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Finding Om

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By Kristy M. Ayala, MA

My new book, Finding Om, includes practical methods, tools, and information to support people in experiencing more happiness and joy within their lives. Since the year 2000, I’ve had the privilege of working with a large cross-section of people and I have found there were several themes or areas that came up for people, no matter who they were or how they moved through their world.

At the end of each session, I always give an activity for people to use in their daily lives to help them integrate the change they’re making. I would ask people to start implementing the activity for at least five minutes a day and then to report back to me. Some people were more enthusiastic than others about this “homework” assignment; however, I’d encourage people to give at least five minutes a day to the activity and even the more reluctant people would usually get on board with the activity before leaving.

Sometimes I would hear back from people more quickly than from others. However, when I did hear back from people I often heard the same kind of thing. People would tell me that the activity helped them and then they would ask what I affectionately started calling “The Question.”

Here’s the question:

Do you have a handout or a PDF with activities for other areas of life that I can buy?

I’d always answer the same way—by telling them that I appreciated their enthusiasm and that I was so happy the activity was helping them. I would also tell them that I thought a collection of activities was a great idea but that I didn’t have anything like that put together. Then I would tell them that maybe one day when I got around to it, I’d write one. This went on for a long time, years in fact.

Ayala-bookFinding Om is that list, finally compiled into a book. When I was working on the book, I chose 44 areas or themes that I found affected people the most through the years. This book isn’t a complete list of all of the activities I’ve ever used but it does include a lot of topics that hit home for people. The book is compiled into three parts: Physical, Mental/Emotional, and Spiritual areas of life. My intention in writing this book was to offer practical, doable, and transformative activities that would support people in making positive change.

I’ve found that seemingly small shifts or changes can create a big change through time. I’ve seen this time and again for people I’ve had the privilege of working with and in my own life as well. Often the hardest part for people is getting started. So many things can feel overwhelming when making any changes in life; however, choosing to make a change is a powerful place to start. I hope Finding Om will inspire people to begin implementing small but significant changes in their day-to-day lives. The book is meant to be used as a guide and my hope is that by using an activity from Finding Om or by becoming inspired to personalize an activity in the book, people will move forward in the way that’s right for them.

I hope that my book will support people in giving themselves permission to honor what they know is right for them. It’s never too late to make positive change and yes, you’re worth it.

Kristy M. Ayala, MA, is a professional author, speaker, integrative intuitive counselor, and life coach. Kristy has both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and uses her professional and educational background in conjunction with her spiritual gifts to best support her clients. You can connect with Kristy by visiting her website kristymayala.com.

June 15, 2017 |

American Spiritual Master

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Justin Time

Autobiographical Stories from

an American Spiritual Master

By J. Jaye Gold

Currency of Struggle

How is it that some people get mildness, mellowness, and circumstances of natural beauty, and others have conditions that are so extraordinarily different that life for them is a struggle for food, clothing, and shelter, and sometimes even for safety? If you have never had to miss a meal—if you have the leisure to read and talk about extraordinary things—if you have time to explore and experiment, while millions of people have to make sure they have food, clothing, and shelter, then you are probably troubled by that question.

I’m going to explain something that may help you embark on and maintain a spiritual quest without having to contend with and be challenged by that conflict. Rather than be inhibited by it, you could be inspired by it, be enthused by it, be motivated by the absurd-appearing dichotomy between the people who have so much, as most of us do, and the many millions who have so little. In actuality, though circumstances may be diverse, there is a common denominator for all human beings. What we have all been given is a stage for struggle, and the players are either struggling or they aren’t on that stage.

I am going to explain what I mean by this word struggle. It is the commodity, or more like the currency, of participation in human life, and everyone has an equal chance to participate. We are all players on the same stage if we recognize what we have to struggle with and are fully engaged in that struggle. We have the opportunity to recognize that we have enough, and even excess. The struggle for money, for attention, for recognition, for comfort—even the struggle for control is no longer our struggle.

Our natural inclination to struggle is now meant to be put in another arena—the arena of struggling toward consciousness, toward awareness. Now, our struggle could be with our lack of attention, with our lack of concentration, struggle with our inability to get beneath the surface of things, struggle with our negative opinions of other people, struggle with our blame and self-pity, and all the other obstacles that are between us and the beautiful experience of being a servant—not for our own pleasure but because the world desperately needs people who have those qualities.

We will start to feel differently about ourselves in relation to the poor and downtrodden and to all the other people in this world who have very difficult external circumstances, including threats to their physical safety. You may even find yourself assisting those people in some way, but not from your guilt, not from discomfort with your own good fortune.

