Thursday, September 27, 2012

Life Going Too Fast? 3 Ways to Slow it Down

Is life going too fast and you need to slow it down? In this year of Magic 2012, many people are experiencing this. On top of regular quick paced routines and daily life responsibilities, many are finding time speeding by this year. If you are finding life going too fast, there are ways to magically slow it down.

3 Ways to Slow it Down
1. Cortothalamic Pause
The Cortothalamic Pause is a way to stretch time by creating a bridge between the thalamus (part of the forebrain) and the cortex allowing us to move from reaction to reason. At the thalamic level you can check your reaction to see how you feel about a situation or interaction, then take that information to the cortex level to reason out the best response.

It takes some practice to become proficient at using the Cortothalamic Pause. You will know you have it down when you feel an actual separation from physical time. Here are the steps to practice:
  • To start, pick a small thing that is not something you have a passion for. Don't start with something you know is a pet peeve or "touchy" subject for you.
     
  • When someone asks you a question or asks you to do something – STOP. Do not respond right away. Shut your mouth and calm everything inside you as much as you can. This part obviously takes practice too.
     
  • Wait 2-3 seconds and don't let your mind race ahead thinking of all the things you could say in response. Just absorb the question and stay quiet.
     
  • Take a deep breath and now respond to the question.
Practice these steps several times a day. The more you practice, the better you will get at using this technique to slow it down when life is going too fast.

2. Do An Act of Power
Any intentional act is a magical act as well as an act of power. Any act of power restores personal power and grounds you in your life. Being grounded in life puts you in control and feels less chaotic. When we are in control of our lives, grounded and putting aside chaos, our lives are less hectic. Doing an act of power allows us to slow it down. Here are the steps to performing an act of power.

  • Choose a simple act and decide when you will do this act.
    It does need to be a simple act and you do need to specify the time you will do it because a complicated act could be interrupted and a non-specific time nullifies the act of power. An example is to decide you will get up from your desk at noon, go to the kitchen and drink a glass of water. An even simpler one would be that at noon you are going to draw an X on a piece of paper. It doesn't matter what the act is as long as it would be easily accomplished without interruption. 
  • When the time you specified comes to do your act of power, do it.
    Let nothing interrupt you before you complete your act. That is why it is important to pick something in the first step that you know you will be able to accomplish in your individual circumstance.
  • When your act of power is complete, take a moment to review the act and the fact that you have completed the act. This moment of "appreciation" will help you gain all the power you can from your magic ritual.
You can do this several times a day to increase the anchoring in your life and thus slow it down.

3. Start Your Day Over With the Day Greetings
You can re-start your day at any time and as many times as you need by doing the Day Greeting ritual to the 4 directions, Sky Father and Earth Mother. If you are not familiar with how to do Day Greetings, you can find the directions in our Magic In Your Mailbox archives.

If your life is really going too fast you can use all three of these techniques to help slow it down. After a little practice you will find they are easy to do and will really pay off for you.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

When the Magic Doesn't Work Look in the Mirror

You have set a magical goal, decided on a procedure to use and performed the necessary steps, wait a while and decide the magic doesn't work. Does this sound familiar? Do you know anyone with this complaint? Magic, when followed according to Rules of the Road and specified procedure, does work. The Universe cannot and does not violate its own laws.

Why Sometimes Magic Doesn't Work
But why does magic sometimes not work? One of the Universal Laws is free will. Thus we can countermand our own magical work with our intention. This may include:
  • hidden belief that the magic won't work
  • too much attachment to the outcome (pushing a spell along)
  • a hidden part of self that does not want the magic to work (especially in the case of relationship disconnects)
  • throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the problem (spells or rituals interfering with each other)
  • asking for too many things at once
  • haven't waited long enough time
If you've decided your magic doesn't work, then take a hard, honest look and see if anything on this list could apply. I bet you'll find it does. If you truly have no clue why it didn't work, you may need to do some divination to discover what happened. If you find you have put in too much or done something incorrectly you can take spells down and start over or re-do procedures. If you performed a spell, you may need to look at your directors and limiters and do a revision. You may need to re-think the goal or thoroughly re-think through the procedure. All magical procedures need to be thoroughly thought through because altered procedures produce altered results.

