I have read some books, like Dean Radin’s “Real Magic” that indicate that only people at the far end of the bell curve in terms of natural psi ability are likely to be able to make magic work reliably and consistently. Another book, “Rational Mysticism” by John Horgan, describes research on brain activity in monks and other people experienced at going into a deep meditative state, but also indicates that some people have difficulty achieving this state of consciousness. Some authors, like Raji Dorotez, indicate that some people naturally attract spirits and unseen entities, and although anyone can learn to tap into their subconscious minds, some people are much more naturally predisposed to entering such states and experiencing mystical events. I have read other articles that claim that anyone can learn to cultivate their own psychic gifts but only a few are willing to put in the time and effort.
Is magic something some people just have a natural gift for, like art, music, sports or math? If you don’t have much innate ability to start with, can you improve with training and practice? Are some people natural-born magicians? If the subconscious mind is the source of magick, can anyone learn to tap into it or does it just come more easily for some people than others, like how some people are much more easily hypnotized than others? There is research done by Wilson and Barber on “high hypnotizability subjects” and scales devised by psychologists at Stanford and Harvard to measure someone’s susceptibility to hypnosis and I wonder if that correlates to the ability to enter the state required for magick and spiritual work.
My current working theory, although I would like to see more research on this, is that people who are able to make magick work for them and get results are the types of people who are easily able to self-induce a trance state and access the creative subconscious, which many neuroscience books describe as the “default mode network of the brain” which is most active during rumination and daydreaming. How this would let make someone able to affect external events is another question altogether, and there are plenty of theories involving quantum physics and the observer effect which would require a lot more clinical trials and consistent proof before any of these theories gain sufficient evidence to support them.
Any thoughts? Can anyone learn to be a magician or are some people just born to it?