by Graham Nicholls
The writing of Navigating the
Out-of-Body Experience has reconnected me with many of the
people who were around me as a young teenager when I first started my
journey with the out-of-body experience (OBE) and astral projection.
Just a few weeks ago I was contacted by my old friend Kirsty, who,
about eighteen years ago, was also one of first people with whom I had
shared my ideas. She had found me again online and was very happy to
see that I was now working with a wider public in much the same way I
had worked with her. She could recall the times that we had talked
about the book I was going to write and how I envisioned it stepping
into new territory. When she saw that Navigating the
Out-of-Body Experience would be published she knew I had
achieved something I’d held in my heart for a long time.
After so many years it was interesting to hear how we had gone in
different directions in our lives, yet we had arrived at similar
understandings. I had explored my creativity through art and writing,
and she had been drawn to science. Yet now she wanted to look back into
the experiences she’d had all those years before. I, on the other hand,
had become increasingly scientific in my journey to understand not just
what an OBE is, but how I can most successfully teach others to have
them. In the end we both view the world with scientific eyes, but can
see that there are things that do not fit within the framework of the
materialist ideologies that dominate the science establishment.
Apparitions of the Living
and the Dead
For many sceptics, out-of-body experiences have been explained away and
can simply be ignored. Yet, does the evidence...
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with Grahamn Nicholls, Author of Navigating
the Out-of-Bod Experience
1. Your book is titled, Navigating the Out-of-Body Experience.
inspired you to write about
I have been having out-of-body
experiences (OBEs) since the age of twelve; the first few lasted just a
few seconds and were spontaneous, but inspired an interest in me to
learn what this state of awareness was and whether it could be induced
intentionally. This led me to begin reading on the subject, and at the
age of fourteen I had my first self-initiated OBE after around sixth
months of practice. From that point on I started to realise that
certain things would signal the most conducive conditions for leaving
the body. I made detailed notes in my diaries of what was happening to
me, and even then could see I was charting territory that few others
had. I knew I would one day write a practical guide on the subject—but
one unlike any other. At the time I probably didn’t realise that my
book would be probably the most scientific on the subject, or that it
would use such a personalised approach and would move beyond the
visualisation methods that dominate the genre, but I could already
sense that I was walking a different path to the ones I’d read about.
When I wrote my first book, Avenues of the Human Spirit, I wanted to
share something of the journey I’d been on, and how it had transformed
me on a personal and spiritual level. But I knew this was not enough; I
wanted others to be able to explore those areas of human consciousness
for themselves, and maybe avoid some of the common pitfalls. That is
why I wrote Navigating the
2. How exactly would you
define an out-of-body experience, or OBE?
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the Books of Secrets
by David Rankine
Over the last thousand years there have been several
distinct streams of Western magical practice. Running parallel are the
grimoires, which focus on preparation and complex procedures to produce
effective communication and interaction with spiritual beings, and the
Books of Secrets, full of simple techniques using easily available
ingredients. Both of these traditions have influenced many of the more
recent magical traditions and practices that have developed in recent
centuries. However, until recently the importance of the early Book of
Secrets tradition has been largely ignored. Here magician David Rankine
explains the rich, magical history behind these books.
Sources of Magick
by Donald Michael Kraig
Magick is one hundred percent natural; there is evidence
of its use as far back as the earliest humans. But how has magick grown
and evolved in that time span? Author and magician Donald Michael Kraig
investigates three newly-released books from Golden Hoard Press that,
in their original forms, were used by the teachers of the teachers of
the teachers who are teaching magick today.
Psychic Development: Bare the Soles to Bare the
by Alexandra Chauran
Whether you’re just beginning to get in touch with your
psychic side, or you are already an advanced reader, deeply in touch
with your own inner senses, there are many best practices that can help
you with the practical, the spiritual, and the intellectual components
of accuracy and precision. One of the simplest psychic tips to
implement is to remove your shoes and socks before performing a psychic
reading for yourself or others. Alexandra Chauran, author of So
You Want to Be a Psychic Intuitive? and Crystal
Ball Reading for Beginners explains the connection between
bare feet and heightened psychic awareness.
by Teresa Lally
Table tipping is a type of physical mediumship that has
been in use for many years, enjoying a tremendous popularity during the
heyday of spiritualism in the mid to late 1800s, falling out of favor
for a time, and once again experiencing a resurgence of interest. But
it is merely a tool for spirit communication, or does table tipping
offer much more? Teresa Lally, author of Table Tipping for Beginners: A Time-Honored Way to Talk
to Spirits, explains a few of the uses of table tipping.