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There are three ideas floating around my thoughts today.
First, a comment from Simon on a recent post:
I used to be impressed by big meaty looking books about magick and then I read ‘magic simplified’ by Draja Mickaharic which is about 150 pages and has enough work in it to keep most people busy for several decades. Was one of the points where it really hit me properly that magic about doing- experiencing- testing out not reading endless theory. I’d heard it before and thought I understood it but realized I hadn’t.
In particular, I’m thinking about the difference between doing vs endless theory.
Second, a movie from several years ago, Finding Forrester, where Sean Connery plays a reclusive writer (William) who never leaves his apartment:
Jamal: You ever go outside to do any of this?
William: You should have stayed with the soup question. The object of a question is to obtain information that matters only to us. You were wondering why your soup doesn’t firm up? Probably because your mother was brought up in a house…that never wasted milk in soup. That question was a good one, in contrast to, “Do I ever go outside?” which fails to meet the criteria of obtaining information that matters to you.
Jamal: All right. I guess I don’t have any more soup questions.
Third, a common line of questions I get when telling people about spirits: Where do spirits live? Where do they come from? Do they know what happens when we die?
When I get questions like that, I’m torn three ways:
- Part of me wants to reward the curiosity and explain everything, even though I know that the curiosity should be channeled into their own exploration, and that sating their curiosity will do them a disservice.
- Another part wants to give non-answers, to be polite and give fake wisdom and keep them curious. This also leads to a much shorter conversation where we can both enjoy the wonder of the universe, rather than a long explanation of technical details of magick, which usually isn’t as fun with most people.
- And part of me wants to tell them to focus on soup questions, though I don’t have any idea how to do this politely.
I don’t have an answer, but more and more, I’m realizing that you, my readers, can provide amazing answers if I just ask the right question. So today, I’m asking: What do you do when friends push you for the deep answers of your style of magick, ones that would normally be revealed to initiates only once they can experience those parts of magick themselves?If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.