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awakening the ancient power of snake

Awakening the Ancient Power of Snake

Transformation, Healing, and Enlightenment
$24.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication Date: February, 2020
ISBN: 9781591433606
In stock now: 1

Entwined with human consciousness since prehistoric times, Snake has always been associated with transformation--from the shedding of its skin to the rising of kundalini energy. In ancient times, Snake served as protector and advisor to gods, goddesses, and royalty. But with the story of Adam and Eve, Snake became the enemy--a tempter and deceiver. How did this happen and why do humans continue to fear and vilify Snake? Inspired by a vivid dream of an immense snake that lost its tail, animal communicator Dawn Baumann Brunke investigates the interwoven history of Snake and humanity and explores how we can once again access Snakes wisdom and harness its powerful ability to heal, transform, and awaken.

Uncovering ties between Snake and Goddess, the author demonstrates how both were systematically suppressed millennia ago with the spread of a patriarchal perspective that valued mastery over nature, God over Goddess. Brunke reveals how myths that originally extolled the virtues of Snake and Goddess were refashioned, recreating their images as debased and untrustworthy. She explores why snakes show up in shamanic journeys and transformational dreams and how their unique presence in our world can serve as catalysts of change, truth-telling, and enlightenment.

Examining Snakes role in awakening human consciousness, Brunke considers the alchemical role of the serpent as well as Snakes connections to ancient healing, modern medicine, and even the DNA molecule. She shares psycho-activating stories to help trigger transformation and provide graceful movement through the chaos of change. And she offers practical techniques to journey with Snake through inner worlds, to shed confining aspects of self, and to integrate experiences more holistically.

Brunke shows how we need to re-embrace the ancient power of Snake to better support our return to a more balanced consciousness--one that reunites nature with spirit, sacred masculine with sacred feminine--as we strive for global change and personal awakening.

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Grow Your Soil!

Harness the Power of the Soil Food Web to Create Your Best Garden Ever
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: February, 2020
ISBN: 9781635862072
In stock now: 4

 Growing awareness of the importance of soil health means that microbes are on the minds of even the most casual gardeners. After all, anyone who has ever attempted to plant a thriving patch of flowers or vegetables knows that what you grow is only as good as the soil you grow it in. It is possible to create and maintain rich, dark, crumbly soil that’s teeming with life, using very few inputs and a no-till, no-fertilizer approach.

Certified permaculture designer and lifelong gardener Diane Miessler presents the science of soil health in an engaging, entertaining voice geared for the backyard grower. She shares the techniques she has used—including cover crops, constant mulching, and a simple-but-supercharged recipe for compost tea—to transform her own landscape from a roadside dump for broken asphalt to a garden that stops traffic, starting from the ground up.

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Three Stages of Initiatic Spirituality

Craftsman, Warrior, Magician
$23.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication Date: February, 2020
ISBN: 9781620559321
In stock now: 2

Exploring the craftsman, warrior, and magician archetypes--three vocations that echo the traditional tripartite division of society--Angel Millar reveals how these archetypes represent the three successive stages of spiritual growth in an individuals life. He shows how they provide structure for the initiatory process to develop ones mental, physical, and spiritual potential. As craftsman, the individual experiences mnemonic initiation: the cultivation of memory as well as language. As warrior, somatic initiation: development of the physical body and cultivation of the spirit body. And as magician, gnostic initiation: cultivation of the self and manifestation of the Higher Self.

Investigating the metaphysical aspects of each archetype, the author explores their symbolism, spiritual practices, and rituals. Examining the craftsman archetype, he looks at metallurgy, alchemy, and the Craft of Freemasonry, as well as the ancient role of blacksmith as shaman. He explores the idea of God as a Creator or Craftsman, especially in relation to ancient Greek philosophy, Islamic neoplatonism, and the Kabbalah. Examining the warrior archetype, he reveals how the way of the warrior was affected by religion and mysticism, such as how the Persian martial art of Zoorkhaneh was profoundly shaped by Sufism and why the Buddhist Shaolin temple became synonymous with Kung Fu. The author places special emphasis on the cultivation of subtle energy as practiced in martial arts, especially in relation to Taoist inner alchemy. Examining the magician archetype, he reveals how each individual has two selves--a lower self and a Higher Self--and explores the union of opposites studied by the magician, such as in the tantric arts and sacred sex magic. Sharing meditations, practices, and processes associated with each archetype, as well as techniques for transforming ones consciousness, he also investigates similarities between contemporary Western occultism, from Crowley to Chaos Magic, and the positive thinking mind metaphysics movement.

Structured to parallel the three archetypal stages of the initiatic process, this comprehensive guide offers a literary initiation through three degrees of esoteric knowledge.

