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In 1998 Neale Donald Walsch published The Little Soul and the Sun as a children’s version of his Conversations With God trilogy. Patrick Cheh’s wholly delightful animation takes the book to a new level, making it engaging for children from about 3 to 10, as well as their parents and teachers. The theme of bullying the film deals with is sadly all too prevalent in our society. The intent of this film is to help children (and adults) stop brooding over their victimhood and shift them into an empowered state of the spirit based on an expanded perspective of who they really are - souls having a human experience. The film deals with some pretty heavy philosophical issues with a light touch.
In a bonus talk to the parents, Neale expands on these themes, suggesting that nobody does anything inappropriate given their model of the world. Their perspective creates their perception, which in turn creates belief. Their beliefs create their behavior, which creates their experience, which creates their reality, which comes around and creates the next perspective.
If the film succeeds for even a few viewers in changing their models of the world, the positive cascade effect could be significant. Given the track record of the Conversations with God books, we have every reason to expect this to be the case.
Middle-aged and silver-streaked hippies definitely notice this title and I can state from personal experience that it arouses curiosity. (It's true that the more things change, the more they remain the same.) The cover jacket describes Get High Now as containing “over 175 sensory trips and tricks for visual stimulation, compressing time, lucid dreaming, meditation, and more.” And indeed it does. Some of them are more mundane, such as self-hypnosis and some are quite bizarre, such as sungazing; many are quick and simple and can be done almost anywhere. The author has compiled these methods from many eras and sources around the world, and with a group of volunteers, tested all of those that have no undesired effects, which the majority of these entries are. There are a few methods that the author does not recommend but has included for their intrigue—anthropological oddities, he calls them.
Although it is unlikely that I would sit down and “read” this book, it makes a great travel book, bathroom book, or for reading any time you have a few minutes to spare. It could also be fun to experiment with some of these methods in groups. Get High Now also offers an audio-visual web component if you want to expand your repertoire. I love this book just because it stimulates perception and thought processes—like having a portable jungle gym for your mind on hand. Groovy.
Author Dan Millman and editor Doug Childers have gathered almost 40 true-life stories of dramatic and miraculous events that forever changed the lives of their authors. Many of the better-known author’s stories (such as Carl Jung, Bucky Fuller, Bill Wilson AA Founder) have been published before and are well documented; even so, I found details of these stories within Bridge Between Worlds that I hadn’t been aware of previously. And the lesser-known author’s stories are equally provocative and engaging, such as Valerie Vener, whose worst fear was death by fire and who survived forty-five minutes in a burning inferno with minimal injury. Her transformation occurred within that fire, when she finally surrendered to her own demise and in that very instant felt nothing but awe and wonder for the beauty of the fire. Her trust in the power of surrender and memory of the freedom she experienced in the flames have enduringly shaped her life.
Each story invokes the mysterious and the miraculous—often healing miracles—and one cannot help but be inspired and moved by reading them. The stories offer an expanded vision of reality that opens us to the possibility of something beyond the ordinary. Since I missed the original version of this book published in 1999 as Divine Interventions, I thoroughly savored reading this for the first time. However, some things are worth reading (and publishing) over and again. This book is a keeper.
Last updated: January 08, 2010
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Return to Beauty
I once read that you should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t also put into your mouth. Well, this book is nothing but mouth-watering skin care recipes that are quick and easy (often only two or three ingredients), and many of the ingredients are already in your kitchen. They require a little more effort than store-bought beauty products, however, since they have to be kept refrigerated and made frequently. Personally, I find this a small price to pay for the benefit of natural skin care—chemical-free and nutrient-rich.
And, although I can’t state with scientific certainty that the recipes actually reduce lines or make my skin healthier, I can say that I feel so much better making and using my own beauty potions that my inner radiance comes through and this is what people notice. Yes, I understand that beauty is more than skin deep, but we women know that if we feel good, we look good--and vice versa.
