Sometimes we don’t know where to turn when it comes to our health so read our reviews of some of the best books on health.

Book Reviews for Spring 2017 Issue of Lotus Guide


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Bach Flower Essences and Chinese Medicine

By Pablo Noriega

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-571-2 (Healing Arts Press, 2016)

In my lifetime I have watched as boundaries between Eastern and Western modes of healing merge, which is what we call “integrative medicine.” Backed by a mountain of research, Noriega leads the way to a deeper understanding of flower essences, especially in regard to Chinese medicine. This book is a detailed explanation of the inter-connectedness between each essence and how it corresponds to a variety of illness, both emotional and physical. It is a perfect way to catch many chronic disorders before they manifest on the physical realm.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide

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Happiness Genes: Unlock the Positive Potential Hidden in Your DNA

By James D. Baird, PhD, and Laurie Nadel, PhD

ISBN-13: 978-1-60163-105-3 (New Page Books, 2010)

If you know anything about Dr. Bruce Lipton’s work, you know that simply by working with your emotional energy you can reprogram your genes. We are no longer victims of our inherited genes, and this book shows the way to altering your genetic makeup. Although there are many ways to go about this, one proven way is through the emotion of happiness, which sounds deceptively simple. Here’s my advice: Take 28 days out of your life to read and practice what’s in this book and you will find the magic behind “epigenetics” through this program.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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By David Elliot

ISBN-13: 978-0-97539-106-8 (Hawk Press, 2010)

Is there a universal energy that flows through all of life? I think we can all agree to this on some level and if it’s so, I would say that this energy is what we call love. We all need to be healed on some level and it seems that all we need to do is to get out of the way with our beliefs and ideas that no longer serve us. We are living and being right in the midst of an amazing transformation on this planet and books such as this can light the path. Even though this book is for sale everywhere, I was touched when I found out that it’s a free download on David’s website,

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide

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Soul Breathing: Spiritual Light and the Art of Self-Mastery

By Carrie L’Esperance

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-249-4 (Bear & Company, 2016)

What grabbed me about this book is the approach Carrie takes to embrace life’s experiences and be with it, good or bad. By doing this we start to break our addiction to constantly being distracted. We constantly try to fill a void with “things,” not realizing that “things” are devoid of spirit and will never quench that spiritual thirst we have. But this book goes even deeper into the fact that we live in an ocean of electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) that disrupt and distort our beings on subtle levels. We all had better wake up to the fact that we are living in a world much different from one that our grandparents were even able to dream of. This is a great “how-to” book.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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The Book of Tapping: Emotional Acupressure with EFT

By Sophie Merle

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-601-6 (Healing Arts Press, 2017)

Being the publisher of an alternative health magazine gives me a privileged view of many healing techniques and by far, “tapping-EFT” has proven itself time and time again with everything from PTSD and depression to jealousy and panic attacks. The real challenge has been to find a well-written and easy-to-understand book on the subject and this is it. It’s the perfect little book for a beginner or for a long-time practitioner to be reminded of the simplicity of the process.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide

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The End of Stress: Four Steps to Rewire Your Brain

By Joseph Goewey

ISBN-13: 978-1-58270-491-3 (Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2014)

Who’s ever heard of rewiring your brain? Well, anyone who has been keeping up with neuroscience and the research with neuroplasticity. Stress is the number one factor behind most illness in today’s modern world, so you have a choice: You can numb out with drugs, which a large percentage of the population does, or you can read this book and follow the formula “4 Steps + 8 Weeks = The End of Stress.” Don’t be like 80 percent of the population and do nothing about it until it’s too late. Reducing stress increases performance, creativity, and your ability to live a healthier life … it’s time.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

June 15, 2017 |

Lotus Guide Book Reviews for October 2016

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Candida Albicans: Natural Remedies for Yeast Infection

By Leon Chaitow, DO, ND

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-581-1 (Healing Arts Press, 4th edition, 2016)

Once again we come face to face with the fact that our daily diet can be our worst enemy or our best friend. It was interesting to see how many mental and physical diseases can result from excessive Candida albicans. With today’s sugar-rich diet it’s almost assured that many of us will develop this imbalance. Most people in our society don’t realize that everything from contraceptives to antacids and antibiotics can contribute to this condition. This little book is a must for anyone wanting to live a healthier life.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide

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Lost Race of the Giants: The Mystery of Their Culture, Influence, and Decline throughout the World

