Miss an episode of Magical Experiments podcast in October? Here are all the episodes, plus a couple of book reviews!
Magical Experiments: The History of Fascism and Occultism with Dr. Amy Hale
Book Review: Daoist Nei Gong: The Philosophical Art of Change by Damo Mitchell
This is an excellent introduction to Nei Gong. While I've already had some experience with Taoist meditation, I found that all of the material was presented was very helpful in either introducing me to new concepts or getting me to think about what I already knew from a different angle. The exercises have also been helpful. I've integrated them into my daily process. I like the author's emphasis on tactile awareness. Too many books on this focus on visualization, so reading a book on this topic with a focus on tactile awareness was refreshing and helpful.
Book Review: Tibetan Yogas of Body, Speech, and Mind by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
This is an excellent book that explores the various Dzogchen meditation practices. In this book the author introduces readers to practices of the body, speech and mind. Each of the practices is walked through and explained so that the reader can try them. I recommend doing the exercises regularly. After you've done them for a bit, you'll start to notice how your mental and physical state of being changes. The author does cover some of these practices in is other books, but what I like about this book is that he presents a different perspective that helps you deepen your understanding of those practices, complementing what he's shared in the other works. If you want to do internal work, this book is a great place to start or continue your journey.
Book Review: Temple Magic by William G. Gray
This is another excellent book by William G. Gray. In it he discusses at length the fundamentals of creating a temple as well as a community around the temple. What I like is that regardless of what your approach to magic is, you can apply this information to your practice. This book is also helpful for getting you to look at your magic from a systems perspective, which is helpful if you are designing a system of your own or working in an existing one but wanting to refine it. This book will help you understand some of the deeper mysteries of magic and is well worth the investment of your time and effort.