If you knock on a door and it does not open, do not push. If you push the door gently and it opens, that is for you. You cannot go through a closed door. Too many people in your world waste time and effort banging at closed doors. [Silver Birch]
Study Lesson 1:
As we delve into what magic is and how we are able to use, cast, affect, etc. we shall have to contemplate much of what is talked about. For the true understanding can not be explained with words alone, for it goes beyond words, beyond time, beyond reality.
The first thing to understand is that understanding is a three-fold process. Step one take in (learn). Step two experience (utilize). Step three embody (understand). The next thing, is when you make it to step three you will start over again on step one. Makes things just a wee bit confusing.
As a beginner in the study of magic you are free from limiting ideas. This will be your best tool. As we all understand more, we limit ourselves to feel in control and feel like we learned something. This will limit us, but as you learn more it becomes more dangerous, so many who don't have the right tools will fear what they have become and what reality is. Suddenly magic isn't fun and limitations are where it's at.
The thing to understand is you must be patient with yourself and learn the tools as they are offered to you. If you don't …you take your chances of destroying your physical incarnation (oh, well try again in the next one.) The thing is, if you push to far to fast, you will throw yourself out in a place where you have no tools. Getting back and regaining those tools will now be hard. There are those who have made it back, but only by sheer luck. So take the time to learn the steps and you will go as far as you want.
Santiago reached through to the Soul of the World, and saw that it was a part of the Soul of God. And he saw that the Soul of God was his
own soul. And that he, a boy, could perform miracles. [Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist.]
Study Lesson 2:
So now that you have been warned, we will delve into what magic really is and how to use it. Magic plain and simple is the ability to create, modify or destroy reality. When we first begin we can create positive or negative events for ourselves that seem like luck. As we learn more we can change the possibilities of reality and even alter the physical world which is just an illusion. But this is just the beginning, it goes beyond anything you could imagine. True magic is gained only with experience. So thus we begin the journey, a walk upon the pattern. When we begin magic there is but 1 thing that is important and that is FOCUS. Without this you will be lost. To focus the mind, heart and soul we use 3 different methods, SYMBOLS, MOTIONS, and SOUNDS. These 3 ways of focusing our mind are the ways in which we learn. Many people start out just using one of these three ways, those who are working with more powerful magic tend to mix two or all three together.
SYMBOLS (The Mind)
To use symbols, takes ability to visualize something that has meaning and project it into the world so that it has an effect. Lets say you would like to bring love into your life, you might visualize hearts radiating out from you, and surrounding you. Mental mind, fiery emotion, passionate soul
MOTIONS (The Heart)
Almost like sign language and dancing put together. This is a full body orchestra that creates an effect by moving in harmony with what is to be affected. An example would be a rain dance in-order to bring rain for the crops. Artistic mind, earthy and water emotions, depths of the soul.
SOUNDS (The Soul)
People using this method can approach it from one of two directions. Singing or the use of power words. Singing and power words makes use of certain harmonics that trigger responses in reality, or effect power centers within a person. These centers have been called Chakras. Combined mind, airy emotions, spiral pattern of the soul.
Later we will go into more detail of those 3 focus tools. Once you have decided which one you will use to focus yourself with, you can then choose one of three primal energy centers to empower the magic you are about to manifest. These are Channeling, Controlling, and Transferring.
CHANNELING (The Divine)
This tapping into the Divine energy, the oneness, or the place we all come from. This energy is unlimited, and very powerful. Passive Energy
CONTROLLING (The Self)
This the energy that is within yourself, this source of energy often takes time to build up, before it can be released to obtain an effect. The source of energy is limited, but it is also unlimited. In-order for it to be unlimited it requires more than one person to be in a circle holding hands. Active Energy
TRANSFERRING (The Environment)
This is the strangest of the three, it requires that you connect to items in your environment, this is a very changeable energy source. Active & Passive Energy
Now we must not forget the greatest tool of all and that is imagination. With this we can create the image in our mind of what we want to manifest. So lets go over the basic steps. First we focus ourselves, then we gather primal energy, then we release it and it manifests. When we first begin we will see little or no effect. This will be due to our lack of focus. In-order to better focus, try using a candle and getting the flame to raise and lower, or you could try meditation and release your mind and be centered within, or you could sing a song and be totally caught up in the music. What ever work, is fine, you just have to practice until it becomes second nature.
In time I may have all things and yet I can keep nothing [The book of Magic]
Study Lesson 3:
Now you have the basics of magic, but magic is nothing without balance within yourself and the world around you. As you awaken to your potential within, and without, you must be in harmony or else you disrupt what you are creating. WHY? Because all that you create must have a foundation. If there is no foundation you are just creating illusions for yourself and thus it will at some point crumble and be destroyed.
How is a foundation created? It is through finding yourself, finding out who you are. In order to find who you are; find yourself, you must be ready to face yourself. The mind will get in the way as you explore deeper and deeper. The mind is like a knife dividing you up and up into little pieces telling you that you are this and you are like this and you feel this way about this.
