365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World: Really Living One’s Spirituality in Everyday Life, by Pierre Pradervand (O Books), 352 pages — Can you imagine what it would feel like to never feel any resentment for any wrong done to you, gossip or lie disseminated about you? To respond with full awareness to all situations and people rather than react from your gut? What freedom that would entail! Well, this is just one of the gifts the practice of blessing from the heart, i.e. sending out focused love energy, will do for you. This book, from the bestselling author of The Gentle Art of Blessing, will help you learn to bless all situations and people as you go through the day and add overwhelming joy and presence to your existence. A true world citizen, Pierre Pradervand has labored a great deal of his life for social justice. From his Geneva home he is now active as a writer, speaker and workshop facilitator, helping people to live simpler, yet richer, more contented lives.
365 Days of Happiness: Because happiness is a piece of cake! by Jacqueline Pirtle (FreakyHealer), 382 pages — Do you have fun with your own life? How often do you really pay attention and choose things to improve your day? In 365 Days of Happiness, author, energy healer, and mindfulness teacher Jacqueline Pirtle has created daily inspirations that help you mindfully work towards living a more vivid experience of daily happiness. Showing that you can put in work to change your life while having fun, the practices are full of whimsy and delight. Jacqueline decided to spend every day of 2017 devoted to her own happiness. She wrote every single day about the things she does to honor her joy, and used these writings to create this 365 day step-by-step guide, so she could teach you how to shift to be and live in a “high for life” frequency of happiness too–no matter where you are at in your life right now. She started writing these for herself, but has a little sneaky intent to touch your heart every day and initiate new learning, understanding, knowledge, and wisdom for you to get closer to your true, authentic happy self. Through light, bubbly, cheerful passages, each day teaches you to find happiness, use those sour lemons, and shift yourself into a “high for life” frequency where you can reach happiness anywhere at any time.
Animal Totems and the Gemstone Kingdom: Spiritual Connections of Crystal Vibrations and Animal Medicine, by Margaret Ann Lembo (Findhorn Press ), 224 pages — All creatures, great and small, in all species on this planet are interconnected. When an animal, insect, bird, or other creature from nature appears repetitively, whether in real life or dreams, it is time to pay attention and find the message that nature is bringing you. There are many teachings available to us through the observation of a particular animal totem and their habits and patterns. For example, parrot medicine can teach us to see life from another perspective as we mimic the wise ones who have walked on the path before us. Mouse medicine teaches us to scrutinize all the details before taking action. Bear may teach you to go within yourself to find answers within your personal cave. Every animal is an ally, and every animal has a story to help you find inner peace, knowledge, and wisdom. The associated gemstone for each animal totem is a further indication of the energy of the animal as symbolism and a teaching on your sacred journey. Crystals, minerals, and stones hold the history of the Earth and all this planet has to offer you to evolve your soul and spirit in this incarnation. The color, formation, and the manner in which the stone grows in the Earth offers a teaching to know yourself and your life purpose. It takes time and inner reflection to understand the messages and clues throughout the gemstone kingdom. Matching the teachings of animals with the teachings of gemstones, Margaret Ann Lembo shows how there is symbolism in all around offering clues to light your path. Exploring 88 gems, stones, and crystals and 88 different animal allies, she details the spiritual connections of crystal vibrations and animal medicine, providing you with a deeper understanding of the interconnected energies of everything around us. She shows how the spiritual fulfillment you seek is available to you in so many ways and this path of working with gemstones and animal medicine is just one of many.
The Art of Limitless Living: The Joy, Possibility and Power of Living a Heart-Centered Life, by Melissa Joy Jonsson (New Page Books), 224 pages — Join inspiring, life-transformational leader Melissa Joy on a journey to the heart of interactive reality creation, where self-love is the new normal. Humanity is in a position that we have never been in previously, on new and unfamiliar terrain. You may be at a place in your own life where you are aware that “tried and true” behaviors and beliefs are no longer working. You may be unsure how to proceed. Through a brilliant weave of unique language, testimonials, and practical play, The Art of Limitless Living provides multiple access points for creating new self-loving maps to navigate through changing landscapes. In The Art of Limitless Living, you will learn: Why the notion that we create our own reality is only half true; Why heart-centered awareness is key to self-love, authenticity, completion, and transcending your stories; How to bridge the gap between limitless potential and limitation; How to leverage placeholders, heart-mind synthesis, and fluid boundaries; How to overcome problems with family, friends, work, and society; How to apply equal service to self and others to change prevailing paradigms; How to transcend addictions and distractions; and How curiosity can transform predictability into possibility and create a new reality, right now.
