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Cygnus Review June 2012, issue 6, free of charge

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heal your body, feed your soul, free your mind, love your planet

Re-forged by Love

The Healing Power of Living Mandalas Ann Napier discovers the work of Jill Purce Diving into the Mystery Experience Timothy Freke

One Hundred Names for Love Diane Ackerman Top Five Regrets of the Dying Bronnie Ware

Maddy Harland recommends: Active Hope by Joanna Macy

Pierre Pradervand presents The Wisdom of Julian of Norwich


Re-forged by Love: The Healing Power of Living Mandalas andalas are very beautiful, aren’t they – Tibetan ones especially so. And you probably know something about how mandalas are used as aids to meditation, providing maps to and invocations of higher reality. But imagine how it would be if you were actually inside one. And if it were not still but moving; not two dimensional, but multidimensional; not silent but resonant with glorious sound – your own sound; not just colourful, but vibrant with inner light; not made of sand or paint, but of living, breathing, loving humanity. How would you feel? What revelations would you receive? Well, believe it or not, you can have that experience, in the modern world, right here in Britain, and that’s what happened to Geoff and I last week when we attended Jill Purce’s Healing Voice week-intensive. We knew we were going to learn to do overtone chanting and do some healing work, but we had absolutely no idea of the utter awesomeness of the experience we’d signed up for.

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The magic of overtoning We did indeed learn and practise overtone chanting for the first two days – it’s not that difficult to learn, but practice is important. To start, you sing a note (a lowish one is better because then the overtones are more audible) and by changing the shape of your throat, mouth, lips and tongue, and using your nose and diaphragm as well as your mouth to push the sound out, you can produce higher sounds as well as the note you are singing. Jill Purce says that, when we do this powerful vocal yoga and meditation, producing harmonic sounds which are uniquely in tune, it retunes the body – rather in the same way as playing a musical instrument helps to keep it in tune and maintain its tone. Whereas if you don’t play a musical instrument for a long time, it gets that painful ‘honky tonk’ sound and may need to be repaired as well as tuned, to restore it to its former resonance. So overtone chanting, which Jill pioneered in the West, can be highly beneficial for the body, even more so than ordinary singing. Also, as we discovered, if you keep doing it, it changes the whole way your body resonates, meaning that both your singing and speaking voices can become much more beautiful and rich. The most wonderful thing we discovered about overtone chanting though was that, when you do it in a large group, the voices of all the other people have a powerful effect on

your own body’s ability to resonate, greatly accelerating the process of enriching the sounds your body can make. Also, when the group really gets going, you can hear these strangely beautiful and uniquely tuneful high-pitched whistling noises seeming to hover above everyone, without appearing to come from anyone in particular. A beautiful expression of our oneness. Inside the mandala However, that was just the beginning! After learning overtone chanting, we embarked on Jill’s unique 5-day healing mandala process. As we entered the sacred space where the mandala would be created, each of us was handed a coloured scarf which determined, completely at random (though reflecting, as it turned out, a higher order), at which position in one of

four circles of twelve people we would start. Each circle had a colour, element and multiple meanings associated with it. The four circles of blue, yellow, red and green were arranged around a white centre – the place of White Tara – the Tibetan goddess of compassion, perfected wisdom and healing, to whom this particular one of Jill's mandala ceremonies was dedicated. Over five intense days of chanting and practice, each of us moved around one by one until we had occupied every position in each circle, including its centre, and had ourselves become White Tara. Alchemical forges These spiralling human circles became alchemical forges in which the person at the centre of each circle was enabled – in a space filled with absolute trust, safety, wisdom and love – to confront in turn four afflictions that were troubling them and

transform them into blessings, doorways to a blissful sense of who we truly are: utterly whole, utterly loved and lovable, and utterly, all-encompassingly loving. And as we moved we chanted – not just to invoke White Tara, but to become her, seeing ourselves as creators and uncreators of whole universes of enlightened beings, equally at home with oneness and duality, receiving and radiating her blessings towards all life, and especially towards the person at the centre of each circle. The love machine It was such a feast of love and wisdom, and to have the permission and freedom to be our true selves for a whole week (because truly, all we are is love!), without any need to hide behind our ego-facades with all their fears, doubts, judgement, mistrust and separativeness, was truly liberating. At one point, Jill – with a little secret smile – called the mandala a ‘love machine’, and that’s exactly what it was! Also related to the Tibetan Book of the Dead, it was at the same time a map to the afterlife, a guide and a doorway to liberation in this life, a teaching on how the universe really works, and a healing – a wiping away of all our tears and sorrows. We were completely knocked sideways by the sheer genius of it all, so you can imagine how intrigued we were to find out how Jill conceived this stupendous gift to humanity. A life’s work Jill’s story goes back more than 50 years to when, as a very young person, she developed an all-consuming interest in spirituality. Like many natural mystics, she felt strongly the teaching and healing power of nature, and was particularly fascinated by water, observing it closely to see how it moved and flowed, and how eddies and vortices formed and dissipated. Instinctively she knew that many lessons could be learned from water, lessons that would provide wisdom on many levels. And indeed, as it turned out, her observations of water in motion and her understanding of spirals led to her book The Mystic Spiral: Journey of the Soul (1974), and gave her a perspective on mandalas that would literally revolutionize lives. Music, meditation, and healing too, held a strong early fascination for Jill (her mother was a concert pianist and her father a surgeon), and in the early 70s she made contacts that proved pivotal for her life’s work, which blends together three main strands: an understanding of spirals and the rotatory principle in nature, art, spiritual traditions and psychology; a deep study of the wisdom of Dzogchen within Tibetan

Cover photo of Chalice Well in Glastonbury © 2012 Chalice Well www.chalicewell.org.uk Sunset photo on p. 5 by Janet Baxter, © 2012. Prints can be obtained from Cymric Cards on 01970 871333. www.cymriccards.co.uk This magazine is printed with vegetable inks on paper from sustainable PEFC accredited sources by S&G Ltd, Merthyr Tydfil, 01685 388888.


Ann Napier discovers the magical work of Jill Purce Buddhism; and an unusual grasp of the human voice and its power to heal. Jill lived and worked for several years with the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who wrote a piece for six singers called Stimmung – the first ever Western exploration of vocal overtones. And she started studying with Tibetan lamas, as well as the umtse or chantmaster of the Gyoto monks. So it was that, in the 70s, Jill began her pioneering work with overtone chanting and reconnecting people with the lost and forgotten power of their own voices. At the time, no one else was doing this, and her work, which she called Healing Voice, inspired a worldwide sound-healing movement which, as you probably know, is huge today. Until 2000 she worked with voice, ceremony, sound and shamanic healing methods to enable people to make massive changes in their minds and lives. These events often involved Jill undertaking quite energetic and vigorous shamanic practices with her students, so as to free them from the problems that were blocking their growth. But then, in 2000, although not while teaching, she broke her back and, while it was healing, she realised she needed to find a way of working with people that was gentler on her body. Guided by water spirits An important part of her life was daily swimming (a practice she continues to this day), and she made it her habit while swimming to connect with the water spirits and dedicate her swims to some question to which she needed to receive an answer. One day, while swimming and holding the question of how she could find a less physically demanding way of working with people, a revelation began to dawn in her mind. She saw how, as a development of the first ceremony that came through her in 1984, she could develop a quite new form of ceremony, in which human beings themselves formed the various parts of a mandala that could then be used to transform, illumine and heal them. The more she swam, the more information downloaded, so that she had to keep swimming to the side of the pool to make notes in a soggy notebook. Afterwards, the more she reflected on this revelation, the more she realised how extraordinarily

profound it was, and how very many seemingly disparate teachings it connected and gave new meaning to. When she first told her students about it, they wondered what on earth was going on, but they stuck with it and found themselves participating in a transformatory experience quite beyond anything they had ever experienced before. When she came home after giving her first ‘new-style’ healing voice week workshop, she went swimming and had the most extraordinary experience. The water felt clearer, more sparkling and silky somehow, so much so that she went to the swimming pool receptionist and asked what they had done to the water. They replied that, just a few days ago (the day she left to teach the workshop), someone had accidentally taken the plug out of the pool and all the water had drained away for the first time in 25 years and had to be replaced. In a moment of stunned illumination, Jill realised that the water spirits, having stored their teachings for her in the water for so long, had now been liberated, allowed to return to source, having delivered their treasures to her. Jewels for all beings And that’s how it works with all Jill’s mandala/healing voice workshops. Once the mandala has done its work, the people who formed it disperse, spreading the jewels they have received out into the wider world as an offering to all beings. So what was the greatest jewel we gained from our mandala experience – the one we want to share with all of you? The awareness – more sure and certain than ever before – that our conditioned self (which some people call the ego) does not need to be a strait-jacket. It can be a cloak that we can simply shrug off at will, because we no longer need it. We can come to the party – which is what human life truly is – dressed exactly as we ARE! We’ll see you there. With blessings and so much love, Ann, Geoff and the Cygnus Team © 2012 Ann Napier and Jill Purce

Jill Purce does weekend workshops in London but only 3 week-long intensives a year. She will be doing her next week on June 15-22nd: Healing the Family and Ancestors, Ritual and Resonance in Somerset, near Glastonbury, also celebrating the Summer Solstice, and another, Healing Voice, Mandala workshop in London from 27th October – 2nd November. Her workshop programme can be found on her website www.healingvoice.com and she can be contacted by email info@healingvoice.com or tel 0207 435 2467

