“What is magic? It is a process whereby we coax the universe to act on our behalf.” ― Guru Tua
Magic is Like Gravity
Gravity is an unseen force, we know it exists, yet we can’t see it. We live under its influence every day, but we ignore it or forget it. People can theorize that this universal force uses larger objects to attract smaller ones.
Scientists tell us how it’s the force controlling solar systems and the orbit of planets. It can even bend light and time. There is a lot of theory based on practical experience, observation, and complex data. Gravity is truly a magical force we don’t fully understand.
It’s hard not to believe in magical things. If you’ve ever been in love, you know it’s magic. Love is a very magical experience, yes? If you are in love, it influences your decisions every day. Is not a sunrise or sunset so beautiful that is it magical?
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” ― W. B. Yeats
How do you feel about this concept? In our research, we’ve found many who practice various magical beliefs. So, it is something that is accessible. It’s just that its operation is hiding behind the veil of superstition and negative social stigma.
Western religion doesn’t want us to develop our mystical routines and rituals. So, it makes anything that it doesn’t sell to be undesirable. It wants us to remain customers.
What is Magic — Magic is a Process
It is a supernatural power that uses using unseen forces to influence. It is a mystical process for coaxing and invoking the universe to act in our favor. What is the line between wishing something could happen and making it happen?
The line between invoking and wishing is not clear. At what point does our intent become a supernatural force? Does this process involve hope or faith? Are these ingredients needed for magical alchemy, or are they bi-products?
Magic is a process at the core of many cultures’ rituals and ceremonies. When we combine routine with intent, we get what many call Craftwork. When people speak words of power, this is spellcasting, so prayer is a form of spellcasting.
Some cultures draw symbols using ancient runes. They draw sigils to focus their energy. It’s the process that we find in Reiki.
Prayer is a process used by many religions, from Buddhism to Christianity. Words of power are the vehicles people use o evoke the favor of a higher power. Rituals can be as simple as lighting a ceremonial candle or speaking words into a mirror. These are all applications of spellcasting.
Often, the effectiveness of magic relies on the user’s “personal power.” So, the individual’s energy is essential in any magical working formula. Some believe it is the most critical factor. It means you can use the proper techniques, spells, and objects but fail to achieve the desired result. So you’ll need some guidance, which is where the spiritual leader’s office, such as Priests, clergy, and shaman, originates.
Magic is a Process
This supernatural process works like baking a cake. It takes the right ingredients in the proper order in the right proportions. If you put it together correctly and bake it at the right temperature, the result is delicious.
Magic is a supernatural force that has a variety of different names. There is Magick, The Craft, Ceremonial Magick, or High Magick. And they are all essentially some form of ceremonial magic.
We can find magical energy is at the core of all religions. They may not admit it. But, if we dig below the surface of their rhetoric, we can identify the magical operation method in use.
To help you see these processes, we recommend enhancing your observational skills. You can do this with some exercises. Another way to increase your perception is by using a process we call comparative analysis. It’s a process for comparative religious study built on the scientific method.
Magical Processes in Western Religion
The Abrahamic traditions (1) of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. have over 4 billion members. They meet weekly to practice magical rituals.
When they designed the Abrahamic religions, the esoteric knowledge of Hermetics was available. You get a glimpse of this esoteric knowledge at the beginning of the book of John. Here it talks about the power of words, but this knowledge never made it into any process. Those who built the Abrahamic religions were more concerned with creating a cash flow system. They did not include methods for self-development.
However, if you ask these regions’ followers if they believe in magical or supernatural processes, they will say no. Isn’t that curious? If you ask them, what is magic? They will tell you it’s evil, something Witches practice. They don’t understand that a magical process is at the core of their religion. Let’s inspect and see how it works.
Mystical, Mental, Appropriation
The fundamental process of magical operation is “mystical, mental, appropriation.” It is a typical formula found in many religions like the Abrahamic religions. These religions acquired this idea and all the other superstitions from the mystery religions from Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian.
