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    Animal Spirit Guides: How to Discover Your Power Animal and the Shamanic Path, by Chris Lettichau (CICO Books), 144 pages, $16.95 — All animals carry a message of guidance and hope. By inviting the spirit or “medicine” of an animal into your life using the traditional rituals of the shaman, you deepen your affinity with the natural world and learn from the wisdom of your animal guide. Chris Luttichau, who has followed the shamanic path for more than twenty years, communicates his encounters with the animal kingdom in a way that is immediate and soulful.

    What is God? by Jacob Needleman (Tarcher/Penguin), 242 pages, $24.95 — In recent years, angry and often shallow debates on the existence of God have exhausted atheists and believers alike. Because proponents on each side refuse to fully address the arguments presented by their opponents, they fail to have constructive discussions. But bestselling religious scholar and philosopher Jacob Needleman (The American Soul, Why Can’t We Be Good) takes a different approach. In What is God? Needleman asserts that well-formulated arguments about God, no matter how compelling, are simply not enough. Instead, Needleman advocates that readers allow themselves to experience a new kind of awareness, where they are open-minded enough to embrace whatever form of the truth is revealed to them. With insightful accounts of his interactions with truth-seekers from all walks of life, the author shows us how our confusion about the concept of God prevents us from embracing the truth that is revealed to us every day.

    Mind is the Master: The Complete James Allen Treasury (Tarcher/Penguin) 880 pages, $25 — The classic books of the motivational visionary are collected for the first time in a single volume. Featuring 19 beloved works, including As a Man Thinketh, Eight Pillars of Prosperity, The Mastery of Destiny and From Poverty to Power, this is the first-ever comprehensive and definitive collection of the books of self-help pioneer James Allen. Formatted in a large, easy-to-read workbook size, Mind of the Master provides a lifetime’s worth of wisdom and guidance from one of history’s leading voices of self-affirming and motivational philosophy. As a special bonus, Mind is the Master includes a rare remembrance of James Allen by his wife and intellectual partner, Lily Allen. It is an invaluable window on the life and inner world of a writer whose insights touched millions of readers.

    The Dice Game of Shiva: How Consciousness Creates the Universe, by Richard Smoley (New World Library), 240 pages, $14.95 — It is a powerful and evocative legend, celebrated in India, all but unknown in the West. The great god Shiva is persuaded to play a dice game with his consort Parvati. Regardless of how many times they play, the result is always the same: Shiva inevitably loses. Why, if he is the greatest god in the universe, does he lose? Why should his consort win? The Dice Game of Shiva explores the interplay between consciousness (represented by Shiva) and its experience (Parvati). It addresses many of the issues in today’s culture wars around religion and atheism. Is the universe merely the creation of blind forces? If not, what kind of consciousness could have given rise to it — and how can this consciousness be known? Is it in us, as the mystics say, or outside us, as conventional religion says, or both? Is there really a personal deity who made the universe? If not, how can he be the upholder of its moral order? If we don’t need God to explain the workings of nature, do we still need him to give meaning to our lives? Author Richard Smoley builds on his deep background in the world’s esoteric traditions to re-imagine some of the central features of our experience — consciousness, the self, the world — and reconnect them to a sense of the divine.

    Writing the Divine: How to Use Channeling for Soul Growth & Healing, by Sara Wiseman (Llewellyn), 282 pages, $16.95 — In a time of mega churches and manifestation; of the Law of Attraction and The Secret; of gurus, mystics and motivational speakers, people are missing the point. “No one needs a middleman to receive divine guidance,” says spiritual growth teacher Sara Wiseman. “It is available to everyone through channeling and channeled writing.” Wiseman teaches workshops and gives consultations on how to form a direct, two-way connection to the divine through channeling and channeled writing. She dispenses this wisdom in her new book, Writing the Divine. In 2004, as an ordinary soccer mom and practicing Catholic, Wiseman was unexpectedly contacted by her first spirit guide, which she recorded as her first channeled writing experience. Over the next four years, she developed her abilities to communicate with the divine through writing, and in 2008, received 33 divine lessons, beginning with “the purpose of life is soul growth.”

    The 21-Day Consciousness Cleanse: A Breakthrough Program for Connecting with Your Soul’s Deepest Purpose, by Debbie Ford (Harper One), 242 pages, $24.99 — Bestselling author Debbie Ford guides us through a process to cleanse our emotional and spiritual bodies. She leads us on a journey of detoxification and spiritual renewal that promises to radically and permanently alter both the quality and the direction of our lives and reconnects us with the power source that exists inside each one of us.

    Legacy of the Elder Gods: Second Journal of the Ancient Ones, by M. Don Schorn (Ozark Mountain Publishing), 437 pages, $16.50 — Further validation of The Elder Gods Theory is revealed in this volume. Overwhelming evidence from ancient texts and arcane records indicate that cultural gifts, knowledge and advanced technology were all bestowed upon the earliest people of Earth. This second volume explains numerous mysteries of Earth’s remote past and humanity’s origins, including: What role did the Creator have in assisting emerging species throughout the universe? Why were specific extraterrestrial gifts bestowed upon humanity?

    The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion: How Feelings Link the Brain, the Body, by Michael A. Jawer with Marc S. Micozzi (Park Street Press), 576 pages, $24.95 — Contemporary science holds that the brain rules the body and generates all our feelings and perceptions. These authors disagree. They contend that it is our feelings that underlie our conscious selves and determine what we think and how we conduct our lives. They write that the less consciousness we have of our emotional being, the more physical disturbances we are likely to have.


    Emotional Repair Kit: 50 Tools to Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions, by Judith Orloff (Potter Style), $14.99 — In Emotional Repair Kit, bestselling author Dr. Judith Orloff offers her readers simple solutions to deal with life’s most common emotional obstacles: fear, depression, loneliness, anxiety, frustration, jealousy and anger. Based on her work in Emotional Freedom, the “emotional emergency kit” contains techniques and exercises for transforming these seven negative emotions into positive thinking and living.


    The Living Matrix — The New Science of Healing, by Greg Becker (Beyond Words), 83 minutes, $19.95 — Mind, intention, belief…can these factors influence healing? How do placebos work? Can science explain “miracle” cures? A groundbreaking new film, The Living Matrix — The New Science of Healing, addresses these questions and explores how quantum physics, energy fields and consciousness directly affects our health and well-being. For the first time, leading scientists, researchers and holistic practitioners share the latest science and alternative concepts that are revolutionizing health care as we know it. The film features distinguished experts such as: Bruce Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., author of The Biology of Belief; Edgar Mitchell, Ph.D., astronaut and founder of Institute of Noetic Sciences; Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., author of A New Science of Life; Rossin McCraty, director of research at the Institute of HeartMath; and Lynne McTaggart, author of The Field, and The Intention Experiment.

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