Practical - Power Before Wisdom

  • Divination using Muscle Testing

    an athlete flexing his back

    Muscle Testing is a system of divining answers based on the idea that we subconsciously know truth even if we personally don’t.Supposedly our strength massively decreases with negative or untruthful thoughts and this can be used to divine truth.Multiple Books have different versions of these techniques.We have, in using this technique, shown that it doesn’t have the ability to tell the future, however we’ve had good results regarding History and Current Events.Like all forms of divination Verify, Verify and Verify…

    Technique utilizing two persons:Have one person stand in front of the other with their back to them.Have the front person raise their arm sideways and hold it parallel to the ground.Have the other person put one hand on their shoulder and their other hand on top of the front person’s hand.The front person should declare a truthful sentence (My name is “”) and work hard to hold their arm up against the person pushing down.Have the rear person Gauge how hard it was to push the arm down.Next have the front person speak an obvious untruth.Have the rear person gauge how hard it was to push it down this time.It should have been MUCH easier.Now Speak the test phrase.The phrase you are testing.It should regard current or historical FACT.Not opinion and not future.From the strength of the response you can determine the amount of truth involved.For a much more detailed and powerful use of this technique pickup a copy of Power vs Force and read it.VERY good book.

     

    Technique Utilizing one person:With one hand touch your finger to your thumb (Like you’re making an OK sign)hook a finger from your other hand through the “ring” you’ve made and use how hard it is to break the ring as your truth gauge.

     

    I commonly use the “okay” muscle test to help me choose things that I don’t have the time to review in depth.For example I have a website I use for Art and Templates for clients.There are a LOT of details that are not obvious.A perfect LOOKING template might be a bad choice.Other templates might look bad, but be perfect for the project.For my Card Game Magewars (Magewarscardgame.com) I was looking for a template and I saw a few I liked, but all were testing weak.Finally I saw a template I didn’t really like, but I decided to test it anyway.It tested amazingly strong.I downloaded it and installed the template to find that there was a built in flash image changer and the things I didn’t like about the template could be easily changed.Additionally as I’ve used this template I’ve found that it has a LOT more built in CSS styles and options than the vast majority of templates available.Whoever designed this did an awesome job, however from just looking at it I wouldn’t have known this.The muscle test helped me to find a template that I wouldn’t have given a 2nd look that turned out to be wonderful.

    I tend to use muscle testing to confirm information.I have a 3 confirmations rule.If I divine something I want 2 additional confirmations from different sources that would have no way of giving this to me.Often I get one of the confirmations from day to day life.t;/span>The right song comes on the radio, I read a billboard and it says just the right thing, I go to one of my websites and the information is covered on the website.The muscle test is a good fallback with solid reliability and short term verifiability.

    Power Before Wisdom

     

  • Intentionally Functional and Magical Insanity

    man in a padded room

    Insanity. n. mental illness of such a severe nature that a person cannot distinguish fantasy from reality, cannot conduct her/his affairs due to psychosis, or is subject to uncontrollable impulsive behavior.

    Magic? You'd have to be CRAZY to believe in this stuff!

    In truth you kinda do.   Magic is one of those thing that you have to believe in to experience and remember.  We all experience moments of magic, but most of us explain them away.  The best part is how everyone explains everything away according to their personal world view.  A family of 4 walks away from a huge car crash that kills everyone else involved:

    • - Engineer: Their car had a higher safety rating.
    • - Christian: God's hand can clearly be seen in this.
    • - Pagan:  Nice Shields.
    • - Stuntman: Bah.. I've not only survived worse but I had to kick out the front windshield and come out with guns blazing too...

    If you're a practicing Mage, you are choosing to hold world views that contrast with other peoples.  Most people don't believe in magic.  What do you say to them regarding why you have that weird little green bag that smells like herbs hanging from you neck?  If you admit it's magic you're breaking one of the laws of magic itself.   That laws of magic is silence.  You don't tell anyone you did a spell until it has completed.  Why?  Because belief effects things and their disbelief can effect your spell.   That's right.  Not only does keeping your mouth shut prevent people from considering you that crazy weirdo, but it protects your spells from their disbelief and or even active reworking/countering of them!

