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"There is a crack in everything. Thats how the light gets in"

This is a quote from the song "Anthem" by Leonard Cohen. The beauty of this statement is indescribable and it is probably the most significant description of reality that can be found.
It is not through perfection, but because of this crack that creation is perfect.
This goes for us humans as well as for all of creation. Through this crack love comes in and goes out and with this love, with our love we just have to do the best we can.
Whatever that is?

This is still an unfinished piece of work and the material has been resting for a while. I might start to work on it soon or it may take some time. It all depends on my other activities. Among other things I also work as a gestalt therapist and fishingguide in Iceland. A topic where I might soon add something to the text concerns reincarnation and previous lives.

The book of magic

Copyright © 2001--2013, Per-Otto Sylwan, Uppsala Sweden. All rights reserved.

Samtalspartner offer exclusive information about magic and the conditions of magic. Below you can read the so far finished pages of "The book of magic." The text is being worked on continously and might change a bit from time to time.

The first part of this work is dealing more with magic and the basic concepts of reality.
If you happen to find this hard to digest I suggest that you go to the part about Psychotherapy by using the link to the right. From there and onwards the content is more about our mind and body, how we function and ways to work on ourselves. This part of the text can be used as a "handbook" for working with deeper personal development.

   

Since I am Swedish there might be some misspellings in the text below. There might also be some bad formulations and I ask you to be tolerant about eventual mistakes. Another thing is that the text below is very personal. It is my own thoughts and formulations put into print. Because of this I feel somewhat possessive about the text. What I write about is however not something that it is possible to own. The knowledge is open for everyone with some understanding of magic and how it works. This knowledge might not be commonly known but there are of course others who share it and some who knows a lot more than I do. I ask you to respect my text and you are free to use it as long as you don´t claim it as yours. I would appreciate if you refer to me and my copyright if you quote or republish anything directly

I write about magic, but this is not a book with detailed instructions how to do magic. On the contrary there are no such instructions at all, at least not so far. I do my best to describe the conditions for magical changes and for being able to manipulate our so called reality. I also do my best to point out that "true magic" is something that craves very deep insights and fundamental changes in your own self and in your whole being! Because of this much emphasis in my text is on personal development and how to work on your own mind. This is because it is in my opinion absolutely necessary to know how reality is dependant on your own prejudice and programming if you go inte the field og magic. To be able to handle changes in yourself as well as in others and in what you percieve as reality you need to learn how to detach yourself from your own programming.
Reality is a fragile thing and this fact is actually the central message I want to share with you as a reader. When realising this fragility you might be more appreciative and positive when it comes to your own circumstances and to what life is here and now for us humans.
To work on yourself in the ways I describe is when done more "lightly" just beneficial for your possibilities to be a good person and to fit in and be happy. You might also learn to be able to do small magic and thus help others and yourself. When the methods for personal change and development that I describe are used more "heavily" there are risks and might be a price to pay and the greatest risk is to alienate your self from society and from other humans.

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Magic

  

Writing about magic I would like to start by giving you some magic.

As an example I therefore hereby present to you the strongest magic of the so called modern christian western world.

“There is no magic!”

 

When deep in your being you understand the significance of this statement, you will also have a good clue to what magic really is.

In the end it is all about belief and thats all there is!

 


Introduction

This is a book dealing with the basic concepts of reality. These concepts are buried deep deep down in our consciousness in the form of the thoughts and intent of the first spirit which is the primary source for there being a reality at all. Some or most of the training methods suggested and described in this book could very well be used for personal development in the "normal" sense. Used this way they are safe, positive and beneficial for most people. On the other hand some of the training methods could if you use them thoughtlessly and drastically lead to what can be the opposite of personal development and I therefore caution the reader to be careful when applying them. Dealing with true magic means that you loosen the boonds to the reality you are used to and this can lead to alienation and sometimes deep confusion. These risks should however not be overemphasized since there is a soundness in most people which makes them keep the balance and do what is good for themselves as well as for others. However if you want to go deeper and push your borders much further than most people do I recommend that you at the same time also put some emphasis into anchoring yourself in this reality by working on being an "ordinary" person. What I mean is doing ordinary things with ordinary people and keep a line between your eventual skills and your ordinary life. Dont walk around and manipulate others or try to affect reality except in circumstances when this is highly needed. If you do you your actions will hit back on you and you will suffer from it. Staying ordinary is a very important anchor and in the end even the most skilled person has his or her "ass on the backside" as we say in Sweden

I write this book because I think I know something about this subject that I want to share with others. My knowledge comes from almost 40 years of studying magic, personal development, meditation and related topics and although I am not into doing deeper magic, at least not on a conscious level I think I have pushed the borders of my personal reality a bit further than most people.
Humanity of today is on the brink of entering a new awareness and a new step of development. This step will increase the need for more insights and knowledge of the forces that are the base for creation and existence in this reality.

Magic is neither good nor bad, it simply is. You can not even say that it´s a tool since magic is the basic truth about reality. Depending on your training there are sometimes tools you can use to do magic but the primary and in deeper levels only tool is yourself and your intent. Tools are just "helpers" in the sence that they might help to focus your intent in a better way.
There are however a few things that can be of importance to think of when acting on this planet and that is to keep in mind that you at least for now is a child of this planet. To be orientated and have a sense of where north, south, east and west are can be helpful since this keeps you in line with the earths magnetic field and then also in contact with the planet itself. Another thing is that since everything has a rythm and much movement inside this universe is circular, rythms and circles can be helpful to a certain extent. This is however as said just useful to a certain extent. In the end intent is all there is and outside this universe there is as much straightness as circles if there is anything at all.

There are no levels of magic since magic just is, but there are levels on which to do magic. There is everyday magic, small magic whith small miracles and small everyday changes in it. There are greater miracles and great magic which deals with greater changes in society and in the course of human development. In the bottom of it all there is true magic which is the magic of thought and intent and which can induce any change or miracle.

As magic is neither good nor bad it can however be used to do both. It´s potential is unlimited which is something everyone entering the field should consider. To chose how you use yourself and your abilities is always crucial, but it is even more important in the field of using true magic than it is in a more "ordinary" life. You can however put your trust in the following: Nothing is worth anything without compassion, empathy and love, "without a heart", and the good side in life is in the end always stronger and more important than what is evil or bad. This rule is valid for magic and magicians as well as for all other aspects of existence and as a matter of fact this truth is, if possible maybe even more true for magicians than for others. Without love and compassion existence is a meaningless nothing and if you lack an open heart you can never as a person reach beyond a certain point in your own development and skill. This is true everywhere and the same goes for magical development.
There is an important reason for this fact and that is that without the heart there is a "hole" in our being where there should be a connection between heaven and earth. This fact is constitutional and has to do with the basic patterns for existence created by the first spirit. The first spirit in its wisdom created the universes with this constitutional fact built into it and even if reality can change in endless ways the basic rules for existence created by the first spirit are unchangable.
The reason for this "rule" being there is that love is necessary to remind us of that in the end we are all of us parts of the same wholeness and that we belong together. Any being using his intent to do evil will in the end be stopped and fail because of his or her lack of an open heart. It is like reaching a great wall which is unclimbable. The only way to pass this wall is to open the heart and then the connection to the whole will be restored and then redemption will follow and in it´s time there will also be reconciliation.

I think it is in its place to point out that this nescessity of love and redemption/reconciliation also is the central message of the Christian gospels as well as it is central in other major religions and in most spiritual traditions.

I highly recommend the reader of this book to before everything else work on developing compassion, empathy and love. To do this is to encourage life itself and to do this is necessary if you want to go forward and claim the right of true conscious existence. To work on the heart goes before every other teaching and the most powerful being without a heart will in the end fail before the poorest of the poor if in this poverty there is a living open heart. You should also know that the heart can never die or be defeated it can only be hidden and clouded.

 

Basic concepts

 

Belief
We are all magicians and we all do magic all the time. There is for instance small magic in almost everything we say and do and in what we think is true or not true. However the stronger magic we all exercise is almost always performed on a subconscious level and the most important and potent parts of this activity are buried very deep down in our consciousness.

The strong and “real” magic we all do all the time is to build, uphold and maintain the world around us, the world we call “reality”. We start doing this as soon as we start to exist in this world. This is an ongoing process and the more aware we get the more complex and fixed we tend to make our world.
Since we all do magic all the time You could say that we are all magicians. This is however not really true. Being a magician in the true sense and in the way most of us interpret this concept means being in control of the magic you perform and hence being able to chose your "reality" and sometimes also the reality of others.

Doing magic is a question of believing. However, that statement even if it is true, tend to miss the point because most people does not have a true conscious understanding of the deeper meaning of the word belief. Most of us think of believing as something related only to our superficial intellect and not to ourselves as whole beings, body, soul and spirit and to ourselves as beings where every atom in our body is filled with consciousness and not only our brain.

Our conscious intellect is building it´s activity on the premises of the world as we percieve it. We consider what we perceive as true, real and logical, missing the fact that we all of us together have built and defined our reality being active on a deep, complex, mostly subconscious level. We mostly tend to think of the world as something outside ourselves and we think of the way it is built as something set up by someone else, or maybe just being there with no one responsible. To get around that misunderstanding of the world and what reality is, we must change our views and our understanding of ourselves and of the meaning and the concept of belief. If we are to understand how true magic is working questioning and changing these premises is absolutely necessary.

 

Disbelief is as important as belief
This statement is very, very important for the understanding of magic. What we chose not to believe affects us as much as what we chose to believe. Knowing and accepting this for a fact you end up realising that it is all a matter of choise. If you in turn accept that statement it might get scary because the other side of that coin is that everything is possible.

 

Upholding the world
The magic we exercise maintaining the dualistic world around us is heavy work. It tires us and it is the main reason for our need of sleep. Sleeping we are free to wander around in the dreamworld where everything is possible. The dreamworld is a place of true magic and when we are there we create new realities all the time. If we don’t sleep we end up hallucinating. We stop being able to uphold the world and the borders of “reality” weakens. On the other hand being able to consciously go into the world of dreams is one of the basic means to consciously exercise true magic.The same goes for being able to consciouslyleave this world by dying or by just going someplace else bringing your body along with you.

 

Science is eating magic
The so called modern western science has its own magic. In many ways there is not much difference between that magic and other magic. In other ways there is an abyss separating it from other magic. The main reason for that abyss is firstly that modern science uses disbelief as one of its absolutely most central forces and secondly that it needs machines for almost everything. Modern science does its magic in a very, very formalised, strict and rigid way. Only some patterns are allowed to work. What lies outside those patterns is mostly banned or ignored.
Exceptions from that attitude can sometimes be found for example in modern physics when it is breaking new ground. A problem however is that even open minded scientists often are very heavy indoctrinated with the "truths" that are the cornerstones of science. They mostly don’t realise how untrue these “truths” are, and they mostly don’t realise that what they call truths and axioms are almost always just models, built upon other models and that those models although they are the base for scientific development often are limitating creativity instead of encouraging it.

The world is a luminous wonderful glowing pearl full of it´s own magic. You could say that the world is glowing from the light of magic. However the old pre christian world was still more luminous. Modern science combined with the limitating concepts of christianity and rationality is enlightening the world with its light of scientific truths as well as with electricity but it is at the same time slowly and efficiently extinguishing or hiding the true light of magic.

 

You could say science is eating magic.

 

This makes the world dull and tends to make people loose hope and feel depressed.

 

Intent
Belief systems are as numerous as there are thoughts and they are as necessary for living as air. They are in fact even more necessary since they are the fundament of existence and without them there would just be chaos.
Every belief system naturally has its own rules and limitations. For most of us our different belief systems are overlapping each other especially on the subconscious level. On the conscious level we often tend to exaggerate the differences and we often attack those with a "different" view.
It is however not necessary to hide the light of others and try to "puncture" their belief systems by claiming your own wiews and by living according to your own rules. As a matter of fact it is quite possible and also profoundly more interesting and educating to stay tolerant and accept and enjoy the differences of other people.

As there are a limitless amount of belief systems there are also limitless ways to do magic. Making rituals, using rythms and music, drawing circles, having communions of different kinds, like for instance the christian way of eating Jesus body and drinking his blood. In the end however to do true magic no outer means or rituals are necessary. In the end all you need is Intent.

Intent is the central thing in all magic. When you do magic making rituals and by using different tools you use them because you need tools or rituals to open up to deeper levels of consciousness and to focus and sharpen your intent.

It is not easy to describe or to tell what intent really is and I hope your understanding of what it is will grow from reading this book.
Understanding intent is so intimately linked to experiencing that it is more or less impossible to grasp with your intellect.

There are other works and books describing intent and different ways to train yourself in experiencing intent. One way to train yourself is meditation. In my opinion Zazen or Zen meditation and similar methods of meditation without mantras or other distractions are among the more efficient for the purpose.

Writing this book on a serious and important subject I will try an explanation of what intent is even if it is almost impossible to describe, but I strongly suggest some kind of personal practise to the reader who want to go further.

In my experience intent is there when your awareness touches the place or part in your mind where thoughts are borned. Touching this place with your conscious mind you are able to afflict what thoughts will be borned. It is a very subtle and fragile thing and I am not able to explain it further or to tell you how you can mean to do something without having thought about it beforehand. You just know it when its there and it can be a scary wonderous thing to experience.
Being aware of your intent can be like balancing on the edge of a knife. You can compare it with the experience of being a rally driver, driving a car very fast on a difficult road. Maybe this does not sound extremely difficult. Some people are very good at doing this and many others can at least do it even if not very good. It will however be very different if you think about doing this and at the same time you are totally aware of every decision on your part that is normally done subconsciously and reflexively due to training. If you consciously have do make every decision even considering the smallest movement of body, hands and eyes, driving a car in a rally will indeed be a very difficult and almost impossible thing to do.
It is like for an instant of an instant of an instant, realising that every kind of activity on your part if ever so small can change the world forever.
It is like realising that anything except absolute stillness and lack of thought is going to do something to yourself and to everything else around you. You may also experience that it is almost impossible to stay at that place and that the moment you leave it you start doing so many things and are involved in so many processes that existence for a short moment feels very complicated and impossible to grasp.

There is a story I can tell that might give you further insight in the subject of intent. It is a simple story of creation and it is the “true” story of the first intent.
It is the story of how everything started and so it is also the true story about the origin of magic as well as of everything else.

 

The original spirit*

 

In a beginning there was……?……?….? ……………………………………………..!!
There was not nothing because nothingness can not exist without something.
There was not emptiness since emptiness can not be without there being something.
Lets say this beginning was and it was unimaginable and impossible to grasp.
In this beginning there was the original spirit.
Somehow the original spirit was aware of its existence. How that was possible is not possible to grasp or understand. Still it was a fact.
Aware and realising, needing something to fill its awareness the original spirit acted.
First it sent its awareness as far as it could in one direction, let us call this direction forward. Finding nothing there it sent its awareness as far as it could in the opposite direction, which is backward since forward already was created. Finding nothing there the original spirit sent its awareness as far as it could 90* in another direction which we call left. Finding nothing it did the same in the opposite direction which was to the right since left was now created. Still finding nothing the original spirit turned its awareness another 90* and sent it out as far as it could in a direction we can call upward. Still finding nothing and with only one direction left to go it did the same downward.
Finding nothing with its awareness as far as it could go in all these six directions the original spirit despaired. It got dizzy and started to spin. Spinning faster and faster in all directions possible suddenly a golden globe came into being, created by the six points of awareness stretched out in six different directions and now moving so fast and in so many directions that a sphere was created.

And suddenly as by a miracle time and space came into being.

The spirit went to the surface of the sphere and see outside was eternity.
It went to the inside and inside was eternity as well although there suddenly seemed to be a center where before there had been some kind of unimaginable nothing at the place where it all had started.
The original spirit decided to call the sphere “The egg of creation” and filled with joy of existence, and of having somewhere to be, the original spirit expanded and started to fill the universe with creation.

*In regard to beeing a story of creation part of the inspiration for the above story is fetched from the books "The flower of life" I and II written by Drunvalo Melchisedec

 

 

Choice
Choice is essential. Once you choose to open a new path new possibilities arise. Every choice you make changes your life. Most choices however tend for most of us to be more or less neutralised by the “world concept” and its tendency to make everything go back to “normal”. The "world concept" could be seen as the same as our common shared view of "reality" that we have learned and are cultivating together. It is like a contract where we all have agreed to most of the "rules". This contract is hard to brake and there are consequenses for those who are braking it. Your own influence on the whole of the agreement is very very limited and reality tends to act like a rubber ball. When you push it, it bounces back to be the same round sphere that it was before.
Some choices of course due to circumstances make your life change drastically anyway since there are still many possibilities allowed to us “inside the ball of reality”.

