Motivations Matter

Many years ago when I first started studying Tibetan Buddhism and was looking for recommendations for cool, magic oriented, Lamas  I had the good fortune to sit privately and get some advice from Glenn Mullin. He gave it some thought and said “well you could go with a Nyingma Lama but unless they knew you they would make you do that rediculous Ngondro…”.  Ngondro just means going forth, but when most people use it they are referring to a series of practices that begins with making 100,000 prostrations. Many Lamas treat this as a pre-req for teachings, and I was curious about this statement so I stopped him right there and asked him what he meant, and I can’t remember his exact wording so I won’t quote it, but it was something like this:

Ngondro was basically developed to keep monks busy. You get a bunch of little reprobate kids from bandit tribes that become monks at an early age and if you don’t give them something to do all day they start stabbing each other. Telling a 12 year old monk to do 100,000 prostrations is one thing, telling an overweight 30 year old American to do that is something else entirely.

This taught me an important lesson not only about Buddhism but religion and ritual in general - always keep motivation in mind.

As Magicians we are very often looking to the past as well as to foreign lands for resources. In the 80′s and 90′s the tendency was for magicians to reject anything that took to long, seemed overly religious, or that they simply did not like. Since the new millennium the tendency has been exactly the opposite: accept anything and everything that a text or tradition dictates as if it was holy writ. Of course I am exaggerating a bit but we should be on guard against either one of these extremes.

When adopting or adapting rituals and exercises into my life I try to keep in mind the motivations of the people who established them. I ask questions:

Was this designed by a career magician? Instructions to repeat a mantra for six full days, or require lots of expensive equipment, might be presented that way because it is necessary for the result or it might be because it is something that someone can justify charging a client for.

Are there politics involved? For instance you would have to be blind to think that the fact Tibet was a Theocracy has nothing to do with the overwhelming emphasis on Guru Yoga. 

Was this designed to fill time? As mentioned above, Monks, Nuns, and even Lodge members have to have something to do to fill time.

Was this cut to short to save time? Just as a ritual might run long to keep young monks busy, some rituals I have seen are cut much too short in order to fit into busy schedules.

Was this meant to be hidden? Some rituals involve hidden images, ordinary items, or other methods that would be useful from hiding the practice from the prying eyes. A concern that would have been dire in other times and places, but less so here and now. A debate in many ATR’s right now is whether or not Catholic Saint representations of Orishas and Loa should be abandoned because there is now the ability to worship openly. Sex Magic rites that would have been scandalous 100 years ago now seem tame when compared to what you can find on the net.

There are too many questions to list them all here, but the next time you are examining a grimoire, papryri, or other text think about the people that wrote it, the culture that they came from, the job they had, and what exactly they were trying to accomplish.

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Work on HOW more than on WHAT.

If you are on Facebook you have probably seen a lot of images like this:

Or Maybe this one:

These are nice sentiments. Some of them might even be good ideas, but an idea un-executed is just an idea. And no, posting it on Facebook is not execution, although some people seem to think it is.

A few months ago I had the opportunity to speak to a few very idealistic college age people I was talking to who had idea like this, and I said: “OK, lets say that this is a good idea. How do you get it done?”

One of them said, and I quote: “People just need to wake up and DO IT. They just NEED TO!!!!”.

The other one said: “I feel like I am a person who is here to think of the ideas. Its up to other people to implement them.

It would be GREAT to put all the homeless people into foreclosed homes – of course then those homes would not be foreclosed on in the first place. But that aside, how do you compensate people or banks who own the houses and want them to sell? How do you convince them to let sometimes sketchy, often mentally ill people live in them? I am not saying you can’t – I’m saying you need to think about HOW.

It would be great to spend less on military and more on food for hungry people. How do you get it through a Republican House that mistakes Ayn Rand for Jesus and views those Hungry children as people who should just pull themselves up by their bootstraps? I am not saying you can’t. I am saying you need to think about HOW.

