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By: Paulo Coelho
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication Date: June, 2012
In this most personal novel, Paulo Coelho returns with a remarkable journey of self-discovery. Like the main character in his much-beloved, The Alchemist, ,, Paulo is facing a grave crisis of faith. As he seeks a path of spiritual renewal and growth, he decides to begin again: to travel, to experiment, to reconnect with people and the landscapes around him. Setting off to Africa, and then to Europe and Asia via the Trans-Siberian Railway, he initiates a journey to revitalize his energy and passion. , Given that his world includes clairvoyance, Divine Energy, and time-travel, Paulo’s is not the usual existential crisis. His present-day troubles, in fact, can be traced to betrayals during a previous incarnation, that took place during the Inquisition. When he encounters Hilal, a gifted young violinist who is the very woman Paulo loved five hundred years before and the woman he betrayed in an act of cowardice so far-reaching that it prevents him from finding real happiness in this life, together they initiate a mystical voyage through time and space, traveling a path that teaches love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life’s inevitable challenges. Complications arise from their shared experience in, The Aleph: “the point at which everything is in the same place at the same time.”, Given the couple’s history, Paulo’s response is curiously practical and distant: “reopening old wounds is neither easy nor particularly important. The only justification is that the knowledge acquired might help me to gain a better understanding of the present.” Although the novel requires ample suspension of disbelief, there's no better author to serve such a work than Coelho.
Welcome the Angels of Nature into Your Life
By: Doreen Virtue
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: August, 2012
“Flower Therapy” is the art of working with flowers, flower essences, and angels for healing, manifestation, and abundance. With flowers as your allies, your dreams really can come true, and you’ll see that nature truly has the ability to heal. In this book,, Doreen Virtue, and psychic naturopath Robert Reeves give in-depth information about 88 common flowers, illustrated with gorgeous, colour photographs. You’ll find out about the flowers’ energetic and healing properties, , discover which angels are connected to each one, and learn to associate different species with the various chakras (beyond simply categorizing them by color). In addition, there’s a loving, channeled message of guidance and support directly from each flower’s energy. Doreen and Robert also share with you new and exciting ways to work with Flower Therapy: Create custom bouquets for dear friends. Gather wildflowers to heal and deepen your spirituality. Or choose the perfect blooms for your garden to enhance your connection to the angels. They discuss flower essences, picking fresh blossoms, and purchasing floral arrangements. You’ll even be guided through energetic clearing methods and receive detailed instructions about how to perform a Flower Therapy reading. While flowers have an energy that must be experienced, it’s not necessary for you to gather any in order to do so. The photos inside, which have been infused with healing energy, are all you need to begin your journey. So, whether you have a green thumb or not,, Flower Therapy, can start making a difference in your day, and bring blessings into your life. Among Doreen Virtue’s many other books are, Angel Therapy, and, Fairies 101.
