The Magical Syntax of Daily Practice
Actions in harmony with kairos are translinguistic portals, doorways into worlds of higher-order meaning and synchronicity.
A general preface: I prefer honest and ever-evolving language games to declarations of objective truth. My opinions and explorations are conceived as sand mandalas rather than geometric proofs, psycho-spiritual offerings to the churning sea of evolutionary progress. I am always willing and eager to “follow the argument where it leads” or change my opinions based on new experiences, and I like to think of theories, laws, and great ideas as devices that simply point the way to greater subjective meaning and understanding. Like Terence McKenna’s “totality symbols,” a paradigm that seeks to teach the human mind to reach beyond itself must ultimately be custom-made for each individual. “It must first of all,” as Roland Barthes said, “if not exactly take definite shape, at least try itself out, explore its possibilities and impossibilities.” My writings are thus a cohesive but shifting topology where the signified and signifier remain as entwined as form and color. They are not intended to convince you of anything, but merely to help you on your journey of transpersonal unfolding. Blessings, and thanks for reading!
It’s easy to mistake the modern preoccupation with disciplined scheduling for the genuine proliferation of sadhana. The Sanskrit word sadhana, which is literally translated as “a means of accomplishing something,” refers to the consistent completion of an ego-transcending daily practice that catalyzes self-transformation.
Within this etymology, we find a simple truth about the spiritual path (and life in general): maintaining a daily practice just makes everything easier.
Whether our first aspirant thoughts of the morning concern financial prosperity, momentary contentedness, or multidimensional ascension, healthy lifestyle rituals are essential for making the most of our wanderings over the vast landscape of three-dimensional human existence. You don’t need to be Aristotle to get that “we are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Not all habits are created equal, though.
Our society has largely fallen into the belief that busyness and arbitrary productivity are synonymous with discipline and Practice. The integrity of structure in an individual’s life is measured on the axis of linear time (chronos) rather than its harmonious timing in a holistic context (kairos).
These ego-based patterns and structures are black magic vortices, karmically instructed Sirens that drive us through the “dismal situation waste and wild” of our current worldscape.
Building and maintaining a personal practice that is an expression of our most divine future fulfillment – an expression of living in tune with the natural rhythms of kairos – is High Alchemy at its best…and it feels awesome too.
Ram Dass, jedi that he is, offers great advice on the process of building a daily practice: “You must revisit, at least in meditation, all your old attachments and re-see them in the light of the Spirit. As you do, they fall away…unless, of course, the attachment to them is so strong that you are not able yet to re-see them with pure compassion. To stumble in that way on the path merely indicates the work yet to be done. Thus it gives direction to your sadhana…which is work on those desires that cause you to stumble.”
Re-seeing something in the light of the Spirit is a mythological way of talking about the psychospiritual science of ritual design (myth and science are always collaborators, not competitors).
We are all made of oscillatory information lattices that dance (both skillfully and chaotically) as wave forms upon the canvas of space-time. The game of aligning with our highest Selves is therefore one of resonance: when harmonious wave forms constructively interfere with one another, they combine and expand into one larger, amplified wave form. In like manner, actions that resonate with our highest intentions constructively interact to expand our consciousness.
In this way, positive daily rituals are bio-resonant entrainment tools, which help lock us in phase with the waveform of our evolutionary inclination toward greater complexity, cohesion, and unity as a species.
Yoga, meditation, superfoods, affirmations, energetic shielding, mantra, prayer, bodywork, and conscious insight all work toward the same end: the recalibration of one’s body-mind system to the frequency of one’s highest expression.
The more often we engage in the practices that make our hearts sing (Egyptian alchemists took that saying literally…more on that in a future post, though), the stronger the neural network associating us with that practice will be.
Over time, these harmonized practices form the sacred geometrical structure that supports all our living actions (it’s no coincidence that the Sanskrit word kriya, which is the name given to a set of asana practices in many forms of yoga, literally means “action, deed, or effort”).
It is this action structure, this visceral feeling of tapping into the planetary morphogenetic field, that teaches us how to live in kairos. Actions in harmony with kairos are translinguistic portals, doorways into worlds of higher-order meaning and synchronicity.
Thus, sustained intentional practices appear to create alignments and opportunities in our lives as if by “magic.” This is because magic is literally the codified ability to manifest a desire by willfully manipulating the higher-order, archetypal structures governing a certain context or set of variables. Because three-dimensional cause and effect is only the tip of a multidimensional iceberg, we label this manifestation – this quantum coherence – as synchronistic, miraculous, and “magical.”
In every quotidian and exalted sense of the phrase, practice makes perfect.
 Plato. The Republic.
 Barthes, Roland. Elements of Semiology.
 Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics.
 Milton, John. Paradise Lost.