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Annotated list of books on developing psychic ability and intuition
Having now worked my way through many works on psychic development, I have to say that quality varies widely. Feel free to email me and ask me about a book you're considering. Chances are, I've read it or have a copy and can add it to the annotated list that I'm building below.
Adler, Margot. Drawing Down the Moon. Boston: Beacon Press, 1979. [Early classic work on paganism in the U.S.]
Andersen, Marianne S. & Savary, Louis M. Passages: A Guide for Pilgrims of the Mind. New York: Harper & Rwo, 1973. [A serious collection of exercises, mostly involving self-hypnosis. A real 70's feel. Interesting photographs and a good selection of quotations. Highly recommended if you find a copy.]
Antenucci, Nancy. Psychic Tarot: Using Your Natural Psychic Abilities to Read the Cards. St. Paul, Minn.: Llewellyn Pub. Co., 2011. [Nancy's book is the one to press into someone's hand who has the slightest reluctance to acknowledge "psychic" ability. It's the best starter book for Tarot readers interested in a psychic approach, bar none, and it's absolutely THE BOOK if you're only going to have one on psychic ability for readings.]
Arrien, Angeles. Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them. Sdonoma, Calif.: Arcus Pub., 1992.
Asimov, Isaac. Life and Energy. New York: Avon, 1962 (1972 Discus edition). An exploration of the energy (chemical) underlying biology.
Berger, Jessica Sarfaraz. The Relaxability Handbook. Easthampton, Mass.: MegaMaiden Ink, 2011. Induction and relaxation exercises drawn from many sources. Terrific book.
Biebel, David B., D.Min.; Dill, James E., M.D.; Dill, Bobbie, R.N. Your Mind at Its Best. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Revell, 2011. [Not a bit about psychic or intuitive here, but if you understand that those are operations of the mind, and that the mind depends upon the brain, then the optimal health of the brain becomes paramount, and this book will get you there.]
Brady, Teresa. Ignite Your Psychic Intuition: An A to Z Guide to Developing Your Sixth Sense. Woodbury, Minn.: Llewellyn Pub. Co., 2011. [A nice surprise is this recent entry, which is 100% about how to increase abilities. I found at least a dozen superb exercises in this book that I had not previously encountered. Her ability to differentiate energy types is particularly useful.]
Buell, Ryan. Paranormal State. New York: Harper Collins A&E Series, 2010. [This book is based on an A&E cable television series by the same name. It's entertaining and in parts, eye-opening. Learning the debunking techniques and the lengths gone to rule things out makes the inexplicable moments all the more riveting.]
Campbell, Joseph, ed. Myths, Dreams and Religion. N.Y.: E.P.Dutton, 1970. [A collection of essays with significant implications for magical practitioners. Notable are Section V from Campbell's essay, "Mythological Themes in Creative Literature and Art"; Ira Progroff's "Waking Dream and Living Myth" and Rollo May's "Psychotherapy and the Daimonic." For the serious initiate.]
Choquette, Sonai. The Psychic Pathway: A Workbook for Reawakening the Voice of Your Soul. New York: Three Rivers Press (Crown Publishing), 1994. [Although billed as a "workbook," that is not the book's strength. It is the multi-sensory approach Choquette uses for each meditation that impresses me. For example, the Chakra meditations include suggestions for point-strengthening foods.]
Cohen, Andrew. Evolutionary Enlightenment: A New Path to Spiritual Awakening. New York: Select Books, 2011. [First Edition. Foreword by Deepak Chopra. The primary message is to "know how to discriminate between the different dimensions of who we are." He offers his work as "an antidote" to the narcissism of our age.]
Courteney, Hazel. The Evidence for the Sixth Sense. London & New York: CICO Books, 1999 (repub. 2011). [A fun line: "If energy can be neither created nor destroyed, then everything that ever happened or will happen is here now."]
Davich, Victor N. The Best Guide to Meditation. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998. [A complete review of techniques from Eastern cultures, Western practices, current and recent mentors, Native American practices, indigenous peoples' practices (global), and some recent scientific suggestions.]
Day, Laura. Practical Intuition: How to Harness the Power of Your Instinct and Make It Work for You. New York: Dell Pub. Co., 1996. [A course, really, in waking up and making use of the intuitive abilities that most of us keep in deep slumber. Fun, practical, mostly on the mark, too. Not a bad choice for someone who wants just one "how-to" book.]
Dossey, Larry, M.D. The Power of Premonitions - How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives. New York: Dutton (Penguin), 2009. [Clinical case studies plus a summary of research on premonition. Recommended.]
Editors, Time-Life Books. Psychic Powers. From the "Mysteries of the Unknown" series. New York: Time-Life, 1987. [A bit hokey-looking but well-written with marvelous artwork and photography. Rambly, but multi-cultural and respectful.]
Farrell, Joseph Pierce. Manifesting Michelangelo. New York: Atria Books, 2011. [What if the energies of the great minds were all out there for us to tap into, at will?]
Grace, Belinda. You Are Clairvoyant: Simple Ways to Develop Your Psychic Gifts. Woodbury, Minn.: Llewellyn, 2011. [Not my cup of tea because the terminology is a bit too Judeo-Christian ("angels" and "spirit guides" but covers Charkras, channeling, automatic writing, past-life regression, and mental health issues--in short, a thorough volume. It's hard to miss with a Llewellyn work.]
