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25th July 2006, 02:13 AM
Hello there. I've just signed up, but I have been lurking around the forums for a few weeks, and I kept seeing this book brought up. I did some research on it, and I only heard positive things about it. I bought the book about 2 weeks ago, I must say---so far it's a very eligible work. To be honest, I had some fear that the book would be way over-the top. Fortunately, it's really a "PHD level" novel. Bardon goes straight to the point, and avoids any un-needed fluff.

First, I want to personally thank whoever recommended it (I believe it was "Aunt Clair").

Second, would anyone mind helping me out/giving me pointers as I move through the step system?

I'm going through the book slowly, so I absurb everything. I mean, no use rushing the process, right? The book's not going anywhere. So, after going through the theory, I'm on Step I.

Any pointers/tips that helped you get through the exercises with clear proficiency? I've read all of the Step I exercises, but I have forced myself to follow his precedure. The thing is though, in theory, I find exercise #3 (in Step I still of course), the easiest out of all of them. Why is THIS exercise labeled "Thought Mastery"? I've been reading a lot about the book, and it's said that Bardon was a perfectionist, and it's OK to change the order of the exercises around--as long as you don't move ahead of the Steps of course. Is this agreeable? You members here most likely know far more than I do about the particular subject, and I'd like to hear your thoughts.

25th July 2006, 03:16 AM
Aunt Clair is teaching a free course based on this book at http://www.astralsociety.com/as/Forum/

Look in the section "Hermetic Magick and Alchemy" at
http://www.astralsociety.com/as/Forum/i ... ,65.0.html (http://www.astralsociety.com/as/Forum/index.php/board,65.0.html)

25th July 2006, 08:38 AM
Hello all,

I found the third exercise easier as well Radiant.

If you're looking for supplemental material check out Rawn Clark's site. He has written extensively on Bardon's books. See his "A Bardon Companion" free online book. It has detailed commentaries on IIH that matches the structure of the work. This means that for every exercise in every step Rawn has written some clarifying remarks. Here's a link:


I hope you find it useful.

30th July 2006, 02:34 AM
Hey, thanks for that--it helps a lot.

27th November 2006, 10:17 AM
Great book indeed. (RB recommended it to me a while back)