New Books & Video | Summer 2013


bookPreviews of New Books and Video for Body, Mind & Soul


11-days-in-may11 Days in May: The Conversation that will Change Your Life, by J.D. Messinger (Waterfront Digital Press), 264 pages, $21.9511 Days in May is the story of a “submariner who opened the hatch” to the World of Light. After breaking his neck, leaving his body, and returning, JD Messinger experienced prophetic visions and insights. Over the course of eleven days, he takes us on a journey with a mysterious friend. The two bicker like brothers but converse like sages as they investigate the answers to 36 of life’s most important questions. Messinger delves deep into the inner sanctum of his mind and soul to unveil knowledge long submerged. 11 Days explains that we live in the World of Form, a box that has clouded our minds with faulty and outdated programs. Inside this box, man believes he exists to conquer, but the World of Form is not the true nature of reality. It exists within the World of Light, where matter is not solid, death is not the end, and time is an illusion. While the World of Light draws us together, the World of Form tears us apart. 11 Days reveals how scientists are people of faith, we are all agents of God, and the sixth sense is more than a movie.

alien-abduction-filesThe Alien Abduction Files: The Most Startling Cases of Human-Alien Contact Ever Reported, by Kathleen Marden and Denise Stoner (New Page Books) 256 pages, $16.99 — Why would two women separated by thousands of miles share a common thread involving alien abduction? Both cases are supported by multiple witnesses and have substantial evidence. Both women experienced missing time while driving with a companion, and were later taken from their homes. Both have been unwilling participants in ongoing experimental procedures that appear to follow family genetic lines. Both witnesses have given detailed descriptions of the crafts’ interiors and technology, medical procedures, messages from the visitors, and the types of ETs they have encountered, including their society’s hierarchical structure. Even more startling, both have independently described finding themselves on identical huge craft, within the same timeframe.

celtic-mysteriesAncient Traditions and Ancestral Rites: Celtic Mysteries, by John Sharkey (Thames & Hudson ) 128 pages, $14.95 — The last tribal culture in Europe was that of the Celts, whose landscape and traditions echo ancient symbols of death and rebirth. The Celtic religion relies on oral history, maintaining its laws and tribal teachings through shared memory. The Mysteries begin in the frenzy of battle, where the hero is transfigured and the god appears; or in a ghostly circle of stones left by an unknown people; or in the mystic center of the Celtic cross; or in the stone heads of Gaul and Ireland, which face both ways.

alchemyThe Arcane Doctrine of Alchemy, by Stanislas Klossowski de Rola (Thames & Hudson), 128 pages, $14.95 — Much more than the art of turning base metals into gold, alchemy is a system of cosmic symbolism which can best be understood as a means of achieving oneness with the world. The alchemist learns how to create a model of the universe or of human consciousness, in which the opposing complementary forces symbolized by Male and Female, Sulfur and Mercury, Earth and Air, Fire and Water, attain the perfect synthesis of which gold is the emblem.

before-atlantisBefore Atlantis: 20 Million Years of Human and Pre-Human Cultures, by Frank Joseph (Bear & Co.), 336 pages, $20 — Exploring emerging and suppressed evidence from archaeology, anthropology and biology, Frank Joseph challenges conventional theories of evolution, the age of humanity, the origins of civilization, and the purpose of megaliths around the world. He reveals 20-million-year-old quartzite tools discovered in the remains of extinct fauna in Argentina and other evidence of ancient pre-human cultures from which we are not descended. He traces the genesis of modern human civilization to Indonesia and the Central Pacific 75,000 years ago, launched by a catastrophic volcanic eruption that abruptly reduced humanity from two million to a few thousand individuals worldwide. Tying in his extensive research into Atlantis and Lemuria, Joseph provides a 20-million-year timeline of the rise and fall of ancient civilizations, both human and pre-human, the evolutionary stages of humanity, and the catastrophes and resulting climate changes that triggered them all — events that our relatively young civilization may soon experience.

bouncing-backBouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-being, by Linda Graham (New World Library) 464 pages, $17.95 — Resilience is the ability to face and handle life’s challenges, whether everyday disappointments or extraordinary disasters. While resilience is innate in the brain, over time we learn unhelpful patterns, which then become fixed in our neural circuitry. But science is now revealing that what previously seemed hardwired can be rewired, and Bouncing Back shows us how. With powerful, time-tested exercises, Linda Graham guides us in rebuilding our core well-being and disaster-proofing our brains.

