Coping: The Magic of a “Better Future”

Time for a discussion about personal magic.  The kind that really pays off, is honest, and ethical. Odd topic?  Maybe, but let me explain:  The other day, I was talking to a friend and the subject of unlimited personal energy came up.

You see, this person has known me for a long time, and still didn’t understand how I always seem to have unlimited energy and I’m also remarkably “mood-free.”

As we talked, it became clear that I’d never really explained myself well on this point so perhaps sharing some ideas publicly might be useful.  Especially if you’re under 40 because most parents don’t understand the process.  So you’re forgiven for not “getting it” if no one told you…

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The person I was speaking with said I was guilty of always being at a high energy-state and always having an attitude of “in charge” of everything around me.

This wasn’t judged to be bad, but it’s pretty novel.  Definitely not part of modern herd-think.  It’s not an app.

The starting point for everything is the future.

The reason’s apparent with just a moment’s thought:  The past has come and gone.  And the present is already rolling past you.  Change has to happen upstream.

It stands to reason, therefore, that if you’re going to change the way it arrives in the present FROM the future, that you need to assert control in the future because everything you do in the present is already cast.

“You always seem to live 10-minutes to 10-years in the future….

Guilty as charged.  But that’s where all change comes from!

I’m a pretty simple person:  I don’t want to be the richest person in the world, the smartest, or anything like that.  But what I do want (and have successfully created for the most part) is a world where Elaine and I have enough money to get by in great comfort, no stress, and great health.

And we have it.  How did it happen?

Making the future is perhaps best-explained to younger people by using the analogy to designing and casting something of metal.

Since I was focused on creating a golden future, I first has to draw a rough outline of what that future ought to look like.  Simple enough. Bare sketch.

The second step to making it real was filling out the sketch.  After enough effort, it becomes a mold into which I would pour my metal.

The mold is more than whims and wishes.  It’s the container wherein ideas begin to solidify.

Say you have a future with a certain income figure in mind and you want to get there.

Because you have an idea of what you want, that idea is your sketch.  Contributor Bryce is always repeating  “Thoughts are things.”  Which they truly are, but there is an art condensing them from bare sketch (way out in the future) into something that rolls past us in a highly useable and enjoyable form in the present.

The process by which a thought “hardens” – and goes allegorically from a light pencil sketch to a hardened mold ready for the pouring of metal – is  mental work.  Imagine first.  Then? Focus, visualization, desire, and yes, will power.  You can learn it, but it’s the energizing of thought to thing.

Once your mold is nice and solid, the metal shows up – undifferentiated, though.  This is where you must figure out whether to pour  this particular meal it into your mold.

I know a lot of people who get just this far.  But then, they grab at the first metal that shows up.  When it later turns out to have been lead, and a real weight in their life, they become confused.  “Process doesn’t work!”

But it does…go with me on this:

I had the rough concept, I distilled, clarified and make a mold…but somehow I got LEAD for an outcome, not GOLD….What happened?”

To this point, we’ve been having an ethereal discussion.  Now, let’s make it real.

The sketch you wanted to materialize was, oh, a much higher-paying job, for example.

You wanted to be at the top of whatever your skills support in the way of income – and to move beyond that.

So, you take this outline or sketch and you began to harden your mold.

You think:  If I want this mold, what do I need to do here – in the present – to firm up that future mold?

Those activities might include scanning Craigslist or the local paper every single day looking for that chance to move up.  There’s a start.

Sending out resumes, going to business meetings like the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, or a technical group (IT group, or whatever) all those actions begin to firm up the mold.

You can think of this as seeding the future.  Sow in the future to reap in the present.  Time seeds.

Discernment becomes critical.

You might mistakenly think the first new job opportunity that comes along from your efforts is the one you should take.  Often, it’s not.

When you look at the new job offer – and compare it with the original sketch and then the mold, you might discover you’re tempted to cut corners.

“My sketch and then mold didn’t include working Saturdays,” for example.

There is an art with recognizing when there’s real gold to be poured into your mold, but it can be lead.

Judiciousness is required.

For you are the Chief Negotiator.  If you want a day job and you settle for Saturday’s and occasional night work, then you just negotiated pouring of lead instead of gold for yourself.

