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The Yoga of Snakes and Arrows- The Leela of Self-Knowledge

Play  a 5,000 year-old ancient game, the original snakes and ladders, And find out where you are stuck in your spiritual path. The Game will talk to you! Re-introduced to India by the 13th Century Saint, Gyandeva.Author of current book in English is Harish Johari, mystic and tantric from Bareilly.A guide to observation of the inner self through the ancient Indian game of Leela • Comes complete with foldout game board and commentary for the 72 spaces • Mirrors the path of obstacles and insights one encounters in self-development • Repeated play offers lessons in self-understanding Chutes and Ladders, the popular children’s game, is derived from the ancient Hindu game Leela, or Snakes and Arrows, which charts the ups and downs of the soul’s path toward reunion with the Infinite. Snakes and Arrows was designed by the seers and saints of India as a tool for understanding the relationship of the individual self to the Absolute Self. For thousands of years the 72 spaces on this game board have enabled players to chart the paths that represent the course of their lives. Each space represents a virtue or a vice, an aspect of consciousness, or a plane of reality and is accompanied by a commentary explaining its meaning. The player’s progress on the board is dictated by the fall of a die corresponding to the forces of karma. Repeated encounters with the snakes and arrows on the board reveal the full meaning of the commentaries and can give shape to habitual patterns of the player, resulting in greater self-understanding and even a gradual detachment from the ego’s delusions. The Yoga of Snakes and Arrows assists the seeker through the stages and trials of self-development, mirroring both the obstacles of karma and the rewards of self-obtained insight. There is really only one game in life and that is Leela, the game of self-knowledge and the universal play of cosmic energies...

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"The Bhagavad Gita-Miniature Edition A8 "

The Bhagavad Gita, meaning ‘The Song of the Supreme', was originally revealed by Veda Vyasa and scribed by Lord Ganesha. It is revered for the sacred conversation between Lord Krishna and Arjuna .Creative Miniature Edition - A8 size Get yourself immersed in the greatest knowledge revealed to the mankind ever, through this latest edition of the Bhagavad Gita. This edition comes with an exclusive printed wooden box This book contains the original Sanskrit verses with their translation in English. To make this art edition long-lasting, FSC certified and acid free special papers that are sourced from sustainable European forests have been used. The entire edition is printed with environmentally friendly vegetable ink made of natural ingredients from Japan. The unique painting style followed throughout this book is inspired by the Ajanta frescoes and the painting of Vijayanagara, Bengal and Mysore. These vivid works, enriched by exotic colours, present an innovative blend that has evolved over the years. <br> <li> The Bhagavad Gita talks about three important Yogic Paths as a means to attain the Supreme, Karma Yoga The Path of Action (Chapters 1-6), Bhakti Yoga The Path of Devotion (Chapters 7-12), Jnana Yoga The Path of Knowledge (Chapters 13-18)</li> <li> FSC certified and acid free special papers that are sourced from sustainable European forests have been used. The entire edition is printed with environmentally friendly vegetable ink made of natural ingredients from Japan.</li> <li> The unique painting style followed throughout this book is inspired by the Ajanta frescoes and the painting of Vijayanagara, Bengal and Mysore. These vivid works, enriched by exotic colours, present an innovative blend that has evolved over the years.</li>..

Rs. 38.00

7 REASONS TO BELIEVE IN THE AFTERLIFE

An uplifting study of the scientific evidence for the afterlife from an experienced anesthesiologist/intensive care physician • Details meticulously recorded and hospital-verified cases of near-death experiences • Cites scientific research on NDEs to refute the standard objections of doubters and materialists point by point • Explores out-of-body experiences, sessions with mediums, electronic communication with the deceased, and other signs from the afterlife Over the course of his 25-year career as an anesthesiologist and intensive care physician, Jean Jacques Charbonier, M.D., gathered hundreds of accounts of patients who returned from clinical death. Across all of these accounts--from patients with vastly different backgrounds--Dr. Charbonier found striking similarities as well as indisputable proof that these experiences were more than hallucinations. He surveyed other physicians, nurses, and professional caregivers and discovered that their patients described the same experiences as well as exhibited the same positive life transformations afterward. Igniting a scientific quest to learn more, he collected more accounts of near-death experiences as well as out-of-body experiences, attended dozens of sessions with mediums, experimented successfully with electronic communication with the deceased (EVP), interviewed hundreds of people who have cared for the dying, and gathered countless inexplicable stories of “signs” from the afterlife. With each experience he studied, he found himself more firmly believing in the survival of consciousness beyond death. Dr. Charbonier distills his findings into 7 reasons to believe in the afterlife, beginning with the more than 60 million people worldwide who have reported a transcendent afterlife experience. He refutes the standard objections of doubters and materialists point by point, citing scientific research on NDEs and the work of pioneers in the field of consciousness studies such as Raymond Moody and Pim van Lommel. Drawing on meticulously recorded and hospital-verified cases, Dr. Charbonier explains that we should not fear death for ourselves or our loved ones. By releasing our fear of death, we can properly prepare for “the final journey.” As those who have returned from death reveal, death is simply a transition and its lessons enable us to live more fully, peacefully, and happily in the now.The 2nd Good Reason A Case That Is Hard to Argue Against Pamela Reynold’s clinical death was medically induced by a surgical team whose goal was to remove a large aneurism lodged in her brain stem. Dr. Robert Spetzier hesitated a long time before undertaking this operation. The risks were enormous, and yet, if he had not proceeded with this intervention, the woman was likely to suffer an early death. Her vascular tumor was like a veritable time bomb that, as it enlarged, could explode at any moment. It is worth going into detail about the preparations for Pamela’s operation to illustrate the extent to which her brain was inactive at the moment when the vascular malformation was being removed. Hypothermic circulatory arrest is a technique used in extremely serious cases and only rarely, because many patients are unable to withstand such a disruption of blood flow and die before the intervention can be completed. The procedure involves the diversion of all blood flow from the area of the operation--the brain in Pamela’s case--to a circulation outside the patient’s body. The procedure must take place in a state of hypothermia to prevent formation of irreversible brain lesions that ordinarily would form within five minutes of stopping cerebral blood flow. Having anesthetized Pamela with a strong dose of barbiturates, the team diverted her blood flow outside her body while progressively lowering her temperature to the record level of 15.5°C (60°F). Once the blood flow had been cut off, the patient’s surgical table was tilted steeply to ensure that her brain would no longer contain a single drop of blood. As you might expect, the EEG quickly flatlined and stayed that way for almost an hour. The intervention took place without any major problems. Once the aneurism was removed, there was nothing more to do but wait for Pamela to awaken to determine her neurological state. The first surprise was that Pamela suffered virtually no aftereffect from this artificially induced cerebral death. The second surprise was even more stunning: her state of confirmed clinical death, controlled and remaining incontrovertible, in no way prevented her from observing everything that took place around her during the operation! Even with her brain completely taken offline, she was able to see, to hear, and to understand the smallest details of her surgery--a simply impossible feat if we believe that consciousness is fabricated by the brain. Here is her astounding account. I heard a mechanical noise, and it reminded me of a dentist’s drill. Then I just sort of popped out of the top of my head. In this state, I was able to see the situation very clearly. I remember that my doctor had an instrument in his hand that looked like the handle of my electric toothbrush. It had a dent in it, a groove at the top where the tip appeared to go into the handle, but when I saw it, there was no tip. I looked down and saw a box--it reminded me of my father’s box of tools when I was a child. At about the same moment that I saw the instrument, I heard a woman’s voice. I believe it was the voice of my cardiologist. She was saying that my veins and arteries were too small to extract the blood from them, and the surgeon told her to try the other side. While in a deep coma, Pamela was able to describe the surgical instrument used to operate on her. The same for the metal box of instruments that indeed looked like a toolbox but whose depth meant that it was impossible to see into unless you were well above the level at which the operation was taking place. Moreover, Pam was able to accurately report the conversation between the cardiologist and the surgeon when her blood vessels were too flat to introduce suction tubes into them. And all this while her brain was no longer functioning. That means this patient saw without her eyes, heard without her ears, and understood without her brain! How? The whole phenomenon is easier to believe if we accept that consciousness is found outside the body when the brain stops functioning. What the Detractors Say Pamela’s EEG was flat, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t an unmeasurable residual activity. False, because you must remember that the patient’s body temperature had been lowered to 60°F, and we know that in such a condition there is no chance of having the slightest biochemical exchange between two neurons. All brain functions are therefore out of the question. Pamela’s sensation of leaving the body arose from a stimulation of the right temporal lobe induced by a lack of oxygen in relation to the lowering of blood pressure in the cerebral arteries and caused by the anesthetic, the hypothermia, and the draining of blood from the brain. False, because a stimulation of the right temporal lobe would have been easily detected. We need to remember that the EEG remained totally flat for an hour and specifically during the time when the surgical instruments were taken from their container. The contents of the surgical tool case could have been seen by Pamela when the operating table was tilted up to reduce cerebral perfusion. False, because at the time the table was being tilted Pamela was already deeply asleep from the barbiturates and had her eyes closed, with adhesive bandages on her eyelids. Pamela could have heard the sounds of the tools that reminded her unconsciously of her father’s toolbox and an electric toothbrush. Upon her awakening, her brain could have then put together these images buried in her memory. In the same way she could have heard the conversation of the surgeon and the cardiologist. False, because the pulseless electrical activity (PEA) measured during Pamela’s operation was just as flat as her EEG. It was therefore impossible for her to perceive even the slightest sound at a cerebral level...

