Being Born With Magical Ability

It’s a popular sentiment within the entire magical community, and even within the purely speculative mundane world, that magical ability or mystical power is something that certain people are at least partially born with, and without this innate power you have no chance of ever becoming a magician or psychic. And there are three groups which have a vested interest in maintaining this idea.

The first group are the people who are selling their ability. The obvious example are psychics. Most go out of their way to explain how they’ve had this ‘gift’ since a young age. Very few are willing to say that if you would just learn to trust your intuition and work towards developing some precognitive ability, you’d find that you had access to this same ‘gift’ they charge $30 an hour for.

You also see this in other groups though. Go take a look at the New Thought community. I’d estimate that at least 80% of the major systems and authors claim to get their information through channeling. Yet despite the wealth of valuable information they’ve gained, I’ve yet to see a New Thought author who teaches channeling. But then why would you continue to buy their channeled works when you can channel your own? If you teach a man to fish, he’s not going to buy fish from you anymore.

This trend is even extending into the Pagan community. There are certain individuals who are pushing for a Pagan priesthood. The idea is that certain members of the Pagan community are more powerful than others, and that by completely dedicating themselves to magical work, as a career, they will become even more powerful. These individuals can then serve the community in a spiritual capacity which the community cannot serve itself, and likewise they should be compensated and encouraged to continue this work.

The idea of supporting Pagan elders through charity is an extension of this idea. The idea is that these elders are somehow able to spiritually do things for the community that normal Pagans cannot do for themselves.

And this of course leads into other bad ideas. There is this idea that most magic is too dangerous to be used at all by the uninitiated. That a person needs to be born right and have years of training and learning and dedication in order to ever safely work magic. This is no different than when, because of corporate pressure, the government sets up regulations on an industry which are strict and expensive under the guise of protecting the general public, when in reality these regulations are meant to deter small businesses and individual entrepreneurs from encroaching on the market share of major corporations. Why should a teen witch support a Pagan priesthood or elder when they can perform all of the rituals for themselves?

The second group that likes to promote the idea of innate powers at birth are secret societies. This isn’t a new idea. It’s inherent in Gnosticism, a religion that is often times used in secret societies. Secret societies aren’t new either. They’re in the historical record going back thousands of years. Just about every major civilization in every culture has had secret societies in it.

And it comes back to little boys and their clubhouses. Having clubs is something that is built into the minds of most little boys, just like rough housing and thinking little girls are icky but secretly thinking they’re pure awesome. People with secret societies are just men who haven’t yet grown out of this phase. A secret society, mystical or otherwise, is just a group of middle aged men sitting in a treehouse.

And as with any club, it isn’t fun if you let just anyone in. Only the cool kids are allowed into the club. And so when someone from a secret society tells you that you can’t join their club because you weren’t born with magical talent, it’s the same as a little boy that tells you that you can’t come into their treehouse because you were born the wrong race, or the wrong gender, or you’re too short, or you’re a member of the chess club.

In childhood there are also the terminally uncool kids that can’t get into any club, and so they start their own club of rejects which lets anyone join, because that is the fair thing to do. In the magical community we call these people Pagans :) I’m kidding of course.

The third kind of person who wants you to think that some people are born special is the person who needs to feel special. These are people who, when you take a closer look at their lives, are decidedly unspecial. They tend to be below average in every category.

Despite needing to be special, they tend to have a few other qualities that are counter-productive to this. They tend not to like hard work, or even understand the concept of having to work hard to achieve something. This can mean focusing on their career so they make a lot of money, focusing on their appearance so they can attract more attractive people, or having the discipline and investing the time to increase their magical ability. They also have a sense of entitlement. They think they deserve things, that they deserve to be special, without ever doing anything to earn this. Frater Barrabbas has several articles on his blog about his former teacher, a perfect example of one of these individuals.

And so of course these people aren’t special because of something they earned. They’re special because they were born special. The idea that great individuals, even ones who were born with a great deal of innate talent, still needed training, hard work, and discipline to accomplish their achievements is completely foreign to them. And their specialness is not something that can ever be measured or objectively proven. It is not based on material success, accomplishments, or earned degrees.

