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Minnetonka Men's Pile Lined Softsole Slipper,Brown,11 M US
Minnetonka Men's Pile Lined Softsole Slipper,Brown,11 M US
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2.0 out of 5 stars Expect them to last for about 2-3 months of daily use, May 1, 2015
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The comfort is great, but the holes around the top of the foot for the leather are too close to the end of the fabric. This means they will rip out after 2-3 months of use. You'd expect them to last for at least a year. I've had cheaper ones last years.


2013: Beginning an Era of Hope and Harmony
2013: Beginning an Era of Hope and Harmony
by R. Lataine Townsend
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Re-tread, April 27, 2015
Similar to the much better Return of the Children of Light: Incan and Mayan Prophecies for a New World.

This book could have been more careful in sources (e.g. Little Grandmother).


One Spirit Medicine: Ancient Ways to Ultimate Wellness
One Spirit Medicine: Ancient Ways to Ultimate Wellness
by Alberto Villoldo Ph.D.
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.14

19 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars neo 'shaman' new tree ants, April 25, 2015
The author is a sincere person who has studied with native peoples and shamans of different cultures. He is a prolific author and founder of the Four Winds Society and the training programs it offers. The Munay-Ki ceremonies/rites that are taught there are partially based on a diverse set of rites from a subset of Q'ero medicine people of the Andes. The authors ability to have conveyed, with adaptation, information from his indigineious teachers, is generally an important contribution to modern understanding of ancient ways.

This books synthesis, and title, revolves around a concept called 'One Spirit Medicine'. Not to be confused with Spirit Medicine by Hank Wesselman or Medicine Of One: The Path Of The Circle by Lomakayu. Both of these other titles may also be of interest.

'One Spirit Medicine' claims to convey the 'ancient' teachings from the 'shamans' and to integrate this with nutritional research from modern medicine. The book wants you to know that the 'shamans' have the superior knowledge, and their ancient way of 'One Spirit Medicine', is ultimately superior to modern medicine. These two approaches, the modern and the ancient, are sometimes held in harmony. But more often the books tone is that allopathic medicine is inferior. The book also claims very early that its content and method is based on shamanic process, especially the vision quest. But during the nutritional part of the book it's very hard to feel much connection to shamanic process.

The first part of the book starts with an overview of this fantastique program of 'One Spirit Medicine' and some background on shamanism and spirit. If you have watched Yoda talking about the force in Star Wars, or the Navi people from Pandora talking about Ewa, you've got the same vibe. If you grove on this way of looking at the world then you should check out videos from the Bioneers. Folks like Paul Stamets and Jeremy Narby (The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge) are all over this.

The core vision that I think the book is trying to go is not described adequately enough before delving into the nutrition aspects. What should have been said is that 'One Spirit Medicine' is the internal alignment of your metabolic processes with the larger luminous field manifesting upon and within the biosphere. That if you can imagine and tap into that noosphere of light, and then imagine aligning your lifestyle with that, starting from your food, then you bring your entire biology into harmony with light, that you can surf the great transformation into a luminuous civilization that is forming right now. This feels like the core message to me. But it also feels like the text often leads away from this vision by spouting too many facts and left-brain analysis which is the pathology of western civilization. There was great potential in this book. The nuggets are still here. But the core message is buried by facts when more visionary metaphor and poetry, to bring the right-brain into play, and both hemispheres into balance, is missing for much of the book. This visionary aspect I am bringing up is a core theme within Alberto's work, especially around the 'Munay-Ki' teachings. This vision is diluted by facts in this book.

"To the shamans, eternity is available to anyone who upgrades their brain and grows a new, improved body through One Spirit Medicine."

That sentence is a hologram to the entire book and gives you a clear idea of the books synthesis. The hyperbole around 'One Spirit Medicine' is as deep as it is frequent. You would have to keep your wits about you to make it through this book holding many disparate concepts together. Ultimately it does not matter if such claims around brain upgrades and new bodies is based on fact or anything any shaman or medicine person ever originally said or taught.

The books use of the word 'shaman' (a Siberian/Mongolian word only truly applicable in that part of the world), is very general. This phrase is also nebulous to anyone who has been in ceremonies with medicine people, especially in Peru and Bolivia. In South America there are specific disciplines for medicine people like a paqo, altomesayok, ayahuascero, tabaquero, huachumero, etc. Hard-core medicine people and healers in the Americas, specialists, do not typically go around using a general term like 'shaman'. Outside of Siberia and Mongolia, the claim 'I am a shaman' is not common among medicine people. This term shaman is being used colloquially in the West as a blanket term for a spiritual person typically in the Harner/Ingerman lines, though it now has a much wider & vague connotation.

