All ancient and traditional practices related to Hermetics or any other spiritual, religious or magical doctrine include several preparatory exercises. John Dee fervently prayed psalms, Crowley said “invoke often and enflame Thyself in prayer”, St. Ignatius of Loyola gave the Spiritual Exercises, Franz Bardon his preparatory and detailed training etc
Why?
Some Energies need an actual space and sort of purity of intent which is beyond the mere satisfaction of common needs and desire.
While we all need a healthy and wealthy life, with a good sentimental and sexual life, nothing in this plane is granted easily and without sacrifices and hard work.
Magick is not different.
Agrippa is pretty clear about dignification and elevation.
Nowadays, it is pretty common trend to give spells, rituals, shortcuts pretaporter.
Everyone is a Star, everybody is good and wonderful, love is everywhere, positive mind changes everything etc
By the other side, society, due to the increasing population, became more classist, selective and superficial and materialistic.
I strongly believe in ancient practices of dignification because hard work is the only secret of good results.
I don’t claim any supernatural power or special gift which is not or cannot be eventually achieved with very long time practices, determination and constant hard work.
I cannot teach some stuff by internet or writing a book because oral traditions still exists and have to be given the way they have been given since the dawn of times, without changes or creative attempts of personal affirmation.

Manuel Congo

About Manuel Congo

A renowned Palero, Babalawo, Ajarn and Hougan, Manuel Congo lives in rural Italy, where he spends most of his free time touring on his custom Harley Davidson. An avid ethnographer and noted expert on Italian witchcraft, Manuel has spent decades working for elite clients around the world, conducting investigations in locales as far-flung as Togo and Thailand. He enjoys rainy days, BBQ and blondes.

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