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High Magick

A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row
$34.50 CAD
Spoken Word CD
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: December, 2018
ISBN: 9781683642275
In stock now: 2

At age 18, Damien Echols was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. “I spent my years in prison training to be a true magician,” he writes. “I used magick—the practice of reshaping reality through our intention and will—to stave off incredible pain, despair, and isolation. But the most amazing feat of all that practice and study was to manifest my freedom.” With High Magick, this bestselling author shares his first teaching book on the powerful spiritual techniques that helped him survive and transcend his ordeal on death row.

What is High Magick? Most people either think of magic as stage illusions or an occult practice involving dark rituals. “Magick is an incredibly deep, meaningful, spiritual tradition that equals the Eastern practices of Buddhism and Taoism in beauty,” says Echols. “It’s an ancient discipline that lets you literally change reality by working with the divine energies of creation.” Join this extraordinary teacher as he shares key meditations, insights, and step-by-step instruction to awaken the power of magick in your own life.

In my opinion, if you’re constantly exerting influence on reality, it’s a good idea to learn how to do it well… We can all shape reality and create better environments for ourselves. We can actually do something about it. Call this something whatever you’d like. I prefer to call it magick…

Magick is a specific spiritual tradition—an amalgamation of Gnostic Christianity, esoteric Judaism, Taoist energy practices, and often forms of divination such as the Tarot or the I Ching…

This book is about high magick because it’s mostly about spiritual growth, energetic practices, ceremonies, rituals, and invocations

This particular book is my offering to help get you started down the path with some basic practices. Some will appeal to you, others will not. However, I encourage you to try each of them for a short time, in order to find the techniques that most strongly resonate with you. I also encourage you to seek out other authors, practices, techniques, and approaches, because no single magician or text is the ultimate authority.

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Future Is Open

Good Karma, Bad Karma, and Beyond Karma
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781590309537
In stock now: 2

Renowned meditation master Chogyam Trungpa here challenges popular misconceptions of the Buddhist doctrines of karma and rebirth, in the process showing how to step beyond karma on the path to awakening.

Karma has become a popular term in the West, often connected with somewhat naive or deterministic ideas of rebirth and reincarnation. It is also often equated with views of morality and guilt. In The Future Is Open, Chogyam Trungpa unpacks this intriguing but misunderstood topic. He viewed an understanding of karma as good news, showing us that liberation is possible and that the future is never predetermined. His unique approach to presenting the Buddhist teachings lends itself to an insightful and profound view of karma, its cause and effects, and how to cut the root of karma itself.

Topics include: the origin of karma; samsara and the world of ego and how they are shaped by karma; traditional teachings on karma; the difference between karma and fate; individual, group, and national karma; good karma, bad karma, beyond karma; karma and reincarnation; buddha activity and how it relates to ordinary practitioners; and meditation practice as the vehicle to step outside of the normal cycle of karma.

Chogyam Trungpa (1940-1987) authored numerous books, among them Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism and Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior.

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Thus Spoke the Plant

A Remarkable Journey of Groundbreaking Scientific Discoveries and Personal Encounters with Plants
$23.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781623172435
In stock now: 5

In this "phyto-biography"—a collection of stories written in partnership with a plant—research scientist Monica Gagliano reveals the dynamic role plants play in genuine first-hand accounts from her research into plant communication and cognition. By transcending the view of plants as the objects of scientific materialism, Gagliano encourages us to rethink plants as people—beings with subjectivity, consciousness, and volition, and hence having the capacity for their own perspectives and voices.

The book draws on up-close-and-personal encounters with the plants themselves, as well as plant shamans, indigenous elders, and mystics from around the world and integrates these experiences with an incredible research journey and the groundbreaking scientific discoveries that emerged from it. Gagliano has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers on how plants have a Pavlov-like response to stimuli and can learn, remember, and communicate to neighboring plants. She has pioneered the brand-new research field of plant bioacoustics, for the first time experimentally demonstrating that plants emit their own 'voices' and, moreover, detect and respond to the sounds of their environments. By demonstrating experimentally that learning is not the exclusive province of animals, Gagliano has re-ignited the discourse on plant subjectivity and ethical and legal standing. This is the story of how she made those discoveries and how the plants helped her along the way.

