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Walking is intuitive and natural. People often compare it to magick. For example:
You intend to walk across the room; it just happens, you don’t control or influence all the individual motor parts etc. You just experience “walking across the room” happening, the weight of your body, the breeze as you stroll on. If the floor is sticky, you adjust for it…
But what if magick is more like swimming, dancing, or golf?
Some people can swim naturally, but many cannot. It’s dangerous to jump into deep water without training.
Some people are naturally good dancers, but many are not. And no one is born knowing how to waltz.
In golf, intending to hit the ball harder makes you focus on strength, not form. The result? You hit it wrong, for less distance.
If you want to learn those sports, you hire a coach. The coach doesn’t just show you the correct form — youtube could do that. No, coach watches you (because you often don’t know what your body does when you intend to swim / dance / golf). They tell you what you did, and what to adjust. Their job is to help you guide your body through those new motions, because intent alone isn’t enough.
(Then, once you can consciously do the correct motion, you practice it until it becomes automatic and unconscious.)
I think that’s a better metaphor for magick. The only catch is, you have to be your own coach, at least for now.If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.