In Response to the mental / objective / hallucinatory debate in Magick

The main problem with any model or system soever is that it is either not inclusive of the total available reality, or reduces multiple co-arising realities into a single form or limitation.

There is so much confusion on what is actually happening when we do magick, that it is very difficult to tease apart the roughly 5 conversations that happen all at once when this topic comes up. I will do my best to be clear, although that usually never guarantees anything.

We can start by stating that as far as ‘hallucinations’ are concerned, everything is in its own way a hallucination. Granted, the gross matter reality we dream when we are awake and grounded in our bodies is a very difficult one to realize fully as illusory; but a good start is to recognize how a normal human being without any higher development or awareness lives completely and absolutely within their own illusion, with faulty ties at best to the consensus reality we inhabit as a society and multicultural planet.

One very important truth that gets people confused is that a ‘spirit’, or a spiritual being has a correspondence with some aspect of your make-up as a human being. This is usually where people who work with, see, or otherwise believe in spiritual entities get their panties in a bunch. The simple reality is that everything that exists outside of us, is in truth internal to our own existence. This doesn’t necessarily mean ‘mental’. Plant spirits are an excellent example. Communion with plants is possible based on the fact that the plant world is a component to the existence of mammals, and humans, and mind. Without plants, and plant spirits; your physical body would not exist … and as well, your mind would have no basis of life to grow out of, and so would also not exist.

This is the only thing that should be meant when we talk about dealing with spirits in terms of them being internal to our nature.

The second point is that spiritual entities can manifest in any suitable body that you give them to manifest in. This can be wind, rain, sunshine etc.; or plants, herbs, trees, fungus etc.; or animals, minerals, or other organic materials and foods, etc.; and they can even manifest in other inert objects like incense smoke as in traditional grimoire work. If you charge an energy field through magick and evocatory ritual, using all the proper correspondent tools and signs, and induce a magickal state in your own awareness … all these components taken together are the vehicle given to the spirit to manifest in, its body.

All of these things are matters of scale. When working with nature spirits, you don’t necessarily need to have a ‘conversation’ with them in a standard mental way. Since they correspond directly to components of your own being, their shared vibration communicates with your body directly. Perhaps the mind is used to translate this information into something more strictly human; but the congress between man and nature spirit requires no higher level cognition. These are matters of instinct and primal feelings and wisdom.

When we scale up to something like a Grimoire; its important to observe first the difference in materials required for that kind of work. Now instead of being in Nature, we are in a formal ritualized setting, using tools like a lion skin belt, wands, daggers, incense, chalk, and all kinds of other crazy man-made objects. The scale has increased to the mental. 

Just as nature spirits (natural entities) correspond with frequencies in your body’s vibration, grimoire entities; chaos magick servitors, etc., have correspondences in the psyche. This does not mean they are purely mental and in the operators head. They simply have a corresponding vibration in the mental capacity of the operator which is required as a component for the vehicle in which the spirit manifests in.

The problem always arises when we insist that it is either or.

Further, just as I stated that a massive amount of humans live in an illusion because they have no developed awareness to perceive reality as it is; the same is true for magicians. This leads us to a totally different aspect of the topic, which has to do with technique, and whether or not spiritual contact between a magician and a spirit has truly been initiated, or if it is being faked.

Most of the time, a magician who is even concerned about whether or not spirits/entities are ‘real’ or ‘in your head’ is only confused because they haven’t made actual contact yet. The stark duality and insistence that “spirits are either true or false” betrays the fact that no developed awareness is present, and the magician is under an illusion; and this is the true hallucination in magick.

The astral plane is simply a hallucinated projection of the contents of the mind. It can be very useful, but the same problem arises between astral travelers who can perceive reality as it is, and astral travelers who project a false reality onto their experience. If you can’t do some really spooky shit on the astral; like get information that you couldn’t possibly have known otherwise, or compel a person or event to present itself to you, etc.; than you are probably not seeing reality clearly, which means your imagination cannot properly compose the astral plane itself. Instead you get shells and shadows and you don’t even know it.

Same issue with entheogens. Some people have a light show and see the most useless garbage from their own baggage and stress … but people who know how to do spiritual work have deeply internal and permanently transmutational experiences.

The difference is in the awareness.