In any exercise of power there is the potential for distraction. This is why they say power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. To date, humanity doesn’t deal well with having very many choices. They forget where their truth and their strength come from. They fall off the side of the cliff face because they were too busy staring at the depth to notice they were losing their balance.
The reason power corrupts is not because having power is evil. It’s because human thought and awareness as it stands now is immature, half-truths at best. The reason why? They keep excluding the other half in the name of making it important. The other half is self-knowledge.
You aren’t going to get around your fears, but in knowing your fears you gain power over them. You aren’t going to be able to ignore your desires, but in knowing your desires you can balance them and plan a way for them all to come into a healthy and balanced manifestation. How can you walk if you insist on doing it only in your imagination? Can you talk without thinking of words to say?
We can shape the world and we are even now, not science, not religion, not politics. These have no power other than our power. But in disowning our power, by considering these things to be powers by themselves, we have lost everything that we might seek to gain. By making gods of things, we have made things of ourselves, and by making things of ourselves, meaning is lost, purpose is lost, wisdom is lost. We have to put the world back in us to live properly in the world.
So yes, to bring it back to its roots, what they are warning you about when they speak of the evils of dark magick, is not magick itself, but being so involved in self-aggrandizement that you stop being self. Being so passionate about self-gratification that you stop being present to gratitude. That in trying to own the world you lose the reason you might even want it.
That is what it is to sell your soul. To spend all of the energy and life of the self in pursuit of things that give you ultimately nothing in return. The liar promises you the world and actually delivers. We call it television these days, but in all the parade of sound and passion, what do you actually get?
Hours lost. Hours, credit, public respect, all lost. Moments, personal experience, self-expression, all sold out.
Want to be rich? To be truly rich, enrich being. Be fully present, make your own choices, do what you will, be who you are. You can have no more impact than you give yourself permission to have. You can find no more meaning than you express yourself or hear expressed in others. What wealth is there beyond a life lived fully?
Success is the best revenge. Yes, and I am a vengeful image of god. I will have my way, and that involves having the ways of everyone I know and care about. I like to live fully so I live in my life and your life and lives to come later. What more can I claim for myself? I will have the words everyone says to me, the smiles and tears I witness from anyone, every moment I every witness. I declare it all mine. What else could I want?
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.