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Psychic Communication with telepathy isn't as hard as you'd think. Thoughts seem to happen at a vibration level higher than the astral. Let's call this level the “Aether.” As far as I can tell astral manifestations are basically the consequences of thought. However the astral seems to be able to effect thoughts as well.

Astral Effecting Thoughts
The other day I was trying to do ritual and there were a few spirits in the space that disagreed with my ritual. I wasn't scared of them, but while I was doing my work I was having a hard time accessing the thoughts I desired. It took work to get around the “block” they had put up for me to remember the chant I wanted in order to complete the ritual.

My way of getting around the block was to manifest a different astral reality. They had manifested “Scott can't remember.” I chose to manifest: “This information is information I know and I am remembering it.” Because I have a physical body with a brain in charge of an awesome energy body (the human body) I won that manifestation debate. This kind of situation is a form of astral combat which you learn more later.... but on to the here and now of psychic communication using Telepathy.

Why Telepathy Works
Thoughts are NOT secret. They are they are very loudly broadcast across the Aether and anyone with a will can listen in. If that weren't enough, the vibrations of the Aether which are thoughts exist within the limitations of time... and thus can be accessed by anyone at anytime (before, during AND afterwards).

However... the act of creating an astral body to hear those thoughts outside of the present in-time moment is a bit advanced right now. File that thought away for later.

These vibrations of the Aether can be received by any astral structure intended to receive it.

I believe the brain is partly an antenna which we shape throughout our life to send/receive the thoughts we specifically prefer. Here's the interesting part though. Our brain is both a specialized and a generalized tool. As we grow up we spend a lot of time learning to recognize and understand our own thoughts (specializing). We can also spend time learning to understand and identify thoughts that aren't ours (generalizing).

The good news is that most of us already generalize.

  • If you've ever gone to a concert and lost yourself to the crowd and the music, you've experienced telepathy.

  • If you've ever ridden a horse or run with a dog and both of you zigged and zagged at just the right times in sync, you've experienced telepathy.

  • If you've just suddenly known how to do something, you've experienced telepathy.

  • And of course, if you've ever heard someone's thoughts... you've experienced telepathy.

The process of telepathy is this:

  1. Accept that all thoughts are public domain. Sometimes they are so unusual or complex that we have to REALLY readjust to understand them, but they are there and accessible to us.

  2. Recognize that you CAN hear them.

  3. Use cues like the “taste” (affected by soul name), the emotional “shape”, the content of the thoughts and more to identify the specific thought stream.

  4. Let go of your personal perspective and allow yourself to accept the thought sources perspective in order to begin understanding their thoughts. This will include:

    1. Temporal Perspective: When is now? How are they perceiving time?

    2. Location: Where are they? How does everything look, sound and feel where they are?

    3. Knowledge: A person who is a master of Kendo will have thoughts which include incredible complexities of swordplay and rituals of study. These thoughts will not make sense to you unless you divine them.

    4. Divine what you don't understand: In truth divination is far more useful to you than telepathy. Divination tends to come in a way you are personally able to receive and doesn't tend to have large chunks of knowledge that you don't understand.

Deep Telepathy is Obvious and Intrusive
Direct Connection Telepathy is a form of resonance. To access thoughts you must vibrate them. Any semi-competent telepath will recognize the moment you connect with their thought-stream.  During your time listening you both effect and are effected by their thoughts.  
Any thoughts you broadcast while connected seem like their thoughts and this empowers the abuse I mention in the next chapter.

Surface Reading (Thought echos on the Astral)
There is a way around this though. Rather than connecting deeply with their thought stream you can choose to rehear their thoughts in the astral. Unfortunately the difference is a difference in clarify. The astral just doesn't keep all of the nuances of a direct listening. I don't quite know how to explain it right now, but try both when you are ready and maybe you'll be able to find better words than I did.  The main difference will the that with a surface read you "remember" the thoughts from their aura and with a deep read you become attuned to them and a bond is formed.

As always there is more, but this should cover the basics and get you started in practicing your telepathy.

The name of this website has become a bit of a joke. Power and Wisdom come very much hand in hand. Most teachers will try to guide a student to wisely handling power they will be receiving soon. This is the smart/safe way to teach as by the time the student obtains power they have been guided through the teachers experience and knowledge to avoid the most common mistakes. To give someone power before giving them wisdom can be like handing detonators and C4 to a classroom of kids.

