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Robert’s Notebook Page 2

Posted by harmony0stars on July 18, 2010

Before you get to practice any magic, I want you first to be familiar with its laws. Think of magic like a car. Anyone can drive a car, but if something doesn’t work right, very few people can fix it on their own. You can be given instructions in one instance or another, but when it fails spectacularly, you can end up injured or dead. So it is important to understand the laws of magic, not only to fix what doesn’t work, but to avoid injury of yourself or others.

Like Newton’s law of gravity or Einstein’s law of relativity, magic has it’s own theories, here called Laws but also referred to as Axioms in many old books. These explain how thought energy influences the physical world. There are so far twenty-seven laws, not including their sublaws, which I have compiled, rearranged, and expanded upon. Every tool and symbol, every herb, stone, or other item used in a spell, is merely a way to maximize your thought energy to ensure that the thing you want to occur does. That is not to say that these things do not have power on their own, but that understanding the Laws will allow you to benefit from that energy as well as your own.

Science and magic are not mutually exclusive thought patterns. While Science examines the physical world, magic seeks to unlock the world science refuses to observe or even acknowledge. Both are extensions of philosophy however. You will not have learned much about philosophy in school, but for the purposes of magic and science, there are two corresponding philosophies: idealism and materialism. Idealism says that all of reality is based on thought. Thought creates matter. If your thought were strong enough, you could perform miracles. Materialism pertains to the material universe. In materialism, there is no room for thought to influence matter. Some parts of the physical world are harder to influence through magic. Therefore science and magic become a sliding scale, each a useful tool as we attempt to alter the world in which we live.

Below is a definition of the first law with its two sublaws. Think about this law and the pros and cons of putting it into practice. How could it be harmful and how can it be helpful in magic and your life in general?

 

I Law of Worldviews

The world we perceive is not the true world. What we see is a mixture of the underlying reality (the Tao or objective, unknowable reality which supports everything we build upon it) and our perception (the subjective). Science supports the idea that by observing phenomena, we change it. While changing your worldview does not alter the eternal, real world, it does change the world you perceive. That is, by changing his worldview a magician is able to make real changes in the world which is real to humanity. (This is further explored in Law VII: the Law of Reflections.)

Because there are an infinite number of ways to perceive the world, there are also an infinite number of worlds we may assemble without awareness. The true underlying reality is unknowable to us as long as we retain our worldview of separateness and self. Through meditation and other techniques, an explorer of this underlying reality can become one with it, but when joined to it, he can no longer step back and observe it, having become for that moment a part of it. As soon as he steps back, he begins to build observations about his experience, destroying the moment and obscuring the world which he has left. Thus there is no such thing as an independent observer. You participate in creating the world by perceiving it. This is then the objective all magic, bending reality to your will to create the phenomena or world you desire despite the will of others. The Will is the most powerful tool of a magician.

The Law of Personal Universes Every sentient being lives in and quite possibly creates a unique universe which can never be 100% identical to that lived in by another. So-called “reality” is a matter of consensus opinion.

The Law of Infinite Universes The total number of universes into which all possible combinations of existing phenomena could be organized is infinite. Anything is possible, though some things are more probable than others and so are easier to enact.

 

According to the Law of Worldviews and its sublaws, our reality is our own creation, attached tenuously to the underlying “real” world. Both worlds are real in so far as we are able to understand, both affect our well-being, but our personal reality is in constant flux, changing according to both the real world and our perception of it. Unlike the underlying reality however, only one’s own personal world may be altered willfully. The underlying reality remains unaltered. It is the foundation upon which we build our observations. A good example of this is the use of positive affirmations. When someone convinces themselves of the possibility of change, they bring that change into being.

True immersion in the “real” world would remove any desire for change. We cannot live in the “real” world; I believe it is as aspect of the Afterlife. It can be visited for short periods by minds that have attuned themselves to it, but staying too long might prevent the observer from returning or remove all desire to return. Since we cannot live in this “real” world, affirmations, meditations, and spellwork are valuable tools for reshaping the subjective world we must live in. Any attempt to alter the objective reality immediately removes the observer to the mutable universe of perception and creation. Only in the universes of our finite perception can change be put into effect. The world we each perceive is created by thought and desire and remains a mutable, warped copy of the underlying universe which exists as the bedrock of all our realities.

Because the number of possibilities in any individual universe are infinite, so too are the types of phenomena which can be caused through the application of will. However, since some phenomena are more probable than others, some will require less energy should they be attempted. For instance, it would be easier to create a pig than a flying pig, though creation of any matter from nothing would overtax our limited cognitive abilities.

