Media Reviews for July

These are the Media Reviews for the Jul/Aug/Sept 2015 Issue of Lotus Guide

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Way of the Bushman: Spiritual Teachings and Practices of the Kalahari Ju/’hoansi

By Bradford Keeney, PhD, and Hillary Keeney, PhD

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-205-0 (Bear & Company, 2015)

There’s much more to gaining knowledge than simple dialogue; the true essence of understanding comes from a deeper connection with a person, especially people such as the Kalahari Bushmen, who have ancient tribal knowledge passed down from generation to generation through ritual and ceremony. As Western society creeps in on our world, it’s comforting to know that people such as Bradford and Hillary Keeney are taking academic standards to a whole new level. Many great truths are being unlocked by those who seek first to “Understand” and then to be “Understood.”

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

Speaking with Nature: Awakening to the Deep Wisdom of Earth

By Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-190-9 (Bear & Company, 2015)

For the last 40,000 years, humanity has been given sacred information from nature spirits through the local shaman, who was given special dispensation by the clan to be a little out there. But with the advent of “modern” civilization, we not only shut the door on this information but have actually made it illegal in a lot of countries because the traditional way of accessing nature is often accomplished with hallucinogenic substances. So I have only one thing to say to anyone who doesn’t believe in listening to nature: “How is this working for you and the world you live in?”

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

Return of the Golden Age

By Edward F. Malkowski

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-197-4 (Inner Traditions, 2013)

I usually make every attempt to validate information coming my way. However, in today’s world, that practice usually leads to a path of doom and gloom. So it was refreshing to get a positive view of what may be in store for humanity as we enter what is commonly called the “Golden Age.” If ever there were a time, and need, for deciphering ancient myths this would be the time. I found this book to be a good balance for my outlook on things to come and as far as validation, it is happening daily as academia wakes up to our ancient past and allows for new information.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

Mastery of Consciousness: Awaken the Inner Prophet

By Tapasyogi Nandhi

ISBN-13: 978-1-63443-721-9 (Red Lotus Creative, 2014)

We all know, or at the very least suspect, that the need for ancient wisdom is more pertinent now than ever. Relating to this wisdom in the world we live in has always been the problem. But through Nandhi’s book I was able to experience this wisdom of the past through a mind that is anchored in the “here and now.” Once in a great while a book comes along that unifies the divisive beliefs and ideas that surround us. This book offers a wonderful perspective into South Indian siddhars with sutras and beautifully laid-out graphics and photos. I read and review a lot of books, but this one will stay in my private collection to pass on to my children.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

The Keeper of the Diary

By Judith Diana Winston

ISBN-13: 978-0-96432-821-1 (Chewut Press, 2012)

From New York to Egypt, Israel, and Atlantis, the adventure has our heroine racing to make sense of events and save herself and perhaps the world. Cassie, a photographer and a practical realist, becomes the center point of intrigue after finding a mysterious diary. Soon she’s battling dark forces as she discovers how her own past is interwoven with ancient knowledge. Although listed as a work of fiction … hmmm … I wonder. It has the power to spark many greater truths that remain hidden behind the veil of the mundane in our everyday world.

Pat Basham, Lotus Guide

The Hermetic Code in DNA: The Sacred Principles in the Ordering of the Universe

By Michael Hayes

ISBN-13: 978-1-59477-218-4 (Inner Traditions, 2008)

This book is not meant for the light reader who wants an easy fix. Being a longtime follower of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, I found this information an important addition to my understanding of the harmonies that form the bedrock of all manifestation. Reading this book demands your attention to details and being able to place them in a broader understanding. Michael Hayes takes us one huge step forward in understanding what was meant by, “In the beginning was the word.” Well worth the read.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods: The Temple of the Watchers and the Discovery of Eden

By Andrew Collins

ISBN-13: 978-1-59143-142-8 (Bear & Company, 2014)

Andrew Collins is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, not only for his writing style but for his methodology when it comes to thinking outside the box to get a deeper understanding. Let’s face it—up until the last few years everything that we thought we knew is ending up either wrong or at best, misleading. Somewhere deep in the collective unconscious are cataclysmic memories and if we can put the light of day on those memories we can release the trauma that we all seem to share. Andrew Collins once again takes us to the edge of our human beginnings.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

Awakening Higher Consciousness: Guidance from Ancient Egypt and Sumer

By Lloyd M. Dickie and Paul R. Boudreau

ISBN-13: 978-1-62055-394-7 (Inner Traditions, 2015)

Being a longtime admirer of John Anthony West and R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, I was delighted to see this book come along. It’s been known for a long time by seekers of the truth that transmitting nondualistic truths that are impervious to the social changes of the times are best accomplished through mythological stories. Never before in recorded history has it been more important to access ancient information that is catalytic by its very nature to bring about higher levels of consciousness. This is what happens when true scholarship meets with the higher levels of awareness.

Rahasya Poe, Lotus Guide

Songs for the Sangha Deva Premal and Miten with Manose (CD)

ASIN: B00XQFDJ4A (Prabhu Music/White Swan Records, 2015)

The last song, “Draw Near Draw Near,” exposes the subtle intent of this album. It comes from a Rumi poem, “Draw near, draw near and I will whisper in your ear, the name whose radiance makes the spheres to dance, OM. …” I find myself being drawn into the silence of my own being to hear the sounds of the Sangha and then gently pulled back out with a rich mixture of soul and reggae, with piano in the background bringing a unique blend of sound suitable for most any situation. Then, of course, there’s Manose, whom I had the extreme pleasure of hearing play with Deva Premal and Miten for the first time in San Diego many years ago. It brings back the many wonderful memories of my time in Puna, India, where their works originated.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide

Mystic Voyage by Deuter (CD)

ASIN: B00UIUKYNU (New Earth Records, 2015)

Being a healer and Reiki practitioner myself, I have often contemplated compiling some of the best healing tracks from Deuter’s previous albums to play in the background of my healing sessions for others and for myself; now he has done this very thing. This CD also includes a never-published track, Tonglen, that has a mysterious depth that speaks to the heart and lets you see into the world of a true musician. And if you ever wondered what it would be like to Escape from Gravity (track 5), just close your eyes and drift away.

Dhara Lemos, Lotus Guide