By Patrick Chouinard

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-148-0 (Bear & Company, 2013)

Why is it that every culture throughout time and dating back millennia has tales and myths of giants? “There were giants in those days” is a phrase echoed by ancient religious books worldwide and now that we have actually found skeletons of humans who were 12 to 15 feet tall and even taller, we know they did exist. So the real question becomes, “Why is this information being hidden from the population?” I could tell you but it will be better for you to read this book to understand the complexities involved. Let me just say this: It will unravel everything you’ve been taught about human history.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Psychedelic Marine: A Transformational Journey from Afghanistan to the Amazon

By Alex Seymour

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-579-8 (Park Street Press, 2016)

Alex Seymour paints a graphic picture of what it’s like to serve your country and why post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is so debilitating. I venture to say that most of us simply can’t understand what it’s like to be in that situation and come home to a “normal” life and try to integrate. This is where ayahuasca enters the picture. Western society is far behind in understanding alternate realities and how they can guide us into a better future. If you are a veteran and want to understand why you feel so traumatized and want to do something about it, read this book and then take the journey. If you aren’t a veteran, I suggest you take the ayahuasca journey first and then decide if you enlisting is for you.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Sacred America, Sacred World: Fulfilling Our Mission in Service to All

By Stephen Dinan

ISBN-13: 978-1-57174-744-0 (Hampton Roads Publishing, 2016)

The United States is much more than a piece of land between two oceans; it’s an ideal, a standard of excellence, an experiment in human nature … or at least it was. We have drifted so far that most of us can hardly remember the original vision. We have become and embodied the very thing we have been fighting. This book was, at the very least, inspiring, because Stephen Dinan lays out a beautiful vision to hold on to as we guide ourselves back to greatness. I would like to feel as if I’m part of this country again and this book really gave me hope.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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The Suppressed History of American Banking: How Big Banks Fought Jackson, Killed Lincoln, and Caused the Civil War

By Xaviant Haze

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-233-3 (Bear & Company, 2016)

Here’s my question: A few of us have known about the corrupt and criminal banking system for many years, and now, most of the world knows this, but there’s one big difference … they know we know. This is where the game is changing and for the first time we have pulled back the curtain to find a group of angry, scared old men pulling the levers of hate and injustice. The Federal Reserve creates debt, its idea of money, but its only purpose is to control the multitudes. This book lays it all out perfectly and the more we can understand that the system is not really complex at all, it’s simply illegal and secretive, then the more quickly we can zero out the world debt.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Seven Secrets of Time Travel: Mystic Voyages of the Energy Body

By Von Braschler

ISBN-13: 978-1-59477-447-8 (Destiny Books, 2012)

Most of us live routinely in our three-dimensional bodies and give very little thought to traveling in time, although we are doing it in every moment we are alive. But there are many people who have looked into time travel and Von Braschler is one of them. What sets this book apart, other than clarity, is the exercises that most anyone can do and experience a shift in his or her perception of time. It’s obvious that the author has had firsthand experiences and decided to write about how we can have those same experiences. There’s much more I could say on this subject but that would take … time.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

October 27, 2016 |

Lotus Guide Book Reviews for July 2016

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Adult ADHD: How to Succeed as a Hunter in a Farmer’s World

by Thom Hartmann

ISBN-13: 978-1620555750 (Park Street Press; 3 edition-2016)

I love a book that turns everything I thought I knew upside down. What if we truly are still ‘hunters’ learning to adapt in a ‘farmers’ world? There’s nothing wrong with being the ‘farmer’ because this is what creates and sustains stability. But without innovation and creativity, stability can quickly become stagnation. As hunters we were constantly scanning our environment for food and danger. In today’s world the hunters scan their environment for danger and opportunity and are brave enough to make changes. This book shows very useful steps to turn what we are told are disorders into attributes. An important book for business owners and/or entrepreneur’s.

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Herbs and Nutrients for Neurologic Disorders: Treatment Strategies for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraine, and Seizures

By Sidney J. Kurn M.D. and Sheryl Shook Ph.D.

