I hate to admit this but I was the most idle git you could possibly imagine, I use to put many things off to the last minute. I would always try and do something more ‘interesting’ instead of taking care of business. To be honest with you, I hated this part of myself but instead of addressing the issue I would ignore it instead. I would tell myself that it was nothing, we’re all lazy at times so what! no problem here eh? I’ve let my life fall to bits at times because I was too idle to do what was needed, I just couldn’t be bothered!
It becomes a downward spiral of negativity as you can imagine because the more you think about what needs to be done, the more you tend to put things off. Earlier this year I did the black sun exercise which certainly got me motivated for a while as it makes you consider what you really want in your life. This can put you in the mood to have a spring clean and get rid of all the accumulated chaff. The black sun can also get you fired up to find answers to certain things that may have puzzled you for years, which can stir anything from mild curiosity within you to full blown obsession. So it does get you motivated but this tends to come to a halt after its cycle has completed.
I finally realised that my idle nature was a major problem and decided to do something about this magically once and for all. I planned a ritual in advance but started getting results two days before it was scheduled. This happens at times due to the non-linear nature of spiritual response, it’s a welcomed hiccup in the process that always amazes me when it occurs. Anyway, I was led to using ‘affirmations’ and an interesting idea cropped up here that I’ve never thought about before?
Now affirmations as many of you know are worded statements to try and motivate us but in my experience, they can fail miserably because the mind can reject any false statement, especially when it thinks that these new changes could cause us harm as they may have done in the past. This mental conflict either produces a complete stand still or the opposite effect to try and protect us from danger and the more willpower we exert here, the more our mind digs its heels in.
The article I read however spoke about altering affirmations from their usual format of a statement into a question instead. So I got the idea to compose an affirmation and consecrate it in the coming ritual, which would allow me to use this structure but ‘paint’ over it with magic thereby giving it a good boost of power!
The affirmation I created with these new ideas became…
“Why am I so motivated to attend to all, that needs my attention”
I then placed this in the triangle to be charged by the spirit as I planned on using an entity from Mars. Their energies are centred around strong impulsive motives and all those raw qualities that I was looking for so I decided to call on my old pal, who is the Olympic spirit of Mars. When he arrived at the back of me as he always does (he never appears in front of me), he told me to put the paper on the altar and baptise it with some of the ritual water I had in the goblet and leave it here over night. He also told me to not worry about repeating the statement often, which is the usual case with affirmations.
I was to retrieve it first thing in the morning, carry it on me always and whenever I got the urge, I was to say the affirmation and then not concern myself about it at all until I felt like saying it again. This would simply let the power built up over time. Once again, this was contradictory to the usual instruction you get with affirmations as you are told to repeat them many times, or even write them out a lot but I have faith in this mighty warrior of Mars, I would never contradict him or ignore his guidance for I know how good he is with physical effects.
Without going into detail here because there’s no need, I can say that the results have been amazing using this method. It works really well as you are not lying to yourself with false statements, or causing potential fear to erupt. You are instead asking to find out the ‘motive’ behind your desire, so you frame it into a question instead and place it into a completed scenario, which in this case becomes the present tense. Now mix this with evokation and ‘Voila’, it creates a powerful talisman!
Saying ‘why am I so motivated to attend to all, that needs my attention’ stops any rejection and prompts a request to find the answer, or the mind will answer you back alternatively with a response, so it will motivate you instead of reinforcing your idleness. This is indeed a clever alternative to the usual phrasing, which would be something like this…‘I am motivated, focused and full of energy’. This would probably result in absolutely nothing happening at all when spoken by the average lazy basturd!
Procrastination is a nuisance and most of us will encounter it somewhere down the line. I knew myself I needed to rid this crap out of my life as it was causing no end of problems. Magicians need to be in control of motivation because we need to act, we need to follow guidance from spirit and take the opportunities they give us but if we procrastinate, then we cannot fulfil our side of the deal and act accordingly to receive our desires.