This is a brief distance reiki healing session to help people who are going through break ups, experiencing heart ache or just having some heart chakra achey-ness. I work on the heart chakra along with a few other ones. I do also cut any unhelpful energetic cords in this video to facilitate healing during breakups. Sometimes when we’re really emotionally involved with people, or someone has a deficiency in a certain chakra, they might “cord” one of your chakras (unknowingly. … At least 99% of the time) to make up for that energy deficiency. i.e. If someone has a deficiency in the throat chakra, they might gravitate toward people who have strong throat chakras and unintentionally cord that chakra. People who struggle with their sense of personal power (governed by the solar plexus chakra) might cord the solar plexus of another person who DOES have a strong sense of personal power, etc. If you catch yourself thinking about someone long after a relationship and ended, and you don’t still have feelings for them whatsoever, they might have energetic cords attached to you that are interfering with your ability to move on from the relationship.
This was recorded with my phone, so the audio and video quality might be just slightly better than my last videos. … I know. I promise to invest in some more high tech equipment when I can afford to. :’) I’m also using another technique that I developed using a crystals and a diagram, which can make the healing energy stronger. (woo!)
P.S. Completely aware that the thumbnail looks derpy but I’m also new to the YouTube thing and am not quite sure how to make those cool thumbnail images. XD
If you’ve read my bio, you might already know that I once considered myself “Germanic Heathen”. This came as a result of some very intense visions that I had. By visions I mean, I was fasting and had reduced sleep for at least a week or two, and had been listening to some music which had a lot of drumming in it, on repeat for a couple days in a row. Because I’m one of those weirdos that finds good music and then plays the hell out of them until they get boring. It’s known that shamans enter altered states of consciousness, namely the shamanic state of consciousness, by reducing food, sleep and drumming at a certain beats per minute.  Of course I was not aware of that, and accidentally entered a shamanic state of consciousness, completely not aware of what was going on.
The Shamanic State of Consciousness & DMT
In a shamanic state of consciousness, DMT is released naturally by the pineal gland in your brain. Your pineal gland is connected to the third eye chakra and contains the same tissue (cones and rods) that the retina in your eye does: tissue that is responsible for that actually producing the images we see: the light, depth and colors, that are then sent through the optic nerve and thus to your brain which interprets the image. Your pineal gland because of this is photoreceptive. (Absorbs light for a particular function.) This is why when you open your third eye, people start seeing visions or things that others don’t. The gland that is responsible for these visions are the same cells, connecting to the same organ/s that our physical vision does. What is seen with the eyes is *interpreted* by the brain which produces the image, not necessarily the eyes themselves. (This is why two people viewing the same crime can see two radically different persepctives.) What we see with the eyes isn’t necessarily how what is in front of us looks, but depends on how our brain is interpreting what is in front of us. (Digressing…) The eyes give us physical vision, the pineal gland, when active, gives us vision of the “unseen”, “hidden” metaphysical world that many believe do not exist. Of course, many of us can’t (or don’t) use our pineal gland and are walking around blind to a pretty huge layer of reality.
Now, backtracking to DMT: this is most commonly heard about in reference to drugs. Although it does exist as a drug, it is a naturally occurring substance in your body. It is, supposedly, only released when you’re born, when you’re dreaming and when you die. Many people don’t know that is naturally released when someone is in a shamanic state of consciousness. (or apparently if you take a lot of recreational drugs, there are man-made versions of it…) Natural DMT is (surprise surprise) found in the pineal glands of mice. (it’s safe to say it is there for us too.) This provides a more scientific explanation for the visions seen during a shamanic state of consciousness.
I began to see visuals along with simultaneous claircognizant/clairaudient information. (My third eye and crown chakras were blasted open, obvs). I saw a muscular hand push my face into a well of water; I became aware that I was falling through this well. I saw hundreds of bubbles, each with information facts, events. You could say water “droplets” of information, even. I was seeing the droplets and simultaneously knowing what the information in the droplets was, and I gained new information with each one. I went through most recent times back to WW2, WW1, Victorian times, medieval times, pre-christian pagan times, back to the beginning of time on this planet, and even beyond. I found myself in space, hearing information clairaudiently from some beings that were with me. I went even further beyond space to pre-existence of everything: a void, or abyss. At this point everything went black and I saw red glowing symbols which I thought looked like runes, but looked a bit more complex. (I’d never thought about the runes or vikings since high school prior to this, so that ws new to me.) It seemed that I was specifically able to access information through my own bloodline and ancestors, from any time period no matter how distant. Information I received as I moved through the well was moving very, very rapidly- so rapidly that I couldn’t write it all down and had to sit and observe. I felt as though I could access any information at all if I wished. It seemed similar to what some call the Akashic Records. I was given a lot spiritual truths and information about the universe, life on earth, existence, etc. That I will cover in other posts: the information is way, way, WAYYYY too vast to articulate in one small post. It was so much information that… Someone might go permanently insane if they’d have access to all of that information at once for a prolonged period of time: so I was able to absorb some broad concepts to describe spiritual truths. (?) If you want to call them that.