    If you say you are an adult and that you believe in Fairy's people are going to think you're a bit fruity.  If you tell them your story of WHY you believe in fairy's they'll wonder if it's safe to have their kids around you.

    Here is where the intentional and functional portion of the title come in.   Just because you believe in magic doesn't mean that you have to assume or expect everyone else to.  Most "diseases" in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) actually are only considered a problem when they start interfering with your ability to lead a happy and functional life.  There is no reason why you can't accept that you are choosing to believe in things other people don't believe in AND BE AWARE OF THIS.   In other words, what harm is there to your ability to remain functional, if you believe in something and keep awareness of what other people don't believe in.  

    I will never tell my father that the reason I think he's so good at finding deals is that he is a child of Oya (An Orisha who is master of the marketplace); He would be downright insulted as it doesn't fit into his world view.  By keeping aware of what he believes, I can believe what I want and not have it interfere with my interactions with other people.   I have become very skilled at learning what other people believe and speaking to them from that point of view.  

    I'm a mage. My worldview is whatever empowers me the most at the moment.  If I'm interacting with a fundamentalist Christian I can promise you that the world view that most empowers that conversation probably includes speaking as if I share theirs...  I don't have to believe exactly as they do, but I can control my language and terminology to communicate in the most effective way I can.  Instead of telling them that I used telepathy to convince that guy who for 15 miles had been going 35 on the 1 lane freeway that he had to get off the road to go pee, I can keep my mouth shut and extoll "PRAISE GOD" with the other person in the car.  He doesn't need to know my efforts.  Because that is ALL they are.

    That brings me to the next point.  Verify, verify, verify.   The line between functional insanity and flat out insanity is the word functional.  It does me no good to talk to fairy's when there is no benefit from it.  If I talk to a fairy and get information from it perhaps I should verify the information.  This is the process of building trust.   I can't tell you how many budding mages believe that they have a powerful god/spirit/dragon/angel on their side who will blah...blah...blah.   If I think I'm casting spells to gather money and I'm flat broke... maybe there's a problem with what I'm doing.

    To steal blatently... Judge them by their fruits.   If you have a belief and it doesn't help you, then stop believing it.  Let me say this again... If you have a belief and it doesn't help you then stop believing it.  Our universe is too big to comprehend, models are supposed to help us understand the world so that we can accurately judge consequences.   If your model says that you can't be hurt because your guardian spirit will keep you safe from all harm, and you get hurt a couple times in a month... change your model.   It makes sense to modify your world-view away from those held by others as long that they empower you more than the ones you used to hold.   In fact, if you're a "normal" mage (heheh) you WILL probably end up talking to things that other people don't see.  Just make sure to: a) verify your information as you build trust and b) do so in a way that doesn't make the other people decide you can't be trusted.

    Power Before Wisdom

  • Pathwork to Mastery: Mastery's place in Western Magick & Spirituality Part 4

    person studying

    Generally how far you get will be determined by how hard you focus/study during a period of time.

    • Interest: Reading, Study, Little to no Action
    • Hobby: Aimless Study & Action when you feel like it (.5-1 hr/wk)
    • Amateur: Purposeful study/action without commitment to schedule (1-4hr/wk)
    • Professional: Regularly Planned Study/Action fulfilling a schedule. (5-16 hr/wk)
    • Career: Primary Focus of your life. (Avg 17-48hr/wk)

    Additionally, it is important to recognize that while you are practicing something there is a difference between passive practice and active learning. If I go to work and do the minimum required to do my job that would be a maintenance level of effort and does not count toward actively attempting to learn and grow as I do my work.

    Generally to obtain a level of mastery requires a certain period of active learning:

     

    • Obtain Apprenticeship: 6 mo Hobby, 3 mo Amateur, 1 mo professional/Career
    • Obtain Journeyman: 2 yr Amateur, 1 Year Professional, 6 mo Career
    • Obtain Mastery: 3-5 years professional, 2-3 years Career
    • Obtain Grand Mastery: 10+ years professional, 5+ years Career
    • Obtain Adept: 20+ years Career

     

    Notice how I said “Obtain Apprenticeship”? There is a point of study where one has formed a solid enough understanding that people with experience realize you are doing more than mere dabbling. That your interest is sincere and solid... even if limited. That point is when people usually recognize you as an apprentice.

