Getting the Sight. It’s a bit like getting your period. Those of us who don’t have it, want it. Those of us who do have it, find it’s messy and makes other folks uncomfortable when we try to talk about it.
My take on it all may not align with other folks’ views. And that’s okay. As with all Things Magic ™, even wildly different takes can all be “right,” and you should winnow out what works for you. Find your own truth; I’ll be cheering you on.
Given that, here are my thoughts on it: I think the potential for the Sight is within each and every one of us.
In some, it’s a full-blown ability that leads us around by the nose, and if we’re not careful we’re self-medicating with sex, booze and rock and roll. Or spending our time in institutions.
Others of us listened and believed it when our parents said there is no “monster” under the bed. As kids, we’re designed to learn and fit in. So over time (and with a thick enough application of logic), we’re able to stuff the ability down into a box and explain it away. It’s the miracle of cognitive dissonance – when we see something we can’t explain, we rationalize it into something believable. And the more uncomfortable it makes us, the harder our brains will work to “fix it.”
So if you want to coax the Sight out and use it comfortably, it may take some work. Here are some things that I’ve seen help:
1) Change your filters. Practice accepting what you see at face value, and being okay with that. For this, I think the best exercise ever is Phil Hines’ “What’s in the Box.” You’ll have to scroll down to see the exercise — it’s under the heading Psychic Sensitivity Exercises.
2) Recognize what stands out. Our monkey-selves are programmed to recognize patterns, and to see when “one of these things is not like the others.” It works when we’re learning to read, and it can work for you in this instance, too.
Start by making some type of acknowledgement every time you see something “significant.” Don’t try to rationalize what significant is; just go with your gut instinct. I developed the habit of making the sign of the mano fico with my hand, and kissing my knuckle whenever I saw something significant. The first few days I was kissing my hand constantly. If I asked myself “is that significant?” then the very act of asking made it so, and I kissed my hand. After a few days, things settled out, and my subconscious self got better at separating the wheat from the chaff.
3) Sharpen your focus. Not only do you want to See, you want to See clearly. Jason Miller of Strategic Sorcery is your friend here. Practice his exercise on folding reality (pick up at the paragraph beginning, “in this exercise you should face a wide vista”).
4) Install some controls. Once you start Seeing things, you’ll probably wish the Sight came with an on/off switch. Good idea! Better install one.
What has worked for me is to think of my third eye as being the center where the Sight comes from, and to think of it as having a dimmer switch – like the ones on light fixtures.
I can dial it up for maximum “on-ness,” down for “off,” or anywhere in between. (Which can be a great relief on those nights when you really don’t want to See One. More. Thing.) I’ll readily admit, this sounds über goofy, but thinking about it like that, and practicing turning it up and down helped me get a handle on things when I really wanted one. Who am I to argue with success?
Maybe it will help to get a refresher on your third eye:
The third eye – also known as the pineal gland – is nestled between the right and left lobes of your brain. You can see it as the little red dot in the spinning skull above. (Many thanks to Anatomography, as maintained by Life Science Databases(LSDB), and to Wikipedia Commons for making this image available for use here.)
If you put your finger on your forehead between and slightly above your eyebrows, you can imagine the pineal gland in your brain behind your finger. Or you can imagine it peeking out the top of your head, from between the two halves of your brain. Both are right. The little bugger is actually light-sensitive, so it’s pretty logical to call it a third eye. And I swear, if you think about it just right, you can make it wink. (No, really. Although no telling who or what you’d attract when doing it!)
Now that you’ve been reminded where your third eye is, with practice you should be able to work out how to turn the “volume” up and down for yourself.
5) Make some breathing space. Sometimes (and by this, I really mean Some Times of the Year) things get a little busy, and it’s hard not to See stuff, and you may really just want a little peace from it all. So remember you can make yourself a little breathing space. Here are some of good go-tos:
– For pulling out all the stops, Paul Hume’s Witches’ Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram is classic. It’s his adaptation of the Golden Dawn’s LBRP, using deities rather than archangels. This makes a lovely clearing. Please note, however, that if it works for you the way it does for me, you’ll have to come to terms with Things, their noses pressed against the boundaries, looking in at you.
– The inestimable Phil Hines includes a simple but beautiful clearing in his discussion of banishing rituals/centering.
– Scylla at Root and Rock, has a good, Carmina Gaedelica-inspired Curse against the Evil Eye (and while what we’re dealing with here isn’t the evil eye, this curse will clear the space). While I haven’t used the whole of it, I often — with great satisfaction — use the end bit of it, which I pare down to:
I subdue thee (mano cornuto, horns up)
I supress thee (mano fico, fig down)
I banish thee (flip the bird)
The options truly are endless. Smudge, shake your fist, draw a banishing pentagram, whatever works best for you.
As I mentioned earlier, these are all things I’ve seen work, but by no means the only things that would. If something else has worked well for you and you’d like to share it — or share your experiences in general –please feel free to put them in a comment. Your thoughts may help others!
All of this addresses how get the Sight, but not what to do with it once you’ve got it. That’s a whole ‘nother kettle of fish, and I leave it to each of you to chart your own course. A word of warning: you would do well to be wary of all strangers, be they Worldly, or Otherworldly. So my advice is to:
– Be courteous.
– Be careful of what you offer or take.
– Did I mention be courteous?
In the next post, I’ll talk about some commonalities of the Sight, as collected from a small group of folks over the years. Until then, best of wishes to you all on getting your Sight!