My Life With The Spirits: The Adventures of a Modern Magician
by Lon Milo DuQuette
There are those who agree with the great twentieth-century magician, Aleister Crowley, who wrote in his introduction to Goetia,
“The spirits of the Goetia are portions of the human brain.”
While I’m not sure I altogether agree, Mr. Crowley certainly provides us with food for thought. How often have we heard that humans actually use only a tiny percentage of our brains? Who knows what god-like powers we could exercise if we used more of our brains?
Imagine that we could divide that unused part of the brain into seventy-two sections (the seventy-two spirits of the Goetia) – each section a living representative of a specific and unique psychic or intellectual power we are presently not using (the attributes and powers of the spirit). We assign each of those sections a mythological name ( i.e., Furfur or Orobas) and a symbol (the seal of the spirit) that we can gaze upon during altered states of consciousness (induced by the rituals of preparation, the incense, babbling strings of incomprehensible words, etc.) whereby we isolate, activate, and employ that portion of the brain.
Instead of thinking of the spirits as portions of physical brain tissue, however, it might be more accurate (and just as practical) to view them as portions of the subconscious mind. As the pioneers of quantum physics are suggesting and demonstrating, the influence of the mind transcends the tiny
confines of the human cranium and operates on multiple dimensions unencumbered by the limits of time and space.
Tinkering with the subconscious mind is in a very real way cosmos, and since prehistoric times the people who’ve tinkered with their subconscious minds the most have been called magicians.
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