Book of Interest—Intuitive Intelligence

How well do you hear your inner voice?

This is the best left-brain analysis of right-brain functioning I have ever read. It will make sense to analytical and creative types alike. O’Brien has walked both sides of the fence successfully and he understands the value of everything he discovered along the way.

When he talks about making life-changing decisions, it’s not an intellectual exercise. In the late 80’s, he left a lucrative career as a software marketing specialist to create Synchronicity, a multimedia version of the I Ching for use on early graphical computers like the Macintosh. Eventually, despite a bumpy road, he ended up with a very successful ecommerce divination business. Then it was time for O’Brien to roll the dice again and that’s what he did. He sold the business and dedicated his life to sharing his Visionary Decision Making approach to success.

The VDM system is founded on Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity. Timing is everything and knowing when the timing is right (intuitive intelligence) can be learned. Creative powers can be accessed consciously and O’Brien details the skills that help us do that. Creativity, however, needs to be managed, and O’Brien tells us how to do that as well.

Drawing on ideas as seemingly diverse as The Law of Attraction and Chaos Theory, he demonstrates again and again that everything is interconnected and logical, albeit it in a non-linear way. The key to success is doing your homework then letting go. Easier said than done—until you’ve read Intuitive Intelligence. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—REVOLUTION of the SOUL

Where does your dharma take you?

In the twenty-five years I’ve been reviewing new consciousness books, I’ve used the word amazing more than a few times. This time, however, Seane Corn has raised the bar on amazing. I will never use that word the same way again.

Seane takes us on a wild ride (she defines the Seeker archetype) from Chapter One to Chapter Twelve. It was while bartending in a gay men’s sex club in 80’s Manhattan that she met her first angel, Billy, a gay man who would shortly die of AIDS. When he asked if she believed in God, she replied, “I reject the fantasy that there’s a puppeteer controlling our actions.” After an intense discussion, he placed his hand on her heart and said, “God is right there…It’s inside us, and it’s what connects us to one another.” She tells us that she awakened that night to the simple truth of seeing God within in a way that altered the course of her life.

Seane bids us farewell at the end of the book, by introducing us to an angel that came to her in a garbage dump in Cambodia. As she was touring the area, which had become a village for displaced people, she asked to be shown evidence of Billy’s God Within in “this horrific place”. “Where the f*** is God?” Almost instantly she feels a small hand in her hand and discovers that a young boy has given her a red and silver, heart-shaped medallion — and thus she brings us full circle, back to the beginning and her first spiritual teacher.

Many of you might read this book because she is known as a yoga teacher to the rich and famous. She gives that power back to readers over and over again as she weaves an enlightened thread through her narrative about the illusion of privilege and the true source of power. Whatever you are looking for, Seane has something of interest to say to you. Don’t miss this one. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Slavic Witchcraft

Are you ready for real conjure?

This author is a fifth-generation hereditary witch who was born and raised in the Soviet state. The ancient secrets of magic, healing, and fortune-telling were a part of everyday life when she was growing up. It was a world where metaphysics was woven into the culture and where the belief was that, if you empowered yourself, you could change the world.

The book is an original mix of history, mysticism, and practical spellworking. Helvin explains the combining of paganism with Christianity in Russia, relating it to the same “dual faith” in the Caribbean broadly known as Voodoo. She introduces us to the rites and pagan gods of the ancient Slavs. Throughout the book she traces the path from ancient nature-based spirituality into modern pagan practices.

The bulk of the book is comprised of spells and she doesn’t water them down for novice sensibilities. In addition to sprinkling salt and collecting morning dew, there are more than few that require things like anthills, graveyard dirt, and chicken feet. She is recording real world (mostly peasant) practices, not creating palatable derivatives. My favorite chapter is Chapter Two. It is a thorough, yet readable, overview of the way energy can be collected and focused to achieve shifts in the material world. Also in this chapter, she covers many of the basics of initiate work that exist in any true path of metaphysical unfoldment.

I’m not sure how many of you will be taking picnic baskets to cemeteries at midnight to summon the spirits of the deceased but I am sure that, whatever your inclinations, you will find more than a few things of interest in these well-thought-out pages. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Beyond the Known: REALIZATION

How high are you ready to go?

As I began reading this book, I got flashes of memories going back to when I first read A Course in Miracles and the writings of Madame Blavatsky and Alice Bailey. I soon became aware that, while this is also a channeled text (unedited) with implanted spiritual energy links, it is definitely a channeled text for the 21st century. The language and explanations are less obtuse (and less sexist) and, in my opinion, the lessons shared are intended to move those of us incarnate on the Physical Plane now to a new level of comprehension of the higher wisdom. Gen X’s and Millenials will probably connect with it much more easily than those of us who have been studying esoteric, spiritual principles for decades. It is written for the world they were born into.

