Magic as a Transformative Process

Posted on March 31, 2012
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If there’s one description I’d use about Magical Identity is that its really an exploration of magic as a transformative process. So what does that mean? When I think about western magical practices mostly what I think of is a fixation on achieving measurable results, but I think that’s what missing is an exploration of transformation and the role magic can play in the transformation of your life. I’d argue that any result you achieve isn’t merely a change in the external environment that happens to suit you, but is also a transformation of you as both a person and magician. That this transformation isn’t considered is always a cause for concern, because its something that shouldn’t be ignored.

If we look at the anatomy of a magical act, there is a focus on change. Something needs to be changed in order to bring the world back into balance for the magician. But assuming that the change only occurs in the external environment is a mistake. The magician is also changing his/her internal reality in order to align it with the desired external result. And if s/he can’t change the internal reality, the external result may manifest, but it won’t last. At a recent talk I asked attendees how many had manifested a desired result only to have it go away without bringing the desired change they wanted. Most nodded their heads and the reason for that is simple. Their internal reality didn’t align with the desired external reality they wanted.

Effective transformation calls on the magician to be in touch with his/her internal reality so that s/he can truly determine if a desired result is in alignment with his/her life. The magical act is a transformation of the life of the magician as well as the environment. The two aren’t separate, and whatever separation we assign is a convenient illusion used to avoid understanding the act of transformation.

This doesn’t mean magic involves the law of attraction or other newagey concepts. Rather what it means is that achieving a result involves a level of internal work that complements any external work that is done to achieve the result. The recognition that magic is a transformative process is a recognition that a given magical act occurs on an ontological level and involves a recognition of embodiment as a principle for manifestation. The result you desire is something that you need to embody in your existence, write it in your code to use a technology metaphor.

 

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