Awaken the Power Within: In Defense of Self-Help, by Albert Amao Soria, Ph.D. (Tarcher Perigee), 288 pages — The $12 billion self-help industry is under constant attack for pedaling false miracles to duped believers. But sociologist Albert Amao Soria demonstrates that Americans eagerly support self-help books, seminars, and programs because, under the right conditions, these things work. Soria analyzes the accuracy of self-help and positive-thinking claims in this groundbreaking–and wholly unexpected–exploration of what works, what doesn’t, and why. “Regarding my personal experience,” Soria writes, “I can testify that positive thinking and positive action have worked wonderfully for me. Born in a poor Latin-American country into a very impoverished family with both parents practically illiterate, I was the oldest of five children. I started working when I was six years old, shining shoes and selling newspapers to help my family. Nobody then would have believed that I would be able to finish high school. Nevertheless, I was able to do it going to night school, which allowed me to be admitted at the San Marcos University in Lima to get my Ph.D. in sociology. All these things were possible because, when I was teenager, I had access to New Thought, or positive-thinking philosophy.”
Becoming Starlight: A Shared Death Journey from Darkness to Light, by Sharon Prentice, Ph.D. (Waterside Productions), 220 pages — The Shared Death Experience (SDE). Most people know of or know someone who has experienced a Near Death Experience (NDE), but very few have heard of the SDE. The SDE is similar to the NDE except that it occurs not to the person who is dying, but to their loved one who is physically well. That person could be sitting right next to their loved one, or sitting across the room, or even across the globe unaware of the impending death of someone they love. Location or activity level is of no consequence to the SDE. That person, the loved one, is “invited along” to witness the aftermath of physical death. The invitation extended has no RSVP–the person accompanying the dying individual can neither accept nor refuse–they are just “taken” or “given” the experience by powers outside of their control. Becoming Starlight is one of those stories. Author Raymond Moody writes, “Becoming Starlight is the “Lifting of the Veil” that led to a peek into foreverness and into the arms of a compassionate and loving God. Dr. Prentice’s book is a thought-provoking advance that can help bring about progress toward rational enlightenment on the afterlife question.”
Being Present: Cultivate a Peaceful Mind through Spiritual Practice, by Darren Cockburn (Findhorn Press), 224 pages — Offering a synthesis of spiritual teachings viewed through the lens of modern personal experiences, Darren Cockburn provides practical insight into how to cultivate a peaceful mind, live skillfully, and nurture a spiritual connection through the power of the present moment. The author shares practical exercises, meditations, and reflections, revealing how to free yourself from becoming lost in unhelpful thoughts and emotions, while bringing acceptance to what life presents you with. He explains how to generate true mindfulness through connection to your breath as well as immersion in nature. He details how to use your body as a tool for raising your level of consciousness as well as how to weave exercise, diet, breathing techniques, and sexuality into your spiritual practice. He explores how to work with occurrences like tiredness, illness, and pain as spiritual teachers for enriching your presence of mind and being. The author explains how simplifying life where possible will also bring a better understanding to all types of existing addictions, including harmful thought patterns, providing precious breathing space for our overly busy minds. In addition, he shows how a stable practice of mindful presence can enhance the quality of communication with others, be it with family, with friends, or at work.
Bending Time: The Power to Live in the Now, by Patrick Paul Garlinger (Anastasis Books), 200 pages — It is a commonplace among spiritual teachings that we should live in the present moment. But what does that really mean? Bending Time offers a novel answer to that question. We must understand time as a psychic phenomenon that we ourselves create. As a product of our own creation, time structures our entire perception of the world, especially our relationships with other people. In our relationships, we recreate the past in the present moment rather than experience the present as it truly is, in an attempt to avoid the unknown, and as a result, we never allow ourselves to appreciate the full expression of another human being’s existence. To experience the present moment and to see others as they truly are, we must alter our relationship to time–we must learn to bend time. Patrick Paul Garlinger experienced a dramatic spiritual awakening when, years ago, he began to meet numerous spiritual figures and experience higher states of consciousness. While completing his training under the renowned spiritual teacher, Mirabai Devi, Patrick underwent an awakening of his kundalini and began to channel works of spiritual wisdom.
