To me it is the bigger part of my path - Magic exists becuase we recognize these forces and one can stop there and just do magic and use the tools to do magic. But if one wants to get into more mystical workings, one actually goes past "using" these forces and moves into direct interaction with them. If separateness is a duality, then the witch IS actually the force - not becuase of her own will and focus, but becuase there is nothing separating her knowledge of her self and her relation to the forces of spirit. And in becoming that, the witch then has access to what has been before and after becuase these forces have always been. But to know that intellectually doesn't automaticaly "get one there" one has to work it, to find and connect to the force, to awaken it in the tool and in one's self and join the them. Doing magic is one way of strengthening this bond. But to my mind, the bond and the becoming are the important things, magic is the byproduct of recognizing and working with the Truth. Magic is the mundne action in this reality that is one key to working with the mystery that exists in the other reality.
Michele I love your writing style. You have a clear and concise way of explaining things that would take me 6 pages to try and get out, thats if I could come up with the words at all! lol.
I've enjoyed reading your posts.