I indulge magical thinking now and then. Since I allowed myself this, I find I've become much more flexible in my thinking, open-minded and creative. Life is often richer with a bit of magic.
Yes, I've found this to be the case too. I've also found that things are more interesting
when one allows for possibilities - purely rational thinking can feel quite restrictive, and rather boring!
I received a Tara empowerment a long time ago and sometimes still chant the Tara mantra - it has an affect, and there is a feeling of connection. I sometimes wonder whether the connection is with something "internal" or something "external". When I'm in a skeptical mood I tend to dismiss the idea of an external connection, but at other times I reflect that it really doesn't matter.
Empowerment is a good topic for 'magical thinking.' Some transference occurs there which seems magical and people feel the need to 'refresh' them or get more. For me, personally, when I don't do Tara for a long time, for example, I have a feeling like "ah, it probably won't work now because I've waited too long..." and I feel like the magic connection is gone. But, then, if I do it, I still find it seems to work. If I do it regularly, however, it is as if by magic that I become somewhat 'immune' to the sadhana's charms and my mind wanders and I find it less transformative. So, there is a weird balance there which seems to hinge on my own personal magical thinking.