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1. Conversations with God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1)
by Neale Donald Walsch
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Blasphemy! Heresy! Who does this man think he is, claiming to speak directly to God?! Jesus did it, Muhammad did it, the Jewish prophets did it, but none of their Gods had the sardonic wit or raw verve of Prophet Walsch's God. Neale Donald Walsch isn't claiming to be the Messiah of a new religion, just a frustrated man who sat down one day with pen in his hand and some tough questions in his heart. As he wrote his questions to God, he realized that God was answering them... directly... through Walsch's pen. The result, far from the apocalyptic predictions or cultic eccentricities you might expect, turns out to be matter-fact, in-your-face wisdom on how to get by in life while remaining true to yourself and your spirituality. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Provoking
When I started reading CWG, I could not believe the words I was reading. It was not doubtful disbelief, but awe-inspiring disbelief. I had been questioning God's existence. Just days before I read the book I had a conversation with my mother. One of the question's I asked was why a Good God would let all these bad things happen to people and why a Good God would let punish those He created to damnation in the proverbial Hell as we have been brainwashed to believe. By page 50 of the book I was hooked. I found myself lost in the words which formed more questions in my mind which were answered in almost the next paragraph, This book confirmed what I have always felt that the God we should love is a God of Love. Not one that is judgemental, jealous and possessive. One that gave us free will and does not condemn us when we use it. I was born a Muslim with muslim beliefs and still had questions. I do not dispute Islam after reading this book, I just think that people in general should be more open minded with regard to matters of the spiritual kind. We should not judge others based on their beliefs, but accept that that is exactly that, THEIR beliefs.

I would always ask for answers but always got one that was vague and filled with religious dogma. It was because of lack of answers that I resorted to thinking that religion was personal and dictated by the one practicing it and not by someone who stands at the pulpit. How wonderful to have these feelings confirmed.

For all those negative people who claim to be True Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses, Muslims, etc etc. let me ask you this : Would the Good God you believe in really punish you to a realm of eternal fire , brimstone and torture beyond belief, see you suffer, see you cry...and all because you used your free will which He gave you. Why would He not have just made everyone sin-less ?

Neale's book is a wonder in itself. It opens up our hearts, mind and soul. But this book is not God's only vehicle. If you choose not to believe that God spoke to Neale, that's fine. You have your free will and God will not punish you for that.

5-0 out of 5 stars What's in a Title ?
I don't care if Neale Walsch named this book "My Own Opinion". I bought this book because I heard the name over and over for months and I saw the changes in people who had read it.

If God is in all of us, which I believe he is, and God speaks to all of us on our own terms, which I believe he does....then yes, this book is a conversation between God and Neale.

It is a shame that people who rate this book a 1 or 2 follow with " I only got to page 40 or chapter 6." As for my re-view....God or blasphemy, spirituality or religious, 10 commandments or no ten commandments; I choose to take what I need and leave the rest.

I did question some points but the reason I did was because as Neale puts it "This goes against everything I have been taught. It doesn't stand up to the facts." WHO'S FACTS? WRONG ACCORDING TO WHOM ? HMMM, makes you think doesn't it?

There is no book on earth, including the bible, that people won't "pick apart". They see one sentence, idea, or paragraph and make a conclusion about the whole book.

The whole basis of the book is to get people to THINK for THEMSELVES not take Neales word for it.

We are all "called" for different reasons. Find your "strong point" or your "weak point" for that matter, in this book and make a change for you. After all, isn't that what we're all trying to do...find our place in this mess we call our world. Why people fight to keep things the same is beyond me. Take what you need and leave the rest and above all EXPECT A MIRACLE.

2-0 out of 5 stars I hope you are knowledgeable to separate truth from untruth
I don't know what God this guy said he was hearing from, but it certainly isn't the same God I believe in. I just finished listening to Walsch's audiobook of Uncommon Dialogue. Don't make the mistake that his deepness is actually a word from God. Many of the concepts he brings up are just sublime (love, peace, joy - who would not want that). But many of his concepts also contradict the very word of God! Just to cover a few contradictions right here...

First of all, he claims that there is no heaven or hell, that we, you and I, are gods. My spirit cringed when I heard that. That couldn't be anymore wrong as the First Commandment states "Thou shalt have no other God's before me." That means there is only one true God and it is Him not us.
Walsch also says that there are no Ten Commandments. That makes me nervous this man even calls himself a Christian as this guy is making God out to be a liar.

He believes Buddha is a God, that all gods are basically the same God... He just said that there are no Gods, so he just contradicted himself AND the First Commandment.

He also goes on to say that God in you changes as you change yourself. Not in my Bible! Malachi 3:6 states that "I, the Lord, do not change" meaning that God is the one part of this crazy world that is stable and consistent. He is not moody nor does He change, rather you change as His pure and eternal love works through you and radiates out to the people in your life... people in your home, at the workplace, on the street and at the store. When God's love works through you, people can't help but notice you and they will be magnetized to your presence. Not because of you, but because of God in you working in your spirit.

My only fear is that newbie Christians take Walsch's "conversation" as the supreme truth as they would be thoroughly mislead and confused by his beliefs. Walsch is no prophet. I see right through his flowery philosophy through which he uses to appeal to a vast audience of agnostics and New Agers. It's just unfortunate that a newbie Christian will read his book or listen to his tape for the first time and soak up every word as the true word of God, and sway that Christian into his New Age/agnostic way of thinking. Now that to me is just plain scary. No offense to any devout CWG readers out there, but that is EXACTLY what the devil does. The devil is sly and deceptive. He gives you a little bit of truth and twists it around to distort it. What he says is fully distorted truth! And anything that is not the complete truth is not from God.

For those of you, though, who strongly believe that Walsh did in fact hear a word from God. I want you to know this right now... his "conversation," his "word" is like stale bread. When you have a day-to-day relationship with God it is like getting fresh-baked bread everyday. And when you pray that powerful prayer, the Lord's prayer, and get to the part "give us this day our daily bread," think of that... the daily bread is the fresh wisdom for the day you are receiving from Christ. God has something new, fresh and revitalizing for each day you are in a relationship with Him and believe me it ONLY GETS BETTER!!! You don't need to eat off someone else's plate per se. If you want God to show Himself to you, just simply ask Him right where you are with a pure believing heart that He will show Himself to you. AND if you are as truly open-minded as you say you are, you will be open to the many times He will speak to your heart and your spirit. You have to slow down to hear it as it is true, it is a still, quiet voice.

So let your true self follow you here....

And remember this Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.
--Susan B. Anthony

***God bless you Rachel for your beautiful post a few pages back. I too can relate from your side as the sinner dealing with drug addiction and exploring several routes of religion and from the side of the non-Christian who felt condemned against. I was very religious, but not Godly-spiritual in any way getting involved in the mystic realm of tarot cards, agnosticism and even New Age religion... All the while calling myself a devout Christian pretty much ever since childhood. Thankfully Jesus, a few years back, showed me what real love is, what real heart-to-heart spirituality is when I prayed for him to enter my life after many trials and tribulations and realizing what I was doing with my life was not working. I needed emergency help. So after many falls, He picked me up and with many tears dusted me off showing me that He has always been there for me waiting by my side like the gentleman He is for me to call out to Him. Thank You Jesus, I love You and I love God! Bless you both! I have completed your duty. This is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Start to a Beautiful trilogy
I recently finished the 3rd book of the CWG trilogy and loved it just as much as the other two. Book 1 is obviously what hooked me. I must warn any hardcore religious fanatics that this book is NOT RELIGIOUS. The subject matter here is life and the entire book reads as a conversation with god (hence the name). I love this book mainly because it offers practical advice and knowledge for dealing with questions that philosophers can only guess at... how does the universe work? Is there heaven and hell? why is there 'evil'? ..... and on and on. If your mind is open enough and your beliefs flexible enough then this book and the 2 others in the series offer very practical and real insight into the past, present, and future of the human race...although the books also reveal that time is an illusion. So if you are ready to question everything you have learned, then start here!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read in ages...
Honestly, I'm only half-way through the book (its only taken me a good 2 days to read that lazily, it's that easy of a read). I came on here NOW to tell you how impactful this book has been.

Even if you do not believe the fact that Neale Donald Walsch did, in fact, have communication with God, himself, you will take from this book an almost surreal, and quite easy to understand vision of what we are here for. The text is easy enough for a 12 year old to read, but it will require much deeper thought than you have quite possibly ever had to put into reading a book EVER before.

Before I read this book, I was, and still am in fact, a very strongly based Christian man, but after reading this book, I found that my ideas and thoughts may have lead me to other possibilites within the Christian realm, such as Gnosticism. Do not be alarmed because of what I say, you need to read this book for yourself RIGHT NOW. I AM NOT KIDDING. ... Read more

2. Conversations With God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 2)
by Neale Donald Walsch
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In Conversations with God: Book II, Neale Walsch and God resume their discussion and move on to larger topics than the personal issues addressed in their previous dialogue in Volume 1. For an "unedited transcript" of a conversation, Book II is remarkably well organized and articulate, as if Walsch anticipatd our "but what about" questions before we asked them. The peculiar pair discuss time, space, politics, and even kinky sex, but Conversations with God: Book II isn't here for just shock value. It is an honest look at some of the broad issues important to all of us on the planet, and a suggestion of how things might go if we are all willing to open our minds and have our own conversations with divinity. --Brian Patterson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank GOD for this book!
I loved book one so much I read it the first time in just two days (while recovering from surgery!). I could not have anticipated that the 2nd book could be equally profound, especially since I had heard some people say it was hard to understand. But something moved me to get it anyway and see for myself. Am I glad I did. It has verified my fears about what we are now creating, but at the same time it has given me so many new avenues to investigate in helping steer a new course. I have always wanted to be a part of the solution. Now I have a narrowed field of what the most auspicious first steps are, steps I can take in my own life and thereby help to create worldwide. To quote the book, "If the whole world followed you, would you be pleased with where you took it?" This book makes the creation of a life that answers "Yes" so much more accessible.

