This is a fabulous story set in Northern Ireland in the days of the potato famine. You get an inside look at a family,the struggles, the woman who wit...moreThis is a fabulous story set in Northern Ireland in the days of the potato famine. You get an inside look at a family,the struggles, the woman who with her quiet wisdom holds the family and the community together(less)
This book is not only for Dante scholars, but bit is rather an exposition of Williams' theology. It helps if you know a little about Charles Williams...moreThis book is not only for Dante scholars, but bit is rather an exposition of Williams' theology. It helps if you know a little about Charles Williams (one of the Inklings. The early chapters are particularly interesting where he lays out his view of what actually happened between Dante and Beatrice, how Beatrice transformed Dante's life. Also, how for a man, a woman can carry a high spiritual vision. Readers of Carl Jung will recognize the "anima projection", how the woman within us can have a trans-formative effect on the human psyche. (less)
It's rare for me to take to a book so that I'm unable to put it down, stay up at night reading it. Yes, I did see the movie first and it really got un...moreIt's rare for me to take to a book so that I'm unable to put it down, stay up at night reading it. Yes, I did see the movie first and it really got under my skin. Unsurprisingly the book is better still, more mutidimensional. The characters are easier to understand because so much more story is there. Or should I say stories? Are we dealing with one character's lives over several hundred years? The author has you step back from your present life and look at it as a fragment of a much vaster panorama. On the final page he comes clean --- we have a choice in what sort of world we want to create, a dystopian nightmare or a better world. We may feel we are no more than a drop in an ocean, but what is an ocean but a multitude of drops? (less)
This is a very provocative book that is bound to create controversy, discussion and to polarize opinions. Massimo Citro, a medical doctor and research...moreThis is a very provocative book that is bound to create controversy, discussion and to polarize opinions. Massimo Citro, a medical doctor and researcher in healing through the use of electromagnetic radiation (here begins the controversy), presents an overview of the latest studies, experiments and ideas of how science may explain diverse phenomena such as homeopathy, the structure of water, morphogenetic fields (as in Sheldrake), human fields, and the placebo effect. I was familiar with many of the same ideas developed by researchers back in the 1950s-60s, and was pleased to see that those same ideas are being discussed, now in terms of newer discoveries in quantum physics. I have no doubt that phenomena such as homeopathy and the structure of water are real. If so, how on Earth do you explain them?
Citro is not a physicist, and his explanations are qualitative rather than quantitative. However he refers to physicists who have published reasonable theories, such as Giuliano Preparata, Luc Montagnier and Ervin Laszlo to explain for example how water might have a “structure”. He devotes much of the book to describing TFF (Transfer Pharmacological Frequency), a healing technique he developed that involves amplifying the natural electromagnetic waves created by a substance dissolved in water, and either applying those waves to a patient, or imprinting them homeopathically on a water sample. He presents many case histories that suggest that there is a phenomenon there to explain. That molecules dissolved in water behave like harmonic oscillators and generate electromagnetic radiation, is not controversial. How coherent that radiation is, is another matter.
As well as presenting some of the latest research, Citro refers to early twentieth century work on the human fields, research by Yale biologist Harold Burr and Alexander Gurswitch. Back then, a field explanation for the development of biological forms seemed to many biologists a reasonable theory. It fell into disfavour mostly as a result of discoveries of DNA coding. In the tug of war between biologists and biochemists, biochemistry gained the upper hand.
On the negative side, Citro presents a smorgasbord of many theories, often too uncritically. All of them cannot be equally valid and some, such as the work and ideas of Pier Ighina stretch one’s credulity. The reader must make up his/her opinion on which theory merits attention, with little guidance from the author.
This book is unlikely to interest or satisfy the skeptic who is more at home in a positivistic approach. Citro is not out to convince anyone, least of all the skeptic. He does however give an interesting account of what ideas are being discussed on the edges of accepted science, the evidence and the possibilities. (less)
As a new beekeeper, I welcome this thorough account of the problems that bees are facing today, their population decline, the specter of their extinct...moreAs a new beekeeper, I welcome this thorough account of the problems that bees are facing today, their population decline, the specter of their extinction. Not least, the consequences for biodiversity and the food chain. While this is not an academic text, there's a great deal of information here, apparently very well-researched. My one criticism is that while I learned much about the US bee problems, industrial pollination and issues related to long distance trucking, the issues pertaining to the UK and to Europe were less thoroughly explored. Yes, Scotland for example, is suffering a major bee population decline, with almost no feral colonies left, other colonies decimated. Large tracts of the country are bee-less. Admittedly our recent harsh winters and cold summers have been a major challenge.
I would welcome an update of this book (now 4 years old) with more specifically on the UK.(less)
After reading Anastasia --- the first book in the Ringing Cedars series by Vladimir Megre, I surprised myself by trying another. Like the first book,...moreAfter reading Anastasia --- the first book in the Ringing Cedars series by Vladimir Megre, I surprised myself by trying another. Like the first book, the Space of Love oscillates between being inspiring and maddening. In the first book the author meets Anastasia, a Siberian recluse, spends three days with her in the Taiga during which he falls in love with her and impregnates her. He realizes that she is no ordinary woman but endowed with super-human abilities, and a person of great wisdom. She asks him to return to the world and write a book about their meeting. She tells him that the book will be a best seller that will inspire millions. That astonishing prophecy came true. The books have sold over 10 million copies and are translated into 20 languages. In Russia they also inspired a vast outpouring of poetry, painting and music. Now we have the Anastasia Foundation, and various eco-communities. It's a remarkable feat for a businessman who had never written a book in his life, self-published the first one and did very little marketing.
The Space of Love describes his second visit to the forest glade where Anastasia lives. He meets his baby son, who is being cared for not only by Anastasia but by forest animals. They clean him, wash him, feed him. An eagle takes the baby for an aerial flight. Seriously? You can get angry and throw the book away, or read on.
Megre struggles to understand his role as a father. He had brought toys, games for intellectual stimulation, even nappies only to discover that in the Taiga, they’re all redundant. He wants to bring the child back to civilization but Anastasia insists that he is where he belongs – in her space, the Space of Love.
He asks, “What can I give my son?”
She replies, “The links of the continuum have been violated in many people’s lives. But the strand is not broken. The strand that ties humanity as a whole and every creature in particular to the Creator needs to be comprehended and felt by each, and then to each may be extended light and might. Vladimir, expand the Space of Love. Right there in the world where you live, create a Space of Love. For the sake of our son, for all the children of the Earth, make the whole Earth into a Space of Love.”
“I don’t understand. What do you want from me? To change the whole Earth?”
“That is exactly what I want.”
Change begins with correct education of children --- hardly a novel concept. But what she proposes is revolutionary, along the lines Tekos school, in the Caucasian forest. A school built by the children, it’s where they learn together with very little adult input, using only thought, observation, feeling and intuition. The school may have commonalities with schools founded by the philosopher J. Krishnamurti, where freedom of thought and exploration are encouraged over conformity and conditioning. Where inner exploration of oneself is as important as the outer.
Despite impossible odds, such as would strain the credulity of every reader, Anastasia is not deterred. She denounces Nostradamus and other prophets of doom as liars, and asserts that she the pristine Man is stronger than they. She will defeat them. The End of the World is cancelled, not postponed. The dark prophecies will not come to pass but The Good will prevail.
It’s an astonishing message of hope, one that in this time of despondency and alienation needs to be heard. After finishing the book, you'll want to believe her.(less)