Philip H. Farber
The day my life changed, I found myself floating high above my body, looking down. I was in a wonderfully comfortable place, like floating on a cloud, and there was a presence with me. I remember commenting to that entity that “someone down there got hurt.” That floating comfort lasted what seemed like an eternity — and the next thing I remember is coming back into my body on the way to the hospital. I had been in an accident. At the age of 15, I suffered a serious head injury and later came to understand what I went through as a classic Near Death Experience.
As a teenager with a strong background in science — both my parents were working scientists and it was my goal in life, at that point, to be a biologist — this was not only a blow to my head, but to my concept of the world. What happened to me? Was it possible to leave your body and still be aware? Who or what was that entity I was talking to? This set me off on a lifetime quest to better understand my own consciousness and the nature of the world that we live in.
My quest took me through many years’ exploration of meditation, magick, and hypnosis, among much else. Keeping a scientific attitude, I studied and practiced Thelemic magick, Golden Dawn magick, Ericksonian hypnosis, Yoga, Taoism and Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP). Over the years, I’ve had the honor of studying and working with some of the leading people in these fields, including legendary magician/philosopher Robert Anton Wilson and Dr. Richard Bandler, co-founder of NLP.
In the late ’80s, I began sharing my explorations through workshops and seminars and, in 1995, my first book on magick was published, FUTURERITUAL: Magick for the 21st Century. That was followed by Meta-Magick: The Book of Atem (Weiser Books) in 2008 and Brain Magick: Exercises in Meta-Magick and Invocation (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2011). Working with a unique fusion of traditional ritual work, modern science, cognitive theory, and hypnosis, I am able to outline and teach effective, safe, and life-changing methods for self-discovery, contact with spirits and entities, psychic self-defense, and much more.
My rate is $2.00 per minute. I can help guide you toward an understanding of:
The magical processes of Invocation and Evocation
The broadest definition of magick is “the art and science of causing change in conformity with Will.” For most activities, this is simple enough: We decide what we want and we go out and make it happen. If it is your Will to have ice cream, you go to the store and get some. However, some kinds of change are more difficult and require a much greater level of subtlety. Most of these fall into the category of personal change — adjusting your beliefs and experience to achieve your goals. If you want to be more confident, compassionate, wise, magical, or sexy — these are the kinds of life changes that we often struggle with throughout our lives. We know that if we can make those changes, great things can happen. With more confidence, for instance, we might get a better job, increase our personal freedom, or have more friends. For most people, however, simply deciding to change is not enough; we need tools that help us make change on a deep, unconscious level.
The principle tool of the magician is ritual. Think of ritual as a repeatable pattern of behavior, a routine that changes our state of consciousness and helps us to achieve goals. On the mundane level, for example, if you desire to have a romantic evening, there are rituals that help: You might lower the lighting, put on appropriate music, serve sensual and delicious food, and dress in a certain way. This control of the environment helps us to enter into a particular state — and that state helps us to achieve our goal. Some magical rituals are just that simple — and some are much more complex. It all depends on what you want to achieve. In magick as in everyday life, we can use ritual as a key to our unconscious mind, to the processes that run behind the scenes and create our beliefs and tendencies.
Some people tend to think of magick as a paranormal phenomenon, as something that changes the world through unseen and mystical means. Most people who practice magick experience some very amazing things — synchronicity, access to unique information, experience of spirits and entities, and even experiences of what seems to be extra-sensory perception. Science is slowly catching up to magick and we are beginning to understand that these seemingly amazing experiences come as the result of natural processes in the brain, the body and the world. Ritual magick is ultimately a set of techniques to access those processes and re-create the world so that we can be healthier, happier and wiser.
Meditation, Self-Hypnosis, and Stress Reduction
Understanding and control over the tendencies of your mind are not only basic skills of magicians and mystics, they are fantastic resources for coping with and excelling at the situations of daily life. Learn basic techniques to help you keep your cool and adjust your mood!
