What is magic? It is a process whereby we coax the universe to act on our behalf. ― Guru Tua
Gravity is Magical
Gravity is an unseen force. We know it exists, but we can’t see it. But we live under its influence every day. We can theorize about this as a universal force that larger mass attracts smaller objects. And how it’s the force controlling solar systems and the orbit of planets. It even bends light and time. There is a lot of theory based on the experience of observation and data.
It’s hard not to believe in magical things. if you’ve ever been in love. 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
Many religions and built on magical thinking. The Law of Attraction is the use of magical thinking. Others see it as a transformation of consciousness. Even, gravity is similar to this unseen force.
How do you feel about this concept? In our research, we’ve found many who practice various types of 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.
The dominant culture of Western religion doesn’t want us to develop our own 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?
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 of it?
Magic is a process at the core of the rituals and ceremonies of many cultures. When we combine ritual with intent, we get what many call Craftwork. When people speak words of power, this is spellcasting. So, prayer is a form of spellcasting. You can find this process in use by many religions from Buddhism to Christianity. Words of power are used to 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 personal power of the user. So, the personal power of the individual is an important component in the formula of any magical working. Some believe it is the most important factor. This means you can use the right techniques, spells, and objects, but fail to achieve the desired result. This is where the office of the spiritual leader 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 right order in the right proportions. If you put it together properly and bake it at the right temperature, the result is something delicious.
This supernatural force has a variety of different names. There is Magick, The Craft, Ceremonial Magick, or High Magick. And, they are all essentially some form of ritualistic magic.
We can find some form of supernatural 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 method of magical operation in use.
In order to help you see these processes, we recommend enhancing your observational skills. You can do this with some exercises. Also, another way to increase the bandwidth of your perception is by using a process we call comparative analysis. This is a process for comparative religious study built on the scientific method.
Magical Processes in Western Religion
There are over 3 billion people in the Abrahamic religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. They meet weekly to practice magical rituals.
At the time the Abrahamic religions were designed the esoteric knowledge of Hermetics was available. You can find some of this esoteric knowledge in the beginning dissertation of the book of John. Here it talks about the power of words. But, this knowledge never made it into any practical processes. Those built the Abrahamic religions were more concerned with creating a cash flow system. They did not include processes for self-development.
However, if you ask the followers of these regions 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 take a closer look and see how it works.
Mystical, Magical Appropriation
The main process of magical operation is mystical, mental, magical appropriation. It is a common formula found in many religions. The Abrahamic religions use the same magical process. This was adopted from the mystery religions from Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian.
Here’s how mystical, magical appropriation works. You reach out magically with the power of the mind. This is a mystical 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. So, this mystical and magical process enables you to get the desired object. Magic is a process whereby they get salvation or other things such as the favor of their imaginary friend. The main goal is an afterlife of heaven. Other products include healing and material prosperity.
“The Catholic Encyclopedia and International Work, Vol. 14 (1907). 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 vestures, 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.”
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. This is a tactic in warfare that motivates your warriors to kill their non-human adversaries.
So, the Hindu Devas became the Devils, the evil Gods 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 concept of a devil or demon might not be in Western theology at all.
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 for it 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 main lines, India and Asia. The Indian line includes Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. The Asian line includes Taoism, Shinto, Confucianism, and Eastern Asian Buddhism. Each of these has its own 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 force is guiding or directing things. This religion also shows us examples of Anthropomorphic beings. These are creatures with both human and animal characteristics. They could be plants or trees. Some have rocks, crystals, or other precious metals as spirit guides.
Magical Processes in Paganism
Paganism is the belief and practice of all things that are not Christian. These systems are nature-based. This is 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 authentic 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 develop 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 still allow these barbaric practices. But in large 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.
Some people hold that magical processes work in the same way as gravity. Gravity works whether you believe in it or not. Magic is a process with many uses and many names.
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
The Catholic Encyclopedia and International Work (1907)