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Living Life as a Thank You: My Journal
Living Life as a Thank You: My Journal
by Nina Lesowitz
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Journal, February 25, 2013
We all have felt the powerful effect that gratitude has on our well-being: this delightful journal provides the opportunity to incorporate gratitude more systematically into our daily life. It is a beautifully arranged collection of diverse stories, quotations, meditations, questions, and prompts that take only a few minutes each day to "exercise" your gratitude muscle. An ideal way to apply the wisdom found in Living Life as a Thank You by the same authors, using this gratitude journal will activate an abundance of expectation of abundance. Give and receive with genuine gratitude and you will strengthen your spirit, open your heart, and transform you and those around you in the most uplifting, heartfelt way possible.

Breaking the Spell: An Exploration of Human Perception
Breaking the Spell: An Exploration of Human Perception
by Kingsley L. Dennis
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and compelling, February 25, 2013
This concise book taps the historical and culturally reinforced ways we typically think and react. Dennis counsels that we can break the cultural spell by living consciously: bringing new and creative perception, thought patterns, and behavior into focus and practice. An excellent, clear and compelling digest portraying the evolutionary imperative active within each of us that is calling for transformation of how and what we think, and why.

Magic Hand of Chance: Tales of Everyday Magic
Magic Hand of Chance: Tales of Everyday Magic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, February 25, 2013
Love this film; perhaps my favorite of the "Tales of Everyday Magic" series -- although all are stellar. Enjoy all of them and do pass them on to your loved ones -- and your antagonists. Especially the antagonists. Even the most dyed-in-the-wool linear, rational thinkers will be touched by these films, and transformed in some way as a result.

Archetypes: Who Are You?
Archetypes: Who Are You?
by Caroline Myss
Edition: Hardcover
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great if you like window-shopping, February 25, 2013
The Lone Ranger was once a revered as a cultural heroic symbol, a man of the highest scruples and intent who dedicated his life to helping others and fighting injustice in the Wild West. And while this fictional character's popularity has been superseded by more contemporary heroes and heroines, the archetypal pattern he represents doesn't fade from the collective human psyche, it just reinvents itself. Archetypes are unconscious patterns of influence that reside in the collective unconscious, or the "emerging Inner-net" as author Caroline Myss likes to call it. And although archetypes are entirely impersonal, they are powerful energies that are expressed in every aspect of our daily life, including our personal and spiritual power. Recognizing and understanding your personal archetypal patterns is one of the most fundamental tools of consciousness for navigating these times, says Myss, renowned teacher and author on energy medicine and human consciousness. Part of the power relevant to these times is that archetypes can only be intuited, perceived through symbols and myths, bringing our intuitive intelligence to the forefront of our personal and collective power.

Think of your childhood power images, and notice the recurring themes and patterns in your life, and you begin to recognize your personal archetypes. Myss has identified ten emerging archetypal patterns reflecting the collective mythic challenges of our times and the corresponding personal and spiritual power issues defining women today: the advocate, artist/creative, athlete, caregiver, fashionista, intellectual, Queen/executive, rebel, spiritual seeker, and visionary. Each pattern has key aspects of influence on daily life, such as behavior characteristics, personal journey, unique challenge, universal lesson, inner shadow, and the male counterpart. Through examples and guidance, Myss lays out a path of self-discovery that empowers readers to utilize their strengths, better understand others, and be more conscious about their choices and decisions in life.

You can go to and take a quiz to learn about your personal archetypes.

The World As Spirit
The World As Spirit
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cogently written treatise bridging science and spirit, February 25, 2013
Howard Jones exemplifies someone who lives an "examined life:" he is clearly a thinking man, whose passion, ultimately, is for society to find a cohesive spirituality.

