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The Llewellyn Encyclopedia

Subject: Other Dimensions

Abominable Snowman
See: Yeti.


Absolute Zero

The coldest it can get at which most known physical activity ceases. 0°K on the Kelvin scale and as −273.15°C on the Celsius scale, and −459.67°F on the Fahrenheit scale. At temperatures very close to absolute zero, matter exhibits quantum effects such as superconductivity and superfluidity. The esoteric significance is that here energy still exists in matter sometimes called “Dark Matter,” and where Intentional Consciousness is still dynamic. 




Afterworld
A term used by some to describe the area, plane, world, etc. where a person’s spirit or soul goes after that person dies.


Akasic Magnetism

A term used in Theosophy. It is believed that magnetism and electricity are derived from the universal energy, Akasha (they spell it without the "h"). However, there is the "small" magnetism (for example, that which is around people) and the greater, or Akasic, magnetism, such as that of the Earth.

Magnetism can be used to create electricity. In fact, it is constantly doing so at various levels. Ultimately, changes in magnetism and electricity on the physical plane are the results of changes in them on the more cosmic plane, all of which leads back to the cause of changes in the magnetic and electric fields as having a source in changes of Akas(h)a.




Aliens

Generally associated with UFOs, semi-humanoid beings claiming to originate on other planets or other dimensions. Most contacts with these beings involve telepathic communication and some have included abductions and transportation to space ships were surgical operations have implanted devices, and others have included sexual contact. Some believe aliens are spirits and that alien encounters are psychic in nature. Suggested Reading: The Gaia Project by Hwee-Yong Jang (Llewellyn Publications) and Interdimensional Universe by Philip J. Imbrogno (Llewellyn Publications)




Alpha State
One of the four brainwave patterns, the alpha state is typified by patterns that repeat at the speed of 8-13 Hertz (cycles per second). People drifting into sleep or coming out of it are in the alpha state. It is also the speed of the brainwaves typified by daydreaming, a light trance, etc. This state becomes stronger when you close your eyes. The other brainwave patterns are beta, delta, and theta.


Analgesia
A technique used with hypnosis that takes a sensation, usually experienced as “pain,” and allows it to be experienced as a sensation that it not painful. Often used in hypnotherapy for pain reduction. This is not the same as anesthesia where sensation is not experienced at all.


Analytic Overlay
In Remote Viewing, it refers to analytic response of the viewer’s mind to make sense of information it receives. Often the interpretation is wrong, although it tends to be based on data that is valid. There is no formal word for this in clairvoyant training.


Anatomy of the Body of God
If we accept the possibility of "truths" expressed in sacred literature we have to be open to "non-literal" interpretations. It is hardly sensible to think we are “created in God’s image” and then look for such identity just in our physical bodies. Rather, knowing that Consciousness, along with Energy and Matter, have to come in the “Beginning with the Word,” we can think of the unit of consciousness that is ours as modeled after God as Consciousness, hence "the Anatomy of the Body of God" is our consciousness as programmed for our development. In Self-Empowerment & the Sub-Conscious Mind, (co-authored with Joe H. Slate) Carl Llewellyn Weschcke draws upon a personal visionary experience in which the Great Pyramid of Giza becomes a model for Personal Consciousness expressed as the Sub-Conscious Mind, the Conscious Mind, and the Super-Conscious Mind and connections to Soul and to the Collective and Universal Unconscious. The major point is the realization that in our Personal Consciousness we are modeled after the Universal Consciousness set at the Beginning. As a model, we are constantly growing to fulfill that potential and in doing so we are fulfilling the Great Plan set for in the “Word.”


Anchor
A mental or physical action that is linked to a behavior. During hypnosis or an NLP session, an action, such as seeing the color red, may be anchored to a behavior, such as feelings of well being.


Angelic Hosts
Literally, a group or "host" of angels.


Angelic Hosts
A Theosophical term described by Geoffrey Hodson in The Kingdom of the Gods (1953, Theosophical Pub. House, Madras, India) by saying they: “. . . may be regarded as the active, creative intelligences and form-builders of all objective creation. They are manifestations of the One, the Three, the Seven and all products thereof. From dawn to eve of Creative Day, they are ceaselessly in action as directors, rectors, designers, artists, producers and builders, ever subservient to and expressive of the One Will, the One Substance and One Thought. “In the exoteric aspects of the ancient Faiths, these Beings, as also the underlying principles, the laws, the processes and the modes of manifestation of the creative force are personified, named and given traditional forms. Esoterically, however, these personifications were in no sense regarded as realities but rather as thought forms and symbols of major creative Powers and Beings. These symbols were partly invented by the Initiated Teachers of earlier peoples as aids to the masses for whom abstractions could possess no reality. Generations of worship gave to them durable concrete shapes in the mental world which served as links between the human mind and the realities which the symbols represented. These symbolic figures also served as channels through which the true Intelligences could be invoked and pour down Their beneficent influence, enlightening truths and occult forces for the helping of mankind." “. . . in their real existence, the Gods who were once so near to men were none other than the Angelic Hosts, that throughout the great racial darkness they still have been near, though unperceived, and that time approaches when again the Major Creative Powers and Beings, the laws by which the Cosmos emerges from chaos and the place of humanity in the vast process of divine manifestation will become apparent to mankind.”


Area 54

Part of Area 51, rumored to be the location of secret aircraft tests.




Asterism
The star-like dispersion of light due to tine “needles” arrayed in several directions within a crystal.


Astral
The astral plane, as in the expression, “on the astral.”


Astral
Having ethereal qualities.


Astral
Something that belongs to the astral plane.


Astral
Like the stars.


Astral Blackout
A point at which the light in the astral world appears to dissipate, leaving the traveler in darkness.


Astral body
The astral body is a composite, made up in varying proportions of a physical (or semiphysical) body and a “spirit” body. During its projection the second body draws “astral material” from the first body through the silver cord that connects the two.


Astral body

Also known as the "Astral Vehicle," the astral body is equivalent to the Sanskrit Kama-Rupa, the extra-biological part of our being, which exists as a conscious, intelligent, and indestructible entity.