5-0 out of 5 stars A spiritual treasure
During a time when I was seeking spiritual direction I "found" Conversations with God, Book 1. It began a spiritual journey and brought me great peace. Book 2 is a continuation of the same messages of love and hope. It is more difficult to read because some of the ideas point out how limited our society is in dealing with our lives and those around us in a loving way but it still offers great hope for our future as a people. I recommend it to anyone who is seeking his or her own truth about life and our place in it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Conversations with God? Why not?
Well, some of those who have read the book seem to bee off on the right track. Some sound sceptical or outraged and some - outright naive. This is to be expected. Assuming the conversations are real (I assume so), Mr. Walsch is not as much the author as the first reader of this book. The best practical point is that everything in the book is reproducible for anyone. Mr. Walsch has no monopoly on communicating with God. What, I wonder, is in the way of those sceptical, if they want to try it all for themselves? Some who met Mr. Walsch say he is rude and does not fit the image of someone who could be chosen by God to converse with. Yet doesn't God say that for Him there is nothing right or faulty, since these are human terms?
Well, let me put it short. Do not stop at just reading about someone else's experiences. God speaks with everyone (hasn't He said so?). Go ahead and make it your own reality. Whatever Mr. Walsch's personal character, his book is there and it gives all its readers a start in the right direction. Good luck!

After having read some of other reviews, I have something to add to this one. There are some people who just said what they felt in a couple of words. Others exceeded the limit many times and had to keep going in new and newer review windows. Why don't they just write their own books instead? Mr. Walsch happens to be American, so some say "What's this god speaking American for Americans?". God doesn't speak English. Mr. Walsch does. If Mr. Po Quong had written the book, God would have spoken Chinese. Once again: there is nothing preventing you all from having your own similar experience, that is, outside of your scepticism, which kills it all. Jesus said (this is not an exact quote but the meaning is there), "If you had faith even no more than a mustard seed, and told that mountain to throw itself in the sea, truly believing that it would happened the way you commanded, the mountain would obey". So go ahead, get some faith and, when you have it, try it and God will speak YOUR OWN language.
The book is not without fault, yet I gave it 5 stars.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not your ordinary review
Book one was good it laid the foundation to the Series. Two started off pretty good and the way it was going you would think it would be better. But in the 2nd Book it continues mentioning of the previous book. As in, "If you haven't gotten out and bought the first book, go buy and read it now". At first mention wasn't bad, but he kept doing it over and over again. Give me a break. The guy wrote the first book you think he would remember the questions he was asking God. If not just the questions, but the answers at least? I'm not entirely certain if he was purposefully selling his Series and newsletters, etc., but I hate to see this turn into one of those Chicken Soup for Soul package deals. Nothing against the books, but it's the "got to buy the whole set" series with the complimentary ginsu carving knife that bothers me, but I'll get over it.

Why the popularity with this book, the series? People want to believe. They want to believe there is a God and our souls may be the only proof of such things. And at the same time we are trained mice. A book upon interpretation has brought more fear of a huge celestial bearded judge in a long white dress is at our judgment. And this little gem comes up with its embracing of all we encompass and posses inside of ourselves. But at times it becomes a selling tool beyond just mere suggestion. And well the politics become a little speculative as well. You'll see in the book where trade-offs are discussed for "hair-spraying over the ozone layer"? I would have chosen large chemical factories spewing their poisonous fumes into the air, but that would have been too obvious. One could say from funnels of all types, man and not man made. Or going back to industry and man with automobiles even. He goes with hair sprays here. Come on, even God knows they have virtually eliminated CFC's in compressed aerosol cans even by 1997 when the book was published. Maybe book 3 apologizes for most of the inconsistencies? In fact he explains the use of such devices over our environment as unhealthy or detrimental to our growth/health, but applauds advancements in technology in the 20th century, of course in due part to extra-terrestrials or aliens. Yeah I became a little disillusioned half way through the second book, but I was able to manage through it.

There are two things I really like about this book that not many reviewers here covered, fear and sex. Not together, but on there own subjects I think are covered pretty well. So where do I stand amidst all this? Still in the middle, but for the most part I like these books. I'd rather read this book then the reviews of this book. Those that have gotten the most out of these books to me seem happy and have accepted this as a voice/a tool from God. Most have just merely suggested buying the book, using their own lives as an example of a positive force in this world. I think that is what would help me decide on buying and reading Book 2.

With some inconsistencies in the second book as I have mentioned and the other reviews here, one question you have to ask yourself, does it do harm or good here? I think this book does more good than harm. With all the variances in this second book and to serve as a practical tool in the teachings or observations of God, it succeeds as the Bible does that we are still left to pick and choose.

But in the end I don't think this should deter our faith, only strengthen it. A good deal of this book and the Conversations with God series as whole is factored around love. And well if it "insults" my intelligence for a little bit on some other matters then I think I can put up with the rest of it; as an intelligent person should. ~D

3-0 out of 5 stars Preachiest of the series
Presumably you've read the first book in the series. The second one concerns itself with global issues - ones affecting the planet. As such, this is the one I found least inspiring as I felt much of it was a vehicle for the author to spout his own political views.

On the other hand, they are still presented from a philosophy of book 1 and so even if you disagree it will get you thinking about alternative solutions to humanity's problems. Also, the book will foster a caring for people which is good for any political persuasion. ... Read more

3. Conversations With God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book #3)
by Neale Donald Walsch
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In keeping with the first two books in this trilogy, Conversations With God, Book 3 continues to clarify the muddy waters of our spiritual existence, but moves from individual and global issues to "universal truths," which apply to all levels of existence from the microscopic to the macrocosmic. It is difficult to criticize God, but if he is as pleasant as he presents himself in Walsch's books, then he won't mind the paltry mention of a structural problem. A hefty portion of Conversations With God, Book 3 backtracks to topics that were well covered inBook 1, and while a certain amount of recap is good to build on, Walsch's repeated return to these earlier conversations gets a bit frustrating for the reader who is familiar with the earlier books. Minor blemishes aside, Conversations With God, Book 3 explores some of the most fantastic subjects that people are prone to ponder under starry evening skies: What happens when we die? What is time? Are we alone in the universe? Walsch's dialogue with the creator puts these and other imponderables into comprehendible terms. If these revelations are true, and it is ultimately up to us to know them as truths or not, then the universe is a very intriguing place, and we haven't come close to realizing our potential in understanding it. However, the great thing Conversations With God, Book 3 makes clear is that we can understand the universe if we so choose.--Brian Patterson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Read This Book if You Are Ready for Truth
Hurrah for the Truth! Viva La Truth! Death to the Tyrants of Organized Religion and Bigotry Forever! These Books are Revelation! I demand a Book 4!!!! Alright Neil, get busy!

I am one of those many people having been "lead" to Book 1 a year and a half ago. In short, it said a lot about God that I already suspected was true, and confirmed it. On the other hand, Book 1 opened up a whole new revelation to me, and it has changed my life forever.

I have to admit that I was a little stymied by the rather extended recap of Book 1 in Book 3, and I kept finding myself saying..."when are we going to get to the new stuff?" After all, we could read Book 1 over again, right, if somehow we had lost continuity? I felt every page was golden, and need not be wasted on repetition; this is the 3rd and FINAL book. I found myself constantly hungering for more knowledge. Only when we get to the middle of Book 3 are we starting to see something new.

I think there was too much time spent by Neil insisting on talking about open sex and open marriage, not enough time spent on the "How To" of our relationship with God, which is, after all, the whole point about all three books in this trilogy.

I firmly believe that this work is revelatory and is divinely inspired. God makes a point of saying that God never stops talking. When will we not just listen, but truely HEAR what God has been saying for thousands of years? Who says that a man in our day and age cannot be an inspired source as the prophets of old were? God can do what God wants, despite all of our wishes that WE be the ones in charge and not God. I have noticed that the press has given no credence to the SENSATION that these three works are! But God, who speaks thru whom God chooses and when God chooses, will not be stifled by bigotry, cynacism, or being ignored or being crushed by those who self appoint themselves in the name of organized religion and continue to teach the doctrine of fear as opposed to the rightness of love.

Book 3 did not even begin to answer many of MY questions, but did answer SOME questions. I noticed that some hot topics like abortion were judiciously (and perhaps prudently) avoided. Maybe Neil has the answers! Shall we go to Ashland Oregon and demand the answers he has failed to give us in three books?

All I can say is this: This isn't the last we will hear from God! Neil won't be the last messenger. And it won't be the last time that most who listen to God will not hear God and will not believe God. After all, don't most of us have somebody else to tell us what God said?

2-0 out of 5 stars What we all want to hear
I would be lying if I said that I wasn't compelled by page one to read this book. After all, it caters to what we all want be assured of. We have nothing to worry about at all! Everything we could possibly want is already existing. When we choose to have them, there they are! We no longer have to worry about the afterlife. We will have whatever we choose! I do think that Neale is retelling a lot of interesting metaphysical ideas, known through the ages and propogated by groups like the Theosophical Society. It takes away any of the urgency that the true mystics and saints of all the great religions have sensed, and given us a perfect post-modern template with which to live our lives. There is no real right and wrong! Whatever you do, its ok! Couched in the rhetoric of love and grace is the licence to experience whatever we want. What about 'God's will be done', not our own?

The danger with this book is that it aims to convince the reader that nothing we do will jeopardize our eternal selves and our relationship to God. True, I believe that the sacred does exist in the profane. But with this kind of licence, the reader is encouraged to live a life based not on principle, but out of desire. The urgency of the Gospel is forsaken. "Narrow is the Gate"... According to Walsch's 'god', the gate is boundless, and everything we do is really 'ok'. For truer guidance, try the "Philokalia" of Eastern Orthodoxy, or the New Testament. We shouldn't base our entire beings on our warm, fuzzy feelings. Human feelings are fickle!

Ken Wilber said it best, although I cannot remember his exact words. He said that a huge misconception of modernity is that we can be enlightened through reading. The more we read, the closer we are. Not true. Wilber has enough sense to know that true spiritual progress takes work. The sages of so many religions haven't been holing themselves away on vigils, fasts, comitted to prayer and meditation, because it is swank to do so.

Perhaps he understood in his own way that man has 'fallen' from grace, that the more we try to deify ourselves, our egoic personalities, the more we remove ourselves from the grace that is offered us. While sometimes a bit severe, the Orthodox fathers give much better guidance. Religion or 'spirituality' isn't just hearing what we want to hear. Christ said the world hated him because he showed them that what it does is at odds with the Father's will. That it is evil. We can white-wash it all we want, but the world is in crisis because man has lived primarily for himself and not for his Creator.

In our longing for truth, all we really want to hear is that 'everything is ok'. Many of the people I know who believe in the kind of philosophy presented in "Conversations" are clearly indulgent, addicted to pornography and other destructive fun. This book offers God's blessing to do these things and not feel guilty about it. So people can go on creating death and hurting people, and receive a kind of holy licence to do so.

Interesting concepts, but all in all, dangerous material to your well-being if you 'choose' to take it seriously.

