The estimate is that 5% of the world’s population is evil. Another 5% of it is saintly. That is equilibrium. The rest is a mixture of good and bad. Good far outweighs bad on this planet. Therefore: Good and Evil are an effective collaboration when it comes down to balancing the scales. In every good person there is the potential for saintly behaviour and the ability to realise this is the only obstacle to actually realising it.
The reverse of evil is live. That is what life is for. The ability to realise this is the only hindrance to actually realising it. It does not matter what the reverse of good is because good never goes backwards. Good goes better, and then best.
It would make sense – for the maintenance of equilibrium – to address the issues of evil with as much enthusiasm as is allocated to the assessment and assimilation of all the aspects of good. The problem with unaddressed issues is that they fester. Unless you are equipped to manage them with sensitivity – objectively – from a distance, in which case they can be quickly assimilated and used to further your understanding of yourself as an entirety.
The luckiest is the one whose gun works. Whether it is sunrise or dawn, or somewhere therebetween, a working gun will always be handier than a sword – or a gun that backfires, for instance. You cannot be sure at the moment of firing whether the gun will work, or whether it won’t. That is half the reason for using a gun in the first place – an accurate shot has at least a 50% chance of hitting its target. Those are particularly good odds, given the windage, etc. An inaccurate shot can also hit bull’s eye. It depends on the bend of the trajectory.
If you choose your numbers with intent, your outcome will be one thing. Lucky for some, not for others. In that way luck of the draw means selecting the correct numbers that come up. How you do that is up to you. If you should choose rather with presence of mind, your end result will be better than predicted. Remember that better is where to be, before you get to best. When you can improve upon what was projected, predicted, without undue concern for the outed repressions that attempt to get in the way of said betterment, then it becomes clear that life – as it should be – is on track.
Should you be choosing a card from a deck, I would suggest deciding to be lucky before you take your pick. That way, you can feel your way into the divide that will guide you either forwards or backwards to the card that needs reading. Then luck of the draw is in the number that presents itself to you. You need to realise that the energy expended in the direction of selection is returned twice-fold when the selection is correct. That is how. The why? Why not.
It is challenging to prevent yourself from practicing transference. In your every exchange with another there will be energy expended in the direction of the other and there will be energy from the other that will find its way to you. It is necessary to be selective with your energies. It is wise in this life to interact with energies that bring out your best. In this regard it is helpful to be of a positive mindset – optimists tend towards energies that lend themselves to development rather than destruction. An important learning is which energies you are willing to accept and which energies you need to deflect. Under no circumstances is it necessary to accept every energy that comes your way.
Solitude for many people is a plateau. A place of repose. It is not to say that solitude does not lend itself to development, but the nature of the progress made with yourself on your own is perhaps slower than the advances that can be made in relationships. Naturally, it does depend on the status of the relationship you find yourself in. If there is unnecessary stress in the relationships through which you choose to learn, it is better to take yourself out of those particular relationship equations.
Whether it can be said that solitude is preferable is a matter of personal opinion. It depends on what kind of a relationship you have with yourself. At times it is far more pleasant to be alone than it is to be with idiots. That is not insulting to people in general, it is just how it is. How you get ‘alone’ is your business. Some can take themselves to that place and some cannot. For those that cannot, it is a pity.
Succeeding is far more satisfying than winning is. Long term. Winning is a delight, there can be no doubt about that feeling – to be the best at something is a personal achievement indeed. Whatever that best, be. But the joy that winning brings you is short-lived. You are only ever as good as your latest victory. If you are in the business of winning then you will know that is the truth. The thing about winning is that there will always be someone who can beat you. In the end. That is the way of Nature. Challenges are posed, accepted. Territories are won, lost. Survival of the fittest is nothing to be sniffed at.
Take pride in your successes. Do not rub them in other people’s faces. Be modest, enjoy the freedom that succeeding brings you. Surround yourself with people who will celebrate your successes with you, people who wish to see you succeed at those things you do that mean something to you. It is pointless surrounding yourself with people who wish to see you fall, or fail. That is counter-productive.
