Charmed, Harry Potter, Fluffy Bunnies, Laziness, Seriousness, & Power: Everything That Is Wrong With the Community.

November 17, 2010

Because I make good blog posts all year, I’m allowed one post a year where I write whatever I feel like so long as it is technically on-topic. It can be stupid, cryptic, or just me bitching. I didn’t make a post like this last year. This is my post for this year.

I don’t like the term fluffy bunny. I’ve been called a fluffy bunny before. In fact, I’ve been called a fluffy bunny and accused of practicing dark magicks which are too dangerous to be played around with in the same sentence. So am I a dark evil LHPer or am I a fluffy bunny? I don’t care so much, I just want to know who I’m supposed to hang out with during the next Pagan Pride event.

I guess it doesn’t bother me as much as it could because I’m not Wiccan. The term is entirely Wiccan. It is almost always used by Wiccans to describe other Wiccans in a negative way. To me that implies that it’s a term that no one should ever use, ever. From my experience, the term fluffy bunny means, “Someone who doesn’t practice the exact same religion as me,” or “Someone who approaches spirituality differently than I do.”

Those of us in the magical community, as a group, have been called by outsiders evil, immoral, incompassionate, criminal, child molesters, rapists, serial killers, animal abusers, and just about every other horrible name imaginable. The people who do that are mean assholes. And yet some members of the community have found it necessary to create an entirely new name to call people in the community. They’re also mean assholes.

If you use the term fluffy bunny, there’s no difference between yourself and some Christian extremist who preaches against Wiccans. You’re calling someone a name and being mean to them because they happen to have different spiritual views than yourself. The fact that you happen to belong to a minority faith and experience a good deal of bigotry because of it doesn’t excuse the behavior. In fact it makes it worse that you choose to participate in it.

Fluffy bunnies leads right into a common complaint in the magical community about people who have derived their spiritual beliefs from Charmed, or Harry Potter, or the Craft, or any other media portrayal of magic. When people talk about all those people who think magic works like Charmed, my response is, “So?”. I honestly don’t understand what the problem is or why these people care.

First off if someone happens to be turned on to magic and exploring their spirituality because of Charmed or the Craft there’s nothing wrong with that. If that’s where someone’s coming from, that’s their spiritual path. It’s not the same as my path, but we’re different people, and my own path is fairly atypical anyways. The important thing is that the person had something open their eyes to a magical universe and set them on their current path. All of us should be proud of how we came upon our magical path and people shouldn’t be making others feel ashamed of how they came about their spirituality, even if it was derived from Charmed. Well, I mean they shouldn’t be made to feel ashamed for any reason besides the fact that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is superior in every way and yet they chose to watch the crappy urban fantasy show.

From what I gather though most people don’t have too much of a problem with people who simply got turned on to magic from some media portrayal. What most people are upset about are these people who think that Charmed or whatever is how magic really operates, and so they create some sort of spiritual practice mimicking what they see on the show. This is the real problem people have. Once again though I don’t see a problem here.

There are two outcomes to this situation. The first is, absolutely nothing happens and they waste their time because Charmed is fiction and none of it is real. I don’t see anything wrong with this scenario. They didn’t waste my time and if that’s how they enjoy spending their free time and it makes them happy, then they should probably keep doing that. The second outcome is that, for whatever reason, they actually achieve success, in which case maybe we all should be following the gospel of Charmed.

Now some people say that these Charmed people make all of Wicca or Paganism or the Magic Community out to be a joke and no one will ever take us seriously because of them. That isn’t happening. No one actually believes this. The magic community hasn’t had any respectability since sometime in the 1970s. We were a huge joke before most of these people were even born. I’ll admit these people aren’t doing anything to help the situation, but at this point they really can’t do any more harm.

Bottom line what’s happening is certain people in the community are telling other people in the community how they can or can’t practice their spirituality. That’s strange because people in the community have been told their entire life by family, neighbors, schools, churches, politicians, judges, employers, and coworkers how they can or can’t practice their spirituality. And none of us like it when it happens to us. When we see it happening to someone else, most of us get pissed off and want to fight it. We don’t put up with judges telling parents their children can’t participate in their religion. We don’t put up with politicians treating us like a second tier religion. We don’t even put up with Pagan convicts not getting the same religious priveleges as Christian convicts.

Yet certain people certain people in the community think it’s okay to attack other people in the community in the exact same way. They’re vocal that these people shouldn’t be practicing what they’re practicing. That their spirituality is wrong. And it’s wrong because it’s different and it’s in opposition to what someone else believes in.

I know some people are upset because these Charmed Wiccans come to them wanting to be taught or to join their coven or whatever. Here’s the thing about someone wanting to be taught by you. You have all of the leverage in that situation. You can say no and there is really nothing they can do about it. They can demand you teach them, they can argue that you’re obligated to teach them, they can really say any number of things. But ultimately you don’t have to teach them. Problem solved. You should be flattered people want to be taught by you. I don’t understand why this is an issue.

