• 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

  • 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 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

  • Spiritual Beings or Economic Tools
    Peter Strother
    Peter Strother has written an ambitious, original and utterly honest book of real power that could not be more timely. Rich with humanity and colour, particularly within its parables, it will resonate within the hearts of its readers with regards to the predicament so many of us find ourselves in today. Confronting head on the economic mindset that increasingly prevails throughout society, Peter pours light into the spirituality and humanity at the heart of us that alone offer genuine liberation and hope in the days ahead. ~ Howard Edge, Amazon

  • Reiki Insights
    Frans Stiene
    It's really wild just how much information has been turbo packed into this piece. Wonderful! ~ Ginae, Ginae Reviews

  • SoulWorks
    Jane Bailey Bain
    An interesting book which explains and expands on how to discover who you really are by listening to your soul. Anyone who is interested in a spiritual way of life will resonate with the lessons in this book. ~ Sue Hardman , NetGalley

  • SoulWorks
    Jane Bailey Bain
    The perfect book for many people out there and may be just the doorway they need into a deeper more meaningful life ~ JC Cross , NetGalley

  • Reiki Insights
    Frans Stiene
    Very insightful into Reiki, and a very exhaustive source of information. ~ Annette B, GoodReads

  • Banyan Tree Adventures: Travels in India
    Keith Forrester
    Keith Forrester weaves together an account informed by social history, politics, current affairs and more. This is a gripping overview of travel in India - the sites, the journeys, the people and the experiences. I often felt that I was there walking alongside the author as he wanders the markets, the streets and the landmarks. The experienced traveller or the India first-timer will find it equally stimulating and rewarding. Rarely have I read a book that provides social, historical and political insights without feeling preaching at. It gave me fantastic insights into what is such a complex and varied country. Overall a very considerable achievement and profoundly rewarding read. ~ Professor Nick Frost, Leeds Beckett University

  • Living Space: Openness and Freedom through Spatial Awareness
    Paul Holman
    In this unique and accessible work, Paul Holman invites us to become aware of space within, around and beyond us. Space, he argues, is a primary resource for psychological transformation and spiritual awakening. Offering examples from numerous contexts, including science and personal testimony, he shows how altering our spatial awareness can open us to new visions of reality. This generous book is packed with insights for personal and clinical use. ~ David Tacey, Emeritus Professor, author of The Spirituality Revolution

  • Time and The Rose Garden
    Anthony Peake
    Time and The Rose Garden by Anthony Peake is a detailed and absorbing analysis of the work of J.B. Priestley, both as author and playwright. Born in 1894 Priestley wrote a prestigious number of novels, essays and plays reducing his output until his death in 1984.
    Peake provides biographical information reflecting on the impact of Priestley’s experiences during World War I including his own wounding and recovery. Also explained is Priestley’s fascination with time and moving away from the conventional views influenced by An Experiment with Time written by an Anglo-Irish aeronautical engineer, John William Dunne. Dreamers dreaming dreams and accessing information from the future – the circular nature of time is experienced with the underpinnings of new philosophical and scientific thinking about time. In more simple terms Priestley often examined his philosophical calculation that in certain circumstances the future can be perceived in dreams and it seems to be a subject that fascinated him – and is described in detail in Time and The Rose Garden.
    Also examined is Priestley’s transition from novelist to playwright. In his plays Priestley used the method of manipulating the audience’s memory -- living in the moment before – a feeling of déjà vu – or being able to look back at events and finding the seeds for whatever might come next.
    Of Priestley’s work perhaps it is Time and the Conways that comes up most often in the last decade with major revivals in New York and London and within that play there is the depiction of the faltering British aristocracy and economy between the wars, and also how one imagines time as the play’s narrative does not progress in a linear manner. Similarly another one of his plays, An Inspector Calls, which has received more appreciation in recent years, was successfully revived by the National Theatre in London and produced on Broadway.

    If one has the opportunity to encounter Priestley’s plays and writings in the future, Anthony Peake’s Time and The Rose Garden is an insightful guide. ~ Mark Kappel , NEWSNOTES DANCE BLOG

  • Find and Follow Your Inner Compass
    Barbara Berger
    “This 105 page warrior is the complete package. The author told me with her wit, examples and compassion how to listen to me, to find the small still voice and to follow it no matter what. I do believe many of us were taught to put others feelings and needs before our own, and it is wonderful to have my new little buddy tell me to just listen and follow my heart. I would recommend this simple slice of Heaven to anyone wanting the bottom line to self love. Thanks Barbara, it makes so much sense.”
    ~ Riki Frahmann,

