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  Mar 16, 2014  2

Occultism, Magic and other misunderstood spiritual approaches

I’m sure that most of you who read the title thought at first of Black Magic and Satanism or about the esoteric scene that boomed in the past decades, so I’m here now to clear this misunderstanding that spreads a distorted view of these spiritual approaches.

Let’s begin with Occultism: The word “occult” itself means hidden or secret, thus is Occultism the dogma of the hidden or the knowledge of the realm beyond the human world (the hidden world behind this world). The occult itself is neither good nor bad, white or black, but undoubtedly it can become one of those two forces, exactly like destruction can be good or bad depending on the place and the situation. (1)

Magic (or Magick; like I prefer to write it and you’ll see why) on the other hand is the art or practice of that knowledge. In the dictionary we can find two basic definitions of the word “magic”. One is the definition most people relate to and that you can experience when you go to a magic show or to the circus:

The art of producing illusions as entertainment by the use of sleight of hand, deceptive devices, etc.;

The second comes the spiritual definition slightly closer:

The art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation or various other techniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature;

This, still, is more like a poetic definition that reminds you of TV shows like Charmed, so let’s look at Carl Jungs theory about unus mundus and see if we come the actual most realistic definition closer that is used by today’s magicians. By the way, for those who never came across psychology studies, Carl Jung is a very well known psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology, a school of psychology.

Carl Jung’s theory of unus mundus (meaning “one world”)implicates the connection of all things in the universe, which means that if you change yourself, your surroundings will change too. Here we draw near the magickal art: the more you align your soul, your thoughts and your attitude to your wish, to the reality you desire the more effective the incantation/ritual will be. The incantation itself, or other techniques, in this case are simply the act that makes this alignment possible. This alignment, being aware of it or not, changes your consciousness and by changing your consciousness in a certain manner you are changing yourself, your habits and everything around you to your desired way thus shaping your own reality. And this concept includes also the control of supernatural agencies (actually it is more like asking not controlling) and the forces of nature, but in case of the forces of nature, there are too many factors that need to be aligned that it becomes nearly impossible for a simple human being.

In relation the most genuine and real definition of magick from my point of view is the one of BOEL(2):

❝Magick is the science and art of provoking deliberately changes in consciousness, which enable to shape reality in the desired way.

And I actually would like to go one step further and say:

❝Magick is the science and art of provoking deliberately changes in consciousness, which enable to shape reality in the needed way.

Because not always our wish fulfills like we wanted, but exactly like we needed it. ;D

So, to underline the difference, that you saw now, between the artificial magic and the spiritual magick I like to write them differently.

Wicca is a polytheistic Neo-Pagan nature religion inspired by various pre-Christian western European beliefs, whose central deity is a mother goddess and which includes the use of herbal magic and benign witchcraft. Or so it says in the dictionary. With Wicca often an old Witch is pictured that lives deep in the forest in a little wooden house with an herb garden on the backside, and, most people think of it as a very old tradition (like millennial), but what they don’t know is that Wicca actually isn’t that old. It was first introduced by Gerald Gardner in 1954 in his book “Witchcraft Today” for which the pagan culture and rituals were the fundamentals. Today exist various types of Wicca like for example the Celtic Wicca that incorporates the Celtic mythology, the British Wicca based on the British traditions or the Dianic Wicca influenced by the Feminist Movement and many more, each of them having their own interpretations and thus their own variations.

Esoteric comes from  the Greek “esôterikos” and is made up of the word esô meaning”within”, thus esoteric means “belonging to an inner circle”. Esoteric originally referred to the secret teachings of Greek philosophers, versus public or exoteric ones. (3)

Today’s esoteric scene is a mixture of many different traditions, but also of individual teachings or isolated techniques, therefore it represents a very varied landscape in which it can be difficult to navigate. Most of the esoteric books and teachers do not offer a complete system that can be studied over a long period of time. All this may be reasons why so many people get here a little and there a little look, but basically get no consistent path and arrive to practice some sort of “part-time esoteric”, remaining continuously on the same spot and thus giving up disappointed, because they are not able to fill the inner emptiness that they feel.

So this “part-time esoteric” often lacks a sound foundation of knowledge and skills, such as a deep knowledge of the human soul, which is needed to enable a sustainable spiritual growth of the soul, and it also often lacks spiritual and ethical guidance for the everyday life, which can be applied in the context of work, family and leisure daily. Esotericism in that way becomes only a hobby or, worse, will be practiced as an end in itself, and Spirituality becomes an exception.

Complete and comprehensive systems such as the Buddhism are in turn, difficult to access, especially for the western people, since they don’t have contact with the culture and traditions on which it is based. It may be difficult, but not impossible. As for the Western Mystery Tradition, that is more suited for the western people, it may be less difficult, but still very demanding. Many people lack the dedication and perseverance. In addition the Western Mystery Tradition is often either covered with prejudice or completely unknown, so that many people don’t even consider this spiritual path.  (4)

I hope I could give you a better light on this topic and I’m curious about your thoughts, or if you have a question, you can leave it in the comments. Have a nice day/night

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(1) cf. Walter E. Butler (1952). Magic: Its Ritual, Power and Purpose. Chapter V “The kings of Edom” (Third form of evil: the unbalanced power)
(2) The Brotherhood of Eternal Light is an international Mystery school that teaches the Western Mysteries.
(3) Etymology of esoteric: Wictionary
(4) c.f. Andrea. For those who can speak German, here is the article by Andrea, who expressed exactly what I think.