OVERTONE CHANTING MEDITATIONS CD Jill Purce

Chanting brings about a state of calm and clarity, a sense of peace, quiet and relaxation, a reduction of pain in the body, a sense of order in everyday life. Jill Purce reveals the rainbow colours of the voice by the ancient shamanic vocal practice of overtone chanting. She makes audible the natural harmonic spectrum of the voice so that the ethereal angelic bell-like tones of the voice are heard floating above a continuous bass note of the deep voices of the chanters. Listening to this meditative recording is an ideal practice for meditation and learning this ancient shamanic vocal technique. It is deeply relaxing, used by countless cranio-sacral therapists, massage therapists, and healers, who report healing effects it has on their patients. CD, 8 tracks, running time approx 1 hr with 10 min interview Code: D220601 Cygnus Price £10.95

THE HEALING VOICE CD Jill Purce

Vocal teacher Jill Purce gave an inspiring lecture to over a thousand people in Prague on Midsummer’s Day. In this recording, she reveals the magic of the voice and shows how profoundly chanting can affect us. She discusses why traditional societies have always chanted, whereas modern Western society has stopped. She shows what happens when we rediscover our voice, and explains how we can recapture the ancient ritual of group chant. She also demonstrates the extraordinary sound of overtone chanting. Her lecture is followed by a chanting meditation to bring the many benefits of chanting into your deepest awareness. CD, 3 tracks, lecture, overtone chanting, guided meditation, running time 1hr approx, Code: D220602 Cygnus Price £10.95 SPECIAL OFFER Buy ‘The Healing Voice CD’& ‘Overtone Chanting Meditations CD’ together for £21.00

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A TIME OF EVOLUTION

THE WONDROUS JOURNEY: Into the Depth of Our Being Ilie Cioara

As gently profound as Rumi, Ilie Cioara has been compared to spiritual poets; a less rational and more poetic Eckhart Tolle; Kahlil Gibran meets Krishnamurti. All of this rings true and yet the simplicity of Ille Cloara’s writing carries the deeply spiritual message of The Wondrous Journey into the modern world like ripples of water, gently into the silence of the mind. Ilie speaks of indescribable beauty, equilibrium and harmony; of pure clarity, reflected in joy. This little book could remain a companion all of your life. By practising the silence of the mind, we discover and fulfill our potential of becoming one with the divine spark. 144pp, 137mm x 211mm, softback, 2012, RRP £9.99 Code: 220604 Cygnus Price £6.99

THE POWER OF THEN: How the Sages of the Past Can Help Us in Our Everyday Lives James Bremner

The problems we encounter in our everyday lives, from the midlife crisis to loneliness and the search for meaning, often seem of the modern world, but they have been around for centuries. The Power of Then applies the teachings of sages and lessons of their lives to emotional, mental and spiritual problems that perturb us today. From the experiences of the medieval housewife Margery Kempe, patron saint of the midlife crisis, to the insights of Carl Jung, scholar James Bremner unlocks the wisdom of the past and applies it to the present, in a clear, engaging way. Full of encouragement and reflection from some of the greatest sages the world has known, their pioneering advice is still a radical way of changing our thinking. 248pp, 135mm x 213mm, softback, 2012, RRP £10.99 Code: 220603 Cygnus Price £6.99 SPECIAL OFFER: buy ‘The Wondrous Journey’ & ‘The Power of Then’ together for £12.98

SELF POWER: Spiritual Solutions to Life’s Great Challenges Deepak Chopra

There should be a spiritual answer to every challenge. The answer doesn’t lie at the level of a problem, even though most people focus their energies at this level. Spirituality says the reason that challenges arise is to make you more aware of your inner purpose. So the spiritual solution lies beyond the problem. When you take your awareness outside the place of struggle, your awareness expands, and new answers appear. As your awareness expands, you can see that events are not random. A larger purpose is trying to unfold through you. When you base your life on the reality of the soul, and take the level of the soul to be the basis of life, spirituality becomes an active principle. The soul is awakened. 224pp,134mm x 214mm softback, 2012, RRP £12.99 Code: 201520 Cygnus Price £7.99

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THE HEALING CODE Alexander Loyd and Ben Johnson

In 2001, attempting to cure his wife’s long term depression, Dr Alex Loyd discovered how to activate a physical function of the body, so that the neuro-immune system Save takes over its job of healing whatever is 46% wrong with the body, to remove the source of illness and disease. Dr Loyd discovered a Universal Healing Code that will heal many physical, emotional and relational issues, enabling breakthroughs in success and well being. The Healing Code process is easy to learn, it can be used anywhere, and takes only six minutes to do. This book includes seven secrets of health and prosperity, an instant impact technique for defusing everyday stress, and a simple test to identify your issues and imbalances. Switch on the immune and healing systems, and feel the life-changing effects of The Healing Code. 304pp, 153 mm x 234 mm, softback, 2011, RRP £12.99 Code: 210250 Cygnus Price £6.99

SPONTANEOUS EVOLUTION Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman

We’ve all heard stories of people who have experienced miraculous recoveries from illness, but can the same thing happen for our world? According to pioneering biologist Bruce Lipton, it’s already happening. The expert in the science of epigenetics reveals how our new understanding of biology can help us navigate this turbulent period in our planet’s history and how we can participate in this global shift. Each of us can become planetary ‘stem cells’ for the healthy regeneration of our world. Evolving beyond old belief systems we can trigger the spontaneous evolution of our species for a brighter future. ‘The implications of this powerful book have the potential to change the world.’ Deepak Chopra ‘Spontaneous Evolution is the the life-map we've all been waiting for.’ Gregg Braden, author of The Divine Matrix 272pp, 150 mm x 226 mm, softback, 2011, RRP £12.99 Code: 190809 Cygnus Price £8.40 SPECIAL OFFER: buy ‘The Healing Code’ & ‘Sponteneous Evolution’ together for £14.39

MANDALA: The Art of Creating Future June-Elleni Lane

Art has been in the human consciousness for 40,000 years since the cave paintings, which hold a magical mystique to us now. We have developed the ability to create art alongside our ability for language, and we use art to plan or envision our future. Art is the way the imaginal realm of our dreams and imagination communicates its ideas. Mandalas appear in ritual based traditions and cultures as shields, masks, cave paintings, amulets, facial painting and tattoos. They are powerful forms of non verbal communication emerging from and directed at the subconscious mind. Becoming more aware while you sketch or make a mandala is a way to enter into a communication with this subconscious realm of the human mind, that allows us to tap into a creative stream of collective knowing, with the intention of healing and conscious co-creation. 128pp, 137mm x 211mm, softback, 2009, RRP £9.99 Code: 190715 Cygnus Price £6.99

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Diving into the Mystery

Timothy Freke find it helpful to imagine life as a great ocean. When I’m only conscious of the surface of life, I seem to know what life is, which allows me to get on with my everyday experience. But when I reach below the surface of things, right down to the depths of life, I find myself immersed in the ‘deep mystery’. The deep mystery isn’t a question we could one day solve. The deep mystery is the primal mystery that the universe exists and we are here to think about it. It’s the great mystery in which we live and breathe and have our being. And when we become conscious of the deep mystery ... the mystery experience spontaneously arises.

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Deep awake When I bob along on the surface of things my experience of life is shallow. But when I plumb the depths, my appreciation of what it is to be alive deepens. I become deep awake. Normally we’re only superficially awake, but when we become conscious of the deep mystery, we become deep awake. In the spiritual literature this awakened state is sometimes described as ‘enlightenment’ because it’s like being lit up from within. I avoid the term ‘enlightenment’ because it’s become associated with the idea of an ultimate spiritual goal, only achievable by special people who give up everything and live in caves. And this is very misleading because the deep awake state can be experienced by anyone ... even you and me. Deep knowing Paradoxically, when I’m deep awake and immersed in the deep mystery, I find myself knowing something. But this isn’t ‘knowing’ in the normal sense of the word in which I know certain information about the world. It’s a much deeper knowing than that. So I call it ‘deep knowing’. In the Western spiritual tradition this deep knowing is called ‘gnosis’. Gnosis is directly knowing the essence of things. It’s the big answer to the big question of life. This answer is not in the form of a collection of words. It’s an immediate realisation, unmediated by concepts. It’s like having the most profound thought ... only without a thought. Deep knowing transforms my experience of living because it gives rise to a quiet confidence that, despite appearances, life is good. When I become deep awake, I have an unshakeable faith that fundamentally all is

well. Even when things are rough on the surface, at the depths of life I experience a primal joy of being.

The universe vision is the profound recognition that essentially all is one. This is not a bland experience of monolithic oneness. It’s a profound experience of the variety of the universe. When I experience the universe vision I find myself appreciating the multifarious variety of life as an expression of one mysterious essence. On the surface I appear to be a separate individual but at the depths of my identity I am one with all that is. It’s seeing that on the surface of life everything is separate, like waves on an ocean, but at the depths, all is one. From The Mystery Experience © 2012 by Timothy Freke, published by Watkins.

