The chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) turns a critical eye toward such practices as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis. Are such powers really possible? Science says yes. According to noted scientist and bestselling author of The Conscious Universe, Dean Radin, magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into this power with diligent practice. But wait, aren't things like ESP and telepathy just wishful thinking and flights of the imagination? Not according to the author, who worked on the US government's top secret psychic espionage program known as Stargate. Radin has spent the last forty years conducting controlled experiments that demonstrate that thoughts are things, that we can sense others' emotions and intentions from a distance, that intuition is more powerful than we thought, and that we can tap into the power of intention (think The Secret, only on a more realistic and scientific level). These dormant powers can help us to lead more interesting and fulfilling lives. Beginning with a brief history of magic over the centuries (what was called magic two thousand years ago is turning out to be scientific fact today), a review of the scientific evidence for magic, a series of simple but effective magical techniques (the key is mental focus, something elite athletes know a lot about), Radin then offers a vision of a scientifically-informed magic and explains why magic will play a key role in frontiers of science.
An extraordinary memoir about finding wonder in everyday life, from magician Nate Staniforth. Nate Staniforth has spent most of his life and all of his professional career trying to understand wonder--what it is, where to find it, and how to share it with others. He became a magician because he learned at a young age that magic tricks don't have to be frivolous. Magic doesn't have to be about sequins and smoke machines--rather, it can create a moment of genuine astonishment. But after years on the road as a professional magician, crisscrossing the country and performing four or five nights a week, every week, Nate was disillusioned, burned out, and ready to quit. Instead, he went to India in search of magic. Here Is Real Magic follows Nate Staniforth's evolution from an obsessed young magician to a broken wanderer and back again. It tells the story of his rediscovery of astonishment--and the importance of wonder in everyday life--during his trip to the slums of India, where he infiltrated a three-thousand-year-old clan of street magicians. Here Is Real Magic is a call to all of us--to welcome awe back into our lives, to marvel in the everyday, and to seek magic all around us.
Over 3000 years ago: a True-Life Legend was unearthed, holding the Master Keys to the Mystery of The Real Magic Mirror, the timeless treasure with eternity of divinity, sought until today... once embraced by the Original Angel of Winged Victory, in The Monastic Santa Julia Museum in Northern Italy. As you look into her majestic and secret eyes of perfection and paradise, you will see why the unlimited powerful and poignant...shape of things to come, is the Divine Idea...whose time has come. There is a place where divine intervention meets coincidence. These pages are written for all who have, or are yet to find Discover the true story of love that knows no distance, space nor time, and the mystery of quantum physics, healing, metamorphic poetry and death-defying archeology...in the miraculous majesty of conquering the Great Unknown...in a book within a book, that weaves lives together, with an alchemist's thread, and changes them forever...
Emily Croy Barker's The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic is full of romance, adventure and, of course, magic... 'Fun, seductive, and utterly engrossing' Deborah Harkness, author of The Discovery of Witches 'A wholly imaginative and witty debut novel that is unlike any I've read' Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants Nora's life is not quite going as planned. Her career has stalled; the man of her dreams is getting married, but not to her; and there's a mouse in her kitchen... Getting away for the weekend for a friend's wedding seems like perfect timing, especially when she stumbles across the unfeasibly glamorous Ilissa, who is determined to take Nora under her wing. Through Ilissa, Nora is introduced to a whole new world - a world of unbelievable decadence and riches where time is meaningless and everyone is beautiful. And Nora herself feels different: more attractive; more talented; more popular... Yet something doesn't quite ring true: was she really talking to Oscar Wilde at Ilissa's party last night? Or transported from New York to Paris in the blink of an eye? It is only when Ilissa's son, Raclin, asks Nora to marry him that the truth about her new friends becomes apparent. By then, though, it's too late, and Nora realises she may never be able to return to the world, and the life, she knew before. If she is to escape Raclin and Ilissa's clutches, her only hope is the magician Aruendiel. A grim, reclusive figure with a biting tongue and a shrouded past, he might just teach her what she needs to survive and perhaps even make it home: the art of real magic. For fans of Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy and Lev Grossman's Magicians series, The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker is proof that magic not only exists but - like love - can sweep you off your feet when you least expect it... Emily Croy Barker lives in New Jersey. This is her first novel.
Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Real magic is made up of three categories: mental influence of the physical world, perception of events distant in space or time, and interactions with nonphysical entities. The first type is force of will, and it’s associated with spell-casting and other techniques meant to intentionally influence events or actions. #2 There is a new realm of knowledge that exists between mind and matter, and it’s called magic. Magic doesn’t mean no cause, but rather that we haven’t yet developed scientifically acceptable theories to explain these effects. #3 The third category of magic is theurgy, which is the belief that magic is real. NDEs, the works of William Friedkin, and the writings of Michael Shermer all suggest that there may be forms of disembodied awareness, or spirits. But so far, there’s no strictly objective way to tell if that’s the only viable interpretation. #4 The idea that we can find evidence of the paranormal or supernatural is completely false. Every so often, its tentacles brush our leg, causing shivers to shoot up our spine. It’s that electrifying quality that makes magical fiction so captivating, magical stage illusions endlessly entertaining, and magical fraud so easy to perpetrate.
“Brims with magic that is accessible to everyone; magic that works regardless of one’s level of experience or background.”—Mat Auryn, author of Psychic Witch Pure Magic is one of those rare works of modern-day witchcraft that has already become a classic. First published twenty-years ago, the book has become an essential resource for beginners and experienced devotees of the magical arts. Written by one of today’s most trusted and beloved teachers and writers on magic and witchcraft, Pure Magic offers: an introduction to the essentials of magic, a complete glossary of psychic and magical terminology, a primer on the four elements, a survey of magical supplies (including minerals and botanicals), and a compendium of spells for any situation. Also included is guidance on how and where to practice magic; how to rightly use words of power; and how to cleanse, protect, and enhance your magical self. This new Weiser Classics edition includes a foreword by Mat Auryn, author of Psychic Witch and a new preface by the author. This book was previously published as The Big Book of Practical Spells.
He notices there is writing on the paper. "Oh, the poem, you could not finish Magos." Magellan begins reading the poem. "The book to be, is the one to be written. Just as the cat to be, comes from the kitten. For the way has been shown by the light. The law of nature is within sight." "For it comes fast like the wind. It has a beginning, but is there an end? Evil can be defeated, once truth comes and is seated." "Call on the power up high. To come shine light through the sky. Known as the power and when spoken, comes out of the darkness, webs to be broken." Journey to the island of Nevis in 1806 and explore the life of a wizard's apprentice. Magos the Wizard appoints Magellan to be his apprentice, believing Magellan has the potential to exceed him in tapping into the magic wand's capabilities. And through a series of adventures, Magellan learns the true purpose of the magic wand.
Few fields of academic research are surrounded by so many misunderstandings and misconceptions as the study of Western esotericism. For twenty years now, the Centre for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents (University of Amsterdam) has been at the forefront of international scholarship in this domain. This anniversary volume seeks to make the modern study of Western esotericism more widely known beyond specialist circles, while addressing a range of misconceptions, biases, and prejudices that still tend to surround it. Thirty major scholars in the field respond to questions about a wide range of unfamiliar ideas, traditions, practices, problems, and personalities that are central to the field. By challenging many taken-for-granted assumptions about religion, science, philosophy, and the arts, this volume demonstrates why the modern study of esotericism leads us to reconsider much that we thought we knew about the story of Western culture.
This edited collection presents the latest cutting-edge research in the philosophy and cognitive science of temporal illusions. Illusion and error have long been important points of entry for both philosophical and psychological approaches to understanding the mind. Temporal illusions, specifically, concern a fundamental feature of lived experience, temporality, and its relation to a fundamental feature of the world, time, thus providing invaluable insight into investigations of the mind and its relationship with the world. The existence of temporal illusions crucially challenges the naïve assumption that we can simply infer the temporal nature of the world from experience. This anthology gathers eighteen original papers from current leading researchers in this subject, covering four broad and interdisciplinary topics: illusions of temporal passage, illusions and duration, illusions of temporal order and simultaneity, and the relationship between temporal illusions and the cognitive representation of time.
A groundbreaking, accessible presentation of Tibetan Buddhism from Chögyam Trungpa, renowned twentieth-century master and teacher. Based on a series of talks given by Chögyam Trungpa during the first session of what was to become Naropa University, Cynicism and Magic introduces key Tibetan Buddhist concepts, including karma, the structure of ego, the paramitas, and the bodhisattva. Employing a unique and intimate teaching style, Trungpa Rinpoche presents these concepts in a larger framework of questions we all have: What is authentic spirituality? Can I find enlightenment and freedom? How should I approach life, death, suffering, and boredom? How can I develop some discipline, patience, and sanity? Whether you are new to Buddhism or returning to the fundamentals of your practice, this book will guide you toward experiencing a living dharma intelligently, with a sense of openness and wonder.
Highly instructive book by a noted authority on the subject analyzes every phase of conjuring, from sleights, devices, misdirection, and controlling audience attention to incorporating patter and the effective use of assistants. Provides recommendations on the use of body language, posture, positioning, and movement. 60 original routines — from simple card tricks to major illusions.