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This is a very positive and uplifting view of our future as humans and the part that we can share in our own growth as a species. Yes it may be information that has not yet been caught up with by science but every day the two come closer. Even now the search for the 'God particle' goes on at the CERN facility in Switzerland. Lee Carroll and Kryon make it clear that the 'God particle' exists in our own DNA and our own ability to 'code' the part of our DNA that is pure potential, a potential we can change and shape within ourselves. Quantum physics and spirituality are the same story, told from two perspectives but the story IS the same. The Kryon information that Lee Carroll brings forward can help us all remember our innate power and ability to manifest a future that includes health and higher dimensional heart-based living. It is clear, easy to understand and a beautiful message of hope.
E. Anderson, Amazon Reviewer
This is another in a series of books by the same author that all point to new directions of being and thinking in our world.
Howard Jones moves easily between science, religion, philosophy, ecology, psychology and many other discreet ways of knowing and brings them together to build new visions. The World as Spirit is a deep well of background information, each item used to build on the last one to lead readers to better understanding of the synthesis they make. The sense of building a pyramid comes to mind, with each brick resting on another, but the end is not a final and static brick. On the contrary, Jones shows that we do not stand alone on the top of something solid, but are linked together in a unity with all things; that we are not solitary beings but totally interconnected in the all-encompassing spirit. With the hundreds of sources given, it is possible to see that neither science nor idealism are complete systems in themselves, but each takes us further into new realms of holism.
The book is characteristic of Jones' wide spirit, always looking for ways if integrating one view into a bigger one, and seeing how one aspect affects another. The words synthesis, holism, unifying, and spiritual are not on every page, but every page speaks of them and leads one to understand better what they represent. In each of his books one encounters the accumulated wisdom and insights of a person with wide views, and one feels to be holding a 'summa' in one's hand, and then another book is published and the mind is further expanded and the body becomes more integrated in a vision that is not `out there' but right here.
This is a book for any reader, young and old, learned and unlearned, familiar with any of the topics addressed, and not; it is written in a very accessible style, without jargon or necessary pre-understanding. Each reader can find new connections and insights, a bigger view than so far reached, and encouragement to continue in the path of ever greater or deeper thinking, feeling and acting for the greater good of all creation.
Verena Tschudin, Amazon UK
T.D. Jakes does it again! His new book, Let It Go, hits a home run! Poignantly drawing from the concept of forgiveness as a "big idea," T.D. Jakes explores how unforgiveness is a learned behavior that can become a cancer of the soul that metastasizes if gone unchecked. He encourages each of us to perform an "emotional self-examination" to prevent unresolved issues from multiplying. In his own words, "reading this book may be the most important step you can take right now toward personal healing and professional advancement." Refuse to let unforgiveness (big or small) stand in between you and your future happiness and success. Buy this book. Read this book. Share this book. It will change your life...forever.
Dr. Evans, Amazon Reviewer
A little book packed with powerful tools for transformation that work! You are invited to focus on questions like, "How does it get any better than this?" and "What will it take?" The authors provide a variety of useful tools to reframe your relationship with money and they are applicable to every area of your life that is lacking positive flow. You need to shift your thinking to be willing to receive everything that shows up in your life, the good and not so good, without judgment, and learn how to relate to it with ease and joy. The book inspires your to release your most creative and flamboyant self and have fun with your life.
It starts with taking responsibility for everything showing up in your life, and being OK with it all. You'll soon find that your money concerns fade away and things start to flow into your life from an abundant universe.
Last weekend I was given an unexpected opportunity to see the film The Lady that was showing at the new Mary D. Fisher Theater in Sedona, AZ. It is a magnificent film that came out late last year about one amazing woman, Aung San Suu Kyi, known as the "peaceful freedom fighter" - and her man, the academic writer Michael Aris - who have been holding space for democracy in Burma, despite all odds. It is a French-English co-production, directed by Luc Besson, "a man who carries utter respect for women." The same person says that "I genuinely think the purpose of this film isn’t about vanity but to show to everyone out [in the world] what happened in Burma and the courageous work and choices Aung San Suu Kyi has achieved for her country."
I have just discovered that you can view this moving, powerful film showing the ongoing battle between light and dark taking place in Burma online; here is the link where you can do that. Michelle Yeoh, the well known and brilliant, beautiful Malaysian actress (Memoirs of a Geisha and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and David Thewlis (Harry Potter film series and Kingdom of Heaven), who portrays Suu Kyi's steadfast life partner Michael Aris, do a magnificent job of portraying this love story fraught with drama and violence.