Solution When Magic Doesn't Work
Solution? Do the magic right and thoroughly, then let it go. Pick specific points at which you will check progress and make additional adjustments then, otherwise ignore it!

While you're waiting for the magic to work, how about sharing some magic with others. Forward this article to someone you think would benefit and share the magic. Another way to share the magic is by signing up for our twice a month newsletter and pass that on to a friend. Sharing the magic is always good!


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Thursday, September 20, 2012

I Can Do Magic and So Can You

I can do magic and so can you because magic is the right of every planetary citizen. Everyone has the power and ability to be a magician and to practice magic. Absolutely everyone! So, I can do magic and so can you. It is simpler than you might think. You can start out taking baby steps by doing small rituals and grow your magical practice from there.

I Can Do Magic: Where to Start
We have lots of free information on our website that includes simple daily rituals and exercises to get you started on your magical path. The best places to start are in our Resources section and/or at our Is Magic Real Page.

I Can Do Magic: Simple Exercise
Here’s a simple exercise that you can get started on right away.

First before you begin, write in a journal how you feel before you sit down to do the exercise.

You will need a pure yellow candle (a bright yellow that is not too orange) and wooden or paper matches. You can find pure yellow candles at most grocery stores in the section with the religious candles (in glass containers).

You will also need to know which direction is South. To create sacred space with the Sun Candle, you will need to "charge" it, or program it to do so. Here's how:
  • Stand or sit in the South facing North with the Sun Candle in front of you
  • Light the candle using wooden or paper matches (do NOT use a lighter)
  • Wait until the candle flame is steady and tall
  • Hold your hands up to and around the flame, focusing your attention on the candle and flame.
  • Say the charge verse below in a voice of command (a strong, powerful voice)
Child of Wonder,
Child of Flame,
Nourish My Spirit,
And Protect My Aim!

If there are other people in the room with you, you can change the "My" to "Our" and the word "Spirit" to "Spirits." Leave the candle burning in the room for at least 30 minutes (be sure the candle is on a protected surface such as a plate and is not a fire hazard).

At the end of 30 minutes or when you feel ready, blow out the flame (don't snuff it). Spend a moment or two in the area to see if you can detect a difference in the level and quality of energy. The area should feel lighter, more harmonious and/or more peaceful to you.
Now write in your journal how you are feeling. Notice any changes in your sensations, thoughts and feelings.

Do this exercise for 30 minutes each day for 21 days and keep a journal of your experiences, feelings and sensations each day before and after the exercise. You will be surprised at how effective just this simple act of magic is at even this very basic level. From there the sky’s the limit and you are on your way to becoming a magical person.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How to Do VooDoo: If You Want Something to Go Away

Magically, if you want help making something go away, you can look into how to do voodoo. Voodoo or simulacra magic can be used for protection, self-defense, divination and attracting a variety of situations or conditions, but it can also be used to get rid of things. The word voodoo brings to the minds of many the image of the voodoo doll. This is part of voodoo magic in that the doll becomes a simulacrum or object that is a likeness of someone. It is then "keyed" to that person and whatever is done to the doll also affects the person. If you want to know how to do voodoo, you will eventually use the voodoo doll and other simulacra objects. There are many other techniques that will also be used in learning how to do voodoo however.

How to Do Voodoo: Magical Tools
Many of the voodoo techniques require the use of magical tools. The wand is the tool for the element Air, athame for Fire, chalice for Water and plate or pantacle for Earth. There are also a variety of techniques that can handle the same problem in different ways. We will discuss here one technique that is easy to do and does not require special tools or an in-depth knowledge of magic.

