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The understanding and use of thoughtforms was once reserved for magical practitioners – this is no longer the case. While the magically inclined may be more likely to suspend disbelief, there are many who interact with thoughtforms without true awareness of what they’re getting themselves into. As those in the know could tell you, this can have its unexpected downsides. Here, then, is an introductory guide to these unseen forces with whom we work, create and sympathize.
What are thoughtforms?
The term thoughtform has been in use as early as 1860, and borrows its definition from the Tibetan tulpa: “a concept in mysticism of a being or object which is created through sheer discipline alone. It is a materialized thought that has taken physical form.”
But that can’t really happen, can it? Can you really think something into existence?
Yes and No.
Let’s remember for a moment that nothing can exist, without first being thought of. How you think, and what you think about, can have a very big impact on your day. It’s accepted among practitioners that magic is in the mind, affecting the physical only when an amount of energy (effort, attention, belief, will, intent) is put behind a certain goal or hope. Instead of goals, thoughtforms are entities; embodiments of concepts, that act either as an addition to the initial spark that willed them into being (on some plane), or as channels of creative expression. Deities and protectors; magical constructs and beloved fictional characters. Will they fulfill the promise of the tulpa, and manifest physically? Unless you’re very good at visualization or embarking on a spiritual journey of which said manifestation is the main goal – no. But they are as real as any other thought you have, and considering the above, thoughts count for a lot.
As diverse as the people who dream them up, thoughtforms can be made and reached in many different ways. Any one person’s approach will vary from the next, for it’s up to the individual to recognize and assess their connections to thoughtforms. These can be embraced and understood by the mind that houses them, yet impossible to express in a way that would make sense to anyone else. Chances are if you’re still reading this, you have some experience with the basics of interaction - perhaps even unwittingly – and can sympathize with my hesitation to generalize what is always a personal experience. That being said, for the sake of simplicity, I would place common types into two groups: External, and Internal.
How do they differ?
What are the benefits and drawbacks of interacting with them?
How do we connect to different types of thoughtforms?
2pfemamerica asked: ((Hi um I've just gotten to this not too long ago, and I'm a noob so I was wondering if you had any advice...?))
This is kind of broad, and so my advice will be a little vague, but:
read everything and learn everything you can.
observe people and Nature as closely and often as possible.
always be on the lookout for signs from the Universe.
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Please feel free to send Asks, even Anonymous. I’m most inspired to write, when given the topics. :)
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I failed to see this earlier; sorry for the lateness!
Wishcraft is a blanket term for the slide from Beginner to Advanced practitioner. You don’t always notice it happening, because you may have hit stumbling blocks in your learning, and think yourself less a witch than you are. But over time, you’ll notice that sometimes you don’t even need to do a spell - your thoughts manifest themselves without any other effort. Your psychic skills seem enhanced. Your understanding of the world has expanded in a way that surprises even yourself.
But let me add, that it doesn’t mean the work is over. If anything, it’s just begun. Once you come to realize the power you have, there’s a certain measure of responsibility that comes with it. If any idle thought that crosses your mind could come to pass, it becomes important to govern your thoughts a bit, to change your way of thinking to benefit not just yourself, but the world around you.
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