  • Find and Follow Your Inner Compass
    Barbara Berger
    This practical book has a simple message, that we should tune into our Inner Compass and pay attention to our inner emotions as a link to the Universal Intelligence. The author shows us how to manage this so that we become self-referred rather than other-referred. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • Soul Comfort
    Alistair Conwell
    This is a reflective book on grief through the related concepts of consciousness, love, death and transformation. Death implies grief for the survivors but this will be affected by the person’s understanding of life and death. The author’s overall view is that death does not extinguish consciousness but transforms and distils it by removing the outermost layer of the ego to reveal a deeper soul consciousness. To see death spiritually is to experience grief in the same way and be open to transformation. He also takes NDEs as actual experiences of death. Conwell’s propositions are both factual and poetic, inviting deeper reflection as the reader progresses. He sees consciousness as a connective ground, love as indestructible, death as a transition to a new state of consciousness, grief as the pain of love, and transformation as a part of the spiritual journey. This is uplifting while being based on deep insights into the processes involved. My only caution is the overuse of ‘merely’ – one can understand why it is used but death is not ‘merely’ the conclusion of a single chapter of life. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • Enso Morning: Daily Meditation Gifts
    Jacob Watson
    This collection of morning blessing letters was written over a six-month period as part of a thesis at Matthew Fox’s University of Creation Spirituality. Each contains seven sections: welcome, silent meditation, affirmation of physical self, then of the emotional and spiritual self, blessing for the day and gift of the day. They are very simple and direct and, although indexed at the front, the gift is not revealed until the end. Readers are reminded each day is a real gift and that the quality of our lives largely depends on the attention we give to everyday matters and sensations. Sometimes he uses imagery, as in imagining you are standing under a waterfall that washes out your feelings and the corresponding blessing is that whatever is not necessary can fall away, keeping us clean, fresh and pure. The best way of using this book is as intended, namely as a morning ritual, either opened at random or by selecting a particular appropriate theme. It is an inspiring exercise. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • My Double Life 1
    Nicholas Hagger
    As one of his friends remarked, Nicholas Hagger’s double life not only refers to the contrast between his mystical journey and intelligence work for MI6, but also to the fact that he has crammed in double the amount of experience into his life. In this first volume, he describes his background, upbringing and education, then his career up to 1973. The book consists of 15 episodes of contrasting dualities such as literature and law, wisdom and intelligence, establishment and revolution, illumination and nationalism, meaning and disenchantment. Nicholas uses the symbolism of 8 clockwise and 13 counter-clockwise spirals in a pinecone to illustrate these tensions. Worcester College Oxford plays an important role in the story. His knowledge of Roman coins enabled him to gain a place and be in contact with Sir John Masterman, the Provost, whom he later found out had played a crucial role in World War II intelligence, and gave him the necessary introduction to Whitehall. Later, in 1978, he was discussing his experiences with the then Provost, Lord Asa Briggs, who urged him to write up the full story of his experiences, especially the Gaddafi revolution in Libya. His father wanted him to go into law and politics, but he chose literature and poetry instead. He was an early reader of Colin Wilson’s Outsider and took life as an existentialist very seriously, even knocking on Sartre’s door in Paris as a form of free act. He also visits Colin Wilson on a number of occasions, which he finds extraordinary stimulating intellectually. Among other important meetings are those with Montgomery, Hemingway, Blunden, E.W.F Tomlin in Japan, a drunken Peter O’Toole in Oxford and Ezra Pound in Italy. Pound told him that T.E. Hulme had said to him in 1915 that a writer should be able to put his essential message down on half a postcard, and that the rest was application and elaboration. Nicholas’ main teaching postings were in Iraq, Japan and Libya. In Japan, he also becomes a private tutor to Prince Hitachi, the brother of the Emperor, and speechwriter for the Governor of the Bank of Japan. He immerses himself in Zen and has an important encounter with Junzaburo Nishiwaki, who summarises the manifestation of the Absolute and the wisdom of the East in the formula +A +-A = 0, which Nicholas applies to the dialectic of his life episodes. During this time in Japan, he has a chance to visit China in the spring 1966, and is the first to discover the Cultural Revolution by interviewing senior Chinese officials - Western journalists were about six months behind. In late 1968, he becomes a lecturer at the University of Libya and begins his intelligence work while also writing as a journalist. A number of his articulate articles are printed in the appendix. Nicholas has written separately about this time in his life as he was on the inside of another pro-Western coup that was meant to take place on September 5, but was pre-empted by Gaddafi on September 1, partly as a result of an article published by Nicholas on 24 August. This leads to a tumultuous period where his marriage collapses and he is beaten up and nearly executed. He vividly describes the challenges of life under this regime, but puts up an inner resistance so as not to succumb to these psychological terrorist tactics. His personal encounter with Gaddafi is fascinating – he tells Gaddafi’s ‘executioner’ that his is the power of the pen rather than the sword. The reader learns in detail how the intelligence services operate in such