ISBN-13: 978-1620555538 (Healing Arts Press-2016)

Even though we have known of the value of herbs and nutrients for years, most allopathic doctors need hard facts…well, here they are, along with modes of treatment. Neurological disorders are traditionally difficult to diagnose and are usually treated with pharmaceutical drugs for lack of knowing what to do. The very first thing a good mechanic asks when you take your car in is “What kind of fuel are you using?” Every treatment center and physician should have this book in their office for reference.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Herbs for Healthy Aging: Natural Prescriptions for Vibrant Health

By David Hoffmann FNIMH AHG

ISBN-13: 978-1620552216 (Healing Arts Press; 3 edition-2013)

I’m to an age where I can see that I had better start paying much more attention to my health. There’s no reason to accept things like ‘senior moments’ as being normal, but most people do and that is a dangerous perception. This book is a detailed expose of what to take, when, and what for. We all need to take responsibility for our health and stop depending on outside organizations for their support…it’s not working. Here’s a good test to see if you should buy this book, if someone mentions it in the future or you see it at the bookstore and you forgot all about this review and didn’t buy it…you should have.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Mind Wars: A History of Mind Control, Surveillance, and Social Engineering by the Government, Media, and Secret Societies

by Marie D. Jones

ISBN-13: 978-1601633583 (New Page Books-2015)

I know, we dare not call it a conspiracy…but it is, and at the highest levels of our global society. Through the Release of Information Act we know that social engineering has been going on for many years, like MKUltra, directed energy weapons, and many other government projects. But what about now? It’s still going on and has evolved to a level of technology that you won’t believe, and you’re not supposed to. This book even touches on the world government’s involvement in the occult and their rituals as a form of mind control. It’s a Brave New World, and guess what…you’re in it.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Weapons of the Gods: How Ancient Alien Civilizations Almost Destroyed the Earth

By Nick Redfern

ISBN-13: 978-1-63265-038-2 (New Page Books, 2016)

Let’s assume for a moment that the Mahabharata, Ramayana, ancient scrolls from almost every continent, hundreds of thousands of Sumerian clay tablets, and for the most part, every indigenous culture on the planet has something to say about our past. I know it’s difficult if you are imprisoned behind cultural filters but step out of the box for a moment. We not only “don’t” learn from our past; we use it for our future directives and marching orders. This is one lesson we cannot afford to let slip by us. All over the planet there are indisputable signs that in our distant past there were many nuclear explosions and they are documented even in the Bible. It’s a sobering account of our history … let’s not repeat it.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

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Zecharia Sitchin and the Extraterrestrial Origins of Humanity

By M. J. Evans, PhD

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-255-5 (Bear & Company, 2016)

I always try to be respectful of people’s beliefs but when the evidence starts getting so overwhelming that our human origins may be far more complex than we originally thought, it’s time to get brave and open our minds to something pretty amazing. This information doesn’t stop our quest to find God; it takes us to a whole new level of mystery of who we are and why we are here. I highly recommend books such as this to anyone who wants to know the truth more than he or she wants to be right.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

August 10, 2016 |

The 12 Spiritual Laws of Recovery

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War on Drigs

The 12 Spiritual Laws of Recovery and

Meditations for The 12-Step Program

  By Rahasya Poe


  Every once in a while I feel compelled to reach out and connect with what I see as the fastest-growing segment of our population. Drugs and Soldiers1Now I have to admit, it would be very easy at this point to get into how other countries, such as Portugal for instance, have decriminalized drug use and have substantially fewer violent crimes associated with drugs and far less usage … but then again they don’t have a billion-dollar prison industry to support like we do and pharmaceutical companies putting millions into the pockets of their politicians, but this is a subject for another time. This is a spiritual crisis.

Drugs and Soldiers(I really need to add something here; the underlying cause of a lot of addiction is the fact that it’s actually being supported by our government. For instance, our soldiers are guarding the poppy fields in Afganistan (Over 93% of the worlds heroine comes from Afganistan, who do you think is making all that money?) as you read this. many people know this but never really think about the fact that if we are guarding it, who do you think is smuggling the heroine into our country? And if we are smuggling it in, as we were doing all the way back to Viet Nam war days and the drug cartel/CIA days, then we are also setting up distribution chains for the drugs to hit the streets. No one wants to admit that their government is doing such things, but this little fact should help…it’s not our government and hasn’t been for many years. It belongs to secret organizations and breakaway aspects of the CIA, the FBI, FDA, CDC, NSA and almost every international corporation and banking cartel there is. You may be asking, “Isn’t this a harsh indictment?” My answer is no, actually the truth gets far worse. If we want Justice we must learn to respell it because it should be spelled “Just-Us.” Did I mention that YOU are paying for this?)