The choice to enter the path of magic is often made by starting to do some training that change your view of the world radically. There is also most often a second point when you realise that an important choice is there and then there is a more conscious choosing point as well. When your view of the world is changed purpously it is often hard to go back to the "way it was". After a more conscius choice to question the learnings and rules that has formed Your view of the world it can be very hard or almost impossible to go back and this is therefore sometimes refered to as the point of no return.

In spiritual teachings there are often names related to the first choosing point connected to entering some kind of training. An example of this are the myths about entering the bodhisatwa path.
Sometimes the first and second point of choice are so closely linked and so close in time that you can hardly say that there is a second choosing point. On the personal level it is however almost always there as an important reality and even if you don´t see it clearly when the choice is made you almost always can do so when looking back.

One thing which must be said about choosing magic is that there are examples of people who seem to have been deprived of their choice by being mentally hijacked and more or less forced into entering the magical path. This can happen, but on a deeper subconscious level, they also for the most part have to agree in some way even if it is forced on them. Otherwise they will never be able to train and learn properly.

Choosing magic, to allow it to really happen you also open the path to chaos, to realising that everything exists in the same place and at the same time, overlapping and intermingling endlessly. Time becomes a true illusion and your intent resting in your mind and "heart" is your only reliable tool and your only saviour if you want to stay intact.

Choosing magic can sometimes be like "puncturing the rubber ball of reality" and make the world as you know it collaps. Going into magic out of ignorance can happen and may start very small but soon grow so big that it changes your whole life quickly and radically and often at some point when all theses changes starts you have to make your personal choice whether to go forward or turn back. If you are in much turmoil this can be hard to do and as said above going back after a certain point can be very difficult and might cost you dearly.
"Puncturing the world" is a drastic thing to do and it is therefore normally not advisable. It is much better to install a vent or a small opening that allows the world to collapse more slowly and accordingly let you have some control over what happens. Doing this is the better way and the training connected with most "good" magical paths is built this way. This allows you to train properly so that you have all the insights you need to make your "choices" in a more satisfying way.

Choosing the path of magic will change a person very much. Apart from doing your best to keep your heart as a living center there is one thing which is very important if you enter this path. You should work as hard as you can to develop and nurture your "ordinariness". This aim should allways be there and go together with your training. Being ordinary is your best protection against the alienation which follow the deeper changes needed for doing magic. You should refrain from everything that makes you seem special. Do not try to appear powerfull or out of the ordinary. Indulge in ordinary life and ordinary things and actions as far from the magical field as possible.
It is good to develop common skills which are parts of a rich and healthy life. Live as much as an ordinary person as is possible. Don´t manipulate life or other humans if it is not absolutely nescessary and unavoidable. If you succeed in "being ordinary" you will stay sane and probably relatively happy. If not you might regret the choice you have made. If you find that you at some point seem to loose yourself in being special, step back and remember this advice.
The eventual skills you develop should only be used for helping others and to make life better on this planet. It might be ok to do small things for your own benefit but only sparingly and with great care. You should also realise that having special skills does not make you different when it comes to having to deal with the basic existential dilemma that we all share, namely the fact that you exist and have to do your best to make this worthwile. In that respect you will never be more or less special than anyone else. Magical skill will not in itself make you more happy, but using your skills for the good of others and to help the planet is highly rewarding and will fill your life with meaning.

Magical training

 

There are numerous different paths to travel towards magic and numerous training methods as well. There are however some basic things that most people need to deal with one way or another if they are to investigate the path of magic. Below some of them are listed as examples. This list is of course not complete, but what is listed are important issues to consider

  • Stilling the mind
  • Disconnect from history and learning
  • working with senses, perception and communication
  • Investigating holy geometry
  • Opening to the channels of feeling and the connection between the brain halves
  • Claiming the body
  • Opening of the dream world to everyday consciousness
  • Deprogramming of the mind
  • Working with thought patterns and their connected feelings
  • Neutralising time references
  • Waking up kundalini or chi which is the fundamental life force existing between left and right

As said above these are just some examples. There are more and probably many that I have not considered.
Overlappings of course exists between most of the topics in the list. Because of that each training area can also be like a gateway and when you are in the process of working with one of them the effect might generalise to one or more of the others. This also means that it is probably not necessary to train yourself very actively in each of the mentioned areas. However one can also say that the wider your training the better since this makes you more complete and more competent.
Two of the above are in my opinion quite central and that is the question of stilling the mind and of opening up to the dreamworld. To manage these two areas it is probably necessary to investigate some of the other listed fields of training.
Most important of all is stilling the mind and this also tends to generalise to almost all of the topics mentioned. I must also point out that "the stilling of the mind" is a process in which the body awareness is highly involved. The mind and the body are so closely interlinked that one can actually say that the body is a portal to the deeper layers in our mind. Hence it is nescessary to work with the body and tecniques that highten body awarenes to succeed in stilling the mind and to be more able to "control" the mind and the thought processes.

 

 

 

Magic returning

 

After a long time of being banned, suppressed and ignored, magic is now returning or maybe more correct, resurfacing in our modern western world. The importance of the "age of aquarius" should not be underestimated. Collective consciousness is developing rapidly and acceptance of magic as well as magical insights are spreading very fast. This big change is very obvious if you look back 40 years. 1968 really was an important turning point and the seventies was like a huge melting pot for new ideas. At first more profound changes were traceable only among a small exclusive mostly rather young part of the western population. During the seventies these new ideas and changes successively were "spilling out" and spreading with increasing speed.
The 1980:s might for some look like a setback, but now in the second decade of the third millenium in our christian way of counting time it is obvious that a broad and profound change in attitudes and ideas has gotten a strong foothold among bigger parts of the population.

The seventies were crucial. As for magic and its development many schools of magic that had been in hiding for hundreds of years suddenly went out in the open and started to share their knowledge. There were many new books and ideas during that time.
For my part I think the works of Carlos Castaneda were among the most important. A lot of the "frontier people" were deeply affected by these books. What was special was that these books in a very detailed way describes the process of a scholar entering the magical field and that Castaneda wrote about his experiences as a scholar of magic in such a way that it is possible to follow his own process very close. The teachings of his nagual teacher don Juan Mathus are so well described that you get deeply involved in Castanedas own process and therefore get an understanding of some of the most important things that are connected to opening up to and beeing aware of the magic in the world.

As a "second hander" it is almost impossible to transfer the knowledge and insights which are given in Castanedas books. You have to read them for yourself to be able to understand. If you do I must however caution you not to fall into the trap of thinking they are all about drugs. In the first volumes Castaneda describes several occasions of using mescaline. Many readers have stopped after one or more of the first books because of this. Those who continue to read further will however realise that this is not at all a central part of the teachings given by don Juan. On the contrary don Juan in the latter books points out that using hallucinogenetic drugs can be harmful and destructive and that the only reason for letting Castaneda use these drugs was "because he was so dumb" and because he could not accept that his view of reality was not the only one possible.

To give you more insight in don Juan Mathus teachings and in what is needed for a scholar of magic, I will present to you the following quotations from the book Tales of power by Carlos Castaneda (Tales of power 1974; pp 231-233, 245, 247-248, 265.) Exactly the same quotations can also be found in the book "Patterns of the hypnotic techniques by Milton H Erickson,M.D. volume 1 by Richard Bandler and John Grinder.

..... The first act of a teacher is to introduce the idea that the world we think we see is only a view, a description of the world. Every effort of a teacher is geared to provide this point to his apprentice. But accepting it seems to be one of the hardest things one can do. We are complacently caught in our particular view of the world, which compels us to feel and act as if we knew everything about the world. A teacher, from the very first act he performs aims at stopping that view. Sorcerers call it stopping the internal dialogue and they are convinced that it is the single most important technique that an apprentice can learn.....

....."Stopping the internal dialogue is , however the key to the sorcerers world," he said. "The rest of the activities are only props. All they do is accelerate the effect of stopping the internal dialogue.".....

.....The teacher reorders the view of the world. I have called that view the island of the tonal. I´ve said that everything that we are is on that island. The sorcerers´ explanation says that the island of the tonal is made by our perception, which has been trained to focus on certain elements. Each of those elements and all of them together form our view of the world. The job of a teacher, insofar as the apprentice´s perception is concerned, consists of reordering all the elements of the island on one half of the bubble. By now you must have realized that cleaning and reordering the island of the tonal means regrouping all its elements on the side of reason. My task has been to disarrange your ordinary view, not to destroy it, but to force it to rally on the side of reason.....

....He drew an imaginery circle on the rock and devided it in two along a vertical diameter. He said that the art of a teacher was to force his disciple to group his view of the world on the right half of the bubble.
"Why the right half?" I asked.
"thats the side of the tonal,"he said. "The teacher always addresses himself to that side, and by presenting his apprentice on the one hand with the warrior´s way he forces him into reasonableness and sobriety, and strength of character and body; and by presenting him on the other hand with unthinkable but real situations which the apprentice cannot cope with, he forces him to realise that his reason, although it is a most wonderful affair, can only cover a small area.....

....."Walking in that specific manner saturates the tonal," he said. "It floods it. You see, the attention of the tonal has to be placed on its creations. In fact, it is that attention that creates the order of the world in the first place; so the tonal must be attentive to the elements of its world in order to maintain it, and must, above all, uphold the world as an internal dialogue."
He said that the right way of walking was a subterfuge. The warrior, first by curling his fingers, drew attention to the arms; and then by looking, without focusing the eyes, at any point directly in front of him on the arc that started at the tip of his feet and ended above the horizon, he litteraly flooded his tonal with information. The tonal without its one-to-one relation with the elements of its description, was incapable of talking to itself, and thus became silent....
( Authors remark: This is partly a description of a certain kind of walking practise taught by don Juan)

.....Order in our perception is the exclusive realm of the tonal; only there can our actions have a sequence; only there are they like stairways where one can count the steps. There is nothing of that sort in the nagual. Therefore the view of the tonal is a tool, and as such it is not only the best tool but the only one we´ve got....

...." Dreaming is a practical aid deviced by sorcerers," he said. " they were no fools; they knew what they were dooing and sought the usefulness of the nagual by training their tonal to let go for a moment, so to speak and then grab again. This statement doesn´t make sense to you. But that´s what you´ve been doing all along: training yourself to let go without loosing your marbles. Dreaming of course, is the crown of the sorcerers´ efforts, the ultimate use of the nagual."

The Castaneda books and the teachings of don Juan are very important. They also gives a hint of the fact that shamanistic and sorcerous traditions have been preserved in secret in spite of the christian conquest, suppression and extermination of the world and culture of the indians.
Before the "white man" these traditions where most often a living part of the different native societies on the american continent. Most of these schools or traditions have been preserved and in hiding for several hundred years. That they now come out of hiding, a thing which is still happening today and has sucessively happened during the last 50 years is an important part of the spiritual development nescessary for humanitys next step of development.

Some aspects of Juan Mathus teachings are especially important. Of these aspects the concepts of the tonal, the nagual and the nagual being are quite central.

Tonal and nagual

As for the tonal and nagual they are, or at least seems to be the same as our two bodily halves and brain halves. They are the products and manifestation of duality and accordingly quite different in quality. You can compare them with yin and yang, male and female aspects of the human self etc. As you can derive from the quotations above, tonal stands for structure, reason and separateness. Nagual stands for feelings, intuition, chaos and oneness. To further understand this and to understand the consequenses of manipulation of the mechanisms that constitutes a "normal" undisturbed use of the tonal and the nagual you have to read Castanedas books or some other similar work, or find a teacher and investigate this for yourself.

The Nagual being

As for the nagual being, don Juan does not give us many facts about this special kind of being except that he or she is four parted. In the following I will add some additional things to his description.

The concept of the naqual being is very interesting. According to don Juan a nagual is a very rare and special kind of human being. A nagual is a four parted being while other people are two parted. Being four parted a nagual has special qualities and abilities which ordinary people does not have. Among those abilities a gift to do magic easier than others is maybe the most important. The name nagual has its origin in the central parts of the american continent, but it has probably even older roots. Another ancient name which has its origin in the mediterrainean area is "lucumon" or "lucumone".

While almost every other human being consists of two halves separated by a vertical midline in front-back direction, the nagual has each of these both parts split in two. The result of this is that there is at least one more "separation line" in his/her being. The most obvious one is also vertical but in a left-right direction. The two midlines formes a cross penetrating the whole nagual being from top to bottom. The additional "split" or separation line makes a big difference in ability for the nagual to open up his or her being to both the known and unknown world.

 


This is a picture of the traditional "Lucumon Cross" also called Cross of the Nagual.
It shows two crossing lines as well as the specific diagonal cross linking of the nagual (se below).
You should notice the similarity to the christian cross.

 

There are more interesting facts concerning the nagual.
The normal two parted human is split in two halves with different qualities. The differences are related and connected to the differences of the two brain halves.
A popular and often used way of describing the two bodily halves is to say that the left part is the "female" or "intuitive" part of the being while the right part is the "structured" or "male" part. Refering to the taoistic approach You could also call the left body half the "yin" part and the right for the "yang" part. This split is the same in both men and women. A relatively few of the population have the two sides reversed.
As for the brain halves they are split the same but "opposite" way to that of the body since the the left half of the brain is more directly connected to the right side of the body and vice versa.

Our being does not only consist of the body we normaly se. People with "open" eyes can percieve the human being as a luminous oval sphere with an egg like shape. This is what is popularly called the aura or at least a part of it. The split described above is visible also in most of the aureatic part of humans.
The nagual who is split in four parts instead of two has two different intuitive or female parts as well as two different male structured parts. These are however not obviously visible when you look at the nagual body. For some of those who can percieve the aura they are if not exactly obivous at least percievable. These four parts are linked in a way which constitutes a second diagonal cross in the nagual being and this goes for the body and brain as well as for the aureatic part. The second diagonal cross is formed as a result of a unique crossvice connection in the nagual brain and being. The frontside left part is connected to the backside right part and vice versa. In the brain this connection goes from front right to back left and from front left to back right.

 

This is the traditional sign of the lucumon or nagual which is nowadays closely linked to the nagual Jesus of Nasareth

 

The result of the different constitution of the nagual is among other things that his or her perception internally is built up in a partly different way from that of ordinary humans. There also is a more complex interaction in the brain considering structure and intuition. The possibilities of internal interaction are richer and it is easier for a nagual than for an ordinary human to reach the place between left and right, which is the place of Intent and the point where you can step aside and be less bound by reality.
There are numerous names for this focus of awareness, like for instance "the place of creation", "the place outside dualism and time", "the place outside the circel" etcetera. What is important is that this focus point is the place where your "Intent" is active and where you can change the "world concept" if you are aware and have the skill, will and energy to do so.
Ordinary built humans can of course also reach this "place" or "focus point" and then they are sometimes able to act as forcefully as any nagual to induce change. The nagual however has a lot "for free" and normally does not need as much training. Sometimes in rare cases even no specific training at all is necessary.
Mostly the nagual however also need quite a lot of training which is obvious in Castanedas books as well as some other similar works. As for ordinary humans they might need very long and tedious training. However this same training also sometimes make them very focused and skilled in using their intent when they finaly learn to do so.

 

The nagual Jesus son of Mary and Josef

 

As you have probably deduced from the pictures above Jesus was a nagual. His mother Mary probably was one as well. Mary however was untrained while Jesus was trained by skilled teachers particularly in India. It is likely that Jesus was very adaptive and skilled even as untrained which can partly come from having his nagual mother so close. The genetics that govern the nagual quality is not well known to me, but there are indications that it is rare to have a parent with the same constitution. This might however have been more common in older days.

The sign is in christianity said to mean the greek initial letters KR, meaning Kristos or Christ. This might eventually be the case, but as the "ordinary" cross existed and was used as an important symbol long before Jesus was borned so also the sign is an old symbol for and graphical description of the nagual. There are probably those in christianity who knows this but for some obscure reason they have chosen to keep it hidden and secret in the same way a lot of other important knowledge has been suppressed mostly by the catolic church and it´s inquisition.
(A fact that many people does not know of is that the inquisition was active as long as until some time in the nineteenth century.)

As Jesus was a nagual, some other men and women in human history and also today has had or have this quality as well. There is however not an obvious natural connection between being a nagual and being a leader or being clever and having spiritual or other wisdom. A nagual can be as god or as bad, wise or unwise, competent or incompetent as every other human being. Among spiritual leaders you can however more often find this quality than is usual in most other fields of practise. This is due to the unique quality of the nagual being which makes a nagual more able than ordinary humans to open up to spiritual matters and to the spiritual world. As for leading others, since a nagual is very rare indeed, there is an enormous amount of candidates to choose from among ordinary humans when looking for someone to lead and guide others. Nagual leaders in more worldly matters are therefore very very uncommon.

