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A beginner’s guide to Eastern Spirituality. 5 DVD set.

Going Nowhere

Going Nowhere

by Dr. Lorenzo da Costa

This is a series of 5 DVDs, four lectures in the old fashioned sense of the word – as they are non interactive, you are a passive listener/viewer; and one account of Dr da Costa’s experiences and personal journey.

The first lecture (45 minutes) is on meditation and the various slides give visual backing to the background soundtrack which discusses consciousness, awareness and meditation with comparison and contrast between East and West. Being ‘Here and Now’ is seen as a central theme and the explanation for practising meditation is that it keeps us in the Here and Now and lessens chronic anxiety in this way. Dr. da Costa does not explain how to meditate, he suggests Internet links for this, but he does discuss in brief the various ways to practice meditation. He also cautions that it really takes about 10 years to get anywhere in the practice of meditation.

The second lecture (55 minutes) is a comparison and contrast between mysticism in the East and West and he particularly contrasts theology and mysticism, through the traditions of the Judeo/Christian versus the Vedic traditions. He details the Path of Yoga and defines Karma and Reincarnation.

The third lecture (40 minutes) looks at orthodox and complementary medicine. He considers transpersonal approaches to therapy in some detail, describing the theories from Freud, Jung and Rogers to Assaglioli, Weiss and Seigman.

The fourth lecture (30 minutes) introduces a selection of books/authors that Dr. da Costa believes are important for those who are interested in these issues to read.

In his journey DVD, Dr. da Costa describes who he is and where he comes from. He was a doctor in London, but he now works alongside general medicinal practice. He has turned to being a scholar of epistemology and it is this viewpoint that guides the lectures.

This set of DVD’s is designed for beginners to the field of Eastern Spirituality as compared to Western Spirituality. It gives definitions of a range of topics covered in this field and ideas of where to look further for information – it is more of a map through the field than an exploration of the field itself. It would appeal to someone who needs pointers as to the best sources of knowledge of meditation techniques, mysticism and transpersonal approaches to therapy. It is an overview of the best places to look for further knowledge of these topics.

Review by Ros Ogden

Published by Watkins Books

www.watkinsbooks.com

http://www.soulace.co.uk

ISBN: TAO001

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The Truth about ReincarnationSerial Consciousness

by Greg Branson

Greg Branson is a quiet visionary who probes deeply into the higher planes of consciousness and those subtle realms within the Earth.  He has investigated the plans of the Godhead and observed the individual and collective patterns overseeing all lives, including those still to come.  As a past-life therapist he has helped many people unpick the tight bind of karma that builds up in the human psyche blocking a clear view of the present reality.

Greg explains the process of incarnation, how the soul gradually descends into the body, and accommodates divine purpose and the wishes of other incarnations.  He describes at length with examples how active personalities in other lifetimes have a strong influence on the challenges we face and how karma can eventually be worked out.  He says Karmic issues do not necessarily flow from one life into the next.  Unresolved fragments of our pasts are drawn from different incarnations, often hundreds of years apart, and may leave us feeling fragmented and indecisive.

This book is not for the faint hearted, it is not a light read and it assumes a certain amount of knowledge.  Struggling initially to grasp where Greg was going with his narrative, I was glad I persevered.  As I worked my way into this book a whole new way of understanding re-incarnation and karma was revealed to me, and my interest was fuelled with more and more tasty insights.  Highly recommended for those seeking to add to their knowledge of this vast subject.

Review by Claire Williams

The Eye of Gaza Press

http://eyeofgaza.org

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The Larger Perspective on the Leading Edge of ThoughtTen Great Ways to Understand the World

by Else Byskov

The title of this book is pretty self-explanatory, and also introduces the conversational writing style of the author.  Reading it you feel she is actually speaking to you, asking you questions and at times directing a point at you with some force!

The work is inspired by the Danish 20th Century visionary, Martinus, whose writings made a deep and lasting impression on Else.  She is keen to share his understandings on the world as a whole.

Those familiar with the concepts of Karma, Law of Attraction, Spirit, etc may find the book a little repetitive, but for those awakening to these ideas it provides a thorough grounding.  Else puts forward some interesting ideas in the chapters on Reincarnation and Becoming Human, offering new suggestions on how a soul incarnates, and why we are attracted to each other.

She is very thorough in her writing, frequently going into considerable detail as she explains an idea.  There is a great deal of material here, and while I would recommend that it is read with discernment, it nevertheless offers plenty of food for thought.

Review by Diana Savil. 

ISBN  978-1451552966.  www.deathisanillusion.com

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by Bruce & Andrea Leininger with Ken Gross

James Leininger was just two years old when he began having disturbing nightmares that would not stop. He screamed out in the night “plane on fire! Little man can’t get out!” While nightmares are common among children, what happened next shocked those around him.

James began to reveal details of planes and war tragedies that no two year old boy could possibly know. So began his parents’ quest, which led them to the unbelievable truth that their son was reliving the past life of World War II fighter pilot James Huston. This touching story tells of the very personal challenges that Bruce and Andrea Leininger faced during the years they spent researching their little son’s statements about the friends he had known as James Huston, and the technical details he revealed.

This is a story that confounds the sceptics (of whom Bruce Leininger was most definitely one) and confirms the beliefs of those who already believe in life after death – or life after life! It is also a tale of the deep friendships forged in the heat of war that continue long after the battles are over, perhaps longer than has been realised.

Review by Joan Osborne

Published by Hay House www.hayhouse.co.uk

ISBN: 978-1-84850-219-2

http://www.soulsurvivor-book.com

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