There is a simple secret to the mastery of every human life and activity. As simple as it is, this secret is rarely taught and is mostly buried and obscured by the complexities and trivia of our daily lives. It is, in fact, its simplicity and even obviousness that allows it to be hidden in plain sight.
As we grow from infants to adults, our ideas about ourselves are shaped, encouraged, discouraged, built up, torn down, honed, mutilated, perfected, and generally accumulated from everything and everyone we come in contact with. Our parents, teachers, friends, relatives, heroes, politicians, and the media offer us an endless stream of conflicting advice about what we should do with our lives and who we should be. Some of this advice makes good sense for some people, some of the time. Some of it is pure cultural detritus, wisdom that may have been useful in another time and place but may only be a hindrance in our own lives. Some of it is just plain wrong. We follow advice from all these sources we go to school, take jobs, associate with friends, and form relationships based on the information given to us. And yet, for most of us, we are left feeling unhappy and unsatisfied with the results of these choices. Our jobs keep us alive, more or less financially solvent. Our relationships provide us with companionship, sex, and families, to a greater or lesser degree of satisfaction. But it is rare that any human distinguishes him or herself in a way that could be called mastery. The list of people who have excelled in any given field is usually quite small and the rest of us simply follow in the footsteps of these giants. Most of us in our culture live a life characterized by activities that go no further than survival and distraction. We spend most of our time working to make ends meet and to entertain ourselves in the meantime. The outcome of this way of life is a cultural epidemic of depression, chemical dependency, and stagnation. There is much more to life than simply working and dying. Most of us grow up and grow old without ever understanding that we have formed our existence based on the ideas of others and that there may be something else, something beyond cultural expectations and the roles that have been given to us by our families and society. Every single one of us has the potential for exhilaration and mastery. Every human being on this planet has the ability to rise above our current self concept. The secret, again, is a simple one that has been stated again and again, hidden in plain sight in the philosophies of every society that has existed on Planet Earth. The key to mastery exists not in what others have told us, but in the information that is inherent within us. The secret to mastery comes from within, from the knowledge in the cells of your body, your DNA, your own internal connections to the universe at large. The following four sections of this book offer methods to access that crucial internal information in a systematic way. The exercises given are simple. Practicing them with your full attention and with an open mind will allow you to get the most exhilarating and surprising results. This is your guide to finding out the truth about yourself and then using that information to change and improve your life. Are you ready to take the leap? Philip H. Farber is the author of Meta-Magick: The Book of Atem (Weiser Books 2008), Futureritual: Magick for the 21st Century (Eschaton 1995) and The Great Purple Hoo-Ha: A Comedy of Perception (Mandrake of Oxford 2010). His articles on magick and popular culture have appeared in Green Egg Magazine, Reality Sandwich, Disinformation, The Journal of Hypnotism, Hypnosis Today, Mondo 2000, High Times, Paradigm Shift, and other unique publications and web sites. Phil is an instructor for Maybe Logic Academy, a Certified Hypnotist and a Licensed Trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming, with a private practice in New York's Hudson Valley.