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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 2nd edition edition (March 8 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875421830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875421834
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips are internationally-recognized authorities on the mainstream Western Mysteries and are two of the foremost exponents of the Ogdoadic Tradition, that premier hermetic school whose keywords are knowledge and regeneration, and whose influence and works are historically traceable for the past one thousand years.The authors received their major esoteric training in the magical order Aurum Solis, a society which was founded in 1897 and which has continued in active existence to the present day. On July 8, 1987, the authors, then heads of Aurum Solis, retired from the Order; but on June 23, 1988, at the unanimous request of the members, they resumed office.In 1997, Melita Denning passed from this earth.

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Study Points 1.Everything comes to you through the higher self. a.The power of the higher self is channeled through the conscious and unconscious levels of your own psyche. b.Action takes place on corresponding levels of the external universe.

2.Do not specify a source of supply in the material world for what you want: a.Because the real source is at the spiritual level. b.Because what appears to be the most obvious material source may not, in fact, be the right one.

3.Avoid cluttering your emotional nature with false wishes. a.False wishes rob you of time, energy, attention, and concentration. b.False wishes rob you of some part of your power of decision resolution. c.False wishes rob you of patience.

4.Never offer a price in your creative visualization work. a.Expect what you need from the plenty of the universe. b.Any concept of "bargaining" for what you want limits your creative visualization work to a level below the higher self. c.Be confident in knowing you will attain your wishes. Any self-limitation (fear, anxiety, denial of self-worth) shuts the door upon the higher self.

Where does everything come from that you obtain by means of creative visualization?So far as the material world is concerned, one thing comes from one source and another from another; but, for the purposes of your creative visualization activity, you need not be, and should not be, concerned with anything but the spiritual source of supply. And it will make your practice simpler, and therefore more effective, if you think of the source of supply as being that one which does indeed bring these various benefits into your life. There are, as we have indicated, various ways in which you can conceive of, and name, this source. It has to designate the high being with whom you personally have a direct and profound relationship.

Throughout the rest of this book, we shall, for brevity's sake, refer to this simply as the higher self.

Whatever you decide is the immediate thing to visualize for, whether a material or a nonmaterial objective, it is in full confidence to be visualized as coming to you from that spiritual source.

Truly, by the power of this source channeled through the conscious and unconscious levels of your own psyche, the action takes place on the corresponding levels of the external universe, to bring about the presentation to you on the earthly level of what you have imaged. That is why you can truly affirm that what you visualize is yours now.

Astrally it is yours, because you have implanted it in astral reality; mentally and spiritually it is yours, because you are activating those levels by means of your own mental and spiritual forces so that what you create astrally shall be realized materially.

If you have read any other works on creative visualization, whether old books or more recent, you will have noticed that there is almost always a warning against specifying or visualizing a source of supply in the material world for what you want; but scarcely ever are you given a reason for this warning. There are two reasons for it, both very important.

The first reason why you should not specify or visualize a material source of supply for what you are seeking is that by so doing you could easily obscure your perception of, or even your faith in, the spiritual source of supply. The second reason is that what seems to you the most obvious material source of supply may not, in fact, be the right one, and so you might be causing delay and wasting effort by "barking up the wrong tree."

Some years back, in London, England, a self-taught scholar was delving into his own line of research in traditional alchemy, a difficult subject in any circumstances. He had found a vital clue that pointed to the writings of one of the less-understood medieval philosophers, but, though he searched carefully through his own collection of books and through the catalogs of many public libraries, he could find no means to pursue this line of inquiry any further. In fact, every librarian he spoke to on the subject stared at him as at someone who had just stepped from Noah's ark. He resolved to try creative visualization.

What he really needed was information on the medieval philosopher (whom we can call "Doctor Susconditus"). What the scholar asked for, by sheer habit of mind, was a book on the teachings of Doctor Susconditus. Now, books are often excellent things, but there are books and books; and sometimes a subject is better approached in other ways.

