1. The Problem
One of the great mysteries which has interested aware and thinking humans across millennia can be defined in two parts. First and foremost is the observation that we are conscious – that is, that we experience things through a variety of senses and experience a localised or sometimes non-localised sense of self, separate to a greater or lesser extent from our environment and other humans.
Scientists, philosophers and people of religion have wondered about the origin of this sensed experience and the nature of the thing (if it can be called a thing, indeed) experiencing it. Modern science calls this question the “Hard Problem of Consciousness”, a term first originated by the philosopher David Chalmers.
The second half of the mystery relates to the first, which goes on to question how something such as consciousness, which in its felt experience seems to be an insubstantial or incorporeal thing, can have an effect on the outer world. At its most basic level this means how does consciousness influence the mechanisms of our body to allow us to do things like moving our hands or legs, or vividly experiencing a past experience or imagined experience such that it has an effect on our physical state.
Beyond that, the second half of the question is given a wider perspective by the research of organizations such as the P.E.A.R. project which purports to show the influence of human consciousness during globally important events on the coherence of numbers from various random number generators located around the world, as well as the outcomes of experiments such as various governmental or institutional forays into the subjects of remote viewing and influencing.
Anomalies exist that are unable to be satisfactorily explained by our modern understanding of the world as a mechanical system, and furthermore quantum physics has shown us the futility of seeing the world as consisting of disconnected parts through the observer problem (observing a particle altering its nature), an observation which demolishes the idea of a machine with moving parts or a Deus ex Machina, by demonstrating the principle of interconnectedness through the idea of quantum worlds or quantum coherence.
Science in itself was originated as a reaction to the problem of faith based belief systems which required faith in the existence of something the observer could not prove (or at any rate, could not experience without great difficulty or the intervention of Divine Providence). All of this is well known and documented and to some extent taught in schools.
Another problem with religious systems, intended for the use of the wider community they originated in as a way of life, is that their definitions of terms are or have become exceedingly vague. The very question of what a soul is, how it is born or generated, why it needs “saving”, and what happens after it leaves the body it is attached to, are only partially addressed by the body of religious teachings.
These teachings often fail to address deeper questions such as why separate souls appear to exist in an open ended universe where everything else is interconnected and flows together. They also fail to answer the very practical questions which science addressed by use of the scientific method to deduce theories and laws by which the physical realm could be gradually mastered.
Side by side with scientific and religious thinking as well as the thinking of the philosophers, all of which are different ways of exploring the human condition, there has existed from an early date an esoteric current of thought (hidden or inner) in contradistinction to the exoteric ideas taught by religion and science, which finds its origin in the earliest periods of society.
Examples would include the Shamans of Siberia, the Bon tradition in Tibet/Asia, the tradition of mongwis (priests/chiefs) skilled in manipulating a particular aspect of reality, or clans preserving similar special knowledge, more specifically traditions of what we would call indigenous systems of magic. These systems tend to take a different approach to reality and its manipulation to that of religious or scientific traditions.
Common themes include the perception of the Universe as filled with Intelligence, what in the Hermetic tradition is known for example as Mind with a capital M (known as Nous in the hermetic texts or logos meaning Light-Word). Another common theme is that humans can communicate with this intelligence, although not using our everyday English speech but an altogether more visceral form of communication.
Whether a particular tradition speaks of spirits, angels, demons, kachinas, star beings or other forms of consciousness, the approach is a collaborative one which says that we are not the only beings imbued with Mind or Intelligence, and that we can ask the outer world through differing forms of communication to deliver something we desire and if it is in alignment with its own desires, obtain the outcome requested.
Often these systems make use of ceremonies or elaborate rituals to make it clear to the Outer Intelligence what our intent is. Marriage was originally such a ritual, initiations are another similar type of ceremony designed to convey a different type of intention. In the 19th and 20th century in the West particularly, systems such as Thelemic or the Golden Dawn magical system, Wicca, or even Chaos Magick, as well as the earlier sexual magical traditions of those such as Paschal Beverley Randolph and the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, are examples of a modern outgrowth of something which has its original roots in what I will abbreviate as ISM (for indigenous systems of magic).
What it is important to recognize when dealing with systems such as these, are that all of them originally had their basis in a way of experiencing consciousness which is different to our ordinary mode of consciousness most of us tend to use while approaching life in society.
Due to a multitude of factors including the gradual decline of the earth’s geomagnetic field, people began to experience approximately 2000-3000 years ago a change in the nature of their awareness which was characterized by a feeling of disconnection from the outer world. An in depth examination of this can be found in a series of lectures by Rudolf Steiner on The Origins of Natural Science. This sense of a disconnect between the self and a living and vibrant outer world was crucial in the development of modern science, and one might almost say that modern science would not have developed without this decline which allowed a more objective, clinical examination of natural processes.
However, despite this gradual disconnect of the individual from the outer world, and the development of the idea of the Ego, the innate intelligence recognized by ISM remains a reality which can be experienced, particularly in altered states of consciousness. Without this understanding, basing our understanding solely on the realm of human intelligence, our ability to create change in the outer realm is limited, as it prevents us from seeing things as they are and reduces living, intelligent systems to machines, ignoring their ability to sense, feel and respond to other forms of intelligence.
In Western Alchemy and medieval tradition, this intelligence innate in all forms of language was given various names: Green Language, Language of the Birds (or Horses), or the Gay Speech/Gay Science (from the old meaning of the word and referring to its mercurial, dynamic and living nature, ie living language). It is the science or language which deals with living things, as opposed to that which deals with dead or non dynamic things. 
In the current day, while some retain this knowledge, often this origin for magic in understanding of the living, intelligent nature of reality sensed by indigenous populations not disconnected from their environment is forgotten by us living in a society where the internet, despite providing us with one type of sense of connection, disconnects us more from that direct experience of connection with the life power.
In a future post I will touch on how this missing element connects with subliminals and manifestation technologies, but I’ll end this post here to avoid an overwhelm of information.
 As a footnote I will add that this Green Language dealing with living, intelligent things as opposed to the static is why it is deeply entwined with prophecy and why Nostradamus and others used it in the setting down of their volumes of prophecy (as the future outcomes are dynamic and in flux even as they obey specific laws or guidelines of nature arising from interconnectedness).