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5. The Prayer of Protection, Magical Circles, and Pyramids

Marc Allen New World Library ePub



There are only two ways to live your life.

One is as though nothing is a miracle.

The other is as though everything is a miracle.

I choose the latter.


All life is a miracle, because the force of life itself is a miracle. Your body is a miracle. Your mind is limitless. There are more connections in one square millimeter of your brain than there are stars in the Milky Way. That means we all have the capability to be endlessly creative. It means every one of us is a magician — if we choose to look at it that way.

The Prayer of Protection

One of the best tools in our magician’s toolkit is the Prayer of Protection. Repeating these words — or similar words — is powerful. While saying this prayer, you can focus on yourself, or you can encircle others in the light of your prayer. You can do it for your family; you can do it for the whole earth.

There are many different forms of this prayer. Some don’t have the words flows through me, and heals me. As always, find the words that feel best to you.

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Part 5: One-Minute Mindfulness for Nature, Spirituality, and Contemplation

Donald Altman New World Library ePub

Humility illuminates the deepest core of what it means to be J. J. human, how we are all frail and subject to error and how each of us is dependent upon the web of life into which we are interwoven. What this means for each of us is that eventually, like it or not, we will be cracked open and rendered vulnerable and naked by life. I am reminded of a concert I attended recently, where poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen performed. Before breaking into his song “The Bells,” he eloquently spoke a few of the song’s lyrics, alluding to the light that shines through the imperfect and cracked parts of ourselves.36

Being cracked open is not the same as being broken or enduring a Humpty Dumpty moment, unable to put ourselves back together. Neither does humility imply that we are weak and incapable. Leadership expert John Baldoni insightfully writes, “Humility is acceptance of individual limitations — I cannot do it alone — coupled with a sense of resolve to do something about it — I will enlist the help of others. That is the essence of leadership.”37 One-minute mindfulness helps the light of humility and growth shine through the cracks.

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Man, Deprogram Thyself

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

One teacher Julie spent time with attributed great importance to introspective self-discovery techniques such as journaling, group dialogues and sessions with the teacher as a means of clearing out the internal debris that “keeps us from knowing our true self and pristinely mirroring the divine love of the universe.” I’m describing it poorly because all I have to go on is Julie’s delightfully lunatic ravings, but the point is that because the teaching found a place inside her, Julie can now find that same place and use the teachings to which she originally responded as a surface against which to pit herself. In this way, many of her battles are fought against “real” opponents, “visibly personified, and made practically assailable”............

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Chapter 6: The Multiple Personality Experience and Demonic Possession

Felicitas D. Goodman Indiana University Press ePub

The multiple personality experience or “disorder” is not usually covered in discussions of demonic possession. That is regrettable, for as we saw in chapter 1, there is a lot that it can teach us about possession, and it also offers some insights into its demonic variant. Perhaps because the multiple personality syndrome is relatively rare, authors of texts on comparative religion are usually not even aware of its existence and would disregard it anyhow, because of the prevailing view that it is exclusively a psychiatric problem.1

Briefly, as will be remembered from chapter 1 and the case of Eve White, patients suffering from this condition experience themselves as having several discrete personalities called alternates that do not share consciousness or memories with their host. That means that the host does not know or is not able to recall what the various alternate personalities do, and extended periods of amnesia, often starting during childhood, are characteristically reported by these patients. Each one of the alternates has its own complex social patterns and behavior. When a given personality is dominant, it will control the individual’s behavior. As should be obvious by now, this description could just as well be cited in any discussion of the experience of possession. There are, however, in the main two differences between this disorder and possession as a religious experience. One of these concerns how the phenomenon is located culturally, that is, what society, especially those charged with treating the patient, thinks is going on. The other is the nature of the beings involved in the possession.

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The Gospel of Truth

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF
Behold! I am come as thy brother and thy companion in tribulation, and I speak unto thee on this, thy day of reckoning. I walk before thee. I precede thee in thy dark night.

I speak unto thee words of tribulation and woe, for I have grievously rebelled. Mine is the spirit which is neither cause nor caused, and as mine, so thine.

What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou wast driven back? Thou mountain, that thou trembled like the lamb? Thou sun, that thou fleddest from the sky?

I speak unto children that they may be made men and unto cities that they may yield a new man, for the cities are barren of men and nations yield no sign.

Behold! The child begotten of a child begat a child, and so the revenger, the slayer of the slayer, shall therefore arise within the border of the city that the destroyer be destroyed and that a new man may arise, and that the new man may be thee.

Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment. See All Chapters

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