Yes, there is an alchemy – and when you’ve studied the Hermetic, Golden Dawn, and other “magical traditions” it all comes clear as a bell.  No woo-woo, no pentagrams or hexes…just the way a higher plane works as it condenses around us in the shared nominal world.

There are only two poems that have ever meant something to me, as a poor practical magician wandering the Earth. I’m moved, for a special reason, to share them now – ahead of the holidays.

The Holidays are when a disproportionate number of people commit suicide…but perhaps this discussion of “demanding and getting of the gold” in life – and some discussion of the process – might help some folks.

The first poem is by Jessie Belle Rittenhouse:

I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store;

For Life is just an employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.

I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have paid.”

It’s not a terribly complicated little poem – and if you remember only the first line, it will make a lot of major decisions much more clear:  I bargained with Life for a Penny…

The second poem really has to do more with faith in the future and your ability to triumph if you work on gumption more than anything else.  Robert W. Service wrote “The Quitter.”

When you’re lost in the Wild, and you’re scared as a child,
And Death looks you bang in the eye,
And you’re sore as a boil, it’s according to Hoyle
To cock your revolver and . . . die.

But the Code of a Man says: “Fight all you can,”
And self-dissolution is barred.
In hunger and woe, oh, it’s easy to blow . . .
It’s the hell-served-for-breakfast that’s hard.

“You’re sick of the game!” Well, now that’s a shame.
You’re young and you’re brave and you’re bright.
“You’ve had a raw deal!” I know — but don’t squeal,
Buck up, do your damnedest, and fight.

It’s the plugging away that will win you the day,
So don’t be a piker, old pard!
Just draw on your grit, it’s so easy to quit.
It’s the keeping-your chin-up that’s hard.

It’s easy to cry that you’re beaten — and die;
It’s easy to crawfish and crawl;
But to fight and to fight when hope’s out of sight 

Why that’s the best game of them all!
And though you come out of each grueling bout,
All broken and battered and scarred,
Just have one more try — it’s dead easy to die,
It’s the keeping-on-living that’s hard.

“Must be present to win,” comers to mind.

This stuff is familiar if you remember my book the Millennials Missing Manual Back in March, I explained the real life magic of thoughts this way:

It was H.P. Blavatsky’s “A Treatise on Cosmic Fire” in which things like the role of the Solar Logos – nuts and bolts of how Creation worked – and much of the early 1900’s Theosophical Society beliefs were laid out.

It was a fascinating book because it attempted directly explain this problem of how “thoughts” become “things.” It’s a non-trivial pursuit; it’s a quest that has taken a life-time of ultra slow-motion research to pursue. Habits like eating and living get in the way of our spiritual interests, regrettably.

Even today, the question is still very much on the minds of Theosophical Society members. In a February 2010 page (The Mystery of the “Ring-Pass-Not”) it is said that ““The full Initiate knows that the Ring ‘Pass-Not’ is neither a locality nor can it be measured by distance, but that it exists in the absoluteness of infinity.”

“Ring-Pass-Not?” you’re thinking…

Imagine a thought in your head. It is a beautiful thing – and quite perfect therein. But how does it become energized sufficiently in your Mind to smoothly transitioned to outer Reality?

Going back to alchemical times, it was to alchemists as though there was this “ring-pass-not” – a kind of spiritual speed-bump system – that prevents what we think casually from becoming what we have in the physical realm.

Some application of brakes seems reasonable when you think about it.

Not that Blavatsky (and other Theosophists) were entirely correct. Creation – or more properly co-creation with Universe –  is an equation with an assortment of solutions. “

Holidays can be a particularly tough time for people who don’t yet realize they are Magicians of the Highest Order.

So, if there’s room at your table Thursday, and you know someone who doesn’t have a place to go or people to be with, set the extra place and invite them in.

We’re all Magicians, all lost, and just as sure as there is a magic we use to create our lives, there is magic in fellowship and wherever two, or more, are gathered in His name.

Write when you get rich, but you already are, right?

31 thoughts on “Coping: The Magic of a “Better Future””

  1. For too many years to remember, a Robert W. Service book of poems sits on my night stand along with the Bible. Earthly and heavenly guidance in a world gone wrong.

    Howdy 0 , How’s the holey hand man these days ;)?

