If nobody believed in superstition it would be unable to hurt anyone

 

MAGIC CANNOT WORK

SUMMARY
 
Magic or the occult is the use of non-physical or supernatural or spiritual power to affect the physical.

Magic is claiming for yourself and using the supernatural powers religion attributes to God and Gods and Goddesses and spirits. If there are such beings then you can override them if strong enough. Magic is using secret forces above the powers of nature to command things to happen.

Can magic turn a prince into a frog? Believers say in theory yes.

Here is more of what they teach. We do magic for some good end. Even what is called evil magic is done for a good end - it is just misguided. Magic is neither good or bad. It is just magic. But it can be used for good and or not so good results. We need order. We use magic to impose order so turning anybody into a frog is very unlikely and the universe would be chaotic if we were turning people into animals. We can do it but it won't happen for we deep down don't want to be able to alter nature to that extent! To do a spell you don't really want to do is to turn the spell against itself. Thoughts are magnets and beliefs are thoughts. The more you believe you could turn a person into a frog in principle the stronger in general your magic will be.

In other words, they come up with an excuse for why we cannot order a loaf to turn into gold. They tell us we can but we don't really want to! It would follow then that if you cast a spell for doctors to find a cure for your cancer using gene therapy that you don't really want them to for deep down and even if you do not realise it you are afraid of what their success with genes could lead to. You will fear it gives them a bigger chance of playing God.

Notice how their argument says we don't want to be able to alter nature to the extent that we can turn a prince into a frog? But surely we would want to be able to do it to some extent? For example, maybe in Africa we could turn sand into antibiotics for the dying who cannot avail of medical help?  Or perhaps sand could stay sand and be given inexplicable antibiotic capacities? Also, maybe we could give them poison to drink after using magic to prevent it from harming them but making it harm the illness?

We are told that we want magic to work with nature not against it. We may even be told that we are gods in the flesh and long ago we set up the universe. They say we used magic to set up natural law for order is so important. We need that security. If we need it to the degree that we can do nothing magically to save a dying person in Africa then clearly we no longer can use our magic powers at all. Practitioners say that we must not do magic for a money win and then sit watching television doing nothing to help it to happen. Sitting about supposedly implies that you are so doubtful that you will get the money that you are not going to get up and look for it. Get out and buy tickets. The lesson is that magic works best if you show confidence in it and in yourself by working to make the spell come true by natural as well as supernatural means. But that does not deal with the fact that if magic works it should work whether or not you smooth the way. The supernatural supposedly assists the natural and the natural assists the supernatural. But is that true? No - its just a way of blaming you for wanting too much when your spells fail. You didn't use the magic sensibly to get a good result. No wonder magic believers have you doing spells for small things that are going to happen anyway!

Magic believers say, "Whoever commands magic to bring her or him a fabulous mansion to live in and doesn’t receive it, will receive either something as good in its place or the mansion is waiting for her or him in a future life. Everybody does magic whether they know it or not. You may have to wait a long time before your magic brings you what you desire. Never rush it. The energy may expend itself on trying to bring the goal forward and run out of steam. Achieving the goal is more important than how long it takes you to reach it." Again this is a cruel trick for hiding the fact that magic does not work. It keeps people waiting for a success that will never come. It has them thinking, "Okay I didn't get the lotto win, but I am healthy while my sister is dying of cancer." It is twisted.

Christendom rightly states that magic is claiming to have invisible and or supernatural powers to cause effects without reference to God. Magic denies that God is ultimately in control. Magic and strong self-esteem go together. You must have the confidence if you are going to command things to happen according to your will. Magic and the God of Islam, Jesus Christ and Moses are incompatible.

However, though magic is more agreeable with self-esteem than religion is, why not drop the magic and keep the self-esteem?

Magic is a power by which we can make nature change and which allows us to rearrange the universe according to our liking. Its about a narcissistic delusion of power. The followers of magic suffer and die like the rest of us. Their alleged powers give them no advantage. And you don't want to put the delusion down as an advantage! It feels good but it can only produce more delusion and even disappointment. Mysticism is a form of magic. This is about not so much as making money rain down from Heaven and instantly curing your illnesses but as about having a magical state of happiness and a sense of union with all creation. Mysticism is as narcissistic as magic spells and witchcraft but in a less obvious way. That makes it even more dangerous and superstitious!
 