Return to Beauty is nicely presented and easy to use. It includes step-by-step directions for giving yourself a facial, as well as recipes specific to the seasons, skin types, and sun signs; simple solutions for skin, hair, and nail care; pregnancy skin care—there is even a short section on skin care for men. If you’re ready to invest a few extra minutes of your time and energy into feeling and looking good, try some of the recipes and see the results for yourself. You’re worth it.
I have to come clean here. I laughed at the title and premise of this book before, during and after reading it. The idea of a parenting book capitalizing on how people train killer whales at Sea World seemed a bit ridiculous at first to me. Additionally, I think the idea of using behavioral techniques with our "very individual children" seems mechanistic and cold to many modern parents.
That being said, I found this book to be easily read and full of some seemingly basic yet very often forgotten parenting techniques. I noticed that it had me instinctively sifting through situations with my own child, looking for where I might be missing some positive interactions. I also enjoyed the storyline of a new Sea World trainer observing her work lessons and figuring out how to apply them with her toddler. Each chapter ends with a 1-2 page "tips" section reviewing the important lessons from each chapter. The book is written in a way that it is easily understandable and it discusses how to apply the techniques to each unique situation. It was interesting to note that one of the authors wrote "The One Minute Manager," teaching how to use these premises in the workplace.
The subtitle of this book is How to Make Parenting a Positive Experience for You and Your Kids, which fits well and made me think about my initial reaction. Really, if the techniques work, are easy to swallow AND make you giggle a little and approach parenting more light-heartedly, the path toward positive parenting is already jump-started.
Simple Two-Point System for Miraculous Results
For those willing to suspend their disbelief, "The Physics of Miracles" provides astounding accounts of truly miraculous healing experiences. Readers looking for an easy way to start getting amazing results in manifesting what they most desire will be delighted to see Richard Bartlett explain the process in very simple, easy to master steps that have successfully shifted people's realities for the better in many ways. Bartlett explains that when you begin to practice the art of what he calls "two point," described in this book, "Things no longer happen to you. Instead, you begin to take responsibility for your creative use of universal energy."
I've experienced and written about thousands of extraordinary reality shifting experiences in my life, including instantaneous healing, stopping time, materialization out of "thin air" of food and money and other physical objects, retrocausality (changing the past) and invisibility, among other things. I have a degree in physics from UC Berkeley, and especially love books containing scientific discussions of extraordinary human experiences, so to say that "The Physics of Miracles" is right up my alley is an understatement. I can immediately see the value of Bartlett's exercises, and the way he summarizes his Matrix Energetics in one sentence as, "Transformation occurs when you let go of the need for anything to happen."
The good news for most readers is that it's not necessary to have either a degree in physics nor amazing spiritual experiences to enjoy "The Physics of Miracles." There's no need to be a graduate of one of Richard Bartlett's seminars, nor belong to a particular religion or spiritual group. This chiropractor turned author and energy healer has taught thousands of people to utilize his Matrix Energetics techniques, and his book describes some of the truly miraculous results he and his practitioners have achieved, along with a bit of an explanation of what one needs to do in order to become proficient in this kind of subtle energy work.
Bartlett's gift for describing his discovery of high sense perception that allowed him to see inside patients as if he had Superman's powers of X-ray vision makes this book a fun and fast read. I love the way Bartlett helps readers realize a sense of his initial excitement with discovering amazing, miraculous changes. Bartlett's enthusiasm is infectious, and his assertion that anyone can quickly learn and master working with powerful subtle energies is thrilling.
Bartlett sets an excellent example of a man who walks the mystical path with practical feet. Equal parts Visionary, Teacher, Healer and Warrior, Bartlett sets an excellent example of becoming comfortable with being empowered and present, paying attention to what has heart and meaning, without judging.
