metaphorge23 (metaphorge23) wrote,

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Will and Desire

Magick has been defined as "change in conformity to the Will" which, on the surface, seems easy to accomplish. One example of such "magick" that I have read defined brushing one's teeth as one such act. I can see where the example leads on a superficial level--it implies that ANY or maybe EVERY intentional act is both an act of Will and a Magickal act as well. In spite of this, my recent studies and contemplations have changed the nature of what I consider "Will" and ways to act in "Conformity" with this elusive quality of consciousness.

Will and desire are not the same thing. If this were true, then "lust for result" would be an aid to magickal acts rather than a hindrance. The more lust, the better, right? Lust/desire is a tentative line of "Reasoning" that obviously fails to produce an act which can be associated with "Will". Thus, the current focus within Occulture on "Results" is merely the desire to gain material possessions and for the fulfillment of emotional needs. There are better ways to achieve these goals than using magick--climbing the corporate ladder, buying the right clothes and car, etc. are more practical and easier to do than to cast enchantments to hope for the same result.

So, if my "Will" is not to get what I want, then what is it? What form of "Will" can magick/spirituality offer me that a "9 to 5" job can't?

J. Krishnamurti states that religion/spirituality is the desire for security for those who are unwilling (or unable) to 'do what it takes' to acquire the equally false sense of security that material success has to offer. This is an astute observation, but by showing "the man behind the curtain", Krishnamurti discredits his own position as a guru and spiritual expert, negating his own analysis. Therefore, there should be a continuum by which "Will" can be revealed and explored and this measure can be determined through spiritual means. There should be an essence or quality of "Will" that can be measured in relation to actions that lack this quality.

My preferred methods of measuring this quality involve a meta-analysis of consciousness (The Leary-Wilson 8 Circuit model of consciousness, the Fourth Way, General Semantics, Zen Buddhism, etc.) rather than following a religious/devotional path--but maybe "all roads lead to Rome" if pursued with vigor...For me, gaining an over-view of how I think and what I am thinking about leads to more efficient and effective life strategies. Relying on actions based on "inference" rather than "fact" (To use terms from GS. It could be considered studying the ways that I "lie" to myself in Fourth way terms) tends to lead one in circles.

This type of meta-analysis of my thought process and the behaviors based on them was accomplished mainly due to the experience of "emptiness" that I felt during my "satori" experience a few months ago (Or rather the direct experience that "2=0" to borrow from Crowley). Because of my experience I now seem to be able to understand and apply various techniques that I have learned in a more objective and comprehensible manner.

What I have learned about the "Will" is easy to describe, but difficult to do. To me, "Will" is the synchronization of the intellect, emotions, body and nervous system to "move" from point 'A' to point 'B'--not an "I-Think-I-Can"/"Power of Positive Thinking" pep talk that one gives one's self, but a life-style change in which "thought" follows "form" and vice versa. It is process-oriented instead of goal-directed. Living the "Will" is more important than doing it. It involves being honest about what you know, knowing your "time-bound" influences and following a through-line to resolution and eventual re-evaluation. "Will" is acted from not acted with.

I came up with a subtly difficult way to observe the influence of "Will" and how difficult it is to maintain it. The exercise is to take a walk to a nearby store or around the block and not to think about future plans or the adverts and street signs around me or to check out people along the way. The object is simply to "go to the store" or "walk around the block" in a state of casual commitment and not letting random thoughts or obsessions about material goods or something similar interfere with the simple act that I am doing. Its harder than I expected, but I am learning to do it. I will discuss this exercise more as I practice it on a regular basis.
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