New Year

Niken Anindita aka megatruh is Jakarta based, self-taught digital artist.

I like new years; I like the ritual of pivoting to review the past 12 months and starting anew with minimal baggage.

Some baggage, like habits developed over the year, are valuable —good habits are wise investments. Projects, however, may or may not hold relevance depending upon deliberation.

For some things this annual ritual is about tweaking priorities, for others it’s something new, or something old revisited. But the ritual usually starts with dropping everything carried the year before. A total reset.

Each year ends with a harvest of what came from previous efforts, which may be meager, and a planting of the new year’s seedlings with what was gleaned. And learned. With no regrets for anything incomplete or undone or missing. It is finished. I may restart it, but as something new. The field starts cleared. A system reboot.

Some magical disciplines carry this approach into a daily practice. Before sleep each evening, they review the day in reverse unwinding all the events, watchful for lessons. Leaving the mind ready for restorative sleep with a clean slate. An adjunct practice then imagines the most beautiful image, whatever that might be at the time while drifting off to sleep. Talk about your sleep hygiene!

Embodied Imagination

by Natcha Einat

Many intricate systems prescribe how to move and utilize energy in the body to achieve specific ends. Activating chakras, awakening kundalini, directing chi, releasing traumas, cleansing auras, channeling reiki. They undertake their tasks with somber precision, controlled methodologies and specific procedures.

But much can be said for learning to play with our own energies firsthand, before being formally indoctrinated. And maybe even in place of. After all, these systems were once discoveries. Who knows what’s left to explore? If it’s like everything reality has revealed so far, the playing field tilts toward infinity.

Be forewarned, however. Attempting this on your own without adult supervision can result in supernatural experiences, unaccountable levity, alien and lucid dreams and an iridescence of aura that attracts the subconscious attention of others.

It is easy to begin. Idle, distracted, uneventful moments of the day can be re-purposed as virtual playgrounds for etheric magery and personal entertainment. You will rapidly collect, invent, discover techniques for yourself by studying the mechanics of those which have the greatest subjective impact. This is easy to self-calibrate, so keep experimenting and your potential will blossom.

Let’s begin.

If you are sitting reading this, you may take a moment to make yourself bigger. Puff out the sense of your boundaries and being into something larger than your physical form. Try expanding yourself to fill the whole room that you are in. Like the Hulk. And why stop there? How about the building? The block? The town? Then shrink back down and become that tiny spot that occupies the pineal gland in the very center of your brain. Nice and compressed into this little dot, now drop this bead of awareness down through yourself and deep into the earth. Fuse with the molten core.

Or turn yourself invisible. How does that feel? How do you do it? Do you just evaporate your energy? Do you vibrate so fast you phase out of existence? Do you blink out? Try all the ways.

Part of the fun (and power) is finding not only things you can do with your energetic form, but creative ways you can do them.

You may find it curious when you start discovering real world effects. For example, reaching out your energetic arm like rubber and tapping someone on the shoulder several people ahead of you in line. What will you think when they turn around puzzled? Coincidence? Perhaps.

Shapeshifting and glamours are entertaining and good practice. Animals can sometimes pick this up when you are doing it and react strangely. People tend to process it more subconsciously but in ways that effect their perception of you.

What happens when you have a pain or negative emotion and engage it on the level of etheric maneuvers? Without getting into gnarly detail, an ancient Tibetan template 1 for this involves identifying the pain or emotion by marking it out with your attention: as a shape, sensation that occupies a certain space and has a certain nature. Bringing attention to it directly instead of labeling it, avoiding or suppressing it. Then imagine plugging yourself into some power. Your god, a deity, the sun, bugs bunny, whatever has juice for your imagination. Then invent/imagine someway for this power to interact with your issue in a manner that transforms it. If it’s bugs bunny, it may involve dynamite. And play it out.

These algorithms become fun to collect once you start gaining experience working with imagination of the body. And if you decide to learn some formal methodology, like spinning a microcosmic orbit through a loop in your body ala qigong, you will be engaging with it on your home turf with awakened sensitivity and enhanced skills.

Some fun techniques and ideas can be found in these books as well:
Time, Space & Knowledge by Tarthang Tulku
Barefoot Doctor’s Guide to the Tao by Stephen Russell
Sixth Sense by Stuart Wilde
Energy Work by Robert Bruce
Beyond OK by Win Wenger