It is the third Vehicle (“upward” in the general scheme) or level of consciousness, also called the Desire or Emotional Body, or Emotional “Envelope.” In the process of incarnation, the astral vehicle is composed of the planetary energies in their aspects to one another to form a matrix for the physical body. This matrix is, in a sense, the true horoscope guiding the structure of the body and defining karmic factors.

The Astral Vehicle is the Lower Self of Emotion, Imagination, Thinking, Memory and Will—all the functions of the mind in response to sensory perception and emotional reaction. It is the field of dreams and the subconscious mind. It is the vehicle for most psychic activities.

Yet, a distinction must be made: The Physical Body is the field of ordinary conscious mind and the Astral is that of the sub-conscious mind, and a doorway to the super-conscious mind and the collective unconscious.




Astral Doorways

Meditation on certain objects may function:

  1. to induce an alternative state of consciousness or
  2. to bring access to certain areas of the sub-conscious and astral plane.

Among the first are fascination devices that focus awareness and induce trance—crystal balls, magick mirrors, swinging pendulums, pools of ink, etc.—allowing the user to receive impressions. Among the second are Tarot Cards, Rune Symbols, I Ching Hexagrams, Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Hebrew Letters, Tattwas, and Yantras etc. Used in meditation they may open certain astral circuits and gain access to specific parts of the Astral Plane and to subjective states of consciousness.

Suggested Reading – Tyson: Soul Flight, Astral Projection & the Magical Universe





Astral Excursion

An out-of-body induction procedure specifically designed to promote astral travel. to the spirit realm.

Suggested Reading: Beyond Reincarnation, by Joe H. Slate, Ph.D.




Astral Flight

An imagery and relaxation procedure for inducing out-of-body travel.




Astral Light
The definition of this expression is often convoluted. Some refer to it as a type of spiritual energy on the astral plane that controls and molds things there. Others use it to refer to the astral plane itself. In Theosophy it is considered to be the place where all the energy of the universe is stored while waiting to move into the physical plane. It is also the receptacle for all energies moving out of the physical plane and into the spiritual planes. As such, it can be seen as a record of all things that have taken place on the physical and spiritual planes, also known as the Akashic Records.


Astral Light

The "substance" of the Astral Plane that responds to It is approximately equivalent to Ether, Mana, Vital Fluid, etc. holding the impressions of thought and emotion and feeling, forming memory.

Suggested Reading – Regardie & the Ciceros: The Tree of Life – An Illustrated Study of Magic




Astral Projection
An experience in which the conscious part of the self splits form the body for a period of time. The typical out-of-body experience is of short duration and comes unexpectedly. But it can be induced consciously and deliberately.


Astral Projection

A phenomenon in which the astral body disengages from the biological body to consciously experience distant realities. See Out-of-Body experience (OBE).




Astral Travel
The experience of moving around through the environments encountered during astral projection. This may include moving at the speed of thought to any location in the physical world, universe, or on the various more ethereal planes of the astral worlds.


Astral Whiplash

Astral projection is safe, practical, and very enjoyable. Although some people worry needlessly (“What happens if I project and can’t get back?), the real difficulty with astral projection is getting out of body in the first place. Your astral body has a natural desire to exist closely associated with your physical body. The chance of getting lost is hardly likely, especially during early attempts when people are not going to travel far from their bodies anyway.

Because of this natural attraction of the astral body for the physical body, there is a strong “pull” between the two. When you get started on your astral travels, it is possible that you can get rapidly “sucked” back into your physical body. This is known as “astral whiplash” and can result in feelings of shakiness and headache due to leaving some of your astral material on the astral plane. This will wear off in a short time as the material naturally works its way back to the physical body. Alternatively, you can project back to the astral plane and retrace your steps, reacquiring the astral substance.




Astral World

Just as we can speak of the physical plane and the physical world, so can we speak of the astral plane and the astral world. A "plane" (like a "level") is descriptive of the characteristics of the things that make up a world—the substance, energies, laws, etc. A "world," in contrast, is descriptive of how the things are put together, hence the landscape, the life-forms, the climates, and so forth. 

The astral world has its own landscape, generally replicating the physical world, but is far more extensive, reaching wherever consciousness reaches. It has its own inhabitants, which include the astral bodies of the inhabitants of the physical world. Those astral inhabitants also include forms that have never incarnated into physical bodies as well as temporary inhabitants created by humans through the power of imagination, emotion and fantasy.

It is also possible that some creatures, like certain paranormal entities such as UFOs, Aliens, the Loch Ness and other "monsters" that slip in and out of the physical world have their origin in the astral, and that mythical beings like dragons also exist in the lower astral close enough to the physical that they sometimes appear to the physical world inhabitants.




Atavism

Scientifically, the reappearance of a recessive genetic trait after multiple generations where there was a lack of such an appearance. In some shamanic and magickal practices, practitioners have a goal of causing such characteristics to re-emerge, bringing back primal aspects of their being.




Axis
An imaginary line that passes through a crystal around which its faces are arranged.


Axis

In astrology there are six axes formed by signs directly opposite each other in a natal chart. They are:

 Relating the interpretations of the axes can add depth to a chart analysis.




Backmasking

The recording of sounds that are then reversed when released on a musical or other work. Popularized by The Beatles on their album, Revolver (1966). In the 1980s, a few Christian groups insisted that rock musicians where including such reversed sound elements on their albums to lead people to Satanism. Although there was never any actual evidence to support the claim that backmasking coupe actually influence or “brainwash” anyone, some Christian groups and the Parents Music Resource Center claimed it did , and tried to get laws passed about it. 

With the popularity of Compact Disks, which made trying to play something backwards to listen for such messages difficult, the furor died down. New software for recording music, however, is allowing for a rebirth of interest and claims concerning the practice.




Backward Masking

In psychoacoustics and cognitive psychology, the masking of some stimulus by another, often louder or more apparent stimulus, that occurs a fraction of a second after the first stimulus. Often confused with backmasking wherein hearing something played backwards supposedly influences the listener.




Beta State
One of the four brainwave patterns, the beta state is typified by patterns that repeat at the speed of 14-20 Hertz (cycles per second). People in their normal, waking consciousness are in the beta state. It is the brainwave pattern when you are focused on the outside world. The other brainwave patterns are alpha, delta, and theta.


