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Magical Pathworking: Techniques of Active Imagination [Paperback]

Nick Farrell
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29 Aug 2003
Personality refinement is a precursor to serious spiritual work. Through techniques of pathworking (guided meditation), your imagination can shine a magic mirror on your personality. This inner landscape reveals your world as your unconscious sees it - a perspective that enables you to make dramatic changes, even to the point of rooting out neuroses and recovering from psychological trauma. This book demonstrates the mystical use of pathworking as a method for contacting the divine.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; 1st ed edition (29 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738704075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738704074
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.9 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,013,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 1 Sep 2009
This is the first review I have ever written - why have I bothered, well I saw the previous review by someone who knows nothing about this book and has written a bad review after not even buying the book, having just read the introduction! I have read this book and thought it was brilliant, I loved it, gave me some great ideas and some great meditations and got me really interested in pathworking. I read Magical Pathworking about 3 years ago, and still consider it a book that I would recommend to others and at some point intend to go back to and reread. I loved this book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure full of pearls 16 Oct 2012
By Pat
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beautiful book,offers a wide insight of different traditional sources.
Theory and practice complement and support each other through every chapter.
Contains a big range of practices, very well explained, very clear.
The full book is a fantastic tool and support in the self discovery challenge,and the journey towards the conquer of our inner kingdom.
One of the things I appreciate most, is that feeling of a book written with respect and honesty.
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3 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars garbage introduction put me off 7 July 2009
This may be a fine book with lots of great pathworkings - I don't know because I'll never buy it. My reason was provided in the first few pages, helpfully provided with the "look inside" feature. In these, the author goes to great lengths to disparage boring old scientific rationality and starts by laughing at the risible theory that mind is simply the interaction of millions of brain cells.
In fact it is estimated that there are around 100 billion neurons in the human brain with around 100 trillion synapses, making it one of the most complicated structures in the known universe. It therefore seems entirely possible that consciousness is an epiphenomenon of this complexity but that would not undermine the power or usefulness of magical exercises, in the same way that knowing the underlying neurobiological mechanisms of Love does not diminish our experience of it.
However, if the author can make such an embarrassing and glaring error in the first few pages, I find myself disinclined to follow him any further in his pseudo-scientific mysticism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightfully Competent 19 Jan 2005
By Brother MOLOCH 969 - Published on
While I'm not an overt fan of "pathworking", I have to say it does have its objective uses. Typically I've found pathworkings to do little on the physical or Astral planes regardless of which author is claiming otherwise. Pathworking is a fancy name given to a guided meditation. The main difference is that a pathworking is usually constructed along Qabalistic lines of thought and uses more often than not Hermetic symbols whereas a guided meditation can be a simple affair to get you to realize you snore in bed.

From an inner psychology aspect, the usage and implementation of a well executed pathworking can help you to acknowledge misplaced feelings and to challenge your own fears and phobias. This is done by objectively linking the fear or phobia to a symbol and then learning to deal with the symbol's energy or using Alchemy to transmute it into something more constructive in your mind.

This artform is nothing knew as Dion Fortune's crew have used pathworking as a main focus since the beginning of the 20th century. Others such as Dolores Ashcrowft-Nowicki have authored books on the subject as well and these would make good reading in addition to Farrell's book if you're of the notion to explore this time honored practice yourself.

In all fairness I should clarify that what you experience on the inside landscape of your mind's pathworking can alter your perceptions and insights on the outside. It's just that a normal pathworking event will not alter a dignitary's way of thinking just because you imagine it so. That would involve you having to do a ritual/spell and empowering it in some way. Still if you sufficiently alter your own psyche strongly enough, you'll find plenty of changes on the outside of yourself for you to experience.

Farrell offers a simple but fun experiment he calls "The Five Dollar Experiment" on page 21. It's a variation on his "Basic Visualization" lesson from the previous page. He's giving you advice on how to manifest $5 from an unexpected source to prove to you this works. After you've mastered this, he offers a technique taught to him by David Goddard and it is to help you from ever having to be in financial need again. Well thought of advice! One of the things I like about Farrell is that he's not ashamed to tell you that he learned a technique or idea from someone else to which he gives credit. THAT is rare in an author these days!

Then Farrell offers you some practical advice on building your own inner kingdom. This is a terrific idea as it can be a springboard for a variety of creative ideas during your life. And these don't have to be all "metaphysically" oriented either. One can certainly use their inner kingdom to bounce ideas off of such as talking to other dignitaries or intelligent magical beasts for advice. In the new age circles, there has been the art of creating a magical laboratory where you go to shut out the world to give yourself some time to think, plan and get your creative juices flowing. Farrell gives you much the same and offers plenty of advice on creating this inner world for you to romp around in at your leisure or when you absolutely MUST have an answer.

Another great chapter in this book that I highly recommend you read several times over is how to use your imagination to change your psyche. While it's true that's the fundamental focus of the whole book, here Farrell points out in specific detail an outline of steps on using your psyche to make majore changes in your life. He even discusses using this technique for helping someone who's been abused all their life. While not a panacea per se, this section can have life altering affects. However Farrell is wise to point out that no pathworking is completely 100% safe and especially where those involve altering your perceptual patterns to such a degree.

All in all, I have to rate this book a four star manual. It's offering a lot even though it's coming from an ultra reserved esoteric order-ish background. Of course there's a bibliography and unfortunately no index. Thus make sure you have your highlighter and Post-It-Notes handy so you can mark those particulars that you find helpful for later finding.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting 15 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on
There have been books about creative imagination and even a few reasonable ones on pathworking. However this one gets down to the nuts and bolts of changing your life using active imagination. Some books will give you pathworkings, this one tells you the rules for creating them. It also explains how to build yourself an 'inner kingdom' in which to reveal your secret self.
The manuscript has been circulating in the esoteric counselling community for a while and there are many who were amazed at how effective the methods used were. I count myself among them. I used several of the techniques suggested on some of my tricker clients who were able for the first time to actually see and change patterns that had lasted for some time.
However the occultist in me was really impressed by the way this book explains the symbolic nature of our life and the esoteric techniques used.
However it is not a technical book for the shrinks, it is a handbook written in a simple and at times humorous style, in which the author happy to reveal much.
If you are a wiccan, practical magician or a counsellor this book is an amazing trove of information.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 23 Oct 2004
By Taylor Ellwood - Published on
If you can only do one occult book order a year, then this book should be included in that order. Nick Farrell’s writing is elegant and yet to the point. There are no typos in this book and the writing is at the level that any person could understand the concepts that he conveys in this book.

What I found most enjoyably about the book were the techniques that Nick uses in this book. The techniques are accessible and easily adapted to a person’s own style of magic, so that if you’re not inclined to use the Golden Dawn structure of magic you can stick with your own and still use these techniques.

There are several other bonuses to this book. Mr. Farrell does an excellent job of providing a history behind the techniques and who and how they came to be developed. Even better he actually knows who William Gray is as well as other more obscure occultists. It’s rare to find an author who quotes and uses the work of these ground breaking magicians and it’s good to see that Nick not only does that, but does it well. I rate this book a five out of five.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best 8 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on
I highly recommend this book. I was quite impressed by the author's insightful treatment of the powerful techiques of pathworking. Nick Farrell has not only drawn fron his own extensive experience but has also included very valuable technical information usually only available in a practicing magical lodge. Although this book is loaded with information, the author has managed to present this subject in a enjoyable and easy to read format.
The range of material is suitable for the beginner to the most experienced practitioner. This book well be particularly appreciated by those working in the Wiccan, Golden Dawn and Hermetic traditions.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good try. 26 Nov 2009
By W. Paul Blakey - Published on
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There were moments in the book where I thought Mr. Farrell had uncovered some new ideas in relation to pathworking, but as I read on I was left with a mild feeling of disappointment. I think that if the author had included more actual case histories, or shared more of his own experiences with pathworking, the book would have been more interesting.

The book is a little bit like a cook book, with pathworking recipes instead of meals.

The author's premise is that pathworking is a way to transform the personality - how to change the mask, so to speak - but is that all? The book does not make this clear (at least not to me.)

Three stars - I liked it, but wanted more.
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