This book is SO Christian-centric that sometimes it made me cringe. But some of the pearls of wisdom hidden in there are worth all the dogma...but notThis book is SO Christian-centric that sometimes it made me cringe. But some of the pearls of wisdom hidden in there are worth all the dogma...but not worth finishing the book!!!!...more
Just went to a training with one of this guru's Master Teachers, and she has the most practical view of spirituality in modern life that I have ever fJust went to a training with one of this guru's Master Teachers, and she has the most practical view of spirituality in modern life that I have ever found. VERY COOL spiritual practices. If you're at all sciency, she ties spirituality to our physical bodies (even to particular parts of the brain), so it's a unique view uniting both of my trainings... If you want to find out more, go to www.humanityinunity.org. She's a really interesting woman and I'd love to meet her one day.....more
This book is a pretty neat novel. It takes place just under 500 years after Christ and is written by one of the very few literate nuns of the time perThis book is a pretty neat novel. It takes place just under 500 years after Christ and is written by one of the very few literate nuns of the time period who should be transcribing sacred texts, but is instead writing of her childhood before the Christians began their persecution of the pagans in Ireland.
There are some GREAT quotes. For example:
"Rather than seeing a contest between druid and Christian, I see a kinship between sone chapel and stone circle. One encloses and protects the sprit; the other exposes it and joins it with the elements. In both of these places we conjure the powers that affect and transcend us. We remind ourselves, in both places, that we need oats and milk, but we also need what we cannot see or put in our food bowls."
"It is no mystery that the Pelagians - those Christians who taught that all things are part of God and therefore good - found an easy welcome in this land where each twig is divine...Even now, like the Pelagians, I do not understand a jealous God for if He made all things, then any form of worship that protects His creations and is not destructive or cruel to them must please Him."
"I still lack understanding of [St Augustine's] complaints against Pelagius, whose followers I knew many years ago. Is it not possible that a man may speak to God directly? Is it not possible that all that we see around us, being created by God, should be considered holy? Is it not possible that instead of original sin there is original grace?"
But it was dark and conflicted with a weak plot. Good for a rainy afternoon read, but don't expect rainbows and sunshine!!...more
This is a tiny little book but it was only leant to me for 1 week and I hardly had enough time to eat and sleep this week bc of all the schoolwork dueThis is a tiny little book but it was only leant to me for 1 week and I hardly had enough time to eat and sleep this week bc of all the schoolwork due, so i didn't get very far. It's out of print, and it looks like it'll be hard to get my hands on another copy, but it looks like a worthwhile read....more
Ok, this book was just..eh. I had seen many of the water crystal photos before, although seeing them again is never a bad thing. It was the poor writiOk, this book was just..eh. I had seen many of the water crystal photos before, although seeing them again is never a bad thing. It was the poor writing that got me with this book - I don't know if subtle nuances got lost in the translation to English, but it appeared to be geared towards middle school students, and was simple to the point of almost being insulting to the average reader.
The ideas that were presented in this book were widely varied, loosely connected, and rarely well developed. Did you know that all the water on earth came from gigantic 'lumps' of water that float around the universe and bombard our planet? Far-fetched, and it was taken for granted that the reader would just accept this fact and move on - without even a citation of the scientist who came up with this theory!
It was as if Emoto had no real purpose when he set out to write this book, and never, I don't know, outlined or anything. The disjointedness of it all would have made me put down a book any longer than this very short volume.
And the epilogue nearly killed me - if the rest of the book was a collection of random ideas, the conclusion was anything BUT a conclusion, but more like a barf-fest of all the random ideas he briefly mentioned, beat into the ground (all the world needs is love and gratitude), or more of his strange outer space talk...
Ok, now it's time for my pet peeve about this book...ready? I know, right? It's hard to believe I could possibly bitch more about a book that took me 2 hours to read...but he ACTUALLY SAID, AS A SCIENTIST, that we don't know how medicine works. Wait, say WHAT? REWIND - as an angry girl pharmacist-to-be, I'll grant that we're not exactly sure of the exact mechanisms of action of several classes of drugs out there, but WE MOST CERTAINLY KNOW HOW PENICILLINS INTERFERE WITH THE FORMATION OF BACTERIAL CELL WALLS!!!!! And believe me, after >3 years of anatomy and physiology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics, we CERTAINLY know how SOME medicines work. I think that quote pretty much ruined the book for me.