The Blind Spot Effect: How to Stop Missing What’s Right in Front of You Paperback, by Kelly Boys (Sounds True), 208 pages, July 1 release date — Do you ever feel like you’re experiencing your life at only a fraction of its true clarity and depth? Are your days dominated by a single emotion such as fear, sadness, anger, or disappointment? At work or in your personal life, do you find yourself facing similar relationship patterns or conflicts again and again? From our earliest years, we all acquire blind spots in the way we perceive, feel, and think. Driven by our biology, life experiences, cultural messages, and physical environment, they profoundly affect us throughout our lives. This informative and practical guide invites us to understand: how we get them, how to bring them to light, and how to work with that newfound awareness to improve our lives. Here, author Kelly Boys presents emerging research from many fields of psychology and neuroscience, personal stories, and a wealth of hands-on exercises and practices to help us identify, welcome, and transform our own hidden domains.
Buddha and Einstein Walk Into a Bar: How New Discoveries About Mind, Body, and Energy Can Help Increase Your Longevity, by Guy Joseph Ale (New Page Books), 224 pages — Buddha and Einstein Walk Into a Bar presents the revolutionary idea that sensing how long we can live is a latent capacity in us, currently unknown, just like the introduction of fire, the invention of flying, and the discovery of radio waves were before we “discovered” them. Understand how the knowledge of transcendence, consciousness, and self-healing are integral to your well-being. You could drive a car without a fuel gauge, but knowing how much gas you have clearly gives you more control of your vehicle. Using the latest breakthroughs in cosmology, neuroplasticity, superstring theory, and epigenetics, Buddha and Einstein Walk Into a Bar helps you to master your entire system of mind, body, and energy and provides practical tools to help you live your longest and healthiest life. Guy Joseph Ale was the founding president of Lifespan Seminar and vice president of Asia Pacific Association of Psychology. Ale was an internationally renowned pioneer in the field of human lifespan. Since 1992, his primary research had been the scientific, spiritual, behavioral, and evolutionary aspects of the awareness that we can sense how long we can live and the practical applications of this insight in daily circumstances. Ale received the Eminent in Psychological Science Award at the International Conference on Psychology 2011 “in recognition of invaluable contributions in the field of human lifespan.”
Confessions of a Bone Woman: Realizing Authentic Wildness in a Civilized World, by Lucinda Bakken White (Wild Woman Books), 152 pages — Lucinda White is a happy-go-lucky nature child raised by a young single mother in the 1960s. In a dramatic turn of events, her wild nature is broken. She is shaped into a yuppie and becomes the wife of a prominent Silicon Valley CEO and a glamorous socialite. Successful by all accounts of external measure, she feels trapped by the shallow values of a dominant culture and ever more alienated from her true nature. Something primal awakens in Lucinda when she unearths and touches an ancient buffalo bone, and the experience impels her to secretly collect dead animal parts and learn the art of curing their decomposing flesh. As Lucinda challenges convention, her curiosity about the animal kingdom leads to wild and unlikely adventures rescuing road kill, tracking wolves, and encountering lions face to face. Confessions of a Bone Woman is one woman’s story of how she recognizes and learns to express her authentically wild nature in order to heal bone by bone and become her full self, redefining what it means to be a modern woman.
Enlightenment Town: Finding Spiritual Awakening in a Most Improbable Place, by Jeffery Paine (New World Library), 248 pages — Why has a tiny old mining town straight out of Gunsmoke or Deadwood — Crestone, Colorado — become home to twenty-five spiritual centers representing nearly all the brand-name faiths of the world? With the keen eye of a storyteller, the insights of a scholar, and the heart of a seeker, Jeffery Paine narrates a truly unique adventure. He explores Crestone’s wintry, oxygen-thin mountain geography and introduces a cast of spiritual mavericks and unlikely visionaries. Paine finds in Crestone a remarkable dedication to coexistence. Paradoxically, the town’s amazing spiritual diversity highlights fundamental commonalities in a way that will strike and even inspire believers, agnostics, and searchers of every stripe. Jeffery Paine’s writing has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, and the New Republic. The author of Re-enchantment and Father India, he lives in Washington, DC.
