17.4.11

Leadership, Communication, and Magic

For magicians, vision is a powerful weapon that lets individuals manifest potentialities through direct action. Once resources are mobilized for leaders to develop communities of high impact, difference can be communicated through technology and media to reorient perceptions and process new worldviews. This facilitates a reconsideration of self-conception, attitudes, beliefs and values to be expressed--the individual disclosing their self by manifesting cognitive dissonance while translating that perception through language and symbols to classify abstract maps of behavior.

Since intended meaning is often polluted through the medium of language, with semantic traps like stereotyping, labeling, superficial evaluations and criticism, or incorrect inferences and assumptions hindering effective communication, the perversion of real content can be avoided through scientific testing, active listening, and effective feedback that gives attention to identified problems. In this way, interpersonal conflict can be overcome through interpersonal transaction and skill. Societies will have more agency in their decisions to collapse or flourish, while individuals can develop more realistic understandings regarding the nature of their relationships within and towards shared ecosystems.

David Abram tells us, "the magician--whether an indigenous sorcerer or a modern sleight-of-hand conjuror--is someone who is adept at altering the perceptual field, adept at shifting others' senses, or at altering his or her own senses in order to make contact with another shape of awareness, another entity that perceives the world very differently than we do--with a coyote, perhaps, or a frog. Or a whole forest, for that matter." Jensen, pg. 214, How Shall I Live My Life?

Whereas our alienation from ecology and the natural world destroys a fundamental understanding of ourselves, which likewise contributes to the foundational contradiction in how society emerges to destroy the world it depends on, structures of connection necessarily build new awareness, new experience, new reciprocity, new relations, new truths, and new social content. As consciousness is restructured accordingly, developing more mature ethics to motivate action, the illusions we have all but solidified for ourselves can be dissolved accordingly, so that magicians reconceptualize their roles in participating, influencing, and changing the world around them via mastery of magical techniques:

"If we analyze the principles of thought on which magic is based, they will probably be found to resolve themselves into two: first, that like produces like, or that an effect resembles its cause; and, second, that things which have once been in contact with each other continue to act on each other at a distance after the physical contact has been severed. The former principle may be called the Law of Similarity, the latter the Law of Contact or Contagion. From the first of these principles, namely the Law of Similarity, the magician infers that he can produce any effect he desires merely by imitating it: from the second he infers that whatever he does to a material object will affect equally the person with whom the object was once in contact, whether it formed part of his body or not." Frazer