"Indiana Jones" meets the Solstices & Equinox! This book is no fiction, yet page after page, it just feels like I'm on the trail of a hidden myste...more"Indiana Jones" meets the Solstices & Equinox! This book is no fiction, yet page after page, it just feels like I'm on the trail of a hidden mystery, like a treasure hunt - uncovering bits and pieces of human history, of human spirituality and it all makes sense.
From listing many ancient sites in the world who are dedicated to these moments of the year, explaining many different spiritual texts and passages and how they relate to the Solstices and Equinox, and unveiling important details which are hard to find even if you know what you are looking for - this book is simply amazing.
Rich in academic and esoteric research, it's really like an encyclopaedia on the Solstices and Equinoxes, BUT without the dullness or boring tone of a dictionary! It is easy to read and very much captivating - which is in a sense a feat of its own. This books also contains celebrations of these times of the year - and a guide to make them as complete or as simple as possible.
I definitely recommend it to anyone and at any level - it reads really well, is packed with information and I believe will help many people become more understanding with each other - as clearly unfolding from this book is the understanding that among all cultures of the world, there is a common spiritual connection that at times past united people in reverence at the four points of the year.(less)
I find this book very well written and what I like about it is that it is truly a book that dispels a lot of myths about Joan of Arc.
Regine Pernoud wo...moreI find this book very well written and what I like about it is that it is truly a book that dispels a lot of myths about Joan of Arc.
Regine Pernoud worked really well and hard at presenting facts instead of trying to say what she thought Joan of Arc was. This is not a work of fiction - but a biography of a woman who changed the course of the world.
We are left in awe at the achievements of such a young lady - from leaving her town, enlisting help from nobles, going to the Dauphin, strategizing against the English, unifying France under the newly crowned King to finally battle the English under a false court - to which her wisdom, intelligence, faith, and incredible courage shows a woman like no equal.
Pernoud through facts, testimonies and the way of life of the 13th century dispels many of the misconceptions made upon Joan of Arc, and what we are left with is this wonder of wonder.
By looking at these historical facts, we are left with realizing that this woman was on a mission, on a true mission from God. What amazes me is that there are allusions to out-of-body experiences without using the term in testimonies over 700 years old. Joan would receive visitations in her sleep, would wake up with the answers she needed, she would know the outcome of battles etc..
As much as many people would like to say this is impossible, anyone with a brain has to recognize that Joan of Arc was not just a woman of this world, but did receive higher guidance and had to carry out her mission, knowing full well that she would be betrayed...
Does this remind you of Someone else who had to carry a Godly mission, knowing full well that betrayal was a necessary part of His story? yeah it does, doesn't it?(less)
This is a great little spiritual book that was recommended to me by a friend. I did not know what to expect and thought that all I needed to know abou...moreThis is a great little spiritual book that was recommended to me by a friend. I did not know what to expect and thought that all I needed to know about Lancelot was that he was the knight that steals his best friend and King's wife; but the story was written as a spiritual text, to teach people about enlightenment. It was then used as inspiration for other texts on forbidden love.
But this book rocks. Galahad is amazing in terms of showing the behavior and standards required to be worthy of receiving the Holy Grail, the monks are cunning, and each story shows and explains what enlightenment is all about.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, which I have read already several times.
And it's great to see that this ancient book talks about visions that people have in their sleep (otherwise known as Out-of-Body Experiences = OBEs) and it is obvious that though it was written in the middle ages, at least OBEs were verily accepted back then.(less)
Only missing in this book, is the Gospel of Judas, but then since it was only translated into English in 2006, it is understandably so.
There are many...moreOnly missing in this book, is the Gospel of Judas, but then since it was only translated into English in 2006, it is understandably so.
There are many profound texts in the Nag Hammadi Library, and it really shows how much of Jesus' own teachings was thought as heretical by the Fathers of the Church and how much they were separated and blind from His own teachings since so many of His texts did not make it to the Bible.
I would recommend reading the Flight of The Feathered Serpent by Armando Cosani as well as the Lost Gospel of Judas (can be found on National Geography website, as free download) as both are other powerful texts that shows a complete different understanding of Jesus' Teachings and his mission on Earth.
Honestly, not as good as I'd thought it would be. I read the Odyssey first and absolutely loved it. But with the Iliad, I just got tired of reading al...moreHonestly, not as good as I'd thought it would be. I read the Odyssey first and absolutely loved it. But with the Iliad, I just got tired of reading all the names and ancestry of each character that would be only introduced to be killed 2-3 pages later.. So once I started to skip all the names, and read the dialogues mainly and some description, it then became a bearable and interesting read, it was very interesting to see how the pride of both main characters (one of them being Brad Pitt... just kidding ;) ) led them to such mistakes and terrible outcomes.
Achilles is driven to madness and rage only to realize that this hate will cost him heaven - Gods manipulate the Greeks and the Troyans to also feed their pride. This was a great teaching on its own, and it was terribly sad to see how little by little the pride of Achilles, his hatred and rage led him to horrible acts and how easily it is to see that in ourselves as well.
I still give it 4 stars because it is one of the must have read in one's lifetime book.(less)
This book is truly wonderful - it talks to my heart in a very different ways as each book within it is read, understood, comprehended and felt. It is d...moreThis book is truly wonderful - it talks to my heart in a very different ways as each book within it is read, understood, comprehended and felt. It is divided into 3 books - the first part is so easy to relate to - and my heart feels this common understanding with Armando Cosani - what he goes through in his life, how he reacts to the events, and how he's led from one end to another - yet always looking to understand and connect back to Spirituality. It contains some very deep and beautiful description on the power of prayer. The second book leaves a deep imprint in my heart and a deeper yearning to experience what Judas is experiencing, to feel the love of the Divine, of receiving and merging with it - it is so beautiful, and it is poetic - each time I re-read the second story, I get touched and gain some deeper understanding of it all. The third story literally makes my heart cry for the understanding needed, the love needed for what took place the fateful night described in the book - I cannot say more, as it would give spoilers.
But the humility, the love and compassion found in these 3 books of The Flight of The Feathered Serpent is truly one of a kind - a sacred and revered manuscript, passed on thru time and finally published.
Watch and Pray - 3 magical words that can make one into a better person - truly, this is one of the book that has changed my life for the better. (less)