5-0 out of 5 stars A marvelous end
I just finished this book recently...having already read book 1 and 2. I was so sad that this trilogy had to end. Although many concepts, ideas, suggestions are repeated over and over it is written in such a way that I felt like I was sitting right next to the author. This book is so very intimate and I felt as if I too was having a conversation with god. As with the other 2 CWG books, this is filled with practical solutions to any and every issue affecting our planet...from war to environment to personal relationships. What I have enjoyed most about the CWG series is the freedom. Never did I get the impression that the author was trying to shove information down my throat or threaten me with eternal damnation if I didn't agree with what he said. In fact, Mr. Walsch states clearly that he hopes the reader does not take the information in his books as the literal and only truth. Furthermore, he provides a list of other other authors!! This book is not for the religious zealots who intend to 'spread' the word by throwing it at people. If you have an open mind and, more importantly, an observant mind then you will find this and the other 2 CWG books highly useful. I have never read anything regarding spirituality and life that made as much sense to me as the Conversations With God trilogy. Thank you Neale!!

3-0 out of 5 stars wow, man
This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs.

I gave this book three stars because it makes a great beer mug coaster. Really super absorbent.

1-0 out of 5 stars A complete lie
This book is an absolute lie. there is no such thing as on the fence, the bible itself says you can only serve one master. I think walsh should have spent more time doing biblical reseach than fooling the american public with this farce. There is right or wrong, and this book is all wrong and true Christians should know this.There is a hell and those who think riding the fence is ok will one day be sadly dissapointed. I can't believe the public have become so immorally corrupt as to be duped into believing such filth. ... Read more

4. English Zohar
by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, Michael Berg
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The Zohar is a 2,000 year old guide to the Torah (Bible), now available in an Unabridged English Translation for the first time in history! The Zohar, provides answers to questions about human existence, satisfying the curiosities of both science and religion. Zohar is more than mere commentary. These 22 volume are the very heart of Kabbalah. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Very good information for those willing to dig
These books contain a great deal of advanced spiritual information. The Berg's state that it is information that can stand alone, but since it is a detailed explanation of the deeper meanings of God's law, it is really necessary to have a background in that law. It would be wise to read the five books of the Torah first, although they have notes in the text referring to the appropriate texts of the law the Zohar section is discussing.

Most Christians will take exception to much of what the Zohar has to teach, but that is because of their own misunderstanding of the law and the ultimate sacrifice it required. Once there is an adequate background in the law and its spiritual meaning (Romans 7:14), the Zohar will begin to take on a great deal of meaning for the Christian, and his eyes will be opened in ways, and to truths that cannot be found in church teaching, and may not easily be discovered from the Bible. "He who has ears, let him hear," Matt. 13:9. "For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it," Matt 13:17.

5-0 out of 5 stars Today's Noah's Ark
The Zohar is a powerful work of 22 volumes that serves as today's Noah's Ark - protecting those who own it and connect to it through reading and scanning. I recommend visiting or in order to learn more about the Zohar and Kabbalah. Purchasing the Zohar is very easy through You can also call the Kabbalah Centre and they can explain what the Zohar is, and arrange to ship it to you. Before purchasing the Zohar, it is also beneficial to read "The Power of Kabbalah" by Yehuda Berg. He gives an introduction to Kabbalah, including extensive information about the Zohar.

5-0 out of 5 stars Zohar in English
The Zohar is more than 2000 years old, but until very recently it was kept almost entirely hidden from the world, withheld out of fear that its power would be misused. Looked at it strictly as a work of spiritual wisdom, the Zohar is both an exploration and an explanation of every aspect of our physical and spiritual universe, and the connections that exists between them. Yet the real benefit of the Zohar in our daily lives is the energy imbued within each letter, each word, each phrase. For thousands of years, kabbalists have taught that simply the physical presence of the Zohar brought protection from harm. ... Read more

5. Kosmic Consciousness
by Ken Wilber
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"Just who is Ken Wilber?" For more than 30 years, a rising tide of readers enthralled by this visionary philosopher’s map of human potential have asked this question about the famously "low profile" author. Finally, early this year, Wilber—the author of A Brief History of Everything and Grace and Grit—agreed to create a series of in-depth dialogues on audio for the first time ever. The result is Kosmic Consciousness: a landmark recording that invites us to experience a full-length audio learning course with this celebrated thinker.

Listeners will be surprised and delighted to discover the Ken Wilber behind the writer’s pen—spontaneous, irreverent, and incredibly passionate about how each of us can participate in the unfolding of human consciousness. Through over 12 hours of revelatory insights, Kosmic Consciousness explores: The integral map of the Kosmos (the universe that includes the physical cosmos as well as the realms of consciousness and Spirit), the pursuit of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, discovering your "multiple intelligences", using altered states, male and female sexuality, how meditation accelerates personal growth, prayer, does it work?, integral perspectives on individuals spanning Jung to Piaget, Baryshnikov to Nietzsche, Jesus to the Buddha, and much more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Penetrating and Brilliant
When I first heard that there was going to be a ten CD set of Wilber's lectures, I assumed it would be unaffordable as many things that bear the "new age" label (as unfair as this description is when applied to Wilber's work)often are. Now that I've actually listened to the set, I feel like I owe Ken significantly more than I paid for it.

Although I loved "Speaking of Everything" when it was all that was available, this new set is arguably the best thing I've purchased in the last several years. Please buy "Kosmic Consciousness". It is a true source of wisdom and joy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wilberitis
If you want to know what Wilber is like, get this set. He presents his theories as well as his personality. Wilber is one of the most insightful spiritually based theorists, and has developed a very interesting model or rather models. The only negatives of the series are his laugh which is irritating at best and his constant joking about himself being crazed. Be much better if he could find his own voice, but then maybe this is the real Wilber. You decide. Definitely worth the money.

4-0 out of 5 stars An In-Depth, Focused, Look at Wilber's Theories
Tammy Simon and Sounds True have put together the ultimate audio learning set for those who are fans -- or would like to be fans -- of the great American spiritual philosopher Ken Wilber. Tammy closely interviews Ken as to the many components of this "theory of everything," and she is relentless in making sure that Ken has explained topics to the point where they can be clearly understood.

Ken, as always, is brilliant, and Tammy shows great spunk throughout. One of my favorite exchanges comes early on where Ken is describing first person, second person, etc., and at one point he says something like, "You have to have two minds capable of understanding each other to have this. Suppose, for example, that you were catatonic..." and Tammy shoots back "...or that you, Ken, were totally incomprehendible." Well, maybe you have to hear it, but it is definitely funny.

Tammy has clearly done her homework, and Ken has such a huge wealth of information at his disposal that a great deal of ground gets covered. The reason I have given this 4 as opposed to 5 stars is that it ... is ... just ... a ... little ... long. But then again, if you want a comprehensive learning experience, you'll certainly get it here. Another slight criticism is that Tammy doesn't really push or challenge Ken personally here (e.g., the way Ken is pushed and challenged in the earlier Speaking of Everything CD interview). But then again, when looked at for its main purpose -- conveying the breadth and some of the depth of Ken Wilber's theories -- Kosmic Consciousness does an excellent job.

This interview, while perhaps a little light for the most serious of Wilber scholar's, does have a good deal that is new and interesting and that will keep the interest of the already-deeply-immersed. And for the person struggling to understand Ken's books, especially the technical details of concepts like lines, levels, waves, quadrants, and so on, Kosmic Consciousness will be a real Spirit-send. All in all, if you know a Ken Wilber fan, or someone who should be a Ken Wilber fan, then this ten CD audio set will make a great gift. ... Read more

6. The Cloud of Unknowing : and The Book of Privy Counseling (Image Book Original)
by Huston Smith
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"God can be loved but he cannot be thought. He can be grasped by love but never by concepts. So less thinking and more loving."

This is William Johnston's summary of the message of The Cloud of Unknowing. Nobody knows who wrote the book, or exactly where he lived, or whether he was a member of a religious order, or even, really, whether he was part of any church at all. The text first appeared in Middle English in the 14th century, and it has inspired generations of mystical searchers (from St. John of the Cross to Teilhard de Chardin). The mysterious conditions of its composition, however, focus the reader's attention squarely on the book's message--an almost Zen rendering of Christianity, which has a great deal to teach our querulous, doctrine-obsessed churches: "And so I urge you," the author writes, "go after experience rather than knowledge. On account of pride, knowledge may often deceive you, but this gentle, loving affection will not deceive you. Knowledge tends to breed conceit, but love builds. Knowledge is full of labor, but love, full of rest."--Michael Joseph Gross ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars For those who love prayer...
If you are following a way of prayer, you really should read this book. It is considered foundational to much present-day teaching on Christian meditation and prayer. Although it was written for a monk in 14th-century England, this good translation by William Johnston makes it very accessible.
Is this book for everybody? No, and the author starts right out by saying so. If you don't care about nurturing your relationship with God in deep prayer, if you have no experience of spending time in God's presence, and don't want to, then you should forget about this book! But, if you want to grow in prayer and experience God in your heart and yourself in God's heart, this is written especially for you.
Review by Janet Knori, author of Awakening in God

5-0 out of 5 stars A primer on mystical prayer - knowing the God beyond knowing
This is the best book I have ever read on the life of prayer, and it has transformed my prayer life. It was originally written as a series of letters to teach mystical prayer to one particular monk. This book tells us that our minds are too small to grasp God, and when we try to approach him intellectually, we freeze up, entering into a "Cloud of Unknowing" which our minds can not penetrate. Yet God is approachable - "Because he may well be loved, but not thought. By love he can be caught and held, but by thinking never." We are told to long for God, to "strike that thick cloud of unknowing with the sharp dart of longing love". This longing love calls us to give up everything else for the sake of God - "a naked intention directed to God, and himself alone, is wholly sufficient".

5-0 out of 5 stars A mystical gem, fun even for a beginner
While I am certainly not an expert on mystical literature, I would definitely say that "The Cloud of Unknowing" is the strangest little novelty I have ever encountered with respect to matters of theism and prayer. The author continually contradicts himself and sometimes what he is trying to say is entirely inaccessible:he condemns "the Devil's contemplatives" who seem to view bodily sensations and the exhilaration of the senses as some sign of God's approval in their discipline. And then, a chapter later, he will approve of certain sensate phenomena as true signs of God. This could be merely the confusion of a novice, but I would say the anonymous author approaches agnosticism with his view as the actual CONTACT we can have with God: "the cloud of unknowing" prevents it entirely, although we must "beat upon it" until, eh, something happens. This is the path of spiritual darkness as a way to the Divine, which is indeed fascinating. The author's recognition of the tenuous and error prone nature of human consciousness could be seen as a precusor to the existentialist view of human life. I would recommend reading St. John of the Cross first, but have fun with this one. Who knows, maybe the whole thing will make perfect sense to me one day. But I doubt it.

