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Doing Nothing: Coming to the End of the Spiritual Search
Doing Nothing: Coming to the End of the Spiritual Search
von Steven Harrison
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Preis: EUR 15,11

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4.0 von 5 Sternen on the pointlessness of ego-based spiritual search., 14. Juli 2000
In this book author Steven Harrison focuses on an aspect of the "journey" that is hardly ever mentioned in this age of feel-good spirituality--that is, the action of most seekers is one of grasping. He suggests that instead of chasing after this or that "experience," we work at removing the ego from center-stage. Once we do that, the spiritual journey is done, because we find ourselves already in a highly spiritual state.
I can't disagree with his ideas here, however, he doesn't really explain well enough (for my purposes) HOW one does the work of getting the ego to budge from center stage (the book Shadow Dance by David Richo does deal thoroughly with this topic). His musings on the relationship of ego to consciousness and our daily lives are written in a way which is highly abstract and cerebral. For instance, "Integration can communicate with, interact with the projected thought-reality. It inherently commnicates because integration includes the space within which this thought-reality arises." OK, the whole book is not written that densely, but much of it is. This sort of prose is hard to sink your teeth into and digest in a way that changes your actions in the world. I now see why Jesus spoke in parables and metaphors--he employed simple, concrete terms, and it was the very simplicity of the images which allowed them to act as psychic catalysts ("the Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed"). Harrison does include some little teaching stories in his book, and I savored them much as I once did an iced cola after driving across the Mohave desert with no air-conditioning. Regardless of the language, however, I think there are some important ideas in this book which make it worth reading, and I also believe the author has paid the personal dues necessary to be a teacher.


Voices of Ancestors: Cherokee Teachings from the Wisdom Fire
Voices of Ancestors: Cherokee Teachings from the Wisdom Fire
von Dhyani Ywahoo
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 22,42

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1.0 von 5 Sternen New Age, not Cherokee teachings, 6. Juli 2000
The teachings outlined in this book, especially those concerning the Pleidians, are New Age teachings, not traditional Cherokee teachings. The author combines New Age, Buddhist, and some Cherokee teachings into a collage approach that does little justice to either the Buddhist or the Cherokee traditions. Much of the historical data the author gives is clearly revisionist and just plain wrong. The material on crystals is clearly a New Age overlay. I have a feeling that this book was meant for a New Age audience, and given an "Indian" patina to sell more copies. It is this sort of exploitation of indigenous traditions that the New Age industry does so well, with so much harm to the peoples it is copping a "path" from. I'm disappointed that a full-blood would engage in such foolishness.


Hands on Spinning
Hands on Spinning
von Lee Raven
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen a good book for beginners., 3. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hands on Spinning (Taschenbuch)
I'm a beginner at spinning and I've found this book very helpful. The author assumes you know nothing, and provides enough information to cover each topic thoroughly without giving you too much to ponder. Thus the book is not too big, but just big enough. Chapters include Using the Hand Spindle, Spinning Wheels, Spinning on the Wheel, Fiber Preparations, Drafting and Spinning Techniques, Plying, and Finishing, and more. The hand spindle section was very clear--I picked it up right away, and still very much love that form of spinning. There are numerous diagrams and color photos in this book, plus many projects to start you off. If you are new to spinning this is probably the best book to begin with.


Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing
von Christiane Northrup M.D.
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen a thorough look at womens health care, 3. Juli 2000
This book is both a reference guide and a very readable series of essays about womens' health care. Dr. Northrup begins the book by looking at the feminine "energy body" and chakra system, thus placing the book squarely in the camp of "mind-body medicine" from the very beginning. However, throughout the rest of the book she very skillfully blends the complementary outlook with allopathic medicine, in a way which is very reasonable and helpful. She definitely comes across as someone who has had rigorous medical training, both in school and later on her own as a very observant practitioner. One of the things I found most helpful about this book was the way she linked womens' emotional states with physical illnesses. For instance, womens' chronic low self-esteem and resulting depression have measurable physical repercussions. What I did not find so helpful was her description of our patriarchal system as "addictive." I personally think the terms "addiction" and "addictive" are way overused right now in our culture, and I did not understand the connection between patriarchy and addiction. However, I found so much in this book that empowered me to accept myself as I am, rather than how the larger culture wants me to look and be, that I strongly recommend the book to others.


