An experiment in Magical Economic Activism

Posted on April 11, 2009
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As you might recall, I’d written a post a little while back on here about economic activism. For a good definition of economic activism, see my article here.

Of course, being me, I also wanted to turn this into a magical experiment, and so I have, along with some other people I work with on a regular basis. The working isn’t fully finished, but tonight was a major step. Several weeks ago we agreed we’d focus on creating an entity that helps people with networking.  We then took sometime to list what the entity does and what it doesn’t do.

Tonight, Bill W took over for the part of the experiment where we’d determine the name of the entity. We also spent a lot of time figuring out the elevator speech, essential for networking purposes. Once we’d done that, I invoked Purson, the goetic demon of divination to help with the working, while Cobalt and M also did their own workings to feed energy into the creation of the entity. Purson had me shuffling a tarot deck a lot of the time and ended up creating a divinatory enchantment for the networking entity that emphasized it’s focus on making connections, providing a balance of power in the networking and other essential skills for successful networking.

While all that was happening, M did some I-Ching readings, and Bill W used a pendulum with mercury to first determine the number of syllables and names for the entity we were creating. Then he used the pendulum to determine the letters for the name. It was an interesting process to observe, and a bit different from how I’ve created entities, so I definitely felt like I learned quite a bit from watching him, but also want to actually learn how to do the technique, by doing it.

We did come up with a name for the entity, but we still have some more work to do in the creation process. Look for future updates here!

Review: Flow: The psychology of optimal experience by Mihaly
Csikszentmihalyi

This book explains what optimal experiences are and how they relate to the psychology of happiness. This book also provides some intriguing definitions for consciousness, attention, and intention, which I think are useful in reconsidering how to purposely use such elements of our behavior to prompt flow. It’s a good book overall, with the author providing some excellent examples of how people have used flow states to overcome adversity as well as create works of genius. It also presents some psychological theory which isn’t rooted in Freud, Jung, or the eight circuit model, which is refreshing to read, and much needed in order to better appreciate psychology as a discipline and how that discipline can be related to one’s spirituality.

If there’s one area where this book suffers, it’s that the author is sometimes too wordy and overly repetitious. While I enjoyed this book, there were times, I felt the author was repeating himself too much, in order to get a point across. That said, it’s definitely worth picking up, to broaden your understanding of psychology and optimal states of experience.
4 out of 5 psychologists

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