Beyond the Veil
This expression is based on the concept that it is difficult to communicate with the spirits of those who have died. It is as if there is a veil between the living and the dead. Saying someone is “beyond the veil,” then, is a way to say that the person is dead. For some people it is a way to refer to death without using that term.


Black Hole

A concept first proposed by geologist John Michell in 1783 and further developed in 1796 by mathematician Pierre-Simon Laplace of a body so dense that even light would not escape its gravity. The concept was extended to stellar objects by astronomer Karl Schwarzschild in 1916. However, the concept was only theoretical until the recent discovery of Neutron Stars. It is now believed that black holes form when heavy stars collapse at the end of their life cycle into supernovae. Such a Black Hole has so much gravity that attracts other stars, growing ever larger.




Borderland Consciousness

I will quote Louis T. Culling for emphasis:

“The dream state is the Borderland consciousness state. The importance of the ability to function in a quasi borderland-state may well be more than half of the technic of Magick. It is involved in *making the IMAGINATION to be SUBJECTIVELY REAL. Without this, a large part of Magick is a futile thing.” 

He describes the Borderland Consciousness as approximately 15% awake and 85% asleep. Regardless of the actual percentage, these states are also called the hypnagogic and hypnopompic states of being awake & falling asleep and being asleep and waking up. It is also called the "Borderland Consciousness." It is during this state of consciousness when we are most receptive to images, symbols, impressions, sounds, ideas and feelings. It is also a state very receptive to Intuition.





Borderland State

An alternative state of consciousness in which the demarcation between ordinary reality and subjective reality disappears, and that which is built in the imagination becomes magickally and psychologically real. The woman partner in Sex Magick becomes the Goddess incarnate.  

The aim of the GBG practice of Dianism is to continue sexual union until trance occurs. This not the trance of hypnosis, or of spiritual or shamanic practices. It's a state characterized by poise and non-movement. The sexual stimulation is felt, but controlled and the focus is on consciousness and not the body. Louis Culling wrote: "A hallucinatory meditation may be achieved, in which one is submerged in spiritual inspiration and aspiration." 

It requires two hours or more "to build up the energized enthusiasm of the Magickal Imagination which gives one's thoughts subjective reality." It should be felt as a "force field" about the couple. Some may even see it as a glowing aura.





Cabochon
A fashioned talisman that usually has a convex shape on one side and which is flat on the other, although any fashioning that does not involve faceting or tumbling is often considered to be making a cabochon. They are often of oval shape, but irregular shapes are common.


Caput Mortuum

Literally meaning "Death's Head," the Caput Mortuum (also known as nigredo) is an alchemical term for a useless substance left over after an alchemical working. In artwork and in notes, it was represented by a stylized skull. This evolved into a circle containing three dots forming a triangle with one point down.

A form of iron oxide (rust) derived from manufacturing sulfuric acid produced a purple pigment used in paints. Since rust was a "useless" substance left over after an (al)chemical working, this pigment was known as caput mortuum or cardinal purple. The meaning of the name also resulted in it being an alternative name for Egyptian brown or mummy brown, as it was originally made from ground up mummies! When artists learned of the source of this color (in the 1800s) they stopped using it.




Cat's Eye
The technical name is chatoyancy. This is caused by the dispersion of light due to tiny parallel “needles” within a crystal.


Catalepsy
A state wherein the body, or parts of the body, shows rigidity, and is not effected by exterior stimuli. Often used by hypnotists to determine the level of hypnotic trance. A common example it to have a hypnotized person hold their arm out straight. They will keep it extended and resist having it pushed down until given a suggestion to move it.


Cerebral Hypoxia

A condition where the supply of oxygen to the brain is reduced. It has numerous causes, ranging from choking or smoke inhalation to shock or trauma. In mild cases, symptoms include difficulty in learning tasks and reduced short term memory. If it continues it can cause sensory distortions and hallucinations. This has been pointed to as a cause of some near-death experiences. However, it cannot explain the similarity of some of these experiences among people of all ages and cultures. Complete lack of oxygen going to the brain, known as cerebral anoxia, will cause irreversible brain damage within four to six minutes.




Chaos

The disorganized, primal, state from which creation emerges. Chaos Theory is a field of mathematics with applications in various sciences, including physics and magick, concerning the level at which small changes can produce major, generally unpredictable, results—the so-called “Butterfly Effect.” In Quantum Theory and in Magickal Theory, intention applied at sub-atomic levels can create desired change.




Chrononaut

A time traveler.




Confabulation
The natural ability of the mind to create imagined situations—false memories—to fill in gaps in the real memory that have been caused by physical trauma to the brain or psychic trauma to the mind. If a person is hypnotized and the hypnotist is not trained in procedures to help regain objective memories (known as forensic hypnosis), the subject may create false memories to fill in gaps or simply to please the hypnotist. False memories that were confabulated during hypnosis sessions led by non-professional hypnotists were one of the causes of the so-called “Satanic Panic” of the last quarter of the 20th century.


Confusion Induction

A hypnotic induction where the hypnotist tells confusing stories that are impossible to logically follow. Eventually, the person being hypnotized gives up trying to follow them and simply listens to them. This can be seen by certain physiological signs. At this point the hypnotist suggests relaxation and hypnotic trance, and the person follows the directions.




Consciousness

That part of the mind that gives us awareness of ourselves and things outside of ourselves.




Consensus Reality
The philosophical theory that concepts of what are and are not real must be agreed upon (not by a test or statement, but by “consensus,” a general agreement) by a group or culture. That is, if enough people believe some concept is “real,” whether it is or not, the cultural view is that it is real. An example of this is the concept that at one time it was believed by most Western Europeans that the Earth was flat. Maps and expeditions were made based on this belief. In reality, the Earth is not flat. In fact, the belief that most people during the Middle Ages and before believed that the Earth was flat may, in itself, be a form of consensus reality. There is now a belief that educated and influential people knew the Earth was spherical, and the wide spread popularity of the flat Earth myth actually developed only in the 19th century due to the popularity of Washington Irving’s book, The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, a novel that claimed most thought the world was flat until Columbus.


Consensus Reality

The concept that the physical world, as we perceive it, is an illusion—an illusion so powerful that it we accept it as “real” and in our endeavors to understand this reality we have given it still greater “hardness” through our accumulation of  history, myth, fable, and statements of physical laws. All of this has been limited to the perceptions of physical senses and rejection of the non-physical.




