High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row

High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row

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Overview

"Magick is not a path for followers; it is a path for questioners, seekers, and anyone who has trouble settling for dogma and pre-formulated answers. Magick is for those who feel the desire to peel away the surface of reality and see what lies beneath. Like various persecuted forms of mysticism, magick promotes direct contact with the source of creation."

Damien Echols

Discover a Powerful Practice for Transforming Yourself and Your Reality

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 recalls. "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.

Though our culture has consigned "magic" to fiction, stage illusions, or superstitions about dark practices, the magick Damien learned is an ancient Western tradition equal the Eastern practices of Buddhism, Taoism, and yoga in its wisdom and transformative power. Here he brings you an engaging and highly accessible guide for bringing magick into your own life, including:

• What is High Magick? Damien clears away the stigma and reveals the history and core teachings of this extraordinary art.

• The Four-Fold Breath—a foundational meditation practice to train your mind and body to channel subtle energies.

• The Middle Pillar—how to bring divine energy into the central channel of your body for empowerment and healing.

• The Qabalistic Cross—a centering technique to help you stay balanced and protected regardless of circumstances.

• The Lesser Rituals of the Pentagram—powerful practices for banishing negative energies and invoking energy to manifest your goals.

• Working with angelic beings and other spiritual allies to support your practice.

• Creating thoughtforms to assist you in your ongoing magickal development.

• Guidance for overcoming your doubts, enhancing your visualization skills, creating talismans, practicing magick ethically, and much more.

"Magick is a journey," writes Damien. "It’s a continuously unfolding path that has no end. You can study and practice magick for the rest of your life and you will still never learn everything that it has to teach you." If you’re ready to discover your untapped potential for co-creating your reality with the energy of the divine, then join this extraordinary teacher to begin your training in High Magick.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683641346
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 147,584
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Damien Echols

DAMIEN ECHOLS was born in 1974 and grew up in Mississippi, Tennessee, Maryland, Oregon, Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. When he was 18, Damien and two other young men were wrongfully convicted of murder, eventually becoming known as the West Memphis Three. Having received a death sentence, Damien spent almost two decades on death row, until he was released in 2011. While in prison, Damien was ordained into the Rinzai Zen Buddhist tradition. He is the subject of Paradise Lost, a three-part documentary series produced by HBO, and West of Memphis, a documentary produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. Damien is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Life After Death and Yours For Eternity (with his wife Lorri Davis).

Damien teaches classes on magick around the country and works as a visual artist. His artwork entails glyphs, sigils, and symbols designed to bypass the conscious mind and speak directly to the subconscious, combining magick techniques with his own alphabet and writing system to break down concepts and scenarios into abstract designs. He and Lorri live in New York City with their three cats.

For more, visit damienechols.com.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Foreword Eddie Vedder xv

Preface My Story xvii

Part I An Introduction to Magick

1 Why Learn Magick? 3

2 What Magick Is and What Magick Isn't 5

Part II Preliminaries

3 Why Spell Books Don't Work 17

4 As Above, So Below: The Power of Attention 19

Practice Directing Your Attention 24

5 Training Your Mind 27

Practice Five Basic Meditations 29

6 The Magick of Visualization 33

Practice Visualization 34

7 Raising and Directing Energy 37

Practice Raising Energy: Phase 1 38

Practice Raising Energy: Phase 2 39

8 Working with Doubt 43

9 Personalizing Your Practice and Getting Started 45

Part III Fundamental Practices of Magick

10 Practicing Variations of the Fourfold Breath 51

Practice The Fourfold Breath: Quick Version 52

Practice The Fourfold Breath with Visualization 53

Solar Application 55

Practice The Fourfold Solar Breath Application: Version 1 56

Practice The Fourfold Solar Breath Application: Version 2 59

Lunar Application 60

Practice The Fourfold Lunar Breath Application: Version 1 61

Practice The Fourfold Lunar Breath Application: Version 2 62

Seasonal Application 63

Practice The Fourfold Seasonal Breath Application 65

Interlude Some History of Magick 69

11 The Middle Pillar 73

Practice Performing the Middle Pillar Ritual 76

Practice Circulating Energy: with the Middle Pillar 81

12 The Qabalistic Cross 85

Practice Qabalistic Cross Meditation: Version 1 (Traditional) 91

Practice Qabalistic Cross Meditation: Version 2 94

13 The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram 101

Practice The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram 114

Part IV Additional Practices

14 The Lesser Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram 133

Practice Circumambulating the Temple 136

15 Bare-Bones Invocation 139

16 Creating Thoughtforms 143

Practice Creating a Thoughtform 144

Talismans, Amulets, and Tattoos 148

Water 156

Practice Charging Your Water 159

Practice Programming Your Water 162

Divination: Using the Tarot 165

Practice Charging Your Tarot Deck 166

17 Meal Blessings 169

Practice A Meal Blessing 170

Part V Final Thoughts

18 Magickal Implements 175

19 Urban Shamanism 179

20 Know Thyself 183

Postscript 187

About the Author 189

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