Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ritual Magic: Rules for Creating Your Own

We have given you lots of ritual magic that you can do on a daily basis in previous articles, newsletters, and our ebook Daily Rituals to Attract What You Want in Life, but you can also create your own ritual magic. If you know how to create your own ritual magic, you can make rituals that are more personalized and fit your own specific aims and goals. Here are a few key things to keep in mind as you create your own ritual magic.

- A ritual should break through the mechanical personalities that usually control our lives. It should allow us to take a break from daily life and connect with consciousness, being aware of spiritual aims and who and where we really are.

- A ritual should connect us with Spirit by quieting the mind or putting one in touch with physical sensation. Attracting what we really want in life is only possible through connection with Spirit.

- A ritual can help us access higher powers and beings which can help with attracting what we want.

- A ritual can help us go to a deeper level and remember what we truly want. As we go through our busy lives reacting in mechanical ways to everything around us we are cut off from accessing our spiritual desires. Rituals can take those spiritual aims and bring them into how we interact with and go about daily life.

- Design the ritual in accordance with Universal Laws, Rules of the Road and principles of the four elements. This not only makes the ritual safer, it can enhance it. So for example if the ritual you are creating has to do with gaining knowledge, then incorporating principles of the Air element will make the ritual more powerful.

There you have it. Taking these few simple guidelines into account when creating your rituals will help make your rituals safer, more powerful, and help you attract the things you personally want in your life. So be creative, have fun, and start designing your own ritual magic.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Attacked? Simple and Best Self Defense Magic to Use in the Moment

This protection magic technique is one of the best self-defense tips for you to know in case of physical attack. It is just one of the techniques you'll find in our Magical Self Defense Homestudy Course. Basically it entails making your body into an energetic lightning rod and sending back an attacker's own energy, thus using another's energy against them.

For most people, the most usual reaction to being physically attacked is to tense up and/or to fight. But with this protection magic technique it is better to go limp. This allows you to pull energy from your attacker, store it briefly and send it back to him/her in a single blast to a particular targeted area. The energy you are pulling from the attacker will be mostly, if not completely, fire energy. Using your body to pull in his/her excess fire energy, you become a lightning rod. This technique can be lethal to your attacker, so be sure before using it that you are in accordance with Rules of the Road. If you are, then here's how to proceed with being a lightning rod.
1. When grabbed or attacked, don't resist. Instead go limp so as not to waste your own force.

2. Pull energy from your attacker into your own body as quickly as you can. This will be easy to do in most cases since the attacker will more than likely be radiating a large amount of fire energy, probably red-orange and/or yellow-orange. Their energy will be obvious through their anger, fear or other negative energies so you won't have to work very hard to access it and you will be able to deplete their supply of energy very quickly.

3. Store up the energy you pull from the attacker in your body and add it to your own red-orange fire energy from anger, fear, rage, or pain.

4. Keep pulling the attacker's energy until you see him/her go limp or relax. At this point flow all the energy you have stored into your output hand.

5. Now send all the stored energy to your attacker by tapping one or two fingers of your output hand on his/her forehead, between the eyes, on the throat or over the heart while you are flowing all the stored energy out those fingers.

Delivering this amount of energy at one targeted area to another person can be lethal, but is a good form of protection magic to get you out of a dangerous situation. You don't need magical tools, any preparation or any set-up to do this technique and it can very possibly save your life. Hopefully this is not a technique you will need often, but to be ready you can practice taking in energy and flowing it out at a specific target by using a candle and watching for the flame to move as you "shoot" energy out your output hand fingers. Keeping your skills sharp will make sure you are ready if the need should arise to use this type of protection magic. To learn more protection magic and techniques for magical self-defense, see our Magical Self Defense course.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Meditation Guide: Simple Steps for Beginners

No doubt you have heard by now of all the health benefits as well as spiritual benefits that can result from meditation. Students from a wide variety of spiritual traditions have been practicing meditation for centuries, mostly to create peace, joy, harmony, commune with Nature, receive messages from higher powers, clear the mind and create manifestations in their lives. Meditation is important in a magical practice in that it can also help in creating sacred space and invite in psychic abilities. In addition to all these spiritual benefits, researchers are finding that mediation can have health benefits by relieving stress which can wreak havoc on the mind and body as well as lower blood pressure and help strengthen the immune system. It gives us a way to find relief from the noise and hustle and bustle of our busy modern lives too. A regular meditation practice has been shown to increase serotonin levels in the body, which can help with depression, headaches, and insomnia associated with low serotonin levels. There are many different types of mediation and these physical benefits seem to be helped even more when the meditation is done while walking.

Awareness of the benefits of meditation has increased over the last few years as popular talk shows and magazines are full of references to the benefits of meditation. I hear from many people however that they have tried meditating and just can't "get it". The main complaint seems to be that they can't quiet their minds. Thoughts of to do lists, family responsibilities, what they "need" to get done next and so on creep in and take over. That leaves many feeling as if they have failed and "can't meditate". We say that anyone can meditate; it just takes more practice for some than others and meditation should not be judged by the results as much as by the effort. In other words, don't be so hard on yourself and give it time to develop. Below we offer this meditation guide to those who find themselves struggling with learning how to meditate.

