Imitative Magic has its origins in ancient times among primitive cultures. It is still practiced throughout the world today, predominantly by many Native American and African tribes, as well as the Australian Aborigines and Wiccans and Pagans.
The theory behind imitative magic is simple. The ‘practitioner’ or ‘magician’ acts out the result they are hoping for, often (but not necessarily) in the course of a ceremonial ritual. eg. raindances, successful hunt rituals and dances.
Wiccans and Pagans have used imitative magic within their rites and rituals from the earliest of times. For centuries ‘witches’ have ridden broomsticks (which they use to sweep away negative energies) through newly sown fields, jumping as high as they can to give the crop an ‘image’ of how high they would like it to grow. (This is where the image and/or archetype of witches riding broomsticks and flying in the sky originated).
“One of our biggest themes with Actualized.org is understanding how the human mind, (and all of reality), creates boundaries. Notice that all of life runs on division, partition, distinction, and duality. Even at the most basic thermodynamic level, energy moves across difference gradients. No difference in gradient, no movement, no life.
But it’s not enough to understand this in the abstract. We must go deeper, examining concrete instances of how this manifests across human life. Which is why I love the following video. It shows you in concrete terms how division, partition, distinction, and duality shape all human behaviors.
All boundaries are imaginary. But notice how these imaginary boundaries serve as the fuel or engine driving all of life! Notice the enormous consequences that a single imaginary boundary can have. Now multiply this by infinity and you get LIFE!
What is war, conflict, disagreement, and violence about at the existential level? It’s fighting over boundary definitions. Who’s imaginary boundary will prevail? Who gets to say how the cake should be sliced?
Do you see the big picture of life?
If you object that some boundaries are physical and not merely imaginary, notice that that itself is an imaginary boundary which you created and are now defending! Since reality is one giant Universal Mind, all boundaries, including “physical” boundaries, exist within its imagination. To imagine a thing is to create a boundary between that thing and that which it is not. That’s what being a thing is! That’s what imagination is! Universal Mind is creating differences, which constitutes reality, which animates life, which leads to conflict, which leads to destruction of differences — thus going full-circle forever and ever, without beginning or end.
Division leading to unification leading back to division. Division within division within division. Unification after unification after unification.
That which is separated must ultimately unite. That which is united must ultimately separate. And in between, life happens. Ta-da!”
Crystal clear glass panes gazing back at her with empty eyes, the concrete jungle bustles by whilst her lonesome spirit dies.
Reaching out for the reflective barrier in front of her, a certain numbness travels through her fingertips and makes its way to her soul; dimming the tolerance for mindless city chatter in a flourescent flickering that never sleeps.
Discontent reverberated through her cells, well-versed with the heedless world. Restlessness of the hive and way of life shadowed now, behind her. Cotton-candy clouds underneath, the plane wings splitting through a canopy of white to unveil itself as the thick atmosphere dissipates. Lowering and lowering, the plane wings glide through foreign tree tops, a green she had not yet been blessed to witness.
Stepping into the rustic air, the concrete on which her heels tap reminds her of the past heavier than the luggage she carries on her arm.
From one transport vehicle to the next, she makes her way to the hills. Entranced by the viridescent shimmer of conifers and sprouting weeds, from the pocket of her jeans, she swaps her hand to trace the rough exterior of the trees. None of the city maps could have led her here but she’ll need one to leave. Is that what it’s like to be free?
She lost herself betwixt ever changing leaves, heady among the trees. She wept joyously beneath the wild skies as she saw the stars shining brightly. They shone and debuted stories of ancient times. She pinched herself, she could not live an ordinary life with an undisclosed universe camouflaged from her eyes.
Towing her luggage she knew they wondered why she left, to her but an alien, to them an alien species to her. In this clearing she knew that they were not sharing light, the glaring hive was sharing fears.
Travelling through a picture, a book, music or a poem Your friends experiences igniting the fire in your dreams, sending an omen Travelling and expanding the horizons of the infinite multitudes of mind worldly manifestations Travelling with your eyes wide open or perfectly closed Travelling around the world Or without leaving your place The imagination has it’s own space Bridged, connected No dead-ends or frontiers Travelling with no luggage at all Or prepared for an adventure, survival gear, tools Having the starry sky as a roof And the soft grass as a bed Finding ways around financial balances instead Travelling alone or in good company By car, by train, by plane, on foot Or even in a colourful balloon Travelling from Kenya to Alaska Crossing mountains, deep seas and valleys Jungles, forests and desert galleys Travelling through your sleep Breath out, breath in Take the experiences and warp your life from within Travelling forces you to step out of your comfort zone Experiencing the real world, leaving behind this world’s addiction to phones False evidence appearing real, fear Let it come near Travelling challenges your comprehension of this world And once you return you’re no longer the same Friends to call home and remembering names Travelling broadens your brain, nourishes your spirit, cherishes your physical And challenges your conception of this world Leaving nostalgic photos, the world left in the crevices of your god given body.