Archive for February, 2011

Yoga in Bedby Naomi Sophia Call

Naomi Call is a Kripula Yoga Teacher with advanced certification and she has written this book to save the reader from having to squeeze into exercise gear or drive out to the gym. There are twenty stretches and postures presented in the book and accompanying DVD and all you have to do is follow the clear photographs and simple directions. The book also has instructions on breathing, nutrition and relaxation.

I found this book ideal for a beginner – well presented with clear, easy to follow photographs. that are based on a bed, but could be easily done on a mat on the floor. The illustrations taken from nature are particularly inspiring and compliment the text beautifully.

This book would make a great gift for a true yoga beginner with clear explanations for trying out the basic exercises. A unique idea to start the day with yoga in bed, but somehow I think that most of us would actually be doing the exercises on a yoga mat on the floor!

Review by Ros Ogden

Published by Findhorn Press   www.findhornpress.com

ISBN: 978-1-84409-531-5

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by LightGarden

This CD draws from many inspirations, times and traditions – Russian, Finnish, Mongolian overtone chanting (singing two notes simultaneously: a drone and the flute-like harmonics above), Greek, Bulgarian, Persian, and Western European: visiting, re-visiting and discovering new treasures. A journey of the heart, towards the heart; a journey back home.

Each composition is very different and I was reminded by one of the medieval madrigal, by another of joyful melody and another by gentle traditional music with a slightly Country & Western flavour. The CD is accompanied by a leaflet which gives the words of the vocals so you can even sing along if you wish – or just do as I did: sit back, relax and let the tones and voices evoke their responses within you. The overall impression is of an easy listening collection, which can be enjoyed wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Review by Joan Osborne


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by Joan Klostermann-KetelsPersonaliTrees

The back cover of this book asks whether you have “ever taken a walk, looked at a tree and had it look back at you”’. If so, it says “you just had an encounter with a PersonaliTree. Sometimes you can feel its stare following you until you are safely out of its visual grasp”. Certainly, this seems to have happened many times to the author of this beautiful little book. It can be read in half an hour – you could simply use it as a small coffee-table book as the pictures are so evocative, but you would miss much.

Each double-page spread has a picture of a tree, mostly in black-and-white or sepia, on the right-hand page. Opposite is a single word which describes what the author sees as the attribute, atmosphere or personality trait of the tree, taken from some aspect of its appearance; e.g. elated, loyal, anchored. At the bottom of the left-hand page is a quotation that more or less fits this word.

One of the opening pages states that “many of these pictures show trees in winter or trees that … appear to be at the end of life. The lesson we can learn from this is that trees, like people, show their true characters when the covers and the camouflage have been stripped away, or when age brings us to be most truly our essential selves”. Some people would find many of these trees simply sad or forlorn without their leaves; many are missing branches or have huge holes in their trunks. But they still have a message to pass on to those who are willing to take the time to listen. This is what the author has done. I, for one, am grateful to her.

Review by Karen Tucker

Publisher: Findhorn Press   www.findhornpress.com

ISBN: 978-1-84409-191-1


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by R Ogilvie CrombieThe Gentleman & the Faun

The sub-title of this book is ‘Encounters with Pan and the Elemental Kingdom’. Robert Ogilvie Crombie, known to his friends simply as Roc, was an extraordinarily gentle man who was groomed for much of his life for his meetings with Pan and the nature spirits. As the back cover says, ‘through his experiences Roc becomes closely involved with the Findhorn Community in northeast Scotland where he meets further elementals who give him sound advice as to how the gardens should be cared for in order to work in harmony with nature’.

Roc was a retiring character who did not talk about himself much. Most of the material in this book comes from lectures and papers given in person to conference delegates or written mainly for the workers of the now-famous Findhorn Community, although Roc never seems to have actually lived there himself. There are a few interpolations of personal accounts from his friends, but even they confess that they knew little about him beyond what he revealed as a necessary part of his work with them. What he does reveal is sufficient to set the genuine seeker on their own path to potentially encountering the magical beings he worked with, but he makes it abundantly clear that they are not ‘cutesy’ little fairies, but extremely powerful beings, and only those who are ready for the contact, and desire it for the right reasons (curiosity is NOT enough!) can and will be granted visual contact with them.

