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Leap to Freedom
Healing Difficult Relationships! A Masterful, Insightful and Practical Work!
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. This was my experience with Devrah Laval’s book, “Leap to Freedom - Healing Quantum Guilt.” I was having great difficulty with a challenging relationship and had a dream such guidance would come to assist me, the very night prior to being introduced to this book. Complete with similar guiding synchronistic and visionary experiences in her own life, Devrah Laval has written a masterful work, the first I have seen so eloquently applying the complex teachings of “A Course in Miracles” to relationships, while weaving in the latest findings integrating science and spirituality. Whether thoroughly familiar with the teachings of “ACIM” as I was, or if this is your first introduction, Devrah’s insightful personal examples of how to apply these concepts go far beyond ACIM in terms of practical application in our most challenging relationship situations.
Expanding the general principle that our reality and the responses of others are but projections of our unconscious thought processes and wounds in need of healing, Devrah skillfully provides instruction as to how to correct our thinking, not just to forgive those we feel have harmed us, through negativity or emotional or other abuse, but to acknowledge the self-creating nature of such experiences has but one underlying cause, our unconscious guilt with the illusory notion we are separated from God and each other. Devrah describes healing this guilt as a natural process, when “the jig is up” and we relinquish the chains of the ego holding us bound to these perceptual illusions of separation.
The examples Devrah courageously provides in her own life with healing a difficult parental relationship were like a mirror reflection of the issues I was facing in my own relationship. Once I comprehended the point that "we seek out our own vampires” to voice the unconscious doubts and fear we are repeating and harboring within ourselves, then it became a matter of course to forgive the repeated illusory crimes that in effect were never committed, because the “me versus them” mentality is missing the point that we create our own reality for our learning and growth. The only person we can ever really change in relationships is ourselves. Yet Devrah Laval demonstrates how to skillfully make those changes in such a way that improves our whole reality and the responses of others, since their behavior is but a mirror reflection of what emerges from within us in the first place. Once forgiven, the most challenging feedback from such difficult relationships may provide a basis for new self-knowledge and development on the path to our own healing and enlightenment.
Congratulations to Devrah Laval for such a masterful, insightful and eminently practical work!
For the rest, don't miss "Leap to Freedom - Healing Quantum Guilt!"
~ Bruce Anderson, Amazon.com
Condimental Op, The
"Simply sprawling in nature — overall, an excellent collection, which I would highly recommend." ~ , Weird and Wonderful Reads
Condimental Op, The
"Fans of Bergen's novels Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat and One Hundred Years of Vicissitude will enjoy this anthology of his shorter and more obscure work, but The Condimental Op is also a good starting point for newcomers. Sample a blend of noir, fantasy, alternate history, dystopia, non-fiction; if one style does not suit your taste — another will." ~ , Aurealis Magazine
Womanity's Cosmic Blueprint
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ, AND I READ A LOT. i JUST COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. THE AUTHOR LETS HER SPIRIT TAKE OVER AND IT FLOWED ONTO THE PAGES AS IF TO PEER INTO THE READERS SOUL AND FEED US THE KNOWLEDGE WE NEED AS GUIDANCE TO KEEP HUMANITY ALIVE,AND TO ENCOURAGE US TO BE COMFORTABLE GOING WITHIN OURSELVES TO LEARN WHO WE REALLY ARE AND OUR POTENTIAL. IT WOKE ME UP TO WOMANS POWERFUL BEING AND HAS GIVEN ME NEW DIRECTION. EVERY WOMAN NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK. I ORDERED TWO MORE COPIES FOR MY DAUGHTERS. CORINNE THANK-YOU FOR SHARING YOUR WOMANITY WITH YOUR READERS.
DOREEN PATOILE ENTREPENEUR- RIVER FALLS WISCONSIN U.S.A. ~ doreen patoile--entrepeneur, river falls wisconsin u.s.a.
Twilight of the Wolves
edward j rathke
As soon as Twilight of the Wolves begins, you know it’s music. Music made by the hands digging deep into the underground, into determined earth-dirtying of the senses. The symmetry of notes makes this crystalline, each clause engineered into mantra-like potential. “And then he fell away, his life drifted away, the vision inside him, growing, rebuilding, creating newness, wholeness out of neverness. The song, nothing but the song, and Her eyes, ephemeral and purple, galactic dust swallowing him, and he swam in that twilit world of nothings and nowheres until it thickened, viscous, and filled him again.”
