To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to? ‘Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Ay, there’s the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.
I feel like Hamlet, pondering a profoundly important question I’m not asking about death and the validity of suffering in a literal sense like the Shakespearean character did, but imagining what a world without magic would be like. A world without magic would imply a world without spiritual beings and the other-worlds, a world empty of higher spiritual aspirations and godly endeavors. In a world like that, I will embrace death because being alive will have no meaning.
There are people on this earth, believe it or not, who do magic every day of their lives; people that have made the practice part of themselves, people who live it. There are also people who think a lot about magic, practicing it on the mental planes as they would say, never steeping so ‘low’ as to practice real magic or ritual. And then we have the ones who do not believe in a weird and wonderful world, those ones who still have to evolve past the physical. Do we have the ability to do magic just to look down on it? Are we sprinting athletes sitting in a rocking chair doing abstract sprints in our minds?
I hear a lot of opinions about magic; everyone is an expert on the subject these days. Once you have read a book by Deepak Chopra, practiced kundalini yoga and became a Reiki practitioner you have enough knowledge to be an expert on magic to enlighten everyone around on the ethics of magic. People see magic as the dirty bastard child of spirituality, not realising that magic is a spiritual path that can lead to enlightenment. On the subject of magic people are still living in the Middle Ages, and with that I mean all forms of magic. It is as if society has a natural tendency to be ignorantand frightened. Only a select few are happy with the status quo, with the way things are going in this world. They are feeding our minds through the media and institutions with talk about damnation, fear and punishment.
When you tell people that you practice magic they immediately think you have no moral values, or they laugh in their sleeves at your stupidity for believing in such nonsense. People’s viewpoints about magic vary a lot but they are mostly negative. I am connected to a meditation master that is very dear to me; this person is probably the authority on meditation in South Africa. A lot of the master’s students ask about magic and astral travel and the master then answers them negatively, telling them that meditation and yoga is a higher form of spirituality. With that attitude the master guides people away from experiencing magic for themselves acting as an authority on magic. If you are a Reiki master, don’t condemn the master of magic; rather respect him/her even if you don’t understand what their spirituality is all about. To be an authority on magic you have to practice magic, understand the principles governing it and produce the desired effects with your magic. True understanding of magic stems from practice, reading books on the subject only makes you experience the viewpoints of others. Experience it for yourself to develop your own viewpoint, only then you will be able to do magic without relying on others for assistance. Later you will also be able to develop your own system of magic that you can practice.
Hamlet asked his question about life and death and he thought about life’s challenges. Whydo people act in certain ways? Why do certain things happen to certain people? Will magic be the key to our death? Then we can start planning our glamorous end in this melodrama. Is magic the key to multiple universes, the secret to really being alive?I believe that all types of magic are equally special. Doing magic to converse with your higher self or doing it to pay your child’s school fees is the same to me. All forms of magic takes energy, you have to give to receive from the other-worlds. The energetic exchange that takes place during a magical operation is an important aspect of the process and act as the fuel that makes your will travel. Just like a car can run out of fuel, you can also run out of energy before you reach the next filling station. Building up the right amount of energy is crucial for any form of magic to be successful. The only classification of magic I believe exist is: magic works and magic that doesn’t work.
Talking about life and death and magic in the same sentence is nothing new. People constantly talk about the karmic consequences of magic, death and suffering being the classic punishment that pops up in our minds. Magic is just an action that produces an effect; the action would determine the effect. I sometimes think that karma has more to do with cause and effect and with science than with our warped sense of morality. Who are we to judge others if we are not prepared to judge ourselves in the same way?
To magic or not to magic, that is the question for most. I chose magic, and it works.