            And believe it or not, this article isn’t about the millions of people on drugs, legal and illegal, who are suffering all over the world and who are in the grip of a system that is dysfunctional, to say the least. This is about stepping back and taking a realistic look at “why” we go down this path in the first place, because the answer to this question is also the answer to “how” we stop going down that path (this statement is at the heart of this article so remember it). I think most anyone who gives this subject some honest thought has wondered why some substances that are relatively harmless with no lasting side effects are illegal while others, such as alcohol, pharmaceutical drugs, and tobacco, are legal and actually drive a lot of our political machinery. It becomes obvious that the laws are not meant to protect us; they are meant for something else entirely with respect to drug use. This too is a subject for another time.

         Conscious Awareness   Now we are getting close to the “why” in relation to drug use. The answer seems to have been lost in the legal system with a barrage of disinformation and misinformation. Meanwhile, we have millions of people, young and old, who are suffering while the rest of us stand back and legislate laws, judge, and separate ourselves from one basic truth: Human beings are adventurous souls and we should have the right to explore our own consciousness as long as we are not harming another person. I think we all intuitively know this and as adventurous souls we explore the most amazing thing in the known universe … our conscious awareness.


Drugs & The Heart of the Matter-Consciousness

So here we are at the heart of the matter, consciousness. A number of years ago I wrote a book along with my wife, Dhara, specifically for young people. I was a drug counselor for adolescents going through drug recovery in San Diego. As a house manager, I had some freedom to really get to know the boys coming through the program and in the beginning it was my plan to impart all of my knowledge and wisdom to them. Well, I quickly learned that it was I who was being taught. Asking these kids why they took drugs was like asking a fish what it felt like to be wet; in the world they grew up in, they had no normal frame of reference to compare their lives to.

The Final STEP-Freedom

It was no surprise that they weren’t resonating with the 12-step program, a program that was created back in the ’30s for alcoholics hanging on to the last remnants of reality. I remember Ram Dass saying that he worked with the program for many years and noticed one big problem: There was no way out. Even John Bradshaw, a well-known supporter of the 12-step program, said that after almost 30 years of being in it, he had to admit that the greatest value was as a resocialization step for addicts wanting to get back in society but that it was unfortunate that there was no final step to exit the program. I will always remember this young kid in the recovery program who was sitting with the other five kids I had taken to a 12-step meeting one evening. He was quietly listening to Joe: “Hello, my name is Joe. I’m an alcoholic; I’ve been sober for 22 years, three months, two weeks, and one day.” It was at that point that the kid stood up and screamed and ran out. I followed him out and asked him, “What’s wrong?” He said, “If this is what I need to do for the next 22 years to stay clean I can tell you right now … it’s not me!” The next day in group we all talked about it and I found that every kid who came through the program sincerely felt the same way.

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What was the biggest complaint? The first step: “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol/drugs and that our lives had become unmanageable.” I know a lot of you 12-steppers are going to go crazy right about now, but hear me out. The reason our lives became unmanageable in the first place was because we “gave” our power away to drugs and/or alcohol. As a society we have been indoctrinated into giving our power away to local and world leaders, churches, schools, doctors, institutions, governments, you name it. But something amazing has been happening right under our noses and most of us, especially the older generations, have missed it. An awakening is happening and with that comes the power to change things, including our lives.


The Big Difference Between ‘Fault’ & ‘Problem’

Something else I noticed in almost every client who came through the program was the tendency to “blame” and place fault on the world around them, which made sense because everyone from the parents to the courts was blaming them. It was easy to get them going in the “blame game” in group sessions; I would let them get all worked up and at the height of the conversation I would ask them a question, “OK, settle down for a second and let me ask you something. If I made all of you take off your clothes and shoes, tied you up, threw you in the van, and took you out in the desert 500 miles from nowhere with no water or food and kicked you out of the van and drove off, whose fault is it that you are there?” Of course there was an immediate response, “It’s not our fault, it’s your ‘!@#*ing’ fault, Rahasya.” Then I would quietly sit back and ask the next question, “Yes, it is my fault … but whose problem is it?” The whole room would get quiet and they would “always” look at each other for group coherence and say, “It’s our problem.” This is why asking them to give their power away to what they see as the very system that put them in this position is completely out of the question, but getting them to realize they have a problem and take responsibility for it is within the realm of possibility.