Saying someone is magically gifted is like saying someone is a smart person. We all know the person who believes they’re smart, whose parents are always going on about how smart they are, but who is of course an underachiever that never gets good grades, never graduates from a college, and never gets anywhere in their career field. They never solve any great problems or win any prizes for their intelligence. They never do anything in their life that proves they’re smart. Yet they believe they’re smart. It’s the same with these special people who are born with magical ‘gifts’.

Because of this emphasis on being born right, a lot of people will go on about their family lineage, because after all magic must be genetic. Usually they’ll mention a grandparent or great-grandparent that was a practitioner who is now dead. In fact every Wiccan I’ve ever met has a dead grandparent who was a Traditional Witch, except for a new breed of Wiccans who believe that Traditional Witchcraft doesn’t exist and that Gerald Gardener invented Witchcraft.

I know quite a bit about Traditional Witchcraft. It was already in a serious decline by the turn of the 20th century. It had a brief and modest spike in popularity in the 50s after Britain repealed the Witchcraft laws, but it was soon dwarfed and pretty much destroyed by the emergence of Wicca which was hugely popular for a minority magical religion, has grown considerably since, and has more than likely still not reached its peak. There are only a handful of Traditional Witches left today, almost all of them with a family lineage of Traditional Witchcraft.

You also have to take into account that with any magical group, Traditional Witches included, the majority of descendants of a practitioner will not become adult practitioners themselves. I’d say that in most cases, fifty years after a practitioner’s death they would be lucky to have one or two living adult practitioners who are blood relatives.

So if every Wiccan who said they were descended from a Traditional Witch really was, it would mean that about fifty or sixty years ago there was a huge number of Traditional Witches, which is disputed by the historical record, family lineages, and people who were alive during that time. The obvious conclusion, most of these people are liars.

If you really want to test someone, ask them what magical tool they have that belonged to their dead relative. I can guarantee that they inherited at least one tool or book, if not many tools and books. Everyone I ever met with a real lineage has at least one thing, and it’s always something they cherish and take good care of.

Most of the people I’ve met in life I wouldn’t consider magicians, and I doubt most people would. Yet I’ve never met a person with no magical ability. The idea of intuition is something that is universally understood and not tied into any spirituality. Yet it is a basic magical ability. True intuition, feeling that something is correct despite having no evidence, is a combination of precognition and sensing energy. That is a magical act.

In fact if you start to look at magical theory and how and why magic works, a lot of it is dependent on people having some magical ability, even if they don’t notice it. Everybody manipulates energy in some way. Everybody senses energy to some degree. Everybody forms links and connects into everything else in the universe.

There’s also the fallacy that magic is a single ability. Of course some people are going to be born with innate talents. This leads people to believe that because they aren’t naturally gifted at a certain magical ability that they are not gifted at magic. If, for instance, they’ve never had a precognitive experience they must not be a magical person or a psychic.

However magic is not a single ability or discipline. Magic is composed of many different disciplines and skills. And every magician will be strong in certain areas and weak in others.

It’s like science. Science is not one thing, it is a general term that consists of many different disciplines and various skills and understanding. A genius in one field of science is not interchangeable with another. For instance Darwin was a genius in the field of biology. He revolutionized the field with the theory of evolution. Do you think if we popped Darwin into Einstein’s life he would’ve instead revolutionized physics and contributed to inventing the atomic bomb and putting a man on the moon? Do you think if we put Einstein into Freud’s life he would’ve revolutionized Psychiatry? No, these people are non-interchangeable. They were made up of specific talents and abilities that allowed them to unnaturally excel in their specific scientific fields.

You may not have strong precognitive abilities. Of course you can still develop them, but you might always struggle with precognition and it may never come easily to you. You may always be weak in that discipline. That doesn’t mean you’re a weak magician though. That just means your strengths lie elsewhere. I guarantee you have some strong magical abilities, you just have to figure out what those strengths are.

