Author: Philip Carr-Gomm – Publisher: The Oak Tree Press – in e-book and paperback versions – Publication Date: December 2016 ISBN: 1903232120
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Deep down most of us believe in magic, because we know that sometimes – just sometimes – magic can come tumbling into our lives with a blinding flash, and suddenly there we are facing the person we’re destined to fall in love with, or being offered the job we never believed we would get, or we just find ourselves walking down that same familiar street, but this time it’s different – this time we’ve fallen in love with life: this time everything looks different, and life feels wonderful and exciting again.
Most people believe that you can’t make this kind of magic occur in your life. They say you’re either lucky or you’re not: it either happens to you or it doesn’t. But what if we could make magic happen? What if we could do things that actually made these types of experiences occur more often in our lives? And what if there was a book that taught this kind of magic?
An excerpt from the book:
Magic says: ‘The world is not at all what it appears to be. Every solid object is made of whirling atoms. Everything is in movement – has colour, has sound. Nothing dies. Everything changes. There are Beings, potencies, powers, love infinite and in so many forms you would melt with ecstasy if you could know them all. You can call these Guardian Angels, Extra-Terrestrial Intelligencies, Spirits, or whatever you like. Magic knows that you have friends everywhere, that the Universe is conspiring to help you fulfill your dream, that blossoming, flowering and radiating your best is what you were always meant to do, and that life and Spirit and all these Beings around you are ready to help you – at any time.’
This little book is a real gem! It can be tempting to assume that the art of Magic is some great arcane and inaccessible mystery found only in obscure and unfathomably old tomes; at worst an anachronism in our scientific age, at best a fairy tale fiction. Lessons In Magic urges us to recognise that Magic is actually very real, accessible and in tune with our 21st Century sensibilities and it does this in a wonderfully concise and unfussy way.
Philip Carr-Gomm’s book is divided into five chapters, each dealing with a different stage in the magical process. These are beautifully written and include questions to ask yourself (self-knowledge being a cornerstone of successful magic), useful and achievable practical exercises and commentaries that sum up and reiterate the key points of each lesson. The approach is a seamless weaving together of the fascinating worlds of magic, spirituality and psychology, and this blending only serves to strengthen its composite parts. Philip Carr-Gomm takes the reader on a step by step journey, clearly and simply signposting all the pitfalls and obstacles and their possible causes, guiding us to discover the manifestation abilities that we all possess in our hearts, minds and hands. It is both a deeply practical and inspiring book but don’t be fooled by its seeming simplicity, the process that Philip lays out here is potentially profound and life-changing.
It takes great skill and a life-time’s worth of experience –based wisdom to be able to hone down the key elements of this subject and present them in a way that is not only easy to grasp but that also fires your spirit into action. I got a real buzz reading this book – and had several ‘yes!’ moments. As Philip suggests, putting this process into action can sometimes be a challenge but this is the value of the book. It is both a rallying call to live the life you suspected you were always meant to live and a guidebook to help get you there. I know I will turn to it again and again to remind myself of the importance of each step and to encourage myself in staying focused on the possibilities.
Philip’s writing has warmth and wisdom – this little book encapsulates in spirit all the brilliant advice of an encouraging friend and the deep knowledge of a magical sage. It may be little but it packs a powerful magical punch. Highly recommended!
Maria Ede-Weaving, Amazon Review
The latest book by Philip Carr-Gomm is Lessons in Magic: A guide to Making your Dreams Come True. I always look forward to his publications as Philip is also a psychologist, and shares a common quest: for a spirituality that is more psychological and a psychology that is more spiritual … Lessons in Magic achieves Philip’s aim to seamlessly blend psychology and ancient wisdom. It is recommended with enthusiasm to anyone who wishes to dip into the subject of magic, regardless of spiritual path. Read psychoanalyst Frank Malone’s full review here.
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