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Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution
by William Martin

I was inspired to purchase this book from my local book seller because of the drama and hate surrounding the 2016 presidential election. However, as I’ve watched this unfold, what I realized is that there is always something to overcome; there is always an obstacle to freedom, there is always hate to contend with.

It’s my personal belief that hate only fuels more hate, so it’s actually useless in making lasting change. I also believe that anything we do to support any kind of division between us and them, only adds to the problem.

Even when we believe (which we always do) that we are right!

So I turned to the work of Taoist teacher, William Martin, for comfort and advice.

From the first page I felt an immediate peace.

Free of our own prejudices,
we act with spontaneity.
We move naturally.
We accomplish what is necessary.
Caught in our prejudices,
we act as puppets,
moving in lockstep
to the beat of commerce.

From the book – page 11

The Activist’s Tao Te Ching is a reinterpretation of the ancient Chinese text, and  explains that using force and violence to incite change never works in the long run, yet, because the Tao is a dynamic force, always in motion, it also offers suggestion for peaceful, powerful, and meaningful change.

And if peaceful change seems impossible, think on this:

“His teachings were seen as a threat to the ordered and compliant social structures of Confucian society, and those who followed his way were branded as lazy, antisocial, unpatriotic anarchists because they followed a way of effortless flow, simplicity, and flexibility.” ~ From the book, page 4.

This was said about Lao Tzu some 2,500 years ago.

I have enjoyed this book tremendously, and read through its entirety the first day I had it. It now sits on my desk where I can randomly flip through it and read a page from it before I start my day.

If you are feeling that this world is in the process of massive change, and that this change needs to happen, but you are also tired of the manipulation and fear mongering that pervades our society, I believe this book will offer you the alternatives you seek.

NOT ALONE

You are an expression of the Tao,
arising at this particular time,
in this particular form,
in this particular place,
to add your contribution
to this revolution.
There is an energy flowing through you
that cultivates, nurtures,
and prepares you for your work;
comforts and fortifies you in your efforts;
and guides you to completion.

– from the book, page 70.

At first glance, it may seem that practicing the Tao is passive. But the Tao is the force of nature that animates all things, and flows freely when we are free from hate, and unburdened by our prejudices. This makes us better channels for love, wisdom and understanding, which allows us to bring forth better solutions to bring about the change we so desire.

The Activist’s Tao Te Ching is not a book to just enjoy in one moment, and then go back to regular life the next; it’s a book of guidance. In reading it, I feel a deep comfort because most of the time, in times of trouble, I don’t know what I should be doing! I certainly don’t want to add to the fear, but at the same time, when I’m so highly frustrated, that’s the first response I reach for.

This book offers the tools for those of us looking for that other way to respond, without having to feel lazy, unpatriotic, or disconnected because we don’t appear to have anything to lose.

Anyone who has ever practiced the Tao can tell you it’s way harder than just spewing hateful rhetoric any day of the week! But in my opinion, that’s what makes it so valuable; for our personal lives, as well as inciting change for the greater good.

Deanna purchased this book with her own funds from a local book seller.

 

cards message from heavenLove and Guidance from the Other Side of Life
by Jacky Newcomb

I recently had the good fortune to receive a copy of “Messages from Heaven Communication Cards” by Jacky Newcomb.

Jacky is a British author, and an angel and afterlife expert, who has written at least 25 books on this topic.

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Adventures of a Dream Archaeologist in the Multiverse
By Robert Moss

Ever since I was little, I knew there was something important about dreams. And even when I was a teenager, and I started keeping a regular dream journal, I didn’t know why, I just knew I needed to record these journeys.

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Many of us remember loving unicorns as children. We collected unicorn figurines and posters, looked for them in the woods, and dreamt about them. In fact, to this day, I wear a unicorn pendant that a friend of mine made me back in high school because it makes me feel inspired and creative.

But sometimes as we get older, and wiser (we think) we become weighed down by the burdens of our world. We get tired, stressed and lose whatever bit of creativity we’ve been hanging on to.

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Frank MacEowen has become one of my very favorite teachers of Celtic Spirituality. It all started when I first read (and I say “first” because I’ve read it twice now) “The Mist Filled Path” a few years ago, and then “The Spiral of Memory and Belonging.”

“The Celtic Way of Seeing – Meditations on the Irish Spirit Wheel” is a beautiful book on Celtic inspiration.

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I discovered the “new age” back in the late 80s. I bought some crystals, the book Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain (I didn’t understand a word of it), some purple and blue candles (to develop my psychic abilities), a tarot deck (to develop my psychic abilities) and a long, swirly skirt (it made me look psychic).

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Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain

There are very few people in the spiritual community that haven’t heard of Shakti Gawain. Her book, Creative Visualization, originally published in 1978, started a trend in spiritual and physical self improvement that has yet to be beat.

That is until now, with the release of her thirtieth anniversary edition.

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How Shamans Dream the World into Being by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Alberto Villoldo. As I had heard some good things about him and I’m a fan of any well written book on dreaming, I was very excited to read this book.

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Among the Native Americans, and many indigenous tribes around the world, animals are known to carry a special power, or medicine. These are known as animal totems or animal spirits. The appearance of an animal totem in a dream may mean that it has a particular message for you related to its power.

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The Encyclopedia of Angels, Spirit Guides and Ascended Masters
A Guide to 200 Celestial Beings to Help, Heal, and Assist You in Everyday Life By Susan Gregg

One of the first things about this book that impressed me so was its size. It’s rather large, and though it’s not a hard bound book, the cover is certainly thicker than your typical paper back book.

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