Magic: what should I do first?

“Alpha waves are one type of brain waves detected either by electroencephalography (EEG) or magnetoencephalography(MEG) and predominantly originate from the occipital lobe during wakeful relaxation with closed eyes. Alpha waves are reduced with open eyes, drowsiness and sleep. Historically, they were thought to represent the activity of the visual cortex in an idle state. More recent papers have argued that they inhibit areas of the cortex not in use, or alternatively that they play an active role in network coordination and communication.[2] Occipital alpha waves during periods of eyes closed are the strongest EEG brain signals.” – Wikipedia

I have included a quotation here about alpha waves because they represent the level of relaxed brain activity used for intuition. As the Silva Method teaches, your intuition works best at the alpha level–as opposed to the beta level of our usual waking world functioning. I can’t reproduce their technique here other than to say that when you count down from ten to one (or something similar) and visualize yourself becoming more and more relaxed, you will tend to be producing alpha waves.

So, in many ways, what one does first is enter into a state of relaxation conducive to visualization and intuition. That’s a given. Many people have found that recorded guided visualizations help them reach an alpha level.

Assuming you can relax, take a step away from your worries and goals, and silence the ever-chattering voice inside your head, the first step is belief.

Some people see belief as a catch-22 trick foisted on the rest of us by those who write books about magic. The so-called “trick” is, if you don’t believe, the magic won’t work, though until you’ve seen evidence of it working, you have no basis for belief. I suggest approaching this issue in a spirit of play. Pretend you’re playing with the techniques rather than trying to prove anything one way or another the first time out. In time, you’ll begin to think, “hmm, this seems to be working.”

Some people, especially those whose focus is ancient ritual magic, say will power comes first. This is not altogether wrong, though I shy away from saying that because in today’s world, I think will power suggests a brute-force, logical approach. I’d rather use the term “intention.” For magic–however you define it–to work, your intention cannot be scattered with distracting thoughts about daily concerns. Your intention should also be highly focused, that is, on a specific result rather than a vague, open-ended result.

Those of us who believe in magic also believe that belief and intention play a large role in the reality we experience, and that includes the results that we see from our goals, hopes, and dreams. That is, your are already using intention and belief subconsciously, so why not use it “properly” for better results.

A generic approach to self improvement

“Properly” means not only using relaxation techniques and focusing your process, but avoiding second-guessing it later. A lot of people “undo” their best of intentions by thinking negative thoughts about them the rest of the day. Stop doing that.

Magic also works better when you can imagine the end result. All of us can see things in our mind’s eye. That’s what we do when we remember people we’ve known and places we used to live. We can see all that quite clearly. In the same way, we can imagine what things will be like when our goals–and our magic–come to pass. If you have visualized yourself moving into a better home, think of that place in your idle time: imagine the yard, the gardens, the front door, the entry hall, and the other rooms. Pretend you are there fixing a meal or watching television. What is is like?

Workable magic is usually very dependent on a relaxed level of mind, a belief in what you’re doing, a well-focused intention, and on the ability to imagine what you are creating.

Malcolm

 

 

6 thoughts on “Magic: what should I do first?

  1. “Those of us who believe in magic also believe that belief and intention play a large role in the reality we experience, and that includes the results that we see from our goals, hopes, and dreams. That is, your are already using intention and belief subconsciously, so why not use it “properly” for better results.”

    Yes, yes, yes! Once we train our minds, the rest falls into place. Of course, that training takes commitment. Replacing thoughts about what we don’t want with ones about what we do want becomes habit over time, but I think for many of us, the default setting was initially backwards, which resulted in drawing more and more of what we didn’t want (and wondering why).

    I like this, too: “Magic also works better when you can imagine the end result. All of us can see things in our mind’s eye. That’s what we do when we remember people we’ve known and places we used to live. We can see all that quite clearly. In the same way, we can imagine what things will be like when our goals–and our magic–come to pass. If you have visualized yourself moving into a better home, think of that place in your idle time: imagine the yard, the gardens, the front door, the entry hall, and the other rooms. Pretend you are there fixing a meal or watching television. What is is like?”

    I think the more we are able to immerse ourselves into our desired outcome, the more certain we are to manifest it. Breathe in the smell of dinner in that dream kitchen, let a spoonful of bread pudding from its oven rest on your tongue. Dance with your mate in the moonlit living room, snuggle up together by the fire and feel the love you share. And then, of course, pay attention so that when these things come your way, you both recognize and seize them.

      • Aww, thank you. I love your blog and miss it when I live mostly offline. If we were neighbors, I think you, L, C, and I would have some wonderful meals and conversations.

        For decades, I scoffed at the notion of magic, though in retrospect, it’s clear to me that I’ve used it naturally since childhood.

          • I’d be happy to fix those meals. I’ve recently returned to my kitchen, after a fairly lengthy hiatus. When the kids lived at home, I cooked every day because I thought it was important that they grow up on healthy food that was eaten together. When the last of them pulled away in her overloaded hatchback, I pretty much closed up shop. There’s a magnet on my fridge that reads, “I have a kitchen because it came with the house” and for some years now, that’s been my domestic motto.

            Not cooking real food has been easier, but has also caused all of my clothes to shrink. I’m sure it has also contributed to my husband’s need for diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol meds. So the kitchen has been reopened, this time with two cooks, which is far more enjoyable. So yeah, I’d be happy to fix us all up some grub. 🙂

            • We try to make most of our own stuff, but every once in a while, we grow weary of it and just want to order a pizza or to to a burger place or microwave a TV dinner. Then, all of a sudden, we get tired of that and go back to the real dhow.

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