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integral vision

Integral Vision

A Very Short Introduction
$14.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781611806427
In stock now: 5

This pop-culture presentation of the Integral Approach from visionary genius Ken Wilber is an easy introduction to his work.

Suppose we took everything that all the various world cultures have to tell us about human potential—about psychological, spiritual, and social growth—and identified the basic patterns that connect these pieces of knowledge. What if we attempted to create an all-inclusive map that touches the most important factors from all of the world’s great traditions? Ken Wilber's Integral Vision provides such a map. Using all the known systems and models of human growth—from the ancient sages to the latest breakthroughs in cognitive science—it distills their major components into five simple elements, and, moreover, ones that readers can verify in their own experience right now.

In any field of interest, such as business, law, science, psychology, health, art, or everyday living and learning—the Integral approach ensures that we are utilizing the full range of resources for the situation, leading to a greater likelihood of success and fulfillment. With easily understood explanations, exercises, and familiar examples, The Integral Vision shows how we can accelerate growth and development to higher, wider, deeper ways of being, embodied in self, shared in community, and connected to the planet, which can literally help with everything from spiritual enlightenment to business success to personal relationships.

Ken Wilber, author of many books including A Brief History of Everything, is founder of the Integral Institute, a think-tank for studying issues of science and society.

See www.integralinstitute.org.

This Shambhala Pocket Library edition is a more minimalistic approach to the highly graphic 2007 edition.

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Five Invitations

Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully
$23.50 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781250076748
In stock now: 0

Zen Hospice pioneer Frank Ostaseski's stirring book, The Five Invitations, is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present awareness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves. He dedicates the book to his mentor, Stephen Levine, and begins the book with this:

Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most. 

In his thirty-plus years as a companion to the dying, Frank Ostaseski has sat on the precipice of death with more than a thousand people. He has distilled the lessons gleaned into The Five Invitations.

The Five Invitations

  • Don't wait
  • Welcome everything, push away nothing
  • Bring your whole self to the experience
  • Find a place of rest in the middle of things
  • Cultivate a don’t know mind

will, if lived, show us how death can be the guide we need to wake up fully to our lives.

I think of these as five bottomless practices that can be continually explored and deepened. They have little value as theories. To be understood, they have to be lived into and realized through action.

They can be understood as best practices for anyone coping with loss or navigating any sort of transition or crisis.

Rachel Naomi Remen writes in her foreword:

The great depth of experience he brings to this book can only be accumulated by those who are fearless, who have found their way to stillness and presence, who possess an ability to connect to the heart and soul of others, and who are blessed with the gift of story for sharing the road traveled. The Five Invitations is filled with stories so profound that they function as a compass, a way to travel an unknown road to a desired destination. Many of the true stories in this book can be read as parables, wisdom stories that enable us all to live more purposefully and wisely in many diverse circumstances…


This book is not someone’s ideas or beliefs about what the experience of dying is and means. It is a sharing of deep experience by a superbly aware observer. It invites you to grow your eyes

 

I am reminded that death, like love, is intimate, and that intimacy is the condition of the deepest learning.

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Changed in a Flash

One Woman's Near-Death Experience and Why a Scholar Thinks It Empowers Us All
$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781623173005
In stock now: 2

This first-hand account of a young mother's awakening into a psychic consciousness after being struck by lightning is paired with a revolutionary analysis by a respected professor of religion.

When Elizabeth Greenfield Krohn got out of her car with her two young sons in the parking lot of her synagogue on a rainy night in September 1988, she couldn't have anticipated she would within seconds be struck by lightning and have a near-death experience. She felt herself transported out-of-body to a garden and engaging in a revelatory conversation with a spiritual being. When she recovered, her most fundamental understandings of what the world is and how it works had been completely transformed.