One of the most moving parts of the film is when Michael is dying of cancer. He's only a 53-year-old man, has been separated from his wife for years now, and between the two of them they have two grown teenage boys by then. Suu Kyi is given the choice to go back to see her husband - who's now on hospice - and not be allowed to re-enter Burma, or to remain in Burma while her husband is dying in the U.K. She makes a very difficult choice and decides to stay in Burma with her people. It is clear in the film that the two of them, as a couple have been very dedicated to the democratic movement in Burma, so we assume that Suu Kyi, despite her deep grief and pain, must have on some level known that Michael would understand, and perhaps even appreciate her decision to stay with her family and supporters in Burma.
Anyone interested in justice, peace, non-violence, and freedom will appreciate this film. I highly recommend that you see it. I believe that it did not get the justice it deserves in the regular theaters and film circles, as I had not even heard of it until now.
Aung San Suu Kyi's haunting words that we are left with at the close of the film are: "Use your liberty to promote ours."
Review by Maria Hoaglund, author of The Last Adventure of Life, and The Most Important Day of Your Life
Her review can be seen at: http://www.examiner.com/review/new-film-the-lady-about-aung-san-suu-kyi-of-burma-is-a-powerful-testament
While many of us are used to the idea of taking time, or making time in our lives, Marney Makridakis is encouraging us to step up and CREATE time using the amazing set of tools in her new book: Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life.
This book is a fabulous resource full of creative tools for re-examining our relationship with time. It is also a scrumptious visual feast of artwork resulting from people using those tools. This book is truly a collaborative effort, with over 80 contributors who have shared both their artwork and their stories to illustrate, in all senses of the word, Marney's explorations into the multi-faceted nature of time.
Marney, with her typical magic, has turned managing time into imagining time! Reading this book will inspire you, using the tools this book offers will change your relationship with time forever.
Paula J. Swenson, Amazon Reviewer
The Mystery Experience is Tim Freke's piece de resistance -- and it should be recognized as such. Having labored under the radar for years, with many excellent books behind him, he now synthesizes all his work. He addresses the most pressing spiritual questions of today, while avoiding common pitfalls. For example, he steers clear of the wishy-washy platitudes of New Agers, the false objectivity of hard science folks, and even the inhuman detachment that Tolle's followers sometimes project.
While staying within the general range of spiritual subjects that mind-body-spirit authors generally concern themselves with, Freke weaves in a great deal of scientific insights. This should provide a bridge for MBS readers for understanding some of the scientific implications of their beliefs. It may also provide a doorway for more scientifically-minded people into the MBS realm.
All in all, this is a powerful and important book. It deserves equal attention as has been given Tolle's The Power of Now and similar books. Highly recommended.
Jess Alexander, Amazon Reviewer
Recognizing the inability of any single religion or religious tradition to speak to or for all people in the current age of globalization, religious pluralism, and multiculturalism, the Dalai Lama proposes a secular basis for universal ethics. This new perspective is built upon two pillars: (1) "recognition of our shared humanity and our shared aspiration to happiness and the avoidance of suffering" and (2) "the understanding of interdependence as a key feature of human reality" (p. 19). With considerable attention to advances in the scientific understanding of what it means to be human and the social nature of humanity, he constructs a new vision of mutuality that focuses on compassion. This way forward is the same for all, but must be lived into as individuals. As such, those who are religious can find helpful guidance from within their respective traditions for ethical living within the underlying secular framework. To ensure readers do not perceive his construct as theoretical, the Dalai Lama leverages the second half of the book to share helpful tools for those interested in adopting this perspective. While drawing heavily from his own Buddhist tradition, he carefully articulates universal applicability.
By Dr. Greg Smith, Amazon Reviewer
As an interfaith activist, Ruth's courage and determination to find the Miracles in the Minefields is inspiring, empowering and simply brilliant. Those interested in interfaith reconciliation have never read a book like this, filled with real experiences of someone who puts herself in the middle of any tension, every conflict, and consistently champions for the voice of all to be heard and respected. Now that I have read this book, I have a whole new vision of my work in creating miracles. I flew thru the pages, couldn't put it down.
I also notice that there is no category entitled "INTERFAITH" at Amazon. I think we all need to be like Ruth and speak up!
Sande, Amazon Reviewer
If you buy only one self development book this year, Juicy Joy is the one to buy! Within the first few chapters you will feel as though a dear friend has looked into your mind, heart and soul and given you the keys to the kingdom! Whether you have been studying "Woo woo" (as Lisa calls it) valiantly for years, can meditate your socks off and outline the Law of Attraction in detail to anyone who will listen, or you are a newbie to self enlightenment and personal energy, Juicy Joy will become your Holy Grail! Lisa says, "It's called Juicy Joy because the level of experience I want for you is so much richer and fuller than the smiley, fluffy kind of happiness we often associate with the word joy".
