Long answer, yes. But if you’re like me you need to know that magyc is not only possible but plausible. This next section is long and involved so you may want to do it in a couple of sitting, like chapters in a book.
For your long answer then, I direct you to the Universe at large and the sub-atomic Universe within. First let your mind journey outwards into the cosmos. You will have to travel at the speed of light. That’s as fast as anything we know travels-- 700 million miles an hour in the vacuum of space. That means light can travel around the world 7 ½ times in a single second. Imagine how far light could go in a minute (448 times around the world), in an hour (26,889 times around the world) in a week, a month, and finally a year. This last time span, a year, is known as a “light year” and it is not a measure of time but rather distance: the distance light can travel in one year. Of course we can no longer use the circumference of the earth as a yardstick, the numbers become meaningless. Instead, to give us an idea of cosmic scale we can say that the nearest star is 4.3 light years away. That’s a lot of miles away.
To get a little better idea of the scale of the real universe, the Milky Way, our galaxy, is 100,000 light years across. Light would need 100,000 years to go from one side of the galaxy to the other. But that’s nothing compared to the size of the universe at large. Scientists believe that the universe is 13.7 billion years old. How do they know? Because we can only see bright objects out to 13.7 billion light years in every direction. That means that what we can see of the universe is 36 billion light years across. Boggles the mind, doesn’t it?
Well, hold on because that's only what we can see because light hasn’t had time to arrive on earth from further away (and why they can estimate the universe is 13.7 billion years old) Beyond that lies most of the universe. It’s estimated that if what we can see of the universe were shrunk down to the size of a quarter the part we can’t see would be the size of the earth itself.
To that add that fact that even the part we can see and detect is estimated at only 5% of what’s really there—the rest being Dark Matter. No one knows what that is. But it's there.
Meanwhile, in the other direction: inward, things get smaller and smaller on the same mind boggling scale until the smallest theoretical particles are the size of nothing. This, however, is the same nothing the universe was created from. When my mother, a Catholic, hears someone say that the universe was created from the Big Bang, she always asks them who created the Big Bang. If you don’t have an answer she will say you can’t create something from nothing, only God can do that.
Okay, but the universe may not have been nothing in the beginning. No thing but not nothing. In the 60’s a physicist Peter Higgs theorized that the entire universe was actually pure energy. This energy apparently can weave itself into subatomic particles. He even named the as yet to be found subatomic particles the “God Particles”. This Universal energy pervades everything at all levels from the macrocosmic to the microcosmic and everything in between.
Energy? Like in a battery or running through the wires by which we now communicate? Yes, and every other form of energy going--all energy. We know know energy on a daily basis. I'm using it now. But none can say what it really is. Oh, we have equations to predict how energy will behave, hundreds of them, but they don’t say what energy actually is. Einstein’s E=MC2 is just such as equation that says there’s a great deal of energy locked up in very little matter. It’s why a couple of pounds of uranium can blow up a whole city.
Let’s call this Energy God, for lack of a better word. Now imagine the Energy at the very roots of all matter weaving together to form various subatomic particles that in turn form electrons, protons, neutrons and the like, which in turn form molecules of matter, which form the cells of our body and all life. We are made of Energy.
“Let there be light”, may have been a metaphor for the Dawn of Creation but an apt one indeed. And when we say as witches that we accept the "Charge" it's the essential truth.
Another interesting fact is that the atoms that everything is made up are mostly made up of nothing. By that I mean, that the center of the atom is the nucleus with its protons and electrons and around the nucleus you have an electron shell. If we were to enlarge the nucleus to millions of times its actual size, say the size of a grain of sand, the electron, in proportion, would be several miles away. In between, nothing we could touch. The truth is that everything we see is mostly nothing.
Now you know why you can see through glass but you can't see through most other solids. The energy fields that make up the glass pass light rays—they just slip through the vast spaces—but don’t pass solids without breaking.
Another interesting fact is that when scientists began investigating the atom to look for the electron they found it right away. There it was the first place they looked. But then they looked another place and there it was too. So they looked back to the first place and it was back there again. So they looked all over and everywhere they looked there it was!
