A metaphysical guide focuses on navigating one’s inner realm and exploring other planes and facets of existence.
This guide to clairvoyance and esoteric realms takes the form of an extended collection of visualization exercises rooted in chakra meditation and Taoism, incorporating elements of the Buddhist perspective on attachment and the law of attraction. Marks (And Now for a Word from the Angels, 2015) encourages readers to experience these “celestial journeys” in any order of their choosing. The exercises place an emphasis on cultivating self-acceptance, well-being, and a sense of one’s enduring spiritual connection to an all-encompassing, broader universe. Over the course of five chapters, the visualizations move from nurturing a sense of grounding in the body to contemplating aura work, the astral plane, and parallel universes. Several sections are narrated by what the author describes as the channeled spirits of angels, the most prominent of whom are Séan and Crystal. The text is punctuated throughout with vivid illustrations and an assortment of colorful typefaces. A large portion of the text consists of a detailed series of appendices containing extra pointers for fostering a mindful state of being and further details about the author’s own “dimensional travels,” along with foundational information about chakras, auras, and other metaphysical concepts. Abbreviated versions of the visualizations complete the volume. Marks’ idiosyncratic book should appeal to those with a strong knowledge of metaphysics, New Age philosophies, and clairvoyance. But novices in these subjects may find the abstract concepts and ideas offered difficult to grasp, partly due to the free-form structure and style of the book, which can sometimes feel more like a memoir of the author’s experiences than a practical how-to guide for developing one’s own spiritual practices. An introductory section outlining the basics—and perhaps companion audio to facilitate the visualizations and guided meditations—might enhance the book’s appeal to a broader audience.
A hefty, expansive exploration of New Age spirituality, not for the uninitiated.