"HOW TO USE MAGICK with a Straight Face"
(C) 1989 by Scot Rhoads, all rights reservedMYSTIC MOON Metaphysical Books, NEW MOON RISING journal & BBS8818 Troy St., Spring Vly, CA 91977 (619) 466-8064; BBS: 466-5403"People that eat blowfish are stupid.People that do not eat blowfish are also stupid."(Japanese proverb)With the advent of the New Age, many people are airing great new ways to change your life for the better. These ideas are based on the premise that we have total control of our lives on somelevel. All we need do is reach that level with our desires. This is, of course, the big challenge. Youcan read millions of words on that subject. Why is there so much information? Because achievingthis kind of control is a very individual thing. There are so many different ways that each personcould write his own book. To succeed, each must find his own path. The reason there areinstructions at all, though, is because each can find guidance in the successes of others. Magick is one of these many guides. This file is relatively short because it concentrates less on the myriad details of magick andmore on how to find your own path. The task is never as easy as it sounds, but it is notcomplex, either. With straight forward exercises (good, honest work on your Self) you willachieve whatever you desire. We all have this power. The way we use it is not by gaining anew ability, but by getting out of the way of the ability we already have. This book outlines the basic blocks and the kinds of things to do about them. But, as with any advice, it is up to you tohonestly assess your own situation and discover what works best for you. Remember, achievingyour personal Power is everyone's path in life. You will succeed, it is only a question of when.This book is designed to bring that success more quickly and, overall, more easily.Many people these days still appeal to the "booga-booga" aspect of magick: "We will grantyou incredible powers to use on whomever you please if you send us money." As we enter into the New Age of understanding, people are learning that occult powers are actually a natural part of everyone's life. It is our goal to help this process along. We hope to teach newcomers what magick is about. This book is written not only to inform, but also to circumvent the psychological barriers set up by living in a mechanistic society. The mechanistic paradigm (the idea that each person and object is totally separate from the rest of the universe except through physicalinteraction) precludes magick (non-physically affecting one's environment). The magickal paradigm states that your beliefs create your reality. This choice is like contemplating eating blowfish - when you analyze it, you can conclude that adopting either paradigm is stupid. Sinceyou can't please everyone else, pick the one that you like best. If (and only if) the magickal paradigm appeals to you, then choose it. Then the trick is to get out of the mind-set that says thatmagick is impossible. We hope that you will try some exercises to prove to yourself thatmagick works. Once you have done so, then you are on the way to achieving anything youdesire.
Power can be a very misleading term. The way most people mean it is in the sense of "power-over." People recognize power as the ability to get others to do what you want, especially whenthese others have different ideas. This is not Power (with a capital 'P') at all. When you rely onsomeone else to do something for you, you give your Power to him. This is very different from