Working with Higher Energies

Josephine McCarthy, Magical Healing: A Health Survival Guide for Occultists, Pagans, Healers, and Tarot Readers; TadeHent 2019

Whether you are a psychic, a healer, a shaman, or a mystic, much of what you do entails dealing with subtle energies. Have you ever noticed how peak experiences are often followed by a mental, emotional, or even physical slump? In and of itself, this roller coaster is a sign that energy work may affect the physical body in unexpected ways. As an accomplished visionary magician, Josephine McCarthy is ideally suited to provide her readers not only with insights into the potential challenges of exploring the subtle realms, but also the ways to minimize the damage.

According to McCarthy, there are several scenarios that may prove risky; the most common among them is the threat posited by parasites. Astral lowlife is constantly on the prowl for weekend magicians and gullible individuals who, easy to flatter and deceive, provide them with a cheap form of energetic sustenance. More accomplished practitioners, however, may encounter even greater challenges. For one, those who use magic to pursue egotistical purposes such as wealth, sex, or power are likely to enter unsavory bargains with entities that, eventually, will extract their pound of flesh. What is of greater interest for a broader audience is McCarthy’s argument that even those who pursue higher goals such as knowledge or selfless service may encounter threats to their well-being. This is due not just to the dangers posited by demons (we all know about those), but also and most importantly to the impact of higher energies on the human body. Even dealing with the angelic realm, McCarthy suggests, can affect the practitioner’s health: the immune system may react to alien energies by igniting an inflammatory process that, event after event, will take its toll. Autoimmune conditions and endocrine disorders, but also viral infections are among the ailments that often affect occult explorers as a result of their practices. For McCarthy, even Dione Fortune’s leukemia may have been triggered by her fearless explorations as one of the greatest ceremonial magic practitioners of her time.

McCarthy’s argument is hardly meant to deter shamans, psychics, or healers from their pursuits. Quite the contrary: knowledge is power, and her suggestion is to continue one’s explorations while developing greater awareness of how we can assess potential harm and identify remedies. McCarthy’s go-to diagnostic tool is the Tarot. Her book contains several spreads aimed at exploring the effects of inner worlds on one’s health, especially the endocrine system. Among the treatments she suggests are herbs, homeopathic remedies, and even visionary techniques—all of which, McCarthy states, should be used as complements rather than substitutes for science-based allopathic medicine.

In conclusion: McCarthy’s book is a trove of invaluable information even for those who are not interested in magic per se. Serious esoteric yoga practitioners are familiar with the slump that often follows a kundalini awakening; many Reiki healers experience fatigue after energy treatments; and mediums’ best-kept secret is the prevalence of autoimmune conditions among them. McCarthy’s Magical Healing provides not only explanations but also ways to address the challenges of working with subtle energies in the quest to know more.

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