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I Think…l Like You Better…Dead: A Spiritual Memoir on our Quintessential Long-distance Relationship, by Cathryn Taylor (Independently Published, available at Amazon.com), 240 pages — “Keep me real. Sometimes, I am standing right beside you. I haven’t gone anywhere. Just keep me real.” This message was clearly relayed to the author in a session with a medium shortly after her brother’s death. Over the next two years, Cathryn navigated through her grief, doubt, and fear to do just that. The result is the spiritual memoir you now hold in your hands. Is it real…or imagined.? On this Earth plane, no one can say for sure. What is true, however, is that quantum physics has shown the mind does not know the difference. Cathryn chose to believe that the adventures, initiations, and healings she and her brother, John, experience together were real. Will you do the same? Will you let yourself believe that perhaps the book you now hold in your hands, is not so much about their story as it is an invitation…an invitation from a deceased loved one who may be calling you to do the same?

NEW BOOKS

The Afterlife Revolution, by Whitley Strieber and Anne Strieber (Beyond Words Publishing), 192 pages — Can love endure even after death? The Afterlife Revolution, written by Whitley and Anne Strieber, is among the most convincing stories of afterlife communication ever told, and is a ringing endorsement not only of the fact that we do not die, but also that the power of love can create an actual bridge between the physical and nonphysical worlds. After Anne Strieber died in August 2015, she returned to her husband, Whitley, in an ingenious and convincing way. Whitley began to communicate with her, and The Afterlife Revolution began out of this exchange of love from both worlds. Whitley’s grief at her loss has transformed into a warm and deeply satisfying new form of love. After a near-death experience in 2004, Anne Strieber became an expert in afterlife studies and created an ingenious plan of contact, which, to her husband Whitley’s amazement, she proceeded to carry out, starting just an hour and a half after she died. As verified by famed afterlife researcher Dr. Gary Schwartz, who wrote the foreword, The Afterlife Revolution is among the most convincing stories of afterlife communication ever told, and is a ringing endorsement not only of the fact that we do not die, but also that the power of love can create an actual bridge between the physical and nonphysical worlds. The book points the way to a new relationship between the living and, as Anne puts it, “what you call the dead.” Anne tells of her experience on the other side, saying that “we are light, alive,” and that “enlightenment is what comes when there is nothing left of us but love.” Her descriptions of the afterlife, communicated to Whitley from the afterlife, are brilliantly articulate and nuanced, at once deeply familiar and uniquely her own.

The Afterlife Therapist, by Stafford Betty (White Crow Books), 226 pages — Following his death Aiden Lovejoy finds himself in a strange but wonderful world-a vital, busy, challenging environment with great joy beckoning. There is much work to be done, however, and the progress that “the dead” are invited to make can stretch over eons. Aiden, a family therapist in earth life, picks up where he left off. Alongside the beauty that surrounds him are hellish zones where disfigured characters choose to live, and their suffering calls out to him. But he has troubles of his own, and souls from higher worlds inspire him to reach higher. For some readers this fast-paced, soul-searching novel will help make sense of the present crisis surrounding us. Professor Stafford Betty, author of The Afterlife Unveiled and other similar works, writes: “The laws of this world, its differences from the afterlife scenarios of the world’s religions, and its rationality and ‘amazingness’ stand out. All that happens to the novel’s characters is supported in a general way by evidence. The details are of course fanciful, but the world in which surviving souls are embedded owes far more to research than to unaided imagination. Something like this is the world I think we will all enter, whether Christian or Buddhist or atheist or whatever, when we die. As I see it, we are all pilgrims on an infinite march.”

The Alchemy of Stones: Co-creating with Crystals, Minerals, and Gemstones for Healing and Transformation, by Robert Simmons (Inner Traditions/Bear & Company), 496 pages — This is a full-color illustrated guide to co-creative alchemy with crystals and stones for personal and planetary healing and enlightenment.The Alchemy of Stones presents an inspired breakthrough in Robert Simmons’ thirty-five year career of exploring and revealing the spiritual qualities and potentials of minerals, crystals and gemstones. This holistic, Earth-based framework for understanding stones and their energies initiates readers into an alchemical worldview that leads to spiritual healing, transformation, and transcendence. Engaging readers step by step, Simmons provides guidance on discovering and harnessing the three human powers of intention, attention, and imagination, each a crucial component for meeting and working in harmony with the energies of the Stone Beings. Simmons also introduces us to the Divine Feminine intelligence known as Sophia, or Wisdom. The Stone Beings are her emissaries, and through relating and co-creating with them, the healing and redemption of ourselves and the Earth becomes a reality. Lavishly illustrated, The Alchemy of Stones is an invitation to a journey of enlightenment, transformation, and spiritual metamorphosis aligned with the path of our living, conscious Earth.