Everything Is Here to Help You: A Loving Guide to Your Soul’s Evolution, by Matt Kahn (Hay House), 224 pages — Everything Is Here to Help You offers an emotionally supportive way to shift out of the inner war of ego, and into the illuminated presence of your soul. In this book, spiritual teacher and intuitive Matt Kahn redefines the spiritual path for the modern-day seeker, and offers original, innovative ways to resolve fear, unravel judgments, and learn how to view life from a clear, expanded perspective. By redefining our understanding of the spiritual journey from the point of view of the soul, Matt breathes fresh life into all aspects of the healing journey to usher in a revolutionary and loving approach to personal growth. Each chapter highlights Matt’s most cutting-edge teachings and loving wisdom. From teaching you how to unravel blame by exploring the four stages of surrender, to providing step-by-step energy clearings and recited activations to amplify the power of your consciousness, this book offers a clear road map to explore the magic, mysteries, and miracles that reside in every heart. This book also includes engaging questions to contemplate, as well as energetically encoded mantras to experience our unlimited spiritual potential.
The Hillary Raimo Show Transcripts, by Hillary Raimo (Lulu.com), 344 pages — Hillary Raimo has been a leading voice in the alternative media industry since 2005. In her new book, The Hillary Raimo Show Transcripts, she brings powerful information to readers without the censorship often found in mainstream media. Hillary Raimo’s radio career began in 2005 on local terrestrial radio in upstate New York and soon expanded to the online radio markets as a syndicated program. In 2008, Hillary launched The Hillary Raimo Show on Achieve Radio and quickly rose to #1 on the network with millions of listeners worldwide. As a leading female voice in the popular alternative media genre, Hillary inspired many people to understand the importance of better quality information, alternative perspectives on the world and mentored others to begin radio programs of their own. She has dedicated her life to the awakening of truth seekers worldwide.
Infinite Possibility: How to Use the Ideas of Neville Goddard to Create the Life You Want, by Katherine Jegede (Tarcher Perigee), 160 pages — An immensely practical, hands-on journey through the techniques of the most radical mystical figure of the last century, Neville Goddard, who taught that your mind is God. This fresh take from a powerful new voice appeals to the growing audience around Neville. “According to Neville, there is only one power in the universe out of which all things emanate,” says author Katherine Jegede. “Not a ‘good’ source and a separate ‘evil’ one, but one universal source bending in obedience to the creative will of men and women everywhere. The how remains a mystery; but this eternal fact is nonetheless true. As soon as I was able to feel and accept this to be true, I was free.” Growing up in London, Katherine Jegede was always searching for a philosophy to make sense of life. When she found the mind-as-creator philosophy of Neville Goddard, she thought she had found it. Falling victim to a terrible crime, however, caused Jegede to rethink everything she thought she knew. Rather than abandoning Neville’s ideas, however, she discovered within them a new source of strength and fortitude. She not only rebounded from her crisis, but also used Neville’s creative-mind principles to become a television presenter, something she had never before imagined possible.
In Search of Lost Lives: Desire, Sanskaras, and the Evolution of a Mind & Soul, by Michael Goddart (Clear Path Press), 420 pages — In Search of Lost Lives is Michael Goddart’s unique memoir in which he recovers eighty-eight past lives and depicts spiritual experiences that ultimately prepared him to follow a path of soul liberation from the mind. Unexpectedly in 2013, Michael Goddart began to recover exact, amazing details about his past lives. Recovering how his spiritual quest progressed over his most recent past lives, it became clear why in his current life in California he began his spiritual search at a young age. As life after life opened up, it also became clear how his inherent abilities and defining character traits in his current life, as well as idiosyncratic aversions and affinities and experiences of familiarity with people and places are sanskaras–that is, impressions from past lives–the result of specific experiences in particular past lives. He discovered who certain people in his current life were in former lives, including his “Cohort of Seven,” the seven beings he was mainly with between lives. Continuing to record what he recovered in his journal, lives came through from when he was an Atlantean and a Lemurian and ultimately lives when he dwelt on two other planets before Earth. He continued to recover past lives until he came to the life that was the beginning of his spiritual evolution when he was a woman with six children on his first planet.
In Search of Wisdom: A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most, by Matthieu Ricard (Sounds True), 336 pages — In Search of Wisdom is a book born of the friendship of three gifted teachers, exploring the universal human journey and our quest for meaning and understanding. This translation of the French bestseller brings readers an intimate, insightful, and wide-ranging conversation between Buddhist monk and author Matthieu Ricard, philosopher Alexandre Jollien, and psychiatrist Christophe André. Join these three luminaries as they share their views on how we uncover our deepest aspirations in life, the nature of the ego, living with the full range of human emotion, the art of listening, the temple of the body, the origin of suffering, the joy of altruism, true freedom, and much more. “We don’t pretend to be experts on the subject matter or models in accomplishing the work or overcoming the obstacles involved in it,” they write. “We are only travelers in search of wisdom, aware that the path is long and arduous, and that we have so much still to discover, to clarify, and to assimilate through practice…. Our dearest wish is that when you cast your eyes on these pages, you will discover subjects for reflection to inspire you and brighten the light of your life.”
