Abhishekam is a Sanskrit word meaning “sprinkling” or “wetting,” and refers to the Hindu ritual of pouring water or other sacred substances on a statue of a deity while also chanting mantras. It is akin to puja, another Sanskrit word that means “worship.” The principle behind abhishekam is total surrender to and love of the deity. It is believed that by bathing the statue, or murti, the devotees cleanse and purify their own minds.
Abhishekam is also practiced in some forms of yoga, particularly Bhakti yoga.
In Hindu and yogic philosophy, amanaska describes a mind that is free of desires and thoughts. The term comes from the Sanskrit prefix, a, meaning “not” or “without,” and manas, meaning “mind.” It, therefore, translates as “without mind” and refers to samadhi, which is a deep state of meditation in which thoughts and breathing cease.
Amanaska is also the name of an 11th- or 12th-century Raja yoga text that, among other things, teaches sambhavi mudra (eyebrow center gazing) to achieve this state of no thoughts.
“San Pedro (Trichocereus/Echinopsis pachanoi) is a thin, columnar cactus native to the Andes mountains in South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru) that contains mescaline—one of the longest-studied psychedelics in the world—and the first to be labeled with the term “psychedelic.”
San Pedro has been an important element to the spiritual ceremonies of various indigenous cultures for thousands of years. In the context of these ceremonies, the San Pedro experience is known for being empathogenic (similar to MDMA) and potentially life-changing, promoting radical introspection, healing, and a sense of wonder and awe.
Traditionally, San Pedro has been consumed either on its own or with other plants in a ceremonial brew called cimora. While its use as a psychedelic is technically illegal in the US, the plant itself can be found decorating yards and gardens across the country. It can also be found in abundance at the witches’ markets of Peru (as San Pedro or Huachuma), Bolivia (as Achuma), and Ecuador (as Aguacolla or Gigantón).
San Pedro is a potent psychedelic, and a San Pedro ceremony can be intense and powerful, in both positive and negative ways. Though everyone will undergo a unique and individual experience, there are some general things you can expect.
What to expect After consuming San Pedro, most people start to feel the effects within 15-40 minutes, but it could take up to three hours to peak. Coming down can take another three hours, and the whole experience usually lasts 10 hours or so. San Pedro also usually leaves a lasting afterglow, which can make it difficult to sleep after the effects wear off.
Many people are surprised at how different San Pedro (and mescaline, in general) is from other psychedelics they’ve tried. San Pedro can leave you feeling relaxed and in control, for instance, even if you’re tripping heavily.  One user compared its effects to MDMA, but felt they were “more amazing.” “Mescaline didn’t feel like rolling [being high on MDMA],” he said, “Rolling felt like mescaline.” The same user went on to say that it was “like all the best effects from all the drugs all put into one… the great body feeling and incredible empathy and understanding of ecstasy… the focus and energy and drive of acid… the journey effect that I always enjoyed from shrooms… It was the soberest we had ever felt in our life.”
When the effects of San Pedro first hit, it’s common to feel drowsy or dizzy, often with a sense of tingling or electricity in the veins. Nausea, vomiting, and perspiration are also common on the come-up.
San Pedro usually produces visual effects, including whirlpools of colored light, flashes in the peripheral vision, kaleidoscopic patterns, and white, ghostlike outlines around people. “Out-of-body” experiences are also common, as is synesthesia (e.g. “feeling” and “smelling” sights and sounds), mild depersonalization, and distortions of spatial awareness. At the same time, ordinary things around you can appear more interesting, beautiful, and amazingly mystical—qualities that define the mescaline experience.
All of this often culminates in a clear and connected thought, self-realization, empathy, and euphoria. However, “bad trips” and dysphoric symptoms may be more common among people who don’t pay attention to set and setting and/or have histories of mental illness.”
The Sun face is an important cultural symbol of the Zuni people and represents the Sun Father, one of their three main kachinas or deities. It is found in all sorts of Zuni art objects, from jewelry to fetishes to rugs to pottery. Practicing an agricultural lifestyle like the other Native American tribes, the Zuni had a keen understanding of the relationship between different crops and different seasons. They recognized the crucial impact of the Sun on the agricultural output.
For the Zuni, the Sun symbolized abundance, continuity, stability, positive energy, hope, happiness, and peace. They associated it with the warmth that made life and growth possible and believed it brought playfulness and joy to children and good fortune and prosperity to families. So, praying to the Sun was a critical part of Zuni culture.