As the book says: “Humanity is murdering itself but it is murdering the planet, too. Burning and laying every- thing to waste, to ash and cinder and smoke. Even the wolves die and hide.” Here, the integration of that pungent truth with beauty is found by looking straight at Death. This is a dopamine-creating book for those who love language and cerebral stimulation exploring realms of ineffable reality-music. Twilight of the Wolves is a little somepn’ somepn’ for your euphoria and redemption-of-humanity needs. You can re-read any random spot for renewed joy because it’s not just there to get across a plot: each sentence juxtaposes surprising, pleasing word combinations that live full-on, avoiding anything resembling cliche or default language. The confidently consistent unique voice makes the breath get bigger, the visual field brighter.
The landscape is darkly transcendent paranormal, under a redsun and a bluesun, commanding our suspension of disbelief. Gradual revelations of the fluid and complex nature of the characters’ identity propel the story-line. The floating philosophical nature of the world Rathke creates is resembles Kyle Muntz’ Sunshine in the Valley cast in moonlight.
Sometimes concrete details are replaced with abstract reportage from a voice without human characteristics about a world consisting of things archetypal enough to be labeled with capitals. Skating over that thin ice is my least favorite part of exploring the filigree wonderland.
The rhythms rocks us through the magical brain-chemistry doorway into the world of meaningful esoteric, geometrical concepts. “All was black and She was Light. They were shadows and she was the sun. Singular. They were Death and she was Life. She was their center standing on the stone altar and they surrounded Her in concentric circles emanating out towards the periphery.”
The Goddess emerges from nothing eternally, pulsing death out into the illusion of life. Deathwalkers silently record history and take the dead into it, many of the citizens having been burned by marauding soldiers. In some regions, denizens dominate the lushly giving forest and turn it into artificial grids, hunt the sacred wolves, transforming the world into something mechanically in this world that’s ruthless toward the vulnerable.
Countering that, the wandering Sao nurses a wolf who speaks to him, and curses him, people can enter into Angels, and children open holes in space-time. The adventures take us new poetic places: “It’s as if I stepped into the dream at the very center of my reality and let it go.” Dragons and Arcanes move through the fantasy with literary depth rather than genre predictability. A dying god blesses a man, but is it really more of a curse?
One wolf scene opened my heart and then shocked it to bits. We get to care deeply about all manner of non-human characters in this poignant novel by Edward Rathke. The invented world is complex, worthy of exploration, not the usual categories of creatures inhabiting it. You can read more about it at http://edwardjrathke.com/novels/twilight-of-the-wolves/. ~ Tantra Bensko, MFA, http://www.speakwithoutinterruption.com/site/2014/03/review-of-edward-j-rathkes-twilight-of-the-wolves/
Condimental Op, The
I'll start out by saying that The Condimental Op, by Andrez Bergen, is simply sprawling in nature.
Included within are both fiction and non-fiction; short stories and graphic adaptations, plus alternate and reworked takes on some past fiction. It's got some great art, definitely including the cover. It comes to us courtesy of Andrez's daughter Cocoa, which shows that talent runs in the family. I'll be reviewing this in sections, and concentrating on my favorites, due to the large amount of material contained in this collection.
So, on to part one.
The first section of the collection mainly contains stand alone short stories. The forewords by Andrez are worth the price of admission alone. That said, I'd recommend reading the stories first, and then coming back to the forewords. That way you get to have a fresh view of the stories. It's up to you, though. 'Sugar and Spice' tells the tale of two teenage delinquents planning a heist... of a comic book store. Needless to say, all does not go as planned. It may just be me, but I find the proceedings darkly humorous. I can't get the thought of the heist from Reservoir Dogs, via the comic shop from The Simpsons out of my head. Ha! I apologize. Very good story. Moving on, 'Victor Victoria' is my favorite from this section. An action-packed tale of aerial combat in WWI, it reminds me of the Biggles series by W.E. Johns. With a certain sly humor throughout, it definitely entertains. Plus, the ending is hilarious. Rounding out my trio of favorite tales, we have 'A Woman of Sense'. A tale of a female mercenary hired by a petty lord to be his bodyguard... at least that's what he says. Things go a bit off track from the jump, and a bit of carnage ensues. Once again, it;s the humor that really wins me over. Apparently Andrez had a bit of trouble getting this published, which really boggles my mind. Very nice. While these are my three favorites, all the stories in this section are worth reading, and highly recommended.