Cannabis Healing: A Guide to the Therapeutic Use of CBD, THC, and Other Cannabinoids, by Franjo Grotenhermen (Inner Traditions/Bear & Company), 240 pages — Everything you need to know to use cannabinoids safely and effectively for better health and healing of a wide range of conditions. In this authoritative yet practical guide to the healing properties of cannabis and cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, Franjo Grotenhermen, M.D., explores how to use these substances to treat a wide range of physical and emotional conditions. Dr. Grotenhermen first examines the history of marijuana as medicine, including its important role in U.S. medical practice during the 19th century. He explains the biochemistry of cannabinoids and shows how they interact with the human body, including a look at cannabinoid receptors and how cannabinoids occur naturally in the body. The author then draws on his years of experience legally treating patients in Germany as well as numerous research studies and tests to provide an in-depth guide to the many healing applications for cannabis and its derivatives. The therapeutic applications covered include the use of CBD to treat seizures, epilepsy, anxiety, several forms of cancer, muscular disorders, and psychotic states and the use of THC to treat schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, Tourette’s, Parkinson’s, impotence, depression, lupus, COPD, and chronic pain, among many other physical, neurological, and emotional conditions. The author examines the various cannabis-derived medications available, such as Cannabinol, Dronabinol, and Marinol, and the main methods of administering cannabis. He offers a complete discussion of safe use, possible side effects, contraindications, and precautions (including during pregnancy and chemotherapy), alongside research data that confirms cannabis as one of the least toxic substances in existence.

Chakra Healing Therapy: Awaken Spiritual Energies and Heal Emotional Wounds, by Glen Park (Inner Traditions/Bear & Company), 312 pages — This is a guide to working with the chakras to heal emotional wounds, release physical tensions, explore psychic abilities, and awaken spiritual energies. Author Glen Park draws on her decades of experience as a Chakra Therapist to explain how the chakras can be understood as an embodied map of the psyche, with each chakra representing a different stage of development from infancy and childhood through adulthood, with the Heart Chakra playing a central role in awakening the spiritual potential of the upper chakras. She examines each chakra individually on the physical, psychological, psychic, and spiritual level, as well as through the lens of the solar (masculine) and lunar (feminine) channels. She shows how the connections between the chakras and developmental stages are paralleled in the findings of Western psychology and neuroscience and how our collective expressions of the chakras influence cultural trends in society. The author’s system of Chakra Therapy integrates healing touch with guided chakra visualizations, offering practical exercises to nourish and balance each chakra so it can be integrated and in harmony with the entire chakra system. Sharing case studies from her Chakra Therapy practice, she shows how we gain a richer understanding of ourselves both mentally and physically by working with the chakras, opening ourselves to the potential for deep soul growth and transformation.

The Chronicles of Bizah: A Student of Truth, by Constance Kellough, illustrated by Mary Kellough (Namaste Publishing), 187 pages — A heartwarming book of timeless spiritual lessons. You are about to meet your new guru. He’s open-hearted, curious and confused; and he’s shuffling his way toward enlightenment. Perhaps he’s just like you! A simple, fun way to reflect on your own life, The Chronicles of Bizah, A Student of Truth is a treasure trove of short, sweet stories that simplify complex life lessons and ancient wisdom into fables that are timeless, universal and accessible to all ages. An inspirational keepsake to reference when you need a quick reminder, a pick me up, or a giggle, meeting Bizah is like meeting a little piece of your own soul. Welcome Bizah into your life and see what happens! Constance Kellough is an Author, Teacher of Innerbody Meditation, and Founder of Namaste Publishing. Constance is a visionary who popularized the self-help genre, bringing revolutionary, spiritual teachings to the forefront of modern culture. Her first publication, The Power of Now introduced Eckhart Tolle to the world. Since 1997, she has gone on to publish more ground breaking, inspirational books by such authors as Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Michael Brown and Dr. David Berceli. These books and many others have changed the dialogue around Conscious Parenting, Spirituality and Trauma Release theories world wide.