Much of the first part of the book is about detoxification and dietary changes. Certainly this information is important, especially the use of fasting. But most of the content here makes this a nutrition and dieting book for the alternative-minded. We get so far into an epiphany of phytonutrients and superfood that Spirit exits the show for many scenes. What happened to the vision quest and the shamanic process? Any magic of Spirit or of shamanic quest the book had at the start is now diluted, never fully coming back through the very last detours at the end of the tome.

By the time you get into the core of the book you realize some turbulence of themes. The book tries to market an ancient and aboriginal 'One Spirit Medicine' while spooning Western science. The book promotes the concept literally that "our ancestors came from the north". This is stated in reference to the theory that the Americas were populated only via migration through the Bering Straight, etc. Do people in Africa think their ancestors came from the North? There are many subtle Euro-centric undertones in this book, either through kowtowing western science and it's philosophical/mythic memes, or by doing a sometimes hard sell to North American New Agers. It's really hard to get a clean message of ancient wisdom that 'One Spirit Medicine' may hold when you keep banging pots and pans in the name of the West.

Eventually the 'One Spirit Medicine' program moves from body into mind and emotions. Hard selling you the notion that if you can just be clean enough in body and mind, you can turn off the death process of your body and become an immortal. (Should you be unable to do this from reading the book you can take a retreat with Four Winds on how to 'grow a new body'. Prices for previous retreats starting from fourwinds.com have ranged from $6,600-$7,900 for "Grow a new body - January 19-26 2015" [/grow-new-body-3/] to the more serious $11.5K-$14K for "GROW A NEW BODY INTENSIVE - January 5-12 2015" [/grow-new-body/].)

Within this book you also hear about an odd association of power animals to the four directions. This is concept old territory from the authors earlier books called the 'Inka Medicine Wheel'. This is the template of the North American tribes 'medicine wheel' mind-melded to South American power animals. (cf footnote 1) But the book overreaches in it's claim to define a standard set of power animals for all tribes in the Americas, North, Central, and South American. The book says that the tribes of the Americas recognize the Eagle as the spirit animal of the East. Not so. Just like the colors of the four directions, which varied by tribe, there is no canonical standard of totem animals for the four directions. West is commonly Bear, or the Thunderbeings. North is commonly Tatanka/Buffalo/Bison. The Chippewa medicine person Sun Bear in Dancing with the Wheel: The Medicine Wheel Workbook presents a more common medicine wheel but even that is not universal among the 500 nations of turtle island (North America). 'One Spirit Medicine' encores a homebrew of Hummingbird, Jaguar, Serpent, and Eagle. But even the concept of the medicine wheel is not free from Western memes that we earlier thought we were trying to overcome. Frequently in this book Greek myths crash the native camp. During talk of the direction of the West the Greek character Psyche and her inner journey are used. If Western society and medicine is so messed up, then why do we keep bringing up Psyche in this book when we are trying to discover 'One Spirit Medicine'? This is the same author who said "The Mythology of the West has gone bankrupt." [video: "It's up to you" - youtube - 18:40 & 19:42].

Starting from chapter 10 (The Journey to the Divine Feminine), it felt like the book became unfocused. There are associations here be made to Jaguar which seem to lack any logical or aboriginal backing at all. We hear that jaguar teaches how you get what you want (makes sense, catching prey). But we hear that jaguar also teaches acceptance because the jaguar will die and it's body will feed the forest. Huh? What animals do not die and decay? This is an example of something that should have been left on the editing floor because it has no authentic tie to any native tradition. And the Greek memes keep appearing awkwardly. Jaguar in one breath and then Hercules and Cerberus in the next. The books says the awakening of the (Mayan) Jaguar body is the same as the Buddhist rainbow body. ???? There is nothing across these cultures to tie the two concepts together. You would be much better to seek out Ted Andrews in Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small for your advise on what the animals symbolize.

By the time we come to chapter 12, we are thrust back into the vision quest as if shaken and startled from a dream. We abruptly leave behind our phytonutrients and earlier health consciousness of the body in order to talk about these directional animals and the process of transformation. Now we are back somewhere else. The conceptual shifts from section to section are rapid and not often smooth.

Before we leave the story we again hear about associating the West with finding the Divine Feminine. This is very strange as any goddess song clearly declares that the sacred mother is everywhere or all around. And don't ask me why we are taking a big paragraph to talk about minecraft near the end. What the? Even into the last few paragraphs we take a quick jaunt into Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism for another set of points which do not fit well either into the overall theme of 'One Spirit Medicine'.

