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** MAGICK 1 — WHY MAGICK **
The ability to think seems to set us apart from
other creatures. And although we are concerned with
living in the physical world, we are mental beings. The
fact is we are thinking all the time. We plan, we brood,
we get depressed or elated — all of it is thought. But
the universe is mental too, and if we could control our
thinking we would see magnificent results in the everyday
Many systems have been developed over the ages to
help us control our thoughts. A great amound of dogma too
has been kicked around in an attempt to make us into better
people. Magick (the occult kind, spelled with a ‘k’) is one
of the oldest and most general of these systems. Magick is
the study and application of psychic forces. It uses mental
training, concentration, and a system of symbols to program
the mind. The purpose of magick is to alter the self and the
environment according to the will.
Most of the magick we see today comes to us from
ancient Egypt and Chaldea. The Chinese, Hindus, and Tibetans
developed their own unique types of magick. Western magick
was locked up by the Egyptian priests for thousands of years
and then supressed by the rise of Christianity. It was not
until medieval Europe that magical knowledge was rediscovered
by the alchemists and Cabalists. Only during the past hundred
years or so has western culture been open minded enough to
permit widespread investigation of the subject. Only since
the start of the twentieth century has science shown much
interest in it al all.
PARAPSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIC PHENOMENA
Through parapsychology, we are at last beginning to
gain insights into the hidden nature of man. Parapsychology
is a branch of psychology which studies psychic phenomena.
Remarkable evidence has been gathered on numerous cases of
psychic phenomena. Knowledge gained from parapsychology
studies can be applied, so far as it goes, to the much
broader based, much more theoretical study and practice of
Thus, the human mind and body appears to broadcast
psychic energy or force, much like a radio station. Kirlian
photography and cloud chamber tests tend to support this
theory. Although the exact nature of this psychic force is
subtle and unknown, it is undoubtedly the energy behind all
psychic phenomena and magick. However, it is *not* a radio
wave, since it behaves somewhat differently. The psychic
force is too weak to be measured directly (at least so far as
we know). Everyone has some psychic ability. There are
numerous types of psychic phenomena. Parapsychology separates
them into two groups: ESP and PK…
EXAMPLES OF ESP
ESP, the abreviation for extra sensory perception,
means the reception of information through paranormal means
(ie. not regular physical senses of sight, sound, touch,
smell, or taste). In theory, this is accomplished by
receiving psychic force from outside the body. Here are some
examples of ESP:
1) Clairvoyance, or Remote Viewing — the ability to
sense or ‘see’ (non-physically) distant objects, places, and
people. Individuals who see ghosts and spirits are probably
2) Astral Projection (OOBE) or Traveling Clairvoyance
— Full experience at a remote location while the physical
3) Psychometry — the reading of information by the
touch of physical objects.
4) Telepathic receiver — the ability to directly
receive thought (communication) at a distance, with no
physical connection to the sender. There are many everyday
examples of this, in which we think something just as another
person is about to say it. This is an easy one to test for
through experiment. Very dramatic cases of telepathy have
been recorded; there is often an emotional element in such
5) A medium, as in a seance.
6) Experience with a Ouija board, pendulum, or
7) Precognition — to forsee the future. Again,
highly emotional events are the ones most likely to be ‘tuned
EXAMPLES OF PK
PK, the abreviation for psychokinesis, is the active
or sending side of psychic phenomena. The theory here is that
psychic force is sent out from the individual. Examples of PK
1) Telepathic sender — the transmitter in the
telepathy just discussed.
2) Psychokinesis (or telekinesis) proper — the
ability to move objects by means of psychic force.
3) Somewhat along the same lines are poltergeist
(noisy ghost) phenomena in which objects move of their own
accord or noises are heard. There is always a human agent
involved — frequently a teenage girl — who appears to be
the source of psychic energy.
4) Psychic healing — the ability to heal various
illnesses and infirmities. There are many documented cases of
this. Usually it involves a healer and a subject, although
there are recent cases invloving cancer patients learning to
5) Teleportation, apportation, and levitation.
Some occultists feel a magician producing PK effects
is simply a channel for universal energy. Others think the
force originates some way directly within the magician.
