Non-Fiction Books, Documentaries, & Interviews
- Book Review: Energy Medicine – by Rainsong
A review of the book Energy Medicine by Donna Eden. The reviewer enthusiastically recommends this book, noting that while the exercises given may make one feel foolish, they work well. The book covers field maintenance, hygiene, and repair in detail, as well as techniques to help with various illnesses. Much of it is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine meridians, but no prior knowledge of TCM or energy work is needed.
- Book Reviews: The EFT Manual, 2nd Edition, and EFT for PTSD – by Rainsong
A review of two of Gary Craig’s books: The EFT Manual, 2nd Edition and EFT for PTSD. Notes that EFT is simpler than other methods of energy tapping in that the same points are used for all issues. The manual explains how energy tapping works and some of the theory behind it, but focuses primarily on the practical aspects of doing EFT. While it is often used for phobias it has many other uses as well, and the reviewer has found the second book, which is focused specifically on PTSD, useful. Note: be aware of which edition you get, since the EFT Manual went through multiple revisions and the free version was substantially shortened which cut out a lot of the useful details, and there is now a book by the same title and nearly same cover authored by someone else. The 6th Edition is one of the last versions they posted for free that had all the important information. Also, despite sounding incredibly fluffy the method works well, especially for anxiety, phobias, PTSD (it’s even used for veterans and has been scientifically studied), and even some physical problems. Obviously if you are in any doubt please consult a licensed professional.
- Magic and Witchcraft: From Shamanism to the Technopagans – by Nevill Drury
A comprehensive history of magick starting with shamanism and ancient practices, and moving through Gnosticism, Kabbalah, medieval magick and witch trials, Hermeticism, alchemy, astrology, tarot, Freemasons, Rosicrucians, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Aleister Crowley, Wicca, Satanism, Paganism, Technopagans and digital magick. The author does a wonderful job of sorting out the confusing tangles of the subject, using a frank and engaging tone that does much to demystify the subject without belittling it. The book also includes many illustrations and photographs which are very helpful. Fascinating and very enjoyable, this book is well worth reading and will provide a firm background for students and practitioners.
- The Mentalist’s Handbook: An Explorer’s Guide to Astral, Spirit, and Psychic Worlds – by Clint Marsh
A step by step guide to practicing psychic abilities. While some of the terms may be different from what the reader is used to (subtle energy, for example, is referred to as aether), the author lays a solid foundation of both theory and practical exercises. Instead of teaching individual parlor tricks, the exercises are geared toward more consistent, holistic development, and special attention is given to developing awareness, focus, visualization ability, and mental control. Planar theory (i.e., Elemental, Material, Astral, and Elysian levels of existence) is introduced early on, and a great deal of the book deals with sensing, projecting to, and interacting with inhabitants of those planes (includes a detailed list of the types of spirits that may be encountered and how to distinguish). While discussing the topic of communicating with the spirits of those who have died, the author also covers the beliefs about the afterlife held by several religions and takes a balanced look at the compatibility of mentalism with both religious and non-religious beliefs. Also gives suggestions and exercises for developing other mentalist abilities such as clairvoyance, telepathy, and psychokinesis.
- Tapping Your Way To Health, Happiness, and Abundance – by The Tapping Solution
A free ebook written by several well-known energy tapping authors which covers a brief history of EFT, theory on how it works, and one of the most easy to follow set of instructions for how to do the technique that I’ve found. There are also several chapters which give more detail on what sorts of issues for which EFT can be used. Note: Despite sounding incredibly fluffy it works well, especially for anxiety, phobias, PTSD (it’s even used for veterans and has been scientifically studied), and even some physical problems. Obviously if you are in any doubt please consult a licensed professional.
- Book Review: Quantum Touch – by Rainsong
A review of the book Quantum-Touch: the Power to Heal by Richard Gordon. Notes that not only is the healing technique useful, but the third chapter of the book is the one of the best introductions to energy work in general that the reviewer has seen.
- Book Review – Energy Tapping, Second Edition – by Rainsong
A review of the book Energy Tapping: how to rapidly eliminate anxiety, depression, cravings, and more using energy psychology by Dr. Fred P. Gallo and Dr. Harry Vincenzi. Notes that this book is more similar to Roger Callahan’s method of energy tapping than Gary Craig’s EFT, in that a different sequence of points are recommended for different issues. Most of the issues covered are emotional however there are “emotion-related” physical issues covered as well. Note: Despite sounding incredibly fluffy it works well, especially for anxiety, phobias, PTSD (it’s even used for veterans and has been scientifically studied), and even some physical problems. Obviously if you are in any doubt please consult a licensed professional.
