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Humankind

A Hopeful History
$23.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: November, 2021
ISBN: 9780316418522
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From the author of Utopia for Realists comes “the riveting pick-me-up we all need right now” (People), the #1 Dutch bestseller Humankind, which shows how humans thrive in a crisis and that our innate kindness and cooperation have been the greatest factors in our long-term success on the planet.

Historian Rutger Bregman provides new perspective on the past 200,000 years of human history, setting out to prove that we are hardwired for kindness, geared toward cooperation rather than competition, and more inclined to trust rather than distrust one another. In fact this instinct has a firm evolutionary basis going back to the beginning of Homo sapiens.

From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the solidarity in the aftermath of the Blitz, the hidden flaws in the Stanford prison experiment to the true story of twin brothers on opposite sides who helped Mandela end apartheid, Bregman shows us that believing in human generosity and collaboration isn't merely optimistic---it's realistic. Moreover, it has huge implications for how society functions. When we think the worst of people, it brings out the worst in our politics and economics. But if we believe in the reality of humanity's kindness and altruism, it will form the foundation for achieving true change in society, a case that Bregman makes con-vincingly with his signature wit, refreshing frankness, and memorable storytelling.

So be realistic. Be courageous. Be true to your nature and offer your trust. Do good in broad daylight, and don’t be ashamed of your generosity. You may be dismissed as gullible and naïve at first. But remember, what’s naïve today may be common sense tomorrow.


It’s time for a new realism. It’s time for a new view of humankind.

“Every revolution in human affairs---and we're in one right now!---comes in tandem with a new understanding of what we mean by the word 'human.' Bregman has succeeded in reawakening that conversation by articulating a kinder view of humanity (with better science behind it). This book gives us some real hope for the future." —Brian Eno

"Humankind made me see humanity from a fresh perspective and challenged me to rethink many long-held beliefs. I warmly recommend it to others, and I trust it will stir a lot of fruitful discus-sions." —Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens

 

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Regenerate

Unlocking Your Body's Radical Resilience through the New Biology
By: Sayer Ji
$24.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: October, 2021
ISBN: 9781401956417
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Modern medicine and human health are at a critical crossroads, and the truth is that you and not your genes are in the driver's seat. You are the one who gets to make informed decisions on how you use and nourish the evolutionary miracle that is your body.

Combining analysis of cutting-edge scientific findings with our deepest ancestral wisdom and health-promoting practices, Sayer Ji, founder of GreenMedInfo, offers a time-tested program to help prevent and manage the most common health afflictions of our day-cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and metabolic syndrome.

Sayer Ji articulates our innate potential for self-regeneration and radical healing. The New Biology explains why biological time is not a downward spiral and how chronic illness is not inevitable when you implement nature's resiliency tools.

In his thoughtful exploration of the New Biology, Sayer Ji illuminates:

  • the fascinating new science of food as information
  • the truth about cancer and heart disease screening and what real prevention looks like
  • how to reverse the most common forms of degeneration using food-based approaches
  • how the body extracts energy from sources other than food, including water and melanin; and
  • how to make sense of conflicting dietary recommendations and out-of-date food philosophies.

Encoded within every tissue of your body is your ability to regenerate. Unlock your radical resiliency through this roadmap for diet, exercise, stress reduction, and the cultivation of the environment in which you choose to live.

The best possible outcome I can imagine is that you will learn, as I have, to experience deeper awe and gratitude for what already is: this miracle of our incarnation and the planet that continually nourishes and supports everything in our lives.

"Regenerate is a brilliant, enlightening blend of ancient traditions, modern medicine, cutting-edge science, and sacred spirituality, conscientiously woven into an alchemical roadmap of living life in the 21st century. A must-have for curious, soul-seeking readers in the pursuit of a high-vibe path!" —Deanna Minich, nutritionist and author of Whole Detox

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Secularizing Buddhism

New Perspectives on a Dynamic Tradition
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: August, 2021
ISBN: 9781611808896
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Secular versus religious. Modern versus traditional. Eastern versus Western. These dichotomies surrounding Buddhist ideas and practice are critically reexamined in this new essay collection of top voices in the field. Reflections by contemporary scholars and practitioners reveal the dynamic process of reinterpreting and reimagining Buddhism in modern secular contexts, from the secular mindfulness movement, to Buddhist shrine displays in secular spaces, to whether rebirth is an essential belief in Buddhism.

Whether Buddhism is considered a religion, philosophy, or lifestyle choice, this collection reveals the wide range of interpretations of the term "Buddhism," and questions whether secular Buddhism is purely a Western invention. Each essay is written as a short, accessible exploration into core issues surrounding secularizing processes, offering readers a thoughtful and timely contribution to a dynamic discussion that continues to evolve.