His recent book, The World as Spirit, is a cogently written treatise on the gulf between science and spirit. Beginning with the historical development of science in Part I, Jones provides a rare depth of examination of the dualistic worldviews (people and social attitudes) that have shaped our current scientific worldview. Science, initially, was saturated with themes of Christian theology, but the clash between science and religion came to a head when the discoveries of geology and biology in the 19th century implied that "a role for God had now become superfluous," he tells us. An intriguing perspective for understanding the pursuit of Western science, which acts as a preview for subsequent chapters in the book, asks why modern science never developed outside of Europe. He cites university professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr for a possible explanation: "The main reason why modern science never arose in China or Islam is precisely because of the presence of metaphysical doctrine and a traditional religious structure which refused to make a profane thing of nature." [my emphasis]

Part II moves into monistic worldviews with a short course in quantum physics, which sets the stage for reconciling the idea of free will and spiritual focus. This "new science," he explains, demonstrates the principle of indeterminancy: "Science gives us a set of ideas and models that describe the way the world works; but they are ideas that are constantly being reformed and developed--much to the consternation and confusion of the general public." Quantum physics highlights the impermanence of material things, bridging visions of spiritual domain as expressed by notable post-Renaissance philosophers and ancient Eastern philosophies, which he also explores in depth.

In the third and final section of the book, the notion of the world as spirit becomes an affirmative statement that "the world IS spirit:" Jones turns his focused attention to the cosmic spiritual field. Interlacing multiple disciplines he demonstrates the virtues of cosmic spirit in philosophy, science, medicine, psi, dogmatic religion, nature, mind and soul. Still seeking to bridge science and religion he says, "Science is about theories and models of empirical phenomena in the natural world; God is a man-made concept, indefinable and unobservable." There is no reason however, Jones reiterates, why cosmic spirituality should not equally fulfill the roles that the good aspects of dogmatic religion provided--a "basis for morality, inspiration for artistic creativity, and the ubiquitous psychological need for a figurehead of the sacred."

This book is richly layered with background information, and while dense reading due to the sheer volume of information, it is highly accessible. I had the image, while reading, of being privy to a series of engaging university-level lectures that circled time and space--each turn, eventually, bringing me back to the center: a perennial philosophy that is both a privilege and a responsibility of caring for our fellow humans and Earth.

[This review refers to the print edition.]

Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma
Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma
by Patti Wood
Edition: Paperback
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Moderately Impressionable, February 25, 2013
First impressions are highly accurate. And, we can be deceived--both by the person we are sizing up and by our own biases. Patti Wood, coach and corporate "body language expert" has comprehensively studied and mapped the way our physiology both communicates and perceives first impressions. Citing brain research, Wood says that when we first meet someone we are non-verbally sorting for likeability, trustworthiness, competence, and aggressiveness, and we do this so quickly that we size someone up in about 1/10th of a second--in a snap! Without even realizing it, we are taking stock of their eye contact, facial expressions, body language, gestures, greetings, and can even do this to some degree virtually, via online and electronic introductions. The good news is that we can change the first impression we make on others; the not-so-good news is that it can take up to six months of constant interaction to shift an incorrect opinion or perception. She calls this the "primacy effect:" that first impressions affect all future thoughts about the person--and are inexorably linked to survival instincts.

Although the context for her research and observations is primarily the workplace, Wood's insights of human behavior are relevant to most socially interactive situations. What works well in this book is the depth of study and range of tips offered for understanding and improving the first impression we have on others. For example, she devotes an entire section to the handshake, including its history, cultural differences, body language, alternatives greetings, appropriateness in different situations, and so forth. At the same time, the tips for a best first impression handshake seem self-evident: smile briefly, make eye contact, make sure your hands are clean and dry, make sure your whole arm reaches out, make palm to palm contact, etcetera. While there are certainly some interesting tidbits in this book about human behavior, overall the first and lasting impression of Snap seems to be one of being aware of yourself and always bringing your best gameface to a situation.

It seems obvious that if one is authentically a cheerful, self-confident person, then this is what others will perceive. If one is by nature disgruntled or perhaps fearful, changing one's handshake may deliver a different first impression, but it doesn't change one's disposition. And while there may be valuable clues to a person's inner nature that body language expertise can provide, there is a fine line between identifying human behavior and pigeon-holing people based on how they cross their arms, or how frequently they blink. There is enough substance in this book that it goes beyond this type of superficiality, and yet the human proclivity to reduce insights to sound bites that make us feel self-important is also a non-verbal language that warrants equal attentiveness.
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The Place
The Place
by Gary M. Douglas
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Idyllic vision, mediocre writing, February 25, 2013
This review is from: The Place (Paperback)
It isn't easy to capture the subtle inner dimensions of longing for "home" that we each have (even if that longing is subconscious). And I suspect that few of us have ever fully articulated or formed a clear vision of what our ideal outer world would look like shaped from within that deep inner longing. Author Gary Douglas has, and this is his personal vision wrapped up in a fictional story of how that world would be. Yes, it's a fantasy, but Douglas touches core aspects of human longing: a timeless, rural, peaceful, no-stress, no-aging life, an abundance of food and money (gold), sensory attunement with nature, telepathic communication and healing, a little bit of magic, and for him, the perfect, wise, beautiful woman/soulmate connection, complete with supra-sensual-sexual intimacy. He has also managed to give readers a sense of what all of this feels like--no easy feat. Consequently, the story touched me enough to keep me reading to the end, giving me sufficient morsels of satisfaction to keep my own unbidden place of inner longing somewhat appeased and simultaneously hopeful. Unfortunately, the plot itself is middling and the writing mediocre, however Douglas gets high marks for bringing the essence of a world filled with such ease and beauty into manifestation, by way of this book. And as I said, in spite of the book's unremarkable aspects, I felt compelled to keep reading.

The tagline for Access Consciousness, of which Douglas is the founder, says, "All of Life comes to me with Ease & Joy & Glory." This perfectly summarizes the élan vital of "The Place" that Douglas dreams and writes about. Somewhere in the deepest recesses of our being, we already know this place--it's called home.

Cellular Awakening: How Your Body Holds and Creates Light
Cellular Awakening: How Your Body Holds and Creates Light
by Barbara Wren
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cellular Stirrings, February 17, 2013
Cellular Awakening

Mind, body, emotions, and spirit frame our experience of reality. Each influences and interacts with the other. Health is not just about physical vitality or emotional equanimity, it's "a deep emotional connectedness to who we are and our place in the universe," says Barbara Wren. "When mind truly connects with the body, it is like a light goes off in every cell." Both our mental and physical foundations must be robust. By bringing the body back to harmony and full potential we simultaneously awaken our cellular vibrancy and illumination.

Using plain language, Wren explains the microcosmic and macrocosmic principles guiding how to heal from any condition--and their connection. She begins by showing us how the body works, from the cellular level outward. Wren explains that light connects everything in the universe, including every cell in our body. And our watery nature records the messages of the universe in our bodies. Any kind of external stress registers in the water component of the body as dehydration. And did you know that the colon is the organ that registers whether the body--the cells in particular--is hydrated?

Awakening an illuminated consciousness, either cellular or universal, begins with five fundamental building blocks at the physical level: light, hydration, PH, temperature, and mineral balance, and these are the core focus for healing treatments in this book. And although the emotions and mind are not the primary focus for this book, Wren speaks to how they play an equally important role in achieving cellular and life integrity.

If you're thinking you've heard this before, or that this is just another car on the new age train, it's not. Some of the less familiar aspects Cellular Awakening touches on has to do with the endocrine glands behind the chakras, universal cycles, unresolved emotions and stress at the cellular level, the five element theory, the suppression principle of drugs and vaccines, and Herring's Law. The book concludes with a comprehensive guideline for self-generated, step-by-step healing treatments.

