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Is Magick real?

Magick is all about energy. It's simply about raising and directing energy to fulfill your intentions. It's based on the premise that thoughts and feelings are, in themselves, energy. When you cast a spell expressing a desire, a wish, or a prayer your putting energy into the 'universe'. If the energy expressed is strong enough, changes will begin to happen. So yes Magick, which witches like to spell with a "k" to differentiate it from stage magic which involves sleight of hand and illusions, is real.


Isn't Magick dangerous?

I'm sure you've heard of Karma - what you send out will return and some even believe threefold. New Moon Magick does not support the use of harmful Magick so if you choose to send out harmful energies "beware" it will return to you. Work with the universe, not against it and you will be rewarded.


Why use spells?

Spells are rituals and rituals can be a powerful way to access your own Magickal abilities. A ritual allows you to focus your energy into attracting or changing things in your life.



Meditation Basics

Meditation refers to a state where your body and mind are consciously relaxed and focused. Practitioners of this art report increased awareness, focus, and concentration, as well as a more positive outlook in life.

Meditation is most commonly associated with monks, mystics and other spiritual disciplines. However, you don't have to be a monk or mystic to enjoy its benefits. And you don't even have to be in a special place to practice it. You could even try it in your own living room!

Although there are many different approaches to meditation, the fundamental principles remain the same. The most important among these principles is that of removing obstructive, negative, and wandering thoughts and fantasies, and calming the mind with a deep sense of focus. This clears the mind of debris and prepares it for a higher quality of activity.

The negative thoughts you have "those noisy neighbors", "those bossy office mates", "that parking ticket you got", and "unwanted spam" are said to contribute to the polluting of the mind, and shutting those thoughts out allows for the cleansing of the mind so that you can focus on deeper, more meaningful thoughts.

Some practitioners even shut out all sensory input "no sights, no sounds, and nothing to touch" and try to detach themselves from the commotion around them. You may now focus on a deep, profound thought if this is your goal. It may seem deafening at first, since we are all too accustomed to constantly hearing and seeing things, but as you continue this exercise you will find yourself becoming more aware of everything around you.

If you find the meditating positions you see on television threatening "those with impossibly arched backs, and painful-looking contortions" you need not worry. The principle here is to be in a comfortable position conducive to concentration. This may be while sitting cross-legged, standing, lying down, and even walking.

If the position allows you to relax and focus, then that would be a good starting point. While sitting or standing, the back should be straight, but not tense or tight. In other positions, the only no-no is slouching and falling asleep.

Loose, comfortable clothes help a lot in the process since tight fitting clothes have a tendency to choke you up and make you feel tense.

The place you perform meditation should have a soothing atmosphere. It may be in your living room, or bedroom, or any place that you feel comfortable in. You might want an exercise mat if you plan to take on the more challenging positions (if you feel more focused doing so, and if the contortionist in you is screaming for release). You may want to have the place arranged so that it is soothing to your senses.

Silence helps most people relax and meditate, so you may want a quiet, isolated area far from the ringing of the phone or the humming of the washing machine. Pleasing scents also help in that regard, so stocking up on aromatic candles isn't such a bad idea either.

The monks you see on television making those monotonous sounds are actually performing their mantra. This, in simple terms, is a short creed, a simple sound which, for these practitioners, holds a mystic value.

You do not need to perform such; however, it would pay to note that focusing on repeated actions such as breathing, and humming help the practitioner enter a higher state of consciousness.

The principle here is focus. You could also try focusing on a certain object or thought, or even, while keeping your eyes open, focus on a single sight.

One sample routine would be to "while in a meditative state" silently name every part of you body and focusing your consciousness on that part. While doing this you should be aware of any tension on any part of your body. Mentally visualize releasing this tension. It works wonders.

In all, meditation is a relatively risk-free practice and its benefits are well worth the effort (or non-effort remember we're relaxing).

Studies have shown that meditation does bring about beneficial physiologic effects to the body. And there has been a growing consensus in the medical community to further study the effects of such. So in the near future, who knows, that mystical, esoteric thing we call meditation might become a science itself!





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