Just a Different Form of Slavery

For years I experimented with all sorts of drugs and it was a long, strange trip indeed. When it came time to quit, I realized that giving away what power I had left was not an option for me, so I embraced my addiction as a transformative tool and it was ultimately a meditation that I learned that brought me out of it and showed me another aspect of consciousness. This is why the 1st Spiritual Law in our book is “What you resist, persists.” It was through meditation that I learned about the truth, which was what I was actually looking for in drugs … an expanded consciousness, an awareness of a deeper aspect of being.War on Drigs

            No matter what we are declaring war on—poverty, terrorism, or drugs—it simply does not work. So it’s time to think out of the box, take charge of our lives, be responsible, and recognize that we are powerful spiritual beings exploring every avenue of consciousness. It was a lifetime of experience and my short career as a drug counselor that provided the material for this book. And since it was a particular meditation practice that brought me out of it, Dhara’s contribution of developing a meditation for each step was invaluable. She brought more than 25 years of meditative experience to this project.




Here are the links that I was talking about in the Print version.

Brain Restoration has been show to have dramatic affects when it comes to addiction. If you’ve read our book, The 12 Spiritual Laws of Recovery & Meditations For the 12 Step Program you know that I covered this with something called “The Bomb” which is a strong megadose of vitamins and nutrients. The reason for this is because I found that many people go back to drug use simply to feel better so the quicker you can get healthy, the better. CLICK HERE for BRAIN RESTORATION INFO

The Wildness of Children: If you take the time to read this article you will quickly realize that one of the biggest contributors to addiction is not the drugs, it’s everything from the environment and civilization to us.  This is why kids must take back their power and we must support that process. There has been research that clearly shows that rats that are addicted will break their addiction if they are put in an environment that’s 200 times larger than their cages, has fun toys to play with, and the opportunity to fornicate 🙂 If you are a teacher or a parent I highly recommend that you read this: CLICK HERE

For more information on Rahasya visit and for Dhara, visit Rahasya is also the author of  To Believe Or Not To Believe: The Social and Neurological Consequences of Belief Systems, was interviewed in the documentary on addiction called A Wave of Compassion, publisher of the Lotus Guide, and soon will have a live Internet radio show called Spiritual Activist Radio. Dhara Lemos, along with many years of meditation experience and dance, produced with her friend Pam Jamian her meditation CD called Dhara’s Active Meditation. Dhara also played an invaluable role in the documentary Eco-Chic Retreat demonstrating her meditations. Available on

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July 6, 2016 |

Lotus Guide Book Reviews for April 2016

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Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic

By Werner Kühni and Walter von Holst

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-500-2 (Healing Arts Press, 2016)

The broad-spectrum healing properties of colloidal silver have been known and used for centuries in folk medicine. The authors bring the knowledge into our modern times by presenting the scientific background and evidence of colloidal silver’s effectiveness as well as the chemistry and geology behind it. You’ll learn how it’s made and the many modalities in which colloidal silver can be of significant use. A third of the book is devoted to specific instruction for the treatment of common ailments for humans and other animals. In just 150 pages, this well-researched work will provide all the information you need to make your decision and begin its use.

Pat Basham, Lotus Guide


Imagining the World into Existence: An Ancient Egyptian Manual of Consciousness

By Normandi Ellis

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-140-4 (Bear & Company, 2012)

It wasn’t until I interviewed John Anthony West that I had the deep realization that direct personal experience is the key to understanding ancient Egypt; Normandi Ellis embodies this tradition with a writing style that leaves you with information and a slight sense of the wonder she experienced. This book made me realize that we are children playing on the shoreline of an ocean of knowledge lying before us and we are only ankle deep. The more I understand the more I realize that we are “imagining the world into existence” moment by moment.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide


Secret Medicines from Your Garden: Plants for Healing, Spirituality, and Magic

By Ellen Evert Hopman

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-557-6 (Healing Arts Press, 2016)

The art and science of herbal medicine can be daunting. Hopman, from the very first chapter, leads the reader into the sensory world of nature with the approach to identification and medicinal use that the ancients practiced before printed herbal compendiums. With one’s mind and heart thus opened, the breadth of wisdom and information that follows falls on freshly tilled soil. The reader will learn the sacred and the magical traditions of many cultures, wild-crafted and kitchen recipes, a system for prescribing and mixing formulas, scientific tables, resources and sources for further learning, and more. This is my all-time favorite herbalist’s reference. I couldn’t put it down.

