Applications of Bare Hands Magick
( The three forms of Gnosis (Eckstasis, Katalepsis, and Narcolepsis) and Intent )
Over years of experience we've noticed that all one needs to churn out useful, results-based magickings (without all the extraneous fluff) insists we detonate the art to its rawest elements: gnosis and intent. Now, by 'gnosis' we refer to altered states of consciousness, specifically the dual spectrum of eckstasis and katalepsis. The former representing the excitatory method and the latter embodying the inhibitory method.
- Eckstasis (the excitatory path) takes one to the heights of ecstasy through sensory over-load, sexual excitation, emotional arousal (e.g. fear, anger, and horror), pain, torture, flagellation, dancing, drumming, chanting, forced over-breathing, and dis-inhibitory drugs (stimulants) and mild hallucinogens.
- from ekstasis (plural ekstases)
Alternative forms: ecstasis
(mysticism, philosophy) The state of being beside oneself or rapt out of oneself.
- Katalepsis (the inhibitory path) allows one quiescent time to reach intellectual vacuity via sleep-dep, fasting, total physiological exhaustion, gazing, magical trance, concentration, death posture, sensory-dep, and hypnotic or trance inducing drugs.
- from katalepsis (Greek: seizing, taking possession)
In Stoic thought, basic truths were apprehended by katalepsis, in the sense of being intuited or 'given'.
While utilizing either of these methods one can gradually produce 'results' (or perceive effects) given the probability of one's intent, the depth of their gnosis, and the strength of their magical link.
- Ways to scramble your intent in a generator
- Some intents remain more probable than others. The likelihood of one winning ten million USD in the lottery seems low as compared to enchanting for an allowance of cash flowing in through an actual channel you have devised such as selling goods or services.
- Other means for achieving the physiological gnosis
- The test of mettle when it comes to gnosis usually gets measured by one's degree of exhaustion (psychological or physiological) at the end of the operation.
- Personal OV (skin flakes, scabs, nail clippings, sexual fluids, hair, teeth, bodily waste, extracted organs, etc.) and Residual OV (clothing, butts/roaches, toothbrushes, smartphones, diaries, musical instruments, photographs, jewelry, etc.) can both be used as magickal links to your target
- If one has another's hairbrush their magickal link is decent, but some of their blood and saliva would make for a more accurate depiction. The actual logistics of gaining one's blood makes the working all the more impressive.
The whole point of gnosis remains to transcend ordinary reality so that we may gain access to the realm of probability in order to manipulate its functioning. How that gets interpreted all depends upon the model you're working with. Another tradition may say it as: the whole point of working magic remains to partake of communal rites so that we may gain access to the spirit world in order to invoke deity. Or: the whole point of altered states remains to break the barrier standing between consciousness and unconsciousness so that we may gain access to the collective unconscious in order to employ its facilities. The similarities follow along into other models
Besides the obvious destinations: illumination, (in)formal education, reciprocal love, financial security, control over one's own mind, etc. there are more immediate terminals we wish to arrive at from the use of magick. But instant magick rarely happens. The scarcity of instant magick makes it all the more appealing. Most people's 'results' can't be appreciated until some time after the working. Most healing is a form of bare hands magick as it can often be performed on the spot by a seasoned practitioner.
It has fallen out of form in the post-modern sectors of chaosorcery to simply reach gnosis while staring at or visualizing or chanting a sigil and expect it to result in the fulfillment of the intended desire. Chaotes once invested in this technique whole-heartedly, but the practice has devolved into superstition and macro-magic.
There are other ways in which altered states of consciousness can aid us in living within the magical reality. Some magickians project an image of beauty, innocence, dominance, or use their charm to win all manner of affections (material and otherwise) from the people who line up to adore the catalyst of chance. All of these projections are altered states of consciousness we wear as masks for the public at large to ply them with our persona.
When you're doing in the moment magick there's no map for the terrain and very little in the way of tools. It's just raw exertion of will versus lack of success. It paints the equations of magic from Liber Kaos as seamless indicators from a certain perspective. Carroll breaks magick down into two quantifiable factors that amount to the probability of something or another happening by chance. The two categories oppose one another and each also contain two sub-factors of their own. When one side strengthens the other weakens. On the beneficial side we have one's depth of gnosis and the strength of their magickal link working in our favor and on the objectionable end we have conscious awareness and subconscious resistance working counter to our aims. These two categories divide "impossibility from certainty."
Intent is part of the more literal meaning of karma. Karma does not imply spiritual retribution for dirty deeds done dirt cheap. There is no moral authority which governs who deserves to receive what punishment for what crime aside from the penal system. What you give out is what you get back. Whatever energy you put in is what energy shall return. This is no silly three-fold law, this is physics. Specifically, Newton's third law of motion. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Intent is a formidable force of human psychology. There is certainly a neurological component embedded in this too which drives the individual to, at least, attempt to satiate their own inner nemesis. Wrestling with oneself seems the largest obstacle in a magickian's career. This obstacle bleeds into what are known as 'crossing the abyss' and 'ego-death' insofar as one's inner struggles must be confronted before either of the aforementioned activities can be accomplished. This is probably the reason for a gradation system in almost all magickal orders. One must overcome the ordeals and intuit their way through the initiations set forth by the mighty luminaries in order to progress up the magico-political ladder of arbitrary accomplishments.
