Gordon’s latest post has me thinking about what it means to have goals in magical work. I often feel like a bit of an outsider to the ‘do magic for x, get x’ school of magical work. In most cases, it feels like if I really want x, there are usually more direct routes toward x than magic. I know, the get it camp tends to favor doing magic as a way of securing the route, but it’s never been a major part of my work.
I tend to do magic because there is a magical world out there and doing magic intensifies my connection to it. It is more about the invisible and the subtle than the manifest. That is where my magic picks up its sympathies with death work, because in many ways the work with the invisible seems to be about undermining the primacy of the visible and egoic. Initiation, death, and taking our place among the invisibles.
So, when Gordon talks about getting the results you didn’t even know were possible, my ears perk up. This sounds a little closer to what I am after. Except, when push comes to shove, it still ends up focused on getting results, even if they are surprising ones. If that is what you want, I’m not trying to give you grief over it. I’m just trying to point out another angle.
If you work with spirit on its terms, working to weaken rather strengthen the egoic attachments that define results, the results become secondary. Take that language seriously; I mean secondary, not irrelevant. The results, the outer manifestation of the inner process, like the ripening of fruit on a tree or the blossoming of a flower or the surge of the heron toward the fish.
Do the work, follow the course. See what results. Like the heron on the hunt, this demands a degree of patience and slowness, an effort to keep the waters clear so that you can spring forward when an opportunity presents itself. What isn’t done becomes as important as what is done.