I know. Just so we can eliminate the obvious causes here: I didn’t and have not ever done psychadelic drugs, DMT, acid, mushrooms or anything like that. Defs not an acid flashback or something like that. I don’t even smoke pot. Also: I am frequently depressed and sucidal, but schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are not one of the things in my family history or in my personal history. (Being a former self-injurer, trust me when I say that they’ve totally had ample time to make that diagnosis.)
It’s not schizophrenia if you can coherently explain it!
I’m sure that isn’t true for all sorts of reasons. (hah) I did seriously doubt my sanity, for awhile. But, if it *were* insanity, why would the truths I’d learned about the universe enlighten me more about it? And help me describe big concepts to other people? Why does the information I learned work as a useful framework for operating in the world? If I was insane, wouldn’t this not make sense to anyone else? Wouldn’t it render me LESS functional in the world? … I mean in some ways it did: I know things I won’t ever be able to communicate with another human and be understood, so I feel incredibly isolated. I’m often misunderstood. But the deep understanding of the universe that I gained really allowed me to understand it in such a clear way that I got very good at predicting information, seeing truth and lies, etc. So after it happened, I became obsessed with figuring out what had happened.
I couldn’t explain why, but I was incredibly drawn to maps of the nine worlds in norse mythology after this. It was a map to what I saw and learned almost. There’s so much information that can be gleaned from merely studying it. I started studying Norse mythology and folklore to better understand the allegories within it. Not many people realize that they’re not just stories: they’re allegories for certain things in the universe.
What I experienced was similar to accessing the Akashic Records, at least in principle. Interestingly, the Norns of Norse mythology *are* responsible for keeping/recording of the records of all time by carving runes into the Yggdrasil (world tree), catalogue anything and everything that has ever happened. The norns were said to water the Yggdrasil (or world tree) each morning with water from the Well of Wisdom, or Mimir’s well. (Mimir being a giant to whom this well belonged.) Every time anyone takes an action, it places a drop in this well: as with the rest of your family, “tribe” and race. Thus, the well of wisdom contains layers of information throughout time (Urd) all the way to the beginning of time itself. This well was also the well that Odin had sacrificed his “eye” to in order to attain wisdom. From the Abyss, Odin pulled out the runes.
After reading the mythology and lore, I realized that what I’d experienced could be explained through allegories found in the stories of Norse mythology! Carl Jung did believe that Odin and the other gods were archetypes latent within our subconscious mind. As I studied the Greek system of Hebdomadry (which the Qabalah was actually based on.) I came to understand these norse worlds could also be understood as spheres and the pathways that are latent within the subconscious mind. The Order of Nine Angles uses the “Tree of Wyrd” to depict these. The spheres can also be understood as chakras in the body, along the spinal column which is represented by the Yggdrasil (world tree). The difference between the system of Qabalah and Hebdomadry (to my understanding) is that the Qabalah views the light and dark as separate trees, whereas Hebdomadry considers them the same “tree”. I’m digressing though.
What happened to me was *eerily* similar to how Odin found the runes. My “third eye” (not a physical eye) went down the well of wisdom (sacrificing a degree of physical sight) down through the layers of Urd, back to the beginning of time to an “Abyss” (Ginnungagap) where I saw many secrets about the universe that were too vast to be described except but in symbols, and these symbols were what I saw in red. What Odin pulled back from it was: runes, which are describing forces of the universe. I don’t think these myths are just stories, but allegories, and should be reinterpreted and not taken literally. For example, I don’t beleive Odin only had one eye: the “eye” he gave to peer into the Mimir’s Well, the Well of Wisdom, was his third eye. I’ll cover more of these in future articles.
