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BOOK REVIEWS

By Sonia von Matt Stoddard

 

THE TEMPLES OF LIGHT
An Initiatory Journey into the Heart Teachings of the
Egyptian Mystery Schools
(includes guided-meditation CD)
By Danielle Rama Hoffman

Each temple of Egypt is a doorway, or entry point, to a higher realm of consciousness. An explanation of the history, the myths, festivals and symbology of each temple, as well as its gods and goddesses is included in the material, so that we find a better overall understanding of the subject matter.

The material is intended to facilitate your movement into the conscious awareness of being a creator. The heart teachings in this book have come forth in response to questions that have been asked throughout time and space about the mystery of who we are and why we are here.

They provide guidance regarding our relationship to the Divine and ways of manifesting greater happiness, health, abundance and love in our lives. The teachings support your individual consciousness as well as a collective paradigm shift, thus making the basic tenets described in this book adaptable to many concepts, on many different planes.

Initially, the heart teachings offered in this book were offered in mystery school retreats throughout Egypt. A rich selection of full-color plates of images taken during the author’s journeys, showing physical temples and remains at thirteen sacred sites in the area are included, in order to complete the experience.

Published by Bear & Company, this book is available at your local bookstore or on the website at www.BearandCompanyBooks.com

7 FIRES
By Bearcloud

The symbols that make up the core basis for this book originated in a special category of crop circles that the author calls starglyphs. The complex internal geometry and multiple structures of these figures, impact our known symbols, adding clarity and giving light to a number of unexplained questions involving the ancient pyramids of Egypt.

This “star language” uncovers secrets of the pyramids, unfolding a mystery with profound messages the author calls the “Seven Fires” and “Secrets from the Stars.”

The book encompasses twelve years of research by author, vision seeker and seer, author Rod “Bearcloud” Berry. He journeys to crop circles in England, touching upon the reality as well as the hoax surrounding the phenomenon. We move on to Australia, Egypt and Peru, returning to the high plains of the Midwest, the grounds of Bearcloud’s ancestors.

Discoveries within the explanations address many old legends, verifying some and disproving others. The author is convinced that seven of these symbols gifted from the star-glyphs represent the forgotten, advanced core qualities with-in us. Provided here is visual evidence how geometric correspondences constitute a highly-advanced form of universal communication.

Augmenting and beautifully illustrating theories presented here, is a rich section of approximately 100 pages of brilliantly-colored plates, including paintings by the author, detailed geometric designs and explanations.

Published by Thunder Spirit Publishing, this book is available at your local bookstore.

MEDICINE SEEKER
A Beginner’s Walk on the Pathway to Native American Spirituality
By Stan E. Hughes
(Ha-Gue-A-Dees-Sas)

Every person has at least one totem animal that is our secret friend and natural world guide. These sacred animals help us through difficult times and guide us on our earthly and spiritual journeys in life. Finding this guardian is a pathway unto itself that can enrich our lives in many ways. Here we are taught how to discover and connect with our totem animals, who they are and how we can work with them.

Provided is a complete list, including each animal’s particular affinity, environment and personal preference, their characteristics and methods of supernatural communication.

Author Stan Hughes, an artist and retired school administrator, gives us a comprehensive beginner’s overview of Native American spirituality, allowing us to become a part of the world of medicine people, native healers and entities like the Rock People.

Through his shared experience with healers, vision quests, fasts, and within sweat lodges, he relates his stories and visions of legends and lore, where each may open up a whole new world of awareness and pathway to Native Spirituality.

He provides detailed explanations of culturally specific places and items, like high places, chants, smoking pipes, dream catchers and transformation properties of solid sacred objects, like rocks and crystals. Accompanying many of the stories are the author’s beautifully hand-drawn pictures of the subject matter.

Published by NorLightsPress, this book is available at your local bookstore or at www.NorLightsPress.

AWAKENING TO THE SPIRIT WORLD
The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation
(Includes instrumental CD)
By Sandra Ingerman & Hank Wesselman

Shamanism teaches that there are doorways into other realms of reality where helping spirits reside who can share guidance, insight and healing, not just for ourselves, but also for the world in which we live. To practice shamanism is to open your vision to a world that is hidden from normal view and to enter the deeper reality of the unseen universe.
In times of disharmony and uncertainty in our life, there is a tendency for people to turn within and seek spirituality, searching for more sustainable ways to exist, as well as thrive. Shamanism may offer a solution for those seeking the guidance from helpful spirits on the right and wrong way to accomplish this.

This book explores shamanism from many perspectives, beginning with a discussion about the practice of shaman-ism versus becoming a shaman. The tools for those pathways, as well as specific practices to experience those tools, are each given attention through journey preparation and exercises for feeling gratitude and blessings.

Other spiritual practices, like mysticism, the druids, nature’s cycles, ceremony, ritual, dream interpretation, rights of passage and landscape beyond death are all touched upon. An instrumental CD is included with the book, to guide us along with some of the exercises and a two-CD set is also available, “Six Guided Journeys for Deepening Your Connection to Spirit” that further enforce the concepts in the book.

Published by Sounds True, this book is available at your local bookstore or at www.soundstrue.com

THE WOLF AT TWILIGHT
An Indian Elder’s Journey through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows
By Kent Nerburn

A fictionalized account of an actual journey brings us deep into the hidden inside world of the people who first inhabited our land — the Native American Indian. The author’s hope is that his story will provide us with an understanding and glimpse of the yet unknown facets of native life, giving a voice to beliefs and points of view that may have long been ignored and forgotten.

This could be a classical “boy and his dog” story and indeed, it is true to type; however, in this tale a tribal elder seeks the help of another tribal member, to bury his companion of many years: a dog named Fatback. The member, also a friend, finds the request rather odd, but agrees to the task as a sign of respect. In the process of accepting this undertaking, he learns of a mystery involving the elder’s sister and a reservation boarding school.

The insider’s viewpoint and report, in a moving tale that includes intrigue and secrecy, along with humor and insight, author Kent Nerburn, a natural storyteller and author of books on spirituality and Native themes, weaves a tapestry that will leave you with a deeper appreciation and understanding of Indian culture.

Published by New World Library, this book is available at your local bookstore or www.newworldlibrary.com

DOGS & THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM
Extraordinary True Stories of Loyalty, Healing, and Inspiration
By Allen & Linda Anderson

Dogs can teach all of us the secret to happiness: patience, unconditional love and compassion. This book explores the compelling interspecies relationship, specifically between dogs and women. Broken down into sections illustrating loyalty, healing and embracing life, we are shown how the dynamic develops through true life stories where these attributes can be best seen.

Authors Allen and Linda Anderson are speakers and authors of a series of twelve popular books about the spiritual relationships between people and animals. This book celebrates canine-female teams who form deep relationships that result in compassion and courageous acts of love and healing to all with whom they come in contact.

The authors are able to capture the spirit of this relationship from the moment a dog is rescued from the animal shelter (“Do you recognize me?”) to the dog who is once again rescued, soaking wet, from a rainstorm, with only a few minor bruises.

It is difficult to capture the true depth and magnitude of experiences that are shared, without actually reading the individual stories. Dogs and women bring out the best in each other, in areas of inner strength, self-discovery, spiritual growth, comfort, health and fulfillment. The synergy that develops in this relationship is beautifully illustrated by this collection of true tales.

Published by New World Library, this book is available at your local bookstore or www.newworldlibrary.com