Magick is not an idea or ideal to me. Magick is a given, natural part of life available to us each to tap into. It tends to be overlooked, other words may be used to replace it, it hardly gets intentfully tapped into, many turn the other way when it happens, explain it away, or deny it altogether if it can't be proven scientifically or otherwise by some other authority beyond your own heart authorization.
Magick is simply the miracle of life that is embodied in Nature (from which all things come and will return) and is this experiential experience of experience itself that YOU are creating to what ever degree you choose to consciously engage your innate powers to manifest.
People who live by "magick" know this to be the art of changing consciousness in alignment with true will by using natural energies available to us all. It is self-enhancement at its best, with the highest good of all built-in.
Some ask why magick vs. magic? There may be different schools of thought on this, and its history goes back farther than will be found documented, but for practical purposes the basis is a differentiation between performed techniques and parlor tricks (done by masters of illusion) for entertainment (magic) and natural techniques for harnessing energies, both internal and external, to create change within and without (magick).
By definition, magic tries to imitate magick, which is something that utilizes the subconscious to manifest changes within your consciousness.
That being said, words are words and their meanings are only such that we attach to them. So, whether you use "magic" or "magick" isn't going to make a difference if you hold the meaning in your own heart, but some prefer it one way over the other, feeling strongly in the differences of definition above.
It's said that Aleister Crowley (known for The Thoth Tarot) is credited with using the "k" spelling to create the difference between the two, however the word "magick" long precedes Crowley - there are older texts, before spelling was standardized, which reference "magick" in place of "magic." And of course Ancient Shamans, Pagans, Witches, Wiccans, Wizards, Priests and Priestesses....all tapped into "magick" - the Elemental Energies that can be harnessed as part of a creative process to manifest.
It is also known by many different names including magick, prayers, miracles, life force, juju, karma, or simply energy.
For interest sake, Catherine Beyer shares:
"Aleister Crowley started using the work "magick" and gave several reasons why. The most often mentioned reason is to differentiate what he was doing with stage magic. However, such a usage is really unnecessary. Academics discuss magic in ancient cultures all the time and no one thinks they are talking about the Celts pulling rabbits out of hats.
But Crowley gave several other reasons why he used the term "magick," and these reasons are often ignored. The central reason was that he considered magick to be anything that moves a person closer to fulfilling their ultimate destiny, which he called one's True Will. By this definition, magick doesn't have to be metaphysical. Any action, mundane or magical, that helps fulfill one's True Will is magick. Casting a spell to get a boy's attention is most certainly not magick.
Crowley didn't choose this spelling randomly. He expanded a five letter word to a six letter word, which has numerical significance. (Hexagrams, which are six-sided shapes, are prominent in his writings as well.) “K” is the eleventh letter in the alphabet, which also had significance to Crowley."
Needless to say, I prefer to use the word "magick" myself, but regardless of which you use, again, it is the meaning you hold about any word (or anything for that matter) that makes the difference. And for anyone who had questions about this, as I know many of you do - some of which have already inquired - then you can understand why you see different forms of this word and how people may have particular preferences in terms of which they use.
That all being said, magick is something I believe is in our capability to create in our lives and naturally is being created because it is the basis of existence.
Each of us have experienced "magick" in one form or another...you know those times when things all just align and are effortless synchronicities that mirror your heart's truest desires and are collective blessings simultaneously - times when you get those chills, can't explain what just happened (nor do you feel the need to), and the experience simply feels enchanted and almost unbelievably out-of-this-world miraculous, yet so down-to-earth natural and as you always felt it "should" be.
There are way more experiences than I can begin to share in my own life since the time I set foot in this life experience, until now, that would fall into the "magick" category. And I hear countless stories from people about their "magickal" experiences. They all fuel the inspiration and belief for the rest of us to never give up hope and to consciously choose to live with more presence and empowered command of all of our senses in tune with the elements of Nature and consciousness itself.
But, for me, one "magickal" experience in particular came to mind to share that helps to truly defy all "ideas" of what IS and ISN'T possible.
It is not something I dreamed, nor imagined. And I was old enough to have discerning capabilities. Interestingly, a dear friend of mine recently had shared a dream in which she was given all of the "how's" to explain how what I'm going to share is possible. And I remember her posting about it, saying she woke up feeling frustrated not able to actually make what was told to her IS possible, happen. I then told her, in hopes it would support her feelings and fuel the belief, "It IS possible and in fact, HAS happened to me."
The experience took place when I was about 10 years old.
The experience was "breathing under water".
