Creating Spirits and magical thought forms
There is evidence that Spirits can be created. Here I look at some of the ethical dilemmas this may create and at some techniques used. I also suggest some things that may aid the process.
We know thought forms may be created. They may be mindless puppets, zombies with some autonomy of action, or self aware entities with their own agenda (true spirits). If you create a self aware entity you must give it the same rights a human would expect, and must expect it to resist violation of those rights: The Tulpa Alexandra David-Neel created resisted reabsorption: it was fighting for its life - perhaps she should have tried to change its malevolence. Trying to reabsorb it, as Alexandra David-Neel did in Tibet is either murder or, if you have created a monster, execution. In either case you have moral responsibility and an ethical dilemma. If you have created a puppet or a mindless agent there is no ethical problem with getting rid of it. It is like starting, stopping and deleting a computer program and is likely to be rather easier.
When you deliberately create a spirit you start with intention and create something in the World of The Imagination, which Ashcroft-Nowicki and Brennan ( Magical use of Thought Forms) note is also known as the Astral Plane. If it develops or is allowed some autonomy and is self aware it may move into one of the other spirit worlds: the world of true spirits – which includes the dead and probably Jungian Archetypes or some other world. It may even move into our world and become a poltergeist or worse.
Ethically it is probably best to start with the aim of creating a mindless agent or puppet. It is possible you will create a true spirit without intending to do so: Life is full of risks, live with it. The notion of a created being taking on a life of its own arises in the book of Genesis when Adam eats the apple despite orders not to do so, thus becoming independent of Jahweh, and so responsible for his own actions. In Hindu Mythology the universe is a dream in the sleep of Brahma, as I recall, and this is similar to creating a domain on the Astral plane.
Len Romska gives details of how to create Robot like thought forms, warning that a thought form created from negative emotions like hate, fear and revenge can be dangerous to the creator and anyone it encounters. In John Brunner's great novel “Man in Black” the man, created by some god to remove magic from the world could grant wishes but the way the wish was granted depended on what was in the heart of the wisher and often turned out vastly different from that the wisher imagined. Similarly, unless you are fairly clear of hangups and hatred, you risk creating something that does not do what you want. Here we have a justification for the insistence old time magicians had on purification before starting any magical act such as creating a spirit. What they did not say was that purification is an ongoing process, not unlike psychotherapy. By definition you do not have control over your unconscious mind, it probably does not care whether you live or die, and it may create a monster for you.
Creating a conscious entity is like creating a child, and the responsibilities are similar
A similar problem arises in software development. Without being clear what you want you will not get it. Without a period of planning, analogous to the purification needed before starting a magical act you will end up with a chaotic bug filled mess. Even with these two stages properly done you will end up with bugs, things that are either disastrous or at best unwanted. It is easier however to modify a program than a thought form, if only because the technology of software development is better developed and better understood.
So the best you can do is work out what you want, look into your self ( which can be scary) and produce thought form version 0.9. You should also imagine all the sort of things that could go wrong and prevent them. You do not after all want a thought form designed to bring you money to do so by killing your loved ones or a thought form designed to attract a partner to attract someone only interested in your money or status. If nothing else put a constraint on your creation that it harms none and benefits you in the long term.
Len Romska gives a complete program, most of which is done with the mind. It looks like a good program, but I have not yet tried it. I will only say that it may be a good idea to get the Spirit Guides he mentions (Beyond the scope of this essay) or a patron god and ask them for help. In the Norse Tradition it may be best to ask Odin for help and Thor to protect you and your loved ones. Loki will give you a fun ride and you may well survive. In another tradition you may want to ask Baron Samedi for help. As always, investigate the god thoroughly before contacting it. I do not recommend Loki or Eshu unless they already selected you. Of course if you LIKE a roller coaster ride go ahead. If you go the Spirit Guide route make sure you have a real guide not something tricky from your unconscious. One way to test it is to ask it ti point to the sun. There are other ways detailed in the literature of various traditions.
Most people cannot muster the focus needed to follow Romska's program from the start and it may help to use tools to focus. One simple one is to write each stage down using mirror writing or an unfamiliar alphabet. This will force you to focus on each stage and problems may be revealed as you write. One requirement for magic seems to be an altered state of consciousness, and one correlate of this seems to be appropriate brainwave frequencies. Shamanic drumming is useful for this and appears to entrain the brain to an appropriate state. You can download records of Shamanic drumming or create your own: a frequency of about two beats a second seems best. You may then want to perform a ritual for each of Romska's steps. Slow is good here. Fast is dangerous.
Alternatively you can follow the longer and more disciplined procedure given in “Magical use of Thought Forms” which will take you years ( But any other path may take years as well). I personally dislike the Qabalistic path they fillow. If you are like me you will carve out your own path. And probably survive.
An important feature of Romska's program is the command to return your creation to nothingness once it has completed it's task. If you have deliberately created or tried to create a self aware being you should give it leave to depart and tell it that from then on it is responsible for its own actions and can take nothing from you. Make sure it promises not to harm you but take precautions anyway. Maybe create it so that harming you weakens or destroys it.
In summary, Romska's procedures look like a good starting point. Use tools like drumming and writing to create the necessary focus. “Purify” yourself before you start and try to create a spirit that will listen to efforts to change its behaviour. All in all creating a spirit is probably little more difficult than bringing a child into the world and the hard part is like getting a teenager to listen to good advice and become a good citizen.
Jung indicates that we unknowingly create our own Shadow from the parts of us we repress. Integrating the Shadow is the first part of Jung's process of personal transformation, or therapy as it is commonly known. There are reasons to think that Westerners are more likely to create a Shadow than people from the East and that in an Eastern mindset the Shadow will be weaker and more easily integrated. Bear in mind that in his later work Jung seems to have believed Archetypes could influence matter as well as mind and this makes them almost indistinguishable from true spirits.
If the unconscious can create the Shadow and the Shadow can affect matter as well as mind there is no reason to doubt that it can create other spirits. This is another reason for healing yourself. Any bad luck you have may be the work of a spirit you created from your hangups, and this spirit will have to be neutralised or converted to work for you. Personal transformation is perhaps the hardest form of magick and probably the most rewarding.
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