The Clear Light: Spiritual Reflections and Meditations, by Steve Taylor (New World Library), 136 pages — As Eckhart Tolle has written, poetry “has been recognized since ancient times as a highly appropriate medium for the expression and transmission of spiritual truth.” The Clear Light is Steve Taylor’s latest contribution to this poetic tradition, offering short and powerful reflections as a guide to spiritual awakening and as experiential glimpses of the state of enlightenment itself. Taylor ranges widely, through subjects including “Making the Human Race Whole,” “Freedom from the Past,” and “The Reality of Connection,” always in clear and simple language. Best of all, he reminds us of the choices we always have when life feels chaotic and overwhelming: empathy, acceptance, and love. Soothing but also challenging, Taylor’s words continually affirm the profound bedrock of peace and even joy in the present that is always available. The book’s eponymous reflection says it best:
There is nothing that can’t be undone —
no past injury that can’t be healed
no past mistake that can’t be corrected —
in the clear light of the present.
Reading this book is a transformational spiritual experience in itself.

Cosmic Flow: A Creative Guide to Harnessing the Rhythm of the Moon, by Nikki Strange (Ivy Press), 176 pages — Cosmic Flow is a practical and entrancing workbook that connects you with the natural cycles and energies of the moon, and helps you manifest your dreams and intentions. It covers simple science, meditations, and well-being rituals while you explore, log, and track your monthly hopes and intentions. There are over 70 activities, including: Creating an altar; Visualizing your future; Moon gazing; Sanskrit chanting; Moonlight planting; Crystal tuning; Affirmations; Making a plan of action; Clearing your headspace; and much more. While guiding you through the eight stages of the lunar cycle, award-winning artist Nikki Strange also offers a variety of drawing and writing prompts for self-reflection and cosmic creativity. With insightful activities and plenty of space for visual journalling, this precious book is a holistic reminder of how lunar connection can enlighten and enrich both our spiritual and physical lives.

Dreaming Techniques: Working with Night Dreams, Daydreams, and Liminal Dreams, by Serge Kahili King (Inner Traditions/Bear & Company), 240 pages — Harness the transformative power of night dreams, half-awake dreams, and daydreams for healing, manifestation, and insight. Dreams can change our lives in profound and tangible ways. In this guide to mastering the art of dreaming, Serge Kahili King, Ph.D., explores techniques to harness the power of dreams for healing, transformation, and changing your experience of reality. Drawing on his analysis of more than 5,000 of his own dreams as well as those of students and clients from his almost 50 years of clinical work, King examines the types of night dreams we have, how to remember them better, how to make use of them to improve our health and well-being, and how to interpret them. He explores how dreams are understood in neuroscience and psychology, in Native American and Aboriginal cultures, in indigenous Senoi dream theory, and in India, Tibet, Hawaii, and Africa as well as ancient Egypt, Greece, and China. He examines the power of liminal dreams—those experienced in the half-awake state before or after sleep—for manifestation and self-understanding. He offers techniques for enhancing the dream experience for both night dreams and liminal dreams, along with practical methods to induce lucid (conscious) dreaming and to create healing thoughtforms. King then explores daydreams in depth, including fantasy, guided imagery, meditation, visions, and remote viewing and provides techniques for using daydreams for healing, insight, and creativity. Reflecting on how dreamlike our daily experience is, King shows that each of us can use dreams as tools for seeing the world differently and influencing the behavior of people, things, and nature.

Dying with Ease: A Compassionate Guide for Making Wiser End-of-Life Decisions, by Jeff Spiess (Rowman & Littlefield), 204 pages — Death may be inevitable, but fearing the end-of-life is avoidable. Learn how to put your fear of your final days to rest. We all know we are going to die, but live as though we don’t believe it. Rather than explore our options and consider the possibilities that can impact our final days, we ignore the idea altogether out of fear. By avoiding the topic of death, we increase the pain and grief we experience at the end of life, and the suffering of those left behind. After three decades of caring for the dying, Dr. Jeff Spiess argues that if we honestly face our mortality, we will make wiser decisions, die with less distress, and live the remainder of our lives, whether days or decades, more fully and with less anxiety. Using cultural and religious references alongside poignant narratives, this optimistic work informs, inspires, and challenges our cognitive and emotional understandings of our own lives and deaths. Dying with Ease contains the practical nuts and bolts information about advance care planning, hospice, palliative care, and ethical and legal issues surrounding dying in America. While dying can be difficult, it can also be beautiful. By learning to relax in the face of death at our current stage of life, we can make wiser and more authentic decisions throughout the rest of our lives– however long they may be.

