Playing in someone else’s sandbox

Posted on March 6, 2012
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As I’ve been taking the Strategic Sorcery course, something that has stood out to me is how essentially I’m learning the Jason Miller way of doing magic. This isn’t a bad thing per se, because it’s fairly clear that how he approaches magic works. Some of it brings back some memories of my early days, especially when I did basic hermetic rituals to the letter everyday, and there are activities we are doing where I know I have my own version of how I do it, and instead I’m choosing to do it via the way the course has laid it out, because the whole point of taking a course like this is learning from the person teaching the course.

In fact, I’m really valuing this experience because if it teaches me nothing else, it teaches me not to take for granted how I practice magic or how other people practice it. By doing some practices the way someone else would do them, it forces me to really examine how I approach my magical work and pushes me to be a better magician.

At the same time, I am getting some ideas for how to structure my own courses. I already have the groundwork laid out for one course. I just need to finish writing it up (which should be a bit easier now that MI is out of the way). But what I’m realizing is that this process of developing online classes doesn’t have to be nearly as complicated as I made it out to be. Playing in someone else’s sandbox can teach you quite a lot, if you are open to it.

 

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