by Bob Makransky; Excerpted from Magical Almanac Ezine, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MagicalAlmanac. Copyright © 2007 by Bob Makransky. All rights reserved
Magic can be defined as the intentional manipulation of the force which most people term “luck”, by means of the deliberate cultivation of the faculty which most people term “intuition”. Luck is not a subjective state, but rather is a force out there in the world at large. As is the case also with vitality and physical strength, some people are just born with lots of luck (make the choice to be lucky in this incarnation), whereas others are born with very little luck. However, there are things we can do to increase our luck, since ultimately luck – albeit an outside force – is controlled by our attitude.
Luck has nothing to do with morality, or how nice we are. If a selfish, nasty, manipulative S.O.B. believes that he is lucky, he’ll be lucky. It’s the belief that we are lucky that makes us lucky, not how virtuous we are. If we expect luck to happen, it will tend to happen; whereas if we expect failure, that’s what we’ll get. People who tend to be lucky also tend to expect luck to happen; and the reverse. So the state of being lucky or unlucky tends to perpetuate itself.
Luck is not the same thing as getting what we think we want. How often has it happened that there was something that we desperately wanted; and we didn’t get it and were disappointed; and later on we discovered that it was a darn good thing we didn’t get it – it was lucky we didn’t get it – because if we had gotten it we would have been sorry, or else we wouldn’t have gotten this better thing instead; but at the time of our disappointment we considered ourselves unlucky.
What luck is, is the sense that the world is sustaining, protecting, and nourishing us. It’s the feeling that we are being taken care of and provided for, that the impersonal forces of the universe are watching out for us and helping us. Although luck is not the same thing as getting what we think we want, it nonetheless leads to it: getting what we want is a byproduct of the attitude that we are being helped and cared for; that we are deserving and worthy of happiness.
Luck operates as quick little flashes every now and again. Lucky people (those with a lucky attitude) are attuned to their lucky chances when they occur. They have the patience to wait before acting until the moment is ripe; and then, when a lucky chance pops up, they see it and grab it. Conversely, when a lucky chance pops up before unlucky people, they reject it automatically. They don’t see or understand that that opportunity was their lucky chance, so either they don’t notice it at all, or else they notice it but reject it.
Thus there’s the same amount of luck going on for everybody all the time, but lucky people, by their attitude, are positioned to make use of it, whereas unlucky people aren’t. They are too hung up in their own preconceived expectations of what they think they want; they’re like spoiled children trying to order the Spirit around. Instead of receiving gratefully what the Spirit chooses to give them, they angrily reject the Spirit’s gifts because they don’t conform to their precise images of what they think they want. As an example, more than once I’ve seen the Spirit bring a person a true soul mate when they were on the rebound from a break-up, and still too filled with self-pity to see that this person they met “accidentally” was the one they were praying for all along. How many times have I seen the Spirit bring someone their true heart’s desire on a silver platter, yet the person rejected it because they still had too much self-hatred to permit themselves to feel happiness. What keeps us from seeing and grasping the Spirit’s gifts is our own self-pity, which blinds us to everything except how much we’re suffering
Luck and doubt work inversely – each one serves to vanquish the other. The absence of doubt is responsible for the phenomenon known as “beginner’s luck”. Beginners don’t have doubts about what they are doing – it looks easy, so they try it and find that it is easy. They don’t know enough to grasp all the pitfalls and complexities in what they are doing instinctively (by intuition).
Therefore, to increase luck, it is necessary to banish doubt. The hard part is, that just as it takes money to make money, it takes luck to believe that we are lucky. That’s what makes it so hard to break out of a bad luck streak. The reason why people get into bad luck streaks in the first place is because our society encourages doubt, not luck. Society wants people to believe that their best chance for luck is to play the game by society’s rules, rather than to follow their own dreams and feelings and hunches. Those who try to strike on their own are met with great resistance and doubt by their fellows: by banks, government and business institutions, their own family and friends.
Therefore, a truly lucky attitude also requires being close-mouthed about oneself and one’s affairs, so as not to become a target for other people’s jealousy, which is the same thing as their doubt, which they can hurl to arouse one’s own doubt.
What unlucky people are really striving for – which unlucky people must learn to see within themselves if they are to change their luck – is self-pity. And unlucky people get it. They are as lucky at getting what they want (excuses to pity themselves) as lucky people are at getting what they want. Self-pity is a drain on the energy needed to bring luck. We each have only a finite amount of energy, which we can spend on either luck or self-pity, but not both. It is our society which teaches us to pity ourselves – which stands to gain from our collective self-pity and “helplessness”.