Success is empowering. When you set yourself a goal, or give yourself a deadline, you are posing a challenge. Throwing down a gauntlet. When you accept the challenge and then ensure that you do achieve the goal or meet the deadline, you are giving your self esteem a needed boost. The kind of pleasure success brings you feeds your soul. There is a reason for having self esteem, you should pay attention to yours. It is safer to rely on yourself to boost your esteem, when you give another that task you are playing a risky game. Set yourself goals. Give yourself deadlines. Let yourself achieve them. Feed on your successes. They buffer you against failure.
When you take the time to understand that there is a difference between magic and magick you will be able to appreciate the wonder of both. You will find that if you invest time in appreciating the magick that is happening all around you all day, every day, you will become properly alive inside yourself. This is not a scary prospect – it is like a caterpillar in a chrysalis. You will become the best you are meant to be. Do not ever forget that this takes due process. Becoming your best is a long journey. If you have stamina you should undertake this journey. If you do not – that is a shame. You are missing out.
You have to show gratitude for Nature’s magick in order that she allows its properties to transform you, your life. You must appreciate her mastery. She is very, very adept. Treasure that there is no other that will understand you like she does. She is you. From this you can draw comfort. You have no need to hide from her your ‘sins’. She understands the nature of man. And she understands very well the nature of woman, too. She is familiar with wiles and manipulation. She does not employ either method in her operation but she accepts that others, do. That there is yet conflict between the sexes about who is Alpha what is not helpful. There is always an Alpha female and an Alpha male in Nature’s equation. Always. The energy of both. Bringing together – in harmony – those energies, is where she is headed. That her work along the way is changing the lay of the land is a reality we should really learn to accept without raising too much objection. Her motivation is pure. She is already everywhere that matters.
Magic itself is black, white. Coloured. Musical. Cinematic. There is no grey area where magic is concerned. Magic works. Do not for one moment doubt that fact. Magic trades secrets in deep, dark belief. Trust. You know how a strong belief can save your life? Or kill you? Easy. If you are interested in the at-work aspects of magic and its happenings you must visit voodoo and you must visit ritual, you must hear your heartbeat and you must suspend disbelief for a period long enough to give your inner cynic a chance to keep quiet and learn. The cynic is entitled to its opinion but it is not invited to share it. When you next see love in action – and this is not hard to see if you know where to look – know that magick is happening, right there in front of your eyes. Magick comes to us each when we are primed, open, and ready to receive it.
Open. Receive it.
You are not vain if you take care of your appearance. You are not vain if you are self-conscious about how you look to the world and you spend time on presenting your best. Just do not get caught in the trap of thinking you are the reason this earth revolves. If you should imagine that the sun shines out of your backside, please reassess yourself. That would be vanity. When you follow the thinking that you are in some way superior to another person because of how you look, you are misguided.
Vanity is not an attractive quality. It negatively affects the nature of a person, you lose your sense of self when you become vain. People who buy into their own hype in life, are vain. I do not understand how anyone can buy into their own hype. How can you fall for your own tricks? These society people who are in love with themselves are falling for the oldest trick in the book. When you are mesmerised by your own reflection in this world, you are closed to possibility. Worshipping yourself is not advisable if you have any plans of going anywhere worthwhile or having a lasting impact on this planet. People tire easily of those who love to blow their own trumpets. The noise they make destroys the peace of transformation going on all around us. When you are stuck staring at how great you are you forget that you are here to serve humanity. The planet needs more people who are prepared to put down their mirrors and see for real.
It is easy to check where you are in life with vanity – you need to ask yourself why you are loved. That is always a very interesting question to ask of yourself, and of the people who love you. It is not always easy to spell out the reasons one has love for another, but it is worth checking with a partner why they think they ‘love’ you. When you hear why, you will understand how your partner sees Love. You should always consider important how your partner views Love. It may not be the same way you look at it. Love should be able to speak clearly for itself. If someone loves you and they are too shy to tell you why, that is sweet. Perhaps treasure that innocence. If a person can show you why they love you, even better. Showing is usually far better than telling.
