In Part I of this series, I invited you to “open up your eyes to the things unseen.” Let’s assume you’ve now taken that step and are beginning to tune your inner antenna toward the non-physical. Perhaps you’re praying for the first time, have begun a guided meditation practice, learned the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, or are studying about the deeper facets of astrology. And as a result you may be having unusual thoughts, noticing synchronicities or even visualizing symbols. But are you just fooling yourself? Just how exactly do you discern if what you’re learning and experiencing is authentic or if you are just mentally masturbating? For those times when your rational brain kicks into gear (and your Bullshit Meter starts peaking), here are FIVE things to consider.
1. Verified by Tradition
2. She Blinded Me… With Science!
3. Say My Name
Let me be vulnerable for a moment (and possibly get in some trouble). Many years ago after a personal tragedy I became a deeply zealous “believer” (as one often does in times of desperation). Years after growing out of that stage, however, I’ve often looked back on that time and felt a little embarrassed or ashamed that I was so gullible and silly. But the truth is I actually did experience many synchronicities and “miracles” during that time. See, I willed myself to see signs, look for coincidences and seek divine help. Because that is where my intention lied, that is what manifested. Remember, “the Universe is Mental.” Find a divine form that works for you, seek it with all your heart and watch in awe and devotion as miracles bloom like flowers.
4. When Even the Bullshit Works!
To take this even a step further, your “imagining” may actually be creating new forms that didn’t previously exist. According to Donald Michael Kraig (and many other magickal teachers), knowing how to properly “imagine” something mentally in the astral plane can actually create it in the physical plane. The universe mirrors back to you your mental state. Consider this: if chronic worry and anger can induce negative situations in the lives of anxious people, then focusing on light, love and goodwill will mirror back a world of positivity and harmony. Don’t believe it’s that simple? Use the Scientific Method and find out.
5. Chill Bro
Keeping this healthy amount of skepticism in your tool belt, you’re now ready to throw yourself into the process. If you’re able to clear the hurdles of doubt, skepticism and reason you can begin to prepare yourself for the many magical and ancient secrets that await you. But I’m getting ahead of myself. More in Part III…
[Editor’s Note: This article is part 2 of a 3 part series by author and artist Trevor Harden. Take a look at part 1, The Universe is Mental – Part I: Tuning In, and stay tuned for more…]