Rs. 525.00

8 LAWS OF CHANGE

Scientifically based strategies for enacting successful and enduring change on personal, societal, and global levels, no matter what your background • 2016 Nautilus Silver Award • Shares the stories of people who have changed history, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Ben Franklin, and Gandhi, detailing how they used the 8 laws of change • Based on more than 16 years of scientific and historical research as well as the author’s own experiences during the Civil Rights movement • Explores research in the fields of medicine, neuroscience, biology, and quantum physics to reveal the science of how the 8 laws of change work Inspired by his own powerful experiences during the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and other social movements in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, Stephan Schwartz spent 16 years researching successful social transformations, uncovering the science and the patterns behind them all. He found that there are three ways to create social change. The first is the advancement of technology and science. The second--change compelled by physical power--is almost always coercive and violent and, for those reasons, not long lasting. The third avenue of change he discovered--the most successful and enduring--is one brought about by something so subtle it is often not taken seriously: small individual choices based on integrity and shared intention. Revealing how the dynamics of change are learnable, Schwartz explains the 8 laws of individual and social behavior that can enable any person or small group--even ordinary people without great wealth, official position, or physical power--to bend the arc of history and create successful lasting transformation. He shares the stories of individuals who have actually changed history, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Benjamin Franklin, Mother Teresa, and Mahatma Gandhi, detailing how they implemented the strategies and tactics of the 8 laws to achieve their success. The author explores research in the fields of medicine, neuroscience, biology, and quantum physics to reveal the science of how these laws of change work. He explains why compassionate and life-affirming changes have the most enduring impact and shows how each of the 8 laws cultivates a sense of “beingness” in the individual, empowering your integrity and connecting you to something greater than yourself--the key to lasting change on the personal, societal, and global levels.3 Beingness My friend Sheila, who was a tough-minded New York career newspaperwoman turned magazine writer, prided herself on her cynical view on life and her ability to not be taken in. One day she got an assignment to do a story on Mother Teresa, and she welcomed the opportunity. She saw the piece as an exposé. “I thought she was a fraud, a genius at public relations maybe, but I disliked her conservative theology, which I thought demeaned women, and I found her constant involvement with the rich and famous very suspect.” She explained to me how she arranged to join Mother Teresa and spend more than a week traveling with her and watching her at one of her hospices. “My first impression never changed,” she said. “I disagreed with almost everything she had to say about religion. I found her views about God depressing, and her vision about the place of women in the church almost medieval. At the same time from the very first moment I was in her presence, I had this overpowering urge to call the magazine and tell them that I wasn’t coming back; that I wanted to give myself to Mother Teresa’s work. It left me confused and ecstatic. I could not resolve my thinking and my feelings.” No one else in modern history has understood and articulated the approach of beingness better than Mahatma Gandhi. Just before he was assassinated, a reporter had the opportunity to interview Gandhi and asked this question: How did you force the British to leave India? Britain had dominated the subcontinent for more than a century. Gandhi had no army, no money to speak of, no official position, none of the trappings that normally confer authority and power. Yet he had made the most powerful nation of his day leave its most valuable colonial possession, without a war. Gandhi answered the question in this way. It perfectly articulates the power of beingness. “It was not what we did that mattered,” he told the reporter,“although that mattered. “It was not what we said that mattered,” he added, “although that mattered. “It was the nature of our character that caused the British to choose to leave India.” Positive life-affirming beingness is core to a social transformation strategy based on nonviolence. But I want to be clear that an intensity of beingness need not be positive and life affirming. There is a shadow side to this, and it is important to understand and acknowledge its reality. Let me take Gandhi’s antipode. Albert Speer, Hitler’s favorite architect and later his minister of armaments and munitions, was considered a genius of organization, even by his enemies. The only member of Hitler’s inner circle to plead guilty at the Nuremberg Trials, he was imprisoned until 1966 in Spandau Prison. Interviewed after his release he said, “I ask myself time and again how much of it was a kind of auto-suggestion. One thing is certain: everyone who worked closely with Hitler . . . was exceptionally dependent on him. However powerful they were in their own domain, close to him they became small and timid.” Speer is reported to have told Finance Minister Hjalmar Schacht, “I try so hard, but every time I stand before the Führer, my heart drops into the seat of my pants.” Historians have debated for centuries what forces produce what they call “The Great Man,” leaders like Napoleon who arise from the mass, and with astonishing rapidity achieve positions of unchallenged power. How does a misfit like Hitler become the leader at a time of high civilization? I think the answer is beingness. Carl Jung said to appreciate how Hitler came to power, it was necessary to realize that “Hitler did not lead the German people, Hitler was the German people”--the personification of a popular critical consensus. The transformational power of beingness begins with an individual’s choices. But when that individual beingness is a peculiarly sensitive resonator, social change occurs whether for good or ill. Gandhi represents the life-affirming polarity that resulted in a people gaining their independence without war. Hitler personified and gave voice to the dark pool of anger and humiliation felt by that portion of the human race self-defined as German. Hitler and Gandhi are extreme examples of the power of individual beingness, and what happens when intensely held individual beingness resonates with a collective gestalt. I am using them precisely because they are so extreme and because they illustrate very clearly that beingness is powerful--whether positive or negative. As Anthropologist Margaret Mead so famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Ultimately it gets down to individual choice. Everything starts with one person holding an intention and making decisions expressing that intention. As their beingness changes even the most unlikely people can become enormously powerful. This process constitutes one of the least understood social forces in our world. Consider these socially progressive evolutions in American society: Abolition Public Education Penal Reform Women’s Suffrage Civil Rights Nuclear Freeze Environmental Protection The obvious thing they have in common is that they were all by design nonviolent; movements created mostly by people who did not command power as it is usually understood. Dig deeper and underneath the obvious, and independent of political considerations, there beats a deeper drum, one that is rarely recognized. The most fundamental thing all these changes had in common was that they occurred as the result of a transformation of self in common intention with others. Beingness. The strategy of violence values immediacy and cares little for collateral damage. It is also vulnerable to violent change itself. The beingness strategy works at a deeper level; more slowly, because it changes people’s hearts. As the intention is expressed throughout the day in unnumbered small mundane individual choices, it produces a change in the worldview of the culture and with the minimum amount of violence and hurt...

Rs. 499.00

A TRAVELER'S GUIDE TO THE AFTERLIFE

A grand survey of the world’s death and afterlife traditions throughout history • Examines beliefs from many different cultures on the soul, heaven, hell, and reincarnation; instructions for accessing the different worlds of the afterlife; how one may become a god; and how ethics and the afterlife may not be connected • Explores techniques to communicate with the dead, including séance instructions • Includes an extensive bibliography of more than 900 sources from around the world Drawing on death and afterlife traditions from cultures around the world, Mark Mirabello explores the many forms of existence beyond death and each tradition’s instructions to access the afterlife. He examines beliefs on the soul, heaven, hell, and reincarnation and wisdom from Books of the Dead such as the Book of Going Forth by Day from Egypt, the Katha Upanishad from India, the Bardo Thodol from Tibet, the Golden Orphic Tablets from Greece, Lieh Tzu from China, and Heaven and its Wonders and Hell from Things Heard and Seen from 18th-century Europe. Considering the question “What is Death?” Mirabello provides answers from a wide range of ancient and modern thinkers, including scientist Nicholas Maxwell, the seer Emanuel Swedenborg, 1st-century Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna, and Greek philosopher Euripides, who opined that we may already be dead and only dreaming we are alive. He explores the trek of the soul through life and death with firsthand accounts of the death journey and notes that what is perceived as death here may actually be life somewhere else. He reveals how, in many traditions, ethics and the afterlife are not connected and how an afterlife is possible even without a god or a soul. Sharing evidence that consciousness is not simply a product of the brain, he offers a strong rebuttal to nihilists, materialists, and the Lokayata philosophical school of India who believe in the “finality” of death. He explains how specters and ghosts are produced and offers techniques to communicate with the dead as well as instructions for an out-of-body experience and the complete procedure for a séance. With an extensive bibliography of more than 900 sources, this guide offers comprehensive information on afterlife beliefs from the vast majority of cultures around the world and throughout history--a veritable “traveler’s guide” to the afterlife.VI Afterlife How to Enter Other Worlds Like corn, a man ripens and falls to the ground; like corn, he springs up again in his season. --Katha Upanishad Nothing dies forever. --Odin Brotherhood This section contains information--“skeleton keys”--to enter other worlds. When different traditions give different instructions, do not despair. According to Eastern sages, the same truth looks different from several viewpoints.665 Come Back from Your Bones As Professor Mircea Eliade (1907-1986) pointed out, a characteristic belief of hunting cultures is that living things can be reborn from their skeletons.261,266 The Eskimo, for example, leave the skull of a bear they have killed face down at the place the bear was slain. This, they believe, allows itto be reborn.147 For the same reason, American Indians from the Pacific Northwest put salmon bones back in water.441 For people in planting cultures, the dead body, including the bones, disintegrate and germinate into something else. For the hunter, in contrast, one part of the body, the bone, becomes the “undestroyed base” from which the individual is “magically reconstructed.”139 Procreate a Son In many traditions, having a son is essential to the well-being of a man and his deceased ancestors.218 According to the Konde people in Africa, a man will return as a frog if his family line ends with him.9 The Artareya Brahmana, a Hindu text, says “By means of a son have fathers always crossed over the deep darkness, since he was born as their self from their self.”120 Gradually Become a Spirit The Houailou people, a Melanesian group, see life as a process of “becoming spirit.” As we grow older, we shed “humanness” and take on the character of spirits.837 Live 8,400,000 Aeons and Then Start Again Makkhali Gosala (born 484 BC), an ascetic teacher of ancient India, taught that all souls must run through a fixed number of inevitable births during the normal course of their evolution. These births occur over 8,400,000 aeons.63,261 This natural biological activity, said Professor Heinrich Robert Zimmer, “cannot be hurried by means of virtue and asceticism, or delayed because of vice; the process takes place in its own good time.”963 According to Gosala, we begin as a living atom, with only the sense of touch. As we progress, we gain more senses and higher mental faculties and we pass through various types of vegetable life, lowerand higher animals, and then human level, and even seven lives as gods.63,200 After all of these existences, release simply happens. The process is automatic and requires no effort from us.261,63,200 And then, in endless time, the process repeats, from the beginning.279 Open Your Mind The Jains speak of Jnanavarniya--knowledge-obstructing karma--generated by the refusal to learn, by closing the mind, spreading false or one-sided information, ridiculing those who pursue knowledge, and advocating fanatical and prejudiced opinions.715 Study all knowledge--reflect on all ideas--and you will rise to higher levels in the process of rebirth. On the other hand, if you denounce books you have never read, condemn people you have never known, and reject ideas you could never understand, you will regress in the process of rebirth. The Power of Shiva In Skanda Purana, a wicked thief is killed by the king’s men. When a dog came to eat the thief, the dog’s nails accidentally made the mark of Shiva’s trident on his forehead. As a result, Shiva’s messengers took the thief to Shiva’s paradise.238 Such is the power of Shiva. Shiva’s abode and paradise is Kailasa, or Swastika Mountain.481 It is open to all who worship Shiva, regardless of caste or gender.487 Although the Hindus have many afterworlds, Swastika Mountain is especially interesting because it is on Earth. The only mountain on the planet not climbed by man, no one has ever been allowed on the summit because the Hindus believe that Shiva and his paradise are there.605,296,548,481,592 The Warrior’s Death In peaceful urban cultures, a bloody death is undesirable--we want a quiet death, in bed from old age.592 But a violent death is the treasured death of warriors. Heraclitus (circa 535-475 BC) said, “Souls slain in war are purer than those that perish with disease. They arise into wakefulness.”206 Warlike cultures also maintain that the war dead reach the next world in a more vigorous form. The people of Mangaia (Cook Islands) think “the spirits of those who die a natural death are extremely feeble and weak; whereas the spirits of those slain in battle are strong and vigorous, their bodies not having been reduced by disease.”335,308 And, since many traditions teach that the soul has the age and appearance of the dead person at the time of death, young men who die here are young men there. This belief inspired Yukio Mishima (1925–1970), a Japanese warrior, to commit suicide by seppuku. According to Mishima, a “powerful, tragic frame and sculptured muscles” are “indispensable in a romantically noble death.”823, 619 Die Giving Birth In many cultures, death during childbirth is viewed as the female equivalent of war. Childbirth currently kills 1,400 women each day.424 On average, that exceeds the number of men killed daily in war.592 Interestingly, in the Norse Grimnismal, the lovely goddess Freyja takes half of the heroic dead, and this is probably a reference to women who die giving birth.697,272,593,529 Acquire Fame Ovid (43 BC-AD 17/18), the great Roman writer, closed his Metamorphoses with this line: “I shall live for all eternity, immortalized by fame.”658 Fame is difficult to achieve--of the billions who have died since the last Ice Age, only a small number are remembered today209--but can fame conquer death? In some traditions, fame does indeed have that power. According to archaic Greek paganism, the dead live only as long as the living remember and honor them.738 According to Egyptian paganism, if a person’s name no longer exists, the person no longer exists.114 “To say the name of the deceased is to make him live again.”115 ..

