This photo isn’t exactly 100% relevant to magick, but it is relevant to what it takes to be successful in magick, and most other things. I hope it will lend some insight and inspiration to everyone that reads this, old and new members alike.
I purchased this guitar new at the end of 2014. It has seen thousands of hours of play. Countless nights in my bedroom, whittling away at technique and form and intense note sequences.
Literally thousands of hours. 5 years worth of bedroom shredding, 5 years worth of band practices, 5 years worth of learning. 5 years worth of missed notes and flubbed solos and botched rhythm parts.
At this point in my playing career, I am often told I am one of the best guitarists they know. It can be a hard compliment to take, but in most cases it ends up being true. Now that I have made my point…
This kind of dedication and work is what it takes to master your craft. This is how you become great at the things that are important to you. None of this came overnight, not one drop of my skill or knowledge. And this kind of dedication is what it will take to be extremely proficient with magick.
Studying. Practicing. Watching commentaries and instructional videos or reading books. Trying new things. Trying OLD things. Victory and success. But most important, failure. To be a master, you may have to fail more times than most people ever try. It’s how we learn what works and what doesn’t, and identify strengths, weaknesses, natural talents, and most importantly, what works for you as an individual.
While some of us do indeed have a natural talent for things such as music, magick, art, skilled labor, etc. That talent is absolutely worthless if you never study, and never practice, and never employ your strengths and work to strengthen your weaknesses. This can be true for most, if not all things.
So do your best to be gentle with yourself. Allow yourself the time and patience to learn. Don’t expect to be the greatest overnight. Find your groove, your rhythm, your process, and get out there and create your optimal reality!