Heroine's Journey
Heroine's Journey
von Maureen Murdock
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,97

5.0 von 5 Sternen an enlightening guide, 29. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Heroine's Journey (Taschenbuch)
Back in the 80's one of my favorite books on the inner journey was Joseph Campbell's Hero With a Thousand Faces. The problem with it, though, was that it was written from a male perspective. With The Heroine's Journey I am now at the end of my search for a book on the hero archetype from a feminine perspective. Although this book is not exactly Jungian in its approach, the author clearly seems to have been influenced by Jung's legacy of searching for mythic themes in our individual psyches. Thus, she writes of the archetype of the Journey, and all its symbolism, as it applies to the feminine psyche. But she goes beyond that and explores some of the modern social issues that have been quite troubling for many women. For instance, in the chapter "The Illusory Boon of Success," she touches upon how many of us, in striving to fulfill our dream of making an impact on the world, often end up buying into aspects of the male-dominated business culture that don't really benefit us as women. She then describes the process of building into our work and personal lives values that do benefit us, as well as others. Her chapter on "Initiation and Descent to the Goddess" is very helpful in showing how we can use loss and grief to become more strong and whole. There are so many issues and themes explored in this book that it really demands at least a couple of readings. This book has given me so much to think about, and has helped me clarify my thoughts on many different issues pertaining to myself as a woman and as a spiritual being--I am very grateful to Maureen Murdock for writing it.


Fit for Life
Fit for Life
von Harvey Diamond
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen a common sense diet that works, 29. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Fit for Life (Taschenbuch)
I have only had this book a few weeks and I have already lost several pounds even with a little cheating. The diet works because it is based on common sense. The authors have you eating almost no processed, packaged foods. Instead you eat (in generous portions if you wish) fruits, veggies, breads, even some meat and fish (and, in my version of the diet, a few cookies here and there). There are some rules you need to follow for success which are based on the body's metabolic cycle. For instance, you take only fruits or fruit juices before noon, and you do not eat within three hours of bedtime. The authors give detailed explanations for the theory behind the practices they advocate. Many of the explanations made sense to me, but others sounded rather off-the-wall. No matter--the diet works, no matter what the explanations. This is healthy eating meant for the rest of your life, not just until you drop your excess weight. It will get you looking slimmer and having a lot more energy--without being hungry all the time.


Dr. Marcia Emery's Intuition Workbook: An Expert's Guide to Unlocking the Wisdom of Your Subconscious Mind
Dr. Marcia Emery's Intuition Workbook: An Expert's Guide to Unlocking the Wisdom of Your Subconscious Mind
von Marcia Emery
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen a very helpful, extensive guide., 28. Juni 2000
This is one of the best books I have read on learning to access the wisdom we all carry within us. Although I have used workbook formats in the past that did not really inspire me, this one really did draw me into interacting with the author's ideas via the text. The format works well for learning intuition, since you work through the techniques chapter by chapter, rather than simply read about them. The book is very well-organized. It starts out discussing just what intuition is and how using your intuition can help you. It then proceeds to teach how to work with your inner self, both for practical problem solving and for spiritual growth. Chapter headings include Centering, Receptivity, Interpreting Images from the Intuitive Mind, and Achieving Mental Clarity. There are sections on working with your dreams, meditation, and using intuition to succeed in the workplace. This listing only scratches the surface of what the book offers however. The author has included, in addition to a very complete text, an end section with reading suggestions and additional resources. I have used the book for a number of years now, and every time I come back to it I gain something new. I highly recommend it.