cave-and-cosmosCave and Cosmos: Shamanic Encounters with Another Reality, by Michael Harner (North Atlantic Books), 312 pages, $19.95 — In 1980, Michael Harner blazed the trail for the worldwide revival of shamanism with his seminal classic The Way of the Shaman. In this long-awaited sequel, he provides new evidence of the reality of heavens. Drawing from a lifetime of personal shamanic experiences and more than 2,500 reports of Westerners’ experiences during shamanic ascension, Harner highlights the striking similarities between their discoveries, indicating that the heavens and spirits they’ve encountered do indeed exist. He also provides instructions on his innovative core-shamanism techniques, so that readers, too, can ascend to heavenly realms, seek spirit teachers, and return later at will for additional healing and advice. Cave and Cosmos is a must-read not only for those interested in shamanism, but also for those interested in spirituality, comparative religion, near-death experiences, healing, consciousness, anthropology, and the nature of reality.

coming-home-to-lemuriaComing Home to Lemuria, by Charmian Amarea Kumara Redwood (Ozark Mt. Publishing) 132 pages, $15 — As ancient Lemurians, we came to Earth from various star systems to bring the Pure Light of Love. We chose to come to a predominantly water-covered Earth because our bodies were more subtle than physical, and it was easier for us to enter into a watery environment than to be on land. Thus, we began our Earth adventure in the beautiful oceans of Mother Earth, where our subtle bodies could more easily remain connected to Source. We lived in Wholeness and Love, always connected to the Golden Light of the Source.

cosmic-cradleCosmic Cradle: Spiritual Dimensions of Life before Birth, by Elizabeth and Neil Carman (North Atlantic Books) $24.95 — Where was your soul before you were born? If your soul is immortal, did it have a “life” prior to birth? Did you choose your life and parents? Is reincarnation real? Elizabeth and Neil Carman address these questions through interviews with adults and children who report pre-birth experiences (PBEs) not based on regression, hypnosis, or drugs. Instead, interviewees recall their pre-birth existence completely sober and awake. In contrast to near-death experiences (NDEs), which have been well documented to show us what the soul experiences after death, PBEs throw light upon our lives before birth. People with NDEs sense that they “return home” when their spirits cross to the other side. What is the nature of this place we “return” to? PBEs suggest that we come from the same place we return to: we come from the Light and return to the Light. The same eternal “you” progresses through life before life, human life, and life after death.

do-not-go-quietlyDo Not Go Quietly: A Guide to Living Consciously and Aging Wisely for People Who Weren’t Born Yesterday, by George & Sedena Cappannelli (Agape Media Intl), 286 pages, $24.95Do Not Go Quietly is an extraordinary and important book for all Gen Xers (40 to 45), baby boomers (46 to 64), and elders (65 and older). It is also valuable for those under 40 who want to better understand and assist their parents, older friends, and relatives. Discover how to harvest the fruits of our past and turn them into gold we can invest in the present and future. Learn how to live with greater mindfulness in each moment so that we can more fully celebrate our lives, live our dreams, and heal any wounds that may encumber us. See how to chart a more harmonious, joyful, and successful course so that we’ll be able to say with pride, “We have run the course to the best of our abilities, and we will leave behind a legacy of genuine value.”

journey-of-your-soulJourney of Your Soul: A Channel Explores the Michael Teachings (2nd Edition), by Shepherd Hoodwin (North Atlantic Books) 496 pages, $19.95 — Even at birth, everyone is unique. Can heredity alone account for the complex differences in people’s temperaments and styles? The Michael teachings, an extraordinary body of channeled work, propose that we are each unique souls who deliberately take on a specific combination of traits to give us the experiences we seek. In this fascinating book, Shepherd Hoodwin expertly discusses these teachings from his vantage point as a Michael channel. “Michael” is a group of souls who teach that we are eternal beings journeying from the Tao and back again in an adventure of exploration and creativity. Each step along the way, we make choices that shape our experience. Hoodwin shows us that it is possible, and indeed beneficial, to engage all parts of the human consciousness. His unique analytical approach to channeling will help readers gain a firm intellectual understanding of what is involved.

joys-and-benefitsThe Joys and Benefits of Connecting with Our Cosmic Spirit, by Lloyd Armogan (AuthorHouse), 118 pages, $23.99 — For thousands of years, humans have been living lives greatly influenced by their egos and by their social conditionings and religious upbringings. Their lives have been mostly controlled by their minds and thoughts and as a result they have experienced ill health, fear, disasters, unhappiness and an emptiness feeling on the inside. They search for meaning in their lives but have a hard time finding any. The greater majority of them are unaware that there is a Cosmic Force or a Cosmic Spirit within their physical beings. That Cosmic Spirit brought them into this world and if they can only learn how to connect with their Cosmic Spirit they can transform their lives and experience peace and tranquility and contentment and inner happiness and find meaning in their lives. This book shows how you can learn to connect with your Cosmic Spirit and enjoy the remainder of your life on Planet Earth.

