A quick intro to how direct magick works, so you’re ready for the details and experiments coming up.
Tomorrow, I start a series answering two questions:
- Why is my model of magick useful?
- How do I know it’s accurate?
Today, I want to give you a quick overview of my model. The absolute minimum you can know to understand the upcoming series. This short version isn’t testable, and it’s not even a proper model. It’s just names and a framework, so that when we dive into the testable details tomorrow, you can fit each bit into the big picture.
Magick is driven by two forces: Mental muscles and systems.
Mental muscles are part of your mind. They are non-physical, and connect to many points in your brain. When you control energy or make a connection, that’s your mental muscles.
Systems are external forces. Mages, energy healers and psychics channel them. They are the driving force behind ritual magick (doing the actual work of shifting probabilities), most energy healing (supplying the energy), and psychic intuitions (supplying the information).
Unless I’m posting about “systems of beliefs” or some other use of the word, I always mean this technical, forces-you-channel sense when I say “system.”
Walkthrough of Magick
When you do magick, your conscious mind signals your intent to your mental muscles. Since mental muscles are normally unconscious, this is usually done through symbols, either visualized or as part of a ritual. Your mental muscles contact a system, communicate some instructions, and let the system handle the details.
There are other patterns for doing magick. Contacting spirits, for example, which you can also channel, but which are not systems. Or doing magick directly with your mental muscles, without using systems. We’ll discuss those other patterns in the upcoming series, too.
The series starting tomorrow will cover the details of each component, but it’s a deep dive, not an overview.
If you’d like a longer overview with concrete examples, see this series.