The theories of magick can be diverse and mean something different to each and every one of us. For me, there are two distinctions when thinking and dealing with magick, receiving psychic energy and performing magick. When using intuition concerning magick, there are levels of communication within yourself to consider. The first is the idea of being psychic or empathetic to others around you and the second is being aware of your thoughts, wishes and desires. When I use the term psychic, what I’m referring to isn’t reading a crystal ball and predicting the future to amaze your friends at the carnival, I’m referring to the thoughts and ideas of others on a metaphysical level. This can also be seen the ability to become empathetic and internalize their energy to feel a stronger connection. This is equivalent to listening to subtle energies and becoming aware of the influence of others.
When dealing with magick, this is the act of focusing on your wants and desires and the changes needed to make that happen. Psychic ideas are listening to the energies around you and magick would be speaking your wishes and send them out to the gods and goddesses. Many times, people who are drawn to the occult tend to be very empathetic and psychically tuned to receive others negative/positive energy and confuse the impressions they receive as their own. In an attempt to repeal this energy, they will create or do magick to solve the problem received to them. The result is the occultist will begin doing magick and the work for others by becoming a vessel. In everyday life, this is when we place our focus on the needs of others and ignore or reject our own personal goals and visions. By becoming so involved in the needs of others, the true art of magick is ignored and our energy is used to benefit everyone else but ourselves.
In an attempt to gain control of my art and occult practices, I try to distinguish the difference between empathetic feelings and my genuine feelings. Before any magick, it is extremely important for me to clear all the influences of others before I begin any occult practice. This can be done by returning the unwanted energy to its rightful owner or visualizing a shielding or protection before any meditation or ritual work. Once I find the balance needed and the expulsion of others, only then will I begin any acts of magick. By giving myself protection, focus, and a stronger will, I can avoid the confusing the wants and needs of others and focus on the task at hand, what I want to accomplish with my occult practice. You can start by returning any unwanted energies to their rightful source and create levels of protection before beginning any form of meditation and magick.