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Spectrum of Magick
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Aleister Crowley formulated a definition of magick, which is, allowing change to occur in conformity of will.

All cultures and religions have certain practices. All of which have their own labels but are similar in some sense.

I am mainly inspired by japanese and chinese philosophy. Also considering Taoism and Buddhism. Thus brings me to my question, practices such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Feng Shui and so forth, in your opinion, can they be considered as Magick as well?

If not, please explain.
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I view the many different practices out there to be pretty-much synonymous, and so I usually don't concern myself with naming what I am doing. ... I just do it.

However when speaking to others it does help to be able to put a name to a process. In tbat regard I pattern my labels for what I am doing at the time by the particular method/process. I suppose it acts as a sort of context or framework for the working. It helps keep in mind what I am doing, and also how and why.

For example, when I am strictly relying on intent, visualization, and channelling I say I am energy-working. It described the specific method simply and in a way that paints an accurate picture for others.

If my working involves a defined systematic process of preparation, gathering influence and authority, declaring an intent, and actively releasing it to a specific purpose then I say I am working through magic.

When operating through making an appeal to an outside force to provide something for me, I call that prayer.

And so on.

Basically I just find it to be more efficient to use a word or two that implies the process and theory behind my actions than to describe and explain what I am doing when talking with others. Most people understand what those words mean at least to a certain degree.

I guess in an odd way it is similar to why people refer to eachother by name. One doesn't say "go talk to 'guy in glasses with long and slightly curly brown hair, who has that little mark over his eye'." You just say "Go talk to Frank."
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