    • Hey Rocket man! You know that “holy hand” was how i met my second wife. Hahahha I’m good. Could be better, but I love what I do and do what I love. It’s funny… this majic thing. 14 years ago was a homeless man, lived in a park in tacoma. I was $70k in debt, pennyless, on probation and the scum of the earth. Couldn’t even get a drivers license for 4 years. Now I live in a 5 bedroom house, I drive a sick ass pick up truck, drive for a living and am what most would consider mid to uper middle class..

      I find my self wondering, when is the next miracle and God reminds me, you are the miracle!

      I’m lonely….but never alone. I haven’t found that gotta have her girl that I jive with yet. Just doing the next right thing. Ya know?

      Good to hear from you!


      • Still 50 percent of everything over now, 600,000..? Moral of story,…do not help make family money without protecting yourself…especially for a younger and ill widowed mother…seems your making their own way children are 15 years past the onset of that…

      • Not sure if i follow ya M. That doesnt mean there isnt value in your words… trying to ‘figure’ out how to make more… i make good money, but I have a hell of a lot of responsibilities.. there is always a hand out at my door asking for some.. so it seems.

  2. The book that helped the most was” The seven spiritual laws to success” by Deepok Chopra. Money is currency and if you follow your heart(do something that you love) and if it helps others the money flows. This has worked for me and I have no regrets. Manifesting what you want or need works well if you use these spiritual laws.

  3. Watched the movie “The Secret” on Vimeo last night. Worth it.

    It is a kind of beginners guide to what George is saying.

    First, what are you grateful for right now? Just remembering to recall those things often will change your life.

    Perhaps that is why Canada and USA,both of which have national holidays devoted to gratitude,have done well.

    I will be grateful in a big way this Thanksgiving. Which will generate even more to be grateful for. And it’s even free.


      When the perceived notion that trailers aren’t worth anything.
      Well then they become in the main, because there’s lots of people who can’t afford a house and they can’t afford the new trailers and they’re living out of their vehicles so there is the main for just standard trailers not the high evolutionary ones.
      One man’s treasured cardboard box is another man’s trash

      • What I’m getting at is everything on this planet has been designed by beings that a way out there and from the smallest little molecule smallest little organism we’ve all been designed to serve a purpose like I said I flies or animals and us and then we have people who are just not very good at anything I mean there in comas then you have people like George who are on top of the world on it just about everything and then you have other people who are into spiritual and then you have other people who are in to the unknown so what we’re getting at or coming back to is everything was designed with a purpose.

        Then we go way into the future welders not much of that going on because everybody lives on the same scale we have the ability to create humans alike no retards no idiot or all the same or all up on the same scale because we’ve manipulated and destroyed all the people who are unwanted over the years slowly.

        So where does that leave us now nowhere we’re in the process of doing that what does it leave us in the future it leaves us in a paralyzed Society and where things can’t work from the molecular level all the way up to the Grand your level of hey we got planets here.

        As in the Holocaust people were put aside not only for belief systems but for monetary systems if you can’t be part of the program then we don’t want you because you can’t help us so with that in mind we come to an area where well we have gnats we have flies and they go after all the deceased things that we want to get rid of.

        And once you remove one of those pieces in that scale then everything starts becoming disruptive.

  4. Thanks, George. It’s been a while since I stopped by the site and I appreciated the content of the post. Best wishes.

  5. Excellent and thought-provoking message, George. I am reminded that each moment of every day, a variety of events impact the direction of my life – my wife delays my departure for work by asking a question; the person driving in front of me slows down way to early at a yellow light, resulting in my subsequent delay as I wait out the red light; and so on – relentlessly, without pity, the progression of life is driven by countless such external influences, not to mention self induced exposures to great books, works of art, natural beauty, architecture, profound teachers and the loved ones who add deeper meaning to our lives. So then how is it possible to divine and subsequently pursue any one, defined ‘magical’ future direction with there being so many external drivers buffeting our journey through what we call space/time? The best answer I’ve heard of, aligning closely with Ure’s, is that our future selves can indeed influence our present selves, perhaps because all space/time exists at once and what we perceive as the passage of time is merely a coping construct. Perhaps because all future universes actually exist, and we must choose the path we wish to follow to best better ourselves. If we imagine our ‘best possible future self,’ living in the happiest of conditions (by our standards, not another’s), then when we seek guidance from that self on how to fight past the eddies and currents continually thrown at us by reality to achieve that self’s future reality, we have a better chance of approaching our absolute best possible future. In a nutshell, it is a ‘modeling and simulation’ exercise. Imagine that which we desire to become, which creates the mental template for our physical actions to follow as we strive to become that person. George, I wish you and all Ure readers success and happiness on their personal, magical, best possible self-quests.

