Over the years I receive numerous questions from people asking about what "magic spells" to cast to achieve certain results, what crystals or herbs to purchase, what "esoteric groups" to join and even what rituals to perform.
My answer is simple - none of these.
Now I realise that this is not the answer you expected or would have liked to have heard in view of the vast amount of information available, but before doing anything at all that is likely to influence your experience and in particular Spiritual evolution in any way, it is important to understand exactly why this is.
The first thing we must realise is that, as with religion for example, all of the examples mentioned above are the ideas of other people or usually groups of people, often for there own purposes, and therefore as soon as you start to practice any of these ideas you are submitting to the ideas, and sometimes the will of others.
Many people are interested in "magic" in the belief that there is something inherently powerful about uttering "spells" or performing "rituals", for example that have some sort of special or "magical" powers in and of themselves that the Universe will respond to.
Others are interested in joining "secret societies", "esoteric orders" or even "mystery schools" in the belief that by doing so and being awarded "ranks" or "degrees" they will "advance" and thereby gain a special position in the Universe, especially after passing on. Again, this is really no different to subscribing to a religion which teaches the same things but in a different way.
Now let me make it absolutely clear that I have nothing whatsoever against ony of the aforementioned groups in principle. There is no question that being a member of suc groups, depending on which ones of course, can be beneficial in a number of ways providing they are regarded in the appropriate and healthy context, and not regarded as an automatic ticket to greater things, as so of often implied by some elitist orders. There is much of value that can be learned providing it is kept in a proper perspective.
Unfortunately, however well meaning they might be, many of these groups, even the most well known or revered ones can and often do have the opposite effect. As soon as people are placed in a competitive situation where "ranks" are granted based upon the criteria set by others, Ego takes over, often leading to anything from delusions of grandeur and feelings of superiority over others, to bitterness and resentment if a person does not "advance through the ranks" as expected. Many an "orders" or "society" has broken up in acrimony due to these situations, leaving the members often bitter and disillusioned, after some members have been favoured over others due to individual relationships and other erroneous factors that have nothing at all to do with true progress.
Again let me stress that this by no means applies to all such "orders", societies" or "schools" some of which are very ancient, and noble and can teach valuable knowledge and abilities. Such groups are however very few and far between, and most people will not even be aware of their existence - they are usually not the sort of groups you can simply apply to join by completing a membership form.
So the question becomes this - what motivates people to wish to join groups formed by others, whether it be esoteric orders or religions or other groups of which there are many and varied, or to want to perform "spells", "rituals" or other such practices?
In almost all cases such people are looking outside of themselves to people or actions that can provide something that they perceive as advantageous in some way. In the case of religion for example it might be a "ticket to heaven" upon passing on, or at least avoiding eternal torment "hell" or other such punishments meted to "sinful" people and "non-believers"
In the case of many "esoteric orders" the member is led to believe that they will gain some sort of Spiritual advancement and high position after their passing, as well as to wield all sort so impressive abilities in physical life.
Again it should be pointed out that we can all gain such abilities by learning to influence Energy effectively, but those, in and of themselves are not particularly meaningful in terms of Spiritual advancement.
People are motivated to perform "spells" and "rituals" or to use crystal, herbs and other materials in the belief that in and of themselves they have special powers to bring about a special result.
Another effect on the very presence of all of these groups and practices is that people who do not participate in or practice them are often made to feel "inferior" in some way.
So now let us take a look at the reality of these factors:
There is only one fundamental Principle in the Universe - Mind.
Everything that we experience is ultimately due to Mind alone.
It follows therefore that the only way in which to achieve anything through Mind - everything else being subordinate to the Mind Principle.
Uttering spells, performing rituals, belonging to groups of various types will not therefore, in and of themselves confer any special powers or privileges on the participant whatsoever. No spell, ritual or group including but not limited to orders, schools or religions has any sort of advantage, priority or special place in the Universe of any type.
Likewise there absolutely no shortcuts to Spiritual evolution - each and every person must evolve based entirely upon their own efforts based upon their specific needs and what their current incarnation of Higher Self needs to achieve this time around.
The act of joining a church, order or other group and following their ideas and doctrines will never confer any special privilege, or provide any special advantage in physical life or beyond, except to the extent that such groups teach the person the sources of true power and how to access and apply them.
Also, joining any such group immediately places the participant on a path determined by the group, which does not take in to account the true path of the member, so the member is often "led astray".
To the extent that spells and rituals do work, they do so because they are invoking Mind Principle in some way, often without the participant knowing or even understanding why.
The reason is the same in all cases - the actions of the person are impressing their desires upon the Subconscious Mind, which then brings the desire into the physical experience of the person either directly, in the case of healing, or through Universal Mind in the case of everything else.
The truth is this - ever single one of us has the power within to achieve anything we could wish for without limitation, including all we need for Spiritual evolution and thereby fulfil the true reason we are here. God never intended us to have to join a special group or perform special words or actions in order to be favoured in some way or indeed to conform to the expectations of others.
We are all, without exception absolutely equal expressions of The Source, The First Cause, of God, through which God experiences and thereby expands. We are God, and through our God powers we have the unlimited ability to achieve anything providing only that we realise God within and understand how to apply those powers. Such a person has no need for groups, spells, rituals or any other such instrument or idea, because they know, beyond any doubt that the all the power they could possibly need is already within them. We have unlimited access to the infinite power of the Universal Mind through our Subconscious Mind.
This is true Magic. Our True Magic is within.
