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  • 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World
    Pierre Pradervand
    Possibly one of the most beautiful books to use to heal not only your life but others.

    This is the perfect way to start or end each day. My way is to pick up the book and simply let it fall open on any page, because in my opinion, what you find when the book falls open like this is what you need to enrich your life at that moment in time. Obviously, we each have our own methods to absorb books especially those we use to enrich our lives. Yours might be to start on Day 1 and work your way through each day until you reach Day 365.

    Pierre Pradervand has a fascinating story to tell of how this book came to be written. His story resonated with me and now, thanks to not only reading about his life but absorbing these blessing have helped me find peace within myself for past hurts and as I work through the days, it will become easier.

    What convinced me that the book could benefit me is that Pierre Pradervand has included blessings from all religions. For me, some of the most powerful come from the North American Indians and I offer a very special blessing that not all the knowledge of this very deeply spiritual nation was not wiped out when other humans moved to the continent.

    You will not regret owning a copy of this book. Hopefully, like me, you will find daily peace while working your way through the 365 blessings.
    ~ Imbali, Breakaway Reviewers

  • 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World
    Pierre Pradervand
    Today I have found the inspiration I have needed to continue with my own life's desire and continual commitment to live and be love through finding this web site. I have been on my path 28 years or so, have sat in the company of many of the world's wonderful life changing teachers, I've read hundreds books, and I write my thoughts, experiences, and questions regularly. My meditation practice is called Open Heart-gentle recognition and smiling in the direction of the heart, in acknowledgement of the gift that it is. Thank you all so much for your work in bringing love to light. I saw The Blessing Of An Unending Love in the latest issue of Kindred Spirit Magazine-I am a Contributing Writer for them. I am deeply touched by what I have read and felt compelled to send a message of thanks directly to Pierre.
    In Deepest Gratitude ~ Ellie Blair, Contributing Writer, Kindred Spirit Magazine

  • Clock versus Compass
    Reena Raj
    Dr Sandip Roy, Founder Happiness India Project. Science of Happiness Speaker and Medical Doctor
    A nifty little book of bite-sized wisdom that you can pick up anytime, flip to any page, and come off wiser reading it. It's meant to be kept at hand, whenever you go. Read it for quickly upping your cleverness and wisdom in a fast-paced world. ~ Dr Sandip Roy

  • 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World
    Pierre Pradervand
    I love the idea of blessing everyday. This book is filled with blessings for everyday of the year. It is beautifully written. I can't wait to purchase a hard copy of this book for my nightstand so I can read it everyday. Thank you Netgalley and the punlisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of it.
    ~ Rose Frum, NetGalley

  • 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World
    Pierre Pradervand
    This is a beautifully written book with some lovely blessings for every day of the year. All the blessings vary in tone & message and puts a in a great head space to start the day. I am enjoying using these blessings every day. ~ Lindsay Adams-Riley , GoodReads

  • 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World
    Pierre Pradervand
    It's the perfect way to start your day, even if you have very busy mornings. ~ Yvie Field , NetGalley

  • Road to Power, The
    Barbara Berger
    This is a lovely little book full of short, simple and practical advise. Lots of different topics such as health and work all with teachings on how to embrace your own power within them. Great for when you need to start taking back control of your life. ~ Kirsty White, For the love of books!!

  • 365 Blessings to Heal Myself and the World
    Pierre Pradervand
    Overall a beautifully written book on a practice that I believe will bring peace to many people around the world.

    https://theluminessence.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/365-days-of-blessings-to-heal-myself-the-world-by-pierre-pradervand-review/ ~ Tanja Flanjak, The Luminessence

  • Time and The Rose Garden
    Anthony Peake
    J.B. Priestley (1894-1984), a bluff, gravelly voiced, pipe smoking, Yorkshireman with strong socialist, but not communist, convictions, was probably the most well known and most popular speaker and author from the 1920s to the 1970s. His wartime broadcasts helped rally the British nation during and after the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. His huge body of work includes some 26 novels. 39 plays, dozens of essays, autobiographical ruminations, and travel books. Now rather relegated to the past Anthony Peake is determined to reverse that judgment and show that Priestley was a creative thinker whose ideas still influence present thought.

    Priestley was fascinated with the implications of J.W. Dunne’s theory of time as having many dimensions as set out in his An Experiment with Time (1927) and The New Immortality (1938), and with P. D. Ouspensky’s theory of eternal recurrence as set out in The Fourth Dimension (1909), Tertium Organum(1919), and New Model of the Universe (1931). These ideas combined with his study of Eastern philosophy lay behind practically everything that Priestley wrote concerning the nature of ourselves, altered states of consciousness, psi phenomena and our traversing through different time dimensions. Peake points out that Priestley’s prescient writings have influenced modern sci-fi fiction including blockbuster films such as The Matrixand Vanilla Sky.