Paul’s (I take the liberty of referring to him as his guides do) guides use the metaphor of visiting an Upper Room to communicate the experience of moving up to a higher vibrational awareness. I interpret the Upper Room, correctly or incorrectly, as representing the higher level of the Mental Plane, the level of Sacred Geometry and the Higher Self. This is the level of consciousness where union with the Divine becomes an experience and not an intellectual idea. Paul’s guides go to great lengths to inform readers of what that means and how it works.

I admit I haven’t read Paul’s earlier channeled texts. I tend to avoid modern writings which claim to be channeled. Once I started reading REALIZATION, however, I couldn’t put it down. If you have any awareness of shifts in your spiritual awareness, I think you will be as grateful as I am that Paul has shared this compassionate and loving instruction with us. If none of the above makes sense to you, maybe you will want to give the book a try anyway. Paul’s guides might be much better at informing you than I am. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Set the Page on Fire

How do you write?

Whether you’re already writing professionally, working towards writing professionally, or just want to write more interesting emails, this book will prove immensely helpful. O’Keefe bypasses all the standard structure and form advice. In fact, he tells readers that focusing on writing “correctly” will undermine the quality of their writing. This is a book aimed at helping readers find their own voice and the thoughts that are best expressed with that voice. As an indication of the kind of maverick he is, he highly recommends Brenda Ueland’s If You Want to Write, originally published in 1938.

He offers his own, effective and time-tested strategy for getting published (The Four-Part Pitch) for those who are focused on getting their writing published, but the greater value of this book is its careful exploration of the creative process when applied to the art of writing.

I’m adding some of my favorite soundbite quotes from the book to give you an idea of what awaits you between these thoughtful pages.

“The best way to call on the muse is to write a little every day.”
“If you lose the voice, the pace, the sense of discovery, you lose the reader.”
“When you write quickly and clean it up later, your writing will be stronger and more exciting…”
“Good writers write well, and great writers listen well.”
“Writer’s block may be holding you back for good reason.”
“The act of trying to put your thoughts into alphabet will change your thoughts.”

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Book of Interest—Backwoods Witchcraft

What are mountains teaching you?

My father grew up in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania. He loved the mountains. I learned to love the mountains by osmosis, and two decades ago, when I began driving back and forth between Florida and Manhattan, I chose a route that took me over the mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia so I could experience mountains for myself. One winter, I ignored warnings of an impending snow storm and found myself well above sea level on the North Carolina and Tennessee border with the white stuff rapidly blanketing the landscape and the temperature well below zero (making ice under the snow). As I fought to control my rising panic, I heard a voice say, “Listen to the mountain. The mountain will see you through.” It wasn’t my father’s voice but I felt him very close. As I watched the road, I noticed small patches of gray on the right-of-way. “Gravel”, I thought. Slowly I drove the front right wheel off onto the right-of-way and felt the traction increase. I inched down the mountain, monitoring every subtle movement the car made. Finally, I arrived safely at a motel in Erwin, TN with a new respect for The Weather Channel.

When I realized that Jake Richards lived just up the road from Erwin, I instantly felt a connection to him and to this book. He is, however, not writing about people with one or two adventures passing through a place. He is capturing the heritage of people who lived at the mercy of the mountains and learned their wisdom at great cost. He tells their tale with the subtle power of a Hemingway short story but in the language of a family raconteur spinning tales in front of the wood stove.

If you are looking for “witchy” stuff, there is plenty of it (spells, candle magic, curios, herbs, playing card divination, animal spirits, saints and haints, etc.). Some of you, however, if you are lucky like I was, will find that you are closer to nature-based magic than you thought you were. In the end, spirituality/metapsychics is personal. We follow the teacher until we recognize the wisdom within us. Jake Richards is a very good teacher to follow if you want to gain the courage to make your own way along the spiritual path. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Tea and Cake with Demons

Are you making peace with your demons?

Around the globe, more and more people are embracing spiritual practices that have their roots in Buddhist tradition. Meditation/mindfulness, breathing techniques, directed self-talk/affirmations, chanting, and devotional work have become mainstream. Often they are packaged in modern terminology and sold as miracle cures. What hasn’t been talked about as much in literature aimed at the general population is the fact that any practice that quiets the mind will eventually allow negative thoughts and emotions to rise to the surface of consciousness. It’s why we see so many people go from discipline to discipline, teacher to teacher, trying to achieve the bliss of altering consciousness without having to face the demons that lurk within the bliss. (I think it was Saint Teresa of Avila who warned her nuns about “addiction to the spiritual milk”.)