This is the first time I have ever read an author's biography before reading any of their work. Paulo Coelho has written The Alchemist, The Pigrimage, Warrior of Light and more than 10 other titles over the last years. This Brazilian author is touted at one of the world's most popular authors, having sold 100 million book copies. One of his main life goals was to achieve fame and, indeed, he appears to have done that.
This is an authorized biography which initally made me suspicious; I know how I unwittingly narrate my own life story; I wondered how someone very conscious of their audience might slant their actions for print. There are, however, some stark details revealed of Paulo's life that made me believe this was not a complete whitewash.
While I was struck by his tenacity and willingness to notice and follow spiritual signs, I was most moved by a few words at the tail end of this 400 plus page story. In it is a letter Paolo wrote on his 60th birthday for his biographer, describing that his hope from the book was to discover himself through different eyes, to see some other aspect of himself. This made me rethink some of my cynicism, for really, as the Runes say, "In the life of the Spirit you are always at the beginning." Paolo, in that letter, convinced me that he did not take his own press too seriously, and did continue to work at being a "Warrior of Light," described as "someone who is always trying to actively realize his dream, regardless of obstacles." The fact that he puts many of his books online to share and has donated many proceeeds to a foundation to help poor children realize their dreams convinved me further.
Reading this book prior to reading his works freed me somehow: instead of trying to figure out how some of his book ideas emerged, I was simply struck by the tenacity of the human spirit, our resilience, and how the Spirit, however we call it, arranges for us to be in exactly the right space at the right time if we let ourselves hear the call.
Last updated: April 24, 2010
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If you want to experience more joy and find greater meaning in your life in a way that is fun and easy to do, this is the book for you. Best-selling author Dr. Bernie Siegel’s eighth book is exactly what it says it is: a collection of exercises that will help you to live more fully in the moment. It is designed as an upbeat program with Siegel as your personal coach to help you to develop a greater sense of wellbeing.
Siegel is a long-standing proponent of alternative healing. He explains that we may understand the rationale for exercising our bodies but do not pay sufficient attention to exercising our souls. By exercising all aspects of our being, we can “enhance our ability to live and love with enthusiasm and vigor, and increase our ability to overcome any difficulties or obstacles we encounter along the way.”
101 Exercises for the Soul is a short book comprising of twenty chapters, each with its own specific theme and a coaching tip. The exercises offered are deceptively simple: for example Number 43, “Your Theme Song—Music for Inspiration.” In this exercise you are asked to pick a song in which the beat and the words inspire your life. Make this your theme song and every time you hear it, it will uplift you.
101 Exercises is lighthearted and yet there is power in the simplicity and valuable nuggets of common sense wisdom for daily use. This format may not appeal to those who require deeper explanations and a more rigorous discipline for their soul’s growth. However, the wisdom and spiritual insight revealed in this book, together with Siegel’s guidance and encouragement, may help others to develop a lightness of being and bring more fulfillment to their lives.
Fascinating Life Stories of Seven Intuitive Guides
Author Sherry Ward delves into off-the-beaten-path lives of seven psychics, visionaries and intuitives in "Seekers of the Soul." Ward's initial interest in these individuals developed when several of them provided her with intuitive guidance and information at a time when doctors found a mass in her kidney that they could not clearly identify. Ward was impressed with the intuitives who independently came to a consensus view that the mass in her kidney was not malignant, giving her confidence to wait a year before taking another medical exam which came back as 'not cancer.' Thanks to having received helpful and accurate information from these intuitives and psychics at such a pivotal time, Ward felt inspired to learn more about how these people knew what they knew and developed their exceptional abilities. Individuals profiled include: Serafina Andrews, David Cumes, Barbara Friedkin, Jenny Ellen Galloway, Judith MacKenzie-Castell, Catherine Rosek, and Mary Roach.
I love the way "Seekers of the Soul" shows how seven people have taken seven amazingly different paths. David Cumes learned to throw bones from the shamans of his native South Africa, and has learned first-hand the importance of maintaining commitment to service above desire for power. David's story is especially interesting because in addition to his shamanic skills, he is also a medical doctor and surgeon who once taught at Stanford University's medical school.