A few weeks ago I was evicting some squirrels from my attic. I asked the person that worked at Home Depot whether the Have-a-heart were more or less effective than old fashioned Rat Traps. They replied that the Have-a-heart traps would not kill the squirrels, which did not answer the question. I asked again and they repeated the same answer – apparently not grasping that the welfare of the squirrels was pretty low on list of things to give a shit about (yeah, I’m a bad Buddhist).  Another employee came over and pointed out that rat-traps might disable the little bastards squirrels, and they could crawl under insulation or into a wall to die a long and smelly death. BOOM – you just sold a $30 trap that saves a life rather than a $2 trap that kills. One person just thought about their idea and what they thought was right. The other person thought about HOW to get me to buy the thing they wanted.

Whether it is planning Strategic Sorcery operations, selling products, or trying to make the world a little bit better, its 5%what and 95% how.

 

 

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Guru Rinpoche Day

 

Today is Guru Rinpoche Day.

 

orgyen rinpoché la solwa dep
To Orgyen Rinpoche we pray,

gal kyen barché mé jung shing
Grant us—without impediment or obstacles arising—

tun kyen sampa druppar tang
Favourable circumstances, the fulfilment of our aspirations,

chok dang tunmong ngödrup tsol
And attainments, ordinary and supreme.

 

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Cycle 16 of Strategic Sorcery Starts Sunday.

Last announcement for the weekend: Cycle 16 starts on Sundaty Feb 2nd. If you want in send an e-mail to inominandum@gmail.com for an info packet.

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Year of the Horse Luck Bags

The picture above is me holding my Chinese New Year Emperor bag from last year. It was a good year and I am doing another one for myself. I purchase the bag from a Chinese Sorcerer who does the Tai Sui blessings on it, and then I do a Vajrakilaya Puja to bless the Kilaya packet that comes in it.

I will be doing one for myself over the next week, and if you want me to do one for you I can add it to mine, but I need to know asap. Cost is $75.

It comes with talismans for General Zhang Ci – the General that Tai Sui places over 2014, a Crystal Hulu for physical health, a Sar Qi for removing evil, 5 Emperor coins to bring prosperity, some blessed rice, and of course the Kilaya Packet that I will be specifically working.

 





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Judging Success: Magic and Money

A few days ago Stephanie Connolly Reisner posted a great piece on material success and its relationship to magic. This was followed up by some musings from Harold Roth in the Alchemists Garden. Since my first two posts this week were about money magic I thought I might chime in on this topic as well, and just make this a Money Magic Week on the blog…

Obviously as the guy that wrote Financial Sorcery I have been asked more than a few times if my magic has made me rich. On one radio show I did, the interviewer basically laced into me from the start and just asked if I can do Financial Magic why am I not rich, without even checking to see if I was or wasn’t.

Like Stephanie though I am not dripping in wealth. I own a Prius, not a Model S. Like her I have a good life. I work doing something I love as a writer and a Sorcerer. I have enough to own my home, go on vacations, afford the kids and a reasonably good existence without going into debt beyond mortgage and car payments.  A lot of people would be satisfied at this, but I am not. Not being in debt is not the same as being secure.

Secure to me means: having a years living expenses in a savings account, having retirement taken care of with passive income streams that will last for possibly 35+ years of old age, having 529′s set up for the kids college and life-cycle funds set up for their adult years and retirement. Like a lot of you I am still working on some of this, so no I am not wealthy even by my own definition, but for someone that left college to study magic and who spent their 20′s and most of their 30′s as a slacker convinced that money was somehow not compatible with the spiritual life – magic has done an amazing job of helping me turning my fiscal life around, so I call it success. That I am now in a position to help other people do the same makes me even more-so.

Harold in his piece notes that a wonder filled and satisfying life makes money trivial. I respectfully disagree. Unless you are the child of someone that gave you a big ass trust fund, money is NEVER trial. One big reason for my taking money onto my magical path is that I have been blessed to know a lot of spiritual teachers who led amazing lives and did fantastic magic but had a very tough time in their later years and were at times a little bitter and regretful about it. It is not a matter of them not being excellent magicians, just a matter of not really wanting to put much energy into that sphere until it was too late OR a matter of viewing financial concerns as somehow antithetical to a magical life.