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Walking in Wonder

Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World
$34.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Convergent
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9780525575283
In stock now: 9

A beautiful companion to To Bless the Space Between Us, this is a welcome collection of insights from one of the most charismatic and inspirational spiritual writers of the last twenty years.

When author John O’Donohue passed away suddenly in January 2008, he left behind a remarkable body of work on the subjects of spirituality and Celtic mysticism. Walking in Wonder is a poignant and inspirational collection of conversations and presentations from O’Donohue’s work with Irish broadcaster John Quinn. These timeless conversations, collated and introduced by Quinn, span a number of years and explore themes such as wonder, landscape, the medieval mystic Meister Eckhart, the gifts of aging, our fascinating relationship with memory, and why we need not fear death. Presented in O'Donohue's inimitable lyrical style, and filled with rich insights that will help to feed the “unprecedented spiritual hunger” that he observed in modern society, Walking in Wonder is a celebration of the beauty and mystery of everyday things.

From the mountains of Connemara to friendly pub conversations, John O’Donohue could make the most numinous questions personalHis words still breathe with vibrant life. A foreword is written by Krista Tippett and narration (on the unabridged audio edition) is by John’s brother Pat O’Donohue.

Highlights include:   

  • Why the insights of mystics like Meister Eckhart are more relevant than ever in a world prioritizing image over substance
  • Contemplation of nature, its landscapes, and our intertwined relationship with both
  • A reading of one of the special dawn Easter masses given by John at Corcomroe Abbey
  • Poems and blessings in celebration of the ache of absence, imagination, and the turning of the seasons
  • Life’s hidden narratives—whether in the history of mountains or your inner world.

Among John O’Donohue’s other books are Anam Cara and Beauty: The Invisible Embrace. Also available is a beautiful DVD of John called Celtic Pilgrimage with John O’Donohue.

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Mission of Art

20th Anniversary Edition
By: Alex Grey
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781611806755
In stock now: 4

Twenty years after the original publication of The Mission of Art, Alex Grey’s inspirational message affirming art’s power for personal catharsis and spiritual awakening is stronger than ever. This book combines extensive knowledge of art history with phases of human consciousness evolution and shares firsthand experiences in creating art at the boundaries of madness and mysticism—and his profoundly affecting psychedelic experiences. Grey examines the roles of conscience and intention in the creative process, including some hands-on experiences.

Included are practical techniques and exercises that can be used to explore the spiritual dimension of art—exercises that are taken from the visionary art workshops the author leads with his wife, Allyson Grey. The text is accompanied by drawings created by Alex expressly for The Mission of Art.

Religion and Art which emphasize ecstasy and mystical experience will always fulfill profound human needs, bringing people back to the source of infinite love and ultimate reality. A reverence for life is one of the hallmarks of true spirituality. Our violence as a species and destructive assaults on the web of life make obvious humanity’s spiritual blindness and the critical need for spiritual awakening. Art can serve that awakening.

Challenging and thought-provoking, The Mission of Art will be appreciated by everyone who has ever contemplated the deeper purpose of creative expression.

Though we may try to write about it, the Transcendental is beyond all conceptual or theoretical frameworks. The best that theory and critique can do is point us toward the creative source. Artists rely on themselves, peering into their own souls for inspiration and guidance, yet the artist’s friends, mentors, and a spiritual practice, may all be able to assist the birth of spirit in their art.

Alex Grey is the visual artist whose amazing work is portrayed in the books Sacred Mirrors and Transfigurations, among others. More info: cosm.org.

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Book of Freedom

The Mastery Trilogy Book 3: A Channeled Text
$23.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9780399175725
In stock now: 3

The channeled literature of Paul Selig—who receives clairaudient dictation from unseen intellects called the Guides—has quickly become the most important and celebrated expression of channeling since A Course In Miracles rose to prominence in the 1970s.

Selig’s previous trilogy of channeled wisdom—I Am the Word, The Book of Love and Creation, and The Book of Knowing and Worth—won a large following around the world for its depth, intimacy, and psychological insight. The first two books of his new Mastery Trilogy, The Book of Mastery and The Book of Truth, likewise attained popularity and praise. Now, Selig continues the “Teachings of Mastery” with the widely anticipated third volume in the series: The Book of Freedom, which shows readers how to find full expression as the Divine Self through surrender and acquiescence to the true nature of their being.