When I started writing Power Before Wisdom I was like a kid who had survived the experience of playing with C4 and detonators. I had this incredibly destructive mindset that people should have the opportunity to learn through risk and blood and originally intended to pass out the C4 and Detonators to anyone willing to take them. At the time I didn't understand that the wisdom of people's higher self would likely result in people who couldn't handle the risk either not understanding what I was sharing or just plain not finding the material. For a while I got to watch people come to the site, and the few that learned expressed the power I shared noisily and excitedly. It was a LOT of fun.

I had earned the wisdom of experience, and I watched people around me studying all kinds of crap with what I considered useless teachings and warnings about stuff the teachers had no clue about let alone the students.

Only in religion is it possible to have so many layers of protection that people forget the core reason for the earliest layers of protection. I actually encounter people who believe that the law of silence is about some sort of secrecy oath and that they will die if they break silence about the “secrets” of their traditions. While some traditions DO have oaths with juice to hurt you for breaking them, I can't understand a person in a magickal tradition not knowing that the law of silence is a rule that supports successful magick.

Because of my experience seeming more effective than most of the crap I saw others sharing, I started teaching and sharing. However along the way, People's questions helped me understand that there were a lot of details that I had missed. I learned that there was a lot more I needed to learn to help them... and suddenly a lot of the “crap” I'd seen others teaching started making more sense. When I went back and studied their “crap” in conjunction with the power I already had, I became much, MUCH more effective.

The Place of Lineage in Personal Growth
In the end I learned lineage can share power, wisdom to avoid self-destruction and techniques/perspectives to enhance the effectiveness of the power received.

Think of lineage this way:

  • Chance, a teacher and a lineage can all teach you to make nitroglycerin (Give you power)

  • Experience, a teacher and a lineage can all show you that nitroglycerin is explosive.

  • Both a teacher and a lineage can tell you that mixing it with diatomaceous earth can stabilize it.

  • Only a Lineage can tell you that small amounts of nitroglycerin taken orally can stabilize an erratic heartbeat.

By now you should know that spirit can actually give you all of this, however the more subtle and of limited use the knowledge is, the more likely you won't notice it without being taught it specifically. It's not that you'll never find the subtle understandings and techniques. You probably will find a few. It's just that you are more likely to not notice them as you live your life whereas a lineage can help point them out when you come to a point in your life where they may be helpful to you.

In the end these subtle understandings and techniques are often more helpful than the primary value one finds in a new technique/tool; however without a series of teachers and students working together there will likely never be a large enough conglomeration of these “special uses” to be of major value. A healthy and experienced tradition still connected with its power can offer people both the experience of their teacher AND the lessons of the teacher's teachers and their teachers... and so on.

What does this have to do with receiving an initiation? Mostly as a why. Why would you associate with the old/smelly/ugly/mean/other-bad-stuff “master” when you can just take the power and run?

Because they know ways you can avoid hurting yourself, they know intricacies about how to apply it and they have experience with many of the unexpected consequences that you can either learn for yourself through pain and loss or learn through someone else's experience.

Imperfect Teachers / Masters
Western culture has this misconception that the someone has to be perfect in order to be a teacher of spirituality or mysticism. I can't tell you how many times I've watched people either quit working with a teacher upon learning of personal issues they have, or lie to themselves about the flaws of their teacher as if somehow admitting they weren't perfect meant the teachings had no value.

I have had teachers who couldn't hold down a job, who couldn't handle money, who had sex addictions, who had chemical addictions and more. In the end I took what could help me and let go of worrying about the rest. I recommend you do the same. No one person is perfect and nobody knows everything, but a good teacher will help you through experience, perspective, connections and lineage.

Seriously... imperfection is NOT an excuse to ignore your teachers. Listen to them. Like everything else, weigh their words. Don't follow their advice if you are sure they are wrong or dangerous, but if they are asking you to do something you've never done before and you don't have a better plan that is different from the last time you failed to overcome the challenge you are facing, give their idea a shot. You will be tempted to assume they are wrong because their idea doesn't seem perfect, but if an idea is 10% better than your idea (that didn't work) it is still an improvement.

Magickal Initiation and Ceremony
Ok... now that I have helped you avoid the most common destructive mistake that would lead to you becoming like 99% of the half-trained gits out there, let's go over the magickal aspects of initiation.

There are two aspects to an effective initiation. First is the ceremonial ending of one aspect of ones life and the beginning of another aspect. It could be as simple as a handshake which signifies the end of ones life without a teacher and the beginning of ones life with one. It draws a line for us subconsciously and allows us to accept the new reality. This opens doors in our thinking that weren't open before.

The other aspect to a successful initiation is the “Transfer of Power.” Most people think that this is some sort of astounding ceremony where they suddenly find themselves in control of new powers of the universe they didn't have control of before.

The fact is that this is a very internal transformation. This part of an initiation is about tickling understandings by helping you experience the other person's understanding of it.

Initiations can be as subtle as deepening or fleshing-out your connection with something you already have, as defining as introducing you to someone/something you hadn't encountered before in this life, or as intense as breaking through barriers life experiences or social conditioning put into place.

High Energy Initiations and Glowing
Initiations are SERIOUSLY fun to be involved in on both sides. While the breaking-through-barriers-initiations tend to be explosive and painful in the process, most initiations leave people incredibly joyful after completion. People express SO MUCH energy that it feels like they have experienced enlightenment... which in a way they did. They gained more light (aka connection to source/their higher self) and they did it so quickly that they are glowing due to not quite adapting to handle so much yet.

People will eventually stop “glowing,” which can feel like the effect of the initiation has gone away; however the glow is literally a consequence of pushing oneself and manifesting more strongly than one normally does. When people stop glowing, they simply have either adapted to expressing more energy/light in their day to day lives or reduced the amount of energy/light toward more normal levels, usually a bit of both.

The glow can be experienced on a regular basis by pushing yourself to express more energy/light/connection to source than you normally handle. However, it will rarely feel as impressive as a powerful initiation due to the amount of energy input and life changes involved in a well crafted high-intensity magickal initiation.

Don't get addicted to the excitement of the energy high... or at least don't make the mistake of thinking that an Energy High is an initiation. If you want to be an energy high junkie, do us all a favor and admit your drug of choice without needing to try to claim that you are doing a ton of personal growth with every high you go find. At this point addiction to magickal energy is one of the least stigmatized aspects of magickal practice so there is no real excuse to try to hide it. ;-)

Recognizing an Effective Initiation
The true judge of an initiation is how your life changes. Take note of how your life was before and after an initiation. I have experienced initiations that seemed minor and yet my entire life changed. There are a lot of techniques for fun/interesting and powerful initiations but in the end they are all simply a means to the goal of a transformation of self.

One of my favorite things about the Path of Ifa (African Divination/Orisha Tradition) that I initiated into, is the efficacy of the initiatory process. Without telling secrets, all of the elements of excellent initiation are put together. Ceremony, Altered states of consciousness (Which make connecting with spirit, accepting risk and change easier), Lots of Physical and Metaphysical Energy and a very effective process for the Transfer of Power. Additionally having to travel somewhere new and different from our home resulted in the idea of change being an easy one to connect to. Not all aspects may be necessary for a single person's initiation, but having so many tools in one place greatly improves the chances of the understanding being received by the initiate.

At this point you understand why you might want to initiate, why a teacher is a good idea and some ideas on how to maintain the relationship, and enough about the ritual process to support it without confusing the situation with more information than you need. Believe it or not knowledge is one of the biggest hurdles to effective initiation. A master of the process of initiation will learn how to delay analyzing the experience even though they know all of the why's, what's and hows.

It is incredibly important to be in an open or questioning mindset when receiving initiation so I'm not going to burden you with the challenge of too much understanding of the details yet. Please experience the process of receiving an effective initiation before you study the process of giving one. All of the knowledge in the world will not help you truly understand the experience until you have gone through it. Some things just can't be said with words.

Failing to Initiate
It is possible to fail to initiate. You can choose NOT to change the perspective or understandings that the initiation was meant to impart.

The most common mistake throughout religious history is to:

  1. Receive teachings

  2. Fail to initiate into where the value of the teachings become obvious and useful

  3. Teach the concepts to others without the ability to initiate the others into the power of the tradition

This is where runaway traditions come from. The place where people take holy scriptures and bring forth unholiness in complete contrast to the original idea.

When an idea has no connection to spirit to make it valuable or useful, it is easy to be twisted by mishearings and reinterpretations. A couple generations of that and you'll have a spaghetti pile of broken concepts and confused retellings with nuggets of true wisdom hidden within.

Let me be clear. If someone tries to teach you religious concepts that make no sense, than you are dealing with either:

  • Lessons you have to potential to initiate into.

  • Complete bullshit that was passed onto your teacher and they are simply forwarding as well as they can.

  • Cultural Confusion based on ideas/concepts that made sense from the perspective of the persons living in the culture at the time of the writing/oral transfer.

