It was once the case that a person’s personality is more less defined by the people they spend time with and the things they read. Now, it can be said someone’s personality is defined by the people you spend time with, the shows you watch, and the things you read. How do you know what is a positive influence and what is negative? What if you see an aspect in one of your friends and family that you do not wish to embody?
In the quest to becoming a better you and improved redefined self one must take all measures into account. Including how others perceive you and how you perceive others. Can it be aligned as good, bad or neutral? Should you change or is everything ok.
In reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first. We see one nation suddenly seized, from its highest to its lowest members, with a fierce desire of military glory; another as suddenly becoming crazed upon a religious scruple; and neither of them recovering its senses until it has shed rivers of blood and sowed a harvest of groans and tears, to be reaped by its posterity. At an early age in the annals of Europe its population lost their wits about the sepulchre of Jesus, and crowded in frenzied multitudes to the Holy Land; another age went mad for fear of the devil, and offered up hundreds of thousands of victims to the delusion of witchcraft. At another time, the many became crazed on the subject of the philosopher’s stone, and committed follies till then unheard of in the pursuit.
Recently, I decided I needed to do some more exercise, so I thought it would be a good idea to create a little mnemonic device. The device of course was a “simple sigil”:http://www.excommunicate.net/basics-in-sigil-creation-or-the-only-magic-guaranteed-to-work The purpose of the sigil was an easy one, physically fit. Every time before I’d do any exercise I’d look at it. Let the subconscious program take effect and exercise.
There is always and unexpected turn when dealing with any magick. One I had forgotten for quite some time since I have been on the straight and narrow. The challenging thing about magick is you must be very very specific otherwise bizarre unexpected occurrences will happen.
by Henry David Thoreau
I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil–to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society. I wish to make an extreme statement, if so I may make an emphatic one, for there are enough champions of civilization: the minister and the school committee and every one of you will take care of that.
I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks–who had a genius, so to speak, for SAUNTERING, which word is beautifully derived “from idle people who roved about the country, in the Middle Ages, and asked charity, under pretense of going a la Sainte Terre,” to the Holy Land, till the children exclaimed, “There goes a Sainte-Terrer,” a Saunterer, a Holy-Lander. They who never go to the Holy Land in their walks, as they pretend, are indeed mere idlers and vagabonds; but they who do go there are saunterers in the good sense, such as I mean. Some, however, would derive the word from sans terre without land or a home, which, therefore, in the good sense, will mean, having no particular home, but equally at home everywhere. For this is the secret of successful sauntering.