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Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No wonder this is a best seller. The author explains in an easy to follow way, the power of snap decisions and how they work. It, 29 Oct 2007
No wonder this is a best seller. The author explains in an easy to follow way, the power of snap decisions and how they work. It shows how powerful and accurate instantaneous decisions can be, that we often are at odds to explain how we arrived at. Gladwell explains how these decisions are arrived at by the meticulous gathering of information by our unconscious.

However they are not always accurate and this is largely due to bias, such as stereotyping and prejudices. No doubt hormones play a role in that bias too, such as when people 'fall' in love and go on to marry that person. Gladwell here sites a number of studies by psychologist John Gottman, who discovered after studying thousands of interviews with married couples that he was able to tell with 95% accuracy whether a couple would remain together after 15 years from just observing an interview with a couple for 15 minutes.

An interesting book that makes one think about the powerful working of the unconscious and how to use it in beneficial ways.


Darkness Over Tibet (Mystic Travellers Series)
Darkness Over Tibet (Mystic Travellers Series)
by Theodore Illion
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.15

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most interesting book, 29 Oct 2007
Some people have complained about the possibility that the story of the book might not be factual. I don't think that is so important as I think the author used the story of going to Tibet as a vehicle to bring out some important insights into the spiritual journey and the many pitfalls that lie ahead on the road. Most of what we hear these days are about how we just need to believe and think happy thoughts and then paradise will descend on a silver platter. This line of thinking is very common in the New Age movement.

As he says: "It occasionally happens sincere people are struck with spiritual blindness and serve the cause of darkness while they honestly believe they serve the cause of light."

Illion makes it quite clear that it is not a one-way road to paradise, but that there are many dangers on the path, which needs to be overcome. This is not unlike the story of the Parcival in the grail stories. Illion points out that it requires a lot of work on the self.

For further reading Ouspensky's book "In search of the miraculous" can be recommended, along with "The secret History of the world" by Laura Knight-Jadczyk.


In Search of the Miraculous: The Definitive Exploration of G. I. Gurdjieff's Mystical Thought and Universal View (Harvest Book)
In Search of the Miraculous: The Definitive Exploration of G. I. Gurdjieff's Mystical Thought and Universal View (Harvest Book)
by P. D. Ouspensky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.54

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book for any serious seeker, 29 Oct 2007
The only regret I have is that I didn't read this book 20 years ago. It is a powerful description of the spiritual journey with deep insights into the human psyche. Ouspensky in this book outlines in probably one of the clearest ways the Fourth Way teachings of Gurdjieff. He outlines what the problem is for modern man and then procedes to show the way out. In the words of Gurdjieff man is just a machine, that acts mechanically to everything. In other words things just happen:

"He cannot stop the flow of his thoughts, he cannot control his imagination, his emotions, his attention. He lives in a subjective world of 'I love,' 'I do not love,' 'I like,' 'I do not like,' 'I want,' 'I do not want,' that is, of what he thinks he likes, of what he thinks he does not like, of what he thinks he wants, of what he thinks he does not want. He does not see the real world. The real world is hidden from him by the wall of imagination. He lives in sleep. He is asleep. What is called 'clear consciousness' is sleep and a far more dangerous sleep than sleep at night in bed.
"Let us take some event in the life of humanity. For instance, war. There is a war going on at the present moment. What does it signify? It signifies that several millions of sleeping people are trying to destroy several millions of other sleeping people. They would not do this, of course, if they were to wake up. Everything that takes place is owing to this sleep."

It is a book that is filled with information and things to reflect on and therefore needless to say a book that I will go back to and reread again and again.

If you are really interested in getting out of the matrix and wonder how, then buy this book as the first thing you do.


Rumba Argelina
Rumba Argelina
Offered by USA MEDIA
Price: £29.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting music to relax to, 29 Oct 2007
This review is from: Rumba Argelina (Audio CD)
I friend sent this album to me some time ago, and it is a real delight to listen to. It is very sensuous and melodic and is a great way to relax at the end of the day. You can hear that these are musicians with a great passion for playing. It is not one of these albums that is a one number wonder. All the songs can be listened to over and over without getting tired of them. A real treat in the line with World music CD's.


Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: Flood, Fire, and Famine in the History of Civilization
Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes: Flood, Fire, and Famine in the History of Civilization
by Richard B. Firestone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.32

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Top Read!, 17 Aug 2007
Thinking that this book was going to be a heavy read I was in for a big surprise. It was like a scientific detective story that was so engaging that I read it in record time. Despite the easy reading for the layman the subject is thoroughly well researched by the 3 authors and presents a very compelling case for the proposition that the Northern Hemisphere was bombarded around 13000 years ago with catastrophic consequences. On top of meticulously detailing the many scientific finds by numerous researchers from various fields regarding the subject, the authors have interspersed stories from many native tribes and earlier civilizations that in this new light very likely are stories told by survivors of the cataclysm and passed down through oral traditions. It is hard at times not to feel a touch of the terror that our ancestors must have felt, when this happened, which historically speaking is not that long ago.

This book will without doubt cause a lot of stir in many places, and hopefully encourage more people to take an extra look and do more research. The book has definitely caused me to look at my home country with new eyes and with a keen interest to look out for signs in the countryside that confirms this theory. Like the book by Iman Wilkens "Where Troy once stood", this book has also been a great inspiration and catalyst to look at our history in a different way. And like the authors point out, the earth is currently in a very dangerous area of the galaxy where comets and other extraterrestrial objects are a lot more numerous than they have been for a long time.