Magic believers try to appeal to the New Physics. They think they see its discoveries and principles as showing that magic is real. But take the Uncertainty Principle - it says uncertainty is built into the very nature or fabric of reality. It would follow then for magic believers that if you do a spell to get a job, you are tuning into the powers of uncertainty and heaven knows what you might unleash. What kind of magic is that? Its no good!
 
Science searches for truth within the probability paradigm. It does not claim absolute certainty about anything. This reflects the fact that everything is changing and everything depends on other things and everything has exceptions. If science sees a miracle, it will not say its a supernatural event. It cannot. It cannot say its magic. Science has no problem with nature changing its behaviour. It just assumes that no God or supernatural force or magic is behind it. Science cannot be practical or useful unless it assumes that. A statue bleeding might be understood as not being against science. What is against science is saying its a miracle.
 
You are shot by an arrow. A man comes to pull it out. You will not let him unless you get all the scientific details about what happened. What angle was the arrow shot from and from exactly how far? And who did it? There is no point in asking all this and wasting time. You may end up dead.
 
Though witchcraft today claims to be a benign nature religion the fact is that all magic is evil magic, trying to avoid what really matters. What matters most is not spells, believing in God, a man who rises from the dead, in miracles but believing in your power to change and make yourself happy. Don’t try to change the world but change yourself and nice changes will happen automatically around you. It is not what you have in life that matters or who loves you. What matters is how you feel about your life. What people need is self-esteem training not magic. Magic then arises from laziness and therefore lack of concern for self-esteem. Magic workers say that magic cannot work without self-esteem for you produce magic from your own mind and emotions and if you don’t have good self-esteem you cannot really trust in the spell so it can’t work. So magic contradicts itself by requiring something that it forbids!
 
Magic is trying to manipulate reality. Believers claim that love spells are wrong for they are too manipulative for they are trying to make another person love you. They say that instead you should do a spell to make yourself more lovable to another. But there is no difference in forcing a person to love you and in forcing them to see that you are lovable and therefore attract them. Nobody can love anybody unless they see them as attractive. If love spells are wrong, then who will want to do magic? To do a spell to make yourself more lovable to another is also manipulative for you are degrading yourself by turning yourself into somebody else’s idea of desirability. We all love people with faults. The Witch trying to use magic to catch a man who likes gossip is making him see her as a gossip or using magic to turn herself into a gossip! This is self-manipulation, self-deception. Also to magically make yourself more lovable in the eyes of the other is to manipulate him so that he will see this. For example, the spell might have the side-effect of putting his mother in an accident so that you can help her and he can see that.
 
The self-righteous say that spells that use force are wrong. But that can be said of any spell. For example, a healing spell will try to force a person to have a better attitude for a good attitude is one of the main helps in recovery. A person wants to change their own attitude. They don’t want forces doing it for them.
 
All magic is harmful and the notion of white magic is nonsense and sooner or later the white magician will see that and the temptation to use malicious magic and start calling up demons will get too much. Magic should lead to black magic and Satanism. Magic workers who claim to harm none are just deceivers.
 
We know that some people will die in accidents. Nothing can stop that. Then why not use magic so that evil people or your enemies will be the ones struck down instead of the innocents that these things happen to? You would be shuffling the pack so that the deserving people have the accidents. It is probably because magic leads to attempted murder and evil that the Bible God says that we should not suffer a sorceress to live (Exodus 22:18). The context doesn’t allow us to get liberal. God is blunt. He says the life of a sorceress should not be tolerated. He could have demanded some other treatment for them but he demanded execution indicating that this was compatible with love your neighbour as yourself for the sorceress is dangerous no matter how altruistic she seems to be or acts. God evidently believes that there is something in this magic – why else be so harsh against it - but we know better! The view that God opposed it for he wanted to keep his people free from pagan influence doesn’t explain the harshness.
 
