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What if I'm not allowed to have any tools?

Postby xxmoonxraverxx » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:02 pm

I'm going to a residential treatment center soon and will only be able to have (possibly) a small Buddha statue, and books.
How can I practice without using any tools? What are some meditations or devotions I can do daily?
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Re: What if I'm not allowed to have any tools?

Postby Mashiigwe » Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:55 pm

Hang in there, pal, your greatest tool is a clean mind. Practice getting better, that's your priority, and when you nail it, you'll have the rest of your precious life to practice with tools. Be patient, and work towards your goal of being healthy. Be brave. A person can only be brave when they are frightened. Be brave.
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Re: What if I'm not allowed to have any tools?

Postby xxmoonxraverxx » Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:11 pm

Mashiigwe wrote: Be brave. A person can only be brave when they are frightened. Be brave

That actually helped a lot, thanks.
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Re: What if I'm not allowed to have any tools?

Postby Mashiigwe » Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:05 pm

I hope so. Man, life can be tough. I thought when I was your age, once I graduated from high school, things would be easy. Then came college and I thought the same thing. But.. The secret is, my young friend, life never gets easier for most folks, we get tougher and smarter after we get kicked, and then hopefully we can cope better and find ways around things. Then we have kids and go through stuff all over again. We should wear our scars like medals. We either hit an obstacle and conquered it, or we got our butt kicked, crawled away and healed and stood up tall. That's life. You can be ok as long as you keep on, keeping on. bwaaahaahaa. Just though I'd add that.
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Re: What if I'm not allowed to have any tools?

Postby SpiritTalker » Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:50 pm

I know this is an old post and want to add a few thoughts for anyone in a similar situation. There are lots of times when no tools are available and we have to improvise and use whatever we have on hand. Any container or saucer holds water. Use your index finger as wand, or even a toothbrush, and the palms of your hands. Cafeteria salt and pepper can be used for blessings and banishings. Don't snitch the silverware. It just isn't needed, and will probably make trouble. Draw sigils or stick figures on paper if you have any, or sprinkle a bit of dirt or sand on a flat surface and draw in it with a finger. Breathe on a mirror or window and draw in the mist. Use your breath to transfer the firey will. Do jumping jacks to raise heat energy. Improvise inventively.

Daily or routine meditation, slow and rhthmic breath-work, grounding, centering, shielding are basics.
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Re: What if I'm not allowed to have any tools?

Postby Chalice » Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:00 pm

Tools are an extension of your mind and will. The wand itself is not the source of the witchcraft, your mind/spirit is.

So when you are without tools, focus on meditation/trance/visualisation and casting magick in your mind.

Close you mind and imagine you are there, doing the magick stuff in the dreamland.

Then when you are re-united with the tools, you will be stronger.
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Re: What if I'm not allowed to have any tools?

Postby nightshroud » Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:26 am

um hello *walks in* I-I-I-I'm Nightshroud*hides face behind wand*
um if *nervous twitch* I-I-I-I don't have access to candles am ............ I-I-I-I'm .............
d-d-doing anything wrong?
I-I-I-i'm sorry for stuttering I'm new so I'm s-s-s-shy.........
a-a-and I'm not sure if what I-I-I-I use is correct.

I-I-I k-k-k-know its all bout visualization but there are still doubts.............

s-s-s-sorry I'm spacing out on everybody I guess I'm just nervous I'm normally a funny outgoing dude.
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Re: What if I'm not allowed to have any tools?

Postby The Judge » Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:00 am

It's going to take some time for me to remember all the information on it and I can't seem to find the original thread (From 5 years ago >.< ) so I'll put what I remember of it here.

If you are in a situation where a personal altar is impossible (Such as parents, location or simply can't afford one (there are some other answers to not being able to afford one but we'll leave that for another thread)) you can create an entire altar and work space in your mind.

In this method of the craft you meditate to focus your mind as you would before any ritual. Then you create a clean area in your mind, sometimes referred to as clearing your mind of all thought. Once this is completed you can then begin to put the tools and objects necessary for your desired ritual in this empty space.

Remember, that using a ritual space, even one created in your mind's eye still needs to be cleansed, grounded and cleaned up before and after as the energies will stay with you if you don't. In your "Altar of the Mind" you can do anything you can do in physical form.

Even if you don't use it for ritual purposes a good way to practice your concentration is to focus on it during meditation and essentially visit your alter. It helps solidify your image of it and keeps things from moving around on you.

This takes a great deal of practice and mental discipline but is a great way to avoid undesired situations.

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As for the candles question. You don't need them, or much of anything really (Not going into depth here). Candles and incense are good for helping you focus inward and cleanse the immediate area of unwanted energies, but if you do a manual cleansing without them it should be fine, unless ambient energies are creeping in during ritual (But that would take a great deal of energy and if you cleanse the entire room it shouldn't happen).
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Re: What if I'm not allowed to have any tools?

Postby nightshroud » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:22 am

okay thanks
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Re: What if I'm not allowed to have any tools?

Postby SpiritTalker » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:14 am

The things we use represent, or stand-in for, the things they symbolize. That is the whole concept of magic in a nut shell.

Substitute something to simulate whatever item you desire. You could use a photo or drawing, a small flashlight or battery powered flameless candle. It might help to hold your hands over it and name the thing "henceforth you are a candle", then treat it like a candle so your mind is synchronized with the idea. Be respectful of the substitution process and take it seriously. In magical working, the symbol is as real as the thing itself. That's the principle of sympathetic magic, very much like an herb-stuffed voodoo doll stands for the person being healed, or a statue, stone or photo represents the presence of a saint or the deity. Their spirit may even indwell the statue if the right formulas are performed. It's an accepted idea in most religious practices (except Muslim) all over the world but we never even think about it.
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Re: What if I'm not allowed to have any tools?

Postby Xiao Rong » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:29 am

Judge, the Astral Altar is a great idea. So is cultivating an Astral Temple. Your skills are also your tools -- music, dance, artwork, poetry, visualization, meditation, etc.
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Re: What if I'm not allowed to have any tools?

Postby The Judge » Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:56 pm

Astral altar, that's the one I was looking for... still dusting off some cobwebs here lol.
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Re: What if I'm not allowed to have any tools?

Postby smogie_michele » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:09 pm

Wow... haven't seen The Judge on here in FOREVER.
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Re: What if I'm not allowed to have any tools?

Postby The Judge » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:24 am

A couple years but hey, I"M BACK :P Now what are you going to do about it? lol (I'm having a party ;) )
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