I was asked if I have a morning ritual or if I set an intention for the day. I don’t set my intention for the day. I don’t even know what that means.
I wake up before dawn. It’s not a ritual, it just happens. The wall next to my bed is entirely glass, so I look at the stars, disappear into them. I love the mornings. Then I get up, feed Max, make tea, feed the birds, get on my computer, check all my various websites, emails, etc., text my daughter her horoscope for the day, check the financial markets…
That’s my morning. That happens on my laptop in the living room, then by 6:00 I move it to my desk and turn on my desktop and start work. Sometimes, I just want to sit outside, so I wrap myself in a light blanket and have my tea on the deck.
Everything is magical all the time. You work with it in real time. But if you are not used to that, then you need to set up rituals and set apart times to do them, etc.
There is nothing wrong with it, it’s just that people do that haphazardly, and they don’t learn the mechanics of what they are doing or why they are doing it. They are just trying something out. Their is no overall dedication. They do something they read about because it feels good, or it has some transitory good effect, or sounds interesting, but then they get bored and stop, or move on to something else. Or become dependent on it.
I come from a lifetime working in magic. (and more than this lifetime, really) Not just spell craft or pop culture wicca, or ceremonial magic, but true eternal magic, wild magic, which is all about transformation, alchemy. For instance, some of the meditations I’ve given in my series classes are tiny little pieces of that work. If you do them, you’ll get some small benefit, and then you’ll move on to something else. If you do them properly, as part of an actual transformational path or discipline, the meditations cause permanent changes in your consciousness.
I’ll try this, I’ll try that. I’ll do this one, I’ll do that one. So what? What will you ever achieve?
Ritual work is reweaving the fabric of your being. If you’re not working at that level, with that devotion and sincerity, then you’re just going through the motions, skimming the surface. You may get some small benefit, but then, if you’re totally honest with yourself, you’ll come to the realization that the small game is the only game you’re playing…because it’s safe. The small benefit is really all you are after, and the more energy you can spend to get the small benefit, the better, because you feel like you are really serious, really making an effort.
The interesting thing is that the ratio was different for me. Maximum devotion, minimum effort = big results. I was dead serious and for me there was simply no other option. Hence, very little flailing about, very little feeling of effort. My entire being was organized around this principle of transformation. Moment by moment, everything was food and fuel and the stage for this work.