Those who believe there is no such thing as magic, do not understand what magic is.
Not my usual sort of post, but @ is a page I greatly enjoy and try to learn from regularly:
Arthur C. Clarke once said. "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Many people that see or experience some of the skillets that I have developed over the years of just trying to make it one more day, think I'm doing some sort of street magician act of performance. Getting a hundred dollars from a public space panhandling in less then an hour with out stealing from anyone isn't a matter of knowing anything supernatural, it's about being so in tuned with the natural that no one even notices what you are actually doing.
One day years back our medical management specialist @ did a class for some of my people and showed them how to improvise a wound irrigation bottle with iodine wipes and a bottle of water. People there called him Brujo. The simplicity of the solution seamed like magic to them.
In my culture the term "Brujo" has some dark contentions, but I think it describes the mindset I try and put forth with students perfectly. Black magic at its very core is just a form of weaponized psychology, skills developed and practice are the secret behind the illusion, and people fear what they can't understand, they fear the Brujo.
Enlightenment is a destructive process..... Stillness is death... -