Some fascinating common threads emerge in these biographical accounts, such as the way each of these individuals felt compelled at some point to provide intuitive information in service to others, no matter how hard the challenges were along the way. Each of these people knew on a very deep level that they were being called to their life's work, and each knew their life would only feel fulfilling in the service to others with their intuitive ways of sensing and knowing.
Readers interested in developing intuitive abilities will feel inspired to see a wide variety of useful ideas, techniques, and methods. While "Seekers of the Soul" is not a tutorial in learning how to throw bones, channel spirits, meditate or transcribe what is heard clairaudiently, it is definitely a book that will delight and enthrall.
This book is perfect for lightworkers curious about how different intuitives and shamans felt their calling, followed their path, and see the most important challenges and opportunities present in their work. This book is marvelous for anyone interested in reading about what kinds of intuitive insights are possible in a variety of ways. Highly recommended.
Transformative New Thoughts--T.N.T-- also stand for “dynamite.” And that’s what this book is: a small package that is packed with a joyful, fun-loving power. Author Jeoffrey Hutcherson has taken some basic words used in the English language, such as release, or idea, and tossed them into a kaleidoscope of spiritual/transformative meaning. When we look at these common words through this new lens, we see that they can also form uplifting messages and emotions. Contemplative questions and suggestions for meditation follows each reconfigured word, with blank space for notes.
The ideas and play on words are intriguing, but for me it is Jeoffrey’s unwavering enthusiasm and love of life that shines through and showers the reader with delight, as he invites the greatness and perfection within each of us to come forward.
This is one of those "on the path" books, fictionalizing actual events. It also deals with the very real question of what we do with painful memories." So often, we work at ignoring the griefs, box it away in a musty emotional closet and sometimes it only pops out in nightmares or secret bleeding inside our hearts. This book The Wolf At Twilight shows that no matter our age or how long ago the events happened, it is possible to find some kind of settling peace if we are open to it.
In this book, we meet Kent Nerburn who returns to work with Dan, a Lakota elder. (I am generally leery of books in which Caucasians meet and "learn the secret ways" of Native Americans; all the information I could find on the web touted Kent as one of the most respectful liaisons between the two cultures.) An elder known only as Dan, 90 and in ill health, requests his help discovering what happened to his younger sister 80 years previous when she was sent to a government run Indian boarding school and never returned.
This book is not for the faint of heart; there are some graphic descriptions of abuse and torture suffered by the children sent to these institutions who had their culture, dignity and their very physical skin torn from them. There are no easy answers to this high degree of suffering and pain. In fact, I gained respect from one section in which Mr. Nehrburn shares an uncomfortable conversation about why Americans might immediately react to cultural stereotypes of some kinds and yet still allow or excuse the crude depiction of Native people as in the Washington Redskins team. I enjoyed the style in which this book is written, as well as the fact that it seemed very down to earth. Kent didn't find instant enlightenment, and often was confused about what he should do next.
This book played into a theme I notice more and more lately: the possibility that ""no matter what, we can be ok" in a certain sense. It isn't that this elder finds his sister and they live happily ever after. It isn't that there is a governmental apology or retribution. It's that...2 promises made in good faith are fulfilled, there is a sense of community, and there is ceremony and an emotional closure around personal grief and loss. I would recommend this book and am going to look for some of his previous books in the series.
Assessing Your Progress on Your Path to Enlightenment
The central idea of "Eyes Wide Open" is that spiritual growth and progress can occur in many different ways, including the occasional roadblock, detour, and rough spots along the journey. Psychologist and anthropologist Mariana Caplan shares insights culled from her spiritual experiences and expertise as to how spiritual seekers can become more discriminating about the paths they choose, and better measure the progress they make on the way.
