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We live in a sea of energy. Everything around us is energy; we are energy. Matter is energy in a very tight, very specific matrix or form. Energy bombards us in various forms every day: light, sound, heat, radiation, gravity, ultraviolet light, microwaves, radio waves, television signals, and many, many others. All these forms of energy both include and make up the more subtle energy that we use in magick. This more subtle energy form has been called the "ether," or "aether," by some. Regardless of the name, it is a form of energy that interacts with, and possibly comprises, all other energy types.

The energy that is used in magick comes from six basic sources.

The energy within ourselves

The environment around us such as plants, rocks, nature, etc.

Energy willingly given by others and/or energy created through various forms of personal empowerment

Energy from other planes of existence: astral, mental, elemental, spiritual

Energy from higher entities and divine sources.

**From the pain/suffering/death of living beings.

** Use of this type of energy gathering is rare, yet powerful and usually comes with grave consequences.  This type of energy is usually reserved for the darker, and more black aspects of magic.

The human body is a fairly amazing system capable of many things, including sensing the finer energies around us. Sensing magickal energy is ordinarily accomplished through a specialized form of the sense of touch. However, some people use other senses, such as sight and hearing, to locate magickal energies. In fact, every sense can detect magickal energies. Since the use of touch is the most common, that is where we will start.

Exercise 1 (Touch)

Energy Field Associated With Palm Chakras

This exercise teaches you to feel energy fields. The body has special energy transfer centers called chakras. There are seven major chakras located along the spine, 21 minor chakras (two are located in the palms of the hand), and there are over 101 other energy points located across the body. The chakras help to regulate the flow of energy within the body and to form the auric bodies. The auric bodies are basically shells of energy which surround the body.

Place the palms of your hands together in front of you.

Move your hands apart until they are about one foot away from each other.

Slowly move your hands together until they touch.

Move your hands apart until they are about six inches from each other.

Slowly move your hands together until they touch.

Move your hands apart until they are about three inches from each other.

Slowly move your hands together until there is about one inch of space between them.

Repeat the last two steps several times, creating a "bouncing" motion with your hands.

Take a few moments to write down any perceptions or feelings you experienced.

Many people report a tingling sensation in their palms; they may also feel warmth, coolness, pressure, etc. When I do this exercise, I feel a pressure similar to that observed when like poles of a magnet are brought together. If you have never seen this phenomenon, get either two bar magnets or two disk magnets and experiment with placing them together. Different poles will be attracted to each other, and like poles will be repelled by each other. If you did not feel anything when doing this exercise, don’t worry.

Some people take a bit longer to get used to sensing the energy fields. Try repeating the exercise, but begin by rubbing your hands together briskly—as if they are cold and you are trying to warm them—for about thirty seconds before beginning.

Exercise 2 (Touch)

Energy Associated With The Auric Field

This exercise will give you another method for sensing the human energy fields. Pay special attention to the feelings and sensations in your fingertips.

Place your hands together in front of you.

Move your hands apart until there is about half an inch separating them.

Pretend that there is an imaginary bar going through the centers of your palms, so that your hands will rotate only backward and forward.

Keep the left hand still and slowly rotate the right hand forward, then slowly rotate the right hand backward.

Repeat step 4 several times.

The energy field that surrounds the body is called the aura. The aura has many layers and shapes. The auric layer closest to the body tends to fit like a second skin. When you move your hands back and forth, the energy fields surrounding the hands bump into each other. People often feel either tingling in the fingertips or little ridges of pressure as the fingertips pass each other.

You should practice these exercises over several weeks to help yourself become acclimated to feeling the energy fields. The more you do these exercises, the more acute your senses will become. Eventually, you will be able to distinguish between subtle energy patterns, recognize color by feel, and much more. Being able to sense the energy fields and subtle patterns within them will be of extreme use if you do work with the various forms of magickal healing (also another topic covered in a later lesson).

 Exercise 3 (Touch)

Energies Associated With Your Auric Field

Perform Exercise 1 (Touch).

Hold your right hand about three inches above your left arm.

Slowly move your right hand nearer to your arm until you begin to sense the energy field.

Slowly move your hand up and down your arm, noting any sensations that you experience.

Ordinarily, the energy field is fairly smooth around the body. Unless you are suffering from some ailment or you have had some injury, the field will be fairly constant. Do not be surprised if you can feel places where bones have been broken, etc. All ailments will leave energy residue in the auric field, even long after the event has occurred and the injury has healed. The next time you hit your arm, try feeling the energy field over the spot and around it, and notice the differences in the energy field.