Sometimes the real problem is that these are the only kinds of people that want to be taught by you or join your coven or whatever. I’ve seen people outright admit that this is what the real problem is. At that point though you really need to look at yourself. Maybe there’s something you need to change about yourself or your group to attract a higher quality person. Maybe your standards are just too high. Maybe this is the universe telling you that you just aren’t ready to be a teacher or a coven leader yet. But the fact that you cannot recruit the students or members you want has nothing to do with your prospects and what they practice. It is entirely a reflection on yourself and that is where the problem lies.

And I do think a lot of this is really peer pressure. When a person enters a new group or first enters the community, they’re usually exposed to a group of people who talk about fluffy bunnies and how stupid they are and how they believe Charmed is how magic really works. They bitch about them and how they’re ruining the community and make jokes at their expense. This group of people is usually being led by the older members, and often times the senior members, of the group, and usually the majority of the group will go along with them. A lot people I think just join in with the bitching and the joke either to be accepted and not looked down upon by these people, or at least not to alienate the group and its senior members.

These people are sort of like bullies in school. They’re the cool clique who are picking on the kids who are different or beneath them, and most of the school is going to go along with them instead of becoming an outcast themselves. When your a teenager, or younger, this kind of behavior might be acceptable because at least then you had the excuse that you were young and stupid and didn’t know any better. But as adults, going along with people who act like that and submitting to the group mentality is not acceptable behavior. In fact I would say that as an adult when you see people acting like that and bullying other people you have a moral obligation to confront them, to call them out, to expose them for what they are, and stand up for their victims who may not be strong enough to stand up for themselves. If you’re not going to do that for whatever reason you at least have a moral obligation not to participate in and encourage their behavior.

Another thing I see a lot of people mad about is laziness. They talk about how a lot of people in the community want power or status or training or information or to join a group or whatever else, but these people don’t want to do the hard work that’s needed to get these things. These people want to take shortcuts and have things handed to them.

As a magician I can’t understand how any magician, regardless of your exact spiritual beliefs and practices, can be upset at someone for being lazy and not wanting to do the work. They should be happy that they’ve found such a remarkably advanced student. Whether you’re a Ceremonial Magician, Pagan, Voodoo Practitioner, New Ager, or whatever, magic is all about taking shortcuts and getting things the easy way instead of doing the actual work.

Look at the medieval magical goal of turning lead into gold. The whole idea here is whatever process you’re going to have to go through to turn that lead into gold, it’s going to be easier than finding gold in the ground and mining it. Even with a modern prosperity spell the idea is that casting the spell is going to be easier than going out and earning the money. Maybe you are going to work to earn the money at the same time, but you’re still casting the prosperity spell with the hope that it will make earning the money easier. You wouldn’t knowingly cast a spell that would make it harder to earn that money. And if casting the spell was more difficult than going out and getting a second job to earn the money, I doubt you’d be casting it then either.

Even if you believe magic is all about spirituality, it’s still a shortcut. You could progress spiritually without magic. You’d still go through your life having your life lessons. You’d learn, you’d grow, and you’d die better off than you started. When you use magic though what you’re doing is over-analyzing things and using your knowledge of metaphysical laws to create phenomena and situations that wouldn’t normally occur, all with the intent of accelerating the rate of your spiritual progression. It’s a shortcut and you’re cheating.

So what we’ve actually done is create numerous religions and groups all based in the idea of figuring out ways to not do the work and still get the reward. And now the people in these religions and groups are going to be upset that new people who are attracted to and want to join these groups and religions don’t want to do the work. When you really think about it, it blows your mind.

And I’ve set this before, so now I’m repeating myself, but if magic is hard work for you, you’re doing something wrong. It’s not supposed to be hard work. Magic isn’t hard work for me. I work hard when I go to work. They pay me money for that. I’m rewarded for my efforts. I work for money so I can do magic, so it damn well better be enjoyable.

Some people argue that magic works the same way. You put in the time now and you do the work and somewhere down the road you’ll get rewarded. Years in the future when you’re an all powerful magician that will be your reward.

That’s bullshit. As Koopa said, “The journey is the destination.” There is no reward down the road. Whatever you’re getting out of practicing your spirituality and doing magic, that’s your reward. That’s all you’re ever going to get. So if you’re not getting something that makes it worth doing right now, don’t expect something better later on.

I hate people who use the word work when they talk about magic. I hate people who bitch about how hard and difficult the magical path is. If it’s really hard and difficult and work for you, do something fun instead like play video games or watch movies.

