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July 15, 2018, 04:43:26 PM
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Offline Seraphis

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For the moderately magically acquainted who wish to further themselves in the craft, there are many challenges, and some of them require reinterpretation to suit the practitioner's need for understanding of a concept or technique.

This topic will focus on exploring the differences in mental perspective of the "self" in magical applications and practice.

Let's begin with the common problem of casting spells for your own gain / benefit. A challenge to glean tangible results in many cases, where the intended outcome is greater "selfish" benefit, spells and magic for self-gain can be considered controversial at times, as well as easily misunderstood in common discussion. As much as there is need for helping others, there is more than reasonable leeway for the same self-empowerment - which may not yet be greed, but "utilizing what you have" and making the most of your capabilities. (Perhaps it is not challenging for everyone, but most certainly for some).

The general notion of identifying yourself as an ego (me / I / self), an identity, creates a challenge for directing your magic / practice / intention, because the idea of the outflow of energies and magic redirecting to the practitioner "short-circuits" and appears to self-sabotage the effort in a number of cases. This is where the separation of "self" may play a role in better understanding an alternative technique to approaching self-empowering spells for gain / wealth / growth / luck.

This idea is essentially the contextualization of yourself and your situation into an "idea" observed from outside; a 3rd person view, where you have created yourself as a proxy / embodiment of self on which to focus and channel your magic / spell. When you mentally imagine and perceive separation of consciousness from your ego / self, it lends to a starkly different experience in magic / spell work and an oddly tangible impression of the impetus behind the process/es at work.

To simplify the above, think of the use of Voodoo Dolls or a "straw man", but of yourself - and a bit more refined in the idea, that it is not a reflection upon yourself, but the impression of mental separation from self - "seeing your self in another way". This creates a different perspective and experience for the same application in a different application (for yourself, but projected subjectively onto the concept of "you").

Whilst it may seem unusual and downright bizarre to reconsider "what (or how) the mind / ego thinks of itself", it has been an enlightening fundamental adjustment to the way in which solitary magic / practice can be applied: A very direct interpretation of "changing the way you see things". It is my hope that to some degree, the "mind shift" and insight into changing personal perspective in magic / practice discussed above, prove useful for developing practitioners who struggle in overcoming the "mental block" of the illusion which has been created by the ego of itself (first person perspective).

 -- Seraphis