Genuine Shamans vs. Voluntary Shamans
I’m well aware that sounds completely insane. To meet diagnostic criteria for mental illness, though, the visions/hallucinations that one experiences need to be outside of the norm of the culture in which the individual lives. For example, visions experienced by Native Americans don’t neccessarily indicate mental illness as long as said visions are considered the norm among their religion. As I said, shamanic initiations ARE a biochemical process that takes place almost sporadically and is usually genetic. Unfortunately for white people, since many people are not aware that European pagan religions pre-Christianity actually HAD shamans and because Chrisianity has taught us that these topics (communicating with spirits, the dead, the metaphysical world, world in Norse Mythology etc…) aren’t acceptable or even real, many many MANY white people who are going through a shamanic initiation/shamanic crisis are falsely labeled as “psychotic”. Most of modern society simply doesn’t have a framework of knowledge for understanding these episodes, as we are so far removed from our ancestors and native spiritual roots. “Hallucinations” that can be explained through religious contexts, (even ones that are latent in our subconscious mind) do not meet diagnostic criteria for “psychosis”. I’m sure there are professionals that would disgree with me there, but I believe this is a HUGE blind spot in modern psychology.
I will link a great article in the footnotes below that elaborate on the topic of shamanic initiations. I agree with it wholeheartedly: the popular new agey idea that shamans can be “made” through classes and workshops is hog wash. Shamans are not “initiated” in the way that Wiccans, or other magickal traditions are. No one else can “make” you a shaman. A geneuine shaman is made through a spontaneous biochemical process that is sparked within an individual, often causing often times, “hallucinations”, or visions. This biochemical process is genetic: people who are shamans have had ancestors (maybe quite distant) that were also shamans. Genuine shamans are born, they cannot be made.
I’ll make other distinctions between real shamans and the voluntary shamans later. But, for a genuine shaman, this path is not an option. The spirits (or wights, in the case of European shamans) are forever “training” you specifically for the job, and they do not let you quit. Although the above story sounds like a great “trip” or kind of a trippy experience, the reality is that, you’re lucky to make it back with your brain and body still intact. Because of traveling so far back in time where modern language, concepts and schemas didn’t apply, when I came back to everyday consciousness (gradually over the course of months) I had trouble finding the proper words for things. If someone asked me to pour a glass of milk and set it on the table, I’d have to try and consciously formulate what it means for a table to be a table, what it means for milk to be milk, etc. Shamans going through shamanic crises almost always experience physical illness that brings them to the brink of death. Many do even die.
Genuine shamans are constantly in training and being given lessons from the spirits or wights around them. If you’re not on the correct path, they will let you know. … And not in subtle or pleasant ways. Unless I’m focused on spiritual growth, channeling knowledge and learning from them, my life goes to hell in a handbag. I’ve lost my home/s multiple times and was homeless. I’ve lost friends, family, and close relationships through both social isolation. I’ve had a number of friends and ex boyfriends die. I’ve gone into financial ruin. Had my health deteriorate. With so many of these things being taken, your “ego” and identity are ripped a part. Everything is taken away so I have nothing left but to focus on my studies. This is what Raven Caldera referred to as being “wight ridden.” (This word came from another culture although I’m not sure which one.)
 It’s true that some shamanic tribes use certain plants or substances to attain certain states of consciousness. Usually the people that bang on about having spiritual experiences by using drugs seem to also have an affinity for drugs in general. What you don’t hear many people talk about is the fact that these powerful altered states of consciousness are attainable naturally, without using any drug or plant whatsoever. As I’ve demonstrated in this article.
The following are correspondences often used in magick, and especially candle magick. When creating your own spell or you are looking to select a candle for a specific purpose, this is a helpful list to consult. I give uses for each color in both white and black magick. (Although, I don’t personally believe that good and evil, or black and white magick are as clearly defined. It’s hard to have something beneficial without a sacrifice of some sort, and hard to have a negative situation that doesn’t have anything positive about it.)
White Magick: Purity, positive energy & peace, enlightenment, protection.
Black Magick: Corruption, impotence
* If you can’t find a specific color candle for your spell, white works as a substitute for all other colors. If you prefer, write the name of the color that was intended onto the on the candle using an athame. You can also use a slip of paper with the color you need written on it and set it underneath the candle.
White Magick: Absorb negative energy, protection, binding. Sacrifice (can be with positive or negative connotations.) Justice & court or legal spells.
