Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Magick of the Experimental Life: Part I

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better." Most people don't live that way however. There are rules to follow, responsibilities to be tended to, and plans that must be followed. Magickally speaking, this fixed and constant way of thinking is restrictive to allowing for change. By including space for experimenting with life, you open the doorway to questions, curiosity, and mystery. This is the doorway that allows magic to enter your life and makes change possible. 

Deciding on Change
Most people when embarking on a new project in their lives or attempting to create change have been taught that the first step is developing an in-depth plan of action listing all the tasks and steps they must do. These are the "control decisions". The Creation Sequence used by magical practitioners to create change however depends on putting the "base decision" as the important first step. The base decision is a Yes or No decision of whether to move ahead with the project, desire, or tasks. The magickal reason to put the base decision before the control decisions is that the base decision alerts the Universe that we have a desire, and we invite the Universe to help us fulfill that desire in the easiest way possible. When we enlist the Universe's help we allow magick rather than blood, sweat and tears to fulfill our desires. By announcing our desires by making a positive base decision, we empower the Universe to get started right away in helping us fulfill that desire. Consider too, that by enlisting help from the Universe and Universal beings to join us in a co-creation we can achieve much more in much easier ways. After all, these higher beings have a much broader perspective of a situation than we do from our place on Earth. If we insist upon starting with control decisions listing all the possible tasks and considerations then the Universe doesn't get a clear message. Are we just playing around with ideas or are we serious about this desire? Are we wanting a specific final outcome or do we want each of the tasks we list to happen regardless of what the outcome would be? You can see how the Universe could be confused by these type of messages. By starting with the base decision, the Universe gets a clear message of what we want and the go ahead to start aligning the necessary resources, events, interactions, and other "coincidental" happenings that will help us fulfill our desire. This allows the Universe to take the lead in your co-creation, and you simply need to remain open to and aware of the many forms of guidance and help the Universe constantly drops on your path.

No Wrong Decisions
Viewing life as an experiment means there are no wrong decisions. Any decision you feel good about is a right decision. If you feel bad about a decision you make, the decision will not lead to anything good, but as long as you feel good about it you open the way for good things to come to you. It all has to do with the energetic vibration you put out. Simply put, good vibrations bring good back to you and bad vibrations bring bad. If experimenting in this way is something new to you, it may be that you need a little practice in making conscious decisions, feeling good about them and following through with them. This exercise can help with that.

Making a Conscious Choice
This exercise is magical because it puts you in touch with your own inner spiritual wisdom and when you follow the answers you "hear" from your spiritual self, you will never find yourself in the wrong place. It also allows you to practice the idea that there are no wrong decisions. Following your intentions puts you on your magical path, and the conscious choice exercise is a way to exercise your intention. Here's how you do the Conscious Choice Exercise:
  1. Quiet your inner self by taking a few deep breaths.
  2. Say to yourself, either aloud or silently, "I will now make a conscious choice." 
  3. Next, ask yourself the choice question, such as, "Do I choose to xxx or not?" or "Do I choose xxx or yyy?"
  4. The first answer you "hear" internally (or sometimes externally from a passing person) is what you must follow. You may not, in this exercise, avoid doing the option you have consciously chosen.
Start this exercise with very simple choices or decisions such as what to eat for breakfast or what outfit to wear to a party until you get more practice listening to and trusting you inner voice. The more practice you get with small things and the more secure you become in listening to decisions made from a higher place, the more you will be able to trust the process and move on to bigger and more important decisions in your life.

Stay tuned for the next part of this article series where we'll explore more about making base decisions and experimenting with no right or wrong answers. In the meantime if you want to learn more about co-creating with Universal beings and using magickal rituals to explore your inner wisdom, check out our Witchcraft Spell Book: The Complete Guide of Witchcraft Rituals & Spells for Beginners Kindle book.

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