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physical transformation spells?

To: alt.magick
From: (Gratuitous Pseudonym)
Subject: Re: physical transformation spells?
Date: 7 Jul 1996 17:40:46 GMT

In article <4rng1k$>,
   Scott M. Stenwick  wrote:

>The technique is relatively simple to learn.  What you do is
>start out with a basic banishing, then visualize an image of
>how you want to look as clearly as possible and invoke it.
>You want to be good enough at visualizing this that you can
>actually see the image rather than yourself in a mirror, or
>at least see it superimposed.
>The limitations of this technique all stem from the fact that
>you are projecting or emoting the transformed image at other
>people, in a sense causing them to remember you differently.
>You won't look any different in a photograph, and you can only
>alter your appearance so much.  However, a good example of
>what can be done with this technique is that of a friend of
>mine who is about five feet tall.  She used this technique to
>make herself appear taller for a party she was going to.
>Everyone I talked to who had met her there swore she was at
>least of average height if not taller, and when a couple of
>them met her again they were really surprised at how short
>she was.

What you appear to be affecting here is the body image, the way you think you 
look.  Body image can vary widely from one's actual appearance.  If you have 
ever experienced a shock when looking at a photo of yourself, you are feeling 
the differences between your body image and your actual appearance.

Body image can make us behave in ways that give the impression that our bodies 
are different than they really are.  A body image that is tall and strong can 
give us a tremendous sense of confidence and a dominant behavior pattern which 
will make most of those around us think we are much larger physically than we 
actually are, for example.  A powerful person is very often seen as large by 
those observing him or her.  Psychologists call this psychologically- 
influenced perception macroscopia.

Manipulating body image is a very important factor in alleviating the effects 
of eating disorders, overcoming a paralyzing shyness, and improving 
performance over a broad range of activities.  It's a good trick to know.

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