Black Magick: Great for offerings. All purpose color for black magick. Used when the only aim is to kill an enemy quickly and surely. It is also used to reverse the power of all other colors. (i.e. red paired with a black candle can be used for hate.)
White Magick: Love, passion, ambition, motivation, desire
Black Magick: The color of blood. This color is chosen when you wish to harm an enemy to a lesser extent than you would use a black candle. Revenge spells, assault. blinding rage. “Used when death of the victim is secondary to his/her suffering or the amoung of pain caused by the curse.” 
White Magick: Success, justice (legal spells), happiness. It is the color of the navel chakra and can be used to help ease depression and fears of abandonment.
Black Magick: Pair with a green candle in order to cause deterioration of health. 
White Magick: The sun and the color of the solar plexus. The color yellow can be used in spells of personal power, learning and wisdom, intellegence, obliterating mental blocks.
Black Magick: Can be used to rob an enemy of protection and turn guardians and wards against an individual.  Dealing with media, lies, rumors, slander and gossip. 
White Magick: Money and prosperity, abundance. The heart chakra. Healing. (Especially healing the heart chakra.) Plants and Earth Magick., faeries, luck. Fertility.
Black Magick: Pair with a green candle in order to cause deterioration of health. 
Can also be used to induce jealousy of an enemy.
White Magick: Water. Wisdom. Accessing the collective unconscious that is within Mimir’s well. The waters of birth and death by which we enter and leave this world. Loyalty. (True blue) Jupiter. The throat chakra. Sincerity and obtaining truth.
Black Magick: Along with silver, when blue is matched by the number of black candles, can destroy a victim’s success and prosperity.  This can also be used to make someone “blue”, or depressed, sad, etc.
White Magick: Most often associated with the third eye. Can be used in spells pertaining to psychic abilities, astral travel, intuition, divine messages, royalty, wisdom. Power.
Black Magick: Pair with a green candle in order to cause deterioration of health.  Inversely, causes abuse of power, position and ruin social status.
White Magick: Associated with the moon and the divine feminine. Purification. Many of the same uses as the purple color: psychic abilities. Illuminating what is hidden.
Black Magick: Pair with blue for destruction of wealth and happiness of an enemy. 
White Magick: Prosperity and financial abundance. The sun. Can be used in association with properties of Jupiter. (Luck, abundance, prosperity.) Divine masuline, masculine energy. Lucifer, Odhinn.
Neutrality. In black Magick can be used to induce grief and mourning.
 Baneful Magick by E.A. Koetting
 Black Witch Coven.
Reiki has transformed my life in such profound ways that I don’t think a simple “benefits of reiki” post can really do it justice. Although many people who aren’t aware of the subtle energies that are impacting them every day consider reiki to be “quackery” or to simply be operating on the placebo effect, I think its influence on my life has been too dramatic to simply be a placebo. Not to mention, if I were just experiencing a placebo effect, why would I have had to try countless medications prescribed by doctors before experiencing said placebo effect? Wouldn’t the “placebo effect” of medication be enough to have the same benefits? As I hope to outline in this blog post, “reiki” is anything but.
My First Experience with Reiki
I first came across reiki on YouTube, ironically. At first I thought, “This is so silly, energy can’t possibly be transmitted via a computer screen. … Can it?” Being that I am quite fond science and using the scientific method, I decided to conduct an experiment that has been unthinkable by medical professionals everwhere: I watched the damn video and observed the impact that it had on me. A couple minutes in, I noticed I was hearing a barely perceptible ringing noise, and that I was starting to feel clear headed. A minute more and I started to feel notably less anxious. After about 8 minutes in I was so relaxed that I entered somewhat of a trance state and felt as though I could fall asleep. It felt like I had just taken a Xanax. This was mindblowing to me because I had been off of my depression, anxiety and an ADHD medication for quite some time and was trying to cope with my symptoms naturally. I had felt better than I had since even before I stopped taking them in the first place! (Assuming I built a tolerance to these medications they stopped working, and seemed to almost increase my panic attacks.)
I couldn’t believe it! I sorted through the comments, with people who had experienced similar and even more profound symptoms: claims that they could feel their chakras each tingling as each one was cleared blockages being removed, being spontaneous emotional releases, having spiritual epiphanies, and more than I could count.
