Guardian Angel of Fire on Jul 7 2008, 06:20 PM, said:
A bit? You either are or are not, kinda like being pregnant. Saddest part is, it was volunteered for, in this tale, like so very many. I cannot say it is sad nobody warned, either, having seen so may who don't listen anyway. Perhaps, he was. Who knows?
Messing with any mind altering drugs, ceremonies, rituals or processes has it's risks. Maybe you'll be better.... maybe not. Can't change your mind after the realization of "oops" LOL.
These days it is the belief that everyone can do it on their own. The concept of an earlier time of apprenticing and learning under someone's guidance who is already adept and proven in a given skill are basically gone. Of course, even if you look for an Adept (nearly everyone on these forums claims to be, basically, or an expert in something), there is no guarantee you will be able to end up with the same success, but generally speaking, someone who already walked the road, has better odds of giving good advice, than people who have not.
People like to mention Crowley as an example of success, but I never have thought so. He ended up mad as a hatter, a horrible friend (many died or were as mad from his practices and persuasions) and he was mourned only by those who thought they wanted the same thing as he spent his entire adult life seeking. In his day, he was the ultimate rebel. Nowdays, he is rather .... well, it has all been so very very DONE.
But, in any case, this is way off topic from the OP's post and we prolly should leave it at commenting, or not, on his wish to let us all know he did the Bad Thing, and nothing Bad has happened as yet.
It's all good. I'd like to be wrong about this. I hope he never does suffer any consequences. Might prove he was right, or that prayer works. We may never know.