Some Common Hiding Tricks of the
Here are some fairly common tricks that the personality
can use to participate in an invocation (or attempt to) without truly being
banished. This is of course a partial list. The personality has an infinite variety of
strategies and masks that can offer an unending series of obstacles to the invocation. The
ones we list here are just general descriptions. Each psyche will manifest them in a very
particular way and may even come up with something altogether unique. When looking at this
list, find the moments when you may have done these yourself. You will never be able to
recognize them in (and work with) others unless you can recognize them in yourself.
1- Hiding in silence: Being in the invocation, with the
group, but facing inward. Not interacting with the rest of the invocants or with the space
itself. This can be seen as a strong protective wall around the individual. The psyche
will try to make it appear as "concentration" or "deep trance". Don't
let it fool you. It's just a game of spiritual hide and seek.
2- Hiding in talk: Constantly commenting on what is
happening. Interacting with everyone without interruption. Making "wise
comments" about everything that happens, has happened or will happen. Comparing it to
past experiences. Making value judgements. Labeling each element of the invocation. All of
this has the same ultimate effect as number 1: it creates a wall around the pysche. In
this case the wall is made of words and "ideas".
3- Gossip: Recurringly finding fault in others in the group.
Trying to figure out and then fix what is wrong with the others. Talking to one about the
other one, with the apparent motive of "helping the group". Complaining about
the actions of others.
4- Sluggish resistance: Going along with the actions of the
group, but doing it in a very slow, tedious and/or passive manner. This has an effect not
only on the individual's work but on the group as whole. The group is pulled away from its
work either towards "motivating" this individual or "attacking" him or
her. The personality still has a way of justifying itself "But I'm doing my
work!"... which in fact is true.
5- Agressive work: Work that is done not in the spirit of
cooperation or group aim but in an individualistic desire to excel or show everyone else
what a good worker the individual is. The others perceive it but can't complain... after
all, the work is being done and well! So the mood changes for the worse, either towards
all out group competition or towards sluggishness on the part of the others.