4-0 out of 5 stars WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
It seems only proper to begin a review of this book with the warning given by the anonymous author in his/her prologue. My paraphrase of that warning goes something like this, "In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and in the bond of love I beg you not to read, copy, or look at this book unless you are ready. Furthermore I beg you not to copy it, loan it out, or give it to anyone else to read unless they, too, are ready for this depth of spiritual growth, lest they misunderstand the things written herein and fall into error."

In this age of newly rediscovered Christian mysticism I agree with the author. This, almost zen-like book, can lead the novice into an empty, shallow, form of spirituality that misses the substance of our true faith. Do not be misled by sensational experiences. Most people experienced in meditation can put themselves into an "alpha" state almost at will. Do not forget the old saying, "Study without prayer is flat; prayer without study leads to error."


There is another old saying that is relevant here.

Let prayer lead to meditation.
In meditation allow God to grace you with contemplation.
Contemplation, in God's timing, leads to intuition.
Intution ushers in oneness with God.

This book reminds us that if we have the ability to conmprehend all there is to know about God, our God is too small. When I first read this book, I wasn't ready. It didn't make sense. However one day, years later, while I was praying, all the pieces came together and the book made sense.

If you read this book years ago and didn't like it, read it again. If you are a novice in the contemplative life begin with works by Nouwen and Thomas Merton. Then, dig deeper into the writings of St. John of the Cross. Hold on to The Cloud of Unknowing until you are ready for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Discerning the Cloud with a pricked heart
The theme of the writings:
In short but instructive chapters, the mysterious Briton, who mastered the way of the mystics gave an admirable essay on Christian life and its development through contemplation. Prayer is in fact the core of Christian life, and the backbone of this marvelous work, where he explained conducting oneself with respect to examining and silencing the thoughts with humility. Love is the goal in which a faithful should abide through contemplation.
His smaller work "the Book of Privy Counseling," is a more mature but moving treatise on attaining salvation by enlightenment through kenosis (self denial). What is left should only be consciousness of the presence of the Lord!

Apophatic tradition of the Orientals:
Eastern monastics started the root to mysticism, practicing the Macarian arrow prayer (K. Ware, in Study of Spirituality p176), carried to Europe as "The Jesus Prayer," through the Praktikos of Evagrius Ponticos.In chapter 38 of the Cloud, this holy English mystic speaks of a little prayer of one syllable Kyriya Elaison (Lord have mercy) that is powerful enough to pierce the heavens.
Origen was the initiator of the Apophatic concept (commentary on song of Songs), carrying over from Philo, based on roots that go all the way to Asaph, Ps 73:21-24. But, the crystallization of the whole theology took final shape in the writings of a Syrian monk of early six century of pseudonym Dionysius the Areopagite (who was probably a student or companion of Severus of Antioch), taking to himself the name of St. Paul's Athenian disciple.

The wave of Mystical Milieu:
During 14th and 15th century Europe, a pilgrimage to the unknown God started by Eckhart and his fellow Dominicans Susa and Tauler based on spiritual poverty. In England, Rolle, Hilton, and Julian of Norwich took the same road. These were all disciples in the school of negation. The influence came through John Scotus who in the ninth century translated the corpus Dionysium into Latin, initiating a chain of commentaries from Aquinas, Bonaventure, and Gallus. The English Counselor translated Dionysius' Mystical Theology under the title" Hid Divinity"
Rowan Williams, wrote in his book (The wound of knowledge); "The unknowing Englishman gave a brilliant little summary of the Dionysian ideas"

Enjoying the way of Unknowing
After reading the expert introduction by Wm. Johnston, helpful for a reader of some background on the subject, but the seal of the deal is reading his Privy Counselings. The less informed could attain a better appreciation after reading "The wound of knowledge". Many books on mysticism explain Apophaticism or the way of unknowing in elaboration.

Companion reading
The Foundation of Mysticism, Bernard McGinn, The mysticism of Dionysius, pp 157- 182 ... Read more

7. Friendship with God: An Uncommon Dialogue
by Neale Donald Walsch
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Neale Donald Walsch grew up fearing God, especially after his mother, a neighborhood mystic, was caught reading cards for a friend. His mother was "trafficking with the devil," according to Walsch's deeply religious aunt, and as a result, "God will send her straight to hell."

That was the start of a relationship born of "fearship," as Walsch calls it. In Friendship with God, Walsh speaks to the struggles he's had learning to see God as a true friend rather than a punishing judge. Like his immensely popular Conversations with God series, Friendship with God is written mostly in dialogue format, modeling how anyone can converse with God. What makes the book especially accessible is Walsh's humble voice that gently addresses most people's confusion and doubts. For example, Walsh talks about feeling squeamish that God knows the shameful secrets of his life. In response, God points out that Walsh has shared his dark secrets with friends and lovers. So why not share these truths with God, who has never judged or punished him, and never will? These types of tender and reassuring conversations give readers the courage to begin their own private dialogues with the divine. --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Friendship with God:An Uncommon Dialogue
I have read all of THE CWG books by Neale Walsch. It is true that some of the same concepts have appeared in each book, but I feel that each time the insight is presented in a slightly different light. Like Neale, I had a childhood of heavy religious fear-based indoctrination to break out of, and the slight repetition assists me in accomplishing this. The words in this book head straight for the heart and resonate the word TRUTH. Since I was a child, I have always known that God was all loving and nonjudgemental. This book just helped to solidify what I have always known inside. Some of us believe that the Bible was tampered with over time to meet the needs of the state/church run religious heirarchies to keep power and control over the masses. The government still does this today so why should 500AD have been any different? If you have an open mind and are willing to accept the possibility that what your heart has been telling you since childhood is true, that God is an unconditionally loving parent and friend, this book will open windows that you can climb through into fields of light, freedom and the loving presence of the real God.

5-0 out of 5 stars More outstanding conversations with God
Having read the first three books "Conversations with God" 1,2 and 3 I was totally impressed and grateful for them. I didn't read any other of Neale/God's books for some time. I continually returned to these books for inspiration, guidance and upliftment and they are a great source to help one remember who we really are, particularly at times when life seems a little heavy. I was fortunate to hear Neale speak on his visit to New Zealand and he masterfully reinforced all that he and God had written in books 1,2 and 3. Even after that event I still wasn't motivated enough to read their book "Friendship with God". It wasn't until my wife bought the book home from the library for me unexpectedly that I read it. I must of subconsciously thought that because the first three books were so unbelievably magnificent that "Friendship with God" couldn't possibly be better or contain anything new. Well, it wasn't better, (you can't better the plain truth). But just as inspirational? Yes. Just as helpful? Yes. Just as enlightening? yes. "Friendship with God" is right up with all his other books, simply unmissable if you are seeking the truth about existence. As a bonus their are some really useful tools explained by God to assist us getting in touch with ones true self. And the best of all, God's wit is still there. He has a keen sense of humour which pops up occasionally, and makes this book a fun read. These books have a habit of appearing in your life at exactly the appropriate time. Well done Neale. Well done God. Good effort from both of you. Keep it up.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not my Favorite
This was my wife's favorite in the CWG series. For me, the material was starting to get a little repetitious after the first three books, at least until The New Revelations came out. However, of greater concern for me is the trend for the voice of God inside the author's head to become progressively more smug and, occasionally, even disdainful towards the human race. Remarks from God regarding our "primitive" species seem to make their way into the discussion with greater frequency. However, I have often noticed the same condescending tone on the CWG website when Mr. Walsch responds to inquiries from some of his readers, so clearly the "filter" that the message is coming through is getting a little clogged with debris from the author's ego.

The author's humility and "wonder at it all" that was evident in the first three books dissipates with every volume of this series and the God that Mr. Walsch is presenting through his books is increasingly not the kind of Supreme Being I wish to speak to much less befriend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Create your own friendship with God
This book provides a wonderful blueprint for creating a friendship with God. It really doesn't matter whether you believe that Neale is having a conversation with God. Simply use the information from this book and you will find that you can have a real friendship with your God.

All of Neale's books are really written to inspire you to remember universal truths as they relate to you, personally. When you read with an open mind you will feel the truth of what is being said here. The insights you have can be wonderfully enlightening and even transforming for you.

A key point in Neale's message is that he does not espouse that this is THE way or even a better way. This is just one way to be and you are the judge of whether it works for you. I personally believe that anyone who uses this information to create their own personal relationship with God will be delighted and amazed at what they experience.

2-0 out of 5 stars forgive us...
I bought this book because it came very highly recommended by a writer friend. He claimed it changed his life. I've been a Christian most of my life, and I'm always willing to understand more or better the precepts I've tried to live by. BUT!!!! if that's what you are looking for, this is not the book for you. The writer of this book goes into great detail about the religious "guilt" laid on his back by an unmerciful clergy, and then claims to have overcome it by self examination and introspection. He claims god told him that none of what is taught in the Bible is true, nor is anything from the established church to be thought of as truth. Namely, that God is righteous and therefore demands righteousness, or that God abhors sin (not sinners). What he's trying to get across is that GOD JUST WANTS TO BE YOUR BUDDY. There is no right or wrong, no atonement necessary because, hey, we've all screwed up once in a while, right, dude? No worry needed about eternity, for God is there to pat you on the back and tell you no matter what you did, "I love you, man." Schlok and hoo-hah. Skip it. Read INSTEAD: The Blessing by Gary Smalley. That's one that will change your life. ... Read more

8. Mysticism and the New Physics (Arkana S.)
by Michael Talbot
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5-0 out of 5 stars a classic
very challenging, stimulating and ultimately satisfying dialogue that nicely coalesces with the seminal works of such great writers as Alan Watts, Fritjof Capra and Robert Anton Wilson.

The science versus spirituality "conflict" dissipates into thin air with each elegantly written page of this wonderful book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A journey
Talbot opens the book with an introduction that gives the reader some idea of where he's going. The first several chapters lay down a quick ground work, introducing the reader to the old physics' universal precepts. He then goes into what new areas of quantum research are uncovering and postulating, and ties it in with mostly eastern mystical thought: Tantra, Buddhism, and the in-betweens. He makes references to specific cases, specific theories, and specific thinkers, past and present. The work is overall well written and well cited, very coherent and unesoteric. I recommend the book to anyone looking for an explaination for what they can't explain and who is not satisfied with occidental mythoi.

