The magician imposes his/her will on the universe. We want something to happen, contact spirits or other forces and direct them towards our goals. This works.
The mystic receives information and responds accordingly. Asking, “What do I need to hear,” is a gentle approach and the universe responds in kind.
As a magician, I was taught to get rid of things that I do not need. This can bring about a desire to cling to old ways, attitudes and behaviors.
As a mystic, I learned to accept my virtues and enhance them. This allows that which I do not need to fall away naturally.
As a magician, I was able to manifest my desires.
As a mystic, I am able to be where I need to be and do what I need to do.
As a magician, I sought to learn.
As a mystic, I am.
This allows me to live the words we uttered when entering a Golden Dawn hall. “I seek to learn that I may serve.”
As a magician, one has to be a bit arrogant to think that one knows enough to impose upon the universe.
As a mystic, one has to be a bit humble to receive a deeper reality without trying to change it.
As a magician, my ego is served when I successfully impose my will.
As a mystic, my ego is not served when I hear what is necessary.
As a magician, I respect power.
As a mystic, I respect the universe and everything and everyone in it.
As a magician, I use the Qabala to project power even though Kaballah means ‘to receive’.
As a mystic, I use the Qabala to receive.
Now, as I magician, I no longer prompt the universe to create my desires but to take me along the path I need to be on.
Now, as a mystic, I accept, love and enjoy that path.
Now, I am a mage-mystic. Life is good. Life is simple. Life is happy. And, I am still learning.