So, this will be perhaps somewhat of a controversial point of view posted by myself, but recently I’ve felt inspired to do this. Most folks who have been part of this community for a while will be well aware that the one instruction that is most often stated as a “must do” for folks to get good with magick, especially around here, is to learn how to meditate. Why? Well the argument often goes that through meditation, one can better get into the necessary trance state (what EA coined as the Theta-Gamma Sync) because without this trance state, one cannot perform magick.
I’ve been somewhat at odds with this narrative, especially as of late…but what tipped me over the edge was this recent video by EA where he basically came out and said that none of this meditative stillness stuff is necessary for magick to work:
He states that being in total stillness is just one pathway to getting into what he better describes as ecstasy. But there are many paths to getting your magick to work, and most of the magickal traditions out there don’t require the stillness of a meditative trance. In my opinion…the linchpin that is absolutely necessary to get magick working is not about being good at meditation…its about about being good at Emotation. To my dismay, this is a word that doesn’t actually exist, but you can think of it as a derivative of the word emotive which is the ability to express emotions. I define the word emotation as the ability to conjure emotions spontaneously without external stimuli. Why I say emotation is more important than meditation is because the main driving force that makes magick work at the end of the day is emotion. You can get everything else wrong, but if the ritual is filled with genuine emotion, it may still work.
Meditation (and by extension, the theta-gamma sync) is more important, I believe, for those of you trying to accomplish evocation of a spirit to physical appearance. Without the use of certain drugs or sleep deprivation, deep meditation is one of the only ways to get to the brain waves necessary for one to perceive what’s going on at a subtle level. For these purposes, meditation is king as I believe there is real scientific support behind dropping the brainwaves to Theta which triggers the gamma waves that allows the brain to perceive the unperceivable. But for simply getting results with your magick (which does not require you to see the spirit), meditation really isn’t a requirement.
I was recently reminded of an incident that happened to me a long time ago, before I even practiced magick. I was in high school and I got rejected “again” by a girl I was deeply infatuated with. This time though, I did not take it well. I went into my car at the parking lot and I started crying. This was at a time in my life when I use to pray to Yaweh as a Christian. This time though, I was mad. I started beating the car wheel with tears in my eyes asking him “what in the hell is wrong with me?” “why can’t I get this girl to like me.” It was genuine anger and sadness that filled me in that moment.
So I end up going home that day and my father (who is a devout Christian with spiritual abilities) randomly came into my room while I was eating dinner and started talking to me about girls. Now, if you know anything about my relationship with him, you would know that I never talk to him about girls ever, as i find having this subject with him to be uncomfortable. I never brought up to him what happened, nor was I visibly upset at that time. I could probably count on one hand the amount of times I’ve had a conversation about women and dating with him…but he chose today of all days to randomly start this convo with me. He told me that I shouldn’t worry about getting girls now because I have very little to offer as a young kid. “Wait until you’ve established yourself a bit then go back out there and you’ll be able to have your pick of the litter.” I believe he even told me something about how the angels would help me with this if I ever needed them. He randomly told me all this, even though i told him nothing about what happened earlier that day, nor did I ever bring up the fact that I was having issues picking up women at the time.
I’ve never had a prayer of mine answered so resolutely like this my entire time being a Christian. The clear reason why that prayer worked so well was because in that moment, all i had was pure, unadulterated emotion…and I infused it with my earnest request for answers. No meditation, no ritual circle, no double-edged dagger, no nothing. The girl I later found out had come from a wealthy family and was a bit of a gold-diggerish type, so I never stood a chance…making the advice I was sent by yahweh all the more apt. My point here is this…no matter your skill level in magick, if you find yourself stuck…think about becoming a better emotator over becoming a better meditator. If I had the ability to conjure the emotions I felt in that car spontaneously, without needing some external stimulus/incident to get me there, I think that would catapult my magick exponentially more than becoming a better meditator would. Understand…this post was not made to shit on meditation as a practice. As I said earlier, it is a viable path to getting you to that state of ecstasy EA was talking about. The purpose of this post however is to dispel the idea that its the only path, or even the most desirable path to get magick to work for you. Emotion is the diesel fuel that drives your Magick to the destination you desire. Everything else is secondary.