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High Magick

A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row
$34.50 CAD
Spoken Word CD
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: December, 2018
ISBN: 9781683642275
In stock now: 0

At age 18, Damien Echols was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. “I spent my years in prison training to be a true magician,” he writes. “I used magick—the practice of reshaping reality through our intention and will—to stave off incredible pain, despair, and isolation. But the most amazing feat of all that practice and study was to manifest my freedom.” With High Magick, this bestselling author shares his first teaching book on the powerful spiritual techniques that helped him survive and transcend his ordeal on death row.

What is High Magick? Most people either think of magic as stage illusions or an occult practice involving dark rituals. “Magick is an incredibly deep, meaningful, spiritual tradition that equals the Eastern practices of Buddhism and Taoism in beauty,” says Echols. “It’s an ancient discipline that lets you literally change reality by working with the divine energies of creation.” Join this extraordinary teacher as he shares key meditations, insights, and step-by-step instruction to awaken the power of magick in your own life.

In my opinion, if you’re constantly exerting influence on reality, it’s a good idea to learn how to do it well… We can all shape reality and create better environments for ourselves. We can actually do something about it. Call this something whatever you’d like. I prefer to call it magick…
 

Magick is a specific spiritual tradition—an amalgamation of Gnostic Christianity, esoteric Judaism, Taoist energy practices, and often forms of divination such as the Tarot or the I Ching…


This book is about high magick because it’s mostly about spiritual growth, energetic practices, ceremonies, rituals, and invocations


This particular book is my offering to help get you started down the path with some basic practices. Some will appeal to you, others will not. However, I encourage you to try each of them for a short time, in order to find the techniques that most strongly resonate with you. I also encourage you to seek out other authors, practices, techniques, and approaches, because no single magician or text is the ultimate authority.

spiritual transmission

Spiritual Transmission

Paradoxes and Dilemmas on the Spiritual Path
$22.75 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Monkfish Book Publishing
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781939681959
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The term “spiritual transmission” refers to the passing of the state of enlightenment from teacher to student, which takes place in many spiritual traditions. In itself, the transmission is synonymous with the experience of enlightenment. But the fact that the student’s experience is rooted in a relationship with a human teacher who is perceived to possess absolute knowledge lends the experience much of its intrinsic, yet hidden, nature

Spurred by the breakup of his 21 year-long relationship with his own spiritual teacher, Amir Freimann sought answers to the most pressing questions regarding the spiritual teacher-student relationship. He logged over 1,000 hours of interviews with students and teachers alike in an effort to better understand what these powerful relationships are all about. The best of these interviews were compiled and edited in this volume. He discovered that the central questions devolved around paradoxes and dualities such as the differences and similarities between therapists and gurus; the role of trust vs rationality in the spiritual quest; and how money, power and sex are dealt with the course of a student’s training.

Spiritual Transmission includes never-before-published dialogues with many prominent spiritual teachers, plus a revelatory afterword by renowned integral theorist Ken Wilber.

How we interpret that Waking Up depends almost entirely on our stage of Growing Up…. What all of this means is that if a person goes to a guru and begins study, that guru might be quite Enlightened or have had a profound Waking Up, but at the same time they might also be at virtually any stage of Growing Up. The profound problem here is that, if the guru is believed to “never be wrong,” and yet they are operating from a low level of Growing Up, the students are going to be forced to accept for ultimate reality items that are in fact deep pathologies. —Ken Wilber

Interviewees in this book include Peter (Hakim) Young, Andrew Cohen, Stephen Fulder, Christopher Titmuss, James Finley, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, Saniel Bonder, Mariana Caplan, Mooji, Lakshmi, Barry Magid, Claire Slemmer, James Swartz, Diane Hamilton, Bill Epperly, Aliya Haeri, Thomas Steininger, Peter Campton, Carolyn Lee, Terry Patten, Steve Brett and Mary Adams.

The guru is representing a status that your own True Self fully possesses, and you will see the guru as specially possessing this status only until you realize your own, whereupon the guru returns to his or her actual status: an acknowledged honor of being one who has realized the ultimate Reality of their own being, which is a Reality possessed by all beings but realized by few—and that in itself deserves enormous respect, exactly the same amount your own realization of this Reality deserves. —Ken Wilber, from the afterword

origins of creativity

Origins of Creativity

$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: WW Norton
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781631494857
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In this profound and lyrical book, one of our most celebrated biologists offers a sweeping examination of the relationship between the humanities and the sciences: what they offer to each other, how they can be united, and where they still fall short. Both endeavours, E. O. Wilson reveals, have their roots in human creativity—the defining trait of our species.

