Magick is more than making changes outside of you, it is also making changes to yourself. If there is something you don't like about yourself, you can change it.
Well, there's nothing new about that! There are numerous systems for personal growth, change, and empowerment, some more effective than others. To effectively use any of them, however, requires you to know more about who you really are. If you think you're cowardly when, in fact, you are actually brave, you might spend many days, months, or years trying to become brave when it's a quality you already have.* Surely this is one of the reasons the concept of "Know Thyself" is so important—you can't decide on your goals (where you
Many years ago I read the book Meta-talk: How to uncover hidden meanings in what people say by Gerard I. Nierenberg and Henry Calero.
The basic concept is sort of like interpreting body language for the use of words.
With body language, the position and motions of the body can amplify or refute the words you say. When you understand body language, you can better understand people's actual meanings, sometimes when they don't understand it themselves.
With meta-talk, one of the concepts is that the choice to use certain words can amplify or refute the content of what you say or write.
One of my favorite examples of this is the use of the word, "but."
"But" is a conjunction that
One of the things Israel Regardie has written is that all students of magick should get into some form of psychotherapy. Of course, this is supposed to help the student not become ego-inflated. However, there was another reason for this. Regardie told me that working with a therapist would convince students of the reality of the unconscious mind.
Today, most people accept the concept that we have both conscious and unconscious minds (or at least conscious and unconscious aspects of our mind). But when Regardie started on his magickal career at the beginning of the last century, many did not believe this. It was only with Freud that the idea became accepted, and that acceptance did not
Two years ago I made a blog post about poverty thinking and how that can be a cause of impoverishment. I showed that on some level many people see the wealth of the world as being like a pie, and if you make your piece bigger, someone else will get a smaller piece. Not wanting to harm others, people with this mode of thinking settle for what they have. What I pointed out, however, is that when you make your piece bigger, the entire pie grows in size, increasing the wealth of everyone. Today, I think I would put it this way: As long as your means of obtaining wealth was ecological—by which I mean good for you, good for those around you, and good for your community and the world—your