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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Ardith Publishing (December 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926582470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926582474
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,290,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Davis on September 26, 2010
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My son and I very much enjoyed another work by author Karel Hlobil, Forest Friends and the Three-Headed Dragon and so I was definitely interested in reading this latest work, Before You.

Before You is a thoroughly enjoyable book and while at first glance it may be about Slovak burial customs, it also contains wonderful and insightful chapters devoted to getting in touch with your faith. Before You is filled with gems of insight like "Sometimes life is a struggle, but we can influence, directly or indirectly, our life by faith. You have to trust your belief systems one hundred percent: no matter what our belief systems, we are all in the same boat, and we have the same opportunities in our lives." Hlobil then goes on to expound on New Age thought on accompanying meditation exercises. Then, Hlobil invites his readers to a walk through the history of Slavic culture by way of its burial grounds, from the Stone Age through the Iron Age. Through their burial customs we see not only the advancement of the tools, art, and technology available to the Slovak peoples throughout the respective epochs, but also their societal structures and superstitions.

As Hlobili says "reverence for the dead is seen all over the world, partly out of respect and partly from the fear that the dead will walk again." Indeed, the reason many Slavic people practiced cremation was because they feared that the dead could come back as a vampire! Archaeologists have dug up evidence of how the ancient Slavic people went about preventing this most disastrous scenario, including decapitating the deceased and, for good measure, placing the head close to the feet, weighting the body down, and if that weren't enough, driving a stake through the heart.
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Karel Hlobil

Karel Hlobil was born on September, 11, 1951 (Virgo). He grew up in small province of Moravia, today Czech Republic. He began taking knowledge from his early childhood from his first teachers: his parents and grandparents were his first influences on the direction that he took.

He is married and has three children and four grandchildren. His parents were Czechoslovak-Austrian heritage.

Since a child, he was fond of reading and he loved to listen to old stories from the elders. He grew up in quite a rural area in Moravia, where he also finished high school. The rural peasantry into which he was born virtually vanished during his teenage life. He moved from rural to urban life, closer to the modern world, when he selected his technical path of study--mechanical engineering--in Prague.

After marriage, he decided with his wife, Marie, to leave his ancestral homeland, and he escaped with his family to Austria, where he lived for two years, and from there, he immigrated to Canada in March 1989, where Toronto become his new home.

About the same time, allured by the beauty of the natural world that Canada offered him, he began an ever-deepening exploration of the unknown, described in one of his books.

Life adventure and fascination brought him to explore high dimensions and the purpose of things around him. Karel often emphasized the need for learning about the "I am," with a formulation: "Just be who you like to be," true awareness. For many years he has been studying energy fields, alternative medicine, healing, and the relationship between the mind, body, and spirit.

His belief is that we always can go farther into thinking and use it as a tool for spiritual development. "It doesn't matter how we start our quest, but what matters is to start and get there."

A life-changing awakening experience brought his own search for liberation, which he describes in his first book Transformation and Healing by Ayahuasca Spirit in the Amazonian Rainforest. His books reflect on his personal life experiences.

There is an old saying: "You cannot achieve knowledge until you empty your cup to allow new knowledge to enter. Until you do this, the knowledge remains hidden."

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