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A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance

The yoga and classical dance traditions of India have been inextricably entwined for millennia. The exacting hand gestures, postures and movements of Indian classical dance can only be achieved through yogic concentration. Conversely, the esthetics, symmetry, and dynamism of dance enhance the practice of yoga. These two traditions, so complementary and essential to one another, are united and explicated for the first time in A Yoga of Indian Classical Dance. Twenty-five years ago Roxanne Kamayani Gupta embarked on a journey of dance and yoga, yearning to unlock their mysteries and discover their common origins. As a twenty-year-old student from America she was miraculously and mysteriously absorbed into Indian culture, became a Hindu, and began an odyssey so unusual and unique that the reader will be enchanted by its telling. Choosing the path of the dancer, Roxanne Gupta accomplished what no Western woman had done before: being accepted and trained by Indian masters and then performing in the Indian classical traditions--from the palaces of maharajas to the arts festivals of Europe and America--while at the same time achieving a doctorate in the anthropology of religion and being initiated into a number of yogic traditions. Having mastered the classical form of Kuchipudi dance and studied with teachers of the hatha and kriya yoga traditions, she brings together these two great streams of consciousness and practice. In this tantric approach to yoga and dance, expressed through the body and through a yoga of emotions, we see the traditions embodied in a manner that embraces the totality of the human experience. The result is the dance of the yogini, the sacred feminine initiatress who dances with one foot in nature and the other in the realm of the gods. With extensive photographs of innovative yoga routines, Roxanne Kamayani Gupta distills her experience into techniques for yogic study certain to assist students of all levels to achieve a dynamic, beautiful, and graceful practice...

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ACUPRESSURE ATLAS

A fully illustrated and comprehensive reference guide to acupressure • Provides acupressure treatments tailored for a wide variety of health disorders, including back pain, heart and circulatory problems, and even the common cold • Contains step-by-step instructions illustrated in full color for self-treatment or treatment of a partner • A simultaneous hardcover and paperback release Trouble sleeping, sensitive stomach, headaches, joint problems, allergies: Sensory ailments such as these have been steadily increasing in Western countries for decades. Acupressure--massage along the body’s meridians in accordance with traditional Chinese medicine--can effectively prevent and treat all of these disorders, and more. The Acupressure Atlas is a fully illustrated and comprehensive reference guide that demonstrates how acupressure techniques activate and accelerate the body’s self-healing powers to alleviate many health problems, including even the common cold.Acupressure confers a holistic health benefit that prevents disorder from arising by harmonizing and balancing the body’s energies. It is particularly suited to self-treatment, the treatment of a partner, and especially the treatment of children. Along with an introduction to the origins and principles of traditional Chinese medicine, The Acupressure Atlas provides the most important basic techniques as well as step-by-step instructions, illustrated in full color, of the practical and specific information needed to put the healing techniques of acupressure at your fingertips.Targeting Ailments with AcupressureWhole-Body MassageThe basic acupressure techniques of stroking, kneading, and shaking can also be used to massage the entire body and all the acupressure points on it. It is useful to carry out a whole or partial body massage before acupressure treatment. The whole-body massage illustrated in the following pages is a partner massage, beginning with the front of the body and ending with the back of the body. The complete massage takes about forty-five to sixty minutes.Left: With your partner lying on his or her back, the massage begins on the front of the body on the left leg and ends in the abdomen and chest. The numbers indicate the precise order.Right: With your partner lying on his or her stomach, the massage begins on the right leg and ends on the back.Massage of the Front of the BodyFor this part of the massage, your partner lies on his or her back.Massaging the ArmsAfter you have massaged both legs, massage the arms, working with first the right and then the left. Make sure that your partner’s arms are loose and relaxed for this part of the massage.1, 2 Introductory StrokesBegin the massage on the right arm at the wrist. Take the wrist between your hands, and glide your hands up the arm to the shoulder, gradually increasing your pressure as you move toward the shoulder. Return your hands to their starting position without losing contact with your partner’s skin. Perform this stroking a total of ten times.3, 4 Kneading and StrokingNow knead the muscles of the lower arm, perpendicular to their fibers. Then knead the biceps on the upper arm. After you have kneaded the lower and upper arm for one to two minutes each, repeat the ten strokes from wrist to shoulder as described above.5 ShakingNow bend your partner’s arm at the elbow and, holding the wrist in both hands, lift the arm a few inches, until the upper arm no longer touches the ground. Shake the arm to the left and right with small movements.Begin the massage of the arm with strokes from the wrist . . .. . . up to the shoulder. Make sure to maintain contact with your partner’s skin at all times.Now knead the muscles of the upper arm between your thumb and fingers.After the kneading, carry out more strokes.To conclude, shake your partner’s arm.The Points of the Three Yang Meridians on the Upper ArmsThree meridians run along the outside and back of the upper arms: the Large Intestine, Triple Heater, and Small Intestine meridians. This section discusses the most effective points of these meridians and their treatment possibilities.Locating the Points on the Upper Arms: The Large Intestine MeridianThe Large Intestine meridian runs along the outside of the upper arm. When carried out as a sequence, massage of the points Large Intestine 11 to 15 stimulates the flow of energy in the Large Intestine meridian.Large Intestine 11--Pool at the BendThis point is easiest to locate when the elbow is bent at a right angle. In this position, Large Intestine 11 is located between the outer edge of the elbow fold and the knobby protrusion of the elbow bone.This point has a wide range of applications. It can be used to treat acute infections in the throat and neck area that are accompanied by fever and headaches, as well as pain in the elbow or lower arm, hypertension, and psychological and psychosomatic ailments. It also can be massaged to alleviate allergies.Large Intestine 13--Arm Five LiBecause of its location, Large Intestine 13 is also known as Arm Five Li, or Five Lengths of the Hand. This point is located 3 cun above Large Intestine 11. It can be used to treat pain in the upper arm, as well as limited range of motion in the upper arm.Large Intestine 14--Upper ArmLarge Intestine 14 is 7 cun above Large Intestine 11, on the outside of the upper arm. It can be used to treat pain in the bicep and shoulder muscles. This point can also be massaged to treat eye illnesses as well as lymph blockages in the neck, throat, and armpit area.Large Intestine 15--Shoulder BoneThis point is easiest to locate when the arm is extended to the side, away from the body. In this position, Large Intestine 15 is between the front and middle part of the deltoid muscle that shapes the contour of the shoulder. Because of its location it is also called Shoulder Bone, though in fact it is located slightly in front of and below the actual bone. This point is used to treat problems in the shoulder joint, including limited range of motion, as well as itchy rashes.Note: For the upper arms, you can massage either yourself or a partner. In either case, you should massage first all the points on one arm, and then all the points on the other. You can also apply moxibustion to any of these points.The large intestine meridian contains a number of important points on the outside of the upper arm that can be massaged to alleviate pain in that area.Massaging the Points on the Upper Arms: The Large Intestine MeridianAcupressure of the four points of the Large Intestine meridian on the upper arms is done in a sequence from the elbow to the shoulder. The massage proceeds from one point to the next with a gliding movement, thus connecting the four points. However, any of these points can also be massaged individually for its specific effects; in this case, the point should be massaged for two to three minutes.1-4 Large Intestine 11 and Large Intestine 13 to 15 Begin with Large Intestine 11. With the tip of your index finger, apply first steady and then circling pressure for one to two minutes. Then glide your index finger along the skin to Large Intestine 13, and massage this point in the same manner. Repeat this procedure for Large Intestine 14 and 15. When you have finished massaging Large Intestine 15, start again at Large Intestine 11, and repeat the sequence five times.Left: Begin the sequence with Large Intestine 11.Right: Follow the course of the meridian to Large Intestine 13 without losing contact with your partner’s skin.Left: After massaging Large Intestine 13, continue to Large Intestine 14.Right: The sequence ends with the massage of Large Intestine 15...

