Work Less, Think More

by Mike Sententia on July 15, 2013

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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.

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Kol Drake July 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Or, perhaps it means that you may need to find a new set of spirits/guides who work the higher level ‘stuff’ instead of the beginner/intro level workings?

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Mike Sententia July 17, 2013 at 4:52 PM

The real story, which didn’t quite fit into the post, is that the spirits know the techniques quite well for spirits, but not for humans. They can take a message and put it into a spirit mind quite well, but few humans do communication like this, so they don’t have a lot of experience teaching it to humans. I don’t think more advanced spirits would help, and I don’t know where to find spirits who know more about working with humans on techniques like this.

On the up side, I get lots of spirits interested in working with me because they learn something too: How these techniques translate to humans.

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John W. A. July 19, 2013 at 5:28 AM

I’m going to have to disagree with this, pretty much entirely.

From what I know, both Desire and Specific Intent are needed in every form of magick. However, Resolve is what transforms Specific Intent and/or Desire into action; it’s the difference between imagining that you’re moving your arm (while your eyes are shut), and actually moving your arm (with your eyes open).

Magick can only do so much. If you cast a Spell to win the lottery, but you don’t buy a ticket, the Spell isn’t likely to work. There is something to be said about putting forth effort, and creating a favorable (physical) conditions for your Spell to work.

I don’t see why a mage shouldn’t use both physical and magickal means to guarantee that his desires are met. If the objective of magick is specific change in accordance with the mage’s original Intent, does it matter if it’s done with or without physical aid? So long as it happens, that’s what matters. So why shouldn’t the mage do whatever he can to assure he has the greatest chance of success possible?

A mage who does not set up favorable physical conditions for his Spell to succeed, or a mage who does not follow through with the physical steps necessary for his Spell to work, or a mage who does not use the opportunities provided by his Spell only demonstrates how shallow his Desire for his Spell to succeed really was. He wanted the ‘magick’ and ‘spell’ to work, but he didn’t want his Specific Intent to happen. And likely, what will happen is that his Specific Intent won’t happen, and because of that said mage will be confused and possibly frustrated.

This is something I’ve experienced personally. Which is why the only type of magick I’ve been able to consistently do without setting up favorable physical conditions were those where I had no control, and where no amount of physical conditions could have helped me in any way set up greater chances of success.

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Mike Sententia July 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Hi John, I’m not really sure what you’re talking about. This post had nothing to do with physical actions (like buying a lottery ticket) vs relying entirely on the magick, it had to do with practicing magick vs thinking about what’s the most important thing to practice. So I don’t know what your comment is about.

As far as concepts like desire and specific intent, those aren’t really part of direct magick. I mean, yeah, you have to know what you want, but I mostly assume people know what they want and move on to techniques for making it happen. The example in this post was about techniques to communicate concepts to ethereal software, which doesn’t really have anything to do with desire or specificity of intent.

Anyway, really not sure what’s going on in your comment. Sorry.

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