5-0 out of 5 stars 10,000 Years Worth Of Mystics Cant Be Wrong
this book likes to do the same thing over and over again. tell you about some bizarre concept that mystics have had for thousands of years, and then tell you that the new physics backs up those concepts. you keep thinking, 'maybe this time physics will be completely at odds with this bizarre concept.' but no. so as you can see it gets kind of predictable. but maybe ive given away too much. oh well, i might as well tell you a little more while im at it. none of this is real. so why does it seem real? what exactly is it that seems real but in reality is not? what is real if anything? and what is it that thinks its perceiving reality? and this process of thinking, is it real? and this word process, is it valid? or does its implication that time is passing destroy its validity? all these questions are raised, answered, explained why they are not valid questions and then dismissed. TRUTHTRUTHTRUTHTRUTHTRUTHTRUTHTRUTH. read up children. youll either find new wonders all around you or kill yourself or turn into pure energy.

4-0 out of 5 stars A truly mystic book
A truly amazing book. although i found this book a little hard to understand but once i got used to the language i found it very interesting. It says "world is an illusion' and through different philisophical and physical phenomenon has proven it to be correct ( atleast to me). a really good bokk the reader has to wear the writers shoes in order to understand it and enjoy it to its fullest ... Read more

9. Realizing the Power of Now: An In-Depth Retreat With Eckhart Tolle
by Eckhart Tolle
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With his international bestseller The Power of Now nearing one million copies in print, the humble man known as Eckhart Tolle is fast becoming America’s most popular spiritual teacher. Recognized for his unique ability to draw listeners into the awakened state he calls "presence," Tolle continues to top bestseller lists and fill auditoriums with men and women seeking a deeper sense of connection with life. Now, in a momentous publishing event, Realizing the Power of Now invites listeners to immerse themselves in a full-length audio retreat with Eckhart Tolle.

Recorded at a rare five-day gathering led by Eckhart Tolle, here is a special opportunity for those familiar with his work — or hearing it for the first time — to transcend the finite world of fluctuating thoughts, ambitions, and fears, and touch their true essence. This all-new program includes insights into: entering the Now through the portal called "allow", how to use the "inner body" and sense perceptions to find a peace that exists independent of conditions, expanding the space between thoughts for a deeper experience of the Now, and much more.

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5-0 out of 5 stars As life affirming as it is highly recommended
Realizing The Power Of Now is a 6 CD audiobook in which counselor and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle provides the listener with an wonderfully articulate and insightful presentation on transcending the finite world to touch our tree essence which has "no form, not time, nd no name". Eckart Tolle deftly addresses the use of our "inner body" as an anchor to the Now; the cultivation of "pure awareness" moments; the power inherent in the simple act of noticing; the liberation of laughter; nature as a bridge to the divine; dissolving our "pain-body" with the light of consciousness; finding the peace underlying personal loss; separating our "life situation" from our life; and so much more. This 7 hour, 30 minute, flawless recorded presentation by Eckhart Tolle is as life affirming as it is highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Like Krishnamurti with a sense of humor
Wow. I am 44 and was blown away by reading Krishnamurti many years ago. But that was pretty much it...a sense of having my mind blown while I was reading Krishnamurti but didn't seem to take much away from the reading other than a memory of having my mind blown. Admittedly 20 years have passed and I am not the same person, but Eckhart seems so much funnier and practical. I just kind of bliss out listening to him and get the sense that I am being transformed. Even if I'm not (which I doubt) it is such a pleasure to listen to. Suddenly life loses all seriousness.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic and Rare Treat for Realization and Inner Peace
This is a powerful and incredibly mind opening set where you will be taken on a journey into what has been blocking you, and how to transcend "egoic" patterns in order to become one with the NOW moment, so you can live in peace.
I absolutely love listening to Eckhart's teachings, because he is real, humble, genuine, and his wisdom profoundly enlightened.

If you can't attend his teachings in person, this is the next best thing! Highly recommended for the genuine impact this will have in your life. Listen carefully, and take it all in. Once you do, you will "become the watcher" of your habitual thoughts, and the pain that your ego pulls you into, without your realizing it. After listening to this set, you should be well equipped to transcend that egoic state, and live with the true joy and peace you deserve NOW.

If you click on "Audio Download - Audible" above, you can download the set for $9.95 from Audible (which is in partnership with Amazon) right into your Windows Media Player. It's well worth it either way. This set will genuinely have a profound impact on your life. Barbara Rose, author of 'Individual Power' and 'If God Was Like Man'

5-0 out of 5 stars A refreshing view!
The content of these CDs has been covered pretty well in other reviews, so I'd just like to add my personal opinion.

This was my first introduction to Tolle and I confess, by the end of the first CD I was completely lost. So then I got the book, and did the two in tandem. Once I understood the basic concepts from the book, I quickly discovered that I preferred the CD retreat. So I guess my point is: if you're unfamiliar with Tolle, this is not the place to start. But it's a powerful supplement if you are.

BTW, I purchased the audio download from Audible and made my own CDs (a LOT cheaper, and easy to do. the link should be up above somewhere under "other editions." )

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dip into the Now and shine brightly
It's hard for me to rate one of Tolle's offerings over another for each of them takes me to that place that I've always longed for and looked for through a long history of meditation practice (which I dropped when I first encountered him three years ago). However, if I were put in the position of saying which of his works after Power of Now is my favorite I would have to say Realizing the Power of Now is it.

The Power of Now snapped me out of the seeker's mode and woke me up to the truth of my being and the ocean of peace of that's already and always within "me" - it's all I or anyone who is ready will ever need if they are ripe to accept the invitation to return home to one's being. Once that invitation has been accepted and the various portals to now are explored it will be seen that every life situation is another invitation to return home and to deepen presence. That's where Realizing the Power of Now comes shining through with tremendous clarity, not only for understanding but for what's most important, the actual experience of being/now/presence.

This is a full-blown retreat and each successive tape takes you a little deeper until at one point near the end Tolle leads you masterfully to unplumbed depths of being. Those who are familiar with his speaking style will understand when I say that he has a way of pacing his words and phrases so that one who listens simply drops into the gaps between them and is left in pure being/pure awareness until another phrase pops you back into the phenomenal world, and then back into being.

It reminds me of how a wick gets repeatedly dipped in paraffin thus creating a candle. If you want a candle with some substance to it you must keep dipping it - if you want a life that shines brightly keep dipping into the now. At some point the listener will realize that even while engaged in the phenomenal world pure being has shifted to the forefront of awareness. At first this may simply be the act of simply listening, listening without internal comment/judgement. Gradually this pure being will be seen to accompany you during all activity. It always was there of course, but now it becomes self-evident and so it is realized that your real essence IS the power of now.

Realizing the Power of Now should satisfy those who have listened to some of his abbreviated tapes and were disappointed because they didn't get the whole thing. I have to shake my head when I read those sorts of reviews, as if the amount of content determines one's ability to drop into now/presence. This mindset completely misses what Tolle is getting at. The same can be said for his brilliant Stillness Speaks. All mindsets must be dropped. There are no "mental nuggets" missing to be who you are. Now is literally beyond the mind and once that's seen you will laugh at your previous efforts to rely on mental understanding to live a happy and peaceful life. ... Read more

10. Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialog, Vol. 3
by Neale Donald Walsch
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11. Talking to Heaven: A Medium's Message of Life After Death
by James Van Praagh
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"[James Van Praagh] has changed people's lives, banished the fear of death, and brought grieving parents the solace of their dead children's presence...IT IS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO BE MOVED." (Newsweek)

This is the groundbreaking book which introduced renowned medium James Van Praagh to the world. This is the book that changed people's lives, that gave them hope, that answered their most profound questions about life after death. This is the phenomenon that continues to grow...

"A wonderful and uplifting book...I highly recommend it. If you have ever feared death or grieved the loss of a loved one, James Van Praagh's spiritual stories and lessons will heal your heart. He is without a doubt one of the most gifted mediums on the planet at this time." (Brian L. Weiss, M.D., author Many Lives, Many Masters)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Truth Directly From HEAVEN!!!!
I know that James Van Praagh's book is truth..Two of our three children have crossed over the veil to the other side, and my mother also. I have had many spiritual experiences before, during and after their passings, and so much of what he has written mirrors my own experiences that I know what he writes to be absolutely true! He brings such comfort, peace and truth to the hearts of those who are in need. I know from my own experience there is no death- that those who have passed on are very much alive in the spirit world...our loved ones on the other side are never very far from us, in fact will always be with us! James knows this to be true, and shares this in his book! What comfort it gives to have this knowledge! Everyone who has had a loved one pass on to the other side, needs to read this will bring them comfort and knowledge and TRUTH! I would love to meet him and talk to him in person, I know he has blessed my life, and many others also.....I look forward to some day meeting and talking with him and to his next book!

3-0 out of 5 stars A good read but in the end left me confused
I eagerly read both of Van Praagh's books when my brother died this past January, and at first I believed everything he wrote. After all, I wished with all my heart that my brother was indeed still alive but just happened to be somewhere else, not unlike living in another country. Van Praagh basically makes you believe that this is exactly where your loved one is (except that country is called heaven), only you can't talk to him anymore, much less see him. After a few months I realized that I could not properly grieve for my brother because the book basically tells you that it is unnecessary to grieve because the loved one is really still "alive." Grieving is a natural process that one must go through here on earth and one should not be denied this. Also, Van Praagh says that we all have prechosen a time to die and how it will happen. He briefly talks about medical cures and how this can change how one will die, but other than that, you're left with the feeling that being murdered or dying in agony of AIDs was meant to happen all along, so how is this supposed to make us, the grieving ones, feel better about a death? It doesn't. And it doesn't make sense. And it doesn't allow a person to grieve and/or get through the stages of grief. Van Praagh wants you to be happy as a dimwitted clam knowing that your loved one died by choice and he's still alive somewhere, baking apple pies. Whether my brother is alive in heaven or dead as a door nail is a moot point; he isn't here anymore and I've come to realize that I cannot be denied the way I feel about it anymore.

4-0 out of 5 stars An interesting and uplifting read...
I purchased this book while I was grieving for the loss of a loved one. Of all the books I have read during this period, this was one of the best and most interesting. The author has many good stories about his contacts with people who have crossed over. If you are intersted in this subject matter or are grieving the loss of someone special, reading this book will give your spirit a lift. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars "Life after death"
For years I have dabbled back and forth as to whether thier is "Life after death" or if we die and are held "sleeping" till the day comes for us all to wake as it states in the bible.
Then my daughter passed away unexpectedly and I searched for answers to this mystery in my mind. I wanted so badly for her to be out there...for me to talk to,to know she was alright and unafraid. TALKING TO HEAVEN has helped me to heal a little of the questions as well as make me feel more comfortable about my daughters demise. I doubt I will ever stop missing this precious child of mine,a woman...but at least I feel that when i softly speak to her, she listens.
This book will help anyone with questions,grief or turmoil they are unsure about in thier lives.
Katlyn Stewart
Author of Nightmares Echo

5-0 out of 5 stars One ear to heaven, one to earth
I just bought Talking to Heaven and a book by a healer/psychic I hadn't heard of until I got her new book, Psychic Gifts, and after reading both, I loved Psychic Gifts and thought Talking to Heaven was just okay. I am giving James 5 stars cause he's a great medium but if you want to read a book you cannot put down, get Psychic Gifts by Tiffany Snow, which truly has one ear to (listening to)heaven and one ear to earth. ... Read more

12. The Active Side of Infinity
by Carlos Castaneda
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"Ordinarily, events that change our path are impersonal affairs, and yet extremely personal. My teacher, don Juan Matsus, said this is guiding me as his apprentice to collect what I considered to be the memorable events of my life…. Don Juan described the total goal of the shamanistic knowledge that he handled as the preparation for facing the definitive journey: the journey that every human being has to take at the end of his life. He said that what modern man referred to vaguely as life after death was, for those shamans, a concrete region filled to capacity with practical affairs of a different order than the practical affairs of daily life, yet bearing a similar functional practicality. Don Juan considered that to collect the memorable in their lives was, for shamans, the preparation for their entrance into that concrete region, which they called the active side of infinity."

In this book written immediately before his death, anthropologist and shaman Carlos Castaneda gives us his most autobiographical and intimately revealing work ever, the fruit of a lifetime of experience and perhaps the most moving volume in his oeuvre.

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5-0 out of 5 stars The active side.
What can be said about the book? A must read for anyone familiar with Castaneda. Brilliant if not confusing. Take notice of many inconsistancies with his previous works. Written just before the end of his life or the beginning of his "Definitive Journey". Of course the question is still unanswered... is this stuff for real? The answer is moot. To the average person the stories related to us by Carlos were a big tease, we can never hope to aspire to the warriors way by ourselves. The best we can do is live our lives "like a warrior". The true brilliance of the works, is that it has forced many of us to accept the existence of other possibilities. Don't long for more books just because Carlos has passed on, there are more out there... Just look for them.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Active Side of Infinity
The Active Side of Infinity is the last book Carlos Castaneda wrote before his death in 1998. He described it as "a collection of the memorable events in my life," which he gathered at the recommendation of don Juan Matus, the Yaqui Indian shaman who was his teacher. An anthropologist and shaman, Castaneda wrote ten other books, including The Teachings of Don Juan.
Collecting the memorable events in one's life is a way of stirring "caches of energy that exist within the self," and making that energy available.
The process requires "the genuine and all-consuming act of putting together the sum total of one's emotions and realizations, without sparing anything." It's not a process that one undertakes lightly. Castaneda says that, for a shaman, the act of collecting memorable events is preparation for a "definitive journey" into the "active side of infinity."
Non-shamans call the definitive journey "death," and the active side of infinity "the afterlife." Shamans believe that human energy exists in a very real place after death, and they prepare themselves for continued existence in that place.
The collection of memorable events is not a personal memoir, or a rehashing of life's experiences, but instead is stories and events that touch something universal in all humans. They often change the life path of those to whom they occurred.
Castaneda describes how he first met don Juan, and his difficulties in finding him after they lost contact just after their meeting. He also includes several stories from his life as a child and a young man--events he had totally forgotten, but that had irrevocably changed his life.
Whether or not one agrees with Castaneda and don Juan about the afterlife, those who read The Active Side of Infinity will find themselves thinking about their lives, and journeys they must take after death, in a different way.

5-0 out of 5 stars A farewell to Carlos
Sorcerers from Don Juan's lineage believed that in order for consiousness to survive after death one must recapitulate certain events in one's life. This is the reliving of this experiences to stir caches of energy that exist within the self. This allows our life force to be free from the binds of the eagle, who then feeds itself from those experiences and not our consiousness.
This book is a colection of some of those events in Carlos life wich he recapitulated in the same fashion his benefactor did before he departed into the other world.
It is also a sort of rites of passage for any Carlos reader. We get to see the more personal side of him. An almost old fashioned and mild manner person who in the presence of Don Juan seemed to colapse only to discover his true nature and purpose. We also get to see a more detailed account of some of the unforgetable moments from his past books: His first encounter with Don Juan and his last.
This a great book and a very entertaining one as well. It's a very profound statement and a farewell to a beloved writer and an almost shaman. If he only would've "seen".

4-0 out of 5 stars Preparing for the definitive-journey...
Sometime in 1998, on a not-so unusual evening, my computer, once booting it up, seemed to explode in a dance of light and sound - my email had been inundated with the news that the famous author of 'The Teachings of Don Juan', Carlos Castaneda, had leaped into the abyss, never to return. The general response to his final passing, the commencement of his 'definitive-journey', was an ecstatic celebration: his work, it had been said, was finally complete. My feelings were mixed. Castaneda had been a close 'literary friend', a quasi-spiritual companion who, through his many books, made me aware that all things are indeed possible. The 'warrior-traveller' had moved on, and it was rumoured that his last book, ~The Active Side of Infinity~ was on the way.

It has been four years, and for a variety of reasons, I never got around to reading it, but finally did last week. To be sure, this last installment ranks, in my mind, as one of his best. This is the last in a long line of texts concerning Castaneda's appreticeship as a sorcerer, working under the tutelage of Don Juan Matus - a 'nagual' of mystery, power and hilarious wit. Don Juan has to be one of the most interestiing characters of the twentieth century. And to finally meet him again in ~Infinity~ was certainly a pleasure.

~Infinity~ has to be the most accessible of all Castaneda's books. We can almost categorize it as being his last will and testament before his final exit into infinity - an effort to pay off his spiritual debts as a warrior-traveller, recapitulating (Don Juan's term) memorable events and relationships in his life that changed his path or had, either consciously or not, affected or had a profound significance in his life as a sorcerer. The book is a collection of Castaneda's memories, intense and not so, that through re-living would prepare him for the 'definitive-journey' into the abyss. Death is the central theme in ~Infinity~, communicating the importance of preparing oneself for the unavoidable end we all must embark upon...

I was reminded of Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist who, in the last years of his life, always had 'The Tibetan Book of the Dead' on his night stand, referring to it before falling to sleep. This was Jung's way of preparing himself for the definitive journey. Castaneda, though, through re-living the past, sought-out some of the more significant people in his life, and made a practical attempt to set things right. This made a lot of sense to me on many levels.

To suggest to new readers of Castaneda to begin with ~Infinity~ would be, in my mind, a disservice. My advice would be to start from the beginning with 'The Teachings of Don Juan' and move on from's appreciation of the entire philosophy will be much deeper as a result. That said, however, ~Infinity~ could well be a good starting point, because as I mentioned before, it's the most accessible of the canon.

This book was published after Castaneda's death and he undoubtedly knew he was dying when he wrote it. This is his most autobiographical account. It provides insight into the very human side of a man surrounded by so much mystery. Many concepts described in earlier books are clarified here. The most important topic is that of "The Predator". This is the only one of Castaneda's books (with the exception of The Magical Passes) that addresses this most controversial subject. Make no mistake, this topic is not making reference to a metaphor. Without an understanding of this topic, one will never be able to make progress on the Path of Knowledge. For those interested, check out these other books that discuss this topic: 1) The Path (Esmeralda Arana), 2) In Search of the Miraculous (PD Ouspensky), 3) Far Journeys (Robert Monroe), 4)Enlivening the Chakra of the Heart (Florin Lowndes). ... Read more

13. Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously
by Osho
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Courage is not the absence of fear, says Osho. It is, rather, the total presence of fear, with the courage to fact it. This book provides a bird's-eye view of the whole terrain-where fears originate, how to understand them, and how to find the courage to face them. In the process, Osho proposes that whenever we are faced with uncertainty and change in our lives, it is actually a cause for celebration. Instead of trying to hang on to the familiar and the known, we can learn to enjoy these situations as opportunities for adventure and for deepening our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

The book begins with an in-depth exploration of the meaning of courage and how it is expressed in the everyday life of the individual. Unlike books that focus on heroic acts of courage in exceptional circumstances, the focus here is on developing the inner courage that enables us to lead authentic and fulfilling lives on a day-to-day basis. This is the courage to change when change is needed, the courage to stand up for our own truth, even against the opinions of others, and the courage to embrace the unknown in spite of our fears-in our relationships, in our careers, or in the ongoing journey of understanding who we are and why we are here.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Insightful
I have never read a book quite like this before. It is beautiful in its simplicity yet complex in it's ideas. I have read that certain people are turned off by what they perceive as "preachiness" by Osho, yet that could not be farther from reality. Osho makes you think about your life and thought patterns in a way that I personally have never come across before.

If you are looking for a book that will tell you exactly what to do tomorrow and how to do it, go get a "self-help" book (talk about "preachy"!). If on the other hand you are looking for a book that will open your mind and challenge your every way of viewing yourself, the world around you and life and death in general, read this book. Like nothing I've ever read before. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiringly insightful -- a delight.
This book deserves more than five stars. You can open any page in this marvellous book, and you will find something insightful, something joyously quotable. Osho, I am deeply grateful to you.

Starting with what is courage which is going into the unknown in spite of all the fears, Osho exhorts you to revel in insecurity. I just opened the book and I got the "Foreword" page, and on the top Osho says:
"Don't call it uncertainty -- call it wonder.
Don't call it insecurity -- call it freedom"

In the chapter on "The Courage of Love" Osho asserts rightly that there is no higher religion than love. I agree with this totally. Unless you drop all the "isms", you are not capable of pure love. "Love is a rare flowering and it can happen only when there is no fear, never before". I can go on and on, but it is better you find it for yourself through reading this fine book. It will transform you.

