“Ya Gotta Believe!” thunders the preacher as he leans into your face. “Follow the Lord!” intones the priest as he swing his incense censer your way. “Support your Leader!” chant the amplified voices of the cheer-leading Advance Guard over the beating drums. “Defeat the Enemy!” yells the politician. “Buy this Now!” shouts the headline. “Place your Order within the next Ten Minutes for Double the Benefit!” promises the fast-talking sales person. “Do it! Do IT! DO IT!” sings the swaying dance chorus.
These are all examples of mass hypnosis—used just as it was practiced by Hitler, Stalin, and other “popular” (to their targeted audiences) dictators, and as is
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, when I was living in Minnesota, I appeared on a local radio talk show. The host was Ms. Barbara Carlson, former wife of then Governor Arne Carlson. Why was I on the show? Well, in the major media, there are generally only two times they want to talk with someone involved with magick, occultism, Witchcraft, etc: when there is a crime that is supposedly related to the occult, and the week or so before Halloween.
This was just before Halloween.
She asked me what magick was. I explained that it was something natural, a way of having a desired effect on your future. I also told her that the image of waving a wand and making the door open on its own was a fantasy, not the
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