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It's only difficult if you make it difficult. Crowley's thoughts on theory and practice are a good read to get you into the mindset with dealing with this sort of thing and to give you a nudge in understanding.
In my experiences I've found that he is a little outdated unless you accept the whole Jewish mysticism approach compared to other sources that are out there. I suggest reading into chaos magic for a more fresh take on some theory but I wouldn't stop there. Make your own choices into what jives with you as that's what really matters IMO.
you would have thought that there would be a upsurge of new magical lodges and successful magicians. However this did not happen.
What happened was a revived interest in the occult but that interest did not produce magicians of great standing. The original lineage of the Golden Dawn and related lodges was preserved but nothing really notable ensued. Nowadays we still have many magical lodges and students but they are not so potent in my view.
reply to post by TheDualityExperience
Goal = (focus)will+intent
that is magick
You threw a lot out there but I think Law of Attraction is easier to study. I believe in much of that...and I find that when I start doing those things, and maybe it is just me looking at things differently and actually working harder, but...in the end, does that matter? Because the results are that when I visualize, meditate, read positive books, pray, make vision boards, wake up and consciously try to be more grateful and on and on...life does improve for me...a lot. But the other stuff, like doing spells or real magic...where would you even start...there is soooo much crap out there. The problem with it is not knowing where to start. But isn't that the problem with everything? I find that when I can't find out where to start, I end up just jumping in.. usually in the middle, lol and I learn my way from there.
reply to post by CIAGypsy
Lets break the idea of magick down to something simpler and more direct and approachable.
Imagination, creative ability, ideas.
Someone has an idea, they then communicate this idea to something else through a business plan which they spend countless hours of time developing through intense periods of focus with the intent of manifesting this business or idea into the world physically.
Now lets say for instance this idea comes by way of computer, the technology used in this idea manifest a new series of potentials for the world to experience and now these potentials then become another set of ideas.
Anyway, if you dont believe in magick and you want to but just cant see it, then look no further then your imagination because through it we literally have gained the ability to manipulate matter in our so called physical world.
The implications of this are deep and rarely understood.