A few weeks after he had begun his practice of creative visualization, one of the librarians he had contacted sent him a circular from a European publisher, announcing an offset edition from an early folio of one of the doctor's major works. Our friend took this leaflet to a bookstore, where a clerk worked out how much a copy would cost him. It would be very expensive, and he would have to pay in advance; nevertheless, he decided to place an order.

When the book arrived some months later, to his dismay he found it was so much reduced in size from the original as to be practically illegible anyway, aside from the fact that Doctor Susconditus' Latin, notorious even among medievalists, was very different from the classical Latin of our friend's school days. In fact, he had wasted both time and money to no purpose.

One thing seemed clear, however; his creative visualization had certainly worked. He began again, with a different pronouncement: "I want to learn of the teachings of Doctor Susconditus."

The next weekend, taking a walk by the river in the early...(Continues)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 11 2002
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This is by far the best book on visualization that I have encountered. The authors were internationally recognized authorities on the Western Mysteries and of the Ogdoadic Tradition, a hermetic school of which the keywords are knowledge and regeneration. This excellent work deals with all the important aspects of visualization: realizing that the source of supply is spiritual, the power of music and song, establishing a desire on the astral, mental and spiritual planes. The authors have a knack for explaining things simply and practically. They show you how to create and maintain an image, and how to infuse it with the power of your higher self, and even tell you how to terminate a process of visualization should you no longer want it to proceed. More advanced techniques include the Star Technique, the Multiplication Technique and the Master Method, all of them very easy to carry out. The appendices include wisdom texts to assist learning and motivation, information on prayer and worship (like building an altar), and advice on maintain sound mental and physical health. There are illustrations explaining the stairway to success and the star technique, plus an I Ching hexagram. This is a classic work in the field and one I would recommend first to those wishing to explore creative visualization.
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While it is never explcitly stated, this book provides a Kabbalistic guide to creative visualization. Its theory comes out of the concept of the Four Worlds on the Tree of Life. For those familiar with that theory, this book puts this powerful technique in a framework they already understand. For those unfamiliar, it should still work incredibly well.
The wonder of the Four Worlds is that the idea is so common sense that the authors never even directly mention it. They lay out progressive techniques which access each level of Mind without dwelling on heavy occult theory. In other words, this book is useful to everyone, regaurdless of whether or not you know what the Ruach is.
The book basically takes you through the formative stages of daydreaming, on to planning, concrete visualization, and charging with Divine power. There is also a quikie technique called "the Star" which helps with matters of immediate concern. The Master Technique, as they call it, could easily be modified for use with the Middle Pillar or similar Kabbalistic Exercise.
I'm very impressed with Denning and Phillips in general, and this book is another example of how woderful their work is.
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This is the best book on Creative Visualization I've read, I only review books I think are 5-starworthy and this is one of them. I genuinely urge you to buy this. Shakti Gawain's is good, very good in fact, but what makes this great is that it takes a more practical instead of a cosmic foo-foo approach, and Ms. Gawain borrows from Scientology with it's being, doing, having triangle -- Denning and Phillps (or should I say, the Barcynskis', Denning and Phillips are their pen-names) take a wholly original approach to the material. And although the part about singing and chanting/mantraining about your goal may seem silly at first to the normal reader. It's very effective. And "The Star Technique" is an amazing thing... It gets you what you want or something better. But all that isn't the end-all be all of the story with this book's incredible methods. Agghhh.. Just read and apply it. Or to put it quite colloquially: Hoooowheee -- that is a spicey' meatballah!
Captain Josh.
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This book started me on creative visualisation. Since then I have created quite a library on the subject, but have yet to find a book in which the technique explained by Denning & Phillips is so well documented and laid out in a practical and down to earth manner. I can attest that it works. Certainly, you have to do the ground work, but the results do come. The book is well laid out, every chapter has study points to emphasize the most important points of what is taught, and it leads, most of all, to the manifestation of what you want.
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The one to get. Goes nicely with Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine.
Practical Guide offers highly insightful, esoteric - but accessible - methods of visualizing your goals and making them happen.
Draws from ancient wisdom with a modern, immensely effective spin.
Very very good!
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