The Encyclopedia of Ailments and Diseases: How to Heal the Conflicted Feelings, Emotions, and Thoughts at the Root of Illness, by Jacques Martel (Findhorn Press), 608 pages — This is a comprehensive reference and healing tool to address the emotional and psychological causes of illness. Compiling years of research and the results of thousands of cases he encountered in his private practice and during workshops over the past 30 years, Jacques Martel explains how to read and understand the body’s language of disease and imbalance. In this encyclopedia, he shows how body language reveals specific thoughts, feelings, and emotions that are at the source of nearly 900 different ailments and diseases. The author also details his Integration and Acceptance Technique, which enables healing information to bypass the brain and connect directly with the heart. This technique disables the source of the conflict, conscious or not, that could be at the root of an illness, behavior, or condition and improves the chances of true healing. This comprehensive manual offers a tool to help each of us become, to some extent, our own doctor or therapist, get to know ourselves better, and recover health and well-being physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. For practitioners and therapists, this remarkable reference tool provides invaluable insights and prompts for healing.

Every Day Is a Poem: Find Clarity, Feel Relief, and See Beauty in Every Moment, by Jacqueline Suskin (Sounds True), 256 pages — How do we deal with the heaviness of everyday living? When we are surrounded by uncertainty, distrust, and destruction, how do we sift through the chaos and enjoy being alive? In Every Day Is a Poem, Jacqueline Suskin aims to answer these questions by using poetry as a tool for finding clarity and feeling relief. With provocative questions, writing practices, and mindset exercises, this celebrated poet shows you how to focus your senses, cultivate curiosity, and create your own document of the world’s beauty. Emphasizing that the personal is inextricable from the creative, Suskin offers specific instructions on how make a map of your past and engage with your pain to write a healing poem. Poetry isn’t a magic cure-all that makes adversity vanish, but it does summon the wondrous and sublime out of the shadows. Suskin seeks to remind you how incredible it is to be alive at all, even when it hurts. Most importantly, Every Day Is a Poem reveals that we all have the ability to weave beauty and meaning out of otherwise difficult and overwhelming times. “This is a practical guide for everyone to learn the requisite art of slowing down, becoming more curious in order to ‘nurture transformation and love limitlessly,” says Derrick C. Brown, author of Hello. It Doesn’t Matter., UH-OH, and How the Body Works the Dark.

Growing Big Dreams: Manifesting Your Heart’s Desires through Twelve Secrets of the Imagination, by Robert Moss (New World Library), 344 pages — Learn to manifest your heart’s desires, Growing Big Dreams is a passionate yet practical call to step through the gates of dreams and imagination to weather tough times, embark on travel adventures without leaving home, and grow a vision of a life so rich and strong it wants to take root in the world. Vitally relevant today more than ever, dreams are a tool available to all. Robert Moss is a cartographer of inner space, equally at home in Jung’s psychology and shamanic journeying. The compelling stories, playful activities, and wild games he provides are designed to lead you to manifest a life of creative joy and abundance. You’ll learn to connect with your inner imagineer and become scriptwriter, director, and star of your own life movies, choosing your preferred genre and stepping into a bigger and braver story. Great artists, mystics, and shamans know that there are places of the imagination that are entirely real. Moss shows you how to get there.

The HOW to Inner Peace: A Guide to a New Way of Living, by Constance Kellough (Namaste Publishing), 206 pages — This book will give you the spiritual tools you need, to move you from the idea of mindfulness, to the true experience of it. Ever wondered how? Many of us now understand the concept and value of mindfulness, but we are challenged when it comes to achieving it in our daily lives. If you are ready to know how to access the peace and joy you long for, then this is the book – the only book you will need. Constance Kellough, author, meditation teacher and publisher of great spiritual teachers such as Eckhart Tolle, shares her accumulated wisdom in this comprehensive guide to finding inner peace. She provides practical, how to instruction for practicing Innerbody Meditation, a life changing tool for going beyond the limitations of the mind; identifying and managing the ego; healing separation and cultivating deeper intuition and presence. If you have ever longed to employ mindfulness as a daily practice in your life or wondered how to remove the stumbling blocks standing between you and the life you know you could be living, let this book be your guide.

