How can we understand the World of the Magician and use it for our self-development today? Let us take a step back in history first.
If you go back a few hundred years many people did not know how to read, they did not spend much of their life within the field of knowledge. Reading, reflecting, thinking, learning facts etc. was a rare activity for the few.
People could not conduct their own life as we can today. They were born with limited possibilities of education with no hope of change of social position or class. Today people in the modern world can learn and achieve almost anything. We have entered into a state of increased autonomy or ability to conduct and create our own life.
René Descartes famous words “Cogito, ergo sum” (je pense, donc je suis / I think, therefore I am), which he wrote in Discourse on the Method, is a good symbol of this change in time. People started to think for themselves, they became aware of being an individual.
People were stuck in social class as well as worldview be it one of superstition or fundamentalism. The development of a stronger self an individuality that could think its own thoughts, question ideas, belief or concepts and make its own point of view is taken as granted today. Entering into the time of enlightenment and the world of logic made a science that approached the external nature with the mind and asked questions.
A few centuries ago people still believed the devil was walking amongst us, that some people were witches and that we had good and bad forces in invisible beings amongst us that we could protect us from or appeal to through magic.
People were searching for items such as the Philosophers Stone, the Holy Grail, The Magic Mirror and others to gain material wealth, create gold or a prolonged life.
In this article series we will explore some of these tools and see how we can use them in our daily life in the post postmodern world.
We will start with the Magic Circle. Small kids can make a cabin in the living room with a blanket and two chairs, they can make a whole unique world inside a big cardboard box, or under a bush in the garden. They naturally create magic circles where the external world is closed out and they can create their own magic world inside the circle. It is not a physical world, but it is very real in their minds. It lives in the realm of experience, inner experience. Such worlds can create and do wonders for the mind, soul or psyche.
Grown ups also make magic circles. If you write a thesis, paint a picture, cook food etc. You collect the things you need to have them within range, inside the circle and you close out the external world.
You can use this consciously when you need to concentrate, start a new project, create or solve a problem. Make a circle by creating the space you need, collect the things you need and close out the external world. Do it with intentions and awareness, make that circle to focus and work more efficient. Use it to become inspired and creative.
You can even make it like a ritual if you like. Step into the circle leaving your mobile outside turned off, close the door, if you like have background music or make sure you do not get disturbed. You might like to have a rope to create the circle or place some gemstones or other items to create a circle around you.
Even if your place is small and crowded, make at least some space around your laptop, or project to give room, to make an open empty space for new energies. Make a circle by moving a few things out of the circle, so you have a little box or magic circle around the area of the table you use and around your chair. If even that is difficult, close your eyes and imagine the perfect area to be in. Create a magic circle in your mind.
These kind of rituals makes it easier to be focused, concentrated, creative and in the mode of initiating and starting your new project.
You can also use these principles to amplify your spiritual work, self-awareness project or your steps towards mastery in life.
Magic circles are not only closed spaces they are gates and doors into another world. If you want to know more about the power of The Magic circle you can read more here . We explored it with a blinded experiment and the results you find in the link above.