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Bare-Hands Magick

Posted in Articles, Bare Hands, Magick with tags on 2022-09-06 by eianorange

Besides the obvious destinations: spiritual liberation, education, reciprocal love, financial security, control over one’s mind, etc. there are more immediate terminals we wish to arrive at from the use of magick. However, instant magick rarely exposes itself. The scarcity of instant magick makes it all the more appealing. Most magickers would have us believe that their ‘results’ can’t be appreciated until some time after their working. Should we buy their bullshit? Or does Kia have to marinate?

Flash manifestation is a skill that some seem to innately pick up and excel at while others toil and fail. We’re talking about results on the fly, with no prep, and using no props. We may consider this type of sorcery as ‘cold magick’ which should represent an improvisational performance on behalf of a client, whether that be aimed at a rival, pointed towards a love interest, painted on a target, or in the process of enabling the magicker to accelerate their agendas following their dedications declared and devotions described.

The authors of this e-say would like to take this opportunity to point out that your magick is fake and Anglophilic in addition to it being non-lineage based, non-grimoire derivative, and non-initiatory in structure. You can’t join a fraternal order because you’re too much of a goon. You’re unable to unravel the puzzle pieces that act as keys to these conspiracies and secret societies. You don’t even possess the wherewithal to make up your spiritual path or invent your traditional religion, so maybe it’s time to try Discordia, hmm?

Most healing is a form of bare hands magick as it can often be performed on the spot by seasoned practitioners. One of the most underrated, yet impressive texts on the subject of Bare Hands Magick is Nick Hall’s Chaos and Sorcery, which explores the techniques and tools of more ‘primitive’ magickal sources such as the sorcerers of the African Congo and the “clever men” of the Australian Aborigine, as well as the Haitian bokor and hir consistent bag of tricks.

If we strip away all of the extraneous procedural fluff involved in the performance of a magickal operation and detonate the art to its rawest elements all we are left with is gnosis and intent.

By ‘gnosis’ we are referring to altered states of consciousness which, Alan Chapman, author of Advanced Magick For Beginners, claims are not even necessary to work magick effectively. His explanation regarding the trivial nature of gnosis relates to the trivial nature of all techniques. None is universal and can claim authority over the ‘right’ tech or the ‘true’ tech. In all reality, any tech could be put to use, it’s just a matter of how versatile its implementation is.

Chapman explains: “Gnosis, or an altered state of consciousness, only becomes part of a magical act at the moment you undergo the experience you have decided means the same thing as your desire. In other words, at the moment you experience the visualization of the sigil or the chosen action. What occurs here is exactly the same as what occurs during sympathetic magick; you decide what an experience will mean, then you undergo that experience.”

The primary Gnostic States

There are two main modes of physiological gnostic states:

Inhibitory gnosis (which we have deemed ‘katalepsis’) is achieved by quieting the mind with meditative stillness by slowing down the intervals at which neurons are firing in our cerebral cortex. The term katalepsis derives from Greek where it means ‘seizing, taking possession, and in Stoic thought, basic truths were apprehended by katalepsis, in the sense of being intuited or ‘given’ or possibly ‘grokked’ by the receiving party to use modern parlance.

Katalepsis (inhibitory gnosis) is achieved by bringing the mind-body to a state of quiescence using the sympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) and increasing the activity of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid to produce an awakened state of sedation.

Examples: lucid dreaming, sensory deprivation, fasting, exhaustion, gazing, magical trance, magical visualization, image concentration, sound concentration, motionlessness, Spare’s death posture, hypoventilation, and hypnotic or trance-inducing drugs.

Excitatory gnosis (which we have deemed ‘eckstasis’) is achieved through building up overzealous enthusiasm by exceeding the body’s anaerobic threshold. In mysticism and philosophy, eckstasis embodies the state of being beside oneself or rapt out of oneself.

Eckstasis (excitatory gnosis) is brought about by exciting the mind-body to the point of cathartic release using the parasympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and increasing the flow of adrenaline to produce an alert, near-acute state of awareness.

Examples: sleep deprivation, sensory overload, sexual excitation, emotional arousal (e.g. fear, anger, and horror), pain, torture, flagellation, dancing, drumming, chanting, hyperventilation, stimulant drugs, and mild hallucinogens.

Both modes of gnosis are recommended for the would-be magickian to attempt, as she does not know what mode of gnosis will work best within hir intended operation(s).

The auxiliary Gnostic States

Then, as far as gnostic states are concerned, we are left with “indifferent vacuity [which] was described by Phil Hine and Jan Fries as a third method. Here the intended spell is cast parenthetically, so it does not raise much thought to suppress.” This method of attaining gnosis can almost be likened to that of A. O. Spare’s neither-neither technique from the Book of Pleasure which takes two opposing concepts and seeks to mutually annihilate them in intellectual oblivion. In Prime Chaos, Hine describes it as “a state of no-mind, or Non-Disinterest, where the object of desire flickers briefly in a mind emptied of all content [with] no emotional attachment to the desire” while in Visual Magick Fries mentions the state of vacuity in passing as an “inner absence, in-between worlds.”

This seems very much in line with the idea that Laughter is it’s own opposite and therefore beyond the dualistic condition. It’s an idea that acts as an antidote to the imbalance and possible madness of the magical trance. As a ward against obsessing over specific magical practices such as sigilcraft and servitor design, we must become able arbiters of Non-Attachment/Non-Disinterest which may best describe the magical condition of acting without lust for result.

Yet another option in terms of gnostic states is that of chemognosis (which we have deemed ‘nacrolepsis’), which many would consider the easiest route. It’s often much more difficult for the average cadaver to get a handle on, so we hesitate to label it ‘easy,’ nevertheless, it is a potent form of energy transfer that should be explored if and when the would-be magickian has the wherewithal and resources to attempt casting enchantments in this manner. Let us be clear, we do not explicitly condone the use of illegal drugs in conjunction with magickal practice; however, what the would-be magickian finds useful should not be discounted.

Truth be told, chemognosis isn’t categorically different in any event, because one is still using either inhibitory gnostic states (with sedatives, hypnotics, and anxiolytics up to and including depressants, cannabinoids, and dissociatives) or excitatory gnostic states (with amphetamines and hallucinogens up to and including stimulants, empathogens, and psychedelics), whereas opioids are a bit on the fence. They can be used to prolong sex toward excitatory gnosis, but at the same time, prolonged sex for the average human male typically means exhaustion at the point of orgasm. And, we’ve all seen the effects of too many opioids on a person who enters the land of nod.

That can hardly be considered excitatory.

All that remains is one’s intent. And, that’s the limit of your imagination. You can work your woo for a good job, a car, a wife, and kids or you could work your woo for other things (read: six impossible things before breakfast) that only you could conceive of. Make it unique. Make it yours.

As a wise sadhu once said: “intent is everything”

But as some would say make your intent as probable as possible this way you don’t put such a great strain on nature. I’m of the mind that some workings don’t get fulfilled until long after the magician has reached the extreme unction of passing. And, what fun is that? So be bold, and creative, but be sensible. Follow your ethics. Follow your logic. Follow the voice that has spoken to you since birth.

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Posted in Articles, Collaboration, Linked, Musick, Writing on 2018-05-05 by eianorange

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