Monday, 8 May 2017

Magic and Wealth - Part 1

There’s a story of two businessmen having a chat.

One man says: “I’m working on my second million.”
The other man is surprised and says: “That’s amazing, you must be doing very well.”
The first man sighs and replies: “Not really. The first million did not go so well, so now I am working on my second million.”

I am sure that you are aware of the phrase that states that when people are younger they are time rich and money poor. When they get older they become time poor and money rich.

Well, speaking from experience there is a lot of truth to that. It’s also a really good lessons on what to do and what not to do when using magic to aid oneself in gaining and maintaining some measure of wealth. If you succeed in for example getting a job with an amazing salary and benefits – but you work more than 12 hours per day… The question is: have you achieved what you set out to?

In Kabbalistic literature there are lots of segulahs for wealth. The thing to remember though is that a segulah** by itself is highly unlikely to be successful – you need to put in your own effort.

There’s another story of a man who lives in a valley that suddenly floods. Fortunately he manages to climb up on the roof. A rescue boats comes to take him to safety but the man refuses and says “The Almighty will save me.” Two more boats come and he gives the same response. Even when a rescue helicopter arrives as the man is clinging to his chimney – he gives the same response. Sure enough he drowns and when he gets to heaven he demands to know why G-d did not save him. The answer he gets is: “What? Three rescue boats and a helicopter were not enough for you?”

The lesson here is to be mindful of when opportunities arise or could potentially arise if you put in effort to play to your strengths. Judge how much each opportunity will affect your balance in life as much as your are able to, and try not to second guess yourself too much. Life is too short to carry around a suitcase of regrets or a book of grudges.

And coming back to the first story – don’t give up. If at first you don’t succeed, try a different avenue of magic within your chosen tradition/path. Supplement it with more mundane strategies for improving your monetary and health well-being. If you can manage all of that – the next step is to advance even further in your strategic planning, whilst also improving at your tactical movements.

** - spiritual remedy or protection t change one’s luck, destiny, or fotune.