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Maestro: Unveiling Karma and Reincarnation
Maestro: Unveiling Karma and Reincarnation
by Rachel Madorsky
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Changing your Karma to Improve your Health, June 9, 2011
Rachel Madorsky's latest book rests on the premise that everything we experience in life is the result of karma - our own and that of our ancestors.

In other words, if your great, great grandfather was a violent man who deliberately set out to hurt people, you could be paying for it.

"Everything that happens to us is a direct result of the actions of our ancestors," she writes.

As a long-time researcher on the subjects of karma and reincarnation, this is a new theory that I have not encountered before. I was aware of the concept of paying for one's own karma due to one's thoughts, words and actions, but not that of others in our particular soul group. A soul group means souls who reincarnate together again and again over many lifetimes. These souls interact with each other while learning their lessons from each particular life.

Madorsky notes a question asked of Jesus about why a person might be blind from birth. In John 9:1-3 He says, "Who did sin. This man or his parents?"

She also backs up her belief in reincarnation by citing specific examples from such religious texts as the Bible, Kabbalah, Koran and Dead Sea Scrolls.

She also notes that our karma is recorded in the Akashic Records or a universal archive or library of sorts where all of our deeds - good and bad - are listed.

Even though karma is a "law of nature," Madorsky says we don't necessarily have to suffer because of it. Since the universe and everything in it is constantly in motion, she says karma is subject to change but only if we exercise our free will to change it. And we should, she says, because it can have a detrimental affect on our health.

We do not realize that we have "the inborn desire and power to prevent the karma that will come our way," she says. "It is through our power of choice."

If we so choose, we can redirect this karma, says Madorsky, by utilizing both physical and spiritual forces. In Maestro, she relates a few experiences she had with clients to help them do this. In her work as a psychic healer, she found that karma could cause specific illnesses.

She claims to access a person's Akashic Records to find the reason for specific illnesses due to thoughts, words and/or actions in the past that have created harmful karma. The theory is that certain individuals, such as psychics and mediums can find and read the Akashic Records in a subconscious state.

Madorsky then utilizes this information to `draw out' the illnesses within a person's body with help from the Creator. She does this in such unconventional ways as visualizing what she calls "Quasiworldä" energies and in some cases, entities. Quasiworldä energy is then directed toward the ailing area in order to heal it.

"From the metaphysical point of view, just like the physical world, the Quasiworldä consists of two opposite forces, without which the universe can't develop. These are positive and negative forces of the same size and influence," she explains.

Although I do not fully comprehend her methods as a mode of healing, her clients seemed to be most happy with the positive changes to their health. The author also offers some tips on how we can alter our karma through such things as meditation and dreams, which are well worth the read.

Fast Forward: Into The Future
Fast Forward: Into The Future
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4.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic Tale considers Personal Impact of Time Travel, April 10, 2011
This intriguing science fiction tale focuses on the possibility of time travel and how such a thing could impact a person's life.

If you traveled forward in time and liked what you saw would you take steps in the present to ensure that outcome? What if your future was not so desirable? Would you do everything in your power to change it?

Teenaged student, Lucas Taylor, unexpectedly slips out of the present and into the future in the middle of one of his classes. Lucas, who has a passion for writing, learns that he will become a famous author with enough money to buy anything he wants. He also finds out that he will someday marry Carla, the girl of his dreams.

Sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Unfortunately, even the best of lives are not perfect and Lucas comes to realize that his future might not be right for him. But more fortunately, he also learns along the way that the future is not set in stone. Although he is delighted at the prospect of becoming a wealthy author, his primary struggle stems from the women in his personal life. Should he choose a future with his first love or hope for one with a new woman in his life for whom he cares deeply?

This fascinating story with its futuristic bent will take you along for the ride as Lucas travels to both the future and the past in order to make his final decision.

Developed Minds, Developing Minds and The Stupid Terrorists
Developed Minds, Developing Minds and The Stupid Terrorists
by Harish Maiya
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem in Disguise, March 17, 2010
Every once in a while a real gem of a book comes along in which the author reveals above average insights in to local, national and international affairs. Such is the case with this treatise on the social, political and economic issues facing underdeveloped, developing and developed nations.

