First off, thank you for sharing, Prophecy. Your articles (this one included) have helped and will help me greatly on my Journey. I can honestly say I don't know where I would be without you. ^_^"
And moving on to my questions, I am in what seems to be a unique or at least rare situation; I have a lot of free time, and I do mean a lot. I am self employed, and my work requires only a few hours a day--some times not even that. And in addition to this, I am a hermit of sorts, so I have almost no social life (this will change, eventually (probably), as my empathy comes under control). So, I can dedicate many hours to magic and spiritual practice and or study, but the question rises--Should I?
I have seen many times, in many exercises (especially in the IIH) that you should only do this or that for so long (usually ten minutes, sometimes 30 or so), but it is my understanding that these exercises were constructed to work for "busy people". I am not a "busy person", per se, but from a martial artists perspective I DO acknowledge the risk of over training, so constructing a schedule of spiritual practice greater then what has been recommended often worries me.
So here I am, asking you, one who has taught me or otherwise led me to learn most of what I know regarding magic and hermeticism--Is it "safe" to construct a longer schedule of spiritual practice then what is normally recommended (one hour in the morning, and one at night, per what was stated in an earlier post here)--and if it is, will it bring forth results faster? I am a patient person when I have to be, and I realize I won't complete IIH or any other such practice overnight (or in a week, or month), but I've also long adopted the philosophy of "You get what you give"--and having the extra time to give as I do, I would hate to "waste" it as I have for so long already.