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by The Spiritual Sojourn CentreSpirit of White Jaguar

The CD starts with South American style music and the calls of birds with a deep underlying beat to soothe and relax the listener.

The female voice starts to list the links to Pachamama and Peru – Cuzco is the city of the White Jaguar and Lake Titicaca means Lake of the Stone White Jaguar. She also explains that more White Jaguar people are incarnating to help bring balance to Mother Earth.

The systems for guided meditation are then set up – following the breath and surrounding the self with White Light for protection. You are then guided to see Pachamama and White Jaguar. The voice explains that White Jaguar is with you because part of your spiritual journey is to be alone like White Jaguar. White Jaguar never seeks to be seen – you only know where it has been – White Jaguar does not need to depend on ego. White Jaguar comes to tell you to stop procrastinating and move forward with faith and courage. Don’t lash out at others from your own pain; honour others, ourselves, Mother Earth/ Pachamama, hearth and home.

Inca Shamans must follow the 4 fold path of the Medicine Wheel and the voice goes on to guide you along the directions South, West, North and East. Then there is a request for healing at all levels and the music comes back to the fore and the meditative state for healing is invoked. This goes on for about half of the taped session.

The voice returns and there is a call for us to transcend time and live life wisely and in harmony with Pachamama. We are asked to consider the way that we use resources and how we can be more respondent to the natural flow of our environment. White Jaguar medicine is then invoked for us to take control of our lives and become leaders. We are asked to send healing to Mother Earth. Then the tape begins to bring us back to ourselves, closes the chakras, leaving us revitalised and recharged. The voice ends with the welcome back to our lives.

The music returns and fades slowly out for the end of the session.

This meditation is easy to follow and has a good beginning and completion; you are left feeling refreshed and thoughtful about White Jaguar and Pachamama. The idea of the Medicine Wheel would have to be followed up in another form to have any benefit, but there is an abundance of Shamanic writing/guidance on this for those who are interested in taking it further. A good basic meditation for anyone to use, beginner or experienced meditator – though those with more experience may have wished for there to be a little less music and for it to have been shorter.

Review by Ros Ogden

Published by The Spiritual Sojourn Centre

http://www.spiritualsojourn.com

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by Philip PeglerHidden Beauty of the Commonplace

This lovely book is based on the life, learning and developing philosophy of Clare Cameron, one of the early members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and an acquaintance of Aleister Crowley. She was also, for ten years, the editor of the Buddhist magazine, The Middle Way, and much of the work quoted here comes from her insightful editorials.

Clare Cameron was, as the book jacket says, “a gifted English mystic and nature poet”, who “challenged her readers with a fundamental question that is as vital and relevant now as it was in her own day. What is the true meaning of freedom?” The answers she gives to this question, discovered along the path of her own seeking after truth, are both deep and subtle, and as such difficult to put into words. She and her biographer manage this impressively well, and the quotations from her letters, poems and articles are beautiful in their direct simplicity.

Though organised along unconventional lines – the various parts document the development of threads of her history and philosophy, rather than following the course of her timeline – this is a wonderfully gentle book that will lift the spirits and the vibration of all who read it.

Review by Karen Tucker

Published by Changemakers Books

http://www.changemakers-books.com

http://www.hiddenbeautyoflife.com

ISBN: 978-1-78099-337-9

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by Deborah Sless

Beyond Our Illusions

Beyond Our Illusions

Despite following the advice of a wealth of bestselling self-help books, most of us are still no closer to understanding the fundamental laws and principles that govern the universe, our interactions within it and our ability to achieve success, health, wealth and happiness.  Have you ever wondered why the Law of Attraction isn’t working for you? There is a very rational reason why.

Quite simply, the Universal Laws CANNOT work in our favour until we identify and remove the psychological issues that are blocking our ability to manifest our goals and desires.