Postulated by Freud and others, the concept of the
subconscious mind is an important one. Basicly, this is the
idea that part of the mind normally operates below or outside
of ordinary consciousness and awareness. Dreams and hypnosis
are examples of this. Also subconscious are the many
automatic functions of the physical body such as respiration
WHY DO MAGICK?
Magick encompasses many things — science and art,
philosophy and metaphysics, psychology and comparative
religion. Magick is an adventure at the borderlands of the
unknown. It can fit the pieces of the puzzel of life into a
_Magick is fun_ and interesting. Use magick to help
raise consciousness without drugs. Gain new experiences.
Fantacy can come alive through magick. Psychic phenomena can
be controlled and be fun and helpful.
_Magick is beneficial_. It can help you to have
excellent health, and bring you good luck. With magick life
runs smoothly; life is good. Also use magick for personality
improvement, to control bad habits and to develop new
_Magick is powerful_. Never underestimate the
tremendous power of magick. Use magick to alter events and to
achieve your goals. Exert an influence over people and
phenomena. But power for its own sake is self defeating. The
power which magick can give you should not be your primary
reason for studying it.
MAGICK AND WITCHCRAFT
A number of other occult disciplines are prevalent
today besides magick. There are many cults and sects which
profess their own views, but there are really few differences
between them. One popular area in the occult today is
witchcraft. This is far removed from the cliche of devil
worship. Real witchcraft is a nature religion (pagan).
Witchcraft has much in common with magick.
Alchemy also has much in common with magick. It’s
heritage comes from the middle ages. Alchemy fathered
chemistry and the physical sciences. But the avowed purpose
of alchemy, turning lead into gold, is too limiting to be
called magick. Sometimes the goal of alchemy is interpreted
in another way, as the transformation of man into a spiritual
Then there are the numerous modern day seers or
‘pychics’, as they like to be called, who operate within
their own somewhat unique systems. Although many of these
people are deluded frauds, some are very powerful occultists
Of course, everything I have said here is a
generalization. Magick, witchcraft, alchemy, or any occult
field are complex subjects. Suffice it to say that magick
includes them all (it is eclectic). For magick is undoubtedly
a philosophy which has, as the late Aleister Crowley wrote,
“The method of science — the aim of religion.”
1) Define magick.
2) Define ESP and PK. Give examples.
3) What is the subconsicous?
Hal N. Banks, An Introduction to Psychic Studies.
Annie Besant, Thought Power.
Michael H. Brown, PK, A Report on the Power of Psychokinesis.
Richard Cavendish, The Black Arts.
Alexandira David-Neel, Magic and Mystery in Tibet.
Raynor C. Johnson, The Imprisoned Splendour.
Ostrander and Shroeder, Psychic Discoveries Behind the
** MAGICK 2 — THE SUBJECTIVITY OF EXPERIENCE — **
Your awareness of the physical world and of your
place within it is mostly based upon the physical senses
(hearing, sight, smell, touch, taste). These five senses
continually send information to the mind, and it is up to
the mind to select and interpret them. If you could not do
so, your senses would overwhelm you and be meaningless.
Selection and interpretation of your sensory inputs is
essentially an automatic, mostly subconscious function of
the mind. The program or map which the subconscious follows
as its reference point is called a _model_. The model is a
subconscious mental photograph of how you believe the world
looks (ie. worldview, mindset, egregore, or belief system).
It was built up from an early age by your religious and
cultural background through interaction with family and
others. It contains your experiences, attitudes, and
habits. And whether you realize it or not, most of your
behavior, thoughts, feelings, and habits are based upon and
conditioned by that model; even personality. The model is
one of the mind’s master programs. Change in behavior
generally requires a change in the model. These limitations
built into our way of thinking cause our perceptions to be
subjective. That is why Hindu philosophy looks upon the
world as illusory (maya); the world itself (object) is not
an illusion, however from our viewpoint through perception
(subject) it is.
Thus we are all conditioned by experience. Except
that our perceptions, hence our experiences, are first
conditioned and limited by the model. Our perceptions and
experiences tend to conform to what we expect. We tend to
misinterpret or ignore things which do not match our
preconcieved notions about them. This is automatic.
THE TRUE WILL
The forgoing demonstrates how it is that there are
so many different versions of ‘truth’. One’s particular
view is almost arbitrary. Although numerous religions,
philosophies, and occult systems abound, they do not
contradict one and other as much as it might appear.
Rather, they describe the same (universal) reality taken
from different perspectives. For there can be no ultimate
truth in the physical world. We can only base our actions
upon assumptions and agreements. All experience is
Yet, there is a separate reality within each of us
which is often ignored unless we seek it. This inner self
is in magick called the ‘true will’. The true will is the
center of consciousness and identity. It is the ‘real you’.
Everything else is an interface or link to it from the
outer (illusory) world. Since that interface is based upon
our model, it is conditoned and may sometimes produce false
information. ‘Do what thou wilt’ (Crowley) is an axiom of
magick; for the true will expresses our exact desires. And
what we truly want (‘down deep’) we tend to automatically
get. This isn’t always in our best interests, since the
true will can be conditioned (tricked) by the illusion; and
then we might desire and obtain that which is not
ultimately good for us. (Karma strikes again!) The task of
the magician therefor is to awaken his awareneess of the
true will, to be free of conditioning, and thereby to
transcend maya. (‘My will unconditioned is magical’ —
HAPPINESS IS BEING HAPPY
There is no great secret to changing behavior or
habits. It is largely a matter of determination. It
requires that you ignore the ‘pull’ of the model when you
strive for changes within yourself. The model is, after
all, a collection of ‘habits’, some of which must be
unlearned for permananent change to occur. There are two
ways to do this: direct, through will power and awareness
alone — observing and acting out in an unattached or
indifferent manner; and indirect — through conditioning
such as affirmation (explained later), self-hypnosis, and
magick. Meditation may help too, by relaxing tension and
Emotions follow physical expression: smile and act
happy and you will tend to feel and be happy. The same is
also true for other emotions. Also, emotions can be
purposely used (or programed) to replace other emotions.
Using this technique, a magician is somewhat like an actor
in that he learns how to turn his emotions on and off at
will. Note that this is not ‘fakeing it’; the magician is
probably more in touch with his true feelings than most
people. And for these reasons we say that happiness is
SYSTEMS OF MAGICK
Magick always involves self-hypnosis. However, it
is more than that too. For one thing, there are objective
forces involved (or so it would seem). Deities, spirits,
and cosmic force can have an independent existence. And the
repetitive physical movement sometimes involved in ritual
can itself generate PK force. On the other hand, it could
be argued that all of this is subjective to the magician.
Perhaps all magical effects could be produced through
hypnosis alone. But the effects are certainly real.
Great complexity is not necessary in magick.
Although basicly magick is a medieval system of symbolism
(in a modern context), any cosmological system will work
from Cabala to Star Wars. We usually use the medieval one
in magick because it is convenient and traditional, and
because it seems to fit our thought processes well. What
really matters is that the model of the magician be
understood and programmed, and thus that the model and the
cosmological system do correspond.
1) Contrast subjective with objective.
2) What is a ‘model’?
3) Explain the task of the magician.
Eric Berne, Games People Play.
Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics.
Carlos Castaneda, The Fire From Within.
Arthur Koestler, The Roots of Coincidence.
John C. Lilly, Simulations of God.
Alan Watts, The Book (on the taboo against knowing who you are).
** MAGICK 3 — THE FOUR WORLDS **
The ancients described man as mind, body, and soul.
Psychologists of the twentieth century added the
subconscious to that deffinition. This produces a four-fold
classification. The universe is also divided into four
corresponding parts (‘worlds’), as shown below:
WORLD BODY QUALITY
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spiritual world spiritual body (soul or kia) intuition
mental world mental body (conscious mind) rational
astral world astral body (subconscious) emotions
physical world physical body physical senses
The astral body (subconscious) is the intermediary
for intuition, magical and psychic phenomena, and is the
‘psychic link’ to the physical world. Most occult and
magical phenomena originate in the invisible, non-sensate,
non-physical realm (ie. without physical senses). Each of
the four worlds interacts with the other worlds. Psychic
energy flows from the spiritual to mental to astral to
physical. The physical world is a projection (manifestation,
reflection, or shadow) of the higher worlds. Our center of
consciousness is generally within these higher worlds.
“We are”, to quote the rock music group the Police, “spirits
in the material world”.
There are many similar terms used by other occult
groups. For example, ‘astral light’ is another name for
astral world, although it may sometimes also refer to the
entire non-physical realm, as may ‘inner planes’ or ‘the
invisible world’. Planes are essentially the same as worlds.
Vehicles or sheaths are the same as bodies. Some groups
include an etheric or vital body between physical and
astral: it is mostly ‘physical’ with a little of the
lower ‘astral’ besides. And sometimes astral and mental
are each divided into two parts (upper and lower). The
‘causal body’ is the upper ‘mental’.
MICROCOSM AND MACROCOSM
We have been describing ‘traditonal’ occult
philosophy here, and certainly an important part of the
tradition is the idea (and terms) microcosm and macrocosm.
The greater universe, known as the *macrocosm*, includes
everything that exists. It corresponds with the *microcosm*,
or tiny universe, ie. man — who is thought of as a
miniature replica of the macrocosm (whole universe).
This basic magical relationship is demonstrated in the
Bible (Genesis 1.27), where God is the macrocosm; and in
the writing of Trismegistus (“As above so below”). Since
man is in the image of God (universe) it follows that God
is in the image of man (in other words, man and the
God/universe match each other). The magician, as a microcosm
is thus connected with the macrocosm. There is an intimate
relationship of energies between you and everything else.
The universe is reflected within us and we are projected
into the universe. This is an important theory behind magick
MAGICK WHITE AND BLACK
‘Personal magick’ is that magick used to affect the
self; often involving affirmation, self-suggestion, and
self-hypnosis. ‘Active magick’ is outer directed magick (as
in PK) used to affect someone or thing, or to bring about
an event. ‘Passive magick’ is to be affected (as in ESP)
by an outside non-physical cause. Everyone possesses some
magical (and psychic) potential. Some are especially
gifted. Usually people are better at one kind of magick
(ie. active or passive) than they are at the other kind;
only rarely does an individual excell at both. Traning
and practice will, of course, improve ability somewhat.
Although the forces of magick are neutral, various
systems may take on the qualities of good and evil. There
is so-called white magick or good magick, black magick or
evil magick, and gray magick between them. When many people
refer to white magick they mean magick for unselfish
purposes, also healing and mental influence with specific
permission. By black magick they refer to magick for
self-interest and healing *without* specific permission.
Using magick to forcefully control another’s will is, in a
sense, black magick too. There are also some people on the
occult fringe who claim to be, possibly even think they are,
‘Satanists’, devil worshipers, or black magicians. These
people are most likely charlatans, hoaxters, dablers, or
merely misinformed. They may be attracted by the ‘art’ of
black magick, or even by the ‘glamor’ of doing something
against the ‘rules’. But a real black magician is very
dangerous. Because he has dedicated his life to evil. We
usually think of ‘white magick’ as having *unselfish
intent*, and (in the extreme case) of ‘black magick’ as
being actual Satan worship, human or animal sacrifice,
dangerous unconventional magical practices, and other
bizarre stuff as makes a nightmare. It is all a matter of
degree. Most mild self-interest magick (one of the most
common kinds) would be called ‘gray’. Better terms may be
*constructive magick* as being beneficial; and *aversive
magick* as magick intended to work against the natural
order, and to tear down. There is also the *high magick* of
spiritual alchemy (ie. spiritual growth), also known as ‘the
Great Work’; and conversely there is ‘low magick’ which is
concerned with materiality.
Any magick act is likely to produce side effects
regardless of whether or not the desired result is achieved.
Such side effects are no problem for constructive magick,
since they are benificial as well. However, aversive magick
can produce aversive side effects which may even harm the
magician — aversive magick is dangerous!
MAGICK IS A CONTINUOUS PROCESS
What we have been calling ‘magick’ is actually a
continuous process. Since your subconscious never rests,
your environment is continually being shifted into line with
your model. This is true whether you study magick or not.
For most people, these effects are usually very subtle, and
they are probably not aware of them. However, as you work
with the occult, the flow of psychic energy and your
awareness of it increases. Your true will is more likely
to be strongly expressed. Your luck may be affected (either
in a positive or a negative way). Remember, our lives tend
to follow what we want down deep. That is why a positive
outlook is so very beneficial to us.