When you are young and able to couch surf and eat whatever, the life seems awesome. When these folks got a little older and were elders in the community but still in their 30′s and 40′s and 50′s money again seemed not to be a big deal because people would rally around them, or they could travel and teach or whatever. When they got into their 70′s and 80′s however it becomes more difficult.

But should a life of magic be judged by financial success: No. Emphatically No. A life of magic is not a failure because of a lack of financial success or even security – it does however indicate something that maybe could have been handled better.

A lot of people judge Crowley because he ended his life in a boarding house. Anyone that thinks Crowley was not a good magician because he wound up living in a boarding house is judging an entire life by just a few years at the end – which is silly. They are also ignoring the MASSIVE impact that he had on all magic that came later, as well as the overall culture of our times. Whether you like him or not this impact really cannot be denied. Also, an English Boarding House is not exactly ending your life poorly. Its a rather good end to a long life, and he was not as destitute as many make him out to have been. He was impacting people like Arnold Crowther, Gerald Gardner, and Kenneth Grant right up through his last days – we should all be so lucky. That said, I would wager he was not quite satisfied with the way his life turned out. Certainly it would have been good if someone could have managed a more fitting final resting place for him than a tree at a dairy farm in New Jersey ( its a long story). 

Money is not the main point of magic. If all you want is money, you should become a Hedge Fund Manager, not a Magus. That said, monetary success is one aspect to take into account when judging success, but it is only one. It should not be over-valued nor ignored. There are a lot of miserable rich people who’s time is dominated by making money doing something they hate, certainly happiness and sovereignty are more important indicators of success than numbers in a bank account. There are also a lot of relatively happy people who get by paycheck to paycheck, but that does not mean that money would make them less happy.

The myth of the happy poor person is a narrative invented to keep people subservient and working. It was an OK thing to buy into 40 years ago when a factory worker could make a comfortable and secure life for himself. It is a suicidal thing to tell yourself now.

In short, I judge peoples success more by their character, happiness, and sovereignty than I do by the amount of money they have. I keep in though that money plays a role in all three of those things.

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How to be Worthy…

In my last the comments of my last post Christopher Kenworthy pointed out something that I was not aware of: that people on the NAP (New Avatar Power) Forums* have found that the Elubatel ritual for success has turned some peoples lives completely upside down, and that Elubatel often gives people a message that they are unworthy.

I haven’t checked out these forums and have no knowledge of the specific instances that other people have been told this, but I have been told this myself by a different angel a few years back. I questioned him further and the issue really was not about any kind of moral worth but was instead a matter of arranging my life to be able to handle the gift I was asking for. This is one reason that I am always stressing the mundane work that must be done alongside of the magical work.

In my case, I was asking for a large increase in wealth but my life was not set up to accommodate its manifestation in any reasonable way: I worked one job with set hours, fixed salary, and no where in the company to get promoted to. There was no other reasonable means for money to come in. This is the type of situation that is a recipe for disaster: with no smooth channel for magic to manifest through it will either fizzle or, if pursued with enough vigor, cause the money to come in through insurance payments on a wrecked car, disability payments for you lost limb, or perhaps the cliche inheritance from wealthy relative that just happened to die.

If you want to be ‘worthy’ of success, you have to make room for it. You have to have a life that is scalable to the effect you wish to achieve. Gordon wrote about this a few years ago,:

“If you want to be a millionaire then you should not be working in a business that cannot scale.
For example: There is a natural cap to the amount of money a baker can make… It’s the amount he can produce in an hour times the amount of hours he can physically work times the maximum amount people are willing to pay for bread before they say ‘fuck this, I’ll buy it at the supermarket.’
A professional property investor, on the other hand, has a business that she can scale. Successful magic requires scalability.”- Gordon White

This scalability is in itself a kind of worthiness. You are showing that you have a life that can accommodate the blessing you are asking for.

