Monday, December 17, 2012

Enter the wild world of my mind with the new book "Into the Shadows: A Magician's Journey into the Realm of Psychedelics"

http://www.lulu.com/shop/justin-b/into-the-shadows-a-magicians-journey-into-the-realm-of-psychedelics/ebook/product-20583560.html;jsessionid=3B2A18F47B159EED8FE4726087FE20C6

It is an ebook of one of my personal journals where I take a dose of psyclobin mushrooms home grown for me by another magician in order to test the hypothesis that mushrooms have a valid value in the practice of spiritual development and magical work. The journal is a deep insight into the mind of another, it touches upon many ideas, thoughts and insights and can even just be read for the loads of humor and craziness contained within.

I will admit that for me this was a difficult book to release, it is very personal and it is like inviting others to enter and walk around in my head, but the candor, humor, openness and the insights it gives I just could not consign this book to my shelf. The very few who have read the actual notebook journal have all been wow'd through bouts of laughter. I hope you enjoy it as much as they have.

42 comments:

  1. Hei JB!
    How are you?
    I finished my first read of the new book now!!
    A very good and inspiring book!!
    Thanks to put this out!!
    And now, what are the plans for the future??
    Have a nice day!
    Agape!

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    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!
      Right now I am experimenting with talismans to make sure thry are effective for the book on talismans I am making.
      I am 5 pages into the second part of the training program as well.

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  2. Hei Justin!
    How are you?
    Great book!
    Justin B = the new Castaneada haha
    My favorite part of your book is your plague in the copyright!!
    Now one question: why your magical name is prometheus?
    Thanks!
    Have a nice end of week!

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    1. Thanks!
      Lol ya, I thought that was a funny addition as well.
      It was actually an old magical name I went by a few years back, until I discovered my true magical name. Prometheus was/is a hero of mine. The idea that one of the Titans/elder gods actually liked us and wanted us to be as the gods, as well as be willing to take punishment for doing so I thought was a powerful statement. Most cultures make the rebel god who helps humanity into a devil while Prometheus and Quatzequatel are the only two gods who are not actively seen as evil for helping mankind against the rule of the established authority of the gods.

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  3. When I saw your newest book is DRM free I bought it immediately. Thank you for this.

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    1. LOL, well for this one I felt since there was no hard won secrets of magic, just my thoughts, and experiences that are unique to me and no one would be able to "borrow" it I did not put the usual safety on it. But your welcome!

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  4. Congrats on the new books! Looking forward to getting the new revised and updated version of Secrets of Magic Revealed as I already have the first one and it is amazing the amount of info and insight you give out so freely. Also plan on picking up the other ones when I can. Question: What do you think is happening Dec. 21st (tomorrow) because I've definitely been going thru some energetic changes during these past few days!
    All the best :) and thanks again

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    1. Thanks appreciate it!

      Well, we have the winter solstice upon us, and we do have the procession of the equinox so there is a lot going on astral energy wise. As for the 21st, I do not think anything will happen. Even the Mayans did not think it was the end of the world, just the end of a long count cycle. I have seen a few visions of humanity in the future, heck even Nostradamus had prophecies past the years 3000. So, no worries.

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  5. Hei JB!
    How are you in this end of the world? haha
    What sphere you put Jehovah in the tree of life? Why?
    Always I have this question!
    Thanks!
    Have a nice weekend!
    Agape!

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    1. Very well considering it is supposed to be the end of the world lol.

      I would put Jehovah in the sphere that his name resides in, Chesed. YHVH is Yehovah or Jehovah. So, ya...that was an easy one.

      Jehovah is the Hebrew equivalent and idea expressing the concept of Law and Order. His Greek counterpart is Zeus. He thinks he is the One true god but he did not create the cosmos, he is the demiurge. Hence, Chesed.

      You as well! Happy Solstice!

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    2. Hello Justin!
      I have two questions to you:
      1)Its possible I put the characters of oriental comics books, like Dragon Ball Z, in the structure of the kabbalah?
      I say this because when I look any history I see conections with the Tree of Life.
      Its kabbalah the basic structure of human mind?
      2)In african mithology, have a god named Oxossi, and the weapon of this god is an archery. This god is put in Chesed, its possible make a conection about the archery and the sphere Chesed?

      Sorry if Im bit confuse!
      Thanks your time!
      :D

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    3. It is possible to place anything into the spheres. Think of them as a filing cabinet.
      Yes, using the kabbalah is a way to organize the contents of the mind .

      Since I am unfamiliar with this god I don't know why he would be placed there. Weapons themselves can have a totally different sphere of origin. Intellectually I would place the bow and arrow into Hod but from experience I have seen that it belongs to a different sphere.

      No problem!

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  6. Yeah i didn't think so either :P I just wanted your insights because many people believe the next cycle will radically boost our spiritual evolution as a people collectively and because I know you communicate with spirits frequently I figured you may have been given information pertaining to this.

