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Author Topic: The Craft - Getting over uneasiness?  (Read 3908 times)
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« Reply #6: March 10, 2009, 08:09:25 pm »

Newbie to the craft, and all that sort. Just a bit of curiosity. How does working with magic make each of you as an individual feel? Do you ever feel uneasy, or silly, when you work with tools, and chants?

Personally, the first time or times I do something often feels a little odd - doesn't matter if it's a magical technique, a new recipe, a new art or crafting skill, walking into a new role in a job. It's the combination of not really knowing exactly what you're doing, and being very self-aware of what's going on.

The things that help me:
- being really clear on what I'm doing, and what it's supposed to do.
What's a successful outcome? What's a failed one? What are the most risky failure modes? What can I do to to avoid those? (For example, when cooking, 'food is totally unpalatable' is a very different failure mode that 'cut self badly with knife'. Guess which one I'd rather avoid.)

- doing my homework - making sure I have all the necessary precursor skills to do whatever it is I want to do thoughtfully and safely, when that's necessary.
If I'm doing ritual, do I know how to ground and center, and how to construct the ritual space I want? If I'm knitting, do I know how to select the right yarn, and how to cast on and do the stitches I need? If I'm cooking, do I have the right tools. If I'm working with any open flame (including the gas stove in my kitchen!), do I have a first aid kit and fire extinguisher on hand and know how to use them? And so on.

- what related skills do I have?
When I start to do something new, it doesn't mean *everything* is new. If I'm using a new ritual method, what do I know about similar ritual methods? If I'm taking on a new task at work, what do I know about either similar tasks, or about how *I* take on new tasks well? If I'm doing something like considering working with a group, what do I know about groups I've worked well in the past?

The combination of all three of those usually helps me deal with the new thing better - and help figure out how to make the 'nervous and uncertain' bits less lengthy.
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