Please be aware of how you speak to yourself. You would be surprised to know how often you upset yourself with your tone of voice. When you are being shitty – either silently or out loud, hear yourself. Really listen to what it is that you are saying. It will tell you a lot about which of your needs are not being met, which parts of you are disgruntled. Your life is about getting your needs met. Your basic needs – safety, sustenance, love. It is about identifying and addressing the archetypes that reside in your psyche. If you spend enough time watching your behaviours without judging yourself for your actions, you will notice how certain aspects of yourself come to the fore in certain situations. It is very interesting to watch these archetypes act, and interact. Battle. The stiller your mind, the clearer your components and their motivations. We are all made up of components, coping mechanisms, skills. Every single person on this planet has a skill. You must find out what your skill is, and develop it. Adults should help children identify their skill(s), the younger you discover what you excel at, the more informed your choices for your future. Should you have missed the opportunity to identify for yourself what it is that you are good at, then your life is still a mystery. Don’t give up on finding a solution. There is always a solution.
Free speech is vital when you are communicating with yourself. But mind your tone. You must say it as you feel it if you wish to be heard, so know that direct is best. Diplomacy is good if you can manage it. Ears are attuned to decency in a person, kindness of mind. The truth. Don’t lie to yourself. Be disciplined enough to tell the truth. Truth is a discipline. Should you lie to yourself about anything whatsoever, know that is your first failing on the path to self-actualisation. If you want to know who you are, tell yourself how it is to be alive as you – how it really is – and listen to the news of the world. Hear, too, any advice you give yourself. The way you guide yourself counts. There will be a gentleness to your ministrations, and a harshness. A harshness of spirit indicates an impatience, a determination. Anger. Usually, at self. Keep that in mind. It indicates, too, a striving inside. When you will not settle for things the way they are – when you will not accept of yourself or your world anything less than best – you will have to entertain the harsher side of your being. Do not be afraid of your darkness. We all have a harshness of spirit, it comes with the territory of being human. We need it for this life. Train your harshness to drive you forwards. It is your wild. Welcome it. It can take you places.
Do you know that children learn ambition from their fathers? Perhaps it is because the father role is traditionally one of working parent. Bread-winner. The need to be the provider is inherent in many men. It drives them to do extraordinary things. It makes a difference if a father is absent from a family. It just does. A single mother can try as hard as she likes, she cannot role-model as dad and mom. For one thing, she is not a man. There are a lot of children without fathers. There are a lot of children whose mothers lie to them about their parentage. This is a sad state of affairs. Each child deserves to know who its mother is and who its father is. How else will they ever establish a concrete sense of identity? We are of our forebears. You cannot escape that reality.
There are a lot of children being bred that will not stand out as remarkable because they have not been taught about competition, ambition. If you do not stand out as remarkable in this world you will find that your career options are few. There are too many of us on this planet. Competition is fierce. Ambition is important. So is competition. Both will take you far on the path towards realising your full potential. If you are not striving for something, you are not going to learn just how magical you are as a human being. You need to push yourself to get the best from yourself. There are too many people sitting down wondering what is going wrong in this world. It is time people stood up and gave the best of themselves to benefit the rest of humankind. By giving your best to the world – in your unique way – you are nurturing yourself and growing your soul. That is the best news about giving of yourself. It is an investment in your future. To do that, though, you need first to find the best in yourself. That is not a one-minute job. You will spend your entire life finding your best if you are bothered to look properly.
It is irresponsible to cultivate children who do not understand competitive sports, for example. It is short-sighted to ask children to learn that it’s okay to be part of the majority. If they blend in with the rest of their peers then who is going to be doing the independent thinking for these children? Competition stimulates children. It encourages them to achieve. To feel pride. It is the mismanagement of pride that serves as a problem in so many lives. If you take pride in context – and have the understanding that it is a formidable part of the ego – it is useful. Just take pride in the right things. You know what the right things are.