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    1. Well, I did a meditation along with my friend (and a few others who worked in the order although we all did it separately) on drawing in all the free belief released after the mayan Apocalypse thing ended, let me tell you it was a lot of energy!

      Nope, did not really speak with any on this, just like I don't speak with them on soccer, ancient Eskimo poetry, the inner musings of dung beetles, or the contents of my neighbors garbage as they all fall into the category of things I have absolutely no interest in lol.

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  7. Hi Justin,

    First off, wanted to give you my thanks for putting together such a high quality guide as Secrets of Magic Revealed. And here comes my off topic question:)

    In Initiation Into Hermetics, Bardon seems to say that you should master watching your thoughts, focus on a single thought or idea and finally absence of thoughts. Do you see any real problem with working with the three exercises during a meditation session before having mastered each one individually? I feel like I'm having some success with each and wanted to see if you see any problem in progressing through step one in this way that I may not realize.

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    1. Thanks!

      Not at all, I am a big fan and proponent of magical experimentation. I think many people get a sort of overly structured view of Bardon magic. Until you write a step by step book on magic you do not really get how difficult it is to express what needs to be done. Trust me there is a lot of play in magic, have fun experiment, fail, succeed, learn!

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  8. Hei JB!
    Happy Cristimas for you and your family!
    Agape!

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    1. Merry Christmas and happy Yule!

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    2. Merry Christmas, yule, sunreturn, etc lol

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  9. Hei Justin!
    Happy Cristimas and Yule!
    Yours

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  10. Hello Justin!

    If you were forced to change your last name, how would you go about choosing a new surname? If it's not too much to ask could you also list alternative methods that you could potentially use to choose your new last name.

    Thanks!

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    1. Huh, no clue on that one. I like my last name so never thought of changing it. Although if I did or had to I would go ridiculously badass like Steel or something lol.

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    2. But if you were FORCED to think of a new surname for yourself what methods would you use (thoth deck, numerology, natal chart, past life surnames)?

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    3. Meh, probably none of those. I would just try and pick the coolest name I could think of that didn't sound to crazy.

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  11. Hei Justin!
    How are you?
    What your opinion about ordeals and proves in the life of a magician?
    Thanks!
    Have a nice day!

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    1. Everyone has trials, tribulations, problems and woes. A magician takes what they find in life, gives it a deeper, more potent meaning and uses those experiences to grow faster and evolve in more profound ways.

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  12. Hei JB!
    How are you?
    Have a nice new year, for you and your family!!
    The best for you in this new year! :)
    And I expect this new year have a lot of your books!!! haha
    Agape! (dont forget my agape -.-')

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    1. Happy new year to you and yours! Agape!

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  13. Hei Justin!
    Happy new year!
    Yours!

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  14. Hei JB!
    The first (of much) question of the new year!
    What do you think about synchronicity? This is the way of the magic manifest in your life?
    Thanks!
    Agape!!

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    1. I have found two types of magical results. One type is natural and flows into your life but it is still suprising enough so that you have a "wow it worked" feeling or at the least the meaningful coincidence of synchronicity. The other is reality shaking results. It really blows your mind and makes you question "reality". Both have their place and you should not aim for one or the other because both can get you want you worked for.
      Agape!

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  15. Hei JB!
    What's your view about use of oracles to preview the future?
    Its possible you say a bit how this work?
    Thanks!!
    Agape!

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    1. Oracles are one of thry keystones and one of the most powerful aspects of magic. That is why it is so important to choose a proper one that accurately represents your symbolic view of creation. The reason it is so important is that over time you associate the symbols with events that occur. Once this happens your magic binds itself to those symbols so that if you consciously choose the symbol you are not passively reading a future but actively creating and selecting one from the numinous possibility of creation through will and imagination.
      That is why all magicians should eventually craft their own oracle. Hence crafting their universe.

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    2. OK, what's an oracle? Bardon never mentioned this.

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    3. An oracle is anything that tells the future, cards, runes, etc...
      If you are unfamiliar with the term oracle I highly recommend putting Bardon down and studying philosophy, muthology and general occultism for a while. Bardon sort of expected his students of IIH to have a basic occult learning even though he gives a run through on the theory section it is obvious that if you are lets say unfamilar with alchemical termonolgy you are losing lots of info.

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    4. Oh ok. I know what an oracle is. I just thought you were using the term in a different context since Bardon never actually uses the term. In fact he doesn't really say much about telling the future. I've always thought the best way to predict your future was to create it.

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    5. Gottcha. Well, remember I am not a Bardonist, I trained that way but developed my own personal system.
      Well one cannot constantly micro manage their future, and an oracle is useful for aiding others know theirs. The true key to the oracle is as I mentioned developing it to the point of using it in magic.

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  16. Hei JB!
    How are you?
    Its possible you say a bit more about the astral light?
    Thanks for your answer!!
    Agape!

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  17. The astral light is the material used to create forms on the astral. Think of building a sandcastle on the beach, everything on the astral is made up of it and any force or form on the astral is built from it.

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