Basques and Etruscans

The nagual being is extremely rare. Why it is so is open for speculation. There must be complicated genetical mechanisms involved. There are rumors or information saying that the Basques and Etruscans worked on trying to breed for this quality. This seems to have affected these two ethnical groups genetically. Grinder and Bandler the two authors and creators of NLP claim that the Basques are the only community they know of where people deviates from the way others function when it comes to our system for processing pictures sounds and feelings, what they call our "representational system". This fact might be a result of them trying to breed for the nagual quality. Their breeding ambitions might have mixed up their system for perception which is probably rather different for a person who is a Nagual.
The term Lucumone is an Etruscan word and seems to mean king or leader in a specific way stating a special quality that others lack. It seems that the nagual quality was more common in their community than elsewhere. The mystery of their culture being extict is nowadays mostly said to be due to them being absorbed by their conquerors. However noone seems to really understand how this could have happened almost without traces. The Etruscans where highly civilised and it is very strange that so little is known and so few traces are left. There are rumors that due to them having leaders with magical skills they just went elswhere when threatened. Elsewhere might for them have been an option meaning leaving this reality. If you read Carlos Castanedas books this ability to go someplace else is one of the rare qualities of a Nagual. Hence these rumours might eventually not be totally farfetched. Even if ordinry beings can learn to leave this reality as well the Nagual seems to have potential abilities in this respect that are much more easy to develop

When it comes to the Basques there seem to be some rumours concerning magical events. Some of these seem also to be related to things that can happen when travelling the so called "Pilgrim road" which partly goes through the mountains in the Basqian region. However rumours about magical events can be found in many places so this is maybe not something to see as proof for anything unique.

More about the Nagual being

As said above the Nagual quality was relatively more frequent in the Etruscian society than elsewhere. Since they were breeding for this quality it was more widely spread in their genetic pool than elsewhere. This led to consequences also when part of their society left and Nagual beings where more often found in this part of Europe long after they left. Francis of Assis is one such example. He was bourned in the old Etruscian part of Italy and there must have been several more such examples in the early christian world. However in the later medieval time, particularly after year 1000 and onwards the Catholic church were hunting these people as part of a more strict view on what is the "right" and "true" faith that the catholic church gradually adopted. Only those active inside the church where allowed to exist as long as they where very clear in their support for the church. The Inquisition and whichhunt where effective ways to cleanse the church and rid the world of influences that could compete with the christian church and faith and gradually even Naguals inside the church where hunted as well along with a lot of people with ideas and activities that the Catholic church found uncomfortable. This was a very nasty process and sorry to say also effective in reducing the part of the geenpool that leads to Naguals being bourned. The Vatikan probably knew very well what they where doing in this regard and that it was done very purpously since Naguals sometimes tend to be so out of the ordinary that people get drawn to them and flock around them, particularly so if they use their ability to help and heal. In todays world Naguals are much more rare, at least in Europe and in areas where the Catholic church has had much influence. Those that are there suffer from lack of knowledge, support and training and/or are mostly wise enough to hide very carefully. It can be dangerous to get exposed and it might even be so that Naguals are still hunted by the Vatikan but in secret since they can make people realise that Jesus was not as unique as the church claims.

About God, Jesus and faith

 

Jesus was a very important person. His impact on human history is so very great that it is almost impossible to imagine. His teachings are central for us humans. In a way it is really a pity that these teachings are connected to the bible with all it´s historical texts and it is in my opinion important to at least partly disconnect the evangelic message from the rest of the bible. Instead we should look upon the old testament and other parts of the bible outside of the gospels only as a way to place Jesus in a historical context and as an help in understanding what we need to know about him.

When you interpret the evangelistic message it is utterly essential to start with what is most important. To do this you should apply and use the same steps in the same sequence as they are the cornerstones of all learning. Doing this you must consider learning by imitation / modelling as the first, basic and most important step.
Modelling is the way a newborned baby learns and modelling continues to be of importance far up in education. Learning by listening to verbal messages and instructions starts to play a role as we grow older and at some point around 8 to 9 years this kind of learning is maybe almost as much used as modelling. Depending on situation that however differs very much and even as grown ups we tend to use modelling as a basic way of learning. That is for instance the case in most subconscious learning processes.
Applying this wiew on the gospels we must start with what Jesus did, his actions. They are what really weighs heavy in his teachings and if we compare the four gospels with each other and also with other reliable stories about Jesus it is possible to see what is likely to be true and wash out the central stuff.
As a second step we can start looking at what he might have taught verbally. As soon as you start looking at verbal teachings it is however nescessary to be careful of misinterpretations and possible influence from the people reporting on these messages. You should therefore be rather sceptical when you look at this part. As a third step we can start to look at what other people among Jesus pupils and followers might have done and said and how they seem to interpret Jesus teachings. Doing this you might find something that confirms what you have deduced using the first two steps. I should estimate that of Jesus teachings his actions are about 80%, his verbal message 15% and the rest 5%.
Following these steps you might wash out:

1) that Jesus seemed to value people the same whether poor or rich, influential or noninfluential, man or woman. Every human has the same value.
2) Jesus also seems to have love empathy and compassion in a way thats very unusual. He seems to have a great loving and caring heart.
3) Jesus renounces worldly power.
4) Jesus used his extraordinary powers to help other people.
5) Jesus choose death before compromising his heart.
6) Before dying and in death he choose and gave forgivness.

You might possibly wash out a lot of other things as well, but hardly as important as these six.

The christian churches and congregations often have a peculiar way of looking upon the evangelic message as if it is their property. Maybe this does not seem so strange to you at first notice since it is the way humans often act, but when you think about it further you will probably also see how crazy this attitude is. It is impossible to own someones actions or the story of someones actions. No one can own the example of Jesus told in the gospels. Nor can anyone own the right to interpret this message since the message of the gospels is a gift to all humanity, christians as well as others. It is a gift to all who want to be part of and maybe follow Jesus teachings regardless of if they consider themselves christians or not.

Jesus was a spiritual teacher and he was also a magician. There is no doubt that he was able perform the miracles told in the bible. Things like that are possible to do and a nagual as said above has a natural talent to do magic.
More important than this is however Jesus impact on history and this is magic as well, maybe among the most powerfull magic there is even if it does not mean doing instant miracles.

Jesus teachings and / or other similar ones are central if you want to open up for and use your intent consciously. The same teachings are part of many magical traditions. Carlos Castanedas teacher don Juan talks about the way of the heart and the importance of following this path and the same goes for a lot of other teachers. Without an open heart and without compassion, empathy and love you risk to loose yourself. That is an important fact for every conscious being but it is absolutely crucial if you choose a path involving true magic.

The love of Jesus, his open heart, his renounce of worldly power and his choice of forgivness is the central message of the gospels and not least important is the fact that he used his powers not for his own benefit but to help others.

As you might realise from what I say in the text so far being a christian is not in my view primarily to be a member of a Christian church but to have Jesus as an example, someone to hold close to your heart as a way to keep your own heart open. Being in a church or community might of course be ok. It can be a way to keep your faith, trust and love alive and to share this with others. A way to feel at home and at rest in something good. However in many churches you get a lot of crap together with this central thing, messages and edicts which are said to be connected with being a true christian. You might way too often be obliged or pressed to condemn others outside the church you are part of.
I have been living for a while and I have seen christian communities having crazy messages like: Women can not have their hair down. Women must not use cosmetics etc. There are all sort of edicts like you should not do this or that because if you do you are a sinner. Every time I have seen this fenomenon it has very obviously been due to prejudice connected to the priests and /or other members in the churches and their clouded minds. Is it not strange that a church can condemn someone for something and 10 years later the same thing is not selldom OK and not a sin. I have seen that kind of change happen often and it is almost embarrasing that you can condemn people for something at a certain time and maybe even reject them and then some years later sometimes with a new priest in charge but sometimes with the same priests the message changes and then what was sin is suddenly ok.

Condemning people for their lifestyle or their ways can actually in my view be one of the few things that are unaceptable and even if I don´t like to talk of sin this can in my opinion come very close to acting sinful. Human lifestyle should not be mixed up with God!
I strongly urge you to make up your own mind and consider what you think yourself, what you find right and want to believe in. You have all right in the world to interpret the gospels for yourself and in your own way.

I must add that even if I hold the christian message very high this message is not unique and neither is Jesus even if he is special. God has many messagers and Jesus is just one of those even if he is exceptionally important at this time for us westeners. To make him unique in the way that believing in him is the only right thing to do is to set yourself before those with other beliefs and that is NOT a nice thing to do. God is there for all of creation and He/She does not make differences between christians and people with other beliefs.

I will add a few things about God and faith. Firstly. We are all gods children and there is a spark of God in all humans as well as in animals and plants and in everything existing. To find god is to find this spark inside yourself and to see/feel it in others and in what surrounds you, what you are part of. Hence in my opinion faith is not something you can find by reasoning inside your mind or by beieving in texts in a book. Faith is namely not primarily an intellectual thing. It is an experience, something you realise and feel with your whole being and with your senses and feelings strongly involved not only your mind.
When having this experience you just know! There is no need to reason or to debate. Your heart is in the center of this experience and you just "know" that you are part of something bigger than yourself. In the process involved you might realise and feel that you have your own loving heart and that it is totally up to you how you use your ability to love. This free will is one of Gods greatest gifts.
Another thing is that when experiencing faith it is also more OK to be separate, to be one tiny part of the richness that is Gods creation. This is due to tha fact that you feel and realise that for God you are special. You don´t need to do things to please God. You are special to him/her anyway. There are no conditions. It is hard to understand how everybody can be special to God and it can be very hard to accept that people whom you find "bad" or even "evil" are as special to God that you are.

The experience that is faith is not something static but it is evolving and can grow. It needs to do so. It might need nurturing to grow, but once there I think you cannot loose it. There is no going back. There is always this knowledge somewhere deep inside you even if you dont always keep it in focus.
The acceptance of being separate is an important thing. We might long for oneness, to not be alone, but being separate is as important as being in the oneness. This contradiction is maybe difficult to accept. The urge to think oneness is "more right" is very strong from our separate position, but this does not mean separateness is wrong. From the perspecitive of oneness separateness is more desirable than oneness. God wants it both ways. He/She is ingraspable with the mind and full of contradictions when trying to understand logically. You can only understand God when your heart and feelings are involved and then you might also understand the importance of forgiveness and how it can be so that God equally loves everyone and all of his/her creation.

I said above that you can not find God in a book. This is only partly true. A book can trigger an experience of faith as can many things like something happening in your life or listening to someone else or...?? What I mean is that a book is just a book. The Bible is just a history book and to say that it is the word of God is preposterous and even the gospels are just stories about Jesus. Who would want to have the avenging God that you too often find in the old testament? That picture of God is often very very far from what God is.
Believing in texts can be dangerous because the texts are too unflexible and too filled with human predjudice. On top of that comes the interpretations imposed on us by the churches or predicants. Interpretations that are often or maybe always clouded by the programing of the interpreter. This is why it is so important to make up your own mind when it comes to messages in books or verbal preachings.
If you follow words in a book instead of your own heart you might eventually make choices that you will regret heavily and if you follow the advice from a priest in spite of what you feel is right you can end up suffering.
I remember a program in Swedish television where a woman with a hidden camera went to several muslim priests with the question if she could say no to her husband when he wanted sex or if she had to obey in spite of not wanting to. Almost all mullas said that she had no right to say no. This is very frigtening and says something about how clouded and wrong priests can be.
When it comes to knowing God I actually think that a shaman or tribe member in many religions that we often tend to call primitive not selldom might know more about God than a christian or a muslim priest. In many of these tribes there is a knowledge about the fact that God is in everything around us. Many north american tribes had a knowledge of "The great spirit" and describes this knowledge in a way that from my point of view is very accurate when it comes to having a clue about what God is. With this knowledge comes a respect for creation, a respect that include nature and everything in it, a respect which is too often sadly lacking in our christian influenced society.

There is a need to say something more about the fact that Jesus used his extraordinary powers primarily to help others. This is very important! If you have or develop extraordinary talents or abilities it is your resposibility to use them mostly for others and not for yourself. This choice is crusial. In fact the only way to handle being unusual this way is to help others if you dont want to alienate yourself. If you use your powers mostly for yourself you are just another sorcerer and that leads to isolation. Using your abilities for others is in line with the tradition in many so called primitive societies. A shaman shall be a servant to his or her community and in turn be provided for with food and housing and whatever he /she needs to live a proper life. There is great wisdom in this since it helps the shaman to avoid alienation and to stay a part of his or her community.
In our complex society you cannot be a shaman or helper the way this functions in a small tribe. In our society people with abilities out of the ordinary mostly have to hide themselves to not be exploited. However if you have some small powers you are often free to act as a helper using your abilities in an accepted niche. If you do I think you should adopt the shaman tradition and not take more payment than is proper. If you start to see profit as too important there are risks for yourself in that path. In my opinion it is also so that you sometimes when needed should help people for free or for a discounted price, BUT This advice should not be taken as a rule you follow which depletes you. Your primary concern must be yourself, meaning supporting yourself and to give yourself priority in a way that keeps you fit and happy. If you allow others to deplete you you can in the end not help anyone and least of all yourself. You need to say no now and then.

 

Stilling the mind

 

I recommend meditation as one good way to still our mind.

There are different kinds of meditation and each method has its own approach and specific effects. As I see it some methods are more complete in that they focus on your whole beeing while others might be designed to develop or open up a part of your resources.
As said above I think zen meditation / zazen is a good method to use. I recommend the Soto school tradition since it is very clean and simple. Other schools of zen and other methods like for instance Vipasana, TM or Acem are also very good and have similar effects.
Irrespective of method, meditation is mostly a good way to be with yourself, to come closer to yourself and to get more relaxed. It is therefore good for you irrespective of your goals.
It is important to find a method that feels good to work with and which fits your own personality and your own needs. The more complete methods of meditation like zen, works to strengthen the "here and now conciousness" , reduce internal dialogue and to help in disconnecting from parts where the self or the mind is bound in history. Meditation also helps in successively reducing mental and bodily tensions.
One very good thing about meditation is that it in many traditions or schools, is a practise which is effective and at the same time "kind" to the practitioner.
What might sound a little strange in this context is also that meditation is in a way counter effective in proportion to magic. The reason for this is that all good and sound methods for meditation have a built in positive process of their own. In the long run they reduce and still the internal dialogue, opens the heart chakra and makes us more relaxed, focused and more at ease. The opening of the heart chakra tend to give contentment and make us less restless and ambitious.

People with long practise in meditation often know a lot about the illusion of reality and of how fragile reality can be. Meditation can allow you to rest in the field close to the borders of reality and some experienced practitioners have achieved a profound openness towards the essence of magic without having to fully enter the field. You could in a way say that they are able to avoid choosing magic at the same time as they continously learn more about it. You could also say that meditation can help you learn and at the same time postpone an eventual choice to enter the world of magic. This is a very good thing and makes meditation an exquisite tool for personal development and getting deep insights without any drastic implications and this is also why I put much emphasis in recommending meditation as a basic practise irrespective of what goal you want to achieve.

Below I give some more information about the Soto school Zazen.

 

 

Zen meditation

 

Zen meditation has been developed as part of the japanese zen buddhism. It is a very effective tool for deep relaxation. The art of Zen gives us better contact with ourselves bodily and mentally and also with the subconscious parts of our being and it helps us to link our hereandnow consciousness to our inner world. As the touch of zen thus will help us to link to our inner garden, in time this will reduce stress in our systems for preparation and readiness and our level of tension will gradually be reduced as well. When we get better contact with our inner self, we also automaticly improve contact with the outside world. This will increase our vitality and joy of life and make us more creative. Regular practice in the art of zen meditation opens the heart chakra, strengthens our conscious self and improves balance bodily and mentally. It also helps us to integrate parts of our beings which blocks our perception and vitality. What is very important is that meditation nurtures and strengthens the part of our being that can let us step aside from ourselves and look at our perceptions, emotions, feelings and thoughts as from outside. Thus little by little we can gain more control and stop being victims of our thoughts, emotions and feelings. This gives us a more safe platform in life.

