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When I learned computer science, I took classes, read books, and spoke with professors. In four years, I learned much of what researchers had discovered in the last forty. In principle, I could have developed each idea myself (with enough luck, persistence, and extra IQ points), but I never would have gotten it all in one lifetime.
That’s where I am in magick: School. Most of what I want to learn, spirits have already figured out. Sure, I could develop any one item out myself, but to develop everything I want to learn would take many lifetimes. So, on most days, I train, rather than research. I learn models and techniques from those spirits, and after years of solid answers from them, I trust their information even if I can’t test it myself.
Some days, I do test their lessons. I’ll use their models and advice to build a new technique, to solve a problem I couldn’t solve previously, and probably couldn’t have figured out how to solve without their guidance. That’s why I trust these spirits, and why I’m comfortable, as a trained scientist, exploring magick in this way.
When I learned computer science, I attended class, asked experts, and did problem sets. And it’s the same here, sometimes with real problems, and sometimes with artificially challenging exercises. Really, it’s like school.
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Tags: Learning Magick
Hi there Mike
This caught my eye, because I am a professor, and I am a spirit.
So I wonder if you would qualify a little as to who these scholar-teachers are. “Spirit” seems so generic a term to describe conscious living beings with varying functions and levels of expertise. I understand when you use the idiom of “software” applications and program functions, but “spirit” isn’t precise enough for me to get it. Who/what are they? Is there a hierarchy of learning (i.e. do some have a Ph.D versus a Masters degree)? you get the metaphor…
Good to see ya Mike
I wish I had good answers on how to identify these spirits. I know them by signature, but any name I might assign them wouldn’t mean anything. Someone else might work with a different group of spirits, choose to call them the same name, and now it seems like we’re talking about the same spirits, when really, we’re not. That’s why I choose to keep the term vague: So at least we all know it’s vague and that we don’t have any way of knowing if the spirits I work with are the same ones another person works with. Sorry, I wish I had a better answer, I just don’t.