Will taking medication limit my magical ability?
This is a question that gets asked a lot, and if you’re not taking daily medication, it’s difficult to understand how taking meds long term affects magical ability. The short answer is no, taking meds isn’t going to limit your magical ability. You may need to do magic differently because of your meds, and you may need to develop some new skills as well, but that shouldn’t be big deal. Adapting and learning new skills are essential to advancing as a magician anyways, and if you’re not up to doing that your magical ability is already pretty limited. In fact, long term, proper medication will probably make you into a stronger magician.
That’s true if you’re taking meds for physical issues, like high cholesterol or hypertension, or if you’re taking meds for mental health reasons, like depression or anxiety.
Having a doctor or mental health care professional tell you that you need to take medication, or recommend that you should take medication, can be scary, because it can seem like they’re asking you to give up part of your spirituality to be healthy, to be happy, or to not die. Assuming we don’t die young, almost all of us will eventually have a health condition that can be treated with daily medication. For most of us that’s going to happen when we’re middle-aged, a few of us will be lucky enough to make it into our golden years before it happens, and some of us are going to have health issues that will need treatment much earlier in life.
Even if you aren’t taking medication right now, you probably have some idea how it will affect you magically. Almost all of us have been drunk at some point after we started practicing, and we know what happens when we do magic while intoxicated. A lot of us have also been prescribed some strong drugs for short term illnesses, and I’m sure quite a few people are taking other drugs for recreational and spiritual purposes. I’ll touch on drug use for spiritual purposes at the end, but that’s really not the point of this article.
When we do drugs, be it for treating an illness or for something else, it usually affects our magic in one of four ways.
The first way it can affect us is it can open us up to a spiritual experience. Like I said I’ll go into more detail about that at the end, because it’s not why I’m writing this.
The second way it can affect us is it doesn’t affect us, or at least it has no noticeable affect on our ability to do magic. For most people this is the case with a lot of OTC medications like aspirin, pepto-bismol, ect., and is probably the case for a lot of prescription medications as well. This is a best case scenario where you can take a medication and be as strong of a magician as you ever were without having to change anything.
The third way it can affect us is it can dull our abilities. We can still do magic, but it’s harder. It’s like when you increase the weight on a machine at the gym. You’re still doing the same motions and it’s still having the same affect, but it’s a lot more difficult. Focusing and concentrating may also be more difficult. This is actually how alcohol affects me.
The fourth way it can affect us is it can make it more difficult to interpret magical information and direct our magic at a target. You may still be able to sense energy, but you might have more difficulty than normal figuring out what kind of energy it is, or where exactly it’s coming from. You may still be able to cast a spell, but you might have more difficulty getting it to hit the intended target. If doing magic sober is like firing a gun to shoot a target, this is like firing a gun to shoot a target while blindfolded. This is how opioids like Vicodin affect me magically.
If you want to get drunk every once in a while, or if you’re ill and you need to take medicine for a few days, it’s fine to take a short break from your spiritual practices and spend a day or a week being less than 100%. When you’re ready to end your break, you’ll be as good a magician as you ever were. If you’re going to have to take meds every day forever, or for the foreseeable future, that’s when it becomes an issue.
As a side note taking a prescribed medication properly dosed and monitored by a health care professional is different from having a substance abuse problem or self-medicating. I’m not dealing with the later in this article and as far as spirituality and magic are concerned the challenges would be different. I’m bringing this up because if you do have experience with substance abuse while practicing magic, the situation, and how you should deal with it, is different than taking daily meds.
So how do we deal with having to take our medicine?
Our most important magical tools, and the only ones we need, are our bodies. We all have a few different bodies. We of course have a physical body, but we also have an astral body, and a mental body or HGA, and there are lower realm equivalents, and there are even higher bodies as well.
Our bodies are imperfect tools. Training ourselves magically so we can do more powerful magic is all about getting our bodies into a more perfect state. Out of all of our bodies, our physical body is the worst. It has specific spiritual purposes, and it is at times necessary, but it is the most fragile, volatile, and temperamental of all our bodies, and it has some very low spiritual ceilings.
Our bodies are connected together in a chain, and the lower bodies are dependent on the higher bodies, but the converse isn’t true. Our mental and physical bodies interact with each other through our astral body. If you remove the astral body, the physical body can’t survive, and if you limit a person’s physical body from accessing their astral body you’ve magically neutered them and done a kind of binding. However the same isn’t true of their mental body. A person’s mental body can survive without their astral or physical body, and even if its access to them is limited it’s still operating at 100%.
Our physical body is also at the bottom of the chain. You can remove the physical body, and all of the other bodies are still there and operating as well as they always have.
A lot of things spiritually affect our physical body, like if we’re sick, if we’re tired, what we’ve eaten, if we haven’t eaten, and a lot of other things, including drugs and medications we’re taking. Drugs and medications, however, don’t affect the higher bodies, at least not directly, and therein lies the trick.
When we start doing magic we use our physical body a lot. We store all of our magical knowledge in our stupid meat brain and rely on its logical abilities even though there’s a pretty low upper limit to how much it can accurately remember, and it has a lot trouble just comprehending higher and more abstract metaphysical concepts, and that’s assuming it can even understand the concepts at all.
Early on we also tend to rely on our physical body to focus most of our magic. Sometimes we need to use our physical body to a degree, because it’s our best connection to the physical realm, and a lot of magic is meant to affect the physical realm. When we first start out though we usually use it as the primary body, and sometimes sole body, doing all of our magic. It’s the body we’re most comfortable with, and it’s why ritual magic is the easiest magic to learn even though it’s not the easiest magic to do or the most effective.