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ACUPRESSURE TAPING

Combines acupressure and massage to treat pain using elastic tape • Shows how the use of an elastic, adhesive tape works with the body’s own motions to combine the actions of acupressure and massage • Presents both therapeutic and preventative techniques for acute and chronic pain • Contains step-by-step instructions illustrated in full color detailing how to self-treat pain in all parts of the body Sufferers of chronic pain well know the frustration of treatments involving endless rounds of drugs or expensive physical therapy--that may or may not offer relief. In Acupressure Taping, authors Hecker and Liebchen present a comprehensive guide to a new method of pain treatment--acutaping--which offers a much simpler and more effective alternative. In acutaping, elastic tape is placed over the afflicted area in accordance with related acupuncture points. During the course of normal movement throughout the day, the elastic tape provides a gentle but consistent massage to the inflamed area. Because the skin adheres to the tape, it is shifted against the subtissue during motion, causing lymph tissue to drain and connective tissue to be massaged. The authors show that most bodily dysfunctions can be self-treated through this innovative method. Combining elements of Chinese medicine with osteopathy, acutaping produces a method of treatment for ailments ranging from back pain and tennis elbow to menstrual pain and migraines. Acutaping is an easy and effective treatment--without side effects--that offers welcome relief to sufferers of chronic pain.Acupressure Taping: A New Therapeutic MethodAcupressure taping is a new therapeutic method that uses flexible tape bandages on the basis of the theory of acupuncture.The word acupressure combines the prefix “acu-” from the word acupuncture and the word pressure. An acupressure massage therapist uses finger pressure on the same points in which an acupuncturist inserts needles. In acupressure taping, the elastic tape applies subtle pressure to the taped area, often stimulating acupuncture points related to the area where the patient feels pain. The term “acupressure taping” thus indicates that this is a new therapeutic method that establishes a connection between the theory of acupuncture and the practice of kinesio-taping.The difference between kinesio-taping and acupressure taping can be explained in this fashion: In kinesio-taping, the tapes are attached to the immediate area of a muscle, ligament, or joint that is in pain. In acupressure taping, along with these specific anatomical aspects at the locus of pain, the diagnostic and therapeutic rules of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, as well as the manual medical approach of osteopathy, also are taken into consideration when placing the tapes. When these holistic methods of understanding are applied to the tape placements, the specific areas of the body that are taped may not necessarily be perceived as problem areas by the patient, yet tensions or blocked energy in these areas may be considered to have, in fact, an important causal relationship to the disorders or pain actually felt in other parts of the body.Unlike conventional medicine, which uses tape as nonelastic, restrictive bandages for the purpose of binding and immobilizing joints, acupressure taping does not inhibit freedom of movement.12. Cervical Spine TapeAilments~ Pain in the area of the cervical spine ~ Headaches ~ Dizziness ~ Ringing in the ear (tinnitus) ~ Pain in the area of the elbow ~ Tennis elbow ~ Golfer’s elbow ~ Pain in the area of the wrist ~ Carpal tunnel syndrome (numbness in the area of the hand)Number and Length of TapesNumber of Tapes: 2Measuring the Tape:~ First strip of tape: Runs from the upper thoracic spine to the hairline.Important: Three quarters of the length of the tape should be cut down the middle with a pair of scissors. Both ends should be rounded off.~ Second strip of tape: Runs from the middle of the right shoulder, across the back just below the neck, to the middle of the left shoulder.Important: Fold the second strip of tape at the halfway point of its length and crease it well so that you can clearly see its middle point.Tip: Do a preliminary stretching of the muscles and joints so you can measure the length of the tape strips exactly.Preliminary Stretching and Attachment of the TapePreliminary Stretching~ Bend your head forward with your chin reaching as far as possible toward the breastbone, which will make the vertebral process at the base of the cervical spine visible.Attaching the Tape~ Attach the first strip of tape at the upper part of the thoracic spine, beginning with the uncut end. Attach the left portion of the cut strip of tape on the left side of the spine up to the hairline, slightly left of center.~ Attach the right portion of the cut tape on the right side of the spine up to the hairline, slightly right of center. ~ Attach the second strip of tape across the first strip at the transition from the cervical spine to the thoracic spine. The vertebral process of the cervical spine can be seen or felt easily as described in the preliminary stretching instructions. Use the middle fold on the second strip of tape to center it on the vertebral process. Attach the tape in a curve running right and left to the middle of each shoulder. Please Note~ The transition points between the different regions of the spine are prone to disorders, so it is important that the second strip of tape completely cover the area of transition from the cervical spine to the thoracic spine. ~ The cervical spine tape can also be used with the two strips of cervical spine lymph tape...

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ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES

Acupressure Techniques distills the learning of thousands of years of traditional Chinese medicine into simple exercises that can be used to alleviate physical ailments of all kinds. Practical and fully illustrated, this guide to the effective use of acupressure can treat a wide range of conditions, from migraines and carpal tunnel syndrome to sports injuries such as tennis elbow and tendinitis. By applying deep finger and thumb pressure to acupuncture points, the natural energy flow of the body is enhanced and healing is accelerated. With these methods you can treat yourself and your family in some of the safest and most effective ways known. Easily mastered, they put you back in charge of your own well-being...

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ADHD AND THE EDISON GENE

Explores how the ADHD gene is and has been critical to humanity’s development • Shows how artists, inventors, and innovators carry the gene necessary for the future survival of humanity • Explains why children with this gene are so often mislabeled in public schools as having a disorder • Offers concrete strategies for helping children reach their full potential In ADHD and the Edison Gene, Thom Hartmann shows that the creativity, impulsiveness, risk taking, distractibility, and novelty seeking that are characteristic of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are not signs of a disorder at all but instead are components of a highly adaptive skill set utilized by our hunting and gathering ancestors. These characteristics have been critical to the survival and development of our modern civilization and will be vital as humanity faces new challenges in the future. Hartmann, creator of the “hunter versus farmer” theory of ADHD, examines the differences in neurology between people with ADHD and those without, sharing recent discoveries that confirm the existence of an ADHD gene and the global catastrophe 40,000 years ago that triggered its development. He cites examples of significant innovators with ADHD traits, such as Ben Franklin and Thomas Edison, and argues that the children who possess the ADHD gene have neurology that is wired to give them brilliant success as artists, innovators, inventors, explorers, and entrepreneurs. Emphasizing the role that parents and teachers can play in harnessing the advantages of ADHD, he shares the story of how Edison was expelled from school for ADHD-related behavior and luckily his mother understood how to salvage his self-esteem and prepare him for a lifetime of success. Offering concrete strategies for nurturing, educating, and helping these children reach their full potential, Hartmann shows that rather than being “problems” such children are a vital gift to our society and the world.12 Providing Discipline and Structure for the Edison-Gene Child Separating Person from Behavior I was in the local food co-op recently, and about four feet from me a two-year-old child in a shopping cart reached out from the cart and grabbed a bag of dried sweetened pineapple pieces. “Mine!” he said, tossing them into the cart. His mother’s reaction was immediate. She grabbed the pineapple from the cart and put it back on the shelf, then turned and glared at her son. “Don’t be a bad boy!” she commanded, wagging her finger in his face. His reaction looked to me like a mixture of pain and pride; the former from mother being unhappy with him, and the latter from some inner knowledge of identity, confirmed by her words. He reached into the cart and grabbed a can of soup, glancing at me, his audience, and prepared to throw it on the floor. Mom intervened by roughly grabbing the can and again demanding that he not be bad, this time giving him a slap on the hand. I found my cookies and moved away as the little boy began looking for a new audience for his behavior. Whenever we react to a person’s behavior--particularly a child’s--we can do it in either of two primary ways. One addresses the individual’s personhood and ties it to his behavior, and the other addresses his personhood and disconnects it from his behavior. This is a critical distinction. People who think they are their behaviors are caught in a continuous loop: in order to define themselves or to feel okay about themselves, they must continually bounce their behaviors off other people. Most people who start with this as children also become early and vulnerable targets for the advertising industry, whose primary message is that you are your possessions or that you are your body. In each parent/child interactive situation in which the child is defined by his behavior, the “I am” center of his personhood becomes disconnected from any state of inner centeredness. Happiness and selfassurance come only with doing or getting and have no relationship to simply being, to “I know who I am, and I’m larger and deeper than what I do or what I own or what my body looks like.” The lack of this important self-knowledge begins with parents or the media telling children that they are their behaviors. Thus the alternative to saying, “Don’t be a bad boy,” is to say, “If you do that, we won’t be able to continue shopping.” For a more severe behavior, it may even be, “I love you so much that I’m not going to let you do that.” It brings the core of the interaction back to the community of parent/child and doesn’t speak at all about the child as a bad or good person. Break the Pattern with a Positive Message The child in the supermarket also reminded me of one of the best lessons in childrearing that Louise and I ever learned. A friend of ours, an NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) practitioner and psychologist, shared it with Louise back in the early 1980s. One of our children was in the habit of throwing fits in the supermarket, demanding things and shouting loudly when the demands weren’t met. We’d tried both placating and punishing, and neither worked; the behavior just continued. Our friend had a two-part suggestion. “Do something unexpected,” he said, “and do it in a way that reinforces both your love and the idea that life can be fun.” We started by priming our child during the day, talking about how much fun Louise was going to have shopping in the afternoon. “Would you like to have fun with me at the store?” she asked our four-year-old. “Yes!” was the enthusiastic reply. When they got to the store and were going through the aisles, our child began to throw the predictable fit in the predictable place. At that point, Louise had a shopping cart only half full of food. “Oh,” she said, “I thought you wanted to have fun with me here. But if it’s not fun for both of us, it doesn’t work, and it’s not fun for me if you’re throwing this fit.” She propelled the cart--complete with demanding child--to the service counter in the supermarket, where she said to the startled clerk, “I came to the supermarket to have fun shopping with my child, but my child doesn’t want us both to have fun, so I’m going to leave these groceries here, drop my child off at home, and come back alone to finish having fun shopping.” “Okay,” said the clerk, nodding the way people do to the inmates in an asylum. Louise picked up our child from the cart, drove the two of them home, came into the house, and said to me, “Our child wasn’t willing to let us both have fun at the supermarket, so will you baby-sit while I go back to the store to have fun shopping?” “Of course,” I said, watching our child’s astonished expression. “I hope you have a lot of fun!” “I will,” Louise said cheerfully as she went out the door. It was the last supermarket fit we ever experienced, and the story highlights one aspect of how many hunter-gatherer tribal children are raised: interactions are cooperative and positive, even as the adults clearly define the parameters of behavior and the values that underlie those parameters...