Contactee

A person who believes he or she is in contact with entities not usually encountered on Earth, most commonly extraterrestrials. They are most often consciously aware of this communication and believe they have a message to pass on to the people of Earth. Although some also claim to have been abducted by aliens, most often they have other forms of contact such as through dreams, visions, channeling, etc.




Convincer

An odd suggestion given by a hypnotist to a person the hypnotist is trying to lead into trance to see if that person will follow the suggestion, thus proving to the hypnotist that the person is actually in trance. Later, if the person doubts he or she was hypnotized, the hypnotist can remind him or her of how they followed the suggestion.




Cottingly Fairies
In 1917, in Cottingly, England, two young girls claimed that they not only played with fairies in their yard, but took photographs of them. People such as Sir Author Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, investigated the girls and the photos and proclaimed that the girls were honest and the photos were real. One of the girls, late in her life, finally admitted that the photos were fakes, and one investigator actually discovered the source of the images: double-exposed photos using cut outs from a children’s book. The movie Fairy Tale—A True Story, directed by Charles Sturridge and released in 1997, was based on these events.


Cryptozoology
The search for and scientific study of animals whose existence is mythic or unproven, ranging from the sheep with the Golden Fleece to Bigfoot and "Nessie" (the Loch Ness Monster).


Cussedness

The theory expressed by Fritz Leiber in his novel, Conjure Wife

"The way nails sometimes insist on bending when you hammer, as if they were trying to. Or the way machinery refuses to work. Matter’s funny stuff. In large aggregates, it obeys natural law, but when you get down to the individual atom or electron, it’s largely a matter of chance or whine."

Leiber, Fritz: Conjure Wife, 1968, Award Books, Universal Publishing & Distribution Co., New York




CyberSpace

The "new" Astral Plane. The role of the Internet as a search engine duplicates the memory resources of the Akashic Records; the instant transfer of communications via e-mail duplicates Mental Telepathy; the Social Networking tools duplicates the Astral Body as a kind of magic mirror; the role-playing Avatar duplicates the projected Body of Light.

The expanding use of the Internet blends with similar functions on the Astral Plane to a degree that trains the user to function more directly, more consciously, in the subconscious mind and overcoming the barriers that previously existed. 




Delta State
One of the four brain wave patterns, the delta state is typified by patterns that repeat at the speed of .5-3 Hertz (cycles per second). People in deep sleep or who are unconscious are in the delta state. It is also the speed of the brainwaves typified by some forms of very deep meditation. The other brain wave patterns are alpha, beta, and theta.


Dichroism
Pleochroism in two directions. A stone will appear one of two colors depending on from which direction it is viewed.


Door Without A Key

Expression used by Dion Fortune meaning Astral Projection.




Drachma
A term used by herbalists for the measurement of one handful of an herb.


Drachma
A Greek coin.


Eidetic Memory
Also known as “photographic memory,” the ability to recall things (usually visual items) with qualities so intense that it is as if you were looking at (or hearing or feeling, etc.) the actual thing.


Embodiment

The act of bringing something from the non-physical into the physical.




End of the World as we Know it

The belief fostered by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke and based on the Mayan Prophecy, that the world would end on December 21, 2012, that there will be a dramatic rebirth of the human spirit and a new global civilization structured to meet the challenges of international terrorism starting in 2001, religious extremism, the financial collapse of 2008, and other common threats to planetary survival.

New institutions and international standards are required of nations to participate in new economic, security, educational, legal, health, etc. organizations.




Energy Orgasm

An orgasmic experience that can be felt throughout or in specific parts of the body, with or without genital involvement. It can be induced by breath, movement, sound, visualization, or any combination thereof. 




Etheric Aura

The Etheric Aura is also called the "Health Aura" because it reflects the physical body’s energy complex and provides the perceiver with the means to determine the health status and even—for an experienced reader with medical training—a means for diagnosis and perception of progress or lack of progress in treatment of diseases.

For any medical practitioner, the ability to see inside the health factors revealed by the aura should be of immense value. This would be especially relevant in the case of energy work such as acupuncture, Reiki, chakra balancing, Rolfing, massage, etc. where seeing the immediate effect of the therapy could be extremely helpful.




Etheric Double

See Etheric Body.




Etheric Plane
According to some (especially Theosophists), the Etheric Plane is the level of energy and existence between the Astral Plane and the Physical Plane. It is also seen as an intermediary level between the Physical Plane and the Higher Planes. It is often considered to be a sub-plane of the Physical Plane, rather than being a distinct Plane of its own.


Etheric Plane

The Energy Plane between the Physical and Astral planes. Its energies are in constant movement, like tides and currents, ruled by the Moon, Sun, and Planets and moving in cycles. In theory and practice, the etheric is considered to be the upper "layers" of the physical plane and consists of substance and energy not perceptible to the "hard" physical senses. However, its substance and energy permeates the physical plane and the physical body to provide the life force—mostly "regulated" by the Moon and Planets—that enlivens all physical life.




Etheric Projection

A portion of the etheric body, sometimes along with other etheric material for added substance, can be formed as a vehicle for the operator’s consciousness and projected to other physical locations. Being of near physical substance and energy, it is sensitive to certain physical materials, like iron and silver. It can be injured, and such injuries will repercuss back to the physical body.

The etheric body can also be shaped to resemble other entities, and is a factor both in the lore of were-wolves and were-leopards




Etheric Substance

Etheric Substance is composed of the three higher molecular kinds of physical matter and is the substance of the Etheric Double or Energy aspect of the physical/etheric body.




Exopolitics

The theoretical examination of political institutions and methods used by extraterrestrial societies. This can be an important study in determining how best to communicate with (or whether to communicate with them at all) any such civilizations.




Eye Fixation

A classic form of hypnotic induction that involves focusing the eyes on an object, most often while listening to a verbal set of instructions. 




Fixation
Focusing on a thought, sound, image, etc. Used by some hypnotists to help in inducing hypnotic trance.