- Playful Psychic – by Skywind
An ebook which provides a thorough introduction to the various psychic abilities and how to develop them, including exercises to do before beginning to learn psychic abilities, basic skills like shutdown (turning abilities off temporarily), grounding, centering, drawing energy, creating psiballs, and shielding, and what it lists as “advanced” skills including empathy, telepathy, astral projection, aura vision, and psychokinesis. It includes worksheets, exercises, games, instructions for those who want to teach, and even basic instruction in statistics for calculating how likely something is the result of psychic abilities vs random chance. An incomplete Teacher’s Guide can be found here.
- What Science Can Teach Us About Meditation Practice – by Kelly McGonigal
A lecture given at the 2011 Buddhist Geeks Conference. Uses photos of brain fMRIs from several scientific studies to illustrate how the brains of experienced meditators default simply to experiencing stimuli, while the brains of others default to evaluating and telling themselves mental stories everything that is experienced. An important study involving beginning meditators showed through fMRIs that instead of detaching the evaluating part of the brain from the experiencing part of the brain, beginning students tried to suppress all experience (thus giving their brain nothing to evaluate), while experienced meditators experienced everything fully, but without judging and evaluating it.
A transcript of the talk can be found here.
- The Black Arts: A Concise History of Witchcraft, Demonology, Astrology, and Other Mystical Practices Throughout the Ages – by Richard Cavendish
While this book does touch on the history of magick, its strength lies in that it gives a comprehensive introduction to the theory behind and practice of many of the historical types of magick, including numerology, astrology, alchemy, Hermetics and the Cabala (also spelled Kabbalah), ritual magick, low magick, and Satanism. The book is a bit dry and written from an odd perspective, sounding skeptical of magick one minute, and then blithely stating that one famous magician later reincarnated as another famous magician the next. However, it is well worth the read–I did not realize just how much it had improved my foundation in magick until after finishing it.
- Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing – by Lorie Eve Dechar
This is a fantastic book–it’s the best explanation of the five element system of Traditional Chinese Medicine that I have come across. Instead of explaining the elements as tables of correspondences and associations like most places do, the author dives into the cultural background, mythology, and holistic way of thinking behind the five elements, giving examples from her clinical practice. She even takes it beyond simply “curing what ails” and explores the Chinese alchemical approach to spiritual development and transformation. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in energy healing, especially anyone using TCM, acupressure, or related methods.
- Psychic Warrior: Inside the CIA’s Stargate Program : The True Story of a Soldier’s Espionage and Awakening – by David Morehouse
Tells the story of how the author came to develop psychic abilities, and how those nightmares and visions drove him to seek training from the CIA’s top secret remote viewing program. Gives an excellent description of what the training entailed as well as walking through several remote viewing assignments and giving ideas for the potential uses of remote viewing. The author’s difficulties in staying grounded in the physical reality and how this impacted his personal life, family, and career also serve as a valuable cautionary example.
- The Men Who Stare at Goats – by Jon Ronson
Documents the author’s research into the military’s psychic programs, how the ideas morphed over the years, and how they came to be used in the war in Iraq. The author managed to track down many of the original people involved in the programs, which makes for an interesting read. There is also a three-episode TV documentary hosted by the author on this same topic called The Crazy Rulers of the World (the first episode, in fact, is called The Men Who Stare at Goats), as well as a fictional film adaptation of the book.
- Book Review: The Psionic Generator Pattern Book – by Rainsong
A review of the book The Psionic Generator Pattern Book by John P. Boyle. Notes that this is a book best bought in hardcopy (or printed out, since only the ebook is currently available of both it and its sequel ESP Research Equipment You Can Build Yourself), because it is printed on heavy paper and meant to have the various printed devices cut out of the pages and assembled. Great for anyone who is interested in radionics or dowsing, or who wants something to play with besides a psiwheel.
- Book Review – The Inner Game of Tennis – by Rainsong
A review of the book The Inner Game of Tennis by W Timothy Gallwey. Notes that while this book is not specifically about any kind of psionics, it is about how to use your mind to perfect physical activities–how to deal with mental chatter, self-doubt/sabotage, fear of success or failure, and how to concentrate in useful ways.
- About Dowsing-Related Books, Sites, Societies, and Suchlike – by Rainsong
Warns that while the people in dowsing communities are often friendly and knowledgeable, they may be offended by the idea of their practice being associated with psionics or psychic phenomena, so anyone coming from an OEC background may run into some friction there. Briefly reviews helpful introductory dowsing books including The Art of Dowsing by Richard Webster and The Diviner’s Handbook by Tom Graves, as well as the free ebook dowsing mini-course Letter to Robin by Walt Woods (which is available in several languages).
- Book Review: The Llewellyn Practical Guide to Psychic Self-Defense & Well-Being (Llewellyn Practical Guides) – by Rainsong
A review of the book Practical Guide to Psychic Self-Defense by Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips. Notes that it is written by magic-users, not psionicists, but is still has useful information, including about some of the more rare self-defense situations.