Reflecting on the deepest origins of language, storytelling, and art, Wilson demonstrates how creativity began not ten thousand years ago, as we have long assumed, but over one hundred thousand years ago in the Paleolithic age. Chronicling this evolution of creativity from primate ancestors to humans, The Origins of Creativity shows how the humanities, spurred on by the invention of language, have played a largely unexamined role in defining our species. And in doing so, Wilson explores what we can learn about human nature from a surprising range of creative endeavors—the instinct to create gardens, the use of metaphors and irony in speech, and the power of music and song.

Our achievements in science and the humanities, Wilson notes, make us uniquely advanced as a species, but also give us the potential to be supremely dangerous, most worryingly in our abuse of the planet. The humanities in particular suffer from a kind of anthropomorphism, encumbered by a belief that we are the only species among millions that seem to matter, yet Wilson optimistically reveals how researchers will have to address this parlous situation by pushing further into the realm of science, especially fields such as evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and anthropology.

With eloquence and humanity, Wilson calls for a transformational "Third Enlightenment," in which the blending of science and the humanities will give us a deeper understanding of the human condition and our crucial relationship with the natural world.

book of pagan prayer

Book of Pagan Prayer

$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781578636495
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Based on more than a quarter century of research and practice, A Book of Pagan Prayer teaches us to pray in the ways of our ancestors, yet for very modern times and concerns.

A Book of Pagan Prayer provides the pagan community a comprehensive and thoughtful selection of prayers—and shows readers how they too can create their own. After an introduction on why to pray, author Ceisiwr Serith explores how to pray through words, posture, dance, and music. He explains how to prepare for and compose prayers, how to address and honor the deities, and how to conclude a prayer. Serith also answers important questions, such as: Why should pagans pray? Should prayers be spontaneous? What are offerings about? Is all this just trying to buy the gods off?

Gathered from many traditions - including Celtic, Germanic, Egyptian, Greek, and Zoroastrian - this guide includes nearly 500 sample prayers organized by purpose: for the family and household; times of the day, month, and year; life passages; thanksgiving, grace, and petition; as well as litanies and mantras. Whether offering a blessing, celebrating new life, safeguarding travel, or honoring the seasons, readers will discover timeless pagan prayers for worship, spiritual connection, and personal relationship with the gods.

Prayers have been labeled with the deities to which they are addressed and arranged in logical order within each chapter.

  I bring greetings to the gods of this place

from my people, from my family, from me,

and not only greetings but gifts of friendship.

I give them to you to establish between us the sacred bond.

five invitations

Five Invitations

Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully
$23.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781250076748
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Zen Hospice pioneer Frank Ostaseski's stirring book, The Five Invitations, is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present awareness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. He dedicates the book to his mentor, Stephen Levine, and begins the book with this:

Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most. 

In his thirty-plus years as a companion to the dying, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. He has distilled the lessons gleaned into The Five Invitations.

The Five Invitations

  • Don't wait
  • Welcome everything, push away nothing
  • Bring your whole self to the experience
  • Find a place of rest in the middle of things
  • Cultivate a don’t know mind

will, if lived, show us how death can be the guide we need to wake up fully to our lives.

I think of these as five bottomless practices that can be continually explored and deepened. They have little value as theories. To be understood, they have to be lived into and realized through action.

They can be understood as best practices for anyone coping with loss or navigating any sort of transition or crisis.

Rachel Naomi Remen writes in her foreword:

The great depth of experience he brings to this book can only be accumulated by those who are fearless, who have found their way to stillness and presence, who possess an ability to connect to the heart and soul of others, and who are blessed with the gift of story for sharing the road traveled. The Five Invitations is filled with stories so profound that they function as a compass, a way to travel an unknown road to a desired destination. Many of the true stories in this book can be read as parables, wisdom stories that enable us all to live more purposefully and wisely in many diverse circumstances…


This book is not someone’s ideas or beliefs about what the experience of dying is and means. It is a sharing of deep experience by a superbly aware observer. It invites you to grow your eyes

 

I am reminded that death, like love, is intimate, and that intimacy is the condition of the deepest learning.

walking in wonder

Walking in Wonder

Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World
$34.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Convergent
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9780525575283
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A beautiful companion to To Bless the Space Between Us, this is a welcome collection of insights from one of the most charismatic and inspirational spiritual writers of the last twenty years.

