Many good folk have found themselves ensnared in a growing web of computer
generated artifice and glamoury. While computers are sometimes a useful tool,
one must take care to have a healthy relationship with them. If you have
found that they seem to be draining your time and energy away, or slowly
invading your soul, then this spell is for you. If you are seeing pixels,
icons, and dialog boxes in your dreams, it may already be too late, but give
this spell a try anyway.
Seat your self comfortably in front of your computer, turn it on, and
start one of your favorite programs. Light a candle somewhere in plain
view. Non photo blue is the best color for the candle, though any color
Breathe deeply in sets of five breaths until you feel light headed and
jumpy. (Actually other numbers than five will work. It is important that
the number be greater than three and NOT a power of two (2,4,8,16... etc)
since computers are ruled by powers of two. Prime numbers work best, since
computers have the least power over prime numbers, a basic principle of
computer cryptography.) Squirm in your seat and giggle if you feel the
need to do so.
Visualize a vast web of connection flowing through the computer screen
to all the others who are on line, especially your on line friends and
relations. If appropriate, see if you can become erotically aware of any
of them in this process.
You are now ready to employ the mantra for this working. The mantra comes
from one of techno culture's wise elders and prophets, Marshall McLuhan.
It is as follows: "The medium is the message." Breathe deeply
five times again and begin to do things on the computer. Chant "The
medium is the message.", click the mouse or type a word, and chant
the mantra again, until you have repeated the mantra five times. Focus
on the image of the screen independent of any assigned meaning it may have.
It may be helpful to set text on the screen to a nonsense font such as
Symbol or Dingbats, if possible. Lean back and let your hands fall away
from the keyboard or mouse while scrying into the screen. Be open to whatever
messages it has for you.
Breath in sets of five again, and focus your attention at the candle
flame. When you are ready, chant the mantra "The medium is the message." five
times at the flame, pausing to breathe three times between each repeat.
Relax, and continue to focus on the flame. Be open to whatever messages
it has for you.
If you had trouble focusing on the candle flame due to distraction from
the computer screen, or if you feel that this excercise has been ridiculous
and ineffectual so far, you may wish to attempt the following visualization.
If you are feeling relaxed and empowered at this stage, you should skip
to the next step.
If the simpler part of this spell doesn't seem to be working, really do this
visualization. Just reading it as a story will not have the same effect.
If this doesn't shake your soul loose from the screen, you may wish to
seek a friendly exorcist.
Close your eyes and breath deeply to enter a trance state
Imagine a vast musty space such as the interior of a warehouse. Feel
the air currents, smell the slightly stale air, hear the faint reverberations.
You are flying through this vast space in the darkness on moth wings.
Two glowing lights can be seen, and you fly toward one of them. The light
is dazzling and flickering like the beating of your wings. It is colorful
and dancing. You try to grow closer to this light, but a hard layer of
glass holds you back. You beat against the glass desperately, seeking
a way around it. Finally you fall back from it exhausted.
You then see the other light again, and it is warm, sensuous, and undulating.
You fly toward its friendlier glow. This new glow envelops and welcomes
you until suddenly in a hot flash, it has engulfed you, and all sign
of the previous flickering light is overwhelmed in a pulsating wave of
ecstasy. The glowing light is all, and the heat unbearable.
Then there is a sudden coolness and the light shatters into millions
of stars in the blackness of space. Your ashes float through space until
they start falling toward a beautiful blue green planet. You fall through
its atmosphere and into the clouds. The clouds rain on the ground below
and you are carried by the cool water into the rich welcoming earth where
seeds sleep ready to burst forth in new growth. Realize that this earth
is the same as the ground beneath you, and return to the room, opening
your eyes if haven't already.
Turn the computer off. A complete power down, including the monitor.
Come on, you can do it. If any internal voices are telling you not to bother
with this step, examine where they are coming from and what motivates them.
Return to the candle. Visualize a vast web of connection flowing from
the candle flame to others you know, spanning across the earth. If appropriate,
see if you can become erotically aware of any of these others in this process.
When you feel you have extended this visualization as far as is comfortable,
pull slowly back to yourself and the room you are in.
Relax and meditate on what you have experienced so far for about five
minutes. Even if all you have experienced is amusement or boredom, take
note of this, and reflect upon it.
Get up and stretch thoroughly. Open a window or door to the outside,
even if you have to walk a long way to do this, and offer a breath to the
spirit of the wind. Look up to the sky, and down toward the earth. If any
energy feels excessive, wound up, or nervous, let this flow down to the
Cleansing afterward is recommended. A white sage smudge and/or a calming
bath would help accomplish this, for example.
If you have experienced anything noteworthy, write about this, by hand,
away from your computer.
Rinse, repeat as needed.
All rites reversed, copy this rite anywhere. To obtain the author's blessing
for this, spin three times clockwise and tap a nearby piece of wood.
©1996, Ian Lurking Bear