She was "changed in a flash." She was able to interact with those who had died and had prescient dreams predicting news events. She came to believe that even some early traumatic and abusive experiences had been part of preparing her for her near death experience. Told in matter-of-fact, calm language, the first half of this book is the story of Elizabeth's journey, while the second half is an interpretation and analysis by respected professor of religion at Rice University, Jeffrey Kripal. He places Elizabeth’s experience in the context of religious traditions and proposes the groundbreaking idea that we are shaping our own experiences in the future by how we engage with these near-death experiences in the present. Changed In a Flash is not about “proving” a story but about carving out space for serious discussion of the phenomenon of near death experience.

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Walking Each Other Home

Conversations on Love and Dying
By: Ram Dass
$34.50 CAD
Spoken Word CD
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781683641988
In stock now: 5

We all sit on the edge of a mystery. We have only known this life, so dying scares us—and we are all dying. But what if dying were perfectly safe? What would it look like if you could approach dying with curiosity and love, in service of other beings? What if dying were the ultimate spiritual practice? Ram Dass says that “Death is an incredible opportunity to awaken.”

Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush began their friendship more than four decades ago at the foot of their guru, Neem Karoli Baba, also known as Maharaj-ji. They have reunited once more with Walking Each Other Home to enlighten and engage readers on the spiritual opportunities within the dying process. They generously share intimate personal experiences and timeless practices, told with courage, humor, and heart, gently exploring every aspect of this journey.

In Walking Each Other Home, readers will learn about: guidelines for being a “loving rock” for the dying, how to grieve fully and authentically, how to transform a fear of death, leaving a spiritual legacy, creating a sacred space for dying, and much more.

In his introduction, Ram Dass writes:

Dying is the most important thing you do in your life. It’s the great frontier for every one of us. And loving is the art of living as a preparation for dying. Allowing ourselves to dissolve into the ocean of love is not just about leaving this body; it is also the route to Oneness and unity with our own inner being, the soul, while we are still here. If you know how to live and to love, you know how to die.
 

In this book, I talk about what I am learning about death and dying from others and from my getting closer to it, and I talk about what I have learned from being at the bedsides of friends who have died, including how to grieve and how to plan for your own death as a spiritual ceremony. I talk about our fear of death and ways to go beyond that fear so we can be identified with our spiritual selves and live more meaningful lives.

This loving, inclusive heart-dialogue relates loving to dying in surprising ways.

This book is a conversation between old friends, in which we talk about love and death in an intimate setting. We hope we’ve captured Ram Dass’s wisdom, expressed in a new way now that he is eighty-six and close to death himself…

 

Our guru told us to love everyone. This is it, Ram Dass says, the way to live and the way to die. Love everyone, including ourselves. Be in the moment. Be tender, be kind, be generous. Know that we share this journey with each and every person.

Join these two lifelong friends and spiritual luminaries as they explore what it means to live and die consciously, remember who we really are, and illuminate the path we walk together.

Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert, is the founder of the Love Serve Remember Foundation and the author of many books, including the spiritual classics Be Here Now and Be Love Now.

Mirabai Bush co-wrote Compassion in Action with Ram Dass in the 1990s. She’s director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

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Walking Each Other Home

Conversations on Love and Dying
By: Ram Dass
$28.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781683642008
In stock now: 10

We all sit on the edge of a mystery. We have only known this life, so dying scares us—and we are all dying. But what if dying were perfectly safe? What would it look like if you could approach dying with curiosity and love, in service of other beings? What if dying were the ultimate spiritual practice? Ram Dass says that “Death is an incredible opportunity to awaken.”

Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush began their friendship more than four decades ago at the foot of their guru, Neem Karoli Baba, also known as Maharaj-ji. They have reunited once more with Walking Each Other Home to enlighten and engage readers on the spiritual opportunities within the dying process. They generously share intimate personal experiences and timeless practices, told with courage, humor, and heart, gently exploring every aspect of this journey.

In Walking Each Other Home, readers will learn about: guidelines for being a “loving rock” for the dying, how to grieve fully and authentically, how to transform a fear of death, leaving a spiritual legacy, creating a sacred space for dying, and much more.

