Center for Spiritual Inquiry and Integral Education

Re: Magical Curricula in the 21st Century
by Treesong - Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 09:38 PM

Thank you for your post about Zach's Magic in the 21st Century course. It's a good overview of what the course was like and how it relates to your integral perspective. My perspective on the course is similar, although since I do have extensive prior experience operating within a magical paradigm, I do have a few additional points to add.

This course was some of the most foundational material on magic that I've encountered. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, most magical information and training is viewed through the lens of a relatively narrow paradigm, religious tradition, or similar framing influence. Zach's introduction to magic arises from an understanding of Hermeticism that seeks to understand and incorporate the wisdom from many perspectives, much like integral studies. My own magical studies included a great deal of what Zach discussed, but his way of presenting the history and basic concepts of magic was broader yet more integrative. What had previously been picked up here and there through several disparate sources was united into a compelling overarching narrative.

For the most part, I chose to experience this class simply as a student. I took listened, took notes, and filled out my worksheet on the last day of class, all of which I found a genuinely helpful and rewarding experience. Now that I've had a bit of time to reflect, however, I intend to discuss the course further with Zach (and with Michael) from a teacher's perspective, looking for potential opportunities to improve upon what is already a strong offering.