Magick - The Science of Success
Part 2 – The Rituals
The Thursday Thesis - 7/9/2017
Every single one of us has our own daily magic rituals, but don’t panic - we haven’t gone over to the Dark Side or contracted religion, so breathe...
What I mean is that we all perform rituals every day: we brush our teeth, tie our shoelaces, commute to our workplace, and do a hundred other things every day without really giving it any thought. Our daily rituals help us to get through the day in much the same way that we did yesterday, the day before that, and the day before that, too.
Forming a ritual or habit allows us to have a reliable, pre-set way of performing an action. Once we have a ritualised way of doing something we don’t need to think about it, we just do it the same way that we always do it.
Ordinarily this is beneficial to us, as we can delegate our performance of a routine task and free-up our resources for other things.
So it makes sense to consciously craft our daily rituals to serve us, doesn’t it?
Because when we design our rituals to produce what we want we are truly using "...The Science and Art of causing change to occur in conformity with will..." as Aleister Crowley put it when he defined Magick.
If you are not already consciously challenging your normal, habitual ways of doing things then today would be a great day to start thinking about how you do things. Chances are good that most of your habits and rituals were learned accidentally and without a thought as to whether they were going to advance you toward your biggest ambition or hold you back from it.
Change your rituals and it will change your life.
Simply ask yourself “is this helping me or is this hurting me” when you do anything – especially if you do it in a certain way because that’s how you’ve always done it. If it helps you to achieve your defined goals, let it continue: if it isn’t helping, then do something else.
Build your own rituals, rather than doom yourself to repeat other people’s unhelpful ones.
If you are overweight, change what you ritually buy when you shop: make a list of healthy foods and ONLY buy what’s on the list. I know a guy who does this, and then (bizarrely) rewards himself with a bag of cookies for being such a healthy shopper! That’s certainly a ritual that he might want to change.
If you smoke, change your habit of reaching for instant relief whenever you feel a pang of craving: do something else – anything at all - other than lighting up. Prove to yourself that you are not a helpless, pathetic slave to a manufactured addiction.
Each morning I use a handful of designed activities to kick-start my day and move me towards my short, medium, long, and lifetime goals – I call them MAGICK, and it’s probably no surprise that it’s an acronym.
Movement: exercise and stretching to keep my body fit for purpose.
Affirmation: reinforcing my positivity, goals and my reasons for living.
Gratitude: recognising the great things in my life and nudging my mind to find more of them.
Inner-vision: solitude, meditation and self-examination.
Creation: bringing my dreams into reality – I have to do The Work, nobody is coming to the rescue.
Knowledge: keep learning and challenging what I know.
So there you have it – my MAGICK rituals.
What about you – what are the rituals you want to keep in your life, which ones will you change, and which ones will you begin?
© Neil Cowmeadow 2017
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