The Seat of the Soul
The Seat of the Soul
von Gary Zukav
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1.0 von 5 Sternen pompous proclamations about the mechanisms of "reality.", 19. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Seat of the Soul (Gebundene Ausgabe)
In this book Gary Zukov teaches unconditional love as the path to higher consciousness, and very few people I know will argue with that. However, his tone undercuts the message. It is preachy, supercilious, and holier-than-thou. He makes very pat statements about the "truth" using very abstract language and giving us no evidence to support what he is saying. Such evidence would go a long way toward helping us swallow his points--even if it were only the evidence of personal spiritual experiences from his own past.
As an example of one of his explanations of "how things are," he writes about the extinction of the dolphins thus: "The dolphin soul is leaving the Earth, that is, the dolphin species is becoming extinct. The dolphins are beaching themselves. They are creating diseases within themselves. This is their way of refusing to continue to live upon the Earth. They feel that they cannot fulfill the purpose for which they are born. Therefore, they are leaving. Their deaths are not suicides because they are not frightened. They are exhausted." What's wrong with the idea that it is actually humans killing dolphins off? What's wrong with that idea, according to this book, is that bad things only happen to you for two reasons: a) your own bad karma, and b) your own free choice as a soul. Well, I guess that lets our species off the hook as far as the cetaceans are concerned.
Zukov also devalues the Shadow, a powerful and necessary component of the human psyche. He seems to think that we can transcend the Shadow by a)paying off our karmic debts and b)willing ourselves to transcend it. His theory of karma is quite Newtonian, all organized, logical, and reductionist. The clockwork-like ambience of the universe he creates in these pages comes across as rather sinister to me. There is no joy here, just inexorable cause and effect, grinding the soul's face into the sand like a series of waves pounding a swimmer over and over. Zukov clearly does not feel comfortable with mystery or ambiguity. The great mystical classic "The Cloud of Unknowing" would definitely not be up this guy's alley.
This is one of the few books which I have deemed fit only for my houserabbits' lounge area, where they may chew on it to their hearts' content.


Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis (New Consciousness Reader)
Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis (New Consciousness Reader)
von Stanislav Grof
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 15,20

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Essays on the transformative experience., 11. Juni 2000
In his book "Cosmic Consciousness," published in 1901, Richard Bucke writes of "certain men who...are either exalted, by the average self conscious individual, to the rank of gods, or, adopting the other extreme, are adjudged insane." This is the earliest mention I have found of the potential problem inherent in the spiritual growth process: bouts of madness, or at least extreme dysfunction. The Grofs have put together a collection of essays by themselves and various other authors which explore the psychic/psychological dynamics of what they call "spiritual emergency." That's their term for when the growth process puts a person into psychic overload. The essays describe different aspects of such overload, as well as ways to help someone (or oneself) through it. A repeating theme throughout the book is that too often such people are pathologized and medicated by well-meaning but materialistic-minded health care workers. This not only terminates the process so that breakthrough cannot occur, it can also drive the patient into permanent madness. Some of the contributors to this book include Roberto Assagioli, John Weir Perry, Ram Dass, Lee Sannella, Holger Kalweit, and others. There is a fascinating piece by Keith Thompson entitled "The UFO Encounter Experience as a Crisis of Transformation," which is the most profound way of looking at UFO abduction phenomenon that I've ever read. I recommend this book to anyone interested in personal growth--it is interesting, well-edited, and filled with a lot of useful information.


Tang Soo Do: The Ultimate Guide to the Korean Martial Art
Tang Soo Do: The Ultimate Guide to the Korean Martial Art
von Kang UK Lee
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen It is helping me to learn faster.., 2. Juni 2000
This book consists mostly of photographs of hand and foot techniques and of the forms. As a beginning student I find these very helpful, as when it comes time to practice at home I sometimes have forgotten the new things learned in the previous class. The verbal descriptions that go with the photos are clear. In addition, newer students will find the Korean/English, English/Korean glossary of terms helpful. The author has also included a brief (too brief) history of Tang Soo Do and a lineage chart, but for me these are not the strong points of the book. Also, I would have liked to see a little more about the philosophy behind this martial art; however, the photographic explanations of the moves make the book well worth the price.


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