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The Truth About Magick
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Is Magick Real?
I would venture to say almost every Witch has had this question placed before them. Yet, what many do not understand is that the answer is as diverse as the Witch asked. Whether magick is real or not is a matter of your heart and faith, and how you see magick. There comes a moment in time that each of us realizes we must define what magick is for ourselves. Magick is extremely personal. It is that part of your life for which only you can find the truth within.
"Magick" is that element of our spirit held deep within each of us, that secret part of a natural knowing, not always understood. Just because others do not see the truth in magick does not preclude the truth that magick exists.
True Magick Happens . . .Whenever You Believe...
The magick I am talking about is not the generally accepted concept of Witchcraft or the supernatural. It is a gift of life and an important guiding force within each of us. This magick is found within our emotional and instinctive understandings. We are each filled with endless possibilities; each of us can be as powerful as we desire with true magick.
You have felt the energy stirring within your soul, perhaps when you were a child. It is that special power that runs through the fiber of your being with the approach of a coming storm. But, unfortunately, many were told as children that magick wasn't possible and that such things were not to be believed. How strange that as children we just knew that magick was all around us.
You must seek that knowledge, that energy from inside your own spirit, that force held deep within your very being. You must learn to trust that power. Yes, you have power. It goes far beyond the candles you use or the herbs you burn; the magick comes from within you.
Everything in life and magick is interrelated. In reclaiming the magick and power you have, you must understand that all things have a connection further than what can be easily seen. The universe is all encompassing and never ending. So is the range of magick, for the universe is filled with magick.
A simple description of the interrelations of energy can be found within the elements and nature. For example, the green of earth needs rain to grow and survive but that same rain can destroy the earth by flood. Yet, that same flood feeds and replenishes life held within the waters and leaves behind a richer earth for new life.
Magick is finding your personal connection to the universe, Earth, and all that is natural and alive. It binds all that exists together.
Magick is an existence or personal path of self-consciousness and awareness. It comes in the understanding that you not only carry the key, you are the key. This comes from practice and self-discipline, strength of mind in accepting that your magick will work, and learning to overcome personal fear, sometimes even a fear of succeeding.
Magick is learning to focus “ALL” toward an “EXPECTED” desire by using your powers of determination and motivation. Give credence to your emotions, for emotions are a valid part of magick. Both bring about change. The most important change is found within you.
The Power Within “MAGICK”
Magick is living in balance within the flow of life and knowing that you are a vital force within that flow. Magick is everywhere and in everything. Magick is that moment that changes tears to laughter. Magick is that part of nature that calls the warmth of the Sun to trigger life in a hardened seed. Magick is the Earth, Moon, and Stars held within the endless blue sky. Simply put, magick is the wonder of all and the truth found in all.
Magick is neither cruel nor the power to control others. Magick does not place you above others; it allows you to know where we are within all things. Magick is a sincere and natural part of all creation.
Magick is the mystery that lies in the secret soul of time and space. It is the essence of conception. What we visualize, we have the power to create.
Magick is “EMOTIONAL." I once had someone tell me that they were surprised I became so emotional when working magick. They thought that experience would put one above such things. Not true and the reason is straightforward: Emotions carry power. You have felt the extreme energy held within love, hate, joy, fear, and desire. All these emotions create great force. Magick, energy, force, and power come from emotions, and extreme emotions bring on extreme power. But, that power is wasted without control.
MAGICK IS WITHIN YOU. With it, you can create your dreams, heal your world, love your life, and find the peace that lives in every human heart.
I become somewhat frustrated when I hear those on a magickal path make statements like, “Magick is only a way of prayer, " then follow up with the statement, “Sometimes you don’t get what you're asking for.” Since the term "prayer" means "to plea or request something, " that kind of attitude toward the art of magick is not going to bring about much of a result. How can anyone expect their magick or spell to work if they don’t truly believe it will?
