Dune: The Power of Words

In David Lynch’s Dune movie (1984), words are used as weapons and, with the aid of the “weirding module,” are capable of destroying enemies and starting fires. In the 2021 Dune movie, tone of voice is used to hypnotize enemies. How does this reflect hypnotic practices today?

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The Changing Language of Weight Loss

The way we think (and speak) about “weight loss” is changing. We’re shifting away from simply losing weight (even on an unhealthy diet) to a more holistic approach rooted in the idea of getting “healthy.” See how the social landscape is changing.

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Hypnosis: Esoteric Spirituality’s Missing Key

Although it has been downplayed or forgotten, some of the most important spiritual teachers of the last few hundreds years have been hypnotists. (Christian mystic Saint-Martin and G. I. Gurdjieff among them.) We look at the influence of hypnotism on the West’s spiritual tradition.

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Stressed Out By Social Media? Here’s Why

Social media causes stress. And, even in the short-term, stress can lead to “binge eating or consuming excessive amounts of alcohol or drugs.” In the long-term, the brain itself can degenerate. Here’s what’s going on and how to fight back.

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Out Now: Path Of The Warrior-Mystic

My latest book, The Path Of The Warrior-Mystic, is now available in the USA. Mitch Horowitz, PEN Award–winning author of Occult America and The Miracle Club, has said that “As steeped in magic, rite, and hidden history as he is in good sense, Angel delivers the book on positive manhood for which our culture has been yearning.” Here is a little about the book.

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Awakening And De-Hypnotizing From False Beliefs

“This world is one of hypnotisation,” said Swami Vivekenanda (1863-1902). “Whatever you tell yourself that you become.” Yet, Vivekenanda claimed, we must “de-hypnotize” ourselves from wrong beliefs. In this, he was in agreement with the Western fields of hypnosis and positive thinking, though he departs in significant ways from them. Here, we look at de-hypnotizing ourselves from negative influences and negative, internal, self-talk and becoming our true Self.

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Papus: Magician, Martinist, And Medical Hypnotist

Known today for founding the ritualistic Martinist Order, and for his writings on magic, GĂ©rard Encausse was one of France’s most prominent, pioneering, and respected medical hypnotists. Indeed, for Encausse (and for 19th century France) there was a great deal of overlap between the magical and the medical. Here, we explore some of the stranger connections.

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