Now, perhaps some powers do make moral judgement about people and whether they will work for them or not. If they sense the type of Greed that not only desires for you to have more, but for others to have less, perhaps that is a turn off to some powers – but you can always contact other powers. Just like people, you can always find someone willing to do it.

I have found that some powers reward good works and charitable giving. Indeed the very “spirit” of money itself seems to resonate with this practice and a key piece of advice from financial guru’s, even those with no real spiritual component to their philosophy, is that the world seems to reward charitable giving with even more wealth. This is not however usually a pre-requisite for magical assistance.

Magic is not Alimony, and magic is also not Santa Clause. We all figure out pretty fast that Santa gives the rich kids better toys than the poor kids right? Well just because someone’s “norm” is making 300k a year does not make them more morally worthy than someone making 30k. Yet, in each case that may be the level that feels “normal”. Anything less than that feels like something is wrong, and anything more than that may feel greedy – but it shouldn’t.

Make yourself worthy by making your life strategically scalable. Then enchant the hell out of it!

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Magic is not Alimony

For the last couple months I have been doing these one-on-one consultations several times a week, many of them have been about Financial Sorcery. One thing that I have noticed is the need for unbinding. Not unbinding from crossed conditions or negative magic, but from the limitations we place on ourselves and our magic. This weekend I found myself saying this strange axiom to a client:

MAGIC IS NOT ALIMONY

Alimony is of course what you pay to an ex spouse to keep them “in the manner to which they have become accustomed”. A lot of people seem to think that magic works this way too, just keeping up the status quo. Anything more than that and people tend to get self conscious and defensive.

Gravitating around a status quo is normal and its what I wrote about in the Set Point chapter of Financial Sorcery, but I am finding that a lot of people have feelings that go beyond that. They want to make magic to support promotions, new jobs, and new businesses, but always throw in statements like “I’m not trying to be greedy”, or “It’s not just for me of course, my family would benefit”.

The thing is that if they were doing magic to keep the status quo – whatever that may be – they wouldn’t feel this way about it. They would feel completely justified in finding a new job that paid the same as the one they lost, or overcoming a sales slump that was impacting their bills.  Whether their normal is 30K a year of 300K a year, when people push past that level, they seem to get defensive and worried that the “powers that be” are somehow going to angry that they are asking too much.

I am here to tell you that the Gods, Saints, and Spirits are not going to punish you for wanting to improve your lot in life. You don’t need to apologize for being greedy. You don’t need to justify it. You just need to have a desire, form a strategy, and employ Sorcery to accomplish it. The forces of magic are largely impersonal as to what it is you are asking for.

Now, as I have said before, if you summon Elubatel and ask him to “make you rich”, you are doing poor magic. You are turning over your sovereignty to another being and asking them to determine what “rich” means. Given that 50% of the people on the planet live on less than $1000 a year, Elubatel would be very justified in doing nothing at all for you because you are already rich from an outsiders perspective.

If however you go to him with a plan to become a partner in your firm, resulting in you making a half million a year, you don’t need to justify it to him. He is not going to determine that is too much for you. I do think that many beings encourage charitable giving, and experience has shown me that it often results in even more personal income – but that is a post for another day.

For now, just remember that Sorcery can do more for you than keep you in the manner to which you have become accustomed. If you work it right, it can do MUCH more for you than that.

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ONE WEEK TILL THE START OF THE NEXT CYCLE OF STRATEGIC SORCERY

JUST ONE WEEK LEFT BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF CYCLE 16 OF THE STRATEGIC SORCERY COURSE.

First Lessons will go out on Candlemas/Imbolc – This Sunday, Feb 2nd.

Send an E-mail to inominandum@gmail.com and request your packet information packet today.

In this meantime here is another great Field Report from the New Year Global Hekate Helios Rite. This one focuses on the first stages of a year long petition that touches on several areas: health, sex, finances, and taking magic further. Check it out:

The way I made my request was with a flow chart. Looking it over, all the things that I asked to flow my way soon have been granted but most of it is stuff that could take up to a year to manifest.

