I started writing this as a response to C.J’s Masks of power ‘v’ external forces and then realised that it was a fuckin question for E.A, I think I need a new pair of glasses lol. I’m not sure if the forum have ever tackled this concept before but it’s a great question and it will certainly throw up alot of differences in the opinions of magical practitioners and how they view spiritual contact, so I thought I’d place my own answer here in response to this question.
I think there definitely is outside spiritual activity, which isn’t a product of human thought and for want of a better word, we could say that this is pure energy to whatever degree or label you wish to place on it, be this a God, demon, angel or whatever it has evolved into through its own nature. I also know that there are many spirits, which are nothing more than an extension of our own thoughts and the energy we give them.
When I started out years ago in ritual magic, all spirits to me in those days were viewed as outside entities. This was how I viewed spirit and it was the only way I could possibly understand it at that moment due to inexperience. The beauty of thinking this way however opened up my mind to all sorts of possibilities as I thought that spirits could do anything and would therefore allow me to achieve whatever I asked of them. I loved this whole concept of being able to think outside the box and for once in my restricted lifestyle, to be able to be as good as anybody else. As time went on though, I realised through successes and failures that magic followed its own path and protocol but because I still never had the confidence in my magical abilities back then, this whole idea of there just being a superior outside force of entities was also intimidating and confusing to me.
Seeing ritual practice in this respect was definitely a limiting element. It gave me the impression that I had to gain ‘secret knowledge’ to get the spirits to truly work for me and until this happened, then I would only ever be an average magician. So the pros and cons are obvious here as on one hand the spirits are all powerful and can grant us anything but on the other hand, if you don’t know how to approach them or use that special ‘thingamajig’ than you’ll just be a green belt in the practice and never strive to the ranks of 1st Dan black belt or whatever.
As time went on though and I started to truly learn more about this weird and wonderful practice, I realised that we can also produce our own spirits. I knew ‘after many years’ of experiments that our consciousness could become extended and produce independent thinking entities that were still under our control. As I evolved myself as a magician, my experience and belief in my abilities allowed these ideas to surface as I would never have been able to get my head around them due to the naivety I had in the early days. This gave me more confidence to swing the mighty sword and totally take control over my life better as I knew that this class of spirit would simply do whatever I asked as long as I was willingly to do my bit as well. I also lost a good deal of that magical state of mind in this respect as I realised that I couldn’t just light a candle and say a few words and be granted some extraordinary gift! My bubble burst in the same way as a child when I realised that Santa Claus didn’t exist.
So my advancement has certainly led me into more practical uses of thought forms, Tulpa and all forms of manufactured spirits. I don’t really use the traditional forms of spirits these days as I have specialised on Egregores for over 18 months with results that could not only equal any outside force, but totally kick its ass!!
I suppose that my own growing belief in myself as a magician inspired this magical path I now take. I also belief that the majority of spirits used are egregorical in nature and therefore, originally came from humans, but to finish here for now…I still believe in those outside forces, I just simply choose to use my own creations for now but if I ever do decide to use a God, demon or angel…I know that I am the master and they will do as I ask, not because I’ve learned a special code or something, but because magic has given me alot of self respect and love for the nature of spirit and how it operates.