What is a Construct?
Despite its length, this article is a very basic “for dummies”-style guide written with the newbie in mind. If you’ve been working with energetics for a year or more, you can probably afford to give it a miss. The purpose is to explain a little about how constructs work and how to effectively make, use and maintain them. I’ll be writing from a functional, rather than academic, standpoint here. The reason for this is twofold. One, you need not know the precise mechanics of how this works in order to do it. A functional understanding will suffice. Two, everybody has their own pet theory on precisely what energy is, how we are able to manipulate it, and its relationship with the more familiar physical world. I am not a scientist. I am an active psion, and the terminology I use could be termed pseudo-scientific at best. The definitions and descriptions herein will cover the how (or the how-to), and some of the why, and will provide you with an understanding of the subject matter sufficient to allow you to effectively create and use constructs. If you are looking for an article to prove that constructs exist, you will be disappointed. This is for those who can be bothered putting in the effort to prove it for themselves.
All examples, unless otherwise noted, are from my own personal experience.
The use of “he”, “his”, etc to describe the practitioner is for ease of reading (not to mention writing).
What is a Construct?
A construct is an object which is “constructed” (hence the name) from subtle energy, the object being created by the practitioner and remaining functionally independent of him. I say functionally independent because constructs maintain a connection with their creator, but to all intents and purposes (at least for the purposes of this article) they are separate. You may be more familiar with the term “thoughtform”, which is similar, but quite different. Thoughtforms are created unconsciously, whereas the term construct is only used to describe something which is intentionally created. Thoughtforms will be covered further, though not in a great deal more detail, in a later section. The term “servitor” is used in some circles to describe a construct, often sentient, and most commonly created using ritual techniques. The emphasis of ritual here is only because the term is often used by ritualists, not because it is in any way different.
A construct can take any form the practitioner decides upon, and will possess any attributes the practitioner wishes to impose upon it. Constructs range from the very simple, such as a featureless orb of energy which carries out basic tasks autonomously, to the very complex. The most complex of constructs can possess “intelligence”, and even (seeming) sentience, and are capable of virtually any feat the practitioner himself is capable of, and perhaps some that he is not.
Constructs are both composed of, and “powered” by, subtle energy. If you’re anything like me, that statement may not make a great deal of sense until you actually start working with energy. After all, how can you make something out of energy? Much smarter people than I have made fools of themselves trying to explain subtle energy, so I’ll give you a brief, simple explanation that you can use while working with the stuff, until you come across, or work out, something better for yourself.