The next section contains four stories dealing with the adventures of Roy Scherer and Suzie Miller. Partners in the detective agency of Scherer and Miller, Investigators of the Paranormal and Supermundane, they certainly live up to the agency's title. Through the course of the stories they deal with a zombie (but not really a zombie), a vampire, and a possessed typewriter. The fourth story is a bit longer, and doesn't feature Suzie. It's a prequel, with a much younger and less acerbic Roy, stumbling onto what will be his first case. While a bit hard to pick favorites, if pushed, I'll have to go with 'Lazarus Slept' and 'Revert to Type'. In 'Lazarus' our heroes investigate a possible case of a zombie running amok. Although things aren't quite kosher with the whole zombie identification, Roy's rather blunt approach handles business rather nicely. Things are a bit more complicated with 'Revert to Type'. Called on by a client who claims to have a possessed typewriter, Roy quickly classes the guy as a total nutter. Proved wrong, Roy's usual straight-ahead way of operating blows up in his face. This is really Suzie's moment to shine, and is a total joy. Really great. Half the fun in these tales are watching Roy go about business; the other half is Suzie annoying the hell out of him. Has a whole lot of "laugh out loud" moments throughout the various stories. I'm a big fan of the characters, and hopefully we will see more of them in the future.
The third section revisits the dystopian world of Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat. Sci-fi filtered through the darkest noir, I'd highly recommend picking it up. The duo of Floyd Maquina and Laurel Canyon are feautured in the first two stories, 'Come Out Swinging' and 'Dread Fellow Churls'. Both stories revolve around a rescue attempt, although the latter is pulled off a bit more smoothly. 'Neck-Tied' features a fellow Seeker (a combination of detective/tracker, Floyd being one as well) in a rather desperate situation. 'In-Dreamed' is a story of Floyd's supposedly dead wife, Veronica; she is apparently alive, after all. The ending is a nice twist. She also features (In my mind, at least. Andrez leaves it up to the reader.) in my favorite of two graphic adaptations included in this section, 'Waiting For Sod All'. As I really enjoyed TSMG, these continuations and off-shoots are greatly appreciated, including the ones not mentioned. All in all, gritty, dark, and shot through with a touch of gallows humor. Really, what's not to like?
The final section, fittingly entitled 'Ransacking the Archive', brings together a variety of materiel, most of it non-fiction articles. Starting out with a number of prose selections written in 1989, it moves through critiques of food, film, music, and culture. Setting down an account of the weeks leading up to the birth of his daughter, Cocoa, is the most personal of these entries. This may or may-not be your cup of tea, but I found them fascinating. Very glad they were included, since I believe they give a bit of insight on the events that helped shape the author's works. Plus, I just like reading reviews.
Well, there it is. Overall, an excellent collection, which I would highly recommend. Goes without saying that the forewords and acknowledgements are required reading, as well. Here's where you can pick up a copy. If you'd like to know a bit more about the author, pop over to Andrez's blog. ~ Shawn Michael Vogt, Weird and Wonderful Reads
Psyche Exposed, The
Tosha Holliman's review
Jan 26, 14
5 of 5 stars
Read in December, 2013
I fount this book very interesting though, I feel that If I weren't an open minded person I would have some trouble with some things. I found the Author a bit self centered and arrogant which was annoying at times. I honestly feel like it will help me wrestle through some of the demons I fight every day and will help me see how I can become a better person. ~ Tosha Holliman, Goodreads
Psyche Exposed, The
Crystal l w's review
Dec 31, 13
5 of 5 stars
This book is unique and you have to have an open mind in order to read it. It explains how we are burdened with everything from our past. In order to eliminate something bad we have to trace it to the beginning which is probably from when we were so little we can't even remember. He has alot of techniques to help you self become a better person and get rid of all of your bad baggage. Everyone repeats bad cycles well with the tools in his book you can break the cycle. It is not easy and it takes some digging. I would recommend this to an open-minded person who is wanting to change themselves for the better or just to clean out your closets. =) ~ Crystal W, Goodreads
Psyche Exposed, The
*i received this book via GoodReads giveaway. Thanks to all those that made it happen!*
For many years, i’ve been interested in probing the minds of the thinkers that have influenced human societies and retracing the paths that led to where we are today. i’ve perused the work of many philosophers and other thinkers, so i was really anticipating a chance to read a book by someone who thought outside of the scope of standard philosophy. And to his credit, that was what i found.