Caplan dances along the edge of enticing us to admit that "everyone is on a spiritual path" whether we acknowledge it or not, and then enthusiastically encouraging us to consider what kind of guidance works best for each of us. I am delighted to see Caplan suggest that we can progress just fine without a physical teacher to work with, and I appreciate her observation that it is better to avoid spiritual teachers who are not spiritually and/or psychologically balanced, healthy and whole. In her identification of "ten spiritually transmitted diseases," Caplan helps all of us better appreciate the highest levels of quality on our spiritual path, rather than succumbing to things such as: quick-fix spirituality, faux spirituality, mass production of spiritual teachers, identifying with spiritual experiences, spiritualized ego, spiritual pride and the "chosen people" complex.
I especially love the gentle way Caplan encourages readers to trust their own intuition when selecting paths and teachers to work with. Caplan also excels at identifying some of the crises which often lead us to realize a need for greater spirituality in our lives, such as health crises, divorce, death, or addiction. Because so many people are initiated into spiritual experiences at times of unexpected crisis, it's important to be prepared at such times to make good choices concerning what kind of spiritual path will be adopted. Caplan understands that people are at their most vulnerable at the very moment when it matters most what sort of spiritual guidance they will be working with, and provides guidance to help readers find the strength, courage, and spiritual support in ways that also help them transform and grow.
Learning to be increasingly mindful and aware in the present moment, Caplan suggests we can ask ourselves questions that help us better find our way such as, "Does this person / situation / experience give me energy, or take it away?" Caplan asks readers to become attentive to our individual preferences, so we can then choose a practice suited to who we are -- such as acceptance of all that occurs, or working with breathing to clear blockages, or transforming fear and anger into love and peace.
While "Eyes Wide Open" is not itself a spiritual guidebook per se, it is a powerful tool for those seeking assistance in finding how to discover their best possible spiritual path. "Eyes Wide Open" is marvelous for intermediate to advanced spiritual seekers who are open to considering psychological views of spirituality. Some of the most advanced experienced spiritual seekers who are already well aware of such things as the many levels of samadhi might appreciate this author's masterful joining of psychology with spirituality in ways that help people better communicate some otherwise ineffable insights. Thought-provoking and highly recommended!
Live a Blessed Life
"The Gentle Art of Blessing" is an exceptionally uplifting and inspirational book, written by a man who shares his personal discovery of the power of blessing everyone... friends, family, strangers and enemies alike. Author Pierre Pradervand asserts that the most important component of blessing is sincerely wishing well for others, from one's heart... which means that blessings can take many forms, including: hugs, tone of voice, a kind word, a friendly glance. The concept here is simple; by constantly living in a blessed state of mind, you will be truly blessed.
Blessing is not so much an action as it is a way to hold oneself in relation to All That Is, and thanks to the particularly transcendent nature of maintaining such a blessed state of consciousness, it is possible to attain great happiness and an ability to rise above problems and conflict. Pradervand encourages us to not just take his word for it, but to go ahead and bless everyone and everything around us, as he assures us that blessings unleash amazing benefits throughout our entire lives.
But what about those times when things go wrong, or someone treats us unfairly or cruelly? Blessing need not be something we do only at times when we are already feeling happy and at peace in the world. On one pivotal occasion, Pradervand describes being treated unfairly by his employers... and rather than taking a stance of opposition or victimhood, he chose the path of blessing those who had malicious intent toward his continued employment. Pradervand describes another especially shocking incident in his life when he was punched in the face unexpectedly by a stranger, and his immediate response of going into a blessing state of mind served to help him heal remarkably fast to the point that a few hours later his wife did not notice anything amiss with his appearance.
From a strictly logical point of view, it is obvious that someone focused on sending love and good wishes to everyone around them will be transformed by this experience to the point that others will find them much more enjoyable to be around. This means that while there may be no immediate reward in wishing others well from those who are behaving antagonistically, there will be rewards pouring in from many other directions.
