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The Return of Magic: Part Two

In Part One I said that real magicians know the deeper nature of the world and the deeper nature of the human being, as well as the significant relationships between these two deeper natures. From this knowledge, and the “esoteric” training associated with it, their unusual abilities flow. Today I will try to explain what I mean by “deeper nature”.

The physicist David Bohm wrote about this in his groundbreaking book “Wholeness and the Implicate Order” (1980). It was his attempt to find an explanation for the strange, “impossible” phenomena of quantum physics. The best known of these is “non-locality” or “entanglement”. This is instantaneous connection, regardless of distance. Scientists discovered that when two sub-atomic particles interact in some way, they retain an eternal and instantaneous connection, regardless of how separate they become from each other. It could be a million miles or a million light years. The connection is always instantaneous – it takes no time to happen. The normal limitations of the speed of light do not apply. It is very significant that this instantaneous connection also applies to time, as well as space. One particle could be in the distant future, or past, it does not make any difference. The two are still instantaneously connected. If this seems impossible, we need to remind ourselves that Einstein and others showed us that space and time are inextricably connected. So much so, that they are effectively a single entity, “space-time”.  To put this idea on a more general basis, it means that everything in the universe – whatever its size or nature – is intimately connected to everything else. This includes us, because we are part of the universe. It is this fact – of total connectivity through space and through time, that makes magic possible.

What was previously believed to be impossible is now known not only to be possible, but also to be a normal characteristic of the universe. Incidentally, these “strange connections” have been experimentally verified many times ever since John Bell first mooted the idea in 1964. (Non-locality is implied in Bell’s Theorem)

I hope it has not escaped your attention that what has become accepted in science actually forms the basis for magic. If instantaneous connection is possible across great distances in space or time, this surely suggests that telepathy (“feeling at a distance”) and precognition (“knowing something before it happens”) are equally possible. I will return later to this theme – the relationships between magic (the paranormal) and the findings of science, because there are other, equally important, findings. Meanwhile, back to Bohm. In essence, Bohm was saying three things, each of which is relevant to magic:


The Cosmos (the universe) is a unified, undivided whole. It does not have separate “parts”. Of course, it is convenient and practical for us to see things as “parts”, but this is only because our normal waking consciousness is restricted to the physical plane, in which “parts” and separateness feel real.

Everything – and I do mean everything! – is intimately and instantly connected to everything else, through space and through time. This includes us.

Our normal daily reality is the “explicate order”. This is underpinned, and constantly informed by, the invisible “implicate order”. It is here where strange connections and magic happen.


Although not all scientists subscribe to these three beliefs, more and more of them do. However, what’s missing from science, but very present in magic, is the form of consciousness (or perception, if you prefer) that enables one to experience the implicate order directly. Scientists have to speculate about it, and they feel the need to have to prove it exists. Magicians have no need to speculate or to prove it exists. They know it exists, because they can see it, just as when you look in the direction of a tree, you see it for yourself and know that it exists. You don’t feel the need to prove anything!

In Part Three I will explore how to “awaken” the form of consciousness that will enable you to experience the implicate order directly for yourself. In doing so, you will see that magic and the “paranormal”, are not only possible, but actually quite normal!




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The Return of Magic: Part One

There is a lot of magic around these days. It comes in several forms. Its best-known form is “magic tricks”. These are designed to entertain us, and some of them really do. I am particularly impressed by “Mago Pop” and Justin Willman. Mago Pop’s real name is Antonio Diaz and he is from here in Catalunya. You can see him on YouTube. Justin Willman recently shot to fame with his Netflix series “Magic for Humans”. I recommend them highly because they do many “impossible” things. They do things that have no rational explanation, which leaves one wondering whether they have unusual powers, as well as excellent manipulative skills. I suspect that, in some respects, they are real magicians. They do real magic. But what do I mean by this?

