Good Morning Starshine, the Earth Says Hello!
Apparently many of us, that do not follow any Abrahamic theology, have trouble reconciling the “within, vs without” segregation….
I was recently conversing (debating; bordering on lecturing actually) with my fiance, about his shift in beliefs and how it affects his magickal workings. He used to view all things as exterior. All extra beings (spirits, demons, angels etc) were viewed as their own entities. You call in the Demon, to learn, You ask the Angel for guidance. You draw a circle and call the God and Goddess to you. You consult with your ancestors, or ask your spirit guides for help.
Then eventually, that paradigm shifted, to viewing the entities as separate and a part of ones own psyche. Those entities are a part of you, AND can exist elsewhere. You recite the enn, to focus on that aspect of your mind, to call it forth. You call out words of power for the angels, to bring out the ‘light’ in yourself. You use the hebrew LBRP (lesser banishing ritual of the pentagram) to cleanse your house, by calling forth power within and without you.
As Above, So Below. As Within, So Without.
We are one. We are the universe. We are the operator and the operator has all power. The operator is God.
My fiances perspective shifted again. To this. To realize that he is the universe experiencing itself.
With that, he came to question why magick is necessary. Why draw a circle to talk to yourself? Why bother with any ritual, working, offering- if you already hold all the answers……..
why ask questions?!
I have a (somewhat pathetic) analogy for this. The Universe Is A Sweater.
Its entirety is cloth. Material. All made of the same thing (The universe). However, each piece is its own. A sleeve is a sleeve. The front is the front and the back the back. We are all the same, and yet we are pieces of a whole. We have continuity, all being made of the same thing, and with enough focus we know that. But- though the cuff and the hem are the same sweater, the cuff will never be the hem, nor the hem the cuff. They can communicate. If something moves the hem enough, it will effect the cuff.
We could understand the universe in its entirety with enough focus, looking inward. IE we would come to know that we are of the same cloth, and if we concentrate hard enough on the strands we could feel the entire network of weaving that is the sweater-that is us. OR as the sleeve, we could call forth the cuff, to communicate, so as to see whats what. IE we could summon the angel (the demon, the spirit, the entity) and short cut the communication, so as to not have to look so deeply into our own labyrinthine minds.
We are god. We are omnipotent. We KNOW.
But we can still make use of magick.
Until next time….