He talks about how many people (himself included) started doing magic because of what it could do for us. In my case, I was an unpopular teenager from a poor family with a deep love of Dungeons & Dragons. I wanted to be a wizard! However, what I discovered (and the point of Adam’s post) is that Magic is never so simple. Even results-based magic affirms your ability to reshape the universe to your whim, and there’s no way to come away from that unfazed.
Once you realize that the world bends to your will when you say funny words at your altar, your life can never be the same. There is no more blaming circumstance or other people for what happens to you. By taking up the mantle of Magician you become the pilot of your own boat. The waves still crash around you, but unlike the average person you refuse to bow to the current of fate and continue onto your destination.
More importantly though is that as you practice magic your worldview shifts. Seeing how fluid reality is helps us to see the truth behind the puppet show of reality. For me it meant understanding that all things are One Thing. God is us, and we are God. I would never have been able to realize this Truth without my practice. Actually seeing with my own eyes the effect my actions could have opened them to the possibility that our universe is more than crude matter.
As Adam finishes his post by saying:
If you come to the occult for shallow reasons or to solve problems, that’s ok. If you come to the occult because you’ve always believed it might work, that’s ok too. If you are drawn to the occult because you yearn for spiritual growth, you will find it. What matters is doing magick, and in seeing the results you get (and those you don’t get) you find out more and more about who you are, what you want and how to get it.
The Magical life comes from doing magic. It doesn’t matter why. Maybe you just need a new car, maybe you just want to be a wizard. Whatever the reason is just do it! One day you will look back on your Magical Life and recognize that as your magic changes the world, it also changes you. As above, so below.
Living the Magical Life,