Death, Health, and Mind

$12 Green Foods Bible: Everything You Need to Know About Barley Grass, Wheatgrass, Kamut, Chlorella, Spirulina and More by David Sandoval

The definitive guide to green superfoods by one of the world’s leading green foods authorities. Sandoval studied under the tutelage of the famous wheatgrass pioneer Ann Wigmore, and ever since, it has been his life’s passion to help people feel better, live longer, and increase their quality of life with the aid of whole foods. Learn how you can increase your energy, boost your overall health and overcome many illnesses with super green foods like barley grass, wheatgrass, kamut, chlorella, spirulina and others.

$13 Creating the Soul Body: The Sacred Science of Immortality by Robert E. Cox

The book outlines the principles and mechanics of the soul body, the spiritual vehicle that enables individual consciousness to survive the body’s death. It shows that the ancient Vedic, Egyptian, Hebraic, and Pythagorean traditions shared and understood this spiritual practice. Modern science is only now awakening to this ancient sacred science. In Creating the Soul Body, Robert Cox maps the spiritual journey of consciousness behind this sacred science of immortality and reveals the practice of creating a soul body in detail. He also shows that this ancient spiritual science resembles advanced theories of modern science, such as wave and particle theory and the unified field theory, and reveals that modern science is only now awakening to this ancient science of “immortality.”

$13 How We Got to Be Human: Subjective Minds with Objective Bodies by William H. Libaw

In this freewheeling, unorthodox study of human origins and behavior, science writer Libaw argues that while females abandoned estrus (periodic itch for sexual activity) as they evolved from upright apes to human beings, males genetically retained animal rut and expanded it into year-round endless lusting for sexually receptive females. In this scenario, males invented courtship and foreplay to interest and hold estrus-free females; meanwhile, hominid Lucy learned that her sexuality was valuable to males, a convertible bargaining chip, and patriarchal culture, combined with genetic inheritance, made men more promiscuous than women. Libaw attempts, audaciously and unconventionally, if highly speculatively, to pierce the subjective mental realm extending from animals to early humans to us.

$14 Scientific Evidence of the Existence of the Soul by Benito F. Reyes

Mr. Reyes delivers. By logical steps, he proves that there is a non-physical component to the human being. In so-doing, he delivers a powerful assessment of the state of psychology as of 1949, which science has become even more depleted and distorted by materialism since then. I feel that this gem of a book must be brought to light again and circulated within academia, particularly in departments of psychology, sociology and philosophy.

$14 Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin

Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales connected in some way? To better understand the inner workings of our bodies and to trace the origins of many of today’s most common diseases, we have to turn to unexpected sources: worms, flies, and even fish. Neil Shubin, a leading paleontologist and professor of anatomy who discovered Tiktaalik-the “missing link” that made headlines around the world in April 2006-tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth.

$15 The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy–and Why They Matter by Marc Bekoff

If the onus on Emotional Lives of Animals author Marc Bekoff was simply to prove that nonhuman creatures exhibit Charles Darwin’s six universal emotions (anger, happiness, sadness, disgust, fear, and surprise), then his book would be very brief. As anyone who has ever had a pet dog, cat, rabbit, or even bird can attest, animals not only possess such emotions but broadcast them clearly and often. Bekoff’s goal, however, is much grander: To show that wild and domestic species have a kaleidoscopic range of feelings, from embarrassment to awe, and that we dismiss them not only at their peril but our own. And if an endorsement squib by PETA president Ingrid Newkirk and Foreword by renowned animal scientist Jane Goodall doesn’t give it away, then readers quickly learn that Bekoff also has an agenda: showing that using animals for scientific experiments, amusement, food, and the like is reprehensible and unconscionable.

$15 Big Book of Near-Death Experiences: The Ultimate Guide to What Happens When We Die by P. M. H. Atwater

An intellectual tour de force; the most comprehensive reference book for the near-death phenomenon. The Big Book of Near-Death Experiences encompasses every aspect of the near-death phenomenon: the experience, aftereffects, and implications. Atwater’s simple, appealing format includes drawings and cartoons by Spirit Painter and Chuck Vadun and sidebars from experts. She investigates and reports on the power of changed lives, the reality of deceased who come back, visitors at death’s edge, out-of-body travel, the expansion of normal faculties, the awesome presence of Deity and the importance of spirituality.

$15 Neti: Healing Secrets of Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley

The most thorough and practical presentation of how to use the neti pot.

$15 The Wheatgrass Book by Ann Wigmore

The Wheatgrass Book is written by Ann Wigmore – the woman who introduced wheatgrass juice to America 30 years ago. Ann’s book contains a wealth of information on wheatgrass – from its nutrient properties to ways of easily growing it for the home juicer. Chapters include: green power from wheatgrass, how wheatgrass chlorophyll works, super nutrition from wheatgrass, how to grow and juice wheatgrass and the many uses of wheatgrass. This is a must for the person serious about incorporating wheatgrass into his or her health regimen.

$16 The Myth of Monogamy: Fidelity and Infidelity in Animals and People by David P. Barash and Judith Eve Lipton

Monogamists, this husband-wife team says, “are going against some of the deepest-seated evolutionary inclinations with which biology has endowed most creatures, Homo sapiens included.” Barash, professor of psychology at the University of Washington, and Lipton, a psychiatrist, note how rare monogamy is in the animal kingdom. One could not have been so sure about humans until the advent of DNA fingerprinting, which makes it possible to “specify, with certainty, whether a particular individual is or is not the parent.” And a “key point” is that women as well as men stray from monogamous relationships. The argument leads one inevitably to ask why monogamy exists at all and why human societies show such concern about it.