It is not an easy question to answer, partly because the word “magic” conjures up prejudices and misconceptions, but also because we live in very materialist times, dominated by the worldview of science. As far as science is concerned, magic is impossible. End of argument for many people, because science has decided that only it can say what is true and what is possible. But magic is not impossible, as real magicians demonstrate on a daily basis, and as more and more people are discovering for themselves. Many of us experience magic in the form of “paranormal” experiences. I think it is significant that these experiences seem to be becoming more common.

Perhaps the simplest way to define real magic is: “magic is what real magicians do”. These are the people who, down the ages, have gone by a variety of names, such as “magus”, “wizard”, holy man”, “shaman”, and “initiate” – the list of possible names is surprisingly long. In a few cases, they were born with unusual abilities. In most cases, they had to learn. They learned in a “mystery school” or in an “esoteric university” (such as the one founded by Pythagoras). What they learned was three things: the deeper nature of the world; the deeper nature of the human being; and the important relationships between the two. Once they had learned these three things, they were able to begin to practise the abilities that flowed naturally from this knowledge. In other words, they were able to do magic. To give you a sense of it, these abilities include: reading minds; reading the future and the past; altering situations (such as in distant healing); and bringing things into existence (“manifesting”). There is more, but I think this captures the essence of it. To really understand what magic is, it is important to be aware that these abilities are natural human abilities, because they are part of our deeper nature.

What, you may ask, is the relationship between these abilities, on the one hand, and the deeper natures of the world and the human being, on the other?  Just as important, what is the significance of the fact that these abilities and experiences are becoming much more evident in the world today? These are central questions, which I will address in Part Two. In Part three I will outline how you can begin to unlock these abilities in yourself and start to use them as part of your normal everyday life.

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Order out of Chaos?

This is the title (without the question mark) of Ilya Prigogine’s 1984 book. He made the radical suggestion that order always emerges from chaos, and he noted that it is impossible to predict exactly what kind of order will emerge from chaos. Specifically, he suggested that this happened when systems were in a “far from equilibrium” state. Although he was writing about chemical and physical reactions, I believe that his findings are equally valid for social and political systems.


There can be little doubt that we are living in “far from equilibrium” times. On good days, it feels confusing and dispiriting. On bad days, of which there are many, it feels dangerous. If you doubt this, you have not been paying attention. I will just mention a few items from a very long list. A lying narcissist has direct access to the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal. An extreme right-winger who wants to commercially exploit the Amazon rainforest (“the lungs of the planet”) has just been elected President of Brazil. The UK is committing an act of massive self-harm by exiting the European Union. Economic and social inequalities are now greater than they were in Victorian times. Human behaviour is changing the climate dangerously. As if all this were not enough, all this planet’s life-support systems – yes, all of them – are in serious decline. i.e. clean air, clean water, forests, topsoil, aquifers, fisheries, wetlands, and biodiversity. This is because we human beings (and only we human beings) overuse and abuse them.


In these circumstances, it is a matter of astonishment that we continue to believe that we are the most intelligent species on this planet! Yet I believe that Prigogine’s findings give us cause for hope. There is clearly a strong sense of collapse and chaos. Things are very evidently far from equilibrium.  In the domains of chemical and physical reactions, this situation leads to great change – change that cannot be predicted. I suspect that this is exactly what we are going through now, on a human scale. I believe that we are right on the cusp of global changes that we can barely imagine. Yes, it looks dark outside now. But a new dawn is just about to break. Are we ready for it? It means that we have to be prepared for anything, including things we can barely imagine.






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Strange Connections

I use the term “strange connections” to refer to connections that do not have rational or scientific explanations. These fall into four main groups:

Coincidences – when two or more things happen at the same time, and this feels very significant for you

Telepathy – this literally means “feeling at a distance”. It does not mean “reading minds”

Precognition – knowing across time…typically knowing some aspects of the future

Non-locality – this is instantaneous reaction, regardless of distance. (One implication is that the speed of light is no longer a limiting factor)

Although Carl Jung wrote about coincidence, calling it “acausal synchronicity”, he offered no convincing explanation for it. He did, however, write extensively about the “collective unconscious”. I have often wondered whether David Bohm had something similar in mind when he coined the term “implicate order”. He assumed that there is an underlying, invisible unity, in which everything is intimately connected to everything else. Out of this invisible order springs the “explicate order”, which is our familiar physical world, in which everything is discrete and separate. Although Bohm, a physicist, could not explain this “total connectedness” at the implicate level, he believed that it existed, and he knew that it was already being verified experimentally.