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Longevity Code

Slow Down the Aging Process and Live Well for Longer-Secrets from the Leading Edge of Science
$21.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication Date: January, 2020
ISBN: 9781615194971
In stock now: 1

We all know that we age—but do you know exactly how, and why? And do you wonder what you can do—whatever your age—to slow the process so you can live well, for longer? This book comprehensively answers these questions. Medical doctor and polymath scientist Kris Verburgh illuminates the biological mechanisms that make our bodies susceptible to heart attacks, strokes, dementia, diabetes, and other aging-related diseases. We learn about the crucial role of poorly functioning mitochondria, shortened telomeres, proteins and carbohydrates, and more.

Having explained the aging process at work, Dr. Verburgh then provides the tools we need to slow them down: his scientifically backed Longevity Staircase. This simple yet innovative step-by-step method offers better health and a longer life span through nutrition—currently our best defense in the fight against aging and disease.

And with each passing day, advances in biotechnology—once the stuff of science fiction—are emerging as part of the longevity code. Dr. Verburgh discusses how new types of vaccines, mitochondrial DNA, CRISPR proteins, and stem cells may help us slow and even reverse aging, now and in the future.

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Beyond Tranquility

Buddhist Meditations in Essay and Verse
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication Date: January, 2020
ISBN: 9781614295815
In stock now: 3

In Beyond Tranquility, one of Buddhism's most respected scholar-sages distills decades of practice, reflection, and teaching into essential truths. Touching on the full scope of core Buddhist philosophical and meditation traditions, Genoud draws on ancient Buddhist sutras, masters like Nagarjuna and Dogen, seers like Eckhart and Buber, philosophers like Nietzsche and Sartre, and even the great innovators of the modern novel and modern dance. Weaving together the wisdom of these great minds, and in a poetic style uniquely his own, Genoud invites the reader into the heart of Buddhist meditation and practice. Here, with the immediacy and wry humor of haiku, he proves an astute and subtle guide to the pitfalls and paradoxes that eventually confront every meditator, and to the most skillful ways through them.

Genoud's powerful, experiential language transmits the meditative experience rather than merely describing it—and his style will resonate with the teachings of Zen and Dzogchen, the writings of contemplative philosophers, and with dancers and other artists whose work is built upon a "body of presence."

Beyond Tranquility is an exceptional book. Drawing on his many years of study, meditation and contemplation, Charles Genoud both challenges and guides the reader in exploring the very nature of consciousness and freedom. His writing style is spare and poetic, not unlike some of the great haiku poets, and his insights and reflections deeply provocative and illuminating. Reading this book is a meditation in itself, with the potential to awaken new and liberating understandings within ourselves. Highly recommended.”Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

light seer's tarot

Light Seer's Tarot

A 78-Card Deck & Guidebook
$33.99 CAD
Tarot + Oracle Card Set
Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: December, 2019
ISBN: 9781401958039
In stock now: 5

Successfully Kickstarted in 2018, this 78-card tarot deck featuring a friendly "boho sunshine" aesthetic is a healing tool and guide to explore both the dark and light sides of our nature.

By reimagining the traditional tarot archetypes and symbols in a bohemian, contemporary style, The Light Seer's Tarot expresses the light and dark sides of your nature and teaches the lessons that can be learned from both.

The expressive people and symbols depicted on each of the 78 cards tell stories, ask questions, and provide answers. This popular deck is an ideal companion to have beside you as you seek places in yourself and in your life that are most in need of illumination.

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Lost Connections

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression ! and the Unexpected Solutions
$24.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: December, 2019
ISBN: 9781632868312
In stock now: 4

From the author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, here’s a radical new exploration. Journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression as a child and started taking antidepressants as a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true—and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong.

Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are largely caused by key problems with the way we’re living. Hari is a bracing and fluid writer; he researched widely and deeply. And Big Pharma will not like his conclusions.

Depression, I realized, is itself a form of grief—for all the connections we need, but don’t have…  You have to turn now to all the other wounded people around you, and find a way to connect with them, and build a home with these people, together…

We have been tribeless and disconnected for so long now. It’s time for us all to come home…

We need to stop trying to muffle or silence or pathologize that pain. Instead, we need to listen to it, and honor it. It is only when we listen to our pain that we can follow it back to its source—and only there, when we can see its true causes, can we begin to overcome it.

greater and lesser worlds of robert fludd

Greater and Lesser Worlds of Robert Fludd

Macrocosm, Microcosm, and Medicine
$49.99 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: December, 2019
ISBN: 9781620559499
In stock now: 4

One of the last Renaissance men, Robert Fludd (1574-1637) was one of the great minds of the early modern period. A physician by profession, he was also a Christian Hermetist, a Rosicrucian, an alchemist, astrologer, musician, and inventor. His drive to encompass the whole of human knowledge—from music to alchemy, from palmistry to fortification—resulted in a series of books remarkable for their hundreds of engravings, a body of work recognized as the first example of a fully-illustrated encyclopedia.

