From the time you started practicing the exercises in lesson 1 you have been developing skills needed for success in magic. The exercise contained in lesson 6, Synthesis, is essentially a type of inner magic. You are working an inner process to transform opposites into something new – essentially creating change at will, under the guidance of your Higher Self. Utilizing imagination and will, combined with some skills and beliefs (concepts), you can now begin experimenting with other possibilities that magic has to offer. A simple distinction could be drawn between internal magic, where you seek to transform your inner world, and external magic, where you seek to transform your outer world. However, the distinction blurs once you realise that changing your inner world will always lead to changes in your everyday life. Once again, re-read lesson 2, and consider again the ancient axiom “as above, so below” – or “that which is within is like that which is without.” By changing your inner world you are creating changes that ripple out and become manifest in the physical world. This is the focus of teachings on the so-called Law of Attraction, where it is taught that “like attracts like.” In my belief, it is a little more complex than simply saying “like attracts like” and “whatever you think will manifest.” That is why I structured this course the way I did. I believe that beliefs are fundamentally important – you must believe that magic is possible (truly believe). You must understand how (and possess beliefs relating to) Imagination and Will are combined to create transformation, and it is helpful, if not essential, to be able to interact with your superconscious (Higher Self). These are the essential elements for success in magic, whether you chose to work in a meditative (visualization) way, or through physical expression via the performance of ritual (where you still need to use the powers of your psyche while performing physical actions – which are outward expressions, symbolic of the inner, magical process). Belief, combined with Imagination and Will, aided by the Higher Self, is a powerful formula for magical transformation of both the inner and outer worlds. While there are a lot of other concepts and words that can be associated with the process of magic, most of them will relate in some way back to the concepts mentioned in the previous paragraph. Beliefs include your knowledge, understanding, and wisdom relating to any particular concept or process. Imagination broadly covers all forms of inner creative processes, and is linked to meditation, hypnosis and other forms of trance. Will has associations with intention, skill, determination, concentration, focus, and single-mindedness. The Higher Self is the highest (deepest) part of your psyche, a symbolic representation of superconsciousness and provides a direction connection to the Collective Consciousness, the All, the Source, the Universe, to God. Anything not broadly connected to these concepts is likely superfluous to magic. There are many ways to call these things, and ways to express magical concepts and powers. However, whether magic is shamanic, Enochian, Egyptian, wiccan, Eastern, or Western, it shares common threads, common concepts – the core concepts which exist beneath the outer expressions. A word of caution. It might sound clichéd, but it is worthwhile keeping in your mind that old saying, “be careful what you ask for; you might just get it.” The magical act is amoral, and when transformation changes your external world you may well experience side effects that you never considered. This is why it is particularly important to work with your Higher Self, to insure that the outcome is beyond the lower polar opposites (beyond negative and positive, and beyond good and evil). It is wise to cultivate beliefs in bringing about the changes that are holistic and transpersonal, not simply selfish desires to meet your needs. The next chapter, on morality, will look a little more at this. Aside from the unexpected side effects, there are other possible dangers inherent in delving into the deeper and latent parts of your psyche. Magical transformation is not necessary pleasant, and the side effects to you personally could be having to deal with repressed psychological content, and deal with an immense amount of stress, and anxiety as you break apart the beliefs you hold and patterns that shape your day to day life and activities. For some people, a psychotic break is possible. For others, depression can set in. It can become difficult to function in the real world (the physical, tangible world). So it is important to keep yourself ‘grounded’, and keep in mind that the physical world is the real world. Magic is not about fantasy and escapism. You still have this physical life to live; magic is an aid to it, and another dimension or level to seek knowledge, wisdom and understanding about. It is a good idea to keep doing (or start doing) some form of physical activity that is (or seems) far removed from inner, magical realms. Walking, running, chopping wood, and keeping up normal social contact with non-magical people, are all good ways of keeping grounded and reminding yourself that it is the physical world we are incarnate to experience. Seeing a counsellor, psychotherapist, or hypnotherapist (especially one who works in the Jungian or Transpersonal schools of thought) is useful if repressed memories begin to surface. It might be you, your friends, or your family that start to notice your behaviour becoming too disconnected from consensus reality. As a magician you walk (journey) between worlds (the inner and the outer), but should never lose grip on either.
Last modified: 10 August 2014