How Movies Distract from Effective Magick

by Mike Sententia on March 25, 2012

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In movies, magick is difficult if it impacts the plot. Changing the color of your hair? Easy. Healing the main character? Hard. Even though influencing the physics of how matter interacts with light would be way, way harder than energy healing.

I know that you know that movies aren’t real. But…

Think about your dreams with magick. What do you want to accomplish? How hard will it be to learn those things?

Then think about why you picked that.

For me, until I started actually learning healing tcehniques, my daydreams had more to do with cool-looking special effects than with the easiest solution a useful problem.

We explore what we daydream about. The closer our daydreams are to skills we can actually learn, the easier it will be to plot a course to those skills.

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Kol Drake March 25, 2012 at 2:19 PM

I think my first ‘magick’ thoughts were about flying/levitation. Guess that came from some similar dream sequences as a kid. Later, I suppose I was influenced by the old Dungeons & Dragons gaming… I always thought lightning from the hands would be cool to see.

From a book long ago, it spoke of manipulating colored energy ‘strings’ in such a manner as to make ‘knots’ and ‘sculptures’ which produced magical results… a fantasy but, I always thought seeing auras or ‘energy threads’ would be very cool.

Now, I am like you I suppose. SEEING healing; actually manipulating the process to make a wound seal and heal or perhaps re-sculpting damage to a tendon or muscle for ‘no pain’ and mobility would be outstanding.

Although… some of the ‘special effects’ from the Disney’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice movie (w/Nick Cage) were kind of cool — the magic circle, fire in the hand, and the metallic dragon ring coming to life. Okay, I am a fantasy geek as well as a sci fi geek.

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f3n1x_hvn732 March 26, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I think the most similar to “abilities” in real life that are similar that ones in the movies, are telepathy and psychometry. Those are most “accurate”, with the psychokinesis they tend to exaggerate. And of course manifesting is almost never there.

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Kol Drake March 26, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Heh… watch “Men who stared at goats”. They showed remote viewing and some odd bits… half in jest but they really did study and work with that stuff in the 80s and 90s.

Psychokinesis — wow, reminds me of an old movies from the late 60s, early 70s? A ‘committee’ picks teens who show ‘talents’ –PK being one of them; and train them to be killers. Cool part was, they showed a bit where folks sat at a table and made a ‘psi spinner’ work. Reminded me since someone at another site was speaking about purchasing one to practice on recently.

Who knew they were making a ‘magic’ movie!!!

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Dark Arckana March 26, 2012 at 8:05 PM

I personally don’t think that there’s a limit to what Magik can accomplish. The only limit is on the practitioner. My first impressions of what Magik was dealt mostly with reality bending. My master always taught me that “hard is relative to your current skill level and strength”. I just keep focused on the task at hand. My ultimate goal is to be able to materialize tangible objects. I know that it can be done, it’s just a matter of technique and power.

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Mike Sententia March 27, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Thanks for the replies guys. It’s really neat to see the cultural influences that everyone brings to magick. Thanks for writing.

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Anon. Dragon August 25, 2018 at 4:32 PM

I think this would be something that worked if interfaces and much more complex systems were designed, that entered in contact with the physical environment. Analogy: computer programs without graphical interface only will execute functions of the source code on the machine (energy/reality), but with all the proper interfaces (low level, complex, and a lot) it is possible to make it visible in a graphical output, and even interactive.

In my opinion, as “physical reality” has such an abstract base (vectors, magnitudes, fields, operations, base logics), it would be possible to design systems of commands that would interact with such base. Just some random thoughts.

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