Contributors include Bhikkhu Bodhi, Kate Crosby, Gil Fronsdal, Kathleen Gregory, Funie Hsu, Roger Jackson, Charles Jones, David McMahan, Richard Payne, Ron Purser, Sarah Shaw, Philippe Turenne, and Pamela Winfield.

Don't chase the past
Or long for the future.
The past is left behind;
The future is not yet reached.

 

Ardently do what should be done today—
Who knows, death may come tomorrow.
There is no bargaining with Mortality
And his great army.

 

Whoever dwells thus ardently,
—active day and night—
Is, say the peaceful sage,
One who has an auspicious day.

 

"An Auspicious Day," poem from the Middle Length Discourses attributed to the Buddha,
quoted in Gil Fronsdal's essay, "Natural Buddhism"

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Diving in the Inner Ocean

An Introduction to Personal Transformation through Diamond Inquiry
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: August, 2021
ISBN: 9781611809084
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Here's a brilliant and welcoming introduction to self-directed inquiry--the main meditative practice of the Diamond Approach.

Much like the ocean, each of us has inner depths: an entire world beneath the surface of everyday living pulsing with beauty, life, and mystery. The secret depths of our inner worlds are the very things that we spend our lives searching for: love, support, belonging, meaning, joy, and freedom. Through a contemplative practice known as diamond inquiry, you can begin to directly explore your conscious experience just like a diver exploring a reef. You'll discover wondrous treasures and terrifying sights alike, as well as infinite expanses, and limitless potential and freedom.

Diamond inquiry combines the depth of meditation with the power of understanding and psychological insight. Guided by your own curiosity, you use a variety of questions to explore your present-moment experience as it unfolds, deepens, and transforms. This method was developed by A. H. Almaas, founder of the Diamond Approach, though the practice is ideal for anyone who wants to explore their inner world. Dominic Liber introduces this powerful tool along with step-by-step exercises to develop your understanding. Through this simple yet profound practice, in time every situation will become a doorway to realizing and actualizing deep insight and transformation.

You will practice diving into the ocean of your inner world and noticing your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and life circumstances, which are like the sea creatures, coral, and seabed of the inner ocean. Then you will learn how to explore using various questions or questioning attitudes. You will also discover the remarkable openness of inquiry and the transformational magic of it.

"With his friendly, encouraging guidance, Dominic illuminates the way to inner exploration with a heart of adventure and the wisdom of a seasoned diver. The pages drip with the presence of the sea as he sharpens our diamond inquiry skill with the innate inner resources that have all but been forgotten. He deftly points us toward the numinous presences of strength, kindness, and steadfastness and sets our curiosity free to explore uncharted waters—all of it—the sparkling, the turbulent, the surface, and the depth. He leaves no shell unturned. Better yet, you will discover all of the magical treasures hidden within each one. Dominic offers an invitation to return to our natural condition as part of that vast sea. You are fluid as an octopus and bright as the bioluminescence that lives at the mysterious depths. Come on in! The conditions are perfect for a dive!”—Karen Johnson, cofounder of the Diamond Approach and author of The Jeweled Path and co-author of The Power of Divine Eros

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Awakening in the Dream

Contact with the Divine
$25.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: August, 2021
ISBN: 9781524742041
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A UFO researcher suddenly comes into telepathic contact with the very beings he has been so avidly studying? What happens when tapes of these "readings" begin predicting the future with astonishing precision—and speaking about an incredible upcoming event in which all life in our solar system will undergo a spontaneous transfiguration?

David Wilcock is a master at weaving together cutting-edge alternative science, esoteric insider information, and his own personal experiences to reveal stunning truths about humanity, extraterrestrials, and the universe we share. In Awakening in the Dream, David again combines his extensive research, the Law of One series, new insider revelations, and his own connection with the divine to bring humanity closer to full disclosure than ever before—as well as help you activate your full potential on the eve of ascension.

A TV personality, filmmaker, lecturer, and consciousness expert, David Wilcock is the perfect person to guide readers through the hidden realities of our world. With its myriad information, anecdotes, "Big Picture" comparative analysis, and trustworthy messages channeled directly from the highest-level angelic sources, Awakening in the Dream promises to be his most astounding book yet.

For those of us who “do the homework” and prepare ourselves for this fascinating global transformation, our everyday lives will become indistinguishable from a lucid dream… We may well find ourselves awakening within the dream we once were so convinced was reality.

“David Wilcock is a leading thinker who makes a magnificent case...that a Golden Age is indeed within our grasp and can be brought into manifestation if only we choose to make it so.”—Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods

Previous books by David Wilcock include The Source Field Investigations, The Synchronicity Key, and The Ascension Mysteries.