The fact that it's impossible to pin down anything on the sub-atomic level is called the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and it's one of the building blocks of Quantum Theory. Fact is, no one understands the intricate workings of the energies that create and sustain the Universe. Theories abound. Don't worry; we're not going to delve into the intricacies of Quantum Theory. It's really too much work. Besides, if you think you understand Quantum you don't understand quantum, as they say. So what's the point in of getting bogged down in other people's theories. What I can tell you that it works a little like this:
Imagine that you want someone that's already in a relationship. Every time you're in a group with this person you observe how they are, how they relate to their partner and others. From this you believe you know what kind of a person they are and how they would be in a relationship with you. But if and when that actually happens you find that everything is different. This, as everybody knows, is because you can't tell what someone is going to be like in a relationship until you're actually in it with them. Yes? So now you understand Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle (as applied to relationships) and you know as much as the world's most brilliant scientist knows about Quantum and the entire microcosm--for sure. Nothing is certain.
So don't let anyone tell you there is no God or magyc is impossible. It isn't. It's very possible. And there very possibly is a God. It's all Energy.
Of course, there’s no way to know for sure if this Universal Energy is actually sentient, whether it thinks. We may never know.
In fact, that’s generally the line most scientists take. ‘Okay, everything is made of energy. so what? That doesn’t prove there’s a God.'
No, no it doesn’t.
However, here we are. You and I.
But don't worry, science has an explanation for this miracle too. Our lives are explained something like this: a fortuitous series of events t started us up the evolutionary ladder to you and me. Somehow, inorganic chemicals started combining in self-reproducing arrays. Over millions of years these pre-amino acids became bacteria and the bacteria became single celled creatures, up the evolutionary ladder to human beings.
And that’s surely what happened, give or take a few details.
An interesting book is Richard Dawkins’ “Climbing Mount Improbably”. And on the subject of what begat whom: “The Ancestor’s Tale. A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution”
But that’s just the mechanism of how we evolved from inanimate matter to the crown of creation, not why it happened, the purpose of all this living and dying and struggling to evolve. If there were no driving force behind evolution we would still be bacteria. Nor does Darwinist rede, survival of the fittest come anywhere close to explaining why we would even want to survive so badly to pass on our genes, why should we care as humans or amebas? The purpose of our survival instinct: the spark of life, the will to not only exist but to transcend. That remains unexplained. No, science needs to look a bit further, a bit deeper.
Namely, that our consciousness is more than a skull full of neurons trying to figure out a better way to procreate. Oh, it’s that. But it’s something so much more.
Consciousness is sentient energy. Right? When you die that energy goes out of us. But while you are living, you are that energy being within your body much more than the clay figure of our body alone. Perhaps the very reason matter has come into existence in the first place is to provide a vessel for that Universal Energy.
Given that the entire Universe from the unimaginably tiny subatomic particle to the unimaginably vast reaches of the Cosmos—all made of pure energy--is it so hard to believe that the energy of our consciousness can influence the energy of the universe at large?
There’s a fascinating study done by two researchers, Brenda Dunne and Robert Jahn: “Margins Of Reality: The Role of Consciousness in the Physical World” in which they attempt to prove once and for all if it’s actually possible and provable to order chance with the power of the mind. They start with just such a concept, a coin toss. But to limit variables they developed a black box to electronically flip a digital coin and record the results over thousands of trials. Then they would take anybody, the kid that delivered the coffee and donuts, the wife of a friend, as well as some who professed to have telekinetic ability and sat them down in front of the black box and had them will either digital heads or tails, one way or the other.
Their theory is that if the ability to control chance exists it's intrinsic to the human condition and everyone must have it to some extent. This produced a wide range of results from people who couldn’t influence the outcome at all to people who could and some who influenced the result in the opposite way they willed. After literally hundreds of thousands of results, all cataloged electronically so there wouldn’t be any bias slipping in to cloud the results--as so often is charged in parapsychology experiment--they tabulated the result. And yes, there was a small but statistically significant correlation: people could actually influence outcomes with the power of their mind.
What struck me was that there shouldn’t have been any correlation at all. The rigid manner in which the data was collected and analyzed over such a huge number of trials should have washed out any chance occurrence and resulted in a perfect 50/50 split. I reread the book several times and gave it to a statistician friend of mine who was equally impressed with the team’s rigorous approach.
Nor did it surprise me that the result wasn’t greater. People have to learn to focus their wills. A great help is a rite or spell that has been tested over time to produce a higher state of consciousness, what Wiccans call Journeying Between the Worlds—that’s why we do ritualistic magyc and cast spells. The best of us would be at a disadvantage if you put us in a room with a black box and told us to make heads come up. Reminds me of those old Masters and Johnson experiments where they would wire people up in a laboratory and tell them to have sex. I don’t know about you, but video cameras and wires would tend to spoil the mood for me, handcuffs, maybe.
That magyc is possible we have seen. But is it doable by you? That’s the next question.
It’s hard to tell for a given individual.