Here’s how mystical, mental, magical appropriation works. You reach out magically with the power of the mind. It’s a mysterious, esoteric practice accessed via a specific formula. Depending upon the sect, it could be “calling on the name.” Or it might also include ceremonial cleansing “baptism” by water.
Belief in this mystical and magical process enables you to get the desired object. That means magic is a process whereby we get salvation or other things such as the favor of an imaginary friend. You can even secure your afterlife in heaven via this process. Other products on sale through your favorite religious outlet include healing and material prosperity. However, these last two items are frequently out of stock.
““Symbolism in a greater or lesser degree is essential to every kind of external worship, and we need not shrink from the conclusion that in the matter of baptisms and washings, of genuflection’s and other acts of reverence, of lights and sweet-smelling incense, of flowers and white vestitures, of spiritual unction’s and the imposing of hands, of sacrifice and the rite of the Communion banquet. The Church has borrowed without hesitation from the common stock of significant actions known to all periods and to all nations. In such matters as these, Christianity claims no monopoly or originality.” The Catholic Encyclopedia and International Work, Vol. 14 (1907). (2)
Why is Magic Demonized?
To demonize someone or something is to associate them with evil. The origins of this term go back to 810 BCE. Here, we find the Assyrians at war with India. The Hindu religion personifies its deities as the bright lights in the heavens, the stars, and planets. They called all these bright lights the “Devas.” The Assyrians sought to dehumanize their foe. It’s a warfare tactic that motivates your people to kill their seemingly non-human adversaries.
So, the Gods of the Hindu, the Devas, became the Devils for the Assyrians. Slandering the Hindu deity became part of Persian mythology. Later, Persian mythology became a cornerstone concept of Western theology. If it were not for the Assyrian’s hatred of the Hindus, the idea of devils would not be in Western theology.
The historical lineage of the magical process is a problem for organized religion. It is a direct competitor to the mythology of the Abrahamic paradigm. So, what is magic in the Abrahamic traditions? It is a supernatural process that undergoes rebranding so they can use it. They demonize the term and all the sources outside of their system. This way, they can still use the process but demonize the source.
Magical Processes in Eastern Religion
Eastern religious traditions come from two major lines, India and Asia. The Indian line includes Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, while the Asian line includes Taoism, Shinto, Confucianism, and Eastern Asian Buddhism. Each of these has its particular variation.
Some religions, like Hinduism, are closer to animism than Western religions. Animism is the concept that a divine force exists in everything. It infers that some unknown cosmic energy is guiding or directing things. This religion also shows us examples of Anthropomorphic beings. They are spirit guides. These are creatures with both human and animal characteristics. These beings could also be plants or trees; some are rocks, crystals, or other precious metals.
Magical Processes in Paganism
Paganism is the belief and practice of all things that are not Christian. These systems are nature-based. It’s where all concepts about this supernatural force originate. It pre-dates those who rebrand it for use n the Abrahamic religions.
So, more and more people are finding their way back. That’s because religion and authentic faith don’t always go hand-in-hand. Not all religions provide a pathway to genuine faith. Many forms of Paganism have the fewest constraints over freethinking. With these systems, you are free to explore and develop your path. With these, you create your authentic faith.
The modern culture still demonizes those who use these processes outside of their religions. They label them Witches, Seers, Soothsayers, Shaman, Atheists, and Heretics. In the past, these labels condemned people to a range of punishments, from ostracizing to public torture and execution. There are still some backward cultures that allow these barbaric practices. But today, many people are wearing these labels with pride.
The confusion over the operation of these magical processes is intentional. It enables the Abrahamic religions to demonize their use while concealing the process in its mythology.
Many people think magic works like gravity. Gravity works whether you believe in it or not. Magic is a process like gravity, with many uses and many names.
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) The Catholic Encyclopedia and International Work (1907)
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia