[quote=“KenTabor, post:5, topic:3944”]The synchronicities are an interesting point. Then again you could just be looking for them. For example if I asked you to close your eyes and name everything in the room that was blue, you might be able to name a few things. Then when you opened your eyes you’d be seeing blue all over the place. You only see it now because you’re proactively looking for it. You focused your intent on it.
Now sit in front of a candle and think about whatever your goals are, or things you want to happen. Did some force make help you bring these things into existence or have your actions manifested it?[/quote]
The fist Law in the Kybalion, “The universe is mental” kind of covers that though - as a discrete thinking being within a larger thinking being, you’re able to both draw things to you in ways that slightly surpass normal physical rules (by at the very least creating convenient “coincidences”), and also to use concentration and awareness to find more of those things using normal methods.
I’m sure anyone who’s become a parent, or joined the armed forces, or even just learned to drive, knows how a new aspect in your life can bring a whole new awareness to you, and a completely different level of thinking.
That ties in with both conventional “positive thinking” stuff, and the studies whereby people who believe they’re “lucky” therefore take more chances, open themselves fearlessly to new experiences, have more confidence - and therefore, by completely normal routes, they do get more good luck, more breaks and opportunities.
Have a look at this: Be Lucky - it’s and easy skill to learn.
Here’s a short quote: “One month later, the volunteers returned and described what had happened. The results were dramatic: 80 per cent of people were now happier, more satisfied with their lives and, perhaps most important of all, luckier. While lucky people became luckier, the unlucky had become lucky.”
If you extend that slightly into the metaphysical by trying out the idea that the universe is a thinking thing, something covered nicely by Wattles in his “Science Of” books, then you can see that there’s the further possibility to consciously align yourself with the situations and things you want (the basic stuff behind the book The Secret) and therefore to draw them into your life by being in harmony with them - and that to take conscious control of this process is an imperative, because you’re actually doing it anyway.
EA talks about being able to manifest these things during meditation. Making something so real you can reach out and grab it. He talks about this in reference to his motorcycle.
I’ve read about people who astral project and are able to instantly manifest things while projecting. Getting into that 200Hz range mentally and accessing things beyond.
This all sounds like awesome stuff, but my problem with this is it all happens in the mind of the practitioner!!!
Could this type of meditation or fantasy be just a way to empower the individual to make changes he was too weak to make on his own toward obtaining the object of his desires?
But again that presupposes a split between physical - if I may, the “normal” reality - in which you work for what you want on your own, along normal routes and it comes to you, contrasted with, you sit in your room frowning and struggling to make it appear by mind alone: but that’s a false split - the physical and the mental thinking universe are one and the same.
Magick always happens in the mind - in the practitioner’s mind, and (depending on your model of the universe) within the mind of God/Source/whatever - weirdly, the recent work I did exploring how demons think (at least the aspects of them we interact with) kind of covered how they’re such excellent channels for manifesting physical outcomes, because their focus and desire is so pure and driven.
If you want to read about what I found (and of course, it’s UPG only) I posted about it at The psychology of demons. It’s a work in progress but what I discovered explains why demons have so much apparent power, yet seldom do things outside their grimoiric descriptions.
It also explains why a demon can be tasked to attack someone who’s previously worked with them, even on a very amicable basis, which is something that comes up a lot for intermediate-level magicians as a question about whether demons truly ARE evil - taking my model, that’s explained by the fact the demon loves the activity and the consequences more than anything else. it has nothing to do with “disloyalty” - just a different value system and different set of drives.
And getting back to the more normal realms, Nap. Hill himself talked about the way when you take positive action, with a clear ideas of your Definite Major Aim and the complete confidence it will happen for you, the universe aligns itself to bring you those results.
I'm not trying invocation / evocation. I just put on a meditation video from YouTube and think about my goals. I've noticed things moving in the direction I want them to. [b]Surely the spiritual realm has better things to do than act on behalf of my best interest.[/b]
That right thar :o) is a thought you may want to dissect mercilessly, because it has potential to be a big obstacle to exploring different models of reality.
Seriously, the most important living person in your life is YOU, Nap. said it, the LHP says it, what’s the universe for if not for the enjoyment and use of its multiple semi-seperated consciousnesses to enjoy?
Seriously I don’t want to sound dictatorial and I know a lot of faiths like people to put themselves second, but it’s probably not going to do you any favours with either old-school New Thought/LoA stuff, nor with exploring the LHP.
I could potentially access a force or something I don't fully understand. Then what?
You already are.
If the universe is a giant mental thing, and there’s a “law of attraction” by which things in our lives are brought to us in harmony with what we think, believe, etc., then you’re ALREADY co-creating your own life, but you’re doing it unconsciously and with a dollop of other people’s unexamined programming overlaying it all.
Once again this is an area where the LHP and LoA thought aligns completely - that we’re agents of nature, co-creators of reality, and we either go with the flow of external influences, or, we can steer our own way through an act of will.
Wattles admits this isn’t easy, and while Nap. Hill’s very inclusive, you can see that he’s aware that not everyone is ready, or willing, to do this.
Maybe it's just my head expecting something to be there.
The only way to test it is through trying the methods and assessing the results, I believe in Nap. Hill’s works and the conventional LoA concept because I KNOW from repeated results that this method works, the same way I don’t wonder if water’s going to come out of the faucet when I turn it, the same way gravity doesn’t vary because that’s also a universal law, but I realise that sounds borderline dogmatic so the BEST way is to test it yourself - and, because this stuff works on the level of thought to begin with (everything comes from thought, including whatever you’re reading this post on, which was once just an idea in someone’s mind) that’s where you need to make a choice to give this a go, with an open mind.
That’s why keeping an honest magickal journal to record what you did, and how it worked, is a good idea. Crowley has more to say about why magick sometimes doesn’t work (Magick in Theory and Practice) by the way.
If demonic evocation isn’t for you right now, there are other forms of magick, there’s working with angels (through sigils, prayer, or whatever), there are gods such as Ganesha or Lakshmi if you’d prefer to avoid angels, or planetary magick, there’s a world of different options - AO Spare’s method of making and firing sigils walks the line between subconscious programming and outright magick, as well, and that works.
Have you read Prometheus Rising by Robert Anton Wilson? That might be a helpful segue from positive thinking (as in, focusing on what you want) to outright “Fuck me, there’s a demon standing in that triangle” :o) evocation, and the heavier forms of magick.
Sorry if I’m rambling on and I didn’t mean to kind of lecture you, but the link between the LoA, the LHP and black magick is one that I’m keenly interested in and have a lot of opinions about, and (if I may make a modest boast) a lot of experience exploring, coming at this, as I did, from Nap. Hill’s works, then via Wattles (who’s a bit more mystically minded) and so on.