I remember it as clearly as the day it happened. My brother and I were swimming over at our neighbor's house where our two best girlfriends lived. We would spend hours in the pool and this one particular day was like all others, where we played many games. This game was "who could hold their breath longest" while we all were sitting in the jacuzzi. One person would stay up on the surface and watch for the winner. The other three would hold our breaths and go down under until we could hold it no longer. Pretty normal game, but this day was not "normal" - or was it?
I was down holding my breath and while I was, I remember the experience being almost like one I was observing and as if it was in a movie. I felt very relaxed and had a full breath, but was the youngest of everyone and tended to have weaker lungs when I was young, so chances were that I wouldn't win. I don't know what happened to make me do it, but something in me told me to start trying to breathe. It would seem like an odd thought, and yet I felt so naturally inclined to try it. Why not? I didn't plan on doing it, nor thought it out, or was put up to it. It was just a natural inspiration that came through as an inner voice that I was inclined to curiously follow.
Seemed pretty impossible, right? But I went ahead. For some reason I knew that the way to go about it was to take very small, shallow breaths through my nose and so I did. And nothing happened. At least nothing you thought would have, like coming up to the surface choking on inhaled water. Instead, I found that nothing was coming into my nose at all, except oxygen. And my lungs kept supplied with air and I was relaxed and felt I could stay down there forever and would most definitely win.
It felt "normal" and I just remember feeling so free and expansive, while I was enjoying watching the others under the water struggle to hold on to their breath, while I was floating like a little fish.
And of course, win I did. As the others came up while I remained below. But it wasn't long after they did, that a hand reached down and pulled me by the shoulder to yank me up. I remember being so mad that they'd interrupted this "magickal" moment that I didn't know if I'd be able to do again, as I wasn't sure how I did it in the first place.
I never told any of them at the time. I think I liked having my own magickal little experience to myself, with no need to try to convince anyone that it had actually happened, knowing nobody would believe me.
This became a constant in my life...defying definitions and ideas I'd been told or taught, and having unexplainable "miracles" take place - all of which continued to fuel the constant belief I would maintain throughout life - that ANYTHING is possible.
Being very empathic and impressionable, it would be a challenged journey to stand firm in that belief while processing and experiencing the things I was taught or conditioned with, but there was always an innate hope in me that was never killed and I believe is part of what got me to where I am now. Regardless of how bad anything got, or even if I got off track and doubted, I would return again, renewed with continued and stronger belief, knowing there simply was more than the limitation of that moment. And I could change that.
Life constantly was filled with "magick" because the core part of who I was, believed, despite being thrown off course. It wasn't consistent, because of needing to relearn what was natural, but was there enough to keep reiterating to me, like my soul's alarm clock that had been pre-set upon coming into this life, knowing just when and how I would need to receive its ring.
And over time, more and more, I learned how it was that I could consciously create that "magick" in a way where I could synergize my conscious self with the innate parts of me that were always operating, in order to harness that creative power in bigger and bigger ways.
Just like we all have the ability to do. And I do feel it starts with belief.
How do the magickal things happen? They happen because of those moments when you are fully "tapped in" and are riding a wave unbounded by any limiting thoughts, beliefs, and feelings and you merge fully with the Oneness of your Divinity in wholeness. Some people do this by conscious will, but most of the time we do it unconsciously - usually in the moments when you forget "trying" and "thinking" and start "naturally" being - just as I did down under that jacuzzi water. I was connected to that inner magickal child without boundaries, who wasn't yet fully reshaped into something different.
The key is to learn to access this "magick" always and to tap back into that child within that is pure of heart and Source-innocent. And then, to become conscious of the processes of mastering elements and yourself, in ways that can produce consistent experiences by will.
Magick begins with believing in yourself and the possibilities of anything. It pushes you to go out of your conditioned comfort zones and to tap into the innate Universal gifts that are available by sharpening and purifying all of your senses. You are capable of creating anything and to do so intentfully.
You must be willing to step out of who you "think" you are and into who you "really" are.
With this kind of power, comes responsibility. So, if you aren't willing to commit to responsible living, then you may not be ready to fully access these powers. Everything happens in synchronous timing, but the more you embrace your connectedness to all things, the more the hidden presence of magick will make itself clearly known in your life.
Magick can be the "norm" (and in reality IS and always WAS) but we are so used to operating outside of this innate way that the Universe/We is/are by default, that we think the less than "magickal" ways of life are what is considered natural and whatever "normal" means, while the "magick" is something supernatural and happens by chance, but hopefully with an explanation to "humanize" it. ;)
I believe in magick and I believe that anything we can imagine is possible. I choose to live as though magick is my experience of being human.
How about you?
Magick or magic, you can make it the experience of your life if you truly are ready for all that comes along with it and all you must leave behind in order to create it.