Although I'm not thrilled with the title of this book, Maiya offers sound and practical solutions to many of the above-mentioned problems. He notes how most people in underdeveloped countries are simplex thinkers who are primarily concerned with their everyday survival, giving little if any thought to the rest of the world or the betterment of mankind as a whole. Often ruthless dictators lead such nations and could care less about making life better for even their own people.

Developing nations, on the other hand, strive in some ways to improve their social, economic and political systems but still might not have the drive or will to face their problems head on. And finally, the developed countries like the United States not only tackle their own deficiencies but also attempt to help others around the world.

Maiya discusses a multitude of issues from poverty, pollution, illiteracy, health care, child labor, military aid, government bailouts, "greedy" corporations, free trade, labor unions and unemployment, domestic violence, political corruption, terrorism, the death penalty and population control, to drugs, same-sex unions and even the workings of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). As you can tell an exhaustive list of issues are discussed with suggestions on how to handle them.

As well, Maiya relates most of these issues to India and how his homeland is doing with regard to social, political and economic progress. He gives this nation where more than 30 million people live in poverty, low grades on most issues due to "government corruption" and its ineffective multi-party system.
"In a developing country like India, the poverty rate and conditions of people living in poverty are more dismal than in any developed country," he wrote.

Although India does have universal health care, he notes that even that is not handled properly to help those in need. He even takes a stab at Bollywood and its stars for their lack of concern and inaction with regard to charitable giving.

The only thing Maiya has very few complaints about is the United States and more specifically, President Barack Obama. However, he notes that the U.S. should provide universal health care - "piece by piece" if necessary - to appease health insurance lobbyists, overpaid doctors and the private health care industry in general.

On a worldwide scale, he suggests that the U.S. should re-evaluate its aid to countries led by dictators, and increase political and economic sanctions against those nations that cannot provide even basic human rights for their people.

As for the "stupid terrorists" who seek to frighten others into giving into their demands, Maiya notes: "they can only achieve their goals... by engaging themselves positively in modern society." He adds: "The extreme ideologies of promoting violence has nothing to do with childhood abuse and trauma as some experts claim but is due to the teachings of hatred to kids about religions and the notion of perceived injustice."

Throughout the book, Maiya, an Oregon resident who is obviously well educated, proves himself as one of the world's foremost critical thinkers. It's a shame, however, that he did not seek a traditional publisher who could have presented his work in a more professional manner. Even the book cover - as you can see - is plain and uninteresting. Hopefully, future editions will give this book the dignity it deserves.

Ghosts: An Investigation into a True Canadian Haunting
Ghosts: An Investigation into a True Canadian Haunting
by Richard Palmisano
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts Interact and are even Aware of Us!, November 28, 2009
It's more than a little interesting for me to read about an actual ghost hunting investigation, but even more so in this case because the massive mansion is not far from where I live. I'm in Hamilton and the old house overlooking Lake Ontario is in Mississauga, Ontario and I'm sure I've passed by it many times in the past without knowing about its haunted history.

Currently called Fusion, the mansion is currently owned by the City of Mississauga and is considered to be of historical interest. Most recently, Ontario Hydro used the mansion as a test site. Before that, however, it was a private home that included servant's quarters.

The total land area covers 48 acres and was lived on by the Ojibwa Indians who hunted and fished there from the 1700's to the late 1800's. The site was purchased in 1937 by Charles Powell Bell, a prominent and well to do defense attorney. Bell had the mansion and nearby buildings, including a coach house built for his family, including wife, Kathleen. As fate would have it, he died three months later at the age of 30 and the site was then sold to artist James Gairdner.

The city had actually asked The Searcher Group to investigate the property after a number of paranormal events were reported at the site by the groundskeepers and security personnel. One of the groundskeepers was cleaning up the back yard when he saw a black figure.

"At first I thought it was a person; it looked like a person except it was all black like a shadow," he said. "It had a head and shoulders, arms and legs, but there were no features. It approached me and directly behind it was another one. It didn't have eyes but I could feel it looking at me. I turned and ran for the truck."

Another groundskeeper saw the spirits of a man and woman in wedding attire on the back of the property near the lake, while security personnel were often called after alarms were triggered but there was never anyone there.