How to Do Voodoo: Rules of the Road
Before undertaking any type of magical procedure, you do need to be sure your intentions fall within the "Rules of the Road". These are Universal Laws that govern magical practice. Failure to follow these laws can result in backlash on you. The governing laws we follow at the Esoteric School were developed by Reverend George Dew of the Church of Seven Arrows. The two major rules to consider are:
  1. Whatever is done to the environment or to other beings in the environment brings similar effects upon the doer.
  2.  The magician judges the "goodness" or "badness" of his or her own acts, whether they are conscious or unconscious acts, on the basis of what the Universe reflects back on him or her. The same is true of judging others, entire communities, states, or nations.
You can find a complete listing of all the Rules of the Road we follow in our resources section on our website.

How to Do Voodoo: Making Something Go Away
This is not a technique, as you will see after reading the Rules of the Road, to be used on a person. It can be used for an unwanted attribute of a person, but not the person itself. There are other techniques that can make someone move away from your area. This technique is used to be rid of unwanted things such as debt, a health condition, a relationship. Here are the steps to follow:
  1. Take a piece of fruit, such as an apple to use as a simulacrum
  2. Key the fruit to the unwanted thing
  3. To key the fruit, hold it in your dominant hand (hand you use to point at something)
  4. Energetically flow everything you know about the condition, thing, or issue down your arm and into the fruit
  5. When the fruit feels hot, tingly or has an "alive" feeling to it, it is keyed
  6. Put the fruit on a plate. If you have a pantacle or keyed plate (Earth tool) that can be used, but if not then just a regular plate will suffice
  7. Leave it in a place that it can not be disturbed while it withers. Remember you have keyed this to be a certain thing now so you don't want the cat bouncing it around the room
  8. Once the fruit has withered away, so will the unwanted condition or thing.
This is just one of many voodoo magic techniques. If you are interested in this branch of magic, you can get our How To Do Voodoo ebook in our online school store.


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Magic Spells for a Good Night's Sleep

Magic spells can be useful for a wide variety of purposes. There are even some that will help those of us who have trouble going to sleep or trouble with waking up during the night due to stresses or nightmares. Here are some magic spells that can help you get a good night's sleep.

Shower or Bathtub Litany
This magical ritual helps you get rid of excess Fire energies. In magical terms water carries fire so this ritual works by taking excess Fire energy from your body, mind, and Spirit, and flowing it down the drain with water. For this ritual to work, you combine your intention with some visualization and the magic litany. Using this litany before going to bed can help release stress and tension and get you relaxed and ready for sleep.

The litany can be done in a bathtub filled as full as possible with cool water. Do not use cold water. Instead have the water just below body temperature. Or it can be done in a shower with the showerhead set so the water is hitting you at the base of the skull and running over your back and front sides. Again the water should be just below body temperature, cool but not cold.

In the shower, run your hands down your body to move your Fire energy down to your feet. In the bathtub, lie down in the tub with your feet at the drain and as much of your body as possible under the water. Then see yourself radiating fire energies out of your body and mixing with the water. As you see this and see the water going down the drain in the shower or as you open the drain on the bathtub, repeat the following litany out loud.

All the tension, all the strain,
All the pain with excess flame,
Flow with water, down the drain!


Keep saying it until you feel that the flame is gone in the shower or until all the water has drained out of the bathtub. Speak the litany with authority and power.

Creating Sacred Space for Sleeping
For those who wake up frequently with nightmares, you can burn a yellow or electric blue colored candle in the room. For safety reasons, we recommend using a candle that is enclosed in glass. Do the following steps 30 minutes to an hour before you are ready to go to bed.
Stand or sit in the south facing north with the candle in front of you.
Light the candle with paper or wooden matches. Do not use a lighter.
Hold your hands up to and around the flame, focusing your attention on the candle and flame.
Say the following charge verse in a strong, powerful voice.

Child of Wonder,
Child of Flame,
Nourish My Spirit,
And Protect My Aim!


