• High Magick

  • A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row
  • By: Damien Echols
  • Narrated by: Damien Echols
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (535 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Damien Echols presents an unabridged audiobook of the spiritual practices that helped him survive and transcend his ordeal on death row. 

At age 18, Damien Echols was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. “I spent my years in prison training to be a true magician,” he recalls. “I used magick - the practice of reshaping reality through our intention and will - to stave off incredible pain, despair, and isolation. But the most amazing feat of all that practice and study was to manifest my freedom.” With High Magick, this best-selling author shares his first audiobook on these powerful spiritual techniques.  

Though modern culture has consigned “magic” to fiction, stage illusions, or superstitions about witchcraft, the magick Damien learned is an ancient Western tradition equal to the Eastern practices of Buddhism, Taoism, and yoga in its wisdom and transformative power. Here he brings you an engaging and highly accessible guide on how to bring magick into your own life, including:  

  • What is High Magick? Damien clears away the stigma and reveals the history and core teachings of this extraordinary art
  • The Four-Fold Breath - a foundational meditation practice to train your mind and body to channel subtle energies
  • The Middle Pillar - how to bring divine energy into the central channel of your body for empowerment and healing
  • The Qabalistic Cross - a centering technique to help you stay balanced and protected regardless of circumstances
  • The Lesser Rituals of the Pentagram - powerful ceremonies for banishing negative energies and invoking energy to manifest your goals
  • Working with angelic beings and thoughtforms
  • Guidance for overcoming your doubts, enhancing your visualization skills, creating talismans, practicing magick ethically, and much more

“Magick is a journey,” writes Damien. “It’s a continuously unfolding path that has no end. You can study and practice magick for the rest of your life and you will still never learn everything that it has to teach you.” If you’re ready to discover your untapped potential for co-creating your reality with the energy of the divine, then join this extraordinary teacher to begin your training in High Magick.

Read by the author. Foreword by Eddie Vedder.

©2018 Damien Echols (P)2018 Sounds True

Editorial Review

I'm also a big fan of finding whatever works for you, be it running, journaling, or magick, which is what former Death Row inmate Damien Echols attributes his survival to. If the words West Memphis Three ring a bell to you, you'll know that Echols was one of the three teenagers who were wrongfully accused of a triple murder in Arkansas in 1993. Having served 18 years of a death sentence for a crime he didn't commit, Echols attributes his freedom to this Eastern tradition of shaping reality through our intention and will. Sounds a lot like the mindfulness trend—and something that will be a go-to conversation topic at my Thanksgiving table this year. —Courtney R., Audible Editor

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EXCELLENT Book on High Magick

Like the author, I am self (and spirit) taught. People have asked me over and over for instructions on how to get started with the magical approach that I've used all my life, but writing about it was just not where I was at. Now, I have a book that I can refer folks to. I love the audible version the best because then I can focus all my brain power on paying attention to the concepts. I love his voice. And I love the way he, like I, tells folks that there isn't anything hard about it. This book makes it possible for folks to learn by doing and see for themselves how following the magical approach to life is rewarding and fun. More and more, you will connect with what I call "the Universe" or "the energies." Get this.

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Excellent but somewhat duplicated

Excellent source. There's significant overlap with Echols' other Audible title. I happily bought both, but if you only want one, buy this one.

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What better than to hear the voice of the offer read his own book!

This is a fantastic book with many great spiritual practices that anyone can use. He breaks things down so well and his knowledge is vast! Love hearing his voice on his books!

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  • 01-14-19

This Book Can Transform Your Life

The story in this book is very inspiring, and the exercises themselves can change your life. It is presented in a way that is easy to understand. There is so much helpful information in this book. I've been practicing yoga and meditation for many years, and this is one of the best books on energy work that I've ever read. I highly recommend the companion audiobook:
"A Course in High Magick"

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Excellent!

This book actually exceeded my expectations. I wish I had stumbled upon it a few years ago. I think this is a wonderful starting place for those wanting to learn Magick of any sort, but especially for High Magick, obviously. Mr. Echols also has a very inspiring story of Perseverance and Hope. Well done, Damien Echols; Thank You.

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incredible!

Loved this author and his extremely helpful guide to Magickal practices. A great stepping stone for anyone interested in the art.

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Straight to the point! Well done!

I want to revisit basics and I wanted an audiobook for multitasking. I’m so glad I chose this first! I would pick up so many Wiccan books at stores or books that just listed spells. Damien even mentions many books are full of recipes. Yes! So I’m happy Damien covers a lot in his book straight to the point and explains magick isn’t about the cute fancy tools. I think even if you’re more experienced it’s a great read/listen. You can tell Damien genuinely wants to help empower others and teach after that horrific ordeal. I admire that Damien stayed so strong while serving life in prison (modern day witch trial tbh) and it’s another reason why I loved the book ‘cause magick definitely helps you survive. Even if you don’t believe in it, it’s psychological. It’s the same exact thing as deep meditation, anger management, positive thinking, and staying psychologically strong which is WHAT Damien tries to pass along in his book.

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So much greatness. I'm incredibly grateful for it

Just a few days ago I was speaking with my son about my spiritual journey. I told him that I was yearning for enlightened people to be connected to. People who could help me progress on my journey. There is so much to God, so much to this universe and so much that my soul is radiating at me and my desire is to learn more than I know. I want to communicate with people who can affirm what I hear my soul saying.

My son's response hit my heart. He said that God has sent me people to connect to. The authors of the books I've been reading (listening to). He then told me that the only voice I need to listen to is the one inside of me because that is God and that's all I need.