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Deep love When I know I’m essentially one with all, there is a profound sense of connectedness to life that I experience as an all-encompassing love. It’s the feeling that arises when I’m conscious of both the surface separateness and the deep oneness. Deep self When I become deep awake I see that I am much more than the person I appear to be on the surface of life. There’s a deeper level of my identity, which I call the deep self. When I bob along on the surface of life I don’t notice the deep self, but it’s always there. It’s a permanent presence, which is always present, witnessing the everchanging dramas of my superficial self. The superficial self is what I appear to be. But the deep self is what I am ... my mysterious essence ... my ineffable spirit ... my naked being. And when I become conscious of my deepest being I discover I am one with all beings. I see that as separate individuals you and I are like different waves on one great ocean of being. Universe vision When I’m conscious of the depths as well as the surface of life, I experience universe vision. The word universe comes from universus meaning ‘all together’ or ‘turned into one’.

THE MYSTERY EXPERIENCE: A Revolutionary New Approach to Spiritual Awakening Timothy Freke

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What is The Mystery Experience? Traditionally described as ‘spiritual awakening’ or ‘enlightenment’, it spontaneously arises when we become conscious of the breathtaking mystery of existence. Tim Freke has spent his life exploring the mystery experience and in this book, he guides you directly to it. Refreshingly funny, down-to-earth and authentic, this book makes the awakened state available to all. Tim is a recognized authority on Gnosticism and the ancient Mystery Schools, and what he does in this book is to bring the age-old perennial wisdom of the mystery teachings right into the 21st century in a form which is immediately accessible and complements the discoveries of modern science. The result is a compelling kaleidoscope of inspiring ideas, embracing quantum physics, the Tao, Advaita, meditation, Buddhism, Walt Whitman, Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung and Jah Wobble. Tim is critical of out-dated spiritual teachings, which he discusses with his imaginary philosophical sparring partner ‘Swami Blandananda’, and he engages in fascinating ‘posthumous conversations’ about life with scientific visionaries such as Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. Wherever you’re coming from, you’ll find this book rewarding and – yes – enlightening!

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Maddy Harland o me being green isn’t solely about renewable technology or organics or permaculture. We may get involved in these aspects of being green, but they are not the whole story. Something has happened to me. I have fallen in love. It didn’t happen overnight. It has been a gradual, lifelong immersion. It started by becoming aware of different species – the wonder of the lifecycle of amphibians, to be precise – and progressed to gardening and the wonder of seeds and growth. Then out into the landscape and the sense of being held and nurtured within the folds of hills and valleys, the beauty of rivers, the power of the sea. Then a sense of communing with the Earth as a being. I fell hopelessly in love. When we are merged with our beloved, their wellbeing is our primary concern. Whilst there is great joy and appreciation for the beauty of our miraculous planet, there is also growing awareness of the shadow: the terrible destruction of ecosystems, the extinction of countless species, the insanity of war, the awful displacement and starvation of whole nations,

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Joanna Macy have a dream. In 1963 Martin Luther King Jr delivered one of the best-known speeches in history; the words ‘I have a dream’ are still linked to the vision he shared that day. Martin Luther King described a world where his children would be judged by the content of their character, rather than the colour of their skin. The idea that an African American citizen could become President of the United States would have been dismissed as dreaming, but Martin Luther King’s dream became the reality created by the community, voting for their vision. Our dreams and visions for the future are essential for navigating through life; because they give us a direction. Moving towards a destination that excites and inspires us, puts wind in our sails, energises our journey, strengthens our determination to overcome obstacles. Inspiration is often thought of as a fleeting experience, but it is a skill and practice that can be learned for going into the adventure. From an early age we are schooled in a worldview that values facts over imagination. Daydreaming during class is discouraged. The skill of visioning is undervalued. Dreamer is a dismissive term used when someone’s ideas are considered unrealistic. With decades of research into how the brain works, we are beginning to understand that our two cerebral hemispheres function in different ways. While the left side thinks in words and rational logic, the right side

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Falling in Love with the Earth the suicidal madness of nuclear weapons, the stockpiling of nuclear waste. For years, Joanna Macy has been helping me look unflinchingly into the face of our global ecological crisis and the madness of the nuclear age, without burning out. I have taken great heart from The Work That Reconnects, a radical empowerment process she has pioneered, and I recommend it to anyone feeling desperate about the state of the world. Joanna has joined forces with a colleague Chris Johnstone to present this work in a book called Active Hope (see below). Seasoned ecologists will recognise: we move through realising the desperate mess the world is in, to our gratitude for being alive at this time of transition; we discover our capacity to see with new eyes; explore practical ways of building support networks, then go forth with new resolve to play our part in the future world. Active Hope is something we do rather than have. It helps us develop the capacity to acknowledge the true dimensions of the crisis in the world, and not be overwhelmed by the scale of it. It helps us find an effective, lifeaffirming response full of compassion and strength, a love of life, a commitment to life, turned into effective action.

Visioning the Future works with images and patterns, to help integrate complex information and to sense the larger shape of things. As our educational system focuses on words and numbers, it is as though we are being taught to only half our brain. The first step in developing our visioning ability is to recognise it as a form of intelligence that is valuable and can be learned. When we are moved by a vision we share with others, we are part of a community with common purpose. Consider how many important aspects of our reality started out as someone’s dream. There was a time when women were not allowed to vote; a time when slavery was accepted as part of the economy. To change something we need to hold in our mind and heart the possibility that things could be different. All things are created twice; first the mental then the physical creation. What comes before how. Begin with the end in mind.

ACTIVE HOPE Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone

256pp, 140mm x 213mm, softback, 2012, RRP £12.99

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The crux of this work is a profound understanding that goes beyond making a difference. We are invited to join in a great adventure, whatever the outcome. Our actions are not constrained by results. We can be strengthened by uncertainty, alive in the present moment, open to new possibilities. Active Hope reinforces in me my connectedness with all life. It’s hard to describe this joyful place; it strengthens my resolve to live my life to the full. I urge you, go out into the landscape in all seasons and in all weathers; be intimate with the flora and fauna, changing skies, moons, sunrises and sunsets. Fall in love and merge with nature. Our collective reconnection with this sense of reverence for creation is a joyful practice. It enables us to become passionate advocates of our living planet. Never has she needed us more. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. Maddy Harland co-founded and edits Permaculture Magazine exploring practical and inspirational solutions for sustainable living. www.permaculture.co.uk

GREEN JACK CD Jehanne Mehta

These folk songs of the earth and seasons are written and performed by Jehanne Mehta and friends. With beautiful melodies and lyrics that reflect Jehanne's deep spirituality and wisdom, these songs are calls to remember who and what the Earth truly is; that her irrepressible powers of renewal are always with us, and that now, if ever, is the time for us to remember how to love her.

15 tracks, running time 56 minutes, 2005, RRP £12.00

Code: D150202 Cygnus Price £10.00

Imagining possible futures is a surefire way to develop foresight. If we are only interested in facts, we limit ourselves to looking at what has already happened. As we can’t know for sure what will happen, we consider possibilities, applying our experience, awareness of trends, and our imagination. Experience equips us well for dealing with familiar situations, but our imagination is essential for formulating creative responses to new challenges. Our intention in the creative phase is to catch a vision so compelling that it touches us emotionally. When what we hope for seems beyond our power we are likely to hear a voice inside us saying, ‘There’s no point in even thinking about this; it just isn’t going to happen.’ To remain motivated during difficult times, we need to really want our vision to happen. That’s what Active Hope is all about. From Active Hope © 2012 by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, published by New World Library.

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THE BATTERSEA PARK ROAD TO PARADISE Isabel Losada

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Finding herself stuck on her path to enlightenment, Isabel Losada set out on an epic exploration of life’s mysteries, to seek inner and outer transformation, and sort her life out. Humorously, she shares her journey via feng shui consultants, a motivational workshop, a silent meditation retreat, and a hallucinogenic shamanic ritual in the deepest Amazon. With honesty and appreciation for the subtleties and absurdities of human existence, Isabel inspires us to look at our lives with fresh eyes. 309pp, 125mm x 197mm, softback, 2011, RRP £7.99 Code: 210511 Cygnus Price £4.25 Save 45%!

THE DIAMOND SUTRA Osho

Osho’s irreverent wit and thoughtprovoking ideas attract followers around the world as one of the most provocative spiritual teachers of our time. The Diamond Sutra means perfection of wisdom that cuts like a thunderbolt. It was written 25 centuries ago. The Buddha has finished his daily walk with monks to gather offerings of food, and sits down to rest. A senior monk, Subhuti asks the Buddha a question opening a dialogue on the nature of perception. His easy conversational style and humour makes effortless reading as Osho offers his unique interpretation of the Buddha’s teachings.

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THE SACRED WISDOM OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS Larry J Zimmerman

An absorbing overview of Native American history, belief and culture which focuses particularly on their ritual and ceremony. Myth and symbolism are also covered, including prayer, totem poles, maize, hunting, dreams, funerary rites, the great migrations, the sacred landscape, ancestors, trees, the vision quest, the sweat lodge, healing, and the afterlife. The substantial quotations that punctuate the book include moving prose, poetry and speeches by Native American Indians. Lavishly illustrated and with a useful Documentary Reference section, this book is a must for any Native American enthusiast.