The mind is a tool not who you are! You need to let it go, such as through meditation or through awareness. What is awareness? It is the ability to step back from your mind and watch and thus you can alter the mind and use it like a tool. Meditation does the same thing but is a passive way rather than an active way of accomplishing this aim.
When you are close to moving the mind out of the way you will find that FEAR will come into play. This is because the mind is losing control. It will try to wrap you in a web of fear, saying "you will forget who you are, you will go insane, you will be nothing, etc." Fear is the Ultimate illusion, this is the place of facing yourself. Like Luke in StarWars.
Time is a key to understanding Fear and the Mind. For time does not exist. Everything happens in the same moment, the same point. You remember this ever changing point and thus you have past. You can predict patterns based off of this past and thus you have the possible future. Time is a tool, but most of us are caught up in it and thus we are controlled by it. Fear works within Time and the Mind uses it all to it's advantage when you decide to give up mind.
It will be a struggle to begin with. We start out as the warrior on the path towards developing our magical ability, and we will win until we have to fight ourselves. At this point we will have to lose. Humility is apart of the path and when you can stop fight yourself and lose then you are ready to be the master of yourself.
The more expansive your thoughts, the more expansive the reality you create [Sanaya Roman]
Study Lesson 4:
We have been studying the basics of magic that works for all people (in different ways) and for all types of magic. The question now posed is what is Fae magic? It is a stage where magic and non-magic blend together When you are using Fae magic, you are magic, there is no longer a need to focus, a need for ritual, a need for ceremonies, or any of the other methods. Most people will need to go through the beginning stages of working with magic and growing in awareness before they become Fae and use Fae magic. Fae magic is very powerful and that is why you need to work on yourself before moving into that state, as your thoughts can almost instantly manifest themselves, that your very presence changes and affects those around you.
Most babies and those children who are often considered naive and innocent often naturally use Fae magic, but over time forget it. Often those who carry it over into adulthood, have often felt misplaced or different than other, as their presence seems to affect those around them so strongly.
What is harmony? The dictionary defines it as:
Main Entry: har·mo·ny
Inflected Form(s): plural -nies
Etymology: Middle English armony, from Middle French armonie, from Latin harmonia, from Greek, joint, harmony, from harmos joint — more at ARM
Date: 14th century
1 archaic : tuneful sound : MELODY
2 a : the combination of simultaneous musical notes in a chord b : the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords c : the science of the structure, relation, and progression of chords
3 a : pleasing or congruent arrangement of parts <a painting exhibiting harmony of color and line> b : CORRESPONDENCE, ACCORD <lives in harmony with her neighbors> c : internal calm : TRANQUILITY
4 a : an interweaving of different accounts into a single narrative b : a systematic arrangement of parallel literary passages (as of the Gospels) for the purpose of showing agreement or harmony
So harmony is a blending of different elements, that create and internal and outer tranquility; a calmness. These elements move together easily rather than conflicting with each other. When we come down to the basics of reality, everything is energy, energy that is moving and interacting with other energy. Energy moves in certain patterns. The ways in which energy moves can conflict or it can move in harmony with other energy.
By becoming in harmony with ourselves we can be harmony with that around us.
So think of your self as a giant mass of energy. If your energy is in harmony everything flows in your life, everything seems to work out perfectly. But when you are not, everything appears to be in conflict with you. When you are conflict with life, force is the action that is often taken, rather than taking time out to get back into harmony with yourself. And what is the primary tools of force? Anger and Fear.
When we are out of harmony, we use the forces of anger and fear to control our realities. Real control is no control.
Why would we want to becoming in harmony with ourselves? Well we reduce pain and suffering, the things we want to accomplish in life become easier, people enjoy our presence more, you are more able to feel your connection to the world and thus you will not feel so alone in the world. So lets say you want to become in harmony with yourself, how do you do it?
You can not change the world unless you change yourself.
To become in harmony you will have to take a look at yourself. You will have to face yourself, for in-order to be in harmony you must know yourself. You are going to have to look at all aspects and accept all that you are. You will have to see your limitation, the parts of your body you don't like, your evil and perverse thoughts, your weakness, your failures, how alone you feel in the world, your needs, your wants, your desires, your insanity. WHY? Because unless you accept all that you are, you are splintered, you are a thousands shards of light and darkness, but there is no unity. Without this unity, you can never be in harmony, as one thing within you will conflict with another thing. Some things will be accepted and some not, some desires will be met and some not, some things spoken and some not. You will not be one voice, but many. What is acceptance, it is self love! And guess what? Once you have self love you can truly find love with another human being. Until you do this you will never understand what love really is, never know who you are, never be alive and discover how to fulfill yourself.
The first step is self acceptance, which is self love. From love all life springs.
Things that can help you on the path towards inner harmony is nature. For nature is always in harmony with it's destructive and creative life forces. Our normal everyday lives, pummeled by input from TV, movies, people, ads, Internet, stores, and many other things that try to tell us who we are, how to judge others and ourselves, distract us by playing with our desires, manipulate, control, abuse, and basically throw us out of harmony. By spending time with nature, animals, and people in harmony, helps us achieve this as well.