Meditation - Power Before Wisdom

  • Free Writing for Fun and Prophet

    Free Writing for Fun and Prophet

    I haven’t been writing about magick as much lately.  There are a lot of other voices our there and working on the next book series had me questioning the point of adding my voice to the din.  The mostly completed next book is “natural magick” and has explanations and exercises on using stones, herbs and basic rituals to do magick.  This is planned to be one of 4 primers of a new magickal tradition I am building, but for the last few months I got hung up on the fact that those “basic magicks” could meet 95% of issues that people might think to solve, and people are generally uninterested in the other 5% because they think nothing can solve those issues.

    There is a wealth of options beyond those though… Part of the path of a mage/witch/shaman is an expansion of consciousness which opens up desires and possibilities which one could not see before.   Before today I would have called that the “priest path” because I saw mages as people who expressed their will on the world and priests of channeled the will of spirits into the world.

    In a free writing session today, I had a new idea offered.   I was being guided to a re-implement regular practices I had been lax on lately:

    Answer: “(doing this), you will get closer (to spiritual wisdom, guidance and power) and the process of getting closer needs to be disciplined into you.  You expressed a curiosity and yes. You have been guided.  Paths jump according to desire and will.  You have many choices.  Daily prayer is one tool for getting closer.   (cleaning/purifying), exercise, diet/fast, silence… (Most importantly,) get away from distractions.  Not always, but often.  You have been choosing distractions and your life has shrunk to them.  Choose listening and possibilities, and your life will expand where you will.   Listening opens possibilities which you can choose.  Seeing no possibilities means you aren’t listening.

    Question: Not seeing the point of listening lately. {Personal issue that might become future articles}

    Answer: Because you aren’t listening.  We rarely explain in the moment because you aren’t the shape of the understanding yet.  After you listen and you are the shape we guide, you will understand.  You need to remember that your limited self only expresses the will of the higher self.  Inaction prevents that expression, but higher action is fundamental.”

    Question: That would argue that bad choices are planned

    Answer: Inaction at the wrong time can be destructive.

    Question: Right place, Right time, Wrong choice?

    Answer: Exactly.  You already have thoughts of choices which could easily have large consequences through inaction /*{pun on not acting at all, as well as, missing details which have large consequences}*/

    Inspiration and Free-Writing
    Inspiration can arise in many ways.  Being intentionally open to inspiration helps a LOT, but generally inspiration requires a context to form.  If you are working on a project, inspiration can arise around that project and related topics.  If you are reading a book, inspiration can arise around the content of the book.   If you are having a conversation, inspiration can arise around the content of the conversation… and so on.  Free writing is an interesting technique where one can actively court inspiration.   For me it’s incredibly simple.

    How to Free-Write:
    Step 1) Imagine you are interviewing a spirit/god/entity.

    Step 2) Ask it a question

    Step 3) Imagine its answer and write it down.

    The Feeling of Successful Free-Writing
    Writing about magick/spirit often sounds infantile because our language and context tends to minimize the potency of spirit in words.  It requires florid terms and description to try to express the depth of feeling and intensity of a spiritual experience and even then it will tend to fail.

    When I free-write I tend to feel my questions in my head, but the answers tend to either pour down from above or bubble up from my base through my stomach and heart until I can translate them into words.   There is a distinct feeling of answers coming from somewhere other than my own head.  The voice that is me hears the voice that is other and I write down what I hear.

    Some people make free-writing sound like you are supposed to detach from your arm and use pencil/paper to allow your arm to move without your control (the free part of free writing).  I have done that, but the feeling of answers coming from elsewhere and allowing one’s arm to simply be a channel for the information is nearly identical to me to typing answers as if I am writing down one’s response in an interview.

    Warnings and how to use Channeled Information
    Remember, ALL information filters through the consciousness of the medium.  That means that we will often “limit the expression” and do so in a way which can GREATLY effect the final result.  Use discernment to determine which parts of channeled information add to the world and which parts are likely your assumptions/illusions blocking divine guidance.   A good clue is that divine guidance TENDS to express empowerment.  Aka: You, your family, your community and your world becoming more potent/powerful.   If your channeled information argues for disempowering/destroying, it is usually from ego/lower-vibration and not from the divine. 

