Magick without the lust for results

or
Marrying Magick and Wu Wei

I have been interested in magick from a young age. It the beginning my spirituality was much informed by the desire to get somewhere. In my psychedelic experiments I was motivated partly by the desire to escape, to find the white rabbit to lead me out of the matrix of illusion, to find the exit. In my spirituality I was trying to escape Maya, to transcend the ego, to become a better person. ‘This’ was never enough, ‘I’ was never enough. And I was always striving for something just around the corner.

During one of my travels I met with a Zen teacher who showed me that all striving and desire to get somewhere results in suffering. The bigger the distance between where you perceive yourself to be and the place you want to be, the bigger the suffering. Longing for enlightenment can be seen as as the biggest suffering.

This meeting and the following study started a process of giving up my will, giving up all striving, and learning surrender to the now. Striving to become enlightened is futile, because your ARE already that. This is it. This is in every way perfect. You cannot make yourself into something you already are. All that striving does, is reinforce the illusion that you are not already enlightenment itself. It is insanity that the wave believes it needs to do something to become the ocean.

I left the path of magick for a few years, wholly devoted to discover what it means to be living in surrender, going with the flow, and discovering the path of non-doing or spontaneous and natural action: Wu Wei. This time culminated in a period of intense introspection, Who Am I really? It finally ended in a crisis, insight, and a death and rebirth experience.

Not too long after that, my energy was going outward again, into life, into the world. Slowly I was being pulled back onto the path of magick, which definitely feels like a calling now.

Yet how do I marry my previous insight of the inherent perfection of this moment, of living Wu-Wei, the sense of a Self that does not need to go anywhere, with the seemingly apparent striving of the path of Magick? In its lowest expression (not lowest in sense of wrong) magick is about changing your life, your circumstances, which is in my view a necessary phase of learning that you have some magickal control over your life, yet not always. It can be a process of discovering your True Will and brining your life in alignment with it.

In its highest expression, Magick is about becoming more than human. It starts with integrating and harmonizing the personality (again bringing it in harmony with the True Will, making it its perfect expression), and becoming a conscious extention of the Creative Force of the Universe, yet this can easily become a new form of striving, especially since we have these ideals in magick of Ascended Masters, Secret Chiefs, of super humans: the true Adepts.

Alas, in magick I see a lot of either striving to become one one side, and illusions of grandeur on the other.

So how do I heal, that is, make whole, in myself this apparent dichotomy of two views?

What if this life is pointless, a play of light and illusion, played by consciousness itself? What if we are that consciousness, needing nothing, already perfect. Why do anything?

Well, after this long introduction I am finally coming to the point of my story, the answer that is emerging in my life at this moment, and hopefully is of a little benefit to someone out there too.

We are here to play.

When you see this world as illusion, yet o so full of life and light and possibilities, and realize that it is a gift to be here, to experience, both the pain and drama and the beauty of it. Then something new begins to emerge. In a most fundamental sense it is illusion, pure nothingness being the only truth, emptiness dancing, yet this is also everything there is, the only truth we can experience.

What begins to emerge is the desire to play, to express, to love and to enjoy, just for the sake of it. My playfulness is without purpose, without the lust for results, and every way perfect! ‘My’ life becomes an art-form, an unique expression of consciousness.

So life is no longer about what I want to achieve or become, but about what I want to express, or better, discovering what wants to express through me and devote my life and personality to that expression. And to mold life and personality to be the transparent channel of this expression. To become Art, and to die every moment to my Art.

Part of this expression is to strive for things, to have goals, hopes, dreams and fall in love. Do we dare to be foolish and throw ourselves into this? Even knowing there is no future, nothing to attain? And if we die right now, without ever achieving our grandest goals, can we die fulfilled?

In this way our Magick can become pure. It is who we are. It wells up from deep within, not because of need, but because of love and joy.

So, for now, I have resolved the issue: I do magick because I feel called to do so. Because it seeks expression through me. Because it gives me the tools express my deepest longings, and bring myself and my life in line with these longings. Yet if I die right now, and achieve nothing, everything is perfect. The longing has been expressed perfectly, this moment.

Ah play!
Just for the sake of being,
I am.

Cry for the Adepts: Is magick as a spiritual path a failure?

I´ve been following this debacle between Nick Farrel and David Griffin (look up their blogs for yourself if you are interested).
It is stuff like this that makes me doubt the validity of magick as a spiritual path.

Magick promises to make wise man (the root of the words Wizard and Magi). But I have yet to find an Adept who embodies this promise of Magick.

I find better role models of expressing Love in the Christian tradition, other Bhakti religions and even the New Age community. I find better expressions of Wisdom and knowledge of the True Self in Zen and Advaita Vedanta. What do our ‘Adepts’ express?

Don’t get me wrong. I love magick because it gives me an art form through which to express deep aspects of myself, and offers a wonderful toolbox of changing self and life (and hopefully in the process get to know my Self). But where is the role model that embodies the promise of becoming more than human?

We only have these models in the idea of the Secret Chiefs, or Ascended Master. But as long as we haven’t met those they just remain archetypes. Projections of our desire, reflections of our ideals. Show me one living example. Where do I find an Adept that expresses the Hights of Achievement in Magick?

I have to re-evaluate why I do magick. Even if it is a valid approach to spiritual growth (which I believe it can be, and should be), I do not see many practitioners who bear fruit. It seems a road full of traps and pitfalls, maybe more so than any other path.

Is magick as a spiritual path a failure? Adepts, please do prove me wrong.