 Exercise 4 (Touch)

Energy Associated With Other Living Objects

Exercise 4 helps you to begin sensing the energy fields of other objects. Eventually, you will be able to sense the energy in dirt, ordinary rocks, etc. Everything has an energy field. You will find that living things have stronger energy fields than inanimate objects, the exception being crystals. In this exercise you will need a plant (either a potted plant, an outdoor plant or a tree, etc.) If you have a quartz or other crystal, that will be useful.

Perform Exercise 1 (Touch).

Place your hands about one foot from the plant, tree, bush, etc.

Slowly move your hands closer to the plant until you begin to feel its energy field.

Once you begin to feel the energy field, slowly explore the plant.

You will generally find there are stronger fields around flowers and buds, the tips of leaves, and around the root structure.

Repeat this exercise using a crystal. (See Part IV for a Crystal Guide and Usage)

 Exercise 5 (Touch)

Sensing The Energy Fields Of Others

So far, these exercises have been centered around living objects and yourself. This next experiment requires a second person. Remember, you must have permission to "feel" another person.

Perform Exercise 1 (Touch).

Put your hand about three inches above the arm of the other person.

Slowly move your hand closer until you sense the other person’s energy field. With different people, this occurs at different distances—anywhere from six inches to two or three feet, depending on the person.

The following experiments will generally produce results similar to Exercise 1.

Exercise 6 (Touch)

Sensing The Energy Field Around Electrical Appliances

This exercise will get you accustomed to feeling strong fields around inanimate objects. You will need a computer monitor, or a TV, or a radio speaker, or a microwave, etc.

Perform Exercise 1 (Touch).

Put your hand(s) about six inches from the object you are sensing.

Slowly move your hand(s) closer to the object until you touch the item.

Move your hand slowly away from the item and toward it until you sense the field.

Electrical appliances will produce a stronger field than other inanimate objects. It may take some practice to begin sensing these fields, but eventually you will be successful.

 Exercise 7 (Touch)

Sensing The Energy Fields Around Inanimate Objects

This last exercise in touch moves to working with inanimate objects. Any non-living, non-electrical object will do.

Perform Exercise 6 (Touch), but use an inanimate object instead.

The energy fields of inanimate objects are more subtle than those of other items. It may take a good deal of practice of feel these fields, but given time and practice, you will be able to sense them. In addition, when working with objects and other people, do not be surprised if you pick up impressions of things that have happened to the people or the other objects. Some people have strong psychometric skill. Psychometry is a branch of magick devoted to picking up impressions from objects and is a subset of channeling.

Feeling the energy fields around objects can give you a great deal of valuable information. However, touch is not the only sense we can use. The second most common sense used in magickal workings is Sight.

The next series of exercises will help you train yourself to see energy fields.

Sensing Energy by Sight

A heightened form of ordinary eyesight, Sight is that which lets us see the magickal energies. Sight may take longer to develop in some people than others. Also, Sight may manifest differently in different people. Some people may see brilliant and vibrant colors; others may see things in shades of gray; and some may see energy patterns. The more you use your Sight, the stronger and more accurate it will become. When beginning to train your Sight, it is not uncommon to see "glows" or "outlines" in a single color, usually white. With time and practice, you will be able to distinguish details and color and even more.

Exercise 1 (Sight)

The Hands, Part 1

For this exercise you will need some white poster board or a sheet of white paper. You will also need a sheet of black construction paper or poster board. The sheet must be large enough so that your hand fits on it. In addition, you will need to perform this exercise in a dim room.


Perform Exercise 1 (Touch) several times.

Hold your common-use hand (if you’re right-handed, use the right hand) in front of the white paper.

Let the focus of your eyes relax and gaze at your hand.

Given some time and practice, you will begin to see the auric field around your own hand. Try this experiment using both the white and black paper. Beginners sometimes have an easier time with a dark background than a light background, but this is not always true. During this experiment do not strain or try to force the experience—just let it happen.

The Hands, Part 2


Perform Exercise 1 (Touch) several times.

Hold your hand in front of the white paper with your index finger extended.

Feel a beam of white light jump from your index finger and strike the paper.

Let the focus of your eyes relax as you gaze at your hand and the paper.