When author John O’Donohue passed away suddenly in January 2008, he left behind a remarkable body of work on the subjects of spirituality and Celtic mysticism. Walking in Wonder is a poignant and inspirational collection of conversations and presentations from O’Donohue’s work with Irish broadcaster John Quinn. These timeless conversations, collated and introduced by Quinn, span a number of years and explore themes such as wonder, landscape, the medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, the gifts of aging, our fascinating relationship with memory, and why we need not fear death. Presented in O'Donohue's inimitable lyrical style, and filled with rich insights that will help to feed the “unprecedented spiritual hunger” that he observed in modern society, Walking in Wonder is a celebration of the beauty and mystery of everyday things.

From the mountains of Connemara to friendly pub conversations, John O’Donohue could make the most numinous questions personalHis words still breathe with vibrant life. A foreword is written by Krista Tippett and narration (on the unabridged audio edition) is by John’s brother Pat O’Donohue.

Highlights include:   

  • Why the insights of mystics like Meister Eckhart are more relevant than ever in a world prioritizing image over substance
  • Contemplation of nature, its landscapes, and our intertwined relationship with both
  • A reading of one of the special dawn Easter masses given by John at Corcomroe Abbey
  • Poems and blessings in celebration of the ache of absence, imagination, and the turning of the seasons
  • Life’s hidden narratives—whether in the history of mountains or your inner world.

Among John O’Donohue’s other books are Anam Cara and Beauty: The Invisible Embrace. Also available is a beautiful DVD of John called Celtic Pilgrimage with John O’Donohue.

high magick

High Magick

A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row
$28.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781683641346
In stock now: 0

At age 18, Damien Echols was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. “I spent my years in prison training to be a true magician,” he writes. “I used magick—the practice of reshaping reality through our intention and will—to stave off incredible pain, despair, and isolation. But the most amazing feat of all that practice and study was to manifest my freedom.” With High Magick, this bestselling author shares his first teaching book on the powerful spiritual techniques that helped him survive and transcend his ordeal on death row.

What is High Magick? Most people either think of magic as stage illusions or an occult practice involving dark rituals. “Magick is an incredibly deep, meaningful, spiritual tradition that equals the Eastern practices of Buddhism and Taoism in beauty,” says Echols. “It’s an ancient discipline that lets you literally change reality by working with the divine energies of creation.” Join this extraordinary teacher as he shares key meditations, insights, and step-by-step instruction to awaken the power of magick in your own life.

In my opinion, if you’re constantly exerting influence on reality, it’s a good idea to learn how to do it well… We can all shape reality and create better environments for ourselves. We can actually do something about it. Call this something whatever you’d like. I prefer to call it magick…
 

Magick is a specific spiritual tradition—an amalgamation of Gnostic Christianity, esoteric Judaism, Taoist energy practices, and often forms of divination such as the Tarot or the I Ching…


This book is about high magick because it’s mostly about spiritual growth, energetic practices, ceremonies, rituals, and invocations


This particular book is my offering to help get you started down the path with some basic practices. Some will appeal to you, others will not. However, I encourage you to try each of them for a short time, in order to find the techniques that most strongly resonate with you. I also encourage you to seek out other authors, practices, techniques, and approaches, because no single magician or text is the ultimate authority.

course in high magick

Course in High Magick

Evoking Divine Energy to Heal Your Past, Transcend Your Limitations, and Step Into Your True Potential
$79.00 CAD
Spoken Word CD
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781683641360
In stock now: 0

“High Magick is the ability to shape the world around us with our will,” teaches Damien Echols. “This ability to change our reality with our thoughts is not the gift of a select few—we do it every waking moment that we are alive. The difference between a magician and the average person is that a magician does it consciously, deliberately, and intentionally.” With A Course in High Magick, this compelling teacher immerses listeners in a venerable Western spiritual tradition for expanding consciousness and unlocking our hidden potential.

