There are lots of magical paradigms. “To Know, To Will; To Dare; To Keep Silent” is one of them. It’s never been particularly effective for me. For one thing, the keywords aren’t easily defined. For another, it originates with Ceremonial magick, something that I’m not comfortable working with. So I changed it to suit my tastes. It’s OK – you can do that in magic.
Why “To Act”?
When you take action, you’ve committed yourself to doing whatever it takes to achieve your aim, goal, desire, etc. I cannot stress enough that without action, your goal is nothing more than a wish. You cannot “think” or “will” or “desire” your way to getting a good job, or finding a mate, or becoming rich. I don’t care what Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret tells you. The so-called Law of Attraction, by itself, will not translate your hopes and wishes into reality. The universe is not your bitch. You need to act, and to keep acting, if you want results.
If you think of action in terms of an elemental principle, it’s commonly associated with fire; however the downside of fiery action is that it’s short-lived. The action of water, however, is more enduring. Water will penetrate stone given enough time, but who’s got that kind of time to wait? So we strive to strike a balance between fast-acting fire and sustaining water, sort of like the different astrological signs of Aries (a fire sign) and Scorpio (a water sign), both traditionally ruled by the planet Mars. Aries is an initiator whereas Scorpio is in it for the long haul. Moving an idea, goal, or ambition from the desire phase to the manifestation phase requires both types of action.
So where does Silence come in?
The proper use of silence can help you reduce the number of obstacles that you face along the way, as well as help you stay focused on the desired end result. Experience will teach you, if it hasn’t already, that many people are envious; that they don’t want others to succeed where they have failed, or to acquire greater success, or a better job, or more money, then they have acquired. This attitude is pervasive, particularly between many co-workers, friends, and even family members. If you share your goals or dreams with these negative people, chances are that they’ll say things to discourage you, or actively work against you. Bypass those un-necessary problems by staying silent until your plans have materialized. This does not mean that you cannot speak to specific issues, and ask questions of appropriate people. You have to do this if you’re to find your way to your goal.
While reducing obstacles is one reason for silent action, another is to help focus your energy on the actual manifestation of your plan. Some people receive almost as much pleasure in talking about what they’re going to get, do, and achieve as they might by actually getting, doing, or achieving it. The problem seems to be that your brain has trouble distinguishing fact from fiction, particularly when speaking about your future plans. You talk about how great your idea for a screenplay is; you get juiced about your log line; your endorphins spike, and your brain says “Hey, we’re celebrating. It must mean mission accomplished.” Result? That screenplay never gets written, but it sure does get talked about. Why? Because there’s a payoff in talking about it that feels much better then doing the tedious work required in getting it written, and re-written, and critiqued, and rejected, and having to endure all those body shots to the ego that’s part and parcel of the creative process. Instead, just stay silent. It maintains the creative tension, which helps propel you forward until results actually manifest.
Where’s the Magic?
You may say that what I’m describing has nothing to do with magic. Anybody can act, and anybody can quit running their mouth. Where does the magic part come in?
Good question. Magic is applied to help smooth the way; to aid you in overcoming the obstacles that you will surely face before reaching your goal. And, like the labors of Hercules, as you get closer to accomplishing your purpose, the obstacles get progressively more and more challenging. Some will seem impossible. Think of magic as a workman’s toolbox. Sometimes having the right tool makes all the difference. But that’s an essay for another day.
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