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Introduction to Dreamwalking

Hail to the collective consciousness!

Over the last few months, I have been teaching some introductory workshops on Shamanism, and they have been quite well received (which I am grateful for!). One of the topics that have come up in this workshop is lucid dreaming and coupling it with shamanic journeying. This is what I like to call “Dreamwalking”.

Now typically when people do journeying they are in a trance state but they are awake, riding between the cool brain waves between the Delta range and Theta state. These two brainwaves both have excellent uses by the way, so I highly recommend learning about them and using tools such as binaural beats and frequency generators to get yourself there much faster. Anyway, while doing journeying most people use a drum or binaural beats etc. to help focus their brain into these wave ranges in order to achieve a fairly vivid daydream-like state, where they are in control of most of the goings on.

Some people prefer to just let the beat of the drum take them wherever it is that they end up going, but the definition of journeying I am using in this article is essentially a controlled daydream that has a goal and a purpose. An example of this would be wanting to retrieve a broken soul shard, so you would journey to where the piece broke off, and you would go through the trials necessary to get it back and reintegrate it into yourself. (I will eventually do a post on soul parts and soul retrieval, in the meantime google is your friend.)

These journeys or daydreams with intent can be very vivid, very realistic, and feel extremely real to the practitioner once they have done the work to build the skill, and modern science now shows that the brain can’t decipher the difference between what we do in the real world, and the things we do in these journeys, so by creating changes in our minds in the journeys, we are effectively creating real changes in our brainwaves, and in the world we perceive! Super cool right?!

Lucid dreaming is a phenomenon that many people experience naturally at least once or twice in their lives, if you haven’t it usually goes something like this: You’re walking around your house and there are people there that you don’t really know, there’s some music playing, it seems like you’re having a party, but you don’t party do you? Now you’re feeling really weird because you don’t remember inviting people over, or how you got to where you are now, you turn around and one of the weird people is yelling at you and angry, and this is all so vivid you feel like you are in a psychosis, you get angry back at the guy, one thing leads to another and he kills you. boom you wake up in your bed sweating and freaking out and realize, all is safe and well and it was just a dream, but holy shit that was a really vivid dream, it was so REAL! Now that moment you came to consciousness in that dream and began to control it a bit is what many would consider lucid dreaming. A dream that is so real, it is as if you are going about your normal day.

Typically I would consider the above a vivid dream or a highly aware dream, not a lucid dream. To me lucid dreaming begins to happen when we learn to take control of the dream, for example, you find yourself in a nightmare so you change the channel to a happy dream, or perhaps you decide you want to fly and you do, or maybe you want to learn about magick so you materialize yourself a teacher or a book that you can learn from. Once you begin to become adept at inducing and controlling your lucid dreams in order to complete specific tasks or journeys, this is what I call Dreamwalking, and in my opinion, it is one of the strongest tools in a magickian or shamans toolbox.

Sounds like fun right? or Maybe it sounds like a lot of work, either way, you are right! So where do you begin? Below I will outline some methods I have used to develop my dreamwalking abilities personally, that I feel will be able to help most people. Please keep in mind if you take sleeping pills, antidepressants, antipsychotics, or you are intoxicated before bed, you may have a harder time with this, but with persistence, you can certainly still develop the skill.

  1. Step one is to start keeping a dream journal! This is extremely important, and a tool that many new psychonauts scoff at and don’t use. By journaling your dreams you are actually refiring the neurons in your brain that fired when you were in the dream, creating better pathways, thus making it easier to recall dreams and easier to become lucid over time. You might be saying “I never remember my dreams anyway.” that’s fine!

    Simply write down anything you remember, this can be how you feel such as happy, sad, scared, loved, content etc. Write down any colours you remember, any names you remember, anything and everything from your feelings to your memories. Neurons that fire together, wire together, and this is a very important step in training your brain to not only remember dreams, but become aware, and eventually lucid in your dreams.

    Some people recall things better if they stay still and don’t move when they wake up, some recall better in the position they were sleeping in such as on their back or side. Experiment and find out what works for you, but begin writing as soon as possible upon waking or you will find the details will begin to fade very rapidly on you. Date each dream entry, give it a title, and write down any keywords that have meaning to you, this will help you to build your own correspondences you can use at a later time to interpret your dreams.