    Peake is a very engaging and lucid writer who takes us through Priestley’s work showing how his fascination with the nature of time and the possibility of recurrence, déjà vu and precognition was woven into practically everything that he wrote. In particular he takes us through Priestley’s four major and still widely performed plays on the subject of time and recurrence and its influence on the characters at different periods in their lives. These are Time and the Conways (1937), I Have Been Here Before (1937), Johnson Over Jordan (1939), and possible his masterpiece An Inspector Calls (1945). For those interested in Priestley’s large body of work Peake is an excellent guide. He also presents a well written account of Dunne’s precognitive experiences that led to his theory of time dimensions in which Time One, of everyday not knowing what will happen next, can be overlooked by an observer in Time Two, and so on. Ouspensky’s theories about our different states of consciousness associated with different time dimensions within a recurrent universe are also well presented. Like other leading writers of the period T.S. Eliot was also fascinated by the implication of Dunne and Ouspensky’s ideas on time as repeatedly referred to in his Four Quartets. Reference to the rose garden occurs in the first quartet Burnt Norton (1936), named after a manor house:

    Footsteps echo in the memory/Down the passage we did not take/ Towards the Door we never opened/Into the rose garden.

    I think that for SPR members the really exciting material of the book commences in chapter ten on The Man and Time Letters and chapter eleven on The Unpublished Letters.

    On the 17th March, 1963, Priestley appeared on the BBC television arts programme Monitor to discuss his ideas for his forthcoming book Man and Time describing one of his own precognitive dreams that then lead into a lively studio discussion on time past, present and future and whether a precognised future can sometimes alter the present. At the end of the programme Huw Wheldon, the presenter, suggested that viewers may like to write to Priestley describing their own precognitive experiences. Priestley expected a few hundred responses at most, but instead he received thousands of letters describing precognitive and other psi experiences that had often left the writer frightened as to their own sanity. He and his secretary sorted them into different categories and he then selected some striking examples for inclusion in his book as discussed by Peake.

    In 2009 Peake was invited to speak to an audience at the National Theatre, London about Priestley’s ideas on time and recurrence before a new production of Time and the Conways and heard that Priestley’s son Tom would be speaking at a similar event in Liverpool. They met and Tom said that he had donated boxes containing thousands of unused letters to the SPR and that they were held in the Cambridge University archive. In 2010 Peake was granted permission to examine these letters, all dating from the 1960s, and presents some fascinating examples in chapter eleven.

    Here is one of the cases discussed in chapter eleven. You might feel that if this was not a precognitive dream beyond all reasonable doubt you don’t know what is. The background to the letter is that by the early 1950s Britain was leading the world in advanced aeronautical technology from air liners to fighter jets generating huge public interest and national pride. Test pilots were household names and the annual Farnborough Air Show was packed with spectators watching thrilling air displays including breaking the sound barrier.

    David P, the writer of the letter, was an aviation enthusiast and had booked tickets for himself and his wife for the 1952 Farnborough Air Show. On the 5th September they left early from a holiday in Dorset to join 120,000 other spectators for the first day of the air show. As they were driving to Farnborough his wife said that she really did not want to go as during the night she had experienced a very vivid dream in which one of the aircraft had exploded in mid air and crashed into the crowd. He convinced her that it was only a dream and that everything would be okay as normal so she reluctantly agreed to attend. Halfway through the show the then famous test pilot John Derry demonstrated a brand new, black painted, DeHavilland DH.110 night fighter prototype with its sweptback wings and distinctive twin boom tail. As it flew over and commenced its display she grabbed David’s arm and said “That’s the plane I saw in my dream – only it was silver not black”. She remained uneasy throughout the rest of the show but nothing happened, so with a sigh of relief they returned home to Welwyn Garden City. David had been right after all, it had just been a bad dream..

    Next day the evening papers carried the sad news that the DH.110 John Derry was piloting in full supersonic display had suddenly exploded in mid-air killing John Derry, Anthony Richards his co-pilot and 29 spectators as well as injuring 60 others. The same black plane that he had been expecting to fly again was found to be unserviceable the next morning, so they had hurriedly flown to the factory at Hatfield to pick up another DH.110 that was still silver as there had been no time to paint it black and flew it back over Farnborough for the display. Readers can see a film of the accident on YouTube.

    Peake has now discovered that hundreds more unseen letters are in the J.B. Priestley collection at Bradford University, and readers will be delighted to know that he has undertaken to study and analyse all of these letters and his next book will be devoted to their contents. ~ Robert A. Charman, The Society for Psychical Research

  • SoulWorks
    Jane Bailey Bain
    The author, Jane Bain, does an excellent job of presenting her findings in a way that is easy to read and interesting. Many of the points she makes are backed up by science and I found the addition of quotes from well-known people to be a very nice added touch. Since she has a degree in psychology it’s obvious that she definitely has a background conducive to sharing much of the information she provides.

    The facts from the beginning are used as a jumping off point to move on and apply what you have learned in a way that will make your life better. I like that she enlarges on facts and turns them into action.

