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By Jonathan CopeJonathanCope-COS-Cover90x90

Described on the back cover as ‘deeply meditative and ethereal sound landscapes created in resonant spaces using various forms of harmonic chant and overtone singing’, this album will delight anyone who loves Gregorian or Buddhist chanting and is looking for something similar but different. The CD is almost wholly vocal, with only the subtle addition of a tuning fork and a solo on Harmonic Flute on Track 8.

This CD is not, therefore, designed for casual listening, or as background music, but is intended to ‘allow the listener to enter an altered and relaxed state’ so that the music can ‘help balance the energies of the chakras and harmonize body, mind and spirit’. In other words, give it your full attention, and it can reach deep into your being and bring you back into a state of harmony.

A great way to unwind after a difficult day, and an excellent alternative to a large glass of wine or too many chocolates!

Review by Karen Tucker

Published by Sound for Health

www.soundforhealth.com

ISBN: 6 34479 20816 4

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By Stewart PearceThe Angels of Atlantis

With a sub-title like this one – Twelve Mighty Forces to Transform Your Life Forever – you would expect this book to pack quite a punch. And it does. Stewart Pearce has long been known in the Mind Body Spirit arena for his sound healing work and for his other books, which include The Alchemy of Voice and The Heart’s Note. There is also a deck of oracle cards which accompanies the book under review, which presumably also utilise the stunning illustrations of each Archangel’s energy signature by Richard Crookes.

Atlantis is, for many, an old wives’ tale, a legend with no historical basis, yet many books, workshops etc are now available to help us connect with the energy of this very ancient civilisation. In his Prologue, Stewart Pearce tells us that ‘my intention … is not to create mystique but rather to connect the reader with that part of their psyche that resonates deeply with the notion of Atlantis, and the archetypal depth of human nature’.

In this book, the author connects for us the names and functions of the High Priests and Priestesses of Atlantis, and equates them with the energies of the twelve mightiest Archangels, each of whom has a chapter to him/herself. Each is also connected with a colour, an aroma, and a meditation to help the reader to a personal experience of the energies of that Archangel, as well as giving other information to help you better understand that energy, including a story which he feels illustrates the power of the Archangel.

Mention is also made of the geographical area of the world where the angel’s energies were taken by the relevant High Priest/ess at the fall of Atlantis and the effects this had on the local population. Metatron, for instance, is equated with Amun, who took his followers to Central Mexico and became ‘the great god Quetzlcoatl’. His energy also spread to Greece, where it took on the feminine role of Gaia, while in Egypt it became Amun-Ra, personified in the body of Pharaoh.

Values and questions to help connect with the energy are given for each angel, and a prayer ends each ‘angel story’, which the reader is encouraged to adapt to their own situation. There is so much to take in that this book is best read in short passages, and if you were to do more than one exercise in one sitting, you may well find your mind expanding out of your ears!

Short, informative, and powerful, this book is one that every lover of angelic energies or enquirer into the Atlantean legacy will want to own and read.

Review by Karen Tucker

Published by Findhorn Press

www.findhornpress.com

www.thealchemyofvoice.com

ISBN: 978-1-84409-569-8

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21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering your Weight ForeverA Course in Weight Loss

By Marianne Williamson

What is the connection between spirituality and weight loss? Best-selling author Marianne Williamson is about to answer that question for you in her ground-breaking new book, bringing you 21 spiritual lessons to help you surrender your weight forever. These lessons form an holistic paradigm for weight loss, addressing the spiritual, emotional, and psychological elements involved in what Williamson refers to as “conscious weight loss”.  If you are a food addict, a compulsive eater, or someone who for any reason sees food as the enemy, this book is for you.

A Course in Weight Loss addresses the true causal root of your weight-loss issues: a place within you where you have forgotten your divine perfection. This forgetfulness has confused not only your mind but also your body, making you reach for that which cannot sustain you . . . and reject that which does. As your mind reclaims its spiritual intelligence, your body will reclaim its natural intelligence as well.

The 21 lessons in this book will take you on a deep, sacred journey. One step at a time, you will learn to shift your relationship with yourself—and your body—from one of fear to one of love. And you will begin to integrate the various parts of yourself—mind, body, and spirit—to become, once again, and in all ways, the beautiful and peaceful person you were created to be.

As Williamson writes: “If your ‘weighty thinking’ does not change, then even if you lose weight you’ll retain an overwhelming subconscious urge to gain it back. It’s less important how quickly you lose weight, and more important how holistically you lose weight; you want your mind, your emotions, and your body to all ‘lose weight’”.

“Weight that disappears from your body but not from your soul is simply recycling outward for a while but is almost certain to return. It’s self-defeating, therefore, to struggle to drop excess weight unless you are also willing to drop the thought-forms that initially produced it and now hold it in place.”

“When it comes to your enjoyment of eating, your best days are not behind you but ahead of you!” So get ready to begin a new relationship with food . . . and with yourself.

What a great book to work on issues around weight and healthy eating. I have read my share of diet books in my life and none have given long term effects. Whether this book is any different will need to be proved over time, but at least I can say this book takes you on a spiritual journey past struggling with yourself to lose weight.

