Spiritual Healing
Chakra Animals: Discover Your Connection to Wisdom of the Natural World
Chakra Animals
Discover Your Connection to Wisdom of the Natural World
Paperback      ISBN: 0738759597

Chakra Animals is insightful, informative, and extremely readable. Angelica Stuart's love of the subject, and her readers, is obvious on every page.--Richard Webster, author of Is Your Pet Psychic? and Living in Your Soul's Light

Bathe Your Soul in the Ethereal Energy of the Animal-Spirit Realm

The animals of the world are filled with insights and lessons for their human friends. Chakra Animals shares the chakra wisdom of fifty familiar North American animals to support you in making changes in your life, especially in areas where you may be struggling. Developing your connection to the animals that you resonate with is an important and fun activity that enhances your spirituality and sense of wellness, for example:

Call on the turtle in the heart chakra for those times you need support opening your heart and emerging from your shell.

If you connect to bear and the heart chakra, it may mean you need to climb into a warm and cozy den for a period of healing and rejuvenation.

Work with the butterfly in the crown chakra when journeying into higher realms of consciousness and reconnecting with the beauty you find there.

In this book, you will discover chakra interpretations for each of the seven chakras for all fifty animals--350 bite-sized bits of chakra wisdom in all These insights will help you focus on specific goals that are important to you and they will help you remove inner blocks that may be holding you back. You will also discover tips and techniques for integrating the chakra wisdom into your life and stories of personal transformation to help you process the profound guidance the animals share with you.

Praise:

Angelica Stuart's Chakra Animals stands out among contemporary intuitive, oracular, and divinatory tools. Its images are of animals and it speaks of their sacred power in the very energy centers that translate light to form: the Chakras.--Orion Foxwood, author of The Faery Teachings

We humans love to ally ourselves with other animals, and Chakra Animals allows us to internalize the energies of fifty different beings while using the seven primary chakras as a road map. Angelica Stuart provides an introduction to these valuable relationships, helping the reader to understand some of the ways in which the animals can guide us through personal growth and spiritual development.--Lupa, author of New Paths to Animal Totems

The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life
The Book of Secrets
Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life
Paperback      ISBN: 1400098343
The Book of Secrets is the finest and most profound of Deepak Chopra's books to date. Want the answers to the secrets of life? Let me recommend that you start right here. --Ken Wilber, author of A Brief History of Everything

We all want to know how to find a soul mate, what career would be most fulfilling, how to live a life with meaning, and how to teach our children well. We are looking for a personal breakthrough, a turning point, a revelation that brings with it new meaning. The Book of Secrets--a crystalline distillation of insights and wisdom accumulated over the lifetime of one of the great spiritual thinkers of our time--provides an exquisite new tool for achieving just that.

Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets of healing, compassion, faith, and the most elusive one of all: who we really are. We are still mysteries to ourselves, despite the proximity of these answers, and what we most long to know remains lodged deep inside.

Because answers to the questions at the center of life are counterintuitive, they are often hidden from view, sequestered from our everyday gaze. In his ongoing quest to elevate our experience, bestselling author Deepak Chopra has isolated fifteen secrets that drive the narrative of this inspiring book--and of our lives. From The World Is in You and What You Seek, You Already Are to Evil Is Not Your Enemy and You Are Truly Free When You Are Not a Person, The Book of Secrets is rich with insights. It is a priceless treasure that can transport us beyond change to transformation, and from there to a sacred place where we can savor the nectar of enlightenment.
Visionary Ayahuasca: A Manual for Therapeutic and Spiritual Journeys
Visionary Ayahuasca
A Manual for Therapeutic and Spiritual Journeys
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1620553457

A "what to expect" guide for first-time ayahuasca users paired with accounts from the author's extensive shamanic experiences in the Amazon

- Describes how to prepare for the first ceremony, what to do in the days afterward, and how to maintain a shamanic healing diet

- Details some of the author's own ayahuasca experiences, including an intensive trip in 2009 when he underwent 17 ceremonies

- Explores the many other plants that are part of the ayahuasca healer's medicine cabinet as well as the icaros, healing songs, of the ayahuasca shaman

Since 1999 Jan Kounen has regularly traveled to the Peruvian Amazon to participate in ayahuasca ceremonies. At first only a curious filmmaker, over multiple trips he transformed from explorer to apprentice to ayahuasquero and often found himself surrounded by other foreigners coming to the jungle for their first taste of ayahuasca medicine. Knowing how little guidance is available on how to prepare or what to expect, he naturally offered them advice.