Zen meditation in Soto-school practise is focused on the central parts of our mind and body. It is a very "clean" method which can easily be practised without mysticism and religious inclinations. In Soto tradition "Zen" and "sitting" are the same. The practise of meditation is called ZaZen which means something like "true sitting".
In Soto tradition there are no additional techniques like for instance choanes and/or similar practises. Doing ZaZen means just "sitting" and "being with yourself". As our instrument for perception and feelings the body is very important as focus for our mind. Breathing as the most obvious rythm in our body is together with bodily awareness central as an additional "point" of focus. Breathing becomes a kind of anchor and link between our conscious and subconscious mind.

The method is very simple and it does not matter if the practitioner has spiritual or psychological ambitions or just wants to get more relaxed. Doing ZaZen works similarly for everyone irrespective of their goals.

A more relaxed attitude to life, better health and improved well being are among the more common rewards for most people

 

The method

 

Traditionally Zen meditation is practisized sitting in lotus, half lotus or diamond position.

 


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Usually you sit on a small pillow or low chair. It is however quite possible to sit in an ordinary chair or in a sofa. It is more important to feel comfortable than doing "right".

The lotus position is however valuable for several reasons. It is very functional physiologically as well as anathomically, which is important if you practise regularly. Apart from that the lotus position is important on a symbolical level. It is a very strong archetype which is widely spread all over the world and it is no less important than for instance the christian cross or the taoist yinyang symbol.

The lotusposition must however not be overemphasized. The basic method in ZaZen is how you focus your mind and this practise does it´s work and give results irrespective of position. Zen meditation can therefore even be done lying down as long as you realise the complication that this also triggers our sleeping mechanisms. Falling asleep interrupts the process of meditation and is not to be recommended but it can happen when you are in a sitting position as well and if you are very tired it is probably better to get some sleep than to meditate so dont make a big issue of the nescessity to stay awake. Being comfortable is much more important.

If you want to practise ZaZen traditionally, sitting in an upright position, it is important to rest your weight on the"sitting bones" on both sides of your sacrum which requires that your spine / body is "balancing" vertically.

 


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According to many teachers a good way to do this is to imagine yourself partly held up by a thread from your sacrum up through your spine and the backside of your skull.

The hands should be held in your lap with the backside of one hand resting in the palm of the other hand and the tips of your thumbs connecting above and opposed to your palms.

 


Clique picture

 

ZaZen is mostly practised with your eyes open and your view resting 1,5 to 2 meters in front of your body. Defocusing your eyes and letting them rest is recommended.

 

Step by step instruction

 

  • Find a place. Start with finding a place to sit, a place where you can sit comfortably and without disturbances.
  • Preparation Prepare your sitting place in a way which makes it comfortable and inviting. Avoid having strong light falling into your eyes. To sit i the direction of one of the earth poles or in 90 degrees to the polar axis is according to traditional teachings beneficial.
  • Taking your position. Sit down on your choosen "place". Take your time and put some effort into finding a comfortable position. Your spine should be in a natural "straight" position, meaning considering the natural spinal curves. Rest your hands in your lap and let your eyes rest slightly down and straight ahead.
  • Beginning and ending. Mark for yourself when you start meditating and do likewise when stopping. Putting your hands together in front of your chest and bowing slightly is a very common way to do this. Meditation is a training method and it has some importance to be clear and obvious when you start and end it.
    When you meditate together in a group it is not unusual that the leader or someone else mark beginning and end with a gong. When you meditate by yourself it is advisable to use some kind of clock with a tone signal to help telling you when it is time to stop your meditation.
  • Time. How long time you want to sit is of course up to your own choise. It is however a very common practise to meditate somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes. If you are very buisy and it is hard to find your time to meditate, it is more important to decide in beforehand how long you are going to sit. In times of stress it is of great value to create a timespan where your only aim is to be with yourself. If you are not very occupied it is less important to decide the timespan in beforehand and under these circumstances you can sit as long as you like. It is however advisable to decide a minimum time. Meditating a short while is quite possible. Usually there is however something valuable happening with your inner process when you meditate for at least about 10 minutes and you will probably miss this if you meditate for just a few minutes. In spite of that two minutes of meditation are better than not meditating at all.
  • The process. To do Zazen meditation is to sit in your choosen position and do "nothing at all", except just sitting there. You should not try to relax, just let everything be for a while without consciously doing anything. Let gravity have it´s effect. Give in to the sitting. The only activity you should allow yourself is to very lightly without "grabbing" or using much effort let your mind focus on your body and your awareness of your "sitting self". As an additional focus your breathing is there and you can let your awareness focus on the breathing rythm without interrupting it. If you are very tensed and it is hard to stay with your body awareness you can focus a little more heavily on your breathing. It is very important not to put to much effort in this focusing of your mind. You just sit there and as soon as you realise that your mind is wandering you turn back very lightly to let yourself focus again on your sitting body and what you percieve in your body including the breathing rythm. After a while you will probably realise that your thoughts have drifted away again. Maybe you think about something that happened yesterday or something that will happen tomorrow or maybe there are some memories or immaginations that draws your mind away. Irrespective of what it is, you should as soon as you realise that you have drifted away, just very lightly focus back on your sitting body. It is this drifting away and refocusing on yourself here and now that is the most important part of the process of meditation. This drifting away and refocusing will repeat itself over and over, again and again and little by little you will be more and more able to just stay with yourself here and now. In time this will also "spread over" to your normal everyday activity and awareness.

    In Transcendental meditation like TM or ACEM the process is similar, but there, instead of using your body and breathing as a focus, you have a mantra ( a rythmical sound or word) which you repeat mentaly and use as a focus for your mind.

    Remember that there is absolutely nothing wrong with thinking about something else or disappearing into some thoughts. This is the way we humans function. The same thing happens when you are about to fall asleep. You drift away in different kind of thoughts and/or memories. In most effective methods of meditation some kind of focusing of your mind is central as a way to strengthen your "hereandnow" consciousness. But it is essential that this focusing is very subtle. Too much effort will just be counteractive and increase tension instead of reducing it. Little by little this subtle focusing activity will uncharge your unconscious self and give help to increase mental freedom of choice. In time this will also give possibilities to experience how it is to be when you dont have any thoughts at all.

  • Finishing your meditation. When time is up and you are going to stop meditating it is as stated above very good if you can "mark" this for yourself in some way. A slight bow with your hands together in front of your chest is a very good way to do this. To regain proper activity you should thereafter take a few deep breaths and stretch and move your body to prepare it for renewed activity. Dont rush into activity. Try instead to give yourself a few minutes before going into something new. Remember also that meditation is a training method and after stopping you should normally let go of the mental focusing activity which is the center of the method. It is especially important to stop focusing on your breathing. You should instead let your breathing be free and let it do its work without interferance. It is however quite ok to be more conscious in relation to both your body and your breathing. What is important is to stop the active focusing of your mind. Trust instead your subconscious self and your body and let your breathing "go it,s own way" without interfering.
  • Meditation and illness. If you are unhealthy it is often quite possible to meditate anyway. It is however advisable that you are more careful and adapt to eventual bodily sympthoms. To do meditation should feel ok and well and it is important to respect your body and dont do anything that feels wrong. There is reason to believe that meditation is a good thing to do during most unhealthy conditions and that the relaxation that goes together with meditation is strengthening for both body and spirit. Some kind of illnesses like for instance acute infections can make it harder to meditate the way you are used to do. Be kind to yourself and take it easy. It can for instance be very good to close your eyes and / or sit differently and more comfortably than usual if you suffer from an acute infection or some other tiring illness. If very sick you can very well lie down and meditate
  • Group meditation. It is very good to meditate together with other people. Group meditation in most cases creates a feeling of, at the same time beeing separate and connected to others which can be very strengthening. It can also be very constructive to share your experiences with other likeminded people.  
  • Starting on your own or with the help of a teacher? I recommend that you start meditating with the help of an experienced teacher but it is of course quite possible to start on your own. The instruction given above gives good help to anyone who wants to do this. In many cases starting together with a teacher might however help in the approach to the process of meditation. Having a teacher also often means learning in a group which can be very beneficial. A teacher might also help to avoid mistakes in the starting process. However I think it is important not to overemphasize having a teacher present and if you feel comfortable with starting on your own I recommend that you do so.
  • More about the sitting position. As mentioned above it is not necessary to sit in a lotus position even if this is a good position. It is more important to feel comfortable and well. As for myself I have for instance several times when in public places done my meditation sitting on a toilet chair with the lid down. A toilet gives good privacy under circumstances when it is hard to find this. If you are sitting on a chair it is, as in lotus or diamond position, very good to try to find a position where you rest on your "sitting bones" and have your spine in a natural "straight" way. You can choose to sit with the soles of your feet against the floor

     


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    or with your feet drawn back in and under your body / the chair.

     


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    As for the hands it is very good to try to hold one hand resting in the palm of the other hand in the way described above. It is however quite ok to just let your hands rest in your lap.

    The so called Diamond position, with your knees forward and your feet behind sitting pillow and bottom

     


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    can be a good alternative if you want to sit on the floor but don´t find the lotus position comfortable enough.

    If you choose not to sit with your back vertical in a natural straight position. You should try to find symetry and some kind of bodily "balance" in some other way. It can for instance be very good to use pillows to give support if you want to lean back in a sofa or an armchair.

 

Disconnect from history

 

History builds you, your personal history as well as the history you share with other people. It affects you so deeply that it governs almost everything you do. History binds you and it most often does that without you realising it. If you realise it you still often choose to let it be because it feels safe, maybe even good and you mostly don’t have enough reason to change the way things are.

There are a lot of different ways to get less bound by your personal history. Meditation as mentioned above is one good way to in a kind way loosen yourself from your history. To work on the bindings to our shared history more drastic methods are often required even if meditation has its effect also in this more complex topic.

There are many similarities and overlappings between the processes of working with history and working with time references. Both processes are aimed at freeing the mind from the preconceptions that binds it. All history is of course a product of time since history deals with the past. To realise how much of an illusion time is you also might have to think of history as an illusion. This is not an easy thing to do and you need to take a little care when you work with this. Some kind of anchor might be needed to keep you balanced and stable. Here again I suggest meditation as one of the best tools that I know of. It might also be important to point out that working with history does not mean that you should wipe it out. What is needed is to change your view and get more free. The history that you are used to and want to be in might then also be used as an anchor and reference point for your mind.

 

Recalling your history

Recalling your historyis a way to loosen the bonds with which you are bound and allow you to look at yourself and at the world with fewer conscious and subconscious preconceptions. This can be done in different ways although most are rather similar in their approach. One way is to write down your personal history as detailed as possible. If you want to you can complete this written recollection with paintings and drawings. You can also make maps of how you relate to people, places, things, values and ideas. Both in the written parts and in drawings and maps it is important to note the feelings linked to persons, things, places and experiences. If needed you can share your recollection with someone and at the same time maybe get help to work on eventual traumatic parts. However the recollection in itself is the most important and if you take your time and do this properly and thoroughly it can be of great value.

One more drastic method is described in the works of Carlos Castaneda. It is done like this: You start with building a box i which you can sit comfortably. It is an advantage if the box is well isolated so that you dont get disturbed by sounds from the outside. There should be no light in the box.
To work on your history you sit in the box regularly preferably for some hours or more each time. Sitting in the box for the first time you start with your present situation and work backwards in memory remembering things as detailed as possible. Each time you sit in the box you start where you stopped the previous time. I dont remember if Castaneda suggests that you start each session with a short recollection of what you have remebered so far, but I think this can be beneficial. This process of recollection goes on until you can not remember more or reach further back in your history. When that will be is hard to predict, but if you do this recollection process I think you will be surpriced by your ability to remember things and how far back it is possible to go.

Castanedas teacher don Juan claims that this recollection process is a way to "cheat the Eagle". According to don Juan the Eagle is a kind of metaphor or name for the "ultimate spirit", the "first spirit" or whatever you would like to call it. The Eagle is undescribable and impossible to grasp or percieve but if you are perceptive enough you still know it´s there. When a person dies he or she is normally "spiritually consumed" by the Eagle who wants the collected memories and experiences of every being. According to don Juan the Eagle however gets satisfied with "a copy" and he also means that the conscious recollection of your memories will provide this "copy".
If you think of how many stories there are about people who have been close to death and during their last seconds have experienced recollecting their whole life in a few seconds, this maybe does not seem totally crazy, at least not if you look upon this thing of being "consumed" as a metaphor.

The Lung gom pa tradition
There is one much more drastic similar kind of practise described by "Lama Anagarica Govinda" in his book "The way of the white clouds.”
In this book he tells a lot of different interesting things from his research and travelling in Tibet as a buddhist scholar. Among other things he tells about the "Lung Gom Pa" which are an order of monks traditionally engaged as healers, spiritual teachers and sometimes also messengers in the Tibetan mountains.

The Lung Gom Pa train themselves in a rather drastic way. The new initiates have a relatively short period at the monastery when they get instructions and are prepared for the "real training". This training consists of several years of total isolation. This isolation can in some cases be so very extreme that the student/trainee is placed in a walled up small room or cave inside the rock without light and with little or no sound from the outside. There is no possibility to communicate with the outside world except for food and water which are provided through a small lock opening with no human contact possible or allowed.
In cases not as extreme the isolation is also as total considering human contact, but the trainee lives in a small hut/apartment with a fireplace and a small kitchen and also light trough a hole in the roof. On the roof there are high walls, which makes it possible for the monk to use the roof for walking and other physical activity without being seen or being able to see the surrounding area. The time for isolation differs somewhat, but a full training period consists of nine years, sometimes with an additional three years.
It is said that a trainee when coming out after many years of isolation was/is totally changed with a different personality than the one he had before starting the training. This is not hard to believe since such isolation combined with methods for deprogramming must have very drastic consequences. Recalling history is one of the deprogramming tools that was/is most certainly used by the Lung Gom Pa. The change in personality is also formally confirmed by a total renounciation of the former identity including all ties, name, all former relations and family ties etc.

One part of the Lung Gom Pa training is devoted to levitation training. The trainee who comes out after his isolation is tested regarding his levitating ability by being placed in a sitting position on the bottom of a deep hole which should be twice the hight of the trainee. Still in sitting position the trainee is supposed to levitate himself out of the hole.
By being able to levitate the Lung Gom Pa are/were* able to run for hours on end through ruff terrain in the mountains of Tibet at alltitudes where running is very difficult to do at all for most people. An important part of this old religious tradition demands that the monk coming out from isolation should be sent on a quest involving the task of during a very short period of time visit some of the more important spiritual centers and monasteries in Tibet. This task is said to be totally impossible for a normal person and for the fully trained Lung Gom Pa to be able to do this in spite of the lack of roads and often also in bad weather, levitation was/is necessary.

*There are no reports that I know of from the Tibet of today regarding the Lung Gom Pa, but probably there are people who could give information about todays situation.

 

Our shared history
It is not easy to free ourselves from our common history which we share with other humans and also with plant- and animal life on this planet. We also share it with planet earth herself a fact that it is very very important to be aware of.

Our common history is not easily changed or modified. This kind of history is built into our very beings genetically and on a deep subconscious level in our collective memory where individuality does not exist in the way we are used to.
You have to work on this indirectly through other areas of training. To work with time structure, how you look upon time and how time references binds you is maybe the best indirect way.

More directly it is important to start with adopting an attitude of openness. You have to realise and accept that history might be less fixed than seems to be the case.
Since we perceive everything right in each existing moment you can not be quite certain about the realities of the common history. You cannot "know" how it was before! you can just believe and speculate. It could for instance be the case that we build and confirm our history successively little by little. Maybe our collective subconscious is also working to confirm the history which seems most likely in every given moment.
Maybe it also is so that what you believe on a level deep enough is true. The beliefs we share with others are even more true or seems to be.

As an example of what might be necessary to deal with you can take the story from the bible about God creating the world in seven days and in the end creating Eden and Adam and Eve.
If you are a Darwinist this story seems like a lot of superstitious gibberish and if you are schooled in the area of science you think that you know what is true and what is not true.
You might be certain that you are right, but if you are not willing to question this rightness you are also locked up in a way which hinders flexibility, and flexibility is one of the absolute cornerstones of true magic. Accordingly what you have to do to loosen your bonds to our common history is to stop being absolutely certain about the truthfullness or rightness of any "certain claim" of how our history has been formed.
You might have to believe in something, it is almost impossible not to, but you also have to see that you choose your belief and that this choice of belief must be made on a deeper level than the place in your consciousness where you form the reality and history you choose to believe in.

For us in the western world it is important to realise that being able to use intent and to do true magic is of course not something which is reserved for people who are well educated and wise in the "western way" and who are most often also Darwinists. On the contrary well educated westerners and scientists in their certainty of knowing what is right about reality and what is the "right" story of creation and human development might have severe difficulties when and if they are trying to open up to magic.

