Energy Work: Making Elemental Awareness a Tool of Focal Magick

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The (literal) cornerstones of the Neuromagick 21st Century Magick system are the Elements, as defined and discussed in both the theoretical and practical documents. The Elemental Awareness exercises therefore represent the most fundamental level of developmental work. And while the exercises themselves, and their stated goal, awareness, are a powerful step toward mystical knowledge and a necessary step toward developing magick power within this system, alone they do not constitute magick. For that, the literal and poetic meanings of the Elements must be harnessed as literal forces, which the magician can raise at will, manipulate, and direct for magical purposes. The following exercises bridge the gap between Elemental Awareness and directable magick force.   

Sensing and Directing Magical Energy

The first step in the process is to develop the perceptual acuity to sense magical energy, variously referred to as chi is Eastern-based cosmological terminology; Aether in Medieval literature, according to some interpretations at least; and notably, as the witch fire discussed in Paul Huson’s Mastering Witchcraft. The sensations of magick energy can be subtle and difficult to distinguish from background noise in the relevant sensory systems, but perceptual expertise inevitably comes with enough of the right kind of effort and practice.

A Fundamental Principle of Huna (a New Age take on notions of Hawaiian Shamanism), promoted by Serge Kahili King in his classic work, Urban Shaman, links the sensations of magical energy with the basic act of concentrating. A descriptive phrase illustrating the principal is, energy flows where attention goes. King provided basic instructions on developing sensations of magical energy in that book, and experimentation with those instructions greatly influenced the exercises that follow. The tenor of King’s original exercise is based on 1) the notion that focusing attention is the key to initiating a flow of magick energy, 2) that a necessary quality of energy is motion, 3) and so focusing attention on two body parts at the same time will naturally initiate a flow of energy between the two focal points.    

The Basic Exercise

  1. Tuck your elbows into your sides so that you can comfortably extend your hands away from your body at a perpendicular angle. Turn your palms to facing one another.
  2. Take a few deep breaths and relax. Then focus your attention on both palms at the same time. Many people develop subtle sensations within their palms within a few seconds. The sensations are usually quite subtle, to the degree that, if sensed under normal circumstances may not be noticed at all or might be readily dismissed. The purpose here, however, is to intently focus your attention on those sensations. For most people, the sensations naturally become more intense with the added attention.
  3. While visualization is not strictly necessary at this stage, reinforcing the the idea that the sensations are the effect of magick energy flowing between your hands can make the sensations stronger. As an alternative to visualization, a simple conscious assumption that a stream of energy is flowing between your palms can do the same thing. To be sure it’s clear, experiments among many individuals suggests that the most important factor is attentional focus on two places at once. None the less, many people report stronger sensations when the visualization or assumption of flow between the palms is added.
  4. Maintain the sensations as long as desired. When satisfied, relax your hands, take in a deep breath, and as you exhale gradually turn your palms upward as you slowly separate them. Let your hands come to rest in your lab if seating, at your sides if standing. The sensations in your palms will quickly diminish to insignificant, as the energy dissipates.

After practicing the basic exercise once or twice daily long enough to feel you can reliably initiate a flow of energy between your hands, move on the first advanced exercise.  

Advanced Exercise 1      

  1. Initiate a basic flow of energy between your palms following the steps of the basic exercise.
  2. When the energy feels stable enough, keep your palms facing each other but move them to manipulate the energy into a ball about 6 inches in diameter. While there are many ways to accomplish this goal, a common way is to curve your fingers in slightly and move your hands in a manner similar to that of forming a snowball.
  3. The sensations in your palms may change slightly as a result of this action, but should not significantly diminish. If the sensations do seem to diminish, you can bring your hands back into their original alignment and start over.
  4. Continue the energy ball formation exercise in this manner once or twice a day until you feel some level of mastery.

Advanced Exercise 2

  1. Initiate a basic flow of energy between your palms and form an energy ball.
  2. When the energy ball is stable, slowly pull your hands slightly apart while leaving the ball in its original location. The sensations in your palms are likely to change with distance from the ball but you should continue to feel connected to the energy ball through your palms.  Bring your hands back in to cup the ball in front of you. Practice this step as many times as desired.  
  3.  With the energy between your palms in original position, turn your palms to face upward, allowing the energy ball to hover in front of you just above your palms. Here again the sensations in your palms may change but you should continue to feel connected to the energy ball through your hands.  
  4. Keeping your palms in place, will the energy ball to rise about 3 inches above them. The sensations in your palms is likely to change again, but still you should continue to feel connected and in direct control of the energy. Will the ball to descend to its original place. Practice this step as many times as desired.  
  5. Will the ball to descend back to its original position.
  6. When you feel satisfied with the session, take in a deep breath, and as you exhale gradually turn your palms upward as you slowly separate them. Letting your hands come to rest in your lab if seating, at your sides if standing. The sensations in your palms will quickly diminish to insignificant as the energy dissipates.

