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…
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?