Don’t Become a Helpless Ghost

Here’s an excerpt from a Jason Miller posting on his Strategic Sorcery website:

“As Sorcerers, Witches, Magicians etc we often place spirits and shades on a high pedestal, putting value on the powers of influence that they possess which we don’t.  But we are also spirits. Spirits who are lucky enough to possess bodies. As practitioners of magic, we have a foot in both worlds: we can set the machinations of spirits in motion to solve a problem, but we can also be the agents of those spirits, interfering for good in human matters in a way that spirits cannot.

“In a way that even gods cannot.

“Too many people worry about going to hell when they die, or becoming a Hungry Ghost. Take a moment and consider what it would be like to be a Helpless Ghost.  

“Since most of us are not lucky enough to have three ghosts visit us spontaneously, perhaps its worth your time to stay up one night and  spend time looking at key moments of your past for an hour. A Full Hour. Don’t just think about it, remember it, relive it, and contemplate it. Use the whole hour. Then look at your present for an hour and all the people that you effect and intersect with. Then for the last hour imagine what life looks like 10 years from now if you don’t change anything from how you are now.  Follow this into the future. Be honest and be brutal. Imagine that the Dickensian afterlife is real: Do you move on with a clear conscience knowing you used your human existence to do something worthwhile, or are you the helpless ghost whose misery is that you can no longer intercede in human affairs after a wasted life of self-interest?

“Don’t be afraid to scare the shit out of yourself. That is what a good ghost story is for.”

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