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Winner of the Sacramento Publishers’ Association awards for Best Nonfiction and Best Spiritual book of 2001, Magical Living is a collection of essays which give detailed, how-to instructions on channeling spirit guides, communicating with plants and nature spirits; together with inspirational essays on managing love relationships, handling oppressive people, and dealing with hurt.

There are three paths to the Spirit: control over the body (e.g. hatha yoga); control over the mind (e.g. insight meditation); and control over the emotions. The practice of magic aims at control of the emotions: its goal is to arrive at a place where you are perfectly content and at ease in the now moment – neither angry about the past nor fearful of the future. When the emotions have calmed down, the body and mind naturally relax as well. Magical Living is written to show intelligent, thoughtful people who live in a workaday world how to understand and spiritualize their lives without radically altering their lifestyles.

– “I love this little book! ... Carry this book with you, read and reread the essays, and connect with joy. ” – Kathryn Lanier, InnerChange magazine
– “He writes beautifully, clearly, elegantly … he is incapable of an unoriginal thought.” – Joseph Polansky, Diamond Fire magazine
– “I could not get enough! I actually read some of the essays 2 to 3 times and discovered new insights each time. ... Magical Living by Bob Makransky is an easy to read little book with a lot of surprises. I am positive that it will enrich different people’s own spiritual journeys in unexpected ways and help readers to consider opening their minds and hearts and begin a relationship with what surrounds them in the present moment. A great book to revisit more than once!” – Susan Violante, Reader Views

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