September 14, 2006 at 2:02 am #18068
I agree with listening to your innards on this one. I tried to present a side of things that shows how a misdirected ego can misuse powerful tools. It is possible to work along with beings for the benefit of others, but you have to know what you are getting into. I would adivse working on yourself first, cultivating your ground and center before getting into these practices. Don’t wander into this territory without your center and your discerment. In the Western tradition, the budding magician performs her/his daily cultivation rites for a good while before doing this.
Formal evocations can sometimes use methods that are likened to subjugation and can ‘bind’ spirits into performing an activity. There are numerous stories of practitioners that have performed this type of ritual, obtained their desired result, and then got bit in thSeptember 14, 2006 at 4:16 am #18069
Sorry the above post didn’t come through completely for some reason. The part that made it got the main point across though. The second part just mentioned being aware of using techniques to ‘bind spirits’ or subjugate them, and how that can backfire in REALLY bad ways. Also be aware of rituals in which you may be bargaining or making some unspoken contract/covenant with an entity. This can be slippery territory and there are some seemingly benign or even benevolent entities that might lack the wisdom or power they claim to have, or can be parasitic in nature. Especially beware of the ones that set you up as something ‘special,’ pump your ego, or offer you other types of specialness which are really just hooks at the insecurites hidden in our dark sides.
I prefer to work with enlightened beings or ones that are at least oath bound for benefiting all beings. I approach them as an ally in a greater work, and don’t push the agendas of my insecurities. I do not do this work often, and instead focus on cultivation. As a serious warning from someone that his seen this type of work go wrong: use your discernment, cultivate yourself, develop your ground, know what you are getting into or working with, and have a clear positive intention. There are a number of books in popular press that have rituals which unknowingly can get you into hot water. My mentors have told me about rough results of some folks that tried them ‘just to see what would happen.’ One fella wound up with a car flying off the interstate into his meditation room. It was from a misfired Enochian invocation performed in a pompous way.
Good luck on the path, and keep listening to your innards for what benefits your development and service. I wish you the best,
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