- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: Visionary Networks Press; 1st edition (June 14, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0979542502
- ISBN-13: 978-0979542503
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,461,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God Hardcover – June 14, 2007
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When reason and commonsense are insufficient guides to action, and faith tells us how to act but not where or when, where can a person turn? Divination by Paul O Brien is an inspiring call for the use of modern versions of ancient divination systems. When logic fails, discover how to make yourself think outside the box. This book is full of ideas to challenge you and take you beyond all assumptions about what divination is to what it CAN BE a set of spiritual power tools, available any time, day or night, to help you function more effectively within a constantly changing world. I highly recommend this well-written and warmly engaging book for answering all your questions about whether divination has anything to offer you and the answer is it does! --Mary Greer - Author of "Tarot for You"
Read this book - Divination will help you gain valuable insight into the hidden realms. As you claim the power of the archetypes, you can enjoy a more meaningful life. --Deepak Chopra
"Divination" sheds valuable light on systems like astrology, Tarot and the I Ching that help you think outside the box, to view situations and relationships with more flexibility, creativity and wisdom. --John Gray, author of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus"
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In a frantic age of accelerating change, when too many decisions must be made too quickly, intuitive decision-making is a requirement for success and happiness. Divination: Sacred Tools for Reading the Mind of God is the first book to focus on classical divination systems -- Astrology, Numerology, the I Ching, Tarot and Runes -- and how they can be skillfully used to support better decisions, better relationships and less stress. Read this book Divination will help you gain valuable insight into the hidden realms. As you claim the power of the archetypes, you will enjoy a more meaningful life. Deepak Chopra, author of Life After Death: The Burden of Proof An excellent overview of humanitys best tools for self- discovery, this book will help people use astrology and divination more intelligently. Rick Levine, astrologer and author of Your Astrology Guide 2007 Divination sheds valuable light on systems like astrology, Tarot and the I Ching that help you think outside the box, to view situations and relationships with more fl exibility, creativity and wisdom. John Gray, author of Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus Divination is a stirring call for the use of ancient spiritual tools when logic alone cant do the job. Paul OBrien shows you skillful ways to approach systems like Tarot to gain wisdom when you need it mostto improve decision-making, relationships and to manifest your deepest desires. I highly recommend this fascinating, relevant and warmly engaging book. Mary Greer, author of Tarot for You and several other books on Tarot Its high time someone wrote a book on divination. The field is vast and rich, and there are few people more qualified than Paul OBrien to tackle it. Ralph Blum, author of The Book of Runes: Handbook for an Ancient Oracle Paul OBrien -- I Ching scholar, author and founder of Tarot.com -- clarifies the difference between authentic divination systems and scams like fortune-telling. OBrien explains the psychology of how time-honored sets of sacred symbols, or archetypes, are interpreted to stimulate intuition, in order to think outside the box and resolve problems that logic cant handle. Divination tells the history of divination systems, including violent persecution by dogmatic religions. Ironically, the book points out, there are more verses in the Bible wherein Yahweh approves divinatory practices than condemns them. Divination includes true stories of the modern use of divination by everyone from lovers to business executives. The book shows how you can stimulate wisdom and courage in order to manifest love, success and happiness -- using ancient sacred tools that were once the exclusive province of sages and kings, but which are now universally available.
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I asked my minister - Presbyterian - what he thought of this idea and he expressed a lot of doubts because their are other quotes in the Bible condemning such practices. And my old Anglican minister used to consistently condemn divination as fortune telling. So where does that leave us?
Well, I am a relatively freethinking liberal Christian with a scientific background so I decided to experiment and bought an I Ching app for my iPhone. And it has produced some pretty interesting answers to questions prayerfully submitted. In one case, it offered the same council as several elders concerning a problem I have been having with a family member. And it consistently tells me that I should work to improve the virtuousness of my own behavior, rather than trying to control other people or situations. Interesting.
For me, the frustration in prayer is trying to understand - to intuit - the answer. Is the apparent answer from God, or just what I'm hoping to hear? Or was there an answer at all - sometimes its not clear there was. So does this offer clarity? I don't know. I haven't decided. Provisionally, however, its interesting to think that it might be the case. You will have to decide what you think for yourself, and I am still thinking about it - so this isn't an unqualified recommendation. It is however an interesting possibility.
Follow Paul on his journey through life, and see how it has meandered through his attraction to the spiritual arts and ultimately, blended in with with his passage to success in the world of software and sales. Discover how he combined his passion and his talents to build a company, Tarot.com, that is responsible for bringing people closer to the Spirit that resonates throughout the Universe on a daily basis.
More than just a description of different divination techniques, Paul's book demonstrates the way spirituality works in a person's life. It really is possible to be technically savvy and spiritually connected at the same time. In fact, once you read Paul's story, you may be inspired to follow in his footsteps.
His guide to esoteric arts provides a sound and accessible outline of the many divination practices that are available to the reader. The origins, history and practice of such "occult" arts as Astrology, Numerology, Tarot, I Ching and Runes are provided, along with information that guides the reader to the methods that best suit his or her individual needs.
Paul O'Brien is a masterful writer with a heart as huge as the vision of the cosmos he has been generous enough to share with the rest of us. This book is his gift to anyone who is curious and courageous enough to open up to see the magic that underlies the phenomenon we know as everyday life.