To me, it seemed Nehrer’s ‘philosophy’ basically boils down as such: every inculcated mental construct, belief, and description that you have only acts to further wrest your awareness away from your innate nature. He emphasizes the Oneness of mind and reality, along with the idea that the latter is merely a transumption of the former. In his words, all that exists is “an interrelated interaction of all things whose individual, apparent, “objective” existence is based only on definitions accepted by the observer.” (53) He argues that following the traditional eastern discipline of controlling your thoughts does not eliminate the root of the problem (your inner conflict and the mechanisms which originally produced those thoughts) and only intensifies that conflict. He promotes methods such as self-hypnosis and automatism to find and dispel the root elements that maintain persistent troubles in life. He also summarizes some of the major philosophical movements and offers his critiques of them.
Many of the insights that Nehrer presents are sound, and it is obvious that he has an insight that is both perspicacious and well-developed. Unfortunately, i must admit i was very put off by the author’s writing style. i cannot remember the last time i read a text in which the author came off so cocksure and downright arrogant. i had to cringe when i read the sentence “As a member of Mensa, a high-IQ social organization, I frequently encounter smart people.” (310) Frankly, it detracted from his ideas a lot, especially when he went on about how wise he was at various ages of his childhood, how he saw through the ruse of religion at 6 and demonstrated the Bible’s fallibility to his pastor at 12, etc. etc.
His swingeing criticisms of religion in particular were ridiculously excessive. i feel it’s necessary to point out that i am not religious in the least, and agree with his belief that religion is not necessary and oftentimes harmful. Like him, i was raised in a strictly Christian household and for many years was sheltered from questioning the notion that God was as real as me. While it’s obvious that religion had to be addressed in order for him to express his ideology, he seemed to take every cheap shot at it that he could, which only served to protract even the simplest of statements. Even more astoundingly, many of these criticisms weren’t even well-formulated, leading one to wonder why they would even be included if they were not meant solely to drive home the point that he does not like religion. These kinds of pointless barbs, along with sections that i suppose were meant to reinforce key points but seemed pleonastic, unnecessarily extended the length of book.
In spite of the author’s occasional snobbery and wearying self-reverence of his own transcendence, i found myself underlining passages in this book and taking notes on quite a few topics he presented in a unique fashion. His insights are certainly worth noting, but his contemptuous style of writing began to chafe.(less) ~ Matt's Review, Goodreads
Essence of Reality, The
Sep 06, 10
5 of 5 stars
Read in August, 2010
(heard the author speak, very enlightening, bought the book on the spot.)
A very eye-opening read. This book basically goes into great detail on how our mind and perceptions affect our view of reality, so much so that two people can be in the same place at the same time, but see things completely differently. Included are tools and exercises to fine tune your own reality. ~ Ray's Reviews, Goodreads.com
Essence of Reality, The
Wanda imogene Wright's review
Nov 01, 13
5 of 5 stars
Read in November, 2013
Well written book by an author who has done a lot of research and thinking on How Life works. I have changed a lot of my perceptions and have came to understand how the way I was brought up has a lot of bearing on my belief system. Definately a deep book to read and comprehend. Keeps you thinking even after the book has been read. A definate plus for my personal bookshelf. ~ Wanda Wright, Goodreads.com
Essence of Reality, The
Oct 30, 13
5 of 5 stars
(I was provided my copy of Essence of Reality:A Clear Awareness of How Life Works through a Goodreads giveaway.)
This is one of the most enlightening books that I have ever read. Thomas Daniel Nehrer autographed my copy saying "Lots to explore!" which there really was. This book has opened my eyes to so many new things that I don't know if I would have experienced otherwise ~ Nicholas' Review, FirstReads/Goodreads
Essence of Reality, The
Nov 08, 13
5 of 5 stars
Read from October 28 to November 08, 2013
You know when someone tells you about something that's happened to them that you don't quite 'get', and they say' You had to BE there'? Well, this book is a bit like that in that you have to BE there, in other words you need to read it for yourself because it is about 'SELF', and we are all very different. It explains How Life Works, how our inner nature, what we hold within our mindset, reflects what is realised in our lives,so in my very basic layman terms it means clearing out the clutter( no housework involved) and that means disposing of the negatives one by one, which may include some long held beliefs, and replacing them with the positives to achieve all that's good in life.
Now that sounds simple doesn't it? Well no I'm sure it isn't, and for me to try and relate to you the essence of this book in a few sentences is to insult the eloquent Mr Nehrer. This is a well written, very well researched book, but it will in turn both shock and offend, as it assaults the very core of your beliefs. That said, there is something very different about this book, something that resonates, a kind of ' lightbulb moment'.