Light Therapies: A Complete Guide to the Healing Power of Light, by Anadi Martel (Healing Arts Press), 384 pages — Beginning with sun worship in prehistory and sunshine therapies in ancient Egypt, Greece, and India, light has long been associated with the sublime, the divine, and healing. Yet only recently have we begun to understand how different parts of the light spectrum, from infrared to ultraviolet, can affect our physical and psychological well-being. Covering the historic, scientific, and spiritual aspects of light and its role in energy medicine, Anadi Martel explores the vibrational nature of light and the interaction between light, biology, and consciousness. He demonstrates light’s incredible effects on the physical, energetic, and cognitive dimensions of life and examines several forms of light therapy, including chromotherapy (color therapy), heliotherapy (sun therapy), actinotherapy (ultraviolet therapy), and thermotherapy (infrared therapy). He details how to use light therapy daily, get optimal benefits from sunlight, and avoid the health risks of new artificial lighting such as compact fluorescents and LEDs. Combining his own 30 years of research with practical insight from the many phototherapy pioneers he’s encountered, the author examines scientific studies on how specific wavelengths of light influence our cells and DNA, brain function, sleep patterns, and emotional stability; speed the healing of wounds; and are effective in the treatment of disease, including arthritis, stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and brain and nerve injuries.
Love Magic: A Handbook of Spells, Charms, and Potions, by Anastasia Greywolf, with illustrations by Melissa West (Wellfleet Press), 256 pages — Whether you’re hoping to catch that person you’ve been secretly in love with for the past five months, or perhaps an unrequited crush is not getting your subtle hints, the one true adage is that love has no rules and sometimes needs a little help or gentle nudge. To help readers navigate through their amorous adventures, Love Magic makes love as easy as simply knowing the right words. Inside, readers will find timeless incantations, mystical concoctions, and homemade talismans that will help them harness their inner love powers to: Attract love; Find out you who you’ll marry; Become a better lover (or make your mate one!); Keep your love going strong; Bring good fortune to your beloved; and End and forget about a love.
The Magic Ten and Beyond: Daily Spiritual Practice for Greater Peace and Well-Being, by Sharon Gannon (Tarcher Perigee), 112 pages — From the co-founder of the yoga method that launched yoga into the mega-popular mind-body practice that it is today (the Jivamukti method), here is a simple guide to developing your own individualized daily spiritual practice for greater peace and well-being. This powerful little book from legendary yoga teacher Sharon Gannon shows readers how to design their very own daily spiritual practice, incorporating yoga poses and practices, meditation, blessings, and other spiritual practices, to begin one’s day in a positive and life-affirming place. While many people experience yoga only in yoga studios, Gannon explains that it is highly beneficial to have a private spiritual practice that can be done at home. Replete with how-to instructions on the ten simple yoga poses Gannon recommends readers do for health and flexibility, as well as guidance on meditation, blessings, and awareness exercises that can be added to the mix, this book will help readers infuse their day with greater focus, compassion, and joyfulness.
Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out, by Ruth King (Sounds True), 280 pages — “Racism is a heart disease,” writes Ruth King, “and it’s curable.” Exploring a crucial topic seldom addressed in meditation instruction, this revered teacher takes to her pen to shine a compassionate, provocative, and practical light into a deeply neglected and world-changing domain profoundly relevant to all of us. With Mindful of Race, Ruth King offers: Tend first to our suffering, listen to what it is trying to teach us, and direct its energies most effectively for change. Here, she invites us to explore: Ourselves as racial beings, the dynamics of oppression, and our role in racism; The power of paying homage to our most turbulent emotions, and perceiving the wisdom they hold; Key mindfulness tools to understand and engage with racial tension; Identifying our “soft spots” of fear and vulnerability–how we defend them and how to heal them; Embracing discomfort, which is a core competency for transformation; How our thoughts and emotions “rigidify” our sense of self–and how to return to the natural flow of who we are; Body, breath, and relaxation practices to befriend and direct our inner resources; Identifying our most sensitive “activation points” and tending to them with caring awareness; “It’s not just your pain”–the generational constellations of racial rage and ignorance and how to work with them; And many other compelling topics. Drawing on her expertise as a meditation teacher and diversity consultant, King helps readers of all backgrounds examine with fresh eyes the complexity of racial identity and the dynamics of oppression. She offers guided instructions on how to work with our own role in the story of race and shows us how to cultivate a culture of care to come to a place of greater clarity and compassion.
