Sacred Texts  Index  Previous  Next 

sacred-texts |  Web | Powered by Google

Internet Book of Shadows, (Various Authors), [1999], at

                                   Magick Vs. Prayer 
         One of the questions brought up on MagickNet was the difference between
      Magick and prayer, and how this ties into the scheme of things in general.
      Well, I feel that prayer and magick are only loosely connected.  In prayer,
      a person pleas with their deity for assistance.  Energy wise, the person
      praying is asking that something be changed, and believes that the request
      will result in a change.  
            In magick, we use ourinner energy, combined with earthly andelemental
      energy and Deity  energy, and send this forth do accomplish the goal of our
      spell.   I  think it's  like  "breaking"  in the  game  of pool.    We  are
      controlling stick  (our spell),  while we  gather the  energy  to push  the
      stick/spell.  Our  Cone Of Power is like the cue ball, and the racked balls
      are the target, which effects a change  (breaks, or the goal of our  spell)
      from the force of our energy.  There may be a point where prayer  becomes a
      type of magick  (or, a psychic event)  if the person knows  of the personal
      energies involved, and releases them with the prayer.
            I feel that aprayer works the opposite way. The prayer is arequest to
      effect a change in the  ambient energy and invoke God (using  the Christian
      form).   This change  in energy  is slower because  it is  "diluted" in the
      surrounding energy and depends solely on faith ("I believe it  will happen,
      so it will"). 
            Am I out  in left field or  just being redundant?   I forgive if  I'm
      "running at the mouth".  Now I'll try and tie in Parapsychology.  Magic and
      psi are very  closely related  in that (aside  for leaving  out the 'k'  in
      magicK)  the  same form  of  energy  is used.    It's just  on  a different
      'frequency'.    When  I  do  an  object  reading  or  empathic  reading  on
      someone/thing,  I'm receiving  a type  of energy.   When I  send a  Cone of
      Power, I'm using the same type of energy, but on a (higher?) wavelength and
      with greater  force and higher  power.   Grounding negative feelings  is an
      example  of  converting one  form  to  the other.    Auric  healing is  the
      opposite.  So,  I feel the  energies are inter-changeable.       I ask,  as
      Elsbeth  has, "What do you  think of THIS?"  As  someone stated before, the
      definitions we are trying to define and  clarify are our own, much like our
      beliefs- our own.  We are trying to find, I believe,  common ground between
      the nuances of our definitions and beliefs.
      Blessed Be!

Next: Dying God (Ammond ShadowCraft)