Updated: Dec 24, 2022
So I've looked at Will as magical energy, and I thought I'd dive a bit deeper into what that means when you realize those things are interchangeable. One thing that tangles folks up a lot is this concept of "lust for results". There's this concept that folks obsess over about forgetting your intentions in your magic. This idea that if you think about it, you'll screw it up.
There's a passage from Crowley's Book of the Law that goes as follows:
(AL 1:42-44) "42. Let it be that state of manyhood bound and loathing. So with thy all; thou hast no right but to do thy will. 43 Do that, and no other shall say nay. 44 For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect."
So let's just swap in energy for Will here. Think for a moment on that. You have no right but to do (or follow if you will) your energy.
Pure energy, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result… is perfect
I don't think this points at all so removing desire. I think this points to a deeper secret. So many folks mistake symbolism for intent, and intent for goal. Intent is what you are planning, goal is what you want. Want here is your dirty word. Why would magic be any different. Plan and execute for what you want sure, but… i think lust for results comes in when your actual goal is different than what you're working for.
To me, part of effective magic is focusing on what you actually need to focus on. For example, I was contacted by someone today looking to attract a partner, but this partner was with somebody. They wanted a love spell right? But what happens if we focus on love here? This person is still with somebody. I think the secret here is focusing on your Will… the first step that needs to happen. Don't get yourself tangled up in purpose, in lust for results, focus on the first step. In our example, break these folks up first, and don't worry about the rest until that's done. Pure Will, directed and focused to the actual first step, is what is magically effective.
This is what is meant by delivered from lust of result. NOT that you need to stop desiring the thing to happen, but more that your focus and Will need to be on a small manageable step. In practical spellwork, this is how you get results. In theurgy, this is the secret of The Great Work, the key that there's no path, only each step.