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Magic and Magick: Superset and Subset Respectively

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.pagan.magick,alt.thelema
From: "Agua Girl" 
Subject: Re: Magic and Magick: Superset and Subset Respectively
Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 19:46:48 GMT

"Tom"  wrote in message
> "Roxy"  wrote in message
> news:bcwy9.53751$
> >
> > What about unexpected results?  If the intent is seemingly specific
> > but the results manifest themselves in a way not anticipated.
> > ie.. the workings are for money and the next day you discover
> > a way to save $300.  Did you "get" $300 or do those results
> > not count because the money did not come in the form of cash
> > as expected?  I am never sure if I am bending the results to fit
> > the intent.  One wouldn't normally try and force where the results
> > come from ie.. "win the lottery".. .but without being that
> > specific it is difficult to gauge the results.
> The less specificity you demand for your result, the more often you can
> claim success because the possibility of *something* happening that you
> could interpret as a "success" increases.  Think of it this way:  If you
> want to convince yourself that you can predict the roll of a die, make
> your prediction is that you will roll a number between one and five.  Then
> you can show that you can predict the roll of a die five times out of six,
> on the average, which is pretty good.  If you predict only one number,
> though, you will find that you can only predict it one time out of six, on
> the average, which doesn't look nearly as good.
> So, if it's important to convince yourself that you have magical powers or
> that some particular spell works, be sure to leave your expectations as
> ambiguous as you can.  It maximizes the chances that your real result, the
> confirmation of your beliefs, will occur.
> You don't want to "force" things by being specific because the odds in
> favor of getting that particular result by chance are far worse than if
> leave it broad and undefined.
> Also, it helps considerably if you ignore failures to achieve a result.
> Focus exclusively on the occasions when the spell seemed to work.  If you
> must think about failures, be sure you have some explanation other than
> that the spell doesn't work.  Maybe the Universe (in its profound wisdom)
> had something else in store for you just then, or your intentions weren't
> pure enough, or something like that.

:-)  Better yet, apply the same explanations to anything that appears
to be a coincidence. That way you can continue to
convince yourself that you have no more control over your life
or your fate than you have control over the weather.


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