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ADULT ADHD

How to harness your ADHD “hunter” strengths to start your own business and prosper in the workplace• Provides organizational strategies, tips to maintain focus, and tools to set goals, build a business plan, and discover the right project to keep you motivated• Shares ADHD success stories from Fortune 500 CEOs, inventors, small business owners, and the author’s own experience in launching new businesses• Explains the positive side of ADHD behavior in the context of creating a business, working within an existing company, and raising children with ADHDMost people do not “grow out” of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). For many, their ADHD traits have led to difficulties in school, relationships, and work. But for our hunter-gatherer ancestors these characteristics were necessary for survival. Hunters must be easily distractible, constantly scanning their environment, and unafraid of taking risks. When humanity experienced the agricultural revolution 10,000 years ago, a vastly different type of personality--the methodical “Farmer”--became dominant. Most of our modern world is tailored to this Farmer personality, from 9-to-5 jobs to the structure of public schools, leaving ADHD Hunters feeling like unsuccessful outcasts. However, the Hunter skill set offers many opportunities for success in today’s Farmer society--if you learn how to embrace your ADHD traits instead of fighting against them.In this step-by-step guide, Thom Hartmann explains the positive side of Hunter behavior. He reveals how Hunters make excellent entrepreneurs, sharing ADHD success stories from Fortune 500 CEOs, inventors, small business owners, and his own hands-on experience in launching new businesses. Drawing on solid scientific and psychological principles, he provides easy-to-follow organizational strategies, tips to maintain focus and create a distraction-free workspace, and tools to set goals, build a business plan, and discover the right business project to keep you motivated. Hartmann shares valuable advice for both the Hunter entrepreneur and the Hunter within an existing company and for curtailing the aggressive side of the Hunter personality in group situations or manager positions. Revealing the many ADHD opportunities hidden within the challenges of work, relationships, and day-to-day life, Hartmann also includes tips on navigating family relationships and parenting--for most Hunter parents are also raising Hunter children.Chapter 5 Hunters within Someone Else’s Company The vast majority of ADHD adults I’ve interviewed or talked with over the years have expressed the desire to own their own business, to become an entrepreneur. This is consistent with the Hunter characteristics of resisting authority and structure, independence, and a high level of creativity. But not everybody’s cut out for, or even wants, to have their own business. Some Hunters prefer the relative security of working in and for an existing enterprise, or must “keep a job” because of specific life situations. Nonetheless, even in the corporate world, there are many entrepreneurial opportunities. Many companies have the need for this sort of entrepreneurial vision, and it’s even become a business fad to “reinvent the corporation” so everybody in the company feels like an entrepreneur. Unfortunately, many of the people promoting this idea miss the fact that most people don’t want to be entrepreneurs. They’re perfectly content to work a nine-to-five job and leave the risk to others. But management that understands the Hunter mind-set--and can identify competent Hunters within a company and give them entrepreneurial opportunities--will succeed in improving productivity. There is a catch, however, that hooks back to the old cliché about always giving authority to match responsibility. Entrepreneurs, even within a larger corporate context, must run their own show. And those companies that have failed in “entrepreneurializing” their employees have done so because they’ve retained the top-down power structure while only giving lip-service to entrepreneurship within the organization. The two other most common ways for Hunters to be successful in a corporate structure are to take on jobs in high-stimulation or high-creativity occupations. Sales Positions for ADHD Hunters Sales is probably the most common field in the corporate world where we find a high percentage of Hunters. They’re drawn to sales: there’s always something new, with ample challenge and risk. Sales requires intrinsic motivation, and a lot of getting out and moving around. To a large extent salespeople can control their own time, and--it’s a hunt! The place where ADHD salespeople often fall down, however, is in the follow-through. Numerous excellent books have been written about how to sell. The technologies of prospecting, presenting the product or service, closing the sale, and follow-through are well-known to most people in sales. But it’s that follow-through after the sale is made, from the filling out of forms to the building of long-term relationships, where most salespeople find their greatest challenge. It’s just not in the nature of the Hunter to skin the bear. That’s the job for the Farmer-types who stay back in the village and attend to the details of chopping wood, carrying water, and preparing the meals. Most sales books don’t start out with an understanding of the intrinsic nature of Hunters, they simply offer advice about the importance of follow-through. Knowing, however, that this is actually painful work for Hunters, here’s a solution: team up with a Farmer. Many companies now are finding that a Hunter-Farmer team is the most effective way to sell products or services. The Hunter is responsible for making the calls, doing the presentations, and making the sale. The Farmer organizes the lists of people to cold-call, writes the follow-up letters, and sets up subsequent appointments, and then forges the longterm relationship with the customer when they finally buy. The Farmer is responsible for keeping the Hunter on-task, forcing a daily meeting and evaluating things on a regular basis. The Hunter is responsible for keeping things rolling, maintaining the enthusiasm of the Farmer, getting things started in the company and then handing them off to others, and getting the customers or prospects excited. This sort of team works well when both people understand their respective jobs, and when their personalities are carefully chosen and compatible. Two Hunters together will be a frenzied disaster; two Farmers together will make few sales. The job descriptions could be called Sales and Sales Support, although a whole range of other descriptions may be appropriate, depending on the industry or profession you’ve chosen. Sales management is problematic. Over the years, I’ve hired dozens of salespeople. Most all were Hunters, ideally suited to the hunt of sales, but poorly suited to the Farmer job of management. Yet many, perhaps most, have told me at one time or another that their goal was to end up in sales management. The problem, of course, is that management of sales is not sales itself. So often in sales-driven companies, however, we see the old Peter Principle at work, where salespeople are promoted to the level of their own incompetence: sales management. Then, when they fail at sales management because the skills necessary to be a good manager aren’t built into their personality, they crash and burn, feeling wretched, becoming intolerable, or even losing their jobs. Management requires attention to detail, patience, never-ending persistence, and a tolerance for boring and repetitive tasks such as planning and budgeting that would drive a Hunter to drink. It’s unfortunate that in our business culture the most common way to reach higher income and status levels is to move “up” into management. The Army has recognized that some people are very good at doing a particular job, but not necessarily suited for, or interested in, management. To provide these people with an upward career path, they’ve developed the rank of “warrant officer,” which usually doesn’t involve any sort of command or administration, but still lets people move up in rank and pay. Successful companies recognize this and provide advancement paths that people can brag to their relatives about, without taking the person out of the field where he or she performs so well. These include opportunities for increases in pay as well as new job titles that may have words like “manager,” “executive,” or “supervisor” in them but don’t require the person to manage other people or handle details outside of their area...

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ADVANCED AROMATHERAPY

A chemist and aromatherapy practitioner provides scientific proof for the effectiveness of using essential oils. Aromatherapy is the fastest-growing segment of the body care industry, an effective and deeply pleasurable way to maintain well-being. Now, Kurt Schnaubelt, a chemist and longtime aromatherapy practitioner, provides scientific proof for the efficacy of essential oils, explained clearly and logically. Advanced Aromatherapy draws on the most recent research to demonstrate how essential oils work on the cells and microbes of the body. These chemical changes affect emotional states as well as physical ones. Advanced Aromatherapy explains how to treat symptoms ranging from hay fever to stress disorders with predictable results. An essential textbook for aromatherapy practitioners...

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ADVANCED AUTOGENIC TRAINING AND PRIMAL AWARENESS

A step-by-step guide to optimize health, reconnect with Nature, and access the vast knowledge of the universe through autogenic training • Provides step-by-step instructions for 40 autogenic and primal mind techniques • Explains how to add healing affirmations and visualizations to autogenic practice as well as work with colors and chakras • Includes techniques to restore our primal connection to the world of Nature through practices such as Forest Bathing, Nature’s Breath, and Feeling in the Dark Developed by German doctor Johannes Schultz in the early 20th century, autogenic training teaches you how to use the mind-body connection to influence and regulate the body’s normally involuntary autonomic functions by passively tapping into your central and peripheral nervous systems. Often used for stress relief, autogenic training can also be used for asthma, chronic pain, migraines, constipation, anxiety, panic attacks, and a host of other conditions. In this book, James Endredy takes autogenic training to a new level, revealing how to use AT practices to optimize health as well as reawaken your senses, reconnect with Nature and tap into the vast knowledge and power of the universe. Beginning with the 7 standard formulas of AT, the author provides step-by-step instructions for 40 AT and primal mind techniques. He explains how to add specific healing affirmations and visualizations to your AT practice as well as how to work with colors and the chakras. He offers advanced trainings to rekindle your primal touch sensitivity, experience enhanced sight and hearing, and awaken your primal sense of smell. He reveals how to use AT to restore our primal connection to the world of Nature through practices such as Forest Bathing, Nature’s Breath, and Primal Fire Connection. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience living and working with indigenous cultures, including the Huichol, Iroquois, Sioux, Maya, and Hopi, Endredy shows how, much like a vision quest, this unique combination of AT and primal mind awareness offers rites of passage sorely missing from modern life. It gives you the tools to go deeper into your physiological being, to directly experience how we relate to the world, and to reconnect with the ancient wisdom within each of us.Chapter 3 Combining Autogenic Training and Primal Mind Awareness Why is it important to combine Autogenic Training (AT) and Primal Mind awareness (PM)? Because each on their own are incomplete. Autogenic Training takes us deeper inside our physiology and Primal Mind awareness informs us of how we relate to the world/how the world relates to us. Techniques that bring the two together have the power of true transformation. By adding Primal Mind awareness to classical Autogenic Training we discover a new way to create moments of psychophysiological homeostasis--a balance between mind, body, the natural world, and the spirit of all things. That balance is the main goal of this book. AT-PM practices produce altered states of consciousness. In this respect we may generally say that an AT-PM technique that produces an altered state is one that disrupts the normal stream of thoughts by producing a new rhythm or quality of psychophysiological awareness. Our initial goals for AT-PM in the experiential portion of this book can be divided into four main areas--body, mind, environment, and spirit. Through AT we realize that we can control physiological aspects of our body, reclaiming the awareness that our physical body is the most obvious and intimate component of the natural world we have access to and that alienating ourselves from our body also alienates us from nature. We learn that our body is capable of an awareness that is distinguishable from but complimentary to the awareness of our mind. Through experiences of primal mind we dispel the illusion that the human psyche is somehow separate from the natural world, overcome our deficient childhood psychological development stemming from insufficient relationships with nature, and critically assess both our lifestyles and philosophical views. AT-PM experiences help us uncover the moment-to-moment awareness that every one of our thoughts and actions are tied to the web of life that encompasses the entire planet. These practices allow the controlling aspects of our ego to dissolve and our consciousness to flow outward, developing a deep and genuine spiritual connection with the sacred elements and entities of the natural world--air, water, sun, fire, earth, moon, and the spirits of trees, birds, animals, insects, and flowers. This connection allows us to listen to and understand what the Earth and her living entities are telling us. We are then able to reconcile with and recognize the value of nature’s cycles of life, death, and rebirth as well as to create and utilize rites of passage and initiation in order to grow into wise and mature members of the Earth community. Training #1 Breathing--The I Breathe Me Experience The first training is so simple that from the outside it might even seem silly, but as you get inside and go deeper you will understand how important it is to the whole series. The importance of the first training with our breath sets the stage for passive volition--the cornerstone of Autogenic Training. There are many relaxation, healing, and meditative techniques that employ altering the breath as part of their process and are quite effective. But in AT we do just the opposite. In this training we try to do nothing at all with our breathing! Breathing is an autonomous activity of the body that we know we can control so it is the perfect activity of the body to begin learning AT but more importantly passive volition. During AT the muscular and vascular systems, along with heart relaxation, naturally integrate with our breathing. During AT it is undesirable to alter our breathing intentionally since we want to self-regulate our body through passive volition and not active adjustment. In this training we try to do nothing at all with our breathing and so we use the passive sounding phrase “I breathe me.” The statement “I breathe me” makes it clear that regulation of the breath will come naturally and spontaneously during the training. We use this phrase while concentrating not on our chest but rather on the air that comes in and out of our noses and mouth. In a comfortable AT position, and focusing on our breath without trying to alter it, we can enter deep states of relaxation and ready ourselves for the other trainings by entering the state of passive volition. It’s recommended to do this training many times during your first day. It will be the first step to all the other trainings so it’s important to take your time and get used to it. When ready: Get into a comfortable position--if you are new to the training it can help to lie flat on your back on a relatively hard, carpeted floor. Concentrate on the breath coming in and out of your nose and mouth without trying to regulate it, just let it flow in and out while slowly repeating the phrase “I breathe me” to yourself for a minimum of two minutes or for as long as you want. Do not vocalize the phrase; simply hear the phrase in your mind. It is not necessary to say the phrase to yourself on each breath because it becomes too repetitious. I usually say it on each breath for the first few and then maybe after every three or four. Whatever feels comfortable and natural for you. Cancel (the AT term for ending your session): Open your fingers with a stretch of your hands. Bend your elbows so your forearms form a right angle with your chest. Take a deep breath while at the same time bringing your hands together in a prayer position with your thumbs firmly touching your chest. Exhale deeply while throwing your arms out in front of you and allowing your hands to separate. Open your eyes. This can be done once or as many times as needed until you feel fully alert...

