Apologies, and the idea of True Self

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Photo on 6-21-15 at 10.10 PMYour Author, Michael Robin Cooke

I’ve not posted any new content to this site in a long while.

I told myself it’s so I can work on my comics and on my new website, so i can work on a book on ‘reality hacking’, so I can redo this website so maybe facebook will let me post to it (it thinks this blog is toxic because once this site and blog was hacked – and it took a while to restore everything).

I’ve not gotten any of that done, but I have made some meager progress on the comic.

My magic has mostly been targeting my capacity to make more money, and the part time job I have has been giving me a raise, and full time hours almost all spring and hasn’t stopped yet. So that’s a success.

I’ve taken on helping a young gay black man in Africa. It’s not been easy, but the opportunity to leverage my modest income to make a big difference in the life of someone else appeals to my selfish selflessness.

Seems a key to making more money is taking on more responsibility. Is an important lesson there. Power and responsibility are the same after all.

But I still don’t have the wacom cintque I wanted. I do have a new Ipad air, won it at a raffle at work, and magic was involved, and a lot of hours which I wanted and needed. I may get health insurance this autumn as a function of working so many hours. So magic is in place to keep the hours available.

The new idea of reality hacking, and yeah, I feel I should get the book started at least. It’s presenting life as a game, and ‘magic’ as a cheat. I have my one sentence explanation of magic: Because Placebo, it’s NOT just for medicine anymore!

The presentation of life as a game allows for the explanation of an idea from Buddhism and Thelema that can be hard to understand, to be expressed very clearly: Life is a game, You are the player, your Ego is the character, you pick the game – play well!

The idea that ‘you are the player, and your ego is the character’ is the tough idea to digest. Because commonly we imagine we ARE the character. I am the child the was abused, that was bullied, that went to an elite science/math public high school… who is this ‘other’ self that isn’t the product of those experiences?

A clue lay in meditation, where in attempting to control your thoughts – you find yourself observing thought itself. The ego, your identity with your life history, cannot observe thought, it IS thoughts. The self that is observing yourself thinking – THAT’S the player!

In the  language of Thelema, that’s your ‘TRUE SELF’. In Buddhism it may be, “your Buddha nature”.

But if you’ve played a role playing game, the idea that you are the player and the ego is your character, that’s simple to comprehend.

It’s a distinction I can leverage for a magical paradigm. Because if you are NOT your ego, you can as a player do some work to improve the character you play. You can take on challenges as if they were a game, and try again when you fail, because that’s how every game is played. And it puts an empowering spin on invocation – you ARE altering the character you play!

That’s all for now. I promise to update more frequently.


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