In this post
- Why visualizing each step lets you learn more magick faster
- How to control magick better using your own visualizations
- Examples to help you get started
To master magick, you need to experiment with techniques you read about or dream up. That means controlling how you do each step of the technique, so you can compare small changes, and keeping track of the results of each attempt.
If you visualize a broad goal — seeing an injury healing or a white shell shielding you — you’re leaving all the details of the technique to your unconscious. You can’t direct your mind to do new techniques in a particular way, and you can’t be sure exactly what you did. Broad visualizations prevent proper experimentation.
Instead, put your conscious mind in control of your magick by visualizing each step. Then you can modify a technique slightly, see how the result changes, and refine your skills through real-world feedback.
Once you learn to consciously control each step, you can learn your style of magick better and develop your own techniques within that style.
This post will show you how make step-by-step visualizations to control each step as you do magick.
Before Creating Your Own Visualizations
Before you start, learn to make your mind respond to new visualizations on the first try. The trick is to get your mind in the state to do magick before you begin your visualization, so it listens to each instruction you give.
Here are two posts on this:
- For magick novices, start by engaging your mind with a simple energy visualization.
- For everyone, learn to consciously get your mind into the state for controlling magick.
As you use your own visuals, make sure to hold your brain in the state for doing magick, so it’s ready to listen to your visuals.
Step 1: Break The Effect Into Steps
Whether you’re refining a broad visualization or developing a new technique, start by breaking the goal into steps.
For example, if your goal is shielding, the steps might be closing your connections, shifting your energy signature back to normal, and maintaining that normal energy signature.
For healing, the steps might be finding the injured tissue, figuring out the energy signature that will heal it, and injecting that energy into the tissue.
You won’t get every step right the first time. That’s OK. The point is to take a guess at how it might work, try it, and develop your understanding of how magick works so you can refine your technique next time.
Step 2: Develop Visuals For Each Step
For each of those steps, develop a visualization so you can tell your unconscious to do each step in sequence.
Start with the noun you control. Usually that’s a connection, like in closing your connections, using a connection to find injured tissue, etc. It will be something that is part of you.
Then visualize the verb: closing, searching, shifting, etc.
Then the noun it acts on (the direct object). That’s the injured tissue in “find injured tissue” and the normal energy signature in “shift your signature back to the normal energy signature.”
It doesn’t matter exactly what you visualize, as long as it speaks to you. Simple, concrete visuals usually work well for me.
Step 3: Test It
Hold your brain in the posture for doing magick, focus on the visualization you just made, and see what happens.
If all you want is to learn your style of magick (Reiki, Golden Dawn, etc) more quickly, that’s all you need. Ask your teacher for the right steps and visualize each one.
If you want to explore magick further, learn to make sensory connections so you can watch each step in real time and see what works and what doesn’t. That’s the next step in learning to control magick consciously (next post in the series).
If the effect didn’t work, there are 2 things to try:
- Break any steps that didn’t work down into substeps, develop visuals for each substep, and test a few variations.
- Return to step 1 and change the order of your steps, or add new ones and remove ones you had. Experiment with different techniques.
Don’t worry if new techniques don’t work the first time. Magick is complex. It’s not supposed to work right the first time. Just build your experience and your intuition and the successes will come.
Example: Step-By-Step Energy Healing
Let’s develop a step-by-step visualization for building energy in your body and sending it to a friend.
Steps of The Effect
- Build energy in your body
- Expand the pool of energy through more of your body, so you have excess
- Open the energy channels running down your arm (and place your hand on your friend)
- Send energy down your arm into your friend
- Stop the energy flow, close the energy channels
- Release the excess energy into the area around you
Visualizing Each Step
These are just examples. Feel free to use them if they speak to you, or to create your own.
Build energy in your body: Visualize an incandescent white mist entering your chest. The incandescence speaks to me as energy, and white suggests purity and completeness.
Expand the energy: Same visualization, more of your body.
Open the energy channels in your arm: Visualize tubes, like veins, running through your arm. Right now, they’re tiny, and pinched in a few spots. Visualize them opening and releasing the pinches.
Send energy down your arm: Move the white incandescence through those channels.
Stop the energy flow: Visualize the white incandescence stopping, so the tubes no longer glow, then close the tubes (return them to being closed and pinched).
Release excess energy: Reverse the build the energy visual. Make the white mist leaving your body.
Another Example, and How To Protect Yourself
Click here for a step-by-step shielding visualization*. Beyond being a good example, it’s also something you should learn as you begin to practice magick.
Other posts in this series:
*Note: The shielding post was inspired by Kol’s question below.
- The 3 Steps to Controlling Magick Consciously (June 5, 2010)
- Step 1 (of 3) to Learning Conscious Magick: Step-By-Step Visualizations (This post) (June 16, 2010)
- The 2nd Step (of 3) to Learning Conscious Control of Magick (June 21, 2010)
- The 3rd Step (of 3) to Learning Conscious Control of Magick (July 1, 2010)