As we become better magicians and grow, when we do magic we start taking the jobs that our physical body is performing, and we start passing them on to our other bodies, because they’re more capable of doing them, because they have higher ceilings, and because they are less volatile and temperamental. Even if we don’t intend to do this, even if we don’t understand we’re doing this, we still naturally do this as magicians, and if we don’t we end up being very limited in our abilities.
If you want your magic to be 100% while you’re doing drugs or taking a medication, you have to learn to push jobs off of your physical body and on to your other bodies. Those bodies won’t be affected by drugs or medication, so your abilities won’t be dulled, and you’ll be able to interpret and direct your magic correctly.
If you’re not taking meds right now but you want to practice this, one way is to work on it the next time you get a little drunk. You’ll still have your reflexes impaired and your speech may slur, but you should be able to keep your wits about you, think straight, and not lose your inhibitions. The trick is to have one of your other bodies, like your astral or mental body, take over the thinking work.
Another way to practice is to work with altered states. Practicing meditation will help. Practicing lucid dreaming will help.
Honestly though, once you start taking a medication at the same dosage consistently for a while, you’ll almost certainly start to develop the ability to push off work to the other bodies, and you’ll probably be back to your old magical self in no time. It’ll probably take about 2 months to be 100%.
But how does that make me a stronger magician?
The condition of your physical body is going to have a direct impact on how well you can do magic, especially when you’re doing magic that’s partially reliant on your physical body. Unfortunately age is only going to wear down your physical body, and things are going to get worse as you get older. However if something’s wrong with your physical body and it can be treated with medication, treating the issue and becoming healthier will make you a stronger magician.
Mental health issues can be even worse. Things like anxiety disorders and depression originate in your physical body, but they can impact your other bodies as well. Unwanted emotions and negative thought patterns can very easily seep into your magic and completely disrupt what you’re trying to do, even if you’re not using your physical body to do it.
If medication helps you balance your emotions and control them, it will put you in a position where you’ll be a much better magician.
If you have more severe mental health issues, specifically ones that cause hallucinations or delusions, you’re probably much more capable of having a genuine spiritual experience. However those kinds of mental health issues can make it very difficult to interpret exactly what is happening spiritually, or even if it is a genuine spiritual experience, let alone control it. They also make you much more likely to develop self-destructive beliefs and fall into spiritual pitfalls that will ultimately hinder your growth, even you do have a lot of early success.
Being on a treatment plan, which may involve medication, can give you a foundation that will help you better interpret what is happening spiritually and understand its deeper meaning so you can grow as a magician.
What about spiritual drug use?
Spiritual drug use is semi-related to this, so I might as well go over it.
To start, most people who use drugs for spiritual reasons are actually doing drugs for recreational reasons. Acid and shrooms are fun to do. Salvia and peyote sound cool and in some places in the US they’re legal. If you want to do drugs because they’re fun and cool, or they seem like they might be fun and cool, then just do them for that reason. If you want to be a magician, at least be self aware enough to admit to yourself why you’re doing drugs and don’t believe your own bullshit about it being a spiritual experience.
The thing certain drugs are best at is opening you up to have a spiritual experience. If you’ve been doing magic for a while you already know how to open yourself up and have a spiritual experience. You already know how to induce an altered state for spiritual purposes without using drugs. The folks who will benefit the most from taking drugs to open themselves up spiritually are also the people who are least likely to seek out drugs for spiritual purposes. If everything works out just right, an acid trip can turn a devout atheist into an ardent believer of metaphysics. It can be the push they need to start their spiritual journey. Also if everything works out just right, an acid trip can turn an ardent believer of metaphysics into an ardent believer of metaphysics that’s also tripping on acid.
The problem with these drugs is that they’re opening you up to a metaphysical experience, but they’re also hindering your ability to do magic and properly interpret that experience. It’s great for helping you start your spiritual journey, but after that it’s not going to be very useful.
If you really want to get the full spiritual effect for experienced magicians, you essentially have to do the same thing you would do if you were taking meds. You have to train yourself to push off jobs on to your other bodies so you’re with it enough to fully interpret what’s happening. That’s a lot more difficult than with meds, in part because you probably don’t want to do something like acid every day for months to get good at doing magic while under the influence, and I would recommend against doing something like that.
You can train yourself without doing it every day, but it will be more difficult, and with drugs as powerful as the ones we’re talking about, you’re probably going to have to do them a whole lot before you get really good at it.
It would honestly be much easier to work with things like meditation, trance, astral projection, and lucid dreaming to learn how to induce altered states in yourself and have spiritual experiences without using powerful psychedelics, and it would be much easier on your body and mind.
Going back to taking meds and being a magician, there are a lot of spiritual benefits to taking the meds you need under the supervision of a doctor so you can be physically and mentally healthy. The spiritual drawbacks to taking your meds can be mitigated with a small amount of work and in a relatively short amount of time.
There are valid reasons for not taking your meds. The side-effects might not be worth it for you, they might not be effective for you, or you might think that you will benefit more from a different kind of treatment that doesn’t involve medication. If you’re in the US, you may not be able to afford the medication you need. However there aren’t valid spiritual reasons for not taking your meds. The cost vs benefits in regards to spirituality are heavily weighted towards taking your meds.