Are Tools Necessary?

The simple response to this question is no, not in most cases. A tool, is defined as, a device or instrument used to carry out a particular function. In most cases a tool is used to perform a task that either would be more difficult or impossible without it or a similar tool. That being said, sometimes tools must be used, other times they just make tasks easier. This is as true in the spiritual, mental, and magical paradigms as it is in the physical world. Lets look at some different perspectives, and how they can shape this idea further.

Robert Hager’s Article on the same subject:

Lets set the stage with a physical, everyday scenario, such as a carpenter that wants to build a simple shelter structure. He has been trained as a carpenter, he could simply make a shelter by breaking sticks and tying them together with vines, but he will choose to use tools. He could use ancient tools; he could make a level measured shelter out of timbers, with a basic fireplace made out of clay available in the ground, packing the spaces with mud to prevent drafts, complete with doors and basic furniture. He could make more precise amenities yet with basic modern hand tools, but if available, to improve efficiency would ultimately use power tools and complete an elaborate shelter in the same or even less time than the original basic shelter without any tools.

The advantage of the mental realms is that anything you may need to use as a tool can simply be visualized mentally and used accordingly. To use a physical tool allows you a relaxing luxury, but in times of need, there is no reason why the compete act cannot be performed within a visualization. I will point out that there are advantages to using tangible items to reinforce your mental paradigm, when attempting thaumaturgy, better described as physical manifestation via “will.”

Lets say that your goal is to pray to a Deity to effect change in the physical world, also known as, theurgy. Your goal is to see a person you know protected from harm by a God or Goddess. Do you think it would be the same, better, or less effective to simply pray, or to hold a symbol representative of this Deity, a picture, or even a statue? Do you think it would be more or less beneficial to make use of a symbol or object of protection in your hand while praying? A representation of that symbol or object, held in your mind?

Take the same idea when trying to bring enough money in to your life through opportunities available to you. Would you find it to be more or less effective to use representations of these opportunities being yours, or without them? Even as mental images?

What if we were to set-up entire representations of the actions we hope to have transpire in the physical world, such as crystals that have similar energies to that we wish to bring into our lives and arrange them in a grid that focuses those energies together, and make this a focal point of our will? Could not aromas of herbs, symbols, sounds or tones, symbolic acts all be used in this process? Could this not better target the intent we wish to release into the Universe? Could it not make the goal easier to successfully accomplish wish more specific results?

The conclusion that I have come to is that tools are not necessary, but they do make fine tuning intent and directing energies through will much easier and specific. Magic is not concerned with the hows so much as the whys. What do you think? Feel free to make use of the comments section to: answer any of these questions in your own words, add to the ideas presented, or ask any questions you may have?

Copyright @2016 Jason J Walton

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Earth

Earth is the very ground we walk upon, the single force preventing us from falling through the cosmos, the foundation from which our perception of the universe is firmly placed.  It is the power of shape, form, and physical boundaries, that which takes the most effort to change. It is the home we share with the rest of nature; representative of all things material and the basis of the sense of touch.

Earth is seen as the womb of life, the protective shelter, the great mother. From it all of our food and sustenance, tools and raw materials derive. This womb is where we have a shared physical existence with all other perceived life, be it plant or animal, until this physical life ends.

Since Earth is seen as a symbol for all things material, it is associated with wealth and our possessions. Being the basis of our physical lives and source of all things we think of as natural it is symbolic of health and healing. Is also the archetype of stability and the foundation on which we build all things.

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Contemplate the different ideas presented here, what is Earth really? What does it represent to you? I look forward to any questions or comments. Thanks for reading.

Energy: Imprints Vs. Entities

I have seen quite a bit of confusion in this area, as well as some inappropriate approaches to dealing with entities and imprints, especially on paranormal TV shows and in some of the fad based groups on the internet. It is important to note that both of these are energy forms, and that all is energy. Imprints are emotional or memory based remnants that have built up in particular areas either through intent, emotional attachment / experience, or memories. Entities are complete conscious beings; what we may refer to as ghosts, nature spirits, deity…

Imprints:

There are several different types of imprints, here I will list and describe them briefly from my perspective:

  • Memory Ghosts or Memory Imprints: These are usually manifested via the senses based on a repetitive action such as a maternal figure baking cookies in the kitchen, or a paternal figure fishing by a local pond or creek. The resultant of a particular person leaving the imprint by simply doing this task over and over in this particular area. *Note,* this person can be very much still with us in the physical world.
  • Emotional Ghosts or Emotional Imprints: These imprints are made by an emotional attachment or event that leaves the energies involved based purely in this feeling or set of feelings. An example would be an ancestral figure reading a story in a rocking chair, such as a Grandparent, and the emotional feeling of connection, security, or happiness. Another example would be the outpouring of love that was felt when a new child was brought into the world.
  • Intentional Imprints: The focus of and idea or feeling into an object or place to have some sort of effect, such as security, protection, happiness, fear…

