Under the magic of ordinary people often understand "all these interesting things of type of card divination or lucid dreaming, or in the crystal ball to see the future". Really magic, if you give the most General definition, is the attempt of a helpless man to make the world more manageable. We can say that it is an ancient form of religiosity, or the amazing development of skills or the comprehension of the mysteries of nature. Definitions a lot. But magical thinking in the first place, natural for a child. From folklorists and anthropologists have even such a area of interest, as children's magic, which involves a challenge to Queen of spades or bead amulets that protect from bad marks. Magic is a very vague concept. And before you dive into this amazing and dangerous world, we need to clearly answer the question of what is needed: to treat people, to see the future or travel in your dreams.
People come to magic, having experienced a mystical experience. It can be positive or negative. A positive associated with feelings of enlightenment, purification, unexpected joy and special comfort: "I'm in his place and know where to go." It is similar to poetic inspiration or love. Negative experiences can be associated with a situation where life hung in the balance and for survival had to devote considerable emotional and mental effort. It can be clinical death, the crime situation, a powerful domestic drama. In any case, this experience causes a person to break with his usual social circle and to reach out to people who are able to understand his feelings.
Modern theories of magic there are three types. The first is based on the personal power of man. He increases and brings with him to the next incarnation. This man, a mercenary who realizes that he retired to come from nowhere and can kill at any time. The second type implies that a person assigns themselves a kind of force that directs his path. For example, this is the magic of Reiki. Roughly speaking, it's like that to join a public organization. She will protect and help, and then asked to repay the debt. For example, offer to pass out flyers to invite new members. The third kind is the magic tools and operations that force an invisible entity to help the magician. Ceremonial magic involves rigid self-discipline and strong intellectual abilities, because you will have to cast spells in different languages, to read the writings on the history of the issue and to keep in memory the set of all abstract things.
The dedication and training of the novice experienced master is very important. Prodigy is able to fall under the power of your unconscious, to get involved in a state of altered consciousness and to completely depart from reality. But at the same time, any beginner can become a victim pseudogene. People who have magic, even if they are charlatans, pretending to be wizards, as a rule, possess the skills of hypnosis, the trance, are able to convince. And intentions are far from spiritual. Perhaps before you'll be tempted to go on a seminar for the opening of the third eye, the newcomer should talk to a competent psychologist or employee of the Department of anthropology or folklore. Scientists will be able to choose the proper literature, for example, will introduce the classic work on magic - the twelve volume study of the Fraser "the Golden bough". Or tell me about what "new Age" and why the magic schools is actually a cover for other, more pragmatic organizations.