Magic workers still get cancer and have accidents and die so magic is wasting time. Magic is always evil because it implies that it is better to do nothing active for other people but spend all your time casting spells to help them. This like becoming a contemplative nun dedicating yourself to a life of prayer for others is really putting faith before people. Religion is schizophrenic, it pretends to want to help people and then chooses, in its smugness, a futile way of doing so. Magic workers will respond that magic doesn’t happen just if you sit back you have to help it to work by doing something. But though you may help it to work it is only a small part. If you help your sick father by looking after him it is mostly how circumstances you can’t control work out that do any good. The doctor will help, the nurse will help, his medicine has to agree with him, the heating has to work, your own health has to be okay there is so much. Magic then needs to be very powerful to look after all those things so why shouldn’t it work if you do nothing?
 
What I could never understand was how people who could allegedly bend spoons by mind power can’t change their DNA so that they remain youthful until death or manage to change their DNA so that they never die or get cancer. They say magic cannot give you a new set of teeth if your adult teeth all fall out. But why not? Some people do grow teeth a third time. When magic changes what is going to happen it should be able to change nature for changing this is still changing nature.
  
MAGIC IS VICIOUS
 
It is a big thing in modern spirituality that nobody can hurt you unless you let them. This mentality blames the rape victim, for example, for being upset and devastated about being violated. If God helps and God does miracles, if magic helps and magic does miracles then this vicious attitude is more justified than it is. If there is supernormal or magical power available to help, it is far more the victim's fault for suffering than it is if there is no such power. That is the kind of malevolence that people who say miracles happen are engendering. Roman Catholicism upholds saints who suffered beyond belief for the faith as examples of how people can have peace and joy no matter what others do to them. The Church says these people turned to God and trusted him so much that nobody was really able to hurt them - they were so happy they might not have even registered the physical pain. So the Church then needs to explain why we should disparage rapists if the victims cause their own suffering. So the Church needs to explain why we should disparage paedophiles and child molesters for the victims have chosen to hurt themselves because of the abuse. It is small wonder with an attitude like that how the Church has so little sympathy for victims of child sex abuse. The Church has to think that the victims damaged themselves in relation to how they responded to the abuse and so the abuse itself did little harm. The Church has to think that the victims are evil for wanting the molesters punished for what the victims did to themselves.

 
MAGIC CANNOT WORK

The occult means the hidden. It is about using hidden forces and beings to get what you want be it an event or a revelation. Magic is causing things to happen by non-physical means and by using the alleged hidden abilities of the human mind.
 
Believers when confronted with scientific evidence say that astrology doesn’t work or that magic cannot do any good say that there are other ways of knowing not just the scientific way for sometimes you just know something for no reason. If they have the right then to erect dogmas and dangerous practices on this foundation then what would they say to a person who believes they just know that the world will end next year, or that Jack the Ripper did right or that God wants women impregnated at all costs? They set up a double standard.

 “Magic is picturing what you want to happen in your mind and then working up a tremendous desire for it to happen to make it happen.”

Many suppose that drugs and alcohol will have to be employed to intensify the feelings for it is very hard to desire anything as much as the potent spell requires. But drugs and alcohol trick the will and cloud the mind. Using them means you are refusing to take the happiness that comes from accepting yourself as you are. You are taking the harder route. The real will is still there and it does not want this so the spell cannot work. Deep down you want to be your own person. There is always a part of you that does not desire something you want which creates problems too. This is a catch-22 situation.

The will only goes after what is best for yourself – it only gets it wrong when it misperceives what is good for you. Therefore magic is no good when it is done for other people unless it is done to make you a nicer and happier person to others and them nicer to and happier with you. Magic is selfish when it is done to make you enjoy helping others for that is really using them to please yourself and all magic is an attempt to manipulate and sweeten up other people despite white magicians saying that to use magic like that is wrong and is actually black magic.

Psychology refutes the power of magic.  Perhaps it works as a tool that enables you to develop self-esteem? But you don’t need magic for that and you should develop self-esteem on its own and by your own devices not by using hidden forces. The forces would be giving you fake self-esteem for how can you feel good about yourself when you think it is happening because of magic and not because you really genuinely think you are good.
 
