Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | January 7, 2010

Magic Wands

Late last night, I caught an interview on Coast to Coast AM with George Noori interviewing a Neil Slade, who has just written a book called, The Book of Wands, in which he supposedly postulates that wands are real tools that humans can use to travel, to move oneself from one place to another, and to move objects from one place to another.

In tai chi, when we hold certain objects, a staff or a stick, there is an element of “wand,” involved, in that the object becomes an extension, and one learns to project one’s chi through the object. Slade suggests that a wand is like a garden hose, in that the nozzle helps to focus the energy so that it is more powerful exponentially.

Do I believe in magic wands? Well, let’s just say, in certain ways, they do exist. Slade suggests that musical instruments are examples of wands, and I’ve experienced an unusualness in playing the guitar, the flute, and in my limited staff work in tai chi. And, he says, it’s not just about technical expertise or a fantasy of the mind. He claims it is real. So I’m gonna play around with a wand or two. If I actually do something amazing, I’ll tell you about it.

I will tell you that the Catholic Church has made me a bit fearful of dabling in “wizardry” or white magic, and I believe there is something to really be concerned about, so I’m not going to mess around with it too much. Better to say a rosary than wave a magic wand!

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  1. Hey Neil,

    Thanks for the comments. It’s true, it is an overlay of conventional belief systems so ingrained in our psyche that makes us fearful. And I admit, I haven’t gotten your book yet. I do believe that there are things we can do that we haven’t touched the surface of yet. Your experiences show that(again I’m assuming and going just on what I heard on coast to coast). But, I encourage my readers to check out your book and for all like minded people who are searching to delve into it a bit.

    Mike

  2. >>I will tell you that the Catholic Church has made me a bit fearful of dabling in “wizardry” or white magic, and I believe there is something to really be concerned about, so I’m not going to mess around with it too much.

    It doesn’t surprise me to read something like this in regards to my book– what this indicates is the overlaying of conventional wisdom/perception combined with speculation as to what the book is actually about– very interesting, but not particularly on target.

    The book is an accounting of my experiences with the paranormal as relates to brain function and “unusual tools”, virtually nothing with typical ideas of “magic”– which are usually nothing more than superstition or an active imagination.

    When I speak of “Travel” what I refer to is the REAL change of experience one can facilitate with objects at ones fingertips– To a 16th century person, electricity would seem as so much magic and supernatural.

    At some point in the future, people will look back at “Wands” and laugh- “nobody really understood this, although it is rather quite obvious to us now…”

  3. Glad to see people thinking about this– especially people with previous Chi movement experience

    Thanks
    Neil


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