Advanced Exercise 3

  1. Initiate a basic flow of energy between your palms and form an energy ball.
  2. Turn your palms to face upward, allowing the energy ball to hover in front of you just above your palms.
  3. Take in a deep breath, as if to draw in initial energy from the infinite space around you, and as you exhale, feed the energy ball to make it stronger/bigger. Whether you experience the ball as literally bigger is not as important as feeling it get stronger, so direct your efforts toward that end. Repeat a few times to make the energy ball significantly more intense.
  4. When you feel the energy, ball is exceptionally strong, let your arms relax and your hands come to rest in your lap if seated, at your sides if standing, while allowing the energy ball to hover in place in front of you. While the sensations in your palms is likely to diminish at this point, you should continue to feel connected to the energy through your body, particularly the parts of your body that are closest to it. In fact, when this step is successful you will feel the energy ball most intensely connected to your body at its corresponding height, with a gradual drop off of sensation ranging away from that height above and below.
  5. Bring your hands upward to surround the energy ball and take control of it with your hands once again. Practice steps 4 and 5 as many times as desired.  
  6. When you feel satisfied with the session, take in a deep breath, and as you exhale gradually turn your palms upward as you slowly separate them. Letting your hands come to rest in your lab if seating, at your sides if standing. The sensations in your palms will quickly diminish to insignificant as the energy dissipates.

Advanced Exercise 4

  1. Initiate a basic flow of energy between your palms and form an energy ball.
  2. Turn your palms to face upward, allowing the energy ball to hover in front of you just above your palms.
  3. Take in a deep breath, as if to draw in initial energy from the infinite space around you, and as you exhale, feed the energy ball to make it more intense.  
  4. Will the energy ball to move up your left arm to the shoulder, across the top of your shoulders bend your head, down your right arm, coming to rest at its original position atop your palms.
  5. Repeat step 4 as many times as desired.
  6. When you feel satisfied with the session, take in a deep breath, and as you exhale gradually turn your palms upward as you slowly separate them. Letting your hands come to rest in your lab if seating, at your sides if standing. The sensations in your palms will quickly diminish to insignificant as the energy dissipates.

Advanced Exercise 5

  1. Initiate a basic flow of energy between your palms and form an energy ball.
  2. Turn your palms to face upward, allowing the energy ball to hover in front of you just above your palms.
  3. Take in a deep breath, as if to draw in initial energy from the infinite space around you, and as you exhale, feed the energy ball to make it more intense.  
  4. Will the energy ball to move down the front side of your body, beneath your feet, up your backside, over your head, and back down again. Start with a slow and steady pace of motion, allowing the speed to increase as you go. As the speed increases, allow the energy to grow more intense.
  5. Repeat step 4 as many times as desired and to the level of energy desired. Note that this type of action has many practical applications to be detailed in later documents.
  6. When you feel satisfied with the session, take in a deep breath, and as you exhale gradually turn your palms upward as you slowly separate them. Letting your hands come to rest in your lab if seating, at your sides if standing. The sensations in your palms will quickly diminish to insignificant as the energy dissipates.

Variations on the Advanced Energy Exercises

After gaining competence in Advanced Exercise 5, aspirants are encouraged to experiment with any sort of energy circulation or manipulation that inspiration dictates.

Elemental Energy

Up until this point in the current instruction, the aspirant is to work with a generic magical energy. The next step is to learn to refine the type of energy to express specific qualities for specific magical purposes. The first layer of refinement to apply in this system is Elemental. We might say we’re adding an Elemental flavor to generic magical energy.

The aspirant will do best to pursue the previously-described Elemental exercises and the generic Energy exercises described in this document, as separate skills practiced at separate times, until proficiency is achieved on both. Thereafter, the approach is a daily routine of Elemental work that transitions directly into Element-focused energy work.   

During your daily routine of magick developmental work:

  1. Perform the Elemental Breathing exercise as described previously.
  2. While the body is flush with feelings of the target Element, begin Advanced Exercise 4. At step 3 of that exercise, use the Elemental Breathing technique to charge the energy ball with the targeted Elemental energy.
  3. Complete Advanced Exercises 4 through step 5 then go immediately into Advanced Exercise 5 step 3 with targeted Elemental energy.
  4. Optionally, include personally-inspired variations on the advanced exercises, again, with the targeted Elemental energy.
  5. Conclude the session as usual.

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