SUMMARY

Overall this is not the authors best title. The audience seems to be those interested in a combination of shamanism (with filters on), nutrition, and general New Age tendencies. If you know anything about nutrition or shamanism, or ever been in native ceremonies, then this is likely a skip.

Looking for a serious medicine teacher to spend time with? Get yourself to the Amazon and/or Cuzco. I hear good things about The Temple of the Way of Light and Ayahuasca Foundation.

If you are interested in Andean mysticism/'shamanism' here are some of the best titles:
Gate of Paradise: Secrets of Andean Shamanism
Andean Awakening: An Inca Guide to Mystical Peru
The Fourth Level: Nature Wisdom Teachings of the Inka
Masters of the Living Energy: The Mystical World of the Q'ero of Peru

If you want a very good overview of the medicine path ('shamanism') this is a great book:
Walking in Light: The Everyday Empowerment of a Shamanic Life

FOOTNOTE 1

This allegedly was told by Don Jicaram, a single Q'ero teacher, to the author. There is no readily available biographical data on Don Jicaram. There are no records of any other Q'ero priest giving this teaching nor is this a commonly documented teaching among the Q'ero. Generally the Q'ero chumpi rites do not associate the energy belts with power animals or archetypes. The standard association in Andean spirituality using animals is in the association between the levels of reality/consciousness as expressed in the Chakana. These power animals are well known across the Andes as being the snake, the puma of the mountains (not Jaguar of the Amazon jungle), and the Kondor (not the Eagle). Neither the Q'ero nation, nor major practicitioners of Andean spirituality in various groups, have ever been documented to talk about their power animals as being in the form of a North American 'medicine wheel'. The Four Winds website itself does not list any animal visualizations in it's description of the Chumpi ceremonies as part of the South Illumination program. See Paul M Sivert as having an accessible description in English of the chumpi ceremony.

FOOTNOTE 1a

The following is an excerpt from The Latin American Anthropology Review - 1992:15-16 by Donald Joralemon, Smith College, in a review of The Four Winds:

"...where is the precedent for an Andean concept of the medicine wheel, which is usually associated with native North Americans? Why are the symbolic associations of the four cardinal directions that Villoldo says he was taught so different from those documented in the anthropological literature on South American shamanism? What evidence is there that Machu Picchu ever played the central role in Andean shamanism attributed to the site by Villoldo? ... If you believe his story, Villoldo has earned the distinction of being psychopomp to the Western world. The problem is, there is so very much not to be believed. Put simply, there is more self-promotion than self-enlightenment to be found in this book."


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Heavy Duty Roller Shower Curtain Rings, Polished Chrome Clipperton RollerRings®, Set of 12
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very innovative design, April 25, 2015
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This design is really super. You reduce the friction on the bar which makes the curtains open and close with ease. Even on some bars that are expandable and have one part going into the other, these move across easier than other types of hooks/rings. Worth a try.


Invisible
Invisible
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3.0 out of 5 stars Echos of many pieces including Early Man, April 4, 2015
This review is from: Invisible (MP3 Music)
I'm glad Steve is creative. There is room for long/70min ambient/atmospheric pieces. But I don't really grove on this pondering dark brooding line.


Fasting to Freedom
Fasting to Freedom
by Ron Lagerquist & Tom McGregor
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some things should be free, April 3, 2015
This review is from: Fasting to Freedom (Paperback)
There are religious overtones throughout. But this is a classic. If you look around a free PDF can be found easily.


The Master Cleanser
The Master Cleanser
by Stanley Burroughs
Edition: Paperback
Price: $5.36
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual View of the Master Cleanse, April 1, 2015
This review is from: The Master Cleanser (Paperback)
If you don't believe in energy or spirituality then you can stop reading here and save us all some time. If you want to know more than keep reading.

I've been a Reiki Master for over twelve years. I know of many, many, many types of healing and many philosophical, metaphysical and spiritual approaches to healing and to viewing reality in general. Been to Peru and other places in the wilds working with shamans and healers and seen and done some pretty wild stuff. I want to comment to you on MC based on some realizations I've had. These go way beyond any scientific, nutritional, or chemical aspects and benefits that MC may, or may not, have.

Like most energetic healing systems, the MC works on more levels than just the physical. Start by looking at the symbology of the ingredients:

- Lemons: packaged sunlight, yellow, energy to move what is stuck and bring in new life. The color of the sacral/creative chakra.

- Maple Syrup: the upwelling blood of trees surging up to bring new life, the light brown color bringing the essence of the standing ones who bring harmony and unity between earth and sky. Working with all the elements to form new growth.