In some curious way, those who struggle for the essentials may have a more straightforward task than those of us who are struggling toward consciousness. First of all, we are dealing with an elective choice, because external circumstances don’t demand our struggle. We have the option to stay off the stage of life, even though it might bring us numbness and cost us our humanity. Second, we have two obligations, as opposed to the one obligation of survival held by those in poverty or in harm’s way. We must not only work as hard as they do at our endeavor, but we must lend assistance, in any way we can, to those who are actually trying to make a living—or more precisely, trying to keep themselves and their families living.

If you are actually struggling for consciousness, your life will not be easy. It will be difficult, but in a different way from that of those who lack the essentials. Perhaps we should use a term other than struggle to define our work, because it’s not strain, and it’s not suffering. It’s going against. Going against self-destructive tendencies can take tremendous effort, as can going against the momentum of numbness and blame and all the different forms of negativity and darkness. Similarly, it can take a tremendous effort to go against our laziness, our mechanical ways of acting, our false confidence, and our tendency to blindly accept what we’ve been taught.

There are so many opportunities to struggle that if you really were fully involved in what people have historically called the work, not the play, you would not, at the end of the day, feel so separate from those who have been given other assignments of struggle. Understand, those of you who have been given the gift of leisure have been given it so that you can struggle with your lack of consciousness. If you do, your confusion will be replaced by an overwhelming sense of belonging to the unexclusive experiment called the human race.

Certainly you can refute what you’ve been reading, and your heart will still continue to beat. The power that creates breath and heartbeat doesn’t enforce the requirement to struggle, but you will not be having the experience of a natural human being. You will be a passer of time, and a passer of time is far, far short of what a human being can be. Human beings are those who struggle for food, clothing, and shelter, along with their brothers and sisters who are struggling for consciousness. The only way you can really verify the equitability of those struggles is to engage in them. When you do, you’ll feel a unique connection to history and time, because you will be a player on the stage of life. You will be paying the currency of struggle.

We are aware of the details of the struggle for freedom from oppression and deprivation, but how clearly are we aware of the details of the struggle for freedom from our obstacles to consciousness? Here is a list of 10 freedoms worth seeking. They are all examples of our self-destructive tendencies, and our struggle is with these tendencies that keep us from realizing our full potential as conscious human beings:

  1. Freedom from identification with negative emotions;
  2. Freedom from a distorted sense of our own importance;
  3. Freedom from self-deception and dishonesty;
  4. Freedom from the misconception of responsibility;
  5. Freedom from fear of other people’s opinions;
  6. Freedom from unexamined concepts;
  7. Freedom from mechanical behavior;
  8. Freedom from fear of relinquishing control;
  9. Freedom from insecurity and material loss;
  10. Freedom from unconscious imitation.

If we can identify, understand, and eventually remove the obstacles to these freedoms, our innate beauty will be revealed beneath them. The stories I am presenting are geared toward understanding those obstacles and the freedoms they conceal.

June 15, 2017 |

The 12 Spiritual Laws of Recovery

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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.

           

 

FINAL NOTE:

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 www.RahasyaPoe.com and for Dhara, visit www.DharaLemos.com. 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 Amazon.com.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 |

Raising Our Consciousness: What Are You Thinking?

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By Nayaswami Anandi

Yogananda made an amazing statement in Autobiography of a Yogi: “Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted.”

I have found this statement so valuable. We can release the idea that our thoughts are ours personally. Instead, our thoughts reflect the level of consciousness we’re experiencing at the time.

This makes me think of the record changers of my youth. Vinyl records were stacked on the record player spindle, and they would drop one at a time to be played.Anandi-27-1-copy-2

When our consciousness is on a certain wavelength, it’s like playing a certain record. When our minds are unclear, we are on a record at the bottom of the stack. We’ll see all of life from that level, and our thoughts will reflect this. If we feel fearful, anything we turn our minds to seems threatening and fear inducing.

If we are on the record of criticism, we criticize this person and the next and also ourselves. No one seems to be all right.

When we have negative thoughts, it’s easy to become upset with ourselves and try to fight those thoughts. But Yogananda’s statement reminds us not to identify with any thoughts—they are not our own. We’re simply playing the wrong record.

We need to move up the stack of thought records. How? By choosing positive influences. Instead of wasting time worrying about negative thoughts, we can put ourselves in alignment with higher thoughts—through reading inspiring books, doing Ananda Yoga with affirmations, listening to talks by people with high consciousness, mingling with friends who have a higher consciousness.

Another powerful way of changing consciousness is to focus the mind with great energy, and at the same time relaxation, at the point between the eyebrows, the seat of highest awareness in the body. Sometimes a negative train of thought will vanish instantly as you practice this.

Remember, the greatest and most beautiful thoughts that have ever been expressed are also available to us at any time. We simply need to raise our consciousness to be able to receive them.