Not only does Lisa share her personal journey to transform her life and embrace her authentic, imperfect juicy self but she provides the perfect tools for YOU to live a life of Juicy Joy too! Ms. Bliss has studied "Woo-woo" relentlessly and found that the issue of negativity has never been truly addressed. Yes, yes we all know that sending out negative energy brings back... you guessed it ... negative energy! So what do we do with negative thoughts and feelings then? Lisa helps you to realize that these emotions are part of us, an important part, and she gives you the means to deal with them effectively.
Through the Seven Steps to Your Glorious, Gutsy Self you will deconstruct and then reconstruct your life. You will be filled with the self-knowledge and self-love needed to create the wonderfully authentic life you deserve. Lisa will take your hand and guide you as you travel to those dark recesses of your mind and shine the light of forgiveness and acceptance where you need it most. It's not an easy journey... but the rewards are miraculous! Let's face it... the reality is that if our lives are not what we want them to be, ultimately it's because we don't REALLY feel like we deserve Juicy Joy... we don't love ourselves enough, imperfect as we are, to receive the wonderful miracles that are waiting for us. Lisa helps us to sweep up the dirt, clear the cobwebs and get the renovation started! Lisa states, "Once you've brought the truest you out into the light, you'll learn to fall so madly in love with that glorious creature that you will never feel the need to hide it again. You'll feel blissfully comfortable in your own skin. And from that vantage point in the words of Franz Kafka, "the world will freely offer itself to you... it will roll in ecstasy at your feet"".
Review by Book Addict, Amazon Reviewer
Engaging from the very first sentence, the story of Sami al Jundi's life shows in unadorned language what is to be human. The Hour of Sunlight depicts the beauty and pain that comes in Sami's journey through life, as he strives to be a proud son to his family and his people - but exactly who are "his people" is the question around which the story evolves.
The universal lessons in this book transcend the politics of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Nonetheless The Hour of Sunlight serve as an excellent and humanizing examination of life as a Palestinian refugee. Through Sami's eyes we see injustice and torture that are truly Kafkaesque, yet emerge with a smile and warmth that come from the best part of the human soul.
JShaw, Amazon Reviewer
I don't think i have known another poet as unselfish as Nye; most of her poems feel like her extended hand touching - stroking, petting, warming - another person... or animal. Just like in her other collections of poetry, she moves between death and the living and then back again, finding the beauty in both, while her words both vex and comfort. She dedicates this book to her father and in one section, she borrows lines from his diary for titles of eleven poems, as well as writes in his voice. Deeply moved and moving, but always with a hint of humor and irony. "Here's a line of silent palm trees./It's as if you answered the phone." (from "Ringing") Nye's lines have been helping me deal with my own losses. Do yourself a favor; read this book.
Susan E. Nyikos, Amazon reviewer
I just finished reading Never Fear Cancer Again and was about to post my review when I read another review saying that the author was wrong to place importance on pH, and that what you eat has no effect on pH. As one trained in the biological sciences, I feel a duty to throw some light on this so that people are not misled. The author is correct in his assessment of the importance of pH and that pH is influenced by diet. What you eat does matter. For example, studies show that hip fracture incidence among countries correlates very well with the acid load imposed by animal food intake, while alkalizing plant food intake is very protective against hip fracture.
The science is very clear in this matter. Contemporary acid-producing diets produce a low-grade systemic metabolic acidosis in otherwise healthy adults. Numerous health problems are now resulting from the mismatch between our genetically determined nutritional requirements and our current acidic diet. Most of us are suffering from the consequences of chronic, diet-induced low-grade systemic metabolic acidosis that is causing growth retardation in children, decreased muscle and bone mass in adults, kidney stone formation, cancer and other problems. Further, many of the problems caused by acidosis have been shown to be reversible by alkalizing the body. Neutralization of the net acid load by supplementing with potassium bicarbonate has been shown to improve calcium, phosphorus, and nitrogen balances, to improve reduced bone resorption rates, and to mitigate the normally occurring age-related decline in growth hormone secretion.
Never Fear Cancer Again is the best book on natural cancer healing I've ever read. The author is an MIT graduate and obviously brilliant; he is a master at taking complex science and reducing it to simple concepts that anyone can understand and profit from. As he explains, if you restore your sick cells to normal function, whatever is wrong goes away--including cancer. I give it five stars!
Review by Blochem, Amazon Reviewer
“As these stories show, love and magic can find us in any situation, no matter how difficult. This warm, uplifting book opens the door to seeing the miracles that are happening all around us, every day.”