Entities:

Like Imprints there are many different types of entities, most notable are ghosts, spirits, nature spirits, elementals, and deity. I will list these below also with brief descriptions:

  • Ghosts: Spirit bodies of those that were once physical beings, that are no longer with us.
  • Spirits: Very much like ghosts, but these can be spirit bodies of humans that are ethereal or astral projecting, ghosts themselves, or even beings that have never had a corporeal or physical form. Some examples would be sleeping peoples dream selves, spirits of the elements or elementals, and general spirits of animals.
  • Nature Spirits: Mother Nature, Father Time, Jack Frost, Fey or Faeries, Lady of the Lake, to name a few as examples.
  • Elementals: These are spirits made entirely of a specific element force, such as Earth, Air, Fire or Water.
  • Deity: Deity are Gods and Goddesses, complete representations of larger ideas with full personalities and motivations. Some think of Deity as the all, some assign different personalities to specific archetypes, this can be quite an exhaustive subject in itself.

Concerns:

Many people treat these things in a way I would call inappropriate, such as mistaking imprints for entities or underestimating the amount of honor and respect given when interacting with entities. I also want to emphasize the importance of grounding, cleansing and protection when interacting with either. Here are some links on those subjects that I have written previously:

Supporting Links:

Ok, so there are my quick two-cents on this subject. Does you have a different perspective or any concerns?  Please comment if you do, I look forward as always, to other points of view. Thanks for reading.

Copyright 2016, Jason J. Walton

Intermediate Grounding Exercise

Grounding is a very important fundamental skill for practitioners of any path. Building on my informational post titled Grounding I would like to share an Intermediate Exercise.  This Exercise will include a simple form of discursive meditation. The idea behind this form of meditation is to chew up your thoughts; basically recognize and organize them for future contemplation. In my Grounding article I introduced the idea of using the senses to reinforce this connection to the firm foundation of earth and the other elements. In Grounding we commonly imagine or visualize a cord coming from the Root Chakra or base of the spine, associated with the Element of Earth and pushing our excess energies, thoughts, and emotions down via the cord deep into the core of the Earth itself. What I would like to add today is a way to process that information (energies, thoughts, emotions) into a useful tool for self reflection and organization.

  • Drink a simple glass of water to hydrate and reinforce the idea flowing.
  • Get comfortable with good posture allowing your spine to be straight.
  • Breathe; in a threefold manner; three seconds inhale, three hold, three exhale.
  • Continuing with the power of Breath; Slowly pay attention to your thoughts and feelings, focus on what you notice with your five physical senses.
  • Let stray thoughts and feelings flow down your spine, the cord, and deep into the core of the Earth.
  • Continue this process for as long as you can, stopping when you can hold the focus for around 15 minutes.
  • Drink Water

Please feel free to provide feedback on your experiences, and ask any questions that you may have.

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Cleansing

When it comes to Cleansing there are three different aspects to consider and I personally equate them to Land, Sea, and Sky. Land being things that have form; physical possesions, property, and physical body. Sea being things that have movement; energy paths and the spirit body… Sky being your spaces and influences.

I work alot with elements so this is the approach I take with cleansing by relating each of the aspects to how they can be cleansed with the elements.

Land or Physical Form

  • Earth: Salt, Red Brick Dust, and Live Ivy at entrances…
  • Fire: Smudging with herbs such as; Various Sages, Cedar, Lavender…
  • Air: Inscenses and Fragrant Oils such as; Cypress, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Mint…
  • Water: Simple Rinse, Submersion, Rainfall, Snow…

Sea or Movement

  • Earth: Filtering through Sand, Glass, Crystals…
  • Fire: Heating to Boiling Point or Desired Temperature…
  • Air: Cleansing Fragrances…
  • Water: Freezing…

Air or Space

  • Earth: Crystals, Herbs, Their Respective Grids…
  • Fire: Use of Light, Color…
  • Air: Fragrances, Sounds, Music…
  • Water: Sprinkling, Vials of Sacred Or Charged Water…

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Balancing Stone Satchel

This is a very well balanced stone satchel or crystal pouch that will help to bring overall balance to your ventures. I would suggest cleansing with cold running water, idealy from a creek or river at a location that you find to be spiritual and that has been blessed and honored. whatever pouch you use should be cleansed via smudge or inscense. I leave the charging and/or blessing to you.

