On this site I’ve extensively documented what I call the laws of emotional mechanics. These are what I consider to be entirely consistent, repeatable processes, approaches and techniques that yield predictable results in the sphere of conscious healing, personal development, and next-level personal evolution.

I’ve tried to strip down all these tools to make them as practical, down-to-earth as possible. It’s in my blood. My grandfather built his own aeroplane in 1909. My father tested British combat aircraft in 1940. I was a software engineer before becoming an emotional engineer.

So what’s magic doing in this toolbox of down-to-earth tools?

Let’s start by analysing the question. It’s entirely based on the assumption that anything to do with magic isn’t real or practical.


Assumptions are beliefs that underpin our lives so deeply we aren’t even aware of them. Things that we thought we knew, but we didn’t actually know for sure, and we didn’t know that we didn’t know them.

A friend gave me a colloquial definition: ‘assume’ means make an ass out of you and me. Wiktionary has a more formal 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.

Huffing and puffing

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? 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 money, the sex, and the experiences you desire?

This linear way of creating, where we huff and puff trying to force enough causes to mesh together to create some kind of vaguely desirable effect, is actually very inefficient. It rarely works—or, at least, rarely works in the way we want it to.

The Law of Magic

So doesn’t it make logical sense to try a different way of creating, like Osho’s Law of Magic, where effect precedes cause? When we look at it, we see it’s 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.

The process is simple. 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.

The process is simple. 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’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; 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 it’s definitely a tool worth trying.

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