I’ve done evokations for years and never once have I had the spirit become fully manifested in terms of, you can see it like you would see another solid object or indeed, a figure. I’m not saying that you couldn’t obtain a full manifestation but this would take an incredible long time and vast amounts of energy. The result is what counts so they say and I definitely get these without going the whole shebang!!
You said how real will the spirit be? Well the spirit is real alright and its always there in my own personal experience as you are simply calling forth an entity made of energy and thoughts. The metaphysics behind this will donate without doubt that the spirit will be there but the real problem or ‘gateway’ to all this is the operator.
If you would permit me to say a few things here about the magicians conduct within the circle then I could definitely teach you a few ways of how to sense spirits.
I great deal of the magicians ability comes down to simple tools such as belief, receptivity and his/her own energy output. So how do we obtain this belief within our practices, we simply ACT AS IF. So instead of going through some motions within the circle, walk around like a lord and act like you are a superior being. This is not an act of falsity or delusionary thought by the way, you are simply acting how you want to mentally BE!. When you act like a superior being then you will feel like one and be able to take control better. If you doubt this then try it and I can assure you that your confidence will soar sky high!
Receptivity is in my opinion, a powerful state of mind that all magicians must master. When we are open to our environment, we are more aware of what is actually there. We need to listen more carefully, feel more deeply and try to look into what is there so we can truly see more without judgement. We need to accept and absorb ourselves in the present. This will allow the other worlds to open and give us more so when we receive these signals, we accept what they are and learn to understand them without dismissing these incidents. We must reach out and allow the ‘Valve’ to open , which will bring in more magical happenings and those beautiful weird experiences. This state also comes with appreciation for the present, especially the natural world around us which is where spirit dwells. This state of mind gives us connectivity and oneness with ourselves and the environment, it gives our life more meaning, dimension and excitement.
Children are experts at this because they haven’t build up too much memory of past events, so they find it more natural to absorb themselves in the present and use their imaginations instead. The ‘so-called’ experienced adult however is using memory and judgement more to assess the situation, which can close off the imagination and awareness. Many adults over assess the situation and ‘think’ too much in general, which of cause leads to critical ideas and judgement thereby closing off their valves.
The last one I mentioned here was concerning energy management as a practicing magician needs to understand energy and its manipulation. Magic is the pure art & science of manipulating energy with our intentions to shape our reality accordingly. I will not go into this issue anymore as I did an extensive post here out of my own Grimiore concerning my entire thoughts on energy management.
As for the manifestation itself, it appears more like a projected visual awareness, which could easily get you questioning if its real or not. It’s alot like looking at a clear mental image straight in front of you without trying to maintain this as its sense of presence will support itself if you let it. Your logical thinking mind must be kept in abeyance.
So as you can see in my own experience, summoned spirits will always come if you take control with belief, become open to their presence and look after your energy levels. In sheer contrast, if you had no belief and you were being judgemental then the spirit might as well not bother either!
The outside my friend is nothing more than a reflection of your thoughts or internal world view. So when we are truly willing and believe that it will be so, then the outside world will comply accordingly to alter our reality into alignment with this output from us. It is simply a matter of learning to control ourselves by acting as if in a receptive fashion, this to me is the pure art of evokation.