“Strange connectedness” is today one of the main focuses of quantum physics, and scientists have given it appropriately strange names, such as “entanglement” and “non-locality”. While it is true that they have come up with many theories, they still have no adequate explanation. It remains one of the great mysteries.

You may be wondering whether I am about to offer you a convincing explanation for strange connections. The answer is a tentative yes, because this still very much work in progress of me. As a convenient shorthand, I use the term “inner cosmos” for my thoughts about this question. I will go into more detail in future articles. For the moment, I will just give the “headlines” of my thinking.

At the heart of my work is the idea that everything is part of something bigger. As we shall see, some of this is very obvious, but some of is not. It is obvious, for example, that each of us is part of the human race. Because of this, we all contain the “essential nature” of the human race – i.e. those characteristics that are unique to the human race. (It is an interesting and rewarding exercise to list as many of these as you can think of)  I see this as part of our “inner cosmos”. Another part of our inner cosmos flows from the fact that each of us also part of another bigger thing, Nature, which I define as the totality of all living things. It follows that we all contain the “essential nature” of Nature herself…those characteristics that are unique to Nature. They seem to include the following. Like all other living things:

We are born

We mature

We interact with the rest of Nature and with this planet (e.g. food, shelter) – this is              mainly for survival, but as we become more sophisticated, it is increasingly for                    recreation and creation

We reproduce

We rear our young

We age

We die

All of us are born with the potential to do all of this. That potential is an important part of our inner cosmos.

At this point it becomes less obvious and more controversial. Although it may not seem like at – and most of us never even think about it – each of us is also an integral part of planet Earth. As with all forms of life on this planet, we are products of it, and shaped by it. This may need a little explanation.

It should be obvious, but perhaps it needs to be stated explicitly that our home planet has a unique combination of physical characteristics, which include:

Average surface temperatures

Strength of gravity

Presence, and composition, of atmosphere

Radiation from outside…including heat and other radiation from our Sun

Availability of certain chemicals and compounds – e.g. for food, for fuel, for manufacturing

(You my wish to add to this list)

The list could be continued, but I am sure you get my point. This planet’s uniqueness has shaped us. We look like we do because of this planet. If we had evolved on another planet, we would reflect the uniqueness of that planet, and no doubt look different, and live different lives. In any event, there can be little doubt that we all reflect the uniqueness of this planet. That refection is another part of our inner cosmos.

As we move higher up the Cosmic holarchy, it becomes increasingly difficult to know how this manifests in our inner cosmos. Although it should be self-evident that our home star and our home galaxy are both unique, it is no easy task to describe all their unique characteristics. Of course, it is true that astronomers and cosmologists can tell us many of their unique qualities, but these will only be quantitative and physical. It is at this point that I stretch out my neck and state my strong belief that this planet, our Sun, and our home galaxy all have non-physical (spiritual) qualities, as well as their physical ones. I stretch my neck even further and say that this applies to everything in the Cosmos, including the universe itself. I did warn you that this is work in progress, so I am still exploring what these higher, spiritual qualities might be, and how they might manifest in our inner cosmos.

In any event, I do believe that we all contain the “essential natures” of all the higher “levels” of which we are part, and that the totality of these “essential natures” inside us is our inner cosmos. I find it helpful to visualise it as a kind of onion. The higher the outer “level” is, the more deeply is its essential nature contained inside us. So, at the very core of our inner cosmos is the essential nature of the universe, whatever this turns out to be. Similarly, the essential nature of the Sun is deep inside us, but not as deep as that of the universe.

As I will explain in future articles, I believe that a central component of human evolution is to become fully conscious of successively deeper layers of our inner cosmos. As each deeper layer reveals itself and comes to the surface, so to speak, this enables us to resonate with its external counterpart. We experience this resonance as knowing and consciousness.