One of the meditation exercises offered in our ebook, Daily Rituals for Attracting What You Want in Life, goes like this:
1. Find at least 15 minutes of time that you will not be disturbed and a place you can have quiet. This may mean turning off the phone or having your spouse take the kids out for a walk or getting up early before everyone else for some of you.

2. Find a comfortable position to sit in your quiet space. You do not have to do a lotus position or any other position that you find uncomfortable. You can sit on the ground or in a chair, whichever you will be more comfortable in.

3. Close your eyes and feel your breath moving in and out of your body. Don't force your breath or change it, just tune in to the natural rhythm of your breathing.

4. When thoughts come into your mind (and they will – especially when first learning how to meditate), don't fight them. Just let them come up, recognize they are there and let them pass through your mind. Don't chastise yourself or give up with a "see, told you I can't meditate" point of view as many do at this point. Try instead to use this metaphor:
Imagine you are on a river shore watching boats sail by. The boats are your thoughts that creep into your mind. At times you will become very fascinated with a particular boat and want to board it to look around and explore it more. This is what happens with your thoughts when they "carry you away" from clearing your mind. When you find yourself on one of these "boats", just leave and return to the shore and concentrate on your breathing again.
5. Sit for at least 15 minutes. You can sit longer if you wish and can have a quiet environment for longer.

More Meditation Tips
Another tip for those struggling with how to meditate is to use a lit candle, incense or a fountain to distract the mind from drifting away into thoughts. Leaving your eyes open and concentrating on an object such as a candle flame gives you a visual focus that can help quiet the mind. A running water fountain creates a sound that is irregular and hard for the mind to follow which also keeps it distracted.

Other Considerations
15 minutes is suggested as a length of time to strive for initially so as to give the mind time to quiet and open the way for inner quiet. The length of a meditation period is not as important however as how consistent you are with your practice. It is better to do a short meditation everyday than to do long meditations every once in a while. Try not to judge your meditation by criteria such as how peaceful it was or how many times your mind drifted off. It is the effort to reach a quiet place that matters more than the achievement of total quiet in the beginning.

As you continue meditating, you will see positive results in your day to day life. A new way of dealing with people and life events will emerge and you will find yourself being able to deal with situations from an inner quiet and peaceful place. Be sure to enjoy your meditation time as it is time you are investing in your inner development. The more your inner life flourishes and grows the more you will see the same reflected in your outer life. Meditation can help you achieve that and bring other magic to your life.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Has Your Magic Failed Because of the Inconvenience Factor?

The inconvenience factor is something we definitely see students struggle with at some point as they start down a magical path and it often makes them think their magic failed. Being aware of this phenomena when you start practicing magic allows you to see that it is not that magic failed, what is really happening and be able to make an informed decision as to how you want to proceed. In our new Kindle book, LEARN HOW TO DO WITCHCRAFT RITUALS AND SPELLS WITH YOUR BARE HANDS, this is one of the principles we talk about.

Magic takes time and at some point you may find that taking the time to study and to do rituals and spells will be inconvenient. You may already have a busy life with work, family, school, social engagements and so forth and will need to make many small changes and possibly some radical ones in your life to make the time available for your new magical and spiritual practice.

When first starting a practice, most students are excited and are at a place in life where learning magic that works is a priority. Then life circumstances change. It may be that work hours become increased or unexpected travel pops up or maybe family obligations that need your attention intervene. Whatever comes up, suddenly it all becomes too much to do it all. This is the point where many students either drop classes or just start giving a minimal amount of time to their practice. As in anything else you want to be good at, magic needs to be practiced. Just giving a halfhearted attempt at a magical practice can often lead to procedures that don't work and that look like the magic failed.

For those students who push their way through the inconvenience factor and continue to make magic a priority in their lives, they find their lives benefit and are improved. Each person must make the choice for themselves whether their magical practice or convenience is the priority. These inconvenient conditions are temporary and will fade away over time. As magic is practiced and becomes more familiar, it is easier to integrate into one's life. Just like having a new baby at first can create massive change in one's life and make it seem like there isn't enough time in the day, a routine soon develops as the baby is integrated into the family and new routines are established. Adopting a magical way of life can become second nature after a period of time and fit smoothly into each day. Those who are able to reach this level find that magic can greatly reduce their struggles and increase the joy they experience in the long run.

Initially as you begin down the path towards becoming a magical practitioner you will be straddling two worlds – mundane and magical. Sometimes you will choose mundane convenience and sometimes you will choose your magical practice. As you continue, you will find your intention grows in strength and force which results in the two worlds diverging more and more. At some point you will have to make a choice between the two worlds by deciding which world is a priority for you.

When that point is reached, we have observed over the last 30 years of teaching that students who forge through the inconvenience factor and continue to devote the time to their magical practices are able to more easily integrate their new magical and spiritual practice into daily life than those who choose the convenience of ordinary life thinking they will come back to their magical practice later when life settles down or they have more time. There seems to be a small window of opportunity for students to make this decision. Those who choose to try to develop a practice after this window has closed can still do so, but find the resistance is much greater. So when you come to the point of deciding whether to continue on your magical path or stop to attend to mundane life issues, just remember the window of opportunity before choosing.

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