“This is a delicate and important turning point … It’s the stage where we begin to investigate the possibility of being and acting as the creative center of Nature Itself. …
“This urge to experiment with “manifesting the universe” is not at all a matter of sorcery, of seeking personal power. It’s simply an expression of the intention, grounded in direct experience and honest testing, to look into and exercise our full human relationship to Nature. Again, in this exercise, there must be no prejudices or arbitrary limits placed on what that relationship might encompass. So the cultivator…may play with physical manifestation, making and unmaking, changing things in as many ways as possible to test his understanding.
“At first, we aren’t really concerned with exactly who we are in this activity, just that these profound possibilities are within reach and inform our cultivation of the Way. It feels natural for us to explore them.
“In doing so, however, we don’t end up particularly powerful or skillful, nor have we learned any magic tricks … we simply become ourselves.”
— page 146 from the book Dragon’s Play by Charles Belyea and Steven Tainer. Italics as per the original text.