Magic takes time and at some point you may find that taking the time to study and to do rituals and spells will be inconvenient. You may already have a busy life with work, family, school, social engagements and so forth and will need to make many small changes and possibly some radical ones in your life to make the time available for your new magical and spiritual practice.
When first starting a practice, most students are excited and are at a place in life where learning magic that works is a priority. Then life circumstances change. It may be that work hours become increased or unexpected travel pops up or maybe family obligations that need your attention intervene. Whatever comes up, suddenly it all becomes too much to do it all. This is the point where many students either drop classes or just start giving a minimal amount of time to their practice. As in anything else you want to be good at, magic needs to be practiced. Just giving a halfhearted attempt at a magical practice can often lead to procedures that don't work and that look like the magic failed.
For those students who push their way through the inconvenience factor and continue to make magic a priority in their lives, they find their lives benefit and are improved. Each person must make the choice for themselves whether their magical practice or convenience is the priority. These inconvenient conditions are temporary and will fade away over time. As magic is practiced and becomes more familiar, it is easier to integrate into one's life. Just like having a new baby at first can create massive change in one's life and make it seem like there isn't enough time in the day, a routine soon develops as the baby is integrated into the family and new routines are established. Adopting a magical way of life can become second nature after a period of time and fit smoothly into each day. Those who are able to reach this level find that magic can greatly reduce their struggles and increase the joy they experience in the long run.
Initially as you begin down the path towards becoming a magical practitioner you will be straddling two worlds – mundane and magical. Sometimes you will choose mundane convenience and sometimes you will choose your magical practice. As you continue, you will find your intention grows in strength and force which results in the two worlds diverging more and more. At some point you will have to make a choice between the two worlds by deciding which world is a priority for you.
When that point is reached, we have observed over the last 30 years of teaching that students who forge through the inconvenience factor and continue to devote the time to their magical practices are able to more easily integrate their new magical and spiritual practice into daily life than those who choose the convenience of ordinary life thinking they will come back to their magical practice later when life settles down or they have more time. There seems to be a small window of opportunity for students to make this decision. Those who choose to try to develop a practice after this window has closed can still do so, but find the resistance is much greater. So when you come to the point of deciding whether to continue on your magical path or stop to attend to mundane life issues, just remember the window of opportunity before choosing.
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