I’ve seen a lot of people in the magical community talk about belief as if it’s something we as magicians shouldn’t have, because belief is something that is based on the understanding or acceptance of something without proof.
I don’t believe that belief is something we should not have. We definitely should have belief.
There are different stages we go through with our magical practice, with our path, our journey.
Right at the beginning, belief is going to be a necessity because we don’t have the proof yet, but even later when we do have proof, there are still things that we need to believe in.
I previously spoke about God, what is God, God versus Satan, and in that podcast I say that God is Everything and No-Thing.
When we speak about the No-Thing, it’s something that we can’t quantify. Something we cannot define or explain. We can’t even experience it, so there is a belief that must happen there.
Let’s just have a quick look at what belief is from the dictionaries:
- An opinion or judgement in which a person is fully persuaded
- An acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof
When we talk about the nothing or the No-Thing it is something we can’t experience, something we can’t quantify, define, explain, anything like that.
We must sort of get to that point where we do believe in something. It’s not necessary and of course, everybody’s going to be different. They are going to be going down their own path. They are going to be experiencing different things and they are going to be pursuing different things.
Somebody who is doing magick, who doesn’t have any kind of belief or worship of deity, or God or anything of that nature and is just purely using magick as a science, there is still belief that must be present, because we can’t do magick without the belief.
For instance, if you do a candle working or a sigil magick working or something like that and you sit back and say I don’t believe this is going to work, then it’s not going to work because there is no belief that it will. There’s no belief in yourself, there is no belief in the magick, there’s no belief in the spell work or in the working itself.
If you don’t have that belief, then the opposite of what you think is going to happen, or what you expect is going to happen, will happen.
We also see this a lot with cursing work, hexing, jinxing and things like that, 95% of curses are psychosomatic.
The person who has the curse put on them, believes that the person who put it on them is strong enough to do so, therefore they believe in their magick, they believe they have been cursed. Even if that person hasn’t done anything, they are still going to believe it and the curse is going to come true, it’s going to manifest, because they are going to manifest it themselves, and that is because they have a belief that the curse was done, the curse is working, the curse is attacking them and it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.
If you do a magick working and you don’t believe it’s going to work, it’s not going to, so you have to have belief in yourself, you have to have belief in your magick.
That’s difficult sometimes, especially when you are a beginner, because you haven’t got the proof yet. Later, as you carry on you do the magick working and you see the proof firsthand and that makes it a lot easier to believe.
It’s kind of like coming out of a negative state and trying to get yourself into a positive state. Until you see the positive things happen, you’re going to stay in this negative state. While you are in that negative state it’s just going to be negativity because all you’re doing is thinking negatively.
If you are in a negative state where you are financially crippled, to try and come out of that is extremely difficult because you don’t have the belief that it’s going to happen. You don’t think that anything positive can come through for you and therefore you continue to think negatively.
All that negative thought is magick work itself. That negative thought is projection of thought, it’s a projection of energy and what is going to happen is that you are going to project that negative energy out and what you’re going to get back is negative energy.
To try and break that and push out positive energy in order to get positive results is extremely difficult, especially when you are in that cycle.
Same thing with belief, belief comes into play there also. If you don’t believe that you are going to get out of this cycle, you’re not going to get out of it.
You have to try and believe that you will, you have to believe that it’s possible. If you don’t believe in what you are doing, you are not going to be able to manifest it because, while you are busy doing visualisation or whatever method you’re doing, you are usually instructed to see that thing as if you already have it. If you don’t have it, if you are in that negative state, you just keep revolving and cycling around this negative circle.
Then visualising yourself as having a particular thing to the point where you feel it, you feel the emotions, you feel the desire, you feel the actual act of having it, of possessing it, is going to be very difficult to manifest, because what is going to start creeping in are the negative thoughts and those are your beliefs.
All of this revolves around belief. If you don’t believe something is going to work, it won’t. If you do believe there is a possibility that it will come true, then it will. But in the back of your head, there are still those conscious thoughts.
Sigil magick is a perfect example here.
When you do sigil magick you do the working, you sort of vacate yourself of any conscious thought that could actually counteract what you’re doing. While you are doing the working, you believe in the working. You do the sigil working, you go into that trance state and then transfer the glyph or the image to your unconscious mind.
Once that is done, you may start thinking it’s not going to work, didn’t do it right, or you say things like, maybe I should change the will sentence, maybe my glyph wasn’t good enough. All of these things will start punching at your magick work, will start entering the unconscious mind then it will start pulling the sigil back into the conscious mind and start attacking it.
You need to suspend all of that, so you need to believe that what you’ve done is right, you need to believe what you’ve done is going to work, no questions asked, and it will work.
That belief becomes extremely important.
Now, this is different to faith. Faith’s definition is:
- Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing
- Belief that is not based on proof
Faith is different to belief. Although they do sort of go hand in hand.
You believe in something you have no proof of, but at the same time you have faith that that thing is going to happen.
Faith requires action, so let’s come back to doing magick working.
You do your working. You don’t have proof that it’s going to work, so you believe it’s going to work, but by doing the action itself, by doing the working, by doing the candle magick or sigil magick working, whatever type of magick you’re doing, you have faith that by doing that action, it is going to bring you the results that you want.
The whole thing is to believe.
Believe in yourself and I’m going to come back to cursing because it’s one of the easiest examples.
If somebody comes to you and says, “I have cursed you”, you should believe in your own magick, in yourself, in your protection. It goes a very long way to counteract that curse, because if your belief is stronger that the other person’s, you’re going to win.
It’s all a case of believing in yourself and as I say, as you go through the journey, you get more proof. You do magick workings that you can see the results of, so you get the proof that your magick works.
You work with spirits and you get proof they exist.
As you carry on through your journey you do get the results and you do see the proof and therefore belief in these things becomes a lot easier.
Even years and years down the line you’re going to have moments where you’re going to doubt and that’s normal. We are human after all.
Every now and then we do a working and it doesn’t work and then you start doubting yourself but then you bring yourself back to the fact that you have had proof in the past, therefore something just went wrong.
Maybe you’re having a bad day.
Maybe it was the wrong time to do that working.
Maybe it is not the right time for it to manifest.
There are a lot of elements that come into play as to why something didn’t work, even if you have the belief.
All you have to do then is go back to the drawing board and just re-evaluate, redesign and redo.
When you redo, have belief.
Sometimes it can simply be using a different type of magick.
Maybe you used a technique that wasn’t quite right at that time, wasn’t quite right for that thing you were trying to manifest.
Using a different method, using a different technique might bring results because in the past that particular technique had better results than the first one you used, therefore your belief is stronger in that technique itself.
It’s belief, it’s all about the belief, so believe in yourself, believe in your magick, believe in the spirits you work with if you work with them and don’t forget that and everything should be fine.