mystic-chemistMystic Chemist: The Life of Albert Hofmann and His Discovery of LSD, by Dieter Hagenbach and Lucius Werthmüller (Synergistic Press), 408 pages, $38.95Mystic Chemist begins at the start of the 20th century, in the Swiss town of Basel which is evolving from a popular health spa into a major industrial city. The story concludes more than a century later, after celebrating Albert Hofmann’s 100th birthday. It tells the unique story of a soon to be famous scientist, highlighting his academic journey, his research at Sandoz and then, as the discoverer of LSD, his meetings and interactions with illustrious writers, artists and thinkers, from all over the world, whose common interest is a fascination with the new wonder-drug. Luminaries like Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert appear on the scene and Hofmann begins a prolific correspondence with them and other interested parties. From the beginning he takes a positive view towards efforts by physicians and psychotherapists to include LSD in new approaches to the treatment of illnesses. He sees the “psychedelic” potential of this “wonder drug” as beneficial to all.

new-science-psychedelicsThe New Science of Psychedelics: At the Nexus of Culture, Consciousness and Spirituality, by David Jay Brown (Park Street Press), 352 pages, $18.95 — For as long as humanity has existed, we have used psychedelics to raise our levels of consciousness and seek healing — first in the form of visionary plants such as cannabis and now with the addition of human-created psychedelics such as LSD and MDMA. These substances have inspired spiritual awakenings, artistic and literary works, technological and scientific innovation, and even political revolutions. But what does the future hold for humanity — and can psychedelics help take us there? Sharing insights from his discussions with luminaries such as Terence McKenna, Edgar Mitchell, Candace Pert, Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, Jerry Garcia, Albert Hofmann, Annie Sprinkle and Rupert Sheldrake, author David Jay Brown explores the revelations brought about through his psychedelic experiences and his work with visionaries of the psychedelic and scientific communities. He investigates the role of psychedelics in lucid dreaming, time travel, sex and pleasure enhancement, morphic field theory, the survival of consciousness after death, encounters with nonhuman beings, and the interface between science and spirituality. Examining the ability of psychedelic drugs to incite creativity, neurogenesis, and the evolution of consciousness, he explains that they are messengers from the plant world designed to help elevate our awareness and sense of interconnectedness.

optimal-detoxOptimal Detox: How to Cleans Your body of Colloidal and Crystalline Toxins, by Christopher Vasey, N.D. (Healing Arts Press), 176 pages, $14.95 — The lasting benefits of detoxification and internal cleanses are becoming well-known and accepted — in part, because these practices are more vital than ever for optimal health and longevity and in the fight against environmental and dietary toxins. Christopher Vasey shows how accumulation of toxins is the primary cause of illness and how the key to successful detoxification is identifying the type of toxin — either colloidal or crystalline — polluting your biological terrain. With clear, practical instructions and guidance, Vasey explains how to identify which type of toxin is triggering your illness and which medicinal herbs, hydrotherapy techniques, or nutritional options are the best choice for each specific condition or combination of ailments. He reveals which foods produce colloidal and crystalline toxins and should, therefore, be avoided. This targeted method of detoxification enables each of us to cleanse our bodies of accumulated toxins safely, accurately, and successfully.

ecstatic_tranceThe Power of Ecstatic Trance, by Nicholas E. Brink, Ph.D. (Bear & Co.) 256 page, $18 — A guide to ecstatic trance for spiritual and emotional development, spirit journeying, and connection to the collective unconscious. A student of Felicitas Goodman and Belinda Gore, psychologist Nicholas Brink examines more than 20 traditional trance postures for divination, decision making, letting go of guilt and grief, healing of illness and emotional pain, spirit journeys, shape-shifting, interacting with animal spirits and the dead, and discovering past lives. Exploring the physiology and psychology of ecstatic journeying, he offers guidance for those with little or no experience as well as methods for longtime practitioners to deepen their practice and reclaim the extrasensory power of our ancient ancestors.

