Isn’t the ideal of a bank with a loan just another belief system, possibly to justify rituals not working? I’m not making any character stabs here, I’m just wondering how your two philosophies work with one another, and how the analogy of the of magic as a bank isn’t the same sort of belief system.
Also, just because spirits and entities are an extension of yourself doesn’t make then unreal. Everyone is an extension of you, because even when you meet a person, their persona is immediately framed by your consciousness. For example, you may be hearing this and be thinking, “Man, this dude is an asshole,” or “Well, maybe he has a point, he’s pretty smart,” or any number of ideals. However, no matter how sentient I appear to you, and how validated your idea of me is, fact is that your perception of me is only your personal view. The1gza in your world, despite being my own human being, is an extension of your perception about me. So the1gza in your world is just as made up as an entity.
Yet, like entities, if you communicate something that catches my attention, I will answer. If you ask me to do something, I will tell you yes, no, or ask how you want something done. It’s the same with entities, they have the same interaction as we do, their own minds and everything. And they help unlock your power, and give you the ability to have an organic relationship with your power. Doesn’t mean you blame anyone for it, it’s still up to you no matter how many things you allow to influence you. It doesn’t take any responsibility off you or anyone else working with them, despite the inclination to defer responsibility when more factors are working in our lives.
I ain’t tryna shit on you, some folks take stuff like this that way, but I am trying to at least display that there is always more ways to look at it. I’m with you on the self-responsibility and self-reliance, and for one I think that the most powerful magick is direct force intent. Entity work is cool, but for me it’s just a tool to direct force intent manifestation. But a lot of it is a matter of perspective, and while knowing that the entities are facets of you, we have to realize that our entire reality is within us, and projected from within us. So the entities should be treated with as much dignity and respect as an animal, a plant, a human, a car… they are as real as these things, and can feel realer than real once you really get running, you know what I mean?