The Mystic Foundation: Understanding and Exploring the Magical Universe

The Mystic Foundation: Understanding and Exploring the Magical Universe

by Christopher Penczak
     
 

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The sheer number of mystical traditions in the world can be overwhelming to seekers new to the metaphysical world. Summing up the universal truths underlying many mystic institutions, The Mystic Foundation is an initial step toward understanding the wisdom of each.

This nondogmatic primer outlines the mystical teachings of Paganism, Christianity,

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The sheer number of mystical traditions in the world can be overwhelming to seekers new to the metaphysical world. Summing up the universal truths underlying many mystic institutions, The Mystic Foundation is an initial step toward understanding the wisdom of each.

This nondogmatic primer outlines the mystical teachings of Paganism, Christianity, Islam, and other spiritualities spanning Eastern and Western traditions. Penczak transforms complex subjects and ideas—such as the powers of creation, life forces, elements, the world beyond, spirit entities, sacred space and time, magick, and metaphysical skills-into easy-to-understand concepts. Each chapter features exercises-including meditation, aura cleansing, chakra balancing, and psychic travel-to help seekers "go within" and ground themselves in a variety of mystic beliefs. By the end of the book, readers will have a solid foundation in mysticism for choosing a path of their own.

Praise:
"Those looking to broaden their spiritual perspective will be well-served by this highly accessible primer."—Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly
Penczak, an eclectic witch and prolific author (City Magick; Sons of the Goddess; etc.), returns with a volume that seeks to offer a comprehensive introduction to metaphysics. His stated purpose is to fill the missing gaps in the education of those new to esoteric religion and those who are "ungrounded, unbalanced, and misinformed." The book's organization is more than a little reminiscent of a high school textbook, though Penczak inserts enough of his own biography and spiritual preferences to keep the material engaging. Penczak is best when he's speaking about the knowledge areas with which he is most familiar; in the chapter on sacred space and time, for instance, he offers a description of the 12 signs of the Zodiac that surpasses most fuller treatments. However, his descriptions of shamanism and Kabbalah fail to instill the same sense power and wonder. Some readers will be frustrated by Penczak's placement of the chapters on magick at the end of the book, as many coming to it will have already chosen Wicca as their path. But Penczak is adamant that modern witches need to be grounded in the entire spiritual tradition. Those looking to broaden their spiritual perspective will be well-served by this highly accessible primer. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738716343
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date:
03/08/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
863,580
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Christopher Penczak is an award-winning author, teacher, and healing practitioner. He has studied extensively with witches, mystics, shamans, and healers in a variety of traditions from around the world to synthesize his own practice of magick and healing.

Formerly based in the music industry, Christopher was empowered by his spiritual experiences to live a magickal life, and began a full-time practice of teaching, writing, and seeing clients. He is the author of the award-winning Temple of Witchcraft series: The Inner Temple of Witchcraft, The Outer Temple of Witchcraft, The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft, and The Living Temple of Witchcraft Volumes 1 and 2.

His other books include City Magick (Red Wheel/Weiser), Spirit Allies (Red Wheel/Weiser), Gay Witchcraft (Red Wheel/Weiser), Magick of Reiki, Sons of the Goddess, Ascension Magick, Instant Magick, The Mystic Foundation, The Witch's Shield, The Witch's Coin, and the forthcoming The Witch's Heart. Christopher Penczak resides in New Hampshire. Visit him online at http://www.christopherpenczak.com.

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