Once you are able to see the energy field around your hand, try to expand your focus to include larger objects. Look at people and see what you "See." Try looking at plants and trees. Also, watch people who are really enthusiastic about a subject they are discussing. People who are speaking on a subject they feel strongly about will generally have a very highly energized auric field.

My first experience with Sight was while listening to a person speaking to a club to which I belonged when I was in college. The lady was very energetic, very motivated. She was standing in front of one of the old-style blackboards, and I was completely absorbed in the topic. It was then that I looked past her and saw a bright outline surrounding her. About to point this out to a friend who was sitting next to me, I saw that he was noticing it also. Actually, about half the audience "saw" her energy field. Further exercises with the Sight are centered around other people and objects. You just need to relax, let the focus of your eyes slip a little, and "look."

 Exercise 2 (Sight)


You will need a house plant for this next exercise.

Place the plant in front of the white paper and dim the lights a little.

Sit and relax, and let your focus slowly fade

Look at the plant, then sort of through it and past it.

With practice, you should be able to see the energy field of the plant.

 Exercise 3 (Sight)


In this exercise you will try to see your own energy field while looking in a mirror. You will need a quiet area—preferably with a solid color door, either white or dark—and a mirror (size doesn’t matter, so long as you can see your entire head in the mirror).

Find a quiet place with low lighting.

Sit or stand with your back to the door.

Look at yourself in the mirror.

Relax your focus and look "through/behind" yourself.

With practice, you will begin to see the basic outline of your aura. In time, you will be able to see colors, any problem spots, and—with more training—you will be able to distinguish between the auric layers.

 Exercise 4 (Sight)

Others, Part 1

Exercise 4 depends on having a willing partner.

Repeat Exercise 3 (Sight of Self), except have the other person stand/sit in front of the door.

Others, Part 2

Exercise 6 is done while observing other people. You might choose to do this exercise before a class starts, while in a mall, perhaps at a sporting event, etc.

Choose a location with several people.

Select one person at random and an object near them.

Train your focus on the object near the person, and then relax your focus so that you include the person in your gaze.

Relax and look "through/behind" the individual.

Sight will allow you to see energy fields, perceive subtle shifts in energy, spot trouble areas, etc. It is also useful when working with certain forms of channeling/divination. With practice, you will also be able to see the energy lines within the Earth, as well as energy pools. Remember that Sight may take some time to develop—each person develops at a different rate.

Any of the five basic senses can be developed to the point that you can use it to detect or feel energy. Energy flows have a definite flavor, they have a smell, and they have a sound. After "touch" and Sight, the sense of sound is usually the next one developed.

Sensing Energy by Sound

Everything vibrates. Even items which we consider to be non-moving, such as a chair, are really moving. This idea has been part of magickal theory for many thousands of years. Western science is just now beginning to understand the concept. All matter is made up atoms. Atoms are, in turn, made up of protons, electrons, neutrons, and other subatomic particles such as quarks, as well as other quantum-level particles. We now know that all of these particles are in constant motion. On some level, everything is always in motion.

Consider sound: sound is nothing more than the excitation of particles at a certain rate. This rate, for humans, is between 50Hz and 4.5KHz. Hz is the abbreviation for hertz; one hertz is defined as one cycle per second. 50 Hz means that a wave repeats itself 50 times every second. 4.5Khz means that a wave repeats itself 4,500 times per second. The higher the hertz, the higher-pitched the sound. At around 4.5KHz, sound passes beyond the ability of humans to hear.

If you have ever taken music lessons or if you listen to music, you will know that in Western music there are seven basic notes, or tones, in a scale. These tones can be made to sound higher or lower by changing the frequency. If you go through the entire series of seven tones, you go through an octave and start again. Therefore, you can have the same "note" at different levels: "Middle C," "C above Middle C," "C below Middle C," etc. These octave notes are called harmonics. When "hearing" energy, it will register as a harmonic of a note or frequency that you can hear normally.

To learn to "Hear" energy, most people find it useful to start with bells and chimes. There is also another technique called "Inner Voice" or "Internalizing," wherein you vibrate a sound. The first step in learning to "Hear" is to establish a base.

Exercise 1 (Hearing)

For this exercise you will need a high-pitched bell or chime. If you do not have one, you can improvise with metal spoons, bowls, and pots. If you have two small metal incense burners, like those available in grocery stores, you will find that striking the two surfaces together will produce a nice chime sound.

Sit in a comfortable position in a quiet area.