Continue standing or sitting with the candle in front of you for a few minutes while you visualize your aim of having a peaceful night with uninterrupted sleep. Leave the candle burning for at least 30 minutes and then blow it out (don't snuff it out) Once your sleeping space is cleared of junky energies, it will remain that way through the night.

These and other ritual type magic spells can be helpful in changing your elemental balance to relax you and protect you during the night. To learn more about magic spell rituals, get our Daily Rituals for Attracting What You Want in Life ebook. Whether it's attracting your ideal job, mate or getting a good nights sleep, magic spells and rituals are easy to learn and bring magic into your everyday life.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Magic Online: Can you Learn Real Magic?

We are often asked how magic online classes work and if one can truly learn real magic through an online format. The answer is yes and here's how magic online works.

History of Magic Online
Our school began with traditional type classes where students met once a week in a physical location. As time went on, we wanted to move to a format that would allow for students from a greater geographical area to attend classes and open the study of magic to more people. With that goal in mind, we evolved to doing teleconference classes. We do still have teleconference classes at times, but we soon discovered that this format was still limiting. Students could not jump into a class at anytime. They had to wait for a new class to start and a new registration period. This brought us to the current format of magic online.

What is Magic Online?
Magic online are classes presented through our website. They contain audio files of actual past teleconference classes with actual students, video files showing how to perform certain techniques, class notes to follow along and keep for later reference, and class exercises to practice between classes. In fact, magic online classes have all the same information and materials as the teleconference courses.

Benefits of Magic Online
The advantages to taking an online magic class include:
  •  Able to start right away on your time schedule – no waiting for class to "make" or registration period to open
  •  Students go at their own pace instead attending scheduled weekly class
  •  Open to any student anywhere around the globe that has an internet connection
  •  Able to interact with other students through posted comments
  •  Detailed multi-media step by step instructions (because altered procedures produce altered results)
  •  Attending class does not rely on having a phone and needing to call the long distance teleconference center
  •  Basic Magic offered in 3 levels and can be paid for one at a time
School Is Always in Session
We have found that the magic online format has allowed us to spread the magical knowledge over greater distances with students from around the world able to join in more easily. It also gives students that have difficult schedules a way to schedule their magical learning around what works best for them. Now that you know it is so easy to learn real magic through online courses, what are you waiting for? If you are ready to take your magical studies to a more serious level then classes in magic online are waiting for you.

And just to make it even easier, we are offering 20% off of the Basic Magic Level I course right now. This offer will only be good through September 16, 2012, so now is the time to sign up and take advantage of the savings. You can register for class here where your journey into a magical life is waiting for you.


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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Magic 2012: What's Your Big Lesson

Magic 2012 is a good time to figure out what big life lesson you have yet to learn. Typically, the Universe will offer our lessons to be learned in this Earth School we live in, from a soft approach. We get it, thank the Universe for the help and go on. If the message is ignored however, it will not go away, but will get delivered in a stronger way.

Magic 2012: Getting the Message
Even those of us who live life as magical practitioners sometimes don't always get the message right away in the soft and gentle delivery. We have to wait for the stronger message which can sometimes wreak havoc in our lives. Especially in this year of Magic 2012 when there is so much going on, messages can be difficult to sort out and understand.

Magic 2012: The Two By Four Message
The Universe doesn't stop though just because we don't get it. Each time a message is sent it gets more obvious and not as easy to ignore. Kinda like going from a softly whispered piece of advice to being hit up the side of the head with a two by four. Here's an example.

One of our staff members at the Esoteric School tends to overwork. I won't go so far as to say a work-a-holic, but well if the shoe fits...  When not working for herself, she is constantly working for others. She is extremely competent and skilled in many areas, so it is easy for people to seek her out for help with a variety of projects. Our friend has been getting messages for a long time about needing to slow down, not work so hard and do more for herself instead of so much for others. This lesson, although recognized, has not completely taken hold with her. So this year the Universe through Magic 2012 decided it is time for her to really get it.