A lot of magical ability is also training. Even if you have a strong innate ability, and this is true of everything not just magic, you still need training and discipline in order to mold that ability into something exceptional. Innate ability only gives you an edge over the competition, it isn’t a substitute for hard work. However hard work is, often times, a substitute for innate ability.

For instance I’m very good at channeling. It comes very easily and naturally to me. I often times accidentally pop into channels. I’ve met very few people who can channel as well as I can. But this isn’t something I was born with. I was not able to channel at all when I was younger. Granted there is nothing about me that makes it especially difficult for me to channel, but there is nothing special about me, physically or spiritually, that makes me better at channeling than most people.

What happened is my first real exposure to magic and spiritual training came from my first teacher. She did have a strong innate ability to channel, and to her it was a spiritually fundamental ability. The training she gave me had a specific emphasis on building me into a magician who could channel well. And that training is at the foundation of my magical practice and my solitary magical training.

The only reason why I am good at channeling is because I have a strong magical background in channeling and I’ve invested a good deal of time in properly training that ability.

Another good example is my knowledge and ability with spellwork and ritual magic. If you read my posts during the first year of this blog you’ll notice there is a lot of theory and no ritual. If you read my posts over the last year you’ll notice that there is not only some ritual magic, but a lot of the theory over the last year has gone into explicit detail about how and why ritual magic works. This is because I was still in the process of developing my knowledge of spellwork and ritual magic during the blog’s first year.

Once again this goes back to my first teacher. She was not fond of ritual magic. She considered it to be largely unnecessary and a weaker form of magic. She had not taken the time to learn much about ritual magic, and as such she hadn’t taught it to me.

When I first approached spellwork and ritual it was a very big subject I had no experience with and it overwhelmed me. I didn’t even know where to begin to understand it. I often times wished I had a background in a ritual system like Wicca or Ceremonial Magic, because at least then I would have a foundation of ritual magic and a starting point to work from. It wasn’t that I wasn’t born right, it’s just that I had no training or experience in the subject.

Ultimately I spent about a year and a half focused on teaching myself ritual magic. This involved reading books, convincing other magicians to let me watch them and study their methods, studying and breaking apart spells, and experimenting on my own with ritual magic. After a year and a half of training myself followed by four years of practicing it in my spiritual work, I now feel that I have a strong grasp on the theory ritual magic and that I’ve become very good at practicing it.

My initial inability to use ritual magic had nothing to do with my innate talents. My eventual success with it proves that I wasn’t born without the ability to understand it. If anything I may have had some innate ability to learn and work with ritual magic, however I couldn’t even begin to realize that ability until I had invested some time in learning about ritual magic and training myself in it.

Another thing to remember is that once a magician merges with their HGA they become immensely more powerful than they were before they merged with their HGA. In fact the most magically incapable person on this planet, if they merged with their HGA, would be vastly more powerful than the most skilled, well disciplined, and innately talented magician who hadn’t. Less than 1% of the world has merged with their HGA. I’d say that sadly less than 1% of the magical community has managed to do it. So once you manage to merge with your HGA, you’ll immediately  be elevated to the top percentile of powerful magicians.

Once you merge you will most likely start producing larger amounts of energy and, so there is going to be a lot more raw power there right away. You’ll also start to notice that you suddenly just know how to do things that you didn’t know how to do before. This is going to be different for different people. Maybe you’ll suddenly know how to channel, or you’ll have precognitive visions, or you’ll understand spellwork a lot better. You’ll have access to all of the knowledge and power of your mental body.

You’ll also gain access to the mental planes. And there is a lot of information there. It will also make you a bit more intelligent and give you a broader perspective on things. So not only will you be able to find information, but you’ll be able to understand it when you do.

Yes there is an initial boost. In fact it’s such a drastic boost in power, ability, and knowledge that it will probably take you months of exploration to fully realize what you know and what you can do. But merging with your HGA isn’t just about that initial boost of power. All of this extra power and knowledge and ability also creates limitless opportunity. Spiritual progression and understanding becomes hundreds of times easier. If you spent twenty years dedicating yourself to magical practice and spiritual progression prior to merging with your HGA, your overall progress would still not be a fraction of what you would accomplish in your first year after merging with your HGA, even if you only casually practiced magic and made no effort to develop yourself.