The will only seeks what is best for you. All the intentions for which spells are cast are really one intention: what is best for the magician. What is best for you is that you live forever in peace and not die. You cannot truly will to die because you are surer that you will live on if this body does than you are if it will die - so spells for anything else can’t work. All the energy will be taken up to ensure that you live forever in peace or to attract more energy to do this with.

Magicians who ask for friends and money and health for themselves are wasting their power. It is not best for them to waste magic so their spells will be impotent. Happiness lies in having friends and in simplicity and everybody knows that so casting spells is a farce. They have the answer inside them.

If all magicians are after such things thinking they are for the best then there are piles of energy all over the place cancelling each other out. For example, if magician A does a spell to get the job and so does magician B then the energy will cancel. The one that gets the job will imagine it was the spell did it. you would need to do magic 24/7 for a week to win at magic. If you finally get your desire it won't have been worth the effort. The best for every magic-worker is that there be no competition. The growing popularity of magic proves that there is no magic for spells should reduce magic workers on this reasoning.

Some would object to this that the persons with real occult powers are few and far-between and that most magicians are charlatans or impotent. But in that case the real ones should have influenced science to stumble on the secret of eternal or longer life and availed of it themselves. This hasn’t happened.

Altruism is doing good for others and being willing to die and suffer forever to do that good. It is a total turning away from any thought for self. It is impossible for nobody would suffer forever just so that somebody might have a jelly tot.
 
Some would object that what is best for me is not happiness but spirituality and self-sacrifice. They turn magic into a sacrament. But altruism is impossible and evil is not what is best. The more spells you do to make yourself self-sacrificing the less success you will have. Magic will not work to help those who can help themselves without it for the energy is needed for better things than that and laziness is not best for you if sacrifice is. Anybody could do what people call self-sacrifice if they trained themselves.

We are naturally for ourselves alone. We would rather go about in prefect bliss than get that contentment from helping others or even in money. Spells do not work for we don’t get such an amazing high from spell casting. If spells that are for ourselves worked then why don’t they make up the idea of using them to be in permanent ecstasy occur to us? They would if they had any power in them.

The great occult systems place a lot of emphasis on free will.

If you believe in free will then you believe you deserve to suffer all the time. You know how much harm you do chiefly by not sacrificing yourself for others. This will prevent your magic from working good for you for the belief that you should suffer will counteract it.

If there is magic power in us it cannot be used for it does not give anybody eternal youth and life.
 
Magic cannot work when you do not believe or prove it to yourself because the true will only goes after what is real and most important.
  
MIND REIGNS OVER MATTER
 
This seems to be a watertight argument for the idea that mind can control matter.

There are no beings that can change the laws of nature. So, there is no supernatural.

All things must have been designed so how did things come to be so organised?

Minds must have been made by chance and this led to all things being organised for minds had the power to do all this organising. The mind is not all-powerful and cannot change the laws of matter. It just uses these laws to do its will. Suffering and evil are caused by the imperfection of the mind and matter. We can reduce them but we cannot get rid of them for if we could it would have happened long ago. Evolution alone cannot account for design. If there is a law of evolution then why don’t some people live forever and be free from suffering thanks to some force-field? Any evolution that happens happens by chance or is caused by mind-power that makes things improve gradually.

The mind is separate from the body when minds existed before the body.

We use the energy in our minds to make nature work in our favour but only in harmony with its laws. I might be able to make myself win money but I cannot turn sheets of paper into cash.

Whatever we summon into our lives through the power of imagination and emotion we will get. If I ask for a million pounds I will get it in some future existence.

Healing is an important work for us but it only works in harmony with medicine.

Cosmic design proves that mind rules matter.

I try to make a die come up six three consecutive times. What if it doesn’t happen? What if it doesn’t happen even when I want this proof of mind over matter to happen with great intensity? Does that prove there is no mind power? I cannot use the power unless I believe in it. If I don’t believe then I am not really intending to change my world. If I believe in the power I don’t need trial runs so it won’t work. I don’t really want the experiment to succeed for it would not prove that I have power. It is too trivial of a test. My will only wants what is best for me so it would ensure that my energy will only be spent on what is worthwhile.
  