Part visionary ayahuasca memoir and part practical guide, this book contains the same step-by-step advice that Kounen provides first-time ayahuasca users in the jungle. He describes how to prepare for the first ceremony and what to do in the days afterward. He explores how to deal with the nausea and details the special preparatory diets an ayahuasca shaman will put you on, often lasting for months but necessary for life-transforming results and teachings from the plant spirits. He also explains how it is far easier to maintain these restrictions in the jungle than in the city.

Detailing his own ayahuasca experiences over hundreds of sessions, including a trip in 2009 when he underwent 17 ceremonies in 25 days, Kounen describes how ayahuasca transformed him. He tells of his meetings with Shipibo healers, including Kestenbetsa, who opened the doors of this world for him, and Panshin Beka, the shaman to whom Kounen became an apprentice. He details the many other plants and foods that are part of the ayahuasca healer's medicine cabinet, such as to and tobacco, as well as their icaros, or healing songs. A veritable "what to expect" guide, this book should be your first step prior to committing to ayahuasca.
Visionary Plant Consciousness: The Shamanic Teachings of the Plant World
Visionary Plant Consciousness
The Shamanic Teachings of the Plant World
Paperback      ISBN: 1594771472

23 leading experts reveal the ways that psychoactive plants allow nature's "voice" to speak to humans and what this communication means for our future

- Presents the specific "human-plant interconnection" revealed by visionary plants

- Explores the relevance of plant-induced visions and shamanic teachings to humanity's environmental crisis

- With contributions from Terence McKenna, Andrew Weil, Wade Davis, Michael Pollan, Alex Grey, Jeremy Narby, Katsi Cook, John Mohawk, Kat Harrison, and others

Visionary plants have long served indigenous peoples and their shamans as enhancers of perception, thinking, and healing. These plants can also be important guides to the reality of the natural world and how we can live harmoniously in it.

In Visionary Plant Consciousness, editor J. P. Harpignies has gathered presentations from the Bioneers annual conference of environmental and social visionaries that explore how plant consciousness affects the human condition. Twenty-three leading ethnobotanists, anthropologists, medical researchers, and cultural and religious figures such as Terence McKenna, Andrew Weil, Wade Davis, Michael Pollan, Alex Grey, Jeremy Narby, Katsi Cook, John Mohawk, and Kat Harrison, among others, present their understandings of the nature of psychoactive plants and their significant connection to humans. What they reveal is that these plants may help us access the profound intelligence in nature--the "mind of nature"--that we must learn to understand in order to survive our ecologically destructive way of life.
The Sacred Power of Huna: Spirituality and Shamanism in Hawai'i
The Sacred Power of Huna
Spirituality and Shamanism in Hawai'i
Paperback      ISBN: 1594770093

When Rima Morrell first went to Hawai'i as a young anthropology student from Cambridge University, she was surprised to find a lighter brighter world where trees talked to her in ancient temples and magic regularly happened. She found the system of ancient Hawaiian wisdom known as Huna, a system that teaches us how to focus the light of our own being to make magic. Following her Higher Self--and overcoming resistance to its rainbow guidance--she discovered we are each responsible for our own power. Through practicing Huna, we can consciously create our own reality, for we are each the navigator of our own soul canoe.

Following her years in the islands, and Ph.D. in Huna, Rima reveals new knowledge about this sacred tradition. Citing the work of earlier researchers such as Max Freedom Long, as well as native kahuna, Rima reveals knowledge about Huna that has not previously been available: the role of emotion in gaining true wisdom, the magical elements of Hawaiian language, the sophisticated system of lunar astrology, and the hula as a system of shamanism. Rima also shows how the principles of a society woven with love can shape our own lives.
Sister of Darkness: The Chronicles of a Modern Exorcist
Sister of Darkness
The Chronicles of a Modern Exorcist
Paperback      ISBN: 0062656155

The world's only non-denominational exorcist tells her astonishing true story: a riveting chronicle of wrestling entities from infected souls, showing how pain and trauma opens us to attachment from forces that drain our energy . . . and can even destroy our humanity.

