New Thought and the Secret has much merit but both fall short on practical advice and cautionary warnings. The magick community also has its problems and misunderstandings with the true nature of phenomena. Let me post some ideas of mine. Ceremonial magick while important facet is not as important as they make you believe. Ceremonies, costumes etc are like are crutch to place the practicionair into an altered states, a trance that can be achieved without any costume or hocus pocus. true magic is not obvious yet consistent. That is the beauty of it. You operate under the radar and everybody thinks you are just lucky or blessed, while you are making everything happen. This way you avoid attention and negative consequences or unwarranted animosity or envy. People come to you for a good show if you want to show off. True magic is not like that. You do not want to show off and do not want attention. You do things for others and a little for yourself. Magical thinking is only partial, the vibration of letters, colors and sounds can and will work with your mental effort on tandem. Lastly, your invisible selves must be in harmony in order to work with the elemental forces. Your physical is only ONE aspect of it. The invisible is ALWAYS more important.