Interesting question. In some sense, it’s ALL in our heads, since we cannot experience anything that we do not perceive through our nervous systems.
On the other hand, theory of mind suggests that there ARE other beings outside of myself, who have minds of their own that are ALSO perceiving.
So there must presumably be *something* that’s outside our heads.
And similarly, effects such as gravity, mass, inertia, etc. seem to hold true regardless of what I think about them. I cannot disbelieve gravity and thereby learn to fly, so again, it can’t ALL be in our heads.
…Or at least, it cannot all be subject to the “mind over body” whims of my conscious being.
I do think that the mind can do amazing things with the body that we don’t tend to realize are possible
as far as controlling rocks outside of the body though… the natural laws as you say… that’s another story
Your reference to “rocks outside the body” reminds me of something I saw written by “Michael Faust” at one point. A story about how a rock fell near him…
Anyway, what leads you to ask?
Conscious thought patterns, and recognizing them as they run rampant and out of control, and failing to keep the field in my mind weed, weed free
& the positive outcomes of feeling more willful
Right on. I will say that I experimented with magickal workings enough in my younger years to know that there seems to be some kind of mechanism that connects will to manifestation.
How much more efficient is someone when you let them know they matter, that you believe in them.
same goes for the mind ^
Any drag on the craft will keep it from flight
It’s definitely possible to reduce the drag, at least
Right! and the limit? well no one knows for sure where it is, but it gets closer and closer to a special number probably
For a while. off and on, I’ve had my writings dip into the idea of magic and mind and how there is something within – usually in a deep sleep for most, however some can feel it stirring, and suppress it their entire lives
I think thoughts and mythos can impact it in different ways, as each believes
I think there’s truth to that
It takes a form you give it
One interesting idea that I read about that kind of thing is: you can think about those mythos elements as externalized entities and forces — beings with which you as a magick worker engage, like Elementals, Fairies, Angels, or whatever–AND you can just as validly think of those elements as internal aspects of your own consciousness, that you tap into within yourself.
The model you use depends on what you need.
I Like that.
I think (assume) it was from Robert Anton Wilson
Having more knowledge about how everything works is fantastic as well, because magic in my thoughts is a visualization process; a focus of will
So you can not know enough about things and it will be harder to accomplish
Yup. My focus shifted away from magick (externalized) and more toward will (internalized) over the years.
For me, understanding my will and making sure that it corresponds to my true values became the most important effort I could pursue.
And it requires a lot of knowledge– about myself, as well as about my assumptions and projections.
This has to become a writing
I agree with that so much
What I said DID become a writing. Free Will: A User’s Guide. 🙂
I read it years back! I don’t think I was mature enough in focus to comprehend it fully
It’s probably not as well-written as it could have been, but basically I was trying to describe my thinking process.
And there were probably more than a few of my own projections sprinkled through it, as well.
I think it should be noted that much of the will’s determination can be corroded away by the modern trappings of society
hence that deep slumber within a lot of folks
They just don’t recognize it’s existence fully
Indeed! Social conditioning can separate a person from understanding their own will
and what they understand it to be capable of is stunted
then it becomes a retraining
an awakening and reconnections
because having the words, the knowing, isn’t the same as performing it
the synapses have to be paved
it takes then, the WILL to focus and accomplish it
the same will men used to build railroads through mountains or sail across vast oceans with no map, alone the desire to reach new lands
Yes. And I think if you’re doing it right, there’s really nothing else you CAN do. You gotta be who you are, and that means knowing your true will and manifesting it.
It’s a matter of being genuine, not playing a game.
and that can be the trouble today
because we know sometimes we hold to a certain ideal we want
and the things we have can tear us from what we know we should be
work for some can be very political… which makes being self hard
That’s true….which is why I generally eschew leadership roles.
I put my ideas and my approach on the table, and people can “follow me” or not, but I’m never going to play a role for anyone.
I’m going to be who I am.
That made the whole Cypher thing seem ridiculous to me, last year.
And it explains why I’m still around the “********** community” in spite of all that shit. It’s just who I am.
Not trying to create an image, or play a role, or pretend I can give anybody wisdom or secrets or anything. I figure whatever insights people might get from encountering me are their own.
That’s pretty much why I link with you, as genuine of a person as I can tell
Thanks. As you can no doubt tell from what I’ve said, that’s what matters to me.