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Wizard Ways is the teaching portal of Zas Balcham, Un.D.. Zas is a Minister and Doctor of Divinity from the Order of the Ascended Rose, a trained clairvoyant (via Berkley Psychic Institute and others) of 30+ years, and a lifelong student and practitioner of many magical and mystical practices from both near and far. He teaches the cultivation of a life of awareness of subtle energies, the ways of dreamwalking, and the deep tending of the Psyche, the Psychic, AKA the Soul. His deepest devotion is to the mysteries of Awareness, which are by far the most enigmatic to discuss and can be said to be the altar of the heart. His passion and wonder ever reside in the play of creative energies that are life itself and the attempt to reflect inwards and outwards the Soul of the World in his own unique way. He is focused on nurturing our arising psychic culture that is emerging within the collective and bringing us into a world both new and ancient.

Wizardry is the best word for what he teaches and the lens through which he embraces life. I brings with it connotations of wisdom, the harnessing of wild and natural energies and a mood of humor that allows one to bring balance to the otherwise intensity, seriousness and sincerity that wielding esoteric awareness requires. 

In another life, Zas created the Wild Harmonic Oracle Cards and still dreams with them avidly. 

All of the art on this site is either created by me or licensed for commercial use. 

From Zas…

Within the span of my life, some 50 years as I write this, I would not say I have seen much of the world. It is vast, and I am small. What I have seen is that the world, the human world, is a fiction. At its best, it is a collective story dream within which all people are cultured to become powerful in their unique ways and likewise take their place in service to the whole. At worst, well, just look around you. It is a no man’s land of collective panic, a projection of distorted interconnection that fuels our fighting, demands our fleeing, engrains our freezing, and encourages our fawning. It is a nightmare of entrainment with trauma rather than the wholehearted embrace of wonder, discovery, and mutuality that we know is possible.

Life, no matter what state we find it in, has always been and will always be far more mysterious than our current common cultures admit. We have become fixated on the power of certainty to the degree that we are willing to cede power to the shadows in order to live in a walled garden of their denial. We invest ourselves in the puppets that perform at the podiums of our day and don’t realize that this religious and political, now interpersonal, warfare, dangerous though it is, primarily serves as a distraction from what we are. And what are we? We are mysteries.

Once, the mysteries were at the heart of our cultures. Stripped to the bones, a culture is a collection of ideas by which we develop ourselves in body, mind, and soul. When we removed the mysteries from the heart of our world, we robbed ourselves of the dignity of soulful living. With our dignity stripped from us, we have become the unwitting servants of our shadows. Where once we stood tall as the tenders of mysteries, as the cultivators of both individual and collective power, their integrated whole, we have fallen into an underworld journey within which we are possessed by the wrathful, lustful, and defeated. Yet, while we are a living diaspora of the outcast, victimized, villainized, lost, forgotten, dispossessed, and denied, one thing has not changed. We are still mysteries.

I am not alone in these ideas, though each who comes upon them puts them in their own words. I am also not alone in asking the question, “What can we do about it?” Waves of ideas that seek to be the answer to this question are washing over the world now, and while not all solutions are equal, most all of them should be explored. We are not at a place of refinement at present. We are at a place where we are attempting to turn wild flailing into sincere inquiry. Such experimentation will take patience—far more patience than we were born with. Far more patience than one lifetime can offer. It will take the kind of patience that knows we ourselves will likely not live to see the world we undertake to create. It will take the patience of Soul.

So what can we do about it other than cultivate the temperance of a long-term view of worldwide Soul recovery? I do not know what to do about it except to keep going. This is the teaching of being lost in the wild: keep going. What I do offer, however, are ideas about how we go about whatever it is we choose to do. When we lost our mysteries, the greatest loss was not the specific methods, practices, or patterns, the trappings of culture that were in play at the time, grave though their loss was. What we lost that is most damaging and dangerous was perspective.