We know that the mind can survive death and is stronger than matter when children who have hardly any brain mater at all still have minds for the mind is something that is plugged into the body and is not the brain. The mind is a machine that is made of undetectable matter. It is not spirit for when it goes unconscious then it would be non-existent for its nature is to be aware. And being without parts there would be no forgetting or making mistakes. That we have no souls or spirits is proven.
 
CRITIQUE. It could be that mind power only works on the body alone. Perhaps we got bodies by chance and evolved them.

We have no evidence when the die experiment cannot work. It is only a theory.

If we evolved ourselves to get where we are why couldn’t we alter our DNA to make us live to 300? All you would need to do is make a few changes in your stem cells and soon your body would be full of long living cells.
 
Consider again the argument
 
“I try to make a die come up six three consecutive times. What if it doesn’t happen? What if it doesn’t happen even when I want this proof of mind over matter to happen with great intensity? Does that prove there is no mind power? I cannot use the power unless I believe in it. If I don’t believe then I am not really intending to change my world. If I believe in the power I don’t need trial runs so it won’t work. I don’t really want the experiment to succeed for it would not prove that I have power. It is too trivial of a test. My will only wants what is best for me so it would ensure that my energy will only be spent on what is worthwhile.”
 
There are two replies to this.
 
Some people do need trivial tests to start with. They need them to work to have belief.  Magic workers say that faith in magic develops gradually and starts off with small blessings achieved through magick.
 
It is best for me then for the trivial tests to work. They give me the assurance that I should try the harder things such as healing cancer patients.
 
MAGIC AND NATURE
 
Occultists say that they cannot change the way nature works. If you have a nose like a potato, magic will not turn it into a nice slender nose with white soft skin. You will not be able to become a metamorph.

This doctrine of the concord between magic and natural law is part of the Law of Balance in the Church of Satan which counsels warlocks and witches to work only for what has a fairly good chance of happening naturally. Witches on TV tell you that they cannot make you look like a screen goddess or an Adonis with an invocation or potion but they can make you feel better about yourself.

But if magic works, miracle changes can be done and should be happening all the time.

If magic can help cure cancer then why can’t it make the nose take some painless disease or a disease with a pain that you can bear or control by injections that takes the excess cartilage off and leaves a nice perfect nose behind? Why can’t it make Mother Nature into a first-class cosmetic surgeon?

Nature changes the structure of things and atoms all the time. What was a living cell today will be something else tomorrow. So magic should be able to turn princes into frogs and vampires into bats. This is not against nature if you summon the forces of change in nature.
  
But perhaps the reason a person cannot change their nose or turn princes into frogs is because that would be an irrational spell? It would be better and easier to cast spells to make you happy and confident in spite of your nose and to disfigure the princes some usual way. Many would argue from this that it would follow that to try and kill a person through magic would be nonsensical for only a spell to make him or her lovable would work. From this, it would follow that most magic is irrational for instead of asking for money or friends you should just ask for happiness and live the simple life that makes it easy. Why ask to be happy when you have to be happy to cause the magic to work? It cannot work if it is unnecessary and therefore irrational. Magic requires picturing the event you desire to happen and rejoicing in it. We have proved that even if magic exists it must be a latent power and can’t be used.

The Church of Satan says that it takes as much power to make a cup float in mid-air to influence the thoughts of people far far away (page 121). Perhaps to offset people testing the power of the Satanist by asking him or her to levitate a cup he complains that even then people would still assume that it is a trick. Thought they could influence minds? If that power exists why can’t we change our tiny DNA in our cells so that ageing will be halted forever? It would be easier to alter the DNA in your finger than to levitate a cup. It is also more desirable and desire is one of the ingredients of magic. You only need to do a few cells and they will slowly replace the dying ones so that you gradually become an immortal. Doing the stem cells which can be worked on to cause regeneration would be the best idea.

