Donald Michael Kraig graduated from UCLA with a degree in philosophy. He has also studied public speaking and music (traditional and experimental) on the university level. After a decade of personal study and practice, he began ten years of teaching courses in the Southern California area on such topics as Kabalah, Tarot, Magic, Tantra, and Psychic Development. He has been a member of many spiritual and magical groups and is an initiated Tantric.
Don has worked in telephone marketing, managed a courier service for a major bank, managed costume shops, worked in a sleight-of-hand magic store, and he has worked at occult shops. He worked at a used book store for one month and ended up owing them more money than he earned. He has also worked as a professional Tarot reader (he is a Certified Tarot Grandmaster) and has helped teach computer classes as U.S.C. As a musician he has performed in concert choirs, madrigal groups, and in bands that have opened for groups ranging from Elton John to Great White.
Don has received training and is certified as a clinical hypnotherapist by the American Board of Hypnotherapy (ABH), the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), and the Association for Integrative Psychology (AIP). He is also certified as a hypnosis instructor by the ABH and as a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming by the AIP.
Don is best known as the author of books including Modern Magick, Modern Sex Magick and Tarot & Magick, published by Llewellyn. Recently, his first novel, The Resurrection Murders (see www.resurrectionmurders.com) was published by Galde Press. He has given lectures and workshops all over the U.S. and in Europe. He has been the editor-in-chief of Llewellyn's New Times magazine and FATE magazine. He helped start Llewellyn's free on line journal and is currently the editor of their free Encyclopedia as well as writing for New Worlds. He lives in Southern California.
There are several books and teachers who either imply or explicitly state that intention is the key to magick. The entire basis of the Law of Attraction as popularized in The Secret is that intention is everything. This concept states that if you have an intention and focus on it strongly, you attract to you the heart of your intention. One of the most popular books in history virtually says this in its title: Think and Grow Rich.
I have encountered this same, "intention is everything" attitude among Pagans and ceremonial magicians. I have attended many hundreds of rituals where we are instructed to "write our intention on a piece of paper" which is then burned or returned to us to be
For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.
—The Book of the Law, Chapter I, Verse 44
Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.
—Dan Millman, author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Dr. Walsh: So, the Slayer.
Buffy: Yeah, that's me.
Dr. Walsh: We thought you were a myth.
Buffy: Well, you were myth-taken.
—Buffy the Vampire Slayer, episode entitled "A New Man"
An absolutely phenomenal number of books, bloggers, writers, speakers, and teachers tell us it is important to strengthen our wills. If there is something lacking in our
About twenty years ago, when any article about Apple (then Apple Computer) referred to the company as "beleaguered," I was an active member in a users' organization known as the Los Angeles Macintosh Group. I wrote some articles for LAMG's journal, I attended their meetings, and I participated on the forums on their internet site. Note that I didn't call it a "website" because it wasn't part of the now ubiquitous World Wide Web which was still growing and was not dominant at that time. Most people today think of the internet and the World Wide Web as the same thing, but actually, the Web simply uses the internet as a means of interconnecting millions of sites. Back then there were different
In my previous three posts (HERE, HERE, and HERE) I described an easy way to astral project, why astral travel is important and how to do it, and the concept explaining why performing astral magick can be very powerful. In the last post I wrote, "it’s possible for us to prevent ourselves from achieving our magickal goals by unconsciously countering our magick." I would contend that this is the primary reason magickal rituals and spells that have been performed well and should be successful end up failing. This was understood many years ago by Aleister Crowley, but he presented this understanding in a very sexist way.
As we look back at some of Crowley's comments from our perspective