Playing the Game/ Life as a Work of Art

I was looking up articles about ‘playing the game of life’. Somebody on Quota had written that the law of thermodynamics have four rules about playing the game.

1. You MUST play the game.

2. You can’ win the game.

3. You can’t break even.

4. You can’t quit the game


So there you are. I had no choice but to play the game… which probably sounds like an obvious statement. But then I thought what this really meant for me… how did I want to play? My view on life is that it should be fun and you should be happy. I looked into what I liked to do. What made my heart sing? It was easy to find where my joy was. I always knew that I wanted to be a positive benefit to the world and I wanted to help others. I also knew that magick and being a magician was a big part of my identity (although most people aren’t aware that I practice magick). I also knew that the Buddha- dharma was my refuge and the vehicle and lens that I use as my personal map of reality. If I was going to play this game I would do it on my terms…

… and then the obvious came to me… and it was so obvious that I wondered why it hadn’t come to the front of my consciousness to the extent that it did when I saw it with full awareness…

Life is a work of art. That did it for me. I would treat my life fully as a work of art from now on. There is a reason that magick is sometimes called ‘the Art’. A magician is an artist and reality and his own being is the canvas. I realised that when I did magick the reward was not having something manifest in my life or getting that thing to happen in my reality… the reward for me was to do the magick and sit back and watch it happen, whether that be a change in myself or a manifestation of something in the outside world. The art was seeing the beauty of seeing the magick happen… not the end result.

Am I playing the game or am I constantly creating a work of art? Well I suppose that my game is enjoying the creation and the evolution of my personal work of art… reality and my own being. Doing inner alchemy and getting the reward not from seeing the change but experiencing myself as I go through the change. Doing practical magick to manifest something material but not getting the reward from obtaining that ‘thing’ but enjoying it as I see the magick happen.

Playing a game/ creating art on a continuous basis. Both are meaningless but meaningful… I’m doing both.


What is a Magician?: The Role of the Magus

We can assume that humans were the first species to ever develop self- consciousness. This radical new form of awareness made humans true reflections of the Infinite All.

Since humans are aware of their inner world and it’s workings, it means that they are perhaps the first species on the planet that can consciously manipulate reality. This new self- awareness also meant that they were the first species to ‘do’ spiritual practice, to consciously become more than they are, to consciously evolve spiritually.

In the Bible it says that humans were made in the image of God. It also says that humans were given dominion over all of the animals, plants, everything. Humans are reflections of God because their self- awareness allows them to be creator gods. They can consciously create reality, they can consciously dive into their inner world and contact spirits and other entities, they can contact their inner world and gain insights and ideas.

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

So what is a magician? Surely everybody has this self- awareness, it surely means that everyone is a magician. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that self awareness makes somebody the potential to become a magician.

A magician is a person that has a keen awareness of their own being. Since they are truly aware that they are creator gods, that they create their own reality and that their world. Most humans are not aware or at least deny their own godhood. They get up, go to work, get home, eat, watch tv and then go to bed… and then repeat, repeat, repeat. They do not take advantage of the possibilities available to them by being incarnated as a  human being.

Since magicians know that they create reality and have a deep awareness of their own being I personally believe that this gives them a responsibility in helping to serve mankind, to guide it in the right direction as consciousness develops and we emerge from our home on planet earth and become more than human. I think that a good magician not only knows their right to manifest their reality and develop spiritually but also to bring others to a deeper understanding of themselves by understanding the inner and outer universe(s).