If you can lift a cup by magic you can change nature.

SOME MAGICAL THEORIES

Psychokinesis is the power of mind to control matter. It means you can alter matter just by thinking and feeling and nothing else. It seems to be a safe assumption that this power exists for it would explain evolution and the intelligent design of our bodies and the creation. Since it is issued from fallible minds there are many mistakes and conflicts.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating so if we employ the power and get results and keep a journal we could soon develop faith in this power. The principle way the power will work is to make you arise to a greater inner peace and happiness for that is the most important concern for every person.

Why does this power not give us eternal life?

The answer is that it would take too much power to change the universe into a perfectly safe place. In billions of years the universe will perish and it would take too much power for us to do anything to avert that. To try and gain eternal life of any kind through magic is a waste of time. It is not death we have to fear but our feelings about death. We fear life but we are programmed to fear death when death looms. How can the power save us from death when death does not seem real to us? Any joy we get is because we largely believe that we will never die. The delusion helps us though part of us knows we will die.

Can we use this power to kill people?

No for it is a waste of energy for the real problem is ourselves. Magic that is a waste will not work because it is best if we do not waste and magic only works when we perceive it to be for the best. If we could use the power to cope with them that would be better and simpler. Magic is a terrific consolation - it gives us hope that we can change. Magic is a sacrament, a rite that is supposed to empower you to live in a better way. Magic cannot bring you money and power directly. All it does is help your emotional health so that you can get these things the natural way.

In reply to all this, magic could give us longer life if it cannot give eternal life. But magic workers do not live longer than usual. Magic would be able to correct defective feelings in a second because when it has to fit our deepest and most rational desire, to work, and the present moment is more important than the future being the seed of the future it would psychologically correct us instantly. And therefore what would you need a journal for?

When the tamest and most harmless theories of magic cannot work or make sense we very well can’t expect the stronger or darker doctrines to make any sense either.
 
MAGIC AND THE DOMINO EFFECT
 
All things are part of one huge domino effect. Each and every event affects the other. Every thought ultimately steers the universe in a new direction. Even dropping a paper clip changes the direction of your life and the world forever. It makes it go a different way.

If magic works then it works by causing an event that will set the stage to lead to your wish coming true. That makes it simpler than trying to send out power to control a pile of events to bring the result about. All you have to do is direct that one tiny event will happen that makes the domino effect go the right way for you. But that cannot be done because you have to take control of everybody else’s magical domino effects as well. It is not simple and requires the impossible task of trying to influence everything and everyone on earth. All magic must require a vast amount of power that would put a thermonuclear bomb to shame. When you need all that power just for the tiniest possible spell how can any spell work?

If magic can get you what you want and cannot enable you to secretly find the cure for death or deafness whatever so that you can save or heal yourself there is something wrong.

If there are two magicians they will be working at cross-purposes for each is trying to change the domino effect in his or her way. One change in the chain wrecks everything.

Using the domino effect will ensure that it will be one hell of a long time before you get your wish for there are billions and billions of events that have to work for it and billions of rival forces to get out of the way first. Magic could work but it would be useless when if you cast a spell for love the love will not be won for you by the spell until after ten billion reincarnations!

Could you cast a spell to keep the domino effect you are using separate from the ones used by others? Then you would be asking for some force to sweep you and some others away to another world to get you away from the domino effects on earth for you cannot step outside the universal domino effect. What you would need to do is to work a spell to cause the different effects to link up with one another to produce all the effects.

You can get out of the general domino effect for a while. When you are shut away alone in your room dying for example. You are strapped down and immobile in the place where you will be found dead so no matter what you think or try to do it will not change anything in the future. In that room, you will have a domino effect that nobody else will be able to change. Why can’t you magically ensure that you will not die until somebody opens the door? You should be able to when you have temporarily escaped the effect.

If magic existed then you should be able to alter your concept of time so that you dream the equivalent of a century in some island paradise. Why can’t you have visions of the future – if you can do silly magic?
 
Conclusion
 
Magic is nonsense. Go and help somebody instead of casting spells.

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