Psychotherapy
Effective psychotherapy can help you to be less bound to your personal history. This in itself will most often help you to feel better and to be more able to manage your daily life. Psychotherapy tends to focus on the parts of your personal history where you have had difficulties or problems. Since these parts are also where you are most bound up, psychotherapy is often an effective tool to deal with personal historical bonds. However you should also realise that it is not only the problematic parts of your history that binds you. One can be very bound by good memories as well as bad ones and since the bonds of your whole history can be what stops you from freeing yourself it might not be enough with psychotherapy even if it is of some help. It is important to realise that being bound by history and conditioning goes very very deep into your unconscious being and that to loosen these bonds you might have to dig a lot deeper than you are able to imagine in beforehand.

There are some methods in the field of psychotherapy which focus on and involve systematic, structured recollection of your personal history. Most often this is done in group work. One such method is/was called the Star process or Star therapy. Because of it´s efficiency concerning history and historical bonds, and its transpersonal and spiritual approach I highly recommend this or similar psychotherapeutical training methods either solely or as a complement to other methods.

Psychotherapy is regardless of method often very useful as a tool for personal development. What is best for each person regarding method and choise of therapist is highly personal and you should choose according to your need and preferences. Very important is to feel comfortable with the therapist of your choise and if you dont do that I recommend you too go to someone else. If you find that you don´t change the way you want you should consider some other kind of method and/or go to another therapist.
For the purpose of magical training you have to combine psychotherapy with other practises for example meditation and different techniques for strengthening bodily and mental awareness.

There is a need to say something more about psychotherapeutical methods since they differ a lot in how potent they are when it comes to change.
I am part of the generation which was working with personal change in the late seventies and early eighties. For our generation circumstances where very positive. Change was favored and everything was possible. Very potent methods where developed then, some very good and some potent but occasionally with some less good side effects. All in all you could however find many good ways for deep personal change at that time.
In todays western world cognitive methods are much favored by society and medical practise. I think this is mostly due to the fact that the medical view on change is not very flexible. Doctors most often prefer to put a diagnose on persons and give them some kind of medication. Solely cognitive methods tend to be more adapted to this way of looking at personal problems than do most other methods. When working with thoughts as one does in solely cognitive therapy possibilities are limited since you need to work with feelings, perception and also subconcious thoughts to be able to achieve deeper change. Solely cognitive methods are not very open in that regard.
Psychodynamic therapy has sad to say declined, at least in my country and is now sometimes even less potent than cognitive methods. I think that is due partly to the fact that psychoanalytical ideas now have too much influence in the training programs. This tends to limit the therapists heavily. Another reason is that Psychodynamic therapy more and more tends to adapt to the medical way of looking at psychological problems and that is as I previously said not very constructive. It reduces flexibility and limit the therapeutical possibilities.
I am a gestalt therapist trained in several different methods for deep personal change. This means that I am open to work in many different ways depending on the need of my clients. The fact that memories always once where experiences means that the whole person in involved bodily as well as mentaly. Because of this you need to accept that you have to work with feelings and bodily expressions as well as thoughts if you want to be successful. Gestalt therapy and other methods where the body and bodily experiences and expressions are concidered important and actually most so are far more potent than solely cognitive methods can ever be. We who work this way can sometimes perform small miracles and we can often help people who otherwise would have medical treatment as their prime or only option.
In psychotherepeutical work your aim is to break or change conditional learning, to discharge negative responses and/or replace them with new associative responses to outer as well as inner experiences and stimuli. Another very important aspect of the work is to strengthen the part of our self which is able to "stand aside" and look at internal reactions like for ex inner pictures , feelings and thoughts and also at reactions to outer experiences, stimuli, verbal messages etc. When able to "stand aside" you will be able to choose your actions and not react automatically to inner and outer stimuli.
Yet another part or aspect of psychotherapy is to open up communication between the two halves of our brain. This communication or flow is always interrupted or disturbed when there is trauma and/or emotional problems. Working with eyemovements can sometimes be of good help in this regard.
Psychotherapy aims to turn hopelessness into seeing possibilities and to create inner reconciliation which helps a person to leave hopelessness and heavy feelings behind and see new possibilities. Learning to accept having faults and imperfections is also very important and also to accept beeing uncertain when uncertainty is in fact there. Accepting uncertainty is actually extremely important. There are moments in life when it is absolutely essential to be able to say I don´t know and to wait and let knowledge come forward as a result of inner subconcious processes. To live a good life and to be able to handle change everyone needs this acceptance and ability to wait and let the subconsious mind process things. Lacking this ability is highly debilitating and in my experience reconciliation and forgiveness plus "the right" or ability to be uncertain are almost always missing or at least disturbed in the background/upbringing when people have serious problems.
In most effective psychotherapy metaphores are used to induce changes which generalize to bigger complexes of "bad" learning/conditioning. This work is partly similar to the way a person can work on their own self using "labels" or "packages of thoughts" which I describe in the text below about mind and thought processes. link

I need to also say something about "finds vent therapy". Being active and working on myself in the seventies and early eighties I was fortunate and priviliged to be able to try many methods where some included expressing feelings loudly and abundantly. In primal therapy and some other methods this was the dominant part. These methods are not very common today, at least not in Sweden. I would like to say something in favor of these methods. Many people with problems due to inhibited feelings can actually be "rusty". It is like the channels for expressing feelings are so unused that they need to be rediscovered and trained. It is also so that rediscovering the possibility to express feelings gives hope. Suddenly it is again possible to express yourself and doing so without getting punished or finding it just meaningless because no one is listening or giving respons. This rediscovery of ways to express yourself can make a very big difference in how you function. Sometimes it is also so that screaming out your fear or anger, weeping heavily or laughing without inhibitions open up ways to resolve trauma in a way where other methods are often insufficient.

There is more to say about the strict cognitive psychotherapy which is focused mainly on our thoughts. Those who work this way seems to believe that our mind is located in our brain. This is actually very wrong. It is important to realise that even if thoughts are mainly processed in the brain the integration between the brain and the rest of our body is total. All perception comes from our senses and our body. All feelings emanate in the body and as I have said before all our memories have once been experiences where our whole being has been involved. It is also so that the body is the tool that allows us to act or interact in our percieved reality. The brain can actually do nothing at all by itself.
If you see a picture in your mind it is always accompanied by bodily sensations, reactions and feelings, sometimes subtle and sometimes very strong. It is the same with actual pictures and things that you look at and the same goes for sound, language and smell which we remember or experience here and now. The total integration beween our brain and our body results in us actually "being our mind" with our whole body. Most important is the torso and if you work with deeper psychotherapy it is actually so that almost all important answers or reactions to important questions primarily manifest as feelings and sensations in our body and mainly our torso with chest and abdomen being very very important. When experiencing an answer bodily the brain starts processing this and the answer is accompanied by memories or created experiences mostly in the form of pictures but words sound and smell can be there as well. I think it might be the fact that pictures often are most the important which makes some people think that our mind is located in our head only since the eyes are so close to our brain.
There is a similarity between our body and our consiousness/mind. Deeper subconsious memories and thoughts tend to be connected to deeper parts of our torso. The deeper you dig in the subconsious the deeper in the torso memories tend to manifest. This is maybe not absolutely true but as an average fact it is true and it is very important to have in mind when working with people to help them change their lives more radically. Trauma from early childhood tends to be very body oriented. If somehing happened before language is/was formed it can sometimes be hard to put words to memories and here the therapist can be extremely important as a helper with interpretations and putting words to what happened.
If you work with thoughts only and not respect the total integration between mind and body it is in a way like cutting of the head and deal with it separately. You can get results anyway but that is mostly due to the fact that clients process things on their own. Some clients have a hard time managing that and their ability or inability is most often correlated to how severe the problems are for which they need help. I dont say that solely cognitive therapy is meaningless, but it is very limited if used in a strictly ortodox way and that is a pity since it is so much favored by society these days.

Placebo as an active force

These days there seem to be much research done concerning placebo and the functions and physiological implications of placebo. This is very good indeed since placebo has been highly neglected in medicine and also in psychology.
What you expect to happen very often tends to happen. It is for example possible to give placebo pills or common physiological salt infusion to get the same or almost the same pain reduction that you get from morphine. For many of us working with psychotherapy this is nothing new. Changing expectations is very much what psychotherapy is all about and we who are active in this field work actively with this all the time.
New research shows that placebo is physiologically active and makes the brain and nervous system act according to what is expected. Hence the same processes in the brain and nervous system is activated by placebo pills as is activated with opiates if this is in line with the expectations of the patient. There are a lot of similar results being published for many different treatments.
In my view there is actually no limit to the extent of placebo. If you go to the bottom of it all learning is conditional. However even in very deep layers of our conciousness we tend to view this conditional learning as "reality". To stop this is an active process which must be done conciously and deliberately. You need to actively change how you look upon the nature of reality if you want to be able to conciously change the very very deep conditional learning which build our world. To affect and change less deep conditioning and expectations is however possible without being that drastical.

Since expectations are so very important it is important how we act and and treat others and this is especially important when working or acting as helpers or healers in the medical and psychological field of work. Acting in a positive and proper way according to the problem at hand can make a very big difference for the result of a treatment. If you want to affect deeper subconcious expectations you can do this if you are very aware of your own self your own inner expectations and if you know how to use your communication to affect the subconcious parts of a patient. An obvious way to do this is to use hypnosis. This can be very effective but to do it you need a certain acceptance from the patient/client. It is however possible to use ordinary language of body and voice to get subliminal responses if you are skilled enough. As said above this however demands a rather high degree of self knowledge and experience.

It would be highly desirable if medical doctors could adopt more insights concerning the force of placebo (and its opposite nocebo). If this would happen medical treatment will most certainly improve a lot and it will for example be possible to reduce costsome and often partly harmful medication. However the training in medicine is most often counteractive regarding this aspect. Flexibility is low and conditioning very high for medical doctors. This often makes them rigid when it comes to new learning and especially so if it is not very concrete. Since the very nature of actively affecting expectations is not very concrete and personal flexibility is needed I think there must be radical changes in the basic approach of the training programs to make it possible to teach doctors how to use placebo in more than a rudimentary way.

 

Senses, perception and communication

 

"In the beginning there was sound. The voice and the words of God created the world."

This metaphor is deeply rooted in different stories of creation including the bible. As for most of us we tend to think of sound as the primary tool for communication. This is something which is very untrue. Words are maybe 15% of human communication. Tonal patterns and how you choose to combine the words are another part which is at least as important as the words are in/by themselves. For learning more about communication, tonal patterns are as a matter of fact possibly more important to consider than the abstract meaning of the words. An illustrating example of the importance of tonal patterns is the fact that it is for instance possible, to say the simple words YES or NO with many different meanings depending on the way you pronounce and and express them. If you try to play with this for a while I think you can most certainly find more than ten different meanings for each of them just by changing intonation. If you add body language there are even more possibilities.
Body language, meaning gestures and postures and the body language of the face (our facial expressions) is another important part of communication which is at least as important as words and intonation. Facial expressions are the most important part of body language. The importance of this comunication is very great indeed. Our face is full of small sensors which are very perceptive. The internal feeling in the face is different with the change of the facial muscles by milimeters or sometimes even tenths of milimeters. However that is not enough. That same small change in your face can totally change your whole internal perception of the body as well, how you feel and also as a matter of fact how you think about yourself. Again however this is not enough. The same very small change in your face will change how you are perceived by others and how they feel about you. The importance of the face and facial expressions should not be underestimated.
Some parts of the face are more important and these are mainly the central parts. The mouth and the area around it. The nose and the area around it and the eyes and the area around the eyes. The eyes are very important in themselves. It is however very hard to differentiate between the eyes and the area around the eyes since this is maybe the part where the smallest change can have the greatest impact and make the biggest difference.
If you find my statements hard to believe you should sit for a while and let yourself make small small changes in your face and FEEL the differences in feeling which are sometimes very obvious not only in the face but in the whole body.

Exercise
Sit down by yourself, if possible in front of a mirror. It is also very good to do this exercise together in a pair and then you should sit opposite each other and take turns with trying out the exercise and acting as an observer and/or maybe also as mirror.
The first thing you should test is to very slightly raise the corners of you mouth. You dont need to raise them very much at all before the feeling of joy gets obvious. Do the same in the opposite way and make the corners of your mouth fall slightly downwards and very soon you feel sadness creeping into your whole body. To feel very joyfull or very sad you have to move the corners of the mouth maybe 5 millimeters up or down. Only very little is however enough for the more subtle changes, which even if they are subtle make a very big difference. You could also try pressing the lips and teeth together and widen your nostrils slightly and feel that the result of that probably will take you close to anger and fill you with anger.
Play with these and other facial expressions for a short while and notice also the resulting effects in your internal feelings and in body postures and maybe even associated thoughts. Try and make the changes smaller and smaller and then also exaggerate your expressions. If you work in a pair the observer should try to notice how he or she gets affected by the different expressions and the changes in the percieved expressions.

The anatomy and physiology involved in facial body language and expressions is very complicated. The inervation of the face is very rich and there are links from the whole face to both halves of the brain. This is also true for the eyes. In the brain there are complex connections and linkage which make your face interact with your whole body.

The main feelings of sadness, anger and joy are closely linked to facial expressions but also to the body as a whole and there are typical body postures connected to each of these mayor feelings.

If you work on this and exaggerate the expressions of happiness sadness and anger in your face you will clearly notice how your body follows and how the body postures will change very drastically for each feeling.

It is a pity that surgeons who make plastic surgery on the face does not take into account the importance of facial inervation and how the language of the faces of their patients can be very distorted and disturbed by their operations. Especially if you make big or repeated operations in the central area of the face this will most often have a severe effect on their patients internal reference system and deprive them of the ability to express nuances. This also can have a huge impact on how they percieve and think upon themselves as persons. Disturbances are not limited to the face since the facial expressions are so closely interlinked with bodily perception.

As mentioned above, facial expressions and body postures does not only affect feelings, they affect thoughts as well and they can be linked to verbal thoughts as well as internal pictures. This is something that is well known to modern actors who often work with film or TV where the face is very exposed to the audience. They know this and they have to make the ability of using the "right" thoughts, part of their acting to give a reliable impression to their viewers.
To know body language and be conscious of this part of communication can be very beneficial to most people as long as they stay with the wholeness and dont try to interfere too much in separate parts of what they express.
In general it is very good to be aware of the body and what goes on in the body. Knowledge in this area affects the self and how we think upon ourselves as persons.

As for a person who is acting on a magical level knowledge of these things are essential. To be able to use intent properly it is necessary to be clean and without double messages in ones communication and that requires god control in all parts of communication without exception.

More about senses and sensibility

There is much more to say about senses and sensibility. Our body is a "whole" where everything is connected to everything else. There is a meaning connected to every part of us and if we want to have full use of ourselves and our ability to interact nothing should be neglected or removed. I want to add something to the understanding of this.
In the text above I have mentioned the risks connected to operating our faces since this can disturb much of our comunicative abilities and our self perception. There are also other areas where our so called modern world tend to make us less able to feel what we need to feel. There is for example a growing tendency to remove hair from our bodies. This is actually depriving us of the most subtle nuances connected with touch. Every hair in our skin has a nerve end connected to the "rot" of the hair. When a hair is touched this creates a very subtle feeling which is needed for experiencing the more delicate nuances in being touched. In lovemaking this can be very very important and highten the experience to levels which will be lost to us if the hair is removed. If the hair is still there but has been cut short the feeling of touch connected to te hair will still be there BUT the more subtle nuances will be lost. To remove our hair or cut it away will therefore have effects that are more harmful that most people seem to realise. I must point out that what i am describing concerns the most subtle ways of touch. You will still feel nice being touched when hair is not there. However the very subtle nuances connected to touch and hair is what stimulates and wakes up tenderness and sweetness the most and this is in my opinion maybe the most important part in intimate touch and lovemaking.