I can say already that I have found people are more attracted to me and treat me with increased respect. Additionally, I asked for increased sexual stamina and have found myself getting more skilled in this area since (for instance, I discovered new ways to flex my pc muscle to further prevent ejaculation but still have not tried to test my request of being able to have vigorous sex for two or more hours). I had also asked that my sexual partners would receive great pleasure from me and that this would be measured via unbridled vocalizations during sex. I can say this has certainly happened and that it has modified my approach to sex, making me a more attentive lover (this is connected to another request of mine which asked that I would learn to be a great listener). I also asked that my exercise and diet regimen result in a certain body fat percentage and a muscular physique. I received my creatine which I had ordered a little after christmas and found a very good fitness class included for free with my gym membership. This lead to a sudden muscle growth spurt making me noticeably more muscularly defined (I have not yet measured my body fat %). I had also asked that I would find one or more sexual partners in addition to my SO (we are in an open relationship). This is an obstacle which has been difficult for me to overcome over the past 18 or so months. Having enrolled in a sword-fighting class (as per my pledge of being involved in projects and being social to open pathways for the working to manifest) I met and got a super sexy woman’s number after having engaged her in grappling exercises at the class. I was able to spontaneously and confidently flirt with her which is a bit new territory for me. The flirting surprised even me as if it sprang forth from me with thought. Noteworthy, is that I had specified that this would happen gradually and without drama. This woman will be away in Australia until March. Meaning that the connection must necessarily be dispersed and allows my SO and I an acclimation period. Though I realize it may lead to a dead end, it did open new doors for me in terms of personal growth which will aid in the attainment of this particular goal.

I asked for a 60%-100% increase in salary by year’s end, via more fulfilling and satisfying work and did get an opportunity to work part-time (in addition to my full-time job) at an authentic recreation of a ming dynasty chinese mansion. This not only was a refreshing and welcome change, it lead to spiritual progress (which I discuss further down) and has sparked a potential business idea for me to explore over the year. I’m currently working on applying at a float house (a centre with multiple sensory deprivation tanks). If I land this job, and I intend to do everything I can to do so, it would mean a salary increase and work in line with my values.

But, having asked for my requests to be granted in a gradual manner means that I will have to pay particular attention to the details of my life over 2014. What I have noticed thus far is that January has behaved as a microcosm of what my goals would look like when fully attained. It’s as if I’ve been given a sample of what is coming. I read into this a few things. This being my first communication with the gods (at least consciously), I think they are welcoming me but saying I need to prove myself before proceeding further. Which I feel I am doing well. I have stayed true to all my pledges to the best of my ability and see no reason why I wouldn’t be able to continue doing so. Also, I see this month as possibly a message that I should not doubt these gods. I did ask for a manageable upward curve towards my goals so it’s as if they are saying, “here’s an encapsulated version of what you will experience”.

Also also, I’ve been trying some stuff from TSS so am getting results from this as well. One particularly striking result was me doing a diviniation for my SO regarding her being the victim of slander at her place of work. The advice was that there was no threat to her and to simply pay attention to the spirits of the place. Remember the chinese mansion I told you about? That’s where my SO works. Well, it apparently has lonely spirits and they are quite pleased that my SO and I are finally paying attention to them. A gesture of offering is made to them regularly by my SO and I, the funnest of which is positioning ourselves appropriately according to the yin yang motif of the architecture. The workers responsible for the malicious gossip are under investigation. Liars are being exposed, important lessons in office politics and social dynamics are being learned and hierarchies are shifting. It turns out this is not the first time something like this happened and the perpetrators’ jobs are at stake this time. This goes in line with what my SO wanted for the mansion/garden: an expanding of the values already existing there. The entire architecture is built according to taoist philosophy and is constructed in such a way as to limit the working of nefarious spirits. Having asked that the good spirits expand their territory beyond the bounds of the building itself and into the office spaces seems to be leading towards a banishing of malicious employees or at least some sort of retribution for lack of respect for the sanctity of the place.

