The message: “The first rule of magic is self-containment.”
My translation: Don’t tell people your business, until it is your business. Keep it under wraps – whatever ‘it’ is – until it is up and running as your business. Then you can be the case study or consultant for copy cats while enjoying your well-deserved bragging rights as the first to take that idea to market.
Blame Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, for my sermonizing. Her book is one I delayed reading for several years after a former instructor, also an author, recommended it to me. Then, I judged the book by its cover, thinking I was not quite up to yet another of those self help book in the genre of ‘the top 10 things you must do to succeed.’ When I finally picked it up about two years ago, I realized how wrong I was with my preconceived notions.
Anyway, Cameron has this bit of deep and sound advice in The Artist’s Way that I would like to share:
Zip the lip. Button Up. Keep a lid on it.Don’t give away the gold. Always remember: the first rule of magic is self-containment. You must hold your intention within yourself, stoking it with power. Only then will you be able to manifest what you desire.
In order to achieve escape velocity, we must learn to keep our own counsel, to move silently among doubters, to voice our plans only among allies, and to name our allies accurately.