“I am in a place in my life where I feel that I am ready to delve into the ocean of spirituality. I’ve read a lot about it all over the past couple of years, but I don’t feel like I REALLY know anything yet. Everything seems so cluttered and poorly explained. The YouTube videos look very attractive, but that’s where it ends. I want to seriously learn about meditation, chakras, consciousness, astral projection, manifestation, hypnotism, etc. Is there any reading material that you could recommend on these and related topics? I’d like to read both books and articles on the web. Please keep in mind that I am a beginner and merely 19 years old.”
A lot of texts about religion and spirituality is somewhat cluttered and poorly explained, because most of those texts (especially books or articles) are opinion based and written in how the author sees, feels, and believes about the topic they’re writing. So not everything, or all the information, is always there. Especially specific information a reader might be looking for. It’s worse when you read so many different opinions and arguments that you can’t even create your own opinion about it because of all the “randomness” that you’d read.
Meditation is one of the easier lessons to learn. Well, it’s easy to learn the forms and ways to practice – it’s the actual doing it part that’s tricky (for some). Have you read my post about guided meditation, chakras, hypnosis, and astral projection? It could be helpful to you. Meditation and chakras (chakra cleansing) are very doable and information is ample on the web. Hypnotism, astral projection, etc. are not so doable. Because hypnosis, astral projection, consciousness and manifestation (depending on what you mean) are very specific techniques that have to do with more than just relaxing your mind and body. Some might argue that they’re not even real things to be able to do (i.e. astral projection isn’t real, or hypnosis is faked).
The books listed on my Wicca 101 books page are all excellent books that I highly recommend reading. They all include information about concentration, energy, meditation, chakras, auras, etc. Those books would be a great start to begin your reading and research. Some of the better books that aren’t necessarily Craft-related like meditation or chakras aren’t even in the “metaphysical” section. Usually they’re close by, but sometimes it’s in its own section or spot, so don’t think you have to only look in the metaphysical section to find books that might interest you.