  2. Step two is to target your two longest REM cycles, for the average person who sleeps 8 hours these are the last 2 hours of sleep. These last two hours are actually two separate sleep cycles, so starting out you can actually have two chances per night to get into a lucid dream. Now what you want to do to target these is set an alarm for 6 hours after you go to sleep, if you are someone who takes a while to go to sleep keep that in consideration and set it for the appropriate amount of time such as 6 hours and 20 minutes after you go to bed. Then go to sleep. Once awake you are going to get up, stretch a bit, maybe get a drink of water or go to the bathroom, spend at least 5 to 10 minutes being awake and out of bed, this gets your mind back into a semi-awake state. Then simply go back to bed with the intent to have a lucid dream, some people repeat over and over in their head something to the effect of “I am lucid dreaming” until they fall asleep, this isn’t entirely necessary but can be helpful. Go back to sleep and you may be shocked to find yourself awake in a completely different spot than your bedroom.

    If you get no results the first night, simply try again. If you find you aren’t getting good results in the 6 to 7-hour window, try setting your alarm for your last REM cycle, so this would be 7 hours after going to sleep in the 7-8 hour window. Do the same thing, wake up, walk around for a few minutes, and go back to sleep. If you are really a keener, you can set two alarms in one night, one at 6 hours and one at 7 hours to take advantage of both REM cycles. Keep doing this until you begin to find yourself having more and more aware dreams, and find that you are recalling more and more for your journals. Eventually, you will find yourself in a dream and you will be completely aware that you are dreaming!

  3. Step three is to create a set of reality checks you can perform to determine if you are in fact dreaming, or if you are awake. (Eventually, your lucid dreams will become so real and life like that you will have a hard time telling the difference between your dreams and reality, so this is an important thing to learn.) I will provide a few different methods here, but this is by no means an exhaustive list. My personal favourite that I use many times daily is to take the index and middle fingers of your dominant hand and try to push them through the palm of your other hand, in reality, they will stop and you will feel the pressure on your palm, in a dream, they will go right through. In a dream you can also pass through objects and walls, so pushing against a wall or counter is another useful reality check. You can fly in dreams, so try jumping and seeing if you can float. Often times in dreams checking the time is a great tool as well, usually, the 2nd time you check a clock the time will have changed. A mirror is also a useful reality check, look at your reflection and see how you look, often in dreams, we see ourselves very different than we see ourselves in reality.

    These are all great tools to use, and you can practice them almost anywhere, which makes them even more valuable. I recommend doing a reality check a minimum of 4 times a day when starting, I personally reality check at least once an hour, not only will this tell your brain you are looking for a dream state, it will help wire it to induce a lucid state, which is after all the goal of a dreamwalker.

  4. Step four happens only once you have begun to learn how to induce your lucid dreams and reality check to gain full awareness. Once you reality check and you realize you are dreaming you have a whole new universe to explore, so get exploring!
    Some fun things you can try in the beginning are:

    • Changing the channel: this is where you think of a different place or activity and the scenery changes.

    • learning to fly: to fly you simply need to raise your arms up above your head and will it or jump slightly (flying takes practice to get right, keep at it!)

    • working with spirits: you will find that there are a lot of NPC’s (non-player characters) in your dreams, these people are kind of just filling in the background but there are also many active “inhabitants” in your dream world that you can learn many magnificent things from.

    • travel to new places: travelling can be done by flying or changing the channel or even taking an elevator or airplane or whatever play with it and see what is right for you. 


The bottom line is that this is a universe you have been going to your entire life every night, once you master being lucid and controlling it you can do and learn anything in this place, so try whatever you want, the possibilities are truly endless! Just make sure you’re actually dreaming before you kiss that stranger, or before you dance naked under the moonlight drinking tequila at a music festival!

This is a very basic intro to dreamwalking but it is an excellent place to start, I wish you all great success in your endeavours!

Dream big, and manifest your reality!

Azariel Flame
Reiki Master, Shaman, Teacher
Ignite the light
www.ignitethelight.ca

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Working with the Daemonic

This article is written for intermediate to advanced practitioners. It is assumed that before practicing this work, you have a working knowledge of the Goetia, and the Daemonic forces. There are several books written that cover the basics of ritual magick and working with Daemons. If you have never worked with either high magick, demonolatry, Goetia, or Solomons keys, please do some research and practice BEFORE working with my rituals. By using these rituals you agree to not hold myself or Ignite the light liable for anything that may occur as a result.