Flogging
The ritual act of repeatedly striking a person, or oneself, with a whip or flail of some sort. In ancient Mystery Cults flogging was an act of purification. It was believed to drive out evil spirits and sharpen the senses. In this sense flogging was an act of regeneration. From an occult perspective, flogging can be used to induce a state of trance. The rhythm of the lash creates a hypnotic effect, and this then combines with the release of endorphins into the brain. Some Wiccan/Witchcraft traditions incorporate ritual flogging into their initiation rituals or magickal practices—however, most do not.


Focus

Both a verb and a noun, it is the directing, and projection, of consciousness on to a specific object, persona, idea, feeling, place, etc. It’s like a searchlight focused on a single spot in the darkness to reveal what’s there, or like an index finger pointing. 





Forces

Physics recognizes four primary forces: Gravity, Electro-magnetism, and the Strong & Weak Nuclear Forces.

In occult theory, East and West, and in classical natural philosophy, there are the four elements: Earth, Fire, Air, and Water. In magickal practices, the four elements are used as "forces" and often imbued with consciousness as when they are identified with particular archangels. Might these really the same as the four forces of physics?

In occult theory, East and West, Spirit is the fifth element from which the other four are derived. If, as some of us speculate, Consciousness is the primary force, then are Spirit and Consciousness one and the same?

If Consciousness is the primary Force from which the other four Forces are derived, is this primary consciousness or Spirit the same as the Creator, we otherwise call God?




Forensic Hypnosis
The use of hypnosis during a legal/criminal investigation such that evidence collected during hypnosis will be acceptable in courts. This usually requires specialized training and not all legal jurisdictions will accept evidence discovered during hypnosis.


Great Plan

Some esoteric groups believe that there is a Plan guiding the evolution of human consciousness to its eventual reunion with the ultimate Source. They further believe that Humanity has a role to play as co-creators able to accelerate the Plan in its application to human consciousness. See also "Divine Plan."




Guardians
Talismans made from the minerals of the monoclinic crystal system that have an internal structure that is composed of parallelograms. The parallel structure of their crystalline lattice gives Guardian talismans their power to protect us in the physical world and in the spiritual one. Guardians are amulets that focus our energy and help us use the life force to protect that which we value.


Hallucination
A sensory experience in contradiction to external stimuli. Most people have hallucinations; however, when they become a guiding factor in a person’s life it may be a sign of a mental disorder. There are two types of hallucinations. Positive hallucinations are when you experience something that is not actually present. (“I could have sworn I saw you at the party last night.”) Negative hallucinations are when you don’t experience something that is present. (“I looked at that table five times and didn’t see my keys there.”) The ability to produce hallucinations when a person is hypnotized is considered a sign of the depth of the hypnotic trance.


Hallucinogen
Any substance, such as a herb, that causes the mind to experience something which is not objectively present.


Halo
A circle of light that was said to surround the heads of saints. Often shown in art, primitive artists often showed this as a disk behind the head of the illustrated person. Also known as a “numbus,” some occultists believe it is related to the aura. High-energy electrophotography, also known as Kirlian Photography, show discharges around parts of the body such as fingertips, and may be related to this phenomenon.

In the Bible, when Moses descends the mountain with the Torah, it is written that there were rays of light (“karan ohr”) coming from his head. This, too, may be related to the halo. Because Hebrew has no vowels, it would be easy to use the consonants in different ways to have different meanings. Thus, if a person was not familiar with Hebrew, he or she could see the letters and think “keren,” which means “horns,” instead of “karan,” which means “rays.” St. Gerome made this mistranslation leading to many artistic visions of Moses with horns, the most famous being the statue of Moses by Michelangelo that was finished in 1515.


Harmonizers
Talismans that form in the Class VIII-4 “Chain and Band Silicates” class. They contain silicate tetrahedrons bound together in a long chain. They distribute energy in a balanced, long-term way promoting harmony. For efforts aimed at smoothing a path through difficulties, or aiding in promoting a harmonious relationship with a larger group, like a family, then a Harmonizer brings us the chemical Earth power we need.


Hubbard, L. Ron

L(afayette) Ron(ald) Hubbard (1911-1896) was a science fiction writer and founder of Scientology.




Hypnoproduction

A trance state in which totally new abilities and highly developed skills may emerge through self-hypnosis including instantaneous command of a new language and sudden mastery of an artistic or scientific skill, each of which could be explained as the retrieval of skills acquired in a past life.




Hypnotist

A person who leads another into a state of hypnosis. A hypnotist will then give suggestions to the hypnotized person. If the purpose of the suggestions are to create a change in the hypnotized person’s behaviors or thoughts, the hypnotist is frequently called a hypnotherapist. If the purpose of the suggestions are to create a behavior in the hypnotized person that will entertain an audience, the hypnotist is frequently called a Stage Hypnotist.




Ideo-Motor Activity
Motion produced as a result of an idea without the use of conscious thought. The most common experience of Ideo-Motor Activity is when using a pendulum. A person thinks about a question and the unconscious mind gives an answer expressed through the pendulum without needing the conscious mind to direct the pendulum.


Illusion

Something that deceives at least one of the common senses.




Illusion

Among entertainer magicians, a very large effect, usually presented on a stage. It may involve other people and large boxes or other props.




Imagination
Although often discounted as meaning “unreal,” the imagination is actually the ability of the mind to invent and/or organize information from any of the senses (real or hallucinated) into something new. Magick, hypnotherapy, NLP, creative visualization, and many other systems use the imagination.


Imagination

The ability to form and visualize images and ideas in the mind, especially of things never seen or experienced directly. The imagination is an amazing and powerful part of our consciousness because it empowers our creativity – the actual ability to create. On the >a href="http://www.llewellyn.com/encyclopedia/term/tree+of+life">Tree of Life, imagination is found in Tiphareth as part of Ruach, the Conscious Self.

Imagination is the making of images, and magick is accomplished by making images and their movement real. Some of that reality comes in the process of charging those images with energy, but more comes by the acceptance of their reality on the astral plane. As images are charged in the astral world, they can be drawn into the physical world, or to have an effect on the physical plane. 




Incarnation

The entrance of a personality or soul into something physical. Most often refers to when a human soul enters a human body. When this is repeated it is called reincarnation.




Inner Planes

More spiritual levels of existence or consciousness that transcend our ordinary world or normal consciousness. Sometimes used to mean the astral plane.




