There are many people in life and therefore in the subset of life we call magic (and likely always will be) who seem to live to tell you ‘you can’t’ or ‘you must’ and if you are unable to match these criteria for whatever reason, you pretty well:
a) aren’t trying
b) can’t be involved
c) suck or
d) all of the above.
These people are not worth your time or energy. Sure, there are places where this breaks down. There are many things that require full use of some parts or all of your body with a degree of control and precision, but we all know that. So yes, perhaps you can’t be a classical guitarist but maybe you can kick ass with a slide. Or perhaps you don’t have use of your limbs, but you can be one hell of a throat-singer.
In magic, this is entirely crap. We’ve been doing this thing as humans for longer than any of the existing ideas, texts and ‘rules’ about it or even the names we use for it existed. Magic to me is about the interface between the body, mind, spirit/soul complex, Others, and the Field. An interface is a point where things meet and interact. So it’s either there or it is not. A person may be more or less cognizant of this occurrence, and may well experience it wildly differently than another, but the interface remains.
How we experience our interactions along that interface, and how we choose to frame it is the only major difference between us. There are far more ‘kinds’ of magical work that I don’t do than those which I do. How could this be otherwise? We’ve been at this for what I expect is at least a million years. Plenty of time for a vast sea of variations! So I try to remain aware that other ways of working and experiencing, of interacting with the Field and its inhabitants are actually going on. Not ‘are valid’. Are actually going on. What does my perception of the validity of another experience set have to do with it?
We can fall into all sorts of traps if we do this if we decide that we know the experience of others and thus can judge its value, and also if we go the other way, which is as common. This is where we decide that all experiences, approaches, methodologies, and even ‘classes’ of Others are all the same. They occur along the same interface - which is simply put ‘reality’ - yes, but they can often be radically different sets of players and experiences. Similar is not the same. Spirits are not all the same. Faeries, angels, chthonic spirits, Ancestors, ex-humans, animal people, stone people, plant people are not all the same, don’t like the same things, don’t like the same people, and definitely don’t respond the same to the same stimuli!
This doesn’t change the basic message here: everyone is already interfaced. Everywhere you go is a part of that interface. You can be stone sensory-null about it, but that doesn’t mean you are not interfaced. You are just unaware of it or aren’t ‘reading’ the evidence as such, which is also very common. A lot of basic magical practices (and a good bit of my book Six Ways) exist to help with these perceptual blocks.
What this means is that no one can decide if you get to play here in the Field. They can tell you a million reasons why they think what you are doing is wrong, but they can’t remove you from the Field of play. You can decide to let them shut you down, and then finish their work for them by actually turning off your perceptions and denying your experiences. But that’s all on you. It’s your choice.
Some may not be nice or let you into their club, but who cares? Even if you remain 100% solitary among humans, you are surrounded by allies and Others, and cannot but be enmeshed in the Field.
The gatekeepers are the ones in the boxes, they are the ones who have chosen to inhabit the cages. No loss to you if you can’t or won’t join them. The Field remains. The Others remain. You are already interfaced, already enmeshed in the Field. Do what seems good to you.