320pp, 152mm x 236mm, hardback, 2011, RRP £19.99

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COUNTDOWN TO COHERENCE: A Scientific Theory of Everything Hazel Courteney

After a spiritual awakening, Hazel Courteney sought out Z spiritual masters and scientists to explain the mysteries of the universe. Do our thoughts create reality? Do we exist in more than one universe? Does consciousness survive death? Her Save 45% book explores the theory that our universe is a hologram projected by a supercomputer or super-mind and evidence of other space/time dimensions. Hazel turns to a shaman scientist who spent 25 years with the shape-shifters of Peru, for insight into what happens after we leave the physical body and how we can change the future. At the Damanhur temples near Turin, she learns about time travel and how sacred geometry links our world with other dimensions. She shows we are capable of more than we've ever imagined. 272pp, 137mm x 213mm, softback, 2010, RRP £10.99 Code: 200913 Cygnus Price £5.99

THE BOOK OF MIRDAD Mikhail Naimy

Written as a set of questions and answers between Mirdad and his Sufi disciples, these dialogues occurred when he was in the monastery of Altar Peak, built where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the flood waters subsided. In a similar style to Kahlil Gibran, this book unravels layer after layer, of a message from a mysterious source. The allegorical story which has touched the hearts of so many readers, shows how it is possible to expand one’s consciousness, to uncover God in man by dissolving man’s sense of duality. ‘Millions of people have tried to write books that can express the inexpressible. I know only one book which has not failed – The Book of Mirdad.’ Osho. 192pp, 124mm x 196mm, softback 2011, RRP £8.99 Code: 210606 Cygnus Price £5.99

MAKE YOUR OWN ANGEL BLESSING SCROLLS Claire Nahmad

Angel blessing scrolls were runes or charms inscribed by the Celts on leaves, animal skins, wood, stones, or parchment. The scrolls were made at tides of the moon ruled by archangels or spirits, and hidden in a tree for these invocations to be carried to the Celtic Otherworld, so that benign influences would bring them angelic protection, healing and blessings.

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CIVILISATION ONE: The World Is Not As You Thought It Was Christopher Knight and Alan Butler

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This is the amazing story of how a quest to try to crack the mystery of the Megalithic Yard – an ancient unit of linear measurement – led to the discovery of compelling evidence pointing to the existence of an unknown, highly advanced culture which was the precursor to the earliest known civilizations such as the Sumerians and the Egyptians. Knight and Butler reveal the secrets of an extraordinary integrated measuring system which might have been lost to the world forever. It was a system far more advanced than anything used today, which forms the basis of both the Imperial and Metric measure systems! It seems that ancient scientists understood the dimensions, motions and relationships of the Earth, Moon and Sun, and even understood how the speed of light was integrated into the movements of our planet. Their conclusions fly in the face of everything that we thought we knew about the origins of the modern world – but the evidence is incontrovertible.

272pp, 128mm x 210mm, softback, 2010, RRP £8.99

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THE OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCE: The History of Astral Travel Save Anthony Peake

45% Exploring Noetic science and neurochemistry, his experience with the Swiss Lucid Light Stimulator gave Anthony Peake an experience of astral travel. His exciting explanations make complex concepts of quantum physics simple enough to grasp. He says Einstein, Rosen Bridges, microtubules, coherent light, and ZeroPoint Energy, can be used to answer the mystery of the out-of-body experience and explain how astral travel is a journey – into inner, not outer, space. 272pp, 137mm x 213mm, softback, 2010, RRP £10.99 Code: 210917 Cygnus Price £5.99

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Bronnie Ware ver the years I’d lived from one leap of faith to the next. I hit the road with nothing but a tank full of petrol and an intention to move somewhere cooler for a while. The back seat of the jeep had been removed and replaced with a mattress. Being nomadic, I had friends all over the place.

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Living on leaps of faith Having lived on leaps of faith before, I knew that if I was going to will something to me through faith alone, I had to get my head out of the way. Unhealthy patterns surfaced in my mind, my past conditioning and society telling me I couldn’t live this way. There is no better place to face your fears than in nature, where you can get into the true rhythm of life. I headed into the bush. Lying in the jeep that night, the curtains open, frogs singing on the river, under a blanket of a million stars, I smiled. I didn’t have food beyond a few days but I was free as they come. When my fears were sleeping, I enjoyed wonderful days eating simple wholesome food, swimming in the cleansing crystal clear river, watching wildlife come and go, listening to birdsong, and reading. It was a reverent time, spacious and beautiful. Letting nature weave its magic Fears were starting to rage in me about my situation. I took a deep breath, trying to stay present, and trying to find a solution. Each time I did this I challenged my fears head-on, and somehow I always landed on my feet. As I watched the high tide wash out, I remembered the importance of letting go and allowing nature to weave its magic. The same force that balances the flow of the tides and creates life, was capable of bringing the opportunity to me I needed, but I had to let go first. The only thing to do was surrender and see where I landed. Hand it over to a greater force Surrender is not giving up, far from it. Surrender takes an enormous amount of courage. Being able to accept there is absolutely nothing you can do, other than hand it over to the greater force, is the catalyst that opens the flow. The next morning I headed down the rocks to the water, where dolphins at play greeted me at sunrise. Emotional exhaus-

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Living True To What Matters tion had worn me out, but watching the dolphins play, I absorbed the new dawn and gently allowed myself to be refuelled by hope.A few days later, a job was offered to me, caring for the dying. It was only by surrendering and staying present that the job opportunity flowed my way; caring one-to-one for clients until they passed. The energy of dying people is so weakened that an outing is like working an 80hour week lifting bricks. It completely drains them. John sighed: ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard Bronnie, what a fool I was.’ John’s wife died three months before he retired. He longed to be travelling and laughing with her now. ‘I was petrified to leave work sooner,’ he said.

THE TOP FIVE REGRETS OF THE DYING Bronnie Ware

When Bronnie Ware wrote a blog about the regrets people shared when they were dying, it struck a chord in many people and the blog went global. Her book about conversations with people in the last few weeks of their life, is refreshing, honest, and heartfelt. Faced with a time limit, their emotional priorities became clear. The things they shared as she offered spiritual companionship without judgement, make for simple guidelines for a life without regrets: Be true to yourself, express your feelings, slow down from work to spend time with your family, and stay in touch with your friends. The book tells her own journey of personal growth and healing as Bronnie stopped running from the past and made peace with herself. It’s spiritually wise, compassionate, hopeful, touching. Everyone should read it!

256pp,136mm x 214mm, softback, 2012 RRP £10.99 Code: 220606 Cygnus Price £6.99

‘My role defined me in a way. I worked too damn hard.’ Cath told me, ‘Every day is a gift, It’s only now that I’ve slowed down I am truly seeing the huge amount of beauty each day brings us. Listen to the birds.’ Jude was losing her mobility and her speech. ‘We need to be brave enough to express our feelings, now. Not when it’s too late. Tell people you appreciate them. If they can’t accept your honesty, it doesn’t matter, what matters is that you told them. It takes courage to express your feelings.’ Elizabeth found peace when she made

contact with her friends. ‘Don’t lose touch with the friends you value most, those who accept you as you are and know you very well, are worth more than anything in the end,’ she said. ‘Don’t let life get in the way. Always know where to find them and let them know you appreciate them.’ Live true to your heart Of all the regrets and lessons shared with me as I sat by their bedsides, the regret of not having lived a life true to themselves was the most common one of all. Grace had kept up appearances and now she was dying she didn’t care what people thought of her and she anguished why she hadn’t realised this sooner. ‘Live true to your heart, don’t worry what others think.’ Roaming had been part of me my whole adult life. But changes were happening within me. Not knowing where I’d be living next was starting to leave me weary. All I really wanted was my own kitchen and the privacy to be in my own space. A home of her own A few days after she gave birth to her first baby at the age of 45, Bronnie Ware was offered a book deal and the advance paid the deposit for a home of her own. She still goes on road trips with her baby and her mother, but now after their adventure, she can come home. From The Top Five Regrets of the Dying © 2012 by Bronnie Ware, published by Hay House. THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING Elisabeth Tova Bailey

While an illness keeps her bedridden, Elisabeth Bailey keeps watch over a wild snail living in a box by her bed. Observing the snail’s rhythm of life, she comes to a greater understanding of her own confined place in the world and her vigil gives her the will to recover. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is an affirmation of the healing power of nature, a study in patience to calm our hectic daily lives. A remarkable journey of resilience, beautifully written, it shows how awareness of the natural world can still our pace, illuminate our existence and deepen our appreciation of what it is to be fully alive. Profound and thoughtful.