With this book, Andreanna Limbach addresses the issue (Jung called it The Shadow Self) head on, beginning with a parable about Buddha inviting his ill-intentioned nemesis Mara to be his guest for tea. She links it all to self-worth and uses The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism as her framework. She relates her personal story to bring it all to life in real-world terms.

Written lovingly, without pulling any punches, this a guide for facing our fears, recognizing our “enemies” as our teachers, and embracing what we believe shames us as an integral part of the fabric of who we are. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Digital Transformation

Do you understand the e-World we live in?

If you are feeling overwhelmed and left behind, this book will not hand-hold you back into your comfort zone. If you’re a survivor, even a very confused survivor, this book offers you the basics of understanding that will restore your faith in yourself and the future that is possible for you. Despite the fact that it is dense with cutting-edge information (non-nerdy readers will have to work at connecting with it), Siebel does a brilliant job of translating ivory-tower scientific ideas into language that makes sense to interested bystanders like myself.

It is not an illusion that the rate of change is speeding up. The only security going forward is to train ourselves to be ready for change. I’m a dinosaur who doesn’t really care (yet) about having my whole life digitized for electronic efficiency. To what end? I thought — and AMAZON answered to save you time and money. I tentatively signed up for AMAZON Prime and now I don’t know how I’d live without it. Siebel explains how they do that and why it is a foreshadowing of the world that is to come.

Everything Siebel has to say impacts consumers but he is speaking, first and foremost to businesses. While, traditionally, CEO’s have been the last to be informed about IT innovations, Siebel makes the case that today’s CEO’s need to be the driving force behind IT adaptation if the corporation is to survive. The model extends from the major digital “movers and shakers” down the mountain to startups and “mom-and-pop’s”. It’s the wave of the future and only those (consumers or businesses) who see it coming will survive it. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—Living Runes

Do you know Odin?

It appears to me that Northern European shamanic/metaphysical traditions are poised to begin trending in a big way. I anticipate reviewing several books in the coming months that chronicle those traditions. When I decided to review Living Runes, it was because Runes are a practical divination tool that evolved from those Northern European traditions. The book turned out to be so much more than that and I can’t thank Galina Krasskova enough for this unexpected treasure.

She tells readers that the book is neither a beginner’s course (although there is basic information) nor a detailed history of the Runes. Instead she provides pages of suggested reading on those topics and more. (I would suggest that novices acquire a set of Runes and turn to the chapter entitled The Elder Futhark. Pull one Rune a day, read the five to six pages on that Rune that Krasskova provides, and spend the rest of the day pondering on how that information is personally relevant.)

What this book intends is to introduce readers to the organic nature of the Runes. There is a living spirit connected to each symbol and those spirits, if approached properly, will introduce readers to a world of spirits and a spiritual system that leads to effective metaphysical development. It’s a path that requires sacrifice. One must shed the old skin in order to grow a new one. It’s a tale told by Odin and these mysterious Norse carvings. It’s a tale which Krasskova passes along powerfully and with great respect. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—The Great Wizards of Antiquity

What is INITIATION and how do I do it?

The answer to that question remains complicated but the history of esoteric exploration is becoming clearer as this first book in a three-book series arrives in print. Ogilvy, who spent 18 months in a cave in New Mexico trying to understand the experience he was researching, begins 44,000 years ago with the time of “Lion Man”. He suggests that this amazing work of figurative art takes us back to the time of “us as we know us”. From there he begins the journey through scholarly, archeological, mythological, religious, spiritual, and political recreations of the great metaphysical explorers of the human race.

He recounts the facts and counter opinions in explicit detail, yet manages to keep the reader engaged in the unfolding esoteric tale. Perhaps we keep following him down this complex rabbit hole because there are just enough insightful “bread crumbs” to make it worth our while. (For there is not anything which is of greater importance with respect to science, experience and wisdom, than the ability of remembering.) Or maybe this well-told story of how humankind has tried to sort out life and afterlife and our purpose here on earth has come to fruition at a time when we all need to try and make some sense of it all aside from the daily media injections.

Ogilvy is scholarly without becoming pedantic, thorough without losing us in a stream of minor details, and confidant in the coordination between his research and his personal experience without assuming superiority. I can’t wait to read the next two volumes. Thanks to Llewellyn for making this great series easily available. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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