Magic may be out of your awareness, yet is integrated
with the events that influence your life. Our systemic psychology
offers deep insights into your hidden dynamics - and offers
solutions for emotional and relationship issues.
Magic is a word for
what science has no words for.
Some time ago I wrote a few articles about my hobby of ghost
hunting. Since then I have focused on understanding the forces that
appear to control much of our lives. I have been
attempting to answer the question, "What is magic?"
The word magic, with its promise of unusual powers, has
an ancient enchantment. Before our science explained the world and before our
technology mastered it, magic was around every corner. Illness and luck are
still commonly explained by unseen forces in fundamentalist and third world
While fear of the unknown closes many doors, a desire to
explore can open them again. A willingness to experience, to learn and to enjoy
the richness of human life can open them. But this means crossing the inevitable
confusion and lack of understanding between separate realities.
Magic is a name for technologies that
we do not understand. (Arthur C. Clarke)
It is not important whether or not I believe in magic. It
important that I realize that I am more than a bag of organs, that I can
experience joy and that I can give and receive love. It
seems important that I learn about my human potential, and
my membership in my family and other human systems.
Magic is a combination of
effectiveness and incomprehensibility. (Strooykan, 1992)
After studying with Martyn Carruthers, I began to understand
magic in a very different way to my previous mixture
of ideas from medieval concepts, religions and movies. I began to
understand the hidden currents of life - how people, families
and organizations survive or fail. I found magic of a different order.
True magic doesn't
stop being magic when you understand it.
Martyn's systemic magic is no escape from or avoidance
of reality. His magic was creating an integrated collection of
ways by which people can stop sabotaging themselves, and find and
use more of their potential. As with alchemy, systemic magic defines
the conditions for transformation - not of gold but of the human spirit.
Systemic magic is simple
yet profound, hidden yet obvious, and always insightful.
(Martyn Carruthers, 2002)
Systemic Magic - Systemic Voodoo
A journey should begin with a destination. Systemic magic
offers ways by which you can initiate yourself into increased awareness and
control of the hidden forces that encompass and define your life. And the most
powerful of these is the destination - freedom ... and the path - love.
Do you understand freedom? You have freedom, which includes
the freedom to fail. Do you know what you love in
yourself and others? Do you know what about you is lovable - and by
whom? Do you know how to express love freely? Can you accept love?
If you cannot accept love, how can you
accept lesser powers?
Can you believe that people who are now dead
continue to love you? Or was their love deleted by the death of
their bodies? Can you accept that their love remains? In many
religions, cults and philosophies, dead people are invited to care
for, and occasionally possess, the bodies of their
followers or descendents. (E.g. the Catholic Church venerates
saints as beneficial intercessors with a deity.)
Many people who claim healing powers or intuitive
diagnosis attribute those powers to a spirit world. Martyn
noted in a talk on family constellations
that a concise diagnosis, delivered with authority, that seems
to simplify a complex problem, may have a rapid placebo effect
that we often call short-term healing.
Magic inverts the religious "Thy will be done" into
"My will be done".
Whether a concise diagnosis is schizophrenia or dead
person identification or possession by a demon reflects
the training and beliefs of the practitioner. The symptoms ... and
consequences ... often seem pretty much the same.
You can explore magical worlds. There are many doors to access
them, although I hope that I can introduce you to one that I found
both simple and profound. Perhaps you already know about the Kabbalah
(commonly spelt as qabala, kabbala and kabala) ...
... the Kabbalah opens access to
the occult, to the mysteries. It enables us to read sealed epistles and
likewise the inner nature of man. Paracelsus (medieval
... 2nd page could start here (DM) ...
Facts become history; history becomes
legends become myths ... and myths create facts.
Qabala means tradition. Although primarily Jewish, the
Kabbalah can be found in the Chaldean religion and was part of
the teachings of Pythagoras. There are many references to the
Kabbalah in the Christian Bible.
Judaism was heavily influenced by Kabbalah (the Kabbalah
has vast literature, little of which has been translated into
English.) Early Kabbalah documents (100 to 1000 AD) describe
the attempts of mystics to penetrate seven halls of creation
and reach the throne-chariot of God. These mystics used
fasting, chanting, prayer and postures to pass the seals and
guards, to experience ecstatic states in which they could
Despite ancient origins, the Kabbalah remains an evolving
system, and modern students can interpret these old doctrines in the light
of modern knowledge. Old traditions can and should be tested for
relevance and effectiveness. All tools can be improved.
