Starting on the Path of Something Different.
We often times may find ourselves questioning “What is my purpose?“, “Why am I here?“, and perhaps, “Who or what am I?” These are valid questions that many may silently be contemplating, or not, at various times in their lives. Many of life”s unanswered questions are questions that we may have dared to not explore, nor entertain any thought beyond that of a “passing fancy”. THAT has much to do with the social conditioning of virtually each and every individual who is part of that society.
The “mundane” life we often take for granted, is often quite “mundane” and perhaps very boring, to the extent that we may not even be aware that there is more to the living experience than we can remember. Young children, before they start to receive their “daily-dose” of that societal conditioning, are often very expressive and energetic about all of the nuances they discover, for the first time, in the world around them. That “innocence” of childhood is a fleeting part of their beginning lives. Such alert children seem to take such joy and fascination with the many details and “little things” that are often ignored in their later years. Ahh, how we seem to forget the simple pleasures of life as we get older!
The Path towards enlightenment and self-realization, then, may seem very simple on paper, but hard to grasp when attempting to put it into action. Many of us are taught, in our “early years” to know the difference between fact and fiction. We are taught that there is “reality”, and then there is “fantasy” ( or “make-believe” ). Then, our conditioning continues, with the identification of what constitutes “factual” from constitutes “fiction”. It is here that we begin to remove from ourselves the power of imagination, in favor of “given facts”. We may never realize that there is indeed power to “imagination” and its importance as a building block toward manifestation. So the Spiritual side of thinking too frequently becomes the casualty of this conditioning, as well as the unlimited possibilities that can unfold within our minds.
Imagination is as human as everything else we associate with the condition of being “human”. It is what drives our very creative talents. It is what drives us to “rise to the occasion” when we feel the cause to do so. It is that means by which artists create the very works they become known by. It is that part and process of thinking that scientists, doctors, and other academic and professional individuals “discover” a new theory, method, treatment, or process that makes a positive contribution to the art, career, profession, and/or discipline that he/she is engaged in. The art of “imagining” is a way to do things that is a natural aspect of “being human”, and it DOES require some form or stretch of imagination.
“Magic” is similarly an act of empowering “imagination”. It is also a natural process of creating change. ANY natural effect be it, the rain, sprouting seeds, growth in general, and especially childbirth, are themselves magical acts. They are very natural, an active process of change, and many of them involve an “intent”. Whether we understand where that intent begins from, or not, makes no difference. These are, by their very existence, magical acts.
Acts of magic are also divine acts. The power to create is a powerful aspect of living. Most religions recognize the divine act of creation. Man was supposedly created by divine creative acts (magic) of one or more Gods ( and/or Goddess/es ). [ This implies that there may be more than one co-creator involved in man”s creation. ] Having been created by such divine acts, and most likely empowered by the ability to also be creative (just look at the immense thought-processes and mental faculties man possesses), we see many historic examples of what creative talents (for good or for ill) man is capable of, more so than most other species that have been documented. Does this also mean man is capable of divine acts by way of also being very creative (a divine quality)? This question often does not sit very well with, let alone be discussed at length by, many of today”s churches and other religious faiths.
STARTING YOUR PATH: A Step by Step Progression.
One thing that is most necessary in order to begin your own practices in the “arts”, is the ability to “feel” the subtle energies around you and through you. This takes some time, practice, and patience. One must be willing to put in the effort and the regular practice in order to achieve the desired results. There is no such thing as an instant witch, sorcerer, shaman, or otherwise, a “magician”. One is “developed” into that role.
This can be started off with regular meditations, daily, and frequent – when practical. Such meditations should start off with regular “stress-relief” meditations (not “medications”!). This will serve one well to be practiced, as an over-abundance of stress has the nasty habit of distracting one from finding his/her state of inner-peace. This is why a good location with calm and quiet surroundings is best for the beginner – less of the external distractions.
As one begins to feel more inclined towards inner-peace, one becomes more adept at achieving that state of inner-peace. This should become second nature. In this state of inner-peace, one can “fine-tune” his/her inner feelings and sensitivity to the energies and various bodily processes. If one can “listen to” his/her heartbeat, one can learn to affect, and control, its beat. If one becomes acutely aware of his/her breathing at all times, one can regulate and control its pattern. These are all things that one should practice doing. Being able to control these things, means one can positively affect not only his/her physical state, but also his/her mental and emotional states. A calm, peaceful mind is one that is ready to receive, clearly.
I will cover some more steps and methodology in successive posts.
The main point of this article: To begin waking up to the other realities, rather than just the one you know now. I have a few guided meditation scripts that I will share on-line later. Getting into the habit of meditating regularly will help you relieve excess stress, enable you to clear your mind of mental “clutter” and confusion, and assist you in “tuning into” the energies and vibrations of your surroundings.
If you know a very good teacher or guide, now would be the time to get to know him/her. Starting off with just the simple silent meditation for about fifteen minutes a day, and doing this EVERY DAY, is a great start in the right direction.
I will have more on this in the next several articles!
– Rev. Dragon”s Eye