Upon looking at the circle, you will notice that there are several differences from a regular summoning circle. Typically when working with the keys of Solomon the triangle of art is located outside of the circle, this keeps the magickian protected from the Daemon that is being called forth into the black mirror. During a ritual the magickian typically would stand within the circle while evoking the Daemon into the mirror in the triangle of art. Among ceremonial magicians this is the standard way to contact Demons. Among Demonolators this is considered to be very faux pas, as they build relationships with the Demons built upon trust. Many Demonolators don’t even use a circle to contact the Daemonic. When a Demonolator works with Demons they tend to practice Invocation rather than Evocation. To Evoke is to call a spirit against its will, into a controlled space. To Invoke is to bring the spirit into oneself for communication. This circle uses a triangle simply for focus, not to trap the Daemonic spirit you will be working with. The sole purpose of the triangle is to help raise energy and power to help bring forth a successful invocation of the spirit, and to help raise the success rate of physical manifestation in the smoke, or black mirror being used. This circle is also excellent for making pacts, and building a closer relationship with Daemons.

The circle is drawn as an Ouroboros serpent. The Ouroboros symbolizes infinity, and the endless cycle of life and death. By using the Ouroboros we are creating a circle of balance, a circle of creation, and destruction. This being said, when using this circle you will NOT be doing a banishing, you are accepting these energies into your life, to come and go as they please. Draw the Ouroboros circle on the floor while thinking about your intention, and which Daemon you wish to connect with. The triangle is to be placed in the direction pertaining to the Daemon you wish to work with. The elemental directions are as follows: North (Earth), East (Air), South (Fire), West (Water). If your Daemon is a water Daemon for example, the triangle would be in the west, savvy? The triangle is to be worked with as a part of the circle, the triangle and the circle are one, this means that you will be in the circle WITH the Daemon. You will NOT be separated, during this ritual. 

To help you with figuring out what Daemons correspond to which directions I have attached a quick cheat sheet below. This is by no means a be all end all list of Daemons, its simply filled with those that I have personally worked with. I have come up with the correspondences of most of these myself, but also cross referenced with S. Connolly’s book Daemonolotry Goetia, as well as https://demonsanddemonolatry.com, I have also referenced the Lesser Key of Solomon, and Poke Runyon’s book of Solomons magick for the Ranks.

Earth (North):
Balam (King)
Beelzebuth (King)
Beleth (King)
Purson (King)
Zagan (King)
Agares (Duke)
Astaroth (Duke)
Bathin (Duke)
Bune (Duke)
Sallos (Duke)
Valfor (Duke)
Zepar (Duke)
Cimejes (Marquis)
Sitri (Prince)
Foras (President)
Haagenti (President)
Marax (President)
Volac (President)
Bifrons (Earl)

Air (East):
Lucifer (Emperor)
Azazel (Emperor/King)
Lilith (Empress)
Asmoday (King)
Amducious (Duke)
Vapula (Duke)
Andrealphus (Marquis)
Decarabia (Marquis)
Oriax (Marquis)
Ronove (Marquis)
Shax (Marquis)
Stolas (Prince)
Caim (President)
Gaap (President)
Malphas (President)
Marbas (President)
Ose (President)
Halphas (Earl)
Raum (Earl)
Furcus (Knight)

Fire (South):
Bael (King)
Belial (King)
Barbatos (Duke)
Aim (Duke)
Alloces (Duke)
Berith (Duke)
Haures (Duke)
Murmur (Duke)
Andras (Marquis)
Leraje (Marquis)
Marchosias (Marquis)
Naberius (Marquis)
Phenex (Marquis)
Sabnock (Marquis)
Seere (Prince)
Amy (President)
Buer (president)
Glasya-Labolas (President)
Andromalius (Earl)
Furfur (Earl)

Water (West):
Leviathan (Emperor)
Paimon (King)
Vine (King)
Crocell (Duke)
Dantalion (Duke)
Eligos (Duke)
Focalor (Duke)
Gremory (Duke)
Gusion (Duke)
Uvall (Duke)
Vepar (Duke)
Amon (Marquis)
Forneus (Marquis)
Gamigin (Marquis)
Ipos (Prince)
Orobas (Prince)
Vassago (Prince)
Botis (President)

I have included the ranks of the Daemons to help the reader get a feel for the Daemonic heirarchy. This however is almost irrelevant with the circle we are about to use. Instead try to use the elemental association, rather than the rank.

