When many people are first introduced to the idea of shifting their spiritual paradigm, there are several pitfalls that naturally present themselves.
Another article on the same subject, by “Robert Hager”
Collective => Manifestation:
The most profound of these ideas for the multitudes in Deific flux, is the idea that focus of belief and/or will, will shape the present reality, and thus the future. This simply put means that our perspective is what limits our experience. One thing I often say is, “If a person convinces a few others that they are “god” or “godlike”, they may be able to acquire followers (more on that later); If all their “followers” were to convince more that this was true, eventually all people could possibly invest their faith in a single entity, thus making this original person, a god by implication (also more on this will be coming up). This implication can be followed from idea directly into the reality of the collective perception of the universe.”
Lack of Responsibility in Actions:
Obviously a person that set out to accomplish such a goal, would generally be considered abusive in his/her acts, regardless of the possible altruism of their intent. Many practitioners of magical and spiritual disciplines will get caught up in their intent to invoke positive change without considering the real world repercussions or the possibility of alternate results, so always consider these things before acting, just as you would in the mundane activities of everyday life.
Laziness in the Face of Adversity:
I see this one quite frequently; and I call this “Immediate results, without effective effort” or lack of “Self-work”. A practitioner, has an event or obstacle that appears in their life, and instead of facing it head-on, uses their skill-set to avoid the the primary causes of their woes. An example would be; using a love spell to rekindle an intimate relationship, while committing the same actions that have caused the rift in mundane or emotional action. Magic is very much part of the natural laws of nature, but ultimately our actions speak louder than words.
Control vs Experience:
This is a situation where people get caught up in the “If I do this, this will be the result”, but ultimately are observers instead of participants. Control is an addictive presence, it sets us outside the collective and limits our experience greatly.
Belief is a Boundary:
When we set our selves a set of rules to live by, they should only limit us justly, not completely, and they should have a beneficial result. Everyone has a moral or secular compass that allows us to determine right from wrong. Only you can judge what is beneficial or harmful to you, it is your responsibility to maintain the line. If an idea contradicts what you have experienced, you should readjust your views.
Abuse by Individuals and Groups:
If you encounter someone that speaks, more than they listen, chances are that they are not paying attention to their experience, but are in fact seeking to control. If they ask you to do something that is in contrast to your conformability, chances are that it is a subject requiring more critical thought and analysis.
If an idea or association is good and doesn’t cause issue, run with it; if it isn’t, run away!
Copyright @2016 Jason J. Walton
I hope I’ve given you some things to think about, please feel free to chime in on the subjects discussed or to ask questions.