Pat Basham, Lotus Guide


The Omniverse: Transdimensional Intelligence, Time Travel, the Afterlife, and the Secret Colony on Mars

By Alfred Lambremont Webre

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-215-9 (Bear & Company, 2015)

This was almost too much for even me to handle until I talked with people such as Jacque Valle, who told me that after more than 30 years of experience he would say that we are being visited by interdimensional beings, and later I interviewed Frank Jacob, who did the documentary Packing for Mars, in which he documents the Secret Space Program and the “breakaway society.” This book will take you higher on the “peak of perception” than you’ve ever imagined so be prepared for a breathtaking view of reality.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide


There Were Giants upon the Earth

By Zecharia Sitchin

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-121-3 (Bear & Company, 1st Printing 2010)

This is a masterful recapitulation of his previous books, but with the addition of more recent evidence hidden away in places such as the Natural History Museum in London. Why would “they” hide evidence of an alternative human history? Simple; it will overturn almost every religious “his-story” ever written in the common era. There are large giant skeletal remains and alien DNA waiting to be shown to the world. Zecharia plows through myth and legend like a bulldozer armed with evidence and facts.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide


Treat Concussion, TBI, and PTSD with Vitamins and Antioxidants

By Kedar N. Prasad, PhD

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-435-7 (Healing Arts Press, 2016)

Traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress affect 9.4 million Americans and carry an estimated annual cost of $20 billion. The good news from Dr. Prasad is that with attention to micronutrients there is hope for real advancement in treatment and recovery. Biochemical dysfunction is the secondary damage caused by brain injury and biochemical defects are responsible for the progression of PTSD. Micronutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants may reduce both the risk and the progression of these brain disorders when medication and counseling have proven unsatisfactory. This is a scientific work made accessible to the nonscientist with an extensive bibliography and nutrition tables and the energy of progress and possibility.

Pat Basham, Lotus Guide

April 15, 2016 |

Book Reviews for January 2016

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A Druid’s Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine

By Ellen Evert Hopman

ISBN-13: 978-1-59477-230-6 (Destiny Books, 2008)

I read this book because it had herbal information in it but was quickly drawn into the ancient history of the Druids, which includes astronomical information as well as the homeopathic uses of herbs. This is a great book for anyone who simply takes a walk in nature and wonders what many have wondered through the ages … what are the medicinal properties of all the nature that surrounds us? It’s a great reference book for all those who think they know everything about herbs and want another perspective from an ancient culture.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide


Bouncing Forward: Transforming Bad Breaks into Breakthroughs

By Michaela Haas, PhD

ISBN-13: 978-1-50111-512-7 (Atria/Enliven Books, 2015)

I would never underestimate the effects that post-traumatic stress can have on people; however, I do see that many people unfortunately define themselves by those past experiences. This book is a guide to not only bouncing forward from trauma, but also a great reminder that we need to be vigilant and always work at being present and having gratitude in our lives. This book is very serendipitous now because we may be headed for some challenging and stressful times, so this would be a good way to heal the past and prepare for an uncertain future.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide


Divine Beings: The Spiritual Lives and Lessons of Animals

By Cara Gubbins, PhD

ISBN-13: 978-1-51866-929-3 (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, October 30, 2015)

I suppose this is what happens when the curiosity of a scientist and the love of spirit meet. If it weren’t for an experience that I had during a 10-year period with my dog, I would be highly skeptical of Cara’s work, but I know firsthand that animals do communicate with us. However, while reading this book I was amazed by the complexity of thoughts and emotions from an animal that someone such as Cara can reveal. Cara asks three simple questions of the animals she communicates with, but you will be amazed at the depth of the answers she receives and will never look at your pet in the same way again.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide


Edge of Grace: A Fierce Awakening to Love

By Prajna Ginty

ISBN-13: 978-0-99087-600-7 (Flowing River Press, 2014)

To be honest with you, I rhad to really reach deep into my soul for a depth of understanding to write this review because Prajna brings something to the table that I’m still working on. While reading this book I came face-to-face with my own limitations of compassion and empathy. To read how she was able to turn her experience into a path for spiritual evolution is in itself enlightening. Reading Edge of Grace brought many of my ideals that were on an intellectual level down to a heartfelt emotional reality that will forever change how I “thought” about many “feelings.”