During the group's three-year investigation, they recorded countless EVPs of various people who once resided on the property. What is really interesting, however, is that the spirits, particularly those inside the mansion, coach house and adjoining farm spoke not only to the investigators but also to each other. What is even more disturbing is that the ghosts were completely aware that the investigation was occurring and often reacted to it as evidenced by the EVPs. For those who don't know, EVP stands for Electronic Voice Phenomenon and is disembodied voices caught on tape.

The investigation also included many sightings of the `black figures' and ghosts by members of The Searcher Group and others in the paranormal field that joined in to assist them. As well, there was one spirit in particular, who frequently displayed his anger and threatened physical harm to those he considered as intruders in his home.

If you want to learn more not only about how ghost hunters operated but also what it's like to be on the other side of the veil, then this book is most definitely for you. I found it fascinating that those who have passed over are still so aware of those of us still in the physical world.

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Overland: A Novel
Overland: A Novel
by Mark Stephen Levy
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3.0 out of 5 stars Taking the 'Magic Bus' to find the Woman he Loves, October 18, 2009
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This fiction tale takes the primary character, Danny Benson, on an exciting yet dangerous journey via the "Magic Bus" to Afghanistan where he hopes to find the woman he loves.
Heather had already left on the same route headed eventually for Katmandu but neither of them makes it that far. Instead, Danny finds her in Kabul amid the turmoil of the 1979 Soviet invasion of Pakistan. He hopes she'll explain why she opted to travel and find herself rather than marry him and live the life of a doctor's wife in California.
As fate would have it, a bomb blast sends them in different directions before any explanation can be made and Danny finds himself stranded in this foreign land not knowing what became of his beloved Heather. Of course, the search for her continues but with a surprising twist that brings him more happiness than he could ever have imagined.
It is clear that a great deal of thought went into the plot of Overland - the title taken from a travel guide book entitled Going Overland that features various countries including Pakistan and India. The first chapter takes the reader back to a time when Danny visited Ireland, where a lovely lass with sparkling green eyes enters his life. The story then moves ahead 11 years to Washington, D.C. where Heather and another man enter into a heated discussion at a local bar. Both of these events are tied up nicely at the end of the book as to how they relate to the overall story.
The characters are well developed and the reader soon becomes attached - particularly to Danny. The descriptions of the various locations are full and captivating, letting the reader take them in with all senses. In the end, we celebrate along with the main character and share fully in his joy.
Overland is a great story, full of adventure, humor, and life and death situations that put the reader on the edge of his or her seat.

No Justice: A Michael Sykora Novel
No Justice: A Michael Sykora Novel
by Darcia Helle
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced Action that will keep You Reading, September 9, 2009
I love it when a book begins with an intriguing first line - one that immediately captures my attention and draws me in through the need to know more. No Justice does that. I instantly wanted to sit for the rest of the day just reading it.
This book tells the tale of a man who lost his loved one to murder and the criminal was never brought to justice - hence the name. What do you do when the justice system fails you? Do you take matters into your own hands or hope that an all-knowing and loving God would eventually be meted out that justice? Michael Sykora chose the former.
Author Darcia Helle has written a riveting story, albeit somewhat predictable. As the reader follows Michael on his quest of fury and murder, I found myself turning each page faster than the last to find out what happened. It will certainly keep you rapt from beginning to end.
And speaking of the end, I somehow felt that there was more that should have followed - some explanations - some climax to it all. Was there still no justice? I guess not. Did they live happily ever after? Perhaps I was to assume so. Fortunately, Darcia Helle is already planning a sequel to this book!

