Most of us live—to varying degrees—in a world of shadows, unaware of our true nature, our true abilities, and our true place in the universe. We substitute the unreal for the real, material goods for spiritual goodness, and let the least parts of ourselves dictate most of our behavior. In this way, the most mortal and frightened parts of ourselves are in charge, and we end up working against our own interests because of our ignorance. Our deepest hopes and dreams become distorted versions of what we really want. The world itself becomes somewhat unreal and threatening.
So, we try to manipulate the world—including ourselves and others—in an attempt to constantly adjust our level of safety. “Safety” itself is not the problem. The problem is that our ideas of true safety are dictated to us by this smallest piece of our consciousness, the part that is most afraid. Because of this, we take advice from the part of ourselves that actually knows the least about the way the world really works. In this way, our efforts to solve our problems and the problems of life often intensify the very conflict we are trying to solve or avoid. Put another way, often our efforts to solve conflicts in the world don’t start with solving the conflicts in ourselves. And so with this limited vision and our self-truncated ability, we attempt to solve outer world problems in ways that unknowingly enhance, rather than diminish, conflict. The MAGI Process was created in 2003 as a way of working with conflict through a spiritual mechanism that enlivens our highest intelligence, deepest heart, and most potent spirit. Whether that conflict is inner, as in deep physical, psychological, and spiritual dissonance, or external, in the form of political conflict of any type, the MAGI Process offers a unique, personal process that affects the outer world as well as the inner world. It does so because it takes as its starting point the fact that the world, with all of its complexity and differences, is a Single Thing, an unimaginable Wholeness that is big enough to contain—in fact must contain—Multitude and Difference.
In the relatively few short years since its creation, the MAGI Process is now being used all over the world by people who are working directly with various conditions of conflict and dissonance—whether those conditions are inner or seem to be external—and by people who are using it as part of their spiritual path.
The MAGI Process helps resolve conflict and fulfil desires through an act of illumination. True illumination is not magic. It is never actually about finding something entirely new or un- thought of. Instead, illumination is the revelation that who you already are and what you already have are already holy. Please feel free to substitute many other words for holy: real, authentic, essential, whole, unitive and so on. Said from another perspective, the MAGI Process is a creative process that actually begins an evolutionary movement in the user and in the world around them.
By working with the Process—which is a series of thirty-eight imagistic statements that we use in a particular way while holding our question or our desire in mind—the user is illuminated in both mind and body. As we go through the Process we are inspired to see things as they actually are.
Seeing things as they are is a primary quality of awakening, and it automatically aligns us with a law of the universe that states that all things—when they are unobstructed—both want and are the expression of the healing basis of life itself. Put yet another way, seeing things as they are—and this includes our own self and other people—is the beginning point for resolving any conflict.
In the MAGI Process we have, perhaps for the first time in the modern era, a systematic, replicable way of participating in the evolutionary imperative built into all of life, an imperative whose reach is larger and longer than the individual but whose vehicle is each and every one of us and the lives we lead. Conflict, that seemingly limitless resource of Planet Earth, turns out to be the grit that shapes the machinery of human freedom—if we know how to use it.
I wish you the very best on your journey. Your journey helps us all.