On a final note, when someone tells you that you cannot do the things they can do because you’re not talented enough, you weren’t born right, you aren’t made of the right stuff, or because you haven’t gone the proper route or paid your dues as they have, in every field and in every instance that person is insecure of their own abilities and typically mediocre at best. People who are truly talented and successful at anything always have a positive attitude and encourage others to attempt to do what they have done. It is partially because they know they are good enough and they don’t fear more talented individuals proving their inferiority, and it is partially because they have a pure love of the field and they want others to do things that are truly amazing and exceed even their own abilities.

20 Responses to Being Born With Magical Ability

  1. While I agree with most of your basic points, I think it is important to keep in mind that the opposite viewpoint is also problematic. While it’s silly to think of magical aptitude as a switch that some elite club or order has “on” while everyone else in the world has “off,” there are also folks who contend that for some mysterious reason there is no “talent factor” involved in magick at all. Maybe you’ve never run into them, but I have.

    It’s interesting that you characterize the New Thought Movement as a group that believes in some sort of elite with special powers that most people lack, because I would identify most of the people who argue against the existence of any sort of “talent factor” as New Thought or at least New Age believers. If you take a look at “The Secret,” for example, there’s no mention of talent anywhere in it – it doesn’t matter who you are, just think the right way and the world will fall into line, no talent or even work required.

    In my experience when developing a particular magical skill (and you are correct in your assertion that there are many) both talent and work play a role in how quickly you can develop it and to some extent how good at it you will be once you do, just like any other human skill. But a person should certainly never be made to feel that they “can’t do magick” because they lack some crucial and hard-to-define “talent.” Anyone can learn magical skills, some people just have a harder or easier time with certain of them.

    • Rob says:

      Well there is a general theory going around that magic has a direct cause and effect relationship that is largely independent of the magician. If you do A correctly, B will naturally follow. Key components of magic, such as spiritual attainment, intelligence, creativity, and emotional control are disregarded as unnecessary. Instead they are replaced with following instructions, performing rituals as written, saying the right words and moving your hands correctly, and having tools made and blessed the proper way.

      Of course if the magician doesn’t matter, how much talent or ability they might have doesn’t matter either.

      Even though the entire premise is incorrect, I do understand how a person can come to that conclusion. There’s so much feeding into it I could really do an entire post on it, but the reason for the misunderstanding mostly comes down to the fact that, due to various factors, you can have some magical success despite the magician.

      For the most part though I think the idea that magical power is something only certain people are inherently born with is a much bigger problem. I see it all over the community and it’s often the excuse for why the community is as bad as it is. And it works as a deterrent. It deters experienced magicians from doing anything to help out, teach, or inform others in order to actually improve the community (as opposed to just bitching about it) and it deters others from ever trying to learn magic and reach some degree of spiritual attainment.

      Personally I’d prefer to teach a person who had no magical ability at all but believed that didn’t matter than someone who had a lot of magical ability but believed they would never be successful because they were born wrong.

      I’m not really familiar with the secret, but I do know that a lot of the New Thought systems have someone at the head of the system who is supposedly channeling this information. Although anybody can use the system, the system never teaches how to channel and get the information for yourself. That’s all I was referring to. It’s the same as how anyone can pray to God for help, but only Christ can raise someone from the dead on a whim. It creates a rift between an elite few and the rest of the world based on perceived magical gifts.

      I do agree that talent does exist and plays some role in developing magical abilities, and every so often we come across a ten year old that can do something we still haven’t mastered after over a decade of trying, but I don’t think it’s something anyone needs to be concerned with. We all have quite a bit of potential and quite a bit of room to grow and develop, and strong magicians are going to be the ones who focus on that and not on what they were or weren’t born with.

      And I honestly do believe that every single person, if they take the time to develop themselves spiritually, will find that there are some areas in which they do have strong innate abilities. At the same time even the strongest and most adept magicians will have some areas in which they are weak.

