At the recent Babalon Rising festival I saw the usual assortment of cars, trucks, and SUVs in the parking areas. Many were old and rather beat up, being held together with bumper stickers such as “Freedom of Religion Means ALL Religions.” But a surprising (to me) new entry was a bright and very shiny Jaguar. It was newer and obviously quite expensive. Someone had enough money to spend on that car.
Why is it that so many people who profess to be able to do magick
are constantly in poor financial condition?
Yes, I know the world’s economy is in the dumpster, but there are still lots of people making lots of money. Shouldn’t magicians be part of that? Some say you should only use magick for spiritual things such as healing, helping others, or enhancing spirituality and one’s links to the Divine. I say:
It’s hard to be spiritual when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from or whether you’ll have a house over your head!
Some point to the mystics in India who wander around with no possessions other than an extra robe and a bowl to use for begging. I would point out that the culture in India is used to such mystics and people support them with food and shelter. We don’t do that in the West.
So what’s the real reason for poverty? I contend it’s poverty thinking. People think it’s spiritual, moral, ecological and/or ethical to be poor so they manifest poverty. In fact, many “spiritual” people work overtime at being poor. But why should people think they need to be poor? I relate it to what I call, The Pie Model.
We’ve all see pies like the one above. If we imagine the sum of all the wealth of everyone in the world as being a pie, then each person gets his or her own slice as shown in the, uh, pie chart below:
Not everyone gets the same size slice. Some have bigger slices, some have smaller ones, indicated by the width of the slice at the circumference of the pie. If you were to increase the size of your slice of the pieâ€”increase your wealthâ€”since there is only so much to go around, someone else would get a smaller slice. While most magickal people who are not in the best financial situation will tell you they would like to have a bigger slice of the pie, they don’t want to do it at the expense of another. I don’t want a little more if it means that my neighbor is going to have less. I don’t want to buy a house if it means some family is going to lose their home. I think many people believe this and it provides a reason for not having more.
Another word for “reason” is “excuse.”
Hidden in this example is an assumption I believe to be false. it assumes that the size of the pie, the total wealth of the world, remains constant. I don’t believe that’s true. While there may come a time when it will be impossible to increase the size of the pie, we haven’t reached that level yet. Below is a more accurate picture of what can happen:
When you grow your piece of the pie it doesn’t grow to the sides, making other pieces smaller, it grows out at the edge, increasing the overall size of the pie and making all pieces bigger. As you become wealthier, you help everyone around you become wealthier.
Being a magician does not mean you have to suffer by manifesting poverty nor hurt others when attracting wealth. Nor by “wealth” do I mean that you must be so far ahead of others that it would be embarrassing. Wealth means enough finances for yourself. I also believe it means wealth of being loved and giving love, wealth of friendship, wealth of knowledge and wisdom, and wealth of spirituality. Without the latter forms of wealth you may find that the financial forms of wealth are cold and meaningless.
I invite you to create wealth and share it. Oh, and it is not true that the Bible says “money is the root of all evil.” The Bible says that it is the desire for money is the root of evil. If you have enough there is no need to desire more.
It’s okay to think positively and attract wealth. Poverty thinking is not necessary.
What do you think is keeping you from wealth? What do you hold on to that?