Not really recommended reading, but borrow it from your library just to look at the cool pictures and see the effects that words and pictures can have on water samples. But take the captions with a grain of salt - a water sample that was exposed to the words "I hate you, I will kill you" formed crystals that are described as "looking like a man with a gun". REALLY? Oh, and water placed between speakers playing Argentinian tango music formed crystals indicating dancing couples. For real - he actually said that under the photo. This is like, the WORST SCIENCE EVER. *GAG*...more
The audiobook version of this title is really neat - it's a live lecture that Dr. Pert gave to an audience in NYC, and then an in-depth interview delvThe audiobook version of this title is really neat - it's a live lecture that Dr. Pert gave to an audience in NYC, and then an in-depth interview delving into the heavier points in this book between the author and a woman with the most amazing voice ;).
Dr. Pert is doing what I hope I can do in my career, although her path is benchtop science, and I'd like mine to be more patient-care oriented than lab oriented. I just LOVE that she's bringing the scientific community in a VERY scientifically valid way in the realms of spirituality, bliss, feeling good, and natural health.
Anyone who liked the movie "What the Bleep Do We Know" would enjoy this audiobook. Now, I haven't read the book book, so review readers beware, I can't speak for the writing style of the book, only it's content, as was discussed in the audio version....more
I REALLY got a lot from this book. It put a lot of the major concepts I have been picking up from my spiritual readings and teachers for the last 10 yI REALLY got a lot from this book. It put a lot of the major concepts I have been picking up from my spiritual readings and teachers for the last 10 years into REALLY simple, logical language.
A really great self-help book if you're feeling like you need a boost, and basically a good reminder of ways to live your best life (I guess as Oprah would say).
Louise Hay always sounds like such a kickin' old lady! I think it really added to the experience of this book that SHE was the narrator....more
I really enjoyed this book - I couldn't believe the depth of the issues into which the author delved with the Dalai Lama. Sometimes I even felt a littI really enjoyed this book - I couldn't believe the depth of the issues into which the author delved with the Dalai Lama. Sometimes I even felt a little embarassed, like perhaps I shouldn't even be reading such personal accounts of such a high lama's spiritual experiences. The author was not very likable - he never really expounded on WHY he followed the Dalai Lama around the world and had so many private interviews with His Holiness - not until the last few minutes of the book do we even know very much about any of the motivations driving Chan. He seems more like a journalist and less like a spiritual seeker throughout much of the book.
Despite all that, I felt that I really gained priceless knowledge from listening to his words - the pearls of wisdom may have been a little buried in much of the prose, but they really made the book worthwhile for me.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who would like to gain experience with the Dalai Lama's spiritual themes of emptiness and intereconnectedness - I think EVERYONE would benefit from this knowledge, and our world would be in a very different situation than at present if everyone took his teachings of altruism to heart!...more
Well...I liked this book. I think it was very much written in Gore's voice, similar in tone and theme to "Atlas of the Human Heart". I didn't like itWell...I liked this book. I think it was very much written in Gore's voice, similar in tone and theme to "Atlas of the Human Heart". I didn't like it as much, though. The main character, Frankka, was intentionally shrouded and hard to get to know, and you only got brief, stereotypical glances at the other members of the traveling troupe. The parts I enjoyed most were Gore's Saint stories - she boiled the life stories of several of the more notorious saints into quirky, brief little stories that really captured the spirit of what they stood for in their lives and why people continue to pray to them. (I'm not a scholar of saints in any way at all, but the ones I did know about before the book validated most of Gore's stories' facts..)
It was a fast, sometimes funny, sometimes annoying, sometimes heartbreaking read. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys Gore's writing in any capacity, or who likes to read about side shows, Catholicism, or one girl's search for her own theological meaning in life.
I very much liked this one quote about 'home' - "Barbaro laughs. 'Of course I become tired. Home is a place you become tired of, but it is also a place that holds you. You can leave it if you like. Your family will miss you, but they will allow you to go without protest. They know, as you know, that you will return one day, and when you do, you will not be a stranger. That is the beauty of home.'"...more