Dark Mirror : Facial Distortion
The last few months I’m working with King Paimon on scrying and I wanna share with you this experience.
Astral evocation (into a dark mirror or crystal sphere) has proven to be far simpler than physical evocation. The spirit gets to stay within its own realm and doesn’t have to go through the process of forming a tangible body here on the material plane. Being that the spirit gets to stay within the astral plane the magus only needs to know how to scry in order to communicate with the spirit.
The Facial Distortion technique allows the magus to basically “skip” the scrying method and via the Facial Distortion technique be able to communicate with spirits. I say “skip” because technically you are not scrying but the application is still the same. The method works, I can attest to that, but it can and does scare the hell out of you the first few times you see your own face morphing into the face of an immortal being.
The Exercise (for developmental purposes):
The technique requires a black mirror or comparable obscure reflective device. If you prefer, you may use an alternative, more extemporaneous reflective surface, such as a bowl of darkly colored liquid (or a black bowl filled with water or ink). The primary difference would be in the physical posture that you would be required to maintain during the operation.
The technique also requires hand-held candles, and while it is unlikely, it’s possible that one might naturally slip into a deep enough trance state to drop a candle. Therefore, I recommend having an observer present, especially the first few times.
table or comparable surface
black mirror or comparable device
hand-held candlesticks (with drip guards to protect your hands)
1. Set up in a room with all sources of natural light blocked off. The black mirror should be set on the table so that it’s roughly at eye level or slightly below (prop it up as necessary; a few books usually does the trick) and about arm’s length from the face when seated. Be sure that you situate yourself and the mirror so that you can see your face reflected in the surface. If using a bowl of dark liquid, you’ll need to situate yourself so that you can gaze down into the bowl and see your face reflected back.
2. Light the candles and hold them so that the flames are not reflected in the mirror and are not in your direct line of sight. When you look at your facial reflection in the mirror, your face should be illuminated from either side by the candlelight. Some get best results from leaning forward and resting the elbows on the table surface, while others do better leaning slightly back and holding the candles somewhat away from the body. You’ll have to experiment to find what works best for you.
3. Perform a basic relaxation sequence, then follow up with a deep relaxation or simple self-hypnosis induction. Most do well with a single technique like this one but do some research and experiment to find what works best for you. You don’t need to achieve a deep hypnotic state for this work. Strive for a nice relaxed state. A mild trance will naturally develop as you go, and is really all you need.
4. Look at your facial reflection. At first, make an effort to avoid blinking, but don’t worry too much if you realize that you’ve blinked. Maintain your relaxed state and simply gaze at the reflection.
5. At some point, your face will morph, usually within a few minutes. If this doesn’t happen, don’t worry about it. If your relaxed state feels stable, just keep gazing. If your state is interrupted, you may reset, go through your relaxation sequence again, then continue gazing. If you still get no results, try again another day.
6. When your face does morph, it’s likely to be a startling effect. You may be shocked out of your state the first time, or even the first few times. If so, be content with your progress and work at it again another day.
7. When you can observe the morphing image and continue to maintain your state, allow the face to morph without exerting any mental effort to control it. Do this for as long as you desire.
8. When finished, return to your natural state with a little gentle stretching, and then a little something to eat.
Practice this technique until you can get a morphing image in the mirror consistently.