In her ground-breaking and easy-to-understand book, UKCP and BACP accredited psychotherapist, Deborah Sless, uses the concrete psychological theory of Transactional Analysis to uncover the secrets behind the Universal Laws and explain how they really work. By joining her on this journey of self-discovery, readers will begin to understand:

The Universal Laws and their significance in our daily lives.

Our own individual Life Story and the beliefs we formed in childhood that continue to impact us today.

How to achieve freedom from our illusions and move towards genuine self development.

The concept of Spirit as an energy force and how to tap into it.

I found this book contains a wealth of material with which to work.  It illustrates graphically how the belief systems we have – most of which we are not even conscious of – colour our thinking in so many subtle ways. Deborah Sless gives examples, and then provides the exercises to help us begin to bring a different view to how we perceive ourselves and change our interactions with the world around us. This is a book that needs to be studied rather than just read, but it is possible to ‘cherry pick’ those areas that catch the attention more than others. Because such clear examples and explanations are given, this book is somewhat easier to follow than more complex volumes in the same genre. A valuable tool for anyone wishing to either see how their own belief systems came into being, or to actually bring about change; I certainly found a couple of very relevant illustrations of how I have been influenced by my ‘story’ over the years!

Review by Joan Osborne

Published by Live It Publishing

www.liveitpublishing.com

www.wisdomtalk.co.uk

ISBN: 978-1-906954-42-0

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by Robin Nixon

Yes I Can!

Yes I Can!

With a bright orange cover and book-title like Yes I Can! you know you will be reading about self- motivation, and that is exactly what Robin Nixon has given us. It’s full of easy practical ways to make us feel better about ourselves and our life-decisions; using positive affirmations and visualisation techniques. I particularly like the one that involves letting our negative thoughts turn into soap-bubbles and then allowing them to float off into the distance, bursting with a faint pop. He also urges us to simply smile more to lift our mood and help us to interact positively with others. He says “I crack a beaming smile and give myself a thumbs-up in the mirror every morning. It really works!” I also like the ‘If nothing else remember …’ snippet he puts at the end of each chapter. There are also uplifting quotes from the great and good, and stories about the entrepreneurial skills of legendary people such as Victor Kiam, who bought the Remington shaver company, and Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Airways.

His no-nonsense approach to everyday problems is inspirational and at the beginning of the book he tells us that “Instead of aiming for the stars, shoot first for the moon. That way your belief will be strengthened and the goals you seek will come quicker and easier. You can always choose the stars for another goal when you are ready!”

Robin really knows what he is talking about as he has been a writer for thirty years and has fifteen books to his name. He started off in magazine publishing and went on to become a programmer, consultant and technical author, creator of the first licensed Internet radio-station, and then developed the first known pop-windows because he wanted his listeners to continuing surfing while listening to his station. More recently he has focused on teaching motivation and personal improvement.

If you are feeling a bit low and uninspired, or if you already use similar techniques but just need a bit of a boost, I highly recommend Robin’s easy to read, and digest book. Yes I Can!  could well become a lifelong companion on the bookshelf.

Review by Jane Stewart Adams

Published by Capstone Publishing Ltd. (A Wiley Company)  www.wiley.com

http://www.robinnixon.com

ISBN: 978-0857-08310-4

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by Harry Massey and David R. Hamilton PHDChoice Point

This book is based on the film Choice Point and offers wisdom, quotes and insights from the World’s Change Makers, Visionaries, Peacemakers and Entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Jack Canfield, Tony Benn, Gregg Braden, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, James Caan and many eminent contributors.

Thoughtfully presented, it shows how to create positive change in our personal lives and to find and follow our true hearts desires.  Coupled with coming together collectively to make this a new reality for our Plane, Choice Point is set in 3 parts: Understanding our World; Align Your purpose and Be the Change.

I found this book clear, modern and thought provoking. Mixing science, personal growth and philosophy in a balanced easy to read manner.  It is especially good for people new on the path of spirituality and discovering their authentic place in the World.

