Some of our spellwork doesn’t manifest simply because of the default settings in our mental or emotional bodies. Conclusions that we have about the world or the universe that we live in are the conditions that we have set up for the manifestation to gestate in, before our petitions come to full fruition. When we have a conclusion about our reality in place, and we ask for a manifestation that is contrary evidence to that “fact” about reality, the petition will not be able to be manifested.
There are various thoughts about the limitations and capabilities of magick. In the magickal community, we have our hedgewitches and kitchen witches, our schools of thought that we can give the manifest universe pushes and pulls, influence reality– but that humans do not have absolute control over the physical plane. Then, we have other students of the occult who constantly move forward with the idea that we can become almost godlike in exerting our will over reality, while we are still manifest in physical bodies.
With all due respect to everyone’s understanding, interpretation and technical practice of magick–it is my personal opinion that most of the technical instruction on modern sorcery is lacking in clear and practical instruction. Most of what is available on the instructional market still operates on a hit-and-miss basis, because we are not given deeper instruction on the various and individual limitations that we have as negative thinkers.
We are given directions on how to practice techniques which are not always failproof. For the most part, we are told to keep practicing the same technique “until it works.” At best, we are offered troubleshooting tips that amount to tables of correspondences–which reinforce a sense of superstitious dependence on waiting for astrological/seasonal/daily cycles or specific ingredients. When our efforts are still not rewarded, we are offered the comfort of the idea that the Universe doesn’t want for our desire to be manifested…or at least, not in the time period that we are expecting something in….a sort of paganized version of Predestination. Depending on what we read or hear, we are taught on hand that we do not have ultimate Free Will…when we are told in other contexts that we are absolutely able to exercise and exert our free will and free choice.
Chaos Magick has taught me that if we strip all of the romance out of the practice of magick and sorcery, the point of magickal practice is to create a change in personal perception of reality. We perform ritual, spells, petitions to shift our belief in what is real. Ideally, magickal practice is a form of psychotherapy–changing the interior landscape of convictions, beliefs and feelings.
If we think of the creation (or at least, the influence) of personal reality as analogous to growing a garden, then the belief-frameworks of what is possible and not possible would be equivalent to the condition of the soil in which our flowers or vegetation grows. If we think of creation of reality as equivalent to pregnancy, the mental-framework of what is possible is roughly equivalent to the amniotic fluids in which the baby grows.
There are convictions and beliefs that are often unconscious–that are set as absolute certainties about the way that “the world is” or “reality is.” When we approach the subject of physical world assumptions in the context of magick, we are not referring to the harder set of assumptions about physical reality, that are summarized by the laws of physics. The laws of gravity are not what we are talking about. We are referring to the life scenarios that come up during the human lifetime. Relationships to other people and objects. To a reasonable Magician, we are talking about life events and scenarios–we are working with luck, coincidence, chance and synchronicity.
In this world of limitation, it seems that some people have a lot of investment in the idea of scarcity. Sometimes, there is a subtle martyrdom that comes from sacrificing one’s personal good because of the idea that there is not enough to go around for everyone. It is a conviction in the false perception that this world is always in a state of limited resources.
In many aspects of modern Paganism, sorcery and magick, there is little to no counterwork to weed out and eliminate beliefs in scarcity and poverty. There is some in New Thought, Christian Science and such forms of metaphysics–but, unless a student matches up with a really good teacher or well-rounded guide, they are often left standing with techniques which bounce up against the harder, deeply rooted and fixed negative convictions about reality. We do our money spells and are still left with an empty wallet.
There is this self-destructive attitude that because the world is seen as having very limited resources, it is somehow more saintly and noble (spiritual!) to go without, to do without satisfying one’s desires, so we leave those resources for others. This is based in one’s evaluation of the world as having few resources and assuming that this perception is an accurate one. From personal experience and observation, I have noticed that most people tend to be negative and view the world in a negative way. Being truly positive means seeing the bigger picture from the spiritual perspective and holding the conviction in that truth–not just repeating “catch phrases” on a superficial level.
