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What is magick? My real answer is, “The study of ethereal muscles, ethereal software, and other magickal structures.” But those are my terms, coined as I explored direct magick. Let’s start with a layman’s definition.
For now, let’s say that magick is “altering the world through thought.” That isn’t 100% accurate: Some magick requires rituals or symbols in addition to thought, as we’ll see midway through this book. And psychic intuitions are part of magick, but they don’t alter the world. So it’s not a perfect definition. But hopefully, it gives you some idea of what we’ll be doing.
Most of the practical magick I see falls into two categories: Manifesting and energy healing. There’s more to magick — we’ll explore spirits, protection, personal growth / enlightenment, and more in these books — but you’ll probably use your magick primarily for manifesting and healing.
Manifesting is about influencing events: You manifest a job, and the HR person happens to be in a good mood when they look at your resume. Or you manifest a relationship, then feel drawn to a particular nightclub, where you hit it off with a new friend. Essentially, creating luck, though it can only do so much — you won’t get a job you’re unqualified for, and reading this book won’t make you win the lottery. Sorry.
(Psychic intuitions are a subtype of manifesting, employing many of the same techniques. We’ll explore psychic intuitions in Book 2.)
Energy healing is about reducing pain and speeding recovery. Examples include Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, and other styles of energy healing. They all operate via magickal structures, so I include them in magick, even if their practitioners don’t use the word. Learning magick will help you work with those structures, and help you get better healing results.
We’ll explore both energy healing and manifesting in Part 3 of this book.
I also want to be clear about two things magick isn’t. First, real magick won’t let you throw fireballs, teleport, or turn into a bat. That’s only in movies.
Second, some people underestimate magick, imagining that manifesting equals positive thinking. (“Believe you’ll find a great job, and you’ll keep looking until you do.”) Positive thinking is great, but it’s not magick. Real magick changes the external world, not just your perception of it. And real energy healing does more than placebo, and works even if the client doesn’t believe in energy healing, or doesn’t know you did the healing technique for them.
(What about internal magick for personal growth? We’ll do that, too, though it’s hard to separate placebo from legit magick. See Book 2 for more.)
One more thing: Magick is hard. Anyone who tells you it’s easy is selling positive thinking and placebo, not real magick. Expect to spend a few months becoming a serious beginner, and a few years becoming skilled in one area (like manifesting). It’s worth the effort, but it’s not easy.
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