Overwhelmed and Over It: Embrace Your Power to Stay Centered and Sustained in a Chaotic World, by Christine Arylo (New World Library), 344 pages — Liberate Yourself from Stress and Overwhelm! If you’re like most women, you’ve discovered that the tasks and pressures never end in our culture, a culture built for burnout. But there’s a way to stop stressing and start thriving – to wake up to the underlying systems and unsustainable ways of working and living that sap your strength, drain you dry, and fragment your focus. Feminine wisdom leader Christine Arylo is on your side, as she shines a light on the external forces and internal imprints that push you into overwhelm and self-sacrifice. She then shows you how to access your power to achieve what matters most, including receiving what you need and desire. You’ll learn to release the old approach to working, succeeding, and managing a full life, and embrace a new way that gives you clarity and courage to make choices in your day-to-day and overall life design that support and sustain you.

Radical Intuition: A Revolutionary Guide to Using Your Inner Power, by Kim Chestney (New World Library), 312 pages — Radical Intuition reveals an all-new understanding of intuition and how to use it to live an extraordinary life. This practical guide will teach you to go beyond thinking and discover higher awareness with the power of intuition – a revolutionary force at the threshold of a new era of consciousness. Kim Chestney gives clear guidance for tuning in to your own process of insight, backed by voices from successful insight leaders who recognize intuition as the source of genius in all aspects of life. Learn how to tap into your inner wisdom and create the life you are made for. It features contributions from Kelly Noonan Gores (writer/director of the documentary HEAL), Steve Kilbey (singer-songwriter of the Church), Brett Larkin (Uplifted Yoga), Day Schildkret (author of Morning Altars), Jesse Schell (author of The Art of Game Design). The author is a globally recognized author, innovation leader, and intuition expert. As the founder of IntuitionLab and the CREATE! Festival, she has touched thousands of lives by raising awareness of “insight” as a revolutionary next step in the evolution of both personal and world consciousness. Working for nearly twenty years in the tech sector, Kim has led initiatives with some of the top thought leaders, technology companies, and universities in the world.

Repair Revolution: How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture, by John Wackman and Elizabeth Knight (New World Library), 320 pages — Every year, millions of people throw away countless items because they don’t know how to fix them. Some products are manufactured in a way that makes it hard, if not impossible, for people to repair them themselves. This throwaway lifestyle depletes Earth’s resources and adds to overflowing landfills. Now there’s a better way. Repair Revolution chronicles the rise of Repair Cafes, Fixit Clinics, and other volunteer-run organizations devoted to helping consumers repair their beloved but broken items for free. Repair Revolution explores the philosophy and wisdom of repairing, as well as the Right to Repair movement. It provides inspiration and instructions for starting, staffing, and sustaining your own repair events. “Fixperts” share their favorite online repair resources, as well as tips and step-by-step instructions for how to make your own repairs. Ultimately, Repair Revolution is about more than fixing material objects: in an age of over-consumption and planned obsolescence, do-it-yourself repair is a way of caring for our lives, our communities, and our planet.

The Shaman’s Mind: Huna Wisdom to Change Your Life, by Jonathan Hammond (Monkfish Book Publishing Co.), 240 pages — To learn to think like a shaman is to attune yourself to a magical spectrum of infinite possibilities, unseen truths, alternative realities, and spiritual support. When a shaman likes what’s happening, they know how to make it better, and when they don’t, they know how to change it. The Shaman’s Mind is a book that teaches the reader how to align and transform their own mind into one that sees the world through the lens of the indigenous healers of old. Based on the Omega workshop by the same name. Jonathan Hammond is a Teacher, Energy Healer, Shamanic Practitioner, and Spiritual Counselor. He is a graduate of Harvard University and The University of Michigan. “What we have here is an honest encounter with one man’s discovery of deep internal knowing,” says Mota Keeting, an interspiritual minister chaplain and teacher. “In his exploration of the Hawaiian Huna tradition, Jonathan generously invites the reader to awaken to the possibility of profound personal growth and a life lived as an authentic expression of true self. This is a path that leads to the heart, to healing, and to an embodied intention to ‘love at all costs, and follow it wherever it may lead.’”

