Ok so I’m new to magic and have very little idea how the rituals involved came to be, but would martial arts be a suitable way to direct the intent and will? To me something about the ritual aspect of magic seemed…off…if we’re connecting to spirits/entities/energies through intent and will, and rituals are merely tools to direct it then surely the ritual itself wouldn’t matter, you could just as easily spout gibberish, jump up and down a few times, then pelvic thrust your will into being (exaggeratedly ridiculous for humor and to illustrate the thought process). But if the ritual aspect itself is key, and the candles used, words intoned, insence burned, and spirits contacted are all integral parts of manifesting your will in this world…how can there be so many ways to get the desired result?
Thinking about all of that has given me an idea, that magic is a martial art. You can’t stop a physical attack without doing anything, right? At least not without a considerable advantage in spiritual force, and in my entire life as a martial artist i have yet to pull that one off. But magic and martial arts bear these similarities, martial arts are systems for learning to control the body based on learning patterns and movements known to work for the one who developed them, magic appears the same, it’s the only way i can explain the vast number of ways you can do the exact same thing.
So that made me think about a few things, and i would be interested in feedback/thought on them, and any glaringly obvious things i may have missed in my thinking that lead me to this rsult. Can martial arts be integrated with magic to a point that martial arts are used to perform it? Could i use a taichi form, or a karate kata to direct the intent and manifest the result in the real world? Would it even be possible to use that full physical, mental, and spiritual immersion to replace the standard rituals and actually enhance the effects of a particular spell, or even manifest greater and more immediate results than just creating an atmosphere and vocalizing the intent?
I’m not saying we could use that to go around directly creating and controlling the elements, banishing weather we don’t like, and pulling a fat pile of cash out of a previously empty pocket…But i won’t say i don’t think that could be possible, i’ve known people with pyrokinetic and telekinetic abilities so i think the limit of possibility is whatever you set it at for yourself… But for this post i’m mostly interested in other people’s thought on the ideas and the thinking that lead me to them, anything i’ve missed? anything i havn’t understood well enough to make these leaps?
P.S. This isn’t to say i have no belief in the ability t ocontact a spirit/god/thoughtform/angel/demon for whatever purpose, even if i took it as far away from the literal as possible there is still power in the belief of crowds, enough people feeding attention and energy to a specific idea, person, or spiritual being, will give it enough to be worth contacting, even if all you’re doing is contacting a collection of attributes and informations created by the coming together of a mass conciousness.