In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives
In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives
by John P. Haines
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey to find Truth, Self and the Path to Happiness, September 7, 2009
I just finished reading In Search of Simplicity by John P. Haines and feel like I've been given a great gift. That gift is a rare glimpse into the most remote reaches of our planet where people live the simple life - happy, long-lived lives with little more than their families and the clothes on their backs. It's an almost forgotten existence that those of us in supposedly more progressive countries find hard to even imagine.
John began his mystical journey and search for truth after being sent on a two-year contract with Bell Canada International to Saudi Arabia. Already a manager with Bell, John always figured he'd pursue a corporate career. However, this was not to be. He found himself with new friends swimming amongst the coral reefs and abundance of life beneath the Red Sea and his eyes were opened to a new and to him - as yet undiscovered world.
The itch to travel got hold of him and soon he found himself in such remote locations as Yogyakarta, Java, Papua New Guinea, Guilin in southern China, the Hunzas in northern Pakistan, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi, Nepal, Kathmandu, McLeod Ganj, Tibet, Dharmsala, India, Malawi, Africa and a sprinkling of tropical islands such as Kiriwina and Telofomin. He also traveled to such countries as The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Iran and Germany. Along the way, John learned about meditation, yoga, Buddhism, Chinese medicine, breathing exercises, the value of herbs and natural foods. As well he read books about renowned spiritual teachers, various philosophies and more. He also intermingled with the natives and learned their natural way of living long and contented lives. He learned that material wealth doesn't come anywhere near as close to bringing happiness, as spiritual peace and good health.
" I loved this wandering life where every day was an unknown adventure," he said.
But traveling often on foot lead to some serious problems along the way. He suffered almost constant diarriah, severe headaches, fevers, a bout of appendicitis and even rabies from a dog. Even so, John came away from his traveling experiences a much more enlightened and happy man. He also fell in love. He met a beautiful Dutch woman named Lucia in McLeod Ganj who eventually became his wife.
I loved reading along as John traveled from one destination to another and learned as he learned too. A couple of things really stood out to me. The first was an experience he had in Tibet. While meditating, he traveled out of body and understood the true essence of time, space and his place as a divine presence in the Now. He discovered his true Self. Anyone adept at meditation can achieve this and it's truly a wonderfully enlightening experience.
As John traveled, many synchronicities occurred that put him at the right place at the right time, brought the exact information he needed or friends he'd met thousands of miles away suddenly appeared in some remote village. I also felt synchronicities while reading this book. John has been around the world but was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario. So was I! We shared an almost identical meditation experience and to my surprise, on Page 362 he recounted the time he heard the angels sing.
"The voices were, quite literally, out of this world," he wrote. "I have never in my life, before or since, heard anything at all close to as beautiful as this. The sound was so profound and so melodious that it seemed to stir some deep musical memory in me."
When I first told my daughters of a similar experience a number of years ago, they looked at me like I was from Mars. Now, with John's written words, they know I'm not crazy! I have heard this heavenly choir on three separate occasions - all while I was praying in a meditative state.
The greatest lesson John learned through his myriad of experiences was that having just enough - was enough. Today, he, Lucia and their children live a simple, self-sufficient yet full life together in New Zealand.
I would highly recommend this book not only for it's colorful descriptions of remote places and peoples, but also for the many insights that will have you re-evaluating your own life and how you live it.

Aside from being an author, John Haines is also an inspirational speaker who conducts workshops in voice, communication, nutrition and motivation. [...]

The Two Marys: The Hidden History of the Mother and Wife of Jesus
The Two Marys: The Hidden History of the Mother and Wife of Jesus
by Sylvia Browne
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3.0 out of 5 stars Browne offers unlikely alternatives to Bible stories, August 29, 2009
The controversy over whether Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had children began in our modern time after the release of the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln in 1982. Although a work of fiction, the authors claim to have conducted extensive research and say there are many until now, hidden truths within it. The Catholic Church banned this book and the authors were maligned. Nevertheless, it was a best seller and got people thinking: could this be true?

According to Sylvia Browne it is. She writes that Joseph of Arimathaea, who had tin mines in the British Isles (thus was quite wealthy), assisted Jesus in his escape after the `crucifixion' by bribing Pilate. Browne says along with her own research, her guide, Francine, filled her in on what actually happened over 2,000 years ago. As well, Browne says she had her own visions and actually saw events of that time unfolding.

More recently, Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code raised the issue of Jesus and Mary Magdalene again and scholars are frantically attempting to this day, to get at and uncover the truth. According to Browne the discoveries of the Nag Hammadi Gnostic writings (1945), the Dead Sea Scrolls (1947), the Apocryphon of John, the Sophia of Jesus Christ, the Act of Peter and the Gospel of Mary were vitally important, particularly since it became ever more clear that the Catholic Church picked and chose only those writings it felt reflected Jesus as the Son of God who died on the cross and Mary Magdalene as a prostitute to ensure Christ's divinity. - and more importantly, the church's hold on the masses through the guilt associated with good and evil.
As well, the Old Testament portrays God as nasty and vengeful, while writings excluded portray Him as an all-loving Creator. At the Council of Nicaea in the early fourth century, which was presided over by emperor Constantine, this patriarchal group could not let a woman be seen as Jesus' wife and most loved apostle.
The Two Mary's offers an entirely new perspective from Jesus and Mary Magdalene playing together as children, being wed at Cana (the wedding referred to in the Bible), and the escape of Jesus after the crucifixion with his mother, Mary, Joseph of Arimathaea and his wife, Mary Magdalene to Qumran. (Interestingly, Qumran means `heaven,' so it was easy for those at the Council of Nicaea to claim Jesus went to heaven after his crucifixion.) Browne claims it was there that Magdalene became pregnant with their first child, Sarah.