I think magic is really fun. I think most people who get into it will enjoy themselves and have fun with it if they approach it correctly. Memorizing crap and reading boring British authors and casting a banishing ritual for the umpteenth time and walking in a circle singing songs about being in a circle in a circle and having some group leader give you tests you have to pass like your in tenth grade is boring. That isn’t fun. But things like astral projection and evoking demons and reading grimoires out loud to see what happens and sex magic are like going to adult Disneyland (it’s an amusement park for adults, but with sex magic!). So if you’re doing the stuff from column B instead of column A, you’re going to have fun. If you’re doing all that stuff in column A though, yea it’s probably going to suck. And then you’re going to wonder why no one else wants to do the work to learn magic.

I really only have two problems with these hard work people. First is when they get all full of themselves. “I’ve done all this great magical work, I’ve put in my time, blah, blah, blah.” This is usually followed by claims of power and then demanding that other people listen to and respect them. Those sorts of people just irk me. Even more so because they usually don’t have the kind of knowledge and power they claim and they aren’t deserving of any respect.

The other problem I have is these sorts of people try to ruin other people’s fun. More importantly, my fun. I wouldn’t have a problem with these people if they just kept to themselves and their hard work, because it doesn’t involve me. I wouldn’t even know about these people if that’s what they did. There is no way in hell I would seek that out. These people are super vocal though. They want to ruin everyone’s fun and make everyone work. And the reason they do this is because they want the respect of other people. They want admiration from others for having done this work and they want to be regraded as great and powerful members of the magical community. And they don’t like idea of someone exceeding them, or even reaching their level, without first doing the work they had to do to get to where they are.

The last thing I want to talk about is seriousness. A lot of people have been complaining about this lately. People aren’t taking their spirituality seriously. They don’t take these religions, magical practices, or training seriously. I see it complained about in just about every spirituality and belief system sometimes. Lately I’ve seen a lot of Wiccans complaining about it, so I’m going to pick on them for a minute.

Now I’ve read the Farrars, Cunningham, Buckland, and I’ve also been privileged with some of the supposedly secret materials that some trads have which are reserved for high ranking oath bound members. In none of this literature have I found anything that says you have to take this shit seriously. Wicca is varied and at times eclectic, so there are a lot of different branches and beliefs and systems. But I can’t find any information from any branch of Wicca that says you have to take this stuff seriously.

The one Pagan source I can find that talks about being serious about your spirituality is Bonewitz. And what does Bonewitz say? He says if you’re taking things really seriously, that’s a bad thing. He says their should be some sort of levity and humor in your group’s approach to spirituality. If that isn’t there, that’s one of his signs that what you’re joining is a cult.

And this is true of just about all of these religions and groups that make up the magical community. If you read the literature, no where does it ever say you have to be serious about this stuff. In fact quite a few different systems say you shouldn’t take it all that seriously.

This idea of taking spirituality seriously is derived from Christianity. It’s another example of people who used to be Christian trying to get away from that religion and embrace something new inside of the magical community, and yet they insist on imposing the ideologies and concepts of their past religion on their new spiritual belief system.

Even in Christianity it’s a concept a lot of Christians and churches embrace, but it isn’t clearly spelled out in the bible. There are a few passages where if you really read between the lines and pick up on the subtext and you also assume that certain things are implied and interpret everything in a very particular way you could come to the conclusion that you’re supposed to take spirituality seriously. But it’s never explicitly stated. There isn’t some guy in the bible who makes fun of the size of God’s penis and then gets struck down by lightening.

All of the things I’ve bitched about have something in common. They are all essentially about people who are telling other people how they should practice their spirituality, how they should practice magic, and how they should practice their religion. The problem is that there are people in the community who have taken it upon themselves to tell other people how to be spiritual. It comes down to people trying to attain power over other people.

And magic is largely about power. The people trying to attain this power are usually people who have not been able to attain large amounts of power spiritually. After all if they were all powerful magicians, why would they need to steal other people’s power, especially something as petty as stealing someone’s ability to choose their spiritual path?

Meanwhile the people who allow themselves to be victimized, who let these people tell them how they can and can’t practice their spirituality, who let these people make them feel ashamed of what they practice, or the people who give in to peer pressure and join in attacking people who may be different are not on the road to becoming powerful magicians and adepts. Magic is largely about power, and if you’re giving away your power, especially to assholes like that, where do you think that’s going to get you? Part of being an adept is coming to the realization that you have power over yourself and you get to do whatever you want; no one gets to tell you what you can and can’t do.


Energy Manipulation: Part 1

November 1, 2010

A lot of people have been asking me for advice on energy manipulation lately. Either they want instructions or they want books or systems that teach it. So I’ve put together some exercises to help people who are just starting out. I’ve called this part 1. What I’ve posted here is far from a complete system, but right now there is no part 2. I might write more exercises in the future. If I do the new exercises  will build upon these exercises.

I’ve put these exercises in the order you’re supposed to do them (skipping 2 if it’s a cold time of year).  The techniques in the different exercises build on each other. At the same time though they aren’t intended to be done once and before moving on to the next one. In fact it isn’t even a system where you master one step and then move on to the next.

