Snap, Crackle, and Pop

Snap, Crackle, and Pop
by Angelina Fabbro on 2006-08-28 10:05:26
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“[A mystical reality] is not the product if a primitive mentality, but rather that of an intelligence that acknowledges the pluridimensional nature of existence, the parallel universes, and all the wonders of being and becoming.”- Reginald Crosley, M.D.

Western Occult belief systems imply that reality is created by the observer, maintained by awareness, and destroyed by doubt. This is a popular belief for the modern magician and particularly amongst chaos magicians because it is egocentric enough that it keeps the magician focused on their ability to direct the outcome of events. Ironically, this trinity is analogous with the traditionally functional aspects of the Hindu deities Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva or the three pillars of the Tree of Life. More abstractly this is also analogous to the triad of Kether, Binah, and Chohkmah, in that they too allow paradoxes to exist as unified monads. Snap, crackle, and pop. It all spells delicious in the end.The magician seeks to elevate his or her consciousness above the path of Da’ath by expanding awareness through various techniques of focusing the mind. This guides the magician’s consciousness to the point where true knowledge is embraced and reality is realized without time or limit. All imagineable realities exist above Da’ath where it is possible to reconcile that muiltiple worlds can exist simultaneously in seeming contradiction. This is why operating within a paradigm involving multiple worlds seems to accomodate the tradtitionally “higher” and more pure forms of being.

Consciousness seems to exist in a state of both imagination and manifestation, a superposition of creation and being without being subject to the flickering illusion of time passing. Moments are measurable only in the sense that we can describe them in relation to other moments. Unfortunately, one could never completely disambiguate this through explanation to someone else for it is obviously a paradox reconciled at higher developments of consciousness. The “beginning” and “end” of a moment is outside the mechanics of verbal expression. If time is perceived as a process and not a static dimension of measure, then a moment can be explained as the experience of that process.

If we accept that all possible realities already co-exist, the magician’s belief in magic is strengthened for several reasons:

The magician is automatically offered the opportunity for a boost in confidence. With this model, there is little reason for doubting the success of magic because the magician knows his results already exist. Another reality exists with the desired results by virtue of all possibilities existing. The magician needs only to find the path to accessing the result. There exists a reality where the desired magical result is manifest; the magician needs only to access this reality. Because there is no time, it is inevitable that the magician will eventually access this reality. There is no “delay” between imagination and actualization. Generally, magicians agree that confidence in one’s work contributes to more more reliable and effective results.

It does not make sense for a seasoned magician to suffer through the impedances of doubt. While humans may occasionally be prone to err in this resolve, an experienced magician should strive to make these instances few. Doubt seems to be a rite of passage of initiatory states or early developmental stages of magical practice. As a magician accumulates experiences, doubt diminishes as confidence builds. Moments of doubt are usually replaced with other provocative experiences to prompt initiation.

Creation as a process can be explained as the experience of different realities. The idea of ‘creation’ could be more accurately described as that of ‘realization’. Any energy and intent previously spent on “creation” in it’s typical, former context can be reserved for expanding the magician’s awareness, development that is crucial to effective magical work. Other states of being are accessible by becoming aware of them having the intent to exist within or as them.

Much like Wittgenstein’s Ladder Principle, the intent is not the desired result itself. When a magician ends up in a reality where the desire has been fulfilled, the magician stops shifting realities in a manner that seeks to satisfy the desire.

To illustrate this Wittgenstein says in his Tractatus, “He who understands me finally recognizes [my propositions] as senseless, when he has climbed out through them, on them, over them. […] then he sees the world rightly”. Though as soon as the world is seen “rightly”, new realities are conceived which require new ladders. “Forcing my thoughts into an ordered sequence, is a torment for me.” said Wittgenstein, “Is it even worth attempting now?.

That being said, it is suggested that as the magician keep his or her model of how magic works simple and concise; something easy to be remembered and visualized on the fly so that in addition a more complex symbol system can be used to maximize symbolic potential and increase overall ritual efficiency. Visualizing multiple worlds1 is simple enough that it reconciles paradoxes within a western magical perspective and yet still accounts for a plethora of opportunity.

1 For a explanation that explores a scientific rather than metaphysical model, check out Dave Lee’s chapter Magick and Physics in Chaotopia! from Mandrake Press. Alternatively, Peter Carroll’s Liber Kaos from Samuel Weiser Inc. is comprehensive though not as digestible a selection of ideas on account of being overly complicated, too wordy, and seemingly flawed in some of it’s logic.

Angelina Fabbro is a cognitive science major, kundalini yoga teacher, and writer. Her work has appeared in Disinformation’s Generation Hex anthology and is also slated to appear in Immanion Press’ Magick on the Edge anthology as well as Konton Magazine in 2006. She resides in Vancouver, Canada where she serves two feline overlords and pines away at her first novel in between the hustle of maintaining the ever popular with partner Jonathan Blake.