Working with the Kabbalah can open new worlds, but requires
massive maturity and personal responsibility. The Kabbalah is
a map showing hidden treasures of the universe, and hidden
treasures of your potential. Part of this map is the deceptively
simple Tree of Life, a roadmap for personal evolution.
Tree of Life (Sephiroth)
The Kabbalah Tree of Life is a hierarchy of qualities of
consciousness called sephiroth, each supposedly guarded by
angels and connected by paths. Traditional Kabbalah calls them
vessels or spheres, giving names and short descriptions that
encourage students to experience the Tree of Life rather
than merely collecting ideas.
Each sephiroth is associated with a vice and a virtue. Each
vice represents a human weakness, and each virtue a human quality.
To use the sephiroth as a blueprint and a reflection of human identity,
you can experience the Tree of Life inside yourself. Each sephiroth
has a place on the Tree, and relates to each other depending on the
Paths that connect them. Here is a summary of associations:
- Kether (crown): pure
consciousness, the essence of a person
- Chokmah (wisdom): (right hemisphere) imagination and thinking
- Binah (understanding):
(left hemisphere) analysis and reasoning
- Chesed (mercy): desire to embrace and bestow goodness
- Geburah (strength):
usefulness, activity, progress
- Tiphareth (beauty):
sacrifice, sincerity and individuality
- Hod (glory):
continual advancement toward realizing life goals
- Yesod (foundation):
visualization and understanding of change
- Nezach (victory):
love, satisfaction and creativity, and all art
- Malkuth (kingdom):
your normal waking consciousness
- Daath (knowledge): the total knowledge that you can gain
Balanced Consciousness (Ehieh-Shekinah)
The Kabbalah can be seen as a unity of opposites: Ehieh-Shekinah.
Ehieh is transcendent consciousness (a static male principle) and Shekinah
is cosmic energy (a kinetic female principle).
Shekinah can be active or passive. Active Shekinah is a creativity that
can birth a cosmos, a driving force of the universe, creating all Sephiroth
and resting in Malkuth. A passive Shekinah is a relaxed physical body.
Shekinah, awakened and activated, can guide us up the Tree of
life, to unite with Ehieh.
Two Faces of Man (Adam Kadmon)
Adam Kadmon is a name for an emanation of the cosmos into Atziluth (world)
as man. As part of you is divine, and part of you is earthly, Adam Kadmon
has two faces. The Long Face consists of Kether, Chochmah and Binah - the
part of you that can experience infinity. The Small Face consists of Yesod,
Hod, Nezach, Tiphereth, Geburah and Chesed, and sometimes
Daath (a hidden sephiroth).
There are correspondences between sephiroth in the lower face of the Tree and
those in the upper face: Can you see why Malkuth, Tiphereth and Kether are
linked, why Hod and Binah are linked, and why Chokhmah and Netzach are linked?
These geometric symmetries express important relationships which you can verify
The Abyss and the Veil
Two obstacles hinder your ascending the Tree of Life; the Veil
and the Abyss. The Veil shields your ordinary consciousness from
your soul, the middle trinity formed by Chesed, Geburah and Tiphereth.
The Abyss prevents access to Kether, Chochmah and Binah, the upper trinity,
the Long Face. You cannot cross this Abyss if you are bonded by your
intellect. By riding a mercabah (vehicle) of experience, you can cross
the Abyss to access this upper trinity.
When you look into the abyss, the abyss looks into
Our cosmos is constructed of dualities. Nothing exists without
an opposite, every particle has an anti-particle. Every thing
has an other dimension of being. The dualities called Binah/Chocmah, Hod/Nezach,
Gevorah/Chesed and Keter/Malkut comprise a fabric of space and time.
Reality is stretched between these dualities - balanced
precariously around a center. A center of body and mind without struggle or
tension. A place where Heaven meets Earth and Malkhut meets Keter. A place where
chaos meets order - a center of magic - and a gateway to other
Summary by David Marsden
My research indicates that the Kabbalah has enormous potential
in coaching, counseling and therapy - as an evolutionary path and as a source
of metaphors that are useful for personal and relationship development.
Like Martyn's emotional maps that he creates during his relationship
diagnosis (some of which are based on Hawaiian
Kanaka symbols), the Kabbalah offers a map of creation.
Afterword by Martyn Carruthers
Your willingness to walk across a cemetery at night may expose whether
you live in a world where not all magic is lost. Trespass into other
realities may be fun at first - but the consequences can be unpleasant.
Entanglement with other realities can upset your equilibrium and disturb
your health - and the health of your family. We offer systemic solutions for many
negative emotions and relationship problems.
Other articles by David Marsden include:
Haunted House Curses
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