I was truly inspired by the young Birke Baehr. A twelve year old American who is now a leading advocate in sustainable agriculture.  At the tender age of 8, after reading the Internet over his mother’s shoulder about the side affects of corn syrup and the harm of eating processed food on our health, Birke began to ask his mother to buy and prepare organic natural foods.  From this small beginning he has totally focused his young life on studying and sharing his ideas with some of the World’s major players in organic and sustainable farming to promote healthier nutritious ways to eat.  He now writes books for fun, for children; and gives talks to youngsters and adults alike, with the intent to be an organic farmer when he grows up.  Now that’s what I call aligning your purpose!

Review by Ann O’Keife

Published by Hay House

www.hayhouse.co.uk

ISBN: 9781848505520

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by Julia CameronThe Prosperous Heart

In The Prosperous Heart, Julia Cameron, author of the international bestseller The Artists Way, presents a 12 week programme for using practical financial tools – in partnership with your creative heart and soul.

Drawing on her decades of experience working with artists as an expert on a creative process, Cameron shines a clear light on the path to forging a healthy relationship with money and a rich creative life.

I was asking myself  “Jude, would you rather live a life of prosperity or a life of lack? Are you ready to shift into?” Then by sheer universal magnetism along came Julia Cameron’s approach to how we could live our lives in a prosperous heart. Her way is simple, effective and turns your view on how to live in a prosperous way creatively. In only 6 weeks this book takes you step by step, and a ‘step up’ each week with exercises on how to  live in gratitude, counting your money without judging yourself, using powerful affirmations and working with your god or higher consciousness and thanking him/her. De-cluttering areas of your home and relationships.

Already I have resolved issues with money and how to ‘value’ myself more and I am learning how to live more prosperously and live more abundantly.

There will be aha! moments and your perception of money changes with daily walks, time out thinking, counting and daily 3 page journalling. It all wonderfully supports you along your path to a more financially prosperous future. Blown out the window is the idea that we are in a recession. Not with Cameron’s book, there is an abundant world out there you just have to change your focus and create a wonderful plan of richness in your life.

Review by Jude Dickinson

Published by Hay House

www.hayhouse.co.uk

ISBN: 1848509774

http://juliacameronlive.com

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by Nick HobsonPsy-Cards

After a marital quarrel, Nick Hobson, who worked as a copywriter at the time, had a vivid dream in which he saw all the elements that made up his life spread out before him like a field. On seeing this patchwork of his life, instead of feeling stressed and put upon, he felt calm, peaceful and in control. When he awoke he wanted to share this personal vision to help others navigate their lives. So Psycards was born in the 1980s with its system of detachable symbols that could be connected to form a bigger picture, an alternative Tarot.

Tarot readers will recognise some of the 40 symbols, such as The Tower and The Moon, but other cards are based on archetypes from Jungian psychology, and take a bit of learning. There is a 227-page book that fully explains the cards as well as a small leaflet for easy reference. Maggie Kneen’s colourful and striking Medieval-flavoured illustrations draw the reader in and are taken from mythology, poetry and folk wisdom, Nick’s favourite subjects.

At the end of each card-explanation in the book, there are Thought Prompts that encourage the reader to delve deeply into their psyche and help them make key life-decisions.

For someone who prefers oracle cards, I find this deck a bit hard to get into, but I will persevere. Tarot readers, though, will find this just their cup of tea, as it’s a very nice set.

Review by Jane Stewart Adams

Published by US Games Systems Inc.

www.usgamesinc.com

http://www.psycards.com

ISBN: 1-57281-355-5

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by Elisa BrownNew World

The eleven tracks on this CD are very diverse in terms of their origin and inspiration. Soprano singer Elisa Brown has worked with Barry Goldstein to compose, arrange, and take inspiration from many different strands and traditions.

This CD will appeal to people who enjoy World Music and World Beat; it also has a great deal to offer in terms of New Age spirituality and enlightenment. The shift from one style or mood to another seemed to me at first rather unsettling; however, on subsequent listenings; I found that it brought an increased awareness and attention.