Intention

Acting with a goal in mind. However, "Intention" has become a key word in applied Quantum Theory where it is demonstrated that directed thought and image can effect changes in the Universal Field at the foundation of physical reality.




Left Brain

That hemisphere of the brain that physiologically appears to be related to thinking that logical, and rational, and deductive.




Lemuria
A continent, perhaps mythic, in the Pacific that sank around 10,000 B.C.E. Sacred Tibetan texts remember it as “Ra-Mu”; inscriptions on the American continents refer to it as the “lost Motherland of Mu;” and Edgar Cayce, who had access to the Akashic Records, names it “Muri” or “Lemuria.” “Lemuria” may have originated from the word lemures, which the Romans used to describe the spirits of their dead ancestors who walked by night. “Lemuria” also stems from the nineteenth century, when scientists unexpectedly found small nocturnal animals called lemurs living on Madagascar and New Guinea. They believed the original home of these monkey-like mammals was 250 miles away in Africa, and there was no obvious explanation of how they had traveled so far. The missing land was named “Lemuria” in honor of the Lemurs. Today the ancient sunken country in the Pacific Ocean is a place with two names; “Lemuria” and “Mu” are used interchangeably. Col. James Churchward first learned about Mu from records on sacred Naacal tablets in India. After many years of searching in Asia and Central America for further information about the lost country, Churchward believed that, until 10,000 B.C.E., the largest remaining island of the Motherland of Mu lay in the southeastern Pacific on a broad area of uplifted sea-floor. It extended southeast from Hawaii to Easter Island, with its center somewhat south of the equator. Narrow channels of ocean divided the land into three sections. According to some it had an advanced civilization and was the “cradle of the human race.”


Lemuria
Hypothetical lost continent in the Indian Ocean suggested by 19th century geologists; the name was borrowed by occultists in the late 19th and 20th centuries and used for visionary material related to Sundaland.


Life After Death

The belief that some aspect of consciousness continues after a person dies and can incarnate again in a new body. See Reincarnation.




Life Review

A rapid remembrance of one's life, often in the form of flashbacks of important events in one's life. This is most often reported as being associated with some near-death experiences.




Lucidity

Literally neaning “clear,” being lucid was also an early term for clairvoyance. It is now rarely used for this purpose.




Magnetism

An invisible force that is seen throughout the universe, it is created by the movement of electricity found in elementary particles of the atom. All materials are affected to a greater or lesser extent by magnetism. This is most obvious in permanent magnets with their pull on metals and especially on each other. Most magnets are "bipolar." That is, they have two aspects for attraction, usually known as the north pole and the south pole. That the north attracts the south, and vice versa, has resulted in the saying that "opposites attract;" however the magnetic energy is still the same.

Because magnets pull metallic items to them, magnetism is considered to be a mystically "receptive" force (as opposed to electricity, which is said to be "projective"). Some people, wishing to avoid the concept of gender in describing energy, use the term "magnetic" to describe receptive or archetypically "feminine" energies, while describing projective or archetypically "male" energies as "electric."

Magnetism's influence on "non-magnetic" materials is subtle but existent. As a result, some traveling healers used magnets to supposedly heal people. One, a Jesuit priest and professor of astronomy at the University of Vienna was named Father Maximilian Hell (1720 – 1792). He used steel plates and claimed that if they were placed in a certain way on a naked body, they could cure diseases. His practices were followed by Franz Anton Mesmer, who used plates and rods of metal, calling the energy "animal magnetism." Once, when he didn't have his tools available, he got the same results using his hands. He concluded that the energy came from him, and now called his practices "Mesmerism."




Male Energy

More accurately, archetypal male energy. Based on the idea that only the ultimate divine source (i.e., God) is totally unified, the nature of energy is divided into two parts, represented by male and female. In most Western traditions, archetypal male energy is said to be outgoing, aggressive, and constructive. It is also known as electric, positive (in the sense of the positive pole of a magnet), and the Chinese Yang. In some Eastern traditions, such as Tantra, male energy is seen to be passive and receptive.




Matter

Energy that has slowed down its vibration rate enough that it can be perceived by the physical senses. The “stuff” that makes up the physical plane.




Megalithic Yard

A concept invented (or discovered) by a Scottish engineer named Alexander Thom (1894–1985). By measuring numerous megalithic sites, he came to the conclusion that there was a standard of measurement, used anciently, throughout Great Britain. He called this measurement, precisely 0.82966 meters in length, a megalithic yard. 




Messages

It can be "psychopathic" to believe that all the ideas sometimes inspired when we're in the presence of a tree or a garden, an animal or bird, or the night sky or a glorious dawn, are personal messages whispered to our ears alone. But the source of inspiration knows no boundaries, and our openness to such stimulation is healthy and vastly different than pathology. And like symbols in dreams, our Higher Self may alert us to some needed idea by awakening our interest to something happening in our environment.

While not exactly the same thing, it is fascinating to let things "speak" to you in divination. Rather than following other people's interpretations, let the cards, crystals, shells, bones, stones, coins, sticks, or whatever, speak through your touch and gaze. Let yourself slid into a mild trance, and "let your fingers do the talking" as they manipulate the chosen objects.

Don't impose a left brain rigidity of rules on what is essentially a right brain work of creative response. Patterns found in a tea cup may seem to say things, but the wisdom is in yourself and not the bottom of the cup.




Messages

In Spiritualism, the name for a communication from a spirit to a living person by way of a Spiritualist medium.




Metaphor
A symbolic image or expression. Metaphors are often used in hypnosis as the unconscious mind seems to understand them easily.


Mirrors
Talismans made from minerals from the Class II “Sulphides.” They are usually volcanic in origin. They are normally opaque and have a metallic sheen or luster to them. This mirror-like surface is an outward manifestation of the power of these talismans to reflect what is normally hidden. These minerals have the chemical Earth power to help us in knowing ourselves, as they help reveal to us things that we consciously didn’t realize.


Mizmaze

Also Miz-Maze, the name for two of England’s historical turf mazes. Unlike most mazes, a Mizmaze is more like a labyrinth as it has no stems, just one long path to reach the end.




Negative Hallucination

The hallucination of not noticing the sensory input of something that is there such as not seeing one’s keys on a table even though they are in plain sight or not hearing one’s name being clearly called. Negative hallucinations can easily be created when a person is hypnotized.




