If you were to co comparative research (and I advise you to) on different belief systems, you would find similarities. The most common similarity is the duality of worlds. There is a world that folks inhabit that they well aware of. Then there is the Other world.
The Other world is a world where the ancestors dwell…. where babies come from…. where the deities live…. where your spirit guides are and so forth. Much of what we do here affects the Other world and vice versa.
If you are Christian or a Muslim, then you are using this world to stack up treasures to be used in the other world. Catholicism says that same thing, but you can also give gifts to those in the other world. ATRs have the ancestors over there and you can honor them in this world and they will in exchange, hook you up here. New age thinking falls along the same line.
When you make an animals sacrifice, what you are doing is sending a message to the entities in the Other realm via the animal. When you light a candle, it is seen in the other realm as well. Because fire crosses the veil. Allegedly, the Halloween season (10/31-11/2) the veil is thin enough to communicate with the Other realm through mundane methods. So maybe when you look in the mirror, you really are seeing more than your own reflection.
When you work… or divine…. or pray….. or meditate…. etc. What you are doing is reaching from this realm into the Other. You want your posse over there to get your message and hook you up. Just like you may not be able to understand the messages that are sent to you from them… They probably don’t clearly understand the messages you send to them either. Hell I don’t always understand what folks want from me who are standing right in my face! So it’s important that you keep your other worldly entities close to you. The longer you work with them, the better you will know them and their proclivities. And if you understand the basics in a clear way….
So I’ve said all this to say what? Not really sure. Felt drawn to get this up. Maybe someone needs to see it and another from the other realm is whispering in my ear.