    Worth the time invested in reading it. ~ Connie Martello , Amazon/NetGalley

  • Other Side of the Valley, The
    Linda Edwards, Dr
    In Linda Edwards's comprehensive book, The Other Side of the Valley the reader is treated to an extensive coverage of how Altered States of Consciousness (ASC) are vital to wellbeing and indeed healing.

    The author sets the stage by explaining the essence of trance and ASC. She covers how trance is formed both intentionally and unintentionally. This section will give the reader a greater appreciation of how altered states can be used in positive ways such as learning and healing and how they can be misunderstood resulting in vulnerable states with negative consequences.

    Dr. Edwards then provides an overview of the art and science of hypnosis. This section alone could be considered a hypnotherapist's primer on the subject. As well, she explains how trance is related to Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP).

    Finally, she gives an in-depth exploration of indigenous trance practices from the Americas and how they relate to healing in their respective cultures. Much of this information comes from her personal experiences.

    Although some of these subjects are considered "Woo-Woo" by many people, Linda Edwards brings these down to earth with her personal anecdotes combined with her formal research. Her citations are complete. All-in-all, I found this book to be a fascinating read. ~ Dr Brian Walsh, author

  • Other Side of the Valley, The
    Linda Edwards, Dr
    We are living in a time in which a new psycho-spiritual complex is coming into being, one that encourages each of us to become our own teacher, our own prophet or priest, one that blends both modern science and traditional indigenous wisdom. In her book Linda Edwards has woven a fabric in which she has created very good medicine indeed. Highly recommended. ~ Hank Wesselman PhD., co-author of the award-winning Awakening to the Spirit World: The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation, with Sandra Ingerman

  • Road to Power, The
    Barbara Berger
    This book is all about attaining personal power and growing as a person. I feel like I made decent headway on both due to Barbara's clever teachings. This book reminded me I am my own superhero. I just hate to believe it! What an excellent resource as a woman to be able to read this book. ~ Em Lane, NetGalley

  • SoulWorks
    Jane Bailey Bain
    A pleasant spiritual read which is easy to follow. A self development book that really gets you thinking about life, your meaning and your spiritual journey. This is the first book by this author yhat i have read and i enjoyed her writing style. Definitely gave me something to think about. ~ LJ, NetGalley

  • 108 Steps To God
    Anne-Marie Newland
    Some books are like textbooks for life, filled with such nuggets of wisdom and invaluable advice that you highlight favourite sentences to refer back to for guidance, inspiration and hope. This is one of those books; an intensely personal account of Anne-Marie Newland’s experiences and the myriad lessons she has learned. Candid, witty and enlightening, Anne-Marie doesn't pretend to have all the answers to life's mysteries, but she is generous, insightful and sincere about the revelations she has gained through her magical yoga practice. This is a book everyone can benefit from. It speaks to me as a Buddhist, a working woman and as a mother. Some people have an ability to touch others profoundly with their writing because they're so scrupulously honest with themselves. Anne-Marie is blessed with this gift; she is a true Teacher. ~ Julie Peasgood, actress and TV presenter, author and Buddhist

  • Road to Power, The
    Barbara Berger
    I loved this book! Short, simple and full of very useful/practical advise. If you don't read any self help but just read this.....you will be fine!
    ~ My BookSwap Club, NetGalley

  • Spiritual Beings or Economic Tools
    Peter Strother
    A book which resonates with our times with so many more of us questioning whether our value systems and priorities have been swamped or lost altogether in the relentless pursuit of economic gain above other life goals. Not a coincidence today that mental health challenges are soaring or that so many millennials are opting for very different paths than their parents and grandparents as they reset their life compass to what really matters. Peter Strother's book is exhortative, witty, searching and very accessible. While never shirking the big questions, SBoET is also a highly entertaining read with plenty of pace changes and is punctuated throughout by a series of illuminating narrative stories which help bring the big issues colourfully to life into our everyday experience. A thought provoking and timely publication. ~ David Gilbertson, Amazon

  • Road to Power, The
    Barbara Berger
    I really enjoyed this book. It is a good look at how to attain personal power within. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to reclaim their power. ~ Rose Frum, NetGalley

  • Spiritual Beings or Economic Tools
    Peter Strother
    For centuries people of wisdom have realised that there is more to life than simply accumulating material possessions, but there is something within most (all?) of us which ignores this, and gets caught up in materialism even as we deplore it.
    Peter Strother has given us a timely reminder of the value - even the necessity - of recognising our spiritual nature, and of nourishing it. He has found an original voice and a fresh approach to ancient truths. We would all benefit from heeding Peter`s encouragement to return to a more spirit-centred life, and our society would also be immeasurably enriched. ~ Big Jim, Amazon

  • Spiritual Beings or Economic Tools
    Peter Strother
    This is a challenging book for our times which poses questions which we often leave unasked but niggle at our subconscious. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in exploring an alternative path to that which we often feel trapped. ~ Wallie, Amazon

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