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide


Healing Sibling Sexual Trauma: A Very Personal Story

By Hannah L. Cartwright, RN, MA

ISBN-13: 978-0-99161-131-7 (2014)

It’s difficult to even imagine how many psychological disorders have their roots buried deep in past sibling sexual traumas. Like many things that are hidden away in our culture, they eventually see the light of day when courageous people such as Hannah Cartwright decide to pull back the veil. Many others will step forward after reading this book that exposes the damage done and that also lays out a path of recovery toward not letting your past define you. I might also add that this book was written with humility and a bit of humor, which I found quite amazing in itself.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide


Medical Medium: Secrets behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal

By Anthony William

ISBN-13: 978-1-40194-829-0 (Hay House, 2015)

OK, I have to tell you that I am always suspicious of channeled information from people who hear voices of what some people would call God; however, I’m not suspicious of results and I don’t “believe” in meaningless coincidences. Anthony brings back thoughts of Edgar Cayce because his readings often deal with the primary cause of an illness, which is what a true healer would do. I’m going to give this a four-star rating simply in the name of healthy skepticism because I simply have not had a direct experience with Anthony.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide


The Soul of Ancient Egypt: Restoring the Spiritual Engine of the World

By Robert Bauval and Ahmed Osman

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-186-2 (Bear & Company, 2015)

Reading this book will enlighten you as to the connection we have with ancient Egypt and how Egypt has been in turmoil from within for centuries. I think a lot of readers would expect more information on the Sumerian influence on Egypt, but if you are looking for some of the politics and the influence Egypt has had on the Western world, then this will be a great read. From reading this book it’s easy to see that religions have all but devastated a once-great culture and buried it under the rubble of their conflict. The authors touch on something very important in today’s world and that is how most of Sharia law is not based on the Koran, something well worth noting.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide


The Union of Isis and Thoth: Magic and Initiatory Practices of Ancient Egypt

By Normandi Ellis and Nicki Scully

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-208-1 (Bear & Company, 2015)

Building on and giving an emotional depth of understanding to some of R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz and John Anthony West’s work, this research brings out something often overlooked by researchers—the sacred temples were more than a place where sacred knowledge was imparted; the structures themselves were the teaching. In today’s world, where the history of healing has been sanitized and condensed into “sound bites,” I found this book to be a breath of fresh air, clearing out the dysfunctional thinking of our “modern” worldview of traditional healing and ancient history.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide


Vaccination Is Not Immunization

By Tim O’Shea

ASIN: B00UCO6BG6 (Amazon Digital Services, 2015)

I’m all about getting people to think, not telling them what to think, and this book gives all the information a parent will need to make an informed decision on vaccinations. It has been documented by some that vaccinations are not only ineffective but are actually dangerous. The research is in and whistleblowers at the CDC have spoken out about a link between vaccinations and autism, something that most parents with autistic children have known or suspected for years. What else are they hiding? Read and find out the politics surrounding this issue … it will get you thinking again about whom to trust.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide


January 11, 2016 |

Media Reviews for Oct-Nov-Dec 2015

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Media Reviews for Oct-Nov-Dec 2015

The Slow Down Diet: Eating for Pleasure, Energy, and Weight Loss

By Marc David

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-508-8 (Healing Arts Press, 2015)

We’ve all been there: Eat less, exercise more, and I will lose weight. It doesn’t take long to figure out that without proper nourishment you will lose more than weight. It was Chapter/Week 5 when I started understanding what Marc David was actually getting at when he explains how the metabolic process is directly affected by our emotions, specifically pleasure. That, along with the awareness of simply breathing while I eat, has made a noticeable improvement in my health. In today’s world with the degradation of our food supply, it is even more important to pay attention to this information and our emotional relationship with what we eat. This book marks the 10th anniversary of his first book and it’s even better.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide

The Power of the Herd: A Nonpredatory Approach to Social Intelligence, Leadership, and Innovation

By Linda Kohanov

ISBN-13: 978-1-60868-371-0 (New World Library, 2015)

We have an unmistakable and undeniable failure in our power structures and how and why we choose our leaders. Let’s face it; most of today’s leaders are egocentric predators who have clawed their way to the top. Our leaders have lost their personal connection with society, making social bonding all but impossible. To follow the natural principles of the herd that have obviously been working for millennia seems a logical step for a civilization to take if it wants to continue. It’s definitely a step into higher consciousness where the solutions to today’s problems will be found. Do you want to be a leader? Start here …

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

Mind over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself

By Lissa Rankin, MD

ISBN-13: 978-1-40193-999-1 (Hay House, 2014)

Imagine Dr. Lissa Rankin’s surprise when she saw this startling pattern in many of her patients: Those who were wealthy and practicing good health habits—green juices, yoga, meditation—were inexplicably very ill. However, patients who ate doughnuts, smoked cigarettes, and drank alcohol were quite healthy. Dr. Rankin herself was on seven prescription medications at age 33. The traditional equation of diet + exercise = health wasn’t working. These paradoxical results led Dr. Rankin to a two-year sabbatical from medicine. She had one question: “What do you need to heal yourself?” The results? Whole Health Medicine,” a radical new approach to health care that merges spirituality and science. Mind over Medicine describes the principles of Whole Health Medicine, addressing life situations that cause stress and poor health. Dr. Rankin now trains practitioners and may revolutionize health care.