a scenario, which gives everyday life a tremendous intensity. In the meantime, he is going through a purgation of suffering and loss at a personal level. The next important development is his work as an unofficial ambassador for the Prime Minister Edward Heath in relation to black Africans and their liberation movements, but more especially with respect to the influence of China and the Soviet Union. He makes significant trips to Brussels and Tanzania. In the meantime, he takes work at an ESN school and lives in London. Here one gains an insight into what it is like to be a spy in terms of surveillance, bugging and one’s room being ransacked for papers. One has to be in a constant state of vigilance and acquire techniques for shaking people off. During this period, he also has his most important mystical experience in September 1971 (an appendix tracks these experiences in more detail). He was aware of the timeless flow of light and love, to which he surrenders. All this is described in detail with diary entries from the time. It gives him the insight that his vision of truth was in conflict with the deceptive world of intelligence, itself in thrall to the agenda of the New World Order, about which Nicholas has written separately. This deception even extends to his relationship with his first wife’s new husband, who is in different branch of security. Even at Oxford, Nicholas had been warned that working for intelligence would eventually take over his life and control it. The culmination is a meeting with a senior intelligence officer where he is asked to sign a document saying that he will never see his daughter Nadia again. It is, of course, an impossible demand and they don’t expect him to sign. Later, he finds out that the reason for his severance is a change of attitude to China and that the Prime Minister can no longer take the risk of having an unofficial ambassador. The official warns him that if the Chinese try to recruit him, they will know. He reflects that his exposure by the KGB in Fleet Street following the defection of a man he had been working with meant that he was operating with the full knowledge of the KGB and was therefore too much of a risk for the SIS to work with. Hence this ruthless demand to secure his severance and his conclusion that the SIS was ultimately an insensitive and inhuman organisation. He has had no contact with them since 1973 but has written this extraordinarily revealing account to set the record straight. He mentions one other significant aspect, namely that his projects would be denied publicity, and indeed it is surprising that his voluminous writings have not received more recognition. His experience of nationalism at this time was an important factor in his development of a universalist philosophy. In the epilogue to this volume, he reflects on his double life as lecturer, poet, then teacher, agent and journalist. The layered pairs of opposites in the 15 episodes represent the tension between the positive and negative aspects (+A and+- A or double helix) that impel a transformation within the central self. I think he is right that this pattern and unity of episodes and layers is universal ‘as an archetypal pattern of transformation and progress through experience towards a vision of the unity of the universe.’ We all have a chance to live at this soul-based contemplative level beyond our ego-based activity of hedonistic enjoyment, but we do not all avail ourselves of this opportunity. However, I also agree that nothing is wasted in terms of our experience and that ‘all experiences are essential to the final form of the self and to the pattern of its life…. in all lives the potential for a successful quest is present.’ It is the work of what he calls the central self to unite and reconcile these episodes and conflicting sequences so that ‘behind the unity of each being is the unity of book reviews Network Review Spring 2016 59 Being’ and the same transforming law of Nature that governs not only the process and structure of pinecones but also that of human lives. The inner and outer journey that Nicholas describes in this first part of his autobiography takes the reader to the heart of the human condition with its tension between opposite forces and the significant choices we all have to make in the course of our lives. One of these concerns the depth at which we ultimately live - things may be more comfortable on the surface, but there is greater intensity and fulfilment if we engage with the depth of life as well, with plus and minus, time and eternity, life and death, each of which is necessary to the other and to the unity of the whole. Nicholas has made a profound statement with this account of his life, and I look forward to reviewing the second volume in the next issue. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • How to Become a Miracle-Worker with Your Life
    Dr. Bruno R. Cignacco
    Some readers may have come across the ancient Hawaiian healing technique of Ho-oponopono involving the four short phrases I am sorry, please forgive me, I love you and thank you. This impressive and very thorough book tells you all you need to know in terms of the principles, procedures and the way that the technique is related to the structure of the mind. The technique was famously used by a certain Dr Len to transform the condition of patients in a psychiatric ward simply by using this form of prayer without even meeting them. Of course, it is controversial to link these two events together, but there does not seem to be any other apparent explanation, given the circumstances. This presupposes a fundamental oneness of mind and interconnectedness of life. An essential component in the book is the effacing of subconscious memories and the removal of psychological blocks on the basis that we are responsible for everything that happens in our lives. The summaries at various points in the book demonstrate the author’s profound grasp of the principles of the mind and he gives practical tips for the application of the key aspects, including love, gratitude and inspiration. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

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