What I suggest doing is to start with an exercise and keep doing it until you get a handle on it and you’ve achieved some noticable results. Then start working with the next exercise, but keep going back and doing the earlier exercises. The better you get at the earlier exercises the easier the later exercises will be.

Also if you’ve done an exercise a lot and you have a good idea how it works and what it’s supposed to do, you should probably try to develop your own exercises to help train those same skills. These exercises were designed so that they could easily fit into most people’s lives, but there’s also a chance that they might not easily fit into your life situation. What’s even more likely is that you have a lot of unique opportunities in your life to train your abilities, and because those opportunities are so specific to you, you’re going to have to create your own exercises in order to take advantage of them.

I also recommend continuing to do basic exercises even after you have a mastery of energy manipulation. A lot of magicians fall into a trap of gaining some ability with energy manipulation and then ignoring it as they explore other spiritual and magical pursuits instead of continuing to work more and more with very basic and simple energy manipulation exercises.

When they do this their energy manipulation abilities stagnate. Energy manipulation being a very basic skill, they don’t progress in other avenues of magic as quickly or as far as they potentially could if their energy manipulation was stronger. Eventually they’ll even start to regress and become less powerful.

In order to do most of these exercises the only thing you really need is a quiet and private space to work. If you sleep alone, your bedroom should be perfect for this. If not you’re going to have to figure out a time when you can have the bedroom to yourself or figure out a different place where you can work privately.

A lot of these exercises are skyclad. There’s a few reasons I did this. First off all of the skyclad exercises are solitary. I don’t recommend serious skyclad work for people who are going to be uncomfortable and nervous when they’re naked around other people. However this is solitary work by yourself so most people should be comfortable in that situation.

Some of these rituals deal specifically with your sense of touch, and being skyclad gives a greater degree of control in that regard. On one hand your clothes limit your sense of touch because you can’t fully feel things through your clothes. On the other hand when you don’t want to feel anything, you can still sometimes feel your clothes on your body.

Finally for a variety of reasons energy is easier to manipulate when you’re naked. There is some debate about this in the magical community, but it’s true. It’s easier to sense and manipulate energy without clothes on. Granted it can be done with your clothes on, and if you’re experienced at manipulating energy there isn’t much of a difference between doing it clothed or naked. However when you’re first beginning to learn it helps a lot.

These exercises are all very basic. They don’t even technically deal with energy manipulation. They  focus on increasing your awareness and your basic ability to sense and identify energy. Several of the early exercises are designed to train a couple of your basic senses, touch and smell. Training any of your five basic senses to make them more aware of what’s going on around you will, in the long run, make you more adept at energy manipulation. I stayed away from sound because it’s a very hard one to write specific exercises for. I stayed away from taste because most people don’t want to go around licking everything. And I stayed away from sight because training sight is a lot more complicated and actually helps with more advanced topics (like seeing spirits and auras). If I do write future posts dealing with these topics, there’s a good chance I’ll include some information on training sight.

1. The Sleeping Exercise

This is a very easy magical exercise, probably the easiest one you’ll ever do, and also a very pleasant one too.

I suggest you use nice linens for this exercise. Something like silk bed sheets or Egyptian cotton. I also suggest sleeping with just a bed sheet, a pillow case, and a cover sheet. If that isn’t warm enough and you need a blanket, then put the blanket over the cover sheet so the cover sheet is against you (unless you have a really nice and comfy blanket).

Wash all of your linens as close to bed time as possible so they’re clean and fresh when you start the exercise.

Next right before bed take a long shower with hot water, about as hot as you can stand. The hot water is going to thin out your blood and pull your blood vessels closer to your skin, which is why you feel more sensual after a shower. It should go without saying that you need to completely dry yourself since you don’t want to be damp when you go to bed.

Of course do whatever else you need to do in order to get ready for bed. I suggest waiting until the very end to brush your teeth, because if your mouth feels all fresh and minty you’ll get even more out of the exercise.

That’s the prep work. This is the actual exercise. Once you’re ready for bed, take off any clothes (if you bothered to put any on after the shower), lay in the bed naked, and pull the cover sheet over yourself. This is an awesome exercise!

Okay that’s not the all of it. When you’re laying in bed you want to pay particular attention to how everything feels. How does the fabric from the bed sheet and the bed itself feel against your skin? How does the fabric of the coversheet feel? How are they different? How does the pillowcase feel against your head? How does your body feel where it touches itself and how does your hair feel if it’s long enough to touch your back?

But don’t focus on one body part or sensation at a time. Try not to concentrate on individual parts of your body to see how each feels. The goal should be to feel every part of your body at once. If you’re doing what you do most of the day, concentrating on the part of your body that interests you at the moment to see what it feels and ignoring the rest, you’re missing the whole point of the exercise. Take everything in at once, every sensation from your head to your toes, and feel it all at the same time. Use your mind to sort out these different feelings, to figure out which body parts are feeling what, instead of concentrating on specific parts and processing only a single input of information at a time.

