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The new issue of The Gnostic: A Journal of Gnosticism, Western Esotericism and Spirituality has reviewed Breathe into Being: Awakening to Who You Really Are by Dennis Lewis!
There are no lengthy and learned treatises here, but a rich tapestry of around 70 micro-chapters. It is more like a workbook, which Lewis says comes closer to how he actually teaches in a workshop setting. Each chapter contains a specific practise, and there were many unique exercises that I had not seen before which I immediately incorporated into my daily practice…Lewis’ practises of simply following the breath are effective tools for generating mindfulness and presence, the space in which we can discover the truth about ourselves and the world. They are wonderful exercises for developing that most valuable of spiritual commodities: attention. (excerpted)
–Tony Cartledge, The Gnostic book reviewer and author of Planetary Types: the Science of Celestial Influence
Published Autumn 2009 by Bardic Press. Perfectbound softcover, 186 pages ISBN 978-1906834029, $14, £9, €10
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The crucial question is how Hatha yoga’s integrity as a spiritual practice can be effectively maintained as it becomes just another entrée in the glut of products and services awaiting their turn as grist in the commercial mill of postmodern life. Yoga’s uniquely contemporary bipolar condition—a business enterprise and spiritual path packaged into creative fitness workouts and specialized workshop retreats—appears to pose a serious danger to the health of a noble ancient path and may warrant some metaphorical medication as a corrective. –Tom Pilarzyk, Ph.D.
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The Magical Buffet, the ecclectic online ‘zine where “spirituality, politics and pop culture collide” has reviewed author Cherry Gilchrist’s newest release Russian Magic:Living Folk Traditions of an Enchanted Landscape (Quest Books; Oct.)!
Russian Magic is everything a book of its type should be, potential authors of folkloric books take note. The book is engaging and covers a surprisingly large swath of Russian traditions, religious practices, folklore traditions, and more. It is well researched but also filled with first hand accounts from the author brushing up against these practices…I highly suggest picking up this entertaining and enlightening book.
–Rebecca Elson, The Magical Buffet
The Cynical Idealist: A Spiritual Biography of John Lennon (Quest Books; Dec. 2009) has been reviewed in Publishers Weekly’s Best of 2009 non-fiction reviews!
John Lennon will likely be remembered for two things: helping found the Beatles and writing the song “Imagine.” Those accomplishments, however, only scratch the surface of a complex and fascinating life. Writer and artist Tillery explores Lennon’s spirituality as it develops, beginning with childhood traumas, through his time with the Beatles, and finally, in his role as a social activist. Throughout his short life, Lennon fought many existential battles with himself and whatever he thought of as “God.” To interpret Lennon’s spiritual hunger, Tillery draws upon the work of Victor Frankl, the Austrian psychiatrist and WWII death camp survivor who wrote volumes on the importance of people finding meaning in their lives by focusing outward. The author characterizes Lennon as a loving man who, in the latter part of his life, was able to find some semblance of peace and to encourage others to do the same. Lennon searched for and sang about the truth, discarding religious indoctrination and accepted norms when they proved unhelpful. If this is Lennon’s legacy, one could do a lot worse. ―Publishers Weekly Nov. 9, 2009
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Andrew will discuss his November release A Dictionary of Gnosticism! More than a dictionary, this is a perennial almanac and exhaustive mini-encyclopedia of Gnosticism. From Simon Magus to the Matrix, from the Ophites to the Mandeans, from the Naasene Sermons to the Gospel of Judas.
This engaging interview will also explore Andrew’s highly-acclaimed tri-annual journal The Gnostic!
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Knoxville, TN November 4, 2009–The Knoxville News Sentinel interviews Tom Walker for feature article Belief in Paranormal Prompts Book on Spiritual Phenomena!
Tom discusses his new release The Force is With Us: The Higher Consciousness That Science Refuses to Accept:
“My operating assumption is that ancient advanced and traditional cultures had a more correct understanding of the world than modern science does…I wanted to write something that is fun and interesting to read and can convey these deep scientific and spiritual concepts to everyone. That’s my talent, my gift. I’m a teacher. I have the ability to explain things to people so they understand.” –Tom Walker
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Gary talks about the connections between the halls of power and the “other world” which pre-date the typical discussions about the Founding Fathers–a fascinating discussion of how occult thought has permeated politics!Listen to the interview FREE!