Many people might not accept this believing it is "too good to be true", or that, due to a lifetime of programming, they need to "work" for everything, or at least push things around in the outer, physical world in order to realise their desires. In fact in many cases this approach can and does only result in one thing - misery due to a disconnection from the true Source of abundance - God within.
Everyone should realise this - God is perfection, and would therefore never, ever, ever create wants, needs or desires in God's children that cannot be fulfilled through God. To do so would be like offering your child a candy, and then snatching it from his or her grasp just as she reaches for it. No loving parent would ever do that, and, our parent, God, is the epitome of Unconditional Love.
Plain and simple, whatever a person does not have that they desire, they do not have for one reason and one reason only - at some level they do not believe they can have it. If they did believe, backed by faith that the object of the desire was theirs, then so it would be.
This does not only apply to material things. Schools, colleges and Universities are an anomaly. Through our Subconscious Mind we have access to all of the information in the Universe, past present and probable future as relates to Earth time, and the ability to do anything at all for the asking, including most things not even conceived of by humans yet. There is not a scientific formula or mathematical equation could not be resolved, even by a 5 year old in moments.
Many people have heard for example of a "savant", a person who is regarded as "mentally retarded" but can perform seemingly stunning feats of memory, mathematical equations and other abilities, often faster than a computer or the greatest scientists in the world.
The fact is - savants are not "retarded" everyone else is "retarded" by comparison, because every single one of us has the exactly the same potential.
The reason a savant can do these feats is quite simply, because, due to an anomaly of the physical brain and the way it is "wired", they are not focused on the material part of the brain in the same way as most people are, and therefore have a much greater access to their Subconscious Mind and therefore Universal Mind which they instinctively use as if it is normal - it should be "normal" for everyone. If correct use of Mind was taught to children from an early age, there would be no "education" and the world would be a very different place - not one based upon "work" and "money".
In order to have access to these and any other ability, and be, do or have anything, all we need to do is realise God within, and thereby become an open, conscious channel of experience, expansion and abundance for and of God, The Source. Once we realise our true Source of power, we realise our Magic within and we become true conscious creators as realised God people.
One of the most sacred objectives of any human being, and the one which heralds the end of the cycle of incarnations on Earth, is to become God-realised while still in a physical body, as with for example the person known as Jesus, and many others before and after him, people often regarded as "Masters" or "Ascended Masters".
Jesus taught these important Principles time and again:
"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel". -- John 5:19-20
Here Jesus is saying that he, metaphorically meaning all of us, can do nothing in and of himself. He, as Jesus the physical person has no inherent abilities by virtue of who he is. He goes on to say that God "does things" through Jesus, in other words Jesus is a channel of experience and expression for God because God loves his Son as he does all of his children, in other words all of us.
Plain and simple this means that as Unconditionally Loved children of God, we can have anything at all we through God.
"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it." -- John 14:10-14
Here Jesus sets out this truth unamiguously when he states the truth that "the father that dwelleth within me, he doeth the works".
We must always keep in mind that when he says "me" he means everyone as an equal and inseparable aspect of God.
Jesus goes on to say that we must believe that God is within us, because this realisation is the true Source of our power. Anyone not realising God within will not realise their God powers within. This is the true meaning of "faith" - Faith in Who we Are and of our God-given "powers", and an absolute Belief in our true reality and powers. He also says that we must "go to the Father" which means we must "realise God, The Source within". We can do nothing in and of ourselves without that connection with God.
When Jesus says "Father may be glorified in the Son" he speaks the powerful truth that we as the children of God are those through Who God experiences, and expands, and thereby becoming "glorified".
It is a powerful truth that the extent to which we can realise our full potential and abilities, including the abilities to perform what most would regard as "miracles", is the same extent to which we can realise God within. Jesus was completely "God-realised" and this and this alone was The Source of his power and of his "miracles" as he says himself over and over when he states the truth that "the Father within Him, He Doeth the works".
The "Father", God, The Source, Universal Mind within all of us doeth our works.
And Jesus goes on to state an even bigger truth that we shall go on to do even greater things than him because we are unlimited, infinite and immortal aspects of "the Father", God.
I should mention that God is neither or both male and female, and references to "Father and Son" are metaphoric, and equally apply to "Mother and Daughter".
In another passage:
"Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
-- 1 Corinthians 12:4-12
This is a very powerful passage which, in its entirety states on fundamental truth:
There is only one Source of All that Is, Who operates through each and every one of us in many and varied ways. We are all "one body"
of which there are "many members", each of which is a different but integral aspect of God.
The One Body is God, The Source, Universal Mind, and we, as humans, as well as all life in creation, including every animal, plant and mineral, however large or small as perceived by humans, are the "many members" of God, The All as is Jesus, the Christ. the "many members" of God are the many channels of experience of God making up the whole experience through which God is "glorified". We each have our place, and no "member" is superior in any way to any other "member", despite human traits or power and control.
Here then is the true Source of our power - Our Magic Within.
There is no need to look without to other groups, orders, religions, or to spells, rituals or other practices. All the power, knowledge and source of true evolution is within us in as The Source, God, Divine Providence and all anyone has to achieve is to not only realise that powerful truth, but to Live it in every moment just as the person known as Jesus did, and then not only shall we have the same powers as Jesus but even greater, because God within us, "Doeth the Works" and God within us is unlimited.
So whenever you have wishes, needs, questions, or the need for anything at all for a joyful experience on Earth and to fulfil your true reason for being here, always turn within, and the answers they will be forthcoming:
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." -- Matthew 7:7-8