Would you like to be God? A common fantasy is to have the Powers and Knowledge of God, yet retain one's individuality. To be capable of knowing everything and doing anything. What possibilities!
Yet there are many who feel that this is extremely egotistical and megalomaniacal. How dare you think that you could be God! That's not your place. Why should you have special abilities that the rest of us do not!
And then there are those who's response is: "I wouldn't want the responsibilities." To be God means to have to take care of everything in existence, to make sure that things run smoothly and come out the right way.
Where do you fit into this debate? Does any of these positions hold more weight than the others? Is it possible that more than one of these positions could co-exist with each other?
There is an interesting theory that I came up with many years ago which seems to explain a lot of things. I was trying to find the Power behind various religions and systems of magick. Christians believed that Jehovah was God and that He answered prayers according to His Plan. The Biblical Christ seemed to teach that anyone with Faith could get anything that was asked for as long as the person Believed. (Notice that Christ did not say you had to believe in Him or in God, simply that you had to believe that you would get what you asked for. If you care to read the New Testament, and actually read the words on the page, you will see that critical distinction.) The Magick-workers felt that the Power was as natural as electricity and just as available to anyone who cared to learn it's secrets. Wiccans and other Pagans believed that there are many Gods, and that each will answer prayers or not according to their moods and purposes.
In all of the various teachings, there seemed to be only one connecting thread. Faith. Belief. Believe that this thing you're doing will accomplish the thing you want, and it will be done for you. Whether the thing you do is prayer to a higher being, or speaking strange words while performing ritualistic rites, or simply repeating to yourself an affirmation of the thing you want as being true. As long as you believe in what you're doing, it will work.
When I finally discovered this commonality, my next question was "What do I believe will work?" I had studied so much, so many different things, and had read success stories in each one. And if it didn't matter what I did, then what could I do that I would believe in? I have since found that it is just as easy to make a decision to have a certain result, and the result will come about, without any action being performed. This doesn't happen often, as my mind makes many decisions, and not all of them produce results (Thankfully!)
Over the years, I developed a system that worked well for me. I even shared it with several of my close friends and the system worked for them as well. The system is simple, with support from logic, and ties to many religious beliefs. This system is more than a collection of techniques to create change, such as a magickal system would be, yet it does not impose a dogma of beliefs such as a religion. This system is built upon a small set of core beliefs upon which a large system of philosophy resides, which in turn supports several techniques for effecting change. This system is called the Keys To Power.
The central beliefs of the Keys To Power are simple. There are only 5. They are: