What is reality to you? Is it a bearded man sitting on a golden throne in heaven? A group of drunk and disorderly gods and goddesses sitting on top of a mountain? Is it the media and science’s portrayal of reality where we sit in cubicles until we’re too old to see the computer screen clearly and then we’re put into nursing homes until we die?
My reality is none of the above and though I’m sure my regular readers know, I hold to no reality for very long. It is constantly shifting to fit my current understanding of the world.
“Knowledge is changeable. Truth is eternal. It is disastrous to confuse them.” –Madeleine L’Engle
This quote is of the utmost importance to all that practice magick because although our society teaches rigidity in belief, magick teaches us fluidity. It is impossible to fly when you cannot bend your own reality to accept that it is possible. For anyone who has ever practiced magick knows that the reality that we are taught is flawed and therefore cannot be the truth. It is the magician’s quest to constantly search for that truth, to follow meandering roads to their ends and to always search for the one that leads to that golden door of enlightenment.
This post is not a simple post. It isn’t about a simple topic such as athames or tarot cards or even the meaning of life. This is about what lies beneath all of it. The core answer of every question. Truth.
“I’m going to paraphrase Thoreau here… rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth.” Chris McCandless, Into the Wild
To the magician, everything is based on their current idea of truth. If they believe that the truth allows them to fly, they will search for a way to do this. They will always test, always make sure that something will work before they need this. They gather tools and build their repertoires in this way, but in reality they are actually exploring the unknown and changing their reality to always get closer to the truth.
The end result is a culture of expanding minds, of modern day philosophers. These expanding minds are the future of our society. It is only so long before the rest of the world begins to see where these philosophers are headed. Every day more and more government officials have ties to this culture from the small town officials to a Presidential hopeful, Gary Johnson. The society that was dominated by science is slowly being influenced by the surrounding proof of flaws in our ideas of reality as well as the ever-encroaching mainstreaming of Pagan culture. These modern day philosophers are not always authors or college graduates. They are simply people who’s minds have been opened to the idea of other realities through trial and error. We are the advisors, the councilors, the confidants of our society and we need to start acting like it.
The expansion of reality does not mean that we should live outside of the bounds of normal society. We must still provide food for our families, must still keep clothes on our backs and should never become a burden for the ones we love. We must somehow balance the knowledge that we have gained and the world that we have chosen with the world that we have been placed into. Remember, we were placed in this time and society for a reason and it is our duty to fulfill our role.