Because each of us creates our own reality, it is difficult, though not impossible, for two or more people to agree upon the same phenomena. Police will tell you that witnesses to a crime rarely agree on the fine details of what they saw. Creation of phenomena is easier with one observer and becomes successively more difficult the more observers are included. Should a magician manage to obtain the cooperation of other observers however, either in suspending their expectations or in focusing their wills on a joint project (through agreed upon symbolism), the bending of reality to the Will eventually becomes easier than with only one observer/magi. (More on this in the Fourth Law.) This is also where the use of traditional tools and supplies comes into play. Stones, herbs, symbols, and other trappings of magic are powerful due to the combined will of generations of magicians using the same items in their own practice. It taps into the collective unconscious or what is call the Akashic Records.

The Law of Worldviews is a valuable tool towards understanding the underlying universe even as it affects the subjective universes of our perception. Application of this Law allows the creation or dispersal of energy in the form of phenomena. Belief is the all important factor. Believing something is possible allows it to be an option in your reality. Doubt destroys that possibility. Belief that something can hurt you, feeds the doubt that you can prevent that harm.

A person who believes in fairies, angels, spirits, etc, can communicate with them if they are present. Is this person delusional? Science would say yes, but such entities can cause changes to the physical universe that others can observe: temperature, weather, cumulative alterations in the subject. If an outside observers can be convinced to share a worldview, they will be able to function partially within that world, and the original observer within theirs. Shared perception creates a shared world through which the occupants may affect each other. The shared world will become more real based upon the number of believers in that world. Thus if three out of four people believe enough in the presence of a spirit, they may be able to empower that entity to appear or cause phenomena the fourth non-believer may experience despite his disbelief. It is not that we create a non-human entity (though it is possible to do so), but that we allow ourselves the option of perceiving it. Others may prefer not to allow it into their personal worldview and therefore, based on the strength of their will and belief, prevent it from manifesting in their reality.

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Wow… I didn’t realize magic was this -complicated. I looked up the Akashic records online and that was pretty neat. This is a lot more than I was expecting. I hope it gets easier the more Laws I know?

Seems to me this Law is good for helping you get in touch with things that most people can’t see, like the spirits you mentioned. If you could get to the real, underlying world like you were talking about, it would probably give you an edge in trying to change the world everyone sees? Because maybe that’s the reality that every other reality wants to be? But maybe that’s just if you were trying to make things match up, and I guess from what you said, once you’re not looking at it, you forget what’s in the real world. Still I bet it probably helps to be in touch with this real world, even subconsciously through these Akashic records, because then you have some kind of instinct about how things are supposed to work?

I’m sorry. This is way over my head. I’m going to have to think about this a long time before I can really get it straight in my head.

So… cons. One big one is that it would be really hard to make people think you weren’t crazy. I wonder how many people in asylums are actually more in touch with this underlying reality or operating in their own reality that no one else can see. You’d have to have a really strong will to make other people believe what you believe. Plus, they used to burn people at the stake if they thought they were practicing magic, so I guess if you went around messing with other people’s realities, they might get a little upset or think they were crazy.

Something else I just thought of… You mentioned spirits, but there’s bad ones too, demons. Seems like there used to be a lot more evil spirits attacking people, so maybe we convinced ourselves that they couldn’t get to us or that they didn’t exist. So when a magician decides that he wants to talk to one of these things and actually manages to bring it into our reality, it’s probably really hard to make it go away again. And what if lots of people started believing in demons and other bad spirits again, and then that, like, opened the doors for these things to come back to our collective realities. That sounds like a really big drawback to practicing magic.

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6 Responses to “Robert’s Notebook Page 2”

  1. faten said

    There is no magic without demons, God forbid

    • It is unfortunately what most people’s mind turn to when they think of magic.

      • Fiona said

        Seems like not believing in any kind of harmful spirit is the best protection against them. So please don’t try to convince me they exist. I’M NOT LISTENING – LA LA LA….

        Another thought that occurred to me is maybe ghosts exist when the person is still alive in another universe.

        • lol, yeah, which is a good argument for atheism, right? Though it doesn’t always work that way if the spirit is strong enough or other people give it strength through their belief. So better just to believe it can’t hurt you if it does exist, since let’s face it, there’s always going to be that niggling little doubt that it does, than try to convince yourself that it doesn’t.

          You’re actually not the first to bring up the idea that ghosts are merely dimensional travelers and not spirits of the dead at all. That’s the strongest argument concerning “shadow people,” though others just like to throw the word ‘demon’ around.

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