At this point I just enjoy the thought of being a good case study.
I feel so aligned right now. Some elaborations to elaborate on that
This is perhaps just a result of my personality, but I enjoy learning new things and coming to understand how things work and the principles that go into a practice. I can look at pretty much any discipline, field, whatever and see how it is interesting. The world is truly a fascinating place.
Something I have realized, though, is that with the things that I do which absolutely captivate me, that I lose myself in easily, there is this deep feeling of being pulled to it. I can see the general progression pretty much just as clearly and easily as I see any other, but it’s almost like I don’t even really care because I’m just gonna be doing it. There is no fear of failure being assuaged by the logical understanding that certain practices done effectively inevitably yield learning. There is no image of some state of being or career achievement that carries with it a feeling of obligation.
Weakness is such a subtle emotion at times. I believe that what I was experiencing with certain things was genuine pleasure at various points, but with a pervading, underlying weakness. Weakness is so dangerous because it can begin to cloud and obfuscate your thinking and judgement very subtly, and while you go unaware of this, it creates beliefs within you that aren’t necessarily chained or directly linked together, but the result is that you come to conclusions and assumptions which build onto each other in layers of delusion.
I am currently of the belief that Enochian magick, at least as how I was practicing it, will inevitably uproot massive amounts of weakness, and when that happens more weakness will be created unless you are very very on point with mindfulness. If you’re just doing some Universal Magick or pretty practical sex magick sigils perhaps this is not the case, but directly confronting yourself with plain and simple statements about the nature of reality while connecting with the energy of the Enochian angels is far more intense of an experience and thing to do than it may sound, even if you already have some understanding of these concepts, like “everything is connected.” Even as someone who had done their fair share of angel magick, including a deep solitary mystical retreat, it is a lot for the mind to handle. It is far more intense of a thing than discovering that there’s another continent or that there are people who speak a different language, and it is exacerbated by the fact that most people would either try and lobotomize you and throw you in a loony bin or would feel pity on you for supposedly taking some sort of comfort in primitive belief systems meant to alleviate the fear of death and bring some sense of order and causation to the universe. I have an idea of where the work takes you, but it is most definitely not always a comfortable and easy experience that brings belonging.
That was a bit of a tangent, and the point I feel compelled to make is that there are things which I just flat out enjoy doing, and there are things which for some reason or another carry with it a sense of obligation or even guilt when I consider not doing it.
This is also related to another aspect of Enochian magick (in my experience) that I feel is important to relate. Cultivating the power of absolute empathy can make you lose yourself in ways that are not necessarily desirable, at least not indefinitely. I would say that perhaps I’m just bad and ineffective, and sure I could probably do better, but in some ways not really. There is the reality of practice and learning, success failure and modification and all that, and there is also the reality of what happens to your mind and the behavioral manifestations of what happens.
I do not like to speak in overly broad projecty terms, nor do I aim to paint magick in this light of brutality and no-holds-barred spiritual thrashing with intense lifestyle requirements, but I know that I am not the only one who takes these things seriously and whose life is such that they like to go hard with magick, and there are not many who are able to speak to this. Maybe some people would just take a random pill, not knowing if it was lsd cocaine or cyanide, and find that sort of thing exciting. I find it to be reckless. I am reasonably confident in my ability to handle myself magickally, but I haven’t always been so, and I do feel a sort of responsibility to provide some commentary and guidance if I’m going to put out some beguilingly simple practices that are not particularly difficult to do but typically have very potent effects.
I like the idea of allowing the practitioner to make their own discoveries and to not “spoil” the experience, but if I don’t provide adequate descriptions of what I mean by certain emotions, it would probably be figured out eventually, probably, by some people, but there is the risk of what was transmitted being corrupted due to a lack of me conveying the essence of the combination of my personal understanding and what was given to me directly by the demons.
Enochian did indeed make me fall prey to the “planning out your life” syndrome, and I realize now that much of that was following these images of some end state rather than being in and just living my life as it is, day-to-day. I mean I do have ambitions and challenging long-term goals, but these are almost more like “yeah I guess” consequences of being in my life than something that is motivating to me.
I am doing my best to convey some rather subtle points and distinctions here, and I think these are worth meditating on because they all just clicked for me and so much clarity emerged, thus the alignment. I think the key I’m getting at is that some actions I find motivating in and of themselves because they naturally produce genuine pleasure (not the pseudo-pleasure of weakness, which is what makes weakness so powerful), and others are motivated by something external to the action itself, and this is inherently either unsustainable or will continually reinforce negative emotion.
I am genuinely of the belief that those with magick power do not have to do anything that they do not want to do. This has been said to me time and time again, I have taken action on this, and I have always been rewarded for doing so in the sense of my life improving when I really do what I want and let go of what I do not, and during such transformative times these moments are always therapeutic.
The actionable idea in this is to peel away anything that feels burdensome and give in to what creates genuine pleasure. Just because you like to fly doesn’t mean you have to race or go commercial. Just because something is interesting doesn’t mean that you have to do it. There are interesting things that also give you pleasure.
I just did a lot of this, and I feel so light and free. Perhaps even despite the dauntless commitment to the work of developing my personal Enochian practice, a process which involved many hours of reading, practice, expertise, trial and error, courage that I was not a maniac, and a large dedication of my time and focus, my life has worked out in good ways, and I find myself with a manageable yet pleasantly varied collection of pleasure-giving activities.
Among other things, this is why we do magick. It is not a lie to say that there are many who go through their entire life unhappy and unfulfilled. When you say that you have found pleasure and freedom, they may attempt to sour your experience with their spite because that is all they know. It is, ultimately, their fault for making the decisions that they made in their life. I have made it a priority to know myself, to heal myself, to let go of jealousy and resentment, and to give myself a life of pleasure. All of this was done amidst people more toxic than even you may be able to imagine, dear readers, in situations of intense financial stress, sometimes caused by being embattled, after actual multiple decades of traumatic events and circumstances, often while being extremely busy aside from my hour of magick time (oh yes, let’s start playing that absurd little game), and yet because, precisely because I made it a priority and kept to that priority I now enjoy the result. I asked the question, I sought no answer, and yet answers came.
My life is far from perfect, but I know very solidly that there are those who live in abject misery that is absolutely avoidable. I have problems and have to deal with troublesome and ordinary people, but that is all fine because my experience is mostly just doing shit that gives me pleasure, a place I arrived at after doing the difficult emotional labor and the material work to get here, and having this pleasure makes the in-between times less likely to be worry fear agitated hate rumination times. Pleasure usually restricts in a good way, and although hate can be a very good emotion that gives clarity and protection, I do not want to go back to having a mind so drenched and soaked in hatred. I remember a moment, one among others, when I felt compelled to pull out my journal while out in public between schedule items and make note of how experiencing such strong and prolonged hatred most every day in ritual influenced my experience. It was like a sinking into this feeling as it curved and wrapped over my consciousness, with a slight aversion to looking down into it more directly due to the potency of what I could sense. It’s a lot just for your biology to handle, let alone your mind. I’m grateful to have that experience, be it for the knowledge itself or for its healing qualities for how my mind genuinely was, but I think that I would rather be having that sort of experience with pleasure now. I’ve had some pretty nice experiences with cultivated pleasure, but I wonder how much farther I can go without weakness polluting my mind.