Mike and Taylor -- You are both very inspirational and highly skilled, knowledgeable and noteworthy Magik Users who's names deserve to be etched in the History of Magik as Legacies! It's really great to be conversing with you both and also a dream come true that being the youngest and least experienced here, I can still speak on a level of intellectual camaraderie with you two. In regards to cellular consciousness, I think we should look to the works of Fritz Albery Popp, the scientist who first popularized "biophotonics" as well as the work of "Cleave Baxter" who has proven that plants can communicate using a "Phonograph", the same machine used for lie-detector tests. I do think that cells are conscious in their own right. After all, how else could they form a human body so precisely during gestation? The brain is not the first thing to form in the womb.
Mike recently posted some intriguing perspectives on energy work in his blog. He noted the inaccuracy around the language that’s used to describe how energy work happens, and where it interacts with the biology of the person. He uses a concept from computer programming called scoping to demonstrate the need to differentiate the definitions being used to discuss energy work. I find myself in agreement with him, which makes me then think about magic and biology, as it pertains to cells and what’s really happening with energy work.
Mike notes the following:
So, let’s apply scoping to energy healing. There’s bio::energy, for the normal energy that makes cells operate when there’s no magick going on (ATP, electrical impulses, etc.), and there’s magick::energy, for the energy we use that makes you feel all tingly. And, most importantly, they are different.
It’s clear that biological energy isn’t the same as magical energy perse, but people do conflate the two, which can create an inaccurate understanding of what is being done when healing or working with your physiology in general. Mike argues that increasing the energy of a cell using magical energy doesn’t seem to work. I agree with him, and I’ll explain why further below, but he also notes that you can use magic to kill bacteria, decelerate a specific biological function (which doesn’t involve adding energy, but could involve changing specific outputs in a cell) and finally that you can use magic to cancel one type of energy and substitute another type of energy, basically bringing in a different energetic signature. My experiences with healing have provided similar observations, so I feel fairly confident that he and I are on the same page with how energy work actually seems to work.
I made my own response to Mike and noted that part of what I think occultists are fudging or portraying inaccurately is how we communicate with our biology (if we do) and where does energy fit into that communication. Mike responded in agreement, but argued that its not communication but influence. I note this because both he and I would agree that word choice is very important in describing how a magical process ( or any process works).
Why do I use communicate? Well for one thing I’m not ready to assume that an individual cell isn’t intelligent. It may not exhibit intelligence as I understand it, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have intelligence…it just may be a very different type than I know. More importantly however, we have to consider if cells are communicating with each other, and I would argue they are. In both Inner Alchemy and Magical Identity I discuss biophotonic energy, which is an energy that cells emit and seem to use to communicate with each other.
If we go with the process that magic energy can be used to accelerate or decelerate biological processes, we still need to figure exactly how that occurs, and just as importantly we have to ask if the cells have any “say” in how that process is being changed, and if so what kind of say they have. The reason I opt for intelligence when it comes to the cells is that if I’m going to go in and make some changes to my biological structures, I want to work with those structures and I need to be able to communicate with those cells, to get input or if nothing else a stop order when enough energy has been applied and they need to take over with the healing work. From my experiences with working with my body on a cellular level, I’d argue that the magician is not merely influencing a cell, but is communicating with it and that the communication is occurring via the interaction of magical energy and biophotonic energy. It turns out that biophotonic energy can accept a variety of frequencies of energy and since magical energy operates on a frequency it makes sense that communication could occur if biophotonic energy accepts that frequency. If that’s the case, then what we’re dealing with is communication wherein the cell(s) provide information and even notify us when to stop applying energy in order to let them do what they do.
As a final note I haven’t even discussed mitochondria or the metabolism of the cell which could be additional factors to consider when it comes to communication or influence, depending on which route you want to go with. Regardless I think its really important to examine the interaction of magic energy and bio energy if you want to nail down a comprehensive process of magic.
*More Tips: The point IS to get Dizzy and off-balance. Each time you do this, you successfully... darn how do I describe it. Let's just say you did it right because that's the sign that there's been some sort of destruction followed by a new beginning.
Tips: When you feel the shaking, hold it for a while until you feel something happening. You may also get dizzy and will feel slightly off balance and may even lose sight of reality around you. I'm an otherkin, so I have memories and awareness that are not precisely aligned with my true self. Since the only people I've done group workings with are also Otherkin and have the same reports of their experiences, I'm not sure that this will be the same for someone who is human on all levels.
Hmm. I must say, I don't agree with either you or Mike on the statement that you cannot increase the power of a cell with Magikal power. In addition to Magikal energy, there is always Magikal Matter. After all, the definition of energy is "the capacity of something to perform work". In order for their to be energy, there must a mechanism capable of generating it. Firstly, I will say that one cannot initially use Magikal power to increase the power of a cell. However, as one becomes a Magikal being through various exercises, they find that their cell structure and even their bodies change. There is an exercise I use to bring the Magikal muscles out of atrophy and fuse the Magikal Muscles with the body itself. This practice came about as the result of contemplating the Hermit Goal of uniting the higher and lower self. The tensing exercise works like this: You simply flex a muscle in your body (any muscle) and keep it held until you feel it start to shake. The key is to do this with every muscle in your body and push your awareness beyond the surface of the shaking. Mike talks a lot about Magikal Posture. I like the word he uses for that, because it applies to this too. Eventually, you'll realize the power from your Magikal Muscles and the key is to organizing it so that it doesn't go wild and make you hypersensitive and capable of doing almost nothing for yourself in your life, is to apply Magikal Posture the power you've awakened from your body. The first muscle you should start with is the lower abdomen, particularly the place where the sacral chakra is said to be located (just below your navel). Don't just start with any muscle. The key also relies in fusing all of your body in this manner.