    Generally to maintain a level of Mastery requires:

    • Maintain Apprentice: Interest
    • Maintain Journeyman: Hobby
    • Maintain Master: Amateur
    • Maintain Grand Master: Professional
    • Maintain Adept: Career

    You only have so many hours in a week. People who sleep normal hours can schedule about 80 of them for work. For a period of about 7 years in my life I did so on and off. It is amazing what you can accomplish in 80 hours of scheduled work.

    Before I started Polyphasic Sleep I scheduled about 80 hours of ACTIVITY a week as well as 1 day of fuckoff time and one day of “do the work I feel like” time. However, this doesn't mean I have 80 hours a week of work time. Realistically it looks like


    activity - hour cost - remaining hours

    Total hours = 80

    Meditation/Reading/Spirit Talking Time (-5) = 75
    Ifa Training/Divination Practice (-5) = 70
    Gym Time/Prep 4 Day (-10) = 60
    Meal Time (-10) = 50
    Chores (-5) = 45
    Pre-Scheduled Events (-15) = 30
    Family time (-10) = 20
    Time available for projects (If not claimed by store customers or priest duties) = 20 hours!

     

    Unfortunately 20 hours a week to reach toward my dreams and/or build a business doesn't cut it. Thus it is common for me to use my days off to add another 10-20 hours of project work and steal 10-20 hours of project work from other things like family time, gym time, chore time or meditation time. This schedule is a schedule that affords me balance when I follow it. I have a very full life and feel grateful at all of the time and opportunities I have. However... how much time of this is available for maintenance or improvement toward masteries?

    1. 5 hours/wk of Ifa/Divination

    2. 11 hours/wk of General Magick Scheduled Study/Practice

    3. (unscheduled) 5-10 hours/wk of Ifa/Divination Practice/Study for clients

    4. (semi-scheduled) 5-20 hours/wk of Website Design & Business Management Practice/Study

    5. (unscheduled) 5-20 hours/wk of Store Owner Practice/Study

    In NONE of these am I spending the time/effort necessary for grand mastery. In few of these am I spending enough time for even mastery. In the name of life balance I am continuing my decision to be a Jack of Trades and master of few.

    A young man who is also studying Ifa recently came down for work. He is an excellent young man who is well studied in Ifa. I am his senior in age and time in faith and he treats me as such, but he is FAR more educated in the concepts, history and techniques of Ifa. We are both studying with Awo Falokun and this young man has a talent and love for Ifa that I can simply marvel at from a distance. The questions he brought forward to Falokun not only taught me what Falokun's response to the question was, but the very question taught me details of the practice I was unaware of. I'm sitting here plodding along toward eventual mastery and he is running full tilt toward it. I am helping Awo Falokun republish his books and I can barely squeeze 1-2 hours/wk in to read them while this young man has clearly consumed not only Falokun's books, but also other Authors. It is inspiring and humbling at the same time.

    However... I have made my decision. I am committed to only a specific level of focus and sacrifice, and I have to accept the consequences of that decision. I am on a very slow path toward mastery of Ifa (if I ever reach it).

    This article and being mindful of what level of commitment you are willing to express you can set realistic objectives for yourself. If you are a big talker (like I tend to be) these realistic expectations will help you learn to trust yourself about a project... and as a nice side effect people won't roll their eyes when you tell them your new goal.

    Coming Soon: Pathwork to Mastery: Mastery's place in Western Magick & Spirituality pt 5

  • Thriving while overcoming organized harassment and protests

    a game of chess

    We've all had harassment in our lives.  Most of us learned how to deal with it from people or small groups as we grew up.

    The basic rule to dealing with harassment is to keep as much or more power than you had when it started.  Men's instinct is to fight and win.  Winning a fight seems like a good way to win one of these battles, and rarely it can be effective.  One time, I fought 7 people at the same time and kicked their asses! What a win right?

    No, I LOST because I went berserk when they uncovered and abused a core issue I had.  They fled terrified of me, told stories of how messed up I was and destroyed my image through the school.  Since I let them see and effect me through this weakness, I was the one who lost power.

    This leads to the core answer:  The best way to remove a harasser's power is to be unaffected by the harassment.  