Our genitals is another part of our body where parts of human society tend to violate and neglect our integrity and the need to keep our sensibility. This concerns males in some cultures and women in others. Mutilating female genitals is widely used in some cultures mostly in african societies, but also in parts of asia and south america. This is a very ugly habit and also considered so by most "modern and developed" people. For most of us in the western world it is hard not to be very angry about what is sometimes done to young girls growing into womenhood.
When it comes to mutilating young boys by removing their foreskin this ugly habit is however concidered OK even by some "modern" cultures. Even if removing the foreskin on young boys is not as debilitating as is the way the genitals on many young girls are harmed it is however a severe and harmful thing to do. The foreskin is highly sensitive and without it men are deprived of the most subtle touch connected to delicate lovemaking. It will be like eating a piece of candy with the paper still on. You will miss the subtle taste and sweetness of entering the vagina in a similar way that you miss the subtleness and sweetness of the candy piece if the paper is still covering it. In more delicate and "sweet" lovemaking this will also make the woman miss some of the tenderness and sweetness of penetration. It is actually so that the foreskin and the labia are like a couple and closely related in being the doorway to connection between a man and woman in intercourse. Many of us who have stopped in this doorway and waited for a while have felt the subtle sweetness and fullfillness in this "opening up or unlocking" process. It is hard to understand that the primitive habit of mutilating young boys is still considered ok in some more modern western cultures. It is a severe violation of the young boys.
The only consolation for the victims is maybe that you do not tend to miss what you have never experienced and lovemaking can still be very nice without the foreskin, BUT if you have tasted candy without paper on it I doubt that you will be fully satisfied if the paper is there when you get it in your mouth. It is in my opinion highly sinful and a criminal act to deprive young boys of their ability to feel all they need by mutilating them.
I will give you another parable. The labia and the foreskin are like the lips in our mouths. When they touch it is like a kiss. To mutilate the labia or the foreskin is like removing the lips or part of the lips. This can be much worse for young girls depending on how much is removed but it is very bad for young boys as well. You will heal and if young you will probably heal rather well. You will also be able to enjoy sex and feel pleasure but you will never experience the true "kiss" between labia and foreskin and the sweetness and joy connected to this meeting.
The two examples about removal of hair and foreskin are important because they show us how our modern world can be very primitive indeed and that our cultural and social habits sometimes makes us very victimized.

Fashion is another area where people sometimes get highly victimized and where they very often chose this freely. Young women chose to starve themselves to fit into deprived ideals. They put on high heels which might feel nice in shorttime use but when used often will destroy the feet and block the lower back and hips. These examples are just two out of many. One can wonder what kind of people there are in the fashion world who like to make people harm their bodies this way.

Neuro Linguistic Programming

There is one school of communicative theory and psychology which is very interesting if you want to dig deeper into the subject of communication, senses and perception. This theoretical concept is called NLP or Neuro Linguistic Programming.

 

NLP was developed in the ninetenseventies. It is not an invention but a discovery or maybe a little of both and it is a breakthrough in the field of how to understand and systematize human communication.
The founders of NLP John Grinder and Richard Bandler have systematically studied the patterns of communication. By looking at the basic elements like words, intonation and body language they have discovered and mapped different patterns and noted their implications and effects. NLP is a tool. It was developed with focus on practical handling and doing and how to achieve proper results.
Accordingly you could say that NLP firstly is a practical methodology and secondly a theory in the field of human growth and change and a theoretical part of psychology-psychotherapy.
NLP is closely related to gestalt therapy in that it partly refines and develops techniques which have been introduced as part of the gestalt concept. NLP also has similarities to gestalt therapy in its pragmatic approach and its focus on "how to do" to stimulate human growth and change. At least as important as the gestalt influence are however ideas and practises fetched from the works of Milton H Ericksson, the most famous user of hypnosis for psychotherapeutical purposes in the 20:ieth century

The story of how NLP was created and developed is rather fascinating. This is the story as I have heard it.
The founders, John Grinder and Richard Bandler were scholars in mathematics and linguistics. They were together in the therapeutical climate and culture that was part of the human growth movement in the late 1960:s. Questioning a lot of what they witnessed, they took upon themselves to study what it was that made some therapists able to help people change while others where not very successful. They choose to study three particularly good therapists, all different and all very successful in stimulating change. Two of the three were gestalt therapists namely Fritz Perls the founder of gestalt therapy and Virginia Satir one of its most well known and skilled practitioners, famous for her work with family therapy. The third was Milton Eriksson as mentioned above one of the most skilled users of hypnosis as a therapeutical instrument in modern psychotherapy.
Grinder and Bandler studied how these three used their communicational skills. In their analyses they put high emphasis on non verbal communication and also on how language was used, meaning choice of words, building of phrases and tonal patterns and other aspects. They discovered that although the three were very different, their strategies for communication and intervention were very similar.
Based on these patterns and a very skilled study of other therapists plus a lot of cases, clients and therapy sessions they started to formulate the base for NLP. The new approach that NLP represents was presented in the middle of the 1970:s.

Grinder and Bandlers books gives a lot of very interesting, useful and in the immediate approach amazingly simple examples and analyses of communication both verbaly and otherwise between therapists and clients. Reading their books the importance of, and responsibility for proper and adequate communication as an instrument in therapeutical work becomes very obvious.

I think that knowledge of NLP or other similar knowledge is essential in the field of any activity where you wish to induce change. It gives you the tools to work systematically, to minimize your effort and to specify and target the result you want to achieve. There is small magic i NLP since it deals a lot with what goes on in the subconscious parts of humans and of human communication.

Below I will give a short introduction in the basics of NLP.

 

Sensory systems and strategies

 

NLP deals with perception and references to our memory. You could say that it deals with inner as well as outer perception, our own and that of people with whom we communicate. The maybe most important part of NLP is to systematically divide human perception, memory references and communication in five different areas: 1) seeing; 2) hearing; 3)feeling; 4)smelling and 5)tasting. To do this seems rather obvious but it has not, to my knowledge been done before in a systematical way.
Seeing, hearing and feeling are the most obvious of the above areas and these three are very important for how we organize our thoughts. The other two, tasting and especially smelling are also important but not as frequently used in our conscious thought patterns. They tend to be more active and important on a deeper subconscious level than the other three.
All humans normally use all the three mayor areas or "sensory systems", but it is not unusual that we use only one or two of them consciously and the/thee other(s) subconsciously . Sometimes one of the sensory areas can be very dominant which tend to "lock up" our thought patterns

One of NLP:s discoveries is that we move our eyes in a different way depending on which of these three systems that is active for the moment. How we move our eyes can differ. However we can all of us be divided into groups where the patterns are the same. Most right handed people fall into one dominating mayor group which is represented by the picture below.

Picture

  • When making internal pictures people look 1. up and to the left for remembered (eidetic) pictures 2. up and to the right for constructed pictures. 3. straight forward and slightly defocused for certain "visionary like" pictures. Number 3 is mostly not as commonly used as the other two.
  • When hearing inner sounds or words people look horisontally to the left for remembered sounds or words and horisontally to the right for constructed sounds or words. People also look down to the left for unspecified access of words.
  • When feeling internal feelings people look down to the right. Smell and taste also are represented in this area.

Constitutionary left handed people have a reversed pattern to that of right handed people and then there are a relatively few with other patterns. By putting a few of "the right" questions it is always relatively easy to if needed "map" the pattern a person have.

When we communicate verbally the eye movements are always more or less matched by words in the same sensory area.

  • When making internal pictures we use words like "se; wiew; picture; vision; seems; clear;" etc.
  • When hearing internal sounds or words we tend to use external words like "hear; listen; sound; tell; speak" etc.
  • As for the feeling area we use words like "heavy; grab; handle; feel; grip;" etc

If you combine looking at a persons eye movements and listening to their choice of words it is always possible to know which of these three sensory systems that are at work for the moment. Changes can be fast, but we tend to use patterns that are rather individual.

Thought patterns

When we organize our thoughts we usually do this in two or three steps using three different systems. 1. Our "leading system" access some information for example a picture. 2. After this we might access associated information for example some internal verbal commentary to the picture. This is called the "representational system". 3. Lastly we go to our "reference system" to check for validity/internal conclusion for instance by checking if it feels right. If you have a two step strategy you have a leading system which is the same as your representational system and then you do the step 3 referential checking directly after step 1.

Example: If you ask someone how to spell a word there is an interesting pattern which according to Grinder and Bandler all good spellers use. It is a two step strategy. 1. They access an eidetic, remebered picture of the word. 2. They check this picture kinestetically. Accordingly the typical pattern for a "normally organized" right handed person is to 1. first look up and to the left and then 2. down and to the right often with a small confirming reaction connected to the "feeling check".
According to Grinder and Bandler all other spelling strategies results in bad spelling even if some strategies are better than others. One typical strategy which really bad spellers use is to begin with hearing the remebered sound of the word internally and then try to check it out in one of the other sensory systems.

 

Internal maps and associations

 

During his or her life every person builds up an internal "reference system" consisting of experiences, memories conclusions and ideas. We all internalise what we experience. It is however important not to believe or think of all our memories as reality, since they are of course not. They are only our own representations of reality and they can sometimes be heavily distorted.
In our daily life we use our inner references and reference system as a map. We compare it with what we experience today and use this comparison to orient ourselves and to choose how to interact with other people and the world around us. All our memories in this map are accessible through and associated with one or more of our sensory channels. When we communicate our senses always trigger and relate to internal associations from our "map." These associations are mostly functional. Sometimes they are however not very constructive to use for interacting with others but we use them anyhow.
There are a lot of different individual strategies for how we typically organize our thoughts. Some however in each given situation works better than others. Helping people with personal problems to organize themselves differently and more functionally is one part of what NLP is all about. Helping people to be less bound to and give alternatives to "bad associations" by giving them new constructive and positive ones are another area where NLP is very effective.

 

Matching

 

Matching or pacing is an important part of NLP. This is not a totally new idea or strategy but in NLP it is refined and more subtle than in any other well known technique that I know of. This has its base in the fact that NLP is both very systematic and gives very thorough information to its user.
Matching or pacing means to adapt yourself and your communication to someone else(s). This is very important in all communication, and people often match each other subconsciously. When done consciously it is however very effective and can be a powerful tool for getting the outcome you want. When used in psychotherapy matching is often necessary to use to get in contact with the client and to have their confidence. Many psychotherapists use pacing as a natural talent without thinking about it. Others use it more consciously.

To match or pace someone you should mainly adapt to their body language and to their choice of words and tonal patterns. Doing this without being obvious will help to get in contact with the other person. When done more systematically as is possible with the use of NLP, you notice how people communicate by looking at eye movements and listening to choice of words and notice choice of sensory system and then you combine this knowledge with noticing body posture, tonal patterns, breathing etc. When done in a proper way this can allow you to lead the conversation or communication. As soon as you by pacing get good contact or "rapport" you are able to steer the communication your way if you wish to do so.
In psychotherapy this allows you to help people change their communicational strategies and to change how they use/organize their sensory systems and associated thoughts. What is relatively easy is for example to help people who have a dominant sensory system to open up to using the other ones more frequently as well. This is good to do since everyone need to have easy access to all three of the mayor sensory systems. One way to do this is to pace the sensory system a person uses and then link to one or more of the others. Done rightly and in a way that "anchors" this link within the other person it has lasting effects.
Another thing that is relatively easily done is to help a bad speller change by teaching him/her to use the right accessing strategy.
Important in all psycho therapeutical work is to first notice what and how people do to communicate and how they organize themselves and then by pacing, linking and other means help them to change.
When and if you use NLP you should realise that it is a powerful technique which used wrongly can be manipulative and hurt both the user and persons he or she tries to manipulate.

 

NLP and hypnosis

 

As mentioned NLP is a very potent method and for the skilled user it is not at all difficult to use it for trance induction and hypnotic suggestions. NLP is as a method designed to allow communication with subconscious parts of a person and when you combine this with inducing a trance it is possible to manipulate and deeply affect people without them knowing or beeing able to resist.
Milton Ericksson who as a person has had great influence on the development of NLP was a very skilled user of hypnosis. John Grinder and Richard Bandler were or are, when they choose to maybe as skilled as Milton Ericksson.
When working with hypnosis good pacing is absolutely necessary. After pacing successfully you are able to lead conversation/communication and then it is not difficult to induce a trance if you have the skill. I will not go further into this since it would require a more thorough account of NLP than this book gives. Instead I recommend the reader to read one or more books about NLP and trance work.

 

Personal views

 

I studied NLP in the early 80:s as part of my continuos training as a gestalt therapist. My training as a gestalt therapist had already made me rather skilled at using myself and my communication as a therapeutical instrument. I was however very fascinated by NLP and in my studies I got a deeper and wider understanding of how to further adapt and use my own communicational patterns. I also learned some very useful new techniques and acquired other very usefull knowledge.
Little by little I started to integrate my new learnings in my professional work to the benefit of myself and my clients.
However NLP also gave me different kind of impulses and understanding. I became very much more conscious regarding the limits of and problems with manipulative techniques. I looked with partly new eyes upon gestalt therapy and the rather extensive manipulation that is sometimes part of this therapeutical concept. The result was for my part a rather radical change in relation to psychotherapeutical work, my own as well as others.
As I see it it is important to have great respect for the type of communicative techniques that NLP represents. They are very useful but must be used with great care. Carelessness strikes back on both client and therapist. As a matter of fact it can be even more risky for the therapist. It is almost impossible to live an ordinary, healthy and sound life if You fall into the trap of using this kind of "therapeutical glasses" and these tools for change in your ordinary life. If You start to involve and use these techniques in your personal life You risk to alienate and isolate yourself from friends, family and collegues. I have seen this happen and it is very difficult to reverse this process of alienation.
As for myself I have made my choice and I use this kind of techniques only in my profession in my work with clients and groups. To do otherwise would be as bad as if a surgeon would walk around and wave with his scalpel outside his operation room.

 

NLP and magic

 

It should be obvious to the reader why I choose to write about NLP as part of the subject of magic. NLP is as potent in this area as it is when used more "normaly". Some of the learnings that NLP provide are necessary for a person who chooses to open up to magic. These skills are of course not new. On the contrary they have always at least partly been part of magical teachings and training. With NLP much of this knowledge has left the often secret learning field of magical tradition. NLP also gives new additionary knowledge which makes these things easier to learn.

There is a lot more to NLP than the above and I therefore recommend you to read one or more books about NLP. The title I especially recommend for beginners is "Frogs into Princes" by Bandler and Grinder

Eye movements

There is a need to say something more about eye movements.
In Nlp there is a lot of new information, knowledge and insights about the importance of our eyes and the communication that is connected to our eyes and how we move them.
However knowledge about the importance of the eyes and eye movement is not at all new. There are many methods connected to eye movement in the traditions of so called primitive tribes. In shamanic knowledge and teaching training connected to eye movement has been a method for helping pupils to get more integrated and to get insights about how they function and about their own minds and bodies.
Rotating your eyes, defocusing your eyes, moving them diagonally or in other patterns has been known to be of importance for personal development and getting to know more about yourself an the way you function in deeper parts of your self.
In modern psychology these methods have in recent years been rediscovered and integrated as a method to work with change and personal development. The most important use is to help locking up and decharging trauma. This function is actually a very effective way of using eye movements for helping people.
Rotating your eyes or moving them from left to right or diagonally or in some other patterns can help to open the communication between the two halves of our brain. This effect is a result of the way our eyes are functioning. The optical nerves are crossed in a way that makes the eyes a gateway to opening up communication in the brain.
When whe are traumatised the communication between the two halves of our brain is interrupted. The memory of the situation and experience connected to and creating the trauma gets locked up in a circular pattern and this makes this experience difficult or impossible to put away and to make it an integrated part of our memory which we can leave be. This circular pattern and lack of communication from left to right is the way a trauma functions and when opening communication between left and right the blocking function is repealed and the trauma is decharged and can be integrated as a more ordinary "memory" in our history/luggage.
When a person is very seriously tarumatised the interuption of communication in the brain might lead to partial or total loss of connection with what has happened. The memory gets locked up and put "safely" away mostly in our right half of the brain. This "safety" is of course imaginary since the effects of the trauma are still there disturbing the persons life, sometimes making life very difficult. When unlocking such a trauma you must be prepared to work with the memories coming back to our awareness. Help with this most often needed.
There is more to say about eye movements and also about other similar methods connected to stimulating energy points around the eyes and in our face more generally, but this will have to wait.

Your mind and your thoughts. Programming and reprogramming

Our thoughts govern all that we are and everything that we do.
Your mind is very like a computer and your consciousness is like the mouse, certain touchpad and keyboard working on the interface constituted by your conscious mind. This means that your conscious mind at least theoretically can govern everything inside your mind as long as it knows how to do so.

Most people have very limited access to what´s inside their mind AND to the methods for working on material and programs on the deeper levels. To really be able to change things you need to be a “hacker” and as hackers need to know a lot of things about how computers work and about programming you also need to know similar things about the human mind to be able to “hack your own mind”

There are many layers of thoughts inside your mind, like programs inside programs in a computer and the deeper and more rapid layers seem mostly to govern the slower thoughts “above it” that are closer to our awareness.
Lately there has in modern psychology arrised more awareness in this area. The book “thinking fast and slow” by nobel prize awarded Daniel Kahneman is such an example.
There is however more to this than just fast and slow. We actually think slow, less slow fast, faster, very fast and…...?

