Curiousity is my main motivation for magic

Posted on March 16, 2010
Filed Under Magic, Taylor Ellwood | 2 Comments

I just got God of War 3 for the playstation. I haven’t played it yet. I’ve been busy watching the two commentary films about god of war. Why? Because what always interests me about a game, book, experiment, etc.,  is what goes into the creation of it. God of War is so fascinating to me, because it’s a modern retelling and reinvention of Greek myth, but it’s also the technology and the explanations for the game design and why certain features were chosen that also interests me. I like understanding the process that informs the result, and feel that you can’t really appreciate the result or understand it, if you don’t understand the process that achieved the result.

So I’m curious about process, and that’s what motivates not only my interest in a game, but also my interest in magic. It’s not enough to get a result. You have to understand the process, and to do that you have to be curious about the process and the elements that comprise it. I love learning about so many seemingly unrelated topics, because I realize they all do connect together inevitably. To only explore one topic or focus only on the result is to ignore the fundamental connection that informs the process and evolution of any discipline or practice.

Curiosity motivates my approach to magic, because I want to learn everything I can. I know I won’t learn everything, but learning and connecting what I do, does provide new ways of thinking about life, magic, and manifestation. It provides inspiration and consideration, and thus new angles reveal themselves, new patterns unfold, and I understand magic and life in a new way.

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TaylorEllwood
TaylorEllwood

I've actually read Lisiewski's work. He definitely makes some good pints, although he's a little too dogmatic and judgmental in my opinion, when it comes to valuing traditional ways of evoking over other other approaches.

DarkArckana
DarkArckana

I agree wholeheartedly! This is definitely one of the rewards of Magick. In fact, the biggest reason I practice is because of this curiosity. If you're interested in causation, I highly recommend the book "Ceremonial Magic & The Power of Evocation" by Joseph C. Lisiewski, especially the chapter on Axioms. I also recommend the works of Rudolph Steiner, the founder of Anthrosophy. I recommend first starting with his biography and then his work "Philosophy of Freedom", then "Knowledge of The Higher Worlds and It's Attainment". I'd keep vigilant when reading "Knowledge of The Higher Worlds", since the translator seems to overly complicate it. There are too many "do nots" and "should nots" and even "not unlikes" that are unnecessary when you break down what he's saying into common language. But it's certainly worth the time to break it down, since the very act of doing so seems to develop some of the faculties he talks about. He also speaks on too many absolutist terms, but it's best to consider it interesting until you see it for yourself.