Voices Of The First Day by Robert Lawlor
412 Pages. Published By Inner Traditions
This is a beautiful and utterly unique book for those who care about the lives and traditions of indigenous people throughout the world. It deals in depth with the inner lives of the Australian Aborigines in a way that truly reveres their ancient culture and sets the record straight forever regarding the immense store of spiritual and practical wisdom present in one of the most ancient peoples on the planet. This book shows us that we have a lot to learn from them.
Voices Of The First Day is lavishly illustrated with artistic charts, diagrams, sketches and photographs – including many entrancing photographs of Aborigine people taken over 100 years ago. Lawlor fascinates us with his account of Aborigine history; their myths, legends and cosmology; their ancient way of live and initiation traditions that have remained unchanged for tens of thousands of years; their shamanic traditions of spirituality and totemism. He gives us a tantalizing glimpse into the daily lives of the nomadic Aborigine tribes.
Most importantly, we are introduced to their profound concept of the Dreamtime, their deep reverence for the land, and their renowned psychic powers of communication over long distances. There are so many beautiful illustrations of their artifacts and arts, as well as vivid descriptions of their daily lives, that we almost feel as if we have visited with the Aborigines by exploring this lovely book. You will enter a new world and experience reality from a totally different perspective!
If you have ever wanted to learn about the deep world of the Aborigines, this is the book you need.
This is a book for our times. Hectic, pressured, unclear about the future, all of us need to STOP. This book is not about slowing down, adjusting our pace. It is about Stopping.
This means doing nothing at all for a period of time – anything from a few seconds to a few hours to even a week, a month or more. Immensely practical, this book shows you how to begin to integrate sweet drops of silence and peace into your daily routine, no matter how frantic it may be. It shows you how these moments, as they accumulate, will help you to re-focus and re-dedicate yourself to the things that really matter to you, and indeed to begin to recognize them at all, perhaps for the first time.
This is a book of immense wisdom but written in a simple accessible way with really practical advice on how to deepen your life without undermining it.
The Theory & Practice Of Meditation by Dr. Douglas Baker
Dr. Baker’s book is an excellent course on meditation, gleaned from many decades of personal practice. It not only gives excellent material for the beginner to commence meditation practice. There is much deep wisdom for the extremely experienced practitioner too. Yet, all is explained in a most accessible manner that assumes no prior knowledge of the subject.
The book goes much further still. It is no less than a course on things esoteric. Dr. Baker hails from the Theosophy tradition.
However, he has made countless additional discoveries of his own and shares much accumulated wisdom, culled from literally decades of occult research. You will be given many meditation techniques, as well as numerous objects for meditation. You will also learn about the chakras, about keeping a spiritual diary, will learn how to totally withdraw your senses into the inner world, and much more. The book is lavishly illustrated with both color and black and white drawings. However, be aware that this volume is of considerable depth, and does not make light reading.
Dr. Baker’s book will grow with your practice, as it has been written by a master of meditation from direct personal experience.
by Rupert Sheldrake
In this provocative book, Royal Society biologist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake proposes that there are no rules of nature, but rather deeply ingrained habits. Things are the way they are because there is a memory of their own past.
He proposes that this memory is carried by a non-material medium called a “morphogenetic field”. Thus rabbits are “rabbit-shaped” because they tune into the morphogenetic field and through a process of “morphic resonance” produce offspring that are also rabbits! The same is true of the shapes of molecules, the propagation of ideas, and the formation of ice crystals. Also, once a habit is broken, it becomes easier for others to do the same through this same morphic resonance. This is why, after Roger Bannister first broke the 4-minute mile, many hundreds of other athletes did the same within a year. A new “habit” was established.
It is definitely unusual for a mainstream scientist of Sheldrake’s caliber to come out with such a challenging theory such as this. However, he backs it up with numerous examples from the whole realm of nature. If his ideas are correct, they give a scientific basis mystical concepts that have existed for millennia.
Many people would love to draw, but are too afraid to even begin. If they do, their puny efforts are too embarrassing for even them to look at!
To the rescue comes “Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain”, an updated classic that has sold millions of copies and been translated into thirteen different languages. In her workshops, author Betty Edwards is reknowned for taking raw beginners and turning them, within a period of only five days, into accomplished artists with drawings to be proud of. This book can do the same for you.
It literally does draw on the right side of the brain, which is why this book differs from most art books, and can achieve such extraordinary results. The approach is quite counter to logic, and the exercises deliberately bypass the critical, rational parts of the brain to get to the artist within. You will be taken from your early embarrassing efforts, through many practical exercises, to drawing skills you can truly be proud of.
If you want to break the fear barrier with regards to artistic creativity, Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain is an excellent book to begin with. It has taught millions of people to draw and can do the exact same thing for you too.
Leonard Shlain pondered the question of why the ancient reverence for the goddess traditions died out, and the high role of women in society declined. He observed that these events coincided exactly with the era in which mankind was developing the skills of reading and writing.
Could it be that the adoption of these strongly left-brain activities fundamentally altered the structure of the way we think; emphasizing left-brain modes of thought over right-brain ones? If so, we have gained the present benefits of civilization at the expense of the emphasis on imagery, and the role of the female in both a literal and symbolic sense.
The result is a fascinating and thought-provoking book that will challenge your assumptions about the basic structure of our culture. The chapters examines the book's theme in the contexts of Yin/Yang, Islam, Birth & Death, Ancient Greek Mythology, Christianity, Sorcery Vs. Science and much more.
I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It, by Barbara Sher
Have you ever had that feeling? That deep sense of purpose, that your life has some great meaning, and yet you have no idea what?
In this New York Times Bestseller, Sher and Smith tackle these issues head on and give you really practical advice on how to go from this state of confusion and dissipation to leading a life of purpose and fulfilling your destiny.
They deal with the problems of resistance, fear of failure, negative internal dialogue, fear of success, inhibitions from childhood, having too many diverse interests to focus on any single one, the job you hate which pays the bills and more. You will learn how to design the ideal job for yourself, how to get from where you are now to where you want to be in life, how to even know where you want to be, how to recover from devastating loss, how to overcome inner and outer negative criticism, and much more.
More than just an inspirational read, the book is packed with practical pen and paper exercises to help you uncover the truth and gain deep insights you can then use in forging a positive path for the successful future you deserve.
If you feel that your life lacks purpose and meaning, is on the wrong track, that you were meant for something much better, but don’t have the faintest idea how to even to begin to go about looking for it, then this book is for you! Don’t even hesitate.
The Temple Of Man by Schwaller de Lubitz
Published by Inner Traditions. 1088 Pages. 2 Large Volumes.
This monumental work is THE single most important study on Ancient Egypt from the esoteric Symbolist perspective. Translated into English for the first time, The Temple Of Man represents the culmination of twelve years of intensive fieldwork on the Temple of Luxor by one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century.
This beautiful two-volume set reveals the mathematical, medical and metaphysical sophistication of Ancient Egypt. It demonstrates clearly that Ancient Egypt, not Greece, was the cradle of Western science, culture and civilization!” Moreover, Schwaller de Lubitz was THE first to propose an advanced preexisting civilization before Egypt, and to suggest that the Sphinx is water eroded; which has only been scientifically demonstrated beyond doubt in the last few years. These ideas have become popular recently through writers like Graham Hancock and others.
If Sacred Science and Ancient Mysteries fascinate you, if you want to delve deep into the secrets of Ancient Egypt, then Temple Of Man is indispensable. It is the grandfather, the sourcebook, for most of what has been written since about Ancient Egypt from the esoteric perspective. Highly Recommended.