The triangle contains a circle, in this circle draw the sigil of the demon you wish to contact. Outside the circle use a Demon that outranks the demon you wish to call upon, if invoking an Emperor, use another emperors name. If you have worked with the Goetia you will recognize that this is normally the spot where a magickian would put Arch Angel Michael. Along the edges of the circle you may use whatever demons call to you, you may choose to use three demons that have different elemental correspondences than the Demon you are summoning, or you may get a calling to mix it up, this is entirely done by feel. (As stated before this is for advanced practitioners, if attempting to use this circle, you should already be familiar with how to communicate with the Daemons to know who wants to play.) For the quarters, pick demons that correspond to the elemental directions, again go with what you feel is right, the ranks don’t matter.

In the triangle you will place your black mirror. In the space where you see the triple moon, you will place incense, and an offering dish, as well as whatever other ritual tools you feel you require. Where the three pentacles are in the circle you will place candles. The incense is to be burned in front of the black mirror, the candles will help bring the manifestation of the spirit into the black mirror. This is similar to what Poke Runyon describes in his book of Solomons magick, with a few tweaks.

This is a very powerful circle, be warned that the energy you manifest will be STRONG. Make sure you give an offering to EVERY daemon you work with during this ritual. I personally like to give a few drops of blood to each, a drink, some food, or whatever else the Daemon seems to like. At the very least a candle to correspond to every demon you have used. This includes the quarter guards, the triangle guards, and the specific Daemon being invoked.

Once the circle is drawn you may create sacred space however you choose. Call in the Quarter guards ending in the quarter that has the triangle. So if you are summoning from the East, you would begin calling the quarters in the South, then work clockwise so that you finish in the East. Once you have called in the quarter Daemons to protect and guide your circle, call in the triangle Daemons, then call in the circle guardian. Call these all in your own way, with whatever way of casting a circle is the most meaningful and powerful to YOU. There is no right or wrong here, get the Daemons to come in whatever manner you know best. Once you have all of your guardians called to the circle, light the incense and the candles.

Raise power in your own way and begin the ritual:

“I invoke you (insert name). I ask that you join me here, I open my circle to you, that we may communicate. I ask that you speak to me with clarity, in my native tongue, that I may understand all the wisdom and lessons you have to impart. When you show yourself I bid you take any form you see fit. Please come forth (Daemon). I seek you in my name, the name that is all, he/she who is like god. The one of many, the many that are one. Come forth! Come forth! Come NOW!”

It is important to note that not all practitioners will see a physical manifestation in the mirror. You may only feel the presence of the Daemon. Regardless of what happens, complete the ritual as if it were successful, because it will be. Once you have summoned the Daemon you can perform any magick, communicate, or do whatever you like. This is a good time to make requests, do a working, etc. Give offering once your work is finished.

Closing:
“Thank you (Daemon) for (whatever you are thankful for). I bid you peace and give my gratitude. There is nothing binding in my circle of all. Depart at your leisure great spirit. Until next time, Hail and farewell.”

Next release the circle guardian, and triangle guardians. Give thanks and bid them to leave at their leisure.

Then go to each quarter beginning counter clockwise from where your triangle is, and work counter clockwise. So again if your triangle is in the East you will begin releasing the circle in the North, and work your way around to the East. Give thanks and gratitude to each Daemon, bidding them to leave at their leisure.

Leave all the candles you use to burn down on their own, do NOT put them out. The Daemons will put them out as they depart themselves.

When done release the energy in your own way, and ground and center.

I hope this work finds you all well. I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

– Azariel Flame

EDIT TO ADD MORE INFO: This circle can be used to work with ANY pantheon and ANY set of spirits, you simply need to know their correspondences. I do not exclusively work with the Daemonic and the circle can be applied to any other set of spirits.

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