regarding your first post, i'm not entirely sure what you're saying. on one hand it sounds like you're saying magick isn't what you think it is and you should seek your own path. but on the other [to me anyway] it sounds like you're saying magick can defy nature [gravity, time, space] and its simply the limitations we make for ourselves rather than a semi-fact. [i say semi fact because magick hasn't been scientifically proven but those who believe in it know it is a part of nature and has the limitations of nature] yes, we do make barriers for ourselves, and yes we should discover limitations for ourselves, but some things are what they are. [example, gravity. it existed before Newton, some people might of tired to fly by walking off roofs, but most knew we were earthbound.]
regarding your second post, yes, many new practitioners want step by step instructions though 'the basics' then call themselves 'grand masters of everything' or whatever and stop learning because 'i mastered the basics'. i never really had a teacher [i had friends who i asked for book recommendations] but i always kept a copy of Wicca for Life by Raymond Buckland by my side for almost a year, so i could constantly turn to it for advice [in my mind he learned from Gardner so he knew the 'right way'] but at some point i took a leap of faith and tried it on my own without the book, scary, but i did it. everyone needs to at some point. [like the child first learning to swim]
now, onto minor personal nitpicks. one you can reach enlightenment, it takes a lifetime [or several reincarnations depending on the faith] and i do feel we can strive for perfection, and we can achieve our own definition of 'perfection'. have you ever read Alice Through the Lookingglass? [love that book while confusing at times] anyway, Humpty Dumpty tells her words can mean whatever you want them to, while theres the dictionary definition, i do feel certain things like 'perfection' can [and should] be defined yourself. perfection and enlightenment [in my view] go hand in hand. you may never look like a model, but if you love yourself exactly how you are, in your eyes, you're perfect. you may never be in mensa, but we all have likes, trying to learn/master those things is striving for perfection, and once you are satisfied with your skill its 'perfect'. we are a work in progress, but many give up at some point. its fine to relax or move to other studies, but stagnation isn't life.