A Time of Spiritual Ascent

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Dear Friends,

This post is a follow-up to my previous announcement (here: https://bit.ly/2MQKt1S) that I would not be taking new clients, having reached my client limit.  In everyone’s life, whether he or she is a spiritual seeker, a total rational materialist, or anything in-between, there are periods of ascent.  By this, I mean that we spend a long time working, thinking, and experiencing what it is to be human and then, ZANG!, we suddenly progress.  This has recently happened to me. 

I think it is because of all the spiritual work I have been doing for others.  One of the great benefits of doing public conjure and sorcery is that, while you are working on / for others, you are simultaneously working on / for yourself.  It isn’t easy, but it is nonetheless very true that you don’t stagnate much as a magical worker if you’re doing this kind of thing.  Public sorcery isn’t just an art form and a personal passion of mine.  It’s also a way for me to become better on all levels—as a practitioner but also just as a human being.

I’ve had recent experiences, which have been beautiful and uplifting but also largely indescribable here in words.  In the language of western esotericism, you could say I’ve had a new level of “Knowledge and Conversation with my Holy Guardian Angel,” but that doesn’t really communicate anything to anyone who hasn’t also had the experience.  In eastern terms, we might say that I’ve had a satori that has realigned my initiatory perceptions once again.  I am completely humbled and grateful for this, for being alive, and for being thus far admitted into the Sanctuary of the Mysteries.  May it continue.

When I complete the bulk of my current client work (though I can’t say when exactly what will be), I intend to return with a mostly pro bono magical practice.  That means I will no longer be charging for my services (with the exception being if I have to do something extraordinary like travel to a distant location or acquire a rare magical artifact or something comparable).  I have to give this careful consideration, since I have always practiced a kind of magical reciprocity, accepting a small payment as a way to initiate a bond with my client.  But now that I have changed, my practice has to change.

More soon, when I know it.

Dr. Mike

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Note to Prospective Clients – Please Read Carefully

Friends and Prospective Clients,

As of 15 Sep 18, I will not be accepting new clients for the foreseeable future.  If we are already talking about work (as I am with one individual), this does not apply to you.

If we have not spoken yet via email or otherwise, please understand that my waiting list is now too long and my current clients have exceeded my 10-client limit for long-term work.  Therefore, in order to work effectively (and for my own health and quality of life), I must preemptively deny any new requests for spiritual work.

Repeated pleas for spiritual help, after being denied and now after I have posted this, are insulting and irritating in the extreme.  Avoid begging and take control of your own life, whether by finding another spiritual worker of value (see below) or simply facing up to your own role in creating problems in your life.  I know this sounds harsh, but it is as honest as it gets.  Spiritual work works, but the client must also take responsibility for fixing the situation as well.

Likewise, I will not be handling registration requests for those seeking to join the Studio Arcanis forums.  If you are having registration issues, please leave a polite note on the Facebook page for SA and someone will get back to you ASAP:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EM.Diaspora/

I am also discontinuing my practice of referring people to other spiritual workers.  I will, before you even ask, list the following as who I consider to be the most honest and reputable:

The Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers

Conjureman Ali

Sorcerous Endeavors

Professor Charles Porterfield

Denise Alvarado / Creole Moon

Conjured Cardea

Balthazar’s Conjure

Note also that whenever someone works in this area there will always be unsatisfied and / or unstable former clients who shout on the internet that so-and-so is a fraud.  As with all things, you have to take a risk if you’re going to employ a spiritual worker.  I suggest you read the comments of unhappy former clients to satisfy your own curiosity.  But, at least in the case of the above, for every pissed-off former client, there are 50 happy cases.  Testimonials and puffery don’t reflect the true successes just as the “rip-off reports” do not reflect the true failures.  You simply have to get over it and take a risk.

I wish you the best.

