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On Earthly Attachments
In the Path of the Magician

   A great many aspiring magi do not succeed half as well as they should, and twice as many do not succeed half as  well as they could at their best. Why is this? It is because too many see magic as a hobby or as something they can do  to have a special secret; there are a plethora of reasons – too many for me to recite here. There can questionably be  brought into consideration two groups though, the dabblers, and the well-meaning aspirants. I say well-meaningbecause often that is all that they turn out to be, even if they believe they have devoted themselves to their path. For the ones that truly see magic as a way of life, and the largest priority they have, there are near as many reasons for lesser or no success as there are for the dabblers. To explain all of these is not the focus of this document however; the purpose is to clarify one of the larger reasons and to help in the ridding of the problem if it is indeed there.

        One of the main goals of the true magician is to ascend from the lowly earth-bound existences into the higher planes of purity and mind. Many aspirants know the methods and systems that can be used to bring one’s self into the higher places, and in some cases they practice these things to the most minute of details. Focus is well spent on ascension in such ways, but too much can be spent there alone. The place that I have found to be the least focused on (but the most needed) is in the breaking or subduing of earthly attachments. There are two main reasons that this occurs in my opinion, and those are:
  1.      That this is one of the hardest and most trying parts of one’s path, requiring some of the most painful sacrifices that one can make early on.
  2.      Sometimes this is overlooked compared to things that are believed to be much more important.

     We will begin with the former. It is possible that one will come into magic from the earliest stages of their lives, and have nearly no earthly bonds or habits that will need to be discarded; but this is far less likely than the scenario of the adolescent or adult who finds their way into the occult. Early on, there are usually many things that need to be dealt with, and those things are often ones that take an amazing amount of self-discipline to appropriately control. Such things include most materialistic value, various forms of lust, gluttony, or in some cases alcohol, nicotine, or any other type of drug.
      It is far, far easier to stay in the normal ruts you have established for yourself than it is to climb up and out of them onto new ground, but it is only in this way that you may ever see anything other than the walls of the ruts you have slowly carved for yourself in the span of your life. During the times of self-mastery that these involve, your mind will suggest innumerable ways that would allow for you to fall in to the desires that you have been working so hard to destroy, ways that would supposedly allow for you to have a clean conscience and continue along your development.    These ways are the illusions of a desperate mind, the animalistic side striving to take control once again, and you must never fall when these opportunities present themselves. For once you fall, in most occasions, you fall completely back down into the rut you had been climbing out of, and you must completely restart your efforts from the beginning.
Concluding the first reason, in these stages of your development you must stay strong and resist all of the illusions you will come across. There is also required to be a complete and total self-honesty in these respects; as lies told to the self speaking of vigilance where there has been none only lend to the further sinking into of the illusions that you must work to avoid, and can only lead to false progress.

    On to the latter of the two reasons; this happens to many aspirants, and should be considered in utmost importance. There can here be drawn an analogy that the perceptive will gain much from.
All birds choose eventually to fly, and all have different times and paces at which they learn. Many focus their attentions to how their wings can be used to lift themselves from the tree and into the sky, which is good, but too many spend too much time with this prospect alone. Flight is a most amazingly complex thing, and every part of the bird is built in some way to aid that flight. So it is that for true flight to occur focus must be given to each and every aspect of the process, with equal attention to everything. Some birds may learn to fly without learning how to release the branch that they stand on…and they may even succeed at times, hovering as far above the branch as the stretch of their grip will let them. This may be called flight by some, but it cannot be considered even a jump when compared to the heights to which the birds that have truly learned to let go of the tree will soar.


   

Whoever knows everything but himself, lacks everything. (Th 3)

June 17, 2007, 07:00:43 PM
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IsApOs

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A very valuable and easily-viewed piece Arinil. Indeed the earthly attachments are rarely the focus and my last master believed that as long as you always wanted to achieve unity with God, it did not matter what you did with your life. If this was the case, we would have a great many more buddha's surrounding us in the present day.

Though I do wonder, do you believe some addictions create a more significant rut than others? For example many of the exemplaries had various addictions. Blavatsky and Bardon were heavy smokers and Crowley was a heroin addict yet one can hardly argue with their proficiency. What are your thoughts on this?

Namaste

June 17, 2007, 08:16:17 PM
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Arinil

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    This is mainly concerning the earlier stages of development and evolution. Once a certain level has been obtained things like this are simply a distraction from your ascension and not a complete halt. They would take time you could use for practices, and perhaps cause you to lose focus in important times... but if you reach such a point in development it would likely be just as beneficial to simply let them go, as you would have the control over yourself to do so.
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Whoever knows everything but himself, lacks everything. (Th 3)