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Just beause you visualize it, doesn’t make it so.
If I visualize a friend’s cancer evaporating, that may create some magick that helps them feel better. But it doesn’t mean their cancer evaporates, or otherwise goes away.
If I explain the magick as “It evaporates cancer,” that’s a huge over-promise. And it shuts down discussion about what the magick actually does, because now we’re focused on that over-promise. It shuts down proper research.
But I see this all the time. In books on chaos magick (Phil Hine, I think), he talks about magick that goes back in time. Not “I visualize changing the past as a way to communicate my desire to my unconscious,” but magick that actually goes back in time. No testing, no real evidence, just “This is what I visualized, so this must be what happens.” In his defense, his book is about temporarily adopting beliefs, so maybe he was temporarily adopting an unrealistic belief, but it’s hard to tell. In the end, readers start talking that way, too.
To be taken seriously, we need to speak clearly, and match our promises to our results. Which means keeping clear on what visualization does, and doesn’t do.
Visualization asks for something to happen. Specifically, it asks your unconscious mental muscles, which interpret the request as best they can (perhaps symbolically), and do their best to make it happen. That’s very different than actually making the thing you visualized happen.
Understanding this distinction — between what you visualized and what you actually get — is probably the most important step to exploring how magick actually works.If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.