Dr. Mike

The Reality of Inner Worlds

Don’t try to validate any of your spiritual or visionary experiences. You determine what they mean for yourself. Your inner world is wholly and completely yours. And yet, it reaches beyond what you have been conditioned to think of as the boundaries of your everyday self. This is why my teachers used the term “within you and beyond you.” These inner experiences, whether dramatic or commonplace, are taking place in the inner world of your conscious and subconscious, but they are also resonating with the macrocosm (as below, so above). Therefore, your experience as a spiritual being is unique and also transpersonal. Honor what comes to you and what you send forth into this experience and respect the spiritual experience of others. In that respect is a certain parity that contains the paradox of individuality-vs.-universal oneness. It also contains the paradox of free-will-vs.-fate.

Jinn Summoning and Sorcery is Back

We’re having an interesting conversation about some new Jinn magic texts over on Studio Arcanis.  This post comes from that discussion, given that Jinn magic seems to be making a comeback.  I just read Corwin Hargrove’s Practical Jinn Magick: Rituals to Unleash the Power of the Fire Spirits.  And, though this post isn’t a proper review of that book, I liked it and want to mention it here.

Intrepid and curious magicians might want to investigate it.  That said, there are other worthwhile texts available that might give some foundation.  I’ve enjoyed Legends of the Fire Spirits: Jinn and Genies from Arabia to Zanzibar by Robert Liebling. It’s not a book of magic, but it’s definitely a book that feels magical, if that makes any sense. Another good one is Islam, Arabs, and the Intelligent World of Jinn by Amira El-Zein. A smart magician could draw a lot of inspiration from these two alone.

As far as practical books are concerned (apart from Jinn Sorcery, which, like all Scarlet Imprint books, is beautiful first and useful second), two others immediately come to mind. There’s S. Ben Qayin’s Book of Smokeless Fire (which Hargrove indirectly dismisses) and which I haven’t read and am not interested in. Then there’s Baal Kadmon’s Jinn Magick: How to Bind the Jinn to do Your Bidding, which is the highly simplified approach Hargrove criticizes in his book. Hargrove doesn’t name Kadmon’s book directly, but he says:

You have to be careful with simplification. One author recently wrote a book that simplifies Jinn Magick to the point that, in my opinion, the magick isn’t there anymore. His ritual form does nothing more than call to the Jinn King, with no structurally sound opening framework, direction, protection or any allusions to named Jinn. It’s a book that could be seen as either useless or dangerous, and to an extent that depends on the person using it, but it’s an example of what I can find disappointing about the over-simplified approach. I hope that what you get here has more meat than his book, without the convolutions set out by some older systems.

The thing with Kadmon’s books is that they seem like beginner texts but you actually have to be fairly confident and experienced to make them work (like many Finbarr, Parker, and Starlight texts). I think this is what Hargrove means when he says using it “depends on the person,” but it seems like a low blow. He also takes a shot at Nineveh Shadrach, calling Magick That Works overrated. I am surprised Al-Toukhi also didn’t draw some insults, given that Red Magick has been one of the few relatively well-known Jinn magic books in the West. It’s clear that Hargrove consulted Red Magick or at least is aware of it because he lists the book in his bibliography.

I was disappointed that Hargrove criticized Kadmon and Shadrach because I’ve gotten a lot out of both of these authors. Moreover, Hargrove is a solid spellbook writer in the Gallery of Magick vein (even if he claims not to be part of that group) and really doesn’t need to disparage the competition. His work is good and can stand on its own.

Revelations of the Heart

I really enjoyed these stories.

Story 1­­

Four pupils used to practice meditation.
These close friends vowed to each other to observe silence for seven days.

The first day passed well.
But as the evening progressed and the oil lamps became dim, one student couldn’t help himself.

“Attend to the lamps!” he shouted impatiently to an assistant.

His friend turned to him, surprised.
“You are not supposed to speak! Have you forgotten?”­­

The third friend piped up, “You fools! Why are you talking?”

“Hah, I’m the only one who’s kept silent!” exclaimed the last.

Story 2

The mystic’s dog loved his evening romp with his master. The dog would bound ahead to fetch a stick, then run back, wag his tail, and wait for the next game. On a particular evening, the Mystic invited one of his brightest students to join him – a boy so intelligent that he became troubled by the contradictions in…

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