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Black Magic and White Magic November 27, 2010

Posted by ekarlpierson in 31) Black Magic and White Magic.
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PARTICIPANT: I heard you comment about black magic and white magic on another occasion. I was wondering if you could repeat that for us.

WW: Okay, I think we have just enough room left in this talk to address one last subject before we call it quits for the day. I doubt if I can repeat it, but I can comment on the subject. I have poor recall on such things and probably couldn’t repeat something that I said only five minutes ago. It’s said that “A person’s greatest weakness can become their greatest strength.” For me that means that I have to re-investigate subjects I’ve looked at many times because I can’t recall what I previously found. The bright side of that coin is that old subjects appear to be new, and in digging through things again, I see angles that I never saw before.

Black magic and white magic …I think that if we were to be honest about it, we’d have to admit that we have all, unknowingly, been practitioners of black magic. One way I could define the practice of black magic is the attempt to change what is into what ought to be. We’ve gone over that a couple times, and I have asserted that it’s been a lifelong attempt at something that’s impossible. You can sign up for seminars or read books whereby someone is preaching about some method to change what is into what ought to be, but I personally have never seen anyone who has been able to do it.
Another black magic idea might be the science of controlling others.

One of the most popular means of doing this is to make promises of rewards or punishment to those we’re trying to control. We learned this when we were little kids. Mom or Dad would offer threats of future punishment or promises of future rewards as a means to get us to behave properly. Some of us have learned that lesson very well and therefore go through life using that as a means to control others.

The average person pales in comparison to the great controllers. The great controllers use our own conditioning against us. The great controllers are usually political leaders or other public figures, like those who teach seminars about achievement and success. They can make huge amounts of money by playing on our desire for success in the area of ideals and non-disturbance. They play us like fiddles because we want to find some means to be successful and measure it or demonstrate it. Listen for the key words: success, achievement, goals, happiness, rewards, methods. These are the concepts that we’ve gone over redundantly. We’ve been working on these ideas for our entire lives, and when someone comes along who promises a method that will work, promises that we may end up with more friends or more money, we then sell our souls to the devil in an attempt to find it.

I believe the analogy is, that we sell our birthright for a bowl of porridge. I’m not saying that the self-improvement seminars don’t get results. I question the value of the bowl of porridge, and I question the value of putting another straw on the camel’s back.
The great political leaders have another angle on control, on black magic. They play to the trolls of the picture we drew. They don’t complain to us, they complain for us. Adolf Hitler didn’t complain to the German people, he complained for them. He complained for them about their economic plight. He acted very belligerently, not to the Germans, but for them. He didn’t find fault in them, he found fault for them. The parties at fault were the Jews, the Gypsies, the Poles, the French, and the British, among others. Huge demonstrations pointed to his achievement and success and authority, which is appealing to the trolls of the masses. Hitler’s skills at control omitted the troll that wants to please others but it naturally fell into place as he won the hearts and minds of the masses and they wanted to please him.

I find it interesting to look at political candidates and leaders. They may not have the skill or the cruel intentions of Hitler, but if you pay attention, you’ll see the same elements at play; that is, the methods by which to influence people. More correctly, the politicians are not speaking to people as much as they’re speaking to our trolls. In the case of Hitler and the Germans, he played to their basic decisions and personal ideologies so well that public adoration of Hitler brought out emotional responses that far overshadowed critical observation.

PARTICIPANT: You make it sound as if all politicians are bad people. I think that most politicians have good intentions of public service.

WW: I’m not stating that all politicians have the intentions of Hitler; nothing of the kind. I’m trying to point out that Hitler was a master of control and that the threads of commonality run through the political spectrum. If you want to get the approval of the public, you need to play to their trolls. It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about politicians, great salesmen, advertising writers, or preachers that are trying to build a congregation, it often works best if they know how to play the trolls. The world is full of black magicians. Black, meaning that they operate without the illumination of the awareness function. They’re on the “dark side,” like the term they used in Star Wars.

No questions?

PARTICIPANT: I want to hear about the white magicians.

WW: Okay, let me start by pointing out that we can easily identify the practitioners of the dark side. You won’t so easily identify the practitioners of white magic. A person experiencing white magic might be more like Yoda, not exactly a dynamic public figure. No one can know of the white magic experience except for the person experiencing it. It’s not likely to bring fame or money because it goes completely unrecognized by others. On the contrary, the white magician will probably be perceived of as cold and heartless or possibly some sort of slow-minded dolt because he or she is not living the soap opera life of a reactionary.

Here’s a simple example of black and white magic. Two men have cars that get flat tires on opposite sides of the same road. One of the men is trying to practice the lowest form of black magic, trying to change what is, which he sees as bad, into something that he would see as good. He sees what is in terms of positive or negative values. He wants to become as a god, knowing good and evil. He becomes cranky and severely stressed because the task of changing what is into what ought to be seems so difficult. He never stopped to realize that it’s impossible. He hates resistance. His view of the event is fragmented. He complains grievously, although the complaints fail to turn him into a time lord—fail to turn the clock back to make what is disappear or change. He experiences some degree of resentment because his black magic doesn’t seem to produce.

He also tries black magic in the form of controlling others at home, work, or elsewhere. He sometimes gets results that keep him coming back for more. Whether his attempts at black magic do or don’t produce control of others, the grief he suffers in the practice of black magic is many times worse than the “problems” he’s trying to rectify.

The man on the other side of the road sees the flat tire as an inconvenience that presents dirty work, but also realizes that it’s a gift of resistance in disguise. He realizes that the flat tire is an expression of resistance that makes life worth living—that from an integrative perspective makes life possible. He watches his trolls from a detached frame of reference. This way of seeing is also applied to his relationships with others. He has been able to do something akin to magic. What is has been changed by perception, observation, and experimentation, not into what ought to be, but into something of value. He sees what is differently. Both the fact and the value are on the same plane, an integrated plane, not a conflicting perception of what is on one plane, and a better image on another plane. He, therefore, sees the value of what is as somewhere between zero and infinity, not as positive and negative. As he meets rude, crude, or otherwise unpleasant people on his travels or as he works on the flat tire—dirty, sweaty, and unpleasant as it may be—he is experiencing grace, an unmerited gift from life. Now, that’s real magic.

PARTICIPANT: So, do you practice white magic?

WW: I practice hedonism.