Echols credits the practice of magick not only for helping him survive the pain and despair of death row, but also for allowing him to create the circumstances that led to his freedom. With this audio training, he now shares the essential elements of magick for anyone facing crisis, disillusioned by dogma, or committed to creating positive change in their world. In these sessions, he introduces listeners to the history of magick, offers guided exercises and meditations, presents step-by-step instruction in key techniques, and much more.

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Book of Ceremony

Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred in Everyday Life
$21.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781683641490
In stock now: 0

Ceremony is a central part of human life and spiritual practice, yet in today’s world, many of our ceremonies have become rote or superficial. That’s why shamanic teacher Sandra Ingerman has created The Book of Ceremony—to help us recover the sense of deeper meaning and sacred connection that makes ceremony a powerful tool for transformation and healing.

Ceremonies have always been used to create transformation. Performing ceremonies creates a bridge between the material world we live in and the world of the unseen, the divine, the power of the universe.

In this practical guidebook, Ingerman shares essential instruction for ceremonies that combine the power of your intention, the support of family and community, and the aid of the spirit world. Join her for this invaluable guide for adapting traditional wisdom to create ceremonies for modern practitioners—including rites of adulthood, sacred marriages, the Prayer Tree ceremony for blessing communities, and many more.

I reflect on the ceremonies I’ve performed in the past. I often think joyfully of being in community, drumming, rattling, singing, dancing, and entering an ecstatic state of consciousness in communion with the helping spirits, nature, and others who are like-minded, all focusing on the intention of supporting each other during our healing and transitions. These experiences are tied to the most marvelous, most precious, and happiest memories I have about my life…
 

Storms on all levels of life impact us as they are part of nature’s cycles. Performing ceremonies helps us navigate the turbulent waves and builds up the spiritual strength to ride the challenging waves of any crisis. And when we gather together in community during times of crisis, we have a community “Spirit Boat” to help carry us through any challenge.

This work offers road-tested savvy on:

  • Envisioning, Preparing, and Performing Ceremony
  • Turning Points & Rites of Passage
  • Releasing Blocking Energies
  • Working in the Unseen Realms
  • Blessing and Healing Ceremonies for People and for Places
  • Joining Together to Bless our Community

In addition to her many books, among them Soul Retrieval and Awakening to the Spirit World, Sandra Ingerman has created The Transmutation App “to keep you focused on integrating sacred ceremony into your daily life.” [get on iTunes, etc.]

bringing your shadow out of the dark

Bringing Your Shadow Out of the Dark

Breaking Free from the Hidden Forces That Drive You
$20.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781683641513
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Our shadow is the part of ourselves that holds the feelings, beliefs, and behavioral patterns that we are most ashamed of or that we cannot accept about ourselves. And the degree to which we’re unconscious of our shadow is the degree to which it influences and controls us.

Rooted in Robert Augustus Masters's decades of reflection and experience as a therapist and psycho-spiritual guide, this definitive offering helps us to understand and skillfully work with the rich yet neglected shadow dimensions of who we are. With depth and clarity, Masters illuminates the process of welcoming our shadow elements in a safe way—to catalyze a more complete and healthy experience of who we are.

This powerful book is in four sections:

Meeting Our Shadow: our conditioning, fear, sense of danger, anger, shame, grief, narcissism, addiction, sexuality, spirituality, fear of death, resistance, honesty, choice, evil, the shadow of shadow work

Working with Our Shadow: shadow work in practice, strengthening the foundation for shadow work, inner child work, dethroning our inner critic, self-sabotage uncovered, and dreams: private shadow theatre

 Pain and How to Work with It: becoming more intimate with our pain, turning toward, naming, and entering our pain; emerging from our pain

 Exploring Shared Shadow: generational trauma and collective PTSD in our shadow, collective shadow unveiled.

This exploration becomes a portal to an experiential knowingness and deepening that affects the very foundation of our being. As daunting as this might sound, and as much courage as it may require, the rewards it offers are immense.

What are some of the benefits of bringing our shadow out of the dark?

  • Far more freedom from our conditioning (our ingrained programming)…
  • A strongly enhanced capacity for intimacy and healthy relationship…
  • A fuller, more grounded and awakened sense of wholeness…
  • The ability to make much better use of difficult conditions…
  • More vitality…
  • A deepened capacity for skillful activism.

Among Masters’ other titles are Spiritual Bypassing and Emotional Intimacy, and the audio workshop Knowing Your Shadow: Becoming Intimate with All That You Are.