Subtle Spirits and Subtle Energy released!

A few years ago I started a book under the working title The Harmonious Haunting. In that book, aimed at the general public (rather than psychics or occultists) I sought to detail the most common kinds of spirits found in haunted locations, and to describe a basic form of ritual magic that could be used to work with them. I then traveled to India on Buddhist business, and then returned to get my master’s degree at Atlantic University. Last year was a busy year! I’ve now finished working on Subtle Spirits: a Handbook of Hauntings, Spirits, and Mediumship. The first…

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Steiner and the Energy Body

Everything is about models in dealing with psychic energy. We have no way to detect psi with instruments and no methods for quantifying it. It can be qualified, but it has a pernicious habit of defying those qualifications. Even the word “energy” is ambiguous. We conceive of it as an energy and in many ways it behaves like one; but it doesn’t follow the laws of physics in all cases. It behaves as a particle or as a wave, and our mind’s imbue it with properties that sometimes resemble a solid, sometimes a liquid, sometimes a gas, and sometimes something…

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Mindset in Psi Development

There’s a constant issue with how we have to conduct parapsychological research and how this contradicts with learning psi skills: mindset. Parapsychology requires that we perform statistically measurable tasks to demonstrate an effect that is better than we’d expect by chance. This means repetitive tasks and, usually, boring ones. But the other problem here is it contributes, early in our development, to an idea that we’re either psychic or we’re not. The idea that we’re psychic or we’re not is pretty common. We see the psychic as a special person with special abilities or “gifts” that let him or her…

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What about Parapsychology?

When I decided to get a master’s it was more or less on a lark. I’d been looking for paranormal conferences my wife might want to attend with me in the area, and decided to see what, if any, parapsychology programs still existed in the US. The results of that search led to me finishing my degree and learning a lot to refine my understandings. But one unexpected take-away was contextualizing my advocacy of parapsychology. Growing up, I didn’t always have full support of people around me in pursuing the occult or paranormal. At times, I debated with myself whether…

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Pardon the dust!

It’s a strange thing, deciding to (finally) go full-time professional in the paranormal field. It’s a tricky thing with a lot of consideration ahead of time. I made the decision a few years ago, after being asked to speak at a conference; but it’s something I’d been deliberating since I was a young kid writing how-to articles. And it’s funny how we scuttle our own plans: I decided to go pro, dusted off my old manuscripts, rewrote a book and started on a few others…and then promptly decided I needed more research, more studying, and more knowledge, and went back…

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Subtle Energy now available!

Subtle Energy is a book which explores the theoretical bases of psychic energy work in order to cultivate good habits and skills for developing your own techniques, rather than relying on those of others.  Starting with a brief review of the history and foundations of psychic energy working, we then explore the basic skills upon which to build a practice of subtle energy.  Each chapter builds on the previous until, in the end, the psychic energy working is able to produce magical effects in the world as well as augment other magical actions by integrating the practice of subtle energy…

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Magic isn’t real!

It’s surreal. Someone asked me, How do you become adept at sensing? I mean sensing/seeing entities around you. I can’t do it because my imagination is always playing tricks on me. Does it mean that I don’t fully achieve gnosis and should work harder on that? There is a time and place for objectivity and trying to ensure that everything is “real,” but we have to take care not to drink too deeply from that, too. It is of course no good to just imagine up everything, but in the end that’s really all any of us are doing at all:…

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Causes, conditions, and results

When we perform magic, we’re ultimately trying to accomplish something.  Doesn’t matter what that something is, we’re looking to achieve a result.  Sometimes the result is something that could be normally achieved without magical intervention through some physical action we cannot or will not perform.  Sometimes it’s something we absolutely cannot achieve through conventional means, and we’re resorting to magic because otherwise it is beyond us.  The result, the goal of the spell, is important mainly in that it should be attainable commensurate to our ability to create causes and conditions. Nothing arises spontaneously, and everything requires a cause to begin,…

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Being is Boring

Perhaps the greatest obstacle to any development is accomplishment.  We spend our lives grasping after end goals, only to find that when we achieve them we only have some kind of momentary inadequacy.  We can call ourselves sorcerers, astrologers, psychics, accountants, physicians, construction workers.  It doesn’t matter if we call ourselves those things, if we become content to be those things then the discussion is over.  For much of my life I have sought certifications and endorsements, first as a means to power, and then as a means to identity.  We all do this, striving for degrees and qualifications to allow…

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Sometimes there are babies in the bath.

Stripping down and homogenizing or syncretizing practices is certainly not new.  The free exchange of cultural ideas, and the adaptation of those ideas into a pre-existing framework, is something humans have been doing from the beginning.  We don’t like to abandon our own beliefs, practices, or magical frameworks – but we also don’t like to skip over things that work for someone else.  For example, some Buddhists will still practice Ganesha, as the practice works.  This despite that Ganesha is a distinctly Hindu deity.  Buddhists will also practice protectors from one another’s sects, when appropriate, if those protectors are known to…

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