Principles of Magic: Mentalism

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This post is about the second of seven principles of magic that were laid out in The Kybalion (read the first here). This book, purportedly based upon ancient Hermeticism, was first published in 1908. The Kybalion itself claims to have influenced all major religions and philosophies, both ancient and modern.

The Principle of Mentalism

“the Universe is mind; mind is the Universe”

The principle of Mentalism tells us that there is some higher power: god, goddess, the universe, spirit, the source, whatever you want to call it. Furthermore, we are all thoughts that appear separate, when in fact we’re all connected within the Divine Mind. Therefore, the universe responds to our thoughts. Thoughts supplied with energy become reality (and that’s magic).

Clear Intention, and clear thought are key factors in projecting your magical intention. It is important to understand that which you desire must first exist as conscious ideas before they become physical realities.

So what do you want?

Meditate on things you really want in your life: your wishes, hopes and dreams. Write them down. These can be physical things you want, events you’d like to see happen, the place you’d like to live, a person you’d like to meet, literally, any wish you could ever make. If you aren’t sure about what you want, sometimes it helps to make a list of what you DON’T want, then, make a list of the opposites. It’s easier to know what you don’t want. Then, you’ll discover what you DO want.

Next, look at the list, if you made one. Pick one single thing that you want the most in this moment. Try to project your intention to manifest this want into an object. So take an object, anything that’s near you will do. The only qualification is that it must be small enough that you can hold it in your hands.

  1. Hold the object, close your eyes and breathe deeply.

  2. Imagine, like you’re watching a movie on the back of your eyelids, your goal or intention in your mind's eye.

  3. Feel yourself imprint this image and thought onto the object.

This object now holds your intention and can be used to circulate that image in the world around it or as a power booster for spells.

This is one way to use the Principle of Mentalism: focusing your thoughts on an outcome and projecting your thoughts into a physical object to help turn a thought into a reality. Later on we’ll look at tools you can use to help increase your magical power. As I’ve said before, you are the key to your magic, everything else is just a bonus.

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When you finish your worksheet, make sure you learn the principle of vibration. Save your list of things you want to remind yourself. Add to it and alter it periodically. The things you want now may, and probably will, change over time.

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