$16 Aboriginal Men of High Degree: Initiation and Sorcery in the World’s Oldest Tradition by A. P. Elkin

The first book to reveal the secret and sacred practices of Aboriginal shamans, Aboriginal Men of High Degree presents an extraordinary series of rites by which the young Aboriginal male begins the degrees of shamanic initiation–each marked by its own portion of esoteric knowledge. One of Australia’s most eminent anthropologists, A. P. Elkin focuses on karadji, or men of high degree, who possess magical powers and who serve as channels between the Dreamtime beings and their own communities. As psychologists and psychic experts, the karadji are essential to the groups’ social chesion. They are believed to cure and kill mysteriously, make rain, anticipate future events, and appear and disappear at will. Not content to explain away these phenomenon, Elkin boldly suggests that we enter into the karadji worldview and try to understand this remarkable culture on its own terms.

$17 The Shape of Love: Discovering Who We Are, Where We Came From, and Where We’re Going by Masaru Emoto

The premise of the book is: We are water. He shares a few more pictures of water crystals and some stories of his life and his perspective on them. He shares his thoughts based on all his experience with water and Hado. He talks about resonance and vibration and offers a plausible story of how we came to be in the universe and the source of water. He also discusses the power of prayer and spoken words are energetically transmitted through the ethers. It begs the question that if the spoken word has such power then how much are we affecting one another and the planet as a whole with our negative speech?

$18 Wisdom Chi Kung: Practices for Enlivening the Brain with Chi Energy by Mantak Chia

Taoist meditation practices for increasing and maintaining mental awareness, memory, and clarity:  Details techniques to increase the level of chi energy in the brain;  Explains how to synchronize the left and right brain by activating the body’s energetic potentials; Shows that by emptying the mind there is more energy to heal the body. Wisdom Chi Kung teaches practitioners how to revitalize the brain: to repair function, increase memory, and expand capacity. As the mind continues to empty, receive, and also enhance the transformed chi energy, it is able to open itself to connect with universal chi energies and fill the body with enhanced life force.

$18 The Other Side of Death: Upanisadic Eschatology by William A. Borman

In his original study on the other side of death –  Upanisadic Eschatology – Dr. Borman brings the standards of science and philosophy to the interpretation of these often romanticized texts. He argues that only the Upanisads give a systematic interpretation of the principle after death path and provides fresh interpretations of the pedagogy and metaphorical language of the Upanishads. Dr. Borman explores his analysis in light of the evolutionary spiritualism of Swami Ramananda and the near death investigations of Dr. Raymond Moody.

$19 Practicing the Five Powers Near the Time of Death by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

This extraordinary book contains advice and commentary from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on how to practice the five powers near the time of death, thereby ensuring a peaceful death and positive rebirth. Rinpoche discusses the power of eliminating attachment and practicing generosity, the power of prayer, eliminating the ego, training, and bodhichitta. Although this book was completed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche for use by those facing imminent death, it is a deeply profound teaching on how to live life for anyone who wishes to make their life and eventual death most meaningful.

$20 Ayurvedic Massage for Health and Healing: Ayurvedic and Spiritual Energy Approach by S. V. Govindan

This book is a commendable guide to a very important medical aid which reigned with dignity in the past. It serves not only as a guide to novice practicioners but also as a manual and refresher guide for those who are experienced ayurvedic masseurs. The contents of this book will bring relief and better health to those who faithfully apply them in their daily lives.

$25 The Tao of Yiquan: The Method of Awareness in the Martial Arts by Jan Diepersloot

Based on the techniques and practices of various masters of Yiquan, this book focuses on the ability to defeat power and speed with the softness and stillness taught by this Chinese martial art. Yiquan, also known as I Ch’uan, is an ancient health and martial art system that has its roots in Buddhism and draws on Chinese meditative traditions. Central to Yiquan training methods is a practice of meditation that integrates mind and body to produce fa jin, a powerful and potentially lethal force. Yiquan also relies on skills of awareness and stillness to counter and control this deadly force. This is volume three~of the trilogy Warriors of Stillness.

$19 Beyond War: The Human Potential for Peace by Douglas P. Fry

A profoundly heartening view of human nature, Beyond War offers a hopeful prognosis for a future without war. Douglas P. Fry convincingly argues that our ancient ancestors were not innately warlike–and neither are we. He points out that, for perhaps ninety-nine percent of our history, for well over a million years, humans lived in nomadic hunter-and-gatherer groups, egalitarian bands where warfare was a rarity. Drawing on archaeology and fascinating recent fieldwork on hunter-gatherer bands from around the world, Fry debunks the idea that war is ancient and inevitable. For instance, among Aboriginal Australians, warfare was an extreme anomaly. Fry also points out that even today, when war seems ever present, the vast majority of us live peaceful, nonviolent lives. We are not as warlike as we think, and if we can learn from our ancestors, we may be able to move beyond war to provide real justice and security for the world.

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 Epitome List Completion  Hinduism Buddhism  Renunciation and Realization  Devotion to the Spiritual Master  Perfect Philosophy and Imperfect Philosophy  Mysticism  Sufism and Islam  Word and Myth  The Way of Art
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