— Gerald Jampolsky, MD, author of Love Is Letting Go of Fear
“These inspiring true stories reveal the power of spirit in shaping human lives. A Book of Miracles is a must for anyone who considers their situation in life to be hopeless or who is struggling against great odds.”
— Larry Dossey, MD, author of Reinventing Medicine and The Power of Premonitions
“A call to take an evolutionary leap not through some kind of automatic unfoldment but by using conscious choice. Love, intelligence, and creativity are seeds waiting to be touched and awakened. The more you touch them, the more they flourish.”
— Deepak Chopra, from the foreword
“Books about social and ecological change too often leave out a vital component: how do we change ourselves so that we are strong enough to fully contribute to this great shift? Active Hope fills this gap beautifully, guiding readers on a journey of gratitude, grief, interconnection, and, ultimately, transformation.”
— Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine
“To the future beings of the twenty-second century, Active Hope might turn out to be the most important book written in the twenty-first.”
— Bill Plotkin, author of Soulcraft and Nature and the Human Soul
“More than any book I’ve read, Active Hope shows us the true dimensions of this crisis, and the way our heart and actions can be part of the great turning toward healing. Please read this book and share it with others — for your own awakening, for our children, and for our future.”
— Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance
“Active Hope is a brilliant guide to sanity and love.”
— Roshi Joan Halifax, abbot of the Upaya Zen Center
“If you have despaired for our world, and if you love life, Active Hope will be for you an extraordinary blessing.”
— John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution
“Active Hope is not just a book but a gateway to transformation.”
— Jim Douglass, author of JFK and the Unspeakable
I'm honored to be the first one to review Application of Impossible Things. This is by far the most lucid and intelligent description of (some of) the dimensions that underlie and support our experience here in this physical plane that I've ever read. Ms. Sudman has a mind like a steel trap and the ability to communicate clearly, through explanation and metaphor, extremely intricate and many-layered concepts. There is no spiritual dogma here--rather a refreshing absence of any and all new age platitudes. She does not satisfy herself with easy symbols, and instead describes the core of her experience without any cultural or religious overtones. She gives voice to things I have often thought and never seen expressed anywhere else.
Her style of writing is reminiscent of Jane Roberts/Seth in its intellectual range and sense of humor. There's also an interesting similarity to the flavor of the writings of the women in Casteneda's party, Florinda Donner and Taisha Abelar, sans the darkly ancient, somewhat lurid mysticism of that time period. Or maybe it's just that she writes a little bit like a somewhat amused anthropologist, even when speaking about her own experiences. A spiritual remove, perhaps, but one that is very enjoyable to read.
There have been some wonderful new books written in the past few years by people who have returned from near-death experiences. They all have a tremendous amount to offer. This one adds a truly unique voice to the mix, and one that is full of clarity and fresh air.
Marion Lansky, Amazon Reviewer
After starting to read this book full of Ilchi Lee's descriptions of the inspiring and empowering red rocks of Sedona, I looked up airfares so I could go there myself and see what he was talking about... I finished the book a few days ago, and have already purchased my ticket for a weekend of hiking and inner exploration! I am looking forward to visiting some of the sites and trying the meditations he describes in the book. I have been practicing the LifeParticle and MindScreen Energy Meditation (found in the Appendix on page 213) daily and have been pleased with how much calmer, more focused and motivated I have felt as I take time to visualize my hopes and dreams unfolding in my imagination. I recommend this book for people who are trying to de-clutter their minds and re-connect with a higher self inside.
Hope James, Amazon Reviewer
We may not be able to explain how an object we set down one place will appear some place different. Most reasonable people will just dismiss such occurrences. However, these physical, real-life reality shifts are observable, and they've been repeatedly proven to exist under laboratory conditions. Bits of subatomic particles have been demonstrated to appear or disappear. Where they go to, or come from, and how an observer affects them leads to discussions of quantum mechanics, a multidimensional universe, and the magic or mystery of life.
Conscious thought has been demonstrated to change the structure of water and remove pollution from the skies. It's been linked to changes in our DNA, and now Cynthia Sue Larson has filled a book with examples and explanations on how it can actually shift any or ALL of the physical world around us.
Does the universe really give us what we wish for or expect? Einstein pointed out how time is relative. Now, Cynthia Sue Larson has continued that work in terms that anyone can easily understand. Her powerful new book details how all of reality is relative in a way that will inspire and empower the reader with new realizations and confidence - ready or not.