However, if you who desire to work more closely with the nature kingdom, do not despair – it is more than possible to ask for help with, say a gardening project, without having to ‘see’ the beings with whom one is working co-operatively. Just thinking about a nature spirit will initiate contact of a useful kind. The publisher rightly claims that ‘this book will enable the reader to learn how to work in harmony with the elementals and perhaps, just perhaps, to actually meet these enchanting beings, the guardians of nature.’

Enthralling, informative, delightful and just a little scary at times, this lovely little book will thrill and delight anyone with an interest in elemental and nature beings, or who simply wants to encounter an amazing, gifted, wizardly ‘walker between the worlds’.

Review by Karen Tucker

Published by Findhorn Press   www.findhornpress.com

ISBN number: 978-1-84409-179-9

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By Wagner AlegrettiRetrocognitions

Alegretti’s interest in non-physical manifestations of the consciousness started with his own experiences of spontaneous conscious projection, which began when he was 10. By the time he was 19 he had developed the ability to produce lucid out-of-body experiences largely at will.

This book is a technical-scientific analysis based on Alegretti’s work in the sciences of Projectiology and Conscientiology over a period of eight years. It studies retrocognitions that occur during out-of-the-body experiences and their relation to other types of perceptions. It also discusses recollections of the periods between one human life and the next – retrocognitions in which the person can access important information regarding the goals we are programmed to accomplish in this life.

Alegretti has written this book using the terminology familiar to teachers and students of Conscientology, and as such it is a major classification of a whole range of associated experiences. Generally these experiences are referred to by a hotchpotch of names taken from a variety of groups and cultures both modern and ancient, and as such can be confusing. One person’s interpretation of “aura” maybe very different to some one else’s – while two seemly different terms can mean the same thing. Conscientology appears to have started with a clean slate and re-named each experience in such a logical manner that there can be no confusion as to what the terms mean. Where appropriate Alegretti has also given the names in common usage allowing us something familiar to cling to along the way. Chakra is one of the few existing names that seem to have found a place in this study.

This is not light reading by any means and there are no case studies included. It presents the whole arena of past lives, OBE’s and a myriad of other psychic phenomena in a coherent and logical manner. For those wishing to understand these processes intellectually this book is a must have source of reference to well documented experiences.

Review by Claire Williams

Published by the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC)


ISBN: 0-9702131-6-6

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by Sally TophamFinding the River

Finding the River is a compendium of self help exercises and techniques designed to help a person cope with life’s challenges, find inner peace and feel a comforting sense of connection between oneself and the natural world. This book looks into the many tools and strategies that Energy therapist Sally Topham has used and found effective.

This is the kind of book to have on your bookshelf and dip into when needed – it is a well laid out and explained selection of helpful techniques to overcome a whole range of physical ailments, emotions and energy problems. Each technique is well introduced as to why, when and how to use it and clear instructions are given to put it into practice. What to expect from having done the exercises/techniques/strategies is also clearly outlined. Not the kind of book to read from cover to cover, but one to have to hand to look at when you feel that you need some help to deal with a challenge. You are sure to find something to help you within its covers.

Review by Ros Ogden

Published by Dragon Rising Publishing   www.dragonrising.com

ISBN: 1-873483-16-3

Author’s website: www.energyharmonix.co.uk

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Zen Garden CDby Patrick Kelly

Using authentic instrumentation such as Japanese shakuhachi, subtle strings, guitar and percussion, combined with his much acclaimed musical ability, Patrick has created a perfect space for the listener to unwind and escape from the increasingly difficult world in which we live.

Born of his imagination and lovingly crafted into reality Zen Garden also demonstrates perfectly that music can often provide an inspirational aid to healing, meditation and other alternative therapies.

Patrick invites you to join him on his heartfelt journey to the inspiring space that is the calm, peace and tranquillity of the Zen Garden.

I found this CD to be slightly but pleasantly hypnotic as some of the musical phrasing is repetitive and in one place is in the forefront of the piece, and in the next it can be heard gently underpinning the main composition. It induces such a state of calm that all tensions just seem to drift away on a gentle stream of sound. I became so relaxed I lost all sense of time and became part of the music – absolute bliss! A perfect gift – especially for yourself!

Review by Joan Osborne

Published by New World Music Limited  www.newworldmusic.com

ISBN: 1-84660-44—0

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