The Christian Wizard

The book and the life...

Chapter 2
What is Required

Meditation

The Christian Wizard must be committed to a life of meditation. You must have a strong focus and a disciplined mind if you expect to do anything out of the ordinary with it. If you are not willing to spend large amounts of time meditating, then wizardry is not for you. This does not, however, mean you must do nothing but sit in meditation for hours every day. If you can do that, then that's wonderful. But most of us cannot. What this does mean is that, to be a true wizard, you must cultivate a life of meditation.

Meditation, for the Christian Wizard, goes beyond the time you spend sitting in silence. It becomes the background behind everything you do. If you are driving, you are doing so in a state of meditation. If you are shopping, you are doing so in a state of meditation. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you do so from the posture of a quiet, observing presence.

The meditation that will be most beneficial for wizardry is outlined in the chapter titled Meditation, and forms the backdrop for everything else in this book. Basically, it begins with the art of getting out of the way and just observing. If you are too busy getting caught up in your mind's chattering away and creating mental noise, you will be hard pressed to recognize, much less come to intimately know, the nature of both the seen and the unseen with which you will be working; or, more specifically, reality.

Communication

Next, the Christian Wizard must have daily communication with God. Without this element in your life, you will be used by your own desires and the desires of other people as well as spiritual beings.

Prayer is an important part of the Christian Wizard's life. And this prayer is not just talking to God, but it also includes listening. You must learn to hear and recognize the voice of God, and you must learn to follow the leading of His Holy Spirit.

If you seek nothing else in life, you should seek that never-ending communication with God. And this communication goes far beyond the spoken word. If you expect to only say words to God and to hear only words from Him, then you have placed a very sad limit on yourself and on Him.

Deep communication includes feelings, ideas, intentions, purposes, desires, and sometimes even words. But deeper communication, or communion, can be best experienced and shared by simply being -- being present with the I Am. Learn to communicate with God in these ways, and you have already taken a giant step toward communicating with the seen and unseen world in ways that true wizards do.

Humility

There is little that is as dangerous and self-destructive as a prideful wizard. Pride will cloud your judgment and taint your intentions.

Humility is one of the three things God requires of us, as found in Micah 6:8:
He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 KMV)

Humility is behind the other two things mentioned there: doing justly, and loving mercy. If you are humble, you will obey God instead of thinking you have a better idea; and if you are humble, you will recognize that you need mercy just as much as anyone else, and you are no more deserving than they.

If you think that you are somehow on a higher plane than others just because you call yourself a wizard, then you have already completely missed the point, and are identified with and lost in your ego. By choosing the path of the Christian Wizard, you take on the role of the servant whose only purpose is to do good for others and to advance the Kingdom of God.

There is no room for seeking self or glory, and if you are approaching this with the intention of heaping glory or wealth upon yourself, then it is impossible for you to be a Christian Wizard, for a Christian is one who is becoming like Christ. No, without humility, you can fill the role of no more than just a wizard, and if you develop any power, you will become a dangerous one at that.

It is the earthly mind that produces pride. That pride can take the form of false humility, in which the so-called humility is part of what the mind calls "me." That pride can take the form of self-abasement, which is still a focus on self, and is still an attempt to build up a false "me."

Simply put, pride is simply one symptom of identification with the false self that your mind has spent most of your life creating. It is the self that includes things that have happened in the past, your mind's interpretation of those events, the role you play in occupation and relationship, and your mind's thoughts and feelings about that false self.

You are spirit -- life -- presence. All the things in your life's story are temporary -- they will all change form; they will all pass away. Since you are eternal, nothing that is temporary can be you. If it can pass away, it is not you.

Your role of Christian Wizard is also not who you are. You are not nor will ever be a Christian Wizard. That is only a title. And even if you do everything in this book, you are not what you do. Your mind doesn't like that, because it was probably wanting to add wizardry to the pseudo-self it calls "you."

So keep in mind that, when I talk about your "becoming" or "being" a Christian Wizard, I'm referring to your waking up to reality, which is part of true wisdom, and is therefore a vital part of true wizardry. I will endeavor to keep coming back to that truth, so that the truths and exercises we will be exploring do not serve to add to your ego and thus produce more pride.

Pride sees "me" and "my self" and "mine." Humility sees God, everywhere and in everything. Getting lost in and identified with the earthly mind and the mind-created pseudo-self generates pride. Recognizing that those things are not you, and instead just watching as Life unfolds without labeling or judging it, generates true humility.

Pride is the fruit of identification with mind. Humility is the fruit of being, for this is what only spirit can do. Pride, as its parent mind, requires past and present. Humility requires only present moment, and does not cling to even that.