Esoteric Kindergarten

In the pursuit of esoteric, magical or shamanic training, there is something that must be explained to all prospective and interested students. It’s a condition created in our instant-gratification society by movies such as Harry Potter or “Crouching Tiger, Hidden...

Ten Rules for Being Human

1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period. 2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called “life.” 3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error,...

The Big Rules

In all the hoopla out there in the magical and shamanic community, there are all kinds of beliefs about what you can and can’t do magically, and which rules a practitioner needs to follow. That’s why we have what I call the “Big Rules,” otherwise known as Rules of the...

Faith is an Action, Not a Belief

The word “faith” has always generated a lot of controversy, especially when used in conjunction with religion, magic, shamanism, God… anything that stirs up the emotions and can rock the very foundation of our souls. But what is faith really? Is it a...

3 Myths About Real Magic

Harry Potter and “Charmed” are great introductions to magic, but they do often mislead the general public about magic. Hopefully this article will demystify five of the common myths about magic created by popular media. 1. There Are No Muggles Magic is the...

Feng Shui for Your Front Door

Feng Shui expert Arlyn MacDonald gives us some great Feng Shui tips for our front doors. According to Arlyn, Feng Shui is “the ancient Chinese art and science of balance and harmony. Balance and harmony are qualities of the Unihipili or subconscious self. The study...

How To Live Your Hero’s Life

Do you have a personal hero you really look up to? Would you like to be more like that person in your own life? You can. At the very least, you can begin to develop the abilities and attributes that you love in your hero in your own life. When we see someone whom we’d...

The Tribe of You

When you think about yourself, you think “I” right? You think of yourself as a singular, whole being. One person. One unit. One entity. That’s how most of us think about ourselves. In truth, though, each of us is not a single “I” but a whole tribe of archetypes that...

Ten Reasons a Day Will Keep the Blues Away

Once you’ve narrowed down your New Year’s Resolutions to no more than two (according to the guidance in last week’s tip), the next thing you want to do is keep your resolve strong and flowing. To keep yourself from getting distracted by other momentary desires, make a...

Isn’t That Fascinating?

Why Less is More and More is Less… and How to Be More Satisfied We live in a society that pushes us for more and more. We should work harder and longer, accumulate more stuff, have more and better experiences. We are taught to strive for more all the time. Then,...

Is Real Magic Black, White or Something Else Altogether?

If you go to Google or Yahoo and type in the word “magick, ” you’ll get a lot of listings for black magick, white magick, chaos magick, sex magick and thousands of other kinds of magick. And if you type in the word “magic,” you’ll get something entirely different. So...

Stretch, Stretch, Stretch

One of the things that makes magicians and shamans so, well, magical, is that they are always stretching, reaching and striving. Are they learning to do yoga and stretching their bodies? Possibly, but more importantly, they are stretching the boundaries and horizons...

It’s All About Attention

Early on in my spiritual studies one of my teachers told me that if I wanted to study with him, I could study with no one else. At first, I found this rule very restricting and struggled with it greatly (I had a mechanical habit of seeking advice from many people all...

Knowledge: Get Your Piece of the Pie!

Did you know that knowledge is actually a material substance? Contrary to popular opinion, knowledge is not a concept or idea but actually a thing. At any given time on this planet there is a limited amount of knowledge, and the more knowledge you have the more useful...

Great Endings Make Better Beginnings

In our society we tend to celebrate new beginnings and fresh starts. We are a self-improvement culture, and it seems like anytime is a great time for a New Year’s resolution. What we don’t seem to focus on, however, is creating a great ending before we start a fresh...

Desire and Appreciation: Two Great Magickal Tools

Desire and appreciation are two of the least understood and most powerful tools in magickal and shamanic practice. When it comes to magick and shamanism, we often get so caught up in measuring our abilities to “do” certain procedures and techniques that we forget to...

What is a Shaman?

Thanks to the prolific writings of popular authors such as Carlos Castaneda, Serge King and Michael Harner, the shaman has become a familiar figure to many people. However, because every author seems to offer a different view of shamanism, the question arises as to...

Why Affirmations Work… Sometimes

Have you ever used the spiritual practice of chants, litanies, or affirmations? And are you ever puzzled as to why they sometimes work and sometimes don’t? Does the power of an affirmation or chant have to do with the words or with something else? Why do certain...

The Inner Taste of Truth

How do you know when you’ve stumbled upon the whole truth and nothing but the truth? If you’re not sure, take some hints from this interview about truth from Esoteric School co-founder Alan Joel. Enjoy! * There are a lot of so-called “truths” out there in the...