What magic’s about

Posted on November 20, 2010
Filed Under meditation, neuroscience, Neurotransmitters, Taylor Ellwood | 4 Comments

I’m working on chapter 5 of the new book today, which deals with neurotransmitters, and neuro-physiology, and how the magician can work with neurotransmitters, cells, etc., in order to induce change in the magician’s identity. I recall once a conversation I had at a campfire when I was speaking at Gathering of the Tribes about DNA, cells, and magic. One of the people said that he thought I was making mountains out of molehills, but as I’ve continued to explore the connection between neuro-chemistry, magic, and now identity, I find that it has opened entirely new vistas to consider, and also a healthier relationship with my body.

As we continue to learn more in general about the universe, it behooves us to take that information and apply it meaningfully to our lives. To me, applying it to magical work makes perfect sense, because with magic we can not only learn the information, but actually interact with it, and that’s what magic is about.

I know I’ve written about that before in my blog, but I think its such an important principle of magic: interaction. And I don’t think you can really know anything until you’ve applied it to your life and interacted with it meaningfully. So for me, really understanding neurotransmitters and neuroscience hasn’t involved just reading about it, but has involved exploring the soundness of the information via magic.

Don’t ever let anyone discourage you from being curious about exploring something you’ve learned. Over the years I’ve practiced, I’ve had a number of people try to discourage me, telling my ideas were fluffy, or that I was overthinking it, or any number of other things. If I had listened to those people I don’t think I would’ve written any of my books or had as many of the experiences I’ve had. Many people will try to tell you how to do magic, how to live life, and all kinds of other, often unsolicited, advice. Don’t listen to them or let them stop you from trying something new, with or without magic. We learn best by experience.

Magic, as a process, and a way of applying information to life, provides each person the opportunity to genuinely learn and explore their own place in the universe. That’s the single most important lesson I’ve learned about magic. So go out and learn and experience and be curious with your magical practice and with your life in general. Make mountains out of molehills, because what you might discover is something other people will overlook in their haste to go where others have already gone.


R. Eugene Laughlin
R. Eugene Laughlin

I'm intereted in hearing some details on how a magician might go about "working with neurotransmitters."

See my book Inner Alchemy, which has a chapter devoted to the subject. I've also been posting some recent work on here, where I've been replicating the early work did. Look for blog entries with titles with the name of neurotransmitters.

Pallas Renatus
Pallas Renatus

Wait, you mean some shadowy organization isn't telling you to do this through some dead guy's book? It hasn't been done thousands of times before with lackluster results? Blasphemy!


I know...it's just horrible to have original thinking.