Back now to the main theme – strange connections. We have little difficulty in seeing that all the parts of ourselves – the parts and systems of our body, as well as mind, emotions, spirit  – are connected to each other. Our own integrity, or unity, is easy to see. Although it gets more difficult to recognise integrity and unity as we ascend the scale, it still exists. It is just less apparent to us, probably because we are not accustomed to thinking in terms of wholes. It is all a matter of perception. We find it easy to grasp the integrity, the unity, of relatively small things, such as a frog or a watch. This is no doubt because we are able to see the whole of them at once. We even experience ourselves as single units in which all the parts are somehow connected to each other. The problem arises only when we try to adopt a perspective higher than our own and try to see much larger entities – the whole human race, for instance – as single units. As it happens, we can probably stretch our minds far enough to be able to recognise the integrity of the human race as a whole, as a single unit.  And, although it becomes increasingly difficult to do so, this process can be repeated up the scale, so to speak, seeing things from ever higher perspectives. If we do so, the unity and integrity of larger and larger things becomes apparent. We come to recognise that each is, in its own terms, a single entity, a single solid body. The following description of the solar system, seen from the perspective of something much larger than it (a galaxy), beautifully illustrates this:

“There will then appear an extraordinarily complex and beautiful figure. The planetary paths, drawn out into manifold spirals of various tensions and diameters, have now become a series of iridescent sheaths veiling the long white–hot thread of the Sun, each shimmering with its own characteristic colour and sheen, the whole meshed throughout by a gossamer–fine web woven from the eccentric paths of innumerable asteroids and comets, glowing with some sense of living warmth and ringing with an incredibly subtle and harmonious music. This figure is not in one detail fantastic. The width of the planets’ orbits will determine the size of each enveloping sheath: the diameter of the planet the coarseness or fineness of the thread of which it is spun: the planet relative curvature its refractive index or colour: the number and distance of its moons its sheen or luminescence: while the speeds of planetary rotation will the cause the totality of sheaths to emit a magnetic or living emanation.”

(Rodney Collin:  The Theory of Celestial Influence)

Now, try to imagine seeing from the perspective of the universe itself. From its own, inconceivably huge perspective, it is a single, solid, unified, totally interconnected body. All its parts are intimately, and instantaneously, connected to each other. Time and space do not act as limits.

I need hardly add that we inhabit this universe. Perhaps we should not be surprised at “strange connections”!







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It has been over three months since I last wrote about the “inner cosmos”, and over a month since I last wrote about anything! Put it down to two broken legs. Mine came first, when skiing in March. And then Ana broke hers climbing some big rocks in the garden. There is nothing like a broken leg to play havoc with one’s routine. Two broken legs is havoc squared!

While recovering, I have been giving a lot of thought to the inner cosmos. If I had to define it, I would say that it is the reflection of the Cosmos within us. We are similar to the Cosmos in more ways than you might imagine. I believe that this is very significant.

First, it is a new way of saying that “God is within us”, meaning that we somehow contain the Universe inside us. This in turn gives us a fresh perspective on religion and spirituality.

Second, it helps to explain why we just know things about the Cosmos and about its various “levels” (planets, stars, etc.), without any apparent reason for knowing. We know because we resonate  with the Cosmos and with its levels, and we resonate because we are like them! We are on the same wavelength, if you like.

Third, as I will show in future blogs, it provides a very effective basis for developing our consciousness. In essence, this involves “unpeeling” successively deeper layers of our inner cosmos. Once they are revealed, they can resonate with their external counterparts, and we experience this resonance as consciousness and knowing.

Fourth, it gives us a new way of understanding what it means to be human, to be natural, to be earthly (i.e. of this planet), and to be Cosmic. I will say much more about this later.

Fifth, perhaps most controversially, the fact of our inner cosmos strongly suggests that we are not alone. It is conventional wisdom to believe that life happened here by chance, and that we human beings evolved out of that chance happening, and only on this one planet. I believe differently. I believe that the existence of our inner cosmos, and the immense holarchy that it reflects, suggest that we human beings are integral parts of the universe and that, as such, we are to be found all over it. That said, our appearance will vary widely, according to local conditions.

