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In both spiritual counseling and magical circles one often hears that “its the journey and not the destination that matters.”
Truth: I totally don’t find the above helpful when it comes to BIG LIFE STUFF.
Why do you do what you do?
The ancient Greeks’ had a word, telos. One translation: “for the sake of which”, as in, I do this work for the sake of…you are the one who fills in the blank here. Maybe you do it for the money, maybe you do it for love, for family, for bread on the table and flowers in the garden. You get to choose your destination, your for-the-sake-of-which, but you have to choose and articulate where it is the you are fundamentally headed to.
The point being that while the journey may be the means through which we learn, the destination is the reason why we took off in the first place. Its important to know where you are going.
I think that because our destinations can and often do change, we have encouraged a culture where we often try to forget about them all together, we focus on process in part because process has been ignored during times in our collective history and in part because process is where most of us stay for a long time, the journey is where the work is done and because of this it is a bright & vital part of our experience. But this forgetting of our end, our final destination, is a deadly forgetting because knowing why you do what you do:
- crystalizes your intention
- illuminates dark corners of your work & motivation you might otherwise ignore
- breathes space & clarity into your work
- keeps you focused on your telos, your for-the-sake-of-which, your endgame
- allows you to cull & cut out all of the stuff you do that is not in line with your telos
- Creates manifested results-on time, swiftly, & profoundly
Ritualists, conjure workers, and mages from all walks know that magic begins with clear intention, a wise petition, a heart felt prayer…and each of those things contain the seed of the destination, that which through one’s art & magic might manifest.
So…today my petition for you is to make a little magic in your own life, define your telos, & tell us about your end game-why do you do what you do?