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ADVANCED CHI NEI TSANG

Advanced Taoist techniques for detoxifying and rejuvenating the internal organs through the release of negative chi • Works with the navel center, where negative emotions, stress, and illness accumulate • Presents advanced techniques to release negative energy from the body and reestablish a healthy flow of vital energy to internal tissues and organs From the Taoist point of view, good health depends upon the free flow of chi--healthy life-force energy--throughout the body. Taoists refer to healthy chi as good wind. When energy is trapped in the body it stagnates and becomes negative, manifesting in the symptoms of physical or emotional illness. Taoists call this negative energy sick or evil wind. The advanced Chi Nei Tsang practices focus on mastering these winds. They include techniques for developing sensitivity to sick winds, releasing internal energy blockages, and chasing sick winds from the body to reestablish a healthy flow of energy. Negative energies caused by stress, tension, and the effects of past illnesses tend to accumulate in the naval center, so the advanced Chi Nei Tsang techniques use elbow pressure on specific reflex points around the navel to release energy blockages associated with each internal organ. They also work with wind access points found near the standard acupuncture points. These advanced practices build upon the organ detoxification and rejuvenation practices introduced in Chi Nei Tsang, allowing the practitioner to work intensively at an energetic level toward the restoration of optimum health and well-being.Chapter 5 Working on the Winds The First Wind Wind that Attacks the Liver, the Pericardium, and the Heart This wind rises from the small intestines and spleen and attacks the liver, pericardium, and heart making them weak. Symptoms usually manifest as a burning itching feeling and restless sleep, sometimes accompanied by a burning rash. The liver and heart tend to hold the emotions of anger, envy, hatred, and so forth. Working on the First Wind can elicit a strong emotional release. Pressing the Navel Points for the First Wind Use your elbow to press the navel points for the first wind. Follow the arrows in the illustration. This will help spiral all winds out from the organs. Remember to flush out the wind after pressing each point. 1. Press point 35, located just above the navel, on the left side. 2. Press point 35 on the right side. 3. Press point 32, located below the navel toward the outside of the body, on the left side. 4. Press point 32 on the right side. 5. Press point 37, located on a line right above the navel, on the left side. 6. Press point 37 on the right side. 7. Press point 30, located below the lower end of the sternum. Releasing the Wind from the Liver To release the wind from the liver, observe the shape of your student’s rib cage. If there is a problem, the ribs may be raised on one side. 1. Loosen the area under the ribs and massage the liver. Have the student make the liver’s sound, sh-h-h-h-h-h-h. 2. Press your knuckles on and between the rib bones all around the bottom of the rib cage on your student’s right side. This might be particularly painful since the emotional energy stuck on the liver tends to rise and get stuck in the rib bones. Releasing Wind from the Heart and Pericardium The heart is the seat of emotions, and a lot of the blocked emotional energy is stored around that area. Assist your student in learning how to release the energy of emotions trapped in the chest by breathing deeply and smiling into the area. Making the heart sound, haw-w-ww- w-w, as he or she exhales can help ease the pain. The pericardium is the sack around the heart that operates as the heart’s heat exchanger and emergency heat vent. It helps to wick off the heart’s excess energy. To increase the effectiveness of this approach you can also guide your student to make the triple warmer sound, hee-e-e-e-e-e-e, directing the vibration of the sound into the pericardium. Feel love, feel soft; teach the student to smile. This will help cool the heart and prevent heart attacks. Practice every day for ten minutes. When this wind exits, it leaves the heart, travels up the chest to the left shoulder, and then down the left arm to the fingernail of the little finger. 1. Begin by pressing your knuckle into points 22 and 23 on the left side. Point 22 is located right above the left nipple. For women you can find the point above the left breast approximately between the fourth and fifth ribs, 1½ to 2 inches down from the collarbone. Point 23 is about an inch from point 22 toward the arm. These points are usually very sensitive. Use soft stimulation instead of a heavy pressure. Spiral the knuckle in the small area--a depression--where the knuckle fits. Spiral counterclockwise to loosen. 2. Flush the wind from the heart area by spiraling your hand above it counterclockwise and then moving your hand above the heart meridian down the left arm. You will normally feel the dense, hot, or itchy energy leaving the heart, and you should direct it into the ground. The wind will flow out through the fingertips, especially the middle and pinkie fingers. Your student can also focus on these fingers, exhaling out any excess heat from the pericardium also directing it toward the earth. The pericardium is like a cooling system for the heart. 3. Check the right side of the chest. Although wind trapped on this side does not affect the heart as much, if you do not release it this wind can later move into the left side. Work on points 22 and 23 on this side and then flush the wind out through the right hand. 4. With your knuckle, release the area of the sternum, massaging between the ribs and directly on the rib bones, especially on the area around the heart. For women, work around the breast, moving it to the side to work on the ribs under it. When you work on the sternum be aware of how soft it is and do not press too hard. Usually, you will find the problem area close to the heart, and you may feel a kind of swelling like the surface of a balloon. 5. Flush the wind down from the left part of the chest through the left arm. Note: If the chest area is too sensitive use the tip of your finger instead of the knuckle. Releasing Wind through the Knee Point 1. To find point 53, the related knee point, place the palm of your hand on the midline above your student’s knee. Your extended index finger should just about touch the gap above the kneecap. You will find the point as you extend your thumb to the inside of the leg and grab the inner thigh muscle. 2. Flush the wind down. 3. Repeat on the other leg...

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ADVANCED HATHA YOGA

The classic Hatha yoga manual for a strong, vital, beautiful body and a balanced, harmonious, happy mind • Includes instructions for many advanced Hatha yoga exercises to build strength, stamina, and good posture, the necessary basis for spiritual development • Provides detailed exercise plans to help you develop your personal weekly practice • Explains traditional yogic methods of fasting and internal cleansing, practices to strengthen the endocrine system, methods for advanced sexual control, breath control practices, and concentration exercises to improve mind power Based upon ancient Sanskrit works on yoga as well as thousands of years of oral teachings, this Hatha yoga classic moves beyond the introductory level of yoga and provides illustrated instructions for many advanced asanas and other yogic techniques to build strength, stamina, and good posture--a necessary prerequisite for spiritual development. Offering detailed exercise plans to help you develop your personal weekly yoga practice as well as techniques to target specific areas of the body, such as the abdominal muscles, this book also contains detailed instructions on many forms of prânâyâma (breath control), including alternate nostril breathing, kapâlabhâti, and sahita, as well as meditative methods for developing your powers of concentration and mental discipline. With instructions on diet, fasting, internal cleansing, advanced sexual control, and strengthening the endocrine system, Sri S. S. Goswami’s classic text presents the complete picture of an advanced Hatha yoga lifestyle for a strong, vital, beautiful body and a balanced, harmonious, happy mind.Chapter 2 Fundamentals of Yoga Exercise In Yoga the meaning of exercise has been extended and its application broadened, as the body is looked upon in a more comprehensive manner. It is based on the broader conception of man--his goals, his activities, his meaning in this world, everything. According to Yoga the material body, which is a compound of tissues, is the last stage of the body--an elaboration of the internal body necessary for the full expression of man while on the earth plane. Static-Dynamic Aspects of Man From the history of the body we understand that two fundamental factors are related to man. Sakti (consciousness in the form of radiant energy) remaining static, becomes dynamic. In all stages of the dynamic existence of man there is always the static background. We can, therefore, say that man is a center of static-dynamic powers. In the dynamic aspect are all his changes, motions, limits, world consciousness, world experiences. At the back of all this is something more positive. It is his static aspect. In that lies his eternal, nonmoving, indestructible principle, conscious radiant energy in a quiescent state. Conscious radiant energy in the nonmanifested state is one and the same as Supreme Consciousness. There is no separate entity. Only when a stress comes, when the radiant energy is about to manifest it appears as something else. Something dynamic is forced on this static state. The dynamic aspect of man is expressed in action and the static one is realizable through contemplation. In the lowest order of mental life the contemplative side is almost completely hidden and the active side is either semiparalyzed or uncontrolled. In the higher order, the contemplative side is well developed and the dynamic side is fully controlled. Exercise from the Yogic point of view is intimately related to both aspects of man, contemplative and motional. Exercise Defined When exercise is considered in relation to the physical body, it is a systematized method of movements of muscles done purposefully for the development of the material body. But in Yoga, exercise has been used in a broader sense. Exercise as it is understood in Yoga aims not merely at the body (material) isolated from the rest nor the mind similarly isolated, but at the whole man for his full development, which culminates in the attainment of the spiritual goal. It is a means leading straight to his goal. This is why it is called Sadhana. The exercise is sevenfold. By the application of the sevenfold exercise the whole man is influenced. It consists of purificatory exercise, posture exercise, control exercise, breath-control exercise, sensory-control exercise, and Dhyana and Samadhi (concentration exercise). To these may be added contraction exercise and Dharana (the first stage of concentration exercise). To make the exercise most successful all these factors should be applied simultaneously and harmoniously. This, in short, is the whole picture of exercise in Yoga. 13 Spinal Posture Exercise Posture exercise is of two types: dynamic and static. It is not necessary to consider each type of exercise separately except for a few folded-leg postures. It is more convenient to consider each exercise from both standpoints. Spinal Posture Exercise Defined and Classified Spinal posture exercise consists of four forms of exercise: posterior trunk-bend posture exercise, anterior trunk-bend posture exercise, lateral trunk-bend posture exercise, and trunk-twist posture exercise. The thoracic and the lumbar regions of the spine are principally involved in these exercises. The cervical spine needs special exercise, which is termed neck posture exercise. Anterior Trunk-bend Posture Exercise The exercises listed in this section cause contraction of the abdominal muscles and stretching of the spinal muscles. The mind should be concentrated upon the abdominal muscles during these exercises. Head-knee Posture 1. Sit with the right heel pressed against the perineum, the left leg fully extended forward, the arms bent at the elbows and held at the level of the shoulders, the forearms and fingers extended forward, and the body erect. 2. Bend the body forward and downward and simultaneously extend the arms forward and grasp with both hands the big toe or all the toes of the left foot. Finally, bend the head until the forehead touches the left knee. The extended leg should be kept perfectly straight throughout the exercise. Maintain the final attitude for a few seconds. 3. Return to step 1. Breathing: Exhale during step 2 and inhale during step 3. Concentration: Concentrate on the abdominal muscles. Dynamic Application: Execute steps 2 and 3 alternately. Static Application: Maintain the final attitude (step 2) as per instruction. Relaxation: After completion of the exercise, dynamic or static, relax in the sitting position with the legs extended forward and the arms by the sides. Points of Note: This exercise relaxes and stretches the hamstring muscles and helps in securing full flexion at the hip joints. The exercise should also be performed with the right leg extended. Forward Body-bend Posture 1. Sit with the legs extended sideward, the body erect, the arms stretched overhead. 2. Bend the body forward and downward until the trunk, head, and arms touch the ground. Maintain the final attitude for a few seconds. 3. Return to stage 1. Breathing: Exhale during step 2 and inhale during step 3. Concentration: Concentrate on the abdominal muscles. Dynamic Application: Execute steps 2 and 3 alternately. Static Application: Maintain the final attitude (step 2) as per instruction. Relaxation: After completion of the exercise, dynamic or static, relax in the sitting position with the legs extended forward and the arms by the sides. Points of Note: This is an advanced exercise. It requires extraordinary relaxation of the hamstring muscles and full flexibility at the hip joints to be able to extend the legs sideward. The beginner should try to go as far as possible...

