Balancing academia with magick important, actually necessary, for a shaman-witch. Academia, though it is revolutionary in its own way, is a venue of policing thoughts, and institutions. This is needed in our society as the institutions dictate our thoughts, and those institutions are imbued with discrimination and oppression. We must unlearn our societal biases in order to free ourselves from the expectations of cultural norms. Academia is important in bringing equanimity and equality to the masses. Policing, however, tends to bring a mind into a pessimistic frame. Now, again, policing is necessary. I do not dispute the good that academia is doing. Policing, however, trains the mind to look for the hidden nuances of interaction that reveal the greater inequality. The mind needs to be trained for magick to work. Mind training is imperative, and it is very important to recognize the possibilities (not the probabilities) when working with magick.
Do you see my dilemma? Magick requires that I train my mind to see the light. Academia has trained me to see the dark. Balancing must occur if I want my academic inquiry to be beneficial to society, and if I want my magick to work.
One way in which I see this balancing act manifesting is that I try to take a macrocosmic look at society. The shit-show that we have created is part of the story, but the greater narrative includes rEvolution. Taking a shamanic journey, or a witch's flight, to see the greater picture helps me to see how a situation can be both good and bad. I can see the bad, and focus on the bad, and speak on the bad, but if I do not also acknowledge the good then my magick suffers.
The magick that I want to create requires that I live optimistically. I know that it is considered a privilege to live optimistically, however, that is a academic fallacy. Optimism is a choice. I learned that lesson when I was 10. Optimism does not mean that I ignore injustice, rather that I acknowledge injustice as well as my ability to affect change.
Remember: your words create the webbing of your life, and like a spider you sit in the middle of the web you created. Choose accordingly.