THE MAGICAL DIARY
Sometimes it is helpful to keep a diary of your
magical experiments and research. Such a diary should include
the date, perhaps even some astrological data (or anything
else you think may have a relationship to what you are doing).
This is also a good time to begin recording your dreams —
at least the important ones — in a dream diary. Your dreams
can tell you a great deal about yourself, and may sometimes
reveal premonitions. Dreams are personal. Don’t fall for the
commercial ‘dream book’ gimmick.
The mind is always open to suggestion — especially the
subconscious. Most of the time we censor any suggestions
according to the model; but one way to break through the censor
is with repetition. An affirmation does this exactly. By
suggestion, we mean any statement which is capable of affecting
your model. Usually suggestion is in the form of a positive
statement (such as the hypnotist’s patter — ” You are
becomming sleepy”). An affirmation is the same kind of thing —
a positive suggestion, which you repeat (affirm) to yourself
aloud or silently (for example, “I remember my dreams”). If
there is some quality you wish to change or develope within
yourself, an affirmation is ideal. Repeat it several times
every day at several different times throughout the day,
expecially when you go to bed. Affirmations are subtle and may
require a few months to work. Use them for changes, not
SIMPLE BANISHING TECHNIQUE
Visualization is another important method we use to
influence the subconscious. A good example of this is the
simple banishing technique which follows. Banishing is used in
magick to ‘clear the air’ of negative ‘vibes’ and
Visualize a strong white light flowing out the top of
your head, flowing down around you and covering you. At the
same time imagine you are throwing away any ‘problem’ vibes.
Maintain the visualization for a half a minute or longer.
Good way to help you handle your emotions, and to control
worry or anger.
1) What is a microcosm?
2) List the four worlds. Explain.
3) What is an affirmation? Give an example.
Geoffry Hodson, Theosophy Answers Some Problems of Life.
Marc Edmund Jones, Key Truths of Occult Philosophy.
Marion Weinstein, Positive Magic.
Nelson & Ann White, The Wizard’s Apprentice.
Beatrice Bruteau, The Psychic Grid.
** MAGICK 4 — ELEMENTS AND FORCES **
The Ancients divided the world into four basic
principles or *elements* — earth, water, fire, and air.
That viewpoint has mostly changed with advances of science,
but the four elements are still accepted in magick, for they
are more closely linked with the emotions than modern
explanations of the world. Many occultists think of the magical
elements as forces, or as *qualities* of energy; especially
within the astral world. Each element has a symbol and color.
(Common symbols are — fire: a triangle pointing up; air:
a triangle pointing up and with a horizontal line through the
middle of it; water: a triangle pointing down; earth: a
triangle pointing down and with a horizontal line through the
middle of it.) Colors of the elements are — earth: brown and
green; water: blue; fire: red; air: yellow…The Eastern
tattvic system uses different symbols and colors. The elements
are often used in magick ritual.
Magick sees relationships between things. These
relationships are called ‘correspondences’. Although magical
correspondences are not literally equal to one another, you can
think of them that way (such as gold equals sun). Tables of
these relationships, called ‘Correspondence Tables’, are
available (an important one is Crowley’s ‘777’). Thus one thing
or symbol can be used to suggest another. This is important in
magick, for the magician may surround himself with as many
appropriate correspondences as he can to vividly affect the
senses; thus making his magical contact with the inner planes
The magical elements have correspondences with the
tarrot cards as the four suits. The four quarters (directions
of the universe as used in magick ritual) and the Archangels
also correspond with these same elements —
Element Suit Quarter Archangel
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earth pentacles north Uriel
water cups west Gabriel
fire wands south Michael
air swords east Raphael
The magical elements are said to be peopled by spirits
and mythological entities called elementals or nature spirits.
These are grouped into four main categories —
Gnome (earth) Undine (water) Salamander (fire) Sylph (air)
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dwarfs nymphs jin (genies) fairies
elves tritons storm angels
Elementals are usually only visible to those with
clairvoyant sight and are more likely to be seen at night in
the mountains or country away from cities — especially if you
are tired or sleepy. Although elementals exist naturally, it is
also possible to create one which will exist for a limited time
— no elemental has immortality. A created elemental is called
an ‘artificial elemental’.
