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April 2018 Book Reviews

 
 

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From Anxiety To Love
A Radical Approach for Letting Go of Fear and Finding Lasting Peace


Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older, or 18.1 percent of the population every year. On the high end of the anxiety spectrum are panic attacks, debilitating fear, and free-floating anxiety. On the low end of the spectrum are normal fears and anxieties that occasionally visit all of us.
 
In From Anxiety to Love: A Radical New Approach for Letting Go of Fear and Finding Lasting Peace, author and licensed counselor Corinne Zupko, who personally struggled with debilitating anxiety for nearly three decades, offers readers a radical new approach to healing anxiety that draws from A Course in Miracles (ACIM), mindfulness meditation, and the latest therapeutic approaches.
 
"My anxiety journey was one of the worst, most terrifying experiences of my life. Yet once I allowed it to become my greatest teacher, it also became one of the best," writes Corinne. "My anxiety brought me to greater inner peace than I ever thought I could experience, and for that, I'm incredibly grateful. I hope this book will help you be grateful for your anxiety, too, because anxiety is a call to awakening and can start you on a pathway toward love and inner peace."

From Anxiety to Love goes beyond fixing the symptoms of anxiety and focuses instead on healing the problem at its root by offering practical strategies designed to help readers shift the fundamental way they perceive the world. Corinne presents healing steps and perception shifts that can help readers ascend out of anxiety, including journal prompts, thought-provoking exercises, meditations, mind-strengthening mantras, and more.

"If you use this book with an open mind and adopt an attitude of ‘I don't know' rather than clinging to what you think you already know, you will create space for new insights to come to you. Willingness to learn new ideas is key, and any voice that tells you you'll never succeed is not your real voice," writes Corinne, who goes on to offer practical steps inspired by the healing processes in A Course in Miracles that readers can use to work through anxiety, navigate difficult relationships, and resolve any other problem that might be bothering them.

About the Author: Corinne Zupko, EdS, LPC, is the author of From Anxiety to Love. As a licensed counselor and keynote speaker, she has helped thousands of individuals through her one-on-one counseling, weekly meditation classes for corporations, and the largest virtual conference of ACIM in the world, through the organization Miracle Share International, which she cofounded. She lives in New Jersey. Visit her online at http://www.FromAnxietytoLove.com.

From Anxiety To Love by Corinne Zupko, EdS, LPC
  • 208 pages
  • $15.95
  • 978-1-60868-505-9
  • Release from New World Library

 

 
 

   
     
     

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Luminous Life
How the Science of Light Unlocks the Art of Living

The most important things in life are our health and happiness. Yet most of us are neither healthy nor happy. We've been led to believe that if we think ahead and make the right choices, we can manifest our dreams. Yet even, with our best efforts, we still have more disease and discontent than ever before. Is it possible that our fundamental ideas about life are flawed?

Most of us are aware of the impact of sunlight on a plant's life. But few of us realize that plants are not passive recipients in this process. A plant actually "sees" where light is coming from and positions itself to be in optimal alignment with it, facilitating photosynthesis. But this relationship with light is not just limited to the plant kingdom.

As humans, we are equipped with the same navigational system that directs all of nature, from a snail's crawl to the movement of galaxies. But unlike humpback whales who make a 10,000-mile annual migration, never varying by more than one degree, humans obscure their inner guidance with thinking, disrupting the natural life direction that light provides us with.

Filled with stories and exercises and including a vibrant account of his pioneering research, Dr. Liberman's book reveals how light effortlessly guides the course of our lives, illuminating our way with presence and purpose. You will read about:

  • The relationship between the scientific and spiritual aspects of light

  • The difference between vision and eyesight and what he means by "looking less, seeing more"

  • How to use color as a healing modality

  • Plants certainly use it, as do animals on migratory journeys. How have humans hindered this inherent navigational system?

  • Presence and how it differs from "being present"

Take for instance the idea of presence. Despite popular belief, attaining presence is not about thinking or trying to be here now. Rather, it is a naturally occurring state that arises when our eyes and mind, triggered by light; focus on the same place at the same time. In response to light's invitation and guidance, our eyes begin an intricate dance of aiming, focusing, tracking, and teaming. Though we often relate presence to attention, it has no tension associated with it.

About the Author: Jacob Israel Liberman, OD, PhD, developed the first patented, FDA-cleared medical device for vision improvement in 2006. A popular speaker at venues including Unity Churches, he has been featured in numerous print, television, radio, and online media. He lives in Hawaii. www.JacobLiberman.org

 
Luminous Life by Jacob Israel Liberman, OD, PhD with Gina Liberman and Erik Liberman
  •  224 pages
  •  $15.95
  •  978-1-60868-517-2 (this was printed wrong in the printed paper...sorry)
  •  Release from New World Library New World LibraryWorld Library

 

 
 

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IMMORTAL SELF:  
A Journey to the Himalayan Valley
of the Immortal Masters

In the summer of 2006, Aaravindha Himadra knew he was ready to answer the invitation to visit the Himalayan Valley of the Immortal Masters, a highly reclusive lineage of spiritual mysticism. Twenty-five years had passed since he received his initial invitation in India. While he was not ready then, he was certain that now he must go. With little information and an unshakeable calling, he began his mystical adventure.

Aaravindha endured a daunting trip across the rugged, remote mountain peaks where he eventually embarked upon their protected sacred land - a place where our world's most ancient spiritual truths still exist in wholeness. Many teachers came to Aaravindha to guide him on his journey - each more mystical than the last.

Part memoir, part travelogue, and part spiritual wisdom teaching, IMMORTAL SELF: A Journey to the Himalayan Valley of the Immortal Masters is a remarkable recount of a transformational journey that will ask you to question your judgements, expand your heart, and allow the wisdom of your soul to guide you towards the power of supreme love.

During my journey to the Himalayas, I learned that my particular talent was once referred to as drishti saumedhika - a seer's ability. Specificially, drishti saumedhika refers to a perceptual sensitivity best used as a kind of transcendental divining tool - most useful in retrieving information or knowledge that relates to one's spiritual direction in life.

I had never applied my talent in any other manner. I was now considering using it as a compass tuned to a distant and yet unknown location. Up until now, I had been wholly content with my talent as it was. But now, for the first time in my life, I struggled with the real possibility that my abilities might not be enough. Despite the various unknowns that loomed before me, I felt convinced - even with all of its potential challenges - that the coming journey was a vital and necessary part of my life - destiny. I was determined. One way or another, I would find a way to answer the invitation of these mysterious masters. And I would follow this path, irrespective of the uncertainites.

About the Author: Aaravindha Himadra has been a spiritual teacher since 1999. He currently teaches and lectures primarily in Europe, the United States, and Canada. He is the founder of the spiritual organization Sambodha, an international, non-denominational spiritual organization dedicated to the advancement of higher spiritual education relating to the development of human consciousness and the attainment of Self Realization. Aaravindha is the author of six additional books that serve as study guides in his ongoing global teacher training courses. He lives in the Pacific Northwest. For more information, visit aaravindha.com or sambodha.org.

 
Immortal Self by Aaravindaha Himadra

  • 320 pages  
  • $17.95
  • 978-1-68364-113-1
  • Release from Sounds True

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