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The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life
The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Happiness of Pursuit is a great book because it offers ..., September 24, 2014
The Happiness of Pursuit is a great book because it offers valuable insights based on the extraordinary experience of author Chris Guillebeau, who invested 10 years of his life traveling to every country in the world. What will readers learn from the book? It depends. Simply reading this or any book is a waste of time unless the knowledge is applied and in this case, the possible gain is huge. Chris provides enough inspiring examples from his global travels to prove that being on a mission or "quest" to achieve a dream gives meaning and purpose to our life. As a good friend of mine likes to say, "This is a non-trivial matter"! Feeling a sense of purpose and meaning is about as good as it gets. This book can help the reader find and begin a personally important adventure. Happiness is not the same as peace of mind or enlightenment but it's sure better than being depressed.

Heed Your Call: Integrating Myth, Science, Spirituality, and Business
Heed Your Call: Integrating Myth, Science, Spirituality, and Business
by David M. Howitt
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living The Hero's Journey, February 26, 2014
Would you like to see what a life can be when lived by intuition, faith and courage? Heed Your Call is the true story of how David M. Howitt learned to embody 'the Hero's Journey'. It is full of amazing examples to inspire, motivate and support your adventure toward an epic life. So, I'm going to keep this brief, to save you time for reading the book, because, well, if you're like most of us, your life could use a little transformation.

The Adventure of Being Human: Lessons on Soulful Living from the Heart of the Urantia Revelation
The Adventure of Being Human: Lessons on Soulful Living from the Heart of the Urantia Revelation
by Byron Belitsos
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves Me Speechless, February 14, 2013
The Adventure of Being Human, transmitted and introduced by Jerry Lane is one of those books that can leave you speechless for many reasons. Building on the colossal work known as The Urantia Book, it continues the tradition of channeled information and offers us more than can be grasped by the logical mind. If one accepts this material as authentic, there is a wealth of poetic content, attributed to the beings known historically as Jesus and his mother Mary. In the context of The Urantia Book, these beings are literally our spiritual "parents" who have gone by a variety of names but remaining cosmic creators inhabiting vast reaches of what could be called our galactic neighborhood.

For those who do not completely accept this as gospel, the book will hold less appeal but there is none-the-less, a rich collection of writing that ranges from beautifully well written to absolutely astonishing in a way that I think most open minded readers will be challenged to explain away. The subtitle is "Lessons on Soulful Living from the Heart of the Urantia Revelation" and as such, it absolutely delivers, in marvelous style. The question naturally arises, if this isn't actually the direct expression or communication from two cosmic creators, who claim to be our Parents, then how does one make sense of the obvious quality and passion?

Leaving aside the question of authenticity, because ultimately this is a personal decision, we encounter a book of substantial wisdom encompassing a vast vision. The editor states the primary purpose is to "amplify the core teachings of The Urantia Book" and of course it succeeds completely. The second stated purpose is to "introduce the two central deity-personalities of the Urantia Revelation", and again, it does, but I'm assuming this intent is exclusively for those unfamiliar with the original text. With this secondary purpose, there appears to be an underlying acceptance that anyone reading this new material will accept the premise as fact and read on, in absolute faith, because there is no discussion of the profound implications involved.

In the Prologue by Jerry Lane, the one who has channeled the book, there is an interesting presentation about how it happens. Again, I think this is certainly relevant but to be honest, it also seems to ignore the much bigger and grander question that I would think lives somewhere in even the most devout believer. To use an analogy, if you actually met Jesus or Mary and took dictation while they spoke to you, I'm not sure if most of us would want to simply talk about the mechanics.

What I'm trying to suggest is that this book prompts an almost necessary decision to either accept the material as genuine or to remain undecided and just savor it as a work of fiction. If you're a believer then this book will definitely rate as another majestic and supernatural transmission to learn and grow with. To the non-believer or merely skeptic, it probably feels like an amazing novelty that speaks volumes about the genius of Jerry Lane, because there's no way to ignore the grandeur and phenomenal depth of the writing.

The topics covered in the teachings are so far ranging that the only way to get even a cursory sense of this material is to quickly scan the Table of Contents. The format of the book is a series of brief sections that could qualify as poetry, but presented as prose. From the first offering titled "I Am a River of Spirit" to "Your Ultimate Destiny", these teachings, or transmissions, or collection of verses, depending on your perspective, touch on the deepest possible considerations of being human and in my opinion, stand as valuable insights regardless of your position on the origin.

Finally, there is included a significant collection of supplementary material in the Appendices that add even greater depth to this already amazing book. There is a "Special Note to Christians", "A Brief History of the Teaching Mission", "Urantia Movement Resources", among others that I would think makes "The Adventure of Being Human" a must read for Urantia fans and for everyone else, at the very least, a thoughtful, even challenging collection of sacred teachings. Reading this book would absolutely elevate one's consciousness to high levels of thought for all but the most cynical, who naturally would never give it a chance.

