Posts Tagged ‘Ethics’

For Evil to Triumph

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

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A friend told me of a profound energy healing she did. Years ago, she met a woman with chronic hand pain. My friend, Francesca, had a psychic inspiration to walk across the room, rake the woman’s hands, and channel healing energy. The woman recovered, and was amazed. Francesca is still a pagan priestess, but she rarely performs healing sessions.

I asked, “Haven’t you ever wanted to understand how that energy healing worked, so you can bottle it and get it to more people?”

Her: “I’d worry, if I learned to harness that power at will, about what else I might do. If I can heal, I can harm, after all.”

I thought a minute. I’ve wrestled with this, too. There are no police around magick, and indeed, it’s easy to turn healing techniques to harm. And yet, I feel a duty to develop magick and energy healing into a science we can harness.

I said, “The saying is, ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.‘ The concern isn’t good men trying to do good and occasionally slipping up, making bad decisions, harming someone in anger. The concern is doing nothing. And knowing you, I know you would do a lot of good, a lot of the time.”

I’m sharing this because it’s my current thinking about harnessing this power. And because, if any of you are paralyzed by the same fear as Francesca, hopefully this will help you get moving. And also because this was my week of rest, as I typically do once a month.

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Ethics in Magick

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

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Magick is a tool. It’s up to each of us to use it for good.

People say that power corrupts, but that’s not true. Power lets you be more fully yourself. If your true self is corrupt, you will become more corrupt. But if your true self is enlightened, you will become more able to help people.

This post is for anyone afraid to start magick, unsure if they’ll use it for good. And for anyone who wants to know about the ethics of mages they read.

The Simple Formula

Most of ethical slips happen because magick is anonymous. So pretend that everyone will know everything you do, and let your natural conscience guide you.

Why Rules Fail

I don’t have hard “never do this” rules. Sure, you should strive to respect peoples’ autonomy, use magick to help not harm, and ask before connecting to other mages. But, take mind reading. You shouldn’t read someone’s secrets just because it’s fun. But if your safety is in question — if the guy offering you a ride looks nice but might hurt you — then yeah, read his mind.

Hard rules — never do this, always do this — have too many exceptions to be useful. Better to piggy-back on the natural sense of right and wrong you already have.

Enlightenment is the Real Answer

Enlightenment roughly means understanding yourself and your emotions, seeing the world accurately (filtering out your emotional distortions), and listening to your innate desire to help and connect with people.

There’s no single path to enlightenment, but there is a magickal technique that helps. Consciousness integration helps you sort through unhealthy emotional patterns that interfere with your better urges, which helps you achieve and sustain enlightenment.

To learn consciousness integration, first complete the step-by-step guide to learning direct magick, then practice direct energy healing for 6-12 months, then follow the instructions in this series on consciousness integration.

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