While many people (laymen, beginning students of the metaphysical and the occult, included) say that they are Spiritually Awake or Conscious….it seems that we have many more people in the magickal communities who believe that as long as they can repeat enough tables of correspondences and author’s quotes, at our in-person meetups and online discussions, than that counts as the personal experience of expansion, spiritual growth and consciousness-raising.
Here we are speaking of the internal world–I come from the school of magick where we do our internal work, then observe what happens in the outside world as a result….if any. Sometimes, the change is purely in the emotional body. I am talking about changing internal convictions and beliefs, way before acting on them in any physical way.
My working theory is that the physical world is based on the necessary limiting awareness of the Allness and Oneness of the Spiritual Reality. We are either Aware of EVERYTHING (omniscience) or we are conscious of our Human Life. In this framework, we have to believe that we are NOT omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent in order to manifest as humans in the physical realm. Whichever convictions we have in “how things are” and “how my life is” is in accordance with the physical laws of this plane, as far as the particular laws of nature go. The specifics of my life situations are much more malleable, fluid and subject to change, however.
When we do any sort of conscious magick in any area of life–we are trying to shift conviction from belief in “Reality A” to “Reality B.” As a working example, let us say that “Reality A” is where we do not have enough money and “Reality B” is where we have quite an abundance of money. Now, when I examine my version of Reality A, this concrete reality is in place because of other supporting thoughts, which allow me to experience the reality where I do not have enough money. To get from “A” to “B,” I need to figure out which convictions I have to support Reality A and which descriptive thoughts and ideas support Reality B, where I have an abundance of money.
Reality A could be believed in because I grew up in a world where I saw that it was difficult for my parents to earn enough money, save money or make it stretch far enough to pay the bills. I could see that only a minority of people had the majority of the money….and my conclusion could be that most of us would never have access to that much prosperity. I could believe that truly spiritual or good people were destined to be poor–money is dirty, money corrupts, money is the root of all evil. Crooked people like politicians, lawyers, drug dealers had money….to have money, you had to trade your soul. You can either have money or you can spend time with your family and friends. You have to be incredibly smart, beautiful, charismatic to have/make money–and since I had extremely low esteem, I couldn’t ever meet the qualifications of the type of person who was going to make, earn or deserve money.
Reality B would have me experiencing a world of abundance–and by abundance, it means abundance for everyone. I would have to believe in a Spiritual Substance that is itself omnipresent. This Spiritual Substance manifests as emotional fulfillment and objects which represent physical fulfillment. To be “in” Reality B, I would have to believe in the thoughts which represent and correspond to the abundant universe.
I would have to believe in a Universe or a Deity that manifests as abundance in every and all places. I would have to believe in all of my fellow humans partaking in the manifestations of that abundance. It might anchor my conviction in the abundance universe if I noticed the details of those manifestations in the abundant world, especially in the people around me. This shift in my awareness could come from the practice of “praying for others”….but, more in the form of claiming specific manifestations as real in other’s lives. An abundant universe displays all evidence of abundance in every location. Claims contrary to the abundance would simply be validations of an illusory universe–any observation on the belief/conviction/mental level which does not support abundance for in every corner of the universe is a denial of the omnipresence of the abundance.
For a practical technique, build a working altar in honor of the Abundant Universe. Perhaps put an image of a Wishing Tree in the middle–or a cauldron, cup or some other symbol representing the abundant source of Spirit. The main technique will be contemplation and meditation. As prompts, ask yourself such guiding questions as these–“What does an Abundant Universe look like? What happens when I experience Abundance in all forms? How am I different when I accept Abundance for myself and everyone else? How many ways can Abundance manifest in the World? How do I feel when Abundance becomes manifest in the World? What positive effects come from me experiencing Abundance in every area in my life?”
Practice meditating on these meditation prompts. Journal any observations and manifestations. Repeat.