- Book Review — The Psychic Energy Codex – by Rainsong
A review of the book The Psychic Energy Codex: A Manual for Developing Your Subtle Senses by Michelle Belanger. Notes that while the book does talk about her vampire group some, the exercises are suitable for the majority of beginning energy workers. While the exercises are quite basic they are well written and presented step-by-step in a non-condescending manner.
- The Kybalion: a study of the hermetic philosophy of ancient Egypt and Greece – by Three Initiates
Published by an unknown author(s) in 1908, this little book is a user-friendly introduction to hermetic thought. It recounts the traditional history of hermetics and claims to interpret (with less veiled wording) the original text–however, it is important to note that it actually contradicts parts of the oldest surviving version of the Hermetica (found at Nag Hammadi in 1945). The book covers the seven hermetic principles (mentalism, correspondence, vibration, polarity, rhythm, cause and effect, and gender) and illustrates each with the scientific knowledge and discoveries of the time, which in some cases makes it a bit amusing. Unlike other popular books on hermetics, there are no exercises or techniques given, only the philosophy.
- Take Off Your Glasses and See: A Mind/Body Approach to Healing Your Eyesight and Insight – by Jacob Liberman
Written by an optometrist, this book explores the connection between psychological and emotional issues and eyesight. But more than that, the book explores a different way of thinking about seeing and compares it to his extensive training in how the eyes work and how vision should be corrected. The author discusses the idea of “Open Focus” and relates it to the morphogenic field and holographic universe theories. What makes this book immensely valuable for the energy worker, is that the author describes how his journey through healing his eyesight not only led to clear vision but being able to see energy as well. The methods that are usually suggested for learning to see auras can be very unhealthy for the eyes, but these exercises and methods that he describes lead to vision that is both mentally and physically healthy.
- What the Bleep Do We Know!? – by Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, Betsy Chasse, and Mark Vicente
A documentary that explains some new discoveries of quantum physics that challenge conventional views of the world, illustrating how those discoveries point to the interconnectedness of everything, the effect of observation and intention on one’s surroundings, and how this naturally extends to the mind having abilities that many call “psychic”. A three disc “Quantum Edition” is also available which includes additional interviews and versions of the film. Note that this popularized view of quantum physics, while frequently cited by New Agers, is not necessarily accurate so take the contents with a grain of salt. However, the studies cited as examples are interesting.
- Fringe Dweller on the Night Shift: True Stories from an Afterlife Paramedic – by Monica Holy
Recounts the author’s lucid dreaming/astral projection experiences that she has had every night since she was young, during which she frequently aids those who have died in crossing over and sometimes aids those who are still living. Includes a decent amount of the author’s own philosophy based on her experience. Unlike similar books, however, this book is fairly matter-of-fact and down-to-earth, and even includes a great deal of external verification that lends credibility to the author’s experience and theory. Covers such topics as ghosts, energy healing, animal totems and guides, and astral “schools”. Includes intriguing ideas and useful advice for those who may interact with ghosts.
- Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal – by A&E
Each episode follows two or three children who have some form of psychic abilities (usually the ability to see spirits) as well as their parents who are struggling to help them. A psychic and psychologist team meet with the families, identify and address their concerns, help the children to face their fears, and give the children and their parents tools to handle and support the abilities. The videography of the show is dramatic and sensationalist (they toned this down a bit after season 1), but the advice given to both the children and their parents is valuable, focusing on fear management and finding ways to use the abilities to help others.
- Thinking Allowed – by Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove
A collection of excerpts from interviews from the series “Thinking Allowed” hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove, who holds a doctorate in parapsychology from UC Berkeley. Includes a range of topics including psychology, parapsychology, mind-body and consciousness research, global awareness, intuition, metaphysics, alternative medicine, mysticism, and spirituality.
- Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself – by TEDtalks
This TED Talk explains that while one’s instinct is usually to share one’s new goals and plans, this can actually make one less likely to follow through. The speaker surveys research supporting this from the 1920s until now and suggests that keeping goals secret may help with achieving them.
- The Psion’s Handbook: Overview of Psionics – by Peebrain
An introduction to the practice of psi, and some of the common skills in psionics, including psiballs, constructs, shields, empathy, telepathy, psychokinesis, flaring, and out of body experiences. Includes exercises and suggestions for further reading.
Page includes a link to the sequel “The Psion’s Handbook: Breaking the System” which, although never finished, is still a thought-provoking read. This ebook has a very interesting explanation of what “fluff” is and why it’s so hard to define. The author suggests that one of the reasons that the PsiPog community plateaued was that it was limited by its beliefs about psionics. He encourages thinking outside of the “box” of the system of psionics and being open-minded about ideas from other people with backgrounds other than psionics, while at the same time maintaining a healthy skepticism.