Relax and strike the bell or chime.

Listen to the sound as it fades to nothing.

Strike the bell or chime again, but this time pay attention to the higher sounds.

Listen to the sound as it fades.

Strike the bell or chime again and pay attention to any vibrations that occur within your body.

Developing the sense of "Hearing" to perceive energy fields takes some practice, but it can be done. As you work, you may start to notice a low- or high-pitched whine just outside of your normal hearing range. Just remember to relax, work with the sound, and listen to it

Sensing Energy by Taste/Smell

Of all the senses, taste and smell are usually the last and hardest to develop, since it is very difficult to teach someone to taste a food. However, it is possible to develop these senses to taste and smell energy. Since taste and smell are linked, the two senses are pretty much developed in tandem. If you have ever had a head cold or a stopped-up nose, you will know that at those times it is impossible to taste anything—at best, everything tastes very bland. We will draw upon this concept to help develop these last two senses.

I am going to assume that before starting these exercises you will already have begun using one or more of the other senses. Every emotional state has a specific rate or range of vibration. Since emotions can be very intense, the energy associated them will be correspondingly intense. Further, the "flavor" and "smell" of the energy will be very pronounced, especially when dealing with very strong emotions. The exercises for "tasting" and "smelling" energy will require other people to begin with.

he first step will be to "taste" and "smell" strong positive emotions. Generally, positive energy will have a pleasant taste and smell. Negative energy, on the other hand, will generally have a bad or unpleasant taste and smell. Very positive emotions can have a very sweet smell and taste. Very negative emotions can have a very bitter or sour taste and smell. You must understand that these statements are generalizations only.

 Exercise 1 (Taste/Smell)

Optional, but recommended

This exercise will require you to attend some type of religious service. I select this venue, because the emotions tend to be very strong and, usually, very positive. In addition, since there are a large number of people participating, the concentration of energy will be much greater. When attending any type of religious service, be sure not to be disrupting (even if you do not agree) and always be polite.

Sit in a spot that is out of the way.

Relax and open your senses.

Follow throughout the service and "feel" the flow of energy. You will be surprised at the amount of energy that occurs during song.

When you feel a decent "surge" or level of energy, inhale deeply.

Let your mind pick out the known and unknown scents. Think about the energy levels as you inhale.

Inhale through your mouth and taste the smells. Think about the energy levels.

If possible, make notes about your impressions and sensations.


With practice, you will be able to discern a particular "taste" and "smell" for positive energy. With further development, you will be able to "taste" and "smell" specific emotions.

 Exercise 2 (Taste/Smell)

This one is required

For Exercise 2, you will need another person, preferably a friend whom you trust. You need to do this when you are not wearing perfume/cologne and are reasonably clean. You should try to limit the number of outside smells in the area. Exercise 2 is designed to help you establish the tastes and smells of extreme ranges of emotions/energy.

Find a relaxed and quiet area.

Take several moments to breathe deeply, smelling and tasting what is in the area.

Ask your friend to think, feel, and remember a very positive experience and to describe it to you.

As your friend is talking, open your senses and feel the energy flows. While your friend is talking, concentrate on the smells and tastes you are experiencing.

After your friend is finished, ask him/her to think of a very bad experience and to relate it to you.

Sense the energy fields and patterns. Concentrate on the smells and tastes as your friend speaks.

After working through the base emotions, be sure to write down your impressions and experiences.

You should work with this exercise several times before attempting the third exercise, because you will need a base of reference from which to work.

 Exercise 3 (Taste/Smell)

This exercise also requires another person, preferably the same person from Exercise 2. If possible, you will want a second or third person to work with at different times.

Find a relaxed and quiet area.

Take several moments to breathe deeply, smelling and tasting what is in the area.

Ask your friend to feel a specific emotion such as love, joy, happiness, anger, hate, etc.

Have the friend tell you what they are feeling.

Relax and open yourself to the energies around you, taste and smell the energy being generated by the person.

Repeat these steps for different emotions.

After working through each emotion, write down your sensations and experiences.

With practice and study, you can learn to use any of the five basic senses to sense energy fields. You will be able to "find" certain types of energy and to recognize the energy types. If you branch out into healing, these senses will become extremely useful when treating "disease" and other problems. The most important thing to remember through all of this is not to get discouraged or upset. Some people start with very strong potentials for "Touch," "Sight," "Hearing," "Smell," and "Taste," while others must struggle to learn to use these senses.