This book is absolutely nuts, historically inaccurate, and based on obviously wrong etymological theories. It's clearly self published, with the typos...moreThis book is absolutely nuts, historically inaccurate, and based on obviously wrong etymological theories. It's clearly self published, with the typos and awkward tense changes to prove it. It even ended with a quote from Who Moved My Cheese?, I think but don't know because they weren't citations. However I don't really care, I think it's a good book.
I enjoyed reading it and was captivated throughout. The basic idea is what the title says: Jesus used a stargate, called "the Beaming Garment", to travel from the Galactic Core to Earth.
I think it sounds totally crazy, but the author said something that made me read it. He said that much of the work writing the book involved investigating patterns in ascension art, supplemented with historically significant texts. I figured even if his conclusions are off, the book is still worthwhile as a compendium of interesting images and as a bibliography of interesting texts.
I don't think I'll talk about the conclusions, I doubt you can really have a serious conversation about them. Rather, I'll just say that this book deepened my appreciation for the recorded personal accounts of the miraculous. We've been handed down a wealth of revered religious texts, all describing miraculous, other-worldly, and dream-like events.
Personally, I easily ignore them because they don't fit in with our worldview. For example, I pretend the gospel accounts were written by people so overtaken by religiosity that they can't see straight. But they weren't, some were written by very educated people. This book points out the patterns within such accounts throughout time and the world. All said and done, I agree with the author, the written and pictorial accounts of ascension we've inherited from disparate and various culture are too similar to be coincidence. Therefore it is something real, perhaps technological, and is really worth looking into.(less)
I was initially attracted to this book because of its physical beauty. It was lying on the counter at Field's Metaphysical Bookstore and it captured m...moreI was initially attracted to this book because of its physical beauty. It was lying on the counter at Field's Metaphysical Bookstore and it captured my eye, then secured my purchase as soon as I picked it up. Its a true pleasure to hold.
The text itself is equally as beautiful. Its an essay about mysticism, dreams, and initiation, as its title suggests. It is the most intelligent treatment of dreams I have read since Jung. In fact, it was almost too intelligent for me, I needed to look up several words and I'll have to read it again before I can fully express what it conveyed.
Luckily for me, it also sketches out a history of mystical dreams at the same time as expounding its theory, which is still above my head. The history was illuminating and surprisingly complete for such a small book. Strictly as a collection of references and a bibliography, this book is outstanding. (less)
Very interesting book. 1/3 anecdotes from Harner (an anthropologist who lived with indigenous shaman), 1/3 exposition of 'core shamanism', and 1/3 tec...moreVery interesting book. 1/3 anecdotes from Harner (an anthropologist who lived with indigenous shaman), 1/3 exposition of 'core shamanism', and 1/3 technical manual.
Core shamanism is like the perennial philosophy, its essence is common to all humans, with only cultural variations depending on the spacetime of its manifestation.
It was a pleasure to read because it didn't present an outsider's view and didn't judge the reality of shamanic experiences. Its really easy for our academic/scientific culture to look down on inner experience as something subjective, like shamanism is a primitive interpretation of Jungian archetypes or somethings else. Harner presents a view from someone who has been there, he doesn't ask you to take his word, he suggests experience is the best path to understanding. I'd agree.(less)
Every once in a while, I'll go to a bookstore and buy a book with no clear reason why or even a notion of when I'll read it. This book was one of them...moreEvery once in a while, I'll go to a bookstore and buy a book with no clear reason why or even a notion of when I'll read it. This book was one of them. After a few weeks of it on my shelf, I started it. I think its subtly changed my life or, at least, my relationship to my dreams.
Moss offers a very sane view of dreams, backed up with years of personal experience, study, and work facilitating dream groups. He suggests that while dreams have a psychological component, they're also spiritual in nature. This isn't a new notion and in fact none of what he presents is novel. Rather, it reads more like a collection of chapters on common sense about dreaming than a presentation of a theory.
He simply points out that they're a very natural experience, albeit somewhat magical. He goes through their aspects and offers his experience on them, which is very interesting and informative. He offers techniques to engage with and explore dreams.
The best part of this book is that the techniques and experiences aren't limited to dreams in sleep. He offers methods to engage with the world, memories of dreams, and psychological phenomena during waking life. In fact, I finished reading this book with a strong appreciation for the dream-like nature of waking life.(less)
I read this book because Erich von Däniken referenced it in the History Channel's Ancient Aliens series. Also, I was interested in it because of my in...moreI read this book because Erich von Däniken referenced it in the History Channel's Ancient Aliens series. Also, I was interested in it because of my interest in John Dee and Emanuel Swedenborg, both authors profess an interaction with beings that may loosely be termed "Enochian Angels", which simply meanings that these beings are similar to those mentioned in this book.
This book melds the archetypal stories of Prometheus and the Fall of Man from Genesis. From this point of view, its very interesting book. Its even more interesting because the narrative reveals the drama of the angelic or god beings (aliens in von Daniken's eyes). It reveals their motivation and their world.
Whether or not this book actually talks about ancient alien visitation, doesn't seem to matter to me. Its opened my eyes to a different aspect of myths. (less)