I think of myself as a kind-of clairvoyant, sometimes-clairaudient, occasional-clairsentient, little-bit-claircognizant….psychic-ISH. I don’t ever claim that “I am a psychic” as a solid self-identification because my experiences tend to be more spontaneous than planned. If I’m divining anything formally, it’s with tarot or oracle cards. Without props, I feel like I have to guide myself into an altered state with a sort of free-flowing guided meditation if I want to read any sorts of signs. I don’t really think about how this ties into or contradicts my artistic side–sometimes, I “hear” concepts like dialog in my head….and I later have to analyze whether this is divinely inspired material or my brain just intellectually working on another article idea.
(That’s my version of a disclaimer.)
I’ve often thought of the acts of magick as a form of therapy. The extent to which a ceremony, spell, ritual or any other magickal act makes a change, a transformation on the mental or emotional level depends on many factors…depending on the individual magician. At times, this seems to be a process separate (yet unavoidable) from the intention or goal of the magickal act, itself.
On one level, most (all?) acts of manifestation are geared towards making one feel satisfied or happy as the ultimate result of manifesting the object of desire in one’s personal sensory reality. It is the desire to feel satisfied that is often the motivating drive behind performing the magick, in the first place. We somehow think that we will feel different once we have the desired change, object or circumstance.
Our present physical surroundings and circumstances reflect our current mindset, emotional reality and beliefs. In Chaos Magick theory, to manifest our desired change, we need to change from our beliefs that we do NOT have our desired object/event into the conviction that it IS our current reality. Within this framework of thought, we are manipulating physical objects within the ritual space–moving external representations of internal factors as a sort of sympathetic magick. We repeat the same exact ritual, or perform “backup magick” until our psyche accepts the “new” reality as real. Once that change in perspective is performed internally, then the external reality changes to reflect the new internal landscape.
If we acknowledge that most forms of psychological therapy are simply moving around the conviction in which SOME of our thoughts are current BELIEFS and changing whichever emotions one identifies with, then magick can be one of the most powerful forms of therapy that we can work with.
With my mental understanding that since the goal of ritual is to move personal conviction and emotional identification from one concept to another–I spontaneously experienced watching an imaginary scenario of performing a magickal ritual in the form of a therapy session.
As an experiment in a modern form of ritual, let us consider performing this two ways–with a partner and by yourself. For purposes of example, we will use the manifestation of a new television set–the manifestation of a physical object. Although, in theory, this process can apply to any sort of manifestation–objects or changes in life scenarios.
With a partner–one is the client/patient and the other is the therapist. The therapist is there to challenge the client to re-evaluate his perception on the current situation that s/he does not possess a new television set. The current reality of not possessing a new television set in one’s current physical surroundings is treated as a delusion, and challenged by the “therapist.” A loose script of questions and statements is prepared beforehand for the “therapist” to work from–such as, “What makes you think that you do not have a new television set? Are you sure? I talked to your sister/friend/uncle, who described your television set to me. I came over to your house and saw the television set in your living room.” Etc.
Also, using leading questions pulls on the mind’s automatic search factor and presupposition factors. Asking such questions as, “I want you to remember the day that you found your television set in the store….which store was it? What did you like most about your television set? How did you get it home? Where did you first put it? What was the first program that you watched on your new television set?”….and so on.
Doing this as a solitary exercise, I would suggest doing this in more of a therapy-like setting than simply using straight visualization. Use two chairs and speak out loud the dialog between the therapist and the client. Play both parts like a ritual drama. Read the leading questions while sitting in one chair–then move to the other chair and speak your response out loud to the imaginary therapist “sitting” across from you.
Prepare ritual space in any way that feels correct. Cleanse. Smudge. Cast circle. Perform this dialog for as long as possible, so that it feels emotionally real. Close and clear ritual space in a way that feels correct. Repeat as necessary.