“I’d first like to make it clear that a stim is not the same as a tic. Where stims are rhythmic and regular, tics are non-rhythmic and sudden. That being said, I’ve shared anecdotes with several individuals with Tourette’s syndrome, and our (nonprofessional) consensus was that tics and stims do seem to have a lot in common. Both can (sometimes) be held back, although holding back both feels very uncomfortable. While holding back a tic seems closer to holding back a sneeze, I would say that holding back a stim could be compared to holding off on scratching an itch (if that itch never went away, and kept increasing with time, like a mosquito with its nose in your flesh that refuses to leave).”
When I started practicing magic I thought there was a
missing link. Something I didn’t understand. Sure, I could look up spells, but
surely that wasn’t enough. There must be something else, something I didn’t
understand. After all, simply repeating words and tying a red ribbon around an
egg couldn’t be enough to affect reality, could it? What was the secret that
would turn words in to real effects?
It would take me years before I was able to put together a
model of magic that fit what I observed. As a spirit worker and an animist, my
model of magic revolves around the spirit world. As I began to understand my
model more and more, magic made more and more sense to me and my skills
increased. I would like to share with you my model for understanding magic and
how it helped me understand the world in a new way.
Everything has a spirit. Well, almost everything. Everything
organic and living has a spirit, as do many man-made things like cities,
houses, and objects. These spirits do not follow physical laws, because they
are nonphysical. They exist in a highly symbolic world, where snipping a string
is symbolic of breaking a relationship apart, or tying a string together can
represent a binding.
Humans are able to interact with spirits because, well, the
veil is thinner than we all like to think. Spirits are not off in some far-away
“spirit world” that we have to travel to. Spirits exist alongside us, around
us, and in some cases within us. The spirit of your house is not locked away in
some ivory tower in a remote spirit world; it is around you always, slumbering,
watching, and waiting for human contact.
When you take an egg, or a ribbon, or some string, the
physical objects are nothing but representations and symbols. The true magic
lies with the spirits, and energies (which are nothing but spirits without a
mind; or it could be said that spirits are nothing but energy with a mind),
which you are going to manipulate. And we can manipulate it because the veil is
so thin, and humans are so excellent, that it is hard not to manipulate it.
So you are going to cast a spell to end a friendship. You
take some ribbon, which is black, the color of bindings. Again, this is
symbolic – most metaphysical bindings are not black at all. And then, the real
magic is about to begin.
When you use your words (and all words are magical, and
everything you say and do is a force of magic), and your actions, and focus
intently on the metaphysical reality around you, it is just like tapping in to
the Matrix. And yes, everything you
say and do and think is a force of magic, which is why it’s pretty vital to be
in control of yourself if you do magic. This can be an anxiety-inducing thought
for some, who want to say and think and do whatever they want, and then still
lead the special life they want to live. Well, it doesn’t work that way. If you
want to be a good person, it starts with good actions and good thoughts. If you
want to be a prosperous person, it means focusing on prosperity and not worries
of debt. A spell is just a hyperfocused laser of intent, but intent is always
radiating out of you like gentle waves in an ocean. But I digress.
When you focus on the metaphysical reality around you, and
truly believe you are interacting with the metaphysical using your physical
symbols, then true magic really begins. And when you, with your iron will and
laser focus, turn that ribbon in your hands in to the bond of friendship, the
magic really starts. And when you snip it with silver scissors, the
metaphysical bond is also snipped in half.
This essay is called “how to do magic.” So here is how to do
Come up with a working model of magic that makes sense to
you. One that, when followed, improves your power and understanding of the
Use physical objects to represent the metaphysical, and
meditate, focus, or enter a trance state or a frenzy until you can truly
believe that what you are holding IS the metaphysical energy or spirit.
Carry out acts on your physical objects that symbolically
represent what you want to happen in the real world.
Sit back, relax, and reward yourself with a smoothie.
The missing link I never found was linking the metaphysical
to the physical, and causing my physical objects to become the metaphysical
spirit or energy. Once I discovered that, everything fell in to place and I
became a much better sorceress for it.
Then I had to add another vacationing Cardassian. They’re gonna trade snaps of themselves in front of landmarks and park signage. And spend six hours in the gift shops. And spill food constantly to such an extent that a trail of discarded bread crusts is left in their wake.