He then told me about this book. He said he hadn't read it yet but wanted to. I went and downloaded it and listened to it. During the book I went into a few phases of aw. It's like my nerves were vibrating. God letting me know that this is a guide that I've been seeking.

This book, the author's experience and his delivery are all incredible. I'm thankful he learned and practiced all he did and wrote this guide for people like me. I can't really put into words what a gift this is for me, but it is. I am starting it over today so I can really study it.

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the Realest Magick book I've read

Of all the books about Magick that I've ever read or listened to, this has got to be the realest, the most down to earth one. Damien briefly tells his story, itself a harrowing tale of judicial treachery and abusive authoritarianism, then buckles down to teach the fundamentals of Magick. Highly recommend to anyone interested in the Western Esoteric Traditions. Absolute n00bs and veteran practitioners will all find delight and value from this book.

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This literally has changed my life

everything is so well laid out and easy to understand! His voice is so soothing and I can feel my magick growing everyday following his guidance.

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  • 08-11-20

A compelling introduction to Magick

Reviewing a book like this can be difficult. The main questions on everyone's lips are 'Is magick 'real' or just deluded silliness?' and 'Does this stuff actually work?' This review is being written after some practice in the methods presented, and a good listen through in its entirety, but the answer to those questions would take the reader time to answer. Why I've given it five stars is because if you want an understanding of traditional Magick, the performing of rituals to invoke unseen entities and energies to affect your life, this is perfect.

if you've read this far, you have sufficient interest for this to be worth your time.

'High Magick' provides a simple biography of the author and his astonishing 18 years on Death Row and subsequent release. during that time Damien Echols used magickal practices to occupy his time, maintain his sanity and stave of the fear, anxiety and physical pain that accompanied him at that time.

The principles of what Magick is (and is not), and several basic rituals are detailed. The idea that magic is unnatural, satanic or 'evil' is succinctly dispelled and it becomes clear that while many may dismiss the practice as childish or silly, everybody inhabits it regularly. Prayer to a Deity, superstitions, the modern 'Law of Attraction' system, guided meditation, screaming at the TV show your team succeed as you wear your 'lucky socks'...it's all loosely or in some cases, quite precisely, us wanting 'magick' to happen, and we implore it to do so very regularly. This book provides some of the theory and mechanisms to do so with a more focussed intent and understanding of what it is you're doing and what you're trying to tap into.

Echoks narration is clear and enthusiastic. The rituals are laid out in a step-by-step manner, and the notion of developing your own practices and finding your own path with what you learn...once you have the basics down to a tee, is liberating. Some history of magic is included, though an expansive teaching of that legacy and advanced knowledge and rituals is beyond the scope of this book.

As a caveat, I strongly suggest people understand the circumstances of Echols' incarceration and release, and can be one hundred percent comfortable with those details before following his teachings.

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  • 08-30-20

Excellent practical foundation for the general person or the neophyte

Love Echols’ warm southern drawl, he makes everything clear and concise. Nothing is superfluous yet everything is explained. Just what you need to springboard off further into more advanced stuff - or you could stick with these rituals alone and you’d be a happy ceremonial magician.
Very glad I bought it - easy to listen to.
Two thumbs up all round! What a dude :)

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  • E. B. Terry
  • 05-01-19

Fascinating

The author explains beautifully . A wonderful voice. He is intelligent and clear. Love his non preaching approach of simply sharing what has worked for him , which is huge in his case , a life of indescribable suffering and injustice to surviving. A beautiful human being.

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  • 06-13-21

Loved this book. Very practical information.

This book gives practical information on magick and using energy in everyday life. I found a lot of the practices valuable as I work as Reiki practitioner also with Tarot. Using these methods help me get more from the energy practices I already use and incorporate new techniques.

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  • Stephen Wilshaw
  • 11-09-20

Truly fascinating insight into the world of magick

The author provides fantastic narration throughout, bring rich texture and insight into the world of magick. Highly recommended.

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  • Simen Schjetne
  • 09-12-20

excellent book on magick. Nice excercises

cool guy.

måles you understand more about magick


not to much about him. thats another book. worth reading

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  • James Strachan
  • 04-19-19

Excellent Book

Pleasure to listen to, concise information without all the new age mumbo jumbo or difficult, verbose scripts of certain orders.
Will definitely return to this audio many times over as it is a valuable goldmine of occult knowledge that is easy to access and absorb.

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  • 07-04-22

Brilliant book narrated impeccably by the author.

Brilliant book narrated impeccably by the author. I've recommended it to several friends and will continue to do so

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  • 06-05-22

wonderfully explained giide.

a beautifully read wonderful guide , exactly what I was looking for.
God bless you you nan and thank you for sharing your knowledge

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  • BMX
  • 09-13-21

Loved it...

Great and easy to understand. I love this book and the way Damien Echols writes...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-22

Amazing Book!

I love how Daneil has broken down an incredibly complex subject and simplified the matter. I look forward to employing the rituals he has provided.

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  • Joseph Robson
  • 02-17-21

An Excellent Place to Start

Everything about this audiobook is outstanding. Not only does tye so approachable , but the practices outlined ensure it’s content is relatable. This offering from a humble and energetic man who walks with gratitude, if you so choose, to begin walking the path of ‘High Magick.’

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-20

missing....something

didnt quite peak my interest enough to focus. Maybe missing a little more on the uses and reasons for the rituals? maybe better read in actual book form?