  6. All Occult teachings all boil down to what you’ve described.

    Take away all of the dogma, and the three major religions say the same thing as well.

    As above, so below. As within, so without.

    Magic is real. The difficult bit for most is application. The Initiate can do magic without the pomp and circumstance of a ceremonial magician… Sometimes it’s just fun to dress up and scare your neighbors, though.

  7. George want to post this and might help some. The post this morning sure right on. In my mid fifties realized I probably had the genes for a long life. Just had to change my lifestyle. Quit alcohol and get more exercise. Wound up with a TKD schoolfor 15 years. Got injured had to quit the school change locations and wound up in Abq. At 74 years old was basically handed a 3 day old and had to do everything for her except feed her. Mother had real bad case of Post Partum. Went this route for 3 years. Then it was 4 days a week for a year. In this time from when she could crawl whe would get the 4 and 5 words book and I read from an hour to two every day. Seven days a week. She was a hyperactive child but could sit absolutely still while we read the same stories day after day. We only used $1 books Disneys and only had about 6. Exit to today in 2nd grade and according to my learned education friends she is reading on about a 5th to 6th grade level. The upside to this was discovering that scientists are discovering that older folks can benefit in a
    DNA change for the better by interacting with the little ones. You have to get on their level as they can only be selfish in their personal needs. Great for me. Went back to being productive in earning a living. Still had hip injury. Got backed into in a WM parking lot sitting still. Bad whiplash at probably 4to 5 mph. Took 46 times for Chiropractor to fix and at the same time fixed my hip injury. Now through all this at 83 after MRI and cat scans lab work etc am as fit as almost any 50 year old out there. I am following an economists who is tracking the life extension companies who are into the gene splicing etc. We may have the ability to live long but must work on living better. Will post later on website of Longevity Researchers. Have a goodun. I also speak Texan.

  8. Great post today and definitely thought provoking..
    “But what I do want (and have successfully created for the most part) is a world where Elaine and I have enough money to get by in great comfort, no stress, and great health.”

    through the years I have seen multi millionaires the average joe and billionaires the famous the infamous..
    this works as long as you have your health. the minute something happens it changes.
    My mother enjoyed a decent life was very frugal with her funds and enjoyed the things she did.. then the stroke happened…she ended up in a nursing facility for several years. after she left my sister called and asked what happened to all moms money.. I chuckled and said sis she was in a nursing home and had doctors for how many years at eleven thousand plus a month for room and board for just her where do you think it went.
    The only ones I ever seen that was able to successfully maneuver these waters was the owner of a major ball team ( which was really nice I had to go to a specialist hospital once and the driver was talking about his hero and how he wished he could see a game with him in it. I gave the owners office a call and asked if I could buy a set of tickets for the driver that takes me to my doctors visits.. two days later I get an autographed picture of the pitcher he idolized the whole team and ticket so a home game.. I thought the driver was going to cry) and the financial backers to a very successful rock band who tried for years to get me to live with them to take care of dad.. of course a few movie stars did ok but they were very very wealthy.. the average run of the mil millionaire usually ends up penniless after a while sitting there waiting for the kids to show up.
    as long as your walking and doing ok.. a coworker of my wife came to work last night she has cancer of course the insurance won’t pay the chemo so she isn’t doing well and of course you can’t get the chemo without the money they just don’t give that away.. so she joked that she wanted to auction off everyones car.. LOL..
    in the end it is pretty much the same with everyone..because of one very successful patient I changed how my obit and funeral will be.. when they passed they were very aggressive in business when they passed I went to the funeral.. it was me.. and the preacher.. I had never seen a sadder funeral.. like life insurance just get enough to stick you in the ground and disability policies aren’t worth the paper they are written on.