They then went on to Tyre where they set sail for what is known today as Turkey, then on to Greece, Italy, Egypt and then Britain. When they left Britain, they sailed to Marseille on the coast of France and eventually took up residence in a small town called Rennes-le-Chateau in the south of France. Jesus changed his name to David Albenguntun and they (primarily Magdalene) continued to spread the gospel.

Basically, Browne portrays Mary, the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene as being very close, like mother and daughter. As well, they both learned and understood more of Jesus' teachings than any of the disciples, and both has their own psychic and healing abilities. Magdalene had also done most of the teaching to the disciples, much to the chagrin of Peter, who replaced Magdalene in prominence and was portrayed by the church as its founding rock.

The Two Marys follows on the heels of Sylvia Browne's book The Mystical Life of Jesus. Although her version of the facts sound far too fantastic to believe, Browne says her guide has confirmed that eventually, all of this information will come to light as more and more discoveries of old writings are found. Whether this will occur remains to be seen.

It must be noted that this book was a bit of a disappointment. I've never read one of Browne's books where she rambles on and even repeats herself so many times. As to her views on what really happened so long ago, only time and further discoveries can verify them.

The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
by WM. Paul Young
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant effort makes God more Personable, August 29, 2009
If you haven't read The Shack (Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity) you really must! Ranking high in on-line bookstores and already read be many, this book offers insights into the heart and mysteries of God that cannot be found anywhere else.

The experiences shared by the main character, Mackenzie Allen Phillips will open your eyes to an all loving creator, who leaves no one - not even the worst of us - left behind. His door to communication is always open and his magnitude of understanding almost unimaginable.

For "Mack," it took a terrible personal tragedy to bring him face to face with God in all his/her forms - Papa (Father), Jesus (Son) and Sarayu (Holy Ghost). And although some may claim that Mack's experiences with the three were depression/drug induced, no one can deny that the story he tells of what he believes really happened offers divine glimpses into how God thinks and acts. He even, from Mack's account, has a sense of humor.

If you are already a believer, Mack's story will bring what you already know to light and shed even more light on those big questions for which you could never get answers. If you are an unbeliever, glean from it what you can and weigh the truths you find written within the pages. God truly never gives up on anyone.

I've said it before but it is never more true than for this wonderful book: you WILL NOT want to put it down. After you finish reading it, you can leave your comments or discuss this book with others at [...]. You can also learn about the Missy Project at [...].

This book has been so widely and for the most part, positively received that plans are now in the works to have it translated for distribution in over 30 languages. As well, it is hoped that the book will also be turned into a movie and it has already received interest from film producers.

Now I know from looking at other reviews that not everyone appreciates this author's work. However, I think he's brilliant!

Since You've Been Gone
Since You've Been Gone
by Carlene Thompson
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Suspense that will keep you Reading!, August 29, 2009
This fiction tales revolves around a woman named Rebecca Ryan, who was born with her grandmother's psychic ability. As a teenager, she became notorious in her small hometown of Sinclair, West Virginia when she was unable to help police rescue her kidnapped baby brother.

Rebecca, who then lived and worked to New Orleans, returned home when she learned that her Aunt Esther had cancer. Little did she know that she'd relive the horror of her past when her best friend's son was kidnapped. She then races against time to find a way to bring her abilities back to life in hopes of saving the youngster.

Author Carlene Thompson has developed a full and intriguing story that offers the readers a number of possible suspects before the true villain is exposed. Her haunting and terrifying visions are also presented well throughout the book. The characters are also well developed and the reader will find him or herself rooting for some, while despising others.

All in all, Since You've Been Gone is a gripping tale that just might keep you up at night - reading that is!

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