200pp, 132mm x 180mm, hardback, 2010, RRP £12.95 Code: 220607 Cygnus Price £8.99

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THE BLOOD SUGAR SOLUTION for Preventing Diabetes, Losing Weight, and Feeling Great Dr Mark Hyman

Obesity, heart disease and diabetes are major health problems in the West and those with diabetes also have a four times higher risk of heart disease. If you struggle with your weight and get sugar cravings and mood swings, getting your insulin output and blood sugar levels under control could be the best solution. In this six-week healthy living strategy, we learn the seven keys to getting our metabolism on track, improving our digestion, reducing inflammation, resolving food intolerances, and keeping cholesterol at a healthy level. Long term benefits are a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke, and the bonus is a swift way to lose excess weight.The promise is sustained energy through the day without hitting blood sugar lows, so you reach the point where you feel healthy. 448pp, 210mm x 310mm, softback, 2012, RRP £14.99 Code: 220608 Cygnus Price £8.99

THE JUICE DIET: The Healthy Way to Lose Weight Christine Bailey

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Do you wake up feeling sluggish, bloated and overweight? It's all too easy to reach for a breakfast full of fat and sugar, and eat more processed food for lunch and dinner. The Juice Diet has 100 mouth-watering fresh juice recipes and smoothies: for Energy, Immunity or a Juice Blitz. Bringing fresh juices into your diet is the simple way to have more energy and vitality. If you want an easy and delicious way to help your body achieve its full potential, you’ll really appreciate this book. 160pp, 178mm x 214mm, softback, 2011, RRP £10.99 Code: 220610 Cygnus Price £6.99

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THE WARMTH OF THE HEART PREVENTS YOUR BODY FROM RUSTING Marie de Hennezel

We can’t avoid growing old, but we can avoid the loneliness and suffering that can accompany old age. This is the comforting message of this eloquent meditation on ageing, as she recalls her encounters as a clinical psychologist with those extraordinary people who ‘grow old gracefully’. She shares how we can make the most of this time in our lives, enjoying companionship and a sense of wellbeing, avoiding depression and dependency. Whatever our circumstances, she persuades us we can maintain an energy in our hearts and nurture a strong belief in the power of joy and human warmth; as long as we do this, we are free to enjoy an old age that will bring us satisfaction and peace. This is a wonderful book with a powerful, invigorating message. 274pp, 134mm x 216mm, softback, 2012, RRP £8.99 2012, Code: 210326 Cygnus Price: £4.99

A PUKKA LIFE: Finding your Path Half to Perfect Health Sebastian Pole price!

Packed with philosophical insights and awareness of the spiritual aspects of health, A Pukka Life offers Ayurvedic wisdom on health and happiness, in a way that nurtures body and soul, yet is simple to grasp. Ayurveda is a system for physical health, mental focus, spiritual well-being, and emotional balance, in our relationships, food, work and spiritual practice. By understanding the interplay of elements of the natural world, Ayurveda can help to health and balance. A Pukka Life explains how to recognise your Ayurvedic constitution; gives advice on nourishment; cleansing, detoxing; nurturing rejuvenation plans; meditations for strength & stillness, massage, meditation and yoga exercises, and healing herbs and their benefits. Highly recommended! 256pp, 170mm x 228mm, hardback, 2011, RRP £14.99 Code: 220609 Cygnus Price £7.50

EAT TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY: Practical Guide to Strengthening the Body’s Defence Systems Kirsten Hartvig

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A healthy immune system is a vital aspect of a healthy body, and what we eat affects our moods much more than we might think. Kirsten suggests recipes to remedy various ailments from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, to pneumonia or herpes. If the immune system breaks down, toxins clog the body, triggering inflammation, and immune deficiency, leading to a susceptibility to infections, anaemia, food allergies, coelic disease, autoimmune illness, or rheumatoid arthritis. Over 300 immune boosting foods, listing their vitamins and antioxidant, antibacterial, or antifungal health qualities. Nutritious recipes for a healthy immune system will appeal to global tastes; paella, Tibetan dumplings, passionfruit sorbet and raspberry gateau – all vegetarian and dairy-free. Appetising colour photography make these delicious recipes look as mouthwatering they are healthy to eat. 160pp, 190mm x 234mm, softback, 2011, RRP £12.99 Code: 220611 Cygnus Price £7.99

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SEATED TAI CHI & QI GONG Cynthia W Quarta

Practising Taiji and Qigong is the perfect antidote to the stress of modern life and a great way to stay healthy. But what if you suffer from limited mobility? Can you still benefit? You can with the help of this book. Covering everything caregivers and patients need to know about Taiji and Qigong, this illustrated guide provides an explanatory introduction to these forms of exercises and shows how to build up an exercise program from easy steps to more challenging ones. There are exercises to stimulate every part of the body, with variations to suit the patient's needs and preferences. All the movements are adapted from ancient principles guiding classic Taiji and Qigong that will help strengthen the body and provide contemplative relaxation. If you have physical disabilities or are elderly, or if you are a therapist, this book will show you exactly how these simple techniques can make big improvements to a person's physical and mental wellbeing. 208pp, 173mm x 246mm, illustrated, softback, 2012, RRP £15.99 Code: 220322 Cygnus Price £9.99

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Diana Ackerman railing plastic tubes, Paul made his way across the room. I was struck by how the body looks like a sea creature, a jellyfish with long tentacles, a gelatinous animal full of hidden symmetries, lagoons, sewers, and spongy stringy bits; but mainly salt water. He had been cleared to leave the following morning. ‘We escape at dawn!’ he stagewhispered. The prospect made us both giddy. For three weeks he’d had a kidney infection that had waxed systemic, one of those staph bugs older than sharks or gingko trees. I’d been on book tour when Paul was hospitalised, and so I curtailed my travels to fly straight home. The magic glory of the brain was still on my mind. Every evening we watched the setting sun’s hallelujahs beyond the sealed window and ached to go home. Then came the lightning strike. Paul shuffled out of the bathroom and stood at the foot of the bed, eyes glazed, his face like fallen mud. His mouth drooped to the right and he looked asleep with eyes that gaped in alarm. ‘What’s wrong?’ He moved his lips a little, making a sound between a buzz and a murmur. For a moment I thought he might have a mouthful of bees. Then my spine filled with ice.

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Time and space rotating around us A decade before, Paul had had a Transient Ischemic Attack, a brief stoppage of blood flow to the brain, igniting symptoms that often predict a stroke. I recognised the blurred speech and rigid face. Anything but that! I thought. A doctor on duty rushed in, methodically brisk, shockingly calmer than I was. ‘Can you smile?’ he asked Paul. He couldn’t. ‘Can you speak, tell me where you are?’ He couldn’t. ‘Can you raise your arms?’ He couldn’t. Sirens started wailing inside me. I knew those quick questions for a stroke. Don’t leave me! I silently pleaded. Instead, time and space did, rotating around both of us. Our life revolved around words Tests revealed that he’d had a massive stroke. In the cruelest of ironies for a man whose life revolved around words, who had one of the largest working vocabularies on earth, he had suffered immense damage to the key areas of his brain and he could no longer process language in any form. Global aphasia. Where was the tutelary angel who’d descend at such times and restore the everydayness of things?

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One Hundred Names for Love In an instant Paul had moved to a land of foreigners whose language he didn’t speak and who couldn’t understand him. ‘Hi,’ I said, trying to rally a smile. He stared at me, his eyes declaring: What on earth are you driving at? ‘How are you?’ He struggled to respond, then spat out a little sound – whgggggggg – as if he were blowing out a candle. He clenched his fists and shouted ‘MEM-MEM-MEM-MEM!’ I flinched. ‘I wish I could understand you,’ I said. Paul looked at me with controlled exasperation. He eyes said, if only the right word would come, I could be saved.

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We are wildly enthusiastic about this moving, beautiful book. Diane Ackerman charts what it’s like to be lost at sea with someone you love, after her husband suffers a stroke and Paul, a professor with a phenomenal vocabulary, is reduced to a single incomprehensible syllable. Their verbal connection was destroyed with the part of his brain that processes and comprehends language. Tentatively this redemptive story exposes their hopelessness, then renewed hope as their joyous wordplay is restored, and brain connections to the mind, body and spirit, painstakingly re-formed. One of the most beautifully written books you will ever read, it is informative, funny, touching and profound, and spiritually uplifting. Unmissable.

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Longing for a Prophecy Was I getting used to his not speaking? I longed for a prophecy from the stroke specialist, a little certainty at a time of agitated doubt, fear and bewilderment. I noticed how my own voice had changed, losing some of its sharp peaks and gaining firm new ridges. My phrases were smaller, slower, clumsy, not light and dancing. But I savoured the delicious warm touch-ribbons of silent affection uniting and comforting us, even when words failed. Could I continue to woo life, despite abysmal sadness? How tempting to live in limbo and wait for my real life to return. But this was my real life now. Life is a thing that mutates without warning. ‘All part of the adventure,’ I repeated like a

mantra. At times it felt like a hoax, other times it became a balm of understanding to spread across a mind in misery. Like hope, or faith. When I returned to the hospital I found Paul listless. ‘Die,’ he said. My spirits sank lower. I warned the speech therapist in a whisper that he was feeling low and didn’t want to live. ‘Ready for speech therapy today?’ she asked anyway. He nodded a resigned yes. She didn’t expect to see her patients recover; that wasn’t the nature of her work. She smiled the smile of someone wedded to the incomplete. Paul responded to her ease and expertise. We had been warned that a window of opportunity would close three months after Paul’s stroke. What would life be without hoping that he may one day recover some lost skills. One sunny morning in June I found Paul waiting for me, looking eager and excited, perched like a professional, despite his hospital gown. ‘I have a s-s-surprise,’ he spluttered with effort. Smiling proudly he straightened his shoulders, lifted his chin, then proclaimed, ‘I speak good coffee!’ I must say I was a bit bewildered. ‘Coffee?’ He nodded. ‘No,’ he said laughing. ‘I speak wonderful English. There’s a big difference,’ he said gingerly. Since the stroke I’d never seen him so hopeful so fluent. ‘You’re talking!’ We grabbed hands and squeezed hard. A lightness beyond words Before the stroke, swimming in the pool had offered him a lightness beyond or before words, a different kind of trance from the one in which he wrote in his star-crazed hours. He used to quip that the pool was more lucid than he was. Climbing down the ladder, balancing in the water, treading water was welcome physiotherapy for his body. As the waves oscillated happily around him, he rested his tired eyes and mouth. Floating on pale blue surges, Paul found access to a mystical realm, an out-of-body weightlessness he blended with. I took heart in watching him smile, with inexpressible pleasure. In the five years since Paul’s stroke he has re-loomed vibrant carpets of vocabulary. The pool is no longer the only place where he is happy. His creativity has returned. When a French journalist emailed him questions about his novel The Place in Flowers Where Pollen Rests, he could answer them. Living with Paul is like living with a koan, taught by Buddhist sages. One has to shed logic, bend reason, to interpret. From One Hundred Names for Love © 2012 by Diane Ackerman, published by WW Norton.