The author gives us the perspectives and the tools to begin a journey into the inner self. It's a journey that will be different for every one of us because we all come with different belief systems to tackle . It won't be an easy journey, and it's a journey that many won't be able (or indeed ) WANT to take, as it will mean disposing of beliefs that may have been passed onto you as far back as when you were a small child by your parents, but it IS an illuminating read, but one that you must judge for yourself. This is definitely a keeper, one to read and re-read. Thank you to Goodreads for the opportunity to read this book through their first reads giveaway, and to the author for my signed copy wishing me well on MY journey, and yes you're right Mr Nehrer, there is a lot to explore! ~ Maureen's Review, Goodreads
Essence of Reality, The
Nov 13, 13
5 of 5 stars
Read in November, 2013
In The Essence of Reality by Thomas Daniel Nehrer we become introduced to new perspectives that allow us to shed all preconceived notions of how life works. From childhood most of us are indoctrinated with other peoples' beliefs. For some of us, these beliefs will remain imprinted as if they were our own forever. Nehrer does an excellent job in providing us with sound reason to call out all the fallacies we have been fed. He elaborates his own message which is that reality consists of our own personal experience. This personal experience is the indivisible unity of our internal conscience and the external world. He explains how all religious deities are just conceptualizations of the human conscience coalesced with extensive imagination. Furthermore, Nehrer teaches us how to find real meaning within ourselves through our experiences rather than blindly believing in the latest (or oldest) religious craze. Of course, there are many more concepts to cover here than what I am capable of paraphrasing in a paragraph! There is a great deal of enlightenment and influence to be found within this book. This is a must read for any open minded person willing to jeopardize their belief system for a better understanding of reality. I recommend this to everyone.
*Thank you, Thomas Daniel Nehrer and Goodreads First Reads giveaway, for a free copy of this book. ~ Martin's Reviews, First-Reads/Goodreads
Essence of Reality, The
Feb 01, 13
5 of 5 stars
Read from January 15 to 28, 2013
I have read many New Age, Self Help, Philosophy, Psychology…-ish books and none have resonated as entirely true to me until this one. That said, I’m pretty sure that this book will offend, shock, insult and simultaneously blow-the-mind of anyone with the openness to read it all the way through. I experienced all four of those while reading through it and I’m glad I did. This book is about determining a path to follow to ultimately understand yourself and via that, an understanding of reality and how life functions follows. All of it effected by your perceptions & beliefs which may be so deep rooted you don’t even know they exist.
There are tools & techniques within the book to help you delve into finding those things out as well, but the most poignant part of this particular author’s view for me is his absolute insistence that you take the journey of self discovery when, and only if you are fully open to it AND that the journey is yours alone. It’s not about doing it in a group, temple or yoga studio- it is about following yourself and your subconscious only. Though he has advanced through his journey of self awareness, he repeatedly reminds you as a reader that your journey can, and likely will be, different and to “be yourself; trust in that Self to express your inner feelings and direct Your Path towards peace, self-realization and accomplishment. And never put that Self, within your own mental image, in a subservient position, bowing beneath some vaunted figure sitting up on a pedestal.” He is not looking to be a guru, mystic, prophet or savior and encourages the reader to value yourself as an equal if not more important than any one/thing/entity, as you are your own authority (this of course means throwing any organized, or unorganized, religion or belief system completely and fully out the window).
So the big question…do I now have a clear awareness of how life works? No.
But, do I now have the tools to figure it out, and am I game to get to work? Absolutely.
~ Jessica's Reviews, Fiftyin52/Goodreads
Illusion of "Truth", The
Book review: The Illusion of “Truth”: The Real Jesus Behind the Grand Myth
Posted on Friday, March 7, 2014 in Book Reviews | 0 comments
by Thomas Daniel Nehrer
Wanna meet the real Jesus? From page one, I was hooked by Nehrer’s jaded dismissal of believers and scholars alike, and his promise of delivering the real Jesus. Nehrer, the mystic, reveals Jesus, the visionary … and he does it entertainingly well.
Nehrer is not religious, and finds no value in the Bible (other than as a historical oddity) outside the parables of Jesus. No sugar-coating, here. But don’t let Nehrer’s self-aggrandizing style turn you off. He over-values his credentials a bit–for example, his mystical background allows him to “see clearly what Jesus meant with his parables”–and thus commits the same error he warns us against: perceiving Jesus through the lens of his own worldview. But there’s nothing wrong with a little positive endorsement, right?