Changing from an unlucky to a lucky attitude is hard to do – no bones about it. Although there is indeed a Law of Abundance, to make that one work requires the utmost will and discipline. To arbitrarily adopt an attitude of carefree abundance when we’re flat broke and being pressed by creditors; or an attitude of radiant good health when we’re dying of AIDS; isn’t easy to do. The only motivation we have is that there is no choice – it’s either change, or self-pity. It’s a true triumph of the will to be able to arrive at an attitude of being nourished and protected even though nothing is going right. True luck is being able to maintain our equanimity, our cool, our belief that we’re in good shape, even in the midst of a maelstrom.
So now we come down to the question of how we can change our luck. Astrology (propitious times to act or not act), charms, talismans, etc. can help us to focus our energy on our intent to become lucky. They work to the extent that we have faith in them and believe that they work. They are vehicles of intent, not the important thing, although they can be useful, just as a car can be useful to take us to our destination once we decide where we want to go. But the important thing is the decision, the irrevocable decision, to change our luck – not the vehicle we use to implement it.
Changing our luck basically involves two things: visualization and appreciation. Much has been written about visualization (see e.g. Shakti Gawain’s Creative Visualization), so only a few points will be mentioned here. Visualization is similar to normal daydreaming, except the latter is done with thinking, and the former is done with feeling. Daydreaming is done in the third person and the future tense, whereas visualization is done in the first person and the present tense. In visualization you imagine yourself to be actually in the middle of the scene as if it were unfolding around you here and now; and you let yourself feel all the joy you would feel if that scene were actually happening. The secret of visualization is to convince yourself that what you are wishing for is already true, and to allow yourself to feel the feelings you would feel if that were in fact the case. When we are depressed, our tendency is to dwell upon our unhappiness, and to play that tape over and over in our heads all day long. The idea of creative visualization is to create a space for happiness to exist in the midst of our suffering; to dethrone the preeminence our self-pity; and then to slowly expand that feeling until it becomes dominant.
Also, visualization should not be overly specific. For example, “winning the lottery” is a silly thing to wish for or to visualize. It’s too specific, too confining to the Spirit – as if one were trying to dictate to it. “Wealth” or better yet, “Freedom from money worries” is a better thing to visualize because it gives the Spirit more free play, more liberty to send us suggestions on how to achieve wealth. Similarly, to wish that Mary or John would fall in love with us is too specific, and verges on black magic. It’s better to just visualize love from some unnamed person, since if all we want specifically is John’s love or Mary’s love, then we’ll reject Sam’s love or Judy’s love when it is offered to us – perfectly good love, but not our specific image of what we thought we wanted. In other words, the chief difference between normal daydreaming and visualization is that the former is pegged to specific expectations, whereas the latter is pinned to a feeling of general happiness and well-being.
Luck means letting the Spirit bring us what we want in its own way, in its own time. This doesn’t mean we sit on our hands and vegetate; it just means keeping open to different possibilities as they arise, rather than clinging to some specific payoff (image of what we think it is we want).
The other thing we need to change our luck is appreciation, which means appreciating what we already have – considering ourselves to be already lucky, rather than already unlucky. This isn’t too hard to do: we live in a beautiful world, in a wealthy country, in a time of relative peace and prosperity; we have enough to eat, we are educated and have millions of opportunities at hand. If we don’t already consider ourselves to be damned lucky, then we ought to be ashamed of ourselves.
What we are aiming for in both visualization and in appreciating what we already have is a joyous, optimistic, expectant attitude. Although it takes a good attitude to have a good attitude, it doesn’t necessarily take a good attitude to want a good attitude. When our desire to have a good attitude, no matter what is happening to us, exceeds our desire for some certain thing to happen, THEN our luck will start to change.
If we just keep plugging away, at a certain point we come to realize that what we really want isn’t health or wealth or love from other people, but rather happiness, contentment in our own hearts. We come to understand that the health or wealth or love is only a symbol for what we really want, which is to be joyous unto ourselves for no particular reason at all. The health or wealth or love we visualized so intensely for so long doesn’t have anything to do with it except as sort of a mnemonic device, like the beads on a rosary. We find we can be joyous in our visualizations and in our appreciation of what we already have – we don’t even need the visualizations to come true in order to be happy. It’s at this point that our luck will start to change, and the visualizations will come true.
About the Author
Bob Makransky is a systems analyst, programmer, and professional astrologer. For the past 30 years he has lived on a farm in highland Guatemala where he is a Mayan priest and is head of the local blueberry growers association. His website is http://www.dearbrutus.com. To subscribe to Bob’s free monthly astro-magical ezine, just send an e-mail to: MagicalAlmanacfirstname.lastname@example.org).
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