the-new-humanQuantum-Touch 2.0 — The New Human, by Richard Gordon, Chris Duffield, Ph.D., and Vickie Wickhorst, Ph.D. (North Atlantic Books), 264 pages, $19.95Quantum-Touch 2.0–The New Human endeavors to significantly enlarge the possibilities of what humans can be and do. In clear, step-by-step instructions, the reader will learn to easily demonstrate that human limits are, as yet, unknown. Readers can learn to do healing on multiple people at once to reduce their pain in minutes, work on multiple conditions at once, help people shift their own beliefs with the use of energy, and work across time and space. Readers will even learn to safely and visibly adjust the posture of multiple people simultaneously without touching. Science assumes that we are separate, and that our thoughts don’t affect the outer reality. This notion is something that each of us can now clearly demonstrate to be untrue.

sacred-sexual-unionSacred Sexual Union: The Alchemy of Love, Power, and Wisdom, by Anaiya Sophia (Destiny Books) 240 pages, $16.95 — Experience the orgasmic rapture of Sacred Union with your Twin Soul and the Divine. Jesus and Mary Magdalene, Rumi and Shams, King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, Isis and Osiris — in these sacred unions we recognize the merging not only of Twin Souls but also of these lovers with the Divine. In Sacred Sexual Union, Anaiya Sophia shows this Holy Marriage, complete reunification with your Twin Soul and God, is not a secret reserved for the initiated or a tradition lost to the ages. It is a potent, living spiritual path enabling two beloveds to experience the primordial state of creation as one soul blessed by the Divine Light and Love of their Creator. Drawing on teachings from Gnosticism, Sufi mysticism, the Kabbalah, Kundalini yoga, sexual shamanism, the Egyptian Mystery Schools, and Christ Consciousness, the author reveals the complete alchemical process of Sacred Union. More than a meditative or yogic practice, Sacred Sexual Union offers a transformative spiritual path to embrace the threefold flame of Power, Love, and Wisdom and satisfy your soul’s longing for wholeness and reunion with the Divine.

tao-of-survivalThe Tao of Survival: Skills to Keep You Alive, by James Morgan Ayres (Gibbs Smith), 160 pages, $18.99The Tao of Survival focuses on real-world, core survival skills that can save your life anytime and anyplace, in any adverse or unforeseen situation. It provides an abundance of exercises based on fundamental concepts that no other survival book covers, including developing mind/ body skills, fully engaging your senses to be aware of your surroundings and how to deal with fear. James Morgan Ayres has served with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 7th Special Forces Group, worked as a consultant for U.S. government agencies and private corporations, founded four companies, and lived and worked all over the world. He’s written seven books, taught seminars on the Tao of survival and related subjects, and has been a student and teacher of Asian thought, martial arts, healing, and meditation for more than forty years. He currently lives in Southern California.

zero-waste-lifestyleThe Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Live Well by Throwing Away Less, by Amy Korst (Ten Speed Press) $14.99 — A practical guide to generating less waste, featuring meaningful and achievable strategies from the blogger behind The Green Garbage Project, a yearlong experiment in living garbage-free. Trash is a big, dirty problem. The average American tosses out nearly 2,000 pounds of garbage every year that piles up in landfills and threatens our air and water quality. You do your part to reduce, reuse, and recycle, but is it enough? In The Zero-Waste Lifestyle, Amy Korst shows you how to lead a healthier, happier, and more sustainable life by generating less garbage. Drawing from lessons she learned during a yearlong experiment in zero-waste living, Amy outlines hundreds of easy ideas — from the simple to the radical — for consuming and throwing away less.


life-after-death_DVDThe Life After Death Project: If You’re Out There…Give Us a Sign, written and directed by Paul Sands, starring Richard Matheson, Whitley Strieber, Dannion Brinkley, 106 minutes, $24.95 at — A quest for proof of life after death. Four New York Times bestselling authors, three top science professors and three well-respected mediums make a leap into the unknown, investigating astonishing evidence in the case of apparent “After Death Communication” (ADC) from Sci-Fi luminary Forrest J. Ackerman. We journey from spiritualists to skeptics, and from chem labs to ground-breaking computer software that may enable communication between the living and the deceased. Author Richard Matheson says Forry Ackerman was an atheist who did not believe in life after death, but Forry told close friends if it turned out he was wrong, he would drop them a line.

ShamanHealerSageShaman Healer Sage: The Remarkable Story of Alberto Villoldo (True Mind) 64 minutes, $19.98Shaman Healer Sage tells the story of Alberto Villoldo Ph.D. an extraordinary man who transitioned from a career in modern medical science to one that uses a deep knowledge and understanding of the ancient energy medicine of the legendary Inka and Q’ero shamans of South America. The film is an exploration into the mysteries of life culminating with the deepest mystery of all — death — in which Villoldo shows us how to deal with our own mortality and that of our loved ones.

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