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SIMPLE PLEASURES

SUMMER READING

GARDEN MOSAICS Becky Paton

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN Paul Torday

Wouldn’t you like to beautify your garden with a lovely mosaic? It’s not difficult to learn how to do it, and it could turn out to be a really fun way of expanding your creativity. Mosaic is decorative and whimsical, while also being weatherproof and hard wearing enough to withstand outdoor living. This book is full of ideas for simple mosaic adornments like planters or sculptural mosaic fish for a pond, pebble pathways, landscaping paving projects, ways to give a new lease of life to old patio furniture, and creative ideas for ways to make your garden into a work of art.

On the surface a light-hearted comedy, but beneath the superficialities lurk darker themes Save 46%! in this delightful satire. Dr Alfred Jones, a fisheries scientist, is low down the pecking order of a civil service office where bullying is the norm. At home, he cannot avoid the painful fact that his wife cares more for her career and bank balance than about him. When he is assigned to introduce salmon to the Yemen, a scheme doomed to failure, it feels like one more burden. But as things progress, he learns about faith, overcoming obstacles, and love. Told in the form of emails and diary entries, gives immediacy and a lightness of touch. In the depiction of our leaders, irony tips over into cynicism, though the depiction of traditional Arab and Islamic culture is respectful. A good summer read, now a film, unexpectedly rewarding. 352pp, 128mm x 196mm, softback, 2012, RRP £7.99 Code: 220616 Cygnus Price £4.30

128pp, 209mm x 275mm, softback, full colour photography, 2010, RRP £12.99

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MADE AT HOME: VEGETABLES Dick & James Strawbridge

Dick and James Strawbridge share their earthy wisdom from their smallholding in Cornwall on how to grow a harvest of vegetables, whether you have a tiny urban patch, a kitchen garden or an allotment. With gardening tasks by the season they show us the good life – how to grow our own veg, and how to eat it with 30 recipes for enjoying your seasonal home grown veg, from Kohlrabi Coleslaw to Beetroot & Cinnamon Soup; Tempura Asparagus in spring, Stuffed Courgette Flowers in summer, Baked Sweet Potato and Goat’s Cheese Pie in autumn, and Scallops with wild rocket pesto in winter. Luscious photographs of wheelbarrows full of vegetables and earthy green fingers plucking home grown carrots from the soil, ‘rubber stamp’ typographics, and a plain paper bag cover, say ‘pick me!’ An ideal book to give as a gift. 176pp, 156mm x 212mm, hardback, with full colour illustrations, 2012, RRP £12.99 Code: 220620 Cygnus Price £6.85 SPECIAL OFFER: buy ‘Garden Mosaics’ & ‘Home Made: Vegetables’ together for £13.85

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KNITTED FAIRIES TO CHERISH AND CHARM Fiona McDonald

This book irresistible! Knitted fairies with real personality – meet the enigmatic Moon Fairy, the icy cool Ice Fairy, and Oberon, the Midsummer king. With their stripy leggings, pointy ears, and scary personalities like a the Gothic Fairy with a street-wise twist, these fairies steer clear of being cutesy. Full of inspiration for experienced knitters and those learning the craft, it’s an imaginative twist to the crafting craze. An ideal book to give as a gift. 96pp, 190mm x 236mm, hardback, with full colour photography, 2011, RRP £12.99 Code: 220621 Cygnus Price £6.75 Buy 2 or more copies £6.25 each

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THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY Rachel Joyce

Harold Fry has settled into a rut of biscuit crumb proportions, but his ordinary life is filled with a mission as bit by bit he throws caution to the wind. It starts when he goes for a walk to post a card, after a letter arrives from an old friend he had lost touch with, who is now in a hospice. On an impulse he sets out to visit her – on foot. Simple yet profound, we learn with humility, that no one’s life can be brushed aside as ordinary. Written with a naivety that gives way to hidden depths, his walk becomes a personal pilgrimage, and reconnects Harold to all he held dear, as he faces some painful memories. Poignant but never cloying or sentimental, the tone is chipper and amusing, reminiscent of Victoria Wood’s closely observed humour. However simple the story sounds, there are no simple answers. Harold Fry’s journey has a searing honesty that strips to the core of what personal growth really means. 304pp, 158mm x 218mm, hardback, 2012, RRP £12.99 Code: 220617 Cygnus Price £7.99

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THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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The Victorian language of flowers was used to express emotions: honeysuckle for devotion, azaleas for passion, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it is more useful in communicating feelings like grief, mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen, Victoria has nowhere to go, and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. When her talent is discovered by a local florist, she discovers her gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But it takes meeting a mysterious vendor at the flower market for her to realise what's been missing in her own life, and as she starts to fall for him, she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, and decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness. The Language of Flowers is a moving and redemptive novel about the meaning of flowers, the meaning of family, and the meaning of love. A compelling read. 400pp, 136mm x 220mm, softback, 2012, RRP £7.99 Code: 220618 Cygnus Price £3.99

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Glennie Kindred any of us are now reclaiming a new relationship with the Earth, one that sees all of life as a unified whole. This is creating an evolutionary shift in our consciousness that calls us to change our thinking patterns and see ourselves not as separate from nature but as part of the whole interconnected life-force of the Earth. Once we become aware of the planet as a whole living eco-system we can no longer see ourselves as being separate from the rest of life on Earth, and yet we have centuries of conditioning to undo and unravel in order to bring this new perspective into the reality of our everyday lives.

The Movement Towards Unity EARTH WISDOM Glennie Kindred

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How we are changing Our shift into Unity consciousness is changing us. It encourages us to explore and develop parts of ourselves that have lain dormant such as our intuition and our hearts. There is so much more to our relationship with nature than we have been led to believe! Each time we love and appreciate the Earth, or a tree, a plant or bird, we expand into our heart and enter into relationship with the natural world. This will create different experiences for all of us. Through these experiences we become more aware of the united energy field that we are all part of. We develop an understanding that we are all a part of each other, connected through the infinite web of Life. A new relationship with the Earth I am interested in how we make this transition honestly, how we learn to grow with this new awareness and bring it into our everyday lives, so that it becomes part of our growing holistic understanding and the beginning of a new relationship with the Earth. As we each step out of the ego-centric view of humans being superior to the rest of life on Earth and into a holistic perspective, we become part of the solution and evolution of humankind. We are all capable of changing ourselves, our situation, our circumstances, the way we live our lives. Change in the world begins with this basic and yet profound shift in our thinking pattern and with our growing awareness that everything we do, think and say, affects the web of life in ever expanding an subtle ways. We do nothing in isolation. We are the web. Glennie Kindred © May 2012 www.glenniekindred.co.uk www.earthpathwaysdiary.co.uk

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This lovely guide to celebrating Nature invites us to work with the natural cycles of the year. Beautifully written, Earth Wisdom is a wonderful source of tree lore, healing properties of herbs and plants, Celtic festivals, Moon phases and energies, and the processes of change and how we connect with those cycles. It inspires us to restore and celebrate our connection to the Earth, encouraging us to follow our own personal spirituality and intuitive wisdom. 256pp, 135mm x 213mm, softback, 2011 RRP £12.99 Code: P220622 Cygnus Price £7.99

HEART OF THE WELL: UNITY ESSENCE Chalice Well Essences ‘Life in itself is a Unity, whether it is expressed through human beings or manifested throughout the other kingdoms of Nature.’ So said Wellesley Tudor Pole, founder of the Chalice Well Trust at the sacred well. Chalice Well Essences support the healing journey, bringing balance, strength, steadfastness and encouragement to open the heart. Unity Essence from the Heart of the Well brings through healing energies for healers and those in need of healing. Unity Essence offers the energy of peace, joy, a stream of love and light for conscious transformation, reconciliation and energy healing work. Take a few drops under the tongue, or sipped in a glass of water; or a drop of the essence can be stroked onto the pulse points or added to a warm bath. Erik Pelham, Co-Chair of the British Flower and Vibrational Essences Association says of Unity Essence: ‘The Sacred energy of the Holy Grail lives in this Essence bringing each person on an ascending arc of Light towards the Source.’

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CHANGE YOUR LIFE, CHANGE YOUR WORLD: 10 Spiritual Lessons for a New Way of Being and Living Amoda Maa Jeevan

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Pierre Pradervand presents: his morning early, while making my fruit salad, the sentence ‘All is well, all is well, all is very, very well’ continued playing through my mind. I was suddenly reminded of a very beautiful booklet I read years ago, Enfolded in Love: Daily Readings with Julian of Norwich. Despite the name, Julian was a woman, later sainted by the Anglican church. She lived in the 14th-15th centuries, and her book Revelations of Divine Love, is believed to be the first book ever written by a woman in English. Here are a few statements which brought me such incredible peace, both in general and also in relation to Roger McGowen’s situation (see Messages of Life opposite).