Hunt Henion, Amazon Reviewer
Anyone who does not become a better writer and more critical thinker for having read this book was not paying attention! I would liken reading "I is an Other" to going to the optometrist and watching as a lens slides across your field of vision, making everything sharper and brighter than you thought possible. This was my first encounter with the author James Geary. A good friend gifted me this wonderful collection of essays. One of the things I love about this book is the wide-ranging applicability of the concepts Geary discusses. The ubiquity of metaphor in advertising is, of course, a well known phenomenon, but Geary shows how much of our everyday language, as well as the language of news reporting, essentially becomes inadvertent advertising for a particular point of view through the use of metaphor. Anyone who works with words for a living, or even as a hobby, owes it to themselves to read this book. And anyone who wants to be able to "cut through" the hype and the cliches that pass for "common knowledge" will take away from this book a sharpened wit for hacking down platitudes and truisms at their roots.
Beth V. Radkin, Amazon Reviewer
“Anthony Silard is both talented and wise. His book The Connection is an affirmation of the beauty and higher calling within each of us. It will help the reader firmly ground him or herself in values that spring from deep within, and then embark mindfully on a path toward meaning, joy, and unconditional self-acceptance.”
—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance
Silard, president of the Executive Leadership Institute, argues that how we choose to play with the cards we are dealt in life is the most important determinant of potential success. To that end, he helps people harness the power that’s already inside them and provides a number of practical tools to help individuals determine their own best direction and make important choices. He shares inspiring stores from Fyodor Dostoyevski, Viktor Frankl, and Al Gore and offers a relatively fresh approach to that age-old eternal quest for happiness. Silard does succumb to a few buzz phrases that plague this type of self-actualization work, such as vision statement and nonlinear progression, but he keeps these to a minimum and provides a fairly straightforward approach to instigating positive change. While some may find the path he advocates too laborious, there is much to take away in “chunks” that will improve one’s approach to life even if one never attains the Holy Grail of happiness that Silard believes is available to all of us. (Jan.)
“Which do we choose: (1) rushing through life to the finish line or (2) slowing down to discern what a meaningful life looks like and then making it a reality? If we choose the latter, chances are we'll need some help! In The Connection, Anthony Silard inspires us with his own journey and the wisdom of ancient traditions, sharing enlightening exercises and lucid models that amount to a how-to guide for discovering and achieving a life of purpose and balance”
—Klia Bassing, President and CEO, Visit Yourself at Work
“Silard provides compelling insights, real-life examples, practical do-it-yourself exercises, leadership lessons ranging from Dell and Sony to Churchill and Bono, philosophical insights from Galileo and Goethe to Hilary Swank, Muhammad Ali, and Gandhi, and a reader-friendly style that make this book a true gem. The Connection is a beautifully crafted tapestry of wisdom, personal anecdotes, and extremely useful models that are easy to apply to your own life. Silard has proven himself the new master of the personal leadership genre.”
—Jessica Teisch, senior editor of Bookmarks
“Anthony Silard, a man who walks the walk and the talk, combines a disarming humility with a confident, penetrating wisdom into who we are and what motivates us, at our core. Anyone interested in developing their self-mastery, interpersonal, and communication skills should read this valuable book!”
—Sandra Crowe, author of Since Strangling Isn’t An Option... Dealing with Difficult People—Common Problems and Uncommon Solutions
“Anthony is a natural leader who guides us on our most important journey: to rediscover our life’s passion. The Connection is a powerful and practical step-by-step guide aimed at focusing and balancing our lives. It achieves a unique balance between the heart, mind, and soul unlike any other book I’ve ever read. This book is a must-read for us action-oriented people!”
—Jonathan Berkey, professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies
“These days lots of people are writing about giving and giving back. How do you know if the information you're reading will help you make a difference? Read this book. It's one of the best I've read and will help you unleash your gifts to create the world we know is possible.”
—Kathy LeMay author of The Generosity Plan and founder and CEO of Raising Change, LLC
Wishes Fulfilled reminds me of a map more than a book. That is not to say that it's not good or worth your while. In fact, I feel quite the opposite (particularly having already taken the same journey described in Wishes Fulfilled, which is why I was so curious about it and had to read it). There are an awful lot of books about manifestation out there, and I've read many of them. Too many of them. Most fall short or entirely miss the mark in the way that a recipe for chicken soup would fall short or miss the mark if it did not include seasonings and chicken. Yes, chicken! Imagine a recipe for chicken soup that did not have chicken and what you have is a perfect analogy of my thoughts on most manifesting books save this one.