The Zuni incorporated their respect for the Sun into their jewelry in form of the Sun face. The traditional Sunface represents the finest in Zuni inlay artistry and craftsmanship. It is typically made from turquoise, mother-of-pearl, red coral and jet. Turquoise is believed to be a spiritual stone of oneness and unity with self as well as the spiritual and physical realms; mother-of-pearl represents imagination, intuition, sensitivity, adaptability, and decision-making; coral is considered protective and soothing; while black jet (fossilized wood) is associated with stability and protection.
The Sunface is generally crafted as a circular motif and its center inlay represents the face of Sun. The forehead is normally divided into two sections that symbolize the existence of a person as a unique individual and also a part of the family. The two sections also represent the non-stop cycle of sunrise and sunset. The lower part of the Sunface contains rectangular eyes and around the mouth that again symbolizes the continuity of life. The face is surrounded by a feather-like design.
“What if I should discover that the poorest of the beggars and the most impudent of offenders are all within me; and that I stand in need of the alms of my own kindness, that I, myself, am the enemy who must be loved — what then?” ~ Carl Gustav Jung
Manjusri is an enlightened being known as a bodhisattva (“buddha to be”) in the Buddhist traditions of Mahayana and Vajrayana. Manjusri is believed to be the embodiment of enlightened wisdom and is associated with awareness and doctrine. The name comes from the Sanskrit, manju, meaning “pleasant,” “charming” and “sweet”; and sri, meaning “radiant,” “splendid” and “auspicious.” It is typically translated as “gentle glory.”
Manjusri is believed by some to have been a disciple of the Buddha. He is so-described in Mahayana scriptures, but is not mentioned in Pali texts.
Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our seventh topic is focused on «Magic». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!
I am guessing if you are reading this post, you either practice magic or you want to practice magic or you are just simply curious. Well this post is for all of you. We will be talking about some tips on how to start practising magic. Take everything that I write here with a grain of salt and cross reference everything I am writing because I am definitely not an expert or a professional in practising magic. So without further ado, here are some principles for practising magic :
Read. Read everything. I know this is overwhelming because there is so much information which is also very exciting. Pick one topic, baby steps but read everything. 70% of the craft is getting the knowledge and taking notes and the other 30% is actually doing. Without knowledge you cannot go very far. Without understanding the concepts, there isn’t going to be any magic, there are going to be a lot of holes in what you do.
The Spiritual Lifestyle is not for Everybody. Dabbling in it isn’t awful. Some may disagree, people who are interested or atleast open to learning and understanding things that once or still scare them, are doing something very brave. Some spiritual practices that you are doing now may not make sense down the time because you will grow in your consciousness if you do things right. Keep up with practices which you believe me and have faith in. Don’t put huge expectations on what you should and shouldn’t be doing.
Ask yourself what you want out of this. What are you doing it for? Are you doing it for the pursuit of knowledge or are you doing it because it is calling out to you. Are you doing it to get closer to your family or your ancestors or are you trying to figure out how the universe works. Your “why” may change as your craft moves on but this is important from the present moment point of view. Learn to spot the efficient spells from the faulty ones. How do you know what works and what doesn’t. There is a lot of information out there so which is authentic? So here’s the deal, what works works, what does not work, doesn’t. You will figure out your own set of spells that work for you during the course of your practising. What works for you may necessarily work for someone else. You are going to stumble, you are going to make mistakes but keep at it. At the end of a bad day, at least you will know what doesnt work. Intention is important but it is not everything. Your beliefs will change as you grow in your practice. You may start with a certain set of rules but as you grow your beliefs about a particular spell or incantation will change and the world will become bigger but you are going to have a deeper understanding of how things work at least with your own perspective. You can cast spells with nothing but intention, that is possible, that’s how prayer works, however that is the hard way of going about manifestation. That is a lot of energy coming from only you. Combine intention with tools and ingredients. Do not be your only battery. Ask yourself whether after a spell or a ritual, are you completely exhausted? Do you feel physically, mentally or spiritually drained? If you do, it means that you are drawing energy mainly from yourself. Learn to use the energy of nature to power your spells. Humans are very good for directing energy, ascending things in specific directions. Start small and grow from there.
Everything matters but not everything is necessary. There are so many different herbs which are used for protection, however each herb has a different essence of protection. There is a reason why we use specific ingredients, however, if you don’t have a particular ingredient, you can use a substitute ingredient that is similar.
Hope these tips help. Get crafty. You already have everything around you to get started on practising magic. Master your fundamentals. Take care.