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In Search of Being

The Fourth Way to Consciousness
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: July, 2021
ISBN: 9781611800821
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In the early 20th century in Russia, G.I. Gurdjieff began introducing a spiritual teaching of man’s conscious evolution—a way of gnosis or “knowledge of being” passed on from remote antiquity. Gurdjieff’s early talks in Europe were preserved by his close followers P. D. Ouspensky and Jeanne de Salzmann. Now these teachings are presented as a comprehensive whole, covering in Gurdjieff’s own direct words a variety of subjects, including states of consciousness, methods of self-study, the work in groups, laws of the cosmos, and the universal symbol known as the Enneagram.

Gurdjieff respected traditional religious practices, which he regarded as falling into three general categories or “ways”: the Way of the Fakir, related to mastery of the physical body; the Way of the monk, based on faith and feeling; and the Way of the Yogi, which focuses on development of the mind. He presented his teaching as a “Fourth Way” that integrates these three aspects into a single path of self-knowledge. The principles are laid out as a way of knowing and experiencing an awakened level of being that must be verified for oneself.

All of Gurdjieff's fundamental principles and methods of transforming the intellect, emotions, and body, in the system known as the Fourth Way, are presented in this book in his own clear, precise words preserved by his closest pupils. Arranged in an orderly sequence of passages drawn from two primary source books, P. D. Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous, and Gurdjieff’s Views from the Real World, recorded and arranged by Jeanne de Salzmann. This material is an indispensable introduction for those determined to undertake the efforts and practices necessary for awakening consciousness.

All the basic concepts and methods are covered, including:

  • man is "asleep"
  • we have no unified "I"
  • functions of the human "machine"
  • three centers: moving, emotional, and thinking
  • personality and essence
  • self-observation
  • remembering oneself
  • the variety of spiritual ways
  • esoteric Christianity
  • the necessity of schools.

 

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This Is Your Mind on Plants

$37.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Penguin Press
Publication Date: July, 2021
ISBN: 9780593296905
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Of all the things humans rely on plants for--sustenance, beauty, fragrance, flavor, fiber--surely the most curious is our use of them is to change consciousness: to stimulate or calm, fiddle with or completely alter, the qualities of our mental experience. Take coffee and tea: people around the world rely on caffeine to sharpen their minds. We don't usually think of caffeine as a drug, or our daily use as an addiction, because it is legal and socially acceptable. So, then, what exactly is a "drug?" And why, for example, is making tea from the leaves of a tea plant acceptable, but making tea from a seed head of an opium poppy a federal crime?

In This is Your Mind on Plants, Michael Pollan dives deep into three plant drugs—opium, caffeine, and mescaline— and throws the fundamental strangeness, and arbitrariness, of our thinking about them into sharp relief. Exploring and participating in the cultures that have grown up around these drugs, while consuming (or in the case of caffeine, trying not to consume) them, Pollan reckons with the powerful human attraction to psychoactive plants, and the equally powerful taboos with which we surround them. Why do we go to such great lengths to seek these shifts in consciousness, and then why do we fence that universal desire with laws and customs and such fraught feelings?

A unique blend of history, science, memoir, as well as participatory journalism, Pollan examines and experiences these plants from several very different angles and contexts, and shines a fresh light on a subject that is all too often treated reductively—as a drug, whether licit or illicit. But that's one of the least interesting things you can say about these plants, Pollan shows, for when we take them into our bodies and let them change our minds, we are engaging with nature in one of the most profound ways we can. Based in part on an essay written more than 25 years ago, this groundbreaking and singular consideration of psychoactive plants, and our attraction to them through time, "holds up a mirror to our deepest human needs and aspirations, the operations of our minds, and our entanglement with the natural world."

Not always, not even often, but every now and then, the encounter of a mind and a plant molecule changes things. If the human imagination has a natural history, as it must, can there be any doubt that plant chemistries have helped to inform it?... The spiritual or ceremonial use of plant drugs can also help knit people together, fostering a stronger sense of social connection accompanied by a diminished sense of self. We have only just begun to understand how the human involvement with psychoactive plants has shaped our history.

Also by Michael Pollan is How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

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Heartbeat of Trees

Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature
$32.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: July, 2021
ISBN: 9781771646895
In stock now: 17

New from the bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees (and its follow-ups The Inner Life of Animals and The Secret Wisdom of Naturea remarkable treatise on the bond between humans and nature.

