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The state of mind I need for magick is the same state of mind I need to write well.
I realized this while jetlagged and exhausted in Singapore. Don’t get me wrong — it’s been a great trip. Saw Har Paw Villa and the Night Safari, ate awesome food, taught a good class, and I’m only halfway done. But between the time zone, the heat, and the enormous amount of walking it takes to see everything, I haven’t felt rested, sharp or focused in a few days.
When I sit down to write, that unfocused state of mind keeps me from grasping my ideas and shaping them into a good post. I can feel what’s missing from my mind at the moment, and occasionally, when first waking up in the morning (like right now) I can summon it for a time.
I can also feel what’s missing when I sit down to do magick. It’s that same focus, that ability to grasp multiple ideas at once, to direct my mind into unusual states, and to stay relaxed while I do it. That’s what I need for new magick techniques.
I often get asked what it’s like to do direct magick. I don’t normally have an answer, because it’s not particularly like anything. But now I’ll say that, for me, relaxed focus is the key to writing, and also the key to magick.
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Tags: Learning Magick