reviewed by Cat Saunders
Renowned artist Deborah Koff-Chapin has blessed us again with an outpouring of images that continue in the tradition of her original deck of best-selling SoulCards. Whether or not you are familiar with its predecessor, SoulCards 2 is bound to delight your senses, stimulate your imagination, and seduce hidden treasures of inspiration and creativity from the recesses of your heart.
SoulCards 2 comes in an elegantly designed, book-sized box that features thumbnail reproductions of all sixty drawings on the back. If you turn the box around to the front, you'll see that Deborah has created a window that not only exposes the cover illustration for the deck, but also doubles as a frame to hold whatever card you have currently chosen for reflection.
THE TAO OF CONTEMPLATION
reviewed by George M. Lewis
In The Tao of Contemplation, Jasmin Lee Cori takes the essentials of contemplative practice ("the elements of silence, solitude, simplicity, surrender, receptivity, and an orientation toward direct encounter with the one reality") and blends Taoist and Sufi philosophies to produce a spontaneous, natural, and joyful approach to contemplation. Cori demystifies contemplation and offers both suggestions and warnings.
I picked this book up months ago, thinking, "It's just a little book and I can whip out a review in no time." What I confronted instead were my own patterns of avoidance. In the past, I was always looking for the right moment, the right space, the right frame of mind: the dishes had to have been done, everything had to be in order and in its right place, I had to have made some tea, I had to have completed my daily chanting, and I had to be sure there were no outside "distractions" before I would even consider sitting with the book! So the months went by.
reviewed by Stan Byron
On rare occasions throughout history, authentic spiritual masters appear who are so intimately familiar with the inner spiritual journey they can describe it in a completely fresh way. This process, uniquely tailored to fit the prevailing cultural circumstances, continually renews the ancient teachings of the path to higher consciousness that exists within each of us.
THE CURE FOR ALL ADVANCED CANCERS
reviewed by Kate Lin
People who are interested in handling cancer without surgery or chemotherapy have had to seek alternatives outside of conventional medicine. Because these alternative treatments are outside mainstream medicine, they receive little press. In fact, many times the information is suppressed by the current medical monopoly. As a result, when a book with noninvasive, alternative treatments does get published, it is a celebratory event.
reviewed by Steve McCardell
Heres a fun one for you coffee lovers, from an author who loves the drink as thou, and who tells of coffees magick and folklore.
Where in the world better than here in Seattle to be well informed on coffee? If youre captivated by its essence, youre likely to be by the anecdotal history of coffee presented here as well. Did you know King Solomon is said to have healed the sick with coffee, and that myth portends he was given the medicinal hint by Archangel Gabriel?
reviewed by Mirra Lee
By his own account, Ray Brooks (who now lives in Victoria, B.C.) was "a completely undisciplined child an utter waster in his twenties, who squandered the best part of his early life in the pubs, wine bars, and nightclubs of London." Ultimately questioning the shallowness of his life and determined to find the source of an authentic life he embarked on a worldwide trek in search of his true self.
Through a series of serendipitous events, he discovered the Zen flute (shakuhachi) in Tokyo, and began a difficult, arduous study of both the flute itself and the underlying Zen philosophy that allows someone to truly master the instrument. In the process, he became a shakuhachi composer and concert soloist (with a CD on the New Albion Records label), as well as giving talks and seminars on matters relating to the flute and his life as now both governed and guided by it.
reviewed by David C. Roper
Inspired by the textures of the Indian city of Pushkar, this beautiful, lyrical disc follows the increasingly common model of genuine "world" music. Firmly rooted in traditional Persian music, the musicians of Axiom of Choice became global citizens after the revolution drove them from their home in Iran in the late 1970s. Recently, vocalist Mamak Khadem and composer Loga Ramin Torkian have begun to return to Iran to record sessions with musicians whose skills on traditional Persian instruments are not always easy to replicate in the West. Their collaboration here yields Niya Yesh, a beautiful collection notable for the absence of electronic musical influences.
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