Clear Calcite

Clear.Calcite

AMPLIFIES & CLEANSES

  • powerful amplifier
  • cleanser of energy
  • grounding
  • brings joy and light heartedness
  • balance emotions
  • boosts memory
  • calms mind
  • alleviates stress
  • enhances trust in self
  • overcome setbacks
  • connecting emotions with intellect
  • overcome laziness
  • increases and stimulates your energy
  • links to higher consciousness
  • aides spiritual development

Chakra:

  • All

Celestite

Celestite

POSITIVE & UPLIFTING

  • gentle, calming, uplifting energy
  • harmonious balance and alignment
  • reveals truth
  • resolve conflict
  • promotes purity of heart
  • attracts good fortune
  • environment cleanser
  • soft positive energy
  • access angelic realm
  • spiritual development
  • enlightenment

Chakras

  • Throat
  • Crown

Green Aventurine

Green.Aventurine

EMOTIONAL TRANQUILITY

  • positive, easy going attitude
  • balances male / female energies
  • joy, happiness and emotional tranquillity
  • aligns centers
  • purifies the physical, mental and emotional bodies
  • health and well being
  • compassion and empathy
  • calms anger
  • stimulates our mind, creativity, motivation, and independence
  • protects against electromagnetic energy
  • protects against environmental pollution
  • stone of prosperity

Chakras

  • Heart

 

Green Jade

Green.Jade

EMOTIONAL BALANCER

  • powerful emotional balancer
  • nurturing and bringing peace and purity into your life
  • removing negative thoughts and energy
  • radiates the divine
  • promotes
    • unconditional love
    • serenity
    • clarity of mind
    • courage
    • wisdom
  • luck
  • prosperity
  • friendship
  • dreams enhancer
  • awaken hidden knowledge
  • keeps you from harm

Chakras

  • Heart

Red Jasper

Red.Jasper

GROUNDING & STIMULATING

  • represents earth
  • grounding stone
  • stability
  • balance
  • warms / enlivens will
  • stress
  • tranquillity
  • wholeness
  • stimulates energy
  • face problems
  • worries
  • calms emotions

Chakras

  • Base (Root)

Desert Jasper

Desert.Jasper

BALANCE & STABILITY

  • represents earth
  • grounding stone
  • stability
  • balance
  • balances vibrations / emotional energies of body
  • very nurturing
  • balances assertiveness / sensitivity
  • tranquillity
  • wholeness
  • sustaining / supporting times of stress

Chakras

  • Base (Root)
  • Sacral
  • Solar Plexus

Labradorite

Labradorite

SPIRITUAL CONNECTION

  • highly mystical
  • protective stone
  • mind / body
  • increases energy
  • clarifies thought processes
  • bringer of light
  • meditation
  • directs energy intensely
  • connect to high self
  • seek spiritual purpose
  • clear / protect aura
  • intuition
  • raises consciousness
  • connect to universal energy
  • transformation
  • reflection
  • shows true intension

Chakras

  • Heart
  • Third Eye
  • Crown

Shiva Lingam

Shiva.Lingam

UNIFIED MALE & FEMALE ENERGY

  • Hindu God Shiva
  • activate movement of sacred energy
  • raising / controlling kundalini
  • symbol of sexuality
  • unify male / female world
  • harmonious balance

Chakras

  • Base (Root)
  • Sacral

Tibetan Quartz

Tibetan.Quartz

SPIRITUAL PROTECTION

  • powerful stone of spiritual protection
  • carrying / wearing creates a bubble of light around the body allowing only positive energy to penetrate your aura
  • purifies / cleanses negative influences
  • activate / balance chakras / meridian system

Chakras

  • All

Tiger Eye

Tiger.Eye

PERSONAL POWER

  • confidence
  • strength
  • courage
  • protection
  • good luck
  • sharpens senses
  • promotes intuition
  • makes one practical / centred / grounded
  • enhances personal power
  • allows clarity
  • good judgement
  • clear perception / insight
  • aides good decision making
  • stimulate /maintain wealth

Chakra

  • Sacral
  • Solar Plexus

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Grounding

Using the five physical senses when grounding is very effective, and the senses themselves are commonly associated with the elementals.  Below you find the correspondenses I use, there are of course different thoughts on the subject.

Sense => Element Table

Earth Touch
Fire Sight
Air Hearing
Water Taste/Smell

Keeping the previous table in mind; there are many ways to use different elements and the senses for grounding. For instance, blue and green are calming, balancing colors associated with earth and water respectively; red and yellow, fire and air. By adding a colored glass to your environment, you can effect water or even by enjoying a calming cup of tea, put on some relaxing music or natural sounds and you are pulling in the element of air. Burn lavender, jasmine, or other soothing incense to connect with fire, even using colored or white candles can be great ways of bringing fire elements into a grounding ritual. Get in a comfortable position on a nice soft upright chair, surround yourself with some of these suggestions, and grounding can be an almost effortless event.

@copyright Jason J. Walton