I’m no stranger to the chakra system, as I had been working with crystal healing a couple months earlier (yet another thing I thought was a load of bs until I tried it myself) and experienced the same feeling: of some invisible objects in my chest that I didn’t even know I had being pulled out of me. This was accompanied by the surfacing of memories that were long forgotten about! This I’d come to understand as energy blockages being removed from my chakras and a re-experiencing of the emotions that created the bloackages, along with a feeling of relief as they drifted away. It literally felt as though a weight had been lifted out of my chest. I didn’t know that this kind of healing could be done without crystals and via video. I checked out a couple more videos to make sure I wasn’t just imagining the whole thing, but sure enough: I’d experienced the exact same emotional releases, the same relaxation, feeling like I could actually breathe for once, and yes: even that really cool “tingling” and “lightness” sensation in each of my chakras that came with the “Reiki Chakra Clearing” video.
The Implicatons of Reiki
I was fascinated not only by the video’s effects, but even more than that were the implications of the fact that: ENERGY CAN BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH VIDEO. THROUGH TIME. THROUGH SPACE. What?! If positive energy could be transmitted through video: what does that say about negative energy? Can we be affected by watching negative things in movies or on television? What universal laws were actually governing these energies?
I’m sure there are people reading this are going, “BUT… SCIIIIENNNNCE!!!” (You know, in a really nasally voice, condescending tone awhile adjusting their thick rimmed glasses.) Well, here you go. I have a science for you: Einstein’s Theory of Relativity   which states that time moves differently around different objects and the futher you move from Earth.  We know that time moves differently around large objects such as planets, stars and black holes. (You know, bc it’s a void.) (Not to be confused with THE void, which… time moves differently there too. But I digress…) Hell, it apparently even moves differently upstairs.  This might even be able to explain different occult phenomena or unsolved mysteries (spirit portals/energy vortexes, the Bermuda triangle, time going faster or slower in haunted locations, or that one time time that guy got Krishna a drink of water but stopped to talk to some girl for a little bit and when he was gone Krishna was all like “you were gone for like 100 years dude wth” demonstrating how differently time moves for Krishna, etc.) The point Einstein was making here was actually that although time is subjectively experienced as linear and moving forward, it is actually everywhere (and nowhere) all at once. Everything has already happened, we just experience it subjectively at a much slower pace. The Newtonian paradigm on which science as we know it is founded upon, leaves a lot to be desired.
Reiki, then, does not operate in this linear perception of time that we commonly believe is reality. It is actually governed by the laws of Quantum Physics, where time and space don’t have boundaries, and are everwhere and nowhere. Thus, I can send reiki to myself my past, an event in the future, my fiancee in another country, random people on the internet (all of which I have done) I can send reiki now and reiki will be experienced 10 years from now. Like many other subtle energies that people like to believe don’t exist, does not follow the Newtonian paradigm of science. As you can imagine, this understanding of subtle energy, time and space radically shifted the way that I view reality and the world. It re-shaped what I deem possible or impossible. This is aside from the actual health and other benefits.
Learning Reiki Myself
After experiencing the benefits of reiki for myself, I went on to learn how to heal myself and others with reiki. Actually, it was specifically so that I could send reiki healing to my boyfriend in England, who I was unable to speak to or talk to for months at the time due to some very awful circumstances. Distance reiki is more of a Level II thing, so I went through both levels very fast. I know a lot of people will probably balk at that, but hey: I haven’t had any adverse effects from it. Distance reiki was really the level of healing that I needed to do at the time. I went on to do the Master level reiki course a year later. So, I can now attune other people to reiki.
I actually plan on putting together some courses later in the year as well as distance attunements, so if you’re interested in that sort of thing, subscribe to my blog so you’ll know when they come out 🙂
Ways My Life Has Changed Since
- I am notoriously bad at sleeping. I’d tried everything for it: sleeping meds, ZzQuil, Melatonin… Since I discovered reiki I cannot name a single night I’ve had a hard time sleeping.
- I’m able to help my boyfriend and other people clear their chakras from a distance!
- There was this other time I actually had to remove an entity from someone from a distance. … That was pretty cool. I might have developed a way to do an astral banishing rite. Which, I might write about later.
- I don’t really have panic attacks like I used to.
- I’ve been more energetic and feel “lighter”. (This is of course due to optimal energy flow.)
- My depression for the most part has been non-existent.
