reply to post by MastaG
Ok, those are all good questions, ones that in fact everyone should ask.
To see it as controlled materialization only partly explains things. Reality is based on what you expect, the manifest reality can only show you what
you understand and what fits with the particular reality you perceive. This is the gnostic/essene way of seeing things. There is a load of literature
from physics experiments and psychology and all sorts. I am no expert at all, all I offer is my understanding.
So, back to your question, the tennis ball will have been thrown by someone or at least will have an explanation as to its appearance but it is, in
theory, the sigil that invited it. There is no way of knowing whether or not I somehow knew the ball would come and THEREFORE did a sigil. It is only
because I have a hard time seeing beyond my ingrained concepts of physics that there will be a normal explanation. Does this make sense?
As to the negative, well, we are, as I see it, navigating a realm of possibilities where in one you win the lottery and in another you don't: you
navigate through these based on your expectations but ALL possibilities exist in tandem. This is based the idea, again, that your reality is a
construct based on your understanding/beliefs etc. So there is no negative effect. To put it another way, everyone should have far more control over
their reality and everyone should be able to create anything.
Now for the interesting part, where does magick come from? Well of course classical history rather neatly doesn't really address the issue, with a
general consensus that it doesn't exist. In my opinion though, we have always been able to influence reality, there are thousands and thousands of
accounts of it. Huguenots in the middle ages were renowned for their feats of physics defying, the local arch-bishop in charge of their
persecution/massacre as protestants had to report back to the Pope that he could not kill these people who were invulnerable to bullets and fire. Also
look up some of A. Crowley's stuff. Is it any different for the alchemists who turned lead into gold? What about the innumerable mystics and sages
that flew, made things appear etc. A large part of most occult tradition is base on the stuff too. It would seem strange that so many people were
duped, many of them being highly intelligent people. Victor Hugo sincerely believed that Comte Saint Germain was immortal etc...
Obviously though, you don't have to believe any of this but I do mainly because I've seen it work!! Kind of changes ones opinion on many things!