Not knowing some of the physical science behind some of the claims, I have unanswered questions. Still, this is a practical and inspirational book, definitely worth reading, that seems to impart a deeply felt-wisdom. Which may just be the stirrings that precede cellular awakening.

Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age
Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age
by Michael Gelb
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Self-Evident, February 6, 2013
I must be getting cranky in my old age-- oops, I'm not supposed to reinforce limiting beliefs or ageisms, according to this collection of tools and resources to enhance and improve your brain function. So let me start again. While there is nothing wrong with this book, and much that is right---in that the information is useful and well presented---the so-called "blueprint" for brain power is mostly common sense and commonly known guidelines for healthy living. In my own words, here's the standard healthy living "prescription," which is essentially what is covered in this book, and you tell me if you have never heard or read these tips innumerable times in other wellness-related contexts:

1. pursue new interests and learning
2. nourish your body and keep active
3. get quality sleep and rest
4. maintain an active social life and positive intimate relationships
5. learn stress management

To be fair, two strategies that might be considered age and/or brain power specific that are also included in Brain Power:

* don't buy into ageism;
* do brain exercises for memory, speed, and recall, or play brain games, such as chess or bridge, and so forth

The one tool that I find exceptional within this book is in the penultimate chapter on brain synchronization, which co-author Kelly Howell created the audio technology for, called "BrainSync." A free demo download of BrainSync is included via the book.

In a nutshell, brain synchronization is when the right and left brains "talk to each other." The way this occurs is by taking two sine waves close to each other in frequency (but not the same), layering them in soothing music, and playing one wave sound in each ear (you listen to the music through headphones): the brain tries to "resolve" the differences between the waves, which results in the "binaural beat frequency"--this is not a sound heard with the ears, but a type of resonance the brain creates. When the brain entrains this "phantom frequency" it can affect mood and mental states--especially useful for achieving a deep meditative state/ relaxation response quickly and easily. (For more information about brain synchronization/ entrainment, see my editorial on Brain Beats.)

To summarize, this book is a fine review of general and practical tips for well being, but don't expect much that is groundbreaking for improving brain power other than the above mentioned Brain Sync (keeping in mind that brain synchronization research too has been around for several decades, although there is much greater understanding of its benefits and applications today).
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Love Has Wings: Free Yourself from Limiting Beliefs and Fall in Love with Life
Love Has Wings: Free Yourself from Limiting Beliefs and Fall in Love with Life
by Isha Judd
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love Consciousness, February 6, 2013
Isha Judd, author of Why Walk When You Can Fly has written another inspiring and practical book extolling the necessity and joy of cultivating personal and planetary "love-consciousness." "Yes, we hope for a world free from conflict," Isha writes, "but waiting around for the world to change doesn't help matters. Change yourself, and then you will be contributing in the most profound and effective way to the creation of a peaceful planet."

Love consciousness is not the same as the love we feel for others; rather, it is the presence of love in everything, the energy that is our very being. Our creative power in this world of ever-increasing uncertainty is to cultivate the only thing that can make a difference: "love-consciousness, the unlimited energy that connects us with totality." This, she tells us, is our true nature: emptiness vibrating in love.

Since our minds are so full from the outer world distractions, we begin by emptying the mind, by unlearning old opinions and ideas, and resistance to change. Isha guides readers in this process by exposing some of the most universally cherished fear-based illusions of reality, such as "there is not enough," and then examining real life problems that these illusions can create in our interpersonal relationships.

"Our future transformation is not important. What is important is what we're choosing in this moment. Am I choosing love? Am I choosing to be responsible? Am I choosing to change my life. Am I putting unconditional love above everything and trusting in that? When I see external insecurity am I being internal insecurity? Am I evolving or am I isolating myself in more fear?"

A globally acclaimed spiritual teacher, Isha offers reliable advice and practices for cultivating love-consciousness, and demonstrates that "filling our personal lives with peace, honesty, and transparency is the most profound and effective way to the creation of a peaceful planet."

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