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Words of Power!
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Author: Nicky Woodsprite LeBlanc
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In the world, there are people who think and talk about doing things and there are people who actually do things. The two groups are not completely separate, of course, because most people who do things have talked about doing them, and nearly all people who think and talk about doing things have done some things, even though they might not have done a lot. Surviving requires that we take a bit of action, after all! But all that being said… there are people who get out there in the world as “movers and shakers” and others who spend most of their lives being “sitters and talkers.”
In the world of magick, it’s the same. Magickal people are subject to the same laws and foibles as everyone else. In fact, magick is not that different from the other aspects of our lives, is it? All of life involves inspiration, motivation, courage, energy, passion, and dedication, if things are going to get done, if we are going to move forward, and if positive changes are going to happen.
This is the time of year when we think about beginnings. At Imbolc, we give thanks for the first stirrings of new life beneath the soil or in the pasture. We contemplate what accomplishments we plan on making this year. Please note that I said, “plan on making”! Instead of that, I might have said, “hope to make.” Choosing the verb “plan to” is preferable, because “to plan’ is active. It implies that one is going about a mental process in an organized fashion, perhaps writing down steps, researching costs, and sending out inquiries. But what does “hope to” imply? Blowing out the candles on a cake while making a wish? Flipping a coin into a well? Watching for a falling star to wish upon?
Sometimes we use the verb “to try” instead of “to hope.” Trying really is a lot more active than hoping, isn’t it? Can’t you just feel yourself straining, almost as if to hoist a heavy load, when you declare, “I am trying to do this”? So isn’t this a good thing, then, to say we are going to try to accomplish a particular thing? As someone who’s tried to do a lot more things than I’ve actually done, I suggest that saying “I’m going to try” is like writing up a prenuptial agreement before a wedding. You’re already allowing for the possibility that it’ll start to get old fast, and you’ll give up on it!
How many times have many people “tried” to quit smoking? That’s just an example! I tried many times, but the one time I really did quit was the time I threw out “to try” and instead said, right from the start, “I am quitting smoking.” I AM. In other words, I did quit smoking; I actually stopped lighting up cigarettes and puffing on them.
By the same token, magickally we can “try to study harder, ” or we can sit down, make a plan or schedule, procure the books, the pen and journal or whatever things we need, and we can begin doing it. And we can say, “I am studying! ” and we can stick to it through thick and thin, until such time as we amaze our-own-selves with how much more we know now than we ever knew before.
“I am going to try to write some articles for Witchvox” can be transformed into “I am writing articles and submitting them to Witchvox. And my first one just got accepted!”
“I am going to try to write a song to my Goddess” can become “I am writing a song! I have written a song! I sing it when I invoke Her!”
“I’m going to try to do a blessing on my new house” becomes, instead, “I am going to do a blessing on my new house tomorrow evening. My two best friends are going to join me. I have written up a small ritual and assembled all the things we’ll use.”
When we decide to claim for ourselves the title of Witch (Magician, Alchemist) , we incorporate our ritual garments and our tools, and in our minds…in our self-concept…we always have them on us. We do not just “want” and “wish, ” “hope, ” or even “try” anymore. If we want to do something, WE DO IT. Yes, it’s true that we do serious self-assessment first, and we plan our steps and prepare ourselves, but this is all a part of doing it. When we say we are going to do something, then every day we take some form of action toward getting it done, until it IS done. We learn the skills or facts we need to know; we hone the techniques; we practice until we’re good at it. All of these steps are active ones, and none of them involve wishing or hoping!
When I say, “We do it, ” of course I don’t mean we do it…anything…instantly. Real magick doesn’t even work that way. “We do it” might take weeks, or months. It might take all year. It might take longer than that. And “We do it” doesn’t mean we do it perfectly. Especially if it’s the very first time we’ve done it, it might not be a great masterpiece at all. But it is okay for us to do something that isn’t a masterpiece! My guess is that every person who has ever done something really, really great, has done a lot of somethings that were a whole lot less than great first. It is better to do something that’s not great than to spend one’s whole life just wishing to do it!
Taking action requires us to let go of the expectation that we will be perfect, and grab hold of, instead, the determination that we will not leave this life without accomplishing the work we came here to do. There are things that are ours to accomplish, that no one else could ever do with the exact same slant, or energy, zest, or flavor that we can do them with. We owe it to the universe to paint a little bit of it with OUR colors, the very best splash of color we can give it! There’s no better time to start than now. Let the action begin!
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