As a secular exorcist, Rachel H. Stavis has cleansed thousands of tormented people, from small children and Hollywood moguls to stay-at-home moms and politicians. But for many years, the horror screenwriter and novelist denied her gift. As a little girl, she began to see monsters floating around her bedroom or attached to other children. Told it was only her imagination, Rachel learned to ignore the things she saw.

But a series of events in adulthood forced her to acknowledge her unique ability and embrace her power to heal. Since then, Rachel has dedicated her life to helping others cast off the forces feeding off of us. Performing her services pro-bono, she quietly worked in the shadows, until she unknowingly revealed her work to a journalist, who told her story to NPR.

A unique look at demonology removed from religious dogma, Sister of Darkness recounts Rachel's journey to becoming an exorcist and chronicles some of her most extreme cleansings cases, including those that put her and her clients in peril. Going deep into her world, we meet the diverse range of people she has helped--young, old, famous and not--in gripping stories of danger and sometimes sadness, that are ultimately about redemption. Rachel teaches us that there are a diverse range of entities surrounding us--some of these are playful or misguided, while some are dangerous and harmful. She introduces each of them and explains their power, helping us understand what is attacking and hurting us, and what we can do to protect ourselves.

Frightening, eye-opening, and utterly enthralling, Sister of Darkness brings to light a world ruled by destruction, chaos and fear, and the woman who bravely fights to protect those who seeks her out.

The Accidental Shaman: Journeys with Plant Teachers and Other Spirit Allies
The Accidental Shaman
Journeys with Plant Teachers and Other Spirit Allies
Paperback      ISBN: 162055609x

A story of awakening to remarkable shamanic powers, teachings, and techniques

- Describes the author's work with plant spirits, entheogens such as ayahuasca, and indigenous shamans during his 20 years of fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon

- Explores the practice of soul retrieval and shamanic work with feathers, stones, and sound

- Includes techniques for exploring non-ordinary reality, exercises for expanding sensory perception, and practices to open your creative artistic visionary potential

After surviving a serious elevator crash in London, Howard G. Charing found he had developed healing touch as well as the ability to hear voices and experience visions--just as a healer in Italy had predicted only a week before the accident. He began using his abilities to heal but felt he needed more guidance and training. He first connected with a national spiritual healing organization, only to be told he was doing everything wrong. Then, through a friend, he discovered shamanism.

Sharing profound teachings and extraordinary experiences from his more than 30 years of shamanic healing work, Charing explains how he accidentally became a shaman and completely changed the course of his life. He describes his work with plant spirits, entheogens such as ayahuasca, and indigenous shamans during his 20 years of fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon, including his studies with the late visionary artist Pablo Amaringo. Investigating altered states of perception, he provides visionary techniques for exploring non-ordinary reality, exercises for expanding sensory perception, and practices to open your creative artistic visionary potential. Detailing the practice of soul retrieval, the author discusses why it is one of the most effective and profound spiritual healing practices and shares emotionally charged stories of successful shamanic healings he has attended. He also includes shamanic wisdom on working with feathers, stones, and sound and compares current research in physics with the vast body of experiential knowledge from indigenous spiritual traditions.

From the accident that started his journey to the many remarkable spiritwork encounters that have happened since, Charing's story will empower readers to begin exploring the realms of consciousness and energy that surround us and welcome the dissolution of the boundary between the physical and the spiritual.
The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World
The Book of Forgiving
The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World
Paperback      ISBN: 0062203576

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chair of The Elders, and Chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, along with his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, offer a manual on the art of forgiveness--helping us to realize that we are all capable of healing and transformation.