Nehrer promotes embracing “Oneness,” by which he means the connection between Self and experienced Reality. He prefers the term “Clear Awareness” for seeing deep into the Oneness and understanding how life works. That was Jesus’ insight: he understood life.
140 pages into the book, it shifts unexpectedly into a fictional narrative of Jesus’ “lost years.” Jesus is a smart, hard worker able to contribute at multiple jobsites, but he is driven to keep moving and learning. Nehrer feels he is “uniquely qualified” to take a stab at reconstructing where Jesus’ wanderlust carries him, because of his own extensive travel and spiritual journey as a young man. This fictional account continues for roughly 200 pages, and was my favorite part of the book, as Nehrer’s fiction is quite engaging.
In Nehrer’s recreation, Jesus is self-confident, not a goody-goody but quite likeable. He speaks in religious language when necessary, perhaps inventing a Heavenly Father image to help his listeners displace the vindictive, judgmental Yahweh. His vision is encapsulated in what he calls the Kingdom of God, describing (you guessed it) how life really works, but his greater knowledge is so contrary to the established religious regime–particularly the Temple class–and so difficult for everyday people to grasp that he struggles to make progress, and is eventually put to death.
A final section then discusses how Christianity was born out of the misunderstood message of Jesus. An interesting take on the life of Jesus, but far from the direction my own studies have led me.
Christian Alternative Books, © 2014, 401 pages ~ Lee Harmon, The Dubious Disciple/Goodreads
Afterlife Unveiled, The
The most amazing part of this book to me was the description of the spiritual spheres and how they correspond to the physical earthly nations. Depending on what country you are in when you die, you would most likely go to the spiritual sphere/country that corresponds to the nation you lived in before death! Interesting read if you want to know more about life after you cross over. ~ Patricia E. Dennis, "seeker", Amazon.com review
Herbs: Medicinal, Magical, Marvelous!
It’s always proven difficult to find the perfect balance between arcane and medicinal knowledge in one book. Written in a friendly and inviting style, this book provides both the necessary accessibility for aspiring novices, as well as insights for experienced herbalist wishing to deepen their understanding of the cross over. Her Herbal Cheat Sheet listing common herb names with their obscure Latin counterparts is proof of this, as are the opening summary of herbal medicinal history and her general preparations of herbal products.
Despite providing impressive insights and hints on preparations, I was surprised however to see the lack of the same in others. For example there was no clear distinction in how to make herbal tincture with dry or fresh herbs, neither was there a clear demarcation between different sections. Moreover, while she takes time to detail the properties of plants under both the elements and the planets, once we reach the individual herbal listing for medicinal and magical usage there were some common points of lacking.
I would recommend this book with the caveat that Ms Martin has the opportunity to expand with even more information in a future edition. Given the time and pages to let it blossom, this book holds the promise of being a truly comprehensive encyclopedia.
Review by K.A.Sequoia
~ K.A.Sequoia , Sage Woman’ Issue 85/Herbal Goddess
Meditation in the Wild
Charles S. Fisher Ph.D.
Charles S. Fisher takes us across several continents and 25 centuries, as he retraces the migratory path of a radical traditional of Buddhism. Determined to recreate the context in which the Buddha became enlightened, we move far beyond urban centres where monastic study, doctrine, and Buddhist scriptures have evolved, to examine the ways of more solitary practitioners living in the wild.
Critically, through entering nature and experiencing its indifference to our self-soothing stories, we have the power to stimulate awareness of our mortality- that unpalatable eventuality that our society so assiduously covers over with distractions and comforts of all sorts.
This book will be of interest to anyone for whom meditation is an important tool, as well as to cultural and religious historians. However, the extremes of self-deprivation and isolation historically practiced by forest-dwellers are unlikely to appeal to many readers as a current way of life. Perhaps the example of forest-dwellers will instead provide an incentive to look beyond our alienated technological lives, to take in the weather, the seasons, and to irrigate our roots in a living world, which needs us to become aware of her before we can know ourselves.
Review by Michael Gray
~ Michael Gray, Caduceus. issue 87
Long Road to Heaven, The
Another Lent course based around a film, in many ways the book, though brilliantly set up and appropriate for Lent, would work at any time for an in-depth group study. The course is set out with real weight to it; the sessions are well timed and contain intelligent discussion questions along with good endings in a series of reflections and contemplations, gently rounding off each one. ~ Melanie Carroll, Together