Unlock the Psychic Powers of Your Unconscious Mind: And Break Free from the Shackles of the Old You, by Anthony Talmage (Independently Published), 246 pages — Are you yearning for a new beginning? To be able to press the reset button on your life and make a fresh start?  Did you know you have within you the tools to achieve the magical and miraculous? Using skills that were familiar to the ancients but lost in the modern world.  Did you know that there is a hidden part of your mind that is linked to the most powerful force in the Universe? What if you could tap into that power and not only change your life but also the world around you? You might think that in your humdrum, daily routine you’re just a faceless cog in a remorseless machine and wouldn’t be missed if you just simply disappeared.  How wrong you would be. In this book we don’t wallow in airy-fairy theories.  We explore the practicalities of how ordinary human beings, like you and me, can become extraordinary.  Like  those who have discovered how to partner with the Cosmic Mind and create new realities.  You will learn how to become supernormal.  How to change stress into harmony,  sickness into health, failure into success.  Your journey to a new you starts here.

Unreasonable Joy: Awakening through Trikaya Buddhism, by Turiya, illustrated by Yoni Zilber (Electric Bliss Publishing), 320 pages — Enlightenment is real. It exists right now, within you. When we’re unhappy, there’s always a reason. Happiness, however, does not require a condition. Upon Awakening, the essential quality we express is Unreasonable Joy. It is here, now. Unreasonable Joy: Awakening through Trikaya Buddhism, points the way towards Enlightenment and liberation from suffering. We suffer through tragedies and the daily grind of eat-work-sleep, chasing happiness but finding fleeting pleasure. Built on the foundations of ancient wisdom, a new school called Trikaya Buddhism promises freedom from the suffering of this wearisome cycle. Unreasonable Joy captures Buddha’s advanced Tantric teachings and puts them into an American form of Buddhism designed for the modern world. Unreasonable Joy contains proven techniques that the author, Turīya, has taught thousands of people over a 25-year career. The nine lessons explore the power of meditation, mindfulness, karma, emotions, and humility. Turīya provides essays, poems, and stories that ground the esoteric teachings in the world, and Practice Pointers show you how to incorporate them into daily life. Adorned with traditional Tibetan thangka art, the pages invite you into the powerful silence of meditation instantly. Unreasonable Joy gently encourages you to do the work needed to directly experience the ecstasy of existence and recognize who you truly are.

Walking with Glenn Berkenkamp: 35 Wellness Walks to Expand Awareness, Increase Vitality, and Reduce Stress, by Glenn Berkenkamp (North Atlantic Books), 264 pages — Discover the joys of mindful walking to find balance, build awareness, and engage body and mind. Glenn Berkenkamp invites us to discover how we sense, move, think, and feel in our bodies. By reframing the joys and opportunities presented to us by the act of walking, he shows us how to become reflective and inwardly directed, even as we take in the world around us. With 35 different walks and the help of a “Which Walks to Do When” user guide, Glenn gives us options for every occasion and emotion. Feeling off-center? Try a centering walk. Feeling down? Lift your spirit with a gratitude walk or a prayer walk. There are walks for listening, grounding, and grieving, as well as rain walks, full moon walks, mindful dog walks, and more. He includes walks for all ability levels, including fun walks for children. As we walk with Glenn, we settle, clarify, and balance our bodies, minds, and spirits — opening to new perspectives and possibilities we didn’t know were there.

Wiser: The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good, by Dilip Jeste, M.D., and Scott LaFee (Sounds True), 336 pages — From the field’s pioneer, an exploration of the neurobiology and psychology of wisdom: what science says it is and how to nurture it within yourself—at any stage of your life. What exactly does it mean to be “wise?” And is it possible to grow and even accelerate its unfolding? For over two decades, Dr. Dilip Jeste has led the search for the biological and cognitive roots of wisdom. What’s emerged from his work is that wisdom is a very real and deeply multilayered set of traits. Across many cultures and centuries, he’s found that wise people are compassionate and empathetic, aware of their gifts and blind spots, open-minded, resolute and calm amid uncertainty, altruistic decision-makers who learn from their experiences, able to see from many perspectives and “altitudes,” and often blessed with a sense of adventure and humor. “The modern rise in suicides, opioid abuse, loneliness, and internet addiction is damaging people’s health and destroying the social fabric,” Dr. Jeste reflects. But we all have the ability to nurture and grow every facet of wisdom to face these challenges and others more effectively. If you seek to be a wiser person—with your family, at work, and in your community — this book will show you how, with the researcher who’s launched and advanced this exciting new path to our highest human potential.