Love and best wishes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Breath taking yet chilling
Osho's way of writing and the words he uses are breath taking as well as chilling. This book left me excited and ready to pursue a new found life of complete awareness, however it left me in more fear than I have experienced before. He calls on us to question our very existence and our belief in a supreme being namely God. I wasn't ready to read this book at the stage that I did, someday I will pick it up again however. Osho states that this book will leave you asking more questions and that he doesn't provide any ideals on how to live one's life. If this is what you are searching for I suggest you search for a different book. Osho's books however give us a different viewpoint on life and the way in which we should approach it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Insights
I have devoured a couple of Osho's books by now, and found them both really interesting for giving you lots of insights: this book in particular wants to encourage the reader to find out his/her real self, mixing Hindu wisdom, philosophy (Bhagwan Rajneesh used to be a professor of philosophy) short narratives from other religions and provocations.
Courage is meant to leave one's life fully and 'dangerously' refers to the courage to go beyond appearances, customs and fear to find out who we are.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book covers everything
I would break this book up into thirds. The first third is very inspiring, making you want to read the rest of the book while telling you that you can change...yet be happy with who you are. I'm still grappling that particular concept. Anyways, the second third sort of drones on, reiterating the ideas mentioned in the previous third. The last part of the book is where it gets really exciting. Osho gives a couple of exercises to help you possibly explore meditation. The part of this book that really hit me the most though was the very end. I think the title of this book should be "Why God Doesn't Exist." He'll mention how God works and will suggest different religious beliefs, but at the very end of the book he simply leaves you after telling you that God doesn't exist because we created the idea of God out of fear. I'm going to have to read this book a second time looking for some sort of fallacy...seeing as how I'm almost an atheist now. ... Read more

14. The Master Game: Pathways to Higher Consciousness
by Robert S. De Ropp
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4-0 out of 5 stars value of self realisation
De Ropp was involved with the early years of the Gurdjieff-Ouspensky teachings.

What life game do you want to play ? This book suggests that there are deeper and more fulfilling options available than the default ones based on money, power or hedonism that education and social conditioning can sometimes provide us with. The master game is a life course involving a systematic attempt to develop self knowledge. Its hazards are not wisely ignored but its rewards are beyond the ordinary also...

I have found De Ropp's idea of "Inner Theatre" a great help. Our minds seem to set up miniature virtual ego-work laboratories - one imagines oneself in situations and plays out scenes. To him this is an aid to knowing oneself. I still remember the feeling of grand adventure through seeking deeper awareness this book wafted my way. ... Read more

15. Horses and the Mystical Path : The Celtic Way of Expanding the Human Soul
by Adele Von Rust McCormick, Marlena Deborah McCormick, Thomas E. McCormick
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A memorable trip to Scotland leads psychotherapists Adele von Rust McCormick, Marlene Deborah McCormick, and Thomas McCormick- authors of Horse Sense and the Human Heart: What Horses Can Teach Us About Trust, Bonding, Creativity, and Spirituality and pioneers in the use of horses to treat mental illness - to the belief that Celtic mysticism holds important insights into equestrian-partnered spirituality. Through strange and serendipitous encounters, they learn that the Celtic people intentionally befriended horses to cultivate the human heart and soul, and that the horse accompanied the Celts as they spread their spiritual vision far and wide. The McCormicks soon find themselves on a wisdom pilgrimage. From India to Mexico to southern Spain and Morocco, they follow the age-old relationship between horses and humans. As they become initiated into the hidden world of animal energy and instinct, the McCormicks learn to incorporate spirituality and religion with their psychological training. Horses and the Mystical Path is an inspiring exploration of their journey. ... Read more

16. Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Lover: 101 True Stories of Soul Mates Brought Together by Divine Intervention (Hot Chocolate for the Mysterical Soul)
by Arielle Ford
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Gorgeous Book On Spiritual Love
This book will remind you how magical and sacred love can be. Whether you're married (or single and looking) this little gem will give you a renewed sense of hope and refresh your perspective on romance. How wonderful to realize that love is more than an ecstasy; but also a unique opportunity to develop oneself spiritually. After reading these stories, it seems the universe has a plan that we all have a special place in. An absolute delight, I'd give it six stars if I could...

3-0 out of 5 stars More than adequate
While most of the stories in Ms. Arielle Ford's book were touching it was not exactly what I expected I always thought soul mate is somebody who is really your other half, someone who fills that void within your heart, that very special person who makes you more whole than you already and with whom you have ties to from past lives and future lives. You share that unbreakable cosmic bond. When you see them there is just divine a spark between you that literally lights up both your worlds and the world becomes a heavenly place. Or then maybe I am just a hopeless romantic.

5-0 out of 5 stars It restored my belief in soulmates!
After reading about the abusive relationships many women get into and listening to the experiences of some friends, I became cynical. Also, we're all bombarded with news about stalking ex-husbands and boyfriends. Not mention the high rate of divorce. Some of the stories remind me of how I met my first love--I had more faith in love's power to heal. Just as my faith and trust that I can find my soulmate has returned, I have discovered that a great number of authors have recently written on the subject of soulmates. Wow, I guess the best is yet to come!

5-0 out of 5 stars Soul Food
Arielle Ford has compiled a bounty of healing stories...stories that affirm that while we're looking for love (and sometimes even when we're not), love is also looking for us. I have truly savored this book and re-read many of the stories over and over again. It's a fascinating, mystifying and joyous read. If you want to be deeply moved, and if you're looking for your soulmate like I am, then please read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars inspiring fun read
This book is perfect -- each of the stories is really fun, and they are all inspiring. I'm giving this as a gift to everyone I know for Valentine's Day. ... Read more

17. Creativity : Unleashing the Forces Within (Osho, Insights for a New Way of Living.)
by Osho
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As Osho points out in the foreward to this book, historically, the creative person has been all but forced to rebel against the society.

But nowadays, the situation has dramatically changed. In today's world, the ability to respond creatively to new challenges is demanded of everybody, from corporate CEOs to "soccer moms." Those whose toolbox for dealing with life includes only what they have learned in the past from their parents and their teachers are at a distinct disadvantage both in their relationships and in their careers. Making a switch from imitative and rule-bound behavior to creative innovation and flexibility requires a profound change in our attitudes about ourselves and our capabilities.

Creativity is a handbook for those who understand the need to bring more creativity, playfulness, and flexibility to their lives. It's a manual for thinking "outside the box"-and learning to live there as well.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Creativity for all
Besides the fact that I love Osho's work, this book has really inspired me to bring out the best in me. Osho is one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century, and his works are all for the best of us!

I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone!

5-0 out of 5 stars CREATIVITY IS GODLINESS
I've read a great deal of Osho's teachings, and I'm really impressed by the editing of the Insights series. You can tell a lot of care went into the selections for these books, considering Osho's talks were transcribed into over 400 volumes during his lifetime.
Creativity was one thing Osho continually emphasized, saying your life isn't going to achieve a real sense of fulfillment unless you have an outlet for your natural creative energy. Having a comfortable home and a family is not enough! Every person needs a way, or several ways, of self-expression. He wasn't just talking about creating art to be displayed for the public, but doing any old thing--but with sincerity and love. Osho spends time talking about how just cleaning the floor can be an immensely fulfilling and enjoyable act, if genuine care and interest are put into it.
He made clear that creativity should be a passion not reserved for impressing others or receiving any particular reward, other than your own enjoyment in the present moment. Creativity is a way to live in the moment, and for a time be free of the future and past--major themes in Osho's teachings.
I could go on, but why? Just buy the book and live out some creativity of your own. For those of you who have never read Osho, all of his books are transcriptions of his spoken discourses, so they have a casual, effortless flow. It's not like reading a proper essay style. In fact, he takes two or three times the amount of space to say something! But you don't mind. He also intersperses his talks with ridiculous jokes. Try one of the books sometime, they're great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
Osho has great insight. I also recommend the book An Encounter With A Prophet for insight.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reading
It's a great book! Sometimes he comes off as a little extreme for me, but with some open mindedness i can see where he is going, and have to say it is enjoyable. I just ordered a copy for my parents.

5-0 out of 5 stars Zen and the Art of Art
Osho turns his wisdom to the art of being Creative. In exquisite and precise language, he explains how we often are our own greatest hindrance. It is as if he is there inside your mind banging away with his Zen stick. Such insight! You find yourself wanting to immediately start expressing and in a new way - YOUR WAY! ... Read more

18. Wisdom of the Mystic Masters
by Joseph J. Weed
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5-0 out of 5 stars Sample J. Weed: get the FREE book "A Rosicrucian speaks"
This book contains the core teachings of the Rosicrucian order. This book is enlightening, just reading one paragraph causes a powerful lift in my conciousness every time I read it. They language is a bit antiquated but the meaning is very clear and concise. The ideas are complex, but they are broken down and expressed in the simplest way possible. There are no unneccessary details; it gets straight to the point.
But don't take my word for it. You can get "A Rosicrusian Speaks" for FREE on the internet. Just do a Google search for Joseph J. Weed, click on "A Rosicrucian Speaks", then copy the papers to your hard drive as a text file.
It is a collection of lectures given by Joseph J. Weed to Rosicrucian lodges in the 40's-60's. The wording is a bit unnusual but the ideas are the greatest treasures I have ever gotten for free, on the internet. If you read these lectures, you will want more, and want to get "Wisdom of the Mystic Masters".

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Started Me On My Magical Quest!
I remember reading "Wisdom of the Mystic Masters" as a teenager. I swept through it and started to explore the powers of mind and spirit. I soon found myself having out of body experiences and my inherent psychic abilities really started to take off. I have been through many ups and downs since then but I'll never forget how much I expanded since I took that first step.

I have also explored Martial Arts, Tibetan Budhism, Native American Spirituality, Santeria, and Magick in many forms and I still am learning. After reading hundreds of books on spirituality and magic I rate this among the best. May I also recommend "Modern Magick" by Donald Michael Kraig as a valuable resource for aspiring Masters. This is a veritable encyclopedia of Magickal systems, techniques, and exercises. These two books will lead you to other books that will start you on a lifetime quest for knowledge.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good book
It is very good book, thanks to Joseph J. Weed for writing and publishing it. It may be very helpful for anybody who reads it and tries to implement what has been read. But no book can be used instead of live participating in Rosicrucian lessons, that has been designed ages ago to give knowledge and skills in the right pace, with accordance with Rosicrucian teachings about cycles and proper usage of resonances for best efforts/results ratio.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wisdom Of The Mystic Masters
I read this book twentyfive years ago, and I began to seriously change my life. Unfortunately I loaned the book to a friend and could never get it back. I soon thereafter made contact with the Rosicrucians. The last twentyfive years has been a journey, and although I had only studied earnestly with the Rosicrucians for six months or so, everything that they taught me has been validated through observation and experience. I mourned the loss of this book for twentyfive years, and just happened across it here in Amazon. I am now reading it again, and I am amazed at how much I have progressed....and how much more there is to do. My youngest daughter and my first two of more to come grandchildren are blessings that I would never have been granted had I not read this book and found my way to the Rosicrucians. I am so happy to have found this book again.