    There is a “holy” death dynamic which I’ve experienced in a healthy alignment of the cycles of life/death.  SOMETIMES guidance for destruction can access guidance on applying death/destruction in ways which align with higher blessings, but this is a very complex issue which is hard to understand in our society.  Thus… be VERY careful with any channeled information regarding harming.   I would argue that if you encounter a situation where harming is the initial answer you receive, it would be wise to ask questions about how to accomplish the goal without harming.  Most of the time you will be guided toward other paths for success which do not require the risk of harming others.

    What’s happening
    Listening as a concept is pretty simple.  Basically when you stop projecting thoughts you start receiving them.  This is why “mind silence” is a goal for mediation.   By learning to stop thinking we can learn to listen to others.   Some people are habituated into the noise and thoughts much that they are uncomfortable with silence and what you hear in it.  And yes… a LOT can be heard in silence.   Everything around us physical and not has thoughts.  Some thoughts are noisy and complex filled with memories are dreams. Others are simple… experiences of the now.

    We can learn to listen for specific things.  The thoughts and emotions of a specific plant, animal, region and more. Alternately we can simply choose to call out to the universe looking for certain information and receive it directly.  Both are channeling.   Free writing gives us a context to use this in.  We can connect with in idea or a spirit or our sub-conscious or our higher self or a god or, or, or...

    Once we’ve connected we simply allow ourselves to “transcribe” what we hear from the one we’ve connected to.  If we admit our connection is imperfect it can be helpful and we can get insights up to the limit of our skills to understand.   I detailed this more in “Modern Prophets.”

    Good Spelling,
    Awo Scott

  • Meditation/Visualization

    Meditation/Visualization

    Most Magick requires focused will. There are many ways to improve your will. There are also many ways to improve your focus. One of the few ways I know to improve both at the same time are Meditation and Visualization techniques.

    In fact clear Visualization is a prerequisite for powerful Astral work. You MUST be able to hold a clear image of what you want in your mind to solidify it on the astral plane.

    Additionally meditation has the benefit of pushing you to stop and listen to your own thoughts.... and the thoughts of the less corporeal who want to be heard.

    There is a clear difference between the two. Meditation as I am using it here is the concept of either focusing your thoughts on a topic to fully understand it OR to relax your mind toward having no thoughts of your own. Visualization is the act of “day dreaming” a experience or story.

    Both are actually easy to practice. Let's start with Visualization.
     

    I normally don't include exercises with articles; however, chapter 13
    is simply an introduction to the exercises so... here you go! :-)

     
    Exercise 13-1: Scene Visualization
    Read a couple paragraphs in a good (usually fantasy/science fiction) book. Now close your eyes and using the information in what you read, start creating first a detailed picture and then a video of the exact experience. When you get to the point where you can see, hear, smell, taste and feel exactly what the author is describing and fill in the blanks of what they don't describe, you are ready to do powerful astral work.
     
     
    Exercise 13-2: Focused Meditation
    Choose a situation in your life. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Now sit or lay down to think about that situation and only that situation for 5 minutes. Little by little, at your own pace increase this number upward.

    As you learn to focus your mind on a topic for longer periods, you will find that you stop having new thoughts on the topic. At this point, allow your mind to be quiet while you wait for further thoughts on the topic. This is one of the most effective ways to find solutions to problems. Focus on the problem, think about it until you fully understand it and then wait for an idea concerning it to pop into your head.

     
    Exercise 13-3: Relaxed Meditation Exercise
    While this is the exact opposite of the exercise above, it is almost identical. I recommend you set a timer here as well to bring you back.

    In a comfortable, but sleep unlikely position, sit down and put your mind into neutral. Decide to stop giving any of your thoughts power. As they enter and leave just let them be. Float in the stillness of experience. Relax into your breathing, into your heartbeat in your ears. Little by little as you are ready relax your mind more and more do so. Allow your thoughts to be less like sentences and more like feelings... and then recognitions of truth, until the one truth that rings through your entire consciousness is “I am.”

    In this “I am” consciousness there are no thoughts or emotions. There is simply the rightness and sense of being of the “I am.”

    Return from it when you are ready.