So what sets Wishes Fulfilled apart? The beginning of Wishes Fulfilled which has a focus on the spiritual aspect, something I've only come across thus far in the writings of Neville Goddard (Power of Awareness and Your Faith is Your Fortune being my two absolute favorites) which is why it seems perfect to me that a man as spiritual as Wayne Dyer would embrace Neville in Wishes Fulfilled. Neville focused greatly on us as spiritual beings and that was the core of his teachings. Wishes Fulfilled does the same with a focus on our concept of ourselves and looking to our higher self. That is the key ingredient. While Wishes Fulfilled really only gives a general map here rather than a to do list, which may or may not leave some a bit lost, it has been done well simply because it is an individual journey we each have to take and it would be unique to each of us. Dying to Be Me by Anita Moorjani is an astounding account of Anita's specific journey, which IMHO is the best guide I've ever read on getting in touch with one's greater/higher self and, by default, it serves as a map all of us can follow. As for the rest of Wishes Fulfilled, which appears to built on the foundation of Neville Goddard put forth decades ago, it truly embraces the many ways one manifests that which they desire. It's more than a concept of Law of Attraction and/or manifesting (what most books are IMHO). Wishes Fulfilled teaches the reader how to become in tune with what they are seeking so that you no longer are seeking it but rather you become one with it.
Adrienne, Amazon Reviewer
The Last Myth is an important and moving analysis of the apocalyptic impulse that impels this culture toward its destructive ends, and an even more important and moving exploration of what we can and must do about it."--Derrick Jensen, author of Endgame
"If you want to know what's really happening in the reality-gap between our culture and our politics, and how we can refocus our efforts on real problems rather than just fears, The Last Myth lays it out in brilliant detail. A must-read book!" --Thom Hartmann, Bestselling author and international radio and TV show host
"The ability to distinguish between genuine perils-like climate change-and less fearsome ones is as key a skill as there can be at this tough moment, and this book has some truly interesting thoughts about how to do it."--Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
My mind is boggled by quantum physics, unified field theory, holograms, and other such subjects that are too fierce to mention, They are a great challenge to my non-scientific mind. If you feel this way, too, read this book anyway. It may turn out to be one of the most important books of our time and will change your thinking regarding everything you think you know about "what makes you tick" - restated" "what makes you sick."
Using science, physics, quantum physics, energy psychology, Eastern medicine, Western medicine and a lot of common sense Kelly builds a strong case for a radical change in health care. As you read, keep in mind the teaching of the hologram - that each part of the hologram contains the information of the whole. The more recent study of the human cell is revealing that it, too, contains the information of the whole and that anything that impacts the being at any level is revealed in some way in the cell. And what affects me affects the whole of humanity in some way. It makes me think of the "nesting dolls" crafted by the Eastern Europeans - one inside another, inside another, inside another - each single and yet a part of the whole. Each one impacted by what happens to one of the others. One but many.
Kelly posits that we are human holograms. It's up to you to decide whether or not he makes his case.
If you are disillusioned and perhaps concerned about contemporary health care and the fact that many doctors have become highly educated prescription-writers and test-orderers take heart. If you have seen a doctor who looked at your symptoms but not at you and didn't have time to hear how you've been feeling and how you feel now you know what I mean. The pendulum may have swung as far as it will swing to the side of treating us like we are simply machines. The incidence of doctor and hospital induced illness and the increasing number deaths from properly prescribed medicines makes it necessary to take a hard look at contemporary medical practice.
As science is coming to understand more and more about how our thoughts and emotions affect us at a cellular level it is becoming more apparent that "holistic" is where the action should be or perhaps that should be "holographic." To quote Kelly, "The human hologram model acknowledges that it is our feelings and our experiences that are of fundamental importance. It recognizes that our bodies work together with our brains in an integrated fashion. The body feels, the brain thinks. Insights and inspirations come from a coherence throughout the body, a balance of head and heart."
While the science in the first few chapters may be a challenge for some like me, the remainder of the book ranges from very interesting to fascinating to deeply profound and compelling. I highly recommend that any read it who is interested in health, health care, energy medicine - in what it means to be a human. I fully intend to read it again and perhaps again after that because every time I read a passage for a second time I discover something new that I missed the first time around.
This is a book to enjoy, to savor, to study and to ponder. To end with something Kelly says in the beginning of the book, "Your wisdom will expand the wisdom of all." Thanks, Robin Kelly, for this mind-stretching book.
Irene Conlan, Amazon Reviewer
“This book is grounded in the latest brain science, as well as being wonderfully friendly, encouraging, and practical. It shows readers how to stay out of dead-end conflicts and instead light up the neural circuits of empathy, skillful communication, and love. A marvelous resource.”
—Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain
“I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot from it that I can use as a therapist. Stan Tatkin is a great innovator. This book is a must for every couples’ therapist’s library.”
