I've been trying for about a year now to build up my ESP and magical/psychic senses, but progress is a little slow. So I'd like to know what you did to broaden your scopes.
What philosophies were you reading into? Did you jump into rituals right away, or was your focus on meditation and enlightenment? If so, what was your goal while meditating? Were you striving to be more aware of your surroundings, or your inner body, or trying to pierce the illusion of ego and perceptions? Or did you do something else entirely?
OP here, got caught up in reading Discordian literature and almost forgot about this thread, lol.
This is pretty much the approach I've been taking the past few months. I can "open" my chakras and get them to pulse, but that's about all that happens. I haven't even heard of compression until now, which is probably a good sign that I need to google up Kundalini some more.
But getting more to the point, it's encouraging to hear your story. I might not get the same results you did from chakral focusing, but it's probably worth continuing the effort.
Signing onto theoccult.bz randomly got me motivated to begin my magickal studies, and so I began meditating, etc. Soon I started with NAP (the miracle of new avatar power by geof gray-cobb) and now I'm here.
But I'm out of the loop. I need to get back into meditation.
I'm a total beginner but I meditate regularly. Since some weeks I feel some kind of "pressure" or energy on my forehead. Kinda like the third eye, but it's off center - almost over my right eye. Does anybody know what this could be?
That might prove useful. I meditate with the idea that chakras are real things, but I don't really subscribe to any belief that has them. I feel pressure in that area as well when meditating which is close to the third eye, so maybe that's what's going on. I've also heard a few people here and there claiming to have chakras that were not in the right place, like off to the side or missing altogether, so who knows?
The most likely explanation is tension. You're probably still struggling, to some extent, and it's stress building up in your facial muscles, something I think rather typical. Make a conscious effort to tighten and then relax your facial muscles and that should help.
Another possibility is that it's simply makyo, some sort of hallucination. If you progress in your practice, you will get a lot of that.
The idea that it has something to do with your "third eye" is somewhat ridiculous.
Do any of you engage in active shielding techniques? If so, would you care to share them? How did you get involved in them, what made you choose the ones you did?
When I got started, it was to protect myself from someone that was making me very uncomfortable. I'd met him at school as a friend in a class we shared, and eventually we got to talking about our beliefs, which were similar. But the more we talked the more... fucking creepy he got, herding his girlfriend and myself, talking about strange past life memories, etc.
I learned from some friends online, but changed the methods they taught me to suit me better. I started off with color visualization, specifically visualizing a tent with different colored rain flaps to keep stuff out. Colors represented what I wanted to keep out, and I programmed each layer, as it were.
I moved on to make this easier and less... image heavy, though I still use colors and modified version of colors to do what I need.
No. 12895 - Anonymous - January 11th, 2010 - 7:59 AM
That could be too. I found that after awhile it either just stopped or I was doing the same; not concerning myself with the things that didn't involve me. Just... ignoring it, forgetting about it.
I've done a lot of different things for shielding. Originally, it was the traditional psionic energy egg, which evolved into sort of a bunkering that would lock into my surroundings and distribute impacts along local fabric. After awhile, I would just grab local fabric and wrap up in it, interspersing various chaff and caustics. More recently, it involves higher-dimensional geometries. The behavior of Ramiel in the remake of Evangelion made for an interesting defensive measure.
It reflects my progression on my path, I think; from the things I've had to handle to the way I cope and interact with others.
Due to my experiences, I always maintain a somewhat high-caliber shield, and will occasionally activate additional defensive measures when needed. These days, I am never unshielded willingly.
I'm about to formally cast some spells for the first time. I am trying to be cautious and wise because I do not take it lightly that there will be consequences, good or bad. Does anyone have any advice for first-time spell casters, or things to think about and consider before ritualistically projecting something out into the universe?
Voodoo, hoodoo, and whatever other names it may go by:
What does /sorc/ know about it? Are there any sites that they would suggest to a novice first becoming interested in this particular subcategory of magic? Does anyone have an experience with it and/or its practitioners that would be interesting to hear about?
I'm heading out to visit family this weekend, so I'll attempt to read the book and see if it's actually worth recommending. I'm usually really wary of occult/New Age books or articles that tie in Quantum Mechanics (especially Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle) and attempt to use it to somehow justify various outlandish beliefs, but it's also got Vodou in it, presumably, so maybe that'll counteract the Bad, if there is any.
I was merely making the observation. I may just be an asshole, but at least I'm expressing an honest sentiment.
In any case, my observation was not intended as a reflection on you. If you had that impression, my apologies.
Bad writing is often a sign of a confused mind and I think that is the case here. I was a good ways in before realizing what the author was going on about and when he started babbling about "inverting" yogas and such for me the fantasy fell apart.
This sort of thing is possible, maybe, but it would be a lot easier and a hell of a lot more practical if the wannabe necromancer just learned the yoga or whatever outright and stopped fucking around. He doesn't because he has the discipline of a twelve-year-old girl - with no disrespect to twelve-year-old girls intended - and so does his target audience. How he rationalizes his inability is neither here nor there.
>>12530 Domus Kaotica/Marauder Underground |im not op but ive been interested in magic for some time now. where should i start? i mean book wise or anything? opinions and such would be helpful.
This may screw any sort of reputation I've built here (further?), but I started with a direct energy practice called psionics. I found it a little limiting and rather silly after awhile, and just sort of started studying whatever struck my fancy, as well as just developing what I already knew intuitively.
As far as ritual magic goes, Hermetic makes a pretty good foundation. Modern Magick by Daniel Kraig did a decent job of laying out the fundamentals of the practice, in my opinion.
Aside from that, Liber Null & Psychonaut are pretty much -the- primer for chaos magickings. As far as earth-based/pagan/witchcraft stuff, I can't really say; I've sadly neglected that part of my education.
My recommendation is to have a look at all the systems you can get your hands on and go with what you're comfortable with. » Comment too long. Click to view the full text.
Anonymous - Thursday, November 5th, 2009 - 5:44 PM
What's /x/ think of Old Uncle Aleister?
There are numerous facts and tidbits about his life that many do not know, he really is the father of Modern Occultism. (Among other things) I'll dump some various tidbits in the next few day and would love to hear some opinions.