Wide Awake in Dreamland: A Journey Ends at Colliding Rivers
Wide Awake in Dreamland: A Journey Ends at Colliding Rivers
by Michael Harrington
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Your Wide Awakening, December 6, 2012
"Wide Awake In Dreamland" by Michael Harrington, author of "Touched by the Dragon's Breath", is a marvelous new book I believe you will love. Beginning as a collection of true stories involving the authors friendship with a beloved teacher, referred to affectionately as "The Chief", we are taken on an amazing journey. The degree of wisdom and relevant observations about our global condition is nothing less than brilliant and inspiring. The insights are profound and cover a vast range of psychological and spiritual traditions from Jungian archetypes to the knowledge embedded within indigenous cultures.

The reader is treated to a wealth of intelligent considerations including a holographic reality, the possibility of time travel, alternate universes, the deep truth hinted at with quantum physics, theories revolving around Mayan end dates and the seemingly miraculous healing power of practices like Ho'oponopano. There is a well informed look at signs and synchronicity along with current social and world order possibilities.

The whole book is almost a summary of contemporary ideas about life, relationships and our place in the cosmos, all packaged in down-to-earth anecdotes that bring it all home in a very real and honest way.

This is a truly wonderful book that deserves national attention, so I hope it will gain the kind of word-of-mouth reputation that can compete with huge marketing budgets, because this is a real gem among oceans of less relevant information.

Highly recommended!

Our Light Body: A Kundalini Awakening Testimonial (Volume 1)
Our Light Body: A Kundalini Awakening Testimonial (Volume 1)
by Mary E. Rabyor
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.65
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening!, November 21, 2012
Our Light Body by Mary E. (Betsy) Rabyor is, in my opinion, an important addition to the body of information about humanity's awakening and transformation. Considering this process is, to my mind, the entire purpose of being alive, a first-hand, well-documented book is extremely valuable for helping us understand how this is happening individually and globally. This excellent book is also more evidence that this process of transformation is increasing, and this can be taken as very good news, since spiritual awakening is characterized by a transcendence of merely selfish concerns, into a way of life that is full of unconditional love, peace and joy.

When I was a young man beginning to explore and inquire into enlightenment, there were very few books on this subject and they were mostly philosophical in nature. Now we are getting detailed information from individuals actually going through the process and sharing with all, so more and more of us can be "up to speed" on what's happening on our beautiful blue planet.

I've come across many stories of people who suddenly awakened through a kundalini experience without any prior understanding of the process, and it created extreme difficulties in their life. With the increasing availability of information from books such as Our Light Body, more of us will be prepared to adapt to the changes with greater clarity and empowerment.

Reading through the author's personal journal makes it obvious this is not an easy process, so we can be deeply grateful for this unusually thorough documentation of what is the most profound experience anyone can know.

The first three sections of Our Light Body address the transformational process in general, with clarity, insight and wisdom. The last section is a personal account of the incredible changes and experiences the author generously shares with us. Important and relevant questions are addressed with the deep perspective we would expect from someone so far advanced in their awakening.

The author wisely avoids unnecessary instructions, knowing full well this is something orchestrated by our Higher Self, and essentially beyond words, so we are advised to simply surrender to the process, still the mind chatter with faith we are being guided. This is a marvelous book that I highly recommend.

Pineal Gland & Third Eye: Proven Methods to Develop Your Higher Self
Pineal Gland & Third Eye: Proven Methods to Develop Your Higher Self
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, October 16, 2012
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This is an excellent book. The subject is covered efficiently with a wealth of great resources and links to helpful videos. I especially enjoyed the author sharing personal experiences.

Beyond the Power of Your Subconscious Mind
Beyond the Power of Your Subconscious Mind
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Key to Freedom, August 15, 2012
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Beyond The Power of The Subconscious Mind, by C. James Jensen, is a masterful update and important addition to the classic work of Dr. Joseph Murphy's original landmark book which created the foundation for Omega Seminars. In the foreword by Dr. Lee Pulos, the essence of this philosophy is clearly summarized: "We create what we focus or concentrate on, and our beliefs are largely responsible for the areas in which we focus most attention. Our experiences then will follow our focus, beliefs, expectations and intention".

Expanding on Murphy's great creation is no small undertaking, but Jensen has done an admirable job. Again quoting Dr. Pulos, Jensen's update has included "..integrating current neuroscience, psychological theory and research". Jensen illuminates the three aspects of manifestation as "desire", "expectation" and "imagination", which is in perfect harmony with the teachings of Neville Goddard and every other great thinker who has dared to challenge the prevailing trends of entrenched mainstream science and psychology, i.e., we are the product of our genes and/or socialization.

