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The more I practice magick, the less I find that work correlates with results. Sure, work is required. But it’s a distant second to figuring out the actual problem that needs solving.
An example: After learning more about communication with spirits and ethereal software, and updating my technique, I was finding communication exhausting. But no big deal — that’s common after learning a new technique. I just practice for a few days until all the changes settle in, my ethereal muscles learn the new motions, and my brain catches up. Do the work, and you’ll get the results.
Except I wasn’t. Four days went by, and I was just getting even more exhausted. It was like I was over-working my muscles, or my brain.
So I stopped. Rested half a week, and thought about what to do next. I didn’t know what the problem was, but about a year ago, I’d set up a bunch of connections from my ethereal muscles, through my brain’s energy layer, into my brain. I hadn’t updated those connections since then, and since my new technique involved putting more signatures into my brain, maybe those connections needed some improving.
I asked the spirits that train me. They thought it was a reasonable guess (though they didn’t know for sure), and they showed me how to do it. For an hour, it was even more exhausting than before, but after that, I felt great. The next day, my ethereal muscles for communication were fast and responsive, easy to engage and use, and I’m tentatively calling this problem solved.
A decade ago, all I had to do was put in the work. Now, working fails at least once a month. What changed?
I think it’s the problems I’m tackling. Ten years ago, I was learning simpler techniques that my trainers fully understood. They’d explain it to me, I’d do what they said. Easy.
But now, my trainers mostly understand these techniques. They can sort of explain it to me, and they agree that a solution might work. Which means pausing to figure out the solution, rather than just putting in the hours of practice.
If you ever find your trainers saying, “I’m not sure, but that might work,” watch out: You’ll need to debug your own techniques soon.If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.