      • That deterministic cause-and-effect model is one of the reasons that I have problems with some of the “traditional Grimoire” magicians like Joseph Lisiewski, so I know where you’re coming from there. I’d think it would be obvious to anyone that their level of spiritual realization is going to have an effect on how well they do magick, but from some of the stories I’ve heard it’s clear to me that my idea of “obvious” is nowhere near universal. The fact is that if magick were that deterministic mainstream science would have worked out the mechanism long ago.

        As far as teaching channeling goes, the one exception I can think of from the New Age community is Jane Roberts. I’m not a huge fan of her Seth material, but in at least one of her books she explains how she learned to channel by using a Ouija board and then slowly moving on to direct communication. I was so struck by the description when I read it because her method is pretty much exactly how I taught myself to do it years previously as a teenage Ouija enthusiast – so I know from personal experience that it works.

  2. I think this is a wonderful example confirmation bias, taken to extremes that sometimes approach an almost religious fervor. People cling to ideas, usually either the first they were introduced to, or the one which benefits them the most, and see only evidence that reinforces their viewpoint. Either talent is everything, or work is everything; few go with the (admittedly simple) idea that both will effect a person.

    Another prominent online example is the bickering between orders an covens, along the lines of “my favorite group has everything right and is the best etc etc etc and I can prove it! Also, here’s why yours sucks and has everything wrong and backwards:”… Which is exactly why I stick to blogs instead of message boards nowadays lol.

    • Rob says:

      Message boards are almost always full of armchair magicians and first degree Pagans who will tell you how stupid, inexperienced, and dangerous you are because, unlike them, you actually practice magic. Also the solution to every spiritual and magical problem is either to shield better or do a banishing ritual. That’s why I stay off the boards.

      It’s really impossible to have an intelligent discussion there. Even with good moderators, it usually comes down to a compromise where strict rules need to be put down and followed exactly. This usually ends up stifling interesting, helpful, and useful discussion while being just loose enough to allow all sorts of, well stuff I don’t want to read.

      Blogs are better because they have a lot more control. There’s one person controlling the topics of information, and if they don’t like a particular comment they can delete it. If you don’t like a particular blog author, you can just read a different blog. Also I don’t get yelled at as often here.

      I really do believe that the next big thing in the online magical community is going to be blogs and that we still haven’t come close to it’s peak. It’s an excellent medium to communicate magical information.

  3. Albiana says:

    A very thoughtful, thought-provoking post. I especially enjoyed the explanation using Darwin, Einstein and Freud in the metaphor.

    While I personally don’t know if what you describe about “merging with ones HGA” is true or not, I did appreciate your premise concerning the three reasons why folks want/need to feel special and elevated from the pack. Very insightful.

    Thanks for putting this out there!

    • Rob says:

      Thank you.

      We might just have different terminologies for the same thing. I don’t even really care for the term HGA because of some of what is implied by it, but it’s well published enough that I can use it to get a point across and I really don’t have a better way to describe it.

  4. IanC says:

    As an advocate for a professional Pagan clergy, I must say that I’ve never once heard ‘inate ability’ mentioned as a qualification for priesthood. I work in ADF, and we’re building training programs that we think will qualify graduates to be effective Pagan clergy. Those programs are open to all, and all who graduate from them are candidates for ordination. There is no effort made at all to judge whether an applican’t has ‘the power’ or any such thing. Our assumption is that having a brain and a body in adequate working order gives one the ability to learn to do magic and spirituality.
    In my own opinion magic, religion and spirituality are human skills, not divine gifts. Like any human skill, individual ability is based on a combination of natural inclination and capacity (‘talent’) with training and practice. My favorite comparison for magic is art or music. Anyone at all can learn to plunk out a tune on the piano, most can learn to play accompaniment for songs, not so many can become effective entertainers, and very few can reach ‘virtuoso’ status. However, many with plenty of ‘talent’ simply never take on the work and practice needed to move beyond talented to skilled, while many with minimal talent become quite competent through sustained effort. That seems to be precisely mirrored in magic, imo.
    So, a professional priest or mage needn’t be someone with inate magical ability – in fact inate magical ability alone wouldn’t be enough to earn the title. a pro would have both extensive training and extensive practical experience – *that’s* what would be worth paying for. Of course it only makes sense that those able to devote their time to practice would gain skill more quickly and thoroughly than those who can only do so in their spare time. Nothing arcane there, just the way things are. That’s why allowing clergy a life focused on spiritual work is desirable, assuming one sees a need for skilled spiritual practitioners to serve others.
    In my opinion, most humans will never care enough to become self-entertainers with music, or to be their own effective priests. That’s why it’s worthwhile to allow those with the interest (and often the talent) to develop their skills in a full-time setting.

