The Power of the Simple
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Article ID: 8704
Age Group: Adult
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Author: Paul Netusil
Posted: September 12th. 2004
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When I was 18 I had already finished my Year and a Day with my first teacher. I wanted to expand my horizons a bit and asked the man who eventually became my teacher to show me his Craft. I went into a very long explanation of how it was mutually beneficial to us for him to teach me. I would teach people so it would go farther than him or me. I wanted to learn and was fairly smart so it shouldn't be that difficult for him to teach me that Path. I was half-right on that! Right in front of some mutual friends he laughed and told me to "Go back and make bread." I had a major ego problem at the time, so I got mad as hell and left.
I didn't go back for about three weeks. I don't recall what I went over there for; I think we had a group meeting or something. I pulled him aside and told him that if he didn't want to teach me he didn't have to, but he didn't have to be a dick about it either. He began laughing very loudly again, I start getting angry again, and he told me that when he told me to go back and make bread, he had given me the biggest lesson on magic I might ever hear. He finally explained it to me: "When you make bread, you take grain, the physical form of life, and water, the liquid form of life, and put them together in a way they can never be unmade, and they are better together than they were when separate. That's where the power is. It's in the simple acts and creation of greater value."
The simple really does hold strength. Think about the most basic act of power that anyone should have in their life, the ability to say yes or no. The ability to decide that something is a worthy action to take, or to decide that it is problematic and not get involved, is a very often-overlooked strength. Everyone knows someone who can't say no. Where are they? They aren't in control of their lives. Constantly doing things for others, which isn't a bad thing but it's false in this situation. They haven't decided they want to act or believe in that action. They are either afraid of someone being mad at them, or want to be viewed a certain way, so they end up making themselves miserable and neglecting their own lives. What about the other side to that? The person who never says yes and commits to anything? They are weak-willed and also not in control. This is an essay on how to simplify things a bit in daily life, and then why to do so.
First of all, everyone has problems. You and I aren't the only ones, so stop complaining for a second. First ask yourself, "Is this something I can affect or not?" If it's not a situation or problem you can do anything about, drop it. You're just tiring yourself out, draining emotional energy, while making no progress running around in circles. If it is something you can affect, ask "Can I affect it now?" If the answer is no, keep it in mind and wait until the right time, but don't stress about it. Let things take their course a bit. Remember: "Know how is good, know why is better, know when is best." If it is something you can fix right now, this is very important...how do you want things to be and why? You know if the how and why are balanced; by this I mean you aren't screwing up 10 lives with your actions (how), for a petty thing (the why).
Now onto the benefits of simple action in daily life. First is that your magic will be stronger. Ever have a physically exhausting day? At the end of it, you're emotionally tired too, right? And vice versa. If you have a long day of fighting with your spouse...you will be physically tired too. This is because your body generates a certain amount of energy at a given time. If you can save some of it you will have more of it. Once you decide you can change something, and it's worth it, you haven't spent yourself stressing and are more focused.
- If you cannot affect it, drop it. Nothing you can do.
- There is a time and place for everything. This may not be it.
- Make sure the how and why are in balance.
- The majority of people don't get everything they want. You probably fall in this category. Not the first or last time, I promise.
Another huge reason is exploration of self. You should examine the "why" behind your actions in finding the balanced action. You can start to understand what makes you tick. What personally makes you want to act? At this point you can cultivate good attributes that make you want to enact change, and work on finding out if you have destructive patterns of behavior. You end up with more time to do the things you care about instead of working on the unfixable.
This will clean out your head a bit too. You will get more objective and practical in your problem-solving skills (this means you will be saving more energy, too). That little voice in your ear that complains about how everything sucks will start to go away because you will be fixing your issues one step at a time, and if it says worry, it will more than likely be something you can't affect. So drop it.
In ritual practice, you will have taught your mind to be a bit more focused. This means that your energy will be more focused and less will be lost. Think of a flashlight versus a laser. You may even notice something called "not doing." It's a Zen practice where your body automatically knows the correct action. You will start "feeling them through" more than "thinking them through."
I hope you enjoyed this essay, and that I'm able to write again soon.
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Bio: I am a 22-year-old Gaian Seeker from Oswego, NY. I began learning through a Wiccan Priestess at 17 and then worked with a Seeker for 4 years as an apprentice. My tradition is Oriental in its roots. I enjoy teaching and reading, martial arts and music.
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