    Love and Laughter are definitely the most powerful ways to do this.  My favorites include:

    • Start an insult war as a game that YOU are having fun playing.  Grade their insults, theatrically think about and then return other ones... (extra points if they start playing the game too and you all have a laugh together)
    • Find something funny and laugh at it.  It's easy to find something, people are silly.  If you have a hard time ask them to wait a moment as you go obtain something funny; then return and enjoy it in their presence.
    • Stand there watching them silently (extra points if you find a way to see the situation in an amusing light).
    • Stand there and feel love for them... then express it.  Compliment them, celebrate them, pray for them... It's funny how much that bothers angry people.

    While fun and simple, the above techniques work best with single persons or smaller groups concerning topics where people are unwilling to raise the stakes.  There is power in numbers.  Mob mentality is powerful and can be scary.   Additionally, there are fanatics who are perfectly willing to raise the stakes and apply pressure to get what they want... As pagans become more mainstream we are seeing more organized harassment from fundamentalist groups (http://wildhunt.org/blog/2010/03/first-they-came-for-the-swingers.html).  I am going to use this article as a way to open thinking about how to respond to organized harassment in any form.

    Remember, the core rule is to have equal or greater power at the end of these interactions.  It's very hard to maintain your power when faced with a large number of people intent to remove it.  Below are some common tactics used in organized harassment and ways to respond which empower you and your purpose.

    • Constant Pressure - A good harasser knows that even the strongest persons get tired.  If they can organize consistent enough harassment they will eventually find you on a bad day.  The most powerful portion of this is that they don't even need to outnumber you, out argue you, or even out stubborn you.  They just have to follow the plan and hand it off to someone else when they get tired.  Some abortion clinics have dealt with constant harassment for years on end... Literally 24/7/365.

    From the start of an attrition decide if you actually care enough to deal with this.   It sucks backing down, but if the only thing keeping you from backing down is not wanting to back down, then eventually you will.  Once you figure out WHY you want to stand your ground, find allies.  Begin building your support network while you're still strong and positive.  You're going to get tired and having a plan for when you do will help immensely.  

    If you can't find a support network you need to back down.  Find a way to bow out gracefully while you're strong enough to do so.  Be a little creative here.  Make your point as you go out, not because you'll win (you won't), but because you'll feel better about getting in a good blow and perhaps your response will galvanize the people who wouldn't support you to do something the next time this group uses the same tactic in the future.  

    The leads to the annoying weed tactic.   It is a LOT of work to organize a good protest.  Smile at the harassers and inform them that they win and you'll be going away/out-of-business/whatever.  Then leave.   Once the harassers leave return/reopen and announce to the world that their win was empty.   Victories which have little meaning are dis-empowering.   Do this enough times and the organizer will have a difficult time gathering the level of support they started with.  Let them win the battle in ways which weaken their support and ultimately cause you to win the "war".

    • Large Numbers - Few things are scarier than a mob.  Facing the simmering power of 50-100 people's shared emotions is be downright terrifying.  Even if the mob is peaceful, you can NOT deal with this on your own.  Depending on your strength of will, one person can stand up to between 1 and 15 people.  Past that point you'd have to be one of the greats to do it once let alone over the course of time.  

    Closeness matters.  If all you have to do is complete a single task like passing through the crowd, three willful people can handle hundreds for a short time.  For longer sit-outs, find 1 ally for every 10 of your opponents to stay with you and you'll probably be okay.  Again bring humor or entertainment.  It takes a lot of the power out of a large crowd to see the targets of their Ire sitting comfortably in lawn chairs watching a movie laughing and acting as if they don't exist.  Extra points if you have signs saying something like "We know you hate us for being Pagan, but it's ok... we love you anyway."

    • Shout-outs - Being numerous, loud and obnoxious is a great way to interrupt normal activities and get attention.  If you make enough noise you can make it so that the other side can't have their say.  Shout-outs can even lead to the next header "peer pressure."