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He will never let us go All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well He is our clothing. In his love He wraps and holds us. He enfolds us for love, and He will never let us go. He showed me a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, in the palm of my hand, and it was as round as a ball. I looked at it with my mind's eye and I thought, ‘What can this be?’ And the answer came, ‘It is all that is made’. I marvelled that it could last, for I thought it might have crumbled to nothing, it was so small. And the answer came into my mind, ‘It lasts and ever shall be because God loves it’. And all things have been through the love of God. In this little thing I saw three truths. The first is that God made it. The second is that God loves it. The third is that God looks after it. Rest in the goodness of God What is He indeed that is maker and lover and keeper? I cannot find words to tell. For until I am one with Him, I can never have true rest nor peace. I can never know it until I am so close to Him that there is nothing in between. The best prayer is to rest in the goodness of God, knowing that this goodness can reach right down to the lowest depths of need. He who made man for love will by the same love restore him to his former blessedness – and yet more. The love that God most high has for our soul is so great that it surpasses understanding. No created being can comprehend how much, and how sweetly, and how tenderly our Maker loves us. God is the still point at the centre There is no doer but He. All this He showed me with great joy, saying ‘See, I am God. I am in all things. See, I do all things. See, I never take my hands off my work, nor ever shall,

The Wisdom of Julian of Norwich

through all eternity. See, I lead all things to the end I have prepared for them. I do this by the same wisdom and love and power through which I made them. How can anything be

REVELATIONS OF DIVINE LOVE Julian of Norwich, translated by Elizabeth Spearing

Julian of Norwich (c.1342 after 1416) was the first woman writer in English. Nothing is known of her background or even her real name. On 8th May 1373, when seriously ill and apparently dying, she received an extraordinary series of 'showings', or revelations from God. After her miraculous recovery, she spent many years pondering the significance of the showings, which she believed were messages for everyone. They taught, among other things, that God is our mother as well as our father, that he cannot be angry with us, and that no one will be damned – doctrines which Julian had great difficulty in reconciling with the church's teachings. The beauty and originality of her writings are as fresh as if they were written yesterday. How wonderful, still to be able to study at the feet of a renowned mystic and spiritual adviser who lived more than 600 years ago!

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done that is not well done?’ God wants us to know that He keeps us safe through good and ill. We shall see God face to face, simply and wholly. He turns all things to the good I saw in truth that God does all things, however small they may be. And I saw that nothing happens by chance but by the far-sighted wisdom of God. If it seems like chance to us, it is because we are blind and blinkered. Constantly and lovingly He brings all that happens to its best end. All that is done is well done for it is done by God. When a soul holds on to God in trust – whether in seeking Him or contemplating Him – this is the highest worship it can bring. We are His joy, His reward, His glory, His crown. It is God's will that we should rejoice with Him in our salvation, and that we should be cheered and strengthened by it. He wants our soul to delight in its salvation, through His grace. For we are the apple of His eye; He delights in us forever, and we shall see in Him, by his grace. We are forever safe He says this: ‘Pray inwardly, even though you find no joy in it. For it does good, though you feel nothing, see nothing, yes, even though you think you cannot pray. For when you are dry

and empty, sick and weak, your prayers please me, though there be little enough to please you. All believing prayer is precious to me.’ Sometimes it seems we have been praying for a long time and still do not have what we ask. But we should not be sad.I am sure that what our Lord means is that either we should wait for a better time, or more grace, or a better gift. I saw that God never began to love mankind. For just as mankind is destined to come to endless joy, and so crown God's delight in His work, so man in God's thought has always been known and loved. From Him we come, in Him we are enfolded, to Him we return. In this endless love, man's soul is kept safe as these revelations set out to show. In this endless love we are led and looked after by God and never shall be lost. When we fall, He holds us lovingly, and graciously and swiftly raises us up. In all this work, He takes the part of a kind nurse who has no other care but the welfare of her child. It is His responsibility to save us. It is His glory to do it, and it is His will we should know it. Utterly at home, He lives in us forever. He did not say: ‘You shall not be tempesttossed, you shall not be work weary, you shall not be discomforted’. But He said: ‘You shall not be overcome’. God wants us to heed those words so that we shall always be strong in trust, both in sorrow and in joy.

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Messages of Life from Death Row provides a living example of how we can transform even the most dire of circumstances into an opportunity for transformation and flowering of the soul. Imprisoned on death row in Texas State Penitentiary, for a crime he did not commit, Roger McGowen's situation was seemingly hopeless. He could so easily have given up. But he believed that God had a perfect plan for his life, and has now become a beacon of truth, hope and inspiration for many. In 1997 he began to correspond with Pierre Pradervand, who sent Roger a copy of The Gentle Art of Blessing [140801]. After reading it, Roger started to ask for blessings for everyone around him, and gradually, a weight lifted from him. Roger's letters – which form the foundations of this book – reveal the blossoming of a soul, a spiritual transformation that led him from rage and victimhood to compassion, forgiveness, gratitude and unconditional love.

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Nick Gancitano asked these questions of the God within:

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What is humanity? Humanity is an idea. So personal characteristics within that idea determine the parameters within the program that is running in your consciousness. To cease identifying with humanity is to be free of all human afflictions and retain consciousness of Your Divinity. What is the cause of human suffering? Human suffering is due to the limiting agreements that humanity defines itself with: most agree humans are mammals, possess only five senses, need air to breathe, are subject to gravity, are limited by the form of the body and its senses and must walk to ambulate. They agree that they require food, shelter and water, believing they are separate individuals, have gender, reproduce sexually and are prone to disease, suffering and death. They react to the impulses of a conditioned brain and finite mind, so they are restricted to verbal and other physical means of communication. Believing in linear space and time, they age and are thus mortal. They depend on others for their happiness and agree they must work to earn money for survival. They think they are limited to a single body, conform to norms of pleasure and pain, and are susceptible to the morality of good and evil which, in their own mind, makes them sinful and imperfect, because they believe they are their body. They have sexual preferences, believe in punishment and are competitive on a world where ‘survival of the fittest’ is conformed to. Having never left Earth, they still insist they are the dominant species in the universe and superior to even one another, while requiring recognition for their accomplishments, talents, physical attributes, nationality and race. They are affected by others’ actions, emotions, and feelings, so they believe they are victims. They are political, hierarchical and directed primarily by the intellect and its judgments, thus they are opinionated and arrogant, living predominantly according to logic rather than love or compassion. They are subject to social conditioning where most of them are conformists, criticizing and glamorizing others while striving for autonomy and individual purpose in order to feel special. They resist pain and pursue pleasure, so they are mostly consumers, or ‘takers’ and they deny their divinity. That’s amazingly accurate, I have to say. These beliefs, though you do not consider them frequently, are nestled away in your memory and fasten you to the collective human consciousness, along with other agreedupon limitations of form. Thus, by your identifying with humanity, you not only place your self within this category of restrictions, you also abide by these influences upon you. Yet, by fully dis-identifying with humanity, in a stroke, you are free from this bondage. What is a person or human then? Have you ever looked at the image of a person

Are We Human? Or More Than Human? on your television? From a distance they can appear so real that you become emotionally attached to the characters or absorbed in the story. Yet, upon closer inspection, one finds these images are just arrangements of pixels or specs of colour that one willingly agrees are real for the sake of being more thoroughly entertained. Similarly, people and all objects are compositions of atoms, or three-dimensional pixels in a holographic consciousness, being even more persuasive due to three-dimensionality and fivesense involvement rather than the two senses of sight and hearing that one utilizes while perceiving a two-dimensional television screen. In fact,

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have you noticed that movies are more elaborate and entangling when the volume is on rather than when it is muted? Now consider this with all five senses engaged and the dimension of depth and space. Well, if I’m not a person or even human, then what am I? The Impersonal Awareness out-picturing as a human. How can the Impersonal Awareness make me appear human? You are the infinite intelligence out of which the idea and complex human image emerges, expressing within the confines of diversity human beings call reality. This human idea or contextual bubble is within I AM, just as a bubble is in the ocean, so these bubbles are contained by and completely dependent on the ocean for their existence. Each

of these bubbles has imaginary boundaries, allowing it to appear isolated while never actually being separate from the ocean. I use the word ‘bubble’ metaphorically because these contexts are not physical bubbles, but ideas, so one can have bubbles within bubbles, or in this case, ideas within ideas. For instance, you are an idea within Your True Self or I AM. This I AM is Infinite, the first and Greatest Idea, yet, although you exist as an idea inside the One, you may also possess other ideas. In this sense, I AM is the Dreamer of you and you are the dreamer of yet others, which also dream and so on infinitely. Since Your very essence is creative, each thought You have creates a universe within a universe, like flowers that blossom from within other flowers of the same stem. Each of these ideas are dreams that express like a pulse within the I AM, where you are a character in Your own dream and even capable of dreaming that You are dreaming; thus, by this, You will awaken to the Truth of What You Really Are. At the end of each pulse there is a pause, not in time, but relative to expression, like the Presence that arises in between successive thoughts. This pause has no time, nor space, yet It Is. After this pause You will express another idea within the Great Idea – I AM – for the pause at the end of each Cosmic Breath is one in endless cycles of experience of which this one is coming to an end, before the next, when you will no longer think you are human, but Know that You are God and that you have been expressing as a living attribute of the constant and unchanging Absolute Presence I AM. Therefore, You are the Infinite and the finite, the Eternal and the temporal, and like a hologram, you are one of Infinite Light particles, each possessing All that the Light Source does. You are as both My Image and Likeness – that is, you are within My Imagination and you express Like I do while pretending to Be exactly what I AM expressing as an individual personality. Will You help me to know this? Certainly. Yet first you must know that you are aware. Is there a difference in the awareness that is inside the body, and the awareness that is outside the body? No. So the awareness is the same awareness, whether inside the body or outside the body? Yes. Now if they are the same awareness, both inside and out, then both inside of the body and outside of the body are within the same field of awareness. Okay. This living field of awareness is God, the I AM that You Are. And when You are not identified with the myriad of thought forms in that awareness, You become aware as the Awareness. I can feel that I AM the Awareness. Yes, You Are The Formless Awareness. From Be Still & Know I AM God, © 2012 by Nick Gancitano, published by Cygnus Books.