- Cayenne: the color red has always been used by spiritual teachers as an empowerment to complete the task at hand, to fulfill your life's mission. The color of the root chakra.

Just in these three ingredients, all from natural foods, all based on nature, are filled with the power of nature behind them. These types of actions, about bringing sunlight and new growth, not only affect the body, but also have an effect in clarifying the soul/spirit. Think about drinking in sunlight, then going into the trees and asking for their wisdom to be imparted into all your parts. And empowering this process with the spice of life.

If you spend some time thinking about this you can get a glimpse of what I'm talking about. Many people who are into juicing, especially grasses, will know what I'm talking about immediately. Raw foods folks may also have developed the sensitivities to see the poetry and metaphors involved in these foods. Have you ever made sun-tea or just put a glass gallon of water into the sun and then tasted it?

Beyond the imaginative aspects I've outlined let me say a few things about MC that led to me these insights. On the MC I've experienced energy shifting and healing in old body wounds and traumas that I have since forgotten about. I've had very clear insights during meditation about things which I consider to be far out there. There is more than I could adequately explain here but the energy shifts are profound even for me.

From a practical viewpoint I'd like to clarify how I approached and use the MC. I view this as body and spirit cleaning and as such as allowed the process to be informed by my own values and prior experience. I use the MC with slight modification as follows:

- I started mixing in limes at the end of the fourth day. I use both lemons and limes together. The limes give the mix a nice smoothing and lift.

- Agave nectar has a much better glycemic profile so I've experimented using between 25% and 50% of the total syrup volume as being Agave with Maple Grade B instead of just all syrup.

- I do not do the salt water flush. I've done much more serious things with shamans in the jungle so it's not a fear of the experience issue. But over the course of 10 days I do not want to mess up my internal flora by nuking it repeatedly with sea salt water. I can see the benefit of doing this as salt itself is a great purifier. But I prefer to use it outside rather than inside my body. I'll use a neti pot when I need it with salt and baking soda, but the intestines are another story. I do use the Smooth Move tea nightly.

This is the original book on the process and the process still works for thousands upon thousands of folks. Science may someday find a better type of cleansing process. And it does not matter what science finds. Because many of the benefits are not measurable by science. You have to go through this process yourself to have any idea what I'm talking about. So long as you are healthy this is worth a try. Don't do it for weight loss or for physical cleansing. Do it to reset your relationship to food and to your life.


Song of the New Earth - Tom Kenyon and the Power of Sound - Deluxe Edition
Song of the New Earth - Tom Kenyon and the Power of Sound - Deluxe Edition
DVD ~ Tom Kenyon
Offered by SBSS4U
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid material, some segments too long, March 27, 2015
Tom is a solid resource in the metaphysical community. I think most people who have awakened in the past 20 years at least know about Tom if not having actually spent hours and hours with his materials like I did.

Tom's fans will find alot to love about this film. It's part-biographical (with cartoons) and part concert. The concert parts are a little too long. You don't watch DVDs to listen to Tom singing, so the mix of media and approach here is a little off.

Overall it's a great piece. It could have been edited down from 90 to 60 minutes. Worth a viewing.


Jarrow Formulas Gaba Soothe, 30 VCaps
Jarrow Formulas Gaba Soothe, 30 VCaps
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4.0 out of 5 stars Might just work, March 16, 2015
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I'm usually skeptical about products like this. Many things you ingest you have to take for awhile to feel an effect. Most of these types of supplements to either altar mood or loose weight, just don't work. But with this one I felt some very subtle difference from the first time I took one. But now I'm wondering if I should only take them at night because I need my brain cells all firing during the day. It's not like drinking kava where you are just mega chill. This is much more subtle. It's definitely worth a try if you have a stressful life.


Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off
Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to keep clean, lasts about three years, March 11, 2015
An earlier version of this humidifier has been our winter companion for the last 3-4 years. Ensuring adequate humidity in your room in Winter not only helps to recover from colds but also to prevent them from happening. This is a pretty good unit with enough water to use up about half of the tank overnight on the standard (not high) setting.

You do have to clean it every one to two weeks. There is no simple way to clean it. You can try a flat metal object and scrape off the sediment. Or you can try lemon juice which I would not recommend given the last sentence in this review. Unless you are going to put in only distilled water here you do have a regular cleaning responsibility on this unit.

This morning I woke up to 2 cups of liquid on the floor that had leaked out I think from the seal between the heating element and the base. Possibly this was from very occasional use of lemon juice to clean the unit. But there really are few choices to clean this thing beyond mechanical scraping. This is an ok unit, but for the price, you might want to consider a misting humidifier instead.


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