You will hear these words, if you like. You will dismiss them if you don’t like them. But what we are offering you on a level of frequency through attunement and sound and vibration is the resurrection of the self as the True Self, and the embodiment of this is where we wish you to know yourselves through. What is the embodiment of this? The awareness of the Divine in all manifestation.


“Does this mean you walk on water?” he asks. “Does this mean we become saints?” Of course not. You are looking for outcomes again. You are looking for product. What you get is yourself as you are in your true nature.

"Paul’s messages arrive from a consortium of unseen ‘Guides’ whose voices are deeply ethical, penetratingly insightful regarding the foibles of human nature, and unsparingly blunt about the possibilities and pitfalls facing us in the present era.  As an intellect, Paul, too, possesses these qualities and serves as a fine instrument—a kind of Stradivarius of the soul—through which the Guides can play their notes."—Mitch Horowitz, author of One Simple Idea



Somatic Practices for Presence, Empowerment, and Waking Up in This Life
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781611805109
In stock now: 4

Breathing, sensing, and moving—the ways we know our body—carry tremendous contemplative potential, and yet, we so often move through our days unaware of or in conflict with our physical selves. In Bodyfulness, renowned somatic counselor Christine Caldwell offers a practical guide for living an embodied contemplative life, embracing whatever body we are in. Each chapter offers insights and practices that help us recover our lost physical wisdom—to integrate our bodies with mindfulness, to deal with emotions, and to develop attuned relationships. Bodyfulness inspires us to reclaim a body-centered contemplative life and challenges us to harness our potential to effect social and personal transformation in this body now.

This book for contemplative practitioners and people in the helping professions introduces the importance of somatic awareness, physical self-reflection, and conscious movement practices as a companion to sitting practice.

Both theoretical and practical, Bodyfylness will educate the reader about the body's role in consciousness, emotional maturity, connection to others, personal and social transformation, and spirituality. Chapter by chapter, the reader will be introduced to practices that help recover lost physical wisdom of sensation, breath, and movement. Most importantly, Bodyfulness will assist the reader in reclaiming a body-centered contemplative life, one that values both sensation and thought equally, as well as celebrating their interconnected nature.

“This beautifully organized and superbly informative book is a road map for an intimate and deep exploration of what it truly means to be a ‘bodyful’ being." —Ann Weiser Cornell, author of The Power of Focusing

Bodyfulness is at once a hands-on manual suitable for beginners, a rich resource for somatically-oriented trainers and counselors, and a heartfelt call for humanity to wake up to the untapped resources our bodies hold for living more fulfilling, wise, and ethical lives. I fell in love with this book.  —from the foreword by David I. Rome, author of Your Body Knows the Answer

Christine Caldwell was core faculty at Naropa University for 30 years. Also by her are Getting Our Bodies Back and Oppression and the Body.

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Your Spine, Your Yoga

Developing stability and mobility for your spine
$40.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Wild Strawberry Productions
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9780968766552
In stock now: 4

Your Spine, Your Yoga is arguably the first book that looks at the spine from both the Western anatomical/biomechanical point of view and the modern yoga perspective. It is filled with detail, discussion, illustrations, and practical advice for spines of all types. This emphasis on variety is welcome and necessary: no two spines are exactly alike, and no two people have the same biology and biography. What your spine is able to do may be vastly different from what other yoga students or teachers spines can do.

Just as all tissues and areas of the body need a healthy amount of stress to regain and maintain optimal health, so too our spine needs the appropriate levels of stress to remain functional throughout our lives. How we choose to exercise the spine makes a difference, though. Knowing the way the spine is built, specifically, how your spine is built, will allow you to tailor your exercises wisely to match your goals.

Your Spine, Your Yoga focuses on the axial body—the core, from the sacral complex, which includes the pelvis, sacrum, and sacroiliac joint, through the lumbar and thoracic segments of the spine, to the cervical complex, which includes the neck and head. The structural components of each segment are examined: from the bones, to the joints, ligaments, fascia, tendons, muscles, and even the neurological and blood systems. The range and implications of human variations are presented, as well as the ways these variations may affect individual yoga practices.