In his introduction, Ram Dass writes:

Dying is the most important thing you do in your life. It’s the great frontier for every one of us. And loving is the art of living as a preparation for dying. Allowing ourselves to dissolve into the ocean of love is not just about leaving this body; it is also the route to Oneness and unity with our own inner being, the soul, while we are still here. If you know how to live and to love, you know how to die.
 

In this book, I talk about what I am learning about death and dying from others and from my getting closer to it, and I talk about what I have learned from being at the bedsides of friends who have died, including how to grieve and how to plan for your own death as a spiritual ceremony. I talk about our fear of death and ways to go beyond that fear so we can be identified with our spiritual selves and live more meaningful lives.

This loving, inclusive heart-dialogue relates loving to dying in surprising ways.

This book is a conversation between old friends, in which we talk about love and death in an intimate setting. We hope we’ve captured Ram Dass’s wisdom, expressed in a new way now that he is eighty-six and close to death himself…
 

Our guru told us to love everyone. This is it, Ram Dass says, the way to live and the way to die. Love everyone, including ourselves. Be in the moment. Be tender, be kind, be generous. Know that we share this journey with each and every person.

Join these two lifelong friends and spiritual luminaries as they explore what it means to live and die consciously, remember who we really are, and illuminate the path we walk together.

Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert, is the founder of the Love Serve Remember Foundation and the author of many books, including the spiritual classics Be Here Now and Be Love Now.

Mirabai Bush co-wrote Compassion in Action with Ram Dass in the 1990s. She’s director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

pihkal: a chemical love story & tihkal: the continuation

PIHKAL: A Chemical Love Story & TIHKAL: The Continuation

Commemorative Edition 4 Volume Set
$135.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Transform Press
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9780963009661
In stock now: 1

First published in the early 1990s, these legendary—and very highly detailed—books consist of two parts: the first, "the love story," is skillful storytelling—records of the authors’ experiences through the fictional voices of “Alice” and “Shura.” It’s a rather rich smorgasbord of narratives and essays concerning the origins and uses of psychedelics.  The second, "the chemical story," is " a body of information concerning the conception, synthesis, definition, and appropriate use of certain consciousness-changing chemical compounds which we are convinced are valuable tools for the study of the human mind and psyche." In other words, complete lab notes and "tasting notes" on a wide range of psychoactive substances. A Rosetta Stone for the future of psychopharmacology.

Now these two volumes have been expanded and re-edited into a handsome commemorative slipcased set.

"We have taken both Pihkal and Tihkal and split them to make four books, separating the stories and chemistry. We've added nearly 200 pictures, added many contributions from people that tell stories about Sasha and Ann, and now we have a very new and beautiful edition of these classic books! Sometimes the contributions are art, sometimes poetry, sometimes long pieces that will make you laugh. This four volume set is beautifully designed by Vibrata Chromodoris, and edited and devised by Joshua Marker."

There is a hardcover set, as well as a paperback set. Both have the four books housed in a slipcase. This is a must-have for anyone who appreciates these books, and who has known and loved this subject.

I am completely convinced that there is a wealth of information built into us, with miles of intuitive knowledge tucked away in the genetic material of every one of our cells. Something akin to a library containing uncountable reference volumes, but without any obvious route of entry. And, without some means of access, there is no way to even begin to guess at the extent and quality of what is there. The psychedelic drugs allow exploration of this interior world, and insights into its nature.

Our generation is the first, ever, to have made the search for self-awareness a crime, if it is done with the use of plants of chemical compounds as the means of opening the psychic doors. But the urge to become aware is always present, and it increases in intensity as one grows older.

Keep in mind that psychedelic drugs are not the only keys to our unconscious minds; they cannot be used for learning and growth by everyone. There is no single drug or dosage level that will benefit all explorers equally. And it cannot be said too often that what is being experienced in the use of a psychedelic drug or visionary plant does not come from the ingested chemical components, but from the mind and psyche of the person using the compound. Every such drug opens a door within the user, and different drugs open different doors, which means that an explorer must learn how to most safely and successfully make his way through each new inner landscape. This takes time and should be done with the guidance of a veteran explorer, as is the case, ideally, with all deep emotional and spiritual explorations.

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Dismantled

How Love and Psychedelics Broke a Clergyman Apart and Put Him Back Together
$24.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Viriditas Press
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9780994887023
In stock now: 5

With the ending of a marriage, a career as a clergyman in the church, and the alluring promise of love, the author turns to psychedelics, sacred ceremony and psychotherapy to get his life back. During this process, he discovers how childhood trauma forced him to develop a false self in order to survive. His personality is dismantled as these sacred medicines reveal the truth to him. In the process, Sanguin presents evidence for the shocking prevalence of childhood trauma.

As I tracked the thread of frustration with love to its source in childhood, the great unraveling began… The mechanisms of denial and repression, as we’ll see, are stubborn. They were put in place for a good reason. That said, this isn’t everybody’s work to do, and psychedelics aren’t for everybody. But they are an invaluable aid for those, like me, who need to go deeper into why we limit ourselves so severely when it comes to matters of the heart.

Along the way, the author questions and ultimately undermines much conventional wisdom, including the sentimentalization of family, the rush to forgiveness as a cure all, and dogmatic Christianity. He supports the forgotten tradition in the gospels that authentic suffering and the acceptance of reality is the key to living a full and authentic life. The book is a testament, both to the importance of conscious integration of psychedelic experiences and to the healing power of these medicines when taken in the proper set and setting. By the end, we are given a model of healing which is not a quick fix, but rather one that honours the complexity of the human experience. This is a hopeful book that supports a growing body of research indicating that psychedelics as medicine hold one key to the healing and evolution of our species. 

The dignity of being human is that once we become aware, we can move on and participate in the emergence of a new future—one that is not determined by past trauma. This becomes clear on the medicine…
 

Healing is possible. It takes a dismantling of the life we thought was ours, a dying to “me” and a resurrection of “I”, again and again. With the time we have left we may make a true offering of our unrepeatable life to this beautiful world… It is possible to gain the freedom that is the fruit of taking radical responsibility for our lives.

Sanguin offers revealing personal stories as well as psychological, philosophical and spiritual insight suggesting that becoming trauma-informed is one key to the evolution of our humanity.

“Dismantled is a remarkable book of highly applicable wisdom. Bruce Sanguin has done much of the inner transformative work anyone interested in spiritual healing needs to do. Based on this inner work and his many years working with others, he brings to bear a powerful gift for elucidating essential insights and truths about the work of awakening, delivering it all in language both eloquent and accessible. Too often to count I marveled at sentences that jumped off the page with crystalline clarity. And just as often, I found myself nodding in agreement at experiences and insights that rang true and resonated personally. Brilliant.” —Stephen Gray, editor of Cannabis and Spirituality

Among Bruce Sanguin’s other books are The Way of the Wind and The Emerging Church.

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Psychedelic Mystery Traditions

Spirit Plants, Magical Practices, and Ecstatic States
$24.99 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Inner Traditions
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781620558003
In stock now: 6

Unbeknownst—or unacknowledged—by many, there is a long tradition of psychedelic magic and religion in Western civilization. As Thomas Hatsis reveals, the discovery of the power of psychedelics and entheogens can be traced to the very first prehistoric expressions of human creativity, with a continuing lineage of psychedelic mystery traditions from antiquity through the Renaissance to the Victorian era and beyond.

Describing how, when, and why different peoples in the Western world utilized sacred psychedelic plants, Hatsis examines the full range of magical and spiritual practices that include the ingestion of substances to achieve altered states. He discusses how psychedelics facilitated divinatory dream states for our ancient Neolithic ancestors and helped them find shamanic portals to the spirit world. Exploring the mystery religions that adopted psychedelics into their occult rites, he examines the role of entheogens in the Mysteries of Eleusis in Greece, the worship of Isis in Egypt, and the psychedelic wines and spirits that accompanied the Dionysian mysteries. The author investigates the magical mystery traditions of the Thessalian witches as well as Jewish, Roman, and Gnostic traditions. He reveals how psychedelics were integrated into pagan and Christian magical practices and demonstrates how one might employ a psychedelic agent for divination, magic, alchemy, or god and goddess invocation. He explores the use of psychedelics by Middle Eastern and medieval magicians and looks at the magical use of cannabis and opium from the Crusaders to Aleister Crowley.

While no one knows how the great story of earth and her inhabitants will play out in the decades and centuries to come, those of us who, like Tom Hatsis, have a deep abiding love for life and for this most beautiful sacred planet of the gods, are working diligently to nudge and nurture the reopening of the temple. In my respectful view, that is ultimately what tsi remarkable book is really about. —from the foreword by Stephen Gray

From ancient priestesses and Christian gnostics, to alchemists, wise-women, and Victorian magicians, Hatsis shows how psychedelic practices have been an integral part of the human experience since Neolithic times.

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Mindfulness & Grief

With guided meditations to calm your mind and restore your spirit
$19.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Cico Books
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781782496731
In stock now: 3

Experiencing grief and loss is one of life’s greatest challenges—for all of us. Mindfulness & Grief is a self-care toolkit, designed to give the coping skills we need for the short term, and help us cultivate a life of wellness and meaning in the wake of loss.

Combining inspirational stories of hope and healing with contemporary grief research, evidence-based meditation techniques, and the knowledge that each of us grieves in our own way, Mindfulness & Grief has helped thousands of people worldwide navigate the disorienting path of loss.

Based on the 8-week program developed by thanatologist and meditation teacher Heather Stang, there are over 35 meditation, yoga, journaling, and expressive arts exercises. They are designed to help you ease your physical symptoms of grief, calm your mind, and regulate difficult emotions. You will discover how to increase compassion toward yourself and others, make meaning from your loss and honor your loved one, and develop your new self-narrative for moving forward.

The program is accessible to anyone—regardless of physical ability—and does not require any previous meditation or yoga experience.

Every now and then, remember the happy times you shared with your loved one. Just as you do not need to deny your pain, remember you do not need to deny your joy either. Do not be afraid to smile, and remember that laughter lets the light into our hearts.

“Heather Stang offers those who are grieving a wise and practical guide. The stories, teachings, and meditations in this book will help you find your own inner strength and awakening heart in the midst of great loss.” —Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance

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Notes for the Everlost

A Field Guide to Grief
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781611805505
In stock now: 2

Part memoir, part handbook for the heartbroken, this powerful, unsparing account of losing a premature baby will speak to all who have been bereaved and are grieving, and offers inspiration on moving forward, gently integrating the loss into life.

When Kate Inglis's twin boys were born prematurely, one survived and the other did not. This is the powerful, unsparing account of her experience, her bereavement, and ultimately how she was able to move forward and help other parents who had experienced such profound loss.

Inglis’s story is a springboard that can help other bereaved parents—and anyone who has experienced wrenching loss—reflect on emotional survival in the first year; dealing with family, friends, and bystanders post-loss; the unique survivors’ guilt, feelings of failure, and isolation of bereavement; and the fortitude of like-minded community and small kindnesses. Inglis’s unique voice—at once brash, irreverent, and achingly beautiful—creates a nuanced picture of the landscape of grief, encompassing the trauma, the waves of disbelief and emptiness, the moments of unexpected affinity and lightness, and the compassion that grows from our most intense chapters of the human experience.

Vulnerability—to continue loving and creating in the face of loss—is the only real strength. When you fall prey to people who make you feel like vulnerability is weakness, you fall. Do not lose your inner wick, the green strand of persistent aliveness seen in a cut twig that would otherwise, from the outside, appear to be brittle and dead. Tend to your conversations with nature, spirit, and baby. This is your stamina. Cultivate the fortitude to be still in this place. Be brawny, sturdy, and robust in your care of yourself…
 

Any yes is a form of strength…
 

Water is determined, intentional, softly inexorable. There’s nothing more pliable and more uncompromising than water.

Strong is strong like water.