Magick is a natural and psychical force of nature; it is as real as you or me standing on Mother Earth. The influence and power possible are as unimaginable as nature herself. Once you have felt the energy come from deep within you, it is like the electrical energy you feel watching lighting flash from the sky and hit the tree standing before you. It’s somewhat mind-boggling, miraculous, amazing, empowering, frightening and wonderful, all at the same time.
Nevertheless, as with all things, you don’t just wake up one day and decided you will move a car with your mind. Yes, magick is very real, but it takes practice and commitment. Doctors don’t start med school and begin operating on patients the same day. They study, work, watch, practice, and learn. Then they study, learn, and practice some more until, hopefully, they have the understanding to do it right.
As you practice and learn to use your magick, understand that it is work that will never end. If you quit practicing, then you will become rusty and your energy within will become equally rusty. Magick is not a quick fix; it is a gift that only a few will truly learn and understand. This is not because magick is not real or possible, but because people become lazy and don’t want to put the endless effort forward. Magick, as a force unto itself, is not easily understood or desired within a world that thinks it has all the answers.
The Powers Within
Have you ever stood in a swimming pool filled with water, totally alone, with absolutely no movement? The pool is motionless and so clear it gives a magnified look to what is underneath the crystal sheet of water.
When you make any movement within this stillness, the motion causes a ripple in the water's surface. This ripple moves gently across the pool, hitting the sides and then bouncing back again until you have a rippling effect within the pool. This is the effect of centrifugal force, the force and power we use to direct magick.
The dictionary says: "Centrifugal - moving or directed away from a center or axis. Operated by means of centrifugal force."
Now, what if, while standing there, you practiced movement without movement, a bringing of the forces held naturally within the water under your direction or command, your power. As you push out with your hands, watch how the natural energy within the water follows your hands' paths and then, even as your hands stop moving, the force of movement from within the water's power will go beyond where your hands stop. That is how the powers within magick are directed forward.
Within this practice of pushing and directing your energy, you can see that there are some actions that will cause a greater transfer of enhanced power and force than others. Simply pointing your finger at the side of the pool will give little movement. In fact, it will cause the natural centrifugal energies to flow in all directions with nothing going where you are sending it. Yet, if you slowly move your arm around from the side, as if releasing a softball, you can see the energy within the flow follow your hand's motion, and when you release the motion and you hand stops moving, the power goes way beyond.
There are different methods and ways that will be best for you to direct your own personal energy. One person's way is not necessarily the best for another. Practice many different techniques and forms until you find within yourself what is best and empowers you.
Remember the one small ripple going forward in the pool and how that one ripple would hit the side of the pool and return back to you many times over from many directions. Magick works in the same way, be it the three-fold law or karma: What you send out returns upon you. So, know what you are doing. Magick is not a game or something to do to amuse your friends or prove yourself to others. The power comes from within, not from whether someone believes in you. The only person on this Earth that needs to believe in you is you.
Magick is a power that comes from deep within you. It is an ancient mystery calling you home. Listen to it, for it is the miracle of magick hidden deep inside you. It is a foreknowledge older than time, an endowment from the Gods found within the infinite universe.
You can only have true magick when you truly believe. You must learn to let go of every logical thought that could possibly stop the power hidden within your soul. Stop doubting, stop reasoning, stop asking. You are the power within yourself; accept it and be grateful.
Ancient Magick and Power
Endlessly, across the seas of time, Witches strove to find a place of magick, a dwelling within this reality and yet beyond. Faith is the only bridge that expands the seas of existence. We have come from beyond, and forever we shall travel on. Life is magick and therein power is found, for within life, power and magick create all reality. Not just our reality, but all that is around us, as well.
As you stand upon this crest of a new horizon, know you are standing among the Witches of old. You are not here just to witness the colors held within the horizon; you are a part of it, as well. You are in a place of kindred spirits, where truth and love shall always guide you.
Magick is letting go of your fears and seeking beyond the veils of this existence. Once you can truly look within yourself, you will find paradise before you. You will find Magick.
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