    • Rob says:

      I’ve seen the idea of innate ability get thrown around a lot in regards to paid clergy. After all, what other criteria could we use to figure out who should get to be paid clergy. I’d wager that most people who are involved with the magical community would love to leave their jobs and get paid to focus on their spirituality full time, even if it does mean helping out the community. I’d also wager that most people who enter a system, be it Paganism or Ceremonial Magic or anything else, expect that if they stay with it they will eventually be in a position of leadership, either running a group, founding a group, involved with the leadership of a group, or teaching their own students. Yet the whole idea of paid clergy hinges on the fact that only a small number of people can be paid clergy. The rest of the people involved need to have real jobs to support the clergy.

      You also have to remember that most people enter Pagan religions to explore their spiritual growth and for personal empowerment. A paid clergy system allows for the clergy to explore their spiritual growth and be empowered, but it doesn’t provide this for everyone else. In fact it takes it away from them.

      And personally I’m all about empowering people. There is nothing I’d like to see more than hundreds of thousands of powerful and capable magicians. And I think that anyone eager to grow spiritually should not only be allowed to do so, but encouraged to do so by both giving them good information and forcing them to take care of their spiritual problems themselves instead of doing it for them.

      But most importantly with paid clergy, no one wants to pay for it. There are very few people who believe that paid Pagan clergy would add anything to the community that would be worth a livable wage. It’s a job where a lot of people would love to do it, but no one really wants to pay for it.

      That’s why paid clergy is such an uphill battle. If they were providing an invaluable service to the community, people would gladly pay for it. In fact the clergy could charge for it. But they don’t. And so a lot of the arguments for paying clergy are based on guilt. These people do so much for you and the community, we need to give them money so they can afford to live, it’s not fair that they do so much and are impoverished, ect.

    • Im sorry, but the thought of a full time pagan clergy is deeply disturbing to me. I am nowhere near alone in this. I see this as an attempt to turn wicca/paganism into an organised religion. That is exactly the last thing we should ever do.

  5. Michael says:

    Hi rob, very good article, i agree!

    also had major revelations and transformations through analysis and application of channeled material which led me on the path of magick in the end (Seth Materila by Jane roberts, and the Elias Material – http://www.eliasweb.at/transcripts/

    The Secret is baes on the Abraham Material by Esther Hicks, cleverly marketed, sources left out. Both are very commercial, but the original source material is much better than the watered down “Secret” and saved my ass some time ago again and again by applying it, life became quite a joyride since them.

    One book i own which has a good reputation in teaching HOW to channel (and i count channeling and processing of subjective information as a talent of mine, even if quite undeveloped):

    Michael

    • Rob says:

      Thank you.

      I’ll have to take a look at the book if I ever find a copy. I’ve very few books that even cover channeling, let alone a comprehensive system.

