About Igneus Lumen

Igneus Lumen, is active in a wide variety of modern and ancient Occult Groups, Mystery Schools, Initiatory Bodies, and Research Societies. He is a writer on various topics, a regular contributor to the SPRE Journal, and a practicing Metaphysician. "My various endeavors have caused me to rub elbows with untimely death and contemplate my mortality perhaps more than most in our society. Acceptance of death has led me to revel in life. It is too short and uncertain to waste on banal drudgery, and has the potential to be far better than most people live it." Visit him @ www.IgneusLumen.com

Performance, Thaumaturgy, and Physical Magic

Performance, Thaumaturgy, and Physical Magic

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Not so many years ago, I was a stage performer. My acts consisted of a variety of flamboyantly dangerous feats, usually with scantily clad (or unclad) female assistants as props, and eventually targets.  I performed in a variety of contexts, ranging from circuses to cabarets to avant-garde theater to big-venue rock shows and fetish events, and experienced some limited and mostly underground success and fame in these endeavors.  By the end, I was performing before rather large audiences.

I learned that when thousands of eyeballs are fixed on you, watching your every movement, believing in you, Willing you to amaze them, you become larger and more potent than you were.  You become, via our primitive animalistic mechanisms of human interconnection, amplified and enlarged.  You transcend normal humanity and become something different and other, an elemental archetypal creature glowing with a nimbus of focused energy, at least for a few magic moments.  Anyone who has ever physically attended a good performance as part of a large enthralled crowd has felt a little of this. And, anyone who has performed in such an event has experienced something akin to this — it is a fundamental and universal aspect of human group interaction, albeit an ephemeral, transient, and poorly understood one.

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Sleep and Metaphysical Work

Sleep and Metaphysical Work [1]

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Sleep and Dreams are an important facet of the life and Work of a practitioner of Metaphysics.  One’s sleep patterns are important to understand, as the quality, quantity, and rhythms of one’s sleep greatly affect his mental states and his mental acuity.  Therefore, if behooves the Metaphysician to understand and control his sleep cycle. [2]

I. Polyphasic and Bimodal Sleep

Evolutionarily speaking, humans have only very recently started sleeping for eight hour blocks in the evening, this pattern emerging only after the advent of reliable indoor artificial lighting in the last few hundred years.  In earlier, cruder and more natural environments, the notion of long blocks of deep sleep was profoundly dangerous.  Rather, we, like all other mammals, evolved to sleep lightly for short blocks of time.  Even today for most people a “long cycle” of deep sleep is only about 90 minutes (often segued together for longer blocks).  A short cycle is closer to 45 minutes, thus an effective nap for most people is either 45 or 90 minutes. [3]  The scientific community refers small broken up patches of sleep as “Polyphasic Sleep” or “Ancestral Sleep.”

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