- I was able to move past a lot of traumatic events and a lout of mourning by removing energetic bloackages in my heart chakra. Which, actually got so bad that my chest would ache. Sometimes it still does, but I at least know what to do about it now instead of going into a doctor only to have them be like “Lucie we really don’t know why you have achey breaky chest pains please take more xanax and stop calling us. Can I interest you in some birth control or SSRI’s tho.”
- I was able to send reiki to myself during past traumatic events and heal a lot of the energetic damage.,
- Grounding is way easier. I’m really lazy with this sometimes when doing magickal work so its easier to just put on a reiki video.
- FINANCES. I was experimenting with using runes in combination with reiki and was able to send myself money in the future AND remove blockages that I have to financial abundance.
- When I hear about people I know suffering online, I don’t feel helpless about not being able to help them anymore. (This used to really bother me.) I’ve even had roughly 85% of clients report similar life changing experiences as I had: Crown chakra opening, hearing deceased loved ones, having on of their deceased loved ones contact me during a session to relay a message, and helping someone who was told they only had a year or so to live to “finally be able to get out of bed for the first time in months”.
- And, hearing that I have had such a profound impact on the lives of others helps add value to my own life, which is something that I’ve struggled with my whole life.
There’s more to reiki than “quackery” or a placebo effect. The mind-body connection is indeed a powerful thing. The irony is that the same mechanisms involved in the placebo effect taking place are the same mechanisms that cause people to be believe so strongly, that reiki does not work, in spite of all of the evidence to the contrary staring them in the face. They’re so convinced that reiki doesn’t work, that they don’t recieve any benefit of from it whatsoever. Even more, that they believe metaphysics don’t exist. That parapsychology is just pseudoscience. I genuinely believe that if we, as a society, are able to shift our perspectives away from the Newtonian science and instead toward Quantum physics, we would be able to explain far more about the universe than we could ever comprehend, and create a civilization that is capable of truly amazing things.
 I don’t want to go as far as to say this IS Einstein’s theory, as it’s been speculated that Einstein is a plagiarist and a fraud: a claim that I intend on investigating at some point.
 Pre-Christian religions like Germanic Heathenry, the broader umbrella that Norse Paganism fits under, actually had a miraculous understanding of this concept of time, as demonstrated by folklore in the three norns: Urd, Verdani and Skuld who were said to govern the past, present and “that which has not happened yet..” In old German, there was no word for “future”. The closest word meant “that which hasn’t yet happened.” Early pagan religions also viewed time as cyclic, or a spiral, more accurately.
Many people who aren’t familiar with the subtle energies of the world that influence them on a daily basis, and regard reiki and many metaphysical or occult practices to be a “sham”, psychosomatic, quackery, a placebo effect modern day snake oil salesman, ad nauseum. The so called scientific community are the biggest offenders of this. It is comprimsed almost entirely by people whose entire knowledge base is founded on Western medicine and “science”. Both of which have one use, and one use only: to make insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and medical professsionals that peddle the pharmaceuticals money. Money, money and more money. Not to help other people: it’s to make the powers that be filthy rich off of the suffering and misery of others. The supression of genuine knowledge might be another use, but it is maybe a biproduct of financial gains. I find it amusing that the “science” everyone so dogmatically stands by as though it were religion, citing studies like gospel, is the same “science” that made Perdue Pharma billions of dollars by killing hundreds of thousands of people with opioids  and ruining the lives of countless others with addiction. These numbers are still climbing. There’s piles upon piles of empirical research to support the effectiveness of opioids for relieving pain (of course htese conveniently ignore the obviously catastrophic impact it’s having). Their “science” has a body count, and not a small one, either. … I could rant about this all day, but the fact is: maybe “science” and “Western medicine” have a couple blindspots. (by blindspots I mean gaping holes so big that they need to look in the opposite direction.) It’s not that they know better than anyone else, it’s just that they have a different set of knowledge, based of different premises.
Meanwhile, the rest of us are taking an actual scientific approach: understanding that we know very little about the universe, that the first step to knowledge is admitting that we know nothing and being open to changing our perspectives in light of new information. I think that magickians and metaphysicians know this better than anyone: we work with things that science deems impossible on a daily basis. (Although, the field of Quantum physics can easily explain much of it, but doctors aren’t quantum physicists, or occultists or metaphysicians for that matter…) It’s not that doctors know more or know better, it’s they have a very different and very specific set of knowledge that they choose to stick their noses up at instead of looking at what is right in front of them: observable truth.
