Post by Mystical Journey on Feb 3, 2012 7:04:05 GMT -8
We all know (and follow) the creed Do as you will and harm none... When do you move forward when you see a situation that needs to change and you know you can help but cannot tell the person what you plan to do. Such as casting a spell to help a family change their situation. You are working to change a chain of abuse and move children out of harms way. do you do it (nothing drastic... maybe a spell to help a woman make a better decision or such) or do you leave it alone? Not only am I looking at this but I have had many ask me this very question. Would love to hear what others think.
The creed 'an it harm none, do what ye will' is most commonly observed by Wiccan practitioners, although variations of it are followed by non-Wiccans like myself as well. Aleister Crowley gave a more ambiguous version of it with his "do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law" and "love is the law, love under Will". Most Thelemites, like Crowley himself, position that every person possesses a so-called True Will, which is the single motivation for someone's existence. Everyone should follow this Will, they say, and attain fulfillment in their lives through it. It's a very tricky business to get yourself caught up in, because everyone will have a different Will and a different path in life. Typically, I take the 'harm none' part of things to actually mean 'do not interfere with other people's Will' when placed in the context of the ongoing debate about will and harm in the pagan communities.
In a situation as you describe, I would never choose to place my Work in the way of someone who has not asked for my aid. I will tell them that I think I can help and explain how I would try to, but I would always always always ask before I do something. Something that may not seem drastic to you might turn out to be the most drastic event of someone else's life. The will of the person you're working for must be in accordance with your actions.. in other words, they have to be willing to leave the situation behind.