—John Gottman, author of The Science of Trust
“If you feel lost, confused or alone in your relationship, get this book right now. You will finally make sense out of chaos and pain. This is your map to go from frustration and insecurity to realize the potential of why you initially got together. Stan Tatkin’s insightful book will teach you to work as a team to make your relationship journey safe, engaging, and deeply satisfying.”
—Peter Pearson, PhD, couples therapy specialist and cofounder of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, CA
“Stan Tatkin shows how our couple relationships would look if we took seriously what attachment theory and neuroscience research has taught us.”
—Dan Wile, author of After the Honeymoon
“Wired for Love challenges partners to experience their relationship in a totally new way. Partners will learn how to engage positively as a couple to help each other feel safe and secure by following the relationship exercises suggested in this exciting new book. In clear, concise language, Tatkin describes the ways that partners can understand and become experts on one another. He suggests building a “couple bubble” wherein each partner is the most important person in the other’s life, the one individual on whom the partner can always count.”
—Marion F. Solomon, director of clinical training at Lifespan Learning Institute and author of Narcissism and Intimacy, Lean on Me, and other books
“Read this book to discover a multitude of new ways to enliven your relationship and end needless conflicts. Stan Tatkin is one of the most innovative thinkers in the couples relationship world today. It's impossible to read this book without learning new patterns to enhance your love.”
—Ellyn Bader, PhD, cocreator of the developmental model of couples therapy, codirector of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, CA, and author of Tell Me No Lies and In Quest of the Mythical Mate
“Reading Stan Tatkin’s book makes you want to be in therapy with him. With intense and fearless clarity, he takes you into the trenches of the combative human brain and shows you how to make love, not war.”
—Esther Perel, LMFT, author of Mating in Captivity
n Sufism, the "Way of Blame" refers to an emphasis on uncovering and exposing one's own egoism, hypocrisy, and false piety, an approach which often renders the practitioner vulnerable to condemnation from others who see their own faults thus exposed by a kind of reflection, as it were. Although the "Way of Blame" is initially an individual predisposition, it has led to the formation of "schools" and groups who make it their defining feature. Known alternately as qalandars and malami, these individuals and groups often convey the impression of flouting the laws of Islam, often at their peril, even when the antinomian behavior is only apparent and not real. (The author makes it clear that the "Way of Blame, in the hands of an unscrupulous practitioner, can merely be an excuse for license and unbridled egoism.) At their best, however, these groups merely try to strip religion of the various trappings and conceits which feed an unconscious but powerful sense of entitlement and vanity.
The book is roughly divided into three sections: (1) a discussion of the "Sufi mystique", of claims of the existence of "hidden masters" and secret brotherhoods, and of the arrival of Sufism in the West; (2) a discussion of the history and lineages of individuals and groups claiming to practice the "Way of Blame"; and (3) a discussion of the "Seven Stations of Wisdom", the stages towards God-realization, and Sufi psychology. The author concludes with a brief discussion of Sufism's possible future and role in the West, particularly the United States.
This is a valuable book on a misunderstood topic, and although I thought the middle, historical section lagged a bit, I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in Sufism, particularly as it has been presented in the West.
Stephen J. Triesch, amazon Reviewer
"In the whole Universe, there is nothing static, dead or frozen. Everything, but absolutely everything, is in eternal movement. Even within the so-called still nature reigns the same intrinsic law of movement.
Movement and newness, in perfect interconnectedness, affirm themselves as uniqueness.
In order to be able to encounter the newness of the aliveness in its movement, we must come out and greet it the same way. Thus, we don’t return to the past, to what happened, nor we project ourselves into the future, in pursuit of an imaginary purpose or ideal to fulfill.
With a completely empty mind, we simply watch life as it unfolds. Nothing comes between us and the movement of life, in the form of images, opinions etc. Such a simple and direct meeting with the moment transcends us spontaneously from the finite world into Infinity.
And just as quickly, like lightning, we detach, in order to be free again, and therefore completely available to encountering the next moment. Nothing is anticipated and nothing is accumulated from the lived moment.
The purity, innocence of the mind is our constant companion, as each moment becomes an opportunity of creative “being”. Through this way of “being” - as pure Consciousness - we ourselves create a new world in which Love, beauty, compassion and kindness become a reality which positively influences the whole of humankind."
