What ever makes you happy! Seriously, if it makes you happy then believe in it. It doesn't matter if you light a candle in a church or if you light a candle on an altar made for Anubis, the process of enacting a ceremony as part of something much bigger than you can be really therapeutic. The senses of wonder and enchantment we receive from magical thinking are worth the thoughts that create them. As we put ourselves in the process of mystical forces and play a role within them, the psychological benefits can be huge.
Sharing common beliefs or traditions help us to bond as communities. The mindset of the magic-believer can be seen as a token of unity for those who share it. A sense of common wisdom and ideals can help not only bring people together but they serve to inspire acts which can truly change people's lives.
People who believe in magic are less bound to conventional ways of thinking. There is an element of excitement about everything as magical process and communication can appear in any situation. This invites a loose set of criteria for what reality can be and opens up new and sometimes ingenious ways of perceiving what really is in the world.
The rich culture that is part of the story which accompanies magical thinking is a continual source of inspirational characters and metaphorical events. Each culture has its own strain of magical thought and some of this has escaped the shadows to become truly religious. Other beliefs and systems still remain on the outside and serve to test the boundaries of what others will believe and practice. This ultimately creates a vast network of interlinked thoughts and structures of world view which can be used to enrich us all and help us to better understand each other.
When we are open to magical process as something that is possible it breaks down many of the boundaries that others naturally have. This gives the imagination much more room to flourish and behave in ways that other people won't have been able to explain. When we are open to the natural course of magical processes we are less likely to dismiss certain cues and psychological agendas which point to the reality of a situation.
Perhaps most importantly of all is it gives us a sense of power and control. We feel that we are able to adjust the world around us to suit our immediate needs. We sense that we as people can truly affect the world around us. So many times when we take the proper route we find ourselves up against serious walls. So we decide to use methods that others are not conscious of to get the little bit of control we desperately desire. It helps us to cope with being a part of an often complex and chaotic world.
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