I recently wrote that the internal changes — awakening mental muscles, learning to command ethereal software, and so on — will happen whether you focus on them or not. Which leads to a natural question:
Why bother focusing on the internal changes?
After all, I have a lot of techniques to awaken mental muscles. It takes time to learn them. Why bother?
The answer: Speed. But it’s not a straight-forward “learn the same magick faster” sort of speed tradeoff.
First, if you want to learn Thelema, or Enochian, or Reiki, or any other single style, skip the direct magick and just practice that style. I have some tips on this blog for learning other styles faster, but really, if you just want one traditional style of magick, direct magick is probably a distraction.
That’s because direct magick isn’t about learning Thelema, or Reiki, or any other style. Direct magick is about building those styles.
I don’t talk about this a lot, because I’m mostly writing about “how to learn direct magick.” When I write about my current work, it’s usually topics that make sense without a deep background in direct magick. And because I worry people won’t take me seriously if I talk about doing what highly-skilled spirits do. And so, I wind up talking about things at the periphery of my work, rather than the core of it.
But the core of my work is this: Learn to do everything that the Reiki ethereal software does, then improve on it. Same with the Enochian ethereal software — I’m training with those spirits to induce awe and visions, and I’m working with other spirits I know to improve the techniques. (In particular, their techniques require the receiver to be initiated, in order to prepare their mind, which limits its usefulness.)
Here, I need to talk about what I mean by “techniques.” When most mages talk about a magick technique, they mean a way of focusing their intent or doing a ritual — in essence, a way of sending instructions to the ethereal software. When I talk about a technique, I mean “doing what the ethereal software does after it receives that instruction.” That is, how it drives the actual changes, rather than how to send an instruction.
Once you develop a better way of driving the actual changes, you have a few options. You can just use the technique yourself, which is what I do with most of my healing magick. You can work with the spirits who own the ethereal software to reprogram it, forging a strong friendship with them. Or you can program new ethereal software to share with your friends, which I’ve done (with a lot of help from spirits) for my book. (I’ll learn to tie software to a sigil and share it with you soon.)
So, that’s the essence of direct magick: Do magick like the spirits who make the ethereal software.
Which brings me back to the techniques for awakening mental muscles. Doing what the spirits do requires awakening more mental muscles than you need if you only send instructions to ethereal software. Direct magick also requires working with a greater variety of ethereal software — I’ve worked with over 20 different softwares in the past year, while most mages work with one software per style they actively practice. And so, it pays to learn techniques to quickly awaken mental muscles and align to ethereal software, even if you need to invest a few weeks or months in learning those techniques.
I don’t think I’ve discussed these aspects of my work before. It’s hard to do. I worry about coming off as pompous or over-grand. So, I’m asking for some encouragement if you liked this post, or some feedback if it didn’t work for you. Thanks.