reply to post by network dude
OP, i'm going to give my answer before reading through the thread, so as not to be tainted by what others may have to say, but then i'm definitely
giving it a full read-thru to check out other perspectives.
I do not consider myself to be a "practitioner" of anything in particular, and in fact, don't often "actively" practice the "magick" as I know
it (though at times I do.) in day-to-day life, there is a degree to which I have incorporated into my 'normalcy', and when I think about it, I can
clearly see its effects. That (loosely and generally) said, here is the basics of my understanding of "magick" (i'll not put it in quotes from here
out for ease of phone typing.)
Regardless of the system employed (Wicca, Kabbala, Christian Mysticism, Zen, Voodoo, Chaos Magick, Satanism, meditation, shamanism, etc., etc), I
believe they all function on the same principle - simply put (because I'm no physicist, though I wish I would have gone that route instead of MBA
lol), Quantum Mechanics. Magick is using some system or process to get the mind in a state to access, or tune in with, or possibly affect our
"reality" through quantum mechanics. Practitioners of any of these would, in most cases, not say that, but IMO, magick is simply science, but a much
stranger science than we are generally used to. Harder to measure, harder to detect, at least with current technology, and the "manipulation" of
such is not as obvious as, say chemistry or biology.
Through mystical processes, we can affect, or at least influence possibilities. In other cases, "tune in" to those possibilities and probabilities
to "read the future" so-to-speak. Quantum science actually backs this up, and while it does not yet say: do this, do that, and this will happen, the
framework is there, and all types of mystical processes fit the mold for how science would describe affecting reality through quantum mechanics, if
any were to be so bold as to make the claim.
I know this is vague, but it boils down to, for me: every form of magick/mysticism = quantum mechanics with a filter the human mind can interact