Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Magic Rituals and Acts of Power

Feeling helpless in the face of external events happening outside our control is a common feeling these days, and people are turning to magic for solutions.

The email correspondence we get reflects that general feeling of helplessness, and the events that are happening all over the globe. One man writes about losing his job. A woman emails about a sudden divorce. Another questions the meaning of her daughter's sudden health issues. They all want to know one thing:

Can magic rituals restore control to their lives?

Magic and the Issue of Control
The short answer to the question: yes. Magic can restore control to people's lives, especially for people who feel that their lives are spinning out of control. Magic restores control because it helps people become more anchored, stable, and secure in their lives, and people who are anchored are less likely to encounter "accidents" or events outside their control.

One specific magical principle talks about this. To paraphrase, it says:

"When two objects are attracted, the least-anchored object comes undone first."

If you think about yourself as one of the objects in the equation above, and a life event as another object, then according to the equation, if you are anchored in your life you will not "come undone" first. That means the life events will "come undone" first and be pulled into your life orbit, rather than you being sucked helplessly into the orbit of a life event.

Why is this important? Because when you attract life events to you, you have greater control over the situation. When life events pull you into their "accidental" orbits, you have almost no control over what happens, or how it happens.

The Magic of Anchoring: An Example
Here's an example that might help explain this magical principle in a practical way. Suppose you are having a bad day, but you are still grounding yourself throughout the day with the use of magic rituals. So your energy is little off kilter but you are fairly grounded.

Now suppose you attract a fender-bender into your life because your energy is a little off-center. The fender-bender could happen in one of two ways, depending on the grounding effect of the magic rituals.

If you are less anchored than the fender-bender, then the event will happen "accidentally," and you will have very little control. The accident may cause you money problems, health issues, or simply be an emotional drain. This is because you are the "less anchored" object in this equation.

If, on the other hand, the magic ritual is powerful enough that you are quite well anchored, the car accident may still occur, but the consequences will be quite different. Being the more anchored object, you have greater control over the situation. For instance, even though you are still involved in a car accident, the person your crunched bumpers with may end up being the answer to your prayers. He may be well-insured so that the accident costs you nothing but a small amount of annoyance. He may be the business partner you are seeking. He may be the man of your dreams. Now the annoying accident becomes a "fortuitous accident." It still occurs, but now the results line up with your desires.

Magic Rituals That Create Stability: Acts of Power
Now the question becomes how to use magic rituals in a way that create stability in your life, so that you are always the most-anchored object in any life encounter. There are many magic rituals that can create stability, and one of my favorites is do to an act of power.

Any intentional act is a magical act as well as an act of power. Any act of power restores personal power, which in turn grounds you in your life. To do an act of power is a simple three-step process.

1. Choose a simple act and decide when you will do this act.
For instance, you might choose to take a walk around the block at noon today. Notice that the act is simple and the time is very specific. Both of these are necessary to an act of power because a complicated act could be interrupted and a non-specific time nullifies the act of power.

2. When the chosen time comes to do your act of power, do it.
Do not let anything interrupt you! An act of power chosen but not completed will decrease your stability, allowing more "accidental events" to occur in your life.

3. When your act of power is complete, take a moment to review the act and the fact that you have completed the act.
This moment of "appreciation" will help you gain all the power you can from your magic ritual.

You can choose to do an act of power many times of day to increase the anchoring in your life. Although your act of power may seem very ordinary, remember that any act of power is a magical act, a magic ritual. It restores control to your life and makes you less vulnerable to external events that "just happen."

For more magic rituals, or to learn how to create your own rituals, check out the Daily Rituals ebook or the Everyday Magic email course. Both of these electronic courses help you integrate magic rituals as part of your daily life.

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