Marianne Williamson is a wonderful author. Her writing flows and uplifts as she challenges the reader to move beyond diet and willpower and give problems over to a higher source. The book gives 21 steps to work on weight loss in a truly profound and spiritual way.

The spiritual insights gained from the book will need to go in hand with following up on the assignments given, such as building an altar, invoking the real you, building a relationship with good food and much more.

I am looking forward to putting it to the test!

Review by Cathelijne Filippo-Kokkeel

Published by Hay House

www.hayhouse.co.uk

www.marianne.com

ISBN:  978-1-84850-324-3

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By Jonathan Cope & Paul LennonChakra Harmony

Sublime music for meditation, yoga, reiki, etc., and to balance the chakras, soothe the mind and refresh the spirit. Wonderful melodies, composed especially by Paul Lennon, combined with didgeridoo, Tibetan singing bowls, Tibetan horn, bells & chimes, overtone singing and chanting, drums, Native American flute, guitar, piano and gentle synthesizer. Vocal chants intone the chakra names and each track is composed in the frequency associated with each area from Base Chakra in C to Crown Chakra in G.

I have listened to and used many different kinds of meditation and chakra balancing tracks before, but found the use of the didgeridoo and the Tibetan horn brought in another noticeable level of vibration. In addition, the overtone singing and chanting weave through each track like a gentle but profoundly evocative stream which adds to the energy of the whole. The combination of all the instrumental and vocal elements means this CD has a quite unique style.

As each track carries its own vibrational quality, and can be used to tune-up specific chakras individually or as a whole.  I certainly felt the vibrations from the start and, although the final track features a powerful rhythm to ensure the listener is brought back to clear consciousness, I continued to feel much more centred, balanced and peaceful. Purely because of one or two track sequences (one featuring the Tibetan horn in particular), I am not totally sure this CD would be appropriate for gentle healing treatments, but it is certainly is the right one for meditation and chakra work.

Review by Joan Osborne

Published by Sound for Health

www.soundforhealth.com

www.paullennon.com

ISBN: 8 84502 87736 6

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By White EagleEarth Healer

The chapters provide occasional glimpses of White Eagles’ own life on earth, and of the principle brother/sisterhood that is so central to his teaching.  Bruce Clarke’s photographs of the landscape not only adds delight to this book but gives a sense that what we are seeking to be in harmony with is something real, solid and lovely.

A simple but beautiful book, each chapter takes you on a journey to explain on how work with Mother Earth to heal yourself and open up your spirituality in service to the planet. This is done with
meditations, visualisations and prayers to connect with nature. A little treat!

Review by Jude Dickinson

Published by White Eagle Publishing Trust

www.whiteaglepublishing.org

ISBN: 978-0-85487-214-5

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By Madeleine WalkerThe Whale Whisperer

This has been the best book I have read in ages! I felt myself glued to Madeleline’s adventures and wanted to know about them from one chaper to the next without putting the book down. Madeleine’s adventures deliver messages from many different wild and sacred animal species including the white buffalo, the humpback whale, orcas and bears!

Through each animal, Madeleline translates the knowledge they convey to her to tell ‘us’ humans what we need to know, and not only save humanity but also the natural world.

When you read this book you are drawn in right form the very start by the power of Madeleine’s words, it helps you to re-awaken your deeper knowing and re-connect with them. Madeleine talks about how she overcomes her own fears of her ever-increasing personal power by communicating with these sacred creatures.

Definitely worth a read if you are animal communicator, a lover of animals or just want to deepen your understanding.

Review by Jude Dickinson

Published by Findhorn Press

www.findhornpress.com

www.anexchangeoflove.com

ISBN: 978-1-84409-5377

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The Way Ahead for HumanityUnity in Diversity

By Benjamin Creme

Benjamin Crème has dedicated over 40 years to being the Messenger for the Master Maitreya to communicate through.  Master Maitreya is a World teacher that does not affiliate to any religion or path or political persuasion. His role is to bring Love. As Crème outlines, he is believed to live as a man within the Asian community in London. It is not clear however, as to when or how He will emerge.

The main body of the book is set in chapters that are questions and answers from various talks/ seminars in London and USA, over the last 20 years. Chapters focus on Unity in diversity, Diversity in politics, sharing, saving planet earth, to Humanity’s choice.

In essence the message is for us all to learn to Share, to live in Truth, Harmony and Justice. These are sound philosophies for a balanced earth with balanced beings. I particularly enjoyed the Prayer for the New Age given by Maitreya at the back of the book;

I am the creator of the Universe.

I am the father and mother of the universe.

Everything comes from me.

Everything shall return to me.

Mind, spirit and body are my temples,

For the Self to realise in them

My Supreme Being and Becoming.

And on the eve of the US elections we can only trust that the great plan unfolds and Maitreya in divine time does emerge.

Review by Ann O’Keife

Published by Share International

www.share-international.org

ISBN: 978-90-71484-98-8

 

 

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