In an era of cell phone addiction and ever-expanding cities, many of us fear we’ve lost our connection to nature—but Peter Wohlleben is convinced that age-old ties linking humans to the forest remain alive and intact. Whether we observe it or not, our blood pressure stabilizes near trees, the color green calms us, and the forest sharpens our senses. Drawing on new scientific discoveries, The Heartbeat of Trees reveals the profound interactions humans can have with nature, exploring the language of the forest, the consciousness of plants, and the eroding boundary between flora and fauna. Wohlleben shares how to see, feel, smell, hear, and even taste your journey into the woods. Above all, he reveals a wondrous cosmos where humans are a part of nature, and where conservation is not just about saving trees—it’s about saving ourselves, too.

“Human beings are desperate to not feel alone in the universe. We are not. We are surrounded by an ongoing conversation that we can sense, if, as Peter Wohlleben so movingly prescribes, we listen to the heartbeat of all life.”
— Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling

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Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul

Celtic Wisdom for Reawakening to What Our Souls Know and Healing the World
$33.50 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: July, 2021
ISBN: 9780063023499
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John Philip Newell shares the long, hidden tradition of Celtic Christianity, explaining how this earth-based spirituality can help us rediscover the natural rhythms of life and deepen our spiritual connection with God, with each other, and with the earth. Newell introduces some of Celtic Christianity's leading practitioners, both saints and pioneers of faith, including:

  • Pelagius, who shows us how to look beyond sin to affirm our sacredness as part of all God's creation, and courageously stand up for our principles in the face of oppression.
  • Brigid of Kildare, who illuminates the interrelationship of all things and reminds us of the power of the sacred feminine to overcome those seeking to control us.
  • John Muir, who encourages us to see the holiness and beauty of wilderness and what we must do to protect these gifts.
  • Teilhard de Chardin, who inspires us to see how science, faith, and our future tell one universal story that begins with sacredness.

The sacredness of the earth and the human soul is the broad canvas of this work but each chapter explores a specific expression of the general theme, such as the sacredness of the feminine, the sacredness of the earth, or the sacredness of the imagination. Sometimes it comes in theological and philosophical form; at other times it is conveyed through myth and legend, poetry and imagination, or science and ecology. But whatever form it comes in, I offer it as a path of awareness to awaken us further to the sacred in all things...

Deep within this sacredness is love. This is the love that we can offer one another and the earth. This is the love that we can receive from one another and the earth. When we love, we are most truly alive. When we love, we are most fully awake to the true heart of the other, made of God, sacred.

By embracing the wisdom of Celtic Christianity, we can learn how to listen to the sacred and see the divine in all of creation and within each of us. Human beings are inherently spiritual creatures who intuitively see the sacred in nature and within one another, but our cultures—and at times even our faiths—have made us forget what each of us already know deep in our souls but have learned to suppress. Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul offers a new spiritual foundation for our lives, once centered on encouragement, guidance, and hope for creating a better world.

 

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Forest Reminds Us Who We Are

Connecting to the Living Medicine of Wild Plants
$23.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: July, 2021
ISBN: 9781623175702
In stock now: 1

Our ancestors drew health, strength, nourishment, and meaning from their relationship to the natural world, and yet today most of us have lost that vital connection. It should then come as no surprise that we are living in an age of unprecedented anxiety, depression, loneliness, and illness. Drawing from herbal medicine, somatic psychology, Celtic wisdom, and his own experiences, author Sean Padraig O'Donoghue outlines an approach to herbal healing for the mind and spirit that is uniquely suited to our modern times. Plants are our wild kindred and have the power to connect us with the life within and around us. O'Donoghue takes readers on a journey through some of the ways our bodies, minds, and spirits have become unbalanced in an unbalanced world. He then blends lyrical, mythic, and scientific understandings to help us to understand the potent power of plant medicine. Also included are simple rituals designed to deepen our connections to our own bodies, the land, and both new and familiar plant allies. This is the ideal book for anyone new to herbalism, as well as seasoned herbalists, naturopaths, body workers, and psychologists.

And if "the wound is where the change begins," then by coming to know the nature of those wounds, I would also come to know the wild, living medicines that could transform the culture that wounded them, healing hearts and healing worlds...

Coming home to the knowledge of who we are depends on reconnecting with the living world around us.

The forest reminds us who we are.

Remembering who we are, we feel our kinship for the forest, and understand that our lives are intertwined.

So it has been in my life. So it can be in yours. So it must be in the lives of people around the world if the forest and the people are to live.

The Forest Reminds Us Who We Are is exquisitely woven with lore, poetry, science, and personal experience. Seán’s approach to plants is both enchanting and realistic, touching at places deep within the soul that long for reconnection with the wild world and with self. This book encourages a reconvening and offers an invitation to ‘come home.’”
—Jennifer May, herbalist, Sage Moon LLC