The audacity of Western Medicine asserting itself as superior to other “knowledge bases” is also kind of amusing. India, which is one of the world’s oldest civilzations and has miraculously recorded a much larger span of history. Who is to say that Western Medicine is any more valid than Vedic sciences, which have stood the test of time and continue to be used to this day? With which practices like reiki are compatible? Or alchemy, science on which modern medicine is founded on? Herbalism: which uses the same constituents from same exact plants that pharmaceutical companies use to make the medications they they sell back to us, at the cost of our own lives? It’s the epitome of arrogance.
This article was meant to be about the ways that reiki has changed my life, but I’ve gone off on another critique of Western medicine. (Yes, this is a regular occurence with me. XD) However, I think this (pretty inflammatory) post might have needed to be written more than just another blog listicle. Overall, I’m just sick of Western Medicine killing my friends, completely destroying my life and the people around me, while meanwhile snidely attacking anything in my life that’s been genuinely helped me. If it WAS due to a placebo effect, and if the people with piles of anecdotal evidence are so susceptible to the placebo effect, then it probably would have kicked in for one of the hundred medications they put me and everyone else on. *shrugs* Just saying.
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The Lesser Banishing Ritual (LBRP) was a ritual that was developed by the Order of the Golden Dawn (you know, Aliester Crowley & Company) but has now become one of the fundamentals of most magickal traditions and, from what it seems like, some new age circles. I’ve, weirdly even noticed this practice in the beginning of different meditations on YouTube from people such as Steve Nobel. In fact, this ritual was so important that initiates of the order were to perform this (and only this) ritual for the first year or so, before undertaking any other magickal work. The reason for this actually makes a lot of sense: it banishes “negative” energies. It’s incredibly effective for banishing energies or spirits that are interfering with your everyday life. Although these energies impact average people on a daily basis without them even realizing it, magickians (occultists, metaphysicians…) are actively involved in practices that can go awry and provide an opportunity for allowing unintended spirits guests into your space. (Perhaps you even DID invite one into your space that you wish you hadn’t) The LBRP is an effective tool for banishing unwanted energies and is, therefore a good “spiritual hygiene” practice. Many us
There are many different ways of doing this ritual. The original (Golden Dawn) way of conducting this ritual involves calling upon various different archangels and is based in the Qabalah. Me, being ultra-heathen and rejecting Abrahamic religions wherever I can avoid them, opted for the more edgy version by Stephen Bleach, referred to as The Banishing Rite of the Dark Lord (http://theisticsatanism.com/bgoat/rituals/BasicExercises.html) where the archangel names and Hebrew words are replaced with different “demon” names. My guides have informed me that this version is more powerful. I assume this version is still based on the “tree of life” (Qabalah) to some extent since, all that seems to have been done was done is replacing names. Maybe I will create a version based on the Tree of Wyrd (Hebdomadry) in the future, but it’s probably best to master a thing before you can go about breaking the rules. As you’ll soon see, the LBRP is working just fine.
What is the Middle Pillar Ritual, then? Whereas the LBRP focuses on Banishing and directing energy externally , the Middle Pillar ritual (Edgy non-abrahamic alternative: “INFERNAL MIDDLE PILLAR”) is focusing more internally and is working with the energy centers in the body. I think this was based on the Qabalah again and Israel Regardie’s something or other. Like the LBRP, probably had a higher purpose but, is now promoted by even Llewelyn Press as a daily practice for clearing the psychic centers. From what I understand though, Eastern modes of thought focus on raising Kundalini energy from the lower, base chakra to the upper crown chakra can be potentially dangerous. I can attest to the fact it can literally fry brain cells. (Oopsies.) (That’s actually a fun story for another time.) Luckily, there is a Western version that focuses on opening the energy centers in the reverse direction: from the crown chakra to the root or base chakra. (Which naturally leads me to wonder: can you fry your root chakra? I want to say let’s find out, but we had better not.)
The link above has more information about the benefits if you’d really like to know. What I can give you is, my own personal experiences with doing the LBRP and MP rituals daily. The minimal length of time suggested is 6 months, but the benefits were so vast that I actually continued it beyond a year. I think it might even be longer than that, but the first 8 months I did the LBRP, I only used the banishing Earth pentagram in every single direction. (Oops?) But did it work, you might ask? In hindsight, this is probably why so many stable things in my life (my relationship, one of my freelancing jobs…) became very rocky and dramatic. That’s probably to be expected when you banish Earth energy every night before bed. (… Lesson learned.) I’ve been doing it correctly for a year and a half now, though, and I wanted to provide a list of things I’ve noticed during the course of that time.