But it’s a good sign that you have come looking.
And we can be pretty sure that great men and women in the past did work magyc. Religions are usually founded on them. Wydion, Buddha, and the Christ spring first to mind. Of course there are those who would count Buddha and Wydion as mythical and Jesus as real but there’s exactly the same amount of physical evidence in all three cases—none. At the very least, the Buddha is a great spiritual teacher, Wydion a great Celtic sorceress, and Christ a healer. Whether the legends are completely accurate is of little importance. What matters is what we can learn.
In addition, there are recent well documented cases of faith healing--just not as famous as the Ancients because in our day sorcerers are presumed to be either deluded (at the very least) or fakers. Science has ordained it so.
However, what we have learned so far is that science doesn’t have a clue to what’s really going on behind the scenes in the Universe. But something surely is. The Universe, as mentioned at the beginning of this journey of the mind you are taking with me tonight, is a really big deal, the biggest. It’s a wonder we—all of us—know anything at all, or think we do.
But don't get me wrong; science has accomplished great wonders. The likes of which would seem truly magycal before they come to be known.
Magyc too has great success stories. Especially in areas where science is totally helpless like chance, the ability to evoke and bend possibility to ones will. That’s magyc at its essence: the power to sways outcomes in our favor.
Nor does magyc violate of the laws of nature. Magyc is, has always been, and will always be the laws of nature as they unfold before us, though we may never understand them fully.
This too is one of the main differences between
science and magyc--though they are both the same thing when they are
Science firmly believes that if it doesn't understand a phenomenon the phenomenon doesn’t exist.
Or, if science allows for knowledge beyond its scope, it is simply assumed that the universe obeys set laws that will be eventually unraveled. And it's true: science has done pretty well unraveling the easy laws of nature--like Newtonian physics and the movements of the heavenly bodies--until they discovered that all the laws they were discovering tended to interact in the real world in completely unpredictable ways. This is generally where science is now: smack up against a brick wall called chaos theory. Which briefly stated says that infinitesimally small actions have the power to spread out in time like an avalanche started by a single snowflake or a nor’easter getting its start from a butterfly flapping its wings in Peking (hence the name Peking Effect).
What science is saying now is that most everything since the beginning of time is too complex to formulate--other than in tentative theories and instance of probability. This tells us nothing of the inner workings of reality and how to make it work for us.
We believe magyc is real and that we can sometimes harness its power for our own uses, that people can be spiritual butterflies flapping their astral wings--and that by so doing direct the course of future events.
What remains to be done is to make magyc more reliable. But that may not happen for thousands of years. A time when they may look back and say ‘That’s before they discovered magyc.’ Though we who live now know that some of us knew it all the time.
But let's keep it to ourselves, magyc being so
incredibly dangerous in the wrong hands (where it has surely fallen
in the past).
Fortunately for all of us, magyc has a way of destroying those whose
hearts were not true, or just difficult to do with ill intent.
Why? I doubt we’ll even know. The occult is just that:
occulted, that which is not known. We don't know how it works
and we don't know why it works. We just know that it does
work . . . sometimes.
What we know is that our world rushes headlong in near total chaos. So total that we have invented games to prevent us from the certain knowledge that we are continually plunging headlong into an unknowable future. We think we know. But we don't
Besides the fact that the sun always rises--somewhere--we don’t know much for certain about tomorrow. Next week is even more a problem and the year after next is a blur. We may think we know what will happen but a short trip down memory lane—this is what a diary is good for—will remind us that five years ago you thought something entirely different was going to happen than what actually did.
We just don’t think about it, like the fact that we’re going something like 25,000 miles per hour, all of us right now, spinning madly in space on a cooling ball of mostly rock and water orbiting a burning sun so massive that it could consume us in a second if we ever stopped spinning.
And since none of us knows what’s going to happen, isn’t it sensible to do what we can to try and take the helm of our own lives by willing our intent on random fate at large?
And how do we do that? You guessed it: magyc!
Forget the fact that we don’t know how or why magyc works . All we think we know, probably, is that it certainly seems to work sometimes. And if that statement damns with faint praise it’s the most truthful I can summon. It's enough for me.
I'll keep on casting enchantments, sending the tiniest astral wave into the void in fond hopes of having things go my way. And if my good fortune is mere good luck then let me have more good luck. And if those I have healed would have gotten better anyway, good! And if those I have cast protection about were never in real danger, great! And if my wonderful lovers would have come to me anyway, fantastic! Whatever it is I’ll take it!
“There are more things in heaven and earth,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” –from Hamlet
How true; how very true.
so may it be