You sound like a magician yourself so I understand what you mean. In Hermetics, it is taught that you can fall into self-delusion easily doing magick. Whereas the genuine practice is when we all can meet the same god, being, realms ect. Of course, we'll notice something different about it but it's generally the same thing. It's like how we both meet the same person. Of course, our mind may change some stuff about them but they look the same to both of us and we can comment on that person and say exactly what that person said. The last bit a little downhill but you know what i mean.
I add just a little shade.
Imagine a wandering seeker, a traveler who accidentally falls asleep under a tree, one night.
A thief suddenly appears and steals the traveler's boots.
This would be the greatest misfortune for the seeker because he use to walk all day long.
Now imagine a noble Raja who sits on his sofà all day long, listening to instrumental music and watching dances.
One night, a thief steals his boots.
The Raja would hardly notice the missing. Probably, the thief makes him a favor because now he sits more comfortably.
The same thing has a different meaning for different persons.
Even if they experience the same accident, it has different connotations because of their different way of living.
It's the same with spiritual beings (like bodhisattvas): in the real world, there's no such a thing as absolute goodness and benefit. What's good for you, may be harmful for other things (even if you don't consider them as sentient beings: shamans all over the world teach that everything is "aware").
Everything has different sides which we -as humans- depict them as good and evil, based on our view.
So, I may deduce that what's good for people similar to me, it's good for me... but if something is depicted as the absolute "panacea", excellent for everyone, perfect and complete by itself (like the zhunti mantra), then doubts pop in my mind.
Edited by DAO rain TAO, 22 January 2013 - 04:13 AM.