Here’s Why Energy is Silly

Found on a more or less random site about healing with quartz-crystals.

The reason why crystals and gemstones are wonderful and powerful healing tools are because of what science calls its piezoelectric effect. (You can see this effect in the modern quartz watches). Crystals and gemstones respond to the electricity that is coursing through our body, and if the energy is sluggish, the constant electrical vibrations of the stones will help to harmonize, balance, and stimulate these energies.

If you think that is what’s going on in magical healing, you do not understand the piezoelectric effect. In fact, you do not understand basic physics, let alone metaphysics. (And the writer of this also doesn’t seem to understand subject-verb agreement.)

If you have to explain magic by claiming it has some scientific explanation, it is no longer magic. “Energy” is physical. Magic is about the metaphysical. What is metaphysical? Whatever is other than matter. What’s other than matter? Consciousness.

What’s the danger of this kind of error? Nothing much, other than making magic — something worthy of serious study and application — look pretty stupid. Of course, most materialists will regard it as stupid anyway. You might scare away intelligent people (like me — if I had to misunderstand physics to practice magic, I wouldn’t have bothered). Finally, you might prevent thinking about avenues of thought that could yield more practical application. Reading about the piezoelectric effect is fascinating. It won’t improve your magic, though. Reading about how the mind, symbols, and communication works will take you a lot further.

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6 Responses to “Here’s Why Energy is Silly”

  1. One wonders what the technical definition of “crystal deva”—which is where she lost me.

  2. inominandum Says:

    Ok, I’m sorry but this is a cheap straw man argument.

    You take the silliest person with the asinine interpretation of energy and proclaim it as the reason that all people who work with energy in magic are being silly.

    I thought the debate in the last post was quite good, but this argument is what is silly.

  3. I’m not sure that a dualistic separation between “consciousness” and “matter” is possible or necessary. The one may very well be an epiphenomenon of the other. It returns me to the daimonic as the best explanation, but that’s a discussion for another time.

    • Let me be clear, by the way, that “epiphenomenon” cuts both ways: consciousness is an epiphenomenon of matter/energy, and matter/energy is an epiphenomenon of consciousness.

  4. [...] of Modern Magick—adds his own concepts to this issue on his great blog, Postmodern Magic. In one post he very justifiably attacks some of the silly claims that try to attach scientific [...]

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