True classical beauty is to be found in the ‘Ave Maria: Mother of the Light’, based on the Bach /Gounod Ave Maria. And a lovely light humour is present in ‘Wiggle Your Toes’, based on the traditional Irish ‘Merrily Kissed the Quaker’s Wife’.

The opening track, ‘Invocation’, is narrated by a number of people; one line is repeated in several different languages. To say that this is powerful and thought-provoking would be an understatement.

This CD is underpinned throughout by varied instrumentation, and the classical expertise and experience of Elisa Brown herself. There is a sense of exploration and experimentation in terms of the different genres represented here, and the whole production is a tribute to the people involved. For the listener, it is a rewarding and unusual experience.

Review by Annie Prosser

Produced by Barry Goldstein

www.elisabrownmusic.com

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by Colum HaywardThe Meditation Lifestyle

In this book, Colum Hayward (who will be known to many people in connection with the White Eagle Organisation) explains how we can integrate a meditation practice into our everyday lives. ‘Enrich every moment of your life’, as it says on the front cover.

There are some lovely illustrations in the book, by Bodel Rikys. These complement the simple and cheerful approach of the text. I especially liked the picture of the plinth in Trafalgar Square, which is on the first page of Chapter Three: ‘Meditation….is Strength. Standing strong brings both vision and gentleness’.

This theme of strength and gentleness is a most important message of this book. We are shown that, by developing effective techniques of meditation, we can transform our whole approach to life, becoming ‘a non-violent warrior for truth’.

Colum Hayward has been teaching meditation for thirty years, and he has a clear understanding of the busy lifestyle of modern times, and how seemingly difficult it can be to fit a meditation practice into that. This is also acknowledged in the Foreword written by David Barclay, who is deputy chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and a board member of the British Library. The other Foreword is written by Jenny Dent, Mother of the White Eagle Lodge.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in meditation, whether they have been practising for years, or are just beginning to wonder about it. It is so gentle and unpretentious, yet so very, very wise.

Review by Annie Prosser

Published by Polair Publishing.   www.polairpublishing.co.uk

ISBN: 978-1-905398-26-3

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by Dr. Frank J KinslowThe Secret of Everyday Bliss

Dr. Frank Kinslow is the discoverer and developer of Quantum Entrainment; the ground breaking technique for eliminating emotional and physical discord for yourself and others. In this book he takes the reader further into these techniques and introduces Quantum Entrainment Intention and Eufeeling. These are tools to improve relationships and financial difficulties. According to the author, QE Intention is easy and natural and can be done by anyone.

The practices are well introduced and in a chatty, refreshing style that interacts well with the reader, and makes them part of the process itself. The author talks to you all the way through, for example: “What do you have to do to see the complete painting? I’ll tell you: nothing! That’s right, absolutely nothing…. If you find yourself resisting this idea, that is ego tugging at your shirtsleeve. This idea may be hard to believe. Stay with me a little longer on this point, and I will offer you an alternative perspective that is not only helpful but a great relief… We are in this together all the way through, with the author just leading the way”.

The exercises set out in the book are well described and easy to do.  They are natural and bring results BUT, they are also extremely profound and with great depth.  Having carried out some of the work, I need time to assimilate and practice.  It brings relief and yet I feel like I am only scratching the surface – a new technique has been brought to my notice and I am using it, but I am at the start of this journey.  It is so profound it could go anywhere and probably will!

This is the kind of book that is easy to read and easy to put into practice, but months from now you could look back and be amazed at just how far it has taken you. Much of what is there is nothing new, but the way it comes together and what it achieves is overwhelmingly effective and simple. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is fear based and wants to escape the effects of their fearful perspective – this can work well for any of us in no time at all. It does take us to a point of Inner Peace from which to work on the patterns of our lives.

Review by Ros Ogden

Published by Hay House UK Ltd

www.hayhouse.co.uk

ISBN: 978-1-84850-483-7

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