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ALCHEMY OF SEXUAL ENERGY

Taoist techniques for replenishing our internal energy with universal cosmic energy • Shows how to transform excess sexual energy (Ching Chi) into self-healing energy • Presents advanced Cosmic Healing Chi Kung practices, which gather the limitless resources of Cosmic Chi for healing • Explains how opening of the three tan tiens to the six directions allows personal consciousness to connect directly to higher sources of energy Taoists consider our sexual energy to be the creative force that we can use to regenerate the body’s internal energy, but we must learn how to harness excess sexual energy and transform it into chi, or life-force energy. When we circulate the sexual energy in the Microcosmic Orbit--a continuous energy loop that runs up the spine and down the front of the body--we transform it into self-healing energy that can be stored in the organs and the three tan tiens: energy centers in the brain, the heart center, and the lower abdomen. The Alchemy of Sexual Energybuilds upon Microcosmic Orbit practices discussed in Healing Light of the Tao. The more we open the flow of our internal energy the more capable we are of connecting to the cosmic energy that exists outside ourselves in the universe. By learning to open the three tan tiens to the six directions, the Taoist practitioner combines mind power with extension of chi to draw cosmic energy into the body. This energy, too, can be stored in the three tan tiens and used as needed for healing. When we learn to flow in this way with the energy of the Tao, life ceases to be a struggle.Chapter 6 The Cosmic Orbit Meditation The Cosmic Orbit meditation enables us to connect with the beneficial chi of the universe and bring it into our bodies. It is based on awareness of three forces: the pull of the core of the earth, the tan tien spiral, and the pull of the North Star. The rotation of the earth around itself at 1,000 miles per hour--caused by its core liquid and orbit around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour--creates the gravitational and the magnetic forces. This is the yin and yang polarity and the life force within our cells. These incredible speeds greatly influence the liquid in the body. The fact that we are 70 percent water keeps us connected to the forces all around us. This connection is strongest in the tan tien, which is linked to the core of the earth. The North Star is another force that pulls us toward it. We now know that the North Star is actually 100,000 times bigger than our sun. Taoists regard the North Star as the northern gate to heaven. It is the one object in the sky that is easily recognized. Although the position of the North Star in the sky seems fixed, it does move, though very slowly. The earth’s axis 5,000 years ago was aligned with Thuban. Now Earth is tilted toward the North Star Polaris and all the living things on Earth are influenced by it. Perhaps in another 2,000 years the direction of the tilt will change again toward the star Vega. The Big Dipper and the North Star appear near one another in the sky. The North Star is a major source of violet light, which is the divine or soul energy. The Big Dipper is a major source of red and infrared light. In addition, Taoists believe that the cup of the Big Dipper gathers all the violet light from the universe. - Violet light is the color of the higher self, or higher soul. - Violet light has all the properties of all of the other colors. It has a rapid regenerating effect on damaged organs and nerves. - Luminous violet light has a unique vibration and can be programmed. It develops the crown center, spiritual core center, and is good for psychological ailments. In the Cosmic Orbit meditation, we draw the violet light in and feel the pull of the North Star, making us lighter. The Cosmic Orbit meditation allows us to benefit from the synergy of all three forces: the earth, the North Star, and the Big Dipper. The Cosmic Orbit Meditation Connect with the North Star to Receive the Violet Light 1. Begin by raising the hands to the universe; feel that the hands are big and long and that the bones are hollow. Fill and pack the bones with chi. 2. Be aware of the North Star and Big Dipper. 3. Let the North Star and Big Dipper descend down to your hands. Use the left hand to hold the handle of the Big Dipper and pour the violet light from the universe down to your crown, then let it flow through the whole body. 4. Guide this healing light down into your skull, deep into your brain, cervical vertebrae, sternum, thoracic vertebrae, lumbar vertebrae, and down through your legs. Feel it penetrating and enlivening your bones, deep into the bone marrow: washing, cleansing, energizing. 5. Feel this liquidlike chi spill all the way down to your feet. Feel it connecting with the earth through the soles of your feet; be aware of the Bubbling Springs in the feet (the K1 point of the kidney meridian) breathing and pulsating. Open the Back-Crown Point 1. Touch the back-crown point. Pour the chi all over your crown. 2. Think of your soles so that you feel as if there is a waterfall of chi flowing from your crown all the way down to your soles. 3. Feel your fingers grow long and the chi penetrate down through your spine to the coccyx. Leave the fingers touching the back of the crown, to maintain the energetic connection with the coccyx. 4. Be aware of the tan tien and spiral it like universal energy in motion. Feel the heart center spiraling and the crown spiraling. Be aware of the universe spiraling above, below, front, back, left, and right, charging the three tan tiens. 5. Let all of the sick energy and the negative forces leave the body and go down into the ground for Mother Earth to recycle. Extend the chi from above all the way down through the earth and the universe below. Open the Mid-Crown Point 1. Move to the mid-crown point. Touch the point and project your fingers deep through the middle of your body down to the perineum. 2. Focus on the perineum. Feel the chi from the universe flow right to your perineum. 3. Look for one dot of light. Look into the darkness, the immense, vast darkness. This is the primordial force. 4. Be aware of the tan tien and spiral it like the galaxy. Feel the heart center spiraling and the crown spiraling. Be aware of the universe spiraling above, below, front, back, left, and right. 5. Let all of the sick energy and the negative forces go out of the body and down into the ground for Mother Earth to recycle. Extend the chi from above all the way down through the earth to the universe below...

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ALOE VERA

The basis of a multimillion-dollar industry of health and beauty products, aloe vera has long been known for its healing attributes. Recently it has attracted the interest of the scientific and medical communities who are studying the plant and its powerful regenerative properties. Externally, aloe vera is used to expedite the healing of burns and other injuries, rejuvenate and soften skin and hair, relieve joint and muscle pain, and help control acne. It is commonly used by physicians to heal serious burn injuries and by dentists, dermatologists, and optometrists to reduce swelling and inflammation. Internally, aloe is effective as a treatment for constipation, stomach ulcers, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and a host of other health problems. In this book, the author discusses the properties of aloe vera and explains why it is effective in healing. She also explores the ways the plant has been used throughout history by cultures as diverse as the ancient Egyptian and Native American. Gage demystifies the proven curative properties of aloe vera and shows how it can be used to best advantage for a wide variety of problems. New edition of the popular classic Citing case studies and current research, Diane Gage presents a balanced view of the many uses of aloe vera...

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ANCESTRAL MEDICINE

A practical guide to connecting with your ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing• Provides exercises and rituals to help you initiate contact with your ancestors, find ancestral guides, and assist the dead who are not yet at peace• Explains how to safely engage in lineage repair work by connecting with your more ancient ancestors before relating with the recently deceased• Explores how your ancestors can help you transform intergenerational legacies of pain and abuse and reclaim the positive spirit of the familyEveryone has loving and wise ancestors they can learn to invoke for support and healing. Coming into relationship with your ancestors empowers you to transform negative family patterns into blessings and encourages good health, self-esteem, clarity of purpose, and better relationships with your living relatives. Offering a practical guide to understanding and navigating relationships with the spirits of those who have passed, Daniel Foor, Ph.D., details how to relate safely and effectively with your ancestors for personal, family, and cultural healing. He provides exercises and rituals, grounded in ancient wisdom traditions, to help you initiate contact with your ancestors, find supportive ancestral guides, cultivate forgiveness and gratitude, harmonize your bloodlines, and assist the dead who are not yet at peace. He explains how to safely engage in lineage repair work by connecting with your more ancient ancestors before relating with the recently deceased. He shows how, by working with spiritually vibrant ancestors, individuals and families can understand and transform intergenerational patterns of pain and abuse and reclaim the full blessings and gifts of their bloodlines. Ancestral repair work can also catalyze healing breakthroughs among living family members and help children and future generations to live free from ancestral burdens. The author provides detailed instructions for ways to honor the ancestors of a place, address dream visits from the dead, and work with ancestor shrines and altars. The author offers guidance on preparing for death, funeral rites, handling the body after death, and joining the ancestors. He also explains how ancestor work can help us to transform problems such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious persecution.By learning the fundamentals of ancestor reverence and ritual, you will discover how to draw on the wisdom of supportive ancestral guides, heal family troubles, maintain connections with beloved family after their death, and better understand the complex and interconnected relationship between the living and the dead.One My Personal Journey with the Ancestors Nothing about my early life explains my affinity for ancestors. Born in suburban Ohio to a loving middle-class family, I was not raised with a strong awareness of my ancestors or any framework for relating with the dead. Unlike some naturally gifted psychics or ancestor mediums, I did not talk with dead people or see spirits as a young person, nor did I experience profound trauma that cracked me open to other realities. I have also never been struck by lightning, never had a neardeath experience, and never endured a truly life-threatening illness. I do know that long hours playing in the nearby woods and creeks as a boy helped me to feel at home in the natural world and that reading fantasy novels as a young person established a foundation from which to explore ritual, shamanism, and other ways of seeing the world. My first conscious contact with the unseen happened when, as a teenager, I put into practice basic ritual instructions from an introductory book on shamanism. Through my early experiments I made contact with nonphysical beings or spirits that I experienced as quite real. My immersion in popular pagan culture and academic study of world religions, combined with the guidance of my first spiritual teachers, provided a critical context and grounding for my early experiences with ritual and spirit work. One pivotal day of training in 1999 introduced me to relating directly with family ancestors. By this point I had been practicing shamanic journeywork, ritual magic, and other types of trance work for about four years. During the training I made contact with a spiritually vibrant and historically distant European ancestor from my paternal grandfather’s lineage. I was invited to ask this supportive ancestor if there were any among the recently deceased that could use healing. Immediately I knew I would visit with my grandfather. When I was seven years old, my father’s father died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death rippled through the family, particularly affecting my grandmother and his sons. As a child I was shielded from much of this impact, and before this moment I had never sought contact with my grandfather as an ancestor nor considered in any real way the possible effects of his death on the family. Fifteen years after his passing, the ancestral guides and I contacted my Grandpa Foor in spirit and determined that he was still in a state of relative confusion. He appeared to me as fragmented. The guides repaired this damage and helped him to understand who we were and what had happened. He then shared a kind message for my grandmother, which I later conveyed to her while standing together at his grave. The ritual repair ended as the guides and I helped my grandfather start to assume his place among our loving and supportive ancestors. Ancestor Work I have led more than one hundred trainings for over a thousand people and have spoken with hundreds of others through talks, monthly circles, and personal sessions. By holding a supportive space for others to directly contact their loving ancestors, I have witnessed profound transformations that also convey benefit to relationships with living family of all ages. Three key lessons from guiding others through the work year after year are that1. the work is about relationship, 2. everyone has loving ancestors, and 3. relating with our ancestors is entirely normal. First, getting to know and love our ancestors requires a deep and sustained reckoning with our family, our culture of origin, and our selves. This process takes place over years, not months, and certainly not in one weekend training. The ancestors are not a “subject” we can master or complete; the point is building a relationship with the collective spirit of family in ways that help us grow into wise and loving human beings. Although there may be natural stages or cycles to the work, we are never done with the ancestors until we join them after our death, Ancestor work is both deeply personal and inherently relational. Second, we all have family ancestors who lived, loved, and worshipped in intimate relationship with the Earth, and getting to know our ancestors can heal and empower people of any ethnic or cultural background, including adoptees. You don’t need to have some kind of spiritual calling from the ancestors themselves; it’s fine just to go knock on their door. We are all unique and blessed, and no one is more special, more human, or more deserving with respect to the topic of ancestors. Finally, I’ve realized that contrary to fear and popular misconceptions about the unseen worlds, working with the ancestors may actually make you less--rather than more--strange. In my case, although supporting others in talking with dead people is one part of my day job, I am a down-to-earth, straightforward Midwesterner who loves and respects his family, his country (mostly), and his cultural roots. I pay taxes, read the news, and vote. I sometimes eat fast food, like going to the movies, and struggle to make it to the gym. I’m also a Westerneducated psychotherapist and doctor of psychology with a deep love and respect for the physical sciences. Sometimes people assume that having a relationship with the ancestors requires quitting your job, doing pilgrimages to Egypt or Peru, eating magic mushrooms, or adopting some kind of new, weird identity. To the contrary, ancestor work has functioned in my life as an antidote to spiritual snobbery by helping me to get grounded in this reality and to value my family and myself. I have witnessed the work have similar effects in the lives of those who take it to heart. There is nothing unusual or out of the ordinary about having a healthy, ongoing relationship with our ancestors; in fact, it’s one of the most inherently human things we could possibly do...

