Assumptions. I always assumed they were a bad thing—things that we thought we knew, but we didn’t actually know, and we didn’t know that we didn’t know them. That sort of thing—if it makes any sense.

Recently, I have learned that several things that I thought only had one side to them—a negative side—actually have a flip side. One of these was abandonment, and I wrote about its positive quality in my last Ascension toolkit.

Now it’s the turn of assumptions. Yes, they are beliefs that underpin our lives so deeply we aren’t even aware of them. Things we take for granted. Wiktionary gives, among others, the following definition: the act of taking for granted, or supposing a thing without proof.

In our intellect-dominated society, supposing a thing without proof is regarded as a mental failing, a lack of critical thinking: a bad thing. But let’s take that phrase and look at it from another angle.

Cause precedes effect

The Indian spiritual guru Osho talks about two ways of creating: the linear way, where cause precedes effect, and the magical way, where effect precedes cause. He calls the latter the Law of Magic.

In the linear way, we use our intellects to strip away all assumptions so that we can clearly see all the causes that we need to put in place to achieve whatever effects we want to experience. We discard everything that lacks proof.

But how successful is this way? Despite all your best efforts, how much of what you want actually manifests in your life? Do you have the life partner, the job, the friends, the support, the money, the sex, and the experiences you desire? Quite probably not…

In fact, if we look at this linear way of creating, where we stumble along trying to force enough causes to mesh together to create some kind of vaguely desirable effect, we can see that it’s actually very inefficient. It rarely works—or, at least, rarely works in the way we want it to.

Effect precedes cause

So doesn’t it make logical sense to try a different way of creating, like Osho’s Law of Magic, where effect precedes cause? And when we look at it, we can see that it is entirely based on supposing a thing without proof—i.e., on assumption. Instead of focusing on causes, as linear creation does, the Law of Magic focuses on effects. Place your awareness on the desired outcome, not the stepping stones required to get there—and then assume the stepping stones will show up to guide you to the effect.

Instead of focusing on causes, as linear creation does, the Law of Magic focuses on effects. Place your awareness on the desired outcome, not the stepping stones required to get there—and then assume the stepping stones will show up to guide you to the effect.

I must admit I’m still fairly new at working with assumptions in this way. In the last week or so I had three situations that could’ve ended with undesirable outcomes. In all cases, I assumed they would end well. It’s fair to say that two of those situations had a fair chance of working out all right—and they did. The third, however, was heading steeply downhill. It didn’t just level out—it did an abrupt U-turn and metamorphosed in an instant into an unexpected and very positive outcome. The cause showed up at the perfect moment and the effect duly followed.

I don’t yet have enough data points to be certain that the Law of Magic, creating through assumption, works consistently. But I’m certainly going to keep trying.

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