First she found herself being tired much of the time and being sick a lot, requiring her to rest more. That wasn't quite enough though for our resident work-a-holic to put down the work load. One of her many skills is working with horses. She is able to take a Mustang raised in the wild, bond with it and end up with not only a horse she can ride, but also participate in horse shows. The next message came in the form of being stepped on by one of her horses, Ouch! Down for a while, but still not a strong enough message to slow down this working girl.

On to the next message, a bit stronger this time. She gets kicked by the horse, is sore for quite a while and develops a bone spur. Still not enough to keep her down and out and the same amount of work goes on because after all how could the world go on without her doing her work and what would the people dependent on her do if she wasn't doing the things they need her to do?

Now the Universe is through messing around. It is time to bring out the two by four. Our friend now is thrown by one of her horses and the horse falls on her. The horse is fine and gets up, but our friend now has a collar bone broken in 2 places and her arm strapped across her chest for the next 4 months. The type of work she does will now be severely affected with the loss of the use of one arm. Doctor's orders are not to use that arm and must get plenty of rest for those 4 months for the break to heal. Lesson learned. It is time for her to not only take care of herself which means less work, less taking care of everybody else's problems and work, but to now allow all those others to help take care of her. And to her surprise the world has continued to function and most amazing of all is the way everyone is so willing to chip in and help her for a change.

Magic 2012: How to Avoid the Two By Four
The above example is just one of many that we have seen people go through in getting the lesson the Universe is trying to deliver. In every case, there was an easier, gentler way to get that message. But when ignored or put off, the Universe does persist. This year of Magic 2012 is especially potent and full of magical messages. Be conscious of this and look for the signs. If you have trouble reading the signs, ask the Universe for help reading them. Indicate that you are not being dismissive, but just need some help understanding. 
Here are some things you can do to ask the Universe for help in understanding:
  • Ask for guidance from totem animals. Then find out what the totem you see means.
  • Spend some extra time in meditation or quiet sitting focusing on the things that are happening in your life that cause you to believe there is a message you are missing. Listen to the voice inside you for guidance.
  • Do a Question Circle to get help from higher beings (see how at http://bit.ly/TYWiks)
  • Do a Tarot reading and take a look at your past, present and future lines. (we offer a homestudy Tarot class )
Knowing your astrological transits can also be helpful. If the lesson is learned before a transit arrives, you either won't have the catastrophe/chaos or will have some major issue, but will also find that you have the resources to handle it right there. Of course if you don't want to learn the lesson, you can always wait and get the Universal two by four.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Free Magic School Resources

We get emails all the time from people wanting to learn magic and wondering how to get started. The simple answer is to start with our free magic school resources.

There are many magical traditions and practices out there and we want to make sure that what we have to offer resonates with you and will offer you a magical practice to follow your true path. We have resources for those who just wish to do some exploring for fun and for those who are ready to jump into more serious study.

Our free magic school online library has a variety of article categories ranging from health and healing to guidance from higher powers to spellwork. Many have simple, safe exercises that you can try out for yourself. Our blog has similar articles that you can search by topic to find just what you are looking for.

One of the resources we often send people to is the "Is Magic Real" page. From there you can sign up for free tips emailed to you called "10 Magic Things You Can Do Now", sign up for our twice a month email newsletter, find a link to samples of audio files, video files and class notes from actual courses we teach and lots more.

Be sure to also check out the archives of "Magic in Your Mailbox", a free email course we offered at one time. This course has some good beginning exercises and practices along with comments from people who took the course and shared their experiences.

No matter what your magical goal is, to become a magical practitioner or to just explore for a better understanding of what magic is all about, we have something for everyone in our free magic school resources section. These free magic school resources are our way of spreading the magic and we'd love to hear your experiences with them. Take a look for yourself and then let us hear from you either by leaving comments on our blog or on our facebook page. And most of all have fun exploring the wonderful things magic can do in your life.


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