  9. After the fact the society we’re living in that’s change so much but not in a good way part of it good but most of it is bad because it’s being ruled by bad people and when you have that influence if you have a bad parent and you have a child is learning you know the outcome

    • every person has a different soul spirit or not created equal that’s why you have a person over here I can only do X amount and then you have someone that appears to be a genius over here we’re not created dayquil that’s only something a government wants us to blue but we’re all created different.
      that’s why we all need to be here no matter who we are or all created differently but we all need to be able to interact with all of our DNA species and plus all the others pieces so it’s not about single and you out and saying hey we want you to be different is about being who you are because this universe was created for you no matter who you are what you are and you have to experience that experience as you go for the trains of yours like your soul spirit is here just because you live on the prison planet than your memories wiped out each time you die and your reincarnated doesn’t mean except that

  10. Basic tenet of practical magic is that thoughts become things in 3D when enough energy is applied. Humans use emotion as the energy source. This is why Tony Robbins et al talk about having passion for what you do. Whimsical thoughts, as you said George, don’t come to fruition because there is no power behind them.

    In order to get your thoughts to materialize, you have to apply passion/emotion. It is easy to learn but not easy to do to success because the energy has to be sustained until victory (the don’t quit part).

  11. Don’t You Quit

    When Things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
    When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
    When the funds are low and debts are high,
    And you want to Smile but have to sigh.
    When care is pressing you down a bit,
    Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

    Life is queer with its twists and turns,
    As everyone of us sometimes learns,
    And many a failure turns about,
    When he might have won if he’d stuck it out,
    Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
    You might succeed with another blow.

    Often the struggler has given up,
    When he might captured the victor’s cup.
    And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
    How close he was to the golden crown,

    Success is failure turned inside out,
    The silver tint of clouds of doubt,
    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems afar,
    So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
    It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

    [Ed. Note] There has been some controversy over the actual authorship of this poem.

  12. George,
    If you are looking for adventure , did you ever consider volunteering with the Red Cross in Puerto Rico ? I heard they had put out a call for ham radio operators . Being under the umbrella of the Red Cross might offer some protection which you just might need in a society that just about shut down . Sure would give you something to write about, not that that is a problem. You could supply us all with insights in to post catastrophes . Your wife could probably assist you.
    The idea kinda interests me, but I don’t have the skill set and my husband likes it here on the farm . So, we will probably sit by the woodstove and read your blog .
    Have a joyful holiday season.

  13. Pure gold, but “Judiciousness is required” that’s where many are misled. ;-( Fortunately, I myself believe to be among the 1%, because it’s mostly how you perceive it, and you too are so blessed!

  14. I’ve been reading your stuff for probably 10 years now but I rarely comment. I loved this post. I have a new girlfriend and we have been actively trying to manifest our desired future. This really came at the right time, i sent her a link so she can check it out to. Thanks

  15. I could write something profound…. And even thought about it. You know Abracadabra is Aramaic for “from what I speak I create”. Jesus spoke Aramaic..

    However, a bit more realist comment,

    My biggest problem is I get hyper focus. I get so focused on my goals that I don’t even know when I’m physically sick. I will literally work myself to death. Last year I was working two jobs, 90+ hours a week. Driving Dump truck and working for Lyft (it’s like uber) I ended up getting pnumonioa and I didn’t realize I was that sick.. And kept working like that for 4 months and ended up in flat lining in The ER for 5 min. I know! Crazy! Hahhaha

    They jammed a tube down my throat and rupture my vocal cords and I couldn’t physically speak for 4 months..

    Sometimes it is a good thing, hyper focused on a goal.. But then sometimes it can bite ya in the ass.

    Thoughts are things George, but you can sit on your ass and pray till the cows come home to win the lottery and you will never win unless you go buy a ticket.

    Good article,


  16. Greatly appreciate your time George with intention & wisdom to manifest a better future. Great insight & wonderful comments too. So thank you dear George for creating a space for sharing, caring & learning. From NJ with love to you & Ures’ & to all our UrbanSurvival family for a gratitude filled Thanksgiving!

  17. George Not necessarly for posting. While you and your lovely roommate are considering your next domicile out of the big piney. Might not hurt to look at Abq. The weather or climate here is almost beyond belief year around. Just a suggestion.

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