It is unusual for a book on the occult to be not only brilliant and serious but also highly readable; Lachman has done it with ease and grace!
—Colin Wilson, author of The Occult and Mysteries
Gary Lachman is the author of several books on counterculture and alternative thought. His books include Turn Off Your Mind: The Mystic Sixties and the Dark Side of the Age of Aquarius; A Secret History of Consciousness; In Search of P.D. Ouspensky; A Dark Muse; Rudolf Steiner: An Introduction to His Life and Thought; The Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides: Dead Letters; and his most recent release Politics and the Occult. As Gary Valentine he was a founding member of the rock group Blondie, played guitar with Iggy Pop, and fronted his own groups the Know and Fire Escape. New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation is an account of his years on the New York and Los Angeles underground music scenes in the 1970s and 80s, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is a regular contributor to Fortean Times, Independent on Sunday, Strange Attractor, What is Enlightenment and other journals in the US and UK. A frequent lecturer, Lachman has appeared in several UK television documentaries and has broadcast for the BBC. He lives in London.
Blockbuster films like The Matrix and Stigmata have helped fuel the continued fascination with Gnosticism. Although The Matrix conveys complex concepts like “archons” and “dualism” with marvelous simplicity, Gnostic texts do anything but. Curious new students of Gnosticism find they are swiftly bombarded with numerous foreign, often un-translated, and barely pronounceable terms like Acinetos and Deitharbathas. Now for the first time, a comprehensive guide to all aspects of Gnosticism and related spirituality is available to the public in a straightforward dictionary!
An amazing storehouse of information, A Dictionary of Gnosticism contains nearly 1,700 entries, from Aachiaram, an angel in the Secret Book of John, to the Zostrianos, a third-century Gnostic text that recounts a series of revelations on the successive stages of the soul’s ascent. With an easy-to-read introduction explaining who the Gnostics were and what Gnosticism is, Smith delivers a whirlwind tour through the ancient and diverse history of this captivating movement!
Andrew Phillip Smith is editor of The Gnostic magazine and author of over half a dozen books on apocryphal scriptures, including The Gnostics : History, Tradition, Scriptures, Influence and several books in Skylight Paths‘ annotated and explained series: The Lost Sayings of Jesus, The Gospel of Philip, and Gnostic Writings on the Soul.
This book is the answer to the prayers of students and practitioners of Gnosticism from far and wide. Andrew Phillip Smith has given us a readable, informative and accurate compendium of words, names and concepts of Gnostic interest that will be welcomed and used abundantly.
—Dr. Stephan A. Hoeller, Bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostica and author of Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing
Not only is this an excellent aid for anyone trying to make sense out of the complicated cosmologies and scriptures of the ancient Gnostics, but it also provides an overview of gnostic movements and mystics down through the centuries.
—Jay Kinney, author of The Masonic Myth
A long-awaited and indispensable grammar of classical Gnosticism – essential for any serious student, and a practical gem for the curious.
—Jordan Stratford, author of Living Gnosticism
More than a dictionary for reference and research, this book is an index of ideas and suggestions. Readers interested in Gnosticism and related alternative religions of earlier times will find a whole host of new ideas and leads and directions for further inquiry. Think of the book as a thousand starting points for your explorations into spiritual unknowns!
—Stevan Davies, Professor of Religious Studies, Misericordia University and author of The Secret Book Of John
A Dictionary of Gnosticism is a valuable resource for any student of Gnosis. If you need a helpful translator of the language, or a sympathetic guide to the beliefs of these extraordinary women and men who lived a long time ago, in a world far, far away, then this is the book for you. Think of it as the ‘Lonely Cosmos Guide to Gnosis’, and always pack a copy when you are setting out for that strange and exciting country. Have a great trip!
—Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy, authors of The Jesus Mysteries and The Gospel of the Second Coming