Sept. 10, 2017 (cont'd from Aug. 16, 2017). Three weeks ago I was thinking that a character from one of my novels might help me adjust my dials to the wisdom of the universe. She'd be "someone to talk to" in those dark nights of the soul -- or maybe when I just wanted to grapple with meaning in a work of art or phenomenon of nature. It was an energizing idea.
But then one night I fell asleep with YouTube on Autoplay. I stirred about 3 a.m. and saw my device had wandered into a sequence of videos on "magick" and "how to create servitors." What I heard rattled me. Creating entities to "do your bidding" is a thing. The videos were weird, but my kind of weird: invented characters, doodling symbols ("sigils") from letters, objects inhabited by spirits... I had to learn more.
Synopsis: Thoughts are powerful. We spend a lot of spiritual and/or psychological energy trying to control them, don't we? Thoughts enhanced by clear intention and detailed visualizations are more powerful still. Religious people pray. Athletes pre-visualize their competitions. People struggling with mental health rely on cognitive therapy.
The leap of faith is this: People who have spent serious time in contemplation, can evoke a being outside themselves. I'm thinking of saints and mystics like Teresa of Avila.* Indian and Tibetan mystics evoke tulpas or nirmitas, sentient beings -- imaginary companions -- conjured as one of the fruits of a contemplative life. The Christian-esoteric Theosophists adapted Tibetan and Indian concepts to their own exploration of "thought-forms."
Exploring: "Adjusting my dials to the universe" is an ambitious yet vague intention. If I want to invoke a servitor, I better focus on getting focused. I have a lot of dangling projects that could use a coach/mentor, a flow of words and images, and some fierce energy. I gathered up some inspirations: a Japanese Fudo, a Nepalese Manjushri, one of my painted "pocket saints," and my energy diagram (image below). And I downloaded a book Create a Servitor: Harness the Power of Thought Forms (Kindle Edition) by John Kreiter.
And thus I started playing. Long story short, I sketched as I sharpened my thoughts. Scanned the sketch, printed it on muslin, painted, then appliqued "her" onto a colorful fabric. (See work in progress below.)
I can say this so far: I'm unsure of my mental/spiritual capacity to invoke a sentient being that stands solidly visible to my eyes or audible through my ears. However, within the confines of my brain, I definitely have created a fiercely energized little sprite who jumps on my pillow to wake me up at 5 a.m. to work, stands on my head to pull words out of the air while I write, and sits on my shoulder to supervise. She might even be a little too energetic -- jealous of Jim and annoyed when I talk to him. So I'm having to train her like a puppy. (The book author actually recommends watching a few episodes of Dog Whisperer, to make sure the servitor doesn't run amok.)
I'm having fun.
*Dogmatists might argue that religious mystics are invoking Jesus, angels, and saints from out there, not evoking them from their own internal resources. You say toMAYto, I say toMAHto.
THE SUDDEN SILENCE: A Tale of Suspense and Found Treasure (2015) Thailand: lovers of ancient treasure tangle with international black markets. Delia Rivera pulls Martin Moon back into the game and their quest turns deadly. In paperback and Kindle editions.
TRIBE OF THE BREAKAWAY BEADS: Book of Exits and Fresh Starts (2011) Time after time, Mary asks herself: Do I go or do I stay? She finds her power in her ancestors: Smart women turn discontent into action. An illustrated memoir in paperback and Kindle editions.
PASSION AND PERIL ON THE SILK ROAD: A Thriller in Pakistan and China (2008) The twin forces of revenge and redemption drive Nellie MacKenzie and Taylor Jackson on a crazed adventure into the heart of Central Asia. They grapple with issues of ethics, trust, rage, and bitter heartbreak -- as well as the intrigue of the international antiquities trade. In paperback and Kindle editions.
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