  6. ILLyJE says:

    While I Do agree with some of your points, there is something to be said about what magic, Maji, Majick, or Magik really is. I think everybody has an opinion about what this or that is but when it comes down to the truth, Magic is basically a study of the mystery or unknown abilities that exist but can’t be explained. A majority of the Occult is considered “Magic” even when it’s not. Every Human being has the ability to participate in Magical ability or study if trained, because everyone is born with this ability. some just practice it more than others so it would seem they are more talented even if they are not. then there is the whole religious dogma that teaches that magic and sorcery is evil even though it’s not. many grow up thinking it’s evil or fake or nonsense because of what was told and taught to them as children. so then these people never develop their abilities because of this. I Have studied the Occult, Mysticism, Magic, And Parapsychology ( Psychic Phenomenon) for 27 Years, and have learned a great deal about what is real what is true and the communities that propagate these beliefs we have about these subjects. The human being has three parts, Physical, Spiritual, and Mental. The physical has to do with mundane, the spiritual has to do with Essence, and the Mental has to do with what’s Magical. One is not the other and vice versa. I truly hate it when people consider magic or psionic ability as spiritual or even super-natural when it’s as natural as science or Life. just because you can’t explain it now doesn’t mean it can never be explained. Look at history to prove my point. So, please let’s spread the word and start learning about what’s true and what’s not with these subjects. so everyone can be informed and anyone with magic or Psionic ability won’t be considered special because everyone will have it and everyone will be special and mundane at the same time…

    • Rob says:

      A lot of what you’re arguing is just semantics.

      Yes, the definition of magic is hard to completely define, but at the same time I think all of us know exactly what magic is. However, in regards to your definition, magic is not a study, it is a practice.

      Although I don’t believe that there is one specific magical ability, individuals are born with various degrees of talent within different magical abilities, and some will find certain magical abilities far easier to train than others. We’re not all the same, each of us has different strengths and weaknesses. Although I do believe every person has magical strengths, and that everyone is capable of becoming a good magician through practice, I don’t believe that everyone is equally capable of everything magical through proper training. In the same way I don’t believe that there is a proper combination of hard work, training, coaching, corked bats, and steroid use that can turn just anyone into a power hitter at the level of Sammy Sosa or Mark Mcgwire.

      I also think you make a huge error in splitting things into the physical, spiritual, and mental. Although there are other issues I have with this philosophy, my biggest one is that spiritual things are somehow separated from physical and magical things. Spirituality runs through, and is a part of, everything, including the mundane aspects of our lives and the magic we perform.

      I also think you make a huge mistake in trying to pigeonhole magic into mental ability, even if you are taking a very limited definition of magical ability which includes only psychic ability (which is what I assume you’re doing). That’s the foundation of the theories of parapsychology (which is not the study of psychic phenomena, it is the study of psychic phenomena within the academic confines of psychology), but the idea is still incorrect and disputed by just about every practicing magician. In fact the only people I’ve known to actively promote this idea of magic being a mental ability and spiritually divorced are non-practitioners who study the phenomena.

      Case in point, I could still do magic without my brain. It is totally unnecessary for my magical practice, and I’d prove this to you if my brain were not essential to the continuance of my life.

      I also think you need to look up what the word supernatural means in the dictionary before you complain about how people use it.

      And I never said that magic can’t be explained. I don’t think any practitioner is saying that. In fact I’ve written tens of thousands of words on this blog trying to explain various aspects of magic to people, and I already have a lot more stuff that I hope to explain in the future. Not everyone is going to be good at explaining things, but most magicians understand, at least to some degree, how and why magic works. We don’t label magic spiritual because its unexplainable, on the contrary most magicians understand magic to some degree and quite a few can explain it. In fact a big part of magical practice involves gaining a better understanding of spirituality, because spirituality is not something that magicians usually consider unexplainable.

  7. Skye on her Isle says:

    Thank you for this post. I am new to this study and, not being born with any particularly magical gifts, was wondering if I should be studying at all! I just wrote a post about it on my blog http://breakfastwiththegods.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/cant-get-my-head-around-it/.
    You have given me a little hope.
    Also love your site so far! A great service to seekers. cheers.

  8. clb says:

    ???? What is HGA? Do I have anything to fear from knowing things before they are realized or from knowing information without knowing how I acquired the knowledge? Please help. seriously confused.

  9. Imran says:

    Just going over again to refresh my mind. Thankyou once again. Whenever I feel I reach a dead end in my magical journey, I go over a few pages of your blog. Back on planet earth firmly again lol.

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