Occultism, Magic and other misunderstood spiritual approaches was originally published on Her Special Place

Dilemma

I don’t care what sh*t people pull as long as they keep their distance from me, but when people I treasure do things that go in a bad direction, it isn’t only annoying me, but it truly hurts my heart. And it becomes worse the more I like them. That’s why after some time I find myself in a dilemma between leaving and staying. Between respecting and demanding for change. Problem is if I decide to stay without a change, how long will I be able to keep it up? How far will I be able to go before my heart starts bleeding completely?

Normaly I avoid such people at all costs so that I would never find myself in this dilemma, but as lives goes it doesn’t come how you expect it. I really don’t know how I could take control of those hurt feelings. What should I do? The only solution I found until now is ‘not caring’, being indifferent. But that would mean to go in the contrary direction of liking them. It would mean to leave.

Dilemma was originally published on Her Special Place

In the night

In the middle of the night I awake.
My sixth sense heightened.
Pictures. Words. Sounds. Rushing through my head.
Seeing places I have never been.
Meeting people I have never seen.
Another world has opened behind this world.
A world where time and space don’t exist.

The otherworld.

In the night was originally published on Her Special Place

A True Relationship

A true relationship is where you bring out the best in each other. Where you are supporting each other to become who you truly are. Where you don’t stop changing, but where you actually continuously change together, creating a whole new future. Where you constantly learn from each other. Where you get the backup from each other that empowers you to be your true self. That enables you to gain control over your own life. Where you get so much strength to become truly self-confident that you won’t need to hide behind a mask or comply to a groups pressure even when you aren’t together. Where you don’t need each other, but want to be together nevertheless.

That’s a truly powerful relationship with a highly inspirational potential.

A True Relationship was originally published on Her Special Place

Change

I don’t get people who tell me “Don’t ever change!”
How can I not change? It is unnatural and goes against the law of the universe. The me right now has already changed from the me of a moment ago. It is not possible to not change. Those who deny change have not understood anything about life.

Even those who change for the worst are better off than those who do not change at all. They are at least going somewhere, but those who don’t change at all won’t get anywhere. They will stay there in the same place, never discovering themselves and the potential they have. Never getting to know what they could be capable of.

Change was originally published on Her Special Place

Remember

Remember.

Remember every scar.
Every single moment.
Every single detail.

Remember the feeling.
The sensation.

Remember.
And then

Let go.

Remember was originally published on Her Special Place

  Apr 25, 2013  1

If music makes me dream, dancing makes me come alive.

I’m just an avarage girl who wants stability.

The ticket inspector (or Things that may seem nonrelevant)

When the ticket inspector boarded she knew already she hadn’t stamped her ticket, that she had done wrong. She thought for a moment that she could run to the little machine and stamp, but at that time the ticket inspector was already in front of her. She gave him the unstamped ticket and he looked at her sighing. He did after all his job. “The machine didn’t worked.” She lied. Even when the other passengers knew it all. They had wittnessed it. She hadn’t stamped. She shamelessly lied. She didn’t wanted to lie, but she did. She had an air of indifference and the other must have thought that she was a terrible arrogant person. The ticket inspector told her that the new machine worked perfectly. He made a photo of her identity card and told her he would turn a blind eye, this time. She couldn’t believe his kindness. She wanted to ask him why he was so kind to a stranger like her of whom he exactly knew was lying. She wanted to tell him that people aren’t this kind, that humans were cruel. What she actually said was totally different: “But I swear it didn’t worked.” and with it she knew she had betrayed herself and all her ideals. She was a hypocrite. “Please, don’t vow.” This little sentence saved her from falling completely. His voice being gentle. She was thankful, thankful not for the money she didn’t need to pay, but for the gentleness that soothed her wounded heart. She didn’t wanted it to stop, since she longed for it, so she continued: “But really…” “Please do not continue or I will change my mind.” He cut her off. Internally she winced back like a little scared child, but externally she just shook her head nonchalantly. She wanted to apologize. She wanted to apologize to him for being this ill mannered. For having such a bad personality.

At the end only one thought remained in her head: “I need to change!”

She desperately wishes for a change and at the same time she has not the strength to make that change happen herself.

She agreed to him, because she wanted to hide her embarrasment and the frail person she was at that moment. With a strong appearance and a smile she wanted to hide her crying soul. That night she cried even more, letting out the despair, the confusion and the lonliness she had trapped inside and which she didn’t know where it came from.

She realized she had imprisoned herself and she didn’t know how or when it had started, but she needed to find the way out.

She wanted no longer hide the fact that she wasn’t confindent about herself, that she didn’t know anything about the world and that she still was only a little child that had a long way to go until becoming a sensible adult.

She is afraid to wish for something, because it will become true. She knows she needs to be cautious. Once her wish has come true she no longer desires it, she loses interest in it and like that it becomes just another empty shell. Will she ever discover what her heart truly desires, what her soul needs?

When the universe spoils her she has this strange feeling of emptiness inside her. As if everything would be only a empty shell. Something not real.

She feels save in her own little world, but she knows she needs to step out of it to find happiness.