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Today, the third part of Ericsson’s deliberate practice:
Focus on technique, not just immediate success.
I love that philosophy. Learn the building blocks first. Worry about outcome later.
Learning Technique = Asking Questions
I started learning direct magick with one question: When I build energy, what really happens?
Like a toddler, with each answer I repeated the question. “What really happens?”
Eventually, I had unraveled how the body produces energy, how the mind controls it, how systems are involved, and how to use all that to perform magick.
Established styles like Golden Dawn, Enochian or Reiki come with systems: magickal structures that connect to you, read your intent and perform the magick.
Think of systems as magick computers. You don’t need to know how the magick works. You just need to use the right software.
Direct mages do magick, well, directly. Without systems. You do each step yourself, constructing your own effects from what you understand of magick.
Using a system only teaches you about that system’s commands. Learning how that system works, and how to do it yourself, requires the un-mediated, direct experience of magick.
Creating your first useful effect requires a broad understanding of magick.
For example, energy healing requires recognizing energy states, altering the body’s energy, and changing energy signatures from magickal domain to physical domain. Miss a piece and you’ll spend a lot of effort forcing the other pieces to compensate.
Once you have the broad understanding to create one useful effect, creating another is easy. Eventually, you can use magick to improve your ability to do magick. It’s an exponential learning curve.
I started practicing magick as a kid. It took a decade to learn any useful effects. It takes most adult mages 2-3 years.
I didn’t think about useful effects, though. I was just curious about how reality worked. So I asked questions and figured out the answers.
These days, I love the tactile experience of doing magick. I want to see the magick work, understand all the steps, and explore new pieces every day. You don’t get that doing magick with systems.
Focus on technique. Not immediate success. That’s the recipe for learning direct magick.Other posts in this series:
- Learning Magick: Goals, Paths and Detours (April 12, 2010)
- Learning Magick: Feedback and Honesty (April 13, 2010)
- Learning Magick: Focus on Technique (April 15, 2010)
- Learning Magick: Freedom to Play (April 16, 2010)