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Belief versus technique .

To: alt.magick.tyagi
From: jake 
Subject: Belief versus technique .
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 10:37:49 +0100

In article <8i9md1$>, nagasiva yronwode
>>Its no good just reciting the words if you don't mean it. You need to
>>believe that the spell is going to have the effect you intend it to.
>I'm not sure that this is true.
I'm certain it is only partly true, and need not be an over-riding

>>You've got to pour your energy into a spell to give it power. Thus the
>>chanting of the words. Its a component of spellcasting.
>this is one of those common presumptions about the importance
>of the spellcaster and the origins of the cause of change. it
>is not an universal presupposition, however, as some believe
>that the components themselves have a power which may be
>guided into resolution by those knowledgeable in the proper
>combination, timing, and activation.

quite so, and this isn't unknown in Western Magick, where (for example)
the correct sounds and the correct time can be far more important than
belief. Even a feeling of 'energy raised' is no guarantee of success,
while a casual action correctly performed can have major results. In
practice I've frequently  found 'dutiful disinterest', rather than
excited belief, to be a mental state associated with results. 

Fashionable modern 'Psychological' models over-emphasise belief at the
expense of technique; exploration of traditional approaches is
frequently neglected in direct consequence. 

'Moderns' also overlook the possibility of increasing the 'Order of
Magnitude' of results. They assume that the limits of their result are
set by their own consciousness - rather than their technique. 

Oddly this does not hold true of advertising, politics and other covert
applications of 'word magick'. Therein other peoples consciousness is
the target and the operators belief is not even a factor.

'he that professeth magic without astrology, doth nothing, 
but altogether is in error'    Cornelius Agrippa

The Gnostic Alchemical Church  of Typhon-Christ

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