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Introduction to Magic
For well over a million years, our ancestors roamed this planet and lived successfully, and for the most part well, without needing all the aids and protections we have come to believe are necessary. Somehow, these Old Ones were able to balance themselves so as to harmonize with the requirements of a wide variety of conditions.
As part of just being human, they had the awareness and balancing skills (in terms of energy handling) that we of 20th century America must devote much time and work in studies, such as those in this course, to develop.
We hope that in working with this material you will become a happier and more “evolved” human as a result of your efforts.
To all those Old Ones who, by one means or other, passed on to us some understanding of what humans have been and can be.
To all of the students over the years who have shown us as much as we may have shown them.
To all those who are even now striving to recover the full range of human awareness and competency in accord with the ecology and energies of the planet, and the requirements of our environment.
Into the Practitioner’s Worlds
Welcome to the Universe as seen by a practitioner of magic, a Universe that is orderly, full of never-ending wonder, and neither particularly hostile nor particularly friendly, except in whether it is approached correctly or not.
Approached incorrectly, the Universe, like any other machine, can become a thing fraught with fate, luck, and other “untold awful mysteries” lurking in wait at every turn. If, on the other hand, it is approached correctly, the Universe becomes a thing of consummate interest and enlightenment, a place where one can learn and grow and enjoy unendingly, each turn of the path bringing some new wonder into view for joyful exploration.
Magic is one of the oldest sciences on our planet, its development beginning in the dim mists of the past when some ancient man undertook willful contact with higher powers, and manipulation of the physical environment by indirect and non-physical means.
Many of the ancients revered by our culture as “Fathers” of modern science were actually practitioners of magic whose research happened to develop in culturally acceptable ways. The same is true of the ancients now regarded as great philosophers or teachers, who were practitioners whose research uncovered basic knowledge about the non-physical aspects of the Universe.
So it is that magic can be seen as a science, and studied and practiced as such, either within or outside of a religious framework. Though the technical language of magic is different from that of the modern scientist, the magician works with the same laws and principles of the Universe as the physicist, chemist, or astronomer.
The competent magician uses the laws from a slightly different viewpoint and in slightly different ways, whether to heal the sick, avert a disaster, divine the past or future, or perform rituals of invocation or banishment of non-physical beings. The major difference between the physical scientist and the magician is that the former uses the psyche, mind, and body to build physical tools to manipulate the Universe, while the latter considers the psyche, mind, and body to BE the tools, occasionally using additional tools to refine their control.
Magical effects such as telepathy, clairvoyance, telekinesis, psychic healing, spells, and prayers are merely particular applications of the laws and principles governing electricity, internal-combustion engines, or chemical reactions.
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