Does anyone else have the underlying feeling that if they just collect the old books and the classics, the videos and the DVDs, and fill their surroundings with "intelligence," it might rub off? There has to be something in the idea, I know more people than myself do it.
I will occasionally pick up one of my "smart people" books - whether it's a classic like John Milton's Paradise Lost or a total nerd book like Neuroscience in Medicine - and read or skim my way through some parts. I'm no better with pagan books - I love resource guides like Cunningham's Magical Encyclopedia of Herbs(not sure on the name there).
It's really cool to start using them though! And being around someone else's collection - whether you're in a library or a church or someone's house - is fascinating! I'm housesitting right now, so I look up and I see all of these plant and math and business and classic books of literature. It just makes me so happy that for these two weeks, I have the opportunity to surround myself with knowledge and learn something new every day.
Magically, does this have any influence? I'd say it does. A brand new book doesn't have any sort of energy really attached to it, except the new book smell. But handling a book creates an interaction - reading is projective(You're speaking those words, either in your mind or aloud). And as my high priest says, where attention goes, energy flows. And so, we're in essence, charging the book. Used books come pre charged, if you will. And then you'll be sleeping in the room with that book. Or playing on your computer with that book. Or at least, in the same house as that book. Which is now reinforcing what you learned.
So, if you find old books that represent something you want in your life, think about purchasing them. They might *actually* help your motivation towards learning new things.