I was having a conversation with a Seeker who told me that he couldn't understand how the Work has lasted so long with such undependable results from its applications. He informed me that whenever he performed Invocations and Evocations, he rarely experienced more than a 30% positive result. As I have reflected upon this, it shocks me how common this failure rate is. So I discussed methodology with him.
When I asked him to 'walk me through' his usual techniques for Invocation/Evocation, he started by discussing Magickal Hours (of the day or night), planetary alignment, season of the year, the strength of the Power Invoked, and his level of power in the moment. All these were variables he felt determined the outcome of his Working. No wonder his success rate was so low.
He left out the single most important determinant in the operation; Belief in the Outcome! He also neglected to mention the first aspect of all Magickal operations; Intention. These two factors are what makes the difference between success and failure. All the other aspects are merely 'bells and whistles.' If you don't proceed from a clear Intention and empower the Act with unshakable Belief, nothing is likely to happen.
These Principles are over-arching in all of our Operations as Magi. In actuality nothing comes into manifestation, albeit Magickal or Mundane without the instigating force of Intention. Intention will only manifest to the degree that it is placed within the Matrix of Belief. We can even create a formula to summarize this premise: In this formula I is the clarity of Intention, B is the level of Belief and the product M is the degree of Manifestation. The subtend of this formula is clarity(level)=degree. It is an undeviating principle and we can depend upon it to demonstrate itself in all of our Operations.
In my 10 week program, "The Circle of Power" I teach this Principle via the acronym; IBE. The following is an excerpt from Week 3's syllabus.
All of Ascension House’s students on the Magickal Path learn this axiom at the very beginning of their studies. THE FIRST PART OF ALL MAGICKAL ACTIONS IS INTENTION!
In truth the first part of every act is intention. Every time we decide to do something it is in order to make something happen. This is also true of all things that exist and are capable of action. Whether it is a single cell within our bodies, an entire galaxy, or even the Universe itself; purpose underlies every act. The outcome of every thing, including the reaction to any action, is preceded by purpose.
This is encapsulated in the acronym IBE. We write this as we say it; ‘I BE.’ This stands for Intention, Belief, Expectation. Or when we give directions to accomplish our outcomes (whatever they are) we say; intend, believe, expect.
Manifestation cannot be reduced to a simpler formula. Intend for an outcome to be made manifest. Believe that it will be made manifest. Expect it to be made manifest.
You may wonder, does this mean I don’t have to do anything to get what I want? The answer to that question is maybe. Wallace D. Wattles said it best in his book, “The Science of Getting Rich.” He said, “A person is a thinking centre and can originate thought. All the forms that a person fashions with his hands must first exist in his thought. He cannot shape a thing until he has thought that thing.”
He went on to say, “Every thought of form, held in thinking substance, causes the creation of the form, but always, or at least generally, along lines of growth and action already established. The thought of a house of a certain construction, if it were impressed upon formless substance, might not cause the instant formation of the house, but it would cause the turning of creative energies already working in trade and commerce into such channels as to result in the speedy building of the house. And if there were no existing channels through which the creative energy could work, then the house would be formed directly from primal substance, without waiting for the slow processes of the organic and inorganic world.”
Then Mr. Wattles said something crucial! He said, “There are very many people who, consciously or unconsciously, set the creative forces in action by the strength and persistence of their desires, but who remain poor because they do not provide for the reception of the thing they want when it comes. By thought, the thing you want is brought to you. By action, you receive it.”
So, mentally we must operate the engine of manifestation by intending, believing, and expecting. Physically we must anchor these energies by acting. We will speak of the Spiritual component in a later lesson.
So when you examine the level of success or failure you are experiencing in your Magickal operations, you need to ask yourself the following questions; 'how clear is my Intention' and 'how much do I believe that this action will be fruitful?' If you are honest with yourself you will certainly see the correlation between the Intention, Belief (Expectation) and the level of manifestation.