A limitation that is believed to be real is not necessarily so. Limitations can be perceived and experienced as if they are real, as if they are unwavering, as if they are absolute components of the way things are and will always be, but they are not as concrete as they may appear - even if they are doing a damn good job of putting on a convincing show.
These perceived limitations, these beliefs in the insurmountable impossible, these thoughts of “I can’t... I could never…” - these aren’t intrinsically real or absolute. These limitations are walls which the mind has constructed in order to confine or restrict its scope. This construction of psychological boundaries can be conscious or unconscious. The more unconscious it is, the more it will feel like an integral aspect of reality, rather than a malleable facet of the mind that we have unwittingly projected outward into our world.
Limitations carry a bad rap, but they can be useful, even necessary. They might provide focus, safety, or decreased pain. But if a limitation has outworn its use, then it can be changed. It can be questioned, dissolved, stretched, transmuted, or transcended. If a certain limitation seems particularly difficult to move beyond, it is an indication that there is even more potential, more freedom, waiting on the other side of its wall.
Note: This entry was inspired by passages read in the book Liber Null by Peter J. Carroll. It’s a great book on magickal thought, whether you want to take it literally or interpret it as a fantastical way to articulate consciousness’ capacity to influence the transient conditions of reality.
On my blog, you can find more writings on art and alchemical thinking, interviews about creativity, psychologically-oriented reflections on tarot, a podcast series of abstract-absurdist storytelling titled Lila Radio, and more. You can check out past posts in the categorized list below.
- Lila Radio
- Dec 29, 2016 How to Make Magical Oranges
- Jan 16, 2017 Following Fear
- Feb 19, 2017 Why Does Heartache Happen?
- Jul 7, 2017 Nerves and Tutus
- Aug 8, 2017 Three Reasons to Destroy Yourself (Or Not)
- Sep 15, 2017 Art is a Portal
- Dec 2, 2017 Why the Tutu?
- Jan 6, 2018 Chaos' Playground: Finding Gold in the Shitstorm
- Apr 4, 2018 Public Alchemy: Notes on Street Performance
- Apr 17, 2018 Questions for Limitations