The truth about Magic is most people don’t have the consciousness to access its potential in a way that serves the best interest of humankind and the world. This isn’t because they aren’t smart enough. They just don’t have the moral imagination of utter selflessness at their disposal.
Without utter selflessness, one will attempt to exploit the magical potentialities of existence in a manner that could cause more harm than good. Magic is aligning with and making manifest the Will, but it is not the individual will; it is the Will of the conscious-through-Us Kosmos, God’s Will.
There may be phases in our development as Magicians in which we need to practice in a self-interested fashion, but we need to be careful. We can’t allow ourselves to linger too long in the attempt to fulfill our wishes or secure material transformations to give ourselves privileges that we choose not to give to others.
If you are inclined to ask a Magician, “What does this method do? What’s in it for me?”, then sadly you haven’t progressed to the point where you can really serve the World through Magic.
The Magician responds to your question: “Do this, and it will make you a less selfish person. Your desires will seem insignificant compared to the pressing need to transform the World to a more magnificent place.”
Does that appeal to you? If not, you can always study more selfish forms of magic, but I can’t help you.
Study Magic to learn how to see the World in a magical way and transmit a healthy, well-integrated, and magical worldview to others. When you see the World’s magic as part of whole integrated worldview, you will simply transmit Magic by who you are, once you let yourself be the way you want to be.
Magic shouldn’t be your only spiritual practice. The way I think about it is that Integral Magic is primarily a way of supporting an Integral life practice at Station One, Station Six, and Station Seven. You need other methodologies to work your other Stations of Life.
Few people are ready for an Integral Magic at this point in history, and that’s okay. It is an elite practice and will be until it isn’t anymore, and the World we inhabit is more divinized and enchanted by our works.