Note: Due to being on the LHP and not necessarily thinking in dichotomies like “good” and “evil”, my intention with banishing is always whatever is conducive or not to my will, intentions and health.
Increased intuition/psychic abilities. Prior to doing these rituals, I had been working on psychic development for years and getting absolutely nowhere. Books made it seem so easy, but I got nowhere. After doing the LBRP and MP rituals for a couple weeks, I watched my psychic abilities gradually unfold and I could actually understand how to use them! I’d received my first clairaudient message from a friend who had passed away. “Separator” by Radiohead, which seem to be describing how they felt about dying and affirming that they were doing much better where they were.
“Like I’m falling out of bed
From a long and vivid dream
Finally I’m free of all the weight I’ve been carrying.”
These instances also rapidly picked up, and I was receiving psychic messages on a regular basis. Slightly more unsettling was clairaudient messages in the form of the song “Wonderwall” or from bands like WHAM!. You decide whether this is a benefit or is actually some sort of a freakish curse.
More turmoil and depression. Well, this could actually be due to the fact that I was banishing Earth consistently for 8 months. I did scour the internet though for reasons that everything in my life was falling apart and consulted an occultist who suggested these might be that things not benefitting my life were being chaotically removed. In hindsight, I think they were right. The things I have lost were things that made me miserable and well, thankfully my relationship is still intact. I did also feel like I was more depressed and emotionally flat at some points, but again this might have something to do with me performing the ritual wrong. I actually had to counteract this by doing invoking rituals in the morning to balance out the effects.
More grounded and a clearer mind. The grounding effect that the LBRP ritual has is almost immediate. As an added benefit, I felt like my mental space was a lot clearer. My thoughts are usually a jumbled, unorganized mess, but for some reason I could hear myself think. I guess this might be due to a lot of “debris” that was hanging around, clouding my thoughts being banished. This is one of the primary benefits that keep me doing this ritual daily.
An urge to tidy up my space. I’m not saying that I was like a super messy person or anything, but the lack of clarity of my mind seemed to almost impact my ability to organize my home. Cleaning was more of a chore. But when I started doing the LBRP regularly, I found myself automatically picking up after myself and keeping everything tidy. I really became aware of the connection between thoughts and environment: if your thoughts are cluttered, your environment will be too and vice versa.
The ability to sense and direct energy. I already had this to some extent due to being a reiki practitioner, but this was when I began to more easily sense energies that were not of the reiki kind. Even more than that, I learned how to direct that energy better. This is a really great benefit if you are a practicing witch. I mean, that’s kind of what witchery is. I also noticed that my spell work improved.
Improved manifesting power. In addition to becoming more effective at spellcasting, I also found myself manifesting things that I wanted quickly. I absolutely love thrifting, but around this time it seemed like every time I went thrifting I manifested something cool that I needed or wanted.
Building a personal relationship with the spirits called on. This is another benefit of the ritual. I felt as though I worked with the visualizations in the ritual, they seemed to “come alive”. I felt like I developed a closer relationship to spirits that I was unfamiliar with before, or forming connections between them and the framework of knowledge I already have. I found, for some reason, that Leviathan’s energies were particularly comforting and I found myself sitting with them regularly.
Tingling or vibrating sensations. I am not a stranger to this, because I am a reiki practitioner. But, I did notice the same tingling sensation, mostly around chakras in my face. (Weird minor chakras like the cheeks…) I think it’s safe to say that this is how I sense energy, but this is kind of a testament to the energy generated during these rituals.
More vivid dreams. I seriously had some weird dreams. I write down my dreams but don’t often analyze them, but sometimes I look back on them and laugh at how ridiculous they are. I noticed a lot more dreams with a “real” quality though, as though I was actually astrally projecting. Perhaps even more weird is that when I do these rituals, I start having a ton of OTHER people tell me that I appear in THEIR dreams.
So, those are just a couple benefits or things I noticed from practicing these rituals every day, just incase you are considering doing them, or are already doing them and are wondering how your experiences compare to others. If that’s the case, feel free to post your experience with these rituals in the comments.
Thank you for reading!