"The result which the Magician above all else desires to accomplish, is a spiritual reconstruction of his own conscious universe and incidentally that of all mankind, the greatest of all conceivable changes. The technique of Magic is one by which the soul flies, straight as an arrow impelled from a taught bow, to serenity, to a profound and impenetrable repose.
But it is only man himself who may tauten the string of the bow; none else may accomplish this task for him. It is of course in the qualifying clause that lurks the flaw. "Salvation" must be self-induced and self-devised."
-- Israel Regardie, The Tree of Life