A process of change is never straight but more like a winding mountain road with switchbacks, curves, and steep areas of incline and decline. And though it may seem as if progress is slow there are enough subtle shifts each day to warrant feelings of accomplishment. Better to stay positively focused than to fall into a trap of negativity and despair. Allow change itself to propel you onward each day, as you take a new step and make new plans for your forward journey. At day’s beginning rejoice at the opportunity to start off fresh and at day’s end rejoice in a well traveled day.
Black Magic is the ego’s use of its power of suggestion to manipulate the subconscious mind to produce subtle and material effects for its own self-serving purposes. This contrasts with the exercise of suggestions intended for the greater good of the overall Self, as well as the greater good of the world. These kinds of suggestions are the ego’s use of White Magic.
Both Black and White Magic employ spells and incantations in the form of repetitive words—like prayers, intents or affirmations—that the receptive subconscious, the true mother of creation, brings to life. Words are the seeds that fertilize new life in the womb of the subconscious mind.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was made flesh,” opens John’s Gospel, describing the origin of creation. Words can produce works of evil, as well as works of high spiritual value. The subconscious does not differentiate between the two; the subconscious is a dutiful servant that does what it is told.
Words issue from the mental body, the ego part of the personality, with its thinking, reasoning and decision making capabilities. The ego has the supreme ability to exercise free will, to be its own creator of reality. Through its influence upon the subconscious, the ego has free access to the elemental forces of good and evil, the divine building blocks of our human self and our world.
The mission for ego in its life in human form is to bring harmonious balance to its innate state of polarity. Each of us are born with our own myth, a riddle to be discovered and resolved in the high art of a human life. For this, the ego must venture into the underworld of its shadow self, as well as enter into the outer world of relationship. The choices it makes are necessary engagements of both Black and White Magic. Wholeness precludes one-sidedness; wholeness is integration.
The subconscious mind is reflected in the body’s gut. The gut, at a physical level, is all about the balance of bacteria needed for proper digestion. The gut follows Nature’s Law: karma. Karma is the law of cause and effect. The gut will take the necessary actions to bring to balance the effects we have caused by the actions we have chosen.
These gut healing efforts might include great pain in the intestinal tract, or actual disease to an organ, as the gut spurs the ego to right action in its choices and suggestions to the subconscious mind.
Thus, the subconscious mind, though it does not argue with the ego about its dominant commands, and in fact carries out those commands, is fundamentally bound to Nature’s Law of karmic balance. While materializing the ego’s wishes, the subconscious is simultaneously bound to materialize its karmic consequences.
Nature makes use of the destructive elementals to enact change. Evil can be defined as the destructive action necessary to evoke change through the breakdown of rigidities. Love can be defined as the receptive energy of change, driven by the heart opening to greater inclusiveness. Love and evil are a most necessary polarity in wholeness. The challenge is to harmonize their influences in the service of refined growth.
Black Magic is part of the ego’s necessary repertoire. Sometimes the ego must oppose nature’s law of balance. Of course, those decisions will evoke a karmic consequence that may seriously sideline the ego. Watch out what you ask for!
Nonetheless, as creators, we are scientists destined to experiment. We are truly on a mission from God to know and refine who we are—in our wholeness, both good and evil.
Evil is a necessary tool for both the ego and the subconscious. Evil is the mental body’s free-will teacher and refiner. The mind will reflect upon the consequences of its decisions, which may modify subsequent actions.
Evil is also Nature’s karmic tool of balance, the primary controlling suggestion to the subconscious mind. The challenge is to bring free will and karma into good balance.
Perhaps the best guidance was offered by don Juan Matus, Carlos Castaneda’s teacher: Have a romance with knowledge, the knowledge of good and evil. Explore everything, but don’t get overly attached to anything.
Or, as Julia Child recommended, have but a small taste of everything.
In conclusion, choose the best balance for where you are now!
Find balance within the self, in the certainty of knowing that you are on a mission of spiritual importance to your Soul, seeking to advance through another lifetime in Earth School. It may sound mysterious but it is no more mysterious than wondering why you are who you are and what you are supposed to do with your life. Why not be a spiritual being making your way through Earth School so you can advance to a higher spiritual level? What could be more interesting than that?
Pace yourself in all you do. Slow down. Smell the roses. Take time to breathe. Notice how slowly nature makes her changes, how a flower seed slowly germinates, begins to sprout roots and stem, and how determined its slow pace to blossoming is. Notice how settled and slowly a tree grows, contented to just be. When you rush you miss out on the subtleties that are inherent in nature, the moments of delight and the chance to feel alive in each moment. Try it and savor what you’ve been missing.
With persistent intent your new path will begin to reveal itself more fully. Continuous focus upon the path of choice, making decisions in alignment with it, and effort in the direction of change slowly lead to new life. Just because you took one step does not make it easier to take the second, but persistence will produce good rewards. Stick with it and allow that spark of light within you to grow a little brighter with each new step you take.