In a recent post, I introduced the topic of magic, and how it's related to the law of attraction.
With a proper understanding of magic—what it is and how it works—you can learn even more ways of successfully shaping the world around you.
And so for that reason, today I want to deepen our exploration of magic with a discussion of the 3 elements that make magic truly work for you. There are large parallels between the principles that will be discussed in this post, and the principles of the law of attraction, as you will soon discover.
What Is Magic?
But first, let's briefly discuss what exactly magic is. I know I discussed it somewhat in my previous post on the subject, but I believe more can easily be said.
I found the perfect definition of magic in a book I recently read. Actually it was defining witchcraft, but they are largely one and the same. The definition was: “The manipulation of energies in order to obtain a desired end.” That definition comes from A Real Witch's Guide to the Law of Attraction: Manifesting What You Want by J.R. Cinder.
I've said for a long time now that the law of attraction is basically just the manipulation of energy. In The Art of Reality Creation, I teach exactly how to manipulate that energy to achieve your desired goals.
When you have a goal in mind, that goal is energy. It's just not energy that is flowing in the direction you want it to, for now, namely, into the physical world. But, it is an energy signature that can be homed in on, focused upon, purified and refined, and willed into existence.
That process is called magic or witchcraft. At least, it was for thousands of years, before we decided to name it the “law of attraction”.
Actually, I see them as very slightly different, but the difference is hardly worth noting. But, for the curious out there, I see magic as the force itself—the energy—that shapes our reality, and the law of attraction as the principles by which that force acts.
Gravity is a force. The principles of how gravity works is, to me, more akin to the law of attraction.
Magic works, but the way it works, and why it works the way it does, is the law of attraction, not to mention some other related principles.
So, learn the law of attraction, and you're learning magic. Some people take on the label of magician, mage, or even witch. Again, those were the labels of old. Now, well, an LOA practitioner is… an LOA practitioner, I suppose. I, personally, have decided to label myself as a witch, because it makes me feel more empowered, and it identifies the way I practice (mostly nature-based magic). Those distinctions are better saved for another post, if there is interest.
But, as with any field that's been around for thousands of years, the understanding of magic goes far deeper than anything you'll find in a law of attraction book. I hope to delve into some of those deeper topics in the future, starting with this post.
So, with the definition of magic out of the way, let's discuss the 3 principles of all successful magic.
The first principle seems simplistic, but it is one of the most important. In reality, none of these principles can exist without the other two.
Will is simply the decision of what you want, and the dedication and commitment to achieve that goal no matter what. It's the willingness to firmly decide on your path, and follow it to the end. It's the persistence to hold that goal until it is realized fully.
In short, it's to know what you want, and to decide that you'll have it.
I've given up the old language of asking for what you want. Asking implies subservience to something else. But, as a practitioner of magic, you realize you have the right to simply decide what you want, and make it yours. It takes boldness, confidence, courage, and decisiveness, but these are all necessary elements in the successful use of magic.
Why is this so important? If you are half-hearted about your goal, or unwilling to focus on something specific you want to create, how can the Universe possibly bring it into your life?
There are two aspects of this that I see:
First is the choice of what, exactly, you will create. I've said before it's okay to have a general goal, and it is. But it's far preferable to have a specific goal. Specific goals are far more inspiring and motivating than general goals.
Just imagine each pair of goals, and see which is more inspiring to you:
- Greater abundance
- $5,000 per month in income
- A happy relationship
- A relationship with a person matching these exact descriptors
- A good job
- A job where I practice my specific passion, have an easy commute, and have a boss that's supportive of my needs
Is #1 more inspiring in each pair above, or #2?
Of course the second one. It's more specific, and hits more directly on our desire.
Again, if you can only be general, that's perfectly okay. But you want to have the aim of eventually upgrading to a more specific goal.
The second aspect of this principle is the will to stick to the goal.
Too many of us will choose a goal, and then when the resistance hits, backpedal to some easier, less challenging goal.
Certainly if you choose a goal that's too big for you at this time, and the resistance is overwhelming, you can and should back off a bit to a smaller goal. But, if you keep doing this every time a bit of resistance hits, well, you won't move very far.
Magic works on the tension between your current reality and desired reality. The greater that tension, the faster the energy, and the bigger the resistance. But, also, the greater that tension, the more fulfilling and enjoyable when you reach the goal.
If you keep slackening that tension every time you feel it, well, you can't move anywhere. The energy won't flow nearly as fast, and you'll become stagnant.
So will also includes sticking to your goal in the face of all opposition that life brings your way.
The second essential element of magic is focus.
In the law of attraction, we talk about focus endlessly. But why is it actually so important?
Focus is your magical driver, so to speak. It gives direction to your magical working.
You should know already the basic principle that whatever you focus on, expands. Focus on lack, and you get lack. Focus on abundance, and you get abundance.
As important as will is, it can't do anything without focus. How many people do you know who hold wishy-washy intentions for the future? I won't even apply the word “goal” here, because a goal is a real, definitive desire that you are actively working towards.
But how many people say something like, “One day I want to become an author,” or, “One day I'm going to start a business,” or, “One day I'll learn how to play an instrument.”
But, one day never comes. There are plenty of people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s who have never achieved their “one day” intentions.
The reason? They never actually focused on their goal. They never put forth the effort to achieve it.
Or, if they did try, they were so focused on the fear of failure that they could never succeed.
