In his recent episode, Duncan Barford talks about near-enemies of magick. A near-enemy, he explains, is a Buddhist term for something that may look valuable to practice but really pulls us away from truth. He valuably details three near-enemies to magic: art, psychology, and philosophy.
I’ve noticed in my own practice the tendency to chaos magick things up too much. Of being too nonchalant about magick and overreaching on my skills. To put magical items on a non-magical or atheist mental backdrop and dismissing any effects as not magic. This, obvious now, is magick doing exactly what’s it’s suppose to; it’s behaving exactly correctly. I, on the other hand, am employing the magick incorrectly and inefficiently.
Part of this is part of my ongoing shadow work and self review. It’s better and more effective to give way to a magical backdrop, that reality is magical, and allowing my own deficiencies to show; accept my emotions and project my will. I’ve tended to want to shut down around people. To hide completely, no emotions and no will. There are obvious issues with this and am actively working on standing up for myself. To stand up for the authenticity of my own experience.