It as if the dweller in a fit of ego laden logic has convinced us that our tools are not needed at all, and so our logic justifies, using the base truth that our tools are not a requirement in order to do deep spiritual work, thus we forgo them. No, tools are not needed to live a good life and travel in pursuit of the inner mysteries. As humans we are spiritual by nature, we are going to make realizations with or without tools. Although tools may not be needed, they help.
Tools are our allies in the Craft, whether physical, such as a wand, or intangible methodologies, such as a meditation regime. They may not be necessary but they sure do make things a whole lot easier. So why then do so many sit them to the side allowing them to collect dust unused, an ally without a purpose or goal? Yes, even the intangible can collect metaphorical dust.
There is a part of us that is continually out to keep us in our spiritual comfort zone. It has many names in many different Traditions. It is this self-defeat made manifest that allows us to take the hard road disguised as the easy road. It is the easy road because it takes very little work to sit around, not meditating, skipping rituals, not bothering to use a consecrated athame when it’s not ”really” needed but instead just using a hand, screw that, too much work, I’ll just imagine using an athame… Yes, great things can happen via using the mind alone, but greater things can be achieved with allied help; and these allies are our tools. Not doing the work is in truth the hard road in regards to practicing the Craft as a spiritual journey.
Perhaps if you have been feeling in a rut, stuck and not really going anywhere, it is time to pick up some long left behind tools, dust them off, and get them working for you once again. Just maybe, they’ll unlock a door whose key had been lost.
What allied tools have you been leaving unattended?
"Lost in a thicket bare-footed upon a thorned path."