Manual of Psychomagic: The Practice of Shamanic Psychotherapy

APPENDIX

Advice for Future Psychomagicians

Since psychomagic is the product of intense theatrical and artistic experience, it is not possible for someone with no practice in art to exercise psychomagic. One will find in psychomagic elements similar to a happening or a performance, poetry, painting and sculpture, or the martial arts. Other great inspirations for this healing art are traditional magic, shamanism, and the techniques of the folk healers. Whoever decides to dedicate him- or herself professionally to sharing psychomagic advice should beforehand practice the Tarot (such as I teach in my book The Way of Tarot) and learn the history of theater, the plastic arts, magic, shamanism, and martial arts. Reading the great poets should develop one’s sensibility. One should also know the theories of psychology, to deepen awareness of psychogenealogy, and, above all, one should leave aside any religious doctrine. Prepare oneself with the same passion that a Buddhist monk works to detach from his individuality formed by the family, society, and culture. In this way one can overcome one’s own discrimination and proceed impersonally during the consultations. Psychomagic creativity is not innate nor is it possible to achieve it quickly; it requires many years of dedicated effort.

Preparation to be a psychomagician can be divided into three steps:

Own oneself in daily life

Develop one’s level of consciousness

Build an objective moral life

In the first stage, the aspirant should:

·        learn to focus one’s attention on a single theme, a single point, a single action

·        overcome one’s laziness; always finish what one has begun

·        set out to do the best one can do

·        never allow, even in solitude, unworthy attitudes from one’s spiritual level

·        eliminate all vices, mania, repetitive gestures

·        control one’s facial expressions; don’t grimace

·        be alert at every moment

·        develop one’s generosity

·        strive to listen to others; avoid creating problems

·        adopt a manner of speaking at the intellectual level of whoever is listening

·        consciously give thanks for every gift

·        explore one’s physical possibilities

·        quit stating one’s opinion; don’t lie to others or to oneself

·        don’t please oneself with pain or fear

·        help the next person without making them dependent

·        don’t imitate or desire to be imitated

·        don’t take up too much space; make as little noise as possible

·        respond honestly to every question

·        don’t be impressed by strong personalities

·        don’t appropriate anything from anyone

·        don’t cheat; don’t seduce; don’t follow fashions

·        only eat what’s necessary; protect one’s health

·        don’t speak of personal problems

·        don’t establish useless friendly relationships

·        be punctual, clean, neat

·        don’t envy the objects and successes of others

·        speak what is strictly necessary; don’t be an exhibitionist

·        don’t gesticulate uselessly anymore

·        don’t think about the benefits that one’s actions or work will produce

·        never threaten

·        don’t accept work that disgusts; don’t prostitute

·        always keep one’s promises; respect one’s contracts

·        be capable of forgetting oneself and putting oneself in the other’s place

·        don’t eliminate but transform

·        never visit someone without a gift

·        don’t change directions because of criticisms or praise

·        forgive one’s parents and those who did wrong

·        let come to one’s mind all thoughts, feeling, and wishes, as huge

·        as they are, and let them pass without identifying with them

·        help others help themselves

·        never accept an unjust no or yes

·        overcome one’s dislikes and transform them into kindness

·        overcome one’s pride and transform it into dignity

·        overcome one’s anger and transform it into creativity

·        overcome one’s miserliness and transform it into love of beauty

·        overcome one’s envy and transform it into love of the values of others

·        overcome one’s hate and transform it into generosity

·        overcome one’s lack and transform it into a love of the universe

·        confront one’s nightmares and overcome them

·        do not allow into one’s dreams behaviors that one would not admit while awake

In the second stage, the aspirant should:

·        recognize one’s subjective judgments and don’t apply them to others as if they were objective truths

·        understand why one is alive and what one should do in order to cooperate with the projects of the universe

·        don’t be at the mercy of one’s body (knowing that the sense impressions can be misleading)

