Qabala is becoming practical for me because I have taken to sleeping with Hebrew letters. Often as I go to sleep, I will focus on either Qoph, Shin or Tau, the letters of the three lowest paths on the Tree of Life. Qoph deals with the moon, the unconscious and to some extent intuition. Shin is the creative force of fire when it flows downward but more destructive when you try to move up the path. Tau is the balanced force of manifestation and somewhat associated with Saturn.
I cannot do this to great effect every time but often enough there is some intangible feel that tells me I got it right. A sampling of results follow.
Qoph -- the next day at work I knew that my coworker was having a self-esteem crisis. I toned down the banter that day and took the pressure off. Later that day, he said something that I overheard that confirmed what I felt. Practical Result: I did not accidentally negatively impact someone's tough day.
Shin -- the next day I meditated and realized that my past social problems have been with passive-aggressive people, their common tip-offs to their behavior and the like. From that, I am creating a life that moves past people like this and pay attention to opposite behaviors. Practical Result: This allows me to create my life with intention.
Tau - I dreamed of someone and was taught by the emotion of the dream. The odd part was that the setting of the dream and the demeanor of the other person were not congruent with the emotion of that other person as I felt it. That feeling resulted in a greater understanding of the others capabilities in this life. Practical Result: Some perceptual ideas grounded into practical useable knowledge.
Obviously, all of these lessons can be put to use for practical magick. I will let you know, if I get around to it.
Speaking of practical, I recieved this last week from the PTSD person I am working with.