The Wand Position

The Wand Position
Often Used for Magic

Friday, November 17, 2006

More On Instinctual Training, Part 2

I began this talk last time on Benevolent Magic . Today I want to talk a little something about instinct and your instinctual body. I have spoken about these matters before but I will speak again.

Your instinctual body is made up of your physical self, your feeling self and your spiritual self. It is not really a portion of your mind though you will use your mind to understand it and that's why I'm writing about it.

For now I would like to say that homework is useful. Here's some homework. Utilizing what you've built on before, now I'm going to recommend that you try something very gentle as a refresher course.

Stand in a room where you are familiar with the surroundings. Ideally, it is to be a room without furniture or at least with as little as possible but if you cannot change the way the room is then move very slowly when you are doing the work - and by very slowly I mean just barely.

Close your eyes and ask yourself first, "Am I ready to do this?" If you feel, not just think, if you feel a sense of - yes - then with your eyes closed move - if you like - in any direction. As practice be aware of what is in front of you, and by the way make sure there's no one else in the room. It's alright if there is the beloved pet in the room but not one that might get underfoot. It is best to do it without another human being in the room.

Move very slowly forward, perhaps there's a chair there in your way or a table. You will know with your eyes closed just about how far you will go before you touch it. Move very slowly because you will probably contact that piece of furniture soon.

Then what you do once you contact it with your legs or body, then open your eyes, turn to your left and go back to the center of the room or where you started.

Turn around a few times. You may or may not realize where you are. Again, move very slowly - if you feel a sensation that something is in front of you - stop - this is with your eyes closed you understand - don't proceed any further - it might be a wall or a chair or a table or something else.

If you feel the sensation fading, then wait and move forward again very slowly - make sure this is a room without any hazards - alright. If you feel that sensation again, stop and wait. If the sensation does not go away or only slightly lessens - open your eyes and see where you are.

You can do this practice for a time. I will say more about the instinctual body as time goes on. This is a refresher course and I want you to become aware that I will speak on this kind of thing much more in the future especially as it correlates to our relations with animals and what we can learn from them.

We all are human beings and we have a great deal in common with the animals. The animals know all about instincts - we are made up of the same stuff they are. The reason they do not have difficulties - like we do - with their lives is that they are not here to learn anything. We are here to learn but they are here to teach.

It will be my intention to incorporate the animal capabilities in the most benevolent way in our instinctual training in the future. More on that soon.



Anonymous said...

I came across your blog for the first time today, and am drawn to share with you a 'game' I sometimes play. In order to sharpen my intuition, I will throw my awareness around a blind corner I'm approaching to detect if anyone is there. Needless to say, I'm walking when I do this, not driving!

Usually it comes to mind to do this when I'm in a hurry and don't want to run into someone. I seem to have a high level of 'success'.

Robert Shapiro said...

Greetings Anonymous Writer. Thank you for your comment. It does allow me to add some correlation. I appreciate you speaking of your experience. I do have some experience that is similar.

One of them comes under the loose application of a form of long touch:

And also it is simply possible to expand our contact awareness - so I know what you're talking about.

As you probably know it is important to not be too open when you do this given that if you feel something uncomfortable it is best to pull back and as is the purpose, that I gather of your remote extension, if you'd felt that - you would perhaps take a different route.


PS: Sorry I don't know how to connect the links in the comments area at this time.