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In the course of a manís life, there are moments of clarity and there are moments of darkness. At his mental peak, he experiences great clarity of thought and profound realization. And at his low, he experiences depression, anger, or melancholy. Drugs, chemicals, foods and lifestyle changes may effect his thought processes in various ways. Disregarding for the moment the objective existence of spirits or demons, ritual magic is a way to control the mind. Without the use of drugs or chemicals, the magician controls directly his level of conscious awareness. He experiences "being awake" mentally, a state which the mundane only experience after large amounts of coffee or other stimulants. The spirits or demons he calls upon exist within his subjective mind and respond to his invocations. As a magician progresses in the Magical Art, he gains control over his emotions and experiences more "peaks" than "lows".
The objective existence of spirits or demons does not need to be proven in order to show the effectiveness of magic. Parapsychologists have shown, through years of research and investigation which only the most cynical will deny, the definite existence of telepathy or mental communication. The human brain operates, like a radio, receiving the brain waves "broadcast" by others of similar frequency. For this reason, telepathy is most common among close friends or family members. A magician may be seen, then, as someone who has converted the "receiver" of his brain into a "transmitter." At first he may only be able to influence those who are on a similar "frequency" to his own or will have to learn how to change "frequency" in order to influence those on different "frequencies". But the more powerful his "transmitter" becomes, the more people he will be able to influence directly.
The quickest and most direct route to the brain is through the optic nerve. Mental transmissions from the brain are sent through the optic nerve to the eyes and out through the eye cavities. This is the origin of the "evil eye" and "fascination", as well as the expression "the eyes are the window to the soul." In the Middle Ages, witch-hunters used to remove the eyes of "witches" so that they would not be able to look upon them and curse them. Once a magician has acquired control of his own mental states (through ritual magic), and has converted the "receiver" in his brain into a "transmitter", he is able to "influence" rather than "be influenced". He may even feel contempt for those who are led around upon rash emotional whims without the slightest balance or direction.
Many people carry around with them subconscious masochistic tendencies, causing them to do things which will bring pain or misery upon themselves. In magical terminology, this is called a "curse". In its most severe form, the human mind becomes unbalanced, resulting in mental illness, paranoia, psychosis, or schizophrenia. Many people have "cursed" themselves or have been "cursed" by others, either intentionally or unintentionally. Wishing to place a curse on his enemy, an accomplished magician (someone who has mastered the mental states of his consciousness) may enter into a ritual chamber (enter into a "waking state" in which his mind is fully active), invoke a spirit of destruction (create the mental image of the spirit within his subjective mind), and command the spirit to go forth and destroy his enemy (send out the mental "transmission" of hate.) It matters not weather spirits exist objectively or not. They are real to the magician who invokes them and to the victim who suffers the force of the mental "transmission".
If spirits or demons exist objectively, as actual intelligent beings, then one might think that they would have more important things to do than appear before a "magic circle" and serve the whims of mere mortals. One might also think that there would then be one "correct" tradition of magic and one "true" pantheon of deities. This is not at all the case. All systems of magic use similar techniques and work relatively the same. The fact that magic based on the worship of pagan gods has the same efficiency as magic based on the Judaeo-Christian Caballa and Gnosticism, shows that it is the techniques used (and their effect upon the practitionerís mind) which accounts for magical powers and not the particular deities or spirits called upon.
Many spirits are accredited with giving knowledge of "arts and sciences". The "Lesser Key of Solomon", a book of goetic sorcery, lists 72 demons which Solomon allegedly bound inside a brazen vessel. This Cabalistic tale has its origin in the Babylonian legend of the 72 Lords of the Djin. The word demon comes from the Greek "daemon", an influencing spirit of intelligence. Djin (or genie) is also the root of the word "genius." Although the word "genius" is often used by the mundane, he who is called a "genius" is said to be under the influence of an intelligence, daemon, or genie. If demons do not exist objectively (only subjectively), then the question arises: how can we explain sudden knowledge acquired through contact with a spirit?
Parapsychologists, in the study of telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition, have only been able to prove the existence of telepathy. The reason for this is that, while there is a great deal of evidence concerning the precognition of future events, it can always be attributed to telepathic communication. The same is true of clairvoyance and clairaudience. The clairvoyant who sees the spirit of a womanís dead grandfather standing beside her does not see the actual spirit of the man but, instead, reads the mind of the woman and, from the image of the man in her mind, imagines him as a spirit. In dealing with the question of "acquired" knowledge, we may consider that all knowledge humankind has acquired resides in someoneís mind. Reading the mind of an unknown subject thousands of miles distant, the magician may aquire instant knowledge of various "arts and sciences". This does not prove the objective existence of demons, only the ability of the human mind to become a powerful "receiver" and "transmitter" of telepathic signals. Unlike the mundane, who are influenced continuously by thoughts which are not their own, the magician may "receive" the information he desires without being controlled by the desires or aims of others.
There is an interesting phenomena which occurs in magic and which involves the creation of thought-forms. The magician can create an image within his subjective mind and "impose" it upon the objective world so that it influences the subjective minds of all those individuals who come into contact with it. Objects may be charged with this magical energy and become "charmed" or "cursed". Within a magical group or coven a group-consciousness develops and acts as if it were an individual entity. These thought-forms are also responsible for buildings and locations assuming an aura; becoming "sacred", "holy", "defiled", "unholy", etc. Thought-forms were used by Egyptian magicians to guard burial chambers and resulted in the deaths of archeologists thousands of years later. This phenomena cannot be explained by telepathy but is rather a form of magnetism or mesmerism, concerning which much research has also been done. The question arises: If spirits or demons are invoked by the magician and exist within his subconscious mind, do they also assume an objective existence (as thought-forms) separate from the magician himself? Do gods and deities exist simply on account of manís belief in and worship of them as such? If this is, in fact, the case then the magician may use telepathic (and vocal) communication to communicate with (summon) all manner of gods, angels, and demons as well as to control the minds of other men.
Having given you a completely rational explanation for magic, I must now point out that magic will not work if it is approached from an intellectual perspective. The reason for this is that Magical Art is the domain of the right-side of the brain, the part responsible for artistic talent, and not the left-side of the brain, the part responsible for logic and reason. It is the subconscious mind, the irrational mind, the artistic mind with its dreams, fantasies, and intuitions which is responsible for the "reception" and "transmission" of these telepathic signals. Beneath the surface of manís conscious mind is a world of fantasy and wonder to which the rational mind is an "outcast". As long as the rational mind is excluded from the subconscious, it will question the existence or importance of anything involving the subconscious to which it is not a part. Hence, the skeptic will question the validity of magic even when he is influenced subconsciously by the will of others. Only He who would practice the Magical Art need believe in its power.
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