In this in-depth, highly illustrated reference, scholar and linguist Joscelyn Godwin explains Fludd’s theories on the correspondence between the macrocosm of elements, planets, stars, and subtle and divine beings and the microcosm of the human being and its creative activities. He shows how Fludd’s two worlds—the macrocosm and the microcosm—along with Paracelsus’s medical principles and the works of Hermes Trismegistus provided the foundation for his search for the cause and cure of all diseases.

The more than 200 illustrations in the book represent the whole corpus of Fludd’s iconography, each one accompanied by Godwin’s expert commentary and explanation. Sharing many passages translated for the first time from Fludd’s Latin, allowing him to speak for himself, Godwin explores Fludd’s thoughts on cosmic harmonies, divination, the kabbalah, astrology, geomancy, and the rapport between the multiple levels of existence. He also analyzes Fludd’s writings in defense of alchemy and the Rosicrucians.

An essential reference for scholars of Renaissance thinkers, traditional cosmology, metaphysics, and the Western esoteric tradition, this book offers intimate access to Fludd’s worlds and gives one a feel for an epoch in which magic, science, philosophy, spirituality, and imagination could still cohabit and harmonize within a single mind.

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Wake Up to What Matters

A Guide to Tibetan Buddhism for the Next Generation
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: December, 2019
ISBN: 9781611806601
In stock now: 5

This unique and fresh presentation of Tibetan Buddhism provides all the tools a millennial needs to navigate the Buddhist path in a modern world. The twenty-five-year-old lama, Avikrita Vajra Sakya, was born and raised in America and now lives in a monastery in India, training in and teaching meditation and Buddhist philosophy to hundreds of monks and nuns. He has thousands of students all over the world, with over 100,000 people following him on Facebook. His style of writing is frank and open, hitting straight to the heart of young people's concerns for why they should bother with a spiritual path in the age of cell phones and shopping malls.

There is no other book like this available that makes such a direct argument for being a twenty-first century Buddhist, whether you are living in Seattle or in a Himalayan hermitage. Fundamentally, we all have the same hang-ups and all equally have the potential to become buddhas ourselves by cultivating loving-kindness, compassion, and wisdom. And this book teaches readers to do just that.

If we remember to check in every day with what’s happening on Planet You with full, open awareness, even if it’s just a few minutes between our everyday activities, we’ll really notice positive changes. Otherwise, we’re just left with the story lines playing out on our inner movie screens… Awakening calm and insigh means we can remember where the off switch is.

way of the rose

Way of the Rose

The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary
$36.00 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Publication Date: November, 2019
ISBN: 9780812988956
In stock now: 4

What happens when a former Zen Buddhist monk and his feminist wife experience an apparition of the Virgin Mary? When a vision of a mysterious “Lady” invited Clark Strand and Perdita Finn to pray the rosary, not only were they disinterested in becoming Catholic, they were finished with institutional religion altogether. Their main spiritual concerns were the fate of the planet and the future of their children and grandchildren in an age of ecological collapse.

But this Lady barely even referred to the Church and its proscriptions. She spoke of the miraculous power of the rosary to transform lives and heal the planet, revealing the secrets she had hidden within the rosary’s prayers and mysteries—secrets of a past age when forests were the only cathedrals and people wove “rose garlands” for a Mother whose loving presence was as close as the ground beneath their feet. She told Strand and Finn:

The rosary is My body,
and My body is the body of the world.
Your body is one with that body.
What cause could there be for fear?

Weaving together their own remarkable story of how they came to the rosary, their discoveries about the eco-feminist wisdom at the heart of this ancient devotion, and the life-changing revelations of the Lady herself, the authors reveal an ancestral path—available to everyone, religious or not—that returns us to the powerful healing rhythms of the natural world.

“This extraordinary testament to the power of the rosary offers a radical revisioning of this ancient practice as a path of personal awakening. It is both a firsthand account of mystic initiation and a revelation of the Divine Feminine in an age of patriarchal madness—erudite, irreverent, and wise. For readers weary of institutional dogma, hungry for a woke spirituality capable of uniting a divided world, The Way of the Rose is manna from heaven.” —Mark Matousek, author of Mother of the Unseen World 

“This is a universal story of love, a huge-hearted invitation to step up and into the field of the sacred feminine.”Mirabai Starr, author of Wild Mercy

Answers a collective need to help us discover the empowering and miraculous non-denominational spiritual practice of prayer.” —Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and The Book of Ceremony