Finding Sanity and Goodness in the Unpredictable
By: Bill Karelis
Publication Date: June, 2012
The title refers to a remark Chogyam Trungpa once made to a too-busy student: “At least youre living life fully!” This ability to reframe our experience is central to Karelis’s carefully structured introduction to the path of awakening. We are all imprisoned by the projections of our minds, and we all have the power to free ourselves. To gain this freedom, we must do three things: know that we are imprisoned, investigate how we entrap ourselves, and discover how to overcome our habitual patterns. The discipline of the sitting practice of meditation can lead us through such a process., Meditation doesn’t have to be heavy or ambitious. We don’t have to cultivate the self-image of being “spiritual” people. Rather, by forming a simple, direct, and honest relationship with ourselves and our world, , we discover a rich and full path, no matter what our life situation. Cultivating decency and gentleness is always possible. And doing so makes a genuine life. It is better to be ordinary, to avoid the fancy labels, and to have some kind of perspective about our journey, which goes up and down and will continue that way. Living on the edge at least cuts through hypocrisies of appearing one way and acting another. We could stick with that honesty as we go forward. “He seems to have found a practical way to deal internally with complicated problems of today’s world. As, Living Life Fully, is clearly written in language understandable by both the Buddhist and non-Buddhist reader, this book will be very useful, especially for a Western audience.” —Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, from the foreword
The Taoist Approach to Health and Longevity
By: Mantak Chia
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: June, 2012
The human body, like all phenomena in nature, possesses the inherent power of self-regeneration when the conditions of true health are adopted. In, Cosmic Nutrition, , Taoist Master Mantak Chia and senior Universal Tao teacher William Wei reveal the secret to true health and longevity: keeping all four bodies—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual—vibrant and balanced. They show you how to work with the four bodies through simple, step-by-step nutritional and energetic practices for everyday life., Combining the ancient Taoist principles of yin and yang energy with acid-alkaline balance and metabolic body types, the authors offer complete guidelines on what to eat for different yin-yang constitutions, specific health problems and organ systems, and energetic conditions, . They provide an easy-to-follow food combining method for acid-alkaline and yin-yang balance, recipes for healing meals, detailed information on fasting and detoxification, and illustrated guides to several self-diagnostic methods from the East that allow you to interpret your body’s signs before disease manifests. Dispelling the myth of germs as the cause of disease, they reveal the cancerous dangers of too much protein or pharmaceutical drugs. They also examine the life-force-increasing and youth-renewing benefits of powerful “superfoods” such as sprouts and specific vitamins and minerals. Exploring emotional and mental balance, the authors explain the psychological aspects of yin and yang and offer simple practices to release fear and worries, promote inner calm, and build a positive attitude., Balancing body, mind, and blood chemistry, this book lays out the Universal Tao’s holistic path to a long and happy life, . Among Mantak Chia’s many other books are, Sexual Reflexology, and, Cosmic Detox.
Exploring the Afterlife and Transforming Our Fear of Death
By: Julia Assante
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: November, 2012
Is there an afterlife, a God, heaven or hell? Will I be alone after I die? Will I feel peace or pain? At some point—after a loved one’s death, during a personal health scare, or even seeing a photo in the newspaper—we confront these most fundamental questions of existence. In this trailblazing exploration, Julia Assante probes these questions,, approaching with scholarly precision such subjects as historical accounts, religion, near-death experiences, and after-death communication, . I hear my own experience echoed by those who have come back from near-death events. Struggling for words, they try to explain a light that is not light but something alive and aware and with which they merge... In my view, this knowing light is an aspect of All That Is that can best touch the hearts and souls of human beings. She then offers convincing evidence for discarnate existence and communication with the dead. This communication, she writes, is, not only possible but normal, , and “you don’t have to be a saint, shaman, or medium to do it.” Contact with the dead liberates the living from fear, guilt, grief, and uncertainty and creates a transformative shift in our experience of existence. Much of what is contained in these pages is hard at work challenging beliefs that impede independent awareness., This book is meant not only to stimulate your critical thinking but also to expand the range of questions you ask about the nature of the afterlife and, hence, of reality itself, ... My own work as a medium and studies of positive and not-so-positive near-death experiences both show that if a person dies, clinically or permanently, with a fistful of unexamined, dogmatic assumptions, it can cause an array of complications i the immediate afterlife, whereas just a jot of open-mindedness leads to experiences that are full, deep, and transcendent. “Some books transform lives. This one may transform a planet.” —Larry Dossey, author of, The Science of Premonitions
How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live—and How You Can Change Them
By: Richard Davidson
Publication Date: December, 2012
