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“We can chose to be affected by the world or we can chose to affect the world.”

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     In my last post, I went over the basic concept of Free Will – how you have been given the gift of the ability to make choices and therefore affect the quality of your life. We also looked at how the things you focus on or don’t focus on can affect the kind of people, things and events in your life.

     This post is about the Free Will of others. Just as you have Free Will, so do other people have the right to make their own choices, even if we think those choices are foolish, wasteful or wrong. Painful (especially if you care for those other people) but true.

     If those other people are making what you’d think of as bad choices, it’s o.k. to try to persuade them to change their choices. Reason with them, nag them, beg them, offer incentives or ultimatums…

     That’s all cool, because that person is still free to make his or her own choice.

     The ethical line in magick is that it’s not o.k. to take away that person’s right to chose; to cast spells, do energywork, or otherwise compel them into line with your own will. This is where you cross the line into unethical behavior.

     For example,

  • it’s o.k. to cast a spell to attract a loving romantic partner,
  • it’s not o.k. to cast a spell to make a specific person fall in love with you.
  • It’s o.k. to do energywork to be hired for a job if you’re the best candidate for it;
  • it’s not o.k. to do energywork to make someone else lose their job.

     When you violate the Free Will of others, you’re doing an unethical act. Even if that doesn’t matter to you of itself, it’s worthy of note that this tends to attract negative energy and experiences back to you (something we can all live without!). Not the best choice on your part.

     The one exception to this general rule is that, if someone is harming others, it can be ethical to magickally intervene. (We call this the “your-right-to-swing-your-fist-ends-at-the-tip-of-my-nose” proviso…) When you’re dealing with stalkers, batterers, pedophiles and the like, it is ethical to intervene to prevent harm or injury to people, animals or property, as long as you use the minimum force necessary to prevent said harm.(Grievious bodily harm to prevent your boss from yelling at you is right out…)

     When living in a magickal world, it’s important to do things ethically, to respect the rights of others even if you don’t always agree with them. Your choices affect the world around you.

     So chose wisely



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