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ANAM CARA RETREAT CENTRE, Scottish Highlands, Inverness. Residential workshops and retreats in Shamanism, Buddhism, Meditation, Soul Quest, Permaculture, Working Retreats, Yoga Training and Healing Arts. To request a brochure, tel. 01463 711702 email: welcome@anamcara.org visit: www.anamcara.org

WORKSHOPS - Calne, AVEBURY - CROP CIRCLES - with Amuna Ra, guided by Metatron, Melchisedek (£140.) 9-10 June: Soul Painting/ Energy Activation; 7-8 July: Learn Channelling; Star Connecting Course: 30-1 July + 28-29 July + 25-26 August Amuna@PleiadianRegression.co.uk 07532 195256 www.PleiadianRegression.co.uk

THE ANIMAL HEALER in Worcestershire, 9th June 2012. Elizabeth Whiter workshop at Chaddesley Corbett village hall. Cost £35 to include lunch & refreshments. Proceeds to Cancer Research UK, Cancer Information Help Line. Bookings call 01562 68693 or e-mail argentum562@gmail.com

KARUNA REIKI® The next step for Reiki Masters (all lineages) seekers of Universal Truth and Compassion. 3 day classes set in beautiful Peak District. Contact Janet Roome (UK Karuna Reiki Rep) Tel. 01629 733227 email: peakspirit@hotmail.co.uk visit www.karunareiki.co.uk ANGELS, ASCENSION, GOLDEN ATLANTIS & Transformational Teacher Training workshops with Diana Cooper School - courses in Scotland with Elizabeth Ann. Also spiritual coaching and angel readings etc. Tel: 01592 743417 visit www.elizabethannmorris.com

ANIMAL HEALING COURSES. Steps Farm, Somerset. Learn and practise this natural therapy, working with our rescue animals. 21/22 April; 9/10 June; 1/2 September. Other dates by arrangement, please ask. Tel 01749 812788 www.stepsfarm.com

HEAL YOUR LIFE® 2-day workshop. A powerful, life-changing workshop based on the philosophy of Louise Hay. 23rd & 24th June 2012. Derby. Call Amy on 07981 009 110 or visit www.alaula.co.uk

APPROVED BRITISH SOCIETY DOWSERS COURSES with Vicky Sweetlove, London. Introduction to Dowsing 4th & 5th August, Earth Energies Geopsychic Stress 7th & 8th July £139.00. Popular courses. Contact: 01277 203180 mob: 07885 945008 www.fengshuilife.co.uk vickysweetlove@yahoo.co.uk

VIBRANT VOICE: Voice Movement therapy. Explore, develop your unique authentic voice. Express your deeper self, your psyche and soul. Tasters, workshops in West London. Contact Veronica: 020 8748 5280 veronicavmt@hotmail.co.uk

ADVANCED ASHTAR approaches for managing the energetic space around you using 6 sets of attuned Master Crystals. Workshop: London, 21st July 2012 with Paul McCarthy. Information & booking: email or visit guidedbythelight@hotmail.com www.siriusascension.com/SSEMS2.htm

ANGELIC REIKI - Experience the joy of healing with the Angels. 1st and 2nd Degree Workshop in Norfolk, 23rd and 24th June. Contact Alison on 07540 938107 or email alison.beatson@talktalk.net www.angelreiki-norfolk.com

ANGELIC REIKI WORKSHOPS in Barking, Essex. Attunements to this beautiful healing system. Personal and professional use. Aiding the ascension process and spreading light to earth. Contact: mob 07956 500041 Maxine@positively-divine.co.uk www.positively-divine.co.uk

DIANA COOPER ANGEL, ASCENSION, GOLDEN ATLANTIS, 2012, Lemurian Planetary Healing teacher training courses and workshops near Alicante, Spain. Also spiritual counselling, card readings and animal healing. Tel: 0034 966 775 171 or visit www.pennywing.com

NATUROPATHIC TRAINING: a four year part-time programme up to ND level with taught classes in York and clinical training in London, Stoke and York. Visit: www.naturecuresociety.co.uk

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DIANA COOPER SCHOOL teacher training courses and workshops 2012 and Beyond, Golden Atlantis, Angels, Ascension and Transform Your Life in Warwickshire with Master Teachers Jillian and Peter Stott, 01926 851898; jillianstott@btopenworld.com

LEMURIAN CRYSTAL ATTUNEMENTS & EGYPTIAN HEALING Course weekends in Buckinghamshire. Certificated including comprehensive manual. Change your life with these two amazing courses. Tel: 01908 240400, e-mail marcia.lemurianhealing@gmail.com or sekhemegyptianhealing@gmail.com

WEEKEND RETREAT, Cober Hill near North Yorkshire coast, based around Eckhart Tolle's teachings. Day Energy Workshops to stop the mind chatter in Leeds and Devon. Contact Sally 07884 332644 www.peacenowhere.com

MEETING YOUR BELOVED - A Weekend Workshop: Our Hearts yearn for our Beloved. For the completeness, the intimacy, the knowingness and Absolute Joy. In the New World, everyone has a Beloved. No more loneliness, no more heartache, but Pure Bliss. Isis Beloved - 01458 834811 isisalljoy2@talktalk.net

THE UNICORN CENTRE FOR SPIRITUAL LEARNING, Somerset. Angels, Unicorns, Ascension, 2012, Lemurian Planetary Healing, Reiki, Teacher Training, Healing Practitioner. Spiritual and Unicorn Correspondence Courses. Tel: 01460 53699 Visit www.unicorncentre.com

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COMFORTABLE B&B, HAMMERSMITH, LONDON. Central, quiet, close to river, pubs, restaurants, all attractions. Ideal base holidays, courses, exhibitions, business. Double/twin/triple £27pppn. Single £42. Prices excluding Olympic period. Tel. Anne/Sohel Armanios 020 7385 4904 visit www.thewaytostay.co.uk

Y BWTHYN BACH Cosy, one room, self-catering, barn conversion with wood stove, in a beautiful garden, with immediate access to wild North Pembrokeshire countryside and 1 mile from the coast. Perfect for walking, meditation, writing etc. Tel 01348 811282 or visit www.genuslocus.net

STUNNING, MOUNTAINOUS SPAIN, Luxury villa sleeps 2-12, panoramic views, roof terrace, hot-tub, 1hr Malaga airport, Alhambra, Cordoba, skiing, coast. Perfect for healing retreat or touring Andalucia. £495pw Tel 01989 566677 www.amanda-hamilton.com

YOU ARE INVITED TO ENJOY AND SHARE my beautiful, secluded farm in the heart of the Cotswolds. Help/healing available if required. Tel 01285 760684 or visit cotswoldhealingretreat.co.uk

VEGIVENTURES HOLIDAYS, tours and short breaks in Britain, Turkey, Peru, Ecuador, India and the Caribbean. Great vegetarian/vegan food, small friendly groups, environment oriented.. Tel: +44 (0)1760 755888, email holidays@vegiventures.com visit www.vegiventures.com

PEACEFUL, HILLSIDE RETREAT, North Wales. Modern en-suite room, restful views across to Welsh hills, time to yourself, use of spiritual library. Also on offer: soul-counselling, meditation, Reiki, walks, gardening .-. whatever feeds your soul. Details: www.soul-life.co.uk or Helen 01352 780281

ELAN VALLEY MID WALES Bed & Breakfast retreat at Penbont House. Beautiful surroundings indoors and out, complementing what the Elan Valley has to offer. Unwind with complementary therapies, reflexology, aromatherapy. Contact Sandra 01597 811515

STEPS FARM in pretty Somerset. Warm hospitality and delicious food. Lovely walks, garden, meditation room. Animal Healing courses (see ‘Courses’) Also vegetarian cooking courses. Tel 01749 812788 www.stepsfarm.com

FOUNTAINS COURT SCARBOROUGH. A haven for rest & recuperation and bespoke health breaks, perfect venue for residential mind-body-spirit workshops. B&B, half/full board, vegetarian. Tel 01723 381118 www.fountainscourt.com

LLANDUDNO NORTH WALES Cornerways Guesthouse is quietly situated, with six lovely ensuite bedrooms and no single supplement. B&B from £34 pppn. Reiki healing available. Come relax and unwind. 01492 877334 www.cornerwayshouse.co.uk

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