Nimbus
Another name for a halo, the circle of light seen around the heads of saints.


Noosphere

The network of human thought surrounding the earth. See also Collective Unconscious.




Omnipresent
Being everywhere all at once.


Omniscient
All knowing. A quality of God.


Out of Body Experience
See Astral Projection.


Pacing

Pacing is a technique used by hypnotists and NLP practitioners to check the relative level of rapport the have with a client who has come to them seeking behavioral change. After the therapist uses rapport building techniques such as mirroring and matching, he or she checks on their success by doing some action first. If the other person does something similar—follows the pace set by the therapist—it is considered a sign of effective rapport indicating that the work they will do has a good chance of being successful.




Passing Over
An expression popularized by Spiritualists describing the process of changing or passing from one level of existence to another. This is commonly known as death.


Pattern Interrupt

A type of hypnotic induction that breaks a person’s normal pattern of behavior or thought. During that time, the mind briefly seeks instructions, and if the hypnotist gives suggestions to go into trance, the person is likely to do so. This can result in a very rapid or instantaneous induction into hypnosis.




Photographic Memory
See Eidetic Memory.


Piezoelectric
A property of some minerals whereby they release an electric charge when pressure is applied.


Pleochroism
A phenomenon caused by the crystalline structure whereby a gemstone will appear as different colors when viewed from different directions.


Positive Affirmations
The use of phrases, repeated over and over, as a means of influencing your unconscious in order to cause a change on the Astral Plane that, in turn, will result in a change in the physical plane. Although a popular technique, by itself it is of little use to practical magicians.


Positive Hallucination

The hallucination of noticing something, as if you have received the sensory input of it, even though it is not there, such as believing you saw someone at a party even though they were somewhere else. Positive hallucinations can easily be created when a person is hypnotized.




Potent Orgasm
A concept popularized by Wilhelm Reich, it is the idea of being so caught up in the very animalistic enjoyment of sex that nothing can be thought of. An aspect of sex magick.


Probability

In an ESP test, the mathematical likelihood that something will occur by chance.




Psychedelic

Strictly speaking, any of a class of plants or drugs which have the effect of modifying sensory input to the brain in ways not related to objective reality. Thus, colors can become brighter, walls may become plastic, etc. Commonly (and incorrectly) equated to substances that cause hallucinations, where the mind creates sensory input rather than modifies it.




Psychopomp
A non-physical entity that would guide the soul of a newly deceased person to his or her place in the afterlife. Depending upon the religion or tradition, it might be an angel, a spirit, a deity, and it might manifest as an animal. Metaphorically, a psychopomp is any sort of guide that leads you from one level of existence, or mindset, to another. For example, in Jungian psychology, the psychopomp is a type of mediator between the conscious and unconscious mind.


Pyroelectric
A property of some minerals whereby they release an electric charge when heated or cooled.


Quantum Foam

A concept in Quantum Physics descriptive of extremely “primitive” sub-atomic matter and possible a source of zero-point energy.




Quark
A subatomic building block of matter. Quarks come in 6 types, known as flavors: up, down, strange, top, bottom, and charm.


Quimby
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802–1866) attended lectures on mesmerism in 1838 and came to believe that the mind was the source of all illness and the mind could cure all illness. His teachings heavily influenced Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science. As the interest in spiritualism faded, his various teachings, under the name of “New Thought,” became popular. This was a source for some concepts in the modern New Age movement.


Ralph Shirley
(1865–1946) Important figure in the history of British publishing of occult books and topics. In 1905 he founded the Occult Review and edited it until 1926. It ran articles by famous occultists and became the most important metaphysical magazine of the time, focusing on occultism, the paranormal, and many other topics. Shirley wrote several books, including Occultists and Mystics of All Ages, and was the director of William Rider & Son from 1892–1925.


Rapport
The state of being in harmony with another person. Often used to describe people at a séance in preparation for receiving messages from “the other side.” A necessary quality between a hypnotist and his or her subject.


Semiotics
The study of the meaning of signs and symbols, their use, and how they relate to the objects or ideas to which they refer.


Sensory Deprivation

A way of reducing or eliminating external stimuli in an effort to improve a subject’s receptivity to paranormal phenomena for ESP testing or meditation. This may be done in a sensory deprivation chamber or through other means. See Ganzfeld.




Sensory Deprivation Chamber

A device used to reduce or eliminate external stimuli. The chamber is usually partially filled with heavily salinized water so a person floats in it as if it were a womb. It is often completely dark, resulting in a womb-like experience. Used for ESP testing and meditation.




Shade

The spirit of a deceased person that choose to remain on the physical plane. A ghost.




Skepticism
A closed state of mind where one doubts or questions things, sometimes to the point where these doubts obscure the truth.


Snap Back

See: astral whiplash




Space Brothers

Term used by some for extraterrestrial beings, especially when channeled by certain psychics or mediums. Used derogatorily by some who do not believe in the existance of aliens or that a particular person has channeled them.




Spirit
1) The animating life force. 2) A synonym for the soul. 3) A synonym for ghost.


Spirit Guide
A non-physical entity who guides and protects people who communicate with or visit the spirit realms.


Subliminal

Phenomenon that exists below the regular perceptive abilities of our senses.




Subliminal

A message made at a subliminal level intending to influence the person who receives the message.




Subliminal Advertising

The idea that an advertising message presented to someone at a subliminal level will move them to action. Although the concept was popularized in books such as Vance Packard's The Hidden Persuaders (1957), the success of of such advertising is debatable.

The idea that subliminal advertising works was attributed to James Vicary (who coined the expression). Supposedly, he placed messages such as "Hungry? Eat Popcorn" for 1/3000 of a second at various times throughout a showing of the movie Picnic. Sales for popcorn supposedly went up almost 58%. Because of this, in 1974, the FCC banned subliminal advertising from radio and television.

Vicary eventually confessed that he had falsified the data from his experiments and some critics doubt that he had performed the tests at all. To this date, there is no evidence that such advertising works, but many people strongly believe in its efficacy.




Sundaland
The name given by modern geologists to a landmass off what is now Southeast Asia, flooded at the end of the last ice age; visionary material relating to Sundaland may have helped shape occult traditions about Lemuria.