If you work on your awareness and stand aside in your mind and look at your own thoughts it is actually possible to notice the different layers of thoughts and to be aware of how your mind works and how you think.

Most people are aware only of the slow way of thinking that is “on top” of our awareness. Most people are also stuck in these thoughts in a way that they can mostly not stand aside and notice their thoughts very much. However I think most of us have moments when we suddenly get aware that we follow a line of thoughts and maybe wonder how we ended up thinking on a specific topic. We sometimes then also follow our thoughts backwards to where a certain chain of thoughts seem to have started. These moments are valuable. Very much so actually and they should be cultivated.
This cultivation of your mind and awareness is what you do in the more powerful methods of meditation even if you then usually don’t go back in the thought line but just stay in the place of awareness where you can "look at" and notice what you think and feel from the outside.
Meditating this way you can little by little be more aware and learn to stand aside and look at and notice thoughts as well as feelings. Following this path you also get more and more able to look at your bodily functions, perception and inner sensations from “the outside” and the more you develop this ability the less you are a victim of what you think and feel.

There is a trap here for those who think that it is enough to look at thoughts alone.
As I just mentioned your body, your perceptions, your feelings and your emotional self must be part of your “studying” if you are to be successful. Feelings and emotions are actually as important as thoughts and are actually an integrated part of thinking at least for us humans and other biological beings here on this planet.
I will write more about bodily perception and feelings later. Here it is however important to point out that feelings, emotions and attitudes are so much integrated with your thoughts that you cannot master your thoughts without knowing and mastering your feelings, emotions and and attitudes as well.
The way to reach deeper levels inside your mind goes NOT by focusing on your thoughts BUT on focusing on your body ad its perceptions and on your feelings, attitudes and emotions. This way you will also reach your deeper normally subconsious thoughts and you will do it in a way that makes it possible to alter them. All sensations in your body can be helpful when learning about your deeper self but your feelings and emotions are absolutely essential. Your feelings, attitudes and emotions are also like keys in the sense that they lock or unlock your fixed thought patterns.

The thoughts that most people are aware of in their daily existence and which I refer to in the above described process are something that most people can notice rather easily. These are the slow thoughts which constitute the “upper layer” in our awareness.

Continuing the described path of standing aside and take notice of thoughts and feelings there will sooner or later come a time when you start to notice the different layers of thoughts in your mind. You will more and more be in a place where your mind seems still, like it is without thoughts. You will then also realize how extremely difficult it actually is not to think at all.
In this place in your mind you need to have an anchor, something that you can use as focus. In Zen practice this anchor is usually your body and your awareness of breathing. At least this is so for most practitioners. Later in the meditation process your heart and its pulse might however be at least as important as your breathing or even more so. Referring to what I have written earlier it is also so that the heart is the most important focusing and anchoring point there is and that the heart is a link between heaven and earth. Because of that you need the awareness of your heart bodily as well as mentaly and emotionaly to be able to navigate magic properly.

In your place of stillness where thoughts seem vacant you will experience the rapid thoughts. The thoughts that arise so quickly that you don´t know that they are there before they have actually manifested and had effect on your awareness, mind and your self perception. You might also get to see that there are more rapid thoughts and less rapid thoughts.
The more you notice thoughts and their content AND their effect on your feelings the more obvious it will be how great their impact and effect is on you self perception and who you think you are and on your actions. You will also realise how much they affect your view of others and how you percieve the "reality" that surrounds you. You will little by little be more aware of and notice the less rapid thought processes and that there are actually like layers of thoughts and that your “ordinary” slow thoughts are just like the top of an iceberg.
You will eventually come closer and closer to see that very often you make decisions and conclusions very quickly and that you do this in a part of your mind that was earlier not available for your everyday consciousness. This part of your mind is where so called intuition originates. You perceive it consciously as if you just know things. However now being more perceptive you maybe see that you actually process things in this place but very, very quickly and that you make judgements and conclusions and often also decide things but so fast that you cannot follow it the way you do slower thought processes. Deep deep down you might even get to notice the processes that constitutes, shapes and upholds our "reality."

There is more to say about intuition. In line with what I say in the text above what we call intuition is actually very often conclusions or decisions that we make ourselves but so swiftly that we feel or think we just know something. However there is more to this. Intuition can also very often be due to our contact with the collective awareness/consiousness that we share with other humans and also with animals and other parts of creation. I would say that this colllective part is maybe more important as part of what we call intuition and there are also mixtures of what we pick up from collective areas and our own rapid thought processes.

To work actively with your rapid thoughts is not easy and takes some training. If you want to work with these rapid thoughts more actively you will have to “make packages” of your thoughts. That is, You might affect the content by learning what is in there, by learning what they are about and what the effect is. You might then alter this by making a different package and make an exchange. It´s in a way like you have labels telling what´s inside so you can choose which package you want but this is of course a simplification. The labels are connected to a feeling /sensation in your body that goes with it and mostly you have like a picture or a metaphor that you use as a label. What way you do it however very personal. Working this way is as I said not easy.

To make you understand better I will add examples.
There are thoughts within thoughts, within thoughts...... Everything is built up of thoughts, meaning that if you for instance think "wall" or "boat" or "consciousness" you have once learnt the content of these words, what they mean and stand for. This content is built of "tinier" parts or thoughts in your mind, which in their turn is built up of even "tinier" parts. Your mostly subconscious mind reads these thoughts/parts very rapidly and you just know what a "wall" is. The similarity to a computer is almost frightening. Your mind is like the processor and your conscious part as the screen. You can also think of this as if Your conscious mind is a complex program that handles other programs which in their turn handle other often less complex programs and so on. Because of this you might only need to give simple commands to make a lot of things happening.
what I mean with labels and packages is exactly the same as when you think of "wall" and just "know" what it is. It is also about giving commands consciously where you before did this subconsciously.
You can consciously build something in your mind that has a content that you know and you can label it with some kind of association that makes it possible to reach the whole content instantly. You can also break down known things by realising what the content is and change it by removing and/or replacing something.
As an example think of a fruit like an orange. You just know its colour, its texture , its smell, how it feels to hold, what the shell is like when you peel it, how it looks inside, the sound when you squeeze it, how the taste is and so on. You have learnt this and built up this knowledge partly with your conscious mind but mostly with your subconscious mind. You have used your senses and your brain to do all this and you have an inner knowledge saying what an orange is. This knowledge has different inner sensations connected to it and maybe positive feelings and memories. Aside from oranges there are rather similar fruits like grapes, clementines, nectarines and maybe more. They are rather similar to look at and sometimes it is hard to separate and orange from a clementine. The content is however different and there are also oranges with slightly different content from other oranges. In the end of course every orange is unique, but that leads to far even if it is important to know.
When you now realise how much of underlying information there is connected to an orange you probably realise the complexity of this fruit and also that if you change for ex the taste of it it is almost like something else. There are probably persons having very negative associations with oranges due to how they have learnt about them. If you can go into the content they associate with it and replace the bad/negative associations with positive ones you might change the whole meaning they give oranges in their life.
As another example take an ordinary almond. I think most people find them likeable. Then there are bitter ones looking the same to the eye. The bitterness is part of the bitter ones because of them having cyanide inside which is also very poisonous. If this would be a thought or conclusion in your mind they might look alike but give you a very different view of the thing or fenomenon they stand for or for your self image.
When you consciously change things in your mind one can think of it like you have one package saying bitter and one saying sweet and You remove the bitter one from the almond and replace it with the sweet one. If you have no labels like bitter and sweet this would be a very complex thing to do but using labels it is possible because everything inside bitter goes away with the label and everything inside sweet comes with this label. In your mind it is however often not names but pictures that are more constructive to use, but that might depend on who you are and your own preferences. Important is as I have pointed out that the whole inner feeling and sensation goes with the label. I must point out this again. Your senses feelings and perception are absolutely essential when working with your mind.

I hope these examples makes it easier for you to grasp what I am trying to say. It is so very important to make this easy and not get trapped in details. You should never try to do too much at a time. To change bitter to sweet you dont need to touch the appearance, texture, color and sensory perception of the almond. You just change one aspect where the package itself might have a complex content without needing to touch the content or know all the parts it is built from. On the contrary, to consciously know all the parts in a package like this is probably impossible
To make this more understandable just think of what our language actually is. Every word is actually a label. Every word is filled with meaning and the content can be very complex. There is however a problem with using words as labels for exchanging content in our programming. This is due to the fact that our language is often filled with content that is to complex and sometimes also filled with counteractive meaning. There can often be both positive and negative content in the words we use and associations connected that can mix things up. This can be a fact even if we think we know the full meaning of the word. To use labels for changing the content of bad programming simplicity is important. you can use ordinary words if they are filled with positive meaning without contradictions. Actually a 2 word sequence is very potent as long as you are certain that the content is without contradictions. If you are not certain about this you should use your own labels filled with the meaning you have put there and which is as close to 100% positive as possible.
From what I have said here it is obvious how important names, associative learning and labels are. All learning is actually associative and when you learn your whole being is involved. Everything you experience is absorbed with all your senses. Thus ALL memories have once been an experience in your body and not just a thought in your mind. So called cognitive methods tend to miss this and hence are rather limited when it comes to change in deeper levels. To undo and to change learning in a deeper sense associative methods must be used and you sometimes need to revive the experience in your body connected to the original learning.
Labels and associations like names and pictures and the sensations that goes with them build our world. Without them we would be lost and loose connection and order. In modern psychology there is actually indications that if we have no label or name for something it might eventually not be there for us to perceive. I don´t know if this is true but the mere fact that it can be so is something worth consideration.

The habit of making conclusions and judgements about yourself and about others and about situations and circumstances are also a part of your more slow thought patterns and it might be there that you can more easily discover how frequent this is and how much it affects you.
As for being able to stay in the deeper and more rapid processes you MIGHT eventually be in a position where you can affect the intuitive parts in your mind. At least you might get better at knowing the reasons for and origin of part of your intuitive knowledge. You might also realize that intuition in fact at least partly originate from your own thought processes.

The further you go the closer you get to what I call intent. I don´t really know what that is. Or maybe I know but it is hard to explain.
It is just something that is there behind or inside your self awareness. It is like when you move your eyes from one spot to another. You just do it and mostly you do it as a reflective answer to something THAT HAPPENS OUTSIDE yourself, BUT there is a place where you are able to take control and decide where to look and this part of your awareness is where intent is housed.

In my own process I feel somewhat at lost to describe these deeper parts. Awareness itself MIGHT or IS eventually constituted of very deep thought processes and maybe it is in fact so that you always have thoughts even if they seem not to be there. They can be like more or less fixed in your mind as manifestations to take into notice and just being there but you cannot reach the place where control is possible or reach where these thoughts come from.

Where awareness itself comes from is not something that is easily grasped and in these very deep layers senses, perception and stillness are your main and maybe only tools. As I have pointed out above it is actually so that going deep enough we reach the parts of our mind that are intermingled with the consciousness of others, the layers that are sometimes called the collective consciousness or collective mind. In these parts there is a natural limit to your possibilities to take control even if influence is possible. There are those who might eventually work here and who can influence more than others. Full control is however hardly possible since the complexity and options are so vast. Aboriginees in Australia and new Zealand call this part dreamtime and they traditionally often have more conscious control here than we from the west. One problem is however that unconscious influence often has as much effect as conscious influence in our collective parts. That is probably why the western world could conquer Australia and the same goes for The American continent.

Another thing about dreamtime is that it is not only human consciousness that is important there, but the consciousness of all beings AND very important is that also non biological creation has its influence here. Consciousness is namely in everything around us and if you think otherwise you are just ignorant and that is a loss for you even if you of course are free to be as ignorant as you want.

Dreamtime is not where we go when dreaming. It can be but when dreaming you mostly go even deeper and to the place where EVERYTHING is connected not just the earthbound parts of us all. Because of this, dreaming is the most powerful tool of all and conscious dreaming is where you can navigate eternity with some small control.
Your own body is your anchor in ordinary dreaming, but to also have your heart as anchor is, as I have said before absolutely necessary if you do conscious dreaming otherwise the risk of losing yourself can be very great.

Since your thoughts govern all that you are and all that you do. You need to be able to find a way to master them if you don´t want to be their victim.
The thoughts that govern your being are locked in patterns in your different programs or layers of thought. The thought patterns are fixed and what locks them are your feelings, emotions and attitudes.

If you are aware of the way your mind works when awake you might notice that you make conclusions almost all the times all day. You confirm things that you think you know and you conclude new things and this happens very fast and very often, actually almost all the time you are awake. As an example just think of how often you make judgements and conclusions about the people around you. You see a person and you think you “know” what this person is like just by a quick look. You might also notice that there are always feelings involved here. You get a “feeling” of who this person might be.
The judgement or conclusion is based on your experience and learning and you have gone through the process of building up you experience this way to be able to navigate being a human among other humans.
These judgements and conclusions about others are however often very superficial and they can be very, very wrong. The least you can say is that they are limited and that they limit yourself even if they also help you to “navigate” your life.

Having your awareness on your mind and thoughts you will notice that your conclusions and judgements very often are about yourself. You constantly judge or evaluate yourself and your actions and possibilities. Actually also when making conclusions about others you often end up comparing yourself to others having an opinion about who you are and what you do and judging or making conclusions about yourself as well. All the time this self evaluation is combined with a feeling or attitude. It can be self loathing, pride, a feeling of being better than others, a feeling of being bad or a failure or hopefully of being good and successfull. Actually we are filled with these patterns about ourselves as well as others.
YOU NEED TO LEARN TO UNLOCK Your fixed thought patterns and avoid judgements based on prejudice if you want to be freer and more open AND for making magic it is necessary.
To open up these patterns you need to notice the very rapid conclusions you do and to notice when they are confirmed and locked by an attitude, emotion or feeling in your mind and body.
DON'T try to push anything away BUT just notice and refrain from letting the feeling that follows your conclusion get set and make the conclusion fixed like with saying inside "This is the way it is". Let the conclusive feeling slowly disperse and stay with it till it´s gone or almost gone and instead put a feeling in your mind about yourself like for example, I am nice and beautiful, I am a loving person who does not need to make judgements. Important is to use just one such affirmation at a time and to use one as simple and central as possible. To use affirmations where your heart is involved as an anchor is in my opinion central to keep a proper "balance" and not loose yourself.
All this is to be done very subtle and easy with a very light touch. Almost like you are petting yourself inside your mind. No pushing away! No grabbing. NO judgement about yourself being other than nice even if you kind of feel it is hard to succeed. It is not easy to navigate inside your thought patterns and learning comes little by little.
If it feels difficult just have a good anchor that you stick to like for ex "I have a good heart and I am just wonderful". Let this feeling of yourself being wonderful bee the main tool that you use as a substitute for feelings and judgements that you want to get rid of, both about yourself and about others.

There is another way of describing how these processes might be perceived inside: You might perceive it as if you are "straightening out" your thoughts. An example: You suddenly realise that you are in the process of making a conclusion or judgement that you don´t want to do, at least not automatically. For example you happen to think about a situation and realise that you start to judge yourself. "Oh I shouldn´t have done that. I failed" or "I´m bad" In the end of this conclusion there is like a loop where you lock the judgement. Breathing and feeling are involved in this. For my part I perceive it as if the loop goes from my brain and down into the body where a feeling about myself quickly manifests and then it kind of "sets" or locks up very very quickly. The locking part is always done when breathing out and the whole process sets at the end of the exhalation. This is at least true for me and i have a hard time believing that it is not the same for others. After locking itself the conclusion and feeling involved is made a part of your luggage or maybe as often it confirms that this judgement about yourself is true and a part of who you are. In the short moment when I feel like my thoughts travel downwards to be locked up I just refrain form letting them and this is where it suddenly feels like the thoughts straighten out. It is like you DONT PUT AN END to this line of thought OR you put another end of your own choice. There is also an experience of similar kind with the feeling involved. Since you dont let it reach the conclusive "locking" part where it kind of sets inside, you can feel also as if the feeling straights out staying in a faze where it is less strong but still able to deal with by letting it disperse slowly or by changing it to a positive feeling about yourself. Again I must point out: NEVER GRAB or PUSCH. Just with a light touch of your mind steer the thoughts away and keep yourself from doing the "locking". After this you should just, either let the thought line and the feeling involved fade out into nothing or put another end to it saying something positive about yourself and add a positive feeling.
To add or replace an unwanted feeling and line of thought is fully possible before the "locking" takes place in the process described. After the "lock sets" it is almost impossible and you then need to wait until another possibility arises where your mind touch the same or a similar subject. The changing of the thought line does NOT mean that you affect what you did that led to this line of thought and make this act and/or this way of thinking positive but you change the internal consequences and conclude that you are good anyway and that you have the right to do just as good as you can. Even if you make mistakes you are just wonderful anyway. You should let the positive replacing conclusion go down into your body and let a positive feeling lock up the process. It does not need to be perfect. Just do the best you can. The important thing is the lock and the positive feeling about yourself not that you think right or anything like that. A positive lock or feeling about yourself like this is NEVER wrong. As for your life and your actions you will know when you make mistakes even if you dont judge yourself and you will be better off correcting mistakes if you can look at them like something that is NOT a part of yourself.