You Were Not Born to Suffer: Overcome Fear, Insecurity and Depression and Love Yourself Back to Happiness, Confidence and Peace, by Blake D. Bauer (Watkins Media), 288 pages — In this life-changing book, Blake Bauer explains why depression, addiction, physical illness, unfulfilling work, and relationship problems are caused by years of hiding your true emotions, denying your life purpose, and living in fear. Having already helped thousands of people find lasting solutions that conventional medicine, psychiatry, or religion couldn’t offer, You Were Not Born to Suffer will show you how to free yourself from these destructive thoughts, habits, and situations that keep you from being happy and well. In simple practical steps you’ll learn how to slow down and create a healthier relationship to yourself that is based on acceptance, kindness, honesty, and self-worth. You’ll also find out how to transform the stress, anxiety, and insecurity that result from constantly trying to please others into lasting confidence, self-respect, and inner peace. Whether it’s negative thinking, financial worry, loneliness, guilt, or self-doubt that’s holding you back, Blake Bauer’s words will move you to take better care of yourself, heal old pain, and courageously move forward. If you’re ready to enjoy your life, feel passionate about your work, and create fulfilling relationships, this book will support you to live authentically, love wholeheartedly, and finally value yourself enough to put everyday health and happiness at the center of your life.

ORACLE CARDS

Crystal Oversoul Cards: Attunements for Lightworkers, by Michael Eastwood (Findhorn Press), 224 pages, 66 cards — This is a card deck and guidebook set to help you access the higher energies of the Crystal Oversouls and accelerate the awakening process. The Earth is undergoing an immense initiation, part of a great turning within the ever-evolving and unfolding cosmos. The initiation involves not only humanity and all living creatures but also the elemental kingdoms, including the Crystal Oversouls. Humanity once worked closely with the Crystal Oversouls. They were highly revered within the temples of Lemuria and subsequent times when communication between the inner planes was stronger. As those times have faded in human memory, humanity has also forgotten its history. The Crystal Oversouls hold keys to our awakening and to remembering that we are all beings of light. Offering a hands-on tool to support you in the awakening process, this card deck and guidebook set features 66 stunning full-color crystal mandalas to help you attune to and communicate with the energies of the ancient Crystal Oversouls. Each card depicts a photographic mandala featuring a different crystal that conveys messages directly into the consciousness of the viewer. The accompanying guidebook offers insight into the meaning of each crystal, including its spiritual and metaphysical properties, its association to scents, and its connections to individual chakras. For each Oversoul card, the guidebook provides an attunement — a meditation or ­visualization–to immerse you in the higher energies of the Oversouls and the crystal kingdom. The book also provides access to 22 downloadable audio meditations.

The Heart Path Oracle Cards: Miraculous Messages of Love, by Nadine Gordon-Taylor (Inner Traditions/Bear & Company), 128 pages, 53 cards — This is an intuitive oracle deck illustrated with images of animals and esoteric symbols along with channeled messages of Universal love. Beautifully illustrated with images of animals, birds, insects, plants, esoteric symbols, and transformative myths from around the world, the 53 full-color cards of The Heart Path Oracle Cards offer a gateway to the invisible — a gateway into the path of the heart. Working with the cards, you step through a portal uniting you with your higher consciousness. Immersing yourself in the vivid art on each card—from deer, bison, bluebirds, and ladybugs to platypus, ferns, ankhs, and the Tree of Life — will help you activate and align with loving energies that resonate and confirm your own soul-self. In the accompanying guidebook, artist Nadine Gordon-Taylor shares the years of research into animal symbolism and world cultures that laid the foundation for her art. She explores how to use the cards intuitively and explains how the deck was designed to reveal unconscious emotional patterns, shift us from old ways of thinking, and resonate with the vibration of unconditional love. Designed to be felt rather than intellectually experienced, the symbols on the cards are your mentors and offer profound insights to help you along your path. When you choose a card you are intuitively guided to what is most right for you at the moment. Trust that process and know that you are held in the heart of Divine love.

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