I strongly recommend that if you find yourself in possession of these nonsensical tidbits that you avoid trying to reteach them with any sort of dogmatic sense of importance. Maybe you will want to share them as interesting notes that might possibly become useful to someone in the future, but please avoid filling the world with more dogmatic bullshit than there absolutely has to be.

Good Luck and Have Fun.

The organization of this website forms the Power Before Wisdom Training Series.  Each Article will build on previously taught material to support deeper understandings and ability to practice the concepts shared.    The exercises cover ways to learn, experience and regularly practice the concepts in the articles to improve your day to day life.  

The first book The Power Before Wisdom Primer (from Amazon) includes updated versions of all of the materials from What to Expect from Real Magick (Fundamentals of Magick) to Receiving Initiation (Basic Magick) in a clear step by step guide!

 
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In Magick, Will is the “Breath of Life.”

Many, many teachers and authors confuse emotions with will. They tend to teach that feeling a lot of emotion is the way to empower your magicks. I think I may have even been guilty of this in the past.

This misconception is due to the incredible correlation between strong emotions and effective magics. However... your magick is not charged by strong emotions. You magick is charged with the singular purpose and will that these strong emotions tend to invoke within us.

This is going to be the hardest concept in magick to teach. Our culture doesn't have a direct way to express it. There isn't a word, or a measurable that I can consistently bring you to in order to explain it. You will have to learn to recognize the feeling and practice invoking it in yourself.

I'm going to explain the concept and then bring up times in your life when you may have experienced effective expression of will.

Imagine that your Spiritual Self, your Mind, your Subconscious mind, your Astral body, your Chi body and your Physical body all exist in a series of overlays on different layers of reality. Just as your physical body can affect the world around you, so too can your spiritual self, astral and chi bodies affect the layers of reality they exist in.

Will is the alignment all of these aspects of yourself acting together toward a purpose. When they do so they increase the effect of an action logarithmically.

These moments have a distinct feel that you can not only learn to recognize, but actually invoke intentionally. Here are a few examples of when you may have experienced imbuing will.

You call for someones attention multiple times and they don't hear you. Suddenly something snaps in you and without raising your voice you restate their name, but this time with power. The room quiets and people turn to listen to you.

You are playing a sport and you're doing ok, but all of a sudden something in you shifts and that jump, throw or hit is just “right.”

You are arguing with someone, suddenly something snaps in you and when you make your next argument or action it is like something changed. Suddenly the person you were arguing with is either afraid of you or taking you VERY seriously. They likely are listening to you quietly and/or doing exactly what you wanted.

You are working on something and something shifts. For a few blissful minutes or hours your thoughts are clear and its like your actions are guided by the Hand of God. You can't lose.

How to use will in magick
Magick is almost completely a waste of your time if it isn't imbued with will. You don't have to reach the deepest state of alignment for every action. Often, aligning your mind and astral body are enough for most mild workings. For moving palpable levels of energy you need to also align your energy body. If you want to manifest something or listen to spirits you need to align your spirit self. Each self brings something to the table and you don't really have to be aware of each one in order to imbue will into your actions. You just have to be aware of the concept that this feeling is based on you aligning internally in powerful and effective ways. Once you know the feeling you will be able to feel your magick take hold (or not).

One of my favorite ways to practice this is to try to hold yellow stoplights from turning red as I go through. I reach out with my will (likely with my astral and/or energy bodies) and I try to “grab it.” I can feel it when it worked. There is a solidity and confidence. I have also learned to recognize a feeling like water flowing through my fingers when I try and fail.

Your ways of recognizing the experiences may be different, but the only way to effectively learn to invoke will is a LOT of practice and a whole lot of error and success. You will learn as much or more from failure as from success. It is important knowing the feeling of when your magick didn't work.

Eventually you will get to the point where you will be able to align yourself sufficiently before any working you perform. Whenever you choose you will be able to invoke your “A” game and you will know the difference between when you are well aligned and not.

Back in the day the Egyptians knew something we often forget.  Writing something makes it real.  They even had a god whose whole job was to simply write onto scrolls, leafs and tablets… and he was considered one of the most powerful.  In fact, this was also common knowledge in the East.  Much magic there is based on writing spells onto scrolls or boards.

In fact, when it comes to simple and powerful spells, my absolute favorite is to write a declaration clearly and with intent onto a piece of paper.  Now if I want to make it more “Effective” I cut a circle, call allies and do it with more focus, but I have good results with the following simple ritual.

 

© Scott Reimers 2014