Long awaited, this book by a pioneer in neuroscience and meditation research offers a new model of our emotions—their origins, power, and malleability. For more than thirty years, Richard Davidson has been at the forefront of brain research. Now he gives us an entirely new model for understanding our emotions, as well as practical strategies we can use to change them., Davidson has discovered that personality is composed of six basic emotional “styles”: Resilience, Outlook, Social Intuition, Self-Awareness, Sensitivity to Context, and Attention, ., Our own personal emotional fingerprint results from where on the continuum of each style we fall, . He explains the patterns of brain activity that underlie each style in order to give us a new model of the emotional brain, one that will even go so far as to affect the way we treat conditions like autism and depression. And, finally, he, provides strategies we can use to change our own brains and emotions, —if that is what we want to do. My research on meditators has shown that mental training can alter patterns of activity in the brain to strengthen empathy, compassion, optimism, and a sense of well-being... In Sanskrit, the word for, meditation, also means “familiarization.” Becoming more familiar with your Emotional Style is the first and most important step in transforming it. “, The Emotional Life of Your Brain, is an eye-opener, replete with breakthrough research that will change the way you see yourself and everyone you know..., Cutting edge findings formulated in a delightful, can’t-put-it-down read, . I loved this book.” —Daniel Goleman, author of, Emotional Intelligence, “By looking at Davidson’s scientific, proof that meditation and other cognitive practices actually change the brain, , the authors enable all of us to genuinely modify our most difficult emotional habits and create new and more fruitful ones. Look forward to cultivating keener attention, having more attunement to others, and being more connected to your own intuition. It’s all possible—and this book shows you how.” —Deepak Chopra, author of, How to Know God
A Field Guide to the Human Psyche
By: Bill Plotkin
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: April, 2013
Bill Plotkin, also author of, Soulcraft, and founder of the Animas Valley Institute, describes himself as a “psychologist gone wild.” As a cultural visionary, author, and wilderness guide, he’s been breaking trail for decades., Plotkin’s revisioning of psychology invites us into a conscious and embodied relationship with the more-than-human world., In, Wild Mind, , Plotkin uses the template of the four directions, —north, south, east, west—to describe the four facets of the Self (our innate human wholeness) and also four sets of fragmented or wounded subpersonalities to which we’re all prone. The north facet of the Self, for example, is our nurturing generative adult, while wounded north can take the form of an inner critic or of enacting codependent roles. Rather than proposing to eliminate subpersonalities (which is not possible) or beat them into submission,, Wild Mind, shows readers how to cultivate wholeness, heal woundedness (using the resources of the Self), and discover the gifts of the subpersonalities, . Plotkin also reveals how cultivating the fourfold Self provides essential resources for the encounter with soul, a necessary threshold crossing for all visionary artisans of cultural renaissance. At its most fundamental level, the Great Work necessitates both a revolution in our understanding of what it is to be human and a revival of our abilities to realize our potential and to transform our contemporary cultures. It’s time, then, to redraw our map of the human psyche, a revision germinated not in notions of symptoms and illness but in our innate wholeness and our foundational and organic embedment in the natural world. “Bill Plotkin’s, Wild Mind, ushers in a new era of depth psychology... To study it is to pass through a magical gateway into one’s unique role within the Great Work that Earth is calling us to.” —, Brian Swimme, , coauthor with Thomas Berry of, The Universe Story, “Here, Bill Plotkin, guides us into a landscape where we recognize the extraordinary gifts of our own true nature. Through his Nature-Based Map of the Human Psyche, we can find not only our powers of leadership, joy, sensuality, and renewal, but also the dragons of self-deception whose energies we can liberate for the healing of our world.” —Joanna Macy, coauthor of, Active Hope
Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work
By: Joseph Campbell
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: April, 2014
Now in a Third Edition, this “spiritual autobiography” of Joseph Campbell is the story of his lifelong journey into the world of myth and the muses., Recorded in the last years of his long life, these rare interviews, lectures, and conversations, with figures such as poet Robert Bly, anthropologist Angeles Arrien and others, reveal Joseph Campbell the man as well as the revered mythologist, teacher, and writer. Through the themes of Campbell’s seminal, Hero with a Thousand Faces, —“The Call to Adventure,” “The Vision Quest,” “The Return”—readers follow Campbell from his Catholic boyhood and early interest in American Indians through Paris in the 1920s, and into the world of such modern mythmakers as Stan Grof and George Lucas., The evolution of Campbell’s thought is traced, illuminating his inspiring synthesis of mythology, religion, psychology, and art, —and his encounters with many of the 20 th century’s seminal thinkers. (In 1986 he lectured on “Ritual and Rapture from Dionysius to the Grateful Dead.”) When people say they’re looking for the meaning of life, what they’re really looking for is a deep, experience, of it. Campbell dealt with, the essence of human nature through the ages and its struggle with the deep imponderables that are mystery to us all, —the fundamental questions about our origins and the meaning of life and death. These questions, Campbell showed, are answered in every culture by, mythic tales—the human way of making sense of the world, . As the perennial philosopher, Joseph Campbell reflects on subjects ranging from the origins and functions of myth, the role of the artist, and the need for ritual, to the ordeals of love and romance., The Hero’s Journey, reveals fresh aspects of the man, his discoveries, and his genius—beautifully illustrated with photos and works of mythic art he loved.