The work of C. James Jensen offers practical techniques and formulas for application in every area of life but most importantly, this book supports the principle that we can create our destiny by mastering our inner life. This is the golden key to freedom. Beyond The Power of The Subconscious Mind is an excellent book for thoroughly understanding and using this key to create a magnificent life for ourselves and our world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Love Affair Wtih Your Money Honey, June 4, 2012
Unlike every book I've ever read or seen on the subject of finance, wealth building or money management, FINANCIAL ALCHEMY reveals the one essential truth that we have a relationship with money! The author, Morgana Rae, refers to this relationship as our "money honey". Learning about our relationship with money is enough reason to read and use this superb workbook. Having heard her speak, I discovered Morgana has been through the fire of absolute financial despair and returned with a golden realization she shares with charm, passion and brilliant insights. Her teachings are presented in the effective format of a twelve month process. I strongly recommend learning about your relationship with money and the alchemical process to transform it. Like the title implies, FINANCIAL ALCHEMY is about permanent, almost miraculous change.

I want to highlight just one among the many gems, that fill the book. In Part One, page 15, using the metaphor of our relationship with money, (which of course is a reality), Morgana lists 16 "Money Dislikes". These are qualities, attitudes or actions that money doesn't like. And she is right on. Just that one list is worth the price and would have saved the 90% of lottery winners who end up broke within 2 years.

FINANCIAL ALCHEMY is not about investing wisely, managing your portfolio, getting into real estate or building a business. It is about the foundation we all need to have a successful, enduring love affair with our Money Honey. How much is that worth to you?
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Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
by Tahl Raz
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dining For Dollars, November 7, 2011
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This is an excellent book. Pay no attention to the nay-sayers and negative fault finders! Have they written anything better? The whole purpose of this book is to remind us of the infinite value of relationships and to provide strategies to build our world of connections. Some of the critical comments about this book make me laugh. It's always remarkable to see an intelligent, valuable, well written book, full of great suggestions and ideas.....torn apart with nit picking, small minded attitudes. You will find a wealth of insights worth far more than the cost and a little time invested.

Ever considered assigning specific people to each of your goals? This may seem like an obvious idea, but i've read countless books by all the greats in the field and have never come across this one brilliant idea. I think it's fairly common for people to think they're going to achieve goals on their own, while the reality is rarely if ever happens that way. We always get by with a little help from our friends, so it only makes sense to be conscious about this important step and match people with goals!

Also, the author places huge emphasis on the importance of GIVING to our network of connections. This book is NOT about how to milk our friends for help! If you're actually spending most of your time, working on ways to better serve your network .....the only other book you'll need is how to manage your wealth! "Never Eat Alone" is really about improving our service and the critical reviewers somehow manage to completely miss that point. Notice the book has over 278 reviews! Obviously the author is doing something very right to motivate that many readers!

Practical Wisdom: The Seeker's Guide to a Meaningful Life
Practical Wisdom: The Seeker's Guide to a Meaningful Life
by Frank Mallinder
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars TRULY TRANSFORMATIONAL, October 25, 2011
This is one of the most concise, powerful, important books I've ever read, and I have an incredible library containing masterpieces of inspiration, collected over 40 years. Many teachers, guides, leaders and self-help gurus fill large books or 10 cds with information Frank covers in about 90 pages! I hope you have discovered this book at an early age because, if put into practice, your life is about to become a fabulous adventure.

On page 45, we discover 75% of Americans are suffering from acedia, an illness defined as "fatigued apathy, cynicism, and general spiritual weariness". Wow, sound familiar? Amazingly, in only 90 pages, this powerful book gets to the heart of the problem and offers psychological tools that work, along with clear, understandable directions to change that condition into a joyful, creative, love filled way of being. This is also an important book because, refreshingly, there are no easy, misleading "secrets", and instead we are given a simple, literally transformational technique Frank calls 'the smile exercise'.

Learning to master our emotions in the service of a love-based mission or vision is certainly one of, if not THE greatest challenge we all face. Practical Wisdom, in my opinion is one of the best books ever written, simply because it is effective at teaching us how to meet that challenge with clarity, commitment and compassion.

I recently had the honor of taking Frank to the airport and in passing, asked him to sum up his work. He paused for a moment and said "I'm a soul doctor". After working with him for 3 years, I can tell you, it's definitely true. So, thank goodness, this wonderful book is available because now the good doctor is in and open for a visit 24/7. Goodbye acedia - hello creative, joyful living! As Frank likes to call it....being "peacefully supercharged"!

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