Talismatic Texts

Talismatic Texts
by Wes Unruh and Edward Wilson on 2008-01-09 09:40:11

Your preconscious mind needs precise goals which it interprets literally, and those goals should be upgraded regularly. Your preconscious mind also retains memetic content indefinitely, and so once a meme is embedded it will continue influencing you until it is deliberately altered or removed. Likewise, once a meme is dissolved from your preconscious mind you will no longer have the result of that meme present in your life. By keeping a record (be it journal, collage, series of tattoos, etc.) you can track the directions of the preconscious motivators. The preconscious mind is driven by emotional energy to move along specific pathways, acting on the dominant memetic structures. Those structures are put into place through repetition, which is a replication of action. What you believe determines how you imagine, and what symbolic structures you access while imagining. We’ve already discussed how the preconscious mind isn’t effected by the passage of time (when you picked up a meme), but rather by the intensity or resolution of a meme. As your beliefs are the very currency of a memetic economy, and belief constrains the patterns imagination can take, monitoring your imagination and critically thinking about why your imagination follows specific vectors consistently will help you identify the belief structures that limit your creativity.

Previous experiences will always be repeated unless the imagination is properly engaged, because those patterns are already in existence internally. Once the imagination is engaged without the constraints of belief, you can begin to be selective about adopting or generating new meme structures. Once engaged, new memes require an incubation period to properly unfold and become dominant, during which time problem solving and goal achievement is being preconsciously calculated. This programming of the preconscious mind is very straightforward, and throughout this text we’ve been exploring the various methods that can be used as well as the theory behind these practices. The best results will come from clearly believable and attainable goals which elicit a strong emotional reaction. Begin by specifying all the details of the goal in clear and unambiguous language. The end results should be clearly visualized, and creating a tangible representation of this end result to be a focus for visualization is incredibly useful.

Daily visualization that resolves around having the goal (as opposed to needing the goal) creates a resonance with the subconscious mind and triggers events that will lead you to your desired result. Celebrating successes along the way is a reinforcement even more powerful than using positive affirmations, as affirmations can trigger unconscious resistance to the statements unintentionally. Over time, the visualization should be made more and more immediate through sigilization techniques. During visualization, isolate and identify beliefs or meme structures that interfere with the stated goal. This has a two-fold effect, establishing confidence toward achieving the goal while also debugging the memeplex you are intentionally installing in your preconscious mind.

Chaos magic has presented itself as largely a matter of misdirection, especially with the innovation of what is called ‘Sleight of Mind’ techniques. This is a way of encrypting a signal so your deep mind gets the message without the conscious mind blocking or interfering with the message’s content. Fiction also offers many ways to encipher information or intent, but is a very limited view of what narrative magic can be. For a fuller view of the power of narrative magic, it helps to return to the idea of a character within a fictional context with you as the writer. Characters have minds of their own. Whether they are a part of the author or something entirely separate is nearly impossible to determine, however as they have a mind of their own it is perfectly reasonable to develop a working relationship with them as a writer. Put them through the ringer, make them encounter situations that allow them to develop so you can learn from their reactions and experiences. As a writer, you have control of their environment and the situations they face, but you should also allow the characters to respond naturally through your fiction. By learning how fiction and story can drive changes in a character, you can also learn to apply these same story techniques to your own experience. One’s life is, after all, made up of the stories we tell ourselves.

A story is a structure overlain on the chaos of fragmentary events. Even though the passage of time appears to us as linear, we apportion meaning by means of association. Once we see the similarity between narrative and life, we have the opportunity for affecting sorcerous change. The text is a focus for causing an event, in the same way a poppet or a voodoo doll is a focus for an individual. However, a text can be manipulated in ways that a poppet never could. Writing is just the generation of words, like life generates memories. Editing is the main event, it’s the sorcery that gives the writing form and meaning.

A reporter writes a tale meant to be a picture of an event, and one’s readership takes the text at face value as a depiction of what has occurred. A reporter who writes a tale of an event that never happened or that distorts the event has changed what happened. As far as anyone who wasn’t present at the event is concerned, the article is what happened, unless some contradictory evidence should appear to challenge the article. Even people who were present at the event may easily remember the event differently in reaction to the article.

Life is not a static thing, but a published text is static. As long as the writer is playing with the material, as long as the text is being written and edited, there is a relationship between the writer and the text. The magic and influence of the text is in this relational stage, where the text can influence the writer in direct proportion to the emotional investment the writer has in the text. Once the text is done, and static, it goes on to influence the readers but for the writer the magic ritual is complete and the text is a talisman resonating with the energy the writer has instilled into it.

Wes Unruh is a meme bearer for Alterati, esoZone, Irreality, and the New Transhumanist Collective. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and his cat, writing a novel. Be afraid.