All talks are free and take place at Watkins bookshop, 19 Cecil Court, London WC2N 4EZ. You can catch up on all the recent Watkins talks by spiritual authors on our youtube channel.
May Amoda Maa 5-5-2016 Thur,6.30pm,'Radical Awakening' Alison Davies 12-5-2016 Thur,6.30pm,'Be Your Own Fairy Tale' Stephen Skinner 19-5-2016 Thurs, 6.30pm 'Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic' Judy Hall 26-5-2016 Thur, 6.30pm,'Crystal Healing Oracle Kit' Mark Matousek 27-5-2016, Fri 6.00pm, 'When Your Falling Dive'
MAY 5, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Amoda Maa – Radical Awakening
How can we transform suffering to true fulfillment? How can we find peace in even the darkest places? Amoda Maa invites you, with grace and clarity, to stop seeking spiritual liberation as a future destination and to say a radical yes to the totality of this moment exactly as it is. By wholeheartedly welcoming every experience of your life as a call home, you discover the shimmering radiance that is present throughout it all. In this talk, Amoda also shares some of her own journey from the darkness of psychological suffering to the unbounded freedom of nondual awakening. Amoda is the author of Radical Awakening.
MAY 12, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Alison Davies – Be Your Own Fairytale
Alison Davies is an author, columnist, freelance writer and professional storyteller. She is the author of Read Me a Story (2011) and her book on modern magic was published in September 2012. She’s a regular columnist for Soul Spirit and Chat-its- Fate magazines, and writes pieces for Natural Health and a range of educational magazines. As a storyteller, she runs sessions on how stories can be used to enhance teaching and learning, and also leads workshops on how to tap into the power of stories for self-development. Be Your Own Fairytale is an inspiring and practical exploration of how we can tap into the deep-rooted and powerful symbolism of fairy tales to bring about positive change in every aspect of our lives.
MAY 19, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Stephen Skinner – Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic
This talk will be about the earliest complete records of real magical techniques in existence – the Graeco-Egyptian papyri from the 1st-5th century. It is from these that the later grimoires and other manuals of practical magic descended. These papyri contain literally hundreds of spells with detailed description of rites recorded by the magicians who actually used them. Do you need a spell to compel a lover to return, to evoke shadowy presences, to bind a spirit, to secure victory in a race or a negotiation, to see a god face to face, to deflect a courtroom judgement, or simply to send friends or enemies specific dreams or your own designing? All of these techniques will be discussed. Dr Stephen Skinner will describe these and more and show how mediaeval sorcerers used similar techniques, later handed on via the Key of Solomon, and similar grimoires, in a diluted form to the adept of the Golden Dawn, or modern practitioners of witchcraft. Many of these spells have lost a lot of details in this long transmission, but the Graeco-Egyptian papyri still retain most of the details, if you know how to read them. These papyri are the actual working manuals not just theories about magic.
MAY 26, Thursday 6.30-7.30pm, Judy Hall – Crystal Healing Oracle Kit
Crystals have been used for divination since ancient times. Their intrinsic energies reveal your true path and link you to that part of yourself that is all-seeing and all-knowing. Created by bestselling crystals expert Judy Hall, The Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle connects you to your higher, intuitive self, and, in the process, give you amazing insights into your past, present, and future. But that is not all. The beauty of these superbly illustrated crystal cards is that not only can you use them for divination, but they can also be laid on the body. You have immediate access to the energy of 50 incredibly powerful healing crystals which Judy will be exploring tonight.
MAY 27, Friday 6.00-7.00pm, Mark Matousek – When Your Falling Dive
Join international bestselling author Mark Matousek for a reading and discussion of his book, When You’re Falling, Dive. Why do some people blossom through adversity while others fall apart? What mysterious power gets us back on our feet after we’ve been knocked down? How can we draw wisdom, passion, and strength, from times of crisis?
In this presentation, Mark draws on decades of life experience as a near-death survivor, as well as meetings with remarkable survivors, to present a series of lessons for mastering the tools of resilience, change, and spiritual awakening in times of challenge. Intimate, supportive, and transformational, this presentation provides a map to personal healing, as well as tools, tricks, and teaching stories to help them through their dark night of the soul. Inspirational and eye-opening, the lessons in When You’re Falling, Dive have helped readers around the world to discover a whole new life after crisis they did not know was possible.