Witchcraft Before Wicca: The Cunning Men and Wise-Women of Old

By MICHAEL HOWARD (1948–2015) Today the popular image of witchcraft in the mass media and in books and magazines is largely defined by ‘Wicca’, a form of neo-pagan witchcraft created by a retired English civil servant called Gerald Brosseau Gardner (1884–1964) in the 1940s. It is now established worldwide as a post-modern, ‘nature religion’ with a spiritual emphasis on Goddess worship. Modern witchcraft, however, did not begin with Gardner and it has a hidden history before Wicca. This history … [Read more...]

Marijuana Reconsidered: An Interview with Dr. Lester Grinspoon

By PATRICK DEWALS Dr Lester Grinspoon is associate professor emeritus of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. He researched the medicinal legitimacy of marijuana prohibition 45 years ago and discovered that an immense chain of lies served as a base for sending millions of people to jail. Since then he’s became an advocate for telling the truth about marijuana. PATRICK DEWALS (PD): Can you tell me how you became interested in marijuana? LESTER GRINSPOON (LG): Well it began in 1966. … [Read more...]

Unity: The Remarkable Story of Charles & Myrtle Fillmore

By WALTER MASON Myrtle Fillmore was in desperate straits in 1886. Sick from tuberculosis and malaria, her much-younger husband had managed to bankrupt himself in both the mining and real-estate industries. She was so weak that she was incapable of caring for her children, and her aged mother-in-law was added to an already impoverished household as cheap live-in care. One evening she went along to see a visiting faith healer, something she always did in the vain hope there might be some way … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Sealing Of The Five Senses

Sealing Of The Five Senses: Advanced Practices For Becoming A Taoist Immortal By Mantak Chia & William U. Wei 176 pages, paperback Published by Destiny Books For those new to Mantak Chia’s work, his Universal Healing Tao system is founded on meditation techniques and breathing exercises. Diet, sleep patterns and general lifestyle choices are also addressed for the betterment of health. As the subtitle suggests, the system includes exercises passed down by Taoist practitioners through … [Read more...]

REVIEW: The Secret Teachings Of The Tao Te Ching

The Secret Teachings Of The Tao Te Ching By Mantak Chia & Tao Huang 256 pages, paperback Published by Inner Traditions  The Tao Te Ching is arguably the world’s most profound and empowering spiritual classic. It has played a critical role in defining the unique character of East Asian spirituality. It has also contributed to an ethos that has seen authorities in China protect their spiritual traditions from the institutional interests that have advanced political interests by … [Read more...]

Medieval Magic & Pharmacy: Not Just “Flying Ointments”

By THOMAS HATSIS When I first started my investigation into the so-called “witches’ ointment” of the early modern period I was looking for a specific kind of ointment that caused a specific kind of experience – a “flying” experience, as recognised in contemporary popular culture. But to delve deeper into the trial records, popular sermons, demonology texts, and medieval pharmacy one will discover not just a flying ointment, but a host of uses for these ointments. Therefore, a more neutral … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Inner Alchemy Astrology

Inner Alchemy Astrology: Practical Techniques For Controlling Your Destiny By Mantak Chia & Christine Harkness-Giles 192 pages, paperback Published by Destiny Books The name Mantak Chia has reached legendary status. He possibly is the most famous Asian person behind the drive to bring practical Taoist health and divinity to the greater Western audience. His readership spans far and wide and includes people from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. From the famous to the … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Wisdom Chi Kung

Wisdom Chi Kung: Practices For Enlivening The Brain With Chi Energy By Mantak Chia 160 pages, paperback Published by Destiny Books Wisdom Chi Kung presented me with challenges I had not previously encountered in Mantak Chia’s books. They all take the Western reader deep into what is likely to be unfamiliar territory, as the human body is explored and explained in ways that seem strange and alien. Yet they use physiological terms and diagrams that work well to reduce the initial sense of … [Read more...]

Science of the Whole: Integrating Matter & Spirit

By CHRIS THOMSON Science today is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it points towards a greater reality. On the other hand, it unwittingly blocks our direct experience of that greater reality. This needs a little explanation. Ever since Fritjof Capra’s The Tao of Physics in the 1970s, there have been books that draw striking parallels between the reality described by the new physics and the reality described by mystics. Both speak about interconnectedness, wholeness, the “dance of … [Read more...]

Are You Sleeping in a Safe Place? The Hidden Danger of Geopathic Stress

By SANDY BRIGHTMAN The Earth has a natural background frequency of 7.83Hz, known as the Schumann Resonance, which corresponds to alpha brain waves in humans. When this frequency is thrown out of balance by other energies (either natural or manmade) we can also go out of balance. Our immune systems can weaken, thus inviting any number of illnesses to enter. NASA had to develop Earth Pulse Generators to mimic this natural frequency in spacecraft after finding astronauts lost tone and body mass … [Read more...]