Fundamentals of Scrying, Part 1

There are not a whole lot of things you need to be proficient in before feeling results in crystal gazing or scrying but the few things, if done incorrectly, can take all the fun out of it and spoil the results.

You will read many versions on “how to” scry or gaze. These instructions talk about the act of scrying. But before you begin actually scrying, you want to ensure your nervous system is trained to channel and focus your energies where you need them.

You need a good strong psychic sense in order to comprehend all the messages you see in the crystal. Lets take a week to figure out all these things below. We can carry over questions & ideas into the private group and I will go to the next phase after you guys are ready.

Creating and working with your magickal space is a skill by itself. Lets get started by examining your expertise and experience in these areas.

Your Magickal Space

Choose a position and place where you can be perfectly relaxed for a period of time without falling asleep. This may be sitting on your bed with pillows propped behind your back or in a chair at a table or even on a cushion on the floor. Whichever is most comfortable, with the least amount of distractions and you can feel relaxed. Use any form of meditation, breathing technique, herbal tonic or incense that helps you reach a state of deep relaxation. Until your magickal space is well established, you should begin every session by affirming its invulnerability. Do what you must to release any negative energies, thoughts and emotions before entering your space. Many call if a bubble of protection, boundary clearing, shielding, white light protection, ect. practice this and learn to recognize what needs to be left behind when entering this magickal space of yours.

This matter of feeling safe is very important. As in the relaxation exercises, the feelings you generate are the way you tell the unconscious parts of yourself, the what to believe and how to act. If you feel safe and free from pressure in your magickal space, then in a short time you will actually be safe and free there.

Once you have established a secure space, take some time to think about the general layout of your world. Decide on the major features of the landscape, what sorts of buildings or other structures you want. Make a mental map of the areas in your world that you will want to visit most often. Once you decide on these major features, they should not change. Keep your magickal space to yourself. Make the world a place where you feel comfortable and safe, so that it reinforces the impressions established in the previous step, and make it a place where you can have fun. You can populate your world if you wish, but DO NOT, under any circumstances, use images of living people in your world.

For some time, all of the contents of your world will be a reflection of yourself in one way or another. Do not tell anyone or share any details of this secret world. It is also important that you stay relaxed throughout the exercise; doing this work should be like a relaxing daydream, not requiring fixed concentration and alertness. Do the relaxation exercise before starting each session, and do it again if you find yourself getting tense at any time during the session. Let your mind do as much of the work as it can without conscious decisions on your part, and encourage it to do more. This part may take weeks to master. Later you can develop your body in your space through astral projection.

Accommodating to your learning style

Creating and being in your magickal space is key. In the same palm, another important factor is accommodating this space to your personal learning style. If you are an auditory learner, you may have a hard time flowing into a guided meditation by way of book or emails. For you, listening to an audio version works. In order for a kinesthetic learner to create a visual landscape they need to have physically been to this place before. Kinesthetic learners need to practice mindfulness much more than a visual learner so they can concentrate and create the mental landscapes needed to move into a deep meditation. Each learning style has their own way of creating a working magickal space. Get to know and understand your learning style so you can create a magickal space that suits you. Seek out the ways that enhance your innate abilities and focus on your talents.

Distractions and their Antidotes

We all struggle with common distractions in meditation. Its not a topic that needs explaining! Here are the 3 types of distractions with antidotes

Physical distractions (itches, twitches, pains, and aches). Asana Yoga are the physical Yoga postures or poses designed to help master the body and enhance the body’s functions. Pranayama is the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force. I send these breathing exercises in the meditation + magick emails quite often. asana practice seeks to eliminate physical distractions by training the body to remain in a single posture for long periods of time. The muscles are trained to maintain a state of tension such that the body remains locked into the chosen posture. The lack of movement reduces the intensity of the body’s sensory signals to the brain.

External distractions (House and street noises, other people and pets in your home) Pratyahara Yoga means “control of ahara,” or “gaining mastery over external influences.” It is compared to a turtle withdrawing its limbs into its shell — the turtle’s shell is the mind and the senses are the limbs. The term is usually translated as “withdrawal from the senses,” but it has many meanings. Pratyahara involves the ability to switch off the senses at will and to focus the field of the mind’s activity on the internal world. When we are practicing pratyahara our minds are no longer distracted by external sensations. Thus, the essential technique of pratyahara is the withdrawal of the mind from the outside world into itself.

Mental distractions (The internal “chatter” that we are all prone to) Dharana-the next step-singleminded concentration. Single pointness. Asana taught us to control the body. Pranayama taught us to control the breath. Pratyahara taught us to control the senses. Now dharana teaches us to control the mind. In dharana, there are a wide variety of objects of concentration one can use. A burning candle, an image of the divine, the ocean, the tip of one’s own nose, the center between one’s eyebrows, the sound of a mantra, these are all common objects. The point is to focus, to stop the incessant wanderings of the mind. To channel all thought-power in one direction. To teach us to be the masters of our own minds.

Homework:

  • Find your sweet spot, the best seat in the house!
  • Figure out which form of meditation works best for you
  • Figure out which breathing technique relaxes you most
  • Play with herbs, teas, crystals and incenses until you find a combo that brings you to calm and center while refreshed and clear.
  • Practice good boundaries & your bubble of protections. Create a ritual if you need to.
  • What is your learning style? How can you alter your magickal space to accommodate this style and enhance your practice?
  • What is your biggest distraction and what can you do to overcome it?

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