The goal of the exercise, and most of these early exercises, is to get you used to feeling all parts of your body at once, and getting your brain used to processing all of that sensory input at once without having to block any out. In time this is going to make you more sensual and help to undull this particular sense.

After you’ve spent a little bit of time seeing what things feel like, move around a bit. See what it feels like to have the sheets rubbing against you. Try different positions. See what it feels like to lay on your left side, your right side, your back, your stomach.

Once you’ve spent some time taking all these sensations in and you’ve finished the exercise, I’d really suggest not getting dressed if that’s at all possible. Instead just lay in bed naked and relax taking in all of the sensations until you fall asleep.

One of the really cool things about this ritual is that with some slight modifications it’s something that can easily be done every single day since it’s basically just going to bed. It may not be convenient to wash bedsheets every single night or even to shower every day just before bed, but unless you have young children that want to sleep with you, most people should be able to go to bed naked and go to sleep.

2. Feeling the Wind

This ritual is really good for when it’s warm out. It’s not so great for when it’s cold out.

Once again, taking a nice, long, hot shower before hand will help. Sit either on your bed, on the floor, or on a yoga mat. If it’s breezy out, you can open a window by where you’re sitting, otherwise you’re going to want to turn on a fan.

If you can do it comfortably and with no pain, sitting lotus style may help. Otherwise just sit Indian style. And once again you’re going to want to do this without clothes on.

Basically just sit there, close your eyes, and feel the air blowing over your body. Like before you don’t want to concentrate on a particular part of your body, but rather take in everything at once.

If it’s really warm out you can even sleep like this laying in bed without a sheet or blanket and letting the air blow over you to cool off.

I’m actually tired right now. Notice how all of my exercises seem to involve sleep. If I wrote this just before lunch instead of just before bed you’d probably be learning energy manipulation by eating a sandwich.

3. Feeling your Clothes.

This is an easy exercise that you can do all day, every day. The whole point of this exercise is to spend as much of the day as you possibly can feeling your clothes.

During any part of the day in which you’re wearing clothes, parts of your body are touching fabric. Other parts of your body are exposed and not touching fabric, and if your clothes are baggy some clothed parts of your body aren’t touching fabric. Our bodies meanwhile are used to our clothes because we wear them all day, and at least after we’ve had them on for a bit we stop feeling them, unless they’re doing something abnormal, like chaffing.

If you’re reading this, and unless you’re naked, you’re probably noticing that I’m wrong. You’re feeling at least some of your clothing right now. The thing is if you start to think about your clothing and feeling it, your body will stop blocking it out and you’ll start feeling it. You have a lot of control over whether or not you’re feeling your clothing.

The goal of this exercise is to spend the entire day, the dressed parts of it anyways, being able to feel all of the clothes that you are wearing. You should be able to feel the fabric on any part of your body that is touching fabric at any moment.

Once you get used to doing this, and on a day when you’re wearing baggy clothes, every so often quiz yourself. As quick as you can figure out exactly which parts of your body are touching fabric and which parts aren’t.

This exercise is a lot easier to do if you’re doing exercise 1 and sleeping naked. Because you’ve gotten used to not wearing clothes through out the night, when you put clothes on in the morning you’ll really feel them. In fact if possible try to spend as much time awake without putting on any clothes as you can. It’d be ideal if you could wake up and go through your entire morning routine without getting dressed until you’re ready to walk out the door. The longer you spend without clothes on the more you’re going to notice them once you put them on.

4. Incense Exercise

Once again, find your sitting place and sit Indian style or lotus style naked. This time though light some incense near you. Whatever kind of incense you want. And as the incense burns just sit with your eyes closed smelling it. Don’t try to think about it or sense something or anything else. Just sit there quietly and breathe in the incense. Through out the exercise take a few deep breaths and let the incense fully fill up your lungs.

It’s best not to replace the incense in this exercise with something else, like a scented candle or a plug-in, unless you absolutely have to for some reason (like severe allergies). Incense is going to have a stronger odor for one. It’s also thick, and smokey, and it gets in your eyes, and so it has a sensual quality to it. And it tends to scent things like your hair and your bedsheets.

5.  Walking Barefoot

This is a super easy exercise. All you have to do is take off your shoes and socks and start walking barefoot. When your feet hit the ground, try to pay attention to how it feels. Notice that different areas feel different. Grass is soft and cool. Cement is hot and hard. Carpets are smooshy, wood floors are flat, and tile is hard and cold. When you walk, pay attention to the feeling in your feet. With each step, try to notice your foot hitting the ground and how that feels.