    Stop assuming that you need to be heard, or that they win if you change what you're doing.  It is okay for them to shout themselves hoarse while you stand there silently or even continue your activities if possible.  If you were trying to do something and they have successfully forced a change, help your allies recognize that it's okay to change plans then practice the annoying weed tactic. Move the activity to another location where you will be able to deal with the protesters.  You may even want to perform a scatter and regather to fake locations a couple times to lead the protesters on a merry chase.  Eventually you'll wear them down.  If nobody wants to work this hard and your plans are just borked, find a way to have fun now and try again some other time.  It's key to help your group feel strong about this.  Rather than being angry that your activity was interrupted, help your group feel good that they were strong in the face of adversity.

    • Peer Pressure - One of the side effects of this pressure can be to incidentally target your neighbors or other people in the area who will eventually want to get rid of you to end the harassment.  It's one thing to stand up to harassment when it's targeting you, it's another to be an innocent bystander who has to put up with it because their neighbor has enemies.

    Carefully think about the "innocent bystanders."  If you're being harassed, people who help you will be harassed too.  Deal with this problem head on by giving people an out.  Let them know that you understand if they don't want to deal with this challenge and that you'll still love them later no matter what they do.  You will probably still have a lot of people back away, but this way they'll express their emotional support before they go.  Now, rather than feeling rejected from their leaving, you'll feel like a strong warrior carrying on with the emotional support of loved ones. Be aware of the consequences before you attempt to contact someone.  An old friendly acquaintance might turn into someone who strongly dislikes you if you bring a hailstorm of property damage with you when you come.

    Remember your why.  Live your choice and understand that you are living it alone.  Allies will come and go as time goes by.  Peer pressure can be powerful. If the peer pressure is successful then stay in love and go with the flow.  

    Remember this isn't just about you and the protesters, it is about all of the people who are watching this whole thing unfold.  Consistently step back and look at the situation from an outsiders point of view.  It's amazing how often a losing battle will look like a winning war from this perspective: If the harassers are screaming and being horrible, and you are being loving, then you are building an undercurrent of support.  People may not be willing to stand up for you, but minor changes in people's perspective will eventually erode the support that the harassers started with.

    • Property Damage - This is a hard one for me.  If someone damages my stuff I REALLY want to hurt them.  I'd say to bring them to justice, but in truth I usually want to punish them.  Unfortunately, this is EXACTLY the response they are aiming for.  If they can bring you down to their level, then the smear game works and whoever whines into more ears afterwards wins.   

    You have to let go of your stuff the moment you start dealing with harassers.  Decide to disallow harassers from using it from bringing you down to anger.

    To prevent property damage, remember the power of accountability.  If you are dealing with a larger crowd that has any chance of getting nasty, work to get media there and/or begin conspicuously taking pictures and video of the whole event.  Now if there is property damage you can use the evidence to ensure that government or at least the court of public opinion is against those who damaged your property.  In America property damage is pretty universally frowned upon even by those who disagree with your position.  Even if the person who did this is never punished by doing so they have strengthened your support and deserve gratitude for that at least.

    • Basic Stupid Violence - There are two level of violence.  The first is physical harassment.  Throwing stuff, slapping at you or pushing you.   

    This can usually be dealt with by conspicuously recording the events as above.  People rarely want their position to be remembered as the "aggressors."  Remember... You give only peace.

    • Dangerous Violence - The second form of violence is the nasty one.  Someone pulls a gun, a group of people come forth to attack or the crowd riots.  

    If the rule of law still exists the best thing you can do here is run away.   If you are strong and capable, help those who aren't get away.  Violent "heroism" will turn you into someone who can be smeared.  Avoid that position by retreating.  The ONLY time you should fight is to save someone else and if you can find another way to do it then do so.  

    Always leave dangerous or deadly weapons at home.  Just a glimpse of one could cause the crowd to riot, and it will be your fault on the 6:00 news and in the courtroom!  Tasers or pepper spray are potent, and less likely to cause riots.  It is reasonable to carry these if you are dealing with violent harassers, but keep them out of site lest someone claim you started violence by brandishing them.   Only use them if lives are in danger.  Make sure everyone knows that if you have to use violence (even pepper spray or taser), you've lost the war.  However, I would rather lose the protest war than a loved ones life.  Again, cameras will be your heroes here.  If violence happens and you run (or are forced to defend someone) cameras will help the truth of the situation get out.

