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This is it! Next weekend we’ll be at Changing Times-Changing Worlds. Not only is the theme this year change, the whole conference is about change, because if we can normalize the idea of the paranormal, if we can make people understand that the supernatural is Natural, if we can show the interaction between the metaphysical and the physical, and that while magic is faking effects, magick is just another way of achieving real effects, we will be able to go on with everything working better and more easily when we don’t waste energy trying to explain how things work.
If you haven’t told your friends about the conference do- registration is still open and only $77 until November 1st. How many times have you confided to someone “I’ve never told anyone this before….” only to have them tell you about the thing they never mentioned- that their house is haunted, that they do energy healing, that they sometimes have telepathic or precognitive experiences? If you don’t let them know it’s OK to talk about, who will?
OK, I’ll admit it, I chose this change image because it’s seasonal. But change is often scary, and the thing that’s hardest to change is our minds.I’ve spent decades trying to figure out why in modern media anything with magick or ghosts is categorized as horror. My working theory is that when you are comfortable with your world, and someone challenges you to accept something that doesn’t fit into the way you think the world works, that throws everything you know into question. You feel that “well, if THAT’s real, maybe other things I don’t believe in are real too!” It can make someone feel as if the foundation of the world is not firm. It makes your assumptions false, your world unstable, and insecure.
This is why it’s so great to find a place (like CTCW) where you can talk to others who have seen the same realities and you can talk to them without fear of disbelief or ridicule. No one is going to think you’re crazy. No one is going to think you’re stupid just because you believe in things pooh poohed by the mainstream. In our experience, most people have had these experiences, seen things, heard things, smelled things, felt things,… but didn’t talk about them for fear of being rejected by friends and family. It is so liberating and relaxing to be able to share one’s experiences with others who are ready to listen and believe.
Sometimes we create tools to be able to understand the changes going on around us. But we should be careful not to think of the information they give us in ways that don’t serve us. Some things benefit from acid, some from base Ph, some things don’t care, and some have a very narrow range of what allows them to thrive. This information can be critical when gardening, but not particularly in other situations.
Similarly we measure many things: the temperature, the Dow, how old we are, how many calories we eat…, all of these things have meaning, but far too often we ascribe more meaning to them than the actual measurement warrants. Change is fairly constant, and information is useful, but if we only count the length of days in the fall, we might thing our data meant eternal night was coming. We need to recognize that change is often simply part of natural fluctuation, and sometimes it’s the result of something we are doing. In that case, we can try to change what we are doing to either adapt to the change or try to make it more as we’d want it. Sometimes knowing the direction we are going sooner gives us a greater ability to make changes, that’s why many of us use divination. Collecting information, and learning how the world works is useful, whether we get it by reading a map, an X ray, satellite weather, or a dowsing rod. We can work with change when we understand what’s going on.