Whether the reader is a novice to yoga, anatomy, or both, or a seasoned practitioner with an in-depth knowledge in these fields, this book will be valuable. For the novice, there are easily understood illustrations and photographs, as well as sidebars highlighting the most important topics. For the anatomy geek, other sidebars focus on the complexity of the topic, with hundreds of references provided for further investigation. For the yoga teacher, sidebars suggest how to bring this knowledge into the classroom. Your Spine, Your Yoga can be used as a resource when specific questions arise, as a textbook to be studied in detail, or as a fascinating coffee-table book to be browsed at leisure for topics of current interest.

Also by Bernie Clark are Your Body, Your Yoga and Yinsights.

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Spiritual Transmission

Paradoxes and Dilemmas on the Spiritual Path
$25.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Monkfish Book Publishing
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781939681959
In stock now: 4

The term “spiritual transmission” refers to the passing of the state of enlightenment from teacher to student, which takes place in many spiritual traditions. In itself, the transmission is synonymous with the experience of enlightenment. But the fact that the student’s experience is rooted in a relationship with a human teacher who is perceived to possess absolute knowledge lends the experience much of its intrinsic, yet hidden, nature

Spurred by the breakup of his 21 year-long relationship with his own spiritual teacher, Amir Freimann sought answers to the most pressing questions regarding the spiritual teacher-student relationship. He logged over 1,000 hours of interviews with students and teachers alike in an effort to better understand what these powerful relationships are all about. The best of these interviews were compiled and edited in this volume. He discovered that the central questions devolved around paradoxes and dualities such as the differences and similarities between therapists and gurus; the role of trust vs rationality in the spiritual quest; and how money, power and sex are dealt with the course of a student’s training.

Spiritual Transmission includes never-before-published dialogues with many prominent spiritual teachers, plus a revelatory afterword by renowned integral theorist Ken Wilber.

How we interpret that Waking Up depends almost entirely on our stage of Growing Up…. What all of this means is that if a person goes to a guru and begins study, that guru might be quite Enlightened or have had a profound Waking Up, but at the same time they might also be at virtually any stage of Growing Up. The profound problem here is that, if the guru is believed to “never be wrong,” and yet they are operating from a low level of Growing Up, the students are going to be forced to accept for ultimate reality items that are in fact deep pathologies. —Ken Wilber

Interviewees in this book include Peter (Hakim) Young, Andrew Cohen, Stephen Fulder, Christopher Titmuss, James Finley, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri, Saniel Bonder, Mariana Caplan, Mooji, Lakshmi, Barry Magid, Claire Slemmer, James Swartz, Diane Hamilton, Bill Epperly, Aliya Haeri, Thomas Steininger, Peter Campton, Carolyn Lee, Terry Patten, Steve Brett and Mary Adams.

The guru is representing a status that your own True Self fully possesses, and you will see the guru as specially possessing this status only until you realize your own, whereupon the guru returns to his or her actual status: an acknowledged honor of being one who has realized the ultimate Reality of their own being, which is a Reality possessed by all beings but realized by few—and that in itself deserves enormous respect, exactly the same amount your own realization of this Reality deserves. —Ken Wilber, from the afterword

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Way of Grace

The Transforming Power of Ego Relaxation
$20.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781683641308
In stock now: 2

Many of us struggle to truly live what we believe spiritually. What if closing that gap wasn’t about trying harder, but something quite the opposite?

Through the practice of ego relaxation we can stop trying to beat ourselves into spiritual shape and yield instead to an unshakable presence within.

The Way of Grace is an invitation to let go of the need for control, release our fears, and learn to be open and undefended with what is. Using teaching stories, guided meditation, self-inquiry practices, prayer, and more, Miranda Macpherson takes us step by step through the liberating process of undoing our fixed egoic patterns as we explore the four dimensions of Grace: Relaxing into the Ground of Grace, Receiving the Blessings of Grace, The Transforming Power of Grace, and Living Gracefully in the World. The Way of Grace is a journey to the heart of spiritual surrender to unfold the essential qualities of our true nature—joy, peace, wisdom, and boundless love.

Miranda Macpherson leads the Awakening Love and Wisdom Sangha in San Francisco. Mirandamacpherson.com.