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Originally posted by EvillerBob
Thanks for that really detailed reply! Again it seems the common themes in relation to preparation of materials, person and place can be identified. I know it is blindingly obvious but my mental processes like things that can be bullet-pointed
You have mentioned before about the importance of respecting the powers that you are calling on; some things shouldn't be invoked for fun or by novices. In your example, would it be fair to say that the steps up to the point where you mention "[calling] on the relevent representation of the God & Goddess to attend [the] ritual" could form a good practical exercise without annoying someone (or something) that you wouldn't want to annoy?
***Image + Will = Act!***
***Image + Will (+ Trance) = magical Act***
Take a certain thing that has much details, maybe a rose or another flower (natural things are more detailed).
Now take a seat and relax. lay it in front of your face with a neutral backround behind it (white?). then stare at the thing for a minute without blinking. You cannot? Train your will!
So stare or more gaze, but try to soak up every detail...
Now close your eyes. You will see the flower (or whatever) in imagination. Try to hold the pic aslong as you can.
If it is gone try once again. Eyes open, stare, close look, hold, open, stare, close, hold...
If you are get really good at it, you just have to think about a thing and you will see it with closed eyes (later even with opened eyes...)
You can also train your visualisation by creating a whole scene/plane/dream level inside your phantasy. You surely did this before unconsiusly but now do it by will.
You will advance very quick. I am sure about this...
1. Take the „rule“ and make yourself a nice artwork with it in the middle. Maybe find some analogies for them and make a mandala (would like to see them in here!) Now take hang it anywhere you often stare at.
Then make a copy of it and carry it with you everytime. And now search for examples wherever you can. At work, home, daily situations, dreams, meditations, and, and, and...
You will see there is nearly no thing you can´t advance it on...
2. An easy one would be this one:
Sit down and relax yourself. Now close your eyes and raise your arm slowly... What do you feel? Nothing special? Do it slower! Do it again and again, with opened and closed eyes...
Do feel something? Do you notice that you give the impulse by will and the picture of it?
3. This one will be something for more experienced novices:
Lay down or sit, just do what is more comfortable for you...
Close your eyes and breath deep.
A wonderfull technic is to slowly count til four while breath in, hold for two and breath out til four and so on...
First ground yourself.
Then when you feel a bit relaxed start to full relax your body.
Start with the feet. Contract all muscles for a second, then relax them. go on with lower legs, then upper legs, then your hip, then belly and your back, breast, throat, face, upper head...
You will feel full relaxation if done right.This will need training but after two three times you will be comfortable with, or you can do it by will...
Now your body is done. If you come so far and didnt sleep in (the first week the hardest) you go deeper.
Still breath deep ...
Imagine a picture you are comfortable with, (i for myself take a down moving staircase) others take an elevator or running/driving/riding downhill...) and count down from ten til zero, whereas every new number comes with a new cycle breating in...
See the numbers anywhere in your scene, like you wish...
When you´re down at zero, feel into you if you have reached the level you want. if not count once more...
If you reached a high theta level you are right!
You will feel it if its okay or not...
If not count once more...
Now imagine your body. You will see it like it is pulsating energy with a glowing light out of it. Now activate your chakras! (You know about them? No? Look here!)
This, you will do through imagination.
Start with the first one.
Which shape you choose is your choice. (I do mine like a lightball connected with me through a hyperbolic "twister"). Take what you are comfortable with...
Focus your conciousness on it. You will see it spins very quick (if not you have a little problem!).
Now imagine a enlightning of it. You give now much energy to it.
Now imagine it opening, like you want. Do it like a camaera lense or a lotus, rose or maybe a stargate opening. You are just limited by your phantasy... (if you have a method you are comfortable with, stay at it as you will need training to do it in an eyes blink...)
You will see that it was opened a certain amount. Put it into this initial position, or you will have some problems or "wonders" the next days...
Now go on with the next, and so on until you reach the highest one...
If done right and gained god training at it, you will be able to control all chakras by will (if you also trained your will and concentration) and achieve different effects, that are connected with this chakra...
Also everybody that only wants to open their third eye, DONT START WITH IT!
You will bring your whole system into disorder! This can bring your whole life into chaos!!! Let this be a warning!
But therefore you will gain full control and harmony into your body and life! Trust me! I do this every day and even work on the stage with it!
Originally posted by Wandering Scribe
reply to post by CASH69
Well, I tend to not do "Covens" or "Orders" as much anymore because many of my students follow different paths then I do. We're all kind of a communal society really, being the oldest and most knowledgeable I am the Teacher figure, and they the students. But we all continue to study independently, and bring together our experiences for a cumulative work.
So, my advice about "covens" or "orders" would be to not look for one, but to form a cohesive group among your friends and family. Then, start to bring together all of your independent magickal and spiritual aspirations and beliefs. Look for the overlapping elements, and let those be the basis for group work. For instance, say you wanted to do a collective healing spell/rite for a sick loved one:
(1) Are there any overlapping Opening Rites among all of you? We'll pretend you all believe the Qabalistic Cross ritual is a necessity. So you open the rite with the Qabalistic Cross.
(2) Divide up the remaining routines: one person summons the Elements, Quarters, Watchtowers, etc. One person casts the Circle and invited other members into it. One person can even be elected as the "energy cultivator" and their sole purpose in the ritual is to meditate and keep energy consistently in motion. Go through the prep steps, letting each person do their assigned role.
(3) Let the leader take center stage and begin the spell, or ritual, or psychodrama for the actual healing. At this point all associated members become a choir chanting important parts of the spell, or performing exalted actions with the leader.
(4) As with prep rituals, see if their are individuals who would prefer to do certain closing rituals. Maybe someone thanks the Elementals, someone offers wine and cakes. Another person may unbind the circle. Then, as with step 2, let everyone do their role.
(5) Is there a common closing ceremony among everyone? If so, perform it in unison. If not, let each person do their individualized closing rite as the culmination.
Make sense for you? If you have more questions, feel free to ask them or U2U them.
Originally posted by CASH69
reply to post by Wandering Scribe
I like energy work as well,so i use Shamanistic techniques as well like crystal healing,purification ritual,calling on the four directions,vision quest and so on. I just don't have a group to work with right now,but i usually heal and work with people individually when the opportunity presents itself.
Originally posted by CASH69
reply to post by Gradius Maximus
i agree with you 100%! We have been thinking about finding Native Americans that we can bring in who would be willing to contribute to a community sweat lodge. I have heard and read many positive experiences about the sweat lodge experience. Perhaps people of the same interest here on ATS,could possibly do a little networking together? Start a group? Any ideas are welcome here.