More Together Than Alone: Discovering the Power and Spirit of Community in Our Lives and in the World, by Mark Nepo (Atria Books), 352 pages, July 17 release date — The #1 New York Times bestselling author and popular spiritual teacher presents a poignant and timely meditation on the importance of community, and demonstrates how we live more enriching lives by cultivating connectedness. At once a moving meditation and an empowering guide, More Together Than Alone is an compelling testament to the power of community and why it’s so essential in our lives, now more than ever. Mark Nepo draws from historical events, spiritual thought leaders, and the natural world to show how, in every generation, our tendency is to join together to accomplish our greatest achievements, from creating education to providing clean drinking water, and preserving the arts. Nepo’s historical snapshots, from ancient times to contemporary examples, show how community creates a light in the darkest of times, and gets to the heart of how we come together in varied and beautiful ways, whether forming resistance groups during the Holocaust or rebuilding after the nuclear devastation in Nagasaki. These inspiring stories teach us that even in the bleakest days, we have the power to create connections and draw strength from one another.
Oneness – The Meditations: A Journey to the Heart of the Divine Lover (Book & Audio CD set), by Rasha, with composer Jim Oliver (Earthstar Press), 156 pages, July 10 release date — This beautiful companion volume to the CD, The Meditations of Oneness, which Rasha created in collaboration with composer Jim Oliver, features exquisite, poetic passages from recent Oneness transmissions. Now, in this long-awaited book format, you have the opportunity to slowly savor the precious words of Oneness, and surrender into the embrace of Divine Love. onenLet the loving words of Oneness carry you deep into the sacred world within and discover the indescribable experience of Divine Union with your own inner Self. These powerful meditations reach out to the very heart of each of us and take us to another octave of Being. Take a moment and simply be Still. And let Oneness The Meditations rekindle your awareness of the Eternal flame within you.
Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action, by Matthew Fox, Skylar Wilson and Jennifer Listug (Monkfish Book Publishing), 240 pages, July 17 release date — Matthew Fox, a 76-year-old elder, activist and spiritual theologian, along with Skylar Wilson, a 33-year-old wilderness guide, leader of inter-cultural ceremonies, and an event producer, and Jennifer Listug, a 28-year-old writer, spiritual leader, and publicist, are presenting a challenge and an opportunity in the vision launched in this modest book. That vision is about creating an Order of the Sacred Earth. Essay contributors to the book and its vision include Mirabai Starr, Brian Thomas Swimme, Adam Bucko, and David Korten. Humanity finds itself today in a complex situation where most Westernized people have been so heavily dominated and alienated by religion and patriarchal governance and a materialistic, consumer-driven, extractive capitalism that we have lost our active sense of the sacred living landscapes that we inhabit and that inhabit us. The question addressed in this boo might be summarized as this: After religion, what? Or, How can we now build a conscious community that gives us a sense of our common sacredness and purpose?
Playful Intelligence: The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World, by Anthony T. DeBenedet, M.D. (Santa Monica Press), 264 pages — As adults, we have more responsibilities than we could have ever imagined growing up. Learning the work of marriage. Navigating the bumpy terrain of parenting. Maintaining social relationships. Facing grave hardship. Finding contentment in our career. As the years pass by, we sense how the good things in life are so often eclipsed by stress. We find ourselves doing everything we can just to endure adulthood, all the while wondering whether we are actually enjoying it. This is exactly why Dr. Anthony T. DeBenedet decided to write Playful Intelligence: The Power of Living Lightly in a Serious World, to show readers how playfulness helps us counterbalance the seriousness of adulthood. The book’s core chapters are devoted to exploring the effects and benefits of five playful qualities: imagination, sociability, humor, spontaneity, and wonder. By examining playfulness as a sum of its parts, readers will gain a working awareness of its power and be able to apply playful principles to their own lives, bringing the magic of childhood back into their day-to-day existence. The book also offers practical suggestions on how to make life more playful in nature.