5-0 out of 5 stars a gift of insight
What a wonderful book. Filled with esoteric insight that took the author decades to learn. Here it is in print, narrowed down to the core,the heart of information that opens up a portal to metaphysical and spiritual understanding. Many authors fill their books with unnecessary filler jargon, this one gets to the point. I recommend it to all who want to cut to the chase learning to raise their vibrational freqency,increase psychic energy and abilities, and resonate with a higher awareness. I am glad this book FOUND ME. ... Read more

19. OLD SOULS : Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives
by Thomas Shroder
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Asin: 0684851938
Catlog: Book (2001-07-10)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Sales Rank: 21618
Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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A riveting firsthand account of one man's mission to investigate and document some of the most astonishing untold phenomena of our time

All across the globe, small children spontaneously speak of previous lives, beg to be taken "home," pine for mothers and husbands and mistresses from another life, and know things that there seems to be no normal way for them to know. From the moment these children can talk, they speak of people and events from the past -- not vague stories of centuries ago, but details of specific, identifiable individuals who may have died just months, weeks, or even hours before the birth of the child in question.

For thirty-seven years, Dr. Ian Stevenson has traveled the world from Lebanon to suburban Virginia investigating and documenting more than two thousand of these past life memory cases. Now, his essentially unknown work is being brought to the mainstream by Tom Shroder, the first journalist to have the privilege of accompanying Dr. Stevenson in his fieldwork. Shroder follows Stevenson into the lives of children and families touched by this phenomenon, changing from skeptic to believer as he comes face-to-face with concrete evidence he cannot discount in this spellbinding and true story. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening material presented in a watered-down context
The book describes a journalist's travels with Dr. Ian Stevenson, a University of Virginia professor of psychiatry, who collects information about people who have past-life memories. He describes Stevenson's working style and focuses on his efforts to verify information from multiple sources. The information is quite striking, and the book describes clearly the field research problems that arise as the researcher tries to verify old and rehashed information.

Probably because Stevenson has been hooted by skeptics for years, the author goes to a great length to show how the 'past-life' information would be attributed to hearsay or other motives (like children wanting a richer house or a better caste). When these explanations seem improbable, the author implies that the answer is reincarnation, a soul transference.

The data strikingly indicate that batches of information along with emotions and physical changes of dead people under some circumstances appear in the bodies of others who were generally born at a proximal time and space. This phenomenon is rare but quite unlike anything else. Surprisingly, the author belittles the scientifically minded, laboratory-based parapsychologists who believe Stevenson's data but who don't rush to the reincarnation conclusion. And though he often mentions ideas about scientific methodology, he neither presents it nor abides by it. Reincarnation is a concept with much baggage from many religions and certainly dates from a time when humanity did not know how the human brain works. Using the data to declare a religious concept a fact does injustice to the data. Humanity should really find out why these phenomena exist, but their classification as reincarnation decreases the probability that serious psychophysiologists will study them.

In a way, the book was a write-down. The author includes many digressions, such as details about the trips, so the narration is something like a reincarnation travelogue. Maybe this was designed to make the book more accessible to less educated people, but it turned me off. I skipped as much as I could and tried to focus on the cases. For people looking into this phenomenon seriously, some bibliographical references would be very appropriate at times, but the author skipped them, leaving the reader with the vagueness feeling that some metaphysical books give.

Finally, the author does not summarize, does not pull out general principles. He has every right to believe in reincarnation. But if this is the reason for these data, which religious brand fits it best? Are people better humans the next time around (apparently no). Are they better off? Are they paying for sins? We get no data-based theory of reincarnation, which is what one would expect from someone espousing the scientific method.

Overall, this is light-weight reading. For readers who really want to understand the issues, I recommend instead Ian Stevenson's books and articles, such as 'Where reincarnation and biology intersect'.

5-0 out of 5 stars Open mind
As a native Korean, I enjoyed the book despite my handicap in reading in English. It was interesting to know what Westerners think about reincarnation.

This book certainly is based on scientific skepticism. I enjoyed the tours into Lebanon and India, where everyone must be a kind of philosopher to survive in such miserable conditions. Reincarnation is a question for life and death, endless cyclic struggles to maturity.

One objection to the author is that scientific experiments are feasible for validating or falsifying the concept of reincarnation. Several years ago, I watched a commercial TV show made in Korea that compared the predictions by two persons who insisted that they can track down or can see the past lives of people. One person was a psychiatrist who uses hypnoanalysis, and the other was a psychie who allegedly was able to see the images of the past lives. In the sense of blind experiment, the descriptions of the past lives of several subjects by the two person were nearly coincident. If rate of coincidence is statistically significant, you may reject a null hypothesis, and vice versa. I do not believe that the TV show was a hoax. I expect some scientific studies will be published in the near future. although too many people are too skeptistic nowadays.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well-written - Shroder offered more than I hoped for.
As a recommended book, I had set my expectations fairly high. I wasn't disappointed. Tom Shroder takes us on a ride through the dung fires and rutted roads of India, the bombed out buildings of Beirut, and the norms of agricultural America in the company of after-life researcher, Ian Stevenson.

There are lots of reviews about this book presented on this page, so I'll bottom line it. Was I over-all satisfied with the book? Yes. Would I recommend it? Yes. Did it present facts as facts and postulates as postulates? Yes.

Personal likes - 1. Shroder presents his own skeptical anticipations before we go with him to explore Stevenson's encounters with children who remember pieces of past lives. 2. Shroder's writing style makes the journey well worth the read. 3. Evidence presented from the children's testimonies often raised my eyebrows. I especially was drawn into the birthmark incidents (where some children in this generation display birthmarks in the similar locations where they supposedly were mortally wounded in their prior life.)

From what I could tell, Stevenson pulled no punches and told no lies. Worth the read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bait and Switch!
I am so frustrated with this book, I feel like I am a victim of the old bait and switch game. The title, Old Souls the Scientific Evidence for Past Lives, along with the back cover would lead the average consumer into the belief that they are purchasing a book about SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE or at least anecdotal stories about reincarnation - not a travel journal! It's page after page of a travel journal as painful to endure as someone's stack of 253 vacation photos - the amount of pages.

5-0 out of 5 stars Establishing Dr. Stevenson's credibility
Although Tom Shroder's stated purpose for writing "Old
Souls" was to bring Dr. Ian Stevenson's work to life,
making it approachable by the lay audience, there is a
deeper purpose to it. The only rational (note I stress
rational) argument against Stevenson's findings is to
attack Stevenson's credibility. One must assume that
either he is fraudulent, that his methods are sloppy,
or that somehow he is not really getting the evidence
he's reporting.

This is where Tom Shroder steps in and puts the final
seal on Stevenson's work. Because, what he's done is
to act as a *professional witness*, i.e., a
highly-credentialled, objective journalist,
to confirm the credibility of Stevenson's research.

The book "Old Souls" fulfills this mission faithfully,
and the results of Shroder's investigation are
affirmative--Stevenson is, in fact, getting the
results he claims to be getting, and he is using the rigorous
methods he claims to be using.

The point is not whether the cases provided in "Old Souls" are convincing in and of themselves. The point is that Shroder's
conclusion means that the *other* cases Stevenson
reports--as in "20 Cases Suggestive of
Reincarnation"--are *also* credible, and hence even
more convincing.

And if Stevenson's credibility holds, then his
conclusions hold. And if his conclusions hold, then
the philosophical bases for about 90% of our predominant Western
culture--our science, religion, philosophy, relationships, everything--will have to be seriously revisited. Turned upside-down, actually.

No wonder it's met with so much resistance. ... Read more

20. Alchemy & Mysticism: The Hermetic Museum
by Alexander Roob
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: Taschen
Sales Rank: 274339
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth the price
I'm not recommending alchemy to anyone. Nevertheless, this book is quite noteworthy for its many, many quality images of alchemical paintings. It's art and it's education; it's beauty and meditation.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Museum should have better reproductions.
High praise that somebody said she owned two copies, one as a spare. I agree that this is a nice book to have as a reference, and I'm sure it must be the largest collection of "Hermetick" and "Alchymical" images presently available under one cover. That said, it's pretty small (although to produce this in a large volume would probably put its price out of the range of the average enthusiast), the colors are often badly reproduced, and the text is only excusable because nobody expects much in the way of text from Taschen. The main thing you have here is convenience. I have a large enough collection of books that I can track down superior examples of most of these images...but I have to track them down. With this book, I just flip through the pages. As a companion to this book I would suggest either (preferably, if you can find it) "Alchemy: the Medieval Alchemists and Their Royal Art" by Johannes Fabricius, or (failing that) "The Golden Game: Alchemical Engravings of the Seventeenth Century" by Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, for a better look at the engravings specifically. Also, "Art and Symbols of the Occult" by James Wasserman has the best color reproductions I've seen of the lavishly-painted sixteenth-century alchemical manuscript "Splendor Solis," amidst many other amusing curiosities.

5-0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking Beauty
This is an extraordinary collection of art - comprehensive and diverse, spanning a significant portion of human history. Brief descriptions and explanatory text are sprinkled about but the greatest pleasure, in my opinion, derives from the gorgeous reproductions of art related to alchemy and mysticism.

I actually own two copies of this book. One that I peruse regularly and another that I shall keep as a spare should my first wear out. It is an excellent gift - very uplifting and immensely inspiring.

The subject of alchemy has been somewhat cheapened in our time - reduced to a few basic - often misrepresented - ideas and thrown about by simple minds with incoherent ideas. Few people have encountered the breadth of the subject and the contributions it has made to human civilizations. The inspiration it has provided artists and scientists is immense and this book captures quite a bit of this significance.

The author neither advocates existing belief in alchemy and mysticism, nor denies it. It is a historical perspective - largely relayed through imagery - celebrating the great beauty of the subject and the complexities it once contained.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's all there.
This book collects a wide variety of key images from the Western alchemical mystical tradition. True to the nature of the original artists, the book does not seek so much to explain them directly, as it seeks to instead explain by inference and implication. This book, like the art work itself, is impossible to understand WITHOUT THE KEYS. It is easy to see how so many thousands have been confused or misled. However, with the proper keys the images are startlingly clear. The keys to unlock all the hidden meanings of the true and fruitful work of inner spiritual alchemy can be found in the works of Samael Aun Weor, specifically in his books The Perfect Matrimony and The Revolution of Beelzebub.

3-0 out of 5 stars dPhilc's Review
This is mainly a collection of prints. Each print appears to be well captioned. There is some expose of the ideas behind alchemy and mysticism, without giving too much away. If you are interested in art history or magick then this could be the book for you. ... Read more

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