There are around 6,000 books written on the subject of Magic, but the vast majority of these are either about parlor tricks to impress an audience, or fantasy stories from someone's imagination. To be worth the time it takes to read, study, and practice, the book should be based on the author's own personal experiences with the reality of supernatural magic. It must have been written from an honest desire to share one's inner knowledge in ways that can enlighten others, enabling them to likewise make spiritual magic a part of their daily lives.
Below are a few books I believe meet the above criteria, written by those who have lived the magic they describe, and are thus able to support you to grow in your practice of this hidden but ever-present side of life.
A LIFETIME OF MAGIC by Tommy Paul
I did an experiment for several weeks in which I asked everyone who looked me in the eye, "Do you believe in Magic? Or want to?"
I thought this to be an easy question, simple enough to understand and answerable by a simple "Yes" or "No." I thought words like "magic" and "believe" were basic terms everyone could grasp. But most people would just look at me a few moments, obviously confused, not sure what to answer. Some would back away and leave without a word. A few would think a moment, then ask in a rather timid voice something along the lines of, "What kind of magic? You mean like card tricks?"
No, I don't mean any kind of "tricks" at all—which is why I then named this website "REAL Magic." There's no "trickery" to it; at the very deepest level of physics, far beneath the smallest subatomic particles, consciousness and physics are one and the same, inseparable. They exist together like two sides of a single coin, and because they are totally connected at the root, each one is able to deeply influence the other. When consciousness affects the material world around us through this process, we call it "magic"—REAL magic.
Most people go through life thinking their conscious minds are totally separate from the world around them. And yet, they know their conscious minds control their physical bodies, which is the most obvious example of "Real Magic" taking place in their lives every day. Despite this, most fail to realize their mental influence can extend marvelously far beyond their bodies and can do so in a variety of ways. Their bodies are only a starting point.
Hoping to help others understand that so much more is available to them, I wrote the free book pictured above, A Lifetime Of Magic, that tells the story of more than fifty magical events I've experienced during my lifetime that have proved to me time and time again that magic is totally real.
THE SECRET by Rhonda Byrne
A book I believe everyone can benefit from is The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Having discovered how very real magic actually is, Byrne then traveled around the USA in search of teachers who knew and taught the truth of magic, teachers who wanted to share what they know in order to improve the lives of others. She found more than twenty such teachers and subsequently filled her book with the wisest and most practical words each teacher had to offer. Oprah Winfrey was so impressed with the results that she dedicated two of her hour-long TV programs to sharing this book with her vast audience. The Secret has become a best seller around the world and has been translated into a variety of languages so that everyone can benefit. To me, it seems the perfect place for anyone to start.
OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCES by Robert Peterson
Throughout history, people have reported spiritual experiences that we now identify as Out Of Body Experiences or OBEs. In recent times, modern researchers like Robert Monroe have pioneered the scientific study and practice of OBEs. Increasingly, people are remembering spontaneous OBEs, especially from early childhood. OBEs are also a typical feature of near-death experiences and have been described as beautiful, painless, and ecstatic.
This is the comprehensive manual for inducing out-of-body experiences and managing the experience. Peterson not only explores the stages of his own development with OBEs but also concludes each chapter with a specific exercise that takes you to the next level.
From wiggling out of your body for the first time (the author did a backflip his first time) to traveling through other realms and dealing with your "encounters,", this is one of the most practical, step-by-step guides to OBEs available. He clearly demonstrates how this consciousness-expanding experience is accessible to anyone willing to make the leap into the great beyond.
THE MAGICAL PHILOSOPHY by Osborne & Philips
These five books, titled The Magical Philosophy, teach what is known as "High Magic" or "Ceremonial Magic," a practice that has been employed by secret organizations for many hundreds of years. Mixed in with some antiquated thinking, they contain excellent jewels of wisdom such as these:
(1) Secret organizations were kept secret to avoid the misuse of powers provided by magic. Students were taught the step-by-step processes to follow when performing magic long before ever being exposed to the real powers magic provides. Otherwise, students might easily find themselves overwhelmed and out of control, tossed to and fro by powers they had not yet learned to handle correctly. This is similar to how one must learn the use of the controls in a car, as well as the rules of the road, long before being placed behind the wheel of a real car with its motor running.
(2) We cannot control what is sent to us from the high spiritual realm, but we can wisely prepare for what we would like to receive into our lives. Our job is to build the mold we want to be filled in hopes that the powers above will choose to do the filling. If those on the high spiritual levels agree our mold is worthy, it will be filled with a power that brings it to life. But the decision remains with those on high to make the choice, exercising wisdom that is far beyond our own.
(3) When waiting for results from having performed a magical action, a number of possible answers may come your way one at a time, each better than the one preceding it. After the best has appeared, the sequence reverses as progressively less desirable answers appear one after another. The trick for us is to neither reach for the prize too early nor wait too long, hopefully choosing the best (or close to the best) possible answer when it arrives.