Perspective on what it means to be human as we are born into it, rather than as we are enforced into practicing. Perspective on what it is to stand with the sovereignty of the hunter in our eye, the vision of the shaman in our mind, and the dignity of the serpent in our spine rather than the self-importance of standing taller than others. Perspective on how to look within and see the world around us, and look around us to know the world within. Perspective on how to reunite the warring factions of certainty and maturity, of mind and heart, of all of the polarities that drive us to deny our bodies, our imaginations, and our power.

As we take our first steps into an era that is already being demonized as the worst one yet, it is only with Soul that we can bring Soul back into the world. To do so, we must come back to an understanding of Soul. We must reclaim our perspective. Fortunately for us, Soul is never extinguished. Soul is as eternal as the light it is made of. As we wail in our grief for the loss of Soul, it is Soul that is wailing. As we get up one more time, after being knocked down too many times, it is Soul that gets up. As we forge ourselves in the burning of defeat, as we temper ourselves in the fires and floods of disorientation, as we reclaim the crossroads of initiation and the maturity of an immaculate imperfection, it is Soul that is forging and forged, Soul that is tempering and tempered, Soul that is reclaiming and reclaimed.

I was born into this no man’s land as we all were: naked and dreaming. I was raised in this no man’s land as we all were: indoctrinated and entrained. Though it seems ages have passed since the lineages were broken, we are as yet not far from ourselves, not far from Soul. Though we stagger in the dazed fever dream of a sickened world, it is in the collective trances that we can find the ingredients for a remedy. Though we stumble over the ruins of our ancestral bodies, it is in our bones, blood, and breath that we can find the living inheritance we have been tricked into thinking was lost. Though we topple into the abysses of parasitic belonging, it is in the dance with the adversary that we will find our passages into becoming.  Soul is only ever a choice of perspective away. When we choose to remember and embrace Soul, it is Soul that is choosing to remember and embrace us.

My teachings are not a step-by-step guide nor a plan of any sort. They contain steps if you learn to track them. They point out guides if you choose to hear them. But it is not a path of shoulds or shants, though it is taught in a language that demands one’s voice have only certainty. It is a campfire tale I have learned from my scars. It is a traveling song taught to me by my incomplete initiations. It is a grief wail turned into a victorious battle cry that was beaten into me by my failures, my flaws, and what I found by valuing them.

Our world is broken, and where there were once elders to tend us through the cracks of reality, we now find a wound the world wide. This website is my cave painting of what I discovered by tending to the wound rather than rejecting it. It is a love letter written to the Heart of the World. It is not meant to be a north star, but rather a dreaming pool within which to bathe, to rest, to bask in the reflections of the many stars above, below and beyond. I do not intend to solve any mysteries. I aim to invite them back into the world by becoming them. My hope is that this gesture inspires others to find their own ways of becoming what we are.

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What My Students Say

“Studying with Zas facilitated profound spiritual growth for me, and I would recommend his classes to anyone interested in learning about meditation for the first time or deepening their practice.”

“Studying with Zas facilitated profound spiritual growth for me, and I would recommend his classes to anyone interested in learning about meditation for the first time or deepening their practice.”

– Joy, IA

“Zas’s classes have led me to a deeper state of mindfulness and clarity within my intuition than I have ever experienced before. He has amazing things to teach and holds the beautiful presence of humility in his role as a teacher.”

“Zas’s classes have led me to a deeper state of mindfulness and clarity within my intuition than I have ever experienced before. He has amazing things to teach and holds the beautiful presence of humility in his role as a teacher.”

– Lynn, Maui

“Zas is a “real” teacher. Many have knowledge, but not all can present it in a way that is accessible to all. Zas has an enormous wealth of information yet was able to convey it in a relevant and organized way.”

“Zas is a “real” teacher. Many have knowledge, but not all can present it in a way that is accessible to all. Zas has an enormous wealth of information yet was able to convey it in a relevant and organized way.”

– Mary, Grass Valley CA

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