IT is very important not to work too intense with your mind in the way described. Just do it when you notice what´s happening and do as best as you can. THEN LET YOURSELF BE and let your mind be free to go elsewhere. You might maybe dwell on your positive feeling of having a good and loving heart or whatever similar positive feeling of yourself that you prefer, but never grab. Instead just let things go away easily and then let it be.

Short about decisions

I want to add a few things about making decisions.
Most of what you do in your life you do as a direct reaction to some outer stimuli or manifestation. Think of how it is when you drive a car. Almost everything is done automatically and as if without thought. There is input from your senses and there is reaction to this input. Since you have learnt how to drive this is most often done in a way that works well and the same goes for most of what we do and how we act daily. There are however some moments when you are required to decide what to do or if you should do "this" or do "that" like for example when choosing beween stopping or driving when a traffic light changes very late. At these points you mostly make up your mind very rapidly using your rapid or intermediate rapid thought processes and after this you continue to act in respons to outer stimuli.
Then there are the more slow and consious decisions that are an often important part of your life. They can be small or big and might occupy you and take much of your energy, BUT for your daily functioning they are not always very important even if they affect you when it comes to direction and what you do with your life.
You should learn to recognise what it is that you just do and what comes from consious, liminal and /or subliminal decision making and what is just done automatically. You should also learn to see how some decisions made consiously even if they seem small at the moment will get consequenses of a kind similar to the choise between staying at home or going to Stockholm or New York. Your consious decisions are mostly about direction and content. They have little to do with daily functioning but they can have a great impact on your life when it comes to your position and what you deal with. All this might seem obvious to you, but when you learn to affect the small choices and your behaviour it might affect also the bigger choices. This is due to the fact that "big" choices are sometimes made out of frustration because you don´t function well in your daily life. You might tend to make big changes when it is actually the smaller ones that will make you more content. If you function well contentment very often follows and the big choises in your life gets easier, are more in line with who you are and crave less energy.

This is a book of magic. I dwell a lot on how to work on yourself. This is however very important and necessary. Magic and change is not possible if you don´t know how to unlock the fixed patterns that constitutes reality and you must start with what is fixed inside yourself and what makes you unconsciously build the world and make you feel safe and like you know how things are.
The fixed patterns are there for a purpose and actually give some security even if they sometimes make the world you live in rigid and stiff. It is important to also accept most of what you have learned. Otherwise you will make reality collapse.
To navigate what you perceive as reality you however need to be consciously choosing at certain points when you find it needed for what you want and need and for what you think is right.

Here follows some shorter and partly unfinished chapters

Short about Names

Names are just names, labels that we use for ordering things and being able to separate things and think and talk about them in a structured way.
Your own name is also just a label and not you.
Your personality does not origin from your name even if it might be affected by it. If you think of your name as who you are you limit yourself and also confirm that you are no more than a product coming from the people who have given you your name. Usually this is your parents. I would say that you are not their creation or product even if they have had a very big influence on who you are. You existed before you came into this world and before you received your name and you will exist after you leave this life. You are something more than both your name and body and when you realise and accept this you will be much more free. There are concepts and/or myths about the power of names and it is true that they have power. The more you identify yourself with your name the more power you give over to it. I myths and fairytales There is a concept or an idea that if you know the true name of something or someone for example a dragon you have the power to force it to obey your command. I would say that if there is such a thing as a true name it is not just verbal. It is a mixture of all that you are expressed with all your being including your thoughts and feelings. It is your uniqueness manifested in the full way that you communicate who you are by living fully with all your senses and with all your communicative ability. Hence your true name is obviously much more than your given name. There is a nice way to describe this in the film Avatar. In this film there is a way to greet someone by saying " I See You" while looking into that persons eyes and clasping hands. This is closer to expressing a persons true name than saying for ex "Hi judith" or "Hi John".

Short about time

Time is a concept totally dependent on space. Space and time are like two aspects of the same fenomenon namely the duality following from the fact there is on one hand nothingness and on the other hand somethingness. The movement of something in nothing constitutes time.
Actually time does not exist, BUT at the same time it exists. This contradiction is strange but I think that the quantum theories of todays physics maybe can explain it, at least partly.
The contradiction is the same as the one we encounter when relating to on one hand oneness and on the other hand separateness. When fully in oneness time ceases to exist, but as soon as we enter separateness time is suddenly there.

The way we count time is relevant only in the way it is connected to movement. Movements like for example the spinning of the earth, the movement of the moon around the earth, the movement of the earth around the sun and the movement of the solarsystem in our galaxy and so on.... Our internal rythms like the pulse and breathing are also relevant on a smaller and more personal level and there is also a pulse in the cerebrospinal fluid which has relevance.
We count time from different events like the birth of Jesus and other events we consider important depending on cultural and religious beliefs. Which year it is according to the birth of Jesus is however in itself totally irrelevant. Every year is just another year, another cycle of the earths orbit around the sun. Hence it is of importance for those taking the path of magic to disconnect from the way we ususally count time and see it for what it is, a practical way to organise life and make a structure to be able to relate to historical and potential future events.

Time is both existing and not and it is almost impossible to grasp how this can be true. We look at our universe and try to find a starting point. I would say that there is no starting point at least not one we can grasp. The Big Bang is actually happening all the time and the same goes for universe expanding or contracting. The thing is that we can just view it from where we happen to be in this process and for us the universe is just in it´s expanding faze. I think you can concider this expansion and contraction the pulse of God or maybe the breath of God. This pulse or breath is what constitutes time.

There is another interresting thing about time and that is the fact that we experience time as going faster and faster. I think that this is due to the fact that the more structured our world gets, the more we also go into separateness and as a result time runs faster and faster for us. All of us experience this and it is an ongoing process, but we tend to be less and less able to relate to the slowness of our childhood when a summer was close to endless and each day was very very long. Time in the womb when we are almost still totally in oneness might actually in our experience have been close to endless.
This change in how we experience time is actually an indication that time in itself is not constant but relative. My father, who had a big interest in mathematics made an estimation or calculation about this fenomenon. The result he ended up with was that in a normal western lifespan we have lived half our life at the average age of about 17. If you think back and really try to remember how you experienced time in childhood this might indeed seem very plausible.

Disconnecting from duality

There is a place between right and left. It is also a place between up and down but that aspect is usually a little more difficult to experience and to explain. The place between right and left is also a place in our nervous system, a gate located in the old parts of the brain close to and connected to the pineal gland. The place between up and down is located at the same spot but is connected to our heart. Location is however not as important as is how you experience the place in your mind and body. Mostly there is a feeling and some kind of visual representation and there might also be sound and even smell that helps you perceive this door or gate or whatever this place is. Experiencing this place we might be able to leave duality. This is however not an easy thing to do. If you succeed the governing of our mind due to our two different halves of the brain is no longer relevant. Heaven and earth as opposed also loose relevance.
Reaching and/or being in this place we are in connection with change itself, the place where creation takes place. Creation is an ongoing process but at the same time there is no space or time here so both nothing and everything goes on at once. Everything is possible in this place and with a proper anchor it is possible to navigate here. The proper anchor is your heart so getting to know your heart is the best thing you can do for yourself. Since the heart is our best instrument for navigation also in the ordinary world there are only benefits from working with your heart and your ability to love life and creation.

Walk the line

There is a place between Yes an No. It is almost like a razors edge. To be there is to be free from judgement, free from conclusions free from confirming reality. Being there you are just the observer. This place is closely connected to what I have previously said about straightening out thoughts and feelings and refraining from making judgements and conclusions. Walking the line is however even more subtle and difficult. Being there you might perceive your heart as it is involved in our process of upholding the world. One heartbeat saying Yes and the next saying No endlessly repeating itself. Walking the line is like keeping one heartbeat in your left hand and the next in your right. Or you could say you have them like weights in the ends of a balancing rod. To walk the line you keep the balance and refrain from saying either Yes nor No and hence you dwell in between the two. This place is another aspect or way to be/stay outside of duality. You are still here inside duality, but part of you stretch out and dwell elsewhere. This ability can be very beneficial since you act like a link from here to somewhere else.

There is another "similar" way to be with your mind outside of this reality at the same time as you are here. It has other qualities and I have not explored enough to be able to judge ev similarities with the walking of the line described above.
You need to be one of the persons who percieve the year as a circular event or process inside your mind to do this. I think most people percieve the running of the year this way, but I know that everybody does not. If you don´t maybe you need to work on doing so before being able to do this exploring. I will try to describe this exploring as best as I can.
Percieving the year as a circular thing you should realise that there is a backside of this circel where the year runs in the opposite direction. You should work on reaching the other side and see the way time runs in a circel opposed to what you are used to. When you manage this step the next thing is to realise that there is an edge where you can dwell between the two sides. Do your best to stay on the edge and learn it´s qualities. Being on the edge you cannot really percieve the circular aspect. It is like walking the earth. There might be a spinning quality, a movement, but I think you should follow your own way when here and explore this in the way you find to be interesting. As for myself I have always found it easier to do these mental/inner explorations when getting close to midwinter solstice with an optimal point about a week after this reference point. I have actually felt an urge to try this out, an urge which has grown stronger and stronger the closer the year gets to midwinter. It was like a "calling" for several years. This calling stopped when I reached the next step.
The next step in this exloring process was for me to be/stay on the edge of the circular yearly movement and after finished exploring to let myself be thrown away from the whole thing. Firstly I went what felt like straight out, but once away all references went away. The only reference left was myself and I actually had my own perception of a body with me. Apart from that there was/is like nothing at all. No upside or downside. It does not matter much if you spin or feel like just sitting or lying down. There are things to explore here. I think however you should not dwell here too long but go back after a while. It might be that you could loose yourself in this place if you loose your self perception.
I have found out that there are other beings out in this "limbo". I have not percieved anything really threatening so far, but there could eventually be threats if you loose you anchor and your self perception starts to fade away. There is a feeling of unlimited possibilities here, but most overwhelming is the quality of nothingness and lack of reference.
For those of you who are used to the shamanistic ways of travelling I think this travelling might not be so hard. However i don´t think this realm outside the circle is the same as the realms ususally explored by shamans. There is a more overall and universal quality to being out in the realm described above.

 

 

Chi, Ki, Kundalini

The Life force also called Chi or Kundalini or Ki and many other names as well is what fill the place outside of duality. There are limitless amounts of energy in this place, but it is hard to bring it into our reality. Chi is constantly flowing here but the process of keeping up duality takes almost all of it away to keep balance constant. You might fill yourself and replenish yourself when going there but to bring life force here crave a constant openness to the "outsideness" where you are not really part of the "keeping up" process that upholds our reality and you need to keep this openness and at the same time take part in the duality process. To do this is very difficult and craving. The nagual being has a lot for free here since they are different and actually constitutionally suited to keep that kind of openness without as much effort as ordinary humans. There is more to say about chi, but that will have to wait.

Short about magicians of today

I will say something about magicians of todays world.
The first you must realise is that a true magician will not expose him or herself easily. This is not hard to understand. You can probably imagine what it would be like for a person showing that magic exists and having his or her abilities exposed. The pressure would be enormous and he or she would be put in question and never be able to live a normal life. He or she would also be constantly asked to help others and since magicians in most ways are as limited as others this would lead to taxation and severe personal problems. One more thing is that there are forces in the world that could be very dangerous for such a person. Not all magicians are good and the less good or evil forces would target anyone being exposed this way. The better you hide the better and the more normal you seem the better it is. At the same time you need some support and you need people around you that accept who you are.

For those who can see more it is possible to maybe find out who might have magic abilities. There are different kinds of people with magical qualities. Some are found in groups or tribes where magic is still considered possible. Gypsies for instance not seldom have some abilities partly due to their genetic lines combined with an openness to the existence of magic. The same goes for some native tribes around the world and also larger native groups like the aborigines in New Zealand and Australia.
There are probably also a few magicians who hide themselves among stage magicians seeming to do trick magic but occasionally using their true abilities in their profession.
Magicians with varying skill are living among the so called travelling people. This is where you might also find a few persons with greater abilities.
The travelling people are not a homogeneous group, but often have connections all over the world. They are travellers in the sense that they move around more than most people and they are sometimes very good artists in different areas of artistery.
There are also magicians living in different spiritual communities where they are relatively safe from exposure and exploitation. Magicians with deeper abilities however mostly live more or less normal lives and you cannot find out who they are and/or what they can do. True magic is very rare so they are not many.

Chapters to come....

   

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was a very special man. In fact he was so special that it is almost as if he was living outside of his original time concept. He might also have been a nagual and even if he was not he had a knowledge of the constitution of the nagual. His "canon picture" of a human inside a cirkel with four arms and four legs shows a very deep insight and knowledge in ancient holy geometry and it also tells of knowledge about the nagual body.

The flower of life and Drunvalo Melchizedek

Drunvalo Melchizedek is a now living well known "spiritual" scholar and teacher. His works and teachings called "Flower of life" are very very interesting at least considering the teachings of the so called "sacred geometry". There are a lot of other interesting information in his theories as well, but there are also things he claims that can be rather hard to "digest".
If You however focus on the holy geometry and stay critic to some other parts in his books You will probably get an input of new knowledge that will change your life for ever. His insights in geometry shows us the mathematical and geometrical base for creation and what forms what we call reality. There are also paralells to modern string theory, fractal theory and quantum physics which are obvious for anyone who dig under the surface of his teachings. If you like me are a biologist his theories are very interesting since they connect mathematics/geometry and biology in a way that will change your view of the world we live in. He gives very fascinating info considering the relation between the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio and the relation between the geometry and duality and the geometrical/mathematical differences between male and female beings. According to his theories a male being have no direct connection to eternity while a female is directly connected to eternity via the womb since it geometrically is the centre of a golden ratio. Hence there is an abyss separating men and women and this also gives an understandable base for the irresistible attraction between sexes.

To get to know more about this subject follow this link: To Flower of Life site

Changing the world concept

Since it takes a lot of energy to maintain the world, to maintain “reality,” you also need energy to change it. Maintaining the world is a collective thing, something we all do together. There are rules to follow and you are expected to follow the rules. To do magic in the sense of really changing something you will have to break those rules. Breaking those rules will in some sence make you an "outlaw", a person who does not respect what most people deep down consider "a contract". You should take care to not expose yourself to much to others since you risk getting very much attention positive as well as negative. As for me I just know some things about the conditions for magic. Getting attention for knowing some small things about magic is OK for me since I stay on the side of seeing and not doing. I think it is time to let more knowledge of magic come back to this world. i am not alone in this. Many spiritual and magical schools are coming out of hiding these days and knowledge and understanding is spreading rapidly.

............................................... .............To be continued ..................

   

 

The text above is the initial text of "The book of magic" which is a serious book about true magic and about the basic rules for reality. The book is under work and unfinished and will hopefully be ready for publishing sometimes before 2020. In the above I write continously but not very often. This initial text is therefore very preliminary and might be changed a lot before final publishing

NOTE! Some of the chapters or areas in this text are more "finished" and some are in the process of writing and some are still on the idea stage.

Things to always remember

Never forget the need of working on your heart. Your heart is your main anchor and should be in the center of everything you do. You should also consider where you have your loyalty. Is it only directed towards humans? If so you should reconsider and start working on your love for all creation.

Remember that everything that you CAN NOT IMAGINE is possible. Think also about how limited your perception is and try to imagine the endless amount of information and perceptive influences that are not available through your senses

Since it takes a lot of energy to maintain the world, to maintain “reality,” you also need energy to change it. Maintaining the world is a collective thing, something we all do together. There are rules to follow and you are expected to follow the rules. To do magic in the sense of really changing something you will have to break those rules.

Always be aware of that magic should never be used if it is not nescessary to aid this planet or other beings in need of help

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