Hewitt, William W. Psychic Development: An Easy Guide to Developing and Releasing Your Psychic Abilities. Woodbury, Minn.: Llewellyn Publications, 2009. [Hewitt is a hypnotist, so he tends to emphasize the trance methodology over other passages to the intuitive. That said, his book is an excellent "how-to" covering all of the major psychic topics. Best if you already are convinced and just want to "get there"; i.e., not much theory. Get MacCoun's book for that.]
Hiatt, Marta, Ph.D. Mind Magic: Techniques for Transforming Your Life. Woodbury, Minn.: Llewellyn, 2008. [I felt as if, as a male, I was reading something I shouldn't be--as if the book was written as a secret manual for women. The section on the importance of psychic attention to health is very helpful.]
Hite, Sheilaa. Secrets of a Psychic Counselor. Needham, Mass.: Moment Point Press, 2003. [With case studies and personal history, Hite offers specific guidance for the most commonly-requested psychic needs: money, love, magnetism, and negativity.]
Hodson, Geoffrey. Reincarnation: Fact or Fallacy? Wheaton, Illinois: The Theosophical Publishing House, 1967. [This tiny volume overwhelms the reader with past-life stories of great power.]
Junjulas, Craig. Psychic Tarot. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Morgan & Morgan, 1985. [A good book; grab it if you spot it in a used bookstore. The center section with card meanings offers only a bit outside the norm, but the front end exercises and the examples of readings and other references in the back make this slim volume worthwhile.]
Leonard, George, & Murphy, Michael. The Life We Are Given. New York: Tarcher (Penguin), 2005 (orig. 1995). [Focusing on affirmation, bodywork and meditation, this is a classic in the field, updated for this publication.]
MacCoun, Catherine. On Becoming an Alchemist. Boston: Trumpeter, 2008. [An absolutely brilliant explanation of the subject of "spirit" ("energy" if you prefer) and how to strengthen focus and awareness. The best single book I have read on the topic.]
Mariechild, Dianne. Mother Wit. Freedom, Calif.: Crossing Press. Orig. 1981. Rev. 1988. [Some really nice guided meditations and trance inductions.]
Masterpasqua, Frank, & Perna, Phyllis A. The Psychological Meaning of Chaos. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Assn., 1997. [Chaos theory and psychology come together; the result is an open-minded look at what is possible and what we don't know. Technical.]
Morwyn. The Complete Book of Psychic Arts. Woodbury, Minn.: Llewellyn Worldwide, 2000. [A to Z on divinatory arts, with pointers on "opening" input.]
Murchie, Guy. The Seven Mysteries of Life: An Exploration of Science and Philosophy. New York: Mariner (Houghton Miflin), 1996 ed., orig. 1978. The chapter "Memory, Intelligence, and States of Mind" is notable for its look at plant, animal, and human sensory abilities that have no etiological explanations. An earlier chapter on senses (he counts 32) is helpful.
Myers, David G. Intuition. Its powers and perils. New Haven & London: Yale Univ. Press, 2002. [Advanced reading in the psychological underpinnings of intuition and a marvelous presentation of the perils of the over-reliance on an uninformed intuition.]
Slate, Joe H., Ph.D. Psychic Empowerment. St.Paul, Minn.: Llewellyn Pub. Co., 1995. [A two-pronged approach. Slate starts with the types of psychic manifestation and then, in the second part of the book, looks at various divinatory techniques. Notable for an intense, 7-day plan.]
Starhawk. Dreaming the Dark. Boston: Beacon Press, 1982 (1988 reiss. "New Edition"). [The Classic. Still the best book for doing your psychic work with others.]
Stavish, Mark. The Path of Alchemy. Woodbury, Minn.: Llewellyn Worldwide, 2008. [This book, along with MacCoun's and the Tarot works of Robert M. Place helped me to formulate my personal path.]
Tart, Charles T., Ph.D. The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together. Oakland, Calif.: New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 2009. [A scientific work that embodies the life study of Professor Charles Tart. So exciting that it's easy to forget that you're reading a science text. Published under the Noetic Books (Institute of Noetic Sciences) imprint of New Harbinger. For the serious initiate.]
Taylor, Eldon. Mind Programming. Carlsbad, Calif.: Hays, 2009. [A history and "how-it-works" of all the forms of mind control currently extant--including several not covered in any other works on this list.]
Trungpa, Chögyam. Training the Mind.: and Cultivating Loving-Kindness. Boston or London: Shambhala Classics, 1993. This is a particularly nice edition for its Foreword by Pema Chödrön. I own several of her books on meditation and compassion.
Warcollier, René. Mind to Mind. Charlottesville, Virginia: Hampton Roads Pub. Co., Inc., 2001.
A lengthy preface by Emanuel K. Schwartz and an introduction by Gardner Murphy add significantly to the work by Warcollier originally published in 1948. This is one of Hampton Roads' "Studies in Consciousness" works.
Wiseman, Sara. Your Psychic Child. Woodbury, Minn.: Llewellyn, 2010. [This book covers what parents need to know if they suspect they've got a psychic child.]