Changing what you’ve learned

Posted on June 12, 2010
Filed Under Experiments, Magic, Taoism, Taylor Ellwood | 2 Comments

I recently finished reading a lot of Mantak Chia’s works and implementing the practices into my daily work. I do find the practices useful, even if a lot of his books are repetitious. Even with that repetition, what I did get was a better sense of his process and how it works, as well as how to cut out a lot of the extraneous features, to still obtain the same result.

Seems to me that’s really how magic works. You figure out the process as another person describes, then you cut out what doesn’t work, add what does, and work it. Certainly, I can appreciate that how Chia has presented his techniques work as they are, but I also could see where a couple steps could be dropped entirely to refine the process and still get the same result. And that shows me that any process isn’t set in stone, and is always mutable. It’s just dependent on whether or not the person feels confident about changing the process.

What do you think? How comfortable are you with changing what you’ve learned?



One of the things I admire about you is how you've always taken concepts and made them your own. It certainly shows in both your art and your writing.


I've always made things my own. With totemism, I read Ted Andrews' stuff to get the basic gist, but then created an entirely original system of working with animal totems. Same thing with therioshamanism as a unique neoshamanism. We have to make these things our own in order to make them effective. If what we use resembles someone else's that's fine, but there shouldn't be any fear in experimentation.