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Dreams of the Magus: Where Angels Fear to Tread [Paperback]

G. Peter Madstone , Inc Madstone Mystery Labs
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15 Nov 2009
Dare to live a life that only you can live. What if one day you suddenly woke up knowing that your whole life has been just a dream? What would you do? Where would you go? Only fools rush in where angels fear to tread, and only you can command the dream that you live today. Profoundly affective, Dreams of the Magus tells a story, your story, in a way that both gently guides and questions, and digs and probes until you realize that you are going places that only you can go. Dreams of the Magus will dare you to question all that you know: all that you are certain of. It will take you away from the life you live, and then safely deliver you back to this life after having been changed only by yourself, and by what you have determined from the journey you have taken. It will dare you to go to places in your mind which you have forgotten, those places only you know exist, and bring them into a higher place. You will gain new perspectives on what your life has always been, and you will discover answers to those things that your teachers, leaders and peers have never wanted you to question.

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (15 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449547419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449547417
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,356,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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G. Peter Madstone was born on Rudyard Kipling's estate at Wimpole Park, England. While this certainly does not qualify him to be a writer, his early interest in the works of Carl Jung, Alan Watts, Tim Leary and Aldous Huxley eventually lead him to study World Religions, with a focus on Esoteric Studies. It is this that allows Madstone to address the convoluted and easily misunderstood topics that he addresses in his writing.

It was by a simple but powerful realization that Pete, at a very early age, grasped the idea that we all lived our lives surrounded by lies. He grew to recognize the importance that religion, philosophy and the occult has on every culture and individual, and he began his search for the truth on his own. Much later, Madstone began his formal education. In 1999, he received an M.A. in Human Development, with a focus on Philosophy and Esoteric Studies, from the California Institute of Human Development in Poway, San Diego, CA.

That same year, Pete was ordained as a Reverend after a 3-year program of study and practice in the non-denominational, non-traditional world of metaphysics. This world of Spirit allowed him to understand in a very real way those things he had studied in the academic world. Learning of Tarot, Clairvoyance, and Hands-on Healing techniques gave him purpose -- Pete now wanted to help others, but he still felt he needed a "vehicle" to carry his knowledge and skills out into the world. He enrolled in and completed a 600 hour certification program to become an Oriental Body Therapist. Courses in Qi-gong, Acupressure, Chi-ne-Tsang, Tui-na and other methods of the Chinese Healing Arts were now assimilated into Pete's world.

Madstone was now sufficiently filled with mystery, so nothing was strange to him. He began to synthesize all that he knew into one thing, until he realized that while All is One, it is only the ALL of humanity that perceives a lacking, a separation and a need for pursuit. He understood that there is no one correct way for the individual or the collective to base a final truth upon. With this, Pete lost his religion, and found his Spirit.

Madstone's love for all things mysterious has led him to embrace most deeply Taoism, Kaballah, Occult Symbolism, Magick and the Western Mystery Traditions. He is presently not a brother in any fraternal order, but has spent a short time in the "temple" in his present life.

G. Peter Madstone has, in the past, been a "Keeper of the Mysteries", but he now has no intention of keeping anything to himself, for what a man has that he cannot give - he loses. Secrets are to be no longer in the world that Madstone sees us quickly approaching.

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Dreams of the Magus

Some books are well-written. Some books have relevant information. Some books are filed with grand, meaningless rhetoric. G. Peter Madstone's "Dreams of the Magus" is well-written, contains relevant information and has meaning throughout its easily readable, flowing style that is reminiscent of Robert Anton Wilson's style, as found in his masterpiece, "Quantum Psychology." Before I go on, I have to proudly disclose that Pete is a good friend of mine and rather than assume that would skew this review in a positive direction, it actually made me read it with a more critical eye. That's the point; as near and dear as the Western Esoteric Tradition is to me, I would never actively promote anything that claims to be a device for illumination that didn't provide any light at all.

I read "Dreams of the Magus" in one sitting and that's how I recommend everyone reads it. There are obvious Kabbalistic allusions throughout this book and in this context, both the new aspirant and seasoned Esotericist alike will appreciate, and receive. Many have the perception that Magick is just something that Harry Potter does with his wand in hand. After reading this book, not only will that misconception be erased, it will be exceedingly clear that there is far less "hocus pocus" involved at all. The overall implication I took away from this lucid, well written guide is that Magick is a lifestyle that empowers one to take responsibility for every aspect of his or her life. It is a proactive approach that leaves Chaos as little room as possible to meddle, and that is not paranormal at all. That shouldn't diminish the importance of active ritual, but it should put it in context.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic meditations on the path(s) 2 Mar 2010
By Christopher R. Travers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Being an author who designed my own book, the first thing I notice about a book are the design elements, like spacing, font choice, margins, page size and the like. This book is unusual. The book uses a modern-family font with extra spacing between lines and paragraphs, and generally usable margins. The design stands out as breaking just about all the main rules of book design. If any other book were to be designed in this way, it would come across as awkward and not well designed. Yet this one succeeds in breaking these rules in useful ways to reinforce the feel of the book itself.

The book is best described as a series of 22 meditations (on the tarot cards, paths, or such). If you try to read the book with a focused mind or too quickly, it will immediately lose its charm. Instead it is a book to be read slowly, at an almost hypnotic rate, allowing the words to come at a far slower rate than speech. Read in this way, the book is a useful and insightful set of these meditations (or as the author calls them, dreams). The unusual formatting choices help put the reader into the right state.

