number thirteen: write it down
One of the hoariest conventions of doing magical work is to keep a journal, variously known as a ‘magickal record’
Myself, I never saw much use in this, as I have a nearly-eidetic memory for most things, and writing down stuff I knew I probably wasn’t going to forget seemed pointless. But it wasn’t until recently that I understood the larger part of this.
Every day we live is a kind of reset button. It may not seem like it, but each night and new day takes the edge off the endless stream of experience and allows your mind to meander in all the same ways it likes to do, allowing you to forget just enough of your dull routine so that it seems new enough to bother carrying on with.
When you actually record what you’re doing, esoteric or not, from one day to the next, it binds your life into a narrative, and when you do that, a certain part of the mind responds to that and begins ordering your life into a narrative as well.
Besides the benefits of exact note keeping, you may find that turning your life into a story invites the possibility of actual story resolution.
Sound suitably cryptic? Good.
…and no, I don’t care how exactly you do it. Get a book. Write something in it everyday. If it happens to relate to this stuff, then so much the better.