You should do this exercise as much as possible. It’s an easy exercise because it doesn’t require you to actually do anything. It requires you to not do something. Anytime you don’t need to wear shoes or socks, don’t. Work and public showers are the only times most people need to be wearing shoes. If you’re like me, you may feel more comfortable driving in shoes, although it is perfectly legal to drive barefoot. Nowadays most companies don’t have a “no shoes, no service” policy, although a few hold-outs still do require shoes.

6. Smelling Things

Most of us go through most of our day completely ignoring our sense of smell. Unless something near us has a strong smell, be it pleasant or disgusting, we usually have forgotten the fact that we can smell at all. So the point of this exercise is to smell as many things during the day as we can.

Now there are lots of little things you can do through out the day in order to smell things without coming off as too creepy or weird.

When you’re taking your shower in the morning, smell the soap and the shampoo and anything else you’re going to use before it touches your body. Before you get dressed smell your clothes (hopefully not to see if their clean enough to wear). Before you eat or drink anything smell it. Get in the habit of smelling everything before you put it in your mouth. Any time you put your head on something, like a couch or a pillow, smell it. If a person gets close enough to you, you may be able to smell certain things like perfume or their cigarettes. If you hug some one you can actually smell them in three different places. You can smell their hair, their skin at their neck, and their clothes. But if you’re not in a relationship with somone you have to be very subtle about smelling them like this or you’re going to come off as really creepy.

I’m sure most of you can come up with other things to do through out the day without seeming too weird. The whole idea of the exercise is to get used to smelling things as much as you can.

7. The Sitting Exercise

This is by far the most useful exercise I have. In ten years time it’s more likely you’ll still be doing either this exercise or some variation of it than any other exercise here. In fact a lot of the exercises I have are just variations of this exercise. You may not be able to do much with the exercise right now, but as you become more aware of energy and you learn energy manipulation tricks you’ll be able to do more and more with this exercise.

To start, spend at least a couple of weeks doing the first five exercises before you move on to this one. Make sure you’ve spent enough time to where you’re starting to master the above exercises and you’re getting something out of them. You really want to have a couple of senses, especially the sense of touch, trained to an abnormal level before you attempt this.

Okay, you need to go back to your sitting place. You’re going to want to do this at night so you have darkness. Turn off every light in the room that you can so it’s as dark as you can possibly get it. You’re also going to need it to be as  quiet as you can get it. So you don’t want any music on or the TV or people running around outside the room. The later at night you do this the less likely it is you’re going to have to deal with noise from outside. Don’t light any incense. And take off all of your clothes so you don’t have to worry about feeling them or having them get in the way. When you’ve done all of this sit in your spot either in the lotus position or Indian style and close your eyes.

We’ve spent the last few weeks trying to increase your senses. If it’s been successful they’ve been kicked into overdrive. Now we’re going to put them into a sensory deprivation environment and see what happens.

Actually we haven’t just been training your senses with the first few exercises. Those exercises also work to train your awareness. In addition to having heightened senses you should also have a heightened awareness. So now that you’ve been deprived of your five basic senses the end result should be that a sixth sense, your ability to sense energy, takes over.

To start just sit there for a while breathing and bringing yourself to a calm and relaxed state. Then think about this: What does the area outside of your body feel like? This is similar to when you were developing your sense of touch, except right now you shouldn’t have anything on or around your body, so with the exception of the parts you’re using for sitting, you shouldn’t be feeling anything right now. So what are the parts of your body that shouldn’t be feeling anything right now feeling? If you can’t put it into words right now, that’s okay. If you can’t feel anything, you just need more practice.

Now take a deep breath. Imagine that you’re pulling everything in the room around you inside of you through your mouth and filling up your chest with it. If you’re having trouble with this, remember the incense exercise. Imagine the air in the room is thicker, like the smoke from the incense, and that’s what you’re pulling into your lungs.

If you felt something around you before, did you feel that same thing intensify inside of you when you did this? If you didn’t feel something before, do you feel something now?

As the final part of this exercise, spend some time letting all of what came before clear out of you. Let the energy you took in earlier dissipate and get used to the energy around you so you aren’t focusing on it. Once you’ve done that focus on the center of your chest. This is the area where we really feel our emotions. This is where that energy builds up from and emanates from.

Right this moment you have to be feeling some sort of emotion. Even if it’s calm or boredom, you’re feeling something. That emotion is creating energy which is coming out of your chest. There are a few other energies that are in there too, like energy that’s tied into your personality, human energy, and the energy of living things. All of these different energies are kind of squished together in a ball in your chest, and from there they’re leaking out of your body into the room. This is the energy you’re creating. Take some time to explore that. Feel your emotions and then try to feel the energy that’s inside of you. The emotion and the energy are very much tied together and at some levels are the same thing. So give into the emotion and let it overtake you and then try and feel it inside of you.

8. Building a Reference

The problem with exercise number seven is that when you try to feel the energy inside yourself, there’s only a few different kinds of energy you’re going to find. For most of us it’s going to be things like peace, calm, boredom, relaxation, ect. Once you’ve gotten to the point that you can feel that energy inside of you you’re ready to start trying out exercise seven, which is about exploring new and different kinds of energy that occur inside of you.

To do number eight you need to wait until you have some sort of emotion. It can be any emotion. You could think something’s hilarious, or you could be really excited or happy about something, or you could be very sad or angry. It doesn’t really matter what the emotion is, but the stronger the emotion is the better. Also you’re going to try to hold on to that emotion as long as you can. So don’t try to calm yourself or relax yourself, just focus on holding the emotion.

The first time you do this you’re going to want to hold that emotion long enough to get yourself to your sitting place, undress, and close your eyes.

From there just repeat what you did with exercise number six. Let the emotion overtake you and try to see if you can feel out the energy and explore it.

As you get more and more used to doing this you should need less help in order to do it. After a while you should be able to do it while still dressed, and then wherever you might be. You’ll just need to close your eyes and feel the energy out, and after a while you won’t even have to close your eyes. This of course will make easier and easier and more convenient to do. After a while you’ll be able to feel out any emotional energy as it occurs.

9. Feeling Out Places

The energy of a place is determined by a lot of different variables. It depends on the people in the place, their particular emotions and personalities, the fung shue of the place (how energy does or doesn’t move through it), the location of the place, what’s around it, what purpose the place serves, and if there are any altars or if anyone is performing magical rituals there.

There are a lot of different factors and so each place is more or less unique. This exercise is about feeling out the energy of different places.

It’s more difficult to feel out the energy of familiar places because you’re used to them. The most difficult place to feel energy is going to be your bedroom, especially if you sleep alone. A bedroom that you sleep in alone, barring some special circumstance (like very active altars), is going to be almost entirely made up of your own energy. It’s going to feel an awful lot like you. It’s like touching someone’s forehead to see if they have a fever when you have a fever.

So we’re going to concentrate this exercise on unfamiliar places. Pretty much public places you’ve never been to or the homes of people the first time you’re invited in. You can also try this exercise in places you’ve only been a handful of times.

When you first walk into a new place take a moment to figure out what it feels like. Close your eyes if you have to, and if you have to take a deep breath and imagine you’re breathing in the incense. And then come up with a few words to describe how the room feels. If you happen to carry around a small pad of paper and a pen and can jot those words down, that’s great. Otherwise you’ll just have to try to remember them.

Whatever you do, don’t over think this and don’t try real hard to do this right. Only spend a couple of seconds, at most, figuring out what the room feels like. Go with your first instincts and leave it at that. If you do decide to spend a lot of time really delving into the energy of the room and figuring out what it feels like, second guessing yourself the whole way,  you’re going to come up with the wrong answer. If you went with your first instinct you might’ve had the right answer, but if you’re over thinking this you’ll never get the right one. Secondly you’re going to completely ruin the exercise and it isn’t going to do you any good.

The exercise is not about being right or getting this perfect. It’s about getting used to sensing the energy around you when you walk into a room, and eventually that will lead into being able to identify it correctly. But for now this is more about being able to feel it than correctly identify it.

Once you have your words to describe the energy, look at them and see if you might’ve come up with any of them for reasons that have nothing to do with the energy of the place. There are really two things you have to watch out for. The first are impressions that are tied into your sensory input. The second are preconceived notions about the place.

a. Sensory input – This is when you come up with an impression about the room not because of the energy of the room but because of something you saw, or heard, or felt, or smelled. Some of these are universal among people and fairly easy to figure out. For instance a lot of people will walk into the bedroom of a teenager who is into death metal and come out saying that it is a dark and evil place full of the energies of powerful satanic magics. In reality nine times out of ten that bedroom is going to be full of angsty horny teenage-esque energy and maybe a bit of negativity from the death metal with little, if any, magical power behind it. There’s just some dark and weird and maybe even Satanic death metal imagery through out the room and that, not the energy, is what the person is picking up on.

Some are a lot more unique and harder to pinpoint though. For instance, when I was a kid my parents didn’t drink coffee, nor did anyone I knew except my grandparents. My grandparents drank cheap Folgers coffee in the morning and I would stay with them in the summer time. Now whenever I smell freshly brewed cheap coffee it reminds me of my grandparents and also happy summer mornings from my childhood. I have to be careful with something like that because those feelings and impressions I get have nothing to do with energy, it’s just that my brain has been trained to associate certain things with the smell of instant coffee.

b. Preconceived notions – Sometimes we think a place feels a certain way because we expect it to feel that way. For instance if you go into the home of someone you know, you might expect their home to feel a certain way because of the way you feel about that person.

You have to be careful of this one though, because sometimes your preconceived notions are right. A lot of times this is true of places that are commercial, or where a specific thing is done inside of them all of the time. Whatever is being done in the place is effecting the energy, so places that serve a similar purpose often times have similar energies.