The book is thus a gateway to the Arcana. One can see the influence of the Golden Dawn, of A. O. Spare, and many others in it. Those who are interested in the Western Mystery Tradition should definitely have it in their libraries.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning, expansive new mystical text for magicians of all types. 26 April 2010
By Raven Digitalis - Published on Amazon.com
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"One word: Paradox. I have only read a handful of books in my life that explore the often-overlooked 'divine dichotemy' of spiritual Paradox. The force of Paradox is the one thing that upholds and maintains all of reality. Nothing is 'this' and nothing is 'that.' At the same time, magicians, Witches, and innumerable other spiritual path-walkers so often quarrel over details. In my eyes, one must step back from the smaller bits in order to see the bigger picture. Magus Madstone's text addresses the so-called 'bigger picture' of magick, spirituality, and (most importantly) the nature of reality itself. Undertaking the daring task of putting these reflections to form, this book can be considered a collection of multidimensional observations funneled into a single-dimensional reality for the sake of communication. This book is clearly part of the author's Great Work, or spiritual calling. The author touches on spiritual truths and questions that permeate numerous religions and belief systems around the world, yet never tells someone that they must believe--or observe reality--exactly how the author himself does. As a messenger of higher truths (as well as even higher questions), Dreams of the Magus is an especially relevant text for those wishing to gain new perspective in their magick or spiritual path. Those who are wishing to put aside their ultra-analytical (and often academically-overloaded) occult minds will find solace in the intuitive-yet-profound nature of this text. Those who feel a natural inclination to the intuitive, meditative, or reflective aspects of esoteric spirituality will feel a particular connection to the text. This book is simultaneously written in a mystical, challenging style reminiscent of Robert Anton Wilson, while at the same time structured in a contemplative, altruistic style reminiscent of Thich Nhat Hanh. Regardless of what 'type' of magician or spiritual seeker you are, there is extreme benefit in reading this mind-expanding, reality-questioning, self-analytical text."

--Raven Digitalis, author of Shadow Magick Compendium & Planetary Spells and Rituals
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Observe Yourself Again 12 April 2010
By Nathan J. Scheer - Published on Amazon.com
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G. Peter Madstone has taken concepts and idea's that have been tossed around since the beginning of recorded history. But the reality of these idea's and the reasons we act the way we do sometimes is pushed under the rug, with that we are confronted with a shadow self of our being that we continue to push away until we're numb to the fact that these sides of ourselves truly still exist. So we continue to attract the things we dislike and situations which feel as we have no hope. In the idea of G. Peter Madstone we've created an invisible prison cell.

With a gentle push G. Peter Madstone will guide you through the levels of being you have forgotten about, the idea's and the dreams that you had that you've pushed away will being to rush back as you consider his words as something more then just spiritual ideologies but certain facts that point in the direction of your true higher self. By unveiling idea's of religion and set thinking we've allowed ourselves to stagnant in, just reading these idea's will push the envelope and develop a new understanding for Spirituality and your internal growth.

Being only 5% of the United States population reads three books a year and 90% of those people being women and near half of them being romance novels - with this you can quickly see why it is so absolutely important to discover these idea's, we've grown out of touch with who we really are! The great news is you can slowly emerge yourself into these new observations of yourself. There is much importance of reviewing his work and again questioning the reality that you think you live in. With this book may your life path grow ever more bright, because for the sheer questioning aspect of these words you will quickly start to create a new you and from there your goals in life will become ever so closer as you will walk lighter while discovering more of yourself.

So begin to observe who you really are again by reading Dreams of the Magus - in that a new perception awaits.
5.0 out of 5 stars Madstone's Mastery 2 Dec 2010
By Marian Youngblood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I read 'Dreams of the Magus' first I was caught up personally, felt I should take each succulent morsel and re-examine my inner world. When I read it again (I keep doing this; his style is hypnotic), I found the 'space' between his words, the 'truth' of his message of Mastery so clear.
For example, he urges: 'Unify yourself and your split perspective and you will observe infinite possibility manifest in your world.' Could there be a more glorious simple piece of advice to all of us?

Bless you, Madstone, for your Dreams are Our Dreams waiting to unfurl.
Marian Youngblood December 2010
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indirect Prose, Profoundly Enlightening, Esoteric & Kabbalistic Revelation 20 Oct 2010
By Ronald C Gasparri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Dreams of the Magus: Where Angels Fear to Tread

Some books are well-written. Some books have relevant information. Some books are filed with grand, meaningless rhetoric. G. Peter Madstone's "Dreams of the Magus" is well-written, contains relevant information and has meaning throughout its easily readable, flowing style that is reminiscent of Robert Anton Wilson's style, as found in his masterpiece, "Quantum Psychology." Before I go on, I have to proudly disclose that Pete is a good friend of mine and rather than assume that would skew this review in a positive direction, it actually made me read it with a more critical eye. That's the point; as near and dear as the Western Esoteric Tradition is to me, I would never actively promote anything that claims to be a device for illumination that didn't provide any light at all.

I read "Dreams of the Magus" in one sitting and that's how I recommend everyone reads it. There are obvious Kabbalistic allusions throughout this book and in this context, both the new aspirant and seasoned Esotericist alike will appreciate, and receive. Many have the perception that Magick is just something that Harry Potter does with his wand in hand. After reading this book, not only will that misconception be erased, it will be exceedingly clear that there is far less "hocus pocus" involved at all. The overall implication I took away from this lucid, well written guide is that Magick is a lifestyle that empowers one to take responsibility for every aspect of his or her life. It is a proactive approach that leaves Chaos as little room as possible to meddle, and that is not paranormal at all. That shouldn't diminish the importance of active ritual, but it should put it in context. Universal energy made use of to manifest a desired reality works best when one ensures it can augment self under the best possible conditions.

There a few typos that made into the final draft, but they do nothing to take away from the value of this guide that should be in every serious student's collection.
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