·        don’t allow illness or habit to affect the spirit; what we call depression impedes development

·        don’t inhibit one’s desires (dissatisfaction) or exacerbate them (obsession)

·        don’t identify with negative feelings, engrossing bonds with people, communities and places, attractions or repulsions, fears, anxieties, and accumulated anger that will turn into hate

·        sweep the mind of internal dialogues, daydreams, suggestibility, the desire to attribute the values of others to oneself, the vulgar egoism and the toxic imagination for amusement in order to forget one is mortal

·        quit accumulating voraciously created false impressions or creating false behaviors plagiarized from important personalities

·        wake in one’s spirit faith (trust and not mere belief), hope (right effort to achieve that which is and not a neurotic desire to achieve what one should be), and charity (love of humanity, that which was, that which is, and that which will come)

·        respect others not for the narcissistic deviations of one’s personality—reflected in advertising, comedies, diplomas, prizes, remodeled bodies, economic voracity, excessive decoration—but for one’s inner development

·        develop harmony among one’s four centers: intellectual, emotional, sexual, physical

·        don’t take cover in only one or two centers in order to repress the others, establishing inner barriers where one’s thoughts, emotions, desires, and needs live in time and inconsistent intensities

·        know how to rest one’s mind in silence, one’s heart without discrimination, one’s sex feeling satisfied, and one’s body with gratitude for being alive

·        eliminate habits and repetitions, following one’s legitimate desires and not copying what others do or comparing oneself with others in a constant competition

·        realize that it is impossible to absolutely know beings and focus on verifying whether the established relationship obeys our constructive projects

·        stop acting in order to accumulate merits

·        don’t escape but voluntarily confront one’s suffering

·        be capable of not wasting mental, emotional, sexual, and physical energy thinking that what one obtains for oneself is what others desire for themselves also

·        never convert, through childish bonds, lies into superstitions

·        realize that more important than what happens is how one reacts to it

·        understand that one’s conscious will is only free when it is exercised in union with the will of the unconscious

·        In the third stage, the aspirant must be able to honestly say:

·        What will come, will come, and I accept it.

·        My actions will not be guided by fear of infernal punishment or by greed for heavenly rewards.

·        I will be what I am and not what others want me to be.

·        I will accept the laws proclaimed by the community, but my mind and my heart will remain free to think and to love what it desires.

·        What I am not, I never will be. What I am truthfully, I will always be.

·        I will stop declaring that my fulfillment is in the future. It is now when I should fulfill myself and make my potential fruitful.

·        If God is not here, God is nowhere. If I am not here, I am

·        nowhere.

·        I am not going to scorn the present for the mysterious future.

·        If there is a beyond, I don’t need to know it now.

·        When whatever has to come comes, if anything, nothing will

·        impede my knowing it. If it is nothing, I will also be nothing. Why should I thus agonize over it?

·        I will part with foolish ideas formed by anxious beliefs from childhood. I am what I am, doing not what I was or what I will be. I will live deciding to think that if now I dominate my spirit, I will reach peace in the future. If I am conscious, I will be capable of living with happiness in whatever dimension.

·        So, without worrying myself about this “beyond,” I will enjoy expanding the limits of my consciousness, knowing everything there is to possibly know without holding myself back to protect intellectual, emotional, sexual, or material barriers.

·        To be able to know and to love others, I will learn to know and to love myself.

·        I will understand that the best thing that could have ever happened to me in this world was that I was born.

·        I will understand that what I call “to die” is a necessary transformation.

·        I will understand that what there is in the world does not define the essence of the world. A lot of garbage in a gold chalice does not alter its quality: the garbage only messes it up momentarily.

·        There is violence, egoism, fanaticism in the chalice, but the world is not this: in spite of the abundance of negative acts, it is a basic paradise, a land that I should clean and use in a positive way, to take the garbage out of the chalice and in its place put a diamond.

·        Existence is sacred. I am sacred.

·        Everything I obtain, I share with others.


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