I particularly love the way "The Gentle of Art of Blessing" describes the way we can change the past by transforming our consciousness about the past. The key to success here is that we can recognize when we are the ones carrying a grudge or judgement around... and that we can make a choice to move into a state of blessing in relation to others, rather than holding onto judgement.
I highly recommend "The Gentle Art of Blessing" to everyone with an open mind who is ready to experience how it feels to live with a heart fully open to love. This book can change your life!
Overcomer's Inc. is a first-person story collection somewhat akin to the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. It is comprised of 3-5 page stories by writers of differing faiths describing moments of great despair and how they moved on. Some people read these books from cover to cover. I find it more helpful to read a bit at a time so as not to water down what each person was trying to share.
Each story is followed by a website connected to the story's author; I didn't check out whether you had to pay to sign up for the information. My cynical mind did flick to wondering if these stories were advertisements for the newsletters; however, I also know that people excited about their learnings want to share them inevitably with others and to potentially make a living doing what they love. Perhaps it comes down to this: you could read this book full of hopeful stories and be inspired or still feel cynical and grouchy. Each day, and actually each moment, we have the choice to make for ourselves, no matter what our lives hold.
Animal Rights Activist Questions Why People Don't Eat All Animals
"Why We Love Dogs" raises good questions about why some animals are routinely slaughtered for human consumption in various forms, while other animals are cherished or revered. Professor and animal rights activist Melanie Joy invites us to imagine having eaten a tasty meal that we later find was made from the meat of dog... to build upon our reaction of disgust and explore why the very idea of eating some animals is so repulsive, while we consider others a natural part of our everyday diet. "Carnism" is a term Joy introduces to describe a violent ideology, which is adopted mindlessly by people who do not realize the wide sweeping environmental, social and ethical consequences of their food choices.
While there are some advantages to rallying interest in more ethical treatment of all animals, Joy's polarism of the world into presumably non-violent vegetarians and the violent carnists may be felt by many to be needlessly judgmental and guilt inducing. Little empathy is granted those who require a diet of some meat in order to live, by doctor's orders. My own attempt many years ago to become vegetarian failed even as I took vitamins and received assistance from doctors and vegetarian dietary experts to modify my diet -- I became too anemic to think clearly or function well. Many beloved pet dogs and cats require diets of meat in order to thrive, and this book's implication that everyone can switch to vegetarianism is not supported by all medical experts. Readers are well advised to get the advice of their physician or medical advisor before making radical changes to diet.
Joy makes ethical, logical, and emotional arguments to inspire people to question their food choices. While such a slanted perspective may be felt necessary in order to capture the attention of those who for so long have ignored food bias, this approach led me to wonder about areas not covered by Joy's all-out attack on "mindless carnism." While I greatly appreciate her dedication to exploring hard-wired aversions people have to eating animals we associate as being part of our tribe, such as our most cherished pet dogs and cats, I found myself more than vaguely disquieted by the complete lack of mindfulness regarding the consciousness of wild and domesticated plants and vegetation. Most people are not as aware of the sentient nature of plants that I've seen demonstrated first-hand in numerous experiments, nor have they watched and heard potted plants learning to play exquisitely beautiful music of their own creation as I have. I don't expect animal rights activists to be familiar with plant consciousness research as described in the books "Primary Perception" and "The Secret Life of Plants." Not everyone has heard of plants becoming measurably agitated when a "plant murderer" entered the room, nor fainting when someone takes a first bite of a juicy lettuce sandwich. I hope animal rights activists can overcome animal-centrism enough to consider the possibility that plants have consciousness, too.
I'd love to see a more balanced, open-minded and embracing exploration of how humans make food choices in ways that respect our sources of food, and to the degree that "Why We Love Dogs..." opens this discussion, I find it valuable. While I note that this book suffers from the very sort of hypocrisy it seems to so despise, I hope readers can see beyond its animal-centric view.
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