A Transformative Process for Activating Your Unique Gifts and Highest Potential
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: May, 2013
Why have you been given this singular treasure that is your life—and how will you use it?, What is the purpose for the unique blend of gifts, skills, experiences, and perspectives that you alone possess?, To support you in answering these questions and living in sync with your inner calling, Michael Bernard Beckwith presents, Life Visioning, —a companion for anyone seeking to accelerate their spiritual evolution. Michael Beckwith created, the Life Visioning Process to be a transformational technology for applying deep inquiry and spiritual practice to enable the growth, development, and unfoldment of your soul, . With, Life Visioning,, he details the process in its entirety, with invaluable insights and meditations to help you each step of the way, including: The four stages of consciousness: Victim, Manifester, Channel, and Being—the characteristics of each stage, and how we move through them The dance of co-creation—establishing the balance between effort and surrender Where powerful intentions come from, and why they are much greater than self-serving desires The “dark night of the soul”—a guide for navigating the uncertain transition between stages of consciousness Cultivating intuition as a key to realizing the highest vision for your life Applying the Life Visioning Process in all of your life structures including relationships, finances, livelihood, and spiritual practice. When your thoughts and actions begin to align with the imperatives of your soul, you enroll the full support of the universe. Unimagined possibilities begin to open up as you synchronize with the divine. With, Life Visioning,, this dynamic teacher shares his unique method for navigating the stages of your evolutionary journey—and fulfilling your highest calling—as only you can.
The Quantum Book of Living, Dying, Reincarnation, and Immortality
By: Amit Goswami
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
Publication Date: December, 2013
Can the bizarre and probabilistic world of quantum physics be used to prove the existence of the soul and its immortality? In, Physics of the Soul, Dr. Amit Goswami details, how cutting-edge science might be used to answer questions that religions have grappled with for millennia, . He proposes that a “quantum monad” is involved in reincarnation, and draws upon UFO sightings, past-life regression, ghosts and angels to broaden the applicability of his ideas. He compares spiritual traditions —including yoga and the Tibetan Book of the Dead—the very latest scientific observations, and individual experiences to find out what death really means., First published in 2001,, Physics of the Soul, is revised with a new introduction by the author, . Writing in a style that is both lucid and charming, mischievous and profound, Dr. Amit Goswami, uses the language and concepts of quantum physics to explore and scientifically prove metaphysical theories of reincarnation and immortality, . In, Physics of the Soul, , Goswami helps readers understand the perplexities of the quantum physics model of reality and the perennial beliefs of spiritual and religious traditions. He shows how they are not only compatible but also provide essential support for each other. The result is a deeply broadened, exciting, and enriched worldview that integrates mind and spirit into science. One of today's pioneering thinkers in science and spirituality, Dr. Goswami taught physics for 32 years, was a professor of Theoretical Science at the University of Oregon, and was senior resident researcher at the world-renowned Institute of Noetic Sciences.