I was raised in a Christian home where my mother and grandmother’s answer to every crisis was prayer and then to 'let go and let god/put it in god’s hands" and forget about it. Yes, we got over our measles, our chicken pox, our flu (most kids do) but we never had enough money, my dad remained an indifferent philanderer etc. In other words, the things that could work themselves out did and the things that needed intervention/extra help did not. Of course, it was always a matter of god’s will…
As I matured, I formed the opinion that dumping your problems on god and not working on them wasn’t a good idea and that maybe demanding god assist in fixing the problems he allowed to happen was a better plan. Me working on things myself is what brought results. Hence, I have little patience, if one thing doesn’t work immediately, I try another.
So…as I go deeper back into the practice of magick because I want to control more aspects of my life, I’m struck by the concept of petitioning and then standing back patiently for results. Being patient conjures images of my mother blindly believing that if it was god’s will her dishwasher was replaced, one would appear somehow.
Am I the only one that sees parallels? Am I the only one that turned to magick for more control than they felt was possible than just relying on the power of prayer? How do you all reconcile these concepts?