To the Ancients, elementals were the physical
explanation of the universe. However, some contemporary
occultists see them only as symbols for forces and otherwise
not ‘real’ at all. Another word sometimes used for elemental is
‘familiar’ (usually in medieval witchcraft); the term is
ambiguous, as it might merely be an ordinary household pet such
as a dog or cat.
Chinese philosophy and acupuncture talk of yin yang.
This is the idea of polarity, or opposite pairs, as shown —
The list could go on. In Chinese literature it is quite long.
Some occultists suggest everything can be similarly arranged
into related opposite pairs.
Here is a simple magical technique you may wish to
try. It is a variation of affirmation, which was discussed
in an earlier lesson…To help to you achieve your goal
(magical or otherwise), find a word or short phase which sums
up what it is that you want to accomplish. Write the word (or
phrase) down 10 times each day until you achieve success.
1) List the four elements.
2) What is an elemental?
3) What are correspondences?
William Britten, Art Magic (long out of print, but in some
Pete Carrol, Liber Null.
Wing-Tsit Chan, A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy.
Manly Hall, Unseen Forces.
** MAGICK 5 — CHAKRAS AND MEDITATION **
According to East Indian philosophy, man possesses seven
major *chakras* or psychic centers on his body. Each of these
forms a bridge, link, or energy transformer; changing pure
(higher) energy into various forms, and connecting the four
bodies (ie. spiritual, mental, astral, and physical) together.
The chakras are located along the nadies (a network of psychic
nerves or channels) and follow the autonomic nervous system
along the spinal cord. Chakras correlate with major acupuncture
points along the ‘governing vessel meridian’ (acupuncture term).
The seven major chakras are connected together by three major
nadies which are parallel and near each other. The middle nadi
is called *sushumna* and it has neutral characteristics. The
nadi on the left (ie. nearest your left hand) is the *ida* nadi
which has yin characteristics. On the other side of sushumna
(nearest your right hand) is the *pingala* nadi, having yang
Chakras are visible to clairvoyant sight as varously
colored rotating circles or funnels. In the East they are
described as petaled flowers or lotuses. Sources disagree on the
The first chakra, located at the base of the spine at
the perineum is the *root chakra*, muladhara. It primarily
relates to the element of earth and to psychic smell.
The second chakra, known as the *sacral center*,
svadhisthana, is located above and behind the genitals. Its
dominant element is water, and it is related to psychic taste.
Third of the chakras is the *solar plexus*, manipura,
located at the navel and corresponding with the emotions and
with the element of fire; also with psychic sight
The *heart chakra*, anahata, is the fourth chakra,
located over the heart and corresponding with the element of
air, and also with psychic touch.
The fifth chakra is the *throat chakra*, vishuddha,
located at the base of the throat (thyroid) and corresponding
with psychic hearing (clairaudience).
The remaining two chakras are very important. They
relate mostly to elevated states of consciousness. The *frontal
chakra*, (or ‘third eye’) ajna, the sixth chakra, is located
between, and slightly above, the eyebrows. Ajna is the center of
psychic powers and can produce many psychic effects. Meditation
on ajna is said to cure nervousness.
Finally, the *crown chakra*, sahasrara, located atop the
head, (pineal gland) is the seventh chakra. It is referred to as
the thousand-petaled lotus and corresponds with astral
projection and enlightenment.
There are also many minor chakras throughout the body.
Each chakra has a sound (letter) and a pitch which is sometimes
used to invoke it.
Some occultists prefer to describe the magical elements
as tattvas according to the Eastern system. Notice that these
symbols and colors are generally different than the western
symbols and colors for the elements.
element tattva tattvic symbol
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earth prithivi yellow square
water apas silver crescent
fire tejas red triangle
air vayu blue circle
(spirit) akasa black oval
Yoga originated in India. It is a physical or mental
discipline designed to condition and invigorate the mind and
body. There are many kinds of yoga, but they may be generally
divided into three main types…
Hatha yoga — affect the mind through the body using
physical exercises; improve physical health and endurance.
Raja yoga — affect the mind through mental training;
Mantra yoga — affect the mind through chanting and
affirmation; achieve relaxation.
This is a much touted area of the occult. There are many
meditation techniques, and many claims made for the benefits of
meditation. Basicly, meditation has two functions — relaxation,
and perhaps, improved concentration. There are two main types…
1) concentration meditation (focusing),