Synergy
The concept that when a variety of things work together harmoniously, the combined effect is greater that the sum of the effects of the various parts.


Target
The subject that remote viewers have been assigned to observe.


Tesla

Nikola Tesla (1856–1943) was an inventive genius, a contemporary and competitor of Edison. He developed electrical alternating current, the universal standard of electrical transmission used today. He also developed technology earlier than Marconi that could have been adapted to radio. He also developed the induction motor, discovered the rotating magnetic field, and was responsible for numerous other practical inventions. Tesla had an idea for sending electricity wirelessly around the world. He was originally supported in this work by Westinghouse, but when it was discovered he was going to supply the world with electricity for free, the support was cancelled.

Tesla is perhaps best known for the Tesla Coil. This type of coil produces high voltage discharges that are low in amperage, making them safe to be around for healthy people. Although most people know of these devices from exhibits in museums and for shooting what appears to be lightning in old horror movies, they were also used wireless electrical transmission, early wireless telegraphy, some questionable medical devices, Kirlian photography, and many other items.

Toward the end of his life Tesla claimed to have created an energy weapon that was called a “death ray” in the media. Some people believe that the US government is secretly testing such a device.




Tesla Coil

See Tesla.




Theban

An archaic magickal alphabets first published by Francis Barret in The Magus in the 1801 but probably much older. Used by some Pagans and ceremonial magicians as a code. 




Theta State
One of the four brain wave patterns, the theta state is typified by patterns that repeat at the speed of 4-7 Hertz (cycles per second). People in deep meditation are in the theta state. It is also the speed of the brainwaves typified by people using their imagination and being creative. The other brain wave patterns are alpha, beta, and delta.


Thomas Edison

(1847–1931) Famed American inventor and strident businessman, known as “The Wizard of Menlo Park.” Edison is sometimes associated with the paranormal because, during an interview in 1920, he said he was working on a “Spirit Phone” to communicate with the dead. In an interview given six years later he claimed he was just making a joke.




Trance

An altered state of consciousness, often giving the appearance of sleep. During trance, some of the physiological functions, such as respiration, may slow. The focus of the mind also changes, often allowing easier access to the unconscious




Transfiguration
When someone channels or is possessed by another spirit, and their appearance changes in some way to match the spirit, it is known as transfiguration.


Transmutation

A term that means changing one thing into another. In alchemy it refers to changing base metals and elements into precious things. Some people take this literally and others take it metaphorically. 




Trichroism
Pleochroism in three directions. A stone will appear one of three colors depending on from which direction it is viewed.


Trigger

A posthypnotic suggestion of a sensory input—such as a sound, word, color, touch, taste, etc.—that results in the conscious or unconscious stimulation of the behavior that has been suggested. Thus, the taste of a sweet food might be used to trigger a sensation of fullness during weight normalization hypnotherapy.




Trilithon
A stone structure composed of two uprights crossed by another lying on top of those two. Although they may be small enough to serve as an altar, they are most commonly known from large ancient structures such as those at Stonehenge.


Ufology

The study of unidentified fying objects.




Uniformitarianism
The scientific theory that all the earth’s landforms were shaped by the same slow process of change at work in today’s world, and that major catastrophes had no role in geological history.


Vampire
  1. An entity or person that lives on the energy of another. A parasite.
  2. A mythical creature that rises from the dead to live off other people. In popular Western mythology, the vampire drinks blood to survive. In other countries, they kill and eat their prey.
  3. Name form members of any of several cultish and faddish groups focused around novels, TV and movies, and role playing games that involve vampiric characters. Often attractive to younger people and confused with Goths and people into SM/BD due to some overlapping of musical and visual interests such as wearing black, having pale skin and bright red (i.e., “blood red”) lipstick.
  4. Any of a small group of people who actually drink miniscule amounts of blood from willing victims.



Vampirism

The practice of subsisting on the vitality of another. Although in popular culture it is believed that the vitality is found in the blood of another, it is actually more commonly taken directly from a person’s life force by a psychic vampire. 




Vision

The appearance of something unreal; a hallucination or apparition. Often, the term vision is limited to appearances of a religious or spiritual nature.




Vril
In Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s novel The Coming Race (1873), a mysterious energy extracted from the atmosphere by the Vril-ya, inhabitants or an underground civilization. Wielded through a vril-staff, a metal wand, vril could accomplish almost anything. The term was borrowed almost immediately by occultists as another name for etheric energy.


Waking Hypnosis
Hypnosis at a very light depth, so light that it may seem as if there is no hypnotic trance at all. While in waking hypnosis, a subject will accept and follow hypnotic suggestions even though the subject appears to be awake and alert.


White Noise
Also known white sound, it is a random selection of pure waves at all frequencies at equal power. The result is a “hissing” noise such as can be heard on TV stations that are not broadcasting or between radio stations on the AM band. It is frequently used as background noise during EVP, giving unembodied spirits the equivalent of vocal chords with which to communicate. It is also used in some paranormal experiments to block out unwanted sounds, as well as in some systems designed to isolate people from unwanted aural input. In actuality, due to the nature of hearing, to practically obtain the effect of white noise the relative volumes of the higher and lower ranges needs to be modified as what is known as “pink noise.”


Zero Point Field

(Quantum Theory): The “lowest” point in Physical Existence where even motion ceases and everything is potential rather than manifest.




Zero-Point Energy
In traditional Newtonian physics, when something becomes so cold that it reaches absolute zero (-273 degrees Celsius), all motion, including all molecular, atomic, and subatomic motion ceases. However, according to quantum physics, particles at absolute zero—the zero point—still show energetic behavior. This means that enormous masses of particles in the cold depths of virtually endless space produce huge amounts of activity: zero-point energy.

The possibilities and potentials for zero-point energy are just beginning to be considered, and theories imply that we may be able to use it to do such things as control inertia and gravity, making the “warp engines” of science fiction a reality.

Most experiments in this field are privately funded, meaning they receive almost no money. The experiments testing various zero-point energy theories may prove this energy to be nothing more than a chimera. A century from now, scientists may look back at the concept of zero-point energy and laugh at it as foolish dreaming or marvel at it as the key that finally opens the universe.



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