Lesson 37: Binaural Beats

Two tones close to each other will induce a response in the brain equivalent to the difference between them.  The brain reacts to the subsonic tone in between.  These rhythms are known as binaural "two sound" beats.  The ears do not actually hear the sound, but the brain creates the tonal effect.  For instance, a 495 Hz tone and a 505 Hz tone have a “carrier frequency” of 500 Hz, which is right between them.  The difference being 10 Hz, this produces a subsonic 10 Hz beat which is … [Read more...]

Lesson 36: Isochronic Tones

Isochronic tones are regular beats of a single tone, often repeated in very quick cycles.  There are many software companies and New Age musicians taking advantage of this technology, but we’ve been using it for millennia.  They are sometimes produced in nature by campfires, wind, rivers, and rain, but can also be found in machinery noises such as engines, the thrumming of train tracks or electric fans, artificially created noises such as the click of playing cards in bike tires or the whir … [Read more...]

Lesson 32: Sleep Magick

Sleeping is a natural state of altered consciousness that every human being experiences.  And sleeping facilitates dreaming, which is perhaps the most interesting naturally-induced altered state of consciousness we know of.  We require dreaming.  Without it, our bodies and minds do not heal, and you really can die from lack of sleep. Dreaming lends itself very well to psychic work with some conscious effort.  My first psychic experiences were dreams that came true.  I started having them … [Read more...]

Lesson 31: Trance Induction and Dream Recollection

Some people find trancing really easy, almost too easy maybe.  Others find it extremely difficult.  There are two major factors that seem to affect this ability.  One is how much imagination and creativity you tend to exercise.  People who read novels voraciously, engage in artistic and creative pursuits, or who simply daydream frequently without becoming bored, often have a much easier time of learning how to trance than those who spend most of their waking conscious hours engaged in … [Read more...]

Lesson 30: Trance Throughout Time and Shamanic Consciousness

Throughout human history, mystics and shamans have used trances to heal, seek knowledge, and gain insight beyond our conscious capabilities.  Shamans used (and still use) trances to conduct healing work that the more scientifically-minded would recognize as psychotherapy from very ancient times, and to interact between the spirit and physical worlds.  In ancient Greece, pilgrims visited the Temple of Epidaurus for “dream incubation” and healing sleep, in which dreams were interpreted much … [Read more...]

Lesson 28: Trance and the Brain

Our brains function through waves of activity.  These patterns, measured in cycles per second (hertz) have different characteristics.  Anyone can enter these different consciousness levels; we do it all the time.  The trick is to do so voluntarily. During “normal” waking consciousness we function at the beta level.  This indicates that we are awake and alert, doing our daily work, learning or interacting with people.    This is the level of consciousness that deals with math, … [Read more...]

Lesson 25: Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Part 3

Exercise 24: The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram Happy Solstice!  We resume with Part 3 of "The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram": Evocation of the Archangels Spread your arms straight out to the sides, so that your body forms a cross. Take a second or two to feel once again the energy flowing through you and making you a brilliant cross of light at the center of the universe. The cross also represents the four magical elements of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth in … [Read more...]

Lesson 24: Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Part 2

Exercise 24: The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram We resume last week's lesson with Part 2 of "The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram": Formulation of the Pentagrams Focus your attention now back to the center of your magickal space; you are no longer at the center of the universe. Move to the Eastern side of your space and continue to face East.  (It’s generally a good idea for Witches and magicians to invest in a compass, but if you don’t know where East is, make your … [Read more...]

Lesson 23: Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, Part 1

I would like to teach you a basic magickal ritual that has been used for hundreds of years, called the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.  This is probably going to take you some practice to work through because the visualizations are much grander in scope than the work you have done so far.  You may find it helps you to put on some music; some people really like classical music with grand, sweeping notes, like Holst’s “The Planets” and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, for example.  … [Read more...]

Lesson 19: Aligning Intent as a Group

When working magick together as a group, it is necessary that everyone’s Intent be in as perfect alignment as possible.  Otherwise, you will end up with conflicts of Wills working against the same spell!  From a magickal perspective, this is the purpose of ritual.  Using common symbols, and a common framework to visualize in, gives everyone involved something to focus on together, and since everyone is taking part in the same “story,” this aligns everyone’s Intent.  This is also why … [Read more...]