This is a must read book that you will not regret having bought!


The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
by Alice Miller
Edition: Paperback

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important book on the way to self discovery, 9 Aug 2007
Alice Miller highlights in this book the importance of looking into one's own history in order to understand our psychological makeup and become free of behaviors that otherwise hinders us in being ourselves. I have come to understand irrational and debilitating aspects of my own behaviors, that stemmed from childhood traumas, and seen how these can be liberated once they are experienced emotionally. It is not done over night and not by just reading this book alone.

The book is however a great encouragement and at the same time through stories and examples gives an understanding of where to look and clues to some of the behaviors that previously were simply confusing and puzzling. I wished I had read this book 19 years ago, when I first encountered therapy as it would have been an added help in understanding the process that I had started on. Another powerful book on this subject is "The Narcissistic Family".

All in all a highly recommended book, as understanding the human 'machine' is vital in order to become free, as Gurdjieff would say.


Where Troy Once Stood: The Mystery of Homer's Iliad & Odyssey Revealed
Where Troy Once Stood: The Mystery of Homer's Iliad & Odyssey Revealed
by Iman Wilkens
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful analysis that should be seriously considered., 4 Aug 2007
A big thank you to Mr Wilkins for bringing this book out. Coming from Scandinavia and with an interest in the Iliad and the Odyssey since school days, this book had me excited. Finally it started to make sense and give meaning and context to these age old stories.

They were not just fairy tales designed to bore students to death, but eloquent stories of a piece of ancient Northern European history. It added further weight to the thought that the civilising influence didn't come from the South, but instead from the North moving South. Plato alluded to this in his writing.

The facts are powerfully and meticulously presented with hardly a stone left untouched.

When I had finished the book, my thoughts when to my teacher of classical history, who had labored trying to inspire his students to read these books. Had he just had this book, the classes would have come alive and be of much relevance.

This is a must read book that will turn some of classical history on it's head and give the reader many puzzling questions to consider. The book has been reprinted in 2005, so it is readily available at normal prices, though I can't see them on Amazon yet.


Where Troy Once Stood: The Mystery of Homer's Iliad Revealed
Where Troy Once Stood: The Mystery of Homer's Iliad Revealed
by Iman J. Wilkens
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful analysis that should be seriously considered., 4 Aug 2007
A big thank you to Mr Wilkins for bringing this book out. Coming from Scandinavia and with an interest in the Iliad and the Odyssey since school days, this book had me excited. Finally it started to make sense and give meaning and context to these age old stories.

They were not just fairy tales designed to bore students to death, but eloquent stories of a piece of ancient Northern European history. It added further weight to the thought that the civilising influence didn't come from the South, but instead from the North moving South. Plato alluded to this in his writing.

The facts are powerfully and meticulously presented with hardly a stone left untouched.

When I had finished the book, my thoughts when to my teacher of classical history, who had labored trying to inspire his students to read these books. Had he just had this book, the classes would have come alive and be of much relevance.

This is a must read book that will turn some of classical history on it's head and give the reader many puzzling questions to consider. The book has been reprinted in 2005, so it is readily available at normal prices, though I can't see them on Amazon yet.
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Where Troy Once Stood: The Mystery of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey Revealed
Where Troy Once Stood: The Mystery of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey Revealed
by Iman J. Wilkens
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful analysis that should be seriously considered, 4 Aug 2007
A big thank you to Mr Wilkins for bringing this book out. Coming from Scandinavia and with an interest in the Iliad and the Odyssey since school days, this book had me excited. Finally it started to make sense and give meaning and context to these age old stories.

They were not just fairy tales designed to bore students to death, but eloquent stories of a piece of ancient Northern European history. It added further weight to the thought that the civilising influence didn't come from the South, but instead from the North moving South. Plato alluded to this in his writing.

The facts are powerfully and meticulously presented with hardly a stone left untouched.

When I had finished the book, my thoughts when to my teacher of classical history, who had labored trying to inspire his students to read these books. Had he just had this book, the classes would have come alive and be of much relevance.

This is a must read book that will turn some of classical history on it's head and give the reader many puzzling questions to consider. The book has been reprinted in 2005, so it is readily available at normal prices, though I can't see them on Amazon yet.


Unholy Hungers: Encountering the Psychic Vampire in Ourselves & Others: Encountering the Vampire in Ourselves and Others
Unholy Hungers: Encountering the Psychic Vampire in Ourselves & Others: Encountering the Vampire in Ourselves and Others
by Barbara E. Hort
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An in-depth study of the psychic vampire., 4 Aug 2007
A powerful and detailed book that covers the many different combinations the vampirical aspect of feeding takes amongst human beings, with great references to stories and mythical lore where these aspects are illustrated in visual ways. I found the archetypal references to be of special value and the way Barbara Hort shows, how one can work with these to combat the vampires in one's life. The book gives helpful suggestions to free oneself of being a victim of vampires and also invites the reader to hold the mirror up to oneself and closely examine vampirical aspects in oneself. This is particularly true in personal relationships where we according to Hort often project the Beloved on to our partner, thus creating a very unhealthy dynamic.

Altogether a highly recommended book that deals with an important phenomenon that is all to familiar.


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