One example I can come up with are Catholic churches. I’ve been in a lot of Catholic churches. I was raised Catholic. Most of those churches have a very specific energy to them. The best way I can describe it is that it’s a churchy kind of energy, because of course it’s an energy I’ve been conditioned to associate with a church. It would be very easy for me, especially when I was new to energy manipulation, to think that there was no specific energy to Catholic churches. That instead I’m entering these churches thinking there should be a specific ‘churchy’ feeling to it because it’s a church and I expect it to have that energy. That isn’t the case though, and I can sense energy well enough to know that isn’t the case.

For the record not all Catholic churches have that energy. I was actually surprised to find some that didn’t have it at all. The one in Sedona, Arizona is a good example of a church that doesn’t have that energy. It’s also a very weird and atypical Catholic church for a lot of different reasons.

10. Make Mine Music

When you create something, you leave a small creationary energy imprint in it. There is a creationary imprint in this post. If you leave me a comment, you will leave a creationary imprint in that comment.

Now if you create something that you’re emotionally tied to, or if you’re very emotional when you create something, that imprint becomes a lot larger. Because of this artistic works, like books and poems and songs, tend to have very big energy imprints.

For this exercise we’re going to try to tap one of those imprints, an imprint in a song. So the first thing you need to do is pick out a song. I suggest finding a song that you like, and better yet one you already feel a connection to. Try and stay away from songs that have major shifts partway through. For the purpose of this exercise, at least when you’re starting out, pick a song that is consistent through out. Also you’re going to want to put the song on repeat. Many songs are only two or three minutes long, and although that should be more than enough time, the first few times you do this it might take you a bit longer than that. Lastly when you do this try to focus on a single aspect of the song. Most people when they hear a song focus on the lyrical part of the song, so that’s probably going to be the best part to focus on. However I do know that some musicians completely ignore the lyrical part of a song when they hear it and instead focus on a specific instrument. Whatever’s easiest for you to focus on focus on that, just make it a single thing.

What you’re going for here is you’re trying to feel the energy imprint of the song, to feel the emotions the artist tied into it.

To do that go back to your sitting place. Turn on your music, take off your clothes, sit down, close your eyes, and listen. By this point you should have the drill down.

The first thing you want to do is, with your eyes closed, visualize the song as having form. First mentally create the room you’re sitting in in your head as best you can. Don’t forget to create yourself in the spot you’re sitting in. Now somewhere in the room there’s the speaker that this music is coming from. That is going to be the source of the song, where it starts. But from there it’s going to move through different parts of the room, and at some point it has to at least come close to you, because you can hear it.

Now what does this song look like, what exactly are you visualizing? I can’t tell you that. You have to figure out, in your head, if a song had a form what would it look like? What do you think a song looks like? Some people might say a string of notes and others a dancing cloud of sound. It can be something very weird or something sick and twisted. I don’t know how your mind works or how you associate formless things.

Once you have your song though you now need to take it into you. The best way to practice is to imagine, in your visualization, an imaginary hand coming out of your chest, reaching to the song, grabbing part of it, and then pulling it into your chest.

If you can’t do that, if that’s too difficult, you can use the incense trick again. You can imagine the song being like a cloud of smoke from the incense. And then you can take a deep breath and breathe it into your chest.

Either way once you get it inside of you then you can feel the energy tied into that song. This is a little bit different than normal energy though. This energy came from a person, and it has a direct tie to that person. Not only does it have a bit of the emotion they were feeling when they wrote the song and even a bit of their life energy, it also has information about their destiny, their spiritual path, their personality, and their past. Every single aspect of their life and who they are is, in part, hidden somewhere in that energy. Also wherever they are right now, that energy is tied into them. It is a link to them, a way to find them, and a way to get to them magically.

11. The Singing Exercise

This is a lot like exercise ten, except once you finish, sit there and sing the song. Sing it as loud as you can. If you want you can stand up, and you can even dance a bit.

As you’re doing this, you’re putting energy into this little performance of yours just like the original artist did. Of course hopefully your performance isn’t being recorded by someone. And as you sing you’re projecting outward. So what’s happening as you sing is that you’re creating a relatively large amount of energy (relative to what you normally create) inside of you and then you’re spewing it out.

So what you want to do as you’re singing is see if you can sense the energy pouring out of you. If you can take some time to watch what it’s doing and see how it’s leaving you.

Oh, and to do this exercise you really need to get into the singing and just let yourself go with it. If you do it shyly or half-assed it won’t work.

If you try some or all of these exercises, and you feel okay talking about it, please post about your results. If you’re having trouble with part of it or there’s something you don’t understand, I’d be more than happy to help. Also, for future articles and possible revisions of this one, I’d like to know how well people understand these exercises and how much success they’re having with them. Finally if anyone knows a PC term for sitting Indian style, please post it. It just seems like there’d be a PC term for that by now.

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