Focus gives life to your goals. It is the catalyst to magic actually beginning to work for you. As you focus more and more on your goal, it activates the energy that will flow with greater and greater momentum towards the manifestation of that goal.
So focus decides the direction and nature of your manifestations. But, it also impacts the magnitude and momentum of those manifestations.
For instance, if you focus on abundance, you'll definitely start seeing certain signs of abundance in your life. Perhaps you'll find a dollar on the ground. Maybe you'll get $10 out of the blue.
But the more you focus on that, the faster the momentum and the bigger the manifestations. Pretty soon, $10 here and there has turned into $100, and then $1,000.
The same goes for lack. If you focus on how little money you have, you will start to feel that pinch of not enough money more and more. Eventually, unexpected bills will come, large repair costs, and so forth. Lack will get bigger and bigger, until you switch your focus.
At one time, one or two comments were the norm on this blog. But, as I focused on the goal of growing those comments, they slowly increased to the point they are at today, with anywhere from 15-50 comments on any given post. It took time for that momentum to grow, though, and the manifestations to get bigger.
So, as you focus on the same thing more and more, it gets bigger and bigger, until you focus on its opposite. Abundance will grow, until you focus on lack, and vice versa.
In essence, then, when you have chosen a goal with your will, you have the choice to focus either on that goal, or on its opposite.
Well, no one chooses to focus on its opposite. But, because of the law I mentioned above, that magic acts on tension between your current reality and desired reality, it becomes all too easy to focus on the opposite of your goal.
Remember, the bigger the goal, the bigger that tension, and the bigger the resistance. You then have two choices:
- Focus on current reality, along with that tension
- Focus on the desired reality
If you focus on current reality, that tension is magnified, and you get more of current reality, along with even more tension.
If you focus on the desired reality, where the goal is achieved, then that momentum gets bigger, and you move closer and closer to your goal.
Now, you might instead choose a third option, and not focus on the goal at all, because you're afraid of the resistance. But, that puts you in the camp I mentioned above of the “one day” intentions.
No focus, no goal. That tension, while scary, is essential to the process.
The third essential element of magic is emotion.
I consider will and focus the primary elements. Emotion, however, is the means by which it all comes together and works.
Without emotion, well, energy doesn't move. Emotion is a magnet to energy. Positive emotion is a magnet to positive energy, and negative emotion is a magnet to negative energy.
If you have will (by choosing a specific goal), and you have focus (by successfully focusing on that goal and not its opposite), but you have no emotion, then the energy won't flow towards your goal.
That's why I said a specific goal is more effective. Specifics trigger greater emotion than generalities. With increased emotion comes increased momentum, and greater flow towards your goal.
Similarly, unless what you focus on triggers an emotion in you, focus won't make anything grow. It's not the focus by itself that makes the energy grow, it's the emotion behind that focus.
So, if you're goal isn't all that inspiring to you, the energy just won't flow very quickly towards that goal, because there's little emotion involved.
That's why I say that the best way to overcome resistance is to not react emotionally to that resistance. Without the emotional reaction, that resistance is starved of focus, and it has to diminish.
With some simple NLP tools, you can learn how to quickly and easily manipulate your own emotions, so you can feel what you want to feel, and stop feeling what you don't want to feel. Emotional management is much of the process of working magic.
Putting It All Together
A lot of information was shared in this post, some of which might be new to you.
It can be understood with a simple analogy. Of course, I'll use my favorite: the car analogy. 🙂
You're in your car, and it's started. You need three things in order to get to your destination:
- A destination in the first place
- The ability to drive in the right direction
- The gas to fuel the engine
Without any one of these elements, you simply can't get to your destination.
Let's start with the first: your destination. This is equivalent to will as discussed above.
Your will is your destination. Without a destination in mind, you'll just be driving aimlessly. Maybe you'll like some of the scenery you pass, and maybe you'll dislike some of it. But, there's no sense of purpose in this excursion.
Now, you also need a direction. You need to know when to turn down certain roads and so forth. This is equivalent to focus.
Actually, focus is both your direction, as well as your speed. Without focus, you're standing still, moving neither towards nor away from your destination. With focus on the wrong thing, you're certainly moving, but in a direction you'd rather not.
For instance, say you'd like to travel to the grocery store, but instead you make some wrong turns and end up somewhere totally different. You certainly had momentum, but it brought you to the wrong destination.
Now, the final element is the fuel, which is equivalent to emotion. Without the fuel, you can't even move in any direction. You're stuck, until you can refuel and set out on your way.
Without emotion, you can't move the energy necessary to accomplish your goal. It's simply dead in the water. Once you start feeling inspired, then the energy starts moving, and you can much more easily achieve your goals.
So, all 3 elements are absolutely necessary. Without any one of them, magic just won't work. When you get all elements in play, though, you'll achieve your goal quickly and effortlessly.
This is the basics of magic. I'd like to cover it in much greater detail in the future, but these are the elements you must understand to proceed.
Try looking at your own goals. Do you have a definitive goal in mind? Is it specific enough?
Do you regularly focus on that goal, or are you more focused on its opposite, due to the resistance that comes up?
And finally, does the goal inspire you? Do you feel good when focusing on it?
Determine where your goal might need a bit of work, then work on improving those elements that were lacking. If you do so successfully, I think you'll find your goal being much easier to achieve.
How About You?
Now it's your turn. Do your goals fulfill all 3 elements of successful magic? If not, what might you do to implement these principles? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.