“A modern Odyssey of awakening, Jonathan Talat Phillips's journey into Gnosticism deeply resonates with the eccentric moment. The Electric Jesus, a spiritual autobiography, reveals a life lived in the light of transformation, searching for the mystic core of a planetary civilization.” —Alex Grey, co-founder of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, author of The Mission of Art
"A fresh, vigorous, and often startling account of a man's introduction to higher planes of reality. If you've ever wondered what the new consciousness movement is about, read this book and find out." —Richard Smoley, author of Inner Christianity and The Dice Game of Shiva: How Consciousness Creates the Universe
“Entertaining, celebratory, burning, reflective, and electric—but definitely not for the faint of heart or hard of head. With tales of sex, drugs, elves and Jesus, this memoir romps through the hinterlands of body and soul.” —Sharon Gannon, co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga and co-author of The Art of Yoga.
I have read well over 1000 books over the past 10 years. And out of all those books, there are probably about 20 to 30 of them that I could honestly say were paradigm-shifting, life-altering in their implications and/or profound in their application. This book is now in my Top 20.
Let's begin with 2 facts:
1. The book is short. It will probably take you an hour to read from cover to cover. The "meat" of the book only takes up the first 47 pages. The remainder is a candid interview with the author, a reading guide, and a bibliography. Believe when I say that the "shortness" of the book doesn't diminish it's value in the slightest. Those 47 pages are Gold, not just because of what the author wrote (You, me and everyone else could stay up all night, every night for a week and not think of half the stuff this guy comes up with), but for the questions, ideas, and implications he leaves the reader with that he didn't have to write down.
2. Andy Andrews is known best for his "Fiction with a Moral" approach. This is not one of those books. It isn't warm and fuzzy. It won't make you feel giddy when you finish it. It's Nonfiction, non-religious, non-partisan and borderline unclassifiable. The only way I know how to put it is by analogy: Two speakers of antiquity, Cicero and Demosthenes. It was said of Cicero that when he would finish speaking, everyone would agree that he had given a well-worded, finely-crafted speech. It was said of Demosthenes that when he would finish speaking, the people stood and said "Let Us March!". This book is more Demosthenes than Cicero. Just like every other book this author has written, it is neither a call to emotion nor intention. It's a call to Action. It's a call to Honesty, first and foremost with ourselves.
I'm a big believer that books don't change people's lives, people do. But the books help. They provide the structures that allow us to climb a little higher and see a little farther than we would on our own. And the best of them don't confirm what we already thought, but challenge us to ask the questions we never thought to ask (or were too afraid to ask). No book has all the answers, and you should never let any one author do all the talking. But after reading as much as I have, I can honestly say I was sincerely affected by what this author was able to do in such a limited space. This book is bigger than its size or length give it credit for. But when all is said and done, it's a small book that can be as profound or as trivial as you are willing to make it. I hope it inspires you, as it did me, to ask the good questions, and then go looking for the honest answers. Enjoy.
~ Jeremy, Amazon reviewer
This book gives a whole new perception to our use of military force as a tool of diplomacy. Swanson lays out a case, both legal and historical, showing that the current US law concerning WAR is that it is illegal and those who perpetrate it need to be prosecuted. Easy, interesting and enjoyable read that gives peace a very important place in our recent history.
Pace Amani "Peace" - Amazon reviewer
Here's food for thought. Eighteen years ago, when I first learned about the impact factory farms were having on the environment and the quality of our food supply, I became vegetarian. It was a move both to protect my own health and make a tiny economic protest against the state of the food industry.
A decade later, I was thrilled to see the rise of the "local and organic" movement, spurred on (at least in part) by pop-culture hits like Supersize Me and Omnivore's Dilemma. Today, I have 4 farmer's markets to choose from on the weekend; local, farm-raised and/or vegetarian options at nearly every restaurant in town; and a whole range of organic products at my local Safeway. It's not happening overnight, but consumer choices are transforming the food industry.
The Information Diet is an eye-opening look at our media consumption through a similar lens. Like the food industry, we all know the media industry has consolidated over the past 2 decades. But what impact has that had on our "information diet"?
Johnson makes a strong case that content farms are the media industry's equivalent of factory farms: producing cheap, low quality information to maximize profit. And if we don't educate ourselves as consumers, then we're basically doing the brain equivalent of eating at McDonalds every day... destroying our mental health and driving serious journalists, the organic family farmers of the media industry, out of business.
If the premise sounds a little depressing, it is. But a strong dose of humor and charming anecdotes make the medicine go down. And just like factory farms are depressing, the response -- farmers markets, grass-fed beef, and HGH-free milk -- can be empowering and delicious.
Johnson doesn't provide a strict "information diet" to follow, but he does provide helpful guidelines for choosing "healthy" information to consume (not too much, mostly facts). He also explores the social implications of a public that allows itself to become "information obese" (filled with too much inflammatory editorial fluff and too few hard facts and primary sources). I already think twice before turning into the Burger King drive through; this book gave me some food for thought next time I'm clicking through Google search results.
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