Mark Light, MD, Lotus Guide

BlindSpots: 21 Good Reasons to Think before You Talk

By Christian de Quincey

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-446-3 (Park Street Press, 2015)

We’ve all done it—we heard something someone said and it matched with our beliefs so it must be true. Being the publisher of a magazine, I hold myself to a higher standard and have learned to question popular assertions that run rampant in today’s world. Reading this book brought to the surface many of the core assumptions we have blindly accepted through the years. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve heard two people arguing over who is right, and they were both wrong because they were basing their arguments on faulty suppositions. This can create a dangerous situation in a civilization with advanced technology. The timing for a book such as this has never been more essential than it is right now in our world.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

Astrology in Ancient Mesopotamia: The Science of Omens and the Knowledge of the Heavens

By Michael Baigent

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-221-0 (Bear & Company, 2015)

Anyone who has read Michael Baigent’s book, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, already knows the academic scholarship he brings to the table. History has been, and still is for most people, a story that’s been force-fed to us by religion and state and very few realize that most of it is deceptive and misleading. Archaeology is finally finding its way by looking at the facts, not at ideas and beliefs that have traditionally funneled our thinking. I thought I knew something about astrology, but it turns out that most of what I’ve been told was based on partial truths passed down through the centuries. This is another academic milestone.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda (DVD)

ASIN: B012BUQQ4K (Alive Mind, 2015)

Paramahansa Yogananda’s life-changing Autobiography of a Yogi was given to me at the age of 17 and my life forever changed. Religion expanded into a rich inner exploration filled with profound possibilities and the quickening of spirit. Yogananda’s message for me was inclusive, fresh, and expansive, allowing me to experience what had previously been only a matter of faith. Now, more than 50 years after its publication, the message is just as relevant. Apparently, it was the only book on Steve Jobs’s iPad; has sold more than 4 million copies; and foreshadowed recent discoveries in neuroscience. AWAKE is a visual celebration of the relevance of these profound spiritual teachings for our times.

Pat Basham, Lotus Guide

September 28, 2015 |

Your Yin Yang Body Type: The Korean Tradition of Sasang Medicine

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By Gary Wagman, PhD, L.Ac.

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-370-1 (Healing Arts Press, 2014)

When it comes to information for your health, one size does not fit all. The first step, as this book clearly points out, is to find your body type. I love the idea of addressing the mind, body, and spirit to attain equilibrium and balance through my own efforts. The book includes tests that you can do yourself that allow you to take control over your health, and through that process I found a deeper understanding of maintaining a healthy body.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide

May 9, 2015 |

Yoga for Cancer: A Guide to Managing Side Effects, Boosting Immunity, and Improving Recovery for Cancer Survivors

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By Tari Prinster

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-272-8 (Healing Arts Press, 2014)

Surviving cancer has a lot to do with taking back control of your life and this book would be instrumental in that process. I personally know the healing aspects of yoga and detoxing so your body can do what it does best … heal. This book would be a plus for anyone doing, teaching, or contemplating yoga as a tool for sustaining health. However, it’s also about a “life change” for the long road ahead … but a long road ahead sounds pretty good for most cancer survivors.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide

May 9, 2015 |

The Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul

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By Lissa Rankin

ISBN-13: 978-1-40194-426-1 (Hay House, 2015)

I venture to say that most people tend to be “control freaks” and are in a state of denial about the very reality they find themselves in. Behind control and denial is, of course, fear, fear of loss, the unknown, change, death, the fear of being wrong. The chemistry alone that manifests out of fear can bring about disease and even death so I suppose it’s true that the only thing to fear is fear itself. Acquiring courage has very little to do with having no fear; it has to do with knowing the difference between false fears and fears that can kill you. Lissa gives you step-by-step ways to cultivate the courage that’s necessary in today’s world. This isn’t your typical “feel-good” book—it’s a hands-on rational approach to a more fulfilling, healthy life.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

May 9, 2015 |
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