I first got into the law of attraction and got some spooky results with it; that was when I realized scientific materialism is bullshit and that consciousness can affect the material world. I then researched the origins of the LOA and found out about the New Thought Movement. I then looked into the origin of that and found it was rooted in Hermeticism, which itself is rooted in the mystery schools of Greece and Egypt. From there I learned about the Golden Dawn and then Aleister Crowley. Now I'm researching left-hand path philosophies. My current practice is to always be reading two books at once, one nonfiction and one fiction. The occult is not for dilettantes. It's extremely complex and most of our conditioning has been designed to keep us from understanding it. The only way to understand it is to experience it. Pedantic debates about its philosophy are useless because the only truth that can be deduced is mathematics. The only way to understand that consciousness can affect the material world is to do it for yourself.