Psychic Reiki: Divine Life-Force Energy Healing, by Brett Bevell (Monkfish Book Publishing) 144 pages — Psychic Reiki is the culminating work of Bevell’s previous books about Reiki, plus some new techniques, combined into one elegant and user-friendly energy healing system. As with traditional Reiki, its practitioners practice accessing the Divine Life Force energy known as Reiki for well-being and spiritual development. Yet this system differs from traditional Reiki in that there are no symbols and no hand positions, since the practitioner learns to communicate with and direct the energy of Reiki telepathically. Brett Bevell is the author of The Reiki Magic Guide To Self Attunement, Reiki for Spiritual Healing, The Wizard’s Guide to Energy Healing, and Energy Healing For Everyone, as well as the poetry books America Needs A Woman President and America Needs A Buddhist President, a poem that initially aired nationwide on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Brett is the winner of the 1995 Paul Laurance Dunbar Poetry prize and the author of the book of collected poems Of Thee I Sing. Brett teaches regularly at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY and at The Sanctuary in Koh Phangan, Thailand. He has been visiting teacher at Esalen Institute and presented at Alex Grey’s Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors (formerly in New York City).
Reiki Insights, by Frans Stiene (Ayni Books) 248 pages — A meditative journey into the inner depths of the system of Reiki. Reiki Insights is presented as a series of short chapters, each of them a teaching, so that you can pick it up, choose a chapter and read it. After you have read the chapter, sit down and meditate upon the words. Let them sink deep into your mind, body, and energy, so that you can feel what is in between the sentences. By reading and experiencing Reiki Insights in this way, it will lay a foundation for inner change, from not knowing your true self to knowing your true self. Bestselling author Frans Stiene has been a major influence on global research into the system of Reiki since the early 2000s. His practical understanding of the Japanese influences on the system have allowed students around the world to connect deeply with this practise. Frans is a co-founder of the International House of Reiki and Shibumi International Reiki Association with his wife, Bronwen Stiene, with whom he has co-authored several of his books.
The Road to Walden: 12 Life Lessons from a Sojourn to Thoreau’s Cabin, by Kevin Dann (TarcherPerigee), 224 pages, July 10 release date — The acclaimed author of Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau traverses on foot from Manhattan to Walden Pond, retracing Thoreau’s steps and unlocking the practical principles of the mystic’s life in the woods. When Henry David Thoreau launched his experiment in living at Walden Pond, he began by walking beyond the narrow limits of his neighbors, simply by putting himself at a mile remove from Concord’s bourgeois epicenter – and a thousand-mile remove from stasis, complacency, and conformity. Kevin Dann emulates and extends Thoreau’s experiment in radical self-education. Alternating between personal anecdotes from his spring 2017 walking pilgrimage and other “traveler” encounters and episodes told by Thoreau, Dann structures his book around 12 “injunctions”–distillations of seminal stories about overcoming convention and stasis. In this essential reading for every Thoreau enthusiast, naturalist and historian Kevin Dann brings to life an essential American icon in refreshing and modern way.
Source Code Meditation: Hacking Evolution through Higher Brain Activation, by Dr. Michael Cotton (Findhorn Press), 240 pages — The human brain is like a flowing river of potential. Until now, that river has been blocked, barricaded, and diverted by the primitive lower brain. The lower brain hijacks our ability to experience deeper flow and higher transcendent states of consciousness. It also guards against the full expression of the passionate human heart. Source Code Meditation (SCM), with its nine summits of transformation, effortlessly re-routes that lower brain diversion, allowing you to activate latent energy in your body, awaken your higher brain, enlighten your mind, and set your heart on fire to create a new world. With traditional meditation techniques, it often takes decades of practice for hours each day to confer significant changes in the mind and the higher brain. Few of us make it to these rarified states of mind, due to the amount of time and the intensity of focus needed. With “brain first” SCM techniques, you mobilize latent energy in the body and direct it to energize and awaken the higher brain before meditation begins. With the higher brain prepped and tuned, meditation is efficiently received, leading to quantum breakthroughs in higher consciousness without years of practice as well as access to deep flow states, transcendent states of consciousness, and higher brain potential. Providing a simplified step-by-step guided process to SCM, Dr. Michael Cotton explains how to shift energy out of the lower “survive” brain into the higher “thrive” brain to bring confidence, clarity, and empowerment for transformative change in all areas of life. Distilled from the world’s most comprehensive philosophy, Integral Metatheory, SCM offers not only a way to create the brain state necessary to change the mind, but the crystal clarity needed to use these advanced meditative states to actualize your potential and live your destiny to the fullest.
Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling, by Matthew Dicks (New World Library), 368 pages — A five-time Moth GrandSLAM winner and bestselling novelist shows how to tell a great story — and why doing so matters. Whether we realize it or not, we are always telling stories. On a first date or job interview, at a sales presentation or therapy appointment, with family or friends, we are constantly narrating events and interpreting emotions and actions. In this compelling book, storyteller extraordinaire Matthew Dicks presents wonderfully straightforward and engaging tips and techniques for constructing, telling, and polishing stories that will hold the attention of your audience (no matter how big or small). He shows that anyone can learn to be an appealing storyteller, that everyone has something “storyworthy” to express, and, perhaps most important, that the act of creating and telling a tale is a powerful way of understanding and enhancing your own life.
Virtually Vegan: All-Vegan Recipes with a Non-Vegan Twist , by Heather Whinney (Nourish), 224 pages — Whether you’re a committed vegan, or just want plant-based recipes that look and taste great, then this book is for you. Every recipe in this modern collection is suitable for vegans — but the book is packed with twists to introduce meat or dairy for anyone who wants it. Try a classic breakfast of Vegeree (eggs optional), master the ultimate lentil and ale pie, or enjoy the flavors of a niçoise salad (with or without fish). And with a dedicated, dairy-free baking section, learn how to make sweet treats that everyone can enjoy. With over 120 delicious, flexible recipes, from Sort of Sushi to Almost Paella, rice pudding to pavlova, discover how easy it is to eat vegan (or not!) whenever you want.
We Consciousness: 33 Profound Truths for Inner and Outer Peace, by Karen Noé (Hay House), 216 pages — After best-selling author Dr. Wayne W. Dyer left the physical plane in 2015, psychic medium Karen Noé began receiving very profound and specific messages from him for his family — and for the world. While Wayne comes through to Karen singularly, he also comes through together with a group of other celestial beings called the We Guides, which includes Saint Francis of Assisi and countless other angels and ascended masters. Wayne and the We Guides share 33 concepts that make up the We Consciousness — and they all point toward your becoming an instrument of peace. In order to extend peace outside of yourself, you must first feel peace within yourself. You must expect to see peace everywhere, and acknowledge the infinite peace that you are. Then you must live that identity to the fullest. After understanding and applying these ideas, you will be able to create miracles in your life and the lives of others as well. You’ll learn how to create heaven right here on earth.
WILD Habits: Unlock Your Mind, Improve Your Health, and Release Your True Power, by Tara Mackey (SelectBooks), 272 pages — Tara Mackey is a human behavior expert with a tribe of over 1 million readers of her blog, The Organic Life and her social media. In WILD Habits, this award-winning CEO and biologist brings you transformational healing techniques, showing you how to achieve complete body and mind restoration, by using her highly developed four-step WILD Method. Do you ever feel dissatisfied with your life or struggle with bad habits you can’t seem to quit? Are you finally willing to make the necessary changes to live a life you’re happy with? Is your intuition telling you that now is the time? Empowering success stories of Mackey and others, who have changed their lives one habit at a time, coupled with compelling scientific facts about mind-body connection, serve as powerful examples of easy ways that you can harness your life and release your true power. Tara Mackey is the best-selling author of Cured by Nature, a soul singer, and a global motivational speaker. She is the Founder and CEO of sustainable companies Genetix and The Organic Life, recognized as one of the Healthiest Companies of the Year. Tara has been honored as Woman of the Year and named one of San Diego’s Most Admired CEOs.
The Yogi Code: Seven Universal Laws of Infinite Success, by Yogi Cameron (Atria/Enliven Books), 240 pages — Thousands of years of wisdom are distilled into one accessible and simple code of ethics comprised of seven daily practices “imbued with heart, soul, and genuine love for the empowering potential of this practice” (LA Yoga). While most of us think of yoga as a series of poses, the path of a Yogi goes far beyond the mat into a set of daily practices that can reverse aging, grant better health and confidence, help you create deeper connections, and ultimately allow you to live your true purpose. The knowledge and techniques of The Yogi Code can unleash your power to manifest your full potential, every day. In this succinct yet illuminating book, Yogi Cameron demystifies seven thousand years of ancient wisdom into accessible language, regardless of your familiarity or ability with yoga. You’ll learn to balance daily demands while achieving a higher level of consciousness and self-knowledge. Your new routines will build a strong foundation for centering yourself and being guided by your intuition, ultimately leading you to gain mastery over your fears and to achieve your highest goals. With carefully crafted chapters and practices expertly created to fit into your fast-paced days, these “lucid teachings from a compassionate teacher” (Publishers Weekly) will bring order to your life and point you in the direction of your eternal purpose.