- Book Review – How to Make ESP Work for You – by Rainsong
A review of the book How to Make ESP Work for You by Harold Sherman (who conducted one of the more famous experiments involving ESP in the 1930s). Notes that it covers how to do clairvoyance, telepathy, and precognition as well as psychokinesis and healing in a fairly clear (though a bit formal) manner.
- Book Review — A Librarian’s Guide – Psychic Development Simplified – by Rainsong
A review of the 1st edition of the book A Librarian’s Guide: Psychic Development Simplified by “Nathaniel”. Notes that the book is a decent, fairly readable introduction for beginners, based on methods derived from Robert Bruce’s “New Energy Ways”. Note: Only the 3rd edition of book is currently available and the title was shortened to just Psychic Development Simplified.
- Book Comment – Psionic Medicine – by Rainsong
A brief review of the book Psionic Medicine: The Study and Treatment of the Causative Factors in Illness by J. H. Reyner, George Laurence, and Carl Upton. This book is aimed primarily at medical doctors and covers homeopathy and medical dowsing. However, the reviewer recommends the book as very interesting.
- Book Review: Hands of Light – by Rainsong
A short review of the book Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field by Barbara Ann Brennan. While the reviewer acknowledges that some people have found the book useful, she found it extremely fluffy. Note: To elaborate a bit, while the book is a very detailed system for energy healing, it is a paradigm all its own and will not necessarily be helpful to everyone. The author is a physicist, and her ideas on how subtle energy relates to current scientific theories are interesting (though as always, take with a grain of salt).
- Book Review: Walking Between the Worlds – by Float
A review of the free ebook Walking Between the Worlds: Techniques of Modern Shamanism Vol I. by Phil Hine. Notes that the book is a user-friendly introduction to shamanism that includes practical exercises and touches on many interesting points without insisting that shamanism is the only spiritual path.
- Book Review: The Ki Process – by Float
A review of the book The Ki Process: Korean Secrets for Cultivating Dynamic Energy by Scott Shaw. Notes that the book has a great deal of useful information for a more traditional path of energy development, clarifies a few confusing points that the book makes early on about the nature of Ki, and describes some of the other topics covered including a detailed section on meridians and some practical exercises.
- Beginning Psionics: A Psionics Training Manual – by Winged Wolf
Outlines the author’s theories about subtle energy and energy types, how reality and the Veil is structured, spirit entities, and the human energy system (including core/soul and psi energy systems as well as psi energy centers and associated abilities). Organizes known psychic abilities into categories, and describes some foundational exercises for psionics including relaxation, focusing, and visualization. Describes techniques for sensing energy and constructs, scanning, charging and circulating energy in the system, signature acquisition and targeting, linking, psi balls and various types of constructs, and shields, as well as giving recommendations for cleaning and stabilizing the energy system via grounding and centering, repairing energy system damage and removing blockages, and dealing with hostile spirit entities. Includes a 40-week training schedule and a list of exercises organized by difficulty.
- Ehrenwald’s ESP Experience – by Rosemary Breen & Anne Morgan
A review of the classic book The ESP Experience by Jan Ehrenwald. Notes that a lot of the theory and information in the book is either outdated or a product of its time, and gives a few brief refutations with links to supporting evidence.
- An Energy-Workers’ Guide To Real Vampirism – by Winged Wolf
An introduction to vampirism (both sanguinarian and energetic) for those with an energy work/occult background, drawn from the author’s theories and experiences. Discusses types and traits of vampires, possible causes of vampirism, how to identify vampires, how vampires feed, how to donate safely, cures for vampirism (and associated issues with those cures), and defenses against vampiric attacks. Includes a glossary of common terms and links to additional online resources.
- Book Review – The Psions’ Guide – by Rainsong
A cautionary review of the book The Psion’s Guide: Applied Para-psychology by Dr. John Porter and Soke Rob Williams. Notes that (despite the somewhat promising title) this book is almost purely misinformation and the instructions should not be followed.
- Book Review: You Are Psychic: The Free Soul Method – by Float
A review of the book You Are Psychic!: The Free Soul Method by Pete A. Sanders. Notes that it tends to feel like the book is talking down to its readers, but it does get straight to the point, providing explanations and practical exercises for several abilities. The review quotes some of the instructions for these exercises, which use physical locations like the crown of the head or the ears for focus.
- Book Review: Kabbalah; Key to Your Inner Power – by Float
A review of the book Kabbalah: Key To Your Inner Power by Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Notes that while the book was a decent, easy to understand introduction to the Kabbalah, it seemed to jump around a lot and did not cover more than the basic concepts. This review also overviews what the Kabbalah is, important historical figures, the theory of creation, and the tree of life and its structure (triads, pillars, upper and lower faces, and Sephirot).