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« Reply #1: September 03, 2008, 12:42:42 pm »

I perform magic on a somewhat regular basis.  I assume that it has the power to actually affect change in the world or I wouldn't bother.  So assuming it works (at least some of the time) I have a couple of questions:

Do you feel magic is more effective when coupled with religion, or separated from it?  Do you pray (to anyone/thing) for favors or success?  Do you ask that other entities carry out action on your behalf?  Is this really magic, or is it worship?  If you practice non-religious magic do you believe that the energy comes from within you or without you?
In my case, I am not very religious, but I am very spiritual.  Being a witch encompasses every aspect of my life pretty much.  I see the world as: how does my behavior effect it, and how can I change it and myself to make life better for me and my loved ones and possibly the world.  This is a daunting task, but is mostly automatic/habit.  That being said, I believe they can be seperate.  However, I do not doubt that asking God for something is far more effective than doing it myself, assuming I get what I want, because God is more powerful than me.  But you do not always get what you want from God.  Some would say, you are not meant to have it... could be...  Or my view, God is too busy, do it yourself.  I am a believer in the idea that God is like a parent to me.  He is not there to do everything for me.  He is there to teach me to do for myself and fall back on him when absolutely necessary.  I wouldn't ask my parents for money everytime I need something, I would go without until I can get it for myself.  Only if I am in dire need would I go to them.  I do spend time with them, and tell them that I love and appreciate them and give them gifts...  All things I do or could do with God.  Power to do for myself, physically, mentally, mystically, magickally, all come from God.  I thank Him for it, but do not bow my head.  That's just me.
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