     

     

    The court of public opinion:  
    We're in a position where most people will disagree with us.  Luckily, we're not trying to get them to agree with us; we're trying to gain their respect and maybe even like us.  People support harassing monsters, but they think poorly of harassing nice people.  If the protesting is gentle and loving we will honor the people doing it and it will likely fade. If they are using tactics like in this article, their own actions will garner the public's dislike.  This is why we don't need to be heard.  Our kindness, gentleness and love will be apparent through any medium.

    When giving media statements remember the goal is to be likable.  Avoid arguing your position.  Sympathize with people's (including the protester's) rights to believe as they do.  In fact, celebrate the protesters effectiveness in using the very freedoms we appreciate!  Express appreciation that, in this wonderful country, we are free to live our lives as we wish as long as we don't hurt others.

    ............

    Consider the conversation opened.  This article is optimized for search and aggregators.  In a few weeks, this will be what pagans dealing with harassment will study.  Comment below and help me make sure it is the most powerful tool possible so they can handle the challenges they are dealing with!

  • True Power, True Wisdom and True Magick

    Mountain path

    I think it's time for me to stop living in separate worlds.

    I desire Power and I desire Wisdom. In many of their wonderful flavors I desire to understand and experience them.

    I created a blog a long time back called “Power before Wisdom.” My first efforts to consciously seek power in my life was in metaphysics. I studied magick, and I experimented to see what worked and what didn't.

    I kind of painted myself into a corner though. I only wrote about and formed the whole brand around magick and spirituality. I love reading and writing about those topics, but I also love reading and writing about politics, money, environmentalism, technology, self-growth, history and all the other examples of Power. Up until now I kept a separation though. I didn't bring much of the other stuff to PBW.

    True magick is about affecting your life, your community and your world. It isn't about just playing in the sandbox of theory. It's about calling blessings to yourself. If you are doing good magick you will end up with the exact amount of good things that you are willing to live with. Health, Joy, Money, Love, Family, Friends, Opportunities, Home, Jobs/Businesses, Land/Wealth.

    You will quickly find that your great magickal works will fade into the past because you now get to live with the consequences of obtaining the blessings you desired. Every once in a while something will happen or you'll change your mind and a new working will adjust your course, but generally your need for powerful magicks fade. The only way you will continue regularly is if you either are a priest to living and noisy gods or if you practice magick for magick's sake... and I do both.

    I fully believe in the power of my Gods and my Magick. I also believe in the power of technology, politics, money, environmentalism, history and non-spiritual self-growth. Steve Pavlina is one of my favorite examples. Mike Hrostoski is another. I feel that I have something to add to the conversation of all of these topics with my faith and metaphysical perspectives.

    I think it's time for me to slowly adjust the Power Before Wisdom Brand into expressing ALL of the Power and Wisdom I'm interested in, rather than just Magick. Hopefully that will breath fresh air into this Blog. I've been rather trepidatious about the reception this will receive from old readers and new ones, but the more I think about it the more everything I write will start to make sense when I include the whole perspective.

    How many people will believe in magick more if they watch how my early posts evolved from a concern that I wouldn't be a recognizable authority because I couldn't show success, and now see posts of the evident success as well as my stories of how they manifested, and the lessons I've learned from them.

    My life is full. My blessings: plentiful. My magick: strong and effective. My Gods: faithful and noisy. My ancestors: powerful and wise. And my interests: varied and interconnected.

    Good Spelling,
    Scott

  • What’s Next for Power Before Wisdom?

    it's time to change

    When I started writing Power Before Wisdom I wanted to find/build a community of magically active persons delving toward greater skill and understanding of metaphysics.   I wanted to see if there was a Modern Western Way to find Siddhi.  As the “about” says, I wanted to help create a more magickal world.

    About 9 months ago I realized that I wanted Magick less than Power.  Power to accomplish my dreams, and I have a lot of dreams.  To achieve them I will need health, beauty, allies, wealth and influence.  My metaphysical practices give me tools and guidance on achieving these more effectively than many people do, however as long as my metaphysical practices are the priority I will be misspending my resources.

    Divination, dealing with spirits, practicing psychic skills and practicing magick are very time consuming.  The Return on Investment of confidence of what’s next, understanding ones purpose, and just having a really interesting perspective that allows you to understand life events more fully are VERY worthwhile…

    …At the same time it became clear that there were more effective ways to reach toward my dreams.