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ANGELIC ORIGINS OF THE SOUL

A journey into the immortal nature of the Soul, the landscapes of Heaven, and the purpose behind your incarnation on Earth • Reveals the connection between the soul and the orders of Angels and provides a roadmap to the realms of Heaven and Hell • Explains the six stages of Soul Evolution and the Nine Orders of Angels • Describes the many dimensions between the highest celestial realms and the lower Astral plane and the Genesis Matrix, our angelic place of origin Your Soul is a divine light originating within the Angelic Orders of Heaven. The Tibetan Book of the Dead speaks about the seven Lokas, or dimensions, the Soul travels through after death, while the Egyptian Book of the Dead refers to the Soul becoming one with the ever-renewing phoenix. Yet what is the phoenix but a symbol of our own Angelic Twin who resides in the highest realms, the essence of our Soul? In this book, Tricia McCannon explains how to discover the angelic realms where the highest parts of yourself reside and become the catalyst for your own path of ascension. Exploring the Soul’s angelic origins, the Nine Orders of Angels, and the multi-dimensional landscapes of Heaven, McCannon takes you on the journey each Soul makes as it descends from the higher vibrational realms to arrive in the world of form. Drawing from the perennial wisdom of the Gnostics, Tibetans, Egyptians, Buddhists, Hindus, Hebrew mystics, and the ancient Mystery traditions, she looks at what our ancient ancestors have to say about the nature and history of the Soul. She reveals how, once embodied, the Soul loses its ability to vibrate with the highest celestial levels causing it to forget its purpose. She addresses how our illusion of separation from Divine Oneness arises, causing us to move away from the Light and become wrapped up in the Shadow of fear and suffering. She explains the six stages of Soul Evolution we must pass through to heal the wounds of separation, reawaken to higher vibrations, and remember our Soul’s purpose, the reason your Soul chose this incarnation. McCannon shares stories from those who have returned from the Otherside, tales of revelation, temples of learning, and crystal cities of light. Presenting the great Course Curriculum of the Soul, the lessons we must master to complete our missions on Earth, the author shows that by remembering our divine essence we can move beyond conflict and struggle to embrace the love and joy that reside eternally at the core of our being...

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ANIMAL MESSENGERS

An animal-by-animal guide that reveals the meaning behind each encounter we have with animals • Provides sophisticated psychological insight into encounters with more than 150 animals, birds, reptiles, insects, and aquatic life • Explores how animals reflect our inner world, drawing our attention to inner turmoil, relationship issues, spiritual growth, and the deepest needs of the soul • Explains how the meaning of each encounter depends on whether the animal was hunting, fleeing, hiding, or acting indifferent when sighted We each feel connections to animals in our own way. Some of us have pets. Others admire animals in the wild. Because the outer world often reflects our internal states and animals are highly sensitive to our energies, each encounter with an animal signals something about our inner world and innermost concerns. The spontaneous, surprising contacts are the telling ones: a sparrow landing next to you, a fox darting across the road, or a bee alighting on your hand. However, even regular encounters with our pets can draw attention to our inner world and what needs to be thought over and grappled with, from psychic turmoil and relationship issues to spiritual growth and the deepest needs of the soul. Providing sophisticated psychological insight into encounters with more than 150 animals, birds, reptiles, insects, and aquatic life, Regula Meyer explores the messages each animal provides for us on a personal level when we encounter them. She explains how the meaning of each encounter depends on whether the animal was hunting, fleeing, hiding, or acting indifferent when sighted. For example, a fleeing animal is prompting you to pursue a subject consciously, while a hiding animal tells you to patiently observe something and draw insights from it. The author shows how animal encounters in the wild cause us to contemplate the present moment and inspire the flow of our perceptions, leading us to meditate on important concerns we may be ignoring or unaware of. Pets and other animals we see every day act as intensifiers of the energy for which they stand. With this animal-by-animal guide, you can discover the deep meaning behind your encounters with animals and the messages they bring as oracles of our souls.Introduction Your Inner and Outer World We often encounter animals. Not every animal encounter is one that immediately signals something to us. Chiefly, those spontaneous, surprising contacts are the telling ones. It is also interesting to interpret the animals you encounter daily, or those you own as pets. Perhaps I can help you to imagine, how it can be that a chance encounter may have something to tell you. Imagine that you are at the center of the universe. Everything that surrounds you is a reflection of your inner reality. Because everything that exists comes from the same energy source and also understands the same laws, one can thus assume that everything is interconnected. In your inner self, these energies are formulated into thoughts and feelings, which give rise externally to forms, colors, and spaces. What moves and touches you internally also shows itself on the outside. Your inner world is constantly enlivened by astonishing impulses and ideas. Your outer universe also shows these movements. I believe that the outer world, as the individual experiences it, is an exact mirror of what takes place in the inner world. No two people on earth ever take the same exact journey of perceptions through time and space. Even when two people spend a whole day together, they notice different details and react to different impulses. Perceptions are regulated by the “soul matrix,” the soul archetype. It is therefore the inner impulse that draws one’s attention to something. You are the center of your universe, and your inner world changes, as if in a kaleidoscope, around the center of your perceptions. Thus your archetypes, dogmas, and life themes are always forming new, fascinating mandalas. The outer world offers the natural counterpart for these mandalas, and our intuitively linked sensory perception is continually building bridges between the internal processes and the corresponding external processes. Because this happens unconsciously, we humans do not create any conscious connection between internal processes and external events. Thus one could also say that people create external experiences for themselves with the help of their inner worlds. How Can an Animal Encounter Be Interpreted? To interpret an encounter with a messenger from the animal world as precisely as possible, the process of this encounter should be carefully noted. For this, several factors are important. 1. Observe: What was I thinking about? What problem was I moved by at the moment? Who was I musing about? How did I feel when I saw the animal? Be very exact about this. What counts is not the loudest topic but the most important! 2. How did I perceive the encounter? Did I see, hear, feel, or smell the animal first? Was it a single animal, or were there multiple animals? 3. How did the animal behave? Was it moving, did it hide, did it react to me, or was it simply going about its business? 4. Where did the animal come from? Where was it located (above or below)? If it was moving, where did it come from and where was it going? 5. Note the various colors of the animals. 6. Note the sex. 7. Young animals, when they are clearly recognizable as such, speak to a certain level within the observer. 8. Dead animals also carry a message. 9. Animals in combination are interesting. For example, a dog chasing a cat; a deer in the cow pasture; and so forth. These factors should all be seen as resources. They can help you to interpret an observation when the message is not yet clear. The mental clarification of an interpretation through the points given above often enhances the strength of the encounter’s message. It is important, however, to arrive eventually at a point in your deliberation where you no longer analyze the message with your head. As soon as the first “Aha” moment arrives, follow your feelings, your impulses. Then ignore the external factors. The animal has brought you onto its trail. Just as the animal follows its instincts, you must follow yours. Bumblebee Lightheartedness, Wonder Bumblebees are furry insects that build their nests underground. Like other bees, they produce wax and construct honeycombs. They gather nectar and stock small supplies of honey for rainy days. Each colony only lasts for one summer. In late fall, fertile males and females emerge alongside the workers and mate. Then the whole colony dies except for the fertilized females, who shelter under moss for the winter. In the spring, each female establishes a new colony. As with wasps, it is mainly the queen who takes care of the offspring, feeding them with honey. The females can sting; their stingers are smooth, and they can sting multiple times. However, bumblebee stings are extremely rare. According to the laws of aerodynamics, given the bumblebee’s body weight and wingspan, it should not be able to fly. Because the bees do not know this, they do so with a loud buzzing noise. Message The humming of the bumblebee belongs to the summer. It is part of the easiness and lightheartedness of that season. An encounter with a bumblebee reminds you of enjoyment. Let go of those demoralizing thoughts and try not to plan your life around what is possible and what is impossible. Unhindered by restrictive knowledge, the bumblebee buzzes from flower to flower and gathers the nectar of existence, even if its life only lasts for a summer. If you have a very overt encounter with a bumblebee, it could be a sign that something impossible for you will soon become possible. In other words, a miracle will happen. Perhaps all the miracles of today will be explainable by the science of tomorrow, but that does not matter. Miracles are unimaginable processes: events that are not predictable by present knowledge. So turn off your mind, breathe the moment deep into your heart, and let great, contented joy into yourself. What miracle will happen to you? You will see...

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