For magic and religion in particular, my background was influenced by Wiccan and NeoPagan thinking early on, and A.'.A.'. development in my early adulthood. Both of these positions really stress the idea that teaching is free, and people have pointed out that that has to do with keeping these activities amongst leisure classes.
Regardless of all that, that's not why I released an inexpensive Abramelin class. It has nothing to do with any failings I have around monetizing my own value.
1. I want Abramelin to be accessible and have spent several years encouraging people, promoting exploring the Sacred Magic, and getting people to realize it isn't insurmountable. So I like the idea of making guidance on that subject available in an affordable way.
2. I'm recommending that people give money to charity. I hope people who can afford it recognize that the class should have been released at a higher price. Part of the tradition around Abramelin involves charitable giving and charity is important to me. So I'm hoping people will give a few dollars to a charity of their choice since they're not spending the $25 to $50 that classes like this often cost. I won't be doing this with all the classes I offer as I begin offering more classes, but I think I'll continue it with Abramelin classes.
That's the crux of it. A few friends got to listen to the class early because of various reasons. Feedback I got from that was really exceptional. When I posted it, I got the feedback that it was too inexpensive and that people might skip it as a result.
That is obviously a risk.
I hope people take time to check it out and don't assume I'm making it "cheap" because it's "not worth it." I think the class really provides some things to think about that are SUPER important but that are almost never discussed.
If you'd like to check out the class, you can get it here:
The Why and What of Abramelin
If you want to support my work in other ways you can do that here:
If you're looking for a charity to support:
GiveWell's Top Charity Choices
But definitely, if you haven't checked out the class, give a quick read to it's description and then consider purchasing it. I think you will like it.
"This class isn't a step by step guide on doing the
Abramelin, although, it will hopefully make you a lot more ready to engage the
ritual. We talk a bit about why people might avoid doing Abramelin and what the
reality is surrounding the various reasons people might think it's too
difficult. We run through the Abramelin's value statement and explore what the
ritual gives you, what our experience has been and what people have claimed it
does to people. We look at how to consider and evaluate these claims.
Ultimately, we focus on what it means to do the Abramelin. You're avoiding
things and you're praying, but what are you even doing? What is the point of it
all? What is the experience you're developing? These are questions people
rarely explore, but they're very important for assessing if you should do the
ritual and what it is you're actually doing when you do the ritual. How does
what you're doing create the experience of the Angel? This question can play
heavily into how you approach the ritual and how you finish the ritual. If
you're considering doing the Abramelin, or are in the process of beginning it,
this class explores things which will be useful for you to consider. Even if
you're not exploring the Abramelin, this class will present a lot of things
that are useful to think about while exploring on going rituals, mystical and
developmental work, and work with your Guardian Angel even outside of the
context of Abramelin. We hope you enjoy it.
The class is approx 2hrs long.
We are charging a reduced price for this class because we are committed to expanding access to Abramelin. The Abramelin recommends donating to charity when taking money for the Sacred Magic, in this case, since we're charging a much lower price than is typical for a class, we hope those who buy it will consider donating a few dollars to a charity of their choice if they enjoyed the class."
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