Nayaswami Anandi is known for her natural warmth, humor, wisdom, and kindness. One of the founding members of Ananda, she began sharing the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda soon after her arrival there in 1971. An Ananda minister since 1980, Anandi has directed and taught in many of Ananda’s guest and outreach programs at The Expanding Light Retreat and around the world. As an editor for Ananda’s Crystal Clarity books, she has created a seven-book series based on Yogananda’s original teachings, which include the popular How to Be Happy All the Time. Anandi is married to Joseph Bharat Cornell, a Chico State grad and world-renowned nature educator. Anandi will be a featured speaker at The Autobiography of a Yogi weekend events in Chico April 29 and 30 and in Reno June 17 and 18. For information about these celebrations visit www.ananda.org/events.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 |

Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential

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By Barbara Marx Hubbard

ISBN-13: 978-1-60868-117-4 (New World Library, 2015)

As I look toward the future, I honestly don’t see much hope if we continue business as usual from this level of consciousness. Fortunately, “business as usual” is collapsing so the only way forward is ascending to a higher plane of consciousness. Is that possible? I’m not sure, but I do know it’s necessary for our continued survival. I interviewed Barbara a while back on this subject and I have to admit that she inspires confidence in this conscious evolution. We live in a society that marginalizes our elders and we miss out on their experience, don’t miss out on what Barbara has to say because it may be our only hope for survival.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

May 9, 2015 |

The Self-Actualizing Cosmos: The Akasha Revolution in Science and Human Consciousness

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By Ervin Laszlo
ISBN: 978-1-62055-276-6 (Inner Traditions, 2014)

Most of us know that we have graduated from a Newtonian worldview to Einstein’s theories of relativity and on into the quantum worldview. This book is for you because this is about the direction that science is once again taking us, to a place where everything is connected and is a self-actualizing and self-organizing whole. It seems to me that most of human conflict comes about because there’s a part of us that feels separate and yet we feel a deep sensation of oneness with all things. The cosmos is evolving consciously and it will evolve with or without us, so I believe that if we want to continue as a human race, it’s going to become increasingly important to understand the deep and conscious nature of reality. This book will help you understand your deep desire to connect with all living things.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

July 9, 2014 |

Awakening to the Fifth Dimension: A Guide for Navigating the Global Shift

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By Vidya Frazier

ISBN: 978-1-62287-629-7 (First Edition Publishing Company, 2014)

They say that the map is not the territory, but this book brought me face-to-face with many experiences I am having now, one being the experience of time. What was once a linear journey has somehow become more of a spherical experience in which time is coming from within my awareness of Now instead of appearing on the linear path ahead of me. Vidya’s book really helped me understand this and many other aspects of these indefinable experiences I am going through. And like any instructional book on navigating our way, this one brings out in amazing detail the importance of adjusting the “attitude” of our sails as we navigate through what I see as stormy waters ahead, but at the same time having the inner vision to see that the clear skies of consciousness lie within us at all times.

Rahasya Poe, Author of To Believe Or Not To Believe: The Social and Neurological Consequences of Belief Systems

July 9, 2014 |

Make It Happen with Feng Shui

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Attract What YOU Want!

About the Book

Make It Happen with Feng Shui: Attract What YOU Want! is the ultimate all-in-one self-help guide for change. Discover a unique and powerful system for life-changing enhancements. It is your personal resource guide filled with groundbreaking information and easy, practical methods to attract what you want in life.

It includes information from the entire Make It Happen with Feng Shui series, plus a comprehensive master chart for all areas covered in the series.

Do you want to:

  • Enhance abundance and prosperity;
  • Attract a healthy and loving relationship;
  • Enjoy a fulfilling and successful career;
  • Receive the recognition you deserve; and
  • Create a wonderful sense of harmony and well-being in your life?

Author Jen Leong has masterfully integrated the ancient wisdom of feng shui and holistic health, including aromatherapy, crystals, and emotional clearing in this unique, one-of-a-kind guide. You’ll learn how to easily apply these tools to enhance your life and well-being and to attract what you want in life … to make it happen!

The guide includes charts, graphics, and worksheets, plus many real-life success Stories.

As a result of research in writing Make It Happen with Feng Shui, Jen developed Jewel Essence Feng Shui Aromatherapy, specially formulated with pure essential oils that have been infused with crystals and the appropriate healing sounds to enhance each of the nine areas in your life according to feng shui. Each bottle contains unique gemstones to enhance your results.

“This book combines ancient wisdom with specific and natural modern-day methods to enhance your life—from the mind to the home. The perfect guide for the general public and professionals alike.”

—Holly Ziegler, author of Sell Your House Faster with Feng Shui and Buy Your Home Smarter with Feng Shui

You can buy Jen’s books, Jewel Essence Feng Shui Aromatherapy, and other wellness products at JenLeong.com or by phone order at 858-618-3833. Printed versions are available at Amazon.com and JenLeong.com; eBook versions are available on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, iTunes (iBookstore), Kobo, and MyTabletBooks.

April 16, 2014 |
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