Although I could list many more far-reaching implications of our inner cosmos, I will just mention one more today. Since we are microcosms of the Cosmos, it flows that it is a macrocosm of us! This surely means, does it not, that if we want to understand the Universe, we should first understand ourselves. And that if we want to understand ourselves more fully and more deeply, we should study the Universe more fully and more deeply.

In my next blog, I will outline what our inner cosmos looks like, and how it functions.



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Although our behaviour often suggests otherwise, human evolution has not stopped. And although many of us are fat and unhealthy, we are almost certainly still evolving physically. What we will look like, and sound like, in 1,000 years is anyone’s guess. However, my main interest is in the other ways in which we seem to be evolving. In my opinion, we are still evolving in consciousness, in character, and in capacity, and all the evidence suggests that we still have a very long way to go. I will say a few words about each of these.

Consciousness is just another word for experience. We are conscious, for example, that it is getting warmer, and we are conscious that we feel good, or bad. We are evolving in consciousness when we notice more – in quantity and in quality. You notice more about yourself, about other people, and about the world. This is the quantity of your consciousness. But you also notice more about the same things – such as shades of feeling, nuances of meaning, and so on. This is the quality of your consciousness. Ideally, as you become more conscious, you also become wiser. This takes us to the evolution of your character.

You are evolving in character when you behave better, more wisely, more ethically. More often than before, you do the right things, in the right ways, at the right times. It is significant, I think, that the evolution of consciousness and character go hand in hand with the evolution of capacity. They are all closely interrelated. They need each other!

You are evolving in capacity when you can do more things, and you can do them better. For example, you learn to speak Catalan and, eventually, you are able to speak it well. Or you begin to learn to ski and, over time, you become a competent skier. It could be any activity or any ability. The point is that your capacity to do things evolves.

Ideally, as you evolve in these three respects, you will one day become a highly conscious individual, of impeccable character, with the capacity to help make the world a better place. And ideally (yes, I know that this is the third time I have said this!), the whole human race will one day be highly conscious, of excellent character, with wonderful abilities. That day will come, of this I am sure, but not for a while! I do believe that this is the general direction we are taking. Of course, there is evidence to the contrary and, of course, we will stumble and fall many times on the way. But with a good deal of faith and application, it is ever onwards and upwards!


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I spent my honeymoon in 1970 on the banks of Loch Awe in Scotland. At the time I wondered whether its name had any relationship to “awe”, meaning “wonder, marvel”. It was only recently, when the word “awesome” became ubiquitous, that my mind went back to original meaning of this word.

As you may know, “awesome” is now used in virtually any situation to mean “the best, the greatest”, often when the thing being described is far from the greatest, far from the best. Whereas in Scotland, we might say “that’s not bad”, Americans (and many others) would say “awesome!!!”

Indeed, “awesome” seems to the word of choice in a world of permanent hyperbole. Nothing is ordinary any more!

It may interest you to know that “awesome” and awful” used to mean the opposite of what they mean today. Awful meant “full of awe” – therefore, wonderful, marvellous. Awesome, as the word suggests, meant “some awe” – therefore, not quite so wonderful.

I have no idea when the change occurred, but I can speculate why. I believe it is mainly because we live in a world of topsy-turvy values…where footballers get paid much more than nurses, and where people become overnight celebrities because they say something rude or stupid on Twitter or YouTube.

I had this cultural decline in mind when I organised and chaired a conference in Scotland in 2000 – entitled “Thinking Allowed”. The strapline was “Bring Back Thinking – All is Forgiven”. Of course, this was partly tongue in cheek, but the serious intent was to demonstrate that the quality and range of thinking has deteriorated markedly these last few decades.

A few years later, when I was living in New Mexico, I used to watch a programme called “Thinking Allowed” on Sunday mornings. As its host, Jeffrey Mishlove, pointed out, this was a play on words. He also pointed out that it was difficult to find people who could really think, and whose language reflected this. The fact that he was able to find a few was, of course, awesome!