Meditation is a process of continually focusing and refocusing your attention. The benefits of meditation include increased concentration, improved ability to cope with stress, and full-blown mystical experiences. While it is difficult to meditate together over the phone or computer connection, I can teach you simple techniques to begin a practice in your own time, to develop good practice habits and discipline, and can help you to choose which techniques are best for you.
Self-hypnosis bears many similarities to meditation, but is more often a goal-directed technique. That is, with meditation you meditate to simply experience the meditation, but with self-hypnosis you can aim your efforts toward making specific changes in your own consciousness and your life. Use self-hypnosis to learn new skills, refine existing abilities, develop confidence and other personal resources, and much more.
Stress Reduction — The conflicts that we find in our personal lives and careers can impact every area of life. Stress can ruin your health and lead to all sorts of bad feelings. Learn how to successfully manage stress in your life, to cope with whatever changes may occur with good grace and humor. Personalized recommendations may include meditation or hypnosis techniques, changes in lifestyle, and magical, spiritual, and plain old fun activities to bring peace and joy back to your life.
NLP and Hypnotic Changework
Hypnosis is a pleasant, often very relaxing, method to access the unconscious mind and make healthy changes to thoughts and behaviors. Contrary to what you may have seen in the movies, hypnosis is a very gentle experience and you always have full control of what happens. Hypnosis has been used safely for hundreds of years for habit control, self-exploration, pain relief, and much more.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is the study of how we think and behave, based in principles of cognitive science, systems theory, and linguistics. While that may sound complex, applying the techniques is a simple and usually enjoyable process.
With tools of NLP and hypnosis, it is easy to quickly:
- Change habits: Swap smoking, overeating, nail-biting, and other unwanted behaviors for healthy choices, self-control and a better life!
- Develop powerful, positive resources: you can learn how to feel more confident, social, sexy, creative, intelligent, patient, or enthusiastic, whenever you most need to!
- Let go of unnecessary fears: Would it benefit your life to be more relaxed or even enjoy yourself when public speaking, flying on airplanes, taking tests, encountering insects, or anything else which you may presently fear?
Consciousness Exploration, Trance, and Altered States
Learn how to dance with trance, get high with your own breath, exalt your consciousness, explore your dreams, and inspire yourself daily!
Knowledge of how we get into and out of different states of consciousness can be incredibly useful in the practice of magick. Some rituals require that the magician be in a particular state prior to beginning. Some rituals — particularly rituals of invocation — are all about inducing powerful altered states of various kinds. It can be very important for a magician to be able to know when he or she is in a state, when the state is reaching its peak, and when it might be fading. In general, we usually are not aware of the process by which we change and enter states.
Think about the last time you were happy — you may remember the content of the experience, the stimuli that pushed you in that direction but, unless you’ve played with these techniques before, the actual feeling of the state coming on and building was likely to have occurred on an unconscious level. That is, you might remember the wonderful present that someone gave you and how happy that made you, but perhaps not the actual process of exactly how it changed you. Similarly, in magical practices we may work hard to remember the words and symbols of a ritual while the process of the experience slips past our awareness. It’s okay. It’s a normal experience. Are you ready to find out how much we can bring state changes into conscious awareness?
I can help you to explore a wide variety of trance experiences and altered states and at the same time help you to understand the processes that our minds use when accessing these states. This is a useful, fun, and very magical exploration.
Note: only legal and safe altered states will be discussed!
Disclaimer: 1. Please be aware that advice given by any reader or any spirit channeled at this site is not meant to supersede, augment, or replace medical or professional advice. We are not doctors, and while spirits may have a higher view, the message is limited by the medium and his/her capacity to relay that message accurately. If you have a medical or mental health issue, please consult a professional. 2. Channeling your spirit companion is a service that accompanies, not replaces, spirit associated counseling. Your SC is welcome to assist in this counseling, but if all you require is a medium, there are hundreds to be found online who’d be happy to serve you.