The whole business of deciding what it is that one actually wishes to achieve with magick makes up for a large percentage of why so many stall or fail. People generally don't know what they need. They can usually figure out what they want, but knowing what one needs is a much steeper mountain to climb. It requires sacrifice, compromise, and devotion. Need almost always trumps desire. The multiverse will tend to give you what you need over what you desire or want. It takes much practice to sway things your way, leveraging your will against the world.
Usually the first form of gnosis which comes to mind for many would-be chaotes is narcolepsis (chemognosis; the chemical method) because they assume the substance does most of the work for them. This line of thinking will most likely just distract from the methodology of magick in the case of those who use these drugs as a crutch toward achieving an actual goal. Magick is its own high. Narcotics are not performance enhancing in the way most junkies believe. However, in small doses anything may be of use.
The amphetamine class of stimulants works well for attributing correspondences, gambling, gematria binges or almost any rites dealing with the orange aura. Opiates will assist in prolonging sexual activity so that one may combine orgasm with exhaustion in excitatory bliss. Ketamine may help with the motionlessness exercise detailed in Liber MMM which is just a hyphenated form of sitting zazen or the yogic discipline of asana. MDMA will allow empathy to flutter wildly in one's heart and one will inflame with the green aura.
It is unfortunate, but alcohol will tend to bring one's ego toward hypertrophy and expose one's hidden charm, but all too easily one may get over-inebriated and that charm turns to sloppy socialization, unwanted groping, and insistence upon complementary flirting which would only lead to awful intercourse. An excess of alcohol turns one into a creep, plain and simple, no matter their gender or gender preference.
LSD improves one's own visualization abilities when some modicum of control is maintained. It also allows one to make mental connections between disparate subjects such as sex and death or fear and desire or love and hate. On LSD we are able to see the fine line separating and the wide chasm amalgamating these topics. The individual magickian will have to determine on their own what value nootropics and Shulgin drugs have in their praxis. There are just too many to list in this short article.
Depending upon the strain and method of delivery cannabis can make one more attentive to the point of hyper-sensitivity or even paranoia, less attentive to the point of fading from social situations or disconnecting from reality altogether and going out of body, more in tune with one's surroundings and therefore more capable of absorbing the naturally occurring energy that permeates and binds every bit of matter, less in tune with your surroundings and therefore more receptive to initiation. It's a tough one to nail down. It really depends on the individual and their tolerances. No doubt cannabis has magickal uses, but it can be unpredictable if you're not a chronic user.
Entheogens and naturally-occurring psychedelics have had their place in a long tradition of shamans and medicine workers utilizing what nature provides dating back to the stone age. What some folks don't realize is we still have to have an objective in mind during an act of magick while high. Drugs often make objectives fuzzy. Of course, the idea is to have one's objective sort of melt away in the act of magicking. But no substance will bestow upon one magickal power or mystical knowledge in and of itself. One must be adept at certain psychodramatic conduct and specific preternatural techniques to allow oneself to perceive tangible effects. One must develop their innate abilities in order to navigate the labyrinth of the psyche.
As far as invisibility goes, suffice to say, the more casual one acts during an operation of undercover necessity the less noticeable they will be even if caught on camera pulling off the stunt. The current generation cannot remember a time when they weren't totally surveilled all the time. This is where stage magic has its merits in bare-hands magick. Sleight of hand should be practiced whenever the magickian has any free time. We do not condone theft of any sort; however the following example is an excellent metaphor for on-the-fly magickal operations.
Grab an item of merchandise (from a shop with no alarms on their goods) and slip it up your sleeve or simply walk off with it like you already paid for it. You may not even be noticed by onlooking security given an aloof enough attitude. Of course, each magickian's taste differs from individual to individual. Some may want to improvise idiosyncratic devices for enchantment purposes in their own heads such as alphabets of desire, runic inscriptions, barbaric tongues, mantras or chants, veves, sigils, gematria calculations, or any number of other apparatus.
These may be used to distract the discursive mind from the most desirable outcome. With many, if not most, magickians too much attention paid to the object(ive) of their desire acts as a repellent from the probability of the desired outcome arriving at fruition. This is where sleight of mind techniques have come into play. We will admit we do not entertain the concept of the psychic censor preventing us from achieving access to the magical reality; however one's seizure threshold keeps the gate intervening ordinary consciousness from ecstatic consciousness.
Participants in a given rite may feel odd, foreign vibrations or energies passing near and around them for a temporary period after the rite, but the foreign vibe seems to consist of residual quasi-divinatory impressions of a coming event or process of development that the more sensitive participants have tuned into. Consider it part of the decompression sickness of reemergence from time distillation.
Consider your energy source. Where is it coming from? How do we constantly rejuvenate? Obviously we recharge our bodies with fluid, food, and sleep, but how exactly do we re-charge our spiritual batteries? Some would say meditation. Some would say red wine and red meat. Others would say Bagua or Qi-Gung or Yoga or some other bodily discipline that directs the flow of the nervous system which is tapped into every other system in the body.
And, possibly it is our nervous system that needs re-charging more than any other physiological system. Perhaps the rest, relaxation, digestion, and excretion the body goes through does recycle spiritual energy or maybe energy simply cannot be created nor destroyed, so we are constantly playing with the same forms of energy all the time. Always attempt to seek out new pattern recognition which will lead to conceptual leaps in consciousness.
Written By: Eian Orange
Hedge Mage For Hire, Master Memeticist, Amateur Semiotician