Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Axioms: II. Law of Attention


“The Magician’s Companion: A Practical & Encyclopedic Guide to Magical & Religious Symbolism”
Bill Whitcomb, 1997
Llyewellyn Publications

II. Law of Attention

The more evidence one looks for to support a given law, conclusion, or world view
the more one will find.

Worldviews have inertia. Since we create our world each moment (as discussed above in the Law of World Views), we are constantly maintaining our world view. This is done by means of a recursive internal dialogue of wards and symbols with which we constantly edit our perceptions. By rearranging our attention, we rearrange our world view. To quote Lewis Carroll, “What I tell you three times is true.”

          This is one of the Axioms I find most interesting. This supports the first law of World Views. Our reality is our point of view. The more we re-enforce that reality the more real it will become to use. This is very powerful in magical traditions. Here is a good example: You cast a money spell to draw money to you. Within a week you find a 5 dollar bill laying on the ground in a parking lot. Your first thought is that the money spell is working. You are now giving the 'World View' the spell worked more 'Attention' therefor it is becoming more real. The following day you find say a 20 on the ground. Again you are re-enforcing the 'World View' that the spell is working by giving it more 'Attention'. Now every time you need extra cash you will cast that same spell with the knowledge that it works, which in turn re-enforces it even more.
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