Tutu's role as the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission taught him much about forgiveness. If you asked anyone what they thought was going to happen to South Africa after apartheid, almost universally it was predicted that the country would be devastated by a comprehensive bloodbath. Yet, instead of revenge and retribution, this new nation chose to tread the difficult path of confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Each of us has a deep need to forgive and to be forgiven. After much reflection on the process of forgiveness, Tutu has seen that there are four important steps to healing: Admitting the wrong and acknowledging the harm; Telling one's story and witnessing the anguish; Asking for forgiveness and granting forgiveness; and renewing or releasing the relationship. Forgiveness is hard work. Sometimes it even feels like an impossible task. But it is only through walking this fourfold path that Tutu says we can free ourselves of the endless and unyielding cycle of pain and retribution. The Book of Forgiving is both a touchstone and a tool, offering Tutu's wise advice and showing the way to experience forgiveness. Ultimately, forgiving is the only means we have to heal ourselves and our aching world.

Landscape as Spirit: Creating a Contemplative Garden
Landscape as Spirit
Creating a Contemplative Garden
Paperback      ISBN: 1611802261
Explore the Eastern philosophy-inspired garden design principles that inform the work of landscape architect Martin Mosko.

This book is a resource for those who want to create a contemplative garden or to better understand what it is to follow a contemplative path. Mosko's work incorporates principles of Oriental and Western garden design to make bold and original statements in his landscapes. Mosko explains how to deploy the materials of the garden so that their arrangement reflects the contemplative mind. The chief paradigm he uses is the mandala, a symbolic picture of the ideal world used in some form in many of the world's cultures. Rocks, streams, plants, paths, and structures of the garden each take their place in the mandala as one of its five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. The means to produce a balance of these elements is the mind conditioned by meditation and a clear understanding of its own nature. Inner harmony is expressed as outer beauty.

Mosko's approach to landscaping transforms space into spirit, infused with magic. It can be used to create anything from a small courtyard to a country estate, in any environment from the city to the suburbs. After explaining theory and method, the book leads us into five of Mosko's gardens, each alive with the energy and excitement he brings to his designs. Although located in different parts of the country and created in different styles, each garden is a reflection of the mind of clarity and calm.
The Path to the Guru: The Science of Self-Realization According to the Bhagavad Gita
The Path to the Guru
The Science of Self-Realization According to the Bhagavad Gita
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 162055321x

A verse-by-verse examination of the guide to self-transformation presented in the Bhagavad Gita

- Reveals the scientific approach to personal development and spiritual enlightenment laid out in Krishna's advice to Arjuna

- Shows how the Gita prepares you to work with a guru, advocating authenticity and skepticism rather than blind devotion and obedience

- Explores Krishna's advice on which societal limitations to reject to overcome your fears and reconnect with the suppressed parts of your inner being

Drawing on his more than 40 years of in-depth study of Indian Philosophy under the tutelage of his guru, Nitya Chaitanya Yati, author Scott Teitsworth explores the scientific approach to self-transformation and spiritual enlightenment encoded in Krishna's advice to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita. Providing a verse-by-verse examination of the first two chapters, he reveals the Gita's lessons to prepare the seeker to meet and successfully work with a guru--whether an outside teacher or the intuitive knowledge that arises from overcoming the psyche's learned limitations.

The author shows that the Gita does not advocate blind devotion to a guru or god but rather personal development, victory over your fears, and liberation of the psyche. He demonstrates how Krishna's advice provides tools to guide us out of our fear-based experiences to reconnect with the suppressed parts of our inner being. He explains how Arjuna's doubts and confusions represent the plight of every person--we are born free but gradually become bogged down by the demands of our society, continuously dependent on outside authority for answers and disconnected from our true inner nature. He reveals how Krishna's advice offers guidance for dealing with life's conflicts, which societal limitations to reject, and how to see through the polarizing notion of good versus evil to form a balanced state of mind superior to both.

Restoring the fearless vision of the ancient rishis, who, like today's scientists, prized skepticism as an important technique for accessing truth, Teitsworth reveals the Gita as a guide to an authentic guru-disciple relationship as well as to constructing a life of significance, freedom, and true sovereign adulthood.