Donald Michael Kraig explains the energetic model of magick:
This is the idea that there is a physically unmeasurable energy (the definition of energy is simply “the ability to do work”) which can be empowered with a goal (the desired work) and achieve it. This is similar to the way a radio wave is the energy and the music or words attached to the wave is the “spell” of the radio. Indeed, 150 years ago, turning on a device and hearing music being played in another part of the world would be considered magick of the highest level!
I like this explanation. It’s simple, highlights some big parts of magick, and lets me ask a very important question:
Who’s studying the radio?
I mean, if we’re all doing magick by sending out radio waves (energy with intent somehow attached to it), something has to pick up those waves and play the music (alter events or heal people or whatever), right? So, what part does that, and who’s studying it?
More importantly, who’s building a better radio? That is, not a better way of sending out your intent, but a machine that’s better at implementing those instructions, or a better program for that machine to help it work more effectively.
I think you can see where I’m going with this: Ethereal software is my name for that radio. Sure, we want to study better ways of sending it instructions (and I talk about that a lot), but we also want to study how ethereal software responds to those instructions: How it implements the magick, where it can go wrong, and how to reprogram it to respond better. And I don’t see that reprogramming in other models.
(Chaos Magick programs servitors, but what I’m talking about is closer to reprogramming egrigores, which I don’t think it does.)
So, that’s what I think is missing from magick today: Studying the radio, understanding how it implements our instructions, and building a better one.
Natural follow-up question: Instead of just reprogramming ethereal software, can we make an entire new one? Yes. I’m doing that to create some training tools to go with my book. Posts on that coming out next month, probably.