize. This is best done with good-natured friends so they don’t inject venom into your visualization. This method works most powerfully if you joke around with other meditators or other highly conscious people.
So, bearing all this in mind, what would you like to experience?