The Body, Mind, Spirit Miscellany: The Ultimate Collection of Fascinations, Facts, Truths, and Insights 1st Edition
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From the Author
I have been fascinated by the field of Mind Body Spirit since childhood. We were a family of seekers, fascinated by the esoteric, intrigued by the arcane. I was being pulled into yoga asanas before I went to school and was reading the tarot by the time I was seven. I grew up surrounded by books on Kabbalah and Zen Buddhism; listening to Sufi poetry and Chinese Cheng music. My mother was a homeopath and, as a teenager, I investigated herbalism, flower remedies and aromatherapy. I later trained in past life therapy, SHEN energy healing, shamanism and Jungian art and dream therapy. As a journalist I have dedicated the last twenty years to investigating the MBS field and I have written over twenty books on the subject. I'll be honest, I didn't think that MBS could hold too many more surprises for me.
However I will freely admit that writing this book has been a journey of near constant revelation and delight. I realised that, however much you may think you know, there is always more to discover. For example, in the course of researching this book I learnt that myomancy is divination by observing the movement and behaviour of mice (so a visit to the pet shop might be in order!) and I can now differentiate between the two major types of ghost in the Viking sagas. I was intrigued to find that the Jewish menorah symbolised the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and, to my utter amazement, I discovered that people were reading about (and recording pictures of) crop circles way back in 1678. I am now itching to read a plethora of unfamiliar esoteric texts and have an overwhelming urge to visit a host of sacred sites all over the world. In short, I have been intrigued and entranced, enlightened and captivated. My sincere hope is that you will be too.
From the Inside Flap
Browsing is to book as surfing is to waves - and in browsing The Mind, Body, Spirit Miscellany, you'll watch a wave of serendipitous discoveries and illuminating ideas tha tare all the more exciting for being unexpected.
This is a book packed with compelling insights, wisdom and advice distilled from the world's spiritual, mystic, arcane and holistic traditions - from Zoroastrianism and labyrinths to Astanga Yoga and herbal teas. Lose yourself - and enrich yourself immeasurably - in all that is mysterious, profound, healing, challenging, esoteric and transcendent.
- Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1844838374
- ISBN-13 : 978-1844838370
- Product Dimensions : 4.75 x 1 x 7.75 inches
- Publisher : Duncan Baird; 1st Edition (August 4, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,212,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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– The actual size of this hardcover book is only 7.3 x 4.6 x 0.8 inches, which is easy to hold in the hands and to pack in a carry-on bag for travel. But, because it is so small, so is the print! This is just about the tine print. So, if you have any kind of vision trouble, I suggest reading glasses or a reading magnifier.
– No table of contents! Because this is a collection of "Fascinations, Facts, Truths, and Insights," I was surprised that there isn't a table of contents, no special sections separating the entries into some kind of organization. Yes, there is an index in the back, but for me, it would make more sense to put some of the related information together...some system that makes it easier to not just read, but perhaps to learn about a particular subject. For example, things relating to religion could be put together or perhaps all things Taoism in one section, teas and herbs or other health related things in another. Instead, opening the first page, I see "The Three Types of Karma" and "The Birth of Modern Aromatherapy," and on the second is "Theories about Stonehenge." Because of this, the book subjects seem to be just haphazardly thrown in wherever, as if the author wrote these just as she came across the information. I love learning new things, but this makes it more difficult as the subjects jump around.
Now, the reason why I enjoy the book is simple: it's got a ton of information from various subjects in it. It has the hierarchy of angels, the principal Egyptian gods, the Five Pillars of Islam, Seven Marriage Customs from Around the World, The Nine Mythical Emperors of China, Numbers symbolism, How to Master Lucid Dreaming, The Seven Character Types in Folktales, and oh so much more you've never even thought to wonder about! You really don't know what you may read in this book, so every page is a surprise. Some information is definitely more interesting than others. I don't look at this book as an authority on any one thing, but it certainly gives enough information to draw a person in and to want to know more. It's a nice stepping stone to greater knowledge and if you're a person (like me) who loves learning for the sake of learning and tries to absorb all the knowledge you can, you won't be disappointed in this book. For such a small book, it truly does pack a huge wealth of interesting knowledge and facts in it. For the price, it's more than worth adding to my collection.
Edited to Update my review, 5-23-2017: After I couldn't find my copy and realized that my daughter must have taken it with her to Phoenix, I realized just how much I missed this book. I had to order a second copy and was excited to open this book and read it again. When I say that I "had" to order this book again, I really did. This is one of my absolute all time favorite books and if you're a Mind Body Spirit person who loves knowledge for knowledge's sake, this book will help to fulfill that need. Whatever first complaint I may have had with this book, no longer applies. I realized one of the best things about this book was that you can open it wherever you like and always be surprised! Even if I start reading from the front, I don't know what the second page will hold and that's the really the point in a miscellany book, isn't it? I enjoy the tidbits of information given that help to encourage a reader to want to know more about whatever they just read; to explore and discover new things for themselves.
Truly, if you are a lover of miscellany, Mind Body Spirit subjects, and learning...add this book to your collection and don't let it go. Keep hold of it. I've had it several years and still find much value to it. So much so, when it went missing, I noticed! :)
There is no structure. You can start anywhere. a perfect bathroom reader or for the train ride to work. A lot of fun.