Another striking result from applying TSS methods was a discussion I had to have with one of my supervisors regarding a partial move to a new department. This supervisor is territorial, possessive of her employees and generally prone to drama. My general manager even did not want to discuss it with her. All of us expected a negative reaction from her. So I used anchors and vox magicae and embedded my message within casual conversation. When the discussion happened, her reaction was completely positive, favorable and very much mirrored her behavior during the conversation in which I dropped anchors and embedded the vox magicae. In addition to this, I began making offerings (in her absence) to a money Buddha she keeps in her office, despite being Muslim. The Buddha had a penny in its mouth and I replaced it with a dime and some astral incense asking to be favored 10 times more. I do this as regularly as I can. Since then, an effect similar to the one at my SOs place of work has occurred at mine. Liars are being exposed, reputations are lost and gained, hierarchies are shifting.

Notice how I speak of spirits above. This was not a model I was ever able to work with. I grew up in a fundamental christian household and after leaving this toxic environment, magic appealed to me because of it’s agnosticism. Particularly chaos magic. When the course and book were recommended to me by a friend I did not expect it to contain prayers, rituals, communion with gods and spirits and so forth. Fortunately, I refused to extract myself from my personal commitment to learn. For some reason I’ve begun to sense the beings and energies now. This has triggered memories of me doing this as a child who had no vocabulary to append to the experiences.

Overall, I’ve found that preparing for the Hekate/Helios rite added cohesion to my vision. Since performing it, I’ve found the magic manifesting with more elegance, gracefulness and … smoothness would be a good word. Whereas before my magic was more disjointed and patchworky, manifesting in jarring fits.

I look forward to seeing what else comes of it. I’m having fun staying true to my pledges (cutting back on caffeine being the toughest pledge to uphold!) and seeing my life transformed bit by bit.

 

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Field Report: Hekate Helios Results


Results are starting to trickle in from the Global Hekate/Helios rite that I ran between New Years Night (January1) and the Perihelion January4). I received some good feedback immediately after the rites in terms of visions people had, strange phenomena that people experienced, energetic impressions and so on, but as you know by now if you follow my work; I am less interested in paranormal experience than I am am in practical results.

I received the following report from one of my students in the apprentice program:

“I performed the Hekate/Helios rite at the turning of the calendar year.  While I have worked with Hekate some in the past, I had not worked with Helios in the slightest prior to this event.  All I can say is that the operation has been a great success, and that success continues to work its way into my life.  The day after the Hekate portion of the rite, I received a bonus at the office for a project that I had recently completed.  Along with that bonus came some great recognition from the upper tier of our company.  Earlier this week, I received a request for two freelance projects that I wasn’t expecting.  (Two more projects equals more income.)  And in my personal practice and studies, things have picked up a new vibe, and I am receiving results that I have not experienced before.  All of this is in direct alignment with my petition to both Hekate and Helios.  There’s a noticeable difference in my personal interactions with others, and I have found that I have had more positive attention from other people in just these two short weeks.  I will continue to uphold my end of the deal, and I know that Hekate and Helios are going to rock my world in 2014.”

Note that apart from the obvious financial gains, recognition for his work is something that was specifically mentioned in the petition. Very often we can do great things in our careers, but remain in the shadows while lesser people get the glory, promotions, and recognition. This is particularly true of those of us on a spiritual and magical path. Our magical training teaches us to keep quiet about large portions of our lives and not flaunt it around for all to see. The spiritual part teaches humility and not letting the Ego run away with us.

Those of us that are not monks, nuns, or wandering yogis have to remember to find different ways to  work with our ego than renunciation. While I hate ridiculous grand-standing, it is important to not be afraid to shine and even bring peoples attention to our accomplishments when appropriate. Helios excels at this. Glamour is an important part of sorcery and simply desiring to be noticed is not in any way antithetical to a spiritual life.

Great work!

Have results from the Hekate/Helios working, or from any Strategic Sorcery that you would like to share?  Send your field reports to inominandum@gmail.com. I love to hear about your work!

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