     

    Why Teaching Metaphysics doesn’t align with the Power I seek
    Magick is enough of a personal practice that while you can teach the same basics over and over again to wide eyed people who’ve never heard of invocation, the deeper understandings require a life sacrifice… not physical death, but a willingness to sacrifice the life you knew for a life you may obtain.

    Very few people will choose to make this sacrifice willingly.  Those few who do, usually find themselves regretting it (for a while).   I reference “The Dark Night of the Soul” to explain this period of mourning and regret for the sacrificed life while fearing the future.

    The result as a Metaphysical Teacher is that 90% of people will come to you, take a lot of time and energy to learn what they should do and then quit since they are unwilling to make the necessary sacrifices.  Those 90% will usually dislike you and avoid you for years since you represent their weakness and unwillingness to change what they don’t like.

    The 10% that continue, usually make a few major changes and then disappear from your life as they come to terms with their new experiences (often blaming you).  About half of those people return to your life at some point, clearly happier with their current situation.  Sometimes they recognize and appreciate your efforts… and sometimes they seem to be trying to rub your face in their success as if you were some sort of foe that they defeated.

    Perhaps since you were the one to help them see the challenges you come to represent them.

    One way or another, when true growth happens, eventually the persons you were working with recognize that they don’t need the relationship with you as it was.  Sometimes they remain friends and sometimes they move on with their lives.

    -EDIT- I was just thinking about it and realizing how much that pattern is reminiscent of parenting.  Now I understand the cliché “my child” statement Spiritual “Elders” use throughout cultures. –EDIT-

    While this is an excellent path for someone who wants to touch a lot of persons lives deeply, this is NOT a good path for a person who wants to build Material and Social Power.  Most metaphysical teachers who obtain wealth do so through getting paid (sometimes absurd amounts of money) to teach the same basics over and over OR through helping that one excellent person who obtains Political and Social Wealth and shows appreciation by providing opportunities to their old teacher.


    So you’re quitting?
    Not quite.  I’m reprioritizing.   I have been working on my body, building 3 separate businesses to profit, building relationship with the movers and shakers in my area and generally living the political and business climber cliché.

    Moving forward the VAST majority of my efforts will be toward my goals and dreams... and PBW is a very low priority.   The tracking tool shows that thousands of people benefit from reading PBW every month so will keep the site up.  Every once in a while I will probably share something cool and interesting that I just HAVE to tell SOMEONE or even something that just says “write me”.  Maybe a few times per year.


    So, only a few posts per year?
    Actually… I’m pondering a fundamental shift for this Site.   While I kept everything very Metaphysical / Magickally focused in the past, I’m contemplating expanding the site toward a greater discussion of the process of obtaining power in its many different forms (both metaphysical and “mundane”).

    While this sounds interesting and could have some excellent material, I see two major challenges.  First, due to my new focus, much of the material I might want to go over may be too personal to share as I encounter it.  I may have to delay months or years to post thoughts and a discussion of a specific experience.  Secondly I am not sure if I am willing to put in the time/effort to make the format change let alone post much content.

    Regardless it will probably be uncommon for me to write more than a post or two per quarter.


    Why didn’t you respond to my emailed question?
    I’ve become cynical.  Your question may take me over an hour to respond to.  You aren’t paying me and as I just explained, 9 out of 10 times you will ignore my input.  That feels like wasted time to me.

    Now a forum post might get seen by thousands of people. If you posted your question on the Forum I might be willing to spend that hour responding because I believe that a couple percent of those thousands will benefit by reading my input.

    I will be glad to answer your emailed question IF:

    1. Your question isn’t answered somewhere else on this site
    2. A forum is the wrong venue
    3. Your question attracts my attention because the discussion may have some benefit to myself or my loved ones.

    Unfortunately even my “Altruism” has gotten results oriented.

    Of course… If you are willing to pay me $60 in consulting fees for 1 hour of time I’ll gladly go over your situation regardless (Although I'd recommend a phone call at that point). 

     

    Thank you for being part of my Journey toward realizing healthy motivations and priorities in my life.

    Sincerely,
    Power Before Wisdom