Fascinating, comprehensive, theoretical book but it wasn't useful to me,
This review is from: Flying without a Broom (Paperback)
This book on astral projection is quite fascinating, but I have not found it at all useful in practice.
I would say it is just as much a book about witchcraft, not to use the word in any pejorative sense, but merely as a descriptive term.
The author counsels us on how to achieve astral projection through meditation. I have never associated meditation with astral projection, not at all, and have not been able to succeed in achieving the latter consciously, though I have tried. And since the author's multifarious teachings and advice are based on obtaining astral travel by this method, I have been unable to benefit from any of it.
So for me the book has been a sort of airy-fairy, unobtainable fantasy.
I would conjecture that the author is one who has always been able to freely roam around the astral realms. I am in no doubt that she can do and has done all the things she describes, though the book might have been more readable had she recounted some of her own personal experiences. But we're not all born with the same gifts and abilities. Perhaps with hard work and perseverance we could achieve many of the things she describes.
But it is somewhat frustrating to read a book about all kinds of exciting things one can carry out in the astral realms, when we can't even get there.
The author does provide us with some advice on herbs, stones and oils to help in recalling astral travel and/or heightening the psychic senses. For example, she advises us to make a dream pillow stuffed with dried mugwort and informs us, among other things, that amethyst is a valuable astral travel gem, and quartz crystal can help open the psychic centres.
She mentions finding guides and spiritual teachers in the astral realms and looking through the Akashic records. But these guides and teachers just seem to turn up by themselves and it is they who can lead you to the Akashic records. She states that we can study spiritual knowledge in astral classes, visit deceased loved ones, look at past lives, work healing or "magick" on the astral, meet with other particular astral travelers, etc, etc.
But, again, how you actually get to do these things is not really specified.
There are interesting chapters on time travel and "treading ancient paths". This latter chapter includes more about meeting spiritual teachers and guides, who just turn up when you visualize yourself in a beautiful garden, about visiting with a wizard, worshipping with a witch, visiting a healing shaman and so on.
There's a chapter about the possibility of finding an astral lover, one on healing in the astral, and one on "magick" in the astral, which includes the description of various rituals for good health, prosperity, success and so on. In a ritual for justice one of the items needed is "a curl of unicorn hair". The author fails to mention where you get that. Perhaps in one of the shops frequented by Harry Potter.
One chapter entitled "Defence against the Dark Side" informs us how to deal with astral enemies and uninvited astral entities. The author uses many techniques and weapons to defend herself with. Personally, I would prefer not to use fighting but the power of Divine Love, which I am sure would be just as effective.
I don't know why "magic" is spelt "magick", and this is not explained. I have noticed that certain other authors also use this, presumably old, spelling.
The book is well-written and absolutely comprehensive, and it sounds as though the author knows what she's talking about. One gets the distinct impression that everything she describes is as easy as pie to do.
She states that astral travel is absolutely safe, but at the same time recommends that we use numerous methods and techniques by which to protect ourselves. She describes seven different types of astral defense, so there must be considerable need for this. Before I read the book I felt that venturing into these realms was relatively safe but I feel much more wary about doing so after reading it.
I would recommend the book to those who know from experience that this sort of thing is something they will easily be able to master and who are interested in witch-like activities and all sorts of "magickal" pursuits.
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2014 17:35:04 GMT
D. S. Sample says:
"A curl of